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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!


Get Summer Ready Hair

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Summer is officially here, and with the warm weather brings an opportunity to pay extra special attention to our hair. The sun and chlorine damages our hair, fades our color, and we do little to protect our hair the way that we protect our bodies from the damaging sun. The new Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist is your solution for gorgeous summer hair.

The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist protects your hair from harmful elements during the warm months, by providing a veil of protection and shine. It contains UV protection to protect the scalp and help the hair stay vibrant. The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist also contains peppermint oil and sea kelp to help condition and shield the hair, providing shine and vibrancy. The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist is an easy to apply aerosol spray that you can use with any other styling products, and can reapply throughout the day as needed.

To control frizz and add more shine, we like the Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream. This creates a barrier on the hair to protect it against humidity, salt water, and chlorine. To further protect your hair color from fading we recommend the Frederic Fekkai Advanced Salon Technician Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. It contains an anti-fade color complex and natural UV protection for long lasting color and shine.

With all of these great products your hair will look its best for the warm months ahead!


T3 Source Shower Filters

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T3 is a well-known and trusted brand in the industry for producing high quality styling tools which improve the condition of your hair, and help you to look your best. T3 uses tourmaline which is a gemstone that naturally produces negative ions to smooth and condition the hair follicle. This same technology is used in T3’s new line of beauty showerheads. The new beauty showerheads are the first shower filters that are clinically proven to improve the health of your hair while adding body and shine.  They have a patented filtration technology that removes up to 95% of chlorine and other impurities in the water to condition and protect your hair and skin. This filtration is ideal for color-treated hair and extensions.

The T3 filters come in three different convenient options: The hand-held which attaches to the shower for mobility and ease, the source showerhead, and the inline which can attach to any existing shower head; as one-size-fits-all design for easy use. Anyone who washes their hair will benefit from using the source showerhead or hand-held source showerhead because chlorine and frequent washing will strip and damage your hair. The beauty shower actually transforms the chlorine by combining copper, zinc, and calcium into a larger element that the hair can’t absorb.  The results have been amazing at reducing frizz by 64%, an increase in body by 47%, and a 28% increase in shine.

Aside from being a cutting edge hair tool, the rainfall of the shower is soothing and relaxing to the body and great for your skin.  The T3 source shower filter showerhead has 8 different spray settings for a customized shower. It is recommended to change the filter about every 3-6 months for optimal results depending on which shower you decide to go with.  The indicator light will indicate when you need to change the filter and are easily replaced. All three beauty showers come with a 2 year warranty and repair options for customers.

Take a look at this great info-graphic for more info:


Tame Your Hair During the Windy Season

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We are entering that time again! Time to converge from Winter to Spring with the uncontrollable traits the weather brings. This season brings cloudy days and wind. It’s difficult during this time to manage your tresses and keep it sleek. Luckily, we have ways to cheat around the road blocks!

Fight unruly and frizzy hair with the proper combat tools. If your hair is thick or coarse you can look to a sleek cream to nourish the hair, enhance shine and tame fly away’s. If your hair is fine you can look at different mists to protect strands and helps fight frizz with a weightless formula. Most of these types of products are applied at the end of your hair routine and take less than one minute. The products you can find will range from mists, lotions and even heavier creams that work to assist with your most current hair styles. Just to name a few raved-about products that relate: Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist, Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Frizz-Correcting Styling Lotion and Alterna BAMBOO Shine Silk-Sleek Brilliance Cream. All you have to do now is decide which hair woes you’d like to banish!


Hot Ingredient: Lavender

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Lavender is widely used in the cosmetic industry in a variety of bath products, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical creams. The essential oil of lavender is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Throughout history Lavender has been used to soothe insect bites, burns, and headaches. Lavender is also widely believed to help relax the body and mind and used as a sleep aide. In skincare products lavender oil can be used on all skin types to help treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or acne. Lavender is also used in shampoos to help prevent and treat dandruff. A few of our favorite products that contain lavender are:

L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo: L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo smoothes and softens capillary fibers, leaving your hair looking and feeling supple, shiny and silky. A natural complex of 5 essential oils, including Angelica, Lavender, Geranium, Ylang-ylang and Patchouli, plus wheat proteins, work together in synergy to help repair, strengthen, regenerate and soften dry and damaged hair.

Ole Henriksen Lavender Body Oil: As an essential oil, Lavender is simply unsurpassed and is truly a miracle worker. Often referred to as ‘burns first aid’, Lavender’s anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties are amazing. Combine this with its soothing and calming impact on the skin and intoxicating scent and you have a fabulous, multi-purpose body oil, that is simple enough to use every day. Perfect for use all over the body, after showering, before your body moisturizer and for body massage.

Pevonia Soothing Propolis Concentrate: This richly repairing micro-emulsified serum contains a high concentration Propolis from the Jura Mountains of France. Combined with Lavender, Propolis Concentrate calms, heals, and truly enriches your skin. Anti-bacterial and decongesting, this vaso-constricting formulation alleviates micro-circulation problems and strengthens your fragile skin.

EmerginC Lavender Toner: A gentle toner for all skin types, but especially suited for sensitive skin.



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