The Perfect Hair Washing Schedule For Your Hair Type

When it comes to washing your hair, we all kind of grew up being told it’s something you’re supposed to do every single day.  However, it seems like the past few years the hair experts have really been preaching about NOT washing your hair on a daily basis.  If you’re like us, this kind of throw you for a loop!  The thing is, experts have found that when we wash our hair every day, we’re actually stripping our hair of its natural oils and causing some damage to our hair.  We’re talking about the perfect hair washing schedule for your hair type to get you on the right path.

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Fine Hair
If you have fine hair, you’re one of the few exceptions according to experts that do require more hair washing than most others.  This is because it’s been found that fine hair tends to get greasy/oily much quicker than other hair types.  Most of the hair experts we discovered do say that it’s ok for fine hair ladies to wash daily, but if you can skip a day here and there throughout your week you’ll be in good shape to give your hair a bit of a break.  The key to this is to make sure that you’re using shampoo and conditioning products that are lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down, opting for formulas that are loaded with volumizing ingredients.

Thick Hair
Now on the flip side of fine hair is, of course, thick hair.  Those with thick hair are actually suggested to wash your hair every 2-3 days.  This is because thick hair tends to not get or look as greasy as quickly.  So basically, you’re just on the opposite end of the spectrum with what fine hair requires.  However, because it’s suggested to not wash your hair as often you want to look for shampoo and conditioning products that have oils and moisturizing benefits to really make sure your hair is locking in the moisture between hair washes.

woman with curly wet hair

Curly Hair
Of course we couldn’t leave out the curly hair ladies!  Curly hair is similar to thick hair in that experts suggest washing every 3 days or so.  Breaking up the washing like this allows your curls to stay…curly.  But make sure you’re using a moisturizing conditioner to keep your curls nice and bouncy between washes!

Oily Hair
Regardless of your hair type, some people just have oily hair.  While it’s a natural instinct to want to wash oily hair every day to eliminate the oil that’s actually something that can cause your hair to become even more oily.  Remember how we said washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils?  Well, when we strip our hair of its natural oils, its natural reaction is to produce MORE oil to replace it…see where we’re going here?  So instead of actually washing oily hair daily, it’s suggested to wash oily hair every other day to give it a break, but still allow you to not feel like you’re walking around with oily looking hair.

 

Celebrity Inspired Fall Hairstyles

It’s officially fall and while the weather doesn’t completely feel like fall in a lot of the US, most of us are ready to start rocking fall fashion and beauty trends.  Do you get the itch to change the way you style your hair with the change in seasons?  We sure do.  Which is why we’re constantly looking for inspiration this time of year.  Fortunately we found some great celebrity inspired fall hairstyles that we’re going to share with YOU so you can get a little inspiration yourself.

Eva Longoria with shoulder length hair

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The Shoulder Length Cut
Probably one of the most popular hair trends among celebs this fall season is the shoulder length haircut.  We’ve seen this look on Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Eva Longoria…just to name a few.  The fun thing about this fall hairstyle is that although we’ve seen shoulder length haircuts in the past, this season it’s getting an update with more of a ‘shaggy’ type of vibe to it.  Most celebrities are rocking this hairstyle with a lot of texture and that more ‘undone’ look to it to create a unique and fun hairstyle.

Blunt Cuts
Another popular trend among a lot of celebrities has got to be the blunt cut, we’ve seen in on celebs in a lot of different lengths.  The common theme is one, blunt cut length in the hair and it’s generally worn in a stick straight style.  We’re loving the sharpness of this hairstyle, it feels so modern and fresh after we’ve all spent so much time on the beachy waves for so long.  The blunt cut really takes it to a different place!

