10 Fun Facts You May Not Know About Hair

Do you think you know a lot about hair? Think again, my friend. Today’s blog post is about ten interesting and fun facts on hair that will blow your mind (and hair hehe…). Grab a smoothie or some tea, and enjoy the read!

1. Hair is mostly made out of Keratin. 

Keratin is the same protein that we find in our outer layer of skin and our fingernails, and also surprisingly what constitutes animals’ hooves, claws and feathers. Who knew that we have so much in common with our animal friends? 

2. Hair may grow quicker in warm climates. 

Heat stimulates circulation in the body (including in the scalp) and encourages hair growth. Though this is the case, genetics and diet also play a role in our hair growth – obviously! 

Mimi on a beach


3. A wet strand of hair can stretch up to 30% of its normal length. 

Have you ever been disappointed when you realized that your recently cut wet hair seemed longer? Then discovered it suddenly shrunk when the hairstylist blow-dried it? Don’t worry it’s not just you – this happens because water stretches hair to be longer than it naturally is!

4. All hair that we can see is dead. 

The only hair that is not dead is the hair that is still inside the epidermis of our scalp – how weird is that? This is so surprising since we often focus on the hair that’s on the outside, when we should very much consider that what we put inside our bodies directly affects the hair that we can see! 


5. Black is the most common hair color and red is the most rare.

1% of the world’s population has natural red hair and the second most rare hair color is blonde (2% of the world’s population). Dark hair colors are the most common with black being the most common. Embrace your natural hair, no matter what color it is! 

Black headed girl and red headed girl

6. Hair contains important information that is used as forensic evidence in trials. 

Scary fact: hair contains information on what your bloodstream has contained in the past. Scientists can know what you ate and drank as well as the environment that you lived in from only a tiny strand of hair! 

 7. Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams of weight.  

To put this into perspective, let’s use a mental image. If every strand of your hair can support 100g, and people have on average 100 000 to 150 000 strands of hair on their scalp, your entire head can support the equivalent of two elephants – yikes!! 

Mom elephant and baby elephant


8. Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body.

The fastest is the bone marrow.

9. Blow drying alters the shape of the hair by changing their hydrogen bonds.

Water also changes the hydrogen bonds, which makes our hair flatter when we take a shower. This may explain why some women hate humidity – the water in the air changes the silkiness, as well as structure of the hair causing some hair to become frizzy or puffy.

Zane blowdrying her hair


10. Cutting your hair does not influence how fast it will grow.

This is an unfortunate fact because many of us have been told the opposite and have attempted to cut it too often. However, it is important to remember that split ends will stop our hair from growing, which means that there is no other option than to cut them when they arise. 

How surprising are these ten fun facts? Let us know in the comments which ones were the most astonishing to you, and please share any other cool facts that you may know about hair. We would love to learn more!

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6 Heatless Back To School Hairstyles

If you’re looking for easy, heatless back to school hairstyles, or hairstyles for when you’re running late – you’ve come to the right place. 

Hairstyles for school (or work) need to be quick and super easy. An extra bonus is when the hair is secured away from your face, and can last all day without you having to worry about fixing it every ten minutes.

In today’s post, we show you how to create 6 easy hairstyles that are heatless and literally take a couple of minutes to create.  

We will be showing you how to do every look step by step, so if you want to know how to create them, either watch the video below or scroll down for step-by-step instructions. 

#1: Rope Braid Ponytail

Start by brushing your hair to get rid of any knots and tangles. If you wear hair extensions, clip in a few wefts upside down, in order to create a high ponytail. To learn how to clip in hair extensions into a ponytail, watch this video

Wearing hair extensions is optional, but they do add length and volume to any hairstyle. In this video, Karin is wearing a few wefts of her 220g Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair extensions for some extra thickness and highlights in her hair.

Secure the hair in a high ponytail, and add some hairspray if you’d like to keep those flyways at bay.

