Quick and Easy Hairstyles for the Holidays

Quick and easy hairstyles for the holidays

Whether you’re headed to your holiday work party, a big dinner with the family, or a romantic evening for two, you want to look fabulous; but honestly, who has time for a complicated updo or a trip to the salon for a blow-out? We’ve got you covered! Here are some quick and easy hairstyles that are perfect for all of your festive holiday activities. Cheers to that!

Natural Curls

If you have natural curls, kinks, or spirals, lucky you! Don’t fight those curls; play them up. Start preparing your look in the shower with a leave-in curl defining cream/conditioner, comb in while wet (using a wide toothed comb), squish, and then wrap in a soft t-shirt or hair towel to dry. Don’t rub! If you have the time to let your hair dry naturally, do. If not, use a diffuser on your hair dryer and avoid brushing. Result, your natural curls will shine, not frizz!

Half-Up Waves

For mid-length and longer hair, you can change things up by pulling the top section of your hair into a high ponytail, and use a large-barrel curling iron to create loose waves throughout your hair. Pull some hair, light and thin, out in front of each ear for a slightly more relaxed, playful look.

Coiled Topknot

Who doesn’t love a topknot? It’s fast, easy, and actually works better when your hair is a little dirty! Gather all of your hair into a high pony at the top of your head and secure with an elastic. Then coil your ponytail (you can even braid it if you want to get fancy) and wrap the coil around the elastic. Secure with bobby pins or another elastic, and use a little dab of hair oil to tame any frizz. Add a sparkly headband to be festive!

Slicked-Back Pony or Braid

The long, slicked-back ponytail is a trend that is hugely popular. It looks sleek and sophisticated, and is as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Pull up your hair into a high ponytail. 2. Slick down any flyaways with a hair serum, oil or gel as you go. 3. Secure with an elastic. To enhance the look, add in some extensions for extra length and drama. You can also do this style with a braid.

Sleek & Straight

Finally, you can keep it simple and let your hair down. Starting on damp hair, make a center part. Apply a heat protectant or straightening balm, and blow dry your hair using a paddle brush. Follow by flat-ironing your hair, and top it off with a little oil or smoothing serum for shiny, smooth holiday hair.

If you love learning about the latest hairstyles and beauty trends, consider turning your passion into a career! Shore Beauty School offers a program in Cosmetology which can put you on the path to a beautiful future. Schedule a virtual tour today, contact us to learn more, or give us a call at (609) 645-3635.

Balayage Hair Ideas to Try This Spring

Balayage Hair Ideas to Try This Spring

Ready to kick off this spring with some Balayage hair ideas that you are going to want to try? If you’re not familiar with the hugely popular hair trend, Balayage, you should get familiar. What is Balayage? Strictly speaking, Balayage is derived from the French word bilayer, which means to sweep or to paint. A fitting description because in the world of beauty, it’s a technique of literally hand-painting highlights onto the hair. But in such a way that the color is applied to the hair in a more subtle, dimensional way that looks effortlessly natural. Translation? Perfect pops of color and contrast without the distinct stripes of traditional highlights. If you’re ready to take the Balayage plunge, check out some of the gorgeous styles making their debut on heads everywhere this spring.

Platinum to the end

Or more accurately, at the ends. If you’ve always wanted to go platinum blonde but don’t love the idea of something so dramatically different, this balayage color combo is for you. This look starts with medium or brown/blonde roots with gradually lighter blonde down the length and bright platinum at the tips. The effect is warm but bright at the same time.

Mahogany & copper

If your hair is a darker shade of auburn, rich copper highlights literally gleam with an eye-catching shimmer.

Rose gold garden

Who doesn’t love rose gold? It is even more magical painted over long light hair! The rose gold highlights start higher up in this Balayage style and are also applied to the strands framing your face.

50 shades of blonde

Ok, so maybe not 50, but multiple shades of blonde applied in thicker swaths to medium length hair adds incredible dimension. It also creates an effortless sun-kissed look that shines without the sun!

Cover me in caramel

Perfect for longer hair where the highlights can have room to run, caramel, and almost golden highlights are applied at the roots and also at the tips in an alternating fashion. The result is a rich, deeply golden color that has shine to spare.

