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How Often Should You Replace Your Irons

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So you style your hair on a regular basis, right?  If you do, you’re likely using some sort of iron whether it’s a flat iron or curling iron chances are you’re using something to help style your hair the way that you want.  We often hear about cleaning and replacing things related to our makeup, but not often is it we hear of experts talking about replacing hair irons or how to clean them or care for them.  If you’re like us, you were a little confused or just thought those steps weren’t necessary with these types of items.  Well, we’re sharing how often you should replace your irons so you’re fully informed moving forward.

First things first, the most common factor that comes into play with replacing your irons is how often you actually use them.  If you’ve had an iron for a couple years but just used it a couple times you’re not necessarily going to need to replace it just because you’ve had it for a while.  There are different factors that play into damaging your irons and causing you to need to replace them.  How often you use them is the first thing, but also if you dye or color your hair – that can play a role in damaging your irons as well, in addition if you use your irons while your hair is wet vs. dry that can also factor into damage.  Essentially, your actual hair and how often you use your irons play major roles in how damaged your irons can become leading you to need to replace them.

If you’re not sure if you need to replace your irons, there are some things to look for that can show that the irons have damage to them.  The first thing to notice is how quickly your iron(s) take to actually heat up.  If they start to take a long time to heat (more than before) it can be an indication that your iron has damage to it.  In addition, if you find you have to continue to rise the temperature setting of your iron(s) that’s another sign of damage a lot of times.  Finally, if you find that your iron(s) aren’t giving you the look that you want (straight or curly) without needing to continuously run the iron through your hair over and over that’s often another sign that iron has damage to it.

If you find that your irons have some of these indications, it’s suggested that you start to look for another iron replacement.  When you continue to use an iron that has damage, it can then start to cause damage to your hair.  Since we know you don’t want that, it’s best to get that replacement on deck.  So really, there’s no hard answer when it comes to how often you should replace your irons, it depends on a lot of factors that are pretty personal and dependent upon the use/user.

Do you find you have to replace your irons every so often?

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You Can Crimp Like Ariana

woman with crimped hair outdoors

Ariana Grande has jumped onto the pop scene and brought the crimped hair look back!  If you remember the early 2000’s crimping was pretty popular thanks to the celebs that were up and coming then.  It’s fun to see it making an appearance again, it’s such a fun and funky hair look and really isn’t that difficult to achieve.  Crimped hairstyles often look like they’re difficult or may even seem like it’s impossible to actually have done on your own hair.  Since Ariana is making crimping fun again, we’re going to share how you can crimp like Ariana.

Prepping your hair
Just like with any hair styling that you do to your hair, you’re going to want to make sure you prep your hair properly.  Prepping your hair helps to ensure that you keep its health a top priority and allows you to minimize damage done to the hair.  Washing your hair with a quality shampoo and conditioner is a great place to start, and of course be gentle on your damp hair as it’s in a very sensitive state while wet.  Once you’ve done that, applying a heat protection product is going to really keep your hair safe and healthy moving forward to the crimping style.  You’re going to want to start with dry hair, since crimping does require a bit of heated hair styling letting your hair air dry as much as possible can be a great way to keep it healthy as well as using a cooler setting on your hair dryer.

Choose your crimping technique
As you may have guessed, there’s more than one way to achieve crimped hair.  Naturally, you can purchase an actual crimping iron – they’re similar to a straightener but have a different surface that goes against your hair to create the crimps.  Additionally, using a very small straightener and holding it in place for a few seconds on the hair and moving it in a back and forth motion is another way to create crimps.  But if you’re not really about either of those options, there’s actually a way for your to achieve crimped hair without any additional heated hair styling.  Curious?  Braids are the answer!  You know how whenever you wear your hair in braids and take them out to go to bed you have those gorgeous crimped locks?  Well, how about doing it on purpose!  The great part of using braids to achieve crimped hair is you’re able to create a completely customized look, depending on how loose or tight you want the crimping done.  If you want very tight crimps you’ll put a bunch of small braids in your hair, if you want something a little looser try doing two pigtail French braids.  It’s really up to you.  Another bonus is you can actually do the braids right after you prep your hair, and head to bed with them in – wake up to crimped hair!

What do you think of the crimped hairstyle?  Will you be giving it a try this season?

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Using Vintage Accessories To Style Your Hair

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Styling your hair can be one of those things that you get into a rut with, let’s face it we can lose a little inspiration at times.  Ever feel like you wear your hair the same way all the time?  We’ve all been there, girl!  But with the start of a new season approaching us we were feeling antsy and eager to find some new ideas to styling hair, and wanted to share them with you of course!  Using vintage accessories to style your hair is a fun and unique way to switch things up, and have a hairstyle that looks completely different from everyone else.

