Halloween Beauty: Become an Ice Princess

My husband and I have a bet this year as to how many little Ice Princesses we’ll find roaming the streets on Halloween night, trick-or-treat totes firmly in hand.  I think we could see a new record for most popular girl’s costume for the under-12 set.  Every little girl I know in kindergarten has had her mind made up for at least a year, including our own daughter!

But why should the little ones have all the fun?  Wrap yourself in sparkly tulle and organza and use these tips to create a spectacular Halloween look that will have your friends, family and guests absolutely frozen with awe!

Halloween Look:  Ice Princess

First, let’s start with makeup.  To create a cool, porcelain complexion, remember that your primer, concealer, foundation and/or powder should be a shade or two lighter than usual.  You’ll want a vivid blue eyeshadow for your lid and crease – try Femme Couture® Eternal Color Intense Silky Shadow in Sapphire.  Then add something frosty, like Sally Girl™ Mini Magic Eyeshadow in Enchanted as a highlight on your browbone, just underneath each eyebrow.  Finish off your glacially regal stare with blue eyeliner and mascara.  Try Palladio Precision Eye Liner in Electric Blue, then Ardell Ombré Lashes in Blue.  Now, just add some light pink blue to your cheeks, and a little white eyeshadow to your forehead and around your eyes (a fan brush is perfect for this), and your face is complete!

For your royal hairdo, a simple braid will do, but here are a few tricks that will ensure the final result is extra cool:

First, brush your hair to one side, and use bobby pins to keep it in place.  Now, curl several pieces at the top of your head and around your face (including bangs, if you have them).  If you’re headed to a full night of Halloween revelry, be sure to use a tool that gives maximum curl retention, like the Ion™ Titanium Pro Curling Iron.  Draw attention to your ‘do by clipping in long strands of colored synthetic hair to the beginning of the braid – make sure it’s heat-resistant, like Sassy Colors Clips in Royal Blue.  Make sure that color shows through as you braid!  Now, finish off with a bit of sparkle by adding DCNL Flower Rhinestone Spinners.

Ice Princess Tips & Tools

There’s no need to conceal those magical fingers on Halloween night!  Give yourself the perfect manicure with China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Frostbite, then add FingerPaints® Nail Color in Amazing Glaze for super-frosty tips.

And, you’re ready to head out and freeze (or thaw, depending on your mood) the hearts of your Halloween subjects.  Have fun!

Are you planning to transform into an Ice Princess for Halloween, or do you know someone who is?  Be sure to tell us all about your plans in the comments below!  We’d love to hear from you.

The Sophist O Twist

Sophist o Twist

We like big buns! The Sophist-O-Twist makes it easy to achieve one. Follow Rosaura ‘s simple steps below to create your own perfect big bun.

Sophist-o-twist STEP1 STEP 1The Sophist-O-Twist does not require any additional accessories (see video example at bottom of page) but if you are aiming for a specific spot on your head, first tying hair into a ponytail will help with placement precision!Rosaura is going for a centered-in-back bun.
Sophist-o-twist STEP2 This is what the DCNL Sophist-O-Twist looks like. It comes one to a package. There is wiring inside and soft fabric outside with a hole cut in the middle.
Sophist-o-twist STEP3 STEP 2Pull ponytail through Sophist-O-Twist until tool is all the way to your head.
Sophist-o-twist STEP4 STEP 3Line up tool horizontally and slide down ponytail. If you have layers, like Rosaura, stop just above where the layers start for best result.
Sophist-o-twist STEP5 STEP 4Roll the tool towards your head until you get to your head.
Sophist-o-twist STEP5a STEP 5Fold down the ends of the Sophist-O-Twist, securing neatly into a close circle. Then pull hair loop down so it makes a perfect bun.
Sophist-o-twist STEP6 If you have flyways or uncooperative layers, use hair pins to tuck them away.
How to Make a Sophist o twist Bun That’s some good bun!Watch the Sophist-O-Twist “How To” video tutorial below to see an alternative styling idea and the tool in action without first making a ponytail.This DCNL tool makes it so easy!

Blow Dryers 101

Most of us have a blow dryer for a while. So, when it’s time to invest in a new one – staring at the wall of choices can be intimidating. Not to worry, let’s break down what all the options and variations actually mean for your hair.

FINE & THIN HAIR Those with finer and/or thinner hair are going to want blow dryers with adjustable heat settings. WHY? The option to take heat way down or all the way to cool will help prevent damage on more delicate hair. Here are a few we are fond of,  available at Sally Beauty:

Best dryers with variable heat settings

Left to Right : Ion Anti-Frizz Ionic, Jilbere, Hot Shot Tools

THICK & COARSE HAIR For thicker and/or coarser hair you are also going to want blow dryers with adjustable heat settings as well as more powerful air flow. WHY? The opposite of fine hair – thicker hair will be able to take more heat for longer amounts of time before causing heat damage. Because there is more hair to work with, a hair dryer with stronger air flow will cut down your drying time. Here are some options :

The Best Hair Dryers for Thick Hair

Left to Right : Ion One TouchOne n’ Only, Jilbere Professional

ALL HAIR TYPES Ionic, Ceramic and Tourmaline Technologies plus a Cool Blast option. WHY? Ionic technology uses negative ions to smooth cuticles, lock in moisture and break down water droplets for faster drying time. Ceramic and Tourmaline technologies also reduce drying time and both help eliminate frizz. A Cool Blast will cool off your hair and help it set.  Try these:

Best Ionic, Tourmaline and Ceramic Hair Dryers

Lef to Right : CHI Air, CHI Elite, Ion Travel

WHAT DO ALL THOSE DESCRIPTORS EVEN MEAN?!?!

