How to Choose the Shampoo for Your Type of Hair

Is your hair flat or dry? Do you think you’ve purchased the wrong shampoo? When it comes to buying shampoo we tend to find ourselves becoming lost in the endless amounts of products, brands and packagingcolor packages which we face on the supermarket shelves. You may have seen them all, from extra volume and color enhancing, to split end solutions, but how do you know for sure that you’re making the right choice for you? Which shampoo is the best to suited to your hair type?

These are some of the main questions many people ask themselves, especially after  as they’re influencedseeing the many by the  TV commercials and magazine ads around them. If you’re one of these people, don’t despair. The following is a shampoo buying guide which can help you make the right decision when it comes to buying shampoo that will benefit you and your hair needs.

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Shampoo Buying Tips for Beginners

When hair becomes dirty, it causes the natural oils to trickle down the length of the hair. This can cause a sticky substance for dirt and dust to accumulate on, so it sticks to the hair. This is whenwhy your hair will needs the use of aa  good shampoo.

When buying shampoo, there are some things that you need to consider. These things include:

  • It should be able to clean the hair of oils, dead skin, dust, and sebum.
  • It shouldn’t cause irritation of your skin or damage your hair in any way.
  • It should act beneficially on your hair, regardless of the water type which is used.

By considering these things, you can easily purchase a shampoo which enhances your hair and keeps it healthier for longer.

Medium to Long Hair Lengths

If you’re a person who has medium to long hair in length, it’s recommended to use a mixed hair shampoo. This type of shampoo generally has special qualities which can help to regulate the sebum secretion, while enhancing the length and the end’s hydraulic film, although it’s advisable that “2 in 1” formulas should be avoided, as they tend to make the hair feel heavier than it is. In cases such as this, it’s best to use a conditioner which requires an intense rinse. For shorter length hair, a cleaning shampoo which absorbs the sebum excess is advisable to use.

Permed or Color Treateded Hair

Those with colored or permed hair know that it tends to be more fragile than normal hair because of its exposure to chemicals during the treatment process.  . Permed and colored hair requires a perfect balance of hair fiber to help maintain their desired looks. This is why milder shampoos are the best option for you. Milder shampoos are less heavy and damaging to on the new hair colors or freshly permed hair and can help you to maintain the integrity of the hair. For those who want to help protect their color, there are now special types of shampoos available which cater to colored hair. They provide an alternative solution to the neutral shampoo on the market.

Thin and Soft Hair

If you have soft and thin hair, it’s best to purchase a shampoo which is enriched with different proteins that can add additional body and volume to your hair. These shampoos are generally labeled with “volume” or “full body.”

Dry Hair

Dry hair is common for in many people. Unfortunately, dry hair tends to become easily damaged, more so than other types of hair. This is why it’s essential for you to use a nourishing and revitalizing alternative shampoo which can create a repairing hair mask around your hair. Shampoos which are suitable for dry hair include those with shea butter. Other types you can use include nutri-ceramide shampoos, which are suitable for dry hair with a deteriorated cuticle dry hair.

Oily Hair

Oily hair occurs when there’s an excess of sebum excretion. For oily hair, you should use neutral PH shampoos that offer an extremely mild formula mixture. Milder shampoo formulas tend to be less damaging and aggressive with oily hair. It’s important to also remember to rinse your hair thoroughly after each wash.

Frizzy Hair

The best choice for frizzy hair is the use of nourishingmild shampoos. Shampoos which are enriched with avocado or shea butter are best, as they tend to offer plenty of vitamins and minerals which can nourish your hair. To help avoid breakage, try a similar conditioner to help detangle your hair, since frizzy hair, as like you may well know, tends to tangle easier.

Curly Hair

If you have naturally curly hair, it’s best to use a shampoo which can redefine the curls. Use shampoos which say “for curly hair,” as these are specially formulated to help redefineraw the curls to create a beautiful and luscious finish.

How to Shampoo Correctly for Maximum Benefits

The process of shampooing consists of two main steps. These steps include washing and rinsing. Although simple in themselves, the trick is for you to complete each one correctly for maximum benefits.  

  • Step #1 – Shampoo your hair using a an amount about the size of a quarter to start.larger quantity of shampoo. Massage it into your scalp gently to help avoid any heavy trauma to the skin.
  • Step #2 -If you are not able to cover your entire scalp with that amount of shampoo, add more and repeat the massage.  
  • Step #3Step #2 – Rinse your hair thoroughly before applying another very small quantity of shampoo to the hair to help finish the complete cleaning process..  Make sure you massage the scalp again with clean water to ensure that all shampoo has been removed.
  • Step #4-Repeat the process one time.  You should see more lather the second time.  

