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No-Heat Waves/Curls Tutorial

With summer here, it is best to opt for some “no-heat” hairstyles to hinder extra damage. Try this tutorial for some beautiful waves!


Your hair wants volume? You got it!

Over the years, I would say that I have tried about every trick in the book to get [and keep] my hair big and full of volume!  Now, I am fortunate in that my wavy hair does tend to hold a style quite nicely.  However, I have still been on a quest to find the best method for creating volume without damaging my locks.  I believe I have found it and it is no “newfangled” contraption, but a tried and true method that many of our mothers and grandmothers utilized.  Without further ado, please say hello to rollers!

I have found that for most styles, women are craving volume through the crown of the hair.  Many of us obtain this with volume spray, mousse, powder and the good ol’ backcombing/teasing brush.  Well, I say, no more!  Here are just 6 easy steps to get voluminous hair with less hassle and less damage:

1. wash and condition hair as normal.  towel dry gently. [when you vigorously dry your hair, it roughs up the cuticle which contributes to frizz and diminishes shine making the hair appear dull]

2. comb hair with wide-tooth comb.  apply mousse and a glossing serum.  [my favorites are Joico JoiWhip Mousse and Joico Super Shine Glossing Polish]

3. Section out the “mohawk” of your hair.  This is from temple to temple and back to the curve of the head.

4. Now, time to put in the rollers.  Rollers can be found at Sally Beauty Supply in numerous sizes.  The bigger the better for volume!  I like to use 2 different sizes to get a bit of definition and dimension to the style.  Take 1 inch sections through the mohawk and roll back away from the face.  If needed, secure each roller with a clip.  Once the rollers are all in the mohawk, it should look something like this:


you may notice that I have also inserted rollers on the side of the mohawk as well.  this will help to transition the volume into the rest of the style.

5. Allow hair to air dry. 

6. Once dry, remove rollers and tousle hair with glossing polish to break up the curls and add shine.  At this time, backcombing should not be necessary, but a little bit can be added to ensure the volume lasts throughout the day.


The great thing about allowing your hair to air dry in the rollers is that you are not having to blow dry as often AND the rollers add the curl that you would normally obtain from a curling iron, wand or flat iron.  If you can add this into your weekly routine, it will give your hair a much needed break from the heat it encounters!


Now, enjoy adding volume to your life and de-stressing your locks in the process!



Product Review: Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor

This morning I decided to start a product review segment that I shall run each Friday.  This will mostly be in regards to salon quality hair products, but the occasional skin care product may appear.

Today’s review is for Joico’s K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor.  Joico uses a specially formulated Quadramine Complex that offers added protection to hair. Quadramine Complex contains keratin, which is a natural protein that makes up approximately 88 percent of your hair. Keratin is responsible for making your hair strong and elastic. The Quadramine Complex contains a total of 19 essential amino acids that adhere to damaged hair and help it to repair and reconstruct.

K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor

With winter fast approaching, our hair NEEDS moisture!!  I have found that this product is great for a salon treatment monthly to add that extra moisture and to help reconstruct brittle and over-processed colored hair.

I would highly recommend asking your stylist if they would offer a treatment using this product.

Have a blessed day!



Winter Hair Tips

Love Your Locks

Cold winter weather and harsh indoor heating can zap the life out of your hair. Follow these tips, tricks and product suggestions to protect and nourish your hair this winter.

Winter beauty - hair care

Start with a moisturizing shampoo

Look for a moisturizing shampoo to hydrate your hair. Try Samy Moisture Plus Vitamins & Proteins Hydrating Shampoo or Renpure Organics My Pretty Hair is Parched! Moisturizing Shampoo. They are both very affordable and available at most drugstores. Washing your hair every day can strip it of moisture and natural oils. Try to wash your hair every other day in the wintertime. You can still condition each day to help keep your hair hydrated and healthy.


Use a deep conditioning treatment

Head to the salon for a professional deep conditioning treatment every month. It will help restore your hair’s luster. In between salon treatments, use Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment with camellia oil once a week or create a homemade conditioner with products from your own kitchen.


Try a hair mask

Hair masks can also fortify and rejuvenate your hair. Oribe Signature Moisture Masque is a deep-hydrating hair mask that repairs and protects your hair, delivering super soft results. For color-treated hair, add a color glaze to your beauty routine. John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glazemakes your hair super shiny and the color vibrant.


Avoid the freeze

When it’s freezing outside, you must dry your hair before going out. If you go outside with wet hair, you’ll soon have frozen locks, which means split ends and breakage. Use heat-protecting products such as Paul Mitchell SoftStyle Heat Seal Thermal Protection and Style Spray or Crack: A Habit Forming Hair Fix before you blow dry or flat iron your hair. Better yet, wash your hair at night and let it air dry to avoid heated styling tools altogether.

Cover up

Hats can help save your hair from the winter weather, too. Cover up when you go outside to avoid damage from freezing temperatures and wind. Look for hats, scarves and headwear in soft fabrics that won’t snag or pull hair. Much of your body heat can escape from your head, so covering up will not only help protect your hair but it’ll keep your whole body warm.

More winter beauty tips

4 Must-have beauty products for winter
7 Skincare tips to combat harsh winter weather

Winter hair survival guide

7Questions to Ask Your Hairstylist

Hope you enjoy these helpful tips on trips to the beauty salon!


7 Questions to Ask Your Hairstylist, http://www.lifescript.com

The right haircut can slim your face, flatter your features and make you look 10 years younger. The wrong one can shatter your confidence in a single snip. How can you avoid the too-short bob, the impossible-to-style shag and other shear horrors? Hollywood’s hottest hairdressers reveal the 7 questions you should ask to guarantee a great cut every time.

1. Will it look good on me?
When Jennifer Aniston traded in her long locks for an asymmetrical bob, she catapulted into a new category of chic – and women around the country dashed to salons to copy her ’do.

After all, who doesn’t want to look like a star?

“Even celebrities bring in pictures of other celebrities,” says stylist Robert Hallowell, who has worked with stars like Geena Davis and Lucy Liu.

But what looks great on a glossy magazine cover may not flatter you.

“A haircut needs to complement your face shape, bone structure and even the way you carry yourself,” says stylist Adir Abergel, who has worked with Madonna and Jessica Biel.

“Women see a celebrity’s hairstyleand they want to relate, even if it doesn’t work on them,” Abergel says.

A haircut should flatter your best assets while downplaying your least favorite features.

If the look you crave isn’t ideal for you, a good stylist can incorporate certain elements of the cut, tailoring a modified style to your face.

“I always believe in customizing the haircut to fit the client,” says hair stylist Kim Kimble, who has worked with Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige.

2. What are your credentials?
All hairdressers should have a state certificate showing completion of cosmetology school.

To go above and beyond, they can earn advanced training certificates, which show they’ve taken continuing education classes throughout the year, explains Kimble.

Even hair guru Hallowell recently returned to the classroom to enhance his skills. Taking continuing education courses shows a stylist is serious about the craft, he says.

One crucial credential can’t be proved with any certificate – a satisfied clientele.

Clients often refer friends to their stylists when they’re complimented on their hair, says Kimble.

If you spy a woman with a great ’do, “literally stop her and ask who does her hair,” Abergel suggests.

He also recommends reading objective reviews of salons and stylists in beauty magazines like Allure.

3. Is it a hard style to maintain?
That layered bob might look great when an expert styles it.  But if your styling prowess is limited and your new look requires a two-hour wrestling match with a blow dryer every morning, you’ll have wasted your money.

Whether you’re a mom on the go or a beautyjunkie willing to devote hours to your tresses, “tell your stylist how much time you’re willing to put into the styling,” Abergel suggests.

You can also ask for a versatile cut – one that looks stunning when vamped up with a curling iron but that will also look good when you can only manage a quick shampoo.

4. How do I style it?
Ask your hair guru for a hands-on styling lesson before you leave the salon. Stylists can see angles of your locks that you can’t.

“I’ve had clients who think they’re blow-drying their hair but are really hitting the plant behind them,” Hallowell says.

If you want a haircut that looks best styled straight and you have curly hair, be prepared to use a flat iron every day, says Hallowell. Ask your stylist to show you how.

Another do-it-yourself tip: “If you want to look great, learn how to use a round brush and a blow-dryer,” Abergel advises.

5. How short will it really be?
Why do women who request one to two inches off the bottom end up with a chin-length disaster?

“Part of the problem is that ‘one to two inches’ means something different to different people,” Abergel says. His advice?  “Show your stylist how much you want taken off on a ruler – it will show you’re serious about not losing the length.”

Hallowell also recommends that you physically take your finger and show the stylist where you want your hair to hit: I want the shortest layer to hit here, no higher than my collarbone.  Arrive at the salon with your hair in its natural state, advises Abergel. That way your stylist can see the movement and natural wave.

If your stylist starts hacking away, stick up for yourself. Tell him or her to stop before it’s too late.

“In the end, you’re the one who has to live with your hair, not your stylist,” Abergel says.

6. Do I have to buy the products?
Be wary of the product pusher who insists you purchase every can of hairsprayor tube of gel used during the appointment.

“You can definitely achieve [a salon] look at home without your stylist’s products,” says Abergel.  Although he’s a fan of Frederic Fekkai’s line, Abergel doesn’t pressure his clients to buy it. “Women know their own hair better than anyone,” he says. “They know what brands work for them.”

7. What’s included in the price?
This situation is all too common: After a cut, the stylist will casually ask if you want a blow-dry. Thinking it’s part of the service, you say yes, only to be surprised with a $20 styling charge.  Most stylists aren’t trying to trick you, but to be safe, “get everything clear in the beginning,” Kimble says. For example, does the price of the haircut include a consultation, shampooand/or conditioner, scalp massage, and styling lesson?  And during your cut, pay attention. If your stylist starts blow-drying or curling your hair and you’re not sure if the service is included, ask.

Fun and easy summer hairstyle

Hello all!

Before summer comes to an official end, I thought I would share this fun and easy hairstyle idea.  And, if you want to change it up to a more fall appropriate style, change from a flower to some sort of leaf arrangement!



Great Back to School Braid Idea

If you are anything like me, you love stunningly simple hairstyles.  Those that look like they took hours, but most likely only took minutes.  I found this beautiful Waterfall Braid and thought it was a must share. 

Here’s a quick, four-step tutorial on how to accomplish this great look!
1. Lightly mist a texture spray, such as Shu Uemura Liquid Fabric, from midlengths to ends for hold. Using a 1 ¼-inch curling iron, wrap 1-inch sections starting at the nape. Leave out the ends for a beach-y effect. Alternate the direction of the curl for more texture.
2. Mist more texture spray from midlengths to ends, using a scrunching technique to disperse the product.
3. Create the waterfall braid. Starting at the temple, take two strands of hair and twist once to start the braid. Drop the bottom piece and pick up a piece from underneath. Wrap the new section with the previous and repeat until you reach the center crown. Clip to hold in place then repeat on the other side.
4. Take both rope braids and twist them together, securing with a few bobby pins. Finish with your favorite hair spray for hold.

This is a great braid for your kids going back to school, or for yourself!  Experiment and enjoy!