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This Summer’s Hottest Grooming Trends for Men

The summer months oftentimes make hair unmanageable. Sticky, humid weather is the destroyer of all of our hair dreams, but were not the only ones who are struggling—so are the guys! Once summertime hits, it’s important for men to remember that the right products and beard oils can go a long way.

Luckily, Head stylist and Owner, Janet Jackson knows how to solve all of our frizzy hair problems with the season’s hottest grooming tips and tricks for men!

Messy Man Bob:

This style can work on those with any thickness or texture. The key to getting it right is making sure that you’re asking your barber or hair stylist for a cut that will complement your face shape and hair texture. The key in maintaining this look is to get regular trims. Just because you’re growing it doesn’t mean you can skip out on trims.

All you have to do is spritz all the hair with water focusing on the roots for nice grit and hold. Men don’t usually care for neatness, and the look needs to look chill! Rake the hair up with your fingers and secure with a rubber band. Wrap the hair around, and secure it with two bobby pins. Then, clean up the hairline and side burns with paste.

Products to use

Wavy hair

You need to have slightly damp hair for this style or you can always spritz it with a water bottle. Then, spray volumizing product all over the hair and use the dryer to blast it. Use light oil spray all over for shine—rake your fingers and scrunch hair for natural looking texture.

Straight hair

Men too can use flat or curling irons, or simply wrap the hair up in a top knot at night to create natural looking texture. Regardless of what technique you use you can finish off your look with a little salt spray for a messy matte effect or soft wax, pomade to define texture and curl.

Beard maintenance

There is a right way to approach the task of hair trimming and removal, and it differs for each body part. You also want to make sure you are cleaning up your neck when you are maintaining your beard.

Shave the front of the neck or trim it whenever you clean up your facial hair. Regardless of your beard length, you need to help define it by removing the neckbeard. Imagine a “U” shape that connects behind both ears and meets at a point above the Adam’s apple (two fingers above it). Everything below this imaginary “U” must go. You could also use an electric shaver on this area, as you might for your face. Remember to use toner or aftershave to prevent razor bumps.

Beard oils are also very important to achieve silky soft facial hair.

Curly & Colourful Hair:

This look is about keeping it super short on the sides and longer on the top.

To maintain this hair type you need to add a lot of moisture and hydration to keep it soft and looking its best! Use moisture shampoo and conditioner and then spray a hair oil to maintain this look during the summer. You can also use a styling sponge to create texture.

Coloured tips

Colour is a huge trend this summer and you will definitely be seeing a lot of blondes and pastel colours. In the 90s, we saw a lot of colour on the tips and don’t be scared to do that again this year. If you don’t want to commit to this colourful style all summer long, opt for a hair makeup alternative. They come in a variety of fun colours for everybody.

Quiffed Grey Hair:

The quiff is a classic hairstyle that is still lingering around and can work on shorter hair too!

To achieve this, wet the hair and use your fingers or a comb to push the hair in the direction that you want it in. A tip to keep this look modern and fresh is to not have a clear part. If you’re in a hurry you can leave it wet, but if your hair needs some more taming you can use a blow dryer to dry it in position. Most guys can just let their hair air dry with product and they will be good to go.

To embrace your natural greys, I suggest using a purple shampoo and conditioner. This will keep your hair from going yellow in the sun and it will also keep your grey colour looking vibrant and shiny! But if you choose to opt for the hair colouring option, there are so many men’s colouring kits for hair and beards that are also easy to use.

Want more tips on grooming styles for men? Find out more here!

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Easy Do-It-Yourself Hairstyles for the Summer

Every time a celeb attends an event, they have a whole hair team crafting the perfect ‘do. But we, regular folks, don’t have that luxury. What we may have in common though, is that as soon as summer rolls in, our calendars tend to fill up with events we have to glam up for. Yes, we might treat ourselves to a salon blowout once in a while, but to visit the hairstylist for every birthday party, wedding and baby shower? It can get a little too much – time-wise and money-wise.

Believe it or not, you can achieve a sophisticated, “who did your hair?” look from the comfort of your own home. Our hair stylist, Janet Jackson, shared three easy and trendy hairstyles for any summer event:

LOOK 1: BALLOON PONYTAIL

Having your hair up during an outdoor event on a hot summer day is a good call. If you’re a fan of the standard ponytail, this is a cool way to take it up a notch. Section off the ponytail with elastics, then pull the hair outwards to achieve the balloon effect. Then tease each section and apply hairspray (Tip: use texturizing spray or powder to tame unwanted frizz). And voila – you’ve got yourself a Princess Jasmine-esque pony!

LOOK 2: SLICKED BACK

As of lately, the slicked back, wet hair look has been seen all over runways and red carpets. JLO, Zendaya and Sophie Turner are just a few stars who’ve rocked this style in the past and you can totally do it too! To get your hair to look wet, without looking over-gelled or greasy, use a setting lotion or mousse. Then, Janet recommends finishing off your fresh-out-the-shower look gel or pomade. If you don’t want your entire head to look wet, opt for a pomade, clay or working wax. Play it up by having two textures – the top can be slick and shiny while the bottom is crimped or curled.

