Stylist Q & A with Amie of Bang Salon DC at The Yards

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Amie’s natural eye and love for color is why she’s great at creating soft blondes and vibrant reds, and her modern twists on classic cuts keep her clients feeling fresh and up-to-date with the latest trends. In this Stylist Q&A, Amie gives us her top tips for healthy hair and for leaving the salon with a style you love:

Q: How long have you been styling hair and how did you get in to this profession?

A: I have been licensed for 10 years, but I’ve been working in a salon for 13 years. I started early by working in a salon in 10th grade.

I knew I would be in this profession since I was a kid, there was never any question that this is what I would do.

Q: How many years have you been with Bang Salon DC?

A: I’ve been with Bang for 7 years. I started at the Verizon Center location and then moved over to The Yards when we opened.

Q: What do you think makes Bang Salon a unique place to go get your hair done? There’s so many offerings here in the city, but why should someone try Bang?

A: I think it’s cool how there’s a Bang Salon location to fit everyone’s style. For example, Bang Salon at the Verizon Center is right in the hub of a professional area, so it’s a great place for workers to come get a cut on their lunch break or right as they’re getting out of the office on their way to the metro home without being hung up in a salon too long. They want to get it checked off their list and it’s a great place for that lifestyle.

Now being at The Yards I notice this is a more residential area and a place where people like to come for lunch, drinks and to be entertained. The vibe here is more relaxed and people don’t mind spending a little more time getting pampered. Having that diversity in atmosphere just between the different Bang locations is great because there’s truly a fit for everyone.

Q: What’s your favorite color trend happening right now?

A: I’ll always love soft, organic color that’s still dimensional and vibrant. Crazy colors can be fun, but natural, sun-kissed color is always pretty. And it’s also great for people with hectic schedules or are on a budget and don’t want a style that’s going to require a lot of upkeep or maintenance.

Q: What’s your current favorite cut or style? Something you just have a lot of fun doing?

A: It really varies from person to person. I always love doing a cut or style on someone that I know is going to look great for them, so that would be my favorite. Overall, a bob is always a classic and is a good cut because there’s so many variations such as an angled bob, stacked bob, or one-length. I like the versatility there.

Q: What is your number one hair tip you could give to someone who just overall wants healthier hair?

A: People really over-wash their hair, so I would just say, wash your hair less. Try to go 2 to 3 days between washes and switch up your style to avoid looking greasy. Wear your hair down the first day, then do a half-up, half-down style the next (I’m loving the half-up, half-down top knot style right now) and then to an up-do the third day.

If you workout and your hair gets sweaty just blow dry it in and use some dry shampoo. Sweat is just salt, so use it to your advantage by creating a messy, beachy style.

When you let your hair go a few days between washes you’re allowing the oils to travel the length of your hair, which is good for hair health, plus it’s better for color-treated hair and for holding a style. Not washing your hair everyday is just better all the way around.

Q: What’s something clients can do to ensure they’ll be happy with the results of their appointment?

A: People always think, “I know you probably hate it when people show you pictures…,” but that’s not true at all! If you’re wanting a specific look, pictures are the best way to translate what you’re wanting to your stylist because you see things differently than I do. If you say, “I want red hair,” you’ll have a picture in your mind of what that looks like, and my technical eye may see it totally differently than you do. By bringing in a picture it will allow us to both be on the same page.

Also, I always tell my client if I don’t think the style they want will look good on them, but if you have any question about it, just give your stylist the permission to tell you what they really think. Say “I’m not sure how I would look with this, but I like it. What are your thoughts? Do you think this will look good on me?” Asking those questions will definitely help when it comes to leaving your appointment with a style you love.

Q: Who’s your favorite celebrity “hair crush” right now?

A: I don’t really crush on celebrities, I crush and get inspired by the work my peers and other stylists in the industry put out there. There are so many amazing stylists that I’m influenced by and inspire me on a daily basis and I like to pull my creative inspiration from them!

You can schedule an appointment with Amie by calling Bang Salon DC at The Yards at 202.628.3222, or online through our website.

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The Signature Gigi Hadid Hairstyle and Why She’s Our Hair Crush of the Moment

Victoria’s Secret has done a decent job at keeping a few big-name models as household names, but in all honestly, the recent rise of Gigi Hadid is bringing in a new wave of supermodel-dom.

She’s been all over our newsfeed lately, and we’re definitely not complaining. She’s absolutely gorgeous and has killer off-the-runway style to boot. Also, her hair…can we talk about it for a minute?

