Increase Your Biotin Intake With Kefir

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

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

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

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

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

Achieving Your Spring Hair Goals

New year, new hair?  We’re with you!  So many of us tend to have a feeling of a new beginning with the start of a new year, and with that comes new goals in so many areas of our lives.  If you’re like us, you have some goals for your hair that you’re really eager to achieve for the spring season.  Although we’re still in the winter season, to really achieve those spring hair goals, it’s important to start thinking about how you’re going to reach them now.  We’re sharing some of the tips we used to achieve our spring hair goals, so you can reach your own this spring season.

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Set Your Actual Goals
Just like any other goal in life, you need to know what your goal(s) are in order to actually reach them.  If your spring hair goals are to have a certain hair color, or have your hair looking healthy and vibrant you want to get clear on what you want to achieve.  This will help you to know what you’re really working towards for your hair and allow you to then evaluate what you need to do in order to get there.  Experts suggest that one of the most important factors to consider when setting your hair goals is to make sure you’re being realistic with yourself and your hair.  If your goal is to grow your hair by 6 inches without the help of extensions, you may want to evaluate your time frame.  Be realistic,so you don’t get discouraged or frustrated.

Make a Plan
Once you know what your goals actually are, you can figure out what steps you need to take in order to reach them.  Figure out what steps you need to take to really reach them, along with a solid hair care routine to help you get there.  Coming up with a solid plan is going to be a major key in helping you to achieve your spring hair goals.  Generally, in order to reach any hair goal you’re going to need to make sure you’re starting with a solid hair care routine with the basics.  Furthermore, figure out if you’re going to need to invest in any additional hair care products or treatments to help you reach whatever spring hair goals you have for yourself.  Getting this plan in place, and getting the products/treatments you need in order are going to help you to actually stick to doing them to really help you reach the goals you have.

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Get Professional Help
Any time you’re working with your hair, you want to ensure that you’re keeping your hair’s health as a priority.  Asking for the help of a professional hair stylist can do wonders for really helping you reach your goals.  When you’re setting your goals and your plan, ask your hair stylist what suggestions they have to help you reach your spring hair goals.  They can help give you product recommendations, suggestions, and make sure you’re making the most of your efforts.

Are You Ready To DIY Your Haircut?

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

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

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

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

What To Do When You Apply Too Much Hair Product

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By now, you probably know that using hair product can be an essential part of really taking care of your hair in the best way possible.  However, if you’re using hair products on a daily basis, you may have had a few days where you noticed you applied a little too much product in your hair.  Naturally, that tends to happen when there’s not enough time to start over – like when you’re trying to head out of the door.  If you find yourself in a pinch with a little too much hair product applied, you’re going to want to keep reading because we’re chatting about what to do when you apply too much hair product so you’re prepared the next time it happens.

Too Much Gel
Find yourself with a bit too much gel in your hair?  Too much gel in your hair can leave your locks looking a bit crusty, oily and wet – and no one wants that.  If you find yourself in this situation, one of the best ways to deal with it is to actually add a bit of dry shampoo to your hair.  It’s been found that adding dry shampoo can combat some of the excess wetness in your hair (hence the DRY, in dry shampoo).  Just be sure you don’t then add too much dry shampoo.  Add a little at a time and work it into your hair.

Too Much Hairspray
Trying to get your hair to stay in place can definitely lead to ending up with too much hairspray in your hair.  If you find that you’ve applied a bit too much hairspray into your hair, you’ve probably noticed that your hair is a bit too crunchy or even tacky.  Experts suggest that if you find yourself with too much hairspray in your hair one of the quick ways to fix your hair look is to actually add a bit of oil into your hair.  The oil can combat the dryness that the hairspray causes.  Just make sure you’re not adding too much oil, similar to the dry shampoo add a very small amount work it in and add more if needed.  Remember, a little oil goes a long way.

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Too Much Oil
Oil based products are great for adding hydration to your hair, but unfortunately using too much of these hair products can leave your hair looking greasy and oily.  If you find that you’ve added a bit too much of your oil based hair care product the quickest way to combat that look is to add some dry shampoo (is there anything dry shampoo can’t do?).  The dry aspect of dry shampoo helps to soak up some of the oiliness in your hair pretty quickly.

Too Much Mousse
Use a bit too much mousse?  It’s a great hair product, but can end up leaving your hair looking a bit messy when you’ve added too much.  Mousse tends to be a product that’s easily overused, as well.  If you find you’ve added a bit too much to your hair experts suggest using your hair dryer over the areas of your hair that have a bit too much and using your hands to continue styling your hair to help fix the oops.

Hair Dye Gone Wrong

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Do you dye your hair at home often?  There are so many at home options available these days that it can definitely be tempting to take the job on yourself.  However, there are some things that can go wrong with at home hair dyes, causing a hair dye gone wrong situation to arise.  We know no one wants to be faced with that kind of hair catastrophe, but unfortunately it’s something that can happen in certain situations.  Even if you’re careful and are sure to follow the instructions on the label of the hair dye product you’re using things can happen.

