How To Style Short Hair: With 15 Simple And Chic Styles For Inspiration!

How To Style Short Hair: With 15 Simple And Chic Styles For Inspiration!

How To Style Short Hair

Today, short hairstyles are more in style than ever. Short hair is not only easy to maintain, but also very trendy. Many celebrities keep showing off their new short haircuts. Many women are joining the trend.

In fact, some have an itch to cut our hair shorter every month. From there, we go to Pinterest for inspiration on the trendiest looks for short hair, and consider making a big change. Some dare to go with a bold pixie, while others feel more comfortable with an elegant lob. But no matter your preference, many celebrities keep encouraging us to try out awesome short hairstyles for women.

Another good thing about short hair is the sheer versatility it offers. There are so many options when it comes to styling short hair. Plus, you can still try out trendy styles. This includes playing with texture and incorporating hair accessories.

But how short is ideal? How do you even layer a short hair style? What kind of styling can you work with? Well, taking the plunge into short hair styling requires a lot of courage. Depending on your original hair length, it often heralds a complete change in your look.

In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about how to style short hair.

Remember this Before Going for the Chop

Short hair often seems to be low maintenance; but, it has to be styled on a daily basis. If you’re having a bad hair day, putting your hair in a bun is no longer an option. Still, the styling effort is usually worth it, and when you get a good cut, it should be easy to manage. As a tip, if you want to keep the short look easy and quick to style, the cut needs to be as precise as possible. Getting regular trims every 4 to 6 weeks is mandatory.

There are a few golden rules for every short haircut. First, after washing, you should always apply heat protection. Applying texturizing styling products and gel can give it more hold and grip. But, only use small amounts of gel or wax. Otherwise, you risk making your hair look stiff. A good idea is to stick to a hazelnut-sized amount of the product of your choice to give your hair a natural finish.

How To Choose A Short Hair Style

When choosing your cut, the first thing you want to do is consider your face type. Are you heart-shaped, oval, or angular? An oval face can easily get away with almost any kind of short haircut. The rest of the shapes need to consider how the cut can flatter their features best.

If you have a round face and want it to look slimmer, look for cuts that elongate and frame the face. A good example is a short cut with thinned out feathery bangs and long side sections. Side swept, layered bangs will flatter round or wide faces. The bangs should fall softly, to provide a good sense of balance to flatter the fairly broad or strong facial features. The best way to flatter heart-shaped faces is with short haircuts that have a lot of volume at the top. This creates an illusion of a wider chin, thereby creating harmony to the hair and face.

How To Style Short Hair

Forget the rollers and the round brush. You can actually style most short haircuts with your fingers alone. A proper flat-paddle brush will work well for the sleek styles, since the hair tends to cling onto the scalp. You can use the paddle brush while you blow-dry your hair. This will enhance the luster of your hair and won’t add unmanageable volume. You can also style on the fly using a skeleton brush with widely spaced bristles. The brush can also give your hair structure and some bounce.

Wax or Gel?

Wet gel, wax, gel wax, and styling lotion pomade are the ideal tools for sculpting short hair. Before settling on a product, you should decide on the styling details you want. Do you want a soft, dewy look? You can apply a little wax, gel wax, or pomade. These products contain several different conditioning oils. This can give your hair an alluring luster without making it rigid.

Apply a small amount of the product and work it through the hair with your hands from the base. As mentioned, avoid using too many styling products. Start with a pea-sized amount, as it will give you the option to add a little more later on. If you apply too much, consider shampooing to get them off.

Styling gels and waxing gels typically work well if you prefer the drenched beach look. They also work if you want your hair to stand up from your head a bit more. Both gels are available in different varieties from ultra-rigid to soft hold. You can find the details on the product description.

Volume

Short haircuts with long covering hair require good volume to look great. Hair spray, mousse, or powder will help to create bounce and volume without weighing your hair down. Ensure that you apply the product near the hair roots where it’s needed most to create the bounce. Volumizing products usually come in many different versions. This includes color-treated, over-processed, oily, and normal hair. Choose a product based on the structure of your hair and your conditioning needs. Normally, short hair doesn’t need more than a dollop, about half the size of a tennis ball.

Hold

Hair spray will help give your short hairstyle a sophisticated finish. It will keep your hair looking neat for a long period of time, and also protect it from the damaging UV rays. Make sure you spray from a distance of about 8 inches (20 cm) to make the spray settle on your hair as a very fine mist. As a tip, use hair spray before you work a little wax through your hair.

15 Inspiration Ideas For How To Style Short Hair

1. Short and Sleek

A short bob is the ultimate trend for a chic cool-girl. It’s the easiest style for those with naturally straight hair. You can still rock a sleek short bob if you have wavy or curly hair, but it will need a bit more upkeep. The secret to achieving a short, straight style without losing body is using a heat protectant spray. This spray should contain smoothing properties. It should also be applied before you use a straightener, regardless of your hair type. The heat activated polymers contained in most smoothing sprays will work to seal in hydration. This will prevent damage and dryness, and also reduce the drying time.

2. Piecey Pixie

If you have a pixie cut, you can punk it up using a product that adds shine and dimension to your hair. To achieve this look, blow-dry or brush dry hair out smooth. Then, lightly mist it with your favorite Mist Oil and style it using your hands. Try to break it up by twisting individual strands. This can help your hair reflect light and enhance its color. This method is ideal for color-treated or damaged hair.

3. Side cut

Unlike an undercut, the side cut has one very short side. The other side is kept longer, and is styled asymmetrically. The result is a dramatic, stylish look that maintains a casual vibe thanks to the short-cropped area.

