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Using Tea Tree Oil to Help Your Hair and Skin

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Tea tree oil has been gaining some popularity and recognition in the beauty world, and with good reason.  You’ve probably noticed that in the past couple of years using natural products for hair and skin treatment uses have grown to become more and more popular.  We love seeing people incorporating items like tea tree oil into their beauty routines, because the benefits really speak for themselves.  Using tea tree oil to help your hair and skin can do wonderful things for you.  You know we’re all about giving you all the details so we’re sharing some great benefits of tea tree oil to see if it’s the right fit for you and your beauty routine.

It’s Great for Breakouts and Skin Irritations
No one likes dealing with blemishes or breakouts in their skin, and razor burns tend to leave your skin feeling pretty irritated.  What do all of these things have in common?  Well, it turns out that using tea tree oil on breakouts and skin irritations like razor burns can help tremendously.  Tea tree oil has been found to be incredibly soothing on areas of the skin that are irritated and help your skin to begin the healing process.  Applying just a few drops of the essential oil to the areas that have blemishes or burns is all you need to begin reaping the benefits for your skin.  However, you don’t just need to use it while you have a breakout – it’s also been found to help reduce acne in general in your skin.  Using tea tree oil daily has been found to help reduce the amount of bacteria and oil on the face that tend to cause acne.

It’s Great for Hair Growth
There are so many different products and hair care items that claim to help with hair growth, but recently tea tree oil has been getting a lot of praise because of its unique ability to really help increase hair growth for those that use it.  It’s said to help give your roots more nourishment and open up the hair follicles to encourage the hair growth to occur.  All you need to do is massage a couple of drops of the tea tree oil into your scalp on a fairly regular basis to begin getting the benefits of hair growth yourself from the oil.

It’s Great for Dryness
This is a double duty one, because tea tree oil has been found to help fight dryness in your skin, hair and scalp.  Since they all intertwine pretty significantly, it makes sense!  Tea tree oil is incredible at adding moisture and hydration to the skin, scalp and hair.  Since we can begin to experience discomfort and frustration when we’re dry in these areas including tea tree oil into your beauty routine can do wonders.  If you’ve been noticing you’re dry in any of these areas with your hair and skin it may be time to try adding tea tree oil into your regimen.

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Hair Styling Techniques That Lead to Shiny, Voluminous Hair

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We know that having shiny, voluminous hair is something that so many of us aspire to achieve with our own locks.  You’ve probably tried using a number of different hair care products in hopes that they would help you achieve those results.  But the truth is, it’s really about utilizing some hair styling techniques in your daily life that can make the biggest impact on helping you to get shiny, voluminous hair.  Since we know you’re eager to start your way to shiny, voluminous hair we’re sharing some of our favorite hair styling techniques that lead to shiny, voluminous hair to help you get started.

Not Using Too Much Heat
Look, we get it….heated hair styling tools are great for getting gorgeous hair and really helping you to style your hair.  However, when we use too much heat on our hair it can cause our hair to become dull and flat because of the damage it can cause.  Naturally, it’s all about utilizing these tools properly and making sure that you use the correct hair care products.  But even so, experts suggest that you don’t overuse the heated hair styling tools.  Most suggest using heat one time after every hair wash you’ve done to keep your hair look great but also healthy.

Don’t Wash Daily
You may have heard before, that washing your hair daily isn’t actually all that great for your hair.  In fact, washing your hair daily can strip your hair of its natural oils causing your hair to become dull and lifeless.  So to help you get that shiny, voluminous hair you want so badly skip washing your hair daily.  Most hair care experts suggest the most you should wash your hair is every other day – but you’re going to want to make sure that you’re washing your hair according to your hair type for the best results.

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Don’t Style Your Hair Too Tight
Most of us don’t realize the stress we put our hair under when we’re styling our hair.  If you’re styling your hair back in an updo of any kind, it’s essential that you make sure not to do so too tightly.  When we pull our hair too tightly, it can cause our hair to begin to thin when being put under constant stress so often.  Many experts suggest using things like bobby pins and clips more often than rubber bands to help your hair be able to maintain its health and get you the styles you love.

Use the Right Products
Just like with skin care, using the right hair care products are necessary for you to really get that shiny, voluminous hair you want.  Choosing hair care products that are of high quality and designed to work with your hair type are crucial if you really want to get these hair results.  Of course, we also can’t stress the importance of incorporating special hair treatment products to help your hair become even more healthy, shiny and voluminous.

