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A large majority of people set working out as a New Year’s resolution. As great as exercising is for the body, it can wreak havoc on your hair. The trick is in how you treat your hair during, and after your workouts, here are some simple things to remember.   


A high ponytail is the best way to keep your hair off your neck, keeping you cooler and keeping it away from sweat and grime that can cause damage.  


Try not to wrap ponytail holders so tight that they choke your hair, they should be secure enough to stay in place but not so tight that your hair is pulled from the root.  


If your ponytail needs to be “tightened” remove the holder and start over. Tugging on strands to tighten will cause stress at the point of the holder.  


Use a sweatband or wrap right where your hairline meets your scalp, this helps protect your hair from sweat and keeps it fresh. I hear lots of people raving about the stylish sweatbands (as seen in the picture above) over at SweatyBands.com.


Try out hair powders or freshening sprays in place of washing your hair every day. For many of us, washing our hair every day is not recommended, so this will help prolong your last shampoo session. Bumble and bumble makes a great hair powder, that you can get at sephora.com.


Just keep in mind that the benefits of working out far outweigh the negatives it can have on hair, especially if you minimize them as best you can. 


katy-perry-amas-hairstyle-112311.jpgThe holidays are around the corner, and for many this means a time of high glamour and sophisticated parties. Just this past week at the American Music Awards, Katy Perry hit the red carpet and delivered some amazing hair-spiration! If your immediate reaction is to the pink hue of her hair, I suggest you look deeper … check out the french twist style and the ornate accessory, it’s truly a sight to behold. Updos are truly glamourous because they accentuate and elongate the neck and allow you to show off your neck and ear jewelry more prominently.

Fekkai Celebrity Stylist Renato Campora, crafted this updo and shared his “secret sauce” (one hint: it’s in the products). Renato began by applying Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel to wet hair in order to give it a firm base. He then blow-dried the hair while brushing it through with a flat brush. He used a one-inch curling iron throughout the hair to create body while giving it a sturdy foundation. Renato then heavily teased the hair. To create the final up-do, he pushed the front of the hair forward and wrapped the rest into a French twist, securing it with hairpins. To complete the look, Renato added an accessory made by Vivienne Westwood by weaving it into the hair with his fingers. He secured the look by spraying the hair with Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray.

So there you have it, a great hairstyle idea for whatever your holiday plans might involve. 


Dove-Damage-Therapy-Shine-Boost-Shampoo-Conditioner.jpgFinding the perfect shampoo and conditioner isn’t the easiest thing in the world. In fact, it’s one of the toughest things we’ve ever done in our lives. (And yes, we know how melodramatic that sounds.) But seriously, the wrong shampoo and conditioner can make hair feel like straw, make it greasy, make it impossible to brush or comb … while the perfect ones just make hair look, well, perfect. And that’s what Dove Damage Therapy Shine Boost Shampoo and Conditioner are. Perfect.

Let’s start with the fact that this duo makes hair feel incredible. It feels soft, silky and super moisturized immediately, and it stays that way for days!

We also love the fact that they don’t weigh hair down. It won’t feel greasy or heavy, but will actually feel lightweight and bouncy—and that’s before you even blowdry it!

And, of course, your hair will be so super shiny, you won’t know what to do with yourself! It’s lustrous and gorgeous for at least three days.

Dove Damage Therapy Shine Boost Shampoo and Conditioner retail for $4.75 each at drugstore.com.
loreal-eversleek-humidity-defying-leave-in-creme.jpgI have baby fine, straight hair. Some of you may drool with jealousy at this seemingly easy hair type but I assure you, the grass is not always greener. When my hair is stick straight it looks so piecey and odd that I feel a little like Taylor Momsen, not something I strive for. So I like it to have a little bit of a natural bounce to it — to achieve this I use the L’Oreal EverSleek Humidity Defying Leave-In Creme. First of all it helps my hair from getting too much bounce from the humid summers we have where I live. Second of all it is so light and airy that it does not weigh down my poor baby fine hair. I use it every time I wash my hair and I’m never sorry I did. Plus the line is free of sulfates and doesn’t seem to have any harsh effects on my highlighted hair.

You can buy L’Oreal EverSleek Humidity Defying Leave-In Creme for $8.99 at walgreens.com.

Kerastase-Masquintense.jpgI have what might be considered unruly, unmanageable hair. Really, it’s bordering on the ridiculous. Luckily, no one has to see it in its natural state, thanks to Kerastase Masquintense for Thick Hair.

Used once a week, this mask completely transforms even the most difficult hair into lush, beautiful gorgeousness. I apply a quarter-sized amount to hair after shampooing and leave on for 5-10 minutes (the perfect time to do a body scrub, right?) and let the mask work is magic.

Kerastase’s patented DOSAGE GLUCO-ACTIVE 3 technology combines proteins, lipids and glucose. What does this mean for your hair? Well, that it’s nourished, moisturized and ends up looking completely gorgeous, of course! I honestly can’t believe the difference in my tresses after using this mask.

Kerastase Masquintense for Thick Hair retails for $60 at kerastase-usa.com.

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