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Woman with beachy waves

Pinterest Pics: 2016 Summer Hair

Ever since Pinterest came on the scene, we’ve had countless inspiration pictures to scroll through. If we’re honest, we’ve probably spent more time than we care to admit scrolling through Pinterest for hair and makeup ideas to try for ourselves. The platform has made it easy for us to search for what we’re looking for and, well… spend a lot of time trying to make a decision. Since we adore Pinterest so much, we thought we would share some of our favorite, and the most popular, summer hair trends scrolling through Pinterest for this summer season. If you’re looking for some inspiration but you don’t want to spend… hours trying to find it we’ve got you covered!

Bob hairstyle

The Lob
Some of our favorite celebs like Khloe Kardashian have been stepping on the scene in the lob (long bob) hairstyle for a few months. So it’s probably only natural that ladies all over are starting to try out the hairstyle. Scrolling through summer hair pictures on Pinterest, there was a HUGE amount of ‘lob’ looks. It’s actually pretty near impossible to miss them! It’s such a gorgeous look because ladies are able to get a shorter hair look for the warmer months, but not too short like the traditional bob that can be a little too short for those of us that have been rocking the long hair. It’s a great happy medium!

Highlights for Days
The ombre hair trend has been holding strong for a couple years now, and this summer season is no different. As we were scrolling through summer hair ideas on Pinterest there was no mistaking the popularity of highlights. There are a lot of different ways ladies are highlighting their hair from full on ombre to more subtle balayage and everything in between. It makes sense too, since we all typically want to lighten up our hair for the warmer weather. It’s all about highlights this season, it’s really up to you to decide how subtle or dramatic you want to be with them.

Woman with beachy waves

Beachy Waves
Naturally, it’s all about the gorgeous beachy waves this summer season. Just typing in summer hair beachy waves were nearly every picture on Pinterest. Whether you’re opting for the popular lob hairstyle, sticking with your long locks, or even going to the traditional bob beachy waves are gracing every length hairstyle. It’s a great way to get a gorgeous textured hairstyle that feels as casual as we all feeling during the summer months. Plus, it’s a great hairstyle to take from your daytime life to any more formal occasion. There’s no mistaking that beachy waves of all shapes, sizes and lengths are everywhere this summer season. So get your favorite curling products ready, ladies!

Between these three Pinterest summer hair trends, you’re sure to find something that speaks to you! The great thing about summer is we’re all seeking to make our hair and makeup as low maintenance as possible, and these hair looks really allow us to do that. Which of these do you think you’re going to give a try this summer?

Woman conditioning hair

Daily Conditioning Strengthens Hair

Woman conditioning hair

We spend so much time styling our hair with heated styling tools, sitting outside, and being overall a little rough on our hair.  With all the stress we put our hair under, it’s necessary to take some steps to help in gain and maintain strength.  While it can sometimes feel like we do so much to get ourselves ready, keeping our hair strong and healthy is important if we want to maintain our hair throughout the rest of our lives.  There are quite a few different ways to strengthen your hair, between daily conditioning and deep conditioning.  We’re going to break down a few of the reasons you may want to consider daily conditioning to strengthen your hair.

It’s Well… Daily!
The great thing about daily conditioners is that they’re applied regularly, either daily or every time you shower.  These conditioners are typically paired with shampoos and formulated to work together.  Since we do put our hair under a great deal of stress on a daily basis, it’s a great feature to be able to use a conditioner that’s safe to use daily and give your hair that extra boost in protection and health that it needs.

Packed with Great Benefits
Daily hair conditioners are generally designed to focus on conditioning your hair’s cuticle, minimizing/reducing frizz in your hair, boosting your hair’s shine, and encouraging/helping it to lie smooth.  Since these are all benefits we all want to take advantage of, it’s safe to say it’s worth adding into your hair care routine.  Daily conditioners are designed to condition the hair for enough time between hair washes, but not quite as long or deep of a conditioning experience as a deep conditioner.

