Chatting Microfiber Towels on Amazon StyleCode Live

On the subject of healthy hair, I have two, okay maybe 3 major points that can drastically make a difference in it’s health — and that’s before even waiving a single hair product or supplement in your face. If you caught my segment for Amazon StyleCode Live, (13 minutes 50 seconds into the show, video clip above!), you saw me chatting about all the benefits of a Microfiber towel – hopefully after watching, I’ve convinced you to never use a conventional towel again.

The breakage is real people. Your hair is most vulnerable when your hair is wet, drying it with a rough towel (just stroke your hand across your towel, does it feel smooth?), it should. My sister and I had very frizzy, curly hair growing up. We were told by a hair stylist to either use a microfiber towel or a soft tee-shirt but never to use a towel on our strands. This was in 2005 before any articles were coming out about this stuff. I credit so much of my hair health to this, and especially if you suffer from breakage or frizzy hair, this should be on your radar (I’m also a huge fan of just letting your hair air dry sans towel).

There are loads of microfiber towels on the market in all different colors and brands. Amazon has loads in different sizes, colors and brands. Check them out on their carousel, which is the “Hair Towel” tab under the episode link that directly links to options.

As for which is my favorite, it’s actually funny story… I went to an Aquis event and met the founder last year and was given one of their microfiber towels. I’m so loyal to the one I’ve had for a decade — as is my sister, I never opened it. And then I noticed something a few months ago, the towel I’ve been using forever is from Aquis! As was my sisters. In fact she has a rose print on hers that they no longer make, which the founder told me was a limited run they did for TJMaxx collaboration forever ago. They have made some advancements in a fibers since then so brand was generous enough to replace both of our towels but I’m not going to lie, we have both been very happy with the original. Although the deluxe one, the Lisse Luxe Hair Towel feels so much fresher.  And yes, Charlie has his own as well — I had enough of a struggle growing his “never-going-to-grow-back” fur when I rescued him that of course got him his own towel as well — plus how cute was his cameo on StyleCode Live? Stole the show, right?

As for my other tips, stay away from hair elastics and opt for clips or ties that are gentler to hold hair back to help cut down breakage. And lastly sleep in a silk turbon or silk pillowcase (I talk more about why HERE) but you may just see me on another episode of StyleCode Live discussing this more:)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I’m headed to Iceland and will be getting a private tour of how the products are made at the Blue Lagoon. If you want to follow along live, catch my insta-stories on Instagram: @prettyconnected.

xoLara

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Going for the Rose Gold with Kevin Murphy

I’m so obsessed with Kevin Murphy!!!!! I’ve admired his products for so long but getting the opportunity to spend the afternoon with him took my admiration to the next level. What an absolutely delightful person, who completely lived up to his hype. After months of struggling with my hair color — I loved being blonde but the colorists I was working with a few months back kept giving me weird highlights at the root and the intense black root to blonde highlight was not working for me at all. Expecting full well to walk into my color appointment with Kevin and ask for an ombre or some way of fixing the disaster that was my hair, he alongside his amazing Director of Color, Kate Reid had something else in mind: rose gold.

So in an unexpected turn of events, I got rose gold hair, with these beautiful highlights that gave my color and hair so much dimension.  I am obsessed! Kevin Murphy has such unique colors and vision, and this was the perfect tone for me. I love how they worked with me to create a custom color that worked for my skintone. Kevin Murphy also launched 5 new products for spring, four of which are available now with another launching in April. See below for details!

The five new products include:

1 & 2: SMOOTH.AGAIN.WASH (shampoo) and SMOOTH.AGAIN.RINSE (conditioner), which is targeted to soften, thick, frizz-prone hair and make it more manageable. It’s a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that closes the hair cuticles so strands are smooth and shiny without weighing hair down.

