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Best Ombre Colors for Every Type of Hair

Find the best fit of ombre color for your hair!

Ombre is one trend that will never go out of style. At its core, it is a technique that fades one color into the next from the roots to the ends of your hair. The most classic combination is dark brown to light blonde hair. Over the years it has grown way beyond that. Whether you want a touch of lightness or to go full on rock n’ roll red, ombre works for everyone.

Natural ombre colors allow your hair to progress naturally, as the gradient gently shifts from dark to light. These styles also require little to no maintenance. They are the perfect way to add some brightness to your complexion and dimension to a solid color. You can choose to be bold or subtle, natural or neon and classic or crazy. It’s up to you! Ombre styles also help you cover up any damaged ends or bold roots by blending your natural hair with another color.

There are endless ombre options, so the best way to pick yours is to consider a few things. What colors compliment your skin? Everyone’s skin has undertones that work best with either cool or warm shades of hair. You can easily determine which direction to go in, but of course don’t be afraid to break any rules! Next, ask yourself how drastically you want to change your look. Do you want to add a subtle touch of blonde or are you ready to go full on rainbow?

Best Styles for Dark Hair

These ombre looks work best with naturally dark hair. Your hair can vary in shades of darkness, from black to medium brown. Depending on your color preference, these styles can range from subtle changes to a blast of contrast.

Warm and Cool

warm-and-cool

This natural look combines warm and cool shades of browns, like chocolate and copper. Even though the tones are different, the colors can blend together to still complement one another.

Shades of Red

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Adding red to your hair can be subtle or drastic, depending on the shade you choose. Keep the roots dark to avoid an awkward growing out process and pay attention to the saturation of color at the ends. Use a darker red for a more subtle look and an orange, fiery red for a dramatic change.

Shades of Brown

shades-of-brown

This style avoids adding bleach and harmful chemicals to your hair altogether. With this style, your hair starts with dark brown roots and gradually fades into lighter shades of brown. This will be a subtle look, but it requires little to no maintenance.

Purple

Adding purple to the ends of your naturally dark hair will add a burst of color without going over the top. You can stick with darker hues without using any bleach.

Auburn

auburn

Instead of always reaching for blonde dye, try adding reddish brown hues to naturally dark hair. This is a great way to warm up your complexion without a drastic shift in color.

Sun-kissed

sun-kissed

This classic look put ombre at the top of every hair trend list. Add shades of blonde to your hair gradually, keeping the lightest blondes at the bottom. The sun-kissed look works best with naturally medium to light brown hair.

Silver Fox

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For a more dramatic look, try fading your dark brown roots fade into silver blue-grey. You can decide to dye just the ends or apply the color all over your head.

Best Styles for Light Hair

Not all ombre styles need to start with brown hair. If you’re naturally blonde, try one of these looks to accent your color.

Light to Dark

Reverse the ombre look by keeping the darkest shades at the ends of your hair. This works best when you choose browns that are the same tone as your blonde hair. Try to stick will cool or warm tones.

Strawberry Blonde

strawberry-blonde

Transition light hair to shades of red and pink for a bright, fun look. For a more subtle look, gradually add red highlights that are close to your natural hair color.

Shades of Blonde

shades-of-blonde

Subtly transition your blonde hair into lighter hues at the end. This is a great way to add brightness and makes it easy to maintain your natural blonde color.

Purple Passion

Add a pop of color to your light locks! One of the most classic ombre combinations is blonde hair at the roots and purple at the ends. You can use temporary hair dyes and paints if you want to try new colors more frequently.

Ice Blonde

ice-blonde

Play around with cool and warm shades by dying the ends of your hair an icy blonde and keeping your roots a warm hue.

Subtle Styles

Cascading

cascading

Keep your hair its natural color and gradually fade into a lighter hue within the same color family. This is a perfect look whether your hair is straight, wavy or curly.

Bright and Sunny

bright-and-sunny

Avoid bleach and transition from brunette to blonde by adding in warm tones throughout your hair. Instead of just one color, try utilizing different shades of warm blonde.

Shoulder Length

shoulder-length

If you have long hair, gradually add in lighter shades starting at your shoulders. Keep it natural by using honey-colored blonde. This also works to cover up dark roots by seamlessly blending brown and blonde hair.

Hint at the Ends

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Add a touch of light blonde to the ends of your hair. For the most subtle look, just go 1-2 shades lighter than your natural color.

Drastic Styles

If you’re looking to try something extremely different (and you’ve gotten the OK from your boss)try out these wild ombre trends.

Bold Bangs

bold-bangs

Keep your bangs the darkest color and have the rest of your hair transition to lighter shades. This will create a more dramatic look that goes one step further than simply dark to light.

Angled

angled

Bleach the ends of your hair higher on the sides and lower in the middle to create a unique “V” shape.

Face Framing

face-framing

Brighten up your complexion! Keep most of your hair dark and gradually add lighter hues around your face. This style works with any color.

Single Strands

single-strands

Add in touches of color and lightness to various strands of hair, instead of dying your whole head. You can choose to be bold by picking heavier chunks of hair as opposed to a look that resembles basic highlights.

Dip Dye

dip-dye

This look is exactly what it sounds like. Choose a color and dye the bottom three inches of your hair for a pop of fun. This can be done with temporary dyes so that you can change the color up often.

Solid Shades

solid-shades

Try more bold shifts in color instead of a gradual transition. The colors should be more opaque instead of subtle shades.

Pixie

pixie

Add a pop of color to short hair by dying the ends of your hair. For a crazier style, try using multiple colors.

Platinum to Purple

platinum-to-purple

This style uses cool tones of platinum and icy blonde mixed in with shades of purple. You can choose to transition from light to dark, or the reverse depending on the look you want.

