Wednesday, 27 June 2012


Elvis Quiff (Taken from Web)
The best hair tip I can give all you men who like to stay on top of trends is...keep your eye on David Beckham!  Even as a stylist, he's my go to guy for what's cool in men's hair.  And what do you know, he's wearing a quiff!

Oooooh the quiff, how I love the quiff!!!  So what is a quiff anyway!?!

Luke Perry Quiff (Taken from Web)
A quiff is a tuft of hair at the front of the head that is styled upwards and then sometimes off to one side, or simply straight back.  Think 1950's Elvis, or Luke Perry circa 1990.  The sides are kept short and clean, and the top is worn longer (in varying degrees, depending on your preference).

Here are my tips for the perfect quiff.  First, next haircut, ask your stylist for the quiff cut.  To be sure you're on the same page, let her know how short you would like to go on the sides, and how much length you would like to keep on top.  There will be some disconnection in the cut, similar to an undercut.  Your specified lengths will depend on how you would like to wear your quiff.

My absolute fave is David Beckham....Mmm-mmm!  He always gets it right.  So this is a longer version, and is styled up and back.  I get that this isn't for everyone, but have no fear there are other options.

David Beckham (Taken from Web)

If you're more of a middle of the road kind of dude, opt for something a little more conservative, but still with a bit of edge.  Justin Bieber wears his quiff a medium length...No fear, I guarantee you will look cooler than him!

Justin Bieber (Taken from Web)

For those ultra conservative guys, a nice short, clean cut quiff is the way to go.  Now, I don't know what the male version of a cougar is, but to the older guys, if you want to avoid looking like one, this would be the quiff for you!  A side part and a slight quiff at the front makes this look suitable for the office or a black tie event.

Zac Effron (Taken from Web)

Onto can take 5-15 minutes depending on how perfect you want your quiff to look.  I myself prefer the less perfect ones.  For this look, towel dry your hair, and simply spray with a sea salt spray or your styling aid of choice.  I do, however prefer a sea salt spray, which will give it more of a beachy "I didn't really style my hair" look. Blow dry your hair up and back or off to either side.  For extra hold, you can finish off with a dry wax (like KMS Dry Wax), or a light clay.

My only caution to you when styling, especially for the mid-length quiffs, is don't be too perfect!  An over-styled quiff can leave you looking like an extra in a 1950's flick.  In my opinion, Bruno Mars styles his too high, too wide, too something....!  What do you think?

Bruno Mars (Taken from Web)

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Is Ombre Hair Colour Still In?

SJP, Cameron Diaz, and Jessica Biel have gotten it right! (taken from web)
Many clients have been asking me, "Is the Ombre hair colour trend still in"?  It seems most hair colour trends come and go, usually changing with the seasons.  It appears however, that the Ombre colour trend is here to stay.  It began a couple of years ago when we saw celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Sarah Jessica Parker sporting darker roots graduating into lighter colour on the ends.  Two years later, these celebrities along with many others have continued to like this trend.

In reality, Ombre hair is nothing new.  It's quite a natural hair colour look, one that our much younger counterparts have mastered quite by accident.  Remember back to when you were a little girl playing outside all summer.  Your hair would lighten up, and by winter your roots would come in a few shades darker.  So despite some people's comments about ombre hair colour looking like nasty grown out roots, it can actually look quite natural and youthful.

Ombre looks great on shorter hair too! (taken from web)

So what makes the Ombre colour trend worthy of sticking around?  Patrick McIvor, colour director for Matrix believes it will still be around 100 years from now.  His prediction is that the Ombre technique will become the "little black dress" of hair fashion due to its functionality, and ease on the pocket book, not to mention, it never looks like it's growing out.  That being said, it must be done right to have that natural graduated colour look.

When done poorly, the Ombre effect can absolutely end up looking like you haven't had the time or money to get your roots done!  So what is the best way to achieve this look? The trick is to lighten your ends three to four shades lighter than the roots and to add some balayage (hand painted) highlights to the top.  This gives it a nice sun kissed look.

Drew Barrymore and Ciara sporting dramatic ombre looks Taken fom web)

So I have a few favourites when it comes to this look.  I think SJP and Cameron Diaz have really nailed this look.  I also love the look on Miley and Rashida's shorter hair.  It also offers a really dramatic look when pulled back.  I'd have to say though, that Drew Barrymore and Ciara who are sporting a more dramatic version, don't get my vote.  So what's your take on this trend?

