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The Potential Adverse Effects Of Hair Straightening Treatments

woman straightening hair

There’s definitely something about straight hair that’s incredibly chic.  In the world we live in, we have access to so many different hair treatments – more than many of us really even realize!  It’s an exciting time for the hair world with so many advancements being made and continuing to be made.  Hair straightening treatments are probably one of the more commonly known and utilized treatments by women throughout a lot of the country.  We’re all about the ease and chicness it brings to your hair look, but of course with all good things there are some not so amazing things that can come along with them.  We want to make sure you’re aware of ALL aspects of hair treatments because the more you know – the more you know!  We’re sharing the potential adverse effects of hair straightening treatments just so you’re aware in case you’re on the fence.

Hair Dryness
One of the most common adverse effects of hair straightening treatments is that some people will experience a lot of dryness in their hair.  Because of the process that that treatment requires to give your hair that straightening effect, many women notice that their hair begins to look dry, dull and even a bit frizzy.  Our hair needs moisture, so when it’s stripped of a lot of the natural moisture it tends to look drier.

Allergic Reaction
Additionally, some people who have hair straightening treatments done experience allergic reactions.  While this isn’t something that everyone experiences, it is a potential adverse effect of hair straightening treatments because of the fact that these treatments are done with the use of chemicals.  Any time that there are chemicals of any kind involved in a process like this, it’s possible that your body/hair/skin may not react in the way that you had hoped.  For the most part, people will experience an allergic reaction within a few days after they’ve had the initial treatment done.  Typically, those that do have allergic reactions from these treatments tend to have itching and redness in the scalp, skin and even in the eye area.  If you do have a hair straightening treatment done yourself, it’s important to make sure you seek the help of a medical professional if you do experience an allergic reaction like this.

woman with damaged hair

Hair Loss or Breakage
Another potential adverse effect of hair straightening treatments is that some people may experience hair loss or breakage.  This, like the other potential adverse effects, is something that not everyone experiences but is something that’s possible.  Typically, this potential side effect or effect is the result of chemicals or techniques being used improperly in the treatment process.  However, it’s also been found to be the result for some because their hair follicles become weak or damaged in a way that causes the hair to fall out or break on certain areas.  Typically, those that have this type of effect notice that their hair loss is fairly significant.

Keeping up with healthy hair care habits is essential when getting any treatment.  Any time that you’re considering getting a chemical treatment done to your hair, it’s important to make sure you seek the assistance of an experienced professional, and ask about all the specifics to ensure that you’re keeping your hair’s health.

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curling iron on hair

What To Do When You’ve Crisped A Curl

curling iron on hair

Creating a curly hair style is always fun when it turns out the way you wanted.  There’s something about curly hair that’s always fun and enjoyable to work with for a fun look.  But sometimes, the curly hair look goes a bit wrong.  It’s no shame, we all get a little hair mishap when it comes to creating a fun hair style.  If you’ve ever crisped a curl a little too much, you know what we’re talking about here.  So we thought we would share what to do when you’ve crisped a curl so you can be fully prepared to give your hair a quick revival when needed if it happens again.

There are so many different ways that you can crisp a curl while trying to curl your hair.  There are plenty of different factors when it comes to keeping your hair crisp free from burns.  But regardless, if you’ve found yourself with a bit of a crisped curl there are a few things you’re going to want to make sure you do to keep your hair as healthy as possible.  The first thing to consider is that experts suggest any time you burn your hair a bit too much while curling (or styling) it is you need to make sure to tend to it as quickly as possible.  Not treating your crisped hair quick enough can cause your hair to have further damage and cause it to take longer to recuperate after.

