Get the Scoop on Getting it Right
We regret to inform you that you’ve been washing your hair wrong.
Ok, well maybe not completely wrong! But did you know that there is a cool little technique called the Reverse Care Method that works for anyone looking to repair damage?
Let’s face it, between colouring, heat styling, over processing and more, we can put our hair though some pretty serious war zone activity. This snazzy technique is a great way to switch up your daily hair care routine for some stellar results and gorgeous, healthier-looking hair.
So What is the Reverse Care Method?
The Reverse Care Method is pretty much as simple as it sounds. You start with your conditioner and then use your shampoo second. Nice and simple. We like that!
Reasons to Put it in Reverse
If you are a fan of styling products (who isn’t?) any clogged hair follicles or product build-up will head for the hills using this method. Giving your shampoo and conditioning the ol’ switch-a-roo may help you to achieve better results overall than the traditional shampoo then condition.
Applying conditioner first will create a protective film over your hair. Don’t doubt the power of that protective film either…because it’s keeping your locks safe from damage and split ends. It also works to prime your hair before you cleanse, allowing shampoo to distribute more evenly. You’ll notice soft, silky hair with plenty of bounce.
The Reverse Care Method can also help with lack of volume, dryness, frizz, or damaged hair. It going to nourish your hair without flattening it—a nice little bonus for fine hair. We love the Restructuring Collection for optimum results using this method.
Take a Look
Check out the Reverse Care Method in action below, which highlights the use of conditioning first.
Switching it up and giving the Reverse Care Method a try? Share your before and after with us on social #MONATstyle!
Three Ways to Improve Your Hair Health
Strong. Shiny. Healthy.
The hair of your dreams can be brought to life with a few simple adjustments to your daily routine!
For some expert advice on the best to-dos for improved hair health, we reached out to Laura Dale, our resident haircare expert and MONAT Director of Product Education. Read on to learn how to get and keep your hair health in-check!
Keep It Natural
Naturally based products are a great way to give your hair the proper TLC it desires, without the added yuck of harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients. By opting for these types of hair products, you are investing in both an eco-friendly market, as well as yourself! Laura shared some of the benefits of choosing naturally based hair care products.
“Naturally based ingredients provide amazing results! Products infused with plants and essential oils are rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients that are highly compatible with your skin and hair. As a result, your hair looks healthier instantly with long-lasting shine, all without using harmful silicones that build up in your hair.”
Decisions, Decisions! Choosing the Best Shampoo & Conditioner
Choosing a shampoo and conditioner can be overwhelming—if you don’t know what to look for! Consider this…every head of hair has different needs, so you’ll want to pinpoint yours before you choose.
Maybe you need hydration or volume. Or maybe some strength or colour care is knocking at your door. Laura explained a few reasons why choosing the right cleaning and conditioning duo makes a big difference in the overall health and appearance of your hair!
“Everyone’s hair is unique. Finding the right shampoo and conditioner that works for you is the key to unlocking your hair health. MONAT offers a variety of Systems and Duos which are great for lots of hair types. But many people also create their own Systems or pairings for Duos that work for them. For example, if you have colour treated hair, you’d want a moisturizing rinse-out conditioner. But if your hair is also curly and prone to breakage, you may want to pair it with a volumizing shampoo.”
Check out a few of our faves below:
Hydration System, Volume System, Colour Enhance Perfectly Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner
Hydration System, Volume System, Colour Enhance Perfectly Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner
Healthier Hair From the Inside Out
If your mom’s voice echoing the reminder “You are what you eat!” is lingering in your mind…well, she was right! Your hair’s beauty, strength and shine starts from within. A diet full of healthy fats, proteins and vitamins is the highway to healthy hair. Laura shares some of the best go-to eats to keep your locks supercharged!
“You are what you eat! That saying applies to your hair as much as your body. Maintaining a balanced diet including eggs ꟷwhich are a great source of protein and biotinꟷ and quality seafood like salmon will enrich your hair. If you’re interested in vegan options, berries, avocados and sweet potatoes should be a staple of your diet.”
Styles to Humidity-Proof Your Hair this Summer
High humidity got you down? Good news…the frizz stops here! Combining an easy-to-create hairstyle with the right products will serve up a smooth, summery style you can take from day to night.
Of course no style is complete without the right products to keep them in check. After you’ve chosen your go-to style, top it off with a hairspray designed to hold hair and fend off humidity.
Our new MONAT STUDIO ONE™ Strong Flexi-Hold Hairspray is your ultimate partner-in-crime in fending off humidity this summer. Not only does it block humidity for up to 72 hours, it offers a stronger hold while leaving hair touchably soft!
