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Creating Perfect Curls

There was not much room for curly hair in the structured elegant styles of the sixties. Just look at the poor Supremes and think of the jars and bottles of relaxers and straighteners they probably went through on tours. And what about the girls at home using regular irons and ironing boards to get that perfectly sleek look? Times have certainly changed!

Nowadays, we embrace our curls. We have curling irons to create them, curling products to maintain them and curling shampoos to keep them clean. Even Diana Ross has gone curly! Whether you’re going for the Diana Ross look, or something a bit more tame, here’s a little crash course on creating the perfect curl.

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Heat the Curling Iron
Its important to give your curling iron some time to heat up. If you try to use it before it reaches the right temperature, the curls won’t hold. Try to keep it on the lowest temperature possible for minimal damage. Three hundred and twenty degrees is a good guide for fine hair. Thicker hair can take up to 420.

Completely Dry Hair
A hot iron and damp hair can be a bad combination. The water will turn to steam and can seriously damage hair. Make sure your hair is completely dry before starting.

Brush Out Tangles
Begin by gently brushing out snags at the ends of your hair and work your way up. This will help reduce damage like split ends.

Heat Protection Spray
If you use heat to style your hair, this is a really important step. Just spray it all over your hair before you curl.

Split Hair into Sections
One of the most common mistakes made when curling hair is the failure to include this part. Splitting hair into sections will help make sure you get all your hair and that everything comes out looking the same. Pin up the top section of your hair. Grab everything above your ears and pin it. When the bottom section is finished, unclip your hair to let out a little more. Do this gradually until all your hair is done. Using bigger sections of hair will give you bigger curls, using smaller sections will give you tighter curls.

Woman with perfect curls
To Curl
Take a small section of hair and wrap it around the curling iron. If the clamp is near the handle, position the hair at the end of the hair at the end of the barrel and close clamp to secure. Proceed to twist the entire section of hair around the iron, rolling it upwards. If your iron does not have a clamp, begin near the top of your hair and use your hand to place a section of hair around the iron, holding it in place while the section curls.

Hold Iron in Place
You will need to hold the iron in place for about 10 seconds to let the hair curl. Release it. If it is still a little flat, try pinning it until you get the desired effect.

Loosen Curls
For a looser effect, run your fingers through your hair a few times. You can also turn your head upside down and separate the curls with your fingers. Avoid using a hairbrush, as this will loosen the curls, unless you want a more wavy effect.

This will help to keep the curls from falling out. For tight curls, you can spray each curl individually, for a looser style, wait for curls to relax and spray your entire head. A loose hold hairspray is best for making sure your curls aren’t too stiff looking.

Did it work? Let us know! And what are your quick tips for the perfect curl? We love to hear from you!


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Highlighting Your Individuality This Fall

If you search social media, you will probably find a bunch of articles on how to be an individual. It seems that people are finally coming to the realization that true beauty is all about being yourself, which is great. But if we really want to express our individuality, do we really want to be reading an article to tell us how to do it?

Girlfriend, (or boyfriend,) you don’t need an article to tell you how to be yourself, honey, you were born with it! The last thing you want is for someone else to tell you how to be yourself! If you’re all about self-expression this fall, you have got to dare to be different and here are some inspiring ideas from the runway.

Woman with red lips
Oxblood Lips
If you’ve been watching the fall runways, you’ve seen a lot of dark, dramatic lips on the mouths of the Louis Vuitton and Dior models. Try the Rougue Dior in Poison with the Addict Ultra Gloss Bulle for the celebrity vampire look.

Finger Waves
Go for a little old Hollywood beauty by styling hair into finger waves. Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs, Jenny Packham and Opening Ceremony are all bringing a little Mae West and Jean Harlowe to the runways with vintage curls and lacquered fringes. Emulate the look of the Stella McCartney show by trying stylist Eugene Souleman’s take, paired with a ponytail, for a more casual version.

Glowing Skin
Luminous skin has never been out of fashion, but this season is taking it up a notch. Valentino artist Pat McGrath has added new depth to old skin by using iridescent powder on the eyelids and cheekbones, while Prabal Gurung and Gucci are riding high on the peachy trend.

Side Parts
Karl Lagerfeld once said, “Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.” This look has a little bit of both. The side part is among the tamer looks for the fall, as compared to the tousled center part of past seasons, Proenze Scholer combined the look with a neat ponytail while Celine and Jason Wu went for slicked waves held in place by a little product.

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The Chignon
Talk about the silver screen. The chignon has always been a romantic classic for beauties from Elizabeth Taylor to Penelope Cruz. While Valentino played on a ballerina bun, Dior favored a Princess Leia look, and Erdem’s twists were adorned with brooches. However, it seemed that Guido Palau’s up- do’s on the Oscar de la Renta runways garnered the most attention with the backstage references to “soft 18th century paintings” heard often.