4. Buzz Cut

The buzz cut exploded into the scene in 2017. It’s a polarizing cut that requires some serious courage to pull off; after all, it’s a super short cut. But it’s worth it. No other cut can garner the kind of attention that this one can. Be sure to check out the top of your head before going for it. There’s a general prerequisite for this cut; you need to have the “perfect” head shape, without dents or scars.

5. Mushroom

A mushroom cut will give you a young, playful look. You can keep your hair from looking too geometric and rigid by layering and using soft side bangs. This short haircut usually fits many types of faces. But, it should be avoided by those with round faces because the style will only make the face appear wider.

6. Spiky Hair

This is a short haircut. It’s characterized by short sides and much longer and layered upper lengths. The cut will give off a strong casual vibe, especially when the long section is styled roughly. As a tip, use a matte-finish wax to style the look and achieve a much cooler look.

7. Short, Layered Cut

This layered pixie cut is particularly suitable for women with delicate and fine facial features. It’s elegant and modern at the same time. Feathered short bangs and soft side bangs work very well with this haircut.

8. Curly Pixie

This is a cheeky and feminine style where the bangs are kept short and the sides a little longer. This way, the sides can be styled loosely around the ears so the face can be framed elegantly. This cut is great for women with natural curls or waves. After washing your hair, apply a small amount of hair mousse and then blow dry using a diffuser. As you do so, loosen your locks with your fingertips.

As a big volume style, it suits women with heart shaped faces. If you’re looking to recreate a big volume quiff, work a generous amount of volume powder through your hair. Gently tease the hair and fix it with spray. This style will look best with straight, smooth hair. Wavy or curly hair should be prepped using a flat iron.

10. Cropped Bob

This is a sophisticated look that suits women who prefer a minimalist style. Ideally, it’s a precise cut that features clean contours. The hair has to have some fullness to have the cut falling and flowing well. It’s especially hot right now in metallic nuances such as copper red or bright platinum. Bangs can be about the same length as the other hair or shorter.

11. Short and Curly

Yes, women with curls can wear their hair short. Natural, wild looks are actually really trendy. One good thing about a short haircut for women with curly hair is that your curls will look even better when they’re short. The lesser the weight, the more bounce you get. As a tip, ask your hairdresser for more advice on the kind of cut that will suit you best. Then, you will have an easy time styling it.

12. The Undercut

This is perfect for those girls who don’t mind getting extra attention. The look is usually the most dramatic when the sides are only shaved off two fractions of an inch. Hair at the top of your head will be significantly longer, and it can be styled however you want. The top part will look best if the roots have plenty of volume. You can boost your roots by applying some volume powder and then combing your hair backwards. This cut works well on women with curly or wavy hair.

13. Blunt Bob and Bangs

This is the archetypal “French Girl” look, and is more about hair care than hair styling. Do you want to get that genuine “I woke up like this” vibe? If so, show your hair all the love it needs before you even reach for any tools. A deep repair and conditioner treatment should soften and hydrate even the most damaged, dry, and color treated hair, to restore the shine. From there on you can air dry or use a straightener to smooth out the ends.

14. Gatsby Glam

This is a short, just-undone-enough style that gives out a major 21st century flapper vibe. It’s classy, classic, and cool, with slight waves and edgy layers.

15. Slicked Back

A well-done wet look is always timeless. But, it can be quite product heavy and time-consuming with long hair going halfway down your back. With less hair on your head, it’s easy to control and smooth out the look without using half a bottle of gel. To get this look, wait until your hair is half dry. Then, start twisting your strands from the hairline to the back in small section using an oil gel. As the hair dries, these twists will loosen up but stay closer to the scalp, giving a fresh-out-of-the-shower look.

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Chapter 1 – How To Style Short Hair

Chapter 2 – How To Choose A Short Hair Style

Chapter 3 – How To Style Short Hair

Chapter 4 – 15 Inspiration Ideas For How To Style Short Hair

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Gone are the days when we do not care about what we put in or on our bodies. Humans have grown a better sense of self and environment, which is showing in our lifestyle and choices. One industry that has been influenced by this new awareness is the cosmetics industry.

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What Exactly Is Natural And Organic MakeUp?

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But, it is important to understand that even if a product is labeled “natural,” “organic,” or “clean,” it does not mean that the product is the best. It also doesn’t mean that it is particularly good for you. As a matter of fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no clear distinctions about what constitutes a natural product.

Since “natural” is not a regulated term for cosmetics, it is possible for brands to use it as a marketing term. The same goes for “organic.” The point is that in the cutthroat world of cosmetics, not all that glitters is gold. Having said that, there are some brands out there that truly have natural and organic makeup products. You just have to know which is which and avoid getting confused by marketing terms and labels.

There is also one more thing you should take note of when navigating the slippery slope of organic makeup. Even though you are buying a product with natural or organic ingredients, it does not mean it will not irritate your skin. It also doesn’t mean that you won’t experience any allergic reaction to it. Different people are allergic to different things, including natural products. The key takeaway here is to know your body and understand how it responds to products, natural or not.

What Are The Differences Between Natural And Synthetic Makeup?

Ingredients

There is a major difference between buying a tube of natural makeup and synthetic makeup. You were probably expecting this, as it is an obvious difference. But what exactly are those ingredients and how do they affect your body?

Generally, makeup is labeled as natural if it contains naturally sourced ingredients. These ingredients could include naturally sourced coloring pigments like fruit pigments. They can also include natural oils, herbs and fruits like cocoa, coconut and so on. These natural makeup products contain little or no synthetic or altered substances.

To make sure that you are buying an organic or natural cosmetic product, check the ingredients list.

Synthetic Preservatives

These are substances that are added to cosmetics to inhibiting the development of microorganisms in the product. This means they are there to prevent alterations in the makeup product and for it to stay viable for longer. They are also less expensive than natural preservatives. Examples of some of these synthetic preservatives include aldehydes, glycol ethers, parabens and so on.

