A Tour of Short Hair Inspiration

When it comes to hair, among many things in life, it can be difficult to know what you want until you see it! Do you want short hair? That depends on how one defines short. Do you want a high-maintenance cut? Not necessarily, but your inspiration board may tell a different story. Generally speaking though, most of us know if we want an above-the-shoulder cut or if we want to keep the inches growing.

That being said, we curated a list of ten above-the-shoulder looks all colored, cut, and styled by our beauty team to give you some ideas for your next hair decision.

The Long Shag (Think Alexa Chung)

hair by @ curlycosiqueen
hair by @ curlycosiqueen

Tapered Pixie

hair by  @s.bryzow

hair by @s.bryzow

The beauty of a tapered pixie is that the long front layers still allow you to add texture and play with different styles on the daily. The length on the side of the pixie can vary, but we’re really loving this luxe rock-n-roll look by Bryzow!

The Tousled Pixie (Great To Play w/ Volume)

Short, Defined Curls

hair by  @slbkny

hair by @slbkny

The key to nailing a short haircut with curls is making sure you have the perfect products to undercut the frizz and keep the locks defined. We love the bounce to a short, curly cut!

The Lob…Great For Low Maintenance!

hair by  @locuraroja33
hair by  @locuraroja33

Traditional Bob

hair by @ lizzybunnytail

The classic bob is always a statement piece. Stylist Liz Taille gave the ends of this cut a little curl that helps frame the face and give the hair more volume!

The Pompadour

hair by  @torres6555

hair by @torres6555

hair by  @torres6555

hair by @torres6555

Short, Piecey Pixie

hair by  @shirleyhagel

There’s little room for doubt when going for a short pixie, but the plunge is well worth it! To maintain a haircut this length, it’s recommended that you visit the salon every 4 weeks for a trim. The piecey layers in the front can be defined like the one styled here or can also be cut to blend in more, depending on your preference!

The Undercut

Micro Bob

The micro bob is an edgier take on a classic. It’s a perfect fit for curly and straight hair alike and is great to be paired with fringe to help balance out the length and face-framing.

Hair Accessories Are Here For Another Season

Hair accessories are not just a fashion decision, but when paired with some creative problem solving, can take one of your worst hair days and make it a little bit sweeter. Imagine tucking your flyaways behind a headband, side-sweeping your short layers with a pearl bobby pin, elevating your bed-head ponytail with a silk scarf. Accessories are finally being seen as more than just an add-on item, they can be the answer to our daily hair woes.

All summer long, celebrities and street style influencers donned puffy, silk and velvet headbands inspired by Prada’s Spring 2019 runway and the perfect oversized hair clips to offset the mundanity of their regular hair routines. As the first inklings of fall begin, we’re predicting the hair accessory craze is staying for the long-haul. That’s why we’ve compiled inspiration photos from our favorite influencers who utilize hair accessories in a way that’s both fashion and ease.

Danielle Bernstein | @weworewhat

One of our accessory inspirations comes from influencer and entrepreneur Danielle Bernstein. Her oversized baby blue clip is the perfect trick and style piece to pull back her face-framing layers that otherwise would be too short to tuck into a ponytail. It’s functional and easy to manage, plus it gets the hair out of your face on a busy day

We found some similar clips for you here, if you’re feeling inspired!

Julie Sariñana | @sincerelyjules

The ponytail scarf is one of our personal favorite hair trends, and influencer Julie Sariñana, is a master at styling it. This accessory is particularly useful if you need a quick hair fix or don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to your hair routine in the morning. It elevates the classic ponytail to bohemian chic. Not to mention, scarves come in all prints and colors so it’s a great way to add a punch of color to your outfit.

Hannah Fallis Bronfman | @hannahbronfman

Now, we figured if one is going to invest in some beautiful scarves, there should be multiple ways to purpose them! We love the way lifestyle influencer and DJ, Hannah Fallis Bronfman, styled hers. There are endless ways to tie a scarf as a headband, but learning how to tie a few solid knots and a bow will go a long way. It’s great volume, and volume is always a bonus!

Camila Coelho | @camilacoelho

Next up on the inspiration board is Camila Coelho, influencer and fashion designer, as she wears a velvet headband with a strong and slick side part.

