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The Best Over 40 Hairstyles for Men

John Slattery is one of our favorite men over 40, and his hair is a big part of that charm!

Okay, we admit it, men often get the short end of the stick when it comes to the world of hairstyle tips. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of guys out there looking for great hairstyles! Today, we’re focusing exclusively on looks for men, specifically those men over 40. Over 40 hairstyles for men are some of the most handsome and sexy out there, and finding just the right one for you is as simple as following an easy four step process.

1- Keeping That Hair Healthy

It’s a not-so-secret truth: healthy hair looks best. While 40 is still young and sexy, keeping your hair healthy does become more important as one grows older, and since healthy hair can often be the difference between a decent look and an incredible one, it’s something guys of all ages should be thinking about. The best thing to do to keep hair healthy is to use the right products, which is as simple as finding out what your hair needs and buying the appropriate items. Use HairBetty’s extensive guide to picking hair products here, or if you want, you can always check with the HairBetty experts using our question form on the main site.

2- Color Is Key

Before choosing a cut, thinking about hair color a bit can make a big difference in the way

Jon Hamm is one of the sexiest men on the planet, and his over 40 hairstyle is a true trendsetter.

that your overall look turns out. On this subject, you have two options: go with your natural color, or use hair coloring processes to achieve another. In this day and age, the stigma of greying or whitening hair is no longer what it once was, and we at HairBetty think that whether your hair is staying the same color of your youth or is changing, it’s probably gorgeous! There are few people in the world whose natural hair color is unattractive, and in fact, some of the sexiest men on earth are dudes aged over 40 who have let their hair color change naturally. We’re talking about guys like George Clooney, Anderson Cooper and John Slattery, all of whom have grey hair and all of whom have been considered among the most handsome men on the planet.

Of course, dying hair is also not a problem! When choosing to dye hair as a man of 40 or older, we have this advice: stick to natural hair colors. We don’t mean your own natural hair color specifically, but instead just hair colors that occur naturally. As one matures, wild colors like blues or greens tend to look strange and out of place on men, while brunettes, blacks and even blondes can look absolutely stunning. If you do decide to color your hair, frequent visits to the salon for touch ups are key to keeping your look in perfect condition.

You can’t go wrong with Anderson Cooper’s silver fox look.

3- Sifting Through the Cuts

With a head of healthy hair and your color situation sorted out to perfection, all you have left to choose is the right cut! In this quest, HairBetty’s hairstyles catalog is your very best friend. Do a search for men’s haircuts on our engine, and you’ll see a huge number of possible looks for you, including dozens for men over 40. This is all up to your personal tastes, though we do have a few tips in choosing. First of all, go with what your hair is doing naturally. Forcing odd lengths, strange parts or unnatural texture to hair will more often than not result in a look that just doesn’t quite work. And second, don’t be afraid to ask for advice. There’s a certain awkwardness with many men when it comes to hair salons, and this is unfortunate. Finding a salon and a stylist your comfortable with and can ask advice of is your best bet for a long history of excellent hairstyles. You can also use our unique and experienced set of stylists at HairBetty as your personal hair experts by sending in your photo using our specialized forms on our website. It’s easy, fun and guaranteed to get you a great look!

Whether you’re a hairstyle maven or someone who has never given the issue much thought, this short and simple guide to finding a great hairstyle as a guy aged 40 or over will help you make the process easy, fun and stress-free. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a few new looks, and see what kind of magic you can make happen with your hair! You’d be surprised at what a great new look can do for you, and we think that’s just about the best thing there is.

The Shag Hairstyle Is Messy Perfection

Let’s go shaggy! No, we’re not quoting Scooby Doo, we’re talking about the shag hairstyle! Like a layered, longer pixie or a choppy, less structured bob, the shag is one of the most classic looks out there, and it’s a spectacular way for every woman to toss a little more fun

Shaggy is chic!

into their hairstyle. A look for all ages, this is a great option for everyone, being a great hairstyle for women over 40 and for the very young.

