Hi Dames, if you haven’t noticed, 90’s are back. It started with fashions and now its crept up into hairstyles. Here are some ways to follow the trend and give you a little inspiration to do it… Let me know what your favorite go to is!
Leave hair out around your face with an up style
Super deep side parts
Multi buns ( so Gwen Stefani)
I’m obsessed with all of these. You can play with which one suits your style or play with all 3 depending on what you’re wearing. Enjoy! Tag me in your’s @thehairdame
HI Dames, today’s Friday Feature is simply a shout out to my ultra favorite dry shampoo. Obviously, I have tried every dry shampoo like all of you, and I finally found my ultimate favorite. Why is it my favorite? A few reasons:
It does not come out white on my scalp. This is the ultimate reason. As a brunette, this was one of my pet peeves, it took an extra step to get the white out with other brands.
It does not make my root wet. Also, an extra step with other brands, you would have to blow dry your hair after spraying.
Gives my hair the extra volume without matting it out. I hate when dry shampoo makes my hair matte at the root and rest is all shiny, then you have to be a dry oil to get it back to normal. Not with R and Co. Its perfect at first spray.
This was not a sponsored post, this is from my heart, the best dry shampoo on the market. Hope you love as much as me. Your hunt for the best dry shampoo is over!
HI Dames, I get this question a lot. How hot should my iron be? The answer is it varies, but here’s a quick tip. Most irons can heat up to 450 degrees. This heat setting is not necessary for any person that is not a professional or has dense multi textural hair that needs serious heat to straighten. Fine to normal hair can straighten or curl around 320-380 degrees. If you have course hair or curly hair 415 will be a good setting. You do not need to hold you hair on the iron for 30 seconds. This is an old wives tale when irons only got up to 200 degrees. A solid 10 seconds is fine. If you want your curl to hold extra time you can set it after you put the heat on for the cool down, if you are beach waving your hair, do the whole head before you finger through. This is a loose set, so by the time you get to loosening the wave it has already cooled down.
Another tip, always use a protective spray or a setting spray before applying heat to your hair. Here’s a flashback of a previous post for a break down of the best protective sprays to use- click here.
Jamie has fine hair, even though she has a lot of it, 300 degrees was perfect for her hair.
I have more course, Italian hair- I use between 375-400 depending on how frizzy my hair air dried.
Laura has bleached fine hair. Absolutely no higher than 275-300 is necessary on this type of hair .
Hi Dames! There are new braid styles hitting the gram and I wanted to bring them to surface to show you what’s the happs! They were first seen on Erika Jayne done by Clyde Haygood and Rita Ora done by Cesar Ramirez. Corset braids are 2 corn rows with a bit of distance between them and connected together through a string woven in between the braids. This resembles a corset lace up. Clyde did it going straight down the middle of the braid making the braid itself look like a corset. Bottom line, buy some string and have fun! Check out the video below to see how it looks !
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Try it yourself and make sure to tag us for a repost! @thehairdame
Dames, lets be real- Revolve has been crushing the summer parties for the last few years. They blew Coachella out of the water. I mean, who wants to be in an open field barely able to see your favorite band being pushed, stepped on, and sweating in the hot sun when you can be at a pool party dancing to Migos performing live with a cocktail in your hand. Only the bad and bougie get invited to revolve parties. So- I want you to know if you get the invite, your hair must be on point. I don’t mean just looking good with extensions and beach waves. I mean ” Whoa, who did your hair?” vibes. So here’s some inspiration for you, whatever you do, don’t disappoint! Also works for you to be the star at your friends own revolve inspired beach party!
Hi Dames! So- lobs and bobs have been a thing for a while, but not all of us really wanted to chop the locks. It’s not fair that the Kardashians get to have to different lengths of hair depending on their outfit, why can’t we? We can! You can! Everyone can! If you don’t want to go the wig route, it’s ok. You can work with what you got. Below is a video of how to create a bob or lob if you have long hair. I got together with Laura Samuels @laurasamuels8 from the George Lopez show and created a fake bob for you. Check it out below.
Before left. After Right.
Have FUN playing and just remember to have your hair waved and textured, it blends the tuck.
Hi Dames! Beach waves are the go- to for summer hair. Duh. However, I understand not all hair textures keep the same hold on the wave. Does your beach wave fall limp or become non existent? Well, there’s 2 essentials to a beach wave:
Properly wave your hair with an iron in the manner which your desired wave is flowing. Below is a video to show you how to achieve a glam wave vs. a more relaxed beachy wave
2. The proper products. Products are half the battle with hairstyles. There are so many beach and texture sprays out there how do you know which ones to use? Well, I have favorites. First, I don’t really favor the sprays that have salt in them. They dry your hair out. I prefer the sprays that make your hair piecey and shiny, or a little waxy. Finally, if you have very fine hair and your beach waves fall easily, my ultimate fav is to use a texture spray with strong hold. Hairspray is a little to crunchy sometimes, a strong hold texture spray will give you the same effect with out the crunchy look. This will also keep you from needing to reapply product all day.
Dames! Pink hair for summer yes please!! Rose Gold, blorange, baby pink, red pink, purple pink, melting into pink, you name it , its cool and in for summer. I myself just did a rendition of rose gold color and I’m obsessed! I never want to wash my hair! You can do it to. If you already have blonde highlights and you just want it for a few days, its so easy to do for a quickie look. It will wash out (don’t use punky color). Take any manic panic color that you like, mix it with white conditioner and put it on your hair when its wet, comb it through and leave for 10 min.
***Quick Tip** When you mix the pink with the conditioner, whatever color you see in the bowl will be the color in your hair.
Hi Dames! Its summa summer time and we all want to be ready to go out right after work. Especially in NYC or your cities. Here’s a few tips and styles that will take you to the rooftop lounge looking like a showstopper!
