18 Nov 2018

New Year, New Hair Care Regimen for 2019


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Beautiful, healthy hair doesn’t just magically happen overnight. If you want healthier hair, you have to commit to some healthy habits first. Luckily, with the new year on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to make some hair care resolutions! Read on to learn how to have healthy hair in the new year by resolving to follow these easy hair care tips.

2019 Hair Care Routine for Healthy, Thick Hair

Resolution 1: Skip Some Washes

Washing your hair eevery daycan leave it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. Lengthen the time between washes by using a dry shampoo or pull hair loosely into a bun. Hint: tightly pulled hairstyles can cause more damage (see resolution 5 below). When you do wash your hair, opt for a gentle shampoo that cleanses the hair without stripping it of its natural protective oils.

Resolution 2: Invest in a Silk Pillowcase

When you sleep on a cotton pillowcase, the rough surface causes friction against your strands. This friction can lead to damage. Plus, the porous cotton fibers can absorb moisture from your hair. Switch to a slippery silk pillowcase to prevent nighttime friction and help keep your locks moisturized.

Resolution 3: Embrace Your Natural Texture

Blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, and all the other high-heat hair tools we use to change our natural hair texture can cause damage. This can be especially true in winter when hair is usually drier and more fragile. Whenever you can, air-dry your hair and avoid styling with hot tools.

Resolution 4: Damage Control

When you do use heat tools on your hair, always use a heat protectant. These products come in oils, sprays, and creams for different hair types. But the function is essentially the same: to protect hair from damage when using hot tools. Never curl or straighten your hair without using a heat protectant first!

Resolution 5: Rotate Your Hairstyles

We love a sleek topknot or ponytail to disguise oily hair in between washes. Unfortunately, wearing your hair in the same style every day — especially a tightly pulled style — can cause breakage. Switch your look regularly, alternating buns, braids and ponytails. And change their position on your head to prevent excess stress on one part of your scalp.

Resolution 6: Regular Trims

Even if you’re trying to grow out your hair, you should be visiting your stylist every 6-8 weeks for a trim. Why? Trims remove split ends before they can spread up the hair shaft, causing breakage. If you want longer, healthier hair then you want to avoid breakage at all costs! Regular trims will keep your hair healthy and strong.

Resolution 7: Take Your Vitamins

Healthy hair starts with a healthy body. When we don’t get enough nutrients, our bodies may reroute the nutrients we do get to our vital organs instead of making them available to hair follicles. The result? Hair growth may slow and thinning can occur. In fact, in clinical studies, deficiencies of vitamins and minerals like iron have been linked with hair loss in women. While we encourage you to eat a diet rich in hair-healthy foods, you may also find it helpful to take a nutritional supplement like Viviscal to be sure you’re getting the nutrients you need to promote existing hair growth.*

Resolution 8: Protect Against the Elements

You protect your skin from winter’s cold and summer’s sun, but are you also protecting your hair? Each season brings new challenges for hair care. For healthy hair, all year round, be sure to protect your hair from the elements.
In the winter, moisture is key. Invest in a moisturizing hair mask or deep conditioning treatment and apply once a week. In the summer, protect hair from damaging UVA and UVB rays by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
If you’re overwhelmed by this list, try to incorporate a new healthy habit during each month of 2018. By the end of the year, your hair could be so much healthier!
How will you resolve to treat your hair better in the new year? Let us know in the comments!

Power of Almonds for Healthy Hair Growth


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In the quest for an answer to thinning hair, you may have come across claims that some superfoods hold the key to healthy hair growth*. Almonds are one such superfood. Rich in vital nutrients, dietary fibre and monounsaturated fats, almonds are definitely a healthy food. But do almonds really make your hair grow?
Join us as we learn about eating almonds for hair growth, as well as the benefits of almond oil and almond butter for hair.

Benefits of Almonds for Hair Growth

Though usually considered nuts, almonds are actually the seed of the fruit from almond trees. Almonds are loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals that are key to hair growth, including:

Biotin

Biotin, or vitamin B7, promotes hair growth and healthy hair follicles. A quarter cup of sliced almonds would provide an adequate amount of biotin for most adults’ hair health needs.

