Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hair Inspiration For The Ladies Lacking Love for their Locks

Hair inspiration is one of the best tricks us ladies can have in our pocket. After all, when we feel great about our hair and have the confidence that we deserve to have, we look our best! So, whether you need something that will make you laugh, some style tips or some other hairy kind-of inspiration, these quotes will definitely give you just that!

To a pessimist, losing bobby pins is as hopeless as losing hair.
To an optimist, losing hair gives hope to get the lost bobby pins back.
Munia Khan

People say women shouldn't have long hair over a certain age, but I've never done what everyone says.
Jane Seymour

I don't consider myself bald, I'm just taller than my hair.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

My most noticeable physical trait is, hands down, my hair. It's big, unruly and curly, and you can spot it from a mile away... literally.
Becca Fitzpatrick

It's so different when you change your hair color, you're treated so differently. It's a very funny experience. It's fun - I love changing up my hair.
Kate Bosworth

Someone once asked me, 'How long does it take to do your hair.' I said, 'I don't know, I'm never there.'
Dolly Parton

French girls still have the Jane Birkin culture. You can go just like that, without makeup, without managing your hair.

As your abilities begin to grow, your angelic side will start to manifest itself in more noticeable ways.
My angelic side. Great. Like I don't have enough to deal with.
"It's not so bad," Mom says. "You'll learn to control it."
I'll learn to control my hair?
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly

I have to be a ginger for 3 weeks.
 Katy Perry

My hair was so much a part of my personality and all my photo shoots. I hid behind my hair. And then, I just decided I was okay with myself. To have short hair and really show my face is even more revealing than anything. It's a statement - not to everyone else, more to myself. I'm just ready to get out from behind my hair and be myself.
Pamela Anderson

For horse thieving, kidnapping, jail breaking, and using her hair in a manner other than nature intended!
Shannon Hale, Rapunzel's Revenge

Naturally curly hair is a curse, and don't ever let anyone tell you different.
Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The night crackled ... Everything had turned to static electricity in the heat. I combed my hair to watch the sparks fly from the ends.
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

If my hair gets any frizzier, I'll shave it to the scalp. Or light it on fire. Whichever is easier.
Victoria Scott, Fire & Flood

See! You probably giggled a bit, or at least realized that it isn't half as bad as you thought. Have a hairy day, ladies.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Does Trimming Your Hair Actually Make it Longer

Every girl desires to have hair as long as the Princess' in the Disney movies, but unfortunately, it is a very unrealistic for the majority of us. For the girls who can grow their hair to incredible lengths, they're usually struck with a ratted look that is taken over my split ends and frizzes. So, they finally have long hair but it looks gross. What's a girl to do?

The Theory

It is no secret that regular trims (approximately every 6 weeks) are mandatory to keeping your hair styled, but also healthy, full and lush. However, it is also believed that trimming your hair frequently encourages your hair to grow longer. It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it? Let's find out the truth.

The Idea

The concept of trimming your hair to make it grow longer comes from the idea of healthy hair growing faster than damaged hair. Thus, trimming off the damaged ends is said to free up your hair and basically allow it to grow faster and ultimately, longer.

The Truth

Unfortunately, ladies, this theory has been debunked. Cutting off the ends of your hair frequently and more importantly, once damaged, is extremely vital to a flawless, luscious hair style. However, doing so doesn't affect the hair particles in your scalp so nothing really happens to 'encourage' your locks to grow longer. Cutting off damaged bits is said to make your hair appear longer because you no longer have the dry, frizzy split ends that can make your hair shrivel up and appear really coarse and rather messy.

The Alternative

The great thing is that there are some shampoos and conditioners that have shown results of making hair grow longer, such as Fast Shampoo and Conditioner. These are said to affect those scalp particles which determine how long or fast your hair will grow. You can also get on the trend of extensions and enjoy whatever length of hair you want, and if you get clip ins, you can change your hair from long to short and everything in between as you please which is great since your hair is a representation of how you feel about yourself.

