Posts Tagged ‘Hair Care’

Revitalizing My Mane with Moses

Friday, May 10th, 2013

There aren’t many skin care products I can try without causing some sort of flare up on my sensitive skin, so I have to rely on testing all sorts of new hair care products to get my beauty fix! (Pun intended!) I used to highlight my hair every other month or so, until one day when my stylist went on maternity leave and I was referred to someone new in the interim. To put it nicely, this salon newbie gave me a terrible, brassy, hair highlight disaster which forced me to give up on bleach all together. I stupidly stormed to the drugstore, purchased a box of black hair dye, and quickly turned my brown mane with brassy streaks into a blackish purple mop of darkness.

Even though my family hated the dark, drastic color – my hair has never felt as soft and strong as it did when it was black since I wasn’t constantly terrorizing it with harsh bleach! The black color lasted forever, but unfortunately I got sick of it after a few short seasons. Take it from me: there is no easy way to remove permanent black dye except to let it grow out naturally.

I started highlighting my hair again after a year or so to add some dimension and depth to my hair styles. Currently, my hair is in a good state of color that I am happy with – natural brown on top with an ombre style lightening up the bottom. The bad part about this ‘do is the constant detrimental process I keep putting my ends through again with the added bleach! The ends are the most damaged part of my hair already, and now I’m afraid I’m just willingly adding to the issue.

I am happy to report that my issue of damaged ends has subsided thanks to Moses’ line of salon quality hair care! I started using the BeautyFix samples of Moses Smoothing Elixir Shampoo and Hair Mask to try and get the shine and healthy feeling I once had with my black locks back to my new ombre. The shampoo surprised me when I read that Argan oil was one of the main ingredients because it didn’t weigh my hair down like normal products infused with oil. It really locked in the moisture my hair had been deprived of for so long!

Next step was the Moses Hair Mask. I was a little wary to try the mask because I anticipated it to leave my hair heavy and greasy like other ones I have used. Even though I have a lot of long hair, each strand is very thin which doesn’t allow the product to completely absorb. Usually I am left with a waxy feeling following a hair mask; however this product actually did the complete opposite! It relieved my hair of any added weight, maintained a very sheen look, and brought softness to my ends that have been missing for all my days of treacherous bleaching.

I am definitely going to add Moses’ Smoothing Elixir Conditioner into my new routine, as I am sure my already positive results with the shampoo and mask will just keep skyrocketing! Thanks, Moses!

A big hair day is never a bad hair day

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Dolly Parton’s was platinum, Nicki Minaj’s was a rainbow, Pam Anderson’s was bouncing on the beach and Snooki’s was wilder than an untamed gorilla… but what did they all have in common? Their big bouffant hair of course! Well, toss your teasing combs ladies because Nick Chavez is back in the upcoming season of BeautyFix to bring us all up to this ever-desired bombshell hair level (literally, sky scraper heights)!

After years and years of bleach, dye, heat, distress, snags, weathering, teasing, etc. my poor mane is lifeless, thin and boring. This is why I am ecstatic to hear that Hollywood hair stylist, Nick Chavez is bringing one of his best products in the Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Collection to BeautyFix. These Advanced Plump ‘N Thick products are the absolute answer to our dilemma of lifeless locks in desperate need of high performance products. There are three products in the collection, the Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Mist. Let me tell you – after using them all, my strands have been as thick and voluminous as Carrie Bradshaw’s pony that basically swallows up the streets of NYC as a snack.

The Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Styling Mist is probably the most effective and efficient product in the collection, as it can be used on wet or dry hair. As long as you follow up with a little heat from the blow dryer, your hair is going to look extremely full and healthy – almost as if the past ten years of damage and thinning has been completely erased. The Mist is light and fresh so it doesn’t weigh your hair down making you compromise volume for thickness.  It is actually formulated with an ingredient called Ampli-filler which strengthens strands and plumps them up with collagen! (Kind of like the aforementioned female celebrities? Just kidding. Sort of.)

Get ready to swing your own Nick Chavez Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Styling Mist in your BeautyFix bag to achieve the thickness of Nicki’s coif or plumpness of Snooki’s pouf! I am pretty excited about it… can you tell? FIST PUMP! Or should I say PLUMP?!

