Hair

Embrace What’s Yours

Curly Hair

For the past six years, I have been altering my curl pattern: keratin, Brazilian blow out, and at home relaxers. At the time it was all great. I was getting those long beach waves I’d seen in Allure or Vogue. I felt like I needed to be something I wasn’t in order to “fit in” and feel sexy and confident.

When you’re in middle school, your body is awkwardly changing, your face doesn’t fit the rest of the picture, you have braces, and your curly hair just doesn’t cut it. Throughout high school, I styled my hair constantly. I saw the curl permanently change from beautiful tight ringlets to looser and looser curls, eventually turning into awkwardly straight/curly hair.

I didn’t understand how beautiful my old curls were.

Since attending Cinta Aveda, I’ve been trying to transition to my old curls again, returning to my roots. With all these style gurus around me, I got to ask them a million questions about how to get a curl back again!

I’ve been emptying my pockets on products for my poor hair, and I’ve finally found a certain routine that gets them to ringlet again. They are coming back to life!

Yes, there are days when I feel like I want to flat iron my hair, making it picture perfect and obtaining a certain look. But mostly, I feel like myself again–fully myself.

As a word of advice, embrace what’s yours.

Haircare for Chemically Treated Hair

Woman with Chemically Treated Hair

After-treatment care is crucial for lightened hair. Let’s face it, breakage is a nightmare. The texture of highlighted or lightened hair may feel dry and like hair.

Here are some tips for keeping your locks luscious and healthy after a chemical process:

  • Shampoo less

    Shampooing less can sound scary. But every day shampooing can strip your hair of natural oils leaving your hair dry and even turn your ashy or golden locks brassy. Try to shampoo every other day, use a dry shampoo, or just condition and skip the shampoo. You can put your hair in a bun or a ponytail on the days you don’t wash it.

  • Hair Masks

    Use a hair mask treatment at least once a week. This type of treatment will restore proteins in the hair. Furthermore, your hair will feel softer and not as dry.

  • Deep Conditioning Treatment

    Most salons offer professional deep conditioning treatments. Usually, you can do them once a month. They are more concentrated than your at home hair mask.

  • Use Fewer Hot Tools

    Skip the blow dryer and try air drying. If you’re going to use a flat iron or a curling wand, apply a heat protectant beforehand to minimize heat damage.

Braids For Days

Woman with Braid

Braids are nothing new in the world of hair but, right now, they are hot. From Youtubers to Rihanna’s ID Magazine cover, we can’t get enough of them. They’re a great way to give yourself perfect next day hair and to have an easy updo that can go from the office to a night out.

I’ve been wearing braids since I was just a kiddo and love them for myself and others. As in any styling situation, product options abound and it really comes down to the results you’re looking for. So, here are some top tips!

  • Easy “Day Two” Hair

    Try a little hair potion at your roots and a deep side part with a French braid resting on your shoulder. It emits a poised and understated elegance rather than a ‘no time to style’ vibe.

  • Commuter Hair

    A super easy option is to wash your hair and add your favorite prep or leave in conditioner. I’m a big fan of Aveda’s BeCurly Style Prep. Add to damp hair and dry it about 80%. Now you can add a little Texturizing Crème or a hold product, part your hair down the center, and braid into two buns. Let your hair air dry while you do your make up or commute, etc. When you take out your braids, you’ll have perfect beachy waves!

  • Fun Updo

    This is a fun option if you have more time and are happy to put in a little more work: start similarly to “Commuter Hair” but dry hair completely, substituting Smoothing Fluid for Texturizing Crème. This will help control fly-aways and leave your hair silky and smooth. Section your hair into a top and bottom half. Curl the bottom and leave it untouched. Begin a french braid where you normally part your hair and wrap it around so that you have a braid crown with romantic curls flowing beneath. Use a few bobby pins to hold it in place, spritz a little hair control, and you have a hairstyle that will break Pinterest!

The Beauty Of Balayage

Balayage Hair from the BackBalayage has blown up in the past couple years. It’s very popular among celebrities and salons all over the world. The beauty of balayage are sunkissed highlights that look like natural pops of color.

One reason people are obsessed with this hair trend is because it’s low maintenance. The highlights are painted free-handed, and away from the root, with no lines of demarcation. When your hair grows out, you don’t need to get it retouched every four to six weeks. Some people even go up to six months without touching it up. Typically, the base color isn’t lightened, so the grow out is beautiful. It’s versatile—the look can range from natural to dramatic. Think “beautiful sunkissed goddess”; it’s never boring, and it can be downright amazing!

