A Bun For Work, The Weekend & In-Between

Bun hair styles are great for so many different occasions, which is likely why so many ladies go to the trusted bun hair look for so many occasions.  While buns are so great for different situations in your life, we know that it can be difficult to know how to take this versatile type of hair style and make it appropriate for different occasions.  We’re sharing tips for helping you to achieve a bun for work, the weekend and in-between.  Because, yes!  Buns can be worn for ALL of these occasions.

woman at cafe bun

Don’t Over Think It
The thing about buns that often tends to get ladies tripped up is over thinking the styling process.  Keep in mind that regardless of the occasion, the less ‘perfect’ it is the more unique the bun style looks.  While there are bun styles that are great when done in a slicked back manner – if that’s a style that’s really difficult for you to achieve, don’t feel like that’s your only option.

Add Texture
Adding texture too your bun hair style is a great way to add some uniqueness to your look that can make it perfect for so many different occasions.  It gives it that effortless chic look – and who doesn’t love that?  You can add texture to your bun by FIRST applying dry shampoo to your hair, and then styling your hair in the bun hair style you desire.  The dry shampoo gives your hair that natural texture look that also makes your hair much easier to manage and style in a bun.

Add a Braid to the Mix
Braids are kind of everything right now in the hair world, and they’re a great way to add some extra style to your favorite bun hair style.  Once you get into the routine of styling your hair in buns, you can have the longing for a change to your favorite hair style – braids are a great way to do that.  You can add braids in so many different ways, too.  Whether you choose to add a braid to the side of your hair leading into the bun, or actually braiding the ponytail portion of your hair and wrapping it into a bun – you can’t lose when you add a braid into the mix.

woman with high bun

Play with Different Bun Heights
While it may seem like a bun hair style is a bun hair style, there are so many different ways to mix up a bun.  Playing around with different heights as to wear you style the bun is one of the easiest ways to mix things up.  Low buns, high buns, and buns in the middle of your head are all great – it really gives you the opportunity to create a style that you feel is perfect for the occasion you’re styling your hair for.  Try mixing up the heights you wear your buns for different occasions – we’re going to bet you’re shocked at just how different the same hair style feels based on the height alone.

Hot Hairstyles For 2017

One of the exciting things about the start of a new year is that we get to welcome the start of brand new beauty trends.  2016 was filled with amazing and exciting hairstyle trends, and we’ve been itching to see what trends experts are saying we have to look forward to this year.  Now that we’re a couple of weeks into 2017, we thought it was the perfect time to share some of the hot hairstyles for 2017 that we can start to anticipate seeing and even adapting ourselves.

woman with brown blonde hair

“Bronde”
Every year seems to have the debate on whether to go blonde or brunette and we see a lot of both, but something new we have to look forward to in 2017 is a new take on BOTH hair colors – it’s a combination of the two hues.  Yep, the bronde hair color is literally the combination of both blonde and brunette hair.  The great thing about this particular hairstyle is that experts are suggesting that the maintenance on this is pretty low because it’s got a more grown-in vibe to it.  Additionally, because it’s a combination of blonde and brunette it looks great on pretty much anyone.  Bonus!

Blunt Bangs with Long Hair
We’ve had so many different hair cuts, lengths and bang styles over the years, but this year one of the hot hairstyles we can expect to see quite a bit of is the blunt bang cut with a longer length.  It’s a unique and fresh take on long hair.  Since so many long hairstyles have been about no bangs or the sideswept style, a full blunt bang is a different twist that we’re excited to see more of in the new year.  In addition to the blunt bang, the style can be expected to be worn in a way that really emphasizes the natural texture of your (or their) hair.

woman with curly hair

Celebrating Natural Texture
In 2016, there was a major rise in celebrating natural texture of hair – whether a woman has naturally curly hair, straight hair or wavy, it was all about enhancing and really working with what your hair naturally does.  It doesn’t seem like there’s any sign of the natural texture celebration going anywhere anytime soon.  Many of the trusted hair experts in the industry are saying that we’re going to continue seeing the natural hairstyle celebration continuing with women embracing their natural curls and waves in a way that we’ve really never seen before.

Dramatic Side Part
The trends in hair parts always change frequently, and in the past year, it’s really been a lot about the middle part.  But in 2017, we’re expecting to see a lot of dramatic side parts to be popping up in the locks of ladies everywhere.  There’s always been something so chic about a side part, and going for a deep side part adds a fun little drama to any hairstyle – no matter what your hairstyle or texture is.

Styling Your Hair In Weekend Braids

woman with pigtail braids

Do you feel like your weekend hair needs a little update?  It’s so easy to get stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to weekend hair.  Since braids have been all the rage the past few months, we don’t know about you, but we’ve been all about finding fun ways to style our hair with braids.  So, we got to thinking weekends and braids…seem like a pretty great combination.  We’re sharing some of our favorite ways to styling your hair in weekend braids to give you a little inspiration on how to rock braids this weekend and give your weekend ‘do a little update.

