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Keeping it All Together with Hairspray

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We know hairspray is great for holding hair in place, but did you know it can actually be used for things other than hair?  Well, it can!  There have been a lot of images and articles floating around the internet talking about how hairspray can be used in so many different ways.  You probably never even thought about using hairspray for anything other than, well… your hair.  But after we share a few of our favorite hairspray uses, you’re going to think of hairspray in a whole new way – guaranteed!

Use it for Tights/ Pantyhose
Seriously!  You’re probably thinking, how or why would I use hairspray on my tights?  Many women have actually found that spraying the toe/seam area of a new pair of tights and pantyhose can strengthen the threads of the garments aiding in them lasting you much longer and preventing them from running.  Additionally, if you get a run in your tights or hose, spray some hairspray on it as soon as possible – it will help prevent the run from getting worse.

Remove Lipstick and Ink Stains on Clothes
Again, you probably didn’t ever think of hairspray as a removal product.  But according to Reader’s Digest, many people have found that if you get lipstick or ink on a garment spraying it with hairspray and letting it sit for a few minutes will get the stain off easily.  Once you remove the stain you’re able to wash the garment as you would normally – how awesome is that?!

Elongate Your Shoe Shine
If you, or the men in your life, have ever gotten a shoe shine it’s always a debate as to how long the shine will last.  Well…if you want the shoe shine to last even longer spray the shoes with a light coat of hairspray to hold the shine in place a bit longer.

Hold Clothes in Place
If you find that a dress or garment keeps riding up and becomes bothersome, trying spraying your skin and the garment with hairspray.  It’s been found to keep the garment in place and preventing it from moving around too much.  This also goes for shapewear!  Don’t you just hate when your shapewear rolls down or moves around under your clothes?  We do too.  So instead of continuing to fuss with it, spray the shapewear and your skin with a bit of hairspray and prepare to be amazed!

Remove Lint or Hair from Clothes
If you don’t have a lint roller handy you can make your own version of a lint roller with hairspray.  Simply spray some hairspray on a washcloth and/ or paper towel and begin to pat the towel/ cloth over your clothes – it will pick up the little pieces leaving your clothes lint and hair free.

Did you think you could use hairspray for all these uses?  We didn’t either, but WOW!  It’s amazing what a product many of us use daily has the capability to do.  We’re going to be looking at our hairspray in a whole new way from now on – how about you?

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Creating a Dancer’s Hair Kit

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Dancers are known for their flawless makeup and hair when performing.  Regardless of the type of dance, they’re always decked out and looking flawless.  One popular thing that can be helpful for competitive dancers is to acquire a hair kit.  A hair kit is filled with hair items that will help the dancer to achieve all her necessary hair looks throughout any competitive dance day.  Since many competition days are jam packed with different outfit changes and dances, the last thing you want to worry about is if you have enough bobby pins or the right hair care items to do your quick changes.  We all know being prepared and organized is incredibly helpful in every area of our lives, and well that doesn’t change with a dancer’s hair needs!  We’re sharing a few things to consider when creating your own dancer hair kit.

Pack the Essentials
You’re going to want to make sure you have plenty of the hair care essentials.  Items like elastic bands and bobby pins are a give-in, so make sure that your hair kit is stocked with plenty of these.  Additionally, you’re going to want to be sure you have plenty of hairspray.  If you’re an experienced dancer you’ve probably experimented with plenty of different hairspray formulations, pack your favorite formula and make sure to keep refills on hand at home so you can restock easily.

Hair Accessories
Most dancers have additional accessories for their hair looks.  Once you know whatever accessories you need for your dances, add them right into your hair kit.  It’s important to keep all your hair items together, so every time you wear them, make it a habit to put them back into your hair kit after use so that you always know where they are.  This goes for any pins, headbands, or bun shapers – anything that’s an accessory or something that you’re adding to your hair.

