Archive | March 2016

How To Get Ombre Hair Naturally – 9 Super Easy Steps

 

Hey guys, I want to tell you about one of things I’ve tried lately, because it’s a massive hair trend in these days. I’m talking about ombre hair, which is more and more popular in every part of the world, thanks to its innovative and catchy appearance.

So, as you probably guessed, I want to show you how to get ombre hair naturally in 9 steps, without paying a lot of money in expensive salons or using harsh chemicals that would destroy your hair. This is quite a simple method actually, and can be easily done at home.

But before I tell you what exactly you have to do in order to get a natural ombre, let me show you some advantages and downsides of this method, so that you can know for sure what to expect.

PROs

  • Natural method, that uses only organic ingredients
  • There will be absolutely no damage for your hair
  • The ombre lasts just like dyed hair
  • It doesn’t require a very long time, I would say about 2 hours in total
  • If you’re not satisfied with the shade you got, you can try again anytime, without worrying you’re destroying your hair
  • It doesn’t require a maintaining shampoo, so you can use anything you want (but I recommend using one focused on your hair type/problem)
  • It’s a diy method so it can be done at home, without visiting any salon
  • The costs are minimal, as you can find these ingredients anywhere

CONs

  • As you’re doing it by yourself, you may not get the exact shade you want from the first try, so you might have to do it several times
  • If you don’t use a conditioner, the acids from the lemon juice may dry your hair
  • It’s not indicated to use flat irons on the ends for a few days, unless you’re using a safe one
  • It does require a bit of patience

So basically, these are the advantages and disadvantages of using the natural ombre method. Summing them up, I say it’s really worth trying, but this is all up to you, so if you’re curious, here we go. First of all, let’s see which are these ingredients I’ve been talking about.

 

What do you have to use?


 

Believe it or not, the ingredients are pretty common and simple, so if you imagined expensive organic products or exotic stuff, forget about it.

If you’re read my post about how to lighten your hairyou may remember that I recommended  3 ingredients that I’ve used for lightening hair, advising you to choose one of them if you want a lighter shade.

That’s exactly what my experiment was based on.

I thought “If any of these ingredients can lighten hair by itself, how would the work combined?”. In theory, they should work much better and make your hair very light, but in reality it’s not really so.

Anyway, the ingredients I used for the natural ombre are exactly these 3, but the difference is that they are in a combination now. Lemon juice, cinnamon and honey, all these 3 used together, are definitely a great option for a natural ombre, and you’ll see this in the following lines.

 

The proper method


 

I’ll try to tell you exactly what I did, by following several steps. The method itself is pretty easy, it’s just important to respect the time it needs to make its effect.

     1. In a bowl, add about a glass of fresh lemon juice, 2 spoons of honey and a small spoon of cinnamon powder. 

     2. After adding these ingredients, you’ll probably see that that mixture is very solid and that the ingredients don’t seem to stick together. That’s why, it’s time to add some water and made the mixture more uniform. Add as much as water as it needs to become quite liquid, easy to apply on the hair. A little conditioner would also be indicated, as it will prevent your hair of getting dehydrated.

    3. It’s probably better to let the mixture sit for a while before applying it to your hair. I would say about 15-20 minutes, but the more the better.

     4. Coming up is the application. The lighter you want your hair to be, the more mixture you have to apply on it. If you only want it a bit lighter than it is, apply just a small quantity, and only in the parts when you want lighter hair, probably on the ends in this case. You can apply it just like hair dye, take a look at that picture.

     5. Also, if you want a gradual ombre, apply little mixture on the middle part of your hair and then use a brush to spread it on the lower part, closer to the ends.

     6. If you have the possibility, sit in the sun for about an hour, because it will help the lighting agents penetrate your hair faster. However, if this isn’t possible, you shouldn’t worry too much, just make sure you cover your head with a cap or anything, and let it sit for about 2 hours.

     7. After this time, you can wash your hair normally, but don’t forget to use a conditioner. This will extra nourish your hair, because you don’t want it to feel frizzy and harsh.

