Hair

Top Products To Use For Getting the Perfect Pomp

Pompadour Poof haircutThe pompadour has definitely made a comeback in the last couple of years and it requires products that are going to provide a lot of support and hold.

The first product you want to use is Aveda Men’s pomade, which is the most essential. Once the wet hair is blow-dried to a state of 100% dryness, take a healthy scoop of pomade with one finger and run through the hair in all directions until the pomade is evenly distributed. The hair is now ready to be sculpted into the pomp shape by using any grooming comb.

For extra flatness on the sides, another great product I recommend is to use Aveda Control Paste. It is dime-sized to help literally paste the hair flat.

To finish your perfect pomp, I then recommend spraying Aveda Air Control all over to set the hair.

The relationship of these three products is seamless when executing this style not just functionally, but also aromatically, providing a fresh scent of spearmint and leaving the client feeling ready to go.

Men’s Hair Care

Aveda's Men's Care Products

Let’s face it, most men are clueless, when it comes to anything beauty or hair-related.

So here are some useful tips and tricks that every guy should have in his hair care arsenal. These are the products you need, fellas!

The first product you need is a good daily shampoo. The Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Shampoo is great for daily use to exfoliate your scalp and keep it healthy and flake-free. It is infused with 100 percent naturally derived walnut shells and jojoba beads.

The next product you need is a conditioner and you can pair your shampoo with the Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Conditioner to keep your hair soft and moisturized. This conditioner is proven by 72 percent of users to leave your hair feeling less greasy and oily. 62 percent of people have also found that it leaves their scalp feeling less irritable and itchy.

Now on to styling. I have two favorite products when it comes to Men’s styling, Control Paste and Brilliant Humectant Pomade. Before deciding on the right styling product for you, assess your needs. Do you like to accentuate your curls, smooth out frizz, have strong hold, or use a product that’s light and flexible? The Brilliant Humectant Pomade is great for curly hair or defining your style and adding shine, while the Control Paste is perfect for all hair types and has a matte finish with a strong but natural looking hold.

Always Bring a Picture!

Salon Cartoon

The communication between stylist and client is of vital importance. How can you get exactly what you want if you and your stylist aren’t on the same page? Being on the same page starts with a really thorough consultation, and often, that begins with you.

Always bring a picture in of what you have in mind for your hair. This provides the perfect starting point. And it lets you know exactly what can be done in that visit. Sometimes, when you want a completely new color, it may take a couple of trips to the salon to achieve that. The best way of knowing where to start with your hair is if you have a picture of what you want your end result to be.

It also lets your stylist know exactly what you have in mind for styling it, and it allows them to let you know if they think it is something that can be realistically achieved for your hair type and for the time you typically allot yourself for doing your hair every day.

Never be afraid of being specific. Most stylists prefer it when a client knows exactly what they want. Have a good idea of what it is you want, but also be open to suggestions. No two hair styles, cuts, or colors are the same. What works on one person may not be what’s best for you.

In the end, it’s always best to bring a picture!

Always bring a picture to the Salon

Food Used for Beauty

One of the most surprising things I learned while in school is how food can be used in your skincare regimen.

  • Tea: Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness from a sunburn and calm down allergic reactions. Earl Grey tea bags are great for the eye area. The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area. Spray cool green tea onto your face twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores, and get a healthy glow.
  • Lemon: For brighter, softer skin, use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body, including the knees, elbows, and face to brighten up and soften your skin. Make a moisturizing mask for dry skin by mixing equal amounts of honey, lemon, and olive oil. Apply the mixture to dry areas on the skin and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Take a lemon and slice it in half, rub the juice all over your face, and wait five minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
  • Lemons have antibacterial properties, making them a perfect blackhead fix. Blackheads are caused by clogged pores, and the acid from the lemons helps to exfoliate the skin.
  • Coconut Oil: For softer, smoother, shiny hair, simple apply coconut oil throughout your hair, then go to bed and rinse out the following morning. Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer or lotion on rough spots.

