5 Fun & Easy Workouts + Hairstyles

We get it, you are not a gym type of girl and neither are we, but who said you have to go to the gym to workout?  We looked for some alternatives and have discovered there are other ways to get your heart pumping outside of the gym.

Hula Hoop

Yes, you read it right, hula hoop.  Re-visit a childhood activity with a weighted hula hoop and hula your way into being fit.  All you need is a weighted hula hoop and your favorite TV show.  You can complete this activity in your living room or  your backyard.

Wear your hair with two side braids and a bun.  For a chic look and extra hold, layer CyndiBands headbands.

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Kickboxing Class

Kickboxing class, a two in one kind of activity.  This high-energy workout will not only help you burn calories and fat, but you will brush up on your self-defense skills that can come in handy at any given moment.

Wear your hair in two boxer braids to keep away from your face.  Your focus will be on circuits and strengthening exercises instead of your hair.

BONUS! Look extra cute and match your CyndiBands hair ties to your outfit!

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Running

Wear your hair in a high ponytail and braid and take your cardio outside.  Yes, you can run at the gym on the treadmill but how boring is that?  Go for a jog around your neighborhood or at a nearby track. Not only is it refreshing, but you have the chance of meeting new people.

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BONUS! Throw on a headband for extra hold.

Dance Class

With the rising popularity of Zumba, it is easier than ever to burn calories while learning new dance moves. A fun, high energy class that will help you burn up to 1,000 calories without realizing it! Too shy to attend a class? No worries, there are various DVDs available for purchase, so that you can do Zumba in the comfort of your home.

Pull your hair back into a high ponytail. For extra hold, layer two CyndiBands hair ties and use our Knot Trick for a tight fit that will last throughout your workout.

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Yoga

There are many benefits from doing Yoga and getting fit is just one of them.  Bored of the same Yoga class?  Stay engaged by trying different variations of Yoga that can provide a new experience each time.

To keep hair away from your face, wear your hair in this braided bun.

 

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CyndiBands Florals

Floral prints: an ongoing trend that is sophisticated, modern and fresh.  Seen on items like dresses, purses, jeans and now even hair ties! Embrace your inner lady and shop our newest collection in vibrant hues and floral prints.

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Florals are all about having fun.  Highlight and compliment them by limiting your outfit to neutral pieces and drawing the focus to where it matters: the print.

 

DIY: Flower Headband for Music Festivals

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Top Beauty Products for June 21st, 2014

With so many beauty products available with just a click away, it is hard to narrow down and decide which ones are the best.  Luckily, Polyvore makes it easy with its Top Beauty Products boards.  There was no better way to start our summer, than by having our very own Blonde set featured!
Available on CyndiBands.comBeauty.com, and Amazon!

5 Summer Hair Tips

1 – Air Dry

There is no better time to rock your natural hair texture than in the summer.   Give your blow dryer a break and let your hair air dry as much as possible. Add Oribe Apres Beach Spray for shine and texture.

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2- Moisturize!

Avoid dry hair this summer by using products that retain moisture.  With the high temperature, you need to keep yourself and your hair hydrated!  Apply a leave in conditioner daily.

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3 – Protect

Before you jump into the beach or pool, rinse your hair with water and add a UV protectant.  The water will prevent your hair from absorbing chlorine, and the UV protectant will help with the sun exposure.  To remove any chlorine residue, wash out your hair immediately with a clarifying shampoo.

 

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4 – Cover Up

We all are aware of the damages the sun can cause,  protect your hair  and skin by wearing a hat and decrease the time your hair is exposed to the sun.

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5 – Change it Up

Wearing a ponytail too tight and everyday causes hair breakage.  Change up your hairstyle with fun braids and buns. Wear a CyndiBands hair tie and help avoid additional hair breakage caused by a regular hair tie.

*For ideas read our previous blog post: 5 Hair Styles for Healthier Hair.

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My Curly Hair Diaries: 3 Steps to Healthier Curly Hair

I recently embarked on a new hair adventure in which I seek to learn about my hair type.  I have had curly hair my whole life and at times it is very difficult to embrace it because of its unknown characteristics and way of behaving.  I thought I was alone in my adventure, but as it turns out there’s a high percentage of women that also have curly hair.   This is the first of a series of blogs I will be presenting in my journey of discovery for healthy curls.

My Journey began when I ran into a blog post from A.Steed’s Life titled Curly Girl Method- Before and After.  In her posts, she discusses the curly girl method as it is introduced to her in The Curly Girl Handbook.  She explains the curly girl method and the steps required to “detox” curly hair from the harsh chemicals found in shampoos.  I was intrigued by the valuable information found in the book so; I proceeded to purchase it, and my adventure began.  I changed my routine and followed the steps below as explained thoroughly in the book.

 

I. Wash Hair With Only Conditioner

The first step of my trial began with me washing my hair with only conditioner.   According to this book, the sulfates found in shampoos are very harsh for your hair.   The no-poo (no shampoo) method is a way of restoring your hair from all the harsh chemicals.