The shag is, at its core, just a look that incorporates layers of hair at different lengths. The shag is usually short to medium and almost always features bangs, though these can be anything from blunt to sideswept to wispy. There is such a thing as a long shag, though this is often mistaken for other layered hairstyles and is less distinctive than the short or medium shag. Shags can also be done completely straight, very wavy, turned up, messy or completely structured. It’s a highly versatile look that can be adapted to just about any personality or occasion.

One thing that’s highly unique about the shag is that it can be easily and exactly traced to exactly one person, one haircut and one stylist. Unlike most hairstyles, which developed over time and through thousands and thousands of people, the shag was developed particularly for one movie and grew from there. Can you guess the original shag? if you’re a movie buff, you’ll remember that Jane Fonda was the very first shag wearer, a style she showcased in the famous detective story Klute. Starring opposite Donald Sutherland, Fonda had her hair done by stylist Paul McGregor, who gave her a fun, modern celebrity hairstyle that became known as the shag. Since this film came out in 1971, people have been adopting the shag for themselves in various ways, making it a modern staple of fashion.

The original shag hairstyle from the film still looks incredible.

In fact, Fonda has been so attached to the shag that she’s kept it for years, trying out various looks as the years have gone by. Her shag has become one of the iconic shags in the world, alongside such famous men and women as Sharon Osbourne, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart. When done right, the celebrity shag has helped boost the image of popular stars in a big way, creating some of the most recognizable images in history.

Shag’s not just for women! This celebrity men’s shag is masculine perfection.

HairBetty has dozens of shag styles on file, from the long and messy to the short and sleek. It’s a great, fun look that provides a lot of fun and energy to your style, and it’s one that any good hairstylist will be able to provide you with. All you need is an idea of how long you want your shag, what texture you want it in and how extreme you want to take it. Using HairBetty’s search engine, you’ll be able to see exactly what kinds of shag hairstyles are out there, and all you have to do after that is bring your desired look into your favorite salon. So get funky, be daring and have some fun, which is just what the shag is meant for!

Hair Color Ideas- Going Red Is Perfect for Autumn

Perhaps it’s because it looks sort-of like fallen leaves, or perhaps it’s because it’s similar to a setting sun; whatever the reason, red is perfect for fall. Since we’re right on autumn’s doorstep, the HairBetty blog knew that this is the absolutely perfect time to talk about red hair color ideas, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do!

This brunette/red combo hair color is killer in this perfect updo.

Though frequently associated with people of Irish descent, the truth is, red hair occurs all over the world in about 1-2% of earth’s population! In fact, it’s estimated that 2-6% of the United States population has red hair, making it the most common place to find the gorgeous trait in the whole world. Red hair is one of the most rare and beautiful human traits to have naturally, as anyone who has taken even a quick look at celebrities with great hair like Laura Prepon, Julianne Moore and Rupert Grint can say for a certainty.

Lucky for the rest of us, modern hair coloring technology has reached the point where being a redhead is within the reach of just about anyone! Whether you choose to dye at home or go to a salon for expert care, you can have red hair regardless of who you are and what your natural color is. All it takes is a few decisions, a little skill and a good dye.

When deciding to go red, you have a whole lot of shades to choose from! People tend to

This red isn’t natural, but it looks absolutely amazing against this girl’s pale skin tone.

think of red hair as just one color, but the truth is that there are absolutely dozens of shades out there to pick from. The red hair spectrum is rather large, going from pale and nearly blonde on one end to bright red on the other, and going from natural to true red on a different scale.

When choosing what shade of red you want to go with, you should pick a color that goes well with your skin tone. This is usually determined by figuring out whether your skin tone is cool or warm. To do so, put a piece of white paper up to your face. If your skin seems pink compared to the paper, you’re probably a cool tone. If it seems yellow, olive or brown, you’re probably warm.

Cool tones go great with just about any shade of red, as the red will bring out the pink in your skin and will contrast gorgeously with everything from ultra-pale natural reds to bright, deep tones that don’t occur in nature.

