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What do Hailey Baldwin, Elisabeth Moss, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissy Teigan, Chris Hemsworth, and Lana Del Rey have in common? Their hair has all been touched by Sunnie Brook, celebrity hairdresser, educator, and businesswoman extraordinaire.
What started as a desire to "be creative and help people," has transformed into a 15 year career with Sunnie Brook at the forefront of the hair and beauty industry. An experienced educator for Paul Mitchel, salon owner, and Head and Shoulders' go-to celebrity stylist, Sunnie's signature "Relaxed Luxury" style has landed her as the feature stylist for Guess, Pacsun, Stella McCartney and more. We caught up with Sunnie to learn more about her hair care secrets, her favourite celebrity clients, her charity work with Two Wings, and her dream client. Read on...
What was your “big break” in the hair industry?
After being behind the chair for almost 10 years and owning my own salon, I won a national photoshoot contest. Lucie Doughty, the editorial director of Paul Mitchell, was running the contest and the prize was a fully paid editorial shoot collaborating with her. This was my first experience doing a high fashion shoot and it opened many doors for my career.
What are the most challenging things about your career?
Managing it all! Sometimes it’s hard to know what the next best step is or how to get from A to B. Having a schedule that changes all the time has it’s perks but it can be hard to make plans for the future.
What is the most rewarding thing?
The transformation process has always been rewarding . . . over the years its evolved and become about being able to “dress” such talented people that influence in the world and seeing them use their platforms for good.
Tell us a bit more about what it’s like working as the hairstylist for Head & Shoulders.
I’ve been with the brand for 6 years now. It’s a product I have been using since I was a kid. Back then it was because I had (and still do have) dandruff. But now it’s more because I really care about my scalp health and my clients hair health as well. It’s so affordable and I really believe we should not only have beautiful shiny manageable hair but also be protecting our scalp for the future. It’s the number one selling shampoo in the world and it’s been incredible to work with a brand that’s been around for over 50 years. My favorite thing so far with them has been spending time in their labs seeing how the product is made and all the detailed research that goes into each product launch.
What has been your most memorable learning experience?
I think being an educator for Paul Mitchell for 5 years. I got to work with some incredibly talented artists and having to teach others challenges you to own the information in a deeper way. Owning my own salon for 5 years taught me A LOT about business. Within the first few months of opening I enrolled in an 11 week course that paired me with a mentor and taught me the nitty gritty of growing a business.
Who are some of your favourite clients to work with and why?
I love working with Sarah Silverman (she’s hilarious and heartfelt). Elisabeth Moss is an incredibly talented and kind person. She’s always game to try new hairstyles and loves to have fun so it makes me job very enjoyable.
What are your fave hair trends at the moment?
Currently I am seeing very shiny, minimal hair with a bend. A style I like to call “Water Waves.” as they look like ripples. Lots of black french girl bows on ponytails and half up looks as well.
What trends do you foresee for 2018?
For styling I think polished looks. Less matte beachy textures. Elevated waves that are proper sets in the hair but then brushed out for a softness and finished with high shine sprays. For haircuts and colors more geometric bold statements. One length styles with pops of hidden colors.
Any styling secrets for those at home?
If you have wavy or curly hair brush it in the shower when the conditioner is in it. When you get out of the shower don't brush it! Just towel blot with a 100% cotton towel to remove moisture. Use your favorite serums or creams to polish the waves. The shower makes your hair clump together for a less frizzy finish. When you brush after the shower it can break your waves or curls up too much and look unkept as it dries.
What’s your ultimate go-to “2 minute” hairstyle on a busy day?
A high and tight ponytail. It’s like getting a face lift. Tightens the face and elevates everything! I like to call it my 'Power Pony!'
What is your favourite way to use hair extensions?
Hair extensions are magical! I love tape in’s as they are more seamless if the hair is moving around and they are less bulky. I like to not only use them for fullness and length but to add color or dimension to hair that may seem flat or need warming up or blending.
Who is your favourite hair stylist at the moment or someone you would like to work with?
Eugene Souleiman. I’ve always admired his work. What he creates makes me feel deeply.
What made you decide to launch SB Loves Beauty Shop?
