Saturday, February 28, 2015

Introducing...Two new brands at BCC


Prive - Hollywood's "go-to" products for red carpet glam.  Natural herbal blends let you achieve extraordinary styles as your hair remains healthy, full of body and shine!  Prive products are naturally great, giving you incredible styling power...looks with panache!



http://www.beautycarechoices.com/iconICON uses ecologically sound ingredients and technologically advanced science.  Their "Regimedies" products repair and prepare with sulfate-free shampoos & conditioners and treatments with anti-agers and vitamins.  All are color-safe!  The "India" line uses restorative oils Moringa and Argan to transform dull & lifeless hair into silky tresses. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

#1 Food for Healthy Hair!


Salmon! It's the #1 Hair Superstar! Besides being rich in protein and vitamin D, both of which are essential to strong hair, the omega-3 fatty acids found in this delicious cold-water fish are the true hair superstar. Your body can't make these fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair. About 3% of the hair shaft is made up of these fatty acids. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated.
Other good choices: Herring, sardines, trout, and mackerel, as well as avocado and pumpkin seeds contain these fatty acids.Vibrant, healthy hair depends on a balanced diet. It can take longer to notice good or bad changes in your hair than in your skin. Just eat fast food for a few days and you’ll notice the acne. However, it can take a few months for a nutritional deficiency or the effects of a crash diet to show up in the hair. The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle and the scalp that surrounds it.

Other "great for your hair" foods:  Walnuts, Oysters, Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Spinach, Lentils, Greek Yogurt, Blueberries & Prunes.  You may not like every food on the list, but for beautiful hair (and an improved waist line) add those you do like to your daily food choices!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Growing out a Pixie? 2015 Looks You'll Love!

Were you in style in 2014 with a pixie cut?  They were the 2014 hot look!  But now it is 2015 and you've decided to let your hair grow; you want a 2015 look.  Here below, we have three great suggestions. Textured & scrunched,  soft & feminine or fierce & foxy!  We love them all!

     

Friday, February 20, 2015

Get the right ingredient for your hair problem!

You know what is wrong with your hair but how do you go about shopping for the right products without what could be a costly trial & error process. We’ve gathered a list of ingredients & listed what they do.  Just identify your problem on the top of the chart, then look down the column for the ingredient(s) you need in your hair care product.
 
Hair Problem
Ingredient
Dry Hair
Chemically Stressed
Itchy Irritated Scalp
Unruly Curls
Breakage
Thinning Hair Loss
Dull
Lusterless
Aloe Vera
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Apricot Kernel Oil
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Argan Oil
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Cernitine





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Coenzyme Q10






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Ceramide        
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Ginseng Root Extract




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Glycerol (Glycerine)
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Jojoba Oil




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Keratin




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Caffeine





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Collagen






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Macadamia Oil
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Sweet Almond Oil
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Olive Oil (linoleic acid)


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Panthenol
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Silk Proteins






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Sesame Oil

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Silicone (Dimethicone)



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Shea Butter

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Tea Tree Oil

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Wheat Protein

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Wild Rose Oil
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Zinc Pyrithione


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Oily Skin? 8 ways to make make-up last!



Just because you've got oily skin, that doesn’t mean you have to forever forego makeup. It's a matter of knowing what works with your skin type. These eight ideas, from a makeup artist and a dermatologist, are expert solutions for wearing makeup if you have an oily complexion.

  1. Always prime your skin first. When you have an oily complexion, using a makeup primer helps everything stay put. You should at least prime oiliest areas (think: the T-Zone -- forehead, nose, and chin) with an oil-free, anti-shine primer. Bodyography Veil Foundation Primer is a good one. Put it on after you've cleaned your face but before you put on foundation, powder, or other makeup.
  2. Prep your peepers. To cut down on eye makeup creasing, avoid priming your lids with concealer. Instead, use a primer specifically designed for eyelids like Blinc's Eye Shadow Primer. The base creates a perfect canvas for eye shadow and liner while absorbing crease-causing oils throughout the day.
  3. Don't overdo powder. It sounds like the right thing to do to pile on the face powder. But going overboard could backfire by making your pores push out more oil. Apply powder just on areas that are shiny. Use a matte translucent formula, which can cut shine on any skin tone. If you do apply too much powder, dampen a makeup sponge and blot it over the over-powdered areas.
  4. Carry blotting papers. No matter how flawless and matte your makeup looks in the morning, if you’re prone to oiliness, you’ll spot shine by midday. Some blotting sheets simply lift the oil from your skin. Others deposit a bit of powder to sop up the oil. The trick to using blotting papers without taking off all of your makeup is to press the paper where you’re oily and then roll it off your skin, instead of rubbing the paper on your skin.
  5. Go oil-free. Since your skin naturally produces more than enough oil, invest in makeup products (especially foundation and blush) that are oil-free and noncomedogenic, which means they don't clog your pores. Also, use face cleansers and toners that are infused with glycolic acids, which cut down on excess oil. DermaE's Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub is 100% vegan and perfect for oily skin.
  6. Look for "long wear." Water and oil can do the same things to makeup: make it smear, smudge, or slip. That's a reason to stick to eye products that are waterproof, water-resistant, or long-wear. One of the best, long-wear combos is water-resistant eyeliner and cream eye shadow over an eye primer.
  7. Think soft skin, not slick skin. Those heavy, anti-aging creams are fine for nighttime use, but before you put on your makeup, reach for a lighter moisturizer that hydrates without being greasy. Don't forget your sunscreen -- look for an oil-free formula. After you’ve put it on, place a tissue flat on your face and press gently to remove any excess before applying your makeup base.
  8. Reduce excess oil. Once or twice a week, use a treatment mask. Those made with kaolin or bentonite clay are best for oily skin types, as they naturally absorb oil and impurities while calming irritation. Apply a quarter-sized amount for the mask with your fingers. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water for an immediate matte finish.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hair Falling Flat...Try these tips for using a Root Lifter