Have your HairClutch in your desk ready to go with hair extensions prepped and ready for the clock out.
Have a beach spray or texture spray and dry shampoo on hand. I favor the travel size sprays for this reason.
Have your THD Hair Tie ready to wrap around your bun or pony to floss it up and a boar bristle brush.
Here’s some examples of regular work looks turned glam in literally 5 min.
Left is a quick top knot you would wear to work, right is a 5 minute spruce up for glam look. Use some clip on bangs and a hair tie to glam it up!
To the left is a quick regular braid you would show up to work in. To the right is a glam fishtail with the few extensions already prepped in your HairClutch -you pop them in 2 seconds later to make your braid a little more glammy.
Left is a regular pony for work. To the right is a glam pony created with hair extensions. Remember, you can already have your hair prepped with waves in your HairClutch. before work. Wrap a Hair Tie around your pony and bam, glam.
Your friends won’t know how your pulled it off so quickly but I won’t tell! Let me know how you do Dames! Tag me on ig in your after work happy hour glam looks! @thehairdame
Hi Dames! I get a lot of people asking me about hair masks, especially in the summer. The sun, pool, and ocean can dry out hair. Having a good hair mask to use once a week is important. Masks have different benefits for different reasons- some are for moisture, some are protein, and some are both. If you are blonde, blondish, or have any blonde in your hair whatsoever, you most likely will need a little protein as well as moisture. If you have extensions, I would say the same. If you are brunette or red head (or any darker shade) a simple moisture mask will do the trick. The thing about cheaper products vs more expensive products is the quality of ingredients they use most of the time, sometimes you are just paying for the name. However for example: Oribe, they have spent millions of dollars creating proprietary ingredients. Brands that are owned by Loreal, well chances are they have some rendition of Loreal ingredients. Look at the ingredient list in the back of the bottle. If there’s ingredients that you know are cheaper like coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil, you shouldn’t be breaking the bank. Below are some of my favorites!
I’m obsessed with this brand Hask. Sulfate free, paraben free, milk from the God’s for your hair.
If you have damaged hair, Olaplex is a must . Once a week will change your hair life. You can add a dab to your moisture mask for extra protein if you just want to maintain the protein health of your hair.
Moroccan Oil was the first brand to bring us Argan Oil. Its a no brainer. I love this product
Well, Dames keep your sunnies on and your hair soft this summer!
Hi dames! Summer is here and sometimes its easy to get in a hairstyle rut in the summer. long beach waves is the go to, or buns and ponytails. Well, here’s a way to mix up the buns and ponytails in a cute way with no commitment. Clip on Bangs! Secret Bangs is such a great way to mix it up. I got together with Alex Rodriguez to show you some fun styles that you can achieve with them. Check out the video and styles below.
( Music: “With you Tonight” by Katie Welch )
Secret Bangs allow you to create lots of different looks without the commitment or stress of grow out. As you can see in the video, it takes just a few seconds to get a whole new look. You can get yours here. Make sure to then grab yourself a HairClutch to keep your hair secrets safe. Shout out and thank you to @missalexrodriguez and @iamthekatie for playing with me!!
Dames, do you have short to medium length hair? This summer texture is your friend. A second day after a blow out or sleeping with your hair wet gives you a texture like bend that enables you to tossle your hair in fun easy ways. Oribe Texture spray is an awesome product to use with this kind of hair. Morrocan Oil also has a texture spray that is similar and gives you the same results- piecey with lots of movement. Below are a couple different ways to play with your hair on day 2 of a hairstyle.
Throw it in 2 pigtail braids
Scarves on your head are an easy go to
Change the part and comb some hair back into a barrette
(Leila Spilman is wearing Lux Wigs in these photos. you can get yours here)
In short (no pun intended) texture spray is your bestie this summer and will allow you to manipulate your hair in easy ways. Have fun!
HI Dames, hair bracelets? I love the way a rubber band looks on my wrist.. said no one ever. Recently, when I was in Tokyo I stumbled across the cutest charm store. You could make your own bracelets, necklaces, and turn rubber bands into bracelets with charms. I bought one, come to find out at checkout, the brand is actually from Brooklyn, NY ! I was so excited to share this with every Dame I know so you don’t have to downgrade your wrist this summer in between hairstyles during the day.
There are other versions of this concept. Below are a couple I favor that are easily accessible.
Etsy Also has some really cool versions, that you put your rubber bands on the bracelet , so it doesn’t look like a rubber band .
These are called Duelette’s on Chillyjilly.com. They come in different colors so you can layer them in your hair. When they are on your wrist they look like bangles. So cute! Enjoy
Hi Dames, middle parts have been a thing for a few years now, but we are kicking it up a notch with this cool trend- braids and jewelry in the middle part! Yep! We have seen it on runways, socialites, and celebs. It’s one of those instacool things to do. I know you are thinking “I can’t pull that off” but the truth is you can. You can too! The trick is having your outfit and makeup on point, or even just your attitude match your instacool hairstyle that day. I did it! Everyone knows I am a bun and ponytail girl, so what do you think?
Here’s some other cool inspirations of ways to do it.
So, play with it and see what you like the best and make sure to tag me in the photos! @thehairdame
Hi Dames! Summer is the time for natural texture. Its hot, its humid, and blowouts seem tedious. If you want natural texture and still want a fresh finished look a diffuser is the way to go. Diffusers push the moisture back into your hair like a humidifier does with the hair, so it doesn’t dehydrate your curl, it does the opposite. Use your favorite styling cream mixed with a little gel, and lather if from root to end on your hair in a generous amount. Put the blow dryer on medium to low force with high heat and go section by section layering your hair into the diffuser. When its all dry if you want to take a curling iron about 1″ to smooth out any frizzies, you can take large sections around the top and wrap them around the iron. This gives it a finished look. Below are my 2 favorite blow dryers. Trust me, the diffuser will be your best friend this summer!
