Cute bun hairstyle: Learned it on YouTube!

Ladies, I have a confession. I’m terrible at fixing my daughter’s hair. Sure, I can handle the basics — pulling the sides up or a basic braid — but when it comes to disney hairthe fancy stuff, I’m at a loss.

But my 7-year-old daughter has always liked having her hair as LONG as possible. She calls it “princess hair.” (Thanks, Disney, for setting impossibly high hair standards for my kid. It’s much easier to keep hair in place when it’s hand-drawn by animators. Just sayin’.)

So I had this dilemma when it was time to help Kate get ready for the annual Father Daughter Dance at her elementary school. Last year, I made an appointment with a stylist to have her hair put in an up-do, but, in hindsight, it was kinda pricey and her hair ended up falling out of the hair pins even before she left for the dance.

This year I was determined to find a way to do it myself. So Kate and I searched YouTube until we found a hair tutorial that we liked that seemed “doable,” kate haireven for a hair newbie like me. We ended up using the tutorial you see below, which was very easy to follow. It’s from the Cute Girls Hairstyles website, and they have TONS of videos online. Click HERE to see them.

The results were great! I couldn’t quite believe it once it was done. The picture on the right is a shot of our finished results. It’s not perfect but she looked cute and she LOVED her hair.

Hope this helps my fellow mamas who want to learn a few new tricks for doing your daughter’s hair. If even I can learn a new hair trick or two from YouTube, I guarantee you can do it, too.

Freshair’s new Blowout Bar!

freshair blowout3There’s a new cure in town for bad hair days. Freshair Salon has opened a new “Blowout Bar!” Wildly popular in big cities, blowout bars offer a quick fix that takes your hair from ho-hum to amazing.

A blowout includes a wash, blow dry and finish by a professional stylist. And it doesn’t matter if your hair is curly, straight, long or thick, blowouts cost a flat fee of $30 at Freshair’s new Blowout Bar.

Some women get blowouts for special occasions, but they’re a treat any time you need your hair to look great  — big meeting, family photo, anniversary dinner, first date, fun girls’ night out, tailgate party, etc. Some women like to get a blowout service at the beginning of a busy weekend so that their hair will look good all weekend without lots of extra styling time.

If you’d like to know what tools and products you need to get a good blowout, click HERE to see the Blowout tutorial on the Freshair Facebook page. It lists tools and products used as well as step-by-step instructions for how the pro’s do blowouts.

To book an appointment at the Freshair Blowout Bar, call 479-251-1877 or swing by their location at 210 W. Sunbridge in Fayetteville to see the boutique nestled into the salon’s lobby. (It’s full of really cute, fun accessories, Razorback stuff, gift items and lots more.) Have a happy hair day!

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Keratin Treatment Review: The fountain of hair youth?

Okay, girls. This is the true story of my quest for more “good hair days.” During the past six months or so, I’ve been REALLY frustrated with my hair for a few reasons:

  • No matter how much I deep conditioned it, it always looked too dry, bordering on unhealthy.
  • No matter how many straightening products I used on it, it would still do this awkward half wavy, half straight thing that gave me a daily “bedhead” look. (Not the casual, sexy kind of bedhead look. More like the “I’ve been living under a bridge” look.)
  • bad hair day dogI had to wash my hair every single day if I had any hope of it looking halfway decent. Even with a high-powered flat iron, I couldn’t tame the mess my hair would be when I woke up in the morning, so it was easier to just start all over with a shower. Even after a long flat-ironing session, my hair would start to flip, wave and generally misbehave a few hours after I styled it in the morning.

So you understand why I was fed up with it, right?

The research: Being the hard core research geek that I am, I Googled the heck out of my hair problems. I searched for advice for women with thick, semi-wavy hair like mine. I’d heard that Keratin treatments and Brazilian Blowouts could help with the kinds of issues I was having, so I concentrated my research on those two services. Both sounded pretty great. I read a ton of reviews on both. (And yes, there are always some scary reviews out there that say that a hair treatment caused their hair to fall out, but there were way more good reviews versus scary ones.) You should do your own research to make sure you’re comfortable with any kind of new hair service.

