A Comprehensive Guide: Here’s How Much You Should Tip for 17 Different Beauty Services

Who doesn’t love going to the hair salon or getting their nails done? It’s little luxuries like that that can make you feel like a million bucks. Speaking of money, how many times have you found yourself staring at a beauty treatment receipt and wondered, “How much am I supposed to tip, again?” If your answer is approximately a zillion times, know that, one, you’re not alone, and two, the answer isn’t black and white. Sure, there’s the 15-20% rule for most services, but what about the ones that cost hundreds of dollars and require multiple sessions?

From waxing to eyebrow threading, gel manicures, facials, blowouts and even laser hair removal, we spoke with eight beauty experts to get the full rundown on exactly how much you should tip.

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How Much Should You Tip Your Hairstylist at the Hair Salon?

Answer: 15-20%

Hair salons offer an abundance of services but tipping 15-20% remains the standard. According to Jessica Barsamian, CEO of the Beldgrade Group, which owns James Joseph Salons, Mizu Salon and more, “It doesn’t necessarily matter what the service is — haircut, blowout, coloring, washing — it is always 15-20% of the total cost of the service itself.” Carolyn Aronson, CEO and Founder of It’s a 10 Haircare, however, acknowledges that sometimes dye jobs can get a little pricey, and in those cases, an exception can be made. “Depending on how many processes you receive during a color treatment they can all add up and it can become very expensive,” she says. “If your bill is $300 or $500, of course, to me the 20% rule can slide down a little bit — maybe a 12 or 15% tip,” says Aronson.

For those tricky scenarios when you have a different hairstylist cut your hair from the one who dyes it, Barsamian has a solution: “If there are multiple stylists you should tip on the price of each service individually. So, if the cut is $100, tip the cutter $20. If color is $200, to the colorist $40,” she says. “It does not depend on stylist’s level of experience. The price of the service increases as the level goes up.”

When it comes to showing some appreciation for your hairstylist’s assistant or washers, Aronson confirms you should tip them, as well. “If your hairdresser has an assistant you absolutely should tip them. It does not have to be 20%, but a $5 or $10 tip depending on how long they help work on you is a very nice gesture.”

How Much Should You Tip at a Medspa?

Answer: 0%

Because medspas are medical professionals, the tipping policy does not match that of other beauty services. In fact, it’s actually illegal to tip at all at a medspa. “Tribeca MedSpa believes medical professionals should never accept gratuity because it may influence the standard of care or weaken the fiduciary relationship,” says Victoria Lewis, Medical Aesthetician at Tribeca MedSpa. “Some medical esthetician’s are allowed tips in other practices, however, it is our policy that no one accepts tips.” So, save your cash!

How Much Should You Tip Your Manicurist at the Nail Salon?

Answer: 15-25%

In short, it can vary but it’s always appreciated. “I like to compare it to at a restaurant where you tip between 15%-25% on the total of your bill,” says celebrity manicurist and Essie nail artist Michelle Saunders. “For example, if a manicure is $20, tipping at 20% is common, which is $4.” Although tipping more when the price is lower is always appreciated, Saunders says the same tipping etiquette applies for higher-priced nail services. “Say got ‘the works’ at a high-end spa — gel mani and pedi — and the total is $120,” she continues. “Then 20% of that is $24. A good rule of thumb is more work, more tip.”

How Much Should You Tip Your Waxing Expert?

Answer: 20%

“Like any other service environment, gratuity is at the discretion of our guests, but 20% is standard and a good starting point,” says Helene Marie, waxing expert at European Wax Center. It doesn’t matter what area of the body you get waxed, as the overall waxing price is adjusted accordingly. “Similar to when one is at a restaurant and feel they have received excellent service or overall experience, tipping more is often customary.”

How Much Should You Tip for Laser Hair Removal?

Answer: $10-$20 or 20%

Christian Karavolas, the owner of New York-based laser salon Romeo & Juliette, says tipping differs slightly when it comes to laser spas versus other beauty services, mainly due to the overall price. “If a client is extremely happy, they’ll usually they’ll leave $10 for small areas and $20 or more for large areas,” says Karavolas. “Tips are always appreciated but voluntary. A client will get the same service whether they tip or not.” Because laser hair removal takes multiple sessions, Karavolas advises that tipping is typically done after each visit. If you book your laser hair removal session online with a third-party website be mindful that tipping may already be included or required. “Groupon and Living Social have a 20% tipping policy. Some facilities do charge that to a client.” Bottom line? Read the fine print.

