Chelsea Crockett

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No-Damage Straightener Tips

If you’re like me, then part of your morning routine for 50% of the week involves a flat iron, whether it is curling, straightening, or taming frizz. Unfortunately for us,…

If you’re like me, then part of your morning routine for 50% of the week involves a flat iron, whether it is curling, straightening, or taming frizz. Unfortunately for us, flat irons can cause some major damage to your fragile locks! If you want to have healthy hair but also want to style it using heat, you can have the best of both worlds if you follow the following tips!

  1. Prep with a smoothing shampoo: Use a heat repair shampoo and conditioner combo to prep and protect your hair! It will help replenish moisture back to it and get it ready for your next heat-styling sesh.k2-_27f2a273-f3b2-40c3-8171-8cb069f0ab81.v1.jpg-493a3404189bedd09678a1acfe8f1b1931fc92e3-optim-450x450
  2. Protect your strands: Before you heat up your hair, spray a good heat protectant on it. Pick one that protects from damage as well as smooths and adds shine! It will prevent it from becoming dry and stiff after you straighten it.
  3. Use ceramic plated irons: Ceramic plates protect your hair with negatively charged ions and helps keep your hair smooth.
  4. Use a deep conditioner: Once a month, treat your hair to some moisture! Your hair needs restoration if you frequently use heat on it, so letting a deep conditioner soak about 10 minutes on your strands once a month, then rinse and let your hair air dry!

Protecting your hair is so so important if you use hot tools often. The more you protect, the longer it will grow and the better it will look!

XOXO, Chels

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4 Ways to Get Ready Faster in the Morning

If you take advantage of every extra minute of sleep you can get, then you are like me and are always looking for ways to get ready faster in the…

If you take advantage of every extra minute of sleep you can get, then you are like me and are always looking for ways to get ready faster in the morning to allow me to sleep in longer. Here are a few of my signature get-ready-faster tactics.

  1. Keep a pouch of essentials: Keep a small zipper pouch full of your daily essentials like gum, lip color, keys, mascara, and aspirin, that way if you switch purses or backpacks all you have to worry about is grabbing the pouch and you will know you have everything you need for the day.images (1)
  2. Document your outfits: When you find an outfit you like, take a picture of it before you leave for the day. That way, if you are ever out of outfit inspiration and are running late and can’t pick out an outfit for the day, you can go to your “outfits” folder on your phone and quickly see an ensemble that worked for you and then you can easily recreate it.
  3. Quick dry your hair: If you have time to wash your hair in the morning, don’t blow dry it right after your shower. Wrap it in an absorbent towel, go eat breakfast and get ready, then blow dry it. Blow drying your hair in a steamy bathroom can cause it to frizz up and also takes longer to dry. Waiting lets your bathroom air out.
  4. Dry shampoo before bed: This helps the dry shampoo soak up oils while you sleep and gives you clean looking/smelling hair in the morning! This saves you time because you don’t have to go wash your hair.

XOXO, Chels

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What Happens When You Quit Washing Your Hair

Recently I have been reading on my favorite bloggers’ sites that they barely wash their hair. Like, Cara Loren recently blogged that she doesn’t wash it for a week, and…

Recently I have been reading on my favorite bloggers’ sites that they barely wash their hair. Like, Cara Loren recently blogged that she doesn’t wash it for a week, and her hair is always so gorgeous! It blows my mind! How can people not wash their hair yet it still looks that good? I found out a few of their secrets, and today Ill share them with you. So, what exactly happens when you quit washing your hair so often?

  1. You fall in love with dry shampoo: For people who go a while between lathers, dry shampoo is their bff. They rely on this miracle spray to keep their hair less oily and smelling nice! It also makes it easy to style.download
  2. It will be easier to style: Every time I go to a salon to get my hair done for events like prom and homecoming, the stylist always tells me to come with “dirty hair”. This is because it holds the style better! Clean hair is slippery.
  3. Less split ends: Washing your hair is rough on it, between the lathering rinsing and repeating. It also dries out your ends, which leads them to split, so washing less = less split ends!
  4. Your color will last longer: If you color or highlight your hair, you know that washing dulls your color over time. So, washing less = longer lasting color.

