Wednesday, October 26, 2005

2005 Holiday Hairstyling Tips, Trends, and Secrets of the Stars

by Susan Barclay

Create a super new holiday hairdo that will turn you into a shining "star."

With the holiday season just around the corner, there's one question that's on every woman's mind. It doesn't matter if she's young or old, married or single, tall, short, fat, or thin. When the calendar says "Only 25 More Shopping Days 'Til Christmas," women want to know…

"How can I style my hair for the holidays?"

Be Brave, Be Bold, But Be Sensible
It's fine to say you want "something new and different" for the holidays. But what you DON'T want is an unpleasant surprise at the salon.

Think twice before you cut once! (And you thought that was only for tailors!)
We've all heard horror stories about women who give their stylists very specific instructions about what they want…don't listen the advice the hair professional is offering (usually because it contradicts the client's "fantasy image")…and end up with an unsuitable holiday hairdo. Instead of feeling their best, these poor "hair victims" end up spending their holidays hiding, rather than shining.

Can't quite imagine yourself with your hair gathered loosely at the crown with tousled waves flowing down your neck…but like the idea? Wondering how your super-curly hair would look if it were smooth and straight? Afraid to boldly cut off your long dresses in favor of a sleek modern 'do?

You're smart to be cautious. A pixie-cut maybe the perfect holiday hairdo for Halle Berry, but not for you. And once you've cut, or colored, or processed your hair in some way, you're going to be stuck with it.

See it… Consider it… THEN make your decision to cut, curl, and/or color!

Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared
With so much going on at holiday time, the last thing you want to do is worry about your holiday hairstyle, but you DO want to look fabulous. To do that, you'll need to think about your hair before the holidays arrive.

A pre-holiday deep conditioning treatment is a must. The oils will nourish your hair and seal the cuticles. If your hair is healthy and in good condition, it will be easy to work with. So whether you or a professional are styling your hair, it will be responsive to being brushed, curled, and combed.

Secret: clean, healthy hair in a simple ponytail looks 100% better than dry, damaged flyaway hair that 's been tortured and lacquered into place.

The Right Tool for the Job
There's no holiday hairstyling tool that's more versatile and more essential than the curling iron. Curling irons come in a range of sizes, but all you need to remember is: the narrower the barrel, the tighter the curl. Look for a curling iron with multiple settings. This will allow you to choose the heat level.

Caution: Curling irons are hot like…well like irons…and can be damaging to your glossy locks. Trimming your hair on a regular basis prevents the damage down by blow-drying from traveling up the hair shaft.)

Fashion Forecast - Going Up!
Hair is definitely going to new heights for the holidays with a trend towards upswept hairstyles reminiscent of the 1950's. The emphasis is on soft natural curls and waves that say, "Caress me" not stiff, lacquered locks that say, "Don't touch"

To get the "up" in your up-do, work with lightweight hair products that create volume – especially mousses. Make sure that you have bobby pins that match your hair color and that they're the right size and strength to hold your hair.

A Traditional Style That's Always Fashionable, Easy, and Sexy
The classic "chignon" sounds French, but it actually dates back to the Greco-Roman times! It's sleek, and chic, and magnificent for the holidays because of its simplicity and timeless appeal. (It's also appealing because it doesn't require that you cut your hair!)

The chignon is the holiday hairstyle of choice for fashion icons Kelly Ripa, Heidi Klum, and everyone's favorite "desperate housewife" Eva Longoria.

Here's how: Brush straight, medium- to long- hair into a low, tight ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure it with a rubber band. Twist hair several times to make a tight rope, with no frayed-out ends. Curl the rope into a bun and use hairpins to secure to nape of neck. If "sleek" isn't in your curly hair's vocabulary, consider a braided ponytail. When your hair is wet, work in some styling moose. Then use a hair diffuser to blow-dry scrunching it with your fingers. Grab hair and braid into loose platte down back. Secure with rubber band and then cover with a decorative hair ornament.

What Knots!
The complete opposite of the stately chignon is a fun holiday look doesn't require that you cut your hair either -- urban style "knots," a randomly placed series of tightly curled sections.

Here's how: To become a knot-head, divide your hair into 9 sections of equal size, securing each with a clip to hold it out of the way. One by one, twist a section into a tight coil and then wrap the coil into a tight knot. This is a holiday hairstyle where decorative hairpins are a must! Use them to hold each knot close to the scalp, but use them sparingly. We suggest one "decorative" pin for every three "plain" ones.

Is Bling Your Thing?
You don't have to have big bucks to look like you're living large. Even with an "everyday budget", your bun or chignon can be transformed into a holiday hairdo that's modern, sexy, and very, very merry with faux diamonds and other fabulous fakes!

Placing diamond clips and delicate barrettes add a sassy touch of glamour to hairstyles for the holiday. Pretty, feminine clips and clasps come in a wide variety of textures and finishes, with ribbons and other charming details

Susan Barclay and hairstyles-today share tips for great hair all year long. If you are looking for a new hairstyle stop by
Other hairstyle resources:

- The Complete Book of Hairstyling by Charles Worthington
- In Style Getting Gorgeous: The Step-by-Step Guide to Your Best Hair, Makeup and Skin

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Fall Fashion Colors

by Indra Brooks

The summer colors tended toward fun and bright turquoises, pinks, and greens. We are going to warm things up and tone down a bit with the fall selection. No matter what color names the designers give them, the trend this year is very much in the gold tones. Burgandy, rust, wine, camel, and dark chocolate brown.

However the two hot colors for fall are purple and green. The green is a continuation of the summer, but warmed up a bit with burnt olives, celeries, and a darker celadon. We expect green to be around for another season or so. The trend color of the season is purple and the warmer the purple the better.

The makeup industry very closely mirrors the trends of the fashion industry. The color palettes this fall are golds, peaches and plums. As with anything in color, remember to choose colors that are right for your skin tone.

So now that you know what the colors are for the season, how do you make them work for you? Here is the bad news. While green is the fashion color of the minute, it is one of the most difficult colors for most people to wear. You can quickly go from looking vibrant and on top of your game to looking sickly by just wearing the wrong color. Purple is a lot more forgiving so if you are not sure what colors work for you, steer away from green, try the purples and if all else fails, contact a color consultant.

Tip: Listen to what people are saying about how you look. Are they commenting on the clothes or are they saying that YOU look fabulous? Usually a few minor adjustments to style or color can make all the difference.
Indra A Books, author of this and many other lifestyle articles, is the owner and founder of ON THE GO 4 U, Personal Shoppers & Concierge Service in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The company’s creed is to provide its clients with the ultimate life management experience. In addition to its shopping and concierge services, ON THE GO 4 U also publishes a monthly e-zine and conducts workshops on wardrobe, entertaining and decorating. For more information about the author and ON THE GO 4 U, please visit

© 2005 Indra A Books for ON THE GO 4 U

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Sneak Preview of My Handmade Beaded Jewelry!

After much trial and tribulation, I am now offering my own handcrafted jewelry on my website, Salon de Maria. Right now I just have necklaces up for sale, but will soon be adding bracelets and earrings. Just in time for the Holiday season :) I keep my prices low because it is my firm belief that beauty doesn't have to cost a fortune!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Dove and The Campaign For Real Beauty

American society has placed much emphasis on being skinny and beautiful. We see it constantly in most fashion magazines and TV media. Yes, it is time to widen the definition of beauty. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Dove has launched a Campaign for Real Beauty: