Keeping Blonde Hair Blonde!

They say blondes have more fun but what they don’t tell you is that caring for blonde hair isn’t a lot of fun. The water, sun and air pollution can make your tresses brassy while over styling and processing, if you’re a bottle blonde, can result in hair that’s dry and easily damaged. But if you nail down the right maintenance routine, you can luxuriate in your light locks while keeping them healthy at the same time.
Pick the RIGHT Shampoo and Conditioner
When it comes to choosing a shampoo and conditioner, look for a formula designed specifically for maintaining and protecting your hair color. Colour Enhance Brilliant Blonde Shampoo and Colour Enhance Brilliant Blonde Conditioner were made precisely to enhance blonde and golden hues while keeping hair nourished. If you’re a platinum blonde, it’s even more important to pick the right products. Go for purple to keep the brassiness at bay. Colour Enhance Perfectly Platinum Shampoo and Colour Enhance Perfectly Platinum Conditioner revitalize color brilliance and enhance platinum hues.

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Keep Your Hair Hydrated
Looking for that perfect shade of sunshine can put your hair through the wringer. Lifting a dark shade to blonde is not a nice process and can strip your hair of oils and nutrients leaving you with dry, stretchy, brittle hair. To help bring dry brittle hair back to life, we recommend investing in a good leave-in conditioner and/or hydrating masque. Hair masques are a great way to restore the moisture stripped from your hair during the lightening process. These deep conditioning treatments are vital for color-treated hair, and are a great way to avoid looking like you’ve got straw for hair. Try Replenish Masque to get your hair back to silky.
Take a Break from Shampooing
Refreshing your hair without shampooing will help keep color vibrant. Find a dry shampoo like THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo that works for you to maintain your blonde longer.
Watch Out for Heat
Blondes really need to take extra care with heat styling because blonde hair is drier to begin with. Take a vacation from heat styling by letting your hair simply dry. Use Air Dry Cream, a light, airy cream for heatless, effortless styling and to give you texture and frizz-free results. Try it with a bun, updo or braid. You never had it so easy.
You Can Never Have Enough Moisture
Use a hair oil to keep your fair strands moisturized. Apply from mid-length to the ends and your hair will not only get needed hydration but reflect the light. Try REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive with 13+ natural plant and essential oils to give you long-lasting shine.
Keep It Covered
We know you may have paid a pretty penny for that lovely blonde shade but if you’re going to be outside in the sun for a while, wear a hat. While yes, the sun can lighten your locks (which you may want) it also can turn your hair an ugly brassy shade. Better to keep your golden strands covered.

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Saving Your Blonde Hair from the Water
It’s true that salt water and pool chlorine can turn light hair colors into a yukky shade of green. The key is to fight the battle ahead of time by applying a conditioner like Revitalize Conditioner before entering the pool or ocean. This creates a barrier between your golden blonde hair and the salt water or chlorine. After you come out of the water, rinse your hair as soon as possible to get rid of residue and keep it clean clean clean.

Deep Clean Your Hair For Luster And Shine!

You wash your hair, you give it a masque once a week…and you think you’re doing the right thing, right? Well, wrong! There’s one critical step you shouldn’t omit from your haircare regime and that’s a deep cleanse every week, using a clarifying shampoo and a purifying masque. Deep cleansing is critical to a healthy-looking lustrous head of hair and a great style.
Typical shampoos cleanse gently because they have less cleaning agents compared to moisturizing agents and your hair looks shiny and smooth as a result. But when you deep cleanse, it’s time to use a clarifying shampoo, which has less conditioning agents and more cleaning agents in order to get the hair squeaky clean.
Clarifying shampoos are designed to remove stubborn build-up from your hair, like silicone, wax, or styling products including hair oils, mousses, hairsprays and dry shampoo. Clarifying shampoos also help to lift away mineral deposits from hard water. Using clarifying shampoo is like giving your hair a clean slate, ready to start fresh.

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The deep yet gentle cleansing action of MONAT Clarifying Shampoo is specifically formulated to instantly lift surface impurities, wash away styling product build-up and help rebalance surface oils, bringing freshness and a deep sense of cleanliness to your locks, without stripping or drying out the hair. It’s an ideal weekly deep cleansing shampoo that works wonders on all hair types, leaving hair shiny and perfectly healthy-looking.
Clarifying Shampoo preps the hair by completely clearing the entire hair shaft from root to tip of all accumulated dirt, oil, pollutants and product debris that coat the hair, thus reducing the subsequent effectiveness of a MONAT conditioner and other hair products. It is through this gentle purging action that the Clarifying Shampoo helps enhance the additional benefits of hydration, volume or smoothness derived from the active ingredients formulated into MONAT’s assortment of shampoos and conditioners.
Here are the top reasons why we all need to work a Clarifying Shampoo into our weekly haircare routine:
  • To remove dirt, debris, impurities and styling product build-up that sticks to the hair;
  • To help wash away pollutants, smog, cigarette smoke, even harsh mineral deposits from hard water;
  • To prep hair for hair coloring – this gives colour the best chance of depositing well without any mineral or product build-up interference;
  • To help build occasional volume, especially if hair is fine and limp; because it’s so light and deep-cleansing, it really helps achieve a more voluminous style;
  • To help remove greasiness and surface oils;
  • To deep cleanse the hair, prepping it for your deep conditioning weekly masque, making your masque work ever so much better; your weekly deep-conditioning treatment is going to deep-condition a heck of a lot better if it doesn’t have to fight through layers of product gunk to get to your hair strands;
  • To reboot your hair routine to give it a fresh, clean start.

