From Thick and Unruly to Wavy and Soft

Ever feel like your hair is just continuously unruly?  We’ve definitely all been in phases where it seems like we just can’t get a good handle on our hair looking the way we want it to.  We’re always about problem solving in the beauty department and realized that some ladies with thick, unruly hair are struggling to get their hair looking wavy and soft…the way they want it to look.  So, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips to help you go from thick and unruly to wavy and soft.

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Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often
The thing about thick hair is it doesn’t need to be washed as often as fine hair.  In fact, it can do damage to it which could be causing it to become too unruly.  If you’re washing your hair every day, it’s time to back off on that.  To have your hair looking wavy and soft, you’re going to need to make sure your hair is healthy and moisturized.  When we wash our hair too often it tends to strip the hair of its natural oils, causing it to become unruly and damaged.  Since you have thick hair, most experts suggest you can go a couple days between washes, and your hair will likely flourish by doing so.

Add Layers
Often ladies (and men) with thick hair tend to notice that their hair can get unruly pretty easily, but having the right haircut can make the world of a difference in this type of situation.  Many experts suggest that adding layers to thick, unruly hair can make it much more manageable and help you get that wavy, soft hair you want.  Since adding layers can take out some of the weight of your hair, and allow more natural movement you’ll likely notice that your hair will help you manage your hair much more easily.

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Add Moisture
Unruly hair is often unruly also because it’s lacking some of the moisture it needs.  Thick hair (and all hair really) needs moisture, and to really get that wavy, soft hair you want, you’re going to need to make sure that your hair has the moisture it needs.  Opt for using products that really focus on adding moisture and softness to your hair.  Yes, this means your shampoo, conditioner and other styling products should be focused around adding moisture and softness to your hair.

Avoid Adding Too Much Weight
If your hair is thick and unruly, the last thing you need is to add more weight.  But we realize that you also want to add products to your hair to hold certain hair styles.  If you really want to go from thick and unruly to wavy and soft you’re going to need to focus on using hair care products that don’t add too much weight.  Opting more so for spray based products tend to help you get results from hair care products like hair spray and gels, without adding too much additional weight.

Avoid These Hair Extension Disasters

Hair extensions have definitely grown to be a widely accepted beauty ritual.  While it was once taboo to openly share that you have hair extensions, in today’s world women are proud to share that they’ve added some hair extensions to their look.  There are so many great things that can be done with hair extensions, and they’re such an easy way to change your look.  But, with all good things, there’s always a few things that you want to make sure you’re aware of.  You know we’re always about keeping you well informed so we thought we would discuss some of the disasters that we’ve seen with hair extensions.  Avoid these hair extension disasters….

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Visible Scalp/Base Extensions
Back in the late 90’s and early 00’s when hair extensions started to gain some momentum in popularity, there were definitely some disasters that we can’t forget.  Namely, visible scalp and base of the extensions popping up.  This is a definite no-no with hair extensions that we want to make sure you’re avoiding.  If you’re getting your hair extensions done by a professional make sure that the expert is someone who’s been trained properly in hair extensions.  If you’re opting for clip in extensions, make sure that you’re able to blend and cover the base and clip of the extensions so that it’s not visible.

Color that Doesn’t Blend
While we realize that you may be using extensions to add in a different color to your natural hair, we can’t stress enough how much of a disaster, it is when the color doesn’t look blended in with your natural color.  Even if you’re adding purple (or some other color) extensions to your hair, it’s important to make sure that the extension’s color looks like it’s blended seamlessly with your natural color.  While even though the purple (for example) isn’t your natural color, you don’t want the color to look too choppy.  If you are looking to use hair extensions to blend with your natural color, either make sure that they’ve been colored by an expert to match or match well to your natural color.

The Length Being Choppy
Similar to the hair color, you want your hair extensions to look blended in well with your natural hair.  If the extensions are a drastically different length from your natural hair’s length you want to ask your hair stylist to cut them in a way that will give them layers to naturally blend with your hair.  Typically, when adding in extensions we want them to look as natural as possible.  Since they’re typically all one length you’re going to need to ensure that they’re cut to the length that you want and need to really get the natural look you want.

Anytime you’re dealing with extensions, whether clip ins or professional – make sure that you’re using a product/service that’s of high quality.  We know you don’t want to have a hair extension disaster, so make sure you avoid some of these common disasters we’ve seen in the past.

Try A Cut With Layers For Hair That’s Less Flat

Do you get frustrated feeling like you can’t keep your hair from being so flat all the time?  We’ve all been there, that’s for sure.  Sometimes, not matter how much product or hair styling you do your hair just continues to lay flat without any movement.  If you’ve experienced that, or may be experiencing it now, it may actually be because of your haircut.  Our haircut can play a major role in how our hair lays and is able to be styled.  While there’s a lot of benefits to having all hair one length, you may want to try a cut with layers for hair that’s less flat.

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Often times when we have our haircut all one length, our hair tends to be flat because there’s not any natural movement to the hair with the way it’s cut.  Adding layers in hair is a great way to add dimension, definition and volume.  In addition, adding layers is a great way to remove a lot of extra weight that’s in the hair that could also be contributing the hair to laying flat.  See, when our hair is one length it tends to have a lot of weight at the ends of the hair – causing the hair to struggle to have a lot of volume to it.  Layers being added to the hair help to eliminate some of that weight, allowing you to have more volume in the hair much more easily.