One of our favorites (and probably easiest to work with) is vintage hair pins, it seems to be one of those hair accessories that was popular among  many different cultures and time periods so there’s a LOT of variety.  The great part about pins, is you’re really able to use them in countless ways with your hair.  Styling your hair back in a messy bun and adding a vintage hair pin to the side is an instant change and/or update.  It doesn’t have to be a really complicated hairstyle, because the pin is going to do a lot of the work as far as switching up your hair’s vibe.  Another fun and easy idea for styling your hair with vintage hair pins is simply pinning your hair back in a half up style, again the pin is going to add the unique element and help you feel like you’ve created an entirely different look.

Another easy and user friendly hair accessory that’s pretty popular among the vintage options available.  Headbands have ranged from the traditional headband look, to more scarf like headbands.  Regardless of the style headband, most of them have a ton of amazing details to them and allow you to easily style your hair using them to create a completely unique look.  Personally, we love keeping hair simple with headbands with hair down straight or curly and letting the headband slip in easily to create an effortless look that’s gorgeous.  If you want something a little different adding a headband to a low messy bun hairstyle is another fan favorite, and talk about easy styling.

Our favorite part of using hair accessories, especially when they’re vintage is the fact that they’re super easy to use.  You don’t need to have a complicated hairstyle, but they still add a look that makes the hairstyle look complicated – fun little hair hack for ya!  Looking online for inspiration, you’ll likely find that many hairstyles that are represented styling vintage hair accessories are done so on pretty easy and timeless hairstyles.  It’s not about creating a very extravagant hairstyle but rather just switching up your typical hairstyles by adding a fun hair accessory.  When the hair accessories are vintage they add an even more unique element to your look because they’re just so different than the hair accessories that we have available today.


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Caring For Your Irons While You Travel

woman standing by suitcaseTraveling is one of the fun adventures in life, but it definitely comes with a unique set of obstacles in terms of packing your things.  Whether you’re a regular traveler or not, packing tends to be one of the biggest stressors when it comes to traveling.  Figuring out how to fit as much as you can into  a bag, and also packing in a way that all of your belongings stay in tip top shape is no easy task – especially when it comes to your hair care items.  Typically the most expensive hair care items we have in our collection are our irons, logically we want to make sure we care for them properly when we travel.  Since there isn’t a lot of information on caring for your irons while you travel, we thought we would share some of our favorite tips to help you out!

Consider the size 
The great thing about the world we live in today is there’s no shortage of options, especially when it comes to irons and beauty products.  There are a TON of different sizes in all sorts of irons now, even a bunch that are made specifically for traveling.  When you are traveling, we suggest considering the size of the irons that you’re taking with you in relation to the space that you have in your suitcase.  Trying to cram a large sized curling iron or straightener into a tiny carry-on might not be the best use of space, and it can lead to your irons breaking potentially.  Instead of trying to cram one of your irons in your bag, look for irons that you still like to use and find work well with your hair but won’t leave you stuffing your bag to make the room.  Even if it’s not necessarily a travel sized iron, there are so many different sizes you’re sure to find something that works.

Protect your flat iron 
Once you have your decision of what iron you want to travel with, we also suggest you think about protecting it.  Since there is a major chance that your bags will get thrown around and you’re probably shoving as much into your bag as possible your iron can get caught on things and really be put through the ringer.  We love getting some sort of cover for our irons to travel with, and don’t worry you have options.  Many companies make actual covers and things for you to store irons in, which are great because they’ve been made specifically for protecting and covering irons.  Regardless of what you decide to use to protect and cover your iron(s) make sure it’s something that will truly protect them and ease the blow as your bags make their way with you to your destination.

In addition to those tips, we suggest cleaning your irons before and after a trip – this way you don’t have to worry about doing it on your trip and can use them knowing they’re not going to cause any damage to your hair from being dirty.

What tips to you swear by when it comes to caring for your irons while you travel?

Girl frustrated with hair

No More Tress Stress


It’s no secret, many of us put a LOT of stress on our hair from day-to-day.  It’s not that we do it on purpose, it’s just a matter of what our daily hair habits tend to consist of.  If you really think about it between coloring hair and styling it with heated hair styling tools regularly our tresses are really put to the test.  If you’re in a place with your hair where you feel like it’s been put through the ringer as far as stress is concerned, we’re sharing some tips to help get you on track and accomplish no more tress stress.

