Most people suffer from dry hair. Some of the common causes of dry hair includes overuse of hair products, too much sun exposure, excessive washing and hereditary. Aside from looking dull and unhealthy, dry hair could also lead to dandruff and hair loss.
There are a lot of ways to help add moisture to your hair. Mind you, you don’t have to spend too much in order to bring back your hair’s moisture. Sometimes, the ingredients you need are already available at home. So, get those ingredients out and feel free to try out these inexpensive home remedies.
Vinegar is a great remedy for dull and dry hair. Mix water and apple cider vinegar and use this solution to rinse your hair. This solution could help remove the buildup of hair products. After using it as a pre-rinse, you’ll see that your hair is much easier to comb.
The vinegar’s acidity could weaken your hair, so it is best to limit the use to once a month.
- Sesame oil
Sesame oil could be used as a scalp massage. It is a great alternative to the more expensive oils.
Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of sesame oil with grated ginger and use it to massage your scalp. The ginger is especially helpful if you have dandruff. Wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave it for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, shampoo your hair afterwards.
If you wish to add in moisture to your hair, beer would be a great option. Spray a small amount of beer into your hair after shampooing. Leave it on until it dries. Once it dries, the smell will be gone and your hair will be soft and shiny.
- Banana and hair mask
Mash a very ripe banana and add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of almond oil (optional). Mix well. If you have long hair, you may need 2 bananas. Apply this mask onto your hair and leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then, shampoo your hair after the treatment.
For this style, the longer your hair, the better. Part it the way you like, then separate a one-inch section of hair at each temple and clip those sections out of the way. Gather your remaining hair at the nape of your neck. Then create two or three low braids, securing the ends with clear elastics. Twist each braid until it curls into itself; bobby-pin in place. Last, unclip and twist the two pieces by your temples. Pin under the braided bun or, for a slightly fancier flourish, tuck their ends into the bun before securing.
Side Fishtail Braid
This braid, which works best with longer hair, needs a bit of texture for hold; if your hair is straight, give it some wave by winding one-inch sections around a curling iron. Gather your hair to one side in a low ponytail, securing it close to the base of your neck with a clear elastic. Next, create a fishtail braid: Separate the ponytail into two sections. Hold one section; with your other hand, take a narrow strip of hair from the outside of the other section and bring it over to the one in your hand. Repeat, incorporating hair from one section into the other until you run out of hair; then secure with another clear elastic. Finally, with a pair of scissors, carefully cut out the top elastic to give the braid a loose, casual look. For a more bohemian effect, gently pull the braid apart with your fingers.
Side French Braid
This style works even for short lengths. First create a deep side part. Starting from the part and working toward the opposite temple, French-braid a section of hair about an inch wide along your hairline, stopping at the temple. Secure with a clear elastic or bobby pins. Style the rest of your hair as usual.
Slick down center-parted medium-length to long hair with a comb and some gel (such as L’Oréal Paris Strong Hold Defining Gel, $7 at drugstores). Secure hair at the nape with a clear elastic. Form a fishtail braid, then twist the braid around itself to create a “flower.” Pin to hold.
Separate the upper portion of medium-length to long hair (from temples to crown) and temporarily clip it atop your head. Take a small section at each temple and tightly French-braid it, working back toward your crown; secure each braid with a clear elastic. Next, unclip the hair at your crown. Use one hand to hold this section up and the other to tease it at the roots with a fine-tooth comb, making a little pouf. Gently smooth over the teased portion with a paddle brush. Then anchor the braids to the bottom of the pouf with bobby pins.
I love wearing my hair curly, but it took a long time to say that. My hair was a mix of frizz, waves, ringlets and crazy hair until I worked out an easy routine to style my curly hair that made the most of my curls.
You might think I always straighten my hair after my 30 Braids in 30 Days hairstyles, but it’s not the case. I straighten my hair for tutorials as it is easier to photograph and restyle for the step-by-step photos.
Plus the more you touch curly hair, the frizzier it becomes. My first styling tip is stop touching your hair. The oil and dirt from your hands creates frizz and will mess up your curls.
How to style curly hair
This is my quick way to style curly hair when I want to wear it out.
- Wash your hair. Here are my top 10 tips for how to wash your hair.
- Use a conditioning treatment, or leave your conditioner on for 3-5 minutes. Use a wide tooth comb or tangle teezer to get rid of any knots. This is the last time you will comb your hair. Comb gently, as wet hair is more prone to breakages.
- Rinse your shampoo and conditioner thoroughly.
- Turn your head upside-down, and gently shake your hair to let the curls form their natural shape. I use my fingertips on my scalp to lift my hair and let the curls take shape.
- Don’t rub your hair with a towel. I squeeze the water out instead of rubbing my hair and breaking up the curls. A microfiber towel, or t-shirt is even better as they are smoother on your hair.
- Apply a curl cream or mousse. I used Aveda Be Curly Style Prep and Curl Enhancer. Apply the Style Prep first, then the curl Enhancer which has a creamy texture.
- Use a diffuser to dry your hair to about 80% dry. You can let your hair dry naturally, but a diffuser is quicker and gives more volume. I used the Anthony Nader WAHL dryer to dry my hair with my head upside down. Then I flip my hair back, and check how it’s sitting. I usually restyle the front and partline, then let it be.
- As a final touch you can use a serum or wax to add more definition to your curls. I used O&M Frizzy Logic in the ends of my curls. I also love Aveda Pure Abundance Styling Potion sprinkled on my roots to add volume.
