Lovin’ the LOB

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Loving the LOB [long bob] it’s just so effortlessly chic! This cut works on straight and wavy hair. My personal fav is the flat-ironed wave (see tips below).

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Clamp halfway down a strand of hair and turn it back away from your face. Keep the iron at that angle and slowly move it down the hair shaft, while continually rotating to the ends. Sometimes I leave the ends out to give more of an edgy look.

For another way to get those beachy ‘I didn’t even do my hair’ waves, check out this gal’s YouTube video at http://youtu.be/GonlEXXSP1E

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4 Ways You’re Damaging Your Hair

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[How to handle your hair when wet]  Be Gentle!! Towel drying your hair too roughly can cause breakage, as can brushing your hair when wet. This is because wet hair is more prone to breakage and should be treated delicately. Try scrunching your hair with the towel from ends to root to take the moisture out, don’t rub it all over your head as fast as you can. Also I recommend getting a ‘Wet Brush’ if you do have tangly hair, or a wide tooth comb.

[How to brush wet hair]  When brushing, you should start by brushing the ends of your hair and move up as the tangles come out. This will significantly help with hair breakage, and is also much gentler on the scalp.

[Heat Protection]  Everyone knows the curling iron or flat iron is damaging to your hair. A great way to help protect your hair from such tools is by spraying on a heat protectant before styling or blow-drying your hair. Heat protectors are a great way to help hair stay strong through a lot of heat contact, and most add shine to your locks as a added bonus! Also, never turn your tools up to the hottest setting…shoot for the medium temp and save your hair the stress.

[Rubber band usage]  Buns or ponytails should be worn loosely in order to keep smooth, healthy looking hair. Wearing super tight buns (which I am guilty of) and tight ponies cause broken strands (you know those fun little fly-aways that never seem to grow, and stick straight up). Braids can be a lot less harsh on your hair, so if you need to pull your hair back go for a braid or a loose side bun.

Hope this helps! I can see a huge difference in my hair when I follow these simple steps each day.

To Wash OR Not To Wash?!

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“How often should I be washing my hair”? This is probably one of most common questions I get asked by clients. And honestly, it really just depends on the person. My go-to answer would probably be ‘every other day’. The problem is that lathering up on a daily basis strips the hair of important healthy oils, which can cause it to break off over time. Over washing your hair can also dry out your scalp causing it to produce more sebum and make hair look greasier…its a vicious cycle I know ;). I personally shampoo every three days, but I have long, dry, processed hair. So I am able to get away with it. And if it starts looking crazy greasy, I just add a little cornstarch to my roots. Dry shampoo works well also to soak up some of that grease, with the added bonus of keeping it smelling fresh.

If you are a person with oily or super-fine hair, you probably have to wash more often. Or if you hit the gym, it may also be challenging not to wash everyday. Still, I would recommend  getting a dry shampoo you like and try to go for every other day instead; your scalp will likely adjust to your new washing pattern and produce less grease overtime. I think ‘second day’ hair is my best hair day…the natural oils from your scalp help tame flyways and give hair a great shine. Your hair is also less ‘slippery’ which makes it easier to experiment with different hair styles!

Hair Stylin’

This look is so cute & really adds a little style to your average pony tail.

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The best way to get this look is to first section off your hair from the top half (any hair above ears) and clip up. Then put a hair tie around the bottom half (just to keep it contained). Then take down the top half and do a braid on either the left or right side starting around the top of your head, braid all the way down to end of the section. Then bobby pin or use a rubber band to secure the end of the braid, JUST while you grab the bottom half of your hair, and incorporate it with the top. Try it out!

DIY Dry Hair Treatments

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There are plenty of inexpensive options out there to help with dry/damaged hair. Many of the ingredients for these treatments are probably already in your refrigerator or pantry. Plus some of the chemicals they put in hair treatments these days are FAR from natural, and I have found dry my hair even more!! Try to do a treatment on your hair once a week, it is important to be consistent to really make a difference in the health of your hair.

  • Mayonnaise Hair Treatment – Massage mayonnaise into the hair liberally and cover with a plastic bag. Allow the mayo to remain for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo, rinse and follow with a shampoo if necessary. Repeat this treatment for dry damaged hair on a weekly basis until the desired results are achieved.
  • Banana Hair Treatment – Mash together one small, ripe banana, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon sweet almond, olive, safflower or corn oil. Apply liberally to shampooed hair, cover with plastic and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Vinegar Rinse – Combine 1 drop essential oil with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar. Add a cup of boiling water and mix well, and then add this mixture to a bowl of water you’ll use as your final hair rinse. Rinse your hair thoroughly using this water, immersing as much of your hair as possible and pouring over the areas that are not immersed. Repeat every time you wash your hair for the best results. Use an essential oil that benefits dry hair such as sandalwood, lavender or rosemary. If necessary, you can omit the essential oil altogether and the treatment will still help nourish the hair.
  • Olive Oil Treatment – Beat together 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar. If you don’t have olive oil, you can use safflower oil, corn oil or wheat germ oil. To use, shampoo the hair as normal, apply the mixture evenly throughout the hair, wrap with plastic or a towel and allow to remain for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse.
  • Gelatin Deep Protein Treatment– Especially good for fragile hair, the gelatin in this dry hair treatment fortifies and strengthens. To make, combine 1 tablespoon plain gelatin with 1 cup purified water. Allow the mixture to gel slightly, but don’t let it set all the way. Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and if desired, 4 drops rosemary essential oil. Massage evenly into shampooed hair, leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse. Repeat up to once per week, as necessary.
  • Rosemary Oil Treatment – The rosemary in this treatment for dry hair repairs damage caused by wind, sun and water, and puts the luster back into your hair. The eggs and oil moisturize and condition. To make, combine 2 tablespoons avocado oil, 1 tablespoon castor oil, 2 teaspoons strong rosemary tea (Steep leaves in boiling water for at least 20 minutes), and 2 whole eggs in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and creamy. To use, massage evenly through the hair, wrap with a towel and allow the treatment to remain for at least 20 minutes before shampooing and rinsing as usual.