How Much Should You Tip Your Esthetician for a Facial at a Spa?

Answer: 18-20%

According to Saime Demirovic, co-founder of GLO Spa NY, 18-20% is customary when seeing an esthetician for a facial. “The industry standard is pretty much the same as tipping at a restaurant,” she says. “It also depends on how much you enjoyed your treatment. The amount someone leaves as a tip can really send a message of how they felt about their facial.” Aside from showing a little extra gratitude to your esthetician for a job well-done, tipping generously is a nice way of saying you’re sorry if you arrive late to your session. “If you’re really late to your appointment and the spa is nice enough to treat you, it probably means your esthetician is forfeiting her lunch break for you. This would be a nice time to show how much you appreciate that,” says Demirovic.

How Much Should You Tip When Getting Your Eyebrows Done?

Answer: 20%

According to celebrity brow stylist Joey Healy, tipping 20% for eyebrow services — be it waxing, threading or plucking — is the way to go. There are instances where he recommends tipping more than 20%. Such as, “If someone took care of you before or after hours, worked through their lunch, came in on a day off,” explains Healy.

How Much Should You Tip Your Lash Stylist for Eyelash Services?

Answer: 20%

“I definitely recommend that services be tipped at 20%, per beauty service industry standards, including eyelash extensions, lash lifts and lash tints,” says Heather Elrod, CEO of Amazing Lash Studio. “Lash stylists undergo a great deal of training to perfect their craft. Stylists at Amazing Lash Studio, for example, go through an extensive two-week training and are licensed estheticians and cosmetologists, so lash services are truly a form of artistry for which they take pride.” If your lash stylist gives you the eyelashes of your dreams, Elrod asks that clients consider leaving a more generous tip of 25%.

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Everything You Need to Know About Passion Twists, the Style Your Natural Hair Will Love

Naturalistas and protective style enthusiasts can rejoice now that there’s a new hairstyle shaking up the game. We’re talking about passion twists—the coily and carefree love child born from the union of goddess locs and Senegalese twists. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Scroll through your favorite black hair blogger’s Instagram page or peek into your local hair braiding shop—there’s no way you can miss them since the style totally fits the trending boho look that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

What Are Passion Twists? 

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Passion twists were created by the talented Miami-based hairstylist Kailyn Rogers. Online she is known as The Boho Babe, and the name is appropriate for someone who developed a look that’s so artsy and offbeat. Rogers invented the style for her clients that wanted a natural and easy-to-maintain hairdo while also radiating high levels of glam.

“I was thinking and meditating on how I could create a style like this and one day God just brought it to me and I immediately got up and went to the hair store,” Rogers said in an interview with The Zoe Report. “I got the hair that I thought I could use to create the style and did it on myself. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out or anything, I just did it, and it worked on the first try.”

By January 2018, she debuted Passion Twists on Instagram for the world to see and its popularity quickly soared. With demand so high and her inbox overflowing, Rogers shared a tutorial on YouTube that gave a quick rundown on how the style is achieved. Of course, the video went viral and sparked a life of its own. Now you’ll find well over 95,000 #passiontwists results on Instagram alone.

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Passion Twists vs. Locs vs. Spring Twists

If at first glance you don’t think passion twists are special or new, fans of the style say au contraire. In the comment section of Rogers’ YouTube video, a viewer wrote, “To me, spring twists look too springy, faux locs look too faux. This is…..Yay!!!!” Another viewer expressed her appreciation for the creativity Passion Twists brings to the black hair world, “Very pretty. Love protective styles, but I was tired of seeing the same old styles.”

The secret sauce to Passion Twists is the tie-in of Freetress Water Wave braiding hair. These bundles offer a curly texture with a silky feel. When installed, your twists will have an almost unraveled appearance that you’d never find in the neat and ultra-tight look of Senegalese or Marley Twists.

How Are Passion Twists Installed? 

Passion twists are installed the same way other two-strands twists are done. But for the uninitiated, you start off with washed, moisturized and stretched dry hair. You can attempt this style on your natural texture as well, though, you may experience difficulty depending on how curly or kinky your own hair is. The choice is ultimately up to you.