Colombre

Put a twist on the ombre style by adding bright colors into the mix. Colombre combines the classic ombre transition from dark to light but substitutes brown and blonde for colors of the rainbow. A few classic combos include dark mahogany to copper, red faded into coral and peach, lime green to aqua blue and fiery red to light orange. Colombre works for any hair length but requires more consistent maintenance.

Rainbow

rainbow

Think about your hair as a sunset. Pick cool or warm colors and transition from the roots to the ends. You can also mix various colors throughout your hair that fade from dark to light.

Fire

fire

By using shades of red, orange and yellow, you can transform your hair into a flame. You can choose to start with red and fade to yellow or the reverse.

Opal

opal

This is one of the hottest colombre trends. Think of opal as pearl and rose colors. Mix iridescent pinks, blues and purples to achieve this romantic look.

Icy Blue

icy-blue

Start with bright, neon blue and transition to ice blonde at the ends. Aqua and bright blue are a classic combination. You can also add hints of purple and turquoise to mix it up.

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Home Remedies for Damaged Hair

Damaged hair does not discriminate. Anyone can be affected by uncontrollable elements and factors that contribute to damaged hair. When hair loses moisture it becomes brittle and loses its shine and luster. If hair is left damaged for long enough, it can cause dandruff and even hair loss. Taking care of your hair doesn’t always have to break your budget. There are plenty of natural remedies that you can make at home to protect your hair from future damage.

How Will I Know?

It’s pretty easy to figure out when your hair is damaged. Sometimes you can visually see the breakage and split ends. Other times you can feel excessive dryness in your hair. Damaged hair has a harsh texture and tangles easily. Overall you can tell that your hair is damaged if it is difficult to manage.

How Does Hair Become Damaged?

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Sun rays, lack of moisture, harsh chemicals – there are so many reasons for damaged hair. Here are a few of the major contributing factors:

  • Overuse of styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons
  • Dry and hot climates
  • Swimming in chlorinated water
  • Harsh chemical treatments
  • Excessive washing with harsh products
  • Friction from blankets, pillows and clothing
  • There are also reasons for damaged hair that you can’t control. Some people are born with medical conditions and hereditary conditions that make their hair follicles more prone to being damaged. In addition, malnutrition and eating disorders can lead to dry, brittle hair.

Finding the Proper Fix

There are a few ways to go about treating your damaged hair. Some people head straight to the salon to cut off their hair and professionally fix their problem. However, there are more affordable and faster remedies to treat and prevent damaged hair. In fact, most of them use products you can find in your pantry.

Eggs

eggs-home-remedy

Eggs contain natural proteins and minerals that nourish hair when applied. For a natural shine, try this remedy once a week.

Egg Whisk
Products: 1 egg , shower cap
Time: 20 minutes

Whisk one egg and apply to your scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse out in the shower and wash your hair as usual.

Olive Oil

olive-oil-home-remedy

Olive oil is packed with fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants that help seal in moisture when applied to hair. Using olive oil one to two times per week will help protect your hair from drying out.

Olive Oil Massage
Products: Olive oil, towel
Time: 30 minutes to overnight

Warm up 1 cup of olive oil and massage into your scalp for 3-5 minutes. Cover your hair with a warm towel and leave on for at least thirty minutes or overnight. Wash out in shower with usual shampoo and conditioner routine.

Olive Oil & Honey
Products: 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup of honey
Time: 30 minutes

Warm up and mix 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of honey. Apply all over hair from scalp to ends. Leave in for 30 minutes and rinse out in shower and wash as usual.

Avocado

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Avocados are good on everything, even your hair. They are filled with healthy fats and proteins that help keep hair hydrated, flexible and soft. Use these remedies once a week to heal damaged hair.

Avocado Smoothing
Products: 1 avocado, 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil, blender (optional)
Time: 1 hour

Mix one half of a ripe avocado with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil until smooth. Use a blender if necessary to get correct consistency. Apply and leave on your hair for one hour, then wash out as usual.

Avocado Paste
Products: 1 avocado, 1 egg, coconut milk
Time: 1 hour

Mash an avocado and egg yolk together. Add in coconut milk until the mixture is smooth and turns into a thin paste. Apply the paste to your scalp and massage into the rest of your hair for 3-5 minutes. Keep the paste in your hair for 1 hour then rinse and wash as usual.

Honey

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Honey is a natural product that traps in moisture. When these remedies are applied 1-2 times per week, your damaged hair will be soft and shiny.

Honey Massage
Products: 1/2 cup of honey, shower cap
Time: 30 minutes

Massage honey into washed, damp hair starting from the scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap for 30 minutes and then rinse out with warm water.

Honey Conditioner
Products: 1-2 teaspoons of honey, conditioner
Time: 1-2 minutes

Before putting conditioner in your hair, add honey. Use this mixture once a week.

Aloe Vera

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In addition to soothing burns, Aloe Vera also soothes dry, damaged hair. It is filled with enzymes, amino acids and vitamins C and E that can help protect your hair when used once a week.

Aloe Vera Juice
Products: Aloe Vera
Time: 10-15 minutes

Apply the juice from an Aloe Vera plant to damaged hair. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and wash out in the shower as usual.

Coconut Oil

coconut-oil-home-remedy

Coconut oil has been praised for its natural benefits. It contains nutrients that can easily penetrate hair follicles to prevent future damage. These remedies can be applied 2-3 times per week to protect your hair from breakage.

Coconut Oil Massage
Products: Coconut oil
Time: 5 minutes

Warm enough coconut oil to massage into your scalp for 5 minutes. You can also leave in overnight. Wash it out fully with warm water.

Coconut and Honey
Products: 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of honey
Time: 30 minutes

Mix 3 tablespoons of warm oil with 1/4 cup of honey. Apply the mixture to damp hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse out with warm water.

Banana

banana-home-remedy

Bananas are high in potassium and vitamins that help moisturize hair. They are also known to improve elasticity, which is often lost in damaged hair. Use these remedies once a week to naturally soften your hair.

