Hair Density? What’s That?

You may have heard about hair density. Stories about it are cropping up all over the place lately. But what is hair density and why should you care? Hair density refers to the number of strands on your head.
But then what’s hair texture? They easily get mixed up. So, let’s clear this up first before looking any further into density. Hair texture refers to the diameter/thickness of each strand of hair and whether the hair is fine, medium or coarse. Hair density, on the other hand, tells how much hair or how many strands of hair you have in your scalp. The density of your hair refers to how tightly individual strands of hair are packed together, which should ideally be 2,200 strands per square inch.

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To determine your curl density, look at your dry hair hung loose in its natural shape, from different angles and up close. If your scalp is easily visible, you have low curl density. If your scalp is somewhat visible, you have medium curl density. And if your scalp is barely visible, you have high hair density.
But why is this important? Hair density plays a critical role in your hair care regimen, driving what products you use and how often. Having a better understanding of hair density can help you choose the right products for your hair type to transform your hair from limp and lifeless to bounce and fabulous.

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For example, if you have low density hair, you should choose light products that won’t weigh your hair down. Reshape Root Lifter will give you volume if you’re going for a full look and Blow Out Cream gives a blow out that lasts without weighing your hair down.
If you’ve got medium density hair, look for a light leave-in conditioner. A great one to try is Restore Leave-In Conditioner to revive each hair strand and bring back the brilliance!
To maintain the shape of high density curly hair, thicker products are ideal. Look for Thickening Spray for body and bounce and Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy to keep your locks in place.

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There’s another reason to know your hair density. It can help you and your hairdresser pick out the hairstyle best suited to your hair. If you know you have thicker hair, it will style easier with longer layers. Or, if you have thinner hair, go with a blunt cut.
See? Density does matter!

Perfectly Imperfect Messy Hairstyles for All Lengths

Music festival season is here! With Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas and Sasquatch! Music Festival around the corner, the age old question pops up of what to wear and how to do your hair. Luckily, messy hair is totally on trend this spring and summer, with a chic twist of course. Skim through any mag and you’ll see tons of celebs in messy dos. This makes getting ready ultra easy, no matter where you are. Messy hairstyles create some imperfection so be extra attentive in order to make it seem as if you didn’t even look in the mirror when you walked out of the house.
Here are some of our favourites:
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The Messy Ponytail Is a Winner!
Two or three-day old hair makes this one work. Pull it back and wrap it with a non-rubberized tie. Take the long thin end of a teaser comb to pull out and loosen up strands so it’s not sleek. Pull the bangs out and let them hang down. Top it off with Refinish Control Hairspray to hold that messy look exactly how you want it!
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The Messy Bun Works for Day and Night!
The messy bun is so versatile. It’s great in shorts at a barbeque and stands out in a flowy dress at an evening party. It’s so easy to do! Create some volume in your hair first with Reshape Root Lifter. Gather hair into a high ponytail, then twist it to create a loose bun by wrapping the hair around itself—it should resemble a cinnamon roll. After securing in place with a hair tie, and strategically placed bobby pins, pull out sections of your bun to loosen. Finish the look off with some Tousled Texturizing Mist to keep those wisps strategically in place!
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The Messy Half Up Bun Goes Anywhere!
We said messy was the going trend right now and the messy half up bun does it the best! With your hair half down but also a bun on top you combine the best of two looks. Plus, once it’s up, you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. Use a dry shampoo like THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo to give your hair texture. You can also add some Thickening Spray for more density if your hair is very thin. Pull the top section of your hair into a bun, tie it and then loosen it into a messy top knot by carefully picking at the bun. You can use your fingers or a teasing comb. Depending on your mood, you can pull your hair out any which way…as long as it’s messy, you’re spot on!

Beat The Heat With Air Dry Cream

Are you a hot tool addict? It may be time to rethink your ways. While you may love blow drying or flat ironing your tresses, did you know you’re sabotaging your hair by using a hot tool all the time? Hate to say it but you’re probably causing severe trauma to your lovely locks. Temperatures used in blow-drying, flat-iron straightening, and hot curling processes can be high enough cause cracks in the cuticle layer, frayed and split ends, chipped and ragged cuticles, faded colour, diminished curl and increased frizz and broken strands.
One huge negative result of routine blow drying is that it takes much-needed moisture out of your hair, which really hurts your locks. Water molecules provide critical support to the structure and properties of hair. Evaporation of these molecules from heat application can alter the internal protein structure and change the mechanical properties of individual hair strands. This can modify curl patterns, cause frizz, and leave your hair less bouncy and more prone to breakage. Your hair can also end up having straw-like texture. Not good, not good.