Hi Dames! What the heck is a vertical wave or horizontal wave? I’ll tell you- lots of women ask me how to achieve the super glam waves celebs sport on the red carpet or how to achieve the perfect beach wave all year round. The answer is knowing which direction to hold your iron. Check out the how to do video below.
Horizontal waves create a very glam style best for evening look. Hold your iron so the barrel is pointing horizontal.
Vertical waves create a day time, summer, casual style. Hold your iron pointing downward.
Hi Dames! So, I am totally obsessed with the fact hair jewelry and accessories are totally a thing right now. All the celebs are rocking them on red carpets, and summer draws us in to want to accessorize basic styles to look , well, not basic. This bares the question, how do i rock hair jewelry and accessories without looking 12. Well, there are a few answers.
1) Make sure your hair is actually styled first. a 12 year old will have straight hair dried hair with a clip pulling it back . A dame should have their hair in some form of wave or style and or a sophisticated part that looks intentional.
2) Don’t rock the accessory in the same way as a 12 year old. Be creative with placement of head bands, whether just along your hair line, or more like a head wrap, place them in a cute pixie to accentuate the style.
3) Layer barrettes with color or style to make it look chunky. Place the barrettes in cute places to accentuate the style not just be functional. Below are some examples.
Let me know what you think dames! I promise you, even the cheesiest looking glam pieces can be pulled off with the right hairstyle to go along with it. I get so many compliment with pieces i even get from the drug store. Its all about how my hair is styled under the accessory.
HI Dames! Summer is right at your doorstep so I wanted to give you some cool ideas of how to through your hair in a cool style on the go. Below are 6 easy go to’s you can rock anytime or anywhere. They all can go from beach to party, office to drinks, or day time shopping to evening date. Check it out..
Look 1: A side french braid is an easy go to, but thats not all thats happening here. She is wearing the Salon Edition Secret Extensions, which is 18″ of length. You can use your HairClutch to assist you with holding the hair while you beach wave it. Then throw them on and braid the side and bam, sexy summer here you go!
Look 2: To knots aren’t going anywhere, they are still cool, and this summer you can play with this look like Jamie did by adding Secret extensions to give you blonder vibes with this style. Jamie has hardly any blonde in her natural hair, and you can see here, she has a flawless balayage look going on.
Look 3: A top bun is always a good go to but how about bangs? Yes!! These are actually clip on bangs. The Secret bangs are so cool, they have a great shape that are easily customizable in the cut and the colors blend in so well with any hair color. you can get yours here.
Look 4: You want to rock a high pony like Khloe Kardashian and want some blonde bits and fullness? Check out this video on how to achieve this look with Secret Extensions ~> Here.
Look 5: Fishtail braids? Yes please! Lets be honest though, these braids look cooler with a pop of color in them. You can achieve this look by using some blonde Secret Extensions.
Look 6: Add accessories to your style! In this case, adding little metal flowers or cute pints to your bobble braid is a nice touch. It just spices up your style and takes it from day to night seemlessly.
Make sure to tag us on your hairstyles for a repost!
Hi Dames! Hair extensions are all the rage, but not many provide the ability for as much versatility as others. Secret Extensions gives you maximum looks to work with from color and length to assistance upgrading your hairstyles with more flavor. Take a stroll with us down the hair dream path with our friend Jamie Hauptmann as we break down exactly what you can do with your color and hairstyles.
Reason #1 Hair life is just a little boring without extra hair pieces. Here’s Jamie, before Secret Extensions entered.
Reason #2 Add length and volume with your natural color. 16″ of length and double the volume has made Jamie’s hair wow worthy. This is her natural color
Reason #3 You can alter your hair color even slightly by adding a darker hair piece. Jamie used a much darker hair piece with ombre ends.
Reason #4 You can layer different colors using multiple pieces to create multi dimensional blondes in your hair.
Reason #5 Create long fun braids adding dimensional color to them!
Reason #6 Give yourself extra length and volume when going half up for a top knot!
Reason #7 Say goodbye to limp ponytails. This hair can give you THE perfect pony.
If these pictures weren’t enough inspiration for you, check out this video I created with Jamie and Kevin Maher. This Dame definitely knows how to drop it like its hot with her Secret Extensions!
You can get your Secret Extensions here and make sure to pair it with your HairClutch.
Big thanks to Jamie Hauptmann @jamiehauptmann Kevin Maher @kmaher56
Shout out and thank you to Candice for the music: @ticandace “Duttyboy”
Hi, Dames! The first Monday in May every year is also known as the Met Gala. It is the opening night of the Metropolitan Museum’s Fashion Institute yearly exhibit where art and fashion meet and have a blown out party hosted by the fashion queen herself, Anna Wintour. This year’s theme was Rei Kawakubo x Comme des Garcons. Everyone looked pretty amazing, but our favorite showstopper was Kate Hudson. She always has a way of being chic and so cool, yet stunningly gorgeous.
Photo by Gilbert Flores/ Broad Image. Hair By Cameron Jon /The Wall group
The cool thing is you can do this hairstyle too! Her hair is not actually dyed white, it’s white color spray! To get the look:
1. Bring all your hair up to the top of your head and tie a rubber band making a ponytail, but on the last tie leave a loop instead of pulling it all the way through.
2. Take the hair that is left out and tie it around the loop and pin it into place.
3. Grab a can of Bewild White Spray and spray it all over your hair. Be careful around your hairline, you can use a towel to cover your face.
If you have short hair, you can use the same product to achieve Cara Delevingne’s jaw dropping look as well. She’s our second fav look of the night. You can use Body Bauble to add the body jewels. She killed it.
