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  • Hairstyles for Fall and Winter

    With the weather shifting, it’s time to change up more than our jackets and shoes. The seasons ahead call for their own hairstyles, specific to the cooler weather, darker days, and the looming forecast for snow. Fortunately, when you use Nine Naturals shampoo and conditioner, you’re taking the first steps to gorgeous ‘dos. If you want a stylish look, start with keeping your hair healthy and well-nourished. The dry air of autumn and winter can be tricky for your locks, which is why it’s even more important to pamper your hair during these cooler months. Then, go ahead and pick your favorite stunning fall and winter hairstyle trend.

    Get the crimping iron out of the attic. Crimped hair is making a major comeback this season, much to the delight to those of us who coveted these crimping irons back in our school days. But you’re not a kid anymore, so don’t be afraid to get creative with the crimped look. Try wearing crimped hair in a low ponytail or braid non-crimped hair around the textured locks.

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    Braided crowns will give you a princess-like flair. Braids are always popular, but right now, inspiration is coming from the decidedly feminine and elegant medieval look. Try a single plait across your head with straight hair or wavy hair. If you’d rather go bold, try an entire head of braided crown. This hairstyle is especially lovely with neutral makeup and only a hint of bling - you want this gorgeous hairstyle to be the center of attention.

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    Simple knots are your stylish, easy go-to. When you’re expecting a baby, you might not always be in the mood to execute a fully polished hairstyle. Knots are a wonderful compromise between low-maintenance and chic. Twist a knot a the nape of your neck, leaving out just enough strands to create texture. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try the double-knot style, too.

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    Channel your inner flapper with finger waves. Another fall/winter throwback style is the finger wave. This hairstyle is perfect for holiday parties and special evenings out (take advantage of pre-baby date nights!). Match the hair with dramatic makeup and a chic maternity gown for a stunning look. If your attire is more nonchalant, finger waves add a sweet accent to your look, all without the curling iron.

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    Voluminous ponytails go the extra mile for your look. If you’re stuck in a rut of pulling your hair back in an everyday ponytail, try adding a bit of pizzazz. Match high-volume hair with a slight bouffant for a fashionable ‘do. You can also try adding in a glossier look by slicking hair back, then volumizing the pulled-up ponytail.

    Add shine and glamor with well-placed hair accessories. So many appealing options can be found for dressing up your hairstyle: metallic bands, jeweled clips, and even tiaras can all be added on for a gorgeous adornment. Be sure your outfit and other accessories match your hair and create a streamlined look, as it can be easy to overdo it.

    Messy top-knots give your hair effortless charm. These top-knots are on trend and gloriously simple to pull off. For long hair, this is a go-to hairstyle, whether you dress it up or down. It’s a versatile look, so you can make it your own. Be sure to stock up on bobby pins so you can manage just how messy, or polished, you’d like your top-knot to be.

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    Center parts are on-point this season. You’ll want to use a thin comb to get your part perfectly straight, which makes or breaks this particular look. Center parts work especially well with long curls, textured hair, or stylish updos with a few strands framing the face. This part really brings out your features, so keep makeup and accessories neutral.

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    Deep side parts are the center-part’s counterpoint. If center parts don’t work for you, no need to fear. Deep side parts are also very much in style this fall and winter. For this hair style, it’s all about upping the drama in your look. With a deep part, match it with a glossy, slicked-back updo or hair styled down in waves.

    (c) Abigail Spencer, The Wrap

    Beveled bobs are the new bob to wear. In past seasons, shaggy and messy bobs have been all the rage. For fall and winter, you’ll want a sleek, blunt cut for your bob. A beveled bob has a structured and deeply refined look, which makes it easy for your entire look to be chic. You can also match the bob with thick, straight-across bangs for an extra vivid hairstyle.

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  • Best Salons in the US for Pregnant Women

    When you’re pregnant, your highest priority becomes taking care of your growing little one. Taking care of yourself is crucial, too! But when you want to pamper yourself with a trip to salon, it can be hard to know which ones are safe to frequent while you’re expecting. We’ve tracked down salons nation-wide that have gained reputations as agreeable to expectant mamas. It’s best to speak with your doctor about the safety of specific hair and beauty treatments during pregnancy. Craft your personal do and do-not list to bring with you as you book your next appointment. When you’re ready for a trip to the salon, there are fantastic picks across the country for you to choose from.

    Breathe clean in Hale Salon: New York, New York. Touted as the most environmentally friendly salon in NYC, countless expectant mothers come here with peace of mind. It’s a clean-air salon, which is particularly blissful when you’re living in the Manhattan area. Hairspray and similar products are off-limits, save for a specially designated room. The salon’s mission revolves around clean living, so the products they use are thoroughly vetted to be the most natural and clean they can find, including some vegan products. The rave reviews for Hale aren’t only for their nontoxic environs, but also the gorgeous beauty work they do. For the eco-minded, Hale Salon could become a main fixture even after the baby is born.

