Posts Tagged ‘Hair products’

Beautyfix 17 – Not Your Average Product Saviors

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

By Jenna

Just in time for the Holidays the newest season of Beautyfix has arrived! While you’re toiling away shopping to spoil others, you get to open up the best box of all, and it’s all for you.  So take a deep breath and a break from this seasonal madness and enjoy 14 new products to choose from. Let’s start with my favorites first – because I know you’re all dying to know.

Source: Flickr user blmiers2

I LOVE that it is boot season and a lot of us take this time to neglect our feet instead of keeping up with our bi-weekly pedi’s. To help keep my feet from crusting I’ve enlisted the help from another Beautyfix superstar. That’s why I’m so obsessed with the Spongelle Pedi-Buffer in my kit. It cleanses, detoxifies, buffs and softens skin so you can sleep well at night knowing that your crackled feet won’t be ripping your new stockings. The convenient little buffer features a soft side for cleansing and a rough side for exfoliating. The black-mandarin bamboo scent is refreshing instead of potent –  you don’t want to smell up that elevator! I’ve been using it on my feet every morning in the shower and it’s kept them in tip-top shape.

Moving to the top of my head, I’ve also fallen in love with the Intelligent Beauty Labs Rescue Rapid Repair Hair Mask. It has literally salvaged my hair’s health since going back to being a blonde. I’ve been using this once a week and leave it on my hair for about 3-5 minutes. For a product that only takes a fraction of the time to set in, I can tell the difference right after using it. It helps protect my hair from all of the heat styling while keeping it soft and silky. After using this hair mask, I’ve switched product lines entirely to the Rescue line. Washing my hair was a burden but the smell of this line is unbelievable and it makes the tiresome process much more enjoyable.

These products I’ve mentioned are just 2 out of the 14 new products available as your selections for this season. I hope you’re enjoying this season as much as I am, it’s really made a difference during the stressful holidays.

What did you pick in your new Beautyfix?

Beautyfix Review – Hera Argan Oil for Hair and Skin

Friday, October 5th, 2012

By Jenna

Having a consistent supply of beauty products within reach is really amazing and I’m sure a fantasy for most girls and I totally can’t complain. Aside from my hoarding of such beauty products, somehow I still have a very simple hair and makeup routine each day. I’m not sure if it’s because of the array of cosmetics that I play or if I’m just dull with my own makeup for the most part, but any opportunity to test drive a multifunctional product is a win. Upon just looking at the Hera Argan Oil for Hair and Skin, I knew it was a keeper. A nourishing hair oil and a moisturizer for your skin!? Major score on so many levels and luckily for all of us, it’s in this season’s Beautyfix selection.

What’s amazing about this hair oil treatment is that it actually works and you can use it on a daily basis. You can use it as a hair treatment at night, a detangler on wet hair after washes, and an instant frizz fighter for dry hair. It’s infused with extracts of olive oil and bergamot oils that help to quickly repair frizz and dryness. So far, my mop of processed, dry blonde hair is soaking it all up. It reminds me of the not so affordable Moroccan hair oil serum and smells just as great. The difference between the two is this one is what every girl needs by her side, another multi-tasker!

The added bonus for this product is that it not only works wonders on your hair but on your skin too. Just a little dab will do ya’ on any dry spots for a fantastic turnaround. You can also apply a light layer over your face in place of a light moisturizer for a morning pick me up.

If you’re like me and like your beauty products to work just as hard as you do, be sure to pick up this oil in your next shipment of Beautyfix. You won’t be disappointed.

How are you using this oil?

Pump Up The Volume

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Limp, lifeless, dull hair is no fun for anyone. Changes in weather, styling products, beauty routines, etc. can really make a difference with the way our hair reacts. When your hair is in need of a little extra life, there are several ways to add volume to your hair, but it all starts with what you use to prep your hair that will make all the difference when the end results are revealed.

Leave it to self-made entrepreneur Nick Chavez, of the Nick Chavez Salon in Beverly Hills to create the perfect product to help pump up the volume in limp, lifeless hair. Nick Chavez Horsetail Root Lifting Spray adds volume, lift and shine for healthy looking locks.

Horsetail extract promotes circulation and assists in nourishing and strengthening hair follicles, giving it vitality and shine with regular use. This product makes adding volume a breeze. Simply spray it at the root for heavy hair that needs an extra lift and blow dry. It can also be used as an all-over volumizer and is humidity resistant and excellent for all climates.

