Hair, Beauty & Fashion News
Fall 2009 Hair Trends
The new season is upon us and it’s time to look ahead at what will likely be the themes in hair in the coming months. There are lots of factors involved that will make an impact this season – not all of them ones
that you might expect. While the U.S. markets are trying to rally a comeback, many people are still feeling a budget crunch. This means that a lot of the more expensive salon services may be set aside until a more
stable financial setting returns.
As a result, expect to see more in the way of “natural” looks. Whether long or short, the hair will be styled predominantly using “non-permanent” methods, as well as those that can be easily repeated at home.
Longer lengths will become more prevalent, as longer hair has more versatility in styling options.
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This longer lengths idea will also bleed over into the traditionally shorter styles as we’ll see increased lengths in “accents” in other styles. The foregrounds of A-line bobs and the top sections and fringes of
shorter hairstyles will be kept longer and more exaggerated giving a dramatic twist to a favored style.
And colors will start to pull back from summer splashes of color and will become more tawny blondes, and rich shades suited to the cooling air and the burnished leaves of the autumn landscape. Even classically-hued
stars are toning down their signature colors.
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Finally, remember that the needs of your particular hair type will always take precedence, and use these trends toward more natural styling and looks to allow your hair a chance to relax and revel in the good
parts of your hair. Forgo the perms and straighteners and try a gentle scrunch and diffused blow-dry procedure to maximize your natural wave. Or pull out the rollers (or even the rags) and curl it up old school
before going to bed and treat yourself to a mass of curls in the morning.
London Fashion Week Touts Natural Hair Care Trends
London, UK - This week the eco-friendly hairstylists of the world have kept a close eye on the runways in London as fashion models took the runway in hopes to learn new ways to use some of the natural
hair and beauty products that are currently available.
Many of the world’s greatest designers have been showing off their latest clothing designs that have ranged from the weird to the simply fabulous. However, the focus has been on the fabulous hairstyles that are being
touted on the runway.
The natural hair care products are being used to help women play on different looks based on asymmetric fringe. Karen Harper, who works for Toni & Guy said that the models from the Paul Costelloe show were wearing this
look and he is usually on top of all the current and future hair trends.
The runway shows have shown that natural hair care products can be used in many different ways and using them is going to become quite popular. The floral trend seems to be popular with beauty products tending to be in
shades of pink, violet, blues and greens.
Eyelash Envy: New Medical Eyelash Treatment Raises Eyebrows
New York, New York, USA - Thick, long and dark eyelashes are the desire of almost every woman and until recently medical science has not had much to offer women that want treatment for their thin,
almost non existent lashes. The FDA recently approved an eyelash enhancing treatment that was created by Allergan Corporation. The product is called Latisse. While the product has been approved for use by the FDA,
it does not come without controversy.
One concern about the product is the safety issue and the other is the high price at which it comes. For 60 individual eye applicators, the cost is around $120. This is about a 30 day supply as it is recommended that
you use the product daily. It takes between three and four months to actually see results and in addition, you must keep using the product to maintain the effect.
Proponents of the product say that they are willing to pay the price for the long, lush lashes that they desire, be it financially or medically.
Allergen received a warning letter from the FDA recently because their website was found to be misleading. The site does not do a good enough job of warning about the possible side effects. One of the possible side
effects of using the product is hair growth in places other than the lashes. Additionally, the product can cause cornea inflammation and cause lighter colored eyes to turn brown.
Even with the possible side effects, consumers are willing to purchase the product and last year the company cashed in over $25 million in the first half of the year.
Ironically, the company does not know what is in the product that causes eyelashes to grow. They only realized that one of the side effects of the product Lumigan, which is used to fight glaucoma, was eyelash growth.
According to the website, the company thinks that the active ingredient of bimatoprost is what increases the eyelash growth cycle, but they do not know the exact way it works.
During a study of 278 people using the product, 3.6% developed eye redness, 3.6% had itchy eyes, and 2.9% developed skin hyper pigmentation. The positives of the test include a 25% increase in the growth of eyelashes,
with 106% increase in thickness and 18% increase in darkness.
Perhaps the most concerning side effect is the eye color change that can result from using it. The product uses Lumigan which can gradually increase the amount of brown pigment in the eye and result in color change.
Doctors have stated that the color change is a result of dropping the medication in the eye as opposed to putting it on the upper lash line and the color change occurs rarely.