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5 Foods for Longer and Healthier Hair

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We have all heard this before - beauty starts from within. Cheesy, but quite true. What we put into our body radiates into how we feel on the outside. Healthy food, regular exercise, kind words are all contributors to how we feel every day. Today, we will focus on food, and more specifically on food that makes more beautiful, healthier and longer!

5 foods for healthier and longer hair

1. Avocados

Avocados are pretty much perfection concentrated into one round green shell. It is a great source of healthy fats, which are very important to our overall health. Indeed, unsaturated fats can help control blood sugar levels, play an important role in cognitive function and emotional health, and if you didn’t guess it already, avocados make our hair very happy! Avocados are amazing not just because of their creamy consistency and light flavor, but also due to the vitamins A, D and E and omega-9 fatty acids that they contain. When avocados are not in season, the best alternative is the oil extracted from them. Avocado oil can be easily drizzled on top of a summer gazpacho, or when sautéing vegetables. In addition, avocado oil can be directly applied to the hair in order to stimulate collagen and elastin production, which are both very beneficial to our hair growth. Here is a great blogpost on how to use hair oils.

2. Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds

Pumpkin and sunflower seeds, although tiny, are filled with lots of benefits that make our hair happy. These little shells are packed with iron, which is extremely important to the health of our hair. Hair loss is primarily caused from a lack of iron, so we want to make sure that our iron levels remain high and steady and make our hair say, ‘yay’! In addition, pumpkin seeds are very high in zinc, vitamins A, and K and omega-3 fatty acids. 

Sunflower seeds are also high in vitamin E, which enhances our blood flow to the scalp and promotes faster hair growth. Whether sprinkled on top of a juicy summer salad or this crazy sunflower seed risotto packed with nutrients, your hair will thank you for including more of these wonderful little seeds into your diet.   

3. Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables definitely lack some love :( Maybe because of their scary color, or bitter flavour, they are often underrated and under-eaten. Green leafy vegetables are extremely high in iron and allow us to battle brittle hair. A great example of this is spinach; rich in vitamin A, iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C. Greens ensure a healthy scalp and allow for hair to stay moisturized. There is a great variety of green leafy vegetables like swiss chard, kale, broccoli, arugula…the list goes on! There is one for every taste bud. Make your hair happy, eat more greens!

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4. Hazelnut Butter

Hazelnut Butter is extremely high in biotin and can be added to any pancake or smoothie recipe for added creaminess, protein and biotin. Biotin is very important because these B7 vitamins are not only responsible for digestion (so for breaking down proteins, fats and amino acids), but also for promoting hair growth. Make sure to check out Mimi’s biotin smoothie recipe here.

5. Sweet Potatoes

Vegetables and fruits are very high in vitamins and minerals, which help us nourish our bodies and promote the growth of our hair. Sweet potatoes are truly the bomb.com. Their incredible sweetness matched with the antioxidant Beta Carotene that they possess (our bodies convert it into vitamin A) make this a special food that we should include more into our diet. Baked in the oven with some cinnamon and rosemary, or grilled on the pan with some tomato sauce and cumin, sweet potatoes will help you get stronger and healthier hair!  

Overall benefits

In addition to helping with hair growth, the above foods allow us to gain beautiful and youthful-looking skin and strong nails, as well as very happy bellies :) Make sure to check out Mimi’s video here for additional tips on what to eat for healthy hair! I think you will love it as much as we do.

Let us know which of these foods are your favorite, as well as the ones you are excited to add to your diet. We love sharing with you and hearing your feedback.

xo

Luxy Hair Team 

 

 

The 5 Best Oils For Your Hair

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Argan oil, coconut oil, this oil, that oil... Have you ever wondered what the fuss is about all these different oils? Which oil is actually good for my hair?

If you want to learn more about oils and how they can make your hair more beautiful and healthy, this blog post is for you. Today we will share 5 of our favorite oils and how to use them!

1. Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is pretty much like the holy grail. It acts as a heat protectant, repairs hair damage and breakage, helps to prevent hair loss, as well as aids hair growth. Because of its properties, coconut oil stays inside the hair and retains moisture instead of evaporating, making it one of the most effective hair treatments there is. It helps to keep the hair nourished, soft, and less prone to breakage - and who doesn't want that?!

How to use: If your scalp usually gets oily, apply coconut oil to your hair excluding the roots. If your scalp is dry, apply on the scalp as well. It will be easier to apply if it is slightly melted. Leave it in your hair any time from 30 minutes to an hour (or even longer) and rinse with a natural shampoo. Repeat 1-4 times a month for best results. You can also try this amazing DIY Coconut Oil hair mask!

2. Argan Oil

What in the world is 'argan'? It's a tree! It bears fruits with nuts, and that little nut is where argan oil is extracted from. If that didn't impress you...maybe the fact that goats climb argan trees will:

That entertaining fact aside, argan oil is also known as Moroccan oil, which will do wonders for your hair. Just a few drops or argan oil will protect your hair from heat, nourish and moisturize it, which will reduce dry and brittle hair, and also reduce the frizziness, leaving your hair soft and manageable. No wonder they call this oil “liquid gold”! This oil is not as greasy as coconut oil, so it's perfect for more frequent use. 

How to use: Apply a few drops to your palm, rub your hands together and distribute evenly on your damp or dry hair, avoiding the roots. Our absolute favourite one is this Argan oil Hair Serum by Josie Maran. 

