Random Acts of Kindness

Tomorrow, February 17, is Random Acts of Kindness Day, a time we celebrate doing selfless acts to either assist or cheer up people around us. There generally will be no reason other than to make others smile or be happier. And it’s random because there is no thought of receiving something in return. This behavior is the foundation of a healthy and joyful society, where people happily give of themselves to help another, with no personal agenda, and such an act is happily received.

So why don’t people act this way all the time? Typically, it chalks up to insecurities, low self-esteem, fear of being seen as weak, and plain old selfishness... the same reasons that stop people from being able to freely receive. If you feel unworthy then you may believe you have nothing to give or you may not trust why someone would be kind to you. When people feel uncomfortable with generosity it can make them get stuck in themselves and their issues.

But when we can appreciate the beauty of spontaneity and understand the importance of giving other people the opportunity to give to us, it takes us out of self-centeredness. It enables us to let go of focusing on self and to freely reach out to each other. We both can give and receive. Such egoless moments are truly exquisite.

What’s in it for me?

Random acts of kindness are essential to our well-being because they liberate us from self-obsession, selfishness and isolation. Many studies have revealed that being generous for the right reasons and with the right intentions gives more pleasure than receiving. Random acts of kindness, altruism and volunteerism are 100% natural and side effect-free “medicines” that help rewire our brains.

True generosity is giving without expectation, with no need to be repaid in any form. This is the most powerful act of generosity since it is unconditional, unattached and free to land wherever it will. Whether we give to our family, friends or to strangers, it is the same.

We may feel we have little to offer, but whether it is a few pennies or a whole bankroll, a cup of tea or a banquet is irrelevant—it is the act of giving itself that is important. As Mahatma Gandhi said, Almost anything we do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that we do it.

MONAT Global embraces random acts of kindness as part of its core values. Helping local communities across the country without any expectation of a return is deeply embedded in MONAT’s credo of life. Shouldn’t it be part of yours too?

Pay it forward with coffee or at a toll both.

Let someone go first or ahead of you at the grocery line. 

Help someone carry their shopping bags.

Compliment a stranger.

Strengthen the planet and yourself. A close relationship with nature boosts our mood and immune system.

Add litter collection to a casual stroll.

*The information in this blog was taken from multiple sources in the public domain.

Fashion Week Inspired Do’s & Don’ts

It’s not difficult to put together an outfit. Pair a top with a bottom and you’re done. But there’s a difference between regular outfits and outfits that make you feel like a million bucks. While everyone has their own distinctive style, a few new tips never hurt anyone. So to stay up to date on what to wear, here are some dos (and don’ts!) of dressing.

  • DO Try Denim in Unexpected Places: You can never go wrong with jeans or your classic denim jacket. However, one way to look 100% more fashionable this season is to test out denim in unexpected places like in a coat iteration or even on an accessory.
  • DON’T Go Overboard: While we love denim on denim, make sure you don't go overboard with your alternative denim pieces.

 

  • DO Mix Textures: There's nothing more forward-feeling and chic than mixing different textures like velvet, silk, cashmere and everything in between.
  • DON’T Look Like You’re Trying Too Hard: Mixing textures is great but make sure your separates still go together. Pay close attention to the colors and patterns so it doesn't look like you're trying too hard.

 

  • DO Go For Statement Boots: Right now we’re flooded with amazing boots in a wide array of interesting and unique patterns and textures—perfect to help you stand out from the crowd.
  • DON’T Just Stick to Basic Black: While black boots will always be in style, a little change (cue: statement boots) never hurt anyone.

 

  • DO Push for the Unexpected: Nothing is better than pushing the boundaries when it comes to fashion—like pairing two seemingly different styles of clothing together (like a nerd-chic sweater with a femme skirt).
  • DON’T Wear a Costume: While going for the different is fantastic, ensure that you're not just throwing together random items that scream costume!

 

  • DO Add Layers: Layering is not only crucial to keeping warm during winter but it's also the simplest way to look put together and fashionable.
  • DON’T Forget about Proportions: While layering is undoubtedly chic, there is such a thing as too much layering. Make sure to watch proportions. Don't bulk up too much with too many extra fabrics hanging about randomly.

 

When it comes to hair DO’s, low ponytails, ballerina buns, ultra-voluminous hair and the fringe cut are totally in. Use MONAT’s Sculpting Taffy to help strands stay in place!

