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How to Fishtail Braid Your Own Hair

Braids are an easy way to look great and stay cool in the summer heat, but the same old braid can get boring. How to Fishtail Braid Your Own Hair; Scizzors; Shrewsbury, MAYou can change it up with the newly trending braid called the fishtail. It looks complicated, but it is actually relatively easy to learn how to fishtail braid your own hair!

Fishtail Braid Your Own Hair: Supplies

You will need three items to learn how to fishtail braid your own hair:z

  • A hair brush
  • Mirror
  • One hair tie

Fishtail Braid Your Own Hair: Step 1

The first step to learn how to fishtail braid your own hair is to separate your freshly brushed hair into two segments. When first learning how to fishtail braid your own hair, it is easiest to try to braid off to one side of your head. This way you can see what you’re doing! To facilitate this explanation we will refer to the strand closest to the front of your face as strand A, and the strand closest to the back of your head will be called strand B.

Fishtail Braid Your Own Hair: Step 2

The next step in learning how to fishtail braid your own hair is to select a small portion of hair from strand A. For best results, you should choose the portion of strand A closest to the front of your face. Move this portion to the inner part of strand B.

Fishtail Braid Your Own Hair: Step 3

Now that this portion of strand A has become a part of strand B, you choose a portion of hair from strand B to become part of strand A. As within the prior step in learning how to fishtail braid your own hair, you must choose a portion of strand B that is farthest from strand A. In this case, it is the portion that is closest to the back of your head. Now, you should bring this portion of strand B to the inner part of strand A.

Fishtail Braid Your Own Hair: Step 4

To complete the rest of the braid, repeat steps 2 and 3 of how to fishtail braid your own hair. Continue to bring portions from the outer part of strand A to the inner portion of strand B, and then bring portions from the outer part of strand B to the inner portion of strand A.

You now have a fun and easy hairstyle for the summer. Stop by our salon– Scissors in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts — to show us how your fishtail braid turned  out. Or contact us for an appointment if you’d like more hands on instruction, a summer trim or even a new summer look.

What other easy summer styles do you use? Do you have any tips on different types of braids?

Beyond Beauty Fundraiser

Scizzors would like to invite you to attend our next fundraising event to support one of our favorite charities, Beyond Poverty, which works to empower impoverished communities around the world.

  • Who: YOU are invited!
  • What: Fundraiser for Beyond Poverty
  • When: Thursday, June 6th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Where: Scizzors, 196 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA
  • Why: To raise money to purchase much needed bicycles for volunteer workers in Kenya who are currently walking up to 10 miles per day, from village to village, delivering medical and educational training to villagers

This fundraiser is not only for a great cause, but we plan to have a lot of fun too! Tickets cost $50, and 100% of the money will be donated to Beyond Poverty. A ticket includes complimentary services and products, such as a shampoo, scalp massage, styling, cuts or blow dry lessons, makeup lessons, VIP gift bags, and more! We have something great for both men and women, so bring your significant other, friends, or family to help us contribute to this great charity!

There will be lots of complimentary food, drinks, and fun, so don’t miss out!

Click the “Buy Now” link below to purchase tickets!

Can’t make the event? You can still donate to the cause to help us reach our goal of $4,900 by clicking the “Donate” button below!

Whether you choose to attend our event or donate to this great cause,

we thank you for your generosity!

Contouring and Highlighting for a Fresher Face

As many makeup artists know, a large portion of what creates a beautifully made up face is contouring and highlighting.

Contouring and Highlighting, Scizzors, Worcester, MA

Contouring and highlighting works to accentuate a model’s best features. In the same way, you can bring contouring and highlighting to your regular makeup routine in order to brighten up your own face. All you need are a few different shades of powders, creams, or eye shadows to use for contouring and highlighting.

Contouring and highlighting creates a superficial form of shading, as if an intentional light were cast dramatically on your face at all times. By darkening portions of the cheeks and jawline, you can create the illusion of thinner and more defined features. And by highlighting sections of your face such as under the eyebrows or above the cheeks, attention will be drawn to your best features. Depending on the amount of makeup utilized, contouring and highlighting can be either dramatic or subtle.

The following article from Makeup For Life explains the techniques for contouring and highlighting so that you can have a photo-ready face.

