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Last-Minute Luxury Gifts for Her

We are getting down to the wire here, with just a little over a week before Christmas. It can be hard to find the perfect gift, but it doesn't have to be. With online shopping, you can find some really great items she'll love, and ones that  don't cost a fortune either.

Etsy can be a great place to find something beautiful and unique. Some items on Etsy have a longer processing time, but some, particularly the jewelry and candle shops, tend to have things ready-made. Thus you're bound to find some very beautiful and unique gifts. You just have to check the deadline for Christmas in each shop's announcements. Some will even work with you on rush orders, so it never hurts to ask! Pictured above: Chevron Kite Dangle EarringsModern Chevron Kite Laser Cut Earrings



First up on today's gift guide for women is a jewelry shop on Etsy calledLucky Tree Studio. At Lucky Tree, you can find gorgeous, one of a kind bamboo jewelry. With intricate laser-cut designs, this isn&#…

My Secrets to Frizz-Free Wavy Summer Hair





















 
I have naturally wavy, frizzy hair, so humid summers on the east coast aren't ideal when it comes to styling my hair. I've tried countless treatments and styling products, and I like to think I've got it down to a science. My hair use to be more curly. As long as I used curl-defining products, it looked fine. But with age it has become less curly with unfortunately the same amount of frizz, and I'll be damned if I spend an hour blow-drying and curling it everyday. Hell, I barely do that once a month. Essentially this post is to share how I tame my frizz while keeping my waves. I'll save the tips for frizz-free straight hair for another time, because the processes and products used are somewhat different.

My Tips for Frizz-Free Summer Waves
  • Remember that dryness is the enemy of frizz-free waves. I try to condition as much as possible, starting from the inside out. I get healthy fats from olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados; and I drink a ton of water.
  • Whenever possible, I wash my hair the night before. When my hair has plenty of time to air dry, the texture relaxes quite a bit. If I need to dampen it for scrunching, I use a spray bottle with water.
  • Shampoos can strip the scalp of natural oils and dry out your hair. I like to use gentle shampoo like my daughter's tear-free baby shampoo, and occasionally I like to go "no-poo". It calls for ditching commercial shampoo and using baking soda and vinegar to naturally clean hair. Whenever I do use a commercial shampoo, I go for one without sodium lauryl sulfate, which dries out hair.
  •  I skip on conditioner, which may seem counterproductive, but commercial products contain so many chemical ingredients that dry out hair. I like to use coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment a few times a week before I shampoo. I let it set for 30 minutes before shampooing. 
  • After every shampoo I use about a dime size amount of the coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner. The coconut oil can be a bit pricey, but one jar lasts a long time.
  • I love to use the coconut oil or olive oil as a defrizzing serum, but a little bit goes a very long way. Once the humid summer weather hits, I need something I can really pile on without quite so much oil. I started using Moroccan argan oil, and I love it. It cuts frizz, smooths split ends, and adds shine without being too greasy. It's a bit pricey as well, but it also last a long time. I never splurge on the $30-bottle brand. I use Organix Moroccan Argan Oil for under $10 a bottle. You can find it at Walmoart or Target.
  • I've experimented with dozens of mousses, spray gels, and styling creams. After trying everything out there, I've come to rely on mousse + leave-in conditioner. I'd previously used Aussie Catch the Wave mousse, but I just tried the new Dove Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse, and it's my favorite so far. There is a tendency with hair products to just apply them to the top layer, but my hair is super thick, so I make sure I get the underside and work it through all the layers. It really helps keep the frizz at bay as the day goes on.
  • After all that, if I still have lingering frizzies, I use a shine gel like Smooth 'n Shine (from the ethnic hair care aisle). I rub a small amount together in my palms and smooth it over the top of my hair. Believe it or not, this process is fairly quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

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