Again once you know what hair looks you’re going to need to achieve for your dances, get the proper tools and add them to your hair kit.  When creating a hair kit, even if you have the tools it’s not a bad idea to purchase another one to have just for your kit.  This way everything is together all the time and you’re less likely to forget something when it’s a habit to put it back into your kit or always have it there.

Have an Organizer
Since you’re creating a hair kit, you’re going to want something to carry all of these items around with you in an organized way.  Find a tote bag or bin of some kind that’s easy to carry, but allows you to store everything in a very organized manner.  This will not only make it easy to organize, but easy to carry.

Anytime you’re creating a hair kit or beauty kit of any kind, it’s important to first list out everything you need prior to creating it.  Once you have your list it’s easier to make sure you have everything necessary.  Being organized takes a lot of stress off your shoulders, so you’re able to instead focus on your dancing!

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Styling with Bobby Pins

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Bobby pins are a beauty tool that actually have countless uses, however, most of us continue to utilize them in the same couple of ways.  Because of their incredible versatility we wanted to get you thinking outside the box with your bobby pin use, so we’re breaking down a few of our must-know styling tips to using bobby pins differently.

You’ve Probably Been Using Them Wrong
Maybe you’ve seen the images floating around on Pinterest and Facebook, but maybe you haven’t.  There are a ton of images going around sharing that many of us have actually been using bobby pins the wrong way this whole time.  You’ve probably been putting your bobby pins in with the wavy side facing up (away from your scalp). Well… the wavy side is actually supposed to be against your scalp!  Shocked as we were?  Because the wavy side has more texture the bobby pins are less likely to move around and more likely to stay put!

Spray the Bobby Pin
Feel like your bobby pins just don’t stay in place?  Even if you put the wavy side down?  Many hair experts suggest spraying the actual bobby pin before you insert it into your hair.  Most hairstylists suggest spraying the pins with a dry shampoo, hair spray, or texturizing spray to help the bobby pin have a little extra holding ability.

Use Them to Get a Perky Ponytail
Ever wonder how celebs have those gorgeous perky ponytails but when you try to achieve it your ponytail is less than perky?  The trick is using bobby pins to hold the ponytail up!  Achieve this look by pulling your hair back into a ponytail then flipping the ponytail over and securing bobby pins facing towards the crown of your head through the elastic band.  This adds some of the height and keeps your hair in place.

Lock the Pins In
Many hairstylists suggest ‘locking’ the bobby pins into your hair to ensure they stay put.  To use this locking method you point the open end of the bobby pin against the direction of your hair, then place a bobby pin facing the same direction as your hair.  Placing bobby pins in this way should also result in not being able to see the actual pins in your hair.

There are many other ways to use bobby pins, the capabilities of these pins really are limitless!  Because of their versatility many hairstylists use them in ‘hidden’ ways to style hair.  Additionally, the fact that you’re able to get bobby pins in colors that closely match the color of your hair they can go completely unnoticed!  Talk about a win-win, right?  Often times the biggest struggle with bobby pins is keeping them in place, but with these expert-approved tips, you’re sure to be able to style your hair with bobby pins in a way that keeps them in place all day long.  Say goodbye to bobby pin frustration and hello to hair in place!

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From Fine and Frizzy to Fabulous

As temperatures rise, those with fine and frizzy hair start to dread the humidity.  While most of us love the warmer weather, our hair doesn’t always love it the same.  Having fine and frizzy hair can be a challenge to styling it and getting gorgeous locks you’re in love with.  However, it is totally possible!  We’re sharing a few of our must-know tips for our fine + frizzy ladies to help you have fabulous hair this season.

Don’t Wash Everyday
Washing your hair eliminates the natural oils in your hair, which are naturally great for fighting frizz.  So don’t wash your hair every single day, instead, allow the natural oils in your hair stay.  It’s recommended to wash every couple of days instead of daily when you’re dealing with frizzy hair.

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Be Careful While Drying
Being too rough with a towel to dry your hair can cause more frizz, instead of using a regular towel try a microfiber towel instead.  Be gentle on your hair, when you have frizzy hair naturally it’s especially crucial to be as gentle as possible.

