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Winter Haircare Must-Haves

       
Monday, February 10th, 2014

Winter Haircare Must-Haves
From frigid temperatures to bone-chilling winds and harsh storms, winter weather is full of dangers that can wreak havoc on your hair’s health and style. Fortunately, just because seasonal changes are unavoidable doesn’t mean that you should give up and throw your hair up in a bun until balmy spring weather makes a comeback. Stocking your beauty cabinet with the smart winter must-haves below can help you keep your locks smooth, strong and shiny through the coldest days of the year.

Fortifying Shampoo
Your light summer shampoo probably isn’t strong enough to combat damage and dryness that can be caused by severe winter weather. Although a shampoo is technically used to remove dirt and buildup, it can play a key role in preparing your hair to handle all types of harsh outdoor elements. For ultimate protection, look for moisturizing formulas with nutrient-enriched blends. If your scalp feels especially dry during the winter season, pick up an anti-dandruff shampoo to ward off flakes. Since powerful anti-dandruff cleansers can contain drying chemicals, use yours with every other wash and only when necessary.

Hair Conditioner
Relentless winter winds can leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. To prevent damage and lock in 24-hour moisture protection, look for hair conditioning treatments with long-lasting staying power. Leave-in conditioners can do wonders for keeping frizz under control on thicker manes. If you have thinner locks, use a deep conditioning treatment twice a week to banish split ends and revitalize your scalp for faster hair growth.

Alcohol-Free Styling Products
Do your smooth summer strands turn into a stiff, frizzy nightmare as soon as winter weather hits? Alcohol, commonly used in over-the-counter styling creams and sprays, could be the culprit behind the drastic change. Since hair is especially susceptible to dryness and flyaways during the colder months of the year, you want to use nourishing products that seal in moisture and fight static. If sleek and smooth hair is on your winter wish list, make the switch to alcohol-free styling serums with silicone or essential oils.

Heat Protectant
When you already have a busy schedule, letting your hair air dry is rarely an option. While you can get away with styling your hair wet in the summer, using heat tools becomes unavoidable once winter rolls around. Over time, exposure to concentrated heat can dry your hair out and cause breakage. To minimize the risk of damage, coat your wet locks with a lightweight heat protectant before using hair dryers and other heat styling tools. For an extra bonus, look for heat-activated serums that add shine and tame frizz.

New Years Beauty Resolutions

       
Friday, January 17th, 2014

New Years Beauty Resolutions

At this point, 2014 is in full swing, and your ready to keep your resolutions this time around. Radiating beauty is something that you want to make a priority this year, but you’re not quite sure where to start. What are some ideas to get the momentum going on that goal?

Don’t Skimp on Your Routine
During the winter, many ladies tend to get lazy about shaving their legs, applying lotion and getting their nails done. While a full-fledged pedicure is not really necessary when it’s cold outside, you should still have a routine that makes you feel feminine and beautiful. Now is the time to use those gift cards from Christmas and buy scented body lotions and pretty polishes.

Treat Your Hair Right
Sometimes, we damage our hair a little bit too much in an effort to obtain more beauty. You don’t have to throw away all of your styling tools and give up dying your hair, but you should take it a little bit easy. On days when you’re going out to enjoy a casual lunch with friends or kicking it at home in a pair of sweatpants, just let your hair dry naturally. Speak with a stylist about ways to avoid damage when coloring your locks.

Freshen Up Your Makeup
When women think about their beauty routines, a lot of that thought is dedicated to makeup. Now is the time to go through all of the products that you own and get rid of the ones that you don’t use anymore. You should work on finding colors and shades that actually make sense for you. Heading to the local department store for a consultation can help you to find a foundation that covers all of your flaws without making you look orange or muddy.

Address Your Dressing Style
Wearing the right clothes is a part of beauty. Stop hanging onto items that you haven’t worn in years and make space for new flattering clothing. Instead of trying to squeeze into clothes that are too small, accept the size that you are and buy clothes that make sense for your shape and size. Feeling good in your clothes is a major part of looking beautiful.

