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Are You Using the Wrong Hair Products?

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Are You Using the Wrong Hair Products?
Lauren Fischer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey. She is a former editor at Woman’s World magazine, and has contributed to SavvyMiss.com and MakeupDealoftheDay.com. She blogs at ilovelippy.com. She writes frequently for The Style Glossy.

Dryness … breakage … frizz … the words alone can make your hair stand on end! Worse still: Using the wrong hair products can further the damage instead of repairing it. Fortunately, there is hope for getting limp locks back to gorgeous. Here’s why your hair woes started in the first place and what ingredients you need to look for now to make your strands shine once again.

Hair Woe No. 1: Dryness

Parched hair is a result of exposure to extreme heat (think 410 F flat iron), chemical treatments and the sun or wind. These offenders strip hair of its moisture and natural oils, says Vernelle Murphy, Owner of Salon V in New York.

Hair Rx: What you need to do now is return moisture to your hair with a combination of water-based products and nourishing oils. Two ingredients to look for: Panthenol, found in moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, serves a moisturizer and humectant for thirsty strands. Natural oils, like argan oil, have the power to transform your hair, adding shine to dull tresses.

SEE ALSO: 6 Tricks for Shiny Hair

Hair Woe No. 2: Breakage

The breakage breakdown: Hair that is weak due to damage caused by over-processed and even over-styled hair will split, getting worse over time. “Dry, damaged hair has a rough cuticle and tends to matte up, so when you brush through rough hair, it rips the hair, causing more breakage,” says Murphy.

Hair Rx: The key is to rebuild the hair’s structure with strengthening ingredients. Look for products with keratin, a protein that gives hair its elasticity, in your shampoo. Since breakage is often a result of dry and vulnerable strands, also use products with glycerin, a conditioning alcohol. Remember, never brush hair when it’s wet!

SEE ALSO: Tresses Misbehaving? Here’s What to Do

Hair Woe No. 3: Frizz

That pesky layer of fuzz that often appears during humid weather is caused by overly dry hair that is trying to absorb the air’s moisture.

Hair Rx: Keep hair smooth and moisturized with such ingredients as argan oil or avocado oil. Products containing silicone ingredients, such as dimethicone, will also coat each strand, giving you a sleeker look.

SEE ALSO: Argan Oil: How It Changed My Hair From Hay to “Hello, Gorgeous!”

Match Your Makeup to Your Hairstyle

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Match Your Makeup to Your Hairstyle

Melbourne-based Akisa is the lips and brains behind beautyswatch.com, a colour library of lipstains and glosses to help women find their way in the lipstick jungle. 

Many of us match makeup to our outfit or mood. When you take it one step further by matching makeup to your hairstyle, it shows that you're a woman who knows how to work your image from top to toe. Here are a few ways you can match your makeup to the latest on-trend hairstyles:

Dead Straight Hair
Whether tied back or let down, groomed eyebrows are a must with this style. Define eyes with eyeliner and pair with either bold pink or coral lips for a clean, yet contrasting, look.

Airy waves

Loose unstructured waves look best with smoky, taupe eyes and nude lips. If you’re in the mood for bouncy curls, apply illuminator on cheekbones and team with crimson lips for red carpet glamour.

Fringed styles

Eye skimming fringes look great with kohl-rimmed eyes and nude lips. Make sure to smudge and blend gently at the lash line, but not over do it. Think sultry, not raccoon.

Short hair

Short styles are easiest to work with. You can choose between playing up the lips to match hair with an attitude or glowing skin with peachy lips to channel a sweet and innocent look.

Spice Up Your Classic Style!

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Spice Up Your Classic Style!
Clare Press is a Sydney-based fashion journalist and former Vogue features editor who writes on style for The Australian newspaper. She also designs the women’s wear label Mrs. Press, and she blogs at MrsPress.Blogspot.com.

We’ve all done it: You wake up feeling daring and throw on an arty combo of clashing prints and clanking jewelry -- only to catch sight of yourself later looking odd, disheveled and slightly nuts. If only you’d worn the trench coat, stiletto pumps and high-waisted black pants. Here are four ways to make classic style a friend you can rely on:

1. A crisp white shirt always looks chic. Team it with classic blue jeans and ballet flats, and pull your hair into a high pony. Now, roll up your sleeves to show you mean business.

2. Nothing makes a woman walk taller than a beautifully cut little black dress.

3. The right classic leather tote or satchel goes anywhere, goes with everything and says you’re comfortable enough with your choices not to throw them over every three months. I don’t buy into the whole “It bag” thing and the pressure to spend thousands on a new tricked-up bit of leather each season. Buy the best bag you can afford, and it should last you for years.

4. Wear the right colors. There’s no situation that doesn’t seem easier to handle when I’ve got my lipstick on. Red is classic. Experiment at the beauty counter to choose the right one for your skin tone -- blondes suit more bluish tones; brunettes and redheads can flirt with warmer oranges.

How to Talk to Your Hairdresser

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How to Talk to Your Hairdresser
Stuart Gavert is the owner of the Beverly Hills salon Gavert Atelier. He has a roster of celebrity clients and regularly consults on hair color for films.

One of the most important things we teach our assistants is how to consult with a client. This communication process can go seemingly well, yet at the end, the client may be unhappy with the results. What went wrong? As hairdressers, we have a way of talking about hair that is different than the way clients talk about it. We refer to the latter as “client speak,” which can be like a foreign language.

For example, in comes a client for color and says she wants her hair “brighter.” I can usually guess what that means after doing hair for 33 years, but even then I might be treading on potentially dangerous ground. Try to be more specific about what you want. For instance, ask if your hair color can be shinier (easy to fix). Is it the right tone for your skin? Is it time for a change?

Most hairdressers, myself included, like it when clients bring in pictures. But -- and this is very important -- what a camera captures and what your eye captures are two different things. A camera, particularly one used by a pro taking pictures for a magazine, is lit up, so a model’s hair may look highlighted in ways a hairdresser cannot duplicate. 

Another very valuable tool is a swatch book. Almost all color companies make ring binder books with swatches of their color. Looking through these with your hairdresser can really help her or him understand what you mean when you say “My hair color is dull, drab or flat” or other words that are open to interpretation.

I asked some of the haircutters at my salon about their communication problems. Most of them said if a client asks for “an inch off,” they ask her to show with their fingers what an inch means. Be honest about your routine, they also suggest. How often do you wash your hair, how do you style it? Be realistic about what your hair texture is capable of. Good communication is the basis of walking out of a salon looking like a million dollars.

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