I Feel Disconnected

A hair trend that has been evolving over the last couple of years among the fashion forward is reaching a nexus as masses of men confidently let go of blended hair, transitioning to a far bolder and edgy disconnected look. This has laid way to a number of styling possibilities, maintaining options to dress it up, or down. Regardless of how it is worn, this style seems to represent a kind of collision of the popular resurgence of Don Draper-esque high and tights and DYI-ness of today’s younger culture. While shaving the sides of one’s head is not difficult, sculpting it into something of style and substance is quite a bit more.

This is an exciting looking way to creative and interesting variations.
Strip of Men's Hairstyles
Now wrap your attention around the interesting and somewhat unlikely evolution of this look: the top knot.

What happens when a style grows out? Well, for men’s hair, it’s typically a haircut, or a trim perhaps. It’s the hinge on which our business rests. But in the last year, an interesting look—the top knot—seems to have gained popularity, and not just among the trend-setters and hipsters of our city’s streets. Top knots are being spotted everywhere, abiding by a kind of natural law that if the hair reaches then the knot is fair game. Top knots are appearing in all shapes and forms, from short stem-like sprouts, to elegantly crafted chignons. Many men are opting to tap their creative/effeminate bone to perpetuate this style.

It has been interesting to see this look evolve from what I believe to be a pseudo-throwback, the high and tight to a kind of hybrid of masculine and feminine. Will it last? Time will tell. But one thing is for sure: it’s knot for everyone.

Treat Yourself to Cinta Aveda Cut-A-Thon 2015

March 11, 2015
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Protect what you love.Help us reach our $19,300 Earth Month Goal

April is almost around the corner, and with that comes the celebration of Earth Month. Cinta Aveda Institute is participating in its annual global Cut-A-Thon & Beyond event.

This two-day long event allows Cinta Aveda to do what it does best for the environment—give fabulous haircuts, hairstyles, and other salon and spa services using natural-based Aveda products. Every appointment helps our school raise money to protect water locally. Yep, that means your city, San Francisco. All the proceeds from Cinta Aveda spa and salon services during this event on April 13th-14th will be donated to our clean water partner, the Clean Water Fund.

How does the Clean Water Fund assist with keeping our local waterways clean and sustainable for future generations? Organizing grassroots efforts to stop the pollution of our waterways, promoting at a local and national level the importance of water conservation, protecting families from toxic chemicals, reducing plastic pollution that also kills wildlife, and ensuring that safe affordable drinking water is available for all Californians are just some of the ways that the Clean Water Fund protects the environment. The Clean Water Fund also works to protect our air and water from pollution due to oil and gas drilling.

So before you book an appointment at your usual salon, consider treating yourself to Cinta Aveda’s top-notch services and protect what you love: water. Book an appointment today—call our guest services at: (415) 989-4400.

Cinta Aveda Institute’s mission is to preserve our environment! Help us spread the word and make a real impact by sharing this post. You can follow our Cut-A-Thon board on Pinterest, follow us on Twitter @cintaaveda and Instagram, to stay updated on our upcoming Earth Month events. #CutAThon15

  • 2013 Cinta Aveda Cut-a-Thon Event

The Trashion Fashion Show

March 2, 2015
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Cinta Aveda Institute is a strong supporter of the environment. Every year, around the time of Earth Day, the school is brimming with activity. Students work for donations for clean water initiatives and other environmentally-friendly causes.

One of the highlights of this season is the Trashion Show. It’s a simple premise—a fashion show where every garment is a student creation made from recycled materials. All decorations are hand-made, all make-up is environmentally conscious, and the overall style is meant to promote a healthy and balanced world. While this vision is simple, the student work and dedication is anything but. Here is a gallery of the Cinta Aveda Institute 2013 Season Trashion Show with all of the fun and creativity in plain view. We hope you spread the word about this event, buy tickets, participate, and have an extraordinary time, all to raise awareness of Earth Day.

Come one, come all! Bring friends and family! Support our school and our students’ spirit!

  • Aveda Trashion Fashion Show

The Importance of Customized Salon Hair Color

Good Hair ColorIn the age of Pinterest and Instagram, it’s hard to tell if the hair you’re looking at in a picture is gorgeous because someone went to a genius colorist, or if it’s gorgeous because someone likes to go a little heavy on the photo filters.

You can guarantee breathtaking hair color for yourself by going to an experienced colorist who takes pride in the art they create on the canvas that is your hair.

