Haircuts That Stand Up To Humidity

woman with long bob

Beach season may be nearing its end, but the humid and muggy days are far from over. If you’re and early raiser you know that early fall mornings are for dew filled grass, foggy windshields, and humidity-ridden hair. Depending where you live in the U.S., the hair troubles don’t stop when the humid mornings are over. When the dew on the grass turns to frost, many women are fighting with static-y tresses. If you feel like you just can’t catch a break, know that you’re not alone. Instead of letting the weather changes get the best of you, opt for a new style. Below you’ll see a selection of haircuts that stand up to humidity, decide which one works best for you and call the salon to make an appointment!

Long Bob/Lob
Oh yes, this look is sticking around, in fact, it’s one of the hottest styles at the moment. The lob is not only stylish, but it’s also ideal for a variety of hair types. Those who have limp and lifeless hair will experience an instant volume boost from the sassy cut. When adding long layers to the look the lob is almost un-phased by heat and humidity. The reason for this is because the layers provide the hair with additional texture, which means that the natural movement of the strands still appear relaxed when humidity happens.

Girl outdoors layered hair

Lavish Locks of Layers
At first thought, long hair may seem like the least humid-friendly style around, but it’s actually one of the most clever ways to beat the heat. Whether you have curly tresses or a thick wavy mane, long layers and angles are the way to go. The science is long hair weighs more than short hair. When the humid weather hits, curls and waves have a natural tendency to tighten and coil, but if your hair is long, it will resist the urge to tighten due to the weight pulling it down. Plus, the layers and angles add movement so that if there is some tightening, it looks more like intentional texture.

Perfect Pixie
Whether you prefer a more delicate pixie (such as Emma Watson’s) or a rock star chop (much like Riri’s) a short pixie cut is one of the most magical ways to prevent humidity from taking over your hair. Have your stylist snip your strands so that you have a short and sweet cut that is particularly asymmetrical. being sure to have longer strands at the top. Not only is this ‘do low maintenance but you’ll also have less worry on humid days. The reason being longer pieces on the top section of your head will curl downward, rather than frizz up.

There you have it! Three totally different looks with the same purpose: to stand up to humidity. However, it’s totally understandable if you aren’t willing to chop your locks just because mother nature is having a bad day. If this is the case, remember to put use to your basics: the classic French braid; the sassy and creative head wrap; the perfect messy bun.

Hair Cuts To Try In Fall 2016

There’s something so fresh about a new season that encourages us to make a change; some get the urge to redecorate the soap room, others aim to switch up their eating habits, we here at Lionesse find ourselves yearning to change our look. With fall nearly upon us (sorry for stating that reality, on the bright side there’s still one more month of summer left!) we’ve found ourselves browsing the internet for haircut inspiration and calling our stylists’ with the hope of getting in for an appointment sooner than later. After some friendly conversation and some social media observation, we’ve noticed that tons of women across the country feel the same way. We hope you enjoy the last few beach days of the season to their fullest; We know you’ll be stress-free – as far as your hair contemplations are concerned – after browsing through our favorite haircuts that will be “in” this fall. In no particular order, here are the must-try haircuts of fall 2016:

Dakota Johnson

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Dakota Johnson is our first celeb inspiration. She effortlessly rocks a long cut that is filled with angles, long layers, and bangs. This cut is perfect for those long-haired girls who want a small change. Also, if you want to make the look even more versatile, you can have your stylist give you longer bangs so that you can sweep them into side-bangs or spread them out into full on bangs. Of course, this in-between bang length is pretty particular so you should be prepared to stop by the salon ever few weeks or (if you’re confident in your ability, be prepared to trim them yourself. With total uncertainty of who wears this next haircut better, we turn to Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba as celeb hair-spiration. While layers, angles, and uneven texture can be fun and flirty, these to women slay with the chest-length, simple center-parted, one length haircut. If you hair is medium to full in thickness then this look is a perfect choice for you this fall. If you follow any one of Kylie Jenner’s social media accounts you’ve probably come to notice that she experiments with trends just before they make it mainstream. Of course, she is one who changes her look up before the pictures make it to the press, but her look that we love for this fall is the straight and smooth one-length lob. Her ends were long enough to bush her chin, which makes it the perfect lazy-girl hairstyle.