My Experience: Because my hair felt odd after not using shampoo, I opted for the sulfate-free shampoo instead (also an option in the no-poo challenge).  I used Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and so far the result has been great.  My hair feels soft, and the curls are starting to redefine.

 

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II. Dry Your Hair with a T-shirt

I know what you might be thinking with this step.  Really?  An old T-shirt?  How?  Why?  Bare with me.  When I first heard of this, I thought it was absurd.  How will drying my hair with a T-shirt benefit my hair?!  Believe it or not drying your hair with a T-shirt helps prevent frizz.  When rubbing your hair dry with a towel, you cause frizz and hair damage.

My Experience: I noticed a change almost immediately.  My hair had less frizz and did not look dry and brittle at the ends.  When I used a towel to dry my hair, my ends would dry up quickly and look brittle with a wire like texture (not cute).  My hair now dries evenly and with just the right amount of water needed to style with gel.

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III. Use fingers to untangle wet hair

In the book, it explains how using only your fingers help minimize hair breakage.   Your hair is most fragile when wet, therefore, extra precaution must be taken to avoid causing more damage.  It felt odd to untangle my hair with just my fingers, but I did it anyway.  I applied leave-in conditioner to help with the process, but it still took me longer than expected.

My Experience: I used only my fingers to untangle my hair after the first wash.  When I washed my hair again,  I had a very difficult time untangling it.  My hair was more tangled than usual (I did not know this was even possible), so back to using my wide tooth comb I went.

 

I have been following the steps above for about three weeks now (half way through the six week challenge).  The difference in my hair is still not noticeable to others, but it feels and looks a lot healthier to me.  Before,  the ends of my waist length hair looked brittle, straight and unhealthy.  I would style my hair in the morning and it would look fine, but by the end of the day my hair was a frizz ball! Some sections would be curly, and others would be straight.  I am still in the process, but so far I am very happy with the results.

 

5 Hair Styles for Healthier Hair

Do you style your hair the same way every day?  Believe it or not, you may be causing additional damage.  Styling your hair the same way every day weakens the hair shaft and causes breakage. Keep your hair healthy and add variety to your hair styles by changing your look.  Not only will your hair be healthy, but you will look cute in the process! We have created five fast and easy looks to get you started.

Monday

Make Mondays less of a drag and rock your hair with its natural texture.  Simply add your usual styling products and let air dry for an “all natural look.”

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Tuesday

Day old washed hair holds curls easier.  Create them using a curling wand, or go for the no-heat method and sleep with rollers overnight.

*If you opt to use a curling wand, make sure you use a heat protectant!  Like the TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray.

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Wednesday

Your hair will have amazing texture by mid-week after being curled the day before.  Use that to your advantage and create a messy fishtail braid.  If your hair is starting to feel greasy, spray some dry shampoo to your roots to re-freshen and add volume.  Try Klorane Dry Shampoo, it was our #1 choice in our dry shampoo review!

*Remember to skip shampooing your hair every day to keep your hair healthy.  Follow our 4-Day challenge and notice the difference!

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Thursday

Add some variety to a regular bun and style it with a reverse braid and printed CyndiBands hair tie. Re-create this look by starting a french braid at the nape of your neck and tying up with the rest of your hair into a messy bun. Using a CyndiBands hair tie will help keep your hair up and prevent any additional damage done with a regular hair tie.

*For extra hold try using our Knot Trick.

 

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Friday

It probably feels like an eternity, but it is finally wash-your-hair day again!  Give your hair a break from heat styling tools and create natural waves with braids.  Wear one-off to the side like the style below or try a waterfall braid.  With the rising popularity of braids, the possibilities are endless!

*Follow our Pinterest boards for inspiration on Braids, Up-dos and other fun things!

 

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Weekends were made for fun!  Go wild and create any style you would like.  Feeling a little inspired to change up your hair color with out the commitment?  Try some hair chalk!

If you are out in the sun, make sure you wear a hat to protect your hair and your skin!

No-Heat Curls for Effortless Beachy Waves

What is the hottest hair style of this Spring and Summer? Effortless beachy waves as seen on Kate Hudson and Khloe Kardashian. These celebs look like they just woke up with their curls, and guess what… SO CAN YOU!
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So how do you obtain this look without the help of professional A-list stylists? We have the answer, and the best part is these waves require no heat, which means no damage!
Just follow the simple steps below, and you can rock these waves all summer long.

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1) Put hair up into a high ponytail using a CyndiBands hair tie.

2) Take a section of your hair and wrap around a “Spiral it Out Flexible Rod Roller.”

3) Bend each end of the roller toward each other to secure the hair in place.

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 to the rest of your ponytail.   Keep in mind, the more curlers you use, the tighter your waves will be.

5) Now go to bed, read a book, watch TV, do whatever your heart desires! Just keep your hair in the rollers for a few hours for the curls to set.  Once enough time has passed, unbend each roller and let your hair unravel into beautiful beachy waves.

6) Finish off by finger combing your hair and spray with hairspray for extra hold.

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And voila! You have beautiful, effortless beachy waves, perfect for any occasion.