Archive for the ‘Hair and Scalp Treatments’ Category

On pampering your locks

       
Friday, April 29th, 2011

On pampering your locksYou treat your body to some relaxing time out, sink into fragrant bubble baths and lather your skin with luxurious masks and essential oils – so why not do the same for your hair?

It’s always essential to use a moisturizing conditioner to help restore your hair back to a smooth, manageable state, but sometimes a daily treatment isn’t quite enough. According to Glamour.com, treating your tresses to a special hair mask is one of the top ways to get you the sleek shine you crave.

“Love the feeling of your baby-smooth, perfectly soft skin after using a face mask? Well you can bet that your hair benefits from the same TLC!” the news source writes. “Using a moisturizing hair mask…once a week will help glossify your hair.”

Many beauty experts agree that common pantry items such as olive oil, avocado, egg whites, honey and even mayonnaise are great to leave on your hair as a conditioning mask, so look for specialized products that use similar natural ingredients to get your hair whipped up into sleek, shiny perfection.

Beauty fixes to stock your pantry with

       
Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Beauty fixes to stock your pantry withLest you thought that all of your cosmetics belonged on your vanity table or in your bathroom cabinet, we encourage you to think again. Some of the most vital beauty fixes are things you would normally find in your kitchen, lending true meaning to the old adage – “you are what you eat.”

If you’re of the mindset that beauty comes from within, it goes to say that the vitamins and nutrients with which you supply your body have a lot to do with how you look on the outside. That being said, many of us may know this to be true without any knowledge of the food items or their individual applications. For the hungry and the curious, here’s a short, simple guide.

Fountain of youth

Before we delve into the nitty gritty, let’s all bring our attention to what’s arguably the most vital nutrient of them all. Water not only constitutes the bulk of our planet, our bodies and our life-force as a whole, but it’s also one of the most influential beauty tools.

Drinking your eight glasses is not a bunch of quackery – when you’re properly hydrated, you feel more energized, your skin glows brighter and even you hair retains more moisture.

Good, clean wholesome fun

Not surprisingly, what’s generally good for your nutritional health also packs some weight when it comes to your complexion.

“Diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can make your skin glow, help clear up acne and fight aging and sun damage,” according to StyleList.com. “Likewise, meals laden with trans-fats, white flour, sugar and chemicals can leave your complexion looking dry, dull and lackluster.”

Their most basic advice? Skip processed foods, avoid anything that’s deep-fried, ditch the sugary drinks and opt for brown sugar or whole-wheat flour whenever you can.

Stock up on omega-3s

There’s a reason why Eskimos tend to be so happy – they’re always eating fish, after all. Not only do omega-3 fatty acids offer a major boost to your sense of well-being, as found in major recent studies, but they also offer a cure for a handful of different beauty ailments.

According to StyleList, foods rich in omega-3s are a good antidote for dry skin, psoriasis, acne, redness and inflammation.

Wondering how best to get your hands on this miracle worker? “These ‘good fats’ are found in fatty fish including salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, halibut, as well as ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybean oil, walnuts, leafy greens, and tofu,” Health & Fitness reports.

Hair revival

There’s a whole grocery bag’s worth of stuff that will help you nab good hair days forevermore. According to The Frisky, reaching for salmon will get you the omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B-12, and iron that your tresses crave. Other hair-friendly foods include dark green vegetables, beans, nuts, poultry, eggs, whole grains, oysters, low-fat dairy items, carrots, beef and brown rice.

What’s your backup plan?

Getting the most out of the stuff you eat doesn’t involve a major dietary turnaround alone – lots of people take nutritional supplements to boost their intake of vital nutrients, and this can help give you that added boost that may be hard to attain just from one day’s worth of meals. Good news for you is that many companies create custom dietary supplements to specifically target your skin, hair or overall beauty needs, so you can be sure you’re getting all the good loving you need to look amazing.

Try Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Supplement for a complexion that can’t be beat, or try Sprayology Hair + Nail Tonic for beautiful hair and nails from the inside out – just two sprays below the tongue and you’re good to glow!

New season? New you (on springtime color changes)

       
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

New season? New you (on springtime color changes)There's no time like spring to harness the energy of renewal – but why stop with budding blooms, balmier temperatures and a brighter, lightweight wardrobe? If your wintertime tresses aren't exactly uplifting, you can take the situation into your own hands and reinvent yourself with a fresh hair color.

The common mistake many women make is assuming that warmer temperatures necessarily mean lighter hair colors. While this is often true in a natural sense, what with the hair-lightening propensity of a week at the beach, your own personal transformation is entirely under your jurisdiction.

Stuck on ideas? If you already have highlights, consider adding a second tone. Perhaps you never considered what your head of blonde streaks would look like with some strawberry highlights, or maybe adding some smokey lowlights to your tresses can give you the sort of intrigue you never thought of.

Whatever mode you choose, remember that color-treated hair requires its own set of special treatment products to keep it healthy and conditioned. Indulge in an ultra rich hair mask once a week to restore shine, smoothness and vitality to your hair.

Emmy Rossum loves to let the conditioner stay for a while

       
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Emmy Rossum loves to let the conditioner stay for a whileIf any of you haven't turned wise to the benefits of a leave-in conditioner or hair mask, let Shameless star Emmy Rossum teach you how to hold your head up high.

Rossum told UsMagazine.com that she loves to use a shine-inducing spray for her hair. "Even if my hair just gets really dry, it masks any dryness," Rossum told the news source. "I like to sleep in conditioner. I find that really restores dry hair. So those are my little tricks."

Leave-in conditioner is the perfect beauty aide for ladies with curly or frizzy hair, making hair more soft and manageable throughout the day by packing an extra punch that most standard products simply don't carry.

