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Hair Care 101

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Shiny hair is sexy. Shiny hair signals youth and fertility, so instinctively men love a woman with luscious locks. Here are a few simple and easy steps that every woman can take to keep her hair shiny, and to keep those boys breaking their necks.

People with oily hair tend to over wash their hair. When the hair is stripped of its essential oils it goes into overdrive to produce more oils, so it’s a never ending battle to keep oily hair clean. Instead, wash only a few times a week if your hair is oily. The oils in your hair condition the roots and lengths of your hair, and will keep the hair shiny and supple. If the root area looks greasy, use a dry shampoo to keep it immaculate. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is a great choice.

If you have normal to dry hair and a dry scalp, it’s likely that your hair stays fresh for quite some time. Once weekly washings are appropriate to those that don’t produce much oil at the scalp and the oil that is produced will be beneficial and hydrating to the hair, so use a soft boar bristle brush to pull the oils from the roots through the lengths of the hair.

Don’t overuse heat tools. Stick straight hair is so 2005, so don’t flat iron your hair to its death. Instead, embrace the natural texture that you were born with. Air dry hair when possible, and if you need to use a blow-dryer, opt for a cool setting instead of high heat. My therapist (I mean stylist) has taught me some great hair care tricks over the years, but one of my favorites is a blow-drying tip. Part the hair and spritz with heat-protective spray, then blow dry only at the roots, let the ends of the hair air-dry… this always gives my hair a lot of natural movement but doesn’t leave the top of my head kinked. If you like your hair curly, then traditional curling rods are a better choice than a high-heat curling iron, so if you’re sporting ringlets let dry hair set in curlers for a few hours.

Lay off the chemical processing for a change. Highlights, lowlights, double processing, triple processing, you’ve done it all. Every chemical process does a bit of damage, and when color is constantly pulled out and deposited in, the hair strand becomes more and more damaged. Color only the hair that hasn’t been colored, we advise professional root touch ups every 6-8 weeks. And quit with the drama already… If you don’t have naturally light hair, the peroxide that you use will eat up your healthy dark tresses. And light haired girls that go uber-dark can end up with those grey-looking roots (nobody wants to look like they have a receding hair line). Many colorists say that the most flattering color you can have as an adult is the hair color that you had as a child. Was it sunny and blonde, but turned a little brassy and mousy as you got older? Pump up the volume on the developer and lighten up! Did you have gorgeous black hair as a baby but it looks a little worn and ashen? Deposit a rich hue to bring out the vibrancy!

One of the most important rules in hair care is to trim your hair regularly. Hair that has split ends (no matter how well cared for) can look dry and brittle. Regular trims keep the hair looking slick and smooth, not bushy and unruly.

Remember that hair care products play a huge role in the way your hair looks. Using quality shampoo and conditioner that are made for your specific hair type will be beneficial to the health of your hair. Yes, a shampoo and conditioner made for color-treated hair can improve and prolong your hair color. A shampoo and conditioner made for oily hair will help to balance the production of sebum in the scalp. A shampoo and conditioner made for normal to dry hair will condition the hair thoroughly to provide greater manageability.

Leave-in treatment products are very beneficial to the hair. Leave-in conditioners (in spray or cream form) help to condition the hair and seal the cuticle so it’s pliable and elastic, therefore less prone to break. Leave-in products such as shine enhancing sprays and serums seal the hair cuticle and impart shine, so hair not only feels healthier, it also looks better.

Deep conditioners are intense and really beneficial to thirsty hair. Because I have platinum hair that requires a lot of color developer to lift the ashy-ness out of my roots, and A LOT of toner to keep it neutral instead of brassy, my hair is always thirsty. In addition to using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner and leave-in products I love a once-weekly deep conditioner, and you will too once you try one. When you can’t afford to have it in-salon (or just have no time or desire to sit in a salon chair for two hours) use a hair masque at home instead! After washing and conditioning the hair, apply a generous amount of hair masque that’s appropriate to your hair type (I LOVE the Alterna TEN Hair Masque), put on a shower cap and use your blow-dryer to warm up the hair (make sure the cap isn’t the type that melts), this will allow for your hair cuticle to open up and absorb more of the active ingredients. Then rinse, dry and voila! Shiny, bouncy, smooth hair that’s manageable and silky.

