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Hottest Hair Colors of 2016

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As 2016 comes to a close, we’re all about taking a look back at everything we’ve seen, done, and worn throughout the year.  It’s pretty amazing as we look back at just 12 months to see all the trends that we’ve experienced – isn’t that the cool part about fashion and beauty, though?  Since we’re winding things down to ring in a new year we thought it was the perfect time to chat about the hottest hair colors of 2016.  Whether you rocked these hair colors yourself, admired them, or you’re looking for a little inspiration to switch up your hair color these hair colors were all the rage in 2016.

Bold Colors
It’s no secret that bold hair colors were having a major moment throughout 2016.  Between colors like bright purple and blue to rose gold hues – whatever shade someone adored was free game this year.  We saw an abundance of ladies going for statement hair colors like never before, and we kind of loved it.  Whatever the rise was, it was kind of this freeing thing to see a woman be bold enough to dye their entire head of hair one bold color (or multiple colors).  There’s something about the bold hair colors that seem so chic and trendy, pictures were cruising through social media celebrating these bold hair colors.  This hair color had to make it to the top of the list for the hottest hair colors of 2016 because we haven’t seen this much bold color so mainstream in… ever.

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Platinum Blonde
For a few years it really seemed like very dark hair colors were all the rage, but there year there was a major rise in the platinum blonde hair becoming so popular.  When we say platinum blonde, it was really the almost white blonde hair color that’s so trendy on so many celebs.  Kim Kardashian even dyed her famously dark hair this platinum blonde color a while back (although it was short lived).  It was definitely the year of making a bold statement, and many ladies decided to make their statement with platinum blonde locks.

The Bronde
Not quite sure what we mean here?  Odds are you’ve seen quite a few ladies rocking this hair color trend this year, it’s literally the combination of blonde and brunette hair colors.  Typically, this bronde hair color was done in a way where the colors faded really gorgeously together with some sort of technique like an ombre or bayalage effect.  Regardless, it was really fun to see that the blondes and brunettes were literally coming together this year.  Since years past it’s always been about either being blonde or brunette – we love that there were no limitations and women were actually just opting for both hair colors.  Imagine that!

It was definitely a year filled with exciting and different hair color trends, and you know what?  We loved it!  There was no shortage of statement making hair color options, regardless of your personal style and personality.  What was your favorite of the hottest hair colors of 2016?

Woman using a flat iron

What is “Safe” Hair Care?

Woman using a flat iron

When it comes to hair care, most of us can admit (or secretly admit) that the safety of our hair care routine isn’t always at the top of the priority list.  We get it, it can get easy to get caught up in doing your hair quickly and getting out the door as quickly as possible, and when you get in that zone safety goes to the wayside.  But it got us thinking you’re probably wondering what is “safe” hair care?  You may not even be informed as to what makes hair care safe… or not safe.  So we’re sharing what some of the top safe hair care tips are, so you can start adapting them yourself.

Working WITH Your Hair Type
One of the biggest mistakes we see women making with their hair care is trying to work against their hair’s type.  The thing about working against your hair’s type is you can often end up having the opposite results you’re looking for.  Instead, start working WITH your hair type – your hair will work for you much better and it will be much safer and healthier for your hair.  When we say work with your hair type, we mean to make sure that you’re using hair care products that are designed for your hair’s type, making sure that you’re using heated styling tools at a temperature setting that won’t harm your hair, etc.

Pay Attention Your Hairstyles
Another common thing that we see with women, is not noticing when their hair is styled too tight.  Wearing hair styles that are too tight and cause some pulling to occur on your scalp can cause your scalp to be put under a lot of stress that can then lead to damage.  Instead, make sure you’re being safe with the tightness/looseness of your hairstyles.  If you feel discomfort it means it’s too tight so be sure to make necessary adjustments.

Be Gentle on Your Hair
When it comes to brushing, combing and styling your hair it’s kind of a habit to be a bit rough on your hair.  But the thing about being rough on your hair is it can lead to damage and problems to arise that you won’t be happy with later on.  This is especially true when your hair is wet, understand that your hair is much more vulnerable when its wet so you want to avoid using a brush and instead use a wide toothed comb – very gently.  In addition, don’t just rip through knots make sure you’re taking your time and really getting the knots out without damaging your hair.

