Are your locks not looking so luscious lately? Shiny, happy hair may be easier than you thought. Simply, scour the contents of your fridge and viola your strands are back in the game! All you need is apple juice, apple cider vinegar and pear juice for an easy at home remedy.
Apples not only keep the doctor away, but also revive tired, dull, over processed tresses. Apples contain key vitamins and are loaded with potassium to help strengthen your hair. Studies have also shown that apple polyphenols stimulate hair growth.
Pear juice is added to the mix, which contains a low pH balance. A low pH is crucial because it changes the hair’s electric charge, allowing the cuticle to lie flat. When the hair lies flat, light is reflected imparting a shinier appearance.
Last, but certainly not least is Apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is highly acidic, quickly removing excess oil from the scalp and waxy buildup. The hair is left squeaky clean, glossy and manageable.
Ingredients: 1 cup of apple juice, 1 cup of pear juice, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Directions: Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature and mix well before application. Apply treatment to freshly washed hair and leave on for three minutes. Rinse and condition hair as usual. Use as needed, when your locks require some extra good lovin’.
Since we usually always talk about what products are great for customer’s concerns at SkinStore.com, I wanted to talk about or actually rave about my personal favorite products. These products are tried and true!
First off I wanted to start with hair. I feel that other than your skin, your hair is what shapes your face and also defines your personal style. It is most definitely a part of me I wish to take care of and maintain. A few years ago I had stumbled upon the Alterna brand and fell in love. I’ve now been using their shampoo & conditioner for about 2.5 years. It doesn’t strip the color out of my hair or the shine and also doesn’t weigh it down. Aside from those amazing benefits their products avoid harsh chemicals, artificial colorants, chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrance and chemical sunscreens wherever possible. I highly suggest trying Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo if you haven’t already. You can thank me later!
Next up is a newer addition to my skin care regimen by Peter Tomas Roth. It’s the Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum. I adore the consistency of the product because it’s a very lightweight liquid serum. It absorbs into the skin very quickly and doesn’t leave any residue behind. I noticed results within the first week of using this product, which is almost never the case. It contains Vitamins C, A, D, & E which is a powerful combination of the exact ingredients my skin craves. I would most definitely recommend this product to others, it’s amazing!
Lastly is a natural product line that is on the rise in popularity, ARCONA. If you like a product that you can immediately see results, then you should take a look at ARCONA Peptide Eye Serum. It feels refreshing and has a very thin consistency. Upon the first application you can feel it firm and tighten the area around the eye. It leaves you with a smooth, toned and hydrated eye area. It’s good for prevention and the first signs of aging.
I urge you to try one of my tried and true favorites. It may be just what you’ve been looking for!
For over 100 years Mason Pearson has been making a line of premium hair brushes that retail for a premium price. These “super” brushes claim to be life changing, for your hair life that is. So what could possibly be so remarkable about a hair brush? Their claim to fame is their Boar bristles. These bristles are the best way to distribute your hair’s natural oils from scalp to tip making your hair glossy and shiny. The overall health of your hair is said to improve, making your hair grow not only faster, but longer. As an added bonus, the patented cushion of the brush conforms to your scalp giving your head a much needed exfoliation and massage. Sounds good to me! I know my next beauty splurge is going to be this ultimate grooming tool.
I know there are plenty of busy bodies in this world like me, and if you haven’t heard of one of the best on-the-go secrets, I’d like to fill you in. Dry shampoo!! I think we are all guilty of running late sometimes, being a little lazy, or just being active at the gym and not being able to wash our hair afterwards. The Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo should be our new best friend. A few quick sprays to the roots of your hair will allow the gentle starches to absorb excess oils and product build up. Not only is it great when there is no time to shower, but it works as a volumizer and pick me up for your hair. The fresh lemon verbena fragrance will give your hair that clean scent you’ll love!
There 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!
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.
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
Hot 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:
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.
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
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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…