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Three Back To School Hairstyles You Should Try

1. Flash Effect Highlights

The flash effect is being called the new ombre. It’s set to be one of the hottest hair trends for fall and a definite must-try. Flash effects highlights are highlights carefully made to replicate how the light hits your hair, especially a camera flash. Just enough color is lifted in strategic places to replicate glossy shine which is perfect for dark hair.

Who Should Try It: Brunettes with medium to long hair

DIY Ability: Low: Definitely spend the money on getting it done right by a salon professional.

Maintenance: Low: Great for college students on a budget!

2. Single Side Braid

Popular on celebs like Liv Tyler and Kate Bossworth last year, the single side braid is the perfect way to channel Rihanna’s side-shaved look without giving your parents a heart attack. It’s a young and playful look with just a hint of edginess that’s perfect for the trendy inclined student.

Who Should Try it: Everyone: It looks good on long, short, and medium length hair.

DIY Ability: High.

Maintenance: Low: This is a one-day look that only needs a bit of mouse and hairspray

3. Long Straight Hair

Summer may be the perfect time for curls and beach waves but fall is the perfect opportunity to surprise all your classmates with a new look: long, straight, glossy hair.

Who Should Try it: Wavy to Medium curly hair

DIY Ability: Medium. We suggest getting a keratin treatment at a salon or using Zelo’s home keratin kit to help temporarily relax the curls and to make your morning styling regimen easier.

Maintenance: Medium: Post keratin hair needs minimum styling and upkeep to maintain the straight effect. Add a dose of hair gloss each morning to keep your hair shiny and the ends healthy.

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Fringe Benefits: Choosing the Right Bangs for Your Face

Bangs have definitely made a comeback this year, and it’s looking as if this trend might be here to stay. Whether you have a round face or a long face, the right bangs can compliment anyone. It’s a relatively simple way to give your face a complete makeover.

Zelo’s got the guide to help you choose the right bangs for you.

I think one of the most striking celebrity bang transitions this year is Leighton Meester’s blunt bang. Blunt or Chinese bangs work for her because of her round face. The harsh line of bangs across her forehead creates a theme of angles on her otherwise round face. It brings out her amazing cheek bones and, overall, makes her face look longer and slimmer.

Photo: Property of Hair Boutique

Taylor swift has definitely found the perfect bangs for her oval face. The much softer fringe (above), narrower at the forehead and sweeping downward softly around the eyes, is a vast improvement over her blunt bangs (left), which actually made her face look much longer than it actually is. If you have a long face, try to stay away from any blunt styles that chop your face in half. Go for these subtle, layered fringes instead.

Chinese bangs look better on fuller faces like Leighton or square faces like Lea Micheal.

Heart Shaped faces like Rihanna’s have wider foreheads and a very narrow chin. Full blunt bangs like the style above(left) look beautiful on her but draw attention to the width of her forhead. A side swept look balances her face much better.

Whatever style you chose, the fringes are a sure way to give your hair a sexy, edgier look.


3 Ways to Keep Ends Looking Smooth

Question: What can I add to my ends so they won’t look dry?

One of the most widespread hair battles we all encounter at least once in a lifetime has to do with the ends of our hair. Whether it’s ends drying out and creating unwanted frizz, split ends, or breakage – we all deal with it. This is because as we style, brush, whip our hair back and forth, you name it – the very ends of our hair have seen the most tress stress.

Check out three of our tips for keeping your ends looking fresh!

Trim Your Ends Regularly

It is recommended you get your ends cut at least every six to eight weeks, so if you find yourself fretting over dried and split ends, take a peek at your calendar and try to remember your last trim.

Condition Like It’s Your Job

Conditioning is important – but how you condition is more important. If your ends are looking bad, consider adding conditioner to your ends in the shower before you shampoo, let it sit for five minutes, and then shampoo and conditioner as you usually do. Also, consider adding a weekly moisturizing hair mask to your beauty regimen. Check out our earlier post on avocado recipes for hair to get some inspiration.

Use a Gloss

When all else fails, adding a little bit of hair gloss, such as Zelo’s Velvet Gloss, will add shine to ends and make them look less dry. Be careful to only use a little, because most glosses are very thick and just a little bit will go a long way.

5 Getting Ready Go-To’s When You’re Out of Time

It’s happened to all of us – you forgot to set your alarm, or worse, you did – but the power went out in the middle of the night, or your trusty phone ran out of batteries in the middle or your slumber and you have overslept. For an hour. For me, this just happened this morning – and it prompted me to want to share a few of my techniques for looking good last minute – and hear what crazy tricks you’ve done to get ready in the knick of time!

So today, I was woken up by a text message. After groggily fumbling for my phone, thinking to myself “who on earth is communicating with me this early, they are so dead”, I look at the screen and realize I’m supposed to be leaving for work in fifteen minutes. Fifteen minutes! I had totally forgotten to reset my alarm the night before. Desperate times calls for a few desperate measures.

Let me take you through my 15-minute-holy-cow-I-am-late beauty routine.

1. Speed shower

If you have ever gone to camp or lived in a sorority house, you know that shower time is like gold. Luckily, after being in both of these situations throughout life, I am now conditioned to take a shower in under four minutes. Little tip: shampoo can be used for almost anything when you are in a rush.

2. Turn to a Trusty Outfit

When I have no time to think about what I’m going to wear, I usually think back a week or two and repeat an outfit. Not always ideal, especially if you like variety in your wardrobe, but at least you know you’ll look put together, and hopefully by the time two weeks have passed you’ve done your laundry.

