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Make Your Pedicure Last: Pedi-Tips from Celebrity Manicurist Michelle Saunders

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Pedicure tips user Pink Sherbet Photography

If we had it our way, at home pedicure maintenance would be unnecessary as we would gladly sit in that plush pedi chair and be pampered daily with a professional pedicure. The unfortunate reality is that many of us are lucky if we get to the nail salon once a month. If you are guilty of neglecting your tootsies until the polish has shrunk to a little dot on your big toe, here are some easy at home foot care tips from celebrity manicurist  Michelle Saunders that will keep your toes looking freshly painted and dry cracked heels a thing of the past.

Here is what she says:

“The professional pedicure you just had at the salon could last up to two weeks longer with some TLC at home.

If the skin on your feet is callused or dry, the most important thing you could do is use a pumice stone (wet or dry) or a foot file about once a week. That will keep the skin smoother between pedicures, and don’t for get to lotion up! Nightly would be ideal, but if you do it once a week that’s better than nothing.

If your polish loses its luster after three weeks, add a top coat! That will bring the shine back. If you are wearing flip flops or shoes that show your toes, all you have to do is add a little cuticle oil to the cuticles on your toes and voila, the pedicure looks instantly refreshed!”
If you take Michelle’s advice, you can get away with long stretches in between pedicures. It is easy to keep your feet looking and feeling perfect for weeks. With a little scrubbing, moisturizing, and top coating, you will be proud to show off your toes, instead of hiding them in socks and shoes 3 1/2 weeks a month.

Using fabulous pedicure products can make giving yourself an at home pedicure feel luxurious instead of daunting. Some of our favorite products include Alchimie Forever’s Watercress-infused hand and foot treatment. It hydrates without making your feet feel sticky, and the Watercress has a soft scent so you won’t feel like you dipped your feet in melted candy canes. For cuticles we like SpaRitual’s Cuti-Quench because it’s a cream instead of an oil, making it easy to apply throughout the day on your hands too  without making a greasy mess out of everything you touch by coating everything you touch with oil.

A professional pedicure should last 3-4 weeks but can go 5-6 with proper home care.”–Michelle


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Michelle Saunders, Celebrity Manicurist

Based in Los Angeles, Michelle’s manicures and pedicures are regularly seen all over the red carpet and on the covers of your favorite magazines. Her work frequently graces the hands of myriad celebrities including Kim Cattrall, Kate Beckinsale and Eva Longoria Parker.

In defense of parabens

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

By Ada Polla user c.a. muller

It seems one of my missions in the beauty industry has become to defend parabens and set the record straight. Perhaps it is because I unapologetically use them in my skin care products Alchimie Forever. Perhaps it is because I enjoy reading the scientific data on the topic. Or perhaps it is because I don’t mind taking the politically incorrect and unpopular view on the topic, as paraben free is a popular buzz word and trend in cosmetics today. In any case, I have written a number of scientific papers on parabens, and am writing my first blog post about it exclusively for Beautyfix.

Parabens are the preservatives most commonly used in cosmetics, foods, and drugs. These molecules are used in over 22,000 cosmetics as preservatives in concentrations up to 0.8% (mixtures of parabens) or up to 0.4% (single paraben). The group includes Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, and Benzylparaben. Parabens have been the subject of numerous studies that have established not only their broad spectrum of action against numerous micro-organisms, but also their efficacy, stability, and their lack of side effects.

In the late 1990s, several studies suggested that parabens had an oestrogenic activity. Then, in 2004, English researchers detected traces of parabens in breast tumour tissue samples. The media seized the subject and widely diffused the news: parabens used in cosmetics, most notably in deodorants, could cause breast cancer. Hence the paraben controversy began. As a result, numerous cosmetic companies have altered their product formulae, replacing parabens with alternate preservative systems. Parabens were the ingredient that began the trend of fear marketing in beauty products, or “free of” marketing.

Let’s look at the facts and set the record straight:

1. As stated above, the paraben controversy and the idea they cause breast cancer rests on one single medical study that was published in 2004. The methodology of that study, however, was flawed: parabens were indeed detected in cancerous breast tissue samples; however parabens were also detected in the control group (organic matter with no trace of cancer). As there were parabens in both the cancer tissue and the control, it is not accurate to conclude that parabens cause breast cancer. The American Cancer Society claims that the “studies have not shown any direct link between parabens and any health problems, including breast cancer.”

