Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring Haircolor — Lightening Up Your Hair for Spring

Lightening your hair up for spring? Read these tips before your trip to the salon.
There is something about when the weather is starting to warm up, and the blooms are…well, blooming, that gives people a hankering for a change. What’s the easiest way to coax that sunshiny, warm feeling along? Go lighter! Before you go crazy and drastic, read these few tips to ground you, and then head to the salon.

1. Go gradual. Ease into that new spring color. Just like fashion and makeup, spring hair should be subtle, and soft. Be more bold and intense in the summer when the sun and your music is on full blast. It will match your sassy summer attitude.

2. Don’t go more than two shades lighter than your natural color. If you do, just know that you will have to switch up your makeup and possibly wardrobe to make it look good. But being subtle in the spring means you can lighten up a little more for summer. Going even lighter in the summer works for most people because they start to get some color in their face. (Picture surfers.)

3. Babylights or Balayage are a good fit to bring some of that sunshiny goodness into your soul. They are both methods of highlighting that will create a soft and subtle glow to your existing hair color.

4. Make sure your stylist adds a bond protector in that lightener or color (such as Olaplex or SmartBond). This way, you can make a change without causing damage, so your locks can stay healthy and shiny. If your hair isn’t healthy and shiny, this can get your hair on the right track and repair the damage previously done.

5: Brighten up with a glaze or gloss. If you’re kind of noncommittal, this is the way to go. Glazes can add a subtle tone shift, meaning they can make your natural color a little more golden, or more red, or even cool it off a smidge. If you don’t want to play around with any of that, just get a clear gloss to give your natural color lots and lots of shine.

6: Protect your investment. You just spent all that money on your hair, why would you just let that go down the drain after a few washes? Protect your investment by purchasing some professional color protecting haircare. Follow the recommendation of your stylist on how to keep your fresh spring self budding, not fading, away. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Hair

You have probably put your hair and scalp through the ringer this past winter with all the dry air piping into your home and the friction caused by the plethora of hats worn to keep yourself from freezing to death. Plus, with the winter doldrums, sometimes you find yourself pulling up that hair a little too frequently. Time to start anew and let yourself shine like the daffodil outside my window, indicating good things are ahead.

1. Cleanse & Clarify
Ask your stylist to do a scalp treatment and a clarifying treatment on the hair. This will remove any buildup…like that buildup caused by possibly going a few too many days without shampooing during the colder months. It will also help regulate/neutralize/normalize your scalp if it has been too dry or oily through the winter.

2. Treat Yourself
Get a Pro Fiber treatment. There are many good treatments out there, but I have never seen anything that can repair, strengthen, and change the texture of the hair as well as this one. (Believe me, I have tried a ton. A TON.) This treatment is instant, and lasts 6 weeks. If your hair has really gone through the ringer and is severely damaged, I would suggest an Olaplex or SmartBond treatment, along with the Pro Fiber treatment. (Pro Fiber is made by L’Oreal Professionnel and you can find it at participating salons in your area by using the salon locator on their website.)

3. Get Some Sun
Spring is a great time for Balayage. Balayage is a method of highlighting that is hand painted onto the hair. The end result is very soft and natural and sun-kissed. It feels kind of like when you have your first drink of icy Diet Coke in the morning. Ahhhhhhh! If you don’t want to fully commit, get some face-framing balayage as a “try me.” Then you will see what I mean. ;)

4. Know Your Needs
Evaluate your styling products. Do they still fit your hair needs? Are you using more heat than you previously were? Has your texture changed? Do you have old products that don’t suit needs now? Throw away or donate these products (we suggest a women’s shelter) so someone else can get some good use out of them. Then have a consultation with your stylist and ask what products will work best with your current needs.

