Silk Elements now has a new collection of products specifically designed for natural waves, curls and kinks called Naturally Silk Elements.
This collection replenishes the moisture needed by today’s multi-cultural consumer with hair. The line contains a plant derived complex that maximizes moisture and improves hair elasticity, resulting in an overall healthier-looking wave, curl or kink. It is also free of sulfates, parabens, mineral oil and petrolatum.
There are six product options allowing you to customize the product routine just for your hair including Moisturizing Cream Shampoo, Deep Nourishing Conditioner, Leave-In Conditioner Cream, Curl Defining Pudding, Curling Cream Gel and a Moisture Renewal Kit.
Have you ever decided that you are sick of your long hair and chop it all off and regret it the second the hair hits the floor??
Yes, me too. I decided in January that I was sick to death of my long hair and took the plunge and cut 11” off. I instantly regretted it. I must admit, it hasn’t been terrible in this awful summer heat, but fall is about to be here and I am going to miss my blanket of hair.
I started thinking about some options and decided to look into extensions. There are so many application methods that my eyes started to cross immediately. I knew I wanted a longer lasting style (so clip-ins were out) and something that wasn’t damaging to my hair. I think I found the answer!
Cold fusion application using microlinks was the perfect solution for me!! It is a non-heat application method and the extensions can last up to 3 months with proper care. Another big plus for me is the I-tip hair can be attached closer to my scalp since there is no risk of burning my skin. (This is a great solution to my very short hair length) It also takes 30 minutes to an hour to apply a whole head versus other application methods that can take several hours.
I did a little more research to find all of the tools I needed and thought I would share them with you:
Micro fusion links
Multi-use micro fusion extension pliers
Micro fusion hook
I-tip hair extensions (Satin Strands I-Tip in Malibu matched my hair perfect)
I also came across this great hair extension video on YouTube that showed me how to apply and remove the cold fusion hair! Check it out for some really great tips.
I am so glad I found a solution to my short hair blues. Hope this can help some of you as well!!
Are you looking for a fun way to spice up your hair, but scared of the permanence of hair color? The new hot trend for summer is brightly colored highlights, and Sally’s has just the product that will be only as permanent as you make it. Design Length Snap It’s is a 100% human hair clip-in that can be styled just like your hair. It comes in four bright shades: blue, purple, red and pink to give you an instant pop of color. Snap It’s attach securely to your natural hair with a comfortable, but sturdy clip.
Attaching the clip-in style is very easy!
Step one: Open the clip by putting your thumb and forefinger on the outside of the clip and push until it pops open. Once open, put the clip against the scalp and lightly push down for the clip to attach to the hair. Push the clip closed with the thumb and forefinger against the head until you hear it snap.
Step two: Part the hair. You can part on top of the head for a bolder look, or towards the bottom for a subtle peek of color.
Step three: Use a curling iron to add waves, or a straightener to create a sleek look. Low heat will help reduce damaging the human hair clip-in.
Step four: Blend the Snap It’s into natural hair. Mix and match colors and sections to instantly create fun styles for any occasion.
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”!
I’m loving the look of feather hair extensions right now! But, I have resisted the urge to jump on the feather trend…until now.
Satin Strands just came out with I-Feathers, which are made from heat-resistant synthetic hair and made to look like the popular rooster feathers. Putting them in was WAY easier than I thought it would be, and people kept coming up to me and complimenting me on my “feather” extensions. I put together a little how-to to show you how easy and cute these I-Feathers are!
STEP 1: First, I threaded a link (which was included with the package), onto a fusion hook.
STEP 2: Next, I grabbed a small portion of my own hair with the hook, and pulled it through the link.
STEP 3: Then I stuck the tipped end of the extension through the link.
STEP 4: Then, using fusion pliers, I clamped down on the link and flattened it, securing the tip and the natural hair.
STEP 5: My hair isn’t very long, and I only wanted a short feather, so I trimmed it to the right length.
Football season has started and pumpkin spice lattes are on sale, which can only mean one thing – fall is finally here!
After a hot, hot summer spent in the pool trying to cool off, my tresses are looking a little frazzled. Luckily, Brazilian Tech has come out with three new products that will get my hair back in shape just in time for my high school reunion! They’re full of keratin, which helps fill in any scraggly places along the hair shaft. Perfect timing!
