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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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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Hair Products 101: Everything You Need To Know

Hair Products 101 Luxy Hair

Have you ever wondered what exactly dry shampoo is and how it works? How about what the difference is between pomade and hair oil? The best way to use your shampoo and conditioner to keep your ‘do fresh? 

Your hair products are the first and most important step to achieving a desired look or hairstyle. Without the correct hair care products, you can kiss that beachy boho look or sleek chignon goodbye!

In this blog post, we’re going back to basics to give you the run down on 10 everyday hair products every girl should have and know how to use to its fullest potential, to ensure lovely locks and healthy hair.

Boho, beachy waves

1. Shampoo – are you using the right one?

We all know what shampoo is – simply put, it cleanses the hair. But here’s where it gets tricky: there are tons of different types of shampoos out there. From clarifying shampoo to volumizing shampoo, straightening and smoothing, sulfate-free, and shampoos for color treated hair, it’s important to choose the type of shampoo that is best suited for your hair. 

Clarifying shampoo

Clarifying shampoo roughens up the hair cuticle and gets the roots extra squeaky clean. This can be used when you feel that there is too much product buildup in your hair or before getting a chemical treatment done like coloring or perming.

Volumizing shampoo

This kind of shampoo is designed to open up the hair cuticle and make it thicker, however, in order to get your hair nice and fluffy, try to pick a shampoo with a lightweight conditioning ingredient that rinses off well and doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Smoothing shampoo

Shampoos that straighten and smooth the hair usually have silicone or oil in them to coat the hair strands. When the hair is styled with a straightener, the result is magical!

Shampoo for colored hair

If your hair is colored, we recommend to go for a shampoo specifically designed for color treated hair. Check the product’s pH level and ensure that it is between 4.5-5.5 to prevent color from fading. Great hair products for dyed hair will also include ingredients like oils, sea kelp or algae, in order to lock in color. 

Alcohol and sulfate-free shampoo

Alcohol and sulfate-free shampoos are our favorite! Sulfates are detergents with long names that we can’t even pronounce. While sulfate-based shampoos are great for cleaning oil and dirt from your hair, they can seriously dry out your hair and cause damage like split ends. We prefer things au natural. Organic and sulfate-free hair products can lock in moisture and natural (good) oils, retain hair dye, and reduce scalp irritation. 

Organic, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner

Whichever shampoo you choose, be sure that it’s right for the texture of your hair. If you choose a shampoo that’s too clarifying, you could strip the hair of its natural oils, and lead to additional oil being produced. If you choose a shampoo that’s too moisturizing, you could end up with product buildup at the scalp. If you’re not sure what type of hair you have, you can always consult your hair stylist for a recommendation. 

Also, be sure to choose two “go-to” shampoos that both have different ingredients and benefits to rotate between, to maintain balance in your hair. Switch your shampoo every 4 to 5 washes to remove product buildup and restore cleanliness to your hair shafts.

2. Conditioner

Hair conditioner is designed to smoothen, restore moisture, and help you say goodbye to frizzy hair. There are three main types of conditioners you can use to reach Rapunzel level #hairgoals. 

Rinse-out conditioner

Rinse-out conditioners are the most common type of conditioner, worked through the ends of your hair, left in for a few minutes, and rinsed out. Avoid applying conditioner to the roots of your hair, as this could result in extra buildup and weigh the hair down.

Leave in conditioner

Leave in conditioners are great for smoothening and de-tangling. These conditioners are light-weight, and can be used as a styling product to get your tresses silky and glossy.

Hair mask and deep conditioner

Hair masks or deep conditioners are perfect for repairing dry and damaged hair. Hair masks contain ingredients like waxes, oils and emulsifiers to get down to the root and repair the hair from its source. Most masks should be applied from root to tip and left in for at least 30 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly. Here are some DIY hair mask ideas.

Be sure to avoid the common mistake of only rinsing out half of the conditioner! We all love that glorious, silky, smooth feeling conditioners leave, however, this means you haven’t rinsed out all the product from your hair and you’re actually weighing your hair down! 

Smooth hair using hair oil

3. Hair oils and serums

From argan oil to avocado oil to coconut oil, hair oil is a must for those with ‘problematic’ hair. They tame frizz, add shine, promote growth, and give your hair a luxe, polished look. If you’re stumped on which oil is best for your hair type, check out our five favorites! For best results, use hair oil on dry or almost dry hair…and here’s a fun tip: if you have excessively dry ends, rub some hair oil from the mid-shaft to the ends BEFORE washing your hair. This will ensure that you don’t dry out your ends even more when shampooing!