As you can see, keeping beauty resolutions is going to require a little bit of work on your part, but you’re likely to feel like a glamour queen all year round if you put in the effort.

Two different takes on the timeless top knot

       
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Two different takes on the timeless top knot

Hair style trends come and go, but the top knot appears to be here to stay. Some of the hottest celebrities from Emily Blunt to Rachel McAdams embraced this look in 2013, rocking it on the red carpet or just in everyday life. That’s the beauty of the top knot: It’s effortless enough to look casual but can also appear impossibly elegant. It works year round, and for a variety of occasions, making it a chic and easy option when you just can’t deal with having your hair down.

So if you haven’t already, it’s time to try this trend in 2014. Take some inspiration from your favorite stars and follow these steps:

Bedhead beautiful
A top knot can come in and save the day when you just don’t have time to shower. In fact, this messy version looks best on a ‘do that’s one or two days old.

Start by applying dry shampoo on your scalp and combing through to soak up any excess oil and give your strands some texture. After fluffing your hair to enhance its natural body, sweep it back with your fingers into a ponytail. To ensure the pony isn’t too tight, tug at the top and sides a little. If you’re going for maximum volume, back-comb your hair with a fine-toothed comb and mist with hairspray. Begin twisting your tresses about halfway down the pony and then coil onto your head into a half ballerina bun.

While holding the half bun, grab the rest of the hair that’s hanging loose and spread it out over the bun to create a mussed up, tousled look. Secure an elastic around the entire bun, twist it and pull it over the top a second time. For bigger impact, tug some strands out of the bun.

Sleek and sophisticated
The key to a polished top knot, like the one seen on countless runway models this year, is first getting the perfect neat ponytail. Apply a shine serum to your strands and brush them back, securing with an elastic near the crown of the head.

Next, divide your hair into two sections and start twisting them around each other to create a rope braid. After you’ve reached the ends, twirl the braid around the elastic at the base of your ponytail. If there are any wild pieces sticking out, carefully tuck them into the braid and under the elastic. Finish with a generous application of strong-hold hairspray to keep your ‘do locked into place and flyaway-free.

How to have healthier hair in 2014

       
Monday, December 30th, 2013

How to have healthier hair in 2014

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to make a few New Year’s beauty resolutions. Hopefully you learned some lessons this year, and now you can apply your wisdom toward better habits, starting with your hair. If you’ve always wanted healthier, softer and shinier strands, there are certain tools and tactics that can help.

Follow these tips and you’ll bring out the best in your tresses:

  1. Be gentle – Don’t rub at your locks too vigorously when shampooing or drying your hair – they’re in their most vulnerable state when wet. When you step out of the shower, squeeze excess water out by blotting with a towel. Not only will you experience less breakage, but you’ll also see reduced frizz.
  2. Shampoo sparingly - Lathering up too often strips your strands of their essential oils, which will leave them dried out. Gwyneth Paltrow’s stylist Peter Gray told The Daily Express that he recommends only shampooing once a week if possible, but if your hair is especially oily, opt for twice or three times at most. A dry shampoo is a lifesaver for those times when your locks start to look greasy in between showers, as these powders can soak up any excess grime and leave your hair smelling cleaner. Also, you can always simply dampen your hair with a spray bottle of water to refresh your hairstyle.
  3. Blowdry with caution - Instead of immediately reaching for a hairdryer after stepping out of the shower, give your tresses a chance to air dry. Kristina Barricelli, a celebrity hairstylist and a co-owner of the Gemini 14 Salon, in New York City, explained to Real Simple magazine that not only do you add on extra minutes to the process by blowdrying soaked hair, but you also put your strands at a higher risk of breakage because they’re in a weakened state when wet. So try to wait until it’s about 80 percent dry before you start blasting it with heat. Also, be sure to apply a heat protectant product prior to styling.
  4. Take your vitamins – You are what you eat, and so is your hair. Make sure you’re getting enough omega-3 fatty acids so your strands have a healthy shine. If you aren’t eating natural sources like salmon, mackerel, walnuts and avocado, consider taking a supplement. Dr. Roopal Kundu, MD and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, advised in The Huffington Post taking vitamin D, fish oil and a general multivitamin with the daily recommended value of iron. Additionally, she noted that biotin is an ideal supplement for strengthening the hair so it’s less prone to breakage.