There’s also a styling pomade that makes your hair silver! I first saw it in Japan when I went to Tokyo and then found it online. It’s fun and you can do yourself!
Dames, there’s a new sulfate-free/paraben-free product line out and I have to admit: I’m hooked! It’s not usual that I get sprung on a product. There’s millions of products out there and I happen to be a somewhat modest product obsesser. Of course that might seem like an oxymoron because I’m a hairstylist, but it’s true! The only reason I’m not obsessed with more is simply I don’t fall for marketing gimicks. I don’t love most products. I think every line has one thing they do well and everything else is blah. Hask recently sent me a bunch of products and I am totally unobjectionably impressed. My hair is pretty damaged from my platinum stint a couple years ago, my roots tend to be oily and my ends look like a broom. I used the Moisturizing Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner and my hair felt like silk from root to end — it was amazing!
I went to NYC and I brought the volumizing line with me. Now, a volumizing shampoo won’t usually make my hair all silky the way a restructurizing or moisturizing shampoo would, so I didn’t have high expectations. BUT I was next-level impressed! Not only was my hair soft and conditioned, but the volume was insane. I have never experienced that kind of volume from a shampoo.
The bottom line is Dames, summer is coming! Your hair is about to be dried out from the ocean and the pool. Do your hair a favor and get yourself some Hask. They sell it at Ulta.
Dames, as summer approaches, there are a few things you need in your arsenal of beauty tools and products. Let’s start with my summer predictions! Actually… these are just the same recycled summer trends we’ve had for the last few years, but enter a few new ones.
Braids of all shapes are always in for the summer
Who doesn’t love some good beach waves?
Headbands work with any hairstyle!
Hair wraps are making a huge comeback
Super Natural Highlights:
Sun-kissed hair is all the rage
Dusty Pastel Toners:
Dusty rose hair is a go-to when it comes to muted pastels
The Summer Dame guide :
YouTube videos on braids, waving irons and flat irons, headbands (there’s cool ones on Etsy), Hair wraps (buy some clip-in ones, also on Etsy!), get your hair highlited in May/June and stock up on Manic Panic pastels and cheap white conditioner!
Dames, summer is approaching which definitely means…yup braid season! Its the cutest way to get your hair up and dress up or down in many ways. Some of us are experts at braids and some of us could use a little help. That being said I created a video for you breaking down the finger technique I use to teach you the basics of braiding. Check it out!
Let me know if you have any questions. Just take your time and remember, you can do it!
Hi, Dames! Hair color is a funny thing. Platinum hair has really taken the lead in trends for a while now, mostly because pastels are still raging hard and the only way to get a pastel color is to bleach the hair first. Therefore, everyone wants a platinum base.
If you’re a more natural girl, the runner up with hair color is caramel! It’s already spring and everyone is lightening up for summer. I predict variations of this color will loom over the hot months and caramel tones will reign this year in general. Why? It’s very low maintenance and, let’s face it, who has the time for more? Caramels and toffee hair tones are easy and go well with almost every skin tone. They transition well with blonde and the reality is everyone, even the Kardashian Klan, loves this tone from time to time. You can get with the program! Below are some examples of variations I love:
Queen B is known for her light caramel hair
Gigi has been spotted cheating on her All-American blonde locks with a toffee-colored mane
J-Lo welcomed Spring with macchiato-colored hair and a blunt lob
Soon-to-be mom Natalie Portman has been rocking a darker take on caramel hair since March
Supermodel Karlie went for a caramel-to-blonde ombre – perfect for the season!
Dames, I want to see your caramel colored hair. Make sure to tag me on IG and I will repost! @thehairdame
Hi Dames, so I wanted to address a couple very important terms a lot of brands use. They throw around these terms sulfate free and paraben free but what does that mean? What the heck is a sulfate and why is it free? Sulfates are cheap/harsh detergents placed in shampoos for several reasons. First- they create a sudsing effect, that makes people think its cleaning their hair. Technically it is. However its the same ingredients that are in dish soap, detergent, surface cleaners! Yes it is cleansing but very harsh. Do you want to wash your hair with the same ingredients your washing your dishes with? I think not. It can wear your hair down over time and leave it completely stripped of its natural oils.
Parabens are a preservative used in cosmetics to prevent molds and harmful growths to the formulas. It gives our products shelf life. Very little amounts of parabens are actually in the formulas but they became on high radar alert when traces of these parabens were found in breast cancer tumors. Mostly because of products used on the skin and deodorants. As far as hair is concerned companies have responded to the demand of products without these potentially harmful ingredients. Therefore there are several options for us Dames out there now.
When it comes to hair extensions and hair color being high demand for constant use we should always be mindful about what’s in them. Sulfates can strip your hair color and make your extensions fall out. Parabens can cause cancer. So.. sulfate and paraben free are the way to go across the board. Below are a couple of options I love!
Pureology Haircare is one of the most natural and eco-friendly brands around
Neuma’s tagline is that all of its products are natural and sustainable! Sulfate and paraben-free!
Hi, Dames! Everyone wants a little piece of this color action but no one’s quite sure of how to pull it off. After all, pink hair isn’t for everyone. I scoured Instagram and came up with a few different options depending on your level of daring. Here are a few of my favs:
Erika Jayne is rocking pink thread woven into her braids. This is so cool, and can be done easily to pop a little color and enhance your look. 0% commitment and 100% Instacool.
You don’t want to die your whole head, but you’re dying to play with some temporary color? Just play with different pastel tones splashed over your highlights. They rinse out in a few washes and you can go back to your highlights without any fuss.
Boho Chic vibes, anyone? I’ll take it! Hair wraps are totally a thing now and you can get as bright and patterned as you like. They sell these on clips on Etsy — you don’t have to look like you’re on a permanent vacay, but you can pop them in when you want to sport this bohemian look.