Go Easy on the Heat
We can’t forget to mention the use of heat, there are so many hair care products that use heat to help you create the hair style you want.  And we’re all about them!  But since we’re talking about safe hair care, we have to stress that regardless of the quality of the product and how careful you are when using them it’s still essential that you give your hair a chance to breathe and don’t use them daily.

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Styling Your Hair The Night Before

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Let’s face it… getting up and getting ready every morning can be a difficult task.  Especially during these winter months when it’s darker in the morning, and cold outside – not exactly a recipe to get us to jump out of bed in the morning.  We’re all about catching a few extra zzz’s this time of year (and any time of the year, if we’re really honest), and we’re always looking to find ways to save time in the morning without sacrificing how we look and feel before heading out the door.  We found some fun tips to styling your hair the night before – and we’re sharing them with you now.

Bouncy Curls
Want bouncy curls?  One of the best ways we’ve discovered you can style your hair the night before to achieve this hairstyle is to utilize those foam donut shaped tools that many women use to create that perfect bun hair style.  You’re actually going to secure your hair split up into two sections using two different foam pieces in your hair.  Although instead of using them to secure your hair tightly into a bun, you’re going to want to do so loosely instead.  Wrap the hair around the foam smoothly, and it’s best when done with hair that’s ALMOST dry.

Beachy Waves
So you want to wake up to have beachy waves just like that, huh?  Well…you can!  The beachy wave look has always been admired and sometimes it can seem like it’s a hairstyle that has to take hours to actually accomplish.  The good news is, you can truly style your hair simply at night and wake up to this beachy wave hair style look you’ve been looking for.  The best way to achieve this look is to style your hair in two French braids using all of your hair.  It’s suggested to NOT style these French braids tightly, and in fact aim for creating the braid more loosely.  Bring the braid down as far as you can to the ends, go to bed with your hair styled like that and just let them loose in the morning and you’ll have gorgeous beachy waves.

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Straight Hair
So many hair styling tips we found for doing the night before were related to textured hair styles in some way, but we realized that you may want to just have nice smooth, straight hair sometimes.  Fortunately, we found a great way to style your hair the night before and achieve a smooth, straight hair look.  All you do is pull all of your hair to one side of your head.  It will have a flat surface of hair, and simply add a few bobby pins where you need to in order to hold your hair in that manner.  To finish this off you’re going to need to secure a silk scarf over all of our hair and head before heading to bed.  From there you should be able to wake up to smooth, straight hair as you head out the door.

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Maintaining Your Hair Color Pop

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If you’ve spend the time, money and energy on acquiring a color pop hair color we know that you don’t want to be dealing with it fading quickly.  The trouble is with many color pop options, they tend to fade rather quickly but since they’re so on trend right now we thought it was the perfect opportunity for us to share tips on maintaining your hair color pop.  Because believe it or not, there are a few key tips to consider if you’re serious about maintaining the color and keeping it from fading for as long as possible.

Keep Your Hair Healthy
Here’s  the deal, if your hair isn’t healthy it’s more likely to end up having a lot of breakage and damage to it which can cause the color to fade quickly and just not look right.  It’s important that, especially after you’ve put your hair through a true pop in color change, you keep up with keeping your hair very healthy.  This means using quality hair care products that are designed to work with your hair’s type and are appropriate for your hair color.  Make sure you use products that are very moisturizing so that your hair doesn’t deal with any dryness.

Avoid the Heat
Look we get it, when it’s winter time we want nothing more than to jump into a hot shower – we’re right there with you on that.  And let’s be honest, we all want our hair to look great daily so the thought of not using heated hair styling tools daily can seem like it’s completely unnecessary.  But the truth is, the heat can cause your color to fade very quickly.  If you really want to maintain your hair color pop you’re going to need to take it easy on the heat.  This means avoiding very hot water when you shower, and minimizing the amount you’re using heated hair styling tools as much as you can.  In fact, some experts suggest rinsing color pop hair with cool water as it’s said to lock the hair cuticle and keep from the color fading too much too quickly.

Pay Attention to the Products You’re Using
When it comes to using hair care products, we’re obviously all about it.  But when you have a bold hair color on your hair, it’s advised by many experts to actually avoid hair care products that are harsh and contain things like sulfates as they’re known to cause a lot of dryness in the hair.  Check the products you’re using and make sure they’re free of sulfates and ingredients similar to really keep your hair color going strong.

Don’t Over Wash
This tip goes for everyone, but it’s especially crucial to live by this when you have a bold hair color you’re looking to maintain.  Since washing your hair strips your hair of its natural oils, washing our hair too often can cause your hair color to fade and just not look right.  Try cutting back on the amount you’re actually washing your hair for great results on maintaining the hair color.

