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Stretch Your Blonde Through The Summer

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Blonde for the summer? There’s something about blonde locks during the summer…it never gets old! Lighter, brighter color hair seems to be the theme every time summer rolls around. If you’re like many, you took to hair color to achieve that gorgeously blonde hue in your hair for the summer season. Fortunately, there are incredible hair colorists that can help us all achieve a natural looking blonde color. The real trick, really, is to stretch your blonde through the summer. You feel us on this one, don’t you? Getting as much time out of your blonde color is a common goal for anyone who color treats their hair. To help you make your blonde last through the rest of the summer, we’re sharing our tips on helping to make your hair color last longer.

Get Serious About Moisturizing
Here’s the deal…the more moisturized your hair is, the longer your hair is able to hold onto the color. When your hair becomes dry it tends to become brittle and dull which is often what leads to color fading a lot quicker than you’d like. Adding a deep conditioning treatment into your routine is necessary, if you haven’t already. In addition to a deep conditioning treatment, try mixing a leave in conditioning treatment to your routine to really get that added moisture. Like we said, the more moisturized your hair the longer your color will last!

Avoid Using Too Much Heat
Heat is another element that can cause hair to become dry, brittle and dull-causing that color to fade. In order to really stretch your blonde through the summer we suggest turning the heat down. Turning down the heat comes in multiple forms because our hair is exposed to heat in a number of different ways. First up, since it’s summer the sun radiates a lot of heat on our hair so keeping your hair covered when you’re spending a lot of time outdoors is going to help keep your color from being effected by the sun’s heat. Next, you probably use heated styling tools to style your hair on a regular basis. We’re not saying you have to stop using these tools altogether but cutting back on how often you use them is going to do you and your hair color a huge favor. Finally, the temperature water you use when washing your hair is another way our hair is affected by heat. Using water that’s too hot is going to affect your hair the same way heated styling tools do. So really what we’re saying is turn down the temperature when you’re washing your hair!

Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often
While we’ve all grown up being told to wash our hair every day, the truth is that we shouldn’t be washing our hair every day. This is especially true when you’re trying to stretch out your hair color. The most you should be washing your hair is 2-3 times a week. The problem with washing too often is when we wash our hair it strips our hair of its natural oils-causing all that dryness we talked about before.

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Take Your Hair From The Gym To The Office

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Athleisure style has been a trend for a while now. You’ve probably seen the fusion between traditional gym wear being paired with everyday clothes. It got us thinking…why can’t that combination be applied to our hair, too? We made it our mission to find ways to take your hair from the gym to the office, because sometimes you REALLY need to make the transition and sometimes you want to keep your hair look as easy as possible. Fortunately, we found some great hair tips to help you take your hair from the gym to the office and we think you’re going to start adding these to your hair arsenal.

Half up Messy Bun
Gym hair generally means hair that’s not so perfect.  Whether you were actually spending time at the gym, or you’re just in that athleisure mood one of our favorite ways to take your hair from the gym to the office is with a half up messy bun. Messy buns are generally an easy go to, but we’re fusing the gym and the office here. The great thing about messy bun hair styles is your hair doesn’t need to be perfect, and it gives that casual cool vibe when it’s NOT perfect. Pulling your hair back into a half up style allows you to hide hair that may not be freshly washed, too.

Low Ponytail Braid
When you’re low on time and don’t have the means to wash/style your hair perfectly a low ponytail braid is another perfect gym to office option. The thing about low ponytail braids is they tend to stay in place, and look better when your hair isn’t perfectly styled. So whether you’re on second or third day hair, or you’re trying to style your hair presentably after the gym it’s super easy. Of course, it’s pretty quick to style which is also a major bonus if you ask us. Whatever texture your hair is already in, add a bit of volume by teasing the roots of your hair and simply style the hair into the low ponytail braid. It really can be styled in mere minutes!

Sleek Topknot
Above, we mentioned how great messy buns are when you’re on the go. But when you’re heading into the office, you want something that’s a little more sophisticated than your typical messy bun. Pulling your hair back in a sleek topknot is a great alternative. You don’t need to worry about your hair texture being perfect because you’re slicking it back into a ponytail. It’s really up to you and your personal preferences on how you want to style the top knot. If you want a more traditional hair style the classic bun paired with the slicked back style is perfect. But if you’re into something a bit more edgy, opting for a little more undone topknot style is another alternative to try out. The point is, you can have fun with this look, once you’ve slicked back your hair no one will know you’re heading to the office straight from the gym.

