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Big Hair Makes Me Happy

Stylish woman with long hair

Ok ladies… big hair is officially back!  We’ve had a lot of the smoother, sleeker hair for a little while now but the big voluminous hair is back in action.  If you’re anything like us, you’re excited!  The only downside to big hair is actually achieving it in a gorgeous, voluminous way.  If you love big hair but you struggle styling it and actually get the big hair, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips to help you get big hair anytime you want.

Don’t Overdo It with Products
Since you’re trying to get big hair, you want to avoid your hair being weighed down too much by anything, product included.  So be light handed when applying hair product to your hair, and if possible use products that are naturally lightweight so you’re avoiding adding too much weight to your hair.  This doesn’t mean you’re going to want to avoid using product altogether, though.  In fact, there are some great products that can help you get the big hair you want.  Products like mousse and other items are even made with specific formulas to help give you a little added volume.

Dry Your Hair Strategically
If you’re more of an air drying type of girl, get a little added volume by using a claw clip to poof up your roots and the front of your hair while it air dries.  If you like using a hairdryer make sure that you don’t dry your hair straight down or pull your hair down too much while drying it.  Additionally, another way to get a little extra volume boost is to flip your hair upside down and dry your hair that way.  It will give you an extra little boost while you’re drying your hair.

Don’t Brush Too Much
One of the easiest and quickest ways to flatten out your hair from volume is to brush it, so avoid brushing too much while your hair is drying.  Most experts suggest not brushing your hair at all when it’s wet and you’re trying to achieve big hair.  Many say that using your hands and fingers to dry your hair with a hairdryer is best, and waiting until your hair has cooled off after drying before you actually use a brush.

Emphasize the Roots
Big hair is really accomplished by focusing on the roots of your hair.  There are a few ways to really get an extra boost of volume at the roots.  Using rollers at the roots or large curling irons are two really common and easy ways to get an extra volume boost.  So basically, use whichever one you’re more comfortable with.

Set it in Place
Finally, you’ve gone through all the work to get the volume in your hair so you’re certainly going to want to keep it that way.  Using hairspray and dry shampoo are the most popular, and according to expert’s best, products to keep your volume and big hair in place.

What tips do you have for big hair?

Woman with short hair

Adding a Little Bit of Drama

Woman with short hair

When it comes to our hair, women take it seriously.  It can be difficult deciding to go for the big chop with your hairstyle, but it can also be exactly what you need to revive your whole look.  Going for the big chop is a great way to add a little bit of drama to your hair and style.  If you’ve been considering going for the big chop, but can’t quite get yourself to go through with it, we’re sharing a few things to consider!

Consider the Maintenance Involved
Before going through with chopping your hair it’s really important for you to consider what maintenance might be involved with your desired chopped hairstyle.   Is the maintenance doable and realistic for you?  Since the chopped hairstyle is dramatic, it’s really important that you make sure you choose something that you will be able to maintain on a regular basis.  If it’s not something you think you can keep up with, consider another hairstyle that won’t be as out of your box and talk with your hairstylist.

Trust Your Hairstylist
Whenever you’re going with a dramatic hairstyle change it’s incredibly important that you go to a hairstylist that gets you, what you’re looking to achieve, and you feel comfortable with.  Since it is a dramatic cut, ensuring that your hairstylist fits the bill will help make sure you’re left with a result that you’re happy with.  Additionally, you want someone you’re comfortable asking questions to and really talking through the decision to go for the big chop.  A good hairstylist will advise of any adjustments they feel should be done, and styling tips to help make sure that you feel confident with your new hairstyle.

Think About Your Hairstyling Habits
If you’re someone who likes to tie your hair back in a ponytail or bun (or something similar) often, it may be worth thinking about how to make your big chop hairstyle work to fit those habits.  However, if you’re open to other ways of pulling your hair back with your new hairstyle it’s worth asking your hairstylist what he/she suggests as some ways to style your new chopped do.

Consider Your Hair Type and Face Shape
When choosing a chopped hairstyle and going for such a dramatic look, it’s really important that you’re considering your personal hair type and face shape.  While we all want to look like our favorite celebs and their chopped hairstyle, we don’t look exactly like them or have the same hair type.  So while it’s great to look for inspiration, make sure you’re remembering your personal features and willing to work with your hairstylist to come up with a chopped hairstyle that fits the look you love but also will work with your hair and face shape to best flatter YOU.

Ultimately, if you’ve been going back and forth with going for the big chop – go for it, girl!  Remember at the end of the day it’s hair, and it WILL grow back.

Will you be going for the big chop anytime soon?