While it says it is good for all hair types, those with extra dry hair should take note that excessive use of products containing horsetail could further dry it out.  There is a light texture to it, but nothing that leaves the hair to sticky or unmanageable. I have very thick hair and this item did wonders on giving my hair a lift. My hair felt soft, healthy and full of volume. Another added bonus: It helps to eliminate frizz and is perfect for curls and waves.

Was this in your beautyfix kit? Tell us what you thought

Red white and Blue Beauty Ideas

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Source: Flickr User Bob Haarmans

By Jenna

Can you believe it? July is already here and the 4th of July is right around the corner and on a Wednesday. Let’s repeat that and all groan together. The 4th is on a Wednesday, so we all get 1 day off in the middle of the week. Most of Europe – 1, America – 0. Each Independence Day, you can usually find me smack dab in the heart of the Mojave Desert sipping on a few cocktails watching the 4th of July Fireworks, happy that makeup and cute outfits are not needed. Really, the only thing I ever need is a festive bikini and amazing sunglasses. Since leap year has ruined my usual plans, I’ve spent the last week brainstorming amazing 4th of July makeup ideas to help the fact that I must wear clothes this holiday. To the good stuff! Here are 3 trendy beauty ideas to usher in another USA birthday in style.

One of the hottest beauty trends of the season is to temporarily color your locks a pastel shade. I’ve seen a lot of pink, lavender and purple on ladies these days. Instead of taking the color plunge on the day to day, this is the perfect time to add a little ‘wild-child’ into that mane. Try using Streekers temporary hair color in blue or red. Take the applicator wand and paint just a few streaks on a couple 1 inch strands in the mid-section of your hair. This will create a perky pop of color without going overboard.

If you don’t want to wash your hair more than once in a week, you can always turn to your nails. Red, white and blue nails are a no-brainer to pair with any drink in hand! Give everyone on Pinterest a run for their money by creating a gorgeous polka-dot design or build your own color block mani.

Dare I say it? The most classic makeup trend alive… the red lip. If there’s any appropriate occasion for this look, it’s this one. Since most of us will be enjoying beverages and BBQ, I prefer to go with a red lip stain instead of traditional lipstick. I’ll be wearing 3 Custom Color Specialists Lip and Cheek Stain in Rose which is a poppy red, perfect for my Independence Day pout.

How will you celebrate the 4th of July this Wednesday?


The Other Uses of Hair Spray

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

By Jenna

Source: flickr user Garrette

I recently read an article on Allure’s Daily Beauty Reporter on how hair spray is quite the unexpected multiuse product and I couldn’t agree more! They mentioned a few great ones, but I feel like I’ve heard so many wonder stories about how hair spray has saved the day. For something that’s been in your bathroom since you were 4, hair spray is the beauty staple that no girl is without so I asked the ladies at DermStore to give us their Aqua Net alternatives. Besides using hair spray for maximum hold, to create shine or add volume, we’ve come up with a few other things you could use for on top of Allure’s list.

  • Setting your makeup: I would advise to do this with a lot of caution, as your skin could get irritated easily, but there are people that will spray a thin layer of hair spray over their makeup as a finishing spray! Not only will it set your makeup, but it will make it last longer for the day.
  • Use it as a bug spray: You can use hair spray to keep the bugs away if they are buggin’. It’s also easy to use as an insect killer for those pesky spiders and bugs that freak you out. You can also turn it into a torch to ward off intruders when your man is gone if you have a lighter handy. (Warning: hair spray is highly flammable, do this at your own risk of fun)
  • Arts and crafts: Hair spray can also be used as glue! You can give anything a frosted look by covering it in glitter and spraying it with hairspray to stick. You can also spray the item with hairspray first, then dip it in glitter.
  • Preserve your photos: Spraying a thin layer of hair spray over photos or charcoal prints will seal the print and keep photos from fading.
  • Use it when you’re stinky: Not to use as deodorant ladies, but I know a few of girls that spritz themselves or their hair again with their best smelling hair sprays when they’re feeling a little funky and desperate.
  • Home improvements: When using chalk lines and want them to stick, you can spray the line with hair spray to prevent it from rubbing off quickly. Not to be worried with it sticking for good, it’s really easy to clean off with soap and water.
  • Hair color: Another wild use of hairspray is to temporarily color your hair, so it’s perfectly low budget for Halloween. Simply spray your hair in sections and sprinkle it with unsweetened-not sugar free drink mix like Kool-Aid to get any color you like.

What have you used hair spray for other than for your hair?

