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Hair Growth Hidden Danger – Triclosan

Friday, September 28th, 2012


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If you’ve been diligently trying to naturally grow your hair longer, but having unexplained difficulties, there may be a secret reason.

The secret reason? Triclosan. This popular antibacterial has specific properties which may be causing your hair growth difficulties.

The FDA recently announced studies regarding triclosan which is found in just about everything from antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer to toothpaste, cosmetics, shampoo, hair care products, clothing and plastics.

Other locations where triclosan lurks? Plastic cutting boards, stay fresh finishes on sports clothing, socks, towels and bedding.

According to an article in First For Woman magazine, “government researchers found evidence of triclosan in the urine of nearly 75 percent of the people they tested.”

First For Woman quoted Paula Baillie-Hamiliton, M.D., Ph.D. author of {{asin=B000EPFVV4,text=Toxic Overload}} who states “triclosan is a toxic organ chlorine chemical that has been registered with the EPA as a pesticide since 1969.”

Triclosan Can Block Healthy Hair Growth

This ingredient can cause the blockage of healthy hair growth due to the fact, according to Hamiliton, that “preliminary studies suggest that it acts as an endocrine disrupter, impeding thyroid function and impairing metabolism.”

It’s a well-known fact that when the thyroid or the endocrine system is disrupted there can be life altering symptoms including the potential for unexplained hair loss, stunted hair growth, skin breakouts and even potential chronic hair growth disruptions.

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Other Triclosan Symptoms

The threat of a compromised thyroid or endocrine system due to exposure to triclosan is very dangerous. However, triclosan has also been found to cause other problems besides slowing down or potentially stopping natural hair growth due.

The chemical is also considered the cause behind brain fog, mood swings, weight gain, unexplained fatigue, unexplained headaches and other life challenging conditions.

Triclosan is stored in the body as fat. This means when fat is burned the chemical may be broken down and released into the bloodstream.

Blocking Triclosan Effects On Thyroid, Metabolism & Hair Growth

The good news about discovering the impact of triclosan is that it’s exposure can be minimized.

Read the labels on every product you use in order to potentially block triclosan from entering your body. If you can limit the exposure to triclosan you can also minimize the disruption to your thyroid and natural hair growth cycles.

If a product lists triclosan on the label, look for an alternative product which doesn’t have the ingredient.

First For Woman pointed out in a 2009 report by the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products that an estimated 25 percent of lotion which contains triclosan is absorbed directly through the skin.

This known toxin dissolves readily in fat, so oils on the skin and in lotion help usher the chemical directly into the bloodstream and the body. Which is another good reason to start reading labels.

Strengthening Your Body To Block Triclosan Symptoms

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Another plan to avoid triclosan damage is to eat a healthy and nutritious food plan which supports healthy hair growth.

Taking vitamins specifically designed to strengthen and stimulate natural hair growth cycles like HairTopia is another great plan of defense.


If you’ve been trying to naturally grow out your hair and experiencing stalled growth challenges, the cause might be linked to triclosan toxicity in your body.

This is especially true if you’ve been a big user of anti-bacteria soaps, plastics or hair care and related products which utilize triclosan.

While exposure to triclosan may not be the key culprit for everyone, it certainly needs to be considered as a possibility. Why? It’s known to cause thyroid and endocrine system deficiencies.

A sluggish thyroid and/or endocrine system has been proven to be a definite factor in slow or stalled natural hair growth.

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Hair Accessories For Every Hairstyle

Friday, September 21st, 2012


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One of the questions I receive on a regular basis is whether or not there are hair accessories for every hairstyle?

Do hair accessories exist which can be worn by every length, every color and every style of hair on men and women of every race, age and nationality.

The Humble Bobby Pin

The answer? The humble bobby pin. It can be worn for every hairstyle.

Bobby pins were originally invented as functional hair tool to hold pin curls firmly against the scalp. Bobby pins became popular around the time of the 1920s to hold both wet and dry bobbed hairstyles.

From those practical beginnings the bobby pin has become a super hair accessory both in its most simple and classic form as well as combined with other accessories.

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In the early beginnings of the humble bobby pin it was considered tasteless to be seen out in public with bobby pins in clear view.

In current times, bobby pins are often worn not only as a functional hair tools to hold back rebellious bangs or random strands, but as edgy embellishments.

Bobby pins are often organized into the following categories: has many different types of bobby pins in our Marketplace which fit into the three categories above

Fashion Show Use Of Bobby Pins

Hair guru Eugene Souleiman glammed up models’ buns on Donna Karan’s runways in 2009 with multiple rows of bobby pins in similar, but slightly contrasting shades, to the model’s hair color.

Hair maestro Orlando Pita also brilliantly utilized bobby pins for Carolina Herrera models in 09. Pita used bronze bobby pins interlaced with small bronze flowers attached to a bobby pin base. The results were spectacular.

The layered rows of bobby pins, both in contrasting or complementary colors looked glam yet edgy.

Famous hairdressers have been depending on bobby pins and hairpins to provide functionality while pushing fashion boundaries since the very beginning of the humble bobby pin’s invention.

Bobby Pins In Every Size And Color

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Initially bobby pins were basically all one length, width and shape.

Over time they’ve morphed into a wide range of lengths, sizes, widths, shapes and colors.

One secret of Hollywood hairdressers is to use matted hued bobby pins during filming for TV and films.

Why? The matte hued pins avoid attracting unwanted lights, shadows or shimmer from the cameras.

Bobby pins embellished with glitter, tiny gems, fabric or other coverings can be a major problem on film sets due to how they attract and reflect lights.

Carrie Bradshaw, famously played by Sarah Jessica Parker, wore contrasting black bobby pins arranged in rows along one side of her blonde curls in "Sex And The City".

Famous hair accessory designer Tarina Tarantino has some fabulous hair accessories built upon a Bobby Pin. Some of my favorite pieces from her collections are elegant and edgy.

You don’t have to look far to find a wide range of bobby pin options in many popular hair accessory collections today. In fact, bobby pins often are a better selection for people with fine, thin, short or extremely short hair when it comes to selecting a fashionable hair accessory to glam up a style.

Definition Of A Bobby Pin

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A bobby pin is part of the hairpin family. Although hairpins and bobby pins are similar in their shapes, the key difference is that the two ends of the bobby pin touch while the hairpin ends are open and do not necessarily touch.

The most accepted definition of the bobby pin is that it is a double-pronged hair pin that slides into hair with the prongs open and then the flexible prongs close over the hair to hold it in place.

Bobby pins are also sometimes referred to as hair grips, Kirby grips, pins or simply grips. Sometimes they are called bobbies.

Although the majority of bobby pins are fashioned from metal, they can also be created out of a wide range of plastics, acrylics or similar metals. I have even seen them made from rubber material

Definition Of A Hairpin

Hairpins are often constructed from different lengths of metal or soft wire that are bent in half with a wider u-shaped end and a few well placed kinks along the two opposite sides of the pin.

A hairpin may vary in length from one to eight inches or longer, depending on the manufacturer of the pin. The length of the hairpin facilitates placement in several types of hairdos, such as updos to hold the hairstyle in place. The kinks built into the actual hairpin on either side enable retaining the pin during normal movements.

A hairpin patent was issued to Kelly Chamandy in 1925.

For More Information Refer To: Hairpins: History & Practical Application

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Bobby Pin Trademarks

According to Wikipedia, a trademark on the term "bobby pin" was held for some decades by Smith Victory Corporation of Buffalo, New York.

A trademark infringement claim made by Smith Victory against Proctor & Gamble regarding their naming their home permanent product Bobbi was settled in the 1950s by a payment to Smith Victory by P&G.

The term is now in common usage and therefore is no longer a valid trademark. Similarly, the British "kirby grip" is derived from the trademark Kirbigrip, used by a Birmingham manufacturer of such pins, Kirby, Beard & Co. Ltd.

Bobby Pin Usages

Bobby pins are regularly used by hair consumers and professional hairdressers to secure wet sets when either pin curls or hair rollers are utilized.

Hairdressers and consumers are also used to hold a wide range of hairstyles securely in place and may be alternated with softer hairpins which are slightly different than bobby pins.

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Men, especially with longer tresses, may use bobby pins to help hold side or front hair securely in place. They might also use them to help with braids. Jewish men might also use bobby pins to secure their head coverings such as yarmulkes.

