My article in MHD’s new blog!!

Thank You to MHDProductions (MyHairdressers.com) for featuring my article about scissor cutting versus razor cutting as one of their articles on their brand new blog. Myhairdressers.com was founded in 2007 and specializes in online training taught by England’s top names in hairdressing.  MHD has since attracted numerous international hairdressers to help support and nurture talents around the world, and now  I am honored to have worked with them by writing hairdressing articles for them since they started.

Guest Post by Peter Minkoff

Introducing Peter Minkoff, a fashion stylist and writer for High Style Life, currently living in the UK … I have the good fortune of him writing an article for our blog today…You can find abit more info on Peter at the end of this article. Enjoy reading and if you want to check out another great article of Peter’s that I loved, you can  check it out right here – ‘The Far East Fashion Movement’

Beauty & Style Tricks We Should Steal from Japanese Women

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Geisha (芸者 ?), Geiko/Geigi (芸妓) are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation, mainly to entertain male customers.

While the first association the uneducated have with the notion of geisha is a prostitute, truth is – these women were everything but. They were pioneers of high education, culture, sophistication and style. Geishas have become synonymous with good taste and fashion-forward pieces women everywhere tried to copy and imitate. Even today, Japanese women look up to their Geisha role-models while women in Europe and the US are trying to pick up and adopt Japanese beauty techniques and tricks that will not only help their skin be and stay nurtured but also help them cultivate and upgrade their fashion style. After all, Japanese women are known not only for their smooth and glowing skin, but for their unique intricacy, sensuality and superiority of expression, as well.
For all of you gorgeous women out there finding inspiration in Japanese style and beauty, we are giving you a few tricks to steal and model your hair, skin and diet regimen after.

Hair Care

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Who wouldn’t be envious of the dark, full locks complementing a flawless white face! The hair quality of Japanese women is exceptional and everything to wish for. Apart from their regional genetics, Japanese women do have a few tricks up their sleeve that are helping them maintain their hair quality as it is – gorgeous, thick and shiny.
Unlike Western beauty regimens, Japanese ones are reduced to a rather minimalist approach; instead of treating their hair with multiple products, Japanese women are opting for gentle ones, devoid of sulfates or other harsh ingredients that dry and damage hair.
Japanese ladies use a mixture of seaweed powder and water and, prior to each wash, they treat their hair with Camellia oil. Never thought of that, did you now?
What’s also an important habit of the women of the Far East is that they almost never brush their hair. When they do (and this is commonly after they’ve washed it), they use a wooden comb to untangle their ends, and that’s it. Often times, these ladies don’t even own a brush!
Yet another trick is a balanced and healthy diet; it is an essential ingredient in helping them achieve the perfect hair volume and stamina. Along with the traditional foods such as fish, the Japanese consume a lot of fruits full of vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy, luminous and glossy hair.

Skin Care

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For women from the Land of the Rising Sun, skin care is so much more than that one product they put their trust in. Actually, cosmetic products they use are a side-benefit to their main ingredient – a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
To keep their skin free of blemishes, redness, irritation and scaring, Japanese women rarely ever eat meat or sugar and base their meals on cooked and/or grilled fish and veggies. Due to a healthy diet, their skin is glowing and rarely has any irregularities.
As for make-up, most women in Japan like their makeup kits on the shelves rather than on their skin. Usually, they are keeping make-up routines as simple as possible and are strong advocates of the thesis “less is more”.

Body care

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Would you be surprised if, again, we were to tell you their slim and slender built is due to their diet and lifestyle? Sure you wouldn’t. Obviously, their collective obsessiveness with corsets and body shapers that are giving them curves they genetically don’t have has some say in it, too – but it’s the diet for the most part.
When you think about it, magazines and fitness experts around the globe are just now promoting lifestyle rich in veggies, fish, cooked and grilled fish and lean meats, rice and soups. Sounds familiar? To the Japanese, yes – definitely. No wonder Japanese diet is one of the most beautifying in the world.
Japanese philosophy is all about what you put IN your body, rather than what you put on it – these gorgeous women (and men) load up on vitamin-packed “brassica” (vegetables much like broccoli), and of course, lots and lots of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Further, they detox regularly by drinking a lot of green tea daily which is proven to have a ton of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. In fact, they appreciate green tea so much that they use its concentrate to treat acne.
With these basic guideposts, it doesn’t seem that hard working on perfecting your look, don’t you think? As long as you are dedicated, that is.

Peter is a lifestyle editor at Shlur magazine from UK. After graduating at Australian Institute of Creative Design he worked as a freelance fashion stylist around AUS and UK! Beside writing, he loves cooking exotic meals, making DIY cosmetics and to travel around tropical destinations. His future plans are in creating a business for beauty and style advising.

Heart Shaped Bangs..

