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L’Oréal Professionnel Summer Trend Watch: Braids, Twists and Turns
The braid, one of the most classic hairstyles, proves to be a chameleon season after season and this summer the braid is taking on an unexpected edge with new twists and turns. What’s more, these variations don’t require excessive heat styling, giving hair a breather from damage-inducing irons and blow dryers. Say hello to an array of summer styles with useful tips and varying looks from L’Oréal Professionnel Artists - perfect for anywhere from fashion runways to salons!

A Return to a Blonde Idol by David Stanko and Jenny Balding
"I was always that girl - the one with the pretty hair," states Cutler NYC Salon client, Nicole.  All through high school, when Nicole began to color her own hair, and carrying on into college, she became a "dual-user" - sometimes coloring and highlighting in salons and other times opting for box color - with relative success. However, the day before Christmas 2012, Nicole booked a color appointment, feeling like a change, and asked for a "reverse ombre." No other client/stylist consultation was pursued.  

The New Up-Do: The Hip-Do by Emily Dantoni
Up-dos are not just for the conservative crowd thanks to new trends such as incorporating braids and fun, vibrant colors. Emily Dantoni, stylist at Aurelio Salon in Howell, NJ, creates "hip-dos" that appeal to the most stylish and trendy clients, and just in time for wedding and prom season!

Before and After: Red Ombré by Cat Metzgier
Hairstylist Cat Metzgier helped her client go from grown-out, faded color to a beautiful, rich, red ombré. (Before)

Balayage Bride by Robin Dorton
Hairstylist Robin Dorton of Salon Head Candy recently helped a soon-to-be bride achieve the perfect, natural-looking blonde for her upcoming wedding day. Below, Dorton shares the formula she used to take her guest from faded color to fabulous blonde!Says Dorton, "Getting this bride-to-be ready for the big day in 2 weeks! She wanted soft and natural, sun-kissed highlights, so she got a balayage (or hair painting) technique, and long layers with a straight razor cut."

Get the Look: Whitney Port's 90's-Inspired Top Knot Bun
Celebrity stylist Akira Yamane of the Eiji Salon in New York amped up Whitney Port's new long bob hairstyle with a very 90's-inspired look at the recent fashion and beauty summit, BeautyCon. The look was fun and fresh with just a touch of edgy-chic.Get the Look:1. Whitney had an angled bob and she wanted to have a simple hairdo. First, Yamane blew out Port's hair straight and ironed the ends for shine to keep it simple and modern.2. For added moisture and shine, Yamane used Elujuda oil from Milbon on Port's locks.

How to Get Your Best Wedding Day Hair Color
Getting ready for a wedding requires a lot of prep work as the big day approaches - dress fittings, food tastings, guest lists, seating charts, and of course planning your hair color.Here are a few tips from celebrity color authority, Rita Hazan, for finding the perfect hair color and getting it wedding-day ready:

Glam Wedding 'Dos by Hotheads
Hear that sound? It's the clanging of wedding bells... and that means it's time for you to get ready for a bevy of wedding belles. Hotheads Artistic Director and world renowned extensions specialist Victoria Casciola works with numerous brides who want to change their dress and hair to suit every stage of their special day (we can't blame them!).

Clipper and Trimmer Maintenance: What You Need to Know!
Not sure how to take care of your clippers and razors—and make that hefty price tag worthwhile? You're not alone. Many stylists are unaware of the simple, fundamental practices of motor maintenance. But we have your interests at heart, beauty pros. We checked in with Andis International Manager of Education and Style Aileen Nunez, who brought us up to speed on ways to protect your investment and keep your motor going (and going, and going!). Following simple, maintenance tips can protect your tool investment - so listen up!

Couture Meets Coiffure: An Homage to Chanel by Joico's Stella Livoti
Joico Artist Stella Livoti keeps a watchful eye on the Paris fashion runways; it’s there that she often finds her muse. This season, it was the spring Chanel collection that ignited her imagination and informed her exciting new collection. “The patterns were incredible,” she notes. “And the fabrics were so heavily layered. The shapes were created by color — pastels, acid punk shades, neons — but no matter what, the fabrics really moved. That’s what I wanted to achieve with these haircolors!” Here, Stella reveals the details of each look.

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