Bobby pins are also used to anchor headbands, bandannas and even the base of ponytails. They are used to hold back dreadlocks, braids, updos and to hold back bangs or fringes.

Bobby Pin Secrets

A big no-no for using bobby pins is to put them in your mouth or use your teeth to pop them open. Celebrity Hairdresser Robert Hallowell showed me two wear marks on his teeth that have developed over the years from him putting thousands of bobbies in his mouth to open with his teeth.

In cosmetology school one of my instructors showed a slide demonstrating how many germs and bacteria could sit on the tip of a bobby pin. Trust me, that cured me from every again putting a bobby pin into my mouth every again.

Bobby pins usually have little plastic coverings over the edges. The little covering may or may not match the color of the pin. These little plastic pieces protect from ripping and tearing of fragile strands when the bobbies are placed into the hair. They also protect against possibly scratching the scalp.

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Bobby pins can be used as a secret anchor underneath a wide range of other hair accessories such as silky or slippery headbands. How? Bobby pins are placed in a X formation at strategic points throughout the head.

The underside of the headband will make contact with the metal of the bobby pins and headbands will remain firmly in place rather than slipping and sliding.

Bobby pins can also be used to anchor floating hair gems such as hair magnets or related items.

Finally, bobby pins can be use to assist in wig placement or in assisting the permanent placement of other add-on hair pieces. Many men use bobby pins without anyone being the wiser.

How To Apply Bobby Pins

If you plan on using lots of bobby pins, be sure to take them off their cards or out of their storage bins and lay them out. Even better, professional hairdressers will line them up for easy and fast access.

Use your fingers, not your teeth, to open the pin for insertion into the hair.

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Insert the bobby pin where you wish for it to be placed. Always glide the bobby pin into the hair with the bobby’s ridges facing outwards in order to secure the desired hair sections.

Summary Hair Accessories For Every Hairstyle

Bobby pins are hair accessories for every hairstyle. Bobby pins are the ultimate hair accessory.

They can be worn as a functional hair tool or they can be worn as non-functional hair decoration.

Bobby pins can be the base used to hold a wide range of toppings including precious or semi-precious gems. Bobby pins, hair accessories for every hairstyle, can also be wrapped in silk, satin, ribbons, fur or just about every imaginable type of fabric covering.

Bobby pins come in every length from very short to very long. Widths can vary from standard to thin or thick.

Bobby pins can be worn by babies to senior citizens. They work for every hair length, type (thin/fine, medium, thick), hair type (straight, wavy, curly, kinky, combo textures) and condition.

There are truly hair accessories for every hairstyle.

Revised Date: 09/21/12

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Floral Hairpin Hair Accessories – How To Wear

Friday, September 21st, 2012


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Floral hairpin hair accessories will never go out of fashion. Celebrities from Drew Barrymore to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have been wearing flowers in their hair for eons.

Afterall, flowers are Nature’s ultimate hair accessory. Why not rock them?

The key to wearing floral hairpin hair accessories is knowing how to wear them so they complement your hair length, style and color. Also, your hairpin hair accessories should work with your fashions.

Amy Adams Floral Hairpin Hair Accessories

Actress Amy Adams has gorgeous strawberry blonde hair which she often wears in an array of sensuous ponytails.

Amy is rarely spotted wearing hair accessories. However, in the past she turned up the wow factor when she paired a relatively subdued black knee-length outfit with a stunning large orchid hair pin.

The beautiful floral hairpin hair accessory was a shimmering silver orchid mounted on a double pronged open hair pin to one side of her sleek ponytail.

Amy provided a perfect example of how to position a large hair flower next to the base of a ponytail to create a dramatic look without disrupting the base of the pony.

From certain angles the large flat orchid, which was made out of shiny silver metal and python leather, fit so snugly against Amy’s scalp it was hard to spot except from the side.

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For anyone who wants to wear a dramatic hair accessory without being too flamboyant, a flower positioned like Amy’s would be the perfect embellishment.

When Selecting A Flower Hair Accessory

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When selecting a flower hair accessory, whether it’s attached to an open hair pin, bobby pin, alligator clip, barrette, headband or pony elastic, select a piece which works with your face shape, hair color, hair length and the event you’re attending.

A dramatic sophisticated flower accessory like Amy wore in the past worked perfectly with her sassy ponytail.

Amy’s hair transitioned from a sultry ponytail to a polished and elegant look courtesy of her stunning hair accessory.

Properly Position Flower Hair Accessories

To properly position an orchid hairpin like Amy’s accessory simply slide it into either the base or the top of the ponytail.

Securely anchor the open hair pin with one or two small bobby pins in the same color as your hair. Pin them so that they do not show against the hair accessory.

Some fans of floral hair accessories prefer to wear gorgeous designs mounted on a small jaw clip rather than an open U shaped hairpin or traditional bobby pin.

While floral hair clips are perfect for sliding into a ponytail and can be anchored with companion bobby pins, some people just naturally prefer alligator clips or even barrettes. Hair clips and barrettes do have the advantage of offering a more secure attachment to strands.

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Tarina Tarantino’s Floral Hair Accessories

Depending upon the length and texture of your hair there are a wide range of gorgeous floral hair accessories to select from.

There are also a wide range of amazingly talented hair accessories designers who offer floral hair pins, hair clips and similar.

The Tarina Tarantino Anywhere Clip

One example of a great hair accessory designer who creates amazing floral design is Tarina Tarantino. She is known for her frothy tulle flowers like the one shown to the side.

The hand crafted tulle floral Anywhere Clip features a tiny Lucite cameo, glass pearls and a sprinkling of crystals with a large geometric Swarovski crystal in the center. It’s an eye popping floral hair accessory design.

The gorgeous Anywhere Clip floral hair accessory measures approximately 3″ across. It’s attached to a salon-style clip on the back and is available in a wide array of eye popping hues. Although you can find floral hair accessories in a wide range of options, no one does high fashion hair accessories like Tarina Tarantino


Floral hairpin hair accessories will never go out of fashion. Hair accessories embellished with flowers can mean the difference between a ho-hum hairstyle and a spectacular one. Even better, floral hairpins are available in every imaginable color, size, shape, design and price range.

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14 Avoidable Hair Care Mistakes

Friday, September 21st, 2012


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Do you ever wonder why some people always appear to have great hair days while you may struggle with a variety of bad hair day challenges from frizz to split ends or worse?

Celebrities such as Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian usually have access to some of the top celebrity hairdressers around, while the average person may not know some of the most common ways hair can become damaged or mishandled.

Listed below are 14 avoidable hair care mistakes hair consumers may make without knowing the true damage it can cause.

1. Excessive Hair Cleansing

Unless your hair is naturally oily or you’re exposed to daily situations where your tresses are prone to getting extremely dirty, most people don’t need to shampoo as often as they do.

This is especially true if your hair is naturally dry, damaged, very damaged, chemically treated or colored.

In fact, if your hair is damaged in any way, washing too often, especially with full strength shampoo or related products, may cause even more potential harm.

If you feel the need to get your hair wet every day, you can still wash your hair every day but you may benefit from a Water Only (WO) Conditioner Only (CO) or Diluted Shampoo (DS) method which will save wear and tear on delicate strands.

2. Missing Detailed Hair Profile

Many people aren’t sure of their natural hair type (fine/thin, medium, thick, very thick), texture (straight, wavy, curly, kinky) and condition (normal, oily, dry, excessively dry, damaged). In addition to hair type, texture and condition there may be other issues such as dandruff, scalp challenges or hair loss issues.

Until you have a clear understanding of your hair on all levels you may not be able to achieve the highest level of manageability and beauty you desire.

3. Selecting Wrong Products For Your Hair

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All of your hair type, texture, condition and other factors need to be taken into consideration when you develop a hair care program custom designed for you and your strands.

Deciding how often to shampoo, the best type of product to use and whether to condition or not are all key considerations when you care for your hair. Utilizing improper products or not using products which would be helpful can be common but avoidable mistakes.

How do you find out the best products for your hair to create the very best appearance?

Work with your professional hairdresser to determine your hair profile and a long term plan to care for it so that is achieves the very best condition.

