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If you have wavy or curly hair, you probably have as many hairstyling products stashed under your sink and in your medicine cabinet as I do (read: too many to count). And you’ve probably tossed double that amount in the trash after a few tragic uses, too. Am I right? That’s why, when I find a product or cocktail of products that work wonders on my medium-thick, frizzy waves, I talk about them. So here I am, (sorta) talking…
After I finished up what was likely my tenth or twelfth bottle of this delicious creamy mousse from Sebastian, and once I polished off this family of wave enhancing miracle workers, I reached for two products I hadn’t previously tried. (more…)
The biggest compliment a beauty product can receive — especially from a product-obsessed gal like myself — is to have every last drop, swipe, dab, etc. used. So with that in mind, here are the four products I just finished off:
I’ve written about other nice natural shaving creams in the past, but this one blew those out of the water. It offers up a substantial lather and has a fantastically subtle, but lovely lavender scent. Need another bottle stat!
Truth be told, I have one or two more shampoos left in the bottle, but the conditioner is totally gone. I hate having a mismatched set, but I can’t ever seem to use enough shampoo. They should just make those bottles smaller. Or give us more conditioner. Yeah, more conditioner! Anyway, this wash and conditioner smell divine — they have a warm nutty, yet subtly perfume-y scent — and make my dry, straw-like hair feel so much softer. (more…)
A black head band, whether elastic, satin or leather can be the perfect finishing touch to a simple hairstyle that needs a little somethn’ somethin’. Case in point, Amy Adams’ gorgeous shiny chignon. The elastic band takes it from ordinary to striking — and gives it a touch of fun. It’s adorable to pop on to a ponytail or updo, but it’s just as gorgeous with loose locks or in a braid.
The ultra-shiny side braid from Valentino’s Fall 2013 fashion show is another amazing go-to style. When hairstylist Guido, Redken creative consultant, wove the simple plaits adorned with a leather band, he was aiming for a luxe style that’s wearable. To get the look yourself, blow-dry hair smooth using a blow-dry lotion like Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-dry Lotion, $18, then create a center part and comb hair to one side. Tuck that side behind your ear and braid (not too tightly), then smooth on a few drops of shine serum like Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40. Finally, add a leather headband to recreate the runway look, then mist on a finishing spray like Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray, $16.
If you’re like me and your hairbands slip off the back of your head, try one with a silicone strip on the back, like Scünci No Slip Grip Head Wraps, $4.
The Product: Redken Curvaceous Curl Dive, $19
Why: 60 percent of us have curly hair. I’m one of them. My hair is long and wavy. That’s why I was psyched to give the Redken Curvaceous Curl Dive a try. It’s a deep conditioning treatment designed specifically for, duh, curly hair.
What does it offer your curls that other deep conditioners might not? Good question. It contains sugar crystals, which attract moisture to help reactivate the shape of waves and curls. Moringa oil, which deeply hydrates strands to keeps curls full of bounce. Along with the hydrating ingredients you’ll find Keralink, a snazzy trademarked protein that strengthens hair, and amino acids, which protect the surface of hair to keep it shiny and healthy-looking.
Does it work? (more…)
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.
Image via: lisabonnici tumblr
Every season we see a ton of different, fabulous looks, yet there are always a few trends we see across the board. One of the biggest hair stories for Fall 2013 was the low ponytail. Ah, I love it. It’s so refreshing to see a glam way to wear the hair staple. For the Victoria Beckham show (above), Redken creative consultant Guido created this simple, yet elegant pony based on shine, shine and more shine. “This style is meant to look very easy, almost accidental, but note the emphasis is on the texture — I wanted it to look really drenched in shine, not quite totally wet, but almost,” explained Guido. Here are the steps to get the look.
Step 1: Blow dry hair with your fingers, not a brush, dragging fingers through as you dry so that the end result is straight but not perfect and retains a natural texture.
Step 2: Once dry, apply a shine serum (Guido used Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40 – Launches in May) from lengths to ends.
Step 3: For an extra glossy finish, next apply a shine spray (he used Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, $18) all over.
Step 4: Gather hair into a loose low pony with a messy, undefined side part. Pull out some pieces around the face and leave one ear exposed.
Here are a few other fab low ponytails we saw this week:
Do you prefer a low or high ponytail?
Images courtesy of: Redken, Cutler/Redken, TRESemmé; bottom image via: WWD
I’ve been closely following the Spring 2013 fashion shows in Paris, and I was totally captivated with the gorgeous hair — and really the hair accessories — at Balanciaga. Guido, Creative Consultant for Redken, created the slightly edgy style topped with a gorgeous piece of headband-like jewelry placed around the back of the head. Trés chic. And not too coiffed so that it looks princess-y. “The hair at Balenciaga is very natural, yet it’s smooth, not frizzy,” said Guido. “I wanted it to feel very modern and rich so we did a sort of rough, easy texture on the hair that offsets their beauty to a certain extent — they wouldn’t go with super luxe hair.” We went straight to Guido to get the scoop on how we can get this look at home. Here’s the story:
Step 1: Apply a hair cream (Guido used Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk, $18) to damp hair and roughly blow dry to create a smooth but very natural looking finish.
Step 2: Create a messy center part and add a dry shampoo (he used Redken Powder Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder/Dry Shampoo, $18) all over hair for increased “natural” texture and a little grip.
Step 3: Take two side sections from the very front, pull them back to just below the crown and secure with two bobby pins crisscrossed in the back.
Step 4: Finish with a finishing spray (he used Redken Pure Force 16 Non-Aerosol Fixing Spray, $16) just on the top to hold. If you can find a cool headband or piece of jewelry, pin into place around the crown of the head.
Would you wear a headband like a crown?
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
When I talk about hair color — and, trust me, I can talk and talk and talk — it’s usually about the hot colors of the season. But, instead of waxing poetic about the hues I’m most excited about trying this spring, I’d rather talk about the breakthroughs in color technologies. A tad geeky, I know, but hear me out. This is pretty exciting stuff for those of you who go to the salon for color and those who dye their strands at-home.
If you like to have your color perfected while you sit back and catch up on your gossip mags at the salon, Redken is launching Chromatics. A permanent formula that might just change hair color forever. This professional-only product boasts an ammonia-free technology that uses a complex mixture of dyes, oil and protein extracts that surrounds your hair’s cuticle and penetrates into the cortex of each strand. The result? The odorless formula gives you gorgeous saturated color (in any shade from platinum to jet black) without damaging your delicate hair — something many other hair color products can’t claim. And, it actually leaves your hair twice as strong. The results are pretty impressive (and stunning), if I do say so myself. Oh, and yes, it covers greys.
If you opt to dye your hair in the comfort of your own home, the folks at John Frieda have something that might delight you. If you haven’t already tried the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, $12.99 (a product women have been raving about since its launch) — they’re giving you one more reason to consider trying it. They have bottled up five of the most popular salon hair color hues and teamed up with celebrity colorist Nicola Clarke to have her professionally mix the shades the same way she does in the salon. So essentially this is the closest you’ll get to a custom, salon-worthy color at home. These specific five shades are called the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Salon Blends Collection and you’ll find them at drugstores that carry the collection of John Frieda Precision Foam shades.
So now that we’ve talked formulas, it’s time to figure out which shade you’re going to try this spring/summer. What are you thinking?
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
I’m already looking forward to spring, but not because I’m craving sunshine. I’m more interested in fully embracing the hair and makeup trends that the creative geniuses behind the scenes at fashion week have dreamt up for us. Spring looks are always my faves because even straight off the runway they’re more wearable and often prettier than their fall counterparts.
One of the hairstyles I’m loving for spring 2012 is the clipped deep side part seen at the Sonia Rykiel show. It’s easy to pull off and effortlessly gorgeous. Here, hair maestro Guido, Redken Creative Consultant, shares how to get this “1940s meets 1970s, very flirty and pretty” look:
Step 1: Start by applying a blow dry lotion like Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion, $16.50 to damp hair.
Step 2: Blow dry your hair with a round brush lifting the roots away from your scalp to add volume.
Step 3: Once your hair is dry, create a deep side part and mist your hair with a heat protecting spray like Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist, $14.99.
Step 4: Using a one-inch curling iron, curl your hair section by section.
Step 5: Brush out the curls gently to smooth them out and spritz with hairspray for hold. Finish by securing the hair opposite your part with a flat clip.
Which spring trends are you excited to show off come March 20th?
Reader question: “I’m curious which shampoo is the best under $30 for my obnoxiously thick, full bodied medium length hair. You are my go-to source for this info.” — Jessica
The answer: The great news is that there are a TON of shampoos out there for way less than $30. And, when it comes to choosing the perfect shampoo match for your thick strands, there are a couple of things you’ll want to look for. First, when cruising the aisles, look for bottles that claim to be “smoothing”, “moisturizing” or “hydrating”. That will be your first clue that the product might be right for you. Why? Well, they’ll likely contain the moisturizers your hair needs to make it less prone to tangling, and they’ll weigh down your strands just enough to tame them.
Then, pick up the bottle and read the ingredients on the back. Look for things like shea butter, guar gum, coconut, olive — all of these are super hydrating and will help smooth your full-bodied hair and make it easier to manage. Oh, and if your hair is color-treated, you’ll want to make sure you choose a formula that is either specifically formulated for color-treated hair or one that states on the bottle that it’s color safe. Here are a few that meet these criteria — two from the salon and two from the drugstore. Happy shampoo shopping.
Salon shampoo picks:
Redken Real Control Shampoo, $13.50
Drugstore shampoo picks:
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