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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

For most, the hair on our heads is all we really want.  Desiring to remove unwanted hair on other areas of the body is an ever-growing industry.  There are several methods available to remove this unwanted hair, but very few of them will take care of the hair permanently or on the first try.  When looking into the options, be sure to select the method or combination of methods that is best for you depending on cost, time, skin-type and hair.

Threading is used in beauty clinics and mall kiosks for removing facial hair.  The results are similar to plucking and not permanent.

Waxing is done by applying a heated wax to the hair followed by a strip of waxing paper. Hair is then ripped out by the root.  Although this lasts longer than shaving, it can cause some discomfort and skin irritation.

Depilation is a process that uses chemicals to dissolve the hair.  This usually lasts as long as waxing but has the major side effect of skin irritation due to the chemicals melting away skin cells as well as the unwanted hair.

Electrolysis uses fine-gauge needles that are inserted into hair follicles.  Then an electric current is applied to the root, burning the hair root and stopping the production of more hair.  This procedure lasts longer than others, but requires repeated treatments up to 18 months to be a permanent solution.

Laser treatments are becoming more affordable thanks to newer and more cost-effective treatments being introduced.  Although this may currently be the most effective way to eliminate unwanted hair, it is not always permanent and not for everyone.  Those with light skin and dark hair will see the most benefit.  Laser hair removal works by emitting light at different wavelengths into the skin which normally targets the melanin.


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October 12, 2011   Comments Off

Hair Styling Beauty Secrets

Whatever look you are trying to achieve, here are some styling tips to help with the everyday styles that so many of us sport.

*To create an easy, wavy, natural look, gently use your fingers or a pick to untangle wet hair.  Add a small amount of anti-frizz or shine enhancing product and let hair air dry.

*Permed hair often requires a bit of perking up between shampoos or on the mornings when a full-styling session doesn’t fit the time constraints.  Start by lightly misting hair with water and then pushing curls into place with your fingers.  Keeping a spray bottle with water and a few drops of essential oil in your favorite scent will really kick up the overall effect of this quick fix.

*Pomade is the perfect product in a pinch.  It can be used (very sparingly) to remove static, control flyaways, or create a glossy shine to dull hair.  Always start pomade by gently rubbing between palms and applying to ends first.

*Once that beautiful braid is completely, finish the look by applying a little gel or pomade to the little loose hairs around the face and nape of the neck.  After smoothing on a little product, a hairpin can help hold things in place until dry.  These products can also be applied to damp hair before braiding to help keep everything in place.


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September 7, 2011   1 Comment

Hair Streaks and Extensions Tips

Brightly colored steaks are all the rage these days.  These are a fun and quirky way to express yourself and the look can often be achieved in a temporary way.  Normally, dark hair has to be bleached first and then colored for the vibrant colors to show.

There are some products on the market now such as Spiker colored gel and various hair sprays that can help you achieve the look without the bleaching.  Obviously, the process and intensity of the color is easier for those with lighter hair, but anyone can achieve the look.  The ‘at-home’ method involves using peroxide or a bleaching kit from the local drug store to strip the color from the hair (unless the hair is already a light blonde).  Any shade of Kool-aid can then be used to dye the hair and create the desired color streak.  There are also dyes at the local beauty supply store that can be used.

For the less adventurous or those who don’t want to make the full commitment, single extensions can be clipped into the hair and come in a rainbow selection of colors.  These extensions can be trimmed to match the hair’s length, but DO NOT use the curling iron on these locks because it isn’t real hair and will melt.  Even with the clipped-in version, the look is fun and cool!


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August 24, 2011   Comments Off

Homemade Hair Therapy – Part 2

Using a customized, homemade herbal rinse can do wonders for hair color, whether natural or artificial.  Often, even the healthiest of hairs could use a little refreshing treatment or enhancement.  The effects are often subtle and smell great.

* In order to brighten blonde hair, create a quart of tea using 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile and 2 tablespoons of dried marigold.  Allow these to steep in the boiling water for half an hour.  Once the tea has cooled to a comfortable temperature, pour through wet hair.

* To add extra luster to those beautiful brunette locks, follow the same procedure as the blonde tea except substitute the herbs with rosemary and sage and add 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar.

