Nighttime Routines That Strengthen Your Hair

woman on a bed

Have you ever been totally and completely satisfied with your hair? Probably not, which is totally normal – although if you have, tell us your best-kept hair secrets in the comments! —our hair goes through major changes throughout our lifetime. Things like hormones, stress levels, environmental pollutants, and even your diet all have a role in determining your hair’s strength, resilience, texture and more! Although, you probably already knew that. But, did you know that you can actually contribute to your hair’s overall quality, including its strength and texture, while you sleep? Yes, we’re serious. No, this is not a drill.

That’s right, we’ve done some digging and found a few tricks that you can add to your nighttime routine which will strengthen your hair while you catch those zzz’s. This article is dedicated to all Princess Aurora, who once wished that they too could had the powers of Sleeping Beauty; by following these tips, you too can be a sleeping beauty.

Quality Sheets are Key
Typical pillow cases are manufactured with cotton or some other cotton-poly mix. The reason for this is that it cuts down on costs and it allows for all kinds of patterns to be printed on the sheets. The one drawback to this is that cotton or cotton-poly mix pillowcases create static and cause breakage with every toss and turn. Avoid all this by switching to silk or satin pillowcases! Another bonus is that silk and satin pillowcases are optimal for those with aging or sensitive skin!

woman straightening her hair

Brush it Out
A lot of women only brush their hair post-shower with the intention of detangling their locks prior to styling. However, very few women enlist in the help of their brush before hitting the sack. Believe it or not, Marcia Brady had the right idea. Brushing your hair before bed is super beneficial because it ensures the distribution of natural oils to the mid and lower shafts of your hair. However, there can be too much of a good thing, as over-brushing can cause more harm than good. With that in mind, you can get the job done with ten-to-fifteen strokes using a boar bristle brush.

Conditioner is a Must
Sure you know the importance of lathering on a conditioner after rinsing out your shampoo, but did you know that leave-in conditioners are just as important and beneficial as rinse-out conditioners? Even if you use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair before styling, you should consider reapplying a leave-in treatment before hitting the sack. As you go about your day, your hair is exposed to all sorts of environmental factors including wind, sun, and pollutants. All these things reap havoc on your hair and cause your stands to feel less nourished by the end of the day. Take control of the situation by applying an overnight treatment or extra nourishing leave-in; just make sure that you re-dampen your hair before applying, that way all the good ingredients can do their job and soak into the cuticle.

Decoding Your Conditioners

You probably use a hair conditioner when you shower and wash your hair, and you’ve probably heard some chatter about other types of conditioner, but you may not be entirely sure what their purposes are.  Because there are a few different types of conditioners, we wanted to eliminate any confusion and help you with decoding your conditioners so you’re fully informed.  Conditioners are an essential part of your hair care routine, so it’s definitely something you want to make sure  you’re informed about so you can be sure that you’re using the types of conditioners your hair needs in order to be healthy and gorgeous.

woman washing hair

Regular Conditioner
Like we said, you’re likely using a regular conditioner every time you wash your hair.  The great thing about the regular conditioners is that they’re great for adding and locking in moisture for the hair.  They’re designed to be used on a pretty regular basis, so they’re not super heavy (or they shouldn’t be) and they don’t add TOO much moisture to your hair where it could leave you looking or feeling like your hair is oily.  This is the type of conditioner that you apply and rinse out basically right after you’ve applied and moisturized your hair with it.

Leave-In Conditioner
Generally speaking, leave in conditioners are very lightweight and thin in their consistency.  Leave in conditioners can be used in a few different ways, you can apply it to your hair after you’ve showered to add additional moisture to your hair.  OR you can use leave in conditioners to act as a detangler of sorts to help you with making combing your hair a little easier and not causing damage with knots.  In both cases, leave in conditioners are really being used to add moisture and hydration to the hair to keep it healthy.  Because you’re not actually rinsing out this type of conditioner it’s very light and you want to make sure you’re not applying too much – as it can make your hair heavy and almost look greasy if you apply too much of it.

