How Long Does Toner Last and How Often Should You Tone Your Hair?

There’s this crucial step when you change your hair color that comes right after the highlight but just before the blow-dry style.

It’s the kind of step that makes all the difference for the blonde who wants to look icy platinum versus the blonde who wants to be ash grey. Or the brunette who wants to be mushroom brown versus the brunette who’s going for a cool violet undertone – get it right, and your hair exudes a perfect, shiny hue.

So, what is it?

What is Hair Toner

young girl with toned blode hair

Usually a semi-permanent hair dye, a toner deposits color back into the hair that has been previously highlighted. Highlighting lifts the darker pigments out of the hair by breaking them down. The toner can then come in and add color back in to create a shift in hue. If your hair looks yellow, you can shift it to a pale, icy blonde. Or if your color isn’t golden enough, you can tone it to reflect warmer light by increasing the gold in the toner.

They are wonderful, incredible tools. So how often and when should you tone your hair? It all depends on what you’re going for.

When to Tone Your Hair

If you get highlights that are too warm naturally, you’ll want to add in a toner. The darker your hair is naturally, the more warmth you’ll get when you highlight it. Just after getting your highlights is a good time to tone. But there are other times it comes in handy as well.

Toners are only semi-permanent hair dyes, so they fade after a certain amount of time. A good time frame for a toner refreshment is about 6 weeks after your initial appointment. Stay consistent with these and your highlight schedule. Your hair is getting trained and the more regular you are with appointments, the better it will look.

Getting a toner to deepen your color is a good option as well. If you are a lighter color and are going dark again, toning it down can maintain a nice level of dimension while deepening your color to the level you want it.

Another good option for when to tone would be using a clear gloss/toner to add shine after your regular color appointment. This looks incredible on single-process color, especially on dark hair. It seals down your cuticle, adds shine, and leaves you feeling refreshed.

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How Long Does a Toner Last?

Toner can last about 6 to 8 weeks. But many factors affect this duration and there are some things you should avoid to prevent stripping. For example, if you are using low-quality shampoo, your color can get stripped faster. Typically, with chlorides and sulfates, you’ll see these kinds of negative results.

It’s not fiction, there are plenty of products that strip your toner. Some of these include salt and sulfate-based shampoos, clarifying shampoos, chlorine in pools, direct prolonged sunlight, porous hair, drugstore shampoos with “extra strength” on the label, lack of moisture, and more.

The moisture piece is incredibly important for locking in color. Using quality shampoos and conditioners, oils, and heat protectants will protect your strands and keep your hair cuticles healthy. Healthy cuticles can receive color and hold onto it better than very dry ones.

Creating a foundation in your routine consists of a quality shampoo and conditioner, oil, and a heat protectant. Staying consistent with these will maintain your toner!

To protect your toner from the sun in the summer months, consider purchasing a sunscreen product designed for your hair. Always apply the product according to the directions and your color will be preserved. For chlorine, slather your dry hair in a moisture-rich conditioner and tie it in a high bun before entering the pool. The conditioner will act as a natural barrier to the water.

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How Often Should You Tone

I recommend sticking to the 6-8 week toning schedule for most types of highlights or when deepening your color. When going darker though, after several sessions, you’ll be able to space it out further to 10-12 weeks and add permanent dyes to your schedule.

If you had to get corrective color done, toning may be required more frequently in the beginning, like every 3-4 weeks.

Does Toner Damage the Hair?

Toners add a lot of shine and help seal down your cuticle. When using professional products, these can be good for your hair.

However, some toners may contain a high alcohol content which increases shine but can affect the hair’s health negatively. Make sure you work with a trusted professional for applying quality toners if you’re worried about the health of your hair. They can guide you in the right direction, keeping your hair safe and healthy while combating yellow and orange strands left by the bleach.

a French girl with beautifully toned highlights

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

What Can You Do Once Your Keratin Treatment Starts to Wear Off?

How Long Does Keratin Treatment Last in Your Hair?

Keratin treatments are a semi-permanent straightening process for those with unruly curls. The effects fade over time, with the moisture from each hair wash opening hair cuticles and stripping away some of the keratin coatings. There is no unsightly demarcation line between keratin-treated and regrown hair since the treatment fades away gradually as your hair grows. The straighter your hair is, the harder it is to notice the difference between the treated and regrown hair.

By the time root regrowth of your natural hair becomes too long, the effects of the treatment on the rest of the hair will almost disappear.

a girl brushing her keratin straightened hair

Traditional keratin treatments, if done professionally, last approximately 3-4 months. This is dependent on your hair texture and how well you adhere to the aftercare instructions. Formaldehyde-free smoothing formulas are designed to combat frizz, allowing hair to retain its natural curl pattern. Results can vary depending on the selected treatment and may last anywhere between 1 and 5 months.

How Does Freshly Keratin Treated Hair Looks Like?

Keratin treatment fills the cracks in the hair structure making your hair look healthy and shiny. The treatment forms the layer of keratin around hair strands. This keratin film blocks humidity that would otherwise cause strands to swell, resulting in a frizzy appearance. Curly hair gets straight in shape and temporarily loses the ability to hold a curl. Your morning hair routine is effortless, and you can enjoy gorgeous straight hairstyles. You don’t need your flat iron anymore. After blow-drying your hair feels silky smooth with a sleek and glossy finish.

Beautiful brunette woman with long keratin straightened hair

What Are the Signs that Your Keratin Treatment Has Started to Fade?

Over time your keratin treatment begins to show signs of wear and tear. If your hair grows fast, and your natural texture is curly or coarse, your untreated roots will be more noticeable. The treated portions of your hair will begin to return to their original state, which may result in an uneven and messy texture until your hair eventually returns to its normal shape.

Another problem you may experience when your treatment starts to wear off is frizzy hair. That is exactly what the treatment is aimed to prevent.

A good thing about a keratin treatment is that you can use flat iron without fear that it will speed up the fading process. However, some may not want to return to their flat iron again.

So now what? Some women feel the need to get a new treatment to maintain a straight, smooth look. Others may want to speed up the fading process to return their hair to its natural state faster.

The best thing you can do is to try to be patient and treat your hair gently.

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What Options Do You Have Once Your Keratin Treatment Starts to Fade?

There are basically 3 options available:

  1. Re-Apply the keratin treatment.
  2. Speed up the fading process.
  3. Deep condition and use keratin-enriched products.

How Often Can You Do Keratin Treatment?

If you like the results provided by the keratin treatment service and looking forward to making the next appointment, you should be aware of potential side effects.

Keratin treatments are chemical-based, so most hair professionals recommend a maximum of three treatments per year. This means waiting for a minimum of 4 months between treatments. Some stylists advise waiting 6 months between treatments, especially if your hair has undergone a formaldehyde-based treatment. Those with damaged and fine hair should wait longer than those with thick hair.

The next keratin treatment will be applied to the entire hair strand, not just the regrown roots. Frequent applications can result in a flat look and brittle strands that break easily. More frequent keratin treatments can also increase the possibility of unwanted effects due to chemical exposure and damage from repeating passes of the hot flat iron.

I suggest building a good relationship with the stylist you can trust and letting him/her determine when it is the right time to re-apply the treatment.

How to Remove Keratin from Your Hair?