Banana Mash
Products: 1 banana
Time: 1 hour

Mash 1 banana and work it in throughout your hair. Let the mixture sit for 1 hour then rinse with water.

Banana Mix
Products: 2 brown bananas, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Time: 30 minutes

Blend 2 brown bananas with the honey, coconut oil and olive oil into it becomes a paste. Apply all over hair and leave in for 30 minutes. Rinse out with water and wash as usual.

Beer

beer-home-remedy

This seems like an unlikely ingredient to treat damaged hair but it works! Small amounts of beer can be used throughout the week to work as a natural conditioner.

Beer Spray
Products: Beer, spray bottle
Time: 1 minute

Add beer to a spray bottle and use a small amount into your hair when shampooing. Let your hair air dry so that it will be smooth and shiny. This also works when beer is sprayed before blow drying and styling your hair.

Mayonnaise

mayonnaise-home-remedy

The fats in mayonnaise moisturize dry hair by leaving it soft and shiny. Use this remedy once a week to prevent future damaged hair.

Mayo Mix
Products: 1 cup of full fat mayonnaise, shower cap
Time: 1 hour

Massage in a thick layer of mayonnaise to slightly damp hair. Work from the scalp to the ends. Put on a shower cap and leave in the mixture for one hour. Rinse and wash in the shower.

Vinegar

vinegar-home-remedy

One of the main causes of damaged hair is residue left from shampoos, conditioners and other styling products. One natural way to reduce this residue us by using vinegar in your hair once a week or when it is unusually dry.

Vinegar Mix
Products: 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of water
Time: 10 minutes

Mix vinegar and water. After washing, pour the mixture in your hair, let it sit for ten minutes and rinse it out.

Vinegar Massage
Products: 1/2 cup of vinegar, 2 cups of water
Time: 1 hour

Mix this more diluted version of vinegar and water. Shampoo your hair, then massage in this mixture and leave on for an hour. Rinse out with warm water.

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment!

It’s up to you to decide what remedy works best for you. Maybe your go-to is olive oil since you have an excessive amount already stored in your house. Maybe you want to try out the avocado mix so that you can eat guacamole at the same time. No matter what you try, remember that all of these remedies will take time. Damaged hair wasn’t caused in a day and therefore it can’t be fixed in one. With time, your hair will build up to a natural, healthy state and remain that way.

What Hair Color is Best for Me?
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Quiz: What Hair Color is Best for Me?

Hair color is tricky.

Finding the right hair color, one that makes you feel beautiful and ready to take on the world, is even trickier.

Why Color Your Hair?

What Hair Color is Best for Me?

There are lots of great reasons to color your hair, and they all have to do with self-confidence.

Coloring your hair can be a fun way to get a whole new look – without a drastic haircut.

For instance, if you’ve had light hair all your life, going darker can be a fun experiment. Or, if you’ve always dreamed of being a redhead, taking the plunge can be a game-changer.

Of course, coloring your hair doesn’t have to be drastic. It can also be a subtle way to make your hair look more vibrant, healthier, and shinier.

For instance, if your brown hair is looking mousy or lackluster, you can warm up the tone and inject some life into it. Your hair will still be brown, but it will just look better.

How Do You Answer the Question “What Hair Color is Best for Me?”

There seems to be a rainbow of hair colors out there. With so much choice, how do you choose the shade that’s best for you?

Should you take your skin tone and eye color into consideration, or should you base your decision on your undertones (like if you’re a “cool,” a “warm,” or a “neutral”)?

We all know what hair color mishaps look like – when you get it wrong, it’s incredibly noticeable and clashes with your entire look.

How do you make sure you get it right, so you love your hair?

Take our hair color quiz and answer once and for all the biggest question on your mind: “What hair color is best for me?”

Take the Hair Color Quiz and Discover Your Best Mane

1. What color was your hair as a little kid?

  • Dirty blonde or dishwater blonde (2 or 3)
  • Strawberry blonde or red (1 or 3)
  • Very light blonde (2 or 3)
  • Light to medium brown (1 or 3)
  • Medium brown to dark brown (1, 2, or 3)
  • Deep, dramatic black (1, 2, or 3)

2. What’s your skin tone?

  • Very, very fair – I look like a ghost and burn in the sun. (2)
  • Light, but not porcelain – I can tan, but it’s not easy to do. (2 or 3)
  • Medium, tan, or olive – I tan pretty easily, but I can get burned once in awhile. (1 or 3)
  • Medium to deep brown – I never worry about sunburn. (1)
  • Very dark or black. (2 or 3)

3. Look at the underside of your arm. What color are your veins

  • Blue and/or purple (2)
  • Green (1)
  • A mix of blue and green (3)
  • I can’t tell (3)

4. What color are your eyes?

  • Light or golden brown (1)
  • Dark brown, almost black (2 or 3)
  • Blue, or blue-gray (2)
  • Hazel (1, 2 or 3)
  • Green (1 or 2)

5. What are your #hairgoals?

  • I want to go blonde, like a mysterious femme fatale in a spy film. (2)
  • I want to go darker – think chocolate brown or deep chestnut. (1 or 2)
  • I want to go lighter – like I just got back from a sun-kissed, tropical vacation. (1)
  • I want to brighten and enliven my natural color. (1)
  • I just want to stand out! (3)

6. Which colors make you look and feel like a million bucks when you wear them?

  • Pinks, reds, and warm tones – just call me “Valentine.” (1 or 3)
  • I feel like a goddess of the sea in cool tones like deep turquoise, cobalt, indigo, emerald green, and royal purple. (2 or 3)
  • I look good in bold but muted colors, like burgundy, saffron, deep olive green, warm yellow, and burnt orange. (1 or 3)
  • Pastels make me feel pretty, like lavender, pale blue, mint green, and buttercup yellow. (2 or 3)

7. Imagine yourself as a location. Which one suits your look best?

  • A winter forest – There’s a strong contrast between my skin tone, hair color, and eye color, or I have very dark skin and dark eyes. (2)
  • A sunny beach – I have blue, blue-gray, or green eyes and light to medium hair with cool tones. (2 or 3)
  • An autumn landscape – I have warm-toned hair that’s medium to dark, brown or green eyes, and a light to medium skin tone. (1)
  • A field of delicate flowers – I have light to medium hair with gold or red tones in it, and soft eyes that are blue or green. (1)

8. What color jewelry looks best on you?

  • Silver (2)
  • Gold (1)
  • Both look good! (3)

Outcomes:

What Hair Color is Best for Me?