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The second step in the deep cleansing regime is to follow with a masque like Purifying Charcoal Gelée Hair Masque, a unique, modern-textured gel-cream hair masque that deep cleans, gently conditions, and features an activated charcoal blend that purifies, removes build-up and helps balance the scalp for optimal scalp health and hair beauty. When used as the second step in deep cleanse after Clarifying Shampoo, your hair will not only look and feel thoroughly cleansed but you’ll achieve improved performance from styling products.

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In sum, Clarifying Shampoo and the Only for You Charcoal Gelée Masque offer a special cleansing system. They remove pollution, impurities, styling build-up and allergens (pollens). This gentle purging action creates the ideal conditions for other products to perform better, offering optimum results like better curls, more volume, even smoother hair!! You’ll definitely turn heads when you walk in the room with your lustrous hair!

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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If you still don’t feel your locks are dense enough, you can do something! Try the Densify Duo SystemIntense Repair Shampoo and Intense Repair Treatment. These products will add density, thicken, protect and strengthen your tresses, making you feel like you have an abundant head of hair!
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 favorites.
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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 to cause cracks in the cuticle layer, frayed and split ends, chipped and ragged cuticles, faded color, diminished curl, 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.
The TSA 3-1-1 Rule
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.
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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 small containers with your prized possessions, like foundation, make-up remover, and your favorite shampoo and conditioner 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 take 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 can be easily wrapped, 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 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 Break Do A Number To Your Hair? Fix It Now!

So Spring Break is about to end. Whether you scooted down to a tropical state, jetted off to Mexico or flew across the globe to a truly exotic locale, you had a super time. But now your hair is likely the worse for wear. As you were dabbling in salt water or chlorine pools and getting sun all day long, your hair was taking the brunt. Now it’s frizzy, frazzled and dull, making you feel the same way. Why did it get this way?

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When your hair gets dry or damaged, the cuticle frays and becomes somewhat shredded, like the scales on a snake. Ewww. Who wants hair like that? Hair like this also does not lie flat, giving rise to frizz and flyaways.
What to do? Fix it, fast! Your hair needs to be restored with water and oil, two things that the sun and salt water took out of it.

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The first thing you can do is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Bring water back IN to your hair since it’s literally gasping for it. Start with a shampoo that both hydrates and moisturizes, like Renew Shampoo. A shampoo like this is salt-and-sulfate free and gentle enough for even the weakest strands that were damaged by a week of fun in the sun.

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Then try a leave-in conditioner so your hair benefits all day long from added moisture. With Restore Leave-In Conditioner, you get an extra punch of hydration while your scalp gets essential nutrients to help stamp out any remaining scalp burn from the sun. Restore Leave-In Conditioner is great because it can be used on wet or dry hair to tame errant frizzies and flyaways.

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But your hair needs more. Once a week, give it a good wallop of nourishment with a repairing and hydrating masque like Replenish Masque that is ideal for damaged or parched strands. Replenish Masque delivers essential moisture and vital nutrients to eliminate frizz and stop split ends. Your hair will come out silky and shiny.

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Don’t be aghast but adding some nourishing oil especially designed to rejuvenate your hair every few days will put the finishing touches on your formerly parched locks. Try REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive that has Abyssinian oils, combined with a blend of multiple unique molecular ingredients, to reduce oxidative stress and add volume and shine.
With a hydration and nourishing regimen like this, your hair’s brilliance factor will go way up and the vibrant, bouncy, shiny tresses you were used to before Spring Break will return. It’s all good!

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!

Hottest Hair Colors for 2018

When it comes to hair, color is IN! 2018 brings brighter, bolder and spicier shades. It’s very 80’s but definitely back in style.
But importantly you have to go with what looks best with your skin coloring. If you’re pale skinned, the icy look is for you, like platinum, a perennial favorite. If you have warm undertones, go for a warm buttery blond or caramel auburn.
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Buttery Blonde
Here, our fav celeb Reese Witherspoon rocks a buttery blonde. Her hair looks multi-dimensional and inviting. Who wouldn’t want a color like this?
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Brunette to Caramel Balayage Is Taking Over the Browns
Balayage remains hot on the radar but now it’s with warmer shades. Jessica Biel’s balayage goes from very dark roots to warm caramel, spanning the spectrum of color and turning heads as she walks in the door.
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Platinum Is A Scene Stealer
Have you noticed how many celebs are going platinum blonde? It. Is. The. Rage. Whether it’s Cara Delevingne’s pure icey platinum or Zoë Kravitz’ slightly warm pixie platinum or Kate Bosworth’s sandy blonde platinum, this color is keeping hair colorists busy everywhere.
Ready for a change but not ready to go full force? Think about enhancing your current hair color with a shampoo made for what you have now. MONAT’s COLOUR ENHANCE products help you play safe by not depositing any real pigment but rather, upping the ante on what you’ve already got. They are formulated with botanical antioxidants and MONAT’s most exclusive plant-derived color enhancing ingredient blends for brilliant results that enrich colour and heighten shine. Whether you’re blonde, brunette or platinum, MONAT’s COLOUR ENHANCE line has a shampoo and conditioner duo just for you!
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