2. There has been no further published study in the 5 years since that initial study confirming parabens’ role in breast cancer.

3. Parabens are approved by all of the cosmetic regulatory bodies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is not the case, for example, with hydroquinone, which is banned by the European equivalent of FDA.

4. Parabens have an extremely low skin sensitivity factor, meaning that very few people are allergic or have skin irritation to parabens. This is not the case with some of the paraben alternatives, including essential oils, which are very sensitizing and appear on the European list of top allergens.

5. Finally parabens have the broadest spectrum of action on bacteria, yeast, and mold, meaning they are effective on almost all. This again is not the case of paraben alternatives, whether natural or synthetic.

Of course from a commercial perspective, manufacturers may wish to replace parabens because consumers are demanding products without parabens (even if for the wrong reasons). Products without parabens enable manufacturers to avoid consumer questions and avoid having to set the record straight. But commercial decisions should not be made under the false pretense of making products safer when parabens are safe to begin with.

Furthermore, when removing parabens from products it is important to consider what we are replacing parabens with. Indeed, I believe we can all agree that preservatives and anti-bacterial agents play an important role in cosmetics. After all, who wants bacteria in their creams?

Finally, I urge the industry to reconsider the “free of” marketing craze we seem to have embarked on in the last few years. “Paraben-free” claims naturally although inaccurately lead consumers to believe that parabens are “bad.” Same with all of the other “free of” claims we see today.


Ada Polla of Alchimie Forever

Ada is the co-creator of skin care brand Alchimie Forever, and a member of the Beautyfix Panel. An expert in cosmetics development, Ada contributes to numerous magazines, and is a frequent guest speaker at leading universities and beauty industry conferences.

New York Fashion Week Hairstyles with Sean James – Glampire & Glunge

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I met up with celeb hairstylist Sean James at Frank Studio in Santa Monica to hear about the hottest hair trends from this month’s New York Fashion Week. Sean did hair for the Mik Cire men’s show, but also had a chance to observe hairstyles from the women’s shows. Glampire (think Twilight) and Glunge (grunge with a touch of glamour) are all the rage. Watch this video to learn more:

Both trends are reminiscent of the nineties. Remember (if you’re old enough) Yves Saint Laurent’s almost-black lipstick and Chanel’s Vamp? Dark lips were all the rage, although not for the weak of heart. But this time around the trend is a bit more romantic, and with a bit of sparkle. Edward Cullen would approve.

According to Sean, “the Rachel” is back too. (The hairstyle made famous by Jennifer Aniston’s character from the hit show Friends.) Put on your old ripped jeans, throw on a sequined jacket and give yourself a nice full blowout and you’re good to go.

So, to recap – it’s all about dark lips, and full hair. Rock on.

Which will you be rocking – a Glampire or Glunge look?

Picking the Perfect Foundation for your Skin Type

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Picking the perfect foundation can be rough, especially if you’re an internet shopper like I am. Luckily, there are ways to get around this difficulty, by getting to know your brands and your skin. Once you get the basics down, foundation can be the staple of your beauty routine and work wonders for your look.

When picking out a foundation there are a few things you should consider before making a choice. Your skin tone and skin type play a huge role in the selection process. Choosing a foundation that’s not suited for your skin type can cause difficulty applying, skin irritation and bad performance from the product. Not only will it feel wrong but it won’t mesh well with your skin causing it to look unnatural.

Here’s what you should consider:

  • Skin tone
  • Skin type
    • Normal
    • Oily
    • Combination
    • Sensitive
    • Dry
    • Proper formula of foundation
      • Liquid
      • Cream
      • Pressed powder
      • Mineral
      • Tinted moisturizer

Celebrity makeup and Beautyfix panelist Shiyena gave us some of her professional insight to finding the right foundation.

First, figure out if you have pink undertones or olive undertones in your skin. If you use darker shades, check to see if you have red, blue or yellow undertones.

Second, when choosing your foundation, check to see if the foundation you chose has your undertones in them.

Third, test the foundation color on both your  neck/chest area as well as your cheek/jaw line area. If possible, step outside to get the most natural light. It’s hard to see in departments store lights and it may give you false impressions of the foundation color. The right foundation should literally blend right into your skin. If you can see the streaks of color, you have the wrong color on. Try another color.