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How to Get Smooth, Frizz-Free Hair

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Want shiny, smooth, frizz-free hair?  You can get it with Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist. This weightless mist is not only great for strengthening your hair with nutrients; its organic ingredients reverse damage and extend the life of a blow-out. Brilliant!

Its wonderful, light fragrance makes it easy to spray in liberally and it can be used on damp hair as a leave-in treatment or on dry hair to boost shine.  This product is made for fine-to normal hair so if you have medium to thick hair you’ll want to use Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment. Both formulas offer color hold protection and humidity resistance.

After reading some pretty amazing reviews, I decided that I had to try it for myself. Boy, I am I glad I did! I saw a noticeable improvement with my very first use.  You’ll love having “Hair Confidence” in any situation with this little winner.

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com.


Combat Thinning Hair

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The world seems to be obsessed with the question on how to get thin quicHairk. How can I get thinner arms, a thinner waist or thinner legs? But the one thing we don’t want is thinner hair.

As we mature, hormones in our scalp begin to produce higher levels of DHT, the primary toxin that clogs hair follicles and causes hair to grow back weak and thin. This puts us on a different quest on how to get thick – quick.

To combat the root of the problem, ingredients like Red Clover Extract, Nettle Root and Saw Palmetto help detoxify the scalp and block the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. These ingredients, along with a mix of other nutrients, were combined to create Red Clover Growth Complex, which is found exclusively in the Alterna Caviar Clinical system.

The collection is recommended by our hair loss and thinning expert Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman. “These products are extremely effective as the system is clinically proven to promote fuller, thicker, denser-looking hair,” says Dr. Jaliman.

She is internationally recognized for her research and work in clinical and cosmetic dermatology, and authored the chapter Skin and hair in the book “Women’s Health for Life.”  If you are trying to decide if the system is right for you, she says, “All products in the Caviar Clinical System are specially formulated for people suffering from hair loss or thinning, and leave no build-up or residue on the scalp or hair if used as directed.”

How to get thick-quick:

Cleanse: Help reduce the levels of DHT, sebum and other residue from your scalp by cleansing with Alterna’s Caviar Clinical Daily Detoxifying Shampoo. It doesn’t have harmful chemicals like sulfates & parabens that further damage hair and irritate the scalp. What it does have is Red Clover Growth Complex, to help unclog hair follicles and promote instantly thicker hair.

Stimulate: Energize the scalp by using a leave in treatment like the Daily Root & Scalp Stimulator. It’s enriched with Vitamin B6 an ingredient known to help promote healthy blood flow to the scalp. Spray directly to the roots and massage in for a soothing mini scalp exercise to help improve hair’s strength and density from the inside out.

Reinforce: Boost the effectiveness of cleansing and stimulating with the Weekly Intensive Boosting Treatment. Apply directly to the scalp to deliver a turbo-dose of concentrated soy proteins and keratin to help reinforce hair’s natural structure.

All three of these strand-saving formulas are available in the Alterna Caviar Clinical Starter Kit. It’s so effective that 8 out of 10 people said their hair felt thicker and fuller, and would recommend this system to a friend with thinning hair or hair loss.

Now you can say bye-bye to thin, waify strands and embrace your restored thick and full bodied hair.


Alterna Overnight Hair Rescue

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Alterna-Hair-CareEnriched with natural amino acids, Alterna Overnight Hair Rescue works in synergy with your own hair protein. This elegant  formula is the white knight your damaged stands have been waiting for. Apply at night, and feel the silkiness absorbs quickly and easily with no sticky residue. No worries about damaging pillow cases or bed sheets as this treatment doesn’t leave any traces behind. Look forward to awaking to soft, luscious locks and styling without effort.

