Bye bye bubbles!

I like bubbles in my champagne, not on my nails. It’s hard enough to find time to give yourself a manicure, and the last thing you need is to spend an hour painting your nails just to end up with a bubbly result. Here are some tips that will help solve this problem:

  1. 1. Apply very thin coats of polish. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next.

2. Add a drop of nail polish thinner (or just a drop of polish remover) into the polish bottle.

3. Don’t shake the polish bottle before use since shaking creates bubbles. Instead, try rubbing the bottle back and forth in your hands.

Any of these tips will help prevent bubbles from forming on your fresh paint job. Give it a try and let us know how it works!

Ion Keratin Makeover Contest

Cast your vote below for who you think deserves to win a hair makeover.

First place winner will recieve a professional Ion Keratin Hair Smoothing Makeover, plus a trip for two to Dallas, Texas, with a two night stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort!

2nd and 3rd place will win an Ion Keratin Smooth Solutions Gift Set, and 4th through 10th will win a $100 Sally Beauty gift card. 

Voting will finish on Sunday, July 17 at 11:59 CT.


Charmane B.
Orlando, FL

I am just finishing up another school tour to start a new career. Being unemployed for over a year it’s been practically impossible to treat myself to anything because I’ve been working so hard to try & stay afloat for my kids. I’d love a makeover! Hopefully it will give me some motivation I lack!

Jennifer C.
Gilbert, AZ

I have curly hair that has gotten out of control. It’s frizzy and dry all of the time which makes static a daily issue. HELP!!!

Jennifer P.
Sumter, SC

Because NOTHING has ever been able to get the crazy “S” pattern out of my hair, EVER. Also, my husband is going to return from his deployment in September and it would be nice to have great hair!

Katherine H.
Tucson, AZ

I would love a chance to have smooth, shiny hair! My hair is naturally super frizzy, and as a busy middle school teacher, I have to get up way too early to be able to straighten my hair. I would love to be able to feel confident about my appearance instead of messy and not put together!

Laura T.
Chicago, IL

I suffer from hair that is curly and frizzy. Half of the time I have to wear my hair tied or braided because it gets too frizzy and puffy. I really need soft, straight, manageable hair. I want to be able to wear my hair down and carefree

Renee H.
Lakewood, CO

I need to win this… my hair is completely a disaster. I have struggled with it wanting to be a fuzz ball all my life :/ The beast needs to be tamed! Thank you for the opportunity!!

Tammy C.
Peoria, AZ

I have fibromyalgia and am unable to do my hair, like I used to. I just keep the same style that I have had over 12 years. I used to color my own hair but I’m unable to keep my arms up to do it. Reasons to win: 1) I have lost 160 lbs 2) I’m going to be 47 soon.3) It’s time for change.

Tracy Y.
Vacaville, CA

As a working mom of 4 kids, 8 to 12, I have no time to style my naturally curly hair. Salon products are the only sure weapons in the battle to coax my curls into a manageable state. I am no longer able to buy salon products. Your Makeover is the ultimate weapon in declaring victory over my curls!”

Yesenia V.
Cleveland, OH

I would love to win this makeover because I am tired of always having curly hair, I need a new look.

Who deserves to win a makeover?

  • Jennifer P. (33%, 494 Votes)
  • Anne P. (28%, 419 Votes)
  • Tracy Y. (17%, 256 Votes)
  • Tammy C. (9%, 141 Votes)
  • Katherine H. (4%, 61 Votes)
  • Laura T. (4%, 55 Votes)
  • Charmane B. (3%, 42 Votes)
  • Renee H. (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Yesenia V. (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Jennifer C. (0%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,515

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Gel polish is here!

Have you been bitten by the gel polish bug? If you haven’t tried it yet, prepare to be amazed! Gel polish lasts up to 21 days with no chips! And you can do it at home! You can now jump up and down with joy.

Sally Beauty now has a gel polish that is better than any other gel polish out in the market  (according to our tests) – Gelish!

A product thumbnail of Gelish Basix Kit

Let me tell you a little about Gelish.

*18 fabulous colors available
*Cures in LED OR UV light.
*Cures in 10 seconds (LED light)
*Removal time is only 10 to 12 minutes!
*Up to 21 days of amazing, long lasting color!

It’s in stores now!! So run, don’t walk, and get your Gelish on!

Let me know what colors you like best! I’m partial to Passion, myself.

Pure Elements Kits – Winners

A product thumbnail of Pure Elements Perfect Blow Out KitCongratulations to the following winners of the Pure Elements Kits!

Jamie T.


Kelly D.


I will be emailing you shortly to claim your prize!

Happy 4th of July!

Before you grab your lawn chair, your flag t-shirt, and your sparklers this weekend stop by for star-spangled savings!

This weekend, we’re offering 20% off online orders of $25 or more. To redeem this offer online, add at least $25 (pre-tax) worth of products to your cart, and enter promo code 555952 in the space provided at checkout. 20% will be deducted from your total.

This spectacular offer is not valid on equipment items, gift cards, warranties, or Beauty Club Card memberships. Offer cannot be combined with other offers. This star-spangled offer ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 7/4/11. This offer is not valid in stores.

