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With celebrities like Rihanna, Jayma Mays, Julianne Moore, and Hayley Williams sporting different versions of red hair, it’s hard not to want to try it out too! Here are a few healthy options to achieve the edgy-red look you’ve always dreamed of!

 

  • If you’re unsure about fully committing to red hair and are looking to get a red tint without using hair dye, an effective option is going for some natural red highlights. According to hubpages.com, the way to achieve this is by mixing two cups of Jamaican sorrel (dried or fresh), two cups of water and two tablespoons of honey in a small saucepan. Then, let the water boil and allow the sorrel to soak for two to four hours. By straining the liquid, stirring in the honey and adding one tablespoon of cinnamon, you are creating the perfect mixture to pour all over your hair to create beautiful red highlights- after you shampoo of course! Wrap your hair with a cap and leave the mixture in your hair for at least sixty minutes before rinsing out.
  • To achieve some burgundy highlights, another suggestion is to use beets. Mix beets, half a tablespoon of water, and one cup of conditioner. Create a liquid out of this mixture by using a juicer or food processor. Shampoo your hair before application, then rub the mixture in your hair from root to tip. Wrap your hair in plastic to allow this method to work effectively- and leave in for three to four hours or more, depending on how deep and rich of a color you desire! 
  • Ready to go all in? I think I might be. Love Your Color offers a non-permanent Auburn dye that lasts 6-12 shampoos! Including a revitalizing conditioner and excluding ammonia, peroxide or PPD, Love Your Color is a healthy and effective option to achieve a beautiful red tint! It’s easy- takes twenty minutes and comes in one bottle (there’s no mixing!).For a shiny and healthy-looking option, Love Your Color can be purchased here. ​

 

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For as long as I can remember I was always told to shampoo before condition, but more recently I heard that you should actually condition your ends before you shampoo you hair.  This whole concept of reverse washing is pretty interesting. Most shampoos strip your hair of its natural oils, and then once you condition you hair feels soft and just like new.

What should you use first shampoo or conditioner?

Since shampoo rids your scalp of build up you should only use it on your scalp. Hellogigles.com says, “Basically, the idea is that your scalp produces oil that naturally cleanses and moisturizes your scalp and hair. The only reason to shampoo is to rinse those oils out when they have built up too much and give your scalp a reset.” If you put shampoo on your ends it could strip your hair leaving it dry and dull.

Reverse Washing

Reverse Washing is when you condition your hair first and then only shampoo the roots. Dailymail.co.uk says to, “Wet your hair then work in your favorite conditioner, concentrating almost solely on the ends of the hair, with just a tiny bit at the roots. Leave the conditioner in for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Only now should you shampoo, rinse, and repeat, making sure you don’t use more product than you need.” Conditioning your ends first will coat them and protect them from the stripping properties in your shampoo.
Here are 3 reasons why it’s important to condition your hair before you shampoo.

1. Makes Detangling Easier

If your hair is really knotty and you always have a problem detangling it, you should definitely try reverse washing your hair. The conditioner will coat your ends leaving them moisturized and tangle free. Gadailynews.com says, “Reversing the order in which you wash your hair is meant to give you all the detangling and glossing benefits of conditioner - along with extra volume - but without any residual side-effects.”

2. Adds Moisture

If you condition your hair first it would feel dull and weighed down. Womenshealthmag.co.uk says, “The idea behind leaving a conditioner on for 2 - 3 minutes is so that the goodness can penetrate into the hair, so that when you rinse your hair properly, the work is done. However, when you don't wash out the conditioner properly, this will leave a film over the hair which attracts dirt and more, leaving it feeling lackluster.”You hair ends won’t be stripped from the harsh chemicals in shampoo, so they won’t feel dry and dull or weighed down.

3. Prevents Damage

If your ends are really damaged reverse washing is perfect because it will protect your ends from further damage. Refinery29.com says, “Washing the conditioner out with shampoo can prevent it from weighing your hair down — and if your hair is prone being flat and greasy, this is a great thing, indeed.”

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Lemons are used in many food recipes or are used to spruce up your water. They are full of vitamin b & c and have can be very beneficial when used on your hair. According to medicaldaily.com, “Lemons are a versatile fruit providing a number of aesthetic benefits. Originating in Asia, lemons have an extensive history but mostly of one used in cooking. However, many dermatologists and beauty gurus have recommended the use of lemons in daily skin maintenance.”

Here are three different ways to use lemon juice on your hair!

1. Get rid of Dandruff

Lemon juice is perfect for removing dandruff and cleansing your scalp of product buildup. Instead of using head and shoulders or some other store bought anti-dandruff product, try using lemon juice. TypeF.com suggests to, “Massage a generous amount of lemon juice into your scalp to remove any dandruff buildup and protect the scalp from further dryness. Massage the lemon juice into your scalp for several minutes, then shampoo and condition as normal.”

2. Lighten your hair

This is perfect for the summer, instead of spending a lot of money on highlights or bleaching your hair, you can naturally lighten your hair with lemon juice. Medicaldaily.com suggests, “Mix the juice from four lemons with ¼ cup of warm water, put it in a spray bottle, and spray it in your hair until it's damp. Make sure you only expose your hair to the sun for about 30-60 minutes, depending on how light you want to make it. After you’re done, take a shower and use conditioner, as lemon juice can sometimes dry out your hair.“

Click here for step-by-step direction on how to naturally lighten your hair with Lemon Juice.

3. Stimulate hair growth

Since lemon juice is so cleansing when applied to the scalp, it has properties that can stimulate hair growth. Zsobig.com says, “It can also help you to regulate the blood flow in the scalp and fight against hair loss by scrubbing lemon water on the top of your head (this can also help the hair to become healthy and shiny).” Typef.com suggests, massage a generous amount of the lemon juice or coconut water mixture into your scalp to increase the blood flow to your hair. Leave on your scalp for approximately a half-hour and shampoo your hair in a normal fashion. This will also increase the amount of nourishment your hair receives while activating your hair's natural oils to increase hair growth.”

Tip: According to stylecraze.com using lemon juice on your hair can delay new gray hair from growing in, “Mix few drops of lemon juice with amla juice into a mixture and apply this each night before going to sleep. Follow this for a month and continue. This will not only stop hair fall but also keep you safe from premature graying.”

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Instead of putting honey in your tea, why not try putting it on your hair. Honey has properties in it that are great for rejuvenating hair and bringing it back to life. Stylecraze.com says, “Honey with all it goodness does wonders for your hair! It cures dry, damaged and dull-looking hair. It helps retain moisture and get rid of dry, itchy flakes on your scalp. It also helps keep your hair clean, lustrous, healthy and shiny.”Honey can be used to treat a number of different beauty related problems.  Here are several different ways you can use honey on your hair!

1.Add Shine

Applying honey to your hair will create a beautiful shine and everyone will be complementing you on your hair! Treehugger.com suggests, “There are two options. 1) Combine a spoonful of honey with a quart of warm water. Rinse through hair after shampooing. Let it condition for an hour, then rinse. 2) Mix 1-1/2 tsp honey with 5 cups warm water. Rinse through hair and leave on. Dry and style as usual.”

2.Moisturize Dry Scalp & Hair

Typef.com says, “On your scalp, this means you can say bye-bye to dry, itchy flakes. On your hair, a bit of moisture retention helps create hair so luscious and healthy it shines. “To moisturize dry locks, heat together three tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of honey. Then add a tablespoon of lemon juice and mix well. It is best to apply the mixture to the scalp and hair when still warm. Leave it for a minimum of 30 minutes and then rinse and wash off.

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3.Stimulate Hair Growth

Nothing will make your hair grow long overnight, but there are things you can do to increase the slow process of healthy hair growth. Stylecraze.com says, “As honey is an emollient, it also improves the health of the hair follicles which are responsible for hair growth. Researchers say that proper use of honey of treatment of hair can waken up the sleeping hair follicles which boost the growth of hair.” Livestrong.com suggests to, “Add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 egg. Stir well with a fork to combine the ingredients. Beware if your olive oil is too warm; it may start to cook the egg. While the cinnamon and honey both promote hair growth, the protein and lecithin in the egg strengthen your strands.”

