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Everyday Loose Waves!

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Your wedding day can be completely stressful, especially when it comes to bridal beauty.  I thought that I would be ok, since I work in the beauty industry...but I was wrong. So very, very wrong.  For the month of June and July I am going to be sharing all my bridal beauty tips and I am going to start with some easy tips for beautiful and super simple bridal hair.  For my wedding, I wanted to do simple loose waves.  Luckily for me, I was able to try out some new products by Suave Professionals that helped me get my bridal look down pat!

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NEW Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion collection is a salon-inspired range of products infused with a carefully chosen blend of rich minerals from the sea for effortless volume.  During your wedding, you want your hair to withstand humidity and look full and luxurious.  Since wedding costs can be overwhelming, I welcomed the chance to try out an affordable products that would give me maximum results. 

  •  Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Shampoo & Conditioner system provides hair with 24-hour body and moisture that is easy to style.
  • Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Shampoo contains no heavy silicones and helps remove build up from hair for natural looking body and bounce.
  • Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Conditioner offers just the right amount of conditioning for natural, healthy looking body and bounce.

The Texturizing spray is also key.  I didn't want my curls to loose too tight...I wanted sexy, loose waves that screamed romance.  After shampooing and conditioning your hair, spray the Texturing spray all over wet hair before you blow dry your hair. 

  • The Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray helps create a loose, textured look with full-bodied waves that last up to 24 hours.
  • Salon proven to add texture as well as Bumble and bumble. Surf® Spray

Below are 3 easy steps to do this for yourself at home, or for your big day! 

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STEP 1: Separate your hair into small sections, as you work a 1 1/2 inch curling iron around your head, starting from the front.  Curl from the ends up to the middle of the hair shaft. Hold for 10 seconds. 

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STEP 2: Always remember to alternate the direction of the curling iron barrel.  You don't want uniform curls that look old fashioned. Keeping the curls loose, and going in different directions will give a more natural and sexy look.  

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STEP 3: (and you can have a friend help you with this part!)  Use a large 2 inch curling iron for the back of the hair.  Start at the top of the head, with the curling iron facing horizontally.  Curl four sections from top to bottom for volume. 

FINISHED LOOK:

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So let me know, how do you #StyleItYourself

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Suave Professionals® . The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Discover the Beauty of the Sea with NEW Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion products. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Suave Professionals® . The opinions and text are all mine.

 
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Easy Hairstyles for Summer

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While some parts of the country have been lucky enough to ease into summer with a touch of spring still lingering in the air, the rest of the country has already begun to feel the sting of hot temperatures and hair devastating humidity! So what’s a girl to do? When it comes to summer styles, it’s best to keep it simple and classic.

These are five of our favorite summer styles that require minimum fuss and minimum products to achieve.

Get your lob on! While many women gasp at the thought of trimming their mane into a traditional bob, the lob (or long bob), gives women a free spirited style without feeling too drastic. Best part of the lob is that most women find a natural wave or texture magically appears with this cut. See your stylist for the perfect length (and layers as applicable) and then apply a styling cream for that tousled bed head look.

Take it to the side! While a traditional braid may seem a bit juvenile or undone for the average beauty, a side braid suggests sophistication with a hint of playfulness.

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Gorgeous Hair Color All Summer Long

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By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy

Along with bronzed cheeks and peachy lips, gleaming hair is key to summer’s easy, breezy beauty look. But between UV exposure and swimming in chlorine pools or saltwater surfs, hair can take a beating. And that’s especially true if it’s color-processed.

So we asked two pros to answer your most pressing summer hair color questions so you can maintain a gorgeous hue from June to August. Frank Dino is the co-owner of TINT, a color-only salon in Santa Monica, Calif., and Dr. Jessica Krant is a dermatologist and founder of Art of Dermatology in New York City. Here’s what they said.

Should I take my hair color a shade lighter in the summer?

If you’re going to be sporting a tan (make it a faux one to protect your skin!), you might want to adjust your color to provide contrast. Think of how your hair would bleach naturally if you didn’t protect it from UV rays, and go for that shade.

Should I save highlights for winter?

If highlights give your hair a dimension you enjoy in the winter, you’ll want to carry this through to summer, too. A few lighter pieces framing the face are all you need for a natural surfer-chic look. If you’re a blonde, opt for champagne streaks. If you’re a light or medium brunette, have your colorist add some ribbons of dirty blonde. Darker hair will look sun-kissed stunning with light brown and caramel highlights. And for hair that sparkles under the summer sun, think about adding a glossing treatment the next time you visit your salon for a cut or color.

I know the sun can damage my skin. Can it harm my hair color as well?

Hair definitely gets damaged by the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Those UV rays scorch the hair shaft, drying it out and causing the normally smooth cuticle, or outer layer, of our strands to get rough. What’s more, UV rays break down hair’s pigments, fading color or turning it brassy. New research shows that UV rays cause hair to lose protein too. The result of all this is hair that’s lacking shine, strength and vibrant color.

How does chlorine or saltwater damage hair?

Chlorine, which is a component of bleach, dries out strands by its caustic chemical nature, stripping away your hair’s natural protective oils. (Blonde hair turning green in the swimming pool, by the way, isn’t actually caused by chlorine but by copper molecules from other pool chemicals.) Seawater stresses hair and skin in another way. The heavy salt content draws water molecules out of hair in an attempt to try to dilute the salt. The result: dehydrated hair shafts.

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Marc Anthony Bombshell Hair Tutorial

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Wanna get bombshell hair? Try out these tips from this tutorial above!

I have tried and used Marc Anthony Professional hair products before and have loved the results.  The scent is warm, and delicious and the shampoo and conditioners leave the hair ridiculously soft.  

SHOP THE LOOK:

You can also check out the video, which demonstrates the steps:

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Get The Look: Darby Stanchfield

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"The inspiration for Darby's braided updo stemmed from the neck line of her Rachel Zoe LBD. The dress felt strong, a bit military almost. Once paired with the red heels I knew it had to go up and that something casual wouldn't do. I decided to go for a fun but strong, textured braided updo."

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I started on second day hair by adding Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion. After a quick blow dry and tousle to set the product, I created a middle part.

  • Next I created a dutch braid on each side of the head starting at the front parting, braiding down, following the natural hairline, ending the dutch braids just behind the ear.
  • Once each side was braided, I pulled the braids apart and dusted them with Kevin Murphy Powder Puff to add texture and thickness.
  • In the back, from the top of the crown to the nape of the neck, I created four more braids. Two fishtail braids at the corner of each side of the nape of the neck and two regular braids with the hair that was left over.
  • After all the braids were set, dusted with Kevin Murphys Powder Puff for texture and thickness, and pulled apart, I began to assemble the braids - this is where you can get creative.
  • I brought the fishtail braids that started at the nape of the neck up and towards the face. With hair pins I secured them just under the Dutch braids and crossed them over the middle part.
  • At the back of the head, I rolled all the braids together and secured the plaits flat against the head and secured with hair pins. I added a gold bar barrette for a little flair.
  • To finish the look, I used my fingers to bring out little pieces around her face to soften the look.
    I used Pantene Pro-V Anti-humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray. And she was off!"

Follow Bridget and The Wall Group on Instagram: @bridgetbragerhair, @thewallgroup

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Hairstyle Tutorials: Best Styles for Spring and Summer

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Spring: The time of flings, fun, and a lot of time running around in the sun. You obviously want to look your best at this playful time of year -- but with as little time and effort as possible!

We asked some of our favorite celebrity stylists for their top hairstyle tutorials for great, simple -- and hot! -- looks for the steamy season.  

Textured Tail
“Beachy waves can instantly glam up any style when you opt for a textured tail,” says Fernando Salas, renowned master stylist and founder of the White Sands corporation. To create this look, forget typical roller sets and opt for adjustable, no-pull Velcro strips to fashion loosely sculpted curls.

1. To get lift with a slight texture on the ends, start with wet hair and take 2-inch sections of hair. Spritz each section with styling spray, then lay a Velcro strip underneath. Roll the Velcro strip toward your head into a roller. Repeat until all your hair is rolled, using clips to hold in place.

2. Let hair air dry or apply a dryer for roughly 4-5 minutes, allowing the new
desired texture to cool before removing the clips.

3. Take out the clips and Velcro strips, combing the style out if needed
to loosen the waves.

4. Use your hands to gently sweep your tresses up into a ponytail, bringing down layers to frame your face if desired.

5. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray for a shiny, touchable style that lasts.

The High Bun

Variations of the classic bun have been popular with everyone from ballerinas to CEOs. Recently, women have combined the elements of the “messy bun” with the coiffed look of the chignon to create what is known as a high bun. 

“High buns require little time, and they are easy to achieve with your natural hair, braids and extensions, which makes it the perfect style for those hot summer days,” says Mary Malave, owner of Brooklyn-based Salon Malave. Try these tips to create this look:

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Easy, Healthy Hair Tips

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Give Your Hair A Break - Not Literally

Frizz, dullness, split ends and the list goes on and on. Don't get me wrong. I love my hair, but it doesn't always love me back. I treat it well with lots of heat, plenty of products and ample brushing and styling. It didn't take me long to learn that what I thought made my hair look great only made it look horrible in the long run. The solution was fairly simple. I needed to give my hair a break. You know, the kind of break that doesn't equal broken strands lying all over the floor.

Lose The Heat

I'm always in a hurry, so the high heat setting on the blow dryer used to be my best friend. I cut my drying time in half, but then I ended up spending all day trying to get my fried locks to stay down. By making sure I gave myself about 10 more minutes, I could use the medium setting until my hair was mostly dry and switch to the cool setting to help lock in moisture. You wouldn't believe the natural shine that results!

Okay, now for confession time. I do cheat and use high heat sometimes. However, I always coat my hair with a heat protectant spray before blow drying. Use one that not only protects by strengthens so you get double duty. Also do this before any type of heat styling. However, you should skip the heat as much as possible. Make time and you won't have so much repair work to do later.

Be Gentle

I know short hair tangles or so I've been told. I have long hair so I truly know the woes of massive tangles. Sometimes it's hard to be gentle. Brushes get stuck or you're brushing too fast and end up breaking strands instead of detangling. Be gentle at all times. Take your time. If it sounds like popcorn when you brush or comb, you're doing it too hard. For times when I've done something crazy like drive with the top down and my hair loose, spritzing my hair with a detangling spray and then combing prevents around 90% of the normal breakage.

Treat Less

I used to have products everywhere. Turns out, I only needed a few. Too many chemicals equals dull, lifeless hair. Now, I have moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (always use conditioner), a deep conditioning treatment, detangling spray, heat protectant and a gentle mousse to set my style. My counter has space and my hair's never looked better.

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