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Hair Tutorial: The Pin-Up Ponytail

1. Section off a triangular chunk of hair in the front before you start. This will make your swirly gig later!

2. Put the top half of your hair up with an elastic, like you are doing a half up half down hairstyle. Make sure its pretty tight.

3. Make a ponytail with the bottom half of your hair, but before you secure it with an elastic, add a section of hair from the top pony to make the ponies look more ‘joined together’.

5. Tada! Shake it out and fluff it a bit with a teasing comb. This trick makes your ponytail look MUCH longer!

1. Take the chunk of hair you sectioned off at the front and start back-combing it section by section. Pull the section of hair firmly upward and press the bristles of a teasing comb down into the roots. A Spornette teasing comb is best for this! It is what I used.

2. Spray generously with a firm hold hairspray..

3. Smooth down the fly-aways created by back-combing but be careful not to break down the back-combing itself. Grab some bobby pins and get ready to do the swirl.

4. Gently twist the section of hair and make a loop at the end of the section as I am showing. Carefully roll this section up on itself, like a cinnamon roll. This may take a few tries. You may find it helpful to use a gel product to keep the section together if you have layers. It took me a little practice!

5. Once you have rolled the section up completely, fasten it into place with sneaky bobby pin placement. Spray it very generously with your hairspray to make sure it stays in place.

2013 hairstyles for men.

The Gothic looks of Victorian and Edwardian Men, along with Medieval and Renaissance influences are shaping the styles for 2013.  According to research on these eras however, it seems that men were not actually wearing their hair long.  Instead, this look may be the result of characters in the “Gothic” or “DreadNovels of the “Victorian Gothic Era”.  This is also about the time of the Bohemians who were thought to predate the people we know as “Gypsies”-thus “Gothic” This means extremely long hair in keeping with those eras.  These Men, who were the aristocracy of the time, were very formal and meticulous in their appearance, as they were Gentleman and in most instances Nobility.  If in fact, they were based on” Dread Novel” Characters of the time-they were also society’s bad boys.  They were able to do all of the morally wrong things that men did not dare try to do at the time.  This very masculine, high maintenance look is gearing up to be the most sought after look among Fashion Forward Men for 2013. The following well-known men have been carrying this look for a good many years, Johnny Depp, Chriss Angel and any number of Modern “Gothic” men.  All right Gentleman, this brings us to the million-dollar question-How patient are you?  If you have a short haircut and want to be ultra trendy for the New Year, you will have to begin right now growing your hair if you want to look like the swarthy men of Gothic times.  Something to keep in mind however, this is very different than the look of years past such as Grunge, unlike styles such as those, this style is going to require quite a lot of care to keep all those long locks under control.  You may even need to use a finishing product to better define your hair’s texture.  In addition, it is going to take great strength of will not to cut it off as you wait for it to grow to the length you desire.  Everyone has to go through the uglies so to speak to get to the prize.  You will also need to visit your hairstylist or barber every 3-4 weeks for some trimming and shaping, although it may seem counter- productive to you it is necessary to keep the split ends at bay.  Believe it or not, a regular trim will keep your hair growing at a steady pace.  You will also be tempted to cut the sides near your ears to rid yourself of “wings”, resist the urge!  Rest assured “The Mullet” is not making a comeback.

Beauty, Hair & Makeup Mistakes You Make Every Day

Beauty, Hair & Makeup Mistakes You Make Every Day.

Not to get on anyone’s case, but there are a few beauty blunders you could be making every day. Some of these no-nos are well-known, like pumping your mascara. But there are others that fly under the radar. Get the quick fixes to the flubs you didn’t even know you were committing when you read on.

1. Blow Dryer: Holding the hair dryer closer to your strand or directly on the brush isn’t getting your hair drier faster. It could actually be scorching your strands, causing damage and more frizz. Keep the heat at least one inch away from the hair — and keep the dryer in motion to avoid uneven heating.

