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Little girl having a lollipop in a park

Easy Summer Hairstyle Ideas for Girls

Summertime hairstyles are always fun to change up, and when it comes to hairstyles for girls, the possibilities are virtually endless. Summertime begs for a lot more updo styles than does any other season, to keep cool in the heat, plus to look stylish and cute all the time. Lionesse has some simple and easy summer hairstyle ideas for girls that will keep them looking cool, while feeling cool and breezy as well.

Beautiful little girl with a ponytail in a park

Ponytails are simple, quick and easy – and all they require is one hair elastic and about 5 seconds worth of time to create. There are many different ponytail styles, from the most simple, basic, common pony to the more elaborate pony which is infused with style and flair. Ponytails make for a quick fix when playing at the park, or when you’re in a rush to dance class. They look cute with any outfit, and are suitable for any occasion.

Young girl with a bun hairstyle doing ballet.

Buns are another quick fix style that don’t require much more than a hair tie, or bobby pins to secure the style. A quick bun can be completed in about 30 seconds or less, and there are also many different bun type hairstyles to choose from. There are messy buns, sock buns, braided buns, chignons, and more. Buns are another style that works with any outfit or event, and they can be worn high on the head, on the middle of the back of the head, the side of the head, or low. This is the perfect go-to style for summer when your little girl is sweating and needs to beat the heat.

Young girl with braided hair in a park

With so many different braided hairstyles to choose from, a braided style is the way to go in terms of creativity. There are so many different braided styles to create that you could choose to create a different one every day of the week, and still have some left over. Braids keep the hair off of her shoulders and out of her face, allowing her the freedom to play outdoors with her friends while staying cool – and they can be worn to fancy restaurants and even on picture day. They’re a great style to learn how to create, and to teach your little girl how to do.

Young girl with wavy hair.

Waves are a summer essential style. You can remove braided looks to unveil a head full of waves, or use a curling wand on your child’s hair on a low setting to create a waved look. From beachy waves, to boho waves, and even glamorous waves, the possibilities are endless. This look goes for anything as well. It’s quick and simple when just removing braids and spritzing the hair with some sea salt spray and scrunching to get a fast beach waved look.

Young girl wearing a headband and a white dress.

Headband Styles
With the wide variety of headbands to choose, headband styles are perfect for little girls. There are headbands which wrap entirely around the head and are made of an elastic type material, to those which are fitted to the head and are made of plastic, to cloth wrapped plastic headbands and more. You can put a headband on her alone with her hair down, or with a ponytail or bun to accessorize her look.

Mother making her daughter's hair

Tips for Flat Ironing Your Child’s Hair

Mother combing her daughter's hair.

Children, as you may well know, have a much different hair structure than that of an adult. Certain care needs to be taken to avoid damaging their hair. Lionesse understands that the occasion may arise when a special hairstyle needs to be created for a special event. If your child has curly hair, and you’re thinking of giving them the royal treatment by flat ironing her hair, we’ve got some tips to help you be extra careful while making her look like a pretty princess.

Go Easy on the Heat
Children tend to have a much thinner hair structure than we as adults tend to. Even for those of us who have thin hair, their hair is much finer and much more delicate. Due to this, it’s very important to note that using a flat iron on a low heat setting is the best course of action in this case. Be sure to turn the heat setting way down to the lowest setting for your little girl, and you will protect her hair the best you possibly can to avoid unnecessary burns to the hair and other damage caused by excessive heat.

Use a Spray Heat Protector
Anytime you use a flat iron on your child’s hair, be sure to go in with a good quality flat iron spray all over the hair to protect the hair from burns and help it to flatten more easily.

Woman brushing her daughter's hair.

Use a Great Quality Flat Iron
When you are taking any type of a heat tool to your child’s hair, you want to ensure you are using one that is of the absolute best quality. Not every heat styling tool is the same. For a great option, check out our ceramic flat irons. They cause less heat damage to the hair, have adjustable heat settings perfect for you and for her, and are made to last. They are also durable and come in a variety of fun colors. The better the quality product, the better the end results – sans the damage caused by the other heat styling tools on the market.

