Crimps, Braids & Accessories. Just a Few of our Favorite Things

Trendsetting is a year-round endeavor. But there’s one week in particular where the eyes, ears and interest of fashionistas the world over land in one place: New York Fashion Week. It’s a week where style innovation meets reimagined classics. Where catwalks extend from the runway to Broadway. Where setting the scene means being seen in creatively layered ensembles and understated hair accessories. New York Fashion Week 2019 offered this and more in an atmosphere we can best describe as extra – in all the right ways. Let’s take a look at all the ‘dos, styles, and perfectly extra trends that defined the week.
Crimping Is Back
Style is cyclical and after New York Fashion Week, we couldn’t be more ready to Crimp Like It’s 1999. There are a few fun reasons we’re excited about this trend resurfacing. First, modern twists on throwback hairstyles – we’re sure our middle school selves will be jelly of our 2019 crimps –is fun! Second, crimping offers a moment for individuality because no two crimps are created equal, so it’s all about finding the aesthetic that works for you! Search the hashtag #CrimpedHair on Instagram for some inspiration. Be sure to share YOUR do as well with the hashtag #MONATStyle!
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High Ponytails Are Out
Ariana Grande made the high ponytail trendy, but we’re saying “thank you, next” after New York Fashion Week 2019. Low ponytails captured the buzz – and our attention – and we’re here for it. Low ponytails are versatile while capturing stylistic simplicity. They work with almost any outfit whether you have straight, wavy, or curly locks. And because most low ponytails are styled loosely, you can probably kiss ponytail headaches goodbye. Check this cute look out!
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Hair Accessories…So In Right Now!
No outfit is complete without the perfect accessory. Well, the same goes for your hairstyling! Or, better yet, days when you don’t actually feel like styling. A sweet headpiece or accessory is the perfect thing for those days when you’re running around town from the bank to the supermarket, but still want to look cute. The runways and sidewalks of New York were peppered with girls rocking simple buns or straight, layered styles with their looks complemented by head scarves and bandanas.
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Our biggest takeaway from New York Fashion Week is that we should all feel free to be a little extra, have a lot of fun, and be all the way stylish.
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Get the Look, Guys: Best 2019 Men's Hairstyles

Get the Look, Guys: Best 2019 Men’s Hairstyles

There’s no question about it, 2019 is going to be the year for men’s hairstyles.
Men are exploring more bolder cuts than ever before, ranging from dramatic undercuts to classic volume-heavy pompadours and beyond.
Regardless of your hair length and aesthetic preferences, there is a trendy men’s hairstyle out there that will work for you.
And this year’s trends have one aspect in common: classic styles with a modern twist.
The best part? Each style has its own level of versatility, making them easy to tailor them to your personal preferences and your unique style.
The combination of the right cut and the right products can truly turn you into a new man in 2019.
So, if it’s time to reinvent yourself, one of the best ways to do this is to start with your hair.
Here are the 2019 men’s hairstyles that we love the most:

1. The Style: Pompadour

The pompadour is a classic style with a ton of room for your own spin. The only rule is that the top is long and high-volume; the sides and details are a blank slate.
You can go ultra-modern by pairing your pompadour with a high fade; classic with medium-length sides slicked back; or even get a skin fade for an ultra-dramatic contrast.
There’s also room to experiment on the top. While the classic pompadour has single-length long hair on the top slicked straight back, the modern pompadour can be anything, as long as it’s voluminous.
You can have a textured top; a natural top; a slicked-back top; a top that fades into your sides—the choice is really yours.
Pompadour Styling Tips: For best results, style your pompadour with a high-hold sculpting product, such as Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy. Sculpting products provide both texture and structure, giving the style the appearance of more volume and dimension while also keeping your strands in place.
Begin styling your pompadour after towel-drying, but while hair is still damp. Rub some sculpting taffy between your palms until it’s warm, then palm it through your hair and use your fingers to work your hair up and back.
Depending on the type and length of cut, you may want to use a paddle brush or a round brush to add volume by brushing upward while styling. Use a heat insulating spray to protect your hair, then quick-set your pompadour in place by using a blow dryer on warm. You can also let your hair dry naturally for more of a rough-edged look.

2. The Style: Quiff

The quiff is similar to the pompadour, but with a little more dramatic flair. The top of the pompadour and the trim sides of the flattop are both key components of this hybrid, 1950s hairstyle—and it’s making a comeback in 2019.
The hair starts long in the front, and gradually fades into a short back and sides. The very front is the longest, and it’s usually worn tousled to look tall and dramatic.
The sides are almost always even with the back, and a classic quiff has uniform length everywhere except up top. Modern quiffs experiment with different lengths, keeping the ultra-long forelock as the style’s defining factor.
Quiff Styling Tips: Styling a quiff can be low-key if you sweep the long front backward and down, or it can be attention-grabbing when you style it upward and back. Plenty of men love this style because it can switch between work-appropriate and night-ready at the drop of a hat.
For a casual quiff, a moderate-hold mousse such as Moxie Magnifying Mousse helps separate the layers and create texture while giving enough structure that your hair stays up all day.
For the classic attention-grabbing quiff, you’ll want to combine multiple products to get the look you need. Reshape Root Lifter helps to add volume where it counts, and BMONAT BLACK Groom Styling clay helps hold your hair airborne.

