Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

I’ve gotten asked by several people on how I keep my hair looking healthy and shiny so I decided to do a post about it. I included a video on this subject to talk about it but I wanted to go more in depth on the topic. I also included some photos of some of the hair products I use as examples. Here are tips and secrets on how to achieve gorgeous looking locks.

1. Use the proper shampoo and conditioner- For example, if your hair is dry, damaged, or you use a lot of color, buy a shampoo and conditioner that is meant for color treated and/or dry hair and that is very hydrating. I use the brand Keratase, which is a little on the expensive side, but brands like Paul Mitchell are wonderful as well.

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2. Hair Masks- Hair masks are great on keeping your hair healthy. You apply them after your shampoo and leave them on for about three to five minutes depending on the quality of your strands. I love the brand Maui which you can pick up at pretty much any drug store and like different shampoos and conditioners, they make masks for all different hair types. Your hair will also feel amazing afterwards.

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3. Be gentle to your hair- After washing your hair, don’t be harsh and shake your hair with your towel. Hair is more delicate when wet and rubbing your hair harshly will cause more strands to fall out. Wrap your wet hair GENTLY in a towel instead or just let it dry naturally.

4. Don’t brush wet hair- Don’t brush wet hair unless it’s with a wide tooth comb or a detangler brush. Regular brushes can cause extra hair to fall out.

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5. Get rid of split ends- If you’re trying to grow your hair long, like myself, you still need to get split ends trimmed. Hair stylists won’t cut too much of the length off and will keep your ends looking healthy and will get rid of any dryness.

6. Don’t blow dry soaking wet hair- If you can, after you finish washing, don’t blow dry your hair right away. Wait until your hair is damp. By doing this, you’ll use less heat and cuts your time in half. The less heat you use, the better it is for your hair.

7. Thermal Protection- Using a thermal protectant is extremely important before you use any hot tools like a blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron, etc. It keeps your hair from getting major heat damage. You can find thermal protection products pretty much anywhere. I love using ACAI daily smoothing serum. All I need is about a dime size amount of this cream, run it through my damp hair, then blow dry. I also really like Paul Mitchell’s HOT OFF THE PRESS thermal protection hair spray which is great to use before curling or straightening your hair. It doesn’t make your hair really stiff which I always love.

8. Giving your hair some extra shine- To give your hair some extra shine, buy a great shine serum. There are some many shiny serums on the market. Moroccan Oil or Coconut Oil serums are wonderful and more natural then other serums and are very healthy for you hair. I switch my serums up. Paul Mitchell makes a great one that I use a lot. It’s PAUL MITCHELL  smooths and conditions and again you only need a dime size amount to smooth and keep your hair looking extra shiny.  A good tip that works for me is to apply the shine serum the day after you blow dry your hair.

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***I HOPE THESE TIPS AND WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HAIR HEALTHY HELP! ALL THESE SUGGESTIONS WORK FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN!!! 

Back to my Bettie Bangs

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I grew up having some style of bangs until I was a senior in high school where I  let them grow out. Throughout the years later I’ve been off and on with having different bang styles, from long side swept bangs, to having a vamp widow’s peak, to fringe bangs but having “Bettie Bangs,” is my favorite style. Besides the obvious vintage and pinup look reason, I also love have Bettie bangs because of the way they look on me, how they frame my face, and how they lay beautifully. Not everyone can pull off having short baby bangs so I’m very happy that I can. The lovely and talented Lizzie Sandeman from Carlton Salon in Mission Viejo did an amazing job on my hair. A huge “Thank you!,” and hug to sweet Lizzie! You can check her out on her instagram under @lizziesandeman and under @carltonhairmv

With that said, there are definitely some pros and cons to having bangs;

 

Cons- If you get tired of your bangs, you have to wait for them to grow out. You also have to go through that awkward “growing out,” phase if you’re wanting to get rid of them. You’ll definitely go through the stage where you can’t do much with them except let them get to a length where you can push them to the side or pin them.

The last main Con is that if your hair grows fast like mine, you’ll have to trim them frequently. If you can do it yourself, there’s no real issue. If you have to get them cut professionally, the cost can add up depending how often you need them trimmed.

 

Pros- With bangs, any style you do automatically looks vintage and cute. They look great with having your hair down or in an updo.

Your hair can still look polished even if it’s a mess as long as your bangs are looking good.

You can also do most pinup/vintage looks with bangs. You just have to sometimes modify them. For example, you can do your victory rolls, but they can’t incorporate short bangs and you  just have to start the rolls a little more back than if you didn’t have bangs and did your rolls on the very front of your head.

