The 10 Biggest Hair Care Mistakes

If you want shiny, gorgeous hair—and, really, who doesn’t?—then you should pay close attention to how you treat your strands. How you wash, dry, and style can seriously affect the health and appearance of your locks. Are you making these hair care mistakes? 

1. Not Brushing Before Washing
A damage double-whammy: Hair is weakest when it’s wet, and wet hair is more prone to tangling. To prevent shower-induced snarls, give your hair a brush before hopping in. If you like to comb in the shower, apply conditioner, untangle strands with your fingers, then use a wide-toothed comb before rinsing.

2. Brushing the Ends Only
You’ve heard that brushing too much causes breakage, but your scalp’s natural oils are one of the best conditioners out there. Massage your scalp with a wooden-bristle brush like Widu to stimulate circulation and hair growth and brush from roots to ends to add luster naturally.

3. Being a Clean Freak
Most heads of hair don’t benefit from daily washing. Chronic washing strips your scalp of healthy oils, leaving your hair lackluster and lifeless. By all means, shower daily, but if you don’t use a ton of styling products, try just rinsing hair with water or using a light, volumizing conditioner every other day.

4. Haphazard Conditioning
We’ve heard to condition only the ends to prevent flat, weighed-down tresses, but fine-haired gals should condition their roots as well since their hair is more susceptible to breakage. Over conditioning is another common snafu. Use just enough to untangle snags and save serious slathering for a once-a-week deep treatment or hair masque like Zerran’s Hair Redemptionor DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque. No matter how you condition, be sure to rinse until the water runs clear and use a clarifying shampoo from time to time to prevent residue build-up.

5. Intense Towel Drying
Most styling products direct you to use them on towel-dried hair, but rubbing hair too much will roughen up the cuticle, leading to dull hair, frizz, and breakage. Blot hair with a towel and shake out the strands with your fingers. Your hair will take longer to dry, but it will be healthier in the long run.

6. Skipping Heat Protection
We all know that heat is one of the most damaging elements to hair. But if you don’t want to live without blow-drying, curling, or flattening, always, always use a heat-protective aid to shield strands and smooth cuticles. I likeJosie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum. Before blow-drying, let hair air dry until just damp (use your fingers to shake out hair to speed the process) and opt for the warm setting instead of hot to avoid habitual heat damage.

7. Using Hot Irons on Damp Hair
Wet hair and hot tools don’t mix. Curling and flat irons can burn the follicles of damp strands, leading to weak and broken tresses. Hair should be completely dry before heat styling, period. Even when you’re in a rush.

8. Using Hairspray Before Styling
Ever hear a sizzle when curling or straightening hair that has hairspray in it? Alcohols in hairspray burn on contact with heat. Always use hairspray AFTER curling or ironing.

9. Teasing with Abandon
For the occasional va-va-voom, back-combing hair toward the root to amp up volume is a celebrated trick. But teasing regularly will damage hair cuticles and lead to breakage. To get the dimension without the damage, tryGiovanni Root 66 Directional Root Lifting Spray and blow dry for natural, non-sticky volume.

10. Thinking You Can Mend Split Ends
Sorry ladies: Once hair has split at the ends, there’s no product that can mend it. The only solution for split ends is to prevent them in the first place (e.g. avoiding over-washing, rigorous towel drying, and abusing heat tools)—or to get a trim. For a temporary way to minimize visibly broken bottoms, try using a product with beeswax or a serum with argan oil on the ends to smooth splits.

Full Highlight- Blonde on Blonde HOW-TO

Blonde hair can be tricky and it should always look and feel natural. There are foiling techniques and sectioning patterns to achieve that. So make sure you find the right hair stylist & condition with masks/leave-in conditioner's weekly. Rusty brittle hair is not hot and playful! Keep in mind, these steps work best when target level is only 2-3 shades lighter then natural virgin hair.  For darker caramel shades, have clients get glosses more frequently to really keep that shine and richness in color. Here's how to get this Beautiful, Shiny Blonde hair-color!

  1. Mix your preferred lightener.
  2. Full Highlight: try to work fast and neat with thin paneling, which allows you to get a closer root retouch.
  3. Process to desired shade, watching every 10 min.
  4. Shampoo when ready.
  5. Gloss for 10 min
  6. Rinse & Condition
  7. Style

I usually use foil to highlight but tried these wax paper highlighting strips and definitely recommend them. They are neat and slide out easy, also no folding! 