3. The Style: Undercut

The classic undercut is striking indeed, with close-shaved sides playing stark contrast to a long top. By itself, this is a cut with a lot of versatility. The long top can be worn to the side, swept forward, slicked back, worn with a lot or little product, mousse, or nothing at all.
Modern undercuts boast variation. Depending on your style and the way you want to wear your hair, you can choose to fade the sides or shave them close; texture the top or leave it an even length; even choose an asymmetrical undercut and only shave one side.
Undercut Styling Tips: You generally won’t need to style the sides of your undercut, since they are too short to add product, or need it. The type of product you keep on hand for the top depends on the look you’re trying to achieve, and the length and type of cut on top.
For instance, if you have texturized hair on top with many different lengths, you can make the most out of that variance by using a hair clay such as MONAT BLACK Groom Styling clay. Start with slightly damp hair, and work a small amount of styling clay between your palms, then through your strands.
A high-hold gel might be the necessary solution for a sleek, slicked-back undercut, followed by a healthy dose of hairspray for all-day hold.

4. The Style: Fade

A fade is characterized by short hair on the sides that tapers downward, getting shorter as it reaches toward the nape. Some fades are extra-short, called skin fades.
The fade comes in many shapes these days, with the classic high-and-tight fade still being one of the most popular looks. However, it’s not the only one; variants include a low, dramatic fade, or a mid fade for the best of both types.
What makes a fade unique is what you do with the top. The side will always fade from hair to skin, but the top can take any number of style elements from other looks, making it truly your own.
Some men leave the hair long and comb it back or over, while others texturize it and go for a natural, finger-combed look on top. You can also combine faded sides with a short top for a look that’s tight and put-together all around.
Fade Styling Tips: The sides of your fade will rely on hair care more than styling products to look great, so give your hair a good foundation with a clarifying shampoo and conditioner, such as Smoothing Shampoo.
For the top, you’ll want to keep a styling product on hand that works with your length.
A cream paired with a texturizing spray works for moderate lengths and natural looks, while pomades and waxes are best for long, tight, put-together tops. For any look, add hairspray for lasting power.

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New Hair, New You in 2019

No matter what look you decide to make yours in 2019, you’ll need the right combination of care and styling products to keep it looking stellar. From shampoo and conditioner to heat protection, to hold products and beyond, the quality of the products you put on your hair makes a difference.
Become part of MONAT’s VIP program and get the products you need, shipped right to your door when you need them, at better prices. What are you waiting for? Better hair could be the life change you need this year!
14 Valentine’s Day Hairstyles That Will WOW You