Pulled back for a dramatic evening look (Taken from web)

Friday, 18 May 2012

Hair Extensions 101

Paris Hilton short to long hair (Taken from web)
Do you remember the days when we would look at our favourite celebrities in awe as they went from short to long hair in the matter of days.  There was a time when transforming locks of hair from short to long was only for the rich and famous.  Now it has become much more affordable and mainstream.  You can bet that someone in your circle is faking their 'Rapunzel' hair!  Would you do it?

There are many things to think about when considering making the instant switch from short hair to long.  For most people, the first question is "How much will it cost"?  While extensions can start out at anywhere from $500-$2000+, it is important to dig deeper than just the initial cost.  Some extensions are only good for a one time use.  Others can be re-used for 3-4 applications, saving you money in the end.

Brook Burke (Charvet) in Hotheads Hair Extensions (Taken from web)

Although it may seem like your hairstylist is gauging your wallet, it is important to realize that in general, at least half of what you pay for your hair extensions, covers the cost of the actual hair itself (which is not something that can be mass-produced!).  Also, your stylist has likely invested a fair bit of money to become properly trained in the application of hair extensions.  On that note, if you plan on investing in long hair, be sure to find someone who is certified; not all hairstylist are certified in this service. 

It is also important to enquire about what is involved in the care of your hair extensions.  I often tell clients that hair extensions are really only for the "vain-at-heart".  And I mean that in the nicest way possible.  Hair extensions are generally not for the "wash-and-go" client.  On the other hand if you are accustomed to blow drying your hair and touching up with an iron, hair extensions would be within your comfort zone.  I myself tend to flip flop, which is why  I only occasionally commit to hair extensions!

Jordin Sparks (Taken from web)
SJP (Taken from web)
There are many different reasons to consider hair extensions.  Although adding length is the most common reason, there are also many other uses for these fake tresses.  Many people with fine sparse hair appreciate the fullness that hair extensions give them.  They can also be used to bulk up an up-do or to add splashes of colour.  Other people use them only it certain areas of their mane that are thinner, or to facilitate a grow out faze.  It is definitely a service that is customised to each client individually.

Just like any other product available to consumers, there are several different types of hair extensions available.  You can choose from sewn in weaves, bonded, clip-ins, and a myriad of others.  I myself, only use the tape in ones ( Hotheads Hair Extensions), which seem to offer the best re-usability, and do the least amount of damage to the hair.

Hotheads Hair Extensions sit flat against the head (Taken from web)

If you are thinking of trying hair extensions, be sure to book a consultation with your stylist so you can discuss any questions you may have.  I welcome your questions here as well!

Below is some of my most recent work with hair extensions.

Rachel A. in Hotheads Hair Extensions

Jennifer T. in Hotheads Hair Extensions

Soo L. in Hotheads Snappies

Sunday, 13 May 2012

The Roaring 20's (And Event Styling)

"Coco" Chanel (taken from web)
The 1920's were an interesting decade for women's hair.  You could definitely say there was a hair revolution.  Women had traditionally worn their hair long, but in 1921, many women followed the lead of famous fashion designer "Coco" Chanel, and began chopping their locks into short bobs.  

Anna Wintour, longtime editor-and-chief of American magazine "Vogue" has adopted the bob as her trademark hairstyle and has worn nothing but a bob for years.  The bob still remains to be the most requested hairstyle in salons today.
Anna Wintour (taken from web)

With the onset of the "bob", came the finger wave.  Many famous movie stars began to have their hair formed into "S" shaped waves to soften the hard look of their new bobs.

Probably the most popular image of the 1920's, is that of the "flapper girl".  I'd kind of equate them with today's "hipsters".  They were known to go against the grain; they introduced provocative dance styles, risque fashion trends, not to mention risque behaviour.  They most certainly bobbed their hair, which remained unacceptable behaviour for quite some time.

Flapper Girl (taken from web)

Event Styling

I love to do period styling whether it be 20's, 30's, 40's, etc.  It brings something a little different to my work day.  I also love to do event styling.  When I style a client's hair for an event such as a wedding, a gala, or any kind of formal event, I feel such satisfaction seeing the finished look for their special event.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to do period styling for an event.  My wonderful sister-in-law to be was organising and attending a "Roaring 20's" themed event.  Needless to say, I had fun with this one.  Check out Sarah's finished look (BTW - It helps that she's a classic beauty)!

Sarah B.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Year of the Bang!

This year, 2012, is definitely the year of the bang.  If you live in the UK, you likely call them a fringe.  Regardless of where you're at, they are definitely making a statement in the fashion world. For the last couple of years we've been seeing long layered side swept bangs.  Just as they have changed over the previous decades (remember the eighties with the hairspray and teasing comb), they are once again making a new statement.