Contouring and Highlighting Basics

Contouring and highlighting are one of the makeup techniques that every makeup addict should master. They can totally transform your face by playing up your features and downplaying your flaws and they usually go hand in hand.

Rule of thumb: Darker colors push back areas while lighter colors bring them forward.

So are contouring and highlighting necessary for everyone? No, but everyone can definitely benefit from a little contouring and highlighting. All you need is practice and make sure everything is well-blended (seriously, who would want lines on their faces?!)

Contouring and highlighting also look best under evening lighting so if you are going to be in an environment with really bright light, I would recommend keeping it to a minimum.

What You Will Need
* To contour, you will need a color that is one to two shades darker than your foundation. You can use a brown eyeshadow, bronzer or a darker foundation.

* To highlight, you will need a color that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. You can use a shimmery white/beige eyeshadow, a lighter foundation or a highlighter.

* I highly recommend using pressed powders or cream formulas as they are the easiest to use. Remember to pick a color that is neutral, i.e. one that is not too yellow or too pink.

Areas to Contour
* Under your cheekbones
* Along both sides of your nose
* Bottom of your chin
* Jawline
* Creases of your eyes
* Temples

Areas to Highlight
* Front of the forehead
* Along the bridge of your nose
* Right above your cheeks
* Inner corner of your eyes
* Browbone
* Center of your chin
* Cupid’s bow (lips)

How To Contour/Highlight
Simply follow the picture taken from Kevyn Aucoin above, and blend the lines by gently pressing the color onto your skin. You can use your fingers, a brush or a sponge but I would recommend a sponge for best results. Make sure there are no harsh edges and be careful not to blend the different colors together. Remember to start out a little at a time – it is always easier to add more color – and experiment to find out what works best for you.

Along with contouring and highlighting the face, this technique may be applied to the neck and chest area as well. For more contoured cleavage, apply the darker color to the center of the chest. Contour may also be applied under the collar bones and diagonally along the neck to create a thinner look.

Bronzer also works well for the contouring, while a white eye shadow may be used to highlight. Chances are, you will already have the correct tools for contouring and highlighting in your makeup bag.

Depending on lighting, one may choose a lighter or heavier version of contouring and highlighting. For example, contouring and highlighting should be kept to a minimum if you work in an office with fluorescent lighting, as too much makeup can tend to look heavy. However, more intense contouring and highlighting is perfect for a night out in dimly lit restaurants and bars.

If you would prefer a hands-on guide to contouring and highlighting, consider stopping by Scizzors in Worcester, MA for a full makeup tutorial. We can teach you the basics of contouring and highlighting and recommend products that work well for this technique. Call us today to make an appointment.

Have you experimented with contouring and highlighting yet? Which beauty tools did you find worked best? We’d love to see your comments below!

Top Knot Tips


The dictionary defines a topknot (one word) as a “showy crest or knot of hair of feathers.” Top Knot, Scizzors Salon, Worcester, MAWhile this definition makes sense, it probably has nothing to do with the reason the beauty industry coined the phrase “top knot” to refer to the recent hair trend.

The top knot looks somewhat like a bun, but is oftentimes messier with a sexy appeal.

This hairstyle is versatile in the fact that it can be done quickly for a ‘do on the go, or with a little more care can be the perfect hairstyle for a night out. Any way you do it, your hair will be announcing to the world that you keep up with the latest trends.

There are endless ways to polish the look of a top knot, but only a few ways to actually form it. Creating the top knot involves twisting, knotting, or double-knotting the hair. The article below from becomegorgeous.com discusses the top knot in more depth.

How to Style a Top Knot

Effortless, carefree, stylish, flirtatious, chic and cool are just a few words that can describe a super-high bun. Learn how to style a top knot and get ready to sport this go-to style on different occasions adding drama to day or evening.
by Emily Victoria

When it comes to creating a special, effortless, comfy, yet off-duty stylish ‘do, the easy and quick top knot is the answer. Perfect for hot summer days, this versatile hairstyle is suitable for any hair type. Besides, the top knot is an instant too-cool fix when facing a bad hair day. Moreover, even though the super-high bun hairstyle might look rather laid-back and messy, it can transform your look from day to night. When matched with a fun hair accessory, top knots are playful and can make a statement.

Whatever your style is, never aim for perfection, but choose instead a slightly loose version in order to add a fresh, rebellious flair. Think flyaways that gently frame the face for a glam vibe. Curly hair? No problem, as top knots look incredibly chic and nonchalant on beautiful curls, messy, yet dressy in the same time. The simple top knot is the saving ticket for girls who are always on the run.