Now, this doesn't mean that you can skip out on your next hair trimming appointment because it is crucial for your hair's health, but at least now you know that it isn't really going to do a magic spell on your hair and suddenly turn you into Rapunzel or the princess from Tangled.  So, if you have short hair - rock it with confidence or grab some extensions. If you have longer hair with a ton of damaged ends, it's time to get to your hair dresses because prolonging your appointment isn't making your hair any longer; it's only making it more damaged.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hair Colors to Dye for This Season

If you're eager for a change this fall season, you've come to the right place. Today, we are talking all about the trending hair colors for this incredible Autumn season which is here a little bit sooner than we all anticipated. At least this means that you can switch up your summer hairdo for a vibrant new fall-inspired tone sooner! Here are some dyes to try that will put you in the mood for bon fires, blankets, cuddles and movie nights.

Pale Golden Yellow
Think Kate Upton because she nails the hue that is hot to rock this fall season. Instead of opting for a platinum light blonde, or a red tinged strawberry blonde, you really want to strive for a creamy, golden blend of blondes! It's a little pale but still have a little something-something to make sure your hair is anything from boring.

Mixture of Lights
Grab your favorite light blonde box of dye, and your favorite box of light brown and combine the two. Okay, maybe you don't want to do that but a professional certainly could! A blend of light tones are super haute. It isn't ombre, nor is it highlights. Instead, this hair style is truly a good mixture of both tones. If you can't get the mixture right, you can blend it up for a honey blonde which is another hair color trend for this fall season.

Champagne Red
I had you at champagne, didn't I? Don't let the 'red' put the fear in you. Instead, let it put the fire in you for a classy nice out sipping on glasses of champagne because that's exactly the kind of aura you will repel off of you once you take on this new hair color. Instead of having a sassy, on-fire look of red, this style is a bit more elegant and soft.

Shining Gold and Red
If you want to get a little more blast with your box of hair dyes, a darker red that offers vibrant gold hues is definitely something that is one of the most popular looks to get this season. It is right on top with the fall hues in the trees, and offers a little more oomph and flavor to the previous. Think Amy Adams!

All Fallen Out
Now for the ladies of you who really need to put the fire out there. Cinnamon-copper red is smoking hot! You're a flame that no one wants to put out if this is the hair style that you're going for this season. Whew! Jessica Rabbit, anyone?

As you can see, dark, bold hues are out. Go light and breezy or add some personality and mood with red tinges. As a rule of thumb, always choose your hair color with your complexion and undertone considered.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hair Inspiration to Follow, Love, Adore, Hate & Live By

Hair inspiration is a personal favorite as it has the ability to completely change your mood and encourage you to look as fabulous as possible. You also learn that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and even the most stunning of celebrities don't feel flawless at all times. We are all alike, despite having so many different ideas of beauty and hair style. I have hand selected even more hair quotes to live by, take advice from, love, hate or follow.

Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all.
James Brown

Red hair, sir, in my opinion, is dangerous.
P.G. Wodehouse

Gray hair is gods graffiti.
 Bill Cosby

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Khalil Gibran

I love the smell of shampoo on a girl's hair. You can walk past someone and be like, 'Wow, you took a shower this morning, didn't you? Because you smell lovely.'
Jensen Ackles

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?
Lily Tomlin

I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.
Bette Davis

I like to walk around with bare feet and I don't like to comb my hair.
Beyonce Knowles

It can be hard for the cute girl. I was blond, cute, broke. I was beat up. I was thrown inside lockers. I was burned with cigarettes. My hair was lit on fire.
Jenny McCarthy

Pull the hair on my head the wrong way, and I would be on my knees begging for mercy. I have very sensitive follicles.
Benedict Cumberbatch

If they ever do my life story, whoever plays me needs lots of hair color and high heels.
Charlize Theron

