Nighttime Routines That Strengthen Your Hair

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

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

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

woman straightening her hair

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

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

Color Glosses For An Instant Hair Upgrade

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Are you feeling like you’re ready for an upgrade with your hair?  It’s easy to feel a little stagnant with your hair, especially the color if you’re just feeling like you want a change.  As we approach a new season, it leaves many of us itching for a change even more.  There’s something about the change in seasons that has us eager to make adjustments to our hair, makeup and style.  Well, we’re sharing for color glosses for an instant hair upgrade that will help you to feel ready to start a new season feeling even more excited about your hair.

Color gloss treatments are a different type of hair treatment that you may not even be familiar with.  Color glosses are typically clear or tinted in color, and they’re really meant to help to enhance and maintain your hair color.  Gloss treatments are great for adding more life back into your hair.  This time of year as we notice our skin and hair becoming dull and dry, glosses can be an instant upgrade for your hair to give some life back to it.  Not only are gloss treatments great for really enhancing and maintaining your hair color, but they’re also known to help smooth your hair if you have a lot of flyaways happening and giving your hair some major shine.  Sounds pretty great, right?

Ok, so a color gloss treatment isn’t actually meant to add actual color into your hair, but rather just enhance the color you have.  Wondering why you should really get a gloss treatment done to your hair?  Well, besides the fact that we all would like a little enhancing factor done to our color, it’s also really great to add some conditioning elements to your hair.  Since we tend to be so much more dry this time of year, most of us can use all the conditioning we can get.  So it’s a great, and easy way to instant get additional conditioning into your hair.  Many experts suggest considering to get gloss treatments regularly if you tend to color and/or highlight your hair on a regular basis.  Since your hair can be more susceptible to dryness when you color it, gloss treatments can help maintain your hair’s health and condition in a better way.

The important thing to keep in mind is that gloss treatments aren’t something you get done once and don’t have to do again.  They’re considered to be demi-permanent.  Meaning that they last for a short amount of time (typically 6-8 weeks) and they then begin to fade out of your hair after that period of time.  They’re usually not very expensive to have done, depending on your salon.  But many hair experts suggest looking into getting them done on a regular basis to really keep your hair in a healthy state.

Since gloss treatments aren’t super expensive to have done, and are really more of an enhancing type of treatment  they’re an incredible way to get an instant update to your hair.  They can help bring your hair back to life (in a sense) in a short period of time.

The White Blonde Color Hop

In case you’ve missed it, this year has been filled with some of our favorite celebs taking the plunge and coloring their hair white blonde.  It’s definitely been a theme, and a trend that’s carrying out into the fall months.  It’s refreshing to see some blonde hair trends making a statement into fall, when we typically see darker hair colors making their way to the locks of ladies.  While we’re all about the white blonde color hop, we also want to make sure you’re doing the color hop healthy.  It can be a big hair color change, so taking the necessary steps to keeping your hair healthy in the process is incredibly important.

white blonde hair woman

When you see celebrities going from one color to another, pretty drastically it can be a little misleading at times.  Since we don’t see the treatments that celebs put their hair through when they go from dark to light, that help them do so successfully we wanted to share some of the tips the experts suggest you consider when going from dark to light hair.

Enlist In Specialty Treatments
Many experts suggest that even with the best hair colorists, using the best products, your hair will still acquire a bit of damage when making a dramatic hair color change.  One of the ways that many hair experts find helps add some restoration back into your hair is through specialty treatments like Oleoplex and Brazilian Bond Builders.  These specialty treatments are found to balance out the pH levels in your hair, as well as add more hydration back into your hair.

Go Subtly
If your hair is pretty dark, and you want to make that real white blonde change – many hair colorist suggest going about the hair color change subtly and slowly.  You may have noticed celebs like Khloe Kardashian that made the slow progression from dark hair to light.  Many find that this is a safer, and healthier way to change your hair look and keep your hair healthier in the process.  The downside of going this route is that it will take you a longer period of time to actually get that white blonde hair color, typically colorists would start with highlights when going this route.  But it’s an option that you can talk to your hair colorist about.