If you’ve ever been to a hair salon before, there’s no doubt you’ve heard stylists talking about how awful drug store hair color can be for you hair. It’s not an unfounded claim! Drug store hair color is something you have to hope works. I just feel like you should know your hair color is going to look the way you want it to, not just hope that it does. The only way to absolutely guarantee that 90% of the time is to get your color at the salon.

There is no knowing the exact amount of hydrogen and ammonia being used in store-bought hair color. When you get a color service done at the salon, however, they can tell you the exact amounts of all ingredients being used. This is essential information if you know that you have allergies, or are particularly sensitive to certain chemicals commonly used in any artificial hair color.

Health and safety benefits aside, it’s important to get your color services done at a salon because of the quality of the experience. If you want to look like you have expensive hair color, but only want to pay $7.00, you’re going to go walking around looking like you have seven dollar hair. Most people don’t trust themselves to cut their own hair if they know that they don’t know the science behind hair cutting. Why should hair color be treated any differently?

Leave the hair coloring to the people who know it best!

Products That Deposit Color with Every Use

A great way to maintain your hair color, and keep it looking fresh and vibrant, is by using products that deposit color with every use. Each time you use one of these conditioners, it deposits color and tones the hair.

Aveda carries a number of products that work with every color. Black mulva—for black hair, blue malva—for blue tint, camomile—for blondes, clove—for brown hair, and madder root—for red hair.

  • Black Malva deposits dark brown and black cool tones to the hair, this is great for anyone who wants to cancel out any red hues.
  • Blue Malva is similar in the sense that it is also great for anyone who loves cool tones, but this product is a lot lighter. It’s great for blondes with naturally copper-ish hues that prefer cool or natural tones.
  • Camomile is meant for blondes as well, although this conditioner deposits a gorgeous golden tone with organically grown camomile and calendula.
  • Clove enriches warm tones in brown to dark blonde hair.
  • Madder Root can be used on brunettes or red heads and deposits a red hue to the hair. It also deep conditions and leaves the hair feeling softer and more manageable.

These products are the perfect way to keep your hair looking shiny, soft and vibrant in-between each salon visits. They’re also great for anyone who can’t come in every six weeks and likes to spread out their appointments to every eight weeks.

Beautifying Oil: The Hair Superhero

I recently took the plunge and had my hair bleached and colored for the first time. I loved the end result, but I did not love how my hair looked and felt completely fried. It was wiry, brittle, and I had more split ends then ever before!

I tried everything from special conditioners and serums, to coconut oil. Nothing was giving my hair lasting hydration and strength. That is until I tried Aveda Beautifying Oil.

I massaged it into the ends and working it upward toward the roots. Then I left it in for an hour or so before washing it out. Not only did my hair feel and look better, but it smelled amazing.

I knew Beautifying Oil could be used as a makeup remover, massage oil, and skin hydrator, but who knew it could also rescue damaged hair? I now mix Beautifying Oil into my conditioner which makes it smell great and adds extra moisture to my hair. I’ve noticed that I have much softer, stronger, faster-growing hair all thanks to Beautifying Oil!

Another great use for Aveda Beautifying Oil is using it in place of shaving cream. The oil not only makes the razor glide smoother, it also hydrates the skin so there is no need to apply lotion after shaving.

Beautifying Oil has become a beauty staple for me that is a must have whenever I leave the house because of how versatile it is! Aveda, please make more multi-purpose products like Beautifying Oil!

Finding The Right Shampoo For You

There are a couple of questions you want to ask yourself before purchasing any hair care products, including shampoo and conditioner. Ask yourself the same questions that your stylist asks you whenever you go into your salon for a service:

  • Do you ever get scalp irritation or redness?
  • Is your hair color-treated?
  • Do you have dry or damaged hair?
  • Is your hair starting to thin?

These are important to consider before choosing any products. The more you pay attention to your scalp and hair, the better equipped you will be to give yourself exactly what you need to look and feel good!

Here is a list of some of my favorite Aveda shampoos and conditioners, and what they are good for.

