Saturday, June 23, 2018

NEON Please

Make Your Summer Extra HOTTT with a POP of Neon!
This year's summer fashion trend couldn't be more fun! We think neon is so rad that we can't wait to get home and try our hand at replicating Ziggy Stardust's lightning-bolt across our face! Kidding aside, bold is beautiful this summer. Stop covering up your features with foundation; start painting them up and see just where the night takes you! 2018 is all about ultraviolet, glitter and gloss on those lips. Think holographic kisses. For the eyes, you'll want to raccoon them out! Cover the rim of your

Replenishing Moisture

Does your hair appear dull? Is it prone to dryness and easily loses its vibrancy? The key to keeping hair, especially textured hair hydrated, is layering products and applying them where the hair strand is most in need.

Environmental factors like changes in temperature and humidity all contribute to hair looking and feeling dry.  Prevent this by protecting hair after every cleanse by using a leave-in moisturizer.  Macadamia Professional

Friday, June 22, 2018

Don't be Flaky!

We always get asked about dandruff shampoos, especially in the summer! What are the top performers of professional salon shampoos?  Well, a survey of over 200,000 Modern Salon Instagram followers gave us their top four and now we'll share them with you.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Get Your Summer Glow On With The Perfect Highlight!

Highlighting = Accentuating our lovely facial features and making them pop!
There are many ways and looks for highlighting. Check out our guide to see which highlight you should go for depending on the occasion and personal preference! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is a clear liquid that is insoluble in water. Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is used in the formulation of many types of beauty products, including sunscreens and makeup products that marketed to contain ingredients that protect the skin from the sun. It is often listed as Octinoxate on sunscreen products. When you see on the ingredient listed for shampoos and other hair care products is it being used to protect these personal care products from deterioration caused by UV rays.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Vacation Essentials

Going On a Trip? Here's How to Pack up Your Beauty Routine 

So, maybe you're camping under the stars, pampering yourself on a 5-star cruise, sun-bathing in the tropics or planning a business trip for the big city this summer; is your travel bag ready!? Let's face it, different destinations call for some different essentials. Also, there may be some insightful products/tools that you haven't even thought of. While we all dread packing that suitcase almost as much as unpacking, it's got to get done. We want to take a load off your shoulders, so let us help you get your travel bag ready! Don't forget "what happens on vacation, stays on vacation"! Here are a few items you may not have thought of to include with your essential Dry Shampoo, Makeup Wipes, and Travel Sized Shampoo/Conditioner and Hairspray. So, what are we waiting for? ON Y VA!
When Wilderness Calls
We are not gonna sugar coat it, camping equals bugs and bacteria! But that's what makes the great outdoors so fun!? Keep it natural while visiting nature. Tea Tree Oil should be the first thing you'll want to grab. It can be used for just about anything! It works for fungal infections, critters (lice, fleas,

Monday, June 18, 2018

Choosing The Right Flat Iron - Ceramic? Tourmaline? Titanium?

Need a new flat iron? Or maybe the one you have is not doing the job you expected.  Keep reading to find out your best choice for your type of hair.
Ceramic. If you’re looking for healthy Infrared Heat and Negative Ion Technology, Ceramic is usually the least expensive way to go, but there’s a disclaimer: not all ceramic stylers are created equal. From your cheapest heating tools to your most expensive, you can find

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Weekly Trending Product: Mirabella WipeOut

100% essential in the summer because of how well they travel!
Don't be caught without your road-dog this summer! Ultra cute and compact, these wipes pack a gentle, but effective punch! Ready to go, WipeOut will take care of all your stubborn make-up needs! Also, take advantage of our

Saturday, June 16, 2018

12 Hair Color Terms You Should Know Before You Have Your Hair Colored!

You've made a decision to change up your hair color style and have made an appointment with your hairdresser to implement the change...but you're not sure what that change should be or what technique for applying color you want to try.  Well, we've gathered the terms here for you to use as a handy guide so you can have an informed discussion with your stylist.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Ten little Beauty Tips

Freeze Your Eyeliner
Does your eyeliner constantly crumble while putting it on? Leave it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup. It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.

Shave With Conditioner
If you're out of shaving cream, lather your legs with conditioner instead of soap. Conditioner will soften the hair on your legs making it easier to shave (and it will leave your skin feeling extra silky).