Koreas latest hair trend – Leave it to the Asian’s to amuse us with their latest hair trends, Follow this <3 link to get the full story on this.. <3

Here’s a couple of pictures taken from the article from Kotaku.com so you can get the drift:

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And we all know a trend is not a trend until at least one Kardashian/Jenner has it, so here’s Kendall  getting in on the act!!!

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Hair Care Before & After Swimming~ Guest Post by Amy Mia Goldsmith

Swimming is healthy, it liberates from stress and makes you feel like it’s only you and the water, and nothing else. Knowing how much time I spend swimming, most women ask me how I manage to keep my hair so healthy and smooth. I have been swimming since I was four and I have always enjoyed spending my time swimming. In time, I needed to come up with an effective way to keep my hair healthy and beautiful after swimming. After spending years experimenting with numerous products and techniques, I’ve finally found the ones that I really like and I want to share some tips with you. So instead of restraining yourself from jumping into the pool, check out these tips and get into that water.

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Before swimming

What most women forget is that preparation for swimming is as important as aftercare. Some women dislike swimming because exposure to water and sun usually makes the hair brittle, dull and dry. I had the same problem until I tried out coconut and olive oil that nourishes and protects the hair, thus prevents it from drying and discoloring.

Another thing you should always keep in mind is that, when exposed to water, your hair acts like a huge sponge, it soaks up a lot of water. Believe it or not, this problem can be solved by a simple shower. So, all you need to do is to take a shower, wet your hair, and the clean water will prevent it from soaking up chlorine and other harmful chemicals.
Apart from applying olive or coconut oil to your hair, you also need to apply an effective conditioner or spray with a sunscreen that contains vitamins A, C and E. Believe me, I never leave home without one of those in my bag. While swimming, I make a break from time to time in order to apply a new protective layer to my hair.

Many women make the same mistake and avoid wearing swimming caps. What they don’t know is that these caps protect your skin and ears from numerous parasites that could cause terrible and painful inflammations, and they keep your hair healthy and untouched. When I was a child, I hated swimming caps, but my parents made me wear them. I must admit that, today, I’m very grateful they did so!

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After swimming

Keeping your hair beautiful after frequent exposure to the sun and water can be really tricky. That’s why you need to use adequate products that will nourish your hair and make it stay perfectly moisturized. When buying a shampoo or a conditioner, I usually pay special attention to its labels. For example, there are amazing products specially designed for “swimmers’ hair”. I usually prefer products that have both an immediate and long-run effect on my hair. When it comes to brushes, I am very satisfied with the Cloud Nine paddle and dressing brush. These brushes proved to be great for taming my long hair without breaking or split ends, and I wouldn’t change them for any other brush.

Apart from buying hair care products, I’ve also come up with some amazing alternative ways, using ingredients from my kitchen cabinet. One of the most effective DIY products I’ve tried out is made out of a pack of honey, peeled and mashed avocado and an egg yolk. All you have to do is to apply the substance onto your scalp, wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave it for 15 minutes.

What I would also like to recommend to all women is to have their hair cut in the end of the swimming season. No matter how much you nourish it, after being exposed to the sun and numerous chemicals from the water, your hair will definitely be brittle and dry.


All in all, keeping your hair healthy and beautiful isn’t that complicated if you know how to do it properly. With these simple, yet effective tips for taking care of your hair before and after swimming, you will finally be able to enjoy swimming and sunshine and will not have to worry about your hair
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 About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Aussie who loves to read and has been writing novels and short stories as long as she can remember. She is also a passionate swimmer and loves to water ski. She is currently studying and working in a bookstore. Her passion is beauty and makeup and she loves to spend her free time reading reviews and of course – make up shopping!
Contact Amy  on her
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SS15 Hair Reports for Men ~ London

Lets not forget about the Men’s collection for the Spring Summer Runways, 2015. Take a look at the backstage grooming for hair in London fashions. Heading up the hair team were John Vial for Fudge who did the hair for Belstaff, Christopher Shannon, Katie Eary, Matthew Miller, James Long, and Craig Green, Mari Ohashi from Bumble & Bumble for Nicomede Talavera, Tina Outen from Bumble & Bumble for Liam Hodges and Nao Kawakami for Hentsch Man.  Enjoy!

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Oscars 2015

I wasn’t too inspired tonight with the hair to write a full post about the Academy Awards this year. So instead I pulled the top 4 of my hair favorites. Although I have to say that Lady Gaga’s segment brought tears to my eyes as did John Legend and Common’s.

Rosamund Pike with her undercut and updo combo. Haircut by Tina Haukjaer Anderson.

Rita Ora looking fabulous, much better than her 3seconds on Fifty Shades of Grey.

Emma Stone, it really doesn’t matter what her hairs like really cos she’s so cute and gorgeous no matter what.

Viola Davis with her natural curls, flying under the radar, but I spotted her cool hair!

Pics from Just Jared and back pic from Tina Haukjaer Anderson.

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I also should give a shout out to Kelly Osborne who always looks creative and unique for the Oscars..

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