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There were a lot of models strutting their stuff on the spring runways with wild, shockingly colored hair – including neon purple, red, green and pink!

While this look may not be very practical for every day, I still think it’s a fun way to shake up your spring beauty routine. Hold on, though – don’t reach for anything crazy like permanent dye! Instead, use colored clip-on hair extensions or washable hair dye to create temporary (very temporary) streaks of bold color.

This might not be an every day look, but I think it’s perfect for a night out, or if you’re heading to a sporting event or concert. What do you think? Would you try this spring beauty trend?


GkHair, known for their innovative line of professional hair care products, has introduced two new must-have styling products to their line: ThermalStyleHer and Styling Mousse.

ThermalStyleHer was designed for women who regularly use hair styling appliances that can cause damage. Made with Juvexin, natural silicones and natural grain extracts and seed oils, this product will help protect hair while heat styling while conditioning and strengthening from within. Additionally, ThermalStyleHer also cuts down on the amount of time that heat is needed on the hair.

Their new Styling Mousse also conditions hair, and improves hair each time you use it. This innovative mousse gives women weightless volume and shine, while eliminating frizz and protecting it from harmful UV rays and humidity.

Each product retails for $19, and can only be found in professional salons. For a list of salons near you that carry these products, please visit gkhair.com/us/en/index.php/salon-finder.

If you suffer from parched, damaged or very dry hair, a standard conditioner may not be enough to restore your strands to silky sleekness. If that’s the case, try one of these best leave in conditioners/treatments to help your hair look its absolute best.

Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment

I’ve been using this leave-in treatment off and on for years, and I turn to it time and again when my hair needs a little extra pick-me-up. Not only does this treatment help restore already damaged hair, but it also contains potent ingredients to minimize further damage and improve the overall health of your hair over time.

($9.99, Drugstores)

BioSilk Miracle Leave-In Conditioner

This conditioning spray from BioSilk smooths damaged strands while helping to prevent further harm and adding volume and shine to dull, dry hair. This “miracle in a bottle” also works well as a heat protectant, and prevents color fading while controlling frizz and flyaways.

($9.99, thebeautyplace.com)

Bumble and Bumble Leave In Conditioner

A fan favorite, Bumble and Bumble Leave In Conditioner is a lightweight conditioner that works for all hair types. Additionally, it helps lock in moisture and fight frizz. You can also use it as detangler or softener while you shower.

($22, Sephora)

Dove Damage Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Smoothing Cream

I’m a huge fan of many Dove products, and this leave-in smoothing treatment is no exception. Not only will this cream help replenish moisture to super dry hair, but it also primes the hair shaft for styling and fights frizz for up to 24 hours. What you’re left with is smooth, touch-ably soft hair that will look and feel healthy every time you use this product.

($6, Drugstores)

Liquid Keratin Filling Leave-In Conditioner

With a combination of keratin proteins and vitamins, this nourishing leave-in conditioner binds moisture to the hair follicles for soft, smooth and conditioned hair all day long. Additionally, this formula adds strength and shine while protecting hair from sun damage and frizz.

($27, Beauty.com)

Have you used any of these leave-in treatments before? If not, do you have one you recommend? Don’t be shy – leave your thoughts in the comments. As always, stay lovely!

Excessive brushing, heat styling and daily wear and tear can wreak havoc on your hair. If you’re tired of dealing with your damaged locks, turn to one of these top 5 hair treatments to help restore the health of your hair.

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Coloring your hair at home can save time and money, but only if you purchase a quality dye that won’t wreak havoc on your tresses. The next time you get the urge to switch up your look, consider one of these five at-home hair color kits.

1. Clairol Nice ‘n Easy with Color Blend Technology

This permanent hair color offers a wide range of  natural looking shades, and combines highlights, lowlights and shine for dimensional hair color in just one step. It’s a gentle, long lasting color and very easy to use. When I dye my hair, I typically choose red shades but other dyes fade to an icky orange color. With this dye, I don’t have that problem! When the red fades, I am left with a pretty auburn/brown shade that looks just as good as when it’s freshly colored. Lovely!

($7.99, drugstore.com)

2. Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color

For a semi-permanent color that gently covers grays, Clairol’s Natural Instincts Hair Color is the ticket. Most semi-permanent dyes leave a dull, flat look to hair but this product gives true, natural looking color in a mere 10 minutes. Plus, it leaves hair feeling soft and conditioned, not dry and brittle like harsher dyes.

($8.99, drugstores)

3. Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Multi-Lights Highlighting Kit

This is one of the best and easiest at-home highlighting kits I’ve found, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. The kit includes a non-drip applicator allowing you to deposit color exactly where you want it, and can be used on both color treated and natural hair. While I love getting my hair done at a salon, the expense kills me; this at-home highlighting kit helps me keep up appearances without spending an arm and a leg to do so!

($6.99, drugstores)

4. L’Oreal Excellence Creme Haircolor

A protective pre-color serum that comes with this haircolor ensures your hair will stay smooth and conditioned even after you color, and the non-drip formula makes applying a breeze! With a wide range of shades to choose from and 100%, long lasting coverage for grays, this haircolor offers superior results at a bargain price. How can you go wrong?

($7.19, drugstores)

5. Manic Panic Semi-Permanent Haircolor Cream

Even though this isn’t a “traditional” hair dye, for those of us who like to experiment with funky colors from time to time, Manic Panic is a must. A wide range of look-at-me shades are available, from vivid red to electric blue and everything in between. Plus, since it’s semi-permanent, you don’t have to be afraid of a long commitment.

($12, drugstores)

Do you color your hair at home? Have you used any of the products featured here? If so, leave a shout out in the comments. Don’t be shy! And, as always, stay lovely.

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