Get into Healthier Hair Habits
Ok, let’s be honest here… we’re not all following those healthy hair tips we hear about so often.  But when you reach a point with your hair where it’s really not that healthy, it’s time to take them more seriously.  One of the main suggestions from the experts with hair habits is NOT washing your hair daily.  This holds especially true if your hair is under a lot of stress.  Instead of washing your hair daily, it’s said that you should aim for every other day at the most.  This allows your hair to go through a healing process and not be stripped of the natural oils on the daily.  It’s not just about minimizing your hair washing, but also actually adding in hair masks and special repairing treatments to your routine.  So many of us just skip over those products thinking they’re not really that important, but they can do wonders for repairing and keeping your hair healthy.  Use them to your advantage!

Style Your Hair with Caution
We get it, you’re in a hurry to do your hair and don’t really want to take more time doing it than you have to.  But the thing is, when we get into too much of a hurry, we put safe hairstyling practices on the backburner.  Minimizing the amount of days a week you actually use heated hairstyling tools is going to be a big one for easing up on the stress of your tresses.  Not just cutting back with how often, but also easing up on the temperature levels.  Using heat protection products is going to be another life saver here, because heated hairstyling can do some serious damage to your hair.  In addition to taking note of how often and how you’re actually using heated styling tools, start to take note of how and when you’re brushing your hair.  Brushing your hair when it’s damp or wet can wreak havoc on it.  Step away from the brushes and stick with a wide toothed comb for wet hair, and even then remember that your hair is in an extremely vulnerable state when it’s wet so be cautious and handle with care.

As the Pros
We’re all about saving money how and where you can, but unfortunately trying to do hair color and other serious hair changes to your hair at home can cause a lot of damage.  Instead, head to get the help of a professional who will be sure to use products and techniques that are going to save your hair from any additional stress.

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Boosting The Shine in Dry, Brittle Hair

Girl with shining hair outdoors

As the summer months wind down, you may be noticing your hair took a bigger toll than you thought and realize your hair is looking a little dry.  Regardless of the reason, having dry, brittle hair isn’t fun for anyone.  But knowing the steps to take to get the shine back into your hair can be intimidating.  Naturally, since we’re all about making things easier for you we’re sharing some tips on boosting the shine for dry, brittle hair to help you get those gorgeous locks you’ve been wanting forever.

  • Get the right products – If you’re dealing with very dry and brittle hair you’re going to need to enlist the help of professional products.  Using products like deep conditioning treatments or masks can do wonders for situations like these.  In addition, many experts suggest using leave-in conditioners as well.  Regardless of your product of choice, it’s advised that you do choose at least one route to help you get your hair shiny.  Since your hair is dry and brittle, part of getting the shine back is going to mean repairing your hair AND getting some hydration back in.  Both of which can be helped by using special hair care products – so why not use them!  This also means using special hair care products when you style your hair with heat, they’ll protect your hair and boost the shine.
  • Stick with it – It’s easy to get into a routine with hair care products, but find yourself drifting off and letting it slip through the cracks.  But if you really want to get your hair from dry and brittle to shiny and luscious you’re going to need to stick with it and maintain consistency.  The more consistent and routine, you are about applying deep conditioning products and using high quality products, the better chance your hair will have to repair itself and get to a place where it’s going to be shiny for a longer term.
  • Leave it to the pros – It’s been found that while there are a ton of at home hair color products available now, because at-home users don’t have the formula education many women deal with dry hair as a result of use.  Instead of trying to go the at-home route with your hair color, leave it to the professionals and go to a trusted professional to get your hair color done.  The pros have all the techniques and products necessary to make sure your hair is maintaining (or getting) its shine and not causing any more dryness of the hair.

In addition to all these tips, it’s important that you stick with healthy hair habits.  This means avoiding washing your hair everyday – this is especially important when you have dry brittle hair.  So limit the amount you’re washing your hair as it strips it of its natural oils and can have a negative effect on your hair.  And of course try not to overdo it with the heated hair styling, even when you’re cautious it’s best to use as minimally as possible.

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What to Eat for Beautiful Hair

Woman looking in her cell phone while eating in a restaurant

Lately, it seems like the saying ‘you are what you eat’ is becoming more and more realistic.  Experts keep talking about how much of a relationship there is between our diets and skin, nails, and hair.  It’s pretty safe to say that most women (and men) want to have beautiful hair.  So many of us spend hundreds, and thousands of dollars every year on hair care products and getting our hair done to try to achieve beautiful hair.  But what if we told you, you could eat certain foods that could have a major impact on your hair’s appearance?  Well, believe it!