Check out these styling tutorials that show quick and creative humidity-proof styles for you to rock this summer. It’s a breeze to keep your hair looking fresh—and not have to flee to an air-conditioned safe-zone as the heat and humidity amp up the volume!
Twisted Top Knot
Stylish and downright chic, the Twisted Top Knot is an ideal summer look that keeps frizz and flyaways under wrap, whether you’re bayside, oceanfront or anywhere in between.
Grab your bobby pins and get ready for an all-time classic. The Ballerina Bun will not only keep your hair up off your neck, it leaves no room for humidity to creep its way into the style.
Snatched Up Pony
Who doesn’t love a pony? A favourite anytime of the year, this Snatched Up Pony has a little more edge with its sleek, sexy look.
Keep Your Summer Locks in Line
Summer hair, don’t care? Not quite! Summer is here, and we know your haircare adventures are just as important to you as the eventful trips you have planned. Deciding which way to go with your hair is as big a decision as booking your flights to tropical locales. It’s not to be rushed!
Colour melting, balayage, and ombre (or sombre, for a lighter touch) highlighting techniques are among this year’s hottest trends…and we’re sure many of you are already sporting these techniques. So, we want to give you a quick guide on how you can enter summer in stride and protect those fresh new highlights all summer long!
Shampoo. Condition. Repeat.
Balayage highlighting is the hottest new trend! For those who don’t know, balayage is a “hair painting” technique which adds subtle brightness to your hair. Balayage techniques are perfect for anyone hoping to create the perfect blonde hues. Keeping this look on lockdown until Labour Day (and beyond if you wish) requires reducing brassiness to maintain those perfect tones!
As with most looks, the right shampoo and conditioning routine is the key here. The optimal combo will boost your lustrous highlights and enhance your colour.
Un-Mask Your Hair Health
We all love experimenting with new colours and highlights, but hair damage is often one of the residual effects…and no one’s got time for that! So how can you achieve the highlights you want without damaging your locks? Moisturizing masks!
Moisturizing masks are one of hairstyling’s best kept secrets—and we’re letting it out! Moisturizing masques rejuvenate your hair and can revitalize your color offering you the bright highlights and healthy-looking hair you crave.
Tint Back Tips
They say blondes have more fun, but brunettes will also get their day in the sun for summer! While going blonde for summer is common, many of you blondes are deciding to go darker. Going from blonde to brunette is an intricate process stylists call “tint back.” When done correctly, your new look is more natural and healthier. Of course, you’ll want your new brunette tint back to last as long as possible, and hydration is the key to that!
Hydrated hair holds colour better and prevents colour fading. You’ll want to utilize hydrating shampoos, conditioners, masques and more to keep your hair feeling quenched and looking beautiful during summer’s driest periods.
June 20, 2019 by in HAIR
Keeping Your Silver Hair Radiant All Summer Long
So you’ve just invested the time (and money) to enhance your hair to the perfect shade of platinum…just in time for summer. Your hair is bright and beautiful—and let’s face it—its shine is giving the sun a run for its money! Women of all ages are embracing these trendy silver shades and rocking them with class and sass! Whether you’ve been colouring for years, are a first-timer—or if you’re rocking your natural silver colour, it’s important to give your hair the TLC it needs to thrive!
So how do you make sure that your envy-worthy colour remains as bright and bombshell-esque as the first day you stepped out of the salon? Here are a few quick tips that’ll help keep your newly-coloured or naturally silver hair looking fresh and feeling healthy.
Handle with Care
Sizzling silver hues are sure to put a little extra ooh-la-la in your step! But keeping things in check means one thing—aftercare is officially your new best friend. Meaning, if you colour, you must reach for a proper aftercare routine. Otherwise you run the risk of having it fade and lose its luster, sheen and strength. Best tip ever? Aim for products that enhance silver and platinum hues. Many of these can be used daily and are the best way to care for your hair in between colouring touch-ups. A purple shampoo and conditioner are designed to revitalize your hair colour brilliance while neutralizing brassy, warmer tones that may start to appear over time.
Check out our fave aftercare line for platinum hair in action below:
Avoid Extra Damage
When we colour our hair, we run the risk of damaging it, no matter the colour we choose. Bleach tends to make hair more prone to breakage, so it’s important to be aware of the daily things you can do to protect your hair from extra damage.
To avoid unwanted breakage, just say no to going to sleep with wet hair. Also, when it comes to styling with hot tools, always use the lowest setting—especially when you’ve just had a colour touch-up. And of course, with summer in full effect, always rinse your colour-treated hair with fresh water prior to dipping into a chlorinated pool or the ocean.