Deep Conditioner
You may have heard your hair stylist or other hair experts mention deep conditioners.  Basically, deep conditioners are used to give your hair a, well…deeper condition.  Because the other two conditioning formulas are lighter and just giving you a little added moisture/hydration boost, it can be really beneficial to give your hair a deep conditioning treatment once in awhile.  Typically with a deep conditioner it’s an actual treatment, so you apply it to your hair, let it sit for a certain period of time and then wash it out.  Depending on your hair and the deep conditioner that you use, you can use a deep conditioning treatment on a weekly or monthly basis to get the results you’re looking for from the treatment.

One thing is for sure, all three types of conditioners have their benefits and definitely do wonders for those that use them on a regular basis.

Do you use all of these types of conditioners?

The Perfect Hair Washing Schedule For Your Hair Type

When it comes to washing your hair, we all kind of grew up being told it’s something you’re supposed to do every single day.  However, it seems like the past few years the hair experts have really been preaching about NOT washing your hair on a daily basis.  If you’re like us, this kind of throw you for a loop!  The thing is, experts have found that when we wash our hair every day, we’re actually stripping our hair of its natural oils and causing some damage to our hair.  We’re talking about the perfect hair washing schedule for your hair type to get you on the right path.

woman washing hair

Fine Hair
If you have fine hair, you’re one of the few exceptions according to experts that do require more hair washing than most others.  This is because it’s been found that fine hair tends to get greasy/oily much quicker than other hair types.  Most of the hair experts we discovered do say that it’s ok for fine hair ladies to wash daily, but if you can skip a day here and there throughout your week you’ll be in good shape to give your hair a bit of a break.  The key to this is to make sure that you’re using shampoo and conditioning products that are lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down, opting for formulas that are loaded with volumizing ingredients.

Thick Hair
Now on the flip side of fine hair is, of course, thick hair.  Those with thick hair are actually suggested to wash your hair every 2-3 days.  This is because thick hair tends to not get or look as greasy as quickly.  So basically, you’re just on the opposite end of the spectrum with what fine hair requires.  However, because it’s suggested to not wash your hair as often you want to look for shampoo and conditioning products that have oils and moisturizing benefits to really make sure your hair is locking in the moisture between hair washes.

woman with curly wet hair

Curly Hair
Of course we couldn’t leave out the curly hair ladies!  Curly hair is similar to thick hair in that experts suggest washing every 3 days or so.  Breaking up the washing like this allows your curls to stay…curly.  But make sure you’re using a moisturizing conditioner to keep your curls nice and bouncy between washes!

Oily Hair
Regardless of your hair type, some people just have oily hair.  While it’s a natural instinct to want to wash oily hair every day to eliminate the oil that’s actually something that can cause your hair to become even more oily.  Remember how we said washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils?  Well, when we strip our hair of its natural oils, its natural reaction is to produce MORE oil to replace it…see where we’re going here?  So instead of actually washing oily hair daily, it’s suggested to wash oily hair every other day to give it a break, but still allow you to not feel like you’re walking around with oily looking hair.

 

Keeping Your Extensions Under Wraps

woman getting extensions

Whether you have long locks or short trimmed tresses, chances are you’ve gotten yourself a set of hair extensions at one point, or at the very least, you’ve considered doing so. If you fall in the latter group, it’s likely due to the fear of how to style them. Those of you who’ve purchased extensions can probably confirm that the styling-extensions fear is very real. While we’re being honest, it’s fair to give credit where credits due and say that extensions are unarguably the ultimate hair accessory. They can be used for just about everything; whether you need to add instant volume to your otherwise flat hair, want to have temporary long locks, or even just want to change up your look within a matter of minutes! Not to mention, a good set of extensions can make all of this possible while still looking like it’s your own, natural hair! Because we totally understand the desire to flaunt extensions, we’ve asked the pros for the top three tips to ensure effortless extension styling. Check it out!

