PRAVANA Creates Festival-Ready Hair Inspired By Mood Rings

Coachella is less than a week away! Have you planned out your looks for each day? Fashion is certainly a key part of this three-day music festival with inspiration pulled anywhere from nature to the music (I’m looking at you, bohemian and hippie-esque lovers!). Ever since colorful hair made its mark in the beauty and fashion world, you can definitely expect brightly-colored locks and creative hairstyles as a key accessory at Coachella this year.

PRAVANA, a professional hair care brand and leader in hair color, teamed up with celebrity stylist Danny Moon and hairstylist Kait Marie to create a beautiful, festive hair color inspired by mood rings. Below, fashion blogger Francis Lola models three festival-appropriate styles. With the simple use of twists, braids and hair accessories, these ‘dos are practical and can be easily worn and transitioned from day one to day three.

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Francis Lola’s hair before and after PRAVANA.

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Day Three.

Would you wear these mood ring-inspired styles? What inspires your festival style?

 

 

All photos courtesy of Huck Hinshaw and PRAVANA.

Colorist:  Danny Moon @majormoonn
Stylist:  Kait Marie @kaitmariehair
Makeup: Karen Sarahi @iluvsarahii
Model: Francis Lola @flamcis
Photographer: Huck Hinshaw @pleasantlycavingin
Courtesy of PRAVANA @pravana


The Most Talked About Hair Diffuser from NYFW

There was quite some buzz was going on backstage during New York Fashion Week, and no, it was not only about the designers’ pieces. Instead, an odd contraption connected to the hairdryers seemed to catching all the attention. These giant, sock-like cushions that were rolled around the ends of the hairdryers turned out to be ion hair diffusers. A NYFW attendee from Fashionista did some digging and discovered that the diffusers were in fact from Japan’s Y.S./Park, a beauty tool manufacturing company known for their top quality. Considering that many NYFW hairdressers were seen using them, we were stuck wondering what makes these diffusers different the old fashioned plastic diffusers?

1) It’s Lightweight

The biggest problem I saw with the plastic diffusers was that they would take up a good portion of my luggage space and weight. With Y.S. Park’s new design, it becomes easier to carry around and it’s fuss free. I can roll it up and toss it in my bag, and not worry about breaking the diffuser.

 

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Photo courtesy of precisionshears.com

2) No Frizz

Not only is the Y.S. Park diffuser durable, it’s highly effective. The sock design is meant to eliminate the airflow of the dryer and only allows heat through, thus eliminating any frizz.

 

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3) Faster Drying Time

On top of managing frizz, the nylon mesh in the front is coated in silver and titanium, which releases negative ions. Because the water particles in the hair have a positive ionic charge, the negative ions help disperse the water into smaller particles. Essentially, the drying time is cut in half and there’s less damage done to the hair.

 

For our curly haired ladies or even our ladies with more textured hair, the Y.S. Park ion diffuser might be the perfect tool for you. Less fuss, less frizz and efficient!

 

Featured image courtesy of dowa-international.com

 

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Star Dev Patel Has Two New Movies and a New Hairstyle

Sure, Slumdog Millionaire was released seven years ago and The Newsroom just finished airing its third and final season on HBO, but Dev Patel’s career is only looking better than ever. On March 6th, Patel will have two films released here in the United States – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Chappie. But first, we have to talk about his new hairstyle.

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Image courtesy of US Weekly

For as long as he’s been in the spotlight, Dev Patel has always sported the same hairstyle– Tidy, boyish, and something any mom would approve of. Now he’s rocking the longer locks and facial hair, which definitely gives him a more…mature look. In an interview with The Guardian, Patel says it’s for a role and “he’s not sure if he should keep it.” Should he? Here’s 5 more pictures below to help you decide.

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Image courtesy of Zimbio

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about his actual movies.

First, there is The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the sleeper, senior-citizen friendly hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Joined by a returning cast of British legends such as Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Dev Patel’s character, Sonny, tries to expand his senior citizen retirement home while trying to balance his upcoming wedding and a suave new guest played by Richard Gere. For fans of the first film, the sequel promises to provide more wacky hijinks, laughs and fun.

