5 Easy Summer Hairdos

August is the hottest month of the entire summer, and there is nothing worse than facing sweltering temps without a hot weather beauty regimen to rely on. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand the feeling of my hair being on my neck when the thermometer is climbing into three-digit territory. Instead, I like to keep my tresses off my neck, away from my face, and pulled back into an effortless ‘do. When the standard ponytail has worn out its welcome, there are a few other options to explore…

wrapped ponytail

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Put a fresh spin on your basic pony by wrapping a piece of hair around the base and holding it in place with a bobby pin. Give it that beachy summer touch by tousling it up a little bit.

messy bun

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This hairstyle is the easiest way to get your hair off your face and neck, and it looks cute too. Gather your hair and twist it until it makes a donut shape. Fasten your hair tie around the outer edge, secure with bobby pins and pull out a few wispy pieces for an undone look.

topsy turvy

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This simple trick looks like it takes a lot of effort, but you can do it in no time at all. First throw your hair into a loose low ponytail. Then spread the hair above your hair tie into two sections and loop the ponytail through it. Pull it all the way through and loosen up the twisted sides.

milkmaid braids

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You might remember this hairstyle from our festival beauty hair ideas post. Just make two braids in your hair, wrap them around your head, and secure them to the top of your head with bobby pins. Click the photo for our step-by-step tutorial.

loose fishtail

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This hairstyle is great for one of those straight-off-the-beach days when your hair is salty and windblown. The salt should even make it textured enough to hold without an elastic! Never tried a fishtail? Click the photo above for an easy tutorial.

Which hairstyle is your favorite?

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7 New Braided Hairstyles to Try Now

The variety of hairstyles you can create with braids is astounding. They can go from workout casual to wedding chic to work appropriate in minutes and work with just about any hair type. So to get you out of your winter hair rut, we’ve rounded up some inspiring spring styles—most of which you may not have seen before!

1. Faux Hawk Braid

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Who knew a braid could look so rock n’ roll? If you’re looking for an edgier do, this faux hawk braid is definitely the way to go. It’s really just a French braid, down the center, and done inside out (also known as a Dutch braid). Once the braid reaches the your neck, tie it into a ponytail and wrap the elastic with your hair. Check out this awesome video for a step-by-step tutorial!

2. One-Sided Braid

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If your hairstyle needs a little oomph (or your cowlick is misbehaving), this look is a great solution. Just take a small section of hair on one side of your head and French braid it toward the back of your head — this tutorial will show you how! This look works with wavy, straight, or curly hair.

3. Braided Crown Ponytail

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To get the braided crown effect without full up-do, try creating one braid along your forehead, adding pieces from behind as you go, as shown in this video. Continue the braid along your hairline and pull the rest back into a sleek ponytail.

4. Double Dutch Braids

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For a unique take on the classic pigtail braids, try two Dutch braids that lay straight back, parallel to your scalp. Thicken the look by pulling on the braid and separating the hair a bit. Check out this step-by-step tutorial for a closer look!

5. Tied with a Bow

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This sweet, feminine look works for just about any spring occasion. Simply create two small braids on either side of your head and tie back with bow. Follow this tutorial for more detailed instructions and add a bow for that feminine touch.

6. Double Floral Crown

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Even among the variety of braids you can master, this bohemian version really stands out from the crowd. This tutorial shows you how to take two braids and create a double crown. Add some spring floral pieces to get that ethereal, finished look.

7. Half-Up Fishtail

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We didn’t forget about you short hair ladies! Half-up braids are well suited for shorter hair, but why not spice yours up with a fishtail braid instead? The texture is unique and the look is versatile enough for any occasion. Get the look with this easy to follow tutorial.

Which is your favorite braided hairstyle?

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Why You Should Wash Your Face Before Bed

The last thing you want to do after a long day is to wash your face before going to sleep. It seems so simple, but all of us have had those nights when you just want to crash before taking it all off. But naked skin really is the best thing to wear to bed and is a vital part of a good skincare routine.

Here are some reasons to always remove your makeup before going to bed:

  • It can ruin your completion for weeks
  • Clogs pores during key time for skin rejuvenation. Help stop this by using a Swisspers cotton round and a toner to really cleanse your skin, even after washing your face
  • Your face needs to naturally exfoliate and it does this by shedding skin during sleep. By not washing your face before bed, it stops skin from removing dead skin cells
  • Not removing eye makeup could cause eye irritation and infection. Your eyelashes can even become brittle and break by leaving mascara on over night. To prevent this, I always use a Swisspers cotton swab with oil free eye makeup remover to take off any left over eye makeup especially lash glue
  • Not washing your face before bed can lead to uneven skin texture

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Hottest Hairstyles For Summer 2016

Our top 10 styles to flatter every length.

Celebrate yesterday’s news of an early summer by booking an appointment for a pre-season hair update inspired by the most current, versatile cuts.

1. Piecey Layers

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2. Mid-Length Bends

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3. Long & Weighted

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4. Bluntly Razored

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5. Thick & Even

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6. Face-Framing Softness

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7. Clean Cut

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8. Textured Movement

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9. Undone Symmetry

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10. Double Layered

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9 Natural Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

 

When was the last time you woke up feeling energized, refreshed, and ready to start the day? Do you find yourself in bed with a busy mind, ruminating over the day or worrying about the future? Over time, burning the candle at both ends affects your health and well-being.