Rinsing your hair in an abundance of water will help to remove all additional shampoo or any impurities that may still be on your hair. To help maximize the shine of your hair, it’s advisable to rinse your hair for the last time in cold water. Please note that you do not need to add extra shampoo to the ends of your hair!  Rinsing the shampoo you used on your scalp through the ends cleans your hair!

Conclusion

When it comes to selecting the right shampoos for your needs, it’s important to take everything into consideration to make sure you have the one that will benefit you the most. Many shampoos, when used incorrectly, can damage the hair, as they don’t provide the nourishing properties needed to make hair healthy. So, always check the labels and search out ones that are specific to your particular needs. In time, you will know exactly which one works and which ones to avoid. How did it go when shopping? Did you find the right shampoo for your hair type and needs?

Growing Your Locks: Tips and Tricks

There’s just something about long hair that is so enchanting. Perhaps we’ve been entranced by childhood stories of mermaids with winding braids down their backs, or we heard “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair” one too many times as a child. Either way, we love how long hair gives a girl a carefree, bohemian vibe. There are tons of girls, young ladies, and women who yearn for long, luxurious locks. However, it can be a little more than difficult, trying to achieve these results.

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It can feel like your hair is growing at a snail’s pace – and, really, your hair only grows about half an inch per month. So, that being said, we understand if you want to try to speed things up a bit. Not sure how to do that? There are some tricks and techniques that will help build strong, shiny, and faster-growing tresses.

For Rapunzel-worthy hair, follow these tips and tricks:

 

  • Give yourself a dry scalp massage.

 

The key to healthy hair growth is a healthy scalp. This just makes sense! So, treat yourself to an at-home dry scalp massage. This gets the blood flowing to your scalp, which enables nutrients to reach the hair follicle more quickly.

 

  • Also give a wet hair massage.

 

Massages shouldn’t end there! While you wash your hair, be sure to invigorate your scalp again by massaging as you shampoo. Start at the base of your neck and move around the hairline. Oh, and be sure to use your fingertips and not your nails. Using your fingernails will lead to scratches.

 

  • Condition, condition, condition!

 

If your hair is wet, always condition. Over time, from too much heat, styling, and coloring, your strands grow thinner at the bottom. Not only does conditioner nourish damaged tresses with lipids, proteins, and other nutrients for healthier, shinier locks, but it also seals the cuticle, which fights frizz.

A lot of people skip conditioner, which is one of the worst things you can do. If you’re trying to grow a long mane, skipping conditioner is counterproductive. So, if you are washing your hair, make sure to spend time conditioning (leaving it on longer than you did the shampoo.)

 

  • Lay off the washing.

 

While you should never skip a condition, shampooing is another story. You should skip it as much as possible. Shampoo is designed to remove dirt, oil, and buildup from your hair and scalp. However, it also strips the hair of natural oils that your strands need to remain soft and healthy.

 

  • Rinse with cold.

 

Rinsing your hair with cold water after you shower is an essential extra step that makes a huge difference. The cold water lays down the outer layer of your hair, which prevents moisture loss, breakage, and damage, making it smoother, shinier, and healthier.  

If you want your hair to grow, grow, grow, it needs to be healthy. There’s no point to growing six inches of damaged tresses. Plus, the cold water trick helps ladies with naturally coarse or frizzy hair, as the cold water helps smooth the cuticle.

 

  • Apply a hair mask.

 

The hair that reaches your shoulders or lower is several years old. This means you need to show these strands extra attention to keep them strong and growing. Just regular conditioner won’t cut it when you want long hair.

Once a week, apply either a mask or oil treatment to give ends much needed moisture. There are tons of DIY masks and oils, or there are tons of great masks on the market if DIY isn’t your style.

 

  • Get regular trims.

 

While a lot of women trying to grow their hair long and strong do their best to avoid salons, scissors are your best friend. While trimming off split ends doesn’t necessarily cause your hair to grow faster, it does keep splits from moving up the hair shaft. When split ends get that bad, a lot more length will have to be taken off.

 

Luckily for you, a trim isn’t drastic, and it only takes about an eighth of an inch off every 10 to 12 weeks, which is worth it for luscious locks.

 

  • Use products that promote hair growth.

There are many products on the market today that can help grow hair.  Sound too good to be true?  Think about how long we have been hearing about products to treat hair loss, like Rogaine, and all that talk about growing eyelashes.  They are hair, right?  The point is, technology today has created several options for helping to grow hair.  It is best to get a recommendation for your stylist, since these products are almost like prescriptions for your hair.

 

  • Take vitamins

 

If you really want to get things moving, try supplements with antioxidants and vitamin B blends, biotin, and Viviscal to promote healthy, faster hair growth.

 

  • Don’t wrap in a bath towel.

 

Chances are most of you hop out of the shower and wrap your wet hair into a large bath towel to dry. Seems innocent enough, right? Wrong. It causes tons of breakage, as your hair gets caught in all the tiny woven threads of the terry. Instead, invest in a thin or microfiber hair towel. They are designed specifically to wrap around hair.

 

  • Ditch cotton pillowcases.

 

Do you comb out knots before bed only to wake up with a tangled mess of hair? Your cotton pillowcase may be to blame. Woven cotton fabrics cause friction against your locks, so switching to a fabric such as satin might help those strands grow. Not to mention, the luxurious fabric does feel chicer than cotton.

 

  • Switch up your pony.

 

If you often wear a ponytail, be sure to switch up the placement. This is an easy trick that helps keep your strands strong. When you always place your pony in the same spot, that hair is more susceptible to breakage and damage.

 

  • Use heat sparingly.

 

We all know, by now, that heat tools cause major damage to your hair. If you want your mane to grow faster, you’ll have to lay off the blow dryer, curling iron, and flat iron. Experiment with your natural texture, and rock braids or chic buns. Just ditching heat several times a week can make all the difference.

 

 

  • Have patience!

 

While you can do all of these tips, you have to remember: You can’t make your hair grow overnight. Practicing patience will help you stay calm and eventually reach your desired length.

  • OR Try Hair Extensions!

If you just can’t wait for Mother Nature, consider hair extensions!  Technology has made extensions so much better than the old gum-stuck-in-you-hair feel that used to be the only option available.  Even though extensions have to be installed (and removed) by a professional stylist, the investment and maintenance may be worth it for instantaneous results.

Gym Hairstyles for Every Workout

When it comes to working out, every woman wants a hairstyle that will not only look good, but which will also keep them focused on their workout.  Sure, you could roll out of bed and throw your hair up in a knot, but you might regret it when those stray hairs start to fall out and get in your face.  Not only can the right hairstyle keep you focused, but it can also give you motivation.  Some hairstyles can boost your confidence, which, in turn, gives your workout a boost.  Whether you are practicing extensive yoga poses or doing an intense CrossFit workout, there is a gym hairstyle out there that will help you perform your best:

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Running

With running, sweat is inevitable, regardless of whether you are outside or on a treadmill.  One of the challenges of this workout is keeping your hair from sticking to your face and the back of your neck.  In this case, a simple ponytail won’t do.  A nontraditional ponytail is key to a great running workout, and you have plenty of options, from fishtail to braided ponytails.  Braiding your ponytail will also keep your hair from whipping you in the face, which is a common annoyance among runners.  Check out this tutorial for a chic fishtail braid.

Yoga

While it may not be intense, yoga can be difficult for hair.  With so many different poses, your hair needs to adapt, and not come loose in both standing poses and poses in which you are on your back.  In this case, a crown braid is the answer.  This hairstyle keeps the hair out of your face, whether you are in Warrior III or downward-facing dog, and also works for short hairstyles.   If you have longer hair, a low mermaid tail braid is also an option for yogis, because it is friendly to most yoga poses.

Cycling

Pigtail braids are not only trendy right now, but they also come in handy for those who wear helmets or other headgear during their workouts.  For those who are taking spinning classes, consider wearing your hair in a chic pull-through braid because there is less movement, and it is easier on your hair (it’s also super easy to do).  In addition, you might even be able to get beautiful waves when you let your hair down after class.

Weight-Lifting

Lifting weights is another exercise that, depending on what you are doing, doesn’t require a lot of jerky movements.  However, it is critical that your hair is out of your face for safety purposes.  A double French braid keeps the hair out of your face and also allows you to lay flat on your back for exercises such as the bench press or doing sit-ups.  Plus, this hairstyle tends to look pretty tough, which is fitting for strength training.