4.Cleanse Hair

Honey can be used with your shampoo to make your hair extra clean and give rid of any buildup. Youqueen.com says, “The antiseptic and anti-bacterial qualities of honey keep the scalp clean. It also prevents fungal infection or psoriasis on the scalp. This further reduces the risk of developing dandruff and itchy scalp.” Stylecraze.com suggests, “To give your hair a regular boost of honey benefits, mix a teaspoon of honey with your shampoo and apply to your scalp and hair. Work it to lather and let it sit for two minutes or so and then, rinse it off.

Other facts about using honey on your hair!

  • Honey can be used in many DIY Hair masks!
  • Honey can help prevent hair loss!
  • It is great for repairing dry hair!
  • Honey can help prevent split ends and get rid of frizz!
  • Ehow.com suggests when buying honey, “It is best to use a good quality of honey. The best time to stock up on honey is during the spring and summer. The honey with the least quality is that which is gathered in the winter. Purchasing honey from a bee keeper is another way to make sure the honey is fresh.”

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Split ends are a pain; everyone deals with them at one point or another no matter what type of hair they have. Let’s be realistic the only way to truly rid your hair of split ends is to cut them off. But there are several things you can do to prevent getting them as well as repair them for a period of time.

How do you get split ends?

Wikihow.com says, “Split ends occur when hair becomes weak and begins to break near the end of the hair shaft. Environmental stressors such as the sun, heat and the use of harsh styling products contribute to the number of split ends. Other factors such as poor diet and brushing hair when it is wet also contribute.”

Here are several tips for preventing split ends:                

Get regular trims:

You can either do this yourself or go to a salon. If you do this yourself, I suggest you buy a good pair of hair scissors and not use scissors you use on paper. Stylelist.com says, “The longer you wait to trim, the greater chance you have of split ends worsening and traveling up the shaft. It may sound counter-intuitive, but this is why it's actually best to get frequent trims if you're trying to grow longer, healthier hair.” Depending on how split your ends are, you should trim your hair every 6-8 weeks.

Use alcohol-free products:

 Alcohol-free products are less harsh on your hair and won’t cause your ends to dry out. Livestrong.com says, “When products containing alcohol are applied to your hair, the alcohol evaporates very quickly. The problem is that it takes a bit of your hair's natural moisture with it, leading to dry, lifeless locks that create the need for using more products on them and, of course, even drier hair.” So next time you are shopping for new hair products look for ones that say alcohol-free, your hair will look and feel a thousand times better!

Use less heat:

Let’s be realistic; saying use no heat on your hair is almost impossible for some people. I’ve tried and failed many times. So the simple solution to that is use less heat. Instead of blow drying your hair, let it dry naturally and then use a heat protectant and whatever hot tool you want. 7beautytips.com says, “Heat is the worst enemy for your hair but it’s hard to completely avoid hair dryers and flat iron. It is best to apply a heat resistant serum to your hair before using heat. Towel dry your hair before drying, this way you minimize the damage of heat on wet hair. Also, use flat irons and curlers occasionally instead of everyday.”

Always condition your ends:

If your hair is dry you can skip the shampoo but never skip conditioner. You should only condition your hair from the beginning of your pony to the ends of your hair. Sparkpeople.com says to, “Condition your hair every time you wash it, and use a deep conditioner at least once a month. Use a leave-in conditioner on the ends of your hair for added moisture and protection.”

Don’t brush wet hair:

You should avoid at all costs brushing wet hair with the same brush you use on dry hair. It won’t only cause more split ends but it will cause breakage. Totalbeauty.com suggests avoiding brushing your hair at all when it wet. But if you can’t help it, replace your hair brush with a wide tooth comb. Stylelist.com suggests, “After you apply conditioner in the shower, slowly run a wide-tooth comb through hair until all the tangles are out. This prevents the snaps and breakage you can incur when you try to brush out hair that is roughed up from a towel-dry.”

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When styling your hair with a flat iron, there are several things you should know! Here are some helpful tips for using a flat iron.