The thing is, when we crisp our hair, we need to make sure that we get plenty of moisture and hydration onto the hair as quickly as possible.  When our hair gets a little crisp it takes a lot of the natural moisture right out of the hair – which is often why you may have noticed any time that you crisp your hair you find your hair feels very dry … almost like straw or stringy locks left.  Adding moisture to your hair as quickly as possible is a great way to get the moisture back into your hair to start helping it to repair as soon as you can.  There are a few different ways you can add moisture back into the hair, experts suggest either going to a leave-in conditioning product to get that moisture in and get some hydration going.  But if you don’t have any leave in conditioner handy when you first find you’ve crisped a curl you can use a natural oil that’s lightweight in your hair.  Something like argon or Moroccan oil have been found to be beneficial in situations like this.  You only need a small amount of these natural oils, but you’ll want to gently massage it into the hair to give it the moisture in a gentle manner.

After you’ve applied the immediate treatment to add moisture into the hair quickly, many experts suggest getting a hair mask or deep conditioning product to give your hair a deep hydrating treatment to help your hair after the immediate shock of the crisp.

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woman blowing bubble gum

Even Ladies Can Get Gum In Their Hair

woman blowing bubble gum

Ever get gum in your hair?  Listen, we’ve all been there – or at least have a friend who has.  It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, accidents happen!  Of course we realize it’s much easier to say not to get embarrassed or panicked about it than actually doing.  But listen, even ladies can get gum in their hair.  Unfortunately, none of us are exempt from having a wad of gum getting caught in our hair from time to time.  But you know we always want to help you be as prepared as possible in as many situations as possible which is why we thought we would share some advice on how to remove gum from your hair should you happen to find yourself stuck in that situation in the near future.

The first key to getting gum out of your hair is to avoid panicking too much as it can only make things worse.  Let’s face it…gum plus hair can equal a total mess if we panic and try to pull it out of our hair in a tizzy.  Take a few deep breaths before doing anything – trust us, you can remove the gum from your hair much easier when you’re not in a total panic mode.  Experts suggest that using a hair care product like mousse to remove the gum can be incredibly effective.  To use mousse product to get gum out of your hair you need to take a decent amount of the product and start gently rubbing it into your hair and the gum area.  Be generous in the amount of mousse you’re using here.  You will begin to find as you rub the gum with the mousse on your hair the gum will begin to loosen up and break off your hair gently.

If you don’t happen to have any mousse around your house or wherever you are, you can do the same type of method using peanut butter.  It’s important to make sure that the peanut butter that you use isn’t crunchy or has anything in it – you need the smooth kind of peanut butter for this to work properly.  People have found that the oil that’s in the peanut butter is what helps the peanut butter to break the gum from your hair in an easy way.  You’re going to do the same type of process as using the mousse with peanut butter, however, some suggest using a new toothbrush to brush the gum out of your hair in a downward motion.  You’re going to want to maneuver the gum towards the ends of your hair with the toothbrush, using the peanut butter on your hair to loosen it up.  Of course, after you’ve broken the gum free from your hair you’re going to want to take a shower to wash your hair as soon as you can.

If you don’t have gum or mousse handy – experts suggest that using any type of oil in the same manner can get you the same result.  Cooking oil, olive oil…you name it.  The oil will loosen the gum and keep your hair from getting too caught up.

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Woman wiping hair

Dealing With Dry Hair and Split Ends

Dry hair and split ends… they’re both hair struggles that we’ve all dealt with a time or two (or more) in our lives.  This is especially true as we’re in the midst of the winter season, when we tend to deal with a lot of extra dryness in the air…and in our hair.  However, they’re not hair struggles that have to be detrimental to our hair – it’s true!  We have some great tips to help you with dealing with dry hair and split ends, so you don’t have to feel like your hair is a disaster any longer!

Woman using a hair dryer

Go Easy on the Heat
When you have dry hair and/or split ends, one of the first things you’re going to want to do to help you to really deal with these issues is to back off on the heat.  The thing about heated hair styling tools is they’re wonderful to help you create fun hairstyles but when used too often they can make dry hair and split ends even worse.  Try backing off on the amount of times you’re using these types of products throughout the week – your hair will thank you and you’ll likely notice that the dryness and split ends won’t be quite as noticeable.

