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The Bob: A Cut That Never Goes Out of Style

Beautiful Classic Bob by Riccardo Maggiore

Beautiful Classic Bob by Riccardo Maggiore

The Bob is a truly versatile style that works with woman of all ages.  It is a classic look that can be styled in many ways. The Bob has a long history as depicted with the hairstyles of Joan of Arc and Cleopatra and Egyptology, but it did not gain notoriety until the 1920’s when it became synonymous the Flapper look. 

To wear your hair short was a major statement, one of independence, defiance and act of rebellion against female expectations.

Hollywood Starlet, Louise Brooks

Hollywood Starlet, Louise Brooks

It was a major boost to the hair industry as Hollywood Starlets starting cutting their long locks. The style evolved as it entered the mainstream.

Because hairdressers in the beauty salons often refused to comply with the controversial request of chopping hair off at the ears.  Women found barber shop owners slightly more amenable to the idea, and so typically went there for the bob. The New York Times reported in 1924 that thousands of women of all ages were invading traditional men’s barber shops and demanding the new cuts!

Vidal Sassoon

The look took a dip in popularity in the 1930’s, but the haircut was once again revived by Vidal Sassoon and it took the 1960’s mod scene by storm with clean tight lines and surprising geometric shapes.

The bob, quite possibly the best known short haircut, has a rich history and has seen many transformations.  The hair style, classic and smooth, edgy, LOB, or shaggy, is forever ingrained in our culture.

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Quick Holiday Hair Hack

For a Quick 'do sweep back hair in a low twist with ends out and add a decorative accessory as shown here (from holiday decorations...LOL) shiny berries or whatever decoration compliments your outfit .

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Fringe Benefits: Riccardo Maggiore's Tips For Trimming Your Bangs

There are only a few things I don't like about having curly hair, and at the top of the list is not being able to pull off bangs. I love them, and have always felt serious hair envy toward those who have perfect, eyebrow-skimming fringe (Zoey Deschanel, Rachel Bilson, and Nicole Richie: I'm looking at you). If you're lucky enough to be able to rock the bangs, here are some tips from NYC stylist Riccardo Maggiore for how to maintain your 'do at home:

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Zoey Deschanel

Zoey Deschanel

1) Get the right scissors
Scissors you have lying around the house are most likely too big and the blade too thick to cut bangs. The wrong scissors can easily cause you to make a mistake. I suggest going to your local drug store or beauty supply store to pick up some mini shears. Having the correct scissors will allow for more precision and control.


2) Cut hair dry
Wash your hair and dry it thoroughly prior to cutting bangs. If you cut hair when it’s wet, you may accidentally cut too much, as wet hair deceptively looks longer.


3) Don’t pull
Avoid pulling your hair down while cutting. The extra tension will make the hair seem longer, so when you release the bangs they will be much shorter than expected.


4) Be mindful of your cutting technique
I suggest taking a sharp hair scissor, positioning hair below the brow and cutting vertically in little choppy pieces, slowly chipping away from one side of the face to the other. Don’t try to cut your bangs straight across, since it’s almost impossible to keep a perfectly straight line.


5) Take your time
Stop and evaluate your cut; thinking carefully whether or not you need to cut more hair. It’s better to take your time and be mindful not to cut off too much at once.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Shampoo

Learn surprising facts about washing your hair

Shampoo like a pro

When it comes to shampooing your hair, it's as simple as lather, rinse, repeat. Or is it? By now we all know there's no need to repeat––the instruction is just a clever ploy to get consumers to use up the product more quickly. But that's not all. We talked to the pros for insider information on everything from how to keep color from fading to the right way to wash your hair. Read on to get the lowdown on what you need to know to start having a good hair day, every day.

1. Shampoo is not the most important part of washing. You can buy the most expensive shampoo on the market, but if you aren't using it correctly you won't see results. "The massaging of the scalp and hair as well as the rinsing are the most important parts of washing your hair," says celebrity stylist Riccardo Maggiore. Curl expert Ouidad recommends using the cushions of your fingers to massage the scalp while you shampoo in order to get rid of the secretion of sebum (an oily, waxy substance) so hair follicles can grow healthily from the scalp. And always be sure to rinse the shampoo completely out of your hair to prevent buildup.

