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Braid breakthrough: How to rock 4 new styles

       
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Braid breakthrough: How to rock 4 new styles

Braids have come a long way from their prairie days. In recent years, celebrities from Sienna Miller to Vanessa Hudgens have been rocking these hair styles in a multitude of new ways, showing that it's possible to make them elegant, edgy and even sexy. In fact, The Huffington Post reported that "braid bars" are opening up in cities around the country as a result of the trend.

Try these styles for a look that's anything but immature.

Go fish
A fishtail braid is perfectly playful for the beach, but starlets like Blake Lively have demonstrated that this style is just as appropriate for more formal affairs. For a sleeker look, braid sections tightly together. However, if you're hoping for a less polished, more piecey effect, PopSugar recommended tugging on the braid to loosen it up, as Jennifer Morrison has done. Spritz on Structure Naturelle by Leonor Greyl to finish for touchable, all-day hold.

Bun with a twist
A fusion of a braid and a bun is both sophisticated and eccentric. Try a low chignon with just a braided piece, which is chic for the evening. Alternatively, braiding all of your hair and wrapping it into a bun high atop your head can really show off the texture. Before braiding, apply a bit of Sleek Finish Texture Cream by Jack Black to keep strands slick and and flyaway-free.

Crowning glory
Who needs a headband? A braid that weaves across your hairline looks regal while framing your face. Opt for a slender version for a subtle style or use chunkier sections to amp up the drama. PopSugar noted that Hayden Panettiere rocked a totally different angelic take simply by pushing the braid farther back on her head. You could even try weaving in some ornate pins for a whimsical look. If you want a messier, more bohemian effect, try pulling out small pieces of hair around your face after you've finished the braid. Spraying En Root Flexible Hold Hair Spray by theBalm will keep your crown in place, even with exposure to extreme humidity.

Understatement 
The undercut braid has been an increasingly popular style for celebs who want a grungier alternative, according to Refinery 29. The source reported that Cara Delevigne sported this rock-and-roll style at the Met Gala, but she wasn't the only one: Model Chanel Iman displayed the same daring look at the event, according to PopSugar. Work in Gel a La Keratine by Leonor Greyl at the roots, which hardens when it dries, keeping the braid locked in.

Blowout bliss: A step-by-step guide to perfection

       
Monday, August 5th, 2013

Blowout bliss: A step-by-step guide to perfection

There's really nothing that boosts your confidence like a fresh salon blowout. However, achieving the same look at home can be a struggle without the right tools and products. Whether for date night, a summer soiree or an important job interview, use these tips for a coif that looks like it was handled by the professionals.

Prep with products
A good blowout starts with the shampoo. If you expose your hair to heat frequently, the Protein Rx Reparative Shampoo by Fekkai not only helps to nourish strands, but the soy and milk protein also strengthens them to prevent future breakage. If your hair tends to fall flat, opt for the Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo, which amps up thin tresses for a fuller finished look. An ultra-moisturizing conditioner is also key for a shiny blowout, as excessive heat can leave hair looking like straw. Treat hair to the Ristorativo Di Vita Conditioning Treatment by Borghese, which hydrates brittle strands while transforming the texture for softer styles. Gregory Patterson, a hairstylist at Blow in New York City, told Women's Health magazine that it's important to thoroughly rise out any conditioner for a long-lasting look.

Fight frizz by spritzing in lightweight Serum de Soie Sublimateur by Leonor Greyl, which smoothes the hair shaft without weighing it down for a poof-proof appearance. If your hair is highly unmanageable, opt for Condition Naturelle by Leonor Greyl, which contains protective proteins and seaweed extracts for shine and buoyancy.

Time to dry 
Now you're ready to pick up the hairdryer. Real Simple magazine recommended starting with the bangs when they're still wet. For more volume, hold hair in a round brush vertically above the head, but for a sleek, pin-straight look you'll want to pull hair downward. Next, Real Simple suggested moving to the back sections, which can be harder to perfect, and working forward toward the face. Always keep the blowdryer constantly moving – directing heat in one spot for too long can scorch your hair and cause serious damage.

Preserve and protect
After all that work, you'll likely want to make your blowout last. In Women's Health, Patterson recommended using dry shampoo, which can absorb oil and keep your style looking fresh. He also advised using a clip or a headband instead of an elastic because they won't leave a pesky crimp.

Follow these steps and your hair is bound to blow everyone away.

