Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Friday, March 13, 2020


It's all about skin care products that reverse the signs of aging - recovering and protecting your natural skin beauty.  Advanced ingredient technology is in harmony with the botanical extracts from both the earth and ocean.

In all of their products, Refinee` uses rejuvenating aromatic oils of Lavender, Orange, Grapefruit and Tangerine to keep skin radiant.  It combines these with high level antioxidant botanicals including Japanese Green Tea to repair cell damage, Gingko Biloba to increase circulation, Aloe to soothe and heal, Comfrey to rejuvenate cells, Amica for antibacterial properties, Chamomile to soothe and Pomegranate for its anti-aging properties.  By combining these peptide (small chains of amino acids - the building block for your skin) rich botanicals with soothing, healing oils, your skin will experience phenomenal results.

Cleanse, exfoliate, tone, treat and moisturize with Refinee products.  Your skin will love them!

The Hydrating Gel Mask is infused with argan oil, dragon's blood and resveratrol that repairs damaged skin and eliminates free radical.  Protecting the skin from premature aging, it leaves it renewed and healthy.

Every skin will love the Exfoliating Fruit Cleanser.  It lifts away the dead surface cells as it stimulates natural rejuvenation.  Pores are clarified, toxins are washed away as you cleanse and polish.  Your skin will feel and look radiantly fresh and feel gorgeously clean.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Using a Diffuser with your Blow Dryer

Learning to use a diffuser correctly will make you love this blow dryer attachment instead of tossing it aside when you get a new dryer.  The diffuser is shaped like a bowl with prongs.  These prongs are used to hold the hair while it is drying.

Diffusers sort of mimic air drying as they surround the hair with warm air instead of the air flowing directly and harshly onto the hair.  It also stops you from pulling hair straight or making it frizzy as you blow dry.  The diffuser provides a much gentler way to dry your hair.

Those with curls absolutely need a diffuser to keep those curls soft and bouncy, as well as separated by the plastic spikes.  With a diffuser curls are more defined.  Even those with straight hair will notice more volume by using the diffuser.

So, what is the correct way to use the diffuser?   
  • Detangle and dry your hair.  Before you get out of the shower, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair. Scrunch your hair with a microfiber towel to remove excess water—don’t use a terry cloth towel, as this can increase frizz.
  • Add product.  This is the time to add the curl defining cream or blow dry cream or other product.  Place the correct amount in your hand, then rub hands together and gently apply to hair.
  • Diffuse hair in sections.  You may need to use clips to hold other hair out of the way.  Turn dryer to medium or low heat.  It may take longer for your hair to dry, but it won't dry your hair out.  Place a small section of hair into the diffuser bowl, then bring the dryer toward your head, making sure all of the hair is cradled within the bowl.  Using gentle circular motions near the roots of hair will help to add volume as well.
  • Alternate sections.  Don't leave hair in the diffuser for longer than 30- 45 seconds.  Just move from section to section until your hair is dry.  Don't rotate the dryer; this can cause tangles.


Curly hair
Choose a hair product that controls frizz and holds curls.
You’ll get looser waves or curls if you leave your hair a little damp.
Natural curls may look their best if you dry the roots to mid-section and leave the ends to air dry.
Try to avoid touching hair during the drying process as touching can create frizz and cause curls to lose their shape.

Wavy hair

Use beach or wave spray before you diffuse.
Avoid moving the diffuser from side to side when you’re drying your hair to prevent frizz.

Straight hair
Dry your hair completely to make sure the curls don’t immediately go limp.
Use a styling product that adds volume.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Styling for Volume

Those with fine or thinning hair know it's hard to achieve the "full head of hair" look.  No matter the style or length, there are some tricks and great products that help.

TRICKS:  They are all about lifting the hair root away from the scalp!

Change your part!  Through the years we've had the same part, mostly because that's where are hair falls naturally.  By changing the part, we lift the hair that's been lying flat against the head.

Teasing the underside!  You don't need a harsh back comb; just a gentle tease.  This creates friction and it lifts the top hairs.

Blow dry upside down.  This technique insures you get the hair closest to your scalp lifted away from the head.  When to flip your head back over, style quickly without excess brushing which will pull the hair back towards the head.

Use hot rollers.  These are quick and easy!  It doesn't take long to throw a few rollers in and requires far less time that using a flat iron or curling iron.

Crimp your roots.  Remember the '80's when the full head of hair was crimped.  Well dig that styling tool back out.  Lift the top hair and secure it.  Now crimp the under-hair of your style near the roots.  It will lift those top hairs.

