Chelsea Crockett

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Hairstyles for Runners

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping…

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping back and forth, I hate it when braids hit my back, and I cannot stand hair in my face! There are only a few hair styles I approve of when going on a run for those reasons. Here are my favs!

  1. Low pony: This is the easiest style of them all. Low ponies are better than high because they don’t swoosh around when you’re running. They’re quick to do, and to keep the flyaway hairs out of your face add in a headband.fullsizerender-61
  2. French braid: This one is my go-to running style. I love it because, like a low ponytail, it doesn’t swoosh around when you run, and the braid keeps the hair off of your forehead. Plus it is super cute!
  3. Mini Ponies: This last style is the most complicated, but that being said it is still very easy to do. It is great for ladies with long hair or lots of layers. Grab the section of hair at the top of your head into ponytail. Tie it with an elastic. Gather another section further down and secure it into an elastic, including the top section. Keep this going until you secure the final ponytail with a more durable band.

Having my hair secured while I run is essential for me to have a successful workout. Without having to worry about my hair falling out or getting in my face I am free to run as I please!

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Make the Most of Your Hair Appointments

I never feel like I have enough time. There are so many things to fit in a day! Because of my hectic schedule, hair appointments are the last thing on…

I never feel like I have enough time. There are so many things to fit in a day! Because of my hectic schedule, hair appointments are the last thing on my mind. But, they have to happen at some point! Here are ways to make the most for your hair appointments and to help get you in and out of there!452735bcc9ac66847cbacfef9f54b1f6

  1. Know what you want: Give the hair stylist something to work with, like a photo of the cut or color that you are wanting. This helps the stylist know the direction you want to go and saves time because you aren’t trying to verbally explain it to them.
  2. Plan ahead: Know approximately how much time you think you will need for the appointment so you and the stylist don’t feel rushed. Plan it into your day just like you would anything else. Block out time for it.
  3. Don’t go in with wet hair: Your stylist is going to want to look at your hair dry to see how it normally looks, and they are going to want to feel it to see if there is a lot of damage they will need to trim off. If you come with a wet head, they will have to blow dry it before you start the appointment, which takes time. Save time, go dry!

Next time you need to make a trip to the salon, try these time-saving tips to make the most of it!

XOXO, Chels

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Hair De-tangler DIY

Now that my hair has grown back and is almost as long as it was in my first years of high school, pulling a brush through it after a shower…

Now that my hair has grown back and is almost as long as it was in my first years of high school, pulling a brush through it after a shower is nothing short of a nightmare. The only way I can get all the tangles out of my hair is if I use detangler. This is a sort of leave-in conditioner that both moisturizes and helps work the tangles out of your hair! Here is how to easily make your very own.

Ingredients:download

  • 2-3 tablespoons conditioner
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 12 drops of essential oil
  • Spray bottle

The amount of distilled water you use depends on your spray bottle size. Mix 1.5 to 2 cups of water with 2-3 tbsp of conditioner in a bowl. Add in some essential oils to spruce it up and to give your hair a fresh scent. I like to use rosemary oil because it promotes strong hair. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the spray bottle, and there you have it! Spray on damp hair after you shower and your hair will be soft, tangle free, and shiny!

I like using a leave-in conditioner on my hair after I shower because it hydrates it and protects it from damage. Plus, it makes it super soft and shiny! Also, making your own ensures that you aren’t putting unnecessary chemicals on your hair.

 

XOXO, Chels

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How to Keep Straightened Hair Straight Longer

I love how my hair looks when it is straightened. I was recently on The Today Show and I wore my hair straight on the show! The bad thing about…

I love how my hair looks when it is straightened. I was recently on The Today Show and I wore my hair straight on the show! The bad thing about loving straight hair is the fact that keeping my hair straight is nearly impossible. I will straighten it in the morning, and by mid-afternoon it is already starting to form waves. It may have something to do with the humidity in the air. If you want to know how to keep your hair straight as long as possible, read on!