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Brand Feature : Sojourn

Sojourn -  Stylist owned and operated by Hairstylist, Director of Education Debbie Boulton and her husband Matthew Boulton. Sojourn is a proud American Made company with an endearing dedication to the art and craft of hair styling with a focus on the highest quality ingredients that not only make your hair feel good, but allow your hair and scalp to heal from the inside out. 
Sojourn Science
Sojourn adopted a passionate and scientific philosophy based on positive chemistry for that perfect PH balance of 4.5-5.5 that the hair and skin require to be at it's healthiest. It's inspired by Sojourn's ideal that life isn't perfect but your hair can be with aide from some of nature's most nourishing ingredients:

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Color in your cosmetics

There is so much chemistry, legislation and biology related to color additives in cosmetics that is can be very difficult to understand. The complexity of color additives issues also makes them difficult for the ordinary consumer to know that their cosmetics are really safe.  Knock-off cosmetics not made in the USA do not generally abide by FDA regulations.
First, know that color additives in cosmetics include dyes and pigments and this group of ingredients is the most tightly regulated group in the cosmetic industry today.  All color additives for cosmetics

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Find the right bangs for you!

Want to change up your look in a small yet dramatic way this Summer? Try out some bangs! They're fun, adds some change and they come in a variety of looks.
Don't know what style to go with? Check out our list and see the pros and cons for each bang style to decide which one is the right one for you.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Quick Tips for Men


A) Wrinkle Prevention, Moisturize and Eyebrow Grooming

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Weekly Trending Product: BabyFoot

Exfoliation Foot Peel
Want some baby soft touchable tootsies!? Who doesn't? Baby Foot is absolute magic for your feet. With over 16 types of natural extracts to exfoliate and moisturize, as well as its main ingredient - fruit acid, you can be assured you're getting the most gentle peel for a complete foot makeover.  

Secure the foot with tape, wait one hour and then simply wash away! Note: Dead skin cells will start to peel between 3 - 7 days after your initial application. Do not forcibly remove the dead skin cells when peeling begins. It will exfoliate gently and naturally.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Mousse - use it correctly and you'll love it!
Mousse. It’s so underrated, so misused and yet it is the perfect styling product for that perfect at-home blowout (or artfully disheveled waves). Used correctly, it can give you incredible lift and weightless texture. It comes in formulas from light to extreme hold. But it all comes down to application and styling tools.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Dry Shampoo tricks!

Today's dry shampoos are becoming so popular, nearly every professional hair care brand now has the product in their line. Why? Dry shampoo is a great way to save time on days when you’re in a hurry--and it gives your hair a break from all those color-stripping products and damaging heat. Today's products are kind to your hair, many including conditioning ingredients. They work by absorbing the excess oils and residual from other styling products. But, using dry shampoo isn't just spray and brush. Try these three tips for terrific results!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

FAQ: Lash & Brow Enhancements

Are you thinking about adding a lash or brow enhancement serum to your daily beauty routine? If so, this is the article to read. Here we will answer some of our most frequently asked questions about using lash and brow enhancements. These serums provide the strength, nutrients and conditioning properties needed to create gorgeous naturally grown lashes.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

Read "Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride" on the ingredient list of your shampoo and you might get concerned, but actually, this ingredient with the scary name is actually very safe. It is a water-soluble, organic compound. It is plant derived from the guar (cluster bean) plant. Although it is plant based, there is a synthetic portion to it. Guar beans are harvested from the guar gum bush. It is grown in India and Pakistan. In the U.S., it is found in Texas. Gums are used to impart creaminess. They are thus added to dairy products. They also are used in place of ingredients that contain gluten. The best known food in which this has occurred is certain breads.

It is a great conditioning agent for both skin and hair. Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is especially beneficial as a hair care product. Because it is positively charged, or cationic, it neutralizes the negative charges on hair strands that cause hair to become static or tangled. Better yet, it does this without weighing hair down. With this ingredient, you can have silky, non-static hair that retains its volume and provides a smoother brushing experience.

Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is generally considered safe. It can cause a mild allergic reaction in the form of irritated skin for some with sensitive skin. This mostly depends on the amount used in the should not exceed 1.0%. Remember, the farther down the list of ingredients, the smaller the amount. All ingredient list are (should be) listed in order of predominance, with the item with the greatest amount first.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Brand Feature : Earthly Body

Earthly Body - Family owned and operated, Kevin and Mare Wachs began creating quality, natural personal care products from their garage, which blossomed into the respected organic empire Earthly Body is today. The Wachs Family & their Earthly Body Team are deeply dedicated to their eco-friendly values; from the use of recyclable packaging to giving back by planting trees for the future and going solar at their headquarters that serves as the manufacturing, bottling, warehouse, and International Education Center. Earthly Body is passionately committed to the future by finding innovative ways of reducing their carbon footprint which is reflected throughout every aspect of their organization.
Earthly Body Science
This company's incredible and significant strive towards organic sustainability is crystal clear from their all natural ingredient list that is infused into Earthly Body Products.
Organic Hemp Seed Oil
Containing the highest levels of Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids of all the natural oils, Hemp Seed Oil delivers nourishment and protection while repairing and softening damaged skin.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Get BIG Volume