The biggest Pro is that they look absolutely fabulous!

 

 

 

 

Springtime Style on a Budget

I recently had another guest blogger spot on my girlfriend Sarah’s blog, https://lifewithlilred.com/. You all remember the fun style swap her and I did, her as a pinup rockabilly chick and me as a preppy princess and I always love collaborating with her. 

This morning she posted the blog I wrote for her spring edition on her site and it had such a nice look and turn out that I wanted to put up my post here as well.  The topic of course was Spring and I decided to write a blog post entitled, “Springtime Style on a Budget.” Here it is. Hope you all enjoy and make sure to follow my blog if you aren’t already and to check out my fabulous girl Sarah’s blog as well.

SPRINGTIME STYLE ON A BUDGET:

If you are yearning for some new spring style items to add to your wardrobe but can’t afford or don’t want to buy new clothes or accessories, here are some ways to celebrate springtime without hurting your bank account:
1. Affordable Shops – If you are wanting some new floral clothes or just a new item in spring colors, check out shops like Ross or TJMaxx. They get new cute tops, bottoms, and even shoes for each season plus have designer items with prices that are a steal. Sometimes you have to scour the clothing racks for the perfect thing but you are guaranteed to always find something that you’ll love.
2. Accessorize – You can celebrate and update your spring fashion with cute little accessories such as hair flowers, floral head bands, scarves, jewelry, and more. Stores like Claire’s or similar places carry an enormous array of cute seasonal accessories for great deals.
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3. Makeup – If you don’t want to go crazy with a new wardrobe just for spring, you can celebrate the season with your makeup. This time of the year, you can find pastel and springy colored makeup like eye shadows and lipsticks in pinks, greens, and pretty shimmery colors. You don’t need to go to department stores or even Sephora if you don’t want to or are on a budget. CVS and Walgreens drugstores always have a huge selection of great quality makeup in every color that you can imagine for amazing prices.
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4. Hair – If you’re interested in trying more of a punk or rocker look for spring, you can buy clip in extensions in an array of different colors almost anywhere, including online. Or you can get hair chalk, which is temporary and can be found in drugstores and beauty supply shops. You’ll definitely have your own original look for the spring, while utilizing the “it” colors like jewel floral tones and pastels.
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5. DIY- If you’re an artistic or creative person, then your spring style ideas are pretty much endless. You can use your talent to make your own items and accessories with affordable supplies from places like Jo-Ann’s or other craft and fabric shops. Some examples include chokers made with silk ribbons in floral colors with cute charms or your own flower hair pieces, brooches, and corsages.
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These are just a few ideas to help you create your own original look and style for the upcoming season. Let these ideas and tips inspire you. Have fun with them and have a most wonderful spring.
*all pictures shot by me except photo of hair extensions.

Look of the Day

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Today was a pretty good day for me both at home and at work, and to top it off, I did a youtube vid to show of my look and style that loved and was strutting around in today. Here are some photos showing my look today and what I used to for my look.

MY MAKEUP: 

Foundation LOreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation in “Classic Ivory.”

Eye Shadow: Inner corner and under brow bone- “Tako” by Sugarpill. Lid Color:  “Fly,”  from the “Venus 2” palette by LimeCrime. Crease Color: “Sultry,” from the “Nude’tude” palette by The Balm

    

          Blush: Blush from Stile “Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette,” in Fair/Light

Eyeliner- “Schwing,” by The Balm

Mascara- Lancome- Hypnôse DRAMA-“EXCESSIVE BLACK”

Eyebrows- Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in “Chocolate

Highlight- “Sin by Urban Decay

Lipstick- MAC in “Russian Red.”

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For my Hair I used at 15 inch Black to Blue Ombre hair extension piece. I got mine at SOHO Fashion but you can find a variety of hair extensions at many places including online. I also decorated my hair with two beautiful aqua and turquoise jeweled pair of hair combs. I fell in love with these instantly.

 

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How to Make Your Blow-Out Last Longer

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I absolutely love getting professional blow outs and always want to make them last as long as possible. Even when I do my own blow outs, I like to keep them looking fabulous as much as I can for as many days as I can. If you are like me, here are some ways to maintain you do’.

1. When you first get your hair styled and blown out, whether you do it yourself or get it done by a hair stylist, don’t weigh your hair down with a ton of products like a lot of hair spray, pomade, or styling wax. Use as little product as you can so your hair doesn’t feel weighed down or greasy right away. 

  For me, when I first get my blow-out or blow dry my own hair, I only use a thermal spray or cream to protect my hair from the heat. Then I’ll use a dime size amount of shine serum at the very end to keep my hair looking shiny and healthy.

