V-day is a good excuse for self-care.
The day is about love, so why not do something lovely for yourself? If you need any ideas for activities and hairstyles that fit the occasion, read below.
Once upon a time in the ancient roman history, a young man called Valentine went behind the emperor Claudius’ back. Claudius had forbidden marriage between young couples, because he needed the men for his army, but Valentine defied Claudius and continued to marry the young lovers in secret. Valentine got caught, and the emperor Claudius ordered that Valentine should be put to death. Valentine fel in love, while he was imprisoned, with a young girl who visited him during his confinement. Before Valentine’s death, he wrote her a love letter signed “from your Valentine”.
The heroic and romantic gesture by St. Valentine, is the reason why billions of people eat chocolate hearts, buy flowers, and declare their love to that special someone on February 14. Well whether you love or hate the concept, the day is a good excuse to do some extra. If St. Valentine could sacrifice his life for love, I bet you can find the energy and time to “love yourself”. Eat that cake you’ve been thinking about all week, dye your hair and fix your nails, call your mother and say you love her, buy a gift for your special someone or drink champagne with your best friends.
We all have different ways to “self-care” and this hair log, will inspire you with some activities and a hairstyle that fits the occasion
Well, let’s start with the classic one. If you have someone special who invited you out on v-day, but you are frustrated because you are going straight from work to the dinner (because v-day is a weekday) then watch our ideas for a hairstyle that works behind the desk and behind the dinner table.
A high or low ponytail always work, but you can also make a classy and elegant messy bun or a romantic braid?
Going out for a movie with your best friend or boyfriend? Here is some more relaxed but yet stylish hairstyles for v-day
Girls night out
Champagne, girl talk and dressing up, is also a very good idea for a self-care day whether you are single or taken. This kind of v-day activity requires a good hairstyle, and it is ok, to do something extra 😉
Slicked back hair, fancy messy bun or curls are my favorites hairstyles for a night out with the girls.
All right, this one is my favourite activity when I need self-care, a spa day. Do your nails, peel you skin, take a long shower, and maybe colour your hair. Well, this one doesn’t need any special hairstyle, but instead watch our video, if you’re considering colouring your hair
The list of activities is endless: work-out with your friend, spend the time with your kids, cook a nice dinner for someone, and so on. I hope you can find the energy to do something good for yourself that makes you happy. Love yourself, and as always I wish you a good hair day.
Best regards Mollie // NATURIGIN
Balayage, Ombre, Sombre and now Bronde?
Trends come and go, but these sun-kissed hair trends seems like to stay, at least in 2018!
Balayage, ombre and sombre, it all sounds beautiful and French, but what is the difference between the various terms? It may seem like the same, and it can be hard to see the difference. But if you are considering this darker-roots-to-lighter-ends look, it is quite important to know the difference, because each trend have their own technic. If you want to know the difference, read below.
Balayage means sweep in French. The technique involves colouring highlights in freehand, with a sweeping motion. The highlights will be in chunkier sections, to make the natural sun-lightened-hair-look. The highlights are systematically placed, which gives the hair a beachy finish, as if you’ve let the sun brighten the tips. This technique looks good in any length of hair.
Ombre is the French word for “shadow”. This dip dyed look, is a technique where your hair is darker at the roots, and gradually gets lighter at the end. This trend is mostly common around brown-haired girls, but the technique can be used by every hair colour or type. If you already have highlights or blonde hair, just colour a “fake” root.
Sombre is a more “light version” of ombre. This technique looks a bit more natural, because it requires less contrasting shades. Because of the more natural contrasting shades, this technique requires less touch-ups and therefore making it a lower maintenance and less expensive alternative to its more obvious counterpart, ombre.
Bronde is the latest addition to the family, and it’s amazing. Traditionally blonde and brown have existed separately, and many women have switched between the two hair colours, but women can now choose bronde – the really pretty in between colour. Bronde fuses blonde and brown into a pretty sun-kissed result. The technique is amazing if you are tired of choosing between blonde or brown, or if you are afraid of a too drastic change. Bronde is a colour/shade, not a technique like ombre, sombre and balayage, but bronde is best achieved using the balayage colour technique. You choose the colour that suit your eyes and skin tone, but also by looking at the natural depth of your hair.
