Grooming for Your Groom!

So it’s here (well, it’s always kind of here in Florida)…wedding season; and it is a particularly delightful time of year to tie that proverbial knot! We all know that our brides will be primping, waxing and buffing, but don’t forget about the groom. We can’t have him blowing into the ceremony like a tumbleweed.

Guys need grooming too; and on the day of your wedding, it is even more important that the love of your life is looking his best. The experienced, professional hair stylists at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon can provide your groom with a new style or simply clean up the style he currently wears and loves. We also offer neck trims, beard shaping and waxing (or just trimming) for ears and noses.

It would be our pleasure, at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon, to groom your entire wedding party, from the beautiful bride, her maid of honor, bridesmaids and flower girl to the groom, his attendants and the ring bearer. You may even want to book the moms and dads of the bride and groom for a salon appointment. Whatever your pleasure, feel free to call 386-279-1179; and, if you like, we can set up a trial run appointment for the bride, as well as scheduling for the whole shebang! 

In addition to special occasion hair design, including cuts, single application color, double dimension color, highlights and styling, New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon is a full service hair salon, so we do it all – from waxing, to Brazilian blowouts, updos and more. We’re conveniently located too, right in historic downtown New Smyrna Beach.

Hairstyles throughout History

As you look back through your photo albums, you would have to be one of the very lucky few to have a search devoid of some scary or – at least – out of fashion locks in those shots! Come on now, no fibbing. Unless you are 17, I bet your prom photo hair is quite different from your hairstyle today.

Whether we can lump them in a weird and would never wear category or not, hairstyles have been changing throughout history. Take the early 1900 Victorian Era, for instance, which was full of elaborate pinups with long, loose ringlets to showcase the volume and sometimes metallic or floral adornments.

The new decade of the 1920s brought with it short bobs, hats, headbands and bows. Short hairstyles extended into the following decade. The difference in the 1930s was that you now had a lot of wavy face framing. What was referred to as the finger wave was particularly popular in the Depression Era because it could be achieved inexpensively by simply sleeping in pin curls overnight and adding a deep side-part in the morning.

If you’ve watched any of those old Turner Classic movies, you have most likely seen the elegant chignons or those low buns and scarves of the 1940s. The 1950s gave way to the big bouffant. In the 1960s, we had a sort of modification to the beehive, where the hair was still high, but it was left long and down. 

There were the hippies in the 1970s with their straight hair parted in the center. Then, in the late 1970s, we had a bunch of Farrah Fawcett clones wearing feathered shags. The 1980s, I’m sorry to say, was a decade with a lot of big hair and those awful mullets. In the 1990s, we rocked the Rachel from “Friends” shoulder-length hair with face-framing highlights.

The 21st Century has been quite a mix of variations on hairstyles from previous decades and most recently, we have seen lots of “effortless” hairstyles and beachy waves…which are pretty handy for those of us who live in Florida!

How Close to Your Wedding to Get Your Hair Done

Your wedding is drawing near. You have chosen your venue, your dress, your wedding party and you know exactly who to invite. So what about your hair? Should you wear your hair up or down? Will your hair complement your dress? Would it be better to add highlights to frame your face or leave your hair completely natural? 

First things first…relax. Next, let’s talk about the big picture and rein things in. By that, I mean you need to determine what will work best for you. One important rule of thumb is to avoid doing anything rash. You want to be able to look back years from now, still knowing that the style you chose was the right one. So stay true to yourself. If you have always worn your hair long and unencumbered, that is most likely the direction you should lean. 

You should also consider your wedding theme. If your special day is a formal evening affair, a formal updo may be in order. If you are getting married barefoot on the beach, cascading waves would certainly do. 

Finally, keep what you are wearing top of mind. If the dress you chose is ornate, your hairstyle should not compete with it. Plus, you need to ask yourself if you want to wear a veil or any other hair accessories, such as flowers, jewels in your hair or a tiara, etc. Then think about how the hairstyle you chose will complement it.

It is never too early to gather intel, so go ahead and collect photos of all the hairstyles you love.  Start when you are eight or eight months before your wedding. Either works!  

Now you need a trial run, so that you can be sure you love the style, to see how it holds up all day and to determine how much time you will need for your hair prep on your wedding day. Popular hair stylists book quickly, so schedule your hair consultation about three months prior to your wedding. Bring your photos and hair accessories. If you are happy with the result, for safety sake, book your wedding day for you and your wedding party the same day. 

