Summer is a state of mind

And since all this loveliness cannot be Heaven, I know in my heart it is June. -Abba Woodson

Hello everyone and welcome to SUMMER!!

We did it! We are finally here! The days are long, the Sun is warm, and flowers are blooming everywhere!

With all the loveliness of summer literally everywhere, I wanted to talk to you all this month about my favorite subject.. can you guess what that is?…..HAIR

I mean i’m a hairstylist and so of course I love hair, but let me tell you a few reasons why I love hair. I’ve talked before about how much i love the changing of the seasons, and changing our hair with the seasons I think helps us to really get in tune with that particular season. Now I could do a whole blog about seasonal hair, but today i want to stick with summer hair!

There's always been the trend of lightning hair in the summer, that for sure will never go away. That would be stating the obvious but there's so many new techniques to lightning hair and now were really seeing fashion colors making a big statement, adding just another dimension to the opportunities we can play with.

I don’t know about everyone else, but i also love to play with different updo ideas in my own hair. Summer just always gives me this boho hippie vibe that makes me want to put my hair in braids, messy (but cute) buns. I have so many people ask me basically the same question. “How did you come up with that cute updo?” To be honest i’ll let you in a little secret,…..PINTEREST it’s amazing! Like literally any idea you have, you can see it done on that platform. Now do i perfectly replicate every look every time No way, it will take patience, practice, and lots and lots of bobby pins. But you can also create something else in the process that you like even better. Just have fun with it. Hippi/boho hair is not meant to be perfect. That’s the beauty of it. Its’ whimsical, a little messy and free-spirited. Jus like the summer.

I’m going to share with you all a few hair color options this summer, that will brighten you up and maybe add a pop of color, also with the appropriate names so you know what to tell your stylist you’d like. Then i’ll have a few of my favorite summer boho looks at the end to help get you inspired.

So first let’s talk highlights vs. Balyage.

This is big question us stylist here at LG Howard get. What is the difference? Which one is better? Which one should i get? THe last 2 questions are very much up to you and your lifestyle, and which look you like better.

Let’s start with the 1st question, what is the difference? Traditional highlights will add brightness from root to ends. We take small sections and weave strands of hair onto a foil and apply a lightening product from root to ends. We can create a more blended look, or create a more noticeable “piecy” look. Either way just know that you will have brightness from top to bottom, evenly distributed

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The other option which has been on trend for some time and i honestly don’t think is going anywhere is Balyage. The word itself means to hand paint. This technique can achieve so many different looks and the possibilities are almost endless. You can create a subtle sunkissed look, as if the sun lightened your hair, or we can be more dramatic and brighten up all of your hair. Or you can be anywhere in between. The decision is really up to you. You will have however a more “rooty” look. That means that your roots will not be as light as your ends. This is a great option for those who don’t want to come into the salon every 6 weeks for a touch up on their highlights. I usually say every 4-6 months is a great schedule for touching it up if you want to rock it all year round. If not, then we can create beautiful fall looks with the parts we have lightened. Below i will post 2 pictures of a balyage, The first being more natural sun kissed glow, the other a more dramatic look, and again there's thousands of pictures on Pinterest. Now the third question. which is better? Well again that’s really up to you. They are both great options, but try to take your lifestyle into account. Do you want to be really blonde, or just a little? Do you want to come in every 6 weeks, or do you have a busy schedule? Talk to your stylist and they can help you decide what’s best for you. I’m also going to post one picture of a little fashion color pop that you can play with. Most fashion colors are temporary and will gradually fade through the summer.



Now let’s talk about styling. I love my hair being down in the winter, but when the heat and humidity in florida set in, I want it off my neck!! A regular ponytail would do but I like to get creative. Getting a little creative can really add an extra element to your outfit, whether your at work, running errands, or going out to dinner. I really can’t say this enough but you have to get your inspiration somewhere. A magazine, an actress you seen on t.v last night. Or do i dare say again? PINTEREST. If you choose to check on the mega inspiration platform, just type in Boho braids, Boho updos, summer updos, Andy of those will lead you in the right direction. Next I would suggest to give yourself an extra 30 minutes to do your hair when trying something new. This way you’’ have time to start over if yo don’t like it the first time. Oh and definitely stock up on bobby pins, elastic hair ties, and the little clear elastic the size of your pinky. Below are some awesome easy looks to try, but be bold and try something a little more intricate. I bet you'll be surprised what you can create.


Hope you all have an amazing month. If your in the LG Howard area, give us a call and let us help you create your summer look!

Summer is a state of mind

~Ashley

Posted on June 3, 2019 .