Victora Beckhams bob hairstyle

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For this next cut, we turn to super model Victoria Beckham and her fabulous A-line bob. If you have a round-shaped face, then this cut is absolutely perfect for you. If you like the idea of an A-line cut but aren’t ready for such a short look, then you may like Jenifer Lawrence’s A-line lob, this Hunger Games actress gives the look a sexy update by adding in loose, voluminous waves. Finally, if you spent last year on the fence about getting a pixie cut, now’s the time to go for it! Yes, the pixie cut is still in, and with stars like Anne Hathaway, Tyra Banks, and Scarlett Johansson still rocking the look, we have a feeling this cut will become more popular for seasons to come.

Summer Cut, Color and Style

Woman wearing sunglasses enjoying the summer months

With summer nearing its end some women may find themselves reminiscing on all the events (birthday bashes, wedding showers), milestones (graduation, job promotions), and changes (moving into a new house, making new friends) that have taken place this past season. Isn’t it funny how all these events happen and we don’t even notice all the change that’s taken place in our lives until we look back and notice just how different things are? Life changes are one thing, but hair changes are another. It’s known that even small changes to one’s hairdo can make a major difference. If you feel like your hair needs a bit of a summer update to coincide with the rest of your life, look no further. Below are the hottest cuts, colors, and styles of the summer, lucky for you there’s still enough time left in the season for you to pull ‘em off!

Women with bob hairstyle

One of the season’s hottest trends is the bob; whether you’re into a lob or a classic bob you’re sure to turn heads with this look. This style is perfect for those who feel like they are constantly flipping, tossing, and touching their hair – feel like you’re throwing your hair into a bun before you’ve even made it to your morning meeting? This style is ideal for you as well. Not only does it get the hair off of your neck, shoulders, and back, but it also provides allows for a bit of cool relief around your upper body as you battle through the dog days of summer.

If you’re one of those who jokes about being “cold blooded” chances are you love the summer and all the heat it brings. Maybe wearing your hair down has become a mere habit simply to keep your ears, neck, and cheeks warm in the winter. If this sounds familiar, a bob might not be the small change you’re looking for, however, long layers might tickle your fancy. Rather than having your ends lay in a straight blunt line, have your stylist create long, yet soft layers. This sexy style gives hair some extra volume and texture which is perfect for all your favorite updos and downdos.

Women with stylish bangs

Baby bangs are the bomb this summer. It may seem strange that we’re proposing bangs immediately after suggesting a bob, but give the idea a chance. Baby bangs are only about half as long as regular bangs, so they do require some extra maintenance, but it’s nothing too major. They’re best for those who have large foreheads (a.k.a. all the five-head beauties out there), otherwise, they look a tad bit awkward. Although, if you have the space and are looking for a small change for summer, baby bangs are a perfect choice.

Already content with your hair cut, but dying to change the color? You’re not alone. We’ve turned to celeb stylists to find out what colors are sizzling up this summer, here’s what we found. If you’re looking to update your blonde mane check out the following color options: pale flaxen blonde, platinum gray, or soft butter highlights. If you’re considering updating your red roots check out rose gold red highlights or gradient copper. If your brown locks are looking more blah than anything else lately check out these color options: cool mocha, dark walnut, three-dimensional brunette, or mahogany.

The Many Ways To Wear Bobs and Baby Bangs

The beauty world’s fear of having too-short hair is long gone. With bobs and baby bangs hotter than ever more and more women are wondering if they can pull off a short ‘do. If you too are contemplating a chop, but wondering what your style options will look like, look no further. Below is a handful of ways to style both bobs and baby bangs.

The Many Ways to Wear Bobs

Bob haircuts

Lengths

  • The Classic Bob: The blunt cut that your teenage-self said you would never wear, well now you can rock it. To imagine the size, think of model Karlie Kloss’s fresh cut bob.
  • The Baby Bob: For the women who want to go short, but not that short, the baby bob is a perfect choice. The ends of your hair should be grazing your chin so that it is too long to be considered a bob but too short to be considered a lob. Think of singer Julianne Hough’s short cut.
  • The Lob: The perfect cut when you want to assert your maturity, but still want that extra feminine oomph. The ends of the hair usually fall somewhere between just-above-the-shoulder and just below the collarbone. T.v. personality Khloe Kardashian, singer Nicki Minaj, and actress Ashley Benson have all been seen rocking this length.