Don’t Flat Iron Often
Children don’t need to have their hair flat ironed very often. Once in a great while is a good idea, and it should be saved for special occasions such as recitals or performances, weddings, or birthday parties. The more often you heat style her hair, the more likely she will be to wind up with damaged hair.

Use Hair Spray
To keep her style in place after flat ironing, you can go in with a little bit of hairspray to hold the style in place all day. A little hairspray for a child goes a long way, so be sure to incorporate some to avoid having to go in for touch-ups.

Woman applying treatments on her child's hair.

Use a Hair Serum
If you want to protect her style from humidity, you can opt for using a tiny bit of hair serum to the middle of her hair down to the ends of her hair. This will protect the style when she has to step outside during the summer, and also offer some great shine as well. For a great quality hair serum, try our Lionesse Hair Serum which will offer plenty of protection and shine.

Woman trying out a product in a cosmetics store

Be Fearless: Our Tips for Trying New Beauty

When you’re faced with the idea of trying new beauty tips, advice, trends, or products, are you the kind of woman who dives right in, or are you a bit more reserved? If you’re the latter, Lionesse would like to inspire you to become fearless and get your feet wet in the wonderful world of beauty. There are so many things to be excited about once you knock the nervousness out of the way. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can try new beauty without being afraid to get involved and change up your routine.


Try Sample Products
If you are browsing through products at your favorite beauty store and you come upon a product you’re interested in, it’s always best to ask the associate if you might be able to take a sample product home with you. Certain beauty stores do allow this, and you can usually get up to 3-5 samples at a time. This goes for all products in store, whether it’s a powdered bronzer, perfume, or lip color. Asking for samples allows you to use the product, see if you like it, love it, or hate it, and from there, you can make the educated decision to buy or not to buy.

Woman reading a fashion magazine.

Research Trends
Going into buying beauty products blind is a very, very bad thing to do. You want to know what’s hot, what’s trending for the season, and what colors you should be working with. To do that, you will need to do a bit of research on your own. Browse through the pages of your favorite beauty magazine, research beauty trends on the internet, and see what you like. Another great place to look is at pictures from the red carpet events and movie premieres. See what all of the celebrity women are up to. If you like something from their style, try to mimic it and go from there.

Woman in a beauty store.

Ask Expert Advice
When you just aren’t sure if a particular color, scent, or product would work well with your skin tone or particular hair type, you will want to ask expert advice. Whether it’s a beautician, stylist, or associate in the store you are working in, you will want to make sure you ask their opinion before indulging in the products that might actually work against you rather than for you.

It’s Only Temporary
Remember, when making a beauty purchase, as long as it’s not too pricey – it’s okay if you eventually don’t like it. Chances are, something you loved when you bought will wear out it’s welcome as it does for most of us anyways. Remember that beauty products are only temporary items, so it’s okay to buy them and love them for a little while. They aren’t big investments or long-term commitments, like marriage or a tattoo. Just say yes and go with it – as long as you love it when you buy it, that’s all that matters!

Woman with a stylish hairstyle.

Cool and Edgy Hair Inspiration

Edgy, new hair styles are always fun to look at and adopt some of the style into your own personal look. Today, Lionesse wants to take a look at some of the ways you can find cool and edgy hair inspiration to incorporate into your own life, and also, take a look at some of the celebrities you should keep your eye on to always bring you fresh, new ideas.

Beauty blogger showing a hair tutorial.

Websites for Hair Inspiration
Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram are some of the top websites you can visit to find inspirational hair photos. There are always a plethora of new, edgy styles worn by regular, everyday average people, all the way to beauty bloggers, and celebrities alike. These three are great places to look for everyday inspiration, hair tutorials and more. If you would like a more in-depth look at how to create a hairstyle, you can also check out YouTube and other video oriented websites to help you get a step by step look. Lionesse also regularly posts up picture tutorials on our various websites, as well as styling videos on our Youtube channel, where you can gain invaluable styling tips and information.