Warm It Up (1)

You have warm undertones, which means you’re a spring or an autumn. You look beautiful in warm colors and gold jewelry. Rich, warm, golden colors will look fabulous with your hair.

If you have light hair, try golden blonde, honey blonde, light caramel, copper, or strawberry blonde. If your hair is dark, add some dimension with warm brown tones like mahogany or chestnut, or go with golden or caramel highlights.

Hair colors you should avoid include ashy shades, reds with blue or purple undertones, or icy shades of blonde or deep brown.

What Hair Color is Best for Me?

Keep It Cool (2)

You have cool undertones, which means you look amazing in blues and greens. As far as coloring, you’re either a summer or a winter.

As a general rule, avoid golden or red shades with warm undertones in your hair. They’ll clash with your skin, hair, and eyes.

Instead, if you have light hair, you’ll look best in platinum, icy blonde shades, or champagne hues as well as light, cool brown shades. Dark-haired ladies should also go with cool-toned browns like espresso or cocoa, or stick with jet black.

The best red shades for women with cool undertones include reds with a bluish tint or purple undertones, like Bordeaux and plum. Just say no to copper shades, mahogany, or reds with golden tints in it.

What Hair Color is Best for Me?

Go Crazy! (3)

Lucky you — you have neutral undertones, which means you’re neither cool nor warm. You’re smack in the middle, which means you’ll look good in most hair colors.

This means you can wear cool or warm tones.

Try auburn, copper, or deep reddish-brown if you’ve never done red before. Or, if you have dirty blonde hair, try going lighter to brighten up your face.

If you’re a dark-haired beauty, you can always change up the tone. Try a rich chestnut or deep mahogany for hair that’s beautifully dimensional.

Medium-brown hair looks beautiful if you add caramel highlights, or change the overall tone – try a reddish tone to make your hair stand out in a crowd.

If you’re a risk-taker, why not try a creative color? Pink is huge right now, as is mermaid hair (blue-green streaks)!

How to Flat Iron Your Hair
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How to Flat Iron Your Hair

Whether you have frizz, static, or just too many curls you need to wrangle, sometimes a flat iron is a girl’s best friend.

You’ll be surprised how easy it is – once you’ve learned the secrets to getting the most out of your flat iron.

Even straight hair needs a flat iron sometimes if you are going for that super sleek look.

While you can use a flat iron to crimp, curl, and do other fancy things with your hair, its most common use is straightening.

Before you venture out into the wild world of flat iron crimping, start with good straightening technique.

By using suitable straightening techniques and knowing which products to use on your hair both before and after, you will be able to straighten with a flat iron while simultaneously protecting your hair from any heat damage.

Let’s have a look at what it takes to achieve straight hair with a flat iron.

First, Make Sure You have the Right Type of Flat Iron

First, if you have a cheap, poor quality flat iron, you could be doing more harm than good.

How to Flat Iron Your Hair

If you own a ceramic flat iron, then you have an excellent tool for straightening your hair. Metal plates on a flat iron can singe hair. Ceramic is an excellent material for protecting hair. If you want to go for the big guns, get a tourmaline-ceramic flat iron.

Tourmaline is actually a gemstone with special properties. When used on a flat iron plate, it actually emits negative ions that remove static from hair scientifically.

Products You Need to Flat Iron Your Hair

Once you have a quality flat iron, you’ll want to get some hair products to support and protect your hair before, during, and after the ironing process.

WikiHow explains that it’s best to start at the beginning. When you’re washing your hair in preparation, make sure you use a shampoo and conditioner made with the goal of straightening hair. (Note: This is different from hair products designed for people with naturally straight hair.)

You’ll also need a heat protecting serum to apply to your hair before you begin to flat iron. This will protect your hair from heat damage.

For the straightening process, you’ll need a hairbrush and some clips.
For aftercare, it’s best to have a hairdryer, hairspray, and a post-straightening product or setting spray that you can apply to keep your hair as straight as possible.

Prepping Your Hair for Heat

You’ll need to prepare your hair for the heat of the flat iron. Here are some simple steps to preparing your hair properly.

How to Flat Iron Your Hair

1. Shampoo and Condition Your Hair

Once again, find a shampoo and conditioner that is formulated to help straighten hair. This doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Purchasing this from your local drugstore will be sufficient.

2. Pat Your Hair Dry

Instead of roughly applying the towel to your hair, take your towel and pat your hair dry gently in sections. This will allow you to soak up any excess water. Plus, you’ll prevent your hair from becoming frizzy.

3. Apply Thermal Protection to Your Hair

Before you flat iron your hair, apply a heat protectant gel or serum. This is your best bet for protecting your hair from heat damage. Implementing this step while your hair is still wet allows you to apply the serum evenly without creating clumps. Use a comb to brush to work the gel through your damp hair evenly.

4. Blow-Dry Your Hair

You want your hair to be completely dry when straightening it. Your flat iron will work better, and your hair won’t be as damaged by the heat. Remember to aim the hairdryer downwards along your hair, encouraging it to dry as straight as possible. Using a low heat setting will also help prevent any frizz.

