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Quick Tip: Hair Care Survival Kit

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oscarIt’s Saturday morning and you have to get the kids to soccer, baseball and ballet functions…time is of the essence right? The Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo is a quick fix solution when you have to run but don’t have extra time to wash your hair. With rice, oat, and tapioca starches excess oil and product can be absorbed quickly without weighing your hair down. Increase volume, refresh and recharge your hair pronto with this little beauty secret. It smells fantastic too! Just apply a small amount in your hand and massage into your scalp to experience a dry wash that will get you through your busy day. The Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo is a life saver! Plus it is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner. Be sure to add this to your hair care survival kit!

Caring for curly hair – taming of the frizz!

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Caring for curly hair does not have to be stressful or complicated….relax, step away from your flat iron and read on! We totally empathize with our readers who tell us they feel as though they are at war with their luscious locks! We say…no more battling the frizz, waging war against humidity, or having hand to hair combat in front of the mirror every morning. Here are a few simple tips 7503410892_deded1338f_zand tricks that we feel every woman with curly hair should know.

Understand why you have curly hair. Chances are you received your curly hair from one of your parents or some other relative…genetics aside, at the root (pun intended) of the curly hair mystery is the hair follicle. The size and shape of your hair follicle determines your hair thickness and whether or not you will have curly or straight hair. Individuals with curly hair will have an oval to nearly flat shaped follicle. An oval follicle produces wavy hair, whereas a flatter follicle produces more coiled hair or tighter curls. On the contrary, individuals with rounded follicles have straight hair.

Nurture your curls through hydration and gentle care. First, washing your hair every day can be very drying. Second, many drug store shampoos can be damaging or harsh to your hair. Solution – because curly hair tends to be damaged easily, consider washing your hair with a shampoo made for curly hair every other day, or even less. Here is a tip – condition your hair daily, but wash no more than 2-3 times per week. At first the new routine may cause what feels like oiliness, but this is just your hair adjusting to a new regimen. Try to stick to the new regimen for two weeks before deciding if this is right for you. The benefits of this change may take a couple of weeks to notice, BUT it will save you time and you will still benefit from that fresh washed feeling everyday.

Condition, condition, condition. Find a hydrating conditioner to use daily. You want something light, but conditioning enough for daily use without ugly build-up, which can weigh your hair down. Find a daily conditioner made for curly hair and deep condition once per week. Leave in conditioners work well. If you are concerned about build-up or product residue, incorporate a clarifying 16782288678_84e157f22e_zapple cider rinse or shampoo that will remove residue without stripping the hair. Tip – if your hair tends to get tangled, comb (not brush) through your hair while conditioning. Avoid combing or brushing dry, unconditioned hair as much as possible. Shower time is a great time to get the tangles out!

Avoid heat. Flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers should be used sparingly. Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible and blow dry only when absolutely necessary. Seriously, when you minimize shampooing and hydrate your curls, you will find that minimizing your blow-dryer time gets easier…it is no longer just a styling tool; rather it becomes a way to get body without achieving the big-poofy over worked look. Instead, try to incorporate a high quality curl enhancing product, which eliminates frizz and defines your curls. Alterna, Oscar Blandi, Phyto and Briogeo all have fantastic products to choose from. Once your curls are managed and under control, your desire to straighten them is lessened and your curling iron and flat iron may not be as appealing for everyday styling.

Finally, it is important for curly haired vixens to find a superb stylist, one who understands curly hair. The right hair cut is crucial! I saved this tip for last because this subject can be sensitive. We have all experienced a bad hair cut…good news is your hair grows back eventually right?! Tip – find a stylist that knows curly hair. Get referrals if you can. In addition to the right cut, regular trips to the salon for a trim can make a huge difference in the appearance of your hair. Regular trims will reduce split ends and will help keep the hair looking healthy.


Looking for product suggestions?

Shampoo’s & Conditioners: Phyto Phytospecific Curl Hydration Shampoo Naturally Curly Hair, Frederic Fekkai Essential Shea Shampoo, Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Shea Curl Defining Conditioner

Curl Enhancers: Phyto Phytospecific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Curls Anti-Frizz Curl Defining Cream, Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Shea Leave-In Defining Cream



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Are you looking for that celebrity signature, low maintenance, summer hairdo? Look no further than the Alterna BAMBOO Beach Summer Ocean Waves spray. This lightweight spray gives you that tousled, effortless beach do without the sand or the sun damage! Ocean Waves spray is packed with coconut oil to lock in moisture and seals ends to prevent color from fading, as well as add impeccable shine. The scent combinations of coconut oil and the Gardenia Flower Extract will transport you straight to the beach without the hassle of airfare.

