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Hair Tools Tricks

Hair Tools Tricks

Every day we rely on a host of tried and trusted tools that curl, straighten, wave, and dry our hair to salon perfection. But are you really getting the most from them? Your go-to tools should help you achieve beautiful results with minimal hassle. So whether you’re looking to invest in a shiny new kit, or you want to achieve more with your current arsenal, there are ways to get more from your tools.

London-based hairstylist Kimberly Jayne notes that when it comes to your kit, less is more. “As long as I have a curling wand, set of flat irons, and a good blow dryer, I can achieve tons of different looks with different hair types and textures,” she says. “It’s important to select tools that come with adjustable temperature settings so that you can retain ultimate control when working with different hair types. And using a heat protectant whenever applying heat goes without saying.”

Flat Iron

Flat irons have quickly become a stylist’s staple, thanks to their versatility. A model that comes with ceramic or tourmaline-coated plates, such as the BaBylissPRO PRIMA 3000 Flat Iron, should be your go-to, since it offers additional protection and creates a sleeker finish. As a general rule, the shorter your strands, the thinner the plates should be. If you have super-thick or long hair, wider plates will help to speed up the styling time.

While flat irons make creating smooth, sleek strands a cinch, they’re also great for boosting texture. Create some cool crimps by dividing your hair into four to six sections then plaiting into simple three-strand braids. Run your flat iron over your braids to apply heat, then allow to cool. Remove the braids to reveal effortlessly crimped texture.

It’s simple to create day-to-night bouncy waves with your flat iron, too. Take a 1-inch section of hair and wrap it around your flat iron plates as you simultaneously turn the iron away from your head. Pull the iron down towards the end of the section, then repeat throughout your hair. Break up the curls by raking your fingers through them to complete the look.

Curling Wand

Sure, you can wrap your hair around your curling wand and achieve effortless waves, but your favorite tool allows for even more control. Want tight curls? Wrap hair tightly around the thinner end of the wand to achieve the look. To add volume to the roots, hold your wand vertically with the largest part of the barrel closest to the roots and the thinnest part towards the ends. Don’t have time to do all of your hair? Wave the front sections away from your face to instantly create a more polished finish.

For the ultimate in long-lasting curls, try the pin curl technique. Rather than let the section fall off the end of your curling wand, catch it in your hand, roll it up, and secure with a bobby pin to allow the curl to set. Once completely cooled, remove the pins for longer lasting, Victoria’s Secret-esque curls.

Blow Dry

Don’t have time—or space when travelling—for your curling wand or flat irons? Create quick-and-easy, beachy waves using your blow dryer. Apply volumizing mousse to damp strands, before taking a section, twirling it around your finger, then blow drying a section at a time. Repeat all over for an effortlessly beachy look.

Air-dried hair doesn’t have to be a fast route to a bad hair day. Allow your strands to dry naturally by 70 percent before you reach for your blow dryer to help reduce frizz and promote shine. Lock in your style by blasting with the cold setting.

While you probably use your blow-dryer, flat irons, and curling wand without a second thought, re-thinking your method and techniques can transform your results.

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Travel-Friendly Hairstyles

Travel-Friendly Hairstyles

As you pack your bag for your upcoming trip, you’re probably contemplating what hairstyles will suit the outfits you’re taking along. While it’s fun to dream up lounging on the sand with bouncy, bombshell waves or an intricately woven waterfall braid, remember that pulling off these looks could take a slew of styling tools and products you may not have space for in your luggage, as well as hours of style prep when you’d rather explore local hotspots.

“When traveling, I suggest doing hairstyles that don’t require much maintenance,” says New York-based celebrity stylist Kahh Spence. “You don’t want to have to think about dealing with it, or even doing much with your hair. I always tell my clients to do braids, messy buns and ponytails. These are simple in their own way and don’t require a lot of time to accomplish, which is great when traveling.”

Ready to explore your options? No matter what your hair type or length, these effortlessly chic hairstyles require minimal product and prep time.

