Hair Tip – How to Detangle Wet Hair

Today I thought I’d talk about wet hair and how to detangle it. I’m talking just got out of the shower, clean, just shampooed and conditioned wet hair.

Before you even pick up the comb, it’s best to pat or squeeze your hair with a towel to remove any excess water. Never rub or scrub hair as it can cause damage.

You should always use a wide tooth comb to detangle wet hair.

Start from the bottom working your way up until all the tangles are out. By doing this, you prevent damage as your hair is in it’s weakest state while wet and very delicate.

You may need more help to comb it. Detanglers and Leave-in Moisturisers can help with extremely detangled hair (ie.very curly hair). Be sure to check with your Hair Professional before using them.

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Being a hairdresser, I thought I’d share with you my knowledge. I’m going to chat regularly about all things hair related. So, if there’s anything you’d like me to talk about, send me an email and I’m happy to share what I know.

Hair Feature – Arnostyle’s Avant Garde Hairstyling

Back into my fortnightly Hair Feature today.

I’ve always loved Avant Garde hairstyling.
It’s when really anything goes.
Imagine playing with crazy styles that clients want
for fashion and photo shoots? Very cool indeed.

 While having a look on the net for some Avant Garde photos,
I came across a French stylist by the name of Arnaud Provost,
and his brand is Arnostyle.

Only relatively new to the Industry with graduating in 2004,
 but wow, his work is amazing!

Here’s a few of my favourites…

Remember his name…Arnaud Provost…He’s going to be BIG!

Chat soon,

Hair: What is it?

Today I’m going to tell you about hair.
What is it exactly?

This is the description on Wikipedia: Hair is a filamentous biomaterial, that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals, but is also found in other animals.

They have a great technical description of what hair actually is…

Each strand of hair is made up of the medulla, cortex, and cuticle. The innermost region, the medulla, is not always present and is an open, unstructured region. The highly structural and organized cortex, or middle layer of the hair, is the primary source of mechanical strength and water uptake. The cortex contains melanin, which colors the fiber based on the number, distribution and types of melanin granules. The shape of the follicle determines the shape of the cortex, and the shape of the fiber is related to how straight or curly the hair is. Asian hair typically has a round fiber and is quite straight. Oval and irregularly-shaped fibers are generally more wavy or even curly. The cuticle is the outer covering. Its complex structure slides as the hair swells and is covered with a single molecular layer of lipid that makes the hair repel water. The diameter of human hair varies from 17 to 180 micrometers (0.00067 to 0.0071 in).
Hair growth begins inside the hair follicle. The only “living” portion of the hair is found in the follicle. The hair that is visible is the hair shaft, which exhibits no biochemical activity and is considered “dead”. The base of the root is called the bulb, which contains the cells that produce the hair shaft. Other structures of the hair follicle include the oil producing sebaceous gland which lubricates the hair and the erector pili muscles, which are responsible for causing hairs to stand up. In humans, with little body hair, the effect results in goose bumps.

The picture below shows an actual strand of hair magnified 200x.
The little cracks are the cuticle and this shows why we use conditioner, to keep this layer down and flat, creating healthier hair.

Here’s a little bit of interesting info about hair colour…

All natural hair colors are the result of two types of hair pigment. Both of these pigments are melanin types, produced inside the hair follicle and packed into granules found in the fibers. Eumelanin is the dominant pigment in dark-blond, brown, and black hair, while pheomelanin is dominant in red hair. Blond hair is the result of having little pigmentation in the hair strand. Gray hair occurs when melanin production decreases or stops.

Now you know a little more about hair and it’s makeup.
It is quite interesting to see how the human body works.

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Hair: Product Review – Big Hair Styler from VS Sassoon

Lots happening here on the blog again this year at Chelley Bean Designs.
I’m going to keep my usual Hair post, although I’ll be doing it once a fortnight.
I have plenty to share this year, but fitting it all in can be a bit tricky, so
I’ll be spacing it out a little. But, don’t worry, you’ll still get plenty of hair
ideas and info from me.

Today I’m going to review the VS Sassoon Big Hair Styler.
I got for one of these bad boys for Christmas and I LOVE it!!!!!

What is it?
It’s a hairdryer with a difference!
If you’re like me…a child of the 80’s…you’ll like big hair.
By big hair, I mean volume.

It’s a long tool with a brush on the end.
Basically, it’s a hairdryer with a rotating barrel.
That means you don’t need a brush, just the big styler.