The lowdown on the low pony

       
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The lowdown on the low pony

Sometimes you just don’t feel like going through the effort of creating an elaborate ‘do. You’re tired of flattening your hair into submission with your straightening iron, but you know that leaving it alone just won’t cut it. That’s where the hottest hairstyle of the moment comes in: the low ponytail. It looks stunning, but it’s surprisingly simple to achieve.

Ready to rock this effortlessly elegant hairstyle? Follow these steps:

  1. Start by making a middle part down your head with a comb. One way to make sure your part is perfectly centered is to place the comb at the tip of your nose and glide it up toward your hairline.
  2. If your hair has some unruly pieces around the hairline, use a flat iron to quickly smooth them down.
  3. Next, apply a shine serum to give your locks a glossy, lustrous look.
  4. Pull your hair back into the low ponytail, making sure that you can tie it right at the nape of your neck.
  5. After securing the pony with an elastic, use a pomade to slick down any flyaways.
  6. A mist of medium hold hairspray is an essential final step for making sure your pony looks polished all day long.

Hair how to: Brunette with red highlights

       
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Hair how to: Brunette with red highlights

Blondes aren’t the only ones who can have a little fun. If you have darker strands and have been bored with your hair color, the problem may be that your color is one dimensional. Highlights aren’t just for those with golden locks, and can give brunettes the added intrigue they’ve been looking for. One of the hottest trends going into 2014 is red highlights, and they look especially striking in hair that is colored a deep, rich hue. When the light hits your locks, it will seem aglow – even on fire.

Eager to get this effect? Here are a few ideas to consider before you hit the salon chair:

For light brunettes
Whether you have a light chestnut or amber brown, you can still rock red highlights. The key is to choose the right shade that won’t clash with your current color, and only enhance it. Look to Jessica Alba, who has sported a warm brunette for years. In an interview with InStyle magazine, Jennifer Aniston’s colorist Michael Canale explained that her highlights provide subtle hints of a wine hue, which bring light and radiance to her natural color without overwhelming it. He noted that you’ll see the truest and brightest color on virgin hair. However, even if you’ve already color treated your hair, you can still achieve this look. It’s best to see a professional as highlighting over already-colored hair will rarely result in the color you saw on the box.

For medium brunettes
If your hair is a slightly deeper shade of chocolate or coffee bean brown, you can go for something more striking. You might consider getting just a few thicker “peekaboo highlights” for a playful but still bold look. Essentially, this requires highlighting the under layer of your hair around your face so that when you pull pieces back, the red pieces peek out from beneath. The best thing about this effect is that you can opt for a brighter, richer shade of red because you’re only coloring small sections of your hair. Plus, it gives you the option of flaunting the fiery highlights or hiding them depending on your mood or the occasion.

For dark brunettes
Lucky you – with such dark, nearly black tresses, you have the freedom to go for a dramatic look with your red highlights. Marie Robinson, whose clients include brunette beauties like Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway, told Allure magazine that vibrant red ombré highlights are an edgy option that even Salma Hayek has experimented with. She suggested asking your colorist to lift the color on your mid length and ends several shades lighter than your natural color first, and also adding in a few warm brown highlights along with the red ones.

