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The Best Workout Hairstyles, According to Hair Type

Ever wonder why your friend’s perfectly coiffed ponytail stays in place through a long, hard workout and your droops within seconds? Well, just as with everything in life, what works for one person, might not for another. How you style your strands for a workout (and how they look after) depends largely on your hair type. Not sure what your ideal style is? We chatted with Cynthia Alvarez, Celebrity Hairstylist for Dove Hair, to learn her pro tips for preserving every type of hairstyle through a workout.

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For maintaining bouncier, smooth blowout: Alvarez says rolling your hair into a sock bun or hair donut would help keep the smooth shape of this style. “Add a tiny bit of dry oil like Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil to the ends before tucking them in,” she says. And avoid pins! “The problem with using pins is that they will leave indents on the hair—not to mention pins are not the most comfortable if you’re working out!” she says.

For reviving curls: Flip your head upside down and lightly finger comb through your hair to breakup any knots, she says. Gather all of your hair into a pony at the highest point of your head and secure looselywith a hair tie. “Be careful not to tighten the hair tie or it will create an unwanted crease,” she adds.
Pro tip: roll the hair into the direction of your curls and secure with a hair pin to maintain your curly Q’s post gym session.

For preserving beach waves: For maintaining your look just-off-the-beach look, begin by spraying a dry shampoo, such as Dove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo, on your roots at the crown of your head. This removes oil and adds volume. At your part, create a French braid going down to the nape of your neck and secure it loosely with a hair tie. Twist the braid and wrap it around the base, securing with open pins, adds Alvarez. Lightly spray the finished look with your fave hairspray and you’re good to go.

How do you style your hair during workouts? Let me know in the comments below!

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What’s Really Causing Your Dandruff?

We all know what to do when you get flaky skin on your face or body—reach for the lotion! But what about when the flakes find themselves in harder-to-reach spots namely, your scalp? This can be harder to manage and frankly, a bit more embarrassing. And sometimes the cause of your flakes aren’t quite as obvious as dry skin.

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If you feel like you’ve been suffering from mystery dandruff lately, listen up. According to Dr. Ilyse Lefkowicz, Head & Shoulders Global Dermatologist, dandruff sufferers tend to assume that it’s more common in winter months, when in actuality those who have flakes tend to have them all year around. “That being said, there are some environmental factors including changes in season and pollution that can lead to dandruff,” she notes.

But if a change in season doesn’t seem to be the cause of your flakes, there are a number of totally bizarre causes of that we bet you never considered. Get the scoop on some weird causes of your flakes straight from Dr. Lefkowicz—and how to fix ’em!

1) Wet hair

According to Dr. Lefkowicz, sleeping with wet hair or wearing a hat over wet hair can lead to a flaky scalp. As it turns out, the warm, moist environment created from a “wet scalp” is actually a feeding environment for the fungus that causes dandruff. Yikes! And when you are washing your hair, Dr. Lefkowicz suggests staying away from uber hot water, as this can cause irritation and thus, you guessed it, a flaky scalp!

2) Your workout

“Additionally, for people who frequently work out or play sports, it’s best to rinse off after to avoid walking around with a sweaty scalp, which can cause dandruff,” she adds. Not only can the sweat create a moist environment for potential dandruff fungus, but it can also lead to salt and dirt buildup, which also leave behind residue that resembles flakes. Turns out there are some things dry shampoo simply can’t solve!

3) Stress

We all know stress can cause breakouts, but did you know it can also be a trigger for dandruff? “When you’re feeling stressed, your immune system is altered, which can lead to flake flare-ups,” explains Dr. Lefkowicz. You might want This also includes stress related to illness – if you’ve been recently sick or suffered an injury, that can cause stress in the body as well.

4) Your blow dryer

OK, now this one totally shocked us. According to Dr. Lefkowicz, the head from your hot tools, namely your hair dryer, on very hot settings can be a source of flakes. Why you might ask? Well, apparently the extreme heat can actually dehydrate the scalp and contribute to inflammation and irritation, which just like dry skin on your body can lead to unsightly crackling, flaky skin!

Thankfully, you can combat dandruff fairly easily. With scalp treatments and plenty of shampoo options available (Dr. Lefkowicz recommends Head & Shoulders Shampoo with 3 Action Formula, which helps remove the oil buildup on the scalp that contributes to dandruff), treatment is as simple as lather rinse, repeat.

How do you treat your dandruff? Let us know your favorite flake-fighter!

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Helpful Hacks to Tame Flyaways

Think about it—your hair goes through a lot between being brushed, styled, and put up in a ponytail. More often than not, you’ll end up with a handful of stray hairs once you’re done fixing your ‘do, but where do all these annoying baby hairs come from? Newsflash: they’re signs of your hair breaking or being pulled straight away from your head. Sure we have lots of hair, so it’s easy to ignore, but at a certain point, those flyaways can get out of hand. So put down the brush, pick up a comb, and read up on these products we love and other helpful hacks.

Oils and waxes to try:

100% Pure Moroccan Argan Oil, $24.00 at Drugstore.com

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Spectrum Coconut Oil, $6.31 at Rakuten

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Bumble and Bumble Sumowax, $29.00 at Sephora

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TIGI Bed Head A Hair Stick for Cool People, $9.99 at ULTA

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Helpful hacks: 

1. Spritz hairspray on an old toothbrush (or repurpose a cleaned mascara brush!) and use the bristles to smooth and tame flyaways without disturbing the rest of your hair.

2. Although it may seem strange, dryer sheets work wonders for a lot of things, calming static being one of them. If you find your flyaways stick straight up in the air, rub a dryer sheet between your hands then work them through your hair.

3. Sometimes your hair simply won’t let you win. In this case, strap those flyaways down under a cute headband!

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How to Master a Short Haircut For Summer

Summer heat has its major pros: beach days, tanning, long drives with the windows down…But the major con? Humidity. My curly-haired girls out there may sympathize a little extra, but there’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to enjoy the weather and finding that you’re sweating the day away, and your hair has tripled in size.

Mizu Salon in New York, stylist Judy McGuinness to solves our humidity woes once and for all! My hair is naturally wavy but poofs up on a bad day, which leads to me immediately tying it up in a bun. I was tired of having my hair in a top knot for half of the week and figured that summer was the perfect time to experiment with a shorter look.

While Judy and I were on Facebook Live, I had the opportunity to chat with her about hair upkeep, communicating with your stylist, and a ton of other things! If you missed it, click here to watch the cut and here to see how my look was styled!

Looking to get a shorter cut for summer yourself? Here’s how my cut went down. Plus, Judy’s top tips for styling a short ‘do!

The inspiration: Style Blogger Aimee Song

Photo courtesy My Domaine

How to talk to your stylist:

Communicating with your stylist is key! “When you come in, I definitely always go over how often you’re styling your hair and your lifestyle,” Judy says. “Pictures are amazing, and sharing what you like and don’t like in general helps too!” If you’re like me, you’ve definitely had a little bit of salon anxiety—to calm that, Judy recommends being thorough during your consultation with your stylist, so you’re totally relaxed before you’re even having your hair shampooed.

What to expect during the cut:

After talking through what I was looking for and showing her my inspo, Judy washed my hair with Kerastase’s Discipline shampoo and conditioner to tame frizz right from the start. She then used a razor to cut my hair to give it a softer look. Concerned about constant maintenance? Don’t be! With a shorter cut, Judy suggests getting your hair cleaned up every six to eight weeks, and for longer hair, a trim every season will do!

How to style your shorter ‘do:

After blowing out my hair with a paddle brush to stop the ends from bending out, Judy loosely curled my hair using a Hot Tools Marcel Curling Iron with a 1 1/4-inch barrel. She used Oribe Maximista thickening spray and Thick-Dry finishing spray to fight frizz and build body. She finished with a little Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil to give my look a healthy shine!

The case for going short:

“This is a cut that can look good on so many different hair types and textures—it’s just about where you choose the length and the layers.” Judy explains, adding this style is versatile when it comes to styling too! If I want to skip the hot tools, I can easily useR + Co’s Aircraft Mousse to hold my natural wave. To add texture to my roots, we tried R + Co’s Badlands Paste, which is a dry shampoo that contains volcanic ash to soak up oils!

“If your hair is frizzing, usually it just wants moisture,” Judy reminds. The key to frizz-free hair is keeping it happy—a.k.a. keeping it healthy by using products that will deliver the hydration your hair is craving!

