September 2019

Best Summer Hair Tricks and Trends

Summer is our favorite time of the year filled with outdoor cocktail parties, relaxing days at the beach and backyard BBQs. We want our hair to look its best during this season, but that can be a challenge. Between the sun, humidity and dips in the pool, how is our hair supposed to hold up?  No worries…we have you covered! Here are the hottest trends for tresses and the perfect products to help you nix bad hair days and get your locks into tip top shape.

Beach Waves

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $24
This salt spray creates tousled, messy waves that are low maintenance and so boho chic. The summer is the perfect time to try this sexy look. Spray and scrunch into damp hair and let air dry. Exactly what we want for the summer…simple and easy. And, it feels great to skip the blow dryer all together!

Fun Colored Hair

Sultra Hair Mascara, $24
Looking to change up your look this summer? This Hair Mascara is a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit. It comes in four different electrifying colors like ‘Ultra Pink’ and ‘Royal Velvet’ and it is safe for any hair type and color. Simply run the mascara-like wand through the desired strands of hair and after a few minutes you’ll have colored tresses that last up to two days and washes out after one shampoo.

Fish Tail Braid

A fishtail braid worn to the side is the perfect hair style to bring you from days at the office to nights on the town. It’s easy to do and is super stylish. Accent with a funky hair tie or bow and you are good to go. Watch our how-to video to get this hot look!

Top Knot

The top knot is our favorite go-to hairstyle for the summer. It looks classic chic and is the ultimate no-fuss style. Whether you like a tight and perfect prima-ballerina knot or you prefer a messier rocker one, there is a look that will suit your own personal style. Tip: asos.com sells a hair donut which can be placed in the hair to achieve the perfect round “donut shape.” It comes in both small and large sizes. Or, if you are DIY-er, you can create your own hair donut. Simply take an old tube sock and cut off the toe, creating a cylinder shape. Roll the top of the sock down until you reach the end, leaving you with a perfectly round donut.

Go-to Products

Nexxus Frizz Defy Oil Shine Treatment, $14.99
Nexxus makes an amazing oil shine spray that works miracles when fighting the frizzies (smells great too). Infused with Moroccan Oil, this spray gets your hair looking smooth and shiny without leaving any residue. It’s the perfect summer go-to product.

Living Proof Restore Revitalizing Spray with Heat & UV Defense, $26
Use this Revitalizing Spray to help mend your damaged locks. It defends against UV damage and it’s safe for color treated hair. Spray this on before you host your next backyard BBQ and you’ll have protection all day. Love that it’s light weight and it polishes even the driest of hair.

DIY: Oscar-Worthy Top Knots

 Jennifer Lopez looked radiant at the Oscars donning one of the most highly sought after styles, the top knot. Utterly timeless and beyond chic, the style is great for special occasions and every day wear. Joshua Gambrell, stylist at Lotus Salon of Eufora International shared with us some of his insider tips on how to get the look without ever having to leave home.

A top knot should look effortless so make sure your hair is long enough to pull into a ponytail at your crown. Use a brush to pull hair into the ponytail for a smooth look. Secure the ponytail with a small clear plastic band. For a smooth top knot, wrap the hair around the band and secure with hair pins (not bobby pins). Complete the look with a finishing spray and a shine enhancer to add some glam to the look, I love Eufora’s Illuminate Shine Mist.

For an effortless, more messy top knot, use your hands and fingers as hair is pulled back into a ponytail at the crown.  Secure the ponytail with a small clear plastic band, but for this softer look, don’t pull the hair all the way through the band. The hair that has been pulled through, pin loosely with hair pins. Complete the look with a flexible finishing spray to avoid a crunchy feeling and hold the messy look, such as Eufora’s Elevate Finishing Spray.

 

Joshua Gambrell grew up with a talent for drawing and painting, but he was never really sure how he could transform his passion into a viable career. When a close friend suggested a career in hairdressing he knew there was nothing else he wanted to do. Now, nearly a decade later, Joshua is a respected stylist at the prominent Lotus Salon in New York City, the flagship salon for Eufora International. After receiving what he describes as “hardcore, old-school training” at cosmetology school, he became an assistant at one of the top salons in Lexington, Kentucky, upon graduation. Here he was trained in every aspect of hairdressing through the world renowned educators who often visited the salon.After leaving Lexington, Joshua started a new management position at another salon where his responsibilities as the educational and creative director included educating clients about various products and sculpting techniques. From there, he started working on runway shows during fashion week for designers such as Jillian Lewis, Nary Manivong, Lindsey Jones (Outlaws of the Border), Kati Stern (Venexiana), Adetacher, Caroline Siekaly, and, most recently, NAHM (Ally Hilfiger and Nary Manivong). He cemented the move to New York City when he began working for a salon developing an instructional program teaching haircutting to hairdressers from all over the country.

Joshua thinks the best reward from hairdressing is changing the way people see themselves. “As a hairdresser, you have the power to influence someone’s image. In the future, near or far, I always see myself making someone, somewhere feel beautiful,” he says.