CrossFit

The headband braid is perfect for hair of all lengths, especially if you have shorter hair that needs to be kept in place during a vigorous workout.  The best part about this hairstyle is that it only looks complicated and is actually rather easy to do.  Wear your hair in a ponytail high up on your head so that it stays in place, whether you are on your back or jumping around.

Barre Classes

If you don’t absolutely need to pull your hair back tight, then it is best for you to keep it as loose as possible without it affecting your workout.  In barre classes, you are mostly standing, with the occasional small movement, and your hair won’t be in danger of coming loose through jerky turns or jumps.  For exercise classes such as barre class, a loose messy bun with a simple headband looks great and is simple to do.  Another option is a chic French twist.

Dance

Hairstyles for dance classes really depend on your preference.  Many people wear their hair down in dance classes because they swear it helps them follow through with their movements.  If you need your hair out of your face, you can always compromise with a half-up top knot.  This way, your hair is still down, but it is also not distracting and sticking to your face.  If you are dancing with a partner, they probably won’t appreciate your hair whipping in their face.  In this case, an upside-down braided bun is a trendy and practical look for dance.

Key Hair Tips for the Gym

Now that you have the perfect hairstyle for your workout, here are some key tips for your hair so that you can look good and feel good during your routine:

Bring Extra Elastics

There is nothing more annoying than your elastic hair tie snapping during a workout.  Bring an extra one and wear it on your wrist (as long as it is not too tight), or keep spares in your bag.  That way, you won’t have to jump off the treadmill in frustration because your hair is flying in your face.

Give Your Hair Some TLC

Sweating out harmful toxins, improving circulation to your scalp, and relieving stress are all things that your hair benefits from when you work out.  However, it’s important that you take care of it after your workout, regardless of these benefits.  The sweat from your workout contains salt that can damage your hair.  To combat this, consider a conditioning treatment from Barron’s London Salon to restore your hair and get luscious locks once more.

Eat Some Protein

Not only do your muscles benefit from eating protein after a workout, but it can also help your hair.  Our hair needs amino acids that are found in protein, so that it can create strong and beautiful hair.  You can find eight essential amino acids in protein sources such as meat, fish, eggs, poultry, milk, and all dairy, or, for vegetarians, through a combination of beans and grains.  After your workout, down a glass of milk or make yourself a protein smoothie or some eggs to keep your hair healthy.

Maintain Your Mane: Healthy Hair Tips

Whether she likes to admit it or not, every girl dreams of lustrous, gorgeous looking hair. This is true for those who rock long locks, a bob, undercut, pixie, or anything in between. Same goes for brunettes, blondes, and redheads, and those with wavy, curly, straight, fine, or coarse hair. There may be certain tricks that blondes do to keep their golden mane intact that brunettes wouldn’t. Likewise, girls with fine hair probably shouldn’t use hot oil treatments, while those with coarse hair could use them every week.

Hair maintenance is partly knowing what to do for your hair type and partly practicing healthy hair habits. While every girl’s hair is different, that doesn’t mean you were born with better or worse hair than someone else. The truth of the matter is, those with great manes know the certain tips that keep their strands strong and shiny.

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If you’re not one of those gifted ladies who seem to know all the hair secrets, it’s your lucky day! Below, we’ve rounded up the best-kept secrets that will help you achieve gorgeous locks.

 

  • Don’t wash every day.

 

Lathering up too often leads to drying, fading, and breakage. Washing every day often dries your hair, because the shampoo strips it of its natural oils. You should keep shampooing down to a minimum of a couple times a week.

However, if you have naturally oily hair, you will have to wash it more than someone who has dry hair. There is no exact rule of thumb, but you should use your best judgment, here. If your scalp is itchy and your roots look visibly oily, you’ve gone too long. For some, that may be every day; for others, it may be every four days.

 

  • Concentrate on the right places to shampoo.

 

This isn’t something your mother taught you. When you do lather up, focus shampoo on the scalp rather than the entire hair shaft. If you don’t focus on the scalp and roots, you could unknowingly cause flyways that are dull and coarse. When you rinse the shampoo out, it will clean the rest of the hair shaft.

 

  • Try apple cider vinegar.

 

This is a go-to for those with beautiful manes. Apple cider vinegar can be used a couple of different ways, and it comes with some great benefits! Applying apple cider vinegar to your hair before shampooing breaks up product residue. This helps you get a deeper clean. Product buildup also leads to lifeless, limp hair, so it’s good to get that out of your strands. After shampooing, rinse with apple cider vinegar for added shine.