14 Valentine’s Day Hairstyles That Will WOW You

This Valentine’s Day, like hundreds of Valentine’s Days before it, you will undoubtedly spend time agonizing over the perfect look to bring your sweetheart (or potential love interest) to his or her knees.
What will you wear? Which Valentine’s Day hairstyles would work for your hair?
One of the biggest variables and causes of seriously undue stress is what to do with your tresses for perfect Valentine’s Day hair.
To help you find some more specific and festive inspiration, we’ve come up with 15 Valentine’s Day hairstyles, ranging from the festive and cute to true show-stoppers to impress your sweetheart this year.
1. Dress it Up with a Ribbon. This idea is so versatile that the possibilities are really endless.
A simple ribbon in satin or velvet will bring just the right amount of festivity to a night out. Keep it simple with classic black, or go red, pink, or white to match your Valentine’s getup or lend a pop of color to an all-black ensemble.
You can pull it all up or tie only half. Wind it around an ultra-high bouncy pony for a voluminous look or low on the nape of the neck for a romantic vibe. This works with ringlets, classic waves or sleek straight locks.
2. Try a Romantic Braid Updo. This boho style is undeniably sweet and pairs best with soft makeup and flowy feminine looks like lace or floral prints.
Simply part your hair wherever you like and fashion two simple french braids in a narrow strip along the sides of your head. When you reach the crown, switch to a classic braid to the ends of your strands. Pull your remaining hair up into a messy bun and secure with pins.
You can curl loose ends if you so desire. Pull the tails of your braids so they overlap, tuck the tail ends in, and secure with bobby pins. You can keep it sleek or pull tresses out for a messier look.
3. Add a Sparkly Costume Barrette. Statement barrettes are back in a major way this year. Floral designs, butterflies, or simple rows of rhinestones or gemstones will all add interest and festivity to the simplest hairstyle. Go half up, side-swept, or clip into a chic updo.
4. Try a Hair Bow Bun. If you are running short on time and have super long hair, this quick, easy-but-fabulous style is your friend.
Bonus: This style works best on two-to-three days of unwashed hair. We won’t tell! We recommend starting by working REJUVENIQE light by MONATTM from the middle of the hair to the ends as a leave-in treatment to tame flyaways and frizzies.
Position a high pony on the top of your crown and top knot it with an elastic, leaving a 2-inch tail at the back. Part the bun in the center and pull the tail of the top knot to the front, pinning the ends under the elastic. Fluff out the bun and pin the ends of the sides to your head. Secure any errant strands in place with more pins.
Voila! This could be the cutest and easiest of all Valentine’s Day hairstyles.
5. Form a Heart-Shaped Bun. You can buy a heart-shaped bun-maker, or you can simply twist pipe cleaners (at least two thick so they hold their shape) into a heart shape and use that to roll your hair around instead. Either way, this is a serious low maintenance look that seems like it took forever to master, and arguably the most festive of our Valentine’s Day hairstyles.
Pull your hair into a pony wherever you’d like on your head and place the heart bun maker around the pony, slide to the end and slowly roll hair around the tool, securing the ends in place with bobby pins as you go.
6. Turn Your Heart or Bow Bun into a Half-up Bun with Loose Waves. This look has the cute festive look of the buns with an added sultry element of wavy locks. Pull the top half of your hair into a pony and use either of the two above bun techniques. Then use your favorite wave-making tool for flawless waves.
Bonus: When you only have to curl the bottom half of your head, it takes half the time!
7. Attempt an Iconic Lucille Ball updo. Though the result is uber classy and high glamour, this high-maintenance pompadour look is going to take some serious effort, so make sure you have the time and patience to pull it off. We recommend using our Hair Transformation Masque ahead of time (or afterward) so your locks remain in tip-top shape.
Grab the smallest curling iron you can find and section off your hair, making perfect rolls with the iron and pinning them down. Allow your hair to set before removing the pins. Comb the side sections back toward the back of the crown and pin down neatly. Take the pins out of the top section and pin down into position so the ends hang loose (we suggest looking at a picture of Lucille Ball’s hair for reference as you do this). Lastly, unpin the very front curl and make it curl under uniformly, pinning the ends in place if you don’t have bangs.
8. Shine Bright with a Metallic Ultra-high Pony. Get yourself a supply of light-catching metallic braiding cord in silver, gold, or trendy rose gold. This front bumped and voluminous pony will definitely turn heads.
Apply Reshape Root Lifter at the roots for added volume at the scalp. Secure an elastic high on the crown and wrap a length of braided cord around the elastic and keep wrapping upward and tye at your desired height. You can curl sections of the pony or leave it sleek and flip out the ends.
9. Play it Classy with a Timeless Chignon. This is perhaps the most refined hairstyle in history. No one can deny the simple elegance of this ladylike look. The understated chignon shines all on its own and pairs well with a full face of makeup or over-the-top outfit.
If you want a more modern take on this classic, try a braid, barrette, or even flowers in your chignon.
10. Straight, Sleek, and Off Your Face. To the untrained eye, you are wearing your hair down and straight, but there’s definitely more going on here.
This simple but eye-catching look gets it’s signature style from healthy, shiny hair, a center part, pumping up the volume at the crown with Reshape Root Lifter, and securing the front pieces back behind the ears with bobby pins.
We recommend prepping your hair with the Restructuring Hair Care Collection to improve shine and bounce, running a flat-iron through it, and finishing with Inner Force Restructuring Serum.
11. Opt for the Clipped Back Side Swoop. This style is getting lots of attention for the bob and lob fans out there, as it works perfectly to dress up medium to short hair Apply Tousled Texturizing Mist, section off hair, and use your go-to tousled waving tool throughout, making sure your waves vary in width and tightness.
Rub Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy into your palms and apply to curls to invoke that “I woke up like this” vibe. Finally, part your hair liberally to one side, and swoop the other all the way back to the crown of your head, securing with a long, curved barrette, placed vertically.
12. Sexy Voluminous Bed-Head. Messy styles are all the rage this year. As Valentine’s Day hairstyles go, nothing will excite your partner more than that sexy, tousled look reminiscent of how it might look later. Before styling, apply root lifter, tip your head upside down, and work through the hair at the roots.
Section off your hair and use your favorite curling iron or wave tool to get your favorite sized-waves or ringlets. After curls are set, spray with a holding mist and then flip your head upside down again, shaking out the curls.
Flip your head back up, perfect your tousled tresses with your fingers, and spritz again.
13. Try a Pulled-Apart Side Braid. Your basic diagonal movement french braid that starts on one side of your crown and slants down the opposite shoulder. When the braid is secured with a mini elastic, strategically pull and fluff loops of the braid out, creating an artful, voluminous, messy braid.
This look is beautiful on its own for more dramatic makeup/getup, but flowers would be a show-stopping addition to more a more conservative ensemble.
14. Loose Waves with a Side Swept Pull-Apart Braid. The concept of the braid is the same as above, but the braid wraps around the front hairline and swirls toward the back. Use your favorite messy-wave making tool to get that tousled look.

Valentine’s Day ‘Dos You Will Love

With so many great hairstyles for Valentine’s Day to choose and fall in love with, your biggest problem will be narrowing it down to just one. Luckily, most of these ideas are perfect for any date night or special occasion.

How to Celebrate Your Besties on Galentine’s Day

What’s Galentine’s Day you ask? Only the best holiday created by a fictional character. Yes, even better than Festivus.
Leslie Knope, the main character of NBC’s hit sitcom Parks and Recreation, coined the term Galentine’s Day. As Leslie put it, Galentine’s Day would be a day for ladies to celebrate ladies – without worrying about gifts from the guys. The idea made SO much sense that, of course, it’s now a real holiday!
So, how should you celebrate your lady friends on February 13th? Consider these fun activities to show your besties how much you love and appreciate them.

