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Hair Curling 101: Horizontal vs Vertical Waves

Hi Dames! What the heck is a vertical wave or horizontal wave? I’ll tell you- lots of women ask me how to achieve the super glam waves celebs sport on the red carpet or how to achieve the perfect beach wave all year round. The answer is knowing which direction to hold your iron. Check out the how to do video below.

 

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Horizontal waves create a very glam style best for evening look. Hold your iron so the barrel is pointing horizontal.

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Vertical waves create a day time, summer, casual style. Hold your iron pointing downward.

 

Let me know how it works out for you!

XXOO,

Amalia Moscoso

The Hair Dame

DIY, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions

7 Reasons You Want Secret Extensions + 7 Easy Styles To Do Yourself

Hi Dames! Hair extensions are all the rage, but not many provide the ability for as much versatility as others. Secret Extensions gives you maximum looks to work with from color and length to assistance upgrading your hairstyles with more flavor. Take a stroll with us down the hair dream path with our friend Jamie Hauptmann as we break down exactly what you can do with your color and hairstyles.

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Reason #1 Hair life is just a little boring without extra hair pieces. Here’s Jamie, before Secret Extensions entered.

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Reason #2 Add length and volume with your natural color. 16″ of length and double the volume has made Jamie’s hair wow worthy. This is her natural color

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Reason #3 You can alter your hair color even slightly by adding a darker hair piece. Jamie used a much darker hair piece with ombre ends.

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Reason #4 You can layer different colors using multiple pieces to create multi dimensional blondes in your hair.

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Reason #5 Create long fun braids adding dimensional color to them!

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Reason #6 Give yourself extra length and volume when going half up for a top knot!

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Reason #7 Say goodbye to limp ponytails. This hair can give you THE perfect pony.

If these pictures weren’t enough inspiration for you, check out this video I created with Jamie and Kevin Maher. This Dame definitely knows how to drop it like its hot with her Secret Extensions!

 

You can get your Secret Extensions here and make sure to pair it with your HairClutch.

Big thanks to Jamie Hauptmann @jamiehauptmann  Kevin Maher @kmaher56

Shout out and thank you to Candice for the music: @ticandace “Duttyboy”

 

XXOO,

Amalia Moscoso

The Hair Dame

DIY, Spring/Summer Hairstyles

Braids: Let’s Get Down to Basics

Dames, summer is approaching which definitely means…yup braid season! Its the cutest way to get your hair up and dress up or down in many ways.  Some of us are experts at braids and some of us could use a little help.  That being said I created a video for you breaking down the finger technique I use to teach you the basics of braiding. Check it out!

 

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Let me know if you have any questions.  Just take your time and remember, you can do it!

Tag me @thehairdame to show me your braid

 

XXOO,

Amalia Moscoso

The Hair Dame

DIY, Spring/Summer Hairstyles

Festival Season’s Here! How To Create The Best On-The-Go Heatless Curls

Hi, Dames! Getting revved up for Coachella? If you are planning to camp, here’s some fun hair tips for heatless waves. Got you covered here!

1) Start the weekend with braids. They will get you through the first night, maybe two depending on how much fun you have. When you take them out… bam! Waves for days.

Pigtail braids -- perfect for the gym AND for getting awesome curls

Pigtail braids — perfect for the gym AND for getting awesome curls

2) You get to Coachella the first day with perfect waves styled and your best looks: you go to Magic carnival and party till 7 am and your hair is disgusting… sound familiar? Well, wash it! While it’s wet, put it in a French braid like below, take a nap. When you wake up and your hair is dry, take out the braid. Bam! Waves for days.

Classic large back braid

Classic large back braid

3) Have you had a crazy weekend must wash your hair but have no time to wait for braids?  Let me introduce you to your new best friend. I always say the perfect cocktail for natural waves is styling cream with a little gel.  It seems Redken stole my concept and made it into the perfect product. I’m so happy because now we can use just one product to achieve the dream hairstyle of perfect natural waves.

Here’s how you do it: wash and condition your hair, towel dry, put in this awesome product work into hair –No Blow Dry– scrunch with a towel and move on with your life. Your hair will air dry perfectly.

Redken's latest line: NBD

Redken’s latest line: NBD

DIY, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions

3 Easy Hairstyles that Can Be Worn Anywhere

Hairstyles are always hard to come up with in the moment needed, Dames. I also tend to search for something cute every time I’m trying to get ready for the day. However, having a few in your arsenal is great so you don’t have to get ready — you stay ready!  It’s why I can literally be done getting ready to go out (shower, makeup and all) in 15 minutes. Why? Let’s be honest, our hair takes the longest. I’ve mastered the shortcut and sharing with you. Here’s a few of my go-to’s and how to do them yourselves!

