good HairThat old vicious cycle of working in an effort to look good and the aftermath of a grueling gym session that leaves you looking like a sweat monster makes you wonder sometimes – how not to look like a sweaty bag of hay after your workout.

It doesn’t help that you meet some of the most fabulous looking people from your when passing through the lobby both on the way in and on the way out.

How embarrassing when you see the same fantastic looking man or woman on the way out and they are still looking wonderful with great looking post workout hair while you feel like you’ve been dragged through a wind tunnel before being hosed down.

The Bird’s Nest Experience

It just isn’t good for your hair to be washed every time you work out, stripping the natural oils from your hair and turning into a dry and unmanageable bird’s nest. Wash once a week ideally and the rest of the time just rinse through with water instead of adding shampoo and conditioner.

Special note: It works fine for some but others find their hair still doesn’t return to its usual bouncy self.

The good news is that there are some good products and tips on having a great looking post workout hair to help you get by.

Tip 1: Use a dry shampoo

One of the most successful quick fix moves is to dry shampoo your hair. There is a range of dry shampoos on the market, my favorite being Dove and Herbal Essence – both help retain volume and shine.

You can prevent a lot of damage by dry shampooing your roots before you start which stops you from sweating down to the scalp.

Tip 2: Clips and Pins

You can boost the effect by keeping a few clips or Velcro rollers in your gym bag – pin curl or roll your hair as soon as you have dry shampooed and leave it for ten minutes while you put on your make up (if you are one of those girls) and dress: you’d be amazed at the result.


Tip 3: Pony tail NO-NOs

It feels good to have your hair pulled away from your face while you work out but in fact it’s not good for your hair. Instead, tie it up loosely using a headband (the kind with the hole in the back for the rest of your hair to go through).

Tip 4: Wonders of a de-tangling brush

Invest a de-tangling brush to get rid of all the snags in your hair yet protect it from tearing. If you are keen on exercise and go to the gym regularly enough your hair can take quite a beating and by be left in knots and tangles.

Whatever you do don’t let this last – get rid of them straight away. And if your hair is susceptible to knotting, braid it and cover the braids with a secure headband on top of your head before starting your workout.

As an alternative to the pony tail try out a high bun- it will give your hair that soft wavy look when you let it lose after your workout. You can use a volumizing hair spray too to give added bounce and help your hair smell nicer.

Tip 5: Hair Freshener

The final for having a great-looking post workout hair include using a good quality hair freshener. This is a great way to deodorize and perfume your hair and it’s good for conditioning too. Just spray it on to restore texture and shine.

Stay fit and pretty!

You may have seen those cute mermaid braids and wondered how you could do that. After all, you like to look good, but the mermaid braid is obviously a little more complicated to make than the normal kind of braids.

Fortunately, it isn’t very difficult to learn how to make a mermaid braid, the only condition is to have a healthy hair. You just have to know how to make a pretty precise braid and maybe get some help from a friend if you are not flexible enough to do intricate work behind your back.

beautiful Mermaid Braid

The Steps for Making a Mermaid Braid

  1. Wash your hair and comb it thoroughly. You don’t want any gunk buildup or tangles in your hair when you start on your mermaid braid.
  2. A simple shampoo and conditioner with no special ingredients should suffice. Decide whether you want the braid on the side or the back. It’s easier to do it on the side if you’re doing this yourself, but you may prefer to do it along the back if you’re going for an overall symmetrical look.
  3. Gather all of your thin hair along the side you want or along the back. Create two individual braids that are as straight as possible. You want to go for maximum precision here, so you may have to redo a braid if it looks or feels off.
  4. Then, use an elastic band that can blend in with your hair as much as possible to join the braids together.
  5. Combine the strands in the back of the braids with bobby pins that match your hair color. Use as many as you need to join the braids, but make sure to keep the bobby pins out of sight as much as possible while using them to firmly connect both braids together. If you are doing your braid along the back, you may want to get a friend to help with this for best results.
  6. Inspect the results. Make sure there aren’t any awkward bobby pins hanging out or loose strands in your mermaid braid. If you have the time, redo anything that you’re unhappy with because you want this to look perfect for the amount of effort this takes.
  7. Secure the braid with a light application of hairspray (Light application; you don’t want your mermaid braid to look overly stiff!) and you’re all set. Try a cute hair bow at the end of your mermaid braid.

beautiful Mermaid Braid

Conclusions on Making a Mermaid Braid

Looks easy, doesn’t it?

