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How To: Style your Long Bob for Summer!

Summer is the perfect time to try out a brand new hairstyle. For many of us, switching up our hair involves cutting some of it off! I recently did just that, opting for a long bob style courtesy of Master Stylist Karen Lino. If you’ve also jumped on the bandwagon of the long bob trend, read on for a few ways to style your new do this summer!

Curl it Up

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Jourdan Dunn – who technically has a full on bob, but I love her and had to feature her here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have straight hair like me, I suggest letting your hair air dry after washing it to minimise the amount of heat you’re going to apply. You can always use a round brush for some extra volume when it’s almost dry. Next, take a 3/4 to 1 inch curling iron and curl big sections of hair going in opposite directions. You’ll want your face framing pieces to be curled away from your face. Finger brush out the curls to finish!

For curly haired girls, you may need to straighten out your hair prior to curling. Better yet, embrace your natural curl with a curl enhancing product like Kevin Murphy’s Killer Curls!

Sleek and Straight

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Jessica Alba

Once again, I like to let my hair air dry before straightening it to avoid using a ton of heat. Although my hair is naturally straight, I use a straightening iron if I want a really sleek look. I curved my ends in slightly but not so much that they look rounded.

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For curly hair, blow drying your hair with a large round brush before flat-ironing may be optimal. Curly haired Stylist Karen loves using Living Proof’s Style Lab Satin Hair Serum before blow-drying her hair straight!

Messy and Textured

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 

Bring on the beach hair! For this look, I first scrunched up my wet hair with Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort and let it air dry. I then took a flat iron and added random bends into my hair, all directed away from my face. I like using a flat iron for this particular style because I find I have more control over the wave I am creating and where I want the bend, compared to when I use a curling iron.

For curly haired girls, I suggest you straighten out your hair before the above steps. Alternatively, you can once again embrace your natural texture! Try using Kevin Murphy’s Smooth Again to eliminate any frizz and then use a flat iron to manipulate your curl.

 

Try these hairstyles and products out on your new long bob haircut and let us know what you think!

 

Blog by Alice Kapune.

Celebrity photos from Google images. 

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Frizz is Your Friend!

Many of our clients come in during the summer with one major problem – frizz. Do not dread this ‘F’ word because we have tips to turn frizz into your friend!

Ottawa is having a summer of all types of weather; from sweltering sun to rain storms that soak you down. What can we do to protect our tresses from damage and having a mind of its own?

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Depending on your type of hair, there are many options. However, every type of hair can benefit from hydration with the correct shampoo and conditioner. Our clients come back time and time again for Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate Me Wash and Rinse. This product is extremely smoothing and hydrating to the point of saying bye-bye to your split ends! Being packed with antioxidants, it retains the hairs moisture and leaves your hair feeling smooth, repaired and radiant. Also, one of our favourite products because it is sulphate and paraben-free!

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You may also opt for a similar product in Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. This will be a perfect amount of hydration for more fine hair. It will aid in taming your frizz and keeping your hair feeling and looking soft!

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If you have any type of curl in your hair, we recommend you enhance your. During the day, this weather will likely turn your hair from straight back to its curls regardless. Kevin Murphy’s Motion Lotion will go beyond controlling your frizz, by not weighing your hair down. You do not need a lot of this product – a dollop the size of a nickel in your palm for mid-length hair will be just enough. Rub between your palms and apply from the mid-length to the ends of your hair. Scrunch and twist your ends to define your curls. This product also provides UV protection which is critical against sun damage and to retain colour!

300To further enhance your curl (or to create beach-like waves) in your hair, we recommend finishing with Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Texturing Sea Spray. It will aid in volume and refreshing your curls. It has been voted as the Best of Beauty in 2011 by Allure Beauty Expert.

Feel free to leave a comment and we will answer your  hair questions!
We are always available for advice or hair consultation during our operating hours.

By Amanda Vagners
a.vagners@hairrepublic.ca

Treat Your Hair With Some Love!

Feeling like your hair may not be up to its highest standards for Valentine’s Day? We are all trying to combat the winter woes for our tresses. Below, we have Hair Republic Salon’s recommended products for hydrating treatments that that will help with damage, breakage and dryness!

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KEVIN MURPHY BORN.AGAIN.MASQUE
It has a perfect blend of pure botanicals that provides nutrition and nourishment to the hair. Apply to washed hair and massage into hair and scalp or throw a cap over it and leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse.

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Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair RESCUE
Sleep with damaged/color treated hair and wake up with results. Remember, the more you use it the more results you will notice!

Let’s not forget putting on heat protectant before using any kind of heat tool onto your hair. Your hair will love you for this!

 

Now that your hair is back to its nourished state and ready to style, we have some looks that will drop hearts this Valentine’s Day!

Be Straight-Up Sexy!

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Straighten your hair for a sleeker look or go for a blowout for more volume and body.

Flourish With Some Curl!

 

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Be romantic in some curls. The bigger the curling iron rod, the bigger the curl! Brush them out for a looser look or grab smaller sections of hair for tighter curls.

Give Your Hair A Romantic Boost!

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Show your sweet side with a simple up-do! Make a braid into a headband or leave some hair pieces out framing your face for a sexier feel. Half hair up-do’s work too!

Feeling a bit more like a daring darling this valentine’s day? Blush in these styles!
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Throw on some pink Kevin Murphy color bug on your ends or add some pink/red peek-a-boos!

By Jeanne Nguyen
New Talent Stylist at Hair Republic | Salon