How to style your bangs when it's hot out by Jenny Strebe

Is it just me or is everyone getting snip happy lately and replacing middle parts for bangs? Three Victoria Secret models recently framed their faces with fringes including Behati Prinsloo, Erin Heatherton and Adriana Lima who debuted her new look on the Met Gala red carpet.

I personally love Behati's boho style with chipped, uneven edges and layered tresses to match. It's perfect for her tomboy, laid-back look. I often have women in my chair asking whether they should go for it, especially now when they're seeing a lot of celebrities doing it on social media. Usually they're bored with their usual hairstyle or keen to try something new and while I absolutely love a fringe, it's certainly not for everyone. 

For one, it's the daily maintenance required to style it and two, it needs to be trimmed regularly or you'll end up like poor Erin who couldn't see for looking due to a case of the lock-fringe-monster!

With summer in the air, styling bangs can be tricky as they tend to get a little sticky in the sweaty heat. There's nothing worse than your fringe glued to your forehead, especially when you have spent the time styling it perfectly that morning.

So what do you do? Well here's a couple of hair hacks for fringe dwellers;

1. Carry a purse size can of dry shampoo everywhere - this will be your godsend, believe me. This handy spray will soak up any oil and refresh your limp-looking locks, stat.

2. Get a good pair of scissors and trim your own fringe - I created a cool video a while back that shows you two different ways you can trim your bangs at home. It's easier than you think, so click click and get snipping!

3. Opt for a fine fringe over heavy bangs - this is perfect for the commitment-phobe who really doesn't want to go for a serious fringe, but they just want something a little different around their face. This is great for summer because it's thin enough to be styled into a sideswept look or pinned with a cool clip or bobby pin.

Ok so there are my three tips for styling bangs this summer. Will you go the chop? Show me how you style yours on social media and don't forget to tag me in with #confessionsofahairstylist so I can see!

Braid It to Beat The Heat and Splash Into Summer by Jenny Strebe

summer braid fishtail plait

There's an electric feeling in the air right now infused with the smell of sunscreen and coconut oil because it's finally time to shake off the winter months and embrace the sunshine season!

It’s that magic time of year when we step into stylish sandals, slip on a sundress, don a bikini and throw our hair into a top bun - wait, what?? Ok, so let’s rethink that last step. Just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean we should get lazy with our hair.

As you know, braids and updo’s are my specialty. I love coming up with new hair looks that are both stylish and simple enough for you to recreate at home too. That’s why I’m so excited to share my latest braided do that will not only help you beat the heat, but look good doing it.

summer fishtail braid plait

Over the weekend I worked with lead stylist, Walker and the Bespoke Salon team on the W Scottsdale’s Splash into Summer fashion show. We created a super fresh and modern dutchhawk fishtail bun. I pulled a little along each side of the braids to give it that undone finish and `lived-in’ look. As you know, I love that gritty pretty style because it turns groomed hair into everyday.

Photo: Jam Sani Photography

Photo: Jam Sani Photography

The great thing about this look, is it only gets better the longer you wear it making it the perfect vacation hair style. It’s especially great for swimming at the beach or in the pool because it’s guaranteed to look glamorous long after you get out of the water.

Photo: Melissa Fossum for AZ Central

Photo: Melissa Fossum for AZ Central

But this look doesn’t end there! After the sun has dried your hair in this braided style, it’s time to transition into look number 2. This second style is an effortless transition from day to night and straight to the cocktail bar. Here’s how you do it.

Simply take your hair out of the braids and spray a little sea salt spray into the mid-lengths and ends. Comb your fingers through slowly to create a fun waves. This will give you that messy boho hair, but if you want to glam it up a little, just spritz a small amount of shine treatment on the ends only, then gently work it in. Use any remainder of this product on your hands to tame any flyaways and frizz, but not too much or it could look oily. Then add a bright lip or gloss and you’re ready to go.

What do you think of this braided look? Will you try it out at home? Sound out in the comments below. Don't forget to tag me in your Instagram post when you recreate this look for the chance to be featured on The Confessions of a Hairstylist IG!

Jenny Strebe and the Bespoke Salon team working their magic backstage at Splash into Summer, W Scottsdale.

Jenny Strebe and the Bespoke Salon team working their magic backstage at Splash into Summer, W Scottsdale.

Just for the pastel of it! by Jenny Strebe

Photo credit: Ale Vidal of Imaginale

Photo credit: Ale Vidal of Imaginale

It's been on our radar for a while but we're calling pastel one of the biggest hair color trends of 2015, and just in time for summer. Unlike brighter jewel hues which are also set to be big hair news this year, these fairy-tale worthy tones are a little less daring with their subtler and slightly more sophisticated shades. 

Even Tinseltown has been painted pastel with many celebrity fans ditching traditional looks for candy-coated locks. Think Nicole Richie, Kelly Osbourne, Amber le Bon, even Kate Hudson and January Jones have tried a soft coral hue.

