Get the Look: Lavender Hair

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Congrats to designer Ashley on winning episode one of Project Runway. We’re loving her pastel colored hair. Want to try it? Be your own stylist by following these few simple steps:

1. Pre-lighten hair using Ion Color Brilliance Creme Lightener mixed with 20 volume developer until it reaches a pale yellow color (a level 9 or 10). Keep checking your hair continuously as it processes, because all hair will lighten at different speeds. Be sure to follow all the directions included with the package!

2. Apply Ion Color Brilliance Brights in Lavender using a tint brush, and let it process for 20-40 minutes until it reaches the vibrancy you’re looking for. Ion Brights hair color can be mixed with a clear shade dilutor if you want it to be super pastel.

3. Keep your color looking icy with a special purple shampoo like Ion Cool Blonde. It tones down any pesky yellow shades, and helps prolong the life of your lavender locks.

 

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Heart Your Color

You’re pretty smitten with your fab new color. We can help you lengthen the life of your freshly-hued locks with products specifically designed to extend your color.

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1. Lock in color by sealing the cuticle, and add gorgeous shine with the Ion Color Defense After Color Sealer. Use it immediately after coloring your hair, and then follow up with it 1 to 2 times weekly as needed for extra moisture.

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2. Care for your tresses by using a line of products that don’t contain sulfates and are designed specifically to protect your shade. We love that the iThrive by Clairol Professional Color Vibrancy line works to keep color bright and beautiful, while adding shine and manageability.

3. Even with the best color care products, fading does happen but you can fight it by lengthening the time between washes. A color safe dry shampoo will be your best friend, and as a bonus it will save you tons of time in the morning. Our favorite? The Biotera Ultra Color Care Dry Shampoo.

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SUMMER LIPSTICK PICKS AND TIPS

Hello lovelies! Lauren here – fashion blogger and color addict behind the little blog, Vandi Fair. As a blogger who celebrates color, lipstick is undoubtedly my favorite part of applying my make-up. Whether to complement a color I’m wearing or add a pop to a neutral look, I wear it everyday (except for those yoga-pants-all-day kind of days). It’s hard to believe that there was a time not long ago when lipstick, especially the bright ones, frightened me. Blame it on the big-hair-blue-eye shadow-sky-high-hair photos of my mother from the 80’s, but I just avoided the stuff altogether and opted for neutral glosses. Once I started working in the real world, however, I traded my sticky lip gloss for a collection of fresh, vivid lipsticks and never turned back.

I had the pleasure of perusing my local Sally Beauty and picking out my favorite lipsticks for the summer so I could share them with you all. I narrowed it down to six sumptuous shades that I absolutely love, and styled each of them with a look so you can get some ideas on how to wear bold, bright lipstick this summer season.

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Palladio Herbal Lipstick in Petal Pink

To say I’m obsessed with powder pink this season would be an understatement. I had to find a lipstick that created that soft, feminine hue and Palladio herbal Lipstick in Petal Pink delivered. I fell in love with this lipstick the second I took off the cap—it smells just like cotton candy and goes on smooth, with a moisturizing effect. Just one coat provides a visible light pink tint with a hint of a luminous shimmer. I styled it to bring out the light pink petal print in this teal maxi dress and it is the perfect finishing touch.

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Femme Couture Shiny Color Crayon in Cherry

This luscious color is, in a word, classic. Having a go-to red lipstick is essential for every season, and the Femme Couture Shiny Color Crown in Cherry is the perfect candidate. This lip shade goes on so smooth with the feeling of a lip balm and the finish of a gloss. It’s definitely one you’ll want to keep in your purse because it will need to be re-applied every few hours, but the creamy, moisturizing feeling makes it well worth it. I paired a classic look to go with this timeless lip color. Red accents navy and yellow effortlessly and adds to the sweet, 1950’s-feel of the dress.

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Femme Couture Prime Wear Diamond Color in Twinkling Tulip

This lipstick is the perfect mix of pink and coral with a subtle shimmer. Since it’s not too far-off from natural lip color, it’s a great choice to spice up a casual outfit. What’s even better–the subtle shimmer of the lipstick twinkles even more in the sunlight. I styled it with a colorful summer weekend look to give it that extra color pop.

