Archive for the ‘Styling Products and Hair Care Sets’ Category

How to style short hair

       
Thursday, August 15th, 2013

How to style short hair

Beyoncé recently chopped off her famously long locks in favor of a piecey pixie, and ever since many girls have been eager to snip their own strands. Whether you’re already rocking a shorter length or are tempted to make the cut, you’ll need to consider these particular products and styling tricks first:

Straight up
Halle Berry is the poster child for the pixie cut, which she has maintained throughout most of her career. Celebrity stylist Neeko, who did Berry’s ‘do for the “Cloud Atlas” premiere, told PopSugar that the style is pretty simple to recreate. Start by blasting your blowdryer on your hair while using your fingers to create a disheveled look. Neeko stressed that it’s essential to use products that will thicken the hair so there’s no need to tease it. Work in a small amount of Jack Black’s Sleek Finish Texture Cream, which is infused with Vitamin B5, to make hair appear fuller, as well as Lanolin and Beeswax to control frizz. Next, he advised using a flat iron on small sections to straighten them in different directions for a mussed up effect. Lock in your look and add extra definition with the Baxter of California Hard Water Pomade.

Va-va-volume
If you’re looking to amp up the drama with a shorter cut, take a cue from Lena Dunham. Redbook magazine noted that achieving her style requires a texturizing hairspray. Try spritzing Fekkai’s COIFF Bouffant Lifting And Texturizing Spray Gel all over hair to lift the roots and give the rest of your mane some character.

Still want higher impact? Go for Pink’s signature pompadour. According to Redbook, celeb hairstylist Marcia Hamilton achieves it by curling large pieces at the top of the head with a big barrel iron and then using bobby pins to secure every individual section. After smoothing pomade over the top and sides, unpin the hair, tease it and coat with Structure Naturelle Strong-hold hair spray by Leonor Greyl to protect the pouf all day long.

Cropped curls
With a little finesse, curly girls can wear short hair, too. Mischa Lisikiewicz, a stylist at Sine Qua Non in Chicago, explained to Redbook that it’s advisable to only shampoo hair once or twice a week so that natural oils have a chance to hydrate strands, combating any coarseness. In between washes, you can keep your coif fresh with theBalm En Route Dry Shampoo. Work in a de-frizzing cream and blowdry with a diffuser for a flawless, frizz-free finish.

Blowout bliss: A step-by-step guide to perfection

       
Monday, August 5th, 2013

Blowout bliss: A step-by-step guide to perfection

There's really nothing that boosts your confidence like a fresh salon blowout. However, achieving the same look at home can be a struggle without the right tools and products. Whether for date night, a summer soiree or an important job interview, use these tips for a coif that looks like it was handled by the professionals.

Prep with products
A good blowout starts with the shampoo. If you expose your hair to heat frequently, the Protein Rx Reparative Shampoo by Fekkai not only helps to nourish strands, but the soy and milk protein also strengthens them to prevent future breakage. If your hair tends to fall flat, opt for the Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo, which amps up thin tresses for a fuller finished look. An ultra-moisturizing conditioner is also key for a shiny blowout, as excessive heat can leave hair looking like straw. Treat hair to the Ristorativo Di Vita Conditioning Treatment by Borghese, which hydrates brittle strands while transforming the texture for softer styles. Gregory Patterson, a hairstylist at Blow in New York City, told Women's Health magazine that it's important to thoroughly rise out any conditioner for a long-lasting look.

Fight frizz by spritzing in lightweight Serum de Soie Sublimateur by Leonor Greyl, which smoothes the hair shaft without weighing it down for a poof-proof appearance. If your hair is highly unmanageable, opt for Condition Naturelle by Leonor Greyl, which contains protective proteins and seaweed extracts for shine and buoyancy.

Time to dry 
Now you're ready to pick up the hairdryer. Real Simple magazine recommended starting with the bangs when they're still wet. For more volume, hold hair in a round brush vertically above the head, but for a sleek, pin-straight look you'll want to pull hair downward. Next, Real Simple suggested moving to the back sections, which can be harder to perfect, and working forward toward the face. Always keep the blowdryer constantly moving – directing heat in one spot for too long can scorch your hair and cause serious damage.

Preserve and protect
After all that work, you'll likely want to make your blowout last. In Women's Health, Patterson recommended using dry shampoo, which can absorb oil and keep your style looking fresh. He also advised using a clip or a headband instead of an elastic because they won't leave a pesky crimp.