On the Plane: Topknot

Sitting with your head against an airplane seat for more than a couple hours can cause flat hair. Prevent this by tying your hair into a loose topknot. Start by flipping your head forward and pulling all your hair upward. Secure the knot with a no-tug hair tie.

By the Pool: Undone Bun

Not only does this hairstyle look sexy with any style of swimsuit, it also protects your hair from heat and chlorine. For a more textured look, spritz some texturizing spray, like One ’n Only™ Speed Style™ Dry Texturizing Spray, on dry hair before gathering it into a loose ponytail. Twist your hair into a bun and secure. Make sure to leave some loose pieces around your face for a more dramatic finish.

On the Road: Fishtail Braid

For trips that include multiple destinations, you can never go wrong with a braid. It’s versatile, and you can even take it from day to night. For the most effortless look, start with a deep side part. Gather your hair in a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Braid the entire tail onto one side and over your shoulders. Once you’ve reached the end, move the elastic band to the end of the braid to secure. Gently tug sections of the braid apart for a messy, tousled look.

In the City: Twisted Halo

If you want a more sophisticated look, this hairstyle requires minimal time and effort but promises a whole lot of wow—and it works whether you have short or long hair. For a simple yet stylish twist, smooth flyaway strands with an anti-frizz cream like One ’n Only™  Argan Oil Cream-to-Serum Styler. With your hair parted in the middle, grab a thin section from one side and twist several times towards the back. Secure it with a bobby pin then do the same on the other side.

Sunday Brunch: Side Pony

No time time to wash your hair? A side pony is great for second-day hair. To create volume, lift the hair at the crown and spray with a dry shampoo. Pull your hair back into a low ponytail and then pull the sides taut. This will give your hair a little bit of pouf at the crown. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie and pull the entire tail towards your shoulder.

When you don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed, count on these easy-to-create hairstyles to do the trick. Just remember to bring a few essential hair care products with you to give your locks some TLC wherever you may be.

Best Hairstyles for Your Hair Texture

Best Hairstyles for Your Hair Texture

We’ve all walked into a salon clutching a picture of a model or celebrity and declared that we ‘want her hair’ but, when it comes to hairstyles, one size doesn’t fit all. Whether your hair is fine, coarse, curly, or straight, the key to having more good hair days is to work with what you’ve got. The right style will ensure hair is more manageable and easier to style in the mornings. Follow these foolproof tricks to ensure bad hair days are a thing of the past.

Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, but a lot of it, it can become heavy and lifeless, advises London-based stylist Kimberly Jayne. “Seamless layers will help to create the movement and shape that high-density fine hair needs. A layered pixie crop is an easy on-trend option for women with fine hair. If you’d prefer to wear your hair longer, a layered chin or shoulder length hairstyle will really work with your natural texture,” notes Jayne.

On the other hand, if your hair is fine, but you don’t have lots of it, skip the layers altogether and go for a blunt-cut bob or graduated bob instead. Blunt lines create the illusion of fuller, thicker strands.

Coarse Hair

Coarse hair can become too heavy and unruly when you adopt the wrong hairstyle. Steal back some styling time with a hairstyle that’s conducive to reducing bulk and weight. Ask your stylist for razor-cut layers to remove mass and create shape. Too much weight in the lengths and ends of the hair can cause it to fall flat. Similarly, avoid blunt cuts, which can emphasize excess weight.

If you have hair that’s coarse, but low in density, the goal is to add bluntness to your style for a flattering finish. Coarse, low-density hair tends to lay flat against the head, so incorporate root-lifting, texturizing products such as One ‘n Only™ Speed Style™ Dry Texturizing Spray into your routine to create added volume.

Curly Hair

Curly hair can be tricky to style, but the key to reducing frizz and increasing manageability is the right haircut. While layers can help reduce excess mass, they should be cut into select places to help create balance. Too much shearing can cause the ends to look too transparent and wispy, so keep some fullness towards the ends of the hair. While mid-length to longer styles work for high-density curls, if you have curly hair that’s less dense, then a shorter, cropped style is a carefree option for your natural texture.