Next, you’ll want to section out your hair and work with smaller segments for your desired look. You can make your passion twists thin or chunky or even mix up sizes if you’re looking to create something unique. For each segment, you will have to prepare your braiding hair with an X-shaped partition. The actual segment itself needs to be divided in half before you proceed. When you’re ready, apply a dab of edge control gel on your fingertips and wrap the braiding hair where your real hair meets your scalp.

The braiding hair you arranged in a cross earlier must be twisted in with the halves of your real hair—this will provide the tension you need to lock the braiding at the root and avoid slipping.

“It just requires more twisting and more pulling,” Rogers says to newbies who are trying to recreate the style. Once the faux hair is securely in place, follow up by re-sectioning the joint hair into two strands and twisting them together with enough force that allows them to entangle while also maintaining a semi-curly form. The end result should give you an S-shaped twist. You get to determine how loose or uniform you want your twist to be.

Repeat these steps for each subsequent twist you work with. According to Rogers, about seven packs of braiding hair will supply average density. For larger than life twists, you can use up to 10 bundles. When it’s all installed throughout, you’ll be greeted with a head full of gorgeous bohemian-styled passion twists looking back at you in the mirror.

How Long Do Passion Twists Last? 

When your passion twists are completed, you can ensure their longevity with a holding mousse. Rogers opts for the Bronner Brothers Foam Moisturizing Wrapping Lotion ($4) to finish her passion twists, which adds moisture, bounce, shine, and body.

As the creator of Passion Twists, Rogers says the style can last up to two months. Though, a touchup can help extend wear for a few weeks. Like other twisted styles, smaller twists last longer and provide both volume and fullness. For your real hair’s health, make sure your Passion Twists aren’t installed too long. Tanya Pebbles of East Coast Styles advises you not to keep your protective style in beyond 12 weeks in an interview with Bustle.

When it comes to liquids, Rogers says Passion Twists are water-friendly. So, you don’t have to worry if you want to go for a swim, get caught in the rain, or just want to wash your hair. However, use your own discretion when wetting your twists since you don’t want them to begin to unravel.

What Is the Upkeep?

Regardless of whether it’s summer or winter, passion twists are a great choice for protecting your hair. Since it’s tucked away in the faux tresses, there isn’t much need for upkeep. Even better, you’ll be able to retain length and additional growth with the duration of your style.

“When protective-styling, make sure that your hair is properly moisturized and that the style protects all of your hair—your ends included,” natural hair blogger HappyCurlHappyGirl told Self. Using a spray-on conditioner is probably the easiest way to lock in moisture. The Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($20) is a lightweight option that nourishes dry hair with rosehip, argan and coconut oils.

Aside from hydration for minimized breakage, a clean scalp is imperative for a protective style according to natural hair blogger Ashley Hall. The Mizani Scalp Care Calming Scalp Lotion ($20) features a pointed nozzle for easy spreading while its formulated blend of menthol, eucalyptus, aloe vera, and avocado oils reduce buildup and itch.

Last but not least, you’ll only have to make sure you have a sleep regimen for your Passion Twists. Like most other protective styles, you can toss your twists in a high ponytail known as a pineapple and throw on a satin bonnet or scarf. Alternatively, if you’re a wild sleeper, silk pillowcases will be your best friend.

 

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How To Grow African American Hair Faster

Too often African American hair is subjected to chemicals and extreme heat in an attempt to make it seem longer and smoother. But what this does is weaken and slow hair growth.

To grow your hair faster and longer the solutions are actually quite simple. A big part of growing black hair faster is knowing what products to use. Heres a full guide on how to grow African American hair faster.

Getting Started

For starters, we highly recommend several supplements: Folexin and Coconut Oil.

Folexin is a popular and proven to work product made specifically to promote hair growth while also improving your hair’s texture and structure making it thicker and stronger, so say goodbye to breakage.

No gimmicks, Folexin is clinically tested with over 25 years of research to back it up.

Coconut Oil is a certified organic supplement that helps improve the health and beauty of hair. It also comes with loads of other health benefits.

9 Steps To Grow African American Hair Faster.

Before you go off trying complicated tricks and methods to get your hair to grow quickly, try a few simple maintenance routines. Often, it’s the simple things you do every day that makes the biggest difference in the health and length of your hair. To grow African American hair faster follow these steps.

1. Use a pre-shampoo.

A pre-shampoo is a type of conditioning treatment that is applied on hair before using the actual shampoo. It is thick which allows it to form a coat over hair strands. The importance of this is protecting the hair from getting too dry and breaking.

