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Hair Tips from ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Prom Episode

If you tuned in to last week’s “Pretty Little Liars” prom episode on ABC Family and fawned over the flowing tresses, stunning braids, or immediately began envisioning yourself with Aria’s short and sassy ‘do, we have some great tips and tricks on achieving the looks from the big night straight from the source. The show’s hair department head hairstylist Kim M. Ferry has shared her styling tips for the big dance, along with hair tips from season 6.

Prom Looks from ‘Last Dance’ Episode #609

At this point in our season, my hair department’s “Top Hair Moment” is definitely the prom episode, “Last Dance.” We designed some great hairstyles; built, cut, and added human hair extensions and intricate braids. I hired a jewelry designer, Mary Anne Brown (@energeticjewlry) and she made some beautiful custom hair accessories, all handmade for one special PLL. Interesting fact: Mary Anne picks stones that all have “energetic properties” with the intention of bringing joy to the wearer. I thought that was pretty cool to use on-camera.

I also custom made some flower hairpins and a lovely hair braid I clipped into an updo for another PLL. We even established some fun hairstyles on our Rosewood High School background prom guests as well. It was a big episode with loads of hair fun!

Tips for Styling Shorter Cuts like Aria and Hannah

Their shorter, textured hair lengths look so good on both of them. As for styling now, I still use a good setting spray before I curl them, like White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold Thermal Styling Spray. It can be used wet or dry. I usually spray each section I am going to curl. I like the softness of our “beach wave” looks, and have loosened them even more on Hannah and Aria in season 6. We have more youthful looks in the first 10 episodes of our show, created by letting their hair hang around their faces and drift onto their shoulders. By using a 1-inch wide hot curling iron, I wrap 1-inch hair sections vertically around the barrel, hold for 4-5 seconds, and then gently pull down on the curl and let the hair fall into place to cool as it hangs. This angle helps to give the effect that they walked out of the ocean and let their hair dry in the sun. I don’t usually use hairspray on either of them, but I do add my preferred oil to their ends daily — White Sands Orchids Oil. Put a little on your fingertips and lightly add it to dry, tired ends and watch it smooth hair immediately. Orchids Oil really helps with fly-aways, tangles, and most notably it smells delicious! (And yes, I use this oil at home in my hair too!)

Best Techniques for Loose Waves on Longer Hair Like Spencer and Emily

The technique is really very close to that for the shorter hair I described above. To create larger waves, simply switch to a larger iron, but I think a 1-inch hot iron works great with longer beach waves as well. Still use a good setting spray and curl vertically instead of horizontally and be sure to pull the wave out as it cools.

Character Hair Personalities

Our PLL characters’ personalities and their “hair personalities” can change episode-to-episode. One day the girls could be at school, with long flowing hair in wonderful, shiny beach waves and then they can hop in a car and be in “Sleuth Mode” with ponytails or have messy buns because they are hunting down answers on a dark night; or maybe they all have disheveled, dirty hair because “A” has locked them all in a terrible place! The scenes unfold in our scripts and the writer’s descriptions often mold the look for every character on “Pretty Little Liars.” I take my direction and consult the products and then the actors and create the best look for each moment we have on-screen. I want everyone to be happy — producers, writers, actors, and of course our amazing loyal fans!

The PLL’s hair has evolved a lot in seasons 4, 5, and now 6. We are heading into new directions soon and have even more hair surprises coming in the second half of the season, so be sure to tune in!

Top photo: Eric McCandless/ABC Family Channel © 2015 Disney ABC Television Group

Space Releases New Single ‘Strange World’ Plus 2015 UK Tour Dates

The subject of this week’s Monday Morning Tunes is a little different than most — and something tells me they would be pleased to hear that. Space is an English indie rock band who first gained major recognition in the mid-90s. While they have found a solid home within a genre I practically live in, and draw heavy inspiration from the eclectic sounds of 1960s and 70s rock that I grew up listening to and hold a deep appreciation for, there is something about Space’s peculiar sound that I do not typically go for. In fact, I almost didn’t even write this. So what changed my mind? You have to hear it to understand.

Space formed in 1993, and their history between then and now is as winding and electrifying as their front-and-center synthesizers. From 1993 until 2000, Space enjoyed a steady rise in prominence in the UK, as well as in the US when their hit single “Female of the Species” gained widespread airplay on college radio stations and on MTV back when MTV still predominantly played music. While they experienced shifts in the band’s lineup, they continued to tour and put out two albums before their record company Gut Records indefinitely delayed the release of their third.

After a 5-year moratorium, Space released the album “Suburban Rock ‘n’ Roll” under Randm Records in May 2004, but disbanded shortly thereafter in 2005. It wasn’t until 2009, when their former drummer passed away, that the remaining members of the band came together and began to sow the seeds of what would become of their musical endeavors together, once again.