If a certain brand is not working and you can’t seem to get the right color, try another brand. Just remember, the right foundation should blend right into your skin. It’s about evening out your skin to make it look flawless, not masking it! If you have great skin but a have just a few blemishes, you could even just spot conceal and skip the foundation overall. Less is definitely more!


Flickr user: Eire Sarah

The right formula can be hard to find, but the best way to find what you like is by testing out a few samples after choosing the category that is recommended.

Liquid foundation can be used for all skin types and is especially great for dry or mature skin. Usually, liquid foundations have light to medium coverage and come in many different finishes for the type of look you want to go for.(matte, satin, dewy) Liquid is great for smoothing out any discoloration, flaws or unevenness. Liquid foundation is also moisturizing, and can be applied with a foundation brush, sponge or fingers. I swear by Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation and MAKE UP FOR EVER’S HD Foundation. These feel like you’re wearing nothing at all after applying and silk when you put it on.

Cream foundation is generally used for heavier coverage and has a heavier consistency. This is great for covering discolorations, uneven texture and imperfections. This has medium to full coverage and can be applied with a sponge, foundation brush or your fingers and is best suited for normal, combination or dry skin.

Pressed powder is what I like to call a wonder product. It can be used for coverage, quick fixes or take the place of a liquid foundation. It evens out your skin tone and soaks up excess oil. A pressed powder foundation is ideal for someone with oily skin and gives light to medium matte coverage.

There’s been a huge hype recently about mineral makeup and I can say that I’m very much a fan of it, especially mineral foundation. Mineral foundation is light, moisturizing and absorbing. It’s perfectly suited for people with sensitive skin and offers light to medium coverage depending on the brand. Mineral foundation can be applied sparingly, or used more heavily for better coverage with a powder brush or kabuki brush.

Tinted Moisturizer is good for dry to normal skin and can be worn to protect and add a little glow to your skin without caking it on. Tinted moisturizer adds hydration to dry skin while lightly evening out your skin tone. My favorite tinted moisturizer is dermalogica’s Sheer Tint Moisture SPF 15. It provides coverage and SPF protection without feeling heavy on my skin.

If you’re buying online and aren’t sure about a couple products, user reviews and looking at product info can be a huge help. If you’re a beauty junkie and recognize ingredients, taking a look at the ingredient list is helpful too. Remember makeup should be fun and part of a luxury. Take your time in applying and enjoy the benefits of creating a smooth complexion.

Beauty trends in cosmetic surgery: Interview with Dr. Chip Cole

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Even with the state of the economy, we can’t forget about our dear friend: cosmetic surgery. Since the recession times have been tough, and although we’ve seen some changing trends in plastic surgery offices, the doctors certainly aren’t bored. We had a chance to chat with Dr. Chip Cole about the beauty trends in cosmetic surgery procedures that have been the most requested in his office.

Dr. Cole

Has the economy had an effect on the types of procedures your patients are requesting?

“I would say that certainly there has been a shift to more bridge procedures where people are doing more of the injectables and fillers, while waiting to see if the economy is going to improve. People are not as inclined to take time off for a major cosmetic procedure as they were 2 years ago. I’m seeing a lot more eye lifts and eye tucks alone and maybe fillers around the mouth, where they used to do their eyes surgically and also have a face lift. I’m definitely seeing more of a trend in the lower face for fillers, but in the eye area I’m seeing an increase in procedures because people want to have something done, and the impact will be greater in the eye area than anywhere else on the face. That’s the #1 area that people notice – when you look at someone you always see their eyes first.”

What’s the typical down time for eye procedures?

“I would say a week at the most. A lot of people do it mid-week, say on a Wednesday, and go back to work on a Monday. It’s a pretty quick procedure. I use a laser for all of the procedures (vs. using a scalpel), and the advantage is that when you make the incision, the laser seals the tissue so you don’t get the bleeding and bruising you get when you use a scalpel. People are able to get to work a lot quicker.”

What is the age range of people receiving eye lifts and eye tucks?

“I would say that the earliest I see is people in their 30’s, although some models in their mid to late 20’s come in when they start to see changes, but this is unusual.  I would say it usually starts in their 30’s. I would say typically the upper end is in the 70’s, but it’s not that unusual to have someone that’s in their 80’s or 90’s getting it done.”

How do you incorporate your certification in ophthalmology into your cosmetic surgery practice?