Protect Your Hair
When you deal with hair that tends to frizz easily, it’s incredibly important to protect your hair before doing any type of heat styling.  While it’s important for every hair type, it’s even more crucial for those that have fine and frizzy hair.  When you have fine hair, your hair tends to be on the delicate side so protecting is as much as possible is helpful.

Weekly Treatment
While many people suggest doing a hair mask weekly, when you have fine AND frizzy hair it’s suggested to use a hot oil treatment instead.  This is because the hot oil treatments aren’t as heavy as a mask, but helps to strengthen your hair and prevent frizz from occurring.

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Use Hair Product
Many of us often skip using any hair products with our hair, but when you’re dealing with frizz you really need to make sure to apply the right products.  Many experts suggest using an anti-frizz product.  When you have fine hair, it’s important not to use a product that’s too heavy but instead using products that are more serum or water based.

Finishing Touch
Adding a finishing spray like a light shine spray is a great way to complete your look and set your help, often helping to prevent frizz from happening over time.

If you’re a fine + frizzy haired beauty, there are definitely ways for you to achieve a hairstyle that you want!  Every hair type has their own needs, understanding what things to look for and avoid for your hair type is a great way for you to cater to your specific hair’s necessities much easier.  In turn, allowing you to achieve a hairstyle that you’re excited about and love!

What do you think of these fine + frizzy hair care tips?  Will you be giving any of these a try?


Prince Gave Us Diamonds and Pearls


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Prince was a true icon that changed the music industry forever.  His music touched people, he broke down barriers and had a way of bringing different styles of music together.  Prince undoubtedly had hit after hit in the 80’s leading into the 90’s.  His lyrics and music were different than anything done before, sharing his spiritual side, thoughts on sexuality, and bringing music to a whole new level.  In 1991, Prince released his 13th album, Diamonds and Pearls.  It was his first album with his band, The New Power Generation.”

The album, Diamonds & Pearls, was filled with songs that were definitely out-of-the-box.  The names of the tracks alone weren’t expected.  But then again, when it came to Prince we never really knew what to expect from him and his work.  He was always making a splash on the scene, leaving many people shocked, confused, but more so intrigued.  Although his lyrics and the names of the songs were on the shocking side, it’s said that the underlying theme of Diamonds and Pearls was love.

Prince wasn’t afraid to do things differently.  Although he often dressed in a way that was more stereotypically feminine, his lyrics and the way he lived his life was anything but.  His album, Diamonds & Pearls was definitely pushing the boundaries in relationship to talking about sex and sexuality like we really hadn’t heard before that.  With song names like “Get Off” and “Cream” there was a lot of underlying tone behind his songs and the theme of the album.

Prince himself was quite private, so there isn’t a lot stating where he actually got his inspiration from when it came to his music.  It is clear, that he took inspiration from his own personal views and way of life.  He had a different outlook on things like spirituality, veganism, and sexuality.  We do know that Prince wanted to be different from the other extremely popular musical artist that were popular around the same time, and he definitely differentiated himself.  Between the way he dressed and wore makeup to his extremely sexual lyrics and song names – he really was the complete opposite of Michael Jackson and the other bands/artists that were raising the scene when Princes was.

Although Diamonds and Pearls was completely different than anything we had heard before, it’s comes as no surprise that the album produced major hit singles.  It seems to be a theme that was common in Prince’s career.  He set to do things unlike anyone else and although they may have been topics or things that weren’t generally accepted, people were drawn to his work.  Showing that we really are drawn to things that aren’t the ‘norm’ and want to experience and be around things and people that are breaking barriers and making statements.

What do you think of Prince’s career, and most specifically his Diamonds and Pearls album?