Sleep in a bun.  When hair is slightly damp, create a high, loose bun using a scrunchie (not a tight band that will leave marks).   This lifts hair away from the scalp as it dries.  In the morning you have lots of lift and gentle waves.

Color your hair.  If this is an option for you, hair color will give it texture so it's not so slippery and makes it look fuller.  If you don't want full on color, adding a few highlights.  Multidimensional color gives the illusion of movement.  Hair color also slightly expands the hair shaft.

Get a hair cut.  Your stylists can create a hair style that makes hair look fuller by adding layers.  Mid-length to short styles work best as longer hair weighs down the hair, pulling it down and closer to the scalp.  The layers should be placed into the hair, not on the ends or too close to the scalp for maximum movement and volume.


Volumizing Shampoos & Conditioners help to change the texture of your hair.  They are very light weight so don't weigh down the hair.  They make hair appear fuller, bouncier and more full of body.

Thickening Shampoos & Conditioners infuse proteins and collagen into the hair so it thickens each strand.  They also will often contain ingredients that promote hair growth such as biotin, ginseng and vitamin E.

Mousse is an absolute "go to" for those with thin or fine hair.  Not only does it amp up the volume, but helps you to style hair and hold the style all day.

Dry Shampoo should be on every beauty shelf.  Washing hair every day can cause breakage and hair loss for those with thin and fine hair.  Dry shampoo will soak up the excess oil and dirt; it will also lift up the hair roots making hair look fuller.

Monday, March 9, 2020

10 best firm hold hairsprays.

Creating an up-do?  Need to keep hair in place all day or all night?  Got that cowlick tamed, but need that stubborn hair to stay put?  That’s when you reach for the firm hold hairspray.  It’s the finishing touch to your style.  After all, you worked hard to get it looking perfect, now you want to keep it that way.  To help you along the way, we’ve put together a list of the best firm-hold hairsprays.   The list includes aerosol and non-aerosol sprays, some that are vegan, some that add shine or are humidity resistant.  Browse through…you’re sure to find your “best” firm hold hairspray…one that meets your styling needs.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

WHAT'S NEW this week?

It's exciting to see any new products from this brand because they are always:

They have added a styling get, styling body volume mousse, a color enhance super cool blonde shampoo and a strong hold finishing spray.  When you get performance in hair care without any of the toxins, then it's a big win for your hair!

Friday, March 6, 2020


Be Bold!  Be Creative! Be Beautiful!  That's what Design.ME products are all about.  These vegan friendly, cruelty free, gluten, paraben and sulfate free products can really add the volume, banish frizz and add high shine.

Their first product, Puff.ME, was developed by four friends who wanted to create safe products that would let create head-turning styles with easy.   Since it first hit the beauty salons and shelves, this product has been a best selling go-to style designer's dream.  It can so amp up the volume with an effortless few sprays (see video below).  No matter your style, Puff.ME will give hair a boost.

Since that first product, Design.ME has went on to add shampoos, conditioners and styling products that add volume, give bounce to curls, and/or add a glorious to your hair.  All product remain true to the original vision and are vegan friendly, paraben, sulfate, gluten and cruelty free.

The Gloss.ME line really sets your hair aglow with an instant shine and a silky, soft feel.  Try the Gloss.ME Cannabis Sativa See Oil Hair Serum with its unique formula of oils and proteins that are rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A, C, and E.  It really nourishes hair and strengthens hair strands.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Conditioners: Leave-in vs. Rinse Out

One of the most used hair care products, conditioners add shine, body, moisture and nourishment to the hair as well as help to detangle it.  So what's the difference between a conditioner you apply and then rinse out vs. a conditioner you apply and leave-in?

Leave-in conditioners are very lightweight and free of oils so the hair is not weighed down.  They're best used to keep hair soft, shiny and manageable.  This makes a leave-in conditioner perfect for those with thin or fine hair as they add body.  They are also great for those with very coarse or brittle hair because the moisture stays in the hair, smoothing the hair cuticle as it detangles, giving more control and making it easier to style.

When choosing a leave-in conditioner, it is very important to check the ingredients.  As the name implies, the product is going to stay on your hair and scalp all day.  You want to be sure the product does not contain ingredients you don't want to linger on your skin.

Rinse out conditioners are generally used after shampooing, although using them before you shampoo can treat your hair without adding the heavier weight.  Rinse-out conditioners contain fatty acids and oils which make them thick.  They are meant to stay on the hair for 3 - 5 minutes and then be thoroughly rinsed out.  Conditioners can be acidic which can irritate the skin so if you skin is sensitive you should look for a low-acid product.

