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Luscious Locks: 5 Habits of Women with Beautiful Hair

 

 Beautiful Hair 5 Habits

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If you find yourself constantly coveting a shinier, thicker, frizz-free mane, you’d be surprised to hear that the answer to obtaining one doesn’t lie in pricey salon treatments or caviar-infused scalp masks. Instead, it’s simply down to good old-fashioned daily habits that literally make or break your strands.

 Here, after many deep conversations about heat styling and conditioners with the women in our lives who seem to effortlessly grow magazine-cover ready hair, we’re happy to reveal to you the ultimate practices to getting and maintaining those enviably luscious locks.

    1. Trimming Your Hair Regularly

Yes, even when trying to grow it out. As tempting as it might be to skip seasonal trims in the hopes of achieving a longer hairdo faster, to add healthy length you need to do just the opposite. While cutting the ends of your hair doesn't affect the follicles in your scalp which determine how fast and how much your hair grows, frequent trims might make your hair look a little longer. This is because getting rid of split ends reduces hair breakage, and breakage is what makes hair look thinner and lifeless. Also, once your hair splits, there’s no way to reverse it or repair the damage. So aim to get a haircut every six to eight weeks to prevent harmful breakage before it starts.

      2. Sleeping on Silk

While cotton may feel soft to the skin, its weave actually grips and tugs at individual strands, causing damage and breakage to the hair when you toss and turn at night. The effects of continuous contact with cotton pillowcases can also tangle hairstyles, ultimately resulting in more frizz and less shine. Meanwhile, silk’s smooth texture allows hair to slide around more smoothly, preventing knotted hair and split ends. Unlike cotton that absorbs moisture, silk stimulates hydration, leaving your hair shinier and soft to the touch. Fewer frizzy strands in the morning? Now that sounds truly dreamy.

     3. Minimizing Heat Styling

Blowdrying, straightening, and curling tools have become an invaluable resource when it comes to taming otherwise unruly strands, but sadly frequent heat styling takes a toll on your hair, wearing and degrading it over time.  The regular exposure to high temperatures leaves the hair dry, dull and prone to breakage. If you can avoid it and air-dry instead, it will greatly help you maintain the quality of your hair. Have fun and try wearing a ponytail, bun, or braid the second day, or use a serum to control frizz and tame fly-always. But if you absolutely must use hot tools to style your hair, always use a spray-in heat protectant. To remember, think of it this way: a heat protectant is the hair equivalent of sunscreen for the skin. Don’t skip it.

*Bonus tip: Heat-protection serums work best with blow dryers, while sprays are more compatible with flat irons. Different products are designed for dry versus wet hair so be sure to check the label beforehand.

      4. Eating the Right Foods

Much like the skin on our face, beautiful hair starts with nourishment from within. So despite all the attention we pay to the hair follicle once it leaves the scalp, the condition of your hair is an outward sign of inside health. What you put inside your body every day plays an immense role in the rate of your hair’s growth, texture, gloss, and volume. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a regular supply of key nutrients. Since hair is made of a protein called Keratin, ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for keeping your locks strong and healthy. Moreover, a diet rich in iron, Vitamin C, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids will help stimulate your hair follicles for growth.

  1. Moisturizing

The skin that makes up your scalp needs moisture just like the skin on your face does, especially if it's going to provide a healthy foundation for hair to grow. A general rule of thumb is to follow with conditioner every time you shampoo your hair. But the moisturizing doesn't end once you leave the shower. Even if you're not heat-styling your hair, you should comb through a protective product or a nourishing hair cream or oil. It helps to reduce dryness, split ends, boost your hair's shine and beat out frizz.

*Bonus tip: Argan oil works wonderfully as a hair conditioning treatment. Rich in Vitamins A and E, antioxidants and fatty acids, the oil boosts cell production, regeneration, and the hair’s texture. It is particularly effective in treating thinning, damaged or color treated hair.

   Written by Sofia Sosunov

 

 

Menswear Inspired

It’s back-to-school season, and we all know menswear is a hot trend this fall. If men are inspiring women’s fashion, why not also pull that inspiration into beauty trends? Let’s get real for a moment, ladies. Men have the market cornered on the ability to go from shower to out the door in fewer than five minutes. By the time they are in the car ready to roll, we probably haven’t even decided “curly or straight today?” or which accent eye shadow to use.

Though the aspects of traditional and conventional feminine beauty practices are fun and self-satisfying for so many women, there is no denying that all that time getting ready can drain precious time from the day. What if we took a lesson from the men in our lives and realized that simple just may be the way to go? Let’s grab some beauty inspiration from the guys!

