With the right maintenance and care, your tools will work, and keep your hair looking good, for many years to come.
Take your blow drier and take a look at the back where the vent is. See that? That’s lint…and dirt. Most likely completely covering the filter. Unless yours is brand new or recently cleaned, a clogged-up blow dryer is something a lot of us are guilty of. All this built up dirt and lint blocks the ventilation a blow dryer needs to work properly and safely.
Step 1: Remove the back cover (it usually easily twists off – if not, consult your instructions manual).
Step 2: Take out the filter and clean it out with some small tools (Q-tips, toothbrush, toothpick, tweezers, etc.). Then, rinse with warm water and let it dry completely. If you do not see a way to get to your filter on your blow dryer refer to your instructions manual on how you can clean it.
Step 3: While that’s drying, give your blow dryer some love and rub down the nozzle and body with a damp cloth to clean any build-up of hair products.
Don’t let the sticky product buildup on your curlers and flat irons burn your hair and cause split ends! To keep your hot tools in great condition, it’s important to clean them well in order to get rid of that residue.
Make sure they are unplugged before starting. Moisten a cloth with water and rub over the surfaces over and over again to get rid of as much buildup as possible. If water doesn’t work, add a little rubbing alcohol (or a professional iron cleaner, if you’d like). Dry the hot tool entirely before using.
Tip #1: the product buildup comes off easier when the hot tools are warm (not hot). To achieve this, plug the tool in for a few seconds and remember to unplug before starting to clean.
Tip #2: Remember to never submerge your curlers and straighteners in water – this is both dangerous and will ruin your iron.
Think about what gets stuck in your hair brush (other than hair, of course): dust, hair spray, oils from your scalp, other product residue, germs, other random particles flying around. Now think about what happens when you don’t clean it for weeks! Do you really want to brush all that onto your freshly washed hair? We don’t think so.
Step 1: Take any long, thin tool (rat tail comb or a pair of closed scissors), slide it under all the stuck hair in the brush, and gently tug upwards until it’s loosened out of the bristles. Of course, if there isn’t that much hair, you can easily pull out whatever is left with your hand, after each time you brush your hair.
Step 2: Now onto the washing. Fill up the sink with warm water and splash some cleansing shampoo. Either let it soak for a bit, or take an old toothbrush and gently get rid of the buildup at the base of the brush or comb.
Step 3: Done! All clean. Either let the hair brushes air dry, or use a blow drier for a faster result. Some brushes may take longer to dry, so perhaps it’s a good idea to leave them to dry overnight.
Remember your headbands, hair ties, scrunchies, and hair clips! They also have hair product buildup, as well as potential sweat and pollution from the outside. Once in a while, throw them all in the sink with warm water and a few drops of shampoo. Gently rub each accessory and then dry them on a towel.
Remember, the better you care for your hair tools, the better they care for your hair!
A gorgeous blowout is a like a work of art. The look appears effortless, but behind the smooth, shiny locks is a great deal of technique that probably took a lot of time and practice to perfect.
If you’ve ever tried to give yourself a salon-quality blowout at home only to stop midway through out of fatigue and frustration, take heart. This seemingly elusive skill can be mastered. With a little patience and the right blowout tips, you’ll be able to get a salon-quality blowout from the comfort of your own vanity.
USE A COMFORTABLE HAIR DRYER
A hair dryer doesn’t need to be a big splurge. The most important quality in a hair dryer is how comfortable it feels in your grip. Next, make sure it comes with a tapered nozzle attachment and a cool setting like our V3600 and V3800 professional blow dryers.
FIND THE CORRECT SIZE ROUND BRUSH
The right size round brush will depend on the length of your hair. The longer the hair, the bigger the round brush. For short hair, try a 1.5-2” brush; for medium: 1.5-3”; for long: 3-5”.
BEGIN WITH BLOWOUT FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
The perfect blowout begins in the shower. Wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo. Then, apply a light conditioner, like our Rejuvenating Argan Oil infused conditioner, to only your ends to avoid weighing hair down.
Apply a heat-protectant like our Rejuvenating Argan Oil infused hair serum, which can help protect hair from heat damage. Next, apply a volumizing mousse to your roots that provides flexible hold and body.
PRE-DRY YOUR HAIR TO CUT DOWN ON BLOW DRYING TIME AND BUILD BODY
Using your fingers, lift a section from the top of your head and pull it taught. If you have thick or coarse hair, use the hottest setting on your drying. If your hair texture is medium or fine, use the medium heat setting.
Using the full-speed heat option, direct the heat towards your roots, where you want the most volume. Repeat until your hair is between 30-70% dry (those with curlier textures will want less pre-drying while those with straighter textures can get away with more).