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Customize a Gift Basket
We appreciate everything that guys do for us, but when you get down to it, women know what women really want. So, why not craft a Galentine’s Gift Basket for your closest friends?
Fill it with things that you know they really need and will appreciate – moisturizer of their favorite scent or some guilty-pleasure treats (that they never get for themselves).
Consider gift cards for your favorite place to get lunch together, or for clothes that they’re actually going to wear instead of cliché of Valentine’s lingerie. We do love the collection of comfy tees and leggings in our apparel store.

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Host a Spa Experience
Spa days are the ultimate treat, but they can run a little pricey. Save the expensive day trip for the S.O. to purchase while you and your friends celebrate with a little DIY action.
Consider any of the following items to primp and pamper together:
See if your friends can split the responsibilities (one makes the drinks, another instructs on exfoliation, etc). Then, set up a couple rooms ahead of time to better relax and enjoy your time together.
Galentine’s Day on a weekday? No worries!Take a rain check and make your plans to hang out Friday or Saturday night.

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Meet Up for a Ladies’s Night (or Morning!)
Honestly, sometimes sharing a few drinks with your best friends is the best way to unwind after a busy day. Agree that you’ll all cut out of off work a little early for Galentine’s Day, and take advantage of your favorite Happy Hour.
Just be sure to have a DD or plan to hire an Uber together. Though, if you inform your partner ahead of time, and if he is REALLY looking to be your Valentine’s, he may even offer to pick you up.
If you’re not a night owl, then an early morning get-together would be a perfect start to your Galentine’s Day. Take a little extra time in the morning to meet for a leisurely brunch where you can chat exchange gifts.
While you’re with the girls, use this opportunity to share your excitement for our new Refer a Friend program. Here’s how it works: share your unique referral link (available to you in your VIP suite) to invite your friends to join MONAT, you’ll receive a $20 referral credit for each new VIP who signs up! Best of all, the new VIP will also enjoy a $20 credit that can be applied to their first qualifying Flexship!
We hope this blog post inspires you to make time for your girls. After all, it’s your day together – celebrate it in a way that celebrates what you mean to each other!
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5 Ways to Have an Unforgettable Valentine’s on a Budget

At its heart, Valentine’s Day is a moment to cherish and celebrate a romantic partner and your relationship together. While this should be one of the happiest days of the year, all too often stress and anxiety about having “the perfect day” can ruin the moment.
First things first, realize that you do not need to spend a large amount of money to give your partner the perfect Valentine’s Day experience. Your partner will always love and cherish a moment that you put real thought and care into over a fancy dinner and expensive gift done just to fulfill an expectation.
So, if you really want to have a day to remember without breaking the bank, consider any of these five options.

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Plan a Thoughtful Night In
Valentine’s Day lands on a weekday this year, so chances are getting out may be more trouble than it’s worth. Simply getting a few hours to relax with each other can be the best date of all– especially if you go the extra mile.
  • Volunteer to make your partner’s favorite dinner. Or, even better, work together to make a memorable meal.
  • Be sure to be a little extra with how you prepare the dinner – dress up a bit, light some candles, open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving.
  • Clean and decorate a little ahead of time, to help clear your minds and put you in a better mood.
  • Make a playlist of your favorite songs, both for the dinner and for the time you’re relaxing together after.

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Create a DIY Gift Basket
Gifts are an essential part of a celebration. They help to mark the occasion and can serve as a special surprise for your loved one. That doesn’t mean you need to go “all out” on the one perfect gift – a selection of thoughtful items will have the same impact.
  • Chocolates are the expected sweet gift for Valentine’s, but don’t be afraid to break the mold if your partner prefers other treats. Nuts, fruits, or hard candies can be just as delicious.
  • Take those treats and arrange them in a Valentine’s Day-themed mug or red and white dish. The extra effort helps show your appreciation.
  • If you really would like to craft something unique for your partner, consider taking inspiration from any of these DIY gifts. We especially like the #10 book safe, the #24 map themed coasters and the #75 flavored salts.
  • There is nothing that says “I love you” more than taking your time to put your own words down on paper. A sincere letter about your true feelings will be something your partner will cherish for years.

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Enjoy a Casual Date Night
Have a little more freedom on hand and want to spend a night out? You still don’t have to book weeks ahead for prix fixe menus and formal theatres. A casual date night not only will be easier to plan ahead, it’ll be easier on the bank account as well.
  • Not all romances are tragic, a night of laughs can be a great time. Look for local comedy shows, stand-ups, or improv troupes that you and your partner can enjoy.
  • Not afraid to laugh at each other? Try finding a bar or arcade that offers karaoke. This could also be an amazing double date opportunity.
  • Dinner and a movie may sound cliché, but as always, it’s the thought that counts. If nothing great is playing at the local cinema, consider taking in a college theatre production or other small venue show.
  • If you and your partner enjoy alcoholic drinks, take a tour of a brewery or distillery. Local crafting is huge right now, and chances are you have a nearby location where you can enjoy a tasting menus for a wide variety of flavors.