Rescue your hair the fun way!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Finding the right shampoo and conditioner for me is always a struggle. I never know which one is best for my type hair or which one will not leave my hair greasy. How many of you have walked into a store to buy new shampoo and conditioner and when you get to that aisle you are so overwhelmed with all the choices? Finding the right shampoo and conditioner is super hard because everyone has a different hair type. With this season’s Beautyfix selection by Intelligent Beauty Labs, the Rapid Repair Hair Mask has led me to a line that I can’t live without.

I struggle with greasy hair always on a day to day basis. Thanks to Beautyfix, I’ve been given the opportunity to try Intelligent Beauty Labs Rescue Shampoo, Conditioner and Rescue Rapid Repair Mask. When I first got the bottle I was scared to use it because on the bottle it says “with baobab oil” so I thought ‘great, since I already struggle with greasy hair this shampoo and mask is only going to make my hair worse.’ With a little reluctance, I decided I would try it on a Sunday because that’s the day I usually stay in and relax so I could give it a little extra TLC.

I was shocked! This shampoo and conditioner did not leave my hair anywhere near greasy.  It worked wonders on my fine hair. The shampoo smells great, lathers easily and leaves your hair feeling silky. All your hair gets wrapped into the goodness that is not only nourishing your hair, but also repairing it. This shampoo truly leaves your hair less brittle and dry while hydrating without over doing it. The conditioning mask leaves your hair feeling so much stronger because of the keratin in it.  I know it is hard to find the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair, but I really recommend trying the Rescue line from Intelligent Beauty Labs. Not only does your hair feel and smell brand new, but the bottles last so long because a little takes you a long way.

4 Tips for Healthy Hair

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

I try to keep “bad hair days” to a minimum especially since I have naturally curly hair. I can remember as a kid telling my mom not to brush my ponytail because I didn’t want my hair to look like a puffy cloud.  Just like our skin, hair also needs to be nourished, moisturized and protected especially if you heat style it with a flat iron every day like I do. Check out these healthy hair tips that have definitely helped prevent hair breakage and frizz without the pricey salon treatments.

  1. Resist washing your hair every day! Shampoos with sulfates can strip away natural oils our scalp produces to keep hair healthy and soft. Refresh your hair and scalp with a great dry shampoo such as Batiste Dry Shampoo. It’s a perfect way to make your strands stay fresh in between washes while getting rid of that greasy feeling.
  2. A leave-in treatment is a must! I recently discovered Liquid Keratin Filling Leave-In Conditioner. I simply spray it on my towel-dried hair and comb through it before going to bed. This helps soften and detangle my hair to make it more manageable. Formulated with keratin and panthenol, they keep your tresses strong to prevent breakage.
  3. A hair mask is also a great way to keep your hair soft and shiny. I mash two avocados and add a teaspoon of both olive oil and honey.  Once the mixture is ready, I simply use my hands to apply it all over my hair and put on a shower cap to prevent a mess. I leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off.
  4. Look for conditioners and hair moisturizers with argan oil, shea butter, glycerin and any other natural oils. These ingredients are great for nourishing and repairing dry, damaged ends from heat styling.

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Blake Lively Hair – We Want It. Do You?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Question of the day: Does ANYONE reading this not have a big, huge hair crush on Blake Lively?

Blake Lively pics

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Whether or not you’re an avid Gossip Girl nerd like Amy and I, you can’t deny that those perfect waves are beyond gorgeous. (And if you DO Tivo GG on the reg … you’re probably just as envious of Serena Van der Woodsen’s perfect figure and to-die-for outfits. Don’t even get me started on that Vera Wang number she wore as Blair’s maid of honor. Obsessed.) Now, rumor has it that, these days, she’s sans extensions. I don’t know if I fully buy that, but given her ridiculously awesome genes I guess I wouldn’t put it past her. Regardless … if long, luscious locks are what you strive for, you CAN inch closer and closer to the dream. Literally! As a Valentine’s Day offering, with Ms. Lively as my inspiration, I give to you, dear readers, a quick little guide to getting Blake Lively Hair. (Another goodie for you: 20% off at DermStore. All you have to do is “like” their Facebook page and grab the code.) You’re welcome! Now, on to those tips:

1. Stop shampooing every day! Seriously. Stop it. You don’t need to wash your hair every day. If you work out and get sweaty, I get that you need to do something … so just rinse it and condition it. Shampooing with actual shampoo should take place once or twice a week. Also, look into a dry shampoo. Batiste makes a great one! It’s a total lifesaver AND it creates beautiful, sexy volume.