I had a lot of clients asking for my advice on what to buy for their hair. But even more so they wanted to know how to do their own hair. So I created kits that they could buy along with how to hair videos for them. Plus a percentage of the proceeds went to a nonprofit called Two Wings which helps trafficked women get education and job placement.
Can you tell us a bit more about Two Wings and why it is such an important cause to you?
I wanted to invest my time and money into a local organization that was empowering women and making a difference where I lived. It’s a cause that hit my heart because my mom was someone who used her body to make money and I saw the effects of that.
"To be able to help other women change their life path is an incredible gift." - Sunnie Brook
Who is your dream client?
Julie Roberts - ever since I saw her in Pretty Woman I’ve admired her and her amazing hair!
Who is your “hair muse?”
Claudia Schiffer! She never had bad hair. She did relaxed luxury hair and then could va va glam it up to the next level. I often pull her and Cindy Crawford as my hair references.
What advice do you have for any newbies starting off in the industry?
Find a good mentor doing and being what you aspire to be and keep those close to you who encourage and believe in you. The best advice my Dad ever gave me was that life is like climbing stairs. Its hard to jump to the top of the staircase and your very likely to fall if you do. But if you take one at a time you will enjoy the journey and make it to the top!
From simple colored bobby pins to our favourite rose gold hair pin, the girls at Luxy Hair HQ try all of this season's hottest hair accessories. Watch the video below to see how each hair accessory is styled on both long and short hair. The best part? These hairstyles are also all heatless.
Rose Gold Hair Pin
This simple rose gold hair pin satisfies all of our minimalist desires. A gorgeous and understated hair accessory, like Kristin Ess's French Pin is the perfect-add on for a half-up topknot or messy bun. Kind of like sticking a pencil in your bun when you were in grade school, but much more chic.
Rochelle wears her 160g Ombre Chestnut Luxy Hair Extensions for added volume and length to take her hairstyle to the next level.
With festival season almost upon us, we have hair charms on our mind! This mother-of-pearl and brass hair charm by NEEKAS is the perfect addition to a half french fishtail braid. Whether you have short or long hair, this bohemian hair accessory has us wishing for Coachella all year round.
Continuing on the festival trend, hair rings are perhaps one of the most versatile hair accessories. Available in a variety of colors, hair rings can be easily clamped on to twists and braids for a little added sparkle. Clip onto a hybrid fishtail braid like Rochelle or with tiny cornrow-esque hair twists. One hair accessory - two cute looks.
Geometric Bobby Pins
These ain't your grandma's bobby pins. To create this bold, geometric look, create a dramatic side part and slick the remaining hair to the side. Opt for bobby pins in a gradient color palette and stack four in a row to create visual interest. It's that simple!
Metal Hair Tie
This metal hair tie by NEEKAS is a simple yet beautiful accent to any hairstyle. For this look, Azra created a topsytail and used the metal hair tie as an accent to this twisted look. Chic, minimal and rose gold - can you ask for anything more in a hair accessory?
Which hair accessories are your favourites? Do you have any must-have accessories? Share with us below - we'd love to hear!
Luxy Hair extensions are available in 14 beautiful shades, ranging from pure black all the way to platinum blonde, with 2 black shades: Jet Black, which is a pure black shade with cool, blue undertones, and Off Black, which is a warmer toned black shade with brown undertones that come through in the light.
If you have black hair but are unsure of which black shade is ideal for you, read on to learn more about the differences between these shades.
1. Jet Black
Jet Black is our darkest shade, and is a pure black color. This shade is comparable to if you went to the hair salon and had your hair dyed black. Jet Black has cool, blue undertones, similar to the always lovely Veronica from the Archie comics!
A few (real life) celebrities with Jet Black hair include Katy Perry, Kylie Jenner, and Dita von Teese.
...and Jet Black Luxy Hair extensions on our beautiful customers
2. Off Black
Off Black is a warmer toned, more natural shade of black. Off Black still reads as a black shade, however, it has warm, brown undertones that usually come through under sunlight. If your hair usually looks black but looks dark brown in the sun, your perfect match is likely Off Black.
Some celebs with Off Black hair include Kourtney Kardashian, Amber Heard, and Bella Hadid.