Now, I am not sure that I can go a week without washing my hair, but I could go a few days to see if I reap any of these benefits!

XOXO, Chels

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Things to Consider Before You Cut Your Hair

If you follow me on any social media, then you will know that my hair underwent a huge change recently! I got a ton of it chopped off! I now…

If you follow me on any social media, then you will know that my hair underwent a huge change recently! I got a ton of it chopped off! I now have healthy, shiny, shoulder-length hair that I am in love with. It was time for change! I had been contemplating cutting it for a long time, and I finally just went for it. There were a few things I took into account before I cut off my hair, and if you are planning on chopping your locks I suggest you contemplate a few of these, too! Here is what to consider before cutting your hair short.

  1. If you have fine hair: If your hair is on the thinner side, a “lob” or “long bob” can make your hair thicker, which is a total plus! You will have more volume because you won’t have your length weighing it down. Also, have your stylist cut your lob into soft layers to give it more movement.FullSizeRender (21)
  2. If you have thick hair: If you have thick hair, a lob or a shoulder-length cut like mine can be fun to style. You can make things interesting by playing up the texture and using different curling irons and your straightener to create different looks. You can also play with your part and experiment! A little advice, though, if you are getting a shorter cut and you have thick hair, have the stylist thin you out with a razor or thinning sheers just a bit so you don’t get a super poofy look.
  3. Will short hair suit my face shape?: The short answer? Yes! Lobs and shoulder length cuts are very versatile. You can make it work for you with the amount of layering and movement. Someone with a very square face shape will look better with a layered lob whereas someone with a longer, more oval face shape will look great with a cut that has a fringe or side-swept bangs to complement the long length of the face.

If you are on the fence about cutting your hair, I say go for it! After all, it is just hair, it always grows back. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

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How to Make the Perfect Messy Bun

Why is it that messy buns are harder to do than regular buns? The disheveled, effortless, “undone” look is way harder to achieve than people think. I wish I could…

Why is it that messy buns are harder to do than regular buns? The disheveled, effortless, “undone” look is way harder to achieve than people think. I wish I could look like I rolled out of bed with great messy hair, but I can never seem to get it right. Luckily I found a fool-proof way to get the perfect messy bun every time. Here is how!

  1. Pull your hair into a loose ponytail as high or low as you want. Don’t worry about smoothing out bumps or slicking your hair back, you want it to look imperfect.Messy-Buns-Blonde-Hair
  2. Separate the hair in your pony into 2 sections and tease them. Teasing is the key! It will change your bun game by giving you texture and volume.
  3. Take your 2 teased sections and wrap the hair in opposite directions like you are creating a topknot. Instead of pinning your hair neatly into a bun, pin bobby pins near the ends of your hair, leaving the ends splay out around the bun. This gives it the messy look! Pull the bun apart a little with your hands to mess it up even more.

The best part about messy buns is that they work better on dirty hair, so they work great on second-day hair, AKA you can sleep in longer instead of washing your hair! 🙂

XOXO, Chels

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Best 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.hair
  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 neck and 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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Best Bangs for your Face

I have mad respect for anyone who can pull off bangs. Like seriously, you were brave enough to try bangs, and they look great on you! My fear is that…

I have mad respect for anyone who can pull off bangs. Like seriously, you were brave enough to try bangs, and they look great on you! My fear is that if I get bangs I am going to hate them and have to wait agonizingly long for them to grow back. Luckily there are wise people out there that know exactly what bangs look best for your face shape to save you the heartache of bad bangs. Here is a guide to which bangs are best for your face!

  1. Round: If you have a round-ish face, sideswept bangs are a great style to try out. Wearing long, layered bangs can help face_shapesoften your wider cheeks, and wearing trendy blunt, straight-across bangs can actually add some length to your face!
  2. Square: If you have this face shape, you are in good company! Heidi Klum has this shape. Longer, eye-grazing bangs that are thin and layered are best. Avoid super blunt, fringy bangs or you will appear to have a box-shaped face!
  3. Heart-shaped: Short, sideswept bangs work best for this shape! They help draw attention to your eyes.
  4. Oval: Gals with this shape are lucky! You can wear just about any bang shape. If you have thicker hair, fringy bangs are great, and if you have thinner hair face framing bangs are best.