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Spend a night “out”
Going out doesn’t mean you have to settle for one location. If you enjoy good weather in February then walking around and exploring your hometown or nearby city can make for a very memorable night.
  • Up for an urban adventure? Visit local landmarks, museums, and art galleries. They tend to not be as crowded as other entertainment options and less expensive.
  • Or, if you prefer the lure of the great outdoors, you could enjoy a hike, a beach picnic, or a snowshoeing adventure – depending on your local climate, of course.
  • A picnic lunch (for the day) or wine and desserts (for the evening) can be a great time together either in a local park or just in your backyard.
  • If the weather is really on your side, consider watching the sunset and then some comfortable stargazing from a nearby location. If the weather isn’t great, you could always go with the “night in” plan.

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Share the Love
Love is greatest when it’s shared, so don’t feel like your Valentine’s Day has to be spent with just your partner. Special nights with friends and family can be even more enriching when you embrace the other relationships in your lives.
  • Can’t find a babysitter for the kids? Plan a family game night with desserts and hot chocolate. It’ll be a great opportunity to pull them away from their mobile devices.
  • If you have family members who are alone on Valentine’s, consider making plans to invite them over – especially if they’ve just lost their own partner. Just that one night could mean the world to them.
  • A day of service could also make the difference for someone’s life. Volunteering for your church, shelter, food bank, or local charity may not be the traditional idea of a Valentine’s date, but it might end up being the one you’ll remember for a lifetime.
No matter what you decide to do for your partner on Valentine’s Day, just remember that the thought, care and presentation will put into it will give you both with more than any amount you can spend.
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How to Take Care of Your Skin in the Winter Season

The weather outside is frightful, but that doesn’t mean your skin has to be!
Taking care of your skin when the weather is frigid can be challenging.
Cold air outside usually means that we are boosting the heat inside, which leads to excessive dryness.
Additionally, cold air can lead to chafing and redness, both of which are painful and unsightly.
Luckily, you can avoid all the pitfalls of cold weather by amping up your skin care routine.
Following the right winter care tips can mean the difference between living under a thick coat of Vaseline and stepping out into the chill fresh-faced and ready to face the world.
Read on for some top tips on how to take care of skin in winter.

Boost Your Moisturizing Regimen

Moisturizing often is one of the best things you can do for your face during the winter. The simple act of going outdoors in the cold threatens the moisture barrier of your skin, which causes the skin to dehydrate. The results? Cracked, dry, flaky skin that is painful to touch and look at.
You can nip this threat in the bud by using products chemically formulated to support dry skin all winter.
Improve your moisture routine by trying different products, including:
  • Gel moisturizers, which are lightweight and comfortable to wear while packing a serious punch in the hydration department.
  • Creams, which are heavier and moisturize more aggressively, although they can be comedogenic for some people.
  • Products containing glycerin help form a barrier between the skin and the environment to help protect it against the physical threats of winter.
  • Products containing ceramides are natural fats found in the skin’s outer layers. You can help fix winter-related damage and dryness by replenishing your skin with ceramides.
Moisturizers tend to be highly individual in terms of results and skin types. This means you might have to try several different products before you find your “holy grail.”
Remember, you can also boost your skin’s hydration levels by simultaneously boosting your body’s hydration level: Try drinking more water!

Why You Should Be Careful About Exfoliating

Exfoliating daily might work for you just fine in the summer, but it’s not always the easiest on your skin once the temperatures begin to fall or drop below freezing. Consider dialing back your exfoliation, or even skipping it altogether until the winter is over.
Chemical exfoliation is still quite effective when done one to three times per week, so gradually reduce the frequency until you begin to see the results you want without damaging your skin.
If you have sensitive skin, then you shouldn’t exfoliate more often than once a week. Combination and normal skin types can often go up to three times a week without exfoliating during the winter, but be cautious. Every individual’s skin reacts differently, so avoid subjecting your skin to unnecessary damage by over exfoliating.

What If I Exfoliate Too Often?

Exfoliating too often in the winter leads can cause a number of troublesome effects, which include:
  • Dryness
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Micro-cuts and cracks in the surface of the skin
  • Acne breakouts from over-irritation
Basically, if your face is painful or looks painful after exfoliating, then you might be overdoing it. You can help mitigate some of the damage from over-exfoliating by:

1. Taking a break from exfoliating.
2. Moisturizing more often while your skin heals.
3. Using healing serums that contain ingredients such as tea tree oil.
4. Avoiding exposure to the cold, when and where possible.

Try Healing and Nourishing Masks

Just like a regular hair mask helps get your locks back to shining health after a dull winter, healing and nourishing skin masks perform the same function. The best part is, you can implement masks into your winter relaxation routine and make it a part of your daily self-care regimen. After all, pleasant habits are the easiest ones to form.

Take a Supplement for Skin Health

Nutrition plays a huge role in how your skin reacts to the harsh winter chill. Just like you can take a multivitamin to boost your overall body health, you can take a skin health supplement to boost the health of your skin.

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What is in a Skin Health Supplement?

Some ingredients you should look for in a skin health supplement include the following:
  • Aloe extracts, which may help boost elasticity
  • Vitamin A, also known as beta-carotene, which helps address poor skin health due to deficiency
  • Biotin, which provides the structural proteins that keep your hair in shape
  • Zinc, which helps increase cell turnover and encourage more youthful skin
A great supplement that includes all of these ingredients is S3 Supplement Support System by MONAT, which doubles as a hair supplement too—bonus! The S3 Support System is a proprietary blend of naturally-based ingredients, all of which can help support skin and hair health.
The proprietary blend encourages your skin (and hair) to repair damage from winter faster and avoid further damage.