Studies show that women are more prone to insomnia than men (thanks, hormones) and that more than 70% of women have sleep issues. If you fall into this category, chances are you are not getting adequate rest and feel tired much of the day. Before reaching for over-the-counter sleeping pills, try making simple lifestyle adjustments and incorporating natural remedies into your routine.

Having a few late nights at work or out at events isn’t a bad thing—the problems creep in over the long haul when you’re not respecting your body’s need for rest. When you decide getting enough is non-negotiable, you will be a more effective person and better able to carry out all of your dreams and obligations.

1. Chamomile
You’ve probably had at least one cup of chamomile tea in your life. Did you know it has a reputation for effectively treating anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, and stress? Chamomile comes in two varieties—the German flower is most widely used in tea. The next time you want to ease your way into the evening, turn on the kettle, sip tea chamomile tea, and enjoy the calm. If you want to make your tea fancy, add dried lavender to help bring even more relaxation.

2. Deep Breathing
It can be challenging to shut off the mind when it’s time to go to bed. Changing your breathing pattern is the quickest and most effective way to change your thoughts. This is a very helpful practice at night when you’re brain won’t detach from the day or you’re obsessing about the future. A very simple breathing practice of extending your exhales will quickly relax the nervous system and prepare the body to rest. This practice works best when you breathe in and out through the nose and make your exhales 2 to 3 counts longer than your inhales. Try this practice by sitting up or lying down for 5 minutes before bed to unwind from the day.

3. Gentle Yoga
Often times your body is tired at night but energy is still high. A few simple stretches or yoga poses in the evening will help ground your energy from the day. One of the best poses for relaxing after a long day is Legs Up the Wall. This pose is restorative and the perfect way to end the day or relax deeply anytime you need a break. Legs Up the Wall improves digestion, relieves mild backaches, reduces headaches, and alleviates tired or cramped legs and feet. Try this for 5 to 10 minutes breathing slowly in and out through the nose and notice how relaxed you feel afterward.

4. Fish Oil
Do you ever find yourself exhausted midday reaching for a coffee or sugary pick me up? The fatty acids DHA and EPA found in fish oil have been shown to help reduce norepinephrine, a stress hormone that is part of our fight or flight response. If your stress hormone levels are out of balance it can keep you from sleeping well and can cause an afternoon energy slump. High quality fish oil will give your body the fatty acids it needs to promote rest and keep your brain sharp throughout the day. Take as directed.

5. Magnesium
If you find yourself fried at the end of a long day try taking magnesium, the anti-stress mineral. It’s one of the minerals most used for relaxation and helps to promote sleep. Magnesium is required by your cells to make energy, soothe muscles, and wind down the brain at night. The RDA for magnesium is about 300 mg and most people get less than 200 mg. To make sure you are getting enough magnesium eat foods rich in this mineral such as dark leafy greens, nuts, and seaweed. When taking a magnesium supplement make sure it also contains calcium to keep your levels balanced.

6. Melatonin
A regular sleep cycle can be challenging with a full schedule and loads of responsibilities. Try waking up at the same time everyday and taking melatonin for a few weeks to get your body on track. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the body’s natural sleep and wake cycles. Your brain produces melatonin in the pineal gland, which is in the center of the brain. Right before bedtime melatonin levels in the blood are at their highest. Melatonin supplements have been shown to improve sleep and speed recovery from jet lag and have been deemed safe for short-term use (up to 3 months). Take as directed by the manufacturer and discontinue use if it makes you feel exhausted the following day.

7. Pay Attention To Your Cycle
Most women tend to get the least amount of sleep right before their menstruation cycle. This has to do with the slight lowering of body temperature after ovulation and hormone levels falling right before menstruation. PMS and and PMDD have also been linked to sleep issues. It’s important on the days leading up to your period to keep your schedule as light as possible and make extra time for rest. Unplug from the computer and take warm baths in the evenings to help wind down from the day.

8. Valerian
Valerian is a potent root that has been used for ages to support restful sleep. It’s currently one of the most celebrated herbs for anxiety and insomnia and is a wonderful alternative to chamomile. Unlike chamomile, valerian is very bitter and is best absorbed by the body in the form of a tincture. The wonderful thing about valerian is that it is highly effective and very few people experience grogginess the day after taking it. For the greatest benefit, take valerian as directed, every night for at least one month.

9. Wake Up At The Same Time Everyday
A quick way to re-pattern your sleep cycles is to wake up each morning at the same time. This can be challenging if you are in the habit of staying up late so be prepared for some tired days in the beginning. A regular wake up time helps balance your biological clock and keeps your natural rhythm consistent. Tip: Be sure to open your curtains in the morning for a dose of natural light. This helps your body sync to your environment and gives your body energy. Try this practice for two weeks and notice what a difference it makes.

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The Best Hair Trends for Spring 2016

Hair trends have become more specialized in the past year, so much so that cuts, colors, and styles have evolved into hair art. There were plenty of hair trends that defined 2015. I am so ready to start thinking about what 2016 has in store for us when it comes to strands.

What hair trends will dominate 2016?

1. The Bob

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2. Natural Hair Hues

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3. Statement Parts

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4. Next Day, “Braid Made” Waves

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5. Curls

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6. No In-Between Looks

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7. Victoria’s Secret Waves

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8. Long Hair, Don’t Care

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6. Hair Accessories

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10. The “Wob”

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These 2016 Hair Trends Will Be Huge, According To Expert Stylists

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