Learning How to Straighten Hair with a Flat Iron

Now that your hair is ready to be straightened let’s see how to create a perfectly straightened look with your flat iron step by step.

How to Flat Iron Your Hair

1. Let Your Flat Iron Heat Up

Turn your flat iron on and wait for it to heat up. If you have a lot of thick hair, put your flat iron on a higher heat setting. If your hair is dry and brittle, have it on the lowest heat setting to prevent any further damage.

2. Section Your Hair

Separate your hair into several sections by using clips. The number of clips you use will depend on how thick your hair is. Each clip should hold about 1-2 inches of hair. As you straighten your hair, clip the next sections out of the way. Place the clips on top of your head so that they don’t interfere with the iron.

3. Start with the Roots

When you begin to straighten your hair, place the flat iron as close to the roots as possible. For an even result, place the flat iron an inch from your scalp.

4. Clamp Down on the Iron

Firmly clamp your flat iron down on your hair so that the two heated pads are touching with your hair in between. Don’t clamp too tightly – this will cause your hair to mark and have a crimp. You also should refrain from holding the flat iron in one spot for too long for the same reason.

5. Run the Flat Iron Down Your Hair

Run the flat iron all the way down this section of your hair to straighten it. You should use a smooth and fluid motion to ensure the hair is being straightened evenly. Remember, don’t hold the flat iron in one place for too long.

6. Repeat the Straightening Process

Run the flat iron down the same section of hair several times until it is as straight as you would like. The thickness of your hair will depend upon how many times you have to do this.

The lower your heat setting, the more you will have to run over each section. Don’t be worried if you see steam – this happens when the heat comes in contact with any moisture in your hair. If you smell burning hair, however, remove the iron immediately and turn the heat down.

7. Work on the Next Hair Section

Move the straightened piece of hair out of the way and unclip a new part to work with. It’s easiest to start on one side of your head and then move to the other – this way you can keep all the straightened hair together.
You might need to brush each section before you straighten it. If the straightened sections of hair are getting frizzy, you can apply hairspray as long as you are done ironing those sections. Be careful not to get hairspray on any of the parts you haven’t straightened yet, as this can interfere with the straightening process.

Keeping Your Hair Straight Afterwards

First, let’s talk about a reality check. No matter how much time you spend straightening your hair, if you get it wet again, it will revert back to its more natural state. So, rain, swimming, and even sweat can hurt your beautifully straightened hair.

Here are a few things you can do to help the straightening effect last a little longer, however:

1. Use Your Blow-Dryer to Set Your Straightened Hair

Once you have straightened all your hair, use your blow dryer to set it. Select the coldest setting on your blow-dryer and blow-dry your hair downwards according to the hair flow. This will set your straightened hair. You can use a brush to guide the direction of your hair as you do this.

2. Apply Hairspray or Other Setting Products

Once you’ve finished with your cool-down blow-dry, you can apply some product to set your hair. These are any post-ironing products designed to make sure your hair stays straight. For example, you can use a hairspray to set your hair if you think it might get frizzy. You can also use a setting spray to keep your hair straighter for longer.

3. Remember to Bring an Umbrella

If you live somewhere it is prone to rain, carry an umbrella with you when you go out. This will keep the moisture off your hair and prevent it from becoming curly again. Note: Umbrellas can’t stop humidity from turning up the frizz-factor on your hair. This is where good styling product comes in (see point two above)

The Dos and Don’ts of Flat Ironing

Now that you’ve mastered the art of straightening hair with your flat iron, let’s look at a couple of tips to remember. You want to make sure you get the straightest hair possible while looking after it.

How to Flat Iron Your Hair

1. Don’t Straighten Wet Hair

Samantha Faragalli of InStyle says that it is imperative you don’t straighten your hair when it is wet. You could burn your hair and cause a lot of damage.

2. Don’t Use the Hottest Setting

The ideal temperature for your flat iron is 365 degrees. This means that anything hotter is too hot and will damage your hair. The best flat irons will have heat controls that will prevent the iron from getting too hot.

3. Do Section Of Your Hair

For best results, section your hair before you begin straightening. This will help you finish with an even look, as you will be able to reach even the hardest of places to straighten.

4. Do Start at the Roots

If you start the flat iron halfway down your hair, you are asking for trouble. Starting at the roots will also help to create an even look throughout and can prevent crimping.

5. Do Use an Anti-Frizz Serum

If you want long-lasting straight hair that doesn’t frizz, try using an anti-frizz setting serum to catch any flyaways and solidify a look that will last.

Flat Ironing Hair FAQ

Before you get the all-clear to straighten your hair, let’s look over some frequently asked questions.

How Long Does My Hair Stay Straight?

This can be anywhere from a few hours – in a humid atmosphere – to a few days (as long as you don’t wash it). Post-straightening products will make it stay straighter for longer.

How Often Can I Straighten My Hair?

If your hair is healthy, you can straighten it every 2-4 days. You must ensure you are following safe straightening techniques and are conditioning your hair well. That said, women use flat irons daily despite the recommendations, so you will have to test and see what works best for you.

Is It Healthy to Iron My Hair Daily?

No. It could cause your hair to become dry and brittle. The truth is, using any sort of hot appliance on your hair will tend to weaken the hair and cause some damage. This includes your hair dryer and curling iron as well.

Will My Hair Be Straight After I Shampoo It?

Once your hair gets wet in any way, it will go back to its original state. It’s best to straighten your hair on dry or sunny days when you know it won’t get wet.

Should I Wash My Hair Before Straightening It?

Having clean hair is recommended because dirty hair can cause frizz. If you choose to condition your hair, make sure it is rinsed out well, as the conditioner could burn with the flat iron heat.

How to Flat Iron Your Hair

The Best Way to Flat Iron Your Hair

Ultimately, the best way to flat iron your hair is to simply be methodical and take your time.

