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Twisting Short Hair Into a Bun

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If you’re a short haired beauty you’ve probably spent a decent amount of time (probably more than you’d like to admit) trying to pin your hair back into a bun.  When you have short hair pinning your hair back can definitely get tricky, especially having it actually STAY back.  We know when you have short hair it can feel limiting when it comes to styling your hair and since buns are so popular, we didn’t want you to feel left out.  We’re sharing some of our favorite tips to twisting short hair into a bun to get you all the details you need to know!

Work In Sections
Since you have shorter hair to work with, one of the best ways to really twist your hair into a bun is going to be working in sections.  Depending on whether you’re creating a high bun or low bun will determine how you break up the sections of hair.  It’s important to realize that you don’t have to twist all your hair back  in one big  swoop to get it into a bun, divide your hair so that it’s easier to manage and work with.  This way you will also be able to have more control, pinning back sections with bobby pins if they fall a bit, etc.

It’s All About The Products
Here’s the thing, when it comes to styling hair in general using the right hair care products can make or break achieving the hairstyle.  This holds especially true when a short haired lady is looking to achieve a bun hairstyle.  Using products like texturizing sprays/mousse and volumizing products can really help you to create a gorgeous hairstyle, especially when you’re looking to create a bun.  These two types of products tend to work really well for short haired buns because they create the illusion of having more hair and give your hair some extra holding power.

Add Actual Twists
When working with shorter hair it can be the fly away pieces and shorter layers that can cause problems when trying to pin it back into a bun.  If you find this is a struggle for you, try actually incorporating twisted pieces of hair into the bun hairstyle.  The twists can wrap the layers around one another to keep them locked down a bit easier and allow you to actually keep your hair back, without trying to use a can of hair spray to do so.

We also think it’s worth noting that some of the most gorgeous bun hairstyles are the ones that aren’t ‘perfect.’  Having little fly away pieces around your face and the more effortless look is often more interesting than a bun that’s that perfect slicked back style, especially right now!  In addition, remember that before you get frustrated it can take a bit of practice to get used to twisting your hair back into a bun.  If you have some free time on the weekend or in the evenings use it to practice so you’re not trying to style your hair differently as you’re running out the door.

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Everyday Hairstyles That Look Better With Bling

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Do you ever feel like you just wear your hair the same way every day?  We all get in a bit of a rut, because sometimes it can seem like it’s an awfully lot of extra work to put your hair up in some complicated hairstyle.  And really…who has time (or wants the time) to be creating these crazy hairstyles before heading out the door in the morning?   We’re with you on that one, 100%!  The good news is you don’t have to create intricate hairstyles to have gorgeous hair, we’ve actually discovered some everyday hairstyles that look BETTER with bling.  That means you can wear your hair in the easy, everyday hairstyles you love and spruce it up with some bling.

Loose Waves
We know you love the loose waves hairstyle as much as we do, there’s something so effortless and easy about wearing your hair down in gorgeous waves.  But if you want to actually take it up a notch, try pinning your front bangs/pieces back with a blinged out bobby pin or clip.  Seriously, it can be THAT easy.  Pinning a few pieces back with a blingy clip is a way to keep your hairstyle super simple and easy, but look even better with the accessory added.

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Messy Bun
You probably throw your hair up in the traditional messy bun as often as we do, let’s face it – it’s super easy and gets your hair out of your face when you just don’t feel like dealing with it.  While we’re all about the casual feel of the messy bun, we think it looks even better when you add some bling.  Adding a bling headband or even pin to your hair when it’s back in a messy bun is a way to take it from typical everyday hair to WOW everyday hair.  You can have a lot of fun with this everyday hairstyle by adding bling, there are so many different fun bling hair clip, pins and headbands that you can try adding them strategically in different places throughout your hair to create a totally different look every  time.  The good news is, it will literally take seconds to actually transition this look.

Low Side Braid
Braids are EVERYTHING right now, and many of us make the low side braid hairstyle a go-to on second day hair (hello, it’s SO easy).  Sure the braids look great on their own, but if you want it to look even better tray adding a bling headband to the hairstyle.  It can truly turn this easy hairstyle into something that feels like you could take it to a more formal event if you wanted to.

The thing we love most about adding bling to everyday hairstyles is that you can wear these everyday hairstyles to work during the day, or even to a more formal event at night.  Wherever you wear them, you’ll stand out from the crowd because you’ve taken an everyday hairstyle up a notch like a true professional.

