Hair Care: Are You Cutting Your Hair Enough?

With long hair, I don’t get it cut nearly enough. Because of my long layers and very simple haircut, I don’t really need to. However, I never seem to realize that this is my main cause of all my “hair problems” – my ends looking ratty, my hair losing volume, even my style not holding up throughout the day.

One of my favorite 30 Rock clips of all time is the one where Jack states, “I get my hair cut every two days, after all, your hair is your head suit.” Funny, but true – don’t you always notice how your hair being done up really completes your outfit?

Now, I’m not saying that YOU need to cut your hair every two days, but it is recommended you get a cut every 6-8 weeks – that’s nearly every month. But WHY you may ask? Especially if you have long hair like mine, or you are trying to grow your hair out, you may especially wonder what the point is to visiting a hairdresser so often.

Mainly, you want to get your hair cut often because it rids you of split ends, breakage, and fragile hair. The hair at your ends is the oldest, and thus the most delicate. When trying to grow hair out, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is not getting trims often. Your hair will be much more prone to breakage without frequent cuts, and thus, your hair will actually seem to grow more slowly. It’s the same deal if you have chemically processed, dyed, or bleached locks – your hair is more prone to damage, and getting a cut every 6 weeks or so will keep your hair looking best at whatever length you prefer.

So, time to fess up. When’s the last time YOU got your hair cut?


Keratin Treatments: DIY Keratin Kit FAQ

Doing your own keratin treatment can bring a lot of anxiety to you – especially if you’ve never had a salon treatment and don’t know what to expect. The price tag of a salon treatment, however, is tough for many of us to swallow. 300$ for a treatment that isn’t even permanent? That’s a big chunk of change.

For those of us who want to try out keratin but don’t have that kind of cash to shell out to get it done in a salon, an at home keratin treatment kit is a very attractive option. Some questions and concerns might come to mind, however, and that’s extremely common. Not only are keratin treatments fairly fresh to being so popular, they’ve changed dramatically since we’ve learned more about the effects of Formaldehyde gas when used as an ingredient in straightening treatments. 

When regarding DIY kits, this article addresses a few commonly asked questions to hopefully help you understand keratin treatments and get the best results out of an at home kit.

Why Are Salon Treatments SO MUCH More Expensive Than At Home Treatments?

You don’t have to be a mathmetician to realize that DIY keratin kits are significantly less expensie than when you get a keratin treatment in a salon. While at home treatments usually range from 40-80 U.S. dollars for a one use treatment kit, the same one time treatment will cost you 150-400 U.S. dollars in a salon (and that’s not even considering tip).

What you are paying for is the service. Applying keratin is a process that requires more time and attention than a cut or color, and also depends on your hair type. The more dry, overprocessed, or damaged your hair, the more expensive it’s going to cost you because you are paying for your stylist’s time, not necessarily the product itself.

What Makes a “Good” Keratin Product So I Make Sure I Am Using Quality Keratin in My Hair?

This question is asked a lot – especially with all the concerns about toxic, harsh chemicals being thrown around. The best way to know you have a quality keratin product is to just read the ingredients – first, does it even CONTAIN keratin protein? If a kit’s price seems too good to be true (such as, less that 20$), it might be. Some kits circulating in drug stores claim to be keratin treatments, but don’t even contain keratin.

Second, when comparing two kits for example, how high is keratin on the ingredients list? The higher, the more keratin content it has, and the better it will be for your hair. Third, does the product contain Formaldehyde gas producing ingredients? Just because liquid Formaldehyde isn’t an ingredient does not make it Formaldehyde-free. Ingredients such as Aldehyde, Urea, Methyl or Methylene Glycol can also produce Formaldehyde gas when heated during the application process.

How Do I Apply Keratin Properly to My Hair?

For this question, there is no generic answer – it depends on the kit. The typical process includes washing with a cleanser, saturating your hair with product in sections, combing out excess product, drying your hair with a hair dryer, then sealing in the product with a flat iron.

However, it cannot be stressed enough, read the directions that comes with your at home keratin system. Read them more than once. If it comes with a video, watch it. Applying your own keratin treatment isn’t very difficult, it’s just different. Even if you have done your own hair color, a keratin treatment is a very different process. Also, every different product might have a slightly different method or recommendations so you get the best results.

What other questions do you have about DIY keratin treatments? We’d love to hear them and help you make a great decision for your hair.

Fall 2011 Hair Fashion Trends Straight from the Runway

Fall is upon us, and you can feel it in the air – cooler temperatures, kids going back to school, those itching urges to throw on a sweater in the morning, and my favorite: New York Fashion Week.

Here are a few of the best fall hair fashion trends seen on runways this Fall 2011!

Warm Colors

Fall always means to me reds, oranges and yellows – warm colors that burst among the trees when the temperatures turn colder. This fall, these warm colors are becoming very popular for hair hues. Take a look at this article from Latest-Hairstyles on incorporating warm, honey tones into your hair, no matter what your current color is.

Creative Braids

Braids of all kinds have been in constant popularity since last fall, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere – in fact, they are just getting more an more ingenious. If you do go for a braid, try something different – combine a few different types of braids, like a french braid into a fishtail braid. Or, try braiding a few skinny braids down the sides of your hair and gather into a braided pony at the nape of your neck. Unpredictability is key when embracing this trend for fall.