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Straightening Hair with Tight Curls

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If you have naturally, tight curly hair you know it can be difficult straightening your hair.  It can be even more difficult to straighten curly hair without causing insane amounts of damage to your natural hair.  But although it may seem next to impossible to straighten your hair at home without causing damage and seeing real results – it’s totally possible!  In fact, we’re sharing a few of our favorite tips for getting straight hair for the curly haired beauties.

Prep Your Hair
It’s really important to start off with hair that’s been properly prepped to be straightened.  Showering with shampoo and a straightening/smoothing conditioner is a really great place to start, this way as you’re washing your hair your hair is getting prepped to be straightened.  If you can, let your hair air dry to towel dry as much as possible, this helps avoid as much heated styling as possible.  Add some straightening product to your freshly washed and damp hair.  Once your hair is mostly dried, go through with a round brush to straighten your hair a tad.  Many experts suggest rotating from warm to cool setting on your hair dryer to avoid your hair getting too heated.

Straighten in Sections
Straightening your hair in sections can help you make sure you get your entire head straightened and avoid trying to straighten too much hair at a time.  Use a clip to pull up your hair, leaving a small section at the nape of your neck down.  Start the straightening process by repeating the process of bringing down a small section of hair from the clip at a time and straightening just that section.  When you have curly hair just doing small sections at a time can help you have more control over the hair you’re straightening and really allow you to get the hair fully straightened.

Set Your Straight
Once you’ve straightened all of your hair, you’re going to want to use a product to hold the straight in place – especially since you have naturally curly hair.  This will help your hair hold the straightened style much longer, help your hair’s health, and help give you an overall straighter and more polished look.  It’s recommended to use a serum or spray that has silicone to help hold the shape of your hair.

Unfortunately, there’s no one product or technique that will give you that straight style you’ve been eyeing for years.  However, with a combination of a few different factors you’re definitely able to achieve a straight-haired look without over damaging your hair.  It’s important to keep your hair’s health in mind, so it’s really not advised to go through this entire process of straightening your hair like this daily.  Keep it to a minimum, and be sure to give your hair a break from heated styling every once in a while.

If you have curly hair, what tips or tricks have you found work best for achieving a gorgeous straight hair?

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Eccentric Form

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It’s no secret Lady Gaga is known for her eccentric style, including her hair.  From the minute she stepped onto the scene, she had us all wanting to know who she was and what her story was.  She continued to leave us speechless every time she stepped onto the red carpet in a new, eccentric look.  As we saw more of her, it became fun to see what she was going to do with her hair/ wigs this time.  Not many people or celebrities have the courage to step onto a red carpet in looks that eccentric.  But Lady Gag did it with ease and excitement.  We’re taking a look back at some of her most memorable eccentric looks over the years.

Where it All Started
It was in 2008 when Lady Gaga first turned heads with her long hair that was accented with hair in a bow shape.  Women and girls have been trying to recreate the hair bow ever since.

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Button Hair 
Yes, that’s right a button!  In 2009, Lady Gaga stepped out with an over-the-top sized button with hair wrapped around it.  It was definitely unlike any hairstyle we had seen before, but as always Gaga wore it with pride and grace.

Blunt Crop and Bangs
Again in 2009, Gaga came out with a new album and graced the cover of the album with another over-the-top hairstyle.  This time, she had a short, blunt haircut that flared out at the bottom with blunt full bangs.

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Mellow Yellow
While 2009 was a big year for Gaga and her hair, she kept it going into 2010 when she arrived at the Grammy awards with bright yellow hair.  Prior to this she mostly stuck to her signature platinum blonde hair.  Adding in the bold yellow was definitely a shock!

Silver Locks
Later Lady Gaga went for another shocking color change with gray locks.  She kept the gray for a bit.

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Meat + Blue
Oh the infamous meat dress, no Lady Gaga list would be complete without the mention of this look.  While her outfit was definitely eccentric, she didn’t hold back with her hair for this look either.  Opting for long platinum blond locks and the ends a bright blue hue, accenting it with a slab of meat – it’s a look that will be remembered for years to come.