KISS: Keep it Simple, Sister

We all may have heard of the mythological man who fills his bathroom counter with this product and that serum and everything new and noteworthy. If you have seen such a magnificent creature, let us know! For most men, they are using their shampoo as face and body wash and slathering the same lotion on their elbows and as they do on their foreheads.

There is something to be said for paring down the daily products we use to save some time (and money!). Simplification becomes the name of the game. Why not try versatile skincare products that also benefit hair like the multitalented Argan Oil? Or invest in some some 2-in-1 makeup products. Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge can add color to both lips and cheeks.

Go Neutral or Go Home

Since most men do not venture into the world of makeup, they are not too concerned with adding anything to the face that isn’t already there. We know the barefaced or “No makeup” makeup looks have been popular for some time, but what if we continued to reduce anything that added to the face instead of simply enhancing what is already there? Maybe try keeping a simple four-product routine.

Here’s a sample daily rundown that will give you a “No Makeup” makeup look: Laura Mercier’s Undercover Pot for concealing dark circles, blemishes, or discoloration, Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo for full, defined brows, Lancome’s Définicils Mascara for an everyday lash look, and Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm to finish off the barefaced look.

Is Expensive Always Effective?

Most men are not emptying their wallets to get a hold of the latest and greatest of beauty products. We ladies know that a great, sophisticated beauty product can often give a big bang for its buck (or many bucks). But maybe we too often fool ourselves into believing that the most expensive is the most effective. We could take a lesson from a guy and try cooling down the beauty product spending.

For example, the beauty YouTube and blogging worlds have been abuzz with NYX’s HD Concealer Wand for both dark under eye circles and blemish or age spot cover-ups. The price of this fabulous concealer? Five dollars. Plus, NYX is an entirely cruelty-free company.

As the temps are cooling off, this back-to-school season may be the perfect time to allow men’s style to not only permeate your wardrobe, but also your beauty routine. At the very least, you’ll add extra time to your mornings. But you may just find yourself a trendy new favorite style.

 

                     

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Truth about Oily Skin and Face Oils

When you look in the mirror and see a shiny, oily face staring back, the last thing you probably want to use is more oil.   Women are willing to spend countless dollars to rid themselves of oily skin with mattifying makeup and moisturizers, strong astringents, drying skincare, and blotting cloths. Can you blame them? Oily skin not only melts makeup and creates shine (women want their personalities to shine, not their noses), but it also raises the fear of clogged pores and breakouts.

Intuition may say that using a face oil would be a big no-no for those with oily skin, but science suggests otherwise. Though it seems counter-intuitive, using a face oil can actually regulate and balance your skin’s natural oils, and even help remove clogged pores.

It works like this: our skin needs oil to be healthy. To provide this oil, our skin has thousands of oil-producing sebaceous glands – most of which are found in the face. When those sebaceous glands are hyperactive, we get oily skin.   But there’s a catch. Using harsh chemicals and skincare products to control that excessive oil can actually dry out the skin and strip it of natural oils. The sebaceous glands then go into overdrive and produce even more oil to combat the dryness. This means extra oiliness, the exact opposite of the desired outcome.

Remember that oil is not necessarily the enemy. The goal is to have healthy, well-balanced oil production.   Using an appropriate, lightweight face oil to clean and/or hydrate the facial skin allows those sebaceous glands to calm down; they no longer need to produce lavish amounts of oil. As an added bonus, the use of a face oil can aid in the prevention and removal of black heads, a great benefit to those with acne-prone skin.

If you deal with oily skin and are interested in trying a face oil, remember these three important factors when choosing:

  • Choose a non or low comedogenic oil - Some oils are lower on the comedogenic scale than others, meaning they are less likely to clog pores. Argan oil and Sea Buckthorn Seed oil are both good. Coconut oil is high, making it an oil to stay away from if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
  • Choose an oil high in linoleic acid - Linoleic acid is an Omega-6 fatty acid, and it’s great for those with oily skin. People with low amounts of linoleic acid tend to suffer from acne, so using it daily can help keep skin clear. Passion Fruit Seed oil is a great option.  

  • Choose an all-natural 100% oil - Just as it is important to ensure the quality of ingredients going in your body, it is important to ensure the quality of ingredients going on your body. Make sure your face oil is 100% pure and not adulterated with other chemicals.

The misconception that oil is bad for oily skin is understandable, but luckily isn’t true. Skin with healthy, balanced oil-production is the skin you’ll be excited to look at in the mirror.

                     

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