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Choose Your Hair Colorist Wisely
Anytime you’re going for a dramatic hair color change, or coloring your hair in general, it’s important to make sure that you choose your hair colorist wisely.  Do your research and make sure the person that you choose to go to has extensive experience in working with color and different hair types.

Use The Right Products
Anytime you opt to go with a hair color as bold as a white blonde, it’s important to make sure you’re using the proper hair care products to care for them.  Many suggest using blue and/or purple toned shampoos to help keep that true white blonde color intact.  In addition, using specialty treatments that your hair colorists suggest are going to help you keep the color true to the white blonde much more easily (and healthy!).

Steps To Perfectly Straight Hair

Achieving perfectly straight hair sometimes feel like it’s only something the experts can achieve, like they have some special magic wand that allows them to make it stay so straight.  Well, the good news is they don’t have a magic wand and you CAN achieve perfectly straight hair at home.  Seriously!  We’re sharing some of the best steps to perfectly straight hair to make this hairstyle achievable for even the at-home hairstylist, and we promise you don’t need to have attended cosmetology courses to get this look.

woman drying hair

Dry Your Hair In Sections
When it comes to achieving straight hair, experts all suggest starting by actually drying your hair straight.  Before you actually get started with drying your hair, make sure that you apply some quality hair care products to your hair.  If you use a product that’s specifically formulated to encourage straight hair, it’s even better – and there are a ton of straightening serums/lotions that are great for really helping your hair lock in the straight hair style.  The key to this is to actually dry your hair in smaller sections, starting at the nape of the neck.  You’re not just going to want to dry your hair, but also make sure that you’re drying it straight.  Using your hairdryer in a way where it’s aiming down from the roots to ends to really emphasize a straighter hairstyle.  Work your way up in small sections.  Breaking your hair up into smaller sections allows you to have more control over your hair and really get it straighter with the hair dryer and brush.

Straighten Your Hair In The Same Sections
Once you’ve dried your hair with a hair dryer in sections, and ALL of your hair is completely dry, it’s time to go over your hair (after it’s cooled from being dried) with a straightener.  The key to this part is breaking your hair up into the same sections as you did with the hair dryer.  Again, it’s a great way to have more control and ability to be able to really make sure that you get all your hair straight.  Take your time when going over your hair with the straightener and make sure that you’re using the straightener at a temperature setting that’s accommodating to your hair type.

Finishing Products
Once you’ve straightened all your hair in sections to get that gorgeous straight hair, it’s really important that you make sure that you use some finishing products to lock in that straight hairstyle.  With a straight hairstyle you don’t want to use products that are too heavy as they can weigh your hair down, but you’ll want something that’s formulated to emphasize and hold straight hairstyles.  In addition, it’s a great way to make sure that you add some moisture and hydration to your hair after all the heated hairstyling you just did between the dryer and straightener.

woman with straight hair

See?  It’s really not hard to achieve a perfectly straight hairstyle at home!  It’s just about having a few key products and tools and techniques!

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

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It’s officially pumpkin spice season – in case you weren’t already aware.  Every year when fall officially hits the calendar it seems like it’s pumpkin-spice-everything between food and drinks to pumpkin color clothes you sure can’t miss the pumpkin spice infusion.  Of course, when we think of pumpkin, we also think warm, rich colors that we all tend to associate with the fall season.  You may be itching to color your hair and you may not be sure what colors are in for this season.  Since we’re always all about keeping you updated and on trend, we’re talking about some of the hottest hair colors this fall season.

