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Attention: ALL BEACH BUNNIES!!

Summer is here, the water is warm, and the drinks are cold. Time to grab your gal pals for some fun in the sun. Before you head to the pool or plunge into a lake or the ocean, check out these tips about how to keep your “mermaid beach waves” healthy and beautiful for the warm days and nights to follow!

We like to call these few tips and select haircare products our “SPF Heroes” because they help us raise the Summer Protection Factor for your hair keeping your locks healthy and strong.

PRE-SWIM

Because hair is porous like a sponge, it likes to soak up whatever it comes into contact with. Prior to submerging yourself under the waves, douse your hair in filtered or chlorine-free water. Needless to say, if your hair is already full of WATER, it will absorb less of the chemicals and salt from the pool and the ocean that make your hair dry and brittle.

Taking your pre-pool prep one step further, especially for those with naturally dry hair or for those of you who swim often, grab some Leave-In Conditioner by Bumble and bumble OR grab some old conditioner you’ve set aside and slather it all over your wet locks. This not only provides a barrier between the water and your precious hair, but it acts as a “masque” to treat your hair to repair and moisture as you have fun in the sun. Pay special attention to your mid-strand and ends where hair is most delicate. After coating with conditioner, twist up into a chic ballerina bun or sumo topknot to ensure you will be the hottest gal poolside.

For PREMIUM protection (and if your locks can’t withstand the heaviness of conditioner), snap up Aqua Seal by Kerastase. This spritz-in product forms a watertight seal around your hair shaft and offers the BEST protection of any pre-pool protection method out there.

POST POOL

After you slink in from the pool or dust the sand off of your bronzed legs, get ready for some of the best hair you’ve ever had!

If you didn’t apply conditioner to your hair before basking beside the pool, apply a generous amount of Hairdresser’s Oil by Bumble or Elixir Ultime from Kerastase to your mid-strands and ends. If you’re not in a rush to get ready for evening events, twist your hair up into a chic ballerina bun and let it dry. When you pull it down, find your part, shake out the twist, and grab your blowdryer to diffuse your hair into the biggest and best beach waves ever.

If you already slathered your hair in conditioner to protect it from the sun, one helluva blowout is on your horizon. No need to wash; if your beach bun dried in the sun, that’s perfect! Spritz your hair with Hairdresser’s Oil Primer or some Reactivating Mist (both by Bumble and bumble) to wake up your sleepy strands. Pull out your blowdryer and your boar bristle brush and put those skills you learned at our Blowdry Bootcamp to use. Your hair will end up soft, shiny, and smooth all because you showed your hair some love before stepping outside.

Just in case you are heading straight from the ocean to dinner, don’t fret. Your hair is already damp from the conditioner and ocean water so just mist those little fly-aways that surround your gorgeous face and get your blowdry on. The salt from the ocean will help speed your style along while the conditioner (that has been hugging your hair all day) keeps it safe and moisturized.

ALWAYS

The summer isn’t the only time we need to worry about damage to our hair from the sun and the elements, so there are a few things you can do to always protect your hair from environmental factors that cause hair erosion and breakage. First, always shampoo and condition with stylist-recommended professional haircare products. In particular, choose a wash-and-rinse that has some UV and color protection. This will help sustain your color services longer and keep the tones true between salon visits.Also, use a thermal protector before using a blowdryer or hot tools. These products keep your hair safe from damage caused by daily styling. Lastly, try to style your hair with products that are “SPF-approved” by your stylist.

Our favorite products are in the Soliel and Chroma Captive line presented by Kerastase as well as the Hairdresser’s Oil and Color Minded lines by Bumble. Also, pick up your thermal protectors: Nectar Thermique or Chroma Thermique by Kerastase or Styling Lotion and Does it All or Spray de Mode hairspray by Bumble. Utilize these (and all the expert products made by Kerastase and Bumble) to have the #besthairofyourlife!

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Classic Style is Eternal

Can you believe that it is already Thanksgiving?!  This year has just flown by and our winter holidays are right around the corner.  The holidays bring us dinners, cocktail events, corporate holiday parties, and get-togethers not to mention all of the social and charitable events to raise money and awareness for our local (and global) causes.