Magnesium

Magnesium is necessary for hair growth and magnesium deficiency has been linked with hair loss. A quarter cup of almonds fulfils 23% of your daily requirement of magnesium.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects skin, including the scalp, from oxidative damage. A quarter cup of sliced almonds provides 39% of your daily vitamin E requirement.

Iron

Iron deficiency, also known as anaemia, can cause hair thinning. One cup of almonds contains 29% of the recommended daily value of iron, helping to treat anaemia.

Protein

Protein is vital for the synthesis of keratin, which is a building block of hair and nails. Almonds are a great vegetarian source of protein, with 1oz providing 6g of protein.

How Many Almonds Are Needed for Hair Growth?

Now that you know all the benefits of almonds for hair growth, you’re probably wondering, “How many almonds should I be eating for hair growth?“* Unfortunately, there’s no magic amount of almonds that will treat thinning hair.
We recommend eating almonds as part of a hair-healthy diet along with supplements like Viviscal in order to give your body the nutrients it needs to grow healthy hair.* A healthy diet, along with plenty of sleep, exercise, and stress reduction will give your hair the best possible chance of healthy growth.*

Almond Butter for Hair

If you don’t like snacking on almonds, almond butter provides many of the same nutritional benefits for hair. Swap out almond butter for peanut butter in any recipe for an added dose of hair-loving fatty acids and vitamins.

Almond Oil for Hair Growth

Don’t like the taste of almonds? If you’re opposed to eating almonds for hair growth, try applying almond oil on the outside of your strands instead. Almond oil moisturizes brittle, dry hair and prevents breakage — a major factor in thinning hair. Rich in vitamin E and D, this pale, yellow oil helps nourish hair follicles and strands from the outside.

Which Almond Oil Is Best For Hair?

There are two types of almond oil: bitter and sweet. Sweet almond oil is made from edible almonds and is more popular than bitter almond oil for medicinal and cosmetic treatments. Choose a pure, cold-pressed almond oil, as this method of extraction, retains the most nutrients.

How to Use Almond Oil for a Cosmetic Thinning Hair Treatment

To smooth the hair cuticle and nourish the scalp, follow these simple instructions for an almond oil hair treatment:
  • Wet hair with water, then apply a few drops of almond oil to the roots. Gently massage the oil into the scalp.
  • Use a wide-toothed comb to disperse oil evenly through hair. You may need to add a few extra drops if your hair is long.
  • Put on a shower cap or wrap hair in a towel and leave on for at least 30 minutes, then shampoo as usual. For extra-dry hair, leave oil on overnight.
  • For best results, use this almond oil treatment weekly.
Do you like snacking on almonds? Have you ever tried almond oil as a hair treatment? Let us know in the comments!

3 Things You Should Know Before Cutting Your Hair


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Goals: never feel the anguish of post-haircut regrets again. On the road to being a more self-confident version of ourselves (#loveyourhair), we’re sharing this article from a few months back written by beauty blogger Jamie Stone for Today.com. We’ve called out a few of our very favorite of Jamie’s rules that you must know before getting your next haircut, especially if you’re battling with super-fine, thin hair.

3 Haircut Rules for Fine Hair That You Might Not Know

1. Go to a Stylist Who Understands Fine Hair

Jamie was very impressed when she went to celebrity hairstylist Jill Crosby, who’s known for being an expert at cutting fine and thin hair. That experience cutting and styling fine hair can make all the difference.
“Women with fine or thinning hair tend to default to styles that are almost non-styles,” Crosby explains. “They often grow out their hair and refrain from ever cutting it — even the slightest trim. And when I see a woman with thinning hair get to the point when she’s willing to cut away the breakage and damage to find a cut that really enhances her face and utilizes her stronger qualities, [she’s] typically elated and realizes what [she’s] been missing.”