Stick Straight
Pegging off of the last fall hairstyle, we had to have a mention just for the straight hair.  We’re not just seeing straight hair, but it’s PIN straight.  Some of your favorite celebs have likely stepped out in the pin straight hairstyle a time or two recently.  Typically the stick straight hairstyles are being worn with a sharp side part or center part – depending on what you’re feeling.  Again, although we’ve seen straight hair as a trend in the past something about it this season feels so updated.  Maybe it’s the combination of the 90’s revival or just the fact that we’ve all been about beachy waves for so long.  Regardless, we love it!

woman braiding hair

Braids, Braids And More Braids
Braids are no stranger to trends, and this season is no different.  We’ve seen a lot of celebrities rocking braids of all different kinds for fall and we’re all about it.  This season seems to have the contrast of structure with the easy-breezy undone vibes (one or the other), and the braid trend fits in perfectly with that low-key glam.  One of our favorite things about braids is their ease in creating them and the fact that they don’t have to be perfect to look great.  If you want to keep it super simple, create some texture in your hair and braid your hair in a low ponytail braid.  Chic, simple, but doesn’t lack any style.

Do you have a favorite celebrity inspired fall hairstyle?

Adding Volume to Thin Hair

Woman with thin hair

Any girl with thin hair knows that the classic fixes, such as sleeping with your hair in a braid or adding in some curls, don’t seem to get the job done. If you feel like you’re at your whit’s end with your thin hair read through the tips listed below of methods you should take in order to successfully add volume to thin hair.

Wash Your Hair on a Regular Basis
Those who have thicker, whether curly or straight, are able to wash hair locks less often simply because their hair has the natural tendency to be drier; Skipping washes for them allows the hair’s natural oils to linger down and condition the hair. However, if you have thin hair the oils manage to slide right down your strands. Not only does this make thin hair look ultra greasy and grimy, but it also weighs the hair down. Prevent the weight of oil buildup by giving your hair a good scrub once daily.

Allow Your Hair to Dry Completely Before Heading Out
When you begin your work day with partially dried hair, you will likely notice it looking thinner as the day progresses. This is because the water remaining in the hair is weighing it down as it dries, once it’s fully dry it will look dull and lifeless. Let you hair look alive and full throughout the day by letting it dry completely, once it’s dry, take a few moments to run the brush through your hair from different angles to infuse some fullness into those locks. Begin by brushing all your hair to the left, then to the right, flip your head upside down and give it a good brush through, then finish off with a final up right brushing.

Blow Dry from a Different Viewpoint
Save your arm workout for the gym; Give those arms a break and flip your head upside down when blow drying. This saw you are literally setting the cuticle in the most voluminous angle possible. Of course, gravity will take over and your hair will fall down, but it will have the extra lift you’ve been looking for. Keep that lift heightened throughout the day by scrunching some high-quality moose into your damp roots before blow drying.

Try a Non-Volumizing Product
Just because something isn’t specifically marketed as a volumizer doesn’t mean it won’t add volume. One product that any thin-haired gal should try at least once is a texturizing spray. Of course, you should do your research before you buy a specific product; Make sure that the product is high quality or produced by a reputable beauty company, also be sure that you are grabbing a texturizer that is lightweight – you can do this by reading reviews of the product.

With the above tips in mind, here are few things that should always be avoided when adding volume to thin hair.

Don’t Condition Your Roots
It may seem strange to only condition the mid-to-lower hair shaft, but of you have thin hair then your roots don’t need that extra moisture. Not only does your hair get enough nourishment at the root from the natural oils, but any additional oils and silicones in conditioner will weigh your roots down even more.

Use Hair Product Sparingly
While in theory, it may seem like the more volume enhancing moose added to your locks will give you a more voluminous look, but this is not the case. It’s okay to use product, but only use enough to allow it to do its job. Using too much product will only weigh your hair down more.

The Many Ways To Wear Bobs and Baby Bangs

The beauty world’s fear of having too-short hair is long gone. With bobs and baby bangs hotter than ever more and more women are wondering if they can pull off a short ‘do. If you too are contemplating a chop, but wondering what your style options will look like, look no further. Below is a handful of ways to style both bobs and baby bangs.