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Insta-Ready Hair Styles

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Instagram, SnapChat and Pinterest are incredible sources for beauty inspiration. Chances are you can’t login to any of those accounts without scrolling past some major hair style looks. Social media has been a great resource for those that aren’t as naturally hair oriented to gain some insight to create hair styles that are inspired by the beauty bloggers of the world that share their tutorials. Of course, some of the hair styles that are created on social media sites are still quite elaborate which is why we wanted to share some of our favorite insta-ready hair styles that are achievable for ANYONE.

Twisted Crown
What’s NOT insta-ready about a crown? We can’t think of much! Although you may not want to walk around with an actual crown on your head anymore (unless it’s your birthday, of course) there is a fun and simple way to create a hair crown in your hair that’s stylish and will leave you snapping pictures to post on your own social accounts. To create the hair style start by styling your hair in a middle part and separate the two sections of hair so they’re clearly defined. Beginning with one side, begin to twist the hair starting from the nape of the neck to the end of the hair. Once the twist is created bring the twisted section of hair over the top of your head and secure to the other side of your head. Repeat the process with the other side. You’ll be left with a twisted crown-esque type of hair style! It doesn’t get much easier, does it?

French Braids Into a Bun
Braids are always floating across social media outlets because they’re so incredibly versatile and effortlessly stylish. Many of us have seen the classic pigtail French braids that have been popular in the past year, but lately it’s taking a bit of a shift and we’re all about it. Creating the traditional pigtail French braids is where you start with this hair style but instead of bringing the braids to the ends of your hair, stop around where you would style a bun (this can be a low bun or high bun-it’s up to you!). Secure the braids in place and with the rest of the hair style a messy bun. It’s a different take on two classic hair styles combined. You can have a lot of fun with the placement of the bun and the braiding technique to change the style up a bit, too.

Pigtail Buns
You’ve probably noticed there’s a lot of style and beauty inspiration being pulled from the 90’s and that’s definitely maintaining its popularity right now on Instagram. Another one of our favorite insta-ready hair styles right now has to be pigtail buns. Messy buns are always an easy look to create, and they’re loaded with effortless style but changing it up to create pigtail buns has a totally different feel to the hair style. If you have highlights and different colors mixed into your hair this is a great way to intertwine those colors and show them off, too!

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No-Fuss Hair Styles For Your Next Cruise

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Planning a cruise? Lucky you! Cruise vacations are one of a kind experiences, giving you a relaxing getaway vacation. Of course, heading on vacation means you’re looking for a little R&R time which means keeping your hair routine as simple as possible. Although you want easy hair styles, we know looking and feeling your best is also a priority because, well…pictures! Fortunately we’ve recently discovered some stylish no-fuss hair styles for your next cruise that we think you’re going to want to take note of. These hair styles are going to be easy to create so you’re not spending too much time getting ready, but will also leave you with gorgeous results. Talk about a win-win!

Pigtail Braids
Braids are one of our favorite go-to no fuss hair styles, especially for vacations! They’re perfect for keeping your hair out of your face and way, but also packed with a lot of style. The other bonus of braids is they’re easy to create-making it look like you spent a lot more time on your hair than you actually did. We’re all about sticking with the traditional pigtail French braids for cruise hair. Something about pigtail French braids feels perfect for a cruise environment, there’s almost something exotic about the look and you won’t need to worry about fighting any weather (i.e. humidity and excessive heat) since all of the hair is pulled back into the braids.

Using a Scarf as a Headband
Staying in theme of a cruise environment, we love using a scarf as a headband to pull your hair style together. Scarves are easy hair accessories to add into your hair style, regardless of your hair’s length. Once you’ve styled your hair in the texture you desire for the look, simply adding a scarf tied around your head and tying it at the top to create a knot detail is the perfect way to add some colorful inspiration to your hair style in the matter of seconds. Not to mention, adding a scarf to your look will help to keep some of the shorter layers framing your face out of your way so you don’t have to worry about creating a perfect hair texture/look before adding the scarf.

The Undone Low Bun
Messy buns are another favorite no-fuss hair style of ours because the less perfect they are-the better! Since cruise vacations tend to consist of dinners and other occasions that may leave you wanting to feel a little more formal for, low buns are the perfect option. Low bun hair styles have always been synonymous with more formal occasions, but you can also wear them when you just want to be casual. The bonus of this hair style is you can work with whatever natural texture your hair is, since all of the hair is going to be pulled back. Add some teasing/volume to the crown of the hair before pulling your hair back to the bun to add some depth to the look. If you’re feeling a little adventurous you can add braids into the look as well.