If you are not interested in reapplying keratin treatment and want your natural texture back as soon as possible, you can speed up the fading process to some extent. Just oppositely treat your hair as your aftercare instructions say. Use sulfate and salt-containing shampoos and wash your hair more frequently than usual. Also, use sea salt spray and clarify more often.

However, be aware that harsh shampoos can dry out your hair.  

woman holding hair with keratin treatment washed out

Give Your Hair Some TLC: Deep Condition and Use Keratin-Infused Hair Products

Deep Conditioning

To combat dryness and frizz before your next appointment, deep conditioning is the answer. Deep conditioning hydrates your hair and gives it all the necessary nutrients. Incorporating deep conditioning treatment into your weekly routine will temporarily fix problems with frizz and improve the overall look of your hair.

Keratin Shampoos and Conditioners

Keratin-infused shampoos and conditioners contain small particles of keratin that can adhere to your strands and stay there for 2-3 washes. These products create volume, reduce the appearance of frizz, and make hair look smoother. Check the label and look for ‘keratin amino acids’ or ‘hydrolyzed keratin’ on the ingredient list.

Keratin Enriched Leave-in Conditioners and Serums

Unlike shampoo and conditioner, which are meant to be rinsed after a short application, some products infused with keratin are formulated to stay in your hair. Keratin leave-in conditioners and serums have more potent reparative properties to temporarily restore damaged strands and tame frizzy and flyaway hair.

In Conclusion

If you have fine and thin hair, you are probably not an ideal candidate for receiving keratin treatment. If you do apply keratin treatment, make sure to wait 4-6 months to redo the treatment. If your hair is thick, coarse, and unmanageable, you may see noticeable benefits from receiving a keratin straightening or smoothing service. I suggest opting for formaldehyde- and aldehyde-free formulas that will combat frizz and increase manageability. You also will be able to re-apply formaldehyde-free formulas more often than formaldehyde-based formulas because there are fewer harsh chemicals.

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Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

How Often to Touch up Gray Roots and what Volume Developer to Use

Gray Hair, the decorative tinsel you wish you could put on your Christmas tree and get off your head. Instead, these dust-colored strands make sure to shine right in the most obvious places, like your part line and hair line perimeter.

In the early stages, you may have resorted to plucking each newcomer. That was short-lived. It only seemed to drive their growth in droves. This is when you realized these aren’t shreds of demur, pretty tinsel trying to enhance your shine, nay-nay, these are well-organized multipliers ready to take over your entire head’s color palette, one strand at a time.

So, What Can You Do?

a woman with red hair showing her gray roots

For starters, get educated on how to address your spreading grey color using the right color, developer level, and techniques. There are a variety of dying methods that can keep your brunette rich and fresh looking. Or maybe you’re a solid natural blonde and you want to stay that way; Natural redheads are left in a vulnerable place when attempting to keep their rare color from fading out due to grey.

Let’s take a look at your options no matter what color your hair is.

How Often to Recolor/Touch-Up Gray Hair?

Since the rate of hair growth differs from to person, some people need more frequent rout touch-ups than others. When your natural roots become longer than an inch it is hard to ignore them.

If you have a few gray hairs, then the best option would be to use temporary root color products to mask grays between color touch-ups. This way you can reduce the use of chemicals in your hair care. If you have more salt than pepper, it would be best to opt for permanent root coverage.

If your hair grows at the average speed, the amount of time between dye sessions will hinge on the percentage of grey you have in your hair. If you’re 20-40% grey, you’ll be re-dying the grey every 8 weeks. If you’re 50% or more grey, it will be closer to every 6 weeks. And if you’re 70-100% grey it may be closer to every 4 weeks.

DIY Grey Coverage and Developer Level for Brunettes

If it’s just your root growth that needs to be dyed with a single color, you can go to any Sally’s Store or local beauty store and pick up quality permanent dye that matches your natural color. Try to avoid drug store hair dye. It contains metallic salts, which yield unpredictable results.

There’s the most important piece of advice I want to share with you: always read and perform the color instructions on the packaging exactly. Taking matters into your own hands and changing the amounts of either the dye or the developer can result in unfortunate colors you did not expect. Then correcting the mistake can add up to hundreds of dollars. 

Typically, you’ll mix your color according to the ratio on the packaging. 20 Volume developer is standard for good grey coverage, but again make sure to follow the instructions.

Anything less than a 20-volume developer won’t yield quality results for your grey hair, which is more difficult to penetrate than non-grey hair.

If you’re around 20% grey (See Pinterest for how to know what percentage grey color you are), you can apply the color near your roots first, let it process for 30 minutes, then drag the color down and cover the rest of the hair if the grey shows up below the roots. Process for another 15 minutes. If it’s only showing at the root, just do that area. 45 minutes is a standard processing time for most grey coverage. 

redheared woman showing her gray roots

Grey Hair Coverage and Developer Level for Solid Blondes and Natural Redheads

Color matching gets more specific and intricate for medium blondes and redheads. The levels tend to hover between 6 and 9 (depending on if there are additional highlights), where exact matching can be more difficult. It can be a good idea to get help with color-matching.

Madison Reed Color Bar can be a great tool for people who want to do their own color but need help with the formula.

You’ll start by taking a simple quiz about your hair. It asks what you’re looking to cover, what the texture of your hair is, if there are any additional color goals, whether your hair already has dye on it or not, if you do it yourself and how often, the color of your eyes, skin tone, and what your comfort level is doing this yourself, and how grey you are. It’s a pretty thorough quiz to get you started on the right track.

Based on your quiz results, there is a how-to guide for color application. It targets the roots if there’s grey hair color, but it also addresses the shine level of the rest of the hair if you’re looking to boost shine and the overall health of all your hair with a lovely gloss. 

Grey Hair Coverage with a Colorist

The most surefire way to enjoy your hair dye and the right developer volume is to leave it in the hands of color experts. Hair and the process of covering grey are intricate and very difficult, even if at first glance it seems easy.

Covering grey hair with dye has certain nuances that only education and experience can tackle. In addition to this, each person’s hair is different so there are tricks of the trade a knowledgeable colorist can use if you’re having difficulty covering the grey.

Seeing a colorist also prevents common mistakes like regular overlapping which can cause banding and color buildup. Waiting too long for root touch-up and then doing it on your own can result in color banding. If you apply the color over the gray and it overlaps the darker natural color below it, over time this can create an unwanted color band that’s darker than the rest of your hair. These are difficult to fix and will stay as your hair continues to grow.

Some undertones need to be considered and without expert knowledge on the subject, this can get tricky. For example, if your brunette color has too much ash in it, over time your hair may begin to take on a green hue. This can take time, and a lot of money to correct.

By finding a knowledgeable colorist, you greatly decrease the risk of needing to get a future color correction service. Anyone who has been through this knows the dread. 

Enjoy the beautiful results only an expert colorist can give. They can also add in extra fun details like highlights that complement the overall color you’re trying to achieve. 

a woman with red hair after having root touch-up

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

 

Best Hair Rollers for Volume: Products and Tips for Using

Can You Create Voluminous Curls Without the Heat?

People with fine and/or thin hair, or those dealing with thinning hair, constantly seek ways to make their hair appear fuller. People who have straight hair that simply hangs want to find ways to rejuvenate their locks. Some people experiment with volumizing haircuts, some try various styling tricks, and still, others use volumizing products to create the illusion of fuller hair.

