Hair Care Tips for Expecting Moms

Great hair is something most pregnant women rave about. Their hair becomes shinier and thicker during pregnancy. They also experience less shedding. Some women, however, experience a change in their hair’s moisture and texture due to hormonal fluctuations. Their hair becomes oilier than before or curly hair becomes straighter. No matter what changes you’re experiencing with your hair, you need to know how to take good care of it during your pregnancy.

There are some things you can do to keep your hair healthy throughout your pregnancy. Here are some of them.

pexels-photo-259363Maintain a healthy diet

When you’re pregnant, you’re not just feeding yourself, but your child as well. As such, we highly recommend that you eat healthy and nutritious foods. Incorporate fruits, vegetables, lean meat and Omega 3-rich foods in your daily diet. Not only will you be rewarded with healthy gorgeous hair, you can also ensure that your unborn child is getting all the nutrition it needs.

Massage your scalp

Massaging your scalp with warm oil is not only relaxing; it can also help moisturize your hair and scalp. Plus, it also stimulates blood circulation to your scalp; thus, promoting hair growth. This is especially beneficial if you’re experiencing dryness in your hair and scalp.

For best results, ask your spouse to do this once a week. Olive oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil are great for nourishing the scalp and roots.

Getting a haircut

If you’re thinking of cutting your hair, it is best to wait until the second trimester before doing so. The overall texture of your hair is likely to change due to pregnancy hormones. It is best to know what type of your hair you’ll be dealing with before making any significant changes.

Hold off hair treatments

Most research suggests that hair dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. But for safety purposes, it is best to hold off dyeing your hair, especially during the first trimester. All other forms of hair treatments should be avoided throughout the pregnancy. Going natural is one of the best things you can do for your hair, scalp, and unborn baby’s health.

 

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Hairstyle Mistakes That Make You Look More Mature

Our hair is our crowning glory. It is the epicentre of our natural beauty. It tells a lot about your health, personality and femininity. The right hairstyle can enhance your looks and give you a boost in confidence. The wrong hairstyle, on the other hand, can cut through all that confidence and can age you.

Here are some hairstyle mistakes that can make you look older than you are.

startup-photosWrong hair color

Coloring your hair can freshen up your look and accentuate your facial features. Unfortunately, the wrong hair color can make you look older.

Some women choose a darker hair color in order to conceal gray hair. But once your hair starts to grow in, it can make the line demarcation more apparent. Plus, going too dark creates the illusion of more fine lines and wrinkles. Too light hair color, on the other hand, can make you look washed out. To avoid this unfortunate outcome, choose a color that is 1 to 2 shades within your natural hair color.

Too much volume

Our hair tends to get thinner as we age. The problem is that no one wants to give in to the thinning. As such, some women would tease up their hair to add body and volume. Often, we see clients trying to get that volume in all the wrong places. While a little volume can be beautiful, too much of it reads very 80s. That can make you look 10 years older.

Too long hair

Most men find long hair sexy. However, excessive length will weigh down your hair, pulling your facial features with it. It will look flat and will only accentuate prominent facial features. The ends may also look thinner. If you love long hair, go for it, but don’t let it grow too long. Get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks to get rid of split ends and keep your tresses healthy.

One-length hair

Keeping your locks in one length can make it look flat and limp. Blunt haircut can make your facial lines look even more evident; thus, making you look older than you really are. Whatever haircut you choose, make sure it has depth and layers.

Ask your stylist to add layers to your hairstyle. Not only will they add volume to your locks, they will also deflect attention away from your wrinkles.

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4 Lazy Girl Hair Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Let’s face it. Many of us can’t wake up early enough no matter how early we go to bed. Often, you’d take a shower, do your makeup, grab a cup of coffee, and head for work. Who has time to wash, dry, and style their hair in the morning? You don’t need to sacrifice your hairstyle, even if you’re rushed for time during your morning routine.

Here are 4 lazy girl hair hacks that will change your life. These tips will help make your hair look flawless even when you’re strapped for time.

pexels-photo-364362Cover a bad hair day with a turban

When you’re having a bad hair day, you just want to cover it all up. A top knot and ponytail are quick and easy fixes, but if you want a more fashion-forward style, try wearing a head wrap.

For any vintage-loving women, donning a turban is a chic and quick solution to a bad hair day. Thanks to their towering display and vibrant colors, this standout accessory is hard to miss. A turban headband can help you achieve a more athletic-inspired look with a low bun or a pony tail. It can also be styled to look desert glam. Celebrities like Alicia Keys, Lupita Nyong’o, and Katy Perry rocked the head wrap.