Toronto based hair stylist Rocky Vitelli has been an innovator in the hair industry for 30 years, now styling at New York Fashion Week, Toronto Fashion Week, and the Miss USA pageant. As the Global Board Artist for CHI and international educator, Rocky performs at hair shows creating edgy, editorial looks for the progressive woman. If that's not enough, Rocky is a four-time Canadian Artist of the Year winner, and still continues to maintain relationships with clients, styling at the award winning Local J Hair Salon.
We caught up with Rocky to talk about what fuels his creativity, how to get the perfect flat iron curl, and advice for new hairstylists starting out.
How did you get started in the hair industry? Did you always know you wanted to be a hair stylist?
I started when I was 18 years old. I finished high school and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I used to play this game with my Dad as a little kid and I would play the hairdresser and stand on a chair and comb his hair… so I said to myself ‘maybe it’s hair that is my calling!’
I found that the first 4 years of hair dressing school was very difficult because I thought hair dressing was going to be like being an accountant. You learn, and once you learn, you know everything. I was frustrated because I wasn’t good enough, and I had to keep learning. I was like ‘when can I just stop learning and be good and not have to learn and just work and make money?' It’s never like that! There’s always something to learn for anybody.
What is the most rewarding thing about your career?
Any show that I go on, I always come home inspired, whether I learned something about life or whether I learned something about hair. I think that what we need as hairdressers is to constantly be inspired. When I come back home, I have much more positive energy around my clients, and clients want to be around those that love their job and are inspired. Life is about growing. As you grow, you gain wisdom and you feel good about yourself.
What are your biggest challenges?
I always have something on the go. Aside from my salon and what I do in the salon, I also have hair shows that I need to prepare for, I have photoshoots for the company (Farouk Systems) that I need to prepare for, and I also have photoshoots for myself that I need to prepare for. So it’s easy to procrastinate or leave everything to the last minute or try to do everything on set.
What do you do to combat this?
There’s a beautiful book called the “War of Art” and the way that I relate it to hair is this: procrastination is the evil side. We all procrastinate when we need to do something. Procrastination is one of the evils that’s in our industry that we see it a lot in hair dressing school - I was the king of procrastination! If I had problems with something, I would just hope it went away instead of facing the difficulties with it, learning it, and moving on.
The procrastination part of the book is so vital and so valuable. Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow never comes.
Do you ever have "off" days?
There's another book called "The Four Agreements" and the four agreements in life are: always do your best, live by your word, don’t assume, and don’t take things personally.
Doing your best is such an important thing because in our industry, we always want to deliver our clients our best. And sometimes, your best could be different if you have something going on in your life.
My father passed away in the middle of a client. I got the phone call and they said you need to come to the hospital. So I finished my client and when I was done the client said to me ‘Rocky, you don't seem yourself today. You seem really down.’ and I said ‘I’m sorry, I tried my best.' They asked me why I didn't leave the haircut, and I said I wanted to make sure that I gave them a good haircut and that they were okay with it.
I wasn't the same happy go lucky guy that I usually am, but I still made sure I gave them a great haircut. I did my best, but really my best was in the state of mind that I was in… which is okay!
Do you prefer working those big hair shows and fashion weeks or working directly with clients?
Each one fuels the other. For me, working on regular clients everyday at the salon is such a great inspiration because you’re making regular everyday beautiful people feel good about themselves. You're inspiring them and they go home happy - that’s what I love.
What I do with the runways and Fashion Week, it’s a different type of inspiring - it’s inspiring my creativity, it’s inspiring my passion and my love for the industry and it makes me want to learn more. If I had to take one away, I couldn’t! I need to have the creative side and I also need to have the client side.
What hair trends do you wish would come back?
Short hair! I would love to see anything above the shoulders come back. As much as we say it’s here, I’m still finding that the majority of people just want their hair long.
Chin length bobs, short shags…I’d love for that to come back. A nice short shag was always one of my favourite looks because it’s short but it’s still modern, sexy, and feminine.
Any styling secrets for those at home?
If you’re doing your hair at home and you’re putting a curl in with a flat iron, the faster you move the iron, the looser the curl. The slower you move it, the tighter the curl. If you want the hair to go straighter on the ends, go slower on the top to the mid shaft, then speed up your pace as you’re coming down, so this will give you more body closer to the head.
