City Vibes Through Hair Color

City Vibes Through Hair Color

As many of you know, I do a lot of traveling; in my opinion, traveling is the best education that you can give yourself, and it is quite possibly the only thing you pay for that actually makes you wealthier. I travel a lot for my work as a Master Hair Colorist and try to get away as much as I can when I can take a rare vacation. One of my favorite things about my travels is that each city- with it’s beauty, culture, and nuance- inspires my work. Every single city has a distinct vibe and, being a Master Hair Colorist, I automatically translate that vibe into hair styles and colors. Lately, my mind has been on foreign travels, the feelings I get when I go to the different cities, and what how these feelings translate into hair colors and styles. Below are three cities and what hair colors I associate with them. Paris: Parisian ladies are masters of effortless chic; As a matter of fact, they pretty much define what that means. They are relaxed, easy-going, and confident without trying too hard. As far as hair color is concerned, Paris screams Balayage. Much like the city’s inhabitants, the artistic and intuitive process of creating the perfect Balayage breeds results that look absolutely effortless. When the Balayage is done correctly it should looks like that is how your hair naturally is. Rome: As an Italian I am partial to all things Italy. Italians are known for their unapologetic sex appeal and a high degree of va-va-voom. For me, the hair color that represents Italy is a rich Espresso Brown (almost as rich as the espresso in Italy). Long, voluminous brunette locks reminds me of the confident Italian women whose beauty I grew up admiring. London: My absolute favorite with it’s gothic architecture and gray and dreary days- this is a city with pulse. There is a sense of sophistication in London that I haven’t found anywhere else in the world. When I think of London in terms of hair, I always picture a sleek, Jet Black, and straight- the ultimate sophistication. To pull of this look there definitely needs to be a little bit of fierce attitude and a don’t-mess-with-me demeanor. Which city has your favorite unique style? Renee Taglia is located in a Beverly Hills California. Contact her here for a consultation on how to discover (and keep) your perfect...

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My Favorite Ways to Spend the Fourth of July

My Favorite Ways to Spend the Fourth of July

One of my absolute favorite holidays is the Fourth of July- possible do to my love of fireworks, the beach, and hot weather. This holiday to me signifies the official beginning of summertime and all the glory that comes along with it. I’ve had some pretty memorable Fourth of July’s throughout the years, and throughout time have truly come to understand my favorite ways to celebrate. Below is a list of my top ways to celebrate the Fourth: Personal Spa Day: At times, I love spending my holidays in sweet solitude. This is probably due to the fact that I am around people all the time for work, and- being a natural extrovert- this is something I quite enjoy, but even I need my downtime. As I see it, holidays are the best days to get this much needed R&R in. I love to treat myself to a full blown spa day at my favorite hotels around town (The Montage, Four Seasons, etc). I book a massage, a facial, a body wrap, and just spend the entire day is plush robes and complete and total relaxation. I like to end my day with a good book and a great movie, or if I am feeling the need for some social interaction, a delicious dinner with friends is always the way to go. BBQ: The Fourth of July is the ultimate holiday for a backyard BBQ with your best friends! Such a fun time to get together, enjoy the warm weather, sip on some chilled Sangria, and have the time of your life. It’s the perfect opportunity for long and fulfilling conversations and making new friends. I generally like to get together with my friends in the early afternoon and spend the entire day goofing around and having fun. Beach: The beach is always on the menu as far as I am concerned. I absolutely love being by the water, digging my feet into the sand, and marveling over the beauty of the sea. While it can get a bit crowded on the Fourth of July, there are gorgeous stretches of beach in Southern California that are private and clean. Its like being in paradise for the day, lounging in the sun, and ending the night by watching gorgeous fireworks- this is my idea of magic! What are your favorite ways to spend the Fourth of July? Let me know in the comments below. Renee Taglia is located in a Beverly Hills California. Contact her here for a consultation on how to discover (and keep) your perfect...