Those with warm skin tones, on the other hand, need to choose more carefully with red hair. If you choose too light or a color that clashes with your skin color, it can make for a strange contrast. Bright unnatural reds or fiery reds can look great, as can auburns.

When it comes time to actually dye your hair, you have a few choices. You can either go

This light, almost strawberry blonde is one of our very favorite shades.

temporary or permanent, and you can either do it at home or in a salon. We would suggest going with temporary dye for your first attempt at a new shade, which gives you a chance to try it out before you commit. We’d also suggest using a salon, as the quality of their products and experience will almost always be worth the added cost, as you can easily spend just as much fixing mistakes at home. Of course, if you have dark hair already, you may have to bleach your hair to even be able to try red, so once again, it’s a good idea to consult a salon for this process.

As always, if you have any questions about going red, hit our expert staff up with the HairBetty form! You can also use “red hair” or variations on that term (such as “red hair celebrities”) to browse through all the best and most successful shades of red for various skin tones. With these tools at your disposal, and a little bit of knowledge, you can get that fiery look you’ve always wanted in no time flat.

Virtual Hairstyles- The Future Is Here!

Looking around, it’s a pretty clear thing that the future is here. Social interactions happen

Finding great looks like the pixie is easier than ever with virtual hairstyles.

online more often than not, most people carry around a computer in their hand more powerful than PCs 10 years ago and there are even cars that park themselves! And best of all, in HairBetty’s opinion, this futuristic world also includes the greatness that are virtual hairstyles, the latest and most useful innovation in the long history of hairstyle ideas. What do we mean exactly by virtual hairstyles? Well, we’ll tell you!

Virtual hairstyles are any hairstyles you find online, as opposed to on paper or people in person. But more than that, the point of virtual hairstyles is to use the power and scope of computers and the Internet to discover new and exciting hairstyles for the people of the world. Before technology changed everything about finding hairstyles, people were forced to try and remember hairstyles they had stumbled across or spend dollar after dollar on expensive fashion magazines that might not even have anything in them they liked. As much fun as it can be to have a few good fashion mags around, this was a pricey and inefficient way to pick a new hairstyle. Nowadays though, there are a huge number of options out there that are not only free, they’re also easy to use and incredibly comprehensive.

One great example of the new trend of virtual hairstyles is the HairBetty hairstyles catalog, which regular readers will already know plenty about. Since we’ve talked about this at length before, we won’t go too much into it, but a good summary of the catalog is to think of it as a searchable library of hairstyles. Got an idea? Have a color in mind? Looking for a certain celebrity’s style? All it takes is a search term and a few seconds, and you’ll be looking at dozens of hairstyles that fit exactly the idea you have in mind.

A look at the new iPhone HairBetty app!

Beyond the HairBetty catalog, we’ve got a new virtual hairstyles tool we’re super excited about to show you today! This has only been out for a couple of weeks, and it takes the idea of virtual hairstyles to the next level like nothing ever has. We’re talking about HairBetty’s awesome new smartphone app. While the online catalog is a great and powerful tool, you don’t always have time to head to a computer to use it, and on-the-fly hair appointments can often mean that you don’t have access to it when you need it. The virtual hairstyles app changes all of that forever. It brings the same searching power and comprehensive catalog of styles right to your phone, where you can do just about everything you can on the site. Browse through looks, consult with an expert, even save your favorite styles for later reference! We think having access to these pictures of hairstyles anywhere you go is a revolution in the hair industry, and we’re thrilled to bring it to the world.

As technology continues to grow, it only makes sense that the hairstyling industry will be changed for the better. We can only imagine what the next few years will hold, from holographic styles projected right onto your head to ultra-precise styling tools, it’s sure to be an incredible time for the world of hair! And right now, there’s no piece of tech out there more interesting than the virtual hairstyle, especially when you can have thousands o them in your own pocket. HairBetty is dedicated to keeping you up to date on all the latest advancements in the hair industry, so bookmark this page and check back regularly as we report on everything hair, from new technology to new looks and everything in between.