Over the last few decades, electric-powered styling tools have inundated the market with damaging effects from the heat. The tools allow customers to achieve their desired results at home, but it comes with a cost.

Although seemingly old-fashioned, hair rollers are a great way to create curls and add volume to fine and flat hair. Recently, women are starting to return to hair curlers as a healthier alternative to curling irons and wands. This heatless styling method can add natural-looking volume to hair with less damage than electric hot tools.

woman with fine brown hair curled with velcro rollers

What Are the Best Curlers for Volume?

Hair curlers come in a variety of sizes and diameters. Not every size will help create voluminous hairstyles. To boost fullness, a wider diameter is best. Anything beyond 1.5 inches isn’t the perfect size for creating volume.

Large curlers also make hair look freshly blown out without using a blow-dryer, regardless of the texture and type of your hair. The curlers lift the roots from the scalp, so your hair won’t look heavy or lifeless.

In addition to the volumizing effect, large curlers can make curly hair look straighter, reducing the need for using a flat iron. If you don’t want curls but want your hair to appear fuller and bouncier, large hair curlers are the way to go. The versatility of curlers provides a nice break from hot tools that damage all hair types.

The quality of rollers is crucial, especially for people with fine or thinning hair. The installation and removals must be both simple and secure. Flimsy rollers can tangle hair and pull it out. Fine hair is delicate and susceptible to breakage as it is, so using appropriate curlers is vital to the health of your hair.

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Best Velcro Rollers for Fine Hair

Suggested product: Drybar High Tops Self-Grip Rollers

This pack of 6 velcro rollers includes two sizes: 3 very large rollers and 3 medium (still large) rollers. This set works best for very long straight hair. Larger rollers are huge enough to handle very long hair, but you will need two sets.

They are nicely vented, which helps speed up the drying process.

The good thing is that these rollers give the appearance of fulness to fine hair and can make it look like you have just got a blowout. They are perfect for getting the volume in the crown.

The less good news is that although described as “self-grip” they won’t grab hair tightly, so you have to clip them.

It would be best to put these rollers after rough drying hair. Then finish blow-drying and let them sit on your hair for 15 minutes.

young woman with fine hair after using hair rollers

Volume without Heat: Foam Rollers

Related product: Conair Jumbo Self-Fastening Foam Rollers

You get 9 jumbo foam rollers in a clear zippered carrying case. For longer or thicker hair, you will need 2 packs.

These rollers work best for boosting volume in fine hair and for adding lift to flat straight hair. The size is ideal for adding volume and creating voluminous retro curls. You can also use them to smooth curly hair and give it a rest from hot tools.

If you are looking for voluminous rollers that are comfortable to sleep in, this may be a good choice.

The biggest con is that they like many sponge rollers leave dents in the hair.

If you are going to use them overnight, make sure that your hair is mostly dry, especially if you have thick hair that needs more time to dry.

woman with fine curled hair outdoors

Magnetic Rollers for Long Hair

Diane Magnetic Rollers – Pack of 6 Hair Rollers

You get 6 large curlers. If your hair is of medium length and density, you will need 2 packs. These curlers are intended to increase the volume of long hair or to create loose waves. Short hair may be hard to curl around. Good ventilation helps to dry hair faster.

For those who want curls, these curlers are not the best choice. These jumbo curlers will get straighter hair with slightly curled ends. They can give a nice volume and help you to get the most out of your blowout. This can save you money and reduce the use of harsh styling tools.

Although they are called “magnetic” you will need long metal pins to secure them.

Use them after towel-drying and dividing the hair into sections. Roll up a section of hair around working from the ends to the roots. Then use pins to secure them. Allow your hair to air dry or speed up the process with your dryer if you are short of time.

happy cute girl with curlers

Pro Tips for Using Hair Rollers on Fine and Thin Hair

  1. If you have fine or thinning hair, you might want to put curlers on damp hair. Because fine and thin hair dries faster than thick hair, you won’t have to wait long to get the desired effect.
  2. If you have thick and dense hair (and looking for a bit of lift), it is better not to put curlers on wet hair because it will take longer for your hair to dry. If you’re short on time, this may be inconvenient, so it may be appropriate to put the rollers on almost dry hair.
  3. Try to fix the curlers using pins to prevent them from moving in the hair, which can result in tangles.
  4. To prevent hair from coming out of the curler, use a texturizing spray or dry shampoo. Texturizing products will also make volume and waves last longer.
  5. Make sure to properly remove the hair rollers. Experiment to find the gentlest way to slide them down so you don’t break your hair or ruin the effect you are trying to achieve.
  6. After curling, use a little spray to make the results last longer. If you want a wavier look, apply the spray before curling so the waves will not fall out.

Final Words

If you have long hair, make sure to use rollers with a large diameter (above 1.5”) that have the potential to create volume. If you have short hair, look for a smaller diameter, so that your hair can wrap around.

Don’t just look for the cheapest curlers, nothing can fix broken strands. Read product reviews and scrap any that mention tangled or pulled hair.

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Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

4 Gentle Hair Masks You Can Leave Overnight

Can You Leave Hair Mask Overnight?

In short, you shouldn’t leave every hair mask overnight. Har products, including hair masks, come with directions on how to use them correctly. Most hair masks are generally meant to stay in your hair for 5-15 minutes, although there are some exceptions.

One reason for a specific amount of time is that prolonged use won’t enhance the effects of the product. After a while, hair becomes saturated and unable to absorb more treatment. There can also be adverse reactions to some ingredients in hair treatments if left on the hair for too long. To stay on the safe side, make sure to rinse the product from the hair according to the included directions.

a woman with long hair applying overnight hair mask

Why Do People Leave Hair Masks Overnight?

Bleaching, daily styling, and UV damage can leave your strands depleted of moisture and damaged. You might think an overnight treatment will give extra hydration and nourishment to your thirsty locks, but it’s important to give your hair what it needs without any adverse effects. This means you must use the right product, one that is formulated for long-time application. So, read the directions carefully and leave the product in your hair overnight only if the manufacturer states that the product is safe for overnight use.

While some busy people prefer overnight treatments, some others find that overnight hair masks can negatively affect sleep quality. If you are not comfortable with nighttime treatments, try to apply a hair mask when you have a day at home. Put a shower cap over your head after application, leave the treatment on for several hours (or as directed by the manufacturer), then shampoo your hair as usual.

What Hair Masks You Shouldn’t Leave Overnight?

Hair treatments that contain synthetic chemicals shouldn’t stay in contact with your skin overnight. These chemicals can be absorbed into your skin and do more harm than good, and no one wants that!

Hair masks that have a strong smell may irritate your nose and lower your sleep quality, and fragrances may contain unknown chemicals you don’t want to sleep with.

Protein-rich masks can overload the hair with proteins, making it too heavy and prone to breakage.

Some homemade hair masks use fresh products (such as eggs) that may go bad after a few hours and smell bad.

A hair mask with apple cider vinegar can disturb the pH balance of hair and harm color treatments if left on too long.

A blonde woman combing the hair with the mask in

Best Ready-Made Hair Masks You Can Leave Overnight

When purchasing an overnight mask, you want it to be as natural and gentle as possible. Review the ingredients before purchasing to ensure you aren’t getting something that has harsh chemicals.