Simply apply the spray from roots to ends on damp or dry hair and shape with your fingers for a loose wave or use a diffuser on your dryer for a more defined curl. Pair this product with your favorite sunless tanning product and you will have all your friends convinced you spent the weekend at the beach!

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Captain Dirty Beard

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Beards and facial hair have Billy Jealousy Beard Washgained popularity in the last few years and it appears everyone these days is rocking some  version of scruff. But are you sure your beard is as clean as it can be? Unlike hair on the head, facial hair can be overlooked. A recent study even showed that beards can hold as much bacteria as a common toilet*!

Billy Jealousy Beard Wash is just the ticket for squeaky clean whiskers! This wash contains aloe leaf juice, which softens and hydrates the driest of skin, honey extract to nourish course hair and green tea extract to ensure a fuller, thicker beard. Simply apply to a wet face, lather and rinse! You can thank us later.

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Are You Boared With Your Hair Brush?

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Mason Pearson Brush CoMason Pearsonmpany is based in London England and has a rich history with a flair for detail. Although the price of the brush may be a bit shocking for most, there is a good and justified reason for it.

It is a fact that regular brushing gives your hair the best chances to look and feel great however, why spend so much on a brush? Mason Pearson Hairbrushes have a number of ways that set them apart from all the rest. First and foremost, these brushes are not mass produced. They are handcrafted by artisans that continue to use the techniques that were pioneered and patented by the founder-Mason Pearson-over 130 years ago. This company is based on tradition and values.

The unique rubber-cushion pad is made by hand using Mason Pearson’s original techniques, it allows for effective and efficient brushing. The patented pneumatic cushion conforms to the contours of the scalp, which optimizes brushing with minimal effort. It is easy to use and gently massages the scalp. Mason Pearson hairbrushes stimulate the scalp, clean the hair and increase blood flow to the roots. The plastic handle shape was developed from the original wooden models, which are still made in small quantities. The plastic handles are hand-finished to remove any sharp edges to feel comfortable in the hand.

The company has developed their own special nylon and takes particular care in selecting natural bristles to use the best combination for each hairbrush. The classic hairbrushes are made to suit a variety of hair types and lengths, so there is something to suit every individual. The line is available in three bristle types, pure boar bristle for fine long hair, boar bristle and nylon for normal to short thick hair and all nylon for long thick hair. You can also pick up a pocket (or travel) sized versions and combs. It is also, important to choose the correct size for ease and comfort of use.

Only the finest, premium-grade boar bristles are used in the brushes, which are gentle to the hair and scalp. Brushing with a Mason Pearson Hair Brush is the best way to distribute the natural oils while exfoliating the scalp and stimulating circulation to the hair follicles. The animals are not harmed in the collection of the boar bristle.

The Mason Pearson brushes are used in the finest salons around the world and are a favorite among celebrities and those in the fashion industry. Celebrity hairstylists have been using these brushes for years on their clientele including Lady Gaga and Kate Bosworth. Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Dita Von Tees, and Sophia Vergara use Mason Pearson brushes and swear by their effectiveness, shine production, and smoothing properties.

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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 cleansing 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!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Effortless Curls with T3 Twirl 360

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The new T3 Twirl 360 is the newest machine for beautiful, effortless curls. This revolutionary device curls your hair for you with oneT3 Twirl 360 simple motion. The 1.25 ” barrel automatically rotates around your sectioned strand of hair giving you a beautiful, flawless, polished curl with every twirl. This item can be used on all hair types and will not harm the hair.

T3 Twirl 360 Benefits:

-T3 Gyroscopic Technology: Senses wrist motion and automatically rotates to curl hair fast, while eliminating awkward manual motion and increasing control.

-Mid- Cool Tip: Makes it easy to safely and quickly maneuver the curling iron.

-Length Clamp: Ideal for curling any length of hair – even if it’s layered.

-5 Heat Settings (up to 410ºF): Suitable to style all hair types and textures with just the right amount of heat.

