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

how to get rid of oily hair

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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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!

how to take care of long hair

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.

how to take care of long hair

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):

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Healthy Summer Hair: 6 Tips

Summer is in full speed! What can be better than warm sunny days, floral dresses and icy cold lemonades? That sounds like perfection if you ask me…Summer, however, can bring a few challenges to our hair. Summer heat can damage our locks, give us very oily scalps, and even turn our hair green when in contact with chlorine (yes, this can actually happen). But, fear not! We are here to your rescue and want to share 6 amazing and simple summer hair tips!

1. Reduce Heat

Mimi Wearing A Hat To Cover From The Summer Heat

If you are going to spend a long day in the sun, we recommend either applying a deep conditioner containing SPF protection or covering your scalp with a hat. Another way of protecting your hair is to avoid heat styling as much as possible (we know this can be challenging, but your hair will be screaming “ahh, thank you!”). Plus, we have tons of heatless hairstyle ideas on our YouTube Channel. My personal favorites are these perfect heatless curls and these mermaid waves (that will make you look like a true mermaid this summer).  

2. Limit Chlorine Damage 

Mimi On A Beautiful Beach With Summer Wet Hair

Ever heard of that green hair swimmers get after too much exposure to chlorine? Well, sadly it actually exists. The key to avoiding the greenish color and chlorine damage is to prep your hair before taking a swim. Since dry hair acts like a sponge, you can rinse your hair with tap water before your swim in order to ensure it will absorb significantly less chlorine. After the swim, rinsing the hair with some apple cider vinegar and water will limit further chlorine damage. So you can kiss green summer hair goodbye! 

3. Keratin Treatments  

Keratin & Protein Hair Treatment KeraGreen

We see it too often…colored hair that gets ruined and damaged from all the salt water and sun exposure. This is because heat and sun oxidize our hair color, leaving our beautiful hair dry. Kertain Treatments can help revitalize and rehydrate our hair, bringing it back to life. There are tons of natural hair products and we’ve found a great Organic Keratin Conditioner, which you can find here.

4. Wash Less 

Mimi Wearing Her Hair In Lazy Curls, Perfect For Second Hair Days

Have you ever heard the recommendation to wash your hair everyday during the summer because it helps control oily scalps? Oh, really? Actually, frequent washing strips your scalp from its natural oils, stimulating an additional production of oil. The solution to this is to wash your hair less. On break days, make sure to rinse your hair with cold water since it closes the cuticle and seals its moisture. A great DIY treatment to control oil secretion in your scalp, is to mix 2-3 tbsp of coconut water with the juice of one lemon. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it for 5 minutes before rinsing it with cold water. For best results, do this as a weekly treatment. 

5. Fight Frizz

Before & After Of Mimi With And Without Frizz In Her Hair

Do you ever feel like your hair grows in size the second you step outside on a humid day? Frizzy hair is definitely a challenge, especially in the summer months. But don’t worry, we’ve got a few creative solutions that will help you save the day! Create an easy taming spray mixing argan oil and water. This helps moisturize your hair while taming it against the humidity. Running late and don’t have that much time? Hairspray your brush and run it through your hair, which will lock your frizzy and rebellious locks in place. In addition, avoid brushing your hair with regular brushes, and consider switching to a double-set wide teeth comb as the former causes natural curls to frizz.

6. Drink More Water 

Mug With Water On A Table With Tulips

We will never hear it enough: drink more water! Not only is it indispensable for your body and mind, but it also does wonders to your hair! Remember that water will always hydrate your hair and scalp. In addition to drinking 2-3 litres of water a day, make sure that you are eating delicious healthy foods that are boosting hair growth. We made this blog post about five foods for healthy hair, make sure you add them to your diet. 

Have you tried any of these tips? Let us know what has worked for you the most. We love sharing with you and hearing your feedback.

Wishing you a very lovely summer and healthy beautiful hair!  

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How To Grow Longer Hair Faster | Easy Tips

how to grow long hair fast

Are you looking for ways to grow long hair fast? Is your hair stuck at a certain length and just won’t grow?

Today’s topic is long hair and how to grow it faster. I have been growing out my hair for a few years now, hence I’ve tried many tips and tricks to promote the growth of my hair. Some worked and some didn’t. In this short video I share with you my most effective tried and tested tips on helping you grow your hair faster.

While you are growing out your hair, you can still enjoy the look of long hair by adding clip in hair extensions. It’s a no commitment, damage free way to enjoy longer and thicker hair in minutes. Even though my hair is longer now, I still wear my Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair Extensions, for that extra oomph.

What are some of your tips on growing longer hair faster. Please share your tips and tricks with me. I’d love to hear from you. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates!

xoxo

Mimi

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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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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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