Patel’s other movie, Chappie, is a change of pace for him. A science fiction movie from the director of District 9 and Elysium, Chappie appears to be about an ET-esque robot with artificial intelligence named, you guess it, Chappie. Patel plays a kind-hearted scientist who “raises” Chappie and encourages him to explore his potential, much to dismay of Hugh Jackman’s ex-military character who has a thing against robots. While much of the movie seems to be kept under wraps, it looks as if the movie will come down to a showdown between Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman over the Chappie robot. And who isn’t down for that?

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens on March 6th, 2015 in limited release. Chappie opens on March 6th, 2015 in a theater near you.
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Guy Tang: Celebrity Hairstylist and Ombre Hair God

Remember years ago when ombre hair was a new trend? Who am I kidding? Girls are still rocking that sun-kissed look in their tresses, no matter what time of the year! Now, there are even ombre lip colors and nail designs. From the looks of things, it doesn’t seem like the ombre trend will end anytime soon. However, finding a hair stylist that can properly execute that gradient effect is difficult and pricey. No one wants to be stuck with a horrible dye job.

So ladies, thank hair heaven for Guy Tang. He is a talented magician to say the least. When the hair ombre first gained popularity among women, Tang was not only ahead of the game, he hit the mark by painting the perfect gradient effect on women’s hair.

Based in West Hollywood, California, Tang works as a hairstylist and model. He rose to fame quickly while tending to YouTube sensations Michelle Phan and Cassey Ho. According to his Facebook page, Tang trained extensively with Redken, Joico and Paul Mitchell, as well as a certified hair extension specialist. This allowed him to join forces with the popular clip-in hair extension company, Bellami, to create his own line of extensions that features his signature ombre.

He has made quite a name for himself, and for good reason. His work and passion speaks for itself.

From choppy and frizzy to smooth and fabulous.

From choppy and frizzy to smooth and fabulous.

In this case, orange is not the new black. Guy Tang color corrects a client's hair.

In this case, orange is not the new black. Guy Tang color corrects a client’s hair.

Guy Tang and Cassey Ho from Blogilates.

Guy Tang and Cassey Ho from Blogilates.

Tang’s clients on Yelp praise his work and many refer to him as a “hair god” while claiming he spends hours, an entire day even, dedicating himself to a single client. For this amount of work, don’t expect a cheap hair job either. It’s rumored that Tang’s heavenly work can cost you upwards from $500. Yikes! I guess I should start saving now.

All photos courtesy of Guy Tang.

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The Perfect Fall/Winter Hair: Nelson J Salon’s BRONDE

 

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. For many of you, that means sweater weather, boots and warm colors. But for those of you who are tired of dark and gloomy and are looking for a pop of color in your look, we suggest you use your hair.

Nelson Chan, the owner of Nelson J Salon, has brought together a number of looks perfect for the Fall/Winter season. Trust me when I say these are not your average cold weather hair colors. These hairstyles are sure to turn heads, while maintaining the warm feeling associated with the seasons. My favorite? Bronde.

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Bronde is a darker take on a blonde look first made popular by Victoria Secret supermodel, Giselle Bundchen.

“With a medium to dark base, boomerang-shaped blonde slices are scattered strategically around the eyes, cheekbones and neckline to add a bit of drama to what might otherwise be a basic brown. Placement is key, and the effect is more abstract than one which merely mimics nature. For instance, Chan does not place blonde highlights on the top of the head or parting, where in real life sunlight would fall and lighten locks. “Bronde” is an elegant, witty reimagining of how a worldly brunette might experience a last flicker of lingering summer as the seasons shift to darker days ahead.”

Clearly, Bronde strives to show the dark, warm colors of fall and winter with a lasting reminder of summer. The effect is a gorgeous Fall/Winter hairstyle that stands out brilliantly in comparison to the dark shades that are sure to pop up this season.

Upon first glance, I fell in love with this look. Would it truly look as good in person? I went to go find out for myself.

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A VISIT TO NELSON J SALON

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You may think you know good customer service, but you truly haven’t experienced anything unless you’ve stepped inside Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills.

