USE A HAIR MASK EVERY TIME you SHOWER AND your HAIR will NEVER LOOK BETTER

Heat styling: Bad for your hair, yet a majority of us do it — which is exactly why I started using a hair mask every time I wash my hair. Yes, you read that right, every single time. I know what you’re thinking, “Great, just another reason to double the time spent on my shower routine,” but trust me when I say it makes a huge difference.

Here’s a little background: I have fine, naturally wavy hair that frizzes easily and I typically wash my hair twice a week. I never used to heat style my hair — I’m talking as recently as just a few years ago. I was too nervous it would ruin my texture (loose, natural waves) and cause irreversible damage. Then I became a beauty editor and the rest is history. To be honest, I still don’t heat style my hair that frequently compared to others; maybe like two times a week on average. But still, I worry that my occasional curling iron routine will fry my strands, which is why I started using a hair mask instead of a conditioner every time I wash.

“Hair masks are much more nourishing and offer greater repairative benefits than a traditional conditioner,” explains Andrew Fitzsimons, celebrity hairstylist and NatureLab. TOKYO Brand Ambassador. “Many hair masks are formulated in a way that the ingredients can penetrate further into the hair strands than conditioner, giving you additional benefits.”

Fitzsimons is on board with my mask-as-conditioner hair hack and says plenty of people can benefit from doing it — as long as it suits their hair type. “If your hair tends to be dry you can absolutely use a hair mask as a conditioner,” he says. “I have some clients who use a mask every time they wash. If you have hair that tends to be oily or is very fine and thin, though, you may not want to overuse your hair mask as it could weigh your hair down.”

So, how do you know if it’s right for you? “The trick is to test and see what works best for your individual hair,” advises Fitzsimons. “Start with a mask once every other week and build up in frequency from there.”

To make this hair styling hack possible (and to keep my shower time a short as possible), I shampoo my hair as soon as I get in the shower and immediately apply a mask afterwards in place of a regular conditioner. Then, I pull back my hair in a claw clip to keep it out of the water and go about the rest of my routine. This gives the mask time to soak for the next 15 — okay, maybe 20 — minutes of my shower, and then I rinse it out at the very end. Most hair mask directions say to apply them outside of the shower, but I personally prefer to just combine it with my existing shower routine to make the most of my time.

I recommend hydrating hair mask formulas to fight frizz and nourish your hair between heat styling. My usual go-tos include Garnier Fructis Nourishing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask + Coconut ExtractKérastase Le Masque Hair MaskNatureLab. TOKYO Perfect Repair Treatment Masque and Biolage R.A.W. Re-Hydrate Hair Mask.

Even if you’re someone who colors your hair or heat styles more frequently, I’d be willing to bet your strands look sleeker, shinier and overall healthier. For me, you can barely tell I touch a curling iron — which is the dream, right?

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/why-you-should-use-a-hair-mask-every-time-you-shower

THIS T-SHIRT HAIR-DRYING HACK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

If we told you the cure for frizzy, unruly hair is an old T-shirt, we would expect one of the following reactions: an incredulous laugh, a dismissive scoff or a disturbing stare — or all three, in quick succession. We don’t blame you. It’s hard to look at that ratty high school gym class tee and picture it being the hair-taming miracle you’ve been praying for, but today we’re sharing a trick that may just change the hair game forever. All you’ll need is a plain cotton tee.

HERE’S HOW THE T-SHIRT HAIR HACK WORKS

Instead of drying your hair with a towel post-shower, swap it for a T-shirt. Here’s why:

“When hair is wet, it becomes weaker and softer,” explains hairstylist Isabella Vázquez. “If we use a regular towel to dry it, the grooves of the towel become aggressors to the cuticle of the hair. Towels absorb all the moisture from our hair when what we want to do is absorb the excess water without stripping it of the moisture that helps the hair from becoming frizzy.”

So why a cotton shirt, you ask? Vázquez says the T-shirt will absorb excess water while preventing frizz. “Because T-shirts do not have the rough grooves of a towel, the flat surface allows water to sink in and slides over the hair instead of roughing it up.”

