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How To Care For Your Hair This Winter

The dog days of summer are behind us. It’s time to embrace colder weather and revamp your hair routine to prevent frizz, breakage and brittle locks.


Don’t go outside with wet hair

Make sure to dry your hair fully before rushing out the door in the morning. Cold, wet hair will expand which can cause breakage and damage your strands. If you prefer to shower in the morning, make sure hair is completely dry, or at least protected by a hat or a scarf if you’re in a hurry. You can also try altering your routine and shower at night so that your hair will be fully dry by morning.

Line your hats with silk or satin

Cozy wool or cotton hats are what we reach for as soon as the temperatures start to drop, but the friction from these harsh fabrics could be causing damage to your hair. Try lining your hats with silk or satin to cut down on friction, as well as prevent frizz and dryness. You should also opt for a silk pillowcase to help reduce frizz and breakage while you sleep!

Try a darker shade

It’s hard to accept that the sunny days and warm breezes of summer are behind us, but so are sun-kissed locks and platinum hues. Try embracing a new, darker shade for winter! In addition to being on trend for the season, darker shades are actually less damaging to your hair. This will limit the number of times you’ll have to bleach your hair throughout the cold months – a process that strips the hair of natural oils and moisture.

Cut down on heat styling

Excessive heat styling is damaging to your hair, so embrace the cold weather and opt for a hat and loose braids instead. You can also read our post on heatless styling here. If you can’t bear to part with your styling tools, make sure to use a heat protectant.

Deep condition once a week

The combination of hats, scarves, and indoor heating leads to unwanted breakage, dryness, and frizzy locks. Add a deep conditioner or hair mask to your weekly hair-care routine to add much needed moisture back into your hair.

Don’t over-wash your hair

Washing your hair too often strips it of natural oils and moisture, resulting in dry, thirsty locks. Pick up a dry shampoo, and a hat, or try out some new hairstyles to get you through no-wash days.

Turn on your humidifier

Indoor heating is drying to your hair – and your skin. Try using a humidifier while at home to add a little moisture to the air and help combat dryness.


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Guide To Heatless Curls

Frequent heat styling can lead to brittle, damaged hair. So try out these no-heat tricks to add volume and texture to your hair, damage free!


If you want to use these methods for overnight styling, make sure you start with damp hair, not wet, otherwise your hair will not dry by morning.

Pin Curls

Start by wrapping small sections of damp hair around your fingers and then pin them into place. Keep going until all of your hair is pinned. You can either blow-dry your hair, let it air dry, or leave the pins in overnight. Once your hair is completely dry, carefully remove all of the pins and smooth out the curls with your fingers.

Soft Rollers

Rollers are available in a variety of sizes to help you achieve different curl sizes and shapes. If you want tight, bouncy curls, you should choose a small roller. Large ones work best for loose, soft curls. Starting with damp hair divide your hair into sections, then starting with a small section of hair, begin to wrap your hair around the rollers, clipping them into place. Continue until all of your hair has been set. You can sleep on the rollers – try a bonnet or silk scarf to keep them in place – or use a blow-dryer until your hair is completely dry. Un-clip the rollers and smooth out the curls with your fingers.

Flexi Rods

Flexi rods are available in a range of sizes to achieve different levels of curls from soft waves to curly ringlets. You can use damp hair, or spray each section individually as you go. Wrap your ends around the flexi rod and roll it upwards towards your head. Bend the ends of the flexi rod to secure the hair in place. Repeat this process until you have wrapped all of your hair. You can wrap your hair in a scarf or bonnet to sleep on overnight, or you can use blow-dryer to speed up the process. Your hair must be completely dry before unwrapping the rods or the curl will not be as defined. Smooth out the curls with your fingers after removing the flexi rods.

Braids

Braid damp hair to create volume and waves. Braiding can help you create a variety of different curl patterns and textures ranging from beachy waves to full curls. The more braids you put in your hair, the curlier it will be. You can either choose to wear the style for the day then take them out for second day curls, or let them dry before brushing them out with your fingers.

Paper Towel Method

You can use either strips of paper towel or fabric for this method. Starting with damp hair, clip or tie most of your hair up and out of the way, leaving the bottom layers free. Starting with a two-inch section, wrap the ends around the paper towel and continue wrapping upwards until you reach your roots – or wherever you would like the curl to begin. Tie the strip of paper towel, to secure the hair in place. Repeat this process until you have wrapped all of your hair. This method works well as an overnight hairstyle, so when you wake up, gently remove the paper towels, or fabric, from your hair, and smooth the curls with your fingers.