2. A Blunt Haircut Is Your Best Friend

Do not think of blunt haircuts as boring. Jamie said she always assumed blunt cuts were a snooze-fest until she actually tried one. Now, she sings their praises: “Nothing, I repeat, nothing makes fine hair look fuller than a straight line going across the bottom,” she writes. “Even when I wore my hair shoulder length, which was shorter than I liked at that time, it looked incredibly fuller and healthier.”
“A strong-weight line with a fresh, blunt cut can actually make hair look longer,” Crosby explains. “So while you’re cutting, you’re creating an illusion of length and volume.”
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Jamie with her “blunt cut”. Photo by Jamie Stone (Today.com)

3. When It Comes to Color, Embrace Your Dark Side

As a blonde for nearly 15 years, Jamie was fastidious about the cardinal sin of dyed blonde hair: “Don’t let your roots show… ever.” But, she says, now she’s seen the error of her ways.
In fact, celeb colorist Erick Orellana says that embracing your dark roots actually can make fine hair look thicker. “Highlights are great for adding volume,” Orellana explains, “but if you go too light at the root you can actually cause more breakage to the hair, which means thinner hair. You can still stay very blonde, especially on the ends, but try to avoid the root.
“When dealing with a client who has fine or thinning hair,” he adds, “I always recommend adding a deeper root with just a few highlights, which helps hair look fuller and thicker — especially at the roots where you want some volume.
Orellana was the colorist behind Jamie’s highlights in her “blunt cut” photo above, which she finally agreed to do after months of his trying to convince her to embrace her dark roots. Her leap paid off. Check out how those darker roots give her hair depth and lend it the illusion of density.

Bonus: Play the Part

One small but very important extra tip to keep in mind is your part. Your stylist will cut your hair based on where you most often wear your part. Before getting a cut based on that same old part, ask him or her if your part should be in a different spot. Once you start to experiment pre-cut, you’ll find that simply moving your part a half-inch one way or the other gives your hair the appearance of more volume. Crosby agrees, “[Moving your part] gives instant lift at the root and can completely change a style for the better.” It’s such a simple move that can make all the difference for thinning hair.

Jamie’s Must-Have Products for Thicker Hair

Just sayin’… Viviscal supplements topped Jamie’s list of her five favorite products for thin hair. Our dietary supplement is drug-free and delivers a complete formula — including vitamins, minerals and a proprietary marine complex — that’s clinically proven to promote existing hair growth*. In fact, not to brag, but we’re one of very few hair supplements that have done clinical research on our complete formula. No wonder we’re one of Jamie’s faves for thick and healthy hair.

8 Holiday Hairstyles For Every Event


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Do you need hairstyle inspiration this December? This is by far the busiest month in most of our social calendars and it can be tough to have the energy to do all that socializing, much less look fabulously fresh and on-trend while doing it. So we are making it easy for you. Whatever the event, we’ve got you covered with the perfect hairstyle to help you survive the holiday social season in style. These eight genius hair ideas will take you from the office holiday party to your family Christmas dinner in style. (Hairstyles courtesy of www.purewow.com.)

Theater Tickets: A Sleek Bun with Accessories

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For an annual trip to see The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol, you’ll need something upscale that can be done in 10 minutes or less after work. First, take apart your topknot from the morning, split it into two separate buns and stack them on top of each other. Finish with a gold barrette or sparkling accessory underneath for a festive touch. It looks elegant and far more elaborate than it actually is.

New Year’s Eve Party: Cornrows or Pinned Twists

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Tracee Ellis Ross (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Dancing all night long is no match for this neat protective hairstyle. The tight braids show off your highlighted, contoured cheekbones and protect your hair growth from damage. For this updo, try thick cornrows braided into a low bun. If your hair is fine, instead of braids, twist sections of your hair and pin them as you go.

Family Parties: A Low Ponytail with a Loose Velvet Bow

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This super-simple style is classic and classy, plus it couldn’t be easier to do. This style is especially good for medium-length to longer hair. Simply gather hair into a low, loose ponytail and loosely tie it with a velvet ribbon in a jewel-tone color for a wintry holiday look.