DRY IN SECTIONS
Use clips to separate hair into four sections: One at the crown, one on each side, and one in the back. Sections may be subdivided or customized depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
• From each section, take a 1½” portion of hair.
• Pull it taught with a round brush using 1/4″ turns of the brush.
• Gently pull the hair up as you dry; avoid pulling hair down. (This builds volume).
• Use the hottest setting on your dryer if you have very thick or coarse hair. Use the medium heat setting otherwise.
• The dryer may be switched to its lower speed setting if that option is available.
• Keep the airflow parallel to the section being dried. (Use the dryer nozzle attachment to avoid roughing up the hair cuticle and creating
• Repeat drying steps with each portion of hair until completely dry.
• Set each dry portion with a blast of cool air.
MISTAKE TO AVOID
Over-twisting the brush.
Avoid completely twisting the brush near your scalp. This can create unfortunate tangles. To catch your hair on the brush, do a small quarter-inch turn. Holding your hair taught with the brush, bring the brush down to the midlengths of the hair and then begin turning.
Holding the dryer too close.
Hold the dryer at least one inch above the hair. Pressing the dryer nozzle against hair can cause dryness and damage.
Going too fast. Patience is key!
For a sleek, no-frizz blowout, hair must by completely dry. Furthermore, being slow and methodical will allow you more control over the final outcome of the style.
Still trying to get those sexy, beachy waves? Here are some tips to help teach you how to master the wave.
GET THE RIGHT HAIR CUT
We all know that thick, blunt, and/or split ends won’t hold a curl, but did you know the kind of cut you have makes a difference, too? Make sure to ask your stylist to strategically cut long layers around your face, and only add subtle layers to the back of your hair for volume.
SKIP THE SHAMPOO
It’s no secret that dirty hair is easier to style, but making your hair look fresh after skipping a hair wash takes skill.
ADD SOME TEXTURE
One of the most helpful tricks to get your hair to hold a style is to give it some volume, which is a lot easier to do than you may think. If you’re working with unwashed hair, simply spray some dry shampoo and – BAM! – you’ve given it a little ooompf, while also removing any excess grease from your roots. On those days when you simply CANNOT skip the shampoo, try using a volumizing mousse before you blow-dry your hair.
DO NOT BLOW-DRY YOUR HAIR UPSIDE DOWN
It’s an old wives’ myth to blow-dry your hair upside down to give it added body. Instead, it’s better to tilt your head to the side and roughly blow-dry it with a paddle brush.
GET OUT THE LARGE, ROUND BRUSH
Once your hair is about 80% dry, section it off into 3 layers and finish drying it with a large, round brush. You don’t need to spend a lot of time on this part of the styling process since the goal isn’t to straighten the hair. All you want to do is give it a smooth look and make sure it is completely dry before you get out the flat iron or curling iron.
APPLY A HEAT PROTECTOR
Regardless of what kind of coating you have on your flat iron or curling iron, you MUST apply a heat protector to your hair to ensure you don’t damage it.
CURL IN SECTIONS
To get beach waves, divide hair into 3 sections, and curl from the bottom up. Make sure to apply your heat protector to each layer, and spray a bit of hairspray to ensure the curl holds.
Of course, working with layers can be tricky as you don’t want to accidentally brush or ruin a fresh set of curls, so when you’re finished curling each layer, spray it lightly with a little more hairspray and pin it in place before letting down the next layer of hair.
To make your style look more natural, ensure to curl the front sections of your hair AWAY from your face, and then alternate the direction of each subsequent section. For beachy waves, try to curl in 1-inch sections, but you can increase or decrease this depending on how tight or lose you want your curls to be.
CURL ALL THE WAY TO YOUR SCALP
Curls tend to loosen as the day progresses, so if you start with a tighter curl, your look will last longer. If you find your curls are too tight, and they aren’t loosening to your satisfaction, all you need to do is rub a REALLY SMALL amount of shine serum to your hands and lightly run your fingers through your curls and pull them down to open them up a little bit.
Hair growth can occur due to hormonal changes or it may be caused by genetics. If you’re bothered by the hair that grows on your face, follow these tips to remove unwanted facial hair:
Shaving is one of the fastest and easiest ways to remove hair. Whether you’re using a disposable shaver or an electric shaver, both have a built-in blade that lifts and cuts hair at the skin’s surface. Shavers can work on different parts of the body however, the results aren’t permanent or long-lasting. Your face will remain hair-free for one to three days, and then you’ll have to re-shave.
