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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.

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An End to Split Ends

Has it been a “cruel cruel Summer” for your hair? Now that Fall is right around the corner and it’s time to start helping the kids get back to school, you might want to think about cleaning up those damaged split ends.

What are split ends, anyway? They’re what you get when the outer layer of your hair cuticle wears away. Caused by any number of factors ranging from heat styling to wind exposure, it leaves your hair in a weakened, dry, and damaged state. If you have split ends, it’s important to get a trim. Otherwise it’s like a snag in pantyhose that can keep running up, unraveling your hair, leaving more and more damage. Especially during the summer, aim for a hair trim every 6 to 8 weeks.

In the meantime, keep the damage down by treating your hair gently. Use a wide-tooth comb after conditioning in the shower, pat dry with a t-shirt, and detangle with your fingers as it dries to reduce breakage. Some believe that a natural boar brush is more flexible with your hair and helps distribute your scalp’s healthy oils. Avoid pulling your hair too tight or using uncovered elastics hair ties with metal pieces.

You can’t reverse damage, but the proper nourishment can add strength and help your hair appear healthier until you’re able to trim those split ends. Use Recovery Masque for a replenishing dose of argan oil and hydration that permeates into the cuticle. Be sure to rinse with cold water to help seal your cuticles. After showering, work some Diamond Drop Serum into the ends of your hair for extra nourishment and protection from the elements. Try adding greens, fruits, wheat, brown rice, beans, and seeds to your diet if you can.

To help reduce damage in the future, be sure you’re equipped with the right styling tools, and know how to use them. While an inexpensive “drug store” hair dryer literally cooks your hair, BNY’s Pro Dryer 3800 comes with a diffuser as well as technology that evenly distributes heat and reduces damage, not to mention an 80% faster drying time, which means less heat exposure. The ceramic plates  of BNY’s 1.25” Diamond Flat Iron also offer even heat distribution, but have you tried turning the temperature down? Different types of hair require more or less heat, and you should try to avoid using more than needed. You might also consider taking a break from damaging chemical and color treatments to give your hair a chance to regain some strength.

How do you cope with split ends? Leave a comment and let us know what you’re doing to keep your hair looking healthy and radiant.

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Goodbye Envy, Hello Extensions!

Tired of looking at other hairstyles and wishing you had that kind of volume and length to work with? Envy is a waste of time when a simple solution is at your disposal. Every day, more and more women are making the switch to hair extensions. If you’re just beginning to consider Brilliance New York hair extensions, then you’ve come to the right place to learn about the best extension option for you.

Human VS Synthetic

For hairstyles that turn heads, 100% human hair extensions are 100% the way to go. Synthetic hair is cheaper for a reason. It never blends in quite right with the rest of your hair, tangles easily, and can’t be styled the same way human hair can. Synthetic hair can’t always withstand the heat from flat irons, curling wands, and other hair tools, which can cause it to melt. Extensions with extensive shine may lure you in, but buyer beware: they’re usually coated with silicone, which wears off quickly, leading to fading and tangling.

Clip-In VS Other Methods

There are a handful of intimidating hair extension installation methods ranging from glue to heat fusion, all of which can be pretty damaging to your hair. Clip-in hair extensions, consisting of small sections you can place strategically through your hair by yourself, are the least permanent and cause the least amount of damage to your hair. Avoid stress to your roots by placing clip-ins where your hair is the strongest, avoiding wearing them while sleeping or bathing, and completely opening clips before removal.

The Remy Standard

It’s important that your hair extensions are Remy hair. Remy comes from a single source and is picked strand by strand to ensure perfect alignment, with all strands’ roots in the same direction. Remy hair is high quality, remains beautiful and soft wash after wash, and barely tangles. Other types, like single drawn or double drawn, are not as high quality and have less uniformity from hair to hair.

A Natural Look

Done properly, hair extensions can go completed undetected – but certainly not unnoticed! For a stunning new hair extension style, seek help from a Brilliance New York salon stylist who can help you select the extensions closest to your natural hair color. She or he can help you use them to create highlights or lowlights or may even steer you toward mixing and matching colors for a more natural blend. One of the biggest “extension rookie” mistakes is to wear extensions straight from the box without any kind of styling. You want them to look authentic and lived-in. For the most natural look, your stylist can even cut them for the perfect blend of layers with your real hair.