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Middle part French braids with a high bun. I love this hairstyle for dirty hair days. It’s great with a Canadian suit (all denim) or a cocktail dress.

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Step 1: Part your hair in the middle and french braid both sides of the part stopping just behind your hear and tie it off with a small rubber band.

Step 2: Using a bristle brush, brush your hair up to a high ponytail meeting the two braids. Using a bristle brush will ensure a smooth upstyle and this is what makes this style look great for dressed up occasions.

Step 3: Back comb the ponytail a bit and wrap it around the rubber band to create a bun.

Step 4: You can create a little texture in the braid by pulling it apart a bit to loosen it. Comb out some hair around your hairline for softness.

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Side braid with extra volume ponytail made with hair extensions.

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Step 1: Separate the top section of your hair and pin it aside. French-braid the side of your hair reaching back past your ear and gather the rest of your hair to meet in a ponytail.

Step 2: Separate an inch of hair out of the top section and back-comb it. This will be used as a base. Take your Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame and fold the piece into thirds. Bobby pin this hair piece into the base you created.

Step 3: Drop the rest of the top over the pinned hair piece and connect it with the ponytail with a small black rubber band. Wrap a pice of your hair around the ponytail. The extensions have given your ponytail a new life!

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Half up volume hair style with Secret Extensions

This hairstyle is kind of a no-brainer and super simple. I put in my hair extensions, tease the underneath section of my crown. Then, I clip in my Secret Volume hair piece and tease those. I drop the hair and gather it in middle back. At weddings, I tend to be the last to get ready because I’m always doing the hair and makeup, and this always works for me.

Well, Dames, I hope you like my three go-to’s. Let me know how you do with them and if you have any questions leave them below or ask on IG @thehairdame.

XXOO,

Amalia Moscoso

The Hair Dame

DIY, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions

Get Bigger Buns! How To Volumize Your Bun

I have to share another secret with my Dames!  Ever wonder how or why celebs on the red carpet have such big glamorous buns? Well, they have a secret weapon. Their hairstylist uses hair pieces to make them bigger and more voluminous.  (Of course!)

Now, you can too! I love this product called Secret Volume by The Hair Dame. It’s very versatile and allows you to do many things we women struggle with, like covering up thinning spots, hiding grown out roots and making updos more dramatic.  It can also make your bun a little bigger than normal. See how and try it yourself by following the steps below!

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1. Bring your hair to the ponytail of choice, side or top.
2. There are 3 clips on the secret volume piece, wrap the piece around the ponytail clipping it into place.
3. Tease the Secret Volume piece all the way around and wrap your ponytail around the teased hair. Pin hair into place with bobby pins where needed.

Let me know how it goes! Tag me in any of your pics and I will repost you.

XXOO,

Amalia Moscoso
The hair Dame

DIY, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions

Red Carpet Report + DIY: Recreate the Best Kids’ Choice Awards Hairstyles

Dames!  Ponytails were all the rage at the Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards this year. I absolutely love this look myself.  If you haven’t seen our ponytail video when we teamed up with Erika from Blondes Who Eat, here it is below-

You will need your Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame and follow along with us in the video. Here’s a couple of my favorite pony looks from the awards. You can be as polished as Gwen or as textured and messy as Brec Bassinger. As always have fun with it!

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DIY, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions

DIY: The Hair Dame Recreates Her Favorite Hairstyle From Fashion Week

Hi, Dames! New York Fashion Week last month was a whirlwind. The Shows were so fun. Everyone took a bit of street look with touches from the 80’s and 90’s as inspiration. Most of the hairstyles consisted of natural texture and a middle part. My favorite hairstyle came with a little bit of a twist. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert created a half-up hairstyle weaving hair together to create a twist in the hair, literally.

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I loved this look so much I wanted to show you how to recreate this look yourself. It doesn’t have to be exact, you can add your own rendition! This is how I did it. Check out below.

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To get the look:

1. Put on your Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame.

2. Curl your hair with a 1″ barrel. Keep the heat under 320 degrees, let the curl cool in your hand before letting go.

3. Create a deep side part and twist the hair around your head, and the other side to meet on the opposite of your part.

4. Tie off with a rubber band leaving a little loop out. Wrap hair around the rubber band and pin into place.

5. Spray a tittle wax or texture spray in hair to create piecey look.

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Hope you all love this style as much as me!