The list can continue on and on, it’s easy to see she’s not a woman who’s afraid to experiment when it comes to her hair or the use of wigs.  She loves the over-the-top shocking looks, many of which can only be achieved with the use of wigs.  Lady Gaga is an incredibly creative individual, her use of color, style and wig changes all show that she brings her creativity into every area of her life.  There haven’t been many celebrities that have been as embraced for their eccentric style as Lady Gaga has.  Since her earlier years, she has started to tone things down a bit but we never know what she’ll step out in next!

Do you have a favorite eccentric Lady Gaga hairstyle?

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Rainbow Hued Hair

Rainbow and galaxy inspired hair has been a trend that’s sweeping the nation (and social media) by storm.  With the continued popularity of sci-fi genre movies and TV shows it’s not surprising that hair trends are adapting inspiration from the sci-fi world.  The popularity of the Star Wars franchise continues to skyrocket, and we’ve had new sci-fi movies join the roster (like The Martian).  So, how have these sci-fi thrillers influenced hair?  We’re going to break it down a bit.

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Galaxy Theme
It’s true, girls (and guys) are getting inspiration for their hair color from the actual galaxy.  There are a ton of side-by-side pictures floating on social media with a picture of the galaxy next to the hair that was colored as inspiration from the picture.  While it may seem out of this world (pun intended) to think that we’re getting inspiration from the galaxy, it’s actually reality!  The gorgeous purple, pink, and blue tones that are found in images of the galaxy look incredible when applied to hair.  Both men and women are adapting this trend and the outcome is magnificent.

Space Cadets
With the continued rise in popularity of sci-fi thrillers like the movie The Martian and everlasting popularity of Star Wars, it’s really no surprise that so many people are feeling inspired by these movies and looking for ways to adapt what they see in these shows and movies into their lives.  It’s typical for us to get trends and inspiration from movies and celebrities, it just hasn’t been often that those movies and shows take place in space – but it seems to be working out for some great inspiration!

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Celebrating the Unique
What’s interesting about sci-fi shows and movies is the storylines aren’t your typical storylines.  They’re a little out there (again, pun intended), but that’s often what draws people to enjoying them so much.  The different ideas and experiences are celebrated in the sci-fi genre.  Thinking that way, it’s no wonder people are feeling more comfortable trying to dye their hair in something that may not be traditional.  The influence of the sci-fi world may even be helping people want to celebrate being unique and different themselves.  Take Princess Leia and her infamous buns for example.  Not your normal hairstyle, but it’s continuously celebrated and mimicked time and time again.

The rainbow-hued hair is definitely a new look for so many people, it’s fun to see how celebrated this trend is.  Even more exciting is the fact that we’re gaining inspiration from different sources.  Who would have thought we’d be gaining hair inspiration from outer space?  Or sci-fi influences?  Well, we may not have expected it, but the outcome sure is great and it will definitely be memorable.  It’s highly unlikely that we’ll be forgetting the rainbow (otherwise known as galaxy) hued hair anytime soon.  But to think we’ve already gone to outer space for inspiration…what’s next?

What do you think of the rainbow-hued hair trend that’s sweeping across social media?  Would you give it a try?

Princess Leia

Being Princess Leia

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It’s safe to say Princess Leia was the breakout super girl in the Star Wars series.  Princess Leia played a huge role in the movies, showing us all the girls can most definitely play a huge role in the war.  The fictional character paved the way for other super girls to follow after the Star Wars series came out.  While Princess Leia is an icon (to say the least), we thought we’d take a look at what we’ve learned from Princess Leia over the years.

You Can Accomplish Anything You Want
In the movie series Leia set some records like becoming the youngest Senator, among other incredible things.  Despite being raised to do things one way, it didn’t stop her from doing what she felt she needed to do to stay true to herself.  She set forth in accomplishing what she wanted to accomplish, often regardless of what others may have thought or told her to do.  Additionally, as she was held as a slave to Jabba during the movie she did her best to believe that there was a way out of the situation.

