10 Easy Ways To Get Wavy Hair

What comes to mind when we say ‘beach bum’? A beautiful sun kissed girl with gorgeous wavy hair as a result of the sea salt laden air. Who hasn’t dreamt of having relaxed looking hair like that? We sure have! So, we scoured the internet to look for ways to get those gorgeous waves in your hair in the most effortless ways possible.

 

  1. Princess Leia Buns Technique

The force will surely be with you when you embark on this journey to get wavy hair. All you need to do is roll up your hair into 2 buns (a la Princess Leia) and you will end up with the hair of your dreams the next morning!

What You Need:

  • Hair brush
  • Anti-frizz serum
  • Bobby pins

How To Style:

  1. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your hair while it is still damp.
  2. Apply anti-frizz serum to your hair to prevent it from frizzing up as it dries.
  3. Part your hair down the middle.
  4. Pick up a 2-inch section of hair from right near the left side of your parting.
  5. Start twisting it while adding more and more hair to it from both sides.
  6. Once this twisted section of hair has gone past your ear, twist the hair the rest of the way down until the very end.
  7. Roll this twisted hair into a bun and pin it down behind your ear. You could also use some hair elastics to further secure it in place.
  8. Repeat the same process on the right side.
  9. Sleep with these twisted buns in your hair overnight.
  10. Next morning, open up your buns and shake your hair out.
  11. Rub a little bit of Argan oil all over your wavy hair to give it some shine.

 

  1. The Hair Knotting Technique

What You Need:

  • Hair brush
  • Claw clips or double prong clips
  • Hairspray

How To Style:

  1. Brush out all knots and tangles from your damp hair.
  2. Grab a 3 inch section of hair from the front and create a loop with it near the roots.
  3. Pull the tail end of the hair through the loop, but not all the way through.
  4. Clip this knotted section of hair to your head.
  5. Create such knots with all your hair.
  6. Leave the knots in for a few hours until your hair dries.
  7. Spritz on some hairspray before opening the knots.
  8. Brush out your hair to give your waves a softer look.

 

  1. Twisted Crown Technique

What You Need:

  • Bobby pins
  • U-pins
  • Light hold hairspray

How To Style:

  1. Part your damp hair down the middle and divide it into 2 sections, one on each side.
  2. Simply twist the hair on your left, right until the very ends.
  3. Place this twisted hair across the crown of your head and pin it behind your right ear.
  4. Insert more bobby pins and U-pins to further secure it in place.
  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 on the right side.
  6. Keep these crown twist in your hair overnight.
  7. Spritz on some light hold hairspray over your hair before unraveling it and shaking out the waves.

 

  1. The Scarf Technique

What You Need:

How To Style:

  1. Spritz on texturizing spray all over your damp hair.
  2. Tie a hair elastic just a couple of inches above the ends of your hair.
  3. Tie a knot at the center point of your scarf.
  4. Hold your scarf behind your head and flip the end of your ponytail over it.
  5. Start rolling the scarf towards your head while wrapping your hair around it.
  6. When you have reached the roots of your hair, tie the end of the scarf at the top of your head.
  7. Sleep with this wrapped up hair overnight and remove it in the morning to get gorgeous wavy hair.

 

  1. The Straightened Braids Technique

What You Need:

How To Style:

  1. Starting out with dry hair, tie all your hair into several braids, depending on how thick and long your hair is.
  2. Loosen your braids to make them as flat as possible.
  3. Clamp down your straightening iron at the very top of your first braids and hold it there for a few seconds.
  4. Then move down your braid a little, clamp your iron down again, and hold it there for a few seconds.
  5. Keep repeating this until you’ve reached the end of your braid.
  6. Repeat this procedure with all your braids.
  7. Spray on some light hold hairspray before opening your braids.
  8. Shake out your hair to create more volume in your waves.

 

  1. The Hair Scrunching Technique

What You Need:

  • Volumizing mousse
  • Towel

How To Style:

  1. Apply a dollop of volumizing mousse to your hair right after you step out of the shower.
  2. Towel dry your hair as much as possible.
  3. Bend your head forward so that your hair falls in front of you.
  4. Now start scrunching your hair from the ends by balling it up in your hands and squeezing it for a few seconds.
  5. Keep doing this every 10 minutes until your hair completely dries.

