Christmas Hairstyles Ideas and Variations of the Up Do

Christmas hairstyles can have several variations. We all want to look our best during the holiday season and there are classical, elegant looks for both long and short hair.  Here are 12 hairstyle ideas that you might want to consider.

  1. Large, Loose Sexy Waves – Looks very stunning and sexy. You can learn how to do this style in the video above.
  2. Side Swept Hair– Sweep hair to one side of the head with a bun or roll.
  3. French Twist – Hair is swept back, twisted and held with hairpins.
  4. Long Curly Locks – A sexy yet elegant look with long loose curls on the shoulders.
  5. Playful Braids – Hair is put into braids and formed into a bun. It can also hang loosely from your head which creates a playful yet elegant look.
  6. Elegant Bun with Accessories – The hair is pulled into a  perfect bun and secured with an elegant hair accessory.
  7. Classic Bun – A neat, compact bun worn either low, in the middle or high on the back of the head. No hair is left sticking out.
  8. Short Combed Hair – Don’t under estimate how beautiful and  elegant this style looks. It’s very easy and practical as well.
  9. Simple Ponytail – If you don’t like being elaborate or fussy, try a simple yet sophisticated ponytail.
  10. Curly Side Strands with Ballet Bun – Simply make a compact bun then leave a few curly strands on the side of the face.
  11. Wispy Bangs With Bun or Ponytail – It’s chic and very trendy.
  12. Half an Updo – This is when you have top half of your hair hair pulled into a bun. The lower half has either curls or loosely hangs around the shoulders.

Does Save a Blade Really Save You Money?

Save A Blade claims to give you 200 shaves out of a single blade just by using their ingenious razor sharpener. I’ve looked at several different reviews on this As Seen on TV hair removal product and here are the results.

First Test – For one month Debbie and Rick Brown both compared Save a Blade versus a using a disposal razor. Rick tried a disposable razor on one side of his face and Save a Blade on the other. Debbie tried a disposable on one leg and Save a Blade on the other. They both replaced the disposable razors after they got dull but with they sharpened the other one with Save a Blade. At the end of the month both couldn’t really tell a difference but Rick mentioned that it really decreased the sharpness after using Save a Blade.

Does Save a Blade really keep your razor sharp?

Does Save a Blade really keep your razor sharp?

Second Test – Another Fox News station took the Schick Quattro razor to the lab and had them sharpen a razor with Save a Blade then looked under the microscope. The results?

  • After sharpening the edge had imperfections.
  • The sharpening device is a piece of polishing paper that rotates around.
  • Brand new blades in Save a Blade actually made the blade duller.

Save a Blade is a great concept but it looks like this infomercial product doesn’t deliver on it’s promises.

Hair Cut Tips – How to Leave the Salon With a Great Haircut

These hair cut tips are REALLY important… I’m sure all of us ladies at one time or another sat anxiously in the hair stylists chair as awaiting the big reveal after a new hair cut or color. We might be too embarrassed to even tell the hairstylist we might not like it. On top of that hair cuts and colors can be expensive and take a while to grow out. Oh the horror! How can you prevent this from happening to you?

Avoid a horrible hair cut!

Avoid a horrible hair cut!

Before You Head to the Salon

  1. Pick a stylist that you feel will listen to you and really understand your needs.
  2. Have a really good idea of what you want your hair to look like. Go through magazines and tear out some pages of hairstyle pics that you think would look good on you. Take them with you to the salon and at least you’ll have a starting point to discuss a cut that’s right for you.
  3. If you want a celebrity hair style, just remember this. Celebrity photos are taken only after stylists have meticulously spent hours making sure every lock is in place. You may not have that kind of time to dedicate to doing your own hair every day.
  4. How much hair are you willing to cut off? If you have long hair and 1 -2 inches are coming off that’s not much of a difference. It will be if it’s for short hair!
  5. Sometimes you get what you pay for when it comes to hair. If you want your style and colour just right it might be worth spending a few more dollars to get a highly trained professional.
  6. What’s your lifestyle like? Do you mind having a high maintenance haircut or would you prefer something that’s wash and wear?


When Your At the Salon

  1. Ask for a consultation with your stylist and/or colourist. Any good hairstylist will take the time to discuss what look you are trying to achieve and it’s usually free. Show them the pictures you brought in. Tell them what you like and what you hate about your hair. Give them a sense of your personal style. Explain to them how much time you want to spend styling it. And tell them how you typically wear your hair. Do you tuck it behind your ears, or wear it up in a pony tail?
  2. If your stylist suggests something you DON”T want then it’s really important to say so. It’s your hair and you have to live with it, so it’s important to speak up. However, do keep in mind that the hairstylist is a professional and can give some good advice on what will and what won’t suit your face shape, style and skin tone.
  3. Be specific when it comes to colour. Find out exactly how light or dark your hair will be. Ask to see an example and also take photos of people whose hair colour you like.
  4. Give the stylist an exact measurement of the amount of hair you want cut off. A ‘little trim’ in your mind might may not be the same thing as a ‘little trim’ in your stylist’s mind.

During the cut:
Pay attention and don’t have your nose in a magazine or book. This way, if you don’t like what the stylist is doing he or she can change it before it’s too late.