 

*This blog was inspired by various fashion sources in the public domain.

Volume Hacks for Fine, Thin Hair

Fine, thin hair? We’ve heard so many stylists saying their clients complain more about this than any other hair concern.

Some people are born with fine, thin hair, some develop it with time, and some actually cause it themselves from too much styling abuse!

But there are measures you can take to protect your hair from getting thinner and, instead, plump it out with full luscious volume.

Here are a few suggestions:

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Mini Scalp Massages. These stimulate blood flow into the hair follicles and can help strengthen the hair roots and plump up your hair. Simply work a few drops of a lightweight hair treatment, like MONAT’s REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive, into your fingertips and rub all over your scalp before you shampoo.

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Choose Wisely. Make sure you’re using the right shampoo and conditioner. MONAT’s Volume System cleanses and conditions gently without stripping the hair or leaving unwanted build-up. Its Reshape Root Lifter adds lift at the scalp and makes hair feel thicker and look fuller.

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Towel Tips. Gently blot your wet hair with a water-absorbing microfiber towel to avoid roughing up the cuticle. Blowouts are easier, frizz diminishes and, overall, it’s a gentler drying solution for fine, thin hair.

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Upside Down You’re Turning Me. Tilt your head to the front and blow dry it upside down. Do the same towards each side, blow drying your hair while tilting your head to the left and then to the right. Voilà! Instant volume.

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Moe Hairy and Curly. To instantly give your hair a boost the healthy and heat-free way, add more body, waves and curls with MONAT’s Moxie Magnifying Mousse. Apply it to clean, damp hair, make two large braids and let it dry naturally. Unfurl the plaits, gently rake through your hair with your fingers… Lo and behold sexy, beach waves!

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Play the Part. If you always wear your hair parted on one side, switch it to the opposite side. After years of being flattened in the same direction, this will help add lift, body and volume to the top of your head.

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Dry Cleaning. Use The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo from MONAT on your “off” days to absorb excess oil, dirt and odor, and give your hair extra volume too!

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Don’t Forget Your Vitamins. Certain supplements are specifically designed to do wonders for your hair, like MONAT’s S3, an exclusive proprietary blend of clinically proven ingredients that provide a holistic hair boosting treatment from the inside out.

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Valentine’s Day is for Everyone

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner. You can’t miss it. Hearts and red Valentine-shaped boxes of candy are everywhere. Advertisements of love and gift-giving between couples come at us from every corner. Stores fill their windows with “gifts of love.” It’s a hard time to be single…in the U.S.

This year, why not try a new approach? In some countries, Valentine’s Day is focused more on celebrating friendships than romantic relationships, making this holiday more inclusive… and fun!

In Finland, its 5.4 million inhabitants celebrate “Friend's Day”, which is more about remembering all friends and showing true camaraderie rather than focusing solely on romance.

In Guatemala, it is known as “Día del Amor y la Amistad” (Day of Love and Friendship) and many simply demonstrate their appreciation for their friends and peers.

So if you’re single and this day of the year makes you feel left out or sad, take a hint from other cultures!

Give your BFFs cards and flowers or take them out to dinner. Guys can get together and watch basketball or hockey. It doesn’t have to be a day meant only for couples; gather round with your friends… It can be whatever you make it, as long as you share the love!


*The information in this blog was taken from multiple sources in the public domain.

New Year, New Style

It’s the New Year and you’re itching for a new hairstyle. After all, your hair is your crowning glory, right? But what to do when your locks are looking less glorious than usual? Well, it could be time not only to change the calendar but also to change your look! Shake things up a bit and discover a new do that is completely, uniquely and gorgeously you! Remember:

  • What was perfect for you years ago might not necessarily be so today. For example, you might feel that the cute hairstyle that once looked amazing on you is not as flattering anymore if you’re not used to seeing your face get rounder or slimmer.
  • The long, silky locks that were once your shining armor suddenly seem difficult to maintain with your busy lifestyle; you now barely have time to run a brush through your hair in the morning.
  • You are ever-changing… so why should your hairstyle remain the same?

Your mane can be beautiful in many shapes, cuts, and colors, but if you don’t want to take drastic measures, here are a few simple tricks without the need to use scissors or dyes:

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Pull Hair Back. Use a headband or wear a sleek ponytail to keep hair off your face, control flyaways and let your beautiful features take center stage. Spray on a little Refinish Control Hairspray by MONAT to keep hair in place.

