Crisscross ponytail tutorial

I want to welcome you to my simple guide on how to do a very effective crisscross ponytail.

It’s surprisingly easy, once you get in the hang of it, and it will work every single time. I’ve spotted this hairstyle times and times again, especially on Pinterest, and I just had to do the tutorial since I got so many E-mail requests to do it. I really see it’s picking up in popularity, and I simply can’t let my readers fall behind when it comes to actual trends. So, I decided to make a very simple, but very effective tutorial for this hairstyle, and teach you how to do it once and for all.

Crisscross ponytail

For those of you who are new to my blog, I will start thing off by talking a bit about my credentials. First of all, I have been a hairstylist my entire life, and have a vast knowledge and experience when it comes to anything that’s even remotely hair-related. I have learned all there is to know about everything concerning the hair industry, all the different products, but also hairstyles and their variants. That’s why making this tutorial will be a piece of cake for me.

I will also try to make it as comprehensive as possible, so you can almost do it perfectly on the first try. I believe there is nothing more encouraging than trying to learn something, and succeeding in the first try. I think it really boost you confidence, and will make you want to learn something new right away. And we should all learn for as long as we’re alive, so…

Crisscross ponytailI will also be trying to save you a lot of money you would be giving to your hairstylist. There is nothing better or more fulfilling than doing something yourself, instead of paying a professional to do it for you. And once you learn something, and I mean really learn how to do it properly, you can start practicing and trying to be as quick and efficient as possible. You will see the pattern of you doing it faster and faster slowly emerge, and you will end up by being simply amazed with the results. The most important step is the first, getting it done once. But you should do it properly like you see it in the pictures, which shouldn’t be too much of a problem since it’s a very easy to do hairstyle to begin with. There is really not all that much to it, so you can initially do it pretty fast and on the run, and will make that time less and less every time.

Now, this article is envisioned as an intro of sorts. I will follow it up with a second article, in which I’ll give you the full, in-depth tutorial on how to do this hairstyle yourself. Here I was just set on telling you what’s this all about, and giving you some positive affirmations right before we dig into the tutorial itself.

Best nail trends for hot summer days

Ok, the summer is already here and I’ll admit I’m a bit late with this article, but better late than never.

I’m not about to leave you outside to dry, so I’m compiling a list of nail polishes that’ll really be a big hit for you this summer. When we’re talking about nail trends for any season, we are actually discussing what kind and colors of nail polishes are to be used during the said season. There are so many different choices that I can’t possibly blame you if you get a bit confused once in a while about which colors are trendy at the moment, and which ones are so last season. There are numerous factors which decide about the kinds of polishes that will be in for the season, and in order to know them, you must follow the fashion weeks, and all those numerous shows all around the world at the start of every season.

I know that can be somewhat tiresome, and that nobody has that kind of time in this era of fast-paced living. The upside of making it your career is that you always have the necessary time to investigate new trends, nail trends among others also.

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This is especially important in the summer since it is a season that reveals everything. It’s a time of all sorts of parties, events, and gatherings, and you want to look your best and must know what’s new and hot if you want to follow trends. And we’re assuming that you are since I’ve caught you reading this article. That’s why I’m here. I will try and give you everything you need to know concerning the kinds of nail polishes you would be using this season if you want to make an impression of a person who finds trendiness to be of great importance for your everyday success.

If you’re a respectable business woman, all the more reason to stick around until the end of this article, and I’ll do my very best to give you everything you need, without you having to spend precious time on doing research elsewhere.

As far as my credentials go, I’ve been writing these articles for years now. I wouldn’t be lying if I were to tell you that I honestly can’t remember the times when I wasn’t writing these sorts of texts. For me, it’s all about sharing what I know with the rest of the world. I’ve gathered some pretty intense knowledge along the years, so it’s easier for me however you look at it. I know where to look specifically, and what to look for when I investigate over new trends every single season. I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way, and I know exactly what constitutes a possible trend when I see it, and what doesn’t.

Just because I know a little more than you, doesn’t mean it’s just a walk in the park for me either, but I’m used to it by now. It still requires a great deal of research for me too, but I love what I do, so it doesn’t take such a toll on me as it would on you if you simply started investigating possible summer trends right now from the scratch.

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Follow my later articles for a full list of hot items for this summer.

Sedu hair straighteners

Sedu is a well known name in the world of top of the line hair straighteners. I’ve done a lot of different reviews of their products, and the customer feedback was always overwhelmingly positive.

