New Year? Get New Hair!

New Year? Get New Hair!

It’s a New Year, time for new resolutions and goals. If you let your hair take a back seat last year, then use the New Year to make some haircare resolutions that ensure your tresses reflect new shine! Making small changes to your regular haircare routine can have a major impact on your overall look.

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But first, take your nutritional supplements, emphasizes Dr. Brent Agin, MONAT Scientific Board Member. These days, with soil depletion and water depletion, you can no longer rely on getting all of your nutrients from food. Dr. Agin recommends S3 Supplement Support System as a great supplement for general health that promotes healthy hair as well as skin and nails, an added bonus!

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Also, get on a new regimen of hair care. Make it a resolution to take better care of your hair to get bouncy, manageable hair that puts a smile on your face. Really, your routine can be quite simple.

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  • Wash with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner to keep your locks hydrated. Try Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-in Conditioner to provide brilliance, strength and vitality for droopy strands.
  • Using a hair treatment once a week/month, like Replenish Masque. Deep treatments are a great way to get hydration back into your hair.

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  • Have your hair trimmed regularly to keep it in shape and eliminate split ends. However, you also have an alternative to the scissors when it comes to split ends! It’s called REJUVABEADS™, the first independently tested hair care technology that selectively targets and heals split-ends and other damaged or stressed areas along the hair shaft.* This amazing product literally seals the hair’s cuticle, reversing damage and sealing its surface. All those dry wisps at the ends of your hair? Gone!
  • Choose one day a week to give your hair a break from heat styling tools and let it air dry naturally. Your strands will thank you!
Dedicate yourself to treating your hair as you’d want to be treated and you’ll get back luster, gloss and bounce, exactly what you want to travel through 2018 on a high note!

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

4 Fabulous Hairstyles You Want to Steal For Your 2017 Holiday Parties

4 Fabulous Hairstyles You Want to Steal For Your 2017 Holiday Parties

The big holiday parties are this weekend. How are you wearing your hair, which is after all, any woman’s masterpiece? We have three great styles and three tutorials for you so you can watch step by step how to do these tresses without having to rush out to the hairdresser!

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Dutch Braid Updo
Combine elegance and old world beauty in this breathtaking updo. While it may look like you spent all day at the salon, you can do this magical style yourself in less than 10 minutes. Then watch how the room stops when you walk in! Click here to watch and learn how from Missy Sue.

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High Pony Tail
High and full pony tails put the edge on sophistication! If you have long, curly or straight hair, they’ll work for you and let you make a party entrance with a sashay in your step. Learn from Kayley Melissa, YouTube hair expert, how she makes a high ponytail in just over four minutes. Watch here!

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Braided “Updo” for Medium Length Hair
What do you do when you want to make a smashing entrance but you don’t have long, flowing locks? Try this gorgeous “updo” which rests on your neck and is made of beautiful braids. You’ll look stunning! Find out how to make this look yours from Abby Smith. Watch here!

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Super Curly Hair Updo
There’s nothing like an updo that says glamour! But what if you have super curly, almost kinky, hair? What to do? Learn from GLAMOUR Magazine how to make a totally ab fab braided updo that makes the most of your curls and you really can do yourself! Click here to watch!
winterproof your hair and skin with these easy hacks

Winterproof Your Hair and Skin with These Easy Hacks!

While winter weather is a great time to get cozy with a cup of hot chocolate, you can’t forget that the dry and dreary weather can be brutal for your hair and skin. It’s harder to retain moisture in your hair so it can become brittle and prone to breaking. Frizz and static also occur with your winter clothes. And your skin also can become drier and itchy to the point of flaking.
Avoid steaming hot showers
While hot, steaming water may feel good when it’s brrrrr outside, it isn’t good for your hair or skin since it strips away natural oils. Shower in lukewarm water instead. Limit yourself to one five or 10-minute bath or shower daily.

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Alternate Dry Shampoo with Wet Shampoo
Winter temperatures can make your hair and scalp become dry and damaged. Instead of using wet shampoo every day, take a break every few days and use dry shampoo like THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo which will get your hair clean and give it bounce. When you do wash your hair, don’t use very hot water since it will strip away your hair’s natural oils. Lukewarm water gets the job done by helping hair keep in its natural moisture. Also use a hydrating shampoo like Renew Shampoo that adds essential moisture back into the hair.

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Don’t Forget to Condition Hair
Protect your hair from the winter cold by applying a great conditioner after every shampoo. A leave-in conditioner like Restore Leave-In Conditioner will not only restore essential nutrients but it also tames frizz and flyaways that come from hoodies, sweaters, scarves and beanies! To give you hair the one-two nourishing punch, massage your hair and scalp with REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive and leave it on for an hour to really soak in. Your hair will come out silky and shiny!
Dry Hair Carefully
While it’s best to let your hair dry naturally, not all of us have the time. Squeeze out the excess water to shorten your drying time. Rubbing vigorously can cause fragile wet hair break; it also can cause frizz. Gently blot moisture from your hair with an absorbent towel and try, if you can, not to dry it completely; stop while your hair is slightly damp and let it air dry the rest of the way. Your hair will thank you.

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Your Skin Needs Help Too
  • Choose oils since they are more hydrating. Moisturize with an oil like REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive immediately after showering and again before bed to help relieve chapped skin.
  • Dermatologist Dr. Amy Ross, MONAT Scientific Board Member, advises to avoid deodorant soaps, perfumed soaps and alcohol-based products. All have a drying effect, which you want to stay away from when you are already surrounded by dry winter heat.
  • Make sure you hydrate from the inside out, Dr. Ross also emphasizes. That means you should increase your intake of foods rich in omega oils and drink plenty of water!
  • Use a humidifier, Dr. Ross adds. Inside winter heat is very drying and a humidifier will help both your skin and your hair stay moist.
Remember, moisture is the name of the game!
How To Care For Bleached Hair!

How To Care For Bleached Hair!

Bleaching your hair is an investment. And the aftercare is just as important as having your hair done right in the first place. Bleaching hair leaves the cuticle layers open, which can sometimes compromise the hair and make it weak. There’s no need to change your mind about an awesome lighter color—it just means that bleached hair requires greater responsibility. If you want to keep your newly lightened locks in pristine condition, follow these tips so your hair can look healthier than ever.

Wash your hair less

This is particularly key in the first three weeks after your treatment since hair is more weak and susceptible to breakage during that period. Shampoo every three to four days, tops, with a great hydrating shampoo. Renew Shampoo is a great one to use! (Invest in a great dry shampoo like THE CHAMP Conditioning Dry Shampoo to extend your style as long as possible.)

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Condition a lot!
Make up for your infrequent shampooing with conditioners to rebuild strength and shine. Bleach leaves strands very dry so try a premium conditioner like Smoothing Deep Conditioner, which will nourish your hair and restore softness and shine. It also helps to use a leave-in conditioner after your shower to provide added protection against breakage. Go for Restore Leave-in Conditioner.
Dry gently.
Ditch your regular cotton towel for a softer, microfiber option. These soak up excess water without roughing up the cuticle (which leads to dreaded frizz) or causing breakage, a huge no-no for bleached hair.
Mask weekly!
Once a week, slather on a moisturizing mask like Replenish Masque, clip it up and watch a full episode of Game of Thrones to let it all soak in before rinsing. It will leave your hair super soft!
Take special care of your ends!
Split ends are common among bleached hair aficionados due to the porosity and dryness of a bleached hair. Treat your ends with special care by using REJUVABEADS™, which selectively targets and literally heals split ends and other damaged areas along the hair shaft. Your hair will become stronger, silky smooth and polished!

*Independent testing has demonstrated a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under within one minute.

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Tread carefully with heat tools!
Using a heat straightener or curling iron on just-bleached hair is sort of like sunbathing when you already have a bad sunburn—you’re exposing dry, vulnerable hair to even more damage. Air-drying is the best way to go but if you must use heat tools, use our Blow Out Cream with silicone-free heat protection called Dermofeel® Sensolv, a silicone alternative that is 100 percent natural in origin.
Finish off with a high quality oil.
Take a small amount of REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive in your palms, rub them together and then run it through your hair, once your hair is completely dry.
Admittedly, all this is a bit of high maintenance but it will keep your hair from looking dried and brittle. As the saying goes, “Your hair is your crown. Treat it like royalty!”
6 Holiday Updos We Love!

6 Holiday Updos We Love!

It’s not too soon to start thinking about your hair for the upcoming holiday season. “Hold the dates” are already being sent out! Instead of last-minute panic over how to wear your hair in a style that goes with your gorgeous outfit, here are our favorite six updos. When it comes to hairstyles this season it’s time to have a real “look.” The days of simply brushing your hair and going for that bed-head look are over. It’s time to make a grand entrance…so read on!

