How to protect your hair from heat damage!

For most girls, the one thing they simply cannot live without for more than a day would have to be hair dryers and straighteners. Once you’ve seen how amazing your hair looks after using a pair of salon quality straighteners, such as GHDs, you will want to use them everyday. However, using hair dryers, straighteners and curling tongs can be very bad for your hair. Using straightening irons without a heat protecting spray will leave your hair thin, dry and full of split ends. If this sounds like you, then this blog post will show you how you can protect your hair and make it thicker, silkier and smoother.

Step 1 – If you’ve just got out of the shower, then before you use your hair dryer, spray your hair in a heat protecting serum. It’s not just straightening irons which damage your hair, but also hair dryers. In addition, be sure to use the lower heat setting. While your straighteners heat up, rather than squeezing in a quick game of Cheekybingo or making a drink, take the time to spray another coat of protective serum on your hair and brush it in well. Try to only run the irons through your hair once or twice to save yourself extra heat damage.

Step 2 – After you’ve styled your hair, use a deep conditioning serum on your split ends; the serum will make them silkier and split ends will appear less visible. Then, cover your hair in leave-in conditioning spray which will make your hair smooth and shiny.

Step 3 – When you wash your hair, use a deep conditioning shampoo and conditioner. When your hair is wet, be careful brushing it; wet hair is very weak so if you are too rough, you will pull out a lot of hair strands.

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Simply your life!

Parenting three young children is one of  the greatest joys of my life, but it can, at times, also been the greatest challenge. You learn on the fly in parenting and one of the most important things is how to simplify your daily routine. Here are a few of my stress relieving tips that help me make it through the week.

Prep The Night Before:  I set up the kids outfits, breakfast, and vitamins the night before so getting out the door is a snap. When I am cleaning up after dinner I throw together my daughters school lunch.

Chore Chart: We have a chore chart on the fridge with the kids daily tasks so they can see what they need to do and check it off as they go. Chores can be age appropriate, something as simple as a preschooler picking up their toys and going to bed on time.

Ask For Help: Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and loved ones for help when you need it. Whether it be advice or just a chance to grocery shop without your whole crew in tow. Trading babysitting and small favors between friends can really lessen the load.

Family Calendar: You can’t remember everything. Make lists and use your calendar! It helps keep both parents in the loop and will reduce over-scheduling.

Find Your Happy Place: Even with planning life can still feel overwhelming at times. Find that place that makes you happy  and find ways to schedule in regular visits. My happy place? The beach. I can go just look out at the ocean and the daily stress of life seems worlds away. My kids love the coast too, and its become a special place for my whole family.

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“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sprint via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sprint.”

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Are you sabotaging your skin?

Is your daily routine taking its toll on your skin? A couple missteps can actually make you look older! Are you buying into old wives tales – that actually don’t actually work? What are the most common skin myths out there? Make Her Up is going to try and weed through some of the junk – and debunk some of those skincare myths!

As you get older, make sure you’re using the appropriate moisturizer!

Moisturizing your face is an important part of a healthy skincare routine. But using the same product you did in your 20s won’t cut it in your 40s and beyond. As you age, your skin dries out and your body secretes less oil. To keep your skin looking radiant, upgrade to a hydrating cream with antioxidants and an SPF of at least 15. Antioxidants will help reduce wrinkles at night and SPF will guard against the sun’s rays.

Don’t re-use your washcloth or loofa! 

Bacteria can build up and cause breakouts and other skin issues!

Never use bar soap on your face!

It can overdry delicate facial skin with detergent soaps, toners, and over exfoliation.

Watch the expiration dates on your beauty products!

Beauty and skincare products do go bad. Efficacy of products can decrease, especially with SPF. As soon as you open a product, some ingredients will start to oxidize and degrade. And every time you touch a product you transfer germs!

Buy the right products for YOUR skin! 

Dry Skin: Look for products that add moisture and contain hydrating ingredients (i.e. milky or cream cleansers as opposed to foaming ones; hydrating toners, and moisture-boosting lotion/creams – possibly thicker or richer ones. Ingredients like Q-10, ascorbic acid, hylauronic acid, retinol…) Exfoliating and using a moisturizing mask is also important!

Oily Skin: Look for products that help remove excess oil and calm the over production of sebum (i.e. foaming cleansers; pH balancing toners with a gentle astringent, and mattifying/skin evening lighter lotions. Ingredients like thermal water, tea tree oil, xinc oxide, oil free cosmetics and skincare. Clarifying masks are great for oily skin (esp ones containing clay)! Don’t over dry skin though with overwashing or harshly drying chemicals – many people with oily skin make that mistake.

Combination Skin: Look for products that add adequate moisture (especially during dry seasons) and also are non-greasy or overly rich (i.e. gel cleansers, gentle toner, and moisturizer tailored to the season (i.e. lighter for summer, richer for winter).
Sensitive Skin: Be very careful with this skin type, look for products that contain natural ingredients.  Also note, sensitive skin may also be oily, combination or dry, so know your type!

Don’t rely on your makeup for SPF protection!

Think you’re safe from the sun’s rays because your powder or liquid base has an SPF? Think again. For the SPF in a foundation to be effective, you’d have to slather it on as much as you would a normal sunscreen. Instead, use a face cream with sunscreen underneath your makeup. Let sit a good five minutes and then apply your concealer or foundation. No need to break the bank for sunscreen either.

While we’re talking about sun, another important element in skin care is limiting your exposure to the sun and harmful UV rays. “Eighty percent of premature aging is due to sun damage,” says skin care expert Rand Rusher.

Clean those makeup brushes!

Admit it: You’ve probably been applying your makeup with brushes that haven’t been cleaned in a while. Maybe you powder your nose and then place the puff back directly on to your pressed powder. Look out! Over time, you may be building up harmful bacteria that can lead to acne or eye infections. Be diligent about cleaning your brushes and using fresh applicators. Replace that mascara about every two to three months. (Go here for a great video to show you how to clean your brushes!)

Your cell phone wipes bacteria all over your face!

What does your cell phone have to do with your skin? More than you would think. “We put them everywhere, then pick them up and touch our face,” says  Rusher. He recommends washing your hands frequently and wiping down your phone with wipes to keep what goes near your face as clean as possible.

BONUS: Want a natural face mask recipe?

*Use a sponge towel and cut out holes for your eyes, nose and mouth*

Olive Oil (1 tablespoon)
Lemon Juice (1 teaspoon)
Turmeric Powder (1 tablespoon)


Mix ingredients together in a bowl, and use a foundation brush or a paint brush to BRUSH the mixture onto the SPONGE TOWEL, place the SPONGE TOWEL on your face for 20 minutes.  DO this every 2 weeks for glowing radiant skin!

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Fashion Star and Suave Professionals!

I am excited to check out the season premiere of Fashion Star tonight  at 9:30/8:30c. From the early press it sounds like it will be a hit and I love that you can buy what you see. Suave Professionals will help style the runway looks and give viewers how-to’s to create the looks at home!

Suave Professionals Stylist Theodore Leaf and his team will help 14 hopeful fashion designers cultivate catwalk-worthy looks using salon-quality products from Suave.

To catch up on all the action, visit Suave Beauty on Facebook for weekly updates, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, hair how-to’s, exclusive content to win looks from the show and even products from the new Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion line.

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