XXOO,

Amalia Moscoso

The Hair Dame

DIY, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions, Our Obsessions, Quick Tips

HairClutch: Go From Gym To Work In Under a Minute

Hi, Dames! I introduced you to Nikki Howard at the beginning of the month. She’s a model, actress, and all-around amazing Dame! In the video below she shows us how she goes from the gym to an audition-ready look in under a minute.

 

She uses Secret Extensions and HairClutch. Use promo code THD4HC for a discount at checkout on your own HairClutch!

 

XXOO,

Amalia Moscoso,

The Hair Dame

DIY, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions

Mermaid Hair – Wet, Long and Beautiful

Hi, Dames! It’s still winter, but who doesn’t like to dip out of the cold and into the Caribbean or head to Mexico for a little sunshine and R&R?  If you do find yourself there or just want to act like you’re there, there’s one look you need right now: the wet, “Kim K in Miami” look. It’s wavy, curly and stays looking wet. There’s a few tricks to it and different levels of wet. This is my personal go to when I’m on vacay, and that’s way before Kim K was doing it!  Below is a light version of it, but not as dramatic. However, this wont frizz up on you, wont look greasy, and will stay wet looking all night. Its a great look for a wedding near the beach, a daytime pool party, a dinner on vacay or, if you live in Florida, any day!

 

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In this style I used my Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame to achieve the length and color on my ends. I prepped the wave in my extensions in my HairClutch. I then followed the steps below.

Get the look:

1. You can start with clean hair or not so clean hair. It’s actually better if you have a day of dirty hair so your roots are already a little wet-looking.

2. Wave your hair with beach waves and use texturizer to make it beachy and piecey. Take a little mix of coconut oil and grooming cream and work it into your hair starting at the roots and move into the ends.

3. If you do not have coconut oil handy, you can use a little gel and dry oil. Mix the gel and styling or grooming cream and spray with dry oil at the end.

Heres some of my favorite products:

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DIY, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions

“Cool Girl” Hair: Meet the Trend That’s Here to Slay

I’ve noticed that a lot of people are still loving half up styles with a top knot. I can’t lie – I’m loving it too. It’s an easy mix up of a regular half style. However, I’ve noticed that some Dames have all this beautiful thick hair with extensions and then their top knots are… a little weak. I am currently obsessed with this new Volumizer hair piece. It makes buns bigger, knots bigger, updo’s fuller, and it can even be clipped on to cover over grown roots if you haven’t made it into the salon yet. In the pics below, I’ll show you how to make your top knot bigger with it!

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** Note: I prepped my Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame first and put them on before hand.

Step 1: Using your bristle brush, smoooth out any kinks and bumps in your hair and pull up to the top in a tight rubber band. When pulling your hair through the rubber band, don’t pull it all the way through, leaving a little loop (the long hair left out will be used later)

Step 2: Take the Secret Volume piece and clip it in around the loop. There are three clips on the piece, so clip them one by one as you wrap around the loop.

Step 3: Tease the volumizer all the way around.

Step 4: Take the long piece of hair that was left out from the loop and wrap it around the teased hair and pin into place. Voila! Bigger buns!

Step 5: Tease underneath the top layer of your hair to give a little volume to the hair that’s left down.

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So… there you go Dames. The top knot is here to stay so you might as well make it slay!

XXOO,

Amalia Moscoso, The Hair Dame

DIY, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions

No Date, No Problem: Best Hairstyles Girls’ Night Out

Hi, Dames! No Valentine? No problem. Girlfriends are way more fun anyway. I’ve always had the best Valentine’s with my girlfriends. Plus, it’s a great night to meet someone; men go out thinking the same thing. That being said, the way to grab a man’s attention is confidence… what breathes more confidence into a woman than amazing hair!? I created a few hairstyles on myself that are my go-to’s for different vibes. A sexy romantic, a fun and flirty, and a classic chic look. There are a few tricks so I’ll show you some images to go along with the steps. Check it out and try it yourself. I know you can do it! It’s not as hard as it looks!

First, I love this sexy romantic look. I actually did it for New Year’s and got so many compliments. The trick is all in how you set it. You can use hot rollers or a curling iron and set. I used a curling iron. I also stepped it up a notch and used my extensions. Lately, my go-to’s are Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame. A plug, but I honestly love them! What can I say?

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Step 1: Create a strong part on desired side and spray with hairspray.

Step 2: Start your set with either a curling iron (if you use an iron you just roll the curl up after you drop it and pin it into place) or hot rollers. Set your hair horizontally above your hair going down the sides. In the back have the set facing down in brick layered sections. I like to use bigger sections, about an inch and a half to just give me a nice wave. If you want a tighter S shape around your face, do smaller sections.

