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Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Lazy Girl’s Guide to Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Summer provides the opportunity to opt for carefree looks and even go makeup-free. However, for many of us, our hair doesn’t want to cooperate. In fact, we have to double our efforts to ensure that the added humidity does not result in the annoying summer frizz. You might have spent hours styling your hair, but once you step out into the humidity, it instantly turns your hair into a ball of unsightly frizz.

As Barb has pointed out in her article Frizzy Hair Fixes with active use of moisture strategies, frizzy hair during the humid summer months can be prevented. You can also opt for hairstyles to tame frizzy hair rather than stressing over frizz when it shows up. It’s easy when you know how!

Pre-Styling Tips

To ensure that you can fight off frizz, here are some strategies that you can use prior to styling:

  • Provide a coat of armor for your hair; hence, using a frizz-free serum is a good start. You can also try using a leave-in conditioner. These products coat the hair cuticle to resist humidity and prevent frizz from forming as soon as the heat causes the hair to dry up.
  • In addition to using frizz-free serum and a leave-in conditioner, invest in a moisturizing cream for summer. This, too, provides a shield against humidity so your hair cuticle won’t expand. At the same time, it provides enough hydration for the hair so it is less susceptible to frizz.

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

One of the easiest tricks for styling hair and hiding frizz at the same time is to go for a sleek hairstyle. It could be anything from a sleek top knot or ponytail, this will help to tame your hair and keep frizz from showing up. When you opt for a tight hairstyle during summer, it will discourage frizz as the humidity won’t be able to penetrate into the hair follicles. In order to get your hair to look sleek, it is recommended that you wash your hair every other day.

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

In addition to going sleek, styling your hair straight can also help to cope with frizz during summer. Use a temperature-controlled hair straightener. Try to limit one pass on each section of the hair because too much heat can also promote unnecessary frizz, of which you are trying to avoid. The goal is to get every strand to behave well and stay in place. You can finish off your style with styling pomade, which also helps add sleekness to your straight hairstyle.

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

You can also try adding texture to your hairstyle as the added texture will help camouflage any appearance of frizz. Go with a messy texture such as a beachy wave, which also fits right into the season. Simply apply an adequate amount of texturizing spray to create a textured look. It gives an added bonus of making hair look more voluminous.

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

If neither of the above suggestions suit you, why not try throwing your hair up? Any type of updo hairstyle will no doubt help control frizz during summer. At the same time, it is a good way to stay fresh even when you are out and about during the summer. Some of your chic choices include a messy bun or a textured ponytail.

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Lastly, go for the braids! Aside from the beachy wave hairstyle, this is a popular choice during summer . . . and for good reason. You won’t have to worry about frizz when you are braiding your hair because any strands that are out of place seem intentional and just fine as is.

Which of these hairstyles will you be wearing this summer?

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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How To Lighten Hair Color That’s Too Dark

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Which hair color remover is right for you?

When the box of hair color you chose isn’t even close to the color you ended up with, your first reaction is to fix it . . . as soon as possible!  But, at this point, it’s better to take a moment and breath. Before diving into the process of color removal, which can easily end in more horrifying hair results, take some time to read product reviews from those who have suffered similar circumstances.  It’s always a good idea to talk with a professional who can assess your unique hair color situation, and this is especially true if you’re attempting to remove permanent dye from your hair.

Permanent hair dye removers contain bleaching agents and need to be carefully applied to remove dye evenly and still keep the integrity of the hair intact. Additionally, if a solution containing bleach gets onto virgin roots, it will lighten them as well, giving you “hot roots,”  that are lighter than the rest of your hair and another problem to deal with.

Removing temporary or semi-permanent dye is easier. These solutions are gentler on the hair and can normally be used more than once. It’s a good idea to buy more 2 or 3 of these products in case you’ll need them. They work by opening the cuticle and expanding the color molecules which can then be shampooed out of the hair. Conditioning in-between applications is important.

Be sure to read all of the product information before purchasing a color remover. I’ve generally found the folks at Sally’s Beauty Supply to be helpful and knowledgeable about the products they carry. Talking with someone who is experienced and well- informed can be extremely helpful for your unique situation.

