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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Halloween Hairstyles with MONAT

Apart from making your costumes look more impressive, you should also pay attention to your Halloween hair look. An attractive hairstyle will be a big bonus to your overall style.
Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Halloween hairstyles to help you transform into something different on this special day. All you need is a head of hair and a few MONAT products. Let’s begin!


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The Purr-fect Lioness


  • Prep hair for big, voluminous curls. Note: second-day hair is best, as it holds curls better.
  • Spray Reshape Root Lifter onto roots and blow-dry upward. Then mist with Tousled Texturizing Mist.
  • Curl hair in small 1-inch sections. The smaller the section, the tighter the curl and the tighter the curl, the bigger the hair!
  • Apply Moxie Magnifying Mousse evenly throughout hair. On the ends use your fingers to separate the curls and loosen it all up.



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The Mesmerizing Mermaid


  • Shampoo hair with Revive Shampoo.
  • Condition with Revitalize Conditioner.
  • After towel-drying, spray Reshape Root Lifter at the roots in big horizontal sections.
  • Blow-dry in vertical sections away from the face with a medium round brush. Make sure roots are dry for maximum volume. *Time saver* Blow-dry the hair with your head upside down; focus on the roots.
  • Curl hair in one-inch vertical sections away from the face using a medium-size curling iron.

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The Glamorous Zebra


Believe it or not, this look was created without the need
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  • Shampoo hair with Revive Shampoo twice.
  • Condition with Revitalize Conditioner.
  • After towel-drying, apply Moxie Magnifying Mousse from roots to ends in big horizontal sections.
  • Blow-dry in horizontal sections lifting hair up with a medium round brush. Make sure roots are dry for maximum volume.
  • Tease hair in horizontal sections from the top section of your hair. Then use The Champ: Conditioning Dry Shampoo for more volume and extra texture.
  • Pin both sides back with bobby pins, and use Grooming Styling Clay to smooth hair. Braid the ends of your hair and again, use a small amount of Grooming Styling Clay to keep the braid in place.
  • Spray Refinish Control Hairspray all over your new do to hold it in place all night.



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Posh Doll


  • Shampoo hair with Revive Shampoo twice.
  • Condition with Revitalize Conditioner.
  • After towel drying, add Restore Leave-In Conditioner from roots to ends. Then layer a small amount of Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy. Add a small amount of Refinish Control Hairspray.
  • Blow-dry with a paddle brush.
  • Part hair down the middle and make pigtails.
  • Curl hair in one-inch sections away from head using medium size curling iron.
  • Use Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy on the ends of your hair to create separation and texture.
  • Spray Refinish Control Hairspray all over your hair to set your style in place, and give it shine.
  • Tie ribbons around pigtails.
Now that you’re ready for Halloween, don’t forget to snap photos of your new do and share them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #sharemymonat.

Back-to-School with MONAT

From streamlining your morning hair routine, to back-to-school accessories, here’s everything you need for heading back to class.

Back-to-school means waking up at the crack of dawn. Let’s face it: you shouldn’t have to spend hours styling your hair for your first day of class.  Embrace your natural locks and wear your hair proudly with the help of MONAT’s naturally based, botanical products.

The Balance Treatment System is the perfect system for the guy or girl on the go. You see, the products found in this system are designed to work together to restore balance and combat frizz. No frizz = less time styling hair in the morning + silky smooth blowouts. Yes please!

Oh and as with all MONAT products, the Balance Treatment System is salt and sulfate-free, and it helps boost natural hair growth. Sounds like a win/win to me.

The Stylized Treatment System will ensure your smooth, luscious locks, or big, bouncy curls stay in place. Or, if you have second-day-hair, it’ll help you part and place each strand where you want it, as this system offers you a variety of options for styling your hair: Taffy, hairspray, and texturizing mist.

Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive, our flagship product, is a great multi-purpose oil to keep in your bag. Use it to moisturize and hydrate skin, smooth pesky flyaways, remove pen marks plus more!

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MONATGear.com offers great options of branded gear for you (or your little ones!). Become an ambassador of our brand. These cool pieces are conversation starters.

The MONAT Vertical Steel Bottle is an eco-friendly, reusable bottle that is sure to keep your beverages warm or cold. Perfect for days spent outdoors, or for hydrating on your way to class.

Get down to business with this MONAT Messenger bag. A stylish and comfortable alternative to a backpack! For those who desire a more traditional bag, this MONAT Security Compu-Backpack is a great option to organize your school supplies (and keep your laptop safe and secure).

