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!"

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!

LET’S ALL HELP SOUTHEAST TEXAS TOGETHER!

MONAT joins the country in sorrow over the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Many in the MONAT Family in Texas have been afflicted. Our hearts go out to those we know and all those we don’t know who are affected by this tragedy. But already we see that the crisis in Southeast Texas has united the country in support. Now is the time to serve in any way that you can.

As a company, MONAT will be supporting several efforts toward Hurricane Harvey relief. MONAT Global has made a donation of $10,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Global Giving, the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies with the tools, training, and one-on-one support needed to make the world a better place.

MONAT also is rallying its teams in the field to lend support as volunteers. We are encouraging everyone we can to help with donations, supplies and volunteerism.

Below are several articles with links that can tell you how to help in any way possible. Please, share the below information with everyone you know and encourage people to take action and donate their time. No matter how you help, you will be making a difference.

Share your Hurricane Harvey help efforts with us using #MONATGratitude so we can spread the word to motivate everyone to act NOW!

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What you can do to help people hit by Hurricane Harvey

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How to help Houston after Hurricane Harvey: Help by donating to these charities and emergency relief organizations.

(SBNation)

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Here's How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey

 (National Public Radio)

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United Ways Offer Hope and Help in Response to Hurricane Harvey

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How you can help animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey

(ABC 13 Eyewitness News)

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Please be careful, though. Unfortunately, scams have emerged that take advantage of this disaster. Please don’t be fooled. You can help – just use caution.

Don’t be fooled by Hurricane Harvey flood scams

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Thank you for stepping up to help out our fellow countrymen. Your efforts will be a reward in themselves.

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Get Creative! Different Hairstyles For Different Lengths!

No matter what length and texture your hair, there’s a style out there for you. But it can get overwhelming, especially because certain styles are best for specific seasons. To solve your hair dilemmas, here are some casual styles for different lengths of hair just for summer.

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Long Hair: Messy Side Pony

Cool and easygoing for summer, this longhaired style is relaxed yet still looks like you made an effort. Tousled Texturizing Mist will give you this easy look.

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Long Hair: Knotted Bun

Get rough and ready glamour with a low-slung knotted bun. This DIY style is easy… just twist and go! Use some Refinish Control Spray to keep the sides in place.

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Very Long Hair: Leather Wrapped Braids

These leather wrapped fishtail braids mix tough with pretty. It’s a simple braid with a leather tie—easy enough! Coat your hair with REJUVABEADS™ Oil Intensive while still wet to repair split ends and keep them at bay so the ends of your braids look sleek.

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Mid-Length Hair: Middle Part

A sleek hairstyle with a middle part is the perfect style for a party, a night on the town or any special occasion where you want to dress up a little…but not too much, which is what summer is all about! Use Blow Out Cream while styling to keep stranglers at bay.

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Mid-length Hair: Choppy Nouveaux Shag

Make a slightly uneven part, blow dry at your roots for a little volume using Reshape Root Lifter and let the bottom half fall in choppy layers. A perfectly sophisticated BUT EASY summer look!

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Chin-length Hair: Short Ponytail

Short hair can pull off a ponytail. Gather strands back into a band placed low. (Ponytails placed any higher on short hair look out of place.) Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy will keep everything neatly in place.

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Short African-American Hair: High Top

Short and au natural is the way to go. Keep it longish at the top so you can pick it out and have it short on the sides. Restore Leave-in Conditioner will keep the curls nicely hydrated. This is the hair for summer days!

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Short Hair: Layered Lob

This is the perfect casual hair for summer. Let the layers start midway down for volume. Then tousle the hair all over your head using Tousled Texturizing Mist and let it air dry. You’re good to go!

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Very Short Hair: Pixie Cut

The new cool girl pixie cut is shorn at the sides. Blend in some Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy at the top to keep it choppy. You can’t get cooler than this!

See? That wasn’t so difficult, was it? Now take your summer style and enjoy the lazy days ahead!

Change to Achieve Success with MONAT GLOBAL

Change To Achieve Success

Meet Samantha Kelly. Samantha is anything but your typical wife, mother or working woman. She’s an Executive Director with MONAT, a known leader in the social selling business. She’s a real star in the business and says she made a change to achieve success. Let’s hear her story!

What exactly did you change to achieve success?

I had a few "real jobs" and failed at them miserably. I didn’t like “following the rules” and being pinned to a time clock. As a result, I struggled financially for a while because I refused to give in to the employee life. I somehow knew if I pushed through the financially hard times, the right opportunity would appear. And that's exactly what happened with MONAT. I had been part of another company full-time for four years but realized it wasn’t my home and something bigger was in my future. That’s when I realized I needed to change to achieve success so I joined MONAT in October 2016.

 

Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.
—  Jim Rohn

 

What gratification does social selling give you?