Even the best hair can have a flat, tired day, but when tired limp hair becomes the norm, it is time to get serious. Fortunately, there are hair care products out there that will help you achieve the desired fullness, volume, and lift your perfect style needs.
First, begin by using a good shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for volumizing.  Then use a root lifter to style your hair.
Most hair root lift products are sold as sprays or in a mousse format. Their primary ingredient is polyvinylpyrrolidone/vinyl acetate (VP/VA) copolymer. This ingredient works by keeping the hair from absorbing moisture which would weigh it down. When the root lifter is applied to the hair at the scalp, it expands the hairs, making it appear as if you have more hair.
Always apply root lifter to wet hair and style immediately. Most complaints about root lifter are that it makes hair sticky or unmanageable. This usually happens when hair is not styled right away. Applied root lifter requires immediate attention.
Spray or apply mousse to roots of hair in small sections. Depending on your style, you may want to add just to the crown or to all roots.
Blow dry hair using a round brush and a dryer with a diffuser, lifting hair and focusing the air at the root level. Tip: if you want even more lift, try using a crimping iron on underneath sections of hair just at the root level once hair is dry. Clip top hair in place, take a small section of the underneath hair and apply the crimping iron as close to the roots as possible. Hold for a few second and release. Finish styling your hair.

If you have never tried a root lifter before and are looking, give mousse format Michael O'Rourke Rock Your Hair Size Matters Big Volume Root Lift or spray format Rusk Thickr Thickening Myst a try.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Box of Beauty Winner

Congratulations to Susan P.  She won the Box of Beauty.  Our new giveaway will start shortly, so please visit us often.

Hair Falling Out? Don't Panic

Normal hair sheds about 100,000 hairs in four years or about 500 a week. When shedding rate is faster than replacement rate it results in thinner hair. Faster shedding during spring and autumn is normal for up to six weeks. For anyone to notice hair loss, you would have to lose about 15% of your hair.
Never stop taking your medication because of hair loss or avoid taking it because you are concerned about hair loss. Discuss the problem with your doctor. There are, however, some steps you can take to help your body resist hair loss when using medication.
MEDICATIONS
Aspirin can lower hemoglobin levels which results in a mild anemia. Iron is essential for hair growth and a deficiency may cause thinning or shedding hair. Your doctor may suggest iron supplements. You should include more iron rich foods, such as spinach or lean red meat, in your diet.
Thyroid drugs can result in hair loss or hair being brittle, dry and dull. When you have a hyperactive thyroid, the reproduction of hair follicle cells speeds up and hair falls out faster than they can be replaced. If you have hypothyroid, hair does not grow back as quickly leaving thinning patches. Your doctor may need to adjust your medication. You need to be sure to discuss the problem with the doctor when you first notice the problem. You can also use shampoos, conditioners and other hair products that work to add volume and luster to your hair.
Hormone Replacement Therapy drugs and Contraceptive Drugs are androgenic, meaning they contain male hormones. This can lessen hair growth. Natural microscopic shrinking of hair follicles occurs naturally as we age. This results in smaller hair. You and your doctor can decide if a drug that is anti-androgen would be an effective right choice for you.
Cholesterol inhibitors may be the thinning hair culprit in about 1% of cases. It’s the same for anti-depressants. If taken regularly for over three months, anti-inflammatory painkillers can also cause hair thinning in about 3% of cases. Again, discuss it with you doctor. Do not stop the medication.
Psoriasis Drugs may slow down the product of new skin cells but may have the side effect of changing the hair color or making it curly. The reasons are unclear, but it is thought the drugs interfere with the structure of the hair’s root. Hair returns to its normal state when treatment ended.
Acne medications containing retinoid, which is derived from vitamin A, may cause hair loss. Vitamin A protects hair follicles, but too much may temporarily shut down the follicle. They affect the cells that produce keratin so can cause changes in density, appearance and color. In all cases these changes were temporary and hair returned to normal within a few months once treatment ended.
Antibiotics reduce hemoglobin and can lower vitamin B levels that make hair fall out faster. You can take a vitamin B supplement while you are on the antibiotics. Remember, the illness you’re being treated for may also be the culprit so discuss it with your doctor.
VITAMINS
Vitamin A is essential for healthy hair. However, taking more than 10,000 IU’s a day can make your hair fall out as it increases cell reproduction in hair follicles. This means they reach the end of their growth phase faster. You should lower your dosage.
Vitamin C can be over-used. Many people take large doses of vitamin C, especially when fighting a cold. Although the body may flush out excess Vitamin C, there are side effects. Vitamin C affects skin cell reproduction and increases the levels of pityrosporon ovale yeasts which cause flaky, inflamed scalps. You need to reduce your dosage.
Vitamin E used to excess can lower the absorption of iron in the body. Brittle, thinning hair results when your body does not have enough iron. Taking both vitamin E and iron counteract. If you are taking both, take one in the morning and the other in the evening.
HAIR CARE
Using a shampoo, conditioner and styling products designed for fine or thinning hair will help keep your hair at its possible best while taking a medication that is causing hair problems. A couple of favorites worth mentioning are Alterna’s Caviar Brand Line and L’Anza Healing Nourish. Both help extend hair growth cycle and prevent hair breakage.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Day to Celebrate those you love!

