Tips on How to Get and Keep the Hair Color You Desire

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Lives of Style’s Monday with Michael ™ ©2017, provides expert advice on hair color, styling, care and conditioning—for a more beautiful YOU.

Our Lives of Style Authority: Master Colorist to the Stars: Michael Canale–in the business for over 30 years, is renowned for creating natural sun-streaked hair and classic blonde shades that get raves.

One of Hollywood’s most sought-after colorists, Canale’s clients have included movie star royalty like Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Heidi Klum, Carolyn Murphy, Carmen Electra, Denise Richards and more.

Canale is a staple on Allure’s “Best of the Best” as a superior hair colorist who “lightens blondes to a baby-like perfection.”

Canale shares tips on how to get and keep the color you want.

Lives of Style: What should you do before you go to the salon which can help your colorist get the correct color?

Michael: Clean your hair before you go to the salon for color. While there is some controversy about this, it is a fact that it takes longer for the chemicals to break through dirt to perform the reaction desired. If the hair is not too dirty, the dirt will help protect the scalp from the sometimes harsh reaction to the skin. “Too dirty” is a relative term, and includes styling products and processes. So you should always have a clean head when you plan on getting your hair colored.

Lives of Style: How should you wear your hair?

Michael: And you should always wear your hair as you normally do. If you don’t then you might get a look that you wont like on an everyday basis. So if you usually wear your hair straight go to the salon with straight hair. If you usually curl your hair go to the salon with curls. This will give your stylist a set idea of what will look good on you on a day to day basis.

Lives of Style: How do I keep my color looking good in between going to the salon?

Michael: Hot water causes fading. As we all know heat opens up the cuticle this is where the color pigment molecules are. So if you are wondering why your color never sticks and you are taking showers that could heat up some pasta–that is your problem. You should wash your hair with lukewarm water or better yet cold.

Lives of Style: How often should I get it touched up?

Michael: If you are a blonde with highlights you would want to get it re-colored every four to eight weeks. If you use a base color then you would want to come in after four weeks. If you are a brunette it really depends upon how fast it fades. I prefer making brunettes with semi-permanent color in case someone changes their mind. If you are using a gloss you would want to do it every four shampoos. A gloss acts as a retardant for fading. My glosses last three weeks. An over the counter gloss probably lasts every shampoo.

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Must-Read! Get the Right Hair Colour For You

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Ever wonder how celebrities’ hair colour always shines and looks radiant on them?

Master Colourist, Michael Canale, known for creating Jennifer Aniston’s golden hue, sheds light on how to pick the right hair colour.

Lives of Style: How do you pick the right hair colour?

Michael: I look at my client’s colouring, clothing and eye colour. God usually gives you the right colour so I pay attention to my client’s natural hair colour.

For example–if I look at the underside of their wrist and it is a blue tone then she’s a “Summer.” “Summer” people are usually born as tow-heads and get ashier as they get older. So for my clients who are a “Summer,” I do cooler-toned highlights. For many “Summer” clients I leave more of the natural hair colour and do my paper-thin highlights for a nice rich colour, so that the hair keeps its integrity. I don’t want to lighten to the point of damage.

“Winter” clients can have a light complexion with a rosy cheek but also typically include Indians and African Americans. “Winters” wear more solid colours, richer colours, and have a warm brown to their hair colour. For “Summer” and “Winter” clients I don’t usually want to put warm gold, red, copper or caramel tones on their hair.

“Autumn” and “Spring” are yellow undertones with a peachy complexion. “Autumn” clients have more copper in their hair naturally. I would never put ash on an “Autumn” or a “Spring.” I use gold, yellow gold or copper colours. If you lift an “Autumn” or “Spring half a shade you will get a red or copper tone and my clients don’t want a warm tone–so going to a master colourist is important. I manipulate the colour and highlight to precise hues or do numerous coats of colour to control the colour.

If it’s the wrong colour, you will see shadow under their eyes and they would always have to wear makeup. I know when I have the right colour because my clients don’t need to wear makeup—their skin shines.

Lives of Style: What’s the most requested colour?

Michael: The most request colours are baby blonde or caramel blonde. When it’s wet it’s slightly gold.

Lives of Style: What are Cameron Diaz or Bella Heathcote —two celebrities you have worked with?

Michael: Cameron Diaz is a cool-toned blonde and if it’s not done correctly her hair will disintegrate. When I worked with her on the movie, “Holiday,” I used paper-thin cool-toned highlights for a light baby blonde look.

I am keeping Bella golden—moving her to more of a “Summer” cool-toned look—which is not done overnight – it’s accomplished over time–with finesse.

To find out more about Michael Canale click here.  

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Trendy Tuesday…

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Whether you have 20/20 vision or not, the wire-rimmed glasses are making a comeback! The geek chic look which has been spotted all over the runways—by brands like Gucci and Chloe—is now making its way to celebrities and street-style stars alike. The lightweight frames are a perfect way to finish off an outfit for a vintage, throwback vibe. If you want a 70’s-inspired look, take note from Bella Hadid who donned a pair of gold-trimmed glasses with a champagne ensemble. Or for a 90’s look, opt for Selena Gomez’s small oval frames. How would you style the wire-trimmed glasses?





