Deep Clean Your Hair For Luster And Shine!

You wash your hair, you give it a masque once a week…and you think you’re doing the right thing, right? Well, wrong! There’s one critical step you shouldn’t omit from your haircare regime and that’s a deep cleanse every week, using a clarifying shampoo and a purifying masque. Deep cleansing is critical to a healthy-looking lustrous head of hair and a great style.
Typical shampoos cleanse gently because they have less cleaning agents compared to moisturizing agents and your hair looks shiny and smooth as a result. But when you deep cleanse, it’s time to use a clarifying shampoo, which has less conditioning agents and more cleaning agents in order to get the hair squeaky clean.
Clarifying shampoos are designed to remove stubborn build-up from your hair, like silicone, wax, or styling products including hair oils, mousses, hairsprays and dry shampoo. Clarifying shampoos also help to lift away mineral deposits from hard water. Using clarifying shampoo is like giving your hair a clean slate, ready to start fresh.


The deep yet gentle cleansing action of MONAT Clarifying Shampoo is specifically formulated to instantly lift surface impurities, wash away styling product build-up and help rebalance surface oils, bringing freshness and a deep sense of cleanliness to your locks, without stripping or drying out the hair. It’s an ideal weekly deep cleansing shampoo that works wonders on all hair types, leaving hair shiny and perfectly healthy-looking.
Clarifying Shampoo preps the hair by completely clearing the entire hair shaft from root to tip of all accumulated dirt, oil, pollutants and product debris that coat the hair, thus reducing the subsequent effectiveness of a MONAT conditioner and other hair products. It is through this gentle purging action that the Clarifying Shampoo helps enhance the additional benefits of hydration, volume or smoothness derived from the active ingredients formulated into MONAT’s assortment of shampoos and conditioners.
Here are the top reasons why we all need to work a Clarifying Shampoo into our weekly haircare routine:
  • To remove dirt, debris, impurities and styling product build-up that sticks to the hair;
  • To help wash away pollutants, smog, cigarette smoke, even harsh mineral deposits from hard water;
  • To prep hair for hair coloring – this gives colour the best chance of depositing well without any mineral or product build-up interference;
  • To help build occasional volume, especially if hair is fine and limp; because it’s so light and deep-cleansing, it really helps achieve a more voluminous style;
  • To help remove greasiness and surface oils;
  • To deep cleanse the hair, prepping it for your deep conditioning weekly masque, making your masque work ever so much better; your weekly deep-conditioning treatment is going to deep-condition a heck of a lot better if it doesn’t have to fight through layers of product gunk to get to your hair strands;
  • To reboot your hair routine to give it a fresh, clean start.


The second step in the deep cleansing regime is to follow with a masque like Purifying Charcoal Gelée Hair Masque, a unique, modern-textured gel-cream hair masque that deep cleans, gently conditions, and features an activated charcoal blend that purifies, removes build-up and helps balance the scalp for optimal scalp health and hair beauty. When used as the second step in deep cleanse after Clarifying Shampoo, your hair will not only look and feel thoroughly cleansed but you’ll achieve improved performance from styling products.


In sum, Clarifying Shampoo and the Only for You Charcoal Gelée Masque offer a special cleansing system. They remove pollution, impurities, styling build-up and allergens (pollens). This gentle purging action creates the ideal conditions for other products to perform better, offering optimum results like better curls, more volume, even smoother hair!! You’ll definitely turn heads when you walk in the room with your lustrous hair!

Hair Density? What’s That?

You may have heard about hair density. Stories about it are cropping up all over the place lately. But what is hair density and why should you care? Hair density refers to the number of strands on your head.
But then what’s hair texture? They easily get mixed up. So, let’s clear this up first before looking any further into density. Hair texture refers to the diameter/thickness of each strand of hair and whether the hair is fine, medium or coarse. Hair density, on the other hand, tells how much hair or how many strands of hair you have in your scalp. The density of your hair refers to how tightly individual strands of hair are packed together, which should ideally be 2,200 strands per square inch.


To determine your curl density, look at your dry hair hung loose in its natural shape, from different angles and up close. If your scalp is easily visible, you have low curl density. If your scalp is somewhat visible, you have medium curl density. And if your scalp is barely visible, you have high hair density.
But why is this important? Hair density plays a critical role in your hair care regimen, driving what products you use and how often. Having a better understanding of hair density can help you choose the right products for your hair type to transform your hair from limp and lifeless to bounce and fabulous.


