Thanks to all of the travelling I did during the holidays, my hair ended up ringing in the new year in quite the state of despair. Going from LA to Orlando to Minneapolis to Tahoe had caused my hair to become very angry and rebel. It was dry, frizzy and downright lackluster…not what I wanted for my hair in the new year so I was pretty anxious to try anything that promised healthy, hydrated, shiny, smooth hair.
Enter Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment and Moroccan Argan Oil. Read more
Celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist, Amanda Shackleton
, travels the world for her craft. Along the way, she’s picked up beauty tips and tricks from each country she’s visited. I’ve long desired to know what women in other countries and cultures use as their product staples and we asked Amanda to tell us all about her discoveries!
Below Amanda has pulled together her Top 8 beauty products, all of which we can use to beautify ourselves in 2014.
Photographer: Gen Nishino
1. Arabia Peninsula/India
Does Best: Brightening the Eyes with Kohl.
Product: Al Sharifan Kohl Kajal Eyeliner. I was first introduced to kohl eye powder over twenty years ago in Morocco where women would make their own from oil and herbs. This one is one of the oldest around. You apply it to the waterline of your eyes both top and bottom to brighten and define your eyes. It’s a super dark black, powdery kohl that is also believed to protect eyes from the sun (especially in the desert where it gets its origins) and helps smooth and cool them. Read more
The holidays are here! But don’t let the less-than-stellar condition of your hair prevent you from looking your best! Whether your hair is long and unmanageable or hard-to-grow, The NEW Naturelle Biotera Long & Healthy System will get your hair back into shape — ready to sport the most trendy holiday ‘do.
1 lucky person will WIN the entire Long & Healthy System ($36.00 value)! Read more
The scenario: Your bank account gives you a firm NO to getting your next hair color done at your favorite salon, so you head down to your local drugstore and browse the home hair color aisle. All of the models on the package look amazing. You SO want hair color like that. You grab a few locks of your hair and try to find the perfect “before” match on the back of the box so that you can accurately predict what color your hair will likely ending up looking like “after.” On occasion you find yourself asking complete strangers, “Do you think this hair color will look good on me?” To which they usually smile, nod and say, “Yes,” only to quickly leave the aisle so that you won’t ask them anymore questions that you’ll expect them to be an expert at. Because clearly, they are not (unless that’s Ted Gibson in the aisle with you, which is highly unlikely.) Read more
I am now absolutely addicted to products aimed at improving the health of my hair. Although my experience with these types of products is somewhat limited (I’ve tried two thus far), I know that I love the way they make my scalp feel and if they are promoting healthy hair growth at the same time then it’s a “win win” for me. The scalp care products I’ve tried so far are a scalp toner and a scalp mask and I loved them both. I can now add an Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment to that list.
I’ve used the Salon Series By Ouidad Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment three times so far and I am seriously hooked. The Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair & Scalp Treatment contains a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid complex of sugar cane, lemon and apple extracts to gently exfoliate the scalp, as well as naturally derived bamboo for manual exfoliation. The Scalp Treatment has a very natural, pleasant scent that is soothing and relaxing when on my scalp, it definitely smells like a high end spa treatment of some sort. The bamboo exfoliating granules in the treatment are very gentle, but they feel like they do a pretty thorough job of exfoliating my scalp. The directions recommend massaging over your scalp for 1-3 minutes after shampooing, but I like to let it sit there for about ten minutes on my scalp, it just feels so good! Even though I’ve only used it three times, I’ve certainly noticed less product build up in my hair and on my scalp, which is one of the issues that this treatment helps to eradicate along with scalp dryness and overactive sebum which can all lead to blocked follicles, dull hair and diminished hair growth. Read more
A few different people have mentioned Mixed Chicks hair products to me on a number of occasions and I have honestly been meaning to try it, but just never got around to it until just recently. After feeling like my regular shampoo and conditioner were no longer performing as well as they have in the past, I decided to try something new and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give Mixed Chicks a try. I opted for the Sulfate Free Shampoo and Deep Conditioner as my naturally curly hair has been feeling really dry lately thanks to regular hot yoga attendance.
