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Sock Buns are Super Trendy

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Sock Buns are a super trendy, easy style that is sweeping the nation! The sock bun gets it’s name because styling it involves cutting the toes off a sock, and rolling it into your hair to create a donut-shaped bun. My four year old daughter loves it because it’s so cute on her, gets her hair out of her face, & it’s something different besides you’re everyday pony tail. Also if you leave the sock bun in overnight it gives beautiful curls the next day! First, you need a sock that you don’t mind cutting up for the sake of fashion. FYI: The longer sock you use, the thicker and fuller your bun will be.

STEP 1: Take a sock and cut off the toes part so all that remains is a tube-shaped piece of fabric. (It helps if you can use a sock that is close to the color of your hair)

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STEP 2: Take the edges of the sock and roll it inside out until it is scrunched up into a donut shape. (Rolling it several times will give it a tighter donut shape)

STEP 3: Style your hair into a low or high ponytail, depending on where on your head you want the bun to rest. Once the hair is in place you can slide a comb beneath the hair on the top of your head and loosen it slightly to create a little volume. You can also wet your ponytail a little to help with shorter hairs coming out of place. Or use gel, mousse, cream or hairspray if you want a neater style.

 

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STEP 4: Loop the end of your ponytail through the donut-shaped sock bun.

STEP 5: Bend the hair over the edge of the sock, and tuck it underneath and through the bottom of the loop.

STEP 6: Roll the sock down your ponytail several times until it reaches your head, rolling your hair along with it. Keep rolling it until every hair is tucked up into the sock bun.

 

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The ‘Holy Grail’ of Hair products, Accessories and Appliances

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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Do you ever leave the salon and wish you could achieve that bouncy luxurious ‘do’ your stylist whipped up so effortlessly? Well of course you do! Today I share about my ‘Holy Grail’ hair products, accessories and appliances I cannot live without. It all starts at the basics. A great shampoo and conditioner that best fit your unique hair type. Mine just so happens to be dry and brittle, so I use the Dry Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner!

These are AMAZING! They leave your hair soft, supple and touchable! The moment I lather this creamy remedy into my hair, I feel the difference right away.

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Once your hair is squeaky clean, styling products and tools are a must! a great technique for volume is round brushing. Starting by applying Volumizing tonic (for root lift), and Phomolent (flexible hold and bounce ). Next I use my favorite brush Ceramic tools round brush. I have medium to long hair, so my person preference is a medium, which is a 2inch barrel, and a Large 2 1/2 inch barrel.  The small brush is great for the getting maximum lift in your crown, and the large barrel round brush is great for a smoothing effect that controls frizz on Kentucky’s hottest days! A big misconception my guests have is that the bigger the brush the more volume they will get. So make sure to get the appropriate brush. Play around and don’t get frustrated. Round-brushing can be a challenge, but the more practice the better results you will see. Small sections are key!

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Hairspray… How can you live without it? It tames, teases and textures. My absolute all time favorite product is the Control force hairspray. It fights frizz, and has a strong hold to last all day! You can also control the amount of hold by how close you spray to your hair!

 

My favorite styling tool would be my GHD flight iron, It heats up in 5 seconds and is perfect for straightening, and also twisting loose curls. I try to explain curling with your flat iron like taking scissors to ribbon. It’s all about tension and twisting your wrist. This too takes a little practice, but once it’s perfected it’s a great summer look!

 

Your Hair & The Effects of Sun Damage

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Most people know to wear sunscreen to protect their skin from the damaging effects of the sun but what about your locks?  When hair is exposed to sunlight, a naturally occurring form of hydrogen peroxide forms in the hair, causing hair to lighten.  Unfortunately, the sun can do more than just fade your color. UV rays can also cause damage to your hair much like a blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron, etc.  Damage to your hair can cause your hair to look dull and not to mention frizzy or straw-like and nobody wants that.  Lastly, anytime you are outside your hair should be protected against environmental aggressors.  What are these “environmental aggressors” you ask?  Well they can show up in several different forms such as smoke, pollution, or even harsh weather.  All of these things contain oxidants that cause hair color to fade. 

So what can you do to keep your color vibrant for as long as possible?  Well, Aveda makes two wonderful products to take care of all these potential problems:

Color Conserve Daily Coaveda-product1lor Protect

This product has TONS of benefits!  First, of all it is going to seal in your color for 6 WEEKS!  It also contains natural UV filters, specifically cinnamon bark and wintergreen oils, that protect against UV damage, fading and lightening.  The green tea extract protects your hair against everyday environmental aggressors.  Lastly, it is going to leave you with nice, shiny hair using organic baobab, castor and sunflower oils!

 

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Sun Care Hair Veil

Just a light mist of this after you have finished styling gives you added UV protection along with a little sunscreen for your scalp.  It has a great citrus aroma and also adds a little shine.  Keep in mind, a little goes a long way.

 

Both of these products are ideal for summer, however, it is necessary to use protection against the sun all year long!