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Fixes For Brittle Split Ends

Woman checking split ends

Split ends can be such a drag, right? We don’t know anyone who enjoys having split ends, but sometimes it can seem like it’s just something that’s a part of having hair and we all just have to ‘deal’ with. However, there are some great fixes for brittle split ends that we’ve come across that can really help you keep your hair healthy, happy and looking its best. It’s the season of spring cleaning, so why not spring clean your hair’s health? Ok, it’s not exactly cleaning but with spring on our mind we thought you may be up for some new split end tips.

Get a Trim
Ok, so here’s the deal: as many great tips and tricks as there are out there with split ends the truth is to really get rid of those split ends you need to get a hair trim. Once the hair has split you need to get a trim to prevent the split ends from traveling up the rest of your hair’s strands. You don’t need to get a lot of length cut off but to really start fresh on those brittle split ends many experts suggest starting things off with a trim and/or haircut to prevent the rest of your hair from becoming more damaged.

Split ends

Focus on Adding Moisture
Once you stop the split ends from spreading throughout the rest of your hair, to really fix your brittle split ends and keep them from coming back too soon–you want to start focusing on adding moisture to your hair. One of the major causes of brittle split ends in the hair is lack of moisture and hydration in the hair. How can you add that moisture? Using hair care products that are focused on adding that moisture and hydration is going to be a great place to start, yes with your shampoo and conditioner but also adding in a deep conditioning mask to your weekly hair care routine. Deep conditioning masks are a great way to add a major dose of moisture/hydration to your hair and really help with the brittleness your hair may currently have. Experts suggest that for the best results, you want to use a deep conditioning treatment on your hair at least once a week to keep your hair healthy and really get it to a healing, healthy place.

Cut Back on the Heat
When you have brittle split ends, using a lot of heat to style your hair can just make it worse. As we mentioned before, often brittle split ends are the result of hair that’s lacking moisture and hydration. Using heated styling tools is going to continue to take a lot of moisture out of your hair. One of the best things you can do to avoid and really help fix that brittle, dry hair is to cut back on how much heat you’re using on your hair. You don’t have to avoid it altogether, but try to find a couple days a week to not use heat on your hair at all to allow it to have a break.

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Brunettes Wanna Have Fun Too

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We’re always hearing that blondes have more fun, but around here we know that brunettes wanna  have fun too! Truthfully, we think that regardless of your hair color you can have fun and celebrate your locks whatever hue they are. But, since we’re always hearing about the famously gorgeous blondes around the world… we thought we would take a little time to celebrate and honor the brunettes we all know and love.  You know… the celebs that are brunette, proud and totally embrace the darker color hair color.

Jennifer Lopez
She’s kind of a glam queen, isn’t she? JLo always works it, but for the most part throughout her career she’s stayed in the brunette hair color family. Regardless of the way her hair is styled she looks gorgeous and her brunette locks always look flawless. She’s definitely an example of a brunette that wants to have fun and IS having fun. She’s always finding a way to create a completely different hair look, by staying in the brunette shades. Any list that mentions brunettes having fun has to include one of the glam queens herself. Whether it’s her hair, shoes or performances – she’s never subtle with the glam aspect of her look. We have to love her for it!

Kate Middleton
We all know and really appreciate Kate Middleton’s style and beauty. She’s another famous brunette that seems to always look like she’s having the time of her life. While so often brunette locks are looked at as being a bit edgy or exotic, Kate has managed to break down that mentality and show us that brunettes can have the same girl next door look as any blonde. Additionally, because of her natural beauty and her effortless, simplistic personal style she really has a look that’s approachable and wholesome. Her style is quite different than the glam queen, JLo, but they’re both beautiful and having the time of their lives in their own right.

William and Kate

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Kristin Davis
You likely know her as Charlotte from Sex and the City, she stood out as the only brunette in the group of friends in the show. Similar to Kate Middleton, Kristin Davis really has shown us that brunette ladies can have a great time but aren’t pigeonholed into the edgy/exotic realm of style. Kristin in her own style, and when playing her role as Charlotte York has celebrated and honored her brunette locks and paired them with her sophisticated and elegant personal style. While she typically opts for simple and streamlined hair styles, they never disappoint in beauty and style. She really shows us that brunettes can show off their gorgeously colored locks without having to add a whole lot of extra style or elements into the mix to look great.

Of course, there are so many brunettes that are having a great time and you may be one of them. We thought we would honor and chat a bit about a few celebs that we all know and love for their brunette locks.