Straight Hair

Add texture and definition to super-straight locks with piece-y layers. A long shag cut adds shape and interest to naturally straight hair. Long side-swept or blunt bangs can amp up the interest of this look. To prevent strands from falling flat, encourage movement and texture with a spritz of One ‘n Only™  Argan Oil Volumne Hair Spray.

While face shape, personal style and the amount of time you can dedicate to upkeep all play roles, working with your natural texture and density will ensure you score your best possible hairstyle.

Best Hairstyles for Your Face Shape

Best Hairstyles for Your Face Shape

Who knew finding your perfect hairstyle was so easy? While it’s always fun to look at the latest hair trends, letting your face shape guide the way will give you your most flattering tresses. Los Angeles-based hairstylist Cici Andersen explains, “the idea is to give the illusion of a balanced, proportional and symmetrical face. If you think about it, a circle, oval, square, or heart are already symmetrical. It’s about adding fullness in the right places to create the ‘ideal’ oblong shape.”

In other words, every woman can look effortless with the right style to frame her face.

Round Face

If you have medium-length or long hair and your face is roundish like Selena Gomez or Ginnifer Goodwin, consider layers in the front starting at your chin to distract attention from the cheeks. Light, bouncy waves or a sleek style will help to balance the roundness, especially with longer hair. Ideally, keep the volume of the hair around your face to a minimum. Beach waves are quick and easy to create if you want to flatter the face without all the fullness. If that’s not your style, brush through your locks and use a smoothing treatment like the One ‘n Only™ Argan Oil treatment for a visibly sleeker, frizz-free look.

If you have a shorter mane, opt for even more texture with different layers to help elongate the shape of the face. Pixie cuts with bangs swept to one side are flattering, and they give the same lengthening effect.

Oval Face

If your face is oval face like Jessica Alba’s, you can experiment with hairstyles a little more. While you’ll find just about any style looks great, a tousled ponytail with face-framing tendrils, for longer-haired beauties, is a great option for bringing more attention to the face. Should you have a preference on the texture of your gorgeous tresses, just be sure avoid too much volume on top, which will throw off the balance of your oval shape.

Rocking a shorter mane? Try directing the attention towards your favorite feature, such as bangs to highlight your eyes, or chin-length layers to have everyone staring at your lips. The choice is yours.

Heart-Shaped Face

If you have a sweetheart face shape like Reese Witherspoon, you are one of the lucky ones. Side-swept bangs or a deep side part can give the illusion of balancing out the face since this shape is typically wider by the forehead before slimming down at the chin. No matter what length your hair is, adding texture is the way to go.

Longer-haired women might appreciate that styling any curls near the shoulder area will soften the jawline. Finishing the ends of your mane off with a texturing spray, such as the One ‘n Only™ Speed Style™ Dry Texturizing Spray will add even more volume for balance. Hair on the shorter side? Simple waves flatter just as well. And if your hair is curly, embrace your tendrils for a more natural look, using a styling gel only at the crown of your head for less weight near the forehead.

Square Face

Using your hair to complement a square-shaped face, like Olivia Wilde and Jessica Simpson have done, is easy. Stay away from cuts with straight edges, and go for softer styles that cover one or two of the “corners” of your face, such as a center part or side-swept bangs. No matter the length, you can’t go wrong with layers and waves for this face shape.

For a chic style for longer hair, a loose chignon is a beautiful look. Parting your hair down the center, make two ponytails to tie into a loose knot. Wrap one side and pin down, then do the same to the other side. Before you finishing it off with hairspray, make sure to take some pieces out around the front to give a frame to your face.

In the end, no matter your face shape, it’s all about “finding a combination of length and layering that works for you,” says Andersen. And, don’t forget to have fun with your new look.