Your Office Holiday Party: A Low, Textured Updo

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Margot Robbie (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
You spend all day with your coworkers, but now you need to pull off a hairstyle change in your office bathroom that makes you look impossibly chic and fresh. This style is astonishingly easy to do, and will set you up for a night of networking with upper management. First, loop your hair into a low, loose knot and pull out a few casual pieces in the front (avoid the ’90s-style tendrils). Then, use a flat iron to add a little bend to those front pieces so they gently frame your face.

Cocktails with the Girls: A Low Braided Knot

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Jennifer Lawrence (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
A low, braided knot is effortlessly chic yet not too fussy. If you want to take the fancy up a notch, wrap a skinny braid around and pin it in place to add some texture (bonus: this will help hide the elastic band). That’s precisely the minute detail only your best friends would appreciate.

Dinner Parties: A Loose, Rumpled Braid

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A slightly disheveled braid keeps even the most formal dresses from feeling too stuffy, which is perfect for an intimate dinner at someone’s home. To create the look, braid as you normally would and use your fingers to lightly pull apart a few sections, fluffing it out.

The Neighborhood Drop-in Cookie Exchange: A Curled, High Ponytail

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Jasmine Tookes (Photo: @jastookes/Instagram)
This look says festive but casual. It’s especially great if you’ve been busily doing Christmas shopping all day and ran out of time to wash your hair. Slick back second-day hair into a high ponytail. Then separate the ponytail into three even sections. Wind each section around a curling iron and let it cool. Break apart the curls by gently raking your fingers through your hair. The combination of sleek and curly is a genius disguise for oily roots and unkempt ends.

A Formal Charity Event: Sleek, Retro-Glamorous Waves

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Alexa Chung (Photo: Fred Duval/Getty Images)
These retro ’50s red-carpet waves convey subtle elegance. Comb hair into a deep side part, curl hair into ringlets and then softly brush them out. Land the retro look with matte red lipstick and sparkly statement earrings.

Stop Heat Damage: 3 Easy Ways to Get Perfect Heat-Free Curls


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You probably already know that heat can be highly damaging for hair, especially if your hair is fine, brittle, or thin. Heat compromises the hair’s protective cuticle layer, releasing precious moisture. This can make hair look dull and frizzy, or in some cases, cause it to break off altogether. However, sometimes it’s nice to change up your look with curls, especially if you have a special occasion coming up. The solution? No-heat curls!
While there are many ways to curl hair without heat, we think these three methods are the easiest heat-free ways to curl hair. Keep reading for our favourite no-heat curling methods!

Method One: Headband Curls

If you’re looking for loose, beachy waves, this method is for you.
To start, wash and condition hair using Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner. Allow hair to air dry until it’s slightly damp, then brush through to make sure there are no tangles. Next, place a stretchy fabric headband around your head so that it circles your crown and forehead. Working in small sections, wrap your hair around the headband. The tighter you wrap the hair, the smaller your waves will be.
Leave hair in the headband until it’s fully dry, or overnight. Once hair is dry, unwrap hair from the headband, and brush lightly for loose, glamorous waves.
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The headband curling method gives loose, beachy waves

Method Two: Rag Curls

This no-heat curling method is basically free since most people have an old rag or cotton t-shirt that they can use to create rag curls.
First, cut a clean dish rag or old cotton t-shirt into strips. One-inch strips will create tight curls, while wider strips will make looser curls. For best results, start with clean, brushed, slightly damp hair. Separate a 1-inch section of your hair, then lay the strip across the bottom of the section, lining up the strip edge with the bottom tips of your hair. Roll the strip upwards towards your scalp, twisting your hair around the strip. Then, tie the ends of the strip together to hold the curl in place. Remember: wherever you tie the strip is where your curls will begin.
Repeat this in sections until all your hair is tied up into strips. Allow your hair to dry completely, or sleep in the rag curls overnight. Once your hair is dry, untie the strips and gently finger-comb hair to separate the curls.