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Science, Hair & Scars

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Science, hair and scars…what do they all have in common?  Well, quite a bit, actually! We’ve all had cuts and scrapes in our skin at some point or another.  But what you may have noticed when you did get a cut is that when it began to heal it developed a scar and in general, when we have scars on our skin somewhere the skin isn’t quite the same as it was originally.  You may have noticed that hair doesn’t grow in the same way and the skin in general looks and feels different.  Although that’s been the common theme anytime you get a cut of some kind in your skin that develops a scar, thanks to science it looks like there’s some new development happening that they’re looking to help the healing process of the skin and scarring.

Our bodies have grown to be able to heal themselves in a pretty quick manner, hence why scarring tends to happen over cuts and scrapes rather quickly when they happen.  While our bodies are wonderful machines themselves that are able to heal themselves in a way that is quick, they’re not able to heal themselves in a way that brings back the skin the way it was before it was wounded.  This is why scarring develops the way it does, because our bodies have been taught to heal quickly – it’s developed a quick healing method, not necessarily a healing method that’s about restoring what once was.

According to an interview on the Scientific American, scientists have found that hair follicles are actually really great for the skin and scarring.  Essentially, they’ve found that hair follicles help your skin cells to be able to heal in a way that brings about the skin’s more original state than when skin doesn’t have a hair follicle.  So, hair follicles are pretty great in helping your skin to develop skin/repairing cuts and scrapes in a way that they’re more effective.  So really what they’re saying is that if they can find a way to use this information, there could *potentially* be a way for them to use this to create products to help create a more scar-free skin surface for people and users.

So what does this tell us?  Well, it turns out that scientists are doing more research on this topic, but the fact that they have discovered that hair follicles do play such a major role in the repairing of skin during the healing process, it’s opening up quite a bit of other information for them in the way the skin works, especially to heal itself.  While they stated that we shouldn’t necessarily expect a miracle cream to hit the market in the next couple of months, it’s something that’s on their radar.  Since scarring is such a major part of so many of our lives in some form or another, we’re looking forward to seeing what scientists are going to do and create with the new found knowledge they have.

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How Often Does Your Hair Type Need Washing?

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Washing your hair is likely something that you spend quite a bit of time doing.  We all need to wash our hair, but you’ve also probably heard all the hair experts talking about how we shouldn’t be washing our hair every day.  We’ve heard so many people talking about this and feeling a bit confused as they feel as though their hair type needs washing on a more regular basis.  To eliminate some of the confusion and overwhelm we thought we would answer the question, how often does your hair type need washing?

Fine Hair
Do you have fine hair?  Often times those with fine hair tend to feel as though their hair looks and feels oilier than other hair types.  It’s typically because fine hair isn’t as voluminous as other hair types.  Although you may feel as though you need to wash your hair daily as a fine haired individual, you still want to resist doing that.  Experts suggest sticking to a hair washing routine of 3-4 times per week at the most when you have fine hair.  This will allow your hair to not be stripped of too many of its natural oils, as it tends to when we wash our hair too often, but also help so that you don’t feel as though your hair gets or feels too oily at the same time.  With fine hair, it’s really crucial to ensure that you’re not using too much product, as that’s what tends to have a big effect on lack of volume and keeping your hair from looking too oily.

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Curly Hair
Do you have curly hair?  For those with curly hair, it’s really about making sure that you’re not damaging your natural curls in your hair.  Washing your hair too often can begin to affect the appearance and health of your naturally curly hair.  Experts suggest sticking to washing your hair around 2 times per week to ensure that you’re getting your hair washed, but also allowing your hair’s natural oils to protect and instill the curl’s natural shape.  It’s suggested that you ensure to use quality hair care products, specifically adding in moisture with your hair care products and avoiding sulfate infused products as they tend to have a negative effect on your curls.

Thick Hair
Do you have thick hair?  Thick hair is pretty different than the fine hair individuals.  Your hair has pretty drastically different needs and in general, those with thick hair can get away with washing their hair less than those with thin hair.  Since you have more hair, that’s also more dense the oils aren’t as noticeable when you don’t wash every day.  Experts suggest that those with thick hair stick with washing their hair 2-3 times per week, and never washing more than every other day.  Similar to the other hair types, make sure that you’re using quality hair care products as you do wash your hair to keep your hair healthy between washes.