Stylish woman with a sexy hairstyle

Celebrities to Keep Your Eye On
Depending on the type of style you want to achieve, there are always plenty of celebrity women to keep your eyes on to get the style inspiration you need. Some of the best celebrity women to watch out for who always have a cool, new and edgy ‘do are:

  • Katy Perry
  • Nikki Minaj
  • Rihanna
  • P!NK
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Scarlett Johansen


Katy Perry is known for her flamboyant, wild color options whenever she steps out for a premiere or red carpet event. She always implements her personality into her style, keeping her hair cool and creative at all times.

Nikki Minaj is another one who adores wearing wild styles in various colors. She’s infamous for wearing wigs with crazy color concoctions and styles, which are usually futuristic, and never ceases to amaze us with the look.

Rihanna has been known to rock edgy, almost punkish styles throughout the years, sporting everything from long mohawks, to extensions, to curly styles and more. She is another one that loves wearing brightly colored hair and rocks it to her personality each time.

Singer/Songwriter P!NK has always been known for her crazy-cool hair colors, from pink (obviously) to platinum blonde, to green and everything in between. We always see her with super short locks, but her style does tend to change in regard to the short style we see her with every now and again.

Victoria Beckham is another great hair inspiration for all of us. She adores a chin length bob most of the time, but keeps it edgy with new colors and frayed edges, angles, and fringe. She also adores the ‘bump’ look, by incorporating teasing into her everyday look. She always manages to look classy and gorgeous, though, no matter what.

Last but not least, Scarlett Johansen is another beauty to keep your eye out. She changes her hairstyle frequently, but we usually don’t see her with hair any longer than shoulder length. She sometimes wears wild waves and then the next day, opts for something a bit sleeker with a straightened style.

Debbie Harry

Beauty Rebel Profile: Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry

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There’s not many girls we can remember from the 1980’s era, or any other era for that matter, that we can remember here at Lionesse being more of a beauty rebel than Debbie Harry, a.k.a. Blondie. Except, maybe, for Madonna. Yes, definitely Madonna.

This lovely lady was not only one of the most successful singers of the era, but she had always gone her own way when it came to style, fashion, hair and makeup. What makes her such a beauty rebel, you may ask? Well, let’s take a closer look at her fashion style and her makeup styles to really give you a better look at Ms. Harry, and why we believe she’s noteworthy in terms of being a beauty rebel.

Blondie, as we know her, was always seen wearing something flamboyant and ‘far out’. She could sometimes be seen in an elegant dress, which she would match with a dark pair of tights rather than pantyhose as was typical, playing down the elegance of the dress. She also clearly didn’t believe in wearing a bra. She could often times be seen wearing bikini bottoms with a vintage t-shirt, and other styles that were completely different from the norm. Why did she wear these things? Because she wanted to, and she could. Her attitude about fashion seemed to be that she wore whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted, and loved every minute of it.

Debbie Harry always loved to create punkish, cool hairstyles that weren’t typical of their particular time frame. She wore her notoriously blonde hair style almost all of the time, sometimes incorporating black areas in the hair to contrast, and adding in large flowers in a Hawaiin type style. She would usually wear her hair in a wild style, flaring out the sides with plenty of hairspray and keeping short bangs to accent her hair. She could also be seen with a fringe bob with straight bangs, among other styles. She said nay to the typical permed, big hair look, and went her own direction.

Debbie Harry’s makeup and cosmetic style was still very 70’s even in the 80’s. She loved to wear lots of bold eyeshadow, in hues such as blue, and dark eyeliner. She also loved rich colored glossy lips. She loved to do her eyes up, but didn’t pay too much attention to her cheeks, contouring such as the rest of the women were with immense amounts of blush. Generally, her eyes and lips were her main beauty focus. She had pale skin, and didn’t like to spend much time in the sun. At 69 years old, she still looks as fabulous as ever – even though she currently resides in Miami, Florida – due to the fact that she cared for her skin well. That’s impressive!

Debbie Harry is one of the most iconic beauty rebels of all time – and we need to thank her for encouraging women everywhere to step out, be themselves, and create their own look – no matter what others may think.

Woman getting a hair treatment in a salon.