The great thing about trying a cut with layers is that there are a ton of different ways to get the benefits from layers in your hair, in a way that best suits your face shape and hair type.  Anytime we’re talking about haircuts and layers, it’s essential that you focus on adding them in a way that’s going to work with your hair type.  Just like when using different hair care products, taking all the different steps isn’t going to give you the results you’re interested in achieving if it’s not done so in a way that works WITH your hair type.  Layers are no different in this factor.

If you’ve been feeling like your hair has been really flat lately, and notice that your hair is all one length you may want to talk to your hair stylist about adding some layers to your haircut.  Since they are the expert, open up a line of communication and ask what they would suggest.  While we tend to have an idea of what layers will look like in our heads – there are so many different ways for hair stylists to add layers to our hair, ask them what would be the best way to get the benefits of layers in a way that works for your face shape and hair type in the best way possible.  When you are talking to your hair stylist about adding layers, be sure to mention that you’re interested in achieving hair that’s not as flat to get the best results.

Increase Your Biotin Intake With Kefir

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

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

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

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

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

The Benefits of A Blast of Cold Water

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

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

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

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

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

How To Make Your Wax Job Last Longer

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Are you a regular waxer?  Waxing has definitely grown to become a very mainstream beauty service among women, and men.  It’s pretty standard for people to get some area of their body waxed on a regular basis.  If you get waxed pretty regularly, you’re probably always eager to find ways to elongate your time between appointments.  Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be able to go longer periods of time before heading back into the salon for another wax appointment?  Well, you may be in luck, because we’ve discovered some tips on how to make your wax job last longer – and we’re sharing them, now!

Make Sure Your Hair Is The Right Length
We get it, the point of getting a wax is to eliminate any unwanted hair you have on your body.  But the thing is, if your hair isn’t the length that’s suggested by the experts in that area of the body the wax will actually miss some of the hair – causing you to need to get your wax appointments more often.  So, instead of rushing to get an appointment scheduled as soon as your hair starts to grow a bit, resist the urge and really make sure that it’s the length that’s suggested for that area of the body before heading in.  This will help to ensure that ALL of the hair will be waxed off and prevent you from needing to make appointments as often.

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Exfoliate and Moisturize Before you Wax
So often we just head into our wax appointment not really thinking much about any prep that we should do for our skin prior to the appointment.  Experts suggest that you exfoliate your skin before your appointment, this helps to get rid of any dead skin cells.  In addition to exfoliating your skin, make sure your skin is well moisturized before heading into your appointment.  Why is this so important?  Well, when our skin isn’t exfoliated or moisturized, it tends to be pretty dry.  When our skin is too dry it can affect the waxing process and actually prevent the wax from fully taking out the hair and instead the hair just breaking – causing you to need to head into the salon more often.  Keeping the routine of exfoliating and moisturizing helps to ensure that your skin is hydrated to allow the wax to do its thing much more effectively.

See an Expert
As tempting as it can be to do your waxing yourself at home, it’s really best to see an expert for this type of service.  Experts understand how to work with your skin in the best way, and can help to make sure you’re keeping yourself in a solid schedule for your waxing.  In general, when you get your hair waxed you will begin to notice a typical cycle that’s established.  Keep up with that schedule for the best results long-term and avoid shaving, plucking or threading between to help your hair get into a more consistent schedule.

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.

Managing A Too Short Hair Cut

Getting your hair cut can be a process, whether it’s positive or negative we’ve all had an accidental ‘bad’ hair cut.  Or furthermore, a hair cut that ended up being much shorter than we had originally anticipated.  Of course we totally understand (and we’ve been there) when you have a hair cut that turns up too short, and you’re left trying to figure out how to deal with it until it begins to grow out.  Managing a too short hair cut doesn’t have to be as bad as you may think – we promise!  To help you out, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips.

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Don’t Panic
We realize this is much easier said than done, but if you end up with too short of a hair cut it really is important to take a few deep breaths and not completely panic about it.  We get it, it can be a shock and something you weren’t completely prepared for but remember it is hair and it WILL grow back out.  In addition, make sure that you communicate with your hair stylist to let them know it wasn’t the length you were expecting or going for.  Communicating with your hair stylist will help to ensure you don’t run into this problem again in the future.  In addition, your stylist may be able to give you some tips on how to style your too short hair until it begins to grow out.

Try Not to Over Heat
What does heat have to do with too short hair?  Well, when your hair is shorter than you wanted, you’re obviously going to want it to grow out as soon as possible – but to encourage your hair to grow out more quickly and healthy you’re going to want to make sure you’re taking care of your hair as best as you can.  This means that cutting back on the amount you’re using heat on your hair is important.  We’re not saying you can’t use heat at all, but try not to over style your hair with heat.  Often times, when we’re not happy with our hair and the cut we over compensate by applying more heat than we should.  Resist the urge and make sure you’re giving your hair a break from heat as often as possible.

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Use Quality Hair Care Products
Just like we said above, you’re probably going to want your hair to grow out as quickly as possible.  Another way to help assist with that is to make sure that you’re using quality hair care products that are going to keep your hair healthy and happy.  Adding in a quality hair mask on a daily basis can help give your hair an extra boost of hydration and moisture, promoting growth much more.  In addition, you may want to add in a hair growth supplement – any little bit helps!

Try Different Hair Styles
Of course, we can’t forget to mention that even if you’re not thrilled with your hair’s length it’s important to work WITH it.  Try out different hair styles and experiment – you may be surprised at the different options you have once you get over the initial shock.

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.