While bobs don’t ever go out of style, the sleek centre-parted bob is having a moment.
Whatever your feelings are about her, Kim Kardashian has been seen just last month sporting a short, sleek bob – and looks great in it.
Jennifer Lopez also recently debuted a slightly longer, shoulder skimming bob. She’s not exactly your typical 50-year-old woman, but it does prove that this look has a lot of wearability for mature women! She joins a long list of younger celebrities who also love this look. (We’re looking at you, Kylie Jenner, model Fiona Fussi.)
Of course, on our side of the world, we’re more likely to be influenced by Asian celebs and style sensibilities. Cool-girl Lauren Tsai has always been sporting this classic look.
The blunt bob is usually given a softer treatment by Koreans, who tend to curl the ends in towards the face, framing the jawline. This is a softer, feminine look for those who prefer their hairstyles to match their own sense of style. Korean celeb Yoona looks fresh faced here with her chin-length bob.
Bobs have always been known for their versatility, as well as its flexibility – long or short, they all have their own charm. It’s also deceptively simple – a bob is often characterized by hair cut to a single length all around – but does require quite a lot of skill and experience to perfect. That’s why it’s important to go a stylist you can trust, because your bob hairstyle must be customized to suit your face and head shape, jawline, and hair texture. No two bobs are created equal!
If you’re looking for a bob hairstyle especially customized for you, we’re here for a free consultation. Make your appointment today.
1. Anagen Phase
2. Catagen Phase
3. Telogen Phase
Lastly, your hair enters the telogen phase, a resting phase when your hair is released and falls out. The hair is slowly pushed out to the surface. The follicle then remains inactive for up to 3 months, until it produces a new strand of hair, and the whole process is repeated.
About 90% of your hair is in the Anagen phase at any one time, while 10% of it is in the Catagen and Telogen phase. Each follicle is independent. That’s because if all hair was going through the same phase at the same time, there would be times where you would be completely bald!
The importance of a good hair cut
This is why it’s important to get a trim anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months, because due to different hair follicles being at different stages, a cut may become uneven or grow out of shape. It’s also good to get regular trims to remove dead ends.
Regular appointments with your stylist can also help you to spot problems like hair loss, hair thinning and problems with hair growth, which occur when your growth cycle is disrupted. Lifestyle changes, metabolic imbalances, illness or inadequate nutrition and stress can all trigger hair issues.
For example, 6 weeks after a period of stress or illness, you may experience telogen effluvium (diffuse hair fall). This occurs because the anagen phase is shortened (due to your body’s immune response, diverting attention to other parts of your body) and many hairs enter the telogen phase all at the same time. If your hair growth cycle is constantly interrupted, or not supported, you may find that your hair won’t grow as long as it used to. This is because your hairs are never allowed to stay in the anagen (growing) phase long enough for your hairs to reach the desired length.
1. Use a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel instead of a regular bath towel.
2. Using the right products.
3. Avoid touching your hair while it’s still wet.
4. Styling your hair while it’s still damp.
5. Avoid showering before bed if you want to air dry your hair.
Chemicals you may want to avoid:
Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, such as: 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, methylene glycol, oxomethane, and quaternium-15: Certain shampoos may contain preservatives that release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat – high levels of exposure may cause some types of cancers! Similarly, hair smoothing treatments may contain methylene glycol or other ingredients that release formaldehyde gas when heated .
Formaldehyde in hair smoothing products has also been associated with a number of reactions, such as rash, eye problems, headaches, dizziness, and vomiting. Ask your stylist if he or she knows whether a product contains ingredients that release formaldehyde or other ingredients you may want to avoid—or, even better, look it up ahead of time. At Hairloom, we do not use products that contain formaldehyde.
- Cetyl, oleyl, and stearyl alcohols: These fatty alcohols give shampoo and conditioner their thick, creamy consistency. They also have softening properties, making your hair feel smooth and supple. Generally low in toxicity, these compounds are pretty common and hard to avoid.
2. Diethanolamine (DEA): Thickening agent in shampoos and conditioners, helps to form a foamy lather.
3. Mineral oil: Mineral oil, also listed as paraffin oil or white mineral oil, forms a protective coating over hair that locks in moisture.