If this is your first time making your mermaid braid, you may want to make sure you give yourself extra time to get ready for whatever it is you’re doing today because you may end up redoing the whole thing.

It also helps to have a friend to help with some parts because it can be a little trickier to get the braids as precise as you need to and get the bobby pins into place. Like most hairstyles, a mermaid braid takes practice. However, it’s worth it when you get compliments about how awesome you look.

(Plus, why is Paul Mitchell my favorite brand?)


Paul Mitchell hair straightenersIf you are into the clean look of a straight hair, adding a good hair straightener to your hair tool arsenal is a wise investment.

Don’t worry if you have thick and unruly hair, because a good hair straightening iron can work effectively on just about any hair type, be it fine, thick, curly, damaged or naturally straight. However, finding the best hair straightener for your needs can be a daunting task especially considering the many different models that flood the market and shady outsourcing practices of some companies. The risk of wasting your money can be significantly lowered by reading the hair iron reviews of other users.

Personally, I am a fan of Paul Mitchell hair straighteners. They do come up at a price but the results I’ve seen over the years are second to none.

The little extra time you take to do that can make all the difference.

To that effect, there are some key factors to consider when selecting an appropriate hair straightener that will be satisfactory to you:

  1. Individual Hair Type

Knowing your hair type is essential in determining the type of hair straightening iron to get, otherwise you may end up being completely frustrated with the choice you made.

There are hair straightener that are specialized to work best with a specific hair type and a good number of the irons nowadays work very well on any hair type.

Details about the hair type that a hair straightener is suited for are usually indicated on the packaging of the product, so, you should be keen to keep an eye out for label details. It admittedly becomes much easier to select a hair straightener once you are certain about your hair type. Talking to your hairstylist about this is always a good idea.

  1. The Type of Plates

The plate type that a hair straightener features also comes into play in determining its effectiveness or efficiency.

The main types of plates are:

  • Metal (you don’t see many of these nowadays)
  • Ceramic
  • Titanium
  • Glass
  • Combined plates

Metal and glass plates

best Paul Mitchell hair straightenersThese types of plates are usually found on more entry-level priced or cheap hair straighteners.

As you may have already guessed the old adage of “cheap but expensive” applies here. Reason being that these plates are not that efficient and may in fact end up doing more harm than good to your hair.

These plates take a considerable amount of time heating up and when they do, they don’t necessarily heat up evenly. This ends up causing hot spots which eventually burns up portions of your hair. In addition the paint that usually covers such plates more often than not peels off during usage causing uncomfortable pulls, snags or even tears on your hair. In short, such hair straighteners leave your hair looking unsightly due to damage they inflict.

The good news is that there are much better options out there in terms of plate types which, though a bit pricier, actually end up delivering much better value for money than their entry level competition.

Ceramic plates and Paul Mitchell hair straighteners

One such option is the ceramic plated hair straightening iron. This is a much more effective option. Ceramic plates heat up more evenly and quickly which effectively prevents hot spots on the plate that might damage your hair.

The plates heating up quickly also ensure that you can start your straightening routine as soon as you are ready as opposed to waiting for the iron to heat and becoming increasingly annoyed (we’ve all been there).

Ceramic plates in a well crafted hair straightener will ensure silky smooth results.

Excellent examples of quality ceramic straighteners include the Paul Mitchell flat iron series with one of the best ones being the Protools Express.

The Protools Express has garnered very favorable responses in reviews by users and hair experts alike. It is without a doubt one of the best ceramic straightener models out there.

Titanium plates

Another excellent choice, especially for those with thick frizzy hair, are hair irons with titanium plates.

Titanium is widely known as an immensely strong but conveniently light weight element, as are the plates made from the material.

Furthermore, titanium plates heat up quite fast much like the ceramic ones. The heat distribution within titanium is outstanding, which is one of it’s main strengths. This makes titanium plates heat more evenly and significantly lowers the risk any damage to your hair, no matter how aggressive you have to straighten it.

Tourmaline plates

Tourmaline plated hair straighteners are the most recent innovative entrants. With tourmaline classified as a semi precious mineral, you would of course expect hair straighteners adorned with it to be pricey and you would be right. But, if you ask me, it’s worth every dime.