Protein for Hair?!
We always hear about eating more protein if you’re looking to change your body’s appearance, but you probably didn’t think it also had an impact on your hair’s appearance!  Experts have discovered that incorporating more lean sources of protein into your diet can help prevent your hair from becoming brittle and dealing with a lot of hair breakage.  Well, you know protein is great for helping to build strong muscles in the body?  Basically, it helps build strong hair.  Bingo!  One of the biggest attributes to having gorgeous hair is maintaining its strength and preventing any damage from occurring, which is why protein is so beneficial to getting beautiful hair you desire.

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Green Foods 
You’ve probably heard some of your friends or acquaintances talking about green smoothies and eating/drinking green foods.  Well, it’s not just a trend it’s actually got some serious benefits to it.  Experts have found that incorporating more green foods into your diet can have a huge benefit to creating healthy hair.  Green foods like broccoli, spinach and other leafy greens are full of incredible vitamins that do wonders for the hair.  The good news is these foods are easy to incorporate and have benefits for more than just your hair – go get you some greens into your diet and watch your hair soar in health!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
In recent years, there’s been more and more evidence to show the benefits of incorporating more omega-3’s into your diet from heart health to…scalp health?!  Yep!  Omega-3’s have been found to be incredibly beneficial to creating a healthy scalp.  In case you’re not sure how this relates to beautiful hair, experts always say that your scalp’s health has a DIRECT impact on your hair’s health.  So basically if you don’t have a healthy scalp it’s going to be really difficult to have healthy, beautiful hair.  They just go hand in hand.

There are some other suggested foods to eat to achieve beautiful hair, but we wanted to start you off with the basics that are locked and loaded with some powerful benefits for your hair.  There’s a lot more of a relationship between your hair’s health and appearance and what you eat than you may realize.  Try incorporating some of these foods into your diet and take note on what changes you start to see occurring in your hair’s beauty.

Have you experienced beautiful hair after incorporating certain foods?

Beautiful women with voluminous hair.

Rules For Choosing & Styling A Half Wig

Beautiful women with voluminous hair.

The use of extensions and wigs has quickly grown to become more accepted and considered by women in recent years.  Prior adding faux hair to your natural hair wasn’t something that was as openly discussed or accepted for that matter.  We don’t know about you, but we love that so many women are openly embracing the use of wigs and extensions – hey, why not?!  Even more recently there’s been some rising popularity around half wigs.  Naturally, there are a few rules for choosing and styling half wigs if you’re considering adapting this hair trend.

If you’re not familiar with what a half wig is, they’re created to give wearers more volume and/or length to their hair in a really quick way.  Typically they’re made with heat –resistant faux hair that allows you to style the hair freely without having to worry about damaging your own hair.  Additionally, they’re great if you’ve dealt with any hair loss and want/need to give your natural hair a bit of a break.  There are countless different options when it comes to half wigs when it comes to choosing a half wig that’s right for you. It’s important to consider what you plan on doing with the wig in terms of any hair styling and of course the color options.  Since it is a wig, you want to either get as close as you can to your natural hair or color it yourself/by a professional if you can’t get the perfect match.

When it comes to styling your half wig, before inserting it into your hair it’s suggested that you blow dry your hair and it is COMPLETELY dry.  Adding a little volumizing product is advised in this process.  Once you’ve done that, it’s time to actually insert the half wig.  Experts suggest applying the half wig in a zig-zag type of pattern to make sure it’s really locked into your natural hair.  Essentially, you insert it similar to a headband accept going from the back of your head forward instead of the opposite.

Now to create a more natural look with your half wig, it’s important to create a more blended look between your natural hair and the wig.  To do this, teasing your hair at the roots and near where the half wig has been placed is a huge key step.  Bringing a small amount of your natural hair over the comb portion of the half wig is also a great trick to masking that area of the wig and creating a more blended look.  Adding little hair accessories like a headband can also be an easy way to detract from the half wig comb until you get used to the technique of applying the wig to look natural.

All in all, it does take a bit of practice and patience when it comes to choosing and styling a half wig.  The good news is, they’re one of the easiest faux hairstyles to try out and totally doable for the average at-home user!

Have you ever tried a half wig?  If not, would you?

Women at the beach with a beachy wave hairstyle.

Unexpected Ways To Style Your Hair With A Flat Iron

Women at the beach with a beachy wave hairstyle.

