Easy hair doesn't have to look frumpy. Many of us are seeing less people, working from home, not getting dressed (aka living in yoga pants and sweats), not styling our hair and faces. For ladies with medium to long hair, a ponytail or topknot might be your "go to" right now. But a well executed messy bun can actually look cute and intentional, and less like a lazy go to.
This messy bun tutorial is one of the better ones out there in my opinion as far as easy DIY's go. In addition to this tutorial's technique, I've found the hair coil bands and Sexy Hair dry shampoo (which I sell at Elevations Hair Design for $16 if you're local to Portland) work wonders for securing a cute messy bun. I typically cut a few random face-framing pieces to complete the messy bun look, but please don't DIY those! reach out to your Stylist to make those happen!
It's true! Schwartzkopf Color 10 provides the same great permanent root coverage in a fraction of the time. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love catching up with my clients during their usual 45 minute processing time, but I'd venture to say most of my gals these days would rather shave 30 minutes off their service time so they can get back to...life! During these "corona-times" it seems like we have less time in a day to get sh*t done, between working from home, home schooling kids, plus doing all the usual "life stuff", carving out time for yourself is a challenge. Don't put off your color appointment any longer. Get in and get it done!
Using an innovative amino acid carrier technology, Schwartzkopf Color 10 is quick, it covers, and keeps you looking and feeling more like yourself!
Contact Kristy today for a free color consultation!
Latisse, Revitalash, Lash Boost...All brands you've probably heard of that have been responsible for the increasing market of the lash growth game. I'll admit, at first I was a skeptic.
One of my long-time clients started selling Rodan & Fields and using the Lash Boost on herself. Her lashes were beautiful, so I promptly order some Lash Boost for $135 (which is the auto ship price, yikes) and away I went. Within 8 weeks, I too had longer lashes. At that point I had only used a 1/2 a tube of my serum, but it was time for my auto shipment even though I really wasn't ready for it. Bam! another $135. (side note**my R&F rep was kind enough to postpone the auto shipment, "Thanks SG!")
While at my supply store I came across Babe Lash! For a fraction of the cost of Latisse, Revitalash and Lash Boost I decided to give Babe Lash a whirl. After just a few weeks using Babe Lash I had people asking me where I had my lash extensions done!
Not only does Babe Lash work really well and is much much cheaper than its competitors, it also has a much better applicator, in my opinion. I also prefer the consistency of the Babe Lash serum over the Lash Boost serum. With Lash Boost, the consistency was more gel-like and I felt like it left behind a thin crust between my lashes, which was tricky to scrub off without losing lashes. Babe Lash has a super fine applicator brush and goes on a little more like liquid than a gel.
I'd say Babe Lash is definitely a WINNER and should be tried by all who desire longer lashes! Babe Lash is available for $60 at Elevations Hair Design.
In closing, I will mention that I have no affiliation with Babe as a company, other than the fact that I use and like their products on myself and my clients. These are my before any lash serum, during Lash Boost and current photos using Babe Lash.
I have battled bad skin for decades, starting with pubescent “T-zone” acne, straight through to adult acne. I've been on antibiotics, medicated creams, TV and drugstore products; everything short of Accutane which is scarier that shit in my opinion. Interestingly enough, I didn’t have food sensitivities and IBS-like symptoms until after being on antibiotics for my skin for months and months. In my opinion, while minimized one type of acne, the antibiotic inadvertently created a whole new monster!
My most recent bout with acne was painful and embarrassing cystic acne on my jawline and neck. It’s looked inflamed and angry. After indulging in a pretty wheat/gluten heavy vacation in the Caribbean, my skin was a MESS! Not only was my skin a mess but my stomach was bloated and distended. It occurred to me that I was having an allergic reaction to the wheat/gluten I was consuming. Due to a nutrition program that I was on months prior to vacation I had been eliminating/reducing carbs (i.e. Wheat/gluten products). My skin prior to the trip was pretty clear and I was looking forward to NOT caking on makeup in the humid, tropical weather.
