Four Ways to Update Your Look for Spring

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The spring season is right around the corner – can you believe it?  We’re willing to assume you’re just as excited as we are for the spring season.  With the change of seasons, comes the change in the way we dress and develop our look.  It’s always fun to change and transform our looks with the seasons, and as new trends come into the mix.  Since many of us are starting to have spring on our minds, we thought it was the perfect time to share four ways to update your look for spring.  Because after the winter months, we can all use a little update.

Try a New Hair Color
Often times during the winter season we tend to be drawn to darker colors, especially when it comes to our hair.  But if you’re looking for a little update as we approach spring, you may want to consider switching up your hair color.  It’s a great way to get a little update to your entire look, and lighten up your hair’s look as the temperatures start to rise and the weather becomes lighter.  There are so many fun and exciting hair color trends happening this spring season, too – so you’re sure to find a color option that fits in well with your personal style.  Bronde, Blorange and tigers eye to name a few!

Bold Earrings
One of the hottest trends that was seen on the spring runways shows for this upcoming spring season was the use of super bold earrings.  If you’re slowly starting to incorporate some spring elements into your wardrobe, bold earrings can be a great way to do that.  Adding new accessories is an easy way to update any look and while it’s a small detail because these accessories are pretty bold it will completely transform your look and give you that updated feel pretty instantly.

Incorporate Some 80’s Flair
You may not have noticed, but the 80’s are going to be having a major moment in the spring season.  Yep, we’re talking one-shoulder fabulousness and bold colors/prints – giving us all sorts of 80’s vibes.  If you’re looking for an update for the spring season, find a way to incorporate some 80’s vibes into your look.  If you don’t want to go full on 80’s glam, you can incorporate just a touch with a fun one-shouldered top to wear with your favorite pair of skinny jeans (for example).  Or try incorporating some bold colors into your eye makeup – you can’t go wrong with a little 80’s flair.

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Add Stripes
The runway shows for the spring season were filled with stripes.  Stripes of all colors, widths and styles – and even mixing stripe prints!  Basically, it’s definitely a season where you’re going to be seeing a lot of stripes.  But it’s refreshing because we really haven’t seen stripes in the trend world for quite some time – making it the perfect way to add a little update to your look.  Try incorporating a fun striped garment to your wardrobe and pair it in ways that you may not normally.  It’s all about wearing stripes in a unique way this season.

Tips For Applying At Home Hair Color

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Have you been wanting to try some at home hair color?  Or maybe you’ve tried it and it didn’t turn out quite as great as you hoped.  Regardless, applying at home hair color can be a bit tricky and there are some key tips to know and apply to make sure that you get the results you’re looking for.  You know we always want to make sure we’re giving you the best beauty content possible, and if at home hair color is something that you want to do for yourself – we wanted to be sure to share some of these tips for applying at home hair color, so you succeed in your efforts!

Get Two Boxes of Color
While it may often seem as though you only need one box to fully process the color you’re looking to achieve, many experts suggest making sure that you have two boxes before you start the process.  While you may not necessarily need the second one, if you should find yourself needing to open it – you won’t be stuck with half of your head in color and half without.  Finding out that you need a second box when you’ve already started to apply the color to your hair is not fun, and can lead to some problems in your hair color developing properly.  Do yourself a favor and plan ahead, it’s better to be over prepared than under!

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Test the Color First
We get it, it kind of seems like a lot to do a test strip on your hair before actually applying the color to your hair.  But testing out the color can save you from finding out that the color didn’t work for you and won’t change any crazy colors (we’ve all heard the stories).  The best way to do this is to choose a small piece of hair that’s a bit hidden under the rest of your hair (the nape of the neck can be a great place) and apply the color to that small piece of hair first to see how your hair adapts to the color, and how it processes on your hair.  Once you find the result you’re looking for with the test piece, go about the typical process with the rest of your hair.

Use Clear Lip Balm on Your Forehead
There are different products that are said to help avoid any streaking from occurring from the color on your forehead, but experts suggest that you can get the same (if not better) result by simply applying clear lip balm to your forehead area.  It will prevent the color from sticking and streaking to your forehead and also allow you to get really close to your hairline because lip balm is such a small applicator.

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Lay Out All the Tools
Being prepared before you get started with coloring your hair is essential to your success.  Before doing anything, lay out all the tools you’re going to need for the process so they’re easy to reach and all together.  This will prevent you from needing to go around your house searching, and you can quickly and easily apply the product.

