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4 Tips on Maintaining Your Color!

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Got great color? Learn how to keep it!

The lifetime search for the perfect hair color is a battle that nearly every woman must fight. However, once you’ve slayed that bad color dragon and finally found a haircolor that you love, how do you keep it from fading down your drain and into your memories? We’ve got the top four tips to keep your haircolor fresh and fierce!

# 1 The Right Kind of Clean – Much like you adjust your skin products to match your skin type, certain colors also require specific shampoos and conditioners. To keep color bright between services, use a color enhancing shampoo for your specific shade. We like Alterna’s Hold Brunette Shampoo for dark hair and blondes can stay brass free for less with Clairol’s Shimmer Lights Shampoo. To keep your red gorgeous, try John Frieda’s Radiant Red Color Captivating Shampoo.

# 2 Take a Day Off – From shampooing that is. Instead of lathering up each morning, give your color and your hair a break and wash every other day. To keep things clean in between shampoos, use a dry shampoo like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo.

#3 Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen – Think sunscreen is just for the face and body? Wrong!! Just like the sun’s rays can damage your skin they can also dry your hair and rapidly fade your color. To protect your color on those gorgeous, sunny days, try Redken’s Color Extend Solar Screen.

#4 Go Cold – Yes we know, on these cold fall/winter mornings all you can think about is jumping into a hot shower; however, drenching hair in hot water not only damages it but will also fade the color. While we would never suggest drenching yourself in ice cold water, adjusting the temperature to cool at least when rinsing your hair, could add a few weeks of color life to your hair.

Want to see what a new haircolor would look like? Go to our Try On Studio, and play with different celebrity hairstyles! www.themakeupblogger.com/tryonstudio

by Sian Bitner Kearney 

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Quick Holiday Party Worthy Braids

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Braids are back in a big way this year! Far from the schoolgirl look you used to know, braids are a pretty and sophisticated look for office holiday parties and family gatherings alike. Best of all, it doesn’t take much time or coordination to create lovely braided updos.

Try these easy and elegant hairstyle tutorials you can create in just minutes -- leaving you plenty of time to get to the party! For even more ideas, check out our new Pocket Hairstylist  tool and mobile app .

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MAIDEN BRAIDS UPDO

Step 1
Divide your hair into two sections (top and bottom), and back comb a little (gently) underneath the top half. Spray with a little hairspray, and smooth over the top with a comb. This will help give you more lift from the front.

Step 2
Divide your hair in half again, this time on both sides (like you’re doing milkmaid braids). Be sure to separate the hair at the nape of your neck to avoid a severe part. Begin braiding the first side.

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Step 3
Stop your braid about 4 to 5 inches down and secure with an elastic. Braid the other side, again stopping 4 to 5 inches down.

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Celebrity Hair Is Within Your Reach

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My hair is my greatest enemy on most days. It's frizzy randomly or it falls flat when I desperately want waves or a curl. I always envy celebrities since their hair seems perfect always. Luckily, I can get great hair without having a team of experts nearby.

Anti-Aging Secrets

Yes, you can use your hair to look younger. Add some bangs to cover up forehead wrinkles and even make your hair look fuller. Boost your locks and look more youthful by embracing layers. It adds movement and life. A few highlights takes the look even farther giving you that effortless celebrity elegance.

It's Okay To Be Messy

Forget trying to make your hair perfect. Pay close attention to celebrities. A little frizz, poof and random waves are okay. In fact, brushing your hair and then using only your fingers to create a messy ponytail will give you the same look celebrities use on the red carpet.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Every hair type needs moisture. Naturally dry hair, such as curly styles, sometimes need a little extra. Celebrity hair gets it shine from regular moisturizing treatments. Invest in a glaze or serum that contains natural oils such as almond, coconut and argan to seal broken strands, deeply moisturize and maintain healthy, shiny locks. Just remember, don't over apply or you'll end up a bit too shiny.

To keep that moisture in, celebrity stylists recommend always applying a heat protectant spray before any drying or heat styling. Otherwise, you lose all that vital moisture.

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Holiday Secrets for Your Luscious Locks

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Let's face it, we are all rushed during the holidays.  Between family obligations, to office parties, and friends holiday bashes....there is not enough time!  But, the holidays are also a time when we want to look our best.  We get to pull out the red lipstick or glitter eyeshadow and feel festive and gorgeous.  

So, what is a beauty loving gal to do when she is pressed for time?  I always go for gorgeous hair, and leave the rest of the face simple and clean.  I have a very easy routine for the simplest, speediest hair routine ever.  Think Veronica Lake!  I am talking volume, glamour and holiday perfection.

A few months ago I was able to try out two new products by Conair that make this two step process a breeze. The new Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool and Infiniti Pro by Conair Secret Curl are both made to help you achieve salon worthy looks in half the time. I am all thumbs when it comes to doing my hair, but these products have become a go-to for me during the week.  I created an easy routine that I suggest you try for your next Holiday Party!

  • Step One:  Depending on your hair texture, apply either a volumizing or smoothing lotion to your wet hair and brush through.  I prefer to use a large paddle brush in place of a round bristle brush due to the coarseness of my hair.  It helps to ensure a smooth blow out (and I honestly can't work with a round brush to save my life). To get a perfect blow out, separate the hair into 4 sections using either hair clips or rubber bands.  I prefer to do two large sections on each side.  This way, you have control of your hair while blow drying.  One of the things I love about the Infiniti Pro Styling Tool is the whisper soft sound, and how incredibly fast it dries my hair.  I have ALOT of hair, and usually stay away from blow drying it due to the time.  I am convinced this cut the time in half.  It took me only 15 min to blow dry my hair which is unheard of!  Due to my success with this dryer, I bought one seperately for my professional kit. Saving time with my clients is a huge bonus when I am on set. 
  • Step Two: Rollers have always gotten a bad rap in my book. Alot of times we think of big, voluminous curls and 80's hair.  This set of curlers will change your mind.  The curls that the Infinity Curl Secret Pro create are beachy, sexy, and perfect for everyday.  I have been using this set every other day to play around with the different curl techniques and will share with you my technique.  First, start by sectioning your hair into two parts; one bottom and one top.  I keep the top section (you can grab the hair at the base of the ear and separate from there) up high, and work from the bottom up.  I use the larger 1' rollers on the bottom portion of the hair, and work up with the smaller 3/4' curlers.  Roll your hair away from the face to ensure that beauty vibe and curl.  Once you have rolled your hair around the base of the roller, simply SNAP it into place. Voila, you are done!

I usually do this in the morning, and leave the rollers in while I am doing my makeup and getting ready for the day.  I answer emails, cook breakfast, and by the time I am done I have some stare worthy curls that last a few days.  This has seriously cut back on my styling time and I have already had a ton of compliments at the holiday parties for my "new look".  I might not ever go back to a ponytail again!

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Infiniti Pro by Conair Secret Curl:
• Easy to use pop-up, clipless rollers that come in 2 sizes (3/4” and 1”) for small and medium long-lasting curls. This means a quick dry with over 70% more shine.
• The curlers have a silicone surface that adds a gorgeous shine to your curls!
• The vertical design keeps the product from taking up space on your vanity or in your bathroom. I fit mine perfectly under the sink.

The Infiniti Pro Secret Curl can be purchased at the majority of mass retail and drug chain stores for an average retail price of $68.99; see where-to-buy here: http://www.secretcurl.com/

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Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool:

• Faster airflow allows the hair to dry up to 70% faster, and 40% less noise than other dryers!
• Low heat protects your hair from damage due to Ionic Technowlogy. 
• Brushless motor technology increases the dryer life 10 x longer, giving you up to 5,000 hours of drying time compared to the average 500 hours for another AC motor hair dryer

The Infiniti Pro Styling Tool can be purchased at the majority of mass retail and drug chain stores for an average retail price of $139.99; see where-to-buy here: http://www.3qhairdryer.com/

Enter the Conair Holiday Wish List Giveaway on the Conair Beauty Facebook page now through December 12th. Entering is as simple as creating your custom Conair product wish-list and sharing it with your friends and family. Five winners will be randomly selected throughout the week of December 8th to receive their custom wish-list.

Visit www.conair.com and get free shipping on orders all orders $50 or higher this holiday season (until December 25) when you use promo code CONHOLIDAY14

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Disclosure: This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the Infiniti Pro by Conair Secret Curl and the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool for my own personal use.  All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

 
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The Best Bang For Your Face Shape:

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She Bangs!!! The Best Bang for Your Face Shape:  No matter what the fashion industry brings forward it seems the infamous bang always returns to the front lines and redefines beautiful hair.

