Workout to Work + On-The-Go Essentials

No time in between your morning workout and heading to the office? No worries! Summer is coming and we know you are working hard to get your workout in. So we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know to look put together after your workout. Everything from hair styles to on-the-go essentials is all here, so keep on reading and be sure to leave us a comment letting us know your thoughts.
Keeping a few hair essentials in your bag will make your life a whole lot easier when you are rushing from the gym to the office. Dry shampoo is the most important item you can have with you when doing your hair after a workout. If you got a bit sweaty or you need some volume and life in your hair, then this will do the trick. Plus, it will make your hair look fresh and clean. Using non-creasing hair ties when you are working out will also save you a ton of trouble when you go to take out that ponytail after your workout. You can also keep a few in your essentials bag for emergencies. Flexible hold hair spray is another great product to have with you after a work out. If your hair is being hard to manage or you have some extra fly-aways from working so hard during your yoga class, spray a bit of hair spray on your final, work look and you will be all set. Our final recommended essential is a wooden brush. These magical brushes distribute your hair’s oils throughout your head and make your hair look shiny and healthy.

Sleek Top-Knot

A chic top-knot is definitely at the top of our list for “perfect post-workout hairstyles.” Simply take your hair out of the style you had for your workout and add lots of dry shampoo to your hairline and your crown. Let this soak in and use a wooden brush to smooth your hair all over. Then, give us your best top-knot and finish off with a bit of hairspray and you are ready to take on the day looking professional and chic.

Messy Braid

The messy braid is perfect for camouflaging when your hair is looking a bit dirty. Add lots of dry shampoo and create the braid of your choice. The dry shampoo will help with keeping your braid in place throughout the day. This is the perfect look for running errands after the gym or picking the kids up from school.

Polished Pony Tail

The polished pony tail is another perfect look for your post-workout life. It takes minutes and looks beautiful — what more could you want?! After your workout, add lots of dry shampoo to your crown and hairline. Put your hair in a semi-high ponytail and brush the tail with your wooden brush. Then take a piece of hair from the ponytail, about an inch wide, and wrap it around your hair elastic. Pin it underneath the ponytail, finish with some hair spray, and you have a completed beautiful look.

Keratin Containing Formaldehyde?!

 

Keratin products containing formaldehyde is a hot topic in the beauty world these days, so we thought we would give our two cents. Most of us are not aware that our beauty products can contain formaldehyde, which is a gas that is released when the keratin formula is mixed with heat and water. Is this safe? Are there safe options out there for keratin treatments? Let’s dive in and find out!

What does formaldehyde do to your hair?

In most cases of keratin treatments, the formaldehyde is the ingredient that actually smooths the hair. When the keratin is mixed with heat and water, if actually breaks the bond of the hair, making it much more relaxed. However, while the ingredient may be effective, it is not the safest thing to be inhaling. Formaldehyde is colorless, but strong-smelling and can cause major health issues when inhaled, when it comes in contact with the eyes, or when it is absorbed through the skin. It can cause irritation to the body and trigger a sever allergic reaction of the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. It has also been said customers who repeatedly get keratin treatments that contain formaldehyde are at a much greater risk of cancer. So, it can be risky to come in contact with formaldehyde. Perhaps there is a safer alternative that gives the same results for your hair?

Are there formaldehyde-free options?

Formaldehyde-free options do indeed exist, but it can be extremely tricky to distinguish between the two. Most brands claim to be formaldehyde-free, but after experts closely read the ingredients, they find that the products still contain formaldehyde-releasing agents. The gamble with using a formaldehyde-free product is that is still contains tons of other harmful chemicals, and may not work as well as the leading product that does contain formaldehyde.
This decision can be tricky. Be sure to talk to your hair stylist about your options when it comes to keratin treatments and how you can smooth your hair in the safest way possible.
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Festival Hair Style Ideas

Music festival season is the perfect time to take risks and try something new with your hair. The possibilities are endless when it comes to festival style options, so we have picked a few styles to share with you to make your decisions a bit easier. Here are our top three pics for funky, festival hair.

1. Space Buns + Glitter

Nothing screams “funky” more than some space buns and some glitter. Are we right, ladies? This is such a fun look for rock for a music festival (plus it’s SUPER easy). To get this look simply part your hair down the middle and divide your hair into two sections. Then twist each side into a bun on the top part of your head. You can make the buns as perfect or messy as you would like- both looks are definitely awesome for a festival. Now for the fun part… GLITTER! Give the part line of your hair a spray with some strong hold hair spray and sprinkle glitter along your part. One you are satisfied with the amount of glitter you added, give your hair another coat of hair spray, and you are ready to rock and roll at your festival. This look is totally Instagramable, and totally cool.

2. Extensions + Hair Accessories

Looking for more of a boho look for your music festival? Well, this is the perfect look for you. Adding extensions to lengthen and thicken your hair and adding some loose, beach waves is the best way to get the perfect, boho hair style. Adding a sun hat, bandana, or headband to the look will top it off and make you look like a bohemian princess at your favorite festival. Be sure to snap some pics of your fierce hair blowing in the wind to the beat of the music. #festivalhairdontcare

3. Rainbow + Braids

We are sure you have seen this psychedelic look floating around the internet, and it is much easier to achieve that it may seem. Adding some fun pastel colors to your hair and then adding some french braids will definitely make you stand out and keep cool at your upcoming music festival. This look is so simple to achieve. All you need to do is choose how you want to color your hair. You can use hair chalk, temporary dye, spray dye, or if you are feeling daring permanent dye. Once your hair is 100% dry just add your braid of choice and you are left with a beautiful look that keeps your hair out of your face on those hot, festival days.
We hope you got some festival inspiration from this post, and we can’t wait to see you try out these looks. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @johnfrancisbeauty and on Twitter @jfrancisbeauty! Have fun at your music festival!