It is not an easy task, picking the right hair iron among all those different ones on the market, but you have to start somewhere, and Sedu is the perfect starting point. People out there frequently tend to get lost in the jungle of different manufacturers and their products, often ending up even more confused than they were when they started that whole adventure. It is pretty difficult telling where the marketing campaigns end and the real truth begins. That’s why you’ll need a professional to guide you through this whole hair ironing world.

Sedu hair straighteners

I pride myself in being that kind of a professional, and let me quickly tell you why. I’ve been a hairstylist since I can remember. I was also a judge in hairstyling competitions, and I’ve pretty much seen it all. I noticed a trend online of people constantly asking the same questions, and constantly being left without a proper answer that would solve the problems they were having. So, after I quit being a judge, I’ve decided to start writing my own little blog, where everyone can tune in and find all the information they could possibly need in order to get the best product for their specific needs.

I’ve been writing all sorts of different reviews and ultimate guides, and I think I’m doing a pretty good job, considering how many E-mails and comments I’m receiving on a daily level. I’m just glad people all around the world are finally getting some good information about all kinds of different hair straighteners.

Today we’re going to talk about what makes Sedu hair irons so good. It’s a pretty famous company in this world, but I’ll have no fear whatsoever in telling you the complete story. I’ll give you everything good and bad about their hair irons, including all the different features and plate designs you might be interested in.

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There is a lot to be said here, and the space for this article is quite limited, so we better get to work right away. You’re more than welcome to join me, if I somehow managed to spark you interest during my rant from above.


Let’s go over some of the good stuff that Sedu had to offer through their models over the years.

First of all, their hair irons have been greatly designed and engineered by teams of professional stylists ad scientists, aiming to bring out that natural shine in your hair. I always like to see a team of experts in charge of some project. It means that these products will have the best from the booth worlds. Scientists will give it the best possible power output and design characteristics, while the hair stylists will equip it with all the features necessary to tackle all the possible problems a woman may encounter during her hair straightening routine.

Their models are very lightweight. There is one innate advantage to working with a very light hair iron. No matter how long you use it, or how long it takes you to straighten your hair, your hands will never again be almost paralyzed with fatigue. This is especially convenient for professional hairstylists, who work with their tool whole day, every day. It also makes it much easier to maneuver.

Sedu hair irons are designed in such a way as to enable you to simply slide the plates over your hair, without any pulling or tugging. This is one great advantage since it will reduce the amount of sheer pain you’ll feel during the straightening process, and will also reduce the amount of strands you have to sacrifice in order to get a fully straight hair.

But which model is the best???

If you’re asking me, and I think I gave you enough reasons to consider me to be quite adept to the whole hair straightening deal, I would say it has to be the Sedu Ceramic Pro Ionic Tourmaline Flat Iron with the 1 ½ inches plates.         

Basics of exfoliation

Basics of exfoliation2I’m pretty sure we all know what exfoliation is all about, but let’s go over it once again. It’s basically a process during which you’re removing debris and dead skin cells, which cling to the outer layer of your skin. Exfoliating regularly will keep both your body and face looking and feeling amazing.

But, as with everything else out there at this moment, there are so many potential options and treatments it’s not even funny. So, picking the best way to go can be a bit confusing once in a while. No worries, that’s exactly why I’m here. I’ll give you some simple truths and tips, which will blow away the clouds of confusion once and for all.

Why is exfoliation so important?

This is how the skin works basically. It constantly makes new skin cells, which are rising to the surface in order to replace the old ones. The aforementioned old cells become full of keratin, and eventually die off.

As we’re getting older, the whole process tends to slow a bit down. The new cells take more time to be created, and, in turn the old ones are kept alive for longer periods of time. It’s just aging 101 for you, and we fight it the best ways we know how. If you allow for dead skin cells and debris to pile up on the surface of the skin, they can cause multitude of problems. They will clog up your pores, spur acne and all sorts of different blemishes. They’ll even dull your skin tone in some cases. These are all the things you DO NOT want happening to you. Not if you want that healthy and fresh looking skin we’ve talked about in the beginning.

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There is one more extra benefit to regular exfoliating though. Removing the dead layers of skin reveals the younger, fresher skin layers hiding underneath. That, in turn helps all of your skin care and beauty products penetrate deeper into your skin, giving much better results than those you would have if you didn’t exfoliate. Anti-aging serums also fall under the category of products that are more effective once paired with proper exfoliating routine.

