Hairstyles That Stand Up To Heat and Humidity

The weather is going to be changing soon as we get ready to welcome the spring and summer seasons here rather shortly.  While so many of us are really excited to get ready for the warmer weather, we also know that the heat and humidity can cause us to have less than amazing hair days.  We don’t know if you’re like us, but we’re tired of letting the heat and humidity keep us from rocking gorgeous hair styles.  So, we did a bit of searching and found some great hairstyles that stand up to heat and humidity.  Seriously, you CAN have gorgeous hair even when it’s hot and humid out.

Woman tying up her hair

High Bun With Headband
When it comes to creating a hair style that stands up to heat and humidity it’s all about keeping your hair contained from a lot of the elements – or at least in a way where they can be effected by these weather elements.  This is why another one of our favorite hair styles for heat and humid weather is the texturized high bun hair style (that can be effortless, don’t worry about making it perfect!) with the addition of your favorite headband.  The headband works as a great hair accessory, but also functionally keeps your hair in place when it’s exposed to heat and humidity in any way.  For this type of hair look, it’s best when you add some texture to your hair with dry shampoo or sea salt spray – it’ adds to the effortless vibe that’s gorgeous and also not effected by the weather.

Low Bun Updo
So often when we think of updo hair styles we think that they need to be super complicated and you need a cosmetology license to actually achieve them.  But the truth is, you can create an updo hair style that looks gorgeous and is perfect for any daily life occasion.  Furthermore, it’s a hair style that you can rock and know it will stand up to heat and humidity.  Ok, ok it’s the low bun updo!  Truly, all you need to do is tie your hair back into a low bun place – either straight back or off to one side.  To change things up you can twist little sections in the hair and tie them into the bun to create a different look.  Tying it back into the low bun will keep it from really being effected by the heat and humidity, and it’s a super chic look!

Side braid

Side Braid
Again, it’s clearly about keeping your hair as contained as possible.  Fortunately for us, braids are chic and a really great way to contain your hair from these types of weather elements.  There are so many different ways to incorporate a side braid in a functional way here.  One of our favorites has to be starting at the top of your head and creating a French braid that then leads into a low ponytail braid.  It’s cute, chic and will definitely keep your hair from being negatively affected by the heat and humidity.

How to Rock a Push or 3D Fingerwave

wavy hair

Recently on social media, you may have noticed the rise in push or 3D fingerwave hairstyles making an appearance in your news feeds.  While it’s a hair style that looks complicated when it’s complete, it’s actually much more achievable than you may realize.  If you’ve been feeling like you keeping having the desire to style your hair in a push or 3D fingerwave, you’re in the right place because we’re sharing tips on how to rock a push or 3D fingerwave.  Yep, we’re sharing the steps so you can achieve this look at home!

Prep Your Hair
Just like with any other hair style, prepping your hair properly is going to help make sure that you get the best look possible.  The thing with this type of hair style is you’re not going to want your hair to be completely dry to accomplish it.  Wash your hair and use a towel to get it mostly dry.  Again, you don’t want your hair totally dry here.  Mostly dry, but not dripping wet – finding a place between these two is going to give you the best results for this type of look.

woman spraying hair

The Beginning Steps
Next, you’re going to start the process of creating this hair style.  With your mostly wet hair, comb your hair into a strong side part.  Using the comb to really create the part and flattening out your hair to really make sure that your hair is tight to your head.  While doing this, many experts suggest using a gel hair styling product to begin applying to your hair.  Since this is a very structured hair style gel is found to be the best product for this part of the process.  Applying the gel to your wet hair is going to help give your hair most structure and hold.  Apply a fairly generous amount of gel and work it into your hair and comb your hair to make sure it’s being distributed throughout the rest of your hair.

Begin Creating the Waves
To start to create those 3D waves in your hair, experts suggest adding a metal clip to one side of your hair right by the part and where you want to begin the waves.  This will help keep your hair in place a bit easier.  Once you’ve done that, use your comb to go down the hair a bit and then about ½” or so down reverse the direction of the comb to then push UP towards the part and clip.  While doing this you’ll want to use your other hand to hold the hair and comb down.  Once you create that wave shape, hold it in place with another metal clip.  Repeat the process until you’ve created the waves all the way down until you reach the area near your ear.  Do this process to both sides of your hair, leave the clips in and allow your hair to dry like that to encourage the hair to stay that way.  Once your hair is dry, gently remove the clips from your hair and set with hair spray.

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

woman with dark hair holding coffee

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

Woman getting her hair styled

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!

Choosing The Right Hairbrush

Woman brushing her hair

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.

Keeping Your Extensions Under Wraps

woman getting extensions

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!

Tricks For Big Bouncy Curls

woman with medium length hair

For years straight-haired women have envied the big and bouncy tresses of curly haired women. In an effort of replicating the waves of ringlets women will often spend hours in front of the mirror with a curling iron in hand hair spray at the ready. While the girls may live up to expectations for an hour or so, they will indubitably fall limp and lifeless before the day is (even half-way) over. This let down is faced by far too many women far too often, which is why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of tips and tricks you need to maintain exceptional curls right from the start; think of this as your big and bouncy curls toolbox!