How to make thinning hair look thicker

       
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

How to make thinning hair look thicker

Starting to notice a widening part or a more visible scalp? You're not alone: More than 30 million women in the U.S. suffer from hair thinning or loss. Fortunately, this problem can be addressed with the right dietary choices and supplements, hair products and styling tricks.

The first step to thicker hair starts at the scalp. Try Jack Black's True Volume Thickening Shampoo, which is formulated with expansion technology and delivers body-building wheat protein and creatine into the hair shaft to give each strand a fuller appearance. Basil and tea tree oil help to keep the scalp flake free and stimulate the hair follicles for healthy growth, thus minimizing any potential hair loss. Meanwhile, soy protein provides structure for thinning hair, and white lupine revitalizes and strengthens new hair growth.

Next, work in En Root Give Me Volume Conditioner by theBalm, which is infused with bamboo, rice protein and vitamins A, C and E for soft, full, voluminous hair. Work a mousse like the Fekkai Advanced Full Volume Styling Whip through damp hair. The solution packs a powerful plumping complex which can help to boost the fullness of every strand from roots to ends while providing lightweight, all day hold. If you need to fake it till you make it, ESalon recommends opting for a multi-layered haircut or face-framing bangs and getting regular trims to keep hair from looking flat.

By following these steps, you can achieve a fuller, healthier and more voluminous looking mane.

How to fight summer frizz

       
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

How to fight summer frizz

Between heat, humidity and unpredictable weather conditions, it can seem impossible to keep hair smooth during summer. Fortunately, there are plenty of products that can seal the hair, combating frizz and making sure it stays sleek whether you're on the beach or in the office, and regardless of the climate.

The first step to any frizz-fighting regiment is the right shampoo and conditioner. The Fekkai Luscious Curls Shampoo and conditioner is optimal for kinky or wavy hair, while the protein complex in the same brand's Protein Rx Reparative Shampoo and conditioner is just what brittle, damaged strands need for manageability. After washing and conditioning, rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and pat hair dry, as rubbing can promote unwanted frizz.

Next, a serum is crucial for blocking out humidity. Leonor Greyl's Serum de Soie Sublimateur not only detangles and enhances shine, but also provides a UV filter to protect the hair's color and texture.

Having the right styling tools in your arsenal is key. Using an iconic dryer is less damaging, meaning hair will retain more moisture and be less prone to breakage. Putting a finger extension, like T3's Soft Touch, on the dryer can help to distribute heat more evenly, which defines curls and eliminates frizz for a more polished finished style.

With the right products and practices, your hair will look healthier and calmer, even in the dog days of summer.

Kate Middleton tops the list of best celebrity hair

       
Monday, July 15th, 2013

Kate Middleton tops the list of best celebrity hair

Women all over the world admire Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, for her elegant style, skincare routine and composed demeanor, but her most sought-after quality just may be her hair. According to a recent survey, more than one quarter of women polled said that the British royal has the best hair of any celebrity, Female First reports. 

The duchess may have the resources of an entire monarchy at her fingertips, but it's relatively easy for women to mimic her hairstyle. Getting picture-perfect hair starts with choosing the right shampoo and hair conditioners. Top products will work to restore hair that's been damaged while also infusing locks with nutrients needed to maintain volume and shine. Some styling finishers, like Fekkai's Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream, can add glossiness to any type of hair. 

Once the hair has the right texture, consider styling it in a half-up, half-down manner, as Kate Middleton frequently does. To add some spark, incorporate subtle waves with a 1-inch curling iron to add bounce to the look, Hollywood Life reports. You'll want to set it with styling products like hair spray, but don't go too heavy, as stiffness in your locks can ruin the natural effect. 

Turn to braids for the perfect beach hairstyle

       
Monday, July 15th, 2013

Turn to braids for the perfect beach hairstyle

Everyone dreams of the perfect beach waves. No, not in the water – in your hair. Flowing, carefree curls are a glamorous look for anyone who spends her days at the beach, but sometimes, people just want to pull their hair back as they frolic on the shore – and when this urge strikes, braids can be a great option. 

Fishtail braids are a great way to wear a braid while adding some sophistication to the look. Other options include waterfall braids, which can help you show off the beach hair while keeping it out of your face, as well as classic plaits. 

However, even girls who don't get to enjoy all day in the sand and sun can still get the laid-back look of a braided, beachy coif. Hair styling products are ideal for this, as they can help you achieve the volume and shine, as well as hold, that you need to rock the perfect braid.