Celebrity hairsyles like Zachary Quinto’s are just a few clicks or buttons away!

The Top Women’s Celebrity Hair Styles in the World

A few posts ago, we talked about how HairBetty’s in-depth hairstyle catalog can show you the best celebrity hair in the world and showcased a few of our very favorite celebrity looks. Today, we’re flipping the script and are going to highlight some of your favorite celebrity hair styles ever. Confused? Don’t be! HairBetty’s expert team of researchers and data-sifters have put their skills to use and have found the most popular and searched for women’s celebrity hairstyles in the world right now. We’re hugely proud of these guys, and we’re excited to show off this dynamic list of ladies today here at the blog! Not at all surprisingly, these eight women come from the world of entertainment, specifically music, TV and film.

Sounds Good, Looks Great

This cute curly brunette look is killer on Selena Gomez with sideswept bangs.

To kick off our list, we’ve got Selena Gomez, our youngest star and the owner of an incredible head of hair. Also an actress, Gomez got big from her show on the Disney Channel and used that star power to kick off a hugely successful movie career. In addition to her gorgeous voice and excellent acting chops, Gomez’s deep, almost black brunette hair has been a large part of her popularity over the years. Gomez is not afraid to try out different looks, having been seen sporting everything from blunt bangs on straight hair to a cool, edgy pompadour to the excellent side-braid hairstyle.

Our next star likes her music a little country and her hair a little rock and roll. Carrie Underwood is the name, and we’re guessing you know her from her winning stint on the incredibly popular American Idol reality show. The talented songstress rocketed to fame with her subsequent albums, and her blonde locks have captivated people worldwide. We can’t get enough of her bouncy waves and layers of golden, shiny hair here at the blog, and according to our research, neither can anybody else!

As Seen on TV

Television has never been as good in history as it is right now, and Eva Longoria Parker is

Eva Longoria Parker stuns in just about any hairstyle, but we especially love this updo.

one of the biggest names on the small screen at the moment. Rocking her beautiful chestnut brunette look on her hit show Desperate Housewives, Parker is often seen out at events with excellent formal updos, modern bobs and even left down long, wavy and sexy.

Another youngster with style that belies her age, reality TV star Lauren Conrad is the only other blonde on our list. With a look that’s gone from sandy blonde to shimmering gold throughout the years, Conrad has made a name as a hairstyle trendsetter, especially for fans of her shows Laguna Beach and The Hills. True to the California roots of her shows, Conrad keeps it casual, light and fun with cute braided looks, chic ponytails and gorgeous waves.

The Dr. is in! At least the hair doctor, that is. Kate Walsh rounds out our TV star section with her auburn shoulder-length look. Walsh changes things up between straight and wavy and likes to play with parted bangs in ways we just love. It’s no wonder that this amazing woman started out her career as a model, she’s just that gorgeous.

She might play a doctor on TV, but we think Kate Walsh’s modeling career could have been enough to make her famous with great looks like this one.

The Best Hair on the Silver Screen

Few in the world have the kind of style that movie stars can often pull off, and Jessica Alba is by far one of the most well-put together women in all of film history. Starting off in TV, Alba’s beautiful golden brown hair was simply too much for the small screen, and she soon showed up as a star in films like Sin City. A classy lady, Alba likes to wear her hair long and curly, but she often puts it in a cool updo for her frequent charity events.

When you win an Academy Award, you don’t really need great hair, but it seems that someone has forgotten to tell that to Halle Berry! Without question one of the most talented people to ever star in a film, Halle Berry’s short curly hair has won her almost fans as her acting. Berry isn’t one to play it safe and stick to her charming signature do though- she’s also been known to kill with a straight, flirty pixie and even long white colored hair (such as in X-Men).

A cute bob on a cute lady! Katie Holmes made this look a huge deal in the 90′s, and is still a major fashionista today.