Natural preservatives are a safer alternative and they perform the same function. But, they are usually not as effective. Some of the popular ones are Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, alcohol and so on.

Artificial Colorants

The thing you probably like best about regular makeup is how bright and attractive the colors are. That is great, but these bright colors are achieved through the use of synthetic dyes and pigments.

Some of these dyes contain chemicals that could contain toxins. They could also block your pores as they make contact with your skin. They do look pretty, but are they safe?

Natural makeup uses colorants that are usually plant-based and organic. Ingredients like turmeric (yellow), beetroot powder (red), and woad powder (blue) are viable alternatives. They might not be as bright, or give as many options, but they get the job done.

Artificial Fragrances

A lot of makeup products smell good, but how? Many makeup products list “fragrance” on the label. But the question is, what exactly makes up the ambiguous “fragrance” that is in the product?

That is where the issue is because there is probably a hodgepodge of chemicals in that fragrance alone. Be sure to read your labels before buying any makeup product. These fragrances are not a part of natural makeup.

Heavy Metals

To be fair, heavy metals like lead and arsenic are found in nature. They are used in cosmetics, including lipstick, eyeliner and so on. These metals are linked to several health issues. Even the ones that the body needs like iron are bad if it accumulates. These heavy metals are not used in organic makeup.

Cost

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This is because it is more expensive and harder to source for natural products used in organic makeup. It is `easier and cheaper to source synthetic materials. This ease also means that it is possible to mass-produce synthetic makeup products. Natural makeup products usually need to be manufactured in small batches.

Benefits Of Using Natural And Organic Makeup

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Reduced Exposure To Harmful Ingredients

Natural makeup is made of natural or organic ingredients. They contain very little synthetic substances, while some contain none.

This makes them a lot safer to use, as some of those synthetic ingredients could be harmful to your body. Studies have linked many of the chemicals used in synthetic makeup to some health defects. For instance, high levels of the preservative Parabene have been linked to disruption during pregnancy.

A lot more research needs to be done to confirm many of these harmful effects. But it is obvious those chemicals are up to no good. If you have to buy synthetic makeup, check the labels. Skip any one with harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, and “fragrance.”

Lower Risk Of Skin Irritation

The various dyes, preservatives, colorants and fragrances in synthetic makeup could lead to what is called contact dermatitis. This is basically a fancy word for an itchy, angry looking red rash. This normally happens if you have a sensitive skin or if you are having an allergic reaction.

You are especially susceptible to these episodes of skin irritation if you use makeup, because it stays on for longer. Using organic makeup reduces your risk of skin irritation.

Safer For People With Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, that is, one that flares up at the smallest hint of an unusual or unknown substance. Then you are a candidate for natural makeup. Stay away from synthetic makeup, as it could be a trigger. You could break out in rashes and blotches every time.

For example, if you have eczema, it is recommended that you do not use makeup products with synthetic dyes. It will only aggravate the condition. Generally, natural make up is the best choice for anyone with skin conditions or naturally sensitive skin.

Contains Skin Healthy Substances

You have most likely heard the statement “your skin is popping,” or “your skin is glowing” before. That is usually not something that happens on its own. You have to make a conscious effort and follow an effective skincare regimen.

Incorporating natural makeup into your skincare regimen can help bring that healthy flush and glow to your face. Many organic cosmetics contain some plant extracts that can make this happen. They include avocado oil, shea butter, rosehip oil, jojoba oil and more.

These oils have been known to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin-repairing properties. Some have even been touted to help with anti-ageing.

Finally, organic makeup is usually colored using plant pigments like fruit extracts. You will most likely not find any scientific usefulness from these pigments to the skin. But it is generally believed that they nourish the skin with antioxidants and vitamins.

Fewer Odor-Inducing Headaches

Yes, this is actually a thing. It has been found that certain odors can trigger headaches in people with a history of migraines. For many, this could include fragrances used in makeup.

Remember, synthetic makeup contains artificial fragrances. These fragrances are usually used to mask a deeper odor or make the branding more attractive. This is why regular makeup might not be ideal for people that have a history of migraines.

Since natural makeup does not contain fragrances, this might be the ideal product if you are sensitive to fragrances or strong odors.

Disadvantages Of Using Natural And Organic Makeup

Shorter Shelf Life

One of the benefits of organic makeup is that synthetic preservatives are not used in making the product. The flip side of this is that the natural preservatives that are used are not as effective as the synthetic ones.

This means that the final product has a shorter shelf life. So if you are going for natural makeup, you had better use them up quickly.

Makeup Is Less Bright

This is another downside of natural makeup. Synthetic colorants have really bright and enticing colors.

The natural (usually plant based) dyes used in organic makeup on the other hand are not so bright and rich.

Smaller Shade Selection

Due to the fact that only natural dyes are used in organic makeup, manufacturers are limited to only a few shades. If you want to use natural makeup, you have to be content with the basic colors.

More Expensive

Natural cosmetics attract a higher price tag than their synthetic counterparts. This is due to the natural ingredients used in them, they don’t come cheap.

Best Natural Makeup Brands

Here are some of the best natural makeup brands worth buying if you are looking to get natural makeup.

100% Pure

This is a Natural, Organic, cruelty free makeup brand that you might want to check out. They have a range of vegan cosmetics that contain essential oils, antioxidants and naturally occurring vitamins that work really well on your skin. They are best known for fruit pigmented lip and cheek tint. The price of their products range from $7-$65.

Juice Beauty

This is another natural and organic, cruelty free makeup brand that works really well. They are USDA certified organic, so that is saying something. Their product prices range from $22 to $45.

