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Round-faced Babes: The Ultimate Guide to Flattering Hairstyles!

April 10, 2024 in Hair Tips and Tricks

Are you blessed with lovely, soft features and equal dimensions? If your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw all boast similar widths, congratulations – you have a round face! But fear not, for there’s a plethora of fabulous hairstyles waiting to accentuate your beauty. Let’s dive into the world of haircuts tailored just for you.

Understanding Round Faces:

Before we delve into the hairstyles, let’s understand the canvas we’re working with. Picture the iconic features of celebrities like Emma Stone, Chrissy Teigen, or Selena Gomez – their soft, symmetrical faces are quintessentially round.

The Best Hairstyles for Round Faces:

  1. Elongated Layers: Create soft layers just below the jawline to elongate your face, as suggested by Sam Burnett, a renowned hairstylist. This technique maintains a square shape throughout, adding elegance to your overall look.
  2. Edgy Cuts: Embrace bold angles and graphic styles to provide structure to your soft features. Strong angles add a touch of sophistication, balancing out the roundness of your face.
  3. Long and Sleek: Opt for longer lengths and sleek locks to flatter your round face. This style adds verticality, creating the illusion of elongation and slimming down your features.

  4. Versatile Styling: Don’t limit yourself to one look – experiment with various styles that elongate, slim, and add structure to your features. From straight to curly, the possibilities are endless.

Hairstyles to Avoid:

  1. All-One-Length Cuts: Steer clear of bobs or cuts that maintain a uniform length, as they can accentuate the roundness of your face.
  2. Layers Above the Jawline: Avoid layers that sit above the jawline, as they draw attention across your face, widening your features.
  3. Chin-Length Cuts: Say no to styles that end at chin-length, as they can add bulk to your face, detracting from its natural symmetry.

Styling Tips:

  • Get creative with your styling to make bobs, fringes, and curls work for you. With the right techniques, these styles can enhance your features rather than overpower them.

In conclusion, the key to flattering hairstyles for round faces lies in creating balance, structure, and elongation. Whether you prefer a chic bob or flowing curls, remember to tailor your style to accentuate your unique beauty. So go ahead, experiment fearlessly, and let your hair be the ultimate expression of your personality!

What is Hair Toner and Why is it Important?

April 2, 2024 in Industry FAQs

Getting your hair toned is a crucial service, especially when, but not limited to hair lightening services. Discover what a hair toner is, why it’s essential to include toning in your hair color appointments, and how frequently you should consider toning your hair.

WHAT IS A HAIR TONER & WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

A hair toner is a semi-permanent hair coloring product capable of modifying the hair’s color and pH level. Hair colorists utilize toners to adjust the precise shade of your hair, whether to cool it down or warm it up. This provides a means to experiment with color without fully committing to a new hair hue. Available in clear form as well, toners act similarly to a hair gloss.  This means that not only can it adjust the tone of the hair but conditions it as well!  Toner can be applied between color treatments to maintain the longevity and freshness of your color.  One significant benefit of toners is their ability to extend the life of your color, so we typically recommend refreshing your toner in 3 to 4 weeks between color appointments!

HOW IS HAIR TONER APPLIED:

Toners are available in cream or liquid form, with Shades EQ being a noteworthy ammonia-free option. Your stylist will apply the toner after rinsing, shampooing, and conditioning your hair. It is left on the hair for approximately 20 minutes before being rinsed out, followed by another round of shampooing and conditioning.

WHY DO WE LOVE REDKEN SHADES EQ HAIR GLOSS:

Redken’s Shades EQ hair gloss sets itself apart from other toners by its ability to rebalance the hair’s pH level post-color treatment, ensuring it returns to a normal, healthy state. This feature is not limited to color-treated hair; it also benefits virgin hair affected by environmental factors, heat styling tools, and hair products.  It can also be custom-mixed by your colorist to achieve the desired shade, tailored to your hair type, color, style, and strength. Shades EQ Natural Ash is particularly beneficial for blondes, offering a more natural tone while adding dimension to the hair color.

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The Hair Coloring Dilemma: To Wash or Not to Wash?

March 25, 2024 in Hair Tips and Tricks

Recently, several clients have had curiosity on pre-appointment hair etiquette.  To wash or not to wash…that is the question!  Here’s the breakdown:

Firstly, a reminder: always heed your stylist’s advice, as they know your hair best.  Individual preferences may vary from stylist to stylist so make sure you listen to your trusted stylist as someone who knows your hair best!