     8. After drying your hair, you should notice (at least) a small difference between the ends and the roots. This depends on the time your let the mixture sit and of course, of the natural color of your hair.

     9. In case you’re not satisfied with the color you obtained, you can always try it again, and you’ll definitely see a bigger difference the second time.

As you can see, there is nothing complicated in this method, it’s actually quite simple and easy to follow. And it is definitely my #1 recommendation for people who prefer a natural approach, because, to be honest, there’s no difference between this ombre and the one obtained in a brand salon.

Yes, probably there it’s much easier and you don’t have to do it yourself, while here it may not be the color you desire from the first try, but believe me, it’s totally worth trying. At least you know you’re not damaging your hair. 😉

Anyway, before finishing this post, I want to tell you about my first try with this method, which was surprisingly good. And no, it wasn’t on my hair.

 

My natural Ombre


 

As I also said before, no, it wasn’t really “my” natural ombre, it was rather the natural ombre I did, but on the hair of a friend.

So, let me tell you that she already had an shade of ombre in her hair, done in a professional salon about a year ago. But as it passed a long time since then, the color was quite faded, so she wanted it back. However, as her hair was pretty damaged, she didn’t want to get back to hair dye, so she accepted my challenge and let me try a natural ombre on her hair.

The result were more than great for her, though it didn’t seem to me that her hair ends’ color was much lighter than before. Anyway, if she liked it, I also liked it, so everyone was satisfied.

I took a picture of her hair before and after, so that I have the evidence. 😀

The hair is visibly lighter, but the difference isn’t huge, so if you want a normal ombre, this method is definitely something to try. After all, I don’t see anything you’re losing, at least you’ll know how to get ombre hair naturally. 

 

So tell me, what do you think about this  natural ombre method, would you try it? Let me know in your comments. 🙂

How to curl your hair with sticks

 

How to curl your hair with sticksFor straight haired people, curly hair is something they desperately desire and if it wasn’t for the damage, they would curl it everyday. However, in these days there are more and more methods for making hair curly using less damaging alternatives, and today I want to show you one of them.

It’s about how to curl your hair with sticks, and fortunately, there isn’t just one way to do this, but several, so the good part is that, in case you don’t really like one, you can try another one, which will surely satisfy you. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, let’s get straight to the point.

 

     1. Curly hair with foam stick rollers


This is a very simple and fast method to get curly hair, and it’s perfect for people who don’t have too much time to style their hair and curl it manually. Another great thing about it is that it doesn’t use any heat, so you won’t be damaging your hair at all.

How to do it

How to curl your hair with sticks1. The easiest way to curl your hair with stick rollers is to do it on recently washed hair, so right after taking a shower would be the perfect time. Blow dry your hair or let it dry naturally, it’s up to you, just make sure it’s 80% dry before you start adding the foam sticks.

2. Section your hair in 2 parts, one in the left and one in the right, and tie them so that you can work easily.

3. Start with one of the parts, by sectioning a smaller part of it. Then add a foam stick and roll the small part of hair around it. The foam sticks are very flexible, so it will be easy to twist them so that they hold your hair around them.

4. Continue to section that half of hair in several small pieces, just like you did previously, and add the stick roller in the same way, rolling your hair around it.

5. After you finish with one of  the 2 parts of your hair, continue with the other one, doing the same things: section your hair in several small parts and apply the roller to each.

6. Once you finish, let the rollers sit for 15-20 minutes (or more if you have time). Remember, the more you let them sit, the tighter your curls will be.

7. After these 15-20 minutes, get the stick rollers off and brush your hair. It may not look very nice and the beginning, and by this I mean that the curls may look unnatural, but after brushing your hair, they’ll look much better.

 

I’m not a huge fan of this method, simply because I don’t like these loose curls, I prefer the tighter, more natural ones. But it’s about each person’s taste, so…

Of course that the results of this method depend first of all of your hair type. If you have wavy or natural curly hair, the curls you’ll get will be very tight and if your hair is usually straight, they may be much looser and last for a shorter period.

Anyway, as it’s a “heat free” method, the results may not be the best in the world, and that’s available for the lasting time too. But the biggest advantage is that it’s a very simple method, which you can use after every wash, without fearing you may be damaging your hair.