Dark meets light

If you’re a true deep brunette, you might think blonde is out of the question. But strands of blonde and golden brown mixed in to dark or black hair with a few strategic strands framing the face is fabulous!

There are as many versions of Balayage as there are color combinations making the options virtually endless! So, make this spring memorable with an unforgettable new look. If creating signature looks all year round is your passion, maybe a career in cosmetology is right for you! Contact Shore Beauty School or book your campus tour today and get started on making your dream career a reality! 

Top Ways You’re Ruining Your Hair

top ways you are ruining your hair

Are you ruining your hair without even realizing it? The things we do for beautiful hair and with good reason. After all, great hair can change your whole day. Let’s face it – the confidence that comes with great hair can change your whole life! So, naturally we’ll do just about anything to get that great hair. Everything from trying out the latest hair color, to the hottest flat iron, to a hair treatment made from something honeybees secrete called royal jelly.

Yep, the things we’ll do for great hair. Some of those things might actually be doing more harm than good. You may want to pay attention to these top ways you could be ruining your hair.


Long-hair don’t care

We all know that girl. You know, the one who vows never to cut her hair. Why should she? It’s long and thick and…needs a regular trim. Whether you’re growing your hair out or growing it indefinitely, getting the ends trimmed on a regular basis will keep it healthy and growing! Skipping trims can lead to dead, split ends and nobody’s got time for that!


Too much of a good thing

It’s hard to imagine hair before conditioner. How did it exist? Overdoing it when you slather conditioner on your hair won’t have the effect you think it will. More conditioner doesn’t mean softer hair. In fact, most daily conditioners contain sulfates that strip your hair of moisture. Apply conditioner only to the ends of your hair and try using a hair mask once or twice a week instead of a daily glob of conditioner.


Step away from the brush

Or comb, when your hair is wet. Brushing or combing wet hair is an invitation for breakage. Unfortunately, it’s often hard to avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet. If you must, use a wide tooth comb and start at the tips of your air gently working toward the roots.


Speaking of wet hair

The trusty flat iron is often our best friend. Taking one to damp or wet hair is a recipe for disaster. Always make sure your hair is completely dry before using a flat iron on it. Go the extra mile and use a heat-protecting spray.


Your hair can be too clean

The idea that you need to shampoo every day is just that – an idea. The truth is that over-washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils, fade your color, and lead to frizz. Sometimes, less really is more.


Rubbing it the wrong way

And with the wrong thing! Roughly toweling your hair dry with a cotton towel can damage the cuticles of your hair. A better alternative is an old t-shirt or a microfiber cloth. Be sure to squeeze gently and don’t wring your hair.


Take it easy on your hair and it will take it easy on you. After all, you’re in this together! If you’re a hair fanatic, the beauty industry can be a great place to turn your passion into a living as a licensed cosmetologist. Ready to express your creativity as a cosmetologist doing hair, skin, and nails? Contact Shore Beauty School today to follow your path to a career you will love!

Valentine’s Day Romantic Hairstyles

Valetines day romantic hair styles

Looking for romantic hairstyles for Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you. What’s not to love about a holiday where chocolate is practically mandatory, and all things love are definitely in the air? It’s true! Whether you’re blissfully in a relationship or blissfully single, Valentine’s Day is all about feeling the love! Even if it’s loving yourself enough to indulge in a night on the town with your fellow single friends. No matter what you have on deck this February 14th, face it with a love-inspired hairstyle that does the talking for you! Check out these hot hairstyles making their debut at romantic rendezvous everywhere this Valentine’s Day! 

Side-swept away

“Long, luxurious side-swept waves are so yesterday,” said nobody – ever! On the contrary, there doesn’t seem to be a reason not to rock romantic waves tumbling over shoulder. Sleep in a loose braid the night before and shake out those waves even more easily!

Embrace the loose braid

A loose, side braid with a few wispy tendrils escaping around your face – yes, please! There’s just something enchantingly impressive about pulling off a look that doesn’t look quite pulled together.

Sleek, shiny Princess Ponytail

That’s the look of a princess with a smooth, ultra-high ponytail. Super-sassy, yet sexy and subtle at the same time! How does she do it?

Dress up that lob

If you thought it was impossible to turn an ordinary lob into an extraordinary date-night romantic hairstyle, think again! Grab yourself some cheeky little flower or heart clips in bold colors – and place them throughout your lob to add some spunk and a little pizzazz.

