Tips for Choosing the Right Hair Salon

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When you walk into a salon, you are putting your hair in the hands of someone else. You want to make sure that you walk out feeling beautiful and confident. After all, a trip to the salon is more than just getting a haircut or a hair color. It’s about the style and the experience.

Whether you just moved to a new city or you’re unhappy with your current salon, these tips may be of help. Here are some tips for choosing the right hair salon.

Get referrals

Your colleagues and neighbors can be a wealth of information when looking for a good salon. Ask around for recommendations. If you find someone with a hairstyle that is similar to yours or one that you’ve been considering trying, ask which salon they go to. Don’t forget to ask who their stylist is. You want a good hairstylist whom you can trust and can create lovely hairstyles that will suit your personality.

Visit their website and social media accounts

Now that you have narrowed down your list, we recommend that you check their website and social media accounts. This is where they showcase their work. From here, you can gauge whether or not it is the right salon for you.

Don’t forget to check the reviews from previous customers and clients. This will give you an idea whether or not customers were satisfied with their services. Thanks to social media and review sites, finding a good stylist isn’t as challenging as it used to be.

Drop by the salon

The best way to judge whether it is the right salon for you is to drop by their place. Take a mental note on the place. Is it clean and organized? Is the place busy? How do the stylists deal with their clients? Are they warm and accommodating?

Since you are looking for a salon that will cater to your needs and stylists who will work with your long-term, we suggest that you book a consultation with them. Feel free to ask questions. Tell them about your concerns and what you want to do with your hair. You want a stylist who is not just good in doing their job, but someone whom you can feel comfortable working with.

Check the prices

There are lots of salons out there. Many of them take pride in giving you the best services they can provide.

Great hair gives you a boost in confidence and makes you feel great about yourself. However, you also need to take your budget into consideration when choosing a salon. There is no point in finding the best salon in town if you can’t afford their services.

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Winter Hair Care Tips for Healthy Looking Hair

Dry, dull, and brittle hair isn’t just common in summer. Most people experience this during the winter. The cold winter weather, combined with dry indoor air, can wreak havoc on your hair. This will leave you with dry, brittle stands. Without proper care, this may lead to breakage and split ends.

To keep your hair strong and healthy, you need to give your hair proper care and attention. Use these winter hair care tips to keep your locks healthy and beautiful.

pexels-photo-310419Cut down on heat-heavy styling routine

The winter weather is harsh enough for your hair. Regular use of heat styling tools will leave your hair looking dry and dehydrated. Try to cut down your heat-heavy styling routine and air dry your hair instead. Sure, it may take a bit longer to dry your hair completely, but it will prevent your hair from heat damage.

For days when you need to use a hot tool, make sure that you apply a heat protectant first. This will protect your hair from heat damage. Also, invest in a diffuser. This will protect your hair from direct heat and prevent frizz.

Commit to weekly treatments

Blasts of dry air can leave your hair extremely dry. To combat dryness, you need to replenish the lost moisture, which tends to get depleted in winter. In addition to regular conditioners, it is best to do weekly deep conditioning treatments to keep your hair hydrated.

Always read the label when shopping for deep conditioners. Look for products that contain water and aloe vera juice as their prominent ingredient. Argan oil, coconut oil, Behentrimonium Chloride, Pathenol, and Tocopherol are also great ingredients to check on the list.

Turn the hot water down

Nothing is more relaxing than a hot shower on a freezing day. However, washing your hair with hot water can be extremely drying on your hair and scalp. Turn down the heat a little bit. Not only will it prevent your and scalp from being dry and flaky, it will also help reduce your heating cost.

 

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How to Properly Take Care of Your Hair Extensions

pexels-photo-54566Hair extensions will give you the look and feel of naturally long hair. You can switch from short to long hair in a matter of minutes. They are also ideal for those with fine, thin hair as they create additional volume to your natural hair. Ultimately, you can have great looking hair without having to bother about maintenance.

In order to maximize these benefits, it is important that you know how to take good care of your hair extensions. Follow these tips to make sure that they stay in great shape.

Washing

Washing requirements depend on the type of extensions you have. Clip-in extensions are temporary and are removed before going to bed. Since it is removable, you don’t need to wash it frequently. Washing it once a month is enough to keep it clean and in great shape.

Permanent hair extensions, on the other hand, require more frequent washing. Since it is attached to your hair, you need to wash it like you do with your natural hair. Also, dirt, sweat and oil may build up on your hair extensions. Washing it regularly will help keep it clean and fresh. Your stylist will give you recommendations as to which products are best for your extensions.