 

  • Avoid harsh ingredients.

 

Synthetic chemicals and harsh ingredients only work against your mane. Products filled with sulfate, parabens, silicones, and alcohol strip your hair of its natural oil, breaks down the hair cuticle (which leads to frizzy, dry hair) and weighs your hair down. Make sure you look for “sulfate free” options. Also, be sure to read the labels carefully. Don’t just assume because a product says “natural” or “green,” it is. They often have harsh ingredients lurking in there.

 

  • Don’t brush wet hair.

 

While you may think you are doing your hair a favor when you brush through wet hair, you’d be mistaken. Rather than raking through fragile hair to detangle it with coarse brush bristles, use a wide-tooth comb. This is a gentler way to detangle that won’t break off strands of your locks.

 

  • Rinse and condition in cold water.

 

Rinsing off your conditioner with cold water will help seal in moisture. The cold water seals the hair cuticle, which leaves it softer and smoother after the wash. Strands with open cuticles dry out faster, so it’s super important to rinse with cold water to lock in extra moisture.

 

  • Give heat a break.

 

We know you love your curling wand and flat iron, but you should give heat tools a break. They only damage your tresses. Stick to working with your natural texture and air-dry your mane. Sometimes your hair just doesn’t want to cooperate, so cover up bad hair days with cute hats, buns, and braids. Also, there are tons of ways to get softer, looser curls by air drying.

 

 

  • Sleep on silk.

 

The softer the fabric you sleep on, the less breakage, moisture loss, and damage you will experience. So, if you think your hair could use a softer landing place, update to silk pillowcases. Plus, it helps fight against creases and wrinkles on your face. Not bad, considering such a small switch makes a huge difference in your appearance.

 

  • Condition hair before diving into the pool.  

 

Before you take a dip in the pool, rinse your hair with water and slather on conditioner. Instead of absorbing too much chlorine, the clean water and conditioner will soak into your stands.  

 

  • Ditch the hair towel.

 

Probably since before you can remember you have wrapped your wet, freshly washed hair with a towel as it dries. However, it’s time you break that habit now. Terrycloth towels often lead to frizz and breakage. Instead, wrap your hair in an old t-shirt. The cotton will help absorb the water without the added damage. Oh, and if you rub the towel all over your hair, that also causes breakage and frizz. Be sure to instead squeeze the excess water out of your hair.

 

  • You are what you eat.

 

You know the old saying. Leafy greens, veggies, fruit, healthy fats, and protein all lead to stronger, shinier locks. If you eat like crap, don’t be surprised if your tresses fall dull and lifeless. The key to overall health, hair included, is to maintain good eating habits.

 

  • Turn to vitamins.

 

Sure, you’ve heard of taking vitamins and supplements for stronger, faster-growing hair, but do they actually work? While essential minerals such as B vitamins, biotin, and vitamin C are great for your hair’s health, there is no foolproof evidence that they help your tresses grow faster. This, again, comes down to how fast your hair normally grows, and a number of other factors. But, if you don’t believe you are getting optimal health benefits from your diet, then vitamins and supplements are a good idea!

Hairstyles for 2016 Go Au Naturel: Which One Is Right for You?

Gone are the days when pin-straight hair was the only hair represented as beautiful in the fashion world. The impression was the best hair was straight hair, leaving many ethnic communities to seek hair treatments that would alter their wavy, curly, and kinky locks into the flat, straight hair of iconic models.

Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss: all beautifully rocking the straight look with an occasional va-va-voom blowout offering a luscious curl. Straight represented the only fashionable look. African American models like Iman and Tyra Banks showcased relaxed and flat ironed pin-straight hair. It seemed this myopic view of fashionable hair would never end, but then something curious happened.

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The Birth of a Fashion Trend

A shift began to occur in black communities in the early 2000s; it was such a momentous shift, it was noted by cultural anthropologists. The people whose locks were not straight were beginning to show off their natural hair, they were beginning to say goodbye to chemicals and hot flat irons, and were beginning to embrace every different facet of their natural curls, waves, or kinks. The movement gradually went mainstream and expanded to other ethnic communities – Latinas, biracial women, and others. Even Anglo women who were born with curls and waves instead of straight hair were seeing the beauty of rocking their natural hair.

 

The Au Naturel hair movement was, and is, more than just wearing your God-given locks; it’s recognizing that fashion trends start with individuals who create trend-defining movements, as much as the other way around. It’s illuminating the pressure of having to assimilate into unrealistic one-style-fits-all hair couture. It’s freeing the fashion binds, and allowing the entire world to dine at the fashion table.

