Mane: (n.) A head of distinctly long, thick hair. Addicts: (tr.v) To occupy or involve oneself in something habitually or compulsively.

Long Hair Lust and How to Get There

We can’t help but be envious of the girls who flaunt their #longhairdontcare status.  I’m sure we’ve all felt like our hair doesn’t grow past a certain point or that it gets thin and wispy towards the ends, but with a little help from the right supplements, your hair can reach Disney princess lengths as well!  Read through and get ready to get your [@nailswag] hands on this hair candy.

The 411

Depending on what you’re looking for, there are 3 kinds of the dietary supplement, Viviscal, that are sure to change your hair-life.

1.  Viviscal Extra Strength: Designed to address hair problems from stress, hormonal changes, over styling, poor nutrition, age, menopause, post-pregnancy, and medication.  This high impact formula contains nutrients that nourish your hair during it’s growth cycle, while keeping existing hair healthy from within.  Perfect for those with thinning hair.

2.  Viviscal Professional Strength:  A hair growth dietary supplement that is scientifically formulated with the exclusive marine complex AminomarTM.  Helps promote existing healthy hair growth from within.

3. Viviscal Hair and Scalp Serum:  This topical hair solution maintains a healthy scalp, while giving a thicker fuller look.  It contains 7.5% strength Ana:Tel™ complex, which includes clinically tested ingredients derived from natural sources such as pea sprouts and grape seeds.  Other ingredients include menthol, which invigorates the scalp, and creatine, which improves the smoothness, volume, and overall look and feel of hair.

Ingredients

  • AminoMar®: The groundbreaking, clinically proven marine complex available exclusively in Viviscal supplements. Derived from key marine protein molecules combined with a blend of Horsetail (Stem) Extract and naturally occurring Silica, it provides essential nutrients needed to promote existing hair growth from within.
  • Biotin: Also known as Vitamin H, it is a water-soluble Vitamin B complex (Vitamin B7) that helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein and thus essential in the formation of the hair structure.
  • Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that helps to absorb more Iron into the blood, which in turn promotes hair growth. Vitamin C in Viviscal supplements is sourced from the acerola cherry.
  • Iron: An essential mineral that has several important roles in the body, Iron helps to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around to cells in the body, including hair follicles. Thinning hair can be one of the visible symptoms of anemia (Iron deficiency).

We’ve seen the amazing effectiveness of Viviscal on our own heads and celebrity clients alike.  Just remember to use consistently for at least a month to see results.  Need some convincing?  Click through to see some of long hair looks that have us ready to drink up our supplements like its kool-aid.

 

Byrdie Beauty + Jen Atkin: The Uneven Braid

Jen Atkin and Mane Addicts teamed with our favorite beauty website, Byrdie Beauty to come up with some stylish and easy to do hairstyles for the every day girl!  Check out this tutorial for a quirky twist on the side braid, courtesy of Byrdie.

Step One: Air Dry

Start with air-dried hair so you have some natural texture to work with. Then, part your hair down the center.

Step Two: Roll the Front

Grab a small section of hair (about an inch wide) from around your hairline. Starting from your part, roll that section away from your face and pin it in place right above your ear.

Step Three: Section

Gather your hair to one side (the side with the twist you just created) and separate it into three even sections.

Step Four: Braid

Give yourself a basic braid all the way down to your ends—just make it tight. Atkin says the braid will fall apart in the next steps if the loops are too loose.

Step Five: Slide Up

Hold the end of one of the braid’s three sections in one hand. Hold the remaining two pieces in your other hand. Keep the single strand pulled taut, while you slide the rest of the braid up to the top.

Step Six: Slide Down

Once you’ve bunched the braid at the top, slide the same section back down to meet your other hand at the bottom.

Step Seven: Tie It Off

Tie off your braid, leaving a couple of inches loose at the end.

Step Eight: Brush

Using a boar-bristle brush, lightly brush up your braid in short sections. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top. Atkin says this is the step that creates that undone texture.

Step Nine: Stretch

Gently stretch a few loops throughout your braid, alternating the side of the braid you pull from as you go. Make your loops as uneven as you please.

Done!

And that’s it—no product or hot tools needed! Simply stunning.

Mane Master Extraordinaire, Eugene Soulieman

In the spirit of London Fashion Week, we are featuring London born and UK based #manemaster Eugene Soulieman.  Serving as the Global Creative Director for Wella Professionals, there is no doubt that whatever Eugene Soulieman creates is a work of art.  A sought after runway stylist, he’s worked with top designers including Alexander McQueen, Missoni, Narciso Rodriguez, DKNY, and Kenzo.  We love the architectural influence in his work.  Even his softest creations have an air of the abstract about them- something unusual that makes us take another glance and look for that extra moment.  So it is no surprise that he has worked closely with Lady Gaga and is responsible for her iconic short hair beneath all the wigs!  A regular contributor to Vogue, V Magazine, Harper’s Bazzaar, W Magazine, and The New York Times, we revel in the authenticity behind this artist’s work!

One of our personal favs from LFW?  Check out this 90’s hip hop inspired hair for DKNY SS15 and follow @eugensoulieman for more #manespiration

West Coast|Best Coast: The LA Bend


While the West Coast is known more for babes in bikinis than fashion filled runways, the SS15 runway shows make it apparent how coveted our languid locks have become.  As much as we like to pretend we woke up this flawless, the truth is, there’s a method behind this beauty madness.