Now, you’re going to create a rope braid. Start by separating your ponytail in two sections, and twisting both sections in the same direction. Then, twist those two sections together in an opposite direction, to make a rope braid. 

If you don’t know how to do a rope braid, check out this tutorial. Continue rope braiding all the way down. Once you’re done, secure with a hair tie and that’s it! 

This look is very sleek and put-together, and is definitely more interesting than a regular ponytail. 

Back to school hairstyle how to do a rope braid ponytail

#2: Half-up rope braids

This next hairstyle uses elements of the same rope braid, but in a slightly different way. 

If you wear extensions, clip in the large wefts at the back of your head just below the crown of your head. If you don’t wear hair extensions, simply skip this step and continue onto the next step.

Begin by taking a small section of hair on one of the sides of your head, and split it in two. If you chose to wear extensions for this look, this is where you can clip in the 1 clip wefts for some extra thickness and length in the braids. Clip these wefts in the direction of where you will be braiding.

Split that section of hair in two and twist both of them in the same direction. Then, twist both of these sections in an opposite direction. Repeat the same steps on the other side and you’ll end up with two really fun looking rope braids. 

All you do now is pin them together at the back with some bobby pins and you’re done! This looks beautiful and is super easy to create. If you don’t like rope braids, you can do the exact same hairstyle with a regular three strand braid or a fishtail braid

Back to school heatless hairstyle half up rope braid half updo

#3 – Criss-cross hairstyle

Take two small sections from the front of your face and pull them back tightly at the back of your head. Secure with a really small elastic band. 

Then you will take another two sections from the front and repeat the same steps. We’ll stop right there, but if you’d like, you can continue doing this all the way down and will end up with a cool looking braid, similar to this one. 

This hairstyle is a perfect way to get the hair out of your face and although it takes literally under a minute, it looks very put-together. 

back to school hairstyle criss cross hairstyle

#4 – Braided headband 

If you have long hair, this is a really fun way to style it. Take a section of your hair behind your ear and do a regular braid all the way down. Then, pin it across your head, like a headband. Do the same thing on the other side. 

If you don’t have long hair, you can wear a few wefts of extensions as a headband – we show you how to do that in this video. Tada! Easy and creative.

heatless hairstyle for back to school braided headband luxy hair

#5 – Dutch braid bun

This hairstyle is definitely for those who love experimenting with hairstyles and aren’t afraid to have a little fun with with their hair. 

Start by sectioning the front of your hair and doing a dutch braid. If you want to learn how to create a dutch braid, check out how to do that technique here

Secure the dutch braid with a small elastic band and pull up the hair into a ponytail. You can stop there, or go one step further and pull your hair up in a bun. 

This hairstyle allows for the hair to be completely out of your face, and has a unique braid element that will make you stand out from the crowd.

back to school heatless hairstyle dutch braid bun

#6 – The braided space buns

And of course, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you how to do space buns in your hair. 

Pull up your hair in two high ponytails, and start doing a regular braid, which you will then pull up into a bun. Use a bunch of bobby pins to secure it in place and repeat on the other side. We love how trendy it looks, and doing braids instead of regular buns definitely spices things up even more! 

braided space bun back to school hairstyle

There you go, 6 super quick and easy heatless back to school hairstyles. Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out even more back to school videos here, here, and here

If you are looking for even more heatless hair tutorials, check out our heatless section of the blog here.

And last but not least, if you’re wondering how to do heatless curls – we got you covered with 7 ways on how to achieve heatless curls and waves in this blog post.

So much you can do with your hair without heat 😉

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100 Layers of Extensions

Hello my beautiful friends,

Today’s video is going to be something very different. I’m sure a lot of you have seen this tag going around – it’s sort of like a challenge video where you do “100 layers of…. “. And I’ve seen things from 100 layers of lipgloss, to a 100 layers of nail polish, to a 100 layers of hair wax… you name it, all kinds of stuff! And then I thought to myself… 

Why don’t I do 100 layers of hair extensions?! And at first, I thought I for sure don’t have enough wefts, because that would mean 100 wefts of hair extensions. And then I went around the house, and I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I actually found even a little more than a 100 wefts.

