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Inspiration For Your Summer Hair Color
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 11:40am
About this time every year, as we’re inching closer and closer to summer, you’re likely thinking about vacations, summer activities and most certainly, your summer look (hair, in particular). This year, though, while things are shaping up a little differently in regard to travel, certain outings and activities, you can still have fun updating your wardrobe online, while at the same time gathering hairstyle and hair color inspiration for the next time you’re in the salon.
Pool Hair Care Tips
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:31am
With the weather getting warmer and days a little longer, that can only mean one thing – pool season is almost here! While we might be getting our fun in the sun (and water) a little differently this year, prepare for those pool days now by reviewing some tips to help protect your hair from the elements and keep it looking great all summer long. 
Get Ready For That Hairstyle Makeover
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 3:41pm
It’s the umpteenth day of quarantine, and we’re all itching for normal…a walk outside, lunch in a café and finally getting rid of those unsightly roots and split ends. In fact, looking at the same drab hairstyle day in and day out may have us more than ready for a big change. Until that glorious day when your stylist is once again open for business, now is the perfect time to think about what you really want when you slide into that chair.
Let’s All Give Thanks
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 1:17pm
During these last several weeks of staying home, our lives have changed drastically. Some of us may have a lot more time on our hands to learn a new skill, get a new hobby or just focus more on rest and relaxation. Or, if you’re a parent, you likely have less time (not to mention, more stress) thanks to a new homeschooling schedule. You’ve always known that teachers have a challenging profession, but now you’re probably realizing just how difficult their daily schedule can be. 
Men's Hair Loss: Haircuts and Styling For Thinning Hair
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 1:00pm
Men’s hair loss is always a sore, dreaded subject, conjuring up images of bad combovers and hairpieces, but with many celebrities and athletes showing how to work the look instead of poorly working around it, don’t reach for your baseball cap just yet.
Which Pixie Haircut is Right For Me?
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 2:41pm
All pixies aren’t equal. Which style is the right one for me? If you’re like most of us, you’re dreaming of your first salon visit, and after dealing with the same stale style for all this time, you may be brave and bold enough to make a big change.  Asking for a pixie cut is a gutsy move, but the transformation from long hair to short can be freeing and refreshing, which we’re sure is something you’re yearning for right now. 
Should I Get Bangs?
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 7:52am
If your style seems a bit dull and you’re itching for a change, bangs may seem like the way to go. They can go a long way in refreshing your current cut, but they can also create weeks or months of regret. So how do you know if bangs are right for you and what kind of style suits you and your lifestyle? Read on for some things you may want to consider before you rush in.
Self-Care Ideas to Help You Through Uncertain Times
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 3:10pm
These last few weeks have been tough, we get it. You’re either working from home now like millions of others, or perhaps you’re still going out into the world to brave these uncertain times in order to earn a living. Whichever the case, all of our lives have been upended in unique ways, and now more than ever, it’s crucial for us to focus more time on de-stressing, relaxing, smiling, thinking positively and maybe even enjoying this unexpected pause on our former state of “normal.”
Our Favorite Low Maintenance Haircuts
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 5:57pm
Everyone wants a perfect hairstyle, but they’re split on whether or not they want to spend time they don’t necessarily have to maintain it. And right now, we probably have more time than we expected…with everyone self-isolating, social distancing and many businesses (including salons) closed. That’s not to say we have more time for our hair, just that our schedules have changed drastically over the last few weeks.
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 9:01am
Dear Valued Guests, As our communities face the impact of the coronavirus, we want to express our support for everyone facing the uncertainty of this situation and our appreciation for all of our dedicated public servants working diligently to ensure our health and safety.  Fantastic Sams is closely following the guidance of the CDC, State Health Boards and local public health departments to protect our guests and team members. 
In Bloom: Top Spring Hair Colors Inspired by Nature
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 5:15pm
In warmer parts of the country, flowers are blooming, and up north, the ice is finally thawing. Wherever you live, spring is here and may have you ready to shed the darker hair colors of fall and winter. While we love those brooding amber and mahogany shades, there’s just something about lightening up your hair and your mood after a long winter.
