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Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives

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Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying MaskThere are many things that wreak havoc on your hair; from the environment, hard water, chemically treating, and using styling tools etc. There are a few must have items by Frederic Fekkai that should be in every girls bathroom. The new PrX Repairitives line is designed to restore damaged hair using a dual action technology that works at the structural level of the hair to protect against keratin loss. The Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo removes impurities and build up while nourishing each strand. The Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Conditioner conditions the hair and restores smoothness. And last but not least, my personal favorite that has made my hair feel amazing is the Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask. This mask hydrates, strengthens the hair, leaves your hair feeling extremely smooth and gives it a beautiful shine!


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 Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duoafter 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!


Benefits of Argan Oil

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Argan oil is in high demand because of its unique benefits and limited supply. It has become increasingly popular recently but the Argan tree has been around for centuries. It is made from the edible part of the nut inside the shell of Argan fruit and is found mostly in Morraco. Argan oil has many uses and it’s no wonder that this rare oil is always in pursuit.

The many reported benefits of Argan oil include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol, helping with digestion, sore joints, chickenpox, and of course is great for the skin and hair. It is also thought to reduce stretch marks post pregnancy while hydrating the skin. It also protects the body against ultraviolet radiation and is very anti-aging as it prevents the muscles and skin from degenerating. You can apply it alone to your face, body, and hair or with your favorite moisturizer. You can also add a few drops to your bath for added moisture or massage into nails to repair cuticles.

Argan oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” because it can transform dull, dry and frizzy hair into smooth strong tresses, by penetrating into the shaft or pore of the hair. To use on hair apply a few drops and massage into scalp then comb product through to the ends of the hair. It is recommend wrapping the hair in a towel overnight before washing it out. For soft frizz free locks you can apply a drop to styled hair. If you struggle with dandruff Argan oil can be beneficial for relieving an itchy, dry, and flaky scalp. Argan oil will also extend the life of your hair if color treated by keeping your hair conditioned and protected.

Argan oil is very rich in Vitamin E and Omega 6 so it works great for hydrating and protecting the skin. You can apply the oil directly on the skin and use alone. For really dry skin types it will boost the benefits of your moisturizer by combining the two. Because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, you can use Argan oil on acne prone skin to help with breakouts and irritation.

SkinStore.com has Argan oil made by the organic line Melvita. Melvita’s Argan oil contains 100% of the total ingredients from natural origins, so you can be confident the Argan oil is authentic and pure.

I think we will be seeing more popularity as this wonderful gift of nature continues to intrigue us.


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.

Find more Hair Care products on SkinStore.com.

 


The Facts of Lice

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Every year, more than 6 million children are infected with these harmless yet pesky parasites. There are often so many fears, concerns and questions regarding head lice. Kate Solomon, the founder of Babo Botanicals, has addressed the most prevalent questions and formulated a clinically proven solution to help repel lice.

What are lice?

Head lice are tiny insects that develop in three stages: from nit to nymph to full-blown louse.

“Nits are eggs that attach themselves to the hair shaft; they’re hard to see because they’re so small, and also because they can be confused with dandruff or shampoo residue,” Says Katie Shepherd, author of the book, “Lice Advice.”

Yellow to white in color, a nit takes about a week to hatch into a baby louse called a nymph, which grows to adult size in another week or so. The louse is about as big as a sesame seed and has a tan to grayish color. It needs human blood to live and can survive up to 30 days in a person’s hair.

Head lice do not come out of the air or from the ground. They are human parasites and have probably been here since the beginning of time. Desiccated (dried up) head lice and their eggs (nits) have been found on the hair and scalps of Egyptian mummies.

Having head lice does NOT mean the person has poor hygiene or low social status.

Having head lice causes intense itching, but does not lead to serious medical problems. Unlike body lice, head lice never carry or spread diseases.

Do pets get head lice?

Head lice cannot be “caught” from pets and cannot survive on pets. They are human parasites and require human blood for survival.

What is the life cycle of the head louse?

