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Protective Sleep Hairstyles To Avoid Hair Damage

Protective Sleep Hairstyles To Avoid Hair Damage

Do you sleep with your hair down?  Or wear your hair in a hairstyle for bed?  While it may not be on your radar - sleeping with your hair out can actually cause damage to your hair.  Don't stress - your favourite pillow isn't the culprit here.  Hair damage can simply be caused by the friction of your cotton pillow case against your hair, when you toss and turn in your sleep.  There's a couple of ways to remedy this.  Some prefer to sleep on a silk pillow case to protect your hair from damage while you slumber.  You can learn more about that here. OR if the silky pillow case isn't your thing.  There are hairstyles you can do to protect your hair from sleep-induced damage.  Wearing your hair in protective hairstyles to bed is really important to avoid breakage and split ends - especially if you're trying to grow your hair long or have long hair.  If you find your hair is matted and tangled when you wake up in the mornings, then you should definitely consider protecting your hair for bed.  The bonus?  Wearing your hair in hairstyles before bed doubles as a great way to heatless style your hair.  So you can wake up with smooth, detangled, frizz-free hair.  Continue reading to learn these handy tips for protecting your hair during sleep.    But first, the prep. After a day of exposing your hair to outside toxins and the climate, the first thing you want to do is detangle your hair.  Using a detangling brush, comb through your hair until you can run your fingers through it.  Additional option: If you have a wooden boar bristle brush, you can use this to massage your scalp and then brush through the ends of your hair.  This will distribute your scalp's natural oils down the hair cuticles for a natural condition, and helps cleanse your scalp at the same time.  If you've read our hacks for healthier hair, you'll know it's crucial to keep a healthy scalp for hair growth.    Hairstyle 1: A loose plait. A really easy way to manage your hair overnight is with a loose plait.  If you sleep on your back, you can do a side plait or even two plaits so that your not lying on top of the plait in your sleep.  Make sure to use a scrunchie or coil hair tie that is gentle on your hair when tying your plait.  If you like to wear your hair wavy, then this sleep-style is perfect for you.  You'll wake up with kinky, wavy hair that you can put some styling product in and head out the door. However if you like to wear your hair straight, there are other hairstyles you can do to protect your hair without any plait-induced waves.    Hairstyle 2: Twisted top bun. To keep your hair on the straighter side while you sleep, a top bun is a great option. Twist all your hair on top of your head and secure it with a claw clip. Make sure the clip is positioned at the front of your bun so you're head isn't resting on the clip when you sleep.  If you're goal is to get more volume in your hair, this style is for you. Sleeping with your hair above your head all night will result in a volume boost when you take your hair out in the morning!   Hairstyle 3: Twisted rope braid. For soft, textured waves, try a twisted rope braid before bed.  To do this, separate your hair in two sections.  Grab one section of hair and twist, then repeat with the other section. Once your two sections are twisted, twist the two sections together so that your hair looks like a rope.  Secure with a hair gentle hair tie once again.    Bonus pre-sleep hair care tips: Massage your head before bed. It helps stimulate blood flow to your scalp for healthy hair growth. Oil your hair twice a week for extra hydration. If your hair is on the dry side, you'll want to keep your hair moisturised to protect from breakage and split ends. You can do this by using a hair oil or natural oil like coconut oil on your hair once or twice a week. Massage the oil through your scalp to the ends of your hair, then wear your hair in a loose braid. Hack: Sleep on an old pillow case so you don't stain your good linen with hair oil. Avoid sleeping with wet hair! Our hair is much more fragile when it's wet, especially after a hot shower. The hot water opens up our hair follicles, making them more sensitive to damage. If you wash your hair at night, it's best to time it so that your hair has time to dry naturally before bed. That way you can avoid any heat damage from blow drying too.  Loved these hair tips? You might also love these 3 tips to naturally fuller, thicker hair.     

