Try These 3 Sulfate Free Body Washes That Still Lather

It's a common beauty myth - switch to a sulfate free body wash and you have to give up that luxurious lather that makes pampering so much fun. But it's not true. Sure, you won't be able to bury yourself under a mountain of bubbles, but you don't have to Read more

How To Lighten Your Hair #MyOliaStory

I'm sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier sponsored series for Socialstars™ Taking your hair color from dark to light is a not something that can be done in a day. Well, at least not when you are doing it on your own at home. You want to be really Read more

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe

What a way to treat yourself! Delicious, soft cookie bars topped with citrus marmalade, made with orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit essences, and of course, topped with sweet, crispy crumble. Hello everyone! It’s so nice to meet all of you, friends of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I'm Lyuba and I Read more

Improve Your Brow Game with Chella

My brows are sparse and basically non-existent in some spots. They also do this caterpillar ish from years of plucking the wrong way when I was younger. I've considered getting permanent makeup with a brow tattoo, but to be honest, I'm not a fan of needles (which is also the Read more

Diminish the Look of Fine Lines and Wrinkles #sponsored

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® Daily Resurfacing Disks, I'm getting taking care of my skin as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Are you looking for a simple way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin all in one beauty product? Do you have fine lines, wrinkles and sun damaged Read more

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Try This Before Cutting Your Hair

For the last month I have been giving serious consideration to cutting my hair.  Maybe it’s just me wanting a drastic change for the new year, or perhaps I, like so many others have been tempted by the slew of celebrities that have been sporting shorter and edgier do’s in the past couple of months, whatever the reason, shorter hair is really appealing at the moment.

I’ve mentioned the desire to go shorter a few times to my hairstylist Pearson Knight, but he’s been pretty hesitant, which is understandable especially considering that I have been known to ask for a drastic change without considering my lifestyle and hair texture, then regret my decision a week later.  (Can you relate?!) Instead of giving into my pleas to just chop it all off, Pearson suggested that I try wearing my hair in a faux bob, similar to the shorter length I was considering. He told me to try this for a few days to a week to see if I really liked the way I look with shorter hair or if I just wanted to be a part of the latest hair trend.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in beauty, DIY Beauty, Hair Care 1 Comment

Hairstyle How To: Creating the Perfect Ponytail

Just like me, you’ve probably thought that creating a ponytail is just about the easiest hairstyle to accomplish.  I mean how difficult could it be? You grab a hair tie, pull all your hair back and secure it with the hair tie and you have yourself a ponytail.  Well as I have learned (mostly from being on set and watching hairstylists) that way of creating a ponytail is just fine and dandy, but if you want to create the perfect ponytail you have to throw a few additional steps in there and I thought I would share those steps with you, our fabulous readers.  So here goes!

Step 1: Take a parting from ear to ear (from the back of the ear, across the top of the head to the back of the other ear).

Step 2: Clip the front part of the hair out of the way and tilt your head back slightly (to ensure that your ponytail does not end up saggy or buckles.)


Step 3: After deciding on placement of the ponytail (low, high or middle of the head), brush rear portion of hair into your hand loosely holding it, and with the other hand grab the ponytail tight against the head and secure with a hair tie.



Step 4: Release the top section with your head still tilted back slightly and brush front portion directly into the other ponytail (trying to avoid disruption of the other ponytail but don’t be afraid to brush the hair straight into and over the previously created ponytail) and secure with an elastic hair tie in the exact same way as above.


Step 5: Using hairspray for fly-aways, lightly smooth and spray fly-aways with hands or a fine tooth comb…only lightly skimming the top of the hair.


Bonus step: If you would like to make the ponytail sleeker or dress it up a bit, try grabbing a small section of the ponytail near the elastic hair tie and begin wrapping it around the elastic to hide the hair tie.  Secure wrap with a hair pin and bobby pin making sure that the pin is not visible.


And there you have it, two versions of the perfect ponytail…thanks to amazing hairstylist Pearson Knight for walking us through creating the perfect ponytail!

Posted on by Gail Lewis in beauty, Hair Care 8 Comments

Hairstylist, Rodnei Ferby and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model, Damaris Lewis

In the middle of all the Fashion Week madness last week, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! took some (much needed) time out to tag along with amazing hairstylist (and Odile Gilbert protege) Rodnei Ferby as he styled the hair of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, Damaris Lewis, for the 2011 issue release party.  Rodnei was requested by Damaris herself and has worked with her  in the past at various shows including Baby Phat (they were both  broadcast all over Times Square on the jumbo-tron for the live feed of the Baby Phat Spring/Summer 2010 show.)

Rodnei arrived (fresh from assisting Odile Gilbert at the Rodarte Show) with the look he wanted to create for Damaris in mind. He wanted a style that was flirty yet sophisticated and since  she is so young he also wanted the hairstyle to be cute and discreet…but she IS a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, so the style had to be flirty and sophisticated as well.  He wanted to show her neck (but not too much of it) as well as frame the magnificent earrings she was wearing that night.

And being as kind as he is talented, Rodnei gave us a step by step on how to achieve the look using products by TRESemmé. Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in beauty interview, Celebrity Beauty, Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care 2 Comments

Ethereal and Romantic Makeup & Hair at Erin Fetherston AW11

Ethereal, magical and other worldly were the words used by lead make up artist Lucia Pieroni for MAC to describe the look at Erin Fetherston. The girls all had shiny, glowing, fresh looking skin.  To achieve the look, highlighter was applied to the cheekbones, chin and nose; the eyes were sculpted with a dark brown cream color on the top and bottom for a bit of definition but not too much, 3D gold glitter was applied around and under the eye (for a sprinkle of sparkle), the brows were lightened with concealer and a pop of magenta/deep purple lips completed the look.

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Review: Specialist Haircutters, Hamlin PA

Want to know the last time I got my hair cut? Sadly and embarrassingly enough, it was in January right before I jetted off to New York Fashion Week. Mainly due to time constraints and a busy schedule, but also because I complain that my area has no true professionals. Everyone seems to be a jack of all trades. Then I remembered Calvin Basil, a hair stylist that I went to see several years ago that did a really great job on my hair. So I made an appointment and finally found some time to sneak away from my 4 rugrats.

Calvin’s salon, Specialist Haircutters, is located in the plaza of a gas station and pizza shop–but looks can be deceiving and will teach you to not judge the salon simply due to its location. And in that respect, Calvin’s salon doesn’t look like your typical primping palace either. It is very artsy and has a modern feel to it.

Calvin has an impressive background–he was trained in Europe, New York and California. He’s worked for Vidal Sassoon and Clairol; he’s cut Truman Capote’s hair and helped style Jackie O’s hair, he’s also the creator of Physiognomy haircutting. And somehow he has settled here in my rural neck of the woods.

Watching him work through my extremely long hair was amazing. I remained very quiet while I watched him tediously measure and re-measure strand against strand, snipping and shearing my hair. He wondered out loud if my kids pulled on my hair and said, “They could swing from your hair it’s so long.” But I love my long hair and I don’t want to give it up in lieu of my monkey’s.

The best part? “That’ll be $25.” Did you just gasp? Because I sure did! Where on earth can you get an amazing hair cut for only $25?! Oh I know, Specialist Haircutters in Hamlin, PA. Should you be from the area and want to check it out, they are located in Kwik Joe’s Plaza on Route 590. So go get yourself an awesome haircut and tell Calvin you heard about it here!

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Hair Care, Pocono Spas & Salons 2 Comments