Head lice can survive on a human host for approximately 30 days.

A female louse lays 3-5 eggs a day. The eggs hatch in 7-10 days and it takes another 7-10 days for the louse to mature and lay its own eggs.

Head lice do not jump or fly and generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours off the host.

Can you catch head lice in a pool, pond or lake?

Swimming with someone who has lice carries no greater risk of transmission than any other activity. When lice are in water, they go into a state of suspended animation, but remain firmly locked onto the hair – literally hanging on for dear life. This is how they survive shampooing, rain, seawater and swimming pools. Risk of transmission will occur with the sharing of towels, piling clothing or towels, storing personal items in close

Learn about Babo Botanicals Lice products on SkinStore.com.


The Secret to Katie Holmes’ Lovely Locks

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Katie Holmes for AlternaHot off the presses!  Alterna Haircare recently announced that the iconic and beautiful actress and entrepreneur Katie Holmes has joined the company as co-owner and haircare spokesperson. In her role, Katie will be sharing her creative and consumer insights to help the Alterna brand continue to grow and expand its presence around the world. Consumers will get their first glimpse at the partnership with the Spring 2013 integrated marketing campaign, featuring Katie and the brand’s top selling Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oils.

Love Katie’s sleek, frizz-free locks?  Here’s how you can get the look at home:

What You’ll Need:

BAMBOO Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner

BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil

BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist

Step 1: Care

Cleanse & condition with BAMBOO Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner

Step 2: Style

Apply a small amount of BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil on towel dried hair. Working with a blow dryer and a flat paddle brush, angle the dryer down your hair strands to help smooth the cuticle. Be sure to move the blow-dryer with brush in tandem to minimize frizz and fly-aways.

Step 3: Finish

Complete your look and seal in style with BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist. Lightly mist to smooth split-ends for sleek frizz-free hair.


T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer [GIVEAWAY]

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A new year means a new beginning, a time to make changes to become a better version of yourself. It’s a time when many people start a new diet or begin a new workout routine. We all make vows to ditch bad habits, take better care of ourselves, and be nicer to the people that we love. This is a great time to get tough with yourself and say, “It’s time to get serious! No more slacking off, falling into bad habits or not taking proper care of myself, inside and out!”

As a hairdresser in a salon, the frustration I hear the most often from clients is, “I can’t get my hair to look the way you do at home.” Have you ever struggled with this?
As we are beginning a new year and turning over a new leaf, as your “virtual stylist”, I’m going to give you a little bit of tough love. I ask you, “What are you doing to make yourself healthier, look better, feel better about yourself, and ensure a good hair day every day?”

Every stylist, artist, musician, technician, carpenter (you get the picture) knows the importance of high-performance tools that get the job done.  No hairdresser worth their salt would trust your blowout to a $25 hair dryer they bought at the local drugstore, and you shouldn’t either. With almost 30 years of blowdrying under my belt, I cannot imagine doing my job without my tried-and-true T3 Featherweight Dryer. If you’ve never used a T3 Featherweight Dryer, you have to experience it to believe it. This wonder-tool has enhanced technology to style hair up to 75% faster than other leading dryers, is totally effortless to use (with a lightweight, ergonomic design), and is clinically proven to improve the health, body and shine of your hair every time you use it. Unlike regular dryers that use high heat and a hurricane-like airflow to blast water off the hair (which can dry fast but damages the cuticle and causes frizz and flyaways), T3 Featherweight Dryers use negative ions and far infrared energy to break apart water drops into smaller molecules which can be absorbed into the hair, then seal the cuticle for a smooth, shiny, frizz-free finish. My stylists (and all our clients) are so in love with the amazing results this tool delivers. I’m not just a spokesperson, but a user as well. I don’t know if my head shot will be attached to this blog, but if it is, check out my coif! You think that fantasy happens on its own?!

So, make yourself a little promise in 2013. “No more bad hair days”. Sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it?

XO, Dan Sharp – T3 Lead Stylist

Now you can enter to win this fabulous dryer! ($200 value) Don’t miss out! ENTER HERE


Texture, Texture- Read All About It!