These types of conditioners can address multiple hair problems; they are not just to detangle.  When selecting this type of conditioner, choose the product that addresses your hair needs.   Conditioners vary widely in their ingredients:
  • Acidity regulators that maintain hair's pH and help smooth and strengthen hair.
  • Antistatic agents like cationic polymers that bind to hair surface to reduce static.  They have a positive charge so they deposit easily to hair which is negatively charged.
  • Glossers, light reflecting chemicals like silicones that add shine.
  • Lubricants such as fatty alcohols, emollients like panthenol, dimethicone to detangle hair.\ and make it softer.
  • Preservatives to prevent bacteria and yeast growth in the product.
  • Moisturizers that have a high proportion of humecants, mostly provided by natural oils.
  • Hydrolyzed proteins to penetrate the hair to add strength.
  • Sequestrants to help the product work better with hard water.
  • Sunscreens likebenzphenone-4 and ethlhexyl methoxycinnamate to protect hair and help prevent color loss.
  • Surfactants such as keratin.
  • Thermal protectors, heat absorbing polymers that shield the hair from excessive heat from styling tools.
What's best?  It all depends on your hair texture, style, and personal preference.  For many persons, a combination of the two is the answer.  It may be that during especially dry winter weather you want the extra moisture protection of a leave-in.  If your hair tends to frizz or you have curls you want to bounce, then a rinse-in conditioner is your choice.  Many persons like to use a rinse-out a couple of times a week for the extra benefits, while using the leave-in most days.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

BEAUTY SCIENCE: What's in Mascara

Mascara has been around since the 19th century, but even before that women have used various ingredients to try to make their lashes appear longer and fuller.   The Egyptians used kohl, and the Victorians mixed ashes with elderberry over a hot fire.  In 1872, petroleum jelly was first patented and ladies used this to make their lashes stand out.  It wasn't until 1917 that the first packaged mascara was created...a cake made from petroleum jelly and black coal dust.

In the 1930s, lash darkeners contained scary ingredients such as turpentine, lead-containing kohl, and aniline, a hair-dye ingredient, all of which left more than one woman blind. Now regulations strictly limit the ingredients to those that are safe to apply in the eye area, but you should be on the lookout for thimerosal, a preservative that can cause conjunctivitis and eyelid dermatitis (a rash). Thimerosal is still used in some mascaras. 

Your eyes are one of the most sensitive places to apply make-up.  They are much more vulnerable to bad ingredients and bacteria than the rest of your face.  When applying mascara, your wand may touch the mucus membranes of the eye and if bacteria is growing on the wand, you might end up with an eye infection or worse.  To limit your exposure to these problems, it is important to discard mascaras about every three months.

Today's mascara's ingredients typically include a carbon black or iron oxide pigment to darken lashes; a polymer to form a film that coats lashes; a preservative; and thickening waxes or oils such as lanolin, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, castor oil, carnauba wax, and candelilla wax.  Ingredients that some mascaras contain may be cause for concern, especially those with sensitive skin or allergies.  
  • Parabens are used to prevent bacteria from growing in the product, but we all know these can be endocrine disrupters.
  • Aluminum Powder, used as a colorant, is a neurotoxin considered worse than mercury.  It can interfere with a variety of cellular and metabolic processes in the nervous system (study published in the journal of Pediatrics).
  • Retinyl Acetate  (Vitamin A Acetate) can cause biochemical or cellular level changes.  The FDA does have guidelines for use of this ingredient, it is prohibited or restricted in most countries.
Now we have formulas with no water. These are the waterproof ones that are less likely to smudge or flake. But they can be difficult to remove. Emulsions of water and oil are easier on lashes but may flake or smudge.   To find out if your mascara will flake or run, check how much water it contains. The lower water is on the ingredients list, the less likely you'll get smeared.   However, most beauty experts suggest you limit your use of waterproof, smudge proof formulas made with little to no water. The extra effort needed to remove these products can damage lashes, causing them to break or fall out.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Bright Ideas

Beauty Care Choices CEO, Jennifer Coy, is a member of the Forbes Council.  Top business leaders from around the nation participate in writing articles to give upcoming leadership and others starting in business the best advice and information.  Jennifer participated in her first article since be asked to join.  The topic:  How to remember those flashes of brilliant ideas so they don't slip away from you.

If you would like to read her advice and that of other Forbes Council members, Click here.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Ten best volumizing mousse

When you need to add lift to your style, a volumizing mousse is a best friend.  Mousse is naturally lightweight and when applied to the roots of your hair, adds volume by lifting hair away from the scalp for a fuller look.  Mousse works by using synthetic resins or polymers to coat the hair and help shape the style.  It is applied to wet hair prior to drying or styling.  A good mousse will also contain ingredients that help keep hair healthy. Take a look at some of our best!