Bob haircuts

Looks

  • Messy Curls: The tousled look is a great option for any bob. All you have to do is curl your hair as you normally would, apply a spritz of hairspray, then use your fingers to loosen everything up. If you get some frizzies while doing so, simply rub some anti-frizz serum between your palms and smooth it back down.
  • Tight Curls: Whether you emphasize your natural curls or use a small-barreled curling iron, this classic look work day and night.
  • Twisted Bun: It’s exactly what it sounds like! Simply twist your hair back into a bun, using as many bobby pins as you need to hold it in place. This is great for date night, taking all the hair away from your face so that your fabulous bone structure is the main focus.
  • Bombshell Bump: Yes, the bump is back on the rise, and it’s the perfect way to style your bob. Simply pull back the hair between your temples, give it a quick tease and use pins to hold it back.

Baby bangs

The Many Ways to Wear Baby Bangs:

  • If you have the itch to totally change up your look, a super cute option is a pixie cut with wispy baby bangs. Not only is this look super easy to style in the morning but you’re bound to be bombarded with compliments.
  • If Beyonce has been the inspiration of baby bangs, then you should wear them just as effortlessly as she does. Go for that I-woke-up-like-this look by simply using your fingers to scruff up your bangs once they’re totally dry.
  • If you’re a bit punky like Miss Kelly Osbourne, use a curling iron to give them a tuck.

Transitioning from Chemically Treated Hair

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A study conducted in the year 2008 offered two results that stuck out to us; the first major result was that 75 percent of women in the US dye their hair on a regular basis. The second statistic which caught our attention as that a whopping 88 percent of American women feel that their hair has an effect on their confidence levels!

If you’re like the majority of women in the country, you’ve colored your hair for all kinds of reasons. Whether you’ve done so to hide a few grays or you just generally enjoy the ability to change the color of your hair, you may have finally decided that you’re ready to go chemical free and let your natural locks grow free. Many people find themselves at this point for a variety of reasons. Whatever your reason, we’re here to help; read on to find out how you can successfully transition from chemically treated hair.

Do you highlight your hair on the regular?
If so, your transition away from chemically treated hair is arguably the easiest. Simply work on growing out those locks without coloring them, keeping in mind that you’ll have to rock different colored roots for a few weeks. The roots aren’t all bad, though! Since the ombre look is in, you should totally embrace the look of your grown out dye job. If you can’t stand the outgrown look, that’s okay too. You can have low lights placed in, reaping the chemical benefits just once or twice more. The lowlights will give you more of a natural look as you let the color grow out.

Do you color your hair a darker shade?
If you darken your hair on your own, it is probably worth your while to visit a professional for this transition. You should allow your hair to grow out for about two-to-three months, this way the stylist is able to get a goof idea of your natural hair color. Depending how dark you typically dye your hair, the stylist will with lighten the color or strip the color, either way, they have the goal of “lifting” the color. Once the color has been listed, they will re-color your hair by applying a solution that will produce your natural color. After that, your hair will continue to grow out and match the dye-job.

Have you been hiding grays?
If you’re ready to embrace your natural silver streaks, understand that the process may involve a bit more their the first two. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic gray shade that works for everyone because believe it or not, everyone’s shade of gray is different. That said, here are a few options for you to consider when transitioning from chemically treated hair.

– Depending on your current hairstyle, you will benefit from frequent, shortcuts. Obviously, your natural hair color will fully grow out much faster if you’re rocking a pixie cut.

– Assuming that your hair isn’t totally gray yet, you can have your stylist put in some highlights or lowlights (whichever suit the color of your natural hair) to help with the transition until your natural hair has grown all the way out.

– Instead of coloring your hair with a permeate color, use a demi- permeate. Demi colors don’t completely cover grays and they fade rather quick. Although many people avoid demi’s for these reasons, it makes them a great choice to cover your new-growth roots with, since they will allow the gray to shine through and over time all will fade to your natural color.

When Is It Time To Wash?

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Surely you’ve read articles that suggest you should wash your only once every other day. Maybe your sister-in-law told you that the answer to all your hair troubles was to wash your hair just once a week. Perhaps the truth is that although you know that it does more harm than good, you simply can’t even imagine what your hair would be like if you didn’t wash it every morning. You’re not alone. Many women are beyond confused how often they should actually be washing those locks. The problem is that so many women are looking for a one-size-fits-all answer to the question; more specifically a question that is totally dependent on the person asking!

Now, you may already know your scalp naturally produces oils, which you probably see only as the annoying grease that you need to wash out of your hair in the morning. It is often overlooked that these natural oils, which cover your roots at the end of a long day, are extremely nourishing. When you slather on that sudsy shampoo, you are actually stripping your scalp and hair of all these healthy oils. Eventually, one of two things happens: (1) the hair becomes brutally dry, broken and frizzy, or (2) the scalp overcompensates for the repetitive oil loss by producing more and more oils.

Check out the guide below which will give you a better idea of when you should be washing your hair, no matter what type of hair you have.

For those with Thin or Fine Straight Hair
You probably find that your hair is either always falling flat or always feeling oily, simply because your hair isn’t able to maintain volume as easy as other hair types. Washing can be tricky as both over-washing and under-washing can take a toll on your hair. To avoid flat, lifeless hair you should try to wash with shampoo and conditioner about three to four times per week. You are likely to experience the best results when using volumizing and moisturizing hair products. When conditioning, be sure that you are only adding the conditioner in the middle and lower parts of the hair, this way don’t over moisturize and weigh down the roots.

Woman shampooing hair

For those with Thick Straight Hair
People have probably been telling you for years how great your hair was, right? Although it may take an hour (or more) to dry sometimes, you are able to maintain your ‘do’s for days. This is great because it is recommended that people with thick straight hair wash once every other day, at the very most. If your hair is dry due to heat damage or over-washing, switch to a hydrating and repairing shampoo and conditioner.

For those with Tight Curls
It’s likely that you have the driest hair of all three hair types. The simple explanation is that it takes much longer for the natural oils to work their way down a curly strand of hair in comparison to how easily it is to slide down straight strands. For this reason, the best hair days are likely to happen if you give your hair two or three days in between washes. When washing, you’ll want to be sure that both your shampoo and conditioner are ultra moisturizing.

Summer Hair Care Tips

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There’s no better way to spend the sweet summertime days and nights than in the great outdoors. The summer welcomes comfy clothing, minimal makeup, and natural hair. It may be impossible to fall out of love with summer ways, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t health and beauty conflicts throughout the season. Many of us have been versed a time or two on the proper way to care for and protect out skin during the warmer months, but few of us have taken into consideration the necessary measures that should be taken to safeguard those tresses. Since the sun has been putting in the overtime, we thought we should shed some light on some tried and true summer hair care tips. 

Hit Snooze and Skip the Shampoo
As you may have heard, scrubbing your scalp with shampoo doesn’t just cleanse your locks, but it has been found to strip the hair of its healthy natural oils. Naturally, it seems ideal to rid the hair of oil, but the thing is, hair that is over washed compensates for the continual oil loss by amping up oil production, leaving your hair more and more greasy looking over time. Instead of  washing your hair with shampoo in the shower, simply sleep in a bit later and skip your shower every few days. If you absolutely need to shower, try rinsing your hair directly under the shower head for a few minutes to help reduce the excess oil.

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Conditioner is Key
We’re true believers that saltwater and all day pool days are good for the soul, but sadly, all the sodium and chlorine isn’t the best thing for your tresses. Reverse the damage caused by the elements by using a deep conditioning treatment on a regular basis.

Better Safe than Sorry, Use Protection
Often times we overlook the fact that out scalp is just as susceptible to sunburn as is our skin. Not only that, but our hair is not able to provide the adequate UVA and UVB protection. There are a few different options to prevent your scalp from burning this summer:

  • Look into shampoos and conditioners that contain sunblock
  • Mix a small amount of oil-free sunscreen in the palm of your hand with your regular hair product. This way you’re killing two birds with one stone in mere seconds.
  • Whenever possible, sport a cute baseball cap or floppy monogrammed sun hat.

