Sunday, August 31, 2014

10 Tips for Making Your "Blo Out" Last

10 Tips for Making Your "Blo Out" Last
Photo Caption: Gwyneth Paltrow getting her signature "Blo Out" by David Babaii

By David Babaii, Partner, Blo Blow Out Bar


Women everywhere love the treat of getting a "blo out". Especially, when you walk out of one of our Blo Blow Dry Bar locations looking fabulous, hair bouncing with every step. So how do you make that feeling and look last? Here are my 10 tips and tricks for a multi-day "blo out".

Have your stylist start with a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for your specific hair type. My motto has always been that a great hair day starts with a clean canvas. If your hair is oily, you do not need a hydrating shampoo plus only condition the ends.

When you go to bed at night, consider a silky pillow case. They allow the hair to move freely while sleeping so you can prevent flattening the volume you love.

For those sleek straight blo outs, take a scrunchie. Gently pull hair back into a low ponytail, twisting it loosely around to keep hair in place. For longer lengths, try wrapping coated bands mid-center and at the ends of the pony. Also, a great flat iron is a must to rid your blo out of any imperfections, humidity or daily side effects from the elements.

When you wake up in the morning, you can freshen your scalp several ways. For my natural beauties, create a small mixture of water and lemon juice. Then, take a cotton ball moistening it slightly, making sure to squeeze any left-over juice out. Next, gently start by cleansing the hairline followed by parting small sections and cleaning the scalp area only. This will absorb and clean away any access oils while giving your hair a fresh scent. For my busy working gals, a dry shampoo is quick and easy to use.

In the shower, loosely wrap your hair into a soft cotton towel to keep any moisture and humidity from seeping into your do. Shower caps are great but I feel they tend to flatten your hair and cause your head to sweat; a cotton towel allows your head to breathe.

To refresh your volume or waves, invest in Velcro rollers (jumbo to medium sizes). Before your first cup of coffee or stepping into the shower, simply roll your fringe on a jumbo, lifting the section to a 90 degree angle so you can maintain volume. Do the same for the top, sides and back. If needed, you can add a few more. Allow the Velcro rollers to stay in for about 30 minutes, then remove and finger comb your hair into place. For beachy waves, opt for a professional grade beach spray then after spritzing, twist strands in various diameters to bring life back into your Bo-ho chic look.

A round brush (medium for short to chin length hair and large for longer hair) can also quickly smooth any flaws from sleeping or a shower. It can also be used to retouch your fringe. Simply use a nozzle attachment on your blow dryer to have more air concentration; then take your round brush on dry hair wrapping your fringe evenly over the brush. Follow this with a blast of hot air then a shot of cool. Roll the brush a few times if your hair has a stubborn streak to it. You can use the same technique anywhere your hair needs a quick touch-up.

Do not overuse products in-between blo outs. This causes the hair to not only weigh itself down but, the build-up soils your hair and scalp quicker.

Try not to run your fingers through your hair or play with it when bored. This increases stimulation to the scalp for unwanted oil. Also, the day-to-day soot on our hands will add some nastys.

If you wish to change your style in-between blo outs, accessories are always the easiest and fastest way to make simple alterations. A headband, decorative pins and clips plus great hair ties can do the trick. Try putting your hair to one side, in a ponytail or creating a faux bob. All these styles will still help to maintain your original blo out.

Finally, make sure you have made your next appointment at Blo Blow Dry Bar ~ 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bumble & Bumble Prep

Ultimate Pre-Styling

Bumble & Bumble Prep is a nutrient-rich detangled that reveals texture, enhances the performance of styling products and refreshes already styled hair. It's best for ultra-fine, limp, relatively healthy hair.

Apply to damp strands to detangle and prepare for styling or anytime to dampen and reactivate products already in hair. 
Simply spray liberally and evenly on damp hair and work through. Hair is left soft and tangle-free ready for styling or re-styling.



Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Look at the Emmy Awards


Get the Look: Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Emmy Awards

Hair by David Gardner

INSPIRATION: “Julia’s dress, a classic silhouette, combined with her amazing cheekbones became the inspiration for her Emmys look,” said David Gardner. David created a shorter, choppy layered look for the actress to help exaggerate her beautiful bone structure and help achieve a clean, healthy and effortless style perfect for a strong, confident woman like Julia.

