Archive for May, 2012

Biotera Ultra Color Care

A product thumbnail of Biotera Ultra Color Care ShampooI’m a girl who looooves to color my hair and I’ve been every color under the sun! As a current redhead, I am always on the lookout for color protecting, sulfate-free anything (if you’ve ever gone red, you understand what I’m dealing with ;) ). When I heard that Biotera was coming out with a line of sulfate-free shampoo and conditioners, I had to try it.

Normally, with sulfate-free shampoo, it is kind of hard to get a good lather going and sometimes I feel like there is build up, but not with this stuff. With Biotera Ultra Color Care, I had a good, soft lather, the conditioner rinsed out clean while leaving that classic scent of Biotera. My hair was soft, super shiny and my red hair was vibrant!

With all these features, what I really loved about this product – my color stayed on my head and not down the drain! No matter what color your hair is this week, go and get some Biotera Ultra Color Care!

Hazel

Happy Memorial Day!

Friday Fashion Poll

Dear readers, I mustache you a question (couldn’t resist!). What’s the deal with mustaches being so popular again?

I personally know a lot of men, my own father included, who have had a mustache their entire adult life. In fact, when my dad shaved his off once, my sister cried her eyes out. So mustaches on men 50 or older seem totally normal to me. Mustaches on the 21 year old guy at the coffee shop? Not so much.

I know I usually keep poll topics limited to women’s trends, but let’s face it. Woman usually have definite opinions on what they do and do not like in men’s fashion.

Of course I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please take a moment to vote and comment!

Mustaches

  • Shave it off! (52%, 56 Votes)
  • I stand with the 'stache! (48%, 52 Votes)

Total Voters: 108

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Hair Extensions Basics

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!! These days fashion is all about the right accessory to achieve the right look. One key fashion accessory we often take for granted is our hair.

Maybe you’re like me and have always wondered exactly how celebs pull off a short hair style in the latest blockbuster then show up on the runway with stunningly long, flowy hair? Besides spending big bucks to achieve these glamorous looks, celebs have taken advantage of some newfangled techniques in hair extensions that have taken off over the last few years. Until recently, the fashion industry and trendy celebs have kept all the best hair secrets under lock and key. Now there are so many reasonably priced options available to help us “mere mortals” achieve a completely new look or simply accent our natural hair. Gone are the days of waiting for your hair to grow and dreaming about the perfect hairstyle; now you can just go buy it!

Because the options can seem endless I wanted to share some basic information that may be helpful if you’re looking to “accessorize” your look with new locks!

Hair extensions are most often seen in one of the following forms:
Wigs – Quickest method used to change up your look. More permanent alternatives like lace-fronts may be bonded around the hairline.
Weave – Usually sold as single strands (bulk or fusion hair) or wefts (tracks). This is the most permanent type of hair extensions as these can be bonded to or braided then sewn-in to natural hair.
Hairpiece – Instantly adds volume and length and are easily attached and removable. Most popular examples are drawstring ponytails, ponytail wraps, any ponytail clips.

Types of hair:
Synthetic – holds style very well but may not last as long as human hair. Heat styling not recommended.
Human Hair – mostly closely mimics our natural hair. Easy to maintain and may be styled with heat.
Blended Hair – a mixture of synthetic and human hair blended together. Heat styling may be limited.

Other factors to consider:
Shade selection – you may choose something closer to your natural hair color or add a splash of color to punch up your look.
Determine the best length – weaves and hairpieces typically come as short as 8 inches and go up to 30 inches or more depending on where you purchase. Wigs may be available in even shorter lengths.
Hair texture and style – there certainly is no shortage of options! From straight to kinky and everything in between (curly, wavy, etc).

Always seek the help of a professional stylist when deciding the best hair extensions and maintenance system.

Regardless of whether you sew it, braid it, bond it or just put it on, make your hairstyle a “mane attraction”!

Ion Color Brilliance Brights

If you want to stand out in a crowd—and who doesn’t?—check out new Ion Color Brilliance Brights! Available in eight bold and brilliant shades—Purple, Fuschia, Aqua, Sky Blue, Teal, Orange, Magenta or Red—this haircolor spectrum will appeal to the artist in you.

As anyone who has used radical color knows, to get vivid, true-to-tone results, pre-lightening is a must. Use a lightener formulated for on-scalp application, such as Ion Color Brilliance Powder Lightener, mix and process according to the enclosed directions. It is important to note that the degree of lift achieved with pre-lightening will directly affect the vibrancy and intensity of the final result.