Alima Pure

Alima Pure is a big name in the natural makeup industry. The brand never uses synthetic dyes and their products are cruelty free. Their pure satin matte foundation is their best seller. You can get some of their products for as low as $14.

W3ll People

W3ll People is a natural makeup company that believes in combining skin care and cosmetics. They are a minimalist makeup brand, perfect for those that do not like make up that much. You can get their products from $12 upward.

Conclusion

Natural cosmetics are in vogue at the moment and for good reason. They might be more costly than the alternative and offer fewer options. But they are safer and better for people with sensitive skin.

Before you run to the nearest beauty store, be sure to do your research well. Pick a brand that is tested and trusted. Picking a product labeled “natural” or “organic” might not always tell the full story.

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1. Take Extra Care To Protect Your Nails Immediately Following A Manicure

The manicure isn’t necessarily complete just because you’ve stepped out of the office. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is immediately washing your hands after leaving. This can loosen the polish and diminish the lifespan of your new manicure. Keep in mind that it can take up to 12 hours total for some types of lacquer to harden. During that time, you want to avoid water and heat.

What’s one of the major sources of heat and water that you might encounter on any given day? The answer is the kitchen sink. Try to get any chores or dishes out of the way before getting your nails done. Once the manicure is complete consider a day off. This is the best way to guarantee long-lasting results.

On a related note, it’s always a good idea to wear gloves when washing the dishes or cleaning anything with chemicals. It doesn’t take long for a sink full of hot water and soap to weaken the foundation of the nail. Meanwhile, you’re adding a layer of dirt to the nail that will take further cleaning to remove.

2. Think About Your Diet

Need one more excuse to start a new diet? How about growing strong, healthy nails? Your diet affects so many aspects of your life outside of your weight. Your fingernail health is just one of those things. As an added bonus, a healthy diet can improve the appearance of your skin and hair.

Increasing proteins and increasing related vitamins should be at the top of your list. Your fingernails are made entirely of proteins. By adding more healthy sources of protein, such as fish or nuts, to your diet, you’re providing your body with more fuel for healthy nails. Certain vitamins, like Vitamin E, help improve the processes necessary for growing healthy nails. Adding both of these to your diet in the form of supplements or meals shouldn’t be difficult.

Blueberries are a great fruit when it comes to fingernail health. Not only are they loaded with healthy nutrients and vitamins, but they are also a powerful source of antioxidants. Free radicals in the body cause damage to a variety of cells, including cells in hair and nails. The antioxidants found in blueberries help protect the body against the free radicals and the damage they cause.

3. Don’t Skip Coats When Working From Home

If you’re doing your nails at home between manicure visits, you don’t want to make the work any harder by damaging your nails. One of the easiest ways to damage your nails at home is by applying polish to the nail without first applying a base coat.

The base coat serves two purposes. First, as mentioned, it protects the nail from damage or discoloration that the polish can cause. Second, the base coat helps improve the appearance of the polish. A single layer of base coat will cause the polish to become more opaque and noticeable.

The final layer you don’t want to skip is the topcoat. The job of the topcoat is to seal in the colors of the previous layers and provide a protective shield. The manicurist will apply a layer of topcoat at the salon, but that coating won’t last forever. You should reapply a new topcoat every two or three days if you want to maintain the look as long as possible.

4. Make Repairs Along The Way

Even the best-laid plans often fail. No matter how much you plan to protect your nails after leaving the salon accidents are bound to happen. That’s why you need to be prepared to make repairs along the way. An easy way to make this possible is by purchasing the same nail polish that they used at the salon. You can easily fix small breaks and cracks knowing you have an identical color.

Of course, you don’t have to break the bank on an expensive salon polish just to cover the occasional chip. You certainly don’t need to go through the trouble of taking all the polish off either. Just find a polish at the store that is as close in color as possible. Most people are not going to notice a small coverup unless they are very close to the nail.

It’s possible to do the same with a gel manicure. But, some experts suggest returning to the salon to fix a chipped nail if you have a gel manicure. Once chipped, the gel becomes much easier to chip in the future. The damage could spread quickly or the gel could lift from the nail entirely.

5. Pay Attention To Your Cuticles

In an ideal world, dermatologists would recommend leaving the cuticle alone entirely. The cuticle serves a very important job outside of how it makes the nail look. The cuticle forms a type of seal at the base of the nail. This seal prevents debris and bacteria from entering the area and causing an infection. When you cut or remove a cuticle you are damaging this natural layer of protection and increasing your risk of damage.

But, some minor cuticle maintenance can help along the way. Many experts recommend the use of a gentle cuticle oil. These oils are made with ingredients that can penetrate deep beyond the layers of polish, nail, and skin. Cuticle oil can be applied daily and its benefits will generally increase with time.

Finally, if you are hoping for less cuticle over your nail, you can gently push back on the cuticle following a shower or bath. This is a much safer option compared to cutting a cuticle. They even make specialized devices called cuticle pushers for this purpose.

6. Try To Limit The Bad Habits

There are several bad habits that many people have which are detrimental to the health of your nails. That’s not including the bigger bad habits like smoking or alcohol, which can have a variety of negative health consequences. No. These are simple habits that we often do when we feel nervous, embarrassed, or angry.

A very common bad habit that people have is chipping away at a layer of polish. This usually starts when a single, small chip appears in the paint. From that point forward, you begin to chip away at the spot until you’ve eventually removed all the polish. Not only is this bad news for your hard-earned manicure, but it actually weakens and damages the nail beneath.

The cuticles are another place people often pick at when they should simply leave it alone. It’s just a tiny piece of skin that always seems to be in the way. This bad habit can become second nature after a few years. You may not even notice yourself picking away while someone is talking. Trying to catch and stop habits like these can be difficult but your nails will thank you.