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Why You Need Silica In Your Diet For Hair Growth

Why You Need Silica In Your Diet For Hair Growth

If the word silica doesn't ring a bell, join the club. Considering how crucial this mineral is in the production of hair, skin and nails, its wildly overlooked in the world of hair and beauty. If you take hair and nail vitamins, you may have noticed silica as a primary ingredient but not known why. So what is silica and why is it so important for hair growth?  Say no more...    What does silica do to the human body? Silica is also known as Silicon and is made up of silicon and oxygen.  It's a crucial mineral needed for bone growth and development of the human body. As children we have luscious hair, long lashes and soft skin. This is because when we're younger our bodies contain a whole lot of silica, which deteriorates with age. Aside from body development, silica's other important role is balancing calcium and magnesium in the body. Balancing these minerals leads to a balance in hormones too. And we all know that when our hormones are off-balance, it shows in our hair. It's the reason why many auto-immune diseases cause hair thinning and hair loss. Fun fact: Silica is used by every single cell and internal gland in our bodies. So having sufficient silica in your system is undoubtedly essential for your general health.   Benefits of silica for hair growth. As mentioned above, silica is strongly related to hormone balance. An imbalance in the female sex hormones is one of the single biggest factors causing hair loss and hair thinning. Consuming silica is a great way to prevent hair thinning and revive healthy hair.  Silica is also the mineral that carries nutrients to our hair, skin and nails.  It's silica that ensures our hair follicles are getting all the vitamins and minerals need to grow healthy, strong hair.    How to use silica. While silica can be found in a wide range of fruits and vegetables, the easiest and most concentrated way to get a healthy dose of silica is with silica supplements.  If you don't particularly have a deficiency in silica, you'll likely benefit enough just from taking hair, skin and nail vitamins that include silica as an ingredient. Or including silica rich foods in your diet such as oats, seeds, fish, almonds and apples.    Source: victoriahealth.com

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How To Hydrate Your Hair By Hair Type

How To Hydrate Your Hair By Hair Type

Hydrating your hair doesn't have a one-size fits all approach. Here, you'll learn exactly how to hydrate hair depending on your hair type. Continue reading to discover insider tips and tricks to hydrate straight, fine, curly or textured hair as well as the best type of conditioning products for each hair type.

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3 Key Steps To Naturally Thicker, Fuller Hair