For example, if you have low density hair, you should choose light products that won’t weigh your hair down. Reshape Root Lifter will give you volume if you’re going for a full look and Blow Out Cream gives a blow out that lasts without weighing your hair down.
If you’ve got medium density hair, look for a light leave-in conditioner. A great one to try is Restore Leave-In Conditioner to revive each hair strand and bring back the brilliance!
To maintain the shape of high density curly hair, thicker products are ideal. Look for Thickening Spray for body and bounce and Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy to keep your locks in place.


If you still don’t feel your locks are dense enough, you can do something! Try the Densify Duo SystemIntense Repair Shampoo and Intense Repair Treatment. These products will add density, thicken, protect and strengthen your tresses, making you feel like you have an abundant head of hair!
There’s another reason to know your hair density. It can help you and your hairdresser pick out the hairstyle best suited to your hair. If you know you have thicker hair, it will style easier with longer layers. Or, if you have thinner hair, go with a blunt cut.
See? Density does matter!

Perfectly Imperfect Messy Hairstyles for All Lengths

Music festival season is here! With Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas and Sasquatch! Music Festival around the corner, the age old question pops up of what to wear and how to do your hair. Luckily, messy hair is totally on trend this spring and summer, with a chic twist of course. Skim through any mag and you’ll see tons of celebs in messy dos. This makes getting ready ultra easy, no matter where you are. Messy hairstyles create some imperfection so be extra attentive in order to make it seem as if you didn’t even look in the mirror when you walked out of the house.
Here are some of our favorites.
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The Messy Ponytail Is a Winner!
Two or three-day old hair makes this one work. Pull it back and wrap it with a non-rubberized tie. Take the long thin end of a teaser comb to pull out and loosen up strands so it’s not sleek. Pull the bangs out and let them hang down. Top it off with Refinish Control Hairspray to hold that messy look exactly how you want it!
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The Messy Bun Works for Day and Night!
The messy bun is so versatile. It’s great in shorts at a barbeque and stands out in a flowy dress at an evening party. It’s so easy to do! Create some volume in your hair first with Reshape Root Lifter. Gather hair into a high ponytail, then twist it to create a loose bun by wrapping the hair around itself—it should resemble a cinnamon roll. After securing in place with a hair tie, and strategically placed bobby pins, pull out sections of your bun to loosen. Finish the look off with some Tousled Texturizing Mist to keep those wisps strategically in place!
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The Messy Half Up Bun Goes Anywhere!
We said messy was the going trend right now and the messy half up bun does it the best! With your hair half down but also a bun on top you combine the best of two looks. Plus, once it’s up, you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. Use a dry shampoo like THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo to give your hair texture. You can also add some Thickening Spray for more density if your hair is very thin. Pull the top section of your hair into a bun, tie it and then loosen it into a messy top knot by carefully picking at the bun. You can use your fingers or a teasing comb. Depending on your mood, you can pull your hair out any which way…as long as it’s messy, you’re spot on!

Beat The Heat With Air Dry Cream

Are you a hot tool addict? It may be time to rethink your ways. While you may love blow drying or flat ironing your tresses, did you know you’re sabotaging your hair by using a hot tool all the time? Hate to say it but you’re probably causing severe trauma to your lovely locks. Temperatures used in blow-drying, flat-iron straightening, and hot curling processes can be high enough to cause cracks in the cuticle layer, frayed and split ends, chipped and ragged cuticles, faded color, diminished curl, increased frizz and broken strands.
One huge negative result of routine blow drying is that it takes much-needed moisture out of your hair, which really hurts your locks. Water molecules provide critical support to the structure and properties of hair. Evaporation of these molecules from heat application can alter the internal protein structure and change the mechanical properties of individual hair strands. This can modify curl patterns, cause frizz, and leave your hair less bouncy and more prone to breakage. Your hair can also end up having straw-like texture. Not good, not good.


Another factor to consider is that hair strands are complex biomaterials that get most of their properties from the keratin protein structures in the cuticle and cortex. The heat from styling tools can soften the keratin and cause changes in the protein. All of this can hurt the strength, elasticity, curl, shine, and texture of your hair.
What to do? Go natural! Give your hair a break and let it show off its natural pattern and save the integrity of your hair. Try wearing a ponytail, bun or braid. Or try doing a deep part and flipping your hair over to a different side. Importantly, use a cream after shampooing that is expressly desired to control frizz and let your hair dry with just the air, like Air Dry Cream! A light, airy leave-in cream makes for heatless, effortless styling. Air Dry Cream provides texture and frizz-free results with touchable hold without weighing hair down. Best of all? No heat needed! It also pairs well with Tousled Texturizing Mist to give a little more hold when you want.
Learn more about air drying your hair by watching our Beauty Insider!