4. Dry Shampoo

This product is a must-have for any girl on the go! Dry shampoo comes in either a powder or spray form, and is designed to absorb excess oil at the roots of the hair. Don’t have time to wash your hair? No problem! Simply rub some dry shampoo into oily spots and watch your hair transform. Washing your hair too often is not good for your hair anyway (check out tip #2 here to find out why). You can also use baby powder (hack #3 here) if you don’t have any dry shampoo available to achieve similar results. Not only does dry shampoo get rid of excess oil, it also provides lift at the roots for extra oomph. Beware though, this is not a replacement for washing your hair so try to only use dry shampoo for a maximum of two days before giving your hair a good wash. 

Another option is to embrace the oil and use it to your advantage to create slick looks as shown in this video hair tutorial for oily hair:

5. Hair wax / Pomade

Hair wax, or pomade, is amazing for providing texture, smooth flyaways, and giving the hair extra hold for intricate hairstyles. That stuff Mimi always uses when creating detailed braids? It’s hair wax! You can also mix a drop of hair oil with hair wax and work through your hair after styling to give extra gloss and hold. Check it out in action in this video:

6. Hair mousse

Do you love VOLUME in your hair? If you answered yes, this one’s for you! Hair mousse is amazing for providing extra lift and pizzazz to your hair. Work the mousse through towel dried hair with your fingers before blow drying, and watch your hair come to life! Hair mousse is available in different levels of hold, from volumizing mousse to styling mousse to give your hair the perfect finish. If you have curly hair, mousse can help you get more defined curls. Check out a video tutorial on how to style curly hair with mousse here:

7. Heat protectant spray

If you ever style your hair with hot tools (don’t we all though), heat protectant spray is an absolute must-have in order to protect your precious locks from the damage of direct heat being applied with a curling iron or hair straightener. Simply spray your hair from the middle to the ends before heat styling. Once styled, the product doesn’t leave any reside on your hair. 

8. Sea Salt Spray 

Seal salt spray is just what is sounds like – a spray that gives your hair that beachy, gritty look from spending the day by the seaside. It’s great to use on fine hair to provide extra texture. For hair that is more coarse, some sea salt sprays come in an oil based form to boost shine and gloss. Cool thing is that this spray can be DIY, and we’ve got a great video to show how to do it here:

9. Hairspray

“What gives a girl power and punch?” Hairspray! The uses are endless for this versatile product. It provides hold, sets style, tames flyaways, achieves volume, adds texture, and more. If you usually shy away from using hairspray because you feel that it roughens up or tangles your hair, you’re either using too much or holding it too close to your hair! Hold the spray above your head (about 8-10 inches) and let the product fall to your hair, rather than spraying it directly on. To smooth flyaways, spray some product on your hands, and then lightly smooth down any problematic hairs. 

10. Curl Enhancing Cream

Who doesn’t love a good curl? These creams can be used on either straight hair to provide texture or on curly hair to enhance natural curls and tame frizz. For best results, divide towel tried hair into a few sections, then twist the product into the hair or use a scrunching motion. By the way, we have some great videos for those of you have curly hair – check them out here

Naturally curly hair using curl enhancing cream

And there you go! With these 10 products, you’ll never have a bad hair day again. What are you favorite go-to hair products?

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Fall Hair Colors: Trends & Tips

Fall isn’t just the season for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. It’s a time to experiment with bold hues, update our wardrobes, hairstyles, and fall hair colors. Just as the leaves around us embrace change, transitioning from bright green shades to stunning red, orange, and sienna hues, we too can trade in our sun-kissed, highlighted hair for darker, richer tones.

As we wave goodbye to warmer days and tuck away our bright sun dresses in preparation for sweater weather, it’s time to embrace a new hue, and a new you!

In this blog post, we will share 6 tips and tricks on changing your hair color for the fall season. 

Tips and Tricks for Going Darker in the Fall

1. Try out lowlights

Lowlights are a great way to go darker for the fall without committing to dyeing all your hair. Lowlights are exactly the opposite of highlights: they are darker pieces of hair, dyed underneath layers and around the neck to provide dimension and movement to the hair. They’re a great way to give the hair a richer, vibrant look, and fight faded highlights. Opt for darker lowlights under layers with finer pieces in the front to frame your face. Remember, darker shades tend to be a lot warmer than the cool, ashy toned blonde you may have been sporting this summer! You don’t have to completely kiss your sunny locks goodbye, though. Adding lowlights is a great way to maintain some of that sun-kissed feel while still transitioning into a swoon-worthy fall style.


2. Consider the autumn palette

Once fall hits, you may find yourself asking, “what color should I dye my hair?” Simply look around you to find inspiration! The fall color palette includes beautiful burnt reds, warm golden tones, chocolate hues, and deep browns. This fall season, hair color trends like red accents in brown hair, copper strands, strawberry blondes and pink undertones are surefire way to make heads turn. Also, the most important thing to consider when choosing your new hair color is to match your natural hair color, and simply go a few shades darker.

Darken your hair progressively, picture of dark brown hair

3. Consider your skin tone

Skin tone plays a huge role in which hair color will look the best on you. The first step to picking your perfect shade is to look at the undertones in your skin. There are 3 classifications for undertones: warm, cool, and neutral.

The fastest way to tell is to take a look at the veins in your wrist; if they’re blue, you’re cool-toned; if they’re green, you’re warm-toned. Or, do a quick color test by holding up a shirt in a shade of blue or green beside your face, then holding one up in a shade of yellow or red. If your skin looks better beside the blue or green shirt, you have cool-toned skin, otherwise, you’re warm toned. If your skin looks great beside both shades, you likely have neutral toned skin.

Here is a cool video on how to select what color works for you: part 1 and part 2

For cool skin tones, you don’t need to go much darker with your hair color, as this could come off quite harsh – stick to darker purple and blue based hair colors like champagne blonde or strawberry blonde. If you have a warm skin tone, try out earthy colors like ebony brown and mocha brown, with golden or red highlights. Of course, the best way to choose a hair color that works with your complexion is to have a consultation with a professional colorist before taking the plunge.

Sidenote: have you ever considered trying out ombre hair extensions for the fall? It’s the perfect way to experiment with color without actually dyeing your hair. Check out what a difference it can make: 

ombre hair extensions

This is the 220g Ombre Chestnut Luxy Hair extensions set. 

4. Go darker progressively

Dyeing your entire head a dark color in one go may seem tempting, but it can be a shocking change for most; the best way to avoid color regret and to ensure healthy locks along the way, is to darken your hair progressively. Darkening your hair one shade at a time will ensure that your new hair color doesn’t look too forced or unnatural (unless that’s the look you’re going for). Dye your hair one shade darker each appointment and slowly work towards your color goal.

5. Don’t forget about the brows!

Remember that dyeing your hair darker means you need the brows to match! This means that you’ll either need to find a new product to fill your brows in with, or you’ll need to tint them to match. For the most natural look, the general rule of thumb is to pick a shade that matches the lightest highlight in your hair. Be sure to visit a brow professional to have them assess your eyebrows for the perfect tint. Most brow bars use vegetable-based dyes that come in shades of black, dark brown, and light brown so you can be sure to find the perfect complement to your new ‘do. May your eyebrows always be on fleek like this:

6. Color treated hair needs TLC

It’s no secret that dyeing your hair dries it out. Keep your hair looking healthy and shiny by using hair products specifically designed for color treated hair. These products are way more moisturizing and nourishing than regular shampoos and conditioners, and preserve your pigment by using the right shampoo for your hair color. Opt for an alcohol-free and sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, which will be less likely to strip the hair of its color or dry it out even more.

Also, go easy on the heat when styling your hair, as this is the biggest factor in fading color. Opt to air dry rather than hair dry and refrain from using hot styling tools, as these can scorch the hair, open up the ends, and cause the dye to slip out. If you must use hot tools, use a low to medium heat setting (we recommend 120C/250F.) Check out our tips for fun heatless hairstyles, and try curling your hair without heat!

Another tip is to use dry shampoo more! The more you wash your hair, the more your color will seep out, and the faster it will fade.

Finally, give color depositing shampoos a try if you feel that your hair colour is fading quickly. These products act as a stain for your hair and are very temporary, but are a great solution for those times you just can’t make it to the hair salon.

Are you planning to change up your hair color for the fall? Any experiences from the past that you’d like to share with us? Be sure to comment below, we love hearing from you!

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