Posts Tagged ‘hair’

3 FAVES FOR A PERFECT BLOWOUT

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Most of us are trying to live our best life and do less with our hair while hoping it looks better than ever. While I love an air-dry scenario or a second day wave/dry shampoo combo, sometimes you just have to go FULL blowout. If you find yourself faced with the daunting task of round brushing your own mane, trust me– you will want to have one or two of these bottled-up miracles on hand to get you through…

  • ORIBE ROYAL BLOWOUT : my favorite for coarse, thick, unruly, curly, wavy, frizzy and/or slow-to-dry hair. Apply a very thin veil all over before blowdrying. I feel like my brush goes through 100 times smoother and doesn’t get caught on anything. I’ve also noticed it speeds up drying time significantly. I have yet to find something comperable to this in a more affordable price range, but I will say this bottle seems to last for ages, so I would say it’s worth the splurge.
  • LIVING PROOF BLOWOUT STYLING SPRAY: great on fine, straight hair that needs styling support from the inside out. I love this because sometimes you’ve got that head of hair that’s so straight or fine or long and it doesn’t want to wrap around the brush. This spray helps create a little grip which helps you get tension and bend as you need it.
  • DRY BAR HOT TODDY RESTORATIVE CREAM: If you stuggle with dryness, damage, if you bleach your hair, highlight heavily or if you just desperately need a haircut but you can’t seem to prioritize it, use this if you’re going to blow your hair out. Evenly apply a dime size from middle to ends on wet hair. Blow out as usual. It helps me get softness on even the driest, most damaged hair. (This will get your through, but like also, GO get your haircut!) By the way, you can use this in conjunction with the others– just apply this on the ends first and then the spray on top!

If you need help with shine or smoothing after you’re done blowing out, peep THIS POST on our favorite finishing serums.

HAIR DRYING GLOVES ARE A THING

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If you know me, you know I love trying gimmicky things because sometimes you end up finding a diamond in the rough! Enter hair drying gloves. I got these out of curiosity and they ended up being a fast favorite. I don’t use them on my clients but I do use them at home. Often I go to put mousse, curl cream, leave-in or wave spray in my hair and end up with more dried onto my hands than my hair. Not only do these help with that, but they also helped me cut down on drying time. Here’s what I know for sure about these handy things…

There are a couple kinds on the market. For finer hair or anyone wanting to add some soft texture to their curls/waves I would recommend THESE GLOVES because they’re more like a towel which tends to build texture. But if your mane concern is to keep curls or waves calm, cool & collected, THESE GLOVES are your best bet because they are made of microfibers which we know helps with frizz.

By trial and error, I’ve discovered the best way to use hair drying gloves is to apply the product with your bare hands first, rinse your hands, then put the gloves on. Begin scrunching at the ends and work your way up into the root. These are so absorbent and remove surface moisture quickly. These would be particularly good for anyone wanting to cut back on their heat styling time. Think about it… if you get into the roots with these gloves and absorb a bit of the moisuture before blowdrying, you’ll definitely trim down the time you’ll spend pointing hot air at your hair and scalp, without having to wait for the hair to air-dry. And it’s 100000 times easier to get in there with “towel fingers” than an actual towel. Feel me??

Have you tried anything gimmicky or gadgety lately which ended up working well that you want to share? If so spill the deets in the comments below please!

HAIR ACCESSORY ROUNDUP

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While it can be totally satisfying to splurge on that new cult-fave hair PRODUCT or CURLING WAND you’ve been coveting, I’m also big on the thrill of adding gorgeous and versatile hair accessories to my growing collection. They provide a level of instant gratification that products and tools sometimes can’t…like great jewelry, a chic hair clip or interesting accessory can instantly elevate an otherwise simple look. With ongoing summer temps being of the relentless persuasion (what? I can’t hear you over the squirt bottle/fan combo I’m waving around my face like its my job.), we’ve pulled together a well-rounded list of perfect accessories to help you chill. Links below the photos.

1. SAFETY PIN CLIP  I’d wear a paper clip too if it was dipped in gold. It’s just SUH cute!

2. OVERSIZED BARRETTE This classic barrette must have chowed the “eat me” cake (Alice & Wonderland fans?). Mini things are adorable, but giant versions are just plain useful. Also how is this only $4?!

3. TORTOISESHELL CHIGNON STICK  I always have one of these in my bag – it’s way chicer than a pencil holding up a chignon when you’re burning the midnight oil.

4. GOLD LEAF CLUSTER HEADBAND Such a perfect bridesmaid hair accessory! Anyone can throw this in and make simple waves or a loose updo something major!

5. GOLD HEART CLIP Never met a shape clip I didn’t like. Bonus points if you can create a braided updo this interesting before adding it in!