I'm definitely a fan of this trend.   I love the fact that you can dramatically change a style without losing overall length.  My most dreaded statement from clients is "I want a dramatic change, but I don't want to lose any length".  While I completely understand where they're coming from, it's difficult to create a dramatic change, without changing the length.  Unless, of course, they want bangs!

If you're thinking about getting bangs, there are a few different ways of making a new statement.  Some clients prefer the versatility of a a straight down bang that can still be pushed off to the side.  For these clients I would suggest a curtain bang, which has a real boho flare.  They are worn longer and part in the center, or slightly off center (my personal favourite at the moment).  They are cut slightly longer on the sides, which gives you the option to push them off to one side if you choose.

If you're ready to fully commit to a straight down bang, consider a more bold blunt bang.  This looks best with thicker hair and is worn slightly rounded on the ends.

Now here's something for those who really want to amp up the drama, and maybe stand out from the crowd a little bit.  I've noticed a few celebrities have started wearing their bangs about two shades darker than the rest of their hair.  It's possibly just an extension of the ombré trend we've been seeing a lot of.  Whatever it is, I think it's pretty hot!

So what do you think?  Will you be getting bangs this year?

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


Last week was a great week in the salon.  While all my work days are usually fun, last week was especially so.  If you read my last post, you'll remember me mentioning a 60's revival in hair trends.  And while not all my blog posts will be about the 60's, I do want to share with you some 60's inspired work I did last week in the salon.

A good client of mine Jenn, who also happens to be my cousin, got in touch with me wanting a 60's inspired do for a formal ball she was attending.  I was quite excited, since this 60's trend seems to be my obsession at the moment!

Out came the hot rollers and teasing comb!  After re-applying her extensions, (which she has admitted are like crack to her, since she can't seem to go without) we got to work creating her half up-do.  The end result was this:

I was quite pleased with how it turned out.  I was even more pleased when I saw the picture and noticed that her husband Rob (who is also one of my clients), was looking very 'Don Draper' like, with his hair so nicely groomed.  While it is my intention to post mostly head shots on here, this pair looked so hot, I couldn't bring myself to crop the picture.

The same day that Jenn was in, I had a second opportunity to create some 60's inspired hair.  My client Anroup came in, and as per usual, she gave me free reign with her hair.  Anroup has got some pretty fantastic hair; it's very thick and great to work with. I ended up doing a retro inspired bob on her.  Something with a bit more swing than the Victoria Beckham bob that was so much in fashion a few years back.  I love bobs because they are always in style, and they look great on every face shape.  Anroup was heading out for the evening and sent me this great picture of her newly coiffed hair.  Thanks Anroup!

While I am clearly obsessed with this 60's revival, I promise to bring you something new for my next post!

Monday, 30 April 2012

I love the 60's!

The great thing about hair, is there are always new trends.  Some of them you love, some of them you hate!  And just like other trends in fashion, 'What goes around comes back again'!

There's definitely a huge 60's revival going on right now.  If you watch Mad Men like me, you've discovered that the 60's were not only about great music.  There was also plenty of lust-worthy hair!  It was all about the big curvy curls, curtain bangs, roller sets, bee-hives, and a ton of volume.

For a hairstylist like me, this comes as a welcomed change.  After so many years of women wearing their hair super straight, I am thirsty for more creativity.  And with the onset of this 60's trend, I suspect I will be doing more up dos, and curls.

Time to pull out your 'teasing comb' and hairspray.  If you have a set of hot-rollers, even better!  And of course the celebrities are doing it too!  I particularly like Gwen Stefani's big beautiful bouffant!

Do You Have a Hair Crush Like Me?

Being the hair nerd that I am, I'm always on the look out for new hair tips, tricks, tools, products, styles, etc.  It's safe to say, anything related to hair, instantly grabs my attention.  So much so, that I often find myself surfing the web until well over midnight exploring new ideas.  Getting up with two little ones at 6:30 the following morning is never fun, but some how evening after evening, I am lured back to my computer in search of more great hair ideas.

In my excitement of finding new hair ideas, I'm always eager to share them with others.  This is what has led me to start this blog.  

Starting a blog, much like updating my facebook status, is a little unnerving for me.  I find myself wondering if people really care what 'Emily' has to say;  but, I'm going to take a stab at it.  If nothing else, this will be a place for me to document my years as a hairdresser.  I'm sure down the road, looking back at all the changes in hair trends will be worth a good laugh.

So welcome to my realm of hair!  I hope you will enjoy it!