STEP-BY-STEP

STEP 1: Start by shampooing and conditioning hair from mid-length to ends with Oscar Blandi Jasmine Smoothing Shampoo and Jasmine Smoothing Conditioner ($22 each). For high shine, add a few drops of Oscar Blandi Vivid Clear Shine Glaze ($28) to the conditioner. Rinse and towel dry hair.

STEP 2: Flip head over and apply a dime size amount of an Oscar Blandi cocktail – a drop of Oscar Blandi Polish Blow Out Crème ($25) and a drop of Oscar Blandi Polish Glossing Crème ($25) – to hair starting at the ends. Using a wide tooth comb, comb the product through hair. Section hair and lightly blow dry the whole head until almost dry, but still a little 'cold' damp.

STEP 3: Start with a light mist of Oscar Blandi Volumizing Spray ($19) on the root area. Using a medium sized round brush; wrap each section of hair around the brush. Blow on the hair while it is wrapped around the brush – do NOT unwrap and pull, just blow as is.

STEP 4: Unwrap and brush hair and see if dry. Do this until the section is dry and warm/hot. Then, while hair is hot, wrap that section in a Velcro roller and leave to cool. Hair clips may be needed depending on hair length and weight. Repeat for the whole head going straight back to under, lightly misting every section’s root area with volumizing spray. Make sure hair is slightly angled away from the face and straight back on the top. Now is a great time to try on clothes and do makeup.

STEP 5: Once the hair is cold, take all the rollers out and brush through using a Mason Pearson Paddle Brush or wide tooth comb. Let hair settle for five to ten minutes to see how much the weight of the hair will make it fall. Hair should fall into a high volume, effortlessly straight style, with the ends kicking out in different directions.

STEP 6: Apply a tiny drop more of Oscar Blandi Polish Glossing Crème ($25) to mid-lengths and ends for a piecey look. Finish off with a few sprays of Oscar Blandi Texture & Volume Spray ($25).

BlandiProducts.com


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mini ConiCurl Iron by Babylyss



Babylyss Pro Nano Titanium Tapered Mini ConiCurl Iron
BaBylissPRO puts a new twist on styling with this pint-sized tapered-barrel curling iron- It's wider near the handle for loose curls, and narrow at the tip for tighter twists. Nano Titanium technology guarantees superior glide, fast heat up and recovery, and consistent temperatures up to 385F. It's perfectly sized to slip in a purse or take on a trip - dual voltage plugs in anywhere, so wrap, roll, and go! 

Babylyss Pro Nano Titanium Tapered Mini ConiCurl Iron features a Mini taper from 5/8-inch to 1-inch for flexible styling, Nano titanium/ceramic barrel, fast heat-up, up to 385F.  Dual voltage for worldwide use!



Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Want one for yourself? One lucky US-based winner will receive their very own iron. Enter to win below:

Friday, August 22, 2014

amika Switch Kit Starter Set


amika Switch Kit Starter Set

A must-have duo featuring the essential Switch Base and amika’s most popular barrel for prim, polished curls, Hollywood Vixen.

amika Switch Kit Starter Set includes Switch Base is the required component that can be combined with any of the amika® Switch Kit barrels: Beach Bombshell™ for beachy waves, Glam Goddess™ for sophisticated waves, or Supermodel Allure™ for voluminous waves. Collect all the amika barrels to make every day a perfect hair day. 

Designed for the style-obsessed, Hollywood Vixen creates timeless, medium-sized curls that are prim and polished, but not too fussy. Featuring a tourmaline-infused, clip-free ceramic barrel, it emits far-infrared heat and negative ions for faster, healthier styling and longer lasting curls.

The diameter of this barrel is one inch and the Switch Base offers dual voltage (110-240 V) for your international adventures. It features a digital temperature control ranging from 150°F to 430°F (66°C to 221°C).


I found this one at Sephoa.


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gray Away Root Concealer

Gray Away Root Concealer

A great way to temporarily touch-up gray roots, Gray Away Root Concealer conceals grays instantly and extends the time between hair colorings that naturally match your color. Imagine: no more costly, in-between visits to your hair colorist. The unique pinpoint applicator provides targeted coverage that is flake-free, fast drying and sweat resistant. It won't come out until you shampoo. With up to 40 applications per can Gray Away Root Concealer comes in a variety of shades using self-adjusting color technology matches any hair color.

For best results, apply to dry hair. Hold can 2-3 inches from hair root. Spray onto roots until gray is evenly covered.


