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Add a little sparkle

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I can't help but notice all of the shiny, sparkly things all around this time of year. If you need to stock up on sequins, now is the time. All of the shiny pretty things grab my attention, and I also think it is the time to make sure that your hair is one of those things that sparkle and shine through the holiday season.

This time of year also gets colder and drier, which takes its toll on us. Our mood, health, hair and skin are all affected. There is a lot you can do to hydrate your hair and keep it that way throughout the winter. Hydrated hair equals shiny hair, and who doesn't want that? Salons always offer great deep conditioning treatments, which also usually include some scalp massage and relaxation time - my top recommendation. If that is not an option for you right now, go grab some olive oil or coconut oil. Heat up a small amount in the microwave and apply to dry hair. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and/or a warmed up towel. Leave this in for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better). Shampoo and style as usual. This treatment does wonders, and this time a year once a week or once every two weeks is ideal.

Another way to add some sparkle to your hair is to see your hair stylist for a clear coat. Think about what a clear coat of polish does for your nails. It seals it, protects the color and makes them shiny. Well, this can be true of your hair too. A clear shine treatment involves clear semi-permanent hair color that is applied and processing usually in about 20 minutes. This is good to add to your hair color service. It's a great thing to do even if you don't color your hair, but you want to add some pizazz and sparkle! Clear color also hydrates and protects your hair from winter's harsh, dry air.

Most of us decide that when summer is over, it is time to color our hair back to our natural and go darker. I like this option, and dark hair is so rich, shiny and natural. I do suggest you add just a few foils (by few, I mean 10 or fewer). The color in these foils does not have to be super blonde, just a shade or two lighter than what you do have to add some brightness and 'sparkle' around your face. Adding just a few foils can really change up your look and add dimension to your color. This service is very quick and easy for your stylist to do and usually is also very affordable. Don't make the mistake of buying one of those at home highlighting kits; this is not going to give you the sparkle I am talking about. That will give you orange, blotchy, fried hair that will cost you upwards of $100 per hour to fix. Leave it to the professionals.

This time of year gets very busy for all of us. We feel stressed, overwhelmed, tired and frumpy. Take time for yourself and take care of your hair throughout the winter months. Give yourself a pick-me-up by adding some sparkly to your do.


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