When in doubt email me your hair questions at

4. Suffering Through Trial And Error When Finding Best Hair Care Program For Your Hair

I receive hundreds of emails every months from hair consumers who don’t know where to turn for advice on hair care products or getting hair questions answered.

If you don’t feel comfortable asking your professional hairdresser your questions then visit our HairTalk Forum which has been in existence for 15+ years and has every imaginable question and answer on hair typing, care and products.

There is never a good reason to suffer through trial and error when trying to find the best products for your hair or researching your own best hair care treatment program. Not only does trial and error methods costs lots of money, it can leave you feeling frustrated.

5. Use Of Improper Water Temps When Cleansing

Although standing under a hot shower feels great, especially in cold weather, allowing steaming hot water to run down your hair is a big no-no. Hot water will dry out delicate strands and may cause accelerated fading of both natural and chemically applied hair color.

The best temperature for hair cleansing is lukewarm. This is especially true if your hair is naturally dry, damaged, chemically treated or colored.

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6. Not Getting Hair Wet Enough

Many hair consumers are not aware of the importance of getting hair really wet before applying any shampoo, diluted formula or CO products.

Part of the reason may be due to time constraints. Who has time to stand in the shower forever? Plus there are water conservations issues with standing in the shower endless. However, when you do wash your hair it’s important to make sure all of your strands are completely wet before applying shampoo.

One of my own tricks is to take a clean plastic bottle into the shower I have prefilled with lukewarm water. By pouring that over my hair I am sure to really get it wet before moving onto the next cleansing step.

7. Improper Shampoo Application

While it’s easier to just glop shampoo onto the top of your head from the bottle this is not the best way to make sure your hair is properly cleansed.

The best method, if you aren’t diluting or using CO products is to pour a dime sized blob of shampoo into the palms of your hands and massage to distribute the shampoo before you apply to your very wet strands.

Another tick is to pour a tiny bit of shampoo into a clean quart sized bottle of water and shake it to create suds. Drizzle the suds over the top of your hair allowing the shampoo mixture to run down your strands. Pat, do not rub, the mixture into all of your strands.

Not only does this eliminate any harsh effects of applying undiluted shampoo to your strands, it guarantees your hair will all be cleansed, not just certain sections.

8. Improper Rinsing

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After following all the appropriate cleansing steps from getting hair wet, applying shampoo properly, it’s important to make sure all the cleansing products are completely rinsed from your hair.

A final rinse should not be completed until you are sure all of the products you applied to your strands have been removed.

Should you use a rinse out conditioner? Again that depends on your own hair profile whether you should use a rinse-out or not. Whether you do or not, it is still important to rinse well.

Although I am a huge fan of the cool water final rinse, not everyone agrees. Even in my cosmetology school there was a wide range of opinions. For me, it works.

You may wish to try it if you are inclined to give it a shot. I find it helps close my cuticles and add natural shine.

9. Utilizing Too Much Heat

If you’ve ever smelled burnt hair you know it have a terrible aroma. Yes, hair can and does burn if it’s exposed to excessive heat.

Damaging fragile strands with overly hot blow dryers, irons, rollers or other devices is a common mistake many hair consumers make with their strands.

Whenever possible hair should only be styled with hot tools for special events. Hair should be allowed to air dry as much as possible. Or at the very least, dried under a less damaging hood dryer. If you must dry and style your hair with heat devices, be sure to apply protective products which will minimize any possible heat damage.

10. Having Impossible Expectations For Your Hair

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Just in the 15+ years I have been devoted to hair care I have witnessed some amazing advances in options hair consumers can utilize for their strands.

However, not all people can have the exact same type, texture and length of hair. We are, afterall, limited in some ways by our genetics.

Even if you decide you want to use chemicals to alter your natural hair type, texture or color, there are always tradeoffs that have to be weighed and considered.

Although hair can undergo amazing transformations due to hair color, extensions, chemical texturizers and straighteners, sometimes your hair can only be transformed to a certain degree.

A mistake some hair consumers make is trying to make their hair do something, or be something, it’s not.

Luckily for all of us, the current hair movement is to embrace your natural hair beauty which eliminates the requirement for excessive hair and beauty treatments to fit in.

Of course you should always wear your hair the way you love to wear it and feel best, but the key is not to feel you have to change your hair because of current fashions, trends or any other outside pressures.

11. Trusting Your Hairdresser To Be A Miracle Worker

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In the old days families put all of their trust into their family doctors. Time and history proved that while most doctors mean well, they are not gods.

Ultimately you and your family are responsible for your own health, life and welfare. The tide has turned. People with serious illness often hire medical consultants to help them find the best life saving procedures and medications.

The same is true with hairdressers. While most have a pure heart and care about their clients, the world of hair changes with the speed of light.

So many new products are released every year it’s impossible for hard working hairdressers to keep up with all the new advances. Of course some do and the highly evolved cosmetology schools are getting better than ever.

However, at the end of the day it is your responsibility to do your own research and get more than one opinion. It is never wise to just visit your hairdresser and ask them to do whatever they see fit because you may regret it for months afterwards.

Regardless of what bloggers or the professional or consumer hair media says. Do your own homework, make your own hair care decisions and get more than one opinion.

12. Do It Yourself (DIY) Hair Care

Over the course of the past 15 years I have attended cosmetology school (Paul Mitchell) and Velma B, I have apprenticed with some of the top hairdressers in the United States, taken correspondence courses and watched enough hairstyling and hairdressing videos to make my eyes turn bloodshot.

Even with speed dial access to some of the best hairdressers in the world, I still do not ever color my own hair at home, routinely apply my own add-on strands or cut my own tresses (except for clip-in hair extensions). Yes, I know how and have access to the same professional products the pros use, but I also understand how I can totally mess up my own hair in just a few wrong moves.

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Many physicians will not treat their own families because they understand the importance of getting a fresh opinion from outside experts.

If you’re comfortable and skilled at handling your hair care needs at home then of course you should. But if you’re not, consider leaving the bigger jobs to the pros.

The money you think you will save on home hair color will be lost if you have to pay for color correction.

13. Becoming A Slave To Face Shape

If you ever visit a hairstylist who tells you to give up all hopes of wearing a desired hairstyle because of the shape of your face, run for the door.

While professional hairstylists need a system of measures to help them design fantastic hairstyles and looks for their clients, the world has changed to embrace individualistic beauty.

Although it’s helpful to know your best features and maximize them, ultimately there is no right or wrong face shape or hairstyle surrounding it.

Love your natural beauty and your beauty birthright and wear your hair in whatever style makes you feel most beautiful. If someone else doesn’t like your hairstyle, hair hue, hair length or face shape, it’s their problem. Not yours.

Break those chains and enjoy the fact that no one else will have your exact face.

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14. Not Listening To Your Heart

At the end of the day, you are the one who wears your hair. Ultimately you get to decide what hair profile is most accurate for your and your lifestyle needs. You also get to decide whether you want to wash your hair every day, five times a day or never.

While there is a great body of wisdom out there about how to create a variety of results for hair, ultimately you have to listen to your own heart about how you want your hair to look and feel.

I often tell hair consumers who write to me to follow their own heart about their ultimate hair style, hair care and hair maintenance goals. If you understand all the potential risks, but have weighed your own personal rewards, it should never matter to anyone else.

Of course the risks you weigh include whether how you wear your hair will impact your professional or academic life and the lives of those around you. If you have a family or partner who would suffer from your hair style choices you definitely need to keep that in mind.

At the end of the day though, you should love yourself and your hair for it’s own special beauty.


In today’s world it’s important for all hair consumers to learn the ins and outs about their own hair and it’s care in order to have the knowledge to create the hair they wish to have.

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Hair Sun & Fun Rules & Regs

Friday, September 14th, 2012


There a some simple rules and regs to enjoy hair sun and fun.

For many people, summertime means more time outdoors. Unfortunately our enthusiasm for enjoying hair sun and fun or catching some rays may exceed our good judgment. Just a few hours of hair sun and fun can quickly result in days or weeks of sunburn related pain and ultimate peeling.

To enjoy hair sun & fun in the summer without danger to your scalp, hair or skin, listed below are some simple rules & reqs:

#1. Know your UV limitations.

Every person’s skin responds differently to UV rays (sunlight). In 1975 Thomas Fitzpatrick a Harvard PhD devised the Fitzpatrick skin test to help define these boundaries. The Fitzpatrick test asks a series of questions that look at genetics, previous experience and lifestyle. The questions yield a raw score and neatly categorize skin types into 6 distinct categories ranging from light to dark skin.