Condition

After washing, the next thing you need to do is to condition it. This will keep the strands soft, smooth, and easy to manage.

Apply the conditioner using a downward motion and try to run a comb through the strands while you’re at it. This will help get rid of tangles. Since you’re washing your hair extensions, and not your natural hair, there is no need to invest on a whole lot of conditioning products. Regular conditioners will do.

Brush it

In order to keep your hair extensions from tangling, you need to brush it regularly. Otherwise, you’ll end up having messy, frizzy hair. Think of it as your natural hair. Brush it using a soft-bristled brush and be gentle when handling your hair extensions. Start from the ends and work your way up. Be careful when removing tangles. Patience and care is the key.

Salon visit

Hair extensions usually stay in place between 6 weeks and 3 months. In order to maintain the quality of your extensions, it is best to visit the salon once a month. During the appointment, your stylist will have to check on the extension to make sure there are no knots. He/she will also give you a trim to give your hair a more cared after look.

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Easy, On-The-Go Hairstyles for Curly-Haired Women

Curly hair is undoubtedly beautiful, but it is also difficult to manage. If you have curly hair, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. It can stick out whimsically or get extremely voluminous. Some would go to great lengths to process and straighten their bodacious manes. But instead of trying to tame those curls, wouldn’t it be better if you focus on enhancing them?

Here are some fun and easy hairstyles for girls with curly hair.

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Curly hair requires some extra attention. But you also need to understand that the less you do to it, the better it looks.

Apply a leave-in conditioner to damp hair to keep it looking soft, fresh, and defined. Avoid touching your hair once it dries as this can lead to frizz. Let your curls work for you instead of trying to fight it.  There is nothing better than just embracing your curly hair.

Volumized curls

Size matters when it comes to your natural hair. To give your hair that extra fullness, spritz some volumizing spray to your hair and then blast it with a diffuser. Once it’s completely dry, flip your hair over and shake it at the roots.

Ponytail

If you have tight, fuzzy curls, and you can’t seem to fix it, try pulling it up into a ponytail. Brush out your locks to enhance the volume and create a fluffy texture. Then, put your hair up into a high, center ponytail. It’s chic, simple, and easy to do.

You may also rub pomade on the sides of your hair to smoothen it. This will give your ponytail a sleeker look.

Fringe and Afro

Having short, curly hair is such a freeing feeling. You use less products and spend less time styling your hair. Not only is it easy to style, it also looks great. This look is ideal for black women who are transitioning from chemical prepared hair to their own natural locks texture, and don’t want to do that big chop. Plus, the fringe will soften the face and draw attention to the eyes.

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Is it Bad to Go Outside with Wet Hair in Winter?

Let’s face it. Not everyone has enough time to dry and style their hair every morning. Often, you will see some women walking out in the streets with their hair dripping wet. Perhaps they hit the snooze a few times this morning. Or maybe they have an early appointment, so they don’t have enough time fully dry their hair. Now that the temperature is starting to drop, you are probably hearing your mom’s voice saying, “don’t you dare go out that door until your hair is dry”.

You have probably heard this phrase a million times when you were younger. Your parents would warn you time and time again against going out with wet strands, especially when it’s raining or freezing outside. They said that go out in the cold will with wet hair, you’ll catch a cold and get sick. Often, they would use an authoritative tone to tell you that they are serious. But is there some truth to that?

pexels-photo-436792Is it really bad?

Winter is the time for sniffles. In fact, the incidents of colds and flu peak in winter. What we need to understand, however, is that the cold, freezing temps alone won’t make us sick. Viruses and bacteria are the real culprit here.

The idea that going out with wet hair will lead to a cold is a myth. Sure, it can affect your body temperature and make you shiver, but it’s not going to make you sick. However, the chilling air combined with the dampness of your head can compromise your immune system. This can make you more susceptible to cold and flu. Whether you get sick or not depends on your exposure to the virus.

Often, people get sick during the winter because they spend most of their time indoors. The chilly winds and freezing temperatures, combined with the sealed windows make it impossible for fresh air to come inside. The quality of indoor air inside your space is poor and it gets circulated again and again. The combination of poor indoor air and weaker immune system may be what’s making you sick.

To prevent coming down with the flu, it is important to maintain a healthy diet. Increase intake of Vitamin C-rich foods. Also, wash your hands from time to time.

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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.

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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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