We’ve got you. Here’s a simple guide to the verbiage you will see associated with various hair dryers…click graphic to open it full size and drag it to your desktop to save for later!


Hair Dryer Terminology

Once you’ve found the perfect dryer or two for you, you’ll want to keep them in tip top shape. Review the tip below to keep your tool functioning at optimum for as long as possible.

CLEAN YOUR FILTER! That is pretty much THE tip for hair dryer maintenance. If you don’t keep the filter clean, your dryer will overheat and die a slow or quick death. Always allow your dryer to cool completely and unplug it before performing maintenance. Some will have a removable filter. If so, remove and use a brush to gently clear away dust. If the filter is not removable, use a brush on the outside of the filter. We recommend a filter cleaning once a month to protect the motor’s life.

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“Give that Summer Hair a Break PART 1″ HOW TO : Chopstick Twist

This is a great style when you have no time but still want to look pulled together. Just a minute or two is needed to get this twist up and secure. It’s so quick & easy to pull off, if the first try isn’t perfect – you can give it another whirl. Second-day hair or just-washed hair NOT treated with heat or product will hold best. So, this is another one of our favorite updos to give hair a rest!

You’re going to want to grab a pack of hair sticks at Sally Beauty, like Melissa did.

Hair Sticks at Sally Beauty

Hair Sticks from Sally Beauty Okay, Melissa – show us how it’s done!

STEP 1 : Hold hair in low ponytail and line up one stick horizontally at base of head with the small end pointing away

STEP 1 Chopstick Twist STEP 2 : Depending on length of your hair, twist around stick one to three times, twisting in towards your head
STEP 2 Chopstick Twist STEP 3 : Move stick clockwise 90° so the small end of the stick is facing straight up
STEP 3 Chopstick Twist STEP 4 : Flip that stick!
Secure with the small end pointing straight down
STEP 4 Chopstick Twist STEP 5 : Use one hand to hold updo in place and grab your other stick with your free hand
STEP 5a Chopstick Twist STEP 6 : Push other stick at an angle behind the first stick, then swivel around so they are parallel – this is reinforcing the hold
STEP5b Chopstick Twist Voilà!
A simple twist that is elegant without being too fancy
An easy undo - use hair sticks to twist hair into a firm hold We love this look for work, running errands or just getting hair off your neck and out of your face when hanging around at home.
Finished Updo on Melissa! Thanks, Melissa!
   

“Give that Summer Hair a Break PART 3″ HOW TO : Glamorous Fall Updo

We call this one “The Ivana.” A classic, glamorous updo perfect for so many occasions –  holiday events and dances, a ladies luncheon, weddings, showers, or rock this classic look with a casual everyday outfit to kick things up a few notches! Also a perfect hairdo for second day hair or air-dried, no-product, freshly washed hair – this look gives your hair a break.

Surprisingly easy to pull off, it just takes a little know-how. Melissa walks us through it, below.

You will need : comb, brush, Magic-Grip hairpins, hair accessories of choice (we used the Pink Botanical Head Wrap)

Ivana hair supplies

Okay, let’s go! First, if you are using a head wrap or full band like we are, put that around your neck before you begin.

IVANA pt1

Next, grab your comb and start teasing – a really good tease. Start with a section near the front of your head. You are going to tease a “mohawk” down the middle. Drag your comb from near the top of the section of hair to the base, creating a FIRM tease.

Ivana pt2

We MEAN it…REALLY FIRM. Get your tease on. It should stand up on its own like the photo on the left below! Next, work your way back on the top of your head, section by section until a little past halfway down the back of your head.

IVANA pt3

Once you have a nice, stiffly teased mohawk, pull ALL your hair up into what we affectionately call, “the troll doll.” Ha! The smooth outside hair will be surrounding the inside teased mohawk hair.

IVANA pt4

With your brush, smooth up the outside hair. GUIDE the hair with the brush – don’t force it. You want the tease to remain. TIP : Use your brush at an angle like the photo below right, while smoothing.

IVANA pt5

Fold the hair down at the top of your head and grab a Magic Grip hairpin. Insert the pin to secure the ‘do, as shown below.

IVANA pt6

You may need to use a few pins.

IVANA pt7

When your hair feels nice & secure, you can use your hand to pull the bump forward, use bobby pins to secure any strays, etc. Pull up our headband and you are all set!

IVANA pt8

It was exciting to learn this classic look isn’t very hard to pull off. Thanks to stylist Joshua Rossingol who taught us how to make these “Give that Summer Hair a Break” updos come to life!

IVANA thanks Joshua

During the shoot, all the ladies ooh’ed and ahh’ed as the methods were shown then Melissa and Rosaura were able to do them on their own heads. And, of course, we all went home to try them on our own! Click HERE and HERE to see the other two in this series. Have fun trying these ‘dos!