Winter Weather Needs a Healthy Gameplan!

The weather has changed and it’s time to change your gameplan for the effects of this colder season on your lifestyle and bodies. Says Dr. Brent Agin, MONAT Scientific Advisory Board Member, “The body is a pretty amazing machine. It is constantly making adjustments to everything happening outside and inside itself. We need to pay attention to both our internal and external health because our body relies on some key health habits to run optimally.”
Eat Right to Fuel Your Body and Your Brain!
Make sure that you are getting the right amounts of nutrient-dense foods rich in vitamins and minerals to support the endocrine and nervous systems and keep your body running efficiently, Dr. Agin says. People need all of their macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) to balance their metabolism, build hormones, support muscles and bones, and fuel the brain!
Don’t Disrupt Your Sleep!
It’s vital to get between 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Poor sleeping habits are associated with weight gain, depression, anxiety, heart disease, and other inflammatory conditions, Dr. Agin explains. A good sleep cycle is going to sleep between 10 pm and midnight and waking up between 6 am to 8 am. “This sleep cycle seems to be in line with our natural circadian rhythm, which is the 24-hour body clock that tells us when to sleep along with other necessary daily functions. When your sleep is off, it will eventually start to affect the rest of the circadian rhythm, which will result in unwanted ailments and disease,” Dr Agin adds.
Nutritional Supplements Serve As a Back-up Source
People in general do not get enough nutrients from foods alone. Dr. Agin says that the guideline is five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day but this occurs in less than five percent of American diets. “This nutritional lack, along with other factors, makes taking supplements an important part of keeping bodies healthy and immune system functioning efficiently. S3 by MONAT is one of those multi-purpose nutritional supplements that are great for strengthening and repairing our skin, hair and nails, but also has excellent ingredients for general health,” Dr. Agin adds. Taking vitamin D regularly will also help bolster your immune system especially in the months when you’re not in the sun.
Exercise Does a Lot More Than You Think!
Exercise does a lot more than keep weight balanced. “Like sleep, exercise has direct effects on hormones and neurotransmitters that can help prevent you from becoming ill,” Dr. Agin states.” There are plenty of easy exercise routines that can be done inside to keep an exercise routine going. Stop exercising in the cold months and one risks disrupting the body’s rhythm, increases the chances of getting hit hard in the cold season and ending up with weight gain and, to top it off, being in a grumpy mood!
Colder weather can be incredibly enjoyable…as long as you nourish yourself properly, sleep enough and stay fit!
Aging Hair: Stop It In Its Tracks!

Aging Hair: Stop It In Its Tracks!

Since September is Healthy Aging Month, now’s the time to dish the dirt on how to help hair stay “forever young.”

Is your hair thinning? More strands in your comb? Grey hairs starting to peek through? These are just some of the signs of aging hair, a reality many men and women are sad to report they’re experiencing. And while 50 is the new fabulous, when people reach this decade, they experience a different set of hair issues. Oil glands shrink over time and by 50, you’re not producing as much oil to coat your hair, so dry hair becomes a reality. Also during your 50s, you might see brittleness because your hair also loses some of its elasticity.

Good for you that these changes can be treated – it just involves changing your daily hair care routine to one that’s more, let’s say, MONATious!

Change in color

That first white strand is a tell-tale sign of aging hair. Hair goes gray when cells stop producing pigment, which is normal and happens naturally with age. While there is no cure for this at the moment, there are treatments you can do to alter the color of your strands temporarily, like dying it with hair dye, or for some people, henna. But there’s nothing wrong with going gray. Take these celebrities  for example. Some of them actually love embracing their grey hair.

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Change in hair thickness

In case you didn’t know, it’s perfectly normal to lose about 100 hairs per day, no matter your age. Hormonal changes in women can affect hair growth patterns as well. It’s not uncommon for menopausal women to experience hair thinning and hair loss. For example, they may notice less hair on their legs but more hair on their upper lip or chin (yikes! I know).

If you’re dealing with thinning hair, or just want naturally luscious and long locks, use MONAT. MONAT products are naturally based, age-prevention hair care products that help with the natural regrowth of hair. MONAT products help hair thrive by using premium, healthy ingredients. Learn more about the ingredients found in MONAT products, here.

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For optimal hair growth and strength, we highly recommend taking S3 by MONAT, a supplement support system that has ultimately raised the bar in hair nutrition. You see, each of the clinically proven ingredients found in S3 work together synergistically to replenish the system of possible nutrient deficiencies that could be contributing to hair loss. S3 provides a holistic hair regrowth treatment that works to promote enhanced hair growth from the inside out.

Feel free to browse this page to learn more about MONAT’s naturally based botanical products.

Let your hair do the talking!

Date Night? 5 Hairstyles To Make You Stunning!

Date Night? 5 Hairstyles To Make You Stunning!

Whether it’s “date night” with your boyfriend, fiancé or hubby, you want to look special. Here are 5 hairstyles that speak of romance and will make you feel like you’re walking down the red carpet, spotlights on!

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Putting your hair up shows off your face and a dramatic eye. If your hair is thick, put it up in a rubber band and then swirl it around into a bun, pinning as you go. If your hair is fine, use a mesh donut form to add some density. Mist lightly with Refinish Control Hairspray to keep it in place.

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Long, Loose Waves

Languid tendrils falling down your back is full of allure. The key is not styling your curls too tight…let it be messy and sexy by breaking up your curls with your fingertips. Touseled Texturizing Mist can give you that slightly rumpled look that makes your hair ever so touchable.

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Face Framing Crimps

You can have it both ways if you go with this style. Put your hair up in a bun or pull it back and braid it first, while keeping a center part. Then loosen things up by pulling out sections in front on both sides of the part and crimping them. Immediately your hairstyle looks softer and more alluring. Use a curling iron to get the irregular curly look with the tendrils. A little Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy will give some hold to the curls…and you’re all set to dance the night away!

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Half-Up Bouffant

Put a retro spin on your look with a bouffant half-updo…but give it a touchable texture.
Use Reshape Root Lifter to give your hair a boost at the top and to give it all-around fullness. Back comb the hair on the top of your head, pull the front strands back over the “fluff” and clip hair half-up. You’ll wow your “date” with this one!

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Modern Flapper

Take a steal from the flappers’ era and bring it in the 21st century! This is great for giving a sexy edge to chin length hair. Use some Blow Out Cream while you both dry and scrunch your hair at the same time. This will give you shine and a slight wave. Then use Tousled Texturing Mist to add more loose waves. You’ll be surrounded by a halo of romance with this one!

Want To Turn Heads? Get Gorgeous Eyes!

Want To Turn Heads? Get Gorgeous Eyes!

It has long been said that the eyes are the window to a person’s soul.
Turn Heads With Your First Impression

Your eyes play a huge role in first impressions because they are generally the first feature people notice when initially meeting you. And countless surveys show that men are more attracted to women with beautiful eyes.1 So let’s talk about them!

Eyebrows Put a Picture Frame Around Your Face!

Eyebrows have been in the spotlight more than ever recently and there’s a reason why. Well-groomed eyebrows frame the eyes and highlight your best features. The right eyebrow shape can brighten your appearance and make you look more youthful as well as draw more attention to your eyes…and to you! In fact, strong brows will turn heads faster than you can blink an eye!

Long Lashes Top Off Your Eye Appeal!

Long lashes are a universal symbol of beauty. Full, lush lashes exude sex appeal and youthfulness as well as make your eyes more alert. Many women feel that long lashes increase their self-esteem. That makes sense! When we look good, our confidence is boosted and we feel better about ourselves. Want to turn heads at your high school reunion? Emphasize your eyebrows and eyelashes!

However, not everyone is born with full luscious eyebrows or long, luxurious eyelashes. But you can take steps to help your brows fill in and your eyelashes grow longer by using a serum, like MONAT’s Eye Wonder™ Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum. Eye Wonder contains the clinically proven Capixyl™, which helps to increase the strength and condition of your brows and lashes. It also contains Fision KeraVeg18, a vegetable-based alternative to animal keratin which helps strengthen and improve the luster of lashes and brows.

Says Dr. Amy Ross of MONAT’s Scientific Advisory Board, “Replacing natural oils with Eye Wonder will make the lashes more healthy and therefore resilient. They also may appear more full.”

Listen to what else Dr. Ross has to say about your eyebrows and eyelashes here:

Want To Turn Heads? Get Gorgeous Eyes!

Learn more about Eye Wonder here.

With magnificent eyebrows and eyelashes, you’ll not only turn heads but make others green with envy. What a delicious thought!

1 Bass, JW, MD., 9 Reasons Women Want Longer Lashes, realself. https://www.realself.com/article/reasons-women-want-longer-lashes

Top 5 Styling Tips For Summer Hair!

Top 5 Styling Tips For Summer Hair!

Along with all the fun, relaxing, beach and pool days of summer come heat and humidity and the burning rays of the sun. Keeping your hair looking good without a lot of time spent styling (that time should be spent outside!) is the goal.
Here are five styles with tips on how to keep them in tip-top shape…easily!

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Styling Tip #1 – Chunky Top Knot

A chunky top knot is perfect for weathering hot days. Keep the bun slightly messy to relax the look and stay on trend. Keep it in place with a solid blast of hairspray, like Refinish Control Hairspray which also will tame flyaways around the hairline.

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Styling Tip #2 – Ultra-High Ponytail

The ultra-high ponytail is another great look for a hot day that flows into an evening out. Use a pliable product like Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy when blow drying to keep it clean and sleek all day. Also put some Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy in the palms of your hands, rub together to warm the product and then very gently wipe your hands over the crown of your head for added hold.

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Styling Tip #3 – Low, Loose Side-Braid

Curls are great but sometimes you want them out of the way, especially when you’re too tired to wash your hair in the evening. MONAT’s The CHAMP Dry Conditioning Shampoo has a trick for this! Before going to bed, get rid of any overnight greasiness by spraying The CHAMP directly on your roots and then slightly all over your hair; massage in gently with your fingers. Work your hair into a low, loose side-braid without the use of a brush, and sleep on it. Tomorrow you can either keep the braid or undo it… and flaunt natural second-day body and waves! Just be sure you don’t set your hair too tight or perfectly, since the slightly messy look is in for the summer!

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Styling Tip #4 – Slightly Disheveled Pixie

A slightly disheveled pixie is another great summer style. Warm a tablespoon of BLACK Groom Styling Clay in your palms so you can shape, mold and paste small pieces of your hair any way you feel like…the messier the better! You’ll end up with thicker-looking hair and a matte finish, giving you a cool appearance in the midst of a hot day! BLACK Groom Styling Clay is great for men’s hair too, to create a textured matte look with pliable hold.

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Styling Tip #5 – Beachy Waves Look

No summer hair tips would be complete without an emphasis on the beachy waves look, a great do for those of you with naturally wavy hair. Spray Tousled Texturizing Mist into your palms, run through your hair and then let your hair air dry, moving your fingers through it every so often to loosen the waves. If you want some extra volume, spray at the roots of your hair while it’s half dry to build fullness and dimension.

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Bonus Tip – Protect Your Hair

Importantly, the best hack you can follow in the summer, regardless of the hairstyle you choose, is to use products with sunscreen to protect hair from sun damage in them. All the products listed in this blog contain CRODASORB™, which is a UV absorber that helps protect hair color from fading in the sun.

Now get out there and have some summer fun!

Have You Mastered The Art Of Grooming?

Have You Mastered The Art Of Grooming?