7. Keep Fingernail Health A Main Priority

We all want to have long, beautiful nails. So much so that it’s easy for you to place the appearance or length of your nails above their actual health. This is a serious mistake that many people have come to regret. Nail health should always be the top priority.

Many dermatologists recommend sticking with a shorter length nail whenever possible. A shorter nail is much easier to maintain and its less likely to suffer any sort of serious damage. A shorter nail can look much cleaner and more organized as well. Just make sure that all the nails are kept at the same length.

8. Know What To Look For

One of the smartest moves you can make is arming yourself with the necessary knowledge. More specifically, learning how to diagnose the health of your nails at home. If you know the warning signs of unhealthy nails, then you can alert your dermatologists at the first signs of a problem. Recognizing the signs of healthy nails is equally as important.

A few signs of an unhealthy nail include tiny white spots on the nails, splitting or peeling nails, and swollen skin around the nails. Most of these are warning signs of bad habits. Other, such as an irregularly shaped nail, could be a sign of something more serious like an iron deficiency.

The signs of healthy nails are all the things that you look for right after leaving the salon. White-tipped nails at even length, uniform cuticles across all nails, nail plates with an opaque pink and white color. The visible signs of a healthy nail will greatly improve the appearance of your manicure. Just another reason to keep up with proper fingernail health between your appointments.

9. Have The Tools And Know When To Use Them

We’re not saying you need to build your own salon at home, but there are a handful of nail care tools that you should always keep handy. We’ve already covered a couple of these, such as repair polish and a cuticle pusher, but there are still a few more worth covering. The most important and obvious of all is a pair of fingernail clippers.

Your nails need to be trimmed on a regular schedule to maintain a uniform appearance. Most experts agree that clipping your nails once every two weeks is usually best. But, it’s possible your nails will respond differently. You may need to increase or decrease the frequency slightly. At any rate, don’t wait for manicure appointments to clip your nails.

A nail file is another important tool to keep handy at all times. It’s particularly useful for people who live an active life or who have a hands-on job. A nail file is the perfect tool for sanding away any rough spots or minor points of damage. Using a file is extremely easy. You simply work the file in a uniform direction with the nail’s natural grain. Investing in a high-quality glass nail file instead of the cheap, throwaway alternatives is advised.

Finally, keep some cleaning supplies specifically for your nail tools. Your nails need to stay free from infection if they’re going to remain healthy and beautiful. That requires regularly cleaning the tools you use to clip, scrub, and push your nails. You can easily clean these tools with soap and water or buy special cleaning supplies.

10. Stop Biting Those Nails

We’ve already covered a few bad habits, but nail-biting is so bad that it deserves a topic of its own. Millions of people across the globe bite their nails on a daily basis without paying the act much attention. It’s one of the toughest habits to quit because it is extremely difficult to catch yourself in the act. There are many possible triggers, such as anxiety or boredom. It’s good to learn what triggers cause you to begin biting.

If you can stop yourself before you begin biting your nails, then you can quickly replace the activity with something less destructive. Which replacement activity will work for you may be unique. Some people find comfort with a stress ball. Other people are able to distract themselves with a fidget spinner. You may even be able to find something a little better to chew on like some beef jerky. Just find something that works and stop biting your nails.

Use these ten tips to care for your nails between your salon visits and increase your fingernail health. They’re simple, affordable, and will make a world of difference. You might even realize you add an extra week or two between appointments.

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Your hair is one major part of your body that requires adequate grooming. But sometimes, you find out that your efforts to keep it in good shape all end in frustration. This could be due to an array of factors, such as weather. Weather, especially during winter, affects your hair in several ways. It can determine how your hairstyle sits and the entire condition of your hair.

The significant drop in humidity in the air during cold weather can leave your hair dry and damaged. But how do you maintain healthy and attractive hair this winter? This article will talk about the effects of weather on your hair. It will also touch on tips to keep your hair in perfect shape throughout the year.

Summer

One watches with awe as the weather changes throughout the year. From winter to spring, summer to fall, each season of the year comes with its unique weather conditions. A change in weather requires a change in strategy to maintain fabulous hair. This is because the weather has profound impacts on your hair.

During the summer, for example, heat becomes intense. Direct heat from the sun can cause significant damage to your hair. It naturally makes your hair dry and dull. Heat leaves your hair with effects like you get when you blow-dry your hair or wash it with non-conditioning products. Heat dries out your hair and diminishes its ability to hold on to moisture.

Likewise, sunshine increases the level of dehydration in your hair. Scalp sweat increases, thereby causing it to lose its oily coating. The oily coating on the scalp protects the hair and makes it luscious. The fact is, your hair cannot tolerate excess heat or dryness. Hair needs relatively conducive conditions for it to grow healthy.

Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can lighten the hair. In the case of artificial hair, the sun alters the hair color to undesired shades. The UV rays find their way into the hair shaft and dissolve the melanin, the hormone that gives the hair its color. Typically, hot weather or a long summer can result in split ends, frizzy hair and loss of hair volume.

Humidity

During summer, the air holds more moisture. So, humidity is higher. What impact does this climatic condition have on your hair?

On a humid day, dry hair attracts and absorbs the water vapor in the air. This causes the molecular structure of your hair to change. The excess moisture in the hair makes it too heavy for your strands. As a result, your hair loses volume and shape. If you have thick hair, the extra moisture is likely going to cause your strands to expand. This results in uncontrollable frizz.

Hair reacts to humidity during hot sticky days. Hair is typically hygroscopic. This means it can exchange water molecules with moist or dry air. Humidity causes increased deposition of airborne moisture in the hair. This causes it to swell. The density change in moisture volume accounts for many unpalatable and unexpected styling issues. Hair becomes difficult to style or manage due to its massive hygroscopic properties.