How Can I Protect My Skin From Cold?

Your normal routine for spring and summer probably doesn’t hold up well enough to brisk winds and frigid temperatures.
One of the most important tips for healthy skin in winter is to have a quick skin care routine for when you need to go out in the cold. So, before you head out into the wintry abyss, commit to doing the following:
  • Use a thin layer of a boosting serum, preferably one that includes niacinamide and ceramides. These help your skin to conserve moisture.
  • Apply a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid to help your skin seal in moisture.
  • Wear a sunscreen at least 15 SPF: Yes, your skin is still susceptible to sun damage in winter. Even though the sun is farther from the Earth during the winter, its rays are still strong, and can still be damaging to your skin.
At first glance, these are simple steps, but their usefulness shouldn’t be understated. Protecting yourself against skin damage is easier than fixing it, so commit to protecting your beautiful skin.

How to Take Care of Your Skin: Follow These 5 Tips

Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be a chore.
Believe it or not, one of the best things you can do for your skin is changing your lifestyle.
Exfoliating and using sunscreen every day are two examples that are easy to add to your daily skin care routine.
A 14-part routine that uses seven different serums isn’t…
Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to become your full-time job.
Making simple changes to your skin care routine can help your skin look and feel its best.
So what are some examples of skin care routines that actually work? In this article, we will provide some top tips for how to properly care for your skin (for both men and women). You will be surprised to discover that these skin care tips take less than five minutes every day!

1. Use Skin Protection in the Sun

Most of us know that wearing sunscreen is one of the best things we can do to care for skin. However, it is also something that we often forget to do and overlook.
The truth is that sun exposure over time can cause:
  • Aging and sun spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Textural changes
Luckily, there’s a simple way to avoid exposing your skin to too much sun. All you need to do is apply a good quality sunscreen on a daily basis before going outdoors. (Yes, even in the winter!)
And yes, ‘good quality’ matters. Any product that you apply to your skin on the daily should have high quality, non-comedogenic ingredients. Low-quality skin products can cause breakouts and other skin blemishes, giving you a whole new set of skin problems to deal with…

What Kind of Sunscreen Should I Choose?

There are two types of sunscreens: those that use physical blockers, and those that use chemical blockers to keep UV rays at bay.
Physical blockers use minerals like zinc oxide or titanium oxide to block the sun’s rays. These are quite effective, and they are favored by consumers who want to minimize the number of chemicals they use. This might be the best choice for daily use, since it’s a chemical-free option.
Chemical blockers use a combination of ingredients, usually two or three of the following:
  • Oxybenzone
  • Avobenzone
  • Octisalate
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • Octinoxate
Because chemical blockers can be combined (some sunscreens contain four or more active ingredients), they often have higher SPF than physical sunscreens. However, the average person doesn’t need higher than 30 SPF for daily use.
You can also choose hybrid sunscreens that combine chemical ingredients with zinc oxide. These usually have a super high SPF from the combination of multiple types of protection, so hybrids are best for when you’re spending a lot of time in direct sunlight (like that day trip to the beach).

2. Quit Smoking

If you smoke, then the best thing you can do for your skin is stop.
Smoking has a negative effect on your skin. Here are just a few:
  • It causes eye bags: Studies have shown that smokers typically sleep less than non-smokers. This could be due to periodic nicotine withdrawals that occur during the night. The result? Bags under the eyes.
  • It makes you age prematurely: Smoking narrows the tiny capillaries that keep your facial skin fresh and rejuvenated. When these capillaries are too narrow, your skin becomes less oxygenated. Then, your skin has a harder time recovering from the day-to-day environmental exposure and damage.
    As a result, premature textural skin changes that can make you look older than your years, including roughness on your face, and a “chicken-skin” appearance on your neck and arms.
  • It damages collagen levels: Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and prevents sagging and wrinkles. There are over 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke. These chemicals work together to sabotage your skin’s collagen fibers, giving you premature wrinkles such as crow’s feet (and smoker’s lines, as expected).
  • It causes hyperpigmentation: Smoking also causes hyperpigmentation, which is caused by your body producing more melanocytes (pigmented skin cells) than it normally should. The result can be flat, brown “age spots” on vulnerable areas such as your arms, neck, and face; or a blotchy, red pigmentation on the face.

Can You Undo Skin Damage Caused by Smoking?

The good news is that some of these changes are reversible, and the changes produced by smoking are definitely progressive. That means that by quitting smoking now and committing to a better skin care regimen, you can potentially help restore your radiant, youthful skin.

3. Choose Gentle Products and Routines

Your skin may be the largest organ in the body, but it’s also one of the most delicate! Treat your skin right by choosing products and routines that are gentle without sacrificing efficacy.
At the same time, avoiding harsh ingredients such as sulfates and parabens can help prevent ongoing irritation that can prematurely age your skin and make it harder to heal skin damage.

What Skin Care Ingredients Should You Avoid?

Some ingredients to avoid include:
  • Polyethylene
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • BHA
  • Oxybenzone
  • Triclosan
  • Parabens
  • Artificial or unnamed fragrances

What Are Some Gentle Skin Care Ingredients?