5. Don't Be a Tool
Evaluate your styling tools. Are your brushes used down to the nub? Are they so full of hair that they are useless? What about your flat iron or curling iron? Are they so crusted over with product that you feel like it takes you twice as long to get ready now? Or do you have to hold the cord “just right” so that it will still work for you? Do you have a collection of tools you don’t even use? Clean, donate, discard, and replenish. You will feel so much better about life if you do.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pantone Colors: Beauty and Fashion Trends

Until a few years ago, most people I talk to had never even heard of Pantone, let alone knew what they do. Being in the beauty & fashion industry, the name definitely gets tossed around. But to be honest, I probably only know who they are because my business partner, Annie, grew up in her family printing business and Pantone is king in the printing world.

If haircolor is my world in the salon, Pantone color is definitely her world in the back office. And every once in while (actually, quite often), our two worlds collide.

Pantone is a company best known for their Pantone Matching System, a system of organizing or standardizing colors. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another. So in printing, instead of telling someone across the country that you want your invitations printed in “blue ink,” you can use their numbered system to tell them EXACTLY which shade of blue you want. And both parties can be assured that they are picturing the exact same color.

Created out of necessity in the printing industry, it has since been largely adopted in other industries where a way to identify specific colors is needed as well, like in paints, plastics, and fabrics.

And Fabrics is where it begins to intersect with beauty.

Every fall, during Fashion Week, Pantone releases its Fashion Color Report, highlighting the “Trending Colors” for the upcoming spring season. These are the colors you’ll see on the runway, in magazine ads, and all over stores by the coming season. The colors you see each season aren’t just trending in clothing, but also in home decor, and makeup and other fashion-forward industries as well. Even our new nail polish collections will feature the trending colors for the season.
In addition to naming their top 10 trending colors, Pantone also names one color as the overall “Color of the Year.” This is a color that they believe represents what’s going on not just in fashion, but in the world and with society, at large. The color that represents our cultural climate, per se.
For 2017, the color was “Greenery” or, more specifically, Pantone #15-0343.

So, how do these colors affect you?

Let’s say you’re a fashion-aware person, or even someone who likes to be on trend, but doesn’t want to be carried away by every trend (or color) that comes your way. Well, in home d├ęcor, maybe you don’t repaint your living room wall every season, but maybe you change out your pillows, or pictures, or vases, or dishes, or whatever accent pieces you can switch more easily to give a new face to a room.

Well, the same is true in beauty. You can incorporate color trends without completely adopting them. Maybe you add a splash of color to your hair, or maybe you just paint your fingers and toes, or add a new color palette to your regular eyeshadows.

This way, the colors are easy to incorporate, and by the time you’re bored with them, a whole new collection will be starting to trend.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How to Keep Healthy Holiday Habits

Does the idea of being healthy over the holidays seem laughable? The key to juggling staying fit and having fun is strategizing before the celebrations begin. Avoid derailing your efforts with a few thoughtful additions to your routine.

Start Planning
Set yourself up for success with a little forethought. Prepare healthy, on-the-go snacks for days when you're busy. Include filling, high-protein foods like trail mix, deli meat roll-ups or nut bars. Schedule each workout as if it were a doctor's appointment you wouldn't dare miss.

Before heading to a holiday party, consider your exit strategy and stick to it. The hectic season can leave you feeling drained if you don't make self-care a priority, so don't feel guilty leaving when the time comes.

Enjoy Yourself
Does "giving in" usually involve sugary sweets or your favorite cocktail? Redefine what it means to indulge. Treat yourself to quality time with friends, a luxurious bubble bath or an exciting experience you've been wanting to try. When you do go for your favorite holiday treats, be sure to eat mindfully and slowly so you fully enjoy it.

Exercise Smarter
Movement is imperative to keep you happy and healthy over the holidays. Need motivation? Try a fitness tracker for a little personal competition. Everyday tasks like cleaning and shopping may count as workouts when you realize how many steps you're taking.

If you get overwhelmed by the holiday rush, use exercise as a healthy, convenient outlet. Studies have shown that working out reduces stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, and increases endorphins, which make you feel happier and more relaxed.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

4 Tips to Protecting Your Skin and Hair This Winter

Do you notice a difference in your appearance when the thermometer dips to cooler temperatures? The transition to winter doesn't have to translate into dull hair and dry skin. Read on to learn how to alter your routine for the changing season.