Give Your Blowdryer a Day Off
It’s no secret that applying continual heat to the hair on a regular basis isn’t hair-healthy. Chances are that the temperature outside is as high as the low or medium setting on your blow-dryer, so why not let your hair dry naturally? Of course, there are days when the time commitment to air-drying isn’t realistic, but the take home point here is that whenever possible, you should give all heat tools a day off.

Don’t Crack Under Pressure
We’ve all done it before: gathered our hair into the perfect style, secured it with elastics and bobby pins only to realize that a single strand of hair was being pulled so much that it was causing an uncomfortable painful sensation. Remember, pain is the body’s way to tell us something is wrong! When you’re experiencing hair-pulling scalp-pain, it’s because those locks are being pulled so tight that they are about to split and snap. You hair is already in a vulnerable state in the summer, simply avoid splitting due to too-tight styles by opting for loose braids and messy buns.

Try These Japanese Hairstyles

The country of Japan is recognized worldwide for lush, inimitable culture. The people of Japan are known for their fun, yet modish style. Notorious for following all the latest beauty trends, Japanese women frequently sport unique and head-turning hairstyles. Many have wider foreheads that they prefer to hide with bangs; they also believe that bangs, which just barely reach the eyes, alude a sort of desirable-mystery about them. Generally speaking, Japanese women often keep their hair at a healthy, medium to long length. That said, those who prefer to keep their hair on the shorter side tend to have a layered look. In addition to their unique cuts, Japanese women are no strangers to wearing the latest hair color trends, as hair dye often complements their fair skin tone. Check out the popular Japanese hairstyles below and give them a try for yourself!  

Japanese hairstyle

Glam Doll
This look is directly inspired Barbie. In fact, there are a group of women who idolize Barbie, and for this reason, dress up like Barbie regularly. If you want to show off your young and fun side, this look is perfect for you. The Glam Doll leaves plenty of room for personalization, simply because it includes anything that Barbie herself would approve of – the one must-have in the look is thick, full bangs (bonus points is they’re styled with a large barrel round brush). Other than that, you can make the look your own with long, pin-straight locks or large, perfectly placed, bouncy curls. Master the look by adding hair clips, bows, and more!

Roller Buns
This style has reminded popular for more than a few years now. Most often worn by those with shorter cuts or those who belong to the younger generations, the look is super easy to achieve. Begin by creating a center part all the way through your hair, then use an elastic to secure a semi-messy bun on each side of your head. The buns are typically placed up higher on the head, but you can add your own personality to the style be securing them as high or low as you’d like. If you need the look to appear more polished, secure two pigtails, then use two small hair donuts to create buns.

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Kitty Ears
This look is for anyone who likes to be the center of attention. What you’re going to do is create two tiny pigtails that should line up diagonally above your eyes. Use a regular sized hair tie to secure the pigtail, then twist it around and around just until it starts to coil on itself. Next, wrap the twisted pony completely around the hair tie. Once all the hair is wound up, stick two bobby pins at the base of the kitty ear, so that they are crossing over each other like an X. Once secured with bobby pins, use your finger to pull the center of the wrapped hair up just a bit, in order to create the classic pointy kitty ear.

Twisted Bouffant
This half-up-half-down style looks stunning on those with medium length layered hair, plus it takes almost no effort at all! Simply start by pulling your hair into a loose half pony and use the tip of a comb to pull out just a few small sections of hair. Rather than just securing the pony right away, use our fingers to twist the pony atop itself. Once it’s as twisted as you like, slip a few bobby pins in the top and the bottom of the twist. You can even heat the look up a bit by curling the loose hair – perfect for date night.

Buns for Short Hair

bun hairstyle

It really is no secret that a vast majority of today’s most popular hairstyles are designed with long-haired ladies in mind. Thus, it seems to make sense that one of the most complained about shortcomings (if not the most complained about) regarding short cuts is the lack of style options to choose from. So, to all the short-haired ladies out there: your calls for help have been heard. We have pulled together the cutest and easiest short hair hairstyle options. By the way, we have also found a no hassle way for you to be able to rock the immensely popular #messybun. You are more than welcome, ladies.