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Tips For Perfectly Air-Dried Hair

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Leaving your hair to air dry after its gotten wet in the shower or pool sounds awesome-but it doesn’t always leave the results we’d like. For many women, we know that air drying can often feel like it’s not even an option if they want hair that looks nice after the fact. Honestly, air drying your hair can be a huge time savor and a way to help you embrace your hair’s natural texture in a beautiful way. The summer tends to be synonymous with easy hair maintenance so we’ve gathered up some easy tips for perfectly air dried hair.

Rethink the Towel Method
Most of us have been raised to use a bath towel to dry our hair after getting out of the shower/water to soak up a lot of that excess water. The problem with towels is they tend to be rather rough on our hair, and when our hair is wet it’s at its most vulnerable and tends to be quite susceptible to damage and frizz. Using towels is often what leads to frizz and excessive dryness when leaving your hair to air dry. Instead of the towel, we suggest replacing with a t-shirt or something much softer on the hair. Additionally, leave the aggressive rubbing with towels in the past and use the t-shirt to gently squeeze the excess water out of your hair.

Don’t Skip the Product
Generally when we think of adding hair care products to our hair we think of drying our hair with a hair dryer, and the product helping to add protection. That is an important habit to be in, but your hair needs some product when you’re allowing it to air dry as well. In fact, adding product into your hair when air drying is a great way to tame your hair and keep it in check throughout the drying process. Using an anti-frizz or gel type of product is typically the best option here-but you’ll want to choose a product based on your hair type and texture for the best results.

Leave Your Locks Alone
As tempting as it is to play with your hair and touch it a lot while it’s drying, we suggest resisting the urge as much as possible. When we touch our hair and mess with it too much it tends to cause frizz and other damage to be caused-plus it tends to negatively impact the natural texture of your hair. Instead, leave your hair alone and let it do its thing while it air dries on its own.

Style It
We want you to leave your hair alone, but if you’re hoping to achieve a certain type of look with your hair while leaving it to air dry you do want to style it a bit. For example, if you want to add some beachy waves into your hair adding braids while your hair is wet and leaving it to air dry is an easy way to do that.


The Benefits Of Scalp Exfoliation

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Healthy, gorgeous hair starts with a healthy scalp. It’s true! So often when we hear and think about hair care we really focus most of our attention on the actual hair strands, but it’s time to change that mindset. When your scalp is unhealthy, it’s nearly impossible to have hair strands that look healthy. Think about it…your hair STARTS at/with your scalp and it’s where the roots of your hair lie. Scalp exfoliation is one of the best ways to achieve a healthy scalp and we thought we would share some of the benefits of scalp exfoliation to help you see why you should add it into your hair care routine.

Increases Circulation
Exfoliating the scalp is incredible at increasing the circulation of the scalp. It’s common for our bodies to become stagnant in a sense, where the blood and circulation is moving as quickly or effortlessly as it really should be. This is why exfoliating the scalp is so wonderful, adding that exfoliation or massaging motion to your scalp is one of the easiest ways to increase the circulation. Getting the blood flowing and moving around is a way to get the INTERNAL area of the scalp to wake up (so to speak) and begin functioning much more efficiently.

Thoroughly Cleanses the Area
Our scalp often becomes built up with product, oil and dirt. Even though you wash your hair on a regular basis, it can be difficult to get a lot of the build-up completely off of your scalp. That build-up, unfortunately, can cause our scalp’s health to become strained. Another benefit of scalp exfoliation is the fact that it’s able to thoroughly cleanse and remove all of that buildup on the scalp in a gentle manner. Keep in mind that our scalp is skin too, and needs to be treated gently, the exfoliation process is strong enough to remove the build up without causing damage to the scalp. Once you’re able to remove the buildup on a consistent basis your scalp is able to breathe and function the way it’s meant to without anything causing a disturbance (which is what buildup often does).

Promotes Hair Growth 
We’ve mentioned that in order to achieve healthy, gorgeous hair we need to have a healthy scalp-which is a massive benefit of exfoliating the scalp. Because of the increase of circulation, blood flow and cleansing buildup from the scalp all of these attributes play into achieving healthy hair. Your scalp is functioning the way it’s meant to, which allows your hair to become much stronger and healthier. That being said, when your scalp and hair are stronger and healthier, they’re much more likely to grow. Basically…exfoliating your scalp can help to promote hair growth. We know, who knew it was that easy?!

Of course, scalp exfoliation should be combined with a healthy hair care routine in order to really make the most of your efforts in the exfoliation process.

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Eat Healthy For Great Skin, Hair And Nails

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We have a question. Do you want great skin, hair and nails? Ok,  that’s probably not a REAL question. The real question is who DOESN’T want great skin, hair and nails? Enough of the questions, though. Achieving great beauty features takes time and effort and a combination of using the right products along with consistency. If you’ve been doing your best at maintaining a healthy skin, hair and nail routine and feel like you’re struggling to get to the next level of health in these areas eating a few specific foods may be the answer you’re looking for. Research has shown that what we put IN our bodies has just as big of an impact, as what we put on the outside. It’s time to eat healthy for great skin, hair and nails-and we’re sharing WHAT you should be eating to do that.

Sure, they taste sweet and great, but they’re loaded with great nutrients that can help your skin, hair AND nails. Because blueberries are such a rich source of antioxidants they help to add protection to all of these areas and cells in the body. In addition to adding protection in general, antioxidants play a huge role in protecting our bodies (hair, skin and nails) from the damage that free radicals often cause.

We often hear about eating almonds as a healthy snack when you’re on a weight loss journey, but they’re loaded with other powerful nutrients which have been found to help hair and nails. In short, almonds are a great source of protein and magnesium. Our hair and nails need both of these nutrients in order to maintain their health and strength.

Omega-3 Rich Foods
Omega-3 fatty acids are incredible for our bodies in so many ways, including our skin, hair and nails. Omega-3’s have been found to help reduce inflammation in the body as well as provide moisture to these areas of our bodies from the inside out. In case you didn’t know, moisture is something we NEED in our skin, hair and nails in order for them to maintain their health. You’ve likely noticed that when any of these areas are dry, they become brittle and damaged in appearance (and health). Which is why omega-3’s are so incredible for all of these areas, and really adding that moisture sources internally helps to give a solid boost.

This may seem obvious, but we can’t stress enough how important it is that you stay hydrated by drinking enough water. Sure, there are great, healthy foods that help to add hydration into the body, but nothing beats drinking plenty of water. Water and drinking enough of it for your body helps to maintain skin health, hair health and nail health. At the end of the day it comes down to our bodies as a whole needing enough hydration INTERALLY to be able to function in a way that allows all of these areas to maintain their health and flush out toxins.

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Don’t Let Split Ends Ruin Your Hair

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Split ends can be a downer to your hair style. It’s the unfortunate truth! While it can be frustrating when you begin to notice you’ve developed split ends in your hair, they can also do more damage to the rest of your hair. We’re going to assume that you’ve pulled apart, split ends a time or two in your life (no judgement zone, here!) and in doing so you likely noticed that the split end worked its way up your hair pretty far. When split ends aren’t taken care of far enough in advance, it can lead to the risk of them creating damage throughout your hair. We have some tips so you don’t let split ends ruin your hair:

Get Trims More Regularly
It may seem obvious, but so many of us don’t schedule hair trims with our hair stylists as often as we should. Getting a hair trim is one of the best ways to get rid of split ends altogether and prevent them from ruining the rest of your hair. Your hair stylist is able to see how much length needs to be trimmed off to get rid of those pesky split ends and leave you with much healthier, stronger hair.

Add More Moisture
Split ends are typically the result of hair that’s been damaged, and it’s highly likely that if you’re experiencing split ends your hair doesn’t have as much moisture as it needs to avoid further damage from occurring. The answer to this problem? Adding more moisture! We often stress the significance moisture plays in a healthy hair care routine, and this is especially vital when you’re trying to avoid further damage from taking place. Adding a deep conditioning treatment into your weekly hair care routine is a must for you, and some experts would suggest enlisting in the help of a leave-in conditioner to round out the conditioning routine for your hair. Even if you have oily hair, conditioning is important for you. The trick is to choose conditioning products that are formulated to work with your hair type-this will aid in avoiding more OIL production in your hair.

Be Cautious with Heat
Heat, no matter how careful you are, can cause additional damage to your hair. This is especially true when you already have split ends. We’re not saying that you need to let go of your precious curling iron (or flat iron), but we are saying it’s time to take a step back from using them as often as you have been. If you’ve been using your heated styling tools every day, or nearly every day we suggest scaling that back to as little as possible. This will give your hair a chance to repair and heal itself-as well as prevent the damage from becoming much more predominant throughout the rest of your hair. In addition, when you DO use heat on your hair, it’s a MUST to apply heat protectant product to your hair before doing so.

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What To Expect From A Consultation With Your Stylist

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Changing up your hair style can be intimidating at times. Whether you’re interested in changing the color, cut or both having solid trust in your stylist is essential. Scheduling a consultation with your stylist is a great way to shop around for the right stylist for you, and build up that trust you want to have. So often we hear (and talk) about booking a consultation with a stylist, but do you even know what to expect from a consultation with your stylist? You’ve probably had consultations with doctors and those types of service providers but understanding what you should expect during a hair consultation can help you feel a bit more prepared for the experience.

The consultation experience with your stylist is a great way for both of you to get to know one another. Just like you’re going in hopes to learn more about your stylist, your stylist uses this time as an opportunity to get to know you, your hair goals, and more about your hair type/texture. The first thing you should naturally expect to happen during a consultation with your stylist is a lot of questions to be asked about your hair. Like we said, this is a chance for your stylist to get to know you and your hair so a qualified stylist is going to ask as many questions about you and your hair as they feel they need.

Here’s the thing…when heading into a consultation with your stylist it’s important to be as honest as possible. There’s no benefit in lying here, so just tell the truth. Even if you’re not proud to admit certain hair habits you have (or don’t have), the real answers are where your stylist is going to obtain the best information about you and your hair so they’re able to cater your experience accordingly.

We like to think about a hair consultation much like a doctor appointment. Hair stylists are kind of like hair doctors, after all. You should expect to share any past hair treatments you’ve done to your hair and that includes everything from relaxers to perms and everything in between. This information gives your stylist a background on anything you’ve done with your hair in the past, which can have an impact on your hair at this point in your life. In other words, expect to give some background and be honest about it! No shame!

In addition to all of the concepts mentioned above, expect your stylist to ask about what your hair goals and ideas are. Providing pictures and information about why you’re heading into the salon, the look you want to achieve and really what you’re hoping to get from the experience is going to help them understand how they need to move forward with working with you.

Keep in mind that while this is an opportunity for your stylist to ask you a lot of questions about your hair it’s just as much of an opportunity for you to ask your stylist about their recommendations and thoughts about the best route to help your hair.


Steps For Keeping The Perfect Summer Curl

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Curly hair is GORGEOUS! Seriously, if you have curly hair we know you’ve probably spent many mornings feeling frustrated by it, but at the end of the day the texture of curly hair is incredible. Of course, the downside of curly hair can often come during the summer season. Hot, humid weather doesn’t always scream curly hair’s BFF-does it? But it really doesn’t have to be as frustrating as you may feel like it’s been throughout most of your life. We’ve recently discovered worthwhile steps for keeping the perfect summer curl.

Make Moisture Your Best Friend
The biggest struggle for curly haired ladies during the summer is the frizz factor. (Did your eyes roll there?) Frizz tends to be one of the biggest factors that prevents curls from getting that perfect look. Truthfully, a lot of frizz occurs when hair doesn’t have enough moisture. That being said, when your hair does have enough moisture it’s able to lay flatter and tends to be much more manageable/healthier looking which helps tremendously to achieve those perfect summer curls. You already know about using a great quality conditioning product when you wash your hair, but to really ensure that you have enough moisture spritzing your hair with some leave-in conditioner before you begin styling your curls helps to lock in some extra moisture and prevent that frizz from occurring. In addition to all of that, spritz your hair with some heat protectant product before applying any heat. This will help avoid any damage and keep moisture locked in even more.

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Diffuse Your Hair Dry
Drying your hair is a necessary step in styling your curls, but it’s also where a lot of damage, frizz and curl-issues can happen. Instead of using a traditional hair dryer we recommend sticking with a diffuser attachment to add to your hair dryer. Diffusers are great because they help to maintain the natural shape of your curls and tend to be much less harsh on the curls. Leave the brush alone and just use the diffuser, gently on your hair when drying.

Touch Up’s
Using a curling iron to touch up any spots that may not be quite right after drying is the best way to create a more cohesively curled hair look. The key here is to use a curling iron that matches the size of your natural curls. After your hair is dry, use the curling iron to touch up any areas that may need some sprucing, when using the curling iron don’t hold the iron on your hair strands for too long, though.

Finish With an Anti-Humidity Hold
The great thing about all the hair care options we have today, is there are plenty of formulas to choose from. The best way to keep your curls perfect throughout the day (or night) is to finish your hair style by spraying some hair spray (lightly) with an anti-humidity hair spray. This helps to give your hair even more protection from the humidity and keep the hairstyle intact.