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The Perfect Blow-dry

The Perfect Blow-dry

There are very few things in this life that can be taken as indisputable fact, but there is one thing that we all know cannot be questioned: There’s nothing quite like a great blow-out to make you feel like a million bucks. Perhaps this is the reason that Dry Bar (and the countless copycats that have sprang up throughout the years) are so popular! Ever wonder how it is that they seem to have the Art of the Blow-dry down to a tee? How they make it look so easy? If you’ve ever wished that you could have a beautiful blowout at all times, this article is for you – below are my professional tips on achieving The Perfect Blow-dry every single time: The perfect blow-dry starts far before you start blow-drying your hair; As a matter of fact, the process starts with the shower. It goes without saying that you should be using high quality products on your hair- a good shampoo and conditioner is a must! Be reasonable with the amount of both products you use, rinse well, and when you apply conditioner make sure to keep it primarily on the shaft and tips rather than the roots. Prior to stepping out of the shower, do a quick rinse with cool water. Cold water helps to seal the cuticle and lock moisture into your hair. To absorb excess moisture, use a micro fiber towel as they help reduce static and frizz. Use a sensible amount of a good leave-in conditioner selected based on the texture and condition of your hair. Too much product leaves hair looking weighed down and completely lifeless. Pre-dry hair with your blow-dryer as you run through it with your fingertips to get rid of additional excess moisture- this will make blow-drying the hair easier. Separate your hair into sections and begin blow-drying each section. The nozzle of your blow-dryer should always be facing down in the direction of your hair growth as this will help minimize frizz and fly-aways. Quality round brushes are also vital in achieving a quality blow-dry; I recommend Ergo round brushes, they are fantastic quality brushes that will last you a very long time. To finish your blow-dry, smooth your hair with a bit of shine serum for that gorgeous finished product. One of my favorites is the Wella EIMI Glam Mist because it light-weight and provides incredible shine. Need product recommendations for your blowout? Leave me a comment with your question and I will let you know which products I love. Renee Taglia is located in a Beverly Hills California. Contact her here for a consultation on how to discover (and keep) your perfect...

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Curly Hair Hack: How to Reduce Styling Time

Curly Hair Hack: How to Reduce Styling Time

Today’s tips are useful for us all, but they are especially life-changing for the girls with the curls (I promise that was my last attempt at rhyming in this article). Anybody will tell you that curls are absolutely beautiful, buoyant, vibrant and just plain fun, that is anybody will tell you this as long as they don’t have curly hair. I think my curly-haired clients are crazy for thinking the grass-is-greener on the other side, but admittedly it is quite the task to keep curls looking good if you don’t know how to effectively do so. It takes forever to style and is usually susceptible to weather conditions much more so than straight hair. Below are my favorite tips on how to cut styling time in half for all the curly girlies so they can stop stressing and start enjoying their gorgeous hair. When it comes to blowdrying your hair, technique matters: Technique for a blow dry starts with the shampoo, make sure that you aren’t over or under washing your hair because that can be detrimental to your styling experience. After you have washed all the product out of your hair, do a quick cool rinse before you step out of the shower. Next, towel dry your hair gently because harshness and friction will cause your hair to frizz. When applying styling product, make sure that it is distributed evenly throughout your hair. Blow dry from the roots to the ends and make sure the nozzle is pointing downward as this will help minimize frizz. Your conditioner should be so good that it makes you want to sing its praises from rooftops (no exaggeration): I can’t stress the importance of a excellent conditioner enough! If hair is improperly conditioned with a poor product, it will be extremely difficult to style and pretty much impossible to style WELL. Conditioner provides your hair with moisture, makes it easy to brush, and allows it to be more pliable. My absolute favorite is Inphenom’s Superior Treatment Effect– Inphenom is an amazing product line in general, but this product in particular truly embodies the word Superior. A satin pillow case makes all the difference: My curly-haired clients often complain that bed-head as a curly girl is no joke because you wake up to frizzy, tangled, unmanageable hair. Fortunately, there is a simple solution- a satin pillow case! Yes, this may be a splurge, but when you think about the time and headache it saves, you will realize that it’s totally worth it. The satin fabric doesn’t pull your hair as much which eliminates frizz and (bonus) split ends. If you have curls, are there any other tips you recommend for lessening the burden...

