Archive for December, 2012

New Year’s Eve…

During our lifetime, we accumulate a lot of New Year’s Eves.

Some loud and festive. Others barely a whimper. And more than enough spent sound asleep and unaware.

Each has its merits.

A new year is always a time for optimism, with grand hopes for renewed discipline and 12 great months.

But you already knew that.

So let us simply present you with our best wishes. We hope the year you are putting behind you was a good one, and that the year ahead will bring you many special days.

- Your pals at the Sally Beauty Blog

Friday Fashion Poll

What are your thoughts on New Year’s Eve? Greatest excuse ever to get dressed up and have a blast? Or is it overrated and comfy clothes at home are preferable?

I fall somewhere in the middle. I want to look cute but I don’t want to go anywhere that requires a lot of effort. Crowds and craziness aren’t my scene so I’m content to have a small party at a friends house, BUT you better believe that I’ll be sporting curled hair, sparkly nails (I’m thinking black with gold tips), and red lips (Femme Couture Prime Wear in Black Cherry is my go-to favorite red).

So, dear readers. How will you be spending your New Year’s Eve? Be sure to vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

We hope you have a very happy 2013!

New Year's Eve

  • I'd rather stay in and avoid the fuss (70%, 55 Votes)
  • It's not NYE unless I'm out and about looking fabulous (30%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 79

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Demi-Permanent Color Tips

So many of you are discovering deposit-only, demi-permanent haircolor for covering gray—it’s easy to apply, long lasting and gentle on hair. However, I
get a lot of questions about selecting the correct shade. So here goes…

Gray hair is a mix of your natural shade and white (pigment free) hair. When you apply deposit-only color, it appears true to tone on the white hair, but darker on the hair that still has natural pigment. For this reason, I generally recommend selecting a shade that is two to three levels lighter than your natural color.

For instance, if your hair is a natural Level 4 Medium Brown, try using Ion Color Brilliance Demi-Permanent Level 6 Dark Blonde. This will maintain the overall Level 4 by blending hair that is slightly lighter with hair that is a little darker. For a natural, highlighted look, go three levels lighter to a Level 7 Medium Blonde.

Remember, it’s easier to go darker than lighter, so try a lighter shade first. For best gray coverage, select a Neutral shade, in this case, 6N or 7N. For gray blending, use a 1:2 ratio—one part color to two parts developer. For gray coverage up to 100%, use a 1:1 ratio—equal amounts of color and developer.

One more tip: give dull, faded highlights a pretty pick-me-up with Level 10 NG Lightest Natural Golden Blonde to brighten and blend without lifting the new growth!

So there you have it. Happy New Year—and new color!

BeLissPro Rotating Hot Air Brush

When I first saw the new BeLissPRO Titanium Rotating Hot Air Brush I immediately wanted to give it a try. My long hair is always a little damp even after I blow dry and I could never get the hang of using a round brush while blow drying my hair. The BeLissPRO Rotating Hot Air brush is the perfect combination of the two.

It’s rotating titanium barrel with soft anti-static bristles is the perfect way to finish the drying and style my hair at the same time. It gives my bangs that perfect swoop and it’s SO easy! By the time I am done, my hair is soft, shiny, and has great volume!

Here’s how you do it:

I start by spritzing my damp hair with Ion Leave-In Conditioner. It helps detangle my hair while restoring moisture and strength. Then, I section my hair into three layers, starting from the bottom.

I start by using the rotating function of the barrel and gently lift my hair at the root to give me maximum volume, and then I let the barrel run through the length of my hair all the way to the end. For an overall straight blown-out style I continue this technique for all the layers and leave it at that.

If I want to add loose curls to my look I grab a section of hair and rotate the barrel away from my face causing my hair to wrap around it. I hold my hair there for a few seconds, then switch the temperature switch to cool shot. This will set the curl. When I am ready to release my hair, I gently unroll my hair by switching the direction of the spin on the brush and I have a perfect loose curl.

It may take you a little while to get used to the buttons that control which direction the barrel rotates, but once you get the hang of it you will never switch back a traditional hot air brush.

Friday Fashion Poll

I feel like it was just last week that I was talking about trends from 2011, but here we are again a whole year later. Craziness!

Anyway, I personally feel that there were a lot of fun trends this year. Looks like topknots, braids, and ombrè color were HOT HOT HOT and you couldn’t spend a minute browsing Pinterest without seeing at least 10 different ways to execute them. I know I tried more than a few myself, and topknots have become part of my weekly hairstyle rotation. And by weekly, I mean daily. :)

What about you? What was your favorite beauty trend of 2012? Please take a moment to vote and feel free to nominate your choice for top trend in the comments!

Trends of 2012

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The nail file with a little extra bite…

A precious dog in a Christmas wreath – what could be cuter?

These nail files are available exclusively at your local Sally Beauty Supply.

And that’s not just any dog – it’s YouTube sensation Smitty!

Have you seen his video? In a doggy trance, watching dogs on TV?