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Lionesse Celeb Perfected Hair Styles To Try Soon medium bob

Celeb Perfected Hair Styles To Try Soon

Woman with medium length bob

Doesn’t it seem like celebs have all the luck when it comes to beauty and fashion? Ok, ok it helps to have a team of the best pros in the business on hand at all times. But in all seriousness, they’ve really got some things figured out when it comes to hair and beauty ideas. (Ok, maybe it’s their team that has it figured out). We’ve realized that there are some hair styles that celebs have perfected that are achievable for the average person, too. We’ve rounded up a few of the celeb perfected hair styles to try soon to give you some fresh ideas for your own locks.

The Medium Length Bob
Traditionally, when we think of bob hair cuts we think that they need to be pretty short. But quite a few celebs have proved us wrong… they’ve really perfected this hair style and we can’t get enough. The medium length bob hair style is one of the perfect hair cuts/styles that celebs rock all the time and it looks gorgeous regardless of their hair type and face shape. The medium length bob typically sits just below the shoulders, and is cut in that traditional blunt bob style that we all know and love. The medium length gives a little more variety in how you can style the hair and doesn’t feel as drastically short as the traditional bob. Plus, it’s a great way to add an update to the hair look.

Beachy Waves
There’s something about beachy waves that looks gorgeous and desirable regardless of the current trends. Let’s face it: celebs have definitely perfected the beachy waves look themselves. The bonus about beachy waves is it looks great regardless of the length of your hair and it’s a lot easier to try out than you probably think. Since the whole aspect about the beachy waves is that effortless look…the less ‘perfect’ the waves look the better. Worn in a deep side part, center part… whatever part you like. Beachy waves work whether you’re attending a formal event or just heading out for a casual lunch with the girls. If you haven’t already, you should definitely try out the beachy waves – it’ll probably be your new go-to hair style once you see how easy it is to actually achieve!

Woman with beachy waves

The Sleek Low Ponytail
So often when we think of updo hair styles we think they have to be complicated or not at all. One of the celeb perfected hair styles has to be the sleeked back low ponytail, because so many celebs step out in this incredibly achievable hair style and look great every time. Seriously, it’s super achievable to style too! All you have to do is get your hair as straight as possible, create a deep side part and pull your hair back as sleek and tight to your head as possible and wrap it into a ponytail. You can add accessories or wrap some hair around the base of the rubber band to hide it – or not! Regardless, it’s pretty perfect for any occasion.

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Woman with curly hair

Pump Up Your Natural Curls

Woman with curly hair

Do you have natural curls? So often those with naturally curly hair tend to struggle embracing it. Let’s face it: we all want what we don’t have, especially when it comes to our hair. Recently, Halle Berry stepped out with incredible curls in her hair. We’ve definitely seen a rise in embracing the natural texture of our own hair recently, especially those with curly hair. If you’re like us, Halle Berry stepping out with pumped-up curls definitely inspired you to want to try to find ways to pump up your natural curls. Fortunately, we’ve discovered a few ways you can pump up your natural curls to get those gorgeous locks yourself.

Opt for Sulfate Free
According to hair experts, if you really want to pump up your natural curls it’s time to look at your everyday hair care products like shampoo and conditioning items. Do they contain sulfates? If the shampoos and conditioners you’re currently using have sulfates in them, it’s time to make a switch. It’s been found that sulfates can be a bit too harsh on naturally curly hair and opting for options without sulfates can help your natural curls really do their thing much more naturally. So it’s time to take a look, and make a switch to get your shampoo and conditioning products working with your hair rather than against it.

Halle Berry with curly hair

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Focus on Conditioning the Hair
When our hair is lacking moisture and hydration, it tends to be dry and brittle. When naturally curly hair is dry and brittle it’s hard to really enhance the natural curls and get them to do what you want them to do on their own. This is why keeping your curly hair moisturized and hydrated is so important. Make sure that you’re using a great quality conditioning product when you wash your hair. Furthermore, to really make sure that you’re keeping your curly hair well moisturized and hydrated it’s suggested to make use of leave-in conditioning products. Leave-in conditioners help to really add that additional moisture your hair may need and really encourage your hair to be well moisturized and give you those pumped up natural curls you’re trying to achieve. Some experts suggest taking things a step further and applying a deep conditioning treatment to your hair once a week to really make sure you’re locking in the moisture and hydration for those natural curls.

Don’t Touch or Brush
One of the common mistakes people make when trying to pump up their natural curls is fussing with them too much. After you wash your hair, allow it to dry and do its thing on its own. That means don’t brush or comb it, and avoid too much touching with your hands and fingers. When we fuss too much with the natural curls it tends to alter the way they dry. Leave your hair alone and let it dry the way it wants to naturally. You’ll likely be surprised at how pumped up the natural curls get when you do that.