For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It's an accessory.
Jill Scott

Yes, I'm blonde. When I started as an actor, because of the accent and my body and my personality, it was not what the stereotype of the Latina woman in Hollywood is, so they didn't know where to put me. The blond hair wasn't matching. The moment I put my hair dark, it was better for my work.
Sofia Vergara

You might find me outside with a can of hair spray, spraying it with the hope that the sun will burn a hole in the Earth. Another part of me hopes people will grow up and evolve and get smarter. That's the paradox of Marilyn Manson.
Marilyn Manson

People say women shouldn't have long hair over a certain age, but I've never done what everyone says.
Jane Seymour

I've had years of teasing about my red hair, but I definitely think it toughened me up. If you're ginger, you end up pretty quick-witted.
Ed Sheeran

I don't like to do much with my hair - which is good, because I don't know how! I just always make sure I have a great haircut.
Chyler Leigh

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

My Ojon Hair Experiment: SUCCESS!!!

I often like to visit the local beauty store and try out new products. While I tend to favor the more wallet friendly options, I thought to splurge a little bit and see whether the high-end hair care products are really worth the extra buck.


Test Brand: Ojon
Products: Volume Advance Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, Volume Advance Thickening Spray, and Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment

Volume Advance Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner: Manufactured with volume-boosting coconut and protein-rich Peruvian Amaranth, the shampoo works to remove dirt, oil, and product build up that drags hair down. The conditioner is manufactured with Peruvian amaranth, lemongrass extract, soy, and wheat protein to hydrate and increase volume.

Volume Advance Thickening Spray: Manufactured to help nourish, strengthen, and protect against heat damage. Clinical trials proved that hair diameter was increased by 21% and that its strengthened hair against breakage by 97%.

Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment: A rich and velvety balm to words to hydrate, repair, and restructure hair. Clinical trails saw a 64% improvement in the condition of dry, damaged hair after the first treatment.

My Verdict: My favorite for this purchase was the hair treatment. The treatment comes in a solid form but once you warm the form between your hands, it becomes oil. I left it on for 20 minutes and washed it out. Washing it out was a little difficult, and even after 2 washes, I felt like my hair still had residue leftover. I left it as is and found that my hair was super soft and no longer coarse on the ends. Once my hair dried, I didn’t even notice the residue.

My second favorite was the shampoo and conditioner. My hair typically is straight and fairly flat. However, when I let it air dry after using the shampoo and conditioner, my hair had definite lift. While not dramatic like a Brazilian blowout or blow drying, it still had body and movement which was lovely. After the second wash, I had braided my hair and left that in overnight. My waves the next day were absolutely gorgeous, tame, and volumized.

My least favorite was the thickening spray. I feel it didn’t do much, however the heat protection was nice (although I didn’t need it).

Conclusion: Splurge on the hair treatment for sure. Definitely worth $20. For the shampoo and conditioner it’s nice, but I’m not sure if I’d be willing to spend another $40 for two new bottles. And I’ll most likely be returning the thickening spray.
 Have you used Ojon products before? What’s your favorite?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Does Blonde Hair Really Turn Green in Chlorine?

You may have seen it before, and unfortunately, you may have also experienced it for yourself. It's the struggle of summer for blondes, natural and dyed. Although, dyed blonde hair does tend to pick up the green tinge more than natural blondes because it is more porous. That's also not to mention that it isn't guaranteed that your hair will get a green hue but it is definitely possible. Chlorine is blue, blonde hair is yellow and when you add blue and yellow, you get green.

It Isn't Just a Blonde Thing
Believe it or not but the chlorine isn't what actually turns blonde hair green - and it can also happen to all shades of hair. The truth is that there is copper oxide and copper sulfate in the water which can turn all hair colors. It just so happens that for blondes it is much easier to see because of their lighter hair. However, brunettes can experience an orange or brassy hue as well. In addition to the exposure to such metals, the summer time also brings tons of direct sunlight, heat, wind and products that can be just as damaging to your hair - and not so visible.

