LOSING A SCARY AMOUNT OF HAIR? TRY SWEET POTATO
I am a massive fan of the sweet potato and it is not just because I hate pumpkin. I mean you pumpkin fans are relentless with turning everything into pumpkin flavorings! Well, I think the sweet potato does not get its shine and glory, and with all the benefits to our bodies it is about time we showed just how great this important vegetable is!
The Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are more than just a yummy ingredient in casseroles and sweet potatoes pies. With its phytochemical-richness it needs a little more respect outside of the kitchen, as it is loaded with unique nutritional benefits and can help your physical health as well as your hair.
Underappreciated and overlooked, this super-food is packed full of anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-reducing nutrients, fat-free, and is quite low in calories. It is high in vitamins A, B6, C, D, and E while containing iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, niacin and magnesium. Actually, the combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene make this potato one heck of a “beauty food” due to all of those nutrients that contribute to a healthy, glowing complexion and vibrant tresses.
How to Use It
FOR DRY HAIR
Struggling with moisture? Sweet potato is your go-to! With all of those nutrients sweet potato provides massive nourishment to thirsty strands that is unmatched. The vitamin A will boost your scalp’s natural oils, so it seals the moisture and promotes hair growth while the Omega-3 fatty acids add luster by nourishing your hair follicles.
FOR HAIR LOSS
The beta-carotene that is converted into vitamin A (fat-soluble vitamin) in our bodies is necessary for all cell growth, including hair growth. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to dull, dry, lifeless hair. Remember to not overdo it with the vitamin A, as too much can actually lead to hair loss.
Here are a few recipes that will keep those tresses moisturized, elastic, and strong well into the New Year!
Sweet Potato and Honey Hair Conditioner
Ingredients and tools
• 1 large sweet potato
• 1 cup of full fat yogurt
• 1 Tbsp. of honey
• 3 Tbsp. of coconut cream
• 2 drops of clove essential oil (more or less if desired)
• 4 drops of vanilla essential oil (more or less if desired)
• Double boiler
• PEEL and cut the sweet potato.
• BOIL the sweet potato and add coconut cream to melt in a double boiler (or can melt in the microwave at 30 sec bursts).
• DRAIN sweet potatoes and whip in a food processor or hand-held beater.
• POUR in melted coconut cream, yogurt, honey, and blend until smooth.
• ADD essential oils.
• APPLY to your hair while the conditioner is still warm and then cover with a plastic cap and towel.
• ALLOW it to sit for 15 min. and rinse completely
Looking for a simpler recipe? Here’s one that will have you in and out of the shower in no time!
Cute Haircuts For Long Hair – Hairstyles Ideas
Long hair looks charming and feminine so it is always popular no matter how the hair trends vary. There are many people desire to create the long hair. Let’s learn some splendid and chic hairstyles for long hair.
Long Curly Hairstyles
The first one is curly hairstyle. Long hair which is curled looks sexy. A light wavy style is suitable for women with a bit broader face shape.
Long Layered hairstyles
Layered hairstyle appears excellent for long hair, since it can make your hair look thicker. Such layers can create much more volume. You can choose the length of the layers as you like. You can choose a straight, or curved, layered cut. The layered style looks more graceful if the first layer is cut quite short to create bangs. The style can contour your face excellently.
If you have long and thick hair, you can turn to the fishtail braid style. To create the style, first part your hair from the middle, and begin creating braids, then pull out a few locks from the sides to make the style tender and feminine. Accessorize it with some small jeweled pins.
Long Hair with Bangs
You can choose different kinds of bangs to pair the splendid long hairstyles. Straight bangs are excellent for hiding long foreheads. The bangs are combed straight down to hide the forehead part. If the hairstyles are created into ponytail or bun, straight bands also appear wonderful. Choppy bags are cut uneven; it looks more charming with layered haircuts with a zing factor. When we discuss hairstyles with bangs for long hair, cool bangs are the best choice. You can choose parted bangs for long hair. You can separate your hair at the middle or bang down a bit away from the center. Side swept bangs are suitable for almost every type of cuts.