Don't let your hair fall flat, amp it up with gorgeous volume and body!
Don't know how? Don't worry, we have listed a few products that will do just the trick to help you achieve that volumized, bodified style you've been looking for.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Weekly Trending Product: GrandeLash MD Eye Opener

Lash & Brow Serum
Grow fuller, thicker brows and lashes, see results in just a few weeks!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

How To PROPERLY Wash Your Makeup Brushes

  • Using lukewarm water, wet the bristles.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Make those eyelashes pop!

Weren't born with natural long and thick eyelashes? No worries, there are many tools and tricks to help make your eyelashes long, volumized and glamorous.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Brand Feature : Loma

Loma - Seeking to re-imagine the way we experience naturally inspired, organically infused hair care, founder and cosmetic chemist David Hanen has done just that - dedicating his career to the art of beauty and hair. From his beginnings as a salon stylist and a successful salon owner, David's passion for product formulation is what makes him an innovator for his pure, organic and sustainable beauty products. Loma sets themselves miles apart by creating, sourcing, manufacturing and filling all their own products for hair care as it should be, naturally.
Loma Science
Clean Water
The Loma mission begins with the cleanest water, sourced and filtered from one of the purest water reservoirs in the world combined with the purest ingredients, clean and free of hidden hazards. To create high-performing products with naturally healing raw materials and essential oil-based fragrances that are good for your hair and skin.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Polyethylene glycol "PEG"

PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers.  PEG is not a specific chemical, but rather a mixture of compounds, of "polymers" that have been bonded together. Polyethylene is the most common form of plastic, and when combined with glycol, it becomes a thick and sticky liquid. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases. In cosmetics, they function as emollients (which help soften and lubricate the skin), as emulsifiers (which help water-based and oil-based ingredients mix properly), and as vehicles that help deliver other ingredients deeper into the skin.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sun's Out, Buns Out

3 Super Simple Buns For Summertime 3 Easy Steps

1. Rake a dime-size drop of leave-in smoothing serum
Apply serum to damp, towel-dried hair. Then, using a round brush, blow-dry hair until completely dry.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Take the Hair Moisture Test

Test your hair to see if it needs moisture or extra moisture:  Take a strand of hair (dry, not wet) and gently pull both ends to stretch it. If it breaks easily, you don't have enough moisture in your hair. Did you pass? If not, let's see what ingredients you should be looking for!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Weekly Trending Product: Loma Nourishing Duo

Did You Know Aloe Vera is the First Ingredient!?
What better way to make a fresh start? Paraben, Gluten, Sodium Chloride and Sulfate Free is the ONLY way to go! Which is exactly why Loma is catching fire throughout the beauty industry. 
" It's not just about style, but healthier, stronger, shinier hair."

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Right Way to Trim Your Bangs

If you have bangs, then you know how fast they seem to grow! While the rest of your hair may not yet need a visit to your hairdresser, your bangs always seem to be in need of a trim. Here's the best way to make the needed repair to your hairdo yourself.
Step 1: Start with clean, dry hair, styled as you usually wear it.
Step 2: Gently grasp a section of hair between your fingers (don't pull!). If your bangs go straight across, keep your fingers horizontal. If they are more slanted, your fingers should be at an angle, too.

Friday, May 25, 2018

5 Surprising Habits That Could Be Ruining Your Hair

Mistakes Happen, We'll Help You Fix Them!

When it comes to hair maintenance, the little things really do add up. More than likely you had no clue that things you thought were good for you are actually causing all the damage. We thought we'd step up with a little damage control to get your mane back on track. Here's how...

BAD HAIR HABIT #1: Boar Bristle Brushes, the triple B.
Many people don't realize that using a boar bristle brush while your hair is wet is horrible for your locks. Soaking wet hair is extremely vulnerable to breakage. Boar bristles grip the hair tightly and

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Brand Feature : Surface

Surface -  Determined by their passionate commitment to developing superior, all natural professional products that respect the surface of our Earth while creating a strong surface of success through growth, education and personal health. Family owned and operated, Surface is inspired by salon owner and international Hair Stylist Wayne Grund, founded on the promise to give back and make a positive difference in the world.
Surface Science 
 The Surface mission is to incorporate sustainably harvested ingredients and certified organic botanicals in all Surface products for salons and their guests to thrive upon. Three of the primary active ingredients found in most of the Surface products include :

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Hear the word "acid" and we automatically think "danger".   Doing without Linoleic Acid, however, is the real danger.  Linoleic Acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid and is part of the Omega 6 fatty acids, found in many vegetable oils.