Was anyone even paying attention to the garments in this years’ New York Fashion Week? It would appear not. The natural hair looks were all anyone could seem to talk about.

Fashion Reflects Life in 2016

The fashion industry recognized the need to get on board with the new natural looks; society shifted what is beautiful so much, it was either hop on board or get off the boat. They did not disappoint. They showed up in 2016 fashion weeks all across the world. Fashion designers’ models were embracing their natural textures. What you were born with was what you strutted down the catwalk, and it was beautiful. This ranged from the short afros featured in Alexandra Wang and Carolina Herrera to the voluminously long and flowy curls of Sophie Theallet and Ralph Lauren. Pin-straight and beachy waves were also featured in these shows, but were done so solely by the women who worked them naturally.

 

The Year of the Individual

Embracing natural hair has been a truly beautiful thing to watch, and it’s expanded the fashion world in more ways than one. For those who think this whole natural vibe will stifle your creative expression when it comes to your hair, you couldn’t be more wrong.

 

Rocking natural locks doesn’t mean you only get to wear your hair the way it wants to lay. It simply means that you work with the texture you have. Balmain hair extensions are proof of this creative expression; they come in all different textures to seamlessly mesh with your natural hair and create some really great looks. The only difficulty you’ll face is deciding which hairstyle is going to be your go-to look in 2016.

 

Top Look for 2016 Brides

The trend to natural hair certainly doesn’t exclude those with straight hair. The top look for brides in 2016, as well as a look Kendall Jenner rocked on the runway – is the sleek high and tight ponytail wrapped in Balmain Hair extensions. This look exudes power and confidence. It puts focus where focus should be during your big day – on your face.

Subtle, natural-toned makeup with strong eyebrows take the look even further, and the best thing about it is that it can also work with virtually any outfit. You don’t have to be a bride for the high ponytail!

Curls, Curls, Curls

Keep it all the way funky and natural with a blown out afro, bringing it back to the 70s. This look has been a favorite among African American celebrities as of late, from Solange Knowles rocking the short afro to the O magazine cover with Oprah sporting an afro the size of a peacock’s feathers. Don’t forget Rhianna, who combined her trendy red hair with her afro look. These women show you the different ways you can make this simple look your own. Add in extensions for a little extra volume, dye your afro red or blonde, or add in steel blue-gray babylights.

 

Making Waves

The beachy/wavy “I woke up like this” look is booming in 2016, which is perfect for women who don’t have naturally straight hair, but who also don’t really have curly hair. They’re in this weird middle ground where they often feel the need for a flat iron or a perm, but honestly need neither. The beach waves look is perhaps one of the most unintentional of hairstyles. The texture is on point, it requires little maintenance, and it goes perfectly with any outfit. The wavy look focuses on the natural flow of your hair, and it offers an effortless beauty that can be kicked up a notch with extensions, color, and hair accessories.

Going Long

A hot look of 2016 for naturally curly hair of all textures is all about length. The look to have right now is long, natural hair. Women all over the globe are discussing their hair growth progress on social media. These looks are voluminous and bouncy, and feature each individual’s texture.

 

Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, and more are rocking this longer style. New York Fashion week’s runways were filled with models walking the cat with this hair. The best part about this look is you can have it even before your hair reaches your desired length. You can add more fullness just by using hair extensions that match your texture and color. This versatile look can be dyed and styled to express your individuality, or you can embrace the more natural trend and just let it flow.

 

Curly bobs, bantu knots, and braids of all sizes have also made their way into what’s trendy in 2016. What’s your go-to look this year?

Easy Hair Styling Tips from Professionals

Tired of your same old hair style? Want something new without costing a fortune? You’re not alone; there are many people around the world who want a new hairstyle. A new hairstyle can make you feel empowered, inspired, and beautiful in your own way and can even make you look at yourself with a newly found confidence that you never had before.  

Hair stylists are constantly trying to perfect their individual styling techniques to help achieve the desired look they’re after without spending a lot of time on it. If you love styling your own hair but want to push it to the next level, the following are some professional hairstyling tips that you can try. With some practice you can incorporate them into your own styling techniques.

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Professional Hair Styling Tips for Beginners

Learning how to style your hair like a professional doesn’t have to be hard. These step by step tips will not only help you gain confidence in your hair styling skills, but will also teach you a new and innovative way you can gain professional styles in the comfort of your own home.