2. Get a wide-toothed comb. Use a comb and ONLY a comb when your hair is wet. If your hair is prone to tangles, use it in the shower while you still have conditioner in. And speaking of conditioner …

3. Invest in a good deep conditioner. Something that targets the roots is ideal. Use it once a week. If your hair’s feeling super dry, go ahead and apply it to dry hair, then shampoo it out. If you can stand to sleep with it (and honestly, that probably isn’t the best idea for those of us who are prone to breakouts), do it.

4. Take a supplement. Good old fashioned Biotin is great, inexpensive, and easily accessible. (Check your local health food or vitamin store.) Understand that these things work differently for everyone and be realistic—give it a few months before you expect results.

5. Talk to your hairdresser about the frequency of trims that’s right for you. If your hair is strong enough, it’s probably fine to go 10-12 weeks without a trim. This isn’t for everyone, though. If you get split ends easily, make an appointment to get them “dusted” (industry slang for trimming only what’s necessary) every 6 weeks.

Did I miss anything? Do YOU have any awesome tips for getting Blake Lively Hair? Please share!

Want Hair Like Gisele’s? Here’s How To Get It!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Gisele Bundchen picsAround these offices we talk about Gisele’s hair all the time. Forget her million dollar body! All of us strive for that lush, bouncy, voluminous hair. Fortunately, one of the picks this Beautyfix season is a product that can help us all achieve our personal fullest, sexiest tresses: Nick Chavez Diva Xxtreme Body Styling Glaze.

Now, if you’re anything like us, you make your first judgment on a hair product based on the way it smells. This one smells ahhh-mazing! But that’s just the beginning. However thin or limp your hair is, Diva Xxtreme Body Styling Glaze will give it a boost. Case in point: my hair post-Brazilian Blowout.

Formaldehyde controversy or no, I’m obsessed with the Brazilian Blowout during the summer months because my hair, while definitely not thin, is naturally wavy, and not really in a cute way. (The waves aren’t consistent; some pieces are straight and some are borderline curly.) Blowing my hair out is somewhat of a task, since there’s so much of it, and humidity ruins my handiwork—so it just makes sense to splurge on this service during this time of year. It allows me the luxury of sleek, shiny, straight hair with very minimal effort for a good 3 months! The one downside of the Brazilian Blowout? Right after I get one, my hair is flat. That’s where Diva Xxtreme Body Styling Glaze comes in.

Just a quarter-size amount of this potion is plenty to give my sleek summer hair the volume boost I crave. I just smooth it on before I blow my hair dry! Best of all, it’s not the least bit sticky or goopy.

Did you receive Diva Glaze in your Beautyfix kit this season? Leave a comment and let us know what you think about it.

Rule The Pool This Summer!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Swimsuit Model Irina Shayk

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Can you BELIEVE it’s bathing suit season again? This weekend marked its opening day at the Venetian Hotel’s Tao Beach in Las Vegas. Kind of hard to wrap one’s mind around, particularly for east coasters, I’m sure, but yep, it’s April! That means the unofficial start of summer—Memorial Day weekend—is next month. What’s your summer beauty plan? Need some tips for strutting your stuff by the pool or at the beach? You’re in luck!

1. Protect yourself. Consider this one a summer beauty rule, not a tip—you MUST protect your skin from the sun. The younger you are, the easier it is to want to ignore this piece of advice. For those of you in your teens and twenties, it may be hard to imagine a time when sun damage will actually be a tangible thing, but believe you me, your time will come. Unless, of course, you do the smart thing and sport an appropriate SPF with that bikini. And do I really need to tell you again that the sun is bad for your health? I have faith you’ve heard that enough times, but if it needs to be made clear, here it is one more time: wear sunscreen every single day and avoid tanning beds like the plague. And get familiar with self-tanners—they’ll give you the look you’re after without the cancer risk.

2. Less is more. We’ve all been to that beach barbecue or pool party and seen it: the girl with nightclub-worthy makeup melting all over the place. Seriously, even if she used waterproof everything and there’s no meltage, it still looks silly and out of place. Don’t be this girl. Instead, let your natural beauty shine through—use a tinted moisturizer, some waterproof mascara, and some light color on your cheeks, eyes and lips. One of my summer beauty faves: The Multiple by Nars in everyone’s favorite shade, Orgasm.