Use dry shampoo

If you need to be out early the next day and you won’t have time to shower, let alone style your hair in the morning, apply dry shampoo before going to bed. Since, you’ll leave it overnight, the product will work itself into your strands, adding body and volume to your hair.

Use a conditioning mist

Sometimes, washing your hair can feel like a bit of a chore. Using a conditioning mist can help keep your hair moisturized and refreshed. It will also help control frizz. If you’re in a hurry, just slip this into your purse and spritz some on your hair while on your way to work. Easy, peasy!

Get a hair straightening brush

Many of you have probably hit the snooze button more times than you can count. On these days, you only have a few minutes to spare to style your hair. To make the process faster and easier, try using a hot brush. This tool will straighten your hair, neutralize static to remove frizz while maintaining volume. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

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Choosing the Perfect Bangs for Your Face Shape

Bangs can be a fun way to freshen your style and change your look. With so many different styles of bangs, you are open to a variety of styling options. You can chop them a little shorter if you feel like having your eyebrows on display. You can move it to the side if you don’t feel like having a full, straight fringe. Or you can pin them all the way back if you don’t feel like having bangs today.

If you are considering getting bangs, then this blog post is for you. Here, we’ll give you some helpful tips on how to choose the right bangs that will flatter your face shape.

pexels-photo-240082Round face

This face shape is identified by full, wide cheeks. Bangs can make a full face look wider. As such, youneed to be very careful when choosing the right type of bangs for your face shape.

If you have small or round face, side-swept bangs will look flattering on you. This will help create some angles and make your face appear longer. Avoid blunt bangs as they will accentuate your face’s fullness.

Heart face

Individuals with heart-shaped face usually have a wider forehead, small chin, and pointed jaw.are ideal for this face shape as it draws attention to your eyes and the middle of your face. Wispy fringe is another great option for heart-shaped faces. This will soften the shape of the face. Avoid blunt bangs as they will accentuate your wide forehead.

Oval face

If you have oval face, then you are one lucky girl. Why? It’s because you can rock pretty much any type of fringe you want. Although you have the option to choose whatever style you want, blunt bangs are ideal for those with oval face shape. This type of fringe will take off some length from your face.

Square face

Square faces are identifiable by a well defined jaw. They also have an equal height and width. For this face shape, opt for long side-swept bangs that hit just below the eyebrows. This type of bangs will help soften your hard angles and will make your face look a bit longer.

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Flattering Hairstyles for Women with Round Faces

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right hairstyle. Face shape is one of them. The key to finding the perfect hairstyle is to find the one that will accentuate your best features and will work with your face shape. If you have a round face, the goal is to make the face look longer and edgier.

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect hairstyle that will work well with your face shape, this blog post is for you. Here are some hairstyle suggestions that can slim down round faces.

pexels-photo-598745Lob

A lob is a long bob. What’s great about this hairstyle is that it works well with anyone. This type of haircut can go anywhere from above the shoulders to around the collarbone. If you opt for a lob, be sure to keep the length below the chin. Otherwise, it will draw the attention to the widest part of your face. With straight, face-framing strands that hit below the chin, it creates an elongated silhouette that will make your face appear longer and slimmer.

Layers

Adding layers to your hair is one of the most flattering hairstyles for your face shape. This will bring the focus to your lips, cheeks and eyes. It can also break up a round face shape; hence, elongating the face. This can easily be obtained with longer lengths.

Side-swept bangs

If you want fringe, we recommend swoopy side-swept bangs. With your bangs cascading down diagonally, it adds dimension and creates the illusion of height. It elongates your face instead widening it. It counters the softness of a round shape.

When cutting bangs, you want to make sure that it ends just below the cheekbones. Fringe that hit right at the cheeks create more width.

Pixie cut

Most people think that short hair only flatters women with long, somewhat angular faces. But if you want to go short, go short all the way. The pixie cut, for instance, draws the attention horizontally. It can emphasize your eyes and detract from facial roundness.

If you are considering getting a pixie cut, try pixie with long, asymmetrical bangs. We also recommend backcombing on the crown to create volume on top. The added volume at the roots will visually elongate your face, making it look narrower.

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Common Causes of Hair Breakage and Split Ends

Split ends can give your hair an awful look. It can wreak havoc on the look and health of your hair. It is also difficult to get rid of. As such, it is important to prevent it in the first place.

The good news is that keeping split ends at bay is possible. But we believe it would be easier to prevent this problem if you’re familiar about the things that contribute to it.

