Hot Tips on Coloring Your Hair

There’s just something so sexy about being a woman. Buying new lingerie, donning a new look with a great makeover, trying out a new hairstyle or color…. We all need a change sometimes, and what better to change than the color of our hair?

Dyeing our hair a new shade shifts us into a new sense of being, gives us a new persona to assume and fulfill. We can be the boisterous blonde we never were, the seductive brunette, the electric redhead or the mysterious ebony-haired beauty. And with this exciting new shade also comes a stunning blast of self-confidence and invigoration.

Changing the color of our hair gives us freedom and a sense of renewal, even if the only thing different from yesterday to today is the color of the strands on our heads. Depending on your comfort levels, you can try at-home coloring kits or you can make an appointment with your stylist. Opt for highlights only or color your entire mane for the ultimate head-turning factor.

 

Tips and tricks:

Try to stick pretty close to your natural color if it is your first time. This way it won’t be the end of the world when your roots start growing in.

Also, you might consider a temporary washout color treatment if you are a beginner. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to remedy the situation if you don’t like the new color of your hair.

If you opt for do-it-yourself highlights, have a family member or a friend help you, if possible. It is always nice to have another set of eyes to guide you through things you cannot clearly see. Mirrors may be deceiving, so having someone there to help really could be the difference between an okay dye job and an excellent one.

Follow the instructions closely and thoroughly. No skipping steps. Test a small area of your hair as instructed, just to be sure you aren’t allergic to anything in the dye.

Leave your hair down as you color it and you will achieve a more even look. Pinning your hair on top of your head leaves more to chance.

Part hair into sections and apply color from roots to ends, starting near the temples. Double-check the instructions to be sure you are following them properly.

To prevent hair from dripping on your skin, apply a thin layer of moisturizer or petroleum jelly to the skin at your hairline. Most hair dyes will not drip, but in case they do, this makes cleanup so much easier!

If you want beautiful blonde tresses, consider seeing your stylist for best results. Dyeing darker hair into a lighter shade, especially blonde, can be a tricky task. Even if you’re an at-home hair dyeing professional, remember that it’s easier to do it right the first time than to cover up any boo-boos.

Athletic Hairstyles: Ponytails of a Different Color

Fun and flirty or professional and sophisticated, the ponytail is a timeless style appropriate for just about any occasion or event. Ponytails look absolutely adorable when worn by young girls and tots, but they also look chic and classy on mature women.

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Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor weddingOutdoor weddings add the elements of adventure and nature to your special wedding moment. The quality and composition of your photos will be completely different, perhaps boasting radiant reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn, or the gorgeous pinks, purples, and blues of spring flowers.

Review the following considerations as you begin the fun planning phase for your outdoor wedding!

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Here are some tips to make planning your outdoor wedding a pure breeze!

Consider the seasons.

Do you prefer a wild explosion of color, like springtime wildflowers? Are you more enamored of the brilliant fall foliage? Decide what kind of backdrop you’d prefer for your photographs, video, and general wedding memories.

Contemplate the scenery.

Many people dream of a picturesque wedding ceremony and reception celebration on the beach, in the countryside, near a waterfall, or in another lovely locale. Put your head together with your significant other and decide which romantic outdoor venue best suits your relationship.

Choose your dates wisely.

Avoid rainy season if possible, but realize that Mother Nature can change her mind at any give time.

Decide on the level of formality.

Will every minute detail of your special day be extravagant, or are you willing to cut a few corners for costs’ sake?

Decide on the level of formality.
Will every minute detail of your special day be extravagant and elegant? Do you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere? Once you figure out your preferences in formality, you can decide on the style of service.

If your event will be especially posh, you may want to reserve caterers and a professional wait staff to care for you and your guests. If you want an outdoor wedding but can’t afford a huge financial setback, you can enjoy a picnic style celebration outside with a buffet-style spread.

Have a backup plan, and plan ahead.

Set up some canopy tents, just in case the heavens do open up. Even if the sunny weather holds out, the tents will provide a comfortable shelter from the warm rays.

Play up nature.

Add a tranquil fountain to help set a peaceful mood, or consider setting up some bamboo torches for an evening celebration. Bring more floral arrangements into the gathering area to give off a fragrant aroma. Consider the existing elements of nature at the site, and find ways to enhance the natural beauty.

Low-Budget Honeymoon Ideas for Newlyweds

HoneymoonSure, Aruba, Jamaica, Bahamas sound great! But can you still afford a lavish honeymoon after that exceptional wedding celebration? If your funding is limited and you don’t want to go into debt over your head taking out loans, consider an innovative alternative honeymoon trip. You can save the big, extravagant trip for your one-year or five-year anniversary, when you have more money set aside.

In the meantime, here are a few options for an incredible, unforgettable, completely affordable honeymoon extravaganza!

Exotic meets Practical

If you had your heart set on a romantic trip to a remote tropical island, you may not have to give up this beautiful dream. Have you considered an all-inclusive cruise instead?

Cruises in an all-inclusive package can provide a great honeymoon getaway. Your lodging, airfare, transit fees, meals and non-alcoholic beverages are covered in the total price. You will still be responsible for the cost of your off-ship excursions, alcoholic beverages, gift and souvenir purchases, and some special activities and treatments, if desired.Cruises to several islands allow you to enjoy lots on a budget.

Prices depend on the dates and duration of your trip, and some all-inclusive cruises begin under $1,000. You can figure out your budget before you make any plans, and then call a travel agent with your pricing, dates, and specifications in mind. A cruise can be a carefree vacation that explores several remote tropical islands, instead of just one. And best of all, you can often find last-minute deals at a discounted rate.

Unforgettable meets Adventurous

If you don’t have the money to travel Europe or tour a collection of Islands in the South Pacific, consider a local jaunt through some pretty amazing sights and ‘scapes. A road trip to some nearby attractions and not-so-distant national landmarks can be a great way to spend your honeymoon excursion together.

If you live in the USA, consider visits to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, and countless other well-known attractions. If you live in or near Canada, make the trek to Niagara Falls, one of the most romantic wonders of the world. If you live in another country or on another continent entirely, visit a tourism bureau and find some vacation hotspots within a reasonable drive from your home.

As you prepare for your trip, be sure you have plenty of film or memory for your camera, extra batteries, snacks, changes of clothes, and plenty of blankets and pillows so you can lie beneath the midnight sky to count the stars. On that note, consider taking a tent for a true experience in nature.

Paradise meets the Private Getaway

As you already know, the two most important factors in your honeymoon are you and your sweetheart. No matter where you go, no matter how much money you spend, your trip will be special just because the two of you are able to enjoy it together.

With a little imagination, an all-inclusive resort can be a great way to get away from it all. Spend some quality time together on your honeymoon in a remote retreat, like the Pocono Mountains or the Adirondack Mountains.

Adirondacks, Upstate New YorkFind a resort community that meets your greatest romantic expectations. Many of these communities are designed especially for newlyweds and loving couples, with everything the lovebirds could possibly want – from luxurious privacy to lavish meals and amenities, fun activities and more.

Often these private, romantic resorts boast personal hot tubs, saunas, swimming pools, and scrumptious room service offerings. Some may be ski resorts, some may be lakeside communities, and others may be right on the seashore. Find the setting that best suits your desires and sneak away together for a romantic vacation you will never forget!

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