Curly B (as in Ballerina) Bun:
It seems that the girlies with long hair have it so easy, right? They can just whip their hair into a ponytail, slip a sock bun piece over their hair and wrap it all up. Well, you will be happy you are here and reading this post, because we are going to tell you how you, too, can rock a ballerina bun – and guess what, there are no oddly shaped hair-pieces required! To start, you will want to gather all your hair into a high ponytail, and secure it with elastic. Then, with a wide barrel curling iron, curl sections of the ponytail. Once it has been curled, loop each ringlet around your fingers holding it against your scalp. With the other hand, slide a bobby pin on the bottom/inside of the curl. Repeat this with each individual curl, placing each one next to the other. One all the hair is pinned, use some strong hold hairspray and you are good to go!

Half and Half Knot
This style is perfect for those of you who love the look of wearing your hair, but also wish that it was not falling in your face all day long. #girlprobs. The half up half down knot is a modern hairstyle that is both edgy and chic. Oh, and super simple! For those of you who need a little extra oomph in the hair department, you will want to start by teasing the top half of your hair. Next (this is also the first step for those of you who do not need to add any extra volume) pull all the hair back that you have just teased and start by using the elastic like you are going to create a ponytail. Now – the final and most important step to make the ponytail into a bun – pull your hair all the way through the elastic once, pull your hair all the way through the elastic twice, then on only pull your hair halfway through the third time. Now you have yourself a fab half up half down top knot.

Side Braid #messybun
Ahh yes, the look you have been dying to know the secret to. To rock the look for your sweatpants and messy bun lazy-day, you will start by grabbing a 1”-2” section at the top of your hairline. With that section, create a loose braid, or fishtail. Once you have finished, secure it with a small elastic and let it be for a few moments. Now pull all the rest of your hair back as if you were creating a low ponytail, once you have gathered every stand of hair, use your finger to twist all of your hair around itself. Keep twisting until the twist begins to coil around itself, then wrap the twist into a bun and wrap a hair tie around the bun. Now, pull the braid back towards your braid and secure it with a bobby pin. Once you have applied some strong hold hairspray, you can use the skinny end of a comb to gently loosen the bun giving it the appearance a bit more volume.

Can You Make Your Hair Grow Faster?

Woman looking at her curly hair

If you are like the majority of women out there, chances are that you too have been a victim of an impulse haircut. Maybe you had just seen Taylor Swift’s short ‘do on the cover of a tabloid, or maybe you just wanted to change things up and went for the big chop. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your outlook), while cutting your mid-back length hair to a stylish bob may only take a few moments, it takes many moments, heck! Many months, and for some, may years to grow your hair back to the length it once was.

Since you are here, reading this appropriately titled article, assumably you are interested in getting your long locks back to their pre-spur-of-the-moment-cut length. We have pulled together the top three no-new-product methods that women all over the globe use to make their hair grow faster. Keep in mind, that while these tips and tricks may work for some women, they may not work for everyone. The best way to figure out what exactly works for you is to try just one method at a time, for about four weeks. If you do notice a change in your hair growth, that is great, keep up with whatever it is you are doing. If you do not  notice a change after about a month, go ahead and give the next tip a try. As you can see, figuring out what works for you may take some trial and error, but it will pay off when your hair is growing faster.

And now, without further ado, take a look at the top three methods (that do not involve adding yet another product to you routine) that women around the world use to make hair grow faster.

Make your bed, with silk sheets of course!
Just because your hair cannot grow over night, it does not mean that you should forget about all that your hair is put through when your catch up on your beauty sleep. Cotton pillow cases can be rough on the hair, causing it to tangle, split, and break while you sleep. The best way to avoid this damage is to switch to silk to satin sheets. While this may not actually help your hair grow faster, it will improve the integrity of your hair by maintaining the hair that you do have thus far.

Chill out
Once you climb out of your cozy new sheets, finish off your shower with an ice cold rinse right before you get out. Believe it or not, the cold water is said to help the hair grow faster by soothing out the outermost layer of the hair. By doing so, you are preventing moisture loss, split ends and heat damage all in one!

Revitalize your roots
This theory, which does have quite a bit of scientific backing, says that stimulating your roots will trigger faster growth. You can do this a few different ways: brush your hair ALL the time, the bristles will not only feel good, but they will remind the roots that they have a job to do. You can also give yourself a scalp massage either in the shower while you shampoo, or before the shower with your favorite essential oil.