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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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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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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Holiday Color Inspo: Emerald Green

Holiday Color Inspo: Emerald Green

Turn heads this holiday season with show-stopping Emerald Green! Emerald is known for it’s invigorating, heart-opening qualities and for bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit. When Pantone named Emerald as color of the year in 2013, the color was described as “Lively. Radiant. Lush…a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” With the new year upon us, wearing this color of renewal, growth and rebirth is a wise idea! I created some enchanting emerald green hues in my model Vivka’s hair as pictured below, but from your makeup to your accessories, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this color into your holiday look! If you’re interested in exploring what Emerald Green can do for your holiday hair, contact me for a Color Consultation today! Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!     Renee Taglia is located in a Beverly Hills California. Contact her here for a consultation on how to discover (and keep) your perfect color. LIKE Renee Taglia Hair Color on Facebook for more tips and...

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Trend Watch: Sunset Hair

Trend Watch: Sunset Hair

Fall and winter sunsets may be a litter earlier than we’d like (4 or 5 p.m.), but that doesn’t mean they’re not beautiful. Nature is always one of my favorite places to look for #hairinspiration, and with all of the fun Rainbow Roots trends happening lately, it’s no wonder full on prismatic color is a natural next step! #SunsetHair is the latest hair trend that not only has me mesmerized, but apparently the rest of the internet’s loving it as well. For this post Thanksgiving blog, I wanted to share some sunset hair of my own hand painted sunset creations! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, enjoy! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @ReneeTaglia for more inspiration and...

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New Obsession: Rainbow Roots

New Obsession: Rainbow Roots

Somewhere over the rainbow lies show stopping hair. We have all seen the very fashionable tones throughout the hair and have been overcome with passion for Pastels, Mint Green hair, Rose Gold hair, Ronze hair, Multicolored hair, and more, but now the color spotlight is shining on the Roots! This new application technique applies these fashion pigments to about the first half inch to two inches at the root area only, depending on the length of the hair. Hair color is in a wonderfully unique time right now.  A time when even the most conservative are looking to add fun pops of hair color.  Never before have we seen attorneys, business men and women, and even doctors wearing more loud and colorful tones. The Rainbow Roots trend is the perfect look for anyone who wants a taste of the technicolor hair trend, but doesn’t want to commit to a full head of rainbow hair. Rainbow Roots are not only extremely instructing to the eye, that are completely customizable to the individual.  The Rainbow tones placed at the roots can range from extremely saturated colors to soft pastel tones, depending on the clients preference. In the photos below, I worked with two different models to demonstrate two different takes on the Rainbow Roots trend: a more subdued look and a stronger, more technicolor version. I used all Wella products including Wella Magma /65, /44, Clear, Limoncello and Wella Instamatics Ocean Storm, Muted Mauve. Enjoy!     Renee Taglia is located in a Beverly Hills California. Contact her here for a consultation on how to discover (and keep) your perfect color. LIKE Renee Taglia Hair Color on Facebook for more tips and tricks! Edit this...

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Black Hair Color: Do or Don’t?

Black Hair Color: Do or Don’t?

As a Master Hair Colorist, one of my absolute favorite hair colors to do for my clients is black. Black hair color can range from very intense to relatively demure, but one thing is certain: It is a commitment. If you’ve ever had your hair dyed black then you know what I am talking about. It truly is difficult to switch for black hair color to another hair color, the process takes time, and you need to go to a hair colorist who understands how to take hair color away from black without damaging the hair. These are all factors that need to be taken into consideration before you decide to jump off the deep end and dye your hair color black. Remember, the health of your hair is what’s most important, so if you are an individual who likes to change it up very frequently then black hair color may not be the best choice for you. However, for those who are ready to make that commitment, there are some fabulous factors to the raven hue as well. Below I have listed my favorite aspects of black hair color:   1.Besides being fierce and undoubtedly sexy, black hair color heightens your facial features by making them pop. Black hair color works to bring out the subtle inflections of lightness in your eyes making them look more beautiful than ever (this applies for all eye colors, dark and light). 2. Black hair color does a great job of camouflaging hair damage. Dyeing your hair darker automatically gives your hair a glossy, shiny appearance. Strangely, this benefit can also contribute to your hair actually becoming healthier. Think about it: If your hair already has a glossy appearance, then you spend less time trying to make your hair look that way. For most of us this means less heat styling which is always a good thing. 3. Black hair color is versatile because it ranges from cool to warm tones. You can go blue black which is traditionally icier in appearance or you can opt for a chocolate-rich version like my model, Lucia Porcayo (featured above). Therefore, there is absolutely a way to make black hair perfectly compliment the undertones in your eyes and skin. Renee Taglia is located in a Beverly Hills California. Contact her here for a consultation on how to discover (and keep) your perfect color. LIKE Renee Taglia Hair Color on Facebook for more tips and...

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