For a haircut appointment, washing isn’t necessary unless your hair is heavily laden with products like dry shampoo or texture spray, making it difficult to brush out. In such cases, pre-washing can ease the process for your stylist.

To avoid confusion: for haircut-only appointments, skipping the pre-wash is okay. Your stylist may prefer cutting your hair dry or washing it themselves. And no, showing up with wet hair won’t lower the service price!

However, when it comes to coloring, arriving with clean, dry hair is ideal. This prepares the hair to fully absorb the color without any barriers like dry shampoo or oils. Think of it as painting on a clean canvas versus one covered in dust—it’s about achieving the purest result!  If your hair is extra dirty, using a clarifying shampoo such as Milk Shake Deep Cleansing Shampoo prior to your appointment can be beneficial, as it removes any product buildup on the hair.

So, if possible, wash your hair prior to coloring, even the night before. This sets both your stylist and the color up for success. But if washing isn’t feasible, your stylist will know whether to prep your hair or proceed directly with the color application.

For updos, arriving with dry, day-old hair is key. Slightly dirty hair offers texture that helps curls hold better and adds volume to the updo. It’s all about achieving that perfect balance for a stunning hairstyle!

If you have any questions prior to your appointment at Blush Beauty Bar, do not hesitate to reach out and we will advise you on what to do prior to your appointment.

Mastering Blonde Maintenance: Your Guide to Purple Shampoos

March 18, 2024 in Hair Tips and Tricks

Blondes may have more fun, but they also face the challenge of maintaining their hair’s health and vibrancy. Enter purple shampoo – the secret weapon for keeping brassiness at bay and maintaining that salon-fresh look between appointments.

Why the need for extra care? Well, lightening your hair with bleach exposes it to more processing and chemicals than darker shades, leaving it vulnerable to damage and dullness. But fear not, purple shampoo is here to save the day!

What exactly does purple shampoo do?

As the name suggests, it’s a violet-based formula designed to neutralize yellow and brassy undertones in blonde hair. By utilizing the color wheel theory, purple pigments counteract warm tones, leaving your locks looking cooler and brighter.

Is purple shampoo just for blondes?

The answer is no!  Brunettes with highlights or balayage can also benefit from its toning properties. Whether you’re platinum, silver, or rocking natural blonde locks, incorporating purple shampoo into your routine is a game-changer.

How do you use purple shampoo?

Using purple shampoo is simple. Start with a deep cleansing shampoo to remove any buildup, then lather up with your purple shampoo of choice. Let it sit for up to 15 minutes to maximize toning effects, then rinse thoroughly. Remember, purple shampoo should complement your regular shampoo, not replace it. Use it once or twice a week to avoid buildup and maintain optimal results.

Which purple shampoos are the best?

With countless options on the market, finding the right purple shampoo can be daunting. Luckily, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best purple shampoos to keep your blonde looking flawless:

1. MilkShake Purple Shampoos: This brand has a cult following, is reasonable priced, and has a variety of options for different tones of blonde. With its combination of milk protein, vitamin-rich blueberries, and violet pigment, it’s designed to neutralize unwanted yellow tones and leave your hair looking shiny and beautiful.

2. Olaplex No. 4P Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo: Formulated with Olaplex’s signature bond-building technology, this shampoo not only tones but also strengthens and repairs damaged hair.

3. Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo: Say goodbye to yellow undertones with this color-enhancing shampoo, leaving your blonde locks vibrant and full of life.

4. Biolage ColorLast Purple Shampoo: Infused with orchid and purple pigments, this sulfate-free shampoo gently cleanses while preserving the vibrancy of your blonde hair.

5. Amika Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo: Packed with nourishing ingredients like sea buckthorn berry and vitamins, this shampoo not only tones but also hydrates and smooths frizz.

Remember to use purple shampoo sparingly – overuse can lead to a slightly purple tint, especially on lighter blonde shades. Incorporate it into your routine 1-2 times a week for best results, and always follow up with a hydrating conditioner to maintain softness and shine.

 

With the right purple shampoo by your side, you can say goodbye to brassiness and hello to radiant, salon-worthy blonde locks every day!

Embrace Warmer Weather with Milkshake’s Hair Care Essentials

March 11, 2024 in Hair Tips and Tricks

As the warmer weather in Rochester is approaching and the sun heats up, so do the challenges of keeping your hair healthy and hydrated! Just like your skin, your hair can suffer from the effects of UV rays, chlorine, and excessive heat styling. Milkshake has you covered with their innovative formulas designed to protect, nourish, and revitalize your hair.

Milkshake Sun & More All Over Shampoo

Say goodbye to dry, sun-damaged hair and skin with Milkshake’s Sun & More All Over Shampoo. This versatile ‘two-in-one’ formula cleanses and soothes both hair and body, making it ideal for post-swim refreshment or year-round use. Enriched with a UV filter, vitamin E, and natural ingredients, it leaves your skin soft and your hair protected from the damaging effects of the sun, sea, and pool chemicals. Perfect for those on the go who need practical yet effective care.

Milkshake Sun & More Beauty Mask

Revitalize your hair with Milkshake’s Sun & More Beauty Mask, an intensive nourishing treatment designed to combat the effects of sun, salt, wind, and chlorine. This deep-conditioning mask is enriched with conditioning ingredients, natural extracts, UV filters, and vitamin E, leaving your hair soft, radiant, and manageable after just one use. Say hello to restored vitality and goodbye to dry, damaged locks.

Milkshake Incredible Milk Sun Edition

For all your summer hair care needs, look no further than Milkshake’s Incredible Milk Sun Edition. This leave-in treatment offers 12 cosmetic benefits in one convenient spray, including UV protection to shield your hair from the sun’s rays. From repairing all hair types to taming frizz, preventing split ends, and enhancing shine, this multitasking wonder ensures your hair stays healthy, vibrant, and protected throughout the summer months. Plus, its no-rinse formula makes it perfect for on-the-go touch-ups whenever you need them.

 

With Milkshake’s summer hair care essentials, you can embrace the season with confidence, knowing your hair is getting the care and protection it deserves. So go ahead, soak up the sun and let your hair shine bright all summer long.

Everything You Need To Know About NBR Hair Extensions

March 4, 2024 in Hair Tips and Tricks

For the past decade I have been absolutely obsessed with hair extensions.  My hair is naturally thin, and does not seem to want to grow much further than past my shoulders.  I have tried every type of hair extension including i-tips, tape ins, clip ins and finally NBR hand-tied wefts.  I have to say that out of all of these methods, NBR hand-tied wefts absolutely takes the cake.  They are seamless in appearance, cause the least amount of damage, and are the most versatile style wise. Are you considering NBR Hair Extensions to add thickness and volume to your hair? Here’s everything you need to know about Natural Beaded Rows (NBR) extensions based on my personal experience:

1. What Are NBR Hair Extensions?

NBR extensions involve placing rows of hair extension wefts using a bead and string technique, providing both length and thickness to your natural hair.

2. Installation Process:

Performed by skilled professionals, the installation typically takes around two to three hours, with minimal discomfort during the process.

3. Comfort and Maintenance:

NBR extensions are comfortable to wear and allow you to style your hair in various ways, including wearing it up. Initially, you might feel some tightness, but it quickly fades, and sleeping becomes normal after a few adjustments.

4. Damage Control:

Considered one of the least damaging extension methods, NBR extensions have fewer contact points with your natural hair, reducing the risk of damage. However, regular maintenance and care are essential to minimize any potential damage to your natural hair.

5. Longevity:

With proper care and maintenance, NBR extensions can last between six to eight months. Regular tightening every 6-8 weeks helps maintain the extensions’ integrity and ensures they blend seamlessly with your natural hair.

6. Cost:

NBR extensions are an investment, with the initial appointment being the most expensive due to the purchase of hair and styling fees. However, subsequent appointments primarily require move-ups rather than the full installation process.  Good quality human hair is crucial, and should be purchased through a professional and reputable source.  At Blush Beauty Bar, we order Babe Hair Extensions.  Depending on the length and amount of hair you will need, the cost of hair can vary from $1000-$2000 with the initial installation price of $325-$475.

7. Washing and Drying:

Washing and drying NBR extensions add minimal time to your routine.  It does take time to get used to shampooing around the wefts, but is no big deal at all once you get the hang of it!  It’s essential to ensure thorough washing, especially around the roots, and to dry the roots of the wefts completely to prevent any issues.  Dry Shampoo will become your best friend, as it limits the amount of times per week you will need to fully wash and dry your hair.  One of our favorite Dry Shampoos is Lifestyling Dry Shampoo by Milk Shake!

8. Upkeep:

Regular maintenance involves tightening or “moving up” the extensions every 6-8 weeks. Additionally, using high-quality products and applying oil to the extensions helps maintain their health and prolong their lifespan.  One of our favorite hair oils to keep both your natural hair and extension hair healthy is Semi Di Lino Smoothing oil by Alfaparf Milano.

9. Styling:

You can style NBR extensions just like your natural hair, including using heat tools. However, it’s crucial to use heat protectant products and avoid excessive heat to prevent damage.

 

In conclusion, NBR Hair Extensions offer a versatile solution for adding volume and thickness to your hair, with proper care and maintenance ensuring long-lasting results. If you’re considering extensions for your wedding or any other occasion, NBR extensions could be the perfect choice for you!  Our stylist AnneMarie at Blush Beauty Bar specializes in NBR Extensions.  Book your consultation today!

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Mastering the Art of Foundation Selection: A Comprehensive Guide

February 27, 2024 in Makeup Tips and Tricks

Choosing the perfect foundation can be a daunting task, but armed with the right knowledge, you can achieve a flawless complexion effortlessly. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through the maze of options and find your holy grail foundation:

1. Skin Tone:

  – Cool: Veins appear blue, often fair skin with possible freckles.

   – Warm: Veins appear green, olive tones, tans well.

   – Neutral: Veins appear purple, a balance between cool and warm tones.

2. Skin Type:

   – Dry: Opt for foundations with a luminous finish or tinted moisturizers for added hydration.

  – Oily: Look for long-wear, oil-free formulas to control shine and prevent makeup from slipping.

   – Combination: Choose foundations based on personal preference, considering both oily and dry areas.

3. Coverage/Finish:

  – Natural Finish: Lightweight, breathable coverage suitable for all skin types.

   – Dewy Finish: Provides a radiant glow, best for dry or mature skin but may not suit oily or acne-prone skin.

   – Semi-Matte Finish: Offers a balance between matte and dewy, ideal for long-lasting wear.

   – Matte Finish: Provides full coverage with a shine-free, flawless look, perfect for oily or acne-prone skin.

   – Satin Finish:Versatile finish that suits all skin types, providing a subtle radiance without feeling heavy.

Remember to consider your preferences, skin tone, and type when selecting a foundation. And always prioritize skincare to ensure a flawless base. With these tips in mind, you’re ready to conquer the world with your perfect foundation!

Balayage or Highlights – Which Hair Lightening Technique is Best for You?

February 12, 2024 in Hair Trends 2024

Balayage and Highlights are two popular hair lightening techniques, each with its own unique application, maintenance, time commitment, and cost.

Balayage

Application:  Involves hand painting bleach onto the hair, typically on the top layer, for a blended and seamless look. While traditionally done without foils, variations like foilayage incorporate foils for similar effects.

Maintenance: Due to its natural appearance and gradual root growth, Balayage is low maintenance, with some clients going up to 6 months between appointments.

Time: The timing varies based on hair length, density, and desired brightness, typically taking 2.5 to 4 hours. It often involves toning, but not always!

Cost: Ranges from $150 to $300 depending on factors like location, stylist experience, and technique.  At Blush Beauty Bar, our Balayage cost ranges from $180-$225 without including a cut or toner!

Full Highlight 

Application: Bleach is applied to sections of the hair and enclosed in foils for maximum lift. It aims for an all-over blonde look, with trends favoring subtle, blended highlights.

Maintenance: Similar to Balayage, maintenance depends on root growth, with a toner often applied post-highlighting for warmth or coolness.  In a Highlight service, the lightener is typically brought up as close to the scalp as possible, which does require more maintenance.

Time: Timing is comparable to Balayage, ranging from 2.5 to 4 hours depending on hair specifics and desired outcome.

Cost: Typically falls between $100 and $250, influenced by factors like salon location, stylist expertise, and hair length.  At,Blush Beauty Bar our Balayage cost ranges from $180-$225 without including a cut or toner!

Partial Highlight

Partial highlights are a great option for those looking to add dimension to their hair without committing to a full highlight. This technique focuses on applying bleach to specific sections of the hair, usually around the face and crown, to create a natural, sun-kissed look.

Application: Similar to full highlights, bleach is applied to selected sections of the hair and then enclosed in foil for maximum lift. The goal is to create contrast and brightness in certain areas while leaving other parts of the hair untouched for depth and dimension.

Time: Since partial highlights only target specific sections of the hair, the timing is typically shorter than full highlights or balayage. Depending on the desired outcome and hair type, partial highlights can take anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours.

Cost: Partial highlights generally cost less than full highlights or balayage since they require less product and time. Prices can vary depending on salon location, stylist expertise, and hair length, but typically range from $80 to $180. At Blush Beauty Bar, our partial highlights range from $90 to $130, excluding additional services like a cut or toner.