I’ve been wearing Luxy Hair extensions for more than six years, so over time I’ve collected many sets and a lot of them are actually quite old. You’ll see different sets of extensions like 24″ Ombre Chestnut, 220g Ombre Blonde, 160g Chestnut Brown – all sets that I used to wear before. 

So I’m really excited to do this and quite frankly…a little terrified, haha! Bet you haven’t seen anything like this before… Check it out!

xx

Mimi

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5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes & Hairstyles 2016

Looking for some last minute Halloween costumes? It’s only a few short days away. For those of you still scrambling to complete your costume, let us help with these 5 easy last minute Halloween costumes and hairstyles. 

Harley Quinn/Joker

Harley Quinn’s character has been all the rage this year. Who doesn’t want to let their inner bad girl out once a year? The great thing about this sassy super villain? She has crazy cool hair that is super fun and surprisingly easy to recreate.

harley quinn halloween costume

We recommend to check out Missy Sue’s Harley Quinn Halloween Tutorial – it’s spot on! She clips bright blue and red single-clip wefts in to her pigtails to achieve that classic Harley Quinn look, which we believe is a great alternative to spraying temporary hair dye to your natural locks as it can be damaging to your hair and a pain to wash out.

Fun fact: Our Ash Blonde Luxy Hair extensions can be dyed vibrant colors which can be the perfect compliment to any Halloween look. Check out some of our customers who have dyed their Ash Blonde Luxies bright colors herehere, and here.

Princess

The classic princess costume – it never fails! It’s the perfect last minute go-to costume because you can likely pull your entire outfit from your existing wardrobe. All you need is an old prom dress, some high heels, and of course, the perfect hairstyle to go with it. Whether you’re interested in being a Disney princess or just looking for an excuse to add flowers to your hair, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of these beautiful hairstyles that we believe will compliment any princess costume. 

Cinderella Braided Headband Hair Tutorial 

In this tutorial, Mimi is wearing her Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair Extensions to add thickness and length to help create those long and dreamy princess curls. 

last minute halloween costume cinderella

The Bow Braid with Flowers

Zane is wearing her Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair Extensions in this tutorial. 

Looking for other ways to incorporate flowers in your hair? Check out our video on 5 Ways to Wear A Floral Headband

Woodland Creature

Who was obsessed with the Disney movie Bambi as a kid? We definitely were. We found this super cute, quick, and easy Woodland Creature Halloween Tutorial by Beauty Guru LeighannSays that can help your Bambi dreams come to life. 

Looking to add more volume to your hair to help achieve these voluminous, effortless looking waves? Check out our 220g collection which can help create instant volume to your hair in a matter of minutes. Don’t believe us? Watch our tutorial here

Greek Goddess

The Greek Goddess costume is a great last minute outfit because it’s so low-maintenance, yet looks absolutely gorgeous! Got a flowy maxi dress? You’re halfway there. Complete your look with an olive tree crown which we show you how to create in the following tutorial. 

Mimi is wearing her Ombre Chestnut Luxy Hair Extensions to achieve long Greek Goddess hair. 

last minute halloween costumer greek goddess


Tinker Bell

We absolutely adore this cute Tinker Bell look created by Elanna Pecherle because it lets you rock faux bangs for the night, if you didn’t already have them before. This look is super easy and can be incorporated in to a bunch of different costumes. With this costume, you’ll be the centre of attention and have everyone believing in magic by the end of the night.

Have you watched our 5 Easy Hair Hacks video yet? We walk you through how to create faux bangs and other cool tricks to help make your life easier. 

If you recreate any of these hairstyles for Halloween, be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram using @luxyhair – we’d love to see. Happy Halloween! 

 

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Everyday Hairstyle Ideas: 5 Days Of Hair & Outfit Inspo

Looking for some easy, cute everyday hairstyles? We’ve got the perfect thing for you. 