The late 1950’s/early 1960’s brought bangs to the forefront of fashionable hairstyles and though the shape of the bang continues to change, it remains a universal symbol for sexy and sophisticated at any age. The trick to wearing bangs is as simple as knowing your face shape. Use these simple guidelines (and be sure to enlist your stylist versus cutting solo) to see if bangs could be your hot new summer look!

Heart Face Shape: The heart shaped face is perfect for bangs. To accentuate cheekbones and balance the face, try a blunt bang cut just below the eyebrows and wear as a full bang (check out Taylor Swift) for the illusion of a more symmetrical face shape.

Long Face Shape: Most women with a long face shape usually have a very large forehead and jaw line as well. To add balance while diminishing length, try long, layered bangs that extend just past the corner of the eye and wear them swept to the side like Rachel Mcadams.

Square Face: To add softness to the sharp lines of a square face, try long, wispy bangs with layers like Olivia Wilde.

Round Face Shape: To slim the face and give it a more oval appearance, have bangs cut to right about cheekbone level and wear them with a middle part ala Eva Longoria!

Oval Face Shape: If you have an oval face shape, count yourself fortunate as oval is the one face shape that can rock any style of bang. To keep your look versatile, ask your stylist for a long bang that extends past your brow and experiment with every bang style until you nail down your favorite! Having a fear of the sheers? Hit up your local beauty supply store and try clip on bangs for a switch in style without the commitment of a cut.

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How to Dye Your Hair at Home

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Plenty of beauty products will freshen up your look, but for busy gals, none seems quite as perfect as hair color. Unlike wrinkle creams (which can take weeks to show results) or lipstick (which wears off faster than you can reapply), dying your hair delivers shiny, more vibrant color almost instantly -- and you get to enjoy the results for weeks without any upkeep. The best part: You can do it at home.

You may think hair dying is too scary to undertake yourself, but once you learn a few tricks about choosing and applying hair color, DIY dying is a snap, says Kathleen Hui, a senior colorist at AKS Salon in New York City. Even a subtle update is all it takes to breathe new life and warmth into your look. Try these strategies for the ultimate no-fuss beauty boost:

1. Choose a demi-permanent formula.
Of all your hair-dye choices -- permanent, demi-permanent or temporary -- demi-permanent requires the least maintenance and looks the most natural. The color lasts about four to six weeks and gradually rinses out as you shampoo. That means you don’t see noticeably lighter or darker roots as your hair grows.

2. Stay within two shades of your natural color.
Depending on your hair color, the end result can look different from the box, Hui says. If you stay within one or two shades, either lighter or darker, you’ll get more predictable results and a color that looks natural on you. If you have light-brown or hazel eyes, you can look at the flecks of color in your iris: Go with a color (still within two shades) that picks up the bronze, gold or caramel hues in your eyes, and your peepers will look brighter too.

3. Color clean hair only.
Wash your hair the day or morning before you dye it. Otherwise, oil, styling products and other buildup can block the pigment from absorbing into strands, says Hui. 

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MoroccanOil Smooth Line!

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I absolutely hate frizz and fly-aways, but many products leave my hair feeling heavy or even greasy. Moroccanoil's Smooth line takes care of what I hate most about my hair and leaves it feeling light, smooth and beautiful. Not to mention, it smells absolutely incredible. Who knew four products could give me hair I'd actually be proud of? It all starts with the Moroccanoil Smooth Shampoo and Smooth Conditioner.

All the products contain the proprietary AminoRenew ingredient to help restore essential amino acids to your hair to make it stronger. Plus, the line is infused with argan butter and argan oil for smoother, healthier and more manageable hair. When you use both the shampoo and conditioner, the results can last up to 72 hours.

If your hair's really frizzy, start with the Smoothing Mask. It adds in coconut-derived fatty acids for even deeper hydration. To help with styling and frizzies from blow drying, try the Smoothing Lotion. It also contains Vitamin E. Even though it offers a medium hold, hair stays light-weight and frizz free. Starting at just $28 for the shampoo and conditioner, it's an affordable way to finally get manageable hair, even on the most humid days. If you're like me and hate constantly trying smooth away frizz, try a line that finally smooths without weighing your hair down.

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