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Take an ordinary bun and add glamour with a low side part. Teasing at the crown and an over-the-ear sweep heighten its drama. Blow out your hair with Blow Out Cream for a smooth shine and knot it at the nape of your neck, draping one side over your ear. Finish with Refinish Control Hairspray for a style that’ll last the entire night!

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The French twist is always elegant but add dramatic height and you can make it over-the-top impact! Blow out your hair and set it with Velcro rollers, then separate and tease the top section using Reshape Root Lifter to build body as you go. Pull back the sides, twist and secure with pins. Finish by brushing back the top layer so it’s smooth. Use a little Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy to keep the strands secure.

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Here’s another! The halo braid is wildly chic yet needs only basic braiding skills and a few bobby pins. Start with a little THE CHAMP Conditioning Dry Shampoo to create some hold! Form a center part, separate your hair on either side of your head and braid pigtails. Keep the braid thick and loose. Then wrap each section over your head, securing it in place with bobby pins as you go.

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The large teased bun is a stunner. Volume is the key to making hair appear thick, thick, thick! Start with Moxie Magnifying Mouse to make it fuller. Tease your crown as well as the large bun. To create a larger chignon, use a bun maker underneath your backcombed locks.

One of the best things about choosing an up-do (instead of going for a full chop) is the lack of commitment involved. All you have to do is add some glitter! One of our all-time favorite looks is to wrap a glittery, sparkly headband around an updo for instant full glamour.

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If you really want to go slightly casual, you can always create the “updo ponytail.” It combines both the sophistication of an updo with the fun twirl of a ponytail. And it’s still quite elegant! Learn how to master one by clicking here.

This holiday season is the time to pull out ALL the stops and you’ll be a real head-turner, for sure!

Thick Hair? Learn To Love It!

Thick Hair? Learn To Love It!

Most women would say thick hair is nothing to complain about…unless you’re one who has it, believe it or not! While it can be gorgeous, it also can be a pain to deal with since thick hair has a mind of its own and it’s often a struggle to do certain types of styling with it.
So what can you do to make dealing with your massive mane a bit easier?

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Start by Using the Right Shampoo and Conditioner

Thick hair tends to retain oil more due to the density of the hair strands. After a while, this causes build-up, leaving your tresses looking lifeless and dull. Try MONAT’s Hydration System.

These formulas work together to wash out any oil and residue left over from styling products and keep your hair looking fresh and healthy. Its Renew Shampoo is a hydrating cleanser that moisturizes the scalp and increases hair brilliance. Restore Leave-In Conditioner revives each hair strand and tames frizz and flyaways. Replenish Masque tops it off as a weekly treatment to deliver vital nutrients, leaving hair silky and smooth.

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Dry Your Hair the Right Way!

Drying thick hair can be an all-day event! You can speed up the natural air-dry process by keeping a microfiber head wrap towel on, which will absorb more moisture than a regular towel. If you prefer to blow your hair dry, you want the fastest drying time for less damage and frizz. Look for an ionic dryer with at least 1800 watts. Go for Blow Out Cream for a blowout with a 100% natural silicone alternative that won’t weigh your hair down. Drying time is reduced and your blowout will last!

Tie Your Hair Back Without Damage!

When you hair sometimes simply gets to be too much, straight rubber bands are a big no-no! Rubber or metal fasteners are magnets for breakage. Use elastics and hair accessories especially designed to grip without causing breakage. While they can be a challenge to find, they’re worth the time. Try your local beauty supply store or online hair product eCommerce sites.

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The Right Brush Is King!

Thick hair tends to bring a helping of extra frizz with it and static from regular brushes tops it off. Go for a 100 percent natural bristle brush that will evenly distribute the hair’s natural oils, which adds shine and helps manage frizziness.

Hacks For Getting The Most Out Of Curly Hair!

Hacks For Getting The Most Out Of Curly Hair!

It’s a given that anyone with curly hair has heard someone with straight hair cry, “Your hair is so gorgeous! My hair is stick straight. I wish I had curls!” While it’s a compliment, straight haired people don’t know how hard it is to have a good curly hair day. But we’ve got some tips to help you have lots of good days!

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Always comb your hair from the bottom up!