Instead, look for gentle ingredients such as:
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Ceramides
  • Glycerin
  • Antioxidants
  • Fatty acids
Remember that your skin care routine itself can also damage your skin. Therefore, take the time to stop and evaluate your skin care routine to make sure you aren’t being too harsh.
Here are some tips on how to do that:
  • Give Your Skin a Break! Constant chemical exfoliation can cause redness, irritation, dehydration, and even scarring if you over-irritate your skin. Exfoliating your skin once per day is more than enough. In fact, many people exfoliate two or three times weekly instead.

    Ultimately, your exfoliation routine should depend on your skin type and sensitivity levels, but avoid over-exfoliating at all costs.

  • Minimize physical exfoliation. What’s the problem with physical exfoliation? Well, physical exfoliation causes micro cuts on the surface of your skin. These micro cuts are essentially tiny wounds that are constantly healing and re-opening every time you exfoliate.

    Common methods of physical exfoliation can be too harsh, such as scrubs with apricot pits, and rough loofahs. Instead, choose a gentle exfoliator (such as a microfiber cloth) and keep it on an as-needed basis.

  • Use cool water. Hot water is damaging and drying to the skin, and it can strip away your natural oil barrier. The result? More bacteria penetrates your skin, which means more acne.

    On the other hand, cool water causes your skin to tighten up and retract temporarily, giving you a brighter look to start the day—without causing any damage.

4: Exfoliate on a Schedule

We now know that there is such thing as exfoliating too often. On the other hand, you also want to make sure that you are exfoliating enough. The problem with exfoliating sporadically is that your skin never gets used to exfoliating, so every time you do it, it causes discomfort, irritation, and dries your skin out.
The key is to get your skin used to a regular exfoliation schedule that doesn’t over- or under-do it, and stick to it.

How Often Should You Exfoliate?

For best results, begin exfoliating two or three times a week (depending on your skin’s sensitivity), and gradually ramp it up. If you see noticeable irritation after increasing the frequency of your routine, then that’s your skin’s way of telling you to dial it back.
This process might require a little trial and error, but you will learn your skin’s sweet spot for exfoliation.

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5. Use Skin Supplements

Nutrition plays a huge role in your skin’s health! It would be ideal to get all of your skin’s much-needed nutrients through a natural diet, but real life sometimes gets in the way of eating right all the time.
Instead, it might be practical to choose a high-quality skin supplement and take it every day along with your multivitamin.
What’s even more convenient is that your skin and your hair need many of the same nutrients, so most skin supplements work double duty for hair health and vice versa. Who knew that taking vitamins could get you looking good all around?

What is a Good Skin Supplement?

Some nutrients to be on the look out for in any supplement include:
  • Vitamin A (also known as beta-carotene)
  • Biotin
  • Zinc
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacinamide
S3 Supplement Support System is one nutritional supplement that contains all of the above, and then some. It also includes proprietary blends of sulfur (used for creating collagen and keratin) and aloe for soothing and restoring.

How to Take Care of Your Skin—The Right Way

Your skin is a fickle organ, but luckily, it’s easy to take care of it the right way when you take the time to choose the right products and make healthy routine choices every day.
Even if you’re starting with damaged or dehydrated skin, these simple changes can bring vibrancy back to your look. All it takes is making the decision to commit to better skin care!

Cheers to Your Scalp Health!

Bad hair days? Nobody’s got time for that. But if you want to make great hair days the rule and not the exception, you’re going to have to make time for that. Split ends, breakage and heat damage get all the shine when we talk about improving our hair. But we (literally!) have to get down to the roots to sport the shiny, bouncy healthy locks we all want. Strong, healthy hair begins and ends at our scalps. Flakes, itchiness, oily roots and more are often direct results of poor scalp health. Fortunately, we can improve scalp health with a handful of helpful products and quick routine changes. Hair care is self-care, so let’s make improved scalp health part of our goals this year.

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1. Weekly moments of clarity.
From skin care to diets, a good cleanse can be extremely beneficial to your look and wellness. The same applies to your scalp health. Weekly cleanses are a fast, easy way to treat your scalp and restore your hair’s natural shine. A quality cleansing shampoo removes environmental toxins, oil, grease, and clingy hair product build up your hair catches every day. MONAT Clarifying Shampoo is just the thing to add to your hair care routine. It rejuvenates your hair, restoring your its natural bounce and shine.

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2. A shampoo a day keeps split ends away.
Cleansing once per week is important, but what about the other six days? They’re just as important too! The first step toward growing lovely locks is repairing what you’ve got at the root. That often requires the right restorative shampoo to protect your hair from sun damage and innovative blends that strengthen your scalp. MONAT Intense Repair Shampoo checks these benefits off and more. It’s also infused with REJUVENIQE and antioxidants to unlock your hair’s natural bounce and beauty.

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3. Conditioned for success.
Great hair without a great conditioner is unheard of. A good conditioner adds volume to hair and moisturizes your scalp to transform fine, limp hair into full, vibrant locks of love. Few products revitalize your hair better than MONAT Revitalize Conditioner. Safe for colored hair and extensions, you’ll turn heads and break necks if you add this to your scalp health routine.

