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Tis the season for fabulous hair!

9 Dec

It’s official… the holidays are here! And whether or not it’s your favourite season, or if you even celebrate this time of year, holiday events and social obligations are lurking around every corner — and you have to look fabulous!

A great outfit is just not enough during the holidays. Everyone is dressed to impress, and that goes for hair and makeup as well. Well… unless you get invited to one of those Ugly Holiday Sweater parties… then we know for sure your hair won’t be the focus (no matter what!) Having said that, you still don’t want to be too fussy or formal with your hair. After all, you’re there to party!

Here are some of our favourite hairstyles that are perfect for those holiday parties where you want to look fabulous but still let loose!

Penelope Cruz’s side-swept waves:

A great and easy way to add a little extra oomph to wavy or curly hair. Pin it all to one side and touch up the waves for a lux look… and make sure to add lots of hairspray to keep it in place and a shine serum or spray!

Kim Kardashian’s edgy pony:

If you’re looking for a little edge to go with your glam, look no further than this Kardashian’s voluminous ‘do. There’s no Snooki resemblance here — Kim keeps her poof sleek and modern, pinning the sides back into a long and shiny pony.

Anne Hathaway’s elegant chignon:

If you’re looking for something a little more elegant, but still simple, Anne’s Oscar updo is for you! It’s as easy a low chignon, a modern middle-part and a few sexy, loose tendrils!

Sarah Jessica Parker’s glam waves:

Want a modern take on 70s wave and volume? This look is perfect! Ultra big and ultra shiny, this style can go from office to evening in no time!

Diane Kruger’s decorated ‘do:

So you fancy, huh? (who doesn’t like a little Drake reference!) Diane Kruger adds the perfect amount of bling for the holidays to this wavy updo. Adding a little sparkle with fancy pins and clips is an easy way to be festive… and gorgeous!

Elizabeth Olsen’s chic top knot:

Those of you wanting to show off your fantastic facial structure, make up or neckline should take a page from the youngest Olsen’s book! This not-too-perfect but not-too-messy bun does everything right and can work with jeans and a blouse or a fabulous dress.

This holiday season partake in as many festivities as possible… just so you can show off your fabulous hair!

Found at Bay Station: the perfect pixie

4 Nov

The other day as I was rushing to the salon through Bay station a woman caught my eye. No, it wasn’t someone looking all crazy or super glamorous or quirky. It was simply a woman with one of the most perfect pixie cuts I’ve ever seen.

It was a short, Emma Watson-esque pixie, smooth, but with a hint of texture and the shortest of bangs. It suited her face perfectly and was accented with a simple and neutral headband. But what really made this pixie stunning was the colour; it was somewhere in between a copper and strawberry blonde and it was amazing. There is a shortage of perfect pixies out there in general, and gorgeous, red pixies are even more elusive. It was definitely special. Had it not been rush hour I would have stopped to compliment her and ask who did her hair. I kind of regret not doing so!

Since then, I have not been able to get pixies off of my mind. People are afraid of going uber short because they’re worried about looking too masculine and that men won’t like it. But let me tell you: if you have the right facial structure, a pixie can enhance femininity – even with some edge – and it will draw attention to your favourite features.

And not all pixies have to be cropped right to the head. There are so many options for you to play with texture, bangs and layers to get the look that’s perfect for your face and style. And you may be more excited to play with colour because it won’t be as overpowering (think Rihanna’s muppet red afro).

However, as much as I love a perfect pixie, they sadly don’t work for everyone. Those who are blessed with bone structure to die for and who have delicate features suit the pixie the best. And you have to be comfortable showing off those features as well. If you hide behind long hair and never pull it off of your face, chances are a pixie might be too big of a shock.

Here are some of our favourite pixies to inspire you. Please take note: not one of these beautiful ladies looks like a boy.

Too cool for school…

21 Sep

We’ve been talking about fall trends and fashions since the end of August, but it seems we’ve forgotten the most important time of year for so many – back to school!

September isn’t just about buying new clothes and supplies for school. A trip to the salon is almost mandatory to get that great cut or colour for the new school year. Whether you’re in high school or university, your hair can define your style, help you fit in or give you that stand-out-from-the-crowd quality. Whatever your aim is, great hair is important!

