Posts Tagged ‘hair’
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
By Aly Walansky
Women frequently shop the hottest new trend or grab a fabulous new pair of shoes, only to come home to find the man in their life is less than thrilled about their new look.
Why does this happen? A big part is the opinion of males and females can vary when it comes to fashion, the same can be said of the latest fall hair trends.
We consulted the hair team behind Lotus Salons in New York, Joshua and Stacia Gambrell, who weighed in on the “he said, she said” of fall hair trends. Color, hair care and volume, the Gambrells discuss the hottest looks for fall.
As the leaves begin to change to rich vibrant autumn colors, hair color is following suit. Joshua and Stacia both agree that brighter is better when it comes to fall hair, but what exact color to choose may be a point of contention.
He Said: “The fall season is all about golden blondes. Fall fashion week featured a lot of neon colors, gray hues and thick materials, meaning a creamy, golden blonde complements this new color palate nicely. Golden blonde is something almost anyone can achieve, considering a brunette can “go for it” with all over color and highlights, or a platinum blonde may just need to deposit some golden hues to pull off this look. Although the warm color is easy to achieve, it may not be the best for every skin type. To avoid washing out the skin tone, women with light eyes and lips and pinkish undertones to the skin should stick to an ashy blonde hue with sparing golden blonde highlights to keep the hair color modern.”
She Said: “They say blondes have more fun, but red heads are more memorable and this fall it’s time for girls to get adventurous and go red. Bright color has fallen off the map in the past few years, but it is coming back in full force this autumn. During fall fashion week, designers featured a lot of red on the runways and now hair is following its course. Celebrities like Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson and Drew Barrymore are turning red. However, the most important thing to consider when deciding to go red is remembering to do what looks best on you, rather than simply following a trend. Those with lighter skin, like newly rouge Blake Lively, should opt for a more strawberry blonde to complement their complexion. Another point to consider is the fact that red is the fastest fading hair color so it requires more management and time to care for it.”
One thing Joshua and Stacia agree on is no matter what color you choose, caring for you hair is a must.
Along with Joshua and Stacia’s “brighter is better” fall philosophy, “bigger is also better.” Both agree that voluminous hair is in this fall whether hair is up or down, adding some movement and lift will keep you in style.
He Said: “Classic makes a comeback with the French Twist and Bun. Turn these quintessential favorites into a modern look by adding multitudes of volume. This type of up-do is very fashion forward because the dramatic volume trend encapsulates the general idea for fall, as designers use looser weave patterns, heavier fabrics, bigger belts and more pleats. To achieve the look, tease hair at the crown and then pull it into a low pony tail. Use Eufora’s Volume Fusion Spray or Eufora’s new Powder LiftTM to create lift at the scalp. Simply twist the pony tail up and secure with pins. Finish the look with Eufora’s Elevate Finishing Spray, a workable, medium hold spray that contains ingredients to help improve the health of the hair.”
She Said: “It’s all about the loose curls and the natural movement of the hair with added volume this fall. To create this natural wavy texture and bring out the natural wave of hair reach for Eufora’s Curl ‘n Defining Solution, which helps achieve soft, defined, frizz free curls without a crunchy or greasy residue. Combine this with Eufora’s Formation Whipped Styling Solution, a versatile styling foam that delivers great hold and control without the harsh chemicals found in most “mousse” type products. Mix products well and scrunch them into the hair to help the waves take shape. For added curl or for those with stick straight hair, set the hair with a curling iron or hot rollers and then use the product to separate the curls and make the texture come alive.”
Monday, June 20th, 2011
By Aly Walansky
With the first day of summer right around the corner, we embark upon a season that requires the most attention to your daily hairstyling regimen—the season of summer frizz.
Don’t spend your mornings in frustration, piling on oily products to tame that unmanageable frizz. Anything can be managed when it comes to hair care, along with some expert help.
Santa Monica-based American Beauty Hair Salon owner, expert colorist and inventor of the Ferrum Professional Styler Barbara Abbasi has provided tips to help tame summer frizz.
Cut It Out—Don’t Go Short
Though the scorching summer heat will have you ready to shorten those locks, keep your hair long. Short hair is more likely to bulk up in hot humid weather. So save the new do for a humid-free season like Fall. Leave those locks long!
Showering Your Routine with Changes
To make sure you steer clear of summer frizz, do not over wash your hair. Try changing your regular routine. Natural oils will help tame your hair. Also, use a good conditioner and leave it on for a while before rinsing. When rinsing, leave a very light layer in your hair to help combat frizz. Add a small amount moisture block to your towel dried hair. Change it up!
