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The Important Eyebrow

Eyebrows are one of those facial features that can have an impact on your entire face, for better or for worse.  They’re underestimated and sometimes overdone, but the eyebrow is kind of the unsung hero of facial features.  Purposeful as well as decorative, their use goes beyond just how they look!  Here are a few facts you may not know about your eyebrows.

Have you ever thought about what eyebrows are for, exactly?  They’re basically like umbrellas for your face!  They protect your peepers from sweat, rain and other things that could possibly run down your face and get into your eyes.

Psychologically speaking, your eyebrows play a part in facial recognition.  MIT did a study where participants were asked to recognize digitally altered faces of celebrities; some were without eyes while others were without eyebrows.  And guess what?  The participants were more likely to recognize the faces without eyes than the faces without eyebrows.  So, don’t freak out your friends and family by over-plucking and taking away a feature that, in their minds, makes you more you!

Brows have a pretty impressive life span too.  In an unplucked brow there can be up to 1,100 hairs.  The average lifespan of a brow hair is about four months from the time it takes to grow back in and fall out.

Since brows seem so important to your face, you should know how to pluck them.  For example, the best shape for your brow depends mostly on your face shape.  If you have a round face, you don’t want a rounded brow arch, but should instead opt for a more dramatic arch.  Heart shaped faces should go for a soft arch.  Square faces should have a more angular arch and oval faces do best with a defined brow.

If you opt to change your hair color did you know that you can change your brow color too?  Your colorist can dye your eyebrows to match your hair color or you can use pencils, pens, powders and gels to change your color.

Just like the hair on your head eyebrows can thin with age, so beware of how much your pluck!  Thinning brows can also be caused by hormonal changes, medical treatments and nutritional deficiencies.  So, care for and consider your brows just as much as you do the hair on your head!  They’re important!

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The Trick to Thick Hair

You know the women you see when luxurious waves of flowing thick hair?  Do you find yourself jealous of those women?  Well, it takes just one to tell you that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.  Thick hair means that while you may have body for days, sometimes it can feel like it takes days to make all that hair manageable.  If you are a member of the thick tresses troupe, read on for how to make those locks more tamable.

When your hair is healthy, it’s more docile, so cutting back on the number of washes a week will help to keep its natural oils and maintain its shine and moisture.  The best strategy is to wash your hair every other day.  Also, using a sulfate-free conditioner when you do wash will help to keep your hair hydrated and supple, preventing breakage and warding off the dreaded frizz.

After washing your hair it’s at its most fragile, since it’s frailest when wet. Rubbing your hair dry with a towel or brushing when wet can damage it.  So, remember to pat or blot your hair dry and tame the tangles with a wide-toothed comb.

Air drying is always the best option, but thick hair can take half the day to dry on its own and using a hot blow dryer every day can lead to other problems.   So, what options does that leave the abundantly-haired?  The answer is simple, let your hair partially dry before taking the blow dryer to it, and use the lowest heat setting that you can to keep those follicles frizz-free.

Another tool to put in your arsenal is to make sure you keep up with trims.  Split ends can make thick hair appear frizzy and dull, so make sure every 6-8 weeks you see your stylist.

Thick hair is already, well, thick, so there’s no need to weight it down with products that are supposed to add texture like gels and mousse.  Try a spray gel to add a little bit of volume in a manageable way.

Product isn’t the only thing that can weight down your hair. Simply having a lot of hair the same length can do the job too.  So, think of incorporating some layers into your style.  It will add lightness and bounce.

Let’s talk accessories.  The bows and the clips are cute, but thick hair doesn’t need the bells and whistles to stand out!  Plus, those accessories are not going to help keep your hair in place.  If you want to add a little flair you’ll need to pick up something heavy duty that can provide extra hold.

If you’ve reached a point where you just can’t take it anymore, thinning shears can be an option.  They remove bulk from your hair, but must be wielded by a professional, so make sure you discuss it with your stylist.

If all else fails, go for the braid!  There are going to be days that this hair will just not be tamed, so throw it in a cute braid and do what a cliché mobster does in the movies and just fuhgeddaboudit. 

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5 Things to Consider Before a Haircut

Haircuts are a usually something to look forward to. You get in the chair, the stylist makes a few snips and voila! A new you. Though you may have had some traumatic trimmings in your past, there are ways to ensure that your next style encounter goes off without a hitch.
The first thing to do is to know your hair type. Do you have curly ringlets? Thick tresses? Fine hair? What may look great on one person may not be right for your hair type, so definitely make sure to consult with a stylist about what kind of cut will bring out your mane’s best.

Lifestyle is also very important to consider. Are you a high-maintenance gal? Or would you rather wash-n-go? This is something to consider when deciding what kind of style you want, because let’s face it, some styles take longer to perfect than others. Like dating, you have to decide what level of commitment you’re looking to get in to. Casual or long-term, it’s up to you. Just know what you’re getting yourself into before you go there.
Do you have those hairs highlighted? If so, you will need to take that into consideration before you get a new style. Highlights that may have looked fab in one style may look a bit drab in another. So, if you’re considering a change you may need to get a touch up or new color all together. But really, if you’re going for a new cut, may as well throw in a new color too!

As is the case with most things in life, it’s best to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground and your head out of the clouds when it comes to transforming your ‘do. Bringing in a picture of your favorite superstar’s style is a good place to start, but remember that we’re all special snowflakes and since no two people are alike, our hair won’t be either. The picture is merely inspiration for what you will certainly turn into your own signature look.

And finally, if you’re looking to make a big change, make sure that you’re really ready to accept it. Hair does, fortunately, grow back, but you will have to live with this choice for a time. Do some soul-searching before you take the plunge. Or make the cut, as the case may be.

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