4. Petrolatum: Like mineral oil, petrolatum—also listed as white petrolatum and petroleum jelly—is a petroleum distillate, but has a more viscous consistency. Widely used as a topical ointment, it forms a protective coating that traps moisture, and adds body and shine.
5. Pthalates: Diethyl phthalate (DEP), the only phthalate still widely used in beauty products, acts as a solvent for fragrances. According to the FDA website, “based on available safety information, DEP does not pose known risks for human health as it is currently used in cosmetics and fragrances.” But if you still prefer to steer clear of products containing DEP, shop for those whose list of ingredients doesn’t include fragrances.
6. Propylene glycol: Propylene glycol is an alcohol that helps hair absorb and trap moisture, and can function as a solvent for other ingredients.
7. Silk protein: A protein spun by the silkworm, silk acts as a conditioning agent and adds bulk to products. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review has concluded that eight silk proteins—fibroin, hydrolyzed fibroin, sericin, hydrolyzed sericin, silk, hydrolyzed silk, silk extract and silk powder—are safe as used in beauty products.
Sulfates: Often in the form of sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate, sulfates give shampoo its sudsy-ness, and cut through grease and dirt. But they can also strip away natural oils in the process, which can lead to frizzy, dried-out strands, and an irritated scalp. Many shampoos now are created to be sulfate-free as a result of this.
Silicones: Silicones—whose names often end in –methicone or –oxane—form a waterproof coating over hair that keeps it from soaking up humidity, making them common in straightening and smoothing products. The coating also seals moisture inside the hair, and makes it shiny and easier to comb. But some silicones, like dimethicone, can also cause heavy buildup that leaves strands limp and dull. A class of silicones known as cyclosiloxanes is gaining growing attention from the research community, who has begun investigating concerns about whether they can cause cancer or disrupt the endocrine system.
It can be confusing when shopping for hair products! However putting in a little more effort to read the label when you’re out shopping can help you make better and safer decisions. When in doubt, speak to your stylist about what you’re looking out for; our stylists are always here to help!
Information adapted from https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/nekq4x/chemicals-hair-products-glossary
Ash brown and ash grey hair are some of our most regularly requested hair colours. But what exactly is ash?
Ash actually refers to the pigment, or the character of a certain color, rather than how light or dark the shad is. Ash hair colors are cool-toned, with a predominantly blue pigment and hints of green that create the overall colour. This creates an overall smoky and silvery appearance. All ash hair colours are crisp, with a sleek, cool appearance – they are not vibrant or bright.
Why ash hair tones are so popular
Ash hair colours can transform your look! For those who want to get rid of or soften the warmer tones in their existing hair colours – such as brassy, yellow or orange tones – which will bring back shine to the overall look as well.
It’s also a popular choice for those who want a more muted, subtle effect than attention-grabbing pastel colours.
Who can wear ash colours?
What are some popular ashy colours?
Two really flattering ash tones are ash brown and ash grey, that work for Asian skin tones. It looks especially beautiful using the balayage technique, which allows different shades of ash brown/grey to be blended seamlessly into the hair.
Just by looking at the colour chart, you can compare the (many!) different shades of brown. Comparing the cool toned browns to the warmer browns will show you just how varied the colour brown can be.
Wondering if you are suited for ashy tones? Call us today for a free consultation!
Have you ever considered that you may just have wavy, curly hair, and you just haven’t been taught to take care of it properly? Many Asians have naturally straight hair, but there is a significant group of us who do have naturally curly or wavy hair!
However, because it’s the norm to see straight and sleek hair, curly haired boys and girls tend to think that their hair is some kind of unruly straight hair that isn’t behaving. That’s far from the truth. Wavy and curly hair just require different hair care techniques, routine and products. It’s time to break the stereotype and belief that straight hair is the only type of hair, especially for Asians.
Asian hair definitely does tend to be thick. The cross-sectional area of East Asian hair fibers averages about 30% larger than that of Africans and 50% larger than that of Europeans.
So what can you do about it?