Pigtail French Braids
The Kardashian sisters really made a splash with the braids in the past year, and may be partly to credit for bringing braids back into the hair world so prominently.  Regardless of who did, we’re all about the pigtail French braids.  They really aren’t as difficult to style as you may think.  Start by separating your hair into two sections by creating a strong middle part.  We suggest pulling one side of the separated hair into a ponytail loosely so you’re free to braid the first half without having to worry about anything getting mixed in.  The great part about pigtail French braids is they’re a great way to keep a lot of your hair out of your face, making them perfect for the weekend so you’re free to go about your fun weekend activities without having to fuss with your hair.

French Braid Into Half-Up Style
Another favorite braided hairstyle we’ve been seeing lately that’s just perfect for the weekends has got to be the French braid that leads into a half up ponytail/bun look.  It’s fun and unique take on the traditional half up hair style, and what better style to combine it with than a braid?  Simply start by braiding your hair at the front back until about that half up hair style place and secure the hair in a rubber band – or add the bun detail if you want to do something a little bit different.  The thing about this particular braided hair style is it doesn’t have to be perfect…in fact it’s one of those hair styles that somehow looks better when it’s NOT perfect – making it another great weekend hair style, because you don’t have to worry about perfection on your days off.

runner with side braid

Side Braids
If you don’t want to have a lot of your hair pulled back into a hair style, this is a great alternative to still rock some braids in your hair on the weekend.  This can be done a number of ways, but really adding a braid by using your side swept bangs or to create that edgy look on the opposite side of your side swept bangs is a great way to style your hair in braids for the weekend.  You can add just one braid, or multiples.  But it’s a fun hair style to have a little fun trying different placements for the braids and an easy way to get a little hair out of your face but still be able to wear your hair down.

Hair That Helps You Stand Out From The Crowd

When it comes to your hair, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut.  Sometimes it can seem like everyone you see walking around has the same hair style.  And while sure, it’s fun to follow certain trends with hair, it’s also nice to stand out from the crowd.  Sometimes it can feel intimidating to do things that will make you stand out, but it can be really fun and refreshing to do so.  We thought we would share hair that helps you stand out from the crowd to give you a little inspiration, and some confidence boost to rock your hair in a way that will help you stand out in a great way.

woman getting hair cut

Try a Bold Cut
Similar to hair color, many people tend to stick in the layered hair look realm when it comes to their hair cut.  But if you really want hair that helps you stand out from the crowd, incorporating a bold hair cut can be a great way to do that.  No matter what length your hair is you can adapt a bold cut.  Typically, when we think of a bold hair cut with think of blunt bangs or hair that’s all one length.  Take things up a another notch and try a bold, asymmetrical hair cut.  There are so many different ways you can rock a bold hair cut that will really help you to stand out.  Try doing some searches online to find some inspiration, and bring the pictures in to your hair stylist to as for their input.  The thing about your hair stylist is they’re going to help you to cater the cut to fit your hair type and flatter your face shape in the best way possible.

Add Accessories
If you want hair that helps you stand out from the crowd, but you’re not quite ready to make a change as drastic as coloring your hair or cutting it in a unique way – then adding some fun accessories could be the perfect option for you.  Do some searching at your favorite retailers to find some really fun and funky hair accessories.  Hair accessories can be a great and super easy way to transform your hair without much effort or time.  The bonus is you’re sure to stand out from the crowd!

woman with bright red hair

Changing The Color
The past couple of years the use of color with hair has really made some major changes.  We’ve seen everything from galaxy inspired hair, to bold, bright colors, to everything in between.  Changing the color of your hair can be a really great way to stand out from the crowd.  The thing about changing your hair color is it doesn’t have to be super difficult, and since we live in a time where colored hair is more broadly accepted it’s a fun way to spice things up a bit.  This is especially true if you find that you tend to work and be around people who all typically have the same hair color.  If you notice most of your peers are brunettes or blondes, think of what color you would feel really good in for your hair and rock it out!

Your Dream Color Is In A Box

 

Women dying her hair

While we almost always recommend that you see a professional when you’re in need (or in want) of a new dye job, we totally understand that there are instances that occur from time to time that leave you no other choice than to make a trip to the drugstore and journey down the boxed hair color isle. Since we know how difficult DIY dying seems, we’ve provided you with the necessary information you need to achieve your dream color when using boxed, at home color.

Before we get into it, it is important to understand that extreme color changes should not be attempted over the bathroom sink. If you are hoping to go from chocolate brown to bombshell blonde, we sincerely hope that you won’t attempt such a transformation at home. However, if you’re hoping to go only a few shades lighter or darker, then you’ve totally got this!