Then you have the F** it look. Just bust out the Manic Panic and conditioner, mix it to the color you like and put it all over your head. This is a classic favorite approach to many of my platinum blondes. It’s so versatile — you can change colors every week if you want!
Hope you liked some of these ideas and don’t be scared to let your color out! Let me know how it works for you tag me @thehairdame
Dames, do you have trouble using a round brush? Does it become awkward with your arm and navigating the blow dryer? Well, this is a a fun video I made a while back, showing you the perfect technique for blow drying. Take it slow. Go section by section and take your time. Separating the sections makes the process easier and faster because you’re not trying to get hairs out of the way.
Let me know how it goes, you can always ask any questions and tag us on Facebook and Instagram and show us your new blowouts!
Hi, Dames! Getting revved up for Coachella? If you are planning to camp, here’s some fun hair tips for heatless waves. Got you covered here!
1) Start the weekend with braids. They will get you through the first night, maybe two depending on how much fun you have. When you take them out… bam! Waves for days.
Pigtail braids — perfect for the gym AND for getting awesome curls
2) You get to Coachella the first day with perfect waves styled and your best looks: you go to Magic carnival and party till 7 am and your hair is disgusting… sound familiar? Well, wash it! While it’s wet, put it in a French braid like below, take a nap. When you wake up and your hair is dry, take out the braid. Bam! Waves for days.
Classic large back braid
3) Have you had a crazy weekend must wash your hair but have no time to wait for braids? Let me introduce you to your new best friend. I always say the perfect cocktail for natural waves is styling cream with a little gel. It seems Redken stole my concept and made it into the perfect product. I’m so happy because now we can use just one product to achieve the dream hairstyle of perfect natural waves.
Here’s how you do it: wash and condition your hair, towel dry, put in this awesome product work into hair –No Blow Dry– scrunch with a towel and move on with your life. Your hair will air dry perfectly.
Dames! Ever wonder how the Jenner-Kardashians change from one dramatic color/style to the next in one day? They also go from layers to none and from short to long. I got the secret for you: WIGS! Wigs are in! in! in! They’re all over the red carpet and you wouldn’t ever know it. Some of J-Lo’s most glamorous ponytails and longest red carpet locks were — you guessed it — WIGS!
Kim’s blonde wig!
Kylie’s legendary mermaid hair
Wigs are a fun way to get a new look. These days you have such a wide range of prices to achieve these looks. Some cost as low as $40 and others cost up of $30k. Obviously the 30k wigs are for the Beyoncé’s of the world, but hey, they exist! Check out the image below, where model Leila Spilman’s rocking a wig from Lux Hair.
Hard to believe this is the same Dame in all these looks? It’s not just the wig, it’s how you style the wigs that makes a difference too. Accessorize it! Change your makeup! It’s so fun!
Check out Lux Hair. They have really great wigs for an affordable price and I can give you all kinds of tips on how to style them and have fun with it.
Hi, Dames! How many of you wash your brushes? Anyone? … anyone? Ladies, we need to wash our brushes! Dirt, products, build up, old hair… it all becomes scum on the “root” of the brush and it’s not sanitary. Let me help you out with a few tips.
1) Every time you brush your hair, pull out the loose hairs out of the brush right away — it’s a nice clean habit to get into.
2) Once a week, mix a little tea tree oil in a water spray bottle and spray your brushes (after you cleaned out the hair). This naturally kills bacteria, and keeps your brushes smelling fresh.
3) Once a month, soak your brushes in warm water with a few drops of tea tree oil. Then, take a manicure brush and scrub ’em out. Make sure you get past the bristles and scrub the base of the brush.
Follow these three tips, Dames, and you will be sure to have fresh clean brushes. Keep it clean, ladies, keep it clean!
Dames, Spring is here! I personally think it’s so much fun to play with the color of our hair to reflect and match the current season. Spring is way more than sun and sunflowers – it’s festivals, pastels in hair and floral patterns on your dress. Giving your hair a hint of pastel is so on trend right now, here’s a couple ways you can do it.
1) Go to your stylist and show her a pic of the hottest influencers on IG and tell her you want that hair. This could be pricey, but obviously it will look amaze.
2) If you are already blonde you can get a Manic Panic pastel color (the famous Creamtones) and mix it with conditioner if you want your color to be extra light. After washing your hair, apply the colored conditioner to your hair when it’s damp. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse. If you just want a small streak in your hair, separate out the piece you want and apply the color.
Manic Panic Creamtones
3) If you have dark hair or just want some temporary color, extensions are your best bet. You can always check out Etsy, for some cool color combos. Supporting our local artists is always an awesome way to go. Or, you could purchase some blonde clip-ins and color them following directions above.
Pink Ombre Extensions
Hope this inspires you for some cool pastel tones this season, Dames! Let me know if you have any questions.
Hairstyles are always hard to come up with in the moment needed, Dames. I also tend to search for something cute every time I’m trying to get ready for the day. However, having a few in your arsenal is great so you don’t have to get ready — you stay ready! It’s why I can literally be done getting ready to go out (shower, makeup and all) in 15 minutes. Why? Let’s be honest, our hair takes the longest. I’ve mastered the shortcut and sharing with you. Here’s a few of my go-to’s and how to do them yourselves!
Middle part French braids with a high bun. I love this hairstyle for dirty hair days. It’s great with a Canadian suit (all denim) or a cocktail dress.
Step 1: Part your hair in the middle and french braid both sides of the part stopping just behind your hear and tie it off with a small rubber band.
Step 2: Using a bristle brush, brush your hair up to a high ponytail meeting the two braids. Using a bristle brush will ensure a smooth upstyle and this is what makes this style look great for dressed up occasions.
Step 3: Back comb the ponytail a bit and wrap it around the rubber band to create a bun.