Here are some of the most common causes of hair breakage and split ends.

sunglasses-woman-girl-facelessAggressive combing or brushing

After getting out of the shower, most people would rub their hair vigorously with a towel to get rid of excess moisture. Then, they’d proceed with brushing or combing their hair. This is one of the most common reasons for hair breakage and split ends.

Our hair is at its weakest when it is wet. It is also usually tangled after shower. Combing or brushing your while wet can put a lot of physical stress on your hair fibers. This is especially true if you’re using a fine toothed comb. Be gentle on your hair to avoid stress and breakage. Untangle your hair, starting from the ends and then work your way up.

Use of harsh shampoos

Most people don’t pay much attention to the ingredients in their shampoo. Often, they would choose one that smells great.

Sulfate is one of the most common ingredients found in shampoos. It does a great job of getting rid of grime and dead skin cells from your scalp and hair; thus, leaving your locks squeaky clean. The downside is that it strips your of its natural oils, leading to breakage and eventually split ends.

When shopping for shampoo, opt for a gentle one. Sulfate free shampoos will clean your hair and scalp without drying out your strands.

Frequent use of heat styling tools

You are probably aware that the frequent use of heat styling tools can damage your hair. It will dry out your hair and weaken it, which may lead to breakage and split ends. Avoid using these tools frequently. Allow your hair to dry naturally a few times a week.

If you really need to use them, make sure that you apply a heat protectant first. Not only will it protect your hair from heat damage, it will also add moisture to your locks.

Chemical treatments

Chemicals can wreak havoc on the chemical composition of your hair. Curling, perming and straightening can suck the moisture out of your hair follicles, leaving your hair dry and brittle. While it’s fine to dye your hair, frequent coloring can lead to dry, brittle hair, which causes split ends.

Low protein diet

We all know that our hair is mainly composed of protein. Protein is needed for healthy and gorgeous hair. Those who lack protein in their diet are likely to suffer from weak, thin hair, which is more prone to breakage. Be sure to incorporate protein into your daily diet. Beans, fish, meat, eggs, and nuts are excellent sources of protein.

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5-Minute Hairstyles for Busy Professionals

As a working mom, there are a lot of things you need to worry about. Fussing with your hair shouldn’t be one of them.

Here are some easy hairstyles that you can do within 5 minutes or less. These hairstyles are so chic, no one at the office will even know that you didn’t have enough time to fix your hair this morning.

pexels-photo-440582Messy bun

The messy bun is a simple up-do hairstyle that you can easily do on your own. It may look simple, but it will look great on any women regardless of age or hair length. Plus, it goes perfectly with any casual attire. You can even wear it in formal events or occasions.

To achieve this look, simply pull your hair up into a loose ponytail. If you have fine, thin hair, you may want to tease a few sections of your hair. This will give you a voluminous-looking bun. Then, twist your ponytail and wrap it around the rubber band. Lastly, spritz your hair with hairspray to make sure everything stays in place.

Twisted ponytail

Ponytails are the go-to hairstyles of women who are always on-the-go. Not only is it an easy way to style your hair, it can also get your hair off of your face. However, traditional ponytails can be boring. If you’re tired of the usual ponytail, you may want to try the twisted ponytail.

To create this chic hairstyle, start by taking a small section of your hair on either sides of your face. Twist the two sections and secure with elastic. Continue this process until you reach the back of the head. Pull the rest of your hair up into a pony tail. With just a few simple twists, your ponytail just got an upgrade.

Fancy half-up

Half-ups work great on all hair types and length. It is a great way to keep your hair looking fancy without being over-the-top. It is ideal for casual or more formal occasions.

Start by taking a small chunk of your hair above your ear. Pull your hair to the back and secure with a bobby pin. Do the same on the opposite side of your hair. Continue pulling small front sections of your hair back in a crisscrossing pattern.

 

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Tips for a Tantrum-Free Haircut for Your Toddler

A lot of children experience a complete meltdown upon mentioning cutting their hair or when they see a pair of scissors. They would shriek hysterically at the sight of haircutting scissors and would shrink in fear when held still for a snip.

If your child is sensitive to having their hair cut, then this blog post is for you. Here, we listed down some tips for a tantrum-free haircut for your toddler. Hopefully, these tips will help ease your child’s fear and stay still during the haircut.

baby-boy-hat-covered-101537Create a distraction

You need to create a distraction in order to get the child’s attention to the cutting process. This helps alleviate fear and will help your child hold still for a haircut.