Before you hop on the bang train, keep these shape suggestions in mind!

XOXO, Chels

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Why to Sleep with Your Hair in a Bun

I have always been told to NEVERRR sleep with my hair up because it can cause breakage and for the hair to be brittle. I sleep in braids sometimes to…

I have always been told to NEVERRR sleep with my hair up because it can cause breakage and for the hair to be brittle. I sleep in braids sometimes to wake up with wavy hair, and sometimes I go to bed with damp hair and wake up with awkward waves and flat spots. Contrary to popular belief, sleeping with your hair in a bun is actually pretty beneficial. dsc_0171Here is why!

Sleeping in a loose bun will prevent your hair from getting those awkward waves and flat spots mentioned above. It also helps prevent your locks from getting all tangled and frizzy while you sleep because it isn’t rubbing against your pillowcase. Also, sleeping with your hair in a bun can add a bit of extra volume and curl if you add texture cream to your damp locks before tossing them in a topknot and going to sleep. When you wake up you will have loose waves and volumized hair. It’s easier than sleeping in braids because it takes less time!

I may have to start sleeping in a bun! Will you be trying this out?

XOXO, Chels

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Rescue your Hair with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Washing your hair is one of the worst things you can do to it. Crazy, right? You would think that getting out all of that dirt, grime, and grease would…

Washing your hair is one of the worst things you can do to it. Crazy, right? You would think that getting out all of that dirt, grime, and grease would benefit it! Well, your shampoo more than likely contains tons of harmful ingredients, chemicals, and can cause lots of yucky product buildup on your hair that can weigh it down and prevent you from being able to style it. Want to know how to save your hair from being harmed PLUS get it squeaky clean? Wash it with baking soda! The baking soda and vinegar method is cheap, effective, simple and chemical-free! Here is how you can use this method. baking soda 2

Wash your hair with baking soda, then rinse it with an apple cider vinegar rinse. I have discussed this kind of rinse before, but I will go over it again in a sec!

Mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water. If you have shoulder length hair, mix about 2-3 tbsp of baking soda with 3x that much water in a bottle. Apply the baking soda and water mixture to dry or wet hair by starting at the roots and working it through to the ends.  Let it sit for 1 – 3 minutes then rinse it out with warm water. After washing and rinsing with the baking soda mixture, you’ll want to use a vinegar rinse. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water. Lean your head back and close your eyes, then rinse the mixture through your hair. Rinse with cold water to seal in the moisture and shine!

 

 I am excited to see how this method will improve my hair, by keeping it shiny, healthy, and frizz-free! Have you ever tried a baking soda shampoo? Comment below!

XOXO, Chels

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Save Your Hair from Exercise Damage

You know those girls that walk out of the gym with perfect hair? Like, not one strand is out of place or frizzy (ahem, Taylor Swift)? I envy them. After…

You know those girls that walk out of the gym with perfect hair? Like, not one strand is out of place or frizzy (ahem, Taylor Swift)? I envy them. After I work out, my hair is a sweaty mess! Little did I know that working out/going to the gym can cause some serious hair damage. Now, don’t let that stop you from kicking butt in your next workout, we just need to learn how to treat our hair while, before, and after we exercise. This will do our hair a favor in the long run.

  1. Prep your hair before pumping iron: It may seem silly to spend time on your hair before you work out, I mean, it’s going to get messed up anyway. Right? But, spending a few seconds on your mane pre-workout is a must if you want great post-workout locks. Use dry shampoo on your roots before you work out to prevent excess moisture in your hair from sweat.bella-reverse-french-braid
  2. Too-tight ponytail: If your ponytail too tight it can be damaging your hair! Plus they can make dents in it and if you want to style it afterwards you can pretty much forget it. Try a loose, high bun for post-workout volume, or try a fishtail or another type of braid for loose waves after you take it out.
  3. Protect yo-self: If you work out outside, you need to protect your scalp from the sun. Scalp sunburns= the least fun you will ever have. My advice is to wear a cute running hat or ball cap when you exercise outside. Functional AND cute. Also, be gentle when brushing your hair post-workout. It can get pretty tangled when you’re getting your sweat on, so go easy on it to prevent damage.