LOOK 3: LOOSE TWIST

One way to soften the look of your typical, structured ponytail is by adding a twist to it, literally! Start by spraying texture spray starting at the base, then spraying throughout the hair to secure the ponytail. Anchor everything with hairpins, bobby pins or any other hair accessories. Feel free to have some fun with accessories – you can use pearls, flowers, or create an “x” formation with the pins!

For more amazing summer hairstyles, check out Janet’s segment on The Social at the link here!

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3 Things You Need To Know Before Colouring your Natural Hair

Natural hair looks amazing with colour! But if you’re considering colouring your natural hair for the first time, there are precautions you must take before doing so. You have to consider not only the colour your going for, but how it’ll affect your curls and if you can maintain the colour you’d like to switch to. Not to worry! We’re sharing three things you need to know before dyeing your natural hair for the first time. 

1. If you’re trying to lighten your hair, you’ll need to make a trip to the salon!

Everyone’s hair is different (especially between Naturals!) so the exact formula to achieve great colour results may be complicated. A professional stylist who’s specialized in colour will be able to achieve the results you want for your curls. 

2. Don’t try to rush the process.

When colour is done properly, your curls should remain intact. However, trying to lighten your hair extensively in one day can seriously damage your hair and your curl pattern. A trained stylist can provide a dyeing schedule to eventually achieve your desired colour, as well as provide techniques that’ll help your curls avoid major damage. For example, to achieve a platinum blonde colour, you’ll need multiple processes and higher volume developers – which can become a disaster if you’re not experienced in colouring hair. The bigger the difference in your natural hair colour and your desired colour, the more applications you’ll need to achieve that colour safely. Be prepared to experience a temporary loosened curl pattern after a drastic colour change. 

3. Proper shampoos, deep conditioning and salon treatments are a must!

Colour-treated hair needs extra TLC, especially after intense dyeing. You should deep condition at least once a week to maintain the health of your curls. In between salon visits, be sure to do home treatments! When doing a treatment at home, apply your treatment, put on a plastic cap and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Go under a hooded dryer or simply use your body heat (workout, house chores etc..) with the treatment applied for best results. Then rinse out the treatment (with cool water always!) and style.

Also, opt for a colour-preserving shampoo to protect your curls after you’ve dyed them. Most colour-preserving shampoos are sulfate-free and offer an extra layer of protection that’ll protect your colour from fading, and save you money by not having to go refresh your colour at the salon too often.

Those are all of our tips! Share your experiences with colouring your natural hair below!

To learn more tips about colouring natural hair, you can read them here!*

*Disclaimer: Although we appreciate much of the advice outlined in the article linked, we don’t promote/condone the use of certain colouring techniques; including using box dyes or any other techniques that could potentially damage natural hair.

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Three Ways to Style and Treat Naturally Curly Hair

It’s 2019 and there is finally a huge conversation happening around hair, notably around black hair. Most recently in a piece for Teen Vogue, model Olivia Anakwe called out hairstylists in the fashion world for their lack of ability to handle curls on women of colour. She says that although there has been an influx in inclusivity when it comes to diverse models, many teams are still not hiring stylists skilled enough to work with textured hair.

Lucky for us, #BossLady Janet Jackson has all the knowledge on how to celebrate and embrace our natural curls.

KNOW YOUR CURLS

There are three different types of curls, which mean they curl and react to products and frizz differently. Most of the time, people tend to battle with their curls rather than work with them. By knowing your curl type, you’ll be able to easily enhance them.

The Hair Type classification system, originally created by hairstylist Andre Walker and later expanded on by the natural-hair community, breaks down curls into types and subtypes.

  • Type 1 – Straight hair
  • Type 2 (A to C) – Wavy to curly hair
  • Type 3 (A to C) – Curly to kinky hair
  • Type 4 (A to C) – Kinky to coily

LOOK 1 – 3B CURLS
Use light gels and creams with extra moisture and serious frizz control. Finger combing or twisting works best with this curl type…and be generous with the product!

HOW-TO

Before drying, shake out your curls and let hair air dry or use a diffuser.
Once your curls are dry, rub a little pomade/cream paste into the palm of your hands and smooth over your hair gently to get rid of any frizz.
Do not use a brush or comb on your dry curls. Scrunch or pull them into shape.

LOOK 2 – 4A COILS

Type 4 hair can be very tight. This curl tends to retain moisture better than any of the other type 4 hair, which means they also experience the least amount of shrinkage. Still, as you already know, your curls need some serious hydration to keep them healthy, especially if you’re mainly doing wash-and-go.

HOW-TO

Co-washing is very important for curls. There are many companies that now sell co-washes.. but here’s a great way to save money: wash your hair with you favourite conditioner! It’s the same thing.

All curls need moisture…sometimes daily! Argan and coconut oils would be great for Curl types 3a to 4a! Also if you wash and go daily, put a few drops of your favourite oil into your spray water bottle. This will soften the water so it doesn’t dry out your hair.