Calling all men! How many of you have stepped into the 21st century and developed your own art of grooming ritual for your hair? Spending time in the bathroom – but we don’t mean lots of time! – is no longer reserved for women. Masculine hair and facial hair grooming is a habit that all men should embrace, regardless of your look.
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The unkempt, grunge style of the 90s has long gone and the “man bun” is reserved for millennials. But there are still numerous ways to wear your hair. To give you an idea of the many ways you can wear your hair, pick up some men’s magazines, google “men’s hairstyles” and read a link like this. If you’re still at a loss for what to do with your hair, ask your stylist for advice.
Above all, any guy with a clue knows that the “just got a haircut” look is passé. Anyone who has an art of grooming knows your haircutter should practically be your friend…and a good friend, not a bad one! You certainly don’t want to be like Jim Morrison, who once said, “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.” A steady schedule of monthly visits to a good stylist to keep your hair shaped is vital to looking your best.

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Overwhelmed by Haircare Products?
Choosing hair products is often where men stumble. Which products should you use to clean and style your hair? The right products can make a huge transformation in your overall appearance. Save time by using MONAT’s BLACK Shampoo + Conditioner 2-in1 system that cleanses and conditions hair while maintaining essential moisture. It also helps stimulate natural hair growth and who doesn’t want that?
The art of grooming also includes styling your hair, even if you think styling is not for you. This is where choosing the right product becomes critical. Putting a finish on one’s hair is important for everyone, from hipster youth to athletic go-getters to seasoned executives. Remember, sloppy gets you nowhere. Try BLACK Groom Styling Clay to give you just the right hold (not too much!) and the variety you want in how your hair looks.

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

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

Condition Your Hair

Top Tips To Condition Your Hair!

How to Properly Condition Your Hair!
So all this time, you thought you’ve been conditioning your hair the right way. After all, what is there to do but put conditioner on your head, massage it through your hair and rinse. Right? Wrong! There actually is a proper way to condition your hair so you get maximum benefit and shining, lustrous hair. Let’s get to it!
  • Prepping Your Washed Hair: After you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, squeeze some of the water out of your hair before you condition your hair with Revitalize Conditioner.
  • Applying Conditioner: Add conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair to the tips. You don’t need to condition your hair at the roots because the natural oil from your scalp is more concentrated there; you don’t need it.
  • Let It Sit: If your hair is long, clip it up and finish showering. The longer the conditioner stays on your hair, the better it absorbs. Rinse out the conditioner as the final step in your shower.
  • Give Hair a Squeeze: Before you rinse, though, give your hair a few gentle squeezes since excess water dilutes your conditioner and prevents hair from soaking up moisturizing ingredients.
  • Bring On the Cold: This conditioning tip is important. Finish with a cold water rinse. Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer. This will cause it to reflect the most light and shine.
  • Pick Products for Your Hair Type: Most importantly, be sure to select a shampoo and conditioner that are made especially for your hair type. If your hair is dry, choose moisturizing products like Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-In Conditioner. If you color your hair, opt for color-safe formulas and extra special treatments, like masques such as Replenish Masque. Volumizing products are great for fine hair types; try Revive Shampoo and Revitalize Conditioner.

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Work On Your Split Ends: We’ve all got them but now we can get rid of them with a product like REJUVABEADS®, which selectively targets and penetrates damaged hair and pulls split ends* together like magnets, mending them completely through a proprietary technology. Continued use leads to stronger, healthier, more flexible and resilient hair.
Remember, how often you wash your hair depends on your hair type. If you have oily or fine hair you may need to shampoo daily. Normal hair can probably be washed three times a week and dry to very dry hair can go 4 to 5 days to a week without washing.
By following these conditioning tips properly, you can now happily dry and style your hair, knowing your locks are ready to turn into shine and luster!
*Independent testing has demonstrated that application of the product resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under.
New Year, New Style

