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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

 

 

Last Days of Summer, Vacation Beauty Part 1: Skin, Hair & Eyes

A vacation feels especially sweet as we try to savor the last few weeks of summer. So, ladies, why not also find ways to escape your normal beauty routine for the week? Whether you’re exploring the fountains of Rome, touring the Mayan Ruins in Belize, or soaking up the sun at an Australian beach, vacations are a great time to keep it easy and try something new. And with phones always nearby ready to capture these new experiences and places, we want to make sure we feel great about ourselves for every picture.  

1. Leave the Foundation at Home.

    During the day while you’re lounging by the beach or sightseeing, let your face breathe a bit with a simple tinted moisturizer. There’s no reason to cake on the foundation to achieve perfection: you’re not giving a presentation in the boardroom; you’re busy exploring new places. Stick with this easy product that allows your natural skin to shine. Great options include: Cellularose CC Cream or Chantecaille’s Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer , which uses a non-toxic mineral sunscreen.

    2. Go for the Wild Eye

    Since you’re not rushing to get ready for your workday, why not experiment with a bold cat eye? You’ll have time to patiently perfect your liner’s thick swoop before dinner. If you’re feeling even more daring, the runways are showing that variations of the typical eyeliner will be big for fall/winter. Or maybe try experimenting with new eye shadow colors you wouldn’t normally choose. Have fun; your boss won’t be there to monitor your wild-factor.

    3. Go for the Simplified Skincare

    Trying lots of new and specialized skincare products when you’re at home can be great, but there’s no reason to bring extra steps with you on vacation. Stick to your necessities and multi-use options. Maybe bring Jojoba Oil to use as your makeup remover and moisturizer for both face and body. Then add in a good cleanser, toner, and SPF, and you’re good to go.

    4. Go for the Easy, Breezy Hair Care

    There’s no need to waste precious vacation time on styling your hair for hours. Instead, go for the fun beachy look. A sea salt spray can add texture and body to either damp or dry hair in a few spritzes. Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray even comes in a 1.5 oz bottle, which is airplane carry-on approved. Or try using a flatiron to create quick, messy beach waves (see a helpful video tutorial here).

    Try shaking it up a bit next time you take a vacation. The point is to feel happy, so try the things that make you happy within your beauty routine. You will have plenty of time to worry about what colors and styles are appropriate when you start back to work. Have fun while you’re on “vacating” life for a few days

                         

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