Starting at the bottom allows you to gently detangle each knot, rather than compounding them all toward the bottom and yanking your way through with a comb.

Use a wide-tooth comb, never a brush!

Curly hair is very fragile. Using a wide-tooth comb is the gentlest way to detangle curls. It also won’t disturb the natural curl pattern like a brush. Better yet, go for finger-combing for the most gentle approach.

Forget the towel! Use a T-shirt!

If you want to greatly reduce frizz and breakage, dry your hair with a T-Shirt after washing. They’re much softer than rough towels. But since shirts aren’t as absorbent, make sure you very gently squeeze your hair out before drying. Make sure not to twist it as well.

Use a serum!

Right after washing, smooth a small amount of serum through your hair to smooth and give your curls definition and separation. REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive does the trick! REJUVENIQE’s proprietary blend of unique botanical oils is rich in rejuvenating vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that mimic the body’s own natural oils, allowing for deeper, quicker and more complete absorption for the hair. It will cradle your curls in luxury and bring out your natural shine.

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Repair your split ends!

Curly hair is so fragile and coarse that it is prone to split ends. Try a product that actually repairs split ends like REJUVABEADS™! The product selectively targets, deposits on and heals split-ends and other damaged or stressed areas along the hair shaft, eliminating breakage and frizz, decreasing friction, increasing shine and helping improve color. Hair is left stronger, more flexible, manageable and resilient. Split ends are definitely not a good look (not to mention they can make your hair frizzy!) so if you want healthy curls that look silky smooth, use REJUVABEADS.

*Independent testing has demonstrated that REJUVABEADS resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under within one minute following application.

Fabulous Dos For Fabulous Fifty!

Fabulous Dos For Fabulous Fifty!

Times have changed. Fifty is oh so fab these days and so are hairstyles for this age group. If you’re 50 or older, you don’t need to choose specific “mature” styles or stop doing something you liked before. But there are a few tips that will help you look better than ever!

Stick to simple styles, clean cuts and soft lines that keep your locks off your face. However, bangs are the exception. They often make women look younger. Opt for wispy bangs reaching your eyebrows or soft side waves, for instance. Here’s where Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy comes in handy to keep your bangs in place.

If your hair is fine, try a short to medium version of a bob haircut or a flirtatious pixie hairstyle with some teasing at the roots for added volume. MONAT’s Reshape Root Lifter comes in handy when you want height.

Thick hair looks awesome in layered medium to long styles, regardless of whether you prefer curls, waves or straight tresses. Here’s where a finishing spray like Refinish Control Hairspray works wonders to keep your style intact.

Most women over 50 face the grey dilemma. Some women prefer to go natural while others prefer to disguise their grey with lighter tones, like blondish or caramel hues. On the other hand, on darker hair, overtones like burgundy, auburn and dark chocolate are striking and fun!

The overall goal is to look elegant and modern, no matter what style or color you choose!

Here are a few “age 50 worthy” hairstyles to inspire you. Select a new style for Fall 2017 and you’re on your way to putting new bounce in your step!

Medium Layered Haircut

This is a stunning cut with its discreet layers and subtle honey highlights, To achieve the seamless style, your longest locks should graze your shoulders, while the top layers are cut gradually shorter. Complete the look with side-swept bangs on the front and style the tips with a round brush and Blow Out Cream.

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Short Bob with Layers

For a layered bob, style it so it shows off its dynamic cut. The way these shorter layers here have been swept back with a round brush and set with a finishing spray like Refinish Control Spray creates a sleek look.

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Bold and Spikey Pixie

Try using a bold color to complement a minimalistic cut. The spiky pixie looks sophisticated and is easy to style. The edgy spikes should be styled with a product like MONAT BLACK Groom Styling Clay and pushed toward the front. Different hair shades will add different dimensions to the cut, if you’d like.

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Stacked Ash Layers

The easy-to-style layers and perfectly blended ash tone hue make this the perfect low maintenance do for both styling and color upkeep. Touseled Texturizing Mist will keep it in tip top shape!

Winter Weather Needs a Healthy Gameplan!