3. Minimal Makeup

I use Bare Minerals for most of my makeup, and that stuff is a process to layer on in the morning. When I have less than a minute, I go straight for three things: powder, bronzer, mascara. I concentrate on problem areas with the powder: around my eyes and my T-zone, add a little bronzer to my cheeks and add a sun kissed swipe down my nose, and lift my lashes with a little mascara. It’s not going to make me look photo-shoot ready, but it will at least tide me over until lunch.

4. Blow Dry in the Car

I realized with minutes left until I needed to be heading out, my hair was still dripping wet. With no time for a proper blow dry, I fluffed my damp hair with a towel to remove most of the moisture, grabbed my work bag, and headed to the car. Turning my A/C to a tolerable temperature, I full blasted it right towards my head, combing through with my fingers. Hey, I warned you these were desperate measures, right?

5. Easy Hairstyle

Once my hair was pretty much dry, since I was without any styling tools, I twisted my hair into a low, messy bun. I was then presentable, professional, and ready to tackle my day – with only 15 minutes of preparation.

What crazy things have you done to get ready fast? 

Beauty Myth Busters: Coffee Grinds

Have a too good to be true beauty tip you’ve always wondered about? Send it me at and we’ll see if it’s fact or fiction!

I am dying to reduce the appearance of my cellulite. I read somewhere that coffee grinds can help? Is this for real? I would love to not spend money on creams that don’t work. 

Myth Buster’s Answer: YES!

Cellulite is considered by many to be genetic while others say it’s gravity at work, but as we age, some of us just get it and some of us don’t. There are many ways we try to decrease the appearance of cellulite – leg lifts, creams, cardio, etc – all of which can make a difference. When I first got asked this question about coffee grinds reducing cellulite, I thought there was no way. I love coffee in my cup, but on thighs? My doubts were proven wrong once I did some research.

Coffee grinds, as I have found, do work as another topical treatment to try. According to an article on Shine and their source, Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, it really can work because of the caffeine component of coffee.

The secret, according to this article, is the fact that caffeine “pulls water to the area”, thus diminishing cellulite’s lumpy appearance.

Crazy! They also provide a recipe for application: “Mix ¼ to ½ cup coffee grounds (used ones from your coffeemaker are fine) with approximately 2 Tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil and massage into the affected areas, trying to get as much to stick as possible. Cover the area in plastic wrap and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.”

Photo Courtesy of Belovodchenko Anton

3 Tips for Making Your Keratin Treatment Last

During the summer months, keratin treatments boom in popularity as we get tired of the frizz and our hairstyle getting ruined by heat, humidity, and spending time outside.

However, keratin treatments don’t last forever, and naturally we want to help keep a smooth look for a long as possible. Follow these stylist recommendations to keep keratin in your hair through the entire summer.

1. Use a Salt and Sulfate free Shampoo

Look for a shampoo that does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, such as Zelo Salt and Sulfate Free Shampoo. SLS is a surfactant that will wear away at your keratin treatment. Not only does SLS depleat your keratin faster, but it can also cause thinning hair, irritated scalp, among other symptoms. So why do most shampoos use it? Because it’s cheap, and creates foam – which we are trained to believe is washing our hair better. SLS free shampoos don’t foam as much, which is actually better for your hair. Read this very detailed post by Killer Strands for more on SLS free shampoos and why we should all be using them, keratin treatment or not.

2. Take Care around Chlorine and Ocean Water

Many people love their keratin treatment because they can go from beaching it to going out on the town, but salt water and pool water are both very harsh on your hair. If getting your hair wet is unavoidable, hit the showers right after to rinse your hair so there is less of an impact on your keratin.

3. Change your Wash Schedule

The easiest way to keep your keratin? Wash your hair less. It is already commonly recommended to only wash your hair every other day, especially if you have dry or over processed hair. Many people say they can’t go a day without a wash because of oil, and for them I suggest giving the every other day wash a try, but continuing to rinse and condition (only from the middle to your ends) every day. If your hair is still too oily, try cutting down on a complete wash – alternate shampooing your entire head of hair with just concentrating your shampoo at your scalp. Many people find that if they cut back on how often they wash, their hair actually gradually becomes less oily.

Becoming the Best YOU

“Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation. Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.” – Lorraine Cohen

Summer is ideally a time to kick back, but unfortunately for most of us, a day at the beach and an afternoon sipping lemonade in the sun is just not in the cards. Being busy isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but forgetting to take care of ourselves because we are too busy definitely is.

Stress takes a toll on us emotionally and physically when we forget to make time for just us.

It is much too easy to get so caught up in the day to day to-do’s that we completely let our own well-being slip away. Set aside a block of time each week to have some quality you time – and to help  you get started, here are a few easy and quick ways to put yourself first.

1. Go for a Workout

This is one of the simplest and most beneficial ways to give yourself “me time” to clear your thoughts. Head to the gym, sign up for a yoga class, or just simply take a walk outside. Working out is great for your health and helps relieve stress – and if you recall from the classic line from Legally Blonde – “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”

2. Get Your Nails Done

There is something about having freshly primped and polished fingers and toes that does the soul good. Treat yourself to a mani-pedi at your nearest spa, and get pampered with some aromatherapy and quiet time. Or, if you like to do your own, pick up a new summer color and dedicate some time just to yourself.

3. Take a Bubble Bath

This is a “me time” classic. We all gotta get clean, right? Skip the shower and opt for a soak instead – add a capful of lavender scented bubble bath and a scoop of epson salt to warm, running water, light a candle, turn the lights down, and relax. You deserve it.