A Healthy Conscience Says Hello To Naturally Based Products

A growing number of consumers are interested in naturally based, vegan and/or plant-based alternatives. It’s a thriving sector—one that some experts think could change the beauty industry for good.
This seismic change in what people want is part of the larger shift in consumer awareness about health and wellness. Thanks to a growing number of beauty blogs and social media accounts dedicated to the benefits of wellness, consumers have access to more information than ever before about what helps them.


The Cruelty-Free Movement Has Taken Over
One tremendous movement is for corporations to be cruelty free. Public opinion and consumer power have had monumental influence on influencing corporate behavior and legislative initiatives toward saying no to animal testing. Over the last 25 years, the public demand for cruelty free products has grown so much that innovative non-animal testing strategies which yield efficient and accurate safety data have proliferated. Changes in the law haven’t been far behind.
Organizations like Cruelty Free International and The Leaping Bunny Program, the gold-standard in cruelty free certification for personal care and household products companies and signifies no animal testing at any stage of product development. It’s the only globally recognized guarantee that a brand has made a genuine commitment to ending animal testing for its products. Certified companies must meet its rigorous criteria. To be Leaping Bunny certified is a big win for those of us who care.


Saying Yes to Naturally Based Products
Naturally based products are becoming the rage among today’s health conscious shoppers. As more and more people become aware of how naturally based products can positively affect their lives, they are making the switch and opting for healthier options.


MONAT Global is at the top echelon of hair care companies that are cruelty free, manufacture naturally based products and say yes to acceptable products. Leaping Bunny certified, MONAT has made a commitment to providing animal-friendly options.
And when it comes to naturally based, just look at some of the many botanical oils that MONAT’s flagship product, REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive contains. Abyssinian oil was the first ingredient selected for its remarkable rejuvenating properties. Next, a blend of unique ingredients, including antioxidants, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids was developed. This unique product also contains Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Lime Oil, Citrus Bergamot Fruit Oil, Coconut Oil and Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract. Sounds yummy, bringing new levels of nourishment and anti-aging benefits to your hair and skin.
Or look at MONAT’s Smoothing Shampoo, formulated to gently cleanse and nourish while smoothing and softening the hair cuticle to reduce frizz. Smoothing Shampoo takes charge to reduce dry static flyaways, de-frizz, and resist humidity for a smoother, sleeker, silkier look. And these are just two of their line of products.
What you will not find in MONAT products are listed below in our “no’s”
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Cyclic Silicones
  • BHT
  • Phthalates
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Petrolatum
  • Mineral Oil
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Triclosan
  • Plastic Microbeads
  • Formaldehyde Releasers
  • Harmful Colors
  • Harmful Fragrances
What you will find in MONAT’s products are naturally based ingredients and botanicals extracts that benefit the hair and scalp. These ingredients gently cleanse, moisturize, hydrate and improve the hair’s overall condition to leave it silky, shiny, healthy and beautiful.
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You Need Your Zzzzz’s More Than You Know!

We all know that sleep makes you feel better (hug that comforter!) but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. Not enough sleep on a regular basis can raise your risk for some chronic health problems.
Sleep affects how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. While you’re sleeping, your brain is laying the foundation for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.
During sleep, you strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake (this process is called consolidation). If you’re trying to learn something new, whether it’s a new language, how to play the piano or how to perfect your tennis swing, sleep helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills. Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.
While the right amount of sleep helps you, lack of sleep seriously works against you. Studies reinforce that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change.

“A lack of sleep can contribute to depression,” says Dr. Jean Raymonde Jean, MD, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. “A good night’s sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety. You get more emotional stability with good sleep.”

The first signs you may be aware of when getting less than 6 hours of sleep is you feel tired, forgetful, irritable, and just not on the top of your game. Yet, to everyone around you, it might just seem like you’re doing poorly at work, have mood swings or are depressed.
Sleep also is crucial to your physical health. Sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Not getting enough sleep also affects how you look, besides tired. When you’re sleep deprived, you have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases your appetite. That’s another reason to get to bed earlier!


While your body is renewing itself, take this time to revitalize your skin and hair. Put on a few drops of REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive to your facial skin and décolleté before your nighttime cream and get an extra boost of hydration for improved texture and tone. You’ll get extra nighttime benefit and wake up with silky and more youthful looking hair and skin!
The bottom line is that without proper sleep, your brain can’t regenerate properly. So make sure you get your zzzzz’s. And you might as well turn your important sleep time into important beauty time too!
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Playing In Nature Really Does Keep Kids Happier

Kids are tuned to their smart phone screens, their iPads, their videogames. It seems like a long gone era when kids raced around outside for the afternoon, being called into dinner by a Mom yelling their names throughout the neighboring lawns. But this transformation from playing outside actually has negative health effects. A small but growing group of of healthcare professionals are trying to treat illnesses like depression and attention deficit disorder by prescribing more time in nature.
Significant research demonstrates that we spend too little time in the natural world and it has had grave effects on our mental and physical health. Study after study suggests that spending time outside reduces stress for children and adults.