Two years later in 2011 the big news hit that Space were back and the new lineup reunited original members of the band for the first time in 10 years. They were joined by three new members and cemented their return with a sold out reunion gig at the 02 Academy Liverpool in December.

Throughout 2012, Space performed at various venues and festivals while working on material for what would become the 2014 crowdfunded release of their first album in a decade — “Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab.”

As you can easily tell from just the titles of their albums, Space doesn’t seem to take themselves too seriously; or seriously at all. That was one of the reasons why my immediate inclination was to write them off. And then I listened to their 90s hit “Female of the Species,” which I hadn’t heard when it initially came to fame. To my surprise, I found myself humming the chorus to myself and listening to it again. I like it when a band can prove my initial judgments dead wrong.

Space Strange World

Space

Strange World
Ocean Waves Productions
October 19, 2015

Known for their over-the-top, dark humored lyrics that frequently deal with subjects like failed relationships, social outcasts, serial killers, and mental illness, Space doesn’t seem to be straying from their lyrical roots with their catchy new single “Strange World.” Take a listen:

Space’s upcoming album by the same name will be released by Ocean Waves Productions October 19, 2015, and the band will also embark on an extensive UK tour. Get the dates below.

“Strange World” combines Space’s signature sound with a Mariachi vibe, creating a record that could serve as the soundtrack to a David Lynch film. This is Space at their finest, a record set to delight their army of fans as well as winning many more.

Space UK Tour Dates

Date City Venue
Wed October 21 SWINDON VIC
Thu October 22 ST ALBANS THE HORN
Fri October 23 SOUTHEND CHINNERYS
Sat October 31 RUNCORN BRINDLEY
Fri November 6 MINEHEAD SHIIINE
Sat November 7 CLEETHORPES BEACHCOMBER
Sun November 8 DONCASTER DIAMOND
Fri November 13 CUMBRIA MONROE BAR
Sat November 14 STOCKTON GEORGIAN
Fri November 20 WIGAN OLD COURTS
Sun November 22 MANCHESTER FAC 251
Tue November 24 SWANSEA SIN CITY
Wed November 25 CARDIFF THE GLOBE
Thu November 26 READING BOWERY
Fri November 27 BRISTOL FLEECE
Sat November 28 COVENTRY KASBAH
Mon November 30 SUNDERLAND THE POINT
Tue December 1 EDINBURGH ELECTRIC CIRCUS
Wed December 2 ABERDEEN TUNNELS
Thu December 3 GLASGOW CLASSIC GRAND
Fri December 4 LIVERPOOL EPSTEIN
Sat December 5 LONDON BRIXTON JAMM
Thu December 10 TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM
Fri December 11 WOLVERHAMPTON SLADE ROOMS
Sat December 12 LINCOLN PLATFORM
Sat December 19 NORWICH UEA

Website: Space
Facebook: Space the Band
Twitter: @spacetheband

Monday Morning Tunes: Treetop Flyers, Frank Turner, Peter and Kerry

Treetop Flyers Frank Turner Peter and Kerry

This summer has easily been one of our busiest, and instead of seeking out new artists or escaping into full albums as usual, my go-to music sources in the last few weeks have been Spotify playlists chosen at random and Pandora internet radio; just a few songs here and there while running errands or picking up a few things around the house before our guests show up for another family cookout.

Rather than dedicating a post to spotlighting a great new band or singer/songwriter I’ve just discovered, I have three songs from three different bands I have heard, loved, and subsequently saved to listen to again and again. And now I’m sharing them with you. In a funny (and unintended!) turn of events, all three of these artists are from and based out of England.

Treetop Flyers

Formed in 2009 by a group of friends who met through playing in various bands in and around London, Treetop Flyers’ brand of folk rock won them the Glastonbury Festival emerging talent competition in 2011. The track “It’s About Time” was released on their 2009 album “To Bury the Past.”

Website: Treetop Flyers
Facebook: Treetop Flyers Band
Twitter: @treetopflyers

Frank Turner

An English folk singer/songwriter from Meonstoke, Hampshire. Initially the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, Turner embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band’s split in 2005. “Wessex Boy” was released on his 2011 album “England Keep My Bones.”

Website: Frank Turner
Facebook: Frank Turner Music
Twitter: @frankturner

Peter and Kerry

Some twee synth indie pop from one Brainfeeder collaborator and one composer of ballet scores. “Knees” was released on the 2011 “Clothes, Friends, Photos” EP.