Limit The Length
There’s no denying that we’ve all wished for Princess Rapunzel length hair at one point or another, but the fact of the matter is that extra-long extensions are just unrealistic (not to mention they look super unnatural. The trick is to pick the length of your extensions based on the length of your natural hair. If your hair is at or around shoulder length, then you should go for a set of extensions that’s about 16-18 inches long. If your hair is a bit longer, perhaps falling somewhere in between your upper and mid, then you can opt for extensions that are around 20-24 inches long. Another thing that many people don’t consider is matching the thickness of the extensions to your natural hair’s texture. This means that ladies with fine or thin hair would want to go for a set that’s around 160-180 grams. Those with normal or medium hair would do best with a 180-200 gram set, and those with thick hair could go for a 220 gram set.

Cut and Camouflage
When you go to the nail salon and have a set of acrylic or gel nails put on, the nail-tech files and shapes them to match and enhance the shape of your natural nail. It’s important to keep this same idea in mind when you get a new set of extensions; almost all extensions come standard with crisp, blunt ends. Most honestly, this will be very noticeable. What you can do is make an appointment for a dry trim with your stylist. Be sure that you wear your extensions to the appointment and then explain that you want your extensions to be trimmed up so that they blend with your natural locks.

Wash Up
If you haven’t already noticed, brand new extensions have a high-gloss finish. Granted, everyone wants silky, shiny hair, but this takes it to the Barbie-Doll level of shine. Luckily, there’s an easy fix to ensure the clip ins have a natural looking finish. All you need to do is give them a good wash. The best way to go about doing so is with a gentle, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, then let them air dry overnight. By doing so you will rid the glossy look and have natural looking extensions!

First Time Blonde

Blonde woman

If you haven’t yet noticed, blond is the hair color right now. From Kimmy K and Kylie Jenner to Miley Cyrus and Miranda Kerr, and even leading ladies of the silver screen such as Anne Hathaway and Emma Roberts have been spotted with lighter colored locks. Often times, we see these celebs with drastic hair color changes and assume that they went from chocolate brown to platinum during their lunch break, but this isn’t the case. Any colorist will tell you that going blonde is a process, and they’re not just pulling your leg. Depending on the natural color and type of hair you have, it can take anywhere from two to four salon visits to achieve the desired color. We’re not telling you this to discourage you, rather hoping that by reading this article you will be prepared for the blond transformation. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect and keep in mind during your first time going blonde.

Good Things Take Time
We talked about this briefly above, but we can’t stress enough that achieving blonde status doesn’t happen overnight. The main reason for this is to save your hair from detrimental damage. The darker hair you have to start, the greater amount of bleach is needed to get you to blonde. If your stylist left bleach on your locks for an extended period of time, you would leave the salon with a burning scalp and severe breakage – not to mention, it’s still unlikely that your locks would be the color you were hoping for. The take-home point of this is to have patience when it comes to achieving the color you want and keeping your hair healthy.

This isn’t a DIY Transition
Let’s be honest, dying your hair at home is risky business. Now, bleaching your hair at home, that’s asking for trouble. Chances are your hair will not turn out the color of your dreams, but it’s likely to turn various shades of orange, yellow, or even green. On top of that, often times the product in boxed color is much harder to alter or reverse in the event that you do try to lighten your own hair, only to realize that you need a stylist’s help.

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Because going blonde is a major commitment, it takes time, effort, and dedication to keep your tresses looking their best. A general rule of thumb is that the greater contrast between your natural hair color and the blonde hair, the less amount of time between root touch ups.

TLC is a Must
Regardless of how blonde you go, you’ll need to carve out some time in your beauty routine for regular blonde hair TLC. Since it’s not your natural color, you’ll want to use a purple or tonight shampoo to keep your hair from turning too yellow. Additionally, it’s important to keep your hair hydrated and protected from the heat to keep it looking its best. Thinks like SPF-fortified hair products and hydrating masks should be in your arsenal at all times.

Timeless Bridal Hairstyles

Although traditional and modern brides may differ in the details of their weddings, neither bride wants to look back on wedding photos and cringe. Which is why deciding on a hairstyle can be just as difficult as picking out a dress. In an effort of helping all soon-to-be brides, we’ve narrowed down the choices for you by selecting the most elegant and timeless bridal hairstyles to date. Each is a little different from the next, and some might even seem too timeless for your taste (if there is such a thing?). The hope is that by the end of this list you will either have found a hairstyle that you’ll be happy with for years to come, or – at the very least – you’ll be inspired and have a slightly better idea of how you want to style your hair on the big day.

Bridal hairstyles

  • A big, round beautiful bun is a classic wedding day hairstyle that will be in style until the end of time. Trust us, if your daughter doesn’t wear a bun on her wedding day, you’re daughter-in-law or even your granddaughter will because it truly is one of those timeless hairstyles. If you’re having your hair professionally done for the big day, the stylist may ask for your opinion and direction specific details for the bun (i.e., placement, volume, etc.). However, this is also a great hairstyle for those of you who are planning to DIY your wedding day style. You can simply create the look by smoothing all the hair back into a ponytail and wrapping an elastic around it. Then use a sock-bun or bun-doughnut over the ponytail, then roll and tuck all of the hair around until it’s sitting securely over the base of the elastic.
  • Loose and lavish curls may seem too typical for a wedding day hairstyle, but they are the ultimate timeless ‘do. If you are going to do this look, you’ll want to prep in the months leading up to the big day by washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner that encourages strength and shine, you’ll also want to be using hair masks on a regular basis and try not to over process your hair. Following these few steps will ensure that you have a head full of flawless, cascading curls. If you’re going to curl your own hair on the big day, you might want to take it upon yourself to practice using a curling wand once a week or so, that way all goes smoothly the morning of.
  • A prim and proper ponytail is another classic wedding day hairstyle. At first thought, it may seem insignificant, but when it comes down to it, a ponytail will never go out of style. A great thing about going to pony route is that you can alter it to fit your personality. If you have an eye for all thigs prep, you might center the ponytail in the back of your head, then accessorize with a small headband. If you have a chic style, you could wear a low, side ponytail with loose waves. The opportunities really are endless for this timeless wedding day hairstyle.

Reviving Rough Dry Hair

Woman looking at her damaged hair

Hair dye, heat tools, and irregular maintenance can all fall victim to the fate of coarse, dull hair. When summer comes around the scorching sun, drying air conditioner, and copious amounts of pool chemicals only make matters worse. If your hair has seen better days, check out the solutions below to revive rough, dry hair.

Sometimes it is Good to Cut Your Losses…
You may love receiving compliments on your mid-back length hair, but chances are you’re compromising a healthy trim just to sustain that long mane of yours. Since the majority of hair damage localizes at the ends, getting you hair trimmed on a regular basis will bring life back to your locks almost instantly.

Avoid the Convicts…
It might be hard at first, but when heat tools and pool chemicals are taking their toll on your hair, it’s a good idea to give them a break. If you’re staying home for the day, let your hair air dry. Avoid the pool for a few days if you can; if you can’t spray some leave in conditioner (bonus points if it has SPF) and throw your hair up in a bun so it doesn’t get too wet. If something is triggering your hair to loose is luster, avoid it when you can.

Eat Fattening Foods…
Diet is everything, as they adage goes “you are what you eat.” Many times, those who have diets low in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids tend to have dry, lifeless hair. Whether you incorporate more omega-rich foods into your diet or you take an omega supplement, you’ll be doing your hair good. It’s also extremely important to drink fresh, filtered water! Drinking ample amounts of water allows your body to naturally flush out harmful toxins and other useless substances. Additionally, drinking the recommended eight glasses of h2o each day water provides your body with the hydration that it needs to battle the war against dry hair.

Drown Your Dull Hair…
Drown it in a moisture surge with a hair mask. Hair masks are dissimilar to regular conditioner in that they don’t just sit on the outer layer of the hair strand, rather they penetrate into the cuticle to leave your hair looking and feeling healthier for days to come. There is a wide range of options of hair masks on the market today; if you’ve heard about one, in particular, give it a try! In addition to over the counter hair masks, at home hair remedies have been found to work just as well, and from a fraction of the cost.

Here are two at home hair remedies that women have been relying on for decades!

  1. Butter for Brittle Hair: Give your hair the TLC it deserves by working room temperature butter all throughout dry hair. Keep in mind: it’s butter, so yes, it’s going to look a little oily. Once you’ve covered every last strand, let the butter do its thing for about thirty minutes under a shower cap before jumping in the shower and shampooing as usual.
  2. Eggs for Exhausted Hair: Eggs are so underrated – but that’s a story for another day. Often times hair looks tired because the naturally occurring protein in the cuticle becomes weak. Bring an egg into the shower with you, after your hair is wet apply the egg and a small amount of conditioner to your hair. Leave it on for five-to-ten minutes before rinsing it out and washing as usual.

Adding Volume to Thin Hair

Woman with thin hair

Any girl with thin hair knows that the classic fixes, such as sleeping with your hair in a braid or adding in some curls, don’t seem to get the job done. If you feel like you’re at your whit’s end with your thin hair read through the tips listed below of methods you should take in order to successfully add volume to thin hair.

Wash Your Hair on a Regular Basis
Those who have thicker, whether curly or straight, are able to wash hair locks less often simply because their hair has the natural tendency to be drier; Skipping washes for them allows the hair’s natural oils to linger down and condition the hair. However, if you have thin hair the oils manage to slide right down your strands. Not only does this make thin hair look ultra greasy and grimy, but it also weighs the hair down. Prevent the weight of oil buildup by giving your hair a good scrub once daily.

Allow Your Hair to Dry Completely Before Heading Out
When you begin your work day with partially dried hair, you will likely notice it looking thinner as the day progresses. This is because the water remaining in the hair is weighing it down as it dries, once it’s fully dry it will look dull and lifeless. Let you hair look alive and full throughout the day by letting it dry completely, once it’s dry, take a few moments to run the brush through your hair from different angles to infuse some fullness into those locks. Begin by brushing all your hair to the left, then to the right, flip your head upside down and give it a good brush through, then finish off with a final up right brushing.

Blow Dry from a Different Viewpoint
Save your arm workout for the gym; Give those arms a break and flip your head upside down when blow drying. This saw you are literally setting the cuticle in the most voluminous angle possible. Of course, gravity will take over and your hair will fall down, but it will have the extra lift you’ve been looking for. Keep that lift heightened throughout the day by scrunching some high-quality moose into your damp roots before blow drying.

Try a Non-Volumizing Product
Just because something isn’t specifically marketed as a volumizer doesn’t mean it won’t add volume. One product that any thin-haired gal should try at least once is a texturizing spray. Of course, you should do your research before you buy a specific product; Make sure that the product is high quality or produced by a reputable beauty company, also be sure that you are grabbing a texturizer that is lightweight – you can do this by reading reviews of the product.

With the above tips in mind, here are few things that should always be avoided when adding volume to thin hair.

Don’t Condition Your Roots
It may seem strange to only condition the mid-to-lower hair shaft, but of you have thin hair then your roots don’t need that extra moisture. Not only does your hair get enough nourishment at the root from the natural oils, but any additional oils and silicones in conditioner will weigh your roots down even more.

Use Hair Product Sparingly
While in theory, it may seem like the more volume enhancing moose added to your locks will give you a more voluminous look, but this is not the case. It’s okay to use product, but only use enough to allow it to do its job. Using too much product will only weigh your hair down more.

Dryer Accessory Know How

Woman holding a blow dryer and hairbrush

It’s always so exciting to open and unbox a new beauty tool, right?! But have you ever unboxed a new blow dryer, only to toss all those other attachments into the garbage can? You’re not alone, in fact, a large majority of women either throw them out or feel an unexplainable responsibility to keep them, so they find a place for them in the back of the towel closet, only to forget they even exist. Of course, the exception to this is those women who have been trained in cosmetology school just how important those attachments are and how exactly to use them. Well, you’re paying for the attachments that come with your new hair dryer, not to mention the fact that they’re provided because they should be used. Read on understand exactly how to use those bulky plastic dryer accessories in the back of your linen closet.