What is your favourite way to use hair extensions?
I use hair extensions all the time! I use clip-ins because they're fast and easy and you never know what hair the model is going to have at a hair show or a fashion show. Whether it’s a photoshoot, a hair show, or Fashion Week, I always carry every single colour (of hair extensions) in my bag!
Any hair extensions styling tips?
I curl the hair as I’m clipping (the hair extensions) in so that it blends better. Most of the time I want length and body so I’ll put a couple of rows back to back and then start elevating and coming up higher.
What advice do you have for any newbies starting off in the industry?
1. Never give up...it’s not going to happen overnight. Don’t give up, keep practising, and conquer whatever you’re having difficulties with before moving on to the next thing. Things change, new things come out, and we need to allocate that time and practice to learn what you need to in order to be successful. Don't look back and say, 'I don’t know how to do that!'
2. Be patient! Rome wasn’t built in a day. Sometimes people are too hard on themselves. They get down not themselves if they're not where they should be at a certain point in their career - I was like that myself.
3. Humbleness. We need to get people to understand that social media is not a place where you go and criticize people. If you have something nice to say about something you seem on social media you say it. If you don't have anything nice to say, don’t say it!
Moms - we're sure you can relate. You work hard to care for your children, sacrificing sleep and self-care to ensure that your little ones are as happy as can be.
Thats why our first Luxy Hair Makeover winner is Shannon, a "sleep deprived, breast feeding momma" in major need of TLC. A young mother of two, Shannon was in serious need of a "me" day, and we were so happy to give her a full day of pampering at the Luxy Hair HQ.
New Mom Tries Hair Extensions for the First Time *EMOTIONAL* - YouTube
Check out Shannon's touching contest entry below:
Shannon says she used to have thick hair, but after giving birth, her hair began to fall out in clumps. She says her hair has always been a source of confidence for her and she had lost that confidence in recent years. A huge fan of Luxy Hair, Shannon says she had never even tried hair extensions, since as a young mom, the last person Shannon would ever spend money on is herself. In fact, she had never even entered a Sephora before!
Who says blondes have more fun? Hollywood does and with so many celebrities going lighter this year, we kind of can't help but agree. Crossing over to the dark side during the colder months has been the popular choice for but with . Whether it's Taylor Swift's popping platinum shade or Selena Gomez's 'oh-no-she-didn't!' jaw dropping hair switch up, these stars have us already calling up our colourists for an appointment.
Not convinced? We've got the lowdown on the best celebrity transformations in that make us want to go blonde.
With her signature glossy Latina locks, Selena Gomez is the last star we’d ever expect to go blonde. But she did and shocked us all at the 2017 American Music Awards in November. Labeled “Nirvana Blonde” (and suitingly, Selena rocked her new look with an all-leather dress), by trusted hairstylists, Riawna Capri and Nikki Lee of Nine Zero One Salon, the Luxy team can’t stop raving about Selena’s epic transformation.
According to Riawna, the hairstylist revealed on her Instagram, “it took 9 hours, about 300 foils, and 8 bowls of bleach” to achieve Selena’s new look. Whoa. And well worth it! If there’s any celeb who makes us want to hop over to the light side, it’s this beauty for sure!
According to Beyonce’s colourist, Rita Hazan, Refinery29 reports that, “Everything is last minute," Hazan says. "We change it up frequently. She'll be lighter before I see her and then the next three weeks we'll change it again. It depends on what she's doing and what she's wearing." This year Beyonce went from caramel blonde to honey blonde and back to caramel.
Most notably, Queen Bey sported an impossibly long blonde crimped ponytail at Serena Williams’ November wedding. The star debuted her new ombre hairstyle with, might we say, the greatest hairflip ever documented on Instagram.
Ain’t nobody does it sleeker than Kim K. These days, Kim’s been spotted showing off sleek platinum blonde extensions more than her natural dark brown hair and we’re kind of obsessed. The multimillionaire beauty mogul and Keeping Up season 6 star has most often been seen out and about favouring loose and shiny platinum waves.
Lucky for you, to get this look, we’ve just launched our newest Seamless Platinum Blonde hair extension set. The set makes it easy to achieve Kim’s bold ‘do without spending the extra 13 hours in the salon--info she dished out on Twitter.