Facebook: Peter and Kerry
Twitter: @peterandkerry

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Comic-Con Reel

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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In case you missed it, fans at San Diego Comic-Con were treated to a special look behind-the-scenes of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by Director J.J. Abrams, Producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. You can watch the behind-the-scenes reel below:

In Comic-Con’s Hall H, the filmmakers were joined on stage by cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie. To the surprise and delight of fans, “Star Wars” alum cast members returning for “The Force Awakens” Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford were also seated on the panel to talk all things “Star Wars.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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Comic-Con goers were in for a truly spectacular treat as part of the “Star Wars” panel. At the end of the Hall H presentation, the entire audience of more than 6,000 fans were invited to continue the celebration. They joined the cast and filmmakers at a surprise fan concert where the San Diego Symphony performed the classic “Star Wars” music from John Williams at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015
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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” arrives in theaters everywhere on December 18.

‘Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery’ Blu-ray Combo Pack Giveaway and Craft Printables #ScoobyDoo [Closed]

Scooby-Doo and KISS Rock and Roll Mystery

What do everyone’s favorite crime-fighting kids and rock and roll legends KISS have in common? Before now, we would have said absolutely nothing, but this unlikely duo make for one epic, mysterious adventure!

Get ready to rock! Scooby-Doo! and the Mystery Inc. gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out of this world adventure! We join the gang at KISS World, the all-things-KISS theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from KISS, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon the Destroyer from the alternate dimension of KISSteria! The evil duo’s ghastly plan is to destroy the earth! Can the gang’s cunning and KISS’ power of rock save the day? Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy fun!

Scooby Dooby Doooooo! Check out the app below for an interactive soundboard and have a blast triggering classic sounds from the Scooby-Doo! series. Click the box art to find out where you can get the movie today!

Scooby-Doo! and KISS Craft Printables

What better way to enjoy family movie night than with some great Scooby-Doo! and KISS crafts! Download and print the craft sheets below and follow the directions with your child to create a DIY KISS drum/Scooby snack holder, rock and roll guitar, folded fan, and spooky demon mask.

‘Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery’ Blu-ray Combo Pack Giveaway

One lucky reader will win “Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery” Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD with UltraViolet).

This giveaway is open to US and CAN entrants ages 18+ and will end July 30 at 11:59PM ET.

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray Combo Pack

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A Spotify Playlist Guaranteed to Make Your Day Great

Have a Great Day! Spotify playlist

Today isn’t just any average, run-of-the-mill Monday. Rather, today marks the beginning of what will likely go down in history as one of my busiest weeks ever.

I’m getting married this Saturday, and for as many things as I have checked off my looming preparation checklist over the last few weeks, it seems like overlooked details and new hurdles just keep popping up. The concept of being finished with everything I want to get done seems like a made-up concept, but I’m holding out hope that everything will eventually fall into place. I mean, it has to, right?

So what do you need when you’re running around all day and waking up every couple of hours throughout the night in a state of pure panic for no good reason? Catchy, happy music that makes you smile and want to dance, even against your will sometimes, always helps.

I have had the Have a Great Day! Spotify playlist playing on a loop these days. It features the perfect combination of music new and old, one hit wonders and songs you haven’t heard in years that will make you wonder why you ever stopped listening to them, or how you forgot about them completely. The song “Jump in the Line” by Harry Belafonte (yes, from “Beetlejuice”) will never not be able to make me grin.

Subscribe to the Have a Great Day! playlist, or listen to it below.

‘WordGirl’ Summer Reading Tips and Activity Sheets

WordGirl

Happy summer! While you and your family spend some much-deserved time soaking up the sun, it’s important to remember that summer must also be a time for learning. Education shouldn’t be on break just because the kids are, but have no fear because “WordGirl” is ready to save the day — and champion literacy, good grammar, and the pursuit of new vocabulary — all summer long!

Scholastic Media’s Emmy Award-winning animated TV series follows Becky Botsford, aka WordGirl, and her trusty sidekick Captain Huggy Face. This summer, the caped crusader and definition dynamo is flying onto screens from coast-to-coast flexing her crime-solving muscles in never-before-seen episodes, including a seasonal 4th of July episode.

To help young fans grow their literacy superpowers all summer long, we have a very special “WordGirl” Summer Literacy Kit so that they can get set for an action-packed summer of reading!

Fight summer “Brain Drain” by checking out handy tips to keep your young wordsmithing heroes busy reading and writing this season by downloading “WordGirl” Summer Reading Tips.

Your kids can also channel their inner sleuth by finding the hidden words in a festive “WordGirl” July 4th Word Search and get set for an A+ school year with a fun Word Scramble. Download both of these activity sheets below.

Download “WordGirl” Activity Sheets

Don’t miss the brand new summer episodes of “WordGirl” airing on PBS KIDS (check your local listings for show times) and PBS KIDS digital platforms, including PBSKIDS.org and the PBS KIDS video app.

