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On hair washing days, which hair products do you actually need and which ones can you skip? We've got the answers! When it comes to a hair wash and dry routine, all of those options can be totally overwhelming. Of course conditioner comes after shampoo, but what comes after that? With all the serums, oils, and sprays available, it's tough to choose for the best of us. Furthermore, in what order do you use them to ensure you get the benefits? Let's dive in to your complete guide to make hair washing days oh so easy.



Cleansing

Remember that styling begins in the shower! It's best to use a shampoo that's specifically geared toward your hair type, such as a shampoo for color-treated, curly, frizzy, or damaged hair. If you're only washing a couple of times a week, think about getting a clarifying shampoo to remove any residue that regular shampoo may miss. We swear by Redken Hair Cleansing Cream. This works wonders, especially if you have a problem getting your shampoo to lather. It acts as a reset for strands and roots. When washing, always make sure to focus on the scalp since this is where the majority of the product build-up and oils hang around. It's recommended that you do a quick wash once, focusing on the scalp, then once more all over.



Conditioning

Shampooing strips the hair of oils that may be good for the hair. It's time to put some moisture back in those locks! No matter your hair type, this step is absolutely crucial. Again, try to go for a conditioner that targets your hair type. Avoid your roots to prevent a shiny, oily appearance. Focus on applying from mid-shaft to ends. Allow it to sit for around 3-5 minutes before rinsing.



Moisturizing

Moisture is key! This is quite possibly the most important step of all for most people. Choosing a wash-out mask or leave-in conditioner can make or break your hair's look. Everybody benefits from this extra moisture, but it's so much more important for dry, frizzy, or damaged hair. Just like some people need more hydration in their skincare routine, some need extra hydration in their hair. This affects everything from styling results to ease of maintenance. We recommend the line of Kérastase masks. They have something for every hair type, from color-treated blondes to those with extra curly hair and everything in between.

Some people prefer hair oils for moisture, which is also an amazing choice. These come in oils for dry hair, wet hair, or both. Our go-to is Kérastase Elixir Ultime. This is great to put in before you blow dry as well as afterwards to get rid of any frizz and add some shine. As long as you keep your hair moisturized, you're well on your way to better looking and better feeling hair!



Blow Drying

Let's start by saying that using cotton towels to dry your hair should be avoided if possible. It causes friction and can damage your locks. Keep in mind that experts say you should let your hair dry 40-50% of the way before blow drying to cut down on the heat you'll use on your hair, which leads to less damage. Don't forget to ALWAYS use a heat protector before putting heat on your hair, whether you're using a blow dryer or hot tools. Our favorite blow dry heat protectant is Redken Quick Blowout. It protects your tresses from heat while speeding up drying time considerably. Heat protector soaks in best when hair is wet, so give that consideration. Take your protector and spray all over, combing through afterward to distribute it evenly. When the protectant is appliied and it's time to blow dry, an amazing tool to invest in would be an ionic hair dryer. They come in a range of prices, including something everyone can afford. This cuts down on tons of frizz, damage, and drying time. These are a must-have for those with damaged hair that are trying to improve the state of their hair. When blow drying, you'll get a better overall look if you dry it in layers. Don't forget to tilt the dryer downward to cut down on frizz at the crown.



Winter 2023 nail styles are some of the chicest and most exciting shades out there! From earth tones to marbled nails, we've got the scoop to have you looking fabulous. Expect classic chilly weather hues with a little bit of a twist. Let's get a little adventurous and see which one suits you best!



Cat-Eye Gemstone

This is the most luxe looking trend of the season. The sumptuous texture elevates any color from dark purple to bright beige and everything in between. With the cat-eye effect, it gives the nails some dimension and resembles a gemstone. These are our personal favorite since they come in any color and really create an amazing look that will get you compliments every time! All you need is a bottle of cat-eye polish and a magnet to get this amazingly stylish look.