2. Nail Polish: Although most products come with instructions to shake before use, nail polish isn’t one of them. Avoid treating your lacquer like maracas, lest you want an air-bubble mani. Instead, roll the bottle in your hands to warm and mix the colour.

3. Mascara: By pumping mascara, you’re putting oxygen (and therefore bacteria) into the tube. And that very bacteria can eventually land in your eyes. Prevent trips to the doc by twisting and turning your mascara as you release it instead. And make sure to wipe any excess off the tip to stop clumps from occurring.

4. Straightener: First rule of straightener club: if there is smoke coming up from your strands as you’re ironing, your iron is probably set too high. Adjust the temperature to a medium 115 degrees, and always work in two-inch sections or less to get the best results.

5. Brush: Do you use your brush in the shower on wet hair? Are you using the bristles to rip through knots? Yes, the brush is a must-have tool, but it can also do harm if you’re using it too harshly. Use your fingers on wet hair for the most gentle detangling. And when you do work with a hair brush, begin at the ends and move upward to minimise snags.

6. Face Serums: If you want to get the full benefits of facial serums (these are our favourites!), be sure the sun doesn’t counteract with their active ingredients. Make it a point to wear sunscreen on top of face serums during the day. Or better yet, slather your serum on at night.

7. Shampoo: The directions seem simple: wash, rinse, repeat. But you could be shampooing you hair all wrong. First, make sure your strands are fully saturated with water before you start (it could take a few minutes under the stream). Then, apply product primarily to the roots and scrub. Avoid piling hair on top of your head as this can cause tangles and dry out your ends. Let the product clean the ends as you rinse, and skip the repeat for a longer rinse. No one likes soap curd behind the ears, after all.

The Grown out Fringe

Why you’ll love it: It’s the easiest way to update long hair without having to add heavy layering. Just remember: fringes were invented for straight hair, so if you’ve got naturally curly hair, it’s best to stick with a few chin-length slices for low-maintenance definition.

What to ask for: An eyebrow-grazing fringe. It’s all about cutting into the fringe rather than across, for a wispy finish.

Style it with: Your hands and a can of dry shampoo for touch-ups. Nowhere near as high maintenance as Rooney Mara’s blunt face-framer, the added length means you can use your hands to style the fringe as you blow-dry before letting the hair fall naturally.

Summer hair guide

Heat and humidity can wreak havoc on the state of our strands, so it makes sense to switch to more laid-back cuts for summer.

We love this look because it boasts the same sophistication you crave in a polished pixie cut or bob, without limiting your styling choices.

Style it with: A texturising spray and a centre part. For the same wash-‘n’-wear-looking finish as Rose’s, try scrunching a sea salt spray through damp hair before tipping your head upside down to blow-dry.

Be careful with your heated styling tool


The rules of first aid apply to any type of burn so those caused by your styling products are no exception. Run a burn under cold water to soothe and help start the healing process then follow it up with a topical, anti-inflammatory healing solution.

SHOP IT: Burnaid dressing, $4.69,
Elastoplast SOS Burn Cooling Spray, $11.95,
Nature’s Gold Therputic Skin Cream with Active Manuka Honey, $34.90,

How We Do It: Office-to-Party Tips

Ideally, it takes somewhere between one and five minutes to turn your office look into a party-ready face. The best way to do that is with a go-to list of guaranteed tricks: the stay-put lipstick, your boldest mascara, a no-fuss dry shampoo. Given the number of festive occasions on your calendar this time of year, we thought we’d offer up a few of our favorites.
“Nothing says ‘I’m done with work and ready to go out’ like a red lip! Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils ($24) deliver a big punch and go on so easily. You don’t need a brush or liner or anything other than the pencil itself.”

On days when you give the lipstick a rest, I play up your eyes with a thin line of Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20) in Black. To up the drama for evening, just flick up the ends for a classic winged cat-eye.”

Nothing perks up a face like great lashes.
If you hair is flat by 7 p.m., try Kerastase Double Force Hairspray.  Amazing at reviving volume. A single spritz is all you need, then run your fingers through your hair to make sure it’s evenly distributed.