The Many Ways to Wear Bobs

Bob haircuts

Lengths

  • The Classic Bob: The blunt cut that your teenage-self said you would never wear, well now you can rock it. To imagine the size, think of model Karlie Kloss’s fresh cut bob.
  • The Baby Bob: For the women who want to go short, but not that short, the baby bob is a perfect choice. The ends of your hair should be grazing your chin so that it is too long to be considered a bob but too short to be considered a lob. Think of singer Julianne Hough’s short cut.
  • The Lob: The perfect cut when you want to assert your maturity, but still want that extra feminine oomph. The ends of the hair usually fall somewhere between just-above-the-shoulder and just below the collarbone. T.v. personality Khloe Kardashian, singer Nicki Minaj, and actress Ashley Benson have all been seen rocking this length.

Bob haircuts

Looks

  • Messy Curls: The tousled look is a great option for any bob. All you have to do is curl your hair as you normally would, apply a spritz of hairspray, then use your fingers to loosen everything up. If you get some frizzies while doing so, simply rub some anti-frizz serum between your palms and smooth it back down.
  • Tight Curls: Whether you emphasize your natural curls or use a small-barreled curling iron, this classic look work day and night.
  • Twisted Bun: It’s exactly what it sounds like! Simply twist your hair back into a bun, using as many bobby pins as you need to hold it in place. This is great for date night, taking all the hair away from your face so that your fabulous bone structure is the main focus.
  • Bombshell Bump: Yes, the bump is back on the rise, and it’s the perfect way to style your bob. Simply pull back the hair between your temples, give it a quick tease and use pins to hold it back.

Baby bangs

The Many Ways to Wear Baby Bangs:

  • If you have the itch to totally change up your look, a super cute option is a pixie cut with wispy baby bangs. Not only is this look super easy to style in the morning but you’re bound to be bombarded with compliments.
  • If Beyonce has been the inspiration of baby bangs, then you should wear them just as effortlessly as she does. Go for that I-woke-up-like-this look by simply using your fingers to scruff up your bangs once they’re totally dry.
  • If you’re a bit punky like Miss Kelly Osbourne, use a curling iron to give them a tuck.

Dryer Accessory Know How

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It’s always so exciting to open and unbox a new beauty tool, right?! But have you ever unboxed a new blow dryer, only to toss all those other attachments into the garbage can? You’re not alone, in fact, a large majority of women either throw them out or feel an unexplainable responsibility to keep them, so they find a place for them in the back of the towel closet, only to forget they even exist. Of course, the exception to this is those women who have been trained in cosmetology school just how important those attachments are and how exactly to use them. Well, you’re paying for the attachments that come with your new hair dryer, not to mention the fact that they’re provided because they should be used. Read on understand exactly how to use those bulky plastic dryer accessories in the back of your linen closet.

Just one side note before discussing the dryer attachments: if you are using a hair dryer, either regularly or irregularly you should always be using a heat protectant to seal in moisture and protect the hair cuticle from the damaging heat.

Concentrator Attachments
These are the smaller attachments that look somewhat like a long narrowing nose. Depending on the size and brand of the dryer the look and style will vary from one another, but they all have the same sole purpose: to allow you to specify where the hot air is blowing, or concentrating. This gives you greater control of the air and of your style. Anyone can benefit from this attachment by setting the dryer on lower speed setting and a higher temperature, this will speed up the drying process and prevent your hair from blowing into a tangled mess while drying.

Diffuser Attachments
These tend to come in one of two styles. The first one looks like a large, round spiky claw, and the second looks somewhat like a megaphone. Regardless of the attachment you have, they are ideal for those with wavy or curly hair. It works to reduce the intensity of the airflow, which means your hair will have less frizz and feel much softer when it’s dry. The claw looking attachment is more common of the two; when using it, you should grab small sections of your tresses and hold them up against the “fingers” of the claw. This will give you a softly sculpted but volumized look.

