Posts Tagged ‘Hair How-Tos’

Romantic Hair and Makeup Looks for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Valentine’s Day is our day ladies. A day that we get pampered and showered with surprises, flowers and gifts from our significant other, family or friends. Most importantly, some of us have hot dates to attend and want to look like the sexy goddess that you are. Spring trends are here, and now’s the time to test drive what hair styles and makeup will make him salivate. Whether it’s a night of seduction or a night out on the town with a new fling, we’ve got a valentine beauty guide just for you.

Hair styles that look easy and natural are the way to go with men. If it looks like you’ve spent 4 hours curling and crimping your hair, chances are that he’s not going to like it. Playing up your current hairstyle is a cheap and easy way to get what you want. The key thing to think about is; you want it to be touchable and soft. Over working your hair is a no-no so don’t over-think it! Hair styles to consider this Valentine’s Day are:

Playful hair

Source: Flickr user Albert Brendenhann

Short hair styles: If you’ve got the pixie cut, smooth and sleek is the way to go. Blow dry your hair and use a smoothing serum to get the perfect look that exudes confidence.

Shoulder length hair: Soft waves are a sexy trend this spring. Use a medium barrel curling iron to create soft waves from the crown to the ends. You can use a light hair spray for hold, but beware; using too much hair spray will make it crispy. Another great style is the blowout that will blow his mind. If you’ve got layers in your hair, use a round brush to add volume, or hot-rollers to create voluptuous locks that he won’t be able to stay away from.

Long hair styles: You can go two ways with your long locks, sleek and straight or long, heavenly waves. For the straight look, channel your inner Reese Witherspoon, blow dry with a flat brush and use a smoothing serum to tame frizz. Tousled waves require a medium barrel curling iron with a touch of spray. I’ve found that blow drying your hair before trying to get waves; can sometimes make your hair go flat, so air drying your hair can help create natural curl. A great reference for long gorgeous waves is Marisa Miller (who nailed the tousled waves look at the Super Bowl this year), Rachel Bilson or Gisele Bunchen.

Men generally, don’t like a face that has been caked on so accenting your facial features is the best way to go. My beauty advice is to pick one part of your face, like your eyes, lips or cheeks, and sex them up. To get more bang for your buck a lip and cheek stain is a great beauty buy. Tarte has a genius stain that you may use for either your cheeks to make your cheeks delicious or for your lips for that “come-hither” look. Either way, you can use this product over and over again to achieve different looks as a multi-functioning cosmetic. I recommend this in Cloud 9 or Tickled by Tarte for a flirtatious look. I also love Benefit’s Benetint or Lorac’s Sheer Wash lip & cheek tint for a dark, erotic look. If you’re playing up your eyes a risqué smokey eye is best. Bronze eyeliner is a hot trend for spring that can pair well with a romantic smokey look. If you’re playing up your lips, there’s nothing better than an alluring red for Valentine’s day. Duwop’s Pure Venom in Pure Berry do the trick and exude style and sultry to drive your man wild.

Remember ladies, it’s your time to spice it up and shine, so take a little extra in your busy schedule to prepare. After all, getting roses and chocolates has never looked sexier with that pout.

Sexy Lips

Source: Flickr User Sifone

Hair Brush Guide – Select the Right Hair Brushes to Create Your Hair Style

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

By Jenna

There are so many different hair brushes on the market that if you’re not an expert, it can be hard to choose which brush is right for your hair type to achieve a specific hair style. Each type of brush is made for different uses, depending on what look you’re trying to achieve. Here’s a hair brush guide that will help you along the way.

Hair brush

flickr user: Ardie96750

The round brush is usually used to give definition or add curl to hairstyles. You can stick to the basic rule of – the smaller the round brush, the tighter the curl. You can use the round brush during a blow out to add volume and some extra “oomph” to your hair. A larger round hair brush is better for longer hair as a smaller round brush for shorter hair. I personally recommend finding a round brush with boar bristles, it lasts longer and the bristles work through your hair perfectly without damaging.

The paddle brush is a fun one to brush your hair with. Not only is it great for straightening medium to long hair, but it smoothes as it lengthens and gives you a slight scalp massage. These brushes are great for styling layers, but they don’t add much volume to layers.

vent brushThe vent hair brush is the brush with holes in the middle of the base of the brush. This enables air to pass through the brush to help for faster hair drying. They are great for detangling your hair and also boosting volume.