Another great alternative to using a T-shirt is trying a microfiber towel. We like the NuMe Microfiber Hair Wrap because it’s lightweight and will give you the same smoothing benefits. This drying method works especially well for curly-haired people who are all too familiar with frizzy-hair fiascos. Unlike thick, fluffy towels, a T-shirt or microfiber towel will dry your strands without disrupting your natural curl pattern.

TUTORIAL: HOW TO WRAP AND DRY YOUR HAIR USING A T-SHIRT

STEP 1: After washing your hair, take a cotton tee and use it to gently wring out any excess water. Then, gather your hair and wrap the T-shirt around it and gently squeeze to sop up the water.

STEP 2: Flip your hair over upside down and pull your hair through the opening of your T-shirt so that the opening stretches around your hairline.

STEP 3: Twist the T-shirt until you reach the end and tuck it underneath the opening at the nape of your neck.

STEP 4: Leave the T-shirt on for 10-15 minutes, undo and style as usual.

Some women prefer to put product into their hair before wrapping it up in a tee. Experiment with it to find the combination that works best for your unique hair type. If you like to style your hair after you shower, run some mousse or styling cream through your strands before twisting it up in the shirt. For nourishing oils or smoothing serums, apply to strands once you’ve let it down from the tee. When your hair has dried, either naturally or by a blow dryer, you should notice how smooth it feels!

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/t-shirt-hair-drying

overnight hairstyle hacks

There’s no greater struggle than having to compose a hairstyle in the morning — especially after snoozing your alarm a shameful number of times and then realizing you have to be out the door ASAP. The good news is that there’s a very efficient way to solve this problem, and it starts right before you go to bed. Ahead, discover five overnight hairstyle hacks from some of our favorite beauty vloggers to help you get yourself out the door faster than you ever imagined.

For Medium-Length Hair

Overnight sock curls are officially a thing and we promise it’s worth testing out. Hair and beauty vlogger Lysss Ryan created the look in the following steps:

STEP 1: Split your hair into two sections and out of those sections, split them into two more. In total, you should have four sections.

STEP 2: Take your first sock and wrap your hair around it, rolling it upwards towards the top of your head.

STEP 3: Tie your hair into a knot. Tie it as tightly as possible and consider bobby pinning the sock if it begins to fall loose.

STEP 4: Repeat the same process with the next three sections.

STEP 5: In the morning, gently roll the socks of your hair.

Optional: Add dry shampoo to your roots to add some volume and rub a small amount of styling cream through the curls.

For Short, Natural Hair

Hair vlogger Jaleesa Moses shares how she wears her natural hair by sleeping in four simple bantu knots:

STEP 1: Split hair into two sections and then split them into two sections again. Secure each section with a hair elastic.

STEP 2: For the two front sections, twist your hair towards the back of your head as high up as possible twisting around the base.

STEP 3: Keep twisting until you can create a mini bun and then tuck the ends very securely.

STEP 4: Secure the knot with a hair elastic. Repeat with the second front hair section.

STEP 5: In the back, bring your hair high up and twist facing towards the front of your head.

STEP 6: Repeat the same process as the front pieces and then secure.

STEP 7: Use a stocking or silk scarf to protect your hair while you sleep.

STEP 8: In the morning, carefully untwist the four knots. Take a comb and tease your hair, paying the most attention to the back of your hair. Finish with hairspray.

 

 

For Medium-Length Thin and Thick Hair

 

Using a normal fabric headband you can create soft, pretty waves overnight. Mimi from Luxy Hair demonstrates the process:

STEP 1: Split your hair into two sections and place two headbands (to keep hairstyle secure) over the top of your hair. If a bump occurs, pull your hair down to ensure that it’s flat.

STEP 2: Spray the area below the headband with a bottle of water to make your hair damp.

STEP 3: Twist the first section of your hair and then wrap this section around the headband – starting behind your ear.

STEP 4: Repeat the same process for the second section of your hair.