Wrapping up, we leave one of the best and most popular for last in the ultra-famous Katie Holmes. Ms. Holmes has never let the huge amount of interest in her every move keep her from looking incredible all the time, and a big part of that image is her amazing celebrity hairstyle. In fact, Holmes has been a major part of why cuts like the a-frame bob and sideswept bangs have rocked the world in the last few decades.

These eight women are undeniably some of the most fashionable in the world, and according to the research of the crack HairBetty team, they’re also the most popular when it comes to celebrity hairstyles. For more great celebrity looks from these and other stars, make sure to give a few of your favorite names a search on our powerful engine, and see if you can’t find something you’d like to try out for yourself.

New Hair Color Ideas: Pastels, Pastels, Pastels!

Have you seen them? They’re everywhere! Taking over our heads, sometimes in parts, sometimes altogether. Know what we’re talking about? Pastels hair colors, of course! When it comes to hair color ideas, pastels are the hottest thing out there for this year, and we think probably for the next few as well. Pastels can be done all over, in combinations, in small pieces or even in the ultra-hip ombre hairstyle, and for those looking to stand out in a big way, they’re the it colors of right now.

Pastel hair colors are bursting onto the scene in a big way!

This incredibly cool and highly modern trend has its roots in the experimentation of the Japanese Harajuku fashion, something which has been brought to mainstream American through people like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. Harajuku fashion made intense and bright hair colors very popular, especially bright pinks, greens and blues. Unlike most Harajuku fashion however, the current pastel fashion takes those super-bright colors and tones them down to tones more like Easter colors.

This pale pastel purple is peachy-keen in our book!

These gorgeous colors include those such as light seafoam greens, pale pinks, faded sky blues (close to robin’s egg blue) and even tints of purple. The idea is to avoid bright, vibrant colors and stick to the pale versions. If you do that, you can pull off this trend in almost any color in the rainbow, excluding, of course, standard natural hair colors.

If pastel colors appeal to you, what you want to think about when deciding how to pull off this trend is how to apply it to your own hair. The all-over dye job is extremely popular right now, especially with pinks and seafoam greens, as can be seen on the popular culture blogging platforms Tumblr and Pinterest. This is a bit extreme for some, however, as it usually requires a complete bleaching of the hair and frequent touch-ups, though done right it can look absolutely stunning.

A slightly less extreme option, though still pretty eye-catching is to go the ombre route. As we’ve mentioned before in a previous post, the ombre hairstyle involves a gradual fade from one hair color to another throughout the length of the locks. This works especially well with brunette and blonde hair when using pastels.

Pastels can also look supercool when mixed into another hair color in small pieces.

Here’s an ombre pastel! Double cool.

Dip-dying is a great option when wanting to try this out, which involves taking small pieces of hair and dying them individually in a pastel color by dipping them into the dye. This can be done in a variety of colors for a pastel rainbow effect, in two or three complementing colors or even just on one small piece to create a unique look. Trying a few pieces to begin can also help you decide whether or not you like the pastel trend on your own hair, since it’s not quite so much of a risk.

When it comes to trendy, gorgeous hair coloring trends, there’s nothing out there the HairBetty blog has been more excited about than pastels, and it’s a great time to jump on this trend in its early stages! We think this one will be around for a while, so get an early start on it and head over to the HairBetty search page for pastel hair now!

Spicing Up Your Braided Hair Styles

Scarlett Johansson is one of many celebs to rock the halo braid in recent days.

We told you we would, so let’s get to business and back to braids! A couple days ago we told you a bit about some of HairBetty’s favorite braided hair styles out there right now, but that’s only half the story when it comes to this great look. Once you’ve picked out the braids you want, you don’t have to stop there, but can actually give your plaits a little “oomph” with a few easy and fun ideas. From accessories to wrapping braids to using hair color along with braids, braids these days have tons of options for taking the look to the next level.