Many hair experts suggest that we all use a daily conditioning product following shampoo to help the hair get that boost of conditioning it needs.  It’s also worth noting that it’s recommended to read the specifics about each daily conditioning product you use, to make sure it is truly formulated to be used daily.  Since there is a wide range of different conditioning products it can get overwhelming to determine what kind of conditioner you actually need.  Adding a daily conditioning product to your daily hair care routine is a great wait to maintain and build stronger hair.  It’s similar to keeping a moisturizer in your daily skin care routine, we all need it to maintain our skin’s health.  It’s really now a matter of finding a daily conditioner that best suits your hair and its needs.  Like with many beauty products, it’s likely to take a little trial and error to figure out which formulations you like best for your own hair.

Please do realize that while daily conditioning is essential to strengthening your hair, it doesn’t replace a deep conditioning product.  Hair experts still suggest adding a deep conditioning product into your hair care routine on a somewhat regular basis.  If you’re not sure how often you should be deep conditioning, ask your haircare professional.

Pastel hair

Pretty Pastel Hair Colors

The hair trends are all about colors this season, more so than ever before.  If you’re on Instagram or Pinterest you’ve seen tons of pictures of bright, bold, and rainbow color hair.  It’s fun to see ladies (and men!) taking their hair to a whole different side by embracing bold colors.  The interesting thing about pastel hair colors is that although it’s a bold hair color choice, the pastel tones are a more subtle route.  As opposed to really bright hues.  With so many different color hair trends happening, we’re breaking down a few of our favorite ways to adapt the pretty pastel hair colors into your own hair this season.

Pastel hair

All One Color
If you’re feeling bold, one way to adapt the pastel hair color is to do one pastel color all over your hair.  While it’s totally up to you and your personal preferences, the most popular pastel colors for this trend seems to be pink, purple and blue.  Doing the color all over is sure to make a splash of color, and it’s definitely going to take your everyday hairstyles up a notch.  Just make sure you see a professional colorist since getting your hair to a pastel shade all over can be a task and a strain on your hair’s health.

Highlight Effect
One of the other popular options for pastel hair is coloring the hair all over in the pastel shade, but breaking it up with white/almost white highlights throughout.  It’s a great way to add definition to the hair – and definitely takes your typical hairstyles to a whole other level.  Plus, it breaks up the color a bit adding a little softness to your hairstyle.

Ombre hair

Go Ombre
Another option for adapting the pastel hair trend is to adapt to more of an ombre effect.  Either adding the pastel color to the bottom of your natural color hair, or another popular route is to actually lighten up the top of your hair bringing it to almost a white shade and fading into your chosen pastel shade(s).  Whichever option you choose, it’s a fun way to spice up your hairstyle with an unexpected shade of color!

Multiple Colors
One of the final popular ways ladies are adapting the pastel hair colors into their own is by incorporating multiples shades of pastel throughout their hair.  This is being done with primarily the ombre technique to have the colors fade together throughout the hair.  When creating a multiple color ombre hairstyle, it’s likely something you want to seek an expert colorist for to make sure the result comes out like you want and protects your hair.

There are so many different ways for you to incorporate the pastel hair trend into your own hair this season.  The options really are limitless.  If you’ve been craving a pop of color with your hair, now’s the time to do it!  What do you think of the pretty pastel hair color trend?  Will you be giving it a try?

Shades of black hair

Shades of Black

Shades of black hair

Black hair has been a popular trend in hair for a while now, we really have the Kardashian clan to thank for the rise in black hair.  There’s something that feels so exotic and gorgeous about a woman with black hair.  It’s a severe color that requires different makeup than lighter hair.  While there are many people with naturally black hair, there are also many that get it colored.  We thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the ways to incorporate the black hair craze if you’re considering it.

