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Holiday Hairstyles

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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.

Mackenzie Foy at Intersteller premiere

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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.

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Five Things Your Stylists Wants You To Know

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Getting your hair cut can definitely be a process, and of course you’re putting a LOT of trust in the hairstylist you’ve chosen to do your hair.  While we don’t often think that much about getting our hair cut, we’ve found that there are five things your stylist wants you to know that you probably don’t know.  If you’re getting your haircut anytime soon, you’re going to want to keep reading to make sure you know what your stylist wants you to know…but may not actually tell you.

1. Don’t Make Your First Appointment With a New Stylist On a Saturday 
Wondering why?  Well, Saturdays are typically the busiest days for hairstylists, and if you’re seeing a new hairstylist for the first time you’re going to want to make sure that you have a little extra time to have some conversation about what you’re looking to get out of your haircut before actually getting started.  But scheduling that initial appointment on their busy day, doesn’t give them that time to really spend with you since odds are they’re pretty slammed with appointments

2. Odds Are They Offer Some Deals
While they may not always offer up the information, odds are, you can find some ways to save some money on your hair services.  More specifically, if you get your hair cut and  colored by the same hairstylist – many offer a discount when doing the services combined and it also eliminates some steps in between.

3. You Don’t Have To Have Short Hair Just Because You Have Thin Hair
There’s a common misconception going around with the ladies with thin hair thinking that they can only wear their hair in short hairstyles to get it to look right.  In fact, many ladies with thin hair only have short hair because of that factor (or because someone told them that’s the truth).  However, you don’t have to have short hair just because it’s thin – you can have long hair, we promise!  Talk to your hairstylist if you have thin hair and ask what other options there are that would work well with your hair type to get some variety in motion.

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4. Avoid saying “You Don’t Care” or “Do What You Want” 
This is a dreaded statement to make to your hairstylist, when you sit in their chair and tell them you don’t care what they do with your hair or to do whatever they want it can definitely put them in a weird position.  For starters, odds are you do know what you want and when they do something they want, it may not be in line with what you actually want for your hair.  In addition, they can’t read your mind!  Just tell them and have an open line of communication to make sure that you’re satisfied.

5. Don’t Put Styling Products In Your Hair Before The Cut
Some people suggest that washing your hair the night before your cut, and leaving it free of any hair styling products is the best option for you and your hairstylist.  This way they’re able to see the true texture of your hair and give you a cut and style that best fits your natural hair’s texture.

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Signs That Your Hair Is Suffering

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When it comes to our hair, we don’t often realize when it’s actually suffering.  We put our hair through so many different things on a daily basis, but actually understanding when it’s time to take some steps to help your hair from its suffering isn’t often a thought.  We’re not judging, you don’t know what you don’t know!  Which is why we’re here and always excited to share with you beauty tips to make sure that you’re informed and fully prepared if/when it happens to you.  We’re sharing some of the signs that your hair is suffering to help you keep these in mind for yourself moving forward.

Your Hair Isn’t Quite As Shiny As You Would Like
You probably didn’t realize that how shiny your hair is, is a direct reflection of your hair’s health state.  But it is!  This is a super common sign to take note of, if you’ve noticed that your hair has lost a lot of its natural shine and is looking really dull in appearance it’s a definite sign that your hair is currently suffering.  Many experts actually say that when your hair begins to lose a lot of its shine, it’s the result of too much product build up on your hair, start tapering back on the amount of product you’re using on your hair and do a deep conditioning treatment to really get your hair a good cleanse to start fresh.

Your Hair Is Really Dry
Your hair should naturally be moisturized and full of body, but when you start to experience a lot of dryness in your hair, it’s a definite sign that your hair’s struggling a bit.  Dry hair can be the result of a lot of different things, from overuse of heated hair styling tools to dying your hair a few too many times to not being fully hydrated yourself.  If you have noticed that your hair is really dry, it’s time to take a step back and consider what could be the biggest cause of the dry hair.

