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.

Real People Real Results

Molly loves her MONAT! After seeing the results the products have had on her hair, who wouldn’t? In her own words:

“No frizz, so many curls and so defined! My hair is so healthy and shiny! I love MONAT! I will never put another product in my hair again!”

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To begin transforming your hair like Molly, follow these simple tips**:

  • Wash and condition with Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-In Conditioner.
  • Place a quarter-size amount of Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy in the palm of your hand; add several drops of REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive. Use more or less product depending on the length of your hair.
  • Rub hands together and apply evenly throughout hair, scrunching with your hands.
  • Seal your natural look with Refinish Control Hairspray.
  • Once a week, apply Replenish Masque all over hair from roots to ends, leave in for 20 minutes, and rinse out thoroughly.
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The Science Behind Gratitude

At MONAT, gratitude is one of our core values. We believe that gratitude has the power to transform our perception. And science is backing us up. Within the past decade, there has been an increasing number of studies demonstrating that “gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships,” according to Harvard Medical School (2015).

Additional benefits resulting from a regular practice of gratitude, as found in a University of Birmingham study (2013), include:

• Few intellectual biases
• More helpfulness toward others
• Raised self-confidence
• Better work attitude
• Strengthened resiliency
• Less physical pain
• Improved health and longevity

And it doesn’t stop there! Extensive research reveals that those who actively practice being grateful for the things they have feel better mentally and physically compared to those who think more about what they lack in life. Research published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2009) showed that study participants who expressed gratitude frequently “slept better and longer than those who didn’t.”

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, studies the psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being. Scientists there have corroborated other findings about gratitude and found that people who make gratitude a consistent part of their life enjoy numerous other benefits:

• Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More joy, optimism, and happiness
• Acting with more generosity and compassion
• Feeling less lonely and isolated

Just What IS Gratitude?

The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratia, meaning grace or graciousness. As reported in the Harvard Mental Health Letter, “Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.”

Interestingly, whatever one’s current outlook toward life is, it’s possible to develop the trait of gratitude on one’s own. Here are some techniques you can use:

Take the Time to Write a Thank-you Note - You will make yourself happier and also can cultivate a relationship with a friend by writing a thank-you note, telling them how much you enjoy and appreciate how much they mean to you. Mail it or read it to them in person. Regularly send one gratitude letter a month. Occasionally even write one to yourself.

Why do this? A study at the University of Pennsylvania found that when study participants’ assignment was to write and personally deliver a letter of gratitude to someone they felt they had never truly thanked for a kind act, participants immediately exhibited a huge increase in happiness scores, with benefits lasting for a month. Other research reinforces this concept.

Thank Someone Mentally - You get the same benefits of gratitude if you simply think about someone who has done something nice for you and thank the person in your mind.

Keep a Gratitude Journal - Develop a daily habit to write down thoughts about the gifts of life you've received that day. In a study at the University of Miami, those who wrote about gratitude vs. those who wrote about things that displeased them for a 10-week period were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Interestingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.

Count your blessings - Decide on a special time each week to sit back and write about your blessings, contemplating about the good things that happened or what you are grateful for. When you write, focus and remember how you felt and what your mood was like when something good happened.

Gratitude makes people appreciate what they have versus continually wanting something new, thinking that will make them happier…or believing they can't feel satisfied until all their physical and material needs are satisfied. Gratitude enables people to gain joy from what they have instead of feeling pessimistic or down over what they don’t have.

At MONAT, we make gratitude a way of life. We share our time, our energy and our resources with our families, friends, partners, clients and customers. You can too! At MONAT, this is Gratitude Week. Embrace it, share it and make the most of it!

Take a Hike Day

Stressed out? Join the party.

Although we all feel anxious and worn-out from time to time, there are many ways to counteract the feeling of wanting to scream at the top of your lungs.

Not all stress is bad, but overbearing pressure from life can lead to significant health problems. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits help. Like going out for a hike! Did you know you have the ability to harness nature for stress relief?

For many, going outdoors is soothing, especially when feeling anxious. And being in nature makes many people feel happier and more at peace. Interestingly enough, this approach is used as a stress management activity in Japan, where it's called "forest bathing."

November 17 is Take a Hike Day. What better way to “power off” and get outdoors? This is the perfect excuse to turn off your cellphone, get outdoors and connect with nature. Sunlight provides vitamin D, which promotes relaxation. Studies have also shown a connection between depression and vitamin D. So go soak up the sun (but don’t forget the sunscreen). Further, research has shown that spending time in the great outdoors lowers our blood pressure and eases muscle tension.

So here’s a reminder worth sharing: disconnect! Turn off your phone. Cell phones stress you out, there's no question about that! Power off, head outdoors.

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Who’s your role model?

November is National Inspirational Role Models Month. At MONAT, we celebrate the holiday by acknowledging the impact contemporary role models have on our lives.

Who inspires you? It’s a common question often asked by teachers, peers and even employers. There’s a reason many job interviewers ask this question; it’s a good way to discover not only who you are as a person, but how you think and feel about yourself and those around you.

Over the course of the week, we asked MONAT employees, “Who is your role model?” and the results are in! Peruse them, below, then head to your favorite social media site and tell @monatofficial who inspires you by including #myrolemodelis.

“If anyone has ever seen the movie ‘Joy,’ you will know who Joy Mangano is. She is the self-made millionaire who has invented many products, most notably the Miracle Mop, as featured in the film. Joy’s early years sound like many of our own, which allows her story to resonate. She went to college, got married, had three children, held a variety of unfulfilling jobs, however, it is what she did with a simple idea and a lot of passion that really makes her an inspirational woman to me. She took that idea and did not take no for an answer! She and her product were featured on QVC which launched her success. By the year 2000, her company was selling $10 million worth of Miracle Mops per year. I admire Joy and her perseverance, she is truly the kind of #BossBabe I aspire to be.”  

 

~ Bethany Balsdon, Events and Recognition Manager

“The person I’d like to say I admire is Amal Clooney. She’s a great example of the woman I try to be every single day.  Amal as an international lawyer and handles cases related to human rights and crimes against humanity. I admire her bravery, as she handles many cases others won’t. Amal, who is fluent in English, Arabic and French, has also written a couple of books. She is an inspirational role model for young women around the world; she exemplifies integrity, compassion and dedication–and typifies what it means to be a global citizen across all cultures. She’s a true activist. She’s effortlessly stylish, and she's married to George Clooney. Enough said.”

~ Lauren Nicole Jordan, Social Media Specialist

“In my case, the athlete I admire the most is LeBron James. He is not only a great basketball player but a role model for those who live in Cleveland because his achievements go beyond the game that he loves. As a matter of fact, James is a big contributor to community programs around the country, and has an active role in the Boys and Girls Club, ONEXONE and the Children’s Defense Fund. James also started his own charity which raises money for a number of causes in his native Akron. That’s not all; there are quite a few athletes in today’s society who are easily getting into problems; that’s not the case when talking about this player. Believe it or not, he has never let the spotlight keep him for emitting a positive image for younger generations; especially African Americans. In this day and age, with the evolution of social media and the incredibly in-depth coverage that professional sports endure, James has brilliantly handled his intense fame while never letting it change the type of person he is.”

~ Jose Rebolledo, International Business Student,
MONAT Marketing Intern

Images: c/o Google. Source Joy Mangano | Source Amal Clooney
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