So how does Kim keep her hair oh-so-sleek and hide of evidence of any 13 hour damage by the way? We’ve got it covered here with tips on maintaining healthy, shiny hair all the time!
Like her sister, Khloe went blonde this year too! But according to her hairstylist, the lightening process was a little (actually a lot) less dramatic than Kim’s 13 consecutive hour process. Tracey Cunningham told Glamour she, “Began by adding babylights - or fine highlights - to help create the dimension and brightness we wanted. Over the course of several months, the highlights and tonal shifts added up to a very lovely light blonde hue."
If you’re brunette and thinking of changing it up, Khloe’s gradual transformation is the best technique to achieving your new blonde look without damaging those precious strands. Using a gentler approach by introducing your hair to colour with some light highlighting and then adding as you go will help your hair avoid risks of breakage, dullness, and dryness. Don’t forget to avoid these major 7 don'ts for preventing damaged hair as well.
We’re most accustomed to seeing the VS angel strutting around with a signature laid back honey/golden look, but when she stepped out at Christian Dior in Paris this summer with a brand new icy platinum, this couture queen had us stunned.
Our new favourite style chameleon (and subject of our Pinterest boards) wowed many with a chic slick-back tucked behind the ear look at British Vogue Fashion Awards and regularly flaunts a flirty platinum lob which she rocked at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
But our personal favourite from this ice couture queen? Her stunning Marilyn Monroe look on Halloween. We can’t get enough!
It seems like everyday Kylie Jenner has a new look on. The reality star turned beauty entrepreneur almost alternates Insta posts from platinum blonde to her natural sultry dark mane and back. So how does she do it? Wigs and extensions of course!
Kylie, who’s tried nearly every colour on the spectrum (anyone remember her lime green look circa 2015?), has us sold on the blonde. Whether it’s her bold and choppy shoulder bob or a long and icy look, we can’t get enough!
The baddest in show biz right now, this Dangerous woman usually rocks her sleek and signature caramel pony. This past November, Ariana decided to live up to her #1 pop star status and swap the caramel for an icy platinum blonde--a look equally as mesmerizing as her onstage swinging ponytail.
Want to get Ariana’s luscious thick ponytail? The look is easier than you think (after all, this ‘Everyday’ singer rocks it literally, everyday!) with our easy-to-follow guide on getting an Ariana Grande inspired ponytail with our new seamless platinum blonde extensions.
2017 was the year of the pixie. From Katy Perry’s Miley-esque makeover, Cara Delavingne, and now Zoe Kravitz who went for a full peroxide chop! At first the Big Little Lies star underwent a pretty massive change with short platinum micro-braids. Then she decided to go for another big change from that to a totally shaved and chic blonde pixie cut! Bye-bye braids, hello modern.
We only wish we were as fearlessly cool as Zoe!
The most subtle of changes on this list so far but one of our favourites! Instead of chopping or bleaching, the Pretty Little Liar’s star decided to take it down a notch and we think it looks effortlessly pretty. Ashley went from an ashy blonde lob to a honey toned fuller look with extensions.
We love how natural and subtle this look works for Ashley and we can’t wait to try her look. Simply adding a few Seamless Blonde Balayage extensions will add a natural fullness and effortless length. Totally wearable for an everyday look!
Lily Collins is no stranger to experimentation when it comes to style and hair. But recently the usually brunette actress teased a brand new golden blonde look on Instagram. “Not sure if it’s the blonde or this city, but I really am having more fun…” she captioned in explanation. Shortly after though, Lily went right back to her darker natural locks.
C’mon Lily, only one photo?! That’s not enough to satisfy our needs! Personally, we’d love to see the actress debut a blonde look again at her next red carpet experience. “Natural locks, back in place. For now…” Lily stated after her return to the dark side. We still hold hope!
Thinking of going blonde too? Let us know in the comments below which celebrity blonde look inspires you!
If you've stepped foot in a hair salon, chances are you've either used a Redken hair product or are familiar with the brand. And if you've ever had your hair cut at a professional hair salon, chances are that your hair dresser has learned a thing or two from Sam Villa, the Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken. Whether from his traveling, hands on classes or from his YouTube channel Sam Villa Hair, which boasts over half a million subscribers, Sam has had a hand in educating hair professionals for the past 30 years.