With so much to do and so little time, we find that the day-to-evening transition gets shorter and shorter (if it even exists at all).  Focusing on a simple, classic style is the key to an effortless chic appearance in the boardroom and in the ball room.  Our friends at www.stylelist.com helped us by doing all of the leg work.  They went through the 1950’s and found us some of the best hair that is still translateable today.

If you don’t want to commit to a 24/7 style straight out of the American Golden Age, then you can use some of the styles as inspiration to help get you ready for all of your social obligations and frivolities.  Try a primly waved bob (or faux-bob for our long haired friends), a Rockabilly Quif (which is a fun UK term for a “pompadour”), or a sleek and simple ponytail.  You will be the talk of your friends with an endless source of inspiration for great style through the coming holiday season.

Check out the story and pick your favorite.  If you find trouble achieving a style or just want to have fun, join BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing for our 3rd annual “Blowdry Bootcamp” where our stylists will take some time to teach you how to give yourself the ultimate round brush blowdry, a never-will-fall top knot, beautiful mermaid waves, or a pin-straight style for a modern look.  Join us on the up-coming Fridays for wine, appetizers, and style instruction.

Friday, November 18  |  5pm-7pm

Friday, November 25  |  5pm-7pm

Friday, December 5th |  5pm-7pm

Call the salon today to reserve your 1-hour instructional session with Omaha’s premier hairdressers, 402.934.8727.

http://www.bellasugar.com/Most-Famous-Hairstyles-1950s-15138883

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Rose Gold… Hair

The expert stylists at BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing have fallen in love with this season’s hottest trend; ROSE GOLD. From it’s inception, the stylists have embraced the rosey hue whether it is found in a rose gold watch, shimmery rose gold nails, a metallic rose gold shirt or- you guessed it- awesome rose gold hair.

Creating this luxe result with classic hairdressing techniques is a process for specialized colorists.  The result is effortless and beautiful.  Champagne, blush, and pink colored colored hair create an unexpected burst of soft femininity that pairs nicely with rich fall hues.

During this year’s Fashion Week runway shows in New York, Peter Som enlisted Wella stylists to infuse panels of varying rose-gold tones in each model’s hair that coordinated with his designs seamlessly.  At BUNGALOW/8, our colorists have the tools (including professional Wella color), technique (we call it advanced education), and expertise (also dubbed “experience”) to translate this hot trend from runway to real-world.

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Bombshell Blowout

Getting the perfect blowout that lasts is a combination of skill, tools, and practice!  Here, we will help outline what you need to achieve an awesome style in no time flat!

Soft Tools:  These include Foundation products from Bumble and bumble like Prep or Tonic.  Also, Structure products such as Styling Lotion with minimal hold and maximum shine, Thickening Hairspray with no hold and tons of volume, or Styling Creme with intense density help build in shine, hold, volume, or density easily and effectively.  Last, but not least, we have our Texture products to add gloss and glam such as Grooming Creme, Brilliantine, and Defrizz.  Combo these products together to find your magical mix of blowout beauty.

Hard Tools:  The brush makes or breaks a great blowout.  It is important to make sure that the brush you are using is perfect for your hair-type and for what you are trying to achieve.  For fine hair, we always recommend a ceramic brush with nylon bristles that prevent snags and pulling while speeding up drying time.  For normal/medium hair types trying to create volume, a boar bristle brush like Bumble’s Round Brush or Monroe’s Grand Gala and Etiquette are the perfect choice.  For thick coarse or curly hair, a brush with a mixture of boar bristle and nylon bristles is ideal.  Monroe’s Latina Envy is precisely what you need to smooth frizz, add volume, and create curl.  Last, but certainly not least, for the perfect smooth, straight blowout, a flat brush is what you need for normal-thick hair types.  Oliva Garden’s COMBO brush or Bumble’s award winning Flat Brush makes straight hair a snap (without a flatiron).  One round brush made just for smooth, straight styles is Monroe’s Glamour brush for colored hair clients looking for a great straight finish.  For our fine haired friends, a 7-row or vent brush is perfect for “wrap drying” into a smooth, silky finish.