New Year, New Style

It’s the New Year and you’re itching for a new hairstyle. After all, your hair is your crowning glory, right? But what to do when your locks are looking less glorious than usual? Well, it could be time not only to change the calendar but also to change your look! Shake things up a bit and discover a new do that is completely, uniquely and gorgeously you!
Remember:
  • What was perfect for you years ago might not necessarily be so today. For example, you might feel that the cute hairstyle that once looked amazing on you is not as flattering anymore if you’re not used to seeing your face get rounder or slimmer.
  • The long, silky locks that were once your shining armor suddenly seem difficult to maintain with your busy lifestyle; you now barely have time to run a brush through your hair in the morning.
  • You are ever-changing… so why should your hairstyle remain the same?
Your mane can be beautiful in many shapes, cuts, and colors, but if you don’t want to take drastic measures, here are a few simple tricks without the need to use scissors or dyes:
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Pull Hair Back. Use a headband or wear a sleek ponytail to keep hair off your face, control flyaways and let your beautiful features take center stage. Spray on a little Refinish Control Hairspray by MONAT to keep hair in place.
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Tuck Hair Behind Your Ear. The easiest trick of all! It instantly highlights any cute new earrings. Make an X with bobby pins in the back to keep your style in place.
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Texturize. Give hair instant volume, waves and a soft, matte finish with a sea salt spray or a texturizing spray, like Tousled Texturizing Mist from MONAT.
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Switch Your Curling Iron. Tired of the same ringlets every morning? Switch to a bigger- or smaller-sized curling rod for a completely different look. Use a large, 2-inch barrel to get Old Hollywood waves.
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Try a Faux Bob. Have a quick fling with shorter hair by pulling your hair together at the nape of your neck, then tie with an elastic near the ends and tuck them under, pinning in place. Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy from MONAT will ensure strands don’t stray.
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Switch Your Part. Always wear a center part? Flip your hair to the side for instant lift. Always wear a side part? Try a center split for a more casual, bohemian feel.

Hair Shedding VS Hair Breakage

Now that you’re on your MONAT journey to fabulous hair, are you paying closer attention to your mane? Are you noticing a few hairs on your pillowcase? What about in the shower? Are you worried you might be shedding too much hair? Are you certain it’s shedding and not actually breakage? No need to fret! We’re here to explain the difference between hair shedding and hair breakage.

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The Skinny on Hair Shedding
In case you didn’t know, it’s normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day. As stated on the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) website, excessive hair shedding is common in people who have experienced one of the following stressors:
  • Lost 20 pounds or more.
  • Given birth.
  • Lots of stress (Caring for a loved one who is sick, going through a divorce, losing a job).
  • High fever.
  • Undergone an operation.
  • Recovering from an illness.
  • Stopped taking birth-control pills
Most people notice the excessive hair shedding a few months after a stressful event. As your body readjusts, the excessive shedding stops. Within a few months, the hair should regain its normal fullness. And with the help of MONAT’s naturally based, hair treatment systems, you can rest assured knowing you’re doing everything you can to prevent hair loss.

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Now About Hair Breakage
When you style your hair, do you notice a lot of short, broken hair strands in the sink or on the floor? If the answer is “yes,” you’re probably experiencing hair breakage. Hair breakage is a result of too much heat styling or chemical damage. Here are a few tips to treat hair breakage:
  • Use Replenish Masque a few times per week (2-3 times is ideal).
  • Stretch your blowout as long as you can, as the natural oils from your scalp are healthy for your hair. If you must wash your hair daily, be sure to treat it with Rejuveniqe® to keep the hair follicles coated with hydrating ingredients.
  • When hair is wet, use a naturally based leave-in conditioner like Restore and comb hair gently to avoid breakage.
  • Try to keep chemical salon services limited to one at a time. Multiple chemical services (like coloring and relaxing) is more likely to cause stress on the hair shaft.
  • Over processed hair is brittle. So if you must color process your hair, make sure to add moisture with a regular deep-conditioning regimen.
  • Avoid heat styling as much as possible.
  • Eat a diet rich in protein. Protein can repair weak spots in the hair shaft, warding off breakage. But be forewarned: Too much protein can make the hair brittle, and too much moisture makes strands too flexible. It’s important to find the right balance of moisture and protein.
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