One of our pro tips to get this look is to spray your brush or comb with hairspray and “set” the hair that will be displayed in front of the headband. This will keep it smooth and frizz free and get that sleek look.

Vashtie Kola | @vashtie

DJ and music video director, Vashtie, is the perfect inspiration for some bedazzled bobby pin symmetry. From diamond pins to pearls, this is a great look that is playful and confident. Our pro tip is that when you step out of the shower, if you want your wispy hairs and shorter layers to dry flat this is a great option. Bobby pin and go! Hairspray helps, too.

Want to try the look? Here is one of our bobby pin recommendations.

Lazy Girl Waves With A Flatiron

Lazy Waves. Beach Hair. The S Wave. These are just a few of the names the beauty industry and Internet have coined for those loose, almost not there curls that have taken everyone’s Instagram feeds by storm. They look effortless, but we all know it takes time, energy, and the right technique to pull off the “I woke up like this,” effect. Tousled, undone waves aren’t new, but the latest rendition, called S Waves, can be achieved with your flatiron, which already makes them the perfect wave technique when you’re on a time crunch, traveling, or if you need a low maintenance routine. When learning a new styling practice it can feel a bit daunting , and trust us when we say, we’ve been there! But with some practice and following our guide we hope it makes it a little easier for you to achieve the waves you want.

Why the Flatiron?

**IMPORTANT NOTE: make sure your flatiron has rounded edges. That’s essential for using it to curl!

The beauty of S waves is that you can use a flatiron OR a curling wand to achieve the look, but today we’re going to talk specifically about how to use a flatiron. Why a flatiron? Curling wands make more of a pronounced wave, and we’re trying to achieve as minimalist of a wave possible. It’s also economical and when traveling you’ll only have to pack one heating tool!

Don’t Crank The Heat, At First

If you’re new to using your flatiron as a curling tool, start by lowering the heat level while you get the hang of the technique. It’ll take two, three, even five times to nail the angle and speed of the twisting motion and also avoid the much despised crease line that flatirons can make if you hold it in one spot too long.

STEP 1

Section your hair in a way that feels most comfortable to you and so it’s easy to handle. The size of your flatiron will determine how large of sections you can curl at a time. If you have a 1” flatiron, we recommend curling 1” sections at a time. This will help make the heat more evenly distributed and the waves more defined.

STEP 2

Clamp your 1” section of hair and in a smooth motion twist the flatiron so the hair semi-wraps around the flatiron’s body and pull down. Think of your wrist twisting in a roughly 180 degree circle. The more you twist the hair around the flatiron, the tighter the curl. This is the motion you should practice a few times on the low level heat.

Important note: release your hair from the flatiron before reaching your strand ends. It helps keep the curls less structured and avoids a lot of heat damage.

STEP 3

Don’t feel pressure to make every wave perfect. The beauty of this style is that it’s supposed to look natural — some hair strands more wavy than others and vice versa.

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How To Maintain Long, Healthy Hair

Hair maintenance is essential no matter how long your hair cascades, but for those with longer locks a steady hair-care regimen can eliminate the struggle of breakage, dullness, and stunted hair growth. If you're new to the idea of a daily hair-care routine, the idea can feel a bit daunting. But don't worry! These tips won't add more than 15 minutes to your daily care . Here are five tips on how to maintain healthy hair, pick and choose, or incorporate all five into your beauty routine. You won't regret it and your hair will be glowing!

1. Upgrade Your Hair Brush

 

Photo by stylist @samoslyn

Photo by stylist @samoslyn

Think of your hair brush as your biggest tool to building the foundation for your healthy hair. Long hair is more prone to breakage and a great hair brush will smooth the hair shaft and reduce friction. What happens when you get split ends? Although split ends are common, they are also avoidable with regular haircuts and reliable tools. We recommend purchasing a wet hairbrush, which is made specifically to comb hair after a shower (when your hair is most fragile and likely to split) as well as a wide-tooth comb which also minimizes stress to hair roots. The important thing to note is that the longer split ends are ignored the worst split ends become. They'll continue to split higher up on the hair shaft, which will later only require more work to clean up. Come schedule a haircut with us if you're worried about split ends!