The decision: After talking to a stylist at Freshair Salon in Fayettevillethe wonderful Kara Cashion — I decided to try keratin logothe Keratin Complex treatment. The smell is better, and it’s supposed to last longer. I only had to sit with the chemical on my hair (which didn’t stink) for about half an hour or so. Then she dried it and flat-ironed my hair in very small sections until it was stick straight.

The temporary downside: The only challenging part about the actual treatment was the three days afterward. After you get a Keratin treatment, you can’t wash your hair for three days. You can’t hide it under a ball cap, either. You can’t put it in a ponytail. You have to avoid sweating too much around the hairline. The treatment needs to really set in for those three days. My hair doesn’t get greasy quickly on its own, but with extra product in there, it got pretty oily that third day. It was tougher than I anticipated to wait it out.

The BIG upside: That first shower after the 72-hour waiting period was glorious. But the big moment of truth was drying my hair for the first time. I was stunned and thrilled because this is what happened:

  • It took less time to dry it.
  • It did what I wanted it to do with the use of only a round brush and a hair dryer. No flat iron needed! (Insert hallelujah chorus here.)
  • It stayed that way ALL DAY, and the next morning when I rolled out of bed, all I had to do was brush it to make it look good again. Ah, sweet victory!

Update: Right now I’m a little more than a month past the service, and I’m still SO glad I did it. My hair doesn’t look dry anymore. In fact, I feel like the texture of it looks the way it did 10 years ago — like my hair got younger.

It also continues to be so much easier to style on a day-to-day basis, and I can usually get away with washing it every other day. I’m definitely planning on another Keratin treatment when this one starts to wear off, and my research tells me that a treatment can last anywhere from three to six months!

The cost: It’s expensive. No doubt about it. I winced when I handed over my credit card to pay for the service, which can range from $350 to $450, depending on your hair type and length. But here’s the way I look at it: I’m a big believer in “price per wear” when it comes to clothes, and I think the same principle applies to hair.

For example, if you buy a super cheap shirt for 10 bucks, wear it twice, and then it looks terrible after the second time you wash and dry it, then your “price per wear” was about $5 and the shirt probably doesn’t get worn again. If you bought a more expensive (better quality) shirt for $50 and you wear it 25 times over the course of two years and it still looks great, then your “price per wear” is $2 and will continue to get lower each time you wear the shirt — which means the more expensive shirt is the better deal. Make sense?

So, since I’m “wearing” my hair every second of every day, it’s easier to justify the cost when I look at it over a five-month period. Yes, my husband probably thinks its nuts to spend that kind of money on hair, but then again he has never had to operate a flat-iron on a daily basis. And now he doesn’t have to hear me gripe at the mirror when my hair looks ridiculous. Everybody wins.

Would I do it again? Yep. In a heartbeat. I really do feel like it has improved the overall condition of my hair, in addition to making my life easier in the mornings. Next time, I may consider getting the Keratin Complex Express Blowout, simply because it’s quicker (takes about an hour) and you only have to wait 8 hours after the treatment before you can wash your hair. It’s also less expensive (about $125), however, the effects don’t last as long (about 6 weeks). But it still might be worth a try if I’m not up for the three days of no hair washing.

If you’d rather try the Brazilian Blowout, that treatment ranges in cost from $250 to $350, and it takes about 2 to 3 hours. You can, however, wash your hair right away and the treatment effects last up to 3 months.

before and after shotIf you’re considering giving Keratin Complex or Brazilian Blowout treatments a try, be sure you do your research. I looked at as many “before and after” pictures as I could find online, and I talked to as many friends as I could who knew people who’d had this service done. You can find great “before and after” pics on the Freshair Facebook page. Just click HERE. (Note: The pic on the right isn’t my hair. It’s one of the pics on the Freshair Facebook page, and this particular shot is before and after a Brazilian Blowout. Pretty dramatic, huh?.)

