Saturday, 31 March 2012

Eliminate Frizz this Summer

Frizzy has a tendency to attack both  thin and thick haired alike. If your hair has even the slightest wave or curl, it's susceptible to frizz. With a few tip and tricks from the stylists at Highlights Hair Salon, your wild unruly hair hair will finally be tamed this summer!

 We believe that styling products are not enough to to combat frizz alone. You need to start your regime with hydrating shampoos and masque. Liss Ultime from L'Oreal Professional restores softness, controls frizz and provides nutrition to unmanageable, rebellious hair with a de-tangling action.

 Comb through the masque while you are in the shower, and finish with a cool rinse (with either just water or vinegar/water). It will close down the cuticle and add tonnes of shine to your locks.
 When towel drying your hair, resist rubbing or creating any sort of friction. The best method for drying curly hair is to use a hand towel and squeeze the hair up from ends to roots.
 If you are leaving your curls to dry naturally then avoid using a comb! This tends to open them out and turn them into a big frizzy mess.
 Depending on the length of your hair, apply a small amount of Spiral Splendour from L'Oreal Professional to your curls. Again, Avoid any friction! Squeeze the product in from the ends to the roots.
After applying the styling product, try not to touch the hair until it has dried. The more you fiddle with it, the more chance you have of creating frizz.

If you blowdry your hair, then apply a heat protection serum like Mythic Oil from L'Oreal Professional.  After heat styling with hot rollers or round brushes, use the cool shot button on your hair dryer to cool down the section you're working with. That will increase the curl or volume you're creating and amplify the shine! . Coolness combats frizzy hair by closing down the cuticle (outer) layer of each hair strand.

Surely you've heard say this before, but it warrants repeating...regular trims prevent split ends. It's stressed so often because of the nature of splitting hairs... they continue on up the hair strand, which Amplifies the frizz. And, once the hairs have split, the only way to repair the damage is to cut the hair above the split. So if it's a bounty of smooth curls you desire, trim it up at least every three months.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Celebrity Makeovers for March 2012

Its been a busy month for celebrity stylists. With spring in the air, the celebs have decided its time to update their locks.

Katy Perry has been rocking the blue hair for quite a while now, and on a recent trip to London she update her look with a blunt bangs, and more vibrant blue shade.

Lindsay Lohan went back to her natural red hair at the beginning of the month after being platinum blond since the end of last year.  I don't know why she didn't do it earlier! The color suits her more then blond, and now that the bangs are longer, the whole look is so much better!

January Jones was spotted at the premier of season 5 of Mad Men with pale pink highlights running through her gorgeous blond bob.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Hollywood Hair Icons

Jean Harlow

Most people assume that Marilyn Monroe was the original Hollywood blond bombshell, however 20 years before her in the 1930s Jean Harlow started the trend. Her hair was colored by Max Factor, and in those days the concoctions of ammonia and peroxide were a lot more unpleasant then the same process today. her penciled in eyebrows, and pearly white skin were the perfect combination for her platinum finger waved bob.

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake was a Hollywood actress, pin-up girl and the hair style icon of the 1940's. Her style was so iconic it was dubbed the 'peek-a-boo style. Unfortunately she suffered from alcoholism and mental illnesses yet her style still inspires styles to this day.

The Marilyn

Marilyn got the girls in the 50's  to pull out the peroxide and bleach their hair blond, as well as paving the way for the stereotypical blond with more looks then braincells. Her Platinum roller set do is possibly the most recognizable styles of all time immortalized by artist such as Andy Warhol.

The Jackie O

Jackie O was the epitome of style, from her over sized sunglasses to her exquisite Chanel suits. While most women in the 60's were wearing their hair in beehives and updo's, Jackie wore her hair in a side swept, flicked out bouffant style, that became one of the most requested of its time.

The 70's Shag

With times changing in the 70's in America it paved the way for less conservative hairstyles.Shag was the classic hairstyle of the '70s and was considered one of the 'coolest'. Paul McGregor had invented the Shag hairstyle and gave it to Jane Fonda in the movie Klute which became one of the most requested styles(Jane is still wearing the Shag just in a shorter version). The style was worn by men and women of that time David Bowie, Rod Stewart, and everyone on The Brady Bunch.

Farrah Fawcett

Sure, the 1970s was also about Abba and "flower power" hairstyles, but everybody knows Farrah Fawcett's long layered hair from Charlie's Angels. The massive impact of Fawcett's icy highlighted long layered look has made it the most famous hairstyle of all time and still continues to make waves in hair fashion ever since the 70s. Farrah's style is also a variation of the popular 70's Shaggy style.