2017 Loves Retro Inspired Hair

We can’t get enough of chatting about trends now that we’re starting to get a feel for some of the trends we can expect in 2017.  In the past year we’ve definitely had a lot of flashback trends happening, and we’re all about it.  It doesn’t look like we’re stopping with the trend revival in 2017, either.  In fact, it’s appearing as though 2017 loves retro inspired hair.  Yep!  We’re going to be seeing all sorts of retro inspired hair throughout the next year, and if you’re like us you can’t wait for it all.  You know we’re always here to keep you up-to-date so we’re sharing some of the retro inspired hair looks you can expect to see this year.

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Loose Waves + Accessories
Loose waves is definitely a retro inspo vibe that we’ve all known and loved for quite a while.  While there are so many different takes on waves, during couture fashion week it seemed to be about those retro inspired waves that are so classically chic.  Some designers switched things up a bit by adding some fun accessories to the loose waves to give us even more retro inspiration (hair accessories are a must with retro-inspired looks!).

The Sleek Ponytail
There’s something about the sleek ponytail that always looks chic, probably why it’s such a retro/classic look that designers revisit every so often.  It’s clear we’re having some major retro inspired hair, based on some of the recent fashion shows that have taken place.  Many of the models had sleeked back ponytails that were very classic, but also made a major retro statement.  It’s a look that goes with so many different looks, and has a way of adding a retro vibe to really any look.  So we’re not surprised to see all of the sleek ponytail looks that appear as though they’re going to be making some major retro inspo this new year.

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The Low Ponytail Braids
Another classic, retro-esque type of hair style that we noticed on quite a few runways during couture fashion week recently was the low ponytail braids.  Braids have definitely been having a major moment in the past year or two, but with the low ponytail braid it’s giving us some retro vibes that we’re all about.  Many designers added some accessories to the braids to add to the retro inspiration – and of course to switch up the traditional braid look that we all know and love.

Adding Clips
We couldn’t forget to mention the use of clips being added to hair styles.  Retro hair styles always made use of clips in unique ways, and during the recent couture fashion week the designers were getting some major retro inspiration and using clips to create completely unique hair styles that really added some retro edge to the looks.  Many were adding clips across the top of the heads in a traditionally slicked back hair style – talk about adding a different element to the hair style, right?

Do you have a favorite retro inspired hair style you think is going to be popular this year?

Advice for Styling Coarse Hair

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We know that styling hair can be a bit frustrating….even stressful for so many women.  We’re right there with you, by the way.  Really understanding your hair and the best tips to follow are crucial to helping you to be able to style your hair in the way that you want for yourself.  Since we all have different hair types and textures, what works for one person may not work for you.  We think that’s one of the fun things about the world we live in, all the diversity allows us all to be unique.  We decided to share some of our favorite advice for styling coarse hair, for the ladies with coarse hair to try out for themselves.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often
You may have, or may not have, heard that washing your hair daily has been found to NOT be so good on anyone’s hair.  This is especially true for the ladies that have coarse hair.  Why?  Well washing your hair too often can strip your hair of its natural oils, causing it to be much more dry than you’d like.  Experts suggest that those with coarse hair shouldn’t wash their hair any more than 2-3 times a week to keep their hair healthy, happy and much easier to manage.  Make use of products like dry shampoos to get you through between washes.

Use a Hair Treatment
It’s said that many ladies with coarse hair can find that their hair becomes a bit more dry than they’d like.  Dry hair can be difficult to style and really work with because it’s, well…dry.  So instead of just dealing with dry hair, experts suggest that coarse hair ladies should make it a point to enlist in a hair treatment every week to give their hair the extra boost of moisture and hydration it’s craving.  You’ll want to look for a hair treatment/mask that’s designed to specifically add moisture and hydration to the hair.  Applying it to your hair and scalp weekly can help your hair be much easier to work with.

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Keep Up with Trims
Getting your hair cut can definitely feel like a task, but when you have coarse hair it’s important to make sure you’re keeping up with hair cuts and trims to keep your hair healthy, happy and more manageable.  It’s suggested to get at least a trim every 6-8 weeks for the best results.  Of course, we can’t forget to mention the importance of having a good hair stylist do all your cuts and trims.  You’ll want someone who understands your hair’s type and is knowledgeable in how to cut your hair so that it’s easier to manage and style.

Use Quality Products
This goes for any hair type, but we had to be sure to mention it.  Since our hair’s health plays such a huge role in how we can style it – it’s important to make sure that you’re using quality hair care products.  This means using shampoos and conditioners, too, that are high quality and designed to work with your hair’s type.