    Evolve your pregnancy style Evolve Hair and Art: Seattle, Washington. With an all-inclusive passion for holistic living, Evolve is an organic salon in the heart of the Emerald City. The products used here are the purest available, and even the hair color is organic and clean. Maintaining a toxin-free environment is a priority, and the stylists here are passionate about their mission. Customers call Evolve a peaceful and health-conscious place to be, which means you’ll be in like-minded company while you’re there.

    Blend style and substance at Garbo: Austin, Texas. Garbo is a salon and spa in Austin with a reputation for excellent service and an eco-conscious mindset. While you’re getting your hair done, you can relax knowing that the products used here will be as safe for your baby as for yourself. The award-winning salon is not only known for its cutting-edge style work, but also for its dedication to being green. Garbo also offers skin services and facial treatments, and remember to check with a doctor before you book your trip, to be sure about which treatments are pregnancy-approved.

    My Hair Trip Salon gives an offbeat, but eco-conscious, experience: Denver, Colorado. If you’re in Denver, book at appointment at the city’s most-frequented certified green and organic salon. The 5-star rated salon boasts hair stylists, but also a commitment to using organic, chemical-free products for every stage of haircare. An earnest commitment to nontoxic products and sustainable haircare choices makes My Hair Trip a special place to enjoy a pre-baby haircut or hair treatment. The offbeat salon also sells art, jewelry, and apparel, and with the clean-living environment, you’ll feel comfortable lingering and browsing in the stunningly green-designed long after your appointment is over.

    Go for the full treatment at Asha SalonSpa: Chicago, Illinois. Asha focuses on a natural approach to haircare and style, which makes this salon a worry-free choice for your haircare needs. Not only is their all-natural philosophy attractive for salon treatments, they also offer a stellar array of prenatal spa packages. With options like gentle mother-to-be massages, hydrating belly treatments, and prenatal waxing, this is a must-stop destination before the baby arrives. They also have a mother-friendly attitude: childcare (for children 8 weeks and older) is available for you during your time at the SalonSpa, just be sure to make a reservation first. Enjoy the eco-conscious spirit of Asha while you’re expecting, and you’ll want to make yourself a regular customer post-baby, too.

    Salon NOVO is your Bay Area pick: Sonoma, California. Sonoma County’s first eco-friendly certified salon, Salon NOVO makes green hair care hip. The main mission of the salon is to “detoxify the salon experience,” which makes it a comforting choice during pregnancy. They use a selection of the best all-natural hair, body, and skin care and are enthusiastic about their choices, which means they’ll tell you all about them if you’d like to know specifics. The salon receives rave reviews for their work, so you don’t need to feel like you’re trading quality for peace of mind.

    Go to Maria Heckscher Salon for an afternoon of care: Atlanta, Georgia. At MH Salon, going clean and green is a full-on philosophy that you and your bump can get behind. They are so dedicated to an eco-conscious (and pregnancy-friendly) environment, even the hand towels are made of soft, sustainable bamboo. The salon uses organic and all-natural hair products so as you’re maintaining your look, you can be certain that unwanted toxins will be avoided. Maria Heckscher Salon also has a boutique and cafe to spend a few blissful hours truly enjoying in worry-free relaxation.

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  • The All-Natural Products Pregnant Ladies Need To Know

    Pregnancy is the best time to switch out any products you’ve been using that may contain toxic chemicals for safer ones. But beware, not all products labeled “all-natural” may be free from harmful chemicals.

    In an article for Mother Magazine, Suzanne Price, owner of Sprout, a natural and organic kids’ store, gives helpful advice on the dangers to avoid, as well as product recommendations (that include Nine Naturals products!):

    “We all use more personal care products in a day than we probably realize. Many contain chemicals that, even in small doses, may not be good for us. However, the cumulative effects of using these chemicals spread out across different products added together, day after day, have never been tested. We do know that what you put on your skin ends up in your bloodstream and passes through the placenta, as well. Avoid fake fragrances that often contain phthalates, known endocrine disruptors that have already been banned in plastic toys for kids under 3…For a broader list of ingredients to avoid, see Sprout’s Healthy Baby Guide. Another good resource to determine if a specific brand or product is safe is EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.”

    Our Products That Made The List:
    Nine Naturals Citrus Mint Shampoo, $19, Amazon.
    Nine Naturals Citrus Mint Conditioner, $20, Credo.
    Nine Naturals Citrus Geranium Bodywash, $19, Amazon.

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  • Summer Hair Fixes

    With so much attention on protecting our skin from the sun, we sometimes neglect the damage that the sun’s rays can have on our hair. The combination of heat, sweat, and humidity can seriously flatten and fry our locks. Here are our top three natural and pregnancy-safe beauty fixes to keep your hair happy and healthy this summer:

    Problem: Fried Hair

    Solution: Salt water from the ocean and chlorine from the pool can leave hair dry and brittle hair. To restore shine and lustrous texture back to your hair, use an all-natural deep conditioner in your hair, such as Nine Naturals Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner, to tame your tresses.

    For a little extra hydration, add a small amount of coconut oil and leave on for 20 min before washing out or work into an overnight hair treatment. Snipping off the damaged ends will help get your hair back to its normal, healthy texture.

