Hair Care

How to Get Fall Inspired Beach Waves in Your Hair

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*Guest Post by Sophia*

Summer is all about tousled, loose beach waves in your hair with plenty of texture. It’s a chic, yet low-maintenance hairstyle beloved by celebrities and stylish people everywhere. But, when the summer sun fades and the blazing heat changes to soft, fall light, it’s time to switch up your beachy mermaid locks for a more romantic look.

Before you break out the curling iron, do some post-summer maintenance on your mane. Summer’s combination of heat and humidity can leave your tresses dry and damaged. Get your hair back into tip top shape so you can try some of these chic hairstyles this fall.

Vintage Hollywood Hair

Fall is all about nostalgia, and there is nothing more nostalgic than old Hollywood glamour. Channel style icons, like Veronica Lake, for classic looks that never go out of style. Polished waves are the perfect style for special occasions, such as weddings and cozy fall dinners.

To create this iconic look, you may need to start by creating volume by blow drying with a thickening cream. The right one will depend on the natural texture of your hair.

Follow the blow dry with a deep side part, then section and curl your hair in one direction using a one-inch barrel. Set the curls with a spritz of medium strength hairspray that offers flexible hold.

This next step may seem counterintuitive after all your hard work, but you will need to brush out your curls. Brush your hair from root to tip, back brushing underneath to keep the curls from separating. Finish the look with another spritz of hairspray, and you are ready to spend a cool fall night on the town.

Modern Movement in Your Hair

The lob has been trending, for some time now, and it is easy to see why. This low-maintenance style is suitable for almost all face shapes and hair textures and keeps you looking fresh and pulled together without looking overdone. Amplify your trendy lob with tousled waves to achieve a modern alternative to casual beach waves in your hair.

A high definition style looks particularly stunning on blunt lob and bob cuts and adds appealing texture and movement. The key to keeping the look modern is to leave the ends straight and create waves in the middle.

Forget your curling iron for this look; the best tool for the job is your flat iron. Divide your hair into sections and, as you run the flat iron down the length of your hair, bend it back and forth to create kinks. Just before you reach the end of your hair, pull the flat iron down for edgy, straight ends.

Finish the style with a coat of shine spray to tame any flyway’s, and rub a little smoothing cream into the ends.

Seventies Glam Hair

As seen on the runway at fall fashion week, natural easy-going waves are one of the top fall hair trends this year. These long, natural-looking waves evoke a 1970s nostalgia that is perfect for the fall.

Natural waves can be attained without heat, which is the ideal antidote to stressed summer hair. Simply towel dry your hair until it is about 40% dry, and add a texturizing spray. French braid your hair into 3 or 4 strands, leaving out the last 3-4 inches to get a more casual look. Then, leave overnight.

When you wake up, undo the braids, flip your head upside down to create volume at the roots, and gently run your fingers through the strands to separate the waves.

Another fabulous seventies’ style, seen famously on Rose Byrne at the 2017 Met Gala, combines two trends in one. A disco-inspired look combines retro style with mixed textures to achieve a truly show-stopping style—perfect for dancing away the fall blues.

To keep the look chic, use a smoothing serum at the crown to keep it sleek but not slick, and start brushing tightly wound curls about two inches from the part to get that stark contrast in texture.

Fall Romance Hair

Fall is the season of rainy, windswept days and dramatic hairstyles. Get swept away with a simple, chic blow-out that gives your hair movement without defined curls.

Use a large, round brush to angle your hair away from your hairline as you dry it. Complete the look using a curling iron to gently define the curls. Twist some strands back from your face and pin in place for added sweetness to your style.

To look like you have been cozying up inside on a blustery fall day, go for a stylish version of bed hair. Your bed head look shouldn’t appear completely disheveled, just long, loose, and carefree.

Spray damp hair with a texturizing spray, then blast with a diffuser for maximum volume. The key to attaining the disheveled look is not to curl every strand of hair. Select a few sections of hair, curling them haphazardly with a large barrelled iron.

Shake, and then stretch the curls to blend them with the uncurled hair, and finish with styling cream to hold the shape.

Playful Textured Hair

Braids are popping up on the runway this fall. While the sculpted, serpentine braids gracing fashion weeks all over the world are wonderful for occasion wear, fall’s romantic tone demands something softer and more wearable every day.

Crown braids are an enchanting style that looks complex but is easy to achieve. Simply divide your hair down the middle (no need to be too neat about it), and braid each section at the nape of your neck. Bring each braid around to the front and secure with a few pins. Loosen some of the sections of the braid for a messier, more romantic look. Make sure to leave a few wavy, wispy strands out of the braid for an ethereal look to complement the fall atmosphere.

For a more high-fashion statement style that is still achievable as an everyday look, try contrasting texture braids. Divide your hair into a centre part and braid your locks on either side. Keep the braids tight and sleek on top, then tease out the ends, and set with a firm hold spray for a striking textural contrast.

Though summer beachy waves are a tried and true style, fall’s slow changes are the perfect time to experiment with some new styles for your hair. Fall’s golden colour palette also offers some amazing inspiration for some of 2017’s hottest color trends.

Try some of these gorgeous alternatives to beachy waves this fall for chic looks to complement your personal style.


About the Author: Sophia Jackson has been a resident of Buckhead for 10 years. When she’s not busy styling the hair of Atlanta’s elite at Barrons London Salon, you can find her shopping in trendy boutiques or sipping bubbly at a concert in Chastain Park.