Hydra Facial

Hi everyone! I have to blog about the "Hydra Facial" I had done yesterday at GLO BAR skin art studio. It's the famous procedure that is talked about on CBS, The doctors, The Real Housewives & abc. My skin feels and looks incredible! It reduced fine lines, improved my overall tone, and sucked out all blackheads and pimples! No more face picking & I am definitely one to pick! No other facial compares,  this is the real results we All want. I feel beautiful and you will too.

I took a picture of the price chart with more information and posted it below, and for those of you that have Hydra Facials offered in town, go get one asap! For staten islanders I'll post the links for Glo bar below. Mention "Stylist Francesca" when booking an appointment & get 10% off selected services! 

4. EGG YOLK AND OLIVE OIL MASK

Rich in proteins, vitamins, and super-nurturing fatty acids, egg yolks won’t only make your hair softer, shinier, and healthier, they help you to grow it long as well. An abundance of vitamins A, D, and E  which promote new growth and keep split ends at bay. Olive oil also strengthens and softens, making it particularly ideal for dry or damaged hair. It also exfoliates your tresses while strengthening the color of your hair and maintaining the texture.

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RECIPE: Mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then dilute the mixture with about half a cup of water. Slowly, thoroughly massage the resulting mask into your scalp and run through ends. After letting it set for 15-20 minutes, rinse it out as usual and shampoo.

HOW OFTEN:This treatment is effective enough that you only have to do it 1-2 times each month.

WHERE TO BUY: Your local grocery store!

Carmel Ombre on Black/Dark Brown Hair

When Thinking about doing an ombre haircolor make sure you and our stylist make it blend with a shade or 2 darker then your target color (in this case its a light carmel/blonde). What I personally love about Ombre Haircolor is that its low maintance. You wont notice roots as quick which is less stylists visits and more money in your pocket! 

Soft Smokey Eye HOW TOO

Beautiful eyes are very important for the whole face look. For that reason women were inventing numerous eye makeup techniques, which will high light their eyes , for centuries.

Today, there is a great array of possibilities and thanks to the makeup industry we can easily try them on. The smudged eye technique is widely used for deeper and more attractive look . It is pretty easy to do and it is suitable for every day, as it is not too dramatic.

1. Cover your eye lid and crease with a nude shadow.

2. Line your lid with a pencil

3. Use a smudge brush. Start from the inner corner and sweep incrementally in brief strokes.

4. Use the smudge brush once again, however start from the outer corner

5. Line the lower lash line with a pencil

6. Repeat steps 3 and 4.

It is important to line the whole lash line to achieve the desired effect. Now you are done, enjoy your deeper and more sensual look.

The GreatWave™ Brush

The GreatWave™ brush is the world’s only brush that utilizes unique, wave shaped nylon bristles charged with Ionic Minerals. Its unique  barrel shape creates more of an open-ended wave, or can be used to smooth the hair straight and give lift and a beveled edge without curl.

• Faster drying time     • Deeper moisture penetration     • Silky, shiny, conditioned hair

Ideal for extension wearers, the bristles are designed to grip the hair and create a silky effect while easily passing over hair extension attachment sites. Clients without extensions will love it too!

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Love these Brushes Contact me for your order!  

Messy 5-Strand Braid

I have always been amazed by the marvelous braid hair styles from the Renaissance, which look almost impossible. This tutorial will teach you how to do this awesome 5 strand braid, but I must warn you that it might not be possible to do it by yourself, as it is a little bit confusing. Ask a friend for a help, especially one experienced in braiding beautiful braids.

Basically these are the steps you need to take to make this 5 strand braid:

1. Separate the hair into 5 parts

2. Start from the right side and cross the right strand over the left one.

3. Cross the strand in your left hand under the next one to the left

4. Then cross it over the next one to the left

5. Again under the next one to the left

This under/over/under method is the basis. Now take the same steps, but on the opposite direction.

Continue this weaving, over, under, over, until you get to the bottom of the hair.

Secure the end with a band and enjoy this fantastic piece of art!

7 HELPFUL HOME REMEDIES FOR DANDRUFF ...

Are you interested in some home remedies for dandruff? We all know how having dandruff can be such a drag, not to mention embarrassing and bothersome. But don’t fret, there are ways we can improve the situation! I found seven super helpful and effective home remedies for dandruff that can help you get rid of those pesky flakes! Keep reading for some useful DIY recipes to get rid of flakes fast!

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1. OLIVE OIL

I think the best thing about these home remedies for dandruff is that they’re easy to make and affordable! The first home remedy is olive oil. Olive oil is great for so many things and it’s known as a moisturizer and clarifying agent. Warm up some olive oil in the microwave for 20-second intervals until it’s warm, not hot. Then, apply the oil to the affected area in circular motions, leave in your hair for at least an hour and wash out with shampoo. You can even leave it in overnight and wash it out in the morning!