Hairstyles Inspired by Broadway

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Broadway has always been known for its glitz and glam.  Going to Broadway on a trip to New York City is a must.  There’s something so fun and timeless about Broadway and going to the show.  Whether you go on a regular basis or not, attendees leave feeling a little more glamorous than they did upon arriving.  Who wouldn’t want to feel like a Broadway star in their daily lives?  Well so many women do, we’ve noticed some gorgeous hairstyles we think have been inspired by Broadway and we’re going to share what they are so you can get a little dose of Broadway in your life even when you’re not there!

Long Luscious Locks
After we cruised through countless images of Broadway shows we quickly realized many of the women on Broadway have long, curly hair while on stage.  Curls from tight to loose, but curls nonetheless.  We realized in hair trends, in general, it’s all about the long, curly hair this season (and the past couple).  Additionally, we noticed a lot of the women on Broadway have their long curly hair parted to the side – another common trend among the rest of women outside of Broadway.  While on Broadway it’s more about exaggerated hairstyles that can be seen from a distance, curls tend to be a really commonly used hairstyle.  If we’re honest, whenever we curl our hair we feel a little more glamorous.  So if you’re looking for a way to get a little Broadway-inspired hairstyle, add some curls!

Woman with a bob hairstyle

Blunt Bangs and Hair
Another common theme we noticed among some of the most popular Broadway shows like Hairspray and Chicago was the use of blunt bangs and haircuts.  Ironically (or not so ironically), there’s been a rise in the blunt bang and bob look making its way onto the scene the past couple of months.  There’s something so retro and chic about blunt straight across bangs and/or a blunt cut, that totally gives off the Broadway vibe even if you’re not actually on Broadway.  Even if you’re not ready to go with a full blunt bob haircut, you can get a little Broadway influence in your hair with a blunt bang.  We’ve been rocking the layered, textured side bangs and cuts for so long it’s refreshing to see a little more of a blunt style hitting the hair of ladies everywhere.  Plus, it’s a fun way to get a little Broadway vibe into your look.

Broadway is always a fun thing to attend, and while it always feels glamorous to go there’s also something very timeless about the musicals playing.  If you notice, the hairstyles inspired by Broadway really are timeless as well.  Curls and blunt cuts are always effortlessly chic, but find a way to feel updated at the same time.  Much like Broadway!  Although some of the shows on Broadway aren’t brand new, they always feel updated and glamorous no matter how long they’ve been around.

Do you have a favorite hairstyle you’ve seen in a Broadway show?


Flight Attendant Beauty Secrets

Flight attendant

Let’s face it, we’ve all thought and wondered how flight attendants keep their skin healthy when they travel all the time.  Those of us that don’t travel often, quickly face the struggles of extreme dryness that seem to attach our skin as we’re mid-air.  So how do these flight attendants do it?  We knew they all had to be following some sort of beauty secrets only flight attendants know about so we went on a search to find out what they are.  Sure enough, we found some great info on flight attendant beauty secrets and naturally we’re sharing them with you!

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
Since we all know flying in airplanes is incredibly dry, it seems like no matter how much you drink on the plane you feel super dry.  Your skin, hair, etc. all feels instantly dry upon take off.  Well since flight attendants are in the area ALL the time, they’ve likely had to come up with ways to fight the extreme dryness.  Naturally, moisturizing is a HUGE part of their beauty routine.  They don’t leave anything out when it comes to moisturizing either, from hair to face to hands no space is left without moisture.  This is important because not only does being consistent with really great moisturizing products help your skin, but it will help avoid your makeup from flaking off throughout the day.

Woman wearing red lipstick

Red Lips are an Instant Game Changer
Another consistency we noticed in our research was the mention of red lips.  If you notice when you’re flying most flight attendants do tend to keep their makeup looks natural, but they add the pop of the red lip.  The great thing about a bold lip, like the classic red lip, is that you can just have mascara and a little bronzer/blush on and when paired with a red lip you look instantly pulled together and gorgeous!  It’s a great way to keep your makeup look easy and quick, but not lack in professionalism or beauty.

Don’t Be Stingy with Water
As we said, flying tends to increase the feeling of dryness in your skin and body overall.  In addition, we’re all exposed to different elements and bacteria when traveling.  Flight attendants suggest and live by drinking a LOT of water.  It’s great to not only keep you from feeling extremely dry, but also giving your body what it needs to help keep it as healthy as possible.  Many things that we found with flight attendants talking about water is making sure not only that you’re just drinking during the flights but before and after as well.

