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Caring For Your Irons While You Travel

woman standing by suitcaseTraveling is one of the fun adventures in life, but it definitely comes with a unique set of obstacles in terms of packing your things.  Whether you’re a regular traveler or not, packing tends to be one of the biggest stressors when it comes to traveling.  Figuring out how to fit as much as you can into  a bag, and also packing in a way that all of your belongings stay in tip top shape is no easy task – especially when it comes to your hair care items.  Typically the most expensive hair care items we have in our collection are our irons, logically we want to make sure we care for them properly when we travel.  Since there isn’t a lot of information on caring for your irons while you travel, we thought we would share some of our favorite tips to help you out!

Consider the size 
The great thing about the world we live in today is there’s no shortage of options, especially when it comes to irons and beauty products.  There are a TON of different sizes in all sorts of irons now, even a bunch that are made specifically for traveling.  When you are traveling, we suggest considering the size of the irons that you’re taking with you in relation to the space that you have in your suitcase.  Trying to cram a large sized curling iron or straightener into a tiny carry-on might not be the best use of space, and it can lead to your irons breaking potentially.  Instead of trying to cram one of your irons in your bag, look for irons that you still like to use and find work well with your hair but won’t leave you stuffing your bag to make the room.  Even if it’s not necessarily a travel sized iron, there are so many different sizes you’re sure to find something that works.

Protect your flat iron 
Once you have your decision of what iron you want to travel with, we also suggest you think about protecting it.  Since there is a major chance that your bags will get thrown around and you’re probably shoving as much into your bag as possible your iron can get caught on things and really be put through the ringer.  We love getting some sort of cover for our irons to travel with, and don’t worry you have options.  Many companies make actual covers and things for you to store irons in, which are great because they’ve been made specifically for protecting and covering irons.  Regardless of what you decide to use to protect and cover your iron(s) make sure it’s something that will truly protect them and ease the blow as your bags make their way with you to your destination.

In addition to those tips, we suggest cleaning your irons before and after a trip – this way you don’t have to worry about doing it on your trip and can use them knowing they’re not going to cause any damage to your hair from being dirty.

What tips to you swear by when it comes to caring for your irons while you travel?

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No More Tress Stress

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It’s no secret, many of us put a LOT of stress on our hair from day-to-day.  It’s not that we do it on purpose, it’s just a matter of what our daily hair habits tend to consist of.  If you really think about it between coloring hair and styling it with heated hair styling tools regularly our tresses are really put to the test.  If you’re in a place with your hair where you feel like it’s been put through the ringer as far as stress is concerned, we’re sharing some tips to help get you on track and accomplish no more tress stress.

Get into Healthier Hair Habits
Ok, let’s be honest here… we’re not all following those healthy hair tips we hear about so often.  But when you reach a point with your hair where it’s really not that healthy, it’s time to take them more seriously.  One of the main suggestions from the experts with hair habits is NOT washing your hair daily.  This holds especially true if your hair is under a lot of stress.  Instead of washing your hair daily, it’s said that you should aim for every other day at the most.  This allows your hair to go through a healing process and not be stripped of the natural oils on the daily.  It’s not just about minimizing your hair washing, but also actually adding in hair masks and special repairing treatments to your routine.  So many of us just skip over those products thinking they’re not really that important, but they can do wonders for repairing and keeping your hair healthy.  Use them to your advantage!

Style Your Hair with Caution
We get it, you’re in a hurry to do your hair and don’t really want to take more time doing it than you have to.  But the thing is, when we get into too much of a hurry, we put safe hairstyling practices on the backburner.  Minimizing the amount of days a week you actually use heated hairstyling tools is going to be a big one for easing up on the stress of your tresses.  Not just cutting back with how often, but also easing up on the temperature levels.  Using heat protection products is going to be another life saver here, because heated hairstyling can do some serious damage to your hair.  In addition to taking note of how often and how you’re actually using heated styling tools, start to take note of how and when you’re brushing your hair.  Brushing your hair when it’s damp or wet can wreak havoc on it.  Step away from the brushes and stick with a wide toothed comb for wet hair, and even then remember that your hair is in an extremely vulnerable state when it’s wet so be cautious and handle with care.

As the Pros
We’re all about saving money how and where you can, but unfortunately trying to do hair color and other serious hair changes to your hair at home can cause a lot of damage.  Instead, head to get the help of a professional who will be sure to use products and techniques that are going to save your hair from any additional stress.