Step Up Your Conditioning
Split ends are often a result of your hair becoming very dry and brittle (aside from the obvious of needing a trim).  What the two struggles have in common is that your hair is lacking enough moisture and conditioning.  Stepping up your conditioning routine can help tremendously when dealing with dry hair and split ends.  We’re not just talking about using that conditioner that you use in the shower after you shampoo your hair, either.  Experts suggest adding in a leave in conditioner to your routine, and even doing a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week.  When you’re dealing with these types of hair care conditions you need to add as much moisture and repair as possible and conditioners are essential for doing that.

Woman wiping hair

Be Careful When Your Hair is Wet
Here’s the deal, when your hair is wet it’s at its most vulnerable state.  In addition, when our hair is wet it’s much more likely to develop split ends and can end up being even more dry if we don’t take proper care.  If you’re already dealing with dry hair and split ends, you really need to make sure that you’re being cautious when your hair is wet.  This means that you’re not going to brush your hair when it’s wet, instead use a wide toothed comb to get any knots out.  When you are getting knots and tangles out of your hair, it’s essential that you’re very gentle on the hair – you definitely want to make sure you’re doing this with leave in conditioner in to avoid causing more split ends and dryness from occurring.  In addition, be careful when drying your hair with a towel – gently squeeze the hair and don’t rub it dry with the towel.

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New Year's Eve party

Perfect New Year’s Eve Hairstyles

New Year's Eve party

New Year’s Eve is just days away – can you believe it?  Oh the excitement!  Now that we’ve passed the religious holidays, it’s time to ring in a new year.  There’s always something extra exciting about a New Year’s Eve party, regardless of how you celebrate that anticipation of a new year is fun…it’s a way to start fresh and make new plans to begin.  Of course, we can’t forget that the parties are always a great time.  You’re probably starting to put together the finishing touches for your outfit and beauty looks for the big night out, so we thought we would share some perfect New Year’s Eve hairstyle ideas to give you some inspiration!

Super Straight
With some of the 90’s vibes that we’ve been seeing, we’re all kind of loving the rise in super straight hair coming back.  If you’re looking for a hair style that’s simple but still chic, this is the perfect hair style for you.  Make sure to start by adding some anti frizz product to your hair before blow drying straight.  While using your hair dryer be sure you use it pointing down to emphasize the straight style.  Then run over all your hair (divided into sections) with a straightener and finish with a shine spray/product.  Voila!

Low bun hairstyle

Textured Low Bun
There’s something about New Year’s Eve parties that have us all wanting to get a little extra glam.  One of our favorite glam, but easy, hair styles has got to be the textured low bun hair style.  Start by adding some waves and/or curls throughout your hair, part your hair either in the center or off to the side – whichever you prefer.  Once you’ve added the waves/curls to your hair, make sure to spritz your hair with some hairspray to add some more texture.  To add volume at the roots you can do a little teasing with a brush or comb, especially focus on the back on top of your head.  Once you’ve done that, pull your hair back (loosely) into a low bun.  The great part about this hair style is that the less perfect it is, the more interesting it is.  Add bobby pins to hold it in place better and pull out some of the shorter pieces to add some of that effortless look.

Old Hollywood glam look

Old Hollywood Glam
No matter what the occasion, when you’re in the mood to get glammed up there’s something about going for an old Hollywood glam look that’s always so chic.  Yep, we’re talking about those gorgeous glam curls that just scream old Hollywood glam.  Of course start by drying your hair using a round brush to get more volume added to your hair, and be sure to dry it in a deep side part.  Break your hair up into sections and begin curling your hair in 1-2” pieces.  Once you’ve curled all your hair you’re going to take it a step further by taking each curl and pinning it up with bobby pins to your head to allow them to cool that way.  While they’re in the bobby pins spray your hair with hairspray to make sure you get that extra definition hold.  Once your hair has curled and set for 5-10 minutes you can release them from the bobby pins and do one last touch of hairspray.

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Beautiful woman

Great Low Maintenance Hairstyles

Beautiful woman

When it comes to your hair, most of us can agree we’d like a hairstyle that looks great but doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.  Even if you’re really great at getting to the salon on a regular basis and taking care of your hair, it’s just convenient and easy when you have a hairstyle that’s low maintenance.  However, sometimes it’s not always the easiest thing to really know what hairstyles are low maintenance or not.  We’re sharing some of our favorite, great low maintenance hairstyles to keep you in the know the next time you head into your hair salon.

Thin Hair
If you’re a thin haired lady, you already know that it can be difficult for you to really keep your hair put or appearing fuller without using a lot of products and styling tools.  Most experts suggest that the best hairstyle for ladies with thin hair is opting for something that’s all the same length.  It’s a great low maintenance hairstyle because your hair is able to kind of do its thing on its own, so you don’t have to do a lot of hair styling or adding a lot of different products.  Adding the element of your hair being one length, preferably in a blunt cut, gives your hair the appearance of being fuller as well.

Woman with short hair

Curly Hair
If you’re a curly haired lady, you’ve probably dealt with the struggle of finding a hairstyle that helps your curls to look their best and not require a ton of maintenance.  There are a few great hairstyle options for ladies with curly hair, depending on your length preferences.  If you’re up to try a shorter hairstyle, some experts suggest that a bob that’s longer in the front and shorter in the back is the best option for you.  It gives you the look of an actually styled hairstyle without actually having to do much other than washing and drying your hair.  In addition, it’s said to help add to your curls natural shape.  Now if you’re more of a longer locks kind of lady it’s suggested to make sure that you ask for a lot of layers throughout your hair – they help to take away some of the excess hair that can get a bit unruly and give your curls some natural shape.  Opting for a length that’s right around the shoulder or collarbone area is going to help give you shape, length and a super low maintenance style.

Thick Hair
Have thick hair?  Having a lot of hair can sometimes feel like it’s impossible to be low maintenance, but it’s possible!  Experts suggest that thick hair ladies avoid going too short as it can have a tendency of being harder to manage (ironic, right?).  Longer length hairstyles tend to work best for thick hair, and generally allow you to avoid a lot of hair styling.  Opt for long layers and face framing layers to match the longer length and give you some movement to your hair.

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static hair

Winter Beauty Struggles

The winter time always seems to just show up one day, even though we know it’s coming we’re always a little shocked when it finally arrives.  And throughout a lot of the country it’s definitely feeling like winter.  Of course one of the best parts about the winter season is the holiday season comes along with it.  Unfortunately we do have some winter beauty struggles that tend to show up every single winter season.  We’re all about being as proactive and informative as possible so we thought we would take a bit of time to chat about the most common winter beauty struggles and what to do about them so they don’t have to be struggles for you anymore.

chapped lips

Chapped Lips
You’re with us on this one, right?  We’ve ALL been faced with those dreaded chapped lips that seem to be notorious this time of year.  Sometimes it seems like no matter how much lip balm you apply they just continue to stay chapped until the winter season passes.  Well if you really want to stop letting those chapped lips be a continuous struggle for you the first thing to do is start exfoliating your lips.  Chapped lips REALLY need some exfoliation to get rid of the dead skin cells.  In addition, switch to a lip balm that’s more soothing and has a lot of vitamins in it to get your lips the moisture it needs.  Don’t forget to apply the lip balm right after you exfoliate.

All Over Dry Skin
Ok, we know it’s not just your lips that are chapped and dry this time of year.  So many of us tend to struggle with dry skin all over our bodies – it’s a lot due to the weather and climate conditions.  The best fixes for this struggle is to first step up your moisturizing routine and opt for a moisturizer that’s thicker in consistency to really get your skin the extra moisture.  In addition, avoid taking long, hot showers since it can honestly just make your skin feel even more dry.  Finally, don’t forget to exfoliate your skin – but be gentle!  Since your skin is dry be gentle, but you need to exfoliate to get the dead skin cells off your skin so it can better absorb the moisturizing products.

static hair

Static Hair
Feel like you just can’t win with your hair being so staticy?  You’re definitely not alone on this one.  Since the air is so much more dry our hair has a tendency of becoming pretty full of static.  One of the quick fixes for this hair struggle is to actually use a dryer sheet to run over your hair to eliminate any static.  But in the long run to really help avoid a lot of static in your hair, stepping up your conditioning game is going to help tremendously with this.  This time of year your hair is lacking a lot of moisture, so switching to a conditioner that’s more hydrating is helpful.  Plus, adding in a deep conditioning treatment once a week to your routine can also be incredibly beneficial for static hair.

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Using Hair Nets To Sculpt Your Holiday Do

Woman using hair nets

The holidays are here, and you’re probably starting to think about hairstyles to wear for all the special  events you’re attending.  You’ve probably done all your standard hairstyles already, and it’s always nice (and fun!) to switch things up with something a little different – especially for the holiday season.  Since we’re all feeling a bit more festive this time of year we all tend to crave wearing our hair, makeup, and clothes in different ways to accommodate the festiveness.  We recently came upon some fun new ideas for hairstyles that we just had to share with you because you’ve probably never thought about using hair nets to sculpt your holiday do – have you?  Before you think it’s odd, wait until you find out how to accomplish this hairstyle!

Spice Up Your Bun
Wearing your hair up in a bun is always chic and glamorous, but you may be longing for a change on this classic hairstyle.  Well, now you can sculpt your holiday bun by adding a hair net to the mix!  Yep, all you do is style your hair in the traditional bun look that you love and adore, then add the hair net to the bun portion.  It’s really THAT simple.  If you want to really mix things up look for a hair net that’s in a different texture or color to play around with different bun ‘accessories.’  If you’re not really a high bun/top knot kind of lady you can still add a hair net to a low bun hairstyle as well.  It’s easy to accomplish, so you won’t be spending hours styling your hair.  But the great thing is it doesn’t skip out on any festivity making it perfect for the holiday season.

Opt for a Hair Net ‘Hat’
Another one of our favorite ways to incorporate a hair net to sculpt your holiday do has got to be when a hair net is worn more like a veil or hat.  It’s grown in popularity to use this style for brides, but it’s not JUST for the brides.  If you have a more formal holiday event to attend add a hair net do it.  You can wear your hair down or in a low bun hairstyle.  The great part about adding a hair net in this way is quite a bit of your hairstyle is covered by the hair net so you don’t have to stress about having all of your hair perfect – since it won’t all be seen!  This typically looks best when the hair net is worn asymmetrical and off the one side a bit to create a more unique feel for your hairstyle.  The other bonus is to really wear a hair net like this is easy – all you have to do is add a few bobby pins in a color close to your own hair color to hold the hair net in place and you’re done!

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platinum blonde

Hottest Hair Colors of 2016

Woman getting her hair colored

As 2016 comes to a close, we’re all about taking a look back at everything we’ve seen, done, and worn throughout the year.  It’s pretty amazing as we look back at just 12 months to see all the trends that we’ve experienced – isn’t that the cool part about fashion and beauty, though?  Since we’re winding things down to ring in a new year we thought it was the perfect time to chat about the hottest hair colors of 2016.  Whether you rocked these hair colors yourself, admired them, or you’re looking for a little inspiration to switch up your hair color these hair colors were all the rage in 2016.