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Another factor to consider is that hair strands are complex biomaterials that get most of their properties from the keratin protein structures in the cuticle and cortex. The heat from styling tools can soften the keratin and cause changes in the protein. All of this can hurt the strength, elasticity, curl, shine, and texture of your hair.
What to do? Go natural! Give your hair a break and let it show off its natural pattern and save the integrity of your hair. Try wearing a ponytail, bun or braid. Or try doing a deep part and flipping your hair over to a different side. Importantly, use a cream after shampooing that is expressly desired to control frizz and let your hair dry with just the air, like Air Dry Cream! A light, airy leave-in cream makes for heatless, effortless styling. Air Dry Cream provides texture and frizz-free results with touchable hold without weighing hair down. Best of all? No heat needed! It also pairs well with Tousled Texturizing Mist to give a little more hold when you want.
Learn more about air drying your hair by watching our Beauty Insider!

Caring for Curly Hair

Curly hair is fun when it’s wild and slightly crazy…or take the sexy route when they’re in a slinky, spiral shape.

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But since curls can undoubtedly be hard to manage, here are a few tips.

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Use a wide-tooth comb, not a brush, to detangle
Curly hair is the most fragile type of hair there is, with each curl being a possible breaking point. A wide-tooth comb is the gentlest way to get through your curls and also doesn’t break up your curl pattern like a brush would.

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Comb your hair from the bottom up
If you start at the bottom of your hair, combing up lets you detangle each knot. The last thing you want to do is yank your way through your curly mane.
Get a regular trim to avoid split ends
For a bouncy, fresh head of curls, book an appointment with your hairstylist every six to eight weeks to trim off split ends and preventing splits from going further upward.

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Use a Cream for Curls
As any curly-haired girl will tell you, a styling cream is an essential part of their hair arsenal. Styling cream for curly hair will reduce frizz while bringing out natural curves. How to use? Immediately post-shower, simply rake a dollop of styling cream like Curl Cream through all your strands and then either gently blow dry with a diffuser to get a really full head of curls or air dry to get a tamer look. Curl Cream has the innovative WAVEMAX™ in it for longer-lasting, naturally defined curls. WAVEMAX is a 100% natural, new green cosmetic active that enhances and maintains the natural-look of curls. Containing a rich combination of polysaccharides extracted from Chia Seed and Linseed that shields the hair shaft, it forms and shapes defined curls, with the additional benefits of anti-frizz, protection from humidity and heat stress.
Here’s another a tip: If your curls are very coarse, apply product to wet hair. If your hair is fine, apply product to damp hair.

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Once your curls are dry, you can shake or fluff your ringlets to your heart’s content to get just the look you want.
Want more tips for curly hair? Watch MONAT’s Beauty Insider!

Packing Beauty Products So They Stay Packed On The Plane!

No matter how excited you are to go away on a trip, packing can actually be stressful. Deciding what pants, skirts, dresses, shoes (flats, heels and sneakers?), jackets, tops, can be stressful enough, especially if you have to plan each day out. But in addition, there are all your toiletries…products you need every day, regardless of how short a time you are going away.
How do you pack your moisturizer, primer, body lotion, mascara, an array of lipsticks (of course!) and all the other sundries you need…in a way, you can get to them easily AND to comply with TSA regulations for flight travel. If you’re not checking, it gets tricky to bring everything you need on board! You also want to pack carefully because we’ve all have had the disastrous mess of an exploded bottle of foundation leaking in our bag.
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For toiletries, the flight reminder is simple – the 3-1-1 rule. You can carry on a clear 1-quart resealable plastic bag filled with liquids and gels, each in a container of 3 ounces or less. Anything that doesn’t fit into that clear bag needs to be checked.
Cosmetic and Toiletry Packing Travel Tips
How can you prevent future travel disasters from make-up exploding or shattering and get to your beauty essentials toiletries easily? Here’s a guide!
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The essential clear quart bag
While you can get 1 quart resealable containers at the supermarket, you can also buy inexpensive ones online that give you a teeny bit more room, although still TSA compliant. They’re sturdier too. Try eBags Zipper Clear Quart Pouch.
Carry on essentials only!
That 1-quart bag that can come on the plane with you isn’t that big. So only bring on your essentials, concealer, mascara, moisturizer, lip balm, gloss, contact lens solution and the convenient travel size of REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive, perfect to put on your hair and face for a post-flight fresh-up. So you’ve got the most important things with you and heaven forbid, your bag gets lost, you’ve got your go to items with you in the worst case scenario—your bag gets lost.
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Refillable sillicone bottles and jars
While you can buy a world’s worth of miniature versions of toiletries at a local drugstore, like toothpaste and contact lens solution, it’s a lot easier to fill up miniature versions with your prized possessions, like foundation, make-up remover, your favorite shampoo like the wonderfully hydrating Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-In Conditioner. The best part is that they’re leakproof so no dipping your hand in a gooey bag! If you don’t have travel size versions of your favorite MONAT products, here’s how you can still them with you on your next vacay. Try this set from eagle creek or this great collection from Flight 001. Don’t forget to write on them with a permanent marker so you know what is in which.
Caring for fragile bottles
You may have some small items that just can be transferred to a plastic container, like a glass bottle of foundation or a perfume bottle. Pack it inside a pair of socks. This will keep it protected.
Extra seal any bottles
While a tightly screwed cap should offer protection, sometimes, just sometimes, that’s not enough. For any bottle you’re just not sure about, duct tape the pop-top opening or lid and then wrap it in plastic cling wrap. You can’t get any more secure than this and it’ll pay off if you’re bringing a self-tanner. Trust us on this one.
Organize yourself
Keep like items together. Don’t pack your toothpaste next to your foundation or your mascara next to your shampoo. This will help when you’re dashing to get ready and get out the door for your next fun adventure.
Cuddle your sundries in the middle of your bag
Usually, cosmetics are the last thing we put in our bags. But be smart and put those your resealed bags of containers in the middle of your suitcase, surrounded by tees and underwear to cushion them. This really helps to prevent any breakage. Just don’t wrap them in an irreplaceable silk blouse…just in case!
Keep these hacks in mind and you’re ready to fly with a clear mind!
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Spring 2018 Runway Hair Is So Much Fun!

