Hair Care Products That Make Your Curls Bounce

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Ever feel like you struggle to get that bounce in your curls that so many beauty bloggers and celebs get?  Those bouncy curls are admired by us all, if we’re really honest.  There’s something about bouncy curls that looks so effortless (even if it isn’t) that’s always stunning.  You’ve likely tried a ton of different curling techniques and some teasing to try to get those bouncy curls without as much luck as you’d like.  Truthfully, it could be because of the hair care products you’re using…or aren’t using.  We’ve discovered some great hair care products that make your curls bounce, so if you want those bouncy curls you’re going to want to keep on reading.

Diffusers
Did you think when we said hair care products we were just going to talk about gels and creams?  Nope!  Experts swear by using a diffuser attachment to hair dryers to help get that bounce in your curls.  Diffusers are great to enhance the natural curl in your hair without adding any frizz to your locks.  Diffusers essentially help your hair hold the natural curl shape while you dry your hair – so it really helps to give you some natural bounce.

Special Hair Towels
Another hair care product that may surprise you, but can work wonders to make your curls bounce.  So often when we dry our hair with towels we tend to be pretty rough on our hair.  When our hair is wet it’s in it’s most vulnerable state which can cause damage when we aren’t careful.  And when our hair gets damaged or roughed around in the towel it can prevent us from getting those bouncy curls.

Woman with curly hair outdoors

Using a special hair towel is great to hold your hair up in while it does a bit of drying.  It’s a nice option instead of squeezing and rubbing your hair with your towel, but soaks up the water in your hair.  Another nice bonus?  Many people find that using these types of hair towels means they spend less time using a hair dryer to get their hair dry – meaning that your hair will be healthier and bouncier.

Curl Enhancing Products
Of course, we can’t forget to mention the importance of utilizing curl enhancing/specific hair care products.  There are quite a few different gels, creams, and such that are specifically formulated to help with curls in your hair.  These are really great because they’re enhancing the shape of the curls, allowing you to have more natural bounce in your hair.

Embracing Hair Masks
Hair masks are highly underrated among women, and it’s unfortunate because they really can work wonders on your hair.  If you want truly bouncy curls, you want to make sure you’re also focusing on getting your hair healthy.  One of the best steps to healthy hair and scalp treatment is to make use of hair masks.  If your curls aren’t bouncy it can be because your hair and scalp are dry and brittle.  Make use of a moisturizing hair masks to get your hair the moisture it’s craving and get some bounce back.

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.

Haircuts That Stand Up To Humidity

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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.

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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.

Transitional Hair Care

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After years of chemical hair treatments, including coloring, dyeing, bleaching, relaxing, perming, and the like, many women choose to embrace their natural beauty and make the transition from chemically treated to natural hair. Making the transition can be tricky; women may find themselves wondering how long to wait until the chop off the damaged hair, others might be unsure of how to care for their hair during this time. To help with the confusion, this article tells of all the tips and tricks when embarking on transitional hair care.

  • Go big or go home: Plenty of women have multiple chemical treatments done throughout the course of a few months or years. For example, one woman may highlight her hair and get regular body waves, while another may color her hair and be a hair-relaxer regular. While there is nothing wrong with using beauty advancements to their fullest, when making the transition to natural hair, it’s important to stop all chemical treatments. Seriously, all of them.
  • Practice patience over prescience: When transitioning hair from treated to natural, it’s important to give the hair time to grow out and reclaim its natural shape. It takes an average of four-to-six months to let the natural hair grow out. With that said, it’s bound to take more or less time depending on the person. Remember to be patient; show your hair love by allowing it to do its own thing.
  • Chill out: Chemical treatments are known for damaging hair, unfortunately, so is the heat. With the hair in such a fragile and manipulative sate, heat tools (such as blow dryers and flat irons) are likely to cause more damage, and even prevents healthy regrowth. Instead, opt for air drying styles or absorbent hair towels.
  • Snip the snapped: As new healthy hair begins to grow, split and snapped ends will become more apparent. If they are bothersome, visit the salon for a trim. A stylist will be able to assess the hair, cut off whatever is dry and excessive, and suggest the best growth and trim timeline.
  • Start at the bottom: Brushing and combing through transitioning hair can be a pain, to say the least. Rather than starting at the crown of the head and pulling the brush down, start at the bottom. Begin by brushing the lowest three-to-six inches, once detangled, work on the above few inches. This makes the brushing process easier and less painful.
  • Take care when wet: It’s no secret that hair is easier to detangle when it’s clean and wet, this doesn’t change whether hair is chemically treated, natural, transitioning. It’s important to apply nourishing conditioners while in the shower. After letting the conditioner sit for a while, it is also an optimal time to comb through the hair with a wide-toothed comb. This helps to work the nourishing ingredients throughout every last strand.
  • Repair and prevent: As chemically treated hair is growing out, it’s important to continue caring for and showing it live. This will make the process much easier for a multitude of reasons. Additionally, it’s important to protect the new growth with leave in conditioners.