1. It's never too late to chase your dream
From humble beginnings shining shoes and sweeping hair in his father's barbershop, to quitting college as a Phys Ed major to attend cosmetology school (and not doing so well), Sam says everything fell into place for him after his Dad took him to see a Vidal Sassoon hair show in 1976.
"It was clear. I knew where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do, and that was to be a platform artist, but more importantly, to be a teacher." - Sam Villa
2. Teaching has always been in his blood
Being a Phys Ed major, my goal was to be a coach so I played in pretty much every sport you could imagine. I coached volleyball, wrestling, track, football - so I had teaching skills in me I guess you could say. When I watched Sassoon, I learned a lot, and started thinking ‘I really want to cut,’ because (cutting hair) was so technical...but I think I've always had it in me to coach or to teach people.
3. His biggest challenge is consistently reinventing himself and staying relevant
I really have chosen to be a teacher in the industry and not necessarily a celebrity stylist. My legacy is that I’m known as an educator and that’s something that I’ve always felt that I fit. As a teacher, I must never cease to learn - so I constantly research, research, research. I don’t claim to be an inventor but what I do claim to be is an educator for the hairdresser. I’m the hairdresser’s hairdresser. I go out there, I find it, I remix it, I make it easy to understand, and then I’m the messenger that goes out there and I share it. That’s my objective.
4. Social media and the digital age has had a huge impact on the hair industry since Sam started his career 30 years ago
What social and digital has done is it’s really changed the industry in terms of more impact on the education and learning side.
I got called out once where (I was told), 'You know, Sam, you’re awesome but why should I follow you when you’re hurting my business by teaching people on YouTube how to cut their hair?' I said, 'The person that’s going to YouTube to learn how to cut their hair, I guarantee you has probably never stepped into a salon in a year...If I were you, I wouldn’t worry about those people and I would worry about the people that are in your chair. There are hairdressers out there who can’t afford to go to a hair show...you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to help those people.'
"I can’t tell you what the formula to success is but I will tell you that the formula for failure is trying to please everybody. I’m not going to please everybody, but I do believe in my heart that I’m doing what’s best for the industry and I’m going to continue to put it out there." - Sam Villa
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One of my other messages out there for hairdressers is, don’t get caught behind the computer. Get yourself to shows and hands on workshops, because that’s where you are truly taught. Why? Because you can’t ask YouTube questions. At live events, you have the opportunity to participate by asking questions or you can attend hands on classes, and you network, and you meet people.
(Social and digital) has affected attendance in terms of shows. And that’s why one of my strong messages this year is brands supporting brands, artists supporting artists.
5. Sam's most memorable learning experience is how to become a better teacher, thanks to Redken.
Redken has made me who I am today. Before I got to Redken, I was a teacher - or at least I thought I was a teacher. When I got to Redken, the VP of Education at the time, Christine Schuster, brought in a man by the name of Blair Singer who was an educator in terms of he would teach people how to teach.
He basically taught us that it’s not about YOU, it’s about the people sitting in the audience. It’s not about how much information you deliver, it’s how you choose to interact with them. That really woke me up as a teacher - the process of teaching now and doing shows, is very interactive.
Interactive education was huge turning point in my career and that was introduced to me by Redken.
6. Short hair is going to make a big comeback this year
The haircut is back! It’s been about color, color, color and long hair because of ombre and balayage, but I told Redken, 'Guys, get ready…the shags are coming!'
A lot of people are going in salons and no matter how long their hair is or how short their hair is, they’re getting it layered. For me right now, the big thing that I see coming is layers and the way they’re being achieved is through detaching areas. It’s not about blending haircuts now.
7. And so is organic, easy, lived in waves
The next big trend that we’re going to see this year is we’re going to get back into this really lived in hair - this organic look. Why? Because it has become such a fast paced world.
I just did Alec Baldwin’s daughter and she said she wanted something edgy. But when I listened to her during the consultation, she didn’t really want something edgy. What she wanted was something different, but her hair was a one length bob. What she really wanted was she just wanted it layered out softly so that when she gets up it’s got some movement to it.