High-Shine Chrome

Chrome is all the rage this season! This high-shine polish is has an ultra-shiny, outer space feel. Chrome comes in powder form to put over your polish, which begins with a black base color. If you're feeling edgy, mix it with another of the season's trends and add some glitter to an accent nail to make it pop. No matter the color choice of chrome, each one is amazingly stunning!



Earth Tones

From reds to browns, these colors are on fire this season! Change up the usual merlot color and trade it in for something like deep brown. No need to adorn them with jewels or different finishes. They have a certain elegance that makes a statement without flashy designs or finishes. Rusty red has been crowned the hottest earth tone of the season.



Milky Whites

This is already a go-to shade every winter, but this year it's getting even more attention! Instead of the standard white, this nail trend is a little less opaque and opt for something a little more sheer. For those who love a good sheer polish, milky whites make a splash even more so than a neutral sheer shade.



Gingham Style

Gingham is a simple print to try and it is the perfect choice for winter. It's a two-color pattern with classic combinations like red and white, red and black, or blue and white, but you can experiment with different color combinations to find the one that best reflects your style. It's a classy choice that makes your nails look fun and stylish.



Marble Nails

There are endless possibilities when it comes to design, from solid colors to intricate patterns. Whether you want something subdued for everyday wear or more eye-catching for a special event, marble nails are perfect. You can literally create anything. They look sophisticated and they're super easy to do yourself!



There's a little something for everyone! This season offers designs from marble to cat-eye, and no matter what you choose, you can't go wrong. Try these fun and sophisticated looks to have your nails looking super chic this winter! Get ready to be showered in compliments and turn a few heads. Try some of these amazing DIY designs. You'll be glad you did!





Ready to get that perfectly sleek straight hair or make totally lustrous curls with your flat iron? We've narrowed it down to the top four most fabulous flat irons on the market. However, finding the right one for you can't just come from a list alone. Picking the right one on the top flat irons list begins with figuring out your hair needs. We'll help you break it down. No more feeling overwhelmed when you're getting started with hot tools or upgrading your old flat iron! Before you begin, decide which features work best for your hair to get that perfect hairstyle. Let's go!



Ceramic v. Titanium


Ceramic flat irons take longer to heat up, but they're more gentle on your hair and help keep the hair's integrity. These are best if you're concerned about damage. Ceramic is best for frizzy hair, as titanium can be a little too harsh. These work for all hair types, but are best for fine, soft, or easy to curl hair.


Titanium flat irons heat up almost instantly. They smooth hair and take fewer passes to get the results you want. These are best for thick, coarse hair. Some say titanium is a little more rough on their hair, but if you're looking for something quick and effective, titanium is the way to go. Those with healthy hair or those that don't use heat on their hair often can benefit from a titanium-plated flat iron.



Size of the Plate


If you have thin, fine, or short hair, a 1" plate should do just fine. For longer or thicker hair, you should shoot for something a little wider. Most people with thick, long hair prefer something between 1.25" and 2" for the best results since it covers more surface area at one time. If your hair is below your shoulders, thick, or coarse, you'll want to lean more towards around a 1.25" - 1.5" while those with even longer hair may find it beneficial to use a 2" for their tresses. This cuts down significantly on styling time. This also ensures that you don't miss any hard to reach areas like the back of your head.



#1 - T3 Lucea

This amazing flat iron has all the bells and whistles! This makes the $175 flat iron well worth every penny. It's great for all hair types from straight to coily hair and gives you the style you want in one pass. It comes in a 1.5" for those with very thick or long hair. The cera-gloss ceramic plates are longer than most and give you shiny, frizz-free hair. The T3's signature StyleEdge design gives straightened hair or curls a smooth, snag-free glide. It has a unique temperature finding feature known as HeatID technology. This allows you to select your hair's texture (fine/medium/coarse), the length, and whether or not it's color treated. This will suggest a heat setting that's best for your hair, and there's something for everyone due to the nine heat settings. Whenever you turn off your flat iron, it remembers the heat setting you chose. The smart micro-chip advanced dual heaters also manage heat output and and consistency for perfect heat distribution. It even has a "refresh mode" for little touch-ups at a lower temperature. It's known to create a smooth, sleek look when straight as well as with the gorgeous curls it helps you create. With a one hour shut off time, you don't have to worry if you don't remember to turn it off. This one gets stellar reviews in all areas!