There’s nothing worse than walking to class and getting hit by a downpour of rain. Instead, stay dry with this compact umbrella.

So now that you’re done reading this blog post, head over to our YouTube channel and browse our playlists! ☺

Hair Trends for the Last Days of Spring

With spring already here and summer just around the corner, it’s time to look ahead at the next hairstyle trends.


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  • After washing hair with BLACK 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner, rub a dime-sized amount of BLACK Groom Styling Clay between hands and apply all over hair.
  • Add height and volume by blow-drying upwards and to the side using a medium-sized round brush.
  • To add shine, rub two drops of REJUVENIQE™ between hands and apply directly to ends.
  • Finish with Refinish Control Hairspray.



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  • Prep hair by washing with your favorite MONAT Shampoo and Conditioner.
  • Next, towel dry hair to reduce frizz.
  • Spray a concentrated amount of Tousled Texturizing Mist to strands as evenly as possible. Pro tip: emulsify the product in your hands and scrunch it into the hair if that is easier.
  • Next, add a few drops of REJUVENIQE™ to hands and spread evenly throughout ends.
  • Finish with Refinish Control Hairspray.

What is Ecaille?

We can easily spot celebs like Gisele Bündchen, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara on the red carpet by their signature “bronde” hair, also known as the ecaille tortoiseshell technique. With A-list celebrities rocking the trend, it’s no surprise this is the latest hair color to take the red carpet by storm.

What exactly is ecaille? According to experts, it’s a technique where you blend the two trends of the last few years ombré and sombré. The trick to achieving the perfect tortoiseshell effect is to tie together the more bold and extreme look of ombré and marry it with a darker root, while still taking a cue from the sombré look, remaining soft and subtle throughout. According to experts, this technique offers more dimension throughout the hair and you can do it with different tones depending on your skin tone.

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The great thing about the tortoiseshell hair trend is the darker, visible roots which make upkeep a breeze. You don’t have to go to the salon every four weeks so it’s a wonderful low maintenance look for clients who are busy around the clock. Like previous trends, it’s important to protect this signature hair color with a naturally based, sulfate-free shampoo like MONAT.

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MONAT products contain Cordasorb™, a powerful formula that packs an intense defense against oxidative stress, protecting the color (and hair) from the sun’s damaging rays and UVB damage. In other words, it helps keep color vibrant. You’ll also want to ensure your ends are kept healthy and hydrated; mix a couple drops of Rejuveniqe into your palms and apply evenly throughout hair for extra shine and perfection.

For more photos of the ecaille tortoiseshell technique, follow the link to Pinterest.

Spring 2016 Hair Styles

With spring already he and summer just around the corner it’s time to think about what the latest hairstyle trends are going to be. While you’re working towards that beach body don’t forget to work on keeping your mane healthy, strong and gorgeous all season long! 

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Side Swipe

As you know, MONAT is not just for women! We’re loving the rugged sophistication look paired with a side swept hairstyle. We can bet you’ll be sure to turn heads at the beach, or the ballpark. It’s totally up to you!
 
After washing hair with BLACK 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner, rub a dime-sized amount of BLACK Groom Styling Clay between hands and apply all over hair. Add height and volume by blow-drying upwards and to the side using a medium-sized round brush. To add shine, rub two drops of REJUVENIQE™ between hands and apply directly to ends. Finish with Refinish Control Hairspray
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The Sleek, Sexy Ponytail

Exude “Sophisticated Sleekness” with the high, pushed-back ponytail. 
 
Apply REJUVENIQE™ to prep hair for an updo. Use a nylon and boar bristle brush to smooth strands. Smooth the sides with ReStyle Instant Sculpting Taffy then spritz on Refinish Control Hairspray. Lastly, take a small section of hair from underneath it and wrap it around the bungee to conceal its appearance for a chic, pulled-together look. 
 
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The Breezy Bombshell

Warm up your look for the season! 
 
First prep hair by washing with your favorite MONAT Shampoo and Conditioner. Next, towel dry hair to reduce frizz. Spray a concentrated amount of Tousled Texturizing Mist to strands as evenly as possible. Pro tip: emulsify the product in your hands and scrunch it into the hair if it makes it easier for you. Next, add a few drops of REJUVENIQE™ to hands and spread evently throughout ends. Finish with Refinish Control Hairspray
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