Fall Makeup Trends




Wow it really feels like some fall weather here in NC today!  With comes fall comes all the fall fashion and makeup!!  In for this fall is the unfinished lip with deep rich pigments.  Added bonus to this trend is that it is super easy, just dab a small amount of lip stain, stick, creme, or gloss in the center of your lips and press lips together.  Smudge with your finger following the natural lines of your lips and your done.  Another fall trend is super matte, shine-free skin, just start with an oil control moisturizer and primers and finish with a matte foundation.





Glitter Glitter Everywhere!  Glitter always seems to come out during the fall, especially as we inch closer to the holidays.  The proper way to apply glitter eyeshadow is to wet your brush a little before transferring glitter from the container to the eyelid and press it onto the eyelid, don’t sweep the glitter that way there is less fall out.


Not only is the unfinished lip in, so is the super finished lip with rich pigment and lip liner to match.  Just line lips with lip liner and match with a lip stick of the same color, apply, and smudge into lip liner until it all blends.




Dramatic angled eyeliner is all the rage, start by tracing the line starting from the outer lower lash line–not the upper lash line–upward and out; this is your guideline for the angled part of your liner wing.





The hot new runway makeup look is brow-to-lash color, you’re thinking crazy right, how could that ever be acceptable?  This brazen move can be achieved by using just one eyeshadow color and diffuse or build up where needed to create graduation.  Pro tip:  “use a wet brush to intensify the color at the lash line and work your way up the eye through the crease and to the brow, using a blending blush to get a softer pigment for graduation effect.” -Ferro




Crank up the Volume on your hair not your iPod!  Velcro rollers, massive amounts of hairspray, teasing brushes combined with an upside down blow dry are just some of the ways to add maximum, sexy volume creating a full head of luscious hair. 

What lies beneath a big head of hair is usually a ton of teasing.  The top layer is smoothed to look touchable, but there’s no way you could run your fingers through it. For extreme height, you can apply volumizer to the roots above the ears and then dry your hair upside down to allow gravity to lift strands away from the scalp. Setting hair with rollers or a large-barrel curling iron can also give a boost to roots. If you love hair straight — but still voluminous — flat-iron just the ends.  Lock in your sexy lift by flipping your head over and spraying on a veil of volumizing hairspray. 

Soda Can Curls – Get the look for yourself! 

What you need: 

  • Hair dryer
  • Long, sturdy bobby pins
  • Elastic hair bands
  • Clean, empty soda cans
  • Super hold hair spray
  • Volumizing mousse or gel


Step 1:
For big volume and soft waves, start with dry hair. If you want big, movable chic curls, wash your hair, towel dry it and work in a good amount of volumizing mousse or gel.  Be sure to get plenty near the roots and work it through to the ends.

Step 2:
Tie most of your hair up on top of your head with a clip, leaving one layer down near the base of your neck. Brush the section so it is smooth and straight – this will prevent it from looking knotted once the curls are finished. Spritz the section of hair with hairspray and roll it around the can as you would a regular curler, getting it as close to your head as possible.

Step 3:
Secure the can by placing the elastic band (use plain rubber bands if your hair is very fine) lengthwise across your hair and the can. Use the bobby pins to secure loose strands by attaching the pin to your hair and the rubber band. Repeat this process around your head until all your hair is rolled. Spray your whole head with a light mist of hairspray.  

Step 4:
Blow-dry your hair on a low, hot setting, using a diffuser if you have one available. Let the cans and your hair cool before unrolling them. Finger comb your hair and spray with a final spritz of hairspray!

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Meet the “Lob”

You don’t have to be a celebrity to look like one.  Meet the “lob”, a longer version of the bob with a length that falls between the chin and collarbone, skimming the shoulders. 

A lob haircut will not only help with the summer’s heat and humidity, it also keeps your hair healthy and cuts down on the thickness without losing volume.  The lob is short, elegant, fun, low-maintenance and versatile.  Perhaps its best trait:  it looks good on everyone! 

The lob is perfect for those with long hair wishing to go shorter without chopping all at once for a traditional bob.  The lob is long enough to be worn in a ponytail or braid yet short enough to create that sleek look without spending hours under the blow dryer.  