Get the Best 'Vacation Hair Don't Care' Looks This Spring Break
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 9:44am
It’s almost springtime, which means warmer weather and thoughts of getting out of the house for some fun in the sun. And for some of us, spring break is just around the corner. You’re thinking about what to wear, activities to fill your days and those social-worthy photo ops…oh, and having a great time with your friends. One more thing, though, what about your hair?
Expert Tips For Growing Out Short Hair
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 6:28pm
We’ve all been there. Maybe you wanted to try that cute little pixie look, or had the inclination to try bangs or perhaps just grew tired of your long locks and wanted a change. Problem is, instead of loving your new style, you hate it and now have to find a way to live with it for the time being. And while your discomfort is only temporary, the misery as you wait can make it feel very permanent.
Slicked Back or Styled Bangs: Men’s Edition
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:29pm
Guys, let’s talk about bangs. Not something you hear often, but whether you’re talking about it or not, men’s bangs are part of your style decision each time you sit in your stylist’s chair. This front fringe, or often referred to as just fringe, can give a completely different look to your cut.
2020 Hair Color Trends to Try
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 1:42pm
A new decade brings new trends and fresh ideas for color and highlighting techniques, making now the perfect time to switch up your hair color. To get you inspired for a change, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite 2020 hair color trends to try.
Style Inspiration for the Best Valentine's Day Hair
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 10:50am
It’s the month of love! Whether you have a new sweetheart, a long-time love or are living your best life solo, this time of year can present some stress (what to get that special someone, how to celebrate, will I ever find love…the list goes on), but the least of your worries should be your hair! We’ve got you covered with some fantastic style inspiration for the absolute best Valentine’s Day hair.
A Rundown of Men’s Hair Care Products
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 9:12am
There are a dizzying array of hair styling products out there. If you don’t know your gels from your waxes, you’re not alone. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Read on to get the low-down on the Fantastic Sams men’s hair care products you need to knock it out of the park. There’s something for everyone, no matter what type of hair you have or what style you’re trying to achieve.
90s Hair Trends Making a Comeback in 2020
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 1:12pm
The last decade of the 20th century was filled with equal parts hope and disappointment, as evidenced by the blur of quirky trends, Doc Martens and flannel. The nostalgia of this simpler time has ushered in a new-old style. The hairstyles of the 90s are making a comeback a couple of decades into the 2000s, highlighting the carefree creativity and innocence of a time it’s hard to believe was 30 years ago.
Gold and Silver Hair Color Ideas
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 9:35am
If you want to give your hair a burst of shine, adding highlights are a low-maintenance way to update your look without the hassle. Hints of silver, gold and even bronze can be added to the mix of hues to give hair a shimmer of color in a variety of ways. From the subtle to the far out, there is a rainbow of options to add dimension. 
Little Kids and Long Hair: Maintenance and Care Tips
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 9:33am
Little kids and long hair…it can be a daunting realm for some parents, as we know that kids don’t necessarily want to (or know how to) care for for their long hair, even though they swear with one hundred percent certainty that the world will end if they get a haircut. Or, the roles might be reversed and you (the parent) are the one holding on tight to those long, luxurious locks.
Variations On a Classic: Our Favorite Ponytail Hairstyles
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 11:19am
It’s a classic, the tried-and-true…the ponytail. Anyone with hair long enough to secure with an elastic band has undoubtedly tried some variation of the ponytail. From a workout or a bad hair day ponytail to a sleek, stylish one, there are many ways to wear it – from basic to over-the-top.
Top Hairstyles for Women to Try in 2020
Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 10:29am
Ringing in the new year calls for a fresh start. What better time to change up your look than the beginning of a new year and a whole new decade? Whether you’re ready to make the chop or just looking to amp up your current cut by styling it in a completely new way, we’re here to help you get selfie-ready with a trendy new style. Feast your eyes on these hairstyles for women that will be big in 2020.
Woman wearing a stylish hat
Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 9:34am
Bad hair days. They happen to all of us, and often happen at what seems like the worst possible time. Going on a first date, interviewing for a job, presenting to an audience at school or work are definitely not instances when you need a bad hair day.  Maybe you handle bad hair days with another rapid wash in an effort to start drying and styling from scratch, or you find yourself reaching for styling tools and more spray or, if you can get away with it, you grab a hat and dash out the door.