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Need a bit of drama to spice up your lifeless locks? Your dream of Blake Lively’s glam Gossip Girl hair slowly becoming as impossible as avoiding the bread basket before dinner? Think again.

Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Texture & Volume Spray is your one-stop-shop for instantly tousled hair, no beauty school required! Oscar wanted to create a product that made it easy for women to get his signature red carpet look in an instant with just one product. Voila! Introducing Pronto Texture & Volume Spray. For a sexy, undone style, use a curling iron and curl your entire head in 1-inch sections. Then, kick it up a notch by spraying Pronto Texture & Volume Spray throughout the entire head. Tilt hair away from head and spray from ends to roots while lifting. For added oomph, flip head upside-down while spraying. Or, skip the curling iron and spray Pronto Texture & Volume Spray throughout your style (whatever it may be) to take your uninspiring ‘do to the next level. The result is a light hold without the stick, volume that competes with any Victoria’s Secret runway model, and a truly sexy, roughed up finish.

Feeling bold? Your Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Styling Kit includes a Pronto Styling Pin! Trade in your dozens of bobby pins for one (yes, I said one) styling pin for any updo you desire. Custom contoured design fits comfortably on the head while 3 prongs anchor your style for all day (and night) hold. Pronto Texture & Volume Spray provides just enough grit so there’s no slip while styling with your new favorite Styling Pin.

Every woman deserves to feel sexy so let’s just start from the top. The bottom line is: channel your inner diva with Pronto Texture & Volume Spray for head turning drama and cascading movement with just enough hold.  Step aside Blake Lively…


Top 10 Holiday Gifts Under $50

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Having a hard time deciding what to get everyone on your list?

Here is a list of our Top 10 Holiday Gifts under $50 for everyone on your list.

1. For the traveler- Philosophy Happy Travels $32.00

2. For the teen- Butter London Glitter Trio 2 $36.00

3. For the spa lover- Bliss Zest Wishes $32.00

4. For the new mom- Mustela Newborn Set $42.00

5. For Mothers- Philosophy Amazing Grace Mothers Are a Gift Fragrance Layering Collection $47.50

6. For Fathers- Grooming Lounge The Greatest Shave Ever Try Me Kit $25.00

7. For the makeup lover- Pur Minerals 5 Piece Brush Set $42.00

8. For the coworker- SpaRitual TrueBond Manicure 3-Piece Kit $15.00

9. For the BareMinerals lover- BareMinerals Face Fashion-The Look of Now-Fab Fresh $34.00

10. For the man in your life- The Art of Shaving Cream Lavender $25.00


How To Get The “70′s Venice Beach Chic” Look with T3

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How to get the “70′s Venice Beach chic” look seen at the Jonathan Simkhai S/S 2013 show

By Scott Cunha, Celebrity Stylist

The inspiration for the Jonathan Simkhai look was 70′s Venice Beach chic – think an effortlessly stylish California girl with a hot skateboarder boyfriend. We wanted gorgeous hair with movement, but not too done. This look was one of my favorites at Fashion Week because it’s perfect any event or occasion. I love the idea of undone hair with a major makeup look or dress, and it’s so easy to go from day to night with this style.

How to get the look:

First, I used the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer to blowdry the hair straight. (This dryer is a must at Fashion Week because we have 20-40 girls to style and it dries the hair in minutes!) Next, I tied up the hair in a loose bun and secured it with a large French pin. This is a good idea when getting the look at home because you can leave your hair in the messy bun and keep it out of your face while doing makeup or getting dressed. Also, by pinning the hair in a bun you get what I like to call a “dent” - not really a wave or curl but not super straight either.

Next, I used the T3 SinglePass 1″ Styling Iron to enhance natural-looking waves. After taking the hair down, I moved quickly through small sections with an “S” motion. To complete the look, lightly spritz over hair with a texturizer spray, and you’re ready to go.

That’s it – just a few easy steps with T3 to get this great look!



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