•  When choosing a top knot, remember to make it wearable and soft by pulling it loosely off the face and avoiding the too-tight-to-the-head version. A perfect knot starts with a perfect ponytail. Therefore, scoop hair up in a pony onto the top of your head and secure it using an elastic band. The easiest way to get a cool top knot is to twist the pony into a bun and fix it in place with some bobby pins, tucking the ends. Apply some hair spray as a final step.

•  The top knot can also be a sophisticated option that can add drama and attitude for different special occasions. For an expensive-looking and elegant version, try a less messy look with a sleeker, almost perfect finish. Well, this time, opt for a tighter ponytail. Once you’ve scooped up your hair and made the bun, take the brush and using the smooth side run it over the front in order to avoid face-framing tendrils.

•  You can also try more complicated high buns by dividing the ponytail into two sections and knot the hair. Based on the length of your hair, you can knot again. Then, secure the bun pining the loose ends at the back using bobby pins. Lightly spray hair with hairspray.

•  Since the top knot is likely to be around for seasons to come, you can play a little with its styling and choose playful hair accessories to embellish this laid-back ‘do. For bolder approaches, you can finish your top knot with bows, flowers, ribbons, headbands, or clips. So flirty, yet dressed up, the top knot has never looked so feminine and flirtatious!

The top knot is quick and easy to create and is great for the warmer months ahead. When you’re in a rush to get to some summer fun or trying to cool off, a top knot is a quick fix. Allowing wisps of hair to run free adds a sexy touch to any top knot, though you may wish to add a casual headband to help keep your top knot and flyaways in place.

By day, you can downplay a top knot with a neutral makeup palette, then rock cat eyes and red lipstick at night to add drama to your top knot. There is no wrong way to wear a top knot. Wisps, bangs, and even a middle or side part will ramp up any top knot. Add a giant glitzy barrette to the front of your top knot for instant glam or get playful with ribbons and bows.

For a gorgeous top knot or any other up-do, please visit the stylists at Scizzors in Worcester, Massachusetts. We can even teach you how to do it yourself while you’re here.

Do you ever put your hair into a top knot? What accessories, if any, do you add to change up the look?

The Do’s and Don’ts of Eyebrow Shaping

We’ve all been there. Eyebrow Shaping, Scizzors, Shrewsbury, MAMost women, as teenage girls, just go for it. They learn as they go and simply begin plucking whatever suits their eye without regard to eyebrow shaping. But as we age, eyebrow shaping becomes more important to us in an effort to best portray our facial features and maintain a youthful look.

Unfortunately, some of us have spent so much time plucking that some of the hairs refuse to grow back. As you continually pluck hairs from the same follicles, the follicles begin to decrease in size, preventing new hairs from sprouting. And while this may sound like a blessing, it can be a double-edged sword when it comes to eyebrow shaping.

Because styles of every sort change through the years, when the eyebrow shaping trend rolls back around to fuller, thicker eyebrows (like the current trend), overplucked brows can be a problem. And that is not the only problem we encounter when shaping our eyebrows. Read on for tips to on how to handle the most common eyebrow shaping concerns in this article by Shape.

10 Tricks to Pluck Perfect Eyebrows

By Carly Cardellino

Plucking your eyebrows to achieve that perfect, face-framing arch can be a tedious (and painful!) process. But since fuller, thicker brows are in style, you can (and should) spend much less time with the tweezers. Try these 10 pro beauty tips to score A-list arches at home.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #1: Choose the Right Tweezers

“Opt for a sharp, slanted style,” says Kristie Streicher, a celebrity brow expert at the Warren Tricomi Salon in NYC and L.A. “Unlike pointy versions, they grab tiny strays quickly and won’t pinch your skin along with the hairs.” One to try: Revlon Slant Tip Ultimate Tweezer ($10; walgreens.com).

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #2: Tweeze After Your Shower

Warm water opens the follicles and softens hairs, helping them slip out more easily.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #3: Ease the Plucking Pain

If plucking is too painful or it’s right before your period (when skin is most sensitive), dab on a numbing gel like Orajel-Baby Teething Pain Medicine before you tweeze ($5; drugstore.com).