We went ahead and created a small list of overnight hair treatments that are natural, color-safe, and made by companies that don’t test on animals. This is a great starting point for figuring out what will work best for your hair type and needs.

Full disclosure: No sponsored links are included here.

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1. Bumble and Bumble While You Sleep Damage Repair Masque

Bumble and Bumble While You Sleep Damage Repair Masque works best for color-treated, dry, and damaged hair. This overnight hair mask makes detangling easy, boosts elasticity, restores softness, and keeps fragile hair looking healthy. However, it may not be suitable for people who are sensitive to strong scents.

The thick cream can be a little hard to spread over dry hair, so make sure to focus on the ends and other most damaged areas. Even if you don’t want to sleep with a mask in your hair, you can obtain most of the benefits if you apply it for 20 minutes and then wash your hair as you normally do.

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2. The Mane Choice Prickly Pear Paradise Overnight Mask

This nighttime mask is formulated with vitamins and essential nutrients with minimal use of synthetic ingredients. The treatment works best for curly and coarse hair that is prone to tangles. It adds slip for easier detangling, improves hair strength, and restores softness and shine. The consistency is creamy and easy to spread, so you don’t need to use a lot.

You can use this overnight hair mask as often as needed. Apply the product to unwashed hair and leave it on for up to 12 hours.

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3. Paul Mitchell Neuro Restore HeatCTRL Overnight Repair Leave-In Treatment

This leave-in treatment is designed with damaged and fragile hair in mind. It makes dry hair softer and more manageable and protects it from future damage.

You are supposed to apply the mask to the midshaft and ends of your clean dump hair before bedtime. What makes this treatment special is that you don’t have to rinse it until you plan to shampoo your hair. The exception is fine hair that may feel heavy with the treatment in it.

You can also use this mask as a leave-in conditioner and heat protectant prior to styling.

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4. Budget-Friendly Mask: TWIST Sunday Feels Deeply Hydrating Hair Mask

This hair mask by Ouidad is formulated with coconut oil, jojoba oil, Shea butter, and grapeseed oil to replenish essential moisture in curly hair. It revitalizes damaged strands and improves the natural curl pattern. You can leave it for 3-5 minutes to add moisture to your hair or use it as a deeper restorative overnight treatment. The product is color-safe, free of nasty chemicals, and free of cruelty.

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Happy nourishing!

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Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

8 Effective Ways to Remove Brassy Tones from Brunette Hair

The effect of fresh hair color is a lot like fresh flowers: you glow the first day you get it. But what happens when those coppery, unwanted tones start to crop up? While it takes just a minute to toss out the flowers, getting rid of brassy tones isn’t so simple.

There you are in front of the mirror wondering how this happened. You went from blonde to blorange in just a matter of weeks. It doesn’t take much time, does it? Yet it happens so slowly you don’t even notice before that important business meeting. You find yourself standing in the mirror wondering how did my color turn to orange-red overnight.

This process of “blonde” highlights fading to copper is normal, especially for brunettes. And here’s why.

a girl with brassy brown hair

Why Does Highlighted Brunette Hair Fade to Copper?

To understand why it fades, we have to look at what brunette hair is. Imagine there are 10 levels of color in each dark hair strand with a range from 1-10. Level 1 looks black. Level 10 looks like white blonde or “platinum” blonde.

But what are the ranges in between?  If you have dark brown almost black hair, you’re sitting at a 2 or 3. If you have dark brown to medium brown hair, you’re at a 4 or 5. If you have very light brown hair almost blonde, you’re considered a level 6. Numbers 7-10 are considered blonde.

Let’s say a level 4 brunette (very dark brown) wants to be highlighted to a level 7 blonde. For that brown color to look blonde, it has to pass from level 4 to 5 to 6 then finally to 7. It cannot skip a level. Why is that difficult? It’s because the pigments that secretly live beneath the brown color are reds and oranges. So when the hair is lifting from 4 to 5, red is exposed. And when the hair is lifting from 5 to 6, reddish-orange is exposed. And when you go from 6-7, it’s more warm orange-gold.

It’s those “secret” tones that live underneath the “brown” color that are the “brassy” culprits. Toner can mask these brassy hues, but unless they are bleached, they show up once the toner starts to fade.  It’s sort of this inevitable part of the process, but it doesn’t have to be startling. Let’s see what you’re up against, so we can figure out what to do.

slim young brunette woman with brassy hair

How to Get Rid of Brassy Brown Hair?

There are many great ways to minimize, halt, dimmish, transform, and stay on top of unwanted brass in highlighted brunette hair. Let’s look at the top 8 methods for keeping your color the tone you want it.

  1. Schedule regular appointments and follow them consistently. There’s nothing that impacts unwanted brassy hair like getting your color done regularly. This might not be an option you expected but hear me out. When highlighting brunette hair, especially the darker levels, your hair has to get trained. The more you stick to a consistent balayage schedule, the better your blonde tones will appear. Not only that, but they will last longer between toning sessions the more consistent you are.
  2. Keep your porosity healthy. Often with highlighting, your hair can experience high porosity. This means dryness, frizz, lack of moisture, inability to hold moisture, and consequent inability to hold color molecules in. Your hair fades fast and is more easily affected by adverse conditions when your porosity is high. One of the best methods to fill in those “holes” in your hair, is to get an Express Keratin by Keratin Complex. These treatments work wonders on all hair types and create healthy, manageable textures.
  3. Use a blue shampoo. But why use a blue shampoo and not purple? It has to do with Color Theory. But all you need to know is blue is the color that fights orange (brass). Be sure to use it according to the instructions or according to your hair colorist’s recommendations.
  4. Get regular toners spaced 6-8 weeks apart. Also great training for your hair. It’s like you teach it what to do with consistency. Toners are so good at depositing the right molecules to keep your color the tone you want it.
  5. Use a quality heat protectant every time you heat style. The results of applying heat and color fading are linked. Being proactive with protecting your color means putting on that cream-based heat protectant every single time you use a hot tool or just after you shower. Olaplex did a visual test on a piece of white paper. They applied their heat protectant to one piece and not to the other, then use a flat iron on it. The paper without a heat protectant turned brown. 
  6. Use sunscreen specifically designed for hair. Sunscreen designed for hair is amazing. It blocks those UV rays that can cause the color to fade quickly, making brassiness more visible.
  7. Apply hair gloss. In addition to shine-enhancing benefits, glossing treatments can keep brassiness at bay and refresh your current color.
  8. Install a shower head filter. Washing your hair with hard water can discolor hair and cause it to turn brassy. A shower filter can help reduce minerals and chlorine in your tap water saving your hair from the unwanted effects of hard water.
Gorgeous brunette woman with brass-free hair

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Volumizing Shampoos that Work for Fine Hair

If your hair is fine or thin, then you’ve probably already tried many products claiming to make your hair look fuller and thicker. Super-straight hair also tends to flatten out quickly and can look lifeless. The problem is even worse if you have oily hair that looks greasy or limp soon after washing.

When purchasing products that are supposed to make your hair beautiful and voluminous, you should always give special attention to your shampoo. But because the market is flooded with shampoos that promise weightless, silky volume, it can be exhausting to find the perfect one. We’re here to shorten your journey by sharing our short list of extraordinary shampoos for fuller, thicker hair.

When creating our list of the best hair volumizing shampoos, we focused on 2 things:

  • The chosen shampoo should be made from natural ingredients with as few added chemicals as possible. It should not contain drying sulfates, which in the long run can harm your hair and skin. Also, the formula should be made with nourishing ingredients that promote the long-term health of your scalp and hair, instead of focusing only on achieving instant, short-term effects.

We want to emphasize the importance of rotating between shampoos because the effectiveness of one volumizing shampoo may decrease over time.

A girl touching her fine and thin hair

Ingredients you Can Trust

1. Burt’s Bees Volumizing Shampoo with Pomegranate

Why Is This Shampoo on the Top of the List?

Burt’s Bees shampoo is made with 99.6% natural origin ingredients, cleans hair without stripping oils, and leaves fine limp hair healthy-looking, full, and bouncy. It is cruelty-free and eco-friendly, and the price is very reasonable.

What Hair Types Would Benefit from It?

This product is primarily intended for people with fine and thinning hair who want to add volume and fulness to their fine limp hair. It is recommended to anyone who wants their hair to look fuller, shinier, and fluffier. Even people with thick and dense hair can use this shampoo to preserve their natural volume without turning their strands frizzy. Thanks to the moisturizing ingredients, this shampoo helps the hair retain internal moisture, which makes it more resistant to frizz.

Since this shampoo does not have a drying effect, it is good for people who have dry scalp. The moisturizing effect of hydrolyzed jojoba protein helps balance natural oils.

What Are the Benefits?

The biggest benefit for people with fine or thin hair is the volumizing effect of shampoo. But this effect is not just a temporary illusion. Natural nourishing ingredients such as pomegranate seed, baobab oil, and rice extract help revitalize and strengthen lifeless and flat hair which helps to restore softness, shine, and manageability.

We would recommend this shampoo to anyone looking for an excellent and thoroughly natural shampoo!

The Ultimate Shampoo for Fine and Flat Hair

2. L’ANZA Healing Volume Thickening Shampoo

L’ANZA Healing Volume Thickening Shampoo uses a Keratin Healing System and organic bamboo to provide body and fullness to fine hair. Silica derived from bamboo bonds to the hair shaft to increase the diameter of hair fibers. The shampoo is free of sulfates and sodium chloride and is made with natural and nurturing ingredients that keep hair healthy. The company is located in the USA and does not test its products on animals.

Hair types: This shampoo works best for people with fine, colored hair. It gives a significant boost in volume to both straight and permed hair. It is also good for improving the look and volume of aging thinning hair.

Benefits: L’ANZA shampoo leaves hair clean with extra volume and shine. It gives lift and movement to flat and lifeless hair without drying the hair or scalp and helps to preserve the tone of your color.

Con: This shampoo is very expensive. On the other hand, its quality is worth the extra price. The hair feels soft after use, so it is not necessary to use a conditioner.

Holy Grail for Lifeless Hair

3. Verb Volume Shampoo

Verb Volume Shampoo is sulfate-free, vegan, and cruelty-free, and it’s safe for colored hair. It uses natural ingredients, pro-vitamin B5, and hydrolyzed soy protein to help thicken the hair shaft.

Hair types: This shampoo is suitable for any hair type and texture, but it will provide the best results if you have fine, flat, or color-treated hair. If your hair is already thick and big, you may not notice these volumizing benefits.

Benefits: It leaves hair feeling very clean and makes it feel thicker and fuller. It adds life and movement to lifeless and limp hair. If you have long straight hair, it gives your hair a little boost so your hair will not look so flat as usual.  

Great Volume Shampoo and Less Great Delivery

4. ATTITUDE Hair Shampoo, Volume & Shine

ATTITUDE volume shampoo is vegan, dermatologically tested, EWG certified, cruelty-free, and biodegradable, and the bottles are made with recyclable plastic.  It is made in Canada.  

The formula uses soy protein and cranberry extract to maximize thickness and add volume to fine hair. Watercress and Indian cress leaves are rich in minerals that help strengthen and revitalize hair.

This shampoo is formulated to regenerate, strengthen, and protect all hair types, but its volumizing properties can be especially beneficial for people with fine and thin hair.

Con: There have been several reports about inappropriate (Amazon) packaging systems that caused product leakage.

Get Most of Your Volume Shampoo

Do not use the same volumizing shampoo all the time. After a while, you will feel that the effects start to fade. This means that it’s time to clarify your hair to get rid of buildup from hair care products.

To get most of it, you will want to temporarily replace your favorite volumizing shampoo with another shampoo with the same benefits. After a while, you can go back to your old shampoo or experiment with other quality shampoos designed to boost the volume in fine and flat hair.

 A woman blow-drying her voluminous hair in the bathroom

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

6 Benefits of Argan Oil for Your Hair and the Best Ways to Apply It

Argan oil is extracted from Moroccan argan trees by pressing its kernels. This pure, cold-pressed oil is rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, polyphenols, and plant steroids that are essential for maintaining healthy hair and skin and is an ancient beauty elixir that has been around for centuries. Today, we use it in cosmetology as an ingredient in numerous beauty products like moisturizers, and as a carrier oil for essential oils.

Cold-pressed argan oil is a chemical-free solution for beautiful hair. The small molecules penetrate the cuticles and nourish your strands from the inside. But what are the benefits of using argan oil, and what is the best way to use it? Keep reading to find out!

1. Argan Oil for Dry Hair

Argan oil is rich in fatty acids that improve the moisture content of hair and add elasticity to dry brittle strands. This oil can penetrate the hair shaft to boost moisture, and, at the same time, it acts as a sealer that prevents moisture loss. It is a great remedy for your thirsty, dry hair.

A young woman applying Argan oil to dry hair

The best way to use argan oil for dry hair is as a pre-shampoo treatment. Apply oil to your hair and scalp and let it soak in for an hour before washing. Brush your hair to distribute the oil evenly, and then put your hair in a bun or wrap it in a towel. You can leave it on overnight if you plan to wash your hair in the morning. Argan oil can be used alone to reduce the drying effect of shampoo, or it can be used in conjunction with other oils. This practice will make your hair silkier, shinier, and less prone to breakage.

You may also apply the oil after washing but be careful not to overdo it. Only apply a small amount to your dry ends.

2. Argan Oil for Dyed Hair

a girl applies oil on dyed hair to get all the benefits of argan oil for hair

If you dye your hair and use bleach, argan oil can help keep your hair healthy. Rich in antioxidants, it will revitalize over-processed hair from the inside. It also forms a layer around the hair shaft that adds smoothness, and shine, and protects hair from breakage and environmental damage.

To revitalize damaged hair, use argan oil as a hair mask once a week. Apply a generous amount and massage it into your hair, focusing on the ends. Wrap your hair in a towel and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.

Alternatively, you can add a few drops of argan oil to your regular shampoo and conditioner.

To smooth and seal split ends, gently massage a few drops of oil into your dry ends.

young brunette woman brushes her silky hair in the bathroom

3. Softer and Silkier Hair

If your hair is thick and coarse, argan oil can improve the texture of your hair. Not only can it make your hair feel softer without feeling heavy, but it will help with detangling and styling your hair.

To enhance shine and softness, apply argan oil to damp, cleansed hair, and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.

You can also apply argan oil to damp hair before using the hairdryer. Put a few drops in your palms and work into the ends and middle part of your hair. If your hair is fine, make sure to use a very small amount.

A beautiful woman with healthy hair nourished with argan oil

 4. Does Argan Oil Make Hair Shiny?

If you are looking for an oil that leaves hair with a radiant shine without weighing it down, look no further. If your hair has lost its shine and feels like straw after years of coloring and/or environmental damage, you can restore its shine by using argan oil. This miracle oil creates a protective layer around the hair shaft, giving a glossy shine to your locks.

To restore shine to your hair, it is best to use argan oil as a leave-in conditioner before blow-drying. Apply a few drops to damp hair, focusing on the ends, then use a brush to distribute the oil evenly for a luxurious shine.

Another easy way to boost shine is to add a few drops of oil to your regular conditioner. Leave the conditioner in the hair for a few minutes and then rinse well.

 5. Argan Oil for Frizzy Hair

Applying argan oil to curly hair

If you experience frizzy hair, argan oil helps reduce the tendency of hair cuticles to swell, which reduces frizz. The oil penetrates the hair, reducing the absorption of moisture from the air and acting as a sealer that locks in the oil and smooths the cuticles, minimizing frizz.

The best way to use argan oil to reduce frizz is to rub a few drops into your hair after washing. This is especially effective if you have medium-to-thick curly hair. You will notice that your curls are more beautifully defined and bouncier. Another option to beautify your curly hair is to use argan oil as an overnight hair mask.

If you have fine hair, apply a very small amount to the ends before blow-drying and that will calm frizz without leaving a greasy look.

To calm down flyaway hairs, put 1-2 drops into the palms of your hands, rub your hands together, and then run through fly-away parts of the hair. You can also apply oil to damp hair before blow-drying or to get a sleeker, shinier finish.

6. Scalp Soother

Woman with healthy hair holds a bottle of Argan oil

Argan oil has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a great remedy for dry and itchy scalps. This oil helps cleanse dead skin cells and balances the natural oils of the scalp.  It is especially helpful during the winter months because it helps prevent your scalp from drying out without clogging the pores.

To nourish and soothe dry skin on your head, gently massage pure argan oil into the scalp and leave it on for at least half an hour before washing your hair.

Is Argan Oil Good for Hair Growth?

Argan oil contains inflammation-fighting antioxidants that keep the scalp clean and moisturized. A healthy scalp is a good foundation for normal hair growth. There is no evidence that argan oil promotes hair growth. However, by reducing dryness and brittleness it protects hair from breakage and thus reduces hair shedding. Reducing breakage and splitting not only keeps the hair healthy-looking and beautiful but also means you don’t have to trim the hair as often, which makes it easier for you to achieve the desired length.

Make sure to always buy a premium 100% pure organic argan oil. Read the ingredients carefully and avoid products with added fillers or fragrances. You really don’t need these extra chemicals to enjoy the awesome benefits of argan oil for your hair.

A smiling girl blowdrying her long healthy hair

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair: Benefits and How to Use It Properly

Oily hair can be caused by many different reasons including wearing headgear, using the wrong hair products, and believe it or not, overwashing. Oily hair can also be inherited from your parents.

Oily hair is an aesthetic problem and can take a lot of time to get ready in the morning. Sometimes it is enough to sleep with washed hair to awake with greasy-looking and sticky hair the next day. Your bangs are especially affected by excess oil and quickly lose their fresh look.

You have probably already noticed that frequent washing and harsh shampoos don’t give the desired results. Oily hair can get worse with frequent shampooing because sebaceous glands may produce even more oil to make up for the lost oil.

A woman applying dry shampoo for oily hair

Dry shampoos can help you refresh your hair as needed or extend the interval between regular washings.

Still, not all dry shampoos are created equal. Those with oily hair need to avoid formulas with synthetic chemicals. Instead, opt for gentle products that use natural ingredients which will not irritate your skin. Aerosol shampoos can be more convenient, but dry shampoos in powder form contain fewer synthetic chemicals and are better for the environment.

What Are the Benefits of Using Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair?

1. Dry Shampoo Absorbs Excess Sebum

The main purpose of dry shampoo is to soak up excess fat from your hair, leaving your hair looking clean. This hair product enables you to go longer between washes. By putting off your next hair wash, you can also extend the life of your expensive blowout for another day or two.

2. It Saves You Time from Washing and Styling Hair

Washing your hair every day takes up a lot of time and effort. After shampooing, you need to apply conditioner and then dry and iron your hair. Dry shampoo can save the day when you are short on time or need to get ready fast in the morning.

3. It Fights Flat Hair

Dry shampoo refreshes oily hair and lifts the roots, making flat hair bouncier. It adds texture leaving fine hair to appear thicker. If you have thin hair, try using dry shampoo to get extra volume while eliminating oil, dirt, and odors.

Beautiful woman with hair refreshed by dry shampoo

How to Use Dry Shampoo to Refresh Oily Hair

Powder formulas: Divide the hair into sections and tap the bottle against the scalp. If your hair is not too greasy, you can sprinkle a small amount of powder on your palms, rub it together with your hands and then massage it into your hair. Then use a comb to brush your hair to ensure white residue is absorbed. The application process can be messy until you master it, so definitely use it in the bathroom and not your bedroom!

Aerosol formulas: Shake the bottle well to evenly distribute the product inside the bottle and minimize the residue. Divide your hair into sections. Hold the bottle at a distance of 12 inches from the roots. Focus the spray on the greasiest spots.  Leave the product to sit for a few minutes, then massage it into the roots with your fingertips or use a brush to distribute the product evenly.

Active young woman excercising

How Often Should You Use Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoos are not intended for daily use and shouldn’t be a permanent substitute for washing hair with water. Dry shampoo can’t remove deposits of dead skin cells from the scalp. Over time, dead skin cells and product buildup can clog pores and cause scalp irritation. Overusing dry shampoo can also dry out your scalp. That’s why you should use dry shampoo in moderation even if you have oily hair.

You shouldn’t use dry shampoo more than two or three times a week. Also, don’t use it more than twice in a row.  Using dry shampoo sparingly helps quickly refresh your hair on days without washing without negative effects due to the excessive use of dry shampoo.

pretty woman with clean hair lying down

Related Products:

All Natural, Vegan Dry Shampoo Powder by Handmade Heroes, Lulu Organics Hair Powder, All-Natural Dry Shampoo, Talc-Free Shampoo for Oily Hair, and Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal Biotin Dry Shampoo.

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

How to Protect Natural Hair at Night & Preserve Every Single Hairstyle

Written by Vera Aduongo

Nowadays, I’m a lot lazier when it comes to styling my hair, but I remember when I first went natural, I would have my hair in a cute style all the time. Twist-outs, Bantu knots, braid outs, wash-and-go’s… the whole nine! And there was nothing, absolutely nothing, that I hated more than going to bed with cute hair and waking up to a matted helmet! I had only learned how to execute the style, not maintain it. So through trial and error and pointed searches on YouTube, I finally learned how to protect my natural hair at night. After that, I was unstoppable!!