Just one side note before discussing the dryer attachments: if you are using a hair dryer, either regularly or irregularly you should always be using a heat protectant to seal in moisture and protect the hair cuticle from the damaging heat.

Concentrator Attachments
These are the smaller attachments that look somewhat like a long narrowing nose. Depending on the size and brand of the dryer the look and style will vary from one another, but they all have the same sole purpose: to allow you to specify where the hot air is blowing, or concentrating. This gives you greater control of the air and of your style. Anyone can benefit from this attachment by setting the dryer on lower speed setting and a higher temperature, this will speed up the drying process and prevent your hair from blowing into a tangled mess while drying.

Diffuser Attachments
These tend to come in one of two styles. The first one looks like a large, round spiky claw, and the second looks somewhat like a megaphone. Regardless of the attachment you have, they are ideal for those with wavy or curly hair. It works to reduce the intensity of the airflow, which means your hair will have less frizz and feel much softer when it’s dry. The claw looking attachment is more common of the two; when using it, you should grab small sections of your tresses and hold them up against the “fingers” of the claw. This will give you a softly sculpted but volumized look.

Pick Attachments
These dryer accessories also come in two styles: the first a rounded attachment with lots of long “fingers” poking up all around it, and the second looks just like a concentrator attachment with a comb fused to the end of it. Just like hair combs and hair picks are used to create volume, these dryer attachments work the same way but go a step further by forcing air into the style. Keep in mind that those with longer hair will need the attachment with longer “fingers” and those with shorter hair sill benefit more from the attachment with shorter “fingers.”

Hair Styling Tips For Stubborn Hair

Woman holding her lifeless hair

Do you have difficult hair that has a mind of its own? Fret no more! This article will provide you with instructions on how to get your hair away from your face, with all sorts tips and tricks to style your stubborn hair that you can use for any style!

ballerina bun

If you want to rock a ballerina bun, but find yourself giving up after endless fails, we urge you to give this look a try just one last time after reading these tips. You’ve probably read over and over again that it’s best to construct this look with freshly washed and conditioned, combed and dried hair. Sure, this works excellent for those who have straight, less difficult to work with hair, but this will only make things harder for you. To achieve this look with stubborn hair you’ll need to do things a bit differently. If you know ahead of time that you want to wear a ballerina bun, don’t shampoo your hair in the shower. Slather on some conditioner and let it sit on your locks while you wash up, just don’t forget to rinse before you get out of the shower. Instead of wrapping your in a bath towel, use an old t-shirt, this will make your hair less frizzy than if you were to use a normal towel. When you’re ready, use a wide toothed comb to thoroughly detangle your locks. Before pulling your hair up into a bun, apply a small amount of hair gel to the top and front portions of your hair. Then use a brush to pull back that frontal hair backwards and upwards, this will make sure that all your hair stays down and in place as it dried throughout the day. Wrap your hair into a ballerina bun and don’t worry about your hair all day!

Chignon hairstyle

If you envy your thinner-haired friends for their low chignons, then you’ll love the tips you’re about to read! Begin with washed and dried hair; it’s totally fine if it’s not freshly cleaned but you should be sure that there isn’t any product already in your hair. Use a comb to be sure that there aren’t any tangles in your tresses, then spritz some shine spray on your locks (shine serum works too) then use a comb or brush to work the product throughout the hair. Pull your hair into a low bun, but before wrapping the elastic around it, give it a bit of a loosening shake so that some side pieces slip out of your grip. Use an elastic to wrap your hair into a low chignon (like a loose and low bun). Finally, use a small curling iron to give those loose pieces a bit of body with a twist. Finally, spritz on some hairspray and you’re good to go.

Of course, you can deal with your stubborn hair by getting it out of your face as explained above, but you should also be sure that you’re giving your hair the proper maintenance that it needs. This means getting your hair trimmed regularly, not over-using heat tools, and showing your locks some attention by putting on a conditioning mask every week or so.