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Protect Your Hair From Blow Dryer Damage

Woman blow drying her hair on bed

Drying our hair is something that we all do on a pretty consistent basis.  For the most part, many of us use blow dryers to help dry our hair after we’ve washed it.  While blow dryers are convenient to help speed up the drying process, they can also cause damage to our hair when we don’t take the proper steps to protect our hair.  Anytime you’re using heat on your hair, it’s important to make sure you’re maintaining your hair’s health as much as possible.  We realize, that we’re really not taught how to protect your hair from blow dryer damage so we’re sharing how you can do that now.

Use the Right Heat Setting
When using a hair dryer, it’s important to understand that there are different heat settings.  Experts suggest that you consider your hair type when selecting your heat setting.  If you have very fine hair, you’ll want to air on a cooler heat setting and work your way up as you have thicker hair.  Why is this?  When you use too hot of a setting for your hair type it can put too much stress on your hair that can lead to a lot of damage.  Take note of your heat setting, it’s better to start cooler and slowing work your way up rather than the reverse.

Use Products
Do you use hair care products before drying your hair?  Heat protectant products are extremely under utilized with the blow drying process.  Before using your blow dryer make sure that you apply a heat protectant product to your hair.  These types of products are specifically formulated to ‘coat’ your hair and really protect it from the heat.  This can help you avoid damage to your hair that’s often caused by heat.  You’ll likely notice a difference when you begin using a heat protectant product in your hair versus when you didn’t.

Woman blow drying hair

Don’t Get Too Close
Look, we get it – we think the closer we hold the blow dryer to our hair the quicker it will dry our hair.  While they may help – it can wreak havoc on your hair’s health.  Instead of holding the blow dryer right up against your hair keep a bit of a distance with it.  Holding the blow dryer away from your hair (so it’s not directly on the hair) will keep from your hair getting too hot and being put under too much stress as it does when you do hold the blow dryer too close to the hair.

Use a Quality Blow Dryer
There’s a common misconception going around…that is that all blow dryers are created equally.  But truthfully, blow dryers are like anything else in life – to really have the best product you want to look for a high quality product.  Opting for a blow dryer that has different heat settings is key, along with the overall quality of the product.  It’s been found to help keep your hair protected as you use it and they often last longer.

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Woman with hair bun

Try These Post Workout Hairstyles

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Do you work out in the morning or on your lunch break?  Working out is a great habit to get into, but let’s face it: if you want to run errands to go back to the office after it can be difficult to style your hair so it doesn’t LOOK like you were just working out. Working up a sweat can definitely put a damper on your hair, but we got to thinking… there must be some way to style your hair so it can look great even after you’ve been to the gym. If you’ve been wondering the same thing, you’re in luck because we found some!  Try these post workout hair styles.

The Bun Hair Style
One of our favorite go to hair styles to try post workout?  Throw your hair up into a bun!  Bun hair styles are great for pulling your hair back after you’ve worked up a sweat since the pulled back style of the hair allows you to hide any greasiness that may have come about during your workout session.  In addition, it’s often easier to style your hair in a high bun when your hair isn’t freshly washed – bonus, right?  Of course we can’t forget to mention how easy it is to throw your hair up in a bun hair style.  We know after your workout you want to get your hair done pretty quickly – which is what makes the bun hair style so perfect for a post workout look.

Woman with fishtail braid

The Fishtail Braid
Another one of our favorite hair styles that’s absolutely perfect for a post workout hair style has got to be the fishtail braid.  We know you don’t want to sacrifice your style and hair look just because you hit the gym first, and let’s face it – braids are kind of everything right now.  Braids are fun regardless, and since they’re so on trend right now it’s even more perfect.  The great part about a hair style like this is it doesn’t have to be perfect to look great.  And similar to the bun hair style – it actually turns out better when your hair isn’t freshly washed.  You can just add in a bit of volume at the roots and leave some pieces framing your face to lead into a gorgeous fishtail braided hair style that keeps your hair back but also looks chic.  No one will know you came right from the gym.

The Half-Up Top Knot
Top knots have been trendy hair styles for a while, but there’s been a new take on the traditional top knot that’s gained popularity…it’s the half-up top knot style.  It’s essentially the half-up hair style that we all know and love, but instead of just keeping the hair in a ponytail you tie it up in a top knot style. It’s trendy and PERFECT to style your hair after you’ve just worked out.  Why?  You’re pulling back the area of the hair that likely got sweaty while you worked out, so you can hide that but also rock your hair down a bit.