3. Castor Oil

Castor oil comes from castor beans and really helps your hair grow, because it has all the vital qualities such as vitamin E, minerals, and proteins. If you get this oil, we recommend getting cold-pressed (meaning there was no heat involved during the extraction process) processed 100% pure virgin castor oil. It offers other great benefits such as controlling hair loss, fighting scalp infections and dandruff (due to its anti-fungal properties), conditioning and moisturizing the hair, as well as preventing split ends. 

How to use: Castor oil is very thick in consistency, so it's always best to mix just a few drops with a carrier oil (aka another  such as olive or coconut oil, for a more even and easier application. Use this mixture as a scalp treatment, put on a shower cap and leave it on overnight, if possible. Wash and rinse as usual the next morning. Repeat weekly or as needed. It can also be used as a hot oil treatment.

4. Jojoba Oil

Before anything else, let's establish how to pronounce this: ho-ho-ba! This oil is extracted from the jojoba plant and is wonderful because its chemical structure resembles the oil that is produced naturally by our scalps (that's called sebum). This means that most likely your scalp will readily accept it without showing any side effects. Jojoba oil, similarly to coconut oil, hydrates the hair deep within, moisturizing and treating the hair follicles from the inside. It also treats dandruff and dry scalp problems, as well as adds shine and softness. Our recommendation is this Jojoba & Tea Tree Scalp Oil by Earth's Nectar.

How to use: You can use jojoba as a leave-in treatment. Apply to the scalp before washing your hair and leave in for 30 minutes or even overnight. For a nice scent, you can add a drop of your favorite essential oil (like a lavender or eucalyptus).

Alternatively, you can add a few drops of jojoba oil to your conditioner or simply apply a little bit to your ends after washing.

5. Olive Oil

We hear about this one all the time, not only when cooking, but also when it comes to natural beauty products. Olive oil does indeed have very rich and moisturizing properties that are so good for your hair. It coats the shaft of your hair and acts as a heat protectant, as well as conceals the damaged hair strands, giving a sleeker look. Olive oil will help your hair look stronger, healthier, and shinier. Thanks, olives!

How to use: Once week, apply 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to dry or damp hair, distributing it evenly and thoroughly. Wrap in a towel or shower cap and leave on for about half an hour. Be super careful washing it out in the shower, as it can drip and make the floor slippery! Rinse with cold water and feel free to skip the conditioner. 


There are so many oils, which one do I buy?

We know it can be overwhelming to pick the right oil for your hair, as there are so many different choices! So, here are some of our personal tips on selecting the perfect oil for your hair type:

  1. Always read the ingredients list. Some labels can be deceiving, so it’s important to make sure there are no chemicals and all ingredients are natural (and preferably organic). That is what is best for your hair. Click here to find out why.
  2. Know what's in it. Some oils come already pre-mixed with something else, such as essential oils. Make sure to read the label and know exactly what’s included.
  3. Listen to your hair! We are all different, and what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. Just because it’s heavily recommended or advertised, doesn’t mean that it’s the right product for your hair type. Be sure to try an oil out and if you feel it’s not working for you, don’t be afraid to move on to something else. 

Lastly, do keep in mind that oils are greasy. Don’t use too much, otherwise you risk leaving your hair greasy even after washing. Always thoroughly wash your hair with a natural, non-chemical shampoo after treatments. And of course, keep in mind that changes like this don’t happen overnight - only consistent, long-term use will result in gorgeous, healthy, shiny long hair! ;)

Let us know which oils you’ve tried, which ones are your faves, and what tips you have for us! We love sharing with you and hearing your feedback. 

xo

Luxy Hair Team

How To Clean Your Hair Tools (& Why You Should Do It)

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You want your hair tools to work wonders on your hair, right?

Well, just like with anything else, in order for that to happen...they need to be taken care of. And by that, we mean a nice, thorough, regular cleaning. Be honest with yourself for a sec...

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When was the last time you've cleaned your hair brush? What about your blow dryer and your curling or flat irons (whaat, those need cleaning too?). Yes my dear, they do. Product buildup on your hot tools can burn hair and cause split ends.

In this blog post we’ll show you the easiest ways to take care of your hair tools and accessories. Not only will they last longer, they will also work better and ensure your hair is GOALS. Let's get started.

Cleaning Hairbrushes and Combs

Think about what gets stuck in your hair brush (other than hair, of course): dust, hair spray, oils from your scalp, other product residue, germs, other random particles flying around… Now think about what happens when you don’t clean it for weeks! Do you really want to brush all that onto your freshly washed hair? We don’t think so.

Step 1: Take any long, thin tool (rat tail comb or a pair of closed scissors), slide it under all the stuck hair in the brush, and gently tug upwards until it’s loosened out of the bristles. Of course, if there isn’t that much hair, you can easily pull out whatever is left with your hand, after each time you brush your hair.

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Step 2: Now onto the washing. Fill up the sink with warm water and splash some cleansing shampoo. Either let it soak for a bit, or take an old toothbrush and gently get rid of the buildup at the base of the brush or comb.

 

Step 3: Done! All clean. Either let the hair brushes air dry, or use a blow drier for a faster result. Some brushes may take longer to dry, so perhaps it's a good idea to leave them to dry overnight.

Cleaning Curlers and Flat Irons

Don't let the sticky product buildup on your curlers and flat irons burn your hair and cause split ends! To keep your hot tools in great condition, it's important to clean them well in order to get rid of that residue.

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Step 1: Make sure they are unplugged before starting. Moisten a cloth with water and rub over the surfaces over and over again to get rid of as much buildup as possible. If water doesn’t work, add a little rubbing alcohol (or a professional iron cleaner, if you’d like). Dry the hot tool entirely before using. 

Step 2: Enjoy the smooth gliding of your straightener and amazing bouncy curls from your curler.