Keep in mind that while this method is relatively safe, ingrown hairs can be a side effect of shaving. These small bumps develop when hair grows back into the skin. Ingrown hairs usually improve on their own within days.
Tweezing is another effective and inexpensive way to remove facial hair. This method works slightly differently than shaving. Instead of removing hair with a razor blade, tweezers are designed to pluck or pull hair from the roots.
Tweezing works on any facial hair. It’s particularly useful when shaping the eyebrows. Typically, the results of tweezing last longer than shaving — up to three to eight weeks.
Be sure to disinfect your tweezers with alcohol before and after plucking. Like shaving, tweezing can also cause ingrown hairs.
Epilation is another option for removing facial hair. This technique can eliminate hair for up to four weeks, which might be a better choice if you’re busy and don’t want to regularly shave or tweeze.
Epilators work similar to tweezing and shaving. The difference is that epilators eliminate facial hair by grabbing multiple hairs at the same time and removing them from the root. Because hair is removed from the root, it takes longer to grow back. Sometimes, epilation results in hairs growing back softer and finer. Strands may become less noticeable.
You may only think of epilators when removing hair from the legs or from larger areas of the body. But epilators come in multiple sizes, making them ideal for eliminating hair on all parts of the body.
You don’t have to prepare your skin when using an epilator. However, exfoliating a couple of days before helps soften the skin and reduce the risk of ingrown hairs.
Waxing is an effective way to remove all the hair in an area. There are two different types of waxing kits: wax strips that you warm between your hands before applying and
wax that’s melted in a warmer and then applied to the area with a stick. When you’re shopping for wax, look for soft wax, or wax that’s formulated for using on the face. Hard wax is better for your legs and bikini area.
If you choose wax that needs to be warmed at home, purchase a wax warmer. A wax warmer will heat the wax evenly and allow you better control over the temperature. Also, make sure to purchase plenty of waxing sticks to only use each stick once. “Double-dipping” can introduce bacteria into the wax and may cause a skin infection.
Before you wax, do a patch test on your skin to see if you develop an allergic reaction, and to make sure the wax is the right temperature. The wax shouldn’t feel uncomfortably hot. It should easily glide over your skin.
AT-HOME LASER HAIR REMOVAL
The main problem with many hair removal methods is that results are temporary or only last a few weeks. For longer results, consider laser hair removal. This method uses a laser and pulsating beams to damage hair follicles, resulting in the loss of hair. It’s a semi-permanent solution — hair grows back after about six months. Sometimes, hair never grows back. If hair returns, it may be finer and unnoticeable.
Laser hair removal can be expensive. Achieving desired results typically requires multiple trips to a doctor or spa. If you want the benefits of laser hair removal without the expensive price tag, one option is buying an at-home laser hair removal kit. At-home treatments are cost-effective and convenient. You’re able to complete hair removal treatments around your schedule in the comfort of your home.
Laser hair removal can be performed anywhere on the face, such as the upper lip and chin. But you should avoid lasers when removing hair from around the eyelids and surrounding areas.
Depilatory creams are another option for facial hair removal. The results can last longer than shaving and these creams may be cheaper than waxing.
These creams have chemicals such as sodium, titanium dioxide, and barium sulfide, that breakdown proteins in hair, so that it easily dissolves and washes away. Although these ingredients are generally safe, there is a risk for reaction.
If it’s your first time using a depilatory cream, do a patch test first and apply a small amount of the cream to your skin. Signs of a reaction include skin redness, bumps, and itchiness. Wait at least 24 hours after a patch test before applying the cream over larger sections of your face.
Threading is another option for shaping eyebrows and removing unwanted facial hair on the upper lip, side of the face, and chin. This method uses a thread, which pulls and twists unwanted hair until it lifts from the hair follicle. The results can last longer than shaving or tweezing, plus this method doesn’t cause ingrown hairs.
Threading also doesn’t involve chemicals. So, there’s no risk of a skin reaction, although you may experience minor pain or discomfort as your technician removes hair from the follicles. To reduce pain, ask your technician to apply numbing cream to your face, or apply a warm compress afterward. This method of hair removal requires skill, so you’ll need to find a trained cosmetologist or esthetician.
Threading might not be an option if you have acne, as it can cause bumps to rupture.
If there’s time to be saved when getting ready in the morning, we want to know about it. So, to keep things quick (and maybe earn you some extra zzzz’s), we’ve pulled together expert tips and industry advice that will cut your hair styling time in half. From the tools to invest in to product picks, say hello to a longer snooze…
Condition & Comb
Here’s something we bet you didn’t know – conditioner not only smooths your strands but it can also help them dry faster, too. The silicones in conditioner coat each strand and seal it down, repelling water in the process. Keep a wide-tooth comb inside your shower and comb through when applying conditioner to ensure an even application.