Step 4: You can create a little texture in the braid by pulling it apart a bit to loosen it. Comb out some hair around your hairline for softness.
Side braid with extra volume ponytail made with hair extensions.
Step 1: Separate the top section of your hair and pin it aside. French-braid the side of your hair reaching back past your ear and gather the rest of your hair to meet in a ponytail.
Step 2: Separate an inch of hair out of the top section and back-comb it. This will be used as a base. Take your Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame and fold the piece into thirds. Bobby pin this hair piece into the base you created.
Step 3: Drop the rest of the top over the pinned hair piece and connect it with the ponytail with a small black rubber band. Wrap a pice of your hair around the ponytail. The extensions have given your ponytail a new life!
Half up volume hair style with Secret Extensions
This hairstyle is kind of a no-brainer and super simple. I put in my hair extensions, tease the underneath section of my crown. Then, I clip in my Secret Volume hair piece and tease those. I drop the hair and gather it in middle back. At weddings, I tend to be the last to get ready because I’m always doing the hair and makeup, and this always works for me.
Well, Dames, I hope you like my three go-to’s. Let me know how you do with them and if you have any questions leave them below or ask on IG @thehairdame.
Dames! It’s Women’s History Month, Women’s Empowerment Month… Women Rule Month! So, let’s give a fun homage to all the hairstyles women have rocked through the decades. Interesting, as we look at past fashion week hairstyles there’s a little part of each era that session stylists like Guido Palau use. I love looking at these kinds of pictures — I thought I would share it with you to give you a little hair inspiration.
Hope you enjoyed the hair tour throughout times! Which one was your favorite?Comment below.
I am obsessed with hair, Dames! Obviously you all know that. With hair obsessions comes obsessions with other’s work. When I’m in L.A., I work with some seriously talented artists. One of them is the secret behind many celebs’ wigs, and I don’t mean that jokingly, I mean that literally. So many stars rock wigs, you would have no idea! My girl Lilly is responsible for coloring a lot of them. So, I thought I would introduce her to this lovely audience and let you into the world of Lilly Olmedo.
THD: When did you know you wanted to be a hairstylist?
Lilly: I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser at a young age. At our family functions and parties I would walk around with a small suitcase full of hair combs, brushes, hairpins, rollers or any other item I could use in hairstyling. Then I would ask my parents’ guest if I could do their hair as they sipped on their cocktail and engaged in conversation. My mother tells the story of how they would all fall asleep as I played with their hair and would always wake up with some extravagant, wild hairdo.
THD: How long have you been doing hair?
Lilly: I’ve being doing hair professionally for almost 20 years
THD: Do you consider yourself to specialize in service?
Lilly: I don’t believe in specializing in one part of the industry. I personally enjoy doing it all, always putting the integrity of the hair first. I always make sure to engage and consult with the client before any service. I’ve always been a visual learner and see my job and hobby as an art form. I don’t like to proceed in coloring without knowing what the haircut would look like first. The haircut and styling is very important in color placement. I feel it’s important to know the way the hair lays, moves and is worn on a daily basis before applying your color. You need to make sure and also pay attention to the clients face, body, style, and lifestyle — how to bring out the person’s best features and how to help balance one’s beauty by placing either your layers, fringe, or highlights in the right position. This can only come from providing both services to your client.
THD: What is your approach to hair color?
Lilly: If I see someone walking in the streets, I find myself paying attention to the movement in body, hair, expressions and their surroundings. I instantly find a way that would make them shine even more by simply adding a new tone, color, treatment, cut or something as simply changing the part in their hair. I’m inspired by many things. I see color ideas in nature everyday. I often have dreams of coloring; I stay updated through fashion, art and music I try and always stay creative dabbling in many art forms. Inspiration comes from everywhere. I love to travel and always come home feeling even more inspired. With winters inspiring cool tones and the warm tints touching of a summers day or with a natures visit to the mountains its natural earth tones taking an active inspirations to my craft.
THD: Who has the been the biggest inspiration in your career?
Lilly: I’ve been very fortunate to work with many top hairstylist and have always been inspired by all of them. I now work at Goodform Salon with some of the most talented stylists, who, on a daily basis, inspire me. From stylists who have been doing hair for many, many years to up and new comers who are just getting started. It is important to always be open to learn new techniques from other stylists who are just as inspired and excited for our profession.
THD: Who was the first celebrity you worked for and what did that feel like?
Lilly: I was working with Robert Ramos over at Estilo Salon when I met and worked on my first celebrity, Bette Midler. It was such an ah-ha! moment for me for I have always been a huge fan of hers. She is an amazing woman in every way — I absolutely adore her! I’ve had the privilege of working for many celebrities since then like The Kardashians, J-Lo, Katy Perry and many more.
YES< Lilly colored this wig!
THD: How did you start coloring wigs? Is it a different process than a client in your chair?
Lilly: The wigs are something I do on the side. I am a full time hairdresser at Goodform Salon. The process to coloring wigs is very different than working on a client. The hair is much more delicate and very touchy when it comes to applying color on it. It can very easily turn on you if you’re not careful. What can be done with one color application on a client might take up to two or more on a wig. It’s definitely more time consuming and a delicate process. I am a perfectionist and won’t send it off unless it’s perfect.
THD: Can you let any secrets slip and let our audience know some of the clients you have colored wigs for?
Lilly: I’ve colored wigs and extensions for many celebrities. Unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to say for whom.
THD: Can you share the craziest story of something that happened that could have been awful but ended amazing?
