Archive for January, 2011

Nail Tip of the Day

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Isn’t it amazing how time flies? We are already into 2011, and spring is almost here!

Do you ever go into a Sally Beauty store, look at the nail files and wonder which one would be best for you, and what all those numbers mean? Well, here are some tips on which one to choose:

The finer the grit, the higher the grit number. The coarser the grit, the lower the number. 80 to 180 is coarse to medium. 180 to 400 is medium to fine.

For natural nails, use a file with a fine grit. File from the outside moving in toward the center of the nail following the grain of the nail. Be sure to only file in one direction to avoid damaging your nails. For artificial nails use a file with a coarse grit.

Happy filing!

Unusual Uses

Beauty experts love to write about multi-use beauty products. (Example: Use white eyeliner to brighten your eyes AND create a perfect faux French manicure.) I was reading one of these features the other day, and it made me curious to see if there were other, more unusual, uses for our products. So I got busy Googling. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Did you know that shower caps come in handy in the kitchen? One customer uses them to cover bowls of rising pizza dough.
  • Our 40 volume developer is a beloved favorite of taxidermists. They use it to bleach animal skulls.
  • Have you seen nail polish jewelry? Artists pour polish into custom molds to make beautiful, colorful pieces. Genius!
  • Looper brushes are perfect for doll enthusiasts. Their looped bristles are gentle and don’t pull out delicate, synthetic hair.
  • Those on the dog show circuit know that Sally Beauty is the place for supplies. Some dog show essentials include: Shimmer Lights Shampoo, shears and clippers for trimming and boar bristle brushes.
  • Halloween decorations wouldn’t be complete without a Styrofoam head and practice hands and fingers!

People are just so creative! Do you have any to add to the list?

Argan Oil

I’m sure you have heard the buzz on the Argan oil trend. With so much hype, I was wondering what it was all about. I’m a very skeptical shopper so I decided I needed to do a little bit of research.

Turns out, there is this very rare tree that grows in Morocco. The tree produces a little nut which has kernels inside, like seeds. After a lengthy process, these seeds produce Argan oil.

After I read all about the wonderful oil, I had another question. How in the world do they put this oil in an electrical appliance? Do I have to keep buying refills of the oil to put into the appliance? If so, where do you put it? Time to do more research!

Here’s how it works. Electrical engineers process Argan oil into a powder. This powder is mixed with ceramic powder, which is infused into the plates of the flat irons, the barrels of curling irons, and the grill of the dryer. It sounds a little crazy, so at this point I was still skeptical. Then I found out that this oil is resistant to oxidation, which means it will prevent your appliance from rusting. Also, because the appliances are infused with Argan oil, the plates and barrels of the irons are smoother, and less damaging to your hair. As the air flows through the grill of the dryer, the oil reduces static and frizz. To answer my other question – no, I don’t have to keep buying refills to put into my appliance! However, the Argan Heat appliances do include a FREE sample of the Argan oil hair treatment.

Have any of you tried our Argan Heat appliances or Argan Oil Hair Treatment? Did you have great results like I did?

Nail Art to Chase the January Blues Away

Seasonal nail art ideas are easy to find, but what about those months without a holiday? What do you do then to “dress up” your nails? I polish my nails every week, so I need a lot of ideas. Well, I say, let’s add some sparkle to these cold, drab, wintery months with some glittery polish and a cool design. You will need light blue and medium, or dark blue, metallic nail polish. Also, you need white striping polish, light blue Sparkle Effects glitter, a soft nail brush and clear topcoat. Remove any old polish with a moisturizing polish remover. Tip: wash the remover off your cuticles with soap and water. This will help keep your cuticles from drying out. Now let’s paint.

Step 1: Apply a clear base coat and then a coat of light blue metallic polish. If the polish is really transparent, you might need an extra coat.

Step 2: Paint a medium or dark metallic swatch diagonally across the nail. Again, add a second coat if needed, however, you will be covering up most of it with glitter later.

Step 3: Stripe a thin white diagonal line about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way down on the dark blue polish, depending on how long your nails are and the look you want. Let your polish dry for about 5 to 10 minutes. Since you are going to add glitter, it is important that the polish be dry to the touch, so that the glitter only sticks where you want it to and not to the entire nail.

Step 4: In this step, you will be applying glitter, so you will need to paint and glitter one nail at a time to keep the polish from drying before you add the glitter. Also, since glitter can make “everything” sparkle use a piece of paper to dust the glitter on. Tip: fold the paper in half before glittering. Then when you are finished, just pour the glitter back into the bottle using the crease of the paper as a funnel. Apply the clear topcoat from the white diagonal line to the tip of the nail only and immediately dust with glitter. Tap your nail on the paper to remove any excess glitter. Continue with each nail until you have finished all ten nails. Let them dry for about 10 minutes, then, holding your nails over the paper, take the nail brush and gently brush away any remainder of the glitter.

Step 5: Stripe one more white diagonal line in the opposite direction, but paint only up to the first white stripe. Apply at least two coats of clear topcoat. The glittered areas will feel a little coarse, so if you want a smoother feel, gently buff between topcoats. I hope you have fun adding a little “bling” to your winter nails and I will be blogging again soon.

