Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hair Tutorial: Halloween Hairstyle Tricks

Hair Tutorial: More Halloween Hairstyle Tricks
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Coming up with a great Halloween costume can be as easy as the perfect hairstyle, a little bit of makeup, and a whole lot of attitude. This year, top off your Halloween costume with fun yet easy hairstyles courtesy of Madison Reed
Halloween Hair
  • Start by pulling your hair back and securing into a low ponytail with a hair tie
  • Twist the pony tail until it starts to curl itself into a bun. Secure with another hair tie and bobby pins as needed
  • Smooth and spray hair to get that sleek ballerina look
Halloween Hair
  • Start by creating a slanted part at the front of your hair.
  • Leave the front side sections of your hair down. Gather, twist, and pin all of the hair in the back into a messy base bun
  • Smooth the side sections over the base bun and pin into place
  • Add a little bling to the bouffant bun and voila!
Halloween Hair
  • Curl each lock of hair and then wrap it up into itself and pin it to your head. This will help create tight, pieced out curls that will last longer.
  • Smooth and spray the bang piece.
  • Release the curls!
Halloween Hair
  • Slick your hair back into a tight french braid that starts as close to the top of your head as you can manage.
  • Pull out two strategically placed tendrils from the front of your hair and spray or gel them for effect.
Thanks to the team at Madison Reed for providing the images and the step-by-step instructions for these hairstyles.
What are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to try Madison Reed's healthier for you color! Happy October! Take $10 off your first purchase of Madison Reed hair color - just use the offer code OCTOBERLOVE at checkout.
Is Stress Giving You Gray Hair?
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Gray Hair
My mother used to point to her graying head of hair, and say to me and my two sisters we were responsible for it. I never felt the guilty party, but what was impressed on my sullen teenage brain was the link between stress and gray hair. The memory haunted me when I discovered a rogue clump of white hair around my forehead, that seemingly appeared overnight. I recalled my looming deadlines, late nights, and run-ins with a few strong personalities. Was stress making me turn gray?
I reminded myself to stay calm, and did what everyone in our modern age does, I went straight to the Internet for answers and found more anecdotal evidence. Witness how President Obama and President Bush turned gray as their terms progressed. Heavy (and silver) is the head who wears the crown. Legend has it, Marie Antoinette’s locks turned gray the night before her date with the guillotine.
Yet, when scientists and doctors are asked whether stress causes the acceleration of gray hair, you won’t get a definitive answer. Most experts say the connection between stress and graying is a myth, though extreme stress may cause a hair loss event (the condition is known as telogen effluvium, but that is a different area of investigation).
One of the reasons aging, not stress, has been attributed to graying is because the rate in which we lose pigments is slow and steady. Hair grows about half an inch per month and the lifespan of a strand is about two to three years. This cycle may get disrupted during physiological stress, such as illness, drastic weight loss, or childbirth, but psychologically-derived stress is too temporary to change hair color.
If not stress, what causes hair to go gray? This much we know, hair color is produced by melanin, and as we age, we produce less of it. The rate of our melanin production is determined by genetics. Blaming your parents, in this context, would not only be scientifically accurate, but also productive. You can gauge when you’ll begin to gray by finding out what age it happened to your parents.
The good news: concern for your children, your high-pressure career, and other anxiety triggers are not causing or accelerating your change in color. Stress still is linked to wrinkles and hair loss (plus it’s unhealthy), but in the area of hair color, the bottom line is, it’s not a factor.
Another upside, if you’re reading this blog, you can cover grays quite easily and painlessly with Madison Reed. Now is the perfect time to try Madison Reed's healthier for you color! Happy October! Take $10 off your first purchase of Madison Reed hair color - just use the offer code OCTOBERLOVE at checkout.


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