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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

1920's Inspired "Faux Bob"

I actually made this video a while ago.  I wasn't sure if I was going to post it or not.  But since to craze of "The Great Gatsby" in theaters (which I have yet to see), I thought it would be fun to post this inadvertently "gatsby" or 1920s inspired do.  It's a fun, easy look.  It's also fun to let your friends think you chopped your hair off. :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Beauty Dupe!

So, sort of on accident I found an eye shadow beauty dupe!  I was looking through the Target cosmetic clearance and saw all these cool eye shadow books that were originally $6 bucks marked down 15%!  I grabbed a couple thinking they would be just for fun, but to my amazement, they were beautiful colors with great coverage!  Much like my $50 Naked palette...that has seen better days.  I do really like this product, though.  It is high quality cosmetics, and if you are interested in trying it, you can purchase it here but, you see, I can't keep spending 50 bucks for eye shadow...There was a time when I would have no problem justifying it but now...not so much... The e.l.f. palette is not available on the target website.  I was able to find it on the e.l.f. site at regular price, though.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Favorite Products for Volume

Keep in mind that products alone will not magically make your fine, thin hair suddenly thick and full and luxurious.  The truth is, these products are only aids to be combined with the right styling technique.  Same thing with smoothing/anti-frizz products.  They help.  But using the products alone will not automatically make your hair suddenly straight and sleek.  You need to use styling tools and sometimes a little effort...I know :(

So for volume if you are willing to put in the work to blow dry your hair and use a round brush, these products can really help assist you in your volumizing quest.  If you would like, I can post a video of how to blow dry your hair for volume.  Please send me some feedback if you'd like that.

1.  Thicken Up, by Paul Mitchell

-This is a great serum that you apply to damp hair before you style to add a little thickness and grit.  This is great if you ultra fine hair and just want to add a touch of volume or thickness.  You can layer it with a mousse if you'd like.

2. Extra Body Sculpting Foam, by Paul Mitchell

- A good over all mousse to be applied wet before you style.  Gives flexible hold and lift throughout hair.

3. Sea Salt Texturizing Spray, by Aquage

- This product is great to put in your hair before you style or even if you want to leave it and let it air dry.  It adds serious volume if you use it to blow dry but if not, it adds that beachy grit, especially if you have wavy hair.

4. Your Highness Root Boost Spray, by Tigi Catwalk

- Okay, so if you're so if your wanting serious lift and volume, apply this to your scalp liberally before you blow dry.  It gives mega grit and lift.

5. Powder Play, by Big Sexy Hair

- This product is so cool! It is one that you actually use after you style.  Works really well with teasing. You can watch a teasing tutorial here if you'd like.  You literally sprinkle some of this powder right at the root where you want the must volume, and it actually does magically give your hair serious volume!  I use it a lot for up-dos and weddings.

6. A really good hair spray.

What Mommy Wore: One Outfit, Two Ways

Look 1
Lovely pink blouse: Papaya- $11.99
Necklace- Forever 21
Skinny ankle jeans- Forever 21
Nude pumps- Walmart- $18.47

Can you believe these shoes are from Walmart?

Look 2
Necklace- This was a gift, but I have seen this style necklace for a very low price at Body central in a variety  of colors.
Shoes- TJ Maxx

Monday, May 6, 2013

What Mommy Wore

Ivory shirt- Forever 21
Coral tank- Old Navy
Jeans- Old Navy
Shoes- Target
Necklace- Forever 21

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to Keep That Color From Fading

Here are a few tips on how to keep that beautiful color from fading.  Whether brown, red, or black, these tips can help your rich color last longer.  Now, I can't do anything about your roots from here...I actually had a client complain to me once about how quickly she saw here new growth come in at the scalp as if it was my job to keep here hair from growing out...Also, this doesn't necessarily pertain to blondes (although all of these steps are good to promoting healthy hair for anyone). Keep in mind, blonde hair doesn't "fade". Blonde is actually the absence of color.  Now, if you have lightened hair. and have had a toner or corrective glaze applied to adapt your shade of blonde, then follow these steps as well to help make that shade last longer.

1.  Shampoo with cool to tepid water.

Hot water actually opens up the fish like scales on the strands of hair, giving those color molecules a chance to escape and run down the drain. Cold water actually seals the cuticle down.

2. Try to shampoo your hair less often.  

You may have to get creative here.  Think carefully about how you want to style your hair and when.  For instance, I wear my hair straight or curled on the first day after shampooing, and on the second day, I'll throw it into an up-do or something.  Also, make good use of dry shampoo which you can learn more about here. Use your own discretion as to how long to go between washes.  Not only will it help preserve your color, it is just good for your hair and scalp in general.  Even moisturizing, gentle, "sulfate-free" shampoos can tend to be abrasive and harsh to the hair and scalp.

3.  Stay clear from any shampoo that has the words "clarifying" or "purifying".

These shampoos are particularly abrasive.  Designed to strip away oil and grease.  But the also strip your hair of the natural "good" oils.  And wash away your beautiful color. Try to use one that specifically says "for color treated hair".  Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners are generally color safe, as well.

4. Wear a hat whenever you're out in the sun.

The sun can lighten your hair and dry it out, too.

5.  Consider a tinted conditioner.

There are several professional product lines that carry conditioners with subtle pigment to help preserve your color.  Ask your stylist about this.

Hope these help!