  1. Start smart: There are actually shampoos and conditioners out there that are made for styling straight hair. They fight FullSizeRender (32)frizz, smooth your hair, deep condition, and provide protein. Whether you use the special shampoo and conditioner or not, this next step is vital: make sure your hair is completely dry before straightening it. Any moisture left in your hair will cause it to curl the second you step outside into the humidity. Water attracts water!
  2. Cool off: After you have finished straightening, allow your hair to cool completely before leaving the house. You can use your blow dryer on the “cool” setting to do this. Your hair will hold the style better once it has cooled.
  3. Use straightening strategies: Before straightening, you can prep your hair. One way is to shower the night before you straighten to ensure your hair is as dry as it can be. This will also save it from the damage of blow drying. When you are blow drying, though, always blow downwards to keep your hair smooth. Once you are done straightening, use hairspray to keep frizz away and to keep that style holding longer.

And lastly, be nice to your hair. No matter how hard you try, sometimes the weather wins. Try to wear your hair straight on days when it isn’t supposed to rain. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

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How Often Should I Trim My Hair?

How do you know when it is time to trim your ‘do? Is it when your ends are so split and gross that they look frizzy all the time? Or…

How do you know when it is time to trim your ‘do? Is it when your ends are so split and gross that they look frizzy all the time? Or is it when you start getting knots that just won’t come out, no matter how much conditioner you use? I am one of those people who waits as long as possible in between cuts because I want my hair to grow long. What I have learned is that doing that does more harm than good! Here are different hair categories and when you really need to cut it.FullSizeRender (19)

  1. If you have tight curls: For you naturally curly-haired beauties, you need to trim every 12 weeks. If you are trying to grow it out, ask your stylist to trim about a quarter of an inch or less at each cut.
  2. If your hair is untouched: And by untouched I mean un-colored or highlighted. If you have not used many chemicals on your hair and don’t use hot tools much, you can go 12 weeks in between trims.
  3. For long, wavy or straight hair: If you keep it healthy by deep conditioning and using minimal hot tools, then you can wait 8-12 weeks in between trims. If you have long layers, though, you should trim every 6-8 weeks to keep your layers in good shape.
  4. If you have a bob or lob: If you have a bob or lob (aka a long bob) you should get a trim every 6 weeks. Clean sharp lines grow out well, so you should be good. Now, if you have short or shoulder-length hair with lots of layers, then you also want to go every 6 weeks or your layers may start to look wonky.
  5. If you have short hair: If you have a pixie cut or an undercut or any other super short hairstyle, you should get it touched up every 4 weeks to keep it sharp!

Of course these are just suggestions, you can get your hair trimmed whenever you please, these are just here to help give you a guide to what salon professionals recommend!

XOXO, Chels

 

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How To Make Your Highlights Last Longer

Coloring your hair is a huge commitment. When you walk out of the salon, your hair is on fleek, but after a few weeks the color starts to fade and…

Coloring your hair is a huge commitment. When you walk out of the salon, your hair is on fleek, but after a few weeks the color starts to fade and your roots grow out. A lot of stylists recommend touching up your color every 8-10 weeks, and that is expensive! Plus, it is rough on your hair. Here are a few ways to make your highlights last longer so you don’t have to touch them up so often.FullSizeRender (16)

  1. Go for balayage: When you get balayge highlights the stylist makes them look more natural. The highlights don’t go all the way up to your roots, so you can’t tell when they are growing out. Also, choose a shade of highlights that is only a few shades lighter than your natural hair color, because subtle highlights are way easier to maintain!
  2. Try “babylights: This highlight trend focuses on natural highlighting. They are like the highlights you got as a kid from playing out in the sun! This trend focuses on brightening up the hair right by your face to give you a sun-kissed look, then fades the highlights throughout your hair for a natural look. These aren’t so obvious when they grow out.
  3. Wash less: Shampooing your hair less helps maintain your color. Try shampooing every other day and using dry shampoo on the days in between. Also, good color starts with healthy hair, so by keeping your hair moisturized and healthy, you can help it hold the color longer.

 

Hopefully this helps you keep your highlights and color longer! I’m all about saving time and money.

XOXO, Chels

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4 Lazy Girl Back-To-School Hairstyles

On school days, the last thing I want to do is get up earlier than I have to in order to do my hair. I definitely lean on the lazy…

On school days, the last thing I want to do is get up earlier than I have to in order to do my hair. I definitely lean on the lazy side when it comes to styling my hair on school mornings. But, if you are like me, you want to be able to sleep in AND have cute hair. Here are some easy options for us lazy gals!