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Causes and Treatments of Excess Facial Hair

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As a whole, many of us tend to spend a great deal of time removing as much facial hair as possible.  Women and men tend to spend time and energy on this.  But as a woman, having excess facial hair can feel really frustrating.  Naturally, as human beings we do have hair on our bodies all over, but if you’ve noticed excess facial hair that’s pretty dark or coarse in texture and color it could be the result of something else that’s going on in your body.  This isn’t a super uncommon thing, so we thought we would chat a bit about the causes and treatments of excess facial hair.

The technical term for women who have excess facial hair is hirsutism.  Essentially, it’s considered or referred to as excess hair growth that appears in areas that are typically more common for men like in the face and abdomen.  In general, experts suggest that excess hair growth is genetics.  More often than not, it’s something that tends to run in the family and tends to be more common in certain nationalities than others.  Regardless of your genetics and ethnic background, the ultimate cause of excess facial hair is hormone related.  The real internal reason behind why you may be developing facial hair is because your body could be producing more androgens (testosterone is included in androgens).  While ALL women produce a certain level of androgens in their bodies, they tend to be quite low so if your body is developing a higher level of androgens in the body that tends to result in the excess hair growth occurring.

While the androgen levels are one of the leading causes of excess facial hair, it’s not the only potential cause.  Polycystic ovarian syndrome tends to be another cause of excess facial hair developing in the body.  Essentially, this type of ovarian syndrome tends to have an effect on hormones in the female body – again resulting in the excess hair growth because of a hormonal imbalance.  Adrenal gland disorders can be another cause of excess hair growth – similar to other causes, this is often due to a hormonal imbalance in the body.  It can be a wide variety of adrenal gland disorders here, because they have such an effect on the hormone levels.  Of course, we can’t forget to mention that certain medications can also have a side effect of excess facial hair developing in the body.

Now that we’ve covered some of the most common causes of excess facial hair, we wanted to make sure to include some of the treatment options.  Since often the excess facial hair growth is hormone related, many experts suggest looking to different hormonal treatments to help balance out the levels.  Birth control pills and antiandrogen medication are often used to help with balancing hormonal struggles in the female body.  In addition, if you’re eager to get rid of the excess facial hair more quickly looking to certain creams and more temporary hair removal services like waxing or threading can be a quick fix until you get to the root of the problem.

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Help Your Hair Snap Back From Winter Damage

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Now that winter is in full swing, and the weather has been changing pretty consistently you may have noticed your hair isn’t loving it so much.  So many of us tend to have some hair struggles in the winter due to the weather changes and different elements that we’re exposed to this time of year.  We want to help your hair snap back from winter damage, so we’re sharing some of our must know tips for helping to keep your hair healthy, happy and looking gorgeous during and after the winter months if you’re experiencing some damage.

Ease Up on The Heat
Since our hair tends to get drier during the winter months, many notice that the hair looks and feels pretty dry and brittle.  To really help you hair snap back from too my dryness, you’re going to want to try to ease up on how often you’re using heat on your hair.  Since heated hair styling tools can add to even more dryness on the hair, it can cause more damage.  Try to minimize how often you’re using heat on your hair for a bit to give it a break and a chance to really snap back.  We’re not saying you have to completely cut it off, but try to cut back as much as you can for a few weeks to give your hair a chance to recuperate.  In addition, when you do use heat on your hair make sure that you don’t do so unless you apply a heat protectant product to your hair to make sure that your hair is well protected.

Add More Moisture
As we said above, we tend to have a lot of dryness in our hair from so many different elements.  Cutting back on how often you’re using heat to style your hair is one great step, but you’re also going to want to add more moisture to your hair as well.  Adapting shampoo and conditioning products that are formulated to help add moisture and hydration is going to be crucial here.  In addition to that, many experts suggest adding in a deep conditioning and/or hair mask that helps to add nourishment and moisture to your hair in a really powerful way.  Most suggest doing these types of hair treatments on a weekly basis to really get the most benefit from your efforts.  They really help to heal your hair and lock in moisture.

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Protect Your Hair
You’re eager to help your hair snap back from winter damage, so you’re going to need to make sure it’s a priority to protect your hair while you give it an opportunity to snap back.  This means avoiding being too harsh when brushing and styling your hair, not styling your hair in styles that are too tight, and being extra gentle when your hair is wet.  All of these things can cause your hair to either snap back, or become worse if you don’t make them a priority.  Be gentle on your hair and do what you can to protect it to ensure it has an opportunity to heal itself.

