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.
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.
Here are a few basic tips in order to rejuvenate your hair if it has become dull and lifeless or damaged due to over styling. By following these steps you can keep your tresses looking and feeling healthier at all times.
One of the best things you can do for yourself and your locks is to switch to a healthier lifestyle. Eating poorly, smoking and stress can end up damaging your follicles and preventing the essential nutrients from reaching where they need to get to. A healthy body means healthier hair.
Getting a proper nights rest will help rejuvenate your hair. When you sleep your body uses this time to restore your bodies’ immune systems levels which lead to healthier hair. Sleep deprived people have been proven to have weaker immune systems which can lead to some hair loss conditions so make sure you are getting plenty of rest.
Hair products that are made with alcohol can dry out and damage your hair so if there is not alcohol based product you should use that in order to minimize the drying out of your hair on a repeated basis. You should also try to avoid applying styling products directly to your scalp as they can block your hair follicles and inhibit hair growth.
Using a blow dryer excessively can damage your hair as well by over drying it. Try not to blow dry your hair in one spot for more than a few seconds and instead using a back and forth motion and a comb in order to dry your hair more effectively without damaging one particular spot. If you have the time then you should towel dry your hair to get the excess moisture out of your hair and then run your fingers through your hair to straighten it and then let it air dry. That way you will do the least damage to your hair follicles.
Always comb your hair gently and be careful when combing wet hair as this is when your hair is at its most vulnerable. Try to let your hair almost completely dry before running a comb through it. Try to use combs and brushes that have soft bristles such as ones made from natural animal hair and use combs that have widely spaced bristles to lessen the strain on your hair.
Buy shampoo and conditioners that work best for your hair type so you will receive the maximum benefit from each time you wash it. Use warm water to wash your hair as water that is too hot can damage your hair quite a bit. As to frequency you should wash your hair as often is necessary to keep it clean and healthy looking. If you have oily hair you can wash it daily and if you have dry hair then you can wash it 2-3 times a week as needed. A general rule for any hair is to wash it every other day but you will have to judge for yourself how often your own hair requires washing but every other day is fine for most hair types.
You should wash your hair as often as you feel necessary to keep it clean, but a general rule is for oily hair you should wash it every day or every other day and for dry hair only wash it 2-3 times a week.
When using any styling tools to create your styles make sure they are of good quality so they won’t excessively damage your hair when you use them. Ensure that they have some sort of heat control mechanism and that they don’t get excessively hot.
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Your hair almost directly reflects who you are, so if you start to develop hair problems it can be very stressful. Beautiful hair does not just happen it takes hard work, careful planning and good vitamins. Your diet plays a huge role in your hairs development, growth and overall health.
Things like free radicals can wear on your hair leading to breakage and slow growth, this can be very harmful to healthy hair. Vitamins like C, A and E can help fight these free radicals and keep your hair healthy and full of life, this means faster growth and more strength. So the next time you see a piece of fruit don’t pass it up, your hair will thank you. The food you eat can also directly affect your scalp like the amounts of oil it produces or blood flow to the root of the hair, so try to avoid fried foods and eat plenty of vegetables.
Overall the most important vitamin for your hair to keep up proper health is Vitamin B, there are 13 different vitamin B’s in total. It is great for your hair, skin and nails, it help make them more healthy. It helps control the building, development and growth of proteins that create hair, which means stronger hair. It has also been shown to help your hair grey slower, while retaining more volume.
Other things like silica, iodine and folic acid help your hair too, these minerals are very important. Certain amino acids help in hair development and overall strand strength as well, stronger hair means less breaks. Iodine can help you keep moisture longer, moisture is key when it comes to health. Zinc helps regulate the oils in your scalp, which is important over oily glands can clog the scalp causing the scalp to become unhealthy. Many of the minerals act as building block supplements to help you develop stronger protein bonds, this means strong faster growing hair.
Once this happens you will be stronger have more volume and style much easier, your hair will also look and feel better. When looking for a healthy scalp the process could take time, which is to be expected. Normally you start to see changes in your hair around 3 to 4 weeks with the best results coming after 6 weeks, but it really depends on the person. Eating healthy while taking vitamins will improve your chances of success, so keep this in mind.
Taking care of yourself does take time, but with the proper diet and hair vitamins your should be able to get the gorgeous look in as little as a few months. A proper diet and exercise does help but is not required, so you will have to find what works for you. Once you get the style you have always dreamed about you will look and feel like a different person.
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Having healthy hair is easier once you know what effects hair and what choices you can make to support you hair in being healthy. To have healthy hair there are factors you have to consider from the inside and from the outside.
Inside factors include anything that is going on inside your body. This includes the kinds of things you are ingesting (food, beverages, thoughts), what form of release you have established (exercise, yoga, breath work, being outside, laughter, fun) and if you are in a state of health and balance. The three biggest inside factors that affect your hair are stress, hormones and medication.
Outside factors include how you treat your hair, what you do to your hair (color, straighten, blow drying), environmental factors (pollution, ozone layer, air conditioning, artificial heat, chlorine) and weather (sun, wind, humidity, cold).
In this article we are going to focus on the outside factors and what you can do to support your hair in being healthy.
How You Treat Your Hair
Begin in the shower, what shampoo and conditioner do you use? It needs to be quality. Professional products are usually best. A product with keratin and moisture does wonders for anyone with chemically treated hair. Keratin is a form of protein and protein will rebuild your hair from the inside out. Moisture will protect your hair on the surface. It is crucial to have quality products for quality hair.
If you brush your hair when wet, switch to a comb. Hair is most elastic when wet, and if your hair is weak or vulnerable, it can overstretch and break when it’s wet. Just take care. Combing is more forgiving.
Next, use product in your hair if you plan on using any kind of heat. Product will help protect your hair. If you are blow drying, put your product on, then finish getting ready or eat breakfast and let your hair air dry for a bit. When you do blow dry, start on warm to get your hair 70 to 90 percent dry, then switch to hot heat. Use the heat as a styling tool, to give your hair a finished, polished look.
Don’t wash your hair everyday. This is super for your scalp and hair. You can use hair power and a quick freshening spray on your non-wash days, in combination with a quick blow dry on hot, to reshape your hair. Over time, this will make a huge impact of the health of your hair. Less washing means less styling. Less styling is less wear and tear on your hair.
What You Do To Your Hair
If you color or straighten your hair it is important to give back to your hair. You need to do all that we have just covered, not as an option, but as a practice of how to treat your hair. Also ask your stylist about gloss for coloring. It is safe and effective and feels wonderful. Your hair will shine.
Be aware of the environmental factors you can control. Nourish your hair with oils if you are in artificial heat or air.
Put fresh water in your hair, then conditioner, then a cap on if you are getting in chlorinated water. Treat you hair to a deep conditioning treatment if you live in an area with extreme weather. Wear hats if you are out in the sun or cold.
Now that you know what factors affect your hair you can make choices to be nice to your body from the inside. Use quality products to nourish and protect your hair from heat, weather and daily life. Don’t wash everyday and take care to take care.
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Nichole Ekman is a hairstylist and educator. She is also the founder of hairgoodness.com, a resource for hairstylist who want to practice the sacred aspects of hair. Nichole practices and teaches ‘Sacred Scalp Massage’ and other ways to connect in a deep, meaningful way in the world of beauty.
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