3 Key Steps To Naturally Thicker, Fuller Hair

When searching how to make hair thicker and fuller naturally, we're overwhelmed with answers. Try this hair mask, that home remedy, this miracle oil, etc, etc.  It's a long list, but the fundamentals of growing thicker, fuller hair are the same. No matter what product or hair hack you're trying... Commit to these 3 rules to naturally stimulate hair growth. Image: @mtlfashionstaaa styling the THICK halo in col. Dark Blonde + Light Brown 10/6.   1. Keep your scalp healthy I can't stress this enough; Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. There's an all too common myth that in order to make your hair grow, you need to treat your hair. Yes, treating your hair will make your hair look healthier and even thicker.  But healthy hair is produced from the hair follicle. So to make your hair grow faster and stronger, you need to maintain a healthy scalp first. What does it take to have a healthy scalp?  Mainly a clean, hydrated scalp and healthy blood flow to your scalp.  You want to keep your hair follicles cleansed to avoid any oil build up that may clog the follicle and prevent hair growth.  Learn how to cleanse your scalp correctly here. Meanwhile, the more you stimulate blood flow to the scalp, the more your hair will grow.  This is because blood flow delivers the nutrients your hair needs to grow, from your scalp to your hair.  Some easy ways to stimulate blood flow to your hair are: Give your head a gentle massage whilst washing your hair. Using a bristle boar brush and gently rubbing the brush in a circular motion on your scalp once or twice a week. Try the Inversion Method (this can only be done one week per month for best results).       Image: @pinklablonde styling the THICK halo in col. Beige Blonde + Dark Blonde 613/10. 2. Keep your hair hydrated & strong Now, THIS is the part where you can treat your hair to your heart's desire.  As your hair is growing, of course, you still want to use regular hair treatments to lock in moisture and prevent any damage. You need to keep your hair cuticles hydrated and strong to protect against breakage.  This will make your hair looking thick, shiny and above all: HEALTHY.  When it comes to keeping your hair hydrated, your hair type needs to be taken into consideration.  Dry, coarse, frizzy hair is going to need a lot more hydration than thin hair, so make sure the products you are using are right for your hair type.  Alternatively, your hair might be fine in the hydration department but need intensive damage repair treatments. Products like Olaplex No. 3 or Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair are great for strengthening and protecting the hair structure and preventing damage from colour and heat styling.    Image: @mareealexishair styling the MEDIUM halo in col. Cream Blonde 20C. 3. Nourish your body and your hair I recently wrote a blog about eating the right foods for healthy hair.   Being healthy on the inside is crucial to making your hair thicker and fuller naturally.  You'll often find that when people talk about their inner health improving, one of the first things they'll notice is their hair has grown and looks healthier. Not only is a nutritious diet vital for thicker, fuller hair, but so is HYDRATION. Drinking water is like watering a plant when it comes to hair growth.  If you're dehydrated, your hair is going to suffer.  So eat a balanced, nutritious diet full of vitamins and protein, drinking your daily 2L of water and, for extra benefit, consider taking supplements for hair growth.  There is a range of hair and nail vitamins including biotin, collagen and silica vitamins that can assist in making your hair grow thicker and fuller.   Personally, I've completely changed my hair routine in the last month. I've started following these three key steps, and I'm amazed at the difference I've noticed in my hair in such a short amount of time.  To keep a healthy scalp, I switched to Bondi Boost's Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner. These products are full of great ingredients for a healthy scalp and hair, including Argan Oil which is a great natural moisturiser. Peppermint Essential Oil for unclogging blocked scalp pores. Castor Oil to nourish and hydrate hair. Horsetail Extract for volume and shine. As well as Rosemary Essential Oil for stimulating the scalp for natural hair growth.  I've been making sure to spend a couple of minutes really massaging my scalp when shampooing my hair to release scalp tension which allows better blood flow to the scalp.  To keep my hair hydrated, I'm using the Bondi Boost Growth Miracle Mask once a week instead of a conditioner. It says to leave it in for a minimum of 15 minutes, but sometimes if I can I'll leave it in all day and wash it out the next morning. My hair is naturally quite dry though so it can handle an intense amount of moisture. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for fine or thin hair as this hair type can't handle a dense amount of moisture. To nourish my body and hair, first and foremost I'm eating the healthiest I've eaten in a while! I've been focused on getting as many veggies as possible and getting sufficient protein from oats, beans, and plant-based protein powder.  But the big difference is I've started taking Nature's Way Hair Growth Support Biotin & Silicon dietary supplements and this is where I've noticed a major difference in my hair, even in the last 2 weeks.   My hair is feeling and looking thicker, particularly at the ends where I've previously been experiencing breakage from bleached, dried out hair.   Have you experienced any other natural methods of hair growth? Comment below! READ NEXT: Why Jamaican Black Castor Oil Is Incredible For Hair Growth

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Food For Thought: Is Your Diet Good For Your Hair?

Food For Thought: Is Your Diet Good For Your Hair?

Is your body getting what it needs to make your hair grow thick and strong? Here we explain what a great diet for healthy hair includes and the foods you should be cutting down on that may be compromising your hair health. Learn the most powerful foods you can eat to make your hair grow healthy and strong.

