Look Your Best with Little Time: 10 Minute Hairstyle Hacks

September 25th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Look Your Best with Little Time: 10 Minute Hairstyle HacksDuring the busy work week, there’s often little time for regular hair care. Despite this, you likely still want to look your best! Fortunately, there are several different methods and hairstyles that can keep you looking fresh and pretty, even when your time is limited. Below are three hairstyles and two hairstyle hacks to get your hair together in ten minutes or less!

10 Minute Beach Waves

Beach waves in ten minutes? It doesn’t sound possible, but fortunately, it is!

To get beach-worthy tresses in ten minutes, simply wet your hair (or use this method immediately after your shower). Next, flip your hair upside down and pat-dry so that it is not drenched, but damp. Apply a shape-boosting mousse, scrunching the hair upwards while your head is still tipped. Once the mousse is applied, flip your head back over. Attach a diffuser to your blow-dryer and then use low-heat to shake and scrunch as you dry for about five minutes.

Tease your hair, give it a good shake, and complete those beautiful waves with a flower or a headband.

Dressed Up Side Braid

The side braid is a go-to style for those of us who don’t have enough time to go all out, but dressing it up makes it even more cute and classy!

After pulling all of your hair to one side, braid it from the back to the ends. Secure the bottom with a ribbon and then on the opposite side of where the braid lies, pin in a pretty flower that matches the ribbon.

Sock Bun Spin-Off

The sock bun is very sleek and sophisticated, but you can make it more casual using these quick tips.

First, try the easier twist on the sock bun. Brush all of the tangles out of your hair, then put it in a high or low pony (the higher the pony, the higher your bun).

Next, cut the tip (toe area) off of an old, clean sock. Roll the sock up so that it looks like a doughnut. Pull the “doughnut” over your pony, like you’re putting a scrunchie on.

Then, flip your head upside down and let your hair fall over the sock to create a doughnut shape. Secure the hair in place with an additional rubber band.

Braid the hair that is remaining and then wrap it around the bun and secure with bobby pins.

To make the look a little less “clean,” pull some face-framing strands around the edges and around the back of the bun. You can also tease the hair at the scalp to add a little more volume.

Quick Tips for Dry or Greasy Hair

Greasy hair? No problem!
Add a small amount of baby powder or dry shampoo to your roots to soak up that extra oil. Then, put your hair in a high pony or a messy bun to further conceal the oils.

Dry hair? Add some moisture!
Spray or drop a small amount of moisture serum on your palm and rub them together. Smooth the serum over your hair and then flat iron only the ends to bring your dry hair back to life.

No matter what’s going on in your life or how much time you have to get ready, these simple hairstyle hacks are an excellent way to look your best with little time!

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Fall Hair Care Routine: What To Change

September 22nd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Fall Hair Care Routine: What To ChangeWe all know that with fall comes bonfires, hoodies, and pumpkin-everything, but did you know it’s also the best time to switch up your hair care routine? What kept your hair looking flawless all summer may not work for the cooler, dryer months, so it’s wise to implement new techniques and products.

This fall, keep your hair looking gorgeous and healthy with the following tips.

Invest in a Quality Conditioner

As the weather becomes colder, the humidity levels in the air tend to drop. This typically leads to dry tresses and brittle ends. To keep your hair moisturized, you’ll want to invest in a high-quality moisturizing conditioner. Hold in the shine and moisture by also investing in a leave-in conditioner on your hair’s driest days.

Seal in Moisture

While conditioning may keep your hair moisturized for a short time, you’ll want to seal it in, especially during the colder months. Without sealing in moisture, quality conditioners are next to useless in the fall. Shea butter hair masques or products containing grapeseed, argan, or coconut oil are ideal.

Wear Protective Hairstyles

Every now and then, you’ll want to protect your hair from the harsh elements of fall. Loose buns, low ponytails, and braids are styles that keep your hair away from the cold, dry air and harsh winds during the fall. On especially windy days, these come in handy, as they prevent breakage and keep your hair healthy.

Pick Up a Good Anti-Frizz Serum

Dryness often equals static, and static equals frizz. Needless to say, you’ll want to invest in a quality bottle of anti-frizz serum to prevent those flyaways from making themselves known. Also, stay away from wool scarves and coats, as this produces friction which equals static and breakage.