Personally, I’m obsessed with this hair trend. I don’t feel like it’s going away anytime soon. I have been balayaging my hair for the past two to three years and I never get tired of it. I can truly say I’m possessed!

The American Wave: Curls are Back

Models - The American Wave

A few weeks ago, I stopped into Dre Holder Salon to visit one of their stylists, who is also one of my good friends. It wasn’t too busy, so some of the other stylists were on break just chatting about some of the new hair trends. However, there was one that really stuck out to me that I wanted to share: “The American Wave.”

The American Wave was pioneered by one of New York’s master stylists, Nick Arrojo. He defines the American Wave as “a professional salon service to create soft, natural-looking, wave and curl patterns, bounce, body and movement for those that want to make the graceful elegance and individuality of texture a part of their hairstyle and identity.”

Nick Arrojo utilizes a system of ‘soft tools’ that reduces the stress on the hair. The techniques he employs, and teaches to others, ensure that the textures that are created are always contemporary, fashionable, and wearable. The system also uses a specialized waving lotion that reconditions the hair for a smoother cuticle filled with life and vitality, not dryness and damage; instead of chemical compounds, American Wave smells like eucalyptus.

As a wave, texture, and volume enhancing service, it creates a range of customized looks, from cascading beachy waves to increased fullness and bounce to curly shapes and styles. The four service options include The Beach Wave, Style Support, Expanded Curls, and Color Wave.

  • The Beach Wave: Using a vertical drag wrap soft tool technique, this style marries straight and wavy textures to create the sexy, tousled beach waves on the vanguard of fashion and beauty trends.
  • Style Support: For clients with fine and/or straight hair, Style Support uses a new spin on soft tool wrapping techniques. It adds volume and texture to hair that lacks life and vitality by creating a resilient consistent wave pattern that helps create better blow-dries and hot-tool styles.
  • Expanded Curls: For those with curly hair, Texture Specialists use a round soft tool wrapping technique to create buoyant and resilient wave and curl patterns that are healthy, frizz-free, and fun.
  • Color Wave: Color Wave allows for any of the American Wave styles to be applied to lightened hair, so you can pair bombshell blondes with bombshell waves and curls.

Since its launch in 2012, American Wave-made hairstyles have been featured at a cornucopia of global hair and beauty shows, shared with thousands of American professionals, and inspired American Wave editorial images and videos. In the salon it is used on clients who want to make the timeless elegance, beauty and grace of texture a part of their identity. Meanwhile, the technology, techniques, and results have featured everywhere from The Today Show to The Chicago Tribune to Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Allure.

Now is the time to embrace your curl, and Nick Arrojo is “proud to be on the front line of the texture trend and to be part of a healthy, free-spirited and unrepressed approach to beauty.” He feels that, “hair should make you look and feel young and carefree, sexy and fun and fabulous. So boost your body and bounce, enhance your natural texture, make your roots pop, create sexy, tousled beach waves and curls suited to the easy-going and versatile fashion and beauty zeitgeist.”

Styling the Man Bun

Man Bun Hairstyle

Attending school in the heart of San Francisco, we see a lot of interesting styles out there on the streets. One style in particular that has continued to grow in popularity is the “Man Bun.” Whether you’re the type of guy who likes to keep the sides nice and tapered with an undercut for a “semi-bun” or prefer to let the long luscious mane flow for a “full bun,” here are some pointers to help you achieve the perfectly styled Man Bun:

  • The Man Bun is typically worn at the crown of the head. But “full buns” can be worn lower towards the nape area of your neck.
  • Depending on Man Bun style—semi-bun or full bun—hair should be around 6 to 10 inches long.
  • Creating your bun:
    • Start at your front hairline and gather and rake all of your hair into one hand on the crown of your head. Once you have gathered all of your hair, secure hair in place with an elastic hair tie by pulling the length of your hair through the hair tie and then twist and wrap the elastic tie around your hair 1 to 2 more times depending on the thickness of your hair, each time pulling the length of your hair through the tie.
    • On the final wrap and pass through only pull the length of your hair through half way, allowing the elastic tie to close on top of the hair and create your bun. You can then wrap the remaining ends around the base of the bun so that no loose hair is visible or leave them free to create a Pony Bun.
  • Another way to style your Man Bun is to again begin gathering and raking your hair towards the crown of your head starting from your front hairline. Once you have gathered all your hair, begin to twist the hair like rope and coil it into a circle on top of your crown. Secure by wrapping an elastic hair tie around it one to two times depending on the thickness of your bun.