Smitty’s proud owner is Brad, a graphic artist at the Sally Beauty support center in Texas. Brad photographed and Christmas-ized Smitty for the design.

The nail files come in packages of two — one Smitty, and the other a different Christmas design.

Just about everyone I know will be getting one of these nail files for Christmas this year. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for every dog lover on your list.

Last minute savings!

Friday Fashion Poll

December is sure a whirlwind, isn’t it? Between end of year work projects, holiday parties, shopping and mandatory cheesy TV holiday movie viewings, it’s wonder we survive! But, getting to dress up for holiday parties makes the hustle and bustle worth it to me. Everything may be busier in December but it’s also a lot sparklier and I do love me some sparkles!

Which brings me to the topic at hand – The Perfect Holiday Nail. Last week at dinner with my friend, in between solving the world’s problems, we debated about what is actually The Perfect Holiday Nail. I claim that nothing is better for parties than a gold glitter. It shines and adds a nice glitzy pop, plus I think it transitions perfectly to New Year’s Eve. My friend, however, believes in the power of classic red nail polish.

What about you? Would you rather wear gold or red polish this season?

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

The Perfect Holiday Nail

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Argan Heat

Argan Oil has been on the ‘Hot’ list for a while, and for good reason! This stuff is great for any and every type of hair. But, if you have hair that’s fine, thin, and lifeless, you’re probably thinking the last thing you need is more oil. I don’t blame you. I thought the same thing. Then I gave it a try. Yes, on my thin, fine hair. It’s getting a little cold outside which means my skin and hair are getting a little dry, not mention the hair STATIC! And just for the sake of trying something new, I went all out on the Argan.

Because my hair is so flat and boring, the first thing I do after popping out the shower with wet hair is run a dab of Beyond the Zone Thickening Cream through my damp locks. (If your hair is thin, fine, or all the above, this product is a must have). Then, I use the Argan Heat Thermal Round Brush and Argan Heat Dryer to dry my shoulder-length tresses.

Now let’s be real – thermal round brushes are not always the easiest to use on yourself. Even with all my practice, I’m not so great. My solution? Just use them to dry the most important pieces of your hair: bangs, crown, or even just the roots or the top layer or two for that added volume. From there, use a paddle brush.

I immediately saw and felt a difference in my hair. There was some shine I hadn’t seen in a while, and it was so soft to the touch. No doubt due to the Argan Oil infused brush and dryer!

After my hair is good and dry, I part it in about 6 layers, starting at the bottom of my head. (You may need more if you have thicker hair.) Taking small strands from that bottom layer, I use the Argan Heat Tapered Wand to gave myself some beautiful spiral-y waves.

This takes practice, so here are some tips, and remember to always use a heat glove:

1)    If you are curling the left side of your head, use your right hand and go over your head so that the wand points down. Do the opposite for your right side.

2)     Wind your curls away from your face.

3)     The smaller the strands, the more defined the curl.

4)     Twist the strand of hair before wrapping it around the barrel for more of a “beachy” look.

After finishing I run my fingers through my ringlets to loosen them up and voila! Red Carpet hair done on my bedroom floor! Because the barrel of the Argan Heat tapered iron is also infused with Argan Oil, my curls were healthy, shiny, bouncy, and static-free!

So go ahead! See what soft, shiny, healthy hair feels like.

Satin Strands 22″ Extensions

Listen up, long hair lovers! We have a special holiday treat for you! Satin Strands hair extensions now come in 22”! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited that I can now have hair all the way down to my lower back!

Satin Strands is one of my very favorite extension brands. I know I’m getting top quality 100% human hair and the perfect shade for me. They offer weft and fusion extensions, which means I can easily apply them myself or take them to a professional.

These extensions can be washed and styled like your natural hair and will have a long life with proper care and maintenance. The color choices are very natural and easy to match with natural hair.

I will let you in on another little secret—you can easily turn weft hair into clip-ins!

Supplies needed:

  • Satin Strands 22” Weft in one of the 4 natural colors
  • Sharp scissors
  • Wig clips that match the hair color
  • Needle and thread

1. Start by cutting the weft into sections. I would recommend cutting different weft widths to create natural layers. One 8” piece, one 6”, one 5.5”, and three to four 1.5” pieces to layer around the face would work well.

2. Sew the wig clips onto the weft using a needle and thread. For the wider weft pieces use multiple clips, spaced 1.5” to 2” apart. I suggest 4 clips on the 8”, 3 clips on the 6” and 5.5”, and one clip on the 1.5” pieces. Using extra clips on the longer weft pieces will ensure they stay put throughout the day.

3. After sewing in the clips, start experimenting with placement to create a natural look. Clip them in everyday or just wear for special occasions. Don’t forget to wash the clip-ins every 4 to 5 wears with hair extension shampoo and conditioner to keep the extensions shiny and tangle free.

No matter what application method you choose, the new 22” extensions are sure to be a show stopper!