Tip #1: the product buildup comes off easier when the hot tools are warm (not hot). To achieve this, plug the tool in for a few seconds and remember to unplug before starting to clean. 

Tip #2: Remember to never submerge your curlers and straighteners in water - this is both dangerous and will ruin your iron.

Cleaning Your Blow Dryer 

Take your blow drier and take a look at the back where the vent is. See that? That’s lint...and dirt. Most likely completely covering the filter. Unless yours is brand new or recently cleaned, a clogged up blow dryer is something a lot of us are guilty of. All this built up dirt and lint blocks the ventilation a blow dryer needs to work properly and safely.

Step 1: Remove the back cover (it usually easily twists off - if not, consult your instructions manual).

Step 2: Take out the filter and clean it out with some small tools (Q-tips, toothbrush, toothpick, tweezers, etc.). Then, rinse with warm water and let it dry completely. 

Step 3: While that’s drying, give your blow dryer some love and rub down the nozzle and body with a damp cloth to clean any build up of hair products.

Enjoy the maximum airflow of your next blow-out! Feels just like new. 

Cleaning Hair Accessories

Remember your headbands, hair ties, scrunchies, and hair clips! They also have hair product buildup, as well as potential sweat and pollution from the outside. Once in a while, throw them all in the sink with warm water and a few drops of shampoo. Gently rub each accessory and then dry them on a towel. 

Remember, our beautiful friends…The better we care for our hair tools, the better they care for our hair ;)

How often do you clean your hair tools? 

xoxo

Luxy Hair Team


FAQ

Q: How often do I need to clean my hair tools?

A: This depends on how often you use them, and how much product you use. Try cleaning your brushes out after every use and washing them once a month. Clean your hot tools at least once a month.

Q: My blowdryer doesn’t have a filter/doesn’t look like that?

A: There are so many different blow dryer constructions, but chances are high that they can be cleaned. Please refer to the instructions manual on how you can clean the vent/filter.

Q: What do I do if I use boar bristle brushes?

A: You clean them just the same! You can also “comb” them to help you get the hair out. They may take a little longer to dry, but the results will be worth it. 

5 Reasons to Get Ombre Hair

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Well...whoever thought Ombre was just a fad - was clearly mistaken! Because up until this day, Ombre is still going strong. And tell you what, ladies, we think it’s here to stay.

If you don’t love Ombre as much as we do (yet!), after reading this article, you just might be convinced. Here are our top 5 reasons to get Ombre Hair, especially for the warmer months:

1. It’s Fun & Stylish

Solid hair shade is great and all, but we say two is more fun than one! You can either go with a very subtle transition between the shades or a more drastic Ombre look, or even contrast two very different bright shades of your choice - whatever you like. Besides, Ombre is very trendy and makes the hair stand out more. It also looks great worn both straight and curly, which is an awesome bonus.

2. Hairstyles Look Better

If the two selected shades complement each other well, the Ombre effect will give more life and dimension to your hair. Especially when creating hairstyles, the Ombre portion will make the details stand out a lot more and make the hairstyle so much prettier - just like this one or this one. Even simple braids look so great with the colour transition! Take a look here or here to see what we’re talking about…see? Told you. 

3. Low Maintenance

Firstly, Ombre is a very easy way to grow out your roots. Or, if your hair is dark and you’ve been wanting to go lighter, a big drawback can be - yes, you guessed it - the dark roots that constantly grow out! 

Instead of colouring all of your hair and having to maintain your roots by constant touch-ups, the beauty of Ombre is that you don’t have to worry about your roots AT ALL. Let’em grow out all you want, and your hair will still look fantastic. 

4. Easy to Transition From

Have you ever wanted a change, but you were uncertain if it would suit you? Or dying all your hair seemed like too much of a commitment? We feel you girl. Why Ombre is great in this regard, is because it’s literally just half the hair that you would be trying it out on, which is a baby step. And, to look on the bright side, if you’re no longer feeling it, you can always slowly trim it off as your hair grows out.

5. Get Ombre Without Colouring Your Hair

Best part, is that there is a way to get the Ombre look without having to colour your hair - clip-in Luxy Hair Extensions! Easily achieve the Ombre look in under 5 minutes by clipping your Luxies in :) Choose between the Ombre Chestnut shade for a more subtle blend, or the Ombre Blonde for a more defined Ombre look.

There you go, the top five reasons why we love the Ombre look. Do you love Ombre as much as we do? Would you, or have you ever tried it? What is your favourite hairstyle to wear with Ombre? Share you comments below, we always love hearing from you :)

With love, xoxo

Luxy Hair Team

To Dye or Not to Dye? All About Colouring Your Hair

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To dye or not to dye? That is the question. 

Although we’re not colourist experts here at Luxy, we can surely tell you a thing or two about what happens when you colour your hair. In this blog post, we’ll cover the basics of what really goes on when your hair is being dyed, as well as different colouring methods. Is it really as damaging as we’re often led to believe? We’ll get to that in a bit, but first things first:

What’s in a hair, anyway? 

The main ingredient in our hair is a protein called keratin, which is also what our fingernails are made of. Keratin is colourless and is arranged in overlapping scales in a hair strand, which makes it flexible. Pretty neat, huh?

Not to get too scientific on you, here is a basic diagram of what a hair strand looks like:

a. Cortex - this is the middle part of the hair strand, which contains moisture and melanin (pigment that gives your hair its colour!) 

b. Cuticle - this is the protective outer layer of the hair strand, which actually determines how healthy your hair looks! If the cuticle is smooth, your hair looks silky and shiny. If the cuticle is raised, your hair looks more dry and damaged.

