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    5 Tips to Make Naughty Hair Nice This Winter

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    Resolve to take care of your hair during the harshest months of the year!

    The winter season can be especially hard on hair. Excessive styling with holiday parties and the harsh winter weather can leave hair more naughty than nice. But don’t get the winter blues over limp, dry locks, try these five quick hair care tips to get your mane  on the nice list.

    • Step 1 ~~ Use Deep Conditioner for Healthier Hair. Be kind to your hair by using a weekly deep conditioner. If you have chemical damage from harsh perms or coloring, use a conditioner with protein to repair hair strands. For hair that has general wear and tear from heat tools & the great outdoors, opt for a moisturizing conditioner. For maximum effect, apply conditioner to wet hair and put on a plastic cap. Open the cuticle by using a blow dryer on low setting to gently heat  your head. Wrap in a towel. Rinse after 15 to 20 minutes with cooler water to lock in the moisture.Tip: Ingredients to look for in Protein Rich Conditioners: Silk, Wheat, Keratin, Collagen, Amino Acids. Ingredients to look for in Moisture Rich Conditioners: Glycerin, Oils (Jojoba, Argan, Coconut, Castor, etc.) Fatty Alcohols (Stearyl, Cetyl, & Cetearyl), and Panthenol.)
    • Step 2 ~~ Try Velcro or Hot Rollers for a Wavy Hairstyle. Velcro and hot rollers are great options to add bounce and volume to tired tresses. Plus, with the help of rollers, you can avoid curling, crimping, and smoothing hair with harsh heat tools which will zap moisture out of your hair. When hair is 90% dry, apply velcro rollers to give your style volume. Let your hair dry naturally, or use a blow-dryer to set. After you remove the rollers, use a curling iron or flat iron if necessary to touch up your style. If velcro rollers aren’t for you, try hot rollers on dry hair. Use bigger rollers on the crown area to add volume. Gently run fingers through hair to relax curls that are overly bouncy. Spritz with hairspray, and you’re done.

    Taylor swift long layered roller set curls

    • Step 3 ~~ Beat the Heat Tools with Thermal Protection Products. You’re not alone if you have a hard time breaking your addiction to your trusty flat iron, curling iron, or blow dryer. But, to avoid excessive damage from these tools, always use a thermal protection spray or serum to protect your hair cuticle. Some hair sprays and serums are especially made for damp hair which is useful to protect hair during blow drying. I’m liking Redken Thermal Setting Mist, (splurge) or Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray Serum. There are plenty of good products for saving hair from excessive heat damage, the key is . . . to use one! Shine sprays and oils are another great option to combat heat damage and promote shiny healthy hair.

    • Step 4 ~~ Use Hair Friendly Products. Ingredient labels are a useful tool to determine products that are hair friendly from those that are harmful. You don’t need to be a scientist to decipher the good from the bad, just take a couple notes of what to look for. Hairspray with excessive alcohol will be drying to your hair (with the exception of fatty alcohols, Stearyl, Cetyl, & Cetearyl, and Panthenol. Many hairsprays are now available with low amounts of alcohol or no alcohol at all. The ingredients are listed in a sequence from highest quantity to lowest, so the first ingredient listed is the dominant one. Sulfate free shampoos and conditioners are the “IT” products now because they do the job of cleaning the hair and scalp without using that harsh stripping chemicals.
    • Step 5 ~~ Haircuts are Your Friend. Maintain healthy hair with a visit to your hair stylist every 2 to 3 months. Regular trims prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft. Stop damage in its tracks by getting rid of those ends. Remember that visiting your stylist regularly will ensure that all you need to keep your hair looking healthy is a dusting of your ends, which is especially good news for all you long haired loving ladies!

    With all those  holiday treats, late night soriee’s and other winter festivities, we can’t guarantee you’ll be “nice” all season long but, with these hair tips, you can certainly treat your hair nicely, ensuring shiny, healthy hair all winter long. Now you can focus on picking a bombshell dress to impress your coworkers at that holiday office party you weren’t sure you wanted to go to! For more winter hair ideas check out our Pinterest Winter Hair Tips board.

    Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
    Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.

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    Hair Care Tips You Can’t Live Without

    “Hair Care Tips Hairdressers Forget to Tell You About”After being in the hair industry for as long as I have, it’s easy to forget that my clients don’t know all of the hair care tips that I have learned along the way. Yesterday one of my clients asked a simple question that made me think these hair care tips are always worth repeating.

    So here are a few hair care tips that you may or may not be engaging in when taking care of your own hair . . . if you’re doing them now, then you get a gold star!

    Hair Care Tips

    Hair Care Tip #1 Don’t Shampoo Daily

    Shampooing your hair daily can strip your strands of natural oils that protect your hair and can effectively dry your hair. Skip a day or two of shampooing to allow your natural oils to be distributed through strands naturally. Brushing your hair daily with a boar bristle brush helps to pull the oils through your hair.

    If your hair feels greasy after 24 hours, use a dry shampoo product in-between regular shampooing to get rid of excess oil and shine without stripping your hair. Try this year’s favorite dry shampoo at the hairdresser Choice Awards; TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret.

    Hair Care Tip#2 Color Only Re-Growth

    When touching up your hair color at home, make sure to only color your roots. This is a common mistake that my clients make when coloring their hair at home. The result is color build-up on the ends and mid-shaft of the hair. It looks like a dye job done at home! It is unnecessary to color the entire length of your hair every time you do a touch up. Simply touch up your re-growth only. If the rest of your color is looking dull or faded, use a glaze (my favorite, John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze) to refresh your ends.

    Hair Care Tip #3 – Take Your hairdresser’s Suggestions

    A professional hairdresser is just that . . . a professional. With years of training and experience, a hairdresser is typically able to pinpoint a few different hairstyle options that would look great on you. Switching up your hairstyle regularly is also important and that’s where a hairdresser can help you. You may be stuck in a hairstyle rut simply because it is comfortable and you don’t know what else to do with your hair.

    Next time you are at the salon, ask your hairdresser for a few new hairstyle ideas to inspire you. Bring them by your most trusted family and friends if need be, but take the suggestion . . . it’s probably time to make a change.

    Hair Care Tips

    Hair Care Tip#4 – Protect Your Hair from Heat Damage

    We are all guilty of using flat irons, curling irons, hair dryers, three barrel wavers and other heated hair styling tools without heat protection. But after reading this, there are no excuses . . . go out and get a heat protectant product for your hair! I see too many clients with damaged (or even worse, burned) hair come into the hair salon asking for help, but of course by then . . . it’s too late. Don’t be one of those clients! Protect your hair every time you use a heated styling tool. Maybe try new products like a hair serum that helps lock in the moisture and adds shine to troubled areas. Companies such as Modere know all to well about the importance of overall self care. This should be your main priority too.

    Hair Care Tips

    Hair Care Tip #5 – A Great Blow-Out

    Ever notice how fabulous your hair looks after the hairdresser blows it dry? That’s because your hairdresser knows a secret . . . a great blow out is well worth the time spent on it because it will make your hairstyle last and will look great. Watch your hairdresser next time she blows out your hair and take notes. Then take your time when blow drying your own hair, it will be worth your while! Use a round brush, a thermal protector and blow dry in small sections using the hot and cool buttons, for a blow out that will look fantastic and last!
    Follow these simple hair care tips and see how these little things’ matter!

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