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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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Hair Care: Winter Hair Tips

November is here! Many across the U.S. have already seen snow, so it’s no mystery that winter is almost upon us. Dryer winter air and cold temperatures can have a serious impact on your hair. You know what I’m talking about – dreaded winter frizz, static, and breakage.

Turns out that the cold is not the only culprit of dry hair during the winter – it has even more to do with heat. We crank up the heaters in our homes, spend more time indoors, take long hot showers and baths, and use hot tools and hair dryers more frequently during frosty months. Let’s take a look at some tricks to keeping your hair looking great throughout this chilly season ahead.

Protect Your Hair Outdoors

Whipping winds at freezing temperatures dry out your hair just as much as your skin – we just don’t feel it! Wear hats and scarves to protect your hair as much as you can when you leave the house, and never ever walk outside in the cold if you have wet hair.

Protect Your Hair From the Heat

Wait, is that a typo? Nope, I’m serious. Make sure you are using heat protectant spray on your hair before you blow dry or use hot tools such as straighteners or curling irons. They make a huge difference in the strength and shine of your hair when you style. Heat dries out and damages your hair, making it prone to breakage and split ends.

Condition Like Crazy

During the winter, you hair tends to be dryer because of the heat in your home and the dryness of the air outside. Make sure you bump up your conditioning routine to keep your hair moisturized – do a weekly hair mask, add a leave-in conditioner to your routine, and even add conditioner to your ends before you shampoo to give them a little more protection when you wash your hair.

Cut Down on Washes

Washing your hair daily really strips your hair of moisture, so try to wash your hair with shampoo less, alternating with a conditioner-only rinse or using dry shampoo.

Use the Cold to Your Advantage

While blasting hot water in the shower seems like the best thing during these cold days, it definitely isn’t good for your hair. Rinse your hair in cold water after you wash and condition to lock in moisture and shine. Also, when your hair is not being tended to, try to keep your hair out of the hot water with a shower cap or ponytail if you love those toasty soaks too much (I know I do!).

Any tips and tricks we missed that you always go to during the winter months? Or have you tried any of these to keep your hair shiny and moisturized even when it’s chilly outside?

Lauren Conrad goes Peach, Katie Holmes on the Cover of Marie Claire

Need the latest headlines in hair trend news? Come back every Monday for the The Frizz Report for the top styles, hair transformation, and runway trends of the previous week.

Lauren Conrad has done it again! After creating a global hair color craze as thousands of girls attempted to reacreate her rainbow hair tips, LC and her best friend colorist Kristin Ess decided to go with Ombre highlights of yet another color – Peach!

I think the tips look dreamily good (and also make me crave some serious Orange Dreamsicle – just me?), but I wonder how long this color will last. Some speculate that her first tye-dye color job was not even real hair color – or not even her in the pictures! What do you think? Should she stick with the color? Would you wear it? [Read more from Allure]

Call me crazy, but I haven’t seen Katie Holmes in the spotlight of much of anything minus tabloids since she married Tom Cruise and became a mom. However, a refreshingly real interview with the actress about daughter Suri and her future plans for a fashion label will accompany her appearance on the cover of Marie Claire’s November 2011 issue.

I never noticed it before, but how much to Katie and the newest member of the royal family Kate Middleton look alike? They could be twins! Especially in one of the shots of Katie in Marie Claire’s spread where she has her hair styled in a soft blowout – all I could think of was Princess Kate. All in all, I’d call her cover appearance and interview in Marie Claire a win. [See more shots of Katie in Marie Claire]

Celebrity Hairstyles: Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana has not yet reached recognition as a household name as an actress quite yet, but she sure has hit headlines quite a lot lately since her slight drop off in on-screen appearances since her role in Avatar. Why, might you ask? Well, take a look at any of the many glamorous paparazzi shots of the lovely starlet and you’ll see why. She always looks fabulous and perfectly put together from head to toe and oh! That hair!

Do you share our jealousy of the gorgeous Zoe?

The Frizz Report: Last Week’s Hair Lowdown

Need the latest headlines in hair trend news? Come back every Monday for the The Frizz Report for the top styles, hair transformation, and runway trends of the previous week.


More than one star has done a chameleon color change last week! Katy Perry was photographed with back-to-blonde locks [Is Purple Gone, Katy?] while Kylie Minogue went dark, dark brown [InStyle Reports]. I’m left wondering if Katy will stick to the blonde or if that will change again soon. But as for Kylie, brunette looks great on her!

Leather headbands are in for fall? What do you think of this look? I think this look is very adaptable and great for any style. After all, Glamour says… [Snag it!]

Halloween is only a few weeks away! Do you know what you’re going to be? I got a tickle of inspiration for something a little fun and different from Bellasugar with their 15 Iconic Cartoon Costumes. [Be a Superhero]

Would You Wear It? Half-Shaved Hair Styles

Every time I see a starlet head down the red carpet with one of these shaved, asymmetrical hairstyles, I wish I had the guts to pull something like this off with my hair. I have seen a lot of gals in real life going for a half-shaved look as well, so this is not just for the rich and famous.

I gotta ask, would you ever wear it? Or is this style best left to punk rockers and rebellious teens?

Then and Now Hairstyles: Dianna Argon

Dianna Argon, known as Quinn on the hit TV show Glee, recently chopped her hair in a sexy little bob U.S. Weekly quotes her hairstylist as calling the “shab”.

I gotta say, at first I was a little put out that she cut her gorgeous, long blonde cheerleader hair that seals the deal of her character in Glee as being the perfectly primped popular girl – but this new “shab” is absolutely fab.

Before the chop – a younger Dianna Argon walking the red carpet with long blonde locks with face framing bangs.

And now – a sexy tousled cropped look with side-swooped bangs.

I think this new style makes her look ten time more mature – and just look at the confidence she exudes in her most recent photog moments while sporting her edgy new look!

What do you think – do you agree that the cut was a good move, or should she have hung onto the safe, young styled long blonde hair?

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