4 Ways to Make Your Workout Shorter(without working out less)

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1: Don't rest so much. "If you can sit down and read the paper between sets, you're likely resting too long," Jennifer says—and wasting your own time. In order to see great results with the same moves—and save time—try "super setting" exercises such as push-ups and squats, so that one muscle group rests while you work another one. You can also switch out resting time with 30 seconds of high-intensity cardio, which can burn more calories and even help in muscle recovery.

2: Forget "steady-state cardio." Don't hop on the treadmill or the elliptical and do the exact same intensity and amount of time every day. "We see many members who do the same 60 minutes of cardio at the same intensity every day for 15 years," Jennifer says. "These individuals no longer see improvements and often start to see declines in overall condition. They would benefit by mixing up their routine, adding intervals and high intensity work."

3: Do dynamic exercises. Instead of heading to the abductor machines or working just your biceps, use movements like squats, lunges, and pull-ups—exercises that use lots of joints and muscle groups. "To get the most bang for your buck, focus on performing movements that recruit as many muscles as possible; those smaller secondary muscles will get plenty of work as they support the larger muscle groups during those movements," Jennifer says.

Skip the hundreds of crunches. "I often see people doing 15 to 20 minutes of crunches in hopes that it'll deliver six-pack abs," Jennifer says. "But their time would be better spent on nutrition, a solid full-body strength routine, and a balanced cardiovascular program."

Do you keep any of these things in mind when you work out?

A few Affordable Sulfate Free shampoo's I like!

Many people don't get satisfied using sulfate free shampoos because they don't get the rich lather and foam which makes them think that the hair and scalp are being cleaned properly. Remember that foamy shampoo doesn't mean a 'good shampoo'. If you seriously want thicker, shinier hair, and longer lasting color, then you can go through the list of shampoos without sodium laureth sulfate. Although, these may cost a little more than the regular shampoos that you have been using, these will definitely give you much healthier hair, which is why we use a shampoo in the first place, right? So, the next time you go buy a new shampoo, check out the ingredients thoroughly!
 

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Chill Pill: 5 Simple Tips to Help You Relax

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EMBRACE SILENCE

Too much noise can stress you out, so try spending time in complete silence, especially in the morning when the level of cortisol—the stress hormone—is at its highest. Too much cortisol over time can put you at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, impaired mental performance, and even abdominal fat.

  • Spend time without your cell phone, computer, and other high-tech gear that’s become embedded into daily life.
  • Drive with the car radio off.
  • Do household chores without the TV or iPod for background noise.

 

BE PLAYFUL

Play releases worries, negative emotions, and frustrations. The activity you choose doesn’t matter. The key is to cultivate the right attitude toward anything you do, to immerse yourself in an activity, and to lose yourself in the here and now.

Set aside 15 minutes every day to do something that’s pure fun. Choose an activity that uses your imagination, frees you of any burdens, and fully engages your attention. Consider revisiting activities you enjoyed as a child.

     
    SPEND TIME WITH YOUR GIRLFRIENDS
    Girls’ night out isn’t just fun—it produces a real stress-reducing response. “Hanging out with women friends increases prolactin levels,” says Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Bantam Books, 1998). “Prolactin is a bonding hormone that also decreases stress.

    With your friends, you can savor the chance to talk, laugh, and temporarily escape from your worries.  Making time for friends doesn’t have to be difficult, and the variety of ways to spend time with friends is endless.

    Keep it simple with a movie night, a long hike, or a potluck meal. Round up friends for an evening of stargazing and s’mores in your backyard. Host a wine-tasting party at your house.

     

BREATHE DEEPLY

    Under stress, you’re apt take quick, shallow breaths, which increases heart rate and sweating and raises your stress levels even more.

    “Get control of your breathing, and the spiraling effects of stress will automatically become less intense,” says Brent Bauer, M.D., director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic, and medical editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine.

    Try this breathing technique when you’re stressed out or anytime you want to feel more relaxed:

    • With your mouth closed and shoulders relaxed, inhale as slowly and deeply as you can to the count of 6. Push your stomach out as you breathe in.
    • Hold and slowly count to 4.
    • Exhale through your mouth as you slowly count to 6.
    • Repeat 3–5 times.
     

 

SOAK IN THE TUB

A hot bath can work wonders to relieve stress and can also set the stage for a good night’s sleep. Fill a tub with scented bubble bath, oils, or salts. Bring a good book to read. If you’re in a more romantic mood, light some candles, too.