All Black
One of the popular hair shades, again made popular by the Kardashians, is the all black hair look.  This is dying the entire head of hair completely black.  Katy Perry is another celeb that dons this all-black hair look.  While it can be a strong look, it looks best when some shine is added to the hair.  If you’re considering going all black, make sure you add a shine serum to your hair to bring out the natural shine and really help your hair pop and look healthy.  If you do choose to go with the all black hair look you have so many fun ways to mix up your look with different haircuts and styles.  Don’t feel limited just because your hair would be one solid color, mixing up different layers, bangs,  parts, etc.

Dark, Dark Brown
Another way to go if you’re not quite wanting the ALL black look is going with a dark, dark brown that almost looks black but isn’t quite black.  It’s the natural hair color of many different ethnicities and gorgeous at that.  The fun thing about this particular hair color is often there are flecks of brown tones throughout the hair since it isn’t completely black.

Add Highlights
If you love the black look but don’t want your entire head of hair completely dark, another way to embrace this hair trend is to add some highlights to your black hair.  While most of your hair would be black, adding some strategically placed highlights throughout can be a great way to add dimension and warm up your hair and look.  You’ll definitely want to chat with your hair professional on the placement of the highlights, choosing an area that will still give you the dark hair look but just soften it a bit is typically the goal with this particular shade of black hairstyle.

If you’re considering going with a shade of black hairstyle, make sure that you seek a professional who will maintain the health of your hair.  Because going with such a dark color takes different steps to achieve the look, you’ll want to make sure you understand what necessary hair treatments and/or care is needed to maintain your hair’s health.  Even though if we’re honest, regardless of the hair color you’re going for it’s important that you seek the help of a trained professional so you don’t end up with a look completely different than what you were hoping for.

What do you think of the shades of black hair trend?  Will you, or have you, try it?

Woman with long hair

Caring for Super Long Hair

Woman with long hair

So you’re a long-haired beauty, huh?  Every hair style and type seems to have its own set of care guidelines according to experts.  It can be confusing as to which guidelines you should follow, believe, etc.  Since long hair is always on trend, we thought we would share some of our must-know hair care tips for the long-locked ladies so you can maintain those gorgeous strands as long as your heart desires.

Massage Your Scalp
Massaging your scalp is an incredible way to stimulate blow flow and circulation.  Many experts have said scalp massages are one of the best ways to help soothe and maintain your hair’s health.  Many of us forget that our scalp plays a major role in our hair’s health.  Since it is such an important part of hair care, it’s important you take the time to give it some care as well.   So massaging your scalp regularly can help with all of this.  It’s suggested to massage your scalp with oil, either lavender oil or coconut oil are found to be great for hair health and growth.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Daily
Often when we wash our hair we’re stripping it of its natural oils, which can be detrimental to your hair’s health.  Instead of washing daily try to stick to washing your hair two to three times per week at maximum, this will help your hair stay hydrated, clean and allow it to repair itself between washes.  Since shampoo has really been designed to get rid of product and dirt build up, spreading out your washes will allow the shampoo to truly do its job.  With long hair, you have more hair to take care of so it’s especially important that you maintain your hair’s health and allow it to naturally heal and build itself as much as possible.

Give Your Hair a Break
Long hair tends to be more susceptible to hair breakage and split ends, so in order to avoid that as much as possible try not to use heated styling products every day.  Using heated hair styling tools too often can contribute to hair breakage and split ends.  Not to mention, it’s good to give your hair a break when you can.  Avoid using these tools every day.  In addition, many experts suggest that long hair ladies get a trim more often since they’re more prone to split ends.  Even if it’s just a small trim it can help with the promotion of healthy hair growth and eliminate split ends as much as possible.

Switch to Silk
Most people have cotton pillow cases, which are actually not that great for your hair (or skin!).  So if you’re still using a cotton pillow case, experts suggest switching over to silk.  Because silk is softer it helps avoid causing tangles and keeps your hair smoother and silkier.  Cotton has often been found to actually cause hair to tangle because of the friction caused between your hair and the pillowcase.  Ready to switch yet?