  1. Half-up braid: Take the hair from both of your temples and pull it back. Secure the top half of your hair into a clear elastic band, then braid it. Secure the braid with another clear band, then loosen the strands a bit to give it a slightly messy look. Twist the braid around itself into a bun, then secure with bobby pins. Easy and so cute!11-flower-braid-half-up-half-down-hairstyle
  2. Easy curls: Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Split the hair into two or three sections, depending on how thick your hair is. Take one section, wrap the whole thing around the barrel of a curling wand, and let it curl. Do this to all your sections, take the ponytail down, and voila! Easy, fast curls.
  3. No heat curls: Take an elastic headband and place it on your head like a halo. Then, twist sections of your hair and wrap them around the band. Do this with all of your hair so it is all wrapped around the headband, then head to bed. Wake up, take the headband out, and you will have curls for days!
  4. Blow dry waves: If you are a gal who likes to shower in the morning, while you are blow drying your hair, twist large sections and blow dry them. This will give you easy waves and saves you time by ditching your curling iron!

Have more time for sleep AND have great hair? Sign me up!

XOXO, Chels

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Curling Iron Tips and Tricks

Curling irons can take a lot of practice and training to be able to control. In order to get the most of your out of your curling iron and get…

Curling irons can take a lot of practice and training to be able to control. In order to get the most of your out of your curling iron and get the best curls possible there are a few tricks you need to have up your sleeve at all times.

  1. Know the difference in barrels: AKA know what size barrel works best for you. If your hair curls better with a smaller barreled iron, stick with it. If your hair works better with the bigger barrel because you prefer looser, wavier curls, then work it. Practice makes perfect!images (2)
  2. Short hair hacks: If you have short hair, use a small-barreled iron pointed downward. Also, make your curls tighter on the underside of your hair because this will help your ‘do to have more volume.
  3. Quick curls: Pull your hair into a high pony and curl your it while it is up for quick easy waves. Once you are done curling and have let your hair cool, take the ponytail down and lightly spray with hair spray.
  4. Clamp it up: Face the clamp of your curling iron forward to spin the hair through it more easily, and clamp around the middle of your hair. Clamping hair from the bottom of the strand makes it harder and more awkward to curl around the iron.
  5. Root to tip: The closer to the root you start the curl, the longer the curl will last.
  6. Wand tricks: When you are using a wand with different sized ends, turn it upside down. This allows you to start curling your roots on the larger end of the wand. Also, hold the wand behind your head to avoid burning your face or ears!

Next time you are curling your locks, keep these tips in mind!

XOXO, Chels

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Easy Messy Curls

When styling your hair into curls, there are two categories: fresh curls and messy curls. Both are great styles and are worn for different reasons. Fresh curls are meant to…

When styling your hair into curls, there are two categories: fresh curls and messy curls. Both are great styles and are worn for different reasons. Fresh curls are meant to look pretty and put-together, whereas messy curls are a more “everyday” “effortless” casual look. I love the way my hair looks when it is freshly curled. The curls are all bouncy and shiny! Buuuuut, there is something to be said about “second day” curls. They are looser, messier, and give off that “effortless” look. Want to know how to get “second day” curls without having to sleep on them/wait a whole day? Stay tuned!mcx-beach-sprays-ogx

  1. The first step is to divide your hair into sections and curl it how you normally do. You can use a curling iron, wand, straightener, whichever you prefer!
  2. Okay, so after you have curled all of your hair, take your fingers and run them through your hair. The goal is to loosen up the curls and separate them. You can also use a wide-toothed comb for this step instead of your fingers!
  3. Take some dry shampoo or texture spray and spray it throughout your hair, on the roots and the curls. This will “dirty up” your hair and make it a little messier. I also use sea salt spray to mess it up a bit.

See how easy it is to get “second day” curls on the first day? Super-duper easy! Let me know in the comment section if your “second day” curls turned out cute!

XOXO, Chels

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Best Texture Spray for Your Money

There is one sort of hair style that I have not been able to fully master, and that is the messy look. You know, the Gigi Hadid, just off of…

There is one sort of hair style that I have not been able to fully master, and that is the messy look. You know, the Gigi Hadid, just off of the beach, effortlessly messy hair. I have heard that the key to a successful beachy, wavy, wind-blown style is using texture spray. Not all texture spray is the same, though, so I did a little bit of research to see which one would help me achieve my desired look. Here are my top 3 texturizing sprays, which are all really affordable!not-your-mothers-double-take-dry-finishg-texture-spray

  1. Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Texture Tease: This one costs less than $5…winning! Misting this spray all over your locks gives it that “undone” texture. Spray it on curled hair or natural hair for a boost!
  2. Not Your Mother’s Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray: I love the “Not Your Mother’s” brand. This spray hydrates your strands with aloe and keratin while giving it a tousled finish. And, it is under $7!
  3. Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray: This formula absorbs oil and odors while giving your hair grip to hold its style, whether you are rocking an updo or beachy waves! It is also infused with argan oil that conditions and moisturizes your hair. This product is $11, and styles your hair without getting sticky or crunchy!