Styling and Care

You can use low-temperature heat to style human hair extensions like you would your normal hair. You can even color them, though it’s best to avoid bleach and over-processing as well as products containing alcohol or oil. A stylist should be consulted before chemical treatment. Treat your extensions gently and carefully according to the instructions. Put thought into their storage, too. Instead of leaving them crumpled up, why not hang the clips on a hanger?

Extend Your Style

Leave a comment and let us know if you’re thinking of trying hair extensions. Or if you already have them, we’d love to know all about them and the beautiful new hairstyles you’ve been showing off.

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Taming the Untamable: Enjoy Your Thick Hair to the Fullest

If you have thick, coarse hair, you’ve probably dreaded it, rolling your eyes at those who express envy over those luscious locks that require so much maintenance. It’s true that you need to maintain your hair, but knowing how to do it right will yield benefits that are worth the work.

Shower Routine

Washing your hair in cold water reduces frizz and helps your hair look shinier – with the added bonus of waking you up! Speaking of washing, you should NOT be shampooing daily, as that’s going to dry out your hair. And when you do shampoo, make sure it’s one that hydrates with a serious dose of moisture, like BNY’s Essential Hydration Argan Oil Shampoo. Conditioner, on the other hand, can be used daily. If your hair is coarse or thick, applying conditioner over all your hair can help weigh it down and keep it tamed throughout the day. If it’s curly or wavy, you’re better off using a quarter-sized amount to skip the waxy feeling. After you shower, avoid excessive towel drying and brushing while wet, which is when your hair is the most fragile, prone to frizz, and can cause breakage.

Drying and Heat

Straightening with a flat iron (at a temperature of 350 to 400 degrees) will change the texture of your hair and make it more manageable. Be sure to use Brilliance New York Heat Protector before exposing your locks to all that heat. When blowdrying your hair, start with damp hair rather than soaking wet hair, and don’t dry it completely.

That being said, you shouldn’t use heat on your head every day. Not to mention we don’t always have time in the morning for all that primping. Some easy hairstyles that look especially good with thick hair are braids, buns, and ponytails. Try wrapping a strand of hair around the ponytail holder to create a look that’s extra sophisticated.

Extra Moisture

Deep conditioning your hair periodically will not only make it look prettier and healthier but will also make it easier to maintain every day. Use BNY’s Essential Hydration Argan Oil Repairing Hair Masque on a weekly basis or in between wash days to help with moisture. A daily leave-in conditioner or oil like BNY’s Argan Oil Hydration Hair Serum can also keep the frizzies and fly-aways at bay.

Trimming and Cuts

We know you’re busy, but try to make time for a trim every six to eight weeks. The ends of your hair are the driest, crunchiest, and frizziest, so getting rid of them periodically will make a big difference in how you feel about your hair. When it comes to getting a haircut, the goal should be layers with soft edges that frame your face – not a blunt, one-length bob or cut. The right cut can help thick, coarse hair look thinner and smoother.

You Are Unique

Everyone’s hair is different. Give our customer care and style specialist Stephanie a call at 877-654-8889 if you’d like help choosing products that are best for your hair. We’d also love to hear if you have other tips or stories about your thick hair – leave a comment and share!

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Changing Seasons, Changing Colors: Get the Most from your Hair Color

Changing Seasons, Changing Colors: Get the Most from your Hair Color

As the seasons change, you might be thinking about changing your hair color. With Spring freshly arrived and Summer right around the corner, you may be considering going lighter, or maybe you already have. Whether following the trends or going along your own path, whether you just colored or are about to, and whether you frequent a salon or bravely color your hair at home, these hair color care tips will help you do color the right way.

Dye it when it’s dirty. When your hair isn’t its cleanest, it’s easier to section hair, which comes in handy when doing the dying yourself. And especially for those of us with sensitive skin that gets irritated from the chemicals in hair dye, natural oils from the scalp can help protect you, so it’s best to avoid shampooing for at least a day before coloring. Even if your hair is full of the styling products you’ve used for the past two days, hair dye is strong enough to penetrate it and give you radiant and long-lasting hair color.

Make sure it’s moist. Applying a deep-conditioning hair masque like BNY’s Essential Hydration Argan Oil Repairing Hair Masque a few days before coloring your hair is a great way to lock in moisture, which will help your hair hold the pigment. This goes for after dying, too. Color fades faster from dry, damaged hair, as well as from sun and frequent shampooing, so be sure to nurture your hair.

