How to Make Your Blowout Last

How to Make Your Blowout Last

Nothing has quite the power to make you feel like a bonafide million bucks like a killer blowout. It’s the one little detail that (when set in place just right) can completely transform your day. Below are my tips to help prolong the lifespan of that beautiful blowout just a bit longer. Easy on the products: A lot of product weighs your hair down and the buildup will require you to wash your hair sooner rather than later. My recommendation is to use a light weight de-tangler and leave-in hair conditioner, followed by a light weight shine mist (my favorite is Wella EIMI Glam Mist). These lighter weight products provide your hair the nourishment it needs without the unnecessary burden on your locks. The two rules for sleep: Instead of tying your hair with an elastic band, twist it and pin it atop your head. This tactic will allow you to avoid frizz from your pillow and it will prevent your hair from tangling. Another great tip is to avoid tangling is switch your pillow cases with silk ones- this is a very helpful trick that I learned years ago. For a more cost effective alternative you can gather your hair and tie a silk scarf around it. The two rules for showers: To prolong the lifetime of your blowout keep the shower temperature a little lower and the bathroom fan on while you shower; This will help prevent the steam from frizzing up your hair. Also, as unsexy as this may sound, a shower cap works wonders for keeping your hair protected. Dry shampoo: Dry shampoo truly is our best friend. Once you notice that your hair is beginning to oil up, spray a bit on the roots. Not only does dry shampoo make you look like you just washed your hair, but it also adds a great amount of volume. Add in some curl: As the days go by and kinks start to settle into your not-so-clean hair, I recommend adding some curl with a curling iron. The added texture will help prolong the style so you can wear it out for another day or two. Do you need a recommendation for how to make a blow dry last for your specific hair type? Let me know in the comments below.  ...

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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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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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