It also forms a protective layer from the harsh ingredients of the shampoo. After scrubbing your hair with a shampoo, it will still feel soft and smooth.

You can make your own pre-shampoo at home using a protein-based conditioner and organic oil. However, it is much easier to buy a ready-made treatment.

Make sure you closely follow the instructions on the label.  Many women don’t use a pre-shampoo but I think it’s something everyone should be doing.

Recommended Pre-Shampoos.

2. Use the right shampoo.

Generally, African American hair is brittle and damages easily. Most shampoos on the market are brutal due to their harsh ingredients which are no good for any kind of hair, especially African American hair. You, therefore, need to be extra careful about which shampoo you are using.

A rule of thumb is to stick to sulfate-free shampoos. Sulfates are known to make your hair frizzy and dry out. This is especially bad for African American hair which is already brittle enough. The extra harshness is something you should avoid at all cost.

Additionally, look for shampoos with organic oils. These oils are great at protecting hair from dryness and leave your strands feeling supple and soft. Some of the best oils to look for in shampoos include jojoba oil and argan oil. Make sure they are organic oils.

Recommended Shampoos.

You will notice that these shampoos have organic argan oil as a major ingredient. These oils nourish the hair as well as give it more shine. Like with pre-shampoos, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

3. Use a conditioner after every wash.

As much as you try to prevent it, washing your hair will still wash away some of its natural oils. Leaving it like that risks breakage and split ends. The best way to get it back in shape is by using a conditioner.

It helps restore oils and moisture to your hair as well as nourish it. After using a conditioner, your hair should feel softer. When you are shopping for a conditioner buy one designed specifically for dry or African American hair.

Recommended Conditioners.

4. Use a deep conditioner once every week.

There are regular conditioners and deep conditioners. A regular conditioner is lighter and designed for use after washing your hair. It mostly touches the surface of the hair. A deep conditioner sinks deep into the hair, helping to nourish it from the bottom up.

Thus, it is heavier and sticks more to the hair and scalp. You should do a deep conditioning treatment once every week though not on the same day you are doing your weekly hair wash.

Recommended Deep Conditioners.

5. Moisturize your hair.

One of the best things you can do to your hair is to keep it moisturized. Having adequate moisture encourages fast growth and protects hair from breakage and split ends. Strong healthy hair is essential if you’re going to style the best hairstyles for black menand women.”

Additionally, it keeps the hair looking bright and feeling soft. Before you can even start considering store-bought moisturizes make sure that you are already moisturizing the natural way; drinking enough water.

When it comes to moisturizing from the outside, try to do it every day. This ensures that your hair is always adequately hydrated. Some of the best ingredients for black hair moisturizers include olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, and pure shea butter.

Recommended Moisturizers.

6. Use hair oil.

While your hair already has its own natural oils, it is important to use other oils to promote growth and protect the hair. These oils are especially good at encouraging African American hair to grow faster. When applying hair oil, make sure to massage deeply to ensure that it gets deep inside the hair follicles as well as on the surface of the hair.

Recommended Hair Oil.

  • PURA D’OR Argan Oil Treatment. It’s pure, natural, organic argan oil. Cold-pressed and unrefined with no chemicals added. This is as good as it gets.

7. Protect your hair ends.

Every three to four months you should trim your hair. This gets rid of any split ends allowing your hair to continue growing properly without further damage. When trimming, you only need to cut about a 1/2 inch maybe a bit more depending on your hair.

To keep your ends in great condition, use protective hairstyles such as bans and not-so-tight braids. Letting hair fall freely exposes the ends to damage. At night wrap the hair in a silk scarf or sleep on a satin pillow. These little changes help a lot.

Recommended Scarfs.

8. Be sparse with your hair washes.

Sometimes we tend to get too generous with scrubbing out our hair. Washing the hair too frequently strips it of its natural oils, leaving it dry and vulnerable to breakage. If you are washing your hair daily or even every other day, that is too frequent.

Switch to washing it at most twice a week. If you notice your hair breaking easily after washing (especially if you have kinky hair) try washing it once every two weeks.

9. Air dry your hair.

After washing your hair, the best way to dry it is by rubbing it gently with a towel or letting it air-dry. Try to avoid using a blow dryer as the excess heat will weaken and damage your hair. If for any reason you have to use your blow dryer, use the coolest setting. You can also wrap the hair in a silk scarf and leave it to dry through the night.