Here are a few helpful styling tips:

  • To add more weight to your hair, try washing your hair every 2-3 days. The natural oils that build up will actually help you achieve your desired style and create a better hold for your Man Bun.
  • If you are starting with wet or damp hair, consider using a leave-in conditioner or a styling cream with a waxy-like finish such as Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Cream to create some hold.
  • If you want your bun to look casual, use your hands and fingers! Using a comb or brush to style your Man Bun will cause it to look dressy and done.

Simple Yet Versatile Hair Brush

Aveda Paddle-type Hair Brush

Brushing your hair can be a pain especially if your hair tangles easily. One brush I feel that is essential for any hair type is a paddle brush.

Aveda makes a great wooden paddle brush. I like this brush because it’s so versatile. I use it to detangle and while blow drying clients. It’s great for all hair types including curly, coarse, fine, short, and long.

Using the paddle brush as a styling brush is simple and easy. You simple blow dry the hair following the curve of the head. Once the hair is pre-dried, you can take sections and use the padding on the brush to smooth out the hair, perfect for a sleek look.

Also the brush is very gentle. My hair never snags on the brush and it easily detangles the most unruly hair. I would definitely recommend this brush to anyone who just wants an all around good brush for everyday styling and blow drying.

Honey for the Hair

Honey

Honey is an everyday product in many household kitchens including my own. It is used in various recipes as essential ingredient. But a lot of people have taken notice to the health/beauty benefits the product offers. Honey prevents certain types of cancers and heart disease, can reduce ulcers, and also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can even help regulate the body’s metabolism, reduce nausea, and even improve eyesight.

Honey contains many essential nutrients and antioxidants including vitamin B6, calcium, iron, thiamin, particular amino acids, and so on. Due to its anti-bacterial properties, honey is extremely valuable for skin treatments. Besides being super-moisturizing for the skin, it also can be used as a hair conditioner or lightener. Honey is a natural lightener for skin and hair due to small traces of hydrogen peroxide it releases.

I started using honey as part of my beauty regimen about three years ago. A friend told me how she had started using it as a weekly treatment in her hair. She informed me how much softer and shinier it had made her hair! At the time, I had never given much thought about honey. It had never crossed my mind to use it as a beauty product!

If you would like to see the difference in your own hair, here is a simple hair treatment recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of ½ lemon (optional)

Mix the honey and oil thoroughly together. Optionally, add the lemon juice to the mixture.

Use your hands to evenly disperse the mixture throughout your hair. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes, covering your hair. Rinse off.

Enjoy the wonderful smell and feel of your new, replenished hair!

Hair Extensions: Balmain Certified

Balmain Hair Extensions - Before and After

Many celebrities over the years have worn wigs, toupees, and hair extensions to accentuate a certain style, to wow their audience at an award ceremony, and to eliminate the long wait for hair to grow out naturally. Extensions are quick and easy; one can feel like Pamela Anderson running down the beach with wavy long locks of sexiness.

Extensions give instant gratification with longer, more luscious, and a fuller head of hair. We no longer have to accept the fact that our hair is too fine and flat to achieve the look we want or, perhaps, that our hair grows slower than others. The beauty industry today offers possibilities limited only by your imagination. Extensions are another tool of the trade to enhance one’s outer beauty. No need for countless medicines and magic remedies, a full head of extensions can be put in sometimes under less than 40 minutes and you can leave the salon feeling like a new person.

Balmain, an established well-known Parisian brand that started out in the 1940’s as a respected fashion house, has extended the brand, starting out with wigs and toupees as well as extensions as early as the 1960’s, evolving into what it is today: a glamorous haute couture clothing line as well as a distributer for 100% human hair originating from India and China serving celebrities and the girl next door. Where else than the famed Cinta Aveda Institute, located in the heart of San Francisco, to host a Balmain workshop?

At the Balmain extension class held at Cinta Aveda, Julie Johnson was the teacher. Julie is an entrepreneurial woman who has traveled all over the world. She visited Paris, France to meet with official representatives from Balmain where classes and demos are held, and went to Holland where the headquarters are located. There, she obtained the title of Master Trainer for the United States.

She began the class by informing us about the history of the brand as well as where the hair originates from and how her own business grew. Julie and her team then started demos on the different hair extensions that Balmain offers and what their purpose are; each client might need different systems to achieve the look they desire. Julie and her assistants checked in with each student as we learned about the brand and how to apply their line of extensions. Not only was it a fun class to attend, but it was empowering to know that we can always further our business if we are ambitious enough to succeed in the industry.