If your goal is long, healthy hair, keep these tips in mind the next time you head to the gym.

XOXO, Chels

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My Favorite Hair Advice

As I have gotten older, my knowledge of everything hair-related has grown exponentially. Like, a ton. Being a beauty guru means getting the 411 on all of the beauty tips…

As I have gotten older, my knowledge of everything hair-related has grown exponentially. Like, a ton. Being a beauty guru means getting the 411 on all of the beauty tips and tricks, so I have learned a few things along the way. Here are 5 of my favorite and most useful pieces of hair advice that I have ever gotten.

  1. Give your straightener a rest

More like give your hair a rest! As you all know, using hot tools on your hair is baaaaad for it. I know some girls who have straightened their hair so often it breaks off! Talk about split ends. Limit your hot-styling to a few days a week to spare your hair. Air dry your hair, let your natural curl or waves shine through, and experiment with hair 1fun ways to pull it back!

  1. It’s only hair

That is the mantra I kept repeating to myself when I got my hair chopped off. But that is the beauty of hair, it always grows back! We have all gotten that one bad haircut where we leave the salon holding back the tears, but just remember, its only hair!

  1. Shampoo less

Shampooing less allows your hair’s natural oils to work, which makes your hair shiny and healthy! Shampoo every other day, or even longer than that. Befriend dry shampoo, it is a life-saver!

  1. Too blessed to be stressed

Be thankful for the hair you have! Yes, we all wish our hair was a little straighter, a little curlier, a little longer or a little shorter, or that it was just a liiiiitle blonder, but God made you the way he did for a reason! And like I said, it’s just hair! Think of it this way: there are some girls out there who’d love to have your hair and others who don’t have hair at all. Consider yourself lucky, and appreciate what you have! You’re too blessed to be stressed.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Tame your Frizzy Hair

If you asked me what annoys me the most in the world, frizzy hair would definitely make the top 5 on my list. All I want is silky, shiny, flowy…

If you asked me what annoys me the most in the world, frizzy hair would definitely make the top 5 on my list. All I want is silky, shiny, flowy hair like you see in those Pantene commercials. Is that too much to ask? Part of it is my fault. When your hair is dry or damaged, it becomes frizzier and frizzier. I want to break up with my frizzy hair, and this is how I plan to do it.

  1. Turn down my hot tools: Using high heat on your hair can cause your hair cuticles to swell (= frizz) so turn the temp down for minimal frizz.frizzy-blonde-hair-400x400
  2. Wash my hair less frequently: Washing your hair too often strips your hair if its natural oils and can make it dry out. Dry = frizz. Use dry shampoo to help your hair stay manageable between washes.
  3. Deep condition: Deep conditioners seal your hair cuticles and prevent humidity from getting to your hair. More moisture= less frizz.
  4. Use sulfate/alcohol free products: Sulfates dry the heck out of your hair, which causes it to soak up the humidity, which = frizz. Alcohol swells the hair cuticle which = frizz, so look for products that are alcohol and sulfate free.
  5. Avoid touching my hair: Every time you touch your hair you are breaking up its natural pattern which can cause frizz.

 

Kiss your frizzy hair goodbye!

XOXO, Chels

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Reverse Hair Washing: What it is and Why It’s Good for You

There is a new beauty trend that is peaking my interest. It is called “reverse hair washing,” and it is exactly what it sounds like! The new trend is to…

There is a new beauty trend that is peaking my interest. It is called “reverse hair washing,” and it is exactly what it sounds like! The new trend is to wash your hair in the backwards order of what you usually do. Why in the world would you want to do that? Read on.

  1. Why: So the science behind reverse hair washing is to decrease the residue that is left on your hair from using conditioner.23225aacb011cce118adad8b82409c54 When we shampoo first and then condition, we usually don’t get all of the conditioner out, and when this happens it weighs your hair down. This can cause your hair to be limp and heavy and not hold a curl or volume.
  2. How you do it: Wet your hair completely. Then work conditioner throughout your hair and let it sit for a few minutes. Next, apply shampoo with the conditioner still in your hair. After lathering up, rinse it out like you normally would.