Recommended Blow Dryers.

Boosting Growth of Black/African American Hair.

In the first section, we have discussed a lot of ways you can keep your hair growing through proper maintenance routines. Now we will talk about how to speed up black hair growth.

1. Coconut Oil Supplements

Coconut oil supplements promote healthier, thicker, and more beautiful hair. This fully organic and certified supplement is one of the best ways to maintain healthy and beautiful hair. Click here for a full review of the supplement.

If you are interested you can purchase Coconut Oil supplements directly from the official website.

Coconut Oil Supplement

2. Protein Treatments.

Protein treatments help in speeding up hair growth by nourishing it and making it stronger. Various types of protein treatments are made for different hair types. Protein packs are for regular use with people showing slight hair damage.

Light treatments are ideal for hair with a bit more damage. They often come in the form of a deep conditioner. Deep penetrating treatments are best for fairly damaged hair. Reconstructors are used to encourage quick growth in severely damaged hair.

Our Recommended Protein Treatment.

3. Vitamin supplements.

Vitamin supplements supply the hair with multiple nutrients to keep it healthy, strong and growing. Hair products do a good job keeping your hair looking good but the body is the source and creator of your hair. If you supply your body with that it needs it will start to grow strong healthy hair.

Recommended Vitamin Supplements.

  • Folexin – The #1 hair growth supplement.
  • Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins promotes hair growth and is without a doubt the best vitamin supplement available. Each of the 60 pills contains minerals, nutrients, biotin and bioactive vitamins which are key for the body to grow long healthy hair. This is something I highly recommend.
  • Biotin Hair, Skin, and Nails VitaminsAnother great vitamin, this not only helps your hair grow but also benefits your skin and nails.

4. Fish Oil Supplements.

Fish oil supplements, which are often in the form of capsules, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are highly beneficial to hair growth. These supplements are especially good at tackling hair dryness and dullness. Your hair will become shinier, softer, and stronger. They can also help in preventing dandruff.

Recommended Fish Oil.

5. A Healthy Diet.

One of the best ways to keep your hair in good form and to encourage growth is by eating well. If your diet is not so healthy you should take a multivitamin. Multivitamins give your body the fuel it needs to do everyday tasks and increases your overall health. Eating papaya for hair growth is also recommended.

All of the below vitamins will: Boost your energy, balance your hormones, and lower stress. Help your hair, skin, and nails grow healthier, faster, and stronger.

What To Avoid To Grow Black Hair Faster.

Below are the things you should avoid doing to maximize your hair growth.

1. Heat treatments.

Any treatment that uses heat to style hair is bad for you. Things like blow dryers and flat irons literally cook your hair, making it extremely weak and easy to break. Your hair can still look good without having to use heat on it.

2. Harsh chemicals.

Make sure the hair products you buy are not full of harsh chemicals. These days you can get natural and organic hair products that, though maybe a bit more expensive, provide a much better alternative to chemical-ridden products. These chemical products may make your hair look and feel good but over time it destroys your hair.

Be especially careful about hair dyes, chemical relaxers, sulfates-containing products, and alcohol-containing products. The extra investment you make on natural products with organic oils is well worth it.

3. Extensions and tight styles.

Styles that rely on tightly wrapping your hair is not good, especially for your hair ends. When stretched or wrapped too tight, hair tends to get weak and can break easily. Also, it prevents hair from continuing with its normal growth.

On the other hand, braids and other protective styles actually encourage hair to grow faster by protecting your ends from splitting which means less hair has to be trimmed.

4. Too much stress.

Too much stress has been scientifically proven to be behind hair loss problems such as Telogen effluvium where hair essentially stops growing and begins to fall out and Alopecia areata where hair follicles are attacked by the body’s immune system.

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Determine your hair type.

To achieve the best results it is important to know your hair type. This will help you in choosing the right products and giving the best care to your hair. There are three general types of African American hair.

  • Kinky hair – this is the hardest hair type to maintain. The reason for this is that it is weak due to fewer cuticle layers available to protect the hair. Being very fragile, it requires careful handling to prevent breakage or any other kind of damage. Kinky hair tends to have very tight curls and exhibits a lot of shrinkage after a wash.
  • Curly hair – the curls are looser than in kinky hair and tend to be springy. It is soft and fine making it one of the easiest hair types to style.
  • Wavy hair – has large curls in waveforms. It tends to be a bit heavy, staying close to the head, unlike kinky and curly hair. It falls between kinky and curly hair when it comes to difficulty in styling. Generally easy to maintain.