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Embracing The Fringe Again

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Hair trends are constantly changing and evolving, isn’t it an exciting industry?  This past year we’ve had quite a few flashback trends in beauty, hair and fashion coming about.  There’s definitely been a major 90’s revolution happening, among other comebacks.  Fringe hairstyles have definitely made a splash on the beauty world again, and while some of us may be a bit hesitant at first there’s something really refreshing and exciting about it.  Embracing the fringe again is something we’re  all about, and we thought we would share some of our must know tips for embracing the fringe again so you can make the most of a fringe hairstyle yourself.

Keep Up With The Maintenance
One of the things about really embracing the fringe again, is you’re going to want to keep up with the maintenance.  The frustrating thing about fringe can be when it begins to grow out and you don’t have a trim appointment scheduled.  Many hair experts suggest heading into the salon every couple of weeks if just for a quick fringe trim to keep up with the look and avoid frustration you may feel when they begin to grow out.  You won’t need a full haircut, just talk to your hair stylist about how often he/she suggests to get them trimmed.  And please, don’t just trim them yourselves!  You want to embrace the fringe again, so see your hairstylist to make sure you can maintain the hair style in the best way possible.

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Find a Fringe Look That Works For You
The great part about the fringe hair style is it really looks great regardless of your hair’s length, so you don’t have to feel like you need to chop all your hair off into a bob to rock the fringe and embrace it.  There are so many different ways to get your hair cut into the fringe look, it’s really about figuring out a fringe style that works for you, your hair and your personal style.  If you’re not quite sure, ask your hair stylist!  We’re seeing fringe in everything from a full blunt bang to bangs that are longer and piece-y in texture to shorter bang options.  The options are limitless – so you have plenty to choose from and embrace in a way that feels more like you.

Avoid Overusing Product
Something you may notice when embracing the fringe again is that using hair care products is a bit different.  Fringed hair tends to look greasy or oily much more quickly when you use too much product.  So while you may be used to using a certain amount of product, scale back and adjust to make sure that you’re not adding too much.  You’ll notice that the fringe looks greasy if you are (since there’s less hair there), but once you get into the habit of it, you’ll be golden!

Of course, we can’t forget to mention the importance of taking care of your skin on your forehead.  Since there’s more of a chance for hair care product to get to that part of your skin, make sure you’re cleansing your forehead thoroughly before heading to bed every night.

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Treating This Common Hair Defect

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If you’ve ever had a hair struggle of any kind, we know you’ve felt some major frustration with it.  So many of us strive to have healthy, happy, gorgeous hair so when something’s wrong, it can definitely put a damper on things.  There are different types of hair defects that can arise, but right now we’re talking about trichorrhexis nodosa and treating this common hair defect.  If you are or have struggled with this hair defect, know that you’re not alone!  And fortunately, there are some things that you can do to treat this type of hair defect – and we’ve got you covered!  There are said to be a few different reasons you can develop this common hair defect, between the overuse of heated hair styling, chemical usage, and in some cases, hormones and thyroid problems can be the culprit.

Back Off From Chemicals
Since this common hair defect is often the result of over-use of chemicals, many experts in this topic and treatment suggest that you stop the usage of chemicals on the hair.  Yes, that means all chemicals on the hair – from coloring and highlighting to relaxers and straightening treatments.  Your hair needs a break and a chance to recuperate and heal, so giving your hair a true break from these harsh chemicals is essential in treating this common hair defect.  We know it can seem difficult to cut back, but you will thank yourself in the long run!

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Be Extra Careful With Heat
Similar to the chemicals on the hair, when you have trichorrhexis nodosa your hair is very delicate and can be really affected by heat.  Most experts suggest avoiding heat that directly hits your hair, whether it’s hair straighteners and curling irons or blow dryers.  Be VERY minimal and extra careful when it comes to heat on the hair.  We realize it can seem incredibly hard to avoid heat altogether, but if you really want to help with treating this common hair defect your hair needs an opportunity to heal and heat can be incredibly hard on the hair normally…not to mention when  you’re having a hair defect.

Get More Moisture In Your Hair
Moisturizing hair is important for everyone, but when you have this common hair defect, it’s even more essential that you get serious about getting more moisture to the hair.  Adapting a weekly deep conditioning treatment or hair masks to add more moisture are going to need to be a part of your routine to help with treating this hair defect.  The more moisture you can get to the hair, the better it can work to repair itself in a much more healthy way.  This also means you’re going to want to adapt drinking more water and eating a more balanced diet that helps give moisture and hydration to your body and hair.  In addition, most suggest to switch to more gentle shampoo and conditioning products.