With our busy lives and always running late, it’s easy to get stuck in a routine where we throw on some clothes and pull our hair up in a bun or a low ponytail last minute. But the reality is, with just 5 or 10 more minutes of planning and effort – it’s so easy to pick out a cute outfit and do a cute hairstyle. And let’s face it, when we look great – we feel great! 

In this video, we’re showing 5 days of outfits that will get you through Monday to Friday (yes, second and third day hair is accounted for, haha!). Watch it by clicking below or scroll down for step-by-step instructions:

Monday Hairstyle

Look of the day: plaid button up shirt and top knot  

how to do a top knot hairstyle

This hairstyle looks great when the hair is freshly washed. Here’s how to do it:

  • Split the hair at the crown of your head, and tie a half high ponytail
  • Twist that section of hair and pull it apart to create some more volume
  • Wrap it around in a bun and secure with bobby pins
  • Pull on the bun you’ve created to shape it up until you like the way it looks

If you want to see a step by step video tutorial on how to do a top knot, click here

Tuesday Hairstyle


Look of the day: cozy sweater and half-up braided hairstyle

easy everyday hairstyle

This hairstyles works well for both straight and curled or curly/wavy hair and just takes a couple of minutes to create! Here’s how to do it:

  • Part your hair in the middle
  • Take a small section at the front on your left side, and do a regular three strand braid and tie with a small, clear elastic
  • Take a small section at the front on your other side, and do a regular three strand braid again and tie with a small, clear elastic 
  • Secure both braids at the back of your head with some bobby pins
  • Add your favorite accessory like a flower or a bow 


Wednesday Hairstyle

Look of the day: white button-up and dutch ponytail

how to dutch braid ponytail

This is such a beautiful hairstyle! It looks a little complicated at first, but once you learn how to do a dutch braid, this hairstyle is super cute and doesn’t take that long to create! If you want to learn how the dutch braid technique, click here

  • Begin doing a dutch braid from the top of your head down to the nape of your neck
  • Tie the rest of the hair into a ponytail at the nape 
  • Take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the hair elastic to hide it 


Thursday Hairstyle

Look of the day: denim shirt and french braid

how to french braid everyday hairstyle

If your hair is feeling a little bit oily, this hairstyle is the perfect solution. This hairstyle can work on both straight hair, curly hair, clean hair and oily hair.  It’s a classic, and is frankly underrated – because it looks SUPER cute!

  • Use some dry shampoo if your hair is a little bit oily and brush your hair
  • Do a french braid in the back and finish off with a regular braid
  • Tie with a clear elastic and fan out the braid for more volume

If you want a step by step video tutorial on how to do a french braid, click here


Friday Hairstyle

Look of the day: cute coat + hat and a fishtail braid

fishtail braid hairstyle

If you’re having a bad hair day, there are a few things you could do. Precisely, we came up with 6 things you could do to easily fix a bad hair day (click here to see what they are). One of those things, is to rock a braid and a hat combo!

  • If you want your braid to be longer and thicker, clip in your Luxy Hair extensions before creating the hairstyle. Karin is wearing the 220g Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair extensions set in this video for some highlights and more length and volume in her hair.
  • Brush all the hair to the side and start doing a fishtail braid. Click here to learn how to do a fishtail braid. 
  • Fan out the braid at the end to make it look even fuller and finish off with a cute hat or a beanie. 

 Hello weekend!

Try these fun hairstyles for the weekend:

Double Dutch Braids

Lazy Curls

3 Stunning Updos That You Can Do Yourself

 

 

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7 Tips to Help Prevent and Repair Damaged Hair

Do you wear a ponytail or braid every day? Do you flat iron or curl your damp hair before running out the door? Do you wash your hair on a daily basis? Although these practices get the job done, they can be very damaging to our hair. Let’s unravel some of the worst hair practices so that we can treat our damaged hair and turn it into healthy locks!