Follow these steps and your hair is bound to blow everyone away.

How to make thinning hair look thicker

       
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

How to make thinning hair look thicker

Starting to notice a widening part or a more visible scalp? You're not alone: More than 30 million women in the U.S. suffer from hair thinning or loss. Fortunately, this problem can be addressed with the right dietary choices and supplements, hair products and styling tricks.

The first step to thicker hair starts at the scalp. Try Jack Black's True Volume Thickening Shampoo, which is formulated with expansion technology and delivers body-building wheat protein and creatine into the hair shaft to give each strand a fuller appearance. Basil and tea tree oil help to keep the scalp flake free and stimulate the hair follicles for healthy growth, thus minimizing any potential hair loss. Meanwhile, soy protein provides structure for thinning hair, and white lupine revitalizes and strengthens new hair growth.

Next, work in En Root Give Me Volume Conditioner by theBalm, which is infused with bamboo, rice protein and vitamins A, C and E for soft, full, voluminous hair. Work a mousse like the Fekkai Advanced Full Volume Styling Whip through damp hair. The solution packs a powerful plumping complex which can help to boost the fullness of every strand from roots to ends while providing lightweight, all day hold. If you need to fake it till you make it, ESalon recommends opting for a multi-layered haircut or face-framing bangs and getting regular trims to keep hair from looking flat.

By following these steps, you can achieve a fuller, healthier and more voluminous looking mane.

How to fight summer frizz

       
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

How to fight summer frizz

Between heat, humidity and unpredictable weather conditions, it can seem impossible to keep hair smooth during summer. Fortunately, there are plenty of products that can seal the hair, combating frizz and making sure it stays sleek whether you're on the beach or in the office, and regardless of the climate.

The first step to any frizz-fighting regiment is the right shampoo and conditioner. The Fekkai Luscious Curls Shampoo and conditioner is optimal for kinky or wavy hair, while the protein complex in the same brand's Protein Rx Reparative Shampoo and conditioner is just what brittle, damaged strands need for manageability. After washing and conditioning, rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and pat hair dry, as rubbing can promote unwanted frizz.

Next, a serum is crucial for blocking out humidity. Leonor Greyl's Serum de Soie Sublimateur not only detangles and enhances shine, but also provides a UV filter to protect the hair's color and texture.

Having the right styling tools in your arsenal is key. Using an iconic dryer is less damaging, meaning hair will retain more moisture and be less prone to breakage. Putting a finger extension, like T3's Soft Touch, on the dryer can help to distribute heat more evenly, which defines curls and eliminates frizz for a more polished finished style.

With the right products and practices, your hair will look healthier and calmer, even in the dog days of summer.

Kate Middleton tops the list of best celebrity hair

       
Monday, July 15th, 2013

Kate Middleton tops the list of best celebrity hair

Women all over the world admire Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, for her elegant style, skincare routine and composed demeanor, but her most sought-after quality just may be her hair. According to a recent survey, more than one quarter of women polled said that the British royal has the best hair of any celebrity, Female First reports. 

The duchess may have the resources of an entire monarchy at her fingertips, but it's relatively easy for women to mimic her hairstyle. Getting picture-perfect hair starts with choosing the right shampoo and hair conditioners. Top products will work to restore hair that's been damaged while also infusing locks with nutrients needed to maintain volume and shine. Some styling finishers, like Fekkai's Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream, can add glossiness to any type of hair. 

Once the hair has the right texture, consider styling it in a half-up, half-down manner, as Kate Middleton frequently does. To add some spark, incorporate subtle waves with a 1-inch curling iron to add bounce to the look, Hollywood Life reports. You'll want to set it with styling products like hair spray, but don't go too heavy, as stiffness in your locks can ruin the natural effect. 

Turn to braids for the perfect beach hairstyle

       
Monday, July 15th, 2013

Turn to braids for the perfect beach hairstyle

Everyone dreams of the perfect beach waves. No, not in the water – in your hair. Flowing, carefree curls are a glamorous look for anyone who spends her days at the beach, but sometimes, people just want to pull their hair back as they frolic on the shore – and when this urge strikes, braids can be a great option. 

Fishtail braids are a great way to wear a braid while adding some sophistication to the look. Other options include waterfall braids, which can help you show off the beach hair while keeping it out of your face, as well as classic plaits. 