Hit It Part Dry
No matter your hair type, blow drying from soaking wet is often unnecessary and can be a waste of time. Instead, let your hair partially air dry or rough dry your hair, using your fingers but no brush, until you reach the ‘conversion point’. This is the moment when hair starts to go from wet to dry, and when the new shape and texture get locked in. At this point, grab your brush and blow dry section by section.
Hit The Pillow
If you find your hair routine is eating up precious time in the morning, try washing your hair at night and letting it air dry as you sleep. This reduces heat exposure, which can dehydrate hair and also accelerates color fade. In the morning, use a styling cream and apply to any rough, frizzy sections and brush through with a flat brush. For very unruly areas, use a round brush and give hair a quick hit from the blow dryer to create a sleek, professional look.
You can also braid your hair and wake up with beautiful waves the next morning when you remove the braids.
Go Cold Turkey
Albeit more suited to the warmer summer months, air drying your hair will not only nurture strands in the long run but can emphasize your hair’s natural texture for a beachy, lived-in vibe.
Focus On Your Face
For those with unruly strands, going without heat isn’t always an option. If time is of the essence, make like the pros and focus your styling attention on the sections of hair around the face and the crown/top of the head. These are the crucial zones. By concentrating solely on these areas, you can create a polished look in a fraction of the time. The perfectly blow-dried hair on the top will fall over the frizzy, unruly hair beneath – so you’ll only be showing the smooth, silky top layer.
You don’t always have to shampoo your whole head to walk away feeling so fresh and so clean. When you’re tight on time skip the wash altogether and fake it with a spritz of dry shampoo. If your hair is clean but you just finished a sweaty workout, take the blow-dryer and blast your roots to dry up the sweat. Then spray dry shampoo into the roots to absorb oil and instantly look fresh and smell good again. You can also spritz your hair with dry shampoo at night to wake up with “fresh” bed head hair that looks good.
It may sound obvious, but investing in your dryer can make a huge difference – a less powerful, cheap or older model can take significantly longer to do the same job. When looking for a hairdryer, go for one with at least 1,800 watts of power and one that uses ion technology and ceramic heat. This will reduce frizz, static and heat damage as well as cutting down on drying time – like our V3600 Ionic Pro Blow Dryer or our V3800 Turbo Pro Blow Dryer. Both are easy to handle, lightweight and deliver performance that you can count on.
Argan oil comes from the fruit of the native Argan tree in Morocco. The fruit is so nutritious that goats climb the trees just to eat them. Inside of that fruit is the little nut from which Argan oil is produced. For centuries, dating back at least as far as 600 BC, people have relied upon this oil for healing as well as for enhancing beauty.
Natives of Morocco’s Argan Forest, which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1998, have pressed the nut to extract its precious oil, for use as a dietary supplement, wound healing, and to nourish the skin and hair.
What makes the oil so beneficial, is that it’s rich with vitamins A, C and E, as well as being loaded with antioxidants, linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids. When applied externally, it can help boost cell production which results in healthier skin and hair – that’s why you may have noticed that among the list of ingredients in high-end beauty products, Argan oil is often included.
How can Argan Oil help you have more beautiful hair?
- Eliminate dandruff and dry scalp
Argan oil is a great moisturizer and can be used to fight both dandruff and dry scalp as it’s extraordinarily high in vitamin E and antioxidants. The essential fatty acids in the oil are also believed to help reduce skin inflammation and prevent dryness.
Many people suffer from flakiness and dry scalp as they tend to shampoo with drying chemical agents without restoring it with moisture which it needs to stay healthy. If it’s neglected for too long, dandruff often results. And, if you have dandruff and use a medicated dandruff shampoo, not only is your body getting a hefty dose of chemical ingredients, but it will actually dry out both your scalp and hair more, adding to the problem over time.
Instead, use Argan oil on your scalp to reduce dryness and nourish your hair by warming 5 or 6 drops of the oil between your palms. Apply the warmed oil to your scalp and massage well, and then put on a shower cap and allow the oil to soak into the hair and scalp for at least a few hours, or ideally, overnight. Treating your scalp twice a week with the oil will help eliminate dandruff and dryness.
- Tame frizz, fly-aways, and repair split ends by using it as a leave-in conditioner
Our Revitalizing Argan Oil Serum can be used as a leave-in conditioner, to help prevent frizz and fly-aways, while also working to repair split ends.