Don’ts for Curly or Wavy Hair
- Do not brush it – brushing will only bring out the frizziness
- Don’t use water to try to tame it, this will only dry out your hair
The key is to use the right products and techniques, and to help hair retain moisture. Reddit has a resource /r/curlyhair with a great beginner’s guide to taking care of curly or wavy hair. The guide helps those who are ready to step away from heat styling and straightening, and who want to embrace their natural hair textures. This is a journey that may require you to change up many of your beliefs and practices!
P.S. this routine is also recommended for those with chemically curled hair!
It’s recommended that wavy/curly hair care products do not contain sulfates or silicones. Conditioner is important to help hair retain moisture and shine. Technique is important : for example, squishing hair upwards while conditioning to form clumps of curls or waves instead of simply running your fingers through your hair.
Hair loss can happen for a variety of reasons. Women lose hair for many reasons, some hormonal, others due to lifestyle factors and even daily hair care habits.
One in five women experience hair thinning, and some can start to notice this between age 25 and 35. Women suffer from thinning hair differently than men, often losing hair in a more dispersed fashion rather than in patches. You may also notice some ‘baby hair’, which is actually hair follicles that have stopped growing beyond a certain height, especially at the hairline.
Taking care of your hair
From shampoo to conditioner to scalp treatments, there are a myriad of ways to encourage hair growth and to strengthen your existing hair. Adding moisture to your hair to strengthen it and give it more body is key. Making sure that your scalp stays moisturized will not only reduce flakiness, but reduce hair loss or slow thinning hair.
Meanwhile, here are some hairstyles that look good on you, if you’re experiencing thinning hair:
1. The Short Bob
Short Bob Hairstyles hide hair loss
Want something fuss free? Try the bob. It’s a perfect option for those who want to go short but don’t want a pixie cut just yet. It’s a face framing look that can also frame the face in a flattering way. Bobs are simple to maintain and is a style that’s easy to make fuller; this can help to camouflage any thinning spots. By using a little product, and blowing it out properly with a rounded brush, hair will look thicker and more voluminous.
Bobs are also versatile, and can be either blunt and layered. The blunt look is edgier and will make you look more fashionable; the layered option is softer and adds volume. Choppy pixie or choppy bob haircuts can help thin hair look thicker with beachy waves; go sans bangs, side bangs, or blunt bangs to stay edgy.
2. The Mid-Length Edgy Blunt Cut
For those who prefer longer tresses, try the mid-length angled blunt cut also known as the slope. It’s angled because it’s longer in the front and about mid-neck or shoulder-length in the back; the angled blunt cut helps add volume to thinning hair. Keep your hair at mid-length to minimize the appearance of thinning spots. This look is suited for those who aren’t a big fan of curls – it requires less maintenance and has been worn by many celebritiess like Rihanna, Victoria Beckham and Keira Knightley.
3. Play with your bangs and parting
There are ways to hide thinning hair without changing up your look too drastically – bangs and changing up your part are two of them. A bonus of bangs is that it helps conceal hair loss. Though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, bangs are actually flattering for lots of face shapes and hair types; bangs can highlight your eyes and cover up your forehead, hiding any thinning hair along the hairline in the process. Bangs can also sharpen or soften your look depending on the hairstyle you choose. Blunt, straight bangs are on trend in 2019, especially when paired with an all-round blunt cut.
Changing up your part by parting on the left instead of the right, or parting in the middle, can actually help to relieve any thinning from constantly tugging on your hair in a certain direction, which is known as traction alopecia. Though it may take some getting used to, it’s a great and easy way to hide thinning at the hair line.
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Hair loss is a common problem that our customers come to us with. Luckily, there are always ways to prevent or minimize hair loss – here are some common reasons that cause hair loss and some solutions to turn it around.
Here are some ways you may find yourself having to switch up your hair care routine:
1. Over-using heat tools
A common culprit, especially with the increase in the variety of tools available now. Hot styling tools, such as your hairdryer, curling wand and straighteners, can make your hair dry, prone to breakage and consequently more likely to fall out. When too much strong, dry heat is applied to the hair it will weaken the hair shaft and, at its worst, it can burn the hair off.