Using the Right Tools
It is all in the tools. Using the right tools can quickly tame and rid you of a “hairy situation”. My recommendation is the Ferrum Professional Styler (www.ferrumiron.com) and I assure you it’s like no tool you’ve ever used. What makes Ferrum different? One part non-heated padded fabric element and one part tourmaline coated ceramic plate. The real distinction of this tool is the fabric padded side. The fabric is a combination of lightweight, anti-static polymers that allows the hair to “breathe” while straightening.
Steer Clear of Hair Volumizing Products
Stay away from products that give you more volume and body, resulting in summer frizz. Go light on the products and do your research!
Shift Your Focus
The clock is ticking. It is almost 8:30 a.m. And you are nowhere near ready for work. Sometimes, the solution is to shift your focus. Put your hair in an elegant twist and play up your makeup or those fabulous long earrings you recently purchased. Channel your inner Lauren Conrad and quickly section a part of your hair, braid it and create a messy bun. Play up your outfit to match your look.
Monday, May 9th, 2011
by Kori Ellis
You might not think of Eva Mendes and Naomi Watts as being too similar. However, they do have one thing in common — they are the new faces (or should that be “new heads”) of Pantene.
Pantene tapped Eva Mendes to represent their “Breakage to Strength” collection, while Watts will be modeling for their “Flat to Volume” line in the new Pantene ad campaign coming up this summer.
“The amount of torture I put my hair through with flat irons, blow dryers and curling irons leaves my hair extremely damaged,” Mendes said in a press release. “With Pantene I can use all of these tools and still keep my hair healthy.”
“Since I became a mother, the time I have for myself has shrunk dramatically. So I am thrilled with Pantene because the quality of the products helps me get the volume I want with very little effort at all,” said Watts.
The print ads and TV commercials featuring Eva Mendes and Naomi Watts are set to launch in July.
What do you think about the new faces of Pantene?
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Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three children. Kori has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide, writing about everything from fashion to fantasy sports.
Friday, April 29th, 2011
by Kori Ellis
On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, Blake Lively was one of the many celebrities who attended the Time 100 Gala held at the Frederick G Rose Hall in New York. The even honors Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and Blake used the occasion to reveal her new red hair.
Though it might not be as dramatic as Rihanna’s red locks, her red ‘do still looks pretty good. What do you think about Blake Lively’s redhair? Does she look better as a blonde or a redhead?
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Monday, April 25th, 2011
By: Erin Brady
Hitting shelves in May is the much anticipated Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Care collection – a three-step hair repair system powered by Monoi oil, a centuries old remedy that reduces breakage by 96% and extends the life of your hair after just one use. Featuring a shampoo, conditioner, and repairing mask, the collection will rejuvenate damaged, dull, and dried out hair. A three-step hair repair system powered by Monoi oil, a centuries-old Polynesian remedy, that after only one use, reduces breakage by an impressive 96% and extends the life of hair by twelve times.
As a natural born lover of flowers, Lisa Price, Founder of Carol’s Daughter, read about a sacred, ancient ritual using her favorite flower, the Gardenia, in the Polynesian Islands. Fifteen Tiare Gardenia flower buds are specially handpicked, soaked in the oil of Haaari Coconuts for a minimum of fifteen days. This emollient Monoi, an ancient Tahitian word meaning “scented oil,” has been used for thousands of years to help soften and repair the hair and skin. Together, with her R&D team, Lisa formulated a three-piece collection, Monoi Repairing Collection for strong, healthy hair. Clinically-proven to help revive hair and reverse damage caused by heat styling, chemical treatments and environmental aggressors, Monoi Repairing Collection leaves hair looking visibly rejuvenated after just one use. The Collection includes:
- MONOI REPAIRING SHAMPOO ($18): This rich hydrating shampoo gently cleanses weak, damaged hair with a nourishing blend of Monoi Oil, Coconut and Corn-derived surfactants and Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Extract. The unique formula works to remove impurities and product build-up without stripping strands for clean, soft, strong hair.
- MONOI REPAIRING CONDITIONER ($20): This antioxidant-rich formula penetrates distressed hair with a natural blend of Bamboo Water, Panthenol, and UV Protectors. Hair is left noticeably stronger, healthier and more resilient to future damage.
- MONOI REPAIRING HAIR MASK ($28): A powerful blend of nourishing extracts, butters and oils, this treatment mask envelops damaged hair with natural Polynesian care leaving it visibly healthier with every appli- cation. The moisture and protein-rich treatment rebuilds weak hair, fortifying it against future damage for a strong, smooth, silky finish.
- Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing products are exclusively available at SEPHORA stores and www.carolsdaughter.com.
Monday, April 25th, 2011
By: Erin Brady
April showers and summer humidity have nothing on your hair now, thanks to the NEW TRESemmé Climate Control Collection, which helps you to achieve gorgeous, salon quality hair every day no matter what Mother Nature throws your way! Formulated with Climate Control Complex, which contains olive oil, keratin, UV blockers and polymers, it creates a barrier between your hair and the elements, specifically humidity, UV rays, static and wind. The collection includes a shampoo, conditioner, mousse and finishing spray, each at an affordable price of $4.29.
TRESemmé gives women access to our stylists’ secrets so you can get beautiful salon quality hair every day at home. Visit www.TRESemmé.com for professional styling tips, advice and information on how to complete any look with salon beautiful hair.
- TRESemmé Climate Control Shampoo: Formulated with the Climate Control Complex, gently cleanses and strengthens hair, while prepping it for deep conditioning.
- TRESemmé Climate Control Conditioner: Formulated with the Climate Control Complex, smoothes the hair cuticle, improves shine, softness, and manageability.
- TRESemmé Climate Control Mousse: Creates volume, continuous shape and hold while keeping hair glossy and smooth, even in high humidity.
- TRESemmé Climate Control Finishing Spray: Shields your style against the weather and keeps hair looking vibrant and healthy for soft, touchable hold all day long.
- TRESemmé products are available at food, drug and mass market retailers nationwide.
Sunday, April 24th, 2011
By Aly Walansky
1 “Don’t fight your natural texture”!
If you have curly hair, rub in some styling cream and feel up those curls to bring them out. If your hair is straight, play up the smoothness by blow-drying just the top layer with a round brush
*Insider Tip: This is a lot faster than a blowout
2 Get a style that’s not too styled! One thing that makes you seem dated is a haircut that look’s like a “haircut”, with harsh lines and angles. Seamless, non-choppy layers are gorgeous!
*Insider Tip: Ask your stylist to “Point Cut” the edges off your layers, this avoids any sharp lines.
3 There’s a world of hair products out there…experiment! For a cocktail party, try a straightening balm with a texture cream, apply it to damp hair, then air-dry. It’s a magic bullet when you find the right products to work with your hair not against it!
*Insider Tip: When cocktailing products, layer the products one at a time into the palm of your hands, rub the product throughout the hair starting from the tips working up to the roots.
4 Beware of flat iron codependency! The secret to sexy hair is hair should move, have bounce to it and swing. If you flat-iron your entire head it’ll look to on-purpose, or “wiggy”.
*Insider Tip: Don’t try to have your hair stick straight “perfect”. Let your hair have bounce!
5 Don’t go nuts with the curling iron either. The look now is texture! I love to take a big curling iron and do just the ends of my hair. You’ll have loose, luxurious waves like Jennifer Lopez!
*Insider Tip: The smaller the iron the curlier the ends will be, the bigger the iron the more sexier the wave will be. Make a fist, that’s how big your iron should be to get this look.
6 Attention ladies…remember your roots! Women forget to use volumizing products where their hair starts, which is why so many walk around with flat tops. Spritz a thickening spray right at the scalp, then blowdry your hair upside down!
*Insider Tip: When blowdrying upside down massage your roots with your finger tips, this encourages the hair to expand at the roots. If you use a brush it will disperse the product throughout your hair resulting in no volume.
7 Wear a pontail stepping out at night! There is nothing more gorgeous than a tres’ glamorous ponytail when it is placed correctly on the head. Too high above the ears is too young, right at the ears is too casual, but low at the nape is stunning! I lightly spritz the tail with a light hairspray, then smooth on glossing cream. The spray helps the cream stick so hair looks sleek and not messy.
*Insider Tip: What sets apart a great low ponytail from other ponies is to “dress it”. I love a simple statement and color is huge for spring. Take a tiny colored ribbon and place it around the elastic or an antique hairpin placed through your ponytail, simple, but chic!
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
By Aly Walansky
If you don’t have time to diet and exercise away 10 big ones by Memorial Day, don’t sweat it.
Charla Krupp, best selling author of HOW NOT TO LOOK OLD and the newly released HOW TO NEVER LOOK FAT AGAIN says we can literally DROP A DRESS size by following these tips:
SPRING FOR A NEW SWIMSUIT WITH BUILT-IN SHAPEWEAR: Choose one that is strategically designed for maximum slimness—such as a halter top one-piece with black panels on the side.
