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

KNOTLESS BOX BRAIDS EXIST! HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Box braids are a staple style for naturalistas everywhere, offering versatility, length and perhaps, most importantly, the ability to protect your ends and give your hair a break from manipulation and styling. There are drawbacks to this style though — like too-tight installs that can cause headaches and hair loss and too much added hair weighing down your natural strands. Although many of these issues have to do with your stylist and install technique, one way to avoid them altogether is to opt for knotless braids, which give you the look without the downsides.

Knotless box braids are, as the name implies, knotless. Traditional box braids have a knot at the base, and knotless braids create a more natural look, says natural hairstylist Kamilah of @mshairandhumor. Not only do they look more like your hair, but knotless box braids also create less tension and don’t hurt after install. This makes them the ideal style for anyone who wants versatility and to reduce stress on their natural hair. Although knotless braids can be done on most hair types, Kamilah cautions against knotless braids for anyone with thinner hair because they expose the scalp more than traditional braids and don’t add the same kind of thickness.

When it comes to caring for your knotless braids, the process is largely the same says Kamilah. You should be aware, however, that grow out will become apparent sooner because of the way the hair is styled. You can expect to get four to six weeks out of your knotless braids — which, according to Kamilah, is the ideal time for any protective style.

Although pricing varies by stylist, knotless braids tend to be a little more expensive than traditional ones — as it is a specialized technique. It’s well worth it though, especially for anyone who has fragile edges or wants to avoid putting lots of weight and tension on their hair.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/what-are-knotless-box-braids

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