Indulge in Deep Conditioning Treatments
Deep conditioning masks are the key to restoring strength, softness, and stability back to your hair after a colouring. Plus they’re a great excuse to sit back and indulge in a little R&R! Some masks can be used weekly or more, depending on how often you wash and dry your hair. These special conditioning sessions can also help to make your hair soft and shiny after vacations spent swimming and soaking up the sun.
Now that you’ve got the basics of keeping your platinum hair looking fresh, healthy and vibrant, get out there and show the world just how bright you can shine!
June 13, 2019 by in HAIR
Protecting Your Hair From Damage
Ahhh, the sun. We worship it in the summer and pine for its warmth in the winter. Yet despite our love affair with that fiery ball of heat, the importance of protecting our hair from its damaging rays is a must. Unfortunately, the sun isn’t the only culprit we encounter that is ready to lay on the damage during our summertime fun. The ocean, lake and pool water can also dry it out, frizz it up—even fade the intensity of colour-treated hair. These three unruly amigos can also damage our scalp. (Ouch!) So before you step outside for some well-deserved leisure time, check out these easy ways to protect your locks all summer long.
It’s no secret that warm climates cause dry, brittle hair, or leave it frizzy and cause split ends. But don’t fret, there are ways to protect your hair without missing any of the fun.
The Fix: Choose wisely! Pick styling products with an SPF for extra protection as the weather heats up. Product can be applied to dry or damp hair before sun exposure. Try a nutrient rich hair oil in the morning before you head to the beach to protect your hair from the sun, then wash it out when you return in the afternoon.
Or if you’re feeling super low maintenance and choose to avoid the use of any heat styling tools, try an air dry cream. Wash your hair post beach, pool, or outdoor adventure, then apply a small amount of air dry cream and let Mother Nature do the rest.
And if you must use heat styling tools, use them on a lower setting. This is less harsh on your already-delicate hair. Be sure to utilize a solid heat protectant, conditioning spray or leave-in conditioner. These each act as a barrier between the hair and the heat, and help restore lost moisture.
The ocean houses some of the most beautiful sea creatures within its currents—including us during the summer! But unless you’re a full-time mermaid, the saltwater won’t be doing your human hair any favours. Saltwater is drying in nature and can strip or fade colour-treated hair with the crashing of a few waves. And if you spend tons of time in the water, it can also dehydrate your locks, causing it to become brittle and parched.
The Fix: If possible, always try and wet your hair with fresh water (pop under a beachside shower if available) prior to taking a plunge. This will help fend off the total absorption of saltwater. Post beach, try applying a hydrating hair masque. It will recharge dried out or heat-stunned hair and will replenish lost moisture, preventing frayed ends and breakage.
A dip in the pool is synonymous with summer. However, the chemicals used to keep that pool clean and swimmer-ready is another story. Chlorine will dry out your hair, stripping it of its natural oils. It can also significantly alter colour-treated hair, bringing out the bronze, dulling the blonde, and even producing unsightly green tones (yuck).
The Fix: If you’re spending time in the pool, take a simple step to avoid the possible ick. Much like prior to entering the ocean, wet your hair in the shower before you go for a swim (most pools have them on deck). This ensures that your hair is saturated with unchlorinated water first. If you’ll be spending tons of time in the water over the summer, try a leave-in treatment like a hydrating serum designed for long-lasting hydration.
There’s no need to limit your goals on the fun-o-meter this summer! Beach days and pool parties don’t have to be your hair’s worst enemy. Simply prep yourself before heading out and making the plunge—and come Fall—your (still) healthy hair will thank you!
June 6, 2019 by in HAIR
The suit makes the man.
This saying has stood the test of the time for a reason. There are few things better than seeing a tailored, well-coiffed man enter a room. But if we could add to it, we’d say excellent grooming is the final touch. Consider men like Marlon Brando, James Dean and Tom Ford. These classic men of culture and style embody our modern perceptions of confidence and masculinity. Whether he’s a blue-collar worker or a Wolf of Wall Street socialite, achieving that timeless, refined look begins long before slipping on shirts and knotting ties.
It begins with smooth shaves, beard trims and revitalizing shampooing and conditioning. Investing in your look isn’t just for you ladies—and that’s the lesson the modern man in your life can take from classic men of culture and style. We like to call this “rugged sophistication,” and as Father’s Day approaches, we’re offering a short guide to unlocking it in your modern man.