Just be sure to go to a stylist who has experience doing these types of treatments and works in a well-ventilated salon (since reviews say that some treatments like the Brazilian Blowout can create strong fumes.) If you’d like to talk to the stylists at Freshair Salon in Fayetteville (where I got my hair miracle), you can call them at 479-251-1877 or check out their website by clicking HERE. Owner Shelby Lambidonis can answer your questions, as can any of the stylists on staff.

Good luck, and Happy Hair Days.

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Hair: Help me Rhonda on learning new hairstyles

By Rhonda Moulder, stylist and mama of 2

Sometimes my clients who are busy mamas of little girls ask me for tips about cute hair-braiding techniques they can try out on their little ones — especially when they’re sick of the same old ponytail. The good news here is that the World Wide Web is FULL of great video tutorials that can teach you everything from the most basic braid to some very intricate, amazing braided hairstyles.

If there’s a certain type of braid (French, fishtail, Dutch, etc.) that you’d like to learn how to do, you can either go to YouTube and type in that name or you can go to any of the popular hairstyle sites that specialize in teaching you how to master these techniques. I like a site called Cute Girls Hairstyles because it features a mom working her hair magic on her own daughters and it covers a wide variety of styles. She also teaches mamas a thing or two about cute ways to style your own hair. Cute Girls Hairstyles has more than a half a million subscribers on YouTube.

Here’s one of their videos that was filmed when the Mom was away, so Daddy had to fill in and fix the girls’ hair. It is hilarious! But the guy did a great job and this is a neat little trick for pulling the hair back and getting it out of your daughter’s face. In this “Daddy Do” video below, he teaches us how to do a pull-back into a square knot. Enjoy!

The holidays are a great time to try out some new hair techniques on your daughters, so watch a few videos and start practicing!

Rhonda Moulder, pictured right, is a mama to two beautiful daughters and is also a stylist in Bentonville at Studio 28 Salon. E-mail her a hair question at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com or call for an appointment at 479-270-4480. Have a happy hair day.

Hair: “Help Me Rhonda” goes to a hair show

By Rhonda Moulder, stylist and mama of 2

Hi, mamas! Guess who went to the Ritz? I felt like a princess when I strolled into the St. Louis Ritz Carlton recently for a hair show.

The show began on a Sunday morning and it kicked off with some amazing hair color and cuts on the models. Hair shows are a great way for stylists to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest hair in the world.

So what’s trending right now? Glad you asked:

  • Shorter cuts are a big hit for fall with bright peek-a-boo color accents throughout the hair. They call it “cutting to the color instead of coloring to the cut.” Kind of confusing I know, but normally, a stylist or colorist will place hair color to accentuate the cut. But with this new method, the idea is to color the hair first and then create a cut to accentuate the color. (Here’s an example of what peek-a-boo color accents look like.)
  • Fringe or bangs is also popular right now. Most of the fringe I saw at the hair show was full and thick across the forehead. Before you go chasing this trend, it’s important to know that this look will work beautifully if you have a found or oval face. If, however, your face is square or rectangle, this could be a disaster and here’s why: Remember the old “stripes across the rear” thinking? Well, just as stripes across the rear make it look broader, a straight row of fringe across the forehead creates a hard, horizontal line. If you put a horizontal line on a square, it makes that square look even wider. So for a square or rectangle face, I like to cut fringe that frames the eyes. I use a semicircle shape in order to avoid that horizontal line.

Always remember to talk to your stylist and let him or her know exactly what you want for your hair. And keep in mind that stylists are visual thinkers, by nature, so don’t forget to bring along a few photos so you can show her the look you have in mind.

Have a great hair day!

Rhonda Moulder, pictured right, is a mama to two beautiful daughters and is also a stylist in Bentonville at Studio 28 Salon. E-mail her a hair question at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com or call for an appointment at 479-270-4480. Have a happy hair day.

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