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Stimulating Natural Oil Production

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We all have hair, but we don’t all necessarily have hair that we love.  One major factor that plays into you having the gorgeous hair you desire is keeping your hair moisturized.  While we all know this, sometimes we don’t want to necessarily want to apply a bunch of ‘stuff’ to our hair and skin in order to achieve it.  There’s been a lot of discovery around stimulating natural oil production to moisturize your hair.  The great news is you can do this naturally, which means avoiding adding any additional chemicals and ‘stuff’ to your body.

Give Yourself A Scalp Massage
That’s right, experts have found that by giving yourself a scalp massage you’re able to stimulate the blood flow in the scalp.  When your scalp’s blood flow is stimulated, your scalp naturally produces oil in the way that it’s supposed to.  There’s been a lot of discovery around this, and the incredible benefits that come from scalp massages.  It’s actually suggested that you massage your scalp as often as possible.  You don’t need to spend an hour doing it, but just gently massaging the scalp can make the world of difference.  If it means natural oil production and more gorgeous hair…we’re in – how about you?!

Deep Condition Your Hair
We get it, going through a deep conditioning process can seem like a hassle sometimes.  However, many experts suggest that doing a deep conditioning treatment on your hair on a regular basis allows your hair to become more moisturized and healed, allowing it to naturally produce oil.  When your hair is in a healthier state, it’s able to function more properly, giving you the opportunity to naturally stimulate oil production.

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Avoid Too Much Heat
Look, we like hot showers just as much as anyone else…and we use heated hair styling products too.  But the thing is, when we have too much heat placed on our hair, it tends to become drier.  When our scalp and hair is put under a lot of stress, especially with heat, the dryness prevents your hair from producing a lot of the natural oils.  This means, in order to stimulate natural oil production in your hair, it’s wise to back off on some of the heat.  We’re not saying you have to avoid it altogether, but try not to over-do-it.  Back off on taking extremely hot showers, and try not to style your hair with heated styling tools every single day.  Give your hair a break from the heat, to give it a chance to produce oil naturally instead of getting too dried out.

Don’t Wash Your Hair, Too Much
Here’s the thing, when we shower we’re actually stripping our hair of its natural oils.  Since we’re taking out a lot of the natural oils by washing our hair too often, it doesn’t give you hair a chance to produce more naturally.  It’s suggested that you don’t wash your hair daily and instead get into a 2-3 day hair washing routine to allow your hair to get in the habit of naturally producing oil more regularly.

Have you found a way to stimulate natural oil production in your hair?

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Protect Every Strand Of Your Hair

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Ok, listen, we’re not here to judge you or scold you…but we know you’re not protecting your hair as best you could when you’re styling it.  We get it, it can feel like extra steps and extra time to get yourself out the door in the morning when chances are you’re already running late.  But here’s the deal, if you want to keep your hair healthy or get your hair healthier, you’ve GOT to start taking your hair protection seriously.  You don’t skip moisturizing your skin, so why skip important steps in your hair care routine?  We believe you should protect every strand of your hair, so we’re discussing how to help you do just that.

Most women use some sort of heated styling tools to style their hair on a daily basis, and while we’re all about you doing the same thing we also want to make sure you’re keeping your hair healthy in the process.  One of the most crucial steps to help you protect every strand of your hair is by utilizing a heat protectant product on your hair.  If you thought they were just an optional product before, you’ve got to switch that mindset!  Many hair experts have said that heat protectant products are NECESSARY anytime you plan on using heated styling tools.  Heat protectant sprays are designed to, well…protect your hair against the heat.  Even if you’re using the heated styling tools the proper way, you want to make sure your maintaining as much protection as possible and the best way to do that is with the use of product.

The best way to use heat protectant sprays it to simply apply it to damp hair.  Applying to wet/damp hair will allow the product to be absorbed by your hair, so you’re able to reap the benefits of the product.  In addition, make sure you read the directions.  We get it, sometimes the directions on hair care products seem silly and we all think we don’t need to actually read the directions.  But the thing is, some products are formulated in a specific way and for you to really get the benefits from using them you’re going to need to make sure you read the directions and FOLLOW them.  This way you won’t miss any important factors that need to come into play as you use these products.  There are a ton of different heat protectant products available so it’s really about finding what you like best, and works with your hair type.

The great thing about using a heat protectant is that by doing so, you’re able to create a protection barrier between your hair and the heat.  Which is why they’re so great at truly protecting your hair – obviously.  If you’re ready to take your haircare to the next level, maintain your hair’s health, and get it back to a healthier state, it’s time to incorporate a heat protectant into your haircare routine.  We know you won’t regret it!