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Boosting The Shine in Dry, Brittle Hair

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As the summer months wind down, you may be noticing your hair took a bigger toll than you thought and realize your hair is looking a little dry.  Regardless of the reason, having dry, brittle hair isn’t fun for anyone.  But knowing the steps to take to get the shine back into your hair can be intimidating.  Naturally, since we’re all about making things easier for you we’re sharing some tips on boosting the shine for dry, brittle hair to help you get those gorgeous locks you’ve been wanting forever.

  • Get the right products – If you’re dealing with very dry and brittle hair you’re going to need to enlist the help of professional products.  Using products like deep conditioning treatments or masks can do wonders for situations like these.  In addition, many experts suggest using leave-in conditioners as well.  Regardless of your product of choice, it’s advised that you do choose at least one route to help you get your hair shiny.  Since your hair is dry and brittle, part of getting the shine back is going to mean repairing your hair AND getting some hydration back in.  Both of which can be helped by using special hair care products – so why not use them!  This also means using special hair care products when you style your hair with heat, they’ll protect your hair and boost the shine.
  • Stick with it – It’s easy to get into a routine with hair care products, but find yourself drifting off and letting it slip through the cracks.  But if you really want to get your hair from dry and brittle to shiny and luscious you’re going to need to stick with it and maintain consistency.  The more consistent and routine, you are about applying deep conditioning products and using high quality products, the better chance your hair will have to repair itself and get to a place where it’s going to be shiny for a longer term.
  • Leave it to the pros – It’s been found that while there are a ton of at home hair color products available now, because at-home users don’t have the formula education many women deal with dry hair as a result of use.  Instead of trying to go the at-home route with your hair color, leave it to the professionals and go to a trusted professional to get your hair color done.  The pros have all the techniques and products necessary to make sure your hair is maintaining (or getting) its shine and not causing any more dryness of the hair.

In addition to all these tips, it’s important that you stick with healthy hair habits.  This means avoiding washing your hair everyday – this is especially important when you have dry brittle hair.  So limit the amount you’re washing your hair as it strips it of its natural oils and can have a negative effect on your hair.  And of course try not to overdo it with the heated hair styling, even when you’re cautious it’s best to use as minimally as possible.

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What to Eat for Beautiful Hair

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Lately, it seems like the saying ‘you are what you eat’ is becoming more and more realistic.  Experts keep talking about how much of a relationship there is between our diets and skin, nails, and hair.  It’s pretty safe to say that most women (and men) want to have beautiful hair.  So many of us spend hundreds, and thousands of dollars every year on hair care products and getting our hair done to try to achieve beautiful hair.  But what if we told you, you could eat certain foods that could have a major impact on your hair’s appearance?  Well, believe it!

Protein for Hair?!
We always hear about eating more protein if you’re looking to change your body’s appearance, but you probably didn’t think it also had an impact on your hair’s appearance!  Experts have discovered that incorporating more lean sources of protein into your diet can help prevent your hair from becoming brittle and dealing with a lot of hair breakage.  Well, you know protein is great for helping to build strong muscles in the body?  Basically, it helps build strong hair.  Bingo!  One of the biggest attributes to having gorgeous hair is maintaining its strength and preventing any damage from occurring, which is why protein is so beneficial to getting beautiful hair you desire.

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Green Foods 
You’ve probably heard some of your friends or acquaintances talking about green smoothies and eating/drinking green foods.  Well, it’s not just a trend it’s actually got some serious benefits to it.  Experts have found that incorporating more green foods into your diet can have a huge benefit to creating healthy hair.  Green foods like broccoli, spinach and other leafy greens are full of incredible vitamins that do wonders for the hair.  The good news is these foods are easy to incorporate and have benefits for more than just your hair – go get you some greens into your diet and watch your hair soar in health!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
In recent years, there’s been more and more evidence to show the benefits of incorporating more omega-3’s into your diet from heart health to…scalp health?!  Yep!  Omega-3’s have been found to be incredibly beneficial to creating a healthy scalp.  In case you’re not sure how this relates to beautiful hair, experts always say that your scalp’s health has a DIRECT impact on your hair’s health.  So basically if you don’t have a healthy scalp it’s going to be really difficult to have healthy, beautiful hair.  They just go hand in hand.

There are some other suggested foods to eat to achieve beautiful hair, but we wanted to start you off with the basics that are locked and loaded with some powerful benefits for your hair.  There’s a lot more of a relationship between your hair’s health and appearance and what you eat than you may realize.  Try incorporating some of these foods into your diet and take note on what changes you start to see occurring in your hair’s beauty.

Have you experienced beautiful hair after incorporating certain foods?