1. Curling/Straightening Wet Hair  

Have you ever been so incredibly late that you decided to straighten your wet or damp hair? Please say no, because there are few things that are as damaging to your hair than this. This is because wet hair is more prone to damage than dry hair. The hair becomes more vulnerable, which results in hair breakage. Fun fact: wet hair is a lot more likely to “pop” (yes, like popcorn) because of the water and heat coming in contact. Ladies, this one deserves a pledge. Look into the mirror and repeat after me: “Never will I ever curl or straighten my wet hair again.”

Psst, if you’re running late and want some quick, easy, and heatless hairstyle ideas, we’ve got you covered

Don't curl/straighten wet hair


2. Over-washing

Washing your hair too often is another way you may not know you are damaging your hair. Here’s the reality: the purpose of washing hair is to strip away oil buildup from your scalp and to cleanse it. If you are washing your hair too often (before it gets the chance to replenish its natural oils), your hair can become very dry. To prevent dry hair, we recommend to figure out a washing routine that works for you (depending on the length, thickness, and how you style your hair), but try to avoid washing your hair daily. Dry shampoo is your friend on those days in between!

3. Over-brushing

Have you ever heard the saying “100 strokes and your hair will become shiny and full”? Well, this is not quite true. Just like under-brushing, over-brushing can cause your hair to break (in the form of split ends or greater damages than that). Think about it – if your hair is constantly being brushed, chances are that there is too much friction, too often. You can help stop hair breakage by minimizing how frequently you brush your hair.

be careful of over brushing your hair

4. Using too much heat

Brace yourself – this is a very important tip! The first thing to keep in mind is to use curling irons and flat irons that have a heat setting option. Ladies, please stop frying your hair. Remember that fine, thin, and fragile hair should use the lowest heat setting, and that the average time you need to hold a curl is somewhere between 5 to 10 seconds. A helpful tip to preventing heat damage to your hair is to start by using a low temperature and less time and gradually increase if need be. Something to keep in mind is that heat changes the hydrogen bonds that hold hair together, meaning that permanent hair damage can occur if you use heat on a daily basis.

At Luxy Hair, we’re all for heatless hairstyles! Be sure to check out some of our heat-free tutorials here

5. Tight hairstyles                        

Although ponytails, braids, and updos are a fun and creative way of changing up your look, these are considered to be tight hairstyles which can actually be harmful to your hair because of the constant tug and pull from your scalp. We recommend to avoid having your hair up all the time and as an alternative, try embracing your natural hair down. We have plenty of loose hairstyles on our YouTube Channel we recommend you check out. Your hair will thank you for it – we promise!

you might be damaging your hair by putting it in tight hairstyles

6. Brushing wet hair

Who knew that brushing your hair while wet can damage it? We didn’t. Actually, towel drying and brushing your wet hair can increase the chance of breakage. Switching your hair towel for a softer material (like cloth used in a shirt) is better as it’s less harsh for your hair. And also, make sure to opt for a wide tooth comb instead of a brush when detangling wet hair, or a wet brush.

7. Brushing from top to bottom

Another great tip when brushing your hair is to make sure to start from the bottom and gradually work your way up. When you start detangling from the top, you will encounter a lot more tangles than if you started from the bottom and literally rip the hair out (yikes). Brushing from bottom to top is ideal when trying to prevent hair breakage.

tip: brush from the bottom and work your way up!

Guilty of doing any of these practices? It’s ok – we all are! The good thing is, it’s never too late to learn and change the way you treat your hair. Be sure to drop these bad habits and opt for better hair care to ensure you aren’t causing any damage to your beautiful locks. Yay for healthy hair!

Do you have any other tips that we didn’t mention in this blog post? Let us know in the comments below, we love it when you share your stories! 

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3 Hairstyles For Oily Hair

As unglamorous as the topic of greasy hair is… it is what it is. Everyone has to deal with oily hair, whether if your hair gets oily quickly naturally, or if it’s just second or third day hair. 