The Roots of Style
Every great look begins with great hair days. Ladies, you know better than anyone that even the most flattering hairstyles require healthy hair to really pop. The same goes for the guys! No matter how skillful the barber or stylist, men need good hair days to maximize their look—and the key to good hair days is healthy hair and healthy roots.
That requires caring for your hair from scalp to tip. Your guy may not want to spend a lot of time getting treatments and touchups to brighten his locks, which is why cleansing and conditioning the hair and scalp conveniently and efficiently is key. A good two-in-one shampoo and conditioner that cleanses and moisturizes is just the thing to add to his morning routine!
Going With the Grain
A man’s first shave is a rite of passage. It’s a step toward adulthood which lasts the remainder of his life. Whether he’s a daily shaver or prefers three-day stubble, few things are more refreshing than a clean shave. Conversely, few things can be more frustrating than a bad shave. Men are taught early on to invest in good razors and to shave with the grain for the best results.
But great shaves don’t end there!
Like the modern men in your lives, shaving has gotten more refined over the years. Nowadays, in addition to a great set of razors, your man also needs shaving cream that not only offers a close shave, but also soothes and moisturizes his skin.
Tame the Mane
Growing a beard is another rite of passage for men. Boys spend their entire adolescence tugging on their chin hairs until the peach fuzz fills out into a full beard. Beards are not only a mark of masculinity, they often complete a man’s look—in some cases becoming part of his identity.
One of the keys to maintaining beards is taming the mane. If you’ve ever embraced a man with a beard, you know how itchy it can be when his beard is dry and unruly. A lightweight, moisturizing beard oil is just what your man needs to ensure soft, warm snuggles this Father’s Day.
Break the Mold With Styling Clay
The idea of using hair styling products is taboo to many men. The man in your life may not want to feel like he’s working too hard to achieve his look. We understand, but the key to great looks is not looking like you’re using product on your hair. A great styling clay is just the thing your modern man needs to complete his look before he leaves the house!
With the right tools and vision, your modern man can achieve a timeless look!
Add MONAT Style to His Look With These Products!
May 30, 2019 by in HAIR
We know you’ll be here soon…and as one of our favourite months, we can’t help but love you and all of the fun adventures you bring our way! However, we also can’t help but grumble under our breath about the heat and humidity you deliver so effortlessly. (Thanks, but no thanks!)
Do we love your warm breezes and endless summer days? Sure. Do we love how easily our hair turns into a tornado-esque frizz-fest from all of that heat? Nope. Not one bit.
That being said, the last thing we want is to be using styling tools with even more heat! After all, summer is a time where less is more…sundresses, bathing suits, etc. So if you could please advise on how we can best tame our manes and keep our style looking summer-time flawless without the added heat of styling tools, we’d appreciate it!
Sun Worshippers & Beach Lovers
Image Source: @aloharandi
Dear Sun Worshippers & Beach Lovers,
I get it. As the month whose main responsibility is kicking off summer, I completely sympathize with your concerns! Your hair is your everything and styling it alongside the added humidity and heat lurking around can be challenging. But, don’t worry! There are great ways to stay stylish throughout my visit—without the burden of those hot styling tools. Check out a few tips on summer styling stunners that are sure to keep you looking fresh, beautiful, and far from heated!
Air Drying: Cool Styling for the Summer Heat
One of the easiest ways to handle your hair this summer is letting it air dry! So put your hot tools away and focus on your product instead. A great Air Dry Cream is a MUST. It will help tame that frizz and add some coveted volume once your hair is dry. Apply a small amount of product on wet hair and comb through to distribute evenly. Next, how about giving the ever-popular Beachy Waves style a try? This is an easy style that’s perfect to rock from sunrise to sunset.
Beachy Waves: Channel Your Inner Beach Bum
Beachy Waves are a beautiful and easy-to-create look that is perfect for summer. Here are two different ways to try this style:
Part your hair while damp and take small sections, twisting them away from your face. Twirl your hair until each section is complete. When your hair is fully dry, finger-comb or shake out your hair through lightly. This will result in beautiful, natural-looking waves!
Or you can create the same beachy look with loose braids. Create a loose braid on each side of your head. Remember, the tighter you make them and the longer you let them stay in, the more of a crimped looked you will get. When your hair is dry, undo your braids and finger-comb through to separate your hair. Finish with a light hairspray to keep your look in place. Voila! Beachy Waves are all yours!
Watch Air Dry Cream at work with Beachy Waves:
I hope these tips help create a frizz-free summer for you!
See ya around,
Trying some of these free-flowing styles? Be sure to share on social media #MONATstyle!