Trending: Hair Dusting for Tiny Split Ends

Trending: hair dusting for tiny split ends.  Split ends are always a ‘thing’ that we all have to deal with on a fairly regular basis.  But if we’re all pretty honest with ourselves, we try to drag out actually dealing with our split ends for as long as possible.  Sometimes getting a full hair cut for tiny split ends can seem like a big task…until now.  Hair dusting has become a pretty big trend in the hair world.  If you’re an avid social media user, you may have seen some videos of hair dusting and it’s pretty fascinating.  We’re loving the hair dusting trend so thought we would share a bit more about it in case you’re not familiar, or you’re curious about this hair trend.

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So often when we think of getting rid of split ends we think we need to schedule a hair cut with our hair stylist of choice.  However, with hair dusting, making waves in the hair world that may not necessarily be the only option anymore.  Hair experts have said that hair dusting is a legitimate hair cutting technique that can do wonders for split ends.  One of the reasons so many of us put off getting our split ends cut off is because we don’t necessarily want to lose a lot of length.  The bonus of hair dusting is experts say that it’s a technique that allows hair stylists to eliminate split ends in the hair, without taking much (really if any) length off of the hair.  It’s essentially a technique that allows them to just remove the unhealthy, split ends in the hair and leave the healthy hairs behind.

The thing about leaving split ends for too long is, it can cause our hair to become more damaged and brittle, causing more and more breakage to occur the longer we leave the split ends.  With hair dusting, we’re able to stop a lot of additional damage from occurring due to split ends.  So you may be wondering how they actually go about this hair dusting technique.  Basically, when a hair stylist provides a hair dusting technique to your hair they go from the bottom/ends of the hair and snip the tip of the hair.  This is what allows them to remove the split ends, without removing the length.  The key to the hair stylists to really get the best results with hair dusting, is the hair needs to be straight and smooth so they can really see the split ends well.

The downside of hair dusting?  Because it’s such a specific type of hair technique focusing on a lot of detail, it’s a pretty time consuming service.  Experts suggest that because it is a time consuming technique, it’s the reason you don’t see many hair stylists offering or doing it.  However, it does have many amazing benefits like keeping your hair healthy between appointments, and preventing your hair from getting a lot of damage from breakage and split ends.

Would you try hair dusting?  Or have you?

How to Rock a Push or 3D Fingerwave

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Recently on social media, you may have noticed the rise in push or 3D fingerwave hairstyles making an appearance in your news feeds.  While it’s a hair style that looks complicated when it’s complete, it’s actually much more achievable than you may realize.  If you’ve been feeling like you keeping having the desire to style your hair in a push or 3D fingerwave, you’re in the right place because we’re sharing tips on how to rock a push or 3D fingerwave.  Yep, we’re sharing the steps so you can achieve this look at home!

Prep Your Hair
Just like with any other hair style, prepping your hair properly is going to help make sure that you get the best look possible.  The thing with this type of hair style is you’re not going to want your hair to be completely dry to accomplish it.  Wash your hair and use a towel to get it mostly dry.  Again, you don’t want your hair totally dry here.  Mostly dry, but not dripping wet – finding a place between these two is going to give you the best results for this type of look.

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The Beginning Steps
Next, you’re going to start the process of creating this hair style.  With your mostly wet hair, comb your hair into a strong side part.  Using the comb to really create the part and flattening out your hair to really make sure that your hair is tight to your head.  While doing this, many experts suggest using a gel hair styling product to begin applying to your hair.  Since this is a very structured hair style gel is found to be the best product for this part of the process.  Applying the gel to your wet hair is going to help give your hair most structure and hold.  Apply a fairly generous amount of gel and work it into your hair and comb your hair to make sure it’s being distributed throughout the rest of your hair.

Begin Creating the Waves
To start to create those 3D waves in your hair, experts suggest adding a metal clip to one side of your hair right by the part and where you want to begin the waves.  This will help keep your hair in place a bit easier.  Once you’ve done that, use your comb to go down the hair a bit and then about ½” or so down reverse the direction of the comb to then push UP towards the part and clip.  While doing this you’ll want to use your other hand to hold the hair and comb down.  Once you create that wave shape, hold it in place with another metal clip.  Repeat the process until you’ve created the waves all the way down until you reach the area near your ear.  Do this process to both sides of your hair, leave the clips in and allow your hair to dry like that to encourage the hair to stay that way.  Once your hair is dry, gently remove the clips from your hair and set with hair spray.