Each hair type responds to humidity differently. In fact, cosmetic scientists have discovered that various strands on the same head can react to humidity unpredictably. This is because proteins in the hair are not uniform. There are two types of proteins, the ortho cortex and the paracortex. Each of them reacts differently to change in water density in the hair. Different areas of the hair don’t swell the same way. One part may absorb more moisture and swell bigger than the other part.

The implication is that uneven absorption of moisture can cause twisting or bending. This can take the curl out of fine hair strands. In most cases, it can cause frizzy effects, depending on your hair type. For example, naturally curly hair that is exposed to humidity will curl excessively and can even be prone to frizziness. This happens often, no matter how much time you spend straightening the hair before going outdoors. Why is this so?

Curly tresses have rougher cuticles. So, you should avoid brushing or touching it when it is moisturized as it will invoke friction. Friction will further intensify fuzz locks. In this case, you may be left with no other option than to allow your hair to air dry naturally. You could also spin your tresses into braids on humid days.

What Happens In Winter Weather?

Most times, people tend to talk more about how summer leaves damaging effects on their hair. But what they fail to realize is that cold weather can be just as damaging as hot weather. Winter signals cold and dry air. Winter air contains less water. So, the humidity is low. This means your hair gets less moisture compared to summer. But what exactly are the implications of this on your hair?

Winter causes your hair to break and frizz

The moisture does not stand a chance to stay locked into the hair shaft. This usually leads to hair breakage and frustrating frizz during the frigid time of the year. This is largely due to the fact that your hair is zapped of moisture. This condition can significantly damage your hair.

Winter causes your hair to tangle

Also, winter is commonly characterized by its windy weather. If you have thick, curly, or long hair. The possibility of your hair becoming more snagged and tangled is high. Wind causes knots and tangles in loose hair. It can also cause your hair to become dry and brittle. Why is this so? Wind increases the rate of evaporation of moisture from your air.

When this happens, the natural response anyone would give is to brush and detangle the hair. But doing so does not come without some repercussions. The yanking action of the brush can cause more breakage and split ends. This can be very tiring and even frustrating.

Winter can decolorize your hair

Also, the dryness and breakage that go with winter does a great disservice to your hair color. This becomes more serious if you have color-treated or artificial hair. Cold can make your hair lose its vibrancy and shiny texture. More frustrating! Isn’t it?

There will be static

Another effect of winter weather on your hair is that there will be static. During winter, you can find that your hair stands on end after brushing it in the morning. It leaves an effect as if you have just rubbed a balloon all over it. Static explains a condition where your hair is both dry and tangled. The combination of dryness and tangles leaves your hair completely unattractive.

Winter can lead to seasonal hair loss

Cold weather can lead to hair loss. This is due to lack of hydration and humidity compared to what is obtainable during the warmer months of the year. Loss of hair during winter is pretty common among women.

How To Protect Your Hair From Cold Weather

Now you already know the damaging effects of low temperature, dryness and wind can have on your hair. It is time to take a step further on how you can protect your hair from cold weather.

Moisturize your hair

You can protect your hair this winter by applying an extra dose of moisture. Moisturizing shampoo and effective leave-in conditioner can put an end to hair breakage and split ends. They do not only nourish your hair, they also help to preserve some natural hair in your scalp. Moisturizer keeps your hair healthy and luscious throughout the season.

Get regular trims

Getting regular trims can make a huge difference in your hair. The possibility of split ends and hair breakage is high during cold weather. This fact is valid irrespective of the hair products you use. But when going to a salon for styling, you can tell your stylist to give you a dusting instead of a trim. This eliminates the fear of going too short at your next trim. Dusting helps to remove enough hair to get rid of those dead ends. It also keeps your hair attractive.

Protect your hair from heat damage

The winter air is dry and lacks humidity. But often times, you still find yourself using heat-based styling tools, such as curling irons, straighteners and dryers. This practice exposes your hair to heat damage. So, you need to take the necessary precautions. One of the things you can do is using heat-protective spray anytime you blow dry, straighten or curl your hair with styling tools. You could also decide to have a break from heat-based styling once in a while. You can try a cute braid or bun on days you are staying in the house.

Use a color restoring shampoo or conditioner

The winter cold leaves your hair with dryness and dullness. The smartest way to restore the color of your hair is to start using color-restoring shampoo or conditioner. They deposit a small amount of color to your hair each time you wash your hair with them. There are distinct products for hair colors such as blond, brunette, black and red hair.

Winter could be the worst season to keep attractive and vibrant hair. But following the steps highlighted above can help you maintain healthy hair all winter long. You can also consult your dermatologist for further help if you have complications with your hair.

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Chapter 2 – Summer

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Chapter 4 – How To Protect Your Hair From Cold Weather

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Medical doctors do not always have to place you on medication to gain relief over stress or pain. Sometimes, all you need is a thorough massage. A massage therapy can significantly boost your health by giving your body the necessary treatment it requires. Whether you are stressed out after a day of work or seeking a quick recovery after injuries. A relaxing massage can help soothe your frayed mind and body.

There are different types of massages. Each one has its own unique techniques and purpose. Generally, a line can be drawn between an oil massage and a regular massage. This article focuses on the differences between the two major classes of massages. Plus, you will learn about the hydration benefits of an oil massage.

What Is A Massage?

A massage is a healing act that involves rubbing, kneading and manipulation of soft tissues, muscles, bones, and ligaments. The massage therapist works on your body using their hands, elbows or a device. Their goal is to untangle muscle knots and tight tissue in your body. By the way, massages are not just a momentary feel-good healing strategy. They have several enduring health benefits. Research has shown that massages can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well-being. This is especially true if massages constitute the core of your regular wellness routine.