While some enthusiasts may try to group tourmaline straighteners along with their ceramic kin, they actually do deserve their own individual categorization.


Tourmaline becomes negatively charged when heated. The negative ions (anions) are emitted and in turn work to dry the hair from the inside out. This remarkably heats up the hair faster resulting in the reduction of the amount of overall heat applied.

To simplify, it delivers better results at a lower price.

This also reduces the chances of hair damage. In fact, if you own a tourmaline hair iron from a reputable brand like Paul Mitchell you virtually need to pass the straightener over a section only once and you’ll see the results.

Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself.

In addition, the iron closes the hair shaft cuticle allowing it lay flat and giving your hair a healthy and shiny look. Needless to say, the tourmaline iron eliminates annoying static which gets rid of frizzes altogether.

  1. Temperature adjustment

As everyone’s hair is different in terms of type and styling, the temperature settings of the hair straightener have to be adjusted to minimize the damage.

For instance, if you have very fine hair, colored or even damaged hair, a temperature of below 180o C is recommended. On the other hand for coarse, very thick or even tight curly hair, a straightening temperature of between 190o and 210o is recommended.

So, it’s important to check if your straightener of choice features a well calibrated temperature adjustment scale. Again, it’s one of the quality aspects where Paul Mitchell hair irons excel.

  1. Weight of the Device

A bulky hair straightener is hard to handle and uncomfortable to use which of course leads to sore and aching arms. And clumsy arms lead to poor straightening results and hair damage. Make sure to look for the weight info.

  1. Size of the Device

Shorter hair is more easily worked on by narrower iron averaging between 1 and 1.5 inches in width. Narrow irons are also ideal for already straightened hair. Very long hair however fittingly requires a broader plate preferably between 2 to 3 inches to get your hair done more effectively. The standard size however is between 1¼ and 2 inches wide.

  1. Hair Straightener Reviews and why do they matter

Online user and expert reviews can help you assess whether you are onto something good with the particular hair straightener that you are thinking about. Good straighteners will always garner generally positive comments from both sides of the divide.

That’s how I initially became a fan of Paul Mitchell hair straighteners, people had only good things to say about their models.

  1. Individual Budget and Straightener Price

expensive hair straightenersTo us girls, a god head of hair is important in ways men will never understand. That’s why if you want a preserved straight hair, this is no place to save a couple of dozen of dollars.

Using the price of the hair straightener alone as the basis of the purchase is a recipe for a disaster.

As highlighted earlier, cheaper irons tend to have low and compromised quality. They will most probably damage your hair as opposed to straightening it.

Professional/premium hair straighteners are the way to go as they are much more efficient and the fact that they are likely to last many times over the cheaper ones will more than make up for the few extra bucks.

In conclusion, having covered all the important factors to be taken into considerations when looking for a suitable hair straightener, we hope that you’ll make a well-informed and a wise choice.

About a year ago, an ad that I saw from a cotton fabric manufacturer showed that of a woman sitting on her luggage in the attempts of closing it. It is a familiar scene for most of us going on a trip. This is a classic case of over-packing.

While the ad is giving you a promise on having your clothes still looking perfect even with the strains and brutal treatment, chances of that happening are slim.

Hang On, Carry-On…

The TSA website is offering to make trips better and easier by adhering to the 3-1-1 rule for carry-ons which are:

  1. 3 ounce bottles or lesser (by volume);
  2. 1 quart-sized, plastic, clear, zip-top bag;
  3. 1 bag for every passenger placed in the screening bin.

To make security checks smoother and easier, do not deviate from the 3-1-1 rule unless they are for baby food that you have to bring on board with you. The TSA gives out crystal-clear information so just go to their official website if you want to know more.


Trip Tip: The airport of San Francisco has quart-sized bags ready at your disposal in the security line. But I personally wouldn’t rely on it and you shouldn’t too if you travel later during the day. Just bring your own instead.

Smart Idea: Bottled waters in the airport costs around 3 times more than those that are sold outside so if you are frugal, bring an empty plastic bottle and fill it after the security check point or when you’re on board the plane.