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The Bangs Revival: Finding Your Perfect Style in 2024

February 7, 2024 in Hair Trends 2024

Bangs, or fringe as they’re sometimes called, have a rich history dating back to ancient Egypt. While their popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years, 2024 marks a major comeback for this timeless hairstyle. With various styles to choose from, the ultimate question remains: Which style of bangs is right for you? Let’s explore three popular options making waves in 2024.

1. Curtain Bangs:


Curtain bangs offer a versatile and effortless look, characterized by shorter lengths in the middle that gradually blend into longer strands on the sides. This style complements most face shapes, particularly those with larger foreheads. With its low-maintenance nature, curtain bangs are perfect for those seeking a chic yet practical hairstyle. While they grow out seamlessly and require fewer trims, adding volume and bounce may require a quick styling routine each morning.

2. Baby Bangs:


Making a bold statement in 2024, baby bangs are short, reaching only 1-2 inches down the forehead from the hairline. This edgy style is not for the faint of heart and is best suited for individuals with oval faces, as its blunt and square shape may intensify natural angles in the face. However, be prepared for regular upkeep and consistent trims to maintain the sharpness of this trendy look.

3. Side Swept Bangs:


Once a staple of the early 2000s, side swept bangs have returned with a vengeance. Flattering for most face shapes, they particularly enhance round faces by creating the illusion of a longer facial structure. Whether short and blunt or long and wispy, side swept bangs offer versatility and elegance. They’re an excellent choice for those with thinner hair, as they can add fullness and texture to any hairstyle.

In Conclusion…

In the midst of the bangs revival of 2024, finding the perfect style is essential to showcasing your individuality and enhancing your overall look. Whether you opt for the effortless charm of curtain bangs, the boldness of baby bangs, or the timeless elegance of side swept bangs, embracing this classic hairstyle is sure to make a statement. So, which style of bangs is right for you? The choice is yours to make.

Things you didn’t know could be damaging your hair!

February 5, 2024 in Hair Tips and Tricks

-Too much heat

-As the beauty industry has been expanding like crazy on social media platforms, many of us are aware that too much heat can cause damage to your hair.  But the real question is why, and how do we prevent this?

 -Why?

 -Exposure to temperatures over 300°F actually changes the appearance of the main protein in your hair, Keratin.  As this protein changes, it leads to weaker hair that is more prone to breakage.

-How to prevent it?

-Of course most of us hair enthusiasts like a nice blowout followed by either a straightener or curling iron however, it is good to give your hair a break from any type of heat every now and again.  Whenever possible, try to let your hair air-dry as part of a healthy hair routine.

-Perhaps the most important way to protect your hair from heat damage, is by using products that contain a heat protectant.  High quality heat protectants typically contain ingredients that maintain moisture and contain natural hair proteins and oils which protect the outer layer of your hair, preventing damage.  At Blush Beauty Bar, our stylists favorite heat protectant is Alfaparf Milano Style Stories Thermal Protector.  Not only does it smell amazing, but it is also one of the best thermal protectants I have ever used!

-Wearing your hair in tight hairstyles too often

-The more you are pulling your hair tightly back in a ponytail, braid, or any other style, the more pressure you are putting on your hair.  Think about a rope hanging from the ceiling with a bowling ball attached at the bottom constantly putting tension on the rope.  Eventually, the rope is going to start to fray.  It is the same concept with a strand of hair.  Of course, having your hair in a ponytail or braid every now and then will not create hair loss or damage within itself, it is best to avoid these types of styles for days at a time and to give your hair time to flow in its natural state.

-When you do put your hair in a ponytail or are using any kind of hair tie on a regular basis, the type of hair tie you use is important!  You want to use something made from a softer material such as polyester, microfiber or silk to further reduce tension and breakage. 

-Sleeping

-Of course some of us toss and turn more than others but either way, when we sleep we tend to rub our head (and therefore our hair) against the pillow case.

-Some of the best recommendations for preventing this are using either a silk pillow case or a silk bonnet.  The reason there is so much mention of silk is because unlike other materials silk will not snag or tangle your hair, while also reducing frizz.

-Shampooing technique

 

-Overly clean hair DOES NOT mean overly healthy hair.  Of course, no one likes to feel like their hair is oily but a certain amount of oil in our hair is a natural part of keeping it healthy.  When we shampoo our hair, we want to focus the shampoo on the scalp and roots of the hair and let the rest of the product wash through the ends.  This way, we are not stripping our hair of all of the natural oils it needs to remain its healthiest self!