Lilly: I had to color a couple of wigs one late night for a celebrity, which we won’t mention today, when one of them completely turned on me, leaving me with peachy orangey highlights. Needless to say I totally panicked I felt defeated and scared for I had already been working on it for hours and was in its final steps. Not wanting to mess with it anymore until I was sure of what my next step would be, I went home and that night I fell into a deep sleep from exhaustion. I dreamt of myself trying different techniques and solutions to help solve my problem. It was definitely a nightmare at first but, eventually, I found myself formulating the perfect color solutions for the wig catastrophe. I guess that’s were the saying comes from “Follow your dreams, they know the way”. The wig turned out beautiful and everyone was completely happy with the outcome.
THD: Any advice you can share to an up-and-comer that is inspired by your story?
Lilly: My advice to any up-and-comer in this industry would be: work hard and make sure you have the passion for the art of hairdressing. If you don’t, then you’re simply just cutting hair. After all hairdressing is not a job, it’s a craft!
Thank you so much, Lilly, for this inspiring interview. I love hearing the inside of another hairdresser’s mind. For all of you interested in following, sharing, visiting, or making an appointment with Lilly, you can find her at Goodform Salon, Los Angeles. 323-658-8585. IG: @lillys_cut, @goodformsalon
Dames love their hair extensions. The most joyous conversation of my life! I love them, what can I say? I love how they make a woman instantly feel like she has magical unicorn powers the minute new hair is put in. Well, at least like she feels confident to walk into a meeting, date or have a drink with friends and be the showstopper. The thing is, when you have professional hair extensions put in you can’t wear every single hair style, you have to be slightly modest with how much you pull up your hair because you don’t want your hair extensions to show. (That’s too Britney and Paris circa 2002, and I won’t let you go down like that.) So, here’s a few hairstyle ideas to keep you looking like nobody knows your secret! The key is to keep your hair low, nothing high. If you do want to go high just make sure you tease your hairline all the way around. The tease will create a barrier between the outside and your extensions, then just smooth it over with your Mason Pearson brush.
Spring is here, Dames! What does this mean for all “in the scene” music junkies? Officially festival season! It’s all about the fashions at festivals which are a cross between IDGAF vibes and “I’m the most effortlessly chic Dame here”. I scoured the internet and found some really cool flower crown stores on Etsy. There are literally over 200 stores and all different kinds of flowers. Singer/ songwriter, Katie Welch was kind enough to share some of her fun festival vibes from last year’s Coachella. Check her out below. These all had different versions of the crowns. Don’t be left out and find the crown that best suits you. If you don’t have long hair and want that dramatic fishtail braid, make sure to get your Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame, they’re absolutely perfect for festival braids. Anastasia Klaffert also dropped by the page to share her flower crown below. Hers are real flower! Tip: be careful with the real ones, in high heat they can wilt and quickly become unpleasant looking. Best to keep the real thing for weddings or an indoor party: Etsy is great to find a good one for the festivals. How fun are these looks!?
Dames! There were some epic hairstyles all over the world last month. I really loved watching every look. What does this mean? Let’s go through each image and talk about how this affects us on trends coming…
NYC, Marchesa – Hair: Antonio Corral Calero
Hair jewelry is definitely creeping in on us. My prediction is that it’s about to blow up next year — everyone will be rocking hair jewelry. Get in on the alert to be the first ones doing it, not just for a wedding or a festival, but out for drinks or a date. Jen Atkin created a pretty dope hair jewelry line with Chloe and Isabel last year. Low hair buns are taking a twist as well. Get creative: wrap, tie, and knot. This is so exciting!
NYC, Christian Siriano – Hair: Anthony Cole
Add wraps, ties, and string around your braids to get a bobble; it’s accessorizing your braid. I got some pretty cool flower pins at Ulta the other day and I put them in may hair, it was so fun to spruce up a braid!
London, Versus Versace – Hair: Paul Hanlon
This is so cool! By far my favorite hair. Why? because it’s so Fifth Element. How does this translate into everyday hair? Hipsters will be washing theirs less and fashion girls will be investing more in coconut oil to give texture to their updo wet look. In the end, everyone that wishes they were cool will be seeing all this and saying: “I could never pull that off”. Yes, you can! The wet look is not going anywhere, it’s just evolving with texture.
London, Christopher Kane – Hair: Guido Palau
Messy wet texture, mixed with polished hair. Mixed media in the hair. This is slick polished hair with a messy braid!
Sam McKnight basically showed us how to make cornrows look high fashion. Polished. Straight. Epic.
Milan, Moschino – Hair: Paul Hanlon
SHORT BANGS OH ME, OH MY! Clip-on bangs are an amazing way to get this look without crying and wearing headbands for the next 6 months.
Milan, Bottega Veneta – Hair: Guido Palau
Hair hats — love it. Take your dirty hair day and do something more than a ponytail or a bun. Use precision parts and create disconnected styles, like a textured top knot to the side and a ponytail in the back. So cute! You could rock this hairstyle in sweatpants and look fly.
Dames, I hope you liked this recap. Try these hairstyles and tag me on IG. I”ll repost you!
It’s Feature Friday, Dames! We really dived in this week. We picked out a hairstylist from Wisconsin doing some cool things and we wanted to share him with you! Check out our interview below.
THD: When was that first moment you decided you wanted to do hair?
Josif: I never really wanted to do hair at all really, it was my sister that did hair and coached me to believe I had it in me! The artist side of me was very involved in drawing and painting and I had won several contest with my art so she said to me: “You should really try hair as your canvas.” I did. First three years were interesting but then I was recognized by a local salon owner that saw my talent and off to the next level I went [artistic director for salon team].
THD: Who were your first mentors and who did you aspire to be like in your career?
Josif: Xennon of London,I wanted to be him really bad, he was so gifted and so funny and his talent was always in the lead. He was a leader, creator, stylist, long hair genius. I followed him to shows and read everything about him I could. Dream came true when I was sent off to Chicago where he worked and taught for a one week to work and learned under him. It truly was surreal and a dream come true, that week changed me! From that point on I viewed my career way more exciting and had direction on where I was going to take it.