Don’t Wash So Often

Washing your hair everyday strips it of its natural oils. These natural oils act as a protective sealant and provide moisture to your hair. When you wash them out, you end up with dry, brittle hair that is prone to breakage. During the cool, dryer months, this problem could become triple-fold. Instead of shampooing your hair every night, skip a day or two. If your hair is too greasy after one night of not washing it, consider investing in a dry shampoo. Alternatively, you could try various styles to see which is best at hiding your oily locks.

This fall, enjoy those cool nights by the fire with a beautiful head of hair. By the time spring rolls around again, your hair will be looking its best.

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Ingrown Hair SOS!

June 30th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Ingrown Hair SOS!There’s nothing more irritating — not to mention painful — than discovering an unsightly ingrown hair has set up shop underneath your skin. Ingrown hairs are raised, pus-filled red bumps that occur when dead skin becomes trapped inside the hair follicle, forcing the hair to grow underneath the skin. Though sometimes, ingrown hairs, just like zits, can go away in their own time, if left to their own devices for too long there is a chance they could become infected and lead to scarring. So remember: hands off! We’ll show you the steps and products you’ll need to banish ingrown hairs for good.

Often, the best way to treat ingrown hairs is to prevent them from showing up in the first place. This means taking your time when shaving, and using a high-quality shaving cream. For ladies, I like the Whish Coconut Milk Shave Cream with Hair Inhibitor, which is perfect for sensitive skin and is formulated to ensure it won’t dry out skin. For the gentlemen, I’d recommend anything from The Art of Shaving, especially their luxurious Sandalwood Essential Oil Shaving Cream. If you really want to indulge, treat yourself to a complete shaving overhaul by picking up their Starter Kit, which includes a shaving brush, pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and aftershave balm. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even apply Dermalogica’s Pre-Shave Guard before you get started. It’s marketed towards men, but women can certainly benefit from it as well. Of course, certain types of hair, especially coarse and curly locks, are more prone to ingrown hairs than finer strands.

After shaving, immediately apply a balm to the area. I have two favorites to ensure post-shaving bliss. The first is Dermalogica’s Post-Shave Balm, which is formulated to specifically prevent ingrown hairs and is fragrance-free. If I’m in the mood for something a bit scented, I slather on Shaveworks’ Cool Fix, which helps to free trapped hair as well as to kill any bacteria underneath the skin.

Still, sometimes you can do everything right and still get an ingrown hair, especially if you have sensitive skin. If one shows up, we recommend not trying to dig it out yourself. If you just can’t resist, be sure to place a hot towel on the affected area to open the pores and soothe the skin, then remove the hair with tweezers like the ones in this Anthony grooming tool kit. Still, it’s really better to see a doctor, who may recommend antibiotics or other medication to reduce swelling and prevent infection.

Don’t let an ingrown hair get in the way of a day at the beach this summer!

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Rainbow Hair Trend

May 8th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Rainbow Hair TrendOne of the most popular hairstyles to embrace this season is rainbow hair that offers a fun and eclectic look. From purple to pink, there are a number of colors to incorporate into your locks for a style that stands out in a crowd. The most alluring part of the rainbow hair trend is the ability to create a variety of different looks and truly make it your own for a unique design.

The rainbow hair trend is edgy and a bit hardcore for girls who want to get playful with their mane. Celebrities like Kylie Jenner have rocked all-blue hair at Coachella for a mermaid style that is plenty daring. Other stars like Kelly Osbourne and Katy Perry have opted for ombre shades that blend together. Most recently, Julianne Hough dyed her hair all-pink and Hilary Duff swapped her blonde hair for an all-blue shade.

For the girls who are afraid to commit, colored rainbow hair extensions are available for a temporary option that can easily be clipped in. They’re the perfect style when heading out for a concert or spending time by the pool outdoors. The look is increasingly popular after spring’s arrival for a great way to incorporate more colors into your appearance.

Neon colors are also commonly seen and exhibit a bold look that nods to the ’90s. Kesha was recently spotted sporting neon ombre locks while Demi Lovato created a similar style with ombre blue hair that looks similar to the ocean. Some girls are even putting their own twist on rainbow hair by adding gobs of glitter to create an eye-catching design that truly pops.

After coloring the hair a bright shade, it’s important to preserve the dye and prevent it from fading by using professional hair products. It’s crucial to use color care shampoo that is safe on the scalp and will also prevent the hair from becoming brittle or dry due to the harsh chemicals of the dye. Many color care shampoos contain grapeseed oil to properly hydrate and moisturize the hair strands. Investing in the right shampoo will protect the color from fading and will prevent having to get it dyed even sooner just to maintain the look.