Solution: Use tools that allow you to adjust heat levels
Using hair tools, such as the GlamPalm, that allow you to adjust the temperature could be helpful. This allows you to turn the heat down so you don’t accidentally cause damage to your hair. This will cause less stress to the hair shaft. Using the attachment that comes with your hairdryer can also help to dry hair more quickly, thus cutting down the exposure time to heat.
3. How often you brush your hair
Long-haired ladies: make sure to brush your hair enough. Brushing your hair allows hair that has reached its max growth to fall out, stimulates hair growth and encourages new ones to grow out. We lose around 120 strands of hair a day; each strand of hair has about a 7 year life span.
Solution: Brush daily with a soft bristled brush
Using a good brush helps to stimulate the scalp, which encourages healthy hair growth. However, don’t do it while it’s still dripping wet, as that’s when hair is most fragile. When wet, first spray on some detangler, and then use a wide-tooth comb to minimise breakage. When dry, brushing twice a day is ideal: once in the morning, and then once at night. Short hair doesn’t require as much brushing: depending on how short your hair is, finger combing may be enough.
4. How you wear your hair
Ever heard of traction alopecia? If you constantly tie your hair up tightly, you could be damaging your locks. Pulling your hair back everyday may also be making hair loss around your crown and temples more noticeable. Hair extensions could also harm your hair in this way. Excess tension pulling on the hair shaft leads to traction alopecia, which is basically slowly pulling your hair out due to the force exerted.
Solution: Change up your style
Alternate how you tie your hair – tying your hair up a day here or there is not likely to cause hair loss. Traction alopecia is usually due to tying your hair a certain way for years on end. Combat this by changing from a high ponytail to a low one. You can also part your hair differently and consider styles that allow you to wear your hair down more regularly.
5. Lifestyle & physiological factors
Too much stress or traumatic experiences could lead to hair loss. Cortiosl, linked to the fight-or-flight response, could distort your natural hair cycle of growth and loss. Thinning hair can also be a sign of Vitamin D and B12 deficiency or a lack of protein in your diet. Pregnancy and other hormonal changes, like during menopause, can also cause changes to hair and skin.
Solution: Consult a doctor and make lifestyle changes
Avoiding deep fried foods, including more protein and iron in your diet can help to speed up hair regrowth. Of course, consult your doctor before adding any supplements! Fish oils may also be beneficial.
At Hairloom, we care about the health of your hair. For more insight into how to restore health and shine to your mane, or to create a flattering look for your hair texture and lifestyle, make an appointment with us today.
Here are some ways you may find yourself having to switch up your hair care routine:
1. You may not need a comb
2. Reduce your use of heated products
3. Tame volume with products
4. You may need to come back to the salon more often
5. Wash your hair daily
To add shine and gloss to short hair, finish off your shower with a blast of cold water. This can help to close the cuticles caused by hot water during the hair wash, soothing any splintered cuticles or heat damage. Just 5 seconds is enough to do the trick.
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The beauty of short hair is that a certain cut can be styled in different ways to convey different moods and looks.
Here are three classic short hairstyles that can be customized to look good for you:
1. Pixie Cut
The pixie – always relevant, always available for those moments you’re done with maintaining a full-length mane.
There are a multitude of ways a pixie cut can be interpreted by your stylist. Go all the way with side-swept, micro bangs, or longer bangs.
When well-cut, a pixie can also grow out gracefully into a bob. In 2019, the pixie paired with an attention grabbing color is super relevant at the moment.
2. Choppy or tousled bob
There are actually many kinds of bobs, but generally, a bob is simply hair cut to a single length all around.
Update this look in 2019 with some texture and choppiness. A tousled bob gives a beachy, laidback vibe.
3. Chin-grazing lob
Basically a long bob (thus: lob), pair this look with a center part, or with bangs. Opt for micro or baby bangs if you want to go a little more bold – this is the look that will be popular all year round n 2019, and flattering for most.
Trending this year is also the squared-off lob with thick, square bangs. Take the opportunity to show off those well-groomed brows of yours!
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