Method Three: Heatless Hair Curlers

Don’t have any t-shirts or rags that you want to sacrifice in the name of no-heat curls? Then, this curling method is for you.
Visit your local beauty supply store for sponge or foam rollers. Remember: the smaller the roller, the tighter the curl, so pick a size based on how tight you’d like your curls to be.
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Find heat-free foam rollers at any drugstore or beauty supply store
Start with clean, slightly damp hair. For extra body, apply a small amount Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute the product evenly. Using a comb, separate a 1- to 2-inch section from the rest of your hair. Comb through the section to ensure that it’s smooth with no tangles. Place a curler at the bottom of the section of hair, then roll up towards the roots and secure. Repeat with the rest of your hair.
Wait at least one hour while your hair finishes drying, or preferably overnight. Once hair is completely dry, unroll hair and gently separate the curls with your fingers.
Heat-free styling tricks will help you minimize damage on the outside, but don’t forget to strengthen strands from the inside by feeding follicles the nutrients they need. Take your daily dose of Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements to fortify weak, thin hair with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that help grow thicker, healthier hair.*
Do you have a favourite method for no-heat curls? Let us know in the comments!
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Is It Good to Wash Your Hair Every Day?


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For most women, waiting a few days between washes is standard protocol. We’ve been told that washing hair every day strips those natural oils that make our hair healthy and beautiful. This concept is true for the most part, but there are benefits of washing hair frequently that many women haven’t considered. It usually comes down to personal preference.

What Does Shampoo Do to Hair

Is it good or bad to wash your hair every day?
The short answer is: washing hair every day strips those natural oils that make our hair healthy and beautiful. Why and what to do? Continue reading.
Shampoo’s main purpose is to trap the oils on your scalp, but it won’t differentiate between “good” and “bad” oils. While the bad oils include nasty things like dirt and product residue, the good oils that you naturally produce can provide moisture and protection for the skin and hair.
Too frequent washing can dry your hair out, making it prone to breakage and split ends. The hair itself is dead, so washing it won’t kill it or cause it to fall out. It will make the hair look more and more lifeless. Washing hair every day should be avoided for the most part.

Is It Ever Healthy To Wash Your Hair Every day?

For some women, yes. There is a small percentage of women who need to wash hair daily. This could be someone with very fine hair, an oily scalp, or women who live in very humid areas.
Other benefits of washing hair frequently are at a bacterial level. Although your natural oils can be beneficial to your follicles, they can also be harmful. If left alone, they can nourish the fungus that creates seborrhea, a condition that creates a scaly, patchy scalp. Definitely not something you want for any amount of time. Women with oily scalps are more susceptible to this and will most likely need to be washed every day.

How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

A general rule of thumb is that the thicker your hair, the less frequently you need to wash your hair. For the average person, 2-3 days between washes is just fine. If you’re travelling to a humid place or doing any extra physical activity, you temporarily may need to wash more frequently. If your hair is styled, you can go a bit longer without washing. Making sure your hair is completely clean before you style it will help the style last.

 How Long Is Too Long When It Comes to Washing Hair

Never go more than 14 days between washing. Not only can hair and scalp feel grimy and even start to smell, but you also need to shampoo to help your hair grow. Shampooing plays a big part in helping to shed dead skin cells that pile up and can block pores. Washing the scalp boosts blood circulation, which helps stimulate hair growth.
So is it bad to wash your hair every day? It really depends.
There’s a lot of variation from woman to woman. So, in the end, you should go with your gut.
If your hair feels like it needs a wash, give it a wash. You don’t need to stick to a strict schedule, just understand how your hair reacts to weather, physical activity, hair products and anything else that it might encounter.

Best Shampoo to Grow Hair


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Choosing the right shampoo is the first step to healthy hair growth. But with so many options available, it can be difficult to find the right one. While there are lots of brands that market themselves well and make claims about their shampoo’s benefits, it really comes down to the ingredients and the application.
Let’s take a look at how to choose the best hair loss shampoo for you.