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Your Hair Has A Lot Of Split Ends
If you can grab a small chunk of hair anywhere on your head and see a great deal of split ends easily, it’s a major indication that your hair is suffering.  Many experts say that split ends are a sign that your hair is damaged and suffering.  It’s not just enough to go get a haircut to eliminate the split ends, but it’s also important to consider why your hair has a lot of damage in it.  Similar to the dryness in hair, it could be a number of different factors that are causing this to happen in your hair.

Your Hair Is Shedding A Lot
While some shedding of your hair is normal, we all shed a certain amount with our hair.  If you notice that you’re experiencing an increased amount of shedding, that’s a definite sign of hair suffering.  Typically, when experiencing a lot of shedding in your hair, it’s because your hair has become too weak.

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Curling Iron Tips and Tricks

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Curling irons seem like they would be pretty straightforward hair styling tools to use.  But if you’ve actually used a curling iron, you know it’s not always as straightforward as we often hope.  Most ladies get frustrated when it comes to using curling irons… how do those hairstylists make it seem so simple?  And how do they achieve curls and hairstyles that look SO much better than what we can do at home?  We’re sharing some of our favorite curling iron tips and tricks to help you have a better understanding of how to use this incredible hair styling tool in the way that experts do – which will help you accomplish those gorgeous looks.

Consider the Heat Setting
All heat settings are not created equal, just like we don’t all have the same type of hair.  Experts suggest choosing curling irons that have adjustable heat settings, so that you’re really able to adjust the heat setting according to your hair type.  It’s suggested that if you have fine and thin hair, you should be using a lower heat setting.  Since you have finer hair, it can be more vulnerable to heat damage if the setting is too high.  While if you have thicker, coarser hair you can use a higher heat setting.  It’s suggested that you notice how your hair cooperates with different heat settings to really find a setting that works with your hair type.

The Way You Wrap Your Hair around the Wand will Impact the Kind of Curls You Get
Not only is the size of the curling iron important to helping you achieve the types of curls you want, but also the way you actually wrap your hair around the wand does.  Wrapping your hair around the curling iron in the traditional way will give you a basic curl shape, while twisting the hair, then wrapping it around the wand will give you more of a twisted curl shape.  If you want to achieve a more textured wavy look, start with the traditional way and then as you get to the ends apply the twisted method.

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The Size of the Iron Determines the Size of the Curl
If you’ve been trying to achieve those beachy waves you see your favorite celebs rocking, but just can’t seem to get the curl shape right, it could be because of the size iron you’re using.  One of the biggest tips from the experts when it comes to creating a curled hairstyle is that you need to use a curling iron that’s consistent with the size curls you want to create.  If you want to create big, beachy waves, you don’t want to use a skinny curling iron and vice versa.

Also, keep in mind that before even getting started with using a curling iron of any kind at any heat setting your hair should be COMPLETELY dry.  If you used a hair dryer to dry your hair, make sure that your hair is cooled from the dryer before applying more heat to your hair.

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Repairing Damage Caused By Bleaching

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If you’ve colored your hair significantly lighter or gone to a drastic color change, it’s likely your hair has undergone some bleaching treatment to it.  Bleaching has long been known as a hair coloring technique that can be quite damaging if not done properly.  Of course, there are always exceptions, but it’s important to know that it’s not uncommon to experience damage from bleaching.  If you’re currently struggling with some damage, we’re sharing some tips for repairing damage caused by bleaching.  It’s not something that you just have to live with when it comes to your hair, and fortunately we have some great tips to help get your hair back on track.

Get Moisture Back In The Hair
Bleach is a treatment that essentially strips your hair of its color, stripping the natural oils in your hair along with it.  This is why many people who do bleach their hair find that their hair looks and feels pretty dry and brittle.  Dry hair is vulnerable to breakage and damage, it’s really important to keep and get as much moisture in your hair as possible.  So when you’ve experienced damage caused by bleach, it’s going to be crucial to get moisture back into the hair.  One of the best ways to do this is to step up your conditioning game.  Applying deep conditioning treatments regularly is going to be incredibly helpful to really getting a, well…deep condition in your hair.  In addition to getting into a routine with a deep conditioning treatment, some experts suggest also applying a leave-in conditioner to your hair on a daily basis.  The two of these combined, of course with also adding in a great conditioner when you wash your hair, is going to be incredibly helpful in getting a lot of moisture back into your hair to repair a lot of that damage naturally.