On one end of the spectrum you have people with little or no tolerance to UV and burn easily (Type I). On the other end of the spectrum you have people with dark skin that do not burn easily (Type VI).

If you don’t know your threshold, take the Fitzpatrick test and determine your specific skin type. Understanding your burn threshold can make your time outdoors more enjoyable and safer.

#2. Use an SPF protective product for scalp, hair and skin.

SPF’s (sun protection factor) or sun blocks can easily and effectively reduce your risk of burning. SPF’s use a number system to identify their ability to block or repel burning rays. As an example, assume you normally redden or burn in 10 minutes of direct sunlight.

When you apply an SPF 15, it increases the time it takes to redden or burn up to 150 minutes or 15 times as long. SPF’s with a higher number generally provide a longer duration of protection. It is important to liberally apply the sunscreen to all exposed areas or you will regret any oversights.

Additionally, sweat, water, or rubbing off can remove SPF, so make sure to liberally reapply as needed. Sunscreens are a great preventative measure, but if you think you are burning, get out of the sun. Sunburns or overexposure are key factors in premature aging.

#3. Wear protective headgear.

Overexposure to UV rays can cause all sorts of damage to the scalp, the hair, the hairline and even the eyes.

Your eyes are fragile and UV’s invisible rays can penetrate the eyes even in cloud cover. UV blocking sunglasses are more then a fashion statement; they are your eyes first defense against burning. Use them regularly.

With these simple rules, you can enjoy a prolonged and satisfying outdoor experience. Your skin and eyes will thank you.

If your outdoor pursuits are tanning induced, then this is the perfect time for you to consider sunless tanning products.

For more information Fitzpatrick skin typing or SPF’s visit

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Brooke Elliott Diva Bridal Hair How To

Friday, September 14th, 2012


Jane (Brooke Elliott) In Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva

Brooke Elliott as Attorney Jane Binghum Drop Dead Diva Lifetime

The lovely long haired Brooke Elliott plays the sassy Jane Binghum on Lifetime’s smash series Drop Dead Diva which just ended Season 4.Brooke, as Jane, has showcased diva bridal hair on two different Drop Dead seasons (Season 2 & Season 4). This article examines her diva bridal hair how to with detailed steps.

Jane Binghum Bridal Dream – Season Two

Brunette attorney Jane Binghum is inhabited by the spirit of Deb, a vivacious svelte beautiful blonde, killed instantly in a surprising car accident.

At the time of her death, Deb was in love with attorney Grayson (Jackson Hurst) and lived with her best friend Stacy (April Bowlby).

As fate would have it, Deb’s true love Grayson works at the same law firm with Jane, allowing Deb plenty of opportunity to moon over her lost love. Grayson is unaware that the body of Jane is really Deb at the core.

During Season Two thanks to a lovely dream sequence, Deb as Jane gets to live out her bridal fantasy of marrying the man of her fantasies. Thanks to the assistance of guest star Paula Abdul, Jane is a perfect bride.

Jane Binghum Wedding To Owen – Season Four

Jane (Brooke Elliott) In Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva Dream Wedding Hairstyle

Paula Abdul & Brooke Elliott Season 2 Dream Wedding Sequence Drop Dead Diva Lifetime

After chasing Grayson, her lost love, who literally gets stood up at the altar in Season Three with Jane as his best attendant, Jane decides a relationship with her lost love is futile.

Instead she falls in love with Owen a judge. Ultimately Jane picks Owen and they become engaged to be married.

Meanwhile, Grayson has discovered he’s in love with Jane and seconds before Jane is set to walk down the aisle to marry a waiting Owen, she shares a kiss with Grayson just as her future husband enters the room.

Owen literally drops dead of a heart attack on the spot. The plot really thickens as the original spirit of Jane enters the dead body of the groom.

Jane Binghum Bridal Hair How To

In both of Jane’s bridal sequences Brooke’s hair is coiffed in a sleek, shiny long lush hairstyle.

The chic hairstyle works in perfect harmony for both of the different bridal gowns Jane wears. In both bridal looks Jane wears a long veil. Wearing her hair down is the perfect complement.

One of Jane’s trademark fashion statements on Drop Dead Diva is her gorgeous healthy hair which literally shimmers under the camera lights.

Step By Step Instructions

Jane (Brooke Elliott) In Season 4 Wedding Hairstyle

Grayson (Jackson Hurst) & Jane (Brooke Elliott) Season 4 Jane’s Wedding To Owen Drop Dead Diva Lifetime

Follow the steps listed below to duplicate Jane’s chic shiny bridal hairstyle:

1. To duplicate Jane’s bridal hairstyle start by cleansing detangle hair with a product designed to address your hair’s special needs in lukewarm water.

If you color, highlight or chemically treat your hair, select a cleansing product which supports those treatments.

If you prefer, use a dilution formula, low poo, no poo or a conditioning only (CO) treatment.

2. Rinse shampoo completely from strands. Use fingers to gently squeeze water from hair. Apply the appropriate rinse-out conditioner to your hair from mid-shaft down.

You may wish to avoid this step if hair is super thin or fine).

3. After rinse-out conditioner has been applied to your strands, use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle strands from the ends up to the roots. Work slowly since hair is most fragile when damp or wet.

4. Finish with a cool/cold water rinse to close cuticles and encourage natural shine,

Jane (Brooke Elliott) In Season 4 Wedding Hairstyle

Jane (Brooke Elliott) Season 4 Jane’s Wedding To Owen Drop Dead Diva Lifetime

5. Towel blot and apply a very light cocktail of desired leave-in detangler, conditioner or styling products (firm holding mousse or gel).

6. For extra control along the bangs or around the face, crown and sides, apply a firm holding hair cream or sculpting gel.

7. Separate hair into individual strands. Working from side to side around the entire head blow dry hair with a round mixed bristle brush and a blow dryer. This will give hair volume and movement with sleekness and shine.

If hair is naturally curly or wavy you may wish to apply a straightening balm like Phytodefrisant or similar to damp strands to prevent frizz.

8. Once each section of hair is dry, clip or pin the newly straightened hair against your scalp and continue drying the next section.

9. When hair is completely dry and pinned against the scalp, spray entire the entire head with a holding spray. Allow spray to dry completely before removing pins or clips.

10. Right before leaving the house unpin all the hair sections and use fingers to gently tousle strands.

Optionally you may wish to use a medium barrel curling iron to add additional volume throughout the finished hairstyle.

11. Finish with a swipe of shine serum or spray.

Jane (Brooke Elliott) In Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva Dream Wedding Hairstyle

Paula Abdul & Brooke Elliott Season 2 Dream Wedding Sequence Drop Dead Diva Lifetime

Apply one drop of shine serum to the palms of your hands, rub together and then lightly brush over the top of your gorgeous new strands.

12. Top off your lush strands with a crystal encrusted tiara like Jane did in her Season 4 wedding.

Or you can also add a beautiful jeweled headband, barrette or flower encrusted clip.

Scale your hair accessories to work with the length and size of the finished hairstyle.

If you wish you can also optionally use fusion or clip-in style hair extensions to add more volume to your natural strands.

These bridal hairstyle work with or without a fringe and a variety of parts. Select the hair options which work best for you.


Brooke Elliott is gorgeous as Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, Jane Binghum. She is even more stunning as a bride in both her Season 2 dream sequence and her recent Season 4 attempt to make it down the aisle. Unfortunately the beautifully tressed bride was stalled by a kiss and the heart attack of her future husband.

Meanwhile, it’s wonderful to see how gorgeous Brooke, as Jane, looked in both of her bridal hairstyles which harmonized perfectly with her gown and veils.

Hopefully all of Brooke’s fans will get to see her wear yet another bridal hairstyle in Season 5 when she may finally have the chance to marry Greyson, Jane’s true love. As they say in the biz, stay tuned.

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ghd 1 Inch Flat Iron Review

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012


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Imagine how much buzz your flat iron would generate if the celebrity behind it was none other than Katy Perry.

The {{asin=B003FTSB6S,text=ghd Professional Original 1 Inch Styler}} is not only famous for how fast it heats up and how sizzling hot it gets, it’s also famous for having Katy Perry as it’s official celebrity behind the iron.