The class ended with everyone excited to start talking about extensions and hopefully start practicing what we learned, building a loyal clientele of extension “lifers”.

6 Benefits of Coconut Oil for Your Hair

December 16, 2015
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Rd4VivTlZ4b554IM9qy-h4KHaf2ioVoRJqKHrNAkHdoI’m sure you have heard that coconut oil is very beneficial and does amazing things to your hair, but have you ever wondered how or why?

Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals which are good for the human body. The components in the oil keep your hair strong, nourished and protected from the effects of premature aging, like baldness and excessive hair loss.

Some of the main benefits of coconut oil are:

1) It stimulates hair growth by getting deep into the hair follicles.

2) It promotes the scalp health by fighting against problems like insect bites, lice and dandruff

3) It helps moisturize dry hair

4) It adds luster, shine, and softness to the hair

5) It helps prevent hair breakage and split end

6) It helps slow down hair loss

Coconut oil is also very easy to use in the hair. You start by melting the oil in your hands until it becomes a liquid. Massage oil into your scalp, and down the hair until it is fully saturated. Leave in for as long as you desire. Leaving it in for 20 minutes is enough for a healthy and shiny look and feel. However, some people prefer to leave it in overnight with a hair cap for a intense deep treatment.

Top Men with Iconic Hair in 2015

I have composed a list of 5 different men representing 5 different hairstyles that will represent this year of the ram, 2015.

1. For a classic, refined, but on trend:GKO3Gf0VSODmUZLlXojiZlXfjSxBVp6HD_swpQKhRm4

Justin Timberlake

He’s now had a year, or two to wear in this no-frills, sleek style.

 

 

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Sam Smith

Like Justin, this is a slick and classic style, but Smith has enhanced this shape with shorter sides and a more pomp’d top

 

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Drake

He keeps it simple, even allows for some grow out, but continues to keep it clean

 

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4. Iconic Beard:

Rick Ross

He’s been holding it down in this category for like 5 years

 

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Jared Leto

All tongue and cheek aside, Jared Leto has some of the best looking hair out there, male, or female

A Prediction on Clipper Designs

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Designs crafted on men’s faces and scalps with the use of clippers and razors is nothing new. It has been relegated to strip malls, Dennis Rodman and botched jobs found in google search results. Though, there is an incredibly high attention to craft and detail I believe it has yet to be fully realized in the proper fashion world. Designs themselves are more times than not “street-art”-esque, graffiti, flames and tribal patterns that have purely just been out of style for well over a decade.mDayngmWXLgiPkXjVaUuZbNXfMooHOqwZw_mO5nkc3c

But, like all other things fashionable, these trends come in cycles and it’s about time we begin to re-hash the period of the late 90’s and early 00’s. It’s going to happen and all things about that period will be dragged up with it, including clipper designs. Although, my prediction is that the designs will take on a new tone. The new designs will likely be more geometric, more abstract in many cases, or purely ironic.

Look out for Bad Boy logos and wild-stylz!

5 Tips For Shaving Better

YEx8PTeUMteUSD91rc5bBGWHz3RVxFWD6uujYIZpvYMThe majority of men are thrown right into the deep end when it comes to shaving and along the way we, as men, have picked up a number of common, but unhealthy habits for our skin. The resurgence of Barbering has brought to light many of these habits that may be easily corrected with a couple of key elements.

1) First, if you’re going to be taking a razor to your face do yourself a favor and prep your skin as much as time will allow you. With a standard straight razor shave in a shop, there are over 5 preparatory steps taken before the razor touches the face. Doing just a couple will make a difference.

2) Use a pre-shave oil, like an Aveda Composition oil. Many oils will work although oils marketed “pre-shave” are specifically designed for softening the beard and are ideal.

3) Warm the skin to soften those pores and relax the skin. Using a hot towel works great for coverage, a quick tip is to wet a face towel and throw it in the microwave for about one minute and drape it over your face until it cools.

4) Apply your shave cream, or lather immediately afterwards and go with the grain. Do this before you think about shaving against the grain. This is one of those things that causes the most irritation. AFTER you’ve shaved with the grain you can go back against the grain after re-applying lather, but it’s not recommended if you’re not a daily shaver.

5) Use that same towel to wipe residue and apply a non-alcohol after shave. The Aveda After Shave is excellent and has soothing lavender and lemon scents.