How To Survive A Bad Haircut

Friday, March 25th, 2011

flickr user ArSiSa7

Bad haircuts. I cringe at the thought! Unless you’re among a very, very lucky few … you’ve had at least ONE of them in your time, right?  Perhaps you wanted “just a trim” and left with a pixie cut. Or maybe you wanted to check out a cute layered look and walked out looking like a mushroom. As traumatizing as bad haircuts are, can you IMAGINE being a celebrity and having to endure the agony of a hair hack job with the entire world looking on? A bad haircut happened to Pink a few days ago, and, never one to shy away from an opportunity to say what’s on her mind, she did what any modern famous person would do and fired back at her haters on Twitter. Pink, we feel your pain—and we just so happen to have some face-saving—or hair-saving, rather—advice from celebrity hair care expert Philip B. on handling the grow-out process with style and grace. (You Beautyfix buffs should be familiar with Philip B.’s namesake beauty brand!)

1. Give some different styling products a try—the idea is to improve your hair’s texture and give it some movement. Mess it up. Make it punky! You’ll make your face look more angular and less full. A few good ones to try: Philip B. Maui Wowie Beach Mist, which will provide lift, and Philip B. Jet Set Precision Control Hair Spray, which will give it some hold.

2. Condition, condition, condition. You see, if your hair looks healthy and lustrous, that’s what will command attention. What’s more, this will keep your ends in tip-top shape, which could in turn help you attain long hair again.

3. Give some fun hair accessories a try! If you’ve always wanted to rock a sassy headband or some flirty, sparkly clips, now is the time. Try sweeping your bands to the side and holding them in place with some pretty bobby pins.

And there you have it! Even if you’re not reeling from the effects of a bad haircut, these words of wisdom STILL pose value to every girl trying to make the most of her ‘do.

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

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

By Liz W

hair dye

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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.

Hair Treatments for Dry and Damaged Hair

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Flickr user: irodman

By Jenna

Dry hair is not cute, and it’s just not fun at all. When your hair is dry it starts breaking and can make your fabulous hair cut not so fabulous anymore. It happens so fast that you probably won’t notice the change, but dry, damaged hair is a fact of life and most of us will have to deal with it one point or another.

Although a healthy diet does help the natural production of oil that will naturally condition your hair, dry, damaged hair doesn’t happen on its own.  Split ends and brittle hair are a result of over-processing, blow-drying, straightening, perming and overall excessive styling. Excessive styling with heat can wreak havoc on your hair, leaving it dry, unmanageable, fragile and broken. So can using harsh shampoos, washing it too often, exposure to the sun and wind, over brushing, chlorine, medications and poor nutrition.  If you’re guilty of any of these uber-drying faux pas, it’s never too late to improve your hair care routine.

To start out, don’t wash your hair every day, and do use a gentle shampoo. When you’re over shampooing, you’re stripping your hair of its natural oils, resulting in dry hair. There are a wide variety of shampoos for dry hair, made specially to treat the condition. If your hair gets extra oily between washings, consider using a dry shampoo to give you a fresh look without the water. Also, if you don’t already, use a conditioner every time you wash your hair. This will help infuse your locks with moisture and restore your hair with nutrients and vitamins. Conditioners for dry hair help restore shine, detangle and nourish all hair types.

Dry hair treatments are also available and work wonders on restoring and reviving damaged hair. You can use an overnight hair treatment, scalp oil or a hair mask. Each of these will have amazing effects on fixing dry and damaged hair. Scalp oils contain vitamins to help protect against free radicals and essentials oils to nourish the hair and scalp. By massaging the oils into your scalp, you’re stimulating growth and infusing moisture into your skin and hair. Hair masques are easy to use as well as quick plus, there are many at home hair recipes to use. Generally, wash your hair and apply the hair mask. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse off. They moisturize and help protect and nourish your poor dry hair.

Next time you go out on a windy day, don’t forget your hat!  Not just to be fashionable, but to protect your gorgeous locks! Dry hair products are easy to find and amazing to use. Pay attention to what your hair is telling you. If it’s falling out at alarming rates or breaking off when you brush it, it’s time to put a little effort into restoring your hair into the lustrous mane it’s supposed to be.

Blow Dryer Blues- Is the price tag always worth it?

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

flickr user rainpie

I have been without a blow dryer for over three months. This statement might shock you, as it did most of my co-workers, but it’s true. My last blow dryer (not the best hair dryer in the world but a trusty $29.99 drugstore brand) had a good run but ultimately went up in flames. Literally, flames…mid blow dry. I’m just not sure why I went all of three months without purchasing a new one. It could have been laziness, cheapness, or a subliminal nostalgia for my youth, when I was a competitive swimmer and had perpetually wet hair. Whatever the reason, I lived by way of air drying and declared a strike against purchasing a new blow dryer. I would even go as far as making a trip to the gym before a big meeting or event, specifically to use their hair dryers. Weird, I know.