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Trim Your Hair
Many of us (ladies especially) are a little guilty of slacking on getting our hair cut on a regular basis.  But if you’re experiencing a lot of damage from bleaching your hair, it’s advised by many experts to get into a routine of getting your hair trimmed more regularly.  The reason being is by getting your hair trimmed on a regular basis when you have damaged hair is you’re able to eliminate a lot of the damage and weight from your hair, giving your hair some relief from the damage.

Use Quality Products
Of course we can’t forget to mention that when your hair is damaged, it’s especially important to make sure that you’re using quality hair care products.  Look for products that contain proteins in them to help with damaged hair and split ends that you may have.  While using quality products is important, don’t forget that it’s just as important to make sure that you’re using products that are designed to suit your hair type.

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A Guide To Hair Styling Products

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When it comes to using hair styling products, odds are, you know they can make a major difference in how your hairstyle comes out but with so many different product options and choices it can be difficult to determine what products you should actually be using.  We get it, taking a walk down a beauty aisle in a store will prove that there are more options than many of us really know what to do with.  And if you’re like most women (and men!), you probably tried one product and just stuck with it because the others feel like they’re foreign territory.  We’re sharing a guide to hair styling products so you’re more informed as to what to use… when.

Hairspray
Probably one of the most commonly used hair styling products is hairspray, likely because it’s really great for pretty much any type of hairstyle and hair type you’re working with.  If you’re creating a hairstyle that you want to hold, and not weigh hair down too much hairspray is a great option.  The important thing to remember is that when using hairspray you shouldn’t spray TOO closely to your hair as you can end up with a big clump of hairspray in one spot rather than it being evenly distributed.

Gel
Gel products kind of got a bad rap in the 90’s when it was all about the crusty, crunchy hairstyles with men and women.  But the truth is, gel doesn’t HAVE to make your hair that crispy, crunchy style when used properly.  The reason you may get that look is because you’ve used TOO much product.  Gel is best used for adding more texture to your hair, and to helping hair stay in a very structured way.  Experts typically suggest that gel works best with shorter hair.  While it’s great to use for creating structured hairstyles, it’s also great to hold curls in place (generally shorter curls are best with this) and even for taming flyaway pieces.  Many suggest that if you have fine or very flat hair to avoid gels as they have a tendency of weighing hair down in weight.

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Shine Product
If you feel like your hair is lacking that gorgeous shine you see your favorite celebs with, adding a shine product can be an easy way to add shine to your hair.  There isn’t a specific hair type that can or can’t use it, but it’s suggested to make sure you’re only using a small amount of shine product when applying it.  Shine products are great to create that shine finish to your hair, and also been found to eliminate a lot of static that you may be experiencing in your hair.

Mousse
We don’t often hear of people using mousse when styling their hair, but it can be a really great product to use to create more volume in your hair.  Curly, fine and flat hair tends to do really well with mousse because of its abilities to create volume.  It’s lightweight so it won’t weigh hair down, but make sure you just use a small amount and then blow dry your hair to get the best benefits from it.

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Styling 2nd or 3rd Day Hair

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You’ve probably heard the news by now that washing your hair every day isn’t actually the most ideal thing for your hair’s health.  In case you haven’t, it’s not that great to wash your hair daily (regardless of what you were told growing up) because washing it actually strips your hair of its natural oils and can cause your hair to become more dry and brittle.  Ok, now that we’ve established that we’ve realized that while we’ve told you not to be washing your hair daily we haven’t given you any styling tips!  So we’re sharing styling 2nd and 3rd day hair like a pro – because there are some great hairstyles that you can trick everyone into thinking you’ve JUST washed your hair, even if you haven’t.

The Undone Updo
Another fun and easy hairstyle to try for 2nd and 3rd day hair is the undone up-do.  Up-do’s, especially for your daytime looks, are much more chic and relaxed when they’re a bit undone.  Which is also perfect to achieve when you’re working with hair that wasn’t just washed.  Additionally, the undone up-do’s tend to work well with 2nd or 3rd day hair because your hair has more texture to really give you a unique look and an effortless style.  Try a messy top knot or even a messy ponytail style – whatever suits your style and hair the best.