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Moroccanoil Smooth Collection



Smooth Collection from Moroccanoil


Moroccanoil, a leader in professional oil-infused beauty products,  introduces a new smoothing line: New Moroccanoil Smooth Collection. This innovative, oil-infused range transforms unruly hair to sleek, shiny and impossibly smooth strands.

Specially designed to address the needs of  frizzy, unruly hair, the complete smoothing regimen allows even the most unmanageable hair to become shiny and smooth. Moroccanoil Smooth collection  instantly increases styling manageability, while simultaneously strengthening, nourishing and conditioning the hair. The line includes:
  • Moroccanoil Smoothing Shampoo 
  • Moroccanoil Smoothing Conditioner
  • Moroccanoil Smoothing Lotion
  • Moroccanoil Smoothing Mask
Moroccanoil Smooth Collection formulations are enriched with  proprietary Moroccanoil argan oil-infused blend, potent and ultra-nourishing argan butter, as well as coconut-derived fatty acids, which leave hair soft, shiny and instantly more manageable. All products are free of sulfates, phosphates, parabens, and are completely color-safe.

moroccanoil.com/usa


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Italia Brava Luxury Hair Dryer by BabylissPro

BabylissPro Italia Brava Luxury Hair Dryer

BabylissPro Italia Brava Luxury Hair Dryer is the latest in hair dryer brushless technology. This hair dryer has a 2,000 watt, 120v Ferrari designed engine to deliver 10,000 hours of life, faster speed for quick drying and quiet operation from sealed ball bearings, which reduce vibration. The Brava is designed with nano titanium and ionic technology to leave hair smooth and minimize damage. It comes with an 8-foot cord and concentrator attachment.
Italian designed, Italian made.

http://www.babylisspro.com/en-us/


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mess Around 10 Disrupting Cream Paste by Redken


Redken Mess Around 10 Disrupting Cream-Paste 

This medium control cream-paste feels like a paste but spreads like a cream for ultimate flexibility with a touchable feel. Mess Around 10 Disrupting Cream Paste by Redken creates separation and texture. This cream-paste is ideal for creating tousled separation and body with a natural shine finish and is best for short to medium lengths. Easy to spread and low-tack, this cream-paste can be blended with each other for ultimate cream-paste texture.

redken.com


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

Introducing Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, a gentle conditioning exfoliant that leaves lips incredibly soft and smooth. This unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes, meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed oils to nourish the lips, and shea butter for long-lasting moisture.

For the ultimate age-delay lip treatment, apply Sugar Lip Polish to the lips and gently massage away dull skin. Leave on for 5 minutes, and rinse with warm water. Follow with Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 to lock in moisture and protect the pout or Sugar Rosé or Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatments SPF 15 for added color. Recommended use is two to three times a week for irresistibly kissable lips.
bluemercury.com


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Cerafill by Redken


Defying Hair Loss for Men & Women

Hair loss is commonly considered an issue that primarily effects men, yet 40% of hair loss sufferers are actually women. In fact, many women begin to lose their hair in their 20's or 30's and don't even realize it's happening until they've lost 50% or more of their hair. In honor of this month being Hair Loss Awareness Month, Redken has launched Cerafill, the first professional solution that provides both instant and long-term results in one line.

Powered by Redken Science, the Cerafill range consists of two different haircare systems: Cerafill Defy for normal to thin hair, andCerafill Retaliate for advanced thinning hair. The line is completed with two new styling products: Dense Fx and Texture Effect, which help to volumize every strand of hair. All products are safe for color and / or chemically treated hair, and can be layered for added benefits.

 Redken.com



Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

ENJOY Curl Enhancing Spray


Add Curl & Volume


Introducing ENJOY Curl Enhancing Spray. Perfect for creating lift, flexible volume and soft shine when used as a blow-drying aid. This versatile styling product works to define and enhance natural curl when used with a diffuser and refreshes body and creates tousled waves when air-drying.
 


ENJOY Curl Enhancing Spray contains Panthenol, a derivative of vitamin B5, which moisturizes as well as enhances shine, elasticity and body. Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, another key ingredient, improves luster as well as texture, while increasing moisture retention and improving manageability and body.

To use ENJOY Curl Enhancing Spray, simply apply directly to the root area and blow dry as desired to create lift and volume. For defined curl enhancement, apply throughout damp hair and diffuse-dry as desired. For tousled beach waves, spray on dry hair and lightly set definition and wave direction with fingers.

enjoyhaircare.com


Disclosure: Compensation was taken in exchange for this feature article but any opinions expressed are my own.