Does anything rhyme with chignon?

When you look this good on Valentine’s day, who cares? And seriously, is there a more romantic hairstyle than the classic chignon bun? Remember to pull some stray strands around your face to complete the look.

Baby buns meet Bantu knots 

When you look this cute, we don’t care what you call them. These tiny knots/buns bring all the focus to that gorgeous face! Can you say eye contact?

Whatever your take on the most romantic, Hallmark holiday is – who said you can’t have a little fun with it? After all, it’s all about feeling that passion! If creating signature style is your passion all year round, maybe a career in cosmetology is right for you! If you’d like to learn more about the world of cosmetology, contact Shore Beauty School or book your tour today. Because, when passion and a career collide – beautiful things can happen!

Ready to Pump up the Volume on Your Hair?

Pump up the volume on your hair
Are you looking for ways to pump up the volume on your hair? You work so hard for your hair to look good every day, it’s safe to say that thin is not in. Unfortunately, some of us were born with hair so thin and fine that the word flat doesn’t go quite far enough to describe it. So, what’s a desperately-seeking volume hair fanatic to do? We’ll tell you! You can have fuller, more voluptuous hair! We’ve got 6 great tips for pumping up the volume on your hair.

Don’t tease me

Actually, DO tease – your hair, that is. Not the old-school way of teasing with a fine-toothed comb viciously combing your hair backwards. Use a brush with a mix of nylon and boar bristles to minimize breakage and back-brush your hair in sections in a few rapid strokes, spraying each section as you go with hairspray. Finish by brushing the top layer down smooth over the rest.

Cut to the chase

Cut your way to fuller hair is more accurate. Your cut can be a big factor in your hair’s volume. Shorter cuts tend to look fuller and adding layers has long been a go-to for stylists to increase volume.

Pick the right products

Not all hair is cut from the same cloth. If your roommate has naturally curly hair, chances are her shampoo and conditioner are not going to deliver the best results for your hair. Choose products that are specifically designed for your hair type. Volume-building shampoos and root-boosting sprays work great for adding fullness.

Condition with caution

Avoid conditioners that are too creamy and heavy. Apply conditioner to the bottom half of your hair only, to avoid weighing it down to an even flatter state.

Roll with the flow

Sleeping in hot rollers is another great way to add volume to your hair. Use the large size rollers and roll up your hair in two-inch sections all the way to the root. The next morning, va-va-va-volume!

Turn things upside down

Let gravity help you in your quest for volume. Flip your hair over and blow dry your hair upside down. Your roots are already lifting away from your scalp in that position so blow drying them in that direction gives you the volume right where you need it the most. Pulling off the look you want for your hair can start your day off right! So, if you want the fuller hair you have been dreaming for, give these easy tricks a try. If you’re more than a little passionate about creating signature hair styles, you might be perfect for a career in the exciting world of cosmetology! For more information on how to turn your passion into a rewarding way to earn a living, contact your local state licensing board for a list of beauty schools near you.

Holiday Party Hair Styles

Holiday Party Hairstyles

What’s trending for holiday party hair styles? It’s safe to say, most of us have enough things to worry about with crossing off our holiday to-do list. Pulling off the perfect look for the office Christmas party is probably somewhere toward the top. Fortunately, you found an absolutely epic party dress, and you’ve formulated a solid plan for pairing it with just the right makeup. But no holiday look would be complete without the perfect holiday party hair. For a little inspiration, check out some hot holiday hairstyles decking the halls everywhere this season!


A lob may seem sort of ordinary but with a few simple adjustments, it’s anything but! Pin smooth, side-swept bangs with a pretty bedazzled clip or bobby pin and flip the ends up, “it-girl” style. Retro meets mod for a festive nod to holiday glamour.

High, but halfway up

The half up, half down look gets an even more dramatic flair by pulling the up portion high atop your head. Secure it with a pretty pearl encrusted clip or a festive holiday style bow.

Not your average top knot

A beautifully messy top knot, just above the shoulder waves, is super sweet and whimsical and perfect for a holiday party!

Vintage glam

Channel your inner Marilyn with old-Hollywood waves on shorter to mid-length hair. Use large hot rollers or a large barreled curling wand to achieve this elegant style.

