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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Five Travel Essentials

Five Travel Essentials

LA to Hawaii to San Francisco to Arizona, back to LA, then straight to the airport the next morning to fly to Chicago- this is a typical week and a half of my life as a Master Hair Colorist and Wella Educator. Saying, “I travel a lot,” would be the understatement of a century, but I wouldn’t have it any other way; In fact, it’s one of the things that I love most about the career I’ve enthusiastically worked to create. When you are traveling as much as I am, learning how to be good at packing is basically a survival skill. We’ve all been there when you arrive to your destination only to realize that you are missing essentials that will no doubt effect your trip. No matter where I am going or for how long, the following five are my must-have items on every trip. Dry shampoo: It should come as no surprise that the first thing I put on my non-compromise list is hair related. Dry shampoo is like a gift from the Gods; It’s a huge time-saver which is essential on a trip- who want’s to spend time washing and styling their hair when they can be out exploring? Not only does it save you a headache, but it’s also incredible for adding a little volume to your hair. My favorite dry shampoo is Wella’s EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo, try it and let me know your thoughts. Probiotics: Skipping around from one place to the next tends to compromise your eating schedule and you are most likely trying new cuisine to get a feel of the local flavor. This is one of the best parts of travel, but it can wreak havoc on your stomach causing you pain and bloat- yet another thing you don’t want to deal with EVER, but especially when you are traveling. A great way to prevent that is to take strong probiotic every morning on an empty stomach. Probiotics balance the good bacteria in your gut which help with digestion and inflammation. Rosewater facial spray: Air travel and changes in climate can create a dehydrated and dull appearance. The way I rectify these effects is by carrying a travel size bottle of Rosewater facial spray with me (my favorite is by Mario Bodescu). It’s a lightweight and fragrant way to revive the appearance of your skin, refresh you, and you can even use it set makeup. Stylish, yet comfortable, pair of flats: After I am done teaching and working with clients, I always make it a point to check out the city that I am in. To get the most out of the city in a short period of...

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Best Kept Secret for Beautiful Hair: Relaxation

Best Kept Secret for Beautiful Hair: Relaxation

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, my social media, any article I’ve written for magazine, or interview that I have done, then you have no doubt heard me preach about the importance of healthy hair. The truth is that no matter how skilled your colorist or how amazing the products you use, they can only do so much if your hair is a frazzled mess. Overtime, we’ve talked about several different ways to get healthy hair- less heat styling, all natural products, even foods for healthy hair- but I would say that today’s tip is one of the (it not THE) most important of all: Relaxation. Stress is terrible for your health in general, and kills your hair directly and can also lead you to coping mechanisms that are damaging for hair (i.e. smoking, drinking, unhealthy food). The reality is that we are all busy and stressed out at least some of the time, so it’s vital that we take some time out to de-stress and center ourselves. Below are three of my favorite ways to disconnect and rejuvenate: Take a spa day: By far my favorite way to unwind is by going to a spa and pampering myself. I have an intense travel and work schedule pretty much year-round, and while I absolutely love what I do, it definitely takes a toll on me. Recently I took a weekend off at Spa Montage at the Montage in Laguna Beach after a particularly busy week. Facials, a detox wrap, a body scrub and a massage are just what the doctor ordered to get me feeling energetic and inspired. I highly recommend this spa for those of you who live in Southern California- it is otherworldly. View outside my hotel room balcony at Montage Laguna- breathtaking, isn’t it? Feeling refreshed and glowing after having spent the entire day at the spa getting facials, scrubs, and massages. Break a sweat: A spa getaway is wonderful, but to de-stress on a daily basis I like to hit the gym. As the saying goes, when your body feels great so does your mind; Working out helps to release endorphins (feel good chemicals in the brain that act as natural pain killers) which improve sleep and reduce stress. If working out at the gym by yourself sounds tedious, shake it up a little by looking to classes. There are so many to choose from that there will definitely be something that motivates you. Some of my favorites are Soul Cycle, Best Butt Ever (at Equinox), and Hot 8 Yoga. Take a hike: One of the things that I adore about living in Southern California is that there are many gorgeous and serene hiking...