  • Pure Abundance: This is the best shampoo and conditioner to use if you have limp hair and want volume. Its clay-based conditioner adds some grip to your hair and helps give it volume when styling.
  • Color Conserve: Color Conserve is pretty self explanatory. This is best for color treated hair so that you can avoid premature fading.
  • Invati: The Invati system reduces hair loss by a third and contains densiplex—a blend of Ayurvedic herbs, including turmeric and ginseng.
  • Damage Remedy: Helps hair that has been damaged by color, chemicals, and heat styling. This product deep conditions the hair with quinoa protein.
  • Smooth Infusion: If you struggle with frizzy hair or fly-aways, this is the shampoo and conditioner for you. It moisturizes, reduces frizz, and softens hair up to sixty percent.
  • Scalp Benefits: This is a balancing shampoo that’s great for anyone who suffers from dandruff or an oily scalp. It provides a deep clean, and removes excess sebum and buildup.

Just Make the Cut!

Before and After Trim

Many of my clients are attached to their hair, and I get it! Trust me. But, I’ve come to learn a couple of important things about hair cuts:

  1. While growing, hair stays healthiest if it is well maintained. Styling with heat can severely damage your hair but, by keeping up with regular trims, you eliminate all of the damaged ends. Split ends have the potential to split up the entire hair strand, all the way to the root. This causes those unattractive fly-aways that everyone hates! Keep up on the trims.
  2. Chemically over-processed hair has a tendency to not style well. This can be especially true for clients that have had their hair highlighted to the moon and back. Those ends break as a result of what we call a chemical cut. This results in a really weak perimeter and even weaker styles. Volume is easily achieved with a fresh hair cut. With a strong perimeter, hair looks healthy and full.
  3. Nothing renews confidence like a fresh hair cut and a new style. Ever feel a little off? Like you just aren’t completely happy? Something as simple as fresh bangs can give you a new outlook and a large boost of confidence. Sometimes that’s all you need for a pick me up!

So next time your stylist tells you that you would see some serious benefits with a hair cut, take a leap of faith: Make That Cut!

Holiday Party Hairstyle

Holiday Hairstyle

To achieve this look, you should prep your hair with:

  • Pure Abundance Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Pure Abundance Style Prep
  • Volumizing Tonic
  • Phomollient Styling Foam

You’ll need these thermal styling tools:

  • Blow Dryer
  • Medium-sized Round Brush
  • Thermal Styling Iron/Wand

Use these products to add volume and texture:

  • Aveda Hair Potion
  • Aveda Air Control Hair Spray

Begin by spritzing towel-dried hair with the Pure Abundance Style prep, and then add the Phomollient Styling Foam and Volumizing Tonic. Work this into your hair so that everything is evenly saturated. Comb through the hair to ensure thorough saturation.

“Rough dry” the hair. This means to dry hair to about 80%. It sounds crazy, I know. But trust me, it makes styling much easier!

Section the hair into three to four equal horizontal parts. Begin in the lowest section on the back of the head and blow dry with the round brush. It’s okay if the curls you form aren’t perfect, as you can touch them up with a thermal tool later. Continue working this way up the head until all the hair is 100% dry.

After all the hair is dry, add Aveda Hair Potion to the root if more volume and texture is desired. Then section the hair again to begin adding finishing curls and waves. This is a deconstructed look; remember, it doesn’t have to look perfect; the messier, the better!

Section it one final time, into a half-up-half-down pony tail, and secure it with a hair tie. Use bobby pins if required. Finish the style with a little holiday ribbon tied in a bow, and enjoy yourself on your night out! You’ll look great!

Your Hair in the Winter

Winter HairWhile you’re enjoying your holiday season, your hair could be suffering! Harsh winter winds, snow, and rain can cause seriously dry and brittle hair. This can take away your hair’s luster, shine, and softness. I know that my hair sees a dramatic change once the winter season kicks in!

One of my favorite products to combat this is Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque. It can really be a hair lifesaver this season for all hair types. And, yes, it is safe for color-treated hair too.

This masque locks in intense shine, moisture, and softness with Aveda’s patented Deep-Moisture Complex, featuring natural ingredients like buriti oil. 93% of women agreed that their hair felt immediately softer and more moisturized after using this product just once, and I agree.

This is one of my favorite products for dry hair, especially during the winter season. This product only needs to be used once a week. Just smooth the product evenly through your damp hair and leave it in for two to five minutes, then rinse it out thoroughly. For best results, you should use the Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo before applying, and then follow the masque with Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil.

