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The age of self-love is well and truly here. There are pages and pages of information out there about how to keep your mental health in tip-top shape, how to look after your particular skin type, how to dress to feel amazing and so much more. But what about those luscious locks? It is important to look after your hair properly if you want to avoid searching what causes hair loss and baldness, especially if you want to have long hair that glints in the sun just like in the adverts. Below are three important ways to keep your hair healthy and you looking great.

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Visit the salon

This may seem like the last place you want to visit if you’re trying to grow your hair out, but it’s actually the best place to go. Trimming your hair every other month to help prevent split ends is vital to maintaining growth and health in your hair, it also allows you to gain a bit of advice on what your hair may be lacking from a professional. If you color or bleach your hair, they will be able to use products that will not damage your hair or scalp in the process, helping you to keep it healthy.

Choose the right shampoo and conditioner

You would be amazed at how many people are using the completely wrong shampoo or conditioner for their hair. Some medicated shampoos can be hugely detrimental to your hair health when they aren’t required and should be avoided for prolonged use. You should also aim to use a shampoo and conditioner combination that meets your needs. If you have quite shiny hair that gets greasy easily, don’t use a moisturizing product as this will only exacerbate matters. There are plenty of well-known brands that offer products designed for all hair types. So whether you have curly or straight hair, dry hair or greasy hair, there’s something perfect for your needs just waiting to be discovered.

Consider other regular use products

Now that you’ve got the basics down and are taking care of your hair on a day to day basis, it’s time to up your game. Consider using a leave-in conditioner for hair that’s extra taken care of, or perhaps if you suffer from particularly dry hair and split ends you could search out a hair mask to keep your hair as nourished as possible. Aside from that, you should also invest on products that help protect your hair from damage. Using a comb or brush that gently untangles knots will prevent tearing out your hair at the root. You should also definitely use a heat protecting serum or spray every single time you blow dry straighten, or curl your hair. Failing to do so will undo all the hard work you put into nourishing and hydrating your hair in the first place.

There you have it, the three important steps to making sure that your hair is a well cared for as the rest of you is.

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When you have left the hairdressers with a new hair color, you want to keep the color looking as good as it did on day one, right? But sometimes, even after one wash the color can fade and not look as good as before. So how can you keep that ‘just done’ look even after you’ve left the salon? Here are some tips to help you to care for your bleached or dyed hair.

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Use a Quality Color

The difference between going to a salon  or doing it yourself at home, can be that the quality of the product you’re using at home is likely to not be as good. When you use professional hair color, it is going to be well made, with conditioning properties that will carry on moisturizing your hair as time goes on.

If you’re going to do it yourself, then look for the colors that are labeled as ammonia-free or that use natural oils like avocado oils, for example. These are much more likely to make the color last. I’ve been known to use a box from time to time, and my other tip, and this only applies to blondes, is to go darker and cooler than you think. Bleachy and brassy is not a good look, but I love my most recent experience with a darker ash color.

And make sure you love your stylist. There are three people in the world I trust with my blonde: Sylvia & Jenn P. at Progressions (Sylvia did my highlights from when I was 12-18 and Jenn started doing them when I was in college) and Amanda at Illusions.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Daily

Of course, you need to hop in the bath or shower daily. But you don’t need to always wash your hair when you’re in there. Washing your hair every other day, or even longer perhaps, can help to make the color last longer. Plus, the things that you are washing your hair with can strip the natural oils from your hair. And when your hair is drier, it is going to absorb color less. So do think about how often you wash it.

Use a Shampoo For Your Color

If you want your hair color to last longer and keep looking as glossy as it did on day one, then using a shampoo and conditioner that are specific to your color is going to help. Not only will it help to keep the color to last longer, but it will be designed to treat drier hair, just as colored hair will be. You could look at a site like The Right Hairstyles, for example, as it has a review of shampoos for dyed hair if you needed to find one right for you. But speak to your hairdresser as to what they recommend too.

Choose a Toner

This can be specifically if you have blonde in your hair, but a toner works wonders to bring the color back to life. If you have some blonde in your hair, then it can fade with time and become a little yellow or brassy. Which is where a toner comes in as it adds in tones of blue or violet, to balance out the brassy yellow tones. This is good to do every couple of weeks, to keep your hair looking as good as new. It is especially important if you’re trying to achieve the silver or platinum blonde look.