SLIM DOWN YOUR HANDBAG: A smaller bag will make you look slimmer. Good for your back and arms, too!
DON’T WEAR LAST YEAR’S CARGO PANTS: No woman needs extra pockets weighing down her legs! Cropped pants of any kind cut you off at the leg and make you appear shorter and stockier.
LIGHTEN UP YOUR HAIR COLOR: Add highlights to frame the face, change your base one shade up, or do both. Heavy dark hair color makes your face look rounder.
STEP INTO A WEDGE: Instantly add inches to your frame. The higher the better! The weight of the foot is evenly distributed across the bottom of the shoe, so they are so much easier to walk and run in than stilettos.
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
By: Erin Brady
Narciso’s Fall 2011 collection draws inspiration from architectural elements and the combination of these rich, textural materials. It combines color with neutrals to create graphic shapes and volume.
This season the beauty look embraces the darker side of Narciso Rodriguez and illustrates the strength that modern women embody. According to Wella Professionals Global Creative Director, Eugene Souleiman, “…she is intelligent and not pretty in an obvious way, but her look is interesting. She is admired for her character and tough nature, which is reflected in the somewhat unkempt, rough hairstyle.” A simple ponytail becomes masculine by tying it into a knot on the back of the head. Rather than keeping hair around the face sleek, it’s mussed up for added texture and roughness that suggests this intentional, uncaring attitude and air of confidence. This is the perfect hairstyle for going from work to a night out or for those days when your hair isn’t looking its best after your everyday blowout. Here’s the steps and products used to create this look:
- First, spray dry hair with Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz at the roots to get the maximum benefits of the product by adding texture.
- Blast hair all over with a hair dryer directing the air and heat at the head to create root lift and texture. Massage roots to create more volume.
- Grab hair and pull into a tight ponytail one inch below the crown and secure with an elastic.
- Spray length of ponytail with Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz for some additional texture and then tie ponytail into an actual knot; secure knot in place with a pin.
- Gently pull at pieces of hair around the face with fingertips to create a square shape.
- Rub Wella Professionals Texture Touch into hands and slick onto hair with palms to create a raw, tight texture that makes hair look dirty and matte.
- Spray hair around the face with Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight to add some shine and glossiness to the finished look.
Wella Professionals, the global leader in haircolor, introduces a complete series of new styling products that caters to a variety of hair care needs. Wella Professionals Care and Styling launches in May 2011 at a suggested retail price of $12 – $17. Products can be purchased at professional salons across North America. For more information, visit www.wellausa.com.
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
By Aly Walansky
Celebrities attending the Oscars often look like a million bucks—and that could be because that’s what it cost to complete their ensembles. The red carpet rolls out on February 27 for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Here’s a look at the funds it takes to pull off Oscar fashion. But keep in mind that celebrities that don’t fork over the dough could end up on the worst dressed list.
Stylist Fees – Rachel Zoe doesn’t come cheap. And neither does celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch. He told The Thread that stylist fees for celebs range from $1,500 to $6,000 per day. Keep in mind that’s not per event– so getting ready for a big night like the Academy Awards could require several days of work for a stylist.
Hair and Makeup – Most women only splurge for professional hair and makeup at very special events (like, say, their wedding!) And even then they probably don’t come close to paying what actresses (and maybe some actors?) pay to get dolled up for the Academy Awards. Hair and makeup alone can cost $5,000.
The Gowns – These aren’t off-the-rack dresses. The designer gowns you see on the red carpet have typically only been worn by runway models. Prices can range from $5,000 to $15,000.
Footwear – Let’s not forget the footwear. While the dress may take up most of the spotlight, shoes are certainly important. Most celebrities wear high style, high profile shoes like Jimmy Choos or Christian Louboutins which can cost around $1,000. Or if you’re lucky enough to be Alison Krauss: $2 million. She wore Stuart Weitzmans covered in Kwiat diamonds, set in platinum back in 2004. And at that price, there isn’t even a guarantee they’ll be comfortable.
Jewelry – More than those fancy shoes, perfect nails, and one-of-a-kind dress, it’s the ice that takes the cake on the red carpet. Experts say celebs can often be spotted at the Oscars wearing earrings valued at $100,000 and rings worth millions. Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch told The Thread that the average cost of Oscar jewelry is $750,000. So even if they don’t go home with Oscar gold, they can still wear plenty of it.