Your Hair Is Your First Accessory

Accessories are such a big part of our daily style, so often many of us feel lost if we leave the house without any accessories.  While we often think of accessories as jewelry, shoes, scarves and belts (and more) we often forget that our hair is also an accessory.  Ever think of it that way?  Your hair is your first accessory, it’s an accessory that’s with you every single day and goes with you everywhere.  Pretty great, right?  We thought we would share a couple of ways you can maximize on your hair being an accessory you have with you on a daily basis to give you some ideas.

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Embrace the Natural Texture
So often we spend time covering up our hair’s natural texture, but actually embracing the natural texture of your hair can be incredibly refreshing and such a powerful way to bring out the accessory element of your hair.  Our hair is all different and unique, just like what we look for in other accessories.  So why not embrace the natural texture and work WITH your hair?  It will add that personal touch to your overall look that you seek out in so many other style-related elements.

Changing the Color
One of the great things about our hair is we have so many different ways that we can make it look different and spice things up.  Since it is an accessory, one way to get a little reboot with our first accessory is to change up the color.  You can change the color as subtle or drastic as you’d like – it’s really all about what works for you, your style and is going to make you feel your best.  Talk to your hair stylist about what their suggestions might be if you’re feeling like you want a change ,but you’re not quite sure what change(s) to make with the color.

Experiment With Differenty Styles
Similar to the color options, we have so many different options when it comes to styling our hair in different ways.  If we’re all really honest, we tend to wear our hair in the same few ways all the time – losing sight of the fact that our hair really is an accessory.  Think about the fact that your hair can completely change the vibe of an outfit when you’re styling your hair.  Sites like Pinterest, are great for getting inspiration when you’re in a bit of a rut.  Adding braids, curls or different techniques may seem like a small thing, but they are fun and easy ways to switch up your hair without accessories.

While your hair is your first accessory, it’s fun to switch things up every now and then.  Even the smallest change can bring about a whole new look and feel to your overall look.  Tomorrow, when you’re doing your hair remember that your hair is your first accessory and decide how you want to work with your first accessory to create a unique and fun look.

Increase Your Biotin Intake With Kefir

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It’s no secret that our bodies need certain nutrients to really function properly.  You’ve likely heard us talk about the importance of having a healthy and balanced diet to help you get to your hair and skin goals.  Our hair and skin are so heavily influenced by what we put IN our bodies.  We assume that you’ve likely heard about people taking biotin supplements to help with their hair and nail growth, and appearance.  But we realize that you may not want to just rely on a supplement to get a source of biotin to benefit from what this nutrient can do for your hair and nails.  We’re sharing how you can increase your biotin intake with kefir.

If you’re not fully aware, kefir is a dairy product that’s been found to yield some pretty powerful benefits.  It’s said to have the most probiotic sources in the world, along with plenty of other nutrients.  It’s basically a fermented milk source that comes from cow, goat or sheep’s milk.  However, there’s not just a milk based form of kefir.  Those that struggle with dairy can still benefit from kefir as there’s a water kefir source as well.  Water kefir is created from coconut water, or another sugary water source.  As we said, it’s the most powerful source of probiotic available on our planet but it doesn’t stop there.  It’s high in plenty of other nutrients like calcium and magnesium.  And of course, it’s really high in biotin – hence why we’re bringing it up here.

We’ve established that kefir is an incredible source of biotin.  But you may be wondering how you can actually incorporate it into your diet.  There are plenty of kefirs available for you to purchase at certain stores.  Experts suggest making sure that you look for more organic based kefir sources to really get the best benefits from incorporating it into your diet.  With milk kefir sources you can increase your biotin intake by of course drinking them.  But if you want to do more than just drink kefir, you can add them into many different recipes.  Many suggest that milk kefirs are able to act as substitutes to yogurt, sour cream and heavy cream in recipes.  In addition, you can add milk kefir sources to your favorite creamy soup recipes and other recipes that call for a creamy additive.

If you struggle with dairy products and need to opt for the water based kefir sources, you can still do more to increase your kefir intake aside from just drinking them.  Some experts suggest adding water based kefir to your smoothies, or salad dressings to switch things up.  In addition, if you like to drink your water kefir source you can purchase it and have fun adding different additions to it like you would with regular water.  Mix it up by adding different fruit combinations, or even fresh herbs.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of ways to increase your biotin intake with kefir – you’re sure to find a way to add kefir to your routine!