Be sure to ask your stylist how often you should go in to maintain this amazing and chic look! 


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Braids are our newest obsession for a look that keeps hair off your face instead of the messy ponytail.  There is no limitation on number of braids, thickness, texture or even location.  Back, front, side or center.    


Messy Hair.  It goes against everything we’ve been taught about hair.  It might not sound like it could possibly be a hairstyle trend, but messy hair is a huge summer trend. Hair straighteners and wavers give your hair an uncomplicated style while volumizers ensure your hair isn’t left flat.


Low Slung Buns

It’s good to give your hair a break from heat styling.  A low slung bun is best with air-dryed or unwashed hair.  It gives an instant, classy and polished look. 

STEP 1:  Skip shampooing for natural hair oils to create a textured and sleek finish.  If washing your hair is a must use a texturizing balm after shampooing and let your hair air dry.

STEP 2:  Create a center part using your fingers as a comb.  Make a low ponytail with a TwistBand or elastic band. 

STEP 3:  Loosely twist the ponytail around the elastic and pin with bobby pins.  Pull a few loose ends from the bun. 

STEP 4:  Finish with a light hold hairspray.


The Beehive

Half a decade later, the Sixties Beehive hairstyle is back.  It can be easily created by backcombing the hair and is absolutely ideal for the workplace or an evening out.

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Summer Skin Quick Tips!

As the weather starts to warm there are different skin problems that you have to worry about, especially in the south!  Here are some solutions to some common summertime skin problems.



It’s pretty much inevitable that at some point during the summer months you’ll lay out a little too long with too little sun protection.  To help soothe the pain and swelling from a sunburn immediately take two aspirin or ibuprofen as soon as possible.  You can also make milk compresses by soaking a washcloth in a bowl of ice-cold whole milk and drape it over the burn until the cloth is room temperature.




The recommended intake for H2O is 8 glasses and beneficial for your entire body including your skin!  The proper intake of water and proper amount of sleep can help keep your skin clear, healthy, and give you an extra glow.



Your skin needs an afternoon pick-up too!  According to a recent study, women look oldest at exactly 3:30 pm on Wednesday afternoons…no bueno! That is when stress levels peak and energy levels drop and ultimately leaving your skin dry, grungy, and blah.  To combat the afternoon blah skin you can pat a little lotion on your cheeks, under your eyes, and anywhere else you need to get a little extra glow and get you through the rest of the day.



Exfoliation is key to healthy skin but there is a limit! Make sure you are not rubbing aggressively because that can lead to irritation.  A scrub is designed to do the work for you so just put it on like you would a moisturizer to get glowy-not red-skin.



Do you always seem to attract mosquitos?  Try taking a daily vitamin B12 supplement!  Studies show that it causes your skin to give off a scent that repels mosquitoes that only the mosquitos can smell.  If you do get a mosquito bite an ice cube over the area.  It tricks your nerves so you don’t feel the itch anymore.



So you have a big event or date that you have been awaiting and of course you get a pimple right before, that’s always how it works right?  Well never fear just wet the tip of a cotton swab with Listerine and dab it on the spot.  The alcohol in the rinse dries the zit fast!  Then you will be all set for you big event🙂


Breaking out from sunscreen?  Try a mineral sunscreen, the active ingredients (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or both) sit on top of the skin instead of being absorbed so you are less likely to have a breakout.



Here in good ol’ North Carolina we are no strangers to the heat and worst of all is the high humidity levels we have.  You can stay drier longer by using an antiperspirant that is clinical strength.  These antiperspirants have the highest level of sweat shields to block sweat glands temporarily.  You can even glide some on other hot spots like your lower back or cleavage to keep dry there too.



Backne is the worst! Especially in the summer with all your cute strappy summer dresses.  Shampoos and conditioners can leave an oily film on your shoulders and back so make sure to thoroughly rinse your hair AND your skin before getting out of the shower.



Razor burn is just about as bad as the backne!  Clam razor burn by applying a thin coat of one-percent hydrocortisone cream or Aquaphor Healing Ointment to soothe inflammation.  And make sure to keep the area out of the sun until it heals since UV exposure can worsen the bumps and irritation.

Color My Hair Pastel!

