Making Waves—Fingerwaves

Woman with platinum blonde hair in fingerwaves style.

Fingerwaves are a glamorous look that is timeless. It’s perfect for that special occasion: a wedding, costume party, or even a night out on the town. The hairstyle that was popular from the 1920s through the 1940s has been making a comeback in recent years, with some modern twists to update this classic look.

Fingerwaves can be difficult at first but, once you get the waving motion with your comb and fingers, you’ll be fingerwaving like a champ in no time. There are countless tutorials out there on this look which can be achieved with either a wet set—the old fashioned way, using gel and setting lotion—or with a hard set, which involves a curling iron. I’m going to explain how to achieve this look with a curling iron, which is a bit quicker because you don’t have to wait for the hair to dry.

  • Start with a clean side part that starts behind the arch of the eyebrow. Section ear to ear, creating two side panels.
  • Curl the hair vertically in sections no wider than the barrel of your curling iron, but roughly twice as tall.
  • Alternate curling towards the face and away from the face with every row—this encourages the hair into that S-shape pattern.
  • Use a workable hairspray as you curl, such as Air Control.
  • Curl the rest of the hair in the same way, continuing to alternate the direction of the curl.
  • Hard set the curls and allow them to cool completely.
  • Now use a Mason Pearson brush to brush out the curls. Don’t worry about brushing away the curls; they will stay. You want to make sure the hair is thoroughly detangled, otherwise, it will be difficult to form your waves.
  • Using your comb, begin carving your c-shape wave in whatever direction the hair wants to go. Take your time and be patient. A weaving comb can be helpful here.
  • Use the metal end to drag the hair into a more dramatic “C” shape.
  • When you have the wave you desire, use a duckbill clip to hold it in place. Between each wave there is a ridge, use your fingers to hold the ridge, and move on to the next wave, which will be a c-shape in the opposite direction.
  • Move downward from the parting until you have completed the side panel and repeat on the other side of parting.
  • Use a strong hairspray like Control Force to hold your style into place.
  • I like to use the barrel of my curling iron on either side of the ridge to accentuate it and lock it into place.
  • When the hair has cooled completely, give it one last mist with Brilliant Spray on Shine for a nice glossy finish.

Now you have a beautiful fingerwave style!

Ways to Prevent Hair Loss

Human Hair under Electron Scanning Microscope

Did you know breakage is the most common reason for hair loss? Using the wrong brushes, hair products, combs, or hair accessories can really take a toll on your precious hair strands. Simple steps like choosing the right products for your hair-type can result in longer-lasting breakage-free locks of hair. Here are some other tips which may help.

  • Don’t Scratch

    When people scratch their scalp they’re actually scratching their hair which can lead to breakage. If you have dandruff try an anti-dandruff shampoo.

  • Be Gentle with Longer Hair

    Longer hair is actually more fragile, especially at the ends since its the oldest part of the strand. Don’t yank or pull on it; get a trim more often.

  • Avoid Over-Coloring and Bleaching

    Getting your hair colored often weakens it and can lead to over processing. Know your hair’s limits and don’t overdo it.

  • Use Less Heat

    Skip the blow dryer every other day and only use a flat iron or curling iron a couple of times a week. Watch the temperature you’re using. Typically you don’t want to go over 320° degrees. For finer hair, go even lower.

  • Be Careful with Tight Ponytails and Clips

    If used improperly, these accessories can cause breakage and even snag on your hair.

  • Check Your Shampoo

    Using a damage repair shampoo can help repair the damage. Use low sulfate or sulfate free since sulfates strip your hair of its natural oils. You can opt for a more natural brand like Aveda. Skip the shampoo every couple of days—over washing can leave hair dry and damaged which can also cause breakage.

Beauty Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric - Curcuma longa Roots

Turmeric, commonly known as haldi in India, is a spice derived from the roots of the Curcuma longa plant. This powder is deep orange-yellow in color and has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter and slightly peppery taste, and a mustardy smell due to the presence of a substance called curcumin.

Turmeric is effective in the treatment of acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which fight pimples and breakouts to provide a youthful glow to your skin. Turmeric facemask not only helps to clear acne scars and inflammation but also reduces oil secretion by sebaceous glands. Moreover, being a natural antiseptic, turmeric with milk is effective in treating skin conditions like poison ivy, eczema, and psoriasis. Eczema is a quite itchy and painful disease characterized by red scaly patches on the skin. Topical application of a mixture of Kasturi turmeric with milk can soothe the skin and reduce redness and inflammation.

Not only is turmeric great for the skin, it is also beneficial for hair. Applying a mixture of turmeric and olive oil on your scalp can treat dandruff and other scalp issues by removing debris and increasing circulation in the scalp. Additionally, it assists with the prevention of hair loss due to the activity of Curcumin, which is a component of turmeric that can inhibit the activity of “growth agent beta one” (TGF beta one) which causes the death of hair follicles resulting in hair loss. Furthermore, turmeric can be used in the treatment of various scalp conditions such as dermatitis and eczema that can lead to itchy, flaky skin, inflammation, and thinning hair. Cicatricial alopecia is a scalp ailment caused by inflammation that damages the hair follicles and prevents the growth of new hair. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. Curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, is effective against these ailments due to its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. That’s a lot of properties!

