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Up Do or Down Do?

Up Do or Down Do? That is a great question!


There are so many wedding hair style choices and you have to choose one! Sometimes! We have brides that can’t decide, so they will do both!  We’ll do one style for the ceremony and meet them in a few hours and do another style for the reception!


If you need to choose just one style here are some thoughts we’ve discovered along the way.
Generally, Up Hair styles will stay where they are pinned.  Down Styles can change depending on your hair. We can’t do much about gravity, although we try!


The style you choose should make you feel beautiful and comfortable!  If you normally never wear your hair up and it feels strange, then it’s ok to wear it down. Bridal hair doesn’t always need to be up to be elegant. This is why it’s important to do a trial and try both styles!


There are 3 main factors to consider when trying to decide on up or down. Hair length and texture, dress style, wedding theme and the crazy weather are a few things to think about to help you make your decision.


#1

Hair length and texture is a big one!   If you have hair that doesn’t curl well, it’s a lot to ask of your hair to stay down and curly for such a long and maybe hot day.  You need to be ok with the fact that it might fall a little bit.  There are lots of tricks that we can do to make long, straight hair stay curled if that’s what you would really prefer. This is also good to try before the big day! If you have long hair, it’s nice to show it off, so wear it down! Short hair can look like an Up Do once we pin up the sides and add your hair accessories and veil. Hair extensions can help thin, fine hair look thicker for Up and Down Dos.


#2

Dress style and theme of your wedding is important.   If you have a dress that has beautiful detailing in the back, it might be nice to pin your hair up to show that off!  If you have a gorgeous back and want to show that off, pin your hair up! Strapless dresses can be less bare if you wear your hair down.  Bohemian style wedding are great for long loose curls and braids. Vintage style weddings are perfect for low buns with finger-waves or long, loose curls swept to one side.


#3

The weather is always hard to predict, especially in Pittsburgh.  If it’s going to be a super hot summer day, Up hair may be the best choice. If it’s a perfect hair weather day down is a great option. You can always decide that day if you want up or down depending on the sunshine or raindrops.  This is another good reason to practice both styles before the wedding. 


There is no rule set in stone but, Up is great for hot weather, unruly hair and it’s shows off your dress!
Down is great for cooler weather, hair that holds curl well and for strapless dresses to cover your shoulders. 
These are all suggestions and there are exceptions to everything! It’s so nice because you can really do whatever you want! There are no rules! Plan your hair trial with an Up Do and Down Do and then the decision won’t be so hard to make. 

Glop & Glam!

Glop & Glam!   We’re so excited to have a new line for our younger clients!

 

Introducing Glop & Glam. It’s a salon professional hair product line focused for the next generation. It’s for our younger clients, your kids! It’s colorful and smells amazing! It’s concentrated, so it lasts a long time. It’s a natural and organic line. It’s been developed by a hairstylist, who is a mom!

Glop & Glam is vegan and cruelty-free formulas are free from harmful chemicals and allergens like parabens, sulfates, alcohol, gluten, nuts and phthalates. -They containing natural lice preventative ingredients while maintaining the highest quality standards. Glop and Glam delivers safe and effective solutions for all hair types- curly to straight, coarse to fine, thick to thin!

It’s a great way to teach your kids a healthy hygiene routine. It keeps lice away and has helped some kids with eczema! If they have any allergies or skin sensitivities this is the product for them.

All of the products are colorful and smell amazing. Candy Apple Shampoo $16, Blueberry Clarifying Shampoo $16, Cake Batter Conditioner $16.50 and the Creamsicle Detangler $15 are the products with the lice preventative ingredients. They smell just like their names suggest!

Andiroba and Melaleucca Alternifolia Leaf Oils as well as Quassi Amara Wood Extract are the ingredients mixed together that are an effective and worry-free way to keep the unwanted bugs away from your little ones. Prevention is way better than dealing with the little critters once they have them.

There’s an array of styling products to choose from: Bubble Gum Glitter Gel $16, Banana Spike Molding Putty $16, Vanilla Creme $16 for flyaways, and Watermelon Hard Candy Gel $16, which is perfect for ballerina buns.

If your kids have their own products they will stay away from your products that are meant sometimes for color treated hair and special treatments. They can learn that using a little bit goes a long way.