DIY Dry Shampoo

sgnvhRa9IsYXaPhOLrk8scxlZpk-2japkoqgjzkwmAwIngredients you’ll need to make this DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe:

For light hair:

* Corn Starch

* Baking Soda

* Essential Oil (optional, provides scent)

* Empty Salt Shaker

For dark hair:

* Cocoa Powder

* Corn Starch

* Essential Oil (optional, provides scent)

* Empty Salt Shaker

To make dry shampoo for light hair:

Combine 1/2 cup of corn starch with 2 table spoons of baking soda. It’s true that you could just use corn starch on its own, but baking powder absorbs the scent of the corn starch. If you aren’t concerned with the scent of corn starch, you can omit the use of the baking powder. Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice. I used peppermint because it’s my favorite, and I wanted to smell fresh. I love it.

To make dry shampoo for dark hair:

Combine 1/2 cup of cocoa powder with 2 tablespoons of corn starch. Just as with the last one, you can add essential oil if desired. But this one has a great chocolate-y scent when left alone. I love it!

To use the wonderful dry shampoo you’ve just made, you only have to sprinkle some onto the root of your hair, where you want to freshen it up. After about a day or two, my hair starts to look a little limp as it gets more and more oily. I use dry shampoo in between washes to keep the volume in my hair that I love to see.

Sprinkle it in the desired area, and use the same motions you use when actually shampooing for best results. When used correctly, dry shampoo absorbs oil and gives volume. Give it a try!

How to Create Boho Curls

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First, prep your hair with the products and tools listed above. After drying your hair completely, section your hair and prepare to curl it with your hot tool of choice.

If you’re using a Marcel Iron/Wand:

I would suggest wrapping your hair around the barrel, as you would with a wand. Alternate the directions you curl the hair to add a more natural look.

If you’re using a flat iron:

I would suggest using a wand or a Marcel iron. Flat iron curls take a lot of patience and practice. However, if you insist on using one, use it as follows:

After you’ve curled your entire head, let your curls cool. Set them with some hair spray and then lightly brush through the curls.

Finish your style with a little sea salt spray, if you’ve got some, and off you go! Below are some great tools for prepping your hair:

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* Aveda Phomollient

* Blow Dryer

* Round Brush

Tools needed for styling your hair:

* A hot tool used for curl forming, such as:

* Marcel Iron

* Flat Iron

* Curling Wand

* Sea Salt Spray (optional)

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Rushing off to your Salon

Fb305E_UURjZdMjedUDCfd2Dc0V04sF68ltqCEqVGvMIt is easy to look at a picture of the hottest celebrity hair styles and think “huh! I could pull that off!” and run quickly to the nearest salon and have your hair either hacked off, or colored into oblivion. Before you do that, (and you should!), you should ask yourself these five questions:

1.) “Is this something I plan on maintaining?”

Shorter hairstyles require more frequent trims to keep the style fresh, and the same can be said for a more dramatic color. If you have dark hair, is going platinum something you want to maintain when you start to see new growth?

2.) “Is this something I can afford to maintain?”

A color drastically different from that of your natural color is one that is difficult, and often expensive to maintain. That’s why you have to make sure it’s a change you can afford to keep up. Going platinum when your hair is naturally dark brown is going to result in high upkeep, and usually, a fairly high price tag. The same can be said of going darker when you naturally have very light hair.

3.) “What will this look like as it grows out?”

Is this style or color going to be something you’re comfortable with as it grows out, if you choose not to maintain it?

4.) “Will this style work with my natural texture?”

If it does, great! If it doesn’t, are you willing to style it frequently so that it does?

5.) “Does this style require daily styling?”

Some shorter or more dramatic hairstyles have to be heat styled daily. They often require more than just the daily dose of styling products. If you plan on doing that every morning before work, awesome! However, if it is something you don’t think you’ll have time or patience for, perhaps pick something of a lower level of maintenance.

These are the same questions I ask clients who come to me asking for a drastic change. When your stylist asks you these questions, don’t think they’re trying to talk you out of doing something fun! Just know that they want to make sure you’re up to the challenge of having awesome hair.

Empowering Yourself Through Your Hair

F4ck3UFrvWv7usneGWTrjjr8dUuyTTNRWUxrKd3TjYgAs a stylist, the only thing that breaks my heart into a million pieces, is when someone sits in my chair and is only allowed to do what their significant other decides for them. As someone who cares too little of what other people think of her, I have never understood this kind of mentality. I have never understood giving someone the power to control my physical appearance.