Eye Makeup Endurance

Makeup Palette

Yesterday, I went to Sephora to treat myself to some belated birthday presents.

When I wear eye makeup, I’ve noticed that it always comes off an hour later. How can I show off my eye makeup skills if it leaks under my eyes and my mascara smudges?

I’ve finally found some tricks and products that can be a game changer for people who can’t wear eye makeup for longer than 20 minutes.

I’m definitely a product junky. I’m someone who buys both cheap and expensive products. I like to look into things and I’ve learned that some drugstore products work just as well as studio ones.

A month ago, I purchased a waterproof eye primer. This primer has made my beautiful eyeshadows last all day.

On top of that, I use Stilla palettes that have an amazing color pay off and last for hours on their own.

The biggest issue I had was finding an eyeliner that wouldn’t smudge. I tried everything from Urban Decay pencils to Smashbox. I’ve finally found an eyeliner that’s my saving grace—Marc Jacobs gel pencil. Gel liner has more pigment than just regular pencil and can last for a very long time.

I’m still figuring out more steps to keep my eye makeup on longer and cleaner. For those out there who struggle with the same makeup concerns as me, I suggest never to stop looking because, eventually, you may find products which are perfect for you.

Green Science Masque-Age

Woman getting facial.

The Aveda Green Science Masque-Age is one of my favorite products that Aveda has to offer. It is a great product to use during the massage portion of a facial for any skin type, as well as a great take-home product recommendation for a mature client who has dehydrated, dull, or wrinkled skin.

This masque/massage cream duo contains lots of hydrating and nutrient-rich ingredients including:

  • Jojoba Oil

    This oil is very hydrating and makes for an excellent natural moisturizer. Jojoba is said to be the closest oil in molecule structure in size to the natural sebum our skin produces, making it easy to penetrate nutrients deeply into the skin. In addition to its hydrating properties, it also promotes collagen production.

  • Murumuru Butter

    This nourishing butter contains a powerful dose of antioxidants, preventing free radical damage that causes aging. It is high in fatty acids as well as vitamin A, making it excellent for restoring the elasticity aging skin.

  • Brazil Nut Oil

    This oil is very good for aging skin, giving it a natural glow. It contains vitamins A and E which act as antioxidants, minimizing the effects of free radical damage. This oil is also high in selenium, an antioxidant that aids in cell protection. In addition to its anti-aging properties, Brazil nut oil is great for treating psoriasis, eczema, chronic dry skin, and other skin conditions.

Cucumber Toner

Grated Cucumber

This super easy cucumber toner naturally smooths and softens the skin. Cucumber has many beauty benefits such as fading dark circles, reducing eye puffiness, treating sunburn, tightening open pores, and much more! Let’s hop right into this recipe.

Ingredients

  • ½ cucumber peeled and grated
  • 3 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water

Method

Add ingredients to a blender. Once mixture is well blended, filter liquid through a strainer to remove any cucumber chunks. Put in a glass bottle with lid and store in the refrigerator for maximum freshness.

Magnificent Moroccan Argan Oil

Making Argan Oil in Marrakech, Morocco

In the last few years, it seems like the hottest ingredient in the beauty industry is Moroccan argan oil, and let me just say I’m a believer!

I use argan oil on my hair every single day. I love the smell of the products, I love the shine and moisture it gives my constantly dried-out hair, and I love that it’s everywhere!

When it comes to hair, argan oil is a great product to calm frizzy ends, add moisture to dry hair, and add a little shine. You can apply to your hair while it is still damp for an all over treatment or apply just to your dry ends after your hair is dry.

If you’re dealing with dry scalp, apply some argan oil to a cotton ball, and dab your scalp with the oil; if the packaging is convenient, apply the oil directly to the scalp from the bottle. If you do this before bed, you’ll give the oil plenty of time to moisturize your scalp before you wash your hair in the morning. Or if you’re like me—I can never seem to get rid of a dry scalp—wash your hair in the morning and apply oil to the scalp before using your regular hair products, allowing the nutrients to seep in all day long.

Now I’ve been hearing a lot about the benefits of argan oil in the hair care industry, but being a believer and constant user of pure essential oils, I was interested in its effects on the skin. It might seem scary to apply a pure oil to your face, especially if you have finicky skin, but cultures have been doing just that for centuries and it’s left their skin smooth, clear, and visibly more radiant.

Products that work for the face almost always can be applied to the entire body’s skin, and argan oil is no different. You can use argan oil as a full body moisturizer, applying just as you would a body lotion or cream. Apply the oil right after you get out of your shower for best moisturizing results.

Argan oil is great to use on your hands as well, especially on your cuticles and nails if they are prone to cracking and peeling.