-2-Year Warranty: Comprehensive coverage and support options.

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Get the Look: BodyBuilder Waves

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By T3 Lead Stylist, David Lopez

This season is all about big, loose, voluminous waves that look natural and effortless, but still polished. T3 has created two new tools which I absolutely love, because they make creating this trending look fast and easy. The key to this style is waves that start lower down the hair section (at lip to chin level), which adds incredible body and movement to the bottom half of the hair. Here’s how to get the look:

Start by prepping hair with your favorite body building product (Mousse, Thickening Spray, Texturizing Spray), then rough dry hair until it is 100% dry.

Divide hair into four sections. Start with your part, divide hair all the way to the back and split into pig tails. Split those pig tails into two sections divided from the top right behind the ear.

Using the T3 Micro BodyWaver  wrap 1″ sections of hair flat along on the barrel, then gently unwind into a long coil. Pro Tip: Curl all hair with sections being fed over the barrel and towards the face, as pictured. This ensures perfect symmetrical waves on both sides.

After allowing coils to cool, gently rake through hair from roots to tips with a large comb or your fingers.  Detail the crown and hairline with the T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Wand using the 1” barrel attachment. Gently wrap 1/2″ sections away from the face to create more texture and polish.

Finally, spritz on your favorite texturizing spray.

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About David Lopez

T3 Lead Stylist, David Lopez, is a rising session and celebrity hair stylist based in NYC. David has lived all over the world and learned at an early age to appreciate the beauty of different cultures and hair types. He started out studying film but quickly transitioned to his true passion, beauty school. David was trained in the French technique of hair cutting and educated by Aveda, Goldwell, Redken & Wella, before going to work for New York’s top salons, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and today’s most prominent magazines. David’s expertise is sought after by media outlets the world over from national television to web series, and is known for being  creative and always enthusiastic, with an infectious passion for his craft. He is represented by NEXT Artists in NYC & FORD Artists in Miami.

Why Essential Oils Are So Essential

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Simply put, essential oils are like power boosters for the skin. They help the skin grow, flourish and maintain itself. Think of Marula Oilessential oils like a multivitamin for the hair, skin and body. Essential oils are finally getting the attention they deserve and aren’t just for the hippy dippy types. Much like the ingredients in our skincare, essential oils serve a purpose that makes them so vital to our overall health. Recently, oils derived from glamorous locations like Africa and South America are making headlines. Marula oil, derived from the Marula nut tree, was used widely by the Tsonga People of South Africa and Mozambique. Marula oil is packed with more omega acids & antioxidants than its predecessors, Argan or Grape Seed oil. Marula oil can be used on the skin to repair premature aging or on the hair to provide a smooth, frizz free appearance without a greasy finish.

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Top 5 Hair Care Picks for Fall

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As we move into the cooler weather, it’s important to make sure our hair is not left out in the cold. After the sun, wind and hot weather have taken their toll, it’s time to nourish and protect our gorgeous locks.

1. Rene Furterer Repairing After Sun Mask – This is a great mask for your hair after it has been sun baked and fried. It contains palm butter and soybeans to hydrate and nourish your post sun locks. Leave in for a few minutes once a week, and presto – instant perfection!

2. Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo and Conditioner – This combo is a must have for the new season ahead. It will immediately repair your hair after it’s been heat styled or sun damaged. You can use the shampoo and conditioner daily or as needed, and they will help to restore moisture, strengthen the hair and protect it from future damage.

3. Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum – As the cold weather approaches our hair can get frizzy and dry. This serum will condition the hair with its blend of jasmine, almond oil, and vitamin E, without weighing your hair down. This serum gets rid of frizz, adds shine and smells wonderful!

4. Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo – This is a powerful reconstructing shampoo that will improve the condition of any hair type. It works by restoring your hair’s bounce and shine and is intensely reparative. Concentrated amounts of Vitamin B5 help strengthen and protect the hair. This is definitely worth the price, as it smells amazing and makes you feel like you are treating your hair to something magnificent.

5. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Extra Hold Hair Spray – This hairspray has real staying power. It will hold your new Fall style all day, without that stiff and sticky feel. It is humidity resistant and will also protect your color with antioxidant-rich ingredients. A definite must for all hair types!

Be excited about the upcoming season because as colors change and styles transform, your hair will be healthy and protected. Now that your hair is ready for Fall, are you?

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