If you’re a fan of the television show What Not To Wear, you’ve surely seen the episode from one of the first few seasons with the most memorable guest star. There was once a woman on this styling show that needed a new wardrobe to update her look but she also needed a new hairstyle. She claimed to have gone thirteen years without washing her hair and had plenty of knots in her hair; knots that we like to call dreadlocks. Now usually this kind of hairstyle is popular with African Americans but for this Caucasian woman, it was kind of style that was easy and best for her hair type.
Now if you aren’t sure how dreadlocks are created, you may want to prepare yourself for this gross fact. It may not be true for all occasions of growing “dreads” but the woman on What Not To Wear says she went thirteen years without washing her hair! That’s thirteen years people! If we all went that long, we’d want to go crazy and some people just can’t handle going anymore than a day without washing their hair.
This woman is brave to have let her hair go into such a turmoil just to make a fashion statement. Most people mistake dreadlocks for very tight braids woven together. But really a dreadlock is just a certain amount of hair that hasn’t been cared for and eventually has turned into a matted clump of hair. Very bad for your hair is a good definition of a dreadlock.
People who don’t use hair scissors regularly or a shower even can create dreadlocks. If they like it, more power to them, but when they get sick of that style it’s going to be so much harder to get rid of the dreads. A good cleanse every other day at least and a refreshing brush-through of your hair will keep your hair in good health.
If you do decide to let your hair grow into a matted mess of dreadlocks, you could be setting yourself up for pure damage that could be permanent. On the episode of What Not To Wear, the stylist on the show decided it was time for those dreadful locks to go bye-bye! The only problem was, they were extremely hard to cut through. A typical haircut would take a small pair of sharp shears and just a quick few sweeps through the hair. However, this kind of cut took much longer and needed special shears to get the job done right. Even after the woman washed her hair and got all of the dreads cut out, her hair didn’t look as shiny and healthy as a woman’s hair without dreads.
Without knowing, this could be very harmful on your hair if you’re not careful. Watch what you do before you make the decision to get dreadlocks. This kind of style could change the look, texture and maybe even smell of your hair forever.
When we have long hair, sometimes we think we want to change it up and get a new hairstyle. That’s when we go to our stylist and tell her to chop all our hair off to about chin-length. At first we think that shorter styles are more fun and easy to take care of instead of long hair. Then after a while we begin to get sick of styling it the same way day after day and not being able to put it in a ponytail or style it any other way than just straighten it. Now is the time when we begin to grow our hair out.
For some, the process of growing out your hair can be easy because of the growth rate. For others, it may be a little more difficult; their hair might have a little growth problem. Therefore, their hair can’t grow very fast. That is why they find it more difficult to style their hair after so long, because they can’t grow it out and it tends to look sloppy. They may need a little help to spurt their hair growth and get it to look long and luscious like it used to.
One of the best ways to get your hair to grow longer is to get it trimmed regularly. You may have heard this before and it may seem hard to believe, but hair truly does grow longer when it has a little help from your stylist and her hair shears. Getting trims regularly can help spurt a little growth because it clears out all split ends that begin to develop in your hair after so long. With the help of shears, you can eliminate these split ends that act as plugs to your growth and the hair can breathe enough to grow. Just remember to do this regularly so that you can grow it faster and longer.
Another big part that helps the hair grow fabulously is wearing your hair in simple styles. For example, if you straighten or curl your hair everyday, you are creating more split ends because of the application of heat. Instead, try showering in the morning before school and throwing your hair up into a flirty ponytail. It will keep your hair out of your face and can still look cute and fresh each day. Be careful not to tie a ponytail too tight; it will only pull on the ends and can create split ends. Try putting a little gel in the hair to get some bouncy curls.
The normal routine for some girls before they go to bed is to brush their hair over and over until it looks and feels like silk. Smooth hair is what every girl wants, right? The only problem with this is that it creates frizz and and stops it from doing its thing to grow. The less you brush your hair, the more it can flow and extend its length.
Basically the main step in getting your hair to flourish and grow beautifully is to prevent split ends. Split ends and sloppy hair follicles are the main things that keep hair from growing out. When you perform these few steps and follow them each day, you will notice a difference in the growth rate of your hair. Also remember to live a good lifestyle by drinking lots of water and by eating the right foods.
With Summer just around the corner perhaps it’s time to start thinking about a new hairstyle. If you saw my post on 2008 Spring Hairstyles then preparing for Summer will be easy as the Hot Hairstyle’s for Spring are hot for summer as well, with some minor adjustments.
The Angled Bob - think edgy, strong outlines and asymmetrical. Try one side longer than the other or start short in the back and go longer as you reach the front. A bob can be worn straight, wavy, curly or messy for an ultra sexy look.
Casual Layers - long, natural layers which add texture and movement. This style can also be worn straight, curly, wavy or messy making it an extremely versatile hairstyle.
Fringe - Bangs are a great way to make a simple change to any hairstyle. You want to choose a style which best suits your features so work with your stylist to determine which bangs will look best on you. The hot looks for summer include side swept bangs, blunt, choppy and soft and wispy.
The Crop - Short and sexy with movement and volume is hot this Summer Season. Stay clear of the solid crop and work with your hairs texture for a natural flow with texture.
A Virtual Hairstyle Tool is a great way to try out a whole new hairstyle without actually getting your done. You simply upload a picture of yourself on to the website and try on different styles, colors and cuts. Many sites even allow you to change your makeup!
There are tons of sites that offer this Free Virtual Hairstyle Tool and there are also many that charge you to use their tool if you want to upload your own photo. Really, there is no need to pay, it’s all about finding the best site with the most realistic hairstyles and colors to choose from.
I went through a ton of sites for you, often being asked to sign up before starting my virtual makeover with my own photo, easy enough. I also found that you need to have a decent photo in order to get decent results. A straight on shot with your hair pulled back is best.
So, after trying on many hairstyles, some really bad ‘wig like’ and some more natural looking, I have found you the top 5 Free Virtual Hairstyle Websites.
1. Hairstyler – see yourself in celebrity hairstyles – click here to try it
Post your made over look and get other users feedback, a great way to get opinions on what style suits you best!
2. Cosmo Virtual Makeover
Choose from your favorite celebrity’s hairstyles such as Angelina Jolie and Beyonce.
3. Girl Virtual hair Makeovers
Register to view 3000 different hair styles with 55 different color variations.
4. Hollywood Hair Makeover
This site tool allows you to add highlights and/or lowlights.
Don’t have a picture? No worries, all of these sites have models you can choose from to makeover. Although the chance of finding your exact match or even close are slim, try to choose a model who shares your skin tone to determine a color that will suit you then find a model who shares your face shape to get an idea of a hairstyle that will compliment.
Most of all, have fun, after all it’s not permanent!
Thinking of getting a new look? With summer just around the corner I know I am. I think summer time is the perfect opportunity to go lighter, to try something new and have fun with it!
A new hairstyle can be scary for some, especially for those who are not used to change. Change is good, and what better way then to get a new look? A new hair style can make a huge difference in your over all appearance, and even help to boost your confidence!
So, if you are ready to take the step and get a new look start doing some research. Check out What’s Hot for 2008 Hairstyle’s and search for pictures of hairstyles online or in beauty mags to get an idea of what interests you.
Another great way to add change to your hair is by trying a new way of styling it. You can create many different hairstyles with the right hair styling tools, hair products and of course, with experimenting!
Ideas for a New Hairstyle-
- hair accessories
- straighten curly hair
- curl straight hair
Here are some great Before & After Photos to give you an idea of how much a New Hairstyle can Make a Big Impact!