Will you try a short cut for summer? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Make Your Blowout Last Through a 5K

For anyone who’s ever sacrificed a good hair day in favor of a workout, listen up! Now you no longer have to give up your pretty mane in order to break a sweat. We chatted with two top hairstylists to learn how you can preserve your blowout, waves, or styled strands through a sweaty workout sesh. Heck, even a summer 5K doesn’t stand a chance!

Keep sweat at bay: The first step to keeping your blowout pristine through that morning run or yoga class is to keep sweat in its place. “This may not be the most fashionable thing to wear to the gym, but a headband will definitely keep the sweat under control,” explains Cynthia Alvarez, Celebrity Hairstylist for Dove Hair. She suggests opting for a cotton wrap rather than a satin one because cotton helps to absorb excess oil. And surprisingly, this is also one time you might actually want to reach for product. Alvarez explains applying a small amount of anti-frizz product to the root of the hair will aid in fighting sweat.

Ban frizz: Inevitably, if frizz does occur, don’t panic. A blast of air and dry shampoo can salvage your style. “Blowdry your hair while it’s still in your bun, so you don’t lose any volume and help keep the frizz at bay,” explains senior stylist Jill Engelsen at Butterfly Studio in New York. After blow drying, she suggests applying a little dry shampoo—she prefers Kerastase Powder Bluff—at your roots, namely only on your hairline and part. “The trick is holding the can six inches away and spraying in a sweeping motion,” she says. “Then, mimic your shampoo routine on your scalp to work the dirt and oil away!” Finally, finish the rest of the hair with a brush and blowdyer.

Not super sweaty? Ditch the dry shampoo altogether. “After your workout, if you have a minimal amount of sweat, toss your head upside-down and use only the cool air setting on the hairdryer to blast the sweat away,” explains Alvarez. “Heat makes the hair malleable, so blasting a dryer with the warmer settings on any blowout post-workout would then flop any hope of your hair recovering!” Who knew?

Cross out the crease: Often times, creased hair is a runner or gym-goers red badge of honor. But for those times you’d rather not walk around with a dent in your mane, reach for your blow dryer to revive locks. Engelsen suggests switching your blow dryer to high and holding the creased pieces of hair tightly while running heat over the area. Let hair cool to set in!

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Curling your hair with Cheetos?!

This something I read not too long ago. Curling your hair with cheetos, sounds crazy to me. But this girl named Bunny did it and it actually got some results.

Bunny has a serie on her channel named ‘Will it curl?’ She has also tried mashmallows at one point, but this time she went for cheetos.

Yeah, the internet is a very weird place.

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After wrapping strands of her hair around each individual cheeto and securing them using a total of 72 bobby pins, Bunny used a hairdrying bonnet and switched between the warm and cool setting to set the curls in place.

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The whole thing took 3 hours! She said “the heated smeel of cheetos is not the most delightful thing you will ever smell in your life.”

All I can say is: eww.

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And here’s the massive plot twist: Cheetos actually make pretty great budget curlers. Bunny’s Cheeto-curled ‘do is bouncy and voluminous and there’s some dreamy ringlets going on.

She was very pleased that her hair didn’t become greasy and that there’s no orange residue, although she also said that most of her clothes and hair are a bit powdery.

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I’ll just stick with my normal hair styling products for now, but at least we can all rest assured that we can use a big ‘ol bag of Cheetos if our normal curlers decide to break on us!

Would you ever try something like this out? Let me know in the comments below!

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My new hairstyle

Hello everyone, I wanted to let you know that I changed my hairstyle a bit! So here is a picture:

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I always wanted to try out grey hair and I fell in love with the ombre style with light grey at the bottom. But I wasn’t really sure if it would look good on me.

So instead of dying my hair, I bought extentions. That way I could see if I could pull of this look. Now usually extentions are really expensive, but I went with very cheap ones (not even 5 euros) from China. I ordered them trough AliExpress. They arived after about 2 weeks and I imidiatly had to try them on!

Personally, I really like the way it looks! How about you? Should I dye my hair like this or keep using the extentions or don’t ever try the grey hair again?

I would love to hear your thoughts on it!