Real Hair
Is your hair bigger than you are? Well, you might just be the latest thing. While Rag and Bone celebrated the frizzes, Vetements and Rochas went electric head, bringing static hair right on trend, while Chanel went sans product. One step from “just woke up, which actually requires high maintenance” this is bad hair day hair, which really requires no maintenance whatsoever! Sounds great!

Hair Accessory
No that’s not a typo. Got jewelry? Think hair. While Alexander McQueen and Erdem were tossing a kitchen sink of jewels into their model’s hair, Rodarte planted metal flowers in his.

And, in closing, take with you more of the words of Karl Lagerfeld. “I don’t like standard beauty. There is no beauty without strangeness.” So, let us know what you’re doing to highlight your individuality this fall and what your favorite fall beauty trends are.

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Work Ready Hairstyles

Business woman with a beautiful ponytail working on her tab

You know the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,”  and today is a day for first impressions.  Maybe it’s a job interview or meeting a new client.  But, you’re a pro, you can do this.  You  did research on social media, you’ve  prepared what you’re going to say and anticipated key questions.  You’ve invested in a smart charcoal gray pantsuit with navy pumps and have applied some subtle makeup  with a hint of color on the cheeks and lips.  There’s only one problem.  Your hair looks like Don King’s.  Yes, you may be a pro at the office, queen of the photocopy machine, excellent on the Xcel, and the countess of accounting, but when it comes to hair, you’re admittedly hopeless.  But, have no fear,  here are some really easy hairstyle so you will be officially ready, no matter what your hair type!

Twist And Pin Bun For Long Hair.
You can do this with your hair wet after the gym, too!

  • Divide your hair equally into three sections.
  • Take the middle section, in the back of your head and twist it.  Keeping it twisted, roll it into a bun and pin it on  your neck.
  • Take the right section and repeat the twist and pin, securing the bun  to the right of the first one.
  • Do the same with the left section.  You should now have three mini buns at the nape of your neck.

Woman with a fishtail ponytail

The Fishtail Ponytail for Medium to Long Hair
Like A Braid But Easier!

  • Gather all your hair high on your head. Comb it smooth and secure with strong elastic.
  • Split ponytail in half.
  • Take a section of hair from the left side and cross it over to the right.
  •  Take a section from the right side and cross it over the left.
  • Continue until you are at the end of your hair.
  • Secure the end and then use your hands to fluff the braid out to make it look fuller.

The French Roll For Short Hair
This is a super easy and super glamorous look for short hair

  • Comb all your hair over to the left side.
  • Insert Bobby pins in an overlapping vertical line at the back of your head to keep it in place,  Your hair should now be pinned so that it falls over your left shoulder.
  • Pull the hair falling over your shoulder behind your head to the right so that it is on the right side of the pins.
  • Roll your hair so you now have a roll at the back of your neck.
  • Holding the roll in place with your hands,  push pins into the right side of the roll.
  • Tuck in ends and secure with pins.

Woman with a short updo

Short Updo
This is so cool with just a hint of retro

  • Spray on some dry shampoo to give hair texture.
  • Tease the hair on the top of your head. (Think Amy Winehouse)
  • When you have it at the desired height pin it so it stays slightly elevated.
  • Pin the sides of your hair back.
  • Gather the remaining hair off your neck, add pins and voila!  You’re the it girl!

You walk into the office with your smart hair swept up, you’re making perfect time.  Everyone looks at your do and thinks that if you can do that to your hair, you’re capable of anything.  You got this!

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Style Switch Ups to Consider – Vine Vera Reviews

If you are stuck in a beauty or style rut, than you might find it very complicated to switch it up. You might enlist in the aid of someone you trust like your favorite beauty advisor at your local upscale makeup counter, or a trusted hair stylist that you’ve been going to for years, to help guide you in a different direction. Change isn’t easy. If it were then we would be constantly experimenting with our daily style, and some people do, but across the board most people stick to the same routine day after day, because it’s easy. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to have consistent style, but there are some easy ways to tweak your look that won’t be so drastic while still offering some needed change. Vine Vera presents a few easy style switch ups you might want to consider.

Regular Hairstyle Vs Bangs

Your Look: Same Old Hair – So you have been rocking the same hairstyle for a while now, and it just lays there lifeless.

Style Switch Up: Bangs!–Try some longish side-swept bangs cut on an angle away from your face, by your stylist to make the switch in no time flat. A longer side-swept style will be easy to style and if you end up not liking it, easy to hide.

Black Eyeliner Vs Plum Eyeliner

Your Look: Black Eyeliner–You been wearing the same black eyeliner every day since you were 15-years-old.

