Crazy Hair Trend: Velaterapia

Crazy Hair Trend: Velaterapia

There are no shortage of crazy trends as you may very well know- from fitness, to fashion, to nutrition, and now even hair! The latest hair care craze you may have heard about is called Velaterapia, the act of burning your hair with a candle in order to rid your strands of split-ends. At this point you are probably thinking, “But wait, aren’t we supposed avoid burning our hair?” And who could blame you, this fad seems pretty out there at first, but could it be that there is more to it? Velaterapia first caught mass attention when Victoria’s Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio, posted an Instagram photo of herself getting the treatment done. To begin the process, the stylist  first separates your hair into sections. Next, each section is twisted, and finally a candle flame is gently grazed up and down across the twisted sections in order to burn off the split ends and leave your hair looking shiny. The process is said to seal the strands after burning off the split and damaged parts, leaving behind a passage of nutrients to its interior, and giving your hair a healthier appearance.It can be done on dyed or natural hair and is said to work well on all hair types. One Velaterapia treatment can take up to four hours, so if you are booking in appointment make sure you have ample time.  This sounds like a God-send, but is it safe and does it have possible long-term negative consequences for your strands? Where safety is concerned, my suggestion is to go to a professional. One YouTube search and you’ll have about twenty DIY Velaterapia videos which I highly discourage you from trying at home. Remember that one time when you cut your own bangs and lived to regret it? Imagine that feeling and multiply by 100 and you’ll start to somewhat understand how you will feel if you do an at-home Velaterapia treatment and it goes wrong. Ouch! As far as possible long-term consequences, there is a possibility that it might weaken your hair strands by making them more vulnerable. There just may be more effective way to deal with split ends (an old fashioned trim, for example). Would you ever try Velaterapia? Let me know if 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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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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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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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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