Oil Massages

You can get different types of oil massages at a massage center, clinic or spa. Your health condition will determine which is appropriate for you. Here are some types of massages you can get from your massage therapist:

Swedish massage

Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage in the United States. It is a full-body massage. Massage therapists apply gentle strokes on your body. They start with general strokes before moving on to specific strokes to address problem areas. Swedish massages are soothing and very gentle in nature.

Swedish massage is both an oil and full-body massage. So, you will need to remove your clothes when you are about to start. Meanwhile, you can decide to have your underwear on. You can then cover your body with a sheet while lying down on a massage table. Your massage therapist pours some oil or lotion on your body as they apply different strokes.

This type of massage is ideal for people that are recovering from injuries. Also, it is a great fit for people that love massages but are sensitive to touch.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is another type of oil massage. It is a variety of Swedish massage. The massage therapist combines gentle touches and light pressure with scented plant oil. These are also known as essential oils. Plant oil is the most important ingredient needed to administer this massage. Essential oils such as lavender or rose oil is added to the regular massage oil.

Why essential oils? Essential oils have a great scent. They are believed to promote healing and relaxation. Ancient people have used plant oils to cure illnesses and treat injuries. Evidence shows how the ancient Chinese and Indians achieved incredible healing feats using oils from plants and herbs.

Aromatherapy massage is ideal for people that want relief from headaches, back pain, insomnia or digestive disorders. It has also been discovered that the massage can boost moods, reduce the production of stress hormones and relieve muscle tension. You can choose from a wide ranging essential oils. But, your massage therapist will tell you the one that is suitable for you. You can let them know if you have a preference. You also have the option of combining two or more oils.

Aromatherapy is soothing. It promotes calmness and relaxation. It is very effective at reducing stress, tension and pain. There is no exception to people that can use this type of massage. But you have to make sure you are not allergic to any of the plants used in preparing the oil.

Regular Massages

There are many types of regular massages. This article only touches on some of them:

Hot Stones Massages

As the name implies, hot stone massages include the placement of warm stones around specific points of the body. The massage therapist holds a warm stone as they massage different joints on the body using Swedish massage techniques.

The warmth emanating from the stones help loosen the knots around the muscles. They set the body free from tight muscles and stiff ligaments. This eases movements in the joints. With hot stone massages, the massage therapist can easily reach the muscle tension and other problem areas. This type of massage aids unhindered blood flow, relieves pain and promotes relaxation. Studies have shown that cold stones could offer the exact healing benefits as hot stones.

Hot stone massages are good for people that are suffering from muscle pains or tension. It’s also ideal for healing injuries as well as for relaxation purpose. Hot stone massage is a great option for you if you seek quick relief from pain and tension. But, it is more expensive than Swedish massage and aromatherapy. Also, there are some exceptions to the people that can have hot stone massages. For example, people with serious medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart diseases and diabetes are discouraged from getting this type of massage.

Deep Tissue Massage

People that are suffering from chronic muscle problems like dislocation, soreness or imbalance have a lot to benefit from deep tissue massage. This type of massage targets the deeper layers of the muscles. Conditions such as repetitive strain, postural defects and complex fracture benefit from it. Do you have any chronic pain or injuries that hinder proper mobility? Deep tissue massage is an ideal treatment for you.

Deep tissue massage is more intense. It uses a combination of slow strokes and deep finger pressure to ease tension from muscle knots. The massage therapist meticulously searches for the problem areas. Then, they apply deep pressure upon discovery. Deep tissue massage is usually recommended for people that feel internal pains. It can also work for those who experience tension in the deepest parts of their body.

Although it uses more force or pressure, deep tissue massage should not cause you soreness during or after the massage. It is not advisable for people with high sensitivity to pressure.

Shiatsu Massage

Your healthcare provider will probably recommend a thorough session of this massage for you if you are feeling lethargic or need help to regain balance. Originating from Japan, Shiatsu massage is an effective bodywork. It treats pain, stress and tensions. The primary goal of this type of massage is to stimulate acupressure points in the body. This restores relief to tired and frayed bodies.

Shiatsu massage does not require oil or lotion. It is done on a mat or on the floor. You can decide to have it while you are clothed or not. It all depends on what you are comfortable with. The most important thing is for your massage therapist to have unhindered access to the problem areas.

Shiatsu massage promotes emotional and physical relaxation. It is also effective for relieving back and neck pain. Many reliable studies have pointed to the fact that shiatsu massage is helpful in the treatment of depression and insomnia.

Reflexology

Reflexology is the ideal massage you need to treat pain in reflex areas like your hands or feet. It is also a great option if you seek relaxation or restoration of natural energy level after a hectic day. The massage therapist combines mild touch and intense pressure on the affected parts of the body.

Reflexology is a natural healing and relaxation method. Its application dates back to the era of ancient civilizations. Natural doctors in those days used this technique to treat injured people. Wealthy people of the time hired the service of trained reflexologists for their relaxation needs.

Other types of massages include Thai massage, couple massage, sports massage and prenatal massage.

Massage And Hydration

The possibility of dehydration is high after a massage. It is especially higher after a regular massage where neither oil nor lotion is used. Water and fluid are lost through sweating from the body. Why is this so? Regular massages usually involve lots of bodily activities that can potentially drain water from your body. You would most likely be advised to drink plenty of water after a massage session. This draws attention to the important roles water or moisture plays in the aftereffects of a massage in your body.

Oil massages reduce the possibility of dehydration in massaging

Human bodies depend on water and other forms of fluid to survive. The cells, tissues, and organs in your body need water to function effectively. For example, your body uses water to maintain a normal temperature, remove waste and lubricate joints and muscles. Water plays a significant role in keeping you in good health. That is why you cannot afford to lose excess water to regular massages.