Here are some effective hair color removers you should be able to find at your local beauty supply stores;

  • Color Oops -  A top selling product that removes permanent and semi-permanent color without the use of bleach or ammonia.  To assure the effectiveness of this product, you should use it within 48 hours of coloring your hair.  It will lighten your hair to it’s lightest shade. That means if you’ve used a permanent hair color that lightened your hair, it will lift to that shade and not to your natural hair color.
  • Ion Crystal Clarifying Treatment Packet – This product is formulated to remove hard water buildup, mineral buildup and product buildup. It can be effective at lightening hair color and it’s gentle enough to use multiple times when conditioned in-between applications.
  • One N Only Colorfix - Removes permanent hair dyes without the use of ammonia.  Read the directions extremely carefully and follow their suggestion of doing a strand test to determine the length of time to leave the solution on your hair.  I believe the only hair color this product says it will not remove (in fine print) is color that contains metal dyes.  It’s possible that your hair can redarken after 24 hours of lightening with this product. The directions will tell you to repeat a couple of steps, but if you read the reviews, you’ll find that fully rinsing the product from your hair may be the crucial step to success in the first place.
  • L’Oreal Effasol Color Remover  – This product contains bleaching agents and can be used to remove permanent hair color. It can be used with warm water (more gentle) or a developer (more drying) and it works well at getting rid of old layers of dye or color build-up on the hair. Effasol is also believed to be the only remover to get rid of henna dye.
  • Ion Brilliant Color Corrector - A non-bleach formula that removes permanent hair color. Open the box and read the instructions before purchasing to see if you are up to the process.  It is a multi-step process that requires patience, but it’s been given good reviews for hard to remove hair color.

 

Note: For successful color correction always perform a strand test prior to application. The ends of the hair are normally dryer and more porous than the rest of the hair, consequently they absorb more dye resulting in a darker color. So, when lightening hair color, the ends are typically the most stubborn and will require more time to lift than the rest of the hair.

To avoid problems like this in the future formulate 1-2 levels lighter than your desired end result. Or, take a look at Why Home Hair Color can be Such a Disaster.

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Hair Color At Home Is Too Dark

Hair Color At Home Is Too Dark

The Smart Girl’s Guide to What to do When Hair Color At Home Is Too Dark

It can happen to the best of us–after following all the instructions and applying it carefully, the results of your hair color at home is too dark. This is a common occurrence, but it can be fixed. Following are a few tips for color correction to help you achieve the shade you really wanted.

Shampoo Your Hair–Right Away!

Most hair color manufacturers recommend waiting a day or two after coloring your hair before shampooing, thus giving the pigments an opportunity to really affix to the hair. But if you notice immediately that the semi-permanent or demi-permanent color you’ve applied is far darker than you desired, it’s best to wash the hair as quickly as possible (in an effort to fade the color a bit).

Clarifying shampoos, which are specially formulated to remove excess buildup on the hair, are especially effective in situations like this. Simply lather the hair with the clarifying shampoo of your choice, then allow the shampoo to sit on the hair for about 10-15 minutes before washing. Be sure, though, to condition the hair well after using clarifying shampoos.

Oxidative Hair Color Removers

Effective when used to fade permanent hair color, oxidative hair color removers are formulated to shrink the pigments small enough that they can simply be washed away. Permanent hair color uses oxidative dyes; thus, these oxidative hair color removers operate via a process known as “reverse oxidation.”

To use, simply apply the oxidative hair color remover in the same manner that you would apply an allover hair color. Leave the product on the hair for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse it out and following with regular shampoo. Oxidative hair color can be drying, so be sure to condition the hair.

It’s important to remember, though, when using oxidative hair color removers, that the product only removes the artificial color that was deposited onto the hair. In other words, your hair will not go back to its original color, but will return to the color it was right before the artificial pigment was applied. This is okay, because you will simply apply the permanent color shade you really want.

Contact The Hair Color Manufacturer

Each of the major hair color manufacturers, operates a consumer hotline, accepting literally thousands of calls from consumers with similar hair color mishaps. The person on the other end of the line is a hair color specialist who can often help guide you in the right direction; however, you should be prepared to explain to the specialist how much hair color is still present on the hair. (Note: The hair grows approximately one-half inch, on average, each month). Also, be aware that he or she will likely ask if you performed the highly recommended strand test prior to the application of color.

The hotline numbers are as follows:

Clairol — 800-223-5800

L’Oreal — 800-631-7358

Revlon — 800-4Revlon

Using a Shampoo-Bleach Cocktail

A shampoo-bleach cocktail is one of the most effective methods for lifting hair color, but it is also the most challenging. Simply combine one package of bleach to 2 ounces of shampoo. If you have long hair, you may need to add a bit of water. Work the cocktail through to the ends of the hair, watching carefully as the old pigment is removed and the hair turns lighter. Wash the cocktail out completely when the color appears to have lifted.

Preventing Challenges In The Future

It’s important to remember that hair color is, at its core, the reflection of light off the pigments on the hair shaft. Taking the time to really read and understand the hair color chart can really be helpful in achieving the desired result–the first time. It can also help to prevent the application of color formulas that perhaps lack the warmth needed to prevent ashy, drab or darker tones than you intended.

Always stay within one to two shades of your original hair color, and consult your highly-trained, professional colorist who can help you achieve the color you want with the least amount of damage. Your professional hair colorist is also your best option for color correction help.

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