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Can you believe we’re already in the final quarter of 2019? Taking a look back at the trends this year, one of our favorite hair trends of 2019 has been the vibrant coral color, worn by a bold few.

The trendsetter is of course Pantone, who traditionally chooses a colour for the year.

 

Coral hair with pink highlights work well against her cool-toned skin.

Coral is a flattering colour, as it works well on all skin tones – you may just need to work with your colourist or stylist to tweak the perfect tone of coral just for you.

Tip: Check your veins to figure out your skin tone!

  • Warm skin tone – greenish veins.
  • Cool skin tone – bluish or purplish veins.
  • If you have darker skin, with warm and yellow or olive undertones, go for a stronger/brighter coral with warm pink or orange undertones.
  • Cool skin tones with paler skin? Look for pink undertones to your coral.

Here are some of our favourite interpretations of this colour trend:

 

Pantone’s hair color of the year: Coral
Warm orangey coral works well against her skin tone.

This vibrant hair colour works well especially with a shorter cut. Those who aren’t quite ready to bleach their entire head of hair can also go for an ombre or highlights instead, which create a more subtle, alluring effect.

It’s important to work with a colourist you trust, so that the colour comes out vibrant and long-lasting!

There’s still time to embrace this trend on your next trip to the salon – make an appointment with us today to find out the best shade of coral that works for your skin tone.

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.

Understanding your hair growth cycle can help you recognize and understand many of the problems you can encounter with your hair. Ever washed your hair and wondered if the amount of hair you lose is ‘normal’? How much hair loss is considered typical? The answer is that it can vary from individual to individual, ranging from 50 – 100 strands a day; but did you know that hair loss can be seasonal as well? The hair growth cycle consists of three distinct stages – anagen, catagen and telogen.  

1. Anagen Phase

During this phase, your hair grows around 1.2cm a month; for those who live in temperate climates, you may notice it growing faster in the summer than in winter. This phase typically lasts an average of 3-5 years, so full-length hair averages 18 to 30 inches. However, as Asians, the anagen phase can tend to be longer, meaning that it can last as much as 7 years with hair being able to grow to 1 metre.

2. Catagen Phase

At the end of the anagen phase, your hair enters the catagen phase where it stops growing. This is a short transitional phase that lasts approximately 10 days.

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.

Want to find out more about how you can take care of your hair? Or just need a haircut to suit your specific hair needs? Make an appointment with our stylists today.
There are many benefits to air drying your hair – minimizing exposure to heating tools, for one. For those with curly or wavy hair, air drying is also a way to ensure your waves and curls turn out beautifully. Here are 5 ways to make sure that you’re getting the most out of air drying:  

1. Use a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel instead of a regular bath towel.

Avoid aggressively drying your hair with a towel – this rubs up against hair cuticles, which results in frizz and tangled hair. Instead, dab – and not rub – your hair with an old or unwanted T-shirt for a smooth and absorbent approach, then gently squeeze out the moisture so that your hair is no longer dripping wet.

2. Using the right products.

​Putting some gel – yes, gel – into your hair while it’s still soaking wet can actually help to seal hair cuticles as it dries. After your hair dries, your hair will feel a little ‘crunchy’, but don’t fear! You can easily scrunch this out by gently cupping your hair in your hands and doing a scrunching motion. This will help set the hair, add volume, and reduce frizz and unruliness.

3. Avoid touching your hair while it’s still wet.

Running your fingers through your hair or brushing your hair excessively as it dries will cause the hair to frizz. But if you must, just use product before touching your hair. Using a blow-dry serum on your hair as it dries will help cut down frizziness.

4. Styling your hair while it’s still damp.

For those who want to enhance your natural waves or curls, you can twirl your hair into a tight bun when damp, which will elongate and smooth your natural curl pattern. When your hair is fully dry, release your bun and finger-comb through lightly. Putting your hair in two loose braids as it dries, which using a product with a lotion-like consistency so it doesn’t weigh your hair down, will help to give you loose waves. When your hair dries or is almost dry, take your hair out of the braids, shake your hair around. Be careful not to keep your hair in the braids for a long period of time unless you are going for a very crimped look.

5. Avoid showering before bed if you want to air dry your hair.

our hair is still vulnerable when it’s damp – so when you sleep, your hair can become tangled and knotty which leads to messy hair as it rubs against your pillow. To minimize tangles, use a silk or satin pillow case.
Most people think that air drying hair is all about just leaving it alone, but as you can see, there is a little more to it! Following these simple tips will make a difference in the shine and health of your hair. For more ideas on how to achieve your best hair day, make an appointment with us today.