Woman with coarse hair

Straightening Coarse Hair

Woman with coarse hair

Achieving that perfectly straight hair, regardless of your hair type, often feels like it’s near impossible.  Thankfully, with so many beauty bloggers and experts so willing to share their tips and tricks, we have more access to experts than ever before.  If you’re someone who has naturally course hair, it can be extra tricky to get that straight hair.  But we found some great tips and tricks and of course we had to share them with you to try for yourself!

Before you even get started with straightening it’s important to get hair completely untangled.  Using a detangling product is often essential for making sure any and all tangles are out of your hair.  The reason this is important is because straightening hair that has tangles can cause a HUGE mess for your hair, not to mention a lot of damage.  So make it a habit of using a detangling product and using a wide-toothed comb to get your hair completely tangle-free.

Dry in Sections
This trick is key for all hair types and really important for our course hair beauties.   After you’ve detangled your hair (preferably right after you shower), it’s time to start the drying process.  Dry your hair in sections.  This will help so that you’re able to get your hair completely dry and not cause more tangles trying to dry all your hair at once.  Start at the bottom with the hair closest to the nape of your neck, pinning up the rest, dry it and move up section by section.  Dry from root to tip using a round brush.  With course hair, it’s important to do smaller sections at a time so you’re really able to get the hair straight.

Protect Your Hair
Use products like heat protectant sprays and serums, this is especially important when going through the process of straightening hair because it is a lot of heat styling.  It will help ensure the health of your hair and avoid any heat related damage done.

Straighten Hot and Slow
Because you have course hair you’re going to want to take your time when straightening your hair.  Using a hair straightener that’s on a hot temperature is going to help lock in the straight style.  Additionally, while using it you’re going to want to take your time and slowly use the hair straightener.  Of course, you want to go slow, but not so slow that you cause heat damage to your hair.  This is also why it’s important you invest in a good heat protectant product.  Many experts say that for course hair the higher the heat the straighter the hair will style and the longer it will stay straight.

It seems a large focus from experts on straightening course hair is to take your time with it.  We all have that “I want it now” mentality and that definitely goes for our hair too, but sometimes we have to take a step back and take our time to achieve the results we want.

Japanese woman

Vintage Japanese Hairstyles

Japanese woman

Since we’re focused on celebrating Japanese culture and beauty this week, it was natural that we take a look back at some of the vintage beauty.  The Japanese culture has always been known for their beauty and hair trends throughout time, and it’s really no different as we look back at the vintage hairstyles.  Ready to take a step back in time with us?  Let’s chat about vintage Japanese hairstyles!

Pulled Back Hair
Looking through older pictures of women in Japan, you’ll see a theme of hair being pulled back off the face.  Often worn in a rolled back way, pinned to create multiple large curls or rolls, while it was a rather simple hairstyle it didn’t lack style.  Most of the time these hairstyles were worn with the hair accessories, combs and/or pins specifically, strategically placed throughout the hairstyle.  This created a unique hairstyle that took the otherwise simple hair look to a whole new level, which is likely why hair accessories hold such an important place in vintage Japanese hairstyles.  Even in our culture today, we know that using accessories is an easy way to take our hair up a notch without the need of actually having to create an elaborate hairstyle.


Hair Accessories
The use of hair accessories plays a huge role in vintage Japanese hairstyles.  Between gorgeous elaborate hair combs and sticks, they really added a unique look to any woman’s hair.  Many of the vintage hair accessories found include some elements of flowers to their design.  Even just looking through an internet search of vintage Japanese hair you’ll quickly see the prevalence of hair accessories in Japanese hairstyles over the years.  It seems that the most popular hair accessories were decorative hair combs, that were likely handmade.

Long Hair
Because of the way the hair was rolled and styled throughout Japanese history, it’s likely that most of the Japanese women had long hair that was all one length.  Since having layers can add difficulty to achieving an otherwise simple, symmetrical hairstyle it’s easiest when trying to achieve this type of hairstyle that your hair is long and one length.  In fact, there are even some rare photos of women before their hair is styled showing that they indeed had very long hair that was all one length.

