Saturday, April 22, 2017

New (and totally fun) Nail Laquers



 Not good at nail art, but want your nails to have a little zing?  Spa Ritual has just introduced some really cool chunky, glittery polishes that are truly eye-catching; and, all you have to do is paint the nail!  Even better, all SpaRitual Nail Lacquers are Vegan and Free of DBP, Formaldehyde and Toluene.  Each SpaRitual Nail Lacquer comes with the sleek, patented Plum Cap, allowing easy opening of the bottle and a non-slip grip while applying the product. SpaRitual's signature brush is also specially designed to allow for precise lacquer application. The shorter brush length offers more control and accuracy of lacquer application. In addition, the bottles are reusable glass with up to 50% recycled materials and is recyclable with proper care.
(Hint: use the sort option NEW on the Spa Ritual page to find these quickly.)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Damaged Ends! Get help with these tips!

Damaged ends!  They make your style look tired and frizzy.  The ends of your hair are the oldest and weakest.  They have been exposed to the harsh environment and hair chemicals the longest.  You need to fix the problem as soon as you notice or the ends will continue to split and the damage expand.  To keep hair looking fresh from root to ends, follow these tips:


  • Depending on your style, the first thing you should consider is getting a trim.  Just a 1/4 to 1/2 inch can make a big difference. 
  • When applying your conditioner, start with the ends and leave it on for 1-2 minutes before applying to the rest of your hair.
  • Use a leave-in product on your hair ends that is made for repair.  Two really good ones are Tigi Catwalk Hairista for Split End Repair and Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Rapid Repair Spray.
  • Always use a Thermal Protection Spray when using heat on your hair ends. Heat hurt hair!  Think of how long your ends have had heat applied. (If your hair is 6 inches long, that's at least 9 months to a year!) 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Great tips for curly hair!

SHAMPOO LESS—OR NOT AT ALL

The best way to wash curly hair is with a 100 percent sulfate-free shampoo. Sodium lauryl sulfate, the key ingredient in most traditional shampoos, is both a salt and a detergent—an effective cleanser that's too harsh for most curls. Without enough conditioning agents, it can lift the hair's cuticles, leaving hair dry and frizzy. For those looking for even more hydration, consider a so-called "co-wash" formula. Co-washing (the curly community's term for washing hair with conditioner) has resulted in the rise of cleansing conditioners.  Try Biolage Cleansing Conditioner by Matrix
 

CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION

Did we mention condition? The curlier the hair, the longer it takes for natural oils to travel from the scalp to the ends, causing the lower half to appear dry and frazzled. Start adding moisture in the shower.  Then protect and hydrate every inch with a styling product that doubles as a leave-in conditioner.  Just be sure to pick the right formula to deliver moisture without weighing hair down. We recommend sprays for soft curls, thicker gels for medium to big curls and denser creams for crimpy coils.  DevaCurl has just the right products to help. 
 

STYLE YOUR HAIR WHEN IT'S SOPPING WET.

Hands off your bath towel for just one more minute—you can stave off frizz and prevent a stiff, sticky feeling by applying products before you've even stepped out of the shower stall.  Use your fingers to rake products through from roots to ends, then scrunch and squeeze upward toward the scalp.
 

DON'T BLOW-DRY WITHOUT A DIFFUSER

A regular nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small section at a time, while a diffuser dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look. After applying a heat-protecting product, flip your head upside down and diffuse right at the roots and mid-length, making sure to dry the area completely to lock in volume. Do the ends last and leave them only semidry.  Because the ends tend to be more damaged, let them air-dry more.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Trendy look without commitment!


If you've been watching all of the "trending" in hair color, you'll have noticed that nothing seems to be too much!  But if you're a little bit chicken about taking that kind of drastic step with your hair, why not try a temporary color (or multiple colors) first.  Babe Hair Chalk is a great choice. Whether you decide to make it permanent or not, you can have a lot of fun with your style. 

Below, we've made it easy with the step-by-step instructions for a great result.

  1. Prep your hair. Make sure to wet the hair first so the color will attach to it. However if you’re blonde, do not wet the hair before chalking unless you want the color to stay in longer.
  2. Apply the chalk to the strand of hair in a downward motion, twist the hair as you chalk. You can try for a fun hombre look, or just do a couple strands.
  3. Let it dry. You can blow-dry your hair, but we recommend air drying so that you don't blow off the chalk.
  4. Seal the color in with a flat iron or a curling iron to add waves. Apply hair spray as a final step.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Soft Pink Eye Make-up

Spring 2017 make-up is all about soft, barely there for daytime.  Creating the look is easy with Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics!  This tutorial uses shimmer and rose lipstick, but you could go with peach if that suits you better.  It's all about gentle & fresh!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

What's New at BCC!

We've got a new brand...Baxter of California!  It's a line of men's grooming products, including shave products, skin care,  hair care and styling.  This company has been doing "men only" products since 1965.  They were cutting edge at the time...remember hair oil and Brill Cream were the standard for men?  They also have lots of kits...which make it easy for you to select the right "go together" products.  These would be a perfect Father's Day gift for any man in your life!