 Also, keep in mind that lightening reveals your hair’s undertone. This underlying pigment must be taken into consideration because your final result will be a combination of this exposed undertone and the new color you apply. For example, if the exposed underlying pigment is orange or a dark yellow, it will contribute to the final color.

So, read all directions before applying anything to your hair. Follow the guidelines for lightening your hair color level, and use the color wheel to help you select the perfect shade.

After shampooing and drying hair, simply apply the selected shade of Brights, and process for 20 to 40 minutes depending on color intensity desired. It’s very important to strand test every 5-10 minutes to be sure you get the results you want. After processing, rinse hair thoroughly and apply Ion Color Brilliance After Color Treatment to close the cuticle and lock the color in.

During May, to celebrate the launch, you’ll receive Ion Color Brilliance Powder Lightener FREE! when you purchase any shade of Color Brilliance Brights.

 

Friday Fashion Poll

So the wet look trend is just something that I do not get!  Why would you want to look like your blow dryer broke? I like my hair looking dry, thank you very much. :)

Although, I will say that not everyone feels the same way. InStyle magazine even listed it as a hot trend for summer!

What about you? What do you think of this style? H-O-T hot? Or does it look like someone hit the snooze button too many times that morning?

Please take a moment to vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Wet Look

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Hump Day Deal!

The Future of Styling Tools

A product thumbnail of Jilbere Nano Silver Jumbo Taper IronWe have been witness to many technological evolutions in our time. We’ve gone from the 8 track to mp3 players, the tube to 3D TV screens, and pin curls to the hairsetter, to name just a few.

Many futuristic and innovative styling tools can be found at Sally Beauty, including the Ion I-PAK Flat Iron and Ion Digital Dryer, which utilize the latest in new technology. Curls your thing? We have all sorts of different tools to create spiral curls and deep waves, like the GVP Clipless Curling Wand, Power IQ Taper Iron with clip or the Power IQ Deep Waver. Can you imagine what fun tools will exist in the future? It’s exciting to think about!

Which of the latest technologies are you most grateful for? What new style solution invention do you wish existed? 

 

Friday Fashion Poll

One hot trend for summer is bold, colorful, even neon (!), eyeliner. I love the pop of color it provides, especially when paired with an otherwise natural-looking face.

That said, I think it’s one of those trends that I love on other people, but would never be able to pull off myself. I think I’ll stick with my dark brown eyeliner, thank you very much. =)

What about you? Will you rock the colorful eyeliner this summer? Please take a moment to vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Colorful Eyeliner

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Rain Drops Nail Art

Spring is here and so are the soft spring showers. I love the smell of rain and the way the drops look when they fall on colorful flowers, so I thought it would be cool if I could duplicate the look of rain drops on my nails. But, how would I make the drops look wet? Well, problem solved! A matte top coat and a gloss topcoat worked perfectly! Let’s get started:

Supplies:

Nail Polish Remover
Clear Top Coat
Polish Remover Pads
Matte Top Coat
Clear Base Coat
White Striping Polish
Black Polish
Nail Polish Color of your choice

Remove your old polish, file and buff your nails. Apply a clear basecoat and let dry.

Step 1: Apply two coats of the nail polish color of your choice and let dry.

Step 2: Paint drops in black. Yes! I said black. This will make the shadow for the drop. Try not to be too careful when painting the shadow, after all, no two drops are the same. Make a few large and some small to look like they just fell there on your nails. Let dry.

Step 3: Apply a coat of matte topcoat and let dry. This will dull the finish of your nail which will help make the contrast we need.

Step 4: Carefully apply your base color over the black shadow only, leaving about half of the drops with a fine line or shadow. The black under the polish will make the drop slightly darker than the base polish which will help the drop to pop off the nail.

Tip: remember to always leave the shadow line on the same side of all the drops to show the direction of the light.

Apply a heavy coat for the drops. You can actually let the paint  puddle a little for some dimension. Let drops thoroughly dry at least 20 minutes.

Step 5: Add highlights with the white striping polish near the edges of each drop to show the reflection of the light. Let dry thoroughly.

Step 6: Apply a clear gloss topcoat ONLY to the drops to make them shine. Let dry and you’re finished.

I think this is really a fun and easy look to do.  Hope you give it a try!

Until next time…..keep those nails covered.