Things you’ll want to know

Now we come to the bread-n-butter part of our article. Here are some things you’ll definitely benefit from knowing in the long run:

  • Be extra careful during face exfoliation. Don’t use body exfoliating products on your face since they tend to be far to rough for your face skin
  • Over-exfoliation is certainly a possibility. This is especially true for aging persons, or the ones with sensitive skin. If you overdo it, you’ll end up with very irritated and dry skin
  • Be sure you space out your treatments. If you exfoliate too often, and don’t give your skin enough time to heal in between the processes, you will thin it out, and nobody wants that to happen
  • Don’t wax just after exfoliating. New skin layers are more vulnerable, and might get damaged in the process

Best hair styles for a vintage look

vintage look hairstylesOk, so you want to relieve the glory days, you like the whole vintage thing, but you don’t really know where or how to start actually. Well, nothing can bring back the time, but I’ll tell you what I can do. I can show you some of the best vintage-looking hairstyles that’ll act as you own private little time machine.

If you’re digging all that I just said, and want to see which ones of the vintage styles are going to be big this season, by all means, feel free to join me until the words run out. By then you’ll have all the answers you’ll possibly need to make up your mind about what style will take you specifically back in time.

Now that we know what this little article is all about, we can actually start handing out some good tips and advises. Are you ready? Here we come. But first, you should definitely get yourself some styling tools like one the best hair straighteners you can find on the market today. It’s easy to find the best one as long as there are sites like the Hairstraightenerjudge out there and you can see it reviewed and tested by an expert.

Scarf-tied updo

If something will make you think “Rosie the Riveter”, it’ll definitely be this hair style. Only you can be completely satisfied with just the look, you don’t actually have to work in a factory (unless you really, really want to J According to some pretty famous hair stylists out there, this is a perfect choice for a casual brunch with your girlfriends, or a daily touch of vintage style for a busy mom.

But, we do have some requirements for all of this to work. White and red polka dots are a big no-no. If you want to keep it real, you’ll choose vintage look hairstyles2a nice and vibrant floral pattern, featuring some of the trendy colors like, for example mint green. It’s also a style that’ll give you some extra time if you’re hair’s shampooing is long overdo.

Teased crown with a side ponytail

The best part about this hair style is the fact that it’s sooo simple to pull out perfectly. Or is the best part about it the fact that it never goes away, but simply keeps on evolving through time and seasons? I can’t really make up my mind, so I guess you’ll have to be the final decider on that one. Or maybe it’s that is the trendiest look you can get in your salon right now? I give up; you’ll have to do the brainstorming.

The one thing I want you to pay a great attention to is not to over tease your crown’s hair. You want it light and fluffy, with some volume, not rigid and stiff. And if you’re going for that beachy, tousled look, you can always welcome an addition of waves into the whole mix. I’m telling you, this combo just keeps on giving, and it’s been doing so for seasons and generations now. It’s a timeless look, and certainly a good idea.

Geometric cut

If Hollywood says something’s timeless, then you really know you’ve got yourself something that’s unbound by the laws of time and space. This is a cute little 60’s hair style that’ll shine all of your cuteness into everybody’s eyes directly.

It has one drawback though. It will require a pretty frequent interventions and touch-ups. A trim will be necessary about every 2 weeks or so, and the existence of any amount of frizz is devastating for this look. It’ll work best for you if your hair is straight and medium-thick.

vintage look hairstyles3This retro hair styles is sculpted to play the cards just right. It’ll shine with your beautiful cheekbones and neck, exposing them for the whole white world to admire. Color-blocking fashion look also goes well with this hair style. Yes, we are witnessing the utter revival of the color-blockage, so if there ever was a time for trying out this look, it is definitely now. The modern version does, however, have some updated elements. For instance, it will feature far less volume than the inspiration. It is done this way in order to provide it with a somewhat sleeker look. Ok, not somewhat actually, it is much sleeker when you take a better look at the whole matter. It’s also a bit more gamine, said one famous hair stylist. So, if you’re a fan of that female street urchin look, you should definitely give this one a go.

And of the ultimate confusion of the senses you can pair this style up with some ultra feminine, smoking hot clothes and accessories, to contrast your mischievous, boyish hair style. It’s a deadly combo, trust me.

So, here we are at the very end. I hope I helped, now go out there and make the past alive again.

Basics of Japanese hair straightening

Japanese hair straightening

Japanese hair straightening

If your curly and unruly hair is proving to be more of a hassle than you bargained for, you’ve come to the right place. I’m here today to give you the basics of what is known as a Japanese hair straightening method.

It will provide you with a permanently straight hair, but as we already know, this is a chemical method, so there are a few things you should be aware of before you decide to jump the gun and do it for real.

It is a very popular method, but you must be sure to get an experienced and proven practitioner that knows what he’s doing, otherwise, there is a potential havoc this method can wreck upon your hair if done by a beginner. So, skill and experience is everything here.

How does this method actually work?