Basically, if your body is lacking moisture anywhere, argan oil will be your best friend. It sure is mine!

Wellness

Illustration - Wellness Wheel

Wellness relieves your stress and anxiety while letting in confidence and pure happiness. It is about becoming one with your mind, body, and spirit. It can be expressed through many things like yoga, meditation, dancing, saying positive things out loud, and more. There are so many different dimensions of wellness, but the most important and common ones are social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, and physical wellness. There are different levels of stress that we may go through day to day, hour to hour, and need help to decompress. Each dimension of wellness needs to be addressed to complete wellness and to relieve your stress.

  • Social wellness is the ability to maintain and establish a positive relationship. Whether it be a friend, family member, or significant other, it is important to connect and find that positive balance so that you can be a peace with your inner social wellness.
  • Emotional wellness targets your inner emotions and challenges you to let them out. This wellness pushes you to let out your emotions and express whatever you may be feeling to truly find yourself and be accepting of who you are.
  • Spiritual wellness is the ability to find peace and harmony in your life. Being able to have a belief and have confidence in it is a powerful thing.
  • Environmental wellness means having respect for the environment generally and taking care of your surroundings. This is a good way to have a positive impact on something and to make you feel good about yourself.
  • Occupational wellness involves finding a balance between your career and your personal life. Taking care of your work is a good thing but enjoying your life is important too.
  • Physical wellness is the ability to live without any physical stress or anxiety. Things like stretching and yoga, or even mediation can help with physical wellness but, more importantly, all of the dimensions.

It is important to find time for wellness within your day as well as finding peace within yourself to perform your day with peace and happiness.

Five Skin Vitamins

Five Skin Vitamins

  1. Vitamin A: Also commonly called Retinol, this vitamin is found is almost all topical acne medications. It forces your skin cells to “turn over.” This means fresh new cells are pushed to the surface, leaving your skin rejuvenated. Vitamin A will help reduce wrinkles by firming and tightening the skin. Be cautious because Retinol can be harsh on the skin. Protect that new layer of skin with an SPF of at least 30! Foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, lettuce, and dried apricots are good sources of this vitamin.

  2. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is your key to anti-aging skincare. Not only does it help fight against free radicals, but it also adds density, tightness, and glow to the skin, while eliminating uneven skin tone. Great sources of vitamin C include papayas, red bell pepper, broccoli, kale, oranges, strawberries, and cauliflower.

  3. Vitamin D: Our bodies do not naturally create it. In fact, to produce vitamin D ourselves, we need to have direct exposure to sunlight or UV rays. Research has shown that sufficient levels of vitamin D in the skin help minimize acne, boost elasticity, stimulate collagen production, enhance radiance, and lessen lines and the appearance of dark spots. This vitamin can be found in foods like salmon, fortified cereals, milk, eggs, mushrooms, and tuna.

  4. Vitamin E: This vitamin is essential to keeping your skin moisturized and is also an antioxidant known for neutralizing free radicals, protecting your collagen, and repairing your skin. Our bodies naturally create vitamin E, which is secreted on the surface of our skin as an oily substance seven days after consuming a vitamin E rich food. It creates a protective layer on our skin’s surface. Vitamin E rich foods include tofu, spinach, nuts, avocados, shrimp, olive oil, and cooked broccoli.

  5. Vitamin K: Vitamin K helps control blood clotting and helps your circulatory system, which is one of the main causes of puffiness under eyes. Applied topically, it can also help with popping veins. It may also contain retinol which thickens the skin and helps bulk up the translucent layer under the eye. Great sources of vitamin K include kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts, and collard greens.

Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners

Aveda Protective Toner Group

With the Summer now upon us, we see a transition to lighter shades of hair color; blonde with trends like ombre and balayage capture our guests’ attention.

Aveda’s Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders remarks, “Blonde is having a moment now, but it’s refined to be just the right tone for you. Whether you feel like channeling your inner rock star, bombshell, or flower child, there’s something for everyone.”

As part of their Rare Bloom collection, Aveda has their new Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners. They are designed to help each guest achieve their perfect customized shade of blonde lasting up to four weeks. The toner is 96% naturally derived and contains Aveda’s signature blend of protecting oils: certified organic sunflower oil, castor, and jojoba oil.

How is Aveda able to achieve perfect blonde results for every guest?

After achieving the desired lift result using Aveda Enlightener, the hair is then shampooed, towel-dried, and treated with Aveda’s Damage Remedy Equalizing Solution in order to rebuild, strengthen, and prepare the hair for even saturation of the toner. Then one of three “pre-blended” shades of toner are massaged through the hair and left to process for five minutes. Having an exact process time allows the Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners to create the perfect shade of blonde every time.

The three pre-blended Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner shades are:

  • Ash—Violet-based
  • Beige—Violet/yellow-based
  • Gold—Yellow/orange-based

“This is clearly not your basic blonde,” says Ian Michael Black, Aveda Global Artistic Director, Hair Color. “Our new Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners give us the ability to refine blonde hair and really create customized and unique looks.”