The Truth Behind Co-Washing

The trend of co-washing has begun to take the beauty world by storm. Many of you may have heard of it, while others are sitting scratching your heads trying to figure out just what the heck it is. For those who have never heard of co-washing, no, it doesn’t involve taking a shower with your partner – although, that idea sounds nice! It’s more along the lines of nixing your shampoo a few times a week, and cleansing your hair with a conditioning product rather than your regular shampoo. Lionesse wants to break down the truth behind co-washing by going into detail as to what it is, why some women are opting for it, and whether or not it actually provides any real benefit. We also want to distinguish the truth from lies, so read on to find out more.

What Is Co-Washing?
As mentioned above, co-washing is a type of cleansing method using a conditioner rather than a shampoo. There are conditioning products available that incorporate cleansers in the mix, which are made for this purpose alone, which are available for purchase. The ‘Co’ in ‘Co-washing’ actually translates to conditioner washing.

Stylish shampooing hair in a salon.

Why Wouldn’t You Want to Shampoo?
Some women believe that co-washing will provide the hair with more moisture, less dryness, and will also cause less damage to the hair because many shampoos strip the hair of its natural oils, and can also strip color from the hair. For those with color treated hair, this can be beneficial. This can also be beneficial for those who find their shampoo leaves their hair feeling dry and brittle.

Does it Work?
From what those who are using the co-washing method are saying, the popular opinion is that co-washing does help to heal dry hair, and will more than likely help to retain your color for a longer period of time. However; with that being said, there are many experts saying that conditioner alone will not get the hair as clean as a shampoo would, nor would it have the capabilities of removing product buildup or oils from your strands. If you have oily hair, and are infusing your hair with more moisture, this can even lead to breakouts on your head and hairline.

If your scalp is full of product, and isn’t clean, your hair will likely slow in growth as well. If you want your hair to grow out, a clean scalp is the way to go. If you notice a slowdown in hair growth when using the co-washing method, chances are, this could have something to do with it.

Woman getting a shampoo in the salon

Other Options
Rather than implement a co-washing regimen into your weekly routine, why not opt for a sulfate free shampoo? Sulfate is one of the worst ingredients found in your shampoo bottle, as it strips the hair – both of natural oils, as well as color – and is also bad for your overall body in terms of health concerns. Sulfate free shampoos come in many scents and styles for all hair types, and are usually found in organic food stores as well as specialty stores. They can help to retain color as well, due to their gentle cleansing properties. They are a great option for those with curly hair to help them avoid frizz.

While co-washing is trending, it most likely won’t stick around for too long being that it doesn’t really have as many benefits as people are touting. Changing your shampoo and using a good conditioner in conjunction is probably your best bet if you’re noticing side effects of your shampoo, or just aren’t happy with your current shampoo. Also, washing your hair less – opting for 2-3 times per week is sufficient – is another great way to keep your hair healthy, shiny, and moisturized. Over washing can cause some serious damage to your strands – so try to avoid that.

Collage of a woman with short hairstyles

The Chin Length Chops for Your Face Shape

Summer is here – and that means it’s time to opt for a shorter, cuter style than you had during the past year. Shorter cuts are much easier to maintain, keep you cool, and look cute and stylish. Chin length cuts are one of the best routes to take for a short summer style – not too short, not too much length – they’re just about right. Lionesse has the lowdown on chin-length cuts that are perfect for every face shape, and you can check them out in the article below.

The Fringed Bob hairstyle

Heart Shaped Faces – Fringed Bob
Heart shaped faces do look cute with a chin-length cut, but be careful of adding in layers or too short of a style. You don’t want to go above the chin with a heart shaped face as it can make your face appear wider than heart shaped. Also, you should opt for a side part, but stay away from a center part. Adding fringe on top of the hair is a great idea, and wearing your bob in a wavy or curly style is another great option for you.

Bob with side swept bangs hairstyle

Round Faces – Bob with Side Swept Bangs
Those with round faces usually struggle with their face shape and are always looking for ways to elongate their faces. Straight bangs should be avoided as they make the face appear shorter in length. Bobs with side swept bangs are perfect for round faces. Lots of layers will add dimension to the hair, and a side part will help to elongate your face, taking away from the roundness of your face shape if that’s what you would like to go for. It will look classy and very pretty, and is perfect for the summer months. Stay away from curls and waves, as this will make your face appear fuller.