If you're looking for something extra special with which to treat your tresses, a luxurious hair mask can take care of your needs in a most intoxicating way. A creamy formula, such as L'Occitane Ultra Rich Hair Cream Mask, is perfect for restoring moisture and shine to your locks.

Treating your tresses to proper prep-work

       
Monday, March 28th, 2011

Treating your tresses to proper prep-workBig night out? Second question – why short-change your hair? Even if you think your hair can only get so soft and silky, it remains to be seen what an intensive hair mask or treatment can yield, especially when you start prepping the morning of your event.

That's celebrity hair stylist Sam McKnight's secret, anyhow. "Comb a conditioning mask through hair, then braid and tie it up in a knot," he told ELLE.com. "Let the treatment penetrate all day, then rinse it out for silk-like softness."

The best thing about living in a high-technology age is that there's virtually no limit to the variety of hair treatments out there, so even if you have a very specific condition, there remains little doubt that you won't get your needs met.

Need plenty of moisture? Use L'Occitane Ultra Rich Hair Cream Mask for plenty of luster, shine, softness and manageability. Leonor Greyl Masque a Orchidee is perfect for frizzy hair in particular, working like a straightening mask to help soften and relax frenetic tresses.

Blunt bangs are coming back

       
Friday, November 5th, 2010

Blunt bangs are coming backIt's been said that fashion is cyclical, with trends fading away only to become popular once more a few decades later. And judging by some of Hollywood's chicest stars, it seems that hairstyles repeat themselves as well.

Beauties such as Kate Moss, Zooey Deschanel and Lake Bell have recently been spotted sporting thick, blunt bangs, a 'do that was all the rage in the swinging sixties.

When asked why she made the cut, Bell replied that she simply felt like rocking some new fringe.

"It's really fun. It's good to, you know, look in the mirror and try to be different people, " the actress told People magazine. "I did it a couple of days ago. I was just kind of like, 'I am going to do this because I can.' There was no good reason."

Women who want this hairstyle should opt for bangs that fall between their brows and their eyelashes, as stylist Mark Townsend told Allure magazine that the length puts the focus on your eyes.

To keep bangs looking full all day, experts recommend using a dry shampoo for a quick lift. Clean Original Dry Shampoo absorbs excess oil and leaves hair smelling fresh.

How to protect dyed hair

       
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

How to protect dyed hairWith fall underway, many women are likely to change their hair color from their summer standby to a more seasonally appropriate shade. And while some gals opt for subtle highlights, others prefer a more dramatic alteration to celebrate the arrival of a new season.

Though loads of ladies spend September darkening their strands to an autumnal hue, those looking to lighten their locks may have the right idea as well – the golden glow can beautifully mimic the afternoon sunlight that bounces off the yellow and orange leaves.

One such woman who opted for lighter strands this fall is none other than Nicole Richie. However, her hairstylist had his work cutout for him, as the former reality star started the process with dark brown locks.

"Nicole loves to play with her hair color and was just ready for a dramatic change," George Papanikolas, who transformed the starlet's hair, told People.com. According to the news source, he avoided damaging her strands by gradually lightening her hair over seven days and using a deep conditioning product between each process.

Ladies who dye their hair can protect their strands from harsh chemicals by using specially designed hair products, such as L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo, which can be used daily to repair and protect color-treated locks, and L'Occitane Ultra Rich Hair Cream Mask, which can be used weekly to revitalize dry and damaged hair.

Duplicate Gucci’s glossy looks with L’Occitane products

       
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Duplicate Gucci's glossy looks with L'Occitane productsFashion Week has moved to Milan, but that isn't stopping people around the country from talking about the hottest looks that are showing up on the runways. And, it seems that there was one trend that dominated Gucci's models – gloss.

"The biggest elements are shine," hairstylist Luigi Murenu told Allure magazine. "She's definitely a woman of class, with her red nails and her red lips – we put gloss on the lips and in the hair, so they'll be super-shiny on the catwalk."

According to the news source, makeup artist Pat McGrath, who painted the models' faces at Gucci, mixed two red lipsticks and topped them with gloss right before the ladies headed out on the catwalk. Murenu used a mix of hair gel and serum to slick back hair and add extra shine, and held the style in place with hairspray.

Women looking to recreate this high-fashion trend can use products that offer benefits, in addition to glossiness. L'Occitane Honey and Lemon Tartlet Gloss softens and conditions lips while leaving them looking glossy, and L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Serum for Dry & Damaged Hair is a leave-in treatment that boosts shine while nourishing hair.

How to keep cut and color looking fresh between trips to the salon

       
Monday, August 30th, 2010

How to keep cut and color looking fresh between trips to the salonWhile many women look forward to a trip to the salon, busy schedules can keep ladies from returning as often as they’d like. Gals on the go who don’t have time for regular appointments may want to employ a few tricks to keep their cut and color looking fresh for as long as possible.

According to TotalBeauty.com, hair health expert Gavin Harwin says that a good leave-in conditioner can do wonders for the life of your cut. While Jack Black is known as a men’s line, women may enjoy some of the brand’s products as well. True Volume Revitalizing Conditioner is a fragrance-free hydrating formula that can be applied to wet hair and left in for intense conditioning.

Harwin also advises women to cut down on heat styling, as hot air from dryers, curlers and irons can cause unsightly split ends.

Women who color their hair can also take certain measures to prolong the life of their dye job. These ladies can use a shampoo and conditioner that is specially formulated for color-treated hair, like Leonor Greyl Bain Vitalisant B.

Finally, the website reports that sun, chlorine and clarifying shampoos can quickly drain dye. A leave-in treatment, like L’Occitane Summer Protection Sun Hair Mist, will protect hair from UV rays and can help keep color from fading.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933261-ADNFCR