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These Hair Hacks Won't Cost A Thing

These Hair Hacks Won't Cost A Thing

Healthy hair and immaculate hairstyles don't always have to come at a price.  Some of the best ways to care for your hair and style your hair start with the everyday products you have in your home. Whether you're low on supplies or not ready to empty your wallet on a bunch of hair products this month, here are some cost-effective ways to achieve your hair goals.    DIY Brush Cleaner When was the last time you cleaned your hairbrush?  A dirty hairbrush can spread dust and old hair grease back onto your clean hair (gross).  Make sure you clean your hairbrush every so often when you start to notice it's looking a little grime-y.  Start by using a fine-tooth comb to remove old hair from your brush.  Then get a toothbrush, apply some shampoo onto your brush and scrub the brush with the toothbrush in hot water to give your brush a thorough rinse. The Scalp Exfoliator When we look for ways to make our hair grow, we're often looking for products to put on our hair. Yet the best way to promote hair growth is to take care of the source of hair growth; the scalp! Just as exfoliating your skin should be a regular part of your skincare routine, your scalp needs to be regularly exfoliated too.  Exfoliating your scalp cleanses the scalp of natural oil build-up and product build-up that can block the hair follicles, preventing hair growth.  To exfoliate your scalp you'll need a hairbrush with soft, dense bristles. Section by section, gently rub your brush in a circular motion until you've exfoliated your entire scalp.  Boar bristle brushes are great for exfoliating as the bristles are soft and dense.  It's also a great type of brush for fine hair.  The T-Shirt Hair Dryer It's no secret that your regular shower towel isn't so great for drying your hair with.  The texture of a shower towel is too rough for hair. Especially, rubbing your hair dry with a towel all the time can cause serious breakage. Instead, use an old t-shirt to dry your hair.  Simply wrap a t-shirt around your hair and gently squeeze the water out until your hair is no longer dripping wet.    The Frizz-Free Ponytail To get rid of fly-aways when you pull your hair back in a ponytail, spray some hairspray on a toothbrush and brush back any frizz or stray hairs.  This is every hair stylist's trick to a smooth, sleek ponytail.    The DIY Dry Shampoo Your hair desperately needs a wash, and you're out of dry shampoo.  What do you do? Use baby powder instead, it works just like dry shampoo. You can apply baby powder on your roots the night before, then in the morning use a hairdryer to blow away the powder. This will remove any excess white cast from the powder as well as giving your hair extra volume. Your hair will be left looking as good as if it were freshly washed.     The Ultimate Bobby Pin Hack Spray your bobby pins with hairspray before using them in your hair. This will prevent the pins from slipping out, and make your hairstyle last longer! If you have thin hair this little hair hack is a game-changer.   Frizz-Taming Spray Need to tame dry, frizzy hair? Apple cider vinegar is what you need.  Frizz is due to hair cuticles that haven't closed properly, so a low ph substance like Apple cider vinegar will help your cuticles flatten.  All you need is 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted with a cup of water. Put the water in a spray bottle and spray it on your hair. If you need to dry your hair quickly, blast cold air from your hairdryer to dry your hair without any frizz.   DIY Detangling Spray  Combine a teaspoon of coconut oil with water in a spray bottle. Spray all over your hair as a leave-in conditioner then comb your hair. Coconut oil is a natural detangler and conditioner and will help smooth out your cuticles when you don't have time to condition your hair in the shower.    READ NEXT: Everyday Hair Hacks Using Halo Extensions

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Why Jamaican Black Castor Oil Is Incredible For Hair Growth