Pick Attachments
These dryer accessories also come in two styles: the first a rounded attachment with lots of long “fingers” poking up all around it, and the second looks just like a concentrator attachment with a comb fused to the end of it. Just like hair combs and hair picks are used to create volume, these dryer attachments work the same way but go a step further by forcing air into the style. Keep in mind that those with longer hair will need the attachment with longer “fingers” and those with shorter hair sill benefit more from the attachment with shorter “fingers.”

Hair Styling Tips For Stubborn Hair

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

Woman massaging hair

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.

Transitioning from Chemically Treated Hair

Woman holding her hair

A study conducted in the year 2008 offered two results that stuck out to us; the first major result was that 75 percent of women in the US dye their hair on a regular basis. The second statistic which caught our attention as that a whopping 88 percent of American women feel that their hair has an effect on their confidence levels!

If you’re like the majority of women in the country, you’ve colored your hair for all kinds of reasons. Whether you’ve done so to hide a few grays or you just generally enjoy the ability to change the color of your hair, you may have finally decided that you’re ready to go chemical free and let your natural locks grow free. Many people find themselves at this point for a variety of reasons. Whatever your reason, we’re here to help; read on to find out how you can successfully transition from chemically treated hair.

Do you highlight your hair on the regular?
If so, your transition away from chemically treated hair is arguably the easiest. Simply work on growing out those locks without coloring them, keeping in mind that you’ll have to rock different colored roots for a few weeks. The roots aren’t all bad, though! Since the ombre look is in, you should totally embrace the look of your grown out dye job. If you can’t stand the outgrown look, that’s okay too. You can have low lights placed in, reaping the chemical benefits just once or twice more. The lowlights will give you more of a natural look as you let the color grow out.

Do you color your hair a darker shade?
If you darken your hair on your own, it is probably worth your while to visit a professional for this transition. You should allow your hair to grow out for about two-to-three months, this way the stylist is able to get a goof idea of your natural hair color. Depending how dark you typically dye your hair, the stylist will with lighten the color or strip the color, either way, they have the goal of “lifting” the color. Once the color has been listed, they will re-color your hair by applying a solution that will produce your natural color. After that, your hair will continue to grow out and match the dye-job.

Have you been hiding grays?
If you’re ready to embrace your natural silver streaks, understand that the process may involve a bit more their the first two. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic gray shade that works for everyone because believe it or not, everyone’s shade of gray is different. That said, here are a few options for you to consider when transitioning from chemically treated hair.

– Depending on your current hairstyle, you will benefit from frequent, shortcuts. Obviously, your natural hair color will fully grow out much faster if you’re rocking a pixie cut.

– Assuming that your hair isn’t totally gray yet, you can have your stylist put in some highlights or lowlights (whichever suit the color of your natural hair) to help with the transition until your natural hair has grown all the way out.

– Instead of coloring your hair with a permeate color, use a demi- permeate. Demi colors don’t completely cover grays and they fade rather quick. Although many people avoid demi’s for these reasons, it makes them a great choice to cover your new-growth roots with, since they will allow the gray to shine through and over time all will fade to your natural color.

Understanding Hair Porosity

Woman combing her hair

Although the term “hair porosity” seems intimidating, it’s really quite simple! Hair porosity can be easily understood as the hair’s ability to engross and maintain hydration and moisture. When one’s has high porosity it’s cuticle is often more vulnerable to damage and breakage. Even more, hair that has high levels of porosity is more likely to develop cracks and cavities, which fail to prevent moisture from taking over the hair structure. When this happens, the hair becomes tangled and frizzy, feeling dry and gnarly.

Similarly, yet not exactly the same, those who have hair with low porosity levels have hair, which is ultra sensitive to protein, causing it to feel dry, dehydrated, and easily breakable. This is because hair with a low porosity is made up of cuticles, which rest flat as they constrict the hairs cortex. This constriction prevents the hair from becoming moist and hydrated, which leads to hair product build up, causing the hair to feel dry and fragile.

