Should Your Eyebrow and Hair Color Match?
Eyebrow trends don’t always look good on everyone, and many of us have the middle-school class photos to prove it. Should your eyebrows match your hair color?
So you’ve tweezed, waxed, and threaded those lazy caterpillars into perfection—hooray! But once the stinging fades, you’re faced with a new brow conundrum: matching your brow hue to your hair color (natural or otherwise). Before you go crazy with pencils, powders, and tints, read these expert-approved color do’s and don’ts:
Don’t Play Matchy Matchy
When it comes to foundation and tinted moisturizer, the goal is finding a shade that seamlessly matches your skin tone. However, when it comes to hair and brows you should aim for a slight contrast, which will frame your face and draw attention to your eyes. Nothing screams, ‘Dye job!’ like eyebrows that are the exact same color as your hair.
Do Mask Pesky Greys
We’re all for owning silvery shades but when it comes to brows, it’s best to keep greys at bay. Your brow hue should enhance your eye color, and grey has the absolute opposite effect—even if your hair color is grey, take it out of your brows.
Don’t Make Blonde Brows, Blonder
Blondes may have more fun but no-see-um brows can make your face look washed out. Pale blonde eyebrows will make you look like you have no eyebrows, and that’s not a good look for anyone. Whether you owe your honey hue to genetics or a great hair colorist, use a lightly tinted brow pencil to add dimension back to your complexion.
Do Keep it in the (Color) Family
Opt for a natural look and keep your brows and hair color in the same tonal family. If you have golden blonde or brown hair, then your brows should have a warm tone to them. If you’re a sandy blonde or coffee brown, try a cool tone.
Do Grab A Top-Notch Eyebrow Tint
To add some oomph to your arches we suggest taking the brows one to two shades deeper than your hair tone. This will help to create a nice full frame for your eyes.
Tape In Hair Extensions
Switching up your hair to a longer, fuller, more voluminous style is fun, and it’s one of the best (most non-committal) ways to achieve a major hair makeover is experimenting with extensions. Your hairstyle options are practically endless when it comes to extensions—they give you even more freedom to rock unexpected cuts and colors. Tape in extensions are the newest hair extension trend on the market.
Tape in hair extensions are thin tape wefts that get “taped-in” in between your own hair in “sandwich” like bonds. It is the most requested hair extension method in salons worldwide. Here are the top 5 reasons why tape in hair extensions are the newest craze!
Tape in hair extensions are the least expensive semi-permanent hair extension method available for both the cost of hair and the application. They take less than an hour to apply so that makes the application costs much lower. Also, due to the structure of the tape wefts and how the wefts are applied in the hair, the maintenance costs associated with tape in hair extensions are MUCH lower than any other semi-permanent method. The construction of tape extensions are 1-inch panels of hair, they are easier to make than the individual extensions.
They are the easiest hair extension method to maintain due to their thin construction and width. Most women actually forget that they are wearing them. You tape it and forget it, until about 10-12 weeks later when it’s time to move them up. You will want to invest in a higher quality tape extension brand. You will spend more in the beginning, but they will last better in the long run. The higher quality tape extensions will not shed, mat or tangle and they will be reusable. As long as you have a good quality tape in hair extension brand, the maintenance will be super easy and hassle free.
Tape in hair extension damage Least Damaging:
They are very lightweight and do not pull on your own hair like other extensions do – they grow out with your own hair. Clip in extensions are very heavy and can cause bald spots if you wear them every day. Note: if you have fine hair, traditional clip ins are not best for you! Individual extensions (fusion, micro, i-tip etc) can be very damaging and tend to tangle more, causing you to lose hair. Tape in hair extensions are non-damaging and very easy to remove. With tape in hair extensions you will not lose hair or experience any discomfort.
Tape in extensions are reusable for up to a year, they are good for 3-4 applications. Being able to reuse your hair extensions is such a benefit, especially if you have had your extensions customized with a cut or color. Once you remove the tape for tape extensions you clean them, add new tape, and then re-apply them. That is why getting high quality tape extensions is most important. You want good hair and tape to last through the year, or else you will be removing your new tape extensions within a matter of 4 weeks. Individual extensions are not reusable and clip extensions tend to get worn out within a matter of 6 months (depending on your wear and use). The removal of tape extensions takes only 15 minutes. Whereas the removal of individual extensions can be hours (with hair loss and hair pulling involved)!