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Cold Weather Conditioning

Woman getting a conditioning treatment

As the cold weather begins to creep up on most of the country, our hair is also starting to act, look, and feel differently.  The climate tends to get much drier this time of year, and with that comes the added dryness to our hair.  The thing about our hair is we need moisture and conditioning to really make sure that our hair looks and feels healthy.  When our hair becomes too dry it begins to develop breakage and become pretty brittle – leading to damage.  We’re talking about cold weather conditioning for your hair so you know what to look for this cold weather season.

Switch Up Your Conditioning Products
As the weather changes, your hair is going to start to follow suit… many experts suggest this is the perfect time of year to also follow with switching up your conditioning products.  In the summer months, we tend to air on the side of lightweight products – especially with our hair care.  But in the winter we need to add and create as much conditioning in our hair as we can to prevent any damage from occurring from too much dryness.  So switching your conditioning product to something that really emphasizes on the moisture and conditioning elements is going to help get your hair in a healthier state.

Add Additional Conditioning Treatments
While many experts suggest adding in additional moisturizing treatments to your hair care routine all year long, it’s especially important to do this time of year with the excessive dryness in the air.  Adding in a weekly deep conditioning treatment to your hair care routine is going to do a really great job at giving your hair the extra condition it needs this time of year.  Make it a point to find a deep conditioning treatment that’s going to really emphasize on giving your hair the added moisture and conditioning elements it’s going to need.  Adapting this step into your weekly hair care routine may seem difficult at first, but once you get into the routine you’ll see the benefits for your hair in adding this into your routine.

Adjust Your Products
We’ve already talked about adjusting your conditioning products to get the added conditioning elements your hair is going to need this time of year, but many experts also suggest adjusting some of your other hair care products to adapt to the cold weather as well.  Looking for products that are a bit creamier and more moisturizing but not super heavy is going to be the happy medium place you want to be.  Adding in protective products to keep your hair protected from any heated hair styling you do in the cold weather months, along with protecting your hair from the weather elements you’re exposed to on a daily basis is going to be really essential to keeping your hair healthy this time of year.  Remember that you want to add and keep as much conditioning and moisture into your hair as possible so focus on products that are made to really emphasize that.

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Must Have Beauty Tools For Your Hair

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When it comes to doing your hair, a major part of that is using certain beauty tools.  There is such a massive range in different hair styling tools available for our use now, which is great but also can be overwhelming.  We thought it was time to go through and share our must have beauty tools for your hair, the items that we know the average woman is going to be able to use on a regular basis and accomplish the hair styles that they want to achieve.

Flat Iron
Another one that’s a staple for quite a few women already, a flat iron is definitely a must have beauty tool for your hair.  The great part about flat irons is you’re really able to achieve a range of different hair styles – not JUST straight hair.  They’re great to use to add a different texture to your hair, and even create different curls.  Since they are such great tools for multi-use they’re an obvious one for us to add to our list of must have beauty tools.

Curling Iron
So many women use curling irons, and we’re all about every woman having a curling iron in their hair styling tool collection.  Curling irons come in a range of different sizes and styles, the important factors to consider when selecting a curling iron for your own use is the size of the barrel in relation to the size curls you want to achieve with your hair, and the option to have different heat settings.   Similar to the hair dryer, you want to be able to adjust the temperature settings on the curling iron and you’re going to want to invest in a quality curling iron.

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Hair Dryer
Ok, this is an obvious one,but it’s definitely a must have beauty tool for your hair.  The really key point we want to emphasize with a hair dryer is that you invest in a quality hair dryer.  There are so many hair dryers available, but they’re not all created equally.  It’s important to have a hair dryer that allows you to select different settings, has the option to add different attachments, and change the temperature settings.  These things are all essential to really help you to get the results you’re going to want and need to achieve from using a hair dryer.

Round Brush
The thing that many women misunderstand about round brushes is that they’re not just used to get curly hair.  In fact, round brushes are great at getting your hair a little extra volume.  They’re great to use when drying your hair into sections to get a nice sleek look that also has some added volume to it.  Round brushes, like so many other of the must have beauty tools come in a range of different styles and sizes.  Look for an option that fits your hair type the best.  Experts typically suggest opting for a brush with natural bristles to get a more natural look with your hair.