Princesses Don’t Have to Wear Crowns 
Although Princess Leia is well… a princess, she wasn’t prancing around in crowns and dripping in jewels constantly.  Because she was a different kind of a princess, the kind of princess that wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and be a part of the fight during a war.  Most all of her outfits throughout the series were pretty simple and easy.  Of course, she had a little more fun with her hair.  Instead of wearing the traditional princess crown we think of, she had fun hair styles she rocked out – probably more functional when you’re busy fighting a war!  Regardless, just because she didn’t wear a crown didn’t mean she wasn’t a princess.  She was a princess, just not your average princess – which is what makes her so unique and…Princess Leia-like.

Princesses can be Tough
We know Princess Leia wasn’t your average princess, especially since she wasn’t afraid to get in the mix during fights.  It’s empowering and fun to see a Princess that isn’t afraid to be one with the guys and show them what she’s got.  Instead of sitting on the sidelines, she showed us what girl power is really all about.

Princess Leia showed us so many amazing lessons of being a super girl throughout the Star Wars series.  It really comes to no surprise that she left a legacy and lasting impression on those that followed the popular series.  No matter which of these ‘lessons’ you resonate with most from Princess Leia, we can’t deny she’s a princess unlike any other we’ve seen grace the big screen.

What do you think makes Princess Leia different and memorable?

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Galaxy Hair

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The past couple of years have been full of different hair color trends and techniques.  From ombre to bright colors to color block, we’ve seen it all.  Until galaxy hair came onto the scene, that is!  The galaxy hair trend has been exploding on social media.  The inspiration for this hair trend?  The galaxy!  Girls (and guys) are coloring their hair in a wide range of different colors to look like photos found of the galaxy.  Mind blown yet?  The trend is out of this world (pun intended).  While it’s not the easiest hair look to maintain, it’s absolutely stunning.  We’re breaking down a few of the galaxy hair attributes.

Since the galaxy hair trend is a multi-tonal look, it’s made up of multiple colors.  Most often, galaxy hair is made up of shades of purple, blue, pink, and green sometimes with a little silver weaved throughout.  You can choose what colors you like best, of course, these are just the most commonly used colors.  Since galaxy hair is made to mimic… the galaxy, most people take inspiration from images of the galaxy that include these colors.  Since the colors are blended throughout the hair, the combination of the colors results in your hair looking like a flawless galaxy of locks.

Naturally, there are multiple ways of achieving the galaxy hair trend and both men and women are getting on board!  Some people are having the galaxy look over their entire head of hair, while others just do the ends of their hair to achieve more of a colorful ombre type of look.  Whichever way you choose, you’re bound to turn heads and have gorgeous colorful hair.

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With galaxy hair being made up of a stunning combination of out-of-this-world colors, styling the hair results in an outrageously gorgeous outcome.  There are countless images flying around Instagram and Pinterest with girls that have styled their galaxy hair in braids.  Braiding galaxy hair isn’t like braiding the typical hair.  The mixture of colors takes the braids to a WHOLE new level.  Those that have galaxy hair have shown the internet how much fun you can have styling it!  Whether you’ve done a simple French braid or a braided headband, something about braids with galaxy hair is leaving us all in awe.  This is definitely a hair color trend that leaves the many styling options open.

It’s safe to say that galaxy hair is space-worthy.  Who would have thought we would be getting hair color inspiration from the galaxy?  Well, it’s lucky we did because it’s giving people an awe-worthy outcome.  If you’re considering embracing the galaxy hair trend, it’s worth doing some internet browsing of galaxy pictures.  That’s pictures of the actual galaxy, anyways.  You’ll probably find a lot of side-by-side images of galaxy hair next to pictures of their galaxy inspired images.  Warning: the comparisons are insane!  But getting some inspiration will help you narrow down colors you’re most interested in including for your own galaxy hairstyle.  Don’t forget to play around with braids if you decide to try this hair trend – the results will be Instagram-worthy!

Will you be trying the galaxy hair trend?