Invisible and Flexible:
There are so many things you can do with tape extensions that you cannot with clips: wear them in any type of hairstyle: braids, super high ponytails etc. They are really thin and invisible! The best thing about tape in hair extensions compared to individual hair extensions is that when you wash and blow dry your hair they are MUCH more flexible and easier to dry and take care of. The individual extensions are stringy, tend to tangle, and the actual bonds are not as flexible and soft as tape extensions when it comes to washing and blow drying. If you want truly invisible and flexible extensions, tape in hair extensions are the best.
How To Pack Like A Hair Pro
While the prospect of visiting a new destination is one of the most exciting feelings there is, the thought of having to pack for it can be extremely stressful. So many factors come into play when deciding what to take with you and what to leave behind.
Clothing is an absolute necessity and will take up significant space in your suitcase, but what about your makeup and your hair care? You still want to retain some of the luxuries of home while you’re away… And you also shouldn’t gamble on the fact that the place you are staying will provide hair care products, or that they will even work with your hair!
It’s all about being strategic when packing and deciding what products will be the most useful to you while on vacation.
Consider this your good hair vacation checklist.
Organize Your Suitcase
To make sure you have ample room for all of your beauty must-haves, invest in packing cubes for your clothing. They’ll not only help you keep your suitcase organized by like items, but they’ll also make it easier to see what you’ve already packed. You’ll be less likely to overpack!
Aim For Travel Sized Bottles or Use Up Those Samples
If you do not want to check a bag, pay close attention to TSA’s 3-1-1 liquids rule.
You may bring in your carry-on bag:
- Liquid containers of 3.4 ounces or less per item
- 1 clear, quart-sized zip bag
- 1 bag per passenger
You know all the tiny makeup and skincare freebies you often get as free gifts with purchase? These pack up super compact and leave more room in your suitcase for other things. Traveling is a fun time to try new products and experiment with your look. The best part is, at the end of the trip, you can toss the leftovers to free up space.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Choose a shampoo and conditioner duo that will help minimize the need to wash frequently while you are away. Try our gentle blowout line in travel size to keep your hair clean and voluminous.
Pack Multi-purpose Styling Products & Tools
First and foremost, if you are traveling overseas, make sure to bring a converter specific to the country you are headed to. This will ensure you can use your styling tools without any problems. And instead of taking multiple styling tools, try an iron that allows you to both straighten and curl your hair.
It’s a good idea to bring products that can be used in different ways to combat a multitude of hair concerns depending on where you are traveling to. You never know when you’ll need a little extra protection against frizz!
Heat Protectant Is Always A Must
If you bring styling tools with you, this is one product you’ll want to travel with! Not only does it protect against the heat of your tools, it also protects your hair and hair color against the sun’s damaging rays.
Add Some Accessories
Don’t forget the hair accessories when you pack for a trip. Make sure to have lots of bobby pins and clips to tackle frizz and fly-aways.
Some cute, colorful elastics will help you to tie up your hair in a snap (especially if you want to keep it out of the water).
Make sure to bring statement accessories like a hat and a lightweight scarf to help shield your hair from the sun and look cute at the same time!
Learn A Go-To Hairstyle
If you’re not too keen on heat-styling while on vacation, why not brush up on your braiding or bun techniques? A sleek, low or messy high bun makes for a classic, low maintenance hairstyle that is practically weatherproof.
Braids are also a great option because there are so many variations (think: Dutch, French, fishtail, double, etc.) They can give you two days’ worth of hairstyles because when you take the braids out on the second day, you are left with some gorgeous waves.
How To Bleach Your Hair With Hydrogen Peroxide
Going to a salon for professional highlights and hair coloring is expensive and time consuming. You can dye and highlight your hair with a $1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3%) at home. Just make sure to go slowly and read all the tips below to be safe. While a salon is THE safest way to dye your hair, it is possible to dye your hair safely at home. Of course, you could also dump a whole bottle on your head and come out with a terrible, blotchy dye job. So read these tips first!
IS HYDROGEN PEROXIDE SAFE?
