How To: Double French Braid

HOW TO: DOUBLE FRENCH BRAID

Double French Braids

– WHAT YOU’LL NEED –

Davines Relaxing Moisturizing Fluid
Aveda Control Force Hairspray
Elastics & Comb
Bobby pins (optional)

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$26

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Aveda Control Force Hair Spray
$30

 

STEP 1.

Prep hair by applying about a nickel size amount of the Davines Relaxing Moisturizing Fluid to wet or dry hair to eliminate any frizz factor, control the hair, and add some shine. For hair that is coarse, try adding a deeply penetrating oil like our Davines OI Oil.

STEP 2.

Split the hair down the middle using a wide-tooth comb to create two equal sections.

Double French Braid

STEP 3.

Clip away the section that you’re not going to be working in order to create a clean section.

On the other side, grab a small section of hair to begin. Divide the section you picked up into 3 equal sub sections. Begin the inverted French braid (Dutch braid) by crossing the two outside strands under the middle strands. After you make your first few stitches, begin adding hair to the outside strands & continue to braid under.

 

STEP 4.

To tame any fly aways or loose strands of hair, apply some of the Aveda Control Paste. Next, continue to braid all the way down until you reach the nape of the neck & tie off your braid with elastic, leaving the remainder of the hair loose.

Double Dutch French Braid

STEP 5.

Begin an inverted Fishtail braid by splitting your loose hair into two equal sections. Grab a piece from the left strand, cross it under, & merge it with the right strand. Take a piece from the right strand, cross it under again, and merge with the left strand. Continue this process down to the ends of your hair. Simply tie the end with elastic and lightly spray the Aveda Control Force Hairspray to hold any fly aways.

We love the way this looks paired with any outfit. We especially love that it’s another great hair style to help get your hair out of your face & off your neck while still looking polished.

Next, let’s see if you can transform your double braid into a triple braid.

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Too much for you to be bothered with? Come in and have us take care of the style for you!

Triple French Braid Updo

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Ashley Millet

1214 Troy Schenectady Road

Latham, NY 12110

518-313-7723

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Haircuts for Summer 2016

TRENDING NOW: HAIRCUTS OF THE SEASON

 

Trending Overgrown Bangs

OVERGROWN BANGS

We know what you’re thinking – “bangs aren’t for everyone, plus they require a lot of maintenance!” The best part about these fringe bangs is that you don’t have to suffer through the growing out process & you don’t need to take off too much length! It’s a much more subtle version of the classic bang & it’s not as much of a commitment to the style.

This edgy cut is currently a major trend in the fasion industry. We especially love the bangs to be styled into a less uniform cut so that they fall in a piecey fashion across the forehead.

You can also make this look work whether you have long or short hair, making the look versatile and easy to achieve.

Overgrown Bangs

Blunt Haircut

WE’RE BEING BLUNT HERE

Blunt bobs are nothing new, but they are bigger & longer than ever.

If you have naturally straight & thick hair, then this cut is the one for you. Unfortunately, those with wavy or coarse hair won’t get quite the same effect.

Styling Tip: Keep your hair straight at the ends! Do not flip the ends under with a round brush while styling – this will defeat the entire purpose of the look & ruin the blunt edge.

Trending Kinky Curls

LARGE & IN CHARGE KINKY CURLS

Finding the right cut for naturally curly and voluminous hair can be a real challenge. The key here is to have your stylist cut your hair when it’s styled naturally & dry. Try asking for shorter layers to give a rounder look to the hair if you have a ton of bounce and volume, as longer layers will weigh the hair down.

The cut gives a fresh & flattering bohemian vibe – we love this look!

Large Kinky Curls

Summer Haircut TrendsBABY BANGS

Pairing straight, blunt bangs with wavy hair was once frowned upon – but we’re embracing the textural differences in 2016. If you keep your hair smooth at the roots, the two styles can blend well.

As we mentioned, bangs can be a little high-maintenance, but simply blow out with a round brush to smooth & straighten and leave your hair naturally textured.

Perfect Baby Bangs

 

 

 

 Short Hair With Bangs

 

 

Summer Trendy Hairstyles

 

 

MODERN SHAG

“Textured shag is the haircut of the year,” says Dove celebrity stylist Mark Townsend. “Unlike shags of the past, this haircut is all about enhancing your texture – no flatirons or blow-dryers required.”

Just ask your stylist to cut your hair dry into heavy layers. If you want to merge two trends in one, opt for some overgrown bangs.

Play around with your natural texture when you style it at home & use your favorite products to help enhance the look.

Which cut is your favorite? Comment below!

Take advantage of our complimentary consultations and let us discuss which cut to embrace this summer season!

 

XOXO

Ashley Millet

Music To My Hair Salon & Advanced Academy

1214 Troy Schenectady Road

Latham, NY 12110

518-313-7723

 

Manicures and Pedicures – Nail Basics

INTRODUCTION TO: NAILS

Manicure Basics

Manicure and Pedicure BasicsNAIL BASICS

Nail artistry requires skill, technique, & precision. The tools & products used to care for the nails on your hands & feet also play an important role in the quality of the finished product.

