Emily Stevens

“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.”

Laura Smith

“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.”

Sarah Daniels

“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.”

Hair Glossary: How to Get Exactly What You Want From Your Stylist!

Have you ever left a salon with hair too short? Or the color darker than you wanted? Or had your bangs cut off completely? Mistakes happen with hair stylists and unfortunately the outcome can make our lives a short-term horror story.
Preventing hair mishaps needs clear communications between your hair guru and you. To make sure you’re both on the same wavelength before scissors start cutting or dye gets mixed, clarify exactly what’s about to happen. Ask a lot of questions! So what if you feel like a pest? It’s your hair and you want to love how it turns out.

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One of the best tools to use when talking to your stylist is photos. You can show color, the exact type of highlighting, the style of layering…literally anything you want, thanks to sites like Pinterest and Tumblr.
Also realize that your hair is particular to you. Not every haircut or hair color will work with every type and natural color hair…or shape of face or skin coloring. When asking advice, be sure to let your stylist know about specifics, like cowlicks, preferred part, hair loss, receding hairline or what have you.
The other thing that helps ensure you get what you want is to know how to speak your stylist’s language. Sometimes they may use terms that sound foreign – knowing just what they mean will help you feel like a pro. Here’s a glossary of the most common terms stylists use.

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Terms for Female Colors and Cuts
  • Balayage: A technique used to apply highlights in which the dye is applied to the hair freehand, using vertical strokes, literally painting color onto the hair using various shades to achieve a natural look. The hair ends up with a color on the bottom (usually lighter) that gradually fades into a different color around the roots.
  • Brassy: brass-colored tone. Usually happens when hair with warm undertones is chemically lightened and begins to fade.
  • Chic pixie: Very, very short hair on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer on the top.
  • Cool: Colors that have blue or violet undertones. This includes platinum blondes, ash browns and plum reds.
  • Curtain bangs: A softer take on traditional bangs that part like a curtain to frame the face.
  • Cuticle: The outer, scale-like surface of the hair shaft.
  • Double-process: Typically used when lightening hair by more than two shades. Hair color is bleached to remove natural color and then new color is deposited onto the hair to create the desired shade.
  • Lift: Chemically taking color out of hair to make it lighter.
  • Lob: Combining the words “long” and “bob,” a lob is longer in the front and shorter in the back and has some slight layering.
  • Retouch: Applying color just to regrowth (roots), not the whole head of hair.
  • Short vs shorter: Achieving your desired length is crucial! Make sure your stylist understands exactly what you mean by short or shorter. Here is where photos come in super handy!
  • Single process: A coloring process that only uses one color application.
  • Snip tour: Trimming the hair all around the head. Again, clarify exactly how much your stylist intends to cut off and in what places, especially bangs.

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Terms for Male Cuts
  • Buzz cut (or military cut): Short, buzzed cut. Super short is known as an induction cut (blade #0-#1) and a longer buzz cut (blade #4 or longer) is known as a butch cut. Want to be exact? Tell your stylist the blade number to use!
  • Crew cut: Tapered on the sides and back and longer on the top; the top is a uniform length or tapered slightly.
  • Ivy league: Several blade numbers longer than a Crew Cut.
  • Ceasar cut: The top is an inch longer than the rest of the hair and combed downward, creating a fringe on the forehead.
  • The fade: A very short tape that fades or “disappears” into the skin.
  • Undercut: Very short hair on the sides and back and longer on the top, going as dramatically different as you want.
  • The taper: Hair gradually changes from one length to another.

The Holidays Are So Over So Let’s Get Back To Healthy Living!

The holidays? So 10 days ago! Now it’s time to get yourself feeling the best you can, both mentally and physically. Yes, a recipe for healthy living takes a bit of work but the rewards really are priceless. By creating a lifestyle that centers on health from the inside out, it becomes an ingrained routine and much easier to stick with…so you’ll feel and look great!

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The first thing you can do to help you is drink a lot of water! It will help cleanse your system and get you turned around in the right direction. Remember—64 ounces a day or half your body weight in ounces of water daily.