You may have a friend or known someone (maybe it was even you) who had a bit of a hair dye gone wrong situation happen.  Anytime you’re dying your hair there are so many different factors that can play into hair dye going in a negative way.  Since these are chemicals you’re working with, it’s important to make sure that you have the right information and products to use to try to avoid any hair dye gone wrong situations from happening.  Experts suggest that you’re more likely to have a troubled situation come up if you’re not quite used to dying your hair or really knowing how it tends to behave in situations.

Experts suggest that the most important thing to understand when coloring your hair at home is to fully understand the process that needs to take place in order to get your hair to the color that you’re looking to create before actually starting the process.  Not understanding the process is often what leads to some ladies trying to bleach their hair blonde and ending up with pink hair.  It’s important to make sure that you’re clear on your hair’s type and texture to make sure that you get the right type of hair dye products that will work with your hair as much as possible.  Not using the right process or products can lead to you having those hair dye gone wrong situations you’re trying to avoid.

If you do experience a hair dye gone wrong mishap, experts suggest trying to utilize a clarifying shampoo product as quickly as possible to eliminate some of the product from your hair before it sets in too much.  In addition, you’re going to want to make sure that you follow up that clarifying shampoo product with a deep conditioner.  Putting your hair through a lot with coloring and then trying to fix a hair dye gone wrong can put a lot of strain and dryness on your hair – adding some deep conditioning into your hair as quickly as possible will help get your hair back into the process of being treated and moisturized so you don’t deal with too much damage after.

Of course, if you experience a hair dye gone wrong and can’t seem to get the fix at home – it’s time to make an appointment with a trusted professional.  They can help ensure that your hair’s health is taken care of and help get you to a hair color place that you’ll be much happier with.

Protect Your Hair From Wind Damage

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The winter months always bring a different weather climate that we need to adjust to.  Sure we experience the same seasons every year, but it always tends to catch us a bit off guard at the start of the season.  Typically, the winter months bring more wind throughout a lot of the country.  The downside to that wind isn’t just the cooler temps, but also the fact that it can wreak major havoc on our hair.  Let’s be honest, it’s pretty frustrating to end up with a tangled mess with your hair when you’ve dealt with a lot of wind.  To keep you informed, we’re sharing some of the best tips to protect your hair from wind damage.

Keep Your Hair Moisturized
The wind can really put a beating on your hair, causing it to get tossed around and tangled.  But that mess is even worse if your hair isn’t well moisturized.  Many experts suggest that there’s major importance to making sure that you keep your hair super moisturized (especially as we’re in the dry winter season) to help protect your hair from wind damage.  The thing is, typically when your hair gets blown around by the wind it’s more prone to tangles and knots that can cause more damage to your hair, instead keeping your hair moisturized you can make sure that your hair is healthier and when your hair is healthier and more moisturized it’s less likely to develop unruly knots.

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Wear Accessories
Another great way to protect your hair from wind damage is to actually put some hair accessories to good use…to literally protect your hair from the wind altogether.  Adding and wearing things like hats and scarves can be a great way to keep your hair down so it’s not so exposed to the wind.  In fact, wearing a hat or a scarf over your hair is a super easy way to not have to deal with your hair getting tossed around and damaged because your hair is literally under the accessory.  Pretty simple, right?  The great news is there are a ton of trendy and fun accessories that you can wear on a regular basis when it’s windy out so you don’t have to worry about the accessory ruining your outfit – in fact, it may make it even better!

Wear Your Hair Up
Of course, if you’re not much of a hat kind of woman you still have options.  Wearing your hair tied up and back is going to give you a similar effect as the hat – meaning, tying your hair back helps allow you to not have to worry about your hair getting tossed around and damaged.  Try out different hair styles, there are plenty of easy hair styles that won’t take much time, will protect your hair, and still give you great style.  Try out some of the trendy braided hair styles, or throwing your hair back in an effortless low bun.  The options are endless, and your hair will be well protected.

Don’t Commit Hair Sabotage

So many of us spend SO much time doing things related to our hair.  Whether it’s hair care, spending the time to get your hair done, purchasing hair care products…you name it we do it.  We all can admit it’s really enjoyable when we feel good about the way our hair looks, and we don’t enjoy it too much when our hair just isn’t cooperating with us.  Although we love to keep things fun and positive around here, we do want to make sure you’re informed on the latter as well.  Ok, we’re just going to say it…don’t commit hair sabotage.  Ok, ok, we know it may be easier said than done and we also realize you may not be fully aware of when you are committing hair sabotage.  So, we’ve got the details!

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Over-washing Your Hair
So many of us grew up being told that we need to wash our hair every single day in order to be clean and sanitary.  And while we want everyone to be clean and sanitary, it’s actually been found that washing your hair on a daily basis isn’t that great for it.  The thing about washing your hair is it strips your hair of its natural oils…the oils that it does need in order to look and function the way you want it to.  This being said, washing your hair too often can cause your hair to become dry and brittle.  In turn, it can actually be sabotaging your hair.  Instead, try breaking up the days in which you wash your hair to every other day or every two days if you can.