I know that the theory is much easier than the practice, so I attached here a video from YouTube, whose steps are exactly the same. You can take a look at it, as it will probably be easier to understand.

 

 

     2. Curly hair with straws


You may have heard of this method before, as it’s been very popular lately and I’ve seen it in many of my friends.

Although the results are really tight curls, the method is really difficult when it comes to time, because you need a lot of work to roll your hair around those straws (especially if you have long, thick hair) and you also have to let it sit for some hours.

So it is quite a difficult way, but there are some people willing to do it.

How to do it

How to curl your hair with sticks1. I advise you to do it on wet hair rather than on damp hair, because the curls will last longer and better. So before blow drying your hair, section it in smaller parts.

2. Begin with the front, and roll the small part of hair around the first straw. You can start from any length you want, but keep in mind that starting from top means getting curly hair right from top (obviously).

3. The procedure isn’t hard, after rolling the first part of hair around the straw, tie the top and the end of the straw with a hair pin, making sure it holds your hair twisted around it.

4. Do this with all the sectioned parts (it will take a while).

5. After you finish, either let your hair stay like this for a couple of hours (2-3) or blow dry it, in case you want to speed things up a bit. However, after you blow it dry, let it sit for at least an hour, so that the curls get the pattern you want.

6. After this period, you can gently remove the straws, taking care you won’t pull your hair. The curls should have a very tight pattern.

7. I usually brush my hair because it looks like I have 3 strands of hair in my head (I’m exaggerating, of course, but it still doesn’t look very well). After brushing it, it has a lot more volume and it looks quite nice, especially if your hair is straight, because for curly hair it’s a bit too much.

 

How to curl your hair with sticksOverall, this method is great for people who want very curly hair because it has great results, but the work you pay is pretty hard. It can actually take up to a full day doing all that stuff, so for me it’s not really the best solution, plus that I don’t like those kind of curls, they look to unnatural to me…

Anyway, if you want to try it, I’ve also attached here a video to make things easier. But don’t do what that girl does and brush your hair after removing the straws, it will look much better 🙂

 

 

3. Curly hair with crayons and flat iron


That’s definitely my favorite method for curls, because it’s really simple, very effective and incredibly fast. The only downside is that is uses heat, so there is a possibility to damage your hair. In case you want to do it on a regular basis, make sure you use a lot of protection sprays, hair masks and conditioners that will protect and repair your hair.

How to do it

How to curl your hair with sticks1. In this case your hair must be absolutely dry, and by this I mean that it doesn’t have to be damp or a bit wet, because this method will easily harm it in this way.

2. Turn on your hair straightener and divide your hair in small sections. The bigger the sections are, the loosen your curls will be.

3. Roll one of these sections around a crayon and press on it with the flat iron for a few seconds. You can immediately get the hair off the crayon and see how tight the curls are. If you want looser curls, you can tie several crayons together and roll the hair around them, and the curls will become looser.

4. Do the same thing with each section of your hair, and take it off the crayon as you finish. There is no need of letting it sit for more time, because you are using heat and that’s a stronger way than just curling your hair without heat.

5. You can brush your hair or run your fingers through it to get a more natural aspect.

 

How to curl your hair with sticksThat’s my favorite procedure so far because it’s extremely easy (you can finish in about 10 minutes) and if you take care of your hair properly, there won’t be any visible damage.

As usual, I’ve attached a video to help you understand better what exactly you have to do in this method. The girl from this video is using aluminium foil for protection, which is a great solution, but it will probably take more time than double, so it’s up to you if you use it or not.

 

 

Conclusion


If you want to find a rapid and convenient way to curl your hair, this is right what you’ve been looking for.

You can go for a quick, foam sticks curling but unfortunately, this won’t get you the most beautiful curls, nor the most resistant ones. Straw curling is also an option, especially if you’re willing to spend a lot of time working on your “heat free” curly hair. And if you afford using a bit of heat, the crayon method would be the best option.

I really hope I managed to provide some useful info in this post, so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me by writing a comment below, and I will gladly help you. 😀