Why Jamaican Black Castor Oil Is Incredible For Hair Growth

Jamaican black castor oil has been a tradition in Jamaica for many years as a universal solution for many hair and skin ailments. In recent times, more and more brands are including Jamaican black castor oil as a key ingredient in hair treatments. It's always exciting finding a completely natural, new ingredient that you can incorporate into your beauty routine in more ways than one.  And Jamaican black castor oil is just that - a universally beneficial organic oil for hair and skin. The protein and antioxidant-rich oil is known to make everything flourish, from eyebrows and eyelashes to hair and skin.  So why is Jamaican Black Castor Oil much more effective than regular castor oil?  What's the difference? Read below to discover why Jamaican Black Castor Oil should be included in your hair care routine.    Jamaican Black Castor Oil vs. Regular Castor Oil So what's the difference between Jamaican black castor oil and regular castor oil?  Regular castor oil itself is made up of a powerful mix of proteins, vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants. These are the key ingredients required to grow a strong, healthy mane of hair.  While regular castor oil is great for repairing hair breakage and cleansing the scalp, it hasn't been scientifically proven to grow hair. Science shows that Jamaican black castor oil is more effective for hair growth due to its high ash content, caused by roasting the castor beans before producing the oil.  Studies indicate that the higher the ash content in castor oil, the more beneficial the oil is to your hair.    Can castor oil grow hair? Before asking if any product can grow your hair, it's important to understand what makes hair grow faster.  To make hair grow, it's necessary that your scalp is getting high blood circulation to promote hair growth.  Our bodies naturally regulate this process on their own, however, some natural oils like Jamaican black castor oil can enhance this process. Rubbing Jamaican black castor oil onto your scalp nourishes the hair from the roots and increases blood flow to the scalp, which can result in more rapid hair growth.    How long do you leave Jamaican black castor oil in your hair? Jamaican black castor oil is quite heavy oil and it's thick, so it's best to apply the oil to your scalp just before bed.  You only need to use a small amount as the oil is quite concentrated. Gently massage the Jamaican black castor oil into your roots and sleep with it overnight.  This type of oil absorbs easily into the scalp so you shouldn't wake up with an oily scalp unless you've applied too much. However, for those with fine, oily hair types you might want to wash your hair the next day.  For best results, try using Jamaican black castor oil 2-3 times a week.   Is Jamaican black castor oil for every hair type?  Absolutely.   As the oil is applied to your scalp, not your hair, any hair type can reap the benefits of Jamaican black castor oil.  No matter your hair type, a healthy scalp will improve your hair growth. Jamaican black castor oil is a great, natural way to maintain a healthy scalp.    Benefits of Jamaican black castor oil Besides improving hair growth, Jamaican black castor oil can also be beneficial for healing dandruff, dry itchy scalp, and eczema. The high protein content can also help repair dry brittle hair and hair breakage as well as growing eyebrow hair and eyelashes.    Hair treatments with Jamaican black castor oil There are plenty of products on the market now that include Jamaican black castor oil, however if you prefer to keep things aux naturelle, you can use the oil on its own or combine with other great hair growth oils such as rosemary oil or peppermint oil. Here is a powerful natural hair growth remedy using Jamaican black castor oil:   Scalp Nourishing Hair Mask Combine 1 part Jamaican black castor oil and 1 part coconut oil with a few drops of organic peppermint, jojoba or rosemary essential oil.  Gently massage the treatment into your scalp for 5 minutes, ensuring all your scalp is coated. This is a great treatment to try with the Inversion Method.  Leave the treatment in your hair for a minimum of 30 minutes, or overnight.  Wash with shampoo and conditioner post-treatment. Shampoo twice to ensure you clean off any oil residue as coconut oil and Jamaican black castor oil are both very heavy oils.    Want long hair, like right now? Click here to get instantly longer, thicker hair. 

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5 Quick-Fix Easy Hairstyles Using Halo Hair Extensions