The Cast of ‘Inside Out’ Explains Disney/Pixar’s Animation Process, Kind of, in New Featurette

Inside Out

What goes into the creation of a Disney/Pixar movie? Allow the hilarious cast of “Inside Out” to attempt to explain how the animation process works in the new featurette, “Animation Explanation.”

Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith give us their unique take on what they think goes into making a Pixar animated movie (something involving fever dreams), and how they were each able to truly bring their characters to life. Watch:

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney/Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out.

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair, and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned — both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind — taking some of her core memories with them — Fear, Anger, and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places — Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, and Abstract Thought and Dream Productions — in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

Inside Out movie poster

“Inside Out” opens in theaters everywhere this Friday.

Get the Carter Stevens Look: Hair Styling Tips from MTV’s ‘Finding Carter’

Finding Carter

MTV’s “Finding Carter” has kept viewers on the edge of their seats for two seasons now. Fans of the show know better than to even begin to speculate about where the stories of the show’s characters will ultimately end up as drama, plot twists, secrets, and lies that can tear relationships apart and crumble a family’s foundation only continue to come out.

If you’ve never seen the show before, it is a family drama that centers on Carter, a teenage girl who thinks she has the perfect life until one night after a police bust at a high school party she is told that the woman who she believes to be her biological mother actually abducted her as a toddler.

If you’ve ever watched “Finding Carter” and wondered how to get the shiny, seemingly effortless hair of Carter Stevens that seems to magically stay in place all on its own, we’ve got some tips to share with you.

Kathryn Prescott

Celebrity hairstylist and hair department head of “Finding Carter,” Richard Boggs, is sharing his tips for styling the show’s lead actress Kathryn Prescott (Carter Stevens).

  1. Start out by cleansing and treating the hair with RBpro Essentials Moisture Shampoo ($17) and Moisture Conditioner ($17). This duo is sulfate- and paraben-free. Their powerful anti-aging and collagen-building properties act as a barrier to seal the hair cuticle and protect from fading and damage. This is a great way to maintain and keep reds like this bright for filming.
  2. When we are on set, I am blow drying every day and then restyling the hair can cause stress, breakage, and fly-aways. I make sure to reach for RBPro Essentials Everyday Miracle Repair Treatment ($17) when hair is damp and apply it just before I begin heat styling. It is a must for maintaining the integrity and overall health of the hair. The treatment is weightless, which is important when using it on fine hair like Ms. Prescott’s.
  3. Since “Finding Carter” is shot in hot Atlanta’s humidity, it’s important to blow dry hair in stages. Section the hair off into four main parts, then thoroughly blow dry root-to-end. This will ensure great long-lasting and smooth volume. I always use RBpro Essentials Le Deux Styling Crème ($17). No flat iron or curling iron needed. It’s a blow-n-go!
  4. To finish the style, a shot of White Sands Infinity Finishing Spray ($22) at the root area will always insure fullness. Finishing off a Hollywood style with White Sands is a guarantee your glamour work will endure the long day of shooting! This spray just holds the style no matter what the weather or shooting conditions are like.

Watch “Finding Carter” on MTV Tuesdays at 10/9c. Watch a sneak peek of tonight’s episode below.

Monday Morning Tunes: Halsey

Halsey
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Halsey has been poised to take over the role of our newest indie pop sweetheart since the release of her 2014 EP “Room 93.” With songs that explore the vulnerability of isolation and truly having to deal with yourself, her songs “Ghost” and “Trouble” have gained attention from the likes of Sirius XM, “Last Call with Carson Daly,” Billboard, SXSW, Teen Vogue, as well as the producers of MTV, who played “Trouble” during an emotional scene of the show “Catfish.” And yes, we’re totally aware that Halsey makes the second artist after Broods to be featured in Monday Morning Tunes because of an episode of “Catfish,” so thank you, Nev and Max, for that.

Halsey’s voice is the perfect accompaniment to late-night writing sessions. Even as of the writing of this post, the tamber of her voice cuts through the dark room lit only by the screen of a laptop, demanding attention as the rhythm of her dynamic melodies progressively speed up and then slow down again.

Despite the fact that “Room 93” is only five songs long, we have had Halsey in frequent rotation. One June 2, we received a small offering of what we can expect next. “Hold Me Down” from her upcoming album “Badlands,” due out in August, is a refined sound that delves deeper into the themes of her EP.

While her music speaks volumes all on its own, what truly excites and inspires us about Halsey is an interview she gave in Teen Vogue. It is rare that we get a young female artist who is not only willing to call herself a feminist, but does so right out of the gate, without having to clarify, backpedal, or apologize for not doing so sooner. At 20 years old, Halsey is impressively fierce and strong, and she knows what she wants. She accepts that she is not and will never be the “perfect” anything, but knows who she is and is only concerned with being the most honest and authentic version of herself possible. It’s really what any artist can hope to be.