For science enthusiasts: eumelanin is the dark pigment which gives black and brown hair colour, and phaeomelanin is a lighter pigment that gives hair red, orange, and golden blonde colours. The mix of these two varieties of melanin is what gives you your unique hair shade :) Lack of pigment results in white or grey hair.

So, what happens when hair is coloured?

Permanent Hair Colour

This is a two step process. When permanent hair dye is applied to the hair, ammonia (alkalizing agent) causes the cuticle to ‘open up’ and let the dye in. Then, peroxide (oxidizing agent) is used to penetrate into the hair cortex and remove your existing hair colour (melanin). Once that happens, the new colour is left in your hair cortex, leaving it a brand new colour! Conditioner is used to close the cuticle back to seal the new colour in.

This is also the process used when bleaching or lightening your hair, except the melanin is “eaten away” or extracted until you get the lightened shade that you decide (and your natural hair colour cannot be replaced until it grows back in!). 

Semi-permanent Hair Colour

This is a more gentle colouring process which usually lasts 4-6 weeks. Semi-permanent dye doesn’t have ammonia or peroxide, and simply adds tiny colour molecules to the cuticle of your hair without dramatically changing the original hair colour. Since these molecules are small, they eventually escape the cuticle and the colour fades out after several shampoos. 

Demi-permanent Hair Colour

This dye lasts a little longer than semi-permanent, about 8-12 weeks, has no ammonia, but a little bit of peroxide. This type of hair colour coats each hair strand with colour and creates larger molecules in the hair cortex, which is why it lasts a little longer. 

Will colouring my hair damage it? 

So, our lovelies, as you’ve read above - hair colouring is quite the process! If you do decide to colour your hair, of course, we recommend opting for semi-permanent hair dyes, as they are the least damaging to your hair. Permanent hair dyes are the most harmful, and if used too often, can result in damaged and dry hair. Although conditioners do help seal the cuticle after the colouring process is finished, the hair strand will not revert to the condition it was in originally without your help.

If you colour your hair, make sure to keep it moisturized, avoid using hot tools as much as possible, and use hair products designed specifically for coloured hair. 

One more thing...

Unless you’re an expert behind the science of hair colouring, we strongly recommend having your hair coloured by professionals! There are many factors that affect how hair colouring works, such as your current hair shade, hair type, and condition. Since these factors can greatly affect the outcome of your hair colour, it’s best to trust a professional in order to achieve that beautiful hair colour that you are looking for :)

With lots of love, 

xoxo

Luxy Hair Team

How To Care For Curly Hair

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You've asked, and we answered! Today’s blog post is for all you curly-haired beauties out there, who are looking for the best tips on how to care for their curls.

Today’s tips are brought to you by our very own curl-expert Ashley, who has literally perfected her curly hair care routine. She has tried and tested lots of techniques and products on her curls over the years, and today we are lucky to have her share the best tips and tricks with you, our lovelies. Shall we begin?

- Don’t overdo it. Generally, curly hair is prone to being dry, which is the reason why it’s so important not to over-wash it. Excessive shampooing opens up the cuticles and strips the hairs of their natural oils, which will dry out your curls even more. The less you wash, the better! Say, 1-2 times a week. Whatever you can get away with from a wash-and-go ;) Whenever those curls start to frizz, you can do protective hairstyles, which we will write all about in another post.

- Cleanse the scalp. That being said, shampooing curly hair is still necessary for healthy hair growth, as it gets rid of all the buildup from oils, dirt, and dust (umm we don’t want that, no thanks!). When shampooing, concentrate on rubbing and cleansing your scalp properly with your fingertips. 

- Know your ingredients. The key is to use products specifically made for curly hair, which are also sulfate and alcohol free. As you may already know from this post, these are the ingredients that really dry out the hair (and are also harmful in other ways), so you want to avoid them at all costs. Speaking of keeping moisturized...

- It’s so important to replenish moisture into your curls. Some ways you can do that is by using conditioner every time you wash your hair, as well as performing routine deep conditioning and oil treatments. 

- Try this DIY coconut hair mask, as well as take look into what oils you can treat your curls with. Do this once a week, and trust us - your curls will love it and will literally drink up the moisture! Nice and hydrated, that’s how we like’em.

- When you get out of the shower, gently dry your hair with a cotton t-shirt and gently scrunch the leftover water. Do not rub with a harsh towel, because this can cause the cuticles to open and make your hair frizzy. 

- And then let air dry. If your hair is prone to getting frizzy once it dries, then use leave-in hair products meant for curly hair such as curl activating cream, or simply leave some argan oil in. 

 -No matter what, do not interrupt your curls in any way while they’re drying! Playing with them or running your fingers through them may cause them to frizz up, which, let’s face it, is the first thing you want to avoid.

- If you’re pressed for time…then you can use a diffuser to dry your hair. Flip your head upside down and hold the diffuser steadily to your scalp - don’t move it around too much, because all the escaped wind can make the hair frizz. 

+ Never brush curly hair. Seriously, if you even own a brush, get rid of it at once! Only comb your hair with a wide tooth comb before your shower, or gently finger comb after the shower. Remember that wet hair is more prone to breakage, so be super patient and gentle if you’re combing it wet.

+ Avoid hairsprays and mousse. Not only can it make your curls crunchy (a big no-no!), these two products are also ones that contain the highest amount of alcohol. 