Know Your Natural Color
It’s essential that you know your natural color when deciding which boxed color to go with. You know the panel of colors on the side of the box? It shows the starting color next to the adjusted color after it’s been dyed. They think that many people don’t know that the starting color is what you should be basing that panel off of, not your current color of dyed hair. Choosing the box based on your natural color will increase your chances the dye doing exactly what you want it to do.

Play Dress Up
Have you ever seen a friend all dressed up in a Hallowed costume, wig and everything, and noticed how great they looked with the wig on? It happens more than you might think. While some people may notice how great a color looks on them by accident, that doesn’t mean you can’t figure out on purpose. If you’re thinking about changing the color of your locks, but scared that even a small change will make you look totally different, pay a visit to your local wig shop. Not only are you guaranteed to have fun trying out a plethora of hairstyles, but you’ll also get the opportunity to see exactly how the color you’re thinking about will look on you!

When In Doubt, Lighten Up
Even if you want your color to be a deep, vibrant shade, you should always buy the boxed color that’s a bit lighter than your desired shade. It doesn’t take a professional to know that boxed color doesn’t always come out as planned. Not to mention, the times that the color disappoints typically happen when it comes out darker than planned. It is this very reason that you should choose the color that is a bit lighter than what you actually want. If it turns out that you still want to go darker, it will be much easier than trying to lighten up.

Double Up
The longer hair you have, the more color you need. Many boxes give the suggested amount of dye that you will need in correspondence with hair length, which is undoubtedly every helpful. However, if you have a heavy hand or thicker hair than average, you may find that you’ll need more than the recommended amount. Make sure that you don’t run out of color by buying an extra box. If you don’t end up using it, you can keep in on hand to care for your roots or you can return it.

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.

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.

Fixing Oily Roots

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Everyone has one of those friends who almost never has to wash their hair; you know, the friend who goes on and on about how they haven’t shampooed in four days and are worried that their hair looks flat, while you’re spraying dry shampoo into your washed-four-hours-ago hair like it’s nobody’s business.

If you’ve fallen a victim to oil roots, you’ve probably noticed the unfair vicious cycle that takes its course. Of course, you already know that the oils produced by the scalp are essential in keeping the hair follicle healthy, but when you feel that your roots getting too oily too fast, you’re urged to shampoo it all away. Sure, the shampoo rinses the oils down the drain, but it also dries the hair out, which in turn, causes it to produce more oils to remain healthy. How annoying, right? It’s like you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. If you wash your hair, it’s only going to get oilier in the long run, but if you don’t wash it’s still going to be oily in the present moment. The good news is you’re not alone. Tons of women battle greasy roots on a day-to-day basis, which means many women have tried to combat the oil. Below are some of the top oil-busting tips from women around the globe. It may take some trial and error to find out what works best for you, but will a little time and patience, you’ll figure out how to fix those oily roots in no time.

Oil Detox
You know that you’re not necessarily helping your hair by stripping it of its natural oils every morning, but there’s no way you’re going to leave for work with your hair looking like that. If dry shampoo isn’t your forte, you’ll love this simple anti-oil hair detox that is sure to leave your hair less oil ridden for the next day or two. Not only does it clear up grease and grime, but it also clears the scalp of dead skin cells, which could also be taking a toll on your sebum production. All you need to do is add 1 cup of water, 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to an empty spray bottle and give it a good shake. Use this first thing when you get into the shower, being sure that every last strand of hair gets touched by the mixture. Use your fingers to work the mixture into your scalp, then rinse, shampoo, and condition as usual. Use the treatment two-to-three times per week and you’ll find yourself pleased with the difference.

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Oatmeal Treatment
Oatmeal is not only nourishing for the inside of your body, but it’s also beneficial for your hair too! It may sound funny (and even seem a bit strange at first) but an oatmeal hair mask is a great way to remove oils and calm the scalp. Simply prepare regular oatmeal, then apply it all over your hair and scalp, taking a few extra moments to massage it into the roots. After letting it sit for five-to-ten minutes, rinse it all out and wash your hair as usual. 

Medicine Cabinet Alcohol
Do you love the simplicity of dry shampoo, but hate the built-up feel or powdery look? If so, go grab a bottle of rubbing alcohol out of your medicine cabinet. Keep in mind, this won’t prevent your hair from over-producing oil, but it is an overly simple quick fix when you’re running late and need to get out the door. Simply saturate a cotton pad with rubbing alcohol, then lightly dab and pat it around the roots. Use your fingers to fluff up the hair and you’ll be good to go. While rubbing alcohol is a great quick fix, it’s not meant to on a regular basis.

Best Way To Get Rid Of Grays

Those aren’t gray hairs;
They’re strands of glitter growing from my head.
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The truth of the matter is no one likes going gray; however everyone sprouts a gray lock at some point in time, it’s simply inevitable! Fortunately, women have been opposed to going gray for quite some time now, which means there are age-old beauty hacks to fix the lifeless looking locks. Continue reading to first find out why hair your hair turns gray, and then learn the best ways to get rid of those pesky grays. You can thank us later.

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Going Gray
Whether you sprouted your first gray the day before you graduated college or the after your daughter graduated college you hair went through the same process, here’s what happens: our human hair (as well as the hair of a considerable amount of other animals) naturally contains hydrogen peroxide within the hair follicle. In addition to hydrogen peroxide, the hair is made up of something called the hair catalase, which is comprised of enzymes. The enzymes in the catalase initiate the hydrogen peroxide in the hair to generate oxygen and water. This process occurs over and over when the hair is young. However, as the hair ages its enzyme catalase weakens, so the once-active conversion process slows and doesn’t take place as frequently as it once did. This means that the hydrogen peroxide begins to accumulate throughout the hair follicle, which in turn causes the hair to lose its color from the inside out. Of course, in losing its color it will begin to appear gray until you take action.

Woman with gray hair

Getting Rid of the Gray
With an understanding of why the hair decolorizes, you can combat the grays. Here are some tried and true, and scientific tips of how to do so.

  • Offset the gray color by distracting the eye with a mix of highlights and lowlights. While this isn’t changing the hair’s process of turning gray, it does allow you to hide the unwanted color.
  • Prepare one of the following:  black tea, curry leaves, ginger, henna, ridge guard (after you’ve done a few minutes of reading up on the product you choose, to find which one is best for you) and apply it on your locks. Keep in mind that naturally repairing gray hair takes time, and the most immediate result will always come from professionally applied artificial hair color.
  • If you are a smoker, here’s another reason to quit: not only can you prevent grays, but there is convincing evidence that you can reverse grays.
  • A wonderful way to manage gray hair, as well as your overall health, is to be sure that you’re consuming a balanced diet. Additionally, you should be most certain that you are getting the proper amounts of vitamin B12 and B6, as they are key to keeping your hair it’s natural color. Because we know it can be hard to maintain a balanced diet all the time, you can get into the habit of taking a vitamin B complex supplement every morning.

Are You A Cool Or A Warm Blonde?

Blonde woman

Have you ever had your hair colored to perfection, only to look into the mirror a few weeks later and notice that your hair had a strange yellow tint to it? If so, this yellow tint that you noticed is actually a Brassy tone. Brassy tones are probably the top complaint of those with blonde hair. That said, brassy tones are the result of extra blonde warm tones.

If you’re unsure of what all of this hair color mumbo jumbo means, check this out: When your stylist is creating the formula to color your hair, he or she is using a color wheel to determine which chemicals will make for the best color. Before mixing up the color, during the consulting part of the appointment you might hear her use the terms brassy and ashy. When referring to the entire color wheel, brassy or warm tones include the colors red, orange, and yellow, while ashy or cool tones include green, blue, and violet. However, when speaking only of the blonde spectrum it is easiest to think of a scale that goes from 1 to 15. Imagine the beginning of this scale being a warm yellow mustard color, but as the numbers on the scale progress to the center of the scale (say 7 or 8) it lightens to a neutral cream color. Because you can’t get much lighter than cream or white, the remainder of the scale will go from white to gray. Remember, yellow is at the start of the spectrum, and is considered a brassy color, which means it’s warm; thus the opposite side of the scale is cool. What does all this mean for you? Simply those whose blonde hair is more of a sweet sunny color are warm blondes. Of course, this means that those who have silver or platinum colored hair are cool blondes.

Now that you have a better idea of the difference between warm and cool blondes, you certainly have an understanding of why your bleach blonde isn’t as bleach colored as it once was – because for one reason or another the cool, ashy tones have faded to warm, brassy ones. Some ladies may be okay with the warmer tones but others can’t stand it! If you find that you’re one of those who isn’t a fan of the warmer tones, check out the tips below to reverse and prevent them!

  • Use a violet shampoo for regular maintenance. Since violet and yellow are on opposite sides of the color wheel, the purple color works to neutralize the brassy color. Sometimes violet or purple shampoos can be extremely drying, which is the last thing that vulnerable, bleached hair needs. Protract your hairs integrity while preventing brassiness by alternating violet shampoo with your regular shampoo every other day.
  • Use a violet conditioning treatment on a semi-regular basis. This is a great option if you are a fan of conditioning treatments and are able to find the time do them every-so-often.
  • Schedule a toning treatment with your stylist in-between root touch-up appointments. If you notice that the brassiness acts up during the summer it’s because the sand and salt water tend to do some serious damage to cool tones. It can be annoying, but it is also super easy for your stylist to take care of with a toning treatment.