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Beach Hair, Don’t Care!

Beach Hair, Don’t Care!

I can’t believe that summer 2016 is upon us! This year is flying by so quickly, but I can’t complain because my favorite season is officially a few short weeks away. Whatever your travel plans may be this year, I hope you spend a significant amount of time relaxing at the beach. Not only is it beautiful, but being out in nature (especially by the ocean) is a soul-gratifying experience; Dig your feet into the sand, close your eyes and simply listen to the waves, and you will automatically understand what I mean. There is, however, one inevitable downfall of vacationing by the ocean and in tropical climates: it wreaks havoc on your hair. As you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I have been traveling back and forth to Hawaii for work, and it has given me the opportunity to truly figure out what to do to keep my hair looking picture-ready in tropical weather. Below are my top three tips for how to keep hair looking picture-perfect as you spend your day having fun in the sun: Embrace nature: Lets be honest, no matter what you do, your immaculate blow dry is not going to look so immaculate after a beach day. The air and the wind give you that messy, tousled effect, and as far as I am concerned, the best thing to do is go with the flow- embrace it! Instead of trying to beat the inevitable, use a product that will enhance what is naturally happening. One of my absolute favorite hair products for tropical weather is Bumble and Bumble’s Invisible Oil. This lightweight oils helps detangle and de-frizz beach hair as well as protecting it from sun damage. Braid your hair: Braids are definitely having a moment right now- you don’t have to look any further than Pinterest to see that they are all the rage. I love them because there is a variety of types you can do and it’s a pulled together hairstyle that has longevity. Braids and the beach is like champagne and strawberries- a perfect combination! Loose braids are always better because tight braids pull and damage the hair. I recommend using the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil when you put the braid in so that when you brush it out you will be left with gorgeous waves (think of it as two hairstyles in one). Wear a hat: Perhaps the most basic solution of all is to take a chic hat with you wherever you go! Wide brim, cap, fedora- no matter what your style, a hat is a great way to solve your beach hair dilemma. As a bonus, a hat is also the ultimate way...

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Travel Guide: Honolulu

Travel Guide: Honolulu

Aloha from Honolulu! I’ve discovered a new favorite work/play destination– Hawaii! Over the last few months, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the island two times in less than two months (and hopefully there will be many more). I know that the last thing I have to do is sell you on the benefits of going to a place that’s quite literally paradise, just the clear blue ocean and warm sand is reason enough, but I put together a travel guide for Honolulu for those of you who may be traveling there this summer. Eat: 53 by the Sea  When in Hawaii it should be a requirement to indulge in seafood and, lucky for me, seafood is my absolute favorite. For my fellow aficionados, you must go to 53 by the Sea; Not only will you be completely blown away by the food, but the view is absolutely breathtaking. My personal recommendation is the Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi, so delectable that it melts in your mouth. Cocktails: Duke’s Waikiki Nothing makes me feel like indulging in cocktails than warm winds at night, so I was thrilled when I came across Duke’s Waikiki. Duke’s has fun cocktails, a Japanese dinner menu for small bites, gorgeous views, and a rich history. As it turns out, this incredible place is named after Hawaiian legend Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, an Olympic gold medalist (for swimming) and thirteen-time Sheriff of the city and county of Honolulu. Hair: Salon Blanc As a Master Hair Colorist, I am absolutely enamored with what I do and it is difficult for me to find others who share my level of passion for hair, but at Salon Blanc I found my tribe. The owner, Alan V, and the group of incredible colorists who work there are incredibly talented people whose love for what they do is blatantly apparent in their impressive dedication and beautiful results. What a pleasure it was to teach this remarkable group! If you need anything hair-related in Honolulu you shouldn’t look any further than Salon Blanc. Hotel: The Modern Honolulu My favorite hotel in Honolulu is definitely The Modern Honolulu. I am all about sleek minimalism, and this hotel is an impeccable example of that type of design. I also love the array of options when it comes to the hotel views; you can enjoy a view of the yacht harbor, ocean, city, or pool while you relax and enjoy the beautiful weather on your furnished terrace. Shop: Luxury Row I don’t know why, but shopping is always so much more fun for me if I do it while I travel. If you are like me and like to indulge when you are away, look no...