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Winter Hairstyles That Protect Your Mane From The Cold

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The cold weather is taking residence throughout a lot of the country for the winter season, and with the cold weather comes the toll it takes on our hair.  Sometimes it can seem like you just can’t win with your hair and protecting it from the cold weather.  Since the cold weather does put a lot of stress and vulnerability on your hair, it is important to maximize on the styles you put your hair into, to really get as much protection as you can from it.  If you’re not quite sure where to start, we’ve got you covered with styles that protect your main from the cold.

Add A Hat
Adding hats to a hair style that’s worn down and straight or curled is another one of our favorite styles that protect your mane from the cold.  The best part about adding a hat to your hairstyle is the fact that you’re REALLY protecting your hair from the weather elements.  If you don’t want to deal with your hair getting crazy from the wind, snow or rain throwing a hat on will protect your hair from all of those elements.  The bonus is that hats can come in a range of different styles, colors and textures so you have countless options and opportunities to wear a hat for a hairstyle that’s limitless and protects your hair all winter long.

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Low Ponytail Braids
The thing about the cold weather is it’s typically also joined by a lot of wind.  Wind tends to get our hair pretty crazy and in an enormous tangled bunch.  One of the best ways to protect your mane from the cold in a way that’s still cute and stylish is a low ponytail braid.  This way you’re able to get your hair all together, to eliminate the hair from being tossed around and getting knotted.  In addition, you’re able to really keep your hair from getting in the way and getting damaged when being rubbed against scarves and other layers you’re likely wearing.  The great part about this type of hair style is you’re able to really get different looks out of the same overall hair style concept.

Half Up Hair
We know you want to protect your hair, but don’t necessarily want to wear your hair completely back or with a hat all the time.  No worries, because rocking a half up/ half down hair style is also going to really do wonders for protecting your hair.  You’re getting the benefit or wearing some of your hair pinned back to avoid some of that craziness that can occur on the top layers of your hair.  It is important that if you’re wearing any of your hair down you’re going to want to make sure you’ve applied enough conditioner and moisturizing elements to your hair – this will help avoid some of the dryness in the air that so many of us encounter this time of year and help to avoid some of the tangles that we may get from wearing so many layers.


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Red, Green and Bold–Poison Ivy Hair and Makeup

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Poison ivy is one interesting comic book villain that’s really widely known.  And ladies, let’s be honest…we all were kind of fascinated by her bold red hair and green makeup looks.  There’s something about that red and green combination that’s always been kind of fun.  Not to mention, with the holiday season approaching it kind of feels like the perfect time to incorporate that color combination into our looks.  If you’ve been looking for a change in your look, this may be something for you to think about!  We’re chatting about red, green and bold – poison ivy hair and makeup.  If you’ve ever wanted to figure out a way to get a little poison ivy inspiration, this is it!

The Red Hair
Of course, if you’re really looking to achieve that poison ivy look, it means getting your hair to a red shade.  If you want to get a shade of red that’s not SUPER bold, you really can get the poison ivy vibes going with any shade of red in your hair.  Although, we’re all about embracing a bold red look because…why not?  Bold hair colors are totally on trend right now, so it’s the perfect opportunity to go for a bold hair color look.  Of course, make sure that however you go about getting your red hair you do so in a way that will keep your hair’s health at the top priority.  Regardless of your hair type or cut, you can rock some red hair with ease and you’re sure to have a bold look that brings out your poison ivy inspiration.

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The Green Makeup
Think green makeup has to be all or nothing?  You can get some green makeup looks in a subtle way…yes, you can even rock green makeup during the day!  It’s all about finding different ways of incorporating touches of green shadow into your eye makeup look in a way that works for you.  Just like the red hair, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing – you can go as subtle or bold as you want.  If you want to work in green shadow for a little poison ivy vibe, try going with neutral shades on your lid and just add a touch of green shadows to right under your lower lash line.  You’ll get the green vibe, in a way that really emphasizes your eyes, but it’s doable for any occasion.  If you want something a little more bold, try adding different shades of green to create a smokey eye look.  Instead of using the traditional brown or neutral shades replace them with green tones – it’s that easy!

Of course, regardless of how you choose to rock your red and green hair and makeup looks, it’s sure to make a statement.  It’s really up to you as to how much or what kind of statement you want to make with  your poison ivy inspired makeup and hair looks.