 

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Summer Hair Faves

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Warmer weather has arrived and it’s time for fun in the sun! Here’s a few of our best of summer hair products we can’t live without! Summer-Hair-Care

For surfer chic tousled hair try Alterna BAMBOO Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Spray.  Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Spray combines strengthening pure Organic Bamboo Extract and nourishing, naturally fixative Blue Yucca Root in a weightless texturizing spray that instantly gives you natural, tousled, “just-back-from-the-beach” waves.

Defeat humidity and banish frizz with Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Pure Kendi Oil Pure Treatment. A more cost efficient alternative to popular Morrocan oil, Kendi oil smells divine and makes hair smooth and shiny.

Don’t forget to protect your locks while exposed to the sun. Rene Furterer Protective Summer Oil with KPF 90 is a waterproof spray formula that protects 90% of hair’s keratin. Sesame and castor oils protect and nourish while filtering the harmful effects of UV rays. Hair is shielded from exposure to sea or pool water and the sun.

Frequent trips to the pool can leave your hair dry and packed full of chlorine. Ojon Full Detox Detoxifying Shampoo is nature’s hair-repairing golden elixir plus purifying Soap Bark Tree Extract, Macadamia Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Vitamin E absorb excess oils, environmental pollutants and impurities without stripping hair of vital moisture. Once a week, go into Full Detox. Rotate this gentle, non-stripping shampoo with your everyday ritual to help remove the dulling, hair damaging residue.

These great products will keep your hair shiny and healthy all summer long! You can find them on SkinStore.com.


Beauty Tip: Avoid the Green Scene

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Ever heard of blonde hair turning green from swimming in a pool? Unfortunately, this is not an urban legend. Being a blonde myself I am super cautious about getting my hair wet in the pool and I am way too insecure to go around rocking a swim cap. So, over the years I have picked up a few tricks to help prevent those dreaded green pool tresses.

One tip that I hear a lot is to wet your hair before you go in the pool. The idea is that your hair will absorb the tap water and not the pool water. I always pictured having to either take a shower to wet my hair or drench my hair with a garden hose in order to do this. Since it was such a hassle I only did this a handful of times. I was recently complaining to a friend of mine about the hardships of being blonde, like the expense, stupid jokes and green pool hair when she suggested that I carry a water spray bottle in my pool bag so I could conveniently spray my hair before jumping in the pool. This was the most brilliant idea I have ever heard (maybe some of these blonde jokes have a point). So now I carry a small spray bottle with tap water and I like to add a few drops of conditioner to give my hair some extra protection. I also try to shampoo my hair as soon as I am done with the pool. So far I have avoided the green scene and the swim cap!

Looking for more sun protection hair products for summer? Here are a few of our favorites!

Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil: The UV filter in Protective Sun Veil ensures this product’s “high” protection levels, ideal for natural, unchanged hair. The photo-protective agent obtained from the Sunflower blossom effectively completes hair fiber protection.

Rene Furterer Repairing After Sun Mask: Enriched with palm butter and phospholipids of natural origin, this Repairing After Sun Mask restructures sun damaged hair and instantly detangles it. This mask also protects and nourishes hair for supple and soft results.

Alterna BAMBOO UV Color Protection Vibrant Color Conditioner: Vibrant Color Conditioner combines strengthening pure Organic Bamboo Extract with color-locking, damage-locking Kalahari Melon Extract. This paraben and sodium chloride free conditioner infuses hair with nourishing moisture and vital nutrients to keep it strong and healthy with beautifully vibrant color. With rinse resistant Color Hold UV+ Technology this conditioner provides the highest level of color protection.

You can find these products on SkinStore.com.