I was a little apprehensive about the idea of walking out of a salon with giant chunks of blond in my hair, but a after few minutes of looking around, all apprehension disappeared. Everyone clearly knew what they were doing and more importantly, they were determined to do a good job.

I was greeted at the door by a friendly receptionist who gave me a tour of the salon which not only only offers hair service, they also do nails and makeup. After a greeting from all of the staff members and offers of refreshment, I finally met the famed Nelson Chan.

“Back in Hong Kong, I was just a shampoo boy having fun,” Chan reflected as he began working on my hair. He laughed and added, “My first hair cut took my three hours. I didn’t even finish.”

Well he has certainly come a long way since his days in Hong Kong. His salon has become one of the leading salons in Los Angeles. His work is so sought after that he is often summoned to celebrity homes and movie sets. His client list includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Paula Abdul, Devon Aoki, Christina Applegate, Sarah Michelle Geller and Maggie Q.

“We mainly have celebrities, professionals and house wives.” Chan added before he showed me, step by step, what he was going to do with my hair.

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In fact, there wasn’t a single moment during the entire visit where I wasn’t informed exactly what was going on. I was constantly asked if I was comfortable enough and it was obvious that the staff paid very close attention to every customer no matter how many there were. Chan confirmed that his staff members are thoroughly trained and are even taught new and updated techniques throughout their time working for him.

As the dye was washed off my hair by a staff member (who had the hands of an angel!), I noticed a customer in the middle of a deep conversation with her manicurist. It’s easy to see how this could happen– the staff made the environment extremely comfortable and welcoming to all the customers.

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By the time Chan was blow drying and curling my hair, any bit of apprehension was completely replaced with excitement. I had just witnessed 3 other girls walk out of the salon with giant smiles and I was confident that I would soon join them.

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Before and After.

Before and After.

Just as I had expected, my hair came out beautiful and has been eye catching enough to be a fashion accessory all on its own. The prices in Nelson J Salon can run a bit high, but it’s clear that you’re paying for an experience and for people who genuinely care . Best of all, you’re surrounded by people who sincerely seem to enjoy their work.

Ready to try out this perfect Fall/Winter hair for yourself? Check out the official website and schedule your appointment today.

 

 

Feature image courtesy of Nelson J Salon. 

 

Upgrade Your Braided Look With This Come-Back Hair Trend

 

By now, we’ve pretty much seen all kinds of braids — fishtail, french, milk-maid, you name it. Recently though, Marie Claire China brought to our attention an adorable hairstyle that was popular a few years ago and is now back — braiding a thin scarf into your hair.

Just as there are many types of braids, there are, of course, many ways you can wear this look, as seen in Indian American fashion designer Rachel Roy’s fall/winter collection at New York Fashion Week last year, as well as the recent Honor show.

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Honor Fall 2014

 

For a more casual look, you may want to try a more-toned style like this one, inspired by actress Bella Thorne.

Here is a step by step guide from the Chinese fashion site 17mr.org:

 

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And once you’ve mastered the basics, you can attempt to braid the scarf into a fancy french braided bun, like this Weibo user below:

 

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Happy braiding!

Dive Head First Into Pastel Colored Hair With Blogger Camie Juan

 

We’ve seen multicolored dip dyed hair take off, but a full head of bright or pastel colored hair? This fashion craze can be daunting, but Filipina fashion blogger Camie Juan of Wild-Spirit has mastered the trend.

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Going from black hair to bleached blond and now a lilac tone, Juan had dove head first into this hair color fad. Choosing colors that compliment her skin tone, Juan is able to make any outfit high fashion with her dreamy hair color.

Another fan of pastel tone hair is lead vocalist of K-pop band Secret, Hyosung, with her silver-lavender hair.

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Committing to a full head of lavender or pastel pink hair is something we may dream about, but it’s not easy to actually do it. Trading in your wash-and-go dark locks for harsh bleaching and endless root touch-ups may have some people second-guessing this high maintenance beauty endeavor. Your once silky smooth dark hair will seriously dry out and need a lot of TLC and expensive trips to the salon. (If you still wanna do it, get the inside scoop on going platinum from Asian hair stylist Vicky Shen here.) On the other hand, with hair this cool, you could basically wear tees and shorts and still look super stylish, so it may be all a wash in the end.