There seems to be two big trends in Hollywood for the young and fabulous: long and wavy with subtle ombre highlights ; or a choppy bob. Either way, they’re both fresh, young, low maintenance and fun!

Here are some of our favourite back-to-school styles:

Leighton Meester’s subtle ombre locks are effortless chic for the new school year. They add interest to her long, wavy mane and are extremely low maintenance – your roots are supposed to show! However, ombre highlights are not an excuse to be lazy… they should look deliberate and should only be a few shades lighter than your root colour – think sun-kissed vacation hair rather than growing out blonde colour.

This curly, layered lob is stunning on Selena Gomez and is perfect for back-to-school! Lobs and bobs frame your face and are still long enough that you can braid the front or put it up in the ever-popular top knot for those early morning classes!

It’s a given that students pull their hair back in buns and ponytails all the time! But there’s nothing wrong with adding a little style to that pony. Low, side-ponies are back and when embellished with a braid or twist are a fabulous alternative to a boring, high ponytail. And it’s just as easy!


Uber-long, honey-coloured hair seems to be a die-hard trend for the under-25 crowd. To make sure it doesn’t look too plain try adding different braids or subtle highlights.

It caused quite a stir when Diana Agron chopped off her hair into a shaggy bob… but we absolutely love it! She still looks young and fresh but a bit edgy! And she can keep it tousled or flat-iron it for a sleek look!

Blake Lively has the quintessential young, fresh look. From her sun-kissed colour to her easy, breezy waves, Lively is known for her trendy hair.

As we can see from young starlets, having gorgeous hair doesn’t have to be fussy or old-fashioned. In fact, the more carefree and easy your style is the better! You’re young… you should have fun with your hair! Experimenting with your style and trying out the latest trends is one of the best parts of being in your teens or early twenties so take advantage! You’re only young once, right?

Bringing retro back: 10 iconic hairstyles

15 Sep

The right hairstyle on the right person can define a decade. There’s no doubt that over the years, certain celebrity hair has stood out more than others, and regardless of when you were born, is instantly recognizable.  

Modern trends are often inspired by vintage looks, and hair is no different. Iconic styles are re-imagined and given an updated twist, like borrowing mod styles from the ’60s or soft curls and volume from the ’70s.

Which celebrities have had the most iconic hair? Here are ten of our favourite iconic hairstyles (whether they should ever be repeated or retired is debatable… *cough* ‘the Rachel’ *cough*…):

Glamify yourself for TIFF..

9 Sep

It’s the beginning of September, and you know what that means in Toronto. It’s TIFF time. The city is buzzing with excitement, it’s full of celebrities and packed with of events.

If you live in Toronto, especially downtown, chances are you will eventually get caught up in the TIFF whirlwind. Whether going to viewings or attending parties, you may find yourself wanting some red carpet style yourself… and why shouldn’t you? Who said you have to be wowed by celebrities? Why can’t you wow them?

Here are some of our favourite red carpet hair styles to inspire your own:

Oh, Uma. How we love you. This has to be the best red carpet style that Uma Thurman has ever donned. From the colour to her piecy waves strategically pulled back, she looks effortlessly gorgeous in this romantic hair style.

At the 2011 VMA Awards, Beyonce showed off her new baby belly, glow and simple (but stunning) side-swept locks. Her soft side bangs frame her face perfectly and a low, soft, side pony is simply elegant.

Psssst… I have a lady crush on Diane Kruger. She is the queen of imperfect, yet absolutely stunning, red carpet hair. From messy braids to slightly undone updos, she rarely goes wrong. With the accessory and loose tendrils, Kruger shows that not everything has to be “just so” when it comes to a glam look.

If old school Hollywood glamour is more your speed, consider a look like Katherine Heigl’s. Classic yet fun, a throwback to the golden days of show biz is never wrong for the red carpet.

When Adele’s hair is blown out like this it looks like she has the best hair in the world. If you want big, soft, voluminous curls for an event, this is the way to go. And don’t even get me started on her colour. Ah-may-zing.