 

  1. The Snake Braiding Technique

What You Need:

How To Style

  1. Brush out your damp hair to remove all knots and tangles.
  2. Flip all your hair forward, in front of your head.
  3. From near your left ear, at the nape of your neck, start Dutch braiding your hair in a horizontal manner.
  4. To do so, pick up a 2-inch section of hair and divide it into 3 strands.
  5. Braid this hair by flipping the side strands under the middle strand and adding more hair to the braid with each subsequent strand.
  6. Once your Dutch braid has reached near your right ear, change your pattern and continue braiding in the opposite direction.
  7. Keep braiding this way so that all your hair is braided in a ‘snake’ pattern.
  8. Once you’ve run out of hair to add to the braid, simple braid the rest of the hair down. Pin this tail of your braid to your head.
  9. Leave this ‘snake’ braid in until your hair is dry.
  10. Spritz on some hairspray before opening your braid.
  11. Brush out your hair to reveal gorgeous, wavy hair.

 

  1. The Fishtail Braid Technique

What You Need:

How To Style:

  1. Spray texturizing spray all over your almost-dry hair.
  2. Split your hair into 2 sections.
  3. Take a thin section of hair from the outer side of your left section and add it to the inner side of your right section.
  4. Take a thin section of hair from the outer side of your right section and add it to the inner side of your left section.
  5. Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 alternately until you reach the end of your braid, then secure it with a hair elastic.
  6. Sleep in with this braid overnight.
  7. Next morning, open your braid and shake out your hair to unravel your waves.

 

  1. The Friar Tuck Technique

What You Need:

  • Hair brush
  • Sea salt spray
  • Elasticated headband
  • Silk scarf
  • Dry shampoo

How To Style:

  1. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your dry hair.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Dampen your hair by spritzing on sea salt spray over it.
  4. Put on your headband in such a way that it lies across your forehead, and all your hair lies under it.
  5. Pick up a 2-inch section of hair from your left side, flip it up and tuck it under the headband.
  6. Now add more hair to that section and flip and tuck it the same way.
  7. Keep repeating steps 5 and 6 until your reach the back of your head.
  8. Then repeat the whole tucking procedure on the right side.
  9. Tie a silk scarf around your hair to prevent it from frizzing and leave it on overnight.
  10. Next morning, remove all your hair from the headband and brush out your tangles.
  11. Finish off by spritzing on some dry shampoo to give your waves more hold.

 

  1. The Flat Iron Technique

What You Need:

  • Dry shampoo
  • Flat Iron
  • Sea salt spray
  • Light hold hairspray

How To Style:

  1. Start off by spraying dry shampoo at the roots of your hair.
  2. Section off the top half of your hair.
  3. With a flat iron, curl the lower half of the loose hair at the bottom.
  4. Unclip the hair on top and repeat the previous step.
  5. Spritz on some sea salt spray and scrunch your hair with your hands to give your waves some more texture.
  6. Finish off with some hairspray to prevent your waves from unraveling through the day.

 

Ref: www.stylecraze.com

Surprising Uses For Your Beard Oil

A quality beard oil can be an amazing, versatile product that does much more than enhance your beard. Below are some of our favorite unconventional uses for your premium beard oil.

 

  1. Overnight Beard Mask

A beard mask is an intensive treatment for dry and damaged beards and using your beard oil as a beard mask is super easy.

Shower before bedtime and pat your beard dry. Then, apply at least double the amount of beard oil you’d typically use. Finally, rinse out with cool water upon waking in the morning

 

  1. Pre-Shave Oil

As the name implies, pre-shave oil is used before applying shaving cream/shaving. They provide protection against razor burn; soften your stubble resulting in a smoother, more comfortable shave; help “lift” the whiskers thereby promoting a closer shave; and moisturize your skin. Your face will feel soft and smooth after shaving

Remember, not all oils are created equal. Cheaper beard oils tend to clog your pores (and razor) when applied directly to the skin.

Shower or rinse your face with warm water to open up your pores and towel dry. Then, dispense a few pumps of beard oil into your hand, rub together and massage into the area to be shaved. Apply shaving cream on top and shave as usual.

 

  1. Cuticle Oil

Say what now? We know, this might be a new one to you. A cuticle oil is applied to your nails/skin resulting in softer, healthier and less brittle nails. If you work with your hands/wash them frequently, give this a try. You’ll find your nails catching on fabric far less and your cuticles will no longer be a flakey, white mess at the base of your nails.

Wash and dry your hands. Then apply a few drops of beard oil and massage into your nails and skin. You’ll notice a difference the next morning, but for maximum benefit, consistency is key.

 

  1. Hair Conditioner

A little goes a long way – warm a drop or two in your palms, then work it through your hair, massaging it into your scalp. You’ll notice that your hair is not only softer and shinier, but also more manageable. Argan oil also stimulates circulation, so your hair growth will get a boost, too. (This same circulation-stimulating property applies when you use argan oil in your beard).

