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!

Hacks For Getting The Most Out Of Curly Hair!

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.

Thin Hair? You Can Make It Thick Like Rapunzel’s!

Skinny is great for a lot of things…jeans, angel hair pasta, eyeliner. But when it comes to hair? Skinny (a la thin) is out! Regardless of why it happens – born with it, hormones, aging, styling abuse – it’s one of the biggest complaints stylists hear.

But all is not lost. There are ways to turn a head of thin strands into a gorgeous swirl of full locks. Read on to find out!

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Scalp Spa - Give It a Massage!

Healthy circulation will nourish hair follicles in the scalp where hair begins. Regular scalp massages with your fingers will help stimulate blood flow and can plump up thin, fine hair. Rub a few drops of hair treatment oil like REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive all over your scalp before you shampoo to give your hair a special treatment too.

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Pump Up the Volume When Cleansing and Conditioning

Volumizing shampoos and conditioners are the “go to” formulas for women with thin, fine hair. The shampoos cleanse without leaving unwanted build-up, which can weigh thin hair down. They also leave hair thicker and fuller. The conditioners gently detangle, again without build-up. Try using Revive Shampoo and Revitalize Conditioner.

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Heighten Your Roots!

One of the best ways to create the impression of thick hair is to create lift at the scalp. Lightly blow dry the crown of your hair while applying Reshape Root Lifter at the scalp to give your top hair fullness. Also try blow drying your scalp upside down so that heat is applied with the roots lifted, finishing off with a big round brush.

Thicken Individual Strands!

Yes, this can be done! For thick, rich and luscious hair, MONAT’s new Thickening Spray works wonders! Formulated with MONAT’s powerful key ingredients Capixyl™, Procataline™ and Crodasorb™, Thickening Spray provides body, bounce and fullness. It also offers a flexible hold that’s soft yet keeps your hairstyle in place. To use, keep hair damp and use 1-2 sweeping sprays on each section while you blow dry.

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Feed Your Hair!

Take a powerful punch of Biotin, OptiMSM®, ACTIVAloe® and vitamins in the S3 Supplement and you’ll be breathing life into dull, dry hair. Take it to replenish hydration, promote healthy, shiny hair, prevent breakage and restore shine.

Keep all these tricks at your fingertips and you’ll walk out your front door looking like you have a lion’s mane!

Date Night? 5 Hairstyles To Make You Stunning!

Whether it’s “date night” with your boyfriend, fiancé or hubby, you want to look special. Here are 5 hairstyles that speak of romance and will make you feel like you’re walking down the red carpet, spotlights on!

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Putting your hair up shows off your face and a dramatic eye. If your hair is thick, put it up in a rubber band and then swirl it around into a bun, pinning as you go. If your hair is fine, use a mesh donut form to add some density. Mist lightly with Refinish Control Hairspray to keep it in place.

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Long, Loose Waves

Languid tendrils falling down your back is full of allure. The key is not styling your curls too tight…let it be messy and sexy by breaking up your curls with your fingertips. Touseled Texturizing Mist can give you that slightly rumpled look that makes your hair ever so touchable.

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Face Framing Crimps

You can have it both ways if you go with this style. Put your hair up in a bun or pull it back and braid it first, while keeping a center part. Then loosen things up by pulling out sections in front on both sides of the part and crimping them. Immediately your hairstyle looks softer and more alluring. Use a curling iron to get the irregular curly look with the tendrils. A little Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy will give some hold to the curls…and you’re all set to dance the night away!

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Half-Up Bouffant

Put a retro spin on your look with a bouffant half-updo…but give it a touchable texture.
Use Reshape Root Lifter to give your hair a boost at the top and to give it all-around fullness. Back comb the hair on the top of your head, pull the front strands back over the “fluff” and clip hair half-up. You’ll wow your “date” with this one!

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Modern Flapper

Take a steal from the flappers’ era and bring it in the 21st century! This is great for giving a sexy edge to chin length hair. Use some Blow Out Cream while you both dry and scrunch your hair at the same time. This will give you shine and a slight wave. Then use Tousled Texturing Mist to add more loose waves. You’ll be surrounded by a halo of romance with this one!

What Are You Doing For Your Mother This Mother’s Day?

Mother's Day is annually held on the second Sunday of May. As you know, it celebrates motherhood, mother figures, maternal bonds and the contribution mothers make to society. And it’s not just about mothers. Grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers and just about anyone who is a mother are included too. The gifts people give on this huge holiday range from cards, flowers, candy, chocolate, clothing and jewelry to a brunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant to a beauty treatment or trip to a spa.