Even people who don’t care what a ghd 1 Inch Flat Iron is stop and pay attention. After all, who is more sizzling hot right now than Katy Perry? Oh right, the ghd 1 Inch Flat Iron is also sizzling hot.

The {{asin=B003FTSB6S,text=ghd Professional Original 1 Inch Styler}} which is considered the classic flat iron is not only renowned for it’s ties to Katy Perry, it’s sizzling high heat (210ºc) and how fast it heats up, the iconic flat iron is famous for it’s big price tag.

Depending upon where you buy the iron it can range in cost from $99 up to $185 plus tax. The hefty price tag makes the {{asin=B003FTSB6S,text=ghd Professional Original 1 Inch Styler}} one of the highest priced flat irons on the hair market today.

The big question is whether or not the iron is worth all those hard earned dollars?

What It Is

Katy Perry With Long Plum S Wave Hairstyle

Katy Perry With Long Plum S Wave Hairstyle

The {{asin=B003FTSB6S,text=ghd Professional Original 1 Inch Styler}} is a hot styler designed for straightening and smoothing hair.

Even though it’s a flat iron it’s described as versatile and equally able to create curls and related texture. Plates are 1" and product comes with 1-year warranty.

What It’s Designed To Do

The ghd Classic 1" Styler is the perfect tool for all of your hairstyling needs. With its universal voltage, you are able to look your glamorous best wherever you go, and the automatic shutoff is great for peace of mind.

ghd Advantages

Most ghd users agree with the following list of advantages: – Heats quickly. The iron heats up in approximately 14 seconds. – It may take up to 1 minute to reach it’s full heat of 210ºc – Very light iron in terms of weight. – Has a thin and sleek curved design. – The iron’s unique design offers styling versatility. – Iron can be used to create straight, curly or mixed textures hairstyles. – Many satisfied users claim iron achieves straighter results than any other model on market. – Plates are specficially coated to glide effortlessly down strands. – Due to the iron’s thin design it’s easier to reach the roots and areas around hairline. – Functions well in tight areas around the head and helps eliminate problem whorls or cowlicks – Most users claim the ghd will help their hair remain straight and frizz free for 1-3 days. – Adds shine to hair. – Minimal hair snagging, pulling or ripping.

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Additional ghd Advantages

– When ironed properly the ghd makes good curls without standard dents – Iron is easy to clean – Doesn’t stain easily – Plates don’t bleed colors – Doesn’t seem to work equally well for all types, textures and lengths of hair – Universal adapter tells users whether it’s safe to use the iron with the available outlets – Comes equipped with iron guard, heat resistant case and 2 clips

Although the ghd claims to adjust heat according to hair type being ironed, this generates some user doubts.

ghd Disadvantages

– Very expensive for a flat iron. Although it’s possible to find the irons for much less than the suggested retail price of $185 + tax, the iron still generally costs much more than comparable brands. – Due to the iron’s design the plates don’t meet perfectly unless additional force is applied. This is a drawback to some iron users. – The iron has no temperature control. – Some users find the iron is hard to grip or feels slippery due to the iron’s covering or the curved design. – While the iron’s design makes it’s easier to get closer to the roots and hairline, it’s also much easier to get burnt than with other irons which can’t get as close. – The back sides of the plates may be too hot to touch comfortably. – Because the plates are only 1" in width, it can take much more time to straighten very thick, extra long or highly textured hair. – Even after the iron is turned off it’s still very hot. It needs to be stowed away carefully to avoid burning countertops or the bottom of the heat resistant case which with the iron. – Some users have lodged complaints about a strong plastic smell coming from the heat resistant case. – Ongoing concern by some long term iron users of accumulative heat damage to tresses. – Although some users claim the ghd is gentle for bleached, colored or chemically processed strands, this can only be evaluated on an individual basis.

Katy Perry With Short Raven Black Fringe

Katy Perry With Short Raven Black Fringe

Warning: Never touch the ceramic plates of the iron when it’s on. There have been reports of serious burns requiring trips to the emergency room of local hospitals. In some cases burns can cause large blisters which may become infected if not treated promptly and properly.

Why The ghd 1 Inch Flat Iron May Not Work For You

Listed below are the most common reasons the ghd iron may not be great for everyone:

Although the iron works for many types, textures, lengths and conditions of hair, it definitely does not work uniformly for everyone. While some users rave about the results they achieve with the iron, others are less complimentary.

The most common feedback about the ghd 1 Inch Flat iron is that it really works well on thick, wavy or naturally textured hair which tend to be dry and frizzy. A counter claim is that the downside to the results achieved on thick hair is that it takes a lot of time to use the iron on the entire head.

Tips For Buying ghd Irons

Katy Perry With Long Raven Black Hair

Katy Perry With Long Raven Black Hair

1. Look for the authentic product, beware of styling irons listed as ghd style, or ghd like. These simply are not of the same high quality as the ghd and do not have the ghd warranty. 2. Always check the seller’s feedback and reputation before buying. 3. If you have any questions about the product email the seller before you buy and get the answers in a written response. 4. Be aware of postage costs as well as the sellers’ terms and conditions of payment. It’s a great idea to ask for insurance during postage for high value items. 5. PayPal and credit cards are the safest ways to pay for items on the web.

Note: Credit card companies such as Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover will often accept chargeback requests for items you receive that are not as they are advertised. The same is true with PayPa.

How To Create Waves Or Curls With The ghd

1. Be sure to use hydrating cleansing products on strands which are frequently hot ironed. 2. When possible opt for a Diluted Shampoo (DS), Low Poo, No Poo or Conditioner Only Wash (Co-Wash). 3. Wash properly detangled hair in lukewarm water. Finish shampoo with a rinse out moisturizing conditioner designed for your hair type, texture and condition. 4. Finish with a cool/cold rinse. 5. Towel blot 6. Apply a leave-in styling cocktail which includes, but it not limited to a defrisant, leave-in conditioner, straightening product and a heat protection product. 7. Separate hair in individual sections. Blow dry each section with a boar bristle style round brush. 8. When hair is 100% dry apply a secondary heat protection product. 9. Separate hair into 1-2" sections. Carefully position the heated ghd iron at the roots. Gently twist the iron in a spiral direction while gently gliding the iron down the length to the hair. You may need to repeat this process a few times until the desired wave or curl is formed. Make sure not to clamp the iron too tightly in order for the hair to flow easily.

Warning: Be careful to avoid making contact with the ears, the hairline or the face to avoid burns.

10. Carefully re-roll the finished curl or wave into position with your fingers and pin to your scalp to cool and set. 11. Continue to work around the rest of your head until you have achieved all the curls and waves you desire. 12. When curls are cool and set unpin and spray with hairspray or similar. 13. If desired us a tiny amount of shine product to add shimmer.

Katy Perry With Short Raven Black Fringe

Other Notes

If you see steam coming from the hair this means that there is a little moisture still present on your hair from washing.

Remember to keep the iron moving and don’t leave it static on any one spot to avoid burning hair.

When hot ironing hair on a regular basis it’s important to schedule deep conditioning treatments to the hair.


Many users around the world believe the {{asin=B003FTSB6S,text=ghd Professional Original 1 Inch Styler}} is one of the best hair straightening irons available on the hair market today. These are bold claims since there are so many competitive irons available today.

Should you purchase the {{asin=B003FTSB6S,text=ghd Professional Original 1 Inch Styler}} or opt for a less expensive iron? It depends on a variety of factors including:

1. How often will you be using the iron? If you’ll be using it at least twice a week, the investment in the ghd will pay off over time compared to less expensive irons. 2. If you have a type or texture of hair which requires an industrial strength iron, the ghd is considered to be one of the very best irons for getting bone straight hair on highly textured or generally challenging strands. 3. The {{asin=B003FTSB6S,text=ghd Professional Original 1 Inch Styler}} allows you to create a poker straight, smooth and sleek hair style or create a variety of waves, curls or mixed textures or even the most iron resistant tresses. 4. The iron’s combination of ceramic coatings and infrared heat technology is touted as especially beneficial for bleached, colored or chemically treated tresses. These claims must be made on a case by case basis over time. 5. The iron is especially light weight making it a perfect hot tool for travel or for use at the health club.