LOOK 3 – 4C COILS

This is on the tighter end of the spectrum of curls. These kinds of curls are prone to intense shrinkage. Although this hair isn’t represented by one single texture (you can have fine and soft, coarse and wiry, or even a mix of both), it does tend to be the most delicate of the curl types, leading to breakage and dryness.

HOW TO

This hair type needs a heavier natural oil like olive, avocado, or grape seed oil. These natural oils will work wonders on this hair type and should be used on the scalp and hair strands!

For more info on how to style your curls, check out Janet’s segment on The Social at the link here!

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Five Ways to Refresh Dull Natural Curls

There’s nothing worse then spending the night perfectly styling and defining your curls for the next day, only to wake up to undefined, frizzy curls. If there were a magic product to keep your curls defined and moisturized through a night of tossing and turning, we’d all own it. For now, we’re offering you these tips to refresh your curls quickly and efficiently during your morning routine!

1. Water

Dull curls is typically caused by dryness; and because of this sometimes the key to refreshing dull curls is moisture. If you’ve already applied leave-ins, stylers or gels to your hair in the days before, these products may reactivate with a spritz of water and scrunching or finger coiling.

2. Leave-In Conditioner (in Spray form)

You can either purchase a leave-in conditioner spray or make your own by mixing your favorite leave-in conditioner and water. Either way, a light spritz of leave-in conditioner can moisturize and refresh your hair for the day.

3. Gel

For curls that have lost definition overnight or throughout the day, gel can help provide definition and help your style last much longer than it would without it. Simply spray some water or a leave-in conditioner spray on your hair to add moisture to your curls, and then apply a minimal amount of gel to the section or curls to regain definition. You can either scrunch or finger coil afterwards to bring your curl pattern back to life. Finish it off by air-drying or blow-drying the section of hair on a low, cool setting.

4. Finger Coils

Transitioning hair has a much harder time holding definition and moisture than healthy natural hair. Try applying a styling product to your curls, then twirl your hair around your finger until it appears curly once more. Since transitioning hair has a harder time retaining moisture, it’s better to let your hair air dry vs. blow-drying.

5. Perm Rods or Flexi Rods

If you’re trying to refresh a perm-rod set or a flexi-rod set, you want to rewrap the section of hair quickly especially if this is during your morning routine. Simply apply a setting product to your hair, then re-roll the undefined section onto the rod to reset. Then blow-dry on the lowest heat setting until the section is cool and dry. You can then unravel the hair to reveal the defined curl once more.

What’s your favourite way to refresh your curls? Let us know in the comments below!

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Co-Washing 101

Don’t be grossed out, but I’ve never been that into washing my hair. After shampooing, my natural curls are clean, yes, but also slightly dried out and frizzy. (Not a good look.) I prefer to do a thorough rinse and pile on the leave-in conditioner. In that sense, I’ve been on the co-washing bandwagon since before it was cool — or a major product category.

Co-washing (which stands for conditioning-washing or conditioner-only washing) is exactly what is sounds like: washing your hair with a cleansing conditioner. It eliminates the use of shampoo, which usually contains harsh detergents that can strip oils from hair. And because curls are naturally drier in texture (their spiral pattern makes it difficult for oils to travel down strands), shampooing them can backfire. Cleansing conditioners, on the other hand, are praised for what they lack: foaming agents, sulfates and silicone.

So does this news mean curly-haired women should never shampoo again? Well, no. “Every curl is different, and people have different lifestyles,” says Janet Jackson, celebrity hairstylist (not the singer) and owner of JouJou Hair Studio. “If a woman works out all the time, [frequent] washing can be drying, so a co-wash would work for her.” Your hair care routine — hair oils, mousses, etc. — should also be taken into account. “The products that you use to enhance your curls on a daily basis will build up, so you do need to shampoo at some point to remove them,” Jackson says. I personally co-wash two to three times a week, and I see the best results when I take the time to section my hair, work the product from roots to ends and let it marinate for a few minutes before rinsing. I also use a clarifying shampoo once a week to reset —  okay, every 10 days. But my curls aren’t complaining.

You can read more about co-washing here.

How often do you co-wash? Let us know in the comments below!

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Moisturizing Wash-day Routine for Curly Hair

The hot summer sun can really take a toll on your strands. If you have curly hair (the driest of all hair types) and aren’t moisturizing on a regular basis, your hair may start to feel damaged and straw-like.

Try this “Condition-Wash-Condition” method during your next shampoo to bring your hair back to life and to make sure no curl is left behind!*

Instructions:

1. Wet your hair thoroughly. This will help your hair to absorb the moisture and nutrients of the conditioner.

2. Apply conditioner all over. Remember to avoid your scalp unless it’s dry.

3. Work shampoo through the entire scalp. In the condition-wash-condition method, the conditioner should still remain on the rest of the hair.

4. Rinse hair and scalp completely.

5. Apply conditioner to hair again, this time working from root to tip. Use the same conditioner you used previously or another conditioner of your choice.

6. Rinse again while taking care not to scrub or strain the hair.

7. Dry and style as usual.

8. Continue with your day as fabulous as ever!

*Please note: this method may vary for different Curl Patterns.

Did you try this hair-care tip? Post your results on our page– we’d love to hear from you!

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