Black With a Hint of Spice
Most of us tend to go towards the darker hair colors in the fall and winter months, our makeup gets darker and hair follows suit.  This season there’s a lot of dark brown/black hair with hints of auburn shining through.  It’s a fun way to add a little dimension to black hair that also feels very appropriate for the fall season, because we’re all about pumpkin spice – why not add a little spiciness to our hair?  Generally a solid brown or black hair color can be a bit harsh, so the auburn hints is also a great element to soften the look.

blonde woman in fall weather

Multi-dimension Blonde
If you’re more of a blonde girl, this fall is all about adding different dimensions of blonde throughout the hair to create a more fall like look.  Think blonde with hints of warmer tones woven throughout the hair.  It’s a great way to also add depth and warmth to the hair, and just feel more appropriate for fall.  Typically we feel a little odd being a really bright/light blonde during the summer months so this is a great transition.

Dark Roots and Lighter Ends
We’re really talking about the ombre look here, because it’s still around and we still love it.  JLo and Ciara have been rocking this hair color look for a while and we can’t get enough of it for fall.  To bring it into the fall season, adding more dark/brown tones to the root area is a great way to add that dimension to your hair and just not going quite as light at the ends.  We’re all about adding those caramels and different brown tones throughout the hair to really have fun with the layers of color.

Brunette in fall leaves

Gorgeous Brown
There’s something about brown hair in the fall season that just feels right.  If you’re looking for something different, yet classic, we’re all about the lighter brown hair color this season.  It feels fresh and updated, but still allows you to feel appropriate for the season (without being TOO trendy).  Make sure whatever color brown(s) you get with this look that your hairstylist is adding warmth to really add to that fall feel for you.

There are SO many gorgeous hair color trends happening this fall season, it can be hard to pick just a few!  Do you have any favorites?

 

Easy Half-Up, Half-Down Styles

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Doing your hair can be… frustrating, to say the very least. If you’re like us, you get in a routine of wearing your hair in the same few hairstyles over and over. But that can get a little old after a while, and hair should be fun! The great thing about switching up how you wear your hair is it’s not permanent but can be a refreshing change. One of our favorite hairstyles lately is the half up, half down look. We don’t know about you, but many have definitely gotten into the routine of wearing our half up, half down hairstyles the same way every time they rock this look. We’re sharing some easy half up, half down styles to give you some inspiration for this ever-classic style.

The Top French Braid
In case you haven’t already noticed, braids are kind of everywhere lately in the hair and beauty worlds. Personally, we’re all about the French braids and rocking them in totally unique ways. We’ve recently seen some ladies wearing their hair in a French braid, done in the traditional sense but just back about half way through your hair – until you reach the area that you like to create that half up, half down area. It’s an edgy take on a classic hairstyle that’s sure to be gorgeous and give you a totally different vibe to your hair.

Woman with topknot hairstyle

The Half Topknot
Topknots have been all the rage for a few years now, thanks to the Kardashians you really can’t go anywhere without seeing a woman rocking a topknot somewhere. But we’re all about changing and adapting, especially with hairstyles we love as much as the topknot. If you’re with us on this, you’re in luck because the half up, half down hairstyle is merging with the topknot! Yep, it’s really as easy as pulling your hair back in that half up, half down way but instead of leaving the ponytail part down secure it in a topknot style bun.

The Braid Crown – Reversed
You may have seen ladies rocking the braided crown hairstyle before, it’s a gorgeous look that’s always a statement maker. But if you want to give that look an updated twist, and really stick with the half up, half down style it’s all about the reversed version. Basically, what you do is create two braids from the hair just above your ears. Once you’ve created the braids simply bring them to the back of your head and around to the other ear (or around there) and secure them. It creates a total update on the half up, half down look.

Woman with a crisscross hairstyle

The Crisscross Look
This half up, half down hairstyle has been popping up on the internet lately, and we’re kind of obsessed with it! It’s really easy to achieve, too (total bonus if you ask us). All you do to achieve this hairstyle is take small sections of hair from the front and bring them to the back and across the back of your head, and just secure them in place. Do this rotating from one side to the other to create a crisscross pattern in your hair. Easy to do, but a total game changing way to rock the half up half down hairstyle!

