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Hair Hacks

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Let’s face it no matter how you try, your hair doesn’t always look the way you like it to, whether it be too short, curly, straight, not the right color, frizzy, or just plain wild for your taste it will probably be that way for the rest of your life. So why not embrace the cray and learn to love your natural hair. Heres a few tips to help make your life a little bit easier.

1. When putting a bobby pin in your hair, make sure the “wavy” side of the pin (the part that normally goes up) is facing down.  This will allow the pin to hold onto your hair making sure it stays.

2. If you have stick-straight hair that just won’t hold a bobby pin, mist some hairspray or dry shampoo over your pins before use, shake them around on a paper towel, and put them in your hair. The hairspray/dry shampoo makes the pins slightly tacky so they stay in your hair.

3.  Foods like salmon, walnuts, eggs, sweet potatoes, blueberries, lentils, spinach, oysters, greek yogurt, and poultry can speed up the growth rate of your hair.

4. Whenever you shampoo your hair in the shower, massage your scalp for at least 1 minute, this stimulates the scalp and can increase hair growth.

5. Investing in a silk pillowcase is a super easy way to help your hair while you sleep. Unlike cotton pillowcases, the satin doesn’t absorb your hair’s moisture throughout the night, helps fight the infamous “Bed Head”, and makes your hair less prone to breakage. *Not to mention the great skin care effects a silk pillowcase can have on your skin. A silk pillowcase won’t giveaway that you took a cat nap since it offers a smoother surface, also silky cases are rumored to help prevent acne and breakouts!*

6. Brush out your locks before a wash to help prevent a clogged drain and broken hair.

7. I know this one is pretty obvious, but I’ll add it anyway. Make sure your hair is 100% dry before you attempt to curl or straighten it. Even then, apply a heat protecting serum before you style, and a frizz relief serum after to help keep your hairs protected.

8. For everyone out there who’s having a bad roots day, ditch your regular part for a messy side part to camouflage the overdue dye job.

9.  If you read my last post, you should remember my coco oil tip. not only is it super cheap but Pinterest and Google have so many ways to use it you will never run out of ideas. COCONUT OIL: coat your entire head in coconut oil and wrap it in a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes, then rinse, ‘poo and condition as your regular routine goes. This won’t only make your hair super soft, but silky shiny.

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10.  Let’s face it, messy buns will always be in style, the look that can be achieved without a mirror! Seriously, who doesn’t love waking up in the morning, throwing up their hair, and walking out the door?! In my experiences the perfect messy bin can be achieved with the “Unicorn Method” here’s how to achieve the look.

  1. Throw your hair up into a high ponytail, just keep it in your hand for now-don’t secure it.
  2. Twist the hair together so it looks like a unicorn horn- hence the name of the method.  😀
  3. Circle the hair around itself so it forms a donut-looking shape and secure.
  4. Pull out the hairs you want as fringe, and use your hands to mess up the bun a little and give it texture.
  5. Enjoy your adorable look!

11.  Texturizing sprays and gels are your friends. I myself have a mix between my mom and dad’s hair, somedays my hair dries slightly straight/wavy like my dad’s and some days it dries like my mom’s very wavy and curly. To help calm the beast that is my hair I’ve started using Not Your Mother’s: Kinky Moves (doesn’t sound like a hair product does it? (; ) to help tackle the waves and make my natural locks a little more uniform. To enhance or even unlock your natural texture use a scrunching gel, mousse, or beach spray on your clean, damp hair, run the product through with your fingers to make sure it’s evenly distributed and scrunch or use a diffuser until you get the desired look.

12. Ever been in the frightening dilemma of uneven shampoo and conditioner ratios, because have, and it’s terrifying. Ok, ok, so maybe its not as bad as I let on, but it really isn’t the best situation to be in. Whenever your conditioner is down to those last little pumps and you don’t think it will make it to the next shower, don’t toss it out. Simply pour in 3 tablespoons of water and shake that bottle like there’s no tomorrow! Pour your mix into a spray bottle and mist it over your hair after the next shower. Not only does it make your locks super-shiny, but it buys you some time to go to the store and replenish your conditioner.

13. The horse product line “Mane ‘n Tail” is great for human hair. Because horse’s have thicker “coats” than we do the [conditioner] increases the luminosity and silkiness of your hair in just a few uses. Plus, Mane ‘n Tail can be found at Dollar General and other drugstores, so its pretty easy to find.

14.  You should get your hair trimmed every 6-10 weeks depending on how dry, and split your ends are. Even if your hair is healthy go to your salon and ask for a “dusting” (getting your hair trimmed just enough so it looks as if there is a layer of dust on the floor.) Since you hair is composed of excess proteins (keratin) your body is done using, which makes your hair dead, excreted material, you need to get the ends trimmed off every so often to make sure all that “really-dead stuff” at the end of your hair shaft doesn’t begin to split up and cause damage all the way up the strands of your hair. Image

Use this method to help you determine when you really need a haircut if you haven’t kept track of the time in since your last chop.

