Category: Hair Care

Bed Head: How to Deal, and How to Fight Back

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Bed head.

It’s something we hate to deal with, but it’s an inevitable evil in which we all deal with on an occasional – or regular – basis.

Have you ever woken up in the morning with wild, crazy hair that you can’t seem to shake? Are your curls all frizzed, messy and hard to handle? Do you find yourself spending too much time day in and day out, relentlessly combing out the mess left behind from a restless night’s sleep? I’ve been there before myself – more times than I care to admit! It’s not fun, and it certainly isn’t pretty. With naturally curly hair, it can be difficult to manage my hair on a daily basis when I wear it in it’s natural state. There are days when no amount of product can keep it looking great first thing in the morning due to a bad night’s sleep.

Here’s something to ponder upon: have you ever wondered if your crazy, wild bed head might be due to sleeping on a bad mattress? The answer to that question is maybe. In fact, a bad mattress can cause more than frizz, and wild, unruly hair. It can cause backaches, body aches, a feeling of fatigue throughout the day, and even put you into a generally unpleasant mood. Let’s face it – nobody likes a grouch, unless your name is Oscar.

Maybe it’s time for a new mattress. Maybe you’ve been saying it for years. The average mattress is supposed to last 8-10 years, roughly, for the average adult. Of course, this can all depend on your mattress’s model, quality, and care. Why not treat yourself to something nice and new for a change?

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Enter Casper, a new start up company which launched in the Spring of 2014, which is an innovative company with a cool concept mattress – literally. Their latex and memory foam mattress will cool you while you sleep, keeping you from sweating and thus, keeping your hair from turning into a hot mess while you sleep. Aside from that, they are extremely comfortable, and actually really inexpensive for the amazing quality they possess. If you might be in the market for a new mattress, they are certainly worth checking into! I know I will definitely consider them when it comes time to purchase a new mattress.

So, how do I combat my bed head? Well, there’s a few ways in which I choose to deal with it depending on how much free time I have to play with. I would rather not leave the house looking like a lion, so you’ll never find me out and about when my hair has been worn to bed and it’s curly. If my hair was straightened and I went to bed, chances are, the bedhead won’t be so difficult to deal with – and in that case, it makes life easier.

This is my curly haired routine when I wake up to fight bed head:

1. Wash it. Generally, this works best for me because after that, I need to add products – namely a curl serum, frizz serum, mousse, and hairspray. Yes, it really takes me all of that to go on about my day (plus time for my makeup) unless I decide to opt for option 2.

2. Put it up. Depending on how much time I have to work with, I might just have to opt for putting it up. Curly, frizzy hair makes for amazing cotton candy buns, might I add! With a little teasing and hairspray, you’ll have a killer bun in no time.

3. If I’m staying home, I rock it. My husband loves my hair when it’s wild, so if I’ve got no plans and nowhere to go, I occasionally wear it that way just to make him happy. What can I say?

4. Take the Easy Route. Spritz some water onto the hair, scrunch it with some curling lotion and mousse, and spray on some heavy duty hairspray – I like Pantene Pro V’s Mega Hold for Curls spray. It’s kinda a ‘set it and forget it’ deal. Done!

If I wear my hair to bed straightened, I always wear it down. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning to bumpy hair from a hair tie. Normally, my hair looks fabulous when I wake up and its straight (not trying to toot my own horn, but seriously)- which it usually is – and only requires a quick once over with my straightener. If it needs a little TLC, this is what you’d find me doing:

1. Quick Straighten. If I need to go over it real quick, I use my HerStyler Flat Iron (Colorful Seasons collection in red – LOVE it – I highly reccomend it! You can purchase your own by clicking the link on my page under ‘Reccomended Products’ in the right column) and it takes me about 5 minutes flat. Done!

2. Tousle and Spray. If it’s straight but needs the extra ‘oomph’, I do a quick tousle with my fingers, and spray it with some hairspray. Easy and quick!

3. Volumize. Now, its not often – but there are occasions where I wake up to uber flat hair and I just can’t even deal with it. In that case, I will use some dry shampoo or a volumizer to pump up the volume. A quick spray on the underside and a flip of the hair, and I’m good to go.

Ultimately, bed head isn’t an issue for this chick anymore. I have learned how to deal – and even how to embrace – my bed head.

How many of you suffer with bed head? What do you do to deal with it or combat it? I’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts.

Winter Shower Care: The Right Way for Soft Skin

We’ve all been told and have learned that during the winter months, we need to change our skin care routine – including overall body and skin care – and have undoubtedly tried things to change the way we care for our skin. Some things may have worked, while others may not have worked for our particular skin type so well. It begs the question, is there a specific order we should be following to properly care for our skin, and if so, what is it? Lucky for you, I’ve come up with a foolproof way to shower that will leave your skin moisturized, soft, gorgeous and problem free all winter long.

 

shampoo1-lgStep 1: Shampoo Your Hair – Twice

Washing your hair first will eliminate the possibility of residue saturating into your pores, and will also give the conditioner, once applied, time to saturate the hair and absorb the moisture. Shampoo your entire head thoroughly, rinse, and then repeat. I am a firm believer in washing your hair twice to remove buildup of hair products and to ensure clean, shiny hair. If you have curly hair or frizzy hair by nature, I encourage you to opt for a sulfate free shampoo, which won’t leave your strands a mess.

 

 

 

Step 2: Condition Your Hair From Root to Tip

Conditioner isn’t only meant for the ends of your hair, so forgo everything you’ve heard about conditioning the ends of the hair only, and lather this stuff on. Massage into the scalp first, and work the remaining conditioner throughout the rest of the hair, applying more where you need to. The conditioner is meant to also moisturize your scalp, which goes through battles of it’s own throughout winter such as itching, irritation, and dryness. Think of conditioner as a moisturizer for your scalp. Allow the conditioner to remain on the hair until later on in your shower – I will get to that a few steps down.

 

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Step 3: Exfoliate the Skin

This step is paramount to maintaining beautiful, fresh skin throughout the winter months. Forget the loofah, known for developing bacteria and mold on and within the interior, and opt for something such as a simple sugar scrub for the body, ensuring you don’t use this on your face. For facial exfoliation, a good facial peeling mask can be applied once per week. This can be done once per week, and you can even create your own sugar scrub at home by using raw sugar or coconut sugar and some olive or coconut oil. Mix together, and work in circles all over the body. If you are going to opt for a store bought scrub, try to find one that is labeled as ‘body polish’ rather than ‘scrub’ for the ultimate in effectiveness, while maintaining a gentle quality. Exfoliation is important to ridding the body of dead skin and promoting new skin cell growth, leaving behind healthy, beautiful skin.

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Step 4: Shave – With Conditioner

Forget those messy shaving creams and gels, and grab your bottle of conditioner. Using conditioner to shave will actually give you a closer shave, while ensuring your skin gets moisturized in the process. Shaving a while after you’ve been in the shower allows body hair time to soften and become more pliable, and easy to remove. Be sure to shave in the direction the hair grows to remove all of the hair without nicks or cuts – and shaving slowly will also ensure the same. Remember not to apply too much pressure to the skin with the razor, or you might remove a whole lot of skin rather than hair.

 

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Step 5: Time to Wash Your Face

It is in this step where you will rinse the conditioner from your hair. Directly after rinsing out the conditioner fully, you need to wash your face immediately to ensure no excess conditioner is absorbed into the facial skin – which could cause acne and clog your pores. Use a soap free cleansing bar, such as Cetaphil, on your face to ensure no irritation and good hydration to the skin. Don’t scrub your face at all with your fingernails, rather, gently apply the cleanser and make small circles across your face and neck with your fingertips. Rinse with water.

 

Step 6: Time to Wash Your Body
Last but certainly not least, it’s time to lather your body and wash up. Rather than opting for drying soap products, you should instead use a soap free bar, such as Skin Milk, Olay, or Dove. There are many varieties available, and you can experiment with ones you like to see which is your favorite. Avoid soap bars at all costs, as these are undoubtedly drying, and can cause itchy, irritated skin – something nobody wants to deal with any more than they have to during the winter months.

 

After your shower, you should feel revived, fresh, and moisturized. Apply a good body cream or lotion as soon as you towel off to lock in moisture throughout the day. Also, apply a good moisturizer to your face and neck area, not forgetting to include the ears and behind the ears as well.

 

By following these simple tips, you will be well on your way to maintaining and having beautiful moisturized skin all winter through!