6. HANDMADE GOLD HAIRPIN Have nothing for your hair that you do not know to be beautiful, or believe to be useful.

7. TURQUOISE AND BRASS BARRETTE This statement piece is so gorgeous and unique – use it with THIS trick to pony-up thick locks in the prettiest of ways.

8. THIN GOLD BAR HAIR CLIP Dramatic, yet simple – use this thin clip to hold back a few key pieces in any half-up scenario.

9. INFINITY HAIR CLIP For my finer-haired girls, this little gem is small and light-weight, so it can add a little pizazz to your maine without weighing it down.

10. SILK PONY BRAIDER When you find your creative vibes are flowing, make the prettiest braid ever with this soft pink silk woven through it.

11. CRYSTAL LEAF HEADBAND This is special enough to grace the locks of a late summer/early fall bride! It has just the right amount of sparkle, and the asymmetry keeps things interesting.

12. GOLD OUTLINE HAIR CLIP Simple and sleek – this barrette will keep your locks off your neck without drawing too much attention away from a very on-trend off-the-shoulder number.

….And the best part is, no one will notice your back sweat when you make gorgeous hair the focal point. Am I right?!

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

THE TEMPORARY TAPE EXTENSION MIRACLE

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So, you lusted after Michelle Williams’ chicly-crafted pixie and raced to your hairdresser for the famous chop, perhaps a bit…prematurely? Then a few months into the awkward grow-out stage, you’re rocking an unbecoming shaggy mullet while she’s slaying an on-point, shoulder-length LOB?! Ladies, it’s not witchcraft: it’s tape extensions! They’re a powerful tool in the battle against out growing out a short, uneven and aggressively-layered haircut. Trust that I speak from experience: My own spontaneous pixie has had me playing the grow-out game for well over a year now, and that, in conjunction with a love for this bright blonde life, hasn’t exactly ushered me into a healthy, uniform length. Some days I need to fill in the gaps and some days (when wearing my hair up) I don’t! I love that they can be used in this temporary way vs. a real application by a pro which lasts many months. So, when I’m not doing THIS TREATMENT THIS PRE-SHAMPOO FIX  or BRAIDING it up to avoid heat damage, I’m reaching for the tape-ins to give me those full front corners that give a bob it’s coveted form. Here are the steps, if you find yourself longing for the same thing:

1) Start with clean, dry hair. Make sure to use a CLARIFYING SHAMPOO and only condition, if necessary, but NOT the root area! (Getting conditioner or any product near the scalp before applying tape extensions can cause them to slip.) Now blowdry smooth and flat iron to make sure there aren’t flyaways – when little individual rogue hairs get pulled by the tape it hurts! Also, waves can hide a multitude of sins, but straight hair will give you the true story of what’s going on with your cut.

**Note: know your limits: stick to the hair in the front sides of your head and avoid attempting the back. If your hair needs allover length or volume, or you’re looking for a more permanent solution, a trained professional should hook you up.

2) Have everything you’ll need ready to go once you start parting, and make sure to prep and tape all your extensions if you’re reusing them (instructions at the bottom).

3) Create a clean horizontal parting where you want to apply your extension, and clip surrounding hair out of the way. Try to avoid hairlines and your main part by about 1″. Make sure to hold the extension up first to ensure it’s the right length.

4) Remove the paper backing from the extension, holding just below the tape to avoid touching it. The transfer of oil from your fingertips will lessen its staying power.

5.) Apply right below your parting and press down firmly to smooth and adhere.

6.) Drop down clipped-up hair to gauge the difference. We decided the bang was still too heavy, so we added another extension at the top corner of the head – right before it starts to round into the top – to break it up.

7.) Once happy with one side, repeat previous steps on the other side and check for balance.

8.) The finished look. Dreamy. What a mini miracle! Remember to put your extensions in the same place each time or you’ll end up having to trim the tips to get it to look right, which then shortens the extensions!

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We completed the look with THESE waves to blend layers together and give the hair a little extra fullness.

This extension method will typically last until your next shampoo, or 1-3 days. If you use a different tape-in extension brand, also use their bond remover to make sure the process goes smoothly. As I mentioned above, if you’re in a pinch you can use a LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER. Spray directly onto the tape and gently lifting to remove. If you feel any tension, add more conditioner until they easily glide off. To prep extensions for future use, remove excess tape, wash well with clarifying shampoo and condition just the mids-ends, then let air dry. Once dry, apply the brand’s pre-cut double sided tape and leave the paper backing on until the next time you’re ready to get down.

You did it! This little trick can be a total lifesaver during the grow out process, and as you’ve seen, just a few pieces in the right place can make a huge difference. Now go make plans to be seen!

Have you tried tape-in extensions the non-permanent way? Let us know if they worked for your hair in the comments below!