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Palladio Herbal Lipstick in Coral Punch

This lipstick is the brightest, most beautiful shade of poppy red that I’ve ever seen. Although it’s called coral, it’s more of an orange-meets-red hue in my book. It goes on bright and smooth with just one application and is perfect for adding some zest to a little black dress or for accentuating color, like I did. I paired it with a vivid orange and pink color block dress to continue the bright color story.

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Femme Couture Glossy Prime Wear Long Lasting Lip Cream in Pink Sizzle

This pretty shade is more fuchsia than it is pink and I absolutely love it. It goes on with just the right amount of shine and is the ultimate statement shade. I paired it with red flowy pants to bring out the purple-pink flowers in the print and add an unexpected touch of color against the crisp white top.

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Femme Couture Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour Matte in Flirty Flamingo

This bright shade had me at flamingo. The skinny lipstick goes on easy and has a hot pink matte finish that lasts for hours. I absolutely love this lipstick and have a feeling it will be one of my go-to’s this summer. I paired it with a playful printed navy off-shoulder dress to bring out the bright pink flamingo print.

 

Fair-well xx,

L. Vandi

 

Heart Your Younger Hair

Does your aging hair need an attitude adjustment?

Actual aging hair is unavoidable, but visibly aging hair can be escaped if you know what to use on it. Pick products that target Father Time’s most fervent offenders – dry, brittle, dull strands.

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1. Start with a shampoo that is gentle, will replenish moisture and most importantly – protect your hair for environmental stressors. Ion Youth Restore Renewing Shampoo has a special formulation of ingredients that are designed to help boost and maintain hydration, shine, strength, softness, body and color vibrancy.

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2. Add a weekly deep conditioning treatment like the Ion Youth Restore Weekly Renewing Masque to your routine to revive your hair and keep it young, plump, and fresh. For those who color it will help hair stay vibrant, as well as make tresses super soft.

 

3. If you have damage from heat styling and/or having chemical processes done on your hair, then try the classic Roux 233 Treatment & Shine. Its leave-in formula treats the outer cuticle layer and internal structure of the hair, helping to protect and leaving hair healthy with beautiful shine.

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Summer Hair Care

Sally Beauty makes it easier to love your hair by offering solutions to embrace texture, restore youth, extend color, add volume, and fight frizzy hair and repair damage. You all know I love to add volume so it should come as no surprise that I’m going to share my favorite products for volume and a treatment that I just can’t live without. For more great hair solutions make sure to check out the Sally Beauty Solution Guide.

The Miracle 7 Hair Care products definitely deliver on their name. I like to triple team my hair with their products so that I can get uber amounts of volume.

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I start with the Miracle 7 Volumizing Shampoo, one of the best parts about this shampoo is that it’s sulfate free so I don’t need to worry about it stripping my hair color. It adds volume direct to my root, even if I use it alone I see a significant difference in volume. It’s infused with powerful antioxidants to deliver hair that is noticeably voluminous and silk. My hair feels super moisturized after using it, so much so that I skip conditioning in the shower. I go straight for my Miracle 7 Lite Leave-In Mist. Conditioner sometimes weighs my hair and counteracts any volume that I might have naturally so skipping it is fine with me, I just spritz in the leave-in spray and I’m good to go, my hair still feels moisturized and healthy. I also reach for my Miracle 7 Blowdry Volumizer, it lifts my hair directly at the root and provides the illusion of thicker hair. I spray this on my hair when it’s about 60% dry and then blow dry. It adds shine and volume leaving me super excited.

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If I find myself wanting some extra volume, I’ll use these Beyond The Zone Slumber Party Rollers. I put them in my hair and since they’re made of foam and super comfy I sleep in them.

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When I wake up, I spritz some of my Beyond the Zone Power Lift Teasing Spray and let my hair fall naturally for about 15 minutes after I remove the rollers, then I just comb my fingers through and I am good to go.

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Getting voluminous, healthy looking and shiny hair wouldn’t be possible without giving my hair some extra TLC. I have been using and loving the Beyond The Zone Split Mender. With color treated hair I find that I tend to get more noticeable split ends in between trims, this treatment helps soothe them giving me healthy and shiny looking hair.

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