Having messy, tousled, textured hair in the summer is my dream! I recommend these sprays to anyone who feels the same. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

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Say Bye to Bad Hair Days

We have all had those days where we wake up and our hair looks like a bird has started nesting in it. Bad hair days are the worst because we…

We have all had those days where we wake up and our hair looks like a bird has started nesting in it. Bad hair days are the worst because we are helpless in the fight against our hair and it can feel like there is nothing you can do to make it look remotely better.  Here is a handy dandy list of ways that you can beat your next bad hair day, or even prevent it!

  1. Is your hair dull or brassy? Give your hair natural shine by taking fish oil supplements! Along with a ton of other health benefits, fish oil works from the inside out, giving you naturally glossy strands.FullSizeRender (6)
  2. Running late or have horribly unmanageable hair? Braid it up. Braided hairstyles are your bff on days when you just don’t want to mess with your hair because they mask the craziness!
  3. Steer clear of hair products that have silicones or sulfates in them. Those chemicals dry out your hair and disrupt it’s natural wave/curl pattern. This means mega frizz! Also, maintaining a healthy diet can really benefit the health of your hair. Avoid eating too much salt, sugar, caffeine and carbonated beverages.
  4. Topknots = lifesaver. These high buns keep your hair out of your face and disguise the mess it really is!
  5. Use them! Blair Waldorf set a great example for us. Headbands add a little extra oomf to hair if it needs something to spice it up and it keeps your strands out of your face.
  6. Are you battling static electricity and flyaways? Rub a dryer sheet over your hair!
  7. When straightening your locks, pull the hair up towards the ceiling when running it through the straightener to add volume to the ‘do.

Bad hair days be gone!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Things to Know Before You Cut Your Hair

If you have been with me for a while, then you know I used to have loooooong hair. My sister Kylie has beautiful long locks right now and I catch…

If you have been with me for a while, then you know I used to have loooooong hair. My sister Kylie has beautiful long locks right now and I catch myself wishing I had mine back! Although I sometimes reminisce about the times when I had long locks, I really dig my shorter ‘do.  Sometimes having long hair was such a hassle, and was very hard to maintain. Cutting your hair short means a fresh start and a totally new look, and one look that is really in right now is the long bob haircut, but before you go cutting off your tresses and taking the short hair plunge there are a few things you need to consider!

Styling tools switch: The tools you use to style your long hair may not be ideal with your short hair. Big barreled curling irons usually get the boot and smaller thinner irons and straighteners will take their place. The smaller tools allow you to have better control of your shorter ‘do.FullSizeRender (4)

Style time: Shorter hair takes less time to style, which is a total bonus! You won’t have to wake up as early in the morning to style it and it takes less time to dry than longer hair does.

Hair heaviness: Shorter hair has less weight to it than longer hair. This means that if you have natural curls or waves, they will be tighter with short hair. I think that this is a plus because when you get out of the shower all you have to do is work a little product into your hair and you can let your hair go natural!

Saves money: Shorter hair= less shampoo and hair products!

It is drastic: Lots of girls have an emotional attachment to their hair (myself included) so the thought of chopping off your hair can be frightening. But, just remember, it WILL grow back! Buuuuuut..it will not grow back overnight. It takes minutes to cut your hair, but months to grow it all back. It is quite a commitment!

So, before you decide to board the “short hair train” give it a bit of thought!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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At-Home Hair Detox

Detoxing your body is a big thing these days. You detox your body, so why not detox your HAIR! Your strands are bombarded with chemicals and products on a daily…

Detoxing your body is a big thing these days. You detox your body, so why not detox your HAIR! Your strands are FullSizeRender (95)bombarded with chemicals and products on a daily basis, and over time that stuff can really take a toll on it. They can weigh it down, make it dull and lifeless, and unhealthy! A simple way to detox your hair involves only two things: your favorite shampoo and sea salt! Sea salt is full of minerals. It removes dead skin cells, dirt and product from your hair and de-greases it without stripping the natural oils from it! Is your hair in need of a boost? Try out this easy detox!