The Best Hair Accessories For Winter
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 9:40am
When the weather gets cooler, it’s easy to turn your favorite stocking cap or beanie into your go-to accessory for the season. Lower temps and the longer to-do list this time of year with parties, shopping and obligatory events have us all short on time. But these events are just the reason why you should experiment with some of winter’s best hair accessories.
Winter Hair Color Ideas To Try This Year
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 9:47am
Whether you love winter for its happy holidays and outside chill or you can’t wait for the long days of summer once more, adding color to your hair can bring a little extra sparkle to your season. With no shortage of events beginning with December holidays to Super Bowl parties and Valentine’s Day, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to show off your hair.
Time to Give Thanks: What We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 9:27am
November is typically a time for reflection on thankfulness - recognizing the things, people and aspects of life that we appreciate. Expressing gratitude is a proven way to lift your spirits, reduce stress and improve your overall health. So, to celebrate the season and give thanks, we wanted to share some of the things for which we’re thankful.
Our Favorite Men’s Haircuts For The Holidays
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 4:31pm
Gentlemen, it’s that time of year again when you’re prepping for holiday occasions, family photos, parties and maybe even a winter wedding. You’ve got your outfit (or maybe it’s been picked for you) and you’re ready to make holiday memories. But instead of settling for your go-to hairstyle, how about trying a new haircut for the holidays?
The Best Party Hairstyles for This Holiday Season
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 9:35am
It’s November already - the holidays will be here before you know it! That means family get-togethers, holiday parties and other special seasonal events are just around the corner. To get you in the holiday spirit, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite party hairstyles.
Facial Hair & Beard Care
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 9:13am
Well, guys, here we are in the first week of November, and you’ve probably heard talk of Movember, No-Shave November and various other organizations or movements dedicated to cancer prevention and education, as well as mental health causes. Whether you’re supporting one of these worthy movements or are just looking for a reason to become a beardsman, read on for some grooming and maintenance tips to keep your facial hair and/or beard the envy of your fellow fellas.
Scary or Sweet? The Best Kids’ Halloween Hairstyles This Year
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 10:23am
The witching hour is upon you, and you need some serious magic to put the finishing touches on the kids’ Halloween look. Whether you’ve planned their costumes for weeks in advance or are in a mad, last-minute rush to DIY, we’ve got Halloween hair ideas to bring it all together. With no time to spare before trick-or-treating is underway, take a look at these frightfully easy options.
The Best Hairstyles for Men with Beards
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 2:16pm
Hey guys – it’s that time of year again when it's common to ditch the razor to help increase awareness of various mens health-related causes, or just give your face some much-needed TLC. To kick off your repreave from the razor, we’ve put together some of our favorite hairstyles for men with beards.
Stylist Life Q & A: What’s to Love & Staying Inspired
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 10:24am
If you’ve ever wondered about becoming a hair stylist, you’ve probably pondered what exactly it would be like day-to-day, working in a salon environment, with all types of guests and most importantly, if you would fit in.
What Does Your Hair Color Say About You?
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:20am
After meeting someone new and getting to know them a little better, have you ever learned that the person had a perception of your personality based on looks alone? Although it’s certainly true that “you can’t judge a book by its cover,” people still let looks guide their perceptions about others, taking into consideration their facial features, demeanor and you guessed it, hair color, among many other physical characteristics.
How to Protect and Maintain Colored Hair
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 10:36am
With so many hair colors to choose from nowadays, you have endless options available to help give your style a boost – whether you decide to add a few babylights for a subtle pick-me-up or go all-in with a bold new all-over color. While coloring your hair is very common, with over 70 percent of U.S. women doing it, it’s very likely that only a small fraction of those ladies actually know how to protect and maintain their color.
New Hair Color This Fall
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 12:27pm
With a new season upon us this week, you may already be looking forward to those beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange and brown that come along with cooler weather. And we’re not just talking about leaves – why let the trees have all the fun? Take a little inspiration from the season – and Mother Nature herself - and transform your look as well!
Explore the Rainbow: Gorgeous Non-Traditional Hair Colors to Try
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 9:44am
Non-traditional, fantasy colors, fashion colors, vivid hair, bright hair, unicorn hair – whatever you want to call it, it’s no longer just for quirky artists or punk kids looking to make a statement. This color trend has steadily become more mainstream and is more acceptable (and sought-after) now than it has ever been.