Angled bob with wavy hair style

Oval Faces – Most Versatile; Many Options
The girls with oval faces should count themselves lucky, as this face shape is the most versatile in terms of hair style. You can wear it in a cute angled bob, toss in some waves and side-swept bangs, or nix the bangs completely. You could also wear it straight with some longer sections in the front, and shorter in the back. Or, opt for all one length and add layers to add volume and style. Girls with oval face shapes also look phenomenal with longer hair, and can style it as they see fit because it will all look fantastic!

Side swept bangs hairstyle

Square Faces – Angled Cut with Side Swept Bangs
A cut that offers long, angled sections in the front to frame the face and incorporated side swept bangs will really help to elongate your face and soften your jaw line. It will also look great with some layer, fringe, or waves. Those with square faces can also safely wear curls as the curls will soften your features as well. Anything with whisps in the front and opting for a rounded cut will also suit your jawline well.

Woman examining her split ends

Tips to Avoid Split Ends

Split ends are one of those hair nuisances that nobody wants to deal with, yet we all do deal with them at some point or another in life. Known as Trichoptilosis in scientific terminology, split ends are normally caused by excessive damage done to the hair through means of heat styling and harsh brushing techniques. Lionesse would like to provide you with some tips to combat and avoid split ends in the article below.

Woman washing her hair while taking a bath.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
Rather than washing your hair every day, try to wash it every other day or even twice a week. This way, your hair is better able to develop its own natural oils to coat the hair, leaving behind soft, silky, smooth tresses, sans damage from over drying.

Woman brushing her hair

Brush Your Hair Properly
When brushing your hair, opt for a cushiony paddle brush that provides plenty of leverage and less damage to the follicles. When brushing your hair, always hold the hair as if you were creating a ponytail over the side of your shoulder, in front of you, and brush from the ends to the roots to avoid pulling down on the hair.

Woman conditioning her hair

Only condition the ends of your hair and work the remaining product upwards towards the crown of your head. Never go in with product on the crown and work your way down to avoid weighing down your hair. This will create smooth, great looking hair that is free of tangles and knots. Allow the conditioner to sit on your hair for about two minutes – and contrary to what you’ve heard, don’t completely rinse the conditioner from your hair all the way. Leave just a little to provide that extra touch of softness.

Woman using a flat iron to style her hair.

Blow Drying & Heat Styling
When blow drying your hair, ensure you don’t apply direct heat to the ends of the hair – this is especially true if you plan on using another heat styling tool. Even when using another heat styling tool, such as a flat iron, try to avoid the ends of your hair completely – at least for a few days until the natural oils in your hair have had time to work their ways through to the end. One final, most important note – always use a thermal protectant spray or serum to protect the hair before heat styling.

Woman trimming her hair.

Don’t Over-trim Your Hair
Many women go in for trims much more often than is necessary. By taking proper care of your hair, you can avoid making excess trips to the salon to have trims done. If you notice you have a split end on a hair or even a few, whip out your hair cutting scissors and simply remove those split ends from your hair. Cheaper, faster, and saves the rest of your hair from being trimmed excessively.

Woman wiping her hair with a towel

Towel Drying
When towel drying your hair, don’t ever rub the towel all over your head in a messy fashion. Rather, grasp your hair in the towel and simply squeeze gently to remove the excess water from the hair.

Woman with a romantic hairstyle wearing a barrette.

80’s Hair Accessories to Wear Now

There are many hair accessories from the 80’s which seem to be getting a lot of attention. Today, Lionesse wants to highlight some of those accessories and help you to be fashion-forward and stay on top of looking your best with today’s trends.

Stylish woman wearing a black headband

Headbands, as you all know, are very much in trend and come in a variety of styles, colors and looks. From cloth headbands that wrap completely around the head, to lace headbands which are worn the same, to thin elastic headbands, and even floral printed stationary headbands, these are all great choices when opting for a modern 80’s vibe.