There are so many things about life that you often cannot control, but your hair has to be one of the things you do control. There is something so deeply empowering about realizing that you own yourself, and showing it with the way you carry yourself and stylize yourself through your physical appearance.

I once had a client who came in to have her hair bleach-and-toned. When I asked her why she decided to go so much lighter, she responded with “my fiance wants me to be blonde for our wedding and I just want him to look at me and think I’m beautiful.” I had to stop myself from going on a rant. All I said was “he had better look at you that way even if you show up to your wedding in pajamas!” and we laughed. But it got me thinking. She should have been bleaching her hair because SHE wanted to go lighter. Not because she was afraid someone would find her less attractive on her WEDDING DAY if she wasn’t a perfect blonde. She should wear her hair the way she loves to wear it. And if she loves it blonde, then by all means! But if she doesn’t, well…she should reevaluate why she’s damaging her hair. Is she damaging it because she wants to be blonde, or because she wants someone else to like her more because she’s blonde? These things matter greatly to a person’s psyche.

I have always believed that in order for other people to truly love you, you first have to love yourself. And sometimes that shows through your hairstyle, your makeup, and your clothes. But before you love all of those things, you have GOT to love yourself. Everything else will follow.

So love yourself. Do what you want with your hair. Make yourself happy first, and the rest will follow. Love yourself. LOVE. YOUR. SELF.

Benefits of Using a Toner

Toners seem to be underrated and I’ve noticed that a lot of my clients either don’t use them or understand very little about the benefits of incorporating a toner in their beauty routine. Some people think that creams are enough, but that isn’t always the case. Here are some facts about toners and the reasons why they are so important.

One of the worst things you can do to your skin is upset the PH balance of your Acid Mantle (the top layer of skin). The most common way is by using products that are too alkaline (hint: most soaps). Although these soaps help clean the skin and can feel great, it actually is changing the balance of the PH level of the skin. Disrupting the acid mantle can weaken the skin’s immune system, can cause premature aging, or can cause a host of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne.

The ideal PH for the Acid Mantle is slightly acidic between 4 and 6.5. Using a toner after cleansing helps to balance the Acid Mantle, and soothes the skin.

Aveda’s Botanicals Kinetic Skin Firming Toner

This toner is my favorite. It not only balances the PH level of the acid mantle, but it hydrates your skin as well. It is infused with sodium hyaluronate, echinacea, rosewater for hydration, and it is very soothing. It is also excellent for all skin types. By adding this one small step each day will change the health of your skin. I highly recommend starting to use a toner after each cleanse.

4 Things to Look for When Shopping for the Perfect Flat Iron

June 19, 2015
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Buying a flat iron is not as easy as it may sound-especially when they come in all shapes and sizes and price ranges. So how do you know what to look for when shopping for one? I have listed some of the things you want to look for when shopping for a flat iron:

1) First check if the the plates are ceramic. Ceramic irons are less damaging to the hair and will help control frizz.

2) If you hair is really curly, you want look for narrow plates. The narrow plates will help you reach the difficult spots like around the hair lines, and closer to the scalp. The most common size is a 1-inch, which will get you as close as possible.

3) You also want to look for a flat iron with temperature control. Since not all the hair is the same, not all hair needs the highest temperature of heat to straighten. For fine hair, you want to start with a lower temperature, and for thicker and coarse hair you can go to a higher temp. But you need to find a flat iron that will allow you to control the temperature.

4) One more perk I like in a flat iron, is a turn-off timer. If you are the type of person that is always rushing out the door, make sure you find a flat iron that will automatically turn off when it is not in use for a certain amount of time.

Finding a good flat iron is tough and usually an investment, so make sure you research the ones available on the market to find your perfect flat iron.

What’s not to love about Control Force Firm Hair Spray?

aveda control sprayI’ve always had a problem with hair spray. It’s usually flaky, never holds my style or smells bad. But, Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray provides maximum hold, control, 24-hour humidity resistance, with a net zero impact on the environment and above all, smells good.

I absolutely love that with this product I can still brush through hair. The hair keep its style, doesn’t flake, and keeps a nice strong hold. No matter if you have curly hair, straight, or wavy, Control Force is a great way to keep your style looking great and lasting longer. The spray also helps fight frizz and prevent static with a fast drying flake resistant formula.

It is best to apply this product about 10 inches from your hair and try not to stay in one spot for too long. Once again, you won’t regret investing in this prodcut–it’s optimized sprayer provides a fine mist and ensures a controlled application.