The consensus amongst users is the {{asin=B003FTSB6S,text=ghd Professional Original 1 Inch Styler}} is an expensive investment but the results are definitely worth the money, especially is you’ll use the iron frequently, have highly textured, frizzy or hard-to-straighten strands and want a fast heating, sizzling hot iron.

Revised Publication Date: 08/29/12

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Easy Fixes For Fried Hair

Monday, August 27th, 2012


Long Platinum Blonde Dreadlocks

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Summertime brings lots of dangers besides nasty sunburns. Most people don’t realize hair can burn just as easily as skin or scalps.

When hair is damaged, the cuticle is forced open causing hair to become severely damaged or fried. Fried hair can also result from logging too much time in the salt water filled ocean or chlorine pools.

Luckily there are some easy fixes for fried hair.

What are the most common symptoms of fried hair:

  • 1. Split ends 2. Overall or general breakage 3. Uncontrollable frizz 4. Over porous tresses that feel spongy 5. Dry, straw-like texture 6. Lack of shine 7. Difficult to manage 8. All of the above

Men, women of all ages, races and ethnicities and children are all equally susceptible to fried hair.

Main Causes of Fried Hair

Other common causes of fried hair include:

A. Improper washing, drying and styling. B. Chemical treatment (hair color, bleach, relaxers, straighteners or similar) damage. C. Excessive or improper use of some styling products. D. Overexposure to sun, wind, environmental toxins. E. Heat styling tools (hot rollers, blow dryers, hot irons). F. Faulty hair styling tools (sharp edged brushes, combs, hair rollers, pins, clips). G. Too frequent backcombing, teasing. H. Lack of proper maintenance (regular trims). I. All of the above.

Fried Hair Fixes

Now that we have covered the most common reasons lets look at the best way to fix fried hair:

1. Cut Or Trim It Off

Tina Turner Teased Out Hair

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Yes, you can try and save fried hair. Do you really want to?

The reality of fried hair is that it just can’t be repaired. Once hair has gotten to a certain stage of damage you may be able to mask the problems but never restore your hair to a pre-fried stage.

If you wish to spend infinite amounts of time and money for at-home or salon treatments then know going into your repair process what to expect.

It may be painful to cut or trim but in the long run it gives your hair a better chance for full recovery as it grows back in.

Of course the choice should always be yours. Never let a hairdresser pressure you to remove fried and damaged hair unless you agree.

2. Camouflage It

Whether you have the damaged removed or not, why not camouflage fried strands? There are great clip-in hair extension options available today that can instantly mask damaged tresses.

Some of the very best clip-in extensions include Jessica Simpson Clip-in Extensions. To check out the Jessica Simpson clip in hair extensions go to:

Whether you use clip-ins to cover newly shorn locks (after you have the fried strands removed) or use them to cover your current damage, consider taking advantage of this great option.

3. Shampoo Less Often

Lada Gaga Platinum Blonde Long Hair

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When possible shampoo less often than more often. If you feel you must shampoo every day either use gentle shampoos or dilute your shampoo to minimize the potential to dry out your strands from harsh shampoo chemicals and the water.

Yes, the chemicals in water can do as much damage as the shampoo ingredients.

4. Practice Good Cleansing

Consider the following good cleansing steps:

A. Use only lukewarm water. B. When possible wash hair in shower or sink instead of tub (dirt residues can settle in over porous strands). C. Get hair very wet before applying shampoo. D. Dilute shampoo (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon in 1 clean quart bottle filled with lukewarm water and shaken to form suds). Drizzle suds over top of head and let suds flow down over rest of the strands. Gently pat into hair to avoid rubbing or pulling damaged strands. Lightly massage scalp with finger pads and not fingernails. Even better, wash without shampoo. Just rinse hair with water, apply a rinse-out conditioner and let hair rest from shampoo stress. E. Only shampoo one time except in unusual circumstances (extremely dirty hair or hair that has been soiled with unusual substances). F. Rinse well. One of the biggest causes of dull hair is shampoo that is not properly rinsed out. G. Follow with a good rinse-out conditioner. Slather from top of ears to ends. Allow to stay on hair for up to 5 minutes. H. Rinse well and finish with a cool/cold water rinse that helps close the cuticle. Not all hair experts agree on this step but many find it beneficial. I. Towel blot, never rub, until excess moisture in eliminated. J. Finish with a spritz of conditioning detangler or leave-in conditioner. K. When possible let hair air-dry by plopping, wet Bunning or rolling in rag curlers. L. Avoid hot tools such as blow dryers, hot irons, hot rollers except on special hair events. This will give your fried hair time to heal.

5. Deep Condition

Lady Gaga Platinum Blonde Chin Length Bob

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In response to the popularity of hot irons, relaxers and other chemical straightening treatments, the major hair care companies have released a series of deep conditioners designed to help with fried hair conditions.

While a deep conditioner won’t completely reverse any damage, various conditioning ingredients will make hair easier to detangle and will help provide necessary moisture balance.

Listed below are some of the best deep conditioning products available on the market. Included after each product is a brief description of their benefits.

Phyto’s PhytoKarite This is a fabulous treatment mask that contains hydrolyzed keratin that actually coats the hair. Vitamin E, a known antioxidant, will help protect hair from future stress factors such as heat, environment and related fried hair risk factors. Using this formula will help replenishing hair and allow it to be soft, shiny and supple.

Rene Furterer Karite Nourishing Conditioning Cream Karite nourishing conditioning cream revitalizes very dry and damaged hair. Using natural ingredients such as "shea butter" it deeply nourishes the keratin fiber, leaving the hair full, lustrous and alive. It repairs and protects, detangles and softens. Besides shea butter this fabulous product includes quince seed and Vitamin E.

Phytospecific Intense Nutrition Mask Intense nutrition mask can be used after every shampoo depending on the dryness of the hair. Plant marrow has an instant untangling effect and deeply nourishes the hair shaft.

Rene Furterer – Okara Restructuring and Protective Radiance Mask The mask optimizes the life of your hair color. This mask repairs your hair giving it body and bounce. CPF 70, 70+ color protection preserves color intensity due to anti-fading action. Color is protected and hair feels soft and luminous. This mask protects color, repairs the hair and provides shine. This includes key ingredients such as Extract of Okara, UV Filter, Vitamin E and B5.

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Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask is designed to help dehydrated hair. It will revitalize your locks with moisture by deep conditioning. Restructures without weighing down.

Rene Furterer – Okara Repairing Treatment Mask Okara Repairing mask maintains the elasticity of your hair. This mask repairs the hair, brings shine and includes the key ingredients of Extract of Okara, Vitamin E and B5.

Phytocitrus Soin Vital Radiance Mask For color treated or chemically treated (perm, straightening) hair. Phytocitrus mask combines grapefruit extract with shea and illipe butters to regulate the hair’s pH and smooth the cuticle, imparting brilliant shine.

Rene Furterer – Carthame Gentle Hydro-Nutritive Mask This mask protects the hair and provides it with exceptional suppleness and softness. Its creamy texture leaves the hair light and luminous. It helps detangle.

Phyto Plage After Sun Repair Mask With Rush Nut Oil This special "after sun" hair mask contains Rush Nut oil which is known for its nutritious and emollient properties, to soften the hair. Shea butter, rich in essential fatty acids provides deep nourishment for the hair and restores shine. Keratin hydrolysate coats and protects the hair, and boosts volume, while Rapeseed and Cellulose derivatives smooth out tangles. Pro Vitamin B5 provides moisture and revitalizes the hair.

Rene Furterer After Sun Repair Mask This after-sun repair mask deeply restructures hair damaged after sun exposure. This product nourishes and restructures the hair shaft, detangles instantly and includes key ingredients of Shea butter and essential oil of sesame.

6. Pre Condition

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PHYTO Huile D’Ales Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment A unique compound of castor plant oil and essential oils of sage, rosemary, juniper berries and lemon. Huile D’Ales was specially formulated to moisturize and restore shine to dry and/or damaged hair.

HairTopia Beautiful Hair Oil A synergistic blend of pure organic jojoba oil, essence of flowers, vibrational elixirs of gems, pure essential oils of lavender, bergamot, grapefruit, rosemary and lime designed to moisturize very dry hair and scalps.

