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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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So HAUTE: Our Favorite Hair Trends Straight from the Runway

From India to Paris, hair has stolen all the runway shows this season. But, only the best looks make it off the runway to the streets and red-carpet. Here’s the haute-est picks for runway looks this season.

1. Braided Side Swoop

My personal favorite braid is the french braided side swoop worn by the models at Deepika Govind’s runway show this spring.

2. Romantic “Milk Maid” Braids

Whether paired with a center part or wrapped around loosely, updo, the milkmaid braid is simple, romantic, elegance.

3. Hair Jewelry

Nicole Richie and Jennifer Lawrence are just a few celebrities recently spotted sporting this flashy hair trend.

DIY Ombré Hair

Don’t call it a comeback! I LOVE Ombré and I was so sad to see it fade (lol) last fall. Imagine my pleasant surprise to see ombré hair cycling right back into fashion this Spring. And everyone should be excited about it because now you can FINALLY try it out (you KNOW you want to!)

How to Ombre Your Hair At Home:


Ombre is actually really simple. What’s difficult is determining how light you want to go and where to start the fade. Assess your ends, obviousness we’d all love to go full Drew Barrymore brunette-to-ash blonde, but if your ends are weak a more subtle gradient is the healthiest choice for your hair. Some DIYers prefer the 2-step process but I personally think the one-step is better for your hair. There are limits to how light your hair can go with just one bleaching so if you REALLY want light blonde at the ends, go for the two-step tutorial found here on ZOELLA’s Beauty Blog.


1.) Combine 40vol Developer and Powder bleach. Use your own hands (with gloves of course) and just work it into the ends. This will be the lightest part of your ombre so you want to bleach about 3-4 inches (lengthwise) or more, depending on your hair length. Wrap the bleached ends with foil and let that process for about 30-45mins (trust me your hair is lighter than it looks at this point).

2.) After you un-foil, repeat the same step, comb the bleach into your hair with your fingers from the starting point and over your already bleached ends (Don’t forget the back!). Foil and process for another 20-30mins. Try to leave some bleached hair outside the foil at the top for a better gradient.

Tip: A good starting point for ombre is your cheeks. The messier and more uneven the you are with applying the bleach the better. You don’t want your ombre to look like a color block. Messy= Natural, right! 🙂

TONER TIME: If you’re using an ash-blonde box color kit or highlighting kit for Ombre, then there’s probably toner in  the mix to keep your hair from going YELLOW or BRASS. Brassy blonde is perfectly normal after bleaching dark toned hair. Toner helps to eliminate the yellow and brassy tones. I went with an ASH toner “Wella Color Charm T14“.  Rinse and towel dry your hair. Combine Wella toner with 20vol developer and let that stay in your hair for 30 mins. Rinse (No Shampoo) & Condition.

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DIY Colorful Clip-in Extensions

Colorful hair, or “scene hair” as the kids call it, is all the rage these days. From the runways, to pop stars, the new emos, to the Hunger Games enthusiasts, everybody is rocking fun and playful colors in their hair this Spring.

Cheap color clip-ins are fun and easy, but they don’t handle styling and heat very well. Quality clip-ins are made with premium hair and can be bleached, re-colored, styled, etc., and pretty much lasts forever, BUT they can be expensive; Sephora’s quality color clip-in line costs $22 per 2 grams!

With hair (extensions,etc.) it’s always better to buy in ounces. Working with wide wefts means you can make entire rows of solid clip-ins or break it up into numerous 1 1/2-inch highlights. Since I had a few ounces of hair lying about the house (literally), and was feeling crafty (but not in the tricky way), I decided to DIY-myself these fabulous colorful clip-in extensions.

What you’ll need:

1. Some wefts of hair (weave, as I like to call it) Any color is fine. See below for how-to bleach it*

2. Temporary Hair Dye: I used Manic Panic “Cotton Candy” pink and Color Jamz in Aquamarine

3. A pack of snap-clips for extensions (available at Sally’s Beauty Supply)

4. Needle & Thread

Step 1: Assuming you’re working with light blonde hair*, using a brush and non-metallic bowl, distribute the temporary dye on each side of freshly washed hair. (Manic Panic: blow dry hair completely before dying. Color Jamz: towel dry). Leave dye in for 25 mins and rinse thoroughy.

