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10 Tips For Having the Best Hair Day Ever

Tips for the perfect hair day? Yes please!

 

1) There’s no such thing as too much texture.

If your hair can sometimes fall flat, use a dry shampoo or texture spray. Spritz at your roots, flip your head over, and work it into your hair with your fingers for a tousled, pumped-up look.

 

2) Think thermal.

Be sure to use a heat protectant before using curling irons, blow-dryers, or straighteners. Effective thermal protectants will hydrate your hair and shield it from the damaging effects of high heat.

 

3) Choose your part.

Go with how your hair falls naturally, because it makes for the easiest styling. “Just make sure that the part you create doesn’t fight with a cowlick,” adds Orlando Pita. For a more modern vibe: “I would say keep your part off-center and just slightly to one side.”

 

4) Hydrate for health.

Avoid sulfate-laden shampoos that strip hair, and reduce the frequency of your hair washes. When you shampoo your hair too often, it strips it of its natural oils. You can also use a leave-in conditioner to help hydrate your hair.

 

5) Sleep on silks (seriously!).

“Using a silk pillowcase or a satin hair bonnet is a great way to keep your hair moisturized at night,” explains Lacy Redway

 

6) Get hands-on.

Try detangling your hair with your fingers first. Then, if you  still need some more help, try using a wide-tooth comb.

 

7) Care for your color.

Step one: moisture. “Grab Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and deep-condition your hair once or twice a week,” says Sarah Potempa. “Doing so will lock in the moisture and leave your hair silky smooth.” Step two: maintenance. “Talk to your colorist about doing an at-home clear gloss between color appointments,” she advises.

 

8) Learn some shortcuts.

“With a good haircut, you can add mousse to enhance the natural wave pattern in seconds,” explains Sarah Potempa. “You do this simply by scrunching the hair up and twisting it away from the face.” For quick fixes throughout the day, try the Beachwaver Co. Mini Touch Up.

 

9) Try these smooth moves.

For smooth hair, conditioning your ends is a good start. Sarah recommends putting your hair in a braid or bun overnight to get a jump-start on smooth strands in the morning. 

 

10) Think long term.

“Spend the extra 15 minutes on the first day, and your hair will continue to look incredible with minor touch-ups,” says Sarah. With the Beachwaver, you can create your foundation of curls on day one, which will become looser, relaxed waves on day two. For days three and four, you can use that existing texture and create a braid or texturized ponytail.

 

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10 Tricks for Gorgeous, Low-Maintenance Hair

1) Cut Layers

Layers look great whether they're blown or out air dried. It also will cut down on your salon visits, because layers still look great as they grow out.

2) Shave Time Off Your Blow-Dry

Drying hair can be made easier by “flipping wet hair upside down and blasting with a dryer until it’s almost dry, then go over only the top layer with a big curling iron to create loose waves,” says stylist Nunzio Saviano.

3) Style While You Snooze

For loose waves and smooth roots, Sarah Potempa, suggests splitting hair into two sections, then twisting each side back, away from the face, and wrapping into small buns. Secure with bobby pins; release in the morning. 

4) Go Easy on the Product

To stretch your days between washing your hair, use less product so there is less buildup. Extra product can make hair appear dirtier.

5) Treat Your Locks With TLC

When your hair is healthy, it's easier to style and maintain. Using a treatment and nourishing mask every once in a while will help to keep your locks lovely.

6) Don't OD on Dry Shampoo

If you use too much dry shampoo, it can actually clog your hair follicles and risk the health of the new hair growing in.

7) Twist and Go

When your hair is wet, separate it into strand and twist them and don't touch them. Then when they dry, you'll have nice, loose waves.

8) Prolong Your Color

It can be so hard to keep up with hair growing out after you color it. “I choose a color no more than two shades lighter than the natural one, then start the color about a quarter inch off the scalp. That way, the grow-out is very subtle,” says Stephanie Brown, a colorist at the Nunzio Saviano Salon.

9) Think: Big Picture

For some, “it may pay to invest time or money in one high-maintenance service in order to be lower maintenance on a daily basis,” says Jenny Cho. Some examples of this include: Get keratin smoothing treatment every three to four months to make blow-drying and frizz-fighting go more quickly. Splurge on a professional blow-out or give yourself a blow-out once a week.

10) Focus on the Front

If your hair is wet, Sarah Potempa says to blow-dry just the hair around your face, then put the rest in a loose French braid to air-dry. “This will ultimately create soft waves and minimize frizz,” she says. “And in the short term, it helps you look groomed, even if only 30 percent of your hair is dry. The key is making it appear like a deliberate style.”

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Get the Look: Lauren and Jojo's Finale Beachwaves

I think something we can all agree on is that both Jojo and Lauren looked stunning at the finale of the Bachelor. Both had loose, gorgeous beachwaves that complimented their beautiful dresses. Check out this quick step by step tutorial on how to recreate their look:

1) Separate hair and pull both sides forward. Using a Darby clip, section hair so the lower part is down, and clip the rest up.

2) Using the Beachwaver S1, grab a 1-2" section of hair and clamp hair leaving a few inches out on the end. Continue until you have finished all of your hair.

3) Once all the curls cool, use a nylon-boar bristle brush and a flexible hold hairspray. Spray the hairspray directly on the brush and brush through the curls. By spraying the hairspray onto the brush and then brushing, it helps to evenly distribute the hairspray to the waves. 

 

 


 
 

11 Super Simple Hacks to Make Your Thick Hair More Manageable

 

Sometimes thick hair can be harder to manage, but with these tips, you'll be a pro in no time.

1. Ask your hairstylist to "take the weight out" of your hair.

Sarah Potempa says, "adding long layers gives thick hair movement, while blending these layers with texturizing shears helps to lighten the hair."

2. Use serum.

Serums can reduce frizziness and help your strands lay flatter. 

3. Ask your hairstylist for an undercut.

When you remove hair at the nape of your neck, your hair will lay more smooth and look more sleek.

4. Use your flat iron.

A flat iron will help hair to look sleeker.

5. Use a rubber hair tie.

A rubber hair tie will hold thick hair nicely.  They grip firmly and hold hair in place.

6. Try a half-up 'do.

Thick hair is perfect for a half-up hairstyle. It will take the thickness out of the bottom layer of your hair. The Half Up is the perfect solution to a half up bun.

7. Grow your hair out.

When your hair is longer, it gets heavier and will help to reduce the amount of volume.

8. Comb your hair with a paddle brush while you're in the shower.

Sarah Potempa says you should brush your hair after you've conditioned to get rid of knots, then again with a wide tooth comb once you get out of the shower to rid your hair of tangles for good.

9. Rock a center part.

A center part evenly distributes your hair. When you have a side part, one side of the hair appears much thicker.

10. Use a clarifying shampoo.

Sarah Potempa says this will keep your hair from being weighed down with grease and extra product.

11. Never leave the house with wet hair.

Sarah Potempa says you should "wait for your hair to dry all the way before leaving the house." Wind and humidity can all make your hair messy and dry hair holds its shape much better than damp hair.

 

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