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Rules For Choosing & Styling A Half Wig

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The use of extensions and wigs has quickly grown to become more accepted and considered by women in recent years.  Prior adding faux hair to your natural hair wasn’t something that was as openly discussed or accepted for that matter.  We don’t know about you, but we love that so many women are openly embracing the use of wigs and extensions – hey, why not?!  Even more recently there’s been some rising popularity around half wigs.  Naturally, there are a few rules for choosing and styling half wigs if you’re considering adapting this hair trend.

If you’re not familiar with what a half wig is, they’re created to give wearers more volume and/or length to their hair in a really quick way.  Typically they’re made with heat –resistant faux hair that allows you to style the hair freely without having to worry about damaging your own hair.  Additionally, they’re great if you’ve dealt with any hair loss and want/need to give your natural hair a bit of a break.  There are countless different options when it comes to half wigs when it comes to choosing a half wig that’s right for you. It’s important to consider what you plan on doing with the wig in terms of any hair styling and of course the color options.  Since it is a wig, you want to either get as close as you can to your natural hair or color it yourself/by a professional if you can’t get the perfect match.

When it comes to styling your half wig, before inserting it into your hair it’s suggested that you blow dry your hair and it is COMPLETELY dry.  Adding a little volumizing product is advised in this process.  Once you’ve done that, it’s time to actually insert the half wig.  Experts suggest applying the half wig in a zig-zag type of pattern to make sure it’s really locked into your natural hair.  Essentially, you insert it similar to a headband accept going from the back of your head forward instead of the opposite.

Now to create a more natural look with your half wig, it’s important to create a more blended look between your natural hair and the wig.  To do this, teasing your hair at the roots and near where the half wig has been placed is a huge key step.  Bringing a small amount of your natural hair over the comb portion of the half wig is also a great trick to masking that area of the wig and creating a more blended look.  Adding little hair accessories like a headband can also be an easy way to detract from the half wig comb until you get used to the technique of applying the wig to look natural.

All in all, it does take a bit of practice and patience when it comes to choosing and styling a half wig.  The good news is, they’re one of the easiest faux hairstyles to try out and totally doable for the average at-home user!

Have you ever tried a half wig?  If not, would you?

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Unexpected Ways To Style Your Hair With A Flat Iron

Women at the beach with a beachy wave hairstyle.

Avid flat iron user?  If you are you’ve probably stuck to using your flat iron in the more traditional sense…like to straighten your hair.  However, you’d be surprised at how many different and unexpected ways you can actually use a flat iron other than the typical straightening technique.  Thanks to so many amazing hair experts, we’ve discovered some of those unexpected ways to use a flat iron.  After all, why just use a flat iron for one type of hairstyle?  We’re all about versatility!

Crimping Your Hair
Probably didn’t expect us to say you could use a flat iron to CRIMP your hair, huh?  Well, you totally can!  In order to get a subtle, crimped hairstyle with a flat iron you first need to start with straight hair. Once you have straight hair as a base, starting at the root place the flat iron at the root of your hair and hold it.  While the flat iron is at the root of a piece of hair keep it in place and rotate your wrist up and down slowly and then sliding the straightener down to the bottom of the hair.  Repeating this process until you work your way down your hair, you’ll be left with a subtle crimped hairstyle.

Beachy Waves
We get it, the name of a flat iron has flat in it and here we are telling you to create waves with it.  But that’s the great thing about hairstyling tools like these, they have so many different uses them if you just think outside the box!  Essentially, you can use a flat iron like a curling iron.  All you do is grab a small section of hair and wrap your hair around the flat iron.   Most experts suggest continuously moving the flat iron as you twist the hair around it to create a more relaxed curl.  To really add to the beachy vibe of the hairstyle you can then straighten the ends of the hair.

Give Hair Chalk A Color Boost
If you’re interested in hair chalk and getting some temporary bright color into your hair, you may be shocked to discover a flat iron can help with that.  After applying hair chalk coloring to your hair, simply go over the hair and colored area with a flat iron.  Doing this will actually make the color a lot more distinct and help to actually lock in the color a bit better.  Experts have said running over hair chalk with a flat iron can even help make it look like the color was done professionally!  Pretty awesome, right?

Now in terms of creating curls with a flat iron, there are countless different types of curls you can create – but we’re all about the beachy waves right now.  The thing is, realizing that your hairstyling tools are capable of helping you achieve so many different hairstyle techniques then you may think.  It just takes some experimentation and willingness to think outside the box.

Have you ever styled your hair with a flat iron in an unexpected way?

