Statement Bangs!

In 2015, the shaggy, textured, lob dominated. Pink hair was seen on the heads of both celebs and civilians. “Bronde,” had another moment in the spotlight.  Ombre and Granny-Grey appeared, as did sunset hair. Also, ornate and artistic braids were a big hit.  What lies in store for 2016 is exciting for women, and in my blogs, I’ll  be sharing some of these wonderfully-anticipated ideas and looks in order for you to achieve your most flattering look.

In 2016, hair trends will become more specialized.  Specifically, cuts, colors, and styles will evolve into hair art.  The Spring 2016 runway was taken over by models with Statement Bangs, as seen in the Saint Laurent and Alexander Wang shows. This look works for those with curly or straight hair at any length and it’s an easy way to get a new look without excessive change.

If you want bangs and your hair is straight, you can work a more traditional version of the look, no problem. But curly girls don’t have to be beholden to their hot tools. Textured fringe is in. It’s completely subverting what having bangs means and it’s a sexy way to embrace your texture and add a cool-girl element.

The trick to making sure your curly fringe looks good is to not actually cut it like a bang section. Communicating with a salon professional that you want to wear your bangs in your natural hair texture is of most importance and will allow the most flattering look.

Before cutting Statement Bangs, ask yourself some questions:

1. Are you itching for a change, but you’re not ready to lose any precious length off of your strands?

2. Do you think your face looks better when your hair is down or in a ponytail? Tucked behind your ears? Or untucked? If you said ponytail or tucked, go for it. Ponytails and tucked hairstyles expose the corners of your face (cheekbones and corners of your jaw), as do broad, brow-lengths.

3. Are you athletic? Work in the food-service industry? Busy mom? Nothing turns a “blah” ponytail   into a chic fashion statement like a heavy fringe.

4. Do you have fine/thinning hair or deep recession points in your hairline? Two words-Instant volume!

On the other hand, if you  have a finicky or prominent hairline or cowlicks be warned. Avoid bangs with a blunt edge. Instead, opt for more of a “shattered” edge to camouflage any hairline discrepancies.  Also, the heavier, the better. Some cowlicks just need a little-added weight to stay down.  If you’re not into the maintenance of bang-trims every 2-4 weeks, don’t attempt to  wear them. If you  have a low hairline, a heavy fringe  on a low hairline may lead to more styling difficulties than it’s worth. Instead, try longer, side-swept bangs or a high face frame that can easily be pulled back if needed.

If you can’t decide to cut and want to take “baby steps”, don’t cut! Statement Bangs are an all or nothing kind of deal. Attempting something in-between or starting with a thin layer of bangs may result in something more matronly than chic.

Remember,  when in doubt, consult, consult, consult!   A salon professional can help you determine what your best options are, what to expect, and how to achieve your desired results safely and effectively.

Here’s to 2016, a year of fabulous and exciting hair!

Lori Veltri Statement Bangs

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Holiday Hair Strobing!

As 2015 comes to a close, we think back to all the trends that have exploded on the scene and then faded as time passed.  Well, here’s the latest trend that may stick around for awhile and is sure to peak your interest!  With this fashion-forward technique you’ll be the hit not only at your holiday parties and linger through 2016 with a smash– It’s called Hair Strobing.

You may be familiar with makeup strobing, a familiar technique that Kim Kardashian has given rise to the mainstream.  It’s the art of contouring your face, which is blending the dark and light shades in order to take advantage of certain features while disguising others. In-the-know, hairstylists have now introduced Hair Strobing to their clients.   Similar to strategically adding highlighter to your face, adding highlights with deliberate and flattering placement to the hair is the ultimate goal.

Creating hair color is not a one-size-fits-all..  There are many shades and tones in your natural hair and skin that need to be considered  before complimenting colors can be added in order to enhance your features.  Hair strobing works for the face in a similar way as typical foil highlighting.   Strobing adds shimmer to the parts of the hair where light would naturally  hit, thus allowing focus and attention to the best features while minimizing others.  The clever placement and contrast of color two shades lighter and two shades darker than the natural hair is intertwined using wider ribbons to create the look.  Strobing is more piecey and blended than balyage with just the right balance.  Your hair will give the appearance of the sun’s natural-reflection.

If using permanent color or bleach on your hair isn’t something that appeals to you, consider adding hair extensions in the exact target colors you desire.  Hair extensions provide a non-chemical strobing look that is simple, achievable and non-damaging.  Use brighter colors for your spring and summer look, then tone down and use warmer colors for the fall and winter months.  When you are tired of the look, remove the extensions and start with a clean slate.  Hairdreams and Great Lengths hair extensions provides a plethora of colors and the ultimate and unparalleled quality of hair available.  Call for a no-obligation consultation and ring in the new year with a trend that’s sure to endure.  Most of all, the best part is saying your hair has been “strobed” !



Gratitude and Thanksgiving

In 2015, certain loved-ones faced, endured and conquered serious health issues.  This itself was monumental and I am continually grateful for their outcomes.

I am thankful for the opportunity to live and work in THE most beautiful area in the world. I have a roof over my head, food on my table and clothes to wear.

My family and friends continuously offer me inspiration, support and unconditional love which never goes unappreciated.  I am fortunate to have a career that never feels like work, even though hairstylist  is a position that is of service to others.  Clients enter Studio LV, allow me their trust to help them with their hair needs.  They  leave with a new look, information and products to care for their style, and feeling fabulous.  The exchange of satisfaction  makes me the lucky one!   My clients are wonderful individuals who also contribute a vast array of enlightenments and fulfillments to my life.  They continually inspire, therefore pushing me to become the best hairstylist I can be.  In return, I take a variety of educational classes and earn new certifications so I can thankfully  provide the latest services, products and technology offered.

I am thankful for being a part of the Platino Salon & Suites Team  which allows many opportunities.  The  beautiful salon enables me to work amongst the highest-qualified and creative hairstylists in Newport Beach who influence and motivate me.  My talented assistant provides help and support not only to me but to everyone who sits in my chair throughout the day, always with a smile.

Most of all, I have health and happiness.  What more can a girl be thankful for?