Avid flat iron user?  If you are you’ve probably stuck to using your flat iron in the more traditional sense…like to straighten your hair.  However, you’d be surprised at how many different and unexpected ways you can actually use a flat iron other than the typical straightening technique.  Thanks to so many amazing hair experts, we’ve discovered some of those unexpected ways to use a flat iron.  After all, why just use a flat iron for one type of hairstyle?  We’re all about versatility!

Crimping Your Hair
Probably didn’t expect us to say you could use a flat iron to CRIMP your hair, huh?  Well, you totally can!  In order to get a subtle, crimped hairstyle with a flat iron you first need to start with straight hair. Once you have straight hair as a base, starting at the root place the flat iron at the root of your hair and hold it.  While the flat iron is at the root of a piece of hair keep it in place and rotate your wrist up and down slowly and then sliding the straightener down to the bottom of the hair.  Repeating this process until you work your way down your hair, you’ll be left with a subtle crimped hairstyle.

Beachy Waves
We get it, the name of a flat iron has flat in it and here we are telling you to create waves with it.  But that’s the great thing about hairstyling tools like these, they have so many different uses them if you just think outside the box!  Essentially, you can use a flat iron like a curling iron.  All you do is grab a small section of hair and wrap your hair around the flat iron.   Most experts suggest continuously moving the flat iron as you twist the hair around it to create a more relaxed curl.  To really add to the beachy vibe of the hairstyle you can then straighten the ends of the hair.

Give Hair Chalk A Color Boost
If you’re interested in hair chalk and getting some temporary bright color into your hair, you may be shocked to discover a flat iron can help with that.  After applying hair chalk coloring to your hair, simply go over the hair and colored area with a flat iron.  Doing this will actually make the color a lot more distinct and help to actually lock in the color a bit better.  Experts have said running over hair chalk with a flat iron can even help make it look like the color was done professionally!  Pretty awesome, right?

Now in terms of creating curls with a flat iron, there are countless different types of curls you can create – but we’re all about the beachy waves right now.  The thing is, realizing that your hairstyling tools are capable of helping you achieve so many different hairstyle techniques then you may think.  It just takes some experimentation and willingness to think outside the box.

Have you ever styled your hair with a flat iron in an unexpected way?

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How Is It Possible To Straighten Tight Curls?

Women straightening her hair.

If you’re a curly-haired lady you’ve probably felt frustrated, or even discouraged, when trying to straighten your hair.  It can feel like an impossible task that just can’t be achieved unless you’re a professional.  But at Lionesse we’re all about sharing beauty tips that help to make things easier and doable for the average woman (or man).  There are a few key steps and tips to consider if you’re interested in straightening tight curls.  If you’ve been thinking…how is it possible to straighten tight curls?  Then keep reading, girl because we’re sharing the deets!

Prep Your Hair
Before you start ANYTHING with a flat iron or any other heated styling tool, you’ve got to prep your hair.  Naturally, shampoo and condition your hair (may seem obvious, but we wanted to cover our bases).  Once you’ve done that, add some heat protectant product to your hair.  Heat protectant product is super important to maintain your hair’s health as you do put it under quite a bit of heat moving forward to the straightening process.

Drying Your Hair
Since you’ve already showered and prepped your hair, it’s time to blow dry your hair.  When you have tight curls and you’re looking to achieve straight hair, blow drying your hair is going to be a little different.  First, create sections in your hair starting with leaving just the hair at the nape of the neck down and pinning the upper layers up.  Using a wide bristled brush, begin blow drying your hair pointing the blow dryer down to further emphasize straightening the hair.  Basically, you’re going to want to get your hair as straight as possible with your blow dryer.  Some experts suggest alternating the blow dryer’s heat settings from cool to warm to avoid damaging or putting too much stress on your hair from a lot of heat.

Straightening Time
Once you’ve completed that blow drying process and dried ALL of your hair completely, allow it to cool for a bit.  After your hair has cooled from blow drying, section your hair again like you did for the blow drying process.  Creating sections is going to help you have more control over the straightening process, because now you’re going to go through your hair with a flat iron over the sections.  Typically, those with curly hair need to have the flat iron at a higher heat setting to really lock in and emphasize the straightness – this could take a little practice and trial to figure out what heat setting is best for your hair.  Additionally, it’s suggested that you follow the straightener with a comb – meaning as you straighten pieces of your hair use a comb to go through it right behind the flat iron.  This will help emphasize and really lock in the straight hair.

Once you’ve done that on all your hair simply finish with a smoothing haircare product and you’re done!  Most importantly, don’t rush through the process and make sure you’re not overheating your hair.

Do you have any tricks to straightening tight curls?