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Second…and don’t groan…you need to exercise three to four days a week. Find something other than the boring treadmill that is different and that you like, such as kickboxing, TRX straps (invented by a former U.S. Navy Seal – here’s a primer) or hot yoga. Group classes make it easier and more fun to stick with a regimen because you end up not wanting to let your classmates down if you ditch a class. Plus, you get much needed support! Bonus! When you’re in shape, you will feel like you can leap off tall buildings! (Okay, sounds fun but don’t!)
Next, really take care your diet. Really. Dr. Agin, MONAT Scientific Advisory Board member, advises to eat a balanced diet: hydrate yourself and eat nutrient-dense foods (with the greatest amount and variety of nutrients) and minimally processed foods. This will help you look good from the inside out, as if you’re glowing! Here’s a great article, “Add more nutrient-dense foods to your diet” from Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School that will get you on the right path. And we can all use some help there!

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In fact, eat like you’re on vacation. A dinner of broiled fish and fresh vegetables looks the same anywhere. Take time to enjoy what you eat. In fact, pretend you’re overlooking the sea and try eating the Mediterranean way, with heart-healthy fats, minerals, and antioxidants in foods like hummus, olive oil and feta. The Mediterranean diet has been proven to not only keep you slim but help lower your risk for heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.1 If you want to get started on a healthier way of eating, here’s a great overview – 10 Things to Know About the Mediterranean.
Finally, if you really want to put the holidays behind you and get back on a healthier way of living, make sure you get good sleep, adds Dr. Agin, member of MONAT’s Scientific Board. This is something the body must have to recover, heal and function at its best! So healthy year here we come!

1 Mayo Clinic Staff, Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan. Nutrition and Healthy Eating. Mayoclinic.org. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

MONAT Employees Stand By Their Products!

After writing so much about haircare and what is best for taking care of different kinds of hair, we decided to ask MONAT employees what products they can’t live without! We rounded up three more-than-willing candidates who gladly shared their MONAT experiences with us!

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Frances Salichs, Marketing Products Manager
Frances has been with MONAT for 3+ years. Her favorite MONAT product is REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive: “I apply it on my face every single morning, either alone or along with my daily moisturizer. It leaves a subtle glow without looking greasy AT ALL which is amazing! I also like that it smooths my skin so my eye concealer just glides right on. Some love its fresh citrusy scent… I just love how it feels on my skin!”
Frances picked MONAT’s top seller! REJUVENIQE™ nourishes the skin with an invigorating blend of 13+ unique rare oils, scientifically combined with powerful, active botanical ingredients that are compatible with the skin. It helps to deliver long-term age-prevention results on both hair and skin.

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Efrén de la Torre, Director of Packaging and Design Innovation
Efrén swears by MONAT BLACK GROOM STYLING CLAY because it creates versatile styling looks. He says, “Black Groom Clay is my favorite MONAT product. I always keep it handy to achieve a nice hold to my natural hair that lasts all day and never flakes. I really enjoy its fresh cool scent and its versatility. I can use it on damp hair for a slicker look or on dry hair for a natural matte finish. But the best part of this neat grooming clay is knowing that its naturally based ingredients will never harm my hair!
Designed with MONAT’s secret weapon, Kester Wax, GROOM STYLING CLAY makes modern styling easy and gives fine hair the extra boost it needs.

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Victoria Muniz, Administrative Assistant
Victoria’s must-have is REJUVABEADS™, known for its spectacular and proven hair repair qualities: “I cannot live without REJUVABEADS! It is what I call a split-end eraser. It keeps my hair looking luxurious and my curls looking voluminous! It destroys any frizziness that tries to disrupt my hair’s beauty and keeps people wowing at my hair! Would I recommend MONAT’s REJUVABEADS? Absolutely yes!”
REJUVABEADS is like a miracle! In just 60 seconds, thousands of microscopic REJUVABEADS go to work on hair, providing targeted hair repair! Advanced product technology means it goes right where it’s needed to smooth and repair the hair shaft and mend split ends.

*Independent testing has demonstrated that application of the product resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under.

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Sorry, I Can’t Hear You Over the Volume of My Hair!

Thick, luscious, healthy-looking hair never goes out of style. Besides being one of the most evident signs of youth, many women admit that having voluminous hair makes them feel sexier and more feminine. However, as we get older, our hair ages too and some women start noticing their hair is getting thinner, scarcer or more brittle. This is generally a totally natural process but it might also be due to external causes, such as stress, unbalanced nutrition and overdoing chemical or hot styling methods.
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