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Go For A Side Braid
Typically, side braids don’t tend to hold quite as well with freshly washed hair because the hair tends to be more slippery.  But if you’re on 2nd or 3rd day hair, it’s a great go-to hairstyle that actually looks and works out better when done on hair that hasn’t just been washed.  Some experts suggest actually switching up your part for this hairstyle, from something different than you had the day before to give your roots a tad of volume and it also helps to give the oils in your hair a more even distribution.  The great part about side braids is they don’t have to be perfect, and in fact they’re more fun when they’re not.  Typically, a side braid is best if you wore your hair straight and down the day before but it works well if you had wavy hair as well.

Don’t Forget The Little Tricks
When it comes to styling 2nd and 3rd day hair you’re typically going to do things slightly different than you do after you’ve just washed your hair.  Most prominently, experts suggest enlisting in a quality dry shampoo.  Dry shampoos are great to absorb some of the oil that may be at the roots of your hair, and keep them from looking greasy.  In addition, since your hair will have more oil it’s likely that your roots won’t have quite as much volume as normal.  One way to fix that is to tease the roots of your hair when you’re styling your hair on the 2nd or 3rd day.  It doesn’t need to be a lot, but a little teasing can really bring your hair back to life.

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Hairstyles That Look Great With Scarves

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When it comes to wearing scarves, they’re great accessories to add to your hairstyles when the weather starts to get a little gross out.  They’re perfect for ‘hiding’ a bad hair day, but really turning that bad hair day around so that it doesn’t look like you’re having anything other than a great hair day.  Talk about magic, right?  We know that many of you love the look of wearing scarves, but may not be quite sure HOW to wear them.  So we’re sharing hairstyles that look great with scarves, to give you a little inspiration and some ideas so you can rock a scarf the next time you feel like your hair just isn’t working with you.

Hair Down
Whether you have short or long hair, wearing your hair down is always a fun option and pretty low maintenance.  But you probably feel like your hair looks the same all the time if you wear your hair down often, looking for ways to switch it up that doesn’t take a lot of time is crucial.  Because we know you don’t want to spend hours doing your hair before heading into work in the morning.  The great news is you can easily tie in a silk scarf like a headband to any hairstyle/hair length when your hair is down.  You can tie the headband so that the tie portion is under your hair, or tie it where it’s like a bow/knot at the top of your hair.  Either way you’re sure to make a statement, and not add any stress to your morning routine in the process.

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To a Ponytail/Bun
Another easy go-to hairstyle is the high ponytail or bun look.  It’s great for those days when it may ran or you’re on 2 day hair after a wash.  One super easy and fun way to wear a scarf to really switch up your ponytail or bun hairstyle is to actually tie the scarf around the base of the bun/ponytail and then proceed to tie it in a bow.  It really adds a unique look to your ponytail or bun instantly, and really took just a few seconds to achieve.

Cover More Of Your Hair
While wearing and using scarves like a headband of sorts is super fun and an instant change to any hairstyle, we know you also want some other ideas.  One of our other favorite ways to wear scarves is when the hair is worn down and the scarf is tied over the head (to cover the entire top of your head) and tied either in the back or the front.  It’s a great way to get more of the design of your scarf to show AND it’s perfect if you’re really struggling to pull your hair together to look good that day.  Since the majority of your hair is covered by the scarf, you don’t have to worry about it!

Of course, there are a ton of other ways to wear hairstyles with scarves – but these are just a few of our favorites!