Clearly, the circumstances of both high and low porosity are far from optimal. Contrary to the previous, hair with a normal porosity has the ability to absorb the hydration it craves, and even maintain this hydration. Since the hair cuticle is in an ideal condition, it feels healthy and smooth, looks shiny, and is able to maintain volume.

How Porous Is Your Hair?
If you’re not sure where your hair falls on the porosity scale the “float test” an east way to find out.

Start be filling a small bowl with room temperature water. Put a few strands of clean hair into the water. You can gather this from the hair that slips onto your comb or brush when you’re detangling your hair post-shower; It’s important that the hair is clean to achieve the best results. Let the hair rest in the bowl or water for about three or four minutes, being sure to watch it the whole time. If your hair sinks to the bottom of the bowl, it has high porosity. Consequently, if your hair remains to float after four minutes or so, it has low porosity. Finally, if your hair sinks at a slow, steady pace, it has a normal porosity.

Managing Porosity
Now that you have a solid understand of what hair porosity is and how to figure out just how porous your hair is, here are a few tips on how to manage your hair, regardless of its porosity levels.

  • If you have low porosity: you should be focusing on opening the hair cuticle to let moisture in! An awesome (and relaxing) way to do this is by throwing a towel into the clothes drier while you saturate your locks with an argan oil or grapeseed oil based hair mask. Warp the heated towel around your head to make sure the oils reach their full potential.
  • If you have normal porosity: keep doing whatever you’re doing – it’s working! Do you have any tips to share? Post them in the comments.
  • If you have high porosity: you need to focus on deep conditioning treatments. Some options include an aloe and coconut oil hair mask, or a raw egg mask. Try to use hair products which are meant to hydrate and restore dry and damaged hair.

Take Years Off Your Look

Woman  getting her hair colored

The inevitable thing about life is we all get older; whether we like to accept it or not, part of getting older is acting and looking the part. Truth be told, your skin tone probably is not the same shade that it was in college. So why are you still getting your roots colored the same shade that you chose when you landed your first job? Believe it or not, one of the biggest secrets to taking years off your look is to choose the best color for your current skin tone. Now, one thing to keep in mind is that skin tone and skin color are not exactly the same thing. Typically, skin tone is described as warm, cool, or neutral; this is the skin’s undertone that shows through the color of the surface of your skin. This means that regardless of various changes in the actual color of skin (such as a sun tan or skin rash) the skin tone always remains the same.

Keeping the above in mind, your skin color or your complexion tends to develop a dull color, or what some might call pale. When your hair color is the suited to your skin tone, the dulling skin makes it more obvious, and it can make you look drained and tired. No one should look washed out, even on their worst days! To make sure you look your best at any age, keep reading and find out which color complements your skin tone.

Fair with Cool Undertones
You should try… an auburn hair color with a shine reflecting dimension, this will bring out the natural pink in your cheeks, making you skin appear fuller and younger! If you’re not one for reds, you may like a multidimensional blond hair color, which will offset any dullness in your facial skin, making your skin like brighter.

Fair with Warm Undertones
You should try… soft copper colored hair. This color will flatter your age by creating an illusion to soften wrinkles and fine lines, especially around the eyes.

Between Fair and Medium with Warm Undertones
You should try… a natural looking ombre, much like Julia Roberts sun-kissed look. The low placed lighter colors draw attention away from the hallowing areas of the face, giving the appearance of immature facial skin.

Medium with Cool Undertones
You should try… a silky soft black hair color. As long as you don’t kill and dry out your hair with heat tools day after day, your hair will give off a young radiance. Keep in mind that jet-black can be harsh, but if you stick to a soft black your complexion will appear smooth and young.

Medium with Warm Undertones
You should try… a golden or milk chocolate brown hair color. This color is one that flatters women of any age. This works even better if you have brown eyes! The coordination your hair and eye colors create a natural bronze appearance for youthful looking skin.