The Benefits of A Blast of Cold Water

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Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like warm water when it’s cold outside.  However, while the temps are lower during the winter season you may want to start doing your hair and skin a favor by embracing a blast of cold water when taking a shower.  We know, we know it sounds a bit out there during the winter months, but there are actually some great things that can come from incorporating this into your shower routine.  You know we’re all about telling you the reasoning behind things, so we’re sharing the benefits of a blast of cold water for your hair and skin.

Helps to Seal Your Pores
You may not even realize this, but when your skin is in hot water, it actually opens up your pores.  That’s not a bad thing, and opening your pores is great to help get your skin thoroughly cleansed.  However, once you’re done cleansing your skin you don’t want your pores to remain open or be open much longer.  Giving your skin a blast of cold water after you’ve cleansed your skin really helps to seal your pores much more thoroughly, which can also help to prevent too much dirt and oil from clogging your pores when they’re open.

Helps With Reducing Frizz
Similar to what we said above, when we just use hot or warm water our hair tends to be stripped of the natural oils.  When our hair is stripped from the natural oils they become dry and brittle (as mentioned above), which can also cause our hair to become frizzy in appearance and texture.  To eliminate and prevent a lot of frizziness from occurring in our hair, blasting it with a dose of cold water helps to lock in the oil and actually closes the hair cuticles.  Similar to like we said about the skin’s pores, the hair works in a similar way.  So the cold water helps avoid frizz, and has even been found to help hair look shinier and healthier because of the cuticles being closed and protected.

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Helps the Natural Oils in Your Skin and Nails
Our skin and nails have a natural oil that helps to protect them, using too much hot water has been found to strip that oil from the skin and hair.  Sealing our skin and hair with a blast of cold water has been found to help protect and maintain those natural oils in our hair and skin.  Stripping these oils from our skin and hair often cause them to become dry and brittle, so sealing them with that cold water helps to keep more moisture and hydration.

Helps With Swelling
So often we end up with puffiness, swelling and inflammation in some form or another with our skin.  If you have some swelling in your skin, blasting your skin with some cold water can do wonders for you.  The cold water has been found to help reduce swelling and puffiness in the skin – even helping to minimize the appearance of under –eye circles (which are typically caused by swelling).

Are You Ready To DIY Your Haircut?

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Ohhh haircuts, they are one of those things that we all have to do every so often whether we like it or not.  But truthfully, in order to really keep your hair healthy and happy. you need to get your hair cut on a somewhat consistent basis.  We’ve noticed a rise in chatter among the internet around DIY haircuts, many ladies have decided to take their haircuts into their own hands and really do it themselves.  Look, we get it – getting your hair cut on a consistent basis can be a financial and time investment.  Are you ready to DIY your haircut?  We’re sharing some of the things you should consider and know before you DIY your haircut.

Do Research
Before you get started with a DIY haircut, you’re going to want to make sure you do a bit of research.  We’d hate for you to end up chopping your hair in a way that leaves you feeling less than excited about your hair.  Before picking up any scissors, watch some tutorials, read over some suggestions from bloggers that are sharing how they DIY their haircuts.  There are a ton of different techniques and tips that different ladies have learned and experienced themselves, utilize the information that we have access to from the internet by retaining it before you really get started and decide if it’s the right haircut method for you.  If you watch and learn enough tips that leave you feeling excited and confident in a DIY haircut, it could be a great option for you to save some time and money on your next haircut.  However, if you go through the information you find and feel more overwhelmed and confused it may be best to leave it to the experts on this one.

You Need the Right Tools
Just like achieving that flawless makeup look you love, you need the right tools and products to really make sure that you’re able to DIY your haircut in a successful way.  It’s ESSENTIAL that you have sharp hair-cutting shears to really DIY your hair in the best way possible.  Having the right type of scissors is going to help you get a better cut on your hair, not having the right type of scissors can be the difference between a great DIY haircut and a disastrous one.  If you don’t have the proper tools, and you don’t want to invest in having the right tools – you may not be ready to DIY your haircut.

Don’t Rush
So many of us tend to be in a hurry all the time, because…we live in a world that’s constantly on the go.  But when you’re thinking about attempting to DIY your haircut you’re going to want to take a step back and think about whether or not you’re really willing to NOT rush through the process.  This is especially true when you’re just considering trying it for the first time.  Like anything, it’s going to be a learning experience and not something you’re going to want to rush through.