However, even girls who don't get to enjoy all day in the sand and sun can still get the laid-back look of a braided, beachy coif. Hair styling products are ideal for this, as they can help you achieve the volume and shine, as well as hold, that you need to rock the perfect braid.

No matter what style you choose, you will want to make sure your hair conditioner is capable revitalizing hair that has been damaged by the sun or sea. Bonus: A good conditioner that detangles will not only make it easier to weave your locks into perfect braids, but can also help you undo your 'do at the end of the day. 

Cardinal rules for flat ironing your hair

       
Friday, June 7th, 2013

Cardinal rules for flat ironing your hair

Once you have your eyeliner and lipstick on, the last thing to do is your hair. If you're going for a sleek look, you may think about flat ironing your luscious locks. However, applying extreme heat directly to your hair can do more harm than good. Even if you regularly use strengthening shampoo and conditioner, your hair can be in for lasting damage.

That being said, it can be disappointing to avoid rocking this look altogether! If you still want to go straight but you don't want to sacrifice the health of your hair, The Huffington Post recommends using a protectant beforehand. There are numerous heat protectant sprays on the market these days that can lock in moisture before you apply heat to your locks.

Next, Daily Makeover encourages you to avoid flat ironing your hair until it's completely dry. Applying an iron to damp or wet hair can increase the damage by causing temperatures to soar – this is a big no-no!

Finally, try to limit the amount of times you flat iron your hair throughout the week. Give your hair a break once in a while – it deserves it!

Do you know how to create a secure, elegant ponytail?

       
Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Do you know how to create a secure, elegant ponytail?

There's nothing quite like the arrival of summer heat. Everything from your makeup routine to your hair products will need to change to cater to the weather. That being said, you may be more inclined to wear your hair in a ponytail in the coming months.

If you have long, luscious locks, there's a good chance that you find yourself a little warm when you choose to wear your hair down during the summer. For this reason, you might be more intent on wearing your hair in a ponytail, but do you know how to create one that looks more elegant than sporty?

Woman's Day magazine states that it's easy to do so by simply doing a loose knot and sweeping your hair off to the side. This can give you a casual, yet flirty look just in time for summer. If you're interested in reigning in your frizzy hair, Marie Claire magazine encourages you to use a paddle brush and a bungee elastic. These tools can help you create a beautiful ponytail that won't cause stress on the roots of your locks or your hairline.

3 wedding hairstyles to try this summer

       
Monday, June 3rd, 2013

3 wedding hair styles to try this summer

At the Cannes Film Festival, many celebrities made headlines for their makeup, luxurious outfits and beautiful updos. Now, brides-to-be are taking notes on what they saw to look just as fabulous on their big days, according to The Huffington Post. Here are some of the hottest hairstyle trends spotted in France.

1. Elegant buns
With a ponytail, twist of the hair and a spritz of a holding hairspray, you can easily achieve an elegant bun for your wedding day.

2. High ponytail
High ponytails gave many women a chic, playful look in Cannes.

3. Faux bobs
Nicole Kidman took advantage of this “Gatsby”-inspired look for the film festival, and you can too.

Glamour magazine claims that other styles you can try include a twisted bun, beehive or low ponytail to make a memorable impression on your guests. To ensure that your hair is easy to work with on the big day, use shampoo and conditioner that detangles and hydrates your luscious locks. Then, consider using a serum to smooth away frizz, regardless of humidity or other weather conditions. In the end, you’ll be happier with your hair, no matter how you wear it!

3 ways to stop frizzy beach hair in its tracks

       
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

3 ways to stop frizzy beach hair in its tracks

With the arrival of summer comes longer days and more opportunities to hit the beach. However, the sun and salty air can wreak havoc on your tresses, especially if you already have frizzy hair. After putting all of that styling product into your locks, you might be disappointed to see your ‘do end up in shambles. Here are some tips for combating frizzy hair while you’re at the beach and catching some rays.

1. Keep your hair hydrated
Allure magazine recommends using a hydrating serum or leave-in conditioner to keep your hair tame and prevent frizz from taking over.

2. Don’t wash your hair daily
Family Circle magazine claims that you can do your hair some good by not washing it every day. This allows its natural oils to get to work, which can prevent frizz from erupting out of nowhere.

3. Know your tools
Certain tools are better than others for your hair, depending on its thickness and condition. Examine your brushes and combs prior to using them – some may be better suited for keeping frizz away and taming your ‘do than others. Your stylist can help you decipher the differences.