Cold Weather is Just Around the Corner!

What products are you using to keep your hair moisturized and frizz-free?

Early mornings now require a sweater or light jacket to enjoy. Well, the same goes for your hair. You need a protective layer as the weather gets cooler. Cooler equals drier (hair and weather.) Who enjoys dry frizzy hair? Not me!

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Lush, Ripe Avocado

If you go for natural/homemade products, here are 12 Natural Hair Moisturizers that you can make at home with ingredients in your cupboard or your refrigerator. The best part is, you can make more than one application at a time. And, what you don’t use externally (on your hair), you use internally (in your tummy.) Did you know aloe is not just for burns anymore? There are two different recipes that use aloe; another place to double your benefit – moisturizing hair and skin. I love Tip #5 for silky smooth hair; mash those frizzies!

Now, it’s not just cooler weather that dries out and damages your hair. Your hair is damaged in other ways: extensive sun exposure, use of curling irons and hair dryers, not to mention the color we apply strictly to tame the frizzies…

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Davines OI

I highly recommend that you ask your hair professional which products are best for your hair. I can, however, recommend the Davines product line. All of their products are great for dry and damaged hair . Start with the shampoo and end with just a smidge of Davines OI Absolute Beautifying Potion. It helps prevent hair aging and breakage. (And, who doesn’t want their hair to make them look younger?) Worth the prices and it lasts a long time. Davines Oi makes a full line of shampoo and conditioners. (See below.)

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Davines Melu

Davines Melu is another product line that repairs long or damaged hair. It repairs your split ends, hydrates your hair and hinders futures split ends. Davines Melu product line includes shampoo, conditioner, serum and shield (for protecting your hair from curling irons, flat irons and hair dryers.) (See below.)

Finally, if you’re venturing out to really cold parts, you can protect your head, and your scalp, with a beanie or other appropriate winter headgear. When you’re massaging your hair treatments into your hair, don’t forget to massage your scalp as well. If your scalp is dry and flaky, it won’t matter how shiny and smooth your hair is!

So, whether you try the home-made versions or the store-bought ones, let me know which one you preferred. Did you tweak one of the recipes or add something to the ready-to-use products?

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Davines OI

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Davines Melu

Are You Ready for Retro Glam Hair?

According to Wiki, “Retro” means any fashion, trends, attitudes or hairstyles of generally fifteen to twenty years prior. But, I’m not talking about the hairstyle you had in fifth grade.

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Victory Rolls

I’m thinking farther back, when glamour was in style. Remember pin curls? They took a lot of work to do your whole head, but, wow, it was worth the effort!   Nowadays, we can skip the pin curl step.  On the right, our model has large victory rolls on top. All you need are 3 tools: comb, hair spray and Bobbie pins. First, divide your hair into 1 inch sections.  Curl your hair from the end toward your scalp. Pin your hair, keeping its round shape, with a flat pin through the middle of your curl.  This keeps it from crushing.

When all of your hair is rolled, spray well with hairspray. (Not the kind that will make your hair feel crunchy.)  Once it’s set, remove the pins and run your fingers through with an aim to loosen and combine.  Now, add more hairspray (I promise, you won’t use the whole can for this hairstyle!)

Part your hair on your most flattering side – you know what I’m talking about.  Start on the side with the most hair. Grab a section and pull upward with your thumb starting at your ear. Keeping the top smooth, tease underneath and spritz more spray. Finish rolling all the way down to your scalp. Smooth and shape until you’re satisfied with it. Now, start again on the other side; repeat until finished. Spritz just once more all over…see, you still have hair spray left!

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Samples of Victory Rolls

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Finger Waves

If you’re looking for something easier, grab some of the clips like your hairdresser uses. With clean, slightly damp hair parted on the side, put the first clip up on your forehead to keep it out of your face. Add the next one with a slight curve of your hair. The third one will point the opposite way, pushing hair forward (see photo.) The fourth and fifth will pull hair back. Let dry, remove clips and spray in place. You’re ready for a night on the town!

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Demi Moore and Michelle Williams

If you’re looking for a shorter, faster style, look no further than the bob. The wedge bob was first made famous by Vidal Sassoon.  He wanted something that did not require lacquer to look shiny, and would be low maintenance.  Vidal was all about angles and geometric shapes. The photo on the right shows two different ways to wear it – full bangs or swept to the side. This cut requires more frequent trimming, but it is low maintenance, wash and go hair the rest of the time. This is the best cut to show off your favorite earrings!

Whether your hair is long or short, start practicing with it now so you’re ready for those holiday parties!