Some salons that cater to children plays cartoons or let the kids borrow some toys. Or better yet, you can bring your child’s favorite toy with you and let him/her hold the toy while getting a haircut. Some kids get distracted that they hardly notice that they’re getting a haircut.

Explain what will happen

For most kids, getting a haircut can be scary. A few days prior to the appointment, try to explain to your child what’s going to happen. It may help to describe the process in a fun and exciting way. Make it really interesting by telling your child that it will be fun and that the person who will be cutting their hair has a special comb and scissors.

Avoid using the word cut

Most kids associate the word cut with pain. They are afraid that cutting their hair would be painful. So instead of telling your kid that they are getting a haircut, tell them that they are going to the salon for a trim.

Let your child sleep before the appointment

Most kids throw a fit when they are tired or sleepy. Make sure that the child is rested before his/her appointment. It is best to book an appointment in the morning, when they are full and well rested.

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4 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Keratin Treatment

Keratin treatments have generated a lot of buzz over the last few years. This treatment is designed to eliminate frizz, eradicate curly hair, and give your hair its original shine. Despite these benefits, a lot of people are still hesitant to undergo this procedure because of the circulating news that it is made with formaldehyde.

pexels-photo-432605Here are 4 things you need to know before getting a keratin treatment. It is always a good idea to know all of the facts before strapping on in and getting your hair done.

Always do your research

It is important to do your research before opting for a keratin treatment. Different salons use different products. If you are planning to get a keratin treatment, we recommend that you book a consultation with your stylist first. Determine the product they’ll be using on your hair.  While you’re at it, you may also want to read up on the pros and cons of keratin treatment. This way, it will be easier for you to decide whether or not to push through with the procedure.

Different formulas for different goals

Ask yourself, why do you want to get a keratin treatment? The answer to this question will help you and your stylist determine what type of formula should be used on your hair. If you want to maintain more curl and body on your hair, you can get a formaldehyde-free keratin treatment. If you are someone with wavy locks and you want to have polished, straight strands, a formaldehyde-free version may not do the trick. You need a powerful chemical to change your hair’s texture.

The results of formaldehyde-free treatments may only last for a shorter period of time. Those that promise long-lasting result will no doubt have formaldehyde.

Who are the best candidates for a keratin treatment?

Whether you have stick-straight or curly hair, you are welcome to give this treatment a try. There are no limitations when it comes to hair textures. In fact, you can have excellent results even if you have curly, frizzy, or wavy hair. The key to enjoying all the benefits of a keratin treatment is to use the services of a skilled and experienced stylist.

Pregnant women, as well as individuals with chemically damaged hair should avoid getting a keratin treatment.

Caring for your hair after the treatment

Let’s face it. Keratin treatments can be expensive. Depending on the salon and the length of your hair, it can set you back between $250 and $450. As such, you want to give the effects of your treatment longevity.

You aren’t advised to wash your hair for at least 48 hours after the treatment. You also need to steer clear of bumps and crimps in your hair as it is likely to stay there.

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The Art of Cutting Curly Hair

Most people with curly hair have experienced a haircut disaster at some point. You visited the salon with high hopes that you’ll have a great haircut that will give you a boost in confidence. Instead, your trip to the salon ended up in pain and unhappiness.

To prevent a haircut disaster, we’d like to share with you some golden rules for cutting curly hair. Yes, there is a right way to cut curly hair.

pexels-photo-289923Work with dry hair

When you get a haircut, the process usually starts with washing your hair. But curly hair should not be cut the same way as straight hair. It is best to cut curly hair while it is dry. Why? It’s because the length changes between dry and wet. Curly hair becomes longer when it is wet. So if they shampoo your hair prior to cutting, then may be a recipe for a haircut disaster. You may end up with extremely short hair. Or worse, you may end up looking like a poodle. Don’t get me wrong. Poodles are cute, but you don’t want one living on your head.

Work in layers

You want to make sure that your cut doesn’t flatten your crown. Most types of curls should be cut at an angle. Long layers are ideal for curly hair as they can pump up the volume of your hair and add structure and definition to your curls.

For a more effective cut, it is best to work in layers. It is important to cut smaller, shorter layers to vary the length of the curls. Plus, it will help even out volume and density.

Never use razors

The use of razors is a no-no for curly hairs. Using a razor can weaken the strength of the ends of the curl. The curl tends to lose its shape and may appear frizzy, frayed and sparse.

Schedule regular trims

To keep damage at bay, we highly recommend that you schedule a trim every 6 to 8 weeks. This is important to prevent strand from splitting and knotting. You know it’s time for trim when your curls begin to knot easily.

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