3. Powder Puff (volumizing powder) – If you’re a Kevin Murphy DOO.OVER fan, that is the spray version of this product. It’s a volumizing powder with hold and texture and it instantly creates that 60s volume look without having to tease your hair. It has some grit to it but you only need to tap a little bit.  This isn’t a product that dissolves and is weightless it’s in there to do a job, and it does it well!

4. LEAVE-IN.REPAIR, which is great for all hair types and is super light and helps add strength and reduce breakage. It helps nourish dry, brittle hair and great for anyone like me that does a lot of chemical services.

5. SHIMMER.ME.BLONDE. Launching for spring (April to be more exact), this is like skincare or a highlighter for your hair–think luminous skin but for hair, so luminous hair goals. As you can see from the top to bottom picture it’s violet colored, and when shaken it creates this really pretty, prismatic shimmer that reflects light. To use, shake the bottle and walk through like you would perfume (if you were spritzing it on your hair instead of neck). The idea is when you spritz it, it’s like adding 100 violet mirrors reflecting light so it adds more dimension and your blonde looks really crisp and reflective. This product is ideal for blondes (grey hair works too) that feel like their color is getting dull or lifeless.

Learn more at kevinmurphy.com.au

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How I Style My Hair: Easy Laid Back Waves


Today we’re talking hair! Specifically how I’ve been styling mine. Questions have been rolling in over social media recently wanting to know how I’ve been achieving my go to style – easy laid back waves, so today I’m going to give you a step by step guide to literally the simplest hair look ever!

I’ve also teamed up with TRESemmé for this post as, drumroll please.. I’ll be flying out to New York with them on Friday for Fashion Week! Without doubt TRESemmé are a hair staple these days, and I’ve used three of their best styling products in todays look. Perfect hair isn’t always easy, and this season TRESemmé want to inspire and empower you to #WorkIt with their huge range of products to get the look you love, whether that’s laid back and lived in, or glammed up super chic! I’ll also be going backstage with them for a handful of shows, so expect to see a lot of NYFW content coming your way soon!

– This is a sponsored post in collaboration with TRESemmé –

Step One: Boost

This style honestly couldn’t be easier to fit into your routine, as it literally takes me ten minutes to wiz through every morning. Prep is key to a quick style though, so I usually start things off the night before when I wash my hair. Volume is the number one for me when it comes to my hair aspirations, and mousse is one of the best products to use for this.

Starting with damp hair I comb through about a golf ball sized amount of the TRESemmé Volume & Lift Mousse with my fingers, concentrating it at the roots. A quick blast of the hair dryer leaves my hair with long-lasting fullness without the sticky texture of a dry spray, as well as all the weightless volume I could ever need!

Don’t forget to run whats left in your hands into the rest of your hair too, as this is going to hold in the waves when we come to using heat.

Step Two: Protect

Before you step anywhere near the curling wand though, protecting your hair is key. The TRESemmé Heat Defense Styling Spray has been around ever since I picked up my first pair of GHD’s a long, long time ago. It keeps hair safe up to 230 degrees and increases softness and shine too.

I honestly think I’ve stuck with this spray for so long because the nozzle is just the best (weirdo alert, I know). A lot of spray products can end up leaving a whole lot of product in one little spot on your head – not great when I’m trying my best to protect every single overprocessed, overworked strand! Whereas the spritz on this is such a fine mist it covers lightly and evenly all over.

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Step Three: Texture

Next, onto the main part of this routine – adding the waves. My tool of choice is a medium tapered curling wand, but you can also get a similar effect with straighteners if you have those to hand. The most important part of achieving lose falling curls is actually how you hold the wand. With much trial and error I’ve found pointing it down and at a forty-five degree angle (or thereabouts) gives the best curl formation.

Also the way in which you wrap the hair makes a huge difference too. If you twist as you go, things are going to end up on the 80’s side of kinky, so make sure you keep the hair flat and straight against the wand. Try not to overthink it though – with practice you’ll have the technique down in your sleep.

EXTRA TIP!