So fast forward, after being home and off gluten for a couple weeks my skin did improve slightly, but it was still experiencing intermittent cystic breakouts. Around this time a Make Artist/Esthetician girlfriend of mine suggested that I find a face wash with papaya and pineapple enzymes. I found there are plenty papaya/pineapple products out there, but they were too expensive (or too cheap), so I concocted a toner/mask myself. I put a peeled, pitted papaya, and half a cored pineapple in a food processor, and puréed them. I steamed and washed my face with “Simple” face wash in the shower (“Simple” skin products around $6 at drugstore), and applied this “toner/mask” post shower with a cotton ball all over my face, let it dry for 20 or so minutes, rinsed and moisturize with “Simple” face cream. Note** you do not need to sit there trying to balance chunks of purée on your face, just the juice will do. I’m not gonna lie, it stung a little at first, but I powered through it. I noticed immediately the inflammation and redness was reduced. I used it a few times a week for starters, then gradually once or twice per week.
Months later I took it a step further and started using a Clarisonic face brush (expensive, but AMAZING) in the shower with Simple face wash, then applying the toner/mask post shower, waiting, rinsing and moisturizing. My skin has been amazing lately and I feel totally confident going out in public now without a stitch of coverup! For work and play, I’ve totally been able to wear a lightweight CC cream for my daily “concealer” and it’s been really liberating!
Things that helped MY skin:
#1 gluten free diet
#2 papaya and pineapple enzyme mask
#3 Clarisonic face brush ~IMPORTANT~ do your skin a favor if you use a face brush (or washcloth), MAKE SURE YOU DISINFECT OR SANITIZE the brush head before EVERY use! Bacteria can build up on brushes (and washcloths) that can infect your skin if you are prone to acne!
What are the benefits of papaya and pineapple in your skin?
Papaya is nutrient and antioxidant rich
Heals skin, and has antibacterial properties
Reduces scarring, clears pigmentation
Moisturizes, hydrates and nourishes skin
Repairs damaged skin
Is a natural exfoliant (removes dead skin cells in a non-abrasive way)
Boosts collagen production and promotes elasticity and firmness
Pineapple is full of antioxidants that prevent cell damage and fight against free radicals.
Has Anti-inflammatory properties
Treats swelling and irritation
Increases collagen synthesis
Contains vitamin C and amino acids
Anyway, just thought I’d share. Hopefully this information and/or some variation of this regimen will help you or someone you know. I know there were times that I would have tried just about anything to clear my skin up. I am grateful to have found something that works for me and hope it will work for others too.
I need to give a serious shout out to Glam Seamless for making the "Hair World" a better place with their tape-in hair extensions! Their color selection is fantastic and the quality is stellar! I've been doing extensions for a long time and have tried many different brands of hair. Typically these others brands will look nice initially, but quickly get dull and eventually matted together at which point it's already time for new ones. Some of these other brands come out of the package smelling like plastic, even though they are 100% human hair; Strange...and kind of gross. These other brands range from super cheap to hella expensive (aka over priced).
The quality of hair that Glam Seamless offers is hands down, my favorite! From blue black to bleach blondes, they have it all: Pre-colored ombre, multi-toned, pastels, fashion colors. The hair is soft (and odorless) out of the package and stays soft for multiple applications. I can speak from my own personal experience it doesn't get tangled and matted.
All of their prices are listed on their website, so there are no surprises. Typically, I recommend two packs (40 wefts total) for most (not all) people. If you are trying to add thickness to your existing length you may be able to get away with one pack (20 wefts). A free consultation would determine if you are a good candidate for tape in extensions, which length is realistic for blending into your current hair style, color(s), price for materials and labor, and setting up an expectation for home care and future maintenance/re-taping.
At the consultation, should you decide to move forward with this amazing service, I do require a non-refundable 50% deposit on the material, which of course, is deducted from the final cost at the time of service. Typically it takes about 5 days to receive the hair once it's ordered. I am obsessed with this hair and I know you will be too!