Your massage therapist works the knots of your muscles. During this, fluids get pumped out of the soft tissues and head straight to the kidneys through the circulatory system. This explains the reason why you are likely going to have the urge to urinate immediately after a massage session. The water is lost and needs to be replaced almost immediately. This is why there’s so much emphasis placed on hydration.

When it comes to hydration, oil massages have great advantages over regular massages. The reason is obvious enough. On the one hand, a regular massage like Shiatsu massage does not use oil or lotion. As a result, the possibility of water loss from the body during the massage is very high. Fluid escapes from the body through sweating. This will happen as your massage therapist works on your body. But, an oil massage reduces the possibility of excessive water loss during a massage. The oil or lotion applied to the body helps prevent dehydration. This is because it reduces the amount of sweat that escapes from the body.

Benefits of Hydration to your body

Water helps to perform a variety of bodily functions

Whether you are getting a massage or not, having adequate water in your body empowers it to function effectively. The internal organs in the body rely on water and fluid for their protection. Also, water is needed to moisturize your cells and tissues for a wide array of bodily functions. Dehydration is a high possibility if you don’t drink plenty of water after getting a massage. But the possibility reduces drastically with oil massage like Swedish massage or aromatherapy. These types of massages ensure that only a little fluid is lost during a massage. This is due to the help of oil applied on the body.

Water helps kidney to maintain adequate fluidity

Your kidneys need enough hydration to get rid of the newly liberated wastes from the body. Massage can be a rigorous bodily exercise. Soothing knots means rubbing, kneading and other forms of systematized manipulation of ligaments. During this process, water is lost through the soft tissues. The decrease in the level of water in the body prevents the kidneys from flushing out waste. The kidneys need adequate water to discharge waste that is toxic to your body. The severity of water loss is higher in a regular massage than an oil massage. This is because oil reduces the production of sweat during a massage. This limits the possibility of dehydration.

Popular Body Massage Oils for Healing and Relaxation

Having considered the hydration benefits of oil massages, you may want to look at some body massage oils. Especially ones you can use for relaxation and rejuvenation. They include the following:

Olive Oil

You can use olive oil for lighter massages like Swedish massage and aromatherapy. It is generally used in massages that involve repetitive movements and sweeping the body. Olive oil has a moisturizing effect on your skin and it is an excellent way to fight dry skin and dehydration. It is also effective in skin damage repair. The oil also helps in relieving spasms, aches and muscle pains. To cap it all, it improves blood circulation and helps your cells to receive more nutrients and oxygen.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids. This makes it pretty stable. It gets absorbed into the skin if you allow it to stay on for some time. Coconut oil doesn’t let moisture escape from your skin during a massage. This limits the possibility of dehydration. It contains saturated fats that prevent skin dryness.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is very mild and gentle on the skin. It helps in hydrating your skin and relieves itching and rashes. It contains anti-inflammatory properties. So, you don’t have to be afraid of the possibility of being sore after a massage. It can also treat conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. Sweet almond oil promotes muscle relaxation. It also has other mild pain-relieving properties.

Argan oil

Argan oil can significantly improve the elasticity of your skin. It makes your skin firm, thereby eliminating your proneness to early aging. It keeps your skin moisturized and improves its hydration level. Argan increases the water holding capacity of your skin. This helps to prevent dehydration during and after a massage session.

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil forms an integral part of Taiwanese medical science. It is mainly used to relieve inflammatory pain and soreness in the joints. The oil reduces the effects of having your body exposed to UV rays which are notorious for skin damage. It can also reduce the level of water loss from the body.

Next time you are visiting a massage center or spa, you may consider an oil massage due to the important hydration benefits it offers. But, it is important to consult your massage therapist for a massage that is most appropriate for you.

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Chapter 2 – What Is A Massage?

Chapter 3 – Oil Massages

Chapter 4 – Regular Massages

Chapter 5 – Massage And Hydration

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Asians are well known for their full and thick head of hair. They are the envy of people from other places in the world because their hair is so gorgeous and sleek. With hair like that, you have a lot of options when it comes to hairstyles. This is why whenever a new...

Creative Hairstyles For The Trendy Asian Woman

Like men of Asian descent, Asian women are blessed with beautiful, sleek, and silky black strands. You can literally see the shine on the hair most times. Some would think that with beautiful hair like that, Asian women would shy away from scissors or the...

Top 10 Braids For The Fall

Every Woman is very particular about her hair. For her, it is more than something that helps her look good. It is a part of how she feels, and an important part of her entire outlook as a woman. For most ladies, the search to find a hairdresser that is good and will...

10 Tips For Promoting Fingernail Health Between Salon Visits

We rarely look or feel better than when we leave the salon. Unfortunately, that feeling begins to fade through the week as your polish fades as well. But there are a lot of things you can do at home to care for your nails in-between salon visits. These little acts...

10 Different Types Of Massages

The human body is like a machine with several components that work together to perform at an optimal level. But sometimes, the body experiences glitches. This could be a result of injury, stress or a more complicated health condition. Regardless of the reason,...

Different Styles Of Nails To Complement Your Look

Are you looking forward to visiting the nail salon to get your nails done? A set of beautiful nails can add glitz and glamour to your outlook. But, choosing from an array of options can be a bit overwhelming. You may be wondering whether to go for the oval or cuticle...

Hair Coloring Processes: Step By Step Guide To Follow

Artificial hair colors are all the rave. Highlights, lowlights, Ombré, hair coloring is the way to go. From natural to artificial hair coloring products, there’s a wide range to choose from. There's an even wider range of professional stylists, but the Goumin app...