“I’m board certified in ophthalmology as well as facial cosmetic surgery and laser surgery. It’s integrated into our practice for instance if someone has a tear gland that’s out of position during surgery, I’ll go ahead and repair it while I’m there because I understand also the functional aspects of all the anatomy from having the background in ophthalmology. Another example is if someone has a lid that is drooping more than the other lid, general plastic surgeons are not going to be able to repair that muscle or fix that lid while they’re doing the cosmetic surgery. Also it’s microsurgical training and I always say a millimeter is the difference between success or failure around the eye, where an inch is the difference between success and failure on the face. So it’s a very precise procedure.”

About Dr. Cole

Dr. Cole is an Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon and has performed over 15 thousand surgeries. A quadruple board certified surgeon, his surgical expertise and artistry continues to be nationally recognized. In 1994, Dr. Cole founded Atlanta Oculoplastic & Cosmetic Surgery, which is now known as OCULUS Facial Plastic Surgeons. OCULUS is a leading practice specializing in reconstruction and rejuvenation procedures in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Cole has received many honors including being named one of the country’s Top 10 cosmetic eye surgeons by Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

Get the Look: Holiday Makeup with Celebrity Makeup Artist Shiyena

Friday, November 20th, 2009
Get the Look – Holiday 2009 Beautyfix Cover

The latest Beautyfix catalog features an amazing holiday makeup look for this season. Celebrity Makeup Artist Shiyena created brilliance that jumps right off the page. The makeup artist, who’s worked with celebs like Zooey Deschanel and Taylor Swift, is known for her ability to make makeup look flawless. She created a fresh, clean face on the model with a classic red lip – a perfect combination for this holiday season. So how can we get this fabulous look for ourselves? We went right to the source and learned how to get the look straight from Shiyena herself!

Celebrity Makeup Artist Shiyena applies makeup on the Beautyfix model.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Shiyena applies makeup on the Beautyfix model.

Step 1) Moisturize your face with  Balance Light-Weight Moisture by Canyon Ranch Your Transformation and moisturize your lips with pur-lisse pur-lip comfort. Since we’re going for the dark lips, you have to make sure your lips are smooth and not rough and dry.

Step 2) While your face and lips are soaking up the moisture, prime the eyelids. Shiyena likes Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.

Step 3) Swipe on a matte, light nude shadow like MAC’s Vanilla all over the lids and up to the brow bone.

Step 4) Swipe a medium brown shadow from your Raw Natural Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow Trio to add some depth to the crease. Swipe the darker color from the trio on the bottom lash line.

Step 5) Glide on a gel liner (Shiyena used MAC’s Blacktrack) right on the upper lash line and wing it out just a little bit in the outer corners. We also like Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink and Smashbox’s Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Midnight Black.

Step 6) Add false lashes from Ardell. You can go natural by adding individual lashes, which is what Shiyena did on the Beautyfix cover, or add a little extra vava voom and go for the full strip lashes.

Step 7) Shiyena applied foundation and powder all over the face to give it a finished, matte look. You want to save the “glowing” look for some other time. With this holiday makeup look, you want to keep it pretty simple and clean.

Step 8)  Fill in your eyebrows following your natural arch.

Step 9) Apply blush to the apples of the cheek while smiling.

Step 10) Line your lips with a red lip liner. Shiyena used Nars China lipliner lightly and filled it in to give it depth.

Step 11) Apply any red lip color you desire. Shieyna used Chanel’s Russet Moon on our model.

And Voila! Now you can be your own makeup artist and give yourself a gorgeous holiday makeup look at home.

It’s not complicated to apply and it’s classy and beautiful for any occasion. The great thing about this look is that it can transfer from a day to night very easily and without much effort. Just be sure to keep those red lips ruby red!

What’s your favorite red lipstick?

From Botox to Plastic Surgery – Dr. Babak Azizzadeh’s “Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets” gives you the scoop on anti-aging secrets of the stars

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Ever wonder how celebs seem to age at a much slower pace than most? Ever consider getting an injectable like Botox or something more dramatic like plastic surgery? Beautyfix Panelist and Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh co-authored a book “Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets” with Dermatologist Dr. Douglas Hamilton that gives you the 411 on just about every anti-aging procedure that’s out there.

Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets

Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets” really tells it all – from face creams to botox to chemical peels to going under the knife – after reading this book you will truly have an understanding of all of the options that are out there to look your youngest. This almost encyclopedic gem is a must-have resource for anyone considering either surgical or non-surgical facial treatments. This book stresses the importance of prevention and gives guidelines for each decade starting from your twenties and beyond. I particularly like that they discuss the psychological side of facial procedures, and encourage the reader to really think about what their goals are and why. This book actually helps you decide what to change, and breaks things down into what procedures work best for specific areas of the face. You’ll also learn how long different injectables last, alternatives to face-lifts, and the facts about plastic surgery. The doctors are also quite frank about post-procedural down time, the effectiveness of each treatment, and how much it all costs. They even give advice on how to find the right doctor.

Would you consider getting a surgical procedure to look younger?


Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is a Harvard-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon who specializes exclusively in the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, eyes and nose. He is the Director of The Center for Facial and Nasal Plastic Surgery (Beverly Hills, California; Greater Los Angeles Area) and board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. His expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery has made him one of the most sought-after surgeons in the country. He has been featured in The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC News, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Discovery Health, and numerous other media for his expertise in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh is also the Course Director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s “Advances in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery”

After graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine with highest honors, Dr. Azizzadeh completed a six-year residency program in Head and Neck Surgery/Facial Plastic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He then completed a sub-specialized fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

For the past two decades, Dr. Azizzadeh has been actively engaged in clinical and basic science research helping to advance the field of facial plastic surgery. He has received many honors and awards for his research endeavors. Furthermore, he has published numerous articles, as well as, presented at the national and international level. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA, Dr. Azizzadeh is also actively involved in teaching facial plastic surgery to residents and medical students.

In addition to his busy surgical practice, Dr. Azizzadeh has also been actively involved in several humanitarian organizations and is the West Coast Surgical Coordinator for Medical Missions for Children.

Dr. Azizzadeh practices in Beverly Hills, California in the greater Los Angeles area.


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GET THE LOOK – Hair Color Trends with Sean James

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Baliage – Ditch the Foils for Natural Looking Highlights

Beautyfix Panelist Sean James took some time to show us the hottest hair color trend at Frank Studio in Santa Monica, CA.

“Instead of typical highlights using foils – have your hairstylist do Baliage. It’s where the hair color is painted on. It’s less stripey with more random placement, which makes it look much more natural,” says Sean James. “It’s all about having a little more of your natural color in your hair. It’s about accentuating your natural hair color and making it look sunlit.”

Working in sections, your hairstylist will paint on the hair color with a brush and gently place a piece of saran wrap on top of each layer.



Once the color is applied and your head is cover with plastic wrap, you sit under the dryer for a few minutes. Afterwards, you get a shampoo and conditioning treatment, followed by a relaxing scalp massage. Finally, after a little magic with the blow dryer, you emerge with gorgeous, sun-kissed (looking) hair.



About Sean James:

Sean has worked with celebrities such as Jaime Pressly, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rufus Wainwright, Emily Blunt, Rita Wilson, Lindsay Lohan, and many more. He works consistently on films, commercials, television, advertising campaigns, and he is sought after all over the world. Most recently, Sean was a member of the exclusive Balmain team as the US representative at Paris Fashion Week. He has been featured on the E! network, the Style Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and MTV’s The Hills. He has also been featured in the world renowned publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, WWD, The New York Times, and More, just to name a few.

Sean’s adventures in hair are ongoing and groundbreaking as he continues to have a drive to explore the new and exciting ways to express inner beauty through the ever growing medium of hair. Sean’s mantra as a true artist is “explore yourself and express your inner beauty.”

Sean headshot

Beautyfix Panelist Interview – Celebrity Makeup Artist Shiyena

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Beauty expert and Beautyfix panelist Shiyena is a celebrity makeup artist who is based in Los Angeles, CA. She has been a professional makeup artist for nearly a decade, and has a very long list of celebs who rely on her to make them look fabulous. She is known for her natural makeup look, and making her clients truly glow. You can learn more about Shiyena by visiting her Beautyfix profile. We recently caught up with her to learn more about her exciting career as a celebrity makeup artist.