You should plan a trim four weeks prior, hair color or touch-up two weeks prior and confirm your hair, manicure and make-up appointments at least a week in advance.

Braids Are Making a Comeback in 2021

No longer are the days where braids conjure thoughts of Heidi, Little House on the Prairie and, for those of us who may be just a wee bit older, Pippy Longstockings. Braids are making a comeback so big this year, it’s completely twisted!

From a standard three-strand plait to timeless and feminine Dutch and French braids, braids can be adapted for work or play and suit just about any occasion. For instance, want the perfect hair style for a wedding or prom? Braids can turn a classic up-do into a vintage work of art. Crown braids and halo braids (which are similar, just situated a bit higher) are also both perfect for fancy events, will make you feel like royalty and show off those gorgeous earrings you just purchased!

Braided buns are an excellent look for work. A high braided pony is a gorgeous, as well as durable fashion accessory for a night out. Want to go boho? Go with a fishtail braid or even a double fishtail braid. 

Romance is in the air and in your hair with waterfall braids, which create a delicate, free-flowing effect; a side braid is chic and flattering for most face shapes; and a simple braid down the back will perfectly complement Ombre color transitions.

Plus, braids aren’t just a beautiful hair style. Braids are an effortless way to disguise bad hair days; they are a great way to shorten your morning prep time; and they can protect your hair from the effects of humidity…which is pretty much a necessity here in Florida. Book an appointment at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon today for a better year with braids and a beautiful you!

Hair Coloring Trends for 2021

It’s a new year – a time for new beginnings. So how about starting fresh with your hair color? Here are the hair color trends predicted for 2021…

Very close to natural – with slightly differing shades harmoniously complementing one another, as if the sun’s rays have created a subtle dimension – is expected to be very popular. Get ready to accent your eyes and flatter your skin tone!

Blondes are also expected to be even more fun this year. Especially hot in 2021 will be creamy and dark blondes, which are perfect for those who are not quite bold enough to go ash or platinum and far more easy to maintain than ultra-blonde. A hint of red in your blonde – as with peach powder, strawberry and coral blondes – may very likely be trending in 2021. Pastel blonde, which is reminiscent of 2019 trends, yet lighter and more powdery, is also expected to steal the show.

Additionally, look for dark trends in warm, romantic, soft cinnamons; chestnuts with shades of coffee, chocolate and nuts; dark blue black; with dark cherry well out ahead. 

Your reds may lean toward brighter, burning red and gingers. Honey bronze will also give you that slightly red touch of warmth.

Whatever color you choose, the skilled professional colorists at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon will make certain it looks beautiful on you! Happy New Year from all of us at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon!

Why Cutting Your Hair Promotes Healthier Hair Growth

I totally get it! Cutting your hair when you are trying to grow it seems insane! However, it is actually the best thing you can do when you are trying to retain the length of your hair and promote healthy hair growth. If you want to know why, here’s the long and short of it…

Trimming hair is essential to get rid of hair damage that can be caused by so many things, like blow drying, flat irons, curling irons, hot curlers, certain products, frequent highlighting and even the sun. 

And if you’re thinking about nursing those split ends along, don’t do it! There is no way to repair split ends and they can travel, so they only get worse. Those babies have to go! 

Then there are swollen ends – when hair is actually thicker closer to the root and thin at the ends. That is also some serious damage that needs to be trimmed to keep hair healthy.

If you simply continue to grow your hair without trimming it, you’re sure to be plagued with weaker hair, breakage, frizziness and an overall lack of control. Untrimmed hair also tangles more easily and is more difficult to untangle. 

Then there is the huge bonus that hair just looks better when it isn’t frayed from lack of trimming. Trimming your hair regularly will help keep it strong, thicker and fuller.

Neglecting hair trimming just doesn’t cut it. So, if you’re looking for optimal hair growth, whatever you do, don’t cut your regular hair trims out of your routine. Come to New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon where the professional hair stylists are a cut above! I know, I know, I need to cut it out.