On my side, I prefer having these items as a carry-on:

  • Smaller over-the-shoulder bag for easier access to necessities
  • A larger backpack for everything else

What’s usually in my shoulder bag:

  • – Wallet;
  • – Documents;
  • – Tickets or a print-out with e-tickets numbers;
  • – Cell phone;
  • – Pen and a notebook;
  • – My itinerary for both ways;
  • – Both wet and dry wipes;
  • – Plastic bag with the TSA allowable amount of toiletries;
  • – Lip balm;
  • – Water (but drink it before reaching the security check point);
  • – Mints.

Trip Tip: In the occasion that you need anything that might be urgent, have it within reach.

Smart Idea: Secure a note or information of your state of health from your treatment doctor and have it in your wallet so when the condition worsens, people who could assist you can easily locate it. Place it next to your cards especially with the insurance card plus the name and number of your treating specialist clearly marked.

In the backpack:

  1. – Magazine or a light paperback book;
  2. – Laptop;
  3. – Photo or video camera;
  4. – Change of clothes (it is essential as luggage get lost on flights);
  5. – Snack (nothing that’s crumbly or perishable),

Vacation styleIdea: Most women spend a lot of time preparing and finding the right swimsuit with the perfect fit. But your luggage may get delayed or lost and you might just have to get the first thing that’s on the gift shop.

Tip: Investing in items specifically designed for traveling like small portable hair straighteners or clothing irons can make your life a lot easier in the long run, especially if you travel more than 3 times a year. It’s worth it, take it from someone who’s on the road at least 2 months a year.

It would be ridiculously overpriced and it isn’t going to be the same as the perfect swim suit that was lost. So unless you are going to Europe or some other free-minded place where most clothing styles are embraced and accepted, have that precious item securely placed in your carry-on luggage.

Have a nice and light trip!

SwimsuitWhen it comes to fashion, you may take time out for a holiday, but your swimsuit should never take a time-off. With winter through and with summer around the corner, you will want to get shopping for a swimsuit.

Shopping for a swimsuit means being choosing from a plethora of different options, but smart shopping means always staying ahead of the trends

If you respect yourself, it is the one item in your luggage that has to ooze confidence. You can afford to be a little bit adventurous with your holiday gear and make sure your “statement sunglasses”, summer sandals and the swimsuit ensure you look the part.

It might be counterintuitive to pay this much attention to detail before a holiday, but it’s not – the better you look the more relaxed you’ll feel.

Wear Your Swimsuit with Confidence

Whether you opt for a one-piece or two-piece, you want it to compliment your body figure and be able to wear it with confidence.

All that frustration that has always come with swimsuit shopping can be put aside because, these days, the market aims to please people from all walks of life and more importantly, any body type.

Whether you have a curvy, full, well endowed body or you are lean and athletic, you get to pick from a range of evergreen swimsuit styles. Today swimsuits are designed to fit and even more, actually flatter your body shape and size.

A Swimsuit that Works for You

Choose from a collection of fashionable, chic, modern swimsuits. Fashion today is all about personal expression, and today you can easily find a swimsuit style that expresses your love for fashion.

With a well-chosen swimsuit you can express a sporty look, a sexy, saucy look or a sugar and spice look (metaphorically speaking, of course).

Maximum impact is what holiday swimsuits are all about, and choosing a swimsuit that works for you, whether around the pool or on the beach can make or break your trip.

What about Plus-Sizes?

Swimsuit StyleWith an evergreen swimsuit style, you can wave goodbye to boring and unflattering suits, and say hello to modern swimsuits that will make you look as cool and glamorous as possible.

Even people who are a plus-size can go for a one-piece that is modern, minimalist, sexy and practical. Whether you have a big top or small top, swimsuits these days come with sturdy straps and good bras to complement your curves.

When it comes to evergreen swimsuit styles, you don’t have to be afraid of colors and print, because when you’re on holiday, anything goes.

Swimsuits to make you look extraordinary

You don’t need to be super skinny to shine on the beach. The swimming costumes of today (if chosen well) are guaranteed to make shy, awkward women look extraordinary and glamorous.

No matter what your age or size, classy, elegant, sensual swimsuits are available that can help you looked trimmed down and comfortable in your body.

Glowing hair is all you need to steal the spotlight. But unhealthy dry looking hair is all you need to lose it.