For more wow factors, you can try out some. Ensure you go with highlights that stress your haircut nicely, and importantly, match your eye color and skin tone.
Take 15 Years Off Your Hair
Hair giving away your age? With a few simple tweaks, it is possible to turn back the strands of time.
-5 Years: Conquer Frizz
Fact: Hair gets frizzier with age. The individual strands get curvier over time, and weak spots where the hair bends lets moisture in and out. Even the most straight-haired ladies might suddenly notice renegade kinky strands sticking up willy nilly. If your hair has a lot of natural texture, you might notice that your hair is more difficult to style.
Invest in humidity-resistant hair care, and look for words like “smoothing” and “sleek” when shopping for shampoo and conditioner. You might be tempted to skip conditioner because you think it will weigh your hair down, but in-shower moisturizing is key for preventing frizz. After your shower, gently blot hair dry with a microfiber hair towel. Rubbing with a regular towel is a one-way ticket to Frizzville.
-8 Years: Stop the Split End Cycle
On the evolutionary scale of things, young hair is healthy enough to withstand daily wear-and-tear. As hair ages its thinner, stiffer texture can’t handle the same bending and stress. Ergo, broken, sticking-up pieces and fuzzy, frayed ends make your hair look older
The only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off, so step one: Schedule regular trims. We’re talking every six weeks. That alone will make your hair look infinitely healthier.
After that, minimize heat styling as best you can, and work deep conditioning hair masks into the rotation. Brush and comb delicately. Wet strands are more prone to breakage, so use a wide-tooth comb and gently work out the tangles out from the ends up. Tight ponytails in the same place every day can stretch the hair until strands snap. Let your hair down now and again, and never rip the bands out. Gently unwind, ok?
-10 Years: Switch Up Your Color
One of the hallmark signs of aging is gray hair, but at least it’s decently easy to cover, right?
If you want to cover grays, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you dye your hair a uniform, dark color, be prepared for the upkeep. Hair grows a half an inch a month, so your roots will look like a beacon in the night against dark color. For more manageable maintenance, talk to your colorist about a lighter shade, or simply add some strategic highlights throughout your hair to help blend the gray.
Also, make friends with wash-out root touch-ups Check your local beauty supply store or search online for brands such as Touchback and Gray Away. Root touch-ups come in marker form, spray-on and powder, so it will take some experimenting to find the formula that works best for you.
-15 Years: Tackle Thinning Strands
As much as 30 percent of women will experience some sort of hair thinning, usually first noticed with age as a skinnier ponytail or when you see more visible scalp peeking out. Thick hair screams “youth,” which makes thinning a tough pill to swallow.
Playing around with your haircut can mask the issue, so talk to your stylist about adding volume and bounce. Adding thickening product to your beauty arsenal can help, too. Then look to finding out the root of the problem (ooh, bad joke). A healthy-hair diet can work wonders on strengthening disappearing strands, as can certain supplements, such as biotin.
Get This Romantic Bouffant From Badgley Mischka NYFW FW 2015
NYFW Fall/Winter 2015 is wrapping up, and my goodness have we loved the looks! Everything is super fresh — remarkably “fresh” for autumn, even — and there’s a certain romance in the air. For makeup, it’s all about nude, natural lips and eyes that stand out in a room. For hair, it’s about romantic simplicity.
Badgley Mischka’s runway had all of the above, and we fell in love with the entire look and collection. Especially the hair (naturally)! The hair was inspired by the collection itself and incorporates both sensual modernity and a hint of old fashioned. Peter Grayfor Moroccanoil created what’s been dubbed the “sexy walk of shame” or, in his own words, the “stride of pride.” The style is delicately textured, just loose enough, and very sexy. Think glamorous bedhead
GET THIS NYFW FW 2015 LOOK IN FIVE EASY STEPS:
Step 1: Up The Shine Factor
After washing your hair, lightly mist with a little hairspray.This will create a strong, shiny foundation for you to work with. Rough dry your hair with fingertips on low heat to create a loose and piece-y texture.