  • Right size: It is important that you use a flat iron that fits your hair length and type perfectly. If your iron isn’t the right size for your hair length and type it could cause more damage to your hair. Allwomenstalk.com suggests, “Your hair length and type should determine the size of your flat iron. Narrow plates that run ½”-1” are good for short hair that is fine or thick. 1 ½ -2” plates work well for long hair that’s fine or thick.”
  • Make sure your hair is DRY: This is extremely important! You should never run your flat iron over wet or damp hair. You will fry your hair if your iron it when it is wet. If you want to damage your hair that’s the easiest way to do it. After you blow dry your hair, turn your blow dryer from hot to cold and blast your hair with cool air. Then use the flat iron to style hair.
  • Use a heat protectant: This tip is mentioned in many blog posts because it is so important. Protecting your hair with a heat protectant can make a HUGE change in the way you hair looks and feels. Allwomentstalk.com says, “Regularly using a heat protectant on your hair before you use your straightening iron or other heat tools is a must. Skipping this step can result in dry, fried hair and no one has time for that!”
  • Right Temperature: Just as it is important to have the right size iron for your hair, you need to use the right temperature on your hair. The temperature depends on your hair type and how healthy or damaged your hair is. Huffingtonpost.com says, “My hair should only be ironed at a low setting, below 300 degrees, as it is fine and damaged (the same goes for chemically treated hair). Normal hair can be ironed at 300-380 and thick, coarse or extra curly hair at 350-400. Start at a lower level and increase as needed.”
  • Buy the right iron: A good flat iron will have a temperature setting, if there is only one setting you should stay away from that kind of iron.  A good temperature range should be from 175-400 degrees, but I highly recommend that you NEVER set your iron to 400 degrees. You don’t want to burn your hair off.
  • Separate into sections: When flat ironing your hair weather your straightening it or curling it, it is a good idea you separate you hair into smaller sections with a clip. There is no exact way to do it, just separate you hair as you like and then style each section.

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Having a bad hair day can really ruin your mood especially if you have a special event to go to. Here are some helpful tips for surviving a bad hair day.

  • Don’t Freak Out: If you realize your hair isn’t cooperating, don’t freak out. For a quick fix, you can put your hair in a braid, bun or ponytail. Click here for 6 easy and fun braid tutorials!
  • Wash and style the night before: If you know you have somewhere special to be in the morning you should wash and style you hair the night before. That way when you wake up the next morning you will only have minimal touch-ups.
  • Oily Roots: If your roots look really oily but you don’t have time to wash your hair, use some dry shampoo or baby power to get rid of/ mask the oil. Cosmopolitan.com suggests, “Spray a dry shampoo onto your roots and brush it through, so that it coats your hair at the roots and soaks up the oil on your scalp.”  Click here for 5 reasons why dry shampoo should be your new best friend!
  • Switch up your part: If you usually wear your part in the middle, changing it to a side part could instantly add some volume to your hair.
  • Don’t fry your hair: Always Always Always use a heat protectant on your hair before any heat styling. Using one will really protect your ends from getting fried as well as from breakage.
  • Never be without bobby pins: Put some extra bobby pins in your bag for emergency situations. Beautyhigh.com says, “Some mornings when you leave your house your hair can look amazing, and then a rainstorm hits. To make sure you’re never without bobby pins, stash 10 or so in the coin purse of your wallet.” It is always good to carry them with you just in case you have hair that won’t stay put.
  • Create quick waves: separate you hair into three or four sections, braid each section and secure with hair tie.  Then go over each braid with a flat iron, let them cool for a few minutes and then unravel the braids. Click here for a picture tutorial!  
  • Find the right hair accessories: If you are having a bad hair day, having a headband or beanies could make a huge difference. Try and find hair accessories that can go with any outfit and look good with any hair style.
  • Easy way to tame flyaway’s: Spray a tooth brush with hairspray and brush those flyaway’s into place. Using the toothbrush won’t be as harsh on your hair and won’t make your hair feel stiff.
  • Texture Spray: Try using a sea salt spray to add texture to your hair. Beautyhigh.com says, “Textured hair (or dirty hair) is much easier to work with because it holds style better. On days when your hair needs to be put in a braid, bun or ponytail, the style will hold all day long if you use a spray first.”
  • Learn different ways to style your hair: There are so many videos on YouTube that can teach you different ways to style your hair so you can avoid a bad hair day all together. Click here for 9 easy and fun hair tutorials!

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