15.  Egg Deep Conditioner: 15 to 20 minutes before you get in the shower crack open 2 eggs and mix them until they reach an even consistently. Massage the eggs evenly in your hair and wrap in a shower cap (or Saran Wrap) to keep the runny eggs from running down your neck.  Once the 20 minutes are up, get in the shower and rinse out the eggs, then ‘poo and condition as norm. The eggs will leave your hair super duper shiny! *Make sure the water is lukewarm, if the water gets too hot the eggs MAY BEGIN TO COOK IN YOUR HAIR*

There are SO many other deep conditioning methods out there, I just chose the egg one because eggs are pretty common no matter where you live. Another one of my favorite recipes involves a very unlikely ingredient- beer! Beer gives your hair a gorgeous shine, enviable volume, and a flirty bounce! Here’s a link to a step-by-step recipe for “beer conditioning.” http://homeremediesblogger.blogspot.com/2012/03/beer-hair-treatment.html

16. Elastic hair ties like the ones in the picture below are great at preventing creases in your hairstyle, and if you’re like me and spend time on your hair in the morning, and then have your athletic period, you don’t want it to get messed up when you throw your hair up for the gym. These fold-over elastic hair ties can be found practically anywhere and a completely damage-less to even the most damaged hair. *I give them an A++ rating, since they not only come in the cutest patterns and colors, but do not damage/crease your hair!! And to me, thats pretty amazing*

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Okay guys, that’s all I have for now, thank you so much for reading and make sure to check out the rest of my blog! Until next time, stay safe and stay you! – Claire

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Beauty Tips pt.1

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If you’re like me and always looking for an easier way to style your hair, do your makeup, or a way to make the outcome look and feel a little better, this should be right up your alley.

1. If your hair is prone to the frizzes, dry it off with an old cotton T-shirt after you get out of the shower rather than your towel.

2.  For all you guys with shorter lashes, brush a layer of baby powder on your wet mascara in between coats. This allows additional layers of mascara to hold onto the powder and give the illusion of long and voluminous lashes. *If you have problems with your lashes not holding a curl, put your curler between the blades of your flat iron, blow some hot air on them with your hairdryer, or run them under hot water. This gives you the same effect as curling your hair, the heat makes the hair conform to the shape, giving you an all-day curl*

3. Don’t have much time in the morning, or just don’t feel like doing your hair? Twist your hair into 1-2 braids after you shower, (your hair still need to be a little damp, that way it dries in the braid) secure, go to sleep, and them wake up with gorgeous beachy waves. *If you wake up and your hair is still damp take some type of beach spray and mist it over the hair to amp up the waves.- I recommend Not Your Mother’s: Beach Babe or Marc Anthony: Dream Waves Beach Spray. Click this link to see another way to achieve overnight beachy waves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjN6B6Rio_U – not the best quality but its all I could find

4. Use tape to give you the perfect angle on your winged liner!

5. Mix equal parts eyeshadow or blush with Vaseline to make customizable tinted lip balm. *Adding more eyeshadow or Vaseline will make the balm more glossy or opaque depending on the amounts you use.*

6. Don’t want to spend the money for makeup removers? Use baby wipes as a cheaper, gentler alternative, and on the plus side baby wipes come in bulk packaging in some places!

7.  Lust after fuller looking lips? Before you apply a lip color take a white eyeliner and color a rectangle on your lips, (the longer side of the rectangle should be vertical) making sure to cover your cupids bow and the middle of your lower lip. Then apply your lip color over the white. *If you don’t have any matte lipstick take a translucent powder and dab it on top of your pout with an eyeshadow brush*

8. If you’re cursed with acne-prone skin like me, use a BB or CC cream, or a pore diminishing cream (my favorite is Benefit’s Pore-Fessional) it allows your skin to breathe, while evening out your skin tone, and giving you the illusion of clear-er skin.

9. C O C O N U T   O I L . If you don’t already aware of the many, many uses for coconut oil, let me enlighten you.

  • Shaving cream- rub the oil on your legs before and after shaving to give your legs a sexy sheen and keep them moisturized and protected.
  • Hair treatment apply the oil all over your hair and pull it up into a shower cap. Leave your hair in the cap for 30 minutes to and hour (15-30 minutes if you sit under a dryer) and rinse out in the shower before shampooing and conditioning as normal.
  • Eye Makeup Remover
  • Lip balm
  • Stretch marks- rub the oil over the marks to prevent and help lighten your pre-existing marks

10. Spray your favorite perfume onto your hairbrush before brushing your hair to give your hair a soft scent that lasts all day.

11.  To prevent wrinkles, acne, and fat rub an ice cube over your entire face at night-until it melts. Then fall asleep knowing you’re helping your skin fight aging.

12. Pop your nail polish in the fridge for 15 minutes prior to using, it will glide on.

13.  See a zit the night before a big event? Don’t freak. Pop an Advil Liqui-Gel with a pin and rub the gel onto the pimple, it’ll take the swelling down right away!

14. Nail polish attempting to tattoo your nails? Brush whitening toothpaste (Crest Complete is a good choice) onto your nails with a toothbrush, get it super sudsy, rinse off and your nail polish residue has vanished!

15. Use Elmer’s Washable school glue to remove blackheads. Apply a medium-thick layer over the same places where a pore strip would be applied, give it time to dry and peel off!

 

Thanks for reading, hope you got at least one new idea from the list! I’ll have part 2 up sometime in the near future, but I won’t make any type of promises on when that day will come, until then stay safe and stay you! -Claire