Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Could Dyeing My Hair Purple Make Me Uncool?

Amanda FitzSimons was not a purple-hair kind of girl. But after seeing her window to try the dip-dye trend closing, she decided to hit the bottle.
A scarring snapshot from my developmental years: I'm 13 and on a family trip to Bermuda, where, despite a crippling fear of heights, I've been talked into climbing a giant rock in the middle of the ocean. My family and friends spend about 30 seconds at the top before throwing themselves off the craggy edge, down some 15 feet into the turquoise abyss. I, on the other hand, spend about 30 minutes yelling at my parents, who are waiting below with waterproof cameras in a glass-bottom boat. Only after I realize that climbing down is the more harrowing exit strategy (serious rock puncture wounds), I double cross my fingers and take the plunge.
You don't need Freud to analyze this scene—I'm not a big risk taker. My clothing choices could make a Sicilian widow look flamboyant; at the nail salon, I head straight for Essie Ballet Slippers (if I'm feeling crazy, it's the next-to-nude Limo-Scene); I have but two piercings—one in each of my ears; I have had basically the same shade of butterscotch highlights to liven up my natural dishwater-brown hair since seventh grade. It's an overall look I try to pass off as "urban minimalist" or "understated chic," though if I'm being completely honest, it stems less from an adoration of the pared-down and more from a deep-seated fear of stepping outside the box. So, needless to say, it was a BFD for me when I walked into a salon recently and came out with lavender dip-dyed hair. (A complete history of the adventurous things I'd done to my hair up until this point: I once got bangs.…)

To be clear, I'm aware this move is no longer a very big deal to the rest of the world. Gauls and Saxons tinted their hair red, orange, and blue before battle; the style reemerged in New York City's '70s punk scene, where rebellious youths gave the ends of their strands an edge using Kool-Aid. And in the past few years, ROYGBIV hair color, especially in the entry-level form of dip-dye (so named because just the ends are dipped into the color), has broadened its base from angsty Manic Panic–wielding teens to include women well into their twenties (not to mention thirties) who might be fashionable, though not necessarily alternative. Google image search "celebrity" and "dip-dye" and results will return Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Kesha, yes, but also Drew Barrymore, Diane Kruger, and Kate Bosworth. It was Rachel McAdams' kicky pink strands way back at the 2007 SAG awards that first made me wonder if I should try it, but I never had the courage to take the plunge, until two things happened within the span of a week: I realized I had six months left until my thirtieth birthday (an impending milestone that has caused me to do all sorts of out-of-character things), and I came across an ad that featured a woman with wild cobalt-streaked hair driving a sensible sedan. The tagline: "Yes, there are still people with blue hair who drive a Buick." If Big Auto was onto the trend, I reasoned, it didn't have much of a shelf life left. I better act now.
"Whenever a trend comes out, there are always the early adopters and the second wave of people who were too nervous to do it the first time," says L.A.-based colorist Kristin Ess, the genius behind thebeautydepartment.com. Ess is responsible for Lauren Conrad's chameleon-dipped strands: fuchsia, a cotton candy–colored mélange, and something she calls "porange" (a blushy blend of pink and orange). Ess's point about early adopters is well taken—after all, it was roughly three years ago that crop tops first made it down the runway at Prada. But today that look is still cool, though our collective eye has adjusted to the silhouette. I like to think my dip-dye will be received much the same way—perhaps not visionary, but still somewhat fresh.
I report to Roxie, a colorist specializing in rainbow hues, at Hairstory Studio, a salon opened by Bumble and bumble founder Michael Gordon in Manhattan's Financial District, and the perfect place for someone with my kind of hair baggage: One of the styling rooms even comes with a therapist-office-esque chaise. Turns out that's not for me, it's for Roxie, who reclines on the daybed and informs me that she's concerned I may have missed the boat. "Three years ago, everyone was asking for dip-dye. First it was the artists, then it was the creative people with money, now it's schoolteachers." Still, she books me an appointment a week later for, as she puts it, a "translucent, minty-green blue"—a color that we think will cancel out some of the ruddiness in my skin, complement my light-colored eyes, and pay tribute to my astrological sign (Pisces).
Because I am a second- (or third-?) waver, Roxie plans to update "the My Little Pony thing" that was popular when the look hit critical mass in 2011 by reducing the contrast between my tips and my ends and gingerly painting the color on, bit by bit.
Gingerly indeed. A warning to anyone contemplating dip-dye who assumes the process will take less time than regular highlights because, you know, it's only the tips: This is an all-day affair—I arrived at 10 A.M. and didn't leave until close to 5 P.M. Roxie first has my hair cut to get rid of some volume so that "the color can really pop"; she then dyes my natural roots a darker brown to create more contrast, and only after that does she ready my tips with bleach. It's about five hours into the process (and three quarters of the way through Roxie's life story) before I actually see a bottle of anything resembling a wacky color. (She makes a game-time decision to swap out the blue for a dusty lavender that she promises will be even more flattering.)
When I leave, I anticipate double takes—I am, after all, a woman with purple hair. Yet, I'm surprised and frankly a little disappointed when most people are underwhelmed. "I can't see it," says a coworker when I return to my desk. I find this slightly hard to believe, but the color started subtle and then softened with every wash. Two and a half weeks later, I find myself looking into temporary solutions to keep it alive.
This was perhaps the most surprising part of the process. I hoped I at least wouldn't hate myself for doing this, but I never expected I'd want to keep it. I find I'm a little more daring when it comes to the rest of my look: One day I wear fire-engine red lipstick to work, out of the blue. Not particularly groundbreaking, but a big step for someone who typically goes barefaced. I get an e-mail from Ess. "Did you end up doing it? I want to see a picture." I send her a selfie taken at my desk. A few minutes later she writes back: "It looks so good. Subtle…." And, "I love the red lipstick."

Photo: Paul Physioc

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hailee Steinfeld Debuts Shoulder-Length Cut on the Red Carpet: See Her New Hairstyle

Hailee Steinfeld at the screening for "The Homesman" on Nov. 11, 2014.
Hailee Steinfeld trimmed her long hair and debuted a shoulder-length hairstyle at The Homesman premiere in Hollywood on Tuesday, Nov. 11 Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Big chop alert!
Hailee Steinfeld debuted a much shorter hairstyle on the red carpet at The Homesman premiere on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Hollywood.
The Oscar-nominated actress, 17, looked like she had grown up overnight in the new shoulder-length hairstyle with loose waves. Celebrity hair magician Mara Roszak took credit for the mature look on her Instagram page, writing: “This beauty #chopchop.”
Prior to the change, which included long side bangs, the True Grit actress rocked her brown hair in a long style with a center part. “I’m pretty natural [when it comes to hair care], actually,” she told Fashionista.com in 2012. “I’m very fortunate, I’ve got a really great wave. I normally just kind of get out of the shower and throw it up in a bun.”
Hailee Steinfeld debuted a shoulder-length hairstyle on the red carpet.
Hailee Steinfeld debuted a shoulder-length hairstyle on the red carpet.
Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Steinfeld’s red carpet attire was just as dazzling as her new ‘do. Opting for a dainty ensemble, the star wore a purple Monique Lhuillier tea-length dress with a blooming brocade pattern on the bottom half. She carried a shiny clutch bag and wore nude strappy sandals.

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Latest Hairstyle Trends For Women

The hair trend keeps on changing very fast. So you need to update yourself with all the latest hairstyle trends to look trendy and beautiful. There are different types of hairstyles that can be made depending upon the texture and length of the hair. But which one to choose out of the available options depends upon you.

To decide on it,you can keep in mind the occasion for which you want to make a hairstyle and the type of your hair and face cut as all hairstyles does not suit all face cuts.Some of the latest hairstyles for women with long hair are discussed here.

Wavy Scrunch

The hair are tied up in a wavy form and they will give a perfect look. The dark chocolaty color is the best hair color to use when hair has to be arranged in a wavy form. Pull all your hair at the back to get an amazing look.


This is the most preferred hairstyle for winters. The curls are tight and are coiled to create a ring like shape. These ringlets fall across the face. The ombre color can be used in winter and the fades used in this color set the perfect trend of contrast in hair color.

Party Low Bun

If you have to attend a formal occasion then making a low bun is the best option. This low bun gives a simple yet sophisticated look. Caramel highlights can be used to give remaining hair a multi-dimensional look which is the latest trend in hairstyles.

Swirling curls

Making curls all over hair with minor twists will give a new look to your face. This hairstyle can be used by both short hair and long hair people. The curls can be highlighted by coloring the edges of the hair or between different curls.

Guess model Hairstyle

This hairstyle is used by the model of the Guess so it is named as Guess Model. In this hairstyle, bangs that created are made with voluminous curls at the lower hair and a crown is created at the forehead with hair to give a perfect hairdo.

Perfect Layers Straight long hair is not so attractive than the layered hair. So give a good shape to your hair and go for layering. The layering can be done in three-step, four steps or five steps .The face can be framed by making short bangs on the front side with a beautiful blowout to increase the beauty of layer on your hair.

Sleek Styled hair

Keep your hair in sleek form if possible. All you need to do is get your hair straightened and make long bangs that blend with other layers thus giving a perfect frame to your face.

Flipped Out

In flipped out hairstyle,string bold highlights are used. All the short layers of the hair are known as bangs and they are blended with long hair.You can use different hair color on short and long hair and merging both hair will give a nice contrast.You need to use a curling iron at the edges of the hair. Then all hair are pushed at the front side.

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Number Of Men's Hairstyles For Various Hair Lengths 2012

Similar to women, males can also have different hairstyles to represent their own personality as well as trend. This year not just focuses on single size hair do for males, instead it provides a number of men's hairstyles for various hair lengths.

Shorter Hair Styles: Most men wish to have shorter hairstyle. There are lots of reasons behind why males want to have shorter hair. It may be due to their faith based principles or even due to their busy schedules. To be able to acquire any kind of hairstyle, a person needs several hair styling tools and equipment. For example, guys who have to get smooth appearance must require the use of wax or gel after neatly combing your hair. The kind of a styling product that you choose is dependent upon your hair style that you would like to acquire.

Casual Hair Styles: Obtaining straighter hair is actually the very first style which comes in casual hair styles list. This kind of style might be easy to model in anyway and it moves freely while enhancing your appearance. This particular style provides almost any man to obtain stylish as well as fantastic physical appearance. Here are the few kinds of simple straight hair cuts: short crops,sliced razor haircut and short layered haircut.

Wavy Hairstyles: The majority of men prefer to obtain curly hair styles and check for variations which can be suitable with their facial features as well as hair texture. Males who would like to style their wavy hair need to invest most time and also special care to style the Hairstylist as compared to the straight hair. Also use of moulding lotion is very much vital that you get that natural hair texture. You can also think about applying wax and also serum to acquire that sexy appearance.

Curly Hairstyles: Whenever a person with frizzy hair views more casual hair cuts, he will definitely attain the fantastic appearance. However some males find it difficult to handle those snug curls and robust waves. Such males can consider the damp appearance to make curls smooth. Do not forget that damp hair can grant fresh and also dynamic appearance for guy.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Latest Short Black Hairstyles 2013 Trends

With only two weeks into the New Year 2013 let's discuss and review the trends of short black hairstyles 2013 as a foundation for next year's hairstyles trend. As we already know the trend of hairstyles in the last few years, or decade depending how you see the dynamic of fashion world, shows the tendency toward the more prominent use of short hairstyles compared to the more traditional longer hair. The indication of this tendency can be perceived by the number of high profile celebrity who prefers the short hairstyles such as Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, Rihanna, Ashlee Simpson, Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham.

There is also significant increase of exposure on short hairstyle in the fashion media whether it is article, cover or even runway model sporting short hairstyles. This trend can be influenced by several factors. The first is the fashion statement, that by sporting short hairstyles a woman looks more liberated, independent and modern. This brings us to the second factor, the practicality.

With longer hairstyles most women may lose hours of their precious time managing and styling their long locks just to be ready for an event or even a daily work. This is highly ineffective and restricting the mobility of women in this modern era. Therefore with the reason of simplicity and practicality more and more women now prefer the short hairstyle more compared to the longer hairstyles.

While many fashion advisor and observer often mentioned that the short hairstyles goes along really well with bolder and catchier hair color like deep red or shocking pink for the hair shade the most safest and standard hair color is black. The color black for short hairstyles is really popular to be chosen because not everyone can pull out the catchy hair color without looking too tacky and too loud. In addition you can always combine the hair color black with some other shade like pink, red or blue for the highlight if you really want to add flair to your hairstyle.