Do you use a heat protectant?

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Tricks For Creating Pretty HairStyles

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If you’re like every other woman in the world, you get fed up with trying to create pretty hairstyles quite a bit.  It’s ok, we’ve all been there trust us.  While it can sometimes feel like it’s impossible to do unless you went to cosmetology school, it’s NOT!  You heard us!  We’ve discovered some pretty amazing tricks for creating pretty hairstyles that you’re going to LOVE because they’re not hard to use, either.  We’re all about helping you find easier, more efficient ways of creating the beauty looks you want and hairstyles are no different.  Ok, ok enough rambling we’ll get right to them!

The Bobby Pin Trick
Women everywhere…we’ve been using bobby pins WRONG this whole time!  Yep, you read that correctly.  If you’ve ever used bobby pins you probably placed them into your hair and assumed they would stay put, but they may have/probably slid out of your hair.  It turns out if you want to use bobby pins the correct way, you have to actually apply them to your hair with the wavy side of the pin facing towards your head.  The wavy part will grip more to your head, keeping it in place!

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Use Headbands In A Whole New Way
You’re probably no stranger to headbands, they’re pretty self-explanatory, but you’ve probably been wearing them in the traditional way with your hair down and the headband placed in your hair.  Well, if you’re looking for an easy way to create a pretty hairstyle look no further!  Placing your headband on your head, over your hair (think boho-hippie style here), you can simply curl up the rest of your hair into the headband.  It’s an easy way to create an up-do that doesn’t even require any bobby pins!  Hello easiest up-do of all time!

Cover Your Elastic Bands, Easily
If you’re looking to create a chic, pulled back hairstyle, it sometimes feels like it’s ruined by the chunky elastic band showing.  Well, if you’re tired of that happening, you can create a gorgeous, streamlined look wrapping your hair around the elastic band.  All you do is leave a small section of hair loose after you’ve pulled it back.  Once you’ve secured the rest of your hair how you want just wrap the little section around the elastic band to hide it and secure with a pin.  It’s really that easy!

Bring The Beach To You
Doesn’t it seem like you get the best hair when you’re at the beach?  Salt water just does wonders for the hair, and creates those gorgeous beachy waves we all love and try to recreate.  Well the good news is you can bring the beach to you now, by creating your own salt water spray.  Yep, all you do is mix seltzer water with sea salt and spray away!  It’s a super simple way to create salt water spray that gives you that gorgeous texture you only get from salt water.  Spritz it on your hair to get some texture and enjoy beachy waves you’ll love.

What tricks for creating pretty hairstyles do you live by?

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Timeless Hairstyles We Love

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Hairstyles come and go, sometimes it seems like they move like the wind.  It can leave a girl wondering if there’s even such a thing as a timeless hairstyle.  Well, if you’re one of those girls…there is!  We’re sharing some of the timeless hairstyles we love to give you a little inspiration if you’re interested in trying out a hairstyle that’s timeless in style.

The Bob
Bob hairstyles are one of those hairstyles that always seem to feel updated and chic.  The great thing about bob hairstyles is that you’re able to cater it to fit your facial shape and really highlight whatever features you want to feature.  Whether it’s a long bob, or the traditional just under the chin bob you can count on bob hairstyles to be timeless.  The way you style the bob and how you wear any sort of bang(s) is going to be a way for you to create that updated bob feeling.  They’ve been timeless for years already, we don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon!

Blunt Bangs 
Another go-to for so many women and it holds its strength in timelessness is the blunt bang.  Typically a blunt bang is a thicker bang that’s cut in (obviously) a blunt cut.  The great part about this hairstyle is you’re really able to style the rest of your hair however you like to emphasize your face shape in the way you want.  Blunt bangs look great with short hair (even bobs!) and long hair, it’s really up to you and what you like.  Regardless, it’s a hairstyle that continues to be and feel timeless.  Anytime we see a celeb step out in a blunt bang she looks timeless and stunning.

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The Center Part
The way we part our hair has definitely changed and evolved over the years, from deep side parts to zig-zags and everything in between.  But one of the parted hairstyles that continues to hold its own in the trends/timelessness area is the center part.  Regardless of the year a center part always look chic and timeless.  Looking back in history the center part has been around for a while, and we definitely don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon.

Beachy Waves 
Admit it, you’ve worn or wanted to wear beachy waves in your hair at least a few times throughout your life.  It’s one of those hairstyles that seems so effortless (even if it isn’t), and continues to be a sought after hairstyle by women everywhere.  So many of our favorite celebs rock the beachy waves with ease and it always looks gorgeous. Beachy waves had to make our list of timeless hairstyles, because we all have that little beachy side to us.