THD:How long have you been doing hair now?
Josef: Thirty-two years.
THD: What is your philosophy or your approach to hair?
Josif: It’s very import that you learn the building blocks to create a look, very similar to an architect. You really have to know how to design a shape on paper so you can see the finished result. Nowadays it’s very organic and unforced as opposed to the 80’s when styles were forced — by that I mean heavy bleaching, perming and curling.
THD: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Josif: I was one of thirty that were chosen through a series of auditions that traveled around the USA back in the 90’s. Similar to American Idol; I would call it Hairmerican Idol. After many auditions, only thirty stylists werepicked to be the first design team of its kind in the country for REDKEN. It was two weeks of intense training to go out and show the country a whole new approach on how they could up their game and become true designers of haircutting.
THD: When did you start working with Redken?
Josif:Right from the start of my career I became a expert at their product knowledge. Three years later I became a Redken national platform artist.
THD: Is there an element of beauty that you are very passionate about? How does it relate to your personal approach in your career?
Josif: I’m very passionate about changing peoples lives: seeing someone sick or depressed and knowing that putting your hands on their shoulders, giving them an amazingly honest consultation, reassuring them through it all that they’re really going to love it and feel better, and seeing their face and hearing their words when they see themselves for the first time is kick-ass cool. All done by the gift of having been given hands.We are the one of the last professions in the world that touches without gloves.
THD:What are your future goals?
Josif: Well, so far I founded and have run Salon CTI and Day Spa for the last 17 years, The Salon Professional Academy for 11 years, the Joyriding Project nonprofit for 10 years, and Trimhunger nonprofit for 3 years.
Josif: … To keep on giving.
THD: What is your advice to an up-and-comer?
Josif: Be honest to your guest, treat them as if you were a doctor and they were coming to you in need, and always remember their hair is your patient and, if it’s sick, prescribe antibiotics. They come to you for that. And no chewing gum, never discuss politics, religion, or relationships, keep it real.
THD:What about yourself would you like our readers to know about you?
I have been married 34 years, and would not be here if it wasn’t for her [Josif’s wife]. She shares the industry with me and is a philanthropist as well. Two beautiful daughterswho are so talented, and love everyone in my life, they’re all there for a reason.
THD:What is the one piece of hair advice you universally give to every client?
Josif:Don’t use age as an excuse, you can wear whatever flatters you facial features and body shape and lifestyle!Go by that. Best advice? The phrase “Am I too old to wear that?” should not exist in your vocabulary.
THD: Thank you so much, Josif! This was an insightful, awesome interview!
Hi, Dames! Did you recently go platinum and are now trying to figure out how to keep your hair in good condition? I understand! I did it two years ago and I can tell you: it’s high maintenance and it’s very important that you take care of that hair. It was my favorite color change but it was also very easy to let the integrity of my hair fall to the wayside by doing little things to abuse it, such as rubber bands in your hair when wet (a big no-no) — you might as well put all your rubber bands in a drawer hidden for now. Think scrunchies (you’re lucky they are back in style), banana clips, hair ties, chompers, braids, and mini spring clips! Braids? Yes, a loose braid when your hair is wet is a great way to dry it into a wavy shape and let your hair dry with ease. Trust me on this – one day you will want a different hair color and making sure your hair is in great condition is the only way your hair will take other colors with ease and will continue looking healthy and shiny. Below are my favorite products I used to keep my hair in great condition.
Olaplex: This one is so important. Bleach breaks the bonds in your cortex layer, which is your hair’s back bone. Olaplex builds those bonds back up! It’s a protein treatment.
Schwarzkopf BlondMe Shine Spray: A lot of times, bleach can take the life out of your hair leaaving it dull and drab. This spray really kept my hair shiny and breathed life into even a blowout.
Pureology Cuticle Filler: Your cuticle is the top layer in your hair; bleach burns right through that layer. This products fills it so your hair has life and bounce again! It locks in your toner and keeps your hair the color you want it.
Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo: This is by far my favorite purple shampoo. It doesn’t dry out your hair; it only makes it the perfect beige color. It tones out the yellow and keeps your hair in a healthy condition!
Oribe Signature Moisture Masque: We have covered protein, cuticles, shine, tone, and now this is moisture. This is the water to your thirst. This is the best moisture mask you could find — it’s expensive, but worth every penny. This makes your hair feel like butter! It’s my favorite.
Well, Dames, you follow my lead and I promise your platinum hair will feel healthy, look shiny, and will stay intact without too much breakage! Let me know if you have any questions.
I have to share another secret with my Dames! Ever wonder how or why celebs on the red carpet have such big glamorous buns? Well, they have a secret weapon. Their hairstylist uses hair pieces to make them bigger and more voluminous. (Of course!)
Now, you can too! I love this product called Secret Volume by The Hair Dame. It’s very versatile and allows you to do many things we women struggle with, like covering up thinning spots, hiding grown out roots and making updos more dramatic. It can also make your bun a little bigger than normal. See how and try it yourself by following the steps below!
1. Bring your hair to the ponytail of choice, side or top.
2. There are 3 clips on the secret volume piece, wrap the piece around the ponytail clipping it into place.
3. Tease the Secret Volume piece all the way around and wrap your ponytail around the teased hair. Pin hair into place with bobby pins where needed.
Let me know how it goes! Tag me in any of your pics and I will repost you.
Dames! Ponytails were all the rage at the Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards this year. I absolutely love this look myself. If you haven’t seen our ponytail video when we teamed up with Erika from Blondes Who Eat, here it is below-
You will need your Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame and follow along with us in the video. Here’s a couple of my favorite pony looks from the awards. You can be as polished as Gwen or as textured and messy as Brec Bassinger. As always have fun with it!