Give me a jingle to set up a free consultation!
Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock WINS!!
We all suffer at some point from dry, brittle hair. You always hear "use coconut oil...use mayonaise.., use this or that deep conditioning product". Truth is I've never really been sold on deep conditioners, until I found Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock. This stuff is legit! I stumbled upon sample at my supply house and got instantly hooked! Although my hair was in considerably decent shape (thanks to Olaplex) after processing it to remove the layers of black, it was definitely dry and unhealthy feeling. Luster Locks is total instant gratification and restored my hair unbelievably fast. I started using it twice per week for 5 minutes after shampooing, and now I down to once a week. Packed with Manketti Oil and Argan Oil, Not only does Luster Lock seal and repair the outer protective layer of your hair, it creates an amazing smoothness to help prevent breakage while styling. And extra bonus, it smells delicious!
Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock is available now at Elevations Hair Design for $15, and well worth every penny!
One of the questions a Hair Stylist asks their client is “How often do you wash your hair?” All too often the answer is “Everyday...I have to! Otherwise it looks greasy”. So here’s the thing, when you shampoo your hair, you are stripping it of its natural oils. This triggers your sebaceous glands to produce more oil, causing your hair gets oily faster/daily. Naturally the answer for most, would be to stop washing your hair so frequently and let the oil glands readjust, but seriously who wants to walk around with grease-head?
I’ve had medium to long hair most of my life (until recently, I chopped it;) and I was most definitely was an Everyday Shampoo’er. Blow drying would take 100 hours every day (exaggeration, obviously) then I discovered dry shampoo. It’s been around forever, I remember my grandmother used it when I was a kid, but the world of Hair Products has come a long way since then. I’ve tried many dry shampoos, but my fave is Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($16 at Elevations Hair Design). It doesn’t have a clay-like texture or funky odor, it absorbs oil, and actually gives volume for days! Yes, DAYS! Since using Dry Shampoo I only wash my hair twice, maybe three times a week. It saves time and more importantly, it saves my color!
You can also take the cheap and cheerful, DIY At Home approach and make you own dry shampoo using Baking Soda and Cocoa Powder (as recommended by my fellow Stylist, Maria). In a small container mix up some baking soda and a small amount of cocoa powder, use an old blush brush to apply to the root area. Be careful to apply it sparingly to avoid a powdery buildup; remove excess powder from the brush by tapping it on the lip of the container before applying. If the powder looks a little too warm or orangey on the root, add more baking soda to the mix or use dark cocoa powder instead. Typically dark cocoa powder is best for medium/dark colored hair, and regular cocoa powder for light/medium colored hair. Brush your hair to distribute the powder down the hair shaft.
It’s almost too easy;)
Meet Annie! I have doing her hair for years and have had to WORK to style her hair smooth. With her naturally curly, frizzy hair, heat-styling is a MUST if "smooth" is the goal!
Frizz Control was a B*TCH!... until now!
Fortunately, there is a solution with the continuously progressive technologies of Keratin Smoothing Systems. I've tried many in the past and while I've had good and great results, the processing solution for many of these treatments, despite them being Formaldehyde-free products, have harsh, seemingly harmful odors during processing. Just recently, I decided to try the Peter Coppola Keratin Smoothing System which is a Aldehyde-free & Formaldehyde-free Keratin Treatment. This system contains a low pH mechanism to soften and smooth the hair without the concern of harmful chemicals. It is infused with vital Keratin amino acids and damage-reversing Ceramides.
The processing time took approximately 2 hours, there was zero odor during processing, and I'd say the results were pretty impressive! The cost for this in-salon treatment starts at $175+ (or $125+ if bundled with color service), depending on how much hair you have, and the results last 3+months! This treatment is maintenance-free except for the use of sulfate-free, sodium chloride-free shampoo and conditioner which range from $8-$20 per bottle. Consultations are free of course, so whenever you're ready to stop fighting the frizz give me jingle and we'll make something happen! -Kristy Walters