From boho waves to a sleek braided top knot, the Gigi Hadid hairstyle is on point for every occasion. And even though we know she has a glam squad helping her achieve some of those great styles, we think you can get inspired and try them out yourself.

Here are some of our favorite hairstyles on Gigi:

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This boho-waves-with-a-slight bend is what we consider the signature Gigi Hadid hairstyle. This picture was taken at Coachella, but anytime we see model-off-duty pics of Ms. Hadid she’s typically rocking this perfectly un-done look.

You can achieve this look by parting hair in the middle and letting it air-dry slightly before creating two braids. Get a good night of beauty sleep and shake out your braids in the morning, spray a texturizing sea salt spray and head for the California coast.

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We like that Gigi isn’t afraid to mix it up between sleek and polished and messy, just rolled out of bed (if you’re a model) look.

Some might be intimidated with this pulled back style with a middle part, but when it’s paired with a crisp and structured outfit we think it looks wonderfully fashion forward.

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This look screams Hollywood glamour without the need for giant barrel curls or over-the-top volume. A deep side part, and a slightly caught-in-the-wind blow out is the preferred look for when you need to look chic without being too “done.”

And of course, Gigi pulls it off perfectly with understated au natural makeup.

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This fun and flirty updo is ideal for hot summer night soirees because it’ll keep you cool while still looking stylish. This look on Gigi is best achieved with hair that hasn’t been washed in a couple days and a good number of bobby pins on hand to pin up your braided ponytail in to a top knot.

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If we didn’t know any better, we would’ve guessed Gigi was a rockstar with this look. Although this hairstyle is a really a simple ponytail, the volume is what makes it look purposeful and not just thrown together. Rake your fingers through your hair to bring it in to a high ponytail to give your hair some texture (no need for a brush), and then gently tease the base of your ponytail to give it rockstar volume. Pair with a leather jacket and aviators for good measure.

 

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Chic Ponytail Styles that Put a Twist on Your Typical Summer Do

We really love summer, and we bet you do too, but like us, we have a hunch that you’re not the biggest fan of the go-to hairstyle of summer, the ponytail.

It gets boring, can look unpolished and can make you feel kind of like you’re about to go for a jog instead of owning that big presentation you have to give to your entire department this afternoon. We get it, looks aren’t everything, but we all know that a good hair day can make you feel like you run the world.

So instead of letting the summer heat own your hairstyle and keeping it limited to the same simple ponytail all season long, here are a few chic ponytail styles that will keep you cool and your look fresh:

The Faux Fishtail Pony

If you’re not proficient in a fishtail braid, this is a chic way to get a fishtail-like look that takes less than half the time. Check out the simple and quick video tutorial on Byrdie.

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Knot Your Average Ponytail

The knotted low ponytail is one of the biggest casual up-do trends this season, and we love how it adds a touch of elegance while still accomplishing the main goal, to keep your neck cool. The other plus side? Girls with really thin hair can get this ponytail style without teasing the life out of their hair.

To get this look you’ll want to put in a little mousse or texturizing spray (of if you’re on day two or three hair, you can skip the product), split hair in to two main parts. You can then choose to tie your hair in the back or pull over to the side. Tie  over and under twice (basically doing the first step of tying your shoe twice) and then secure underneath the knot with a clear tie. If the knot is too tight, just tug a bit to give it a loose, lived-in look.

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Criss-Cross Short Hair Pony

Gals with short hair still need a way to look fashionable with a small pony. That why we love this super simple criss-cross that’s similar to the knotted ponytail, and adds a little glam touch.

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Tri-Braid Ponytail

This style may not be office appropriate depending on where you work, but we love it for a summer concert or a full day spent outside. It’s a little glam and a lot of edgy, which is just our style.
To get this look you’ll want to work with one to three day unwashed hair and separate the top three sections, which you’ll want to tease to get lots of volume. Then french braid back each section and gather it all together with an elastic. Take a small section at the bottom of your ponytail to wrap around the base of your ponytail to hide your hair elastic, then tease the ponytail to your liking and voila!

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Chic Twisted Ponytail

Not as edgy as the tri-braid pony, this look is more soft and feminine, but gives a different look than the average slicked back ponytail. This look can be achieved in a similar way as the ti-braid ponytail, except you won’t necessarily want to tease as much and you’ll only want to separate your hair in to two main sections on each side of your head.

You can then choose if you want to do a braid or a twist, which is essentially the same steps as a french braid, but only intertwining two pieces of hair instead of three. If you’re not a braiding whiz, this one will be much easier.

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