Other studies have found that spending time in nature increases one’s attention span. And in an era when millions of children are being prescribed drugs for ADHD, it is worth noting that there might be ways to help them with fewer side effects. Like turning off the television and telling them to go play outside.
Craig Chalquist, the chair of the East-West Psychology Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies, surprisingly says, “If you hold moist soil for 20 minutes, the soil bacteria begins elevating your mood.


But, on the other hand, all that running around in soil and, on really happy days, in mud too can turn kids’ hair in a veritable spider’s web of tangles. How to suds their hair up while keeping them happy? Try MONAT’s Junior lineJunior Gentle Shampoo, Junior Gentle Conditioner and Junior Gentle Detangler. These products are mild and made especially to clean, condition and detangle kids’ fine hair, which is frailer than adults. The is tear-, sulfate-, and paraben-free, having been rigorously tested by dermatologists and ophthalmologists. The line also does not contain any unfriendly chemicals, making it perfect for those little toddlers in the tub.


So let your kids run around and play outside. It’s not only good for them but when they come back in, they’ll have fun in the tub with Lovely Locks Lion, Really Shiny Raccoon and Magic Mane Mammoth!

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Exercise And Self Esteem Go Hand-In-Hand

Want to feel better and have more confidence? The guarantee to unlocking a happier life starts with exercise. It really does work. Substantial research shows that when you exercise, your brain starts to release all the “good” hormones—serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine. Together, the hormones will help you feel more relaxed, happier, and in less pain. Doctors regularly recommend exercise for those fighting depression and anxiety.
Interestingly, lifting weights has been found to lower anxiety. Aerobics classes can improve mental positivity. Tai chi can increase a person’s feeling of self-worth. All in all, exercise really has amazing benefits.


These positive hormones also boost your confidence because when you feel good about yourself, you automatically get more confidence. When you exercise and eat well, you will start seeing changes in your body. You lose weight, tone up, and fit into your clothes. And when you look great, you feel better.
While you know exercise will help you, it can be hard to get started and stay motivated. Here are some tips to make it part of your daily routine, so much so that you actually feel unbalanced if you miss more than a few days of regular exercise.
Exercise for the right reasons. Focus on what you want to gain, e.g., good health, better mood, healthy weight, more energy or improved self-esteem. Do it because it’s good for you and not for anyone else.
Find an activity that’s right for you. If you hate gyms, don’t force yourself to go to one. Choose something that works for you. There are so many options. Swimming, rowing, cycling, yoga, tennis, dancing, even walking the dog. If you love what you do, you’ll do it!


Join a class. Belonging to a group of people all geared to the same goal is very motivational and helps with commitment. Plus, you get to meet new people!
Make exercise part of your everyday life. Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, walk to work, or get off the bus or train a stop early. Your exercise doesn’t have to be structured movement.
Exercise isn’t all or nothing. Any exercise is better than none. It doesn’t have to be intense to be beneficial. If you have activity limitations, do what you’re able to do.


Don’t worry about getting it right. You might be uncoordinated at the start or get tired quickly. Just do it, as the Nike saying goes!
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Fit it in when you can. Sometimes morning or lunch workouts are the best. Just be sure to have a quick clean-up plan. If your hair gets sweaty, bring along a dry shampoo in your tote, like THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo. Even when you’re on the go, you’ll be able to knock out greasiness and your hair will shine!
So get up and start moving!
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Caring for Curly Hair

Curly hair is fun when it’s wild and slightly crazy…or take the sexy route when they’re in a slinky, spiral shape.


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But since curls can undoubtedly be hard to manage, here are a few tips.


Use a wide-tooth comb, not a brush, to detangle
Curly hair is the most fragile type of hair there is, with each curl being a possible breaking point. A wide-tooth comb is the gentlest way to get through your curls and also doesn’t break up your curl pattern like a brush would.


Comb your hair from the bottom up
If you start at the bottom of your hair, combing up lets you detangle each knot. The last thing you want to do is yank your way through your curly mane.
Get a regular trim to avoid split ends
For a bouncy, fresh head of curls, book an appointment with your hairstylist every six to eight weeks to trim off split ends and preventing splits from going further upward.