Different heat tools produce different curls: it seems obvious, right? Yet women expect that they can achieve this kind of curl and that kind of curl all with the same heat tool. It’s just not possible. The list below defines what kind of tool you need to achieve the specific curl you’re looking for.

  • For tight, Shirley Temple spiral curls, use a small-barrel marcel style curling iron.
  • For loose botteclli, Scarlet Johansson springy curls use a graduated or conical curling wand.
  • For s’wavy and voluminous, Anne Hathaway loose curls, use a medium-barrel curling iron.
  • For natural looking, Selena Gomez loose curls, use hot rollers.

redhead with curly hair

The material always matters: with so many options of all different products to choose from, it’s okay to be a material girl! It’s also important to understand know the differences between the common curling iron barrel materials – ceramic, tourmaline, and titanium – check it out:

  • Ceramic curling irons: known best for their even heat distribution which is important when avoiding heat damage; they also emit negative ions which moisturize and smooth the hair being curled.
  • Tourmaline curling irons: it’s said that tourmaline has the ability to emit six times more negative ions which impacts the hair by smoothing the cuticle leaving every stand extra shiny.
  • Titanium curling irons: also appreciated for its even heat distribution; they also provide the smoothest curling surface which prevents snagging, sticking, and snapping during the curling process.

Do you need some ice? Because your hair looks burnt: just like all types of heat tools aren’t created equal, hair type isn’t created equal either! One of the biggest mistakes women make when curling (and straightening) their hair is setting their heat tools to the improper temperature. Not only is this potentially literally burn your hair, but it also means you’re less likely to get the desired results. Assuming that your heat tools have an actual numeric temperature setting, make sure to adjust it accordingly the next time you heat that puppy up:

  • If you have thin-to-medium hair, it’s important to keep the temperature of heat tools between 100 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you have medium-to-thick hair, you’ll benefit most by keeping your heat tools set between 200 and three hundred degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you’re considering to set your heat tool all the way up to 400 or 500 degrees Fahrenheit, just don’t.  Unless your stylist says that it’s safe for your hair to use that much heat, then the thought shouldn’t even cross your mind considering the amount of damage you’ll be causing.

Edibles That Strengthen Your Hair

avocado

It’s no secret that the majority of women damage and slowly destroys their hair on a regular basis. Everyday styling measures, including straightening, curling, and even blow-drying all cause havoc on the hair, and still many women wonder why their hair isn’t longer, thicker, or stronger. Apologies to those who feel that they’re oblivious bubble has just been popped, but C’mon! Hair, just like skin, can only take so much heat and chemical manipulation before it loses its luster. It can be easy to forget to apply a heat protectant when short on time – in fact, some people choose to bypass this curtail product with no idea of the damage they’re causing their locks. Fortunately, science and beauty experts paired up and found a variety of foods which straighten the hair from the inside out. Please keep in mind the information provided below should not be used in place of, but rather in conjunction with proper external heat repair and protection measures, which include, but are not limited to heat protection, leave in conditioner. Without further ado, read on to learn more about the foods to eat for healthy, resilient hair.

Avocado
This pitted island fruit is packed with all kinds of healthy vitamins, a major one being vitamin E. Not only can a mashed avocado be applied as an effective external treatment, but it will also fortify the hair by ramping up the moisture.

Brown rice
Many individuals have made the switch from white, bleached carbs to whole wheat versions, but don’t stop with bread and pasta! Switching from white rice to brown rice has been found to increase hair’s strength and durability. This is due to the high amounts of zinc within the composition of brown rice.

carrots

Carrots
These crunchy sticks aren’t only a great snack for eye and skin health, they are also a hair healthy snack! Full of vitamin A, munching on carrots will have a direct effect on the hair by building up the hair follicle to strengthen every strand.

Oils
Over the years oils have gotten a pretty bad rap. There isn’t anything wrong with consuming oils as long as they are considered healthy sources, such as omega 3’s and fatty acids. In fact, omega 3’s and fatty acids are a triple threat to the hair; the properties of oils work to hydrate, thicken, and strengthen hair. Foods that have particularly high levels of these good oils include salmon, broccoli, flaxseed, and spinach.

Red meat
Believe it or not, red meat can actually work wonders to revive hair. Loaded with a range of vitamins and nutrients, the red meat had been found to make hair stronger, as well as help it maintain a sleek and shiny luster. Keep in mind that over-consumption of beef has been found to have a fair amount of negative effects on the body. To get the most out of the meat and keep a healthy balance, try to limit consumption to once or twice per week.

Eighties HairStyle Makeovers

Women rocking a 80s inspired hairdo.

“Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window, I wanna to ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie.”
|Source: Easy A, 2010|

Ahh yes, the days when strategically folded notes were passed across the classroom, Ferris Bueller and his squad we’re the only people you could imagine fitting in with, and neon eyeshadow and acid wash jeans were, like, totally cool. Okay, so maybe actress Emma Stone hits it right on the mark in her 2010 film as she talks about the beloved eighties films that remain the best representation of the era. There’s no shame in still wanting and wishing for that John Cusack moment, even if the guy you’re interested in has so clue where to find a boombox, much less how to play music on it. But very much unlike Sixteen Candles star Jake Ryan, there are a few things which we thought were better left in the past. Yes, we’re talking about those awful eighties hairdos. However, as all trends do, those eighties hairstyles have come full circle and those eighties hairstyles are back again, this time with a totally wearable and non-embarrassing twist. Check in out!

Women with stylish 80s inspired high ponytail.

High Ponytails
Oh yes, these puppies have made there come back, and even celebs (such as Queen B) are taking a liking to the updated look. Simply secure your hair into an ultra-high, sleeked back ponytail. Then take a small section of hair and wrap it around the elastic so that it’s no longer to be found. Use bobby pins to secure the wrapped hair to the base of the pony. Then add in a few loose curls throughout the ponytail, give it a good dose of high-shine, strong-hold hairspray, and you’re good to go. We think DJ Tanner would be very proud.

Neon
While neon sweatbands remain a thing of the past, bright colored highlights are showing up in girl’s hair all over the country. If you want to pay homage to the hi-hue neon days, but don’t want to commit, neon colored hair chalk or spray is a great way to rock the newly modern look.

Women with trendy side ponytail hairstyle

Side Ponies
As if this trend ever died, girls have been rocking the side pony to pilates and hot yoga for years, but only recently has it been re-accepted to wear this look outside of the gym. Lazy girls, dry shampoo lovers, and wake up late rushers, this style is back and it may even be here to stay.

Sassy Shaved Patterns
Maybe your beau-thang rocked these in the eighties, but this time around women are sporting the sexy fade accented with geometric patterns. We think Riri had something to do with jump-start of this trend.

January Jones with the latest headband hairstyle

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Headbands
The fashion and beauty world it a bit torn about when or who brought this style back, but if you ask us, we think the popularity is owed to Gossip Girl’s leading lady Blair Waldorf, as her headband was her crown. Although the show ended a few years back, the fan following continues to grow and so does the popularity of the headband.

Summer Cut, Color and Style

Woman wearing sunglasses enjoying the summer months

With summer nearing its end some women may find themselves reminiscing on all the events (birthday bashes, wedding showers), milestones (graduation, job promotions), and changes (moving into a new house, making new friends) that have taken place this past season. Isn’t it funny how all these events happen and we don’t even notice all the change that’s taken place in our lives until we look back and notice just how different things are? Life changes are one thing, but hair changes are another. It’s known that even small changes to one’s hairdo can make a major difference. If you feel like your hair needs a bit of a summer update to coincide with the rest of your life, look no further. Below are the hottest cuts, colors, and styles of the summer, lucky for you there’s still enough time left in the season for you to pull ‘em off!

Women with bob hairstyle

One of the season’s hottest trends is the bob; whether you’re into a lob or a classic bob you’re sure to turn heads with this look. This style is perfect for those who feel like they are constantly flipping, tossing, and touching their hair – feel like you’re throwing your hair into a bun before you’ve even made it to your morning meeting? This style is ideal for you as well. Not only does it get the hair off of your neck, shoulders, and back, but it also provides allows for a bit of cool relief around your upper body as you battle through the dog days of summer.

If you’re one of those who jokes about being “cold blooded” chances are you love the summer and all the heat it brings. Maybe wearing your hair down has become a mere habit simply to keep your ears, neck, and cheeks warm in the winter. If this sounds familiar, a bob might not be the small change you’re looking for, however, long layers might tickle your fancy. Rather than having your ends lay in a straight blunt line, have your stylist create long, yet soft layers. This sexy style gives hair some extra volume and texture which is perfect for all your favorite updos and downdos.

Women with stylish bangs

Baby bangs are the bomb this summer. It may seem strange that we’re proposing bangs immediately after suggesting a bob, but give the idea a chance. Baby bangs are only about half as long as regular bangs, so they do require some extra maintenance, but it’s nothing too major. They’re best for those who have large foreheads (a.k.a. all the five-head beauties out there), otherwise, they look a tad bit awkward. Although, if you have the space and are looking for a small change for summer, baby bangs are a perfect choice.

Already content with your hair cut, but dying to change the color? You’re not alone. We’ve turned to celeb stylists to find out what colors are sizzling up this summer, here’s what we found. If you’re looking to update your blonde mane check out the following color options: pale flaxen blonde, platinum gray, or soft butter highlights. If you’re considering updating your red roots check out rose gold red highlights or gradient copper. If your brown locks are looking more blah than anything else lately check out these color options: cool mocha, dark walnut, three-dimensional brunette, or mahogany.