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Music Festival Essentials

Music Festival Essentials

I am so excited for this weekend- directly after I finish writing this article I am heading to Stagecoach. For those who don’t know, Stagecoach is a country music festival that happens annually in California. I am ready for some great music and unforgettable memories with some of my best friends- for me, that’s what music festivals are all about. I am no stranger to the festival circuit, in fact, I go to a few each year and added another one to the list a few weeks ago by going to Coachella for the very first time. With festival season in full swing, I have compiled a list of Music Festival Must-Have’s; Having these essentials on hand will allow you to relax, let go of your worries, and lose yourself in the music. Hat: As a Master Hair Colorist, the first thing I think when it comes to “essentials” of any sort is how to protect the hair. Many music festivals happen in the summer where the weather is hot or unpredictable. The hat will save your hair and keep your hair color from dulling by protecting it from sun damage. On the other hand, if you happen to encounter rain (like a friend of mine randomly did at Squamish Music Festival last year), it will keep you looking cute even if underneath the hat your hair is a frizzy mess. Hand Sanitizer: This may be the least attractive of all recommendations I have ever made, but in this case it is highly necessary. For those of you who have been to a music festival before, you know that the vibe is not exactly that of the Four Seasons- in fact, it’s the exact opposite. Keep hand sanitizer in your bag at all times so you can stay germ-free and healthy amongst a slew of people and outdoor bathrooms. Cross-body Bag: The last thing you want is have your arms occupied with extra weight when all you want to do is dance and have fun. However, lets face it, as a woman, there are things you need to carry around with you that a small little clutch just won’t accommodate. I love cross-body bags because they are a stylish and easy option that come in a variety of sizes (select one big enough to hold your essentials). Your Dancin’ Shoes: I am going to define this as whatever you are most comfortable in- for me, it’s wedges, while other people love sneakers or flat sandals. The only requirement is that you remain comfortable while walking around and dancing up a storm. Sunscreen: I am as adamant about protecting hair color and hair quality as I am about protecting the...

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Spring Cleaning For Your Hair

Spring Cleaning For Your Hair

Spring is such a magical time in Los Angeles- everywhere you look the tree’s are sprouting flowers as if overnight and the city is filling with so much beautiful color. After weeks of hopping from one plane to the next, I am happy to come home and be witness to the first days of my favorite season in [one of my] favorite cities. The changing of season brings with it a necessity to change your routine and this is even more pertinent for the spring season because we are slowly transitioning from the winter chill to the summer heat. In my years as a Master Hair Colorist I’ve learned that consistently healthy hair means being flexible with your hair care routine so that it matches the demands of the environment. Here are my top tips for how to care for your hair as we transition into the warmer months: Deep condition: It works like clockwork each year, as soon as the weather gets warmer the demand for lighter hair color increases ten-fold. I totally understand wanting sun-kissed strands to match the mood of the season, but going lighter can be taxing for hair if you don’t take the proper steps to ensure hair health- it can leave your hair completely devoid of moisture. I highly recommend deep conditioning your hair often and especially prior to going lighter. The conditioning agents will be present in your cuticle throughout the procedure and will help protect the hair through the lightening process. My favorite product for deep conditioning is the Inphenom Superior Treatment Effect Hair Care Treatment hair mask; it works wonder! I can’t sing the praises of this hair products and this hair care line in general, it’s packaged magic! (DIY hair care tip: Coat your hair- avoiding the roots- with coconut oil and hit the steam room or a heated yoga class. The heat will activate the and work the oil into your strands leaving your hair silky and shiny. Do this once a week). Spring cleaning for your hair: Go through your hair products, toss out all the very heavy products and replace them with light hydrating products- a hydrating shampoo, hydrating daily conditioner, nourishing mast, leave-in spray/cream, light hold mouse, cream or spray. These products are perfect for the hot conditions of the spring/summer months and will not weigh your hair down making it look greasy and hard to style. Hard holding products cause buildup leading you to have to have to shampoo prematurely making your hair (you guessed it!) dry and harder to style. (Hair care fact: Light-hold styling products, more often than not, have anti-humidifying properties). Do you have any questions about products and hair care tips for...