Cushion hair brushes are generally made for medium to long hair and can perform the same as the half-round brush. It’s great for day to day use and the added plus is that it also massages the scalp. You can achieve short cuts, round layers and textured outlines after styling with the cushion brush.

There are tons of brushes to choose from, so try to get one that feels comfortable in your hand that you feel best styling with. The brush and dryer can make all the difference and most importantly save time in your beauty routine. Since switching to the right tools to style with, it’s made my routine easier, cuts down time and looks more fabulous than ever. Bring on the complements! J

What are your favorite styling tools?

Seven Steps to Scarlett’s Rocking Look

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Everyone wants to look like an A-lister from time to time, and fabulous hair is the best place to start for head turning style. Celebrity Hair Stylist Sean James, is no stranger to the famous heads that strut down the red carpet; and we are lucky enough to have his hair tips on how to get sexy locks like Scarlett Johansson sported over the holidays, for your viewing pleasure.

Here’s a handy step by step guide:

Sean James step one

Sean James step one

Step one: Start with freshly washed, towel dried hair.

Sean James step 2

Sean James step 2

Step Two:  Spray RUSK thick throughout the roots of the hair.

Sean James step 3

Sean James step 3

Step three: Section the hair and blow-dry straight and full.

Sean James step 4

Sean James step 4

Step four: Wind vertical sections around the thickness of the curling iron, away from the face, meeting in the middle.

Sean James step 5

Sean James step 5

Step five:  Tilt the head over and shake out the hair with your hands.

Sean James step 6

Sean James step 6

Step six: Lift head upright and stretch out the curl with a RUSK speedfreak blow-dryer on low heat.

Sean James step 7

Sean James step 7

Step seven: Direct your ends to sit in a complimentary place, put some makeup on, and smile.

This is a fun and flirty look that can most anyone can accomplish with the right tools and products. It is easy and mistake proof, but still leaves the wearer feeling fit for the front cover of Vogue.


Sean is a Los Angeles-based celebrity hair stylist. His work can be seen on the runways of Paris, New York and LA and red carpets everywhere. Celeb clients include Jaime Pressly and Emily Blunt.

Get the Look: Use Hair Extensions for Hot Holiday Hairstyles

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

By Liz W

Clip in hair extensions user bdhq

During the Holiday season, hair trends that were hot in the summer are suddenly ice cold. Flip flops, sun dresses, and beachy waves are replaced with thigh high boots, pea coats, and glamorous up-dos.  If you think that big bouncy holiday hairstyles aren’t in your cards this winter, think again! Hair extensions can take your hair from flat to fab in an instant – after all – ‘tis the season for top notch tresses.

Hair extensions have gone from being a celebrity secret, to an available-to-everyone hair miracle. With so many types to choose from, the possibilities are endless. The most user friendly and non-damaging way to use hair extensions is to get a set of clip-ins. They come in a variety of lengths, textures and qualities, but if you can afford to go with the real human hair vs. the artificial, it will be more natural looking and easier to manage. Balmain Hair offers a wide variety of hair extensions to accommodate most anyone’s needs. Clip-ins are also a lot less commitment that the more permanent variety of hair extensions – and also a lot less expensive.

Clip in hair extensions

Clip in hair extensions

The best way to attach clip-in hair extensions is to tease each section of hair before clipping them in, this way you not only get more body, but with a quick spritz of flexible hold hair spray, they will be locked in for the night. Once they are securely in you can style them any way you want, but one of the quickest ways to get an amazing style is to take chunky sections and roll them around a super hot 2” barrel curling iron. This will give you bouncy volume with just a slight twirl that will also camouflage the break between your real hair and the extra pieces. There is nothing worse than obvious extensions, and this way, no one will be able to tell.

To dress it up for an evening event, add one of this season’s hottest hair accessories, like a feather head band or jeweled clips, or if you really want to shine, try a shimmering hair spray, like Frederic Fakkai’s Golden-Glimmer Gelee Mist to liven up your locks. You can also pin it up in a loose bun, just keep it relaxed and slightly messy like Lauren Conrad’s .

Clip-in hair extensions are easy once you get the hang of them, and if you use them correctly you can add volume and body to any holiday hairstyle!