How to Remove the Green
Whether you have natural or dyed blonde hair, or are a brunette who now has orange hair, there is no need to panic because there is a cure. All you have to do is use a "chlorine" removal treatment which ultimately gets those metals out of your hair, taking away that green tone.

Future Prevention
Wearing a swimmer's cap probably isn't your favorite option, so instead, tie your hair up prior to going in the pool and keep it dry as much as you can. If you will be swimming underwater, soak your hair with fresh water prior to getting into the pool so that it won't soak up so much of the chlorinated water. Braiding your hair also helps deter water absorption, and if you swim in chlorinated pools often, use a daily treatment that will coat your hair in effort of protecting it. You also always want to rinse your hair with fresh water as soon as you exit the pool - for obvious reasons.

Just be cautious when using stripping shampoos because not only will it strip your hair of chlorine and the chemicals in pool, but it will also strip it of the natural oils and nutrients that are imperative to healthy looking locks. So always proceed with caution and replenish your hair accordingly.Natural oils are an excellent way to do just that, and always give yourself a deep hair repair therapy session each week. You can do this at home or treat yourself at the spa!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wedding Tips Every Bride Should Know BEFORE The Wedding

Even months after the wedding, we are still receiving compliments on how fantastic, fun, and loving our wedding was. And while this is how every bride hopes their day will be, unfortunately, the day’s normal stress results in a less than magical day. So from one experienced and very happy bride to all future and current brides, I would love to share some wedding tips that, I believe, every bride should know to truly enjoy this day.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
There are so many things that could go wrong on this day. Is the florist running late? Is your dress not fitting right? Did the videographer show up half hung over, his tie backwards, and is currently laying his head down on the dining table?

And yes….this all happened to me! So what did I do?

I hugged my anxious and worried grandmother-in-law and told her it would be ok. If the flowers don’t make it, it’s not going to ruin the wedding. Yes…the reception and wedding won’t be decorated, but even though the flowers add to the wedding, they aren’t the important elements of it. And I continued my day….

When my dress wasn’t zipping up correctly, we took this as a photo opp to get some hilarious photos of me trying to hold in my chest while my maid of honor and mom tried to zip me up. And I continued my day….

And when the videographer showed up half hung over, with his tie on backgrounds, and barely paying attention to us? I laughed and talked with my bridesmaid, ate dainty sandwiches, and...continued getting ready for my wedding day.

Focus On The Important Things
This includes your future hubby, your wedding party, and the loving friends and family that are there to celebrate this day with you. Before the wedding, I received so many tips that I should enjoy my day….which sounded odd to me because why wouldn’t I? They continued to remind me, enjoy your day…because it will go by so fast! But I still didn’t get it.

And then I learned what they were talking about…and the mistake they made during their wedding. While many people spend their wedding day worrying that everything has to be exactly as planned, or exactly right, I approached my wedding as a day to celebrate, make joy, and create memories. So each moment, each smile, each hug, each dance….I lived in it. I didn’t worry about what was going to happen next. I lived in each and every moment.

Smile From The Heart...Laugh From Your Gut

One thing that I absolutely loved about my wedding was that we were always laughing and smiling. The sound of our laughter would constantly resonate throughout the rooms, wherever we were, whatever we were doing. We took nothing too serious and found the humor and fun in every situation. When the pastor asked my husband to obey his wife, he looked to our guest and gave them a befuddled look. After I smooshed cake all over his face and he retaliated with an equally well placed cake smash, I jumped into his arms for a kiss to further smooth our cake face mess together. Every moment during this day should be filled with smiles that come from the heart and laughter that came from your gut.

And that, dear brides, is what allowed me to differ from the advice constantly thrown my way and to both enjoy each and every moment, without making the day feel stressed, frantic, and too fast.