Obviously, I have to end with Ryan Gosling – and this needs no explanation. Ladies, I’m sure none of you would mind if your men styled themselves like this. All we can say is: delicious.

So don’t ever let those pesky, beautiful celebrities outshine you again – get inspiration from their style and outdo them! After all, who doesn’t want to look like a star for a day?

Once you go black, you never go back!

31 Aug

We touched on this last week, but fall is just around the corner. I know.. I’m sorry to keep rubbing it in, but it just can’t be ignored. However, as we also mentioned last post, fall is a great excuse to try a fresh look and get rid of tired looking summer hair. It’s time to consider going darker!

As a blonde myself, I sometimes feel like I don’t give enough love to gorgeous, dark tresses. But with fall’s fashion trends including a throwback to the ’70s, with rich colours and textures like fur, darker hair couldn’t match more perfectly!

If you’ve decided to go darker, you need to figure out which dark shade suits your skin tone best. Just like there are endless shades of blonde, choosing a dark colour isn’t as simple as just black or brown. You also have to consider your make-up routine - the same make-up looks different on blondes than on brunettes and depending on your colouring, you might need to wear more to prevent looking washed out. And don’t forget your eyebrows!

But it’s not all a hassle! Colouring your hair dark requires a lot less maintenance than light hair, especially since beach season is over and you don’t have to worry about the sun fading your colour. It’s also less damaging, so say hello to amazing shine!  The favourite thing about dark hair according to the Haartek ladies, though,  is that it’s more exotic and mysterious than lighter hair. And nothing makes your eyes pop quite like a rich, dark hair colour.

The most important thing to consider before you go dark, however, is how dedicated you will be to the new style. You need to remember that it’s much harder to switch to a lighter shade from a dark colour, so transitioning back might take a longer time. But that’s if you want to go back. Because as Carla, an Associate Stylist and lover of dark hair, says, “Once you go black, you never go back.”

Here are some of our favourite raven-haired ladies that make blondes drool with envy at their shiny, exotic manes:

Five easy ways to be different for a day!

17 Aug

Have you ever gotten that itch?  No, I’m not talking about a rash, silly. I’m talking about that itchy feeling you get when you’re bored with your look. You want to change something but you don’t know how. And sometimes it’s just not possible to do something drastic. And other times you really just want something different only for a day or two.

Well, my lovelies. I have news for you: A change of style doesn’t always have to be drastic or permanent.

Here are Haartek’s top five ways of changing up your look temporarily:

1. ACCESSORIES

From headbands to  fascinators, hair accessories are majorly in-trend. And we’re not talking about little girl barette or bauble hair ties – these are accessories full-grown women are not afraid to rock!

Try a headband with a flower detail or the feather or glitter extension craze for a bit of flair that you can remove anytime.

2. GO KINKY

Are you tired of your normal hair texture, be it straight or curly, but you don’t have the time or patience to weld a styling tool? Well, why not texture while you sleep? Wash your hair before you go to sleep and put it in a loose braid. When you wake up your hair will be mostly dry and have amazing loose waves when you take out the braid. Use a beach texturizing product like Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort spray and you’ll have a chic, gorgeous, un-done style with little effort! Don’t want to go to sleep with your hair wet? Braid your dry hair in the morning and run a flat-iron over the plait and get the same look!

3. USE THOSE TOOLS

While beach hair is brilliant in the summer, if you want a way to change-up your texture going into the fall, brandishing a flat-iron or hot rollers is the way to go!  If you have curly hair, try going straight for a couple of days. If you have straight hair, try using the flat-iron for curls or setting it with hot rollers. There are countless online tutorials for using these tools (here’s our own Carla demonstrating flat-iron curls) and your stylist would be happy to teach you as well.

An important thing to remember when using hot tools is to always use a heat-protection serum or spray before applying heat to prevent any damage!

4. GO FAUX

Who said you have to be stuck with the length of hair you have? Certainly not me! If celebrities can appear to have short hair one day and long hair the next, why can’t you? And no, I’m not talking about costly and permanent extensions (though, those are an option). I’m talking about rockin’ the faux look. Celebrities with long hair have been tucking and pinning their long hair under, creating the illusion of  a bob – a faux bob, if you will. Alternately, those who already have a bob can use clip-in extensions to add length temporarily or to add a pop of colour (think bright purple).