Got it? If not, feel free to comment.
I wish you all a good hair day
Best regards Mollie // NATURIGIN
Natural curls, from foe to friend
Do you wake up in the morning, looking more like a frizzy alpaca than Carrie Bradshaw-ish? Do you, like a lot of other people, not have the money for a stylist to help you with the frizzy curls in the morning? Do you use a straightener on bad hair days, to look less like an alpaca, and more like a human being? – and we all know that, straightening your curls, is a solution that only helps a couple of hours, and before you know it, you are back to the frizzy-alpaca look. If you can answer “yes” to one or more of the above-mentioned scenarios, read my tips and tricks for washing your natural curls and how to sleep with them below. – I know the post is a bit long, but it’s never simple when it comes to curly hair
It is important to say, that all curls are different and that there is no one-way solution to the styling and treatment of curly hair. The big variations in curl length, width, density and patterns makes it impossible to recommend one guide for everyone. It is a good idea to figure out what type of curls you have, to help you find the methods best recommended for you. The tricks and tips I want to share with you in this blog post, can be used by many different types of curls, though some of the tricks may help some more than others. These tips have helped me turn my natural curls into a friend rather than a foe AND reduced my hair brush budget (I’ve broken so many over time).
5 tricks for curly-girls
1. Don’t overwash and heatstyle to much
The first tip, is a bit of a cliché but simple: The healthier the hair, the less likely it is to frizz. A simple way of getting healthier hair is to wash, dry, straighten or use other kinds of heat styling less frequently. I am no saint when it comes to this, cause we all know that the above mentioned methods, are an easy way to tame and control your curls, but water make your hair well from the inside, which forces the cuticle up. This means: the more water, the more frizz and breakage. So hit the cold-shot button on your dryer and only wash your hair, when you need to. You can easily replace some washes with a natural hair styling to remove grease and sweat from your hair.
2. No Poo
Many curly-girls swear to a method, which involves never using shampoo. The “No Poo” method may seem extreme, but if you reduce the use of shampoo to once a week, and use conditioner instead, it will do a lot for the health of your hair.
3. Comb not brush
As I mentioned earlier, I have broken many hair brushes in the past, which has resulted in me leaving my house with messy hair. As I have become wiser, I now know that hairbrushes cause breakage and iron out the curls natural shape. Replace your hairbrush with a wide-toothed comb and use it to untangle your hair while applying your condition in the shower, and DON’T comb your hair after the shower.
An old but good styling method that works for almost all hair types: Braids. This method can be done in many different ways, some divide their hair into 6-8 sections of regular braids and other make one big French braid. All of the braid-types can be done on dry and wet hair, but the curls will turn out better if the hair starts out damp. The method also smoothens out frizz, loosens curls and give you the power to control and shape specific sections. The method I am using, is to split a section of hair into two, and wrap the two parts around each other, all the way from the roots down to the ends. So go braid manic and find the braid-type that works for you.
5. The pineapple method
Pineapple is the name of a delicious fruit, but it is also the name of a method to preserving your curls while you sleep. You will have to find ways to make you wash day last longer, when you cut down. Pineappling is a technique, where you put your hair in a high, loose ponytail on the top of your head. The technique prevents your hair from producing knots, frizz and flattened curls, which can happen when lying on a pillow. Use a satin scrunchie or any ponytail holder that allows a loose loop around your hair. Some curly-girl even use a satin scarf to protect their hair even more, because pillowcases can dry your hair out, as an effect of the rubbing. If you don’t feel like sleeping with a satin scarf, you can easily buy a satin pillowcase instead. Read more about the pineapple updo here
Good luck curly-girls! Hope my tips and tricks can help you curly-girls with less bad hairdays. If some of you would like a blogpost about styling your natural curls, comment below
I wish you all a good hair-day
Best regards Mollie // NATURIGIN