5 Quick-Fix Easy Hairstyles Using Halo Hair Extensions

By popular demand, I've put together my favorite hair tutorials using the Sitting Pretty Halo. At Sitting Pretty, we believe in less time spent in front of the mirror and more time spent enjoying your day-to-day.  The added benefit is hairstyles are also much quicker with the halo. So you can spend more time indulging in your morning coffee before work... Or dancing around your room before a night out.  What makes a hairstyle so much quicker with the halo, you ask?  It removes the task of magically trying to make your fine or thin hair thicker with texturizing and volumizing products. Think about it; You can throw your hair in a ponytail without half an hour spent trying to tease it and create more volume. Or you can create an updo that doesn't keep falling out mid-styling.  These five hairstyle tutorials show you how easy it is to create immaculate hairstyles with your Sitting Pretty Halo.   Easy Hairstyle #1: The Voluminous Ponytail Dani wears the THICK halo in col. Medium Brown 4 Step 1: Select a top section of hair, beginning 2 inches from your forehead. Twist this hair into a clip. This will be the hair that sits over the halo.  Step 2: Apply your Sitting Pretty Halo and release your hair on top of the halo. Comb with your Sitting Pretty fine-tooth comb to blend the top of your hair with the halo. Step 3: Leave a small section of hair around the front of your head, then select the rest of your hair into a ponytail.  Optional: If you like more volume at the back of your hair, you can gently tease underneath the top sections of your real hair before creating the ponytail.  Step 4: Tie into a low-mid ponytail. Step 5: Grab the top section of the ponytail and tease underneath to create more height in your ponytail.  Step 6: Grab a small section of your halo and wrap it around your hair elastic to cover it. Secure with a bobby pin underneath your ponytail.  Click here to watch our ponytail tutorial using the Sitting Pretty Halo:   Easy Hairstyle #2: The Princess Jasmine Ponytail Chloe wears the THICK halo in col. Medium Brown 4 Another great ponytail variation is the Princess Jasmine inspired bubble ponytail. Step 1: Straighten your Sitting Pretty Halo. Make sure to always apply a heat protectant spray before heat styling your halo. Step 2: Straighten your own hair.  Step 3: Apply your Sitting Pretty Halo. Step 4: Tie your hair into a smooth, sleek ponytail, leaving some hair around your face. Step 5: Using small elastic hair ties (the really small ones that only go around your hair once) tie a second elastic a quarter down your ponytail. Gently tug at the hair between the two ponytails to make it look thicker.  Step 6: Repeat the previous step until you've got 3-4 sections of hair down your ponytail. Watch the full Princess Jasmine hair tutorial here:    Interesting: The Best Hair Extensions For Fine Hair   Easy Hairstyle #3: The Twisted Knot Half Updo  Shannon wears the THICK halo in col. Beige Blonde + Dark Blonde 613/10.  Step 1: Beginning 2 inches from your forehead, select half your hair and twist it up on top of your head.  Tip: For half updos using the Sitting Pretty Halo, it's important to have enough hair sitting on top to use for both the half updo and the remaining hair that hides the halo. Step 2: Using a 32mm - 38mm barrel, curl your hair in sections, alternating the direction of the curl each time. To learn how to create natural-looking waves, click here.  Step 3: Once the curls cool down, uses a wide-tooth comb to gently comb out and separate the curls.  Step 4: Leave your fringe or some hair around the front of your face, then separate two small sections of hair; one section on the left side of your head and one on the right. These are the sections that you will use to create your knot. Step 5: Leaving those two sections aside, collect the rest of the hair between the two sections and pull them into the middle, securing with bobby pins. This will keep the hair beneath the knot in place, and also create some volume at the top of your hair. Step 6: Grab the left and write sections of hair and bring them to the center of the back of your head, then tie the sections into a loose knot. Step 7: Use bobby pins to secure the hair in the knot, and gently tug at the knot to make it look thick and even. Step 8: Spray your knot with a flexible hold spray to secure the style.  Watch the Twisted Knot Half Updo hair tutorial here:      Easy Hairstyle #4: Bejewelled Accessories Jemma wears the THICK halo in col. Beige Blonde 613. If you prefer wearing your hair down, hair accessories are a fun way to change up your hairstyle.  For this look, all you need is some bejeweled hairpins and gold bobby pins. Step 1: Apply your Sitting Pretty Halo. Step 2: On the left side of your head, leave a small section of hair around your face, then pull a section of hair from the front of your head towards the back. Step 3: Using gold bobby pins, secure the section of hair towards your head. Apply the bobby pins in a criss-cross method so that the bobby pins are in an X pattern across your head. Step 4: When you reach the center of the back of your head, leave the left section and repeat Step 2 and Step 3 with the right section of hair. Step 5: Adjust any bobby pins as necessary so the left and right sections of hair evenly meet in the middle. Step 6: Select your bejeweled hairpins, and randomly place them above or below the crosses you made with your bobby pins.  Watch this hair accessories tutorial here:     You might also love: 5 Easy Hairstyles For Short Hair   Easy Hairstyle #5: A Simple Half Updo  Jordan wears the MEDIUM halo in col. Beige Blonde 613 Step 1: Apply your Sitting Pretty Halo. Use the fine-tooth comb to make sure no hair is stuck underneath the halo wire. Step 2: Select a third of your hair to tie into a ponytail at the top of your head. You may like to use the ends of your eyebrows to guide you on where to start the section of hair from because where your eyebrows end is usually just above where your halo will sit (although this also depends on your head shape). Step 3: Grab your fine-tooth comb, and use the metal tip to gently pull a little more hair down to cover the sides of the halo. Step 4: Then use your comb to gently comb back your hair, leaving the top of your hair smooth. When doing this, be careful not to dig the comb too deep and lift the halo wire. Step 5: Tie the selected section of hair into a ponytail on top of your head. You want to make sure the ponytail is quite high.  Step 6: Pull the ponytail so it's tight at the base to keep the ponytail sitting high and perky. Step 7: Select a small section of hair from your ponytail, spray with texturizing spray and wrap around the elastic band of your ponytail. Watch the full half updo tutorial here: Enjoy! If you try any of these looks, tag us @sittingprettyhalohair on Instagram and leave a comment below if you have any questions. READ NEXT: 8 Smart Reasons To Invest In Halo Hair Extensions Glam Date Night Look In Under 10 Minutes

