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Tips From a Style Guru

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As we roll into a new year, we take some of our old, tired habits and styles with us. You’ve now been put on notice! It’s time to freshen up your look, update with color, or just learn a few tricks to take better care of your hair. 

“The difference between a good day and a bad day can be the way your hair is styled in the morning,” says style guru Gene Davidson, owner of The Edge Salon in downtown Grand Rapids and an expert on how hair could dictate your mood. His first lesson?  

“Don’t overcomplicate your hairstyle.” Understanding how much time you have to style your hair in the morning is key. Obtaining the right cut for you could be as simple as touching it up with a curling iron in the morning. Some women only have ten minutes to spend on their hair, but have chosen a style that is taking forty-five minutes to create, says Davidson. “There’s enough stress in the world. Hair doesn’t need to be stressful.” 

Making things easier for clients is Davidson’s mission, and a few small changes to your look could be just the trick. 

“Bangs are coming back—but face appropriate,” said Davidson. From straight bangs to a shattered bang (more broken up and not so straight across the forehead), one thing that’s for sure is the many moods bangs could bring to your look. Consider angled bangs, which give you the best of both worlds by being able to tuck them back when you don’t want them. Also noteworthy, bangs draw attention to the eyes. 

“If you have light eyes, most generally when you darken your hair, it will make your eyes pop,” said Davidson. Even by changing the part in your hair, you have given yourself a totally different look. 

Now color is where you can have some fun. “I specialize in color. We can change things up a little bit with color,” said Davidson, who’s always looking at an individual’s face and considering her lifestyle when making hair recommendations. “I want my clients to have a good time doing their hair.” His favorite hair color products include Pureology and Aquage color-safe shampoos. 

Add some depth to your hair with highlights. If you do go the color route, keep the vibrancy by not washing everyday (try a dry shampoo), especially in the wintertime.

Written by: Missy Black is a freelance writer specializing in fashion. One of her favorite fashion interviews was Nigel Barker from America's Next Top Model. Her love of fashion keeps her awake at night, dreaming of cheetah-print flats paired with red skinny jeans and anything lace. Missy lives in the Grand Rapids area and has written horoscopes and restaurant reviews, and she enjoys another title as shoe copywriter. When her nose isn’t stuck in a book, you’ll find her in an antique store or flea market.


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