STEP 5: Spray the back, wrapped portion of your hair with hairspray before bed.

STEP 6: In the morning, slowly unwrap the two sections, with the headband on. Take the headband off after the curls are out.

STEP 7: Style curls by scrunching waves with a small amount of texturizing cream.

 

For Long, Thin Hair

Hair donuts can be used for more than just perfectly shaped hair buns. Hair vlogger Nee from Bebexo demonstrates how to sleep on a hair donut (or a DIY one using a sock, of course) for voluminous morning curls:

STEP 1: Tie your dry hair into a high ponytail, situating it right above your head.

STEP 2: Using a hair donut or a sock, put your ponytail through the hole as if it were a hair elastic.

STEP 3: Divide your hair into two equal sections (or three or more for more volume).

STEP 4: Put your thumb and index finger through the top of the hole and pull the first section through.

STEP 5: Then repeat the same steps until all of your hair is wrapped around the donut.

STEP 6: Repeat with all of the same sections.

STEP 7:When you get to the tip of the hair, just tuck it under the sock bun.

STEP 8: In the morning, gently unravel the sock and carefully take out the hair elastic.

STEP 9: Apply your favorite hairspray to finish.

For Long, Thick Hair

Here’s how beauty vlogger Vivian V creates a wavy hair look with a twist braid style that is actually cute enough to wear outside of your bedroom:

STEP 1: Starting with slightly damp hair, split your hair into two sections.

STEP 2:Starting with the front layer of your hair, twist one section of hair over the other. After you’ve twisted one section of hair over the other, add more hair to one section and twist it over.

STEP 3: Keep repeating this process until you reach the base of your neck. Make sure you get all of the hair from the back of your head to complete the braid on one side.

STEP 4: When there aren’t any layers left to add, twist the braid into a bun and secure with a hair elastic. Be sure that the bun is very night.

STEP 5: Repeat the same steps for the second section of hair.

STEP 6: The next morning, gently take the twist braids out and use your hands to separate the waves.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/overnight-hairstyles

How to color hair at home

Trying to fit regular salon visits into a hectic schedule isn’t always realistic—which makes some of us shy away from experimenting with hair color. But you can take matters into your own hands these days! The latest at-home color products have less harmful ingredients than they once did, and are relatively quick and easy to use. In fact, the trickiest part is figuring out which shade is best for you (hint: you only want to go 1–2 shades lighter or darker; check out our guide to picking a color here!). Once you’ve nailed down your color choice, the rest is easy! We turned to Vidal Sassoon Pro Series experts to lay out as many tips, tricks, and all the steps you need to achieve salon-worthy color, all in the comfort of your own bathroom.

You Will Need

• at-home hair color kit; we used Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Permanent At-Home Color Kit in 5G Medium Golden Brown, which comes with gloves, VS PrecisionMix Permanent Color Crème, VS PrecisionMix Developer Crème, and VS HydraBlock Color Preserving Conditioner.
• clock or timer
• button-down shirt
• old towels
• large tooth comb
• petroleum jelly
• hand mirror
• plastic clips
• small plastic bowl
• aluminum foil
• white paper or paper towel 

Part 1: Prep

For best results, don’t wash hair prior to coloring. When your hair isn’t freshly washed, your scalp creates a protective barrier that helps reduce the chance of irritation. We suggest wearing a comfortable button-down shirt, preferably one that you’re not attached to, in case of any dye misfires.

Part 2: Strand Test

Before you commit to a color on your whole head, it’s best to test it out on an inconspicuous strand. Here’s how.

1: Unscrew the VS PrecisionMix Permanent Color Crème cap. Next, unscrew the entire VS PrecisionMix Developer Crème cap (don’t pull off the tab just yet).

2: Mix small equal parts of each into a plastic bowl.

3: Tightly recap both bottle and tube.

4: Pull a strand of hair from behind your ear and apply the desired color from the roots down through the hair shaft.

5: Wrap the strand in foil to keep the dye off the rest of your hair, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Check on it throughout to note its progress. Depending on your texture, you may decide to slightly alter the amount of time you leave the color on. 