Slicked Back Styles

Smooth, wet looking hair has been all over the runways during Fall Fashion Week, like the above style at Carolina Herrera. To get this look, smooth and shine with a gloss such as Zelo’s Velvet Gloss before pulling your hair back in a updo for a wet, slick hairstyle.

Image Sources:, NewFashionDesigns

Hair How-To: Waterfall and Double Waterfall Braid

Have a hairstyle you’ve seen in pictures and would like a tutorial on? Send it to me at and I will do my best to crack it! 

In an older post on shaking up your typical braid, I shared a video on the wonderful waterfall braid – a bohemian-looking twist on the typical french braid. I found this picture floating around of two waterfall braids in a row, and instantly knew I needed to figure out how to recreate. Thus, a new blog series has been born. I am excited to share this little side-ponytail with pizzazz.

The inspiration, found on Tumblr

The waterfall braid is easy enough to create, it just takes a little practice.

Within my tutorial I have provided the brief steps to forming the waterfall braid in steps 2-5, which can be used a variety of ways outside of today’s hairstyle recreation. If you want a video on the waterfall braid for a better look, check out the older post. If you already know how to do the waterfall braid, feel free to skip through steps 2-5.

Note: the pictures in this tutorial were all taken by me. I love sharing, but if you do want to use them, please give me credit and link back to my blog. 

Step 1: To begin, start with smooth, frizz free hair by using Zelocare Home Keratin Smoothing System. Separate out a chunk of hair above your ear and begin doing a simple french braid downwards. This gives a clean start to the style before we start the waterfall braid.

Step 2: Once you have braided down to right at your ear, we will move into the waterfall braid. You will start this by taking more hair into your braid, as if you were continuing a french braid (red piece).

Step 3: You will then drop the front most piece of the braid, highlighted in blue.

Step 4: In order to replace to piece you dropped and continue the braid, now pick up a chunk of hair from directly behind where you want the braid to lie. Make this piece an even size with the others in your braid.

Step 5: Continue the braid like you would’ve normally, had you not dropped the blue piece, replacing it with the green piece, as shown. You will now continue steps 2-4, replacing the blue piece with the red/pink piece, adding hair to the yellow piece, and eventually dropping the yellow piece in the next succession. Get it? This technique takes practice, but after a few tries you will be able to create this consistently.

Step 6: Now that you’ve got the hang of the waterfall braid, braid using this drop technique all the way across the head until you reach the other side. I like to leave a little chunk free in the front, but it’s optional. You’ll see how this plays in later.

Step 7: Before moving onto the second braid, braid you first one down a few inches, french braiding in about half of the front chunk we left free in the last step. Secure with a rubber band or clip for now.

Step 8: Now we are ready to start the second braid. Going back to the initial side of the head, french braid down another inch or so, creating a little bit of space between the first braid and the soon-to-be second one.

Step 9: Begin another waterfall braid, feeding the dropped pieces from the first waterfall into the second. To make this look really woven, try to feed the dropped pieces from the first braid straight into the sections that will be dropped in the second braid, as shown. Braid all the way across, maintaining an inch or two gap between the two braids.

Step 10: Now we need to connect the top braid and the bottom braid, and this is simple. Un-secure the top braid and combine it with the end of the bottom braid, braiding downwards. As you do this, french braid in the rest of the front strands we left free earlier (this gives a cascading, smooth look to the front).

Step 11: Almost there! Just gather the rest of the hair and sweep it to the side of the braided ends, securing it it a low side ponytail. All done!

Poof-Proof Hairstyles: The Fishtail Braid

With the most hot and humid season upon us, it is difficult to keep your hair looking sleek and sexy all day long. That’s where I come in with this new blog series – Check back for a new Poof-Proof Hairstyle every week! Have a great hairstyle you think is Poof-Proof? Send it to me at

One of my favorite hairstyle go-to’s when the weather just isn’t my friend is the side braid. Creative braids have been all the rage for years now, so I have always tried to mimic the look. I have a lot of hair, but it tends to look thin in a braid. One day my best friend, who had similar hair to mine, wore her hair in this fabulous inside-out looking braid, and she taught me how to do it myself.

My obsession with the Fishtail braid was born.

Vanessa Hudgens sporting a sleek Fishtail Braid - Photo Courtesy of

The best part of the Fishtail braid, also known as the Herringbone or Plait braid, is that it is just as easy to do as a french or basic three strand braid, if not easier. It is also perfect for literally any setting – you can make it look messy by alternating the thickness of the strands for a casual outing, or glam it up by adding gel to create a sleek look that is suitable for even the most formal of occasions.

Leona Lewis goes with a messier look for the Love Ball in London this past Feb - Photo Courtesy of

Essentially, you are wrapping small strands of hair around larger sections to create a fuller, thicker looking braid than a traditional french three-stand braid.

Fishtail Braid Step-by-Step:

1. Separate your hair into two even sections

2. From one large section, separate a small section of hair from the back

3. Bring the small section of hair forward and add it to opposite large section

4. Repeat steps two and three with the opposite large section

3. Repeat until your hair is braided all the way down and secure

For a visual step-by-step, check out this great tutorial from Foxy Locks Extensions: