How To Hide Thinning Hair

We all wish we could have naturally thick, luscious hair forever, however, thinning hair is a problem many women (and men) face on the regular. There are many reasons why your hair may be thinning, including age, over-processing your hair, stress, using the incorrect products, conditions like Alopecia, and more.

If you find yourself constantly asking, “Why is my hair falling out?” and wondering how to hide thinning hair, we’ve got some answers for you.


So…what is the reason for hair loss and thinning hair?

The simplest answer is age. As we age, our hair, just like our skin, does too. Our scalp begins to produce less hairs, and the hair strands themselves get thinner. If you feel that you are too young and spritely to be experiencing hair loss, you may be performing some bad habits contributing to your thinning tresses.

So…how to hide thinning hair?

Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks for those experiencing hair loss to hide this issue.

1. Chop it off

An easy way to quickly create the illusion of thick, full hair is to snip a few inches off and add some layers. Shorter hair tends to naturally create more volume as it is not weighed down. Strategic layers can also add volume to thinning hair – request your hair stylist to add layers around your face and to leave the back fuller, to create body and volume.

Short hairstyle for thinning hair

2. Embrace the greys

As hair ages, it also greys, and guess what? Grey hair actually expands the hair’s cuticle, adding additional volume! If you really can’t stand those greys, however, plan to touch up your roots only once a month and add highlights every two to three weeks to keep your hair as healthy, full, and thick and possible.

3. Blow it out

Adding big volume can be achieved with a good blowout after washing your hair. The best part is, this can be done at home with one simple tool: the round brush. Using a boar bristle brush, start blow-drying damp hair by pulling section up and blow-drying in the opposite direction that the hair naturally falls. Be sure to add an additional blast of cool air for a few seconds before letting go, to set the style. You may want to warm up those arms, as this does require some extra effort and time, but trust me, it’s totally worth it!

Check out the video below, to learn how to style an epic blow-out:

4. Get some help

Hair extensions, hair toppers, and wiglets are all amazing resources to disguise thin hair and instantly add amazing length and volume. For hair that is thinning at the top of the scalp, a hair topper can be a lifesaver as they are designed to target as conceal partial hair loss. These are especially helpful for those experiencing bald spots due to alopecia. You can even combine a hair topper with Luxy Hair extensions to create that full, Victoria’s Secret model hairstyle you’ve always dreamed of! Our 220g sets are perfect for those looking to add drama and oomph to the hair. If you’d like to go even further, you can even opt for our 24″ Luxies for mermaid length hair! We recommend to check out this blog post to learn how to blend Luxies with thinner hair for a beautiful, seamless blend. 

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5. Products to hide thinning hair

A volumizing shampoo combats limpness and puffs up the hair to hide thinning and is a great prerequisite to that blow-out we mentioned earlier. Choose a shampoo that is alcohol and sulfate-free is as these ingredients can be very harsh on the hair and further lead to hall fallout and thinning. You can also add additional volume by working a volumizing mouse through the hair before blow drying. Again, try and stay away from ingredients you can’t pronounce, as these can weigh the hair down.

Volumized hair is all well and good, however, if your scalp is still peeking through, there are products to help further disguise this issue. Conceal scalp lines, bald spots, and thinning hair with hair building fibres that come in many different shades to instantly transform hair and create the look of ample volume. Products like Toppik are created with high grade Keratin, which is the same protein found in natural hair. These Hair Building Fibers have a natural static charge, which tightly bind to the hair to build it up. As the fibers are created with Keratin, they blend naturally and undetectably into the hair! Be careful though, there are many imitation products that use Keratin derived from plant-based materials, cotton, or rayon, which can end up looking unnatural or clumpy. When shopping for Hair Building Fibers, ensure that the Keratin has been derived from a natural wool source, as this contains a natural static charge for the most natural blend possible.

Hair Growth Fibers for disguising thinning hair
(Photo from Toppik Canada)

 

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So…how do I prevent hair loss?

Now that we’ve covered how to hide thinning hair, here are some hair growth tips to preventing thinning hair and boosting hair growth.

Hair oils are our fave, as certain oils promote certain benefits to the hair. Castor Oil is rich in Vitamin E, proteins, and minerals, and has anti-microbial properties that works wonders for the hair! Not only does Castor Oil soften and moisturize the hair, it promotes blood circulation in the scalp, which can lead to faster hair growth. To use Castor Oil in your hair, apply it on scalp and run through the hair, leave it in overnight, and wash it with a mild shampoo the next day. This oil is quite thick and can be a bit difficult to wash out, however, with regular use, your hair should grow thick, moisturized, and lustrous. Here are a few of our other favourite hair oils for gorgeous hair. 

Castor Oil for hair growth

Supplements like Biotin or Vitamin H are also great for promoting healthy hair, skin, and nails. You can take biotin as an extra supplement or in your daily diet – foods like egg yolk, almonds, nut butters, bananas, and whole grains are packed with biotin – be sure to eat them raw to get the full effect of this vitamin for hair growth.

Taking super hot showers, is also a big no-no when it comes to keeping you hair as healthy and thick as possible. Hot water and steam dehydrates the hair, causing brittle strands that are more prone to breakage and fall out. Instead, turn down the heat to medium, and try and rinse your hair with cold water – we know, this can be super difficult when it’s freezing cold outside, but your hair will thank you!

After showers, pat dry your hair and refrain from aggressively towel drying, as this could lead to breakage and shedding. Comb your locks with a paddle brush BEFORE showering, and refrain from brushing the hair when wet.

When choosing your hair style, keep it loose! Tight ponytails and hairstyles can put excessive tension on hair follicles, which can damage and permanently destroy them. This could even lead to traction alopecia, making hair impossible to grow back. Check out our YouTube channel for many beautiful loose hairstyle ideas. 

Loose hairstyles for thinning hair

For additional tips and tricks to preventing thinning hair and promoting hair growth, be sure to watch the video below and check out this blog post where Mimi shares her own special words of advice. 


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How to Style Long Hair: Beach Waves & Messy Bun

We’ve got another special treat for you today – a blog post from the lovely Torie Bliss! Today Torie will be showing us how she styles her 24” Ombre extensions. Since she’s #hairinspo all day, every day we thought, who better? Torie, take it from here, girl!

How to Style Long Hair 

How to Style Long Hair

Who doesn’t love long hair?

I’m all about loooong luscious locks – I love to look at them, style them, pretty much anything to do with long hair is my #hairgoals. Which is exactly why I love my Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair extensions so much. My hair is already quite long, but this set gives me a couple of extra inches and wonderful thickness.

If you have long hair (or are using hair extensions to achieve long hair), you’ll know that it’s not as easy to style as some may think. That’s why I’ve come up with the perfect long hair style: beachy waves and a half up messy bun.

Beachy waves are the perfect no-fuss hairstyle because they are meant to look lived-in. Add in a super easy messy bun, and you’ve got a match made in long hair heaven. I also have a trick to make your messy bun come out the same every. single. time. Do I have you hooked yet? Let’s get this party started!

If you’re using hair extensions, you can go ahead and clip them in first.

How I clip in my Luxy Hair Extensions:

  1. First, add the first weft about 1/2 inch above the base of your hair line
  2. Then, proceed to clip each 2 clip weft on alternating sides
  3. Place the 3 clip wefts on a separate layer
  4. Add in the four clip wefts
  5. Then, clip 2 one clip wefts on each side of your head
  6. Finally, add the last one clip weft to the crown of your head.

For step by step video and photo instructions, you can check out this blog post on how to clip in Luxy Hair extensions!

How to: Beachy Waves for Long Hair

Tip from Torie: When choosing an iron for creating beach waves, make sure to use a barrel that is a uniform width from top to bottom, no tapering.

1. Split your hair into two equal section and pull it to the front

How to Style Long Hair

2. Take different sized sections from the original two sections are start making waves

How to Style Long Hair

3. Wrap each section away from your face and leave a few inches straight at the bottom

How to Style Long Hair

4. Release the curl off the iron into your hand and give it a little scrunch as it cools

Tip from Torie: This is a really important step – if you drop the curl hot, your long hair will weigh down the wave.

How to Style Long Hair

5. Repeat each of these steps with each section

How to Style Long Hair

6. Finish with a bit of texture spray and low-hold hairspray!  

How to Style Long Hair

How to: Messy Bun for Long Hair

If you want to take your hairstyle to the next level, a half-up messy bun is the perfect way to do it! This adds an extra element to your style, and the longer the hair, the more volume you can create.

How to Style Long Hair

1. Leave a few sections out around your face to soften the style and make it more whimsical!

2. Part a section of hair and start wrapping it into a ponytail.

How to Style Long Hair

3. On the final wrap, don’t pull your hair all the way through – leave a loop bun.

How to Style Long Hair

4. While holding the bun with one hand, pinch and pull at the base of the ponytail to give it volume and texture.

For the next few steps, you are going to be using the hair from the tail end of the ponytail

How to Style Long Hair

5. Take a section from the left part of the ponytail and twist it back towards the bun.

How to Style Long Hair

6. Working your way up and down the twist, pinch and pull at it to make it fluffy.

How to Style Long Hair

7. Take the twist and drape it over the base of the bun and pin into place

How to Style Long Hair

How to Style Long Hair

8. Repeat these steps on the right side.

How to Style Long Hair

How to Style Long Hair

And just like that, you’re done!

Waves and messy buns = perfect pair (PB&J!)

How to Style Long Hair

Thanks again to our beautiful friend Torie Bliss for being a guest contributor to our blog today! Make sure to check out Torie’s blog, and if you’re in Massachusetts, go visit her in person and have her create some magic on your hair!

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How-to: Romantic Updo Hair Style for Special Occasions

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means all things LOVE.

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And what’s LOVElier than a new tutorial? (see what I did there?)

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

This week, our friend Alex Gaboury has created an amazing and simple updo for that big Valentine’s Day date, or any special occasion. This hair style would also be perfect for a bride, bridesmaid or wedding guest to wear on the big day.

Alex added in her 220g Ash Blonde Luxy Hair extensions to create this beautiful braided bun. The extensions help create volume and fullness, which is really important with updos

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

 

You can watch the full tutorial here, or scroll down for step-by-step instructions! 

 

How to: Romantic Updo Step by Step Tutorial

What you’ll need: A clear elastic band and several bobby pins

If you are using extensions: Clip your four-clip wefts together, and then your three clip wefts. This will create two sets of “super wefts” that you can add into this hairstyle to make it even more full and luscious.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

1.Using a comb, start by gently teasing the hair on crown of your head to create some extra dimension and volume.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

2. Grab some side pieces from around your face and leave them out (they will be used to add a beautiful twist detail after).

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

3. Gather all the rest of your hair and divide into three separate sections.

4. Start braiding! This braid is a standard three strand braid.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

5. Secure the braid with the clear elastic band, and create a small loop at the end to help with the rolling process.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

6. Grab the bottom of your braid and roll it upwards towards your head.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

7. Once the braid is at the top of your head, secure the braid with bobby pins.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

8. Grab a section from the outside of your braid and gently tug on it. Secure the edge of the braid to your head with a bobby pin. This gives a fuller look to the bun.

9. Repeat step 8 on the other side of the braid and at the top.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

10. Twist the front pieces away from your face and tightly wrap each section around your bun. You can pin the ends on the underside of your bun with a bobby pin.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

11. Go in with a curling iron and gently curl any remaining pieces around your face for an extra romantic look.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

And there you have it! A beautiful updo. Let us know in the comments if you liked this tutorial and if you were able to re-create it, make sure to tag us on Instagram at #LUXYHAIR. 

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How to Get Rid of Oily Hair: 6 Tips

Struggle with oily hair? 

How to get rid of oily hair

We totally get it. There’s nothing more annoying than taking a nice cleansing and refreshing shower, and waking up the following day and wondering why your hair is oily enough to fry an egg.

Looking for some quick and easy tips on how to get rid of oily hair? Look no further – we have your back. In today’s blog post, we’ll walk you through our top 6 tips on how to get rid of oily and greasy hair. 

Why is my hair so oily, anyway?

First, we must learn why it is that our hair is producing these oils because, don’t get us wrong – natural oils in the hair is common and vital to ensuring healthy and strong hair. What’s going on up there, you ask? Let’s walk through a quick science lesson on what our hair is doing, and what it means to have oily hair.

This, beautiful friends, is what goes on behind the scenes of our hair. #BTS

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The star of the show here is our sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are glands in your skin that release sebum, which is a lubricating oil. These glands are located all over your body, with the exception of a few areas (like hands and feet), and are found connected with your hair follicles. Wondering why you always have oily hair? Well, we have (semi)good news – your sebaceous glands are alive, well, and active!

The bad news? Overreactive sebaceous glands means you may experience oily hair, which can be frustrating and difficult to deal with. As previously mentioned, however, we are here to help. Here is tip number one on how to prevent oily hair:

1. Determine Your Hair Wash Cycle 

Contrary to popular belief, for someone who has naturally oily hair, it’s actually best to not wash your hair as often as you may think. Shocker, right? Most people tend to leap straight for the shampoo and assume they’re simply due for another shower when they feel their hair is oily. Washing your hair every day or even every other day, however, will result in your hair producing more oil because it’s trying to compensate for the oil lost. Basically, your sebaceous glands are confused. 

It will take time to train your hair to get used to your new wash cycle, but with time, you will start to see results. We recommend to try and reduce your hair wash cycle to only 2 or 3 (at the very most) washes per week.

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When washing your hair, start off with warm water when washing so that it opens up your pores and cleanses, and when it comes time to rinse, turn the knob down and opt for cooler water so that your pores close. 

Another great tip: minimize the use of conditioner. If you’re one to slather on the conditioner, try cutting it back to just a small dollop or even skip it a few times each shower session to minimize oil build up, as it can active oil production quicker. The proper way to use conditioner, actually, is not at the roots but all throughout the length of the hair, because that is where the hair needs to be conditioned the most. The natural oils will take care of moisturizing the roots. 

Look, we know it can be tough leaving the house when your hair feels and looks oily, which is why we’ve created this tutorial on 3 easy hairstyles for oily hair – you’re welcome! Check it out by watching this video:

2. Curls > Straight Hair

Have you ever noticed that you can usually go a day or two longer without washing your hair if you’ve curled it? That is no coincidence, my friend.  

How to get rid of oily hair

If your hair lays flat and you’re guilty for straightening it often, try to lay low on the straightening products as the closer your hair is to your head and the straighter it is, the more oil it comes in contact with, and the easier it is for the oil to make its way down your hair. 

Check out our tutorial here on how curl your hair in 5 different and easy ways. 

3. Keep Your Hands Off Your Hair

Girl, stop. 

You know how they say a kiss is likely more clean than shaking hands with someone? It’s true – your hands are constantly touching multiple things throughout the day and although we trust your portable Purell hand sanitizer game is strong, there are still plenty of germs and oils on your hands that you do not want to transfer over to your hair. The twirling of hair or the brushing of your hair back that you subconsciously do throughout the day all contribute to the oil build-up you see in your hair. If you struggle keeping your hands away from your hair throughout the day, try tying it up in a bun at the beginning of the day so there are no temptations. 

If you’re in need of some bun inspo, check out this tutorial we created on 3 Cute & Easy Messy Buns.

4. Dry Shampoo & Alternatives

If you haven’t heard of dry shampoo yet, well… You’ve been missing out. 

Dry shampoo is a loved product in the Luxy Hair office. There are so many benefits to it, but the most obvious one is that it soaks up the oil in your hair and helps give the illusion of freshly washed hair, without the inconvenience and time it takes to actually wash your hair (because you’re on that 2-3 days a week wash cycle, right?). 

What are the other cool benefits of dry shampoo, you ask? It can also act as a texturizing spray and help provide extra volume at the roots, if you’re trying to create a more voluminous hair style. 

If your wallet is tight but you still want to get in on the dry shampoo hype, try baby powder – it acts the same way, soaking up excess oil and adding texture and volume to the roots of your hair. Be sure to only use a small amount, and don’t forget to massage it in well! 

5. Reduce the Use of Hair Products

We understand that sometimes you may have to use a little bit of hairspray or mousse to perfect that curl or updo, but remember – many hair styling products like gels, mousses, and creams contain oils and other ingredients that can contribute to the buildup of hair oil. We recommend to minimize the use of these products and when you do use them, be sure to rinse your hair at the end of the day. 

If you’re looking for some heat-free and product-free hairstyles that are quick and easy to do, check out our tutorial below.  

6. Food, Food, Food

It’s no surprise that the foods we consume will have a direct effect on the reason why we experience oily hair. Carbohydrates and processed foods can increase the amount of oil that our sebaceous glands produce, so we recommend to stay away from fried foods, sugar, and refined carbohydrates to ensure that a good balance of sebum is being produced in your hair.

Interested in how else food affects our hair? Check out this blog post on What to Eat for Healthy Hair or simply watch the video below:

And that concludes are top 6 tips on how to get rid of oily hair. Have any other tips or suggestions? E-mail us at info@luxyhair.com – we’d love to hear from you!

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Hair Extensions Myths: Common Misconceptions

In this blog post, we’re talking all about hair extensions and some common misconceptions! 

This blog post should be really helpful if you’re not familiar with hair extensions, or if you’re in the market for some new clip-in hair extensions, but you’re still on edge about them. Whether you’ve had a bad experience before, if you are a first-time hair extensions buyer, or simply heard some bad things about hair extensions in general – keep reading or watch this video:

Hair Extensions Myth #1:

Hair extensions will leave your hair damaged, broken, and extremely thin. 

That is definitely not the case with clip-in hair extensions! They don’t pull out your hair because you take them out at night, and only wear them when you want to enhance the length and thickness of your hair. If clipped in properly, clip-in hair extensions cause absolutely no damage to your hair. 

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There are different hair extension application methods out there, about which you should do thorough research prior to committing. Out of all – skin wefting, micro-linking, tape-ins or keratin fusion – clip-in hair extensions are safest, and fastest way to get longer, thicker hair. Other permanent hair extensions may cause some damage to your hair over a long period of time, whereas temporary methods like clip-ins are worn on a selective basis and allow your hair to ‘breathe’ and rest when the extensions aren’t being worn. 

If you are experiencing alopecia, we strongly suggest to consult your healthcare professional for advice on whether wearing hair extensions is right for you.  


Hair Extensions Myth #2:

Hair extensions won’t blend in. 

Another common misconception is that the hair extensions won’t blend in. The thing is – if you choose the right set of hair extensions for your hair type, and practice clipping them in – the extensions will blend in seamlessly with your hair. Here are just a few different ways on how to properly clip-in hair extensions:

How to clip-in hair extensions:

How to clip-in hair extensions with short hair:

With Luxy Hair clip-in hair extensions in particular, there are 3 different weights you can select from. The 120g sets are designed for those who have thin hair and not a lot of it. The 160g sets are designed for those who have an average amount of hair, but are looking to add more length and volume while still maintaining a natural look. The 220g sets are designed for those who have thick hair, a lot of hair, blunt haircuts or short hair.

It’s really important to choose the set according to your hair for an ideal and seamless blend, because that way – nobody will be able to tell that you’re wearing extensions! 


Hair Extensions Myth #3:

The extension tracks will show.

If they are clipped in properly, these hair extensions will not be visible at all, even if you move around a lot! The trick is to clip them in in your ‘safe’ zone, below your eyebrow line, and have enough hair to cover the wefts. Click here to read a great blog post on how to blend hair extensions with thin hair (which is actually applicable to everybody!).


Hair Extensions Myth #4:

Extra hair will weigh you down and give you headaches.

Of course it will feel a bit heavier than normal, because you are clipping something into your hair. If you clip in 220 grams of hair extensions, it will feel exactly 220 grams heavier! If you had that much hair naturally, that’s how it would feel, because the actual tracks and clips of Luxy Hair extensions are super lightweight and comfortable. If you are a first time extensions wearer, you definitely get used to how hair extensions feel in your head and you start not even noticing them after a little while. 

Some people may get headaches if they have super sensitive scalps – but those are the people who also may get headaches from even tying a regular ponytail too tight. 

The trick to not get any headaches when wearing clip-in hair extensions is to clip them in slightly lower on your hair, rather than right at the scalp.

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That way, there is more lenience on your scalp. Luxy Hair extensions have a silicone grip on every single clip, so you can be sure that they won’t slide down further and will securely stay in your hair. For extra support, though, you can also tease the hair a little bit below of where you want to clip in the weft. 


Hair Extensions Myth #5:

Hair extensions tangle and are high maintenance.

Clip-in hair extensions do not need professional salon care! You can take good care of your set yourself, just as you would with your own hair. Since hair extensions aren’t attached to your scalp, they don’t get oily – and therefore, they don’t even need to be washed that often. They only need to be washed every 15-20 wears when there is a significant buildup of hairspray or other hair products. You can learn how to wash clip-in hair extensions yourself by reading this post. Watch this helpful video on how to generally take care of your hair extensions and grant them a long and happy life:

Of course, all hair extensions – and hair, for that matter – are prone to some tangling. The extent to which the hair tangles depends on the quality of the hair extensions and also how well you take care of them. If the extensions are made of remy human hair and are of Chinese origin, there should be minimal tangling that occurs naturally.

If your own hair is prone to tangling, then it may naturally cause the extensions to tangle with it – but as long as you brush the hair out periodically, just like you would with your own hair, this should not be an issue at all. We’ve written a great blog post on why your hair tangles and how to prevent it: click here to check it out!

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How To Take Care Of Long Hair: 7 Best Tips

Got long hair naturally? Lucky you.

In this blog post, we share our top 8 tips for looking after those luscious long locks of yours…because we know how much care and TLC they need! With these tips, your hair is much more likely to be beautifully strong and healthy. 

If you don’t have long hair, and your hair won’t grow past a certain point, these tips will still apply to you, so keep reading! (Btw if you’re craving that feel of long hair, check out these clip-in hair extensions which will give you long, thick hair in 5 minutes – and you don’t even have to wait years before it grows out naturally!)

1.  Use the right hair brush:

A boar bristle brush or a wet brush should be your best friend! With long hair, It’s super important that your hair brush helps smooth the hair shaft, to minimize any breakage. A natural fiber brush, like the boar bristle, helps to minimize friction when brushing. Therefore, the hair doesn’t get caught on any knots, leaving the hair smooth and silky without pulling out hair strands. The trusty wet brush also does a fantastic job as the bristles bend around any tangles putting less stress on the hair.  

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Start at the ends of the hair and work your way up rather than top down. This ensures no pressure is put on the roots, minimizing damage. Make sure you only ever use a wide-tooth comb when the hair is wet. Brushing when damp can cause a lot of damage as it stretches the strands rather than separates them.

2.  Use a deeply hydrating treatment twice a week:

If style your hair with heat, you will already know the benefits of using a deep hydrating treatments to replenish any lost moisture. A favorite DIY of ours is the coconut honey mask for your hair. Learn how to do it in this video:

The same effect can also be achieved by using an oil high in vitamin E, such as olive or avocado oil. To get the best results, gently warm the oil in a pan on a low heat and apply to your hair. Wrap in a warm towel and wash out after fourth five minutes. The heated oil allows it to be more easily absorbed into the hair, boosting its effective qualities. Check out this blog post on best 5 oils for your hair to learn more!