* Rejuvenate red hair by adding 2 tablespoons of saffron and 1 tablespoon of honey to a quart of boiling water.  Follow the same procedure of the blondes and brunettes for a fantastic final rinse.

*Repairing damaged hair is always a good idea.  A quick remedy that can be done monthly is to beat 1 egg yolk with olive oil and massage into a hair.  Start at the ends and work toward the scalp, but don’t massage into the scalp.  Leave this concoction on hair for 10 minutes and shampoo.  If hair is overly damaged, this treatment can be done weekly for a month.

Do a little research and come up with the herbal combination that’s best for your hair.  Experimenting with different herbal rinses can be a fun and inexpensive way to spruce up the look of hair.


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August 17, 2011   Comments Off

Homemade Hair Therapy – Part 1

No matter where these tips and tricks originated from, they are some of the most tried and true home remedies for creating healthy hair.

* Mayonnaise may not be the healthiest of condiments, but it can do wonders to help condition hair.  Slather up to half a cup of mayo on dry hair and let sit for half an hour.  Rinse and shampoo as normal.

*Combine 1 cup of water (preferably distilled or filtered) with ½ cup of strained lemon juice.  Comb this through hair after shampooing to brighten hair.  Since lemon juice reacts unpredictably to heat and sunlight, avoid doing this in the summer months or right before blow drying hair.

*To reduce static electricity in dry hair, rub a dryer sheet over the comb and then run through hair once styling is finished.

*If hair seems to have an excess build up of conditioner, styling gel, or hair spray, add a tablespoon of baking soda to shampoo once a week.  Rinse and dry as usual, but skip the conditioner on this one day.  An alternative to this is to mix 6 tablespoons of beer to 1 cup warm water and use as a final rinse once a week.

*For a quick, dry shampoo and to eliminate that greasy hair look, rub a small amount of talc or baby powder into your hair.  Be sure to brush it out completely.

These home concoctions cost much less than expensive name brand treatments and are usually more natural and environmentally friendly.


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August 10, 2011   1 Comment

Hair-do Don’ts

Healthy hair is shiny and soft to the touch, but often in the process of creating the perfect hair-dos, we use a lot of hair-don’ts.  Always avoid styling products that contain alcohol.  The alcohol in many hairsprays and gels can dry out hair, leaving it dull and lifeless.   Once you’ve chosen a good (alcohol-free) product, keep it off the scalp.  Putting products like mousse, gel, and pomades on the scalp can clog the pores and lead to flake-causing build-up.

As you are creating the perfect style, remember that hot air can damage hair as well as heat-styling products.  Change the hair dryer setting to cool, especially if you are also using a straightener, curling iron, or hot rollers.  To speed up the drying process and keep the heat off of your hair as much as possible, try towel drying your hair and then doing the other things in your morning routine such as brushing teeth and applying body lotion as the hair has a chance to air dry.

Finishing any hairstyle with a leave-in treatment such as Redken’s Extreme is always a good idea and a win-win for your hair’s look and health.


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July 27, 2011   Comments Off

Green Hair Isn’t Gorgeous

Gorgeous blondes are all too familiar with the dangers of summer and chlorine-treated swimming pools.  As beloved as Kermit the Frog may be, none of us are really dying to look like him. To help keep blonde locks from taking on the green tint of summer, use a cheap conditioner on the hair before taking a dip in the pool. During the process of bleaching or lightening hair, the cuticle layer of the hair has holes created in it and the chemicals used to clean pools settle into these holes giving hair look that greenish look.

By applying a little conditioner to dry hair before jumping in, the holes are filled and the chemicals kept out. This also works wonders on children’s hair too.  If the hair has already gone green, using a quality clarifying shampoo like Nexus Aloe Rid will bring it back to blonde in just one or two shampoos.


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June 22, 2011   Comments Off

Tips for Beautiful Hair Styles

Popular hairstyles come and go, but classy never goes out of style.  To create the perfect frame your face, try any of these classic, yet popular looks.

Face Flattering – This is a great look for loosely textured and a well-defined part.  Start by parting the hair while it is still damp.  Align the part with the peak of the eyebrow arch to highlight cheekbones and eyes.  Blow-dry ends with a round brush alternating with flipping out and flipping under.  Finish with a light pomade to add subtle shine.