Get a Healthy Start
Glowing skin and hair begin with a healthy body. Make it a habit to drink plenty of water each day so you stay hydrated from the inside out. A well-balanced diet that includes healthy fats, like those found in salmon, nuts and avocado, also helps the body retain necessary moisture.

Keep Your Body Glowing
Though a long, hot shower is tempting in the cooler months, it can dry out skin and lead to discomfort later on. Instead, opt for short, warm showers when it's chilly out, use a moisturizing body wash and finish with a slather of lotion to amp up hydration. Once or twice a week, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and follow up with a nourishing body cream.

Continue Daily Routines
Each day regardless of the weather conditions outside, make sure you're protecting your face from sun damage with a moisturizer that contains sunscreen. And don't forget your lips, which can quickly chap and suffer from windburn without a hydrating lip balm.

Care for Your Tresses
Colder temperatures result in dry air, which can wreak havoc on hair. Help your hair's natural oil do its job protecting follicles and creating shine; wash your hair two to three times a week and avoid regularly using hot tools (or if you can't avoid them, use a heat protectant). Add a little vitamin E oil to your locks to treat split ends and keep hair soft from roots to tip.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tips for Men Growing A Mustache in November

Each November, men across the world start the month with a clean shave and spend the remaining 29 days growing out a mustache in the name of Movember. So whether you're a fan of facial hair or someone you know is taking part in this annual fundraising event for men's health, read on for essential grooming advice.

Getting a Close Shave
A clean-shaven face is where it all begins, but that requires a little preparation and technique.

Make sure you have a sharp, clean razor on hand.

Soften facial hair by taking a hot shower; the steam will help open pores and prepare the skin. Another option is using preshave oil to moisturize and protect against irritation and razor burn.

Create a perfect lather -- not too wet and not too dry -- with your favorite shaving cream.

Shave with short, gentle strokes in the direction of hair growth. Resist the urge to go against the grain, which can result in ingrown hairs.

Rinse your blade after each stroke to ensure a clean cut with each pass.

Maintaining Facial Hair
Now that you've got your shaving technique down, what about maintaining that man-stache?

Decide which mustache shape works for you. Round and square faces do well with fuller styles, while a slight triangular silhouette on an oval-shaped face is flattering.

To stay neat, use a hair trimmer to shape the 'stache during the first stages of growth. Once it starts growing over the lips, use facial scissors to keep it trim.

Avoid dandruff by exfoliating and moisturizing regularly.

Use wax to style your mustache, whether it's to master the curled look or keep it neat and defined.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sensitive Skin Challenges — Tips for Finding the Perfect Skin Care Products for Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you know how difficult it can be to find products that don't cause irritation. For those with more stable skin, that could change. The epidermis can develop sensitivities at any time and start reacting negatively to environmental factors, as well as ingredients in skin care products. For the optimal health of your skin, keep the following points in mind.

How gentle is your facial cleanser?
First and foremost, use a gentle, water-soluble facial cleanser formulated for your skin type. And look for fewer ingredients, which will lower your chance of having an adverse reaction. (This is a good strategy to use for all the products you put on your skin.)

Your face shouldn't feel tight, dry or greasy after washing, and it shouldn't tingle; a tingly sensation is often a sign of irritation. If you have dry skin, choose an emollient, moisturizing cleanser. Liquid- and gel-based products are better suited for oily and combination skin. And if you're fortunate enough to have "normal" skin, opt for lotion or cream textures.

Is fragrance the culprit?
Though pleasant scents are enticing, fragrance can be irritating to sensitive skin. If you're prone to redness, itchiness or sudden breakouts, you might want to look for products that say "fragrance-free" on the label, especially since many products include fragrance that isn't explicitly identified in the ingredients list.

Should you see a dermatologist?
If your skin shows signs of sensitivity even though you're doing all you can to avoid possible irritants, it may be time to see a dermatologist. He or she can determine if you're dealing with a skin disorder, such as rosacea, eczema or allergic contact dermatitis, and can develop a treatment plan that works for you.