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Hair Washing Hacks For Healthier Hair

Hair Washing Hacks For Healthier Hair

There's a lot of hype about hair care, hair treatments, and hacks for growing your hair... Yet one simple task that often gets overlooked is how you wash hair.  The truth is, most people are washing their hair wrong.  We get into bad habits growing up, and by the time we're adults, washing our hair is as automatic as driving a car.  You'd never stop one day to reassess if you've been driving correctly your whole life, right? Well, apart from parallel parking 😜 So why would you stop to consider if you've been washing your hair correctly? According to hairstylist Brad Mondo, how you wash your hair can either help or disadvantage your hair care routine.  On his YouTube channel, Brad shares his best hair washing hacks and debunks the common hair washing myths among his clients.    How to correctly wash your hair  Below are some of the frequently asked hair washing questions. The answers may surprise you!    What water temperature is best for washing my hair? Answer: Lukewarm. There is some talk about washing your hair with cold water to make your hair look shinier... It's a myth.  Lukewarm water is the ideal temperature to wash your hair.  It opens up the hair follicles more than cold water, allowing the hair and scalp to release dirt and be fully cleansed.  Whereas at a cold temperature, water can't break up the dirt and oils as effectively.  And at a super hot temperature, water will weaken the hair while you’re scrubbing and cause breakage. It can also boil the hair and scalp making hair frizzy which results in less shine overall.   How strongly should I massage my hair with shampoo? Are you guilty of going for a good, hard scrub when it's time for shampoo? Naturally, we tend to have the mentality that the harder you scrub your hair, the cleaner your scalp will be.  Surprisingly, this is not the case.  Even though a DIY head massage feels freaking amazing. You should only gently massage the shampoo into your hair. This is enough to get your blood circulating in your scalp and clean your head. Anything rougher is essentially just causing friction, making your hair more matted than necessary! When you rough up the hair cuticles too much, it can also cause you to shed and lose more hair than usual.    If my shampoo isn't foaming is it not working? Let me ask you this: Have you ever used a natural shampoo and thought it didn't really work to clean your hair? It didn't foam up and might have felt more difficult to spread around your hair. So then you weren't really satisfied or sure that your scalp received a good wash. This is likely because it was made from natural ingredients.  When you purchase your regular supermarket or drugstore shampoo, it's usually made with surfactants (aka. detergents) that cause suds when your shampoo is combined with the water from your wet hair.  Shampoo manufacturers add this ingredient to make us feel like the shampoo is working to give your hair a deep cleanse. Want to know the truth?  How much your shampoo foams up actually has nothing to do with the quality of your shampoo.  As Brad explains, the suds are just a visual cue that your hair is being washed.  It doesn't help to clean your hair at all.  In fact these days, you'll find a lot of high quality, organic or natural shampoos will barely foam up because many brands are trying to minimize how many chemicals are included in their shampoo.  So give that natural shampoo another chance.  It might not satisfy you in the foaming department, but it's cleaning your scalp just as effectively and is better for your hair too.   Which parts of my hair should I wash?  Only your scalp!  Dirty hair comes from the scalp, so the scalp is what needs to be washed. There are two common hair washing habits: 1) Piling all your hair on your head so the shampoo can cover all the ends of your hair as you scrub. 2) Rubbing the shampoo into the ends of your hair with your hands.  