Check the Label for Two Essential Nutrients

There are a few important ingredients that an effective hair growth shampoo should always have. The two essential ingredients in hair growth shampoo are biotin and keratin.
Biotin
Biotin is certainly one of the more well-known hair growth nutrients, and for good reason. Biotin is a foundation of hair growth, with one of its main functions being maintaining healthy hair cells. Hair cells help make sure your follicles are producing hair in the first place. In addition, biotin helps to minimize hair breakage by adding elasticity to your hair strands. Strong, elastic hair is hair that is able to grow long and thick with minimal breakage.
Your body does not produce biotin on its own. Although most people meet their biotin requirement with their diet, it’s always recommended to supplement with biotin in your shampoo, feeding your hair strands from the inside and out. Supplementing a biotin deficiency can help stimulate growth, elasticity, and overall hair health.
Keratin
Keratin is a structural protein that makes up 90% of your hair strands. 90%! It keeps your hair strong and helps it withstand all of the things we put it through like heat styling and chemicals. When you have a keratin deficiency, you will likely start to see a lot more hair in your brush and on your pillow.
As a shampoo ingredient, keratin is a must. You want it to penetrate your hair shaft and fill in the weak points. If you can find a shampoo with hydrolyzed keratin, even better. Hydrolyzed keratin is broken up into smaller pieces and can more effectively fill in all of those cracks in damaged hair strands. Consistent use will improve hair health significantly. Always try to find a shampoo to stimulate hair growth with keratin as one of the main ingredients.

More Shampoo Ingredients for Healthy Hair

There are certainly other shampoo ingredients to look for. Two of our favorites are Vitamin C and Zinc.
Vitamin C has a whole list of benefits when it comes to our health and appearance. For hair growth, Vitamin C helps in the all-important collagen-building process. Collagen is a structural protein that is crucial for the consistent growth of healthy hair. Taking Vitamin C internally also helps our hair absorb iron, which keeps our strands strong and full. Zinc helps strengthen the hair follicle, and taking Zinc internally may play a role in DNA and RNA production — a requirement for the normal division of hair follicle cells.

How to Apply Hair Growth Shampoo

It might seem like a good idea to shampoo frequently, especially when you have one that contains all the right ingredients for hair growth… but shampoo is a cleanser for your hair, and it should be treated as such. Over-washing is the most common shampoo mistake. Regardless of how gentle and nourishing your shampoo is, using too much shampoo will remove many of the oils your hair needs to stay healthy.
We recommend brushing your hair before getting in the shower. This will help stimulate blood flow circulation in your scalp to wake up hair strands. Start by lathering your roots and working your way down to the ends of hair. Don’t be afraid to use a bit more shampoo if you have longer hair.
After you’ve fully rinsed the shampoo out of your hair with warm water, finish with a cold water rinse. This will help tighten up your hair cuticles so that they’re able to withstand whatever you throw at it. A tighter hair cuticle can better maintain moisture, so this cold water rinse will make your conditioning more effective, too.

Other Considerations

When looking for a shampoo that will stimulate hair growth, we also recommend finding one with essential oils. They can make an immediate difference on scalp circulation which is absolutely crucial for your hair growth shampoo to work effectively. Increasing blood flow means that the nutrients in your food can get to hair follicles, in addition to the keratin, biotin, and the other hair growth nutrients in your shampoo nourish hair strands on the outside. Essential oils will also clean the area and make sure that there’s no dead skin or build-up getting in the way of healthy hair growth.
It is also a good idea to supplement your shampoo with a hair growth vitamin like this one made by Viviscal. It contains all of the hair growth nutrients that your hair needs including biotin, keratin, vitamin C, zinc, and more. Feeding your hair strands from the inside out, in addition to a consistent shampoo routine, will make sure your hair is growing to its full potential.

5 Easy Party-Ready Hairstyles


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‘Tis the season of being busy. This weekend marks the start of holiday shopping season and holiday party season. But just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you have to default to your same old everyday hairstyle to your next holiday party. Even if you’ve got only a few minutes to get ready, these five super-easy hairstyles will elevate your holiday-party look. So quick, they can practically be done as you’re running out the door!