BONUS: Play with color

When I was in college, this girl Missy dyed the underside of my hair hot pink for Halloween. A ton of fade, two bleachings, and seven months later, I was back to blonde. But gone are those days! There are shampoos and conditioner with fun colors abound, but my favorite is the Celeb Luxury brand shampoo. I’ve used their silver and lavender and I’m going to have a little pink somethin’ somethin’ for my bachelorette party but the best part is I can use it for a few days, and then it comes completely out in a couple washes once I’m sick of it!

Do you have experience of dying your hair different colors? Have you found anything that works for you? It would be great to hear what you think.

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Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean yours has to be. The sun is always shining somewhere in the world. And if you’re such a beauty and fashion addict that you’ve not had your fill of summery styles just yet then it looks like it might be time for you to jet off to somewhere in the world where the sun is still shining. Of course, before you head off anywhere, you need to plan out your “beach look”.

Nailing beauty and fashion is something anybody can do. It doesn’t matter what shape or size you are; fashion is all about accentuating your positive features, and you need to have the confidence you do that. If you’ve no idea where to begin with packing an entire summer wardrobe for your personal break then here are some tips to help you slay on your beach vacay.

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Your hair

First of all, a beach break is a time for daring hairstyles. Warm weather means there’s no need for wooly hats to cover up your luscious locks; let that hair reign free! Above all else, you need to strive to keep your hair healthy. Remember that heat and exposure to sunshine are both changes that will have an effect on your hair. The salt in the sea water and the effect of the sun’s rays will both damage your hair, so it’s best not to do your roots or anything too crazy before your vacation (it’ll need enough care and attention afterwards).

The key to achieving a stunning yet natural summer look with regards to your actual hairstyle, of course, is to get your hair out of your face so as to catch the sun; the classic pinned-back look with some beachy waves could look perfect. And so could the classic slicked back “wet look”. You’ll be heading into the sea anyway, so you might as well start as you mean to go on, right?

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Your face

Let’s talk about the aspect of the body that gives you the most grief: your skin. Don’t worry – you’re not alone in this endless struggle. We’ve all been in that position of seeing a brand new spot pop up just before we leave the house. Of course, that’s no good when you’re about to head on a beach vacation. You want to be showing off as much of your skin as possible to get a great tan. Whilst the sun will definitely help your skin by providing vitamin D and generally giving it a healthy glow, there’s a lot you can do to keep your face and body, as a whole, looking healthy. Whilst you should definitely have fun with different makeup looks (it’s your vacation, after all), you shouldn’t go overboard if you want your face to feel fresh and really enjoy all the effects of the sunshine. Give yourself a little break from wearing makeup now and again and keep yourself well hydrated (good general advice for warm countries) so as to keep your skin healthy and blemish-free.

In terms of keeping your face looking fashionable, you could look into light summery hats to wear; it all depends on your hairstyle, of course, but hats are definitely in right now. And in terms of eyewear, you could look into discount designer sunglasses to get that sleek and stylish summer look without breaking the bank. The point is that fashion doesn’t end once you get higher than the neck; have some fun accessorizing yourself.

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Your swimwear

Speaking of accessorizing, let’s get to one of the most fun parts of preparing your look for this beach vacation: your swimwear. A good rule of thumb is to bring one bikini for every day you’ll spend at your destination. You’ll be wearing bikinis for the majority of your time anyway, given that you’ll be in such a hot climate, so you might as well take this chance to really expand on your wardrobe. You could match your bikinis with light “cover-ups” just to add a bit of variety to your outfits and to provide yourself a warmer option for the later and breezier parts of the day.

Your packing technique

As a final piece of advice, make sure you’re very organized throughout the packing process. If you want to slay on your beach vacay then you don’t want to forget any essentials and you definitely don’t want to find that all your cute outfits are crumpled or smell like an old suitcase once you get to your destination. You could throw some dryer sheets into the case so as to ensure your clothes all come out smelling like roses and your summer outfits aren’t ruined by foul odors emanating from them.