These are both wrong.  Doing this will ruin your hair cuticles and dry out the ends of your hair.  There's no need to wash the ends of your hair as all the dirt is coming from the top. Also, your ends are more fragile so you want to keep them as nourished as possible, not dry them out by over-cleansing. Stick to a gentle scalp massage with shampoo and this will result in clean hair as well as a clean head.   How much shampoo should I be using?  Okay, I am definitely a culprit of believing the amount of shampoo you need to use depends on how much hair you have.  This is false.  As we discussed before, you only need to shampoo your scalp.  Scalp sizes don't vary that much.  Which means everyone can generally use the same amount of shampoo.  Brad suggests using two 20 cent sized amounts of shampoo. One to wash the top of your scalp, and one to wash the back of your scalp.  He recommends making sure you move your hair away when washing the back and sides of your scalp, to ensure the shampoo comes into contact with your scalp itself. If you find your scalp gets oily quite quickly, it could be because your shampoo hasn't been rubbed into your scalp properly. So next hair wash, pay attention to massaging the shampoo into the back of your scalp as well as the top and sides, and focus on areas that tend to get oily quickly.    How long should I leave my conditioner in for?  This will vary depending on your hair type.  If hydration is the goal, of course you'll want to leave your conditioner in as long as possible in the shower. However, Brad says there's no need to keep your conditioner in for more than 15 minutes.  Unless it's a hair treatment designed to be left in longer, you're not getting any extra benefit by leaving a regular conditioner in for more than 15 minutes.  Tip: If your hair needs extra love, do as Brad does and apply a hair mask after your conditioner. The conditioner is great for detangling your hair and getting it ready for a hair mask to be applied. While a hair mask will give your hair the added nourishment it needs.    How to correctly care for your hair after washing   Most people are incorrectly drying their hair... This may seem like the most basic procedure ever. Yet most people are doing it wrong!  You should absolutely NOT be rubbing your hair in a towel to dry it.  Here's the deal: Your hair is in it's most fragile state when it's wet and has been warmed up from the shower.  If you then go and rub your hair in a towel, it's very easy for the cuticles to get damaged and for hair to break. Instead, you should be gently patting or scrunching the towel into your hair to absorb some of the water.  Brad also says DO NOT put your hair into a towel turban on your head.  This pulls at the sensitive hairs around your scalp, so if you put your hair in a towel turban after every wash it can cause tension alopecia overtime.   You should be taking advantage of aftercare products. Your scalp is clean, your hair is detangled and conditioned. You could leave it at that, but... At the end of your shower, your hair has likely only come into contact with hair care products for a few minutes.  It's enough for a clean scalp, but if you really want to look after your hair, a great aftercare routine is key.  What products you use post-shower will really depend on your hair type. Dry hair needs oils, serums or hydrating masks. Curly hair needs curl defining products to defrizz and reduce the temptation to heat style.  Colored hair may need a strengthening treatment or color-protecting serum. Or if you need to blow-dry your hair, you'll definitely need a thermal protecting product to prevent your hair from being damaged by heat. This is a big one.   Now that you've got all the information you need to wash your hair correctly and keep your hair healthy, the only question left is: How often should you wash your hair?  Click here to find out how frequently your hair needs to be washed.  

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