Halos and Crowns for Angels and Royalty

You’ve probably seen this great idea for braid hairstyles implemented on everyone from celebrities to the hip people in your town: we’re talking about the braid crown or halo! Essentially, this just means that the braid goes around the top of the head, as opposed to hanging down the back or the side. This can either be done wrapped around the “crown” of the head (thus the “crown” name) or sitting more on top in a smaller ring (the “halo”). You can either do this cool look by taking a braid that would hang down and wrap it around the head, pinning it in place, or you can actually braid the hair at the top of the head into a crown if it’s long enough and you have the plaiting skills. This second look is especially cool because you can keep the hair in the back hanging down gracefully, which perfectly complements the crown or halo braid.

Braid Accessories? Oh Yes!

It might not be the first thing you think of when you envision new braids for yourself, but

A few flowers go a long way!

adding a few accessories to your braids has become a hugely popular and super-chic idea that we seriously love. The most classic of these are flowers, which are especially seen combined with the halo or crown braid for a cool boho look. The tension of braids provide a perfect grip to casually put a few blooms into, which looks especially good at the top or bottom of the braids. You can also actually braid flowers into the hair, if they have a long enough stem! Of course, if you’d rather have something you can re-use, high-quality faux flowers are a great option. In a related vein, we’ve even seen some gorgeous, leafy ivy and other plants woven into braids. Just get creative, and make sure whatever plant you use is in tip-top shape.

Other than plant-based accessories, you’ve got a huge number of options out their for spicing up the look of your braids. Vintage jewelry pieces, especially pins, broaches and clips look absolutely stunning when used in conjunction with the right braid. If you’ve got some old designer pieces sitting around, especially those from the 80′s and 60′s, try them out with a braid and see what cool combos you can come up with. Another cool idea we’ve seen in some of the hippie-influenced fashion out there is to braid in feathers or feather hair extensions with braids, giving a bit of a Pocahontas look.

Dye Those Braids

If we had to pick one trend for sprucing up braids that we like the most at HairBetty, it would hands-down be combining great hair color jobs with great braid looks. Especially cool with braided hairstyles like the fishtail, what’s so cool about this idea is that you can

A combo fishtail braid/pastel hair color is the latest word in cool.

use techniques like dip-dying, single piece dying or even an ombre combined with braids for incredibly unique looks. Dip-dyes and single piece dying can even show off the complexity of a braid by allowing the eye to follow each piece of hair as it weaves in and out of the braid. We especially like this look when a non-natural color, such as pastels or bright blues or sea green, is combined with natural colors such as blonde or brunette hair.

And there are our suggestions for making your plaits look great, unique and stylish! Next time you’ve got the hankering to braid up your hair, give one of these a try, and HairBetty guarantees you’ll turn heads everywhere you go.

Find the Best Hairstyle Pictures with the World’s Premier Hairstyles Catalog

Those of you who have been following the blog from the first post will remember us telling you about how HairBetty can show you hairstyle pictures like no other website out there. What we were talking about is HairBetty’s hairstyles catalog, one of the most powerful tools ever created for finding new looks and keep up with what the world is doing with their hair. We’ve told you in other posts how to use our catalog to find specific things, but today we’re going to look a little bit more into what exactly the hairstyle catalog and finder is and what you can do with it.

Bobs are just one of the many styles the HairBetty catalog can show you.

First of all, you might not realize it when using or browsing through the hairstyle catalog, but a great amount of research and work go into building such a thing. Setting aside the countless hours of coding and programming to even build a search engine, the collection and updating of the hairstyles of the world is a process that requires teams of experts working constantly to make sure they catalog every style out there. That’s what we here at HairBetty have assembled: a crack team of experts that is not only chock full of experienced stylists and fashion experts, but is also out there in the world every day collecting styles for you to browse through.

These thousands and thousands of styles are then analyzed intensely according to their

HairBetty is ideal for both men and women looking for a new cut!

current-ness, their longevity, who they will work for and who has been wearing them, among other things. This process ensures that the cuts and styles we bring you at the site are not only the hottest at this exact moment, like the ombre, but also include classic looks that never go out of style, like the immortal pixie and bob haircuts. It also makes sure that when you look for something new, we’ve got it categorized so it is easy to find with a simple search. On top of that, our experts being out in the field daily as well as paying close attention to trends on the web means that the HairBetty catalog is constantly being updated, so each time you come to the site you’re likely to find a new look.