My hair is having a bad day today. I’m in the process of trying to grow it out as I have become weary of my maternity bob (which is an awesome story all on its own). Today is it neither straight, nor curly. Neither long, nor short. There are pieces that want to flip this way and others that rebel.
So I rummage through my desk to see what I have on hand to combat this bad hair day.
This is what I find: Two hair claws, one hair elastic, a wide tooth comb and a curling iron.
Ponytail is too desperate. Tried the claws to no avail. Luckily I found an open outlet under my desk. So it looks like I will attempt to wrangle my lone wing with a few curls. When all else fails, I tousle.
I just returned from a beautiful weekend in San Diego at the BlogHer conference. I met some truly amazing women bloggers and had the best time socializing and learning.
After finding out that I was with Sally Beauty, the first question out of everyone’s mouth was, “What’s your favorite product?” So, I decided I should do a round-up of my Top Five Favorite Sally Beauty Products.
2. Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat - I refuse to paint my nails without this. It gives my polish a glass-like finish, dries in a snap and keeps them from chipping. I apply it every couple of days to keep my manicure looking fresh.
3. China Glaze Refresh-Mint – You know how newly engaged women constantly hold out their hand to admire their ring? That’s what I do when I wear this polish.
4. Miracle 7 Leave-in Conditioner - Now here’s a product that actually lives up to the hype. It’s ahhmazing. I love it because I have fine hair that gets weighed down easily, but needs a lot of conditioning, and Miracle 7 takes care of it.
5. Palladio Liquid Eye Liner in Black Forest - I always made a mess with liquid liner until I tried Palladio. The brush is super easy to work with and lets me draw perfect lines. Black Forest is a great color because it’s dark without being as harsh as black.
What beauty products can you not live without? Please share in the comments!
The other day as I was perusing our reviews, I found an interesting complaint about defective shampoo. Defective shampoo, really? What qualifies a shampoo as defective?
So I read on about the woes of a woman who no matter how much shampoo she used and how much she scrubbed it JUST WOULD NOT LATHER. She returned the bottle and posted her review to warn other shoppers of this defective shampoo.
Well at first glance this does indeed seem like a problem. Shampoo should create tons of white, fluffy suds just like that scene in South Pacific. But in reality not all shampoos lather. Did you know the very ingredient that makes a shampoo lather, is also the archnemesis of hair color? For real. That is why color protection shampoos just don’t lather like the others. I also checked and HairOne doesn’t lather either.
So don’t worry ladies – your shampoo isn’t broken.
Have you ever tried Curlformers? Their bright colors and twisty shapes have been piquing my curiosity for months. How do they work? What in the world is that hook thing for? Would they give me gorgeous ringlets like the packaging promised? I HAD to try them! So, I did and what do you know? Ringlets!
Here’s how to do you it:
Step 1: Gather your supplies. You’ll need Curlformers (obviously) and a Curlformer Hook. The number of curlers you need depends on the length and amount of hair you have. To give you an idea, my hair is shoulder length and thin, and I used 17. A curl setting lotion or light gel is also recommended. I used Beyond The Zone Noodle Head Curling Cream. Bonus – It smells just like summer!
Step 2: Thoroughly wet the hair and work in a setting product. Comb through.
Step 3: Start by feeding a Curlformer onto the hook. Grab a section of hair (I used a 1” section but that’s up to your discretion.) and place it in the hook. Next, slowly pull the hook down so it passes through the Curlformer, while holding the end of the Curlformer that is closest to the scalp. Repeat until the entire head is encased.
Step 4: Either let your hair dry naturally or use a hair dryer. I let mine air dry for a bit, but as you can see in the pictures it was getting late, so I hit it with the dryer.
Step 5: Once your hair is completely dry, remove the Curlformers one at a time by straightening out the spiral, pinching the top of the Curlformer so it opens, and then pulling the Curlformer down off your pretty, pretty ringlet.
Step 6: Enjoy!
* Make sure your hair is completely dry before you remove the Curlformers. I got impatient and didn’t dry the back of my head that well, so those curls weren’t as defined.
* When you grab a section, twist it near the roots. This helps keep the hair together as you place it in the hook.