Not Using the Right Products
Using the right hair care products is crucial to your hair’s health and appearance.  If you really want to not commit hair sabotage you need to take a look at your hair care products and make sure they’re really in line with your hair type.  Just like skin care, you need to ensure that the hair care products you use are catering to your hair  type to really get the best benefit from using them.

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Using Too Much Heat
Another way you may be committing hair sabotage (and not even realizing it) is by using too much heat when styling your hair.  The thing about heat, is it does have an impact on your hair, even if you use the right products and hair care products.  Your hair needs a break, so it’s important to try not to use heated hair styling tools on your hair every day – give your hair a bit of a break to give it a chance to breathe.  In addition to not using heat too often, it’s also important to make sure that when you are using heat it’s accommodating to your hair’s type.  Ok, before we confuse you think of it like this: if you have very fine or thin hair you shouldn’t use a very high heat setting, while if you do have thick or coarse hair you can add a little higher temp to actually styling your hair.  Using heat that’s not coordinating to your hair type can cause you to have a lot of damage.

Stop Frying Your Hair

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We all use a lot of heat when it comes to styling our hair.  And if we’re really honest, we don’t always know the precautions we should be taking to really keep our hair in a healthy state.  Most of us get into our routines with how we do our hair and how we use the styling tools as teens and don’t really think twice about changing our ways as we get older.  But we have to be honest with you… you need to stop frying your hair.  We’re not just going to tell you to do something without actually giving you the tips to apply!  We’re dishing on the best tips to consider to avoid damaging your hair.

Prep Your Hair FIRST
We get it, it’s SO easy to just get started with blow drying and curling/straightening your hair the minute you’re ready.  But that can be causing a lot of damage to occur on your hair.  Before getting started with any heated hair styling tools you need to apply a heat protectant product to your hair.  Applying a great heat protectant product to your hair before applying heat to your hair is a good way to create a barrier of sorts to keep your hair protected.  What many heat protectant products do is lock the moisture in your hair and keep a lot of the nourishment that tends to get dried out (or fried) when using heated hair styling tools.

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Give Your Hair a Break
We want our hair to look flawless every day.  But while the temptation to use heated hair styling tools daily is real, it can also be causing you to fry your hair.  Even when you utilize a high quality heat protectant product on your hair to give your hair protection, it’s still necessary to give your hair a break.  Experts suggest avoiding using heated styling tools on a regular basis, meaning daily.  Try to minimize how often you’re using heat on your hair as much as you can and give your hair a break on the other days.  This will give your hair a chance to have a bit of a break and not be under more heat stress.

Use Proper Settings
When it comes to using heated hair styling tools, experts suggest looking for tools that have different heat settings.  Because we all have different hair and different hair types, this is key to really making sure that you don’t end up damaging your hair too much.  You’re going to want to play around with different heat settings to really find an option that suits your hair type.  But in general, those with fine and thin hair want to air on a cooler heat setting while those with thicker or more coarse hair can use a heat setting that’s a bit higher.  Start on a lower setting and work your way up (slowly) as you find you need a hotter setting.

Material Matters

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When it comes to choosing a flat iron, there are so many different factors and elements that really go into choosing the best fit for you.  Experts suggest that one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to choosing a flat iron is the material that it’s made out of.  Most flat irons are typically made out of ceramic or tourmaline in today’s flat iron world.  Basically what we’re saying is material matters, it can be the difference between keeping your hair healthy or causing more damage to it.  You know we’re always about keeping you as informed as possible, so we’re sharing why flat irons are typically made out of ceramic and tourmaline so you know what to look for when you buy your next flat iron.

They Boost Great Results
Both ceramic and tourmaline have increasingly become known for the great results that they can help users achieve when using them.  Ceramic is best known to help give the flat irons a nice, evenly distributed heat output in the iron all across it.  Tourmaline is best known for the fact that it’s able to help users create a frizz-free, shiny hair look.  With factors like these, it’s really no wonder why so many flat irons are created with these materials in mind.  If you’ve used flat irons that weren’t created with ceramic or tourmaline as the major material in them, you may have noticed that you struggled to really get the straight hair look to hold because the plates didn’t have evenly distributed heat.  Or you may have even noticed, that your hair appeared to be frizzy and seemed to look damaged from using the flat irons.

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They’re Continuously Mimicked
Don’t be fooled by many flat irons that claim to have ceramic and/or tourmaline technology, if they’re not actually made entirely of ceramic and/or tourmaline you’re not going to get the same results.  But just like so many other things in life, if they work and are successful, there will be options that try to mimic the product but aren’t exactly like it.  Experts suggest to steer clear of the flat irons that are ceramic and/or tourmaline ‘coated’ because you’re just getting the coating of an often aluminum product, so your hair is not going to get the same result as you do from a flat iron that’s entirely ceramic or tourmaline.

It’s important to do your research when it comes to choosing a flat iron that works for you.  There are different materials, but don’t forget that materials do matter.  While it can be tempting to want to steer towards a cheaper flat iron option, experts advise against it.  Remember that the materials you use in a flat iron can be the difference between keeping your hair healthy or not.  Instead of going to the cheaper option, do some research and really invest in a flat iron that’s going to give you the results you’re looking for and really keep your hair healthy.

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.

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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?