So today, let’s make you unstoppable too by showing you different protective styles for curly hair at night and when to use each one. Here’s to cute hairstyles that you can actually wear the whole week (or more)! 🥂

charming black woman sleeping

How to Maintain Curly Hair at Night:

When it comes to maintaining your natural hair as you sleep, there are 3 steps to your hair’s nighttime routine:

  1. Moisturize (if needed)
  2. Tie or braid your hair, and
  3. Cover with a satin bonnet or a scarf.

Seems simple, right? And it is simple! It varies a teeny bit, but those basic principles remain the same.

Your routine for protecting your curly or coiled hair at night will vary slightly depending on 3 things:

  1. Hair length
  2. What style your hair is in
  3. What kind of sleeper you are
  1. Hair Length

The golden standard when it comes to protecting your hair while you sleep is the pineapple, where you gather all your hair and tie a ponytail at the top of your head. If you have medium-length or really long hair, then this will work for you. But if you’ve got short hair, we’ve got to be a little more creative.

So, for everything from the TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) to that ‘teenage phase, you may want to try banding instead. With banding, instead of trying to get your hair into one big pineapple, we’ll part the hair into sections and use elastic bands/ scrunchies that aren’t too tight to keep the hair in each section stretched. Do this all over your hair and then cover it with your bonnet or scarf.

If you’re not trying to preserve any type of curly pattern, then you can tie your scrunchie all the way from near your scalp to the ends of your hair. But if you’d like to preserve a curl or a protective style, then you’ll need to do a little bit more.

  1. What Style Your Hair Is In

Loose Natural Hair (Undefined)

If your hair is short, then all you really need to do is moisturize if needed and then put on a bonnet. Because we didn’t do anything to keep the hair stretched, it will be scrunched together in the morning, but it will be really easy to fluff using a pick and/or your hands. Since there is no curl pattern that you’re worried about losing, anything goes.

sleeping woman with naturaly curly hair

Wash-and-Go

The Wash-and-Go is very similar to loose natural hair, but this time, you’ve got hundreds of little curls, coils, or spirals that you need to maintain.

The trick to maintaining your curly natural hair at night is to make sure that the ends of your hair stay defined. When the ends of your wash-and-go still look defined, even though the middle is a bit stretched, your style will still look pretty good. So we need to keep those ends protected and find a way to retain length.

a dark-skinned teenage girl with pineapple protective hairstyle

You can opt to pineapple your hair, which will stretch the back of your hair and help give you more volume at the top. If your hair is short, you can achieve the same thing using the banding method. Then, the last step is to put on a loose bonnet. You’ll want to give your hair enough space to move around without being squished.

Pro tip: If you prefer for your hair to be flatter at the top, then instead of tying a pineapple, tie your hair into a low ponytail. Then, tie a scarf around your hair leaving out the hair in the ponytail. Top that off with a loose bonnet, so your ends have enough room, and you’ll wake up to a flat, sleeker top.

Cute Africam woman lying in bed

Twist-Outs, Braid-Outs, and Bantu Knots

You’re probably not going to like what I have to say… But the best protective style for curly hair at night is to retwist or re-braid it. So without brushing the hair out, retwist your hair into large sections and then put it on your scalp or bonnet. Aim for 10-15 twists on your whole head. The next day when you take your twists or braids down, your curls would have been preserved beautifully and will easily separate into the smaller sections that you had the day before.

Now, do you have to retwist your twist out at night? No, and the same thing goes for your braid-outs and Bantu knots.

The next best option is to use either the banding or pineapple method on large sections of your hair. These won’t do as great of a job as the retwist, but it should be enough to get you 5-7 days with your style. For the best results, when banding, wrap from near the base to somewhere near the ends. This will ensure you have bigger hair the next day. Just make sure not to wrap it too tight or you’ll lose all of your curls.

Braids, Locs, and Crochet Braids

When your hair is in these types of protective styles, they tend to remain stretched anyway, so there’s no need to do anything in that department. What we will do is get a big bonnet or scarf to cover your hair. Something big enough to accommodate all of your hair in it so that it doesn’t get frizzy.

If you’ve got human hair locs, your hair, or extensions, then it might be a good idea to moisturize your hair before you put it in the bonnet.

Related: How to Maintain Your Crochet Braids So They Last Much Longer

dark-skinned woman sleeping with braided hair
  1. What Kind of Sleeper You Are
Delicate and Dainty

If you’re one of these lucky ones, then anything goes. You can wear any bonnet or scarf. They all work. The ‘fight’ comes in the next section, where I also fall.

Rough and Tumble

Y’all! I move a lot when I sleep, so the bonnets with elastic bands don’t work that well for me. I have to use scarves or bonnets that can be tied or those with a drawstring.

So far, so good. My bonnet stays on the whole night 99% of the time. So if you’re like me, definitely try these out!

African woman wearing hair in a ban while sleeping

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Do You Use the Right Brush for Your Hair Extensions? Recommended Products

If you wear hair extensions, you should brush your hair regularly to prevent tangling. Extensions get tangled easily and stubborn tangles can be hard to get out without ripping out your real hair.

If you use an ordinary brush to detangle hair with the extensions, you risk damaging the extension and breaking your real hair.

To prolong the life of your extension and keep your hair healthy, you need to brush the hair gently and use a specially designed tool for that task. Extension-friendly brushes are designed to glide over the bonds and comb your hair comfortably and gently.

Young woman brushing her hair with the extensions in

There are three main types of brushes that you can use for detangling your hair with the extension in it:

  1. Brushes with flexible bristles and rounded tips are a good choice to get the knots out without catching the beads and ripping out your real hair.
  2. Many extension hair brushes are variants of the tangle teaser, a widely known tool for combing tangled hair.
  3. There is also a special type of brush designed for wigs and extensions known as loop brushes. Looped brushes have curved bristles that won’t catch knots and beads.

Today we will browse some of the highly-rated brands of hairbrushes that are safe for your hair extensions.

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1. TANGLE TEEZER The Ultimate Hairbrush

This brush is a variant of the original Tangle Teezer, but unlike the original handle-free version this brush comes with a handle that makes the tool more convenient for use. It is suitable for fusion hair extensions, clip-ins, and weaves, and also for brushing synthetic wig hair.

If you have naturally curly hair, you can untangle your locks with this brush, with little or no breakage and you will need a surprisingly short amount of time for this job.

It can also be used to detangle matted children’s hair.

The downside is that it is not heat resistant, so make sure not to put a blow-dryer right on it.

brunette woman brushing her long hair

2. Wet Brush Pro Detangler

This brush can be used for brushing wet or dry hair and is suitable for brushing hair with extensions as well as wigs. What you will like about this brush is that it causes very little breakage. You will easily and quickly detangle your hair and shorten the time to get ready in the morning. This is a great brush for detangling coarse, natural, and very long hair. A comfortable rubber handle allows for a nice grip while brushing your hair.

woman detangling her hair with a wet brush

3. The Hair Shop Store Black Loop Brush

This looped brush has curved bristles that are easy on extensions. The non-tipped nylon bristles allow for a gliding effect and painless brushing. The rounded tips gently go close to hair roots to get tangles out without grabbing on the bonds and pulling the extensions out.

It is safe for detangling any type of extension including tape-in and micro bead hair extensions. This is also a great brush for detangling synthetic or human hair wigs.