Use a Cream for Curls
As any curly-haired girl will tell you, a styling cream is an essential part of their hair arsenal. Styling cream for curly hair will reduce frizz while bringing out natural curves. How to use? Immediately post-shower, simply rake a dollop of styling cream like Curl Cream through all your strands and then either gently blow dry with a diffuser to get a really full head of curls or air dry to get a tamer look. Curl Cream has the innovative WAVEMAX™ in it for longer-lasting, naturally defined curls. WAVEMAX is a 100% natural, new green cosmetic active that enhances and maintains the natural-look of curls. Containing a rich combination of polysaccharides extracted from Chia Seed and Linseed that shields the hair shaft, it forms and shapes defined curls, with the additional benefits of anti-frizz, protection from humidity and heat stress.
Here’s another a tip: If your curls are very coarse, apply product to wet hair. If your hair is fine, apply product to damp hair.


Once your curls are dry, you can shake or fluff your ringlets to your heart’s content to get just the look you want.
Want more tips for curly hair? Watch MONAT’s Beauty Insider!

Packing Beauty Products So They Stay Packed On The Plane!

No matter how excited you are to go away on a trip, packing can actually be stressful. Deciding what pants, skirts, dresses, shoes (flats, heels and sneakers?), jackets, tops, can be stressful enough, especially if you have to plan each day out. But in addition, there are all your toiletries…products you need every day, regardless of how short a time you are going away.
How do you pack your moisturizer, primer, body lotion, mascara, an array of lipsticks (of course!) and all the other sundries you need…in a way you can get to them easily AND to comply with TSA regulations for flight travel. If you’re not checking, it gets tricky to bring everything you need on board! You also want to pack carefully because we’ve all have had the disastrous mess of an exploded bottle of foundation leaking in our bag.
The TSA 3-1-1 Rule
For toiletries, the flight reminder is simple – the 3-1-1 rule. You can carry on a clear 1-quart resealable plastic bag filled with liquids and gels, each in a container of 3 ounces or less. Anything that doesn’t fit into that clear bag needs to be checked.
Cosmetic and Toiletry Packing Travel Tips
How can you prevent future travel disasters from make-up exploding or shattering and get to your beauty essentials toiletries easily? Here’s a guide!
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The essential clear quart bag
While you can get 1 quart resealable containers at the supermarket, you can also buy inexpensive ones online that give you a teeny bit more room, although still TSA compliant. They’re sturdier too. Try eBags Zipper Clear Quart Pouch.
Carry on essentials only!
That 1-quart bag that can come on the plane with you isn’t that big. So only bring on your essentials, concealer, mascara, moisturizer, lip balm, gloss, contact lens solution and the convenient travel size of REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive, perfect to put on your hair and face for a post-flight fresh-up. So you’ve got the most important things with you and heaven forbid, your bag gets lost, you’ve got your go to items with you in the worst case scenario.
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Refillable sillicone bottles and jars
While you can buy a world’s worth of miniature versions of toiletries at a local drugstore, like toothpaste and contact lens solution, it’s a lot easier to fill up small containers with your prized possessions, like foundation, make-up remover, and your favorite shampoo and conditioner like the wonderfully hydrating Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-In Conditioner. The best part is that they’re leakproof so no dipping your hand in a gooey bag!
If you don’t have travel size versions of your favorite MONAT products, here’s how you can still take them with you on your next vacay. Try this set from eagle creek or this great collection from Flight 001. Don’t forget to write on them with a permanent marker so you know what is in which.
Caring for fragile bottles
You may have some small items that can be easily wrapped, like a glass bottle of foundation or a perfume bottle. Pack it inside a pair of socks. This will keep it protected.
Extra seal any bottles
While a tightly screwed cap should offer protection, sometimes, just sometimes, that’s not enough. For any bottle you’re just not sure about, duct tape the pop-top opening or lid and then wrap it in plastic cling wrap. You can’t get any more secure than this and it’ll pay off if you’re bringing a self-tanner. Trust us on this one.
Organize yourself
Keep like items together. Don’t pack your toothpaste next to your foundation or your mascara next to your shampoo. This will help when you’re dashing to get ready and get out the door for your next fun adventure.
Cuddle your sundries in the middle of your bag
Usually, cosmetics are the last thing we put in our bags. But be smart and put those resealed bags of containers in the middle of your suitcase, surrounded by tees and underwear to cushion them. This really helps to prevent any breakage. Just don’t wrap them in an irreplaceable silk blouse…just in case!
Keep these hacks in mind and you’re ready to fly with a clear mind!
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