Pros:

Single pass to style

Personalized heat settings with HeatID technology

Can achieve curls by holding for 5-6 seconds


Cons:

Some say it has too many bells and whistles, making it complex

Very thick hair may need the 1.5" plate instead of the 1" original



#2 - GHD Platinum+

This amazing tool has won Allure's "Best of Beauty Award" for best flat iron three times and received a spot in their official Hall of Fame. The price tag comes in at $249, but we think it's worth it for the benefits. This iron stays at 365°F to ensure there's no heat damage from styling. GHD boasts an increase shine by a staggering 75%, increasing strength of hair by 70%, and two times the protection for color treated hair. With the rounded barrel, you'll have snag-free styling with straight hair, curls, or the beautiful waves it can create.

It uses a patented Ultra-Zone predictive technology that recognizes hair's thickness to adjust accordingly for speed of styling while monitoring the heat output 250x per second. For thicker hair, it will use more power to achieve perfect styling while maintaining the 365° temperature, resulting in a single-pass to save you some time. Heating up in a swift 20 seconds is great for those of us that don't have much time. It uses floating ceramic plates to protect the hair from heat and snagging. If you leave it unattended for 30 minutes, it will shut off automatically, which is great for those of us that can be a little forgetful. It also has a patented wishbone hinge for greater control over your style.


Pros:

Lightweight

Fast styling

Minimized heat damage


Cons:

Pricey

Some reported that their naturally curly hair appeared a little more fluffy than flat



#3 - Dyson Corralle

This is the best flat iron out there if you're willing to splurge. Coming in at $499, it's actually worth the investment. This cordless flat iron has 30 minutes of cord-free use and charges fully on its magnetic charger in 70 minutes. The plates are made of magnesium, copper, and alloy to enhance strength, flexibility, and thermal conduction for optimal heat protection. The flexing plates style hair with less heat. It includes an ionic smoothing technology that Dyson says cuts breakage by 50%. Those using it said their normally dry hair looked smooth and shiny, which is something we've only found with Dyson.

There are three heat settings to choose from: 330°F, 365°F, and 410°F. There's an automatic shut off once it's been unused for 30 minutes. Frizz and flyaways are no match for the Corralle. Even those stubborn hairs end up looking sleek and smooth. It's completely safe for color treated hair and even boasts that there is no color fading! There's a safety latch to keep it closed and out of harm's way when it isn't being used.


Pros:

High performance and protection

Fast styling

Shiny and smooth hair every time


Cons:

Pricey

Some say it's bulky or heavy



#4 - Babyliss Pro Nano-Titanium Flat Iron

This titanium-plated flat iron is an amazing choice for coarse or curly hair. It will run you around $150 for this little gem. With a heat range of 240°F - 450°F, it has 50 heat settings. It comes in three sizes, 1", 1.25", and 2" plates. With a lengthier head plate of 5", it allows for wider sections at a time and can reach all the way to the scalp to get those stubborn, new growth short hairs. A ceramic heater paired with the titanium plates make for an amazing instant heat-up. This is the choice of women with short hair. Keep in mind that brittle hair should probably steer clear of titanium flat irons.


Pros:

Lightweight

Longer plates


Cons:

No automatic shut-off

May not be best for thick hair

Could get a little too hot for some



Now that you've got the rundown on the hottest flat irons out there, you can find the magical match for your hair! No more guessing or sticking with your old flat iron because you don't know where to begin when replacing it. Using this handy little guide, you're sure to find the one that works perfectly for you. Go out and get that flat iron that will give you that pin straight look and luscious curls you've been dying for!




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