Slicked back: How to get Hollywood’s hottest hairdo

       
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Slicked back: How to get Hollywood's hottest hairdo

There’s one hairstyle that’s sweeping Hollywood, and it’s not your typical ‘do. From Lea Michele and Khloe Kardashian to Miley Cyrus, fashion-forward celebs in every industry seem to want in on this trend. All of them have proved that this look is stunning on the red carpet and surprisingly wearable for everyday occasions, too. Not only that, but designers like Catherine Malandrino, Alexander Wang and Donna Karan had their models strutting down the catwalk with ultra slick hairstyles. The best part about this trend? It works on hair of any length or texture, from tumbling long curls to a cropped pixie cut.

Ready to take the plunge? This look is surprisingly simple to achieve. Just follow these steps to get the dramatic ‘do yourself:

For high intensity
If you want the wet look that Miley has been rocking, you need to start with wet hair. Celebrity stylist Aubrey Loots told HollywoodLife.com that after combing through your locks, you should reach for a styling cream or gel. Smooth it throughout all of your strands, combing through to ensure the product is evenly distributed.

Next, pick up a large barrel round brush and use it to pull back the top section of your hair. Turn on your blowdryer and blast the air in a backward direction, holding the round brush in place. This will give you the amped up volume you want while making sure that your ‘do stays polished. Finish with a mist of high shine hairspray to ensure your look is flyaway free.

For a subtler effect
Lea Michelle went for a decidedly less intense look. Her style was still slicked back, but had a certain understated elegance that works just as well for a formal affair as it does for a casual event.

To get the same effect, start with hair that has already been blow-dried or air-dried straight. Then, Loots recommended rubbing some styling cream into the palms of your hands and applying it only to the top and sides of your hair. Then spread the product using a fine-toothed comb, but make sure that you leave the ends dry. To make the hairstyle more laid-back, you can always secure your locks into a slick ponytail, too. Of course, a spritz of strong hairspray is crucial for ensuring your look stays locked in.

The most important thing to keep in mind with this ‘do, though, is that you need to be confident to pull it off.

Pointers for maintaining a pretty pixie cut

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Pointers for maintaining a pretty pixie cut

This year, the pixie cut had a major moment. Everyone from Beyoncé to Jennifer Lawrence chopped off their locks in favor of this super cute 'do, demonstrating that it's actually ultra flattering for a variety of face shapes and features. Still, maintaining a pixie cut isn't necessarily easy. Having less hair to deal with can take some of the work out of styling, but you still need to put some effort in to make sure your tresses look polished. 

If you already went for a super short cut or are thinking about rocking a pixie, use these tips and tricks:

Consider your hair texture
There's no one size fits all pixie cut that works for everyone. You should definitely think about your hair type, and let that dictate the length and style. Manhattan-based hairstylist Julien Farel told Teen Vogue magazine that a super short cut can give fine hair some much-needed body. On the other hand, she pointed out that it's best to keep curly hair slightly longer to prevent frizz. Thick hair types have the freedom and flexibility to experiment with different lengths. However, layers are key to making sure the hair still has some natural movement.

Get a glossy sheen
Don't overdo it on the products with a pixie cut – in fact, less is more since you don't have a ton of hair. Instead, you want to focus on infusing shine into your locks so they look as healthy as possible, thus accentuating the shape of the cut. After showering, spritz some of Fekkai's Advanced Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist into your hair, which will give it a lustrous finish that lasts all day long without weighing it down.

Learn to love dry shampoo
Shampooing your hair every day is going to lead to a parched pixie, so it's best to give your hair a break by waiting a day or two. That's why dry shampoo should become your go-to solution when you're sporting a short 'do. Refinery 29 production assistant Chloe Daley admitted that she swears by this product for extra volume, even when her hair is clean. The key, she said, is to turn your head upside down when you apply it and massage it into your scalp. When her hair is looking particularly greasy, she simply sprays in some dry shampoo and changes her part. Reach for the​ Balm En Root Dry Shampoo to soak up excess oil, lift your strands at the roots and extend the life of your style between shampoos.