Keep those nails covered,

Golden Globes – Get the look!

On Monday I asked you to vote for which Golden Globes looks were made of Solid Gold or Fool’s Gold. The results were mixed, but pretty much everyone agreed that the tornado inspired updo, with a net thrown in for kicks, was NOT the look of the night.

Here are the looks you did like and how to get them:

Look #1 – Berry lips, French twist with plenty of volume at the crown

  1. Palladio Lip Ink in Berry
  2. Good Hair Days Magic Grip Pins
  3. Ion Anti-frizz Rattail Comb
  4. So Gorgeous Volumizing Hair Spray

Look #2 – Flushed cheeks, peach lips, golden blonde hair

  1. Ion Color Brilliance Demi Permanent Hair Color in Very Light Golden Blonde
  2. Palladio Mosaic Bronzer in Pink Truffle
  3. Femme Couture Plump Up The Color in Nude Burst
  4. Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo

Look #3 – Girly updo, mega lashes, neutral lips

  1. Revlon Quick Clip 2 Shag
  2. Real Colors Lip Fury Lip Gloss
  3. Ardell Fashion Lashes #101 Demi
  4. Sta-Rite Hair Pins

Solid Gold or Fool’s Gold?

Some people claim that the Golden Globes is all about the clothes, but I respectably beg to differ.  A star could be wearing the most beautiful gown ever made, but if their hair looks like a bird’s nest, the next day they’ll find themselves gracing the top of every “Fashion Don’t” list. That’s why today’s Golden Globe poll is focused strictly on hair and makeup. Tell us – which of these looks are made of Solid Gold or Fool’s Gold?

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New Year’s Resolutions

Well, if the delay in this post is any sign of the year to come, I’m in trouble.  Ah well, better late than never.

I did it. I made resolutions at the stroke of midnight. I even uttered them out loud so that in later moments of weakness I can’t back out. I have my standard improvements:  waste less, eat better, floss regularly. But this year I added one that seems slightly vain. This year I have vowed to start defending my skin. Up until recently I have lived in the ignorant bliss of youth, spending long days in the sun and sleeping with my makeup on. I know – it’s ugly and so are the effects. But now the gloves are off! Here is a list of my newly acquired products and my brief review.

Dermactin-TS Age Spot Brightening Serum – I can’t lie to myself anymore. Those are NOT freckles. Thus far I have been diligent in the twice a day application of this serum. I’ve noticed a slight reduction in spot appearance. The product doesn’t give a specific length of time in which to expect results. So I’ll keep using it until the bottle is empty and then let you know my final opinion.

Beyond Belief Vita C+ Exfoliating Apricot Citrus Scrub – I exfoliate my face each morning in the shower.  The key is to be gentle. We aren’t sandblasting, just gently exfoliating. This one step in my daily routine makes my face feel so super soft.

Each night after I remove all of my makeup, I liberally (and I mean liberally) apply Beyond Belief Vita C+ Night Antioxidant Crème.  I start at the hairline and go all the way down my neck. I swear I see some sort of an instant change. It’s like my face is saying “thank you”. I love this step!

I’ll keep you posted on my fight or as I will call it, the Battle of the Blemish. There is no way I can get to all the products we have out there, so I want to hear from anyone who has found that magic crème, paste or polish.  I wish each of you a year of beautiful skin! 

Hair Extensions: Love More of Who You Are

We’re excited to have beauty expert, Aly Walansky, guest blogging today. Enjoy!

Ever have one of those epic days that you know you will be looking back upon for years to come?

In my case, it was my birthday party. And it wasn’t a good thing.

As I have a history of the “birthday curse,” I tried to make this year extra-special. I wanted to have a good day to make up for all the crappy ones that had come before. I made it a daylong affair – met a friend for brunch, had a spa afternoon with some friends, did a dinner, had a party. It was to be awesome…except then someone weird happened.

I had decided, in honor of this not-so-young point of aging, to be as young as I could be for my celebration. I was wearing Remy’s Clip-in human hair extensions  — extensions are pretty much the penultimate beauty-treatment dream for me. They take about a minute to put in, are easy to remove (but not TOO easy, if you know what I mean…), and made me feel fun and festive for my special night.

One of my friends, an old – I thought, close – friend, instantly did not approve. “People who wear those things are trying to hide who they really are.” She was so vehement about it that people around us paused and noticed…she seemed visibly offended by my choice to celebrate my night with fun hair, likening it to a visible exposure of my character flaws.

Flaws I don’t actually have, mind you.

At the party, all my girlfriends felt quite the opposite, and loved my “Barbie dream house hair.” These are extensions that get serious attention – whether you want it, or not. But it’s not about hiding who you are, it’s about taking what’s fabulous about you – and kicking it up a notch, in the same way that cosmetics or a push-up bra might.

I love my own, natural, blonde locks – but they often feel a bit too fine and sad. Giving them a bit of “oomph” was exactly what I needed to make a special day more special – and as for those who didn’t appreciate it? I’m betting she was just jealous.

Aly Walansky, Beauty Expert

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