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4. Get into pre-shampooing.
Pre-shampooing is an increasingly popular way to re-invigorate your locks and restore its natural moisture and sleekness. If you’re experiencing breakage and split ends, pre-shampooing protects your hair from the harshness of water to help provide a healthy-looking shine. REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive or REJUVENIQE light by MONATTM is a great option for this! You can apply it to wet or dry hair as a pre-shampoo treatment, and it can easily be shampooed out as part of your morning routine.

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5. Take your vitamins.
Everyone knows vitamins sustain your health and your skin, but they can do the same for your hair, too! Infused with vitamin A, biotin, zinc and more, S3 by MONAT is specifically formulated to help strengthen hair to help keep it from thinning. Nutrient deficiencies are the root cause of a number of issues with hair, and S3 is a holistic response to many of them. Replenish your natural bounce, shine, and fullness from the inside out.

Take A Hair Cue From The Oh-So-Fabulous 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!

Hair is always on our mind, isn’t it? Now it’s the end of the year and you just might be searching for a last-minute hairstyle for New Year’s Eve. Or you want to know what’s trending so you can be sure you’re totally on top of it in the New Year. Or…maybe you plain just want some sort of hair change.
Well, we’ve got options for you! What’s more popular when it comes to beauty than the ubür-famous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show? In December, the show aired on TV with 60 gorgeous and lanky models strutting the runway in out-of-this-world lingerie with equally fantastic hairstyles. Let’s take a look and see what they tell us!
Long, Loose Curls Will Always Be In!
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You simply can’t go wrong with wavy loose curls. It’s knock’em dead gorgeous, especially when your hair is in great shape…and that means smooth and shiny. Try MONAT’s Advanced Hydrating Hair Care Collection to keep your hair shiny and luscious curl-ready!
Tight Curls Rock!
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Beautiful curls always say “happy.” And they’re back after being on hiatus for so many years. Nothing says fashion forward like a halo of well-defined tight curls. Prevent them from frizzing out with Restore Leave-In Conditioner and then, after drying with a diffuser, use some Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy to place them just where you want them
Bronde Is Back!
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Thinking of changing your hair color? Bronde is the “it” color again, a blended mixture of blond and brown that looks like, well, bronde! It was all over the runway at this show so take a hint and off to your salon you go!
Go Tousled or Go Home!
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A combination of windswept and beachy waves, tousled is as free-spirited and carefree as it gets! This look is especially great for above-the-shoulder hair (or hair you’re growing out). And what product could be more perfect for this look than Tousled Texturizing Mist, which will give you just the right amount of swirling texture!
Light Blonde Is a Guaranteed Head-turner!
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There’s just nothing like a towhead! This color is stand-out-in-a-room gorgeous! If you go this route, or have this color naturally, make sure you keep it a pristine blonde with Colour Enhance Perfectly Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner to keep brassiness at bay.
Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids!

Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids!

Spending New Year’s Eve with your children…or any kids for that matter…can be a lot more fun than going to your typical dress-up party. Kids have such natural enthusiasm for anything fun and it’s contagious! Plus, staying up late for kids is a really big deal—you’ll get to share in their excitement at being a key part of the New Year’s celebration. After all, there’s nothing better than being around happy children! Here are some ways to get the party started!
  • Make a piñata ball the looks like the glittery ball that drops at midnight. Make this on New Year’s Eve day to increase their excitement. Be sure to decorate it with sparkles, beads, anything to make it stand out. At midnight, let the kids bang it open. Sure will be a lot less noisy than banging pots and pans in the street, which was the old-fashioned way to ring in the New Year.
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  • Forget the bar. Set up a fun ice cream station with different flavors ice cream and all sorts of toppings. Decorate the table with a paper tablecloth and New Year’s Eve napkins and plastic utensils. Put a New Year’s Eve centerpiece in the middle. Keep the ice cream in the fridge until 11 pm, then “open” the ice cream station with a flourish of tooting horns. This will be your pre-midnight countdown “appetizers.”
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  • Play dress up! Pull out your high heels and old party dresses. Bring out some ties and suit jackets for the boys. Pull out your lipstick if you dare! You can even go to a party store and buy top hats, feather boas and child-size sparkling clothes. Make sure you take lots of pictures! If you’re up for it, rent a Polaroid, take snapshots and tape the photos up on a New Year’s Eve wall.
  • If you’re up for it, let your children have a slumber party too! Fabricate a tent out of old sheets. For once, let them run around the house and scream. But be sure to keep it an at manageable level. Remember, this is all about celebrating and having fun.
  • Play New Year’s Eve bingo. There actually is such a game. Get the free printables from Capturing Joy. Don’t forget prizes!
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  • Balloon pop may be loud but it sure is fun. If you have older kids, tie a balloon around each one’s ankle and then let them loose around the house as they try to pop each other’s balloons. The last one with an unpopped balloon wins. If you have younger kids, blow up balloons and let everyone run around trying to pop as many as they can in a specific time period. So no one feels left out, reward everyone at the end with a piece of cake or some sort of dessert.
  • If your children are older, have a board game marathon, with prizes for those who win milestones in the game. Think glow sticks, noisemakers for prizes. Have everyone wear a New Year’s Eve hat while they play.
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  • Be sure to watch the ball drop at midnight. Give each child a small plastic cup of sparkling cider to celebrate. Do the countdown starting at 30 seconds. When the ball drops, make sure everyone kisses everyone. Jump up and down. Act like a kid yourself! You’ll never have more fun!
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