The new aroma made with natural ingredients like lavender, ginger lily, and bergamot will leave your hair smelling as great as it feels!

The Invati System

The Invati SystemThe Invati System is a three-step system, created by Aveda, for people with thinning hair. “Invati” means invigorate in Sanskrit. This product was made and derived from India and contains a unique blend of herbs—97% all-natural ingredients—designed for thicker, longer lasting hair. The three steps are a shampoo, a conditioner, and a revitalizing spray.

The shampoo cleanses and exfoliates the scalp. It helps remove dry skin and products from the scalp, helping keep it healthy and moisturized instead of tight and dry. The shampoo consistency is creamy and runny compared to most shampoos, leading some to think that the shampoo does not cleanse well enough. But really, it’s actually the opposite. This shampoo helps exfoliate the scalp, which most shampoos don’t. It’s so important to exfoliate our skin and, to continue having healthy hair, it’s just as important to exfoliate our scalp. The Invati shampoo is very cleansing and healthy for the scalp even for those who aren’t worried about thinning hair.

The conditioner was created to thicken and strengthen the hair. This conditioner helps prevent more breakage and gives the hair more elasticity. The grape seed that is in the conditioner wraps around the hair cuticle and gives it its moisture and thickness. The conditioner also has nut oil which gives the hair its shine. The conditioner’s texture, similar to the shampoo’s, is runnier than most conditioners. But it does its magic when used correctly.

The revitalizing spray is the third step to this system. This product, sprayed and massaged into the scalp, helps rehabilitate the hair and scalp. The directions say that after shampooing and conditioning, the product should be sprayed six times on each side of the scalp while the hair is still wet. The revitalizing spray contains vitamin E oil that helps give the hair its strength. But the product is not oily at all. It is recommended to use the spray twice a day while giving the scalp a nice massage, which helps the scalp with circulation. The spray is an extremely important part of the Invati System, and it is important to follow the directions.

I used the whole Invati System for over six months. After just a couple of weeks, I experienced a significant difference in the amount of hair that I had been losing. Before I started using this product, my hair would fall out in significant quantities after a shower. But afterwards, I would come out of the shower and the hair that I would lose was countable: literally less than twenty hairs. I did a test and stopped using the Invati System and went back to use Aveda’s Scalp Benefits shampoo. But I noticed a dramatic difference and switched back to the Invati System. With the Invati System, my own hair has been thicker, too. There are also many more fine baby hairs than usual.

Because I personally used and believed in this product, I recommended it to a client that was experiencing thinning hair due to thyroid problems. I wasn’t sure that the Invati System would help because her thinning hair was caused as a side effect of a medication she was taking. But after a month, my client came back and told me that she had been losing less hair than usual and was extremely impressed and happy with the product. It’s a great feeling to be able to help someone with hair loss, especially because I know personally how bad it feels when too much hair is falling out.

I think the Invati System is amazing, but it’s important to be religious with the product. The Invati System smells great and leaves the hair healthy and clean. However, the product is on the pricey side. Everyone wants healthy skin, and everyone wants their hair to be as healthy and beautiful as it can possibly be. If you’re someone that cares about your hair the way that you care about your skin, then this product is worth the purchase. Because the Invati System is also helpful for preserving a healthy scalp, I recommend this product 100% even for people who don’t have thinning hair.

Fall/Winter Hair Color Trends

Combo image of five female hair styles.Fall is here, and that means the holidays are at hand! You can’t go into the holidays looking a mess. It’s time to change up that color! Shake off the lighter tones of summer for some richer ones to ring in this new season.

As always, the holiday season means warmth. Add some warm tones to your hair! Aveda Full Spectrum Color offers complete customization when it comes to your hair color. Want that gorgeous ombre? Take a picture of what you have in mind to an Aveda salon near you, and get your very own, completely customized color.

Want to rock some beautiful red locks? Done! Aveda colorists can make your holiday dreams come true.