 2. Hair Masks Are Your New Best Friend

 

Protein is essential to growing long hair that is also healthy. What's the easiest way to pack in a healthy amount of protein to your roots? A hair mask, once a week. Aveda's Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque is perfect to apply and quick to use with a sitting time of 2-5 minutes. If you feel like your hair needs an extra dose of protein, spring for Aveda's Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment. It's packed with quinoa (amazing, we know!)  and it will undoubtedly build your strands back up so they are as strong as they are beautiful.

 

3. Use Proper Technique When Blow Drying

Any heat to the hair will cause damage, but there's ways to reduce the stress put on your hair with proper technique. When blow drying, make sure to keep the hair dryer 3 inches away from your hair and point the nozzle downwards. It's also best if you use a low-heat setting. Creating that distance from your hair will help limit overheating and by pointing the nozzle downwards (not sideways) it will keep the shaft smooth and frizz-free.

photo by Parlor stylist @s.bryzow

photo by Parlor stylist @s.bryzow

4. Ponytails

Ponytails: they are your friend and foe. Now before we get ahead of ourselves, we're not suggesting to annex ponytails altogether! That'd be sacrilege,  but it is good to know that pulling your hair into a tight updo on the daily will cause breakage at the elastic line. Consider updating your elastic bands with softer hair band options, such as the now-popular "telephone-cord" hair rings. They are totally giving us 90s Spice Girl vibes, but in the best way possible. See an example, here.

 

5. Avoid Over Shampooing

This final tip may be the easiest because it requires the least amount of energy. Limit your shampooing to  2-3 times a week. The natural oils that our scalps produces stimulates hair growth and will provide the protein your hair needs to stay strong and shiny. Shampooing too often drys out the hair and leaves it more brittle than when you started! Also, don't skip on the conditioner! We're trying to make the hair as lush as possible and conditioning always helps. If you're worried about your hair looking too oily, grab a dry shampoo to help out. Aveda has a great one, available here, and in our two salons.

photo by Parlor stylist @shirleyhagel

photo by Parlor stylist @shirleyhagel

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Books That Will Make You Rethink the Beauty Industry

Nowadays all it takes is a few scrolls on a phone to find inspiration for your next hair transformation, makeup rendez vous, and the motivation and guidance to achieve it all. Beauty bloggers, hair salons, and makeup artists from around the world are accessible with a simple tap on our smartphones, which is perfect when in search for a new updo or cut, but trust us when we say these books on beauty will change the way you think of "beauty" as a philosophy, as a routine, as everything.

Endless amounts of information outside of the Twitter-sphere exist on hair and makeup and the beauty industry as a whole, but it can be difficult to sift through the chaos and find that perfect read.  Let's go beyond the 5-minute updo tutorial and get closer to the fundamentals of why it's fun to decorate our skin with eyeshadows and why cutting off a few inches of hair can spark confidence and feelings of renewal. We believe beauty is a cornerstone of self-expression, empowerment, and confidence! Read these five books and dig deeper into the history of the beauty industry, the ebb and flow of styles, and how to make your skin glow from the inside out.

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Facepaint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge

photo by @bea7507

This book is a tour de force. It chronicles the history of makeup and goes as far back as ancient times in order to showcase how body and  face decoration is one of the oldest human practices. Author and make up artist Lisa Eldridge weaves her research of original  makeup materials and practices  with beautiful photography, which makes this book the perfect centerpiece on your bookshelf or coffee table. The $445 billion dollar beauty industry had to start somewhere and Eldridge leaves no questions unanswered.

 

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Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes

This gem of a book takes a look at pivotal beauty products throughout modern history, from Chanel No. 5 to MAC lipsticks. Each of the products outlined in Sali Hughes'  book has influenced the conversation of beauty and  has equally made small and big waves throughout our personal histories as well. It's easy to get wrapped up in Hughes' witty anecdotes of her personal bump-ins to these products, which helps give the book the perfect balance of story and fact. 