8. You can achieve salon-worthy waves with this simple trick
Open the lip of the curling iron as wide as you can, slide the hair and wrap, but leave it on for a second or two - not very long. Wrap it around the barrel...don’t even close the lip. Then let out the hair and pull on it and stretch it, so as its cooling, it calms down and looks much more organic. Wrap random sections backward and forward, so it’s not done so systematically.
9. Hair extensions can be used as colourful accent pieces
Most of the time I’m working with extensions are in shows or in photoshoots and the number one reason for me is to add length or bulk. I also believe now that extensions are an accent piece - like the great clip ons (Luxy Hair) make. Use those little (1 clip wefts)...use vivid or pastel coloured extensions and strategically place them in the hair. It gives the hair or any look a different attitude and a different character.
Tip from Luxy Hair: Opt for our Ash Blonde shade, and have a professional hair colourist dye the 1 clip wefts to any vivid shade you wish, to achieve this look.
10. Sam's advice to new hairstylists is to never stop learning, always keep practising, and let go of your ego.
Never stop learning. I choose to stand in front of people motivated by the passion to teach, not motivated to say what’s right or what’s wrong. I’m not a visionary, I’m not a rockstar, I’m not a genius...I’m a hairdresser who chooses to be a teacher. It’s all about education, education, education.
Practice, practice, practice. With that will come creativity...with that will come speed. What these newbies try to do now is they try to do it and become frustrated because they don't get it right the first time. Every time you do it, you’re going to learn something different.
Let go of the ego. I don't worry too much now whether people like me - in the beginning I did. But now, I’m more concerned about what’s inside of me and am I getting it out the right way? Am I being authentic? Am I being honest and truthful? That’s what’s important to me.
One of the things my dad told me is, 'You need to be and remain humble. That's one of the most important things. Don’t you ever let your ego and your head get big, because if it does, that’s when you're going to hit a wall and you can’t fit through the door, and that’s when you start to go downhill.”
Anyone with thick hair knows that it's both a curse and a blessing. On the one hand, you have thick voluminous locks that many girls would be envious of. On the other hand, you have so much hair that it's overwhelming to know what to do with it. Despite the fact that showers have to be perfectly orchestrated to allow for the (what feels like) a 24-hour drying period, or that regular hair elastics can't stretch around your ponytail, we think thick hair is awesome.
To celebrate our thick-haired gals, our friend Hollie Hobin created a video showcasing her three favorite buildable hairstyles for those blessed with thick, voluminous locks. Check out the video below, or scroll down for step-by-step instructions.
If you aren't blessed with thick hair, clip in your Luxy Hair extensions to achieve a similar look to Hollie.
Part your hair in two even sections using a rattail comb. Ensure that you have a straight part from the crown of your head to the nape of your neck.
Quick Tip: Spritz your hair with some water to make it easier to create defined sections.
Starting on the right side of your head, grab a small section of your hair at the front of your head and divide it into three strands. Dutch braid your hair until you reach the nape of your neck and secure with a hair elastic. Repeat on the left side.
Quick Tip: To create a Dutch braid effect, ensure you're crossing the outside strands under the middle one. If you cross it over the middle, you'll create a French braid.
To finish off the look, take a small section of hair from underneath each ponytail and wrap it around the base to hide the hair elastic. Secure with a bobby pin in a color that blends in with your natural hair shade.
Start with the base from hairstyle one to create this look.
Divide your pigtail into two even sections. To create a fishtail braid, grab a small sections from one section and cross it over to the other. Alternate sides with small sections to create a more piecey and defined look.
Repeat on both pigtails and secure with elastics to complete the look.
Hairstyle Three - Dutch Braid Buns
Start with the base from hairstyle one to create this look.
Twist the right pigtail and wrap it around itself to form a bun. Secure with an elastic at the nape of the neck.
Repeat the same thing on the left side and hide any fly away hairs with bobby pins if necessary.
The top knot will be your best friend on the second or third day of your hair cycle and is a great way of pulling all your hair away from your face while still looking ultra chic and put together. The top knot is a go-to style for literally every hair type and whether your hair is curly or straight, long or short, thin or thick, we’re confident there’s a top knot out there that will look absolutely fabulous on you!
If you’re looking for inspiration to achieve this look, follow along for 9 of our favourite bun hairstyles. Your hair will thank you for the much needed break, we promise!