3.Be kind to your hair. Heavily chlorinated pools can wreak havoc on summer beauty, fading reds and brunettes and leaving blondes with a not-so-lovely green tinge. When it’s hot out, you want to get in the pool. I get that. Do your hair a favor, though, and before you take the plunge, get it wet with clean, pure water. Like a sponge, your hair will absorb the fresh H20, soaking up much less of the chemical-laden stuff in the pool. Also, don’t forget to pack a comb in your bag—don’t even think about detangling wet pool hair with a brush! For good measure, why not also throw in some leave-in conditioner and a big, floppy hat? My hair has a decidedly uncute natural wave/frizz as it dries, so hats are a saving grace for me in these sorts of situations.

Do you have any tried-and-true summer beauty tips of your own? Tell us about them!

Hair Dye Explained: What is the Difference Between Hair Bleach, Permanent, and Temporary Hair Dye?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

By Liz W

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Hair dye has been around for centuries, and there are so many different types, techniques and colors to choose from that it can be hard to stick to one shade of style for longer than a few months. Unfortunately, those of us who have repeated hair-color-induced identity crises tend to overdo it, and can be left with brittle damaged hair. There are ways to avoid this inevitable damage and still stay spontaneous with your hair color if you use the right products. Understanding the different processing levels is key to keeping your precious locks in tact while they go through regular color transformations.

Temporary Hair Dye

For those of you looking for a way to spice up your look with a shade that is a few shades darker or similar to your natural hair color, temporary hair dye is a great way to add shine and luster without penetrating the delicate hair shaft, keeping it safe and intact. When choosing a temporary color, make sure you are using a “no lift” formula that contains verily low or no peroxide. (Peroxide is what enters the hair shaft; and is a must for shades that require an initial lifting of the base color, but for a temporary color deposit jobs, will just cause unnecessary damage.) Unfortunately, this is only an option if you want to dye your hair with brown hair dye, and is pretty limiting to the adventurous beauty queens. These products only coat the hair with pigment and boost radiance without the side effects of permanent hair dye or bleach.

Permanent Hair Dye

Permanent and Semi-permanent hair color works one level deeper within the hair strand and therefore have a wider range of shades both lighter and darker from your natural color. These work with a higher level of peroxide with opens the hair cuticle to allow the dye inside the cortex. Once inside the cortex the two-step process of removing color (also called lifting) and then depositing the new color on top. This process bonds with the hair much more strongly than a no lift color deposit, and there for provides longer lasting, yet slightly more damaging results.

Hair Bleach

If you have dark hair and want to go 3 or more shades lighter than your natural color, there is no way around it, you have to use hair bleach. The bleach reacts with the melanin in hair, and permanently removes all of its pigment. Bleaching black hair blond can be a tricky and often disastrous process if the person is not familiar with the chemistry of the hair, but these problems can be avoided with a little knowledge.

Normally the goal with bleach is to achieve the pale yellow hue that is actually the natural color of plain keratin (the building block of hair). But way too many people end up with one of those fiery shades of radioactive orange that I am all too familiar with. This happens due to the bleach being removed too early in the lightening process. It’s all a matter or science, and understanding the different nature of color molecules. When bleach starts reacting with the melanin in your hair, it first removes the smallest and easiest blue molecules, and then enters the longer stage of taking out those larger, more resilient red molecules. This takes multiple treatments in some cases, as the bleach will lose its potency after about an hour. It must be reapplied to cut through all that stubborn red and reveal that oh so beautiful pale blond below.

If you are doing an at-home bleach job, be very careful to not over process, as bleach doesn’t stop when it has reached the desired shade, it will keep on eating away at your hair, and could dissolve it completely.

If you don’t trust yourself or fully understand what you are doing, I would highly recommend shelling out the cash to have it professionally done. I have fallen victim to about every hair dying disaster, and believe me when I say, emergency color correction is VERY expensive.

The Best Beauty Trends (and the worst!) of 2010

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

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2010 was a pretty beautiful year, literally speaking. Aside from a few missteps and casualties (Bump-its anyone? Jersey Shore-esque tans? Anything from the Taylor Momsen makeup bag?), this past year has ushered in some gorgeous new looks and brought relevance to retro trends as well. Below is a list of some of the best beauty trends 2010 had to offer.