+ Go easy on the heat. Excess heat can cause your curls lose their natural spiral-like shape, making them look lifeless. If you notice this, avoid using any kind of heat (including the blow drier with the diffuser!) for a week or two, and focus on rehydrating your curls to give them that bounce back. If you do use hot styling tools, use them on moderate heat setting and always use heat protectant.

+ Get a curl-expert hairstylist. Oh yes, this is a big one, loves. Getting a haircut by a professional hairstylist with previous experience in working with curly hair, who truly understands the science and all the perks that come with having curly hair, can make all the difference. An amazing haircut which looks great with your naturally curly hair is more likely to make you want to put that straightener away and rock your curls! 


What are your tips on caring for your curls? Any special tips or tricks? We would love to hear your suggestions. Also, if you have any requests on what you’d like to see in future posts, please feel free to comment below :)

With love, xoxo

Luxy Hair Team

How To Prevent Your Hair From Tangling

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Have you ever wondered why your hair tangles, and what you could do to fix it?

It’s no secret that maintaining long and beautiful hair requires good care. But, I think we can all agree, one of the most frustrating things about having long hair, is probably having to constantly deal with knots and tangles! Not only is it time consuming, but could also be quite painful and damaging.

In this blog post, we’ll share the best tips on how to detangle your hair and minimize knots.

How To Minimize Tangling

Whether we like it or not (and we don't), our hair, as well as hair extensions, will tangle. While some hair types are more prone to matting than others, it is something that we can't avoid completely. There are, however, some things you can do to minimize tangling and the damage that comes from it. Here are our favourite tips on how you can do that:

1. Condition your hair  

Conditioning the hair will restore moisture back into it, leaving it smoother and less likely to tangle. We recommend to always condition your hair after washing, as well as using a deep conditioning mask every one or two weeks. Tip: condition the ends only, to avoid greasy roots.


2. Use a wide tooth comb

Although it may be tempting to use a brush because it’s 'faster', using a wide tooth comb (or a special detangling brush) is a much better idea, trust me! Not only will it remove the tangles more efficiently, but you will also protect your hair from being torn and damaged. Start at the bottom of the knot, and *keyword: patiently* work your way up until it is combed out completely.


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3. Brush your hair consistently

If your hair is prone to tangling, it’s probably not a good idea to let it down all day (especially in the wind) without brushing it. Brush your hair 2-3 times a day using a soft bristle brush, especially before a shower and before sleeping. Be gentle while brushing, ladies! 


4. Protect your hair while you sleep

Speaking of sleeping, did you know that hair can also get tangled while you sleep? In case you haven’t already, check out our blog post on how to protect your hair while you sleep by clicking here. These tips will help you wake up with tangle-free hair!


5. Choose the right products

Avoid any products that contain alcohol. Although there is a whole list of ingredients we recommend to avoid when choosing your hair products (which we wrote about in this blog post about Organic products), alcohol is really the one that you want to avoid. It really dries out your hair and makes it more prone to tangling. Instead, go for natural, sulfate and alcohol free products, or those specifically designed for tangled hair. 


Why does my hair tangle? 

There could be a few reasons why your hair is tangling a lot. Hair texture, frequency of brushing, exposure to wind, as well as the healthiness of the hair, can all contribute to matting. 

For example, your hair is more likely to tangle if: 

  • It is super thick and curly
  • It is long and fine
  • It is very dry and damaged
  • You don’t brush your hair throughout the day, etc.

Helpful Detangling Tips 

  • Split your hair in manageable sections: tackling a knot can definitely be frustrating! We recommend to work on detangling your hair one section at a time. 
  • Never brush wet hair: wet hair is much more likely to break than dry hair.
  • Use your fingers: to gently detangle your hair periodically throughout the day 
  • Tie your hair: in a braid or a ponytail on windy days or when being active

Does your hair tangle easily? What are some things you do to prevent it, and how do you deal with knots? Please share with us by commenting below - we love reading your comments!

xoxo

Luxy Team

8 Easy & Beautiful Prom Hairstyle Ideas 2015

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It’s that time of the year again - prom season! Prom day is super exciting for many reasons: it’s an opportunity to dress up, glam up, and share those wonderful moments with your friends!

To look and feel your best on prom day, it’s important to select the perfect hairstyle which complements your dress, your style, and makes you feel beautiful.

In this blog post, we’ve handpicked the best 8 easy, beautiful, and creative hairstyles for prom, which will make you look absolutely stunning. The best part? You can do them all by yourself at home in a short amount of time. 


1. Elegant Updo

Just like the name suggests, this updo looks super elegant, which is perfect for an occasion like prom. Classy and timeless, this is the way to go.

2. Cinderella Inspired Hair

This Cinderella-inspired hairstyle is so on point, and so easy to recreate. Look and feel beautiful at your prom, just like Cinderella at her ball! 

3. Flower Half-Up Do

If you don’t feel like putting your hair up, nor want to let it down completely, this is the perfect hairstyle for you. Recreate this beautiful rosette, which will elevate and dress up a regular half-up do.

4. Braid with a Twist

Dance the night away and don’t worry for a moment about your hair with this beautiful twisted braid! A play on a regular braid, this version is definitely prom-worthy, especially if you have a backless dress ;)

5. Glam Updo

This amazing updo will look like you got your hair done at a professional salon. Absolutely gorgeous!

6. Two Strand Braid

If you’re a braid-kinda-gal, and don’t want to worry about your braid falling apart all day, check this braid out! Not only does it look better than a regular braid, but it is also much more secure. Perfect for dancing :) 

7. Cute & Easy Updo

Look like a fairy tail princess in this flawless hairstyle. Need we say more?

8. Prom Ready Hair

Braided hairstyles are one of the hottest trends of this year. Incorporate a braid in this pretty and easy hairstyle to achieve this beautiful look. Feel free to skip the flower, if you'd like and use any other accessory of your choice. Tip: When finished braiding, pull on each section of the braid slightly, to 'open it up' more and get that slightly tousled effect.


Remember, your hairstyle choice should always go with what kind of dress you’re wearing. If you want to put emphasis on your dress, perhaps rocking an updo is your best choice. If your dress is more simple and elegant, it’s definitely safe to make a statement with a beautiful hairstyle.

What are you thinking of doing for prom this year? What hairstyles are your favourite? Make sure to tag #luxyhair in all your prom photos, we would love to see how you wear your hair for prom.

xoxo

Luxy Hair Team

Bangs: to Cut or Not to Cut? 8 Things to Consider

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"Should I get bangs?”  is something you’ve probably wondered at least once in your life (or like, every spring, when craving a dramatic hair change...)

Although it may not sound like a big deal to some, cutting your bangs (or fringe, whatever you call it) is actually quite an important decision for most of us. After all, you’re changing your look completely, and what if you don’t even like it? Where is the ‘undo’ option?!

Bangs can be the best thing you’ve ever done, or something you wish you hadn’t.

Well, our lovelies, here are some things to consider, which will help you decide whether or not you should cut your bangs.

1. Surprise! Bangs don’t always look red-carpet-ready

Bangs are high maintenance, and they require work. If you want your fringe looking pretty and wonderful, be prepared to spend time on it. Bangs need to be styled, tamed at night, during workouts, and kept at their optimal length for best results. Which brings us to the next point…

2. Your bangs will grow faster than you expect

You get your beautiful bangs, enjoy them for a few weeks, and then realize they’re just not the same anymore! It’s because they’re probably getting too long - bangs can grow much faster than you think. You then end up constantly clipping them up with a bobby pin…or partially covering your vision. Whichever one. To avoid this (depending on your hair growth rate), plan on being able to trim your bangs every 2-3 weeks, to keep them at their optimal length.

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3. No, please don’t cut your own bangs

As tempting as this can be, unless you’re a professional hairstylist, just trust us on this one. Don’t cut or trim your bangs by yourself…with dull scissors…especially if it’s your first time. Cutting beautiful bangs requires a special technique that can be achieved by a hair professional much better than a first-timer.

4. Naturally curly hair dilemma - can I still get bangs?

Why yes, of course. But be prepared to spend even more time (and products) to keep your fringe looking styled and straight, as well as have the tools to maintain it that way throughout the day.

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5. Your bangs will get oily faster

That’s the bad news - but the good news is that you can wash *just* your bangs in the sink (just like we mention here), which is totally better and quicker! 

6. Cutting bangs is not the problem…growing them out is!

There will come a time when you want to grow your bangs out. Although it’s amazing to witness how fast they grow (judging by the amount of trims you need to maintain them), ironically, growing out your bangs completely can seem like the slowest process on Earth. Like ever. But not to worry our loves, here’s a a very useful video on how you can still look stylish and cute while growing out your bangs:

7. Choosing the style

When choosing the type of bang you want, consider your hair texture/type, as well as your hair part. For example, blunt and heavy bangs look great on thick hair. Fine hair beauties, however, should consider softer, side-swept bangs or be prepared to pull lots of hair forward for a heavier look. If you have a middle part, full frontal bangs may not work for you. 

8. Consider your face shape 

Be aware of how the bang style can flatter your face shape. For example, long-swept side bangs look amazing on round face shapes, as they help to make an illusion of a less round face. For square face shapes, avoid blunt heavy bangs - they will only make your face look more square. Instead, opt for softer side swept bangs. When looking for inspiration on celebrities or others, look at those who have a similar face shape and hair type to yours.

It will take time, but you’ll get there!

Getting a hang of styling your bangs can definitely take some time, but don’t be discouraged. Like anything new, it will require some practice to master the art of fringe styling. 

All this being said...

Changing up your look can definitely be a rewarding experience. How can you know if bangs really work for you, until you’ve tried them? Keep in mind that hair does grow out eventually, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new! Just remember to consider the points mentioned above :)

Have you ever considered getting your bangs cut? Did you do it? How was your experience! Please share with us, we love hearing your stories.

xoxo

Luxy Hair Team 

Organic Products - Are They Worth It?

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Do the words 'organic' and 'natural' beauty products sound familiar to you? Chances are, you’ve heard of these terms at one point or another, as the topic of natural and eco-friendly products is becoming an increasingly growing trend.

But…does ‘organic' mean anything to you? Are organic hair products really what they are hyped up to be, and are there truly any benefits of using them? 

Well, our answer is - yes, of course. There are so many pros of using natural and organic hair products. If you want healthy and beautiful hair, that is. 

In today’s blog post we shine a light on the truth about traditional hair products and the benefits of organic ones.

A Little Somethin’ You May Not Know About Your Shampoo

The truth is, traditional shampoos and conditioners contain synthetic chemicals that are harmful to our skin and overall health. That foamy, heaven-smelling goodness that lathers up in your hair actually contains many harmful ingredients such as sulfate, alcohol, silicone, parabens, and even traces of anti-freeze. At the end of this article, you can find a list of ingredients to avoid when buying your shampoo and conditioner.

Important: Don't just trust a product just because it says "Organic", as they are not all created equal, and sometimes are marketing ploys to get you to buy the stuff. Make sure to read the ingredients at the back to know what you are really getting. 

How is Natural Shampoo Different, and How Does it Work?