The month of February we are offering buy 2 products get 1 free!

Lice don’t belong in your home!

Lice don’t belong in your home! I don’t even want to put a picture of them here!  Lice are the size of a sesame seed and cling to the base of the hair at the scalp. They produce a sticky substance that just can’t be shampooed away. Kids will itch and scratch if they are infected.

It’s that time of year and if you have kids in school you know all about lice.  My good friend has 3 kids in elementary school. Throughout the year she will get emails from the school that there has been a case of lice and she should check her kids. She knows that prevention is better that trying to get rid of them once they are in your home.

Joanna told me about Fairy Tales products.  You can order them on Amazon or get them at Target and other stores like that.  If you have kids in school, you need to add this to your morning routine! Fairy Tales products have rosemary as an ingredient and it’s a natural repellent. There is a shampoo and a conditioner.  The leave-in conditioner can be sprayed on their dry hair in the morning before they go to school as an extra line of defense!

Lice crawl and can spread to everything.  They do not hop or fly. I always get a little itchy just talking about it!  🙂   Bedding, clothing, stuffed animals, coats, and even your furniture must be thoroughly cleaned.

This is the treatment once you notice that lice are living on the hair strands of your kids. There is a special comb that helps remove the lice and their eggs. Treatments are easy to use.  It’s always best to have them on hand so you can attack this problem right away!

 

 

Hair Extensions for Everyone

Hair Extensions for Everyone!  Who wouldn’t like a little more hair!  If your hair is fine and thin and won’t grow long, you can do something about it. Extensions can give you fullness and length. This is Shelley and she’s wanted more hair her whole life!  When Shelley saw our tape-in hair pieces from Cinderella it was like Christmas morning! She couldn’t wait to try some new hair. The extensions take about 5 days to special order, so we had to be a little patient. 🙂

                  

These are 22 inch long human hair extensions.  They come in several colors, lengths and textures.  Shelley has multi-dimensional, wavy hair.  We choose 2 colors in a wavy texture and it matched perfectly with her own hair.

The Tape-in hair pieces last about 3-4 months.  They can be reused 2 to 3 times.  They are easy to remove. A little solution is applied to the tape and it loosens the adhesive.  This is the best method for preserving the health of your own hair. Many other extensions can pull out hair and even leave bare spots on your scalp. The hair is shampooed, dried and a new tape strip is applied.

Shelley wanted all over length and fullness.  We used 4 packs of extensions. That’s 40 pieces.  Two strips of hair extensions are sandwiched over a fine section of your own hair.   The strip of tape is very flat so they are very comfortable.  You can shampoo and condition like normal. There is a special loop brush that won’t pull on the extension.  You should also refrain from using any oily products or serums.

Shelley would’ve loved to keep all of that length! We trimmed the extensions to a more believable, manageable length. Now Shelley has the hair she’s always wanted.  She can curl or straighten her new hair just like she would her natural hair. Shelley was all smiles for days with her new hair! We’re so happy for her!

Naturally Curly or Straight Hair Up-do

We love naturally curly hair for up-dos! It has so much texture and body already!

Naturally curly or straightened hair? It’s hard to decide on one style for your wedding. There are so many choices!  Up, down, half up, curly or smooth, to the side, braids, bun, chignons or twists!  You could look at a million pics of brides and updos and still not be sure what you’d like.

It’s very important to do a trial before the wedding so you can make sure you like the style you’ve chosen. Some styles look great in photos but when you try it on yourself it’s not quite the same.  You should feel comfortable and feel like yourself with the style you’ve picked.

This pretty bride has naturally curly hair.  Initially, she thought that she’d like her hair straightened and then styled up.  As you can see in the photos her hair did straighten very well.

I notice that many brides feel that if they have curly hair everyday that straight hair is more dressy for them because it’s something they don’t do all the time. If a bride has naturally straight hair, then curly or wavy and textured is dressy for them.

This bride tried both.  Glad we did…because she liked the curly style better.  It felt and looked more like her.

So many styles look different just because of the texture of your hair.  This is the same up-do done on two kinds of hair. One curly and one straight.  Curly hair has more movement and volume. It’s best to make sure that your curls are not frizzy or dry.  There are lots of products that help curly hair to remain calm and still be full. Straight hair can be teased fuller but will look smooth. It’s just about what you like the most!