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As we settle into fall and winter quickly approaches over the horizon (you know we’ll be complaining about the cold in no time), there’s a mixed feeling of happiness and loss. The colder months bring cozy sweaters, rich colors and hot chocolate with all the trimmings. But we leave behind the sun and heat of summer. For those of you who live in a warm state year-round, you probably don’t feel the same. But it is sad having to say goodbye to summer, packing away all your cute shorts and crops and saying goodbye to any open shoes for the next six months.

There are ways to keep summer alive through the colder months without looking weird in your sandals in the snow.

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Clothes

With Vogue promoting shorts and knee-highs as one of the trends for this season, you can keep on wearing yours through the winter. They are also saying that printed and woolen tights are back – so keep out your skirts and pair them up with a more seasonally-appropriate under garment. You’re going to want to trade in your slip-ons for boots soon, but that can be really effective when paired with your summer ankle-dusters. And, as it has been all this year, it’s all about the layers. Don’t discount your crop is you can layer on a shirt, scarf, and jacket to go with it.

Hair

Waves are still cute in the winter, so don’t store your salt-spray just yet. The fashion trends might be calling for ponytails and messy buns, but those hair styles aren’t going to keep your ears warm, nor will they accommodate a hat. Beach waves are a year-round style. As is pastel hair and mermaid dyes. Winter is also a great time for you to care for your hair after the heat and sun damage it will have had over the summer.

Makeup

In the summer, we tend to go lighter on the makeup, and darker in the winter. But you do you. If you want peach tones instead of burgundy, then apply them. And the festival glitter that has rocked the nation this summer? What time of year is better for extra glitter than Christmas? Amp up the glitter if you want to. Do think, however, that with the loss of a natural tan, you may need to swap out your foundation and contour kit for a lighter shade.

Tans

Who said a tan is a summer thing? Luckily that golden glow is achievable year round and completely accepted by everyone. You may want to tone it down a little, but you can still look sun-kissed in the snow. There are many options, from self-tanning to spray-tans and sunbeds. Obviously, you need to take care of your skin, so if you opt for the sunbed option, use sunscreen, and don’t believe those people who say you can’t get a tan while wearing SPF – if you need more convincing, ask the expert: can you still get a tan while wearing SPF? Some of the best tans over winter are gradual ones, pick up a gradual bronzing moisturizer and use it a couple of times a week, or as little as you need to get the color you want. You can probably pick them up cheaper now than you could in the summer too.

Mid-season Sun

If you’re craving beaches and sunshine, why not book a weekend getaway to somewhere hot? You can take a road trip to the south, or fly out to anywhere south of the equator. Airbnb has some amazing winter getaway deals. Try the canary islands for a beach holiday, Miami for a city break, or Australia for a little bit of everything.

Food and Drink

For some reason, a lot of food is dictated to being ‘winter’ or ‘summer’ food. Like hearty pies in the cold, and BBQs in the heat. The fact that lighting the BBQ in the frost doesn’t appeal to anyone shouldn’t stop you having a BBQ-esque party inside. The same goes for tapas and sushi, which are other dishes more common in the summer. If you want to enjoy sake nigiri in your sweater and fluffy socks, then do.

The same thing applies to cocktails – you don’t have to trade them in for whiskey and baileys just because the temperature dropped. If you want a cosmo, then you have a cosmo. But if you want to try a warmer cocktail and combine the winter and summer then why not try a winter cocktail.

House

The house tends to get more decorated in the fall and winter do to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. But there is a gap between summer and Halloween when you’re trying to keep the summer going a little longer. There are a few things you can do to achieve that. One of them is a sunlamp. A sunlamp can be used on its own or as an alarm clock, it replicates the dawn and wakes you up gradually without disturbing your REM sleep. Depending on when you get up in the morning will depend on whether it’s still dark outside – but with the winter solstice quickly approaching, the nights are getting longer. The sunlamp helps you keep the morning sun year round. They also help to combat SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which is where a person can become depressed due to a lack of vitamin D.

You can also introduce some houseplants to your home, keeping the place green throughout the year. Most plants will naturally die off in autumn, but things like succulent grasses will stay the same all year. You can also use winter blooms to replace the summer plants.