It blows like a hairdryer and the rotating barrel is ceramic meaning it heats
up quite hot and it’ll smooth your hair much better, giving you more shine.
Kind of like what a straightener does.

If you want all the details about it and what it can do…you can find it here.

Here’s the ad on the VS Sassoon website:

There’s plenty of “How to” videos on how to use the Big Hair Styler on the VS Sassoon website.

I have a couple of tips from personal experience…

1. The barrel goes forwards and backwards, so to perfect this in a mirror can be a little tricky.
If you’re ok with a round brush and a hairdryer, you’ll pick it up pretty quickly.
If not, I’d practice away from the mirror first, and as you perfect it use the mirror.
With everything being backwards, you can get easily confused.
Just a hint…

2. Like any blowdry, it may be easier to dry your hair off first then take to it with the Big Styler.
Cuts down on drying time that way. Get rid of most of the moisture and startdrying  on damp hair.

3. Section your hair and start from the bottom. It’ll be easier if you have some sort of plan. Starting drying from the top won’t be very thorough and you’ll find it won’t get that straight, you’ll still have wave underneath.

There’s some great tips and ideas on the VS Sassoon website.
I thought they’d done a great job of that.
Very helpful…well done VS Sassoon.

If you need extra tutorials, check out Youtube.
There’s heaps on there.

In closing…I love my Big Hair Styler.
Would highly recommend one.
I have thick curly hair when wet and this saved me lots of time, and saved
my wrists from blowdrying with a round brush.
Thumbs up from me!

Chat soon,

Hair: Side Braid Tutorial

Here’s another great braiding tutorial.
This time it’s a side braid!

Source: None via Anet on Pinterest

Nice simple and easy steps to follow!

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Hair: French Braid Tutorial

Braiding seems to have come back in a BIG way.
I see so many girls and women wearing their hair is so many different
braids at the moment.

When I first started my Hairdressing Apprenticeship, way back in the 1990’s(LOL)
braiding was really popular. Then, this classic look seemed to slip away and out of
fashion for a while. But, it’s back!!

I found this good tutorial to show you how to do a French Braid…

This is probably the easiest of the braids.
Happy practicing!

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Hair: Understanding Hair Colour Level and Tone

I coloured my own hair last week.
Being a hairdresser, I’m lucky I know what I’m doing.
It got me thinking…How do you choose colour for your own hair?
Do you stick to something similar to your own colour or go for something very different?
How do you choose it? Did it turn out how you expected?
Do you colour it yourself or go to a Hairdresser and ask for advice?

I found this fabulous article on
It explains all about Colour Levels and Tones perfectly.
I thought I’d share it with you.

Have you ever heard your hair dresser talking about your hair color and wondered
 what planet she was living on? Hair color can be confusing. It’s typically a series of
numbers and letters that describe your hair’s color. Here are the very basics on hair color,
what your hair dresser knows, and how you can be more informed when speaking to your
stylist or choosing your next color.
First let’s define hair color. Hair color is the combined level and tone of a person’s hair.
You may also apply the chemical “hair color” to your hair to change you’re hair’s color.
In the beauty industry, we never refer to hair color as “hair dye”.
As one of my beauty school instructors once said, “You dye an Easter egg,
you don’t dye your hair.”

Hair Color Level
Hair color stars off by identifying the “level” or darkness of the hair.
Whether you’re talking about your natural color or choosing a new color, the first step
is to understand and choose how dark the hair is. Standard hair color levels are defined
on a scale of 1 to 10 with level 1 being the darkest, blackest color and level 10 being
a very light blond color. Here are the 10 standard hair color levels:

Level 1: Black
Level 2: Darkest (almost black) Brown
Level 3: Very Dark Brown
Level 4: Dark Brown
Level 5: Brown
Level 6: Light Brown
Level 7: Dark Blond
Level 8: Medium Blond
Level 9: Blond
Level 10: Light Blond
The lightest platinum blonde colours are often referred to as level 11, 12, or even 13.

Hair Color Tone
After establishing the level of one’s natural or desired hair color, next the tone of hair color
is defined. Hair color tones can be put into three standard categories: warm, cool, or neutral.
When hair stylists discuss color, or if you are choosing a color from a swatch book, the
tones are often indicated with a letter. Here are standard examples of color tones:

N: Neutral. Neither warm, nor cool.