 

Weird Natural Remedies for Hair Care That Actually Work

 

Apparently, I’ve been spending too much on hair care products — it seems you can get them right in your very own local grocery store at a cheap price! Though they may not be fancy, traditional, or for some, not that appealing – I’m always one to save up money wherever I can! Here are some weird but effective hair remedies you can try at home:

1. Beer

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Beer helps your hair look shinier and also gives it volume. According to Dr. Ryan Welter via Fox News, “beer is rich in proteins and vitamins, through the natural barley and hops, it does contain nutrients for helping to develop healthy hair.” Pour it through your hair and rinse through. Bottom’s up!

 

2. Coffee Grounds

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Like beer, coffee grounds can also be used to soften and shine hair. Work a little handful of coffee grounds into hair while it’s still damp, and rinse thoroughly.

 

3. Raw Egg

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Back in the 40s, women used leftover eggs from their kitchen for hair treatment for strengthening and moisturizing purposes. It can also help remove dandruff where needed, and makes it silkier as well. Beat one egg as if cooking scrambled eggs, and apply it into dry hair. Leave it in for 30 minutes, then use your hair conditioner as usual and rinse.

 

 

 

Look For Less: Mason Pearson Hairbrush

Have you ever wanted to try a product, but you see the price and want to faint? That’s what happened when I saw the price of this hairbrush. It’s over $100! Who wants to pay that much for a hairbrush?

 

Well that’s what you’ll have to pay if you want a Mason Pearson hairbrush. The Mason Pearson line was developed and patented more than 100 years ago. They use only the finest, premium grade boar bristle, which is gentle to the hair and scalp. Boar bristles help distribute the hair’s natural oils while stimulating the hair follicles. They also use nylon bristles to help brush through thick, textured hair. The cushion of these brushes conforms to the shape of the scalp. All Mason Pearson brushes are handmade in England.

Mason Pearson Junior Mixture Hairbrush ($170)

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Unfortunately, you may not be willing to cough up an arm and a leg for a hairbrush. Well don’t worry! We’ve found the hairbrush that can get you the look for less.

The Sonia Kashuk hairbrush is a portion of the price, and is very similar to the Mason Pearson brush. It has a mixture of boar bristles and heat resistant nylon bristles, which help fight static and keep hair shiny. The Sonia Kashuk brush detangles hair without tugging and gently massages the scalp.

Sonia Kashuk Hairbrush ($15.79)

Sonia Kashuk

 

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Beat the Heat: Frizz-Free Hair

Tis the season for suntans, short shorts and flip flops! There are many things to love about summer, but sometimes the hot weather doesn’t exactly help us look our best. Hot, humid, summer days are great for hitting the beach, but not so much for keeping your hair smooth.

Although people believe in the stereotype that all Asians are blessed with sleek, straight hair, I know from experience that this is not the case.

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Hair is made up of three layers and the outer layer looks like a shingled roof. When your hair is smooth, the “shingles” lie flat, but when your hair is frizzy the “shingles” are lifted. No one wants to spend their summer having bad hair days, so we’re here to help. Try these steps to keep your hair frizz-free all summer long!


 

1.) Apply a hair mask and relax outside in the sun. The heat opens the hair’s cuticle, and allows the product to sink in more deeply.

Try Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask ($32)

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2.) Don’t brush your hair. Brushing disrupts your hair’s cuticle. Instead of using a brush, use a wide tooth comb, gently combing through any tangles.

Try RickyCare No Frizz Jumbo Detangler Comb ($8)

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3.) Don’t over-process your hair. Straightening and blow drying your hair daily can make hair brittle and leads to breakage.

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4.) Put moisture back into your hair. Frizzy hair tends to be drier, so use natural oils to replenish the hair of its moisture.

Try Moroccanoil Oil Treatment ($14.80)

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