Hair plays a significant role in defining who you are. The bad news is that no matter how hard you work to keep it glowing, your inherited genes might not carry some of the best traits needed for a beautiful head of hair. The good news is that you can still have it if you decide to invest in some of the most effective remedies.

What you must remember is that the market has a lot to offer when it comes to remedies for unhealthy hair – the bad ones and the good ones. There are products that are really good and ones that are pure marketing hype.

nourish your hair

What does this mean for you?

Simple, you don’t just pick any product on the market and use it on your hair before doing some thorough research. These remedies might also fail to fit your budget.

However, there is a shortcut, and it comes in my favorite form – homemade remedies.

I consider these to be the cheapest and the safest way to keep your hair shining and healthy. If you’ve been struggling to keep your hair healthy unsuccessfully then let me share my 3 favorite home made remedies that are likely to change your life (they certainly did that for me).



Mayonnaise is among the best remedies for unhealthy hair that you can directly access from your kitchen. It is an egg yolk, beaten and mixed with vinegar and oil and then seasoned. Apart from being used in making so many delicious dishes, mayonnaise is known to work great in dry hair treatment. It includes lots of protein that are required to keep your hair shiny and soft.


  • * Fill one cup with full-fat mayonnaise.
  • * Damp your hair with water
  • * Apply the mayonnaise onto the still wet hair
  • * Massage it gently into your hair considering the areas around the scalp. Continue massaging it until it ends.
  • * Using a plastic cap, cover your hair for approximately one hour.
  • * Rinse your hair with lukewarm water
  • * Lastly, apply a shampoo and repeat this procedure every week.

Follow these simple steps and you can come back to my website and thank me later. Believe me, when you see the results, you’ll feel the need to do so…

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Who doesn’t love wavy hair? The beautiful curls flowing down your back elegantly and all the compliments you receive! Especially in summer, as your hair’s waves look like sea’s waves. But the downside to all of it is having to use the harmful blow dryers, hair curlers and damage your hair, right?

So how about another way, one that gives you the same wonderful results while saving your hair from the harms and dangers of using the damaging heat? In addition, it’s super easy; all you need are a few pages of an old copy of your favorite magazine and a tape!

If you’re curious to know the steps and how exactly you can do it, keep reading!

Wavy Hair

1. Prepare your tape and your magazine – As you’ll need to rip out pages, it’s best that you use an old copy or a magazine you won’t need to read anymore.

2. Start ripping the pages from the magazine. Rip as many as you need; it depends on the length of your hair. For fairly long hair, about 9 rolls will need to be made so you will need to rip out 9 pages. Keep in mind that if you want a ‘wavy’ look, this number is just about right but if you want to go more for the ‘curly’ look, you will need to increase the number of rolls.

3. Now roll the pages and tape the ends to keep them in place. These will be the ‘rolls’ you use to create the glamorous waves! Make sure to tape them carefully so they hold your hair firmly later.

4. Time to prepare your hair. First, use a moisturizing oil of your choice. Coconut or live oil would be my recommendation. Just use a very small amount; enough to soften your hair but not weigh it down.

5. Use your favorite hair detangling spray and carefully comb your way through your hair. Make sure it’s well-combed so you don’t accidentally form annoying knots in your hair later. Starting with a slightly damp hair is very recommended. To achieve that in the best and easiest way, use a water sprayer on your dry hair then apply the oil, detangling spray and comb.

Wavy Hair style6. On to the fun part! Using the rolls you made earlier from the magazine pages, start rolling them into your hair. Separate your hair into sections and carefully wrap each section around a roll then secure it with a bobby pin. If you find that the rolls are too long, you can cut them enough just so that they are easy to manage.

7. The next step is to just wait for your hair to dry out. It’s normal that you would feel a little self-conscious with rolled magazine pages all around your head, but remember that the result is very rewarding and quite worth it!

8. Once your hair is completely dry, carefully remove the rolls by removing the bobby pins and sliding the rolls out of your curls. And that’s it! You can enjoy the most beautiful and stunning waves achieved in a very easy way that doesn’t damage your hair one bit!


Don’t believe whoever claims that in order to have your hair look good, there’s no way out of the damaging heat styling tools. Be a little creative and pamper your hair by protecting it and using more friendly methods of styling it. Trust that your hair will be quite grateful to you!