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These Hairstyles Could Damage Your Long Tresses

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If you’re a long haired beauty you know that having long tresses requires something completely different than short tresses.  That being said, there are also certain hairstyles that could be doing your hair more harm than you realize.  You know by now, that here at Lionesse we’re all about keeping your hair just as healthy as it is gorgeous.  And really to have those gorgeous long tresses that you want, you have to make sure that you’re keeping your hair’s health a priority.  You know we’re also all about keeping you informed and knowledgeable so without further ado, these hairstyles could damage your long tresses…

Wearing The Same Ponytail All The Time
Look, we get it.  Sometimes when you have long hair you just want it out of the way so throwing it up in a ponytail is an easy option.  We’re not saying you can’t wear your hair back when you’re heading out to the gym, or for a run, or even during your daily life every so often.  But it is advised that you don’t wear your hair in the same type of ponytail hairstyle every single day.  The reason being is when you do wear your hair in the same ponytail too often it can start to cause a lot of damage to your hair.  Often times, when you have long hair, it’s pretty heavy, and can cause a lot of stress on your scalp.  In addition, where you wear the rubber band tying your hair back can begin to cause your hair to have a lot of breakage when worn in the same area too often.

Wet Hairstyles
If you have long tresses, it’s likely that drying your hair with a hair dryer can be a task all its own.  So we get that it’s easy to want to just throw your wet locks up into a bun or ponytail to let it air dry.  The problem with that is when our hair is wet, it’s in an incredibly fragile state, so then adding the weight of your hair and tying it back into a rubber band is NOT helping your hair in any way.

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Braids That Are Too Tight
Listen, we’re ALL about braids and rocking braids in fun different ways.  However, there can be risks involved with braids if they’re not done with your long tresses in mind.  The thing about braids, is similar to ponytails when you have long hair, it’s a lot of added weight to the hairstyle.  The weight isn’t the single problem, though.  It’s when you create braided hairstyles that are too tight that cause problems with your long tresses.  When you wear braids that are too tight it puts a lot of stress on your scalp and can do damage to the hair follicles, the tightness plus the weight really can wreak havoc on your hair’s health.  In fact, some experts suggest that wearing braids that are too tight, too often can actually lead to hair loss occurring.  Again, it’s not that you can’t wear braids and we think you should totally try this trend out!  It’s about making sure that you’re not creating braids that are super tight and causing too much stress on your scalp.

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Be Cautious With At-Home Hair Treatments

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While we’re all about doing as much as you can yourself when it comes to your beauty routine, we’re also all about making sure that you’re doing these things in a way that will ensure that you are doing them safely.  The truth is, you need to really be cautious with at-home hair treatments.  While many of the at-home hair treatments have been designed specifically for at-home use (obviously), it’s also really important that you know a few things before you go about using them because if they’re not done properly they can do quite a bit of damage to you and your hair.

Chemicals Are Chemicals
While most at-home hair treatments aren’t usually quite as strong as the professional grade options, they’re still made with chemicals.  If you’re considering an at-home hair relaxer it’s important to realize that there are chemicals used in this process, even the at-home treatments.  Many professionals are able to do test strands with relaxing products to make sure that your hair will adapt to the chemicals ok, but when doing this process at home you’re not able to do that in the same way.  Really make sure that you’re comfortable with the at-home product that you choose, and as professionals for their opinions before diving into an option you choose to use for your at-home treatment.

Read ALL The Directions
At-home hair dyes have been around for a while, there are so many different brands and options it can seem like an easier and more cost effective option than heading into the salon to get your hair colored.  But the truth is, coloring your hair is much more than just placing hair color on your hair and rinsing it off.  If you’re thinking about using at home hair dyes, it’s crucial that you read ALL the directions before doing anything.  So many things can go wrong when it comes to at-home hair dyes, it’s not worth risking anything.  However, many suggest that if you’re looking to achieve a hair color trend that’s more complex like ombre or highlights, it’s best to seek the help of a professional to make sure that your hair is done properly and the health of your hair is maintained.

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Watch The Heat
When it comes to using at-home treatment products like hair dryers and other items, we have to get real about the severity of problems that can be caused if you use these tools improperly.  Heat can be incredibly damaging to your hair and scalp.  If you ever feel like when you’re drying your hair your scalp gets uncomfortably hot or you notice that your hair becomes dry and brittle it can be because the heat setting is too high.  Many people tend to get themselves in trouble with these at-home treatments because they have the heat settings too high and are in a hurry to get their hair done so they can get out the door.  Take your time, and remember that the risks of damaging your hair and scalp aren’t worth being in a rush for.

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