Because over-washing your hair could be really damaging to your hair (click here to see why), hairstyles for oily hair become really handy. In today’s video, we’re showing you 3 easy hairstyles for greasy hair – even for the days you run out of dry shampoo.

Elanna used some wefts of her Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair extensions to add some thickness and layers to her hairstyles. 

hairstyles for greasy hair

What do you do when you have second or third day hair? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

easy hairstyles for oily hair

hairstyles for oily hair luxy hair

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5 Home Remedies for Dandruff (Or a Dry, Itchy Scalp)

Do you find yourself constantly scratching your head because of an itchy scalp? You’re not alone. Many people experience discomfort of dandruff, which could also be quite embarrassing in public. In today’s post, we’ll share 5 home remedies for dandruff that will help you reduce dryness and relieve your itchy scalp.

home remedies for dandruff

What is dandruff, anyway? Dandruff is basically flaky dead skin cells that come from a dry scalp. Technically, it’s just a cosmetic problem and dandruff in itself is harmless. But what is causing dandruff is worth some looking into. Some causes could include medical reasons such as eczema or fungus and bacterial infections on the scalp, in which case we’d recommend consulting a doctor. But it could also be caused by simple things like change of seasons, allergic reactions, overusing certain hair products, or simply lack of proper hair hygiene.

To relieve your itchy scalp, you can either purchase an over the counter anti-dandruff shampoo and treatment, or go the more natural route (organic ftw) and simply try some of these great 5 DIY dandruff home remedies.

1. Baking soda

Baking soda is not only amazing for baking cookies, but is also a powerful disinfectant when it comes to cleaning anything. We’re talking your kitchen, your bathroom tiles, and yes… your scalp, too! Baking soda exfoliates your scalp and prevents dandruff. To create this remedy, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water until you reach the perfect paste consistency. For best results, part your hair in sections and apply a few drops of olive oil before spreading the paste on your scalp, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, thoroughly rinse. For best results, repeat this procedure regularly – once or twice a week.

home remedies for dandruff

2. Apple cider vinegar  

Apple cider vinegar has great anti-inflammatory properties that can kill viruses and yeast that cause itchiness on the skin. To create this dandruff remedy, mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of water. Massage it well into your scalp and then leave it in 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. Repeat this routine regularly every few days until you start seeing results.

home remedies for dandruff

3. Lemon juice  

Have you ever gotten lemon juice on a recent cut? Did it sting like crazy? That’s because lemons contain antiseptic properties, which is why they are a great remedy for an itchy dry scalp. Massage fresh lemon juice onto your scalp and leave it in for 5 minutes. We recommend to test a drop of lemon juice on a small part of your scalp – if it really stings, then dilute the juice with water. Repeat this procedure at least daily until the itchiness goes away.

home remedies for dandruff

4. Banana and avocado

Yum… sounds like a smoothie for your scalp. Bananas and avocados are very nourishing and moisturizing ingredients which can reduce the flakes, inflammation and dryness of the scalp. To create this mask, mash 2 bananas with 1 avocado and apply all over your scalp where it’s itchy. Leave it in for at least 30 minutes. Rinse it out with cold water and repeat this regularly until the itchiness subsides or goes away.

home remedies for dandruff

5. Tea tree oil  

Not that many people know how magical tea tree oil is. It has natural anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which will help relieve your dry and itchy scalp. What’s even better: a little bit of tea tree oil goes a long way. Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil. Massage it well into your scalp and then rinse thoroughly with water. The smell of tea tree oil is a little bit strong, so you may want to do this before going to sleep or on days when you’re at home.

Also, an off topic side note: if you ever get an unwanted pimple, dab a little bit of tea tree oil onto it and watch it dry out overnight. Magic.

home remedies for dandruff

Have you ever tried any of these remedies? Which remedy was the most effective for you? Let us know in the comments below and if you have any other tips, please do share them! We love to hear from you 🙂

 

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