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The Hair Color Trend I’m Seriously On Board With


When it comes to natural-looking hair color trends, first there was Ombre and then Sombre (subtle Ombre) and now it’s all about babylights. Babylights (as seen most recently on model Karlie Kloss) are very finely painted highlights that result in a stunning and super natural-looking finish. If you, like me, are someone who has always wanted to have the color you did as a child, babylights are just the ticket. What’s also great about them is that you’ll need to color your hair less often to get the best results, according to L’Oréal Paris Consulting Celebrity Colorist Kari Hill(more…)

The Hair Color of My Dreams

pastel pink hair color

Sorry to say that BEOC has been on a bit of a hiatus. Our lives became more hectic when Carrie welcomed a third child into the world and when my family decided to pick up and move. And while we hate to admit that life has gotten in the way of our passion — beauty, and talking about it endlessly — it simply has. We will be back in action again soon, we promise, but until then, here’s a quick photo of the hair color I dream of — pastel pink. If I weren’t lacking in the cool department, the mother of a two-year-old and working in an office full time, I’d so try this. It’s soft, pretty and edgy at the same time. Love.

Would you try a pastel hair color? If so, would you go pick or try another hue?

Reader Rave: J.F. Lazartigue Colour Reflecting Hair Conditioner

j.f. lazartigue colour reflecting hair conditionerIf you’re a redhead or thinking about going red, today’s Reader Rave is totally up your alley. The product: J.F. Lazartigue Colour Reflecting Hair Conditioner in Copper, $26.

Why: “This Revived my red hair after one use, and lasted at least a week. It contains no peroxide and no ammonia. It stretches out the life of your color so flawlessly that people asked if I had gotten my hair done.” — Breean

Do you have a product worth raving about? Tell us about it by commenting below!

Do You Need A Shower Filter? I Did.

aquasana-shower-filterGrowing up as a blonde in Southern California, I was always dealing with my hair turning green from chlorine when I filled my days swimming. But this winter in New York I started to see that familiar pea soup hue return, and with no pool in sight. It wasn’t pretty.

My colorist, Summer Parham, Redken artist at Cutler Salon in New York, noticed too — aside from the green tone, a chemical reaction started to make my highlighting foils puff up like little pillows on my head. Scary! Parham had seen this before and instantly knew that a mineral from my shower water was absorbing into my hair and causing a chemical reaction. Since I live in a 100-year-old apartment building, it was probably coming from the pipes, but Parham explained that this is common with minerals in well water too. Whether it was chlorine, copper, iron or magnesium — all potential culprits in changing hair color either green or orange — the solution was the same. I needed a filter on my shower.

I chose an Aquasana Shower Filter, $55 and it was a cinch to install. And it worked! My color lasted longer than in has in months and I feel better about drinking the water as I shower too (come on, you do it too, right?!). Parham also suggested, as another option, to use a chelating shampoo like Pureology Purifying Shampoo, $25  one a week to remove minerals that can build up in your hair.

Has your hair ever mysteriously turned green?

Q: Can My Anti-Aging Face Wash Be Ruining My Hair Color?


Question: I’ve noticed that my hair color fades around my hairline faster than the rest of my hair. Why does that happen? — Kymberly

Answer: “If your hair is turning an orange hue as it fades around your hairline, blame your face wash,” says Summer Parham, Redken artist at Cutler Salon in New York. “The worst offenders are anti-aging or anti-acne cleansers, since they usually have a high concentration of acid that strips the color down,” Parham explains. Protecting your hair is actually really simple and you don’t need to switch cleansers or anything crazy like that — just create a buffer between your hairline and the suds by wearing a terry cloth headband, I like the American Apparel Unisex Flex Terry Headband, $6. It comes in tons of cute colors and will catch the cleanser before it has a chance to get to your locks. “If instead of turning orange, your color fades or starts to look hollow (not the dense saturation you see immediately after your dye), you probably need to switch to a more full-coverage color,” says Parham. If you dye at home, switch from a demi- or semi-permanent haircolor to permanent. Try Clairol Perfect 10 By Nice ‘N Easy, $13. If you go to a salon, ask your colorist to add some grey oxidizing drops to the formula, like G.O.D Grey Oxidizing Drops, $10, to lock in color and prevent fading, suggests Parham. Luckily, either way you don’t have to sacrifice your hair color for a favorite face wash.

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Rev Up Your Red

taylor-tomasi-hill-red-hairThe one thing all redheads — the ones that aren’t lucky enough to be natural — complain about is fading, fading and more fading. You leave the salon with rich, vibrant red hair, and then watch it rinse down the drain with your first shampoo. This is what Pureology intends to change with the launch of the Pureology Reviving Red System of a shampoo, conditioner, oil, and color enhancers.

pureology-reviving-redAll the products are oil-based, not to be confused with oily, to give hair nutrients, seal color in and prevent fading. Highlights of the collection are the Reviving Red Shampo’Oil, $29, that delivers four times the active ingredients to replenish the protective lipid layer and seal the cuticle, and the Reviving Red Reflect Enhancers, $40, little vials of color depositing conditioners (they come in copper or red, red), that you use once a week to bump up color. This is as brilliant as your red will be.