Mix 3 parts course sea salt with 2 parts shampoo together and wash your hair with it.  If your hair is in need of a little moisture, add in some coconut oil! Wash your hair with the mixture and then thoroughly rinse with cool water. Now, this shampoo is not to use as your everyday shampoo. Just use it once a month or so to detox your hair and give it a fresh start. Using the mixture too often may dry your hair and scalp!

Give your hair the detox it deserves!

XOXO, Chels

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Your Dry Shampoo Guide

I cannot tell you how many times dry shampoo has saved me. There is nothing better than a douse of dry shampoo when your hair is feeling yucky and you…

I cannot tell you how many times dry shampoo has saved me. There is nothing better than a douse of dry shampoo when your hair is feeling yucky and you are in a pinch for time. There are 3 different types of dry shampoo that you can use to rescue your roots, and today we are going to talk about them all and how they differ so you can chose the one that works best for you!

  1. The usual, powdery spray: This is the type I typically use. It has a powdery feel and absorbs the oils in my hair. It is crazy easy to use and comes either odorless or with refreshing scents (which is my personal fav). The only downside to this kind is the white powdery residue that happens when you spray this stuff. If you have dark hair, the spray can stick out! There are many brands that work with dark haired beauties to eliminate this problem.Dove-dry
  2. Loose powder: This stuff is surprisingly easy to work with! All you do is shake a little bit onto your roots and work it into your hair until it is completely absorbed. Some people like this kind better than the spray because you have more control over how much product goes where.
  3. Paste: Dry shampoo in paste form not only works its oil absorbing magic, it also serves as a styling product! Double the awesome.

What’s your favorite kind of dry shampoo and what works best with your hair? I am glad there are so many different kinds, everyone’s hair is different so it is nice to have a choice!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Get Natural Highlights

When summer comes around, I sometimes have an urge to go blonde. Not totally blonde, just blond-er. The problem is that highlights are pretty pricey, and who has time for…

When summer comes around, I sometimes have an urge to go blonde. Not totally blonde, just blond-er. The problem is that highlights are pretty pricey, and who has time for a trip to the salon when there is so much fun to be had in the summer months? If you want your hair to have a beachy, sun-kissed look this summer, here is the natural way to do so!

  1. Create your own salt spray: Mix a bit of salt with water, spray it on your hair (which opens the cuticle), and then go lay in the sun. This will fade your hair into a lighter color.images (1)
  2. Grab some lemon juice: Before heading out into the sun, add some lemon juice to your strands. The acid in the juice opens your cuticle, same as the salt water example above, leaving it open to the sun’s rays.
  3. Mix lemon and orange: If you are going for more golden, subtle highlights, mix orange and lemon juice together and do the same steps as above.

These DIY highlight concoctions are so easy to make, and fun to implement! Spray stuff on my hair, then go lay in the sun? Easy peasy.

XOXO, Chels

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4 Ways to Protect Your Hair from the Sun

Just like you need to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, you need to protect your precious locks! You wear sunscreen to ward off harmful UV rays and…

Just like you need to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, you need to protect your precious locks! You wear sunscreen to ward off harmful UV rays and wear hats to cover your face because you know how important it is, and the same goes for protecting your hair. Here are the best ways to prevent permanent sun damage to your hair.

  1. Use sunblock: For your hair! Yes, it is a “thing.” You can make your own DIY hair sunscreen by combining one tablespoon of sunblock with a cup of water in a spray bottle and spritzing it all over your locks. The sun can burn your hair just like it burns your skin, so be mindful of that!2431-1_og_article_portrait
  2. Accessorize: My favorite, and the most easy way to protect your hair. Wear a headwrap, scarf, or a sunhat over your hair when you are exposed to the sun’s rays. Not only will it protect against damage, you will also look super cute!
  3. Deep condition: Before a day at the beach or out in the sun, work a deep conditioner into wet hair and don’t rinse it. This will keep your hair from frying and drying out as well as protect it against damaging rays.
  4. Wear heat protectant: You can use the same heat protectant you use before curling or flat ironing your hair before you head out into the sun!

It is important to protect your skin AND hair from the sun this summer. It will save you a ton of damage and will keep your body happy and healthy.

XOXO, Chels

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