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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Spring Break Do A Number To Your Hair? Fix It Now!

So Spring Break is about to end. Whether you scooted down to a tropical state, jetted off to Mexico or flew across the globe to a truly exotic locale, you had a super time. But now your hair is likely the worse for wear. As you were dabbling in salt water or chlorine pools and getting sun all day long, your hair was taking the brunt. Now it’s frizzy, frazzled and dull, making you feel the same way. Why did it get this way?

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When your hair gets dry or damaged, the cuticle frays and becomes somewhat shredded, like the scales on a snake. Ewww. Who wants hair like that? Hair like this also does not lie flat, giving rise to frizz and flyaways.
What to do? Fix it, fast! Your hair needs to be restored with water and oil, two things that the sun and salt water took out of it.

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The first thing you can do is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Bring water back IN to your hair since it’s literally gasping for it. Start with a shampoo that both hydrates and moisturizes, like Renew Shampoo. A shampoo like this is salt-and-sulfate free and gentle enough for even the weakest strands that were damaged by a week of fun in the sun.

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Then try a leave-in conditioner so your hair benefits all day long from added moisture. With Restore Leave-In Conditioner, you get an extra punch of hydration while your scalp gets essential nutrients to help stamp out any remaining scalp burn from the sun. Restore Leave-In Conditioner is great because it can be used on wet or dry hair to tame errant frizzies and flyaways.

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But your hair needs more. Once a week, give it a good wallop of nourishment with a repairing and hydrating masque like Replenish Masque that is ideal for damaged or parched strands. Replenish Masque delivers essential moisture and vital nutrients to eliminate frizz and stop split ends. Your hair will come out silky and shiny.

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Don’t be aghast but adding some nourishing oil especially designed to rejuvenate your hair every few days will put the finishing touches on your formerly parched locks. Try REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive that has Abyssinian oils, combined with a blend of multiple unique molecular ingredients, to reduce oxidative stress and add volume and shine.
With a hydration and nourishing regimen like this, your hair’s brilliance factor will go way up and the vibrant, bouncy, shiny tresses you were used to before Spring Break will return. It’s all good!

Spring 2018 Runway Hair Is So Much Fun!

Runway hairstyles are always fun to look at, even though they may be too over the top for real life. They can be stunningly gorgeous or breathtakingly beautiful but always with a special twist that makes them stand out – they have to be runway spectacular to go with the couture clothes. Here are some we like!
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How much fun is this do? A “messy updo,” it’s very punk and very rockish…a definite throwback to the 80s. If you want to make it yours, you need the Loop Faux Leather Headband ($20) from etsy.com
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Runway hair is not always real. This look definitely calls for a wig! Flat iron it, give the bangs a chop chop and there you go…out for a wild night!
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Here’s a sleek do that’s actually really “do-able!” Make a super straight part down the center of your scalp, pull your hair back into a low ponytail and wrap a thin scarf around the tail halfway. Keep the tail silky, shiny and straight with Smoothing Shampoo and Smoothing Deep Conditioner …say bye bye to flyaways and frizz!

Hottest Hair Colors for 2018

When it comes to hair, color is IN! 2018 brings brighter, bolder and spicier shades. It’s very 80’s but definitely back in style.
But importantly you have to go with what looks best with your skin coloring. If you’re pale skinned, the icy look is for you, like platinum, a perennial favorite. If you have warm undertones, go for a warm buttery blond or caramel auburn.
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Buttery Blonde
Here, our fav celeb Reese Witherspoon rocks a buttery blonde. Her hair looks multi-dimensional and inviting. Who wouldn’t want a color like this?
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Brunette to Caramel Balayage Is Taking Over the Browns
Balayage remains hot on the radar but now it’s with warmer shades. Jessica Biel’s balayage goes from very dark roots to warm caramel, spanning the spectrum of color and turning heads as she walks in the door.
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Platinum Is A Scene Stealer
Have you noticed how many celebs are going platinum blonde? It. Is. The. Rage. Whether it’s Cara Delevingne’s pure icey platinum or Zoë Kravitz’ slightly warm pixie platinum or Kate Bosworth’s sandy blonde platinum, this color is keeping hair colorists busy everywhere.
Ready for a change but not ready to go full force? Think about enhancing your current hair color with a shampoo made for what you have now. MONAT’s COLOUR ENHANCE products help you play safe by not depositing any real pigment but rather, upping the ante on what you’ve already got. They are formulated with botanical antioxidants and MONAT’s most exclusive plant-derived color enhancing ingredient blends for brilliant results that enrich colour and heighten shine. Whether you’re blonde, brunette or platinum, MONAT’s COLOUR ENHANCE line has a shampoo and conditioner duo just for you!

Have You Gotten Your New 2018 Hairstyle Yet?

The year is a month old, winter is at its worst and the doldrums have set in. Need a pick-up? Nothing can change your mood faster than a new do. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get on trend for 2018. We’ve picked out some of the most popular styles and haircuts for this year. Whether you want to announce to the room “I’m here!” or go subtle, there’s an option for you.

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Curtain Bangs Are BIG BIG BIG!
Curtain bangs, called that name because they part like curtains, are on the top of the radar. Not sure? The style is up 600 percent in search on Pinterest! What’s so great is that this this versatile fringe style is an easy way to make your current look…well, look new! Parted down the center and with longer hair than regular bangs, it’s a synch to avoid the awkward bangs grow-out stage when you want to move on.

When you’re styling curtain bangs, use a small round brush and a finishing spray to keep them in place, like Refinish Control Spray.

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The Grown Out Pixie Has Grown Up!
This is a longer version of a classic pixie. Besides being oh so fab on its own, this style is wonderful for transitioning from super short hair into something longer. It has a lot of texture to it so whip out some BLACK Groom Styling Clay to get those piecey pieces just right!

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Playful Fringe Is So Much Fun!
Combining long, eye-grazing fringe with a sleek bob is totally on point for 2018. The best thing about this haircut is that it can easily be tailored to your personal style and features. To ensure the fringe has just the right volume, blow that hair forward when you step out of the shower to prevent any cowlicks in the front. When blowing your whole head dry, use a round brush and direct the hair forward, toward the face. Top it up with some dry shampoo like THE CHAMP Conditioning Dry Shampoo to give it a little oomph!

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The Lob Has Transformed Into the Long, Layered Lob
Everyone loves a lob, regardless of how it’s cut. But the long, layered lob has stolen our hearts this season. It falls to just below the shoulders and has varied lengths of layers to create lightness and texture. If you want, keep your bangs longer and angle them to soften the face. After using a curling iron to get very loose curls, scrunch your hair up a bit using Tousled Texturizing Mist to give the layers a softer wave.

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Expanded Curls Are the Rage!
This cut is for the bold of heart! It’s so popular you’ll be seeing it on the runway and in the supermarket! While the cut is key, the style calls for using the diffuser attachment on your hairdryer to bring out the natural curl and help them literally stand out! Apply a bit of REJUVENIQE™ Intensive Oil throughout your hair to enhance the curls and given your hair a bit of a luminosity.

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The Grown Out Shag Is Having Its Day!
While the shag came back last year, it’s now all grown up! This new, longer style has long, shaggy layers with longish bangs that have a center part. The beauty of this style is that the layers blend together so as your hair grows longer, it looks intentional, not like you overslept your salon appointment! Once you’ve curled your hair in once-inch strands, use Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy to muss it up a little for a lived-in look.

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.
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

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!
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!
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