How to: DIY hair chalking

       
Thursday, November 21st, 2013

How to: DIY hair chalking

It's likely that the last time you used art chalk was in the 5th grade – but you may be picking it up again very soon. The only difference is that this time, you'll be using it in your hair, not the sidewalk.

Skeptical? Hair chalking is a super simple DIY hair color method that's great for people who want to test out a wild new hue. Since it's temporary, you can experiment with any color you desire on your strands while knowing it will wash out in a few shampoos. The best part? Whether you're a redhead, blonde or brunette, this technique will work just as well. Even stylish celebs like Lauren Conrad have played around with hair chalking to try a fun new look.

All you need are some soft chalk pastels, gloves, some water and a dash of courage. Here's how to do it yourself:

Step 1:
If you have dark hair, fill a small spray bottle with water and spritz a small section. There's no need to wet the entire piece, just soak up to the point where you want the pigment to appear. Blondes should avoid moistening their locks as the chalk could end up actually staining your hair. So if you have light hair, just draw onto dry strands unless you plan to rock this color for a couple weeks. Redheads may want to test a section without water first to see how bright the color shows up, and then determine if water is needed to amp up the intensity.

Step 2:
Slip on a pair of rubber gloves, reach for your desired pastel hue and begin coloring directly onto your strands. It can be helpful to twist your hair as you go, as this tactic will rub off more pigment from the chalk. You can select more than one shade, but Seventeen magazine noted that it's best to start with the lightest one first to avoid dark color from getting on your gloves and muddying the whole effect. Brush out the excess chalk and wait for your hair to dry completely.

Step 3:
Depending on the look you're going for, you can use a flat iron or a curling iron to go over the colored strands and seal in the pigment. Continue to style as you normally would, but have fun with it. Feel free to try out a more eccentric 'do, like a top knot or a fishtail braid, which will show off your vibrant tresses in a whole new way.

Ways to protect your hair in winter

       
Monday, November 11th, 2013

Ways to protect your hair in winter

There are some things you always do to prepare for the cold winter months: buying a new parka, sliding on some boots with a sturdy tread and stocking up on warm, comforting foods. So you should also be taking certain measures to keep your hair happy despite the frigid temperatures and dry air. The changes in climate can be harsh on your hair, and if you don't tweak your routine, you could end up with dull, straw-like strands.

Here are a few tips to make sure your tresses stay healthy until spring:

Be wise about washing
The lack of moisture in the air means your hair is far more likely to appear brittle. You're not sweating as much as you were in summer, so it's OK to skip a day or two of shampooing. In fact, Nicholas Penna, Jr., owner of Boston's SalonCapri, told Teen Vogue that washing once every three days is ideal. Be wary of using too much product, too. A quarter-sized amount is sufficient for average length hair, and using any more will strip all of the oils out so that your hair feels and looks parched. Try to turn down the water temperature to lukewarm, as hot water is harsh on hair. Dry shampoo can help you to keep your locks looking grease-free between showers.

Also, try to put down the blow​dryer now and then, or at the very least, let your hair air dry almost completely before blasting it with heat.

Condition constantly
Leave-in conditioners and rich hair masques are a lifesaver during this time of the year. Consider a deep hydrating mask once a week to repair and fortify your strands so that they stay shiny and smooth. Plus, Penna pointed out that these products can act as a shield between your hair and heat from your styling tools, thus minimizing damage and breakage. You could even make you own DIY mask by warming up a few tablespoons of coconut, avocado or olive oil and mashed bananas and leaving it on your tresses for 20 minutes before rinsing. 

Wear a hat
Putting on a hat in winter won't only keep your head warm, it'll save your strands. Opt for one in a soft fabric that won't snag or break your hair, and also consider styles that won't completely flatten your 'do. Struggling with static? Greg May of Greg May Hair Architects in Toronto told Elle magazine that it's best to look for alcohol-free hair styling products formulated with lanolin, which naturally fights flyaways.