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Detangling Winter Hair

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Ahhh. those winter weather months, the wind, the rain, the snow…it really can put a major damper on your hair.  Not to mention all the tangles it can cause.  It often seems like between the weather and all the extra layers of clothes we have to wear during the winter months our hair has no chance of NOT getting tangled.  By now you know keeping your hair tangled is not any good for your hair, but you also probably know that just ripping out your tangles harshly can cause some major damage to your hair.  If you’ve been feeling like that’s the only option, you’re in the right place because we’re sharing our tips for detangling winter hair without damaging your hair.

Use The Right Tools
Like really anything else in life, it’s all about using the right tools to really maximize on the results you’re looking for.  When you’re detangling your hair this is NO exception.  The first rule of thumb when it comes to detangling your hair is to NOT use a brush…use a comb instead.  Preferably a wide toothed comb, there are even combs specifically made for detangling hair.  In addition, experts suggest really making sure that you’re using quality hair care products.  This means using a conditioner that conditions your hair in a really great way.  When your hair is conditioned and has moisture it’s less likely to develop tangles and if you do, they’re a lot less difficult to remove.

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Make Sure You’re Using Proper Methods
Just like it’s important to make sure that you have the right tools to properly detangle your hair, it’s crucial that you’re keeping your methods and techniques for removing tangles on point.  This means starting at the ends of your hair and working your way up.  Yep, it’s likely you’ve been trying to detangle your hair wrong this whole time if you’ve been starting at your scalp.  Of course, since it’s so important we have to mention again how important it is to make sure that your hair is well moisturized.  When your hair is dry it becomes brittle and frail which can lead to a lot of breakage.  When you’re going about the detangling process in your hair, it’s suggested to apply some additional moisture through a leave-in conditioner or something similar to really get your hair a lot of moisture so it makes your hair less stiff.  In addition, experts suggest not trying to detangle your hair when it’s wet.  Why?  Because when your hair is wet, it’s in a very vulnerable state, much more so than when it’s dry.  This is why you’re going to want to add a moisturizing product to your hair, since it’s wise to detangle when your hair is dry you don’t want it to be dry where it doesn’t have any moisture.

Of course we can’t forget to mention that anytime you’re detangling your hair the most important thing to keep in mind is to have patience.  When you get frustrated and just want to tear through the tangles is often when you develop breakage in your hair.  Stay patient and work through it slowly.


Holiday Hairstyles


The holiday season is quickly approaching (although, it’s kind of already in full swing).  Odds are you’ve started to get invited to different holiday events and you’ve been thinking about what you’re going to wear and how you’re going to look for the occasions.  There’s something about the holiday season that leaves us all wanting to look and feel extra special.  It’s the time of year where everything feels a little more glamorous and it’s okay to be a little over the top for certain events.  So naturally, you want to have holiday hairstyles which click with that, without having to feel like you’re spending hours doing your hair.  You’re in luck because there are a few holiday hairstyles that are easy and will look amazing at any holiday event.

Half Up Hairstyle
Before you roll your eyes thinking this isn’t anything new hang with us for a second.  For the holiday season, one of the really fun ways to make a half up hairstyle a bit more festive is by adding some fun accessories.  You can pin your hair back into a half up style in a higher pony style OR straight back for something a little more subtle.  Regardless, we’re suggesting to add a cute little bow to the look where you tie the rubber band.  Have fun with different bows, opting for red to really embrace the Christmas spirit or even a bow that’s got some glitter to it.  It’s a surefire way to take a typical hairstyle and make it into something that feels super fun for the holidays.

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The Side Pony Braid
Sure you’ve seen the traditional side ponytail braid, it’s a staple.  But we’re talking about switching things up a bit here.  There’s something about braids that instantly make any hairstyle feel a little more special.  For this holiday hairstyle, we’re talking about creating a French braid down one side of your hair starting from your part and then leading into a low ponytail.  You can have fun with different braiding techniques here, and lead the braid into a ponytail that’s got some volumized curls to really add to the holiday aspect of the hairstyle.

The Low Bun
Another one of our favorites for the holiday season has to be the low bun hairstyle.  Add some texture to your hair with some texturizing product and add some loose curls before getting started.  We also suggest leaving a few pieces around your face down to really frame your face.  Part your hair however you like and pin your hair back into a bun straight back or off to the side.  The less ‘perfect’ it is the better – it kind of adds to the effortlessness of the look.  If you want to make it a little more holiday inspired, add a glitter headband or even a pin to the look to add a little glitz and glam easily.