Flat ironing your hair can be a tedious process, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be easy.

By following the steps above, you can achieve perfectly straightened hair without too much damage.
So, be sure to take care of your hair to give it the best chance of looking great.

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50 Trendy Hairstyles for Women

The sky is the limit.

When it comes to styling your hair, there seem to be endless possibilities. From a short, chic bob to long wavy layers, there’s a broad range to experiment with.

Whether you have short, medium or long hair, there’s a hairstyle to suit it. While it might be tempting to stay within your comfort zone and keep what you’ve got, it’s worth taking a chance and trying something new.

The only thing you’ll regret is that you didn’t do it sooner.

Let’s take a look at trendy hairstyles for women that are setting the bar high for fashionable hair.

The Hottest Hairstyles for Women 20-30

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If you’re in your twenties, you need to know about these trending hairstyles. Let’s take a look at some beautiful short ‘dos that will complete your look.

· Softened Pixie: Grace Clarke of Allure refers to Miley Cyrus for this style. Hairstylist Chris McMillan advises keeping your hair long on top while shortening the sides and back slightly. He says to keep it messy with a product.

· Razored Lob: Clarke continues the short styles with the Razored Lob. Lob means long bob, so it allows you to have a sharp, chic look around the shoulders. It starts long at the front before graduating to short at the back.

· Short Waves: Marianne Mychaskiw of InStyle looks to Elizabeth Banks for our next ‘do. Short waves complement almost any face shape and allow you to style it in many different ways.

Let’s look at some elegant medium length styles for your 20’s.

· Mid-Length Layers with Heavy Bangs: Clarke of Allure channels Kate Upton with this look. She explains that the outer layers are left long, while the ones underneath are kept slightly shorter, giving volume.

· Sleek Strands: If you want to look like Gwyneth Paltrow, go for the stylish stranded look. Mychaskiw says you need straight, un-layered hair to achieve this look.

· Blunt Bangs: Complement medium length hair with a blunt fringe. Mychaskiw looks to Taylor Swift for this style. Keep your hair wavy and layered, offsetting this with blunt bangs across your forehead.

Go all the way with these long hairstyles for your 20’s.

· Long and Layered: Clarke of Allure says that Jennifer Lawrence sets this trend. She notes that long, choppy layered hair adds a lot of volume. This is helpful if your hair is naturally thin.

· Long and Layer-Free: Clarke explains that getting rid of those layers if you have long hair will open up the front of the face, and it is suitable for almost any face shape. This style can lengthen the face’s shape.

· Sophisticated Bangs: Mychaskiw advises breaking up long hair with a side-swept bang. This can soften the full look when you wear it either up or down.

· Long and Warm: Brighten up your face with warmer tones for longer hair. Mychaskiw recommends adding highlights to brown hair for a brighter look.

Great Looking Hairstyles for Women 30-40

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You’re in your 30’s, and you’ve got kids. There’s no reason why you can’t stay hip and be the trendy Mom of the group.

Let’s take a look at some short ‘dos to suit your 30’s.

· The Shag: Julyne Derrick of Live About looks to The Shag for vogue. Shoulder length and mussy, this haircut is choppy and carefree.

· Shoulder-Length and Thick: Derrick says to keep this ‘do at the collar bone. Thickening it up will add volume and allow you to either mess it up or sleek it down.

· The Classic Bob: don’t be afraid to go for a classic number. Derrick says that the classic bob is timeless, meaning you can get away with it in your 30’s without looking outdated.

Let’s dig into some medium length beauties for your 30’s.

· Beach Waves: revive that summer hair you used to have with beachy waves. Derrick says that almost every woman in Hollywood has turned to this look sometime in their 30’s.

· Chin and Shoulders: the perfect length that’s right in the middle. Derrick says that this style is trending for women in their 30’s.

· Soft Waves: Woman and Home site soft waves as the antidote to aging skin. Soften your face with medium-length waves.

Go the distance with long hair in your 30’s.

· Rock Chic Curls: channel your inner 20’s with rock chic curls. This will add volume to long hair and give life to thin strands.

· Long and Blunt: mix things up with a bit of glam in your 30’s. Adding a blunt, vogue fringe to your long locks is the perfect addition to hair with length. Woman and Home recommend a high pony to complete this look.

· Long Fringe: if you’ve got wavy hair, match the natural frizz with a long fringe that you can wear forward or sweep to the side.

· Finger Waves: take your 30’s back to the 40’s with glamorous and long finger waves. Perfect for a sophisticated night out or to just jazz up an outfit.

The Latest Hairstyles for Women 40-50

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The kids are out, and you’ve got time on your hands. You can’t remember the last time you treated yourself to a new hairstyle. Reinvent yourself with these age-defying styles.

Let’s take a look at some short ‘dos to complete your look.

· Stacked Bob: Julie Seguss of Good Housekeeping points to Michelle Obama’s stacked bob for inspiration. It’s a look that’s sassy, smart and great for professional women.

· Layered Bob: Seguss channels Diane Keaton for the layered bob. She says it is a look that is fresh and full of movement with bangs that frame the face.

· Modern Shag: Cut a bit off The Shag, and you’ve got the Modern Shag. Seguss says that Jane Fonda rocks this look with choppy layers from front to back framing your face.

Get sophisticated with medium hairstyles in your 40’s.

· Centre Part: Seguss says keeping it youthful with a center part is key. Complement this parting with long layers, and you can recreate the curls of your youth.

· Side Bangs: Soften your face with side bangs. The Right Hairstyles says that this look makes your hair thicker up front, giving your face a revival.

· Bronde: there’s a new trend in town, and it’s called “Bronde.” The Right Hairstyles defines this as a mixture of balayage and ombre. Combine these colors with medium-length curls, and you’ll look ten years younger.

Go all the way with these long hairstyles in your 40’s.