Rene Furterer – Complexe 5 Regenerating Extract with stimulating essential oils Essential for healthy scalp and beautiful hair. Its unique concentration in orange, lavender and verbena essential oils stimulates microcirculation and invigorates the scalp to favor the growth of beautiful and healthy hair.

Note: All of the Phyto, Rene Furterer, HairTopia and related Products can be purchased through the Marketplace.

7. Air Dry

Towel blot, never rub, until excess moisture is eliminated. Finish with a spritz of hydrating detangler or leave-in conditioner. When possible let hair air-dry by plopping, wet bunning or rolling in rag curlers.

Avoid hot tools such as blow dryers, hot irons, hot rollers except for special hair events. This will give your fried hair time to heal.

8. Wear SPF In Your Hair

Platinum Blonde Textured Layered Crop

Platinum Blonde

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Before you go to the beach or hit the pool be sure to apply a hair product which contains SPF to protect your follicles along with your hair color.

Keep in mind you can always make your own SPF protection product by mixing distilled water, regular sunscreen and leave-in-conditioner in a clean spritzer bottle.

Another great tip is to rinse your hair with bottled water before emerging hair in salt or chlorine. Hair absorbs chemicals much easier when it’s dry. Rinse immediately upon leaving pool. When possible, wear a protective swimming cap.

9. Maintain Your Hair Religiously

Prevent hair from day to day damage by using great products, taking necessary care precautions and by getting a regular trim. Most hair experts recommend you get a trim every six to eight weeks.

If your hair is prone to serious damage or frizz, go to your stylist more frequently. It might be best to get trims every four to six weeks until your hair recovers. When in doubt talk to your hairdresser.

10. Be Fashionable In Hot Weather

The blazing hot sun can take a serious toll on fragile strands. It can cause delicate hair hues to fade faster. Wear a sassy baseball cap or other cute headgear to protect your precious tresses from the sun.

11. Avoid Products With Too Much Alcohol Or Silicone

Some products can build-up on your strands adding to the frizz factor making hair look and feel fried. These products usually have a strong alcohol or silicone base. Read any labels to make sure your hair is adequately protected.

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12. Moisturize From The Inside Out

When the body is dehydrated the scalp and tresses will suffer. Drink plenty of water. Minimize alcohol and caffeine consumption to allow less stress on your liver. Ultimately this which will pay you dividends in healthier hair.

13. Eat Right And Take Your Hair Vitamins

When hair is fried it needs all the help it can get. Hair Vitamins will strengthen hair and provide much needed nutrients that will allow hair to regain its natural sheen. Eating right is also important for healthy hair.


Although fried hair can be a bummer, there are many things you can do to prevent it from happening or fix it once it does occur.

Note: All of the products listed in this article including the entire Phyto and René Furterer product lines are available at in the Marketplace.

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24 Headband Advantages

Monday, August 13th, 2012


Coach Dan Ghessling on Big Brother With Head Band

Coach Dan Ghessling On CBS Big Brother

Coach Dan Ghessling currently playing on CBS TV’s popular Big Brother is found of wearing headbands. Headbands never go out of style and offer many advantages.

There are at least 24 headband advantages listed below in this article. They include:

1. Headbands are unisex and can be worn by male and females. 2. They’re worn by all races and ages from infants to people over 100 years old. 3. Bands work for all types (fine/thin, medium, thick, very thick) and textures (straight, curly, wavy, kinky or coiled). 4. Headbands can be worn equally by people with any hair lengths from super short to very long. 5. These versatile accessories can instantly change the mood of any fashion outfit. 6. Headbands are designed for every fashion event from hanging at the beach to walking down the aisle or dancing in the moonlight. 7. Fashionable since the beginning of time when cave people used leaves and tree branches, headbands never really completely disappear from the fashion scene. 8. Bad hair days are less traumatic when contained with an all purpose headband fix which can instantly contain out-of-control hair or camouflage a bad case of hat hair.

David Beckham Wearing Comb Headband

David Beckham Wearing Comb Headband

9. Headbands can be worn on a wide range of positions on the head from right above the eyebrows to positioned at the back of the crown. 10. They may be designed to perform an actual hair styling functions (securing bangs, creating instant volume at the crown) or simply as a form of hair adornment. 11. Headbands are the perfect hair accessory for competing in a range of sporting events when it’s important to keep hair off the face and out of the eyes. 12. Some types of headbands can be used to camouflage root re-growth lines. 13. Headbands can range in prices from very affordable to very expensive. The key is to find bands which fit your needs at the price points you desire. 14. From a functional viewpoint headbands worn down around the hairline can help to keep the forehead dry. 15. Headbands offer a chance to show off unique personal style. 16. When worn in combination with clip-in or fusion extensions, headbands can provide a great camouflage where the real and add-on hair meet. 17. A plain headband can be easily and instantly altered by clipping a fresh flower on one side. 18. Headbands may be used to anchor overgrown bangs which may be hanging in the eyes. 19. A band can instantly add a look of softness to any hairstyle. 20. The right headband can enhance highlights and lowlights by working in harmony with the hair’s hues.

Soft Scarf Style Headband From Soho Beat

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21. Headbands are a well-known celebrity bad hair day fix. Celebs use headbands to disguise botched hair color or overall bad hair days. 22. Bands work well in combination with other hair accessories such as sleeper clips, tiny jaws and claws or decorative bobbies or grips. 23. Easy care. Many headbands are very easy to clean or launder. Instructions are usually provided. 24. Headbands are easy to put on and remove.

24 Headband Advantages – Types Of Headbands

Listed below are the types of headbands to select from:

1. Hard headbands made into a traditional U shaped band. 2. Soft headbands made from a wide range of materials in all shapes and widths 3. Combination hard and soft bands where a U shaped band is covered with material and/or has streamers, tails or long ties. 4. Scarf headbands which may or may not have a hard under shell. 5. Headbands made from elastic which hold a firm shape but are soft when not worn. 6. Bandeaus headbands made without an adjustable elastic back strap. 7. Stretchy bandeaus style headbands which have adjustable back or side straps.

Headbands With Teeth

Fabric Covered U Shaped Headband

Soho Beat Gypsy Headband

8. Headbands with visible or invisible teeth which help to anchor the band to the hair. David Beckham has been spotted wearing bands with a teeth.

Note: Although teeth are mostly found in traditional hard U shaped bands, sometimes they can be found in modified bandeaus to help anchor the headband to the hair.

9. Hard headbands can be hand made or made from hot plastics poured into metal molds. When handmade they may consist of cellulose or a higher end of plastic. Mass produced headbands are most often made of some form of plastic. 10. Some headbands are made from hard or soft metals. Chain link style headbands are also available, but may tend to pull or tear hair.

Other Headband Options

1. Headbands created from the latest colors, fabrics and patterns offer an instant fashion statement. 2. Headbands can range in width from very skinny to very wide. 3. Single headband styles have just one band while double and triple bands have 2 or 3 attached together. Although more rare, some headbands can be found with more than 3 bands interconnected together. 4. Headbands are available in solid colors, an array of patterns from animal print and snake skins to polka dots, stripes and checkerboards. 5. Depending upon the current trends headbands may be adorned with flowers, feathers, bows or other adornments.

Soft Bandeau Style Polka Dot Headband

Soho Beat Headband Polka Dot Bandeau At

6. Designer headbands are unique although much more costly than mass market bands. 7. Headbands might also be made out of real or faux leather, real of faux snakeskin, lambskin or suede. 8. Select headbands to either complement or contrast with your current hair color.

Why Headbands May Not Work For You

Listed below are the most common reasons headbands may not be great for everyone:

1. The shape of your head may be too large or too small to hold headbands. Even the headbands which are advertised as no-slip just may not work for your head size. 2. They trigger headaches. Although rare, some people just can’t wear headbands of any kind (hard or soft) without getting headbands. 3. Although they may not trigger headaches, they may cause pain around the ears.

There are some companies which make no headache bands. These types of band may or may not trigger headaches in people who are prone to have head pain from wearing band. Softer bandeau bands usually don’t cause ear pain.

Other reasons might be that hair is too short, too slippery or has too much texture. In some cases, people just don’t like how headbands look on their head. A good enough reason to eschew the popular hair accessory.

Karina No Headache Band


Headbands offer many different advantages to men, women and children of all ages and races.