It’s also great for taming hair on the fly: if you’ve got frizz or flyaways, rub half a drop of beard oil over your trouble spots.

 

  1. Hair Mask

A hair mask is a deep conditioning treatment that helps heal dry and damaged hair.

Wash and towel dry your hair. Dispense desired amount of beard oil into your hands and rub together. Then, massage the oil into your hair, working it in root to tip. For added effectiveness, wrap (or place) a warm towel over your hair to speed absorption. Leave in for at least 20 minutes or sleep with it overnight. When done, rinse out excess oil with cool water and towel dry

 

  1. Moisturize Dry Skin

Rub a few drops wherever you feel chapped: on your face, elbows, cuticles, and nails. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, start with a tiny amount and only add more as needed, since applying too much oil can overwhelm your skin’s natural balance.

 

  1. Protect From Heat Styling

If you blow dry your hair into an undercut or quiff, this one’s for you. Instead of using a hairstyling product loaded with chemicals, try beard oil. Distribute 2 – 3 drops of beard oil through your hair. The oil will coat your hair shaft, protecting your strands from heat damage.

 

  1. Use In An Essential Oil Diffuser

You can literally turn your Beard Oil into a subtle room fragrance. Place a few drops into an essential oil diffuser to spread your favorite scent all around your house.

 

  1. As A Household Lubricant

In a pinch, beard oil can fix a squeaky hinge, wheel, or door that refuses to slide. Just try not to use it all up on household fixes.

Hair Braiding For Beginners

Some of us are more gifted in the hair department than others, and while your best friend can create an upside-down French-braid bun in the time it takes you to google “how to braid,” you may need a little bit of extra help. And that’s where we come in.

From a waterfall braid to a chain braid to a good ol’ French braid we are here to show you exactly how to master braiding. Don’t worry, you’ve got this.

FRENCH BRAIDS

  1. Brush your hair with a boar-bristle paddle brush until it’s smooth (or if you have curly hair, try gently finger-detangling to avoid destroying your curl pattern).
  2. Then, using a rat-tail comb or your fingers, section off the triangle of hair from your forehead to the crown of your head.
  3. Split the section into three pieces and three-strand braid them, making sure to incorporate more hair from each side of your head each time you cross the hair over.
  4. Continue braiding and feeding in sections until you reach the ends, then tie off with an elastic.

 

DUTCH BRAIDS

  1. To create this inverted, inside-out French braid, follow steps 1 and 2 from above (brush or detangle, then section off a triangle of hair).
  2. Here’s where the difference comes in: Instead of crossing sections of hair over one another and into the middle while braiding (mime it with your hands right now; you’ll see what I mean), you’re going to reverse the direction and cross your sections underneath each other, pulling from the inside out. This will create that popped-out finish that makes Dutch braids so noticeable.

 

ROPE BRAIDS

  1. Brush your hair back into a ponytail, tying off with an elastic.
  2. Rub a dab of pomade between your fingertips (it’ll help keep stray hairs in place while you work), then split the ponytail in two sections, then twist each section inward in the same direction.
  3. Then, cross and twist the two sections together, securing the ends with an elastic band. Mist the rope braid with hairspray to keep it locked in place.

 

FISHTAIL BRAIDS

  1. After detangling or combing your hair, divide it into pigtails. Clip one section out of the way while you work to make it easier.
  2. Split your hair in half, gripping both sections in each hand. Then, with your pointed finger, pull a small piece of hair from the outside of the left section and cross it over, joining it on the inside of the right section.
  3. Repeat on the other side, pulling a piece of hair from the outside of the right section and crossing it over to the inside of the left section.
  4. Keep braiding to the ends, then secure your fishtail braid with an elastic. Unclip the other half of your hair and repeat until you have two fishtail braids.
  5. Then, fatten up the braids by tugging on the edges of the fishtails for an intentionally undone look.

 

FRENCH FISHTAIL BRAIDS

  1. Unless you were #blessed with curly hair, curl your hair first to give your hair some added texture and grip. Pro tip: Mist on some hair spray before and after you curl for even more hold.
  2. Next, create a deep part over the arch of one eyebrow, then divide your hair in half down the middle.
  3. French-braid each side of your hair, clipping the braids in place when you reach the nape of your neck.
  4. Undo the clips and three-strand braid the two sections together twice—just two passes to join them together, before switching to a fishtail braid.
  5. Fishtail braid the rest of your hair together, tying off the ends with an elastic.