Well, organic shampoos simply don’t have the chemicals present in traditional shampoos. They contain natural ingredients like proteins, essential oils, vitamins, fruit extracts and so much other goodness. These ingredients in themselves are amazing nutrients for your hair. Natural shampoos also don’t have the SLS ingredient, which means that they don’t lather up as well. Don't worry - this doesn’t mean that they don’t clean your hair just as well. Simply give an extra rinse, and your hair will be just as clean and shiny as ever.

As some suggestions of products, we truly enjoy RahuaJohn Masters, and Intelligent Nutrients. Super awesome bonus: they don't test on animals.

5 Reasons You Should Choose Organic

  1. Unlike traditional shampoos, they won’t irritate and dry out your scalp, because they are soft and gentle.
  2. On the same note, lack of chemicals means that your hair won’t be damaged or dried out.
  3. Do you have coloured hair? Organic shampoo is safe to use for you because it doesn't strip colour, and can actually make it look more radiant. 
  4. All the nutrients, vitamins, and oils in natural shampoos will provide the nourishment your hair needs, making it healthy and beautiful.
  5. They are absolutely safe to use, so you don’t need to be worried about ingesting harmful chemicals into your body and skin.

What to Avoid When Buying Your Hair Products

Here is a main list of ingredients you should avoid:

  • Sodium laureth sulfate 
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) 
  • Triethanolamine (TEA)
  • Parabens
  • Polyethelyne glycol 
  • Alcohol (if listed as one of the first four ingredients)
  • Synthetic Fragrance/Parfum
  • Propylene Glycol (aka anti-freeze)
  • Dimethicone 
  • Formaldehyde
  • Petrolatum
  • Siloxanes (ending in -siloxane or -methicone)

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Have you made the switch to organic hair products yet? Is there anything holding you back? Do you have any tested brands that you love? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below :)

Have a great hair day,

xoxo

Luxy Team

Winter Hair Care - Is Your Hair Ready?

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Brrr...baby, it's getting cold outside! It’s that time of the year we snuggle into our hats and scarves to keep warm and cozy during the winter months. 

If you’re living in a place where winter weather exists, then you’re probably all too familiar with the effects that dry and cold winter air conditions can have on the hair. We’re talking dryness, static, frizz, and generally lack of that summerlicious looking hair. 

So, how do we minimize these harsh winter effects and keep our hair beautiful and shiny, you ask? Read on, as we share some of our favourite winter hair care tips with you.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

If you haven’t heard this tip enough already, we’re stressing its importance once again. Especially in the colder months, the indoor heating tends to take a lot of moisture out and dry the hair out, sometimes also leaving a dry flaky scalp. Using leave-in conditioners and deep moisturizing masks (for example, argan oil and jojoba oil) at least a few times a month will replenish your hair with the moisture that it needs and prevent from breakage, leaving your hair soft and shiny. 

Experiencing static electricity fly-aways?

To avoid a static party on your head, a simple trick is to keep a regular anti-static laundry dryer sheet with you. Lightly swipe it over the fly-aways and enjoy your static-free hairdo. How neat is that? Simple and effective.

Avoid frequent hair washes

Over washing your hair will strip it of its natural oils, which you especially need in the colder months. Try to extend the period between your washes as much as possible, and use dry shampoo in between to keep your hair looking fresh. And of course, remember to use conditioner each time! If needed, it’s always better to rinse your hair with conditioner only, skipping the shampoo altogether.

Rushing out the door with wet hair? 

Think again. Although this may be a regular thing in the warmer months, exposing wet hair to cold temperatures may freeze it and damage it, eventually causing breakage. In general, it is a great idea to protect your hair from the weather by tucking it underneath your scarf and hat. The less exposure to weather elements, the better. 

Resist the dullness

With the dry and cold conditions, your locks can start looking a little dull. One tip is to use products for colour treated hair in order to revitalize that shine. Another, which is a more natural route, is to use the good old apple cider vinegar! It will make your hair oh so shiny. Watch a video about it here

All in all, avoid products containing silicone, sulfate, and alcohol. Use conditioning masks. Avoid blow drying and applying heat as much as possible during the winter. As you know, your hair does get exposed to the weather conditions quite a lot - and it only makes sense to pay special attention to it by keeping it nourished, protected and moisturized.

Does your hair care routine change during the winter months? Do you have any tips to share with us? Comment below, as it will help all of us learn about how we can have gorgeous healthy hair, even in the dry brittle cold :)

Stay warm & winter prepared,

xoxo

Luxy Hair Team

Your Ultimate Hairbrush Guide

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Hello lovelies, 

Choosing the right hairbrush and using it correctly can make all the difference in achieving your perfect hair look. There are so many different kinds of brushes on the market... but do you know which one to use for what? Are you using the brush that is right for you?

Here’s a quick guide on the most popular and widely used hairbrushes:

Paddle Brush

Paddle brushes are flat with a wide surface area, making them great for straightening and smoothing your hair. For an effective sleek straightening job, use a paddle brush before flat ironing your hair or drying your hair for a smooth finish.

Round Brush 

Round brushes are ideal for creating that volume and body in your hair. This is the brush you want to use when you are blow-drying your hair. Round brushes come in different sizes - choose a smaller barrel for shorter hair or to create tighter curls (video tutorial here) and choose a larger barrel for that ultimate straight yet volumizing blowout (video tutorial here). Remember, the bigger the barrel, the straighter the look.

Teasing Brush

Speaking for itself, this brush is perfect for teasing your hair and creating texture to support your lovely updos. Bonus points for having a point-ended handle, which can be used for sectioning the hair perfectly. Tip: Try to avoid this brush if your hair is very fine or fragile.