Last weekend, I finally buckled. I had 45 minutes to shower and get ready for a wedding, which meant no time for a quick gym/borrowed blow dryer visit. Facing defeat, I made a visit to the beauty supply store by my house, where I stood in shock, taken aback by the overwhelming variety of blow dryers, features and technology. There were dozens of blow dryers, all boasting breakthrough science and revolutionary patents—and not one of them resembled my previous $29.99 model in any way, least of all in price. In a fit of pure frustration, I selected the cheapest (a mere $119!) blow dryer on display, paid, and left.

Grudgingly, I admit that my hair felt so much better after drying it with my new, expensive (relatively speaking) blow dryer. I began to wonder: is there some actual merit behind all the patenting and revolutionary technology?  Luckily, I have a wealth of knowledge at my fingertips, thanks to my extremely beauty-savvy coworkers (after all, our company is called Intelligent Beauty). For this particular question, I quizzed Jac, our non-official hair care expert.  She informed me that while it isn’t always the price tag that determines the best blow dryers, there are certainly key terms, technological aspects and features to look for when purchasing a blow dryer.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Make sure your blow dryer is at least 1800 watts. This ensures adequate power to blow dry your hair. (Lower wattages = more time to dry, resulting in more heat damage to the hair.)
  • Ionic Technology is a fairly common phrase in the hair care world. It refers to a technology that generates negative ions that neutralize positive ions in the atmosphere. This process allows hair to dry faster, seals the cuticle, and reduces frizz, leaving hair smooth and shiny.
  • A ceramic hair dryer actually has a self-regulating system that senses if the dryer is getting too hot. The air flow is at the right temperature, and the coils are made out of ceramic as well.
  • Tourmaline blow dryers utilize a technology that speeds up the drying process by about 60%, which ultimately reduces damage caused by heat.
  • Another feature to look for in a good blow dryer: different temperature and speed settings, which allow you to adjust your preferences manually.

The moral of the story? There are several different options fitting for several different bank accounts.  The reigning king of the blow drying world is the T3 Featherweight Luxe, which actually nourishes the hair. For a more budget-friendly blow dryer, opt for something along the lines of the Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler. Just make sure your blow dryer has at least one of the features listed above. It all comes down to amount of time spent drying—less time, less heat, the better the blow dryer!

Beach Waves- The Chic Summer Hairstyle for Year Round

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Growing up on the beach in Florida, I spent my days racing back and forth from the sand and school (probably a little too much time in the sun and sand when I should have been in school, but that is neither here nor there).  Summer style was always in, bathing suit tops peeking out from under t-shirts, flip flops, board shorts and wet hair were all too common of a sight at my high school. Looking back at pictures, the au natural beach look was not so cute. However, luckily for the current students at my alma mater and fans of natural beauty everywhere, carefree wavy hair styles and tousled hair are in!

Blake's Perfect Beach Waves

Perfecting the California cool beach waves hair style is as easy as, well, a day at the beach! Trust me, if yours truly can pull this off, anyone can. If only I knew these quick hairstyle tips in high school…

The greatest part about this easy breezy summer hairstyle is that it can be achieved with either wet or dry hair! The most important ingredient is good hair texturizer that mimics the  look from the sun, sand and saltwater and spares your hair the damaging effects from the real thing. I recommend Krystal High Gloss Shine Spray by Kronos or Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.

If you are starting with wet hair, work the product through the hair and either towel dry or blow-dry with a diffuser.  It is best to only partially dry the hair and remember to not run your fingers through it too much; this can cause frizz and accidently remove the hair texturizer. When starting with dry hair, the process is even easier! Just spray the product on the roots and lightly over the hair for added volume and body. If your hair gets oily easily, apply a little dry shampoo first.

Depending on your hair type and texture, a little spray and scrunch might be all you need. If your hair loses volume easily or needs a little extra vavava-voom, there is an optional step two. Use a curling iron, either large or small barreled, to add a few loose waves. Choose sections of hair in varying sizes and alternate the directions of the curls. Once you have finished curling, bend over and shake your head to ensure that your curls create a tousled hair look, not styled, and perform a quick final spray with either your texturizer or a high gloss shine.

The result? A perfectly chic and total easy summer hairstyle that works year round.