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Lionesse Tips For Curling Your Hair Like A Professional woman curling hair

Tips For Curling Your Hair Like A Professional

Woman curling hair

Do you like curling your hair?  So many women love the look of curled hair, but can get frustrated when trying to actually achieve the look.  Of course, our favorite celebs make it look so easy to have gorgeously curled hair – it helps to have a team of professionals on staff, right?  Well, the good news for you is we’ve found some of the tips the pros use to curl hair and we’re sharing them with you!  Yep, we’re sharing tips for curling your hair like a professional – so you can start to curl your hair to look like your favorite celebs.

Use the The Right Size Curling Iron
Naturally, to get that gorgeously curled hairstyle you’re going to want to make use of a curling iron.  They’re great tools to use to accomplish a curled look, but even if you’re using a curling iron you may feel like you’re not getting the look you want.  Why?  It could be because you’re not using the right size curling iron.  When looking to use a curling iron you want to consider the size of the barrel of the curling iron, the size of the barrel will be a direct indication of the size curls that you’ll achieve from using it.  So the smaller the barrel size the tighter the curls and the reversed for the larger barrel sizes.

Curling iron

Prep Your Hair
When really achieving a professionally curled hairstyle look, you want to make sure that you’re prepping your hair properly.  Yes, this means you’re not going to want to just jump to using a curling iron to your hair right away.  For starters, make sure that your hair is completely dry before doing anything.  But before drying, experts suggest adding in a heat protectant product to make sure that you’re keeping your hair’s health protected.  In addition, adding a bit of gel/cream/mousse to your hair when it’s wet will help your hair hold the curls once you begin the actual curling process.

Get the Process Down Pat
For the best results when curling your hair you’re going to want to start using the process that the experts do.  What is that process?  After you curl your hair and it’s completely dried, begin by sectioning your hair by pulling it all up and just leaving a section at the nape of the neck.  This will allow you to curl your hair in chunks and have more control over the curling process.  In addition to curling your hair in sections, experts suggest curling the pieces in different directions.  Curling your hair in different directions as you go through curling your hair will give it a more natural look and that effortless curled hair that the professionals always seem to achieve so easily.  Finally, after you curl all your hair allow your hair to cool down before touching it.  Allowing your hair to cool will make sure that the curls last, once it’s been cooled you can go about styling your hair how you please.

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Styling Bowl Cuts, Lobs & Bobs

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Shorter, edgier hair styles have been all the rage the past year or so.  There are so many fun and inventive ways that hair experts have found a way to create a unique hair cut leaving ladies with a haircut that’s completely different than anything they’ve rocked in the past.  The downside of these shorter type of hair styles is that they can leave you feeling a bit stuck in a styling rut when it comes to actually styling your hair.  We decided to share some of our ideas on styling bowl cuts, lobs and bobs to give you a dose of inspiration if you’ve been rocking this type of haircut, or been thinking about it.

Mix Up the Texture of Your Hair
One of our favorite ways to really switch things up with these types of haircuts is to mix up the texture you do for your hair.  Meaning…try out a stick straight style a few days then switch things up to textured waves the next.  It’s a great way to feel like you have a lot of variety with your hairstyle (because you do!), but also still really show off your fun haircut.  To really make the most of the different textures you’ll want to make sure you use the hair care products accordingly – so if you want waves, looking for texturizing products, if you want straight hair look for products that really emphasize straight hair.  In addition to mixing up the different texture of your haircut another fun way to make it feel like it’s different is to change up the way you part your hair.  It may seem like a little thing, but it can create a totally different look at feel to your hair style.

woman short hair braid

Add a Braid
Another hair style that so many ladies with shorter hair tend to be afraid to rock, but it’s such a fun and easy way to change up the way you style your hair when you have a shorter length.  One of the best things about braids is that you can wear them in so many different ways.  Our favorite ways for shorter haircut ladies to rock them is a braid near the hairline in front and/or a braid created in the middle of the top of the head that leads into a half updo/top knot type of style.

Half Up Style
Another one of our favorite ways to style these types of haircuts is to work with a half up hair style.  This isn’t just a hair style that’s reserved for those with long hair.  So often ladies with shorter hair feel like they can’t wear their hair back but with a half up hair style it allows you to get the feel of an updo (or half way, at least) and mix up your hair styles a bit.  Use bobby pins to secure the hair and play around with how you pull your hair back.  Creating little braids or twists to pull pieces of hair towards the back of your head is a great way to create the look in so many different ways.