    Problem: Flat Hair

    Solution: When fine or straight hair meets humidity, it can become limp. To add some va-va-voom, avoid using deep conditioner on roots, instead focusing only on the ends. Another must-avoid is heavy styling products, such as mouse or hairspray. This may seem counter-intuitive but product-buildup at the roots in conjunction with humid weather seriously flattens hair. Try blow drying hair upside down!

    Problem: Frizzy Hair

    Solution: To fight frizz, rub a tiny bit of natural conditioner into your hands and work it through your strands. Not only will this help smooth hair, it will also slightly weighing down the top layer to prevent further frizzing. Layered hair can lead to puffiness in the summer weather so don’t be afraid to ask your hairstylist for a blunter cut to help hold down the ends.

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  • 5 Summer Beauty Fixes

    When your body is changing during pregnancy, the hot summer months can bring a whole new crop of summer beauty problems, such as sunburn, dry hair, sweat and more. Luckily, there are many all-natural and pregnancy-safe beauty fixes for your summer beauty woes. Here’s our list:

    Summer Beauty Problem: Sunburn

    Prevent sunburns from happening in the first place by using an all natural sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and follow sun safety practices. Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours and after water activities or excessive sweating. For damaged skin, apply aloe vera or natural body balm. Nine Naturals Body Balm is made with Mongongo Oil, which has traditionally been used to protect against the harsh desert climates.

    Summer Beauty Problem: Chlorine Dry Hair

    To bring back shine, use an all-natural deep conditioner, such as Nine Naturals Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner or coconut oil to tame tresses. Rinse out with cool water to avoid further heat damage. Try leaving either in overnight for extra lustrous hair!

    Summer Beauty Problem: Sweat

    To keep cool and prevent sweat, wear loose clothing in airy fabrics. Don’t be afraid to sweat though, as it allows your body to naturally release toxins, but combat body odor by using a pregnancy safe deodorant, like Nine Natural’s.

    Summer Beauty Problem: Dry, Itchy Skin

    Skin can get very dry in the summer heat, especially during pregnancy. Today, 80% of lotions sold in the U.S. contain alcohol–not what sensitive, itchy skin needs. Try our Regenerative Belly Butter for itchy bellies and made with broccoli seed oil and grape seed oil to stay hydrated long after a shower. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

    Summer Beauty Problem: Breakouts

    Excess hormones from pregnancy and extra sweat from hot summer months can lead to the perfect acne-causing combination. To manage acne naturally, wash face twice daily with a gentle, all-natural facial cleanser. Use natural skincare products and makeup that is free of harsh chemicals such as dimethicone and fragrance, which can clog pores or cause irritation. Change your pillowcase often to prevent bacteria buildup on the fabric of your pillowcase.

    Let these beauty fixes enhance your summer with healthy lustrous hair and radiant glowing skin. Now you can be free of the usual summer stresses and the ever-lurking chemicals that can keep you from achieving your summer beauty and wellness goals.

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  • Split Ends? We Have The Cure

    Pregnancy is a time of amazing changes in the body. As hormone levels increase, even your hair can be affected, and you may find that it becomes particularly dry, resulting in breakage and split ends. While hormonal hair breakage during pregnancy might be unavoidable for some, the right hair care techniques and treatments can help restore shine and luster to your tresses! We have the 5 tricks to help you cure split ends:

    1) Get Regular Trims: Moms-to-be should get their hair trimmed every four to six weeks to clean up rough ends, prevent future damage and give their hair a healthier overall look. This is also a prime opportunity to embrace a new style or add layers, both of which improve the appearance of brittle hair and can give your ‘do a voluminous boost.

    2) Indulge In Deep Conditioning: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate those locks! Nine Naturals pregnancy safe, plant-based Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner nourishes damaged hair with its medley of restorative ingredients, which include organic emollients like Moroccan argan oil, shea butter and macadamia seed oil. It also contains flax seed oil and vitamin B5, both of which help prevent split ends. It works well as an everyday conditioner or a weekly mask, but either way, you’ll feel pampered.

    3) Use Proper Hair Tools: Heat-intense hair tools are not your friend right now. Blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons break down the hydrogen bonds in the hair’s protective cuticle, creating damaged and fried-looking hair with each use. If you can’t live without your hair tools, avoid doing so every day, choose a low temperature setting and style quickly to keep your hair as healthy as possible. Additionally, invest in high quality haircare tools that protect your hair from additional damage like FHI Heat tools.

    4) Use A Wide-Tooth Comb: After you apply conditioner in the shower, slowly run a wide-tooth comb through hair until all the tangles are out. This prevents the snaps and breakage you can incur when you try to brush out hair that is roughed up from a towel-dry.

    5) Increase Folic Acid And Biotin Intake: Both of these B vitamins (folic acid and biotin) have been shown to improve hair health, length and thickness. Folic acid helps the production of red blood cells, which powers the growth of hair. Eat plenty of leafy greens, oranges, soybeans and wheat to get your boost of folic acid. Biotin, known to strengthen both hair and nails through its metabolism of fats, carbs and proteins, can be found in brown rice, lentils, peas, sunflower seeds and walnuts.

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