Don’t dive into the pool. Avoid underwater pool time two weeks before and after coloring your hair. The chlorine strips away your hair cuticles and opens your hair shafts, allowing water minerals to enter and change the color. You can always look lovely lounging poolside, but if you’re a swimmer just keep your hair up and stick to the breast stroke.

Don’t over-dye. Coloring your hair every four weeks isn’t good for your hair. Opting for a color that’s close to your natural hair color, or just going with highlights, means that roots growing in won’t be as obvious and you can give your hair a longer break between coloring sessions. That being said, hair damage happens. Restore with BNY’s Protect And Repair Shampoo, Conditioner And Masque Bundle.

Get a shade that complements YOU. Your Twitter feeds may suddenly fill with friends and celebrities rocking their new blonde locks to the beach, all somehow in the same shade of enviable gold. (A certain Kardashian comes to mind.) But if your reddish skin tone calls for hair with a red tint, rock that red and be envied. If considering changing your natural color by more than three shades, try wearing a wig in that color first. Take pictures. See how it looks with your favorite outfits and makeup. Remember that the right shade, much like makeup, enhances rather than overpowers your face.

What color are you dying your hair this Summer? Has a dip in the pool ever turned your hair green? Comment and share your hair color stories with us!

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3 Ways to Use Your Straightener You Never Imagined

Hair straighteners are awesome. Imagine the convenience it gives us and the help it provides to keep bad hair days away. It really is a great tool when it comes to achieving a perfectly straight look and our mini flat iron set comes in handy while being travel size. However, there is more to a straightener than what meets the eye!

Instead of settling with the usual poker straight hair, be creative and be bold. A high-quality tool should help you instantly boost your fab factor with a bit of imagination. Here are three unusual ways to use your hair make over pal.

Add a Touch of Color – Did you know that you can use your straightener to apply color to your locks?

If you are adventurous and want to try some radical shades for a day or night, don’t hesitate to try this trick. Pick your preferred soft chalk pastel colors and run it over some strands. Then, use our Diamond flat iron to seal in the new hue. Don’t worry, this instant X factor is temporary and can be removed by washing your hair. As a side note, don’t wear this while rainy days or the color will fade and will leave your clothes temporarily stained.

Seal your Wefts – Did you know that you could use your straightener to seal in your wefts?

A lot of women, celebrities included, are going crazy over human hair tape-ins or skin wefts. These are natural hair bundles that you can use as an extension and they have a double-stick tape at the top. You just need to sandwich your hair between two adhesive piece and use a straightening flat iron to seal the bond. Your newly installed hair will add length and volume making your already fabulous hair look stunning. It is recommended to use a flat iron that has an adjustable temperature like our Diamond Flat Iron since you would need lower heat. Also, the Negative Ion from this iron can help seal the moisture in your hair while keeping the frizz away.

No Wash Makeover – The solution is right in your room!

As a busy, hustling, partying chic, there would be situations where you need to go somewhere while running out of time. During those situations, washing your hair is the last thing in mind and we all know it takes forever to dry our hair even with a blow dryer. A quick way to get a no wash make over is to spray your dirty hair with a dry shampoo focusing on the roots. After that, you can then use your flat iron and rotate the iron down and under your ends. This will give you a tousled round brushed-look. Ideally, you can use a ceramic plated Diamond Flat Iron so it will dry faster.

Do you have your own unusual straightening iron tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below!

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Choosing the Right Hair Stylist for Your Holiday ‘Do

A woman’s relationship with her hair stylist is intense, to say the least. With the holiday season around the corner and a slew of big events on the way – Thanksgiving, to start with – it’s important to get your appointments in and find the right hair stylist to take care of your locks.

While your usual stylist might be perfect for the routine cut and color, finding a stylist who can style your hair to perfection for that big New Years Eve or Christmas party is a bit trickier.

Here are some tips to keep in mind on your quest to find the perfect hair stylist.

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The Best Curling Irons for Fall Style

Ditch the buns, ponytails, and let loose a little bit! Fall is the perfect time to let your hair down and show off a brand new look. Play up your usual style with a sexy, wavy hair look or go full glam with thick, Kardashian curls. Either way: a curling iron is your new BFF this season.

Whether you’re looking for tousled beach curls, loose sexy waves, or cute spiral curls, these curling irons are exactly what you need. Check out the list on which curling iron is best to grab for your signature summer look.

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