Keratin Hair Straightening Lasts Longer and Looks Healthier

If you’re looking for smoother, straighter hair, you should look to a keratin hair straightening treatment
at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon.
Keratin is a fibrous protein and the main structural component of hair. It coats and smooths frayed hair
shafts to eliminate the frizz and produce smoother, straighter hair. Keratin can also help to repair
damaged hair, strengthen and make hair more resilient and retain moisture in nutrient-deprived hair.
Lucky for those of us who love our hair luxuriously soft and straight, unlike some hair straightening
treatments, the keratin process can be used on color-treated hair. Your New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon
professional stylist will simply apply the keratin straightening product to your hair and use the heat of a
flat iron to seal it.
A keratin treatment should last about two to two-and-a-half months and will make your hair silkier and
easier to manage. If you usually straighten your hair, a keratin hair straightening treatment could reduce
your blow dry time by 40 to 60 percent!
Who wouldn’t want more beautiful, healthier looking hair while shaving off a huge chunk of your prep
time to boot? Men like it too! So make a smooth move and set up your keratin hair straightening
treatment at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon.
The full-service New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon is located at 125 S. Orange Street, in the heart of the New
Smyrna Beach Historic District. Call 386-279-1179 for your hair crafting appointment today.

Color Not Just for Hair

Any beauty regimen should extend to the eyebrows. Many beauty experts swear by the fact that your eyebrows are the single most important factor for shaping your face and showcasing your best facial
features. That doesn’t mean just waxing or plucking for perfectly shaped eyebrows. It means coloring your eyebrows too!
Come on, let’s not be discriminatory here. It’s the dawn of a new day and color isn’t just for hair anymore. It’s for eyebrows too! Dying your eyebrows will make your eyes look brighter and bolder, bringing out their true beauty. Darker eyebrows will look richer and fuller. Additionally, dying your eyebrows the same color as your hair can provide a more natural look.
However, keep in mind that application of hair dye to eyebrows can be a tricky process because (come on now) it’s near your eyes. Plus, you don’t want hard to remove hair dye staining the skin around your
eyebrows or on your eyelid. Nope, eyebrow dying is certainly something you should leave to the
experts…beauty experts you trust like the professionals at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon.
New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon raises eyebrows…to a new level. Give us a call to schedule your hair and
eyebrow coloring appointment today. Don’t forget that New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon is located in the
heart of quaint, historical New Smyrna Beach. So do it all in a charming, soothing atmosphere as well!

Do Short Hairstyles Really Work Best in Tropical Climates?

Stay cool this summer with a new, short hairstyle. Short haircuts really do help in a tropical climate. Here
are several cool, short haircuts that will help you beat the summer heat in style…
Push the boundaries with a cutting-edge asymmetrical bob.
Set some trends with a concave cut in the back and a sleek, longer chin-length front layer.
The traditional pixie cut is adorable and back in style with a bang…so is the straight pixie, the
asymmetrical pixie with an undercut or that wavy pixie that Michelle Williams wears so well.
Or pay homage to the trouble-free bob. Everyone knows one, right? There’s the wavy bob and the
classic straight bob. A choppy bob is smokin’ hot; or go tousled bob for short, sexy allure.
Plus, short hairstyles do more than keep you cool. They can be gorgeous and striking; and depending on
your mood or if you are pressed for time, you can just apply some product and away you go!
Want to know what will look super gorgeous on you and suit your lifestyle to a “T”? Come to New
Smyrna Beach Hair Salon for one-on-one, personalized attention from an experienced, knowledgeable,
professional hairstylist. If you’re ready to shake things up with a sassy, short do, simply schedule your
appointment at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon today. You might leave with shorter hair – albeit dazzling,
but you will definitely have a bigger smile.

Correcting Covid-19 at Home Haircuts

Do you suffer from what today is commonly called “The Quarantine Cut”…that at home attempts to gain back some semblance of hair normalcy that went so dreadfully wrong? Did you choose the style that pays homage to The Little Dutch Boy or did you decide on something more avant-garde, like the one with chunks missing all over in a willy-nilly fashion? 

You’re not alone and whether you have huge pieces missing from your do or your coif is just a little uneven, the professional hair stylists at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon can cure your Covid-19 hair conundrum. Plus, freshly cut hair is healthy hair and after all this time locked away like Rapunzel, we all need a little freshening up!

The hair care professionals at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon can work some magic with a trendy new style or to blend your hacked (sorry!) hair to keep as much length as possible. Got regrowth so long it’s alarming? We can touch up your poor, overlooked roots and get you back to glamorous in no time. Maybe you’re so sick of your quarantine uniform of sweatpants and that old, tired, messy bun that you want an entirely new look. Don’t worry, our expert colorists can whip up some beautiful hues that are just perfect for you; we can straighten things up gorgeously with a keratin treatment; or treat your lethargic locks to a healthy, deep conditioning. When it comes to hair, we do it all, so you can go as far as your imagination and desires will take you!

Plus, remember that there is no shame. We all went through it, so we’re all the same. Come on in to New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon and get back your game!