Waterfall waves

If you’re blessed with long hair for days, loose, waterfall waves are romantic and festive at the same time. Jazz it up a little further by pinning up one side with a jewel encrusted barrette.

Braid it – any way you want

A crown encircling milkmaid braid, a side swept French braid, or a glamourous fishtail braid down the center of your back – if you braid it, heads will turn! Grab a black or crimson colored velvet ribbon for the end of a long braid for an extra touch of holiday spirit.

The holidays are a special time of year filled with things we’ll always remember. So, why not mark the occasion this year with an unforgettable look! If you love creating signature looks, you might be a candidate for a career in the world of cosmetology! It’s the perfect time to start thinking about your beautiful future with a future in beauty! If you’d like to learn more about cosmetology careers, contact Shore Beauty School today!

Hot Fall Hair Trends

young woman outside hot fall hair

Cooler temperatures, blazing color all around us – yes, Autumn is almost here and it’s time to talk about the hot fall hair trends. Trying to keep your hair game strong? Check out some of the fun, funky, and fabulous options this season has to offer.

Please crimp my style

The good old crimping iron has made a comeback! We love it! Long, crimped locks are showing up on runways and red carpets everywhere.

Head gear

Headbands and scarves of all kind are a total go-to this fall and are the perfect accessory to add some warmth to your look. Let’s face it. The colors and options are endless!

Caramel latte

It’s not just for coffee anymore. This fall is bringing a deliciously warm caramel hair color to the heads of celebs and fashionistas everywhere.

Barrettes & bows

Both classic accessories add a feminine flair to a look. A long, loose ponytail tied with a long, black velvet bow lends an ultra-elegant feel. If you prefer an edgier vibe, multiple chunky barrettes can make the right statement.

Plumped up pixies

The cute pixie-cut makes a bigger impact when you turn up the volume a little. Adding some texture to this style is easy and we love the result!

Braids in all forms

 A fishtail braid, braid on each side of your face, French braid down the middle of your back, braided bun, or braids twisted into a crown are all hot for this fall. We still love all things braids! Why not? The options are endless!

Sleek and slick

The slicked back, sleek look is still center stage this season and can be paired with an equally slick ponytail or loose waves.

Ballerina bun

Buns are like braids in that the options are plentiful. This season’s bun of choice is the neatly put together ballerina bun. For a more feminine touch, accessorize with a jeweled clip or a flower or two.

With so many options, how is a fashion forward fan of style to choose? The good news is that this year’s hot fall hairstyles are pretty user friendly. Why not try them all? If experimenting with style is something you get excited about, you might be the perfect fit for a career in the beauty industry! Check out the beauty schools and programs offered in your area by contacting your local state licensing board. After all, getting paid to do something you love – what’s not to love?

Top Summer Wedding Hair Trends

Summer wedding trends a young bride in a gown and up-do hairstyle

A summer without weddings is like the 4th of July without fireworks. It wouldn’t be the same without them. Whether you’re in the wedding or a guest there to witness the big day, you’re going to want wedding hair that doesn’t require walking down the aisle to turn heads. Not to worry! We’ve got some great looks for this summer’s wedding season that will do the trick!

Every kind of up-do

We know there are a ton of variations to choose from here but for purely practical reasons, an up-do is great for a summer wedding. What better way to tame frizz and fight the sweltering heat than to pull it off your neck? A sleek topknot, a romantic side-swept chignon or a low-braided bun are all great options. Weave in some colored ribbon or accessorize with a bejeweled barrette for a little more glam.

Not your average pony

Ponytails just feel like summer. But for a wedding? Yes! Especially if you have long hair and are rocking a dress with gorgeous back details. A high ponytail curled with just a bit of loose wave is pretty and perfect!

Mermaids love weddings

Maybe the most romantic hair ever! Long, flowing waves over the shoulders, with pieces pulled back slightly on each side and secured with an eye-catching accessory.

Sleek, slick waves

A throwback to old Hollywood glam, slicked back waves parted on the side do double-duty of fighting frizz and looking fabulous! This look works well on pretty much most hair lengths.

The best accessory for any occasion is confidence. So, whatever hair you decide to rock, don’t be afraid to have a little fun with it. If your idea of fun is creating signature hair that rocks, you might be perfect for a career in cosmetology! Seriously, can you think of a more awesome way to earn a living than doing something you love? For more information on a career in cosmetology, contact your local state licensing board for a list of programs and schools near you.

