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Updo Your Hair and Wear It Like a Celebrity

Updo Your Hair and Wear It Like a Celebrity

Formal events like prom, evening gown parties, weddings, red carpet events and the like require elegant hairstyle. Of course, what good is a beautiful dress if the hair-do does not match. No matter how long or straight or wavy or silky your hair is, you cannot just wear it as it is when attending formal events, you need to style it. The most preferred and probably most stand-out style is called the updo. It is a method of arranging hair which aims to have it pointing upward.

Commonly worn by celebrities and models, the updo has gained further popularity in the past, it is even often worn casually by those who have the privilege of spending more time grooming. So if you wish to impress peers by walking out of your apartment with new and elegant hairstyle, you may want to pick the style that best suits you first. Here are some popular types of updo that you can do to have that pop-star look.



Yep, you read that right, a ponytail can be an updo if done right. Add elegance to your usual ponytail by integrating a few additions such as curls, tiny braids, waves, bangs, accessories or a simple higher angle. Though most worn for the purpose of comfort over style, your ponytail shouldn’t be boring, get creative and add life to it.



Its name derived from a French word which means nape, the hairstyle involves looping long hair to an elegant knot just above the nape, hence the name. It may or may not be secured by an accessory to add more to the looks.


Although it sometimes seems more common worn by men nowadays, the bun was first been popularized by ladies in Europe during the 17th It involves tying up hair to form a small and secured knot somewhere between the 80-40 degree angle of the back of the head.

Headscarves and headbands

Now don’t go on thinking headscarves are outdated. If you are on the go yet still want to look fashionable, headscarves are your friend. You can use them to keep voluminous hair stable while looking selfie-ready. Same thing with headbands, use them to make messy and rushed buns look runway-worthy.

French Twist

One of the most difficult yet neat hairstyles on the list. It is done by gathering hair then twisted upwards and secured by an accessory. Trust us, it is not as easy as it sounds, probably the reason why this updo is mostly only seen during actual formal ceremonies.


First popularised in the 60s and now becoming popular once more thanks to pop stars like Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga. The style is done by piling up hair into a conical fashion on top of the head, resembling a beehive.

Faux Hawk

It’s like a mohawk except you don’t really have the sides. You instead use elastics and bobby pins to gather hair at the top centre to resemble hairstyle where it got its name from. This one is more suitable for shorter hair.


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Styling Like a Boss: Best Hair Products for Men

Well-styled hair can spell confidence, and also makes the wearer ooze charisma. Therefore, it is an unspoken rule to always care for and style hair. This is not only for women but for men as well. Though not always accurate, hair style can be great indicator of personality, this is due to the fact that preferred hair style reflects how a person carries himself. Spiky hair exhumes an air of rebellion, brushed-up style suggests confidence, while long hair for men is mostly associated with creativity. So when you do pick a hairstyle, pick one that suits your personality.

Now depending on the length and style, fixing hair may not be as easy as it seems. Though men’s hair is not as complicated as that of the ladies, longer hair can take up to half an hour to style especially if you do not know which product to use. Below is a list of products that men can use to achieve and maintain that suave look with their hair.


Wax – Most popular among all products and has since replaces gel in the top stop since the 21st Works best for shorter hair, though it is also applicable to tousled or messy style. Should be applied to dry hair to achieve best results. Gives medium hold and can either be shiny or matte.


Pomade – Popularised in the early 1990s, now pomade is used mostly in barbershops due to their easy to apply and easy to remove nature. Pomade is water based, unlike clay which is dry hence it is sure to come with a shine. Provides moderate to strong hold yet it is rarely used on long hair. Mostly used to achieve brushed-up results.



Gel – Probably the one with the strongest hold among all products, though it is not as hard to remove as wax. Gel provides an incredibly solid hold with a nice smooth shine. More applicable to longer hairstyles. Best applied to damp, towel-dried hair so as to not make your hair feel cemented.


Styling Cream –  Light hold with a little shine, best suited for medium to moderately long hair whose style does not demand many eccentricities. It does not lock hair in place hence adds an aura of resilience to style. Can be partnered with blow drying for better results.


Paste – No time to dry hair? Then perhaps the paste is best for you since it provides medium hold even for wet hair. The paste is preferred for messy and layered style, though it must be applied to dry hair to achieve such results.

Dry Shampoo – Styling does not begin in front of the mirror, it starts in the shower. Dry shampoo can absorb excess oil and prevent that greasy feeling. Dry shampoo also adds a little volume to hair so as to make styling a lot easier.


In today’s look-conscious generation, hair is a crowning glory not only for women but for men as well. Hence, it is essential to take care of hair and use to your advantage. A well-kempt hair boosts confidence and adds points to grooming. Avoid the hazards or priming and mind your hair now.

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Blow-drying at Home: What Can You Do?

True, hair is not meant to absorb too much heat. Regularly subjecting hair to it can cause damage to both the hair and the scalp. Though more complicated methods like flat ironing and curl ironing aren’t something that you necessarily do every day, blow-drying is often a consistent habit. Aside from the fact that it speeds up drying, blow dried hair is more docile and can be easier to style. It is worth noting that due to its advantages, more and more people actually consider it an option. Now if it cannot be avoided, and blow-drying is a must, be sure to remember these points to as to minimise damage to your hair.


Don’t do it every day – Let your hair take a break from blow-drying every now and again. Consider doing it only once a week when it is really needed and don’t become dependent on it.

Do it the right way – Grab a brush and use it to trace areas of your hair from root to tip. As you run the brush down through your hair, point the dryer nozzle directly above it hitting your hair in the process. Doing this will not only dry your hair faster, it will also straighten or style your hair when it does. Choose a good brush though, since it could affect your styling. While cylindrical brushes like the Ceramic hot brush adds more control, vented ones like the Cricket static free can dry hair faster since the blower’s air can pass through the vents. You can get both at Total Beauty Supplies. 











Use a good blower – Now, once you realise that you must only do it sparingly and have chosen a good brush to partner with your blower, it’s time to choose your blower. While it is true that they can all dry hair, some have added features that you may find interesting. Take for example; the ETI 3.2 is a lighter and quite design, yet it has different levels of heat which suit different hairstyles and length. ETI Turbo Dryer 2000 with smoother yet stronger airflow that provides 30% more drying power than other dryers.



Finish with a blast of cold air – This will help retain shine and controllability of hair. It also provides a sense of comfort for the scalp. So when picking out a hair dryer, pick one that has the cold air feature.

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Quick Fix for Damaged Hair

In today’s body-conscious world, hair says a lot about not only women but men as well. Hair can either make or break one’s personal grooming. Beautiful well-kept hair can up your style sense while unkempt hair can ruin your overall appearance. With all of the hair care treatments available, it is not uncommon for someone to have damaged hair. Those jagged strands and split ends can really be annoying if not downright damaging to one’s esteem. Hence, it is apparent to care and repair damaged hair. Here are a few tips to remember in caring for damaged hair:


  1. Give your hair a break – At least once a week avoid applying any products or using direct heat onto it. Just like you need a vacation and a break from work every once in a while, your hair could use some rest and time to breathe.
  2. Use good shampoo – As tedious as it may sound, you may need to scrutinise what goes into that shampoo. Protein can add strength to hair so do check out protein rinse products. The herbal complex shampoo is less harmful to hair with its natural properties, and partner is with herbal complex conditioner for better results. 


  3. Straighten and smoothen – Keratin is not only good for those who want long straight hair, it has properties that can strengthen and smoothen hair as it grows. Protect and nurture your crowning glory with this wonder product.


  4. Use oil – With so many different oils that expert claim to help heal hair, it is easy to get lost. Among all these, Argan oil is proven to have to most benefits. Aside from strengthening scalp and eliminating dandruff, Argan oil can repair split ends add an extra layer of protection against blow drying and ironing. Argan oil is easy to come by at Total Beauty Solutions.Amir Argan Oil


  5. BeeswaxIf you indeed need to use styling products, choose one that contains beeswax. Not only is beeswax and effective styling agent, it also smoothens and moisturises hair. Beeswax also has properties that prevent moisture from escaping hence, preventing hair drying. Styling products with beeswax are easy to come by here.
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Types of Brushes and What to Use Them For

Huge part of grooming is how you handle your hair. No matter how good you look, un-kept hair can ruin your style. And speaking of keeping your hair, there is one essential item for doing so; the brush or the comb. Brushes may come in a variety of style and sizes, and while some may think they all serve the same purpose, different styles actually have different specialties. Here is a guide to what brush or comb you should use for specific situations.


ROUND BRUSHGives hair more lift for a more wavy style, round brushes are more suited for layered hair.


TEASING BRUSHOnce upon a time, this brush was only used by stylists, now everyone uses it. As the name implies, this brush is for teasing to add extra volume to your hair to create amazing styles straight from Youtube.


CERAMIC ROUND BRUSHThis brush gives users big curls, it is safer than curling iron since it does not apply heat.


DENMAN BRUSHThe most common and popular brush, this brush is actually more suited for short haired girls since it can straighten and provide a slight bend at the bottom.


WOODEN BRUSHESA favourite of many stylists, this brush offers tension and control. It has a stronger yet smoother grip than most brushes.


VENT BRUSHPerfect for those in a hurry, the heat from the blow dryer can pass right through the vent. However, it is awful in styling since if offers less control.


PADDLE BRUSHYet another popular design, the paddle brush is actually perfect for detangling hair, particularly thick hair. Also, great for blow-drying straight hair.


DETANGLING BRUSHSimilar to the paddle brush but with a round design, this brush is suited for detangling dry hair.


HEAT RESISTANCE COMB – Used to guide hair after passing through a flat iron.


TALL COMB – The fine teeth and pointed end allow for a more dramatic styling. Mostly used with styling agents such as wax and others.


WIDE TOOTH COMB Used to detangle hair in the shower. Can be used on all hair types but is a perfect match with curly hair.

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