1.  Start by wrapping hair around a 1 1/4″ curling iron.  We’re going for soft and wavy vs. prom queen, so leave the ends out by hanging onto the ‘tail’.

2.  Next, use a flat iron to randomly relax the curls.  Too long of a pass through and the hair will straighten, so a quick touch is all you need.  If needed, the flat iron can also be used to add a bend; for quick reference click here.

This next part is where the magic happens, so take a second to enjoy this #manemoment.  Take the flat iron and straighten out the ends.  Though it may seem minor, this simple act of lengthening those ends is what makes that California hair bliss.

3.  Dry Texture time: Spray at the roots for added lift and everywhere else for wispy volume.

4.  Finish by smudging a dime size of clay wax in the palm of your hands, and use your fingers to work through the mid lengths to ends.

Major thanks to WWD for the photos

and

Burberry Prorsum for such an inspiring LFW show

I Rock Tom Ford… Flat Iron Waves

1.  You’ll begin at the bottom and work your way up, so start by using a clip to pin hair out of the way.

2.  Take 1 to 2 inch sections and begin to wave with a flat iron.  This effect happens when you bend the iron strongly in one direction and automatically bend in the opposite direction.

3. Once everything is waved go back through and detail.  Example: Certain pieces may need a little pick me up or more volume might be needed in the crown.  Take note that 9 times out of 10 the more you manipulate the hair, it starts to style itself.  So if you’re doubting your skill just keep going; you got this!

4.  Dry shampoo isn’t just for those days you lagged on jumping in the shower.  Spray for added height, thickness, grit, texture, and a matte finish hold.

5.  End with the infamous tool known as a hairdressers right hand, (the one and only) Mason Pearson.  Use to bump up the roots or grab random sections to fluff with a backcombing motion.

 

 

Thanks WWD for the images.

Mane Master at Large, Guido Palau

By now we’ve mentioned Guido Palau countless times through our Mane Addicts posts, so it only seemed appropriate to feature the British native during London Fashion Week.  Guido is one of the most iconic hairdressers of our time, deemed “The World’s most in-demand hair stylist” by British Vogue and fore father of the grunge fashion movement in the 90’s, defined by bare skin, smudged eyes, and disheveled locks.  Starting at Vidal Sassoon in London, his salon life was short lived as he soon found his niche in editorial, photographic, and fashion show styling.  His styles have been featured on every major runway and he holds a close relationship with some of the most influential designers including Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, and Jean Paul Gaultier.  We are never unimpressed by the diversity of styles he is able to come up with, producing more than 30 looks a season, each perfectly complimenting the total motif of the designs.

Mane Muse, Cara Delevingne

Is it just us, or is there something in British water that makes these girls so damn cool?  (and where can we get our hands on that kool-aide?)  Supermodel Cara Delevingne may just be one of the most sought out models of the year.  From runway to print, her luscious long locks and iconic eyebrows inspire so many of us to head to the salon and fill in our brows.  At only 22, she is already a household name and recognized face.  We personally love her sun kissed hue and the versatility of this “IT girl” mane.

The Mousse Muse

MOUSSEMUSE

Contrary to popular belief, mousse is more than a byproduct of the 80’s.  A fashion week staple and a must have in all backstage bags, this fashion foam is perfect for an array of styles on and off runway.  We love the way mousse compliments this low pony’s diverse texture- sleek at the top and natural through the ends.

To get the look, you need a mousse.  There’s a whole market to hunt from, so we narrowed it down to our four favorites.

For our featured style, the only other supplies you’ll need are a comb and elastics (we prefer these soft elastics to avoid snagging and breakage).

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To start, apply your favorite mousse liberally in sections at the root.

Then, use a comb to distribute the product from roots through mid-shaft.

Next, comb hair towards the nape of your neck.

* For added smoothness use your hands to press and sculpt hair from front to back in a gathering motion *

Secure with an elastic to finish and rough up the ends a bit by backcombing and gently teasing for added fullness.


… and because there’s no limit with what you (and little mousse) can do, we’re leaving you with some mousee inspired #manespiration to get your creative juices flowing.

Do you have a favorite mousse?  Let us know in the comments!

NYFW Street Style

Street style is one of our favorite parts of fashion week.  We love everyone pulling out everything they’ve got- dawning fun styles and eye-catching flair.  Of course our eyes drift to the hair, and everyone’s mane game is on!  This year we saw lots of quirky braids, interesting colors, and effortless waves.

Thanks to Refinery29, Teen Vogue, EOnline, and Allure Magazine for the images.

Wigging Out for Marc Jacobs

Did anyone else see the wigs during the Marc Jacobs NYFW finale show?  We’re oogling and awwing over the funky texture and statement color.  A collaboration between Marc and longtime hairstylist pal, Guido Palau, the wigs were conceived to reminisce a ‘cartoon-esque’ jet black Joey Ramones, 70’s feel.  Thanks to New York Magazine for featuring all the details from colorist Larry Raspanti [of Whittemore House Salon] about what went into the inky hue.

Marc Jacobs wasn’t the only designer to channel 70’s flair for his show.  We also saw shag cuts strutting down the catwalks of Anna Sui (by Garren of R+Co) and Rodarte (by Odile).

Thinking of trying an eyebrow grazing bang yourself?  We’re all for it!  Click over to see what face shapes this style suits best.

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