Best Caffeine Substitutes for Healthy Hair

Best Caffeine Substitutes for Healthy Hair

I absolutely love coffee and I most people I know can’t go through their day without their usual dose of caffeine. If I am not careful, however, I can overdo it with my daily intake. If you’re like me and you simply love the taste of coffee, it’s important to be conscientious of how much of it you drink because it has some serious repercussions for your skin and hair. Caffeine causes your body to lose B vitamins (among other nutrients) which are needed for healthy hair growth and strength. Below is a list of my favorite coffee substitutes that will give you the kick you need without the compromise: Chia Seeds I am never going to forget the first time I tried a beverage with chia seeds in it (Kombucha, to be exact). I was amazed at the intense kick of energy that I got sans the caffeine-induced shakiness and that energy remained consistent all day.
 This superfood has a rich history: the ancient Aztec warriors consumed chia seeds to maintain a consistent stream of energy, increased stamina and endurance during their long conquests. Chia seeds create energy because they contain sky-high levels of soluble and insoluble fibers which balance blood sugar levels by promoting a slow conversion of starches to sugars. They are also a complete protein, filled with vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids; All of these components work together to create long lasting energy. B Vitamins It makes sense that we should supplement with B vitamins since we need them for healthy hair and skin. B vitamins boost energy, prevent fatigue, and help us maintain an overall sense of well being An adequate level of B vitamins ensure that we get quality sleep because they play a critical role in the formation of melatonin, “the sleep hormone.” They promote optimal bodily function and a sense of calm by regulating the health of the nervous system which are all essential for inner as well as outer health. B vitamins are also essential in energy metabolism because they convert food into energy and aid in the production and release of energy into the body. 
Green Juice The ample amount of nutrients in green juice packs a high energy punch and is a powerful substitute for the morning coffee. Drinking green juice restores your body back to balance by replenishing it with a highly digestible dose of vitamins, enzymes, minerals and phytonutrients. It is also abundant in chlorophyll which helps oxygenate the blood creating increased brain function and physical energy. The amount of nutrients that you consume through green juice tremendously help the health of your hair. What are your favorite ways to substitute coffee? Renee Taglia is located in a Beverly Hills California....

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Top Picks for Hairsprays

Top Picks for Hairsprays

I’m from Chicago and it’s true what they say- it really is the “Windy City.” Naturally, this spells out disaster for your hair as the high impact of heavy wind does not take kindly to long locks. Yes, I am a Master Hair Colorist, but my connoisseur status has developed more out of necessity than my expertise with all things hair-related. Below are my top picks for hairspray’s that get the job done while maintaining the health of your hair. Best for healthy hair: Stylbrid 9 by Sebastian is ideal if you are serious about maintaining hair health. This magnificent product helps bring out the natural shine in your hair and compliments with an additional touch of sleek. It also provides maximum hold and volume all the while protecting your hair from UV and heat. is the perfect primer – for sleek looks with natural shine and hold, defined curls, texture and volume. Best for maximum hold: Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray is an ideal option for strong winds, even the mighty Chicago wind. I love recommending this hairspray to clients who need their hair to hold all day. It is ideal for red carpet events, photo shoots, weddings, etc. Best smelling: For a romantic night when you require your hair to hold, but you also want your hair to smell like heaven, opt for Oribe Hairspray. It’s a lightweight option and it leaves your hair soft (perfect for running your fingers through). It also smells so good that you will want to use it as perfume. Best for every day use: My choice for the practicality and function of your day to day is Sebastian Shaper Plus Hairspray. For all intents and purposes, this hairspray is as classic as it they get. What I love most about is that I actually control the level of volume of my hair when I use it, so it is a versatile option for many hairstyles. It is light-weight and it doesn’t make your hair feel stiff which is wonderful because you don’t have to wash your hair as frequently. What is your favorite hairspray? 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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How to Prevent and Restore Dry Hair