Nail artistry includes beauty treatments for hands, fingernails, feet, & toe nails.

Manicure BasicsA qualified technician can typically perform the following treatments:

Manicure & Gel Manicure

Pedicure – Acrylic or ANC

Nail Tips – Repairs & Maintenance

WHAT IS ANC?

 ANC is a powder manicure dipping system designed to help you achieve a perfect manicure. This product makes your nails light, strong, shiny, and naturally beautiful every time – plus it’s environmentally friendly!

ANC is odorless, light-weight, flexible, and gentle on your nail bed. And because the product adds Calcium & Vitamin E when applied to your nails, ANC is actually healthy for your your natural nails!

The best part? ANC manicures will last up to 3 weeks without the use of harsh chemicals!

Professional Manicure

Nail ManicureBASIC NAIL CARE TIPS YOU CAN DO.

Not only does taking care of your nails keep you looking healthy & polished, but your nails also provide important clues to your overall health. Broken, discolored, or misshapen nails can indicate nutritional deficiencies, infections, or skin conditions.

Some great personal nail care tips for you to start doing ASAP include:

Keeping your nails clean & dry, which will help to prevent skin infection, dryness, and tears.

Shape your nails straight across (not at a point) since pointed nails are weaker & can break more easily.

DO NOT bite or pick at your nails, since biting makes them much more easily infected.

Visit our services tab to see all the incredible nail services we offer here at Music To My Hair & come in to get the full  experi

XOXO

Ashley Millet

Music To My Hair Salon & Advanced Academy

1214 Troy Schenectady Road

Latham, NY 12110

518-313-7723

How To: Top Knot

HOW TO: THE KNOT.

Messy Top Knot

Knots are the perfect hair style to get your hair out of your face & off your neck during the scorching summer months, without sacrificing style. What we love about this look is that you can literally pair a knot with any outfit. Your knot can be messy, perfectly coiffed, half up, to the side, or however you want to style it.

Half Up Top Knot

GO HALF-SIES

The half-up top knot looks effortlessly chic, plus it’s easy to do!

We love the messy bohemian effect this style gives. To start, you can either embrace your natural hair texture or you can add some waves. Messily wrap sections of hair around a 1 inch clip-less curling iron. Make sure to change the direction that you wrap the hair around the wand every other section or so. This will create an effortless look. The idea here is that you want to look like you just ‘woke up like this‘. You can spray dry hair with some Davines Sea Salt Spray for some added texture to give a messier look to your top knot!

davines-sea-salk-spray

Simply pull back the top section of your hair, using the arches of your eyebrows as a guide for the width. Twist your section into a loose knot at the top of your hair. Feel free to add a pin or two for some extra hold!

Chic Top Knot

SLEEK, SLICK, & STYLED

A sleek chignon is perfect for the business women of the world, who need to look a little more put together for their 9-5 lifestyle.

Low Top Knot Chignon

If you want your modern chignon to look super-slick then just prep the hair with some water & lots of blow-dry cream. Rake it back with your fingers and secure the hair into a bun with the ends sticking out. To make the knot look sleek, coil the ends around the bun and wrap an elastic around the entire thing. Lastly, twist the bun clockwise & add a third elastic so that the know is smaller and supertight. Note: This last step may not be necessary if you have thin hair. Use your judgement! Finish off with a light application of medium hold hair spray & you’ve got a look that will last you through the night.

Small Top KnotSIDE-STEP

A side knot is the perfect touch to edge up any outfit. It’s different and definitely makes a statement.

Chic Side Top Knot

To style this look yourself, add some texture with a half-inch curling iron. Spritz in some texturizing spray from the roots to midlength.

Pull your hair into a high and slightly off-center pony tail & hide the elastic by wrapping a small piece of hair around the hair tie. Next, lightly back-comb the ponytail & spritz with hair spray. Twist the tail end and position it to the side of your head. Secure with a few bobby pins. Note: The ends should fall by the nape of your neck. Take a beautiful barrette and fasten it across the ends at eye level.

Trust us, this modern take on a simple top knot will get you noticed with lots of compliments to follow.

Half Up Top Knot

GET MESSY WITH IT

In 2016, we’re noticing that sometimes – the messier, the better.

Truly, what is more chic than a style that looks so imperfect that it’s actually perfect?

Consider this, the messy top-knot is easy to throw up & it’s ideal for second day hair, when you’ve lived in it a little.  To get the look, flip your head over & spritz in a little sea-salt or texturizing spray. With your head still upside down, gather your hair into a loose pony tail at the very top & center of the head. Twist the pony tail around the base, tuck the ends under, & slide some bobby pins in to secure the style. Gently tug on the sides & pull some pieces out to add to the overall messy look.

Hailey Baldwin Top Knot

As you can see, there’s so many ways that you can rock this look, plus you can pair it with any kind of style.

Let us know what you think down below & tag us with #musictomyhair if you try the look out for yourself.

XOXO

Music To My Hair Salon & Advanced Academy

1214 Troy Schenectady Road

Latham, NY 12110

518-313-7723

Top Knot Joan Smalls