The Sulfate Free Shampoo is supposed to mildly cleanse my hair without stripping my hair of its natural oils and the Deep Conditioner is supposed to penetrate, reconstruct and restore my dry hair. After trying both for two weeks, I was pretty bummed that I didn’t get around to trying them sooner. Read more
Lately I’ve been hearing more and more about how important a healthy scalp is for promoting the growth of healthy hair. As I am constantly on a quest for hair that is stronger, shinier and healthier, I took it upon myself to promote my own healthy hair growth beginning with my scalp by using Philip Kingsley’s Stimulating Scalp Mask and Scalp Toner.
The Stimulating Scalp Mask is a vitamin and mineral rich mask that encourages blood circulation. It contains ingredients that aid and strengthen cell development, binds moisture to hair and scalp and energizes and improves the condition of the scalp and hair by helping the formation of collagen, keratin and elastin. The mask comes in an easy to use tube with a tiny nozzle that makes application a breeze and not at all messy. I love the cooling, tingling sensation that the mask creates while on my scalp. My scalp felt soothed, energized and refreshed after using the mask. Read more
Without question, aside from how much sleep you get, the outcome of your hair each morning can determine whether or not you are going to have a good day.
Honestly. If my hair looks amazing, I simply can’t stop trying to capture a glimpse of myself in the mirror (something that rarely happens otherwise), I take endless selfies to update my Facebook, G+, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, and my attitude can’t help but be positive throughout the day. Great looking hair is where it’s at.
So when Dove launched their #GreatHairAffair contest, guess who was all over it? Read more
As a caregiver, both on the floor as a nurse who works 12-hour night shifts and a parent of children with special needs, I often don’t get the recommended hours of sleep. Yes, I’ve seen all the studies of just how bad lack of sleep is for you…and no I would not recommend skipping out on the Z’s if there is a choice on the matter, but the truth remains that it is part of my (and many other caregivers) unavoidable realty.
Since this is the case, instead of stressing about it, I implement little things throughout my day to help revive my energy and keep my look lively. First, it’s part of my self-care routine. Secondly, I truly believe that it helps those I care for to know that they are in good hands. I mean do any of you really want a tired-looking stressed out nurse to walk into you or your loved one’s hospital room and say she is the one who’s going to take care of you for the next 12 hours? Not if we had the choice, right? I am not sure of many who would contend the ideal notion of wanting a nurse with a positive attitude, know-how, and a put together look that sends an unspoken message of trust.
The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, since I have recently been struggling with anemia and recovering from a painful injury, I thought it would be a neat opportunity to allow a personal picture story post for you as I got ready for work. Here is a peak at my paler then usual face (from lack of sun, sleep, and anemia), undone hair, and the five product lines I used to transform and revive. The last pic is a must see for the transformation!
Step 1: Take a refreshing shower with Marc Anthony (pause, lol) sulfate-free Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner for some super workable soft hair. When you get out of your makeshift oasis, toss in a bit of his Argan oil treatment and then some volumizing mousse. I am very picky when it comes to my hair products, as I have plunged the pocket in the past and came up with less than satisfying results. However, I am happy to report that Marc’s line is healthy for your hair, fantastic feeling, and super-easy on the wallet. It’s hard to find this type of a triple threat! Read more
Posted on August 12, 2013
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During the hot and humid summer months, one of the best ways to style your hair without actually doing much to it is by using a sea salt texturizing spray. Personally, I’m a big fan of the “I just went to the beach” look. I’ve been trying out Got2b Beach Trippin’ Salt-Infusion Waving Spray (also known as beach spray) for the past couple of weeks because my hair just can’t handle the humidity and I’m obsessed with beaches waves. Read more