Wide tooth comb

This is the best tool to use to brush wet hair. As you may know, wet hair is sometimes so hard to brush. Yet wet hair is most prone to breakage, which is why it is so important to gently comb your hair starting from the bottom and working your way up. 

Detangling Brush

These are specifically designed to painlessly and easily remove tangles and knots in your hair. This brush minimizes breakage and damage during detangling. Most of them can be used on both wet and dry hair.

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Rat Tail Comb

This is a specially-shaped comb which can be used to section the hair perfectly with precision or to create the perfect part. This comb can also be used for backcombing your hair.

Remember, finding products that are right for your hair type can make a world of a difference. Try these different kinds of brushes out and see how you can transform your hair by using different techniques with them! 

What is your go-to hairbrush? Do you have any preferred faves? Please comment below to share with us :) We always love hearing from you.

Stay beautiful,

xoxo

Luxy Team

Goodbye, split ends!

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Hello our lovely Luxy friends,

Oh, split ends. We’re all familiar with them. What causes them? How do we get rid of them? How do we prevent them? Here’s a quick blog post on how to keep your hair healthy and split ends-free.

Why do we get split ends? 

Split ends are a sign that our hair is not receiving enough nutrients, and thus becomes brittle and dry. Some other things that can cause split ends are:

  • Using hot styling tools and blow drying hair regularly
  • Chemical treatments such as bleaching, dying and perms
  • Improper techniques for detangling hair
  • Harsh towel drying 
  • Unsuitable hair products that are full of drying agents
  • Lack of regular trims

How to get rid of split ends?

Well, our beauties, as much as we don’t want to hear this - we cannot cure a split end once it happens. The only way to get rid of it is to cut it.

If it isn’t trimmed, the hair will just continue breaking higher and higher along the hair shaft, causing the hair to look frizzy, dry, and unmanageable. Hair products may help to conceal them temporarily, however, only routine maintenance such as small trims every 6-8 weeks will keep your hair healthy, strong, and split-ends free.

How to prevent split ends?

The best remedy is, of course, keeping your hair nourished and moisturized. Although it is not likely to avoid split ends entirely, here are some steps you can take to minimize them as much as possible:

  • Keep hair nourished and moisturized (what to eat for healthy hair here)
  • Always use heat protectant before using hot styling tools
  • Use sulfate and alcohol free hair products
  • Towel dry your hair gently - do not harshly twist and wring it
  • Be patient and gentle when detangling your hair
  • Use deep conditioning masks to keep your hair moisturized (you can try a DIY one here)
  • Most importantly: get regular trims to prevent split ends and have healthy hair

Last but not least, healthy and strong hair is a result of how you care for it. One of the most important factors is still a balanced diet and drinking lots of water - and we cannot stress this enough! Love your body, love your hair, and it will love you back :)


What are some some things you do to prevent split ends? Do you have any personal hair tricks you’d like to share with us? Comment below!

Have a beautiful day,

xoxo

Luxy Team

5 Ways to Protect Your Hair While You Sleep

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Sometimes, we can spend so much time trying to find ways to have healthier hair, that we overlook the fact that our hair can also get damaged while we’re sleeping. 

Here are 5 things you can do to protect your hair while you get your beauty rest:

1. Brush your hair before going to sleep

This will help minimize knots and tangles in the morning.

2.  Braid your hair loosely

This will help contain your hair when you are turning and tossing at night. Options are endless: side braid, two pig-tail braids, rope braid, dutch braid...Pick your favourite! (Hint: do a tight braid to wake up with mermaid waves).

3. Use a silk or satin pillow case

This material is a lot less rough on the hair than regular pillowcases, reducing the damage to your hair.

4. Avoid using elastic bands

They can cause hair breakage and put stress on your roots. Instead, use a soft scrunchie and tie your ponytail/bun very lightly at the top of your head.

5.  Sleep With Dry Hair

We highly recommend sleeping with dry hair - wet hair is very delicate and is much more prone to frizzing and breaking.

Following these easy steps is so important, because it will ensure that you are keeping your hair as healthy as possible, even while you sleep.

Do you have any tips and tricks on how to maintain healthy and tangle-free hair while you sleep? How do you keep your hair at night? We'd love to hear from you :) 

xoxo

Luxy Team

How To Grow Longer Hair Faster | Easy Tips

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Hi my beautiful friends!

Today's topic is long hair and how to grow it faster. I have been growing out my hair for a few years now, hence I've tried many tips and tricks to promote the growth of my hair. Some worked and some didn't. In this short video I share with you my most effective tried and tested tips on helping you grow your hair faster. 

While you are growing out your hair, you can still enjoy the look of long hair by adding clip in hair extensions. It's a no commitment, damage free way to enjoy longer and thicker hair in minutes. Even though my hair is longer now, I still wear my Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair Extensions, for that extra oomph. 

What are some of your tips on growing longer hair faster. Please share your tips and tricks with me. I'd love to hear from you. And don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates!

xx

Ask Mimi : Luxy Hair Q&A

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Hi my beautiful friends! 

This week's video is a bit different.  Last week, I've asked on our Luxy Hair Instagram what are your burning hair questions, and I got to respond with my tips and tricks in this weeks new video. I discuss hair fall out, dandruff, tips on growing hair faster,  learning how to blend Luxy Hair Extensions better with your hair and much more.

I had so much fun filming this video and going through all of your questions, that I'm considering to perhaps include such hair talk episodes every once in a while. What do you think about that? I'd love to hear from you. 
I'm wearing my Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair Extensions in this video.
xoxo
Mimi

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