How to Prevent and Restore Dry Hair

The texture of your hair is perhaps the most important factor to your hair looking gorgeous. If you have dry hair (either naturally or because of style/color damage) you more than likely understand how difficult it can be to style. One of my main principles as a Master Hair Colorist is to treat hair with the tender love and care it requires to maintain its moisture and, therefore, its vitality. However, this care isn’t something you should focus on only when you are getting your color; In fact, you should make sure that your every day hair care routine allows you to maintain moisture. Below are my top tips to prevent dryness and restore moisture in your hair. Do a weekly hair mask: In addition to your regular hair washes, it can be very helpful to give your hair a little something extra by doing a weekly hair mask. Think of this activity as a mini-spa session for your locks- similar to doing a weekly facial. Make sure that the hair mask you select has strong and natural ingredients because certain chemicals can be drying for the hair. Kerastase Nutritive Masque Magistral is one of my absolute favorites to use for this weekly ritual. A good leave-in is key: The leave-in conditioner you use is vital to maintaining moisture in your hair. After all, the leave-in is what remains in your hair throughout all the heat styling as well as the demands of your daily grind. I recommend that the leave-in conditioner you select has a form of protection from the sun because the sun has an exceptionally damaging effect on hair. My favorite leave-in conditioner is the Inphenom Superior Treatment Effect Hair Treatment; This magnificent products helps to lock in the beneficial effects of your shampoo, smooths the hair surface, and adds mega-watt shine. Get regular trims: I know that many of you skip the trim because you want your hair to grow long. However, its important to be aware of the fact that regular trims actually help your hair grow in a healthier manner. The reason for this is that  you are actually preventing hair breakage when you get a trim. It is generally the bottom portion of your hair that suffers the most damage, and if it is not taken care of this damage can actually make its way up the strand. 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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End of Summer Activities

End of Summer Activities

When we were children perhaps there was no greater excitement and no greater despair than the beginning and end of summer. The season of sun, fun, and no school held adventure and hope and resulted in some of our best memories. Our childhood days are long gone, but the feelings of hope and loss that come and go with summer still remain. Now it’s almost time to say goodbye to summer 2016- it went as fast as it came, in the blink of an eye. However, there are still a few weeks left to make some amazing memories. Below is a list of my favorite summer activities that you must do before the summer officially ends. Road trips: Pull an Elle Woods and take a mini-vacay with your best girlfriends, your one and only, or even by yourself (amazing how much it clears your head). You don’t need to do anything elaborate, it can be just two hours away from where you live. I am blessed to live in Southern California where there is a massive change in landscape just a few hours away from me. My preferred road trip destinations include Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, Palm Springs, and last but definitely not least, Santa Barbara. I actually have a tradition where I stop by Bacara for a facial and massage. Beach day: So simple, yet somehow so many of us don’t get a chance to hit the beach throughout summer. I love the beach in all its messy glory, sand, blaring sun and all. My absolute favorite place to take a beach day is the Strand in Hermosa Beach. The area is so gorgeous and has some of the most expensive real estate in Southern California. Night pool party: On those warm evenings when the temperature is just right, there is no better (or sexier) place to be than a fun night pool party. If you were wondering what to do with that amazing one piece you bought knowing you’d never wear it, here is your chance to glam it up. I fell in love with night pool parties after attending Night Swim at the Roosevelt Hotel a few years back. No SPF needed! What are the summer activities you are dying to do before summer ends? 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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Hair Myths that Everyone Believes… But They Aren’t True!

Hair Myths that Everyone Believes… But They Aren’t True!

What do these two things have in common: (1) If you have a shot of whatever you were drinking the night before, it will cure your hangover and (2) chocolate causes pimples? If you guessed that both of these statements were myths, old wives tales, if you will- then you are right! Myths are widely circulated ideas that are taken as fact, but they aren’t true. There is no shortage of myths for the hair industry, below are three of the most common ones. Read on and see if you’ve been believing this faulty information for as long as you can remember. Pulling grey hairs causes more: As you are reading this, you are probably having the visual of Sex and the City’s very own Samantha Jones as she frantically discusses the grey hair she found (and plucked) in her pubic region. Rest easy, Ms. Jones, it turns our that this belief is actually a full blown myth. No, plucking a grey hair will not cause three more to grow in it’s place. So, if that’s not the case, is it okay to pluck away? Not exactly! It turns out that continuously pulling on your hair irritates the aggravates the follicle, but it actually has the opposite effect- it can actually lead to bald patches. It is advisable that if you see the grey hairs coming in and you don’t like them, color it (that’s what hair color is for). Dirty hair is better than shampooing: This is a big one that I have been hearing a lot lately and I’ve seen people trying it as well. As it goes, it is true that shampooing your hair too frequently can be damaging and drying for your hair. However, in this case, the polar opposite of that- going weeks without washing- is not the answer to healthy shiny hair. In fact, if you don’t wash your hair for long periods of time it will clog your hair follicle preventing and slowing your hair growth. Try to wash your hair a few times a week, but not everyday, and you will be golden. Coloring your hair is always damaging: I wouldn’t have dedicated my life to being a Master Hair Colorist if the work I was doing was ultimately damaging. Hair color isn’t bad for your hair as long as you are using a demi or a semi-permanent hair-color! You can also prevent damage to your hair when you color by choosing to go darker which actually enables you to maintain more shine on your hair. I also recommend going to a hair colorist who is an expert at their craft so that you know you are in good hands. Are...