From lovely lavender to pretty in pink, there's a whole new color spectrum to explore. Take inspiration from Jem and the Holograms and opt for a fairyfloss flavour or perhaps Shy Violet from Rainbow Brite is more your taste. 

But before you join the pastel party, be sure to share some colour references with your hairdresser, they'll let you know what's achievable and what will suit your hair type and skin tone. And remember, these lush tones inevitably fade after a few washes so you may want to leave the salon just a few shades brighter so you can enjoy the fade process into your perfect pastel

Photo credit: Ale Vidal of Imaginale

Photo credit: Ale Vidal of Imaginale

I jumped on board and took the purple plunge recently thanks to my Braids & Balayage partner, Jay Olsen of Bespoke Salon who helped me channel my inner 90s grunge goddess with a little root shading too. I personally love the fade out process, it's like a brand new colour change every week. 

A lot of you have been asking me how he did it, so please check out Jay's Instagram for all the details. 

Below is a short video collaboration inspired by the pastel hair color trend directed by the incredibly talented Ale Vidal of Imaginale. How gorgeous does Allie look with this beautiful lilac color I did? Check it out.

So will you take the pastel plunge? Let me know in the comments below.

Custom blades, `shear' brilliance by Jenny Strebe

Cutting hair is my life, I have been doing it almost every day for the past 14 years. So you can imagine my `shear' delight when a pair of Shark Fin® made their way into my scissor hands. 

The problem with most shears is the one-size-fits-all approach, but this means we're continually fighting to grip them. Not any more. Thanks to the Shark Fin® Shear Fit™ finger fitting system you can add or remove special finger guards as needed to custom fit the shears to your own exact thumb and ring finger sizeShark Fin® Shears come with 4-6 different guard sizes so there's definitely something for everyone.

Shark Fin shears

This is truly unlike anything else I've ever tried. I now have a more relaxed grip which ultimately means more control and comfort when cutting hair. It's easy to see why this product took 5 years of development and design. They are so unique and I really love them.

You can discover more about Shark Fin® Shears from founder & visionary, Randy Sherman here  or see how they compare to other brands here.

I really wanted you guys to try these shears for yourself, so the lovely people at Shark Fin are giving all my readers a 20% discount, simply use the code Jenny20 at the checkout. Visit sharkfinshears.com

Get Beyoncé's Met Gala Pretty Party Pony Tail by Jenny Strebe

pretty party pony tail

While all eyes were on the Met Gala dresses (or lack of them, we're looking at you Kim and JLo) ours were definitely looking up at the new hair and beauty looks that are sure to make a huge impact on upcoming trends.

So you can imagine our surprise and major excitement when Queen Bey stepped onto the red carpet looking fierce with a very familiar hairstyle we posted just last month on The Confessions of a Hairstylist. The Pretty Party Pony Tail is the perfect high yet chic pony updo and we know you will love it too.

This one was styled by my talented co-worker, Walker of Bespoke Salon who kindly put this look together when my hand was broken. Not only is she incredibly gifted when it comes to hair but she is also one of the coolest chicks I have ever met. When the Queen wears one of your hairstyles it's probably time we all make like Beyonce fans and `bow down'.

To mimic Beyonce's look be sure to watch Walker's simple step-by-step tutorial in the video below, check it out.

Braided Upstyle Hair Tutorial by Jenny Strebe

OK, since bridal season is in full swing, I decided to team up with Kenra hair products to bring you a really gorgeous yet easy up style that is trending this season. Since braids are still going strong we wanted to bring you an up style with a large accented dutch braid. 

Not only is this up style on trend point, inside todays YouTube tutorial I go over products from Kenra hair products and how to use them to create beautiful up styles. Make sure to check it out, and if you love it give this video a big thumbs up. 

Fishtail Braid Faux Hawk Tutorial by Jenny Strebe

Faux hawk, braid hawk, fishtail mohawk…whatever you choose to call it, I have been obsessed with all hawks. I love how these styles can easily look edgy or soft and romantic by how you finish them. Todays YouTube tutorial is on the Fishtail Fauxhawk. This style looks really complicated but it is in fact really easy to do. 

For this look, all you need is mid to long length or hair, a few elastics and some hairspray. So check out the below video so you can jump on this fun trend with in minutes.

Textured Flat Iron Wave by Jenny Strebe

So the other day I gave you the fashion balayage with Jay Olson, and this week Im giving you the textured flat iron waves Jay style. This look is a very lived in vibe and I love Jays usage of his product to create this effortless look. All you need is a few products to create this fun look that is ideal for any casual event. 

If you love this video, make sure to give it a big thumbs up and subscribe to both of my YouTube channels. 

Fashion Balayage Hair Color with Jay Olson by Jenny Strebe

A few weeks ago when I got into a car accident and broke my hand, my business partner and good friend helped me out and took care of business and did a little guest spot on my YouTube channel. His name is Jay Olson with Loreal Professional and he went over how to create fashion balayage.

So if you are wanting to step up your color game this spring and summer and join the funky hair color trend that you have to check out todays YouTube tutorial! Click the play button below and enjoy.