Even though another snow storm is threatening my area this weekend, and I've had enough already, the beginning of March has to be the beginning of the end of winter, right?
Lately my clients have been coming in for a fresh haircut and advice on getting the winter off their hair. You know what I mean. Dry ends, mousey color, lack of shine and luster.
Here are my tips for getting the winter off your hair:
- Start with a haircut. Get those dry ends off and start fresh.
- Get rid of the product build up. Your stylist can do a clarifying treatment or you can do one at home with ingredients from your kitchen. Try a baking soda, apple cider vinegar, or a beer rinse (yes, beer) at home.
- Recondition your hair with one of these deep conditioning treatments or learn how to do a shine enhancing moisturizing coconut oil treatment at home.
How do you remove winter from your hair? Comment below.
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Unless you're living under a rock, you're likely aware that the 86th Annual Academy Awards (the Oscars) are this Sunday. It's the grand daddy of all red carpets, and while I won't be making an appearance on the red carpet, I will be covering the Oscar looks live from my couch here and via twitter. Follow me @kendraaarhus and @aboutdotcom for fun #oscars facts and up to the minute Oscar coverage as well as tips for getting Oscar ready looks for your next glamorous event.
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I got a great question from a reader this week. Brigette writes:
I am trying to grow out my natural color. I am very gray (white) around the face, but dark (almost black or a really dark gray) through the rest of my hair. I talked to a salon and they suggested to low light with a light brown. Light brown always turns orange in my hair after a while. What kind of lowlight would you suggest?
Thank you so very much,
Transitioning to your natural color, especially when you have a lot of gray (and different variations of grey at that), can be really tricky. Simply put, matching your grey color is probably not going to happen by even the most skilled of stylists. There are several ways to transition to your natural color. Chopping your hair off super short is the easiest way to go, but if that's not an option for you, getting lowlights is another option.
Without seeing your hair, but based on your description alone, I would not recommend a light brown lowlight in any hue. I agree, it would likely turn quite warm, and given that you have a lot of gray, a light brown would likely clash with your natural color.
I would recommend a medium to dark brown lowlight in an ash color. I would also recommend using a low volume developer or even a demi-permanent color to allow the gray and the lowlight to blend as seamlessly as possible. In your position, I would talk to a few other stylists until you find one that makes you feel comfortable about getting you through the transition without looking completely ridiculous along the way.
I hope that helps. I have some more advice on the subject below. Thank you so much for your email.
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You've probably heard someone tell you at some point that you have to change your shampoo up from time to time because your hair will "get used to it," right? The truth of the matter is, your hair doesn't get used to shampoo formulas at all, but it is necessary to change your shampoo up a few times a year. Read all about why your hair doesn't get used to shampoo and when to really change up your formula based on something that makes more sense.
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Are you aware that everything you put in your body can effect the health of your hair? It's completely true. From medications to food, the nutrients and chemicals we ingest absolutely effect the way our hair grows. You may be surprised to learn that you can eat your way to healthier hair by eating a diet rich in hair boosting vitamins and minerals. The best thing about a healthy hair diet is that it will benefit the rest of your body as well.
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Texture powder is my latest go-to favorite hair product, perhaps of all time. I swear texturizing powder can take your hair styling skills from blah to ta-da! Needless to say, I've been really enjoying my quest to find some of the best texture powders on the market, and I can't say I was at all disappointed in this one from Biosilk. Check out my review and read a few other reviews on texture powders below.
- Biosilk Volumizing Therapy Texturizing Powder
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Like every other red blooded American, I'm a little smitten with the accents from abroad. Specifically if you have a British or Australian accent, I just might ask you a hundred open ended gibberish questions just to get to hear you speak to me. Surely I'm not alone here, right?
Even more fascinating, I love the way the English language is different in nearly every country. You know, the way words that mean one thing in the U.S. mean something completely different in the U.K. I recently got the opportunity to chat up my friend (and Brit) about hair terms that get lost in translation. Check out Celebrity Stylist Mark Hill's explanation of words and terms that don't exactly match up in the salon, so whether you're traveling abroad or just as curios as I am about the subject, you can speak your own language no matter which side of the pond you're standing on.
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Getting the red carpet look at home is often easier said than done, am I right? I think it all comes down to using the right products, and I was thrilled to get the inside scoop from Celebrity Stylist Nick Penna. Nick is no stranger to creating hair worthy of the runway or the red carpet, and in this article, he's sharing some of his favorite products for recreating celebrity styles at home.
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It's a high volume reader mail kind of day. I love your questions, so please keep them coming. Cathy wrote:
I am going on a Caribbean Cruise this year -- I am very excited as I have never been on a cruise. The concern is that I haven't been swimming at all in many years so I am concerned about my hair as I will be in and out of the water more. I get my hair coloured an auburn shade with blonde highlights around my face, about three times a year and I love how it looks. My stylist is a gem and I will be having it freshly coloured before I go.
However, I am concerned about it being affected by the water and sun on this trip. I have also heard that using Argan Oil products can help keep my hair protected in and out of the water. I don't want to spend too much on these products, but a reasonable amount would be worth it to keep my hair looking and feeling good throughout the cruise -- and afterwards. I will ask my stylist, but I would also appreciate any additional advice you can offer.
Thanks for the great questions, Cathy. Vacation can definitely be a pain on freshly colored hair, and you should expect some color fade. Your first and most brutal enemy will be the sun. Sun fades hair color at an incredible rate. Here are a few tips for protecting your hair from the sun and tips that will keep your color from fading:
When it comes to water and chlorine damage, I happen to have a few tips for that subject as well. You can check them out here. I would also recommend that you check out this product if you're going to spend a lot of time in chlorinated water.
If you're looking for a product that will help protect your hair from the sun and keep your hair healthy on vacation, hair oils are certainly a good option, but these product from 12 Benefits are my favorite for the healthiest hair during vacation.
I hope these pieces can help you keep your hair fantastic on vacation. Have a wonderful time.
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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards went off without a hitch, or a twerk, or a Beiber. And, in an odd twist of reality, I was in love with Paris Hilton's hair the most. The red carpet was buzzing with great hairstyles for the evening and Celebrity Stylist Mark Hill was kind enough to provide his commentary on the best looks of the night, with tips to help you achieve the looks at home. Just in time for the weekend, check out the full line up of the must try hairstyles of the 2014 Grammy Awards.
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