Sexy but not Stuffy – Start by parting hair into larger sections while damp and rolling with Velcro (or your favorite non-heated) rollers.  Blow dry.  Remove the rollers and gently shake out the hair to loosen the curls.  Finish with a light-hold hairspray.  If bangs need a little more flip, use a curling iron to complete the desired look.

Girl Next Door – Begin by spritzing damp hair with extra-hold hairspray.  Wrap medium-sized sections around rollers.  Blow dry and then remove rollers.  Allow the hair to part in its natural place or part in the middle.  Shake out gently.

Slightly Tousled – To keep hair healthy and smooth, apply a small amount of conditioner to the ends of hair before blow drying.  Next, apply mousse and wrap one-inch sections around a medium-barreled curling iron from the root to the tip.  Secure each curl to the scalp with a bobby pin.  Using a flexible hold hairspray, coat pinned curls lightly and let set 20 minutes.  After removing the bobby pins, let hair fall at its natural part and finger comb gently.

Naturally Curly – For naturally curly hair, start by creating your own hair product by mixing equal parts of curl cream/enhancer, light-hold gel, leave-in conditioner and pomade.  For an easy every day look, apply this specially made hair product to damp curls.  Blow dry with a diffuser or allow to air dry.


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May 11, 2011   Comments Off

Celebrity Makeup Styles

Welcome to 2011 and all of the fantastic fashion that the celebrities will be flaunting.  Here are some of the essentials in fashion, hair, and makeup.

Accessories: Sunglasses are still large, but not quite as bug-eyed as in years past.  Moccasin flats, kitten heels, and wedge sandals will be among the footwear of the famous.  Jewelry must-haves include large, sparkling earrings and fashion rings that encircle the finger more than once.  Totes in quilted-leather or equine-inspired looks will be all the rage, but nothing beats the classic styling of the Chanel flap bag.

Clothing: Classic is still in. Invest in some quality pieces that can be mixed and matched with trendy pieces from year to year.  Trench coats that are mid-thigh length will never go out of style.  This year’s version has slightly extended epaulets, but is still a staple of any classic style.  Tuxedo pants with a satin trim can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.  V-necklines are always in style as long as they don’t plummet too far.  Experiment with button-downs, wrap-arounds, sweaters and t-shirts that create a lengthening effect for almost any neck.

Colors: Brown is still the new black.  This versatile color can fit into the workplace as a trendy blazer or a night on the town in a satin blouse or lace cami.  Mix and match the shades that suit you both in clothing and make-up.

Makeup: Natural looking make-up is always sexy and making a comeback this year. Forget the bright blues, greens, reds and purples.  Try that ‘I’m not really trying’ look this year by lightening up on make-up choices.  Soft shades of taupe, peach, and coral will accentuate the girl-next-door look.

Hair: As with make-up, less is more with hairstyles.  Messy waves create a relaxed and easy look.  If an up-do is preferred, buns will be the classic style, but moving the bun to different areas of the head will make for a more modern look.


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March 2, 2011   Comments Off

How to Add Volume to Hair

Think about luscious full hair versus simple flat hair. Which one seems more appealing? That’s a really easy question to answer, isn’t it? Full hair with a lot of volume can be hard to achieve for some people for various reasons. With the right techniques and products though, it should be a breeze!

The first thing that you should keep in mind is that when you go into a store, you should buy shampoo and conditioner that are formulated to create volume. Usually these products are heat activated, which is exactly what you want. All you need to do is wash and condition your hair with them, and it will be ready to bend to your will!

Blow dry as normal. The product will be activated by the heat, like I said. Using a round brush on your dry hair is the key here now! Tease it, starting at the roots with the brush. Round brushes create a much fuller volume, and that product will respond happily. They’re like your secret weapon. Only go as large as you need to, and remember to make sure your hair doesn’t look extra tangled before you add hairspray into the mix. Just run your fingers through it, don’t comb. Smooth it down nicely, and then hit it with a blast of strong hairspray.

Now all you need to do is say bye bye to your flat hair! Oh, and possibly give the round brush a bit of love.


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December 22, 2010   Comments Off

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