What is your absolute favorite part of your job?
I love everything about it but if I had to choose…. Hmmmm… I love the sense of accomplishment when I finish a face. I feel like my job is done and now I can move on. I’m a Virgo and type A personality so I like to get things done and cross them off my list. Each day is someone new and I love that. It’s an adventure!
If you weren’t a makeup artist, what would you be?
I have NO idea! I dove right into my career without a back-up plan. I was pretty determined and would not take no for an answer. I decided it was what I wanted to do and I stuck by it! There were times when I felt like giving up, but I just pulled up my sleeves and dug my heels in and believed in myself. But, if I had all the money in the world and didn’t have to work now, I would definitely be doing something with children in need. Anything that had to do with kids.
You obviously love what you do – but is there anything about your job that you don’t like?
Not everyone is nice! Most of the time, the people I work with are wonderful but every once in a while, I do get the classic Divas and it can get tiring and stressful, but that rarely happens so I just take a deep breath and deal with it!
Other than the natural makeup look, what other looks do you really like?
Smokey and Sexy! I love using different colors to achieve this look. Sometimes I use greens, sometimes I use purples. The great thing about smokey is you can use any color to get the look.
Is there a makeup trend that you wish would just disappear?
Every year, every season, trends come and go. It always repeats itself. In this day and age, I feel like everyone sports their own trend. Yes, magazines will shoot certain looks but if you look around, people do their own thing. I respect everyone’s own choice, but the one look I never could understand was the chocolate brown/black lipliner with nothing in the middle.
What makeup trend do you think will last?
Smokey eyes will forever be a trend. You can control how dark you want it to be. Some go for the slightly smokey while others go for the super smokey. Regardless, it’ll be around for a while!


Shiyena has worked with many celebrities such as Brooke Shields, Djimon Honsou, Virginia Madsen, Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicholson, Paul Giamatti, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Sean Connery. She has also worked with top photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Andrew McPhearson, Art Streiber, Peter Lindberg, and Matthew Rolston. The publications she has worked with include: Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Esquire, In Style, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

You can check out Shiyena’s portfolio at her agency’s site – Exclusive Artists Management.

Get the Look – Summer Hair Trends with Sean James

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Sexy Beach Hair – à la Gisele

We caught up with Beautyfix Panelist Sean James at Frank Studio in Santa Monica, CA so he could show us how to create one of the hottest summer hair trends.

When we think sexy beach hair, we can’t help but think of the ever so gorgeous Gisele Bündchen. Sean James describes the look as, “That look when you’ve come out of the ocean and the salt is still in your hair.” It’s easy to imagine Gisele strolling down the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Tom Jobim’s classic Bossa Nova tune The Girl from Ipanema playing in the background, her tan skin glowing, and her beautiful waves cascading past her shoulders. Her look is so natural – you almost believe she just rolls out of bed and looks that way. The fact of the matter is that the look is, as Sean would say, “a little more contrived.” (The look is actually achieved with a large barrel curling iron.) Okay, so maybe we can’t look like Gisele, but the good news is we can still swipe her hairstyle.


Step 1: Start with a center part.*
*If your hair is naturally curly – make sure to blow dry your hair straight first.

Step 2: Curl the hair away from your face. Work in sections and make your way around the entire head. Begin in the front and work your way around the back until you get to the center of your head. Then do the same thing starting from the other side.


Step 3: Turn your head upside down and run your fingers through your hair and give it a good shake.


Step 4: While your head is still upside down, spray your hair with a flexible hairspray (like Jonathan Product’s Finish Control) to give it a little hold.

Step 5: Blow dry your hair a bit while pulling your fingers through the curls to relax them – particularly at the root. Your hair should be straighter at the crown of your head and gradually curl towards your ends.

The finished look!

The finished look!

About Sean James:

Sean has worked with celebrities such as Jaime Pressly, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rufus Wainwright, Emily Blunt, Rita Wilson, Lindsay Lohan, and many more. He works consistently on films, commercials, television, advertising campaigns, and he is sought after all over the world. Most recently, Sean was a member of the exclusive Balmain team as the US representative at Paris Fashion Week. He has been featured on the E! network, the Style Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and MTV’s The Hills. He has also been featured in the world renowned publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, WWD, The New York Times, and More, just to name a few.

Sean’s adventures in hair are ongoing and groundbreaking as he continues to have a drive to explore the new and exciting ways to express inner beauty through the ever growing medium of hair. Sean’s mantra as a true artist is “explore yourself and express your inner beauty.”

Beautyfix Brand Director Nicole Cardi with Celebrity Hair Stylist Sean James

Beautyfix Brand Director Nicole Cardi with Celebrity Hair Stylist Sean James

What’s your favorite summer hair trend?