Taming Fly-Away Tresses

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We’ve all experienced those pesky fly away tresses. It sometimes seems like just when you’ve done your hair and you’re happy with the result, you see pictures of yourself with fly-aways galore peeking up. It’s frustrating to try to tame those fly-aways on your hair, because it can seem like adding too much hairspray or other products can just make your hair heavy and crusty. Let’s face it…no one wants crusty hair. We’re talking about taming fly away tresses, with some real life tips to help you truly tame them!

Conditioner Matters
Experts suggest that conditioned hair is much easier to style and create the look you want. It makes sense, because when our hair is dry and brittle it’s much more difficult to style and can sometimes feel like it’s impossible to get to work with us. Keeping your hair thoroughly conditioned is going to make a major difference in taming fly-away hair. If your typical shampoo/conditioner duo doesn’t seem to be giving you enough conditioning treatment, try adding in a leave-in conditioner OR getting serious about doing a deep conditioning treatment regularly.

Comb, Don’t Brush
If you find/feel you’re especially prone to fly-away hair, experts suggest that you skip using a brush when your hair is wet at all. This is actually a hair care tip everyone should follow, but especially crucial if you’re prone to flyaway hair. Instead of using a brush on wet/damp hair, it’s suggested to use a wide toothed comb. Doing this will help you eliminate causing any breakage or damage to the hair, and when our hair has a lot of breakage it tends to result in more fly-aways.

Use Products
Hair care products have come a LONG way, and we live in a world where there are countless options in hair care products. Fortunately, there are some really amazing anti-frizz hair care products that can really do wonders when it comes to taming fly away tresses. In addition, if you’re looking to use hair care products make sure that you use products that are formulated to work with your hair’s type and the weight of your hair. Using a hair care product that’s too heavy on your hair can result in it looking oily or greasy, and while you probably won’t have flyaways – no one wants oily looking hair.

Unexpected Quick Fixes
While the tips mentioned above are great for taming fly-away tresses in general, we understand that sometimes you have flyaway tresses that you need to be tamed immediately. The good news is you likely have some products that can fix these fly away tresses right away. Some people have actually found that running a dryer sheet over your hair can immediately fix a fly away issue. Yes, we said a dryer sheet! Hand lotion is another quick fix option. Experts suggest applying your hand lotion to your hands (just like you normally do), once you’ve done that gently run your hands over your hair – it will tame those fly-aways easily. The important thing is to make sure you don’t have too much lotion on your hands, as it can also weigh your hair down.

Choosing The Right Hairbrush

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Have you ever gone to the store to get a new brush? It’s likely you have – unless you’re Queen Elisabeth, who just went to the grocery store for the first time in her life last week! Chances are you we’re confident while you walked into the store, thinking you’d just replace your old hairbrush with a new one, simple as that. However, picking out a hairbrush can be quite the task; simple… not so much. So there you are, standing with a heard of hairbrush options in front of you, figuring out which set of bristles is right for you.

Well… what do you do? At this point, you’re left with a few choices. One option is to try to find the brush the best resembles the one you’re replacing. Another option is to pull out your smartphone and start Googling which brush does what. Both options are reasonable but not optimal. However, as an avid reader, you have a leg-up. That’s because going forward, this article gives you all the information you need to know so that you can choose the right hairbrush for you.

Paddle Brush
The oh-so-popular paddle brush has been a hairbrush staple for years, and for good reason too! Typically, paddle brushes are manufactured with flexible plastic bristles that have small, round caps on the tips of each bristle. These caps are great for stimulating the scalp, which not only feels good, but is also helpful for those who are experiencing hair loss. The paddle brush is also great to detangle and smooth hair prior to straightening.

Teasing Brush
The teasing brush is so tiny, with only two or three rows of bristles it looks a lot like a comb. It is typically made with two different bristle types incorporated into the brush, which work together to give you optimal lift. Whether you need lots of volume or just a little bit, this is the perfect brush for the job.

Woman brushing her daughters hair.