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Tuck Hair Behind Your Ear. The easiest trick of all! It instantly highlights any cute new earrings. Make an X with bobby pins in the back to keep your style in place.

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Texturize. Give hair instant volume, waves and a soft, matte finish with a sea salt spray or a texturizing spray, like Tousled Texturizing Mist from MONAT.

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Switch Your Curling Iron. Tired of the same ringlets every morning? Switch to a bigger- or smaller-sized curling rod for a completely different look. Use a large, 2-inch barrel to get Old Hollywood waves.

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Try a Faux Bob. Have a quick fling with shorter hair by pulling your hair together at the nape of your neck, then tie with an elastic near the ends and tuck them under, pinning in place. Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy from MONAT will ensure strands don’t stray.

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Switch Your Part. Always wear a center part? Flip your hair to the side for instant lift. Always wear a side part? Try a center split for a more casual, bohemian feel.

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Make Your Dreams Come True Day

Dreams are a part of life. No matter how big or small, some of them truly inspire us and allow us to make our lives better. These are aspirations that motivate us, encourage us to take on more challenges and energize us to succeed in our lives professionally and personally.

Too many people let their dreams remain just that… dreams they are afraid to speak out loud in case they don’t come true or little bits of fantasy that will always stay that way.

But they don’t have to! We have hundreds of ideas that really are not as impossible to make come alive as we think they are. In fact, many could be fulfilled with a little planning and work. Importantly, sometimes all dreams take to become reality is simply the courage to do something differently than you have in the past.

For example, think of a long-held dream. Now find a way to make it come true. It may seem overwhelming and definitely may not occur overnight. But you owe it to yourself to know that you really can make your goals come true and the routine of your day-to-day is not defeating you.

You can make your dreams come to life in a variety of ways but the first step is to have a plan. Has your vision always been to go to Europe for a two-week vacation and sample the local foods and wines? There is no reason you can’t do it. Calculate how much it would cost, how much money you can afford to put away every month and how long it will take to accumulate the total amount. Then start saving and planning your trip right away, no more procrastination or excuses!

The same goes for the dream of being a black belt in a martial art, for example. Research nearby clubs, read some reviews, ask for references and sign up today! Three to five years to achieve the goal of black belt may seem like a long time but the time will pass anyway; you might as well use it!

Tomorrow is a celebration of making a dream or two or even ten of yours come true. And that requires planning, effort and hard work. But to live without ambitions being realized is regretful. So let’s get going and make our dreams come true, starting now!

In fact, that’s how MONAT was started. It was a dream of our company’s Chairman, Luis Urdaneta, and today MONAT is a successful, thriving organization that is helping to make many other people’s dreams come true.

So grab your dreams, chase them and bring them alive!

January is Self-Love Month: Why It’s Important

Did you know January was self-love month? What a wonderful way to start off the year! Why? Because self-love is the key to having solid self-esteem and real happiness. It’s hard to have either of those without it.

It’s easy to encourage people to “love yourself” more because it sounds nice, but it’s hard to just magically wake up one morning and decide to love YOURself.

Self-love doesn’t just happen! Self-love is about developing your capacity to be more aware, authentic and intentional in every aspect of your life. By doing so, you’ll build greater self-compassion and also enhance your ability to be more compassionate with others, which in turn brings peace and harmony to your own life.

When you practice self-love, you are continually naming and claiming all of who you are — even the scariest parts. Self-love is vastly important for any person in any walk of life. If you want to evolve as a person, you have to start with self-love first. It is the foundation for everything beautiful in life, including meaningful and healthy relationships, having a positive attitude and body image, and achieving your dreams.

Every self-help book pushes building self-love but, unfortunately, many people still don’t know how it is done. Well, here’s a start:

Build the Foundation. Lay brick by brick, small loving act by small loving act, towards yourself and towards others. This will bring more smiles to your face, help mend your heart, and generate more things to be grateful for!

Start Right Now. Call a friend who makes you feel good. Buy that lotion you always wanted. Get up and take a short walk. Eat a little healthier at your next meal. Do some relaxation breathing. Give yourself a hug. Say “I love you” in the mirror, even if you don’t mean it–yet!

Take Note… From Yourself. Better yet, for the next 30 days, take a few minutes each day to write down one reason why you love yourself. This forces you to bring clarity to your thoughts and feelings and also captures them for you to revisit later.