Dare to dominate your look with pastel hair? From Lauren Conrad’s blue highlights to peach-tinted tips and Kelly Osbourne’s all-over lavender, we continue to see celebrities showing more of a wild side by adding pastel hair color.

Pastel colors are very specific. Whether you’re looking for highlights, an all-over color or Ombre color, it’s important to pick a color and that’s best for you. Ombre hair is very trendy and looks great with pastel colors.

Once you’ve found your look, you’ll need to make sure your make-up and clothing choices compliment your dominant pastel hair.



Questions? Call Lather Hair Salon for a pastel color consultation!



Salt in the Air and Sand in My Hair


It’s the time of year when the sun kisses our hair and skin. The combination of sun and sand arouses our senses, allowing us to feel beautiful with little effort. We aren’t all lucky enough to have the beach in our backyards. But, you can re-create a beach wave hairstyle anywhere!

Most women are lucky to have some natural wave to their hair. Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray by Wella will bring out the natural wave in your hair for a professional beach wave look. This amazing salt spray product works on almost every hair type and reduces frizz. There are two options for creating the perfect beach hair style.

Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray by Wella (Recommended for all hair types.)
1. Start with dry hair.
2. Spray Ocean Spritz into dry hair.
3. Scrunch or twist your beach waves using your fingers.
4. Air dry.

Pearl Styler Gel by Wella (For a formal, more controlled look.)
1. Start with towel-dried hair.
2. Apply a quarter-sized amount of Pearl Styler Gel from Wella through your ends, working in small sections for the most even coverage.

5 Hair Time Drains and How to Remedy Them

Does your hair seem to be taking up more and more of your time?  Here are some solutions to a few common hair time drains.

Time Drain #1-You start blow-drying your hair too soonrusk speed freak

It takes longer to style dripping wet hair and it is more prone to breaking at this stage.  Save time and your hair by flipping your head over and blow dry to get the excess water out (added bonus this will give you great volume!).  Then flip your head over and blow dry to get the excess water out (added bonus this will give you great volume!).   Then pin or clip it up and let it air dry some while you continue getting your outfit or some of your make-up started.  When your hair is about 80% dry start styling it by pinning it in sections, and while using a round blow dry the rest of your hair dry section by section.  It is important to use a concentrator on your blow dryer at this step (see left for image).  A concentrator allows all the air flow to be focused on the one section you are working on and cuts down on frizz and fly a ways.

Time Drain #2-You wash your hair too often

Just because you are taking a shower does not mean you need to wash your hair.  Unless your hair is oily or you have product build-up you should not wash your hair.  The longer you can go without washing your hair will not only save you time but will also be healthier for your hair.  Crazy I know, it sounds so backwards to not wash your hair.  But shampoos are cleansers – they are meant to get everything out of your hair and clean your scalp and unfortunately shampoos not only take the gunk out of your hair but also removes the essential sebum or oil from your scalp your hair needs and dries out strands as well.  If you find your hair to be too dry it is probably because you are washing it too frequently.  Depending on your hair type you should only be washing your hair 3-4 times per week and again the longer you can go the better!  Another added bonus to washing your hair as often if you color your hair is that the color is going to last longer, the more you wash your hair the more the color is going to fade.  Skipping the wash also allows you to skip the blow dry and the less heat you can put on your hair the better!  So save money and again time and the health of your hair and don’t wash it so much ladies.

lauren-conrad topknot



Time Drain #3-You don’t know how to fix a bad hair day

Some days you just can’t fit your hair you just have to go with it.  If you have short hair embrace the messy look!  Apply a dime-size amount of pomade to your hair and tousle it with your fingers this will make your hair instantly modern but put together.  For longer hair try a topknot which is all the rage right now!  It might take a little practice so you may want to try it when you have some time on   your hands to master everything.  Start by putting your hair into a high ponytail, then dividing the tail into three sections.  Wrap the first section loosely around the elastic band and bobby pin it  in place.  Continue with the other two sections wrapping them in the same direction around the elastic and secure them with bobby pins.  This will create a big, slightly messy, high bun perfect for any occasion and add a bold lip color like Lauren Conrad to really spice up your look!