Box Color vs. Salon Color

As professional colorists, we often struggle with getting certain clients to make the switch from box color to professional salon color. Most self-coloring clients settle for box color because “it gets the job done.” But why settle for less? Truly beautiful hair color results come out of a salon, not a drugstore. Here are a few top reasons why you shouldn’t resort to box color:

  • Can’t be customized—you pick a shade, and that’s what you get (maybe).
  • Never guaranteed—box color was formulated to alter a wide range of hair types, and hair colors. Generally included in universal box colors is a 12% or higher percentage developer; however, not everyone requires that much peroxide. In fact, most people require a lower percentage developer to color their hair, resulting in a healthier, truer end result. Where you’re starting from level-wise plays a huge role in determining your outcome.
  • Difficult to buy—not enough people realize the difference between permanent, demi-permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary hair colors when shopping for themselves. You could wind up buying the completely wrong product.
  • Harmful to the hair—box colors are designed to deliver quick, “easy” results. When formulated, they often use harsh chemicals and fillers to “get the job done” and are not designed to condition the hair.

The list goes on. Treat yourself to a color service from a professional at a salon, and experience the difference for yourself! Nothing beats a professional color application.

Home Hair Color

Hot Tools for Beauty

There are a large number of different hot tools used in the beauty industry. Here, I’ve tried to describe many of them and provide some of my impressions using these products.

  • Curlformers

    Curlformers

    Curlformers are nylon plastic curl tubes used to create curls without using an actual curling tool. Curling tools are hot and can be difficult to use. These Curlformers avoid those problems. They come with plastic curled tubes that have a plastic stick with a hook at the end. The idea is to use a small section of hair, about an inch in width and length. I can’t recommend Curlformers; rather I’d stick with regular heating tools. The tutorial videos that I saw demonstrating these Curlformers don’t leave the hair with beautiful curls. Rather, each subsection leaves a crease which is not very flattering. A regular curling iron or wand may require more skill to use, but they produce a better result.

  • Air Curler

    Air Curler

    The Air Curler is a bucket-like tool that attaches to a home air dryer. It comes with a bucket-like device that attaches to the business end of the hair dryer with a cone shaped attachment. There’s a rubberband that can be used on the hair dryer to bulk it up if the hair dryer is too small. To use, you put your hair in the bucket attachment, turn on the hair dryer, and the device spins your hair in circles reminiscent of how a cotton candy machine works. In the tutorials I’ve seen, the device isn’t recommended for dry and damaged hair—it will just begin to tangle and leave the hair feeling drier. But for less damaged hair, it creates somewhat elegant effortless-looking curls. However, in my opinion, I’d still recommend a curling iron over this product. Air Curler doesn’t give even-looking curls or curls with volume. My guess is that it generally won’t work as well as you were hoping when you bought it.

  • Instyler

    Instyler

    The Instyler is designed to both straighten or curl your hair depending on your desired look. It looks more like fancy straightener that spins. The circular side—that either curls or straightens—has the heat. The other side has bristles. According to the tutorial, it is designed to be used on damp hair. It is actually pretty impressive when used just to straighten the hair, leaving it super straight and shiny. However, I wouldn’t personally recommend using this device to curl. I don’t like the curls it produces. I think it’s best just to use it for straightening hair, where it does a good job.

  • Wonder Wax

    Wonder Wax

    Wonder Wax is similar to the green wax we use at Cinta Aveda. The wax is purple and comes in a cup along with three spatula sticks and some wipes that help remove the debris left over when the wax is peeled off. The wax needs to be heated in the microwave for three minutes to get a honey-like consistency. Like other waxes, it will not rip off all hair if peeled improperly—the wax needs to be set correctly with the direction of the hair. I recommend just to continue shaving unless its some kind of special occasion. Personally, I’m not going to use this Wonder Wax.

  • No! No! System

    No! No!

    No! No! is a laser hair removal device that you use at home. It comes with the hair removal device itself together with a buffer pad that is necessary to use after using the laser. This device doesn’t completely remove all of the hair. When used, one can feel some heat. The device is quite pricey. Some of the reviews I read said that it gives off a burning hair smell. It needs to be angled correctly at 90 degrees, and it has a blue light that comes on to let you know it’s working. But even when used correctly, it still doesn’t leave the skin completely hairless. It does irritate the skin and leaves it reddened. My recommendation would be to skip this device and use more traditional methods of hair removal like shaving or professional waxing.