6: Rinse and dry the strand. Hold a piece of white paper towel or paper towel as a background, to note the end result (the white helps you really see how the color came out). If you’re pleased with the shade, you’re ready to do the rest of your hair.

Part 3: All-Over Color

1: Rub petroleum jelly around the hairline to protect skin from staining. If any dye does get on your skin, quickly wipe it away with a facial wipe.

2: Put on the included gloves, take the tab off the VS PrecisionMix Developer Crème applicator, and unscrew the bottle cap. Add the VS PrecisionMix Permanent Color Crème to the VS PrecisionMix Developer Crème applicator bottle.

3: Place gloved finger over the applicator tip, point it away from your face, and shake well—a minimum of 20 seconds—until thoroughly mixed.

4: Using your clips, divide hair into two to four sections, depending on the length and thickness.

5: Immediately apply color to your hair. Start with one section and continue until you get all sections done. Generally, you should start at the roots and move down the hair shaft (this is especially important if you have any grey hair to cover). If you’re going lighter (rather than darker), and don’t have any greys to cover, apply color to the mid-lengths and ends first, and then work up to the roots.

6: Leave the color on for about 30 minutes, or the time indicated by your strand test. 

7: Toss any leftover mixture.

8: Once the time’s up, rinse hair thoroughly in warm water until water runs clean, without any bubbles from the color formula.

9: Gently towel dry your hair and use a large tooth comb to get out any tangles.

10: Slather on about a quarter-size amount of included conditioner. Be sure to coat hair all over and leave it on for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. 

11: Save the leftover conditioner so you can continue to use in the coming weeks. Use it once a week in place of your usual conditioner. 

12: Blow-dry hair and style to your liking!

Note: if you feel that the color is too dark after it’s completely dry, re-shampoo your hair to ensure that you’ve removed all of the color product and conditioner.

Maintenance Tips

Generally, color fades due to two factors: the condition of your hair or excessive shampooing. The minerals in water can potentially have a negative impact on the longevity of your color. So don’t shampoo every single day. Go for every other day or, if you can, every third day. Also, use a color-care conditioner—not only does it keep the color in longer, but it also improves hair quality and health, too!

This story was sponsored by Vidal Sassoon Pro Series

Source:

https://www.beautylish.com/a/vxgvy/how-to-color-hair-at-home

How To Make Your Own Detangler

When I was a kid, I had really long hair. My mom would have me shampoo it, and then sit with me, using a torture device (comb) to untangle the knots. It killed. That’s because my hair is prone to knots and tangling—we’re talking knots so snarled that you can only get them out by forcing the comb down your hair and hearing those little popping noises.

For years, I woke up with snags in my hair, and every time I went anywhere windy, my hair would snarl up, and I’d have to brush it out all over again. Long-haired people: you understand.

Too bad I didn’t know about this DIY One-Minute Detangling Spray until now. Sure, there are detangling products on the market, but this one costs pennies. And works! And is made with stuff you already own! There’s a ton of recipes for this on the internet, but I tinkered around with one until it was up to my (exacting and totally scientific) standards.

You will need

Empty spray bottle (I used a standard 12 oz. bottle, but it would be great to make a travel-size version, too)
2–3 Tbsp. regular conditioner
Hot (not boiling) water
optional: essential oil of your choice

Steps

1: Put 2–3 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner in your squirt bottle.

2: Fill up the bottle the rest of the way with hot water. This helps the conditioner to melt into the water quickly, so it doesn’t just clump up at the bottom.

3: Add 2–3 drops of essential oil for scent if you like. I used tuberose essential oil so my hair smells like a delicious and delicate rose garden.

4: Shake!

5: Spray on dry hair to untangle even the worst cases of bedhead or convertible-car-hair. Just spray on and comb through, marveling how your comb doesn’t snag on any tangles. You can also spray on damp hair to use as a leave-in conditioner. Both options will leave hair silky, soft, and shiny, and leave you feeling smug.

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