Style Switch: Go for Bright –They make other eyeliner colors, we especially love plum, soft bronze, and even a forest green can be lovely on many different eye colors. Experiment with which colors look best for you, we recommend choosing a liner color opposite to your eye color on the color wheel to make your eye color pop.

Pink lips Vs Red Lips

Your Look: Same Old Neutral Lipcolor–You jumped on the pearly pink bandwagon, and never looked back.

Style Switch: Classic Red–Try a red that is flattering on your skin tone. A cool red is nice on fair skinned people, and a warm red is best on medium to deep skin tones. Our recommendations: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl for pale, pink-toned ladies, Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick Classic Cream Lipstick in Devil for warm-toned women, Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Cherry Lush for olive skinned beauties, and MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo for anyone, it’s a universal shade.

High Maintenance Vs Air Drying

Your Look: High Maintenance Hair– It takes you an hour and a half to do your hair every morning; you wash it, blow it out, and then attack it with the flat iron or curling rod. Too much stress on your hair.

Style Switch: Natural Texture– Air drying hair is in style, take the opportunity to simplify your beauty routine! Try to wash it, scrunch some leave in conditioner into it damp, and then a styling product to combat frizz and boost your natural texture. You’ll be amazed at the compliments you’ll get.

Tanning Machine Vs Self-Tanner

Your Look: Tanorexia–If you are a tanning bed junkie, stop now, cold turkey. Tanning beds cause significant premature aging to your skin, and the absolute worst part is you could get skin cancer in the future. Scary stuff, not pretty or fun.

Style Switch: Give Your Skin a Break– Your natural skin tone cannot be that bad, try a good self-tanner or a little powdered bronzer if you must have that tan looking glow.

Heavy Foundation Vs BB Cream

Your Look: Heavy Foundation– You pile on the foundation every day. Is your skin really that bad?

Style Switch: BB Cream– The new wave of BB creams not only even out the skin tone but also provide skin care benefits and a decent amount of coverage. Add a little loose powder to set your BB cream, and you’re ready to face the day without all that heavy mask like foundation. Enhance your beauty, don’t hide it!

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Coloring Your Hair for the First Time – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman with beautifully colored short hair.

When it comes to coloring your hair for the very first time, you may be a bit nervous, very excited, and kind of unsure of what to expect.  Browsing through magazines and seeing different styles, getting gray hair, or just wanting a change can all factor into the how’s and why’s of changing your hair color – but regardless of your reasoning, Vine Vera has some tips to help you achieve a perfect look for your first hair coloring.

Beautiful woman with long colored hair.

Choose a Color that Complements Your Skin and Eyes
One of the worst things you can do when it comes to coloring your hair is to opt for a color you love, rather than a color you love that also looks good with your skin tone and eye color. As it is with fashion, just because you love a style doesn’t mean it will work well for you. As an example, if you love platinum blonde yet have very light skin, the color could make you look completely washed out and unhealthy. Rather than choosing a color that won’t boost your beauty and may make your skin look dull, be sure to ask for advice from a professional on the colors that will work well with the tone of your skin and its undertones. You will also want something that makes your eyes pop as well.

Opt for a Semi-Permanent Color
When you dye your hair for the first time, it can be a bit of a shock. If you for some reason don’t like the color, or it isn’t as true as you would have liked it to be, opting for a semi-permanent will ensure you can fix it, dye it again soon, or change it if you don’t quite care for the color. If you decide you love it, and Vine Vera hopes you do, you can then opt for a permanent color the next time you go in for your touch up appointment. From there, you will simply need to maintain the color.

Woman gets her hair colored at a salon.

Opt for Professional Styling Services
To avoid any let downs or unhappy end results, you will want to seek the assistance of a professional color stylist. Choose a reputable salon and schedule an appointment ahead of time with  a master stylist who can help you choose the best color, best hue and tell you why they believe that color would look great on you. They won’t steer you wrong, so be sure to opt for their advice before undergoing any sort of color treatments.

Ask Questions
Naturally, you will have things you want to know before getting any type of color done. Some good questions to ask are:

  • “How long will this color last?”
  • “How can I get the most out of my color?”
  • “What products should I use to maintain my color, and which should I stay away from?”
  • “When should I come in for a touch up?”
  • “Are there any possible side effects to the dye?”
  • “Would this color work well with my skin?”

The beautiful thing about dying your hair is that it’s never really permanent, and you can change it any time you want to after a few weeks’ worth of time. Your hair will need at least that long when it comes to repairing itself from the damage of dyeing the hair to safely dye it again. Vine Vera wishes you all the best in getting your first color change, and we hope this article has helped to answer some questions you may have had before now.

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