1. One-Minute Half Up Top Knot
To begin, we’ll walk you through a super simple top knot – the one minute messy half updo. For those with fine hair, be sure to clip in Luxy Hair extensions while creating this look so that once the top half of the hair is pinned up there is still plenty of hair left down. Lucky for you, with this look, messier is better so you don't have to be too careful. Be sure to tease the hair before wrapping it into a bun and to pull at the bun to add volume and give the hairstyle an even more undone look. For a step-by-step guide to achieve this look, check out our tutorial for the one-minute messy top knot.
2. Jess Conte-Inspired Top Knot
If the half up top knot is one of your go-tos and you're looking for something a little different, try out this braided top knot inspired by @jessconte. We love that this look pulls all the hair out of your face and that it still works flawlessly with short hair. The braid adds an extra detail and makes the style appear girly and flirty. Click here for a full tutorial on how to re-create this look. All you’ll need is 5-6 bobby pins, a clear hair elastic and an optional set of Luxy Hair extensions depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.
3. Voluminous Top Knot
The key to a swoon-worthy top knot is volume, and luckily, even girls with fine hair can achieve this with a few tips and tricks. We love adding a few wefts of our Luxy Hair extensions into our hair to ensure a full-looking bun. To style Luxy Hair extensions with an updo, be sure to clip the wefts in following the direction the hair is going. Most often with updos, this means to clip the wefts in upside down. For a step-by-step guide on how to master this technique, be sure to check out our tutorial for an easy, voluminous bun.
4. Top Knot With Bangs
Wispy front bangs have taken over our Instagram feeds in recent months, but one of our favourite ways to see them styled is with a top knot. For all our Luxy Hair ladies who already have bangs, this style is as simple as it gets. Simply twist your hair into a top knot, fasten with an elastic and allow your bangs and a few face framing layers to fall naturally. For anyone who's on the fence about getting bangs, check out our Luxy Hair hack video on how you can fake the look with your own hair. This is a great way to test the style before fully committing to it.
Jennifer Lopez Inspired Sleek Topknot
Jennifer Lopez is the queen of a sleek top knot, and with our tips and tricks, you can be too! We are obsessed with how polished and chic a top knot like this looks. It’s a great way to change up a look and it’s one of the best ways to show off your cheekbones and highlighter. To achieve this sleek topknot, use a smoothing mousse and slick your hair into a tight bun. For step-by-step instructions to achieve the look, check out our Jennifer Lopez hair tutorial.
6. Reverse Braid Top Knot
For those looking for a top knot that’s a little more advanced, one of our all time favourites is the reverse French braid top knot. To achieve the look simply flip your hair upside down and French braid from the nape of your neck towards the crown of your head and then secure the remaining hair with an elastic. Use a round chignon tool to help shape the bun and pin in place. For a detailed guide on how to create this stunning topknot, be sure to check out our reverse braid tutorial.
The Satin Top Knot
If you don’t have the time to add a braid into your top knot, another one of our favourite styling tips is to use a hair accessory. A satin ribbon is absolutely timeless and is the perfect trick to making a top knot appear ultra chic and different. Simply follow the usual steps to create a top knot and either tie the ribbon around the bun or around the crown of your head to achieve the look. Click here for some more creative ways to use a scarf in your hair, especially if you have short hair.
8. Hair Bow Topknot
For a topknot that is a little more bold and eccentric, one of our all time favourites is the hair bow top knot. This look is absolutely adorable and definitely a simple and unexpected way to doll up an outfit for a special occasion. Rather than using a classic accessory, why not make your hair the accessory? Check out our hair bow tutorial to achieve the look.
9. The Glitzy Topknot
The top knot is undeniably versatile and you can definitely style it in a messy, undone way for an everyday look or make it more polished and sleek for an elegant evening look. If you’re in search of inspiration for a formal occasion, one of our favourite tips is to add a glitzy hair accessory. Whether your hair is curly, straight, thin or thick, adding a sparkly clip to a top knot like this will always add instant sophistication and class. Here are a few more of our fave hair accessories and how to style them this winter.
What’s your favourite style of top knot? If you re-create any of your favourites be sure to tag us @luxyhair! We love seeing your looks! xo