Color Tip: Manic Panic was the superior color choice. Color Jamz ( Aquamarine) took forever to rinse,bled all over my towels and T-shirt, and then promptly turned green the minute I flat ironed it while MP’s “Cotton Candy” colored the hair perfectly.

Step 2: Decide how wide you want your extensions ( a row vs. highlights). For highlights, cut the weft into 1 1/2 inch pieces.

Step 3: Sew the wefts to the snap clips. The brand from Sally’s comes with guiding holes for your needle and thread so it’s VERY easy.

Fun stuff, right? Now go color yourself some extensions!

*Tips for bleaching dark hair blonde:

It’s a two-step bleaching process to lighten dark hair to light blonde. Chances are you’ll go through every spectrum of brass and yellow before you reach your golden destination. You’ll need a few scoops of bleach, 40 developer, and foil. Process the hair for about 1 hour max, then rinse, CONDITION, and dry. Repeat the bleaching process for another 30 mins to an hour.

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Simple Hair Trends this Season

Try one of the hottest hair trends this season, experiment with one of these styles at your next casual or elegant holiday party this season.  

Braids: Who knew the conventional braid would eventually transform into a classy and sultry hairstyle that would prove popular both with style-conscious teenagers as well as the comfort-seeking adults. From a regular day at school or work to a fun and casual party with friends, braids can be trusted. Wear your hair in a loose braid to catch every onlooker’s eyes or wear it in a trendy fish tail style, you can rock this style with just the right accessories and the perfect attitude.

Simple side braid

Bangs: Back with a Bang! Literally. Fringes whether as blunt bangs or as a cool side swept style are definitely back. From Mila Kunis to Jennifer Garner, all the hot celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon to sport this stunning look. Make sure to let your stylist give you the right bangs according to your face shape. After that you’re all set to take on the town to party hard!  For more on bangs and fringes:


Trendy Bangs

Ponytails: This season is all about letting your face show! And there’s no better way to do that than by wearing your hair back in a ponytail. This simple hairstyle, whether worn loose or high up, can make every girl look effortlessly glamorous. Add in big hoop earrings to give off a hip vibe and you’re ready to go!

Pouf Pony

by the Daily Frizz Contributor, Sarah K.


Hairstyles We’re Loving in Paris: TUTORIALS

Paris Street Style: The "knot top"

By Zelo Contributor, Shelby Marcus Ocana

Fall and winter are two seasons when hairstyles can be very versatile and chic at the same time. With the holidays quickly approaching and the women bundling up in big scarves, up-dos are a huge trend that never goes out of style during the cold months.

Transitioning from fall to winter, Parisians are big fans of the famous top knot. Easy to do and not time consuming, it’s a great way to stay chic and casual at the same time when walking out the door on a cold, busy morning.

Another great alternative is the “chignon chic”. It’s a messier version of the top knot but it can be easily dressed up with a fancy pair of chandelier earrings. A quick tutorial for achieving this look is: First, start with a ballerina bun, then take random pieces out of it to loosen and mess it up, then bobby-pin the top portion of the bun down. This hairstyle is great for all you boho-chic girls out there.

Parisian Boho Chic

During the holiday season, whether going to a Christmas event or New Year’s party, Parisians always like to look their very best. And for a lot of women, slicked-back hairdos are a favorite because of their glamorous and “put-together” look that gives the impression that you have spent hours on it, whereas it really took about 10 minutes!

How to get Marion Cotillard's sleek side bun

Our final look is a sleek side-bun that Marion Cotillard sported recently. It looks clean, fresh, classic and fabulous. To achieve this look: just bring all of your hair to one side.  Make sure that your hair is completely brushed through to get that very “flat and shiny “ look. Then, pin your hair using bobby-pins and use hairspray to tame any fly-aways and sleek down all your hair. Voilà !

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.