Farewell Flakes — 3 DIY Hair Masks for Dandruff

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3 DIY Hair Masks for Dandruff

You know what isn’t sexy?


Those nasty, white flakes of dead skin that fall from your scalp and land directly on your shoulders for the whole world to see. 

Above and beyond being embarrassing, dandruff is itchy and uncomfortable, and an ongoing issue for so many people out there.

We’ve all seen enough Head & Shoulders commercials to know that there are plenty of shampoos on the market for this, but do they actually work and are they worth your money? [Keep Reading]

Winter Haircare – Fighting the Frizzies

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Winter Haircare - Fighting the Frizzies

As seasons change, so does the way your skin and hair react. I’ve found that warmer climates suit my body better. My hair looks lush, my skin soft and supple.

In the cold, harsh winter weather…well…that’s a completely different story. My hair gets brittle and frizzy, and my skin puckers up with dehydration. It’s not pleasant.

And while I could go on and on about dry skin, we’re talking winter haircare today. [Keep Reading]

Why Coconut Oil Should Be Your New Beauty Staple

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Why Coconut Oil Should Be Your New Beauty Staple

*Guest Post by Dr. George*

Are you looking for an all-around natural beauty product that you could add to your beauty staple?

You need not spend thousands on every beauty product on the market. You can look beautiful with just a bottle of coconut oil that costs $10 or less. Yes, this wonder oil has practically got it ‘oil’ for you!

Coconut oil is more than just for healthy cooking. It also does beauty wonders that can make you look and feel your best from head to toe. In fact, it is used in a variety of cosmetics and beauty products.

Here are the different uses of coconut oil that makes it worthy of a place as your new beauty staple… [Keep Reading]

The No Poo Method: Why It’s Time to Ditch Your Shampoo

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No Poo Method

Ok, so it seems like all I’m seeing over the interwebs lately is this shampoo (or lack thereof…) phenomenon called “No Poo.”

To be honest, the first time I saw a post on my Facebook about someone sharing their ‘no poo’ story I was aghast. I mean, really people – no one needs to hear about your bathroom activity.

BUT, then I realized they were talking about shampoo….thank goodness!

You see, we’ve known for a long time that many of our fave shampoo brands are full of nasty ingredients. Chemical ingredients. Toxic ingredients.

So why the heck do we continue to use them? Is it because we didn’t realize there was a more natural shampoo alternative or because it’s just so damn easy to buy one and ignore the ramifications? [Keep Reading]

Summer Beauty Trends for 2014

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Summer Beauty Trends for 2014Don’t you just love how the seasons change? Especially when it brings you closer and closer to being summer time!

As far as seasons go, Fall is definitely my fave, but Summer is a close second. Spring can suck it because it’s too drizzly and damp and that is NEVER good for my hair.

Over the years I have found some trends that always seem to recur during the hot summer months. Natural beachy curls are popular for hair trends, the au-natural face comes back and it makes sense. It’s too dang hot out to really vamp it up. While there are these reincarnated faves, that doesn’t mean there aren’t more new and noteworthy trends. [Keep Reading]

10 Tips for Terrific Tresses

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10 Hair HacksMy hair is quite possibly my favourite accessory.

Scratch that.

It is absolutely my favourite.

I’ve never been one to wear statement jewelry or bold clothes. I tend to wear the same three colors a lot – black, white and blue – and the same ring and diamond stud earrings.

That being said, I”m a freak when it comes to my hair. I really dig styling it, trying new fun ‘do’s, and playing hair stylist to my friends.

If you have a flare for hair then you will love these helpful hair tips. [Keep Reading]

How To Make Your Own Natural Shampoo

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How To Make Your Own Natural ShampooNot long ago I was having a conversation with one of my sisters about shampoo. She has incredibly thick, coarse hair and if left unattended, it gets a little out of hand. And by “a little,” I mean outrageously out of hand.

This got us wondering; is her shampoo to blame? Besides the fact that she rarely styles her hair (how are we related?!) her shampoo is the one product that could possibly be affecting her fro.

A quick run through of the ingredients list had me tossing her current product in the trash. Full of parabens and hair drying added fragrances, it was time to come up with a healthier alternative.

Doing what I do best, I took to the web to find some hair’spiration. [Keep Reading]

Dry Shampoo Recipe: One Light, One Dark

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A Quick and Easy Dry Shampoo RecipeWhen I’m in a rush or on the go I don’t always have time to shampoo my hair. I have fine hair so you can imagine how big of a deal this could be.

Greasy locks are not a good look and no matter how cute I style my hair, they’re impossible to hide.

I was telling a girlfriend of mine about this debacle and she asked me why I wasn’t using dry shampoo. The idea of a dry shampoo had literally never crossed my mind. In fact, at the time I’d never even heard of it before.

The basic premise of dry shampoos are that they wick away all the oil that causes your hair to look greasy. The oil absorbing ingredients leave your hair looking clean, without having to add any water. [Keep Reading]

Get Locks You Love with These 5 Easy Hair Tricks

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5 Easy Hair TricksIt’s no secret that I love my hair.

Correction: Loved my hair. I cut it short and now I hate it, but as soon as it hits my collarbone again, all will be forgiven.

Carrying on…

Regardless of length, I’m still a nut when it comes to my hair. I will do anything to maintain a moisturized scalp, I hair mask the sh*t out of it and eat hair-healthy foods in a very vain attempt to have it grow faster.

I also like to style it, but have little to no patience when it comes to a hairstyle requiring a lengthy process. [Keep Reading]

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