Bold Colors
It’s no secret that bold hair colors were having a major moment throughout 2016.  Between colors like bright purple and blue to rose gold hues – whatever shade someone adored was free game this year.  We saw an abundance of ladies going for statement hair colors like never before, and we kind of loved it.  Whatever the rise was, it was kind of this freeing thing to see a woman be bold enough to dye their entire head of hair one bold color (or multiple colors).  There’s something about the bold hair colors that seem so chic and trendy, pictures were cruising through social media celebrating these bold hair colors.  This hair color had to make it to the top of the list for the hottest hair colors of 2016 because we haven’t seen this much bold color so mainstream in… ever.

platinum blonde

Platinum Blonde
For a few years it really seemed like very dark hair colors were all the rage, but there year there was a major rise in the platinum blonde hair becoming so popular.  When we say platinum blonde, it was really the almost white blonde hair color that’s so trendy on so many celebs.  Kim Kardashian even dyed her famously dark hair this platinum blonde color a while back (although it was short lived).  It was definitely the year of making a bold statement, and many ladies decided to make their statement with platinum blonde locks.

The Bronde
Not quite sure what we mean here?  Odds are you’ve seen quite a few ladies rocking this hair color trend this year, it’s literally the combination of blonde and brunette hair colors.  Typically, this bronde hair color was done in a way where the colors faded really gorgeously together with some sort of technique like an ombre or bayalage effect.  Regardless, it was really fun to see that the blondes and brunettes were literally coming together this year.  Since years past it’s always been about either being blonde or brunette – we love that there were no limitations and women were actually just opting for both hair colors.  Imagine that!

It was definitely a year filled with exciting and different hair color trends, and you know what?  We loved it!  There was no shortage of statement making hair color options, regardless of your personal style and personality.  What was your favorite of the hottest hair colors of 2016?

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What is “Safe” Hair Care?

Woman using a flat iron

When it comes to hair care, most of us can admit (or secretly admit) that the safety of our hair care routine isn’t always at the top of the priority list.  We get it, it can get easy to get caught up in doing your hair quickly and getting out the door as quickly as possible, and when you get in that zone safety goes to the wayside.  But it got us thinking you’re probably wondering what is “safe” hair care?  You may not even be informed as to what makes hair care safe… or not safe.  So we’re sharing what some of the top safe hair care tips are, so you can start adapting them yourself.

Working WITH Your Hair Type
One of the biggest mistakes we see women making with their hair care is trying to work against their hair’s type.  The thing about working against your hair’s type is you can often end up having the opposite results you’re looking for.  Instead, start working WITH your hair type – your hair will work for you much better and it will be much safer and healthier for your hair.  When we say work with your hair type, we mean to make sure that you’re using hair care products that are designed for your hair’s type, making sure that you’re using heated styling tools at a temperature setting that won’t harm your hair, etc.

Pay Attention Your Hairstyles
Another common thing that we see with women, is not noticing when their hair is styled too tight.  Wearing hair styles that are too tight and cause some pulling to occur on your scalp can cause your scalp to be put under a lot of stress that can then lead to damage.  Instead, make sure you’re being safe with the tightness/looseness of your hairstyles.  If you feel discomfort it means it’s too tight so be sure to make necessary adjustments.

Be Gentle on Your Hair
When it comes to brushing, combing and styling your hair it’s kind of a habit to be a bit rough on your hair.  But the thing about being rough on your hair is it can lead to damage and problems to arise that you won’t be happy with later on.  This is especially true when your hair is wet, understand that your hair is much more vulnerable when its wet so you want to avoid using a brush and instead use a wide toothed comb – very gently.  In addition, don’t just rip through knots make sure you’re taking your time and really getting the knots out without damaging your hair.

Go Easy on the Heat
We can’t forget to mention the use of heat, there are so many hair care products that use heat to help you create the hair style you want.  And we’re all about them!  But since we’re talking about safe hair care, we have to stress that regardless of the quality of the product and how careful you are when using them it’s still essential that you give your hair a chance to breathe and don’t use them daily.

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