Garden

The replacement of plants applies in the garden too, but rather than ripping things up by the roots, try and mix up the summer and winter bulbs and seeds, that way your garden will always be in bloom with minimal effort. You can keep using your garden in the winter too – obviously, when it snows it’s the perfect place for snowman and snowball fights. And the longer nights give your fireworks a perfect backdrop. But to keep the heat, install some outdoor heaters around your seating area, you may need a blanket or two, but you can still enjoy the night outside. And during the day, your garden needs just as much care as in the summer – you need to protect the plants that might not make it, and leaving feed out for the birds and squirrels is more important than ever.

Next Year

And if you are completely at a loss with winter and just want next summer to roll around sooner, then start planning ahead. Most festivals release dates if not tickets and lineups super early. Start plotting your festival calendar, call up your friends and get them as hyped as you are. You can also start planning holidays – the early-booking can get you some amazing deals.

Enjoy

At the end of all of that, there are some amazing parts of winter you should be enjoying. Fall brings Halloween, which means scary movies cuddled up on the sofa with popcorn. Dressing up and going out with your friends. Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with family, and it’s all about food and fun and who can eat the most turkey. Christmas is a glitter-fest of presents, love, food, and family. And then New Year’s Eve rolls around with some of the best parties of the year.

As well as partying your socks off – you also get to wear the fluffiest pairs you own. With thick sweaters, bobble hats and scarves that look more life blankets. You can stay in an eat as many marshmallows you want purely because they are either in your hot chocolate or on a chocolate dipped wafer. You’re more likely to spend quality time with friends and family because you’ll stay in and chat rather than laying out by a pool or going to a club – which is fun but not the best place for a conversation.

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Planning how you will look when you walk down the aisle is always going to be an arduous task. It’s fair to say that any bride wants to feel the best she has ever felt on her big day, and the outfit is a large part of that. Most brides spend hours agonizing over their dress, deliberating over their shoes, and testing out makeup artists — but what about the hair?

It would be false to claim brides don’t think about their hair. Most weddings these days will involve the bride taking a trip to see a hairdresser, or being visited at home to have her style perfected by a pro. One thing that is true is that brides tend to have a firm idea of how they want their hair to be — almost to the exclusion of even considering other options.

You wouldn’t choose your dress without trying on a few others, so perhaps it’s worth thinking about hairstyles in the same way. Below are details on three of the most popular bridal styles; why not talk to your hair stylist about trying them? You never know, you might surprise yourself…

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1) The Fairytale Look

Wearing your hair loose on your wedding day helps to create a contemporary feel. We’ve all got so used to brides wearing their hair up that, even as loose styles become more popular, it’s still somewhat surprising to see bridal hair down over the shoulders. As a result, this is the perfect style if you want a modern and relaxed feel to your look.

If you don’t have the hair length required, then you can fake it for the day with tape in hair extensions, and add in a few clasps and jewels for an extra-special feel. Loose bridal hairstyles tend to work best with strapless dresses, as the hair is able to flow freely without detracting from the dress itself.

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2) The Classic Updo

For most women, when they think of bridal hair, it’s a classic updo that tends to be the first thing that springs to mind. Carefully arranged curls, a clean neckline, and a few pieces of hair jewelry just to finish the entire look off. It’s simple, elegant, and sophisticated.

This type of hairstyle works particularly well if your gown has sleeves or an intricate neckline. Lifting the hair off the shoulders gives the dress a chance to shine, without competing for attention with loose tendrils of hair. The bridal updo is a classic for a reason, and you might find this style works incredibly well with the rest of your look.

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3) The Artful Tangles

If you didn’t know better, you could think the way the bride’s hair is arranged in this photo is a complete accident. This kind of style is the perfect compromise between the conventional updo and just leaving your hair completely loose. It looks relaxed and simple, but clearly a lot of work has gone into creating it.

Often called princess hairstyles, this type of style can look wonderful when paired with dresses with lace, sleeves, or high necklines.

So — do you think you might have been tempted to a different hairstyle, or are you going to opt for the one you’d already chosen?

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