Others should invest in a scalp treatment to prevent damage or split ends from occurring due to the harsh chemicals that are used to create the rainbow hair trend. Shea hair masks are considered one of the most effective products on the market by replenishing the moisture of the hair and by offering color maintenance. To ensure that the hair is styled professionally and doesn’t look drab after the rainbow dye, clay pomade is perfect for holding the shape of the style throughout the day.

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Healthy Recipe For Healthy Hair

May 1st, 2015 | Contributed by:

Healthy Recipe For Healthy HairThe hair is a woman’s crowning glory; women feel and look their best when their hair looks great. It is very important for a woman’s hair to always be strong, thick, shiny and very well maintained.

Unfortunately, some women suffer different hair damages like falling hair, dry and brittle hair, dandruff, split ends, frizzy hair, etc., for various reasons like genes, excessive exposure to the elements and insufficient hair nutrition. The hair needs to be regularly supplied with the proper nutrients to make it strong and enable it to fight the harmful toxins in the environment.

For a healthy, glossy hair, include these in your diet:
• For dry and brittle hair, consume more proteins like eggs, milk, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and nuts. Proteins help in repairing dull, lackluster hair.

• Iron provides nutrients to the hair follicle to prevent hair loss. Eat more red meat, chicken and leafy vegetables to raise the level of iron in your blood and promote hair growth for luscious, thicker hair.

• Strawberries, papaya, oranges and blueberries are some of the fruits that are very rich in vitamin C. Have more fruits to strengthen hair shafts and prevent hair loss.

• Omega-3 fatty acids from fish provide the oils that are helpful in hydrating the scalp and the hair that are dry and boring. Eat fish at least twice a week for a bouncy, shiny hair.

• The hair needs biotin for growth; eggs are rich in protein as well as biotin.

Here’s a healthy recipe that will provide some of the nutrition needed for a healthy and lustrous hair – protein, iron, vitamin C and omega-3.

Roasted Salmon with Grapefruit Sauce

Ingredients

4 salmon fillets
2 red grapefruits
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 tsp lemon juice
2-1/2 tsp honey
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Procedure

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Season the salmon with ¼ tsp salt and roast in the oven for about 18 minutes.
3. Slice some grapefruit for decoration. Juice the rest of the grapefruits and set aside.
4. In a medium skillet, heat the oil; sauté the ginger for about 2 minutes.
5. Mix in the grapefruit juice and honey, and bring to simmer until sauce is reduced by about half.
6. Add the lemon juice and season with salt.
7. Toss the grapefruit slices into the sauce before serving.
8. Spoon sauce over the salmon and serve.

SOURCES:
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-healthy-hair
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20734150_6,00.html
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-healthy-hair
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/roasted-salmon-with-shallot-grapefruit-sauce-recipe.html

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Spring Hair Color Trends

March 27th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Spring Hair Color TrendsAs the doldrums of winter fade and Spring heats up, new hair color trends abound to compliment the season. Several shades and styles are gaining popularity, such as white-blonde shades, copper and the intermingling styles of ombre and ecaille.

Platinum Blonde

Dyeing hair platinum blonde is the perfect trend for Spring, as a brighter color can correspond to the brighter, longer days. If a trendsetter has the skin tone to be able to rock this super-light blonde, it is gorgeous. People with fair, cool skin tones look lovely with the platinum blonde hue. Dark skin tones should generally steer clear, although certain warm and olive tones can pull of this style beautifully. Check with a beauty and hair consultant before making your final decision, as going platinum blonde can be a drastic change regardless of skin type or previous experimentations with color.

Platinum blonde hair also has a tendency toward dryness, so those donning this type of coif will want to keep their tresses extra moisturized with conditioners and oil-based styling products.

Copper Red

Once considered a rarity amongst celebrities and in salons, this fiery hue has been making its way onto the scalps of many consumers and A-listers. Coppery reds are especially popular right now, although there are several different shades and ranges of intensity within the red color family. Consult with a stylist to find out which shade is best for your skin stone.

Gorgeous and vibrant, red color dyes are–sadly–the fastest hue to fade and/or wash out. To preserve the color as long as possible, choose some quality color protective shampoos and products.

Ombre

The nation mourned when Jared Leto chopped off his signature ombre cascade. This Spring, many will want to continue the trend, which features darker hair at the roots fading into lighter hues at the ends. When selecting a stylist, be sure it is someone who has experience with this type of dye job and leaf through some different photos of your preferred ombre look beforehand. When done correctly, ombre is a beautiful, natural look that offers body and dimension to color. If done wrong, the look can simply appear as an exaggerated display of one neglecting root touch-ups.

Ecaille

Similar to ombre, ecaille is a style that originated in France and features various intermingling tones throughout the hair. This look normally features colors within the different family of different shades. A caramel brown can be laced with golden blondes in order to create natural dimension. Talk to a stylist about best colors to match your skin tone before deciding which hues to request in order to achieve the look.

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The Top Five Hair Hacks

March 3rd, 2015 | Contributed by:

The Top Five Hair HacksWhen your hair isn’t cooperating, it’s hard to feel your best. Your stylist might try to sell you on tons of treatments, but there are tons of hair hacks that you can do in your own home for a wide array of basic hair problems. Here are five hair concerns and five hacks that will help you to banish these problems for good.

Problem One: Dry, Split Ends

The Hack: If you have dry and split ends but don’t have time to see your stylist, you can mask the solution by using oil. Just a few drops of oil, rubbed into your hands and then pressed against your ends, will create the illusion of a sealed cuticle. Nothing can fix split ends, but using oil on your ends can mask their appearance. If the idea of putting oil in your hair seems a bit too freaky, try a cream with oil mixed in, like the Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme.

Problem Two: A Scalp That Feels Dry, But Looks Greasy

The Hack: If frequent shampooing has left your scalp feeling dry, then it might be time to cut back to once or twice a week. However, sometimes even if your scalp feels dry, it might look greasy. This is why every woman should have a can of dry shampoo in her arsenal. Dry shampoo soaks up oil at the scalp, but isn’t as drying as actual shampoo. Try the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo.

Problem Three: Visible Roots

The Hack: If your roots are showing but you still have weeks before your next color session, try a concealing hair powder like the Oscar Blandi Pronto Hair Shadow Root Concealing Kit. This concealing powder is applied with a brush, just like you would apply powdered makeup to your face. No one will be able to tell that you’re overdue for an appointment with your colorist.

Problem Four: You’ve Been Shampooing Less, And Your Hair Smells Like Sweat

The Hack: More and more women are shampooing less in order to keep their hair naturally hydrated and vibrant. However, even with shampoo, sometimes our hair can start to smell a little off if we haven’t shampooed in a while. Luckily, there are plenty of new hair-specific perfumes on the market. Try a hair fragrance mist like this one from Fekkai.

Problem Five: No Product or Treatment Seems To Help Your Hair

The Hack: If your hair doesn’t seem to respond to any product or styling treatment, then it might be time to consider treating it from the inside. Add a hair, skin and nail supplement like the Russell Organics Power Repair For Skin, Nails and Hair to your daily regimen. Over time, you’ll start to see improved growth and volume.

Keeping your hair gorgeous can be tricky. However, if you incorporate these hair hacks into your routine, you’ll have better, shinier hair in no time.

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The Only Tool You Need for Gorgeous Sexy Hair

February 13th, 2015 | Contributed by:

The Only Tool You Need for Gorgeous Sexy HairWith the markets overwhelmed with hair products and tools that claim to really work, it can be intimidating to know where to begin in a shopping experience. Around every corner is a new product promising frizz minimization or volume induction, yet never one that seems to tackle all areas of styling needs. Wouldn’t it be nice to get that gorgeous and sexy hair with just one tool? Fortunately, there is a tool out there that makes it possible. With the Four Piece Clip Free Curling System by PYT, gorgeous and healthy hair is just a few curls away.

What It Is?

This inventive and efficient styling tool is optimized to provide a limitless amount of styling options. The results are professional and even salon approved. This flexible styling tool is multifaceted in its design, giving the user a variety of choices to explore. The 4P Clip Free Curling System comes with four interchangeable barrels that are easy to use and simple in design. The variety of barrel sizes include the 13−9 mm, 19 mm, 25−18 mm and 32 mm.

The cord is a handy nine feet long, while it’s also enabled to swivel at a convenient three hundred and sixty degrees. It’s equipped with dual voltage and comes with a heat resistant glove, as well as a one year limited warranty.

Why it’s Great?

Not only is it easy to use, this is a product unique to its market. The variety of styling options that come along with the curling system are only made possible by its interchangeable barrels. Traditional curling irons often induce breakage, creases, and uncomely lines within the hair, but this is prevented when using the PYT FP Clip Free Curling System. Its efficient use cuts down the time it takes to style hair by nearly half the time of its competitors. In ten seconds the curling system is heated and ready to use. It is capable of reaching four hundred degrees Fahrenheit, but the temperature is customizable depending on the user or stylist.