4. RemySoft One Twenty-Three Loops – Loop Brush – Safe for Hair Extensions, Weaves, and Wigs

attractive blonde woman brushes her hair

If you have invested in expensive hair extensions, you may want to consider this high-quality looped brush to increase the life of your extensions and minimize damage to your real hair. Nylon loops effortlessly comb your hair from top to bottom without snagging on your bonds or ripping your real hair. This loop brush is a lifesaver for hair with fusions, weaves, wefts, tape-ins, clip-ins, and micro bead hair extensions. You can also use it as a detangling brush for any hair type and it will work great for brushing wigs.

5. Wet Brush Brush Pro Paddle Detangler

This big paddle brush is great for detangling thick, curly, and long hair. It is designed to work either on wet or dry hair, and you can use it on extensions and wigs. It’s heat resistant, so you can use it for blow-drying. The flexible bristles help to prevent pulling and breaking your hair.

The large paddle surface helps to detangle hair without the need for sectioning.

The possible con is its heaviness which can make your arm tired while blow-drying.

Woman brushes hair with extensions in the bathroom

How to Brush Your Hair with Extensions

Tie your hair in a ponytail in the neck base area. This will protect the bonds from pulling. Start combing from the ends and work your way up to the roots. Gently check the bonds with your fingers.

Try to make it a habit to do this detangling job at least once a day. Braiding the hair overnight will make morning detangling easier.

Detangling Sprays Will Minimize Tangles

The quality detangling product can keep extensions from matting and make the tangles easier to unravel.

B3 Brazilian Bondbuilder Ionic Extension Refresh seals the cuticles reducing the possibility of tangle formation. Make sure to apply it while your hair is still damp.

Final Words

When purchasing a hair brush online, make sure to read the review from people that has the same hair type and length as yours.

It would always be a good idea to go to a store to buy the brush in person. You will be able to get the right impression about its size and feel how it fits in your hand.

a brunette girl brushing her hair with extensions

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

7 Tips to Grow Natural Black Hair Fast

Written by Vera Aduongo

“How do you grow natural hair fast” is a question that I get asked a lot! And I can understand why. I’ve been a natural for about 7 years now, and my hair goes past my bra strap (it would be longer if I didn’t keep trimming it), and the people asking me often want to know how they can get my results but a lot quicker. Luckily, if you implement these tips (most of which I didn’t implement in those first few years), you will get there a lot faster than I did!

Caveat: While the tips below will help you to grow your natural hair faster, there is a ceiling that your genetics place on how much hair you can grow. So for example, on average, hair grows ½ an inch every month, meaning you can reasonably expect about 6 inches of growth at the end of the year.

However, African American women have been shown to grow hair slower. Take this study, for example, that showed that our hair grew about 4 inches a year. It would appear that based on genetics, our hair just grows a bit slower. These tips are meant to help you hit your maximum growth rate, which will cause you to grow your natural hair faster. Don’t be discouraged if you feel like your hair isn’t growing as fast as you like. It will come around eventually… I promise.

So without further ado, here are my 7 top tips on how to get long natural hair fast.

African American woman with long natural hair

1. Take Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplements

I mean, I’m not even fully consistent with this yet, but boy didn’t I notice a difference when I took my supplements consistently! And interestingly, I took a Biotin supplement for about a month just to get my nails less brittle, but I noticed that my hairline started to look fuller. These supplements aren’t just some gimmick! They actually work!

And studies show they are effective. My favorite is this 2012 study measuring the effect of oral supplements on women with thinning hair. The study gave one group of women an oral supplement and the other a placebo. They then measured the number of strands on a 4 cm2 area. The number of hairs in the group that took the supplements doubled in 90 days!

P.S: You can try out one of the best-reviewed ones on Amazon: Nature’s Bounty Vitamin Biotin Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin, and Nails Gummies.

P.P.S: Supplements are NOT a replacement for a good diet. Eat as healthy as you can, to begin with, and then add on supplements to help your body fill in any gaps that might be present.

2. Nail The Art of Detangling Gently

This! If you skip all the other steps, whatever you do, implement this, and #4. Ripping through your tangles can be so tempting when you’re short on time, and your biceps are beginning to feel sore but don’t do it.

When I first started trying to grow my natural hair, I took this for granted, and as a result, my ends were horrible and tangled a lot. My hair also kept breaking. Ironically, the more tangled my ends got, the harder it was to detangle and the more impatient and rough I became. You get into this cycle that keeps you from seeing the progress you want in your hair. So make sure that you fix this.

If you have enough time and patience for it, look into finger detangling. This is, by far, the most gentle detangling, so it will allow you to keep the most hair on your scalp. If you still love your tools, look into detangling tools, such as the Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush and EZ Detangling Brush. Just remember to be gentle when you use these.

3. Trim Your Ends Often

Speaking of damaged ends…. Try and get a trim every 6 months to start with. These trims usually take off the bottom ½ to 1 inch of your hair all around, which can be a game-changer if your ends are damaged, dry, and tangle-prone. If your ends are especially damaged, then you or your stylist may cut off more than that.

Then adjust the frequency of your trims once you get a feel for how long it takes before your ends are a bit ‘dusty’ again.

4. Build Consistent Wash Day & Moisturizing Routines

Consistency is the most important thing in every glow-up. Those small, beneficial habits rack up until you achieve your goal. The same principle applies when you’re trying to grow long natural hair fast.

Consistent, healthy, and manageable wash day and moisturizing routines will get you where you want to be. So take some time to map out what you’d be willing to commit to alongside your fave products and stay consistent. 

5. Protective Style A Loot!

When you’re looking to get long natural hair fast, you want to find a way to give your hair some space to grow and protect it from damage that might lead to breakage. The best way to do this is protective styling. Protective styling, when done properly, reduces the amount of manipulation your hair experiences and protects your ends from damage.

Styles such as flat twists, box braids, crochet braids, or faux locs are great options. If you’re interested in getting some crochet locs this summer, check out this article we did telling you literally everything you need to know before you get any type of crochet loc or faux loc.

6. Pamper Your Tresses with Some Treatments Once in a While

Similar to taking care of your face, your hair can benefit a lot from the occasional mask or treatment. The most common types of hair treatments are moisturizing treatments and protein treatments. These work to boost moisture levels and hair strength respectively.

If you notice that your usual moisture routine just isn’t cutting it anymore, or if it’s winter, then bust out one of your moisturizing masks.

If your hair is feeling a bit limp and kinda mushy or is breaking a lot more than usual, then it might be time for a protein boost. You’ll also want to incorporate protein treatments into your routine if you’ve had any type of chemical treatment done to your hair recently. But you can read all about protein treatments and when and how to do them here.

7. Scalp Massages

This one is a nice-to-have, but it makes a load of difference if you want to grow long natural hair. Scalp massages have been shown to increase hair thickness in cases with hair loss and in people who aren’t struggling with hair loss. There’s a debate out there on exactly how this works, but what we do know is it does work.

So try incorporating a 5-minute massage into your routine daily or as often as you can. Because whoever got mad at having thicker strands?!

Tip: Take advantage of your massage time to moisturize your scalp as well. Apply your favorite regular or growth oil and go to town.

Thanks for attending my little TED talk on how to grow your natural hair fast. 😁

Now go out there and be great,

XO

 a girl with long natural curly hair
Image credit by Vera Aduongo

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.