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Long Layers
Our final timeless hairstyle has got to be the long layered hairstyle.  It’s a hairstyle that can be styled so many different ways, which is likely why it’s timeless and liked by so many women.  It’s a flattering hairstyle on so many and had to make our list!

Do you have a favorite timeless hairstyle?

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Do You Have Dull, Thinning Hair?

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Our hair is something that so many of us feel is almost a safety blanket, of sorts.  We love being able to style it and color it different ways to suit our style as we go through our lives.  Unfortunately, one of the major downsides of aging can be developing dull, thinning hair.  Bummer, right?  Although age isn’t the only factor that can cause your hair to become dull and/or thin – pregnancy, stress, and even certain medications can also play a role in your hair changing in this way.  If you’ve been experiencing dull, thinning hair you’re probably feeling frustrated and ready for it to go away.  We’re going to share a few things that you can do to help get your hair back on track.

Keeping up with healthy hair habits
One of the most important things when you experience any sort of change that you don’t necessarily like with your hair is to keep on with very healthy hair habits…or if you don’t have healthy hair habits now is the time to start adopting them.  Don’t wash your hair daily, use hair products that are designed to help your hair type, and give yourself a scalp massage regularly.  These are just a few of the healthy hair habits that are suggested by the experts when it comes to keeping your hair in a healthier state.  Sometimes when we get frustrated with our hair like it becoming dull or thin, we feel like ‘what’s the point?’ but now is NOT the time to stop doing anything for your hair.

Do a self-check on yourself
Experts suggest that you can actually do a little self-check to determine if your hair is actually thinning.  All you do is gently pull at your hair around the scalp area.  It’s suggested that if you have more than 6 strands of hair that come out in this process you do in fact have a problem with your hair thinning.  If you find you are experiencing some thinning problems then it’s time to take some more serious action for your hair care routine.  Adding a haircare product that’s known to promote shine AND volume to hair is going to be a really great addition to help your hair in this more vulnerable state.  Of course there are also some over-the-counter hair growth products available to add to your routine, as well as some chatter about using essential oils as well.

If it gets more serious
If you try the first suggestions and notice that your hair isn’t getting any better with the thinning or dullness it’s time to take it to the professionals.  Going to a doctor, it’s suggested that you ask for a blood test to test different health conditions that can result in hair loss.  Because hair loss can be serious, it’s not something you want to take lightly if you notice it’s not getting any better.  Seek the help of a doctor to find out more information about what could be going on.

Have you struggled with dull, thinning hair?  What worked for you?

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How Often Should You Replace Your Irons

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So you style your hair on a regular basis, right?  If you do, you’re likely using some sort of iron whether it’s a flat iron or curling iron chances are you’re using something to help style your hair the way that you want.  We often hear about cleaning and replacing things related to our makeup, but not often is it we hear of experts talking about replacing hair irons or how to clean them or care for them.  If you’re like us, you were a little confused or just thought those steps weren’t necessary with these types of items.  Well, we’re sharing how often you should replace your irons so you’re fully informed moving forward.

First things first, the most common factor that comes into play with replacing your irons is how often you actually use them.  If you’ve had an iron for a couple years but just used it a couple times you’re not necessarily going to need to replace it just because you’ve had it for a while.  There are different factors that play into damaging your irons and causing you to need to replace them.  How often you use them is the first thing, but also if you dye or color your hair – that can play a role in damaging your irons as well, in addition if you use your irons while your hair is wet vs. dry that can also factor into damage.  Essentially, your actual hair and how often you use your irons play major roles in how damaged your irons can become leading you to need to replace them.

If you’re not sure if you need to replace your irons, there are some things to look for that can show that the irons have damage to them.  The first thing to notice is how quickly your iron(s) take to actually heat up.  If they start to take a long time to heat (more than before) it can be an indication that your iron has damage to it.  In addition, if you find you have to continue to rise the temperature setting of your iron(s) that’s another sign of damage a lot of times.  Finally, if you find that your iron(s) aren’t giving you the look that you want (straight or curly) without needing to continuously run the iron through your hair over and over that’s often another sign that iron has damage to it.

If you find that your irons have some of these indications, it’s suggested that you start to look for another iron replacement.  When you continue to use an iron that has damage, it can then start to cause damage to your hair.  Since we know you don’t want that, it’s best to get that replacement on deck.  So really, there’s no hard answer when it comes to how often you should replace your irons, it depends on a lot of factors that are pretty personal and dependent upon the use/user.

Do you find you have to replace your irons every so often?

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You Can Crimp Like Ariana

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Ariana Grande has jumped onto the pop scene and brought the crimped hair look back!  If you remember the early 2000’s crimping was pretty popular thanks to the celebs that were up and coming then.  It’s fun to see it making an appearance again, it’s such a fun and funky hair look and really isn’t that difficult to achieve.  Crimped hairstyles often look like they’re difficult or may even seem like it’s impossible to actually have done on your own hair.  Since Ariana is making crimping fun again, we’re going to share how you can crimp like Ariana.

Prepping your hair
Just like with any hair styling that you do to your hair, you’re going to want to make sure you prep your hair properly.  Prepping your hair helps to ensure that you keep its health a top priority and allows you to minimize damage done to the hair.  Washing your hair with a quality shampoo and conditioner is a great place to start, and of course be gentle on your damp hair as it’s in a very sensitive state while wet.  Once you’ve done that, applying a heat protection product is going to really keep your hair safe and healthy moving forward to the crimping style.  You’re going to want to start with dry hair, since crimping does require a bit of heated hair styling letting your hair air dry as much as possible can be a great way to keep it healthy as well as using a cooler setting on your hair dryer.

Choose your crimping technique
As you may have guessed, there’s more than one way to achieve crimped hair.  Naturally, you can purchase an actual crimping iron – they’re similar to a straightener but have a different surface that goes against your hair to create the crimps.  Additionally, using a very small straightener and holding it in place for a few seconds on the hair and moving it in a back and forth motion is another way to create crimps.  But if you’re not really about either of those options, there’s actually a way for your to achieve crimped hair without any additional heated hair styling.  Curious?  Braids are the answer!  You know how whenever you wear your hair in braids and take them out to go to bed you have those gorgeous crimped locks?  Well, how about doing it on purpose!  The great part of using braids to achieve crimped hair is you’re able to create a completely customized look, depending on how loose or tight you want the crimping done.  If you want very tight crimps you’ll put a bunch of small braids in your hair, if you want something a little looser try doing two pigtail French braids.  It’s really up to you.  Another bonus is you can actually do the braids right after you prep your hair, and head to bed with them in – wake up to crimped hair!

What do you think of the crimped hairstyle?  Will you be giving it a try this season?

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Using Vintage Accessories To Style Your Hair

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Styling your hair can be one of those things that you get into a rut with, let’s face it we can lose a little inspiration at times.  Ever feel like you wear your hair the same way all the time?  We’ve all been there, girl!  But with the start of a new season approaching us we were feeling antsy and eager to find some new ideas to styling hair, and wanted to share them with you of course!  Using vintage accessories to style your hair is a fun and unique way to switch things up, and have a hairstyle that looks completely different from everyone else.

One of our favorites (and probably easiest to work with) is vintage hair pins, it seems to be one of those hair accessories that was popular among  many different cultures and time periods so there’s a LOT of variety.  The great part about pins, is you’re really able to use them in countless ways with your hair.  Styling your hair back in a messy bun and adding a vintage hair pin to the side is an instant change and/or update.  It doesn’t have to be a really complicated hairstyle, because the pin is going to do a lot of the work as far as switching up your hair’s vibe.  Another fun and easy idea for styling your hair with vintage hair pins is simply pinning your hair back in a half up style, again the pin is going to add the unique element and help you feel like you’ve created an entirely different look.

Another easy and user friendly hair accessory that’s pretty popular among the vintage options available.  Headbands have ranged from the traditional headband look, to more scarf like headbands.  Regardless of the style headband, most of them have a ton of amazing details to them and allow you to easily style your hair using them to create a completely unique look.  Personally, we love keeping hair simple with headbands with hair down straight or curly and letting the headband slip in easily to create an effortless look that’s gorgeous.  If you want something a little different adding a headband to a low messy bun hairstyle is another fan favorite, and talk about easy styling.

Our favorite part of using hair accessories, especially when they’re vintage is the fact that they’re super easy to use.  You don’t need to have a complicated hairstyle, but they still add a look that makes the hairstyle look complicated – fun little hair hack for ya!  Looking online for inspiration, you’ll likely find that many hairstyles that are represented styling vintage hair accessories are done so on pretty easy and timeless hairstyles.  It’s not about creating a very extravagant hairstyle but rather just switching up your typical hairstyles by adding a fun hair accessory.  When the hair accessories are vintage they add an even more unique element to your look because they’re just so different than the hair accessories that we have available today.