Pure Elements Kits

If you visit a Sally Beauty store today, you might notice that things are looking a little greener in there. New summery green window posters, you ask? Nope! It’s because the Pure Elements by Zotos starter kits launched today.

A product thumbnail of Pure Elements Perfect Blow Out KitPure Elements is a new amazing line of good for you and good for the environment hair care products. They’re free from sulfates, parabens, silicone, animal-derived ingredients, gluten and artificial colors and dyes. Plus, Zotos manufactures them with on-site wind power from two wind turbines, which currently generate enough clean, renewable energy to meet more than 60% of their energy needs. Fabulous, right?

The full line will launch in August, but for now we have two different starter kits – Pure Elements Strength & Repair Kit and Pure Elements Protective Blow Out Kit.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a kit of your choice to four lucky readers. Just leave a comment on this blog post between now and Sunday, July 3, at 11pm cst. Winners will be announced Tuesday.

Limit one comment per person. CONSUMER DISCLOSURE: NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of 50 US states and DC, 18 or older, who have Internet access and a valid email address prior to 7/1/11. To enter, access Sally Beauty Blog at from 10 am CT on 7/1/11 to 11 pm CT 7/3/11 and post a comment to the Pure Elements blog entry and provide your screen name and valid email address. Entries must be received by 11 pm CT on 7/3/11. Limit one entry per person.4 prizes to be awarded in random drawing on or about 7/5/11. Prize is a Pure Elements Kit. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For official rules and winner’s list (after 7/5/11), visit or mail request to: Sally, Attn: Blog Promotion, PO Box 490, Denton, TX 76202. Sponsor: Sally Beauty Supply LLC.

Pedicure Poll

I was at the nail salon this past weekend and was thinking about how people have SUCH different ideas about what they want on their toes during sandal season. There was Neon Green Lady parked next to French Manicure Lady, who was sitting next to The More Sparkles the Better Lady. (A nail salon is almost as good of a place to people watch as the airport!) So that got me interested in your preferred summer pedicure color.

Cast your vote for what you’re rocking on your toes this summer!

What's your summer pedicure style?

View Results

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4th of July Nail Art

I was asked to blog again on a design for July 4th nails which I was glad to do, since I love patriotic art.

I also like to use ordinary products in unordinary ways and I thought….maybe I can put the two together. So, this blog is about using regular half moon French tip adhesive guides as patriotic stripe guides. I am always looking for easier ways to paint stripes and this one is neat, easy and fun all at the same time.

Let’s get started!

Nail Polish Remover
Polish Remover Pads
Clear Base Coat
Orly Half Moon French Tip Adhesive Guides
Red Nail Polish
Blue Nail Polish
White Nail Polish
Clear Top Coat
Tooth Pick
Wax Paper

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

Step 1: Apply two coats of White Nail Polish and let dry for at least 30 minutes. You want very dry nails before applying the adhesive guides.

Step 2: After 30 minutes, remove a “half moon” off the paper backing and apply to your nail diagonally, making sure to go from one side of your nail to the other. This should create a small triangle on the top of the nail. Gently press the guide down, but be careful not to damage the white polish.

Step 3: Carefully paint the “triangle” with blue polish. You may need 2 coats. Important: Do not remove the adhesive guide.

Step 4: Remove a second guide off the backing paper and apply to your nail, parallel to the first guide, about 1/8” apart or closer for smaller red stripes. Repeat the process with the guides until you are happy with the design.

 Step 5: Apply Red polish between the lines until you have completed all the stripes. Apply a second coat of red if necessary.

Step 6: Carefully remove the adhesive guides and marvel at how accurate the red and white stripes are. Cool, huh?

Step 7: Drop a drop of white nail polish on the wax paper and paint white dots (stars) with the tooth pick on the blue area. You can paint several small stars, or you can apply a large drop and pull out the tips of the stars with the toothpicks; it’s your choice. 

Step 8: Apply a topcoat and you’re finished. Tip: if you like “bling”, apply small clear rhinestones for “stars”, instead of white paint while the topcoat is still wet.

I hope you will try this design for July 4th. It really is a cool look for a summer holiday.

Have a great 4th and be safe.

See you next time and remember…keep those nails covered.

Summer Hair Care

A product thumbnail of Ion Summer Poolooza Insulated ToteSummer is officially here and it’s time to start thinking about summer hair care! Just as you would put sunscreen on your skin to protect it from the sun and damaging effects, you should use a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair from the sun, chlorine, and salt water. Ion Swimmer’s Leave-In Conditioner is specially formulated for this purpose. It will also prevent your hair from turning green from chlorine exposure.  

Hair tangled from a day spent splashing in the water? Again, Ion Swimmer’s Leave-In Conditioner to the rescue! It’s an easy detangler, and adds shine and hydrates hair at the same time. Hello multi-purpose product!

Even if you use the leave-in conditioner for protection, your hair can use a clarifying treatment after swimming in the pool or saltwater. It will remove build-up and any green discoloration. Ion Swimmer’s Clarifying Treatment is safe for color treated hair.

For maintenance, use Ion Swimmer’s Shampoo as often as needed. It is safe to use daily.

P.S. Just in time for summer fun, if you buy 2 Ion Swimmer hair care items – you can get the Ion Summer Poolooza insulated tote for FREE.

Help, my shampoo is broken.

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.