But how did Mother’s Day actually begin? Social activist Anna Jarvis started a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States in 1905, the year her mother died. The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Ms. Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Ms. Jarvis succeeded in her campaign for a national holiday when President Woodrow Wilson established the first U.S. national Mother’s Day in 1914.1,2

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Mother’s Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant (have you made your reservation yet?). In fact, Americans spend about a whopping $2.6 billion on flowers and another $68 million on greeting cards annually for this holiday!!3

So what are you doing to celebrate the important mother figure(s) in your life? If you live close by you could go the unusual route and cook a meal for her at home instead of brunch out and then do something out-of-the box fun, like go to a play, a comedy show or take an art or cooking class together. If the weather is nice, perhaps there are gardens nearby to visit or a waterfront pier you could stroll on.

If you live far from your mom, of course call her and do it early in the day so she doesn’t sit around wondering and waiting. If you’re sending a card or package, let’s hope you mailed it already! A cool idea would be to arrange for a credit or purchase at a favorite restaurant or shop. Finding out that a book she wants is at the local bookstore waiting for her will surprise her and show her your thoughtfulness. Or book a local spa day for her, the complete works, facial and massage down to manicure and pedicure! (If you can afford it…but if you can’t, a surprise manicure would be just as nice.)

But say you are going out. You want to look your best and so will your mother. And what’s the biggest thing women fuss about? Their hair! When you go to pick your mother up, treat her by re-styling her hair for her! Freshen up her hair easily with a dry shampoo, like THE CHAMP Conditioning Dry Shampoo, and then re-style her hair using a styling product like Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy and finish it off with Refinish Control Hairspray.

1 Engaging Families 2015 Special Editions—Mother’s Day. https://www2.ed.gov/news/newsletters/engagingfamilies/index.html
2 O'Reilly, Andrea (6 April 2010). Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Sage Publications (CA). p. 602. ISBN 978-1-4522-6629-9.
3 Recession or not: Mom comes 1st (phillyBurbs.com) | Local Business. http://phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/147-05082008-1530894.html

Style and Hair Dilemmas Go Away!

Spring is here and with it comes new trends. But sometimes making the trends work for you personally can pose a challenge. What to do?

For example, the power print typical of Wall Street executives was reimagined in stylish ways by front row regulars at the shows for spring 2017. The latest take on the boardroom staple? Roomy wide-leg pants and feminine, slouchy silhouettes.But what if you’re too short? Well, here’s how to work around this dilemma. If you can’t wear long pants, rock the trend by wearing a fresh pair of culottes that cut right below the knee. Now, what if you consider yourself too wide for slouchy silhouettes? Cinch the waist! There’s not much a cinched waist can’t fix!

 

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When it comes to hair, sleek, shiny and parted in the middle is big this spring. But this only works if your hair is healthy. That means no frizz. We get frizzy hair when the cuticle layer is lifted up and moisture goes through, inflating the strands and making your hair look dry and, well, frizzy!

To get a smooth and silky look, use a treatment before you shampoo to hydrate and soften the cuticle, like MONAT’s REJUVENIQE™. You can use this nourishing oil once a week as well as an oil treatment to give your hair the moisture it desperately needs to smooth out the frizz. You also can take an old toothbrush, spray it with hairspray, like MONAT’s Refinish Control Hairspray, and gently brush it on any wisps and flyaways to make them lie down.

Another spring hair trend is the “hair flip.” Flip your hair from one side to the other and you create natural volume. But what if your hair is simply flat flat flat? Sometimes using the wrong products, ones that are heavy and thick, could be causing your flatness. Or using conditioner all over your hair instead of just mid-length to ends can weigh it down. Find out about MONAT’s Volume SystemRevive Shampoo, Revitalize Conditioner and Reshape Root Lifter—to give your hair height and a lot of oomph!

See? These spring trends are doable. You just need to know the tricks!

Spring Is Officially Here! Are You Ready?

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March 20th was the vernal equinox, what we call spring. Flowers are peeking their buds out, birds’ chirps are wafting through the air and there’s a feeling of newness around the corner. Are you ready? Is your closet ready?

Each season fashion trends change, even slightly, and this spring we’re going to see a lot of stripes, waist-cinchers, khaki clothing and sleeve slits. If you take part in the slit sleeve trend, our advice is to up your bangle and bracelet game to add flair to your already cool ensemble. The khaki trench coat will be a staple to some. Slouchy fabrics, oversized buckles and extended silhouettes will take center stage.

In addition, lashes and brows are bigger than ever on the runway… and in real life! Who wouldn’t want long, full, luscious lashes that show off your eyes? And strong brows really frame your eyes and can literally change the look of your entire face.

What? You don’t have full lashes and brows? Well, now you can get them…with the new Eye Wonder Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum by MONAT.

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MONAT’s Eye Wonder is a high-performance serum with proprietary and clinically proven ingredients that help lashes and brows appear fuller, longer, healthier and rich with shine.* It contains Capixyl™, which helps to increase the strength and condition of lashes and brows. It also contain Fision KeraVeg 18, a vegetable-based alternative to animal keratin which strengthens and improves the luster of lashes and brows. Eye Wonder’s safe formula also protects from brittleness and eyelash breakage.

Between this season’s fresh new trends and luxurious lashes and brows, you’ll be ready to greet spring gorgeous and wide-eyed!

Prepare to be EYEdolized!

*As reported by focus group participants who applied MONAT’s Eye Wonder serum twice a day for 28 consecutive days. Results may vary.

Fashion Week Inspired Do’s & Don’ts

It’s not difficult to put together an outfit. Pair a top with a bottom and you’re done. But there’s a difference between regular outfits and outfits that make you feel like a million bucks. While everyone has their own distinctive style, a few new tips never hurt anyone. So to stay up to date on what to wear, here are some dos (and don’ts!) of dressing.

  • DO Try Denim in Unexpected Places: You can never go wrong with jeans or your classic denim jacket. However, one way to look 100% more fashionable this season is to test out denim in unexpected places like in a coat iteration or even on an accessory.
  • DON’T Go Overboard: While we love denim on denim, make sure you don't go overboard with your alternative denim pieces.

 

  • DO Mix Textures: There's nothing more forward-feeling and chic than mixing different textures like velvet, silk, cashmere and everything in between.
  • DON’T Look Like You’re Trying Too Hard: Mixing textures is great but make sure your separates still go together. Pay close attention to the colors and patterns so it doesn't look like you're trying too hard.

 

  • DO Go For Statement Boots: Right now we’re flooded with amazing boots in a wide array of interesting and unique patterns and textures—perfect to help you stand out from the crowd.
  • DON’T Just Stick to Basic Black: While black boots will always be in style, a little change (cue: statement boots) never hurt anyone.

 

  • DO Push for the Unexpected: Nothing is better than pushing the boundaries when it comes to fashion—like pairing two seemingly different styles of clothing together (like a nerd-chic sweater with a femme skirt).
  • DON’T Wear a Costume: While going for the different is fantastic, ensure that you're not just throwing together random items that scream costume!

 

  • DO Add Layers: Layering is not only crucial to keeping warm during winter but it's also the simplest way to look put together and fashionable.
  • DON’T Forget about Proportions: While layering is undoubtedly chic, there is such a thing as too much layering. Make sure to watch proportions. Don't bulk up too much with too many extra fabrics hanging about randomly.

 

When it comes to hair DO’s, low ponytails, ballerina buns, ultra-voluminous hair and the fringe cut are totally in. Use MONAT’s Sculpting Taffy to help strands stay in place!

 

*This blog was inspired by various fashion sources in the public domain.

New Year, New Style

It’s the New Year and you’re itching for a new hairstyle. After all, your hair is your crowning glory, right? But what to do when your locks are looking less glorious than usual? Well, it could be time not only to change the calendar but also to change your look! Shake things up a bit and discover a new do that is completely, uniquely and gorgeously you! Remember:

  • What was perfect for you years ago might not necessarily be so today. For example, you might feel that the cute hairstyle that once looked amazing on you is not as flattering anymore if you’re not used to seeing your face get rounder or slimmer.
  • The long, silky locks that were once your shining armor suddenly seem difficult to maintain with your busy lifestyle; you now barely have time to run a brush through your hair in the morning.
  • You are ever-changing… so why should your hairstyle remain the same?

Your mane can be beautiful in many shapes, cuts, and colors, but if you don’t want to take drastic measures, here are a few simple tricks without the need to use scissors or dyes:

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Pull Hair Back. Use a headband or wear a sleek ponytail to keep hair off your face, control flyaways and let your beautiful features take center stage. Spray on a little Refinish Control Hairspray by MONAT to keep hair in place.

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Tuck Hair Behind Your Ear. The easiest trick of all! It instantly highlights any cute new earrings. Make an X with bobby pins in the back to keep your style in place.

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Texturize. Give hair instant volume, waves and a soft, matte finish with a sea salt spray or a texturizing spray, like Tousled Texturizing Mist from MONAT.

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Switch Your Curling Iron. Tired of the same ringlets every morning? Switch to a bigger- or smaller-sized curling rod for a completely different look. Use a large, 2-inch barrel to get Old Hollywood waves.

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Try a Faux Bob. Have a quick fling with shorter hair by pulling your hair together at the nape of your neck, then tie with an elastic near the ends and tuck them under, pinning in place. Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy from MONAT will ensure strands don’t stray.

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Switch Your Part. Always wear a center part? Flip your hair to the side for instant lift. Always wear a side part? Try a center split for a more casual, bohemian feel.

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