Friday, January 31, 2014

5 Hair Care Tips for Making Every Day a Good Healthy Hair Day

What's the key to healthy hair? Under all those gorgeous tresses there's skin that needs TLC. A healthy scalp is foundational to maintaining beautiful, healthy hair. Your hair follicles are fed and nourished by the blood and tissues of the scalp. Keep your scalp happy and healthy by following these five tips:

1. Add Nutrients

Just like your body, your hair and scalp need nutrients and thrive when fed good things. Vitamin E in hair products can help improve scalp circulation and stimulate hair growth. Olive oil is one of the top ingredients to seek out in your hair care products. It's very hydrating to the hair and rich in beta-carotene, fatty acids and antioxidants. It softens and moisturizes the scalp and helps to create the optimal conditions for hair growth.

2. Avoid Irritants

Any ingredient that has a drying effect on your skin will have an even worse effect on your scalp. Fatty alcohols like stearyl, myristyl and cetyl are moisturizing; other types of alcohol are drying, such as denatured alcohol, propanol, ethanol and isopropyl. Be sure to check the list of ingredients in the hair products you buy and avoid the ones with the drying alcohols. Salicylic acid can be found in products that treat flaking scalps, but these products should be used sparingly -- no more than once per week. Menthol is another ingredient to use in moderation; while it can have a cooling, refreshing and invigorating effect (like peppermint), it can also cause itching in sensitive scalps.

3. A Quality Brush

Choose a brush made of soft plastic, as it is gentler on hair than harsh boar bristles or more rigid natural bristles. Find a brush with ball-tipped bristles for a smoother effect on the hair and brush lightly. Vented brushes allow for a more even dispersion of heat and smoother brushing while blow-drying. Hair dries more quickly without burning of your hair or scalp. The gentlest option of all? A wide-toothed comb.

4. Massage

Regular scalp massages help promote circulation, which stimulates hair follicles to grow thicker and more lustrous hair. After applying shampoo, take time to gently massage your scalp with your fingertips for 30 seconds to a minute. You can also do a prewash massage with nurturing oils such as grapeseed oil, an antioxidant-rich argan oil or a soothing naturally antibacterial lavender oil. Work just a few drops of the oil into your scalp and slowly massage for a minute or two.

5. Sun Protection

Just as the rest of your skin requires protection from the sun, so does your scalp. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can burn your scalp, dehydrate it and lead to itching. Repeated sun exposure will dry out your hair and make it brittle. The sun has an aging effect on hair just as it does the skin and can result in a coarse, dry texture. Take precautions to wear a light-colored hat or scarf if you know you'll be out in direct sun.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

3 Hairstyles For When You're Growing Out Your Bangs

We know: those bangs seemed like such a good idea a few months ago. But now that they're starting to grow out, you might be seriously regretting your decision. But there are plenty of styles to make the growing-out process incredibly painless. On Maria: H&M blouse.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Considering a Bob Haircut? What to Know Before You Hit the Salon

The bob has taken over the red carpet, and for good reason, as it's flattering on almost everyone. But what should you know before you hit the salon? We visited Ramirez|Tran salon in Beverly Hills and met with celebrity hairstylist Anh Co Tran (who cut Coco Rocha's now famous pixie cut) on the emerging bob trend of 2014. The good news? Every face shape and every hair type can work a bob! But how you get it cut matters. Ask for texture toward the ends, with layers in the back, to give a lived-in, messy look that doesn't look too perfect. That will modernize your cut and keep you looking cool and effortless, like Alexa Chung.

On Kirbie: Mango vest, Nanette Lepore top and Paige Premium Denim.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Kate Middleton's Best Hair Styles | Beauty Beat

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, turned 32 on Jan. 9! If you're like us, you love to celebrate great hair — which Kate knows plenty about. She's showed off bouncy blowouts, gorgeous waves, and intricate updos that leave us in awe and have even inspired some of our date-night looks. Take a trip down memory lane to see Kate's most iconic styles, and find out why she'll remain the queen of the blowout in our hearts.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Twisted Milkmaid Braid Tutorial! | Beauty How To

Milkmaid braids are making a comeback, and we were recently inspired by Nicole Richie's twisted crown. So why not combine the two? Give regular milkmaid braids a "twist" with this super simple DIY hairstyle.

On Kirbie: Sandro and Banana Republic tops.

Monday, January 13, 2014

How to: Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Brushes

Create smooth, sleek styles using Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Classic, Teasing and Round Brushes. 100% natural bristles provide the ultimate experience in hair care, delivering nourishment by stimulating and massaging the scalp and spreading hair's natural oils down the shaft. With repeated use, hair becomes softer, shinier and more manageable.

Friday, January 10, 2014

3 Ways to Style a Long Pixie Haircut - Classic, Pompadour and Natural Wave

In this video, I'm excited to show you 3 different looks for a long pixie. Each of these looks would also work for a bob and can be used for different ocassions. We'll cover a classic bob look, a funky pompadour which was inspired by Julianne Hough's Golden Globes hair, and a natural wave look you've probably seen on celebrities such as Michelle Williams.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wedding Hairstyles for Your Hair Color - The Knot demonstrates how to create eight different wedding day hairstyles perfect for your hair color. On your wedding day, it is important to look great from head to toe, and what better place to start than with a beautiful hairstyle?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Wedding Hair and Makeup Trends -- The Knot

Want to look absolutely gorgeous for your wedding? Check out these amazing pro beauty tips straight from the bridal runways.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

"May every day of the new year glow with good cheer and happiness for you and your family"