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From Hawaii, With Love

From Hawaii, With Love

Aloha, my lovelies! I am pretty sure you’ve guessed it by now– I’ve been basking in the glow of Maui’s unreal sunlight these past few days. Believe it or not, I went to Maui for work; this is one of the factors of the career I’ve cultivated as a Master Hair Colorist that I love the most– I get to travel a lot! I don’t remember the last time a month went by without me being on an airplane at least three times to go teach a hair color education class. This works for me because I love to travel (I will never complain about living out of a suitcase) and because I tend to get restless if I stay put for too long. Another reason why this trip to Maui was an exceptionally special one for me is because it fell directly in the middle of my birthday and was the first one in my life that I’ve spent solo. As I believe one should on their birthday, I decided to treat myself by letting go and truly relaxing which isn’t too much of a challenge on a beautiful island. I feel so grateful for the people in my life and the work that I do. I am quite literally living my dream and I can’t wait to see what this year holds in store. Today, I am off to Las Vegas (talk about a change of pace) to teach a few classes there before I jet back to Chicago for classes, clients, and family. Make sure to keep up with my travel adventures on Instagram and Snapchat (both @reneetaglia) and check out the pictures of my few days in paradise below. Leave comments/questions in comments section– it makes my day to hear from you! The weather was so beautiful, I couldn’t get enough of it. I was basking in the glow for as long as possible until I had to teach! My amazing photographer, Eddie, got me this lei and it smelled divine. Loved shooting this– getting creative with photos is something that I really enjoy doing. Also, these rocks were surprisingly comfortable to lay on. In this picture, I am thinking: “This is truly paradise.” This was the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. Renee Taglia is located in a Beverly Hills California. Contact her here for a consultation on how to discover (and keep) your perfect...

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Hot Tools for your Hair

Hot Tools for your Hair

As a Master Hair Colorist I always get question upon question about how to keep hair color looking fresh for as long as possible. The answer is simple: You have to keep your hair healthy! At this point you’re probably wondering, “Renee, I know that healthy hair is key- you’ve pointed that out about a hundred times- what am I supposed to do to keep my hair healthy?” Well, my dears, there are many answers to this question, but the most important one (which is also the topic of today’s blog) is to minimize your use of hot tools such as blow dryers, curling irons, and the worst of them all, flat irons.   If You Must, Use High-Quality Hot Tools If you can’t discontinue using them, then make absolute sure that you are using high-quality hot tools, this is definitely not the area where you want to economize. High-quality hot tools are not only better for your hair, but they will also last a lot longer than their cheap counterparts. I am very picky about the hot tools that I use when I am styling my hair or my clients hair and, after trying many different tools, I have developed a list of go-to’s that I can assure you will not damage your hair. For a blowdryer, my absolute favorite brand is Taiff, the only blowdryer on the market tested for true ionic power. It utilizes both negative ions (neutralizes static electricity and closes hair cuticle making your hair soft and shiny) and positive ions (naturally opens hair cuticle to enhance and absorb the benefits from your hair treatment). Taiff blowdryer is a true game-changer! Bonus Tip: When you are blowdrying your hair make sure that you are pointing the air flow in the direction your hair grows in order to prevent unwanted frizz. My favorite brand for a flat-iron is Ergo because not only is it a truly exceptional hot tool, it also reduces the severe breakage that is common with other flat irons. Ergo flat irons don’t pull your hair which causes it to break at the mid-shaft making your hair dull and weak. Last, but certainly not least, my curling iron of choice is the Hot Tools CeramicTI Tourmaline Curling Iron. This amazing curling iron helps seal the hair cuticle and protects the integrity of the hair and it give you breathtaking curls. Bonus Tip: Do not, under any condition, put hair spray on your hair prior to curling it as it causes serious breakage. Curl each strand and let it cool before you even think about setting it with hair spray. Do you have any hot tools that you swear by and think I...

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