Step 3: Prep your hair extensions while your hair is setting. I love using my HairClutch as a styling assistant as it holds the hair well into place and I can get a good grip when styling my hair. The Secret Extensions have a little trick in the curling. You want to heat them up with an iron below 320 degrees and set the hair until it cools. Any hair extensions can be set the same way.

Step 4: Take down your set, brush it out with a gentle brush like Mason Pearson. Put on your hair extensions and brush your hair all together. Make sure when putting on your Secret hair to comb out the very top to get all the hair out from underneath the invisible band. Tuck one side behind your ear. Put in a little grooming cream and hair spray to finish.

 

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Next – Fun and flirty is another fav and I’m about to show you a new little secret product I’m obsessed with right now. It’s called Secret Volume by The Hair Dame. It really allows you to build volume without the fear of it falling flat. Check it out below!

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Step 1: Prep your hair with waves. I wrap my hair around the iron leaving out the ends. When I want extra movement and bounce, I will alternate the direction.

Step 2: Prep your hair extensions. When I just want a loose wave, I let the hair cool in my hand after I curl it. When it’s all waved up nicely I put in my hair and shake it out and add some wave wherever needed to blend.

Step 3: SECRET VOLUME!! My newest trick.  It has 3 clips. I simply lift up the top section of the back of my head and clip in the hair piece. I then tease the top section of it and brush down the ends to smooth into my hair. I back comb my top section a bit and drop it down over the volume piece. That will stay all night!

Step 4: Take two sections from the middle on top and twist them back pushing up the volume a bit more and pin into place with a bobby pin. Spray a little texture spray. I love the Oribe Texturizer.

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Last but not least – Classy and Chic. There’s not too much behind this hairstyle, but if you are at work all day having a bad hair day or went to the gym and don’t have time to do anything elaborate, this is a great go-to.

Step 1: Get out your Mason Pearson brush and make sure to brush your hair down with slickness. I chose a side part for this one, but I love a middle part too.

Step 2: Pull back into a low pony but leave a loop on the last tie and then wrap the hair hanging out around the rubber band and pin into place. Voila! I love to use a grooming cream and shine serum on my hair before I slick it down to get a very sleek and shiny look.

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Well, Dames, let me know how it goes!! Make sure to ask any questions below if you need assistance. I want you to be your own hair expert! You got this!

 

XXOO,

Amalia Moscoso, The Hair Dame

DIY, Hair Extension Tips, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions, Quick Tips

How to Curl Your Secret Extensions

Hi, Dames! Have some of you ordered your Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame and are now having trouble curling them? Well, let me help you! It requires a little trick. Make sure your iron is not above 320 degrees. When you curl it, you don’t need to hold it for too long, just long enough for the hair to catch the heat, then… this is the trick: let the curl cool in your hand before dropping it. You can also pin it in place, but be careful of leaving the set curl for too long, it can become a very tight curl.  The curl will last longer than human hair, if you let if fully cool first. Here’s a video to show you how I did it. Holding it in your hand to cool ensures a light wave – setting it will make it tighter.

 

Let me know if you have any questions below!

XXOO,

The Hair Dame

 

DIY, Hair Styles with Hair Extensions

How To Create a Dramatic Fishtail Braid

Hi, Dames! Ever wondered how those girls on Instagram get such a big fishtail braid? Well, the answer is hair extensions! Even if you have long hair or thick hair, you can still use fun hair pieces to create a dramatic fishtail braid with accentuated color. Here’s a way for you to do it with Secret Extensions by The Hair Dame: I used two hair pieces in dark golden blonde and lightest golden blonde. It gave me a really cool ombre colored braid, and believe it or not, the fishtail braid is the easiest braid to do because it consists of only two strands.

Check out the video below so you can follow along.

 

 

Put on the hair extensions like a headband, then:
1. Remove hair from underneath around your hairline.
2. Remove hair around hairline from under the band.
3. Brush out the top hair to remove from under the band.

Gather all your hair to one side and fasten with a clear rubber band to begin fishtail braid, then:
1. Split hair into two sections.
2. Take thin pieces from the end and cross over the other section. Repeat on other side.
3. Continue this motion going all the way down to create the braid. The thinner the piece you cross, the scalier the braid will look.
4. Secure braid with clear rubber band, and pull the crown a bit for extra volume. Spray to finish.

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Let us know any hair questions or  hairstyles you are dying to try in the comment section below. The Hair Dame wants to empower you to be your very own hair expert.

xo,
The Hair Dame