· Loose Waves: chop through those heavy locks with loose layers that give you a bit of bounce back. Seguss looks to Diane Lane for this look.

· Smooth Waves: Seguss refers to Padma Lakshmi’s long locks for this style. She recommends curling hair one inch from the roots to accentuate your natural wave.

· Long and Lean: maybe you’ve got too much volume. The Right Hairstyles recommends chopping through your long hair to thin it out. This makes it a bit lighter and easier to tame.

· Deep Side Part: Shannon Mariano of Latest Hairstyles advises breaking up the heaviness of long hair with a deep side part.

Flattering Hairstyles for Women 50-60

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Keep it elegant and classy in your 50’s with these flattering hairstyles.

Let’s take a look at the ultimate short ‘dos for your 50’s.

· Short Layered: Jessica Mattern of Woman’s Day sees Molly Ringwald as inspiration for this style. She says putting layers through a short bob will give it volume.

· Layered Lob: buck the trend with layers through your lob. Mattern says putting layers through your lob will make it easier to style.

· Short Curls: take it back to the roaring 20’s with short, glossy curls. This will give you a carefree look and take years off your age.

Keep it medium-length with these go-to hairstyles for your 50’s.

· Wispy Layers: take out the heaviness with wispy layers that chop it up. Mattern says this windswept look is pretty.

· Polished Crop: keep it short and sassy with a polished crop. Mattern explains this will frame your face beautifully.

· Straight Lob: take the layers and curls out, and you’ve got a straight lob. Perfect for sophistication and class.

Dare to go double the length with these long hairstyles for your 50’s.

· Textured Layers: you can layer any length of hair, but texturing long hair will give you a youthful appearance.

· Delineated Layers: AOL admires Julianne Moore for making long hair look sexy. They say to ask for delineated layers from the collarbone down, finished with blunt ends.

· Feathered Layers: AOL says keeping it timeless with long layers coupled with a little feathering around the cheekbones completes this trend.

· Simple Style: Mattern means to keep it simple with a long chop that doesn’t require much maintenance. You can even brighten it up with a bit of color.

Modern Hairstyles for Women 60-70

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Wow the crowd with the following hairstyles that’ll keep you radiating youth for years to come.
Let’s look at how you can style your hair short in your 60’s.

· Asymmetrical Pixie: go against the grain with an asymmetrical pixie cut. Hairstyle on Point explains this is the perfect hairstyle for busy ladies.

· Marcel Wave: Hairstyle on Point recommends taking you back to the 20’s with the elegant marcel wave.

· Tousled Pixie: go super short and embrace the grey with a messy, short pixie cut. Hairstyle on Point looks to Judi Dench for this style.

· Round Bob: go for the classic rounded bob. Grow all the color out, embrace the grey, and let your round bob flatter your face.

Keep it mild and medium in your 60’s with these looks.

· Lob with Full Bangs: Kaitlyn Yarborough of Southern Living seeks out Diane Keaton for this style. Frame your face youthfully with wispy bangs – it’ll cover those wrinkles.

· Layered Mid-Length with Bangs: Yarborough says women with thick hair will appreciate keeping it mid-length with layers to break it up.

· Centre-Parted Bangs: stay young and hip with bangs that part in the middle. They will frame your face and give it a natural lift.

Let your hair down – all the way down. Embrace these full-length styles in your 60’s.

· Shaggy Layers: it’s like The Shag, just longer. Hairstyle on Point says that shaggy layers are essential to giving a youthful look to length.

· Long Highlights: if you’re not ready to give up the color yet, put some highlights in to freshen up the length. Hairstyle on Point says this is an impeccable style.

· Full Textured Layers: Yarborough says this is the best way to embrace your natural curl. Keep it long and enjoy it, even at this stage.

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Why You Should Use Argan Oil for Hair Growth

The Holy Grail has been found.

Sometimes it’s easy to be convinced to cut all your hair off. It’ll be cooler. It will be less of a hassle. The kids won’t pull at it as much. After all, it’s only hair, right?

Then you think about how long it’s going to take to grow back.

You haven’t seen your shoulders in years, and now you can see why. They say, “it’s only hair, it’ll grow back,” but they don’t think about how long this process can be.

Thank goodness for the elixir.

Let’s take a look at just how much your hair is going to love Argan oil.

Where Does Argan Oil Come From?

Why You Should Use Argan Oil for Hair Growth

This luxurious oil has been around the block. Wikipedia explains that Argan oil is extracted from a kernel found on the Argan tree. This tree is native to Morocco and cultivated traditionally for dipping with bread. However, the benefits of Argan oil for skin and hair were also soon discovered.

Wikipedia breaks down the naturally occurring ingredients. You will find Vitamin E, phenols, carotenes, squalene and fatty acids. The fatty acids are particularly essential as they provide abundant nourishment. The American market has seen a spike in demand for products containing Argan oil.

While you might want to rush out and buy your very own, it’s worth doing a bit of research first.

Since the beginning of mass production for the Western consumer market, there have been concerns about the legitimacy of some products.

Sierra Bright of Natural Living Ideas advises checking the ingredients list when considering which brand to buy. The smaller the list, the better – in fact, it should only have one ingredient in it. If it’s not “100% pure Argan oil”, it’s not the real deal.

The price of 100% pure Argan oil can vary to a degree. Sephora sells it at 50ml for $48.00, but it is available at different price points depending on where you’re shopping.

Who Benefits from Using Argan Oil?

The advantage of this winning product is that it covers all your beauty basics. When it comes to your hair, there’s no limit to how it can benefit. Especially when it comes to hair growth.

Dr. Axe recommends applying Argan oil to your hair as a leave-in conditioner.

The best part is that you only have to use 1-2 drops at a time. This is more than enough for an effective treatment that caters to all different types of hair. You can use this treatment every time you wash your hair in place of conditioner.