Note that this is a general classification. Under each type, there are several subtypes indicating the wide variations that occur in African American hair.

If you read everything laid out in this guide you’ll have learned how to grow black hair faster and how to grow African American hair faster. You’ll surely see a boost in your African American hair growth and black hair growth but you must be dedicated and consistently stay on top of your hair care to have the best hair possible.

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HOW TO DIY THE PERFECT SALON BLOWOUT AT HOME

Lattes, spa pedicures and perfect blowouts: they all top the list of those elusive things we can never quite master as well as the pros. After wrestling with our blowdryer — tired arms and tangled hair — for far too long, we decided we need to knock one of those wonders off the list and figure out how to blow dry our hair like the hairstylists do. To guide us on our journey, we caught up with hair pro Natasha Sunshine-Antonioni to get her expert advice on how to DIY the perfect blowout.

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STEP 1: Prime and Prep Your Hair 

The perfect blowout starts by spraying your hair before styling. “A primer sets your hair up to receive the benefits from your styling product,” says Sunshine-Antonioni. “If you think of a painter and their canvas, they always prime their canvas before applying the paint to get the best results. Spray a product like the Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-benefit Leave-in Treatment from the mid-shaft to the ends of the hair. Then, choose a product that’s appropriate for the look you’re going for.” If you’re going for a sleek style, you want to use something that’s a bit creamier or shinier like the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum. For a more voluminous style, use a volume spray like the Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam at your roots.

 

STEP 2: Pre-Dry Your Hair

“I am a believer in using the fastest way to get the best results, so start by pre-drying the hair with your blow dryer,” suggests Sunshine-Antonioni. “Use your hand to stretch your hair and pull on it while you’re blowing with the tip of your blow dryer pointed down. If you have curly hair, you want to use a lot of tension and really stretch your hair, and if you have finer hair, you just move the blow dryer back and forth and do it hands-free. Do that until the hair is about eighty to ninety percent dry before you pick up a brush.”

 STEP 3: Section Your Hair

“Next, make your part where you want it and section from ear to ear — one section on the left, one on the right, and then the remaining back of the head you want to put into four different sections,” she says.

 STEP 4: Choose the Right Brush 

Now it’s time to get down to business with the right tools. Sunshine-Antonioni likes to use a round bristle brush and says, “the bigger the brush, the straighter the hair. The smaller the brush, the tighter the curls, so choose according to the result you’re going for.”

 STEP 5: Blow Dry Your Hair Like a Pro 

When it comes time to dry with your brush, Sunshine-Antonioni recommends starting in the front of your hair. “If you have fine hair and you start in the back, by the time you get to the front it’s pretty much dry, and you’ve set your hair up to be flat,” she explains. It’s also important to focus more on the ends of your hair. “A lot of times people will spend time and energy by going from the root to the tips of the hair, but for a beautiful, polished blowdry you really just need to focus on the ends of the hair.” Place your brush from the mid-shaft to the end and then once it’s in there, that tension will smooth out the root at the same time.

If you want a smoother blow-dry with polished ends, roll your hair in toward the face, wrapping your hair around your brush. “A lot of times I see women drying their hair and they’re using a round brush, but the hair is not wrapping around the brush so the ends look frizzy,” Sunshine-Antonioni says.

“When you’re drying the back of the hair, it seems like everybody’s always killing themselves with their elbows up in the air, sweating, but if you actually just take your hair from the back and pull it around to the front, and you blow dry it in front of the face, it will expend a lot less energy and you’ll get a better polish to the ends. You won’t believe how much easier it is.”

 STEP 6: Finish Your DIY Blowout 

Once your salon-worthy blowout is done, Sunshine-Antonioni recommends setting your style with a light mist of flexible hairspray like the Matrix Total Results High Amplify Flexible Hold Hairspray.

 STEP 7: Now Make Your Blowout Last

So you’ve mastered the perfect blowout but a couple of days later it’s suddenly greasy and less voluminous. Cue dry shampoo. We recommend trying the Pureology Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo. “Make a horseshoe shape parting on the top of your head from temple to temple and spray it right at the root, about six inches away from the hair. Next, brush it through your hair,” Sunshine-Antonioni advises. You can also follow up with a conditioner like the Batiste Dry Conditioner. “If your ends look a little dry, but you don’t want to layer on a serum because it’s too heavy, the dry conditioner is wonderful because it leaves you with light freshness. Start from the mid-shaft to the ends and spray vigorously, then brush through.” Wondering if you can use both products at once? Yes, she says, as long you brush the products thoroughly between applications and concentrate the conditioner on your ends and shampoo at the roots.