Whether you wish to wear a headband as a functional hair tool to hold your hair back, keep sweat off your forehead to grow out some shaggy bangs, the right headband can accomplish your hair styling goals.

There are a dizzying array of headbands on the hair market today. Not all of them will work equally well for all hair types, textures, conditions or styling needs. Some of the headbands work magically, others may not.

When in doubt about purchasing a headband be sure to ask questions and look at all the options and alternatives.

Revised Publication Date: 08/03/12

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A Review: The Bombshell Curling Iron

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012


The Bombshell Curling Iron

The Bombshell Curling Iron manufactured by Sultra is a clip free curling iron with a one-inch curling cylinder rod which creates luscious frizz-free curls and sassy shiny waves with great staying power.

Note: Sultra recently released a 3/4" version of The Bombshell.

{{asin=B003YC8NS2,text=The Bombshell Curling Iron}} is an extremely popular curling iron which reportedly curls your hair in about half the time of traditional curling irons while actually mending damaged strands.

Not all users acknowledge that their damaged strands have been mended but the other benefits are so noteworthy, most don’t seem to care about this particular promise.

The Bombshell is also considered an exceptional curling iron because it delivers Japanese Kyocera Ceramic Technology, a durable iron of lightweight construction.

The Japanese Kyocera Ceramic Technology is also designed to protect hair while it is being hot styled into sassy, sultry curls.

The iron comes with a companion Safety Glove designed to protect fingertips from high heats during curl styling. This simple but powerful rod utilizes Universal Voltage (UV).

Ultimate Goal – Heat Styling Without Damage

The Bombshell With Glove

Hair styling manufacturers are constantly working on new innovations to status quo products.

The latest invention in the world of hot hair styling tools is the clamp free curling iron. With every styling tool modification there are both positive and negative results.

The advantage to the clamp enhanced curling irons is that they help the hair in place during the curling process and minimized skin and finger exposures.

The disadvantage to irons with clamps is that they might leave unsightly lumps, bumps and ridges in the hair.

Professional stylists easily sidestepped iron clamping challenges by wrapping hair around the outside of the clamp, eliminating creases and crimps.

When the clamp free irons hit the hair care market, both professionals and consumers were thrilled with the option to completely avoid the clip in traditional models. To prevent finger and skin burns the new curling rods came equipped with special heat protective gloves.

Not all heat styling products are created equally, but one which receives a lot of attention and kudos is {{asin=B003YC8NS2,text=The Bombshell Curling Iron}}.

The Bombshell Curling Iron is another breakthrough hair styling product on the market.

Celebrities Love The Bombshell Curling Iron

Soft Curls From Goldwell Collection

The Bombshell Curling Iron

Celebrity hairstylist Guido is famous for his hair designs on the world’s catwalks. His go-to curling iron of choice?

Guido has raved about The Bombshell because of how easy it is to create undone movement and texture.

Harper’s BAZAAR has deemed the Bombshell the Best Iron For Curling Hair. Allure Magazine and others have also featured the iron.

Celebrities have been rumored to be obsessed with Sultra’s Bombshell curling iron and of course a large number of their hair stylists have used the iron on their famous heads.

The Bombshell Curling Iron Features

Besides being touted as one of the easiest curling irons to use, {{asin=B003YC8NS2,text=The Bombshell Curling Iron}} has the following features:

– ceramic heat technology – rapid heat up – auto shut off safety feature – durable, heat resistant, lightweight body – 9 ft, no tangle swivel cord – complimentary iron pad – complimentary styling glove – dual voltage (plug adapter may be necessary for travel outside the U.S.) – two year warranty – weighs 1.55 pounds

In addition, {{asin=B003YC8NS2,text=The Bombshell Curling Iron}} was designed to provide hair with the most gorgeous salon curls. Most users rave about how quick the iron heats up and even though pricey, it’s worth every cent. (SRP $130.00 US).

The iron is known to deliver the very best, most efficient results possible plus it gets results in half the time of other styling tools thanks to constant and evenly distributed 360-degree heat.

Is {{asin=B003YC8NS2,text=The Bombshell Curling Iron}} Right For Everyone?

Cascade of Curls

Cascade Of Curls

One of the biggest advantages to The Bombshell Curling Iron over other similar clamp free irons is how fast the iron heats up.

The {{asin=B003YC8NS2,text=The Bombshell Curling Iron}} has massive hype. It receives kudos for every imaginable hair type, texture, length and thickness.

Historically some hot irons have been better for thin/fine hair with those irons not always working as well on medium to thick hair. This does not seem to be the case with The Bombshell Curling Iron.

The kudos about the iron seem to come from people with all types, textures, length and condition of hair.

Benefits Of The Bombshell Curling Iron

Many users literally rave about how fantastic The Bombshell Curling Iron performs. The clip less wonder has been on the market for over two years.

In addition {{asin=B003YC8NS2,text=The Bombshell Curling Iron}} offers the following features:

1. Heats very quickly, in seconds versus minutes. 2. Multi-purpose options from loose waves to tighter curls. 3. Curls entire head of hair in much less time. 4. Long lasting results. In some cases curls last up to two days. 5. Easy to use after a few practice sessions. 6. Can be used at or near the roots which adds volume and doesn’t weight down roots. 7 Works on layered or all one length of hair. 8 Won’t pull hair or get tangled. 9 Creates exceptionally pretty curls and/or waves. 10. When newly formed curls are reformed and pinned to cool, tight curls can be created. 11. Better than using a flat iron to create curls. 12. Works on any type, texture or length of hair.

Directions For Use Of The Bombshell Curling Iron

Short Tight Curls & Long Sleepy Curls

Short Tight Curls & Long Sleepy Curls

The Bombshell Curling Iron may take some practice sessions before you feel 100% comfortable using it. This is to be expected.

One you get the hang of the iron, just put on the pink heat resistant glove, separate hair into individual sections, wrap strands around the base, wait 10-15 seconds (depending on how large the desired curl or wave) and release.

There are lot of additional options for creating different curl patterns, but with some practice you should be able to get the curl or wave pattern you desire.

Not All Users Love The Bombshell Curling Iron

While it would be fabulous if every hot hair styling tool worked perfectly for the majority of the people who used them, this rarely happens.

Although some users are over the moon for The Bombshell Curling Iron, others have had encountered some of the following problems:

1. The heat safe glove is not completely heat safe and you can still feel the heat through the material. 2. When worn, the glove feels awkward and in some cases seems to impede the styling process. 3. Unless care is taken when using the iron, it’s initially easy to get burns on the wrist or on the face. 4. Some users complain about the cost of the product in comparison to other clamp free curling rods before becoming comfortable with it’s use. 5. There is no separate heat or temperature controls on the iron. 6. This iron does not heat up like traditional irons and doesn’t exceed 360 degrees. 7. The curls created tend to be loose or sleepy style curls. Note: This challenge can be managed through a number of curling and styling techniques. 8. Although hair can be wrapped to size curls and waves similar to a 1 1/2" wand, The Bombshell Curling Iron is currently only available in a 1" rod.

Although I talked to many different users, gave The Bombshell a whirl on my own hair and interviewed some stylists who are using it, I could find almost not dirt about this iron. I actually loved the curls it created on my own shoulder length fine hair. It did an amazing job. Stylists raved to me about it as did many uses. The iron really seems to be a miracle product.

Don’t take my word for it, remember to do your homework before you buy The Bombshell Curling Iron or any other hot tools. Remember to weigh all your known hair needs.

The Bombshell Curling Iron Price Range

Cascade Of Tight Ringlet Curls

Lot Of Curls

Depending upon where you shop and whether or not you get free shipping or pay taxes {{asin=B003YC8NS2,text=The Bombshell Curling Iron}} ranges in price (in the US) in the $120-130 price range. The official Suggested Retail Price (SRP) is $130.00.

The Bombshell Curling Iron is sold through a wide number of online hair retail outlets and in some drug and grocery stores.


Instead of clamping your hair and curling it, this iron is a simple rod. Just wrap loose sections around it, and you’ll end up with crease-free naturally tousled waves in about half the time of other similar curling irons due to the application of constant and evenly distributed 360-degree heat.

The product is often found in the top spots of editor and professional hairstylists lists for great curling irons. The Bombshell Curling Iron has many fans and the number is growing rapidly.

Revised Publication Date: 08/06/12

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