Cool Tones
A: Ash
B: Beige
B: Blue
G: Green V: Violet

Warm Tones
C: Copper
G: Gold
O: Orange
R: Red
W: Warm
RB: Brown/Red
RO: Red/Orange

Tones are often be combined in hair color formulas to create the perfect shade.
For example, an auburn color is achieved by combining neutral or warm tones with red tones.
Red hair color can be made cool by adding violet tones to the color formula.
Sometimes hair colorists achieve the right color combination by mixing different color tones together,
but the hair color companies typically have pre-created colors that feature mixed tones, as well.

Combining Level and Tone
When defining a hair color, the level and tone are combined into a letter/number combination. For example: a warm brown color would be defined as a “5W”. The number indicates the hair color level (brown), and the letter indicates that the tone is warm. Here are a few other examples of hair color defined by the level and tone:

8A: Medium Ash Blond
4RV: Dark Red/Violet
6C: Light Copper Brown
5N: Neutral Brown
9W: Light Warm Blond

Determining a hair color level is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Your opinion may be a level off from the next person’s opinion, but generally speaking, the level is pretty obvious. However, hair color tone is not as easily defined by the eye. What one person my see as “red” the next person may describe as “copper”. This is where pictures and swatches come in very handy to be sure that everyone is speaking the same language.

Make it a little clearer?
Next time you’re going to purchase a box at the supermarket or when you
visit your hairdresser next time around, you’ll know what the numbers and
letters are for on the box or what your Hairdresser is talking about!

Chat soon,

Hair: The Messy Bun

I really like this look.I see it all the time. Not always well done, I might add.

The “messy look” is all the rage.
My hair is exactly like this(maybe a little longer),
so I can sympathise with this style.
The shoulder length, layered, messy, curls look.
Be it natural or if you have to work a little to get them, this is a great idea!

All pinned up very messily.
Hint: Use lots of pins in this one.
*To get a little height in the top, backcomb or tease it a little,
then gently comb the top without combing out the teasing.
*Then pull it up and pin away.
*If you have thicker hair, you may want to use a band, then pull pieces
out and pin them to create the messy look.

Here’s the type of length you’ll need to create this…
A great brush to blowdry and some product and you’re set!

Good luck with it…

I found this idea on Pinterest.
It’s taken from the blog Brunch at Saks, written by Anne-Marie from Los Angeles.
It’s a great read, not just about hair…but lifestyle blog.

Chat soon,

Hair: Winter Hair

How’s your hair feeling this Winter?
With just over a month left of Winter here in Australia, it’s been cold and windy in some parts of the country.
Is your skin feeling dry from the harsh elements?
If the answer’s yes, your hair probably is too.

Hair dries out in this weather and becomes flyaway.  Static electricity can be a real problem.
You may find you’ve had some bad hair days this season? Dry hair goes hand in hand with dull, lifeless hair. But, there is a way to keep it under control.

Make sure you are using moisturising shampoos and conditioners.
These help keep the moisture locked into your hair. For those with colours(…these days, who doesn’t?)
 use moisturing shampoos and conditioners for coloured hair. They treat your hair with a little extra moisturiser, and add goodness to cheically treated hair.

Treat your hair to a Treatment every now and then. I personally treat my hair once a week or so.
Having a colour and foils I find it stays in good shape that way! The treatment adds extra moisture to
drying locks and makes it feel good as well. Be sure to treat your hair with something suitable for your hair type. Ask yor Hairdresser for the best product for you and how often you should treat it!
Everyone’s hair is different, so everyone needs a different regime.

When styling with hairdryers or hot irons, make sure you use a heat sealing spray. It will stop your hair drying out with constant heat on it. The spray helps to seal the hair so you don’t lose too much moisture during styling.

Lastly, once you’ve styled your hair add an oil or spray that helps to prevent static electricity. With so much wind around, it’ll keep your hair from flying away!

By following some of these easy steps, you’ll limit the amount of bad hair days you’ll have this winter!

Chat soon,

Hair: Tutorials for Girls Hair

I thought I’d share a great blog I found recently.
It’s called She does hair and the lovely lady who writes it just loves playing
with her daughters hair. She does a great job and has some fabulous step by step
tutorials on how to create various styles.
There are tutorials all about ponytails, braids and french braids, just to name a few!

Be sure to pop by and check it out…it’s great, especially for those Mums that want
to create something a little different in the mornings and not do the same old hair
for school!

Chat soon,