Woman getting an exfoliation treatment

Exfoliate, Everything
Again, since your skin is exposed to different elements in the air flight attendants have found that exfoliating is a huge part in keeping the skin all over looking and feeling healthy.  Since flight attendants use their hands often, they’re sure not to skip exfoliating their hands.  It’s really all about making exfoliating an important factor in your beauty routine, don’t skip it!

So many of the beauty secrets of flight attendants are things we need to be doing on a regular basis.  What’s your must-know beauty secret?

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Controlling Your Short Summer Hair

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While most of us love the summer weather, our hair doesn’t always love it as much as we do.  You ladies know what we’re talking about…those days when your hair just seems to frizz or flop no matter how much time you spend doing it in the morning.  It’s frustrating, to say the very least.  Most of us get to the point where we don’t even bother trying to do anything with our hair during the summer because it just seems pointless.  However, we’ve come up with a few key tips to consider in controlling your short summer hair to help eliminate the frustration and help you enjoy your hair even in the summer!

Use Styling Product
If most of us are honest, we get a little lazy in the summer months and that laziness goes into our hair routine too.  We’re probably not applying our hair styling products because we feel like there’s no point.  However, during these months it’s especially important that we take the time to apply some hair product to our hair.  Especially if you want to prevent your hair from frizzing in the heat and humidity, you’ll want to look for a frizz-fighting type of serum or lotion to keep the frizz away.  Additionally, since you’re likely going to be outside more your hair is going to be exposed to the sun and heat more during the summer months.  So basically what we’re saying is don’t skip your hair product in the summer time, it’s SUPER important to help you control your hair and keep it healthy.

Make Sure You’re Conditioning
Like we said, you’re going to likely be in the heat and sun more often during the summer which can mean your hair can lose some of its natural oils and dry out quickly.  So to avoid that from happening it’s important that you add moisturizing and conditioning products to your hair consistently.  It will help keep your hair healthy and avoid damage.  A lot of times when your hair feels unruly it’s because it’s damaged and lacking moisture.  Adding in a conditioning mask on a fairly regular basis and not skipping the conditioner in the shower are great ways to help with this.

Be Gentle
We all have a tendency of being a little too rough on our hair, especially when we’re in and out of water during the summer.  But when our hair is wet it’s in a more vulnerable state, and more likely to be exposed to breakage and damage.  If you find yourself getting knots in your hair when you’re in and out of the pool or lake, instead of being rough and just brushing your hair use a wide toothed comb.  Remember not to just rip on your hair either, be gentle and work the knots out gentle to avoid causing damage.  The combination of water/chlorine and the sun/heat your hair is going through a lot already, use some conditioning or detangling products to keep your hair as healthy as possible.

What do you find works best for you and your hair in the summer months?

Woman brushing hair

The Real Deal About Hair Brushing

Woman brushing hair

OK, so we all grew up with our moms telling us to brush our hair all the time and we did it but as we got older we likely decreased the amount we actually sit down to brush our hair.  We do so many other things in regards to styling our hair and using different products and tools, but actually just brushing our hair tends to get lost in terms of its importance to our hair’s health.  We’re going to share some of the real deal tips on brushing your hair every day!  This is because, like anything else, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Don’t Forget Your Scalp
While brushing your hair is really important to your hair’s health, many hair experts suggest that massaging and brushing your scalp is just (if not more) important.  This is because massaging your scalp is great for stimulating hair growth, getting your hair follicles healthier, and amping up the blood flow in the scalp area.  These are all really important factors when it comes to your hair’s health.  So don’t just brush your actual hair, but also make sure you’re getting the scalp of your head too.

Don’t Over-Brush
You’ve probably heard about the old hair tip that you should be brushing your hair at least 100 times per day.  While most hair experts say that’s not true, because it’s actually too much, it is important to brush your hair a decent amount.  The big thing to consider is to make sure you’re not brushing your hair too much.  Doing so can cause damage to your hair, instead of the health that you’re looking to achieve.  So keep it at a happy medium place with brushing your hair – not too little but not too much.

Woman brushing wet hair

Don’t Brush Your Hair Wet
You may have heard this hair tip before, because it’s SUPER important to follow.  Brushing your hair when it’s wet can cause a lot of hair damage.  Because our hair is in a delicate state when it’s wet it’s easily affected by certain elements that can cause damage.  While we get you want to get any knots out with your hair freshly conditioned instead of using a brush, use a wide toothed comb to get any knots out and gently distribute the conditioner through your hair even more.  However, even with a comb, you want to make sure you’re being gentle on your hair and not just ripping through your wet hair with the comb.