This looks like a lot of steps, but I’ve just broken it down in detail. It takes me less than 10 minutes to blowdry and style my curly hair.
How do you style your curls?
Move over topknot, there’s a new bun in town. The sock bun—which uses a sock rolled into a doughnut shape to form the shape of the style—is everywhere these days. And for good reason: It’s a classy, glamorous look that just so happens to be a cinch to create (with a little practice and our hair tutorial).
What you’ll need:
One sock or foam bun doughnut
One ponytail holder
A few bobby pins
Step 1: Prep your sock
If you’re using a foam bun doughnut, skip this step. Otherwise, take your sock and cut off the toe. Now, roll the bun from the ankle end to the toe end, creating a doughnut shape. Ideally you won’t see the sock but, just in case, use one in a similar shade to your hair color—no neons or patterns!
Step 2: Prep your hair
As with most updos, the sock bun works best with second-day hair. If your hair is clean or naturally slippery, spray a texturizing spray like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Texture & Volume Spray all over. This will make it easier to hold the style without pins.
Step 3: Ponytail
Pull your hair into a ponytail on top of your head. The sock bun looks best when it’s up high, like a top knot. Now hold the end of your pony straight up in the air, and slip the foam or sock doughnut over it.
Step 4: Roll the bun
This is where the process gets tricky—you’ll probably need to practice a few times. Hold the tip of your ponytail, which should now be just above the doughnut, and spread the ends so that they’re splayed out over the sock. At the same time, roll the sock down your pony, continuing to spread and tuck hair around the doughnut as you go. Once you get closer to the base, the process will get easier. Keep adjusting your hair to make sure it’s fully covering your sock.
Step 5: Set the bun
Once you reach the base of your pony, your bun should sit securely on the top of your head. If you need to, add a few bobby pins to secure layers. Finally, spray with a light hairspray like blowPro Blow Out Hairspray to keep flyaways in check—you’re not going for messy bed head.
Your hair is your biggest, best, and most permanent accessory. Love the way it looks! Last week, we posted about your 2013 hair goals. It is time to make a get-the-hair-you-want plan! The most popular hair goals are all about getting more volume, more shine, and more smoothness. Here is how:
Volume is sexy, and there is a way to get it. For this technique you will need a volumizing spray, a round brush, and large Velcro curls. Begin by applying the volumizing spray to damp hair. Use a round brush when you blow dry and pull the hair upward from the root (this part is key!). While your hair is still warm from the blow-dry, section it off and wrap around the curlers. Allow it to cool in the curlers. Once cool, remove the rollers and tease around the root. This will give you that extra voluminous oomph! Be sure to comb through with your fingers to finish off the look – so your locks have a gorgeous soft flow.
Frizz is smooth hair’s biggest enemy. So to get smooth hair, you must reduce frizz. The best way to reduce frizz is to lock in moisture. To get the smooth hair you have been after, you will need a moisturizing hair cream, moisturizing oil, and a round brush. Massage the cream into towel-dried hair before you blow-dry. Use the large round brush and point your hair dryer nozzle downward. Note: pointing the blow dryer in all different directions actually causes frizz because it lifts the hair cuticle. When you are finished, use the moisturizing oil on the ends of your hair. To be extra smooth, touch up your look with an anti-humidity hair spray.
Shiny hair turns heads. If it is that glossy look you are after, you will need shampoo and conditioner that is packed with vitamins and proteins. Tip: hair repair products tend to be packed with vitamins and proteins. After washing, use a leave in conditioner to protect against heat damage. When you blow dry, you should also be pointing the nozzle down. To finish off, apply a shine enhancing spray.
With shine, volume, and smoothness you can love the way your hair looks!
We all have those days when our bangs drive us crazy. They may not be blow-drying just right, or you may not have time to wash and style them. There is good news. Here are some adorable ways to pin back your bangs:
If your bangs are usually swept to the side, try a side swept braid.
If your bangs just are not laying right, try a side pompadour. This is a great way to get those bangs off your face!
If you are feeling stylish, try this simple twist down the side! It looks sophisticated yet takes less than three minutes to do!
As you get older, your face and hair will inevitably change. So should your haircut. To give a huge boost to your overall appearance, finding the right color and cut is key! It is important to stick with your favorite style, but you should update it in little ways. The trick is to find a hair stylist that will focus on three things: your hair texture, bone structure, and how much time you would like to spend on daily styling. With the right hairstyle for you, you can look younger and more energized! Here are some tips and ideas:
To create life around your face, avoid wearing your hair flat around your face. Layers and styling can help you look lively and lifted.
If your hair color mimics your skin tone, you may look washed out (especially in the winter time). To choose a more flattering color, go with a base that is two shades darker than your skin tone. This applies to natural blondes too! If you desire a lighter look, add highlights.
If you want to hide your forehead wrinkles, try eyebrow-skimming bangs. They will highlight your eyes and cover up lines.
If you want to draw attention to your cheekbones, create volume at the crown by getting layers on top. Then, when you are styling take a few light and gentle strokes with a teasing comb five inches from the hairline.
If you know you want a change, but aren’t exactly sure what to ask for. Tell your stylist what you don’t want and let her make suggestions. You can even ask for a consultation before committing to an actual hair color or cut! This way you can get some ideas, but make sure to avoid being pressured into a look that isn’t for you. If you have a vision in mind, be detailed and specific with your ideas and bring in pictures for back up. Remember that your hair is your biggest accessory; so keeping it updated can do wonders for your look!