Start with just a drop of the oil, warming it in your palms before spreading it throughout your hair with your fingers. Pay close attention to the ends of the hair. Afterward, add about 1/2 drop to your fingers and massage it into your scalp.
Most people experience immediate benefits by using Argan oil as a leave-in conditioner, it works incredibly well for promoting shine and gloss, taming frizz and leaving the hair softer and more manageable.
- Protect your hair from the heat of blow dryers and flat irons
Unlike many styling agents which can cause long term damage to hair due to the many chemicals contained within, Argan oil enriches the hair, nourishing it with nutrients and repairing damage.
Before using any styling tools, apply 2 to 3 drops of our Revitalizing Argan Oil Serum using your hand, palm first. Then use a brush or comb to distribute it evenly throughout your hair from roots to tips coating it with the oil to keep it protected from heat damage.
- Treat dry, brittle hair
Argan oil can be used as a very effective overnight deep conditioning treatment. If your hair is dry and brittle, once a week, treat it with the oil by warming 6 to 8 drops in your hands before massaging it into your scalp. Work it through your hair, applying to the ends and then pull all of your hair up into a shower cap. The shower cap helps retain your natural body heat which allows the oil to penetrate better, as well as keeping the oil away from your pillowcase. In the morning, wash your hair as you normally would and rinse well, until all oil residue is gone. Apply this treatment once a week to maintain healthier hair.
- Protecting your hair from swimming
Chemicals used in swimming pools, as well as salty sea water, can have a devastating effect on your hair, leaving it dry and dull. Protect your hair from chlorine and salt by soaking it in water from the roots to the tip, and then applying a few drops of the oil, again, working it through from the roots to the tips to lock in moisture and act as a barrier. Repeat the procedure every time you go back in the water.
Wash and condition your hair as soon as you can after swimming. Afterward, gently squeeze the ends of the hair dry with a microfiber towel. Using about a dime-sized amount of Argan oil, warm it in the palm of your hand and then gently pull it through the bottom two inches of your hair. Comb your hair from roots to tips using a wide-tooth comb to evenly distribute. Avoid using heated styling equipment, instead allowing your hair to air dry.
- Treating hair loss
Many people, both men, and women suffer from hair loss. In fact, though many mistake it as a strictly male-related condition, 40 percent of American women experience it. When you first notice that you’re losing more and more hair in the shower, bathroom sink, and on your hair brush, your first reaction is probably denial, but as the loss increases, it’s important not to ignore it and take action. Argan oil is an excellent oil for stopping hair loss and even helping to promote new growth by treating the scalp three times a week.
Argan oil helps prevent hair loss by ensuring that you don’t lose more follicles than you’re able to grow – when that happens, hair loss becomes noticeable. Multiple studies on the oil’s effect on hair re-growth have found that it can stimulate the scalp due to its rich nutrient content to produce more hair. Other research has indicated that it helps hair grow faster in a shorter period of time. One particular study out of South Korea found that 44% of participants experienced “clear hair regrowth” with Argan oil treatment – as good as the drug minoxidil, but without the potentially harmful side effects.
To treat hair loss, place a few drops of the oil onto your fingertips and massage it into your scalp using a circular motion. Start at the front hairline, working your way back across your head and down each side and back. Continue the oil massage for 15 minutes to allow the oil to totally penetrate your scalp and help stimulate blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles.
By following this treatment diligently, three times a week, you’ll notice fewer and fewer hairs left in your tub, and an improvement in hair texture, thickness, and length.
- Define curls
For those with curls, Argan oil can help with manageability, and help define those curls for a more beautiful look. Just apply a few drops to the palm of your hand. Run your hand through your hair, focusing on the ends and layers. Next, put your hair in a microfiber towel and squeeze it gently without rubbing. Repeat, working from tips to roots each time. Your curls will not only be more defined, but they’ll be more manageable and stronger.
- Give your hair a shinier, glowing look
Applying a few drops of Argan oil on your hair every day will make it look shinier, more lustrous and even give it a more glowing appearance. The oil immediately soaks into the hair fiber, providing it with essential nutrients for protection that lasts.
- Sun protection
When you plan to spend time out in the sun, before going outside, apply a few drops of Argan oil to your hair to prevent sun damage. After you’ve worked it through from roots to ends, braid your hair to lock in moisture.