The Tourmaline barrel works as an excellent heat conductor while staying at a steady, consistent temperature. Because of this, curls can last for days without the damaging use of excessive product. Tourmaline also gives off a natural source of infrared heat and negative ions, which help to lock in moisture while creating smooth, shiny curls—frizz free!

The 4P Clip Free Curling System uses negative ions to heat the hair the from the inside out, which exposes the hair to less heat, but also styles the hair in the most efficient way possible. This keeps hair healthy and shiny while minimizing frizz and damage.

Hair is part of a women’s identity, but it shouldn’t take up all her time and money. Find your best hair yet with the 4P Clip Free Curling System and you’ll discover that you too can have red carpet worthy and Hollywood inspired hair. In mere minutes, you’ll have hair that mirrors the work of the professionals. This salon quality styling tool comes to you in the convenience of your own home and your own time, giving you fantastic finish to your lovely locks.

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Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Perfect Hair

February 12th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series - Perfect HairEvery woman, whether she’s going on a romantic date or just having a girls’ night out with her friends, wants to look flawless on Valentine’s Day. By now, you’ve probably already picked out your ensemble and decided how you want to wear your hair on the special day. Whether you’re going with a feminine up-do or planning on wearing some voluminous, big sexy curls, the key to making your hair look its best on Valentine’s Day is giving it some TLC in the days leading up to the holiday. Here are some techniques that you can use to prepare your hair for your Valentine’s Day style.

Don’t Over-Shampoo

Healthy hair doesn’t come from daily shampooing. While a lot of us used to think that shampooing your hair until it felt “squeaky clean” was the key to gorgeous locks, the truth is that shampooing your hair too often strips it of natural oils that keep it looking shiny and healthy. Cut back on daily shampooing to get great hair. In the weeks leading up to an event, use a volumizing shampoo like Fekkai Full Blown Volume shampoo to add some body to your roots.

Condition and Treat

It’s a good idea to use a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment a day or so before an event. It will put some moisture back into your hair and diminish the appearance of dried or fried ends. If you want to go the extra inch, use a moisturizing serum or oil on damp hair when you get out of the shower, like the Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum. This will help to lock moisture into your hair, giving it luster and shine.

Don’t Stress About Style

If you can’t settle on the right style for Valentine’s Day, don’t stress. Browse the internet for pictures of celebs wearing similar ensembles to the one you have planned to get some inspiration on how you should wear your hair. If you really can’t settle, then remember that big bouncy curls are a perfectly romantic and classic look that always works on Valentine’s Day. All you’ll need is a curling iron with a large barrel and some light hold hairspray. Curl your hair in one-inch sections. When you’ve finished your whole head, rake your fingers through the curls to break them up and give them a soft look. Finish with a misting of the hair spray for a finished product that is gorgeous and romantic.

It can be hard to find the right look for Valentine’s Day. However, if you take the time to prep your hair to ensure that it’s healthy, moisturized and full of body, any look you choose will look beautiful.

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A Guide to Mastering Hair Extensions

September 26th, 2014 | Contributed by:

A Guide to Mastering Hair ExtensionsIf there are times where you just want to do something with your hair that isn’t possible, then the most logical solution is to experiment with hair extensions. Hair extensions can make your hair look either new and refreshing, or just downright bad. It’s important that you know how to use them properly before going out and showing off your hair. Use this guide to help you make sure that you look great before you step out of the door.

Density

You need to make sure that the density of the hair extensions matches the density of your own hair. You can usually tell this just by feeling the extension and your own hair in your hands. For example, if you have fine hair, then adding too thick of an extension will make it look unnatural.

Strand Guidelines

As a general rule, you should add 3-5 rows on the side of the head, 2-5 rows at the nape and 2-5 rows at the perimeter to help the hair add volume. This will make the hair look very natural.

Consult a Professional

If you have no experience with hair extensions, you should definitely talk with a professional to determine what will look best on you. A professional will help guide you through the process, and they will also give you tips about how to take care of your extensions once they are finished. Hair extensions are expensive, so you need to make sure that they are done right.

If you are thinking about getting hair extensions you need to do the proper research before jumping right in. It is risky to get them done by someone who is not a professional, so that friend that says they can do it for you should have to prove themselves before you allow them to do work on your own hair. Research what type of look you would like, which length and also match the hair color to get the most flawless look.

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