Woman wearing a hair bow.

Bows were another big hair staple in the 80’s. The bigger the bow, the better was the motto. Like headbands, these also came in as many varieties, styles, and colors as are under the rainbow. Some were adorned with jewels, while others had ribbons and trinkets which would dangle from them. Nowadays, tiny hair bows are very trendy, and can usually be found at nearly any store. You can choose to opt for solid colors, or get floral prints – either one would work fine.

Hair Combs
Hair combs are yet again making a comeback. These hair accessories were a fun way to dress up any hairstyle during the 80s, and are yet again back to help you to make a hair and fashion statement. Choose colors you love – but whatever you do, don’t go neon! Many hair combs can look exquisite and elegant, depending on the material used and design crafted into them. Look around for some you really like, and insert them into an updo style for a perfect accessory piece.

Woman wearing a barette

Barrettes never really went away after the 80’s, although for quite a while, many girls did away with their use. Now, it’s time to bring them back. Barrettes can work fabulously to hold up a half-up half-down hairstyle, or to keep falling hair in place when in an updo. They can also be used to accent ponytails, or to pin one side of the hair up behind the ear. Whatever look you want, they will provide a great accent.

Woman wearing a scrunchy

Some of you may balk at the idea of using scrunchies again, but these clever, soft hair accessories will give you style and comfort in a minute. They are easy on the hair as there is no exposed elastic, ensuring you don’t cause any unnecessary or undue damage to your follicles – and they come in many colors and sizes as well. Pair one with a ponytail look, a pair of boyfriend skinnies, and a tank for a cute summery look that screams 80’s.

We know there is a fine line between 80’s style and 80’s faux pas, and that’s why we are offering you the best hair care advice possible to not cross that line. If you want to give one of these 80’s inspired accessories a go – have at it, and have fun!

Old blow dryer

Reuse Your Old Beauty Tools in New Ways

Investing money into beauty tools can be quite pricey – and many of us have grown fond of specific products in which we use on a regular, if not daily, basis. For many of us, some of our old beauty tools are still sitting around. Remember back in the 80’s when everyone had one of those super cool hair crimpers? How many of us still have one of those laying around? After all, it was just one of those products we all had a hard time parting ways with.

We here at Lionesse feel your pain and struggle in letting some of your old products go – and that’s why we want to make it so you don’t have to! We’ve put together a clever list of ways to use your old beauty tools in new, trendy ways that will keep you looking stylish – all while experiencing the nostalgia of using your old products. Read on to find out how you can put your old styling tools and beauty faves to use once again.

Woman using a crimper to style her hair

Rather than ditch that old hair crimper that you loved so much, why not use it to create a braided style? That’s right, ladies – break out the crimper and get ready to get styling! Simply crimp your hair as you used to do – refrain from teasing the hair into a poufy, frizzy, dreadful mess, ladies – and create your braid of choice. You can wear a gorgeous braid in any style while offering plenty as a conversation piece by use of one of these bad boys!

Old blow dryer

Blow Dryer
While you may not want to break out the old blow dryer that was less than good quality to use for your hair, you can make use of this tool by using it as a mirror and window de-fogger post shower. All you need to do is plug it in, turn it on, and aim straight at the mirrors and windows, moving back and forth as you would with your own hair. Fog, be gone!

Closeup of an old mascara wand

Mascara Wands
If you have some old mascara containers laying around – even from as far back as the 1980s – you can remove them from the bottle, give them a good cleaning with some liquid makeup remover, and then wash them in antibacterial soap to remove germs and bacteria. From there, you can use your clean, fresh mascara wand as a brow tool to keep your brows tamed.

Woman using an eyeshadow brush to apply makeup

Old Eyeshadow Brushes & Makeup Sponges
You can use those old eyeshadow sponge brushes to create the perfect ombre manicure as they are the perfect size. If they’ve been used, wash them in antibacterial soap to remove any product buildup and paint two colors onto the sponge head. Press onto your nail, and rock back and forth to coat the entire nail in polish. Paint a clear coat over the top to seal in the color. The same can be done with old makeup sponges as well.