In the beginning I loved making the money and knowing that I was providing for my family. But then I saw the big picture and what one can really do with this type of work. This is so much more than just a job. It’s given all of us who work at MONAT a platform to reach so many people and help them find their strong suit in life. When people realize if they change their mindset, they can change to achieve success and then anything is possible.

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How have you become so successful?

That's a loaded question! There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle of success but deep down it’s a desire for change so bad that nothing can set you back or stop you. I have been through some scary times with my health, at one point even beating death. So for me, nothing...and I mean nothing…can stop me from reaching my goals. I’ve learned not to let the small things get in the way and to appreciate every failure as a learning experience. I also learned a lot from a wonderful book called The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz. It’s extremely motivational for all areas of life. I always recommend it to my team!

What’s your advice for others who want to succeed at what they do?

I think you have to learn to retrain your brain for success. Failing, quitting, giving up…none of those phrases are on my radar. Our dreams are too big to leave any space in our heads for fear and doubt. Our brains are a powerful thing. You have to make a conscious decision to take control of it and give it what YOU want it to put out. Your brain is hungry; make sure you feed it with the right foods. And that means to take your desire, your passion and change to achieve success. For me, that change was MONAT.

Thank you, Samantha, for sharing your experience with us. She asked us to end our interview with another one of her favorite quotes:

 

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.
Don’t settle.
—  Steve Jobs

 

Art of Grooming - MONAT GLOBAL

Have You Mastered The Art Of Grooming?

Calling all men! How many of you have stepped into the 21st century and developed your own art of grooming ritual for your hair? Spending time in the bathroom – but we don’t mean lots of time! – is no longer reserved for women. Masculine hair and facial hair grooming is a habit that all men should embrace, regardless of your look.

Let’s Talk About Hair

The unkempt, grunge style of the 90s has long gone and the “man bun” is reserved for millennials. But there are still numerous ways to wear your hair. To give you an idea of the many ways you can wear your hair, pick up some men’s magazines, google “men’s hairstyles” and read a link like this. If you’re still at a loss for what to do with your hair, ask your stylist for advice.

Above all, any guy with a clue knows that the “just got a haircut” look is passé. Anyone who has an art of grooming knows your haircutter should practically be your friend…and a good friend, not a bad one! You certainly don’t want to be like Jim Morrison, who once said, “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.” A steady schedule of monthly visits to a good stylist to keep your hair shaped is vital to looking your best.

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Overwhelmed by Haircare Products?

Choosing hair products is often where men stumble. Which products should you use to clean and style your hair? The right products can make a huge transformation in your overall appearance. Save time by using MONAT's BLACK Shampoo + Conditioner 2-in1 system that cleanses and conditions hair while maintaining essential moisture. It also helps stimulate natural hair growth and who doesn't want that?

The art of grooming also includes styling your hair, even if you think styling is not for you. This is where choosing the right product becomes critical. Putting a finish on one’s hair is important for everyone, from hipster youth to athletic go-getters to seasoned executives. Remember, sloppy gets you nowhere. Try BLACK Groom Styling Clay to give you just the right hold (not too much!) and the variety you want in how your hair looks.

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Treat Your Facial Hair With Care!

Time to talk about your facial hair. If you wear it, regardless of length, it needs to be regularly trimmed and groomed. While beards are on trend right now, the Paul Bunyan look definitely is not in!
If you shave, shave like a master! Prepare your skin so your razor gives you a smooth, comfortable shave. Shave creams like BLACK Cream Shave is rich and soothing and helps open your pores to leave less redness. Finish off with BLACK Aftershave + Moisturizer to soothe skin, reduce ingrown hairs and leave a silky (not greasy!) feel!

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Remember, just as a stylish woman is admired, so is a man. Develop your own art of grooming and watch the heads turn!

The Next Chapter in Life

New Year's Day is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar. Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each New Year for at least four millennia. Today, most New Year’s festivities begin on New Year’s Eve and continue into the early hours of New Year’s Day. Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the New Year and watching fireworks displays.

In fact, each year millions of people around the world watch the iconic New York City tradition, the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight. This has occurred almost every year since 1907. Over time, the ball has expanded from a 700-pound iron-and-wooden orb to a brightly patterned and lighted sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing nearly 12,000 pounds.

But New Year’s is a time of reflection too. We at MONAT believe more in New Year’s intentions than in resolutions, which often are uninspiring, difficult to keep and typically peter out after a few months. Ask anyone who belongs to a gym; the gym packed in January with people full of determination to lose weight and get toned. By March, the gyms have emptied out.

Our philosophy is that intention differs in both spirit and practicality. Intentions set the tone and perspective for the New Year. This means rather than make a resolution to exercise and eat healthy, you would set a goal of listening to your body and making healthier choices. This is easier to adhere to and can be drawn upon to guide your decisions at any time.

New Year’s also is a time that the MONAT family surveys the past year and uses it to ask, “What do we intend to achieve this coming year?” We dig deep and affirm that we’re truly invested in fully living life. Having a goal puts a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious and subconscious level. These goals or intentions give our lives direction and help us think big.

As part of the MONAT family,
we invite you to ask along with us the following intentions:

  • What would you like to have happen in your life this year?
  • What would you like to do, to accomplish?
  • What good would you like to attract into your life?
  • What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you?
  • What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?
  • What would you like to attain?
  • Where would you like to go?
  • What would you like to have happen in friendship and love?
  • What would you like to have happen in your family life?
    What problems would you like to see solved?
  • What decisions would you like to make?
  • What would you like to happen in your career?

What you think about and dream about are your own personal intentions. But we invite you to share some intentions with us…to help others, to be grateful for what we have and to strive to do the very best we can do at any given moment. This New Year, the next chapter in our book of life is about to be written. Let’s write it together!

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Real People Real Results

Molly loves her MONAT! After seeing the results the products have had on her hair, who wouldn’t? In her own words:

“No frizz, so many curls and so defined! My hair is so healthy and shiny! I love MONAT! I will never put another product in my hair again!”

Molly McAnally

To begin transforming your hair like Molly, follow these simple tips**:

  • Wash and condition with Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-In Conditioner.
  • Place a quarter-size amount of Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy in the palm of your hand; add several drops of REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive. Use more or less product depending on the length of your hair.
  • Rub hands together and apply evenly throughout hair, scrunching with your hands.
  • Seal your natural look with Refinish Control Hairspray.
  • Once a week, apply Replenish Masque all over hair from roots to ends, leave in for 20 minutes, and rinse out thoroughly.
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Submit your Real Results to monatglobal.com/before-and-after for a chance to be featured in our next issue! *

*By submitting your photos to MONAT, you are automatically confirming that you are of legal age and that you assign MONAT and anyone authorized by MONAT the absolute and irrevocable right and permission to use, reproduce, edit, exhibit, project, display, copyright, and/or publish and circulate the photos in all forms and media for art, advertising, publicity, public displays, exhibitions, and/or any other purposes. You are also automatically confirming that you will not be compensated or receive any monies in return for MONAT's use of your photos. **Testimonials are not a guarantee as to outcomes. Individual results may vary.

The Science Behind Gratitude

At MONAT, gratitude is one of our core values. We believe that gratitude has the power to transform our perception. And science is backing us up. Within the past decade, there has been an increasing number of studies demonstrating that “gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships,” according to Harvard Medical School (2015).

Additional benefits resulting from a regular practice of gratitude, as found in a University of Birmingham study (2013), include:

• Few intellectual biases
• More helpfulness toward others
• Raised self-confidence
• Better work attitude
• Strengthened resiliency
• Less physical pain
• Improved health and longevity

And it doesn’t stop there! Extensive research reveals that those who actively practice being grateful for the things they have feel better mentally and physically compared to those who think more about what they lack in life. Research published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2009) showed that study participants who expressed gratitude frequently “slept better and longer than those who didn’t.”

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, studies the psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being. Scientists there have corroborated other findings about gratitude and found that people who make gratitude a consistent part of their life enjoy numerous other benefits:

• Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More joy, optimism, and happiness
• Acting with more generosity and compassion
• Feeling less lonely and isolated

Just What IS Gratitude?

The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratia, meaning grace or graciousness. As reported in the Harvard Mental Health Letter, “Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.”

Interestingly, whatever one’s current outlook toward life is, it’s possible to develop the trait of gratitude on one’s own. Here are some techniques you can use:

Take the Time to Write a Thank-you Note - You will make yourself happier and also can cultivate a relationship with a friend by writing a thank-you note, telling them how much you enjoy and appreciate how much they mean to you. Mail it or read it to them in person. Regularly send one gratitude letter a month. Occasionally even write one to yourself.

Why do this? A study at the University of Pennsylvania found that when study participants’ assignment was to write and personally deliver a letter of gratitude to someone they felt they had never truly thanked for a kind act, participants immediately exhibited a huge increase in happiness scores, with benefits lasting for a month. Other research reinforces this concept.

Thank Someone Mentally - You get the same benefits of gratitude if you simply think about someone who has done something nice for you and thank the person in your mind.

Keep a Gratitude Journal - Develop a daily habit to write down thoughts about the gifts of life you've received that day. In a study at the University of Miami, those who wrote about gratitude vs. those who wrote about things that displeased them for a 10-week period were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Interestingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.

Count your blessings - Decide on a special time each week to sit back and write about your blessings, contemplating about the good things that happened or what you are grateful for. When you write, focus and remember how you felt and what your mood was like when something good happened.

Gratitude makes people appreciate what they have versus continually wanting something new, thinking that will make them happier…or believing they can't feel satisfied until all their physical and material needs are satisfied. Gratitude enables people to gain joy from what they have instead of feeling pessimistic or down over what they don’t have.

At MONAT, we make gratitude a way of life. We share our time, our energy and our resources with our families, friends, partners, clients and customers. You can too! At MONAT, this is Gratitude Week. Embrace it, share it and make the most of it!

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