Runway hairstyles are always fun to look at, even though they may be too over the top for real life. They can be stunningly gorgeous or breathtakingly beautiful but always with a special twist that makes them stand out – they have to be runway spectacular to go with the couture clothes. Here are some we like!
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How much fun is this do? A “messy updo,” it’s very punk and very rockish…a definite throwback to the 80s. If you want to make it yours, you need the Loop Faux Leather Headband ($20) from etsy.com
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Runway hair is not always real. This look definitely calls for a wig! Flat iron it, give the bangs a chop chop and there you go…out for a wild night!
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Here’s a sleek do that’s actually really “do-able!” Make a super straight part down the center of your scalp, pull your hair back into a low ponytail and wrap a thin scarf around the tail halfway. Keep the tail silky, shiny and straight with Smoothing Shampoo and Smoothing Deep Conditioner …say bye bye to flyaways and frizz!

Hair Glossary: How to Get Exactly What You Want From Your Stylist!

Have you ever left a salon with hair too short? Or the color darker than you wanted? Or had your bangs cut off completely? Mistakes happen with hair stylists and unfortunately the outcome can make our lives a short-term horror story.
Preventing hair mishaps needs clear communications between your hair guru and you. To make sure you’re both on the same wavelength before scissors start cutting or dye gets mixed, clarify exactly what’s about to happen. Ask a lot of questions! So what if you feel like a pest? It’s your hair and you want to love how it turns out.

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One of the best tools to use when talking to your stylist is photos. You can show color, the exact type of highlighting, the style of layering…literally anything you want, thanks to sites like Pinterest and Tumblr.
Also realize that your hair is particular to you. Not every haircut or hair color will work with every type and natural color hair…or shape of face or skin coloring. When asking advice, be sure to let your stylist know about specifics, like cowlicks, preferred part, hair loss, receding hairline or what have you.
The other thing that helps ensure you get what you want is to know how to speak your stylist’s language. Sometimes they may use terms that sound foreign – knowing just what they mean will help you feel like a pro. Here’s a glossary of the most common terms stylists use.

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Terms for Female Colors and Cuts
  • Balayage: A technique used to apply highlights in which the dye is applied to the hair freehand, using vertical strokes, literally painting color onto the hair using various shades to achieve a natural look. The hair ends up with a color on the bottom (usually lighter) that gradually fades into a different color around the roots.
  • Brassy: brass-colored tone. Usually happens when hair with warm undertones is chemically lightened and begins to fade.
  • Chic pixie: Very, very short hair on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer on the top.
  • Cool: Colors that have blue or violet undertones. This includes platinum blondes, ash browns and plum reds.
  • Curtain bangs: A softer take on traditional bangs that part like a curtain to frame the face.
  • Cuticle: The outer, scale-like surface of the hair shaft.
  • Double-process: Typically used when lightening hair by more than two shades. Hair color is bleached to remove natural color and then new color is deposited onto the hair to create the desired shade.
  • Lift: Chemically taking color out of hair to make it lighter.
  • Lob: Combining the words “long” and “bob,” a lob is longer in the front and shorter in the back and has some slight layering.
  • Retouch: Applying color just to regrowth (roots), not the whole head of hair.
  • Short vs shorter: Achieving your desired length is crucial! Make sure your stylist understands exactly what you mean by short or shorter. Here is where photos come in super handy!
  • Single process: A coloring process that only uses one color application.
  • Snip tour: Trimming the hair all around the head. Again, clarify exactly how much your stylist intends to cut off and in what places, especially bangs.