 

HALO CROWN BRAIDS

  1. Part your hair down the center with your fingers or a comb.
  2. Starting at the nape of your neck on your left side, Dutch-braid your hair (like you did earlier) up and around the side of your head. Yes, you’ll have to really tilt your head to the side for this, so we highly recommend clipping one side of your hair up and out of the way while you work.
  3. Once you reach your temple, continue Dutch-braiding across your hairline and back down the other side of your head. Tie off the ends with an elastic.
  4. Tuck the secured ends under the braid, pinning it in place. Boom—halo braid.

 

WATERFALL BRAIDS

  1. After center-parting your hair (or you can do a little off to the side, if you’re not a middle-part person), begin French-braiding your hair from your hairline to your temple.
  2. Next, while still holding your three sections, continue French-braiding, but instead of crossing the outer piece (the one nearest your face, rather than the ceiling), drop it. Yup, literally just drop it down with the rest of your hair, so you’re only holding two sections now.
  3. Then continue the French-braid part: Grab another section of hair from your hairline, add it to your braid like normal, and braid it. But when it comes time to cross that outer section over, just drop it. Basically, you’re only French-braiding one half of the section.
  4. Continue braiding until you reach the back of your head, then repeat on the other side. Join the two sections in back, pinning in place.

 

CHAINLINK BRAIDS

  1. Secure your hair into a low ponytail, then wrap and pin a piece of hair around your elastic so it looks polished.
  2. Then split your ponytail into four sections (to make this easy, label them in your head as one, two, three, four from left to right).
  3. Take the third section and cross it over the second section, then take the fourth section and cross it under the second and third sections, and then over the third section. Next, drop the second piece and bring the first section under the third and fourth pieces.
  4. Continue this sequence until you’ve reached the ends, then secure with a hair tie.

 

BRAIDED BUNS

  1. Create two Dutch braids on each side of your part, braiding all the way to the ends before tying them off with an elastic.
  2. Crisscross them at the back of your head, then clip them up and out of the way while you work on the bun portion.
  3. Braid the rest of your loose hair into a regular three-strand braid and wrap it in a bun, bobby-pinning it in place. Finally, wrap the two crisscrossed braids around the first bun and pin it into place.

 

SPIRAL BRAIDS

  1. Scoop up half your hair (like you’re creating a half-up ponytail), and starting on the side of your crown, begin French-braiding counterclockwise across the front of your hairline.
  2. Continue braiding down the left side of your head and around the nape of your neck, guiding the braid up and into the space on the crown of your head to create a spiral.
  3. Finish by tucking the ends of your hair into the braid along your hairline to conceal it.

 

FRENCH SIDE BRAIDS

  1. As you can tell, this braid is all about major volume. So, unless you’ve already got thick, voluminous texture, start by curling your hair and teasing it at the hairline and crown to create major volume.
  2. Then, pull your hair over your shoulder and French-braid it, leaving out the layers and flyaways around your face to soften the look.
  3. Continue braiding to the ends, securing it with an elastic band and a coat of hair spray.

 

FISHTAIL FLOWER BRAIDS

  1. Center-part your hair, then, on each side of your part, create two thin fishtail braids, braiding to the middle of each section.
  2. Wrap your tiny fishtail braids into a bun and bobby-pin them in place.
  3. Then, take a new, loose piece of hair from underneath the bun and fishtail-braid it all the way to the ends, securing it with an elastic band.

 

BOHO BRAIDS

  1. Pick up a small section of hair a few inches back from your hairline and three-strand braid it, securing the ends with a hair tie.
  2. Next, an inch back from the first braid, French braid a larger section of hair and secure with an elastic band, letting it hang loosely.
  3. Finally, take all your hair (including the braids), split it in half, and rope braid everything together, tying off the ends with an elastic.

 

LOBSTER TAIL BRAIDS

  1. Grab a section of hair from the nape of your neck and braid it (secure the ends with an elastic), leaving the rest of your hair hanging loosely over your opposite shoulder.
  2. Then, take the remaining hair and wrap it under and over your braid, creating a coiled, piecey effect, until you’ve reached the hair tie.
  3. Tuck the wrapped hair into the elastic and voilà! Lobster tail braid.

 

UPSIDE-DOWN FRENCH BRAID BUNS

  1. Flip your head over and French-braid from the nape of your neck to just below the crown of your head.
  2. Secure the braid with a hair tie, then wrap the hair around the base of the elastic and pin it into place. Boom: a gorgeous, unconventional bun.