80's Series Icons

With Dallas and Dynasty the most popular T.V shows of the 80's BIG hair was a necessity to keep up with the times. People we getting perms, teasing there hair till it stood on end and hair spraying  it to death to get the must have bouffants. Elizabeth Taylor ( RIP) told Joan Collins that she was a fan of her hairstyle in Dynasty and told her she was copying it! Quoted from her article My wickedly funny friend Liz Taylor...'She was very upfront in telling me she was copying it and I considered it a huge compliment that someone as iconic as 'La Liz' would want to replicate my hair style'.

Meg Ryan

We saw its popularity of the Shag grow again in the 1990’s with Meg Ryan’s shaggy/choppy haircut done by Sally Hershberge which became one the the three most requested hairstyles in the 90's.

The Rachel 

Jennifer Aniston's hairstylist, Chris McMillan, created the cut, and she wore the hairstyle during Friends first few seasons. It immediately became very popular among women as "The Rachel". Jennifer revealed in a recent issue of Glamour Magazine the it was the ' ugliest' hairstyle she ever had." There have been moments I'd rather not relive, like that whole Rachel thing. I love Chris ( her hairstylist ), and he's the bane of my existence at the same time because he started that damn Rachel, which was not my best look. How do I say this? I think it was the ugliest haircut I've ever seen. What I really want to know is, how did that thing have legs? Let's just say I'm not a fan of short, layered cuts on me personally, so I don't love revisiting that particular era."

Sliding Doors

Gwyneth Paltrow cut her hair  in 1997 for her role in the hit Movie Sliding Doors. The style was a modified pixie haircut that set the ball rolling for women all over the world to chop off their Rachel's.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham was the Queen of the 2000's with 3 looks that are still requested now. Victoria led the WAG evolution in the early 2000's with the gorgeous head full of extensions. The more fake items those girls could enhance their looks the happier they were. It was reported that her stylist charged back in the day over GBP 3000 for her extensions.

The Pob
Victoria Beckham has long been known for her sense of style and a trend setter. When she recently went for the chop and lost her hair extensions, women everywhere stood up and took notice. Her new bob quickly became known as the Pob due to her nickname “Posh Spice” from her Spice Girls days.

The Blond Pob

When The Beckham's moved to Hollywood, Vicky tried desperately hard to fit into the scene. She got the blond itch and took her pob shorter more angled look. Although shes not quite suited to be a blond, the haircut was still requested, and sported by other celebrities including Rihanna.

Mark4Wedding : Family & Wedding photography

So your ' Big Day' is coming up and you have been paging through bridal directories to find a photographer. Let me save you the time and energy and introduce you to the most talented and professional crew that we have had the recent pleasure of working with:- Mark4Wedding.

The company was established in 2008 by Israeli Photographer Mark Tso, and has been dazzling brides and grooms ever since. What sets them apart from other people in the business is that they have a unique perspective on photography, and they apply it to each of their clients to preserve every detail on there wedding day.

 " Our entire life consists of small parts - moments, sometimes memorable, but usually quickly forgotten. In the world of photography, it is important to freeze the special moments, which then over time, you look at, and remember by our work."  Mark4Wedding

Mark Tso and Elina Lesina were the photographers for our latest bride Olga Mets. Unlike any photographers that we have worked with in the past  Elina arrived in advance to set up their equipment, and make sure the lighting was sufficient. As soon as the bride walked through the door they jumped straight into work, snapping shots as we prepared the hair. The advantage of having more then one photographer is that no moment is missed, and every detail is documented. They were polite, professional and definitely get our stamp of approval!

After the bride was dressed and finishing touches were applied to her hair ( Jonathan Jarzin) and makeup ( Revital Darom ) the crew went with the bride and groom for a more in depth photo shoot at the Tel Aviv Port. After the wedding, we spoke to Olga to find out about her experience with Mark4wedding, and this was her response " They are wonderful people and professionals: they don't just do their job - they  do it great! And along the way they would help you by simply being friendly, giving small advice and tips. We chose to work with Mark4Wedding, because they care: for small details, for quality, for being considerate and making it a pleasant experience!" Thanks Olga for those kind words!  For More details on Mark4Wedding, follow them on Facebook or visit their website at 


Monday, 12 March 2012

Hair Trends for Summer 2012 - Somptueux by L'Oreal Professional

Spring is finally here, which also means the launch of L'Oreal Professionals  Spring/Summer 2012 color collections. Get ready to reinvent your look with the latest trends from the catwalk collection "Somptueux". Book your color consultation at Highlights Hair Salon.

Highlights Hair Salon featured in Timeout Magazine

We were so thrilled when we received an email from Timeout Magazine asking us to send photos of the salon! Thank you Debra Kamin for incorporating us into your article! 

Cut, color, cleanse
"There is no easier trick to starting anew then by changing your hairstyle. Tackle your split ends by  lopping a few inches off your mop, or live on the edge a bit and splurge for a new color and highlights! For a tourist in need of a trim make your way to Highlights, a fully bilingual salon owned by a team of charming South Africans who's sweet smiles are almost as powerful as their bag of hair tricks. Highlights is housed in a sleek space on Yehuda Maccabi Street, just a few blocks from the massive green expanse of Park Hayarkon."  