 


Bridal Boot Camp

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shutterstock_19241341Wedding season is here. Even if you are not the bride chances are you are attending a wedding in the near future. Weddings are great, but they are even better when you show up looking superhot! Everyone puts their best foot forward for these events so it’s time to step up your game. That means beautiful hair, nails, teeth and skin. Luckily for you we have put together a to do list so your wedding look doesn‘t disappoint.

Weeks before the wedding you need to address your skin and teeth. I would start bleaching your teeth as soon as you mail in your wedding RSVP reply card. There are plenty of ways to achieve a pearly white smile. You may use toothpaste that whitens or even teeth bleaching gizmos, whatever you choose start working on a whiter smile as soon as possible. Teeth whitening is a process and the longer you treat your teeth the better the results. We suggest Supersmile Professional Whitening System.  Simply brush your teeth for 2 minutes a day for dramatically whiter teeth without messy trays!

When it comes to perfecting your skin a great way to clear up any skin concerns is by starting some glycolic treatments. Glycolic is a fantastic way to clear up skin without having to go through a lengthy peeling process. Plus glycolic gives your skin a healthy looking glow! One of the best go to glycolic treatments on the market is Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. For best results use consistently 2-3 times a week for one month. Your skin will look A-MAZING!

Another way to obtain a beautiful glow is with nice self-tanner. One BIG reason I love self-tanners is you look instantly thinner when your skin is tan. Let’s be honest tan legs look much more toned than pasty legs. Self-tanners are super simple to use too. Get in the shower, exfoliate the skin, shave, get out and apply moisturizer. Next, apply the self-tanner, I prefer spray on tanners for hard to reach areas like the back, and then wash your hands after. Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush is my go to product!  Just remember to do all your waxing and shaving BEFORE applying self-tanner. There is nothing worse than a beautifully bronzed face with a white upper lip and brows!

Now that your teeth and skin are a vision of glowing perfection it’s time to address the hair and nails. When it comes to hair and nails anything goes. Nail art is all the rage right now. The things people are doing with their nails today is nothing short of amazing. One look that isn’t amazing is dirty and chipped nails. Don’t show up to a wedding looking like you just spent the day digging in the garden. The same goes for your hair. Keep in mind the type of wedding you are attending when choosing a hair style, elegant, beachy or casual, show up looking like you belong and not out of place. Once your look is on point you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that you look your very best!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mom may know best, but we know what she wants for Mother’s Day! Make her feel loved with one of our top picks for Mom.

Every mom deserves the gift of great skin! Make her feel radiant this Mother’s Day with a Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System. A Clarisonic is the essential first step in your skin care regimen. Clarisonic goes beyond Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System - Pinkcleansing by using sonic technology to gently yet deeply cleanse pores without abrasion or harsh chemicals. Clarisonic removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing, cleansing so well that products absorb better—making skin more receptive to skin care ingredients (up to 61% of Vitamin C). With regular daily use the Clarisonic reduces dry skin patches, oily areas and blemishes and immediately leaves skin feeling and looking smoother.

If mom is looking to perfect her complexion Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel is the go-to at home chemical peel with spa like results. This peel is an extra-strength version of Dr. Dennis Gross’ patented #1-selling Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel on pre-soaked cotton towelettes. Higher concentrations of Alpha Beta Acids plus newly added anti-aging boosters, including Mandelic Acid and Willow Bark Extract, deliver a stronger peel without risk of irritation or recovery time. Results are noticeable after the first use. This is a SkinStore staff must have product!

Long, shiny, flowing hair is always in fashion. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo is the perfect gift for the mama that loves her locks. Alterna’s Caviar Moisture line balances moisture levels, delivering youthful shine and silkiness. The line goes beyond simple moisture by helping hair attract, retain, and rebalance the hydration it needs.