Give the gift of SELF-love. You’ll find it will draw profoundly wonderful, joyous and miraculous blessings!

The Next Chapter in Life

New Year's Day is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar. Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each New Year for at least four millennia. Today, most New Year’s festivities begin on New Year’s Eve and continue into the early hours of New Year’s Day. Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the New Year and watching fireworks displays.

In fact, each year millions of people around the world watch the iconic New York City tradition, the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight. This has occurred almost every year since 1907. Over time, the ball has expanded from a 700-pound iron-and-wooden orb to a brightly patterned and lighted sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing nearly 12,000 pounds.

But New Year’s is a time of reflection too. We at MONAT believe more in New Year’s intentions than in resolutions, which often are uninspiring, difficult to keep and typically peter out after a few months. Ask anyone who belongs to a gym; the gym packed in January with people full of determination to lose weight and get toned. By March, the gyms have emptied out.

Our philosophy is that intention differs in both spirit and practicality. Intentions set the tone and perspective for the New Year. This means rather than make a resolution to exercise and eat healthy, you would set a goal of listening to your body and making healthier choices. This is easier to adhere to and can be drawn upon to guide your decisions at any time.

New Year’s also is a time that the MONAT family surveys the past year and uses it to ask, “What do we intend to achieve this coming year?” We dig deep and affirm that we’re truly invested in fully living life. Having a goal puts a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious and subconscious level. These goals or intentions give our lives direction and help us think big.

As part of the MONAT family,
we invite you to ask along with us the following intentions:

  • What would you like to have happen in your life this year?
  • What would you like to do, to accomplish?
  • What good would you like to attract into your life?
  • What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you?
  • What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?
  • What would you like to attain?
  • Where would you like to go?
  • What would you like to have happen in friendship and love?
  • What would you like to have happen in your family life?
    What problems would you like to see solved?
  • What decisions would you like to make?
  • What would you like to happen in your career?

What you think about and dream about are your own personal intentions. But we invite you to share some intentions with us…to help others, to be grateful for what we have and to strive to do the very best we can do at any given moment. This New Year, the next chapter in our book of life is about to be written. Let’s write it together!


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Here’s to 2017

There is no denying it’s the holiday season. Stores are filled with mounds of decorations and gifts, houses are draped in holiday lights and the smell of pine is in the air. We at MONAT call it the holiday season on purpose because it does not matter to us what holiday you celebrate… or if you celebrate a different holiday at another time of year.

For us, this is a season of celebration. It’s time to celebrate the year that just passed. To celebrate our blessings. To celebrate new friends we made and old ones whose company we’ve enjoyed.

And of course, it’s a time to celebrate family! We believe in celebrating the happiness that comes from the love of devoted and beloved family members, especially those who are not nearby.

Those distant family members include all of YOU, our MONAT market partners and VIP customers across the United States and Canada. We view all of you as part of our extended family. Your happiness and success are our happiness and success. Without you, we would not be rich with love, community, caring and blessings.

 

We wish all of you happy holidays,

continued success and great achievements in the New Year!

Blessings to all!

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Trending Hairstyles

The traditional blowout doesn’t have to mean stick straight. You can still keep soft, wavy curls when you use the right products as you dry.

When it comes to color, think Bronde – yes, Bronde! A sensual mixture of blonde and brown that moves as your hair moves.

Either way, you stay on trend!


The Voluminous Blowout


  • WASH & PREP

    Use Revive Shampoo and Revitalize Conditioner. Blot strands with a towel. Spritz Reshape Root Lifter at roots. Apply Moxie Magnifying Mousse throughout.

  • DRY & WHIRL

    Using 1½-inch wide hair segments, position medium-size round brush under roots. Blow-dry for shape and shine. Stop short of tips. Tilt and twist brush so hair wraps around it. Focus dryer there briefly and let strands cool before unwinding. Hello, bounce!

  • SEAL & SHINE

    Rub a few drops of REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive between your hands and slide them through your locks.

  • EXTRA VOLUME TIP

    Spray The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo six inches away and lightly tease strands with your fingers.



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    This season is all about going for warmer, richer color tones. Bronde (brown and blonde) is what celebrities are gravitating to this season. This brown base with caramel highlights not only warms up your skin tone, but it also brings dimension and life to your hair.
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