3.  Use a heat protectant:

It goes without saying – we all know we should use one, but it’s such an easy-to-forget step, that really makes a difference! A heat protectant wraps the hair shaft, forming a protective barrier, thus preventing damage and ensuring your style is sleek and frizz free. We did a post here on the best natural heat protectant oils that you can use. The article goes into detail about how heat protectants works and the benefits you can expect from using different natural oils. Do yourself and your hair a favour – use those tips!

4.  Use hair bands that don’t pull at the root:

The 80’s scrunchy is back and secretly your hair couldn’t be more happy about it! Using a band like a scrunchy, or the plastic coil type, means you hair is not pulled at the root. This makes sure the hair isn’t under any unnecessary stress, keeping the strands strong and resilient. Cue the Madonna music if you choose to rock the scrunchy!

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5.  Use a hair wrap or an old t-shirt instead of a towel to dry:

It may seem slightly simplistic, but those with curly hair are already in the know when it comes to this well tested trick. Rather than a waffle brushed cotton towel, use a smooth fabric, such as cotton or linen, to get rid of excess moisture before heat styling. This way the hair shaft is not caused to fray when you wrap it to dry. The strands are kept sleeker within the fabric, reducing the likelihood of frizz or damage. Read more tips on how to get rid of frizzy hair here

6.   Use a low-heat setting for hairdrying and point the nozzle down, not sideways:

As a general rule of thumb, one of the worst things you can do for your hair is overheat it with excessive blow-drying. If you want to avoid dry and damaged locks, you need to either rein in how often you use a hairdryer or pay attention to how you’re using it, and make sure to apply heat protection products beforehand.

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Try and keep the dryer at a distance from your hair, ideally keep the hairdryer nozzle two inches away from the strands. Drying your hair from the side makes the hair frizzy by pushing it all over the place. Therefore, the nozzle should be pointed straight down, about three inches away from the hair for best results. 

7.        Try not to over-wash your hair:

Your hair’s natural oils are designed to condition and protect your tresses, so when you shampoo daily, it strips these vital oils away. It creates a vicious cycle of over-production of oils and a need to shampoo very often. Ideally, to keep your hair healthy, you only need to wash two to three times a week. Invest in a good natural dry shampoo to help tide you over until your next wash and add volume and texture. By the way, there are probably a few more things you didn’t know you were doing wrong with your hair – read all about that here

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8.   Wash your hair the right way:

Healthy, beautiful, shiny hair starts in the shower! Firstly: it’s important how you wash your hair. Do you reach for a large dollop of shampoo and scrunch it into the ends of your hair? If you answered yes (probably just like the majority of us would), then you should know shampooing the scalp ONLY is the right way to do it. That’s where most of the oil buildup happens, and it’s important to massage the shampoo into the scalp gently with your fingers (not nails!) to get rid of it. Giving your head an invigorating massage as you shampoo is a good way to encourage blood circulation and helps to detoxify the scalp. Then, use conditioner along the length of your hair to restore moisture.

Try and keep the water cool when rinsing, blasting your scalp with extremely hot water dries out your hair and create tangles that could result in breakage. 

So there you have it, our long haired beauties. Long, beautiful hair definitely takes dedication, patience, and care – but the results are oh so worth it! 

More articles you may be interested in (just click to read):

How to prevent hair from tangling

 

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How To Do a Dutch Braid: Hair Tutorial For Beginners

If you’re anything like us (aka always on Instagram) you know how popular these braids are! They are all over the place!

Well, today, we’re taking it back to basics and going to teach you how to do a Dutch Braid step by step, so that you can take those cute Insta pics as well. Feel free to watch the video below or scroll down for text instructions. 

If you want to have longer, thicker braids, clip-in hair extensions is the easiest, safest, and fastest way! Check out this blog post if you want to learn 6 reasons to choose clip-in hair extensions. Karin normally wears the Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair shade when she wants to add some highlights and volume to her hairstyles.

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Okay, enough chit-chat – let’s get started! 

How To Dutch Braid: Step By Step

1. Take some hair at the top and separate it into 3 equal section – left, middle, and right.

How to: Dutch Braid (step by step) on Luxy Hair Blog

2. Take the left section and cross is under the middle one. 

How to: Dutch Braid (step by step) on Luxy Hair Blog

3. Now take the right section, and cross it under the middle.

How to: Dutch Braid (step by step) on Luxy Hair Blog

4. Now we will start adding more hair into our braid. Take a small section of the hair that’s already down on the left side, and combine it with the current left section.