It’s interesting that as we look back on vintage Japanese hairstyles, there are some similarities in hairstyles that are popular in today’s Japanese culture.  The idea of keeping things simple, but bold hold true throughout the years of Japanese culture with the use of simple haircuts and the addition of hair accessories.  It’s always fun to take a step back into vintage beauty trends, especially in a culture as incredible as the Japanese culture.  It’s really no surprise that even in the past Japanese beauty trends were bold and unique, just as they are today.  Guess it’s true what they say, some things never change.

What do you think of vintage Japanese hairstyles?

Kawaii hairstyle

Kawaii Hairstyles

Kawaii hairstyle

There’s been a huge social media rise in the popularity of the Kawaii and Japanese influenced hairstyles.  There are countless YouTube videos and blogs talking about how to get these types of hairstyles, easily.  The fun thing about the Kawaii and/or Japanese influenced hairstyles is that they’re not overly complicated to achieve, but have such a cute outcome.  If you’re new to the Kawaii hairstyle trend, we’re sharing some of our favorite Kawaii hair attributes with you so you can start incorporating the Kawaii hairstyles today!

One of the biggest influences in the Kawaii hairstyles is the addition of hair accessories.  Headbands and bows are commonly used and added to the hair.  A hairstyle as simple as a ponytail is suddenly given a fun Kawaii twist by adding a bold bow to it.  Additionally, wearing your hair straight can suddenly be given a Kawaiian boost with a headband.  They’re little touches that give that fun Kawaii/Japanese vibe to your hairstyle and are super easy ways to add the element to your hair without much extra effort or time investment.

Blunt Cuts
Another big influence of Kawaii hairstyles is the blunt haircuts.  Between a straight, blunt layered cut and blunt bangs the lines of this hairstyle influence are strong.  Much of this goes back to the Japanese influence of the Kawaii culture and beauty trends.  If you look up images of Kawaii hairstyles the first few images that pop up will be blunt hairstyles.  That being said, blunt bangs are super common throughout Kawaii and Japanese hairstyles.  Much like accessorizing adding blunt bangs is an effortless way to adapt the vibe of the trend without needing much styling or time to achieve the look.

Pops of Color
Another fun hairstyle that’s been making waves in the Kawaii hairstyle realm is the pop of color in your hair.  Many Kawaii hairstyle ladies are coloring their hair in bright, bold colors.  Most of the pictures you’ll see are shades of pink and purple, and they’re actually in more of a pastel shade of the colors.  While a lot of hairstyle colors have been about vibrant colors, the Kawaii colors are bold and vibrant but in a lighter color tone.  Adding to the fun, easy, girly vibe of the Kawaii and Japanese influence, when these colors are worn with a simple blunt haircut they’re effortless but make a statement easily.

These are some of our favorite Kawaii and Japanese influenced hairstyles happening right now.  As you can tell it seems to be about making a statement with simple, but strong features.  Between the blunt cuts and pops of color, they aren’t difficult hairstyles to achieve, but are sure to make a bold statement.  Now that you know some of the popular attributes of these types of hairstyles what do you think is your favorite one?  Would you try implementing any of them into your hairstyle?

Tiered ponytail

The Perfect Pony for Summer Sports

Since the weather is heating up it’s likely you’re going to be spending more and more time outside.  If you’re an outdoorsy girl and love playing summer sports you’re probably faced with the dilemma of how to tie your hair back in a way that will actually stay, but also look cute.  Well, we’ve got you covered on some fun tips to give you the perfect ponytail look that will look cute and give you the function you need to play your favorite summer sports.