May 23, 2019 by in HAIR
Chasing Rainbows at Any Age
Watermelon Sugar. Vanilla Lilac. Fruit Juice. Red Chocolate.
No, we’re not talking about taming your sweet tooth…we’re taking about delicious fantasy hair colours! From young souls to old souls, fantasy colours are a tasty way to express your personality and make a dramatic, bold statement. Vivid, standout hues with even more standout names will put a new spin on your look—no matter what your age! Imagine rockin’ stunning shades of yellow, pink, purple and blue! Capturing the entire rainbow within the strands of your hair has never been easier and more on trend.
Image Source: @betseyjohnson
Ageless Colour Fit For a Queen
Much like a free-spirited heart that leans toward vibrant shades, colour truly has no age! With so many colour options and application styles, you can always find a shade and style that will keep things fun and classy…even for those headed to the workplace each day. Think of adding tactful bursts of colour or go all-in with an overall dye. Silver and platinum hair are trending…meaning it’s actually kinda cool to “go gray”! These hues are at the subtle end of the fantasy hair spectrum, but the silver hues are sure to leave an impression. Or try opal hair, which pulls in many colours of the rainbow all at once, as an application of pastel shades are applied once the hair is lightened.
Image Source: @jazzy_glitter
Channel Your Inner Princess
Feeling young, wild and free? You’re not alone! Fun, festival-driven hair colours are making their way into the spotlight this summer. Bold pinks, purples and even greens are some head turning options to help loosen the colour boundaries you’ve set for your hair—and give something fun a try! One of our faves is sunset hair…which is as lovely as it sounds! It blends the vibrant and warm colours of the sunset, including orange, deep purple and bright red. Feeling super adventurous? A full rainbow colouring will have you catching the attention of everyone this summer!
Embracing the Colour Bug…Properly
If there’s one thing colour enthusiasts of any age have in common, it’s a love of change! Now that you’ve picked your colour, keeping it classy can be a piece of cake! Big changes (often times) mean big steps…and taking your hair from average to bold means that your hair will need to be pre-lightened or bleached. This will give your new bold hues a fresh pallet on which to settle in and your colours will appear as vibrant and clear as possible.
Depending on your colour choice, processing times will vary. Keep in mind that multi-step lightening and colouring will mean a few appointments with your favourite stylist…to properly ensure your new colour explosion can be created properly. It all depends on your current hair colour, length, thickness, and color history.
Got the colour bug? Check out our Colour Enhance lines with a variety of options to keep your bold shades vibrant and healthy. Be sure to share your new look on social using #MONATstyle!
May 16, 2019 by in HAIR
Get Sun-kissed and Twisted
Warm days. Hot nights. Waterfront views. Out of office messages.
Yep, the lazy days of summer have come a-knockin’ and we are ready to sit back and relax! But indulging in some well-deserved R&R doesn’t mean your hair can’t look fab while you’re soaking up the sun or getting into some good trouble during your outdoor adventures!
Now is the perfect time to show off your personal style with some easy-to-create and maintain braids. Braids are a stylish and fun way to keep your hair up, up and out of the way…with an added dash of sass! Plus, braids are the perfect accessory to take your hair from day to night, while keeping things tamed against the (unavoidable) humidity. Here are a few of our favorite braiding styles that will keep your hairstyle sizzling all summer long.
Choose your best side and get that #SIDEBRAID in motion! The side braid offers the ultimate effortless look. It is very versatile and truly can be the ultimate braid chameleon. You can take it from elegant to bohemian, or just plain ol’ fun and flirty! Check out one option for a gorgeous side braid created in just a few seconds.
Featured product: REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive
Ready to have everyone doing a double take as you saunter along that sandy shore? Unique, trendy and just all around stunning, this #DOUBLEBRAID is what we like to call a triple threat. This particular style boasts two braids that are formed on one side of your hair. They are then linked seamlessly into your ponytail. The result is an unforgettable look that we’re sure will become your next favorite! Watch how to create this look below.
Featured product: REJUVABEADS™
Warrior Princess Braid
What’s better than a summer romance? Tapping into your inner princess with a hairstyle worth writing home about, that’s what! This #WARRIORPRINCESSBRAID is both simple and complex while boasting an effortless energy of confidence and beauty. Perfect for those oceanside sunset nights that turn into sunrise mornings! See how this stunning twist on a natural look is created.
Featured Product: Tousled Texturizing Mist
Now that you have some gorgeous braiding styles to add to your vacation to-do list, get up, get out, and get sun-kissed and twisted! Share your styles with us…tag us at #MONATstyle!