Tip #1: Volume – If you’re looking to add or boost the volume of your hair, it is best to do this when it’s still wet.  By doing this, the extra volume you add will last much longer than normal methods. Use a round brush and a blow dryer to help dry your hair using precise movements. You should start the drying process from the roots before working your way up to the ends. Hold your hair straight up from the root when blow drying.  For better results, divide the hair into several small sections while blow drying. When dividing the hair, start at the nape of the neck and work up toward the top layers. To add even more volume to your hair, use volume boosting hair care products.

Tip #2: Static Hair – Static hair can be kept under control by using a moisturizing shampoo while washing. To help keep your static under control throughout your day, use a small amount of hairspray on the brush before brushing your hair into position.

Tip #3: Split Ends – If you suffer from dry split ends, you know how frustrating they can be. To help improve the look of your split ends, it’s best to use a serum which is silicone based. Run the formula through your hair using your fingers. You only need a tiny drop to help keep your hair smooth while reducing greasiness and heaviness. Focus the serum on the dry areas of your hair and, of course, the ends. This will protect the more susceptible areas of the hair from becoming more damaged.

Tip #4: Curls – If you’re looking to promote wonderful curls without using heat appliances such and hot rollers or a curling iron, use hair rollers before taking a shower and then get your hair wet once you get in. The moisture in the shower will help to form the curl pattern. This will create strong and defined curl once the rollers are removed. For the best results, let your hair dry completely before you take the rollers out.

Tip #5: Waves – If you want natural wavy hair, you will need to prepare the hair by leaving in a mixture of mousse and conditioner. Avoid the scalp when using this formula, and only apply to the hair ends and the mid sections of the hair. Move the hair from side to side by scrunching the hair in your fingers. With your blow dryer, attach the diffuser attachment and place the ends within the diffuser before pressing it against your scalp. Set the heat on medium for better wave shaping. To help dry the roots, simply flip your hair over your head and give them a good blast with the hot air before coming back up gently. Once the hair has dried, simply use a comb or fingers to gently break the curls apart for a natural texture.

Tip #6: Ponytails – Creating a fabulous ponytail from scratch can be a tricky thing. However, with some practice, you can easily style your own ponytail like the professionals. Before starting, it’s a good idea to have three bobby pins and an elastic hair band ready. Take two of the bobby pins and hook them onto the hair elastic on the opposite ends to help promote better elasticity and easy use when trying for that perfect ponytail.

Next you will need to give your hair a gentle spray with a texturizing product such as salt spray before brushing it through while using a hair dryer to blow the hair in the direction you’re going to style your ponytail. Tilt your head back as you brush your hair into the position you want the ponytail to be. This will help it to stay tight on the nape of your neck. With a tight grip on your hair, smooth any additional areas before placing a pin that is attached to the elastic band through your hair at the top of your head. Wrap the elastic band around the hair until it is tight before securing the hair by placing the other bobby pin close to the scalp.

Take one of the hair strands and wrap it around the band to conceal it in a neat fashion. Take a last bobby pin and secure the strand into your hair. Apply some hairspray and smooth the hair to flatten any additional fly-aways. This trick is used by many professionals in the business to help create the perfect ponytail you see on models and other celebrities.

Conclusion

Styling your hair like a professional doesn’t have to be hard. By following these simple tips, you can easily create a fabulous hair masterpiece in the comfort of your own home. Remember, however, that going to a hair salon is also a great way to try new styles or to get that perfect look, so don’t rule them out completely. So, how’d it go with your hair? Did you manage to style it well?

Introducing Davines Natural Tech Line

If you suffer from common hair and scalp conditions like dandruff, greasy hair, an oily scalp, or hair loss, know you don’t have to suffer any more. New from Davines is their Natural Tech line, which is a prescription line of hair care to repair those conditions.

Davines is a favorite among those in the hair industry. Not only are their products easy to work with, but they also deliver incredible results. In addition to that, Davines is also sustainable. Davines wants you to not only take care of yourself, but also the environment in which you live and work. To Davines, sustainability means:  minimizing the impact on the environment, making sure all their products are safe thanks to natural ingredients and cutting-edge cosmetic technologies, and the freedom to explore new ideas that are beyond trends, developing sincere and trustful relationships based on transparency and collaboration.

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This sustainable beauty concept is something that Davines prides itself on for all of their projects, from product formulation and design to company ethics and salon education. With this in mind, they created the Natural Tech line, which remains 100% true to the concept of sustainability.