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Tips for Creating Natural Looking Waves

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Spring and summer are quickly approaching, and there’s something about those seasons that leaves so many of us eager to achieve those flawlessly gorgeous waves in our hair.  Some of our favorite celebs are able to achieve those waves with the help of experts.  But we know that you’re like us and you don’t have a team of professionals to help you on a daily basis.  But truthfully, we don’t think you need a team of pros!  We’re all about creating gorgeous hair on our own at home, and we’re sharing our favorite tips for creating natural looking waves to help you create those gorgeous waves yourself.

Use a Wave Boosting Product
So many hair styles that we all want to create can really be enhanced through the use of the right hair care products.  Creating natural looking waves is no different.  Fortunately, we live in a world where there are a ton of amazing hair care products.  One of the key steps to really creating those natural looking waves is to make sure that you’re utilizing a wave enhancing hair care product.  Using this type of product when your hair is wet/drying has really been found to help bring out the natural wave and texture in your hair to create that natural look effortlessly.

Add Texture to Your Hair
One of the other gorgeous things about natural looking waves is the great texture those hair styles always seem to have.  While your hair might not have that natural beachy type of texture, it’s something that you can create really easily yourself.  Experts suggest spritzing your hair with dry shampoo OR a sea salt spray to really create a gorgeous texture to help enhance the look of natural looking waves.  The texture helps to make the look more natural in appearance and give you those waves that you love.

woman using curling iron

Use Different Sizes
If you’re more of a curling iron type of lady, you can definitely create natural looking waves with the use of a curling iron.  The key, according to experts, to really create the natural looking wave is to make sure that you’re using different sizes for the curls.  Meaning, grab different size chunks of hair when curling your hair and rotate the direction in which you curl your hair.  This helps to make sure that you’re creating a natural look, and it’s pretty easy to do!

Twist Your Hair
Another one of our favorite tips for creating natural looking waves is to use the time you’re sleeping to style your hair.  Yep, we said sleeping.  Experts suggest that taking a shower at night can help you create natural looking waves that take no time in the morning to actually style.  Twisting your hair into buns while it’s damp at night and sleeping with it like that allows you to just take the buns down, run your fingers through (spritz some product) and be done.  The twists help to create a natural wavy look without the use of any heated hair styling products.  Not to mention, it takes barely any time at all to do.

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What It Takes To Get Poker Straight Hair

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Straight hair has grown to become pretty popular in the trend world recently.  While we were living in a world where waves and curls have been the main goal for a while, things are shifting a bit.  Let’s be honest though, it’s what’s one of the most exciting parts of the beauty and fashion industries.  Any time the trends shift it can take a bit of getting used to really knowing how to style your hair to achieve that look successfully.  Getting that super straight hair isn’t always easy, so we’re sharing tips on what it takes to get poker straight hair.

Use Straightening Hair Products
One of the first tricks to really getting that poker straight hair you want is to make use of straightening hair care products.  You know, the hair care products like shampoo and conditioner that you already use but in formulas that promote straight hair.  Using these types of products is a great way to set your hair up for a straighter look.  Since these types of products have been specially formulated to make your hair straighter it helps you have a head start, and much more successful results with really getting that straight look you want for your hair.  In addition to using straightening shampoo and conditioning products, many experts suggest looking into using frizz control/smoothing products as well as they also tend to really help to create that poker straight look and eliminate any frizz that your hair may naturally have.

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Dry Your Hair Straight
It may seem obvious, but when your hair is wet you’re going to want to make the most out of how you blow dry your hair. So often we just think of drying our hair to, well dry our hair.  But to really get that poker straight hair you’re going to want to apply a straightening cream to your hair (as mentioned above) and make sure that the technique you’re using to dry your hair is going to promote a straighter hair look.  Not sure how to do that?  Pointing the hair dryer down from roots to the ends is the best way to really promote a straighter finish on your hair.  This also helps to make the next steps easier when it comes to getting that poker straight hair.

Use a Flat Iron in Sections
After you’ve completely dried your hair as straight as possible, you’re going to want to make use of a hair straightener to really get the straightest hair possible.  Sectioning your hair into small sections allows you to have more control over straightening your hair.  In addition, using smaller pieces of hair when using the straightener is going to really help you to get the hair straight.  As you straighten your hair follow the straightener with a fine toothed comb to prevent any knots or frizz from developing.  Of course, once you’re done with straightening all of your hair you’re going to want to finish the look with a hairspray that’s lightweight to smooth out the ends and help with any flyaways.

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