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Terms for Male Cuts
  • Buzz cut (or military cut): Short, buzzed cut. Super short is known as an induction cut (blade #0-#1) and a longer buzz cut (blade #4 or longer) is known as a butch cut. Want to be exact? Tell your stylist the blade number to use!
  • Crew cut: Tapered on the sides and back and longer on the top; the top is a uniform length or tapered slightly.
  • Ivy league: Several blade numbers longer than a Crew Cut.
  • Ceasar cut: The top is an inch longer than the rest of the hair and combed downward, creating a fringe on the forehead.
  • The fade: A very short tape that fades or “disappears” into the skin.
  • Undercut: Very short hair on the sides and back and longer on the top, going as dramatically different as you want.
  • The taper: Hair gradually changes from one length to another.

Thick Hair? Learn To Love It!

Most women would say thick hair is nothing to complain about…unless you’re one who has it, believe it or not! While it can be gorgeous, it also can be a pain to deal with since thick hair has a mind of its own and it’s often a struggle to do certain types of styling with it.
So what can you do to make dealing with your massive mane a bit easier?

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Start by Using the Right Shampoo and Conditioner

Thick hair tends to retain oil more due to the density of the hair strands. After a while, this causes build-up, leaving your tresses looking lifeless and dull. Try MONAT’s Hydration System.

These formulas work together to wash out any oil and residue left over from styling products and keep your hair looking fresh and healthy. Its Renew Shampoo is a hydrating cleanser that moisturizes the scalp and increases hair brilliance. Restore Leave-In Conditioner revives each hair strand and tames frizz and flyaways. Replenish Masque tops it off as a weekly treatment to deliver vital nutrients, leaving hair silky and smooth.

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Dry Your Hair the Right Way!

Drying thick hair can be an all-day event! You can speed up the natural air-dry process by keeping a microfiber head wrap towel on, which will absorb more moisture than a regular towel. If you prefer to blow your hair dry, you want the fastest drying time for less damage and frizz. Look for an ionic dryer with at least 1800 watts. Go for Blow Out Cream for a blowout with a 100% natural silicone alternative that won’t weigh your hair down. Drying time is reduced and your blowout will last!

Tie Your Hair Back Without Damage!

When you hair sometimes simply gets to be too much, straight rubber bands are a big no-no! Rubber or metal fasteners are magnets for breakage. Use elastics and hair accessories especially designed to grip without causing breakage. While they can be a challenge to find, they’re worth the time. Try your local beauty supply store or online hair product eCommerce sites.

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The Right Brush Is King!

Thick hair tends to bring a helping of extra frizz with it and static from regular brushes tops it off. Go for a 100 percent natural bristle brush that will evenly distribute the hair’s natural oils, which adds shine and helps manage frizziness.

Hacks For Getting The Most Out Of Curly Hair!

It’s a given that anyone with curly hair has heard someone with straight hair cry, “Your hair is so gorgeous! My hair is stick straight. I wish I had curls!” While it’s a compliment, straight haired people don’t know how hard it is to have a good curly hair day. But we’ve got some tips to help you have lots of good days!

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Always comb your hair from the bottom up!

Starting at the bottom allows you to gently detangle each knot, rather than compounding them all toward the bottom and yanking your way through with a comb.

Use a wide-tooth comb, never a brush!

Curly hair is very fragile. Using a wide-tooth comb is the gentlest way to detangle curls. It also won’t disturb the natural curl pattern like a brush. Better yet, go for finger-combing for the most gentle approach.

Forget the towel! Use a T-shirt!

If you want to greatly reduce frizz and breakage, dry your hair with a T-Shirt after washing. They’re much softer than rough towels. But since shirts aren’t as absorbent, make sure you very gently squeeze your hair out before drying. Make sure not to twist it as well.

Use a serum!

Right after washing, smooth a small amount of serum through your hair to smooth and give your curls definition and separation. REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive does the trick! REJUVENIQE’s proprietary blend of unique botanical oils is rich in rejuvenating vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that mimic the body’s own natural oils, allowing for deeper, quicker and more complete absorption for the hair. It will cradle your curls in luxury and bring out your natural shine.

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Repair your split ends!

Curly hair is so fragile and coarse that it is prone to split ends. Try a product that actually repairs split ends like REJUVABEADS™! The product selectively targets, deposits on and heals split-ends and other damaged or stressed areas along the hair shaft, eliminating breakage and frizz, decreasing friction, increasing shine and helping improve color. Hair is left stronger, more flexible, manageable and resilient. Split ends are definitely not a good look (not to mention they can make your hair frizzy!) so if you want healthy curls that look silky smooth, use REJUVABEADS.

*Independent testing has demonstrated that REJUVABEADS resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under within one minute following application.

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!

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