One of the most important roles for Linoleic Acid is caring for your skin's barrier functions - protecting against water loss and keeping invading allergens and bacteria out.  Linoleic acid

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to achieve stronger, healthier nails

We all want strong, healthy, gorgeous nails but some of us can't seem to strengthen, grow or maintain them without having them break, crack or get flimsy. So what's the deal?
Whatever the reason may be, no one can achieve strong and healthy nails without a little help and TLC.
Here we will share some tips, advice and information on how to strengthen, take care of and maintain strong and healthy nails.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Avoid Summer's Makeup Melt

Summer is coming, and with it comes the humidity and heat perspiration!  And, there goes the makeup.  So, what can you do to ensure your face stays flawless all day?  It's called face primer! If you've never used make-up primer, then you are really missing out.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Weekly Trending Product: Baxter Oil Free Moisturizer

Huge trending ALERT! Donald Glover was recently spotted last week at the 2018 Met Gala looking dapper than ever! Gotta give much credit to celebrity groomer, Erica Sauer and her Baxter of California tools of choice. He was definitely keeping it fresh and clean! 
Armie Hammer and Zayn Malik can teach dad a thing or two about skincare! With Father's Day

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Designer Nails anyone can create!

When we do a nail art article, there is usually a comment "looks so good, but I'm just not that artistic" or another similar version.  We all admire those gorgeous manicures.  Now we can all have them...and no artistic or creative talent is needed.  Morgan Taylor Designer Plates introduces her Nail Art Stamping Kit.  There are three different kits - Flirty Florals, Geometric and Celebrations,  Each kit has 28 different designs.  Just watch the video and see how easy it is to give your manicure the professional touch!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Eye Shadows perfect for your Eye Color

Achieving the perfect eye look can take a bit of trial and error, but we've got some great tips for you so you can get your shadow colors just right!

For all you brown-eyed beauties out there, get ready for some fun! Brown eyes are probably the most fun color to have when it comes to doing makeup. Brown has a mixture of all the primary colors, meaning most colors compliment them. One of our favorite brown eye tricks is using metallic colors. theBalm Shady Lady Racy Kacy or Jane Iredale Eye Shere Gold Silk is an easy and perfect way to make your eye stand out and shine. Here's a trick special for brown eyes; use a white eyeliner with your

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fade Away those Dark Spots

Looking to fade dark spots, zap sun damage and even out the color of your skin overall? Skin lightening creams do help. Most products work in the same manner. They stop the enzyme that makes the cells that generate the color in your skin -- otherwise known as melanin. A few key ingredients can accomplish this: hydroquinone, arbutin, and kojic acid. Both Clinical Care (Skin)Solutions Go Spot Go  and glo Skin Beauty Lightening Serum work well.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


What are parabens?
Parabens are the most commonly used preservative in the world of cosmetics and personal care products as well as in the food and drug categories. Paraben is an inexpensive mix of acid and alcohol of p-hydroxybenzoic acid that effectively extends the shelf life of a product by preventing harmful bacteria and mold growth. You can find them everywhere in your daily life; in soap, face and body

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Face Shape TIPS & TRICKS for your best hairstyle.

What's your FACE SHAPE?
Knowing your face shape is crucial when deciding on a new hairstyle that will actually complement your features. You will want to first start off by pulling your hair straight back away from your face. Next, you'll want to identify the overall shape of your face.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ombre...not just a look for your hair!

Ombre...a gradual blending of popular for hair today.  But, how about getting the look for your nails.  Believe it or not, it is so simple!  The only "extra" you need besides two polish colors is a make-up sponge!  If you can "dip and dab," you can create the look.  The video shows two shades of pink, but you could use 2 shades of blue, violet, orange or any other color combinations you can image!  Count on Essie to make it easy!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Weekly Trending Product: Dermalogica AGE Smart Skin Care Kit

AGE smart skin kit 
Get your kit here

Don't let aging age you! Practice self-love daily, your body, mind, and soul will thank you! If you don't believe us just ask @oliviarink and @annie.vtrann,  They know what it means to take time for

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Bridal Makeup Trends for 2018

Don't be "so last year". Here are 2018's hottest bridal makeup trends you'll want to make sure to include in your big day. Bridal Fashion Weeks lists the hottest styles this year from bold brows to natural makeup. So, if you're tying the knot this year or know someone who is, be sure to have this guide handy!