Thursday, August 17, 2017

Find you very best brush!

Investing in a good brush or two can be worth the money, especially if you like to change up your style often.  We've discussed before the types of brushes (round barrel, paddle, teasing, etc.) and the shape of the brush(es) you need depends on your style.  The bristles on the brush are just as important. 

Bristle type: Boar
True boar bristle brushes are made from 100% natural (humanely cultivated) wild boar hair. They should be tightly packed together and feel stiff, but with some flexibility. These bristles distribute oils evenly throughout strands and are great for achieving a smooth, shiny blowout. If you have thick course hair that requires tug to achieve fullness, boar bristle brushes are worth the investment. They make styling easier and promote shine and smoothness—benefits almost everyone wants. If you have fine hair and own one of these brushes, your investment isn’t lost; boar bristles can add volume to fine and normal hair types—as long as your brush has a nice natural give.

Bristle type: Nylon
Nylon bristles are less expensive than boar brushes, but still effective. The bristles are usually spaced farther apart than boar and achieve a medium to strong grip on all hair types, especially those with medium density or finer strands. The better the grip, the smoother and straighter your style will be.  If brushes tend to get stuck in your hair mid-twirl or you suffer from serious static issues try a brush that combines nylon and boar bristles.

Bristle type: Plastic
Plastic and synthetic bristles are your general, all-purpose brushes. The bristles are incredibly strong, made for working through larger areas of medium to thick hair.  These are a “first step” kind of brush, best for detangling and preliminary blow-drying. When you’ve removed most of the excess water, switch to a round boar or nylon brush for styling, smoothing, and adding shine.

Shop for your perfect brush(es) - click here!  Brushes in every style and type from Olivia Garden, Spornette, Cricket, BioIonic, Wet Brush, Denman, iTech, SalonTech & more!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Nails...and get ready for Fall!

OPI has some gorgeous new nail polish shades in their Fall/Winter "Iceland" 2017 collection.  They've also prepared an easy to do look...perfect for the final days of summer from their Spring/Summer 2017 "Figi" collection.  Take a look!




"Iceland" - OPI's Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Skin Benefits of Vitamin C


It's been centuries since British sailors discovered the key to avoiding scurvy: vitamin C. You probably grew up being told that getting enough vitamin C would ward off colds and other ailments, but now the word is out that vitamin C may not play a big part in staving off the sniffles. However, it does have a vital role in maintaining the health of your skin.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage -- free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage. While ingesting vitamin C is an important nutrient for overall health, little reaches the skin. As levels of vitamin C in the skin decline with age, replenishing levels directly in the skin can help combat collagen degradation and oxidative stress. Results from clinical trials show that when applied topically, vitamin C promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm and youthful skin.

Look for Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) in your skin care products to help combat the signs of aging.  Brands such as Cellex C, Clinical Care and Yonka all have creams, serums & lotions that contain C.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Alcohol Free Hairspray

Kenra Professional has just introduced it's Shaping Hairspray 21...the first professional  NO ALCOHOL working hairspray.  This is a big deal for those who use hairspray frequently.  Why? 

First, we need to define a couple of words.
  • A finishing hairspray dries quickly.  It is meant to be used when hair is completely styled.
  • A working hairspray dries less quickly.  It is meant to be used to shape and style hair. 
We all know alcohol can dry out your hair.    Alcohol is very effective at removing oils and anything oil-like from hair. This is a major down-side of alcohol in any formula. Alcohol is also a solvent which does cause hair to swell, so if hair is too well-cleaned and not protected by emollients (silicones, oils, some conditioning ingredients) , the hairspray can encourage dehydration, dullness and loss of elasticity.  However, a finishing spray containing alcohol doesn't really harm the hair if applied properly - hold can 8-12 inches from the head as you spray.

Alcohol in a working hairspray will stay on the hair longer.  If you are using your working spray to style, you likely may also being using heat styling tools.  Since the working spray is not meant to dry quickly, the alcohol has more chance to dry and dull the hair.

So...a working hairspray with no alcohol means you have more working time available to style and still be effective.  It also means you have maximum moisture retention.  Kenra's Shaping Spray 21 is extra firm hold and high shine.  We love it!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Full blown volume even with thin hair!

Ever wondered how to achieve that beautiful, full-volume look when your hair is thin and limp.  Kenra shows you in the video below.  It's really pretty easy with the right products!


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Why Mineral Make-up?

The History:
Mineral makeup got its commercial start in the 1970's but its history is as ancient as the human desire to enhance one's looks. Mineral makeup is a return to technologies that have been in use since ancient times. Many ancient cultures used ground-up natural minerals as a means of applying color to the skin for decoration, camouflage, war paints, etc. Cleopatra's kohl-rimmed eyes are an example. The history of mineral makeup goes back much farther, even to early cave-dwellers.
In 1976, cosmetics firms were required to list ingredients on their products for the first time many consumers were shocked at what they were putting on their skin. The growing desire for natural cosmetics coincided with the increasing number of women who identified themselves as having sensitive skin. Add in marketing and media awareness, and an aging baby boomer and the mineral make-up industry blossomed.

What is in it?
Minerals such as iron oxides, talc, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide are micronized, or ground and milled, into tiny particles to create makeup. Different products micronize to different levels. A product micronized to six times leaves minerals larger so they go on the skin with light to medium coverage. Products micronized 12 times create fine-sized particles that sit closer together and offer more coverage.
A key difference from conventional makeup is what's not in mineral makeup. It generally does not contain the emollient oils and waxes, fragrance, and preservative ingredients found in conventional formulations.
To ensure you're buying a quality mineral makeup product, read the label. If it says "mineral-enriched" or if the formulation is liquid or mousse, these products may contain ingredients such as paraben preservatives or dimethicone added for a smooth texture. Items that aren't powders might also contain moisturizers, antioxidant vitamins, or other good for your skin ingredients, so it's your choice.
Is it worth it?
When it comes to mineral makeup's skin-soothing properties it is anti-inflammatory, noting that the calamine lotion you use to calm a rash is basically zinc oxide colored with iron oxide, both of which are in mineral makeup. But there's no proof of this claim or indication of how much product you need for that result. What about the claim that it's so gentle you can sleep in it? Mineral makeup's light-as-air feel is part of what makes it so popular, and tempting to sleep in. Still, experts advise against sleeping in makeup of any kind to prevent clogs and irritation.
Mineral makeup might not last as long on your face or be as durable as conventional makeup because it doesn't contain standard cosmetic ingredients such as binders, waterproof polymers, and other "stick-to-your-skin" agents. You may still need to add an SPF to your face as well. True mineral makeup is limited in its natural range of shades, so it may be difficult to find a perfect skin tone match. Today, however, there are so many brands and variations, you have unlimited choices: try Jane Iredale, GloProfessional or Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics if you are ready to make the change.