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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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Summer Hair Product Picks

Summer Hair Product Picks

An element that has a profound effect on hair health, appearance, and overall behavior is the weather. The winters cold, for example, doesn’t just make you feel cold, but it also has the tendency to create drier and duller results for your skin and hair. While it doesn’t have the drying effects of winter, the summer heat can be equally frustrating. During summer our hair tends to get oilier faster, can fall victim to humidity, and the sun can seriously damage your hair if you aren’t careful to protect it (a leave-in with SPF or a chic hat are a couple of ways to do this). The best way to go about ensuring that your hair is staying healthy and looking beautiful despite the weather is to be flexible with your hair routine. As a master hair colorist, one piece of advice that I always give my clients is to change up their hair routine with the season. During summer, you naturally want to go for products that are lighter, yet still pack the same dose of nutrient punch for the hair. Below is a list of some of my absolute favorites- the summer hair saviors- as I like to call them. Kérastase Discipline Fluidissime Anti-Frizz Hairspray: I am a huge fan of the Kérastase product line in general, especially this particular product. This is a thermal anti-frizz hairspray making it a great option for styling. It provides amazing control, yet doesn’t give you that sticky and stiff feel that comes along with many other brands of hairspray. It’s double the benefit because it protects your hair from the heat, and actually helps make it easier to blow-dry. Other benefits include mega-watt shine that lasts for up to 72 hours, and it is a strong product for a wide variety of hair types (fine, coarse, or even unmanageable). Sebastian Dry Clean Only Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo is possibly one of the greatest gifts bestowed upon mankind- if you are a female with long hair, you know that I am not exaggerating. Most of my clients go through bottles very quickly and even faster in summer because the weather makes our hair susceptible to getting oily and our activity levels tend to be higher during the summer. There are so many to pick from, but Dry Clean Only is my absolute favorite because it completely shifts the appearance of hair from drab to a textured and voluminous all while cleansing the hair of impurities. I also love that it’s a spray formula because I find that this makes it easier to use and provides better results. Spray Dry Clean Only on each section of your roots, then make sure to...

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Life Hack: Exercises to Help Relax You

Life Hack: Exercises to Help Relax You

These last few weeks I’ve rediscovered the importance of relaxation for your health, well-being and beauty (it’s extremely important for your skin and hair). I think the fact that I was in Hawaii was the catalyst because even though I was there for work, a bit of rest and relaxation is embedded into Hawaiian culture and you can’t help but partake (when in Rome, as the saying goes). I noticed that throughout my time there I was feeling better than ever- more energized, happier, more productive- and I realized that it was 100% necessary to incorporate a little more “me” time into my daily routine. The reality is that I (as I’m sure many of you) am a busy person, so finding that time between work, travel, fitness, and social obligations is a challenge. That’s why it’s vital to get creative, rather than reasoning that I don’t have time began combining two in one: exercise and relaxation. Each week I make the conscious decision to have at least one of my workouts provide me with relaxation benefits as well. Below are my favorite ways to break a sweat, de-stress and relax: Yoga: It should come as a surprise to no-one that yoga is number one on this list. There is nothing more calming for me than going to Hot 8 or Corepower Yoga for a serious sweat session. The benefits of yoga are innumerable- stronger immune system, more focus, clarity, healing for physical and psychological distress- it’s an activity unlike any other. I am a fan of hot yoga (yoga done in a heated room), but there are various methods to choose from- Bikram, hatha, vinyasa flow, and the list goes on. Hiking: I am lucky to live in LA because we have so many amazing hiking trails. My favorite are the ones in Malibu, in particular Los Leones, they are challenging but the reward of that ocean view at the top of the world is priceless. Hiking is a great workout because you are dealing with unpredictable terrain and inclines that demand the use of your full body. I joke with my friend that there is no other activity that will make your booty look quite as good as hiking. I also find that being in nature and breathing the fresh air brings a deep sense of calm to my soul. I generally feel invigorated and extremely present after my hikes which I primarily reserve for Saturday mornings. Infrared Body Wraps: Okay so technically you are just lying down, but these wraps truly do belong on this list because of their benefits. These wraps make you sweat out toxins and mega calories as well as relaxing your overly trained muscles....

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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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