- Permanent and demi-permanent dyes at the salon and drugstore contain peroxide and often ammonia, so you are putting some of the same chemicals into your hair that you would pay a professional to. The difference is that a beautician is trained in how much to use, how long to leave it on, etc.
- Peroxide in large quantities should not have prolonged contact with skin. Small amounts, however, are not harmful.
- Dye your hair safely by using an old towel, donning an old tee shirt, and wearing gloves (more prep tips below).
- Make sure you are using 3% hydrogen peroxide. Check the “active ingredients” label for a 3% solution.
WHAT COLOR WILL PEROXIDE MAKE MY HAIR?
The way peroxide reacts to your hair is one of the biggest factors. If you go slowly and test strands to get the color you want, in most cases, the dye will make your hair one or two shades lighter.
BROWN HAIR RUNS THE RISK OF TURNING ORANGE. TEST A HIDDEN SAMPLE FIRST.
- Dark brown hair –> likely going to turn chestnut brown. Too much may lead to an orangey brown so stop before it’s too late.
- Medium brown hair –> likely going to turn to golden brown hair.
- Light brown hair –> likely going to turn dirty blond.
- Red hair –> likely going to turn an orange before moving onto strawberry blond.
- Dirty blond hair –> likely going to turn light blonde.
- Light blonde –> likely going to turn whitish blond (if your hair is already light blonde, why are you dyeing it????)
SHOULD I GO TO A PROFESSIONAL?
The answer is yes, if:
- You have damaged, permed, or color-treated hair
- You want to drastically change the color of your hair
- You hate the results of your DIY job
WHAT YOU NEED TO DYE YOUR HAIR WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
- An old tee shirt to wear
- Old towel to wrap around your neck
- Gloves to protect your hands
- Claw or butterfly clips to isolate sections of hair
- Toothbrush, cotton balls, sponge, or small brush to apply (for highlights)
- Clean spray bottle (for whole head)
- Aluminum foil (for highlights)
- Plastic shower cap (for whole head of hair)
- Bowl to pour small amount of peroxide into (for highlights)
- Hair dryer (optional – gentle heat speeds up the process)
- Cold water for a thorough rinsing after
- Deep conditioner
PREP YOUR HAIR
- Stop any hair treatments a few weeks before you plan to dye your hair.
- Avoid using extra chemicals in your hair, like hairspray, gel, mouse, and especially stronger treatments like color jobs, straightener, perms, etc.
- No heat. Avoid heating your hair, including using a hair dryer, heating iron, curlers, etc.
- Shampoo and condition your hair, then let it air dry. Start when your hair is damp as you’ll get better results.
- Test a small section of your hair underneath several layers and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water and see if you like the color. Experiment with another discreet strand for more time in 15-minute increments until you get the color you like. Rinse each strand after you’re done.
- Get a buddy. If at all possible, get help from a friend. This will speed everything up (you don’t want one section of your hair to have peroxide in any longer than the rest). Plus, it’ll make applying the dye in the back of your head easier, and if you need a second opinion, voila!
HOW TO HIGHLIGHT YOUR HAIR WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
- Start SLOWLY. I repeat, start very, very slowly. Everyone’s hair will react differently so it’s best to take it slowly at first. If you dive right in and don’t like the color, you’ll either be really pissed at your hair for several weeks or be forced to go to the salon for an expensive fix.
- You’ll need a new toothbrush, a small bowl for pouring the peroxide into, and a comb with a parting tool on one end to separate minute strands of hair. You’ll also want 5-10 butterfly clips to section off your hair. This is the best way to get an even, professional-looking dye job without paying big bucks! You can unclip each section, then reclip as your work through your head.
- Avoid skin. Large amounts of hydrogen peroxide that have prolonged contact with skin can irritate or burn the skin. A few drips here and there, however, should not have a harmful effect. (Hydrogen peroxide is used to disinfect wounds, after all.)
- First application. Grab a new toothbrush and dip it into a small bowl of hydrogen peroxide. With a comb that has a pointer parting tool at one end, grab a few strands of hair. Err on the side of fewer strands of hair. Think of taking only a very thing wedge amongst your head of hair. You don’t want your dye job to look clumpy. And you don’t want drastic color changes, which will make your highlights look very unnatural. On second thought, maybe that is the look you’re going for. (See below for dyeing your entire head of hair.)