2. Don’t wash your hair everyday. My hair isn’t oily so I don’t need to wash my hair every day but even if your hair is more on the oily side, you can buy dry shampoo in either the color of your hair or a clear dry shampoo and spray a little at your roots which will soak up an excess oil. A little bit of baby powder sprinkled at your roots will work the same as the dry shampoo but if your hair is dark like mine, you might look like you have dandruff so I would recommend getting dry shampoo instead.

   A great one is, Batiste Dry Shampoo but there are a lot of different ones on the market.

3. If your blow out starts to fall limp after a day or two and want to get your volume back, there is a great product you can use to give your do’ back it’s fabulous volume without a bunch of teasing and hairspray. It’s called Thickening, “Dryspun Finish,” and it’s by Bumble and Bumble and it’s a dry spray that creates and helps instant fullness and gives your hair a great airy texture. My friend Krystal who does my hair a lot told me about this product and I love using it. All you have to do is hold the spray about 10 inches away and spray even strokes where you want the airy texture or some lift.

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The other way to use this awesome product which I mainly use it for is for when blow out loses some volume, I spray at the roots then ruffle them with my fingers. I have instant volume after I do that. You don’t have to use a lot of this spray which is good and won’t way down your hair.

 4. Another great tip to keep your hair style help up, especially if you have waves or curls is to take a silk or nylon scarf and tie it gently around your head before you head out for the evening and/or definitely before you go to sleep.

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5. Last great way to make your beautiful blow outs last long is to not do any heavy styling until the 2nd or 3rd day you’ve had your hair washed and blown out. This can vary because of the type hair you have, thick or thin, oily or dry, etc., but if you’re hair is freshly washed and dried, any fun looks you want to do won’t work or stay as well as if you do a fun look on the 3rd or 4th day when you’re hair produces more natural oils.

For example, you all know I’m a pinup model and love doing my victory rolls, bumper bangs, and more but I don’t do those type of hair looks until at least the 3rd day of my blown out hair. It’s easier for me to get my desired hair look.

Depending on the time of year or the weather, my hair can get a bit dry so if attempt to do a vintage style on the 1st or 2nd day, I’ll have to use a lot more product and heat instruments on my hair which can cause damage and leave your hair feeling icky. Plus it’s more time consuming but those styles can be hard to do on freshly clean hair.

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Hope these tips help to keep your locks lustrous for as long as possible!

  • All pics taken by me except the two black and white and product shot.

New Tips and Tricks

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  Here are some new tips and tricks that I haven’t posted before. You may already know some of them or they may seem obvious but I still wanted to share these. 

1. Clear nail polish-  Perfect for controlling any rips or tears in your stockings so they don’t tear more, (WHICH BY THE WAY, I’D RATHER HAVE A RUN IN MY STOCKINGS THEN HAVING MY SEAMS NOT BEING STRAIGHT.) If you see a hole or snag apply a thin layer of clear polish around the edges of the area and let it dry. Just be careful that you don’t stick your nylons to your skin.

 Here’s another good thing about clear nail polish. If your skin is sensitive from a ring and makes your fingers turn green, you can use the polish as a coating on the inside of your ring. Just apply it gently and let it dry. This acts as protection against any green stains on your fingers.

   2. Mascara- When you apply your mascara, don’t pump your wand in and out of the tube. All that does is cause more air to hit the mascara, causing it to dry out faster and also possibly causing more bacteria to get into it. Instead, take the mascara wand and just swirl it around the tube before applying.

   3. Cleaning your makeup brushes- When it comes to cleaning your makeup brushes, it’s good to clean them at least once a week. There are so many different  makeup brush cleaners on the market but here’s a good tip if you don’t have cleaner or don’t want to invest in one. What you can use instead is a good antibacterial soap, such as softsoap, use a few pumps on your brushes, and get them a little soapy until you feel their clean. Then gently squeeze the extra water out, reshape the bristles of them, and lay them flat on a paper towel or something similar to dry. This trick  works very well for me. You can also use the same process on your beauty blender.

   What you can also do is use a little bit of hair conditioner on the bristles, work through them, and rinse. This keeps your brushes nice and soft.

   4.  On Blow drying- To cut down on frizz and time, after your wash you hair, use a detangler  gently to get rid of any tangles and then let your hair air dry for a bit. When you notice your hair is a little damp and/or almost dry, that’s when you should blow dry your hair. Make sure you apply a thermal spray to your hair to protect it from damage before using any heat products.

   I hope you enjoy these tips and tricks and they work well for you.