Pumped Up Ponytail Hairstyle Tutorial

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Sometimes bigger is better. I offer this ponytail as evidence. Adding some serious volume elevates a simple style to one that’s a bit sexier than your everyday heading-to-the-gym pony. It’s still casual but the big ‘n messy retro quality adds a bit of sass and intention, if you know what I mean. It’s a ponytail, sure, but one that took a some amount of styling. And, IMHO, that tiny bit of effort can really bump your confidence level.

Don’t worry; the “effort” to create this look is nominal. It should only take a couple minutes, definitely under five. Quick and easy with lots of impact… that’s how I like it.

Get the full step-by-step instructions for the pumped up ponytail after the jump. Continue reading

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Madison Reed – Haircolor That Is Better For You (In More Ways Than One)

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This post is sponsored by Madison Reed; all opinions are my own and wholeheartedly genuine.

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In the past, I’ve been fairly anti-DIY when it comes to coloring your own hair. There are many factors that go into determining the proper shade including hair texture, porosity, percentage of gray hair, current shade level, desired shade level, and whether or not hair has been previously colored. I worry that people will choose the wrong color for their hair type and create a disaster that will need to be professionally corrected.

Despite my hesitations, I decided to give Madison Reed a shot after taking a look at their website. I had nothing to lose and I desperately needed a touch up. (Ha!) Not only did I find myself really impressed by both the product and the experience but I am really excited to share this product with you. After years of years of people asking me about home haircolor products, there is finally a line I can get behind!

So, what makes Madison Reed different? Learn what this innovative new company is doing differently and why their color is better for you followed by a quick demonstration and 50% OFF COUPON CODE after the jump. Continue reading

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Tip Tuesday: 5 Tips for a Faster Blow Dry

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I’m sad to report that it is November. Yep, it’s true; it’s November 5th even. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Chicago, it’s getting pretty nippy. When the temperatures drop, blow drying is essential. Don’t go out with a wet head! You’ll catch your death out there. (Mom moment officially over.)

It takes a bit of effort, I know. But with these 5 tips, you’ll be out the door in no time!

Five Tips for a Faster Blow Dry

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1. Use a microfiber towel. These magic towels are more absorbent then regular terrycloth. Wrap your fresh-from-the-shower hair up in one of these babies and wear it around for a bit to maximize the moisture-wicking goodness.

Try: Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towels

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2. Apply a product that speeds drying time. These products contain quick-dry ingredients that evaporate quickly, taking moisture with them.

Try: My Amazing Blow Dry Secret Quick Dry Shake’n Spray

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3. Use an ionic blow dryer. Ionic dryers generate negative ions, which help break up water molecules faster so they evaporate more quickly. The also help seal the cuticle for shinier, healthier hair.

Try: Sam Villa E.T.C. Light Professional Ionic Hair Dryer

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4. Start by rough drying your hair. Before you pick up a brush and get all fancy, just shake dry your hair to remove some of the moisture. Watch me do it here.

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5. When you are ready to start styling, use a ceramic vented brush and take small sections. You want the air to be able to penetrate the strands so several thin partings will take less time to dry than a few big fat ones. The vented brush will allow air to flow through and a ceramic base provides more negative ions to cut drying time and add shine.

Try: Sam Villa Thermal Styling Brushes

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