Side braid to ponytail

Side Braid to Ponytail 
One of the most frustrating aspects of ponytails, when you’re playing a sport, is that the shorter layers in your hair tend to fall down on your face.  If that’s a common struggle for you, we’ve got a great solution!  Add a French braid to the front portion of your hair and bring it into a ponytail.  This is great because it pulls back all the layers in your hair and will really keep them off your face.  Additionally, it’s a great way to secure your hair since you’re able to make a braid a bit tighter than just your regular ponytail.  Plus- it looks cute!

Multiple Braids
If you’re wanting something with a little more personality to it than just a single braid, add more than one!  The great thing about braids is they always look great and you can make them as small or big as you like.  Play around with different braids that lead into a ponytail, and switch things up!   Remember, you don’t have to keep the braids to the top portion of your hair.  If the hair underneath your ponytail tends to fall down often – braid the bottom portion of your hair under your ponytail.  That’s a great way to add a different look to your hair that provides awesome function.

Tiered ponytail

Tiered Ponytail
If you’re tired of rocking the braided ponytail another way to get secured hair in a different way is a tiered ponytail.  A tiered ponytail is when you created ponytails at different heights throughout your hair.  Generally, you would start where you typically place a half-up hairstyle and as you move down you grab hair from the sides and place rubber bands throughout until you get to the bottom.  This is another great hairstyle that doesn’t require bobby pins (that tend to fall out during physical activity) and hold even the smaller layers in your hair back so they won’t fall into your face.

Since you’re not going to want to be dealing with your hair constantly falling out of place when you’re playing your favorite summer sports, think about ways to keep your hair intact as much as possible that don’t require a lot of additional pieces.  Typically the more things you have to add to your hair, like bobby pins and ribbons, the more likely they are to fall out of your hair once you start getting into any physical activity.  Try these ponytail tips to keep you hair out of your face so you’re able to focus on your favorite sports!

Beautiful teenage girl taking care of her hair

Teens & Changing Hair Texture

Beautiful teenage girl taking care of her hair

Teens are dealing with a lot of changes during these years, bodies are changing, moods are changing, and even your hair may be changing.  A lot of these changes are due to puberty and the massive change happening in your body.  If you’re a teen and noticed your hair and the texture of your hair making some changes, you’re not alone!  We’re going to go through why you may be experiencing some hair texture changes in your teen years.

There have been a few specific hormones (like thyroxine and insulin, to name a couple) that have been found to be directly related to the change in a person’s hair.  A lot of this change happens because during the puberty years these specific hormones start to activate, or kick in, to a new level and begin impacting your hair’s texture and/or growth.

What to Do
If you’re experiencing a texture change in your hair one of the first things experts suggest you do is to switch your shampoo and conditioner.  Your hair can get used to certain hair products when you use them for an extended period of time so it’s a great time to make a switch.  Also, start adapting really healthy hair habits like combing your hair when it’s damp, trying different hair care products, and avoiding heat as much as possible.  These are all things everyone can benefit from adapting into their hair care routine, but they’re especially important when you’ve started to experience some hair texture changing.

Be Patient
Since the texture change is hormone related, there’s really not much you can do about it but work with it.  Stay patient and try different products and styles to see what your new hair texture is going to adapt/like the best.  It’s easy to get frustrated because it’s a change, especially when you’re a teen and already dealing with so many changes with your body.  But try to stay patient and remember you’re not alone.  Experimenting is a fun way to try new things and make the most of your hair.

Be Specific
Ok so if your hair is changing in texture it’s important to notice HOW it’s changing.  Is it thicker? Straighter?  Curlier?  Finer?  What changes have happened?  This will help you be able to better select the best hair care products for your changing hair texture.  Getting clear and having an understanding of how your hair is actually changing to can eliminate a lot more confusion.  While it may be hard to tell at first, take a moment to really focus on what’s actually happening with your hair.  You’re not able to adjust if you don’t know what you’re adjusting to, right?

While it can be frustrating to have a hair texture change, it’s important to realize it’s just part of life.  With puberty and our changing hormones, our bodies change in many ways during our teen years.  Just know you’re not alone and you can always make the necessary adjustments as your hair changes.