I have found that this method helps detangle my hair before I am even out of the shower. I wish I would have known about this when I had long hair!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Got Greasy Hair? Here’s a Quick Fix

Do you struggle with greasy hair? My guess is that most of us have struggled with it, or struggle with it constantly. I have friends who have to wash their…

Do you struggle with greasy hair? My guess is that most of us have struggled with it, or struggle with it constantly. I have friends who have to wash their hair every day because, by the end of the day, their hair is flat and limp because it gets greasy so quickly. Here is a quick, super easy fix to rid yourself of that greasy mane!

Before you read on: make sure your shampoo doesn’t have ammonia as an ingredient. We will be using baking soda in this post, and if you use baking soda with ammonia it will cause an unpleasant reaction.greasy hair 1

Once you have checked your shampoo’s ingredients list for ammonium, squirt some into your hand. Sprinkle some baking soda on top of the shampoo. Wash your hair using this shampoo mixture, making sure the suds get to those greasy trouble spots. After conditioning, rinse your hair out with cool water. You’re done!

This remedy is easy, cheap, and so quick! If you struggle with greasy hair, try this remedy out and see if it works for you!

XOXO, Chels

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3 Different Ways to Air Dry your Hair

Air drying your hair is one way to keep it healthy. Blow drying it constantly dries it out and makes it brittle, plus the heat damages it! Air drying my…

Air drying your hair is one way to keep it healthy. Blow drying it constantly dries it out and makes it brittle, plus the heat damages it! Air drying my hair can sometimes be a hassle, though, because it dries funny. Here are a few ways to air dry your and style it at the same time.

  1. No-frizz waves: Work some mousse into your damp hair, and then pull your hair into a big loose braid. Twist and clip the no heat wavesbraid a few inches above the crown to give your hair some lift. Take the braid out once your hair is dry. This will keep your hair from frizzing up, and it will give you even waves!
  2. Gentle waves: If you want waves framing your face, tuck your hair behind your ears as it dries and clip a metal hair pin above each ear. This will exaggerate the bend and create a face-framing wave!
  3. Textured wave: Mist damp hair with sea salt spray, then pull your hair loosely into 4 braids while it is still damp! Take the braids out when your hair is dry.
  4. Polished waves: Braid your hair into 2 loose braids before bed, clip them into twists, and then take them out when you wake up! You will have gorgeous, smooth waves.

I love that I have found ways to style my hair as it dries, it saves me so much time drying it and then styling it afterwards! I can do other things while my hair dries, and when it dries it will be wavy and styled, plus I am not damaging it with a curling iron or blow dryer!

XOXO, Chels

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Christmas Hair: Pullthrough Braid

Christmas is just around the corner, and with Christmas comes Christmas parties! With Christmas parties comes Christmas outfits, and with Christmas outfits comes Christmas hair! So, without further ado, here…

Christmas is just around the corner, and with Christmas comes Christmas parties! With Christmas parties comes Christmas outfits, and with Christmas outfits comes Christmas hair! So, without further ado, here is a fun, pretty hair style for your Christmas party needs: the pull-through braid. PS. This style works best on thick, long hair.

  1. Pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic. Split your hair into 3 groups once it is in the ponytail. Wrap one of the sections (a small section) around the ponytail to hide it.braid
  2. Split the section of hair underneath your ponytail in half and wrap it around to the front. Secure it with an elastic. It should look like you have a little ponytail in front of your big one. See the picture for clarification.
  3. Keeping your spacing even, continue splitting the underside hair in half and wrapping it around to the front, then securing it. Keep doing this until you have reached the length that you want your braid to be. Secure all the loose ends with an elastic.
  4. Now to my favorite part! Pull apart the sections of the “braid” to make it fuller and bigger.

I love this look because it is unique and looks so interesting from the back. If you are someone who prefers wearing their hair up or if you just want to switch things up, this hair style is great for you!

XOXO, Chels

Tutorial from: http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/kassinka-11310925?post=4600866103&group=0&frame_type=a&context=&context_ids=&blog=11310925&frame=1&click=0&user=0&viewer=true

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