And that brings us to the best and most important part of the HairBetty catalog: using it! All it takes to find the most spectacular hairstyles out there is a compute, curiosity and a few minutes, and you can find just about every hairstyle in existence. There are two primary ways to use the hair styles catalog: by searching for a term or by browsing randomly. The search function is the easiest way to find exactly the hair you want on the entire web- just type in the length, style, color or idea you have in mind and hit enter! Within seconds, HairBetty will consult its immense databases and the powerful search engine will compile a large set of photos that show you variations on what you’re looking for. For instance, try a search for “red hair” or “bob,” and you’ll find dozens of results that show you exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re not quire sure yet what you’re interested in, no problem! The HairBetty homepage is full of examples of some of the most popular and most searched-for hairstyles, looks and colors on the web right now. We keep up with what people are searching for every day, and we adjust our site accordingly. That means that you can simply browse randomly and see all the best looks that are hot right now with no problem!

From the simple and easy to complex high-fashion dos, all styles are searchable with the HairBetty engine.

Using the hairstyles catalog’s search and browse features, we think you’ll have the best chance to find a hairstyle you like of anyone in the world. Don’t believe us? Spend a few minutes looking through the pictures of hairstyles, and we know you’ll find something you can’t wait to try on your own hair. Give it a whirl, and see what a difference the right hairstyle finder can make in your life. We think you’ll be happily surprised.

Braided Hairstyles, From the Classic to the Contemporary

A classic, neat fishtail braid can be worn casually or for formal occasions.

People have been braiding hair for centuries, but here at HairBetty, we think that there’s never been a time when braid hair styles were so cool or in style as right now! From classic braided hair styles like the French braid to modern looks like the cascade or waterfall braid, braids never seem to go out of style, and right now they’re a great option for those looking to do something different with their hair.

Classic Braided Looks

These braid styles might have been around for a long, long time, but that’s because they’re so great, they never stop being cool! Our favorite of the classic braids is also one of the most popular out there right now: the fishtail braid. Seen incorporated into celebrity hairstyles worldwide, this interesting braid is made to look like the tail of a fish, giving it

Miley’s cool side-braid is a fun new twist on a classic plait.

both a unique name and look. The most common of braid, of course, is the French braid, which uses three pieces of hair layered one over the other in a specific pattern to create a great perennially popular look. French braids are slightly different from what is considered a “standard” braid in that the braiding begins at the top of the head, as opposed to at the neck. Another variation on the standard braid, the Dutch braid is a reverse French braid which causes the plaits of the braid to point the opposite direction (up, instead of down).

Chic, Modern Braids for the Modern Girl

When the standard, oldschool braided looks just aren’t doing it for you, fear not! Modern days have seen some super-chic braid techniques come about that we are crazy for. Of these, our three favorites are the side-braid, the cascade braid and the wild and funky Venice braid. The side-braid is exactly what it sounds like, though it’s not the actual braid that makes it new, but where it’s placed on the head! Sported by young starlets like Miley Cyrus, the side-braid is just about any kind of braid placed on the side of the head as opposed to the back. The cascade braid, is one of the few that can’t be done this way, as it is a super-new type of braid that is plaited partway down the back of long hair, which then drops back the normal way. Also called the waterfall braid, this cool look is meant to make the hair look like it’s cascading like moving water, and it’s our very favorite of the new looks. A close second, however, is the awesome Venice braid. Similar to the French or fishtail braids, in that it takes the hair into one solid plait, the Venice braid is an ultra-messy couture braid hugely popular with the fashion world right now. Its wild strands and tousled look contrast with the structure of the braid for an incredibly modern style that’s to die for.

How cool is this funky new style of braid, the Venice braid?!

