“How do you keep that gorgeous red hair so gorgeous and red!? I am in the process of becoming a redhead myself and I am wondering what shampoo/conditioner is the best for color preservation.”

Hi there! Thanks for such a great question. My best tips are to (a) really get used to not washing your hair more than 1-2 times per week and (b) invest in a great shampoo for colored hair. I love Kerastase products and recommend this shampoo (it’s a pretty penny, but totally worth it in my opinion):

http://www.kerastase-usa.com/BAIN-FORCE-ARCHITECTE/BFA0000,default,pd.html?start=6&cgid=cleanse-shampoo

Thanks again for submitting a question, keep ‘em coming! 

xo, Rah

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By far, our favorite Emmys trend was all the canary yellow and lemony goodness we saw on the red carpet. Here are four perfect examples of how to wear this controversial hue. What was your favorite look of the evening? 
p.s. Be on the lookout for a few bright yellow pieces we have coming for spring!

By far, our favorite Emmys trend was all the canary yellow and lemony goodness we saw on the red carpet. Here are four perfect examples of how to wear this controversial hue. What was your favorite look of the evening? 

p.s. Be on the lookout for a few bright yellow pieces we have coming for spring!

mermaid waves galore! a hair-styling tutorial from rah + rebecca

Our hair and makeup stylist at Hello Holiday, Rebecca Forsyth of Bungalow//8 Salon here in Omaha, taught me how to style my hair this way a few years ago when I requested that she show me how to style my hair in fingerwaves. The process behind this style couldn’t really be farther from fingerwaves if it tried, but we like to think of it as a modern update for a woman with less time (and patience!). Once I mastered this style, it became my daily go-to, and when done correctly and allowed to set, it will last several days, with curls only loosening slightly. Sometimes, it even looks better on the second day.

So without further ado, follow these directions to style your hair into perfect Mermaid Waves.

1. After applying the proper heat protection and breakage products [we like Chroma Thermique or Ciment Thermique by Kerastase when blow-drying and Fibre Architecte by Kerastase before curling] isolate a horizontal row of hair at the nape of your neck about an inch thick.

2. Using a curling rod [we like a 3/4th inch Marcel iron with the clamp taken off] wrap hair and hold horizontally, starting at the middle of the strand and winding the top up by turning the iron in your hand and the bottom around the iron with your dominant hand.

3. Heat strand until it’s unpleasant to touch on the iron. Photo #3 demonstrates just how a curl that is heating up should be wound. For a more modern look, do feel free to leave more of the ends out. On my hair we prefer to curl the whole strand to produce a more polished vintage inspired look.

4. Complete your first row. Curls should be going the same direction. For curlier hair, take smaller sections and for looser hair, take larger sections. Do not brush through curls as they come off the iron. Hair curls where it cools.

5. Work in horizontal sections up the entire back of your head, keeping the iron at a horizontal position the whole time.

6. Begin on the sides, again working horizontally and keeping everything going in the same direction.

7. At this point your hair may look curlier than you’d like, but this is where it all comes together. Using a large wide tooth comb or bone comb, [our favorite] comb through all your curls to sort of melt them together and create waves. This is when those fingerwave-like ridges begin to emerge.

8. Once your waves are all unfurled and positioned just so, use a spray to hold it all together. We used Does it All by Bumble and bumble for the pliability and texture it offers.

Go forth and be wavy!

xo, Rah + Rebecca

Here’s an all new tutorial from Hello Holiday Co-Founder Sarah and hair stylist Rebecca Forsyth. With “The Big Tease”, you’ll learn how to transform flat hair into a luxurious, vintage-inspired confection. Enjoy! 
Directions: 
1. Starting just behind your bangs, if you have them, or where you’d like your hair to start going back if you don’t, pick up a section of hair about half an inch thick and as wide as you can handle, usually 3-4 inches. Comb it straight and hold it firmly 90 degrees from where it grows, or directed forward, getting a lot of tension in your grip.
2. With the strand held taut, take your comb [we like a three row comb or a carbon comb, anything that is very sturdy and unmovable] and push down the shorter strands in the interior of your section repeatedly. This doesn’t have to be super fast and rough, just forceful. 
3. Pick up a similar-sized section behind your first and repeat step 2. It’s brilliant if the sections are able to be somewhat blended together. 
4. Once you’ve worked all the way beyond your crown, this usually takes 4-5 sections, elevate sections on the sides of the rows you’ve created and backcomb those as well. You want to have plenty of backcombing all throughout the top of the head to create a full, round shape rather than a strange, unnatural ‘Snooki’ or Bump-It look. 
5. Once you’re finished putting in all your teasing or backcombing, your hair should look INSANE. If it scares you and you can’t understand how it will ever recover, you are on the right track. Pick up your Mason Pearson [or similar] boar and nylon mixture brush and delicately smooth the surface of all the backcombing into the shape you desire. You’re never actually digging into the rattiness, just floating the nylon bristles over the top delicately to create a smooth surface. In the photo, you see that Sarah uses just the tip of the brush for more control over the shape. 
6. After the surface is smoothed, use the tail of your comb or a metal lift [pictured at top, they can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for less than $1] to manipulate the shape of your big tease without ruining anything. Lift the middle or adjust a side that’s not quite right if need be! This is also a great tool throughout the day to re-fluff if your big tease is sinking.
7. Admire your handiwork and finish with a medium hold hairspray. We love Spray de Mode by Bumble and bumble for it’s brushability, heat protection, and fabulous scent. 
xo, Sarah and Rebecca

Here’s an all new tutorial from Hello Holiday Co-Founder Sarah and hair stylist Rebecca Forsyth. With “The Big Tease”, you’ll learn how to transform flat hair into a luxurious, vintage-inspired confection. Enjoy! 

Directions: 

1. Starting just behind your bangs, if you have them, or where you’d like your hair to start going back if you don’t, pick up a section of hair about half an inch thick and as wide as you can handle, usually 3-4 inches. Comb it straight and hold it firmly 90 degrees from where it grows, or directed forward, getting a lot of tension in your grip.

2. With the strand held taut, take your comb [we like a three row comb or a carbon comb, anything that is very sturdy and unmovable] and push down the shorter strands in the interior of your section repeatedly. This doesn’t have to be super fast and rough, just forceful. 

3. Pick up a similar-sized section behind your first and repeat step 2. It’s brilliant if the sections are able to be somewhat blended together. 

4. Once you’ve worked all the way beyond your crown, this usually takes 4-5 sections, elevate sections on the sides of the rows you’ve created and backcomb those as well. You want to have plenty of backcombing all throughout the top of the head to create a full, round shape rather than a strange, unnatural ‘Snooki’ or Bump-It look. 

5. Once you’re finished putting in all your teasing or backcombing, your hair should look INSANE. If it scares you and you can’t understand how it will ever recover, you are on the right track. Pick up your Mason Pearson [or similar] boar and nylon mixture brush and delicately smooth the surface of all the backcombing into the shape you desire. You’re never actually digging into the rattiness, just floating the nylon bristles over the top delicately to create a smooth surface. In the photo, you see that Sarah uses just the tip of the brush for more control over the shape. 

6. After the surface is smoothed, use the tail of your comb or a metal lift [pictured at top, they can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for less than $1] to manipulate the shape of your big tease without ruining anything. Lift the middle or adjust a side that’s not quite right if need be! This is also a great tool throughout the day to re-fluff if your big tease is sinking.

7. Admire your handiwork and finish with a medium hold hairspray. We love Spray de Mode by Bumble and bumble for it’s brushability, heat protection, and fabulous scent. 

xo, Sarah and Rebecca