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Saturday, 3 March 2012

The Worst Celebrity Hairstyles of all time!

I can safely say that in one persons lifetime, they are bound to have had a bad hair style choice. As time passes your hair grows, and you make a mental not never to take that path again. With celebrities, their hair disasters are immortalized on the internet and comeback to haunt them in posts such as mine. Here are a small selection of ' The worst celebrity hairstyles EVER!'

 Nicki Minaj
While I am a huge fan of the hip hop stars music, Her style and clothing sometimes leave a lot to be desired. I honestly could have written this post just about Nicki and her crazy-ass wigs, I chose possible the biggest red carpet hair catastrophe of all time. Whats worse is that with it being a wig she actually chose to wear it!

Scarlett Johansson
As gorgeous as Scarlett is NO ONE can pull off a mullet hairstyle. The style robbed her of all her femininity, and is definitely number 1 on my list of all time worst hairstyles.  Mullets were all the rage back in the 80's ( only god knows why).  Everyone seemed to have one back then, and who can forget about Billy Ray Cyrus. He rocked the mega-mull for more than a decade.

 Sarah Jessica Parker 
We all know Sarah from her super stylish character on Sex in the city. And I am sure you took a picture into your stylist of one of the many beautiful colors SJP rocked over the years. But Carrie wasn't always so fashion savvy as demonstrated in the picture on the side. In the 80's people needed as much puff and volume as they could get, there solution…the permanent! The 80’s perm allowed everyone the chance to have big, voluptuous, hot, stylish hair. Today we take a look at that era and breath a sigh of relief .....Thank god its over!

Keri Russell
We all Loved Felicity, until she had the chop and practically lost her career.  If it was a bad poodle perm you could have the hairdresser relax the curl. If it was a bad dye job you could try to dye it again. But once those scissors have sliced through your hair - even crazy glue can't re-attach it. Think long and hard before you cut off your gorgeous locks.

Donald Trump
How could I have forgotten about the Donald??! His hair Trumps all the comb-overs and hairpieces combined! What is going on there?? Rolling stones magazine asked Donald about his daily hair routine, and this is what he had to say. "OK, what I do is, wash it with Head and Shoulders. I don’t dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour. OK, so I’ve done all that. I then comb my hair. Yes, I do use a comb. Do I comb it forward? No, I don’t comb it forward. I actually don’t have a bad hairline. When you think about it, it’s not bad. I mean, I get a lot of credit for comb-overs. But it’s not really a comb-over. It’s sort of a little bit forward and back. I’ve combed it the same way for years. Same thing, every time." All we have to say is Do something different Mr T.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Why does our hair turn grey??

I have often heard women say " Look at all the grey hair my kids have given me!" In theory this is great, and while stress is a factor in turning hair grey scientists have made breakthrough discoveries to explain in more detail why it occurs. In time, everyone’s hair turns gray. Your chance of going gray increases 10-20% every decade after 30 years.

Initially, hair is white. It gets its natural color from a type of pigment called melanin. The formation of melanin begins before birth. The natural color of our hair depends upon the distribution, type and amount of melanin in the middle layer of the hair shaft or cortex.
Hair has only two types of pigments: dark (eumelanin) and light (phaeomelanin). They blend together to make up the wide range of hair colors.
Melanin is made up of specialized pigment cells called melanocytes. They position themselves at the openings on the skin’s surface through which hair grows (follicles). Each hair grows from a single follicle.

As the hair is being formed, melanocytes inject pigment (melanin) into cells containing keratin. Keratin is the protein that makes up our hair, skin, and nails. Throughout the years, melanocyctes continue to inject pigment into the hair’s keratin, giving it a colorful hue.
With age comes a reduction of melanin. The hair turns gray and eventually white.

So why does our hair turn gray or white?

Dr. Desmond Tobin, professor of cell biology from the University of Bradford in England, suggests that the hair follicle has a “melanogentic clock” which slows down or stops melanocyte activity, thus decreasing the pigment our hair receives. This occurs just before the hair is preparing to fall out or shed, so the roots always look pale.
Moreover, Dr. Tobin suggests that hair turns gray because of age and genetics, in that genes regulate the exhaustion of the pigmentary potential of each individual hair follicle. This occurs at different rates in different hair follicles. For some people it occurs rapidly, while in others it occurs slowly over several decades.

 Harvard scientists proposed that a failure of melanocyte stem cells (MSC) to maintain the production of melanocytes could cause the graying of hair. This failure of MSC maintenance may result in the breakdown of signals that produce hair color.

Another discovery was made by scientists in Europe. They described how hair follicles produce small amounts of hydrogen peroxide. This chemical builds on the hair shafts, which can lead to a gradual loss of hair color.