- Apply heat (optional). Heating your hair with peroxide in it will speed the process. This is optional and if you are not sure how the peroxide is going to affect your hair, I’d hold off on using heat.
- Rinse with cold. Cold water will do the best job of getting the peroxide out and won’t further dry out your hair. Air dry as heat will further dry out your hair.
- Each day, follow the above steps to highlight your hair with peroxide. If you are doing your entire head (tips below) wait a week between dye jobs. Slow progress is better for your hair than an intense dye job, which can have disastrous effects on your hair color and quality.
- Enjoy the slow transformation of your hair color. You won’t get sandy blond hair overnight, which is a good thing. Depending on the starting color of your hair, past hair treatments including dye jobs or straightening jobs, and your hair texture, the 3% hydrogen peroxide solution will affect your hair uniquely. So, a slow transformation empowers you to stop at any time if you’re unhappy with the results. See below for what color peroxide will turn your hair.
HOW TO DYE ALL OF YOUR HAIR WITH PEROXIDE
- Read the steps in the section above “Before you dye your hair with hydrogen peroxide”
- Full head, slowly. Once you’ve experimented with very slow application to your hair and are happy with the way your hair reacts, dye your entire head of hair slowly with hydrogen peroxide Grab a small spray bottle and fill half with peroxide and half with water. Spritz your hair a few times every morning. You don’t want your hair to be wet or even damp. Just a few spritzes and that’s it. This is a quick and easy way to get an overall lightening effect but if you put too much in your hair, the peroxide will damage it. Since the peroxide spritz will cover your entire head, don’t expect highlights, but a lighter color everywhere. If you opt to put more than a few spritzes in your hair, see “Full head, fast.”
- Full head, fast. Grab an empty, clean bottle, mix a half cup of peroxide with a half cup of conditioner, then apply to your hair, taking care not to get any onto your face, hands, or skin. Use gloves. Watch this video (one of the better ones I’ve seen while researching this post) during which a girl mixes peroxide with baking soda, shampoo and conditioner, then rubs the gunk all over her hair to dye her entire head of hair a few shades lighter. The results are noticeable, and beautiful.
AFTER YOU DYE YOUR HAIR WITH PEROXIDE
- Massage rich conditioner into your hair. Don’t skimp! The dye will dry out your hair, and depending on how long you left it in, will really need special treatment. Leave on a bit longer than usual, then rinse.
- Skip washes. Shampooing your hair strips it of its natural oils, further drying your hair. Shampoo as infrequently as possible, and use dry powder shampoo when you need to clean it.
- Limit heat. Use a hair dryer, hot curlers, or a straightening iron no more than once a week. Your hair needs to stay as hydrated as possible during and after the dye process, so embrace air drying for now.
- Restore shine. Give your hair an olive oil treatment or a mayo treatment to get your shiny hair back.
- Olive oil treatment. Massage warm olive oil into your hair and scalp until your entire head of hair is moist with olive oil. Wrap your hair in a towel and let it sit for a couple of hours. Wash out with shampoo and conditioner, then enjoy your shiny hair!
- Mayo treatment. Like the olive oil treatment, you can make your hair shiny with a mayonnaise treatment. Massage 1/2 cups of mayonnaise into your hair (more if you have a LOT of hair). Wrap your mayo-y head in a plastic shower cap, then grab your hair dryer and apply heat until your head is warm (a few minutes). You can also pull on a wool cap to heat up your hair. Once warm, turn off your hair dryer and let it sit for at least one hour. The very warm mayonnaise makes your hair very shiny.
OTHER NATURAL HAIR DYES TO LIGHTEN YOUR HAIR COLOR
- If you’re unhappy with the way peroxide reacts to your hair, or you want a more natural method of highlighting your hair, try squeezing lemon juice into your hair and sitting in the sun. This is a slow, gradual process to lighten and maintain a lighter hair color. Squeeze in enough juice to make your hair very damp, then sit in the sun for one hour. Condition or use one of the restorative treatments below as the juice will really dry out your hair. Repeat regularly.
- Cinnamon and honey and olive oil really do work!
- Henna (no surprise there!)
- Chamomile or black tea
- Baking soda
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lots of sunshine!