While the hair is cooling, pull apart the curls with your fingers. This breaks up the texture into waves and gives a much more seperated effect than brushing out with a comb, and doesn’t leave them as broken down as running your hands all the way through.

Step Four: Hold

Depending on your hair texture this style might last all day, but for my naturally straight and flat hair I like the guaranteed hold of a setting product. The Extra Hold Hairspray from TRESEmmé is seriously heavy duty in keeping loose waves in place, but without any of the stiffness you’d usually think came hand in hand with a maximum hold spray.

My hair still feels soft enough to run my fingers through after this step and I also like to spray some through the roots for a last boost of volume, as well as keeping flyaways at bay. It’s humidity resistant as well – perfect for the frizz prone, humid streets of NYC!

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Long Sexy Hair

This post was sponsored by Sexy Hair through their partnership with ShopStyle Collective. While I was compensated to write a post about their Sexy Hair products, all opinions are my own. 

The only thing I want more than Sexy Hair is Long Sexy Hair! Especially since my epic chop two years ago, it’s taken me a long time to enter back into the long hair zone. And now with the all the color in my hair, growing it and keeping it healthy has been a daily battle.

Sexy Hair, who’s Big Sexy Hair collection I’m already obsessed with – their Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray has a permanent residence in my bathroom, just launched a new collection Long Sexy Hair. They also added a new Silk Finish to their Big Sexy Hair collection.

The new Long Sexy Hair collection is ideal for long hair and extensions and consists of the Color Safe Luxurious Shampoo, Color Safe Luxurious Conditioner, Luxe Detangler, Luxe Blow Out Spray and Luxe Dry Shampoo. The whole range features Moringa Oil and Biotin to nourish hair and add shine. Most of you are familiar with biotin – I even take supplements of it as a hair growth supplement. In hair products it’s used to strengthen the surface of strands and protect against breakage. Moringa Oil I’m new to but after reading about it on the internet I’m utterly impressed and not sure why this is new to my vocabulary. It has a plethora of benefits for not just hair but for skin and your overall health as well. For hair though it’s great for moisturizing the scalp and also strengthening hair by delivering important minerals and vitamins to the follicles.

I mix and match my hair and styling products a lot but this is one of those collections where the whole collection is so ideal and offers everything for my hair type. It offers moisture, shine and health while preventing hair from excessive dryness, dullness and damage resulting in better detangling. The Luxurious Shampoo and Conditioner are color safe and free of SL/SLE Sulfates, Gluten and Parabens, which makes it gentle and ideal for my bleached strands. The Luxe Detangler is a leave in spray for extra moisture and nourishment, which my strands desperately need for detangling since it’s so dry from the winter air and all my color. The Luxe Blow Out Spray is a heat protectant I use before flat ironing my hair to prevent against further heat damage.

I do confess that while I’m handy with a flat iron and curling iron, I’m completely deficient in blowdrying my hair straight. It’s part of the reason I get a lot of blow-outs since it’s been more of a challenge getting my hair really smooth and not looking too dry when I flat iron it. I am able to get salon looking hair status on my own when using the whole collection. And that’s even before the two new finishing products that I am in love with.

The Long Sexy Hair Luxe Dry Shampoo works amazing for some lift in the roots either right after blow drying/flat ironing your hair or as a next day hair refresher. The new Big Sexy Hair Silk Finish I use from the hair shaft down to smooth out my stands, especially at the ends. Just apply a little to your palms, rub together to emulsify and then apply. You can use it on wet or dry hair but my preference is on dry since the results are so instant.

Get 15% off the Long Sexy Hair product line with code: ‘LONG’ on sexyhair.com.

Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think! Xo Lara @prettyconnected.

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The Year of You and Dove #LoveYourHair

This will be my final blog post of the year, and my partnership with Dove for the #LoveYourHair campaign is the perfect way to end 2016. As the year comes to a close, I’m constantly asked to share my predictions of the beauty landscape for 2017. What does the future hold?

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