The weather has changed and it’s time to change your gameplan for the effects of this colder season on your lifestyle and bodies. Says Dr. Brent Agin, MONAT Scientific Advisory Board Member, “The body is a pretty amazing machine. It is constantly making adjustments to everything happening outside and inside itself. We need to pay attention to both our internal and external health because our body relies on some key health habits to run optimally.”
Eat Right to Fuel Your Body and Your Brain!
Make sure that you are getting the right amounts of nutrient-dense foods rich in vitamins and minerals to support the endocrine and nervous systems and keep your body running efficiently, Dr. Agin says. People need all of their macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) to balance their metabolism, build hormones, support muscles and bones, and fuel the brain!
Don’t Disrupt Your Sleep!
It’s vital to get between 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Poor sleeping habits are associated with weight gain, depression, anxiety, heart disease, and other inflammatory conditions, Dr. Agin explains. A good sleep cycle is going to sleep between 10 pm and midnight and waking up between 6 am to 8 am. “This sleep cycle seems to be in line with our natural circadian rhythm, which is the 24-hour body clock that tells us when to sleep along with other necessary daily functions. When your sleep is off, it will eventually start to affect the rest of the circadian rhythm, which will result in unwanted ailments and disease,” Dr Agin adds.
Nutritional Supplements Serve As a Back-up Source
People in general do not get enough nutrients from foods alone. Dr. Agin says that the guideline is five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day but this occurs in less than five percent of American diets. “This nutritional lack, along with other factors, makes taking supplements an important part of keeping bodies healthy and immune system functioning efficiently. S3 by MONAT is one of those multi-purpose nutritional supplements that are great for strengthening and repairing our skin, hair and nails, but also has excellent ingredients for general health,” Dr. Agin adds. Taking vitamin D regularly will also help bolster your immune system especially in the months when you’re not in the sun.
Exercise Does a Lot More Than You Think!
Exercise does a lot more than keep weight balanced. “Like sleep, exercise has direct effects on hormones and neurotransmitters that can help prevent you from becoming ill,” Dr. Agin states.” There are plenty of easy exercise routines that can be done inside to keep an exercise routine going. Stop exercising in the cold months and one risks disrupting the body’s rhythm, increases the chances of getting hit hard in the cold season and ending up with weight gain and, to top it off, being in a grumpy mood!
Colder weather can be incredibly enjoyable…as long as you nourish yourself properly, sleep enough and stay fit!
Aging Hair: Stop It In Its Tracks!

Aging Hair: Stop It In Its Tracks!

Since September is Healthy Aging Month, now’s the time to dish the dirt on how to help hair stay “forever young.”

Is your hair thinning? More strands in your comb? Grey hairs starting to peek through? These are just some of the signs of aging hair, a reality many men and women are sad to report they’re experiencing. And while 50 is the new fabulous, when people reach this decade, they experience a different set of hair issues. Oil glands shrink over time and by 50, you’re not producing as much oil to coat your hair, so dry hair becomes a reality. Also during your 50s, you might see brittleness because your hair also loses some of its elasticity.

Good for you that these changes can be treated – it just involves changing your daily hair care routine to one that’s more, let’s say, MONATious!

Change in color

That first white strand is a tell-tale sign of aging hair. Hair goes gray when cells stop producing pigment, which is normal and happens naturally with age. While there is no cure for this at the moment, there are treatments you can do to alter the color of your strands temporarily, like dying it with hair dye, or for some people, henna. But there’s nothing wrong with going gray. Take these celebrities  for example. Some of them actually love embracing their grey hair.

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Change in hair thickness

In case you didn’t know, it’s perfectly normal to lose about 100 hairs per day, no matter your age. Hormonal changes in women can affect hair growth patterns as well. It’s not uncommon for menopausal women to experience hair thinning and hair loss. For example, they may notice less hair on their legs but more hair on their upper lip or chin (yikes! I know).

If you’re dealing with thinning hair, or just want naturally luscious and long locks, use MONAT. MONAT products are naturally based, age-prevention hair care products that help with the natural regrowth of hair. MONAT products help hair thrive by using premium, healthy ingredients. Learn more about the ingredients found in MONAT products, here.

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For optimal hair growth and strength, we highly recommend taking S3 by MONAT, a supplement support system that has ultimately raised the bar in hair nutrition. You see, each of the clinically proven ingredients found in S3 work together synergistically to replenish the system of possible nutrient deficiencies that could be contributing to hair loss. S3 provides a holistic hair regrowth treatment that works to promote enhanced hair growth from the inside out.

Feel free to browse this page to learn more about MONAT’s naturally based botanical products.

Let your hair do the talking!

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