  • Ultimate Detangling Brush

    Ultimate Detangling Brush

    The Ultimate Detangling Brush was designed to painlessly detangle hair. The brush, with a handle, is large and round; the bristles are made of plastic. The bristles are formed into a uniform circular pattern which, I assume, helps get rid of the tangles. From the reviews I saw, it does seem to do its main job of detangling the hair easily and without pain. If you have clumps of tangled hair, it’s better to finger comb the crazy tangles and then use the detangling brush to get the smaller tangles out. While I wouldn’t necessarily purchase this brush, I can see why others, especially those with bleach-damaged thin hair, would like it.

  • Tulip Instyler

    Tulip Instyler

    The Tulip Instyler is designed to create perfect curls. This device sucks the hair up into its barrel and creates a curl in seconds. The device has a hole that allows only a certain amount of hair to get sucked into the barrel. This prevents tangling and makes sure that the right amount of hair gets sucked into the device. It has a built in guard to prevent any type of scalp or hand burning. Finally, there’s a built-in timer that beeps to let you know that the curl is ready.

    This device works really well with no problems or confusion for those that have difficulty with other curling devices. My only problem with this device is that it creates one specific curl that looks very uniform. Playing with the curled hair after curling the whole head with this device would give you the ability to have looser, more natural looking curls.

Bouncy Blowouts

Blowout with Big Curls

No great haircut is complete without a great blowout; the style truly is everything! Every cut has a blowout that suits it best. For example, a concave graduation looks great with a sleek smooth style, and a natural graduation, on curly hair, looks great with a diffused style.

Today, I’m doing a run-through of my favorite blowout for long, round layers.

Before I go into details, here is a list of all the products you will be using for this round brush blowout:

  • a round brush,
  • pure abundance prep,
  • phomollient, and
  • defining whip.

The end goal is a voluminous blowout with loose curls.

The first step is to add in your prep and the phomollient.

By the time you are ready to style your guest, their hair will be about 50% to 60% dry, so the second step is to rough-dry your guest’s hair until it is about 85% dry.

I like to section out a mohawk subsection and one subsection on either side of the head. In the back, I work my way up from the bottom, taking horizontal subsections. To achieve the look you want, make sure to create as much volume as possible when you get to the crown and the mohawk section. If your guest’s hair really doesn’t want to hold a curl, feel free to pin the curls in the mohawk as if you are doing a hard set.

Once the hair is completely dry and has the effect you want, take a dime-sized amount of the defining whip, rub the product in between your hands to warm it up so that it applies evenly, and apply it to the ends of your guest’s hair. This will give a piecey look and define the curls. If your guest likes a strong hold, you can finish off the look with a little bit of air control—it’s up to you!

Hair Growth Supplements

A lot of people have trouble growing their hair. Some hair growth problems are just genetics or time taking its toll. But for others, like myself, there are some products that may help. Nowadays there are so many shampoos and vitamins. But how do you know you’re not just getting tricked into buying the latest trend? I’ve read a lot about these things, and I see a lot of ads on TV, in magazines, and even on social media websites. And I’ve gone through my own experience with damaged hair that just wouldn’t grow.



My troubles started about a year ago after coloring my hair way too much. I have naturally curly hair but, at the time, it didn’t have such a great curl pattern anymore. While I was at school at the Cinta Aveda Institute, my educator observed me cutting an angled bob on a guest. That day, I tried to wear my hair down with the the front slightly brushed back with bobby pins. After I was done, she admired the haircut I just did, and asked me what was going on with my own hair. I only have a slight body wave at my new growth with straight dead mid to ends. So I explained to her my situation. Then, she said, you should get the same haircut you just did on your last guest. I was a little scared, but an hour later I loved my new look.

About three months later, a few classmates and I were talking about hair, of course, and I brought up the fact that my hair was growing. One of the girls mentioned Biotin. So I read about this hair and skin supplement: Biotin 1,000 mcg. What I like about Biotin is that it replaces the natural Biotin that my body wasn’t producing enough of, which is why my hair wasn’t growing.

Note: When taking any new supplement, know that it may take 60 to 90 days to start seeing any results. I started taking Biotin in February 2014, and by June 2014 my hair was fuller, a nice length, and my hair feels great. So I like Biotin a lot. It’s a great hair supplement that doesn’t cost a lot.