Faux & Half Hawks

The faux hawk trend has taken the hair industry by storm; Like clothing, it is typical for hair styles to go in and out of fashion, but it seems that faux hawks and half hawks are here to stay. The term itself, faux hawk, does have a sort of intimidating ring to it. In fact, a simple Google search on the beauty term brings up the following definition: a hairstyle in which a section of hair running from the front to the back of the head stands erect, intended to resemble a Mohawk haircut (in which the sides of the head are shaved). After giving the definition some attention it’s understandable as to why many women were apprehensive about trying the look at first, giving it a slow climb to popularity. However, with the faux hawk on top we have put together two very easy to follow tutorials: the first one for a classic, all up faux hawk, and the second for a flirty, half hawk.

Faux hawk hairstyle

The Faux Hawk:

  1. Using your thumbs, pull the center front section of your hair back to create a poof, then secure with two bobby pins.
  2. Now, slide your fingers into your both sides of your hair so that you are pulling back the hair which is about halfway between your poof and your ears. Merge the hair you’ve gathered on both sides together, securing it directly under your poof with an elastic.
  3. Use a hair large hair clip to move that ponytail away from the rest of your hair. As in step 2, slide your fingers into your hair, this time grabbing the sections of hair which are right above the ears, then pull them together and secure them with a loop right under the first pony.
  4. Continue to make ponytails that are the same or similar thickness as the first two, depending on your hair type you should finish with about 5-7 individual ponytails. As you pull the hair back, it may be helpful to use a brush to smooth out the hair so that it doesn’t have any unkempt-looking hair bumps. Do your best to keep each ponytail the same distance from the previous. Once you’ve finished gave the sides of your head a spritz of hair spray.
  5. Use a medium-to-large barrel curling iron to curl each section of hair, being sure to curl each pony in multiple sections, not all at once.
  6. Starting back at the top, wrap the curled pony loosely around itself, then secure it to your scalp with hair pins. Spray it with some strong hold hairspray before moving onto the next one. Continue on until all your hair is pinned up and you have yourself a faux hawk.
Rihanna with a half hawk hairstyle

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The Half Hawk:

  1. If your hair is not already naturally curly or wavy, it would be beneficial to distribute hair texturizer to your locks before styling.
  2. Slide your fingers on either side of your hair so that you are gathering all the hair parallel to your brows (about an inch-or-so above your ear) to the crown of your head.
  3. As you bring the hair from each side together, use your thumbs to tuck the outer pieces of hair under the center pieces to create body.
  4. Have bobby pins ready to go as you use one hand to hold the hair in place, pinching the tucked hair under. With the other hand slide a few bobby pins (at least three, if not more) on each side so that you are securing those outer-underneath pieces. It’s best to alternate which side you insert the bobby pin so that you create an X with them.
  5. Once you gave the hair secured with hidden bobby pins, you can release your grip and let that half hawk flow. Don’t forget to mist on some strong hold hairspray!

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.

Dryer Accessory Know How

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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

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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.

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.

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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.