Blowdryer:  As surprising as it may seem, blowdryers ARE different.  The right blowdryer can last you for years by giving you heat and wind-speed options while promising integrity through 2 year warranties.  Solono Blowdryers are professional level dryers that carry our “seal of approval” for helping you achieve the Bombshell Blowout.  Make sure you have a directional attachment for your nozzle to direct the air flow down the hair shaft to seal and smooth each hair perfectly.

(One word of wisdom, if you are having difficulty controlling both the brush and the blowdryer, check to see what hand is holding the brush.  Since you need more movement using the brush, hold it in your dominate hand.  The blowdryer typically shouldn’t move very much; keeping it pointed down the hair shaft in one direction is all you need to do.  As such, hold it in your less dominate hand since you don’t need to manipulate the blowdryer as much as the brush.)

We have added a link to some great styling videos from hair hero Luke Hersheson who is a stylist hailing from jolly old England.  Check out the “Perfect Blowdry” video to give you a step-by-step instruction to look your bombshell best!  Also, scheduling an appointment with your favorite hairdresser for a “Blowdry Bootcamp” will allow you to bring in your brushes and blowdryers so our experts can help you achieve a great style with the products you already have at home!!

The Perfect Blowdry

Yours in style,

BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing

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Day to Evening Styles : Buns and Braids

Have you ver struggled with creating a bun or (more properly known as) chignon?  Do you ever wish you could get a voluminous, thick-looking updo with fine hair?  We think we have your answer to creating a look that is appropriate for work, perfect for evening, spot-on for casual (but put-together) weekends, and just plain grocery store awesome.  Amazingly enough, this look is simply created using a tube sock (preferably clean).  When we found this awesome website that has cool clothes, a pretty funny blog, and some useful  info about the goings-on around town (if you’re in New York, that is), we were instantly hooked.  The thing that hooked us was this blog post about creating fullness out of almost nothingness.  Check out the step-by-step process of making some great buns (hun) then let us know how it all turned out!!  (Photos are appreciated at info@bungalow8omaha.com)  Opening Ceremony’s website is http://www.openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=4149.

Braids, braids, braids… they are everywhere this season.  Braids are an easy creation that can go from elbow grease to evening finesse just like that.  Also, after you pull out your plaits, you have awesome texture and wave.  Braid a ponytail and wrap into a slicked-back ballerina bun, fishtail for a boho-chic look, or  french braid a “waterfall” for something different while keeping your hair down.  (Waterfall tutorial on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FElGSmYPjWM)  Braids are great for something easy, a last minute day-to-evening, and to simply keep your bangs out of your eyes (think braid headband).  Google “braids” and “hair plaits” and see the myriad of possibilities for this simple, yet elegant, style.

Yours in style,

BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing

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Omaha Fashion Week is here!!

Omaha Fashion Week is here and that means designers, stylists, models, and make-up artists are in full swing to produce a show worthy of a New York tent!  Sunday night kicked off the week with an industry appreciation party at Nomad downtown to thank the City’s stylists and make-up artists for their hard work in the coming weeks.For the second show in a row, BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing is honored to provide hairdressing for two of Omaha’s premier designers, Joi Joison and Tiffany Headley.  Joi will be showing her collection including both men’s and women’s designs at Nomad on Friday, 8/26.  Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 8pm.

Tiffany Headley is opening Saturday’s finale show with her second collection over the 4-year history of Omaha Fashion Week.  This year, Tiffany is excited to bring even more glitz and glam to the runway with hairdressing provided by BUNGALOW/8. 
 
We have the impressive honor to give you all a sneak peek of Ms. Headley’s work.  As a finalist for the cover contest for Omaha’s Fashion Magazine (being released this week) Tiffany had some photos of her work that she was able to give us to leak to you!!  As you can see, her aesthetic is part party, part high-end, part flirty… each piece creates a full collection of great clothes.
 