Get the Look: New York Fashion Week Hairstyles

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Liz W

People sometimes forget that their hair is one of their best accessories, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money on hair products to create a head turning style fit for a fashion show. For the Spring 2010 Monarchy Collection show at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, Beautyfix Panelist and celebrity hair stylist Sean James created some of the season’s hottest hair looks. Leading a team of 13 stylists for Rusk, Sean created a super chic look that went perfectly with Monarchy Collection’s edgy and sophisticated designs.

Check out this backstage footage of the show.

We were eager to find out how we could achieve this look at home, so we went straight to the source to get the scoop from Sean himself:

Step 1: Get a 3/4 in barrel curling iron and some hair clips.

Step 2: Take small sections the size of the iron and wind the hair back.

Step 3: Pin the hair into small “sausage” shapes.

Make sure to work the hair in sections
Make sure to work the hair in sections

Step 4: Continue all the way to the nape or back of neck continue down horizontally down the sides, then, set the hair set the hair with w8less hairspray by Rusk, and let cool.

Letting the "little sausages" cool.
Letting the “little sausages” cool.

Step 5: When set, remove pins and tip hair upside down, spray the roots a give a vigorous shake, mold and pin into the voluminous bouncy shape you would like. Try with different size irons for different size curls

The Finished Look!

The Finished Look!

Just five quick steps and these models were ready to hit the cat walk, some in less than five minutes! As you can see, this celebrity look can be achieved with just a few tools and steps so you can look run-way ready in no time! To read more about the show and Sean James, check out his Blog.

Deep Conditioners: Beauty Tips and tricks to keeping your locks hydrated

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Jenna

Let’s face it we all need some beauty tips to regenerate our hair. Whether you were blessed with resilient hair that doesn’t have a single split end or sign of damage, or have locks that snap at the mere thought of a hot curling iron or touching up those highlights; chances are, your hair could use a little TLC even if you can’t see it.  Many people shampoo and condition their hair regularly, but rarely take the time to rejuvenate their hair as they do their skin. With curling irons and flat irons reaching record temperatures, and white being the new blond, people are finding themselves with dry brittle hair that breaks and splits like straw. Luckily there are some amazing treatment options that can be done at home, whether you need heavy duty repairing, or just a little extra shine. There are three common types of deep conditioners that range in price, convenience, and results. For an inexpensive and natural treatment, one can concoct their own home-made conditioner, or for a quick luster boost while in the shower there are rinse out conditioners, and finally, for those really thirsty strands, there are deluxe overnight repair masks.

With all the talk of botanical ingredients in the beauty industry, it only makes sense to use these vitamin rich, and natural ingredients to make your own delicious deep conditioner that won’t break the bank like a trip to a pricey salon. A simple but effective recipe for extremely dry, over processed hair combines an avocado, banana, a few tablespoons of Extra Virgin olive oil, about 1/3 cup of honey, and a squirt of jojoba oil. Simply mix all the ingredients together and apply to dry hair. Cover the head with a shower cap to hold in the heat and let the organic treatment work its magic. It can be left in for as long as necessary, but at least for 20 minutes, to make sure it penetrates the hair deeply enough. After shampooing out the mixture, you will be left with shinier, softer, and more manageable hair.

Flickr user: Anna Gay

Flickr user: Anna Gay

If playing chemist is too messy or time consuming for you, there are always deep conditioners that can be used in the shower. Jonathan Product has an awesome treatment for aging hair, called the Anti-Aging Restorative Conditioner.  Along with plant based ingredients like Basil Essential Water and Chardonnay and Moringa seed extracts, this conditioner works by restoring the protein that is lost during coloring and heat styling hair. Protein treatments actually repair the protein bonds and help reconstruct the hair shaft, producing less split ends and breakage. It is possible to have too much of a good thing, so it is important not to overuse these sorts of treatments. They are recommended for weekly use, and should not replace a daily conditioner.

The next product is an unbelievable mask that will turn even the most haystack-like mop into silky soft locks that would make Repunzel green with envy. Kronos Phyx is an overnight repair mask that uses T-Sphere technology to penetrate deep within the hair shaft to repair hair, restoring it back to its shiny, soft, and easy to manage self. When applying the thick cream it is absorbed into the hair instantly, leaving no sticky or gooey mess. This makes sleeping soundly much easier than with other conditioners that must be wrapped up in a towel all night to protect your sheets. Kronos Phyx is shampooed out in the morning and the difference in the look and feel of your hair will far surpass any expectations previously held. It truly keeps its word and gives life back to damaged hair.

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

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?