The next best thing to a tropical vacation for mom just might be the Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub and the Candlenut Body Crème. The Invigorating Coffee Scrub is an aromatic escape with fresh Indonesian coffee beans that awakens the senses as it exfoliates and cleanses. Used in Indonesian treatments to stimulate circulation in the skin, coffee has been clinically proven to provide powerful antioxidant and tightening benefits when applied to the skin.  The Candlenut Body Crème is a rich, luxurious body cream that provides the nourishing benefits of candlenut oil, used for centuries in Indonesia to moisturize dry, rough skin. The unique properties of candlenut oil allow for superior skin penetration with a soft, velvet finish. This crème and scrub combination is absolutely amazing!

Any mom would be happy with one of these great gifts or even your handmade macaroni necklace. ;)

Happy Mother’s Day!


Caviar? Yes, Please!

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Thought caviar was only for the rich and famous?  Not anymore! Alterna’s Caviar line makes luxurious hair care affordable.  Give your locks some love with these products that put the va-va-voom back in your style.

Hydration is not just for your skin. Healthy hair is shiny and vibrant.  Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo will have you turning heads.  If you want to replenish moisture without a heavy, weighed down feel, this is the set forHair Masques you. Even the finest of hair will do well. The Photozyme Complex helps repair sun damage (yes, even our hair gets sun damage) and restores radiance. Rated 5 out of 5 stars by our customers, 21 reviewers can’t be wrong!

If you need more bounce and body then Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Body Building Volume Duo is your answer.  Like its moisture counterpart both formulas are sulfate-free. This set is the best of both worlds. You will get lift and moisture from these show stoppers. As a woman with fine, color-treated hair I was used to having two sets of shampoo and conditioner in my shower. I needed the volume, but the volume shampoos (even high-end brands) always dried my hair so much I would have to switch to a more moisturizing set every few days.  I don’t have to do that with this line, which makes me and my pocketbook happy!  How does it smell, you ask?  To me both formulas smell the same. They have a clean, spa-like fragrance that is relaxing.

Last but not least, the Alterna Caviar Working Hair Spray is our best seller in the Caviar line for good reason. This has quickly become my favorite hairspray! It offers a light, never-sticky buildable hold that gives your hair a touch of shine. It’s ultra-dry so there’s no waiting to brush through. It’s also humidity resistant so no worries about your hair frizzing in moisture. All-in-all, a five-star line for a five-star you!

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com.


Tips to Preserve Your Hair Color

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Do you feel like you just left the salon, yet your color is fading fast? In this economy we’re all looking for ways to cut corners and get the most for our dollar. Here are a few tips to preserve and prolong your color and get the most out of each salon visit.

1. Frederic Fekkai Technician Color Care Starter Kit will keep you locks looking top notch weeks after you left the salon.

The kit includes:

-Technician Color Care Shampoo, 2oz This highly protective shampoo maintains colored hair integrity while fighting fade. This shampoo gently cleanses hair with a rich, luxurious lather.

-Technician Color Care Conditioner, 2oz This silk-inducing conditioner drenches each strand of hair in emollients while helping lock in color intensity.

-Technician Color Care 3 Minute Mask, 1.7oz Rich and rapid, this mask submerges hair in humectants and extracts to revive just-colored condition and silkiness. This mask also helps to lock in color.

2. Dry shampoo is a life saver! One of the best and easiest ways to preserve your vibrant color is to avoid over-washing your hair. If you wash your hair daily then you are stripping your color at a much faster rate while depleting your hair of the natural oils that are essential to the health of your hair and scalp. Alternate washing your hair with a dry shampoo to greatly extend the life of your dye job. We love Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk.

3. Phyto Phytomist Color Protect Radiance Mist Formulated with Sunflower extracts, Red Algae, and White Lotus Flowers, Phytomist hydrates, repairs and protects hair from the damaging effects of color treatments and environmental stresses. With a few sprays of this leave-in treatment, hair is left soft, silky and manageable.

Benefits:

-White Lotus Flower helps to soften and hydrate hair.

-Helps to protect hair from UV rays.

-Recommended for color-treated hair in need of hydration.

 

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com!

 



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