These are obviously not the only braided styles out there, but you can always use the HairBetty search to scope out a few other looks! We’ll also be approaching braids again later this week in another article to give you some more great ideas, so be sure to check back later this week for some neat ideas for how to make braids look even better. We guarantee, you won’t want to miss these cool tips!

Everyone Loves Blonde Hair Coloring!

Naturally-colored hair can be a treat, but sometimes we all just want to shake things up a bit with a new hair color. Never before has changing the look of your locks been so easy or in style as right now, so it’s a great time to think about switching to a cool new color! Of course, when it comes to American classic looks, everyone loves a blonde, as they say. And, lucky for you adorers of golden hair, blonde is in right now in a big way, with everyone from celebrities to fashion models sporting the color!

Lady Gaga’s platinum blonde look has been a big part of the resurgence of blonde as the hottest color.

When you’re thinking about going blonde, what you want to think about first is what shade of blonde will work best for your skin. While you can always dye your hair any color you want, certain tones of blonde will look better on different types of skin. The rule of thumb for going blonde is simple: the lighter the skin, the lighter the blonde should be and the darker the skin, the darker the blonde should be. If you’re pale-skinned, ultra-light blondes (even almost white) can look incredible.  If you tend to tan, light blondes may contrast strangely with your skin, but caramel blonde tones can be pulled off with great success. If you think you’re somewhere in the middle, sandy blondes and golden blondes will work incredibly well.

Now, let’s get down to the fun part and look closer at a few blonde shades! Blonde hair

Classic golden blonde is a sure stunner when it comes to color.

color falls on a shade scale that goes from cool to warm, with those in-between known as neutral shades. Which part of the scale a shade falls on is pretty easy to determine; simply ask yourself if it’s closer to white or closer to golden/light brown. Those that fall closer to white are cool, while golden and light brown are more warm tones.

Cool blonde hair colors include the lightest colored blondes out there. These include everything from just a tick from white to those with just a hint of yellow in them, and they’re absolutely gorgeous against pale skin. Platinum blondes are included in this part of the spectrum, and they’re also some of the most popular and hip colors out there right now. In fact, some people are taking the whole platinum blonde thing to the next level and going with full-on white hair these days!

Neutral blonde colors are those that seem neither white nor golden, but are a soft yellow sandy color in between. Most people will look great with neutral blondes, and the look can be spiced up with lighter highlights for a truly unique look. The term “honey blonde” is often applied to neutral blondes, though that can also be  a bit of a warmer hair color, depending on how it’d done.

This version of strawberry blonde is almost red, but still retains the warm glow that makes blonde so popular.

Speaking of warm, those with deeper skin tones often think that they can’t make blonde look good, but we at HairBetty say that’s not true! You just need to find the right shade and the right colorist, and you can pull off blonde just as well as anyone ever has. Think sandy, classic golden or even so-called “dirty” blondes that have shades of brunette mixed in. One interesting look we think takes some courage to try, but looks amazing if done right, is to throw out the rule book and go platinum blonde or white on very dark skin. If you’re just a little tan, this can come off as strange looking, but if you have a deep, rich skin tone, it can look amazing.

Past these standard blonde looks, there are some seriously cool unique shades that use blonde of their base. The most commonly known of these, of course, is the strawberry blonde hair color, which adds a hint of red or auburn to a blonde that’s usually of a lighter shade. In addition to that, many people these days have been using blonde as the base color for exciting bits of color, including individual streaks of colors such as red or deep blue and green or interesting highlights like the ombre hair look. Blonde is our favorite look for these great and ultra-modern coloring ideas, and it can be a great way to give your look a little more oomph.

To check out a few different looks of blonde hair coloring, give the HairBetty search engine

Get crazy with your blonde with some fun dyed pieces, highlights or even a full ombre!

a whirl and see what our hair experts have collected! Once you’ve done that, all it takes is to bring your look into an expert stylist who can give you the stunning blonde color of your dreams. People say that blondes have the most fun; why not give that theory a try and go blonde today?