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #4: Ditch Your Magnifying Mirror

This tool can make it look like there’s more hair to remove than there really is, says Streicher, which can lead to overplucking. Instead, use a regular mirror in a well-lit room—if you can’t see stray hairs under these conditions, neither can anyone else. “After every few tweezes, take a couple of steps back to see the bigger picture,” she says.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #5: Know Your Arch Limits

Hold a pencil for guidance, advises Streicher. “Your brows should begin directly above your tear duct, peak in line with the outer side of your iris, and end at a point that falls 45 degrees from the outer corner of your eye.” Be sure not to arch your brows too high or they’ll look unnatural.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #6: Create Your Shape

Once you’ve determined how your brows should curve, outline your ideal arch using a soft, creamy brow pencil, such as Darac Brow Trio ($24; qvc.com). Then remove only the hairs that fall above or below your self-made stencil.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #7: Reduce Redness

Immediately after tweezing, gently pat on an over-the-counter cortisone cream like Cortizone-10 Hydratensive HealingLotion ($20 for 2; amazon.com) to minimize any resulting inflammation.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #8: Brush Up

Style your arches with a brow brush or a clear, brow-gel wand, coaxing hairs upward at the start of your arch and brushing the rest toward the end of your eye. Try Sonia Kashuk Deluxe Lash and Brow Groomer ($8; target.com).

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #9: Fill in the Blanks

Color in sparse spots with a pencil like L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Professional ($10; shop.wiki.com) or a powder. Brunettes should opt for a shade or two lighter than their hair color. Lighter blondes can go for golden shades, while darker blondes call for a taupe-y tone. Redhead? Reach for a warm, brown hue.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #10: Grow Them In

Overplucked? Refrain from tweezing for at least three weeks so you can see the natural growth pattern and shape. If your brows need a little extra encouragement, brush on a growth serum like RevitaBrow Eyebrow Conditioner ($110 for a 3-month supply; revitalash.com) every night.

BONUS Eyebrow Shaping Tip: Get the Tint

While pencils and powders are great for enhancing your arches day to day, consider brow tinting for a more permanent solution. “It saves time in the morning, since you don’t have to worry about adding definition with the right pencil or powder daily,” says Streicher. “You can just wake up and go.” But don’t try this at home! The safe way to color your arches, says Streicher, is with the help of a pro brow guru or colorist, who will likely use a semi permanent vegetable dye. Results last about three weeks; expect to pay $15 to $50.

While this article focuses on eyebrow shaping with tweezers, there are other methods that also work well. Waxing is one of the most common methods of hair removal and is also a good method of eyebrow shaping. It’s fast and can keep hair from re-growing for two to six weeks. Also, eyebrow shaping using the threading technique that originated in India is quickly gaining popularity in the States. (Caution: Do-it-yourself threading is not recommended for eyebrow shaping. Visiting a trained threader is a must.)

So whether your eyebrow shaping issues are with coloring, growing, shaping, or the actual act of plucking, there are tips, tricks, and solutions available to you. And naturally, you’ll want a gorgeous hair style to show off the results of your new found eyebrow shaping skills.

Are you looking to shape your eyebrows in a way that will complement your face? That’s what the stylists at Scizzors are here for — making you look your best. And the attention-grabbing hair cuts and expert hair color from our rocking stylists will do just that. Contact us for an appointment today.

Do you have any eyebrow shaping techniques of your own to share?

Give Back to Your Hair with Arrojo Products

Healthy hair has a new meaning today. Straighteners, blow dryers, curlers, sprays, highlights, and other chemicals slowly deteriorate healthy hair. Arrojo Products explained by ScizzorsSo how do you protect your hair? Arrojo products. Arrojo products give back to what the hair, and the consumer, wants.

“We’re living in a new age of consumer awareness,” Nick Arrojo states in his article, releasing his new line of SHINE LUXE. Buyers want products that are good for the hair, free to sulfates and other color fading chemicals. The latest lineup of products created by Nick Arrojo is “exceedingly kind to hair.”

Arrojo products have seamlessly created high quality lines that work with hair to look great and give back. The SHINE LUXE line is packed with essential nutrients such as macadamia oil, grape seed oil, cocoa butter, and keratin. These nutrients work to repair hair, bring moisture, create manageability, add polish, infuse softness, build strength, and protect color.