The Humble Ponytail

Look, let’s get serious. The ponytail is your go-to for a reason. A ponytail can be pulled up into a high, sleek ‘do that brings out your inner boss-babe. Or you can leave it low and loose, winding in small braids and accessories. Or make it tousled and layered. You can even twist or knot your pony, like this style from The Beauty Department.
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Add a pouf to the top of your hair to add retro drama and volume to your ponytail. Or, to try something a little different with your pony, check out the dual-purpose ribbon style further down in this post.

One-Sided & Side-Swept

This simple side-swept style from Hello Glow looks chic on short- to medium-length hair. This updo looks elegant and dramatic, but could hardly be simpler. Sweep over hair from the top half of your head, pulling it slightly beyond the middle of your head, and pin it to the side with a bobby pin. Then, grab a section of hair below the first one and twist. Secure the twisted hair just beyond the first section, covering the first bobby pin. Repeat, twisting another section of hair, bringing it a little farther around your head than the first piece. Then, pin the second section. Continue, grabbing lower sections of hair, overlapping the previous ones slightly as you bring the hair across the back of the head.
When finished, pin any remaining stray pieces into place and spray with hairspray. The editors at Hello Glow recommend pairing this look with a bright red lip for added vintage flair.

Tuck-Under Chignon

This low chignon style looks sophisticated and elegant but is really a hair hack that takes five minutes or less. Start with two stretchy headbands. Slide on one to hold back your hair at the hairline around to the nape of your neck. Then slide on a second headband so that it’s partly over your forehead. This second band should lie on top of your hair so that it’s visible all the way around your head. This second headband is what will hold your hair when it’s tucked. Choose a second headband that has sequins, beading or metallics to step up the party mood with this style.
Grab a one to 1 ½-inch section of hair on the left side, and roll it up to the headband. Tuck it into the band and pull the strand tight so the ends stick out. Next, pick up a one-inch section and combine it with the tail of the previously tucked strands, rolling it up and into the headband. Pull the strand tight again, letting the ends stick out. As you go, re-tuck pieces that loosen and become untucked from the headband. It can be helpful to alternate sides, tucking a strand on the left, then a strand on the right, and working your way towards the middle of your head.
Repeat the process until you’ve added all your hair to the tails of the previously tucked strands. To finish, slide the second headband farther back onto the top of your head until it covers the first headband and hides it. When complete, all your hair should be wrapped up and tucked into the band. You can cover too-short strands with the hair loops. Finish the look with hairspray.
Bonus: this style works best on two- or three-day dirty hair because freshly shampooed hair tends to slip out of the bands more easily.
You can find more variations on the “tuck and cover” on the blog, MissySue.com.

The Perfect Top-Knot Bun

The secret to a perfectly shaped, elegant bun? A sock. Yep, all you need to do is cut off the toes of an old (clean!) sock. Then roll the sock into itself until it forms a doughnut shape. Secure your ponytail at the crown of your head, and use hairspray to hold all stray hairs in place around your face for a sleek look. Then, hold the doughnut above your head at the end of your ponytail. Insert the ends of your ponytail into the doughnut hole and slowly, evenly wrap the hair in the ponytail all the way around the sock.
Move the sock down the length of your ponytail, continuing to wrap as you go, until you reach your scalp and the ponytail is entirely wrapped around the sock, and no sock material is visible. Secure the bun with bobby pins and spray with more hairspray. Voila! You have a perfectly rounded and elegant top bun.
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Dual-Purpose Ribbon Choker

This edgy but pretty trick by hair guru Kristin Ess is the ultimate last-minute hairstyle. This dual-purpose choker-ponytail look works best for longer hair that is pin-straight, wavy or naturally curly. First, take about two yards of ribbon that’s one-quarter-inch wide and tie it “around your neck loosely like a choker, then wind it around your ponytail,” Ess tells Allure. “Not only is this a cheap and chic style, but you get two accessories out of it.” For added drama, choose a velvet or luxe satin ribbon in a darker color like black or deep burgundy.