5. COLOUR FOR A DAY

Do you wish you could partake in the pastel hair trend but are just to chicken to make the committment (or have a job that wouldn’t allow it)? Well, your wish will soon be granted. In the fall, Kevin Murphy will release Color.Bug, a temporary hair colour (think applying eye shadow to your hair) that adds body as well. It will come in pink, purple and orange and will last until you wash it out… so you can have crazy coloured tips for the weekend and be back to normal for the office by Monday. Sounds pretty sweet to me.

So now you know five simple ways to change your style, even just for the weekend! Go crazy… at least a little. Why not, right?

Oh, beehive!

3 Aug

In honour of Amy Winehouse, this post is dedicated to that fantastically big, teased and lacquered hair that none but her could pull off quite the same in modern times (though, some would argue she didn’t quite pull it off). Yes, we’re talking about that crazy mass of hair atop her head – the beehive.

Most popular in the 1960s, the beehive was created by Margaret Vinci Heldt in Chicago. An award winning stylist and salon owner, Heldt was asked in 1960 by Modern Beauty Salon magazine to design a new hairstyle that would reflect the coming decade. It originated as a variation of the pageboy and bouffant styles that were elaborately teased and hairsprayed and was also given the name B-52, as it resembled the bulbous nose of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber. The style has been modeled by Dusty Springfield, The Ronettes and Joanna Lumley (in Absolutely Fabulous) amongst others, and has made its way back into fashion in Chanel shows and on modern celebrities.

Here’s a mix of retro and modern beehives that we can’t get enough of. Are you bold enough to fashion this ‘do for a special occasion, or even everyday?

Birds of a feather, flock together…

28 Jul

One of the best things about hair is that styling options are abundant. You can colour, highlight, straighten, curl, cut, braid, extend and pin-up your hair if you so please, and changing the style every once in a while is a really fun and easy way to update your look and express yourself.

Hair accessories add another dimension to playing with your hair. Cheaper and more temporary than many salon services, accessories are more popular than ever and there have been several big trends this summer. One of our favourites, however, is an easy way to add colour, fun and a bit of edge to your hair.

Sported by Steven Tyler, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff and Jennifer Love-Hewitt, to name a few, feather extensions have caught on like wildfire. Cheaper than highlights, natural or brightly coloured feathers add dimension, interest and flare to your hair. And the best part? They’re natural and reusable – when you’re ready for a change, you can take them out and save them for next time!

The feathers come in various widths and lengths and can be brushed, blow-dried, straightened and curled like natural hair (although it is not recommended to be rough with them) and are applied using a bead and clamping method. They are made of all-natural rooster feathers and depending on how you treat them, they can stay in for up to two months.

If you want in on this trend, however, you may have to do some searching. Because the feathers are from roosters and traditionally used on fly-fishermen’s lures, the supply of these feathers cannot keep up with the demand, but fear not… stylists won’t let those fishermen hog them all. Anyway, who said fashion and fishing couldn’t mix?

Here are a few of our favourite feathered looks:

Rainbow Brite would be proud!

15 Jul

Colouring your hair a non-traditional hue has been around for decades – from psychedelic looks to punk styles, many types have experimented with bright colours. But starting in spring/fall 2010, the ombré hair trend came out full force in the fashion world using pastel dyes.

Fashion editorials and runways took to the trend like ducks to water and celebrity fashion risk-takers like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Kate Moss sported pastel rainbow ‘dos. But the trend never made it big in day-to-day living – it has been rare to see true pastel ombré  hair on the street, teenagers growing out their faded colour being the most common.

Almost a year after the trend started, a new stir was created by Lauren Conrad of The Hills fame. Not one to be adventurous with hair colour, Conrad coloured the tips of her long, sun-kissed locks in a tie-dye effect. Blurry photos of Britney Spears and Snooki with similar hair have surfaced over the past few days causing fashionistas and twitterers alike to ask, “Is this the next new thing?”

What do you think? Is tie-dyed, pastel, ombré  hair making its way into the mainstream?

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