No matter what style you choose, you will want to make sure your hair conditioner is capable revitalizing hair that has been damaged by the sun or sea. Bonus: A good conditioner that detangles will not only make it easier to weave your locks into perfect braids, but can also help you undo your 'do at the end of the day. 

Healthy hair requires a healthy scalp

       
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Healthy hair requires a healthy scalp

Many common hair problems can be traced back to the scalp. Even if you think your hair has been damaged by the sun or is the victim of damage from outside chemicals, the source of the issue may actually lie at the roots.

Hair and scalp treatment products can help fight hair loss or replenish locks that have been damaged by coloring, heat and other procedures. A common ingredient in these serums is collagen, which promotes the regeneration of hair while soothing the scalp. Although these products may not be a miracle cure, they can help you enhance the appearance of the hair you have while also encouraging the growth of more healthy strands.

If scalp dryness and flaking are your main problems, consider trying hair masques for a soothing treatment. These creams can lock moisture into your scalp, relieving annoying itching while also benefiting your tresses. Use a mild shampoo that hydrates the scalp and follow up with a leave-in conditioner to maximize effectiveness.

On the flip side, those with oily scalps will want to use conditioners sparingly, turning instead to a deep cleansing shampoo. After washing your hair, you should bypass a lot of heavy brushing, as overworking your hair can lead to more oil production.

3 unusual must-try beauty trends for summer

       
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

3 unusual must-try beauty trends for summer

Every season, it seems like there are new beauty trends and makeup to try, but which ones are actually worth the effort? Now that summer is in full swing, it's time to be adventurous when it comes to everything from your hair to your nails. Here are some hot trends that you should take advantage of now, regardless of how unusual they may seem!

1. Colored hairspray
Now is the time to ditch your standard hairspray and opt for something a little more fun! Allure magazine stated that colored hairspray is taking the beauty world by storm, and it can allow you to rock a different 'do, even if it's just for one day. See what it feels like to be a blonde bombshell or a sexy brunette!

2. Flowers
Just because you don't live in a tropical location doesn't mean you can't go glam with flowers, according to MSN. Tuck a sweet-smelling flower behind your ear at some point this summer to fall in line with one of the most popular trends of the season.

3. Stiletto nails
If you don't want to wear the same three nail polishes or wear the same French manicure all summer long, go a little crazy by giving yourself a stiletto manicure. Long nails are in, and you don't need to be catty to sport this new style.

3 ways to protect your colored hair from the sun

       
Monday, June 24th, 2013

3 ways to protect your colored hair from the sun

You might already know how to keep your face looking fresh with True makeup throughout the summer, but what about your luscious locks? If you have dyed hair, you're prone to losing the vibrancy of your tresses over the course of the season. Ultraviolet rays can cause your hair to fade with time, and this can occur well before the end of the summer if you love spending time under the sun at the beach. Here are some tips for keeping your hair looking beautiful all season long.

1. Make sure it stays hydrated
Hollywood Life stated that it's critical to keep your hair hydrated. Invest in a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed to strengthen your hair and provide protection against harmful UV rays. 

2. Try an oil treatment
Argan oil is one of many oils you can use on your hair this summer to help you lock in moisture and ensure that your tresses always have a healthy glow under the sun.

3. Cover up
The Huffington Post recommended keeping your hair covered up under a hat or bandana if you're going to be spending an ample amount of time in direct sunlight.

New hairstyles already debuting for fall 2013

       
Monday, June 17th, 2013

New hairstyles already looming for fall 2013

Now that you have your True makeup and skincare products all set for summer, it's never too soon to start thinking about the fall! There are already hair trends to be taken into consideration for the upcoming season – whether you're ready for them or not. 

One style that will be popular this fall and winter is two-toned hair, according to Vogue France. Although it seems a little bold to go with two completely different shades on your head, doing so can give you an edgy look just in time for the cold weather.

Another trend that seems to be growing in popularity is the low ponytail, according to Harper's Bazaar magazine. Whether you're the kind of woman who enjoys keeping your hair tied back or this look would be new for you, keep it in mind this fall. A sleek ponytail can ensure that your locks are out of the way and stylish.

Regardless of which trends you try, don't forget to use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner as cold weather rolls in. This can help your hair stay strong and frizz-free in the fall and winter.