 

DUTCH BRAID PIG TAILS

  1. Part your hair down the center of your head, then clip one section up and out of the way.
  2. With your loose hair, create a Dutch braid from your hairline down to the nape of your neck, securing with an elastic. Repeat on the other side.
  3. Cover the elastics by wrapping a piece of hair around each hair tie, sliding a bobby pin through the elastic to keep it in place.

 

SKELETON BRAIDS

  1. Section off a three-inch strip of hair down the center of your head (use clips to hold the side of your hair down and out of the way).
  2. Dutch-braid the strip until you reach just below the crown of your head, tying off the braid with an elastic.
  3. Unclip the sides of your hair and braid them on top of your already braided strip, partially covering the braid so it peeks through.
  4. Incorporate the rest of your hair and three-strand braid it until you reach the ends. Secure with an elastic.

 

 

Ref: www.cosmopolitan.com

 

How To Tell If Your Scalp Is Healthy

Healthy hair starts at the root, and that includes giving VIP treatment to our largest organ: skin. A nourished scalp means happy skin and healthier, faster growing strands. So how can you tell if your scalp is healthy?

The Ideal Scalp pH Level

Our skin’s pH level is between the range of 4.2 to 6.5 . Most women show greater variation in pH to men. A pH level of 2 is very acidic and a level of 12 is very alkaline. A good shampoo will be balanced at 5.5 pH, the ideal level for the scalp. A healthy scalp means healthy hair, and that is a barometer to your overall health. If your hair is limp, dry, not growing, or falling out there is something going on with your health.

Symptoms of an Unhealthy Scalp

When you’re feeling like your hair is falling out, your scalp is itchy, your hair texture has changed, your scalp is always oily, or you cannot control the flakiness, it’s time to see a trichologist. A huge misconception is that a dry scalp is the cause of flakes or itching but in fact this common condition is often seen in people with oily skin and scalp. You’ll know when it’s time to see a trichologist if you can’t go without washing your hair every day, and by the end of the day your hair looks lanky and is stuck to the head. This is caused by over-active sebaceous glands, known as Seborroeic Dermatitis. Seborroeic Dermatitis can be corrected by the use of a scalp balancing mask, although it may be the cause of a hormonal imbalance. So, your first stop is a trichologist then an OBGYN. Seborroeic Dermatitis as well as scalp psoriasis, an uncomfortable itching or burning sensation, are conditions that often need medication to treat, but a change in diet can be helpful in combating the effects.

Causes

Wearing the same hat too often, stress, diet, hormones and not shampooing your scalp enough are all causes of an itchy, flaky, or irritated scalp. Shower water temperature does not affect the pH of your scalp. If the temperature is too hot, however, it can be harmful and if too cold, might not clean the hair well.

If you’re using lots of hair and scalp products, like dry shampoo, colored powder, heavy oil, and leaving them to build up for a week or more then you’re running the risk of your follicles getting so clogged up that a nasty skin reaction on the scalp will form. In extreme cases, the hair will start to fall out. This is why it’s very important to keep your scalp healthy. Avoid any harsh soaps that leave hair feeling dry and formulas that contain silicones as they coat the hair shaft and over time lead to product build up.

When the scalp feels tight and sore, the style you’re wearing—a tight pony tail, tight extra-long braids, extra-long hair extensions—can be to blame. To make the problem go away stop doing all of above, and see how your scalp feeling in a few days’ time. If your scalp reaction isn’t the cause of color/bleach or a shampoo then it’s time to see a trichologist to determine what the underlining problem is.

Solutions to a Healthy Scalp

While it’s very rare that a flaky scalp will cause hair loss, if there is excessive itchiness and flakiness that is left untreated, it can lead to hair loss in extreme conditions. When you notice that your head is itchy for a few days, change your shampoo right away. Shampoo your scalp very well with a medicated shampoo. If this does not correct the problem then book an appointment with a trichologist to get a professional opinion.

As for shampooing correctly, it’s important to thoroughly wet your hair as it will allow you to use less shampoo. Using warm water, run your fingers through your hair as the water is flowing over it, then pour a quarter-size shampoo into the palm of your hand, rub hands together to get product all over hands then place both hands onto your wet scalp and hair. Massage the shampoo well into the scalp then rinse and repeat if necessary. I know many like the feeling, but it’s not a good idea to scratch the scalp with your fingernails as it can cause irritation. Instead, massage the scalp with your fingertips. Small circler movements will do the trick.

The brushes you use can also affect the health of your scalp. The round brushes are very light to handle and made with natural boar bristles. These are by far the very best to blow your hair out with as they do not rip the hair, and add a wonderful shine.

 

 

 

Ref: www.theouai.com