  • Ombre Hair- Good news for those who despise the monthly trips to the salon for touch-ups! Perfectly maintained hair is out and ombre hair is in!  Celebs like Nicole Richie and Rachel Bilson started bucking the beauty rule of root maintenance this summer.
  • Retro hair- Think beehives, a la Scarlet Johanson, and Veronica Lake waves made popular by beauties such as Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie.
  • Cat eye makeup and winged eyeliner- A favorite of everyone from Lauren Conrad to the make up artists at fashion week, this easy-to-achieve look dominated the beauty pages in 2010.  With a steady hand and an easy-to-use liquid eyeliner (I prefer Hourglass Cosmetics Calligraphy Liquid Eyeliner) anyone can perfect this subtle, yet sexy come-hither look. Again, please remember, you are going for subtle, not Little J!
  • Pixie cuts- For the past couple months, stars have been chopping off their long locks one-by-one to reveal a gamine and gorgeous, yet classic do. Celebrities such as Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson, Elisha Cuthbert and Rihanna have all made the cut, literally. Beware though; this hair trend is not for everyone.
  • Braids- The braided hair style is my personal favorite look from this year. The mixture of simplicity and versatility, mixed with my laziness and unruly mane, has turned the braid into my go-to hair style.

The worst? There were some doozies! The aforementioned Bump Its, Oompa-Loompa tans, raccoon eye makeup, also snuggies, neon makeup and scraggly extensions (again, bad year for Taylor Momsen) … but the absolute worst beauty trend of 2010? Vajazzling!

Stop Avoiding Black Lights! Get your Flakey Scalp In Check.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

By Liz W

dandruff

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To some people, admitting they have dandruff can be humiliating, and walking into the drugstore to get some medicated shampoo requires a level 10 head-to-toe disguise. But, just like all the other embarrassing creams and OTC remedies for delicate health problems, dandruff shampoo is purchased by millions of people every day.

Some people are plagued with scalp problems year round, but even those with baby smooth scalps can find themselves seeing flakes when the weather is wacky. No matter which category you fall into, the causes and treatment for dandruff can vary, so in order to cure this pesky malady, finding the root of the problem is your best bet in solving it.

The first thing you should do is determine the severity of your condition. If you are experiencing extreme symptoms and nothing you try seems to be making making them any better, it might be more serious than just dandruff. If you have pain, excessive scaling (that might affect other parts of your body as well as your scalp), and redness, a doctor will be able to prescribe you a stronger method of treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis.  But, if you are just experiencing an itchier than normal scalp and are concerned with having snow-flecked shoulders, there are plenty of things you can try that will combat the problem.

What many people don’t realize is that the cause of dandruff is  an imbalance of yeast and bacteria on your scalp. Before you freak out and jump into a tub full of Purell, know that both yeast and bacteria are necessary for our bodies to function, and different kinds are living in harmony together all over our skin, hair, and our insides. The problems occur when one starts to overpower the other, allowing one side’s population to thrive and the other’s to dwindle. Things like dandruff are the result of a low bacteria count and a high yeast count. This can be caused by internal as well as external factors, but many times the slew of hair products we slather on our hair daily is the culprit.

To maintain optimal scalp health, the right hair products must be used and the wrong ones must be eliminated. Even expensive shampoos are full of oil stripping, moisture sucking ingredients and can ruin all attempts to grow the perfect head of hair. To maintain a flake free scalp year round, look for shampoos that use gentle cleansers like Cocamidopropyl Betaine, which is made from coconut oil. Another good thing to look for in a daily shampoo is an antimicrobial that will make sure to keep both yeast and bacteria in check. Look for fungus fighting ingredients (they usually end in “conazole”) when dealing with dandruff. A good option is DS Labs Dandrene Shampoo. But don’t stop at just the right shampoo. Try to cut out as many after shower products as you can, as they can cause build up when used every day. This applies to hair sprays, mousses, gels, and all other mane control serums, spritzes, and salves that you may be applying more often than necessary.  Replace some of these products with a good quality hair follicle treatment like Alterna’s Life Volume Restore Scalp and Follicle Treatment. This will not only nourish your hair and scalp, but it will also help keep the healthy bacteria and yeast in perfect harmony throughout the day.

Dandruff can be a frustrating condition, but with the right tools, it can be easy to control.  With the right hair-care routine, you will be itch-free and wearing black with confidence again in no time.