You visit the salon and leave with a vibrant, shiny, bouncy new hairstyle, feeling like a million bucks.
What Breed or Mix is Your Dog?
What Type of Coat Does Your Dog Have?
- Silky. A silky long coat is a single coat that grows continuously and requires more frequent trimming. A very close cut can last as long as two to three months. However, if you prefer the groomer to leave an inch or more of hair, you’ll likely need to come back every four to six weeks to keep the mats at bay.
- Coarse. A coarse, long coat is slightly less prone to matting and can go around three months between grooming sessions.
What Does the Breeder or Shelter Recommend?
What Does Your Groomer Recommend?
How Much Brushing or Grooming Do You Need to Do At Home?
Finding the Right Grooming Schedule for Your Pooch is an Individual Process
Snazz it Up with Accessories
Weave a Quick Braid
Leave it Down (ish)
Throw it Up (ish)
Doing Your Hair Before Work Just Got Easier
Wear-It-Down and Sultry Looks
Alluring Half-Up Looks
Boho Braided Looks
1. The Style: Pompadour
2. The Style: Quiff
3. The Style: Undercut
4. The Style: Fade
New Hair, New You in 2019
Valentine’s Day ‘Dos You Will Love
Boost Your Moisturizing Regimen
- Gel moisturizers, which are lightweight and comfortable to wear while packing a serious punch in the hydration department.
- Creams, which are heavier and moisturize more aggressively, although they can be comedogenic for some people.
- Products containing glycerin help form a barrier between the skin and the environment to help protect it against the physical threats of winter.
- Products containing ceramides are natural fats found in the skin’s outer layers. You can help fix winter-related damage and dryness by replenishing your skin with ceramides.
Why You Should Be Careful About Exfoliating
What If I Exfoliate Too Often?
- Micro-cuts and cracks in the surface of the skin
- Acne breakouts from over-irritation
1. Taking a break from exfoliating.
2. Moisturizing more often while your skin heals.
3. Using healing serums that contain ingredients such as tea tree oil.
4. Avoiding exposure to the cold, when and where possible.
Try Healing and Nourishing Masks
Take a Supplement for Skin Health
What is in a Skin Health Supplement?
- Aloe extracts, which may help boost elasticity
- Vitamin A, also known as beta-carotene, which helps address poor skin health due to deficiency
- Biotin, which provides the structural proteins that keep your hair in shape
- Zinc, which helps increase cell turnover and encourage more youthful skin
How Can I Protect My Skin From Cold?
- Use a thin layer of a boosting serum, preferably one that includes niacinamide and ceramides. These help your skin to conserve moisture.
- Apply a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid to help your skin seal in moisture.
- Wear a sunscreen at least 15 SPF: Yes, your skin is still susceptible to sun damage in winter. Even though the sun is farther from the Earth during the winter, its rays are still strong, and can still be damaging to your skin.
1. Use Skin Protection in the Sun
- Aging and sun spots
- Textural changes
What Kind of Sunscreen Should I Choose?
2. Quit Smoking
- It causes eye bags: Studies have shown that smokers typically sleep less than non-smokers. This could be due to periodic nicotine withdrawals that occur during the night. The result? Bags under the eyes.
- It makes you age prematurely: Smoking narrows the tiny capillaries that keep your facial skin fresh and rejuvenated. When these capillaries are too narrow, your skin becomes less oxygenated. Then, your skin has a harder time recovering from the day-to-day environmental exposure and damage.
As a result, premature textural skin changes that can make you look older than your years, including roughness on your face, and a “chicken-skin” appearance on your neck and arms.
- It damages collagen levels: Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and prevents sagging and wrinkles. There are over 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke. These chemicals work together to sabotage your skin’s collagen fibers, giving you premature wrinkles such as crow’s feet (and smoker’s lines, as expected).
- It causes hyperpigmentation: Smoking also causes hyperpigmentation, which is caused by your body producing more melanocytes (pigmented skin cells) than it normally should. The result can be flat, brown “age spots” on vulnerable areas such as your arms, neck, and face; or a blotchy, red pigmentation on the face.
Can You Undo Skin Damage Caused by Smoking?
3. Choose Gentle Products and Routines
What Skin Care Ingredients Should You Avoid?
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Artificial or unnamed fragrances
What Are Some Gentle Skin Care Ingredients?
- Hyaluronic acid
- Fatty acids
- Give Your Skin a Break! Constant chemical exfoliation can cause redness, irritation, dehydration, and even scarring if you over-irritate your skin. Exfoliating your skin once per day is more than enough. In fact, many people exfoliate two or three times weekly instead.