 
Love...we all desire it.  So when we have it, we should cherish it...whether it's from a spouse, boyfriend, child or relative.  Spend a little time today telling those you love how special they are!
 

  Happy Valentine's Day!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey!

The movie opens this weekend and the nail colors are just one of the many ways this book and the soon-to-be seen movie have people talking!


P.S. Want your own shade of grey?  Click here  Use blog special discount code OPIgrey and get 10% off all OPI products.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ten Tips for keeping long hair healthy!


Long hair needs special care to keep it beautiful and healthy. It requires better hair care but takes less time to style. The longer it grows, the more care needs to be taken, especially with the ends. Ends of hair that reach the shoulder has been growing for three years. That means it has been subjected to environmental pollutants, sun, wind, and hard water for three years. It has been shampooed at least 300 shampoos. If you use hot styling tools, color or other chemical treatments, then the poor hair has really suffered.

Keep long hair healthy by following these few simple rules:
  1. Never use a brush to detangle hair after shampoo. Invest in a good quality wide tooth comb such as Cricket’s Ultra Smooth Conditioning Comb. It’s infused with Argan oil, olive oils, and keratin protein to help your hair maintain a silky finish.
  2. As often as possible, let your hair dry naturally. If you must blow dry, use a cool setting.
  3. Look for a shampoo with Ceramides (these lipids fill gaps in the outer hair cuticle) and Ginseng Root Extract which strengthens the hair.
  4. Long hair MUST be conditioned after every shampoo. Spare the time at least once or twice a week to leave conditioner on the ends for at least three minutes.
  5. Never twist hair, rub hair, or wrap in a towel after your shampoo. This can cause hair to become rough or break. Instead use a soft towel or even a cotton T-shirt to gently blot out excess moisture.
  6. Seal the ends of your hair with a product designed for preventing split ends. Schwarzkopf’s BC Bonacure Repair Rescue Sealed Ends is a very good one. Just smooth through your hair ends after shampooing and conditioning and leave in.
  7. Brush hair only with a natural bristle brush. Brushes with the most natural bristles per square inch produce the most luster. There are many on the market and they are worth the investment.
  8. Choose hair accessories with care. Avoid elastic bands and metal barrettes. Use bands that have a smooth fabric cover. Hair sticks are smooth and you can achieve many styles using these. Alice bands not made of plastic are another good choice.
  9. Find a hairdresser that specializes in long hair and won’t want to cut it every time you sit in the chair. Then, have your hair trimmed every eight weeks.
  10. Use a silk or satin pillowcase. Cotton pillow cases can catch your hair and break it and can cause hair to dry out.
 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Welcome

We're excited you've come to visit us!  We want you to come back often.  Beauty Care Choices sells professional salon products for your hair, skin and nails and cosmetics too!  But that is not all that this blog is about.  We'll be sharing the latest in beauty news, providing you with how-to videos, expert advice, sharing new innovations in products, and much more!  Plus, we'll be doing product giveaways!  So come back often to enter for great information & free products!