2. Natural home remedies aren't necessarily better. Just because a shampoo contains a natural ingredient doesn't mean that ingredient is good for you on its own. "Lemon, for example, can irritate the scalp and hair follicle," says Maggiore. "And mint and menthol—which, when used in salon products can create a soothing effect—can actually cause severe allergic reactions when used in home remedies." So don't use shampoos as guides to what to use on your hair—they've all been formulated and balanced by professionals.

3. Don't expect the same results as in shampoo commercials. "I know firsthand that all the volume in those beautiful flowing full-headed hair ads comes from setting the hair in hot rollers," says Terrence Renk, a television and film hair stylist. "While you do need a good foundation product to create the swelling of the cuticle that creates volume, those luxurious locks of hair are the result of very patient and talented hair artists."

4. Less is more. According to Maggiore, using too much shampoo—more than a quarter-sized amount––to create a lot of foam is actually counterproductive. "Foam can help you effectively work the shampoo into the hair and scalp, but too much foam actually prevents you from massaging the shampoo in properly."

5. Even though a shampoo boasts a fancy-sounding ingredient, it might not do any good. "I've seen some shampoos that contain olive oil or caviar," says celebrity stylist Philip Pelusi, owner of New York City's Tela Design Studio. "But for it to make a difference, the shampoo needs to contain anywhere from one to five percent of that ingredient." Similarly, Pelusi advises being wary of bold claims. "When companies make a big promise, they have to deliver results right away. So if you use a conditioning shampoo, it may work well the first few times, but you might notice it over-delivering—creating a buildup––by the third or fourth wash."

6. You can buy salon shampoo brands in a drugstore. Though in the past you may have heard you shouldn't buy salon brand hair products at the drugstore or big-box store because they might be diluted or low-quality, that isn't necessarily the case anymore. "With the economy as it is, companies are finding different ways of getting their products out to the market," says Ouidad. "So some brands are simply extending the places where they sell their products."

7. Blondes need to use clarifying shampoo more often. If you have chemically treated light hair, you need to use a clarifying shampoo more consistently. "Dyed or highlighted hair—particularly bleached hair—becomes very porous," says Renk. "So it can easily absorb unwanted yellowish tones from the outside environment, like from hairspray, perspiration, city smog and even minerals from your shower water." Using a clarifying shampoo weekly will help dissolve product and natural buildup, neutralizing those unwanted tones.

8. Your hair doesn't get used to shampoo over time. If you notice your shampoo isn't working quite as well as it used to, don't toss the bottle. "You hair changes with the seasons, so that might account for a difference in texture," says Ouidad. "Or, if you aren't rinsing thoroughly enough, there might be a buildup of product on your scalp. It has nothing to do with the shampoo not working for you anymore. You don't change your face cleanser, so why would you change your shampoo?"

9. Even the fanciest shampoo can't permanently change your hair. "Washing your hair with the right shampoo is like a great exercise program: As long as you do it you'll look good, but if you quit, three months later you're back to where you started," says Pelusi.

10. Not all ingredients are created equally. "Many shampoos contain foaming agents like ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate, which are harsh and drying to the scalp," Maggiore says. "So you should stay away from those shampoos." Instead, sodium laureth sulfate is a gentler agent, as well as TEA lauryl or laureth sulfates, which are also good picks.

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Best Haircuts for my Face Shape

Your face shape: OVAL/LONG

oval

You fall into this category if the widths of your brow, cheekbones and jaw are almost equal, and you have a gently rounded hairline.

JenniferAniston

FAMOUS FACES
Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Alba

YOUR SUPER SNIP
“This is the most versatile face shape. You can pull off almost any look—short or long, straight or wavy,” explains celebrity stylist Riccardo Maggiore of Riccardo Maggirore Salon in New York City. “Sophisticated bobs, bangs and long, beachy waves are especially flattering.