Arrojo products are one of the few lines left that design their products around what the hair actually needs. Not only do Arrojo products work to nourish hair, but they also cater to various hair types. The complete line of Arrojo products works for all types of hair whether it be frizzy, pin-straight, washed daily, colored-treated, Keratin-treated, dull, dry, or damaged.

Arrojo products are the jack-of-all-trades. In each of their lines, Arrojo works to incorporate oils and natural ingredients, vital to healthy hair.

Arrojo Products for Color-Treated Hair:

The Color Save Shampoo and Conditioner are perfect to preserve color-treated hair. The Vitamin B5 works to protect color, simultaneously locking in “vibrancy” and shine. The conditioner works to “give improved body, more elasticity, and increased smoothness.” Although this is the best line for color-treated hair, there are also other options by Arrojo that work to preserve color-treated hair.

Sulfate-Free Arrojo Products:

The sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner is generally for all hair types. If you’re looking for a shampoo that’s particularly gentle on the hair, this is your pick. The gentle shampoo and conditioner is made with Vitamin B5, coconut, avocado and sesame seed oil. The shampoo has a touch of honey, while the conditioner is infused with natural ingredients such as pumpkin, rosemary. Most sulfate-free shampoos don’t give a nice lather. However, the gentle shampoo from Arrojo gives a rich, thick, and full foam when washing.

Daily Shampoo & Conditioner from Arrojo

Nick Arrojo calls the Daily Shampoo his “Signature Shampoo.” The Vitamin B5 works to give you a clean and healthy wash. It’s a gentle Arrojo product for those who like to wash their hair every day. The Daily Conditioner is a perfect companion to the Daily Shampoo. It’s a light conditioner that doesn’t weigh your hair down, although it still gives you a great conditioning. The Daily Conditioner can also be used as a leave-in conditioner to “wear your hair more natural, or even increase the curl.” The Daily Shampoo and Conditioner can be used on any hair type, but works great for dry, damaged, thick, or color-treated hair.

Arrojo Products for Moisture Deprived Hair:

The Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner contain two key ingredients that work to infuse moisture with hair. The Vitamin B5 and coconut oil in Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner help bind moisturize to the hair for repair. Nick Arrojo says he uses the line when, “the hair is feeling dry, or it is old because it is on the longer side.” It is important to apply the Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner evenly because it “contains a lot of moisturizing ingredients.” This makes it a lot thicker than the rest of the shampoos and conditioners. When applying, make sure to rub the shampoo evenly across your palm. When applying conditioner, make sure to leave in for about 3 minutes for a full effect. This shampoo works great to replenish dry hair with the moisture it’s dying for.

Other Arrojo Products:

Aside from the SHINE LUXE line created by Arrojo, their ReFINISH Dry Shampoo is one of their “hero products.” Arrojo Dry Shampoo adds “wow-factor texture and volume to any style.” It works by cleaning hair without water, soaking up excess oils and buildups. Leaving the right amount of natural oils allows hair to have a brighter shine. Natural ingredients in the ReFINISH line from Arrojo include Aloe Vera, Ginger, and Wheat Proteins. These nutrients moisturize, shine, and strengthen the hair. ReFINISH from Arrojo saves time when styling in the morning, helps repair damaged ends, extends the life of your color, and adds “oomph of instant texture and volume.”  Not to mention, Arrojo Dry Shampoo is invisible, there are no white powder marks when using.

Arrojo also carries curl control, cream wax, curl enhancer, defrizz serum, detangling foam, frizz control, hair crème, hair gel, hydro mist, pomade, protective thickening lotion, set & style spray, styling crème, styling whip, texture paste, volume foam, PrIMP working spray, holding spray, shine spray and a variety of tools to assist styling your hair.

Arrojo products have a range of products that cleanse, condition, style, and finish hair in a healthy way. No matter what hair type you have, Arrojo products are designed to work with and compliment the hair. When using products that are designed to treat the issue beneath the hair, hair will look its best. Arrojo products are designed to do this, fabulously.

Not only are their products free of unwanted chemicals, but they are not tested on animals. The results of hair used with Arrojo products speak for itself. If you are interested in buying Arrojo products, or want to know more about how they work, feel free to contact us! We have much experience with the Arrojo product line. Our Scizzors stylists, Heather and Dawna, recently visited the Arrojo studio in NYC, learning new techniques in hair styling. Come in to check out what they’ve learned!

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