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https://www.makeup.com/diy-salon-blowout

HELP! I DYED MY HAIR AT HOME AND THE COLOR IS TOO DARK

If you frequently color your hair at home, you’re probably all too aware of the risks that come with DIY hair dye — sometimes it comes out too dark, sometimes it’s too light and sometimes, it’s a completely different color than you intended it to be. It’s a wild ride. When it comes to at-home hair-dye jobs, we’ve all experienced a nightmare or two (read: maybe five) but nevertheless, we’ve persisted and tried again. To help you navigate some of your most common at-home hair coloring questions, we spoke with George Papanikolas, Matrix Celebrity Colorist, to learn pro tips and tricks. Ahead, read his advice on what to do when your hair color comes out too dark.

Mistake #1: You Picked the Wrong Color

Although there are many factors that can contribute to your hair color coming out too dark, the most probable cause is the box color you selected. “Most likely, you picked a darker color than you desired,” says Papanikolas. “People might think they have black hair, but really they have medium brown hair. On the color spectrum chart, there are 10 shades, level 1 black to level 10 pale blonde. Levels 1-6 are all brunette shades, so picking the right color can be tricky when you aren’t a professional.” Luckily there are several apps that can help you select the right shade at home, including the Garnier Shade Selector Tool created with Modiface. This one lets you virtually try on different colors before you buy and dye.

Mistake #2: Your Application Technique is Wrong

“The second most likely factor is that you applied the same color from root to ends. This is a wrong approach, especially if you are using permanent color. Because the ends are more porous and have more color buildup, they can suck up more color and become inky and dark.”

Tip #1: Only Use Permanent Color on Gray Hair

To keep your hair color from coming out too dark next time around, only use permanent hair color to cover gray hair and on your regrowth. “Refresh the ends with a semi-permanent gloss 2-4 shades lighter than the root color,” advises Papanikolas. “You always want the ends to be a little lighter.”

Tip #2: Use a Clarifying Shampoo to Lighten Color That is Too Dark

Papanikolas explains there is a universal rule of hair color: A lighter color won’t lighten previously colored hair. “Use a clarifying shampoo, like Matrix Total Results Pro-Solutionist Alternate Action Clarifying Shampoo, hot water, say a prayer and be patient that the color hopefully fades over several weeks.”

Tip #3: Know When to See a Professional

“The only other way to quickly lighten the hair is by seeing a professional. It’s an expensive option as it’s a complicated and time-consuming color correction, which requires your colorist to strip it out, and then go back over with the desired color,” he says. “The process is too complicated to do at home and can be harsh and damaging to the hair.”

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/what-to-do-when-your-diy-hair-dye-color-is-too-dark

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

HOW TO DO A SLEEK WRAP BUN WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING LATE

We’ve all had those manic mornings where nothing seems to go right, haven’t we? You sleep through your alarm, you can’t figure out what to wear to work, and your hair just doesn’t want to cooperate. Despite our greatest efforts to hide evidence of our frantic morning shuffle, sometimes it still peeks through when we walk through the door with a disheveled hairdo — until now. While your typical messy bun is a standard weekend uniform, the workday requires something a bit more polished.

Cue: the sleek and sophisticated wrap bun. Easy enough to complete in seconds, yet just polished enough to give off the impression that you have yourself together, this hairstyle should be your new go-to for mornings when you’re trying to beat the clock.

How to Create a Sleek Wrap Bun

STEP 1: Brush out your hair so it’s smooth and easy to style and free of knots and tangles.

STEP 2: Flip hair upside down and pull it into a high ponytail at the top of the head. Secure with an elastic hair tie and smooth out any bumps or strays with a brush. To keep flyaways at bay, use a stronghold hairspray to lock it all in. We like L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Strong Hairspray.

STEP 3: Twisting the pony, begin wrapping it into a bun around the base where the elastic sits. Secure the style in place using bobby pins.

STEP 4: To set the style and ensure your hard work doesn’t come loose, give your hairstyle a spritz with hairspray once more.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/how-to-sleek-wrapped-bun