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Summer Style at The Riccardo Maggiore Salon

ReBlogged: BeautyNews NYC

 By Kim Taylor

Hot summer weather necessitates special hair care, and the Riccardo Maggiore Salon on the Upper East Side offers great cuts, color, and hair care tips to keep your tresses in season. This sun-filled salon, with floor-to-ceiling windows, is stocked with amenities and a full range of services including hair care, makeup application, waxing, facials and nail care services. Clients receive tailored care based upon their individual style, unique needs, features and hair type, which means you leave with a cut or color most suitable for you. Riccardo Maggiore, a hair stylist originally from Italy, delivers professional precision cuts, color, and texturizing treatments. His salon is modern and stylish without being stuffy, and his personnel exude warmth.

57th old location

Riccardo and his staff can help you find the proper conditioner for your hair type, and he offer tips as to how to best care for your hair in the heat. Summer is a time when hair is at optimal frizz level, threatening to fly out of control, and the alternating whammy of humidity, beach hair, chlorine and dry heat always threatens to sap moisture from your strands. It’s also a season when cuts and styles are looser and more free-flowing: up-dos, cascading locks that are easily pinned up, and short, crop cuts can all help relive the heat. A face-framing fringe trend brings bangs back for summer and options range from short and angled or long and wispy. Don’t forget that hair products with sunscreen are a must as well.

As for color trends, honey is the keyword this season. The Oscars ushered in the trend: It didn’t matter whether hair was blond, red, or brunette strands were infused with golden honey hues. Gone are the frosty, chunky, painted-in color looks, and in their place is softer, more toned-down warmth. Healthy, hydrated, well-kept hair with elasticity (that is partially true to its original color) is absolutely chic and in style.

The Riccardo Salon is a place where you can truly relax as you’re pampered. The celebrity clientele includes Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Katie Couric, Iman, and Meredith Viera. It’s located at 136 East 57th Street (at Lexington Avenue), 3rd Floor. The phone number is (212) 586-6482. They accept Visa and Mastercard, not American Express

Hot summer weather necessitates special hair care, and the Riccardo Maggiore Salon on the Upper East Side offers great cuts, color, and hair care tips to keep your tresses in season. This sun-filled salon, with floor-to-ceiling windows, is stocked with amenities and a full range of services including hair care, makeup application, waxing, facials and nail care services. Clients receive tailored care based upon their individual style, unique needs, features and hair type, which means you leave with a cut or color most suitable for you. Riccardo Maggiore, a hair stylist originally from Italy, delivers professional precision cuts, color, and texturizing treatments. His salon is modern and stylish without being stuffy, and his personnel exude warmth.

Riccardo and his staff can help you find the proper conditioner for your hair type, and he offer tips as to how to best care for your hair in the heat. Summer is a time when hair is at optimal frizz level, threatening to fly out of control, and the alternating whammy of humidity, beach hair, chlorine and dry heat always threatens to sap moisture from your strands. It’s also a season when cuts and styles are looser and more free-flowing: up-dos, cascading locks that are easily pinned up, and short, crop cuts can all help relive the heat. A face-framing fringe trend brings bangs back for summer and options range from short and angled or long and wispy. Don’t forget that hair products with sunscreen are a must as well.

As for color trends, honey is the keyword this season. The Oscars ushered in the trend: It didn’t matter whether hair was blond, red, or brunette strands were infused with golden honey hues. Gone are the frosty, chunky, painted-in color looks, and in their place is softer, more toned-down warmth. Healthy, hydrated, well-kept hair with elasticity (that is partially true to its original color) is absolutely chic and in style.

The Riccardo Salon is a place where you can truly relax as you’re pampered. The celebrity clientele includes Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Katie Couric, Iman, and Meredith Viera. It’s located at 114 East 57th Street (Between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue), The phone number is (212) 586-6482. They accept Visa and Mastercard, not American Express

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