If ever there was a perfect time for a hairstyle re-set it would be right now. There’s little we can control at the moment—science, politics, weather—but we certainly can take charge of how we wear our hair! To that end, here are some fresh and fun hairstyle updates, reflecting the shapes and textures that are trending at this very moment, according to the experts at Biolage.
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Curls are springier than ever these days, and curl silhouettes are streamlined and chic thanks to modern cutting methods. And who says curly girls can’t wear bangs? “As long as curls are cut carefully, section by section,” says Artistic Director and Texture Expert Michelle O’Connor, “anything is possible. Cutting curly hair is almost like sculpture—hair stylists must continuously be assessing balance and weight as they cut.”
If your bob has become a bit too bulky, consider adding a few elongating layers. Not only will you streamline unwanted fullness, but you’ll also gain some flattering lift at the roots. To style for even more volume, apply a volumizing mousse to damp hair. Divide your hair into sections and wrap the top sections around a round brush, in the opposite direction that it lays naturally. Let each section cool completely before flipping it back into place.
Swept Away By The ‘70s
Front sections that sweep back off the face are evoking major Farrah Fawcett vibes, but in a modern way. Starting those swept back sections at cheekbone level prevents the look from becoming too retro, as does balayage hair color that focuses on lightening the bottom sections. Keep highlighted hair in flawless condition with regular applications of a deep-conditioning mask formulated for color-treated hair.
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If you’ve always admired that rocker chic vibe, this is the trend you’ve been waiting for. “Right now the shag—in all lengths—is in high demand,” says Biolage Artistic Director Dilek Onur-Taylor. “What my clients love about the layered shag is how versatile it is. They can air dry it or add curl. I like creating haphazard waves with a flat iron for a tousled, effortless finish. Long curtain bangs or choppy baby bangs give the shag even more edginess. Use a texturizing gel to add separation and definition to the layers.”
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An A-line bob that grazes the collarbone in front is the epitome of chic and straddles the “long and short” worlds beautifully. Ask your stylist to nip into the ends to prevent the haircut from looking too solid. A few waves—created with a jumbo curling iron—show off pearly blonde hair color like this to perfection. Regular use of a deep treatment mask for damaged hair will repair the damage done by hair color or bleach and keep delicate strands strong and shiny.
Instead of a Netflix binge one evening, why not switch over to some YouTube tutorials on braiding techniques? A braid upgrades any ordinary ponytail or updo. There are millions of ways to twist and turn your hair, like these head-hugging Dutch braids that top off a low ponytail. Before beginning a braid, spray sections of hair with dry shampoo, which will provide the texture you need to keep a firm grip on your hair.
Big, Bouncy Curls
Hair By: @michelleoconnorbeauty
Inspired by the Queen Charlotte’s towering wigs in Bridgerton, curls are trending toward the high and mighty. Bottom line? More is more! Curls crave moisture so keep them topped up with lots of deep conditioning, including a creamy leave-in. Then let them take shape. “The more you allow your curls to form naturally,” says Michelle O’Connor, “the better they will look over time.”
If your curtain bangs are beginning to droop, crisp them up with this clean, squared-off shape. Blunt bangs that fall just above the brows give off a vibe that’s equal parts Parisian chic and schoolgirl sweet. To blow dry blunt bangs, ditch your round brush and use a flat or paddle brush instead. Round brushes will create an unwanted “bump” in your bangs. Pop the nozzle onto your blow dryer and start windshield wiping your bangs left and right with the brush, aiming the airflow straight down onto your bangs from above. It’s best to start with super wet hair; if they get too dry, rewet your bangs with a little bit of styling spray to ensure a perfect fringe finish.
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Even if you think you’re taking good care of your hair, you may come to the point when you realize you need something extra. Maybe your strands are dryer than usual, perhaps they’re exhibiting signs of breakage or maybe your hair color is fading faster than you would like. Fortunately, there’s a rescue strategy ready and waiting, namely, deep conditioning treatments. “The struggle is real,” declares Matrix Artistic Director Dilek Onur-Taylor. “More and more people are experience the extensive damage that can only be reversed with deep conditioning treatments. The new Biolage Deep Treatment Packs contain the highest concentration of caring ingredients for healthier-feeling hair with each use*.” Here are nine more reasons to reach for a deep conditioning treatment.
It isn’t easy to keep heavily-colored and platinum blonde hair color on point, but beauty influencer Aspyn Ovard
somehow makes it look effortless. Her cute hairstyles always looks shiny and fresh, which is probably why she now has close to 2 million followers on Instagram and 3.5 million who follow her on YouTube! Want to know her beautiful hair secrets? They might surprise you!
Many people prefer to take a sulfate free hair care approach these days, and luckily, there are now many effective options for those who want to cleanse their hair with shampoos without sulfates
. Here’s an overview of available formulas, along with guidance from the pros at Matrix for choosing the best sulfate free formula for your hair.
Is your black clothing in permanent storage? Are you always sneaking glances at your shoulders, ready to brush away embarrassing white flakes? Is your scalp constantly itchy? Wondering what’s going on? The answer could be dandruff. Or it could be dry scalp. Each is a very different situation. Here’s how to figure out the difference and understand how to treat each one.
Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe refers to herself as “an acquired taste.” But one thing her 1.6 million Instagram followers seem to agree on is her hair is always to their taste—long and luscious with perfect balayage highlights and exquisitely-shaped hair waves. Curious about her beautiful hair secrets? Get ready because she’s telling all!
In the big world picture (political divisiveness, disease, injustice), oily hair isn’t the worst thing that can happen. But if your strands tend to become greasy and stringy by the end of each day (or sooner) it’s a pretty big deal to you. Excess oil causes your hairstyle to fall flat, your skin to feel oily and your confidence to droop.
Time for an honest assessment. Is your hair lacking its characteristic oomph? Does it seem dry, weak, fragile, frizzy or all-around not right? There are many ways to heal unhealthy hair, and one of the most effective ways is with a dose of keratin from a keratin hair care system
. Here is what you need to know about keratin for damaged hair.
For some women, the thought of a perm brings back frightening images of too-tight curls and crispy textures. For an entire generation of younger women, mention a perm and the response might be, “What’s that?” Perms were once the best way to achieve body and curl in a hair style, but with the advent of blow dryers, styling irons and hair styling products, perms have fallen by the wayside in recent decades. But thanks to some major new technology, including a formula that completely erases the unpleasant odor associated with the service, perms are resurging.
Your hairstylist has done the heavy lifting—namely creating the blonde, brown, blue, burgundy or lilac hair color of your dreams. Now it’s your turn. To keep your colored hair on point, you must school yourself in the best hair care for colored hair
. And if you lean toward a natural approach to beauty, you’ll also want to find natural ways to care for your colored hair. Here are 10 helpful colored hair care tips from Matrix pros.
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