Thinking about a new short ‘do? We recommend taking several key factors into consideration before chopping off your locks. When you catch the bug for a new look, it’s really tempting to immediately decide on this season’s “it” ‘do, and make an appointment with your stylist right away. However, it’s best to resist the urge for instant gratification, because while locks can be chopped in an instant, it can take months—and sometime years—to grow them back. And as much as you might love your favorite celebrity’s Instagram selfies of her chin-length textured style, it’s important to remember that same cut might not flatter your face the way it does hers. Don’t worry! You can achieve something equally sassy—and specifically catered to you. We talked to a few professionals to give us the tips needed for avoiding any short cut mistakes.
Don’t Take Off Too Much, Too Soon.
Because hair takes a lot longer to grow out than it does to cut, it’s important to take a drastic hair change in baby steps. Going from one extreme to another—say waist-long hair to a pixie—can have you regretting your decision and will leave you with few options to get back a look you’re comfortable with. It’s really important not to do something shocking. Your reaction to a new cut can be two-fold—at first people are generally excited and happy with the cut. Then they go have coffee with friends and get feedback that’s not exactly what they hoped to hear. That’s when the shock sets in. But it’s too late to go back. That’s why we recommend going shorter a little bit at a time. For example, go from shoulders to chin at one appointment, then chin to pixie the next time.
Always Consider Your Hair Type.
Your hair’s texture will be a big determining factor in how your cut turns out. Every cut isn’t right for every hair type, and it’s hard to know off hand what will be best for yours, so we recommend listening to your stylist. Stylists have been trained on this stuff, and have years of experience working with different types of hair. They know the outcome. Always listen to your stylist.
Learn How To Style Your New ‘Do.
You need training and education on how to style your hair, so make sure your stylist gives that to you. No matter how you cut hair or what style suits you the finish (or styling) is 50% of achieving the look you want.
Know What You’re Getting Into.
While it may sound counterintuitive, short hairstyles often require more maintenance than longer hair. You have to get your haircut a lot more often when it’s shorter or it loses its shape and looks messy. You normally go every 6-8 weeks, and you just can’t wait that long with a short haircut. That’s a common mistake that a lot of women make.
Get The Right Cut For Your Face Shape.
Just like in fashion where you have to dress for your shape, you have to cut your hair to flatter your facial features. So often people go into the salon & know exactly what they want, and it’s usually based on a celebrity cut they’ve seen. However, keep in mind that the cut isn’t going to look exactly the same on you because you have a different face. Spend the extra time on the consultation, you will be happy you did.
Cut Your Hair For The Right Reasons, Not The Wrong Ones.
There are all kinds of reasons one can decide on a short cut, but make sure yours are good ones. For instance, just because you’ve hit a certain age doesn’t mean you have to cut your hair a certain way. Age shouldn’t dictate your hair, as long as it’s healthy, it’s beautiful. You should also not let external factors influence making a dramatic hair change. It’s really common for someone who’s going through something tough like a divorce to want to get a dramatic change but remember, doing something drastic might be a source of more stress in an already stressful time.
In need of a new look but unwilling to chop bangs? Take matters into your own hands with these five hair trends that we think are going to be big for fall 2018. There’s something here for every length, texture, and skill level so start plotting your fall look now.
The Short Bob
The long bob has reigned supreme for far too long. We predict that things are going to come up shorter when fall rolls around. Celebrities have started to chop their locks chin length and are looking better than ever. Ask your stylist for a no-fuss, straight-across cut that will work with your natural texture. Be blunt, go blunt.
The Top Knot
There’s something classic about pairing a fall coat with a sleek top knot. Gone are the days of the messy buns – now it’s all about the snatched look. How exactly do you achieve the perfect snatched top knot? Use tons of hair oil and pull your hair into a very high ponytail. Once it’s secured, twist and twist and twist until it’s tight. Then sculpt it into the top knot shape of your dreams. Secure with elastics and voilà: a perfect top knot.
The Sleek Low Braid
There is nothing we love more than a flawless shiny low ponytail or braid. This fall, we predict that they are going to be everywhere. The key to getting this look is to brush or comb your hair into a low ponytail when it’s still wet. Working with a wet ponytail eliminates bumps and creates a super-smooth finish. Once it’s in a low ponytail, apply a hair oil for maximum shine. You can braid it or leave as it to live your best (sleek low ponytail slash braid) life.
Before you panic, understand that perms have come a long way in the past 30 years. The modern perm is more about beachy waves, fullness, and a loose curl. The new perm formula is also far less damaging than it was in the ‘80s. Whether you need a little more volume or want to go full Carrie Bradshaw, a perm is a great option.
The 60’s Flip
Inspired by Marlo Thomas’ classic ‘60s hairstyle, the modern flip is sleek, smooth, and flips out just as the ends. It’s the perfect romantic look for fall. If you’ve had beachy shoulder-to-medium-length waves all summer, this look will take the hair you’re already working with and add shape and dimension.