Join us this week at Nomad for the Friday and Saturday night shows.  Information and other details about each show, including ticket information, is always available at www.omahafashionweek.com.  There you will find driving directions, times, and ticket links.  Make sure you dress to impress!
 
Also, make sure you check out Tiffany Headley on Facebook: Donna Faye Couture.  We will see you on the runway!
 

Yours in style,
 
BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing

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Dustin Hajek loves…

Stylist and Brow Specialist Dustin Hajek returns to us from visiting Bumble University in New York City this week with exciting enthusiasm for hairdressing.  As part of our Educator-duo, Dustin is our Team Leader who translates style, product knowledge, and inspiration from The House of Bumble to our salon in Omaha.  Doing this, Dustin keeps our hairdressers excited, motivated, and creative.  While he was in New York, he was on the look-out for trends and up-coming fall ideas.  Below, Dustin has added in some of his new obsessions for life.

His first obsession is with s’mores cupcakes at Peel’s in New York.  This dainty restaurant is known for their dessert menu, but serve up excellent lunch and dinner as well.  On the corner of Bowery and East 2nd Street, this hotspot can take care of your sweet tooth easily (that is, if you have enough room left over from dinner)!  Being featured in the NYTimes, by Urbanspoon, and being Zagat rated speak highly of this East Village eatery.  Check out the story from the New York Times and swing by for a cupcake or corndogs the next time you’re in the neighborhood.  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/03/dining/reviews/03rest.html

Another of Dustin’s recent obsessions is the return to luxe fabrics and clothing embellishments for fall and winter.  In the up-coming collections of designers such as Elie Saab, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, and Nina Ricci, you will find fabrics with pattern, velvet, and embroidery.  Jewels, gems, and beading add to the richness of designs hitting the runway for the fall/winter 2011-2012 season.  To preview upcoming looks, or check out past runway shows, www.style.com feeds your inner fashionista and keeps you in-the-know when it comes to clothes, shoes, jewelry, or the catwalk.

When it comes to hair, Dustin is in love with any type of texture.  Beachy waves, natural curl, or a really great fashion perm really makes him happy.  One thing he is grooving on is pulling hair up and away into messy chignons, ponytails, top-knots, or simply wrapping it up with a scarf, bandanna, or handkerchief.  Nichole Richie in the picture above takes an Alexander McQueen scarf   it around her forehead to keep bangs at bay and make a fashion statement, all at the same time.  Look in your closet (or grandma’s closet for that matter) and start wrapping your hair in bold colors, patterns, or in CHEVRON!

Chevron is Dustin’s biggest crush right now.  Missoni for Target is slated to have great finds at reasonable prices beginning in September!  Get a chevron rug and put it in a room with a monochromatic chevron painted wall while wrapping yourself in a chevron blanket sipping out of a chevron embellished coffee mug.  The timeless pattern can be translated anywhere and is being found everywhere.  Keep your eye on www.target.com for Missoni’s up-coming collection and check out the Internet for everything chevron!!

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Welcome!!

Welcome to the beginning of a great friendship!  As the Beauty Authority in Omaha, we find it our responsibility to bring you information about make-up, fashion, people, trends, and (of course) hair.  The awesome thing is that we are not going to stop there.  We will be bringing you amazing details about art, home, fun foods and restaurants, quirky websites, and places to find all kinds of information.

You can say that we may just become your best friend, a big (or little) sister you never had, a helpful neighbor, the know-it-all from work, or just someone you can rely on to be the most fabulous team you know.  We are dedicated to continually have new and fresh information that is sources from the talented hairdressers that we have on staff to help you be the most glamorous, stylish, and in-the-know person everywhere you go.

We look forward to your feedback, comments, and posts to let us know if our content is helpful in your daily lives.  Also, we welcome your feedback about your own loves, lusts, successes, and little gems of information.  Let’s think of this BLOG as a think-tank.  A place that can be a melting pot of style (just like America).

Yours in style,

BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing

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