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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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The Weather & Your Hair Color: Vegas Edition

The Weather & Your Hair Color: Vegas Edition

The life of a Wella Educator is an ongoing adventure. Constantly traveling to different cities keeps me in tune with changing trends, seasons and varying details that ultimately influence our hair! My latest trip to Vegas proved to be not only a teaching, but a learning experience. The first steps I took outside in Vegas I was literally blown away at the out of control winter and cold temperatures. This time of year is usually a bit chilly in Vegas, but nonetheless, it was shocking!   I made my way to Salon Bellagio to teach my first class. The lobby was decorated adorably with Lights and Thanksgiving Decor.  I always love teaching at the salon. My second class was at Canyon Falls Salon. The stylists are super talented, and the salon has the only walk-in extentions Hair Salon in the entire state. Amazing!   From merely people watching from the airport arrival and departure I noticed an over whelming number of women walking around with extremely brassy hair, which makes total sense due to the bright sun shine during the day. Bottom line: wind and sun have harsh effects on your hair; the sun inroads the outer cuticular layer and the wind absorbs all of the natural oils your hair produces. My prescription for Vegas, as crazy as it sounds, hats are an absolute must all year round for the ultimate protection again wind and sun effects.   On that note, hats off to Vegas! Cannot wait to go back!   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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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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My Ronze Exclusive for The Colorist is Out!

My Ronze Exclusive for The Colorist is Out!

On Monday, one of my major goals as a Master Hair Colorist came to fruition: My exclusive was featured in The Colorist. For those of you who don’t know, I have been a hair colorist (and after living and breathing the craft, a Master Hair Colorist) for over fourteen years. Throughout that time one of the publications that I read (and still read) to inspire me and keep me in-the-know was The Colorist, so clearly this is a very special moment for me. This article extremely fun to do because there is a video component included (I love doing video). Together with The Colorist and my incredible team of models and camera geniuses we put together something very special- check it out here. You can also purchase the hard-copy where you will see my article on page 18. The article is centered around one of my absolute favorite trends for Fall/Winter: Ronze. Now that the weather is sufficiently chilly it may inspire you to take the leap and try the color out for yourself. Below, I put together a quick list of reasons why this Ronze has so much staying power well into the merriest season of all.   As a Master Hair Colorist what makes a shade a winner is its versatility. Ronze is and extremely versatile shade, it can work on literally everyone. Ronze is the perfect shade for this season because it compliments the cold weather so well. It is a fresh take on the darker Fall/Winter colors that we typically see during this time of year. Ronze is daring yet still oh-so-elegant! There are very few colors that satisfy both criteria and Ronze is one of them. In my years as a Master Hair Colorist, I have known this to be a major challenge for many of my clients and Ronze is a solution that is anything but basic. Ronze is not a very saturated tone which means that as it starts to fade out it still maintains integrity and looks natural. As a Master Hair Colorist I have essentially trained myself to be extremely sensitive to recognizing nuance in color. I am always seeking to translate inspiration in my environment into gorgeous shades of hair color. My inspiration for the various formulations of Ronze that I mix for my clients come directly for the gorgeous sunsets we have in Southern California. 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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Predictions for Most Popular Halloween Looks 2015

Predictions for Most Popular Halloween Looks 2015

Halloween is a day away! If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you know that the Master Hair Colorist in me loves any day that requires a little dress up. I have already talked about my favorite looks of years past, but what about this year? Each year brings with it a new set of trends which means that there will be a whole new set of popular costumes. I have a feeling that the following three are going to be making a massive appearance for Halloween 2015. “Suicide Squad” isn’t even out yet, but it has garnered a lot of buzz. The buzz isn’t just for the movie, however, it’s also for the killer transformations of the leading stars (Google: Jared Leto Joker to see what I mean). Margot Robbie’s transformation into Harley Quinn is so fun and I am predicting that it will be the most emulated movie character this year. The costume and makeup is fun, but you know my main focus is her amazing hair color! Harley Quinn’s hair is totally on trend with the cotton candy pink hair color on one end and the blue hair color on the other. You can get this look with a temporary hair color and, because it lasts about 10 washes, you can rock it for a week or two after. I honestly don’t know how Kate Moss as Morticia Addams happened to get past me for my Favorite Halloween Looks (Celeb Edition), but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Addams Family matriarch is everywhere on Halloween. Earlier this year a photo was released of Christina Ricci (who portrayed Wednesday Addams in the Addams Family movies) dressed as Morticia and she looked fierce! I am sure many people (including me) were inspired to don their sexiest long black dress, do their hair color jet black and head out on the town. The jet black hair color and the long straight locks are essential no matter what female member of the Addams Family you are going to be this year. This list would not be complete without the go-to for those who wait until the last minute to pick out their Halloween costume: The Black Cat. After all, we all have the obligatory all black outfit in our closet and what better excuse to go all out with a dramatic cat eye? 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!...

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