Sadly, hair can be damaged relatively quickly, but bringing it back to good health can take some time. Don’t fret: Veronica, our in-house Beauty Expert, offers tips on how to restore your damaged hair as quickly as possible.
Early Detection is Key to Repairing Damaged Hair
Is your hair dry and dull? Do you have split ends and frizz? Scalp acting weird? If so, you have damaged hair, but the good news is that it’s not too late to begin the healing process. There are techniques and treatments for damaged hair, as well as gentle shampoos, conditioners and styling products to help bring your wrecked hair back to life. Start these healthy new habits now to help your damaged hair look better in the short run, while bringing it back to good health in the long run.
A Good Trim Can Revive Damaged Hair!
If your damaged hair has a straw-like texture the first thing you can do to make it look better and restore body is to get a trim. To accomplish good results, you don’t have to get a super short cut; you can leave some length and treat the remaining damaged hair. If you are bold enough to chop it all off, a short bob or cute pixie can undo all the damage in one clean sweep.
If you don’t want to go this extreme, however, a healthy trim with layers may be the direction to go to help your damaged locks look their best. This should be followed by a health care regimen for damaged hair, including use of a restorative shampoo, conditioner and styling products like our Rejuvenating Argan Oil Collection.
Nix Hot Styling Tools When Hair is Damaged
If you use heat, prepare the hair with a fortifying leave-in conditioner, and finish with a protective spray. And make sure that the hair is completely dry before using heated tools like flat irons and curling irons so it won’t cook from the inside out.
Say Good Bye to Chemicals, & Hair Color… At Least for Now
If your hair is extremely damaged, reconsider chemical processing for the now. Certain types of hair color—like harsh bleaches–can damage hair or stress hair that is already damaged. Talk to your stylist about gentler approaches to hair color, such as ammonia-free and demi-permanent formulas. Likewise, discuss healthier alternatives to permanent waves or straighteners—which can also be damaging to hair.
Shampoo and Conditioner Know-How For Damaged Hair
Carefully select a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner formulated for damaged hair. Sticking with shampoos and conditioners that contain natural oils and herbs will help repair your damaged hair. And don’t shampoo more than twice a week if possible. Shampooing too frequently can strip damaged hair and create brittleness. If your hair needs a pick-me-up, use a dry shampoo in between washing’s. Look for a gentle shampoo with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5.
Hot water can damage hair, so wash your hair with lukewarm or cool water, and finish the shampoo process with a shot of cool water. Cool or cold water can help damaged hair by closing the hair cuticle and causing the hair shafts to lie flat, resulting in shinier, smoother hair.
If your hair has damage due to build-up from product, hard water deposits and minerals, a good clarifying shampoo can help. How frequently you need to remove build-up depends on how hard the water is that comes from your tap, and the products you use on your hair. Build-up is a serious issue and can cause damaged hair to be limp and lifeless and cause the ends to split and feel brittle. Typically, a clarifying shampoo and treatment should be used just once or twice a month.
When selecting a conditioner for damaged hair, look for those with active components such as macadamia nut oil, argan oil or shea butter coat each strand of hair with a fine protective layer that helps repair the cuticle. This helps damaged hair look healthier and thicker.
Styling Product Savvy Helps Restore Damaged Hair
When restoring damaged hair, keep hairstyles simple and stick to those that don’t require a lot of product to hold them in place. Applying a leave-in fortifying spray on wet hair is a good way to prepare the hair for styling or the stress of the day and protect it from environmental factors. A detangling spray can help protect damaged hair while brushing. Spritz it on before brushing wet hair to avoid further damage to tresses.
Use a light oil, pomade, mousse or gel to control frizz, and look for styling products that will reinforce damaged hair by infusing protein, amino acids and other strengthening properties. If necessary, finish with a light hairspray.
Bringing Out the Big Guns: Use Treatment Masks to Rescue Damaged Hair
When shopping for a hydrating treatment for damaged hair, look for products that have restorative, moisturizing ingredients, such as olive oil, keratin, protein or shea butter, and avoid products that contain silicone or parabens. Twice a week, apply the treatment or mask and leave it on for a full hour, using a plastic shower cap to help the product penetrate. Additionally, once a week you can apply the treatment in the shower after shampooing. Leave it on for three to five minutes for quick hydration and then rinse it out.