Headband Method

Starting with damp hair, place a headband on your head, you can bobby pin it into place to keep from moving. Starting near your face, take a small section of hair and wrap it around the headband, and keep going until you reach the back of your head. Repeat this on the other side and tuck your ends into the headband. This method works really well as an overnight style – when your hair is dry, untwist your hair and smooth out the curls with your fingers. Try using different width headbands for different results.

Twist Buns

Starting with damp hair twist hair into buns and bobby pin in place. Untwist the buns once your hair is dry to reveal wavy locks. The more buns you do, the curlier your hair will be. Try experimenting with different placement and partings for different curl patterns.


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How to Start a Hair Care Routine for Healthier Hair

Say goodbye to bad hair days by following these tips to achieve happy, healthy hair.


Take Care of Your Scalp

When you think about hair care, you don’t often think about your scalp, or how various hair treatments and products can affect your scalp health. Maintaining the health of your scalp is every bit as important as preventing split ends and dry strands, and since your hair grows from your roots, maintaining a healthy scalp is the first step on the road to healthy hair. Make sure you are addressing your hair and your scalp separately when shopping for haircare products. If you have a dry scalp but oily strands, getting a product that addressed only your hair will have negative impacts on your scalp. You can learn more about choosing a hair products by reading our post here. In addition to making sure you have the right products, you should use clarifying shampoo or hair scrub every so often to help cleanse your hair and scalp of product buildup.

Use The Right Hairbrush

Different hair types means different hairbrushes. Figure out which type of brush is best suited for your hair type and hair needs by reading our post on brush types. Whether you have fine, coarse, oily, curly, or thick hair, and whether you heat style or not, there is a hairbrush out there for you.

Limit Use of Hot Tools

Frequent heat styling leaves hair vulnerable to heat damage. If you can’t bear to part with your curling wand, make sure you use a heat protectant. You can read more about those here. However, you can still achieve beachy waves or bouncy curls without heat to save your strands from breakage and fried ends. Try soft rollers, braids, or pin curls.

Don’t Wear Your Hair Up Everyday

Wearing your hair in a tight ponytail every day can lead to breakage and frizz, as well as headaches caused by the tension of a tight hairstyle. Give your locks a break by opting for a looser hairstyle, such as loose braids, or pick up some scrunchies for a looser grip.

Protect Your Hair From Heat Damage

If you regularly heat style your hair, or spend a lot of time in the sun, you need to use a heat protectant. This is especially important for color-treated hair. Hair can become damaged, dry, brittle, or prone to breakage if exposed to excessive heat. Heat protectants are available as serums, sprays, and creams, and you can double up by wearing a hat or head scarf to shield your locks from UV damage. See our post on heat protectants for more information.

Take Time to Treat Your Hair

To keep hair hydrated, introduce a weekly deep conditioning treatment or hair mask. Extra moisture is always beneficial to curly hair which is often dry. Making sure your hair stays moisturized aids in preventing split ends, damage from heat, and boosts the overall health of your hair.

Protect Your Hair While You Sleep

Your haircare routine shouldn’t end when your head hits the pillow, and taking care of your hair overnight can lead to better hair when you wake up. Simple changes such as swapping out your cotton pillowcase for a silk one, or braiding your hair before bed can shave minutes off your morning routine and keep your hair healthy. See our post on overnight hair tricks to wake up with fabulous hair.

Don’t Over-Wash Your Hair

Washing your hair too frequently can be damaging to your hair and lead to brittle, dry strands that could result in breakage and split ends. Try limiting your wash days to three or four times a week. Depending on your hair type, develop a wash day schedule that works for you. As an example, if you have curly hair, you can go longer between washes as curly hair tends to be dryer than straight hair. On no-wash days, try dry shampoo if your hair feels oily.

Use The Right Products For Your Hair Type

It is important to use the right products for your hair type otherwise you may have unhappy results. Different hair types have different needs, and using the wrong products can lead to a variety of hair predicaments such as limp strands, breakage, dry scalp, or oily tresses. See our post on choosing the right products for your hair type to learn more.


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4 Hairstyle Ideas For Fall

Buns

Buns are a simple yet versatile hairstyle that can be dressed up or down. Try switching things up by adding a braid!

Braids

There are endless ways to style your hair with braids, and they work for day or night, so grab a comb and some hair ties and start braiding!

Hats

Hats are great for days you don’t have a lot of time to do you hair, just throw one on and walk out the door!

Half-Up-Half-Down

The half-up-half-down look is both simple, and a classic. Try twists or braids for more versatility.


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