The Best Hairstyles for Mature Women
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 11:48am
Maybe, like so many others, you grew up envisioning women over age 60 with grey hair pulled into severe-looking buns or cut short with the tightest of perms. In fact, that is how generations of women wore their hair, either because of societal conformity or ease. Fortunately, time has taught us the best hairstyles for older women are ones that aren’t all that different than great hairstyles for any age.
A Nod to the Bob: Our September Haircut of the Month
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:24pm
What better time to try a new hairstyle than the changing of the seasons? Yes, we know it’s not fall quite yet, but you have to admit, once Labor Day is over and the reality that autumn is right around the corner sets in, it’s a wonderful time to start thinking about a new look for fall.
Top Haircuts for Men with Thin Hair
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 9:24am
Guys, it may not be today, tomorrow or even next month, but at some point in your future, you may have to accept that your hair is thinning. Or, let’s consider another scenario: you were born with thin hair. Either way, not to worry. We’re here with some of the top haircuts for men with thin hair, to keep you looking and feeling great.
Going Grey
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 8:57am
Grey hair’s association with old age is being turned on its head. Now, silvery grey tresses are in demand from fashion-aware young adults, and older generations are taking pride in their well-earned color change. While styles may vary across age groups, you and your grandparents may have more in common now than either of you expected.
The Best Haircuts for Boys
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 5:39pm
Summer’s quickly drawing to a close and school will be back in session soon. We know your back to school to-do list is a mile long, so we’ve gathered some of the best haircuts for boys and girls to help you send the kiddos back to class with a style that makes the grade. 
Our Favorite Five-Minute Styles
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:34am
We get it. Sometimes there’s just not enough time to get every hair perfectly styled in its place. And other times, it’s a struggle to do any styling at all. But just because you’re short on time - whether on purpose or not – doesn’t mean your look has to suffer. You still want to look stylish and put-together, despite your time constraints actually putting it all together.
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:26am
School supplies, checkups, immunizations and new clothes are likely on your list before sending your littles back to class. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to add back to school haircuts for your kids. Whether they need a quick trim for healthy looking hair or a new style, our stylists are ready to help. Need some inspiration? Consider these three fantastic haircuts for school-aged girls.
Do I Really Need to Use Heat Protectant?
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:46am
We get this question a lot from our customers: Do I really need to use a heat protectant on my hair? In short, yes, you do. But depending on the frequency of your heat-styling and blow-drying, as well as your own personal styling routine, you might be able to vary the level of heat protectant usage.
Everything You Need to Know About Layered Hair
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:34pm
Longing for a way to take your look to the next level without chopping your locks? Give layers a try. Layered hair blends shorter strands into the length to create movement and remove weight. From light, non-uniform detail layers that show off your hair color to extreme layers that remove the most weight, layers create shape in the interior of your cut and are the defining personal expression in many styles. 
July Haircut of the Month - Three Takes on the Low Fade Hairstyle for Men
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 11:44am
Guys, when you get a haircut, what do you ask for? A little off the top, more off the sides and back? Longer on top but shorter at the bottom? A fade? What kind of fade?
Friday, July 5, 2019 - 10:48am
It seems that everything comes back into style eventually (like it or not). Every decade or two what’s old is new again (and again). One throwback look we’re loving right now is crimped hair.  So, if you still have your crimping iron from back in the day, you’re in luck. 
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 2:45pm
Warm weather is finally here, and you might have already gathered up your quintessentially-summer wardrobe pieces like jean shorts, flip flops and sundresses. Or maybe you’re still searching for that perfect festival outfit, just a little something extra to add a finishing touch to the perfect date night ensemble or something to spruce up your everyday look with some flair.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:39am
It’s important to know what to tell your stylist and how to describe the hairstyle you want, but haircut terminology and style names can be complicated. Sometimes, it may even seem like your stylist is speaking a different language. To help you brush up on your hair lingo, we’ve compiled 10 terms you need to know before your next cut so you’re not left stumped in the stylist’s chair.
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 1:44pm
Timeless. Adaptable. Gorgeous. Simple. Elegant. There’s no shortage of descriptors for the #shorthairdontcare icon that is the pixie hairstyle. And now, we have one more – the Fantastic Sams June hairstyle of the month.

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