The biggest thing hair experts suggest when brushing your hair is to make sure you’re being gentle.  We all have a tendency of getting a little too rough on our hair because we get in a rush and want to speed through as quickly as possible.  However, being too rough on our hair can cause damage that can take years for us to recover from.  So make sure you’re paying attention to how you’re brushing your hair, how often, and the state your hair is in when doing so.

What hair brushing tips have you realized work over the years?

Woman buying shampoo

Should You Switch It Up?

Woman buying shampoo

When it comes to hair care there are so many different products, tools, techniques, and more at our access today.  With all the different options and strategies it can be difficult knowing what’s true and what’s fiction.  There’s been a lot of chatter about the idea of switching your shampoo every now and then, the benefits it could have for your hair’s health and appearance.  All the chit chat has left us wondering if we really do need to be switching up our shampoo, so we did some research to find out.  What we found is experts suggest it is important to switch your shampoo on a fairly regular basis, but not because your hair is getting used to the formula you’re using (what most people state as the reason).  There are actually a lot of other reasons behind it and we’re sharing them with you now!

Your Hair Changed 
While for years women have said and believed we need to switch our shampoo because our hair gets used to the products, it’s actually because your hair changes.  So in other words, it’s not the shampoo it’s us!  But it’s a natural thing for our hair to change over time.

Seasonal Changes
Another reason switching shampoo is important is because of the changes in weather that happen throughout the year.  Just like our skin has different needs from summer to winter, our hair does too!  During the winter the weather tends to be more dry, so opting for a shampoo that’s big on moisturizing can be really helpful to your hair.  While on the flip side, during the summer we’re exposed to more humidity so a frizz control shampoo can be more beneficial during those months.  Consider the weather and choose a shampoo accordingly, note how your hair tends to react during those months of weather and adapt.

Health Changes
If you’ve gone through any sort of recent health change (either positively or negatively) it’s likely your hair has undergone some transition.  You know how they say, ‘you are what you eat’?  It’s because our diet and health can have a huge impact on our hair’s health (and skin’s health for that matter).  So if you’ve recently cleaned up your diet, you might notice your hair acting differently with your shampoo which could mean it’s time for a switch.  Additionally, if you’ve experienced any sort of hormonal changes like pregnancy or menopause it could also be having an effect on your hair and its reaction to your shampoo – so it’s time for a switch.

There are so many reasons why your hair could need a switch up in the shampoo department.  But the point is, it is important to switch you shampoo on a fairly regular basis.  Even the experts have said it’s true – so we better listen!  If you get to a point where you feel like your hair isn’t adapting to the shampoo quite like it was when you first got it, it could be a sign you have some hair changes going on and it’s time to switch it up!

Woman with short hair

You Need to go Shorter

Woman with short hair

A woman’s hair is a big part of her style and image.  It’s something that can boost her confidence, or cause it to feel negative.  Basically… we’re very influenced by the state of our hair.  And so many women get into a routine with their hair, once you find something that works you stick with it for years and years at a time.  It can be difficult to want to change it at all, because we also get so used to seeing ourselves look a certain way with our hair.  But switching things up can be really amazing, it can feel refreshing and exciting to make a change.  There’s always a debate among women whether shorter or longer hair is better, while it’s totally personal preference there are a ton of benefits to going shorter with your hair.  If you’ve been thinking about going shorter with your hair, we’re going to share some of the best benefits to it!

Less Maintenance
Let’s face it, the less hair you have the less time it takes styling it.  It’s much more practical than having super long hair because of its ease with styling.  And less time doing your hair leaves more time for you to do things you actually enjoy!

It Shows YOU
One really powerful thing about shorter hair is it puts more focus on you, we suddenly see YOU a little more than with longer hair.  Take ladies like Demi Moore who went ultra-short with her hair back in the day.  We always knew she was gorgeous but when she cut her hair shorter we all really took note at just how gorgeous she is.  With long hair, it’s easy to kind of hide behind it, and let the hair wear us.  But with short hair, it really shows off our facial features and just overall brings more attention to our face.

It Can Be Liberating
So many celebs that have cut their hair short after having long hair for so long, have said that they literally feel liberated after cutting their hair.  There’s something about cutting off a decent amount of length in your hair that leaves us feeling like we’re refreshed and we’re suddenly left feeling so much more empowered.  Even though it’s just a length change, it’s like we’re letting go of what was and moving forward to the next chapter in life.  This is probably why many women will cut their hair shorter after going through a life change of some kind.  It’s like a fresh start!