Photos: Pinterest, Harper’s Bazaar, WhoWhatWear

Fun Friday…

A Pinch of Lovely

This summer, amp up your wardrobe with colorful pom-pom detailing. Pom-poms have been popping up everywhere since the springtime—and it’s not going anywhere just yet. The playful pom-pom detail instantly gives any outfit an island vacation vibe, even if you’re stuck at work all summer. If wearing a pom-pom trimmed dress, cardigan, or top isn’t quite your style, then try accessorizing with a sun hat or a tote bag that has those details instead. Or step out in style with embroidered pom-pom sandals by Rebecca Minkoff or Vince Camuto that are ready to hit the resort. How would you wear the pom-pom trend?



Photos: A Pinch of Lovely, Never Without Lipstick, The Real Fashionista

Tech Thursday…


 Amazon—the online shopping giant—has done it again. In an attempt to take on the online retail industry, Amazon is now testing out a new program called—“Prime Wardrobe”—that allows shoppers to try on clothing from the site in the comfort of their own home. The concept is pretty simple. Just select at least three clothing items from Prime Wardrobe and then send back whichever items you don’t want in the resealable box. However, the more clothing items you keep, the more you save. If you take at least three items, you will get 10% off your order, but if you take five or more items then you will get 20% off your order. The best part of all, is that you don’t need to be home when you send back the items. Amazon will pick up the box from your doorstep for free. Only time will tell how successful this program will be, but things are already looking up for those with a busy schedule. What do you think of the new online shopping approach?


Photo: Hypebeast

Wear-It Wednesday…

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In addition to her Good American denim line, Khloé Kardashian will be releasing 10 bodysuits in a collection called—“Good Body”—starting tomorrow. Just like her size-inclusive denim line—which runs from size 0 to 24—the bodysuits are made to fit various body types so that any woman can embrace her curves. The collection features seductive side cut-outs, sheer-panels, intricate lace, and stunning necklines such as a deep-plunging V or off-the-shoulder. According to Khloé’s Instagram, the message behind the bodysuit line is to promote self-love, to empower all different types of women, and to love our curves. We respect this message and we cannot wait for the collection to arrive.



Photos: Pulse, Revelist

Source: Elle

Common Hair Colour Mistakes You DON’T Want to Make


Celebrity Master Colourist Michael Canale–known for creating Jennifer Aniston’s iconic hair colour, dishes on how to keep your own colour looking great — and how to avoid the biggest hair colour mistakes

Lives of Style: What are the common mistakes people make when coloring their hair?

Michael: Not staying with the same colourist. If you keep switching colourists they don’t know what is under the coluor. When you find a good colourist stick with him or her. I see a lot of breakage. A lot of people are moving from brown to blonde and blonde to brown, so you have to go to a good colourist who knows your hair and knows what is going on.

Lives of Style: What causes a lot of the damage?

Michael: The French technique of Balayage is a very masterful technique and there are a certain colorists who have gotten really good at it, but it’s the biggest reason why extensions are so popular.

Lives of Style: Why is that?

Michael: Balayage is a major culprit for hair damage, is too aggressive for hair and it accidentally overlaps bleach all the time. There is a specific amount of time you can leave the colour on the hair and some hair colourists have left it on the hair for two hours. No matter how careful you are, when you over-blonde it damages the hair and the hair gets fried.

Lives of Style: How do you colour distressed hair that has been damaged by Balayage?

Michael: I ease them into a foiling technique because they already have blonde tips, so it’s easy to work with. I might use Balayage for first and second time I work with them to get the color moving and then we use foil technique for full control.

For clients who like the look but don’t want the damage, I can deepen the base of the highlight to give the illusion of dark to light. Then I do my signature highlights around the face. For Jennifer Aniston, I once highlighted Jennifer twice in one sitting, deepening the base and then highlighting with my paper-thin highlights, so we went from a medium brown to a caramelized brown and with golden blonde accent highlights. It’s a way to create a darker to lighter look without damaging the hair.

To find out more about Michael Canale click here.  

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Trendy Tuesday


Though off-the-shoulder tops are extremely trendy right now and exude a little bit of sultriness from the exposed shoulders, we have a prediction that the front-tie crop top will soon replace it. Unlike off-the-shoulder tops, the front-tie crop top is able to give you more mobility when you move your arms, and best of all, you can wear a regular bra with it—instead of a strapless bra. And not only is it functional, but it still shows a peek of skin for those hot summer days. For a stunning summer outfit, try pairing a front-tie crop top with high-waisted pants or a skirt! How would you wear the front-tie crop top?




Photos: Lolobu, The Style Shaker

Fashion Friday…

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Now that the basket bag trend has officially taken off, it’s time to pair it with the major shoe trend of the moment: wedge-heeled espadrilles! The woven part of the platform works perfectly with the woven details of the basket bag that can perfectly tie together a beach outfit or a casual Friday outfit at the office. For the ultimate carefree look, try styling your espadrilles with a long, and flowy sundress, or with an off-the-shoulder top and a pair of high-waisted white jeans. How would you wear a pair of wedge-heeled espadrilles?




Photos: Pinterest, Be Daze Live, My Small Wardrobe

Throwback Thursday…

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If you’ve been relishing the neck scarf trend this summer, then you”ll love the vintage scarf pop-up shop: Hermèsmatic—by Hermès. The fun concept behind the pop-up shop is to allow shoppers the opportunity to either bring in their own vintage scarf to dip-dye in blue, fuchsia, or violet, or they could purchase one from the shop to dip-dye. However, there will only be three shops: in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville, so if you are not in those areas, then be on the lookout to shop for these beautiful and colorful scarves online! For the Los Angeles fashionistas out there, watch for it this November!



Photos: Louise Roe, Who What Wear
Source: Elle

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