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DIY: Ombre Highlights!

I’m turning 36 in a couple weeks. Over the weekend we had some family members over for dinner, and one of these said family members pointed out how grey I am. He said “Wow, I didn’t realize how grey you are!!” Thanks. Thankyouverymuch. I am grey. Like grey, grey. I know I have more grey than any of my peers, but I try to keep it hidden with monthly root touch-ups.

So anyway, on my monthly trip to Sally’s yesterday, I was standing in the dye aisle, and was looking at all the colors – wondering if I should try something different. I mean, it’s practically my birthday, right? Something new? I’m officially closer to 40 than I am to 30. Not depressing at all, right? I need something fresh, something exciting. I didn’t want to make an appointment, and wait weeks to get in, and drop $100+ on highlights. So I thought to myself…… why can’t I try doing it myself?

I asked the Sally’s employee what I should buy, and he picked out all the products I would need to do ombre highlights myself. I came home and watched 100 You Tube videos on the process, and found that everyone pretty much does it differently. So what you’ll see here is my unpolished, unprofessional and mighty easy way to get ombre highlights yourself.

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10 Simple Steps for Creating the Perfect Flat Iron Curl

Have you ever wondered how celebrities manage to achieve that perfect curl? Rumor has it their wavy ringlets are not the product of pins or curlers, but actually the result a few twists and flips of a flat iron. Although this technique seems to be pretty straight forward, there is indeed a specific method that must be applied in order to create this sought-after style.

Mario Russo, owner of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, which is known for their bouncy blowouts that incorporate this approach, shares his tips and trick in an easy-to-execute step-by-step guide to creating these coveted curls.

The Tools:

  • Round brush
  • Blow dryer

How To Apply Liquid Eyeliner with Jillian Dempsey

“Liquid liner is totally easy, fun to use, and always looks super-good!” said no one, ever. Except for, maybe, Jillian Dempsey, who’s been a professional makeup artist for over 20 years and spent enough time in Paris in the early ’90s to know her way around a sultry cat eye. “Liquid liner is one of those products that women are attracted to, but they fear a crooked line,” said Dempsey. “I wanted to simplify the application because it’s a look that a lot of women can have fun with, and that is universally flattering and classic.” Check out the video above, where she shows us the easiest trick I have ever seen for applying liquid liner.

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Holiday Hair by TRESemmé

Strut those city side walks with all the trimmings this year! TRESemmé Celebrity Stylist, John D. gives you his tips to getting glamorous this Holiday season with these three easy celebrity looks!

Top Knot
1. To get Leslie’s modern top knot, start with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Blow Dry Lotion to provide long-lasting body
2. Roughly blow dry hair to add texture, curl with a 1-inch barrel curling iron and secure into a high ponytail at the crown
3. Back comb the ponytail and twist hair into a loose top knot, securing with pins

Side Swept Waves
1. To recreate Maya’s salon gorgeous style, spray each section with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Non-Aerosol Spray for volume and hold
2. Use a small barrel curling iron for a strong curl pattern, and curl small sections, gently pulling on each strand to loosen the curl
3. Once completely curled, create a deep side part and pull hair over one shoulder
4. Gently brush through to create smooth waves and fasten with bobby pins at the nape of the neck to secure the style and spray TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Non-Aerosol Hair Spray again to lock the style in place

Faux Bob
1. To recreate Selena’s faux bob, curl 1-2 inch sections of hair with a medium barrel iron
2. The secret to make this style last is to allow the curls to set by securing each wound up curl at the root with bobby pins. This lets the curls cool while taking shape
3. Spray hair with TRESemmé TRES Two Non-Aerosol Hair Spray for a touchable look that will last