How to: Dutch Braid (step by step) on Luxy Hair Blog

5. As always, cross them both under the middle. 

How to: Dutch Braid (step by step) on Luxy Hair Blog

6. Now do the same thing on the right side: take some hair and combine it with the right section. 

How To Dutch Braid: Step By Step Tutorial | Luxy Hair Blog

7. Cross that combined section under the middle section. 

How To Dutch Braid: Step By Step Tutorial | Luxy Hair Blog

8. And that’s pretty much the whole technique! It may seem complicated at first, but as soon as you understand and learn the basics, you will be braiding a professional Dutch Braid in NO time. Continue doing the same thing all the way down until the nape of your neck. Add more hair in on the right, cross under the middle. Add more hair in on the left, cross under the middle. So repetitive – easy peasy! 

How To Dutch Braid: Step By Step Tutorial | Luxy Hair Blog

9. When you get to the nape of your neck (are your arms hurting yet?! haha), check in the mirror to make sure that it looks like this: 

How To Dutch Braid: Step By Step Tutorial | Luxy Hair Blog

10. And then take all the hair to the side and finish off with a regular 3 strand braid:

How to do a dutch braid: Luxy Hair Blog

And you’re all done!

How To: Dutch Braid Luxy Hair Blog Tutorial

Now that you know how to do a regular dutch braid, there are so many different creative hairstyles that you can do, incorporating this braid. Firstly, you can simply pull on the regular braid and ‘pancake it’ (aka making it more fluffy, just like pancakes) to get a more voluminous and looser braid. Or, you can try any of the following hair tutorials. Just click play to check it out!

Side Dutch Braid 

Double Dutch Braid with Hair Extensions 

Dutch Braid Updo

Dutch Braid Ponytail

Also in this series: how to do a waterfall braid

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7 Ways To Get Rid Of Static Hair

QUESTION:

Why is static ruining my hair vibe? What causes static?

“SCIENTIFIC” ANSWER:

Static hair happens when hair becomes charged with electricity. All hair is made up of atoms, and atoms are compromised of protons, neutrons and electrons. Electrons move from one atom to another, and when they do this, the atoms become electrically charged. This causes static electricity in hair. (Source)


OUR ANSWER:

Electricity, atoms, blah blah blah. What’s important to know is that STATIC makes your hair get stuck in your lashes, ruins your lipgloss, the hairstyle you so reluctantly woke up a whole 30 extra minutes earlier for, and I mean don’t even think about that cute selfie you were about to take just now. Because:

As if cold weather days and dry air wasn’t enough, we gotta deal with this scientific phenomenon at the expense of our beauty. Pfft. Good thing there are a few simple things you can do to combat it – and we share them all today! You will find this blog post helpful if you have fine or dry hair, which means you’re more likely to encounter this static problem. Watch this quick video or scroll down for in-depth instructions and even more useful tips.

1. Anti-Static Dryer Sheets

You know those Bounce sheet things your mom always puts in the dryer when she does laundry? Not only do they make your bedsheets smell amazing, they also work like magic in de-static-ing (ok clearly that’s not a real word, but you get it) your hair. Have a few sheets of those in your purse or pocket at. all. times. during the winter. Here’s an image for reference:

How to get rid of static hair: Luxy Hair Blog

Mmm. Outdoor fresh. 

2. Hairspray or Leave-In Conditioner

Carry a travel size hairspray or some sort of leave-in serum and use just a couple of sprays/drops to get rid of the static.

3. Nothing on hand?

Use any cream you have your purse. A bit of body lotion, face or hand cream, whatever! Squeeze just a pea size amount, rub in your hands and run through your hair. You don’t want to use a lot of product because it can leave your hair oily (especially if it isn’t designed for hair), just a tiny bit will do the trick. 

Luxy Hair Blog: How to get rid of static hair

4. Not even a cream on hand?

Oh ok, well then, you can find some water and use a tiny amount to tame the static. Not the most optimal solution but the most accessible, that’s for sure! Use a little bit of water and then braid your hair or at least pin the front pieces away with some bobby pins, as those are the most annoying pieces that stick to your face with static. Here are some great braid tutorials to check out if you’re interested. 

5. Do not use plastic

If you have a plastic comb or a hair brush – not a good idea to use it, because plastic is non-conductive (aka will make your hair much more staticky). Instead, opt for a wooden or a metal comb, as those are conductive and thus – will get rid of static. Science! 

How to get rid of static: Luxy Hair blog

6. Humidify that ish

Obviously you can’t control the air moisture everywhere. But if you’re experiencing static at your own house, it’s a good indicator that the air is very dry. A very simple solution is to turn on the humidifier, which will improve both air quality and life quality (because you will no longer have to deal with static in your hair). How cool. 

7. Clothing au-naturel. 

Synthetic materials, especially nylon and polyester, will charge up real quick and contribute to the static. So if your jacket, scarf, hat, or sweater contain these materials, it’s more likely that you will experience static in your hair. Instead, try opting for cotton, wool, or silk to reduce the amount of static. 

That’s about it, my ladies! Looking for more winter hair care advice? Check out this blog post!