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How Is It Possible To Straighten Tight Curls?

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If you’re a curly-haired lady you’ve probably felt frustrated, or even discouraged, when trying to straighten your hair.  It can feel like an impossible task that just can’t be achieved unless you’re a professional.  But at Lionesse we’re all about sharing beauty tips that help to make things easier and doable for the average woman (or man).  There are a few key steps and tips to consider if you’re interested in straightening tight curls.  If you’ve been thinking…how is it possible to straighten tight curls?  Then keep reading, girl because we’re sharing the deets!

Prep Your Hair
Before you start ANYTHING with a flat iron or any other heated styling tool, you’ve got to prep your hair.  Naturally, shampoo and condition your hair (may seem obvious, but we wanted to cover our bases).  Once you’ve done that, add some heat protectant product to your hair.  Heat protectant product is super important to maintain your hair’s health as you do put it under quite a bit of heat moving forward to the straightening process.

Drying Your Hair
Since you’ve already showered and prepped your hair, it’s time to blow dry your hair.  When you have tight curls and you’re looking to achieve straight hair, blow drying your hair is going to be a little different.  First, create sections in your hair starting with leaving just the hair at the nape of the neck down and pinning the upper layers up.  Using a wide bristled brush, begin blow drying your hair pointing the blow dryer down to further emphasize straightening the hair.  Basically, you’re going to want to get your hair as straight as possible with your blow dryer.  Some experts suggest alternating the blow dryer’s heat settings from cool to warm to avoid damaging or putting too much stress on your hair from a lot of heat.

Straightening Time
Once you’ve completed that blow drying process and dried ALL of your hair completely, allow it to cool for a bit.  After your hair has cooled from blow drying, section your hair again like you did for the blow drying process.  Creating sections is going to help you have more control over the straightening process, because now you’re going to go through your hair with a flat iron over the sections.  Typically, those with curly hair need to have the flat iron at a higher heat setting to really lock in and emphasize the straightness – this could take a little practice and trial to figure out what heat setting is best for your hair.  Additionally, it’s suggested that you follow the straightener with a comb – meaning as you straighten pieces of your hair use a comb to go through it right behind the flat iron.  This will help emphasize and really lock in the straight hair.

Once you’ve done that on all your hair simply finish with a smoothing haircare product and you’re done!  Most importantly, don’t rush through the process and make sure you’re not overheating your hair.

Do you have any tricks to straightening tight curls?

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Fighting The Greasies

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Chances are you’ve heard the news that washing your hair every day is a beauty routine of the past. There’s more and more evidence that shows it’s actually better for you to NOT wash your hair daily. Now you may be totally on board with that…other than the fact that you also experience greasy hair quickly. We’ve all been there where we feel like we’re doing the right thing for our hair and then realize our hair starts to look greasy. So how do we avoid greasy hair? We’ve discovered a few ways for fighting the greasies so you can spend less time worry and more time rocking your locks.

Get On A Schedule
The thing about having oily or greasy hair is your natural instinct is to want to continuously wash your hair to eliminate the grease. The downside of that is you’re likely actually causing your hair to become even greasier. When we wash our hair we’re stripping our hair of the natural oils, when we do strip the hair of the natural oils its natural reaction is to replace that oil – see the cycle? So while you want to continuously wash it, it’s probably making things worse. Now before you go and skip washing your hair for days on end, experts suggest actually tapering down and getting on more of a schedule. If you’re washing your hair daily now, try skipping every other day and work your way up. It’s said that most people should be able to go 2-3 days without washing, for the best results and hair health. Once you taper down your washing, get on more of a set schedule to keep track and help you get a system in place.

Use Proper Products
If you’re prone to greasy hair, one of the biggest factors you need to consider (other than the hair washing) is what type of haircare products you’re using. You’re going to want to air on the side of lightweight products that are going to give your hair the moisture it needs (as well as lock in natural moisture) but also not add too much weight or product to your hair. Often times using haircare products that are heavy can add to looking/feeling like your hair is greasy. If you have really greasy hair, look for haircare products that are specifically formulated for your hair type to make the most out of using them.

Healthy Hair Habits
Of course, we couldn’t talk about haircare with greasy hair without mentioning getting into healthy hair habits. We’re all prone to picking up a few bad habits every once in a while, but when you’re really wanting to avoid greasy hair it’s extra important. Touching your hair ALL the time is one of those bad habits, we all do it, but when you’re prone to greasy hair it can really add to that quickly. The oil from your hands is going directly into your hair – no good! Additionally, avoiding using heated styling tools every day can be another factor to consider when fighting greasy hair. It adds to the stress of your hair, and it’s best to not use those every single day anyways.