After the cut:

  • If your unhappy with the cut and or color, don’t just go home disappointed. Most stylists would much rather have you tell them you’re not happy than lose you as a customer forever. Of course, it’s easier to avoid this by openly communicating what you want and don’t want before half of your hair has been cut off.
  • If your are happy with the results remember to ask about advice on how you can achieve the same look at home. Also find out what products they used on your hair.

These hair cutting tips hopefully will help you develop a good relationship with your hairstylist from the start. I swear, if can prevent one person from going through a hair cut disaster it will be worth it! I’ve been there! I wish I had the picture to show you…:)

Crazy Hair Styles From Around the Globe

Crazy hairstyles are quite common on the catwalk. Although it seems that both women and men these days are coming up with some pretty wild hair styles. Is there anything we can’t do with our hair?  Some of us like to think outside the box and be different.  Hey nothing wrong with that!

The New Emo hairstyle

The New Emo hairstyle

Everyone’s got their own definition of the word crazy. Most of us who think of  a crazy hairstyle think of an extreme color like hot pink or choppy style.

France and the UK especially, have always had famous hair designers and always make a huge fashion statement. The new looks nowadays are EMO and Indie. If you’re ready for a new look, a crazy cut or coloring have a look at the Latest Hairstyles site. They break down the various hairstyles by type and have a nice variety of pics in their picture galleries so you can get some ideas.

Is Smooth Away Effective in Removing Hair?

Smooth Away are hair removal pads that have been around for years in one form or another. For those of us who are tired of razor burn you might be intrigued by this Smooth Away product but does it really work?


The Kit Includes – 1 large and 1 small applicator and 4 large and 4 small  replacement pads

Smooth Away Pros

  • You won’t get razor burn or accidentally knick yourself from using razor blades.
  • You don’t have to prep your legs with lotion or cream. You simply put it on dry legs.
  • Removes hair while exfoliating your skin.
  • Completely painless.  It kind of feels like rubbing super fine sandpaper on your skin. I’m sure if you push to hard you’re skin could get irritated.
  • It does work reasonably well if you have thinner hair.


Smooth Away Cons

  • Doesn’t work well if you have medium, course or thick hair .
  • You’ll always have to be buying more pads since you go through them fairly quickly. You’ll be  using at least one large pad for each leg. The expenses could add up!
  • When the pads are brand new they are very effective. Once you start using them they lose their effectiveness.
  • It won’t remove the entire hair follicle like waxing will.
  • You may feel some irritation on your face if you use it on your upper lip.
  • I’ve seen a news report where two ladies reported seeing mysterious charges on their debit card after ordering from the Smooth Away site. Please be careful when ordering. Make sure you’re not signing up for other programs when you order. Un-check all the boxes, etc.

Smooth Away can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond stores if you want to give them a try. If you buy them online they are $15 plus s/h you can get a second kit for free.

Hair Treatments You Can Make at Home

Lately, with all that dry summer heat you may need to give your hair a little pick me up. If you don’t have any deep conditioner at home you can still get spa-like hair with these do-it-yourself recipes.

Make your own hair treatments

Make your own hair treatments

Conditioning Mask

If your hair feels lack luster and dry just reach for the olive oil. To make your conditioning mask…

  1. Combine 4 to 5 tablespoons of olive oil with two eggs and one tablespoon of water.
  2. With a blender, combine all the ingredients and apply to dry hair.
  3. Now massage the mixture from root to tip for a few minutes before wrapping your head with saran wrap.
  4. Let sit for 10 minutes, then remove and rinse your hair under warm water.
  5. HANDY TIP: Add one mashed banana to the mix to intensify the conditioning benefits.

Shine Mask

Isn’t it funny how the most effective treatments require the least amount of work?. One tried and true method to increase your shine are a combination of vinegar and egg.

  1. Make sure your hair is towel dried. Then break two eggs into a bowl and apply the contents by handfuls onto your hair.
  2. Make sure that massage it in in for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing with half a cup of white vinegar.
  3. You’ll probably need a strong stomach because it’s quite smelly. Once your hair is dried, your hair will look and feel radiant and soft.

Hair treatments that you can make at home are also listed here on the natural hair care treatment blog post. They’re slightly different than the two listed above.

Expert Explains How to Color Your Hair At Home

Have you ever wondered how to color your hair on your own? I’ve never had any luck doing it. Usually the next time I went back to my professional stylist she always mentioned that my hair’s been burnt. The only explanation I could give her is that I used  store bought products.

Coloring your hair at home

Coloring your hair at home

She had mentioned that they are full of peroxide…even when they say they aren’t! I’ve just come across a highly rated video done by a professional hair stylist. I thought you might be interested in having a look.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need…

  • Semi-permanent Hair color
  • Developer (unless you bought it at the drugstore, they all come with developer)
  • Flat hair color brushes (get them at any drugstore, in the hair color department)
  • Latex or any kind of rubber gloves
  • Glass or plastic mixing bowl
  • Some Un-Petroleum (her fav, google, or un-petroleum to find it)or VASELINE
  • A dirty old shirt that you don’t care if you get color on…same with an old towel to wash hair