The bread and butter of this kind of hair straightening lies in a particular solution that will be applied to your hair. The hairs have a special bond to them, which are in turn responsible for how it looks. It’s these bonds that determine whether your hair will be perfectly straight or super curly and insufferable. This method actually begins its work with the aforementioned solution attacking those bonds, and breaking them.

All that is left to do now is reshape your hair since it became perfectly malleable. This is achieved through the help of a hair iron, or some other hair styling tool of choice.

The cosmetic will saturate your hair with this solution, rinse it, dry it via blow-dryer, and then use a hair iron to give it its final shape and outlook. The iron in question will usually be very small and ceramic. He will take small sections of your hair and shape them until they’re perfectly straight. Finally, he will apply a neutralizer, which will lock your new style in place.

The whole process is pretty time and labor-intense. You could expect to be kept in your salon up to a couple of hours, depending on the thickness and length of your hair.

What’s the price, and does it last long enough to justify it?

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Japanese hair straightening tends to last for about six months, which is about twice as longer than Brazilian method holds. That’s six months during which you don’t have to worry about straightening your hair, which is totally worth it in my honest opinion.

The price will be pretty much determined by the place you live in. If you’re in a place where there are a lot of salons doing this service and prices are somewhat competitive, you stand to pay in the ballpark of 150 dollars. But if you want this service done in, let’s say downtown Manhattan, you’ll have to cough up around 400+ dollars.

How bad this treatment really is for your hair?

There are various myths and legends when it comes to this straightening method, some of them justified, some however vastly exaggerated. We’ll give you all the required information here, and settle this once and for all.

As I’ve already said, the most important thing is picking a hair stylist that knows what he/she’s doing. If they are proven professionals with hundreds of these procedures under their belt, you have nothing to worry about. If they’re not however, and they’re just cutting your teeth on your hair, you have a lot to worry about. You’ll most likely end up with what is known in the hair styling circles as “disastrous result”. It involves your hair being burnt to a crisp, starting to fall off, and other “pleasant” occurrences.

Another point that is very important is to make sure you don’t do any other chemical treatments or hair coloring before you undergo this procedure. The solution will react with whatever you already have on your hair and create, you’ve guessed it, another disastrous result. So, leave the hair dyes aside, forget about any other chemical procedure, and you will be perfectly fine.

Some additional tips

It is best if you can find someone that specializes solely in this kind of treatment. They are certainly more likely to know what they’re doing.

Once the procedure is done, you’ll have to be very careful with you hair. You can forget about washing it or pulling it into a ponytail for at least three days.

Lastly, this is a permanent process. So, be sure you really want it since there’s no going back once it’s done.

5 Ways you can Get Celeb Hair At Home

If there is one thing that celebrities know how to do best is looking the part for their red carpet moment. A great number of people borrow a lot from these appearances including borrowing a few tips about styling up your hair. It is in fact possible to copy some of the celebrity breathtaking hair inspirations and practice doing them at home. For anyone with a keen eye, these should not be a problem; with one look at a celebs picture, you can quickly pick out what you want and practice it at home. Celebrities are known to be the trend setters and are always looking forward do producing yet another look that will take the world by storm. For us, the best thing that we can only do is to try and copy them. This is how you can get a celebrity hair style while at the comfort of your room.

Make a decision of what exactly you want

Since most if not all celebrities tend to have awesome hairstyles every time they show up for a red carpet event, it’s every easy for one to be spoilt of choices. No one can really attempt to copy all of these styles at once and succeed considering the fact that they are at times sophisticated. Instead of being greedy, pick one that you your hair length and texture will support. If you try to rush and fail to consider this, you might just end up being disappointed.

Consider your lifestyle

You need to understand that your lifestyle will never match up to that of the celebs; well, at least for the moment. With celebrities, they have people working for them something which you probably don’t have. Think about the hairstyle you want and your lifestyle and see if the two can work together. As someone average, you do not want a hair style that will take up most of your time maintaining when knowing very well that you have a life to live. It can be draining regardless of how fabulous the style looks like.

Make it a bit unique

Even if you are copying a celebrity, it does not mean that you do not have to get creative at it. Add some surprises to your hair do to make it stand out. Do not be afraid to try out something new. Be adventurous, you just never know; it might turn out to be rewarding.

Get your fingers to working

Try using your fingers instead of a comb or a brush. Most celebrity hair stylists do that for their clients. What this actually does is that it greatly eliminates the chances of having brush lines running through your hair and also helps you with a bit of tousle.

Embrace lightweight products

These kinds of products will make your hair stunning because they rarely weigh strands down and make your hair look rather stiff and crispy. Buy these products and enjoy your red carpet moment while at home. It’s all worth it.