He adds that you can even use it as a restoration treatment by coating your hair in a luxurious layer overnight and rinsing it out in the morning. This can be done once a week and requires 4-10 drops, depending on how much hair you have.

Dr. Axe also mentions that Argan oil is brilliant for repairing damaged hair. Whether your hair is dry, dull, and frizzy or you suffer from split ends, Argan oil is a great natural remedy.

Why Argan Oil Is Good for Your Hair

Why Argan Oil Is Good for Your Hair

Now that we know how Argan oil can benefit our hair, let’s take a look at why.

Natalie Lukaitis of Marie Claire praises Argan oil, explaining that she can see why it got its nickname “liquid gold.” Natalie talks about how the naturally occurring fatty acids and Vitamin E go deeper than just helping with damaged hair and splits ends.

On a healing, therapeutic level, Natalie says the nutrients in Argan oil can even help to prevent inflammation of the scalp. This is the primary culprit of dandruff, sores, itchiness, and irritation below where the hair grows.

Tips on How to Use Argan Oil

Why You Should Use Argan Oil for Hair Growth

Argan oil is the elixir of life when it comes to keeping your hair alive and well.

Here are a couple of tips on how to use this “liquid gold” and get the results you’re looking for.

  • Shampoo: Ramya Achanta of Style Craze recommends investing in an Argan oil shampoo to help with hair growth. She explains that there are lots of shampoos that already contain Argan oil as the main ingredient.

The best part is that you don’t have to do anything differently. Simply squeeze your preferred amount into your palm and massage it through your hair.

  • Argan Oil Mask: Another tip from Ramya is combining Argan oil with either coconut or castor oil and turning it into an overnight mask. She says that by combining it with castor oil, you will increase your chances of growing your hair faster.

Mix these ingredients together in a container before applying directly to your hair. Leave overnight before rinsing off in the morning for best results.

How Argan Oil Has Helped Hair Growth

The Dermatology Review rates a variety of Argan oil products so that people can be sure of what they’re buying. Amanda raves about using the oil in her hair, and explains that it is “incredible for hair…improves your hair over time.”

Linda also talks about how much Argan oil has benefited her hair since using it regularly. She says that she uses it “for hair and it is amazing.”

Good Health Academy says treating your hair with Argan oil once a day, as part of your regular beauty routine will help you see results almost instantly. It’s good to remember that keeping up a consistent treatment will ensure these effects are long lasting.

Liquid Gold for Your Hair

There is a reason that Argan oil is now in high demand.

With naturally occurring nutrients that bring benefits to both hair and skin, it has been toted as “liquid gold” and received quite a following.
Argan oil is now widely produced and available. There are no more excuses for holding your hair back and putting off treating that itchy scalp.
Thank goodness there’s a natural remedy that not only makes your hair shiny and supple but also works on a deeper level to deliver the nutrients it so desperately needs.

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Labor Day Beauty Essentials

In the world of beauty and fashion, Labor Day marks the end of Summer. With the Labor Day beauty essentials we’ve rounded up for you, you’ll be able to make the most of Summer beauty while you still can.

Hair

We’re all about turning down the heat and rocking your natural texture for one last day of Summer fun, but that doesn’t mean you have to let all that chlorine, salt, and sun damage show. Use Recovery Hair Masque before your Labor Day festivities so your hair looks effortlessly moist and hydrated despite everything you’ve put it through. If you’re beach bound or going to be out in the sun, bring some Essential Hydration Hair Serum with you in your bag for a mid-day boost.

Makeup

Labor Day plans have a tendency to start early and end late. No one wants the Summer fun to stop! For an effortless and light Summer look that transitions from day to night with ease, use Allure Shine Lip Gloss in “Peach Sheen.”

Skin

Hydrate your skin and protect it from the sun with Pearl SPF Day Cream. Embrace Summer glow by mixing in a touch of bronzer on the back of your hand before you apply.

Scent

Pick a perfume that says Summer. Ideally it should be light with a floral or fruity undertone.

Nails

If you’ve got a mani and pedi booked before Labor Day, go for the bright colors. You might be tempted to make an early switch to Fall plums and other dark or neutral hues, but come Winter you’ll be glad you got an extra two weeks of Summer nails.

Need some more last-minute beauty advice before Labor Day? Tweet @BrillianceNY and ask away! Or leave a comment here and let us know your Labor Day beauty picks.

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Back To School Beauty: Heat Styling for Kids?

It’s hard to believe that Summer’s coming to an end. But now that the little ones are heading back to school, you’re back on duty as their personal style consultant. For better or worse, the importance of beauty starts young. It’s perfectly understandable that you want them to make the best possible impression on their teachers, classmates, and that one snarky mom who always looked at you funny last year. But should you go as far as using a flat iron or curling iron on your child’s hair? Ultimately the decision is up to you, Mom and Dad, but we want to help you to make the best decision.

Problem #1: Children’s hair is extremely fine. Even kids with “coarse” hair have much finer hair than most adults. Their hair is far more susceptible to damage and can easily be burned by heat styling. You can infuse damaged hair with moisture and nutrients to give it a nicer appearance by using Recovery Masque, but it’s impossible to reverse the damage.

Problem #2: Some kids have trouble sitting still. They’re kids! The last thing you want to do is cause them physical pain when the dog barks and they turn to look at it and braise their cheek against the hot end.

Resolution: The younger your little one is, the more you should try to avoid styling with heat. If you do use a flat iron or curling iron on their hair, start with a very low heat setting and don’t make multiple passes over the same hair. Choose a high-quality flat iron with diamond-infused plates to evenly distribute heat and reduce damage. The cool tip may also help reduce accidents. But no heat styling tool is fool-proof or damage-free; always exercise extra caution when working with children.

How do you style and care for your kids’ hair? Do you consider their beauty an extension of your own? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.