Would you go red if it were easier to maintain?

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Dress Up Your Hair For Halloween Straight From The Runway

I have a confession. I don’t really like Halloween. But now that I have two children, I need to be game and come up with some cute ideas that will make my kids laugh and make me feel cool. Last month I realized my perfect “costume” would need to involve the candy colored hair we saw all over the spring/summer 2013 shows. While I’m not ready to go the permanent dye route a-la Kelly Osbourne and Christina Aguilera, I’m totally cool using a spray. Backstage at Vivienne Tam, stylist Leon Gorman for Cutler/Redken, created the one I’m going with.

With hair styled in a deep center part and pulled back into a chignon at the base of the neck, Gorman took Halloween Hair Color spray (try Color Effect Fluorescent Hair Spray, $4) and blasted the model’s part with colors ranging from silver, to green and red. Obsessed. Now the big question, will I pair this with fairy wings or punk rock gear?

For another Halloween beauty idea, click here.

What will you dress up as for Halloween?

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

Reader Q: How Can I Change My Hair Color For Fall?

Reader Question: “Now that it’s fall, everyone keeps telling me to go darker with my hair color. What’s the best way to do that?”  ­– Sarah

The Answer: Let’s break some rules, shall we? It used to be that once fall hit you needed to go darker, warmer, more golden, but times have changed according to Brad Johns, celebrity colorist and color director for the Salon and Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue. “When winter comes, no matter where you live, you should make your hair different — but it doesn’t have to be darker.” These days, it’s perfectly fine to stay in the same color family, but subtle tweaks are definitely in order. I mean we change our entire wardrobe and makeup, so it’s a perfect time to adjust your hair. “If you’re a blonde and want to stay blonde, one easy update is to make your base deeper but add bigger, chunkier highlighted pieces to give your hair more contrast,” says Johns. For brunettes, you don’t have to be dark and all one color, like the typical fall change. Instead, Johns suggests you opt to shade the bottom inch tips of your hair a brighter, lighter brown, a more modern take on the ombré trend. For something on the classic side, brunettes can lighten pieces around the front of the hair and perimeter. For the gingers out there, hair can turn strawberry in the summer, so go for a more Irish Setter hue in the winter. Johns likes to use the colors of the leaves changing as inspiration, and you should too.

Will you change your hair color this season?

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

Reader Q: How Can I Protect My Hair Color on Vacation?

Reader Question: I’m going on vacation to the beaches of Sardinia. How can I protect my hair color from the sun and salt? – Christina

The Answer: Let’s face it: sun, salt water, and chlorine can do a number on your hair hue. When hitting the beach you’ll do yourself (and your colorist) a favor by taking a few simple precautions to keep your color looking fresh and bright. We went to New York-based Redken artist Summer Parham for her best fresh-color tips.

Tip 1: Wearing a hat or scarf is obviously the best protection, but it’s not the only one. If you have dark or red hues, “don’t head to the beach without using a UV protection spray,” says Parham. Try Alterna Summer Hair Sun-Kissed Mist, $20.

Tip 2: If you’re blonde, you’re in luck. Rich golden locks and ombre hair color all look better after time in the sun. It gives your hair a natural look to it.

Tip 3:  “When you wash, opt for a shampoo and conditioner with ceramides which is a natural protectant for the hair that creates a sealant on the outside, almost like a candy-shell around your hair,” adds Parham. Try Redken Color Extend Shampoo, $18 and Redken Color Extend Conditioner, $19

Tip 4: “When it comes to salt and chlorine, rinse with tap water before you swim so your hair sucks up fresh water and not the salt and pool chemicals,” advises Parham. For even more protection apply conditioner before you dive in too. Oh, and make sure to rinse after.

Tip 5: If your hair color does go wacky and needs some mending when you return from vacation, a simple hair glaze can fix up brassiness and faded color.

Do you prefer wearing a hat or product to protect your hair color?

Carrie Stern Kleiner

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Candy Colored Hair — Do You Dig It?







Though I didn’t watch Saturday night’s Kids’ Choice Awards, I did spend some time perusing red carpet photos. But, instead of checking out what everyone was wearing, I got totally hung up on the wacky hair color trend that’s happening. Yes, I know this isn’t new, but I still can’t help but comment on it. From Katy Perry’s blue and purple pony to Ashley Tisdale’s burgundy peek-a-boo strands and Kelly Osbourne’s lavender locks, Hollywood seems to be obsessed with Play-Doh-colored strands. I can’t say that I’ve seen an equal number of “real” girls and women sporting these shades, but maybe I’m just hanging with the wrong crowd. Anyway, I want to hear what you have to say on this matter. Do you dig the rainbow hair hues or not? Please share.

Although I’ve just said I’m not sold on trying a wacky color, there are exceptions. For example Alyssa of The Sparkly Life showed off some pink (though in her dark hair the pink translated to more of an orange-y hue) streaks in her dark brown hair yesterday. They were temporary streaks created by using the Kevin Murphy Color Bug, $31.95. Her look is one I can get on board with. Not too over-the-top, but equally as fun with zero commitment.