By using new technologies and the absolute best natural ingredients, Davines Natural Tech emerges in the market as a breath of fresh air. This line is intended to be an intensive, therapeutic treatment that is able to help counteract and correct common hair and scalp ailments. Different products from the treatment system are recommended for different uses. Here are some of our favorite from the line:

 

  1. Davines Natural Tech Rebalancing Shampoo

If you suffer from greasy and oily hair, then this shampoo is for you. The Rebalancing shampoo controls overactive sebaceous glands, which can leave your hair greasy and heavy. However, with regular use of the Rebalancing Shampoo, you can restore your hair to its natural beauty. In order to normalize sebum production, this shampoo uses natural ingredients, mainly burnet extract and cinnamon extract. To use properly, apply a dime-size amount to damp hair. Make sure that you leave the product in your hair for a few minutes before you rinse your hair. If you feel it necessary, you can repeat this application. If you need intensive treatment, use the Rebalancing Shampoo three times a week for a month. Afterward, use the shampoo twice a week for 2 months, while alternating with Davines Well-Being Shampoo.

  1. Davines Natural Tech Energizing Shampoo

This shampoo uses a cutting edge formula to wake up your hair and energize it back to health. Use this shampoo to reverse thinning hair or hair that is prone to falling out.  The key ingredient: caffeine. Yes, the same wonderful pick-me-up that you find in your morning cup of coffee also helps your hair. Davines unique shampoo gently cleanses the hair while also stimulating scalp microcirculation and increasing the mobilization of toxins. This stimulates cell growth, which helps to make sure that your hair gets a steady supply of the nutrients that it needs. Other natural ingredients used in the Energizing Shampoo are beta-glucans and sirtuins. If you want to give your hair a jolt of java, gently massage a small amount of the shampoo into your damp hair and leave on for a few minutes before you rinse. For intensive use, use the Energizing Shampoo every other day for one month, and then twice a week for two months afterward.

  1. Davines Natural Tech Replumping Shampoo

Don’t let flat hair get you down. If you are looking for a volume-boosting hair treatment, then look no further. The Replumping Shampoo works to help boost the moisture and elasticity of your hair with their natural ingredients, essential petit grain oil, gentle surfactants, and plum phytochemicals. The creamy texture of the shampoo produces a thick, rich foam which helps to cleanse your hair gently, without altering any hair structure.  The Replumping Shampoo can be used as often as needed. Make sure you apply a small amount to your damp hair and scalp while massaging it in gently. After a few minutes, rinse your hair, and repeat if you feel necessary. In order to really boost your hair’s volume, use with the Natural Tech Replumping Conditioner.

  1. Davines Natural Tech Replumping Conditioner

This conditioner uses the same natural ingredients from the Replumping Shampoo to help untangle your hair and increase the elasticity. It also works to moisturize and protect your hair. The innovative conditioner will help make sure you don’t ever have to worry about flat hair again. After shampooing with the Replumping Shampoo, squeeze any excess water out from your hair and apply the conditioner. Make sure that you leave the product on for 2-3 minutes, and comb through gently. Afterward, rinse your hair thoroughly.

  1. Davines Natural Tech Energizing Superactive

If you are suffering from hair loss, suffer no more. The Energizing Superactive combats hormone-related hair loss, and both androgenetic alopecia and the hyper-production of sebum, which are associated with hair loss. For 70% of men and women, hair loss has a definitive cause—hormone imbalance. And now with the Energizing Superactive, you can do something about it. The formula uses the natural ingredient black cohosh to promote strong, healthy hair. For even better results, use the Natural Tech Energizing Shampoo with this serum. After you shampoo, massage a quarter-size amount evenly over your scalp and massage in until all of the serum is completely absorbed. Do not rinse the serum off. If you need intensive treatment, use the serum every other day for one month. Afterward, use twice a week for two months.

 

Davines Natural Tech line is the perfect treatment system to help solve the most common hair and scalp conditions. We are excited to have the product at Barron’s London Salon and to help show you how much the hair care line can change your hair for the better. Come in today to see what Davines Natural Tech line can do for you.

 

Barron’s London Salon is a local Top Hair Salon in Atlanta, Georgia, located in the Buckhead area. The salon is home to some of the most educated and talented hair stylists in the country. Each member of the expert team is hand selected by owner and founder, David Barron, an internationally recognized top Atlanta hair stylist who attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London.