A fancy way of repetitively stating the subject of this week’s bonus article: HAIR. This is a territory I am vastly familiar with, to the point that I consider myself a professional by way of knowledge and skill that has been earned and evolved over the past eleven years, though I certainly do not claim to know everything. What I can offer are my own experiences with certain products and styling techniques in order to assist those who may have trouble or are seeking new things to try. The important thing to remember when doing anything to your hair that will require maintainence, is to take care of your cut, color or style with the proper products and to know your hair’s limit. In other words, just because you bleached and dyed it several times in the span of one month and it hasn’t fallen out yet does not mean it is in good health or looks particularly attractive.
The focus of this article is on the 2011 Fall hair trends, from rich and bold colors to drastic cuts and vintage-inspired styles. Not every color and style will suit everyone, so it might be good to find one of those on-line makeover generators to test oust ideas before taking the plunge. What might seem like a great idea at the time could eventually become overdone and leave you seeking something new before any more photographic evidence can be used to blackmail you later. The over-processed, multi-colored, obviously extended hair is dead and refined locks are the new haute couture.
In order to determine what type of highlights will work best for you, one must consider initial hair, skin and eye color along with over all personality. When images of Autumn come to mind, there are certainly saccharine confections and warm mugs of tea that bring feelings of warmth. It is no surprise then that caramel and honey highlights are all the rage this season, though each work best with certain base colors and are accentuated by particular styles.
Caramel is a richer, softer shade of dark blonde or light brown with a golden tone. As highlights, they add luster to all brunette colors and can be applied to frame the face or appear throughout the whole hair. Caramel is also opposite to black so highlights can create a dramatic contrast. Some suggestions are to do the tips for a striking look, or a few randomly placed chuncks to be more daring. If your hair is light brown or blonde, you should consider getting lowlights instead, which will add depth to the brighter shades.
Honey highlights merge nicely with any base color to add shine that will give a textured look that will be noticed but not loud. Those with warm eye and skin tones should select lighter shades of this ‘golden kiss’, while layers are the most flattering cut to sport that will create movement within the hair. Consider going for a multi-tonal effect, especially with black hair, but I would suggest either having help or going to a professional so as to avoid being mistaken for a cracked out zebra.
As the leaves on the trees transition from being boring green to exciting technicolor, so too should our locks follow suit and brave the wonderful world of color. The season is ripe with vivid browns, deep reds and warm tones of blonde. Do not be fooled by the same old dyes that are readily available in boxes as the local drug store. No matter how delightful the names sound, they are not new and can wind up doing damage all in the name of saving a few bucks. While you also do not have to spend top dollar at a salon to get a professional looking colors, at least be wise enough to select a color that is purchased a beauty supply store such as Sally’s. Personally, I would recommend their Ion Color Brilliance Permanent Cream Hair Colo, as I have had nothing but the best experience and can say that it delivers on the claims it makes. Here is a list of their colors that I feel would capture the beauty of this fall’s trends:
- Dark Golden Brown, Dark Red Brown, Medium Golden Brown, Medium Red Brown, Medium Copper Brown, Medium Burgundy Brown
- Intense Red, Dark Intense Red, Medium Intense Red, Medium Intense Red
- Medium Golden Blonde, Medium Copper Blonde, Light Golden Blonde, Light Copper Blonde
The easiest way to style your hair for Autumn is with a sophisticated ponytail, loose braid or simply twisting strands up and away from the face, securing them with hair pins. While they are the most basic styles available, there is certainly room for creativity and the right accessories can bring out your personality. When creating a ponytail, make sure to smooth down all stray hairs and bumps for a polished result. Take a piece of hair and wrap it around the base to hide the elastic for a seamless look. One does not have to have skilled dexterity to form a braid, and this is one of those times where messy is acceptable so long as it’s done in moderation. Faux flowers, pearls or luminescent beads make a wonderful decoration for the woven locks. To bring some glamour into the twist-and-pin style, use embellished hair pins.
HORSEFEATHERS AND APPLESAUCE
Hairstyles of the 1940s represent elegance and are ranked among the most stylish for women in hair history. The dominating trend throughout the decade was extensively volumnious hair which included: peek-a-boo bang, top reverse roll, pin curls, side rolls, victory rolls, the up do and even the pompadour. Inspirational elements of these styles are incorporated into modern designs by way of waves that are firm but not curly, and an off-center or side part. For those with more skill, deep waves, full pin curl sets and elaborate up dos are sure to radiate refinement and saturated sophistication. Any sideshow or burlesque starlet can easily vamp up her stage persona with a brilliant color listed above, some stratigically placed highlights and a curled waves that shine like the ocean on a sunny afternoon, all of which exude old Hollywood glamour. Check out Retro Belle’s 1940s Hairstyle and Makeup How-To for great instructions and learn how to create these looks yourself.
CRESTS + CRYSTALS
The proverbial icing on the cake for a successful hairstyle is knowing how to properly accessorize it without going over-the-top and having it seem as though you just threw a bunch of random shit on your head.
Over the Summer, that whole feather extension trend blew up and had pretty much everyone and your mother’s uncle’s cousin’s sister’s father’s aunt’s nephew’s grandmother’s niece’s grandfather’s dog was seen wearing them. Apparently this item was a brand new thing and obviously has never worn by anyone else in history ever. Or for some unknown reason, a particular type of feather was seen in some celebrity’s mane and suddenly a tend vomited everywhere. To avoid being mistaken for a shamelessly cultural appropriating hipster, keep things simple and to the point with a singular color along with modest plumage. A vintage piece of jewelry at the base will certainly add sparkle without tackiness, as seen in this piece found on Etsy that sells for around thirty dollars.
Speaking of vintage jewelry, it is an excellent way to utilize those fantastic pieces you may have inherited, discovered at an antique shop or rescued from the depths of a local thrift store. Brooches can easily be transformed into a hair ornament by simply slipping a hair pin through the gap that a garment would usually fill. Add an extra hair pin or two for a sturdier anchor. These can also be the centerpiece of a hair flower or added to a cloth headband for a quick and easy day-to-evening look. [The brooch pictured on the left was easily found on eBay for thirty-two dollars.] Again, keep in mind that while it’s perfectly acceptable to add some dazzle to an outfit with sparkling gems and shiny metals, the aesthetics of Carny Style are of refinement, class, elegance, glamour, suaveness and urbanity, which should be present in all aspects of a head-to-toe ensemble. The dramatics should be played up for stage and tuned to mysterious when in a social setting, allowing others to only see what you want them to and always asking for more.
Next edition – a scathing review of this year’s Halloween costumes and how offensive I find them, plus tips on how to portray a character rather than appropriate culture.
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