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Written by @liliyakay

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Lob and Blunt Cut: How To Blend Hair Extensions

If you have a lob haircut, or a short blunt haircut, you may find that blending in hair extensions is a bit challenging. In this blog post, we will share some tips and tricks with you that will allow you to blend in hair extensions with your blunt haircut or a lob – seamlessly. 

Watch the video below or scroll down to text instructions to see what the tricks are!

Hair Extensions For Short Hair 

First things first – if you have short hair and are looking to purchase clip-in hair extensions, we strongly recommend getting a thick set (our 220 gram collection), even if your hair is not that thick. Why, you ask? Because you want your hair extensions to look natural and blend in seamlessly. In order for that to happen with short hair, or any blunt haircut, you need to ensure that you have enough hair extensions to make the transition from your hair to the rest of the extensions unnoticeable. Otherwise, it will look like this…

how to blend hair extensions with blunt short hairSource

…and we definitely don’t want that. You can see that in the above photo, there are simply not enough wefts (or they are not thick enough) for the short, blunt haircut. Instead, we want to achieve a before and after transformation like this: 

hair extensions for short hair

Here, 220g Ash Blonde Luxy Hair extensions were used (slightly cut and toned – check out the full video tutorial on how to tone, cut, and blend hair extensions by clicking here). Or this:

hair extensions for short hair - before and after

This is a transformation with 220g Chocolate Brown Luxy Hair extensions (to check out the video tutorial for this tutorial on how to blend hair extensions with short hair, click here)

Some new tricks we’re showing in this week’s video (which you can watch above) contain some new tips and tricks we’d love to share with you. 

Braid the bottom layer

One of the biggest giveaways that you are wearing hair extensions are those bottom layers of your own hair that show underneath the extensions. To avoid this, section the bottom of your hair (from the middle of your ear to ear), braid it, and pin it securely against your head. 

blending hair extensions with a blunt haircut

This does two things:

– Hides the short layers of your own hair, which will allow you to move freely and not have to constantly touch your hair to hide them

– Removes some of the ‘bluntness’ of the haircut and allows for the wefts to be the ‘base’ of your hair, since you will be clipping the wefts directly over this pinned braid. Just like this: 

extensions for a lob

Stack your wefts 

A really neat trick when wearing extensions, is to stack the wefts on top of each other. You may have seen the technique in this Instagram video, where 2 shades of Luxy Hair extensions were stacked to create more color dimension – but of course, this trick can be done with just one shade of extensions as well. 

What this does is creates more volume, but you are still technically clipping in 1 weft onto your actual hair. This is a great way to hide some of that bluntness in your haircut as well. 

how to blend hair extensions with short blunt hair

Wave your hair and extensions together

Especially if the colour match of your extensions isn’t 100% ideal, hair extensions in general blend in a lot better when they are waved or curled with your own hair, instead of wearing them straight. This is especially applicable to everyone who has really thick hair, or a blunt haircut.

The proper way to do this is to take the end of your own hair along with the hair extensions, and curl it as one. That way when you brush it out, it flows in seamlessly into the extensions.

how to blend hair extensions with short hair

If you want to see all the step by step instructions, it is highly recommended that you watch the entire video tutorial at the beginning of this blog post. 

These are just some tips and tricks that work for us – do you have any of your own that you’d like to share? We’d absolutely love to hear from you!

 

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Holiday Hair and Makeup: Get Ready With Me

Going to do you a favour and not start this blog post with “‘tis the season”… instead, enjoy this cute lookin’ dancing festive reindeer as our grand opening to this blog post: 

Happy Holidays From Luxy Hair

Great, now that you’re feeling all proper, jolly and festive – you’re ready to check out our brand new Holiday Get Ready With Me video! Our beautiful friend Elanna shows us her go-to makeup look and how she achieves these effortless and beautiful holiday waves with her Luxy Hair extensions. Elanna wears her Dirty Blonde set whenever she feels like rocking longer and thicker hair. 

If you’re going to a holiday party this season, this look is classic and will be appropriate for most occasions. I mean, you can’t go wrong with a red lip and effortless waves, am I right? Watch the video below to check out how she achieves this look. Bonus: there is a puppy in this video. 

If you’re looking for a few more ideas for this holiday season, be sure to check out these videos:

How To: Glam Holiday Waves

Glam Holiday Waves by Luxy Hair

Mimi is wearing her 220g Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair extensions in this tutorial.


Last minute holiday hairstyle: rosette

Last Minute Holiday Hairstyle by Luxy Hair

Featured in this tutorial: 220g Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair extensions


How To: Holiday Hair Bow

How to do a hair bow - Holiday hairstyle by Luxy Hair

5 Minute Holiday Waves

How to 5 minute holiday waves without extensions

How to 5 minute holiday waves with Luxy Hair extensions

220g Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair extensions

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