How do you fight the greasies?

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Getting Better Hair in your Sleep

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In the spirit of back to school time, we know you’re eager to find ways to maximize your sleep schedule as much as possible. Let’s be honest, most of us want to sleep as long as possible and spend as little time doing our hair as we can. While it may feel like that’s pretty darn near impossible, there are actually some really creative and easy ways for getting better hair in your sleep. Don’t believe us? Keep reading because we’re dishing on all the details!

Prep Your Hair At Night
While you may be in the habit of washing your hair in the morning to get going, experts actually suggest that you wash your hair at night to allow it to air dry through the night. Not only does this cut down on your drying time in the morning, but it’s also a lot healthier for your hair. In addition, just because you’re not blow drying your hair at night doesn’t mean you should skip applying product. Apply a small amount of haircare product to your hair after washing, depending on what type of look you want (i.e. volume, frizz-free, etc.). Not only does washing your hair allow you to cut back the heated hair styling, but you’re also cutting your morning routine time down by quite a bit! Winning for sure!

Pin Your Hair Up
If you’re like us, you’ve definitely been in a habit of keeping your hair down at night. Experts have said that we all need to kick that habit to the curb. Going to sleep with your hair down can cause you to have knots, tangles and even hair breakage. Instead, loosely tie your hair back. There are actually quite a few different ways to tie your hair back that can give you an instant hairstyle in the morning, depending on what you want to wake up to. If you just want loose waves, tying your hair back in a loose top knot will do the trick. If you want something a little more wavy or even curly, securing your hair in braids or smaller little buns all around your head will be your go-to. Not only are these little bed time hairstyles easy to achieve, but they’re also heat free! They really allow you to go to bed with your hair pinned back and wake up to a gorgeous hairstyle that you just need to let your hair down to achieve.

Little Extras 
you may have heard that the pillow cases are being found to have a huge impact on your hair and skin. If you want to give your hair extra loving at night and protect it continuously, using silk pillowcases are amazing for your hair because they’re much gentler than cotton or other fabrics. In addition, experts suggest getting in the habit of massaging your scalp at night. Massaging your scalp has amazing benefits and gets the blood circulating – which also promotes hair growth.

Do you have any tips to getting better hair while you sleep?

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Fun Back To School Hairstyles

It’s officially back to school time and that means getting back into the swing of getting ready for school. During the summer, it’s easy to get in the habit of not having to rush in the mornings to be on time for anything. But it’s back to reality and now you’re on more of a schedule. You’re probably eager to find ways to look and feel great about your hair, but also not necessarily spending hours before school to achieve it. It’s all about switching things up and having fun with your hair, we’ve discovered a few fun back to school hairstyles that will give you some inspiration this school year!

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Braids On Braids On Braids
Braids are literally everywhere this season, and probably because they’re easy to do but always feel fun and exciting. There are SO many different ways to rock braids, leaving you a ton of room to play around with different options. Ever since the Kardashians have been rocking French braids in 2’s, 3’s or even more braids are even more popular. French braids are always a fun way to wear your hair, and even better way to mask 2nd-day hair. Another fun way to rock braids is to is with a small headband style braid or with your side bangs pulled back. Honestly, have fun with the braids and look to sites like Pinterest for inspiration – the options are endless!

Half-Up Updated 
another popular hair trend that recently has gotten a little bit of an update is the half up style. Instead of the traditional half-up hairstyle, leaving some of the hair on the sides near the ears and just taking a smaller chunk of hair at the top of the head and securing it in a way that gives a little perky pony. Another popular and easy way to wear your hair in a half up hairstyle is to do the same process but instead of leaving it in a ponytail securing it in more of a bun. Even adding little accessories like scarves or headbands can spruce up the look easily.

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Spiced up ponytail
Ok so ponytails aren’t necessarily a new hairstyle, but there are some super fun ways to wear ponytails in different ways to give you a lot of variety. Low ponytails with a braid are always a great go-to (with the braids, again), wearing the braids in different ways or even having a braid leading into the low ponytail. If you want to do something other than a braid, tying your hair in a low side ponytail and looping some of the hair around to mimic a bow is the ultimate back to school girly look.

There are SO many ways you can really spice up your back to school hair and make it fun. Little touches like adding braids or other accessories into the hairstyles are sure ways to make it fun. Get some inspiration and ideas from your favorite celebs or sites like Pinterest and of course have fun!

What’s your favorite fun back to school hairstyle for this school year?

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