So many hair experts and women in general who have cut their hair shorter all say every woman needs to go short at least once in their lives.  It’s likely because of how empowering it truly can feel to go shorter with your hair.  And also because it’s worth experiencing at least one time, to see yourself with shorter hair just to see how you like it.

What do you think, will you be going shorter?

Woman with beautiful hair

Maintaining Light Hairlights

Woman with beautiful hair

There’s something about the summertime that makes so many of us want to lighten our hair color, for those of us that aren’t quite up to doing a full blonde look highlights are a nice and subtle way to lighten your hair color without it being too drastic of a change.  However, maintaining your hair color after you’ve colored it can be a challenge all in itself.  Naturally, whenever we color our hair we want to maintain it as long as possible so we’re not feeling like we need to head back to the salon every other week.  We’re going to share some of our must-know tips to maintaining your light hair color highlights this summer season.

Protect It from the Sun
The sun’s UV rays have a tendency of fading color, and that goes for light hair color as well.  Not only does the sun tend to fade your hair color, but it dries your hair which can lead to hair breakage and other factors that can cause your hair color not to last as long as you’d like.  So protecting your hair from the sun as much as possible is going to be key to maintaining the color you’ve chosen, especially in the summer months.  Doing things like wearing a hat or scarf over your hair when you’re outside can be really helpful, additionally, there are now even UV protection hair care products that can help you get some extra protection on your hair.

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Use Proper Hair Care Products
Using the right hair care products can be a crucial element to your hair color lasting.  Ask your stylist/colorist what products they suggest using for your chosen hair color, and actually use them!  Most hair experts suggest deep conditioning your hair regularly and using toning shampoos to help you maintain your hair’s health and color for an extended period of time.  Additionally, avoiding washing your hair every single day can also be a huge factor in maintaining your hair color.  Washing too often can strip your hair of its natural oils, and lead to the hair color fading quicker.  Instead, try a dry shampoo for between actual hair washes.  When you have a light hair color, make sure you use a dry shampoo that isn’t designed for darker hair!

Give Your Hair a Break
It can be easy for us to fall into the habit of using heated hair styling products daily, but it can also be really harsh on our hair.  Instead of using them every single day, find ways to minimize your hair being exposed to heat with heated styling tools and the sun.  It will help maintain your hair color and keep your hair from getting too much damage.

Maintaining your light hair color highlights is like so many other hair care tips in general, using the right products and making sure you’re taking the time to apply proper hair care techniques to your daily life.  If you want your light color highlights to last longer, make sure you apply these tips to your routine!

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Organizing Your Hair Station

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Getting ready in the morning, or before heading out for the night can take a while – especially if your area isn’t really organized.  We can all admit that when we’re more organized we can find things easier, quicker and ultimately spend less time trying to get things done.  Since getting ready takes us long enough, it’s probably time we put a little extra time and effort into organizing our hair stations to allow us to have more of a streamlined process to doing our hair.  We found a few fun and easy ways to organize your hair station to help you streamline your hair doing processes.

Heated Styling Tools
Finding a way to organize your heated hair styling tools can be tricky, we want to have them easily accessible so we’re not trying to unbury them just to use them but also don’t want them taking up a ton of counter space.  There are tons of different ways to get them organized without taking up a lot of space.  Some of the popular ways we found ladies are organizing these hair styling tools are by using bins to hang them on a wall or door, using hooks to hook them on a wall, door, or inside of a cabinet, and using little stands to place them in on top of your counter or under a cabinet.  Whatever option you choose, it’s important to try to find a way to group them together in a way that makes them easy to reach for and won’t have them or the cords tangled up.  Consider the space you’re working with when it comes to your hair station and plan accordingly.

Hair Accessories
Most of us are guilty of having hair ties and bobby pins scattered throughout our hair stations and bathrooms, leaving us forced to search every time we actually need to use one.  Instead of throwing your hair accessories wherever in your hair station they happen to land, set up an organization system for them.  Find little tins, boxes, whatever works for you to designate for every type of hair accessory.  Label them and place them somewhere where they’re easy to reach.  Keeping everything together will make it much easier for you to actually find them when you need them, and spending less time searching.

Keep it Together
Wherever you do your hair, is likely also where you do your makeup.  To keep you on an organized system it’s important to make sure everything is separate.  In other words, keep your hair tools and products together but separate from your makeup tools and products.  This will make it much easier to find what you need and not have to dig through unnecessary items in order to just get to what you’re actually looking for.  Utilizing labels, and different sections of space is an easy way to keep everything together, but separate.

There are so many fun and easy DIY ways to organize your hair station on sites like Pinterest.  It’s all about finding a system that works for YOU.  What ways have you found work well for organizing your hair station?