Detangling Brush
One of the most popular brushes today, the detangling brush has become the hair-brush-holy-grail to those who have chronically tangled hair and those who have children (because what child doesn’t have unruly hair?). The detangling brush is great because it is made with extra-long bristles which bend while you brush. This means that when coming to a snarl, it loosens the hair, rather than pulling the hair the most other brushes do. This brush causes much less pain and much less breakage compared to other brushes.

Straightening Brush
This brush looks almost exactly like a pair of salad tongs with bristles on the inside. It’s basically two brushed attached together. Just like with a flat iron, you’ll use it by placing a small section of hair in the center and closing the brushes shut. As you pull down, use a blow dryer and you’ll notice amazing straightening results!

Vented Brush
This hair tool may look outdated, but it is actually superior in solving a very modern problem: static. That’s right, the vented brush, while not the best at detangling, is a tool that every woman should have in her arsenal, especially during the dry winter months.

Experimenting With Dip-Dyed Hair

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Dip-dye and ombre colored hair have been quite popular for a few years now. The looks can be seen in both hi-fashion and street-style, and now you’re ready to give the trend a try too. You may be wondering what the difference is between dip-dyed and ombre colored hair; some of you might not have even known that there was a difference. Well, ladies, there is indeed a difference between dip-died and ombre hair! The easiest way to differentiate between the two is recognizing that ombre-colored-anything is the gradual process of once color smoothly blending into another. So when you look at ombre hair, you will notice that the chemically colored ends of the hair get gradually get lighter and lighter along the strands. Dip-dye, on the other hand, offers more of a solid transition from one color to the next – almost like a color block.

If you’re interested in dip-dyed hair, but aren’t ready to call your stylist and take the plunge at the salon that’s totally understandable. This bold look can be…well, bold. Which is why we’ve put together this step by step tutorial for you to experiment with dip-dyed hair at home. In doing so you should be able to get a good idea of how you feel about the look and if you think it’s something you’d want to consider more permanently.

  1. Before you go coloring your hair all shades of the rainbow, take the time to get inspired and figure out the color that you want. Even though this tutorial is only going to give you temporary color, it’s still going to stay put for a few weeks, so you’ll want to make sure that it’s a color you’ll be happy with.
  2. Once you’ve settled on a color, you’ll need to purchase a product that is labeled as “semi-permeate.” This will ensure that the color doesn’t last for months.
  3. In addition to the coloring product, those with darker hair may need to purchase a  lightening or bleaching product. The reason being that light colored tips is the key to achieving the actual color that you want; bleaching out the dark color from your hair allows the colored dye to set.
  4. When preparing to dip-dye, you should purchase more color than you think you need. It may seem silly, but the last thing you want to do is run out of color before you’ve completed coloring your hair. You should also purchase a pair of gloves, to avoid skin irritation and some sort of plastic cover-all for your counters.
  5. Be sure that you’re wearing an old shirt that you wouldn’t mind throwing out. Additionally, wrap your neck with an equally old towel to protect your skin from stain and irritation.
  6. Brush or comb hair that it already completely dry and set up all your products in front of you on the countertop. It’s easiest to do this in the bathroom that way you have a mirror right where you need it.
  7. Section by section, bleach the hair where you want the finished color to be. Because every bleaching product is different, it’s best that you follow the instructions for the product that you purchased.
  8. After you’ve rinsed out the bleach, repeat the same process with the color, directly on top of the bleached hair. You can either use a brush and paint it on, or you can literally dip each section of hair into the dye bowl and use your fingers to spread the color.
  9. After you’ve applied the color to each section wrap it in foil. This will help the product cure faster. Again, to ensure the best possible results from the product you purchased, follow the instructions on how long to let the product sit on the hair.
  10. Once the product has had enough time to color your locks, remove the foil wrappings and rinse the product out of your hair until the water runs clear. After the product is rinsed out wash your entire head of hair with conditioner only. Keep in mind that the more frequently that you wash your hair, the sooner the color will fade.

Keeping Your Extensions Under Wraps

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

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

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

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