Summer Hair Trends

woman wet hair

If you’re looking for a new look to heat up your summer, check out some of the trending hairstyles coming soon!

Bring on the barrettes

Every season and wave of hair trends seems to have their share of accessories. This summer’s accessory of choice is barrettes of all kinds to pin the hair back or to dress it up.

Ultra-long and low braids

This is not the romantic French or fishtail braid of seasons past, but a business-like braid that is wound tight and worn very low with sleek hair.

Not-quite beachy waves

Think 70’s center part – long, loose waves that are more morning after than just came back from the beach.

Sleek, shiny, smooth

Away from your face, sleek, and straight but with a blast of shine. A great go-to for hot, sticky summer weather.

Freshly showered

The wet look that isn’t wet is packing a lot of wow factor this season. Use a good hair lacquer or cream to achieve this summer fave.

Just un-do it

We’re talking about your updo. A partially undone look with some carefully pulled out tendrils is the ticket to a look that says I “do” what I want!

Summer is a great time to explore new hairstyles, so have a little fun exploring a whole new look! Love exploring signature looks all year-round? A career in cosmetology may be right for you! Why not turn your passion for beauty into a career doing something you love? To learn more about a career in cosmetology, contact your local state licensing board for a list of schools and programs near you. The perfect time to start your beautiful future is now!

Coolest Winter Hairstyle Trends

red head female showing off her hair

Ancient Greek philosopher and poet, Aristotle, said – “To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” Well, if you’re going to be out appreciating all that wintry beauty this year, why not make sure you look good doing it? After all, just like every snowflake is unique, so are you! And our coolest season is the perfect time to try out a hot new hairstyle! We’ve rounded up some of this year’s go-to looks that making more than snow melt!

It’s a crazy shade of winter – Contrary to the classic song, all the leaves are not brown, they’re all pretty much gone and a great way to inspire your winter is to bring some fall color with you! This season, one of the hottest color trends is all about burnished bronze, copper tones and rich, radical shades of red that don’t just pop, they explode!

Bang for your buck – There always seems to be a style for bangs that comes and goes with the season from the long-side swept bangs to sweet, baby bangs cut so short you’re not sure if it was a mistake or not. But this winter there’s something for everyone and if you got ‘em, (bangs, that is) – flaunt ‘em! Whether it’s the thick full forehead fringe, the choppy punkish vibe, or the side-swept long and lovely glam look – every set of bangs is welcome this season!

In betweeners – Uber curls or sleek, stick straight hair? If you have one, you typically want the other. But the subtle wave of choice this season, is somewhere in between and we love it! Long, shoulder length, lob or bob – a touch of wave adds a touch of romance and is far less time-consuming than taming an unruly mop of corkscrews into submission with a flat-iron or perking up ultra-straight hair into a mass of curls. If you don’t want to commit to one or the other, try somewhere in between.

Hat Hair –The “throw a hat on it,” seems a bit too predictable and kind of a copout, right? That is, until you see the too cute selection of hats keeping hair under control this winter. Try a simple, soft knitted beanie that allows your hair to frame your face and can be purchased in almost any color! Or a traditional, but oh so playful, knitted beanie with that adorable pom-pom on the top. There are even hats that are more headband than hat making a debut this winter. Some of them are even embellished with adorable rhinestone buttons to add a little pizazz to that combination head-warmer/head-turner you’re sporting.

Arctic Fox – What screams winter more than ice? Icy platinum that is. When the backdrop is a grey, wintry sky, ultra-blond will have you channeling your inner ice princess. Be sure to use a great toning shampoo and conditioner for this style to look perfectly platinum without looking like your hair is dried and fried!

Winter doesn’t have to be dreary and dreaded folks. It’s just one more opportunity mother nature gives us to express ourselves. So, get out there and don’t be afraid to be a different snowflake every day! If you’re a fan of expressing yourself by creating signature looks and then recreating them over and over – maybe, you should explore a career in cosmetology! To learn more about a career in cosmetology, check out some of the beauty schools in your area or contact your local state licensing board for a list of accredited schools. No matter what season it is, cosmetologists are out there making the rest of us look good and changing the world one hot hairstyle at a time!