Time Drain #4-You use too many products


whipped cremeIf your hair is limp, greasy, dull, or lifeless especially right after you wash it odds are you are using too many products.  If you are layering product after product and still not getting the results you are looking for and then compensate with layering more products you are using the wrong products for your hair.  When it comes to products less is more we promise,  you should only be using a maximum of four products-shampoo, conditioner, styler, and finisher.  Using any more is weighing your hair down and is probably making you wash your hair more and in turn damaging it more.  If you are a product junky then start but limiting your hair product arsenal to the bare essentials and by using a clarifying cleanser to start fresh and remove all the product build up.  Here at Lather Hair Salon we use and highly recommend Nioxin’s Clarifying Cleanser, it gently neutralizes hard water mineral deposits, chlorine and environmental and styling product build-up.  As far as the bare essentials you should have a professional brand shampoo (if you color your hair make sure it is a color-protecting shampoo to add more life to your color), a professional moisturizing conditioner, a root-lifting spray or mousse or some sort of heat protectant (we live by Sebastian lite weight Whipped Creme Styling Whip at Lather-added bonus it smells just like whipped cream!), and finally a finishing spray or polish to smooth everything.  Again if you can not get the look you want with the four products you are using the wrong ones for you hair and should consult your stylist about what would work best for your hair type.


Time Drain #5-You have the wrong cut for your lifestyle

If you can’t maintain your haircut at home yourself, it is too high maintenance for your needs.  When you go to your stylist it is very important to be as honest as possible about home much time you will and are able to put into your hair on a daily basis and to be honest about your hair skill level.  On the other side of this it is extremely important that your stylist is asking you these questions and is able to educate you on your hair.  Don’t resist your hair type, you are only torturing yourself-work with what you got!  If your hair is fine and straight consider a blunt chin to shoulder length bob; your hair will fall in sheets that stack up building volume.  For thicker straight hair graduated layers that are shortest at the shoulder and taper down the back works best because it gives your hair movement.  If it’s fine but wavier go for a shoulder length or shorter layered look; the layers build body and you won’t constantly be working to make your hair straight because it’s not in a precise bob.  If your hair is thick and wavy you may need a few layers so that it doesn’t get too heavy and is best to have it shoulder length or longer.  Another haircut mistake people make that add time to their everyday routines are bangs.  You shouldn’t have to fight them every morning, not everyone is cut out for bangs.  Like the rest of your hair make sure to ask your stylist to work with your natural texture and part when cutting your bangs.  If you have a cowlick your bangs will need to be thick and heavy.  If you have course or wavy hair get your bangs cut on an angle (shorter over one eye and longer over the other) that way they won’t have to lie perfectly flat.  If your hair is super straight don’t fight mother nature with a side bang instead go with short, straight bangs that just graze the eyebrows.  Use the weight of your hair and it’s natural texture to your advantage, don’t fight mother nature!

Lathers September Product of the Month

We would like to feature Nioxin’s DiaMax this month as an truly amazing product.  DiaMax  has a a fusion of Niacinamide, Panthenol and Caffeine and is proven to 1. increase the diameter of  each existing hair strand, 2. penetrate hair and make it fuller and more manageable, and 3. strengthen hair resilience against breakage.  Nioxin’s intensive therapy DiaMax also uses HTX, an advanced thickening complex containing a fusion of a number of ingredients.  DiaMax is a leave on product that you apply throughout the scalp and massage gently at the roots and style as normal.  It is a simple easy product to add to your hair routine that will make your hair fuller.

For more information feel free to contact Lather via email or phone or also Nioxin (http://nioxin.com/en-US/home-page.aspx) to explore all they have to offer for promoting strong healthy hair!


August is National Hair Loss Month

Whether you’re young or old, healthy or battling an illness, everyone faces hair loss at some time. It is extremely common both for men and women to experience thinning hair or hair loss. At Lather Hair Salon, we are doing our part by educating our clients on hair care regimes and tailoring specific hair care treatments.

Lather Hair Salon carries the salon professional Nioxin Brand. It is the #1 stylist-recommended thinning-hair brand in the US. We carry Nioxin kits, scalp renew products, styling products, intensive therapy products, and more to assist us in tailoring your specific hair care system. Our stylists are happy to answer any questions you might have and assist you with all your thinning hair concerns.