 

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An Atlas of Natural Beauty: by L'Officie Universelle Buly 

photo by Penguin Books

 The rise of organic, natural beauty products has helped make the world a little greener, and as an Aveda salon, we're all about sustainable beauty and protecting the earth we live on! So of course this book made it onto our list. This all-natural beauty guide harkens back to old school recipe books with carefully laid out instructions on how to make your own skincare and makeup out of the fruits, seeds, and plants in your backyard (or more likely, at the grocery store!). Apricots, passion fruit, peonies, and more. It will blow your mind.

 

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Hair: Fashion and Fantasy by Laurent Philippon

 Hair meets fashion in this stunning collection of photographs that celebrate hair as art. The book is a collection of rare and archival photos from some of the world's most renowned fashion and beauty photographers paired with commentary and insight from style icons such as Dita Von Teese and hair stylists like Nicole Tucker (Alicia Keys's hairstylist!).

 

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Eat Beautiful: Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out by Wendy Rowe

The skin is the largest organ and our makeup canvas! This book Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe is a hybrid beauty-recipe book that talks about the connection between eating healthy and having clearer skin. We've heard this motto time and time again, but Rowe with her 20 years of experience as a makeup guru makes it accessible, timeless, and sweet.

Feeling inspired? Tag us in your beauty book reads @parlorbeautyoffical on Instagram!

Protect Your Hair From Winter's Cold

The winter hair game is all about finessing the weather to your advantage. We've all heard that heat can damage hair, from the sun to hot iron tools, but cold temperatures can cause its fair amount of damage, too. The number one rule is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. That's actually the first three rules! But aside from investing in some new  shampoo and conditioner, we recommend the Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo and Conditioner from Aveda for adding a little extra moisturizing oomph, there are many other small changes you can make to protect your hair while the snow and cold winds blow outside.

Dry Your Hair Before Going Outside

This may require some extra time management depending if you shower in the morning or not. Rolling out of bed in a rush to shower and leave for work is A-OK during summer, but in the winter months going outside with wet hair will leave it at its most vulnerable and prone to breakage. There are many different variables that cause the damage from the small icicles that form on the hair strand to the friction that happens when your hair rubs against scarves, hats, and collars. Give your hair ample time to air dry and it'll thank you for it later!

Avoid Static

From wool sweaters, nylon tights, rugs, and anything with fur there are a lot of conductors in our closet and home for static electricity. Why is static more common in the winter months? Dry air! The common enemy for the majority of hair troubles in the winter. The best way to avoid static in your hair is to use a silk or satin lined hat or pillowcase, but for a DIY fix, we recommend taking a fabric softening sheet and rubbing it on your hair. It may not be the sexiest of solutions, but it'll reduce the static and its cost effective! One last tip is to put hairspray on a tissue and lightly apply it to the top of your strands. This will coat it with a protective layer without creating its usually stiff hold.

Hat Hair, No More

There are too many cute hats out there to swear them off altogether, but how do we reckon with the flat, limp hair that they create?  Step one, avoid putting your hat on when it's freshly styled. This includes things like blow drying and hot iron tools. The heat will make your hair conform easier to the shape of the hat and create that dreaded dent line. Step two,  wear fewer products in your hair if you know that you'll being wearing your hat on and off all-day. Products naturally weigh down hair and will help keep it flat after taking off your hat. Step three, invest in Aveda's magical dry shampoo. When you take off your hat, apply this light powder to your hair and tussle it around. The product will give your strands the lift they need and it will look freshly styled.

Use A Humidifier

It's cold outside, but with the heat on in our homes the air becomes dry like the desert. The best way to counteract the dry air is to add a humidifier to your home. It'll reinfuse the air with moisture and will not only help your hair lock in its essential water and oils, but it'll also help with dry skin. Adding humidity is also a great way to reduce static and frizz. It's a win-win!

Double-Up On Vitamin C  & Omega-3

Not many people associate diet with healthy hair, but there's a lot you can do for your strands from the inside out. The antioxidants in Vitamin C helps strengthen your hair so even when the cold hair is working against you in terms of breakage you'll have that extra element of strength. For Vitamin C, add citrus fruits and dark greens to your meals. Another way to protect you hair via food is doubling up on Omega-3s. Our body doesn't naturally produce Omega-3s so eating foods like salmon, avocado, and nuts, will help your hair grow and keep its shine among many other health benefits.

 

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