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The Best of 2016

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Can you believe we’re already a couple of weeks into 2017?  As hard as it is to believe, we can’t help but take a few minutes to look back on the best of 2016.  It was a year filled with ups and downs, just like any other year.  But you know we’re all about the beauty and we couldn’t help but reminisce on all the great trends we experienced in 2016.  Starting a new year always leaves us eager to take a few minutes to appreciate all that we saw, before we move forward.  We know that 2017 will be filled with more exciting trends, but before we get into those why don’t we appreciate the best of 2016.

Hair Texture
We’ve seen so many different hair styles over the years, but we can’t help but feel like one of the best of 2016 in terms of hair styles is the rise in hair texture being so popular.  The fact that natural hair textures were celebrated and idolized in 2016 is something that we couldn’t ignore, and LOVE!  Since so many of us spend so much time working to alter the natural texture of our hair – the fact that 2016 brought a sense of celebrating it was a trend that we admire and hope to see more of as we make our way into a new year.

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Bright Hues
You probably noticed that 2016 brought the rise in bright hair colors being EVERYWHERE.  Colors ranging from bold, bright shades of blue and purple, to pastel colors – and pretty much everything in between.  2016 was definitely a year that brought a creative acceptance by individuals dyeing their hair in colors that aren’t typical in the hair world – especially being colors that aren’t the typical trend colors.  Since this was such a different take on hair color trends, it had to make our list of the best of 2016 because who doesn’t love a nice rainbow hair color every now and then?  We can’t wait to see what bold colors continue to hold their popularity in the hair world in 2017.

Braids, Braids and More Braids
It’s no secret that braids had a real moment in 2016, everything from small braids in the bang area to full French braids – and pretty much everything in between.  Braids were EVERYWHERE in 2016 and definitely make our list for the best of 2016.  Braids were such a great way to experiment and switch up any typical hair style to turn it into something a little more unique.

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The New Blonde
We couldn’t forget the ‘nude’ or different take on blonde hair colors that we saw this year.  In years past blonde hair colors have always been about adding different warm tones to the overall color to create a natural and dimensional hair color.  But this year it was a bit different, with the nude blonde hair color being so popular – along with the popularity of the even lighter highlights added to blonde hair.  We’re not sure about you – but we loved the new take on the classic blonde hair.

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Achieving Your Eyebrow Goals

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Eyebrows have grown through the rise in social media, you’ve probably noticed that it seems like eyebrows have definitely become more of a focus in the makeup and beauty world.  So many women tend to forget about their eyebrows when it comes to their beauty and makeup routine, other than getting them waxed or threaded.  Although we can see professional makeup artists and talented beauty bloggers creating those perfect brows, and it can be a bit overwhelming to try to create a great brow yourself.  We’re sharing our tips for helping you to achieve your eyebrow goals so you can feel just as great with your own brows.

Start With a Great Shape
We all have different face shapes, and different eyebrow goals – it’s important to really get a solid great shape with your brows to work from.  Whether you choose to get your brows waxed or threaded it’s important to make sure that you seek the help of someone who’s experienced and knowledgeable on creating a shape that will suit your face and goals in the best way possible.  Typically, experts suggest that your eyebrows on the inside stop where you can hold a straight line up from the side of your nostril, the arch should be where you hold a straight line through your pupil and your eye and where the straight line ends, and finally the end of your brows should end where a straight line from your outer nose passes through the outer corner of your eyes and past – it should be any further than that.

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Keep Up With Grooming
Of course, if you really want to be achieving your eye brow goals it’s going to be important to make sure that you keep up with grooming your brows.  Plucking your stray hairs as they grow in and really setting aside a few minutes every week or two to keep your brows shapely and tame is going to be essential in helping you really maintain and achieve your eyebrow goals.

Get Your Technique Right
Anytime we talk about makeup, we remind you that to really get your technique down and consistent, it takes practice.  You know – practice does make perfect!  Achieving your eyebrow goals is no different here.  You’re going to want to take your time and practice your technique.  Typically, to get the most natural look, applying a product in short quick strokes is going to give a more hair-like type of look.  Using a spoolie product is said to help blend everything together in the best way.

Have the Proper Products
Just like anything else, having the right tools and products is necessary to keep you on track to achieving your eyebrow goals.  Depending on the products that you’re the most comfortable using, whether it’s an eyebrow pencil or powder product – you want to make sure they are products that you’re really comfortable and confident in using.  Typically, experts suggest that using two different shades of product is the best way to get the most natural look.

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