Oil treatments are another option to repair dry, damaged hair. They are simple to do at home and infuse damaged hair with moisture and shine. Apply the treatment oil of choice to clean, towel-dried hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap, and apply heat by sitting in the sun, using a hot towel or using your blow dryer. After heating the oil, allow hair to cool at room temperature, and then rinse with cool water. Reparative oil treatments can be done one to three times per month on damaged hair depending upon need. Proper use of these treatments can increase elasticity to damaged hair and create sheen. But be careful–overuse might cause your hair to look greasy!
Protect Your Damaged Hair In the Pool and Under the Sun
Are you a swimmer? Then always wear a swim cap in the pool. Chlorine causes hair damage that builds up over time. If you do go swimming without a cap, wash the chlorine out right away with a gentle shampoo.
Don’t sit in the sun after swimming without a cap or hat; the sun’s rays will compound the damage to your hair done by chlorine. Or, wash your hair before you sunbathe if you’ve been in the pool and use sunscreen on your part to avoid burning and peeling on your scalp line. Although the sun’s exposure is more intense during the summer months, it shines all year round. After a long day in the sun due to an athletic event, a hike or a day at the beach, consider giving your hair a hydrating treatment to avoid additional hair damage
Nowadays, luscious locks that spring from your scalp are sought after. But they weren’t always and even now, they’re not always appreciated.
Let’s take a step back in time for a moment, to the 1500s. Just eight years earlier, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and Henry VII was ruling over England and Wales with his wife Elizabeth of York, bringing peace to the two warring houses for nearly 15 years. Things were peaceful in Europe and people’s global curiosity was growing.
About hair however, people were less than curious. If you were wealthy, the curls might add some glamour to your extravagant styles and to hang over your rich crowns and clips. If you were a commoner, let alone a schoolgirl, your curls were pulled into a tight bun atop your head. It was believed that hair curled due to sins or evil within one. People were wary of those with curls, who knew what they were up to.
Skip to the 1600s, hair styles grew ever more extravagant and artificial. It could definitely be referred to as the Century of Wigs, with locks heavily powdered grey and clipped in circular pillars that surprisingly never sent them soaring in flight. Curly hair was still, more or less, not perceived in a positive or stylish light, but was passed and allowed as the Renaissance deepened into the Middle Ages.
As we wander through the 1700s, we follow the traditions set by our predecessor with wigs and powder now lasting two centuries through wars and revolutions. Our perception of hair stayed basically the same, to serve as a societal mark for class and prestige. For two centuries our locks of all shapes and colors were ignored as battles flared and governments rose.
In the 1800s, hairstyles could be described in one word, “up”. Braided and clipped up, loosely clipped up to one side, a ponytail with clips, clips here and there and bands everywhere. Hair was sashaying with the pioneers as they rocked back-and-forth traversing West in their hunt for gold. No one had time to spend on his or her hair, constructing houses and monitoring the harvest didn’t leave enough time in the day, let alone while caring for a family. So, hair was over-looked and decidedly bland for everyone, the one tone of up hid any curious colors or shapes to be spotted or appreciated.
In the curve of the century time passed in decades, varying eras of styles and fashions. I’m sure plenty of you have seen videos of make-up styles, hair styles, wedding styles, this style, that style, of 100 years in a couple of minutes. If you have seen them, you’ll be thinking you saw curly hair there. And I agree with you, you saw curls, that’s correct, but you did not see curly hair. The bouncy locks you saw in those videos were not natural curls, the model’s hair was probably straightened and then curled to create those uniform loops or light wiggles.
It might surprise you to know, that up until very recently, society knew very little about curly hair. In 1984, a young woman who had created a name for herself in the hair industry opened her first salon in the heart of Manhattan. Ouidad, the name of the salon and of the woman. She began creating products specifically formulated to treat curly hair and have it growing strong and healthy. She had to create techniques on methods to properly cut the curls as to not damage the style or hang of them. She basically had to create the foundation for curls in society.
Even now, Ouidad is still creating and learning more and more about curly hair, what it needs and what works for it. She’s already deciphered four different types of curls and created countless products to treat all different types of problems. Ouidad’s flagship salon is still open and highly functioning in New York City on 57th Street, another one in Santa Monica, California, and Fort Lauderdale Florida. Sadly, that’s not enough salons to help every curly haired girl and boy in the world, let alone the United States. And to speak frankly, not many can afford the services or products that Ouidad has to offer. Luckily, society is taking a strong learning curve to curly hair.
In January of 2015, Dove launched a “Love Your Curls” campaign to teach young girls to love their hair. Hair has curled for centuries and it has taken us until the 21st century to teach people to appreciate them. So many girls have already been lost to the heat of a straightening iron, to the comments of classmates, to the lack of information circulated to parents. Curls are incredible and beautiful and we should appreciate them.