Ultimately, your exfoliation routine should depend on your skin type and sensitivity levels, but avoid over-exfoliating at all costs.
- Minimize physical exfoliation. What’s the problem with physical exfoliation? Well, physical exfoliation causes micro cuts on the surface of your skin. These micro cuts are essentially tiny wounds that are constantly healing and re-opening every time you exfoliate.
Common methods of physical exfoliation can be too harsh, such as scrubs with apricot pits, and rough loofahs. Instead, choose a gentle exfoliator (such as a microfiber cloth) and keep it on an as-needed basis.
- Use cool water. Hot water is damaging and drying to the skin, and it can strip away your natural oil barrier. The result? More bacteria penetrates your skin, which means more acne.
On the other hand, cool water causes your skin to tighten up and retract temporarily, giving you a brighter look to start the day—without causing any damage.
4: Exfoliate on a Schedule
How Often Should You Exfoliate?
5. Use Skin Supplements
What is a Good Skin Supplement?
- Vitamin A (also known as beta-carotene)
How to Take Care of Your Skin—The Right Way
Short and Fashionable Hairstyles
Short Hairstyle Products
How to Select the Best Short Hairstyle Products
7 Tips to a Beautiful Short Hairstyle in 5 Minutes or Less
Get the Style You Love—And in Less Time
How to Keep Long Hair Healthy
1. Eat right
2. Get regular trims
3. Use the right products
4. Cool it on the coloring
Now that you have a better understanding of how and why proper maintenance, conditioning, and naturally-based products are the foundation of any gorgeous, long hairstyle, the next step is styling.
We have compiled a list of the best long hairstyles for women, along with steps on how to do them.
1. Beach Waves.
- Step 1 – The Ponytail Method. One of the easiest ways to achieve beach waves with long hair is the ponytail method. The trick to getting those long, wavy beach waves is to gather your hair into a high ponytail.
Then, use a curling iron to style the tied section. A bonus to this method is that it’s easy to keep track of the strands that have been curled already.
Finish with a control hairspray like Monat’s Refinish Control Hairspray, and you’re done!
- Step 2 – Twist and Texture. Another easy way to achieve beach waves in just a few minutes is the twist method.
First, twist each side of your hair tightly, and then slowly run your flat iron down the length of the twist.
Then, follow up with a texturizing mist to add some volume and to create some piecey-ness to your style.
- Step 3 – Beach “Bun”. Is a more natural, air dry style more your speed? The most low-maintenance method for achieving a beachy wave look is the bun method.
First, wash your hair (using a safe, moisture-rich product like the ones we suggested above).
Then, apply a styling cream, like Monat’s Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy.
Finally, twist your hair into 2-3 buns at the nape of your neck, pin, and then wait it out! In a few hours, you’ll achieve a shiny, natural wave look—no heat needed.
2. Half-Up Long Hairstyles.
- Step 1 – Triple Twist. One favorite is the triple-twist half-up style.
First, loosely curl your hair either using a curling iron or one of the beach wave tactics above.
Then, use a texturizing spray. Part hair down the middle, and twist a small section of hair from the left over to the right and pin it.
Repeat this same step on the right, and then repeat on each side with sections of hair below the first ones.
- Step 2 – Simple and Sweet. . If you’re looking for a simpler method, take a page out of Diane Kruger’s book with a half-up hairstyle that pulls the top section into a small ponytail, then winds the end around to hide the band.
The key here is to ensure you’re using the right styling products to keep your long hair touchably soft and frizz-free.
3. Braided Hairstyles.
- Step 1 – The Braided Ponytail. The braided ponytail is a super simple style that only requires a side part, a simple three strand braid, and a piece of hair folded to cover the elastic. Make sure to separate out your side braid so it’s full and luscious.
- Step 2 – The Fishtail Braid. We promise—this one only looks challenging, but once you nail it, we guarantee this might become your go-to long hairstyle.
Start with a good styling creme and follow the steps carefully to achieve a look that is perfect for long hair.
Pull your hair to one side, separate your hair with your hands, and then pull the rest of the hair through.
Repeat until you get to the end and tie with an elastic.
- Step 3 – The Mermaid Braid. This is another trendy long hairstyle that only looks complicated and time consuming.
Simply start french-braiding your hair halfway down the back of your head, and to one side.
The key to this long hairstyle is to keep the braid loose. Not only will this make it easier to braid, but it will also give you that loose, casual look that also screams sexy and sophisticated.