Step 2: Curl, Girl
Using a large, 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron, curl two-inch sections of hair. Alternate directions as you do this, then apply more hairspray to create additional definition and hold.
Step 3: Time for Texture
For that sexy “bedhead” appeal, use a little dry shampoo or texturizing spray at your roots. This will both mattify and add texture. Try Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo.
Step 4: Be a Tease
Begin to gently backcomb hair in 1 1/2-inch sections starting at the crown, toward your forehead. Gray says, “To ensure even crown height, count the number of brush strokes and gradually increase strokes as you work towards the top of head.”
Step 5: Gather Hair
After teasing, gather sections from your ear to temple on either side of your head and twist back towards the center. Once at the back of your head, secure with bobby pins and a spritz of hairspray for good measure. You can even add an ornate hair accessory, such as the one pictured.
Positively swoon-worthy, right? Let us know if you try this one out. If you do, we’d love to see the finished look. Feel free to reach out with a photo or feedback viaInstagram or Twitter!
Must-Try ‘Do: A Sexy Selena Gomez Braid Tutorial
Can braids be sexy? Selena Gomez proves they can be! This typically innocent hairstyle makes for quite the vampy look as seen on Selena Gomez. We spoke with celebrity hairstylist Frank Rizzieri, who has worked his hair magic on the likes of Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen and Naomi Campbell, to name a few, for a few tips and tricks on how to get this look!
“This style works great on Selena because it gives her height in the crown with a messy part and gives her a cool look,” Rizzieri says. The braid looks slightly undone and works well with her sexy dress.”
Grab that little black dress, gals, here’s Rizzieri’s tips on how you can get this vampy braid.
THE VAMPY SELENA GOMEZ BRAID TUTORIAL:
- 1. This look works best with clean hair. Blow dry hair straight using a 2-inch boar bristle round brush. We love R Session Pro Tools 2″ Boar Bristle Round Ceramic Brush for creating volume.
- 2. Spray some volumizing or thickening spray from roots to ends.
- 3. Coil the hair from ends to the base of the hair and clip. This is called a soft set. Let curls set for 10 minutes before removing.
- 4. Spray Oribe Dry Texture Spray into the roots of the hair and then lightly brush.
- 5. Create volume by backcombing lightly, making two-inch sections from ear to ear. Focus on the crown and back of the head.
- 6. Smooth out the top layer of hair and part either to the left or right side like Selena. It’s best to let hair fall naturally.
- 7. Starting at the nape of the neck, gather hair and create a messy braid leaving the last two inches of hair undone. Secure with an elastic.
- 8. For a sexy bedhead finish, lightly pull at the braid so hair is slightly undone.
If you enjoyed this Selena Gomez braid tutorial, then you’ll love this simple how-to for creating her sassy ponytail.
Adorable DIY Hairstyle for Flower Girls
Planning a Valentine’s Day celebration? We love this heart-style braid for the flower girl. Recently, I spoke with Cozy Friedman, the founder of Cuts for Kids in NYC a salon dedicated to the lil’ ones, and she shared with me this adorable hairstyle. With love and hearts always a theme apropos for weddings, I thought I would share this darling look with you!
Step 1: Starting with damp hair, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair. Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head. Clip one side up right above the ear.
Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown. This section should measure about two inches from the hairline to the top of the head.
Step 3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart. You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part. Leave no loose hair in front of the ear.
Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If the hair is very long, end the braid about midear; the ends will hang down the back.
Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process. Secure with a pony tail holder.
Step 6: Join the two ends of the braids together in the back with a ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart