Happy New Year, beautiful.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Start by Using the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.)
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
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.
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.
*This blog was inspired by various fashion sources in the public domain.