Saturday, July 20, 2019

Before you get that new hairstyle - ASK questions!


You've seen a pix of a hairstyle you love or a celebrity or friend is sporting a style you think would be perfect for you.  You are just feeling a need for change.  Whatever your reason for wanting a new hairstyle, there are some things you need to think about and questions you need to ask your stylist. 
While everyone’s hair is different, there are some general questions that you can ask to make sure you understand the cut, color, and the overall upkeep of the hairstyle you are choosing.

What will the upkeep be like?
If your haircut or color requires that you go back to the salon every 6 weeks, but you don’t have the time or the money to do so, you probably need to think about an alternative option. It’s essential to know that you’ll be able to do what’s necessary to maintain your new style before you make any big changes to your hair, or you could find yourself feeling remorseful.

Hair Tip: Don’t get discouraged right away! Talk with your hairstylist about the different options available to you, and see if you can’t come up with a similar cut or color that doesn’t require as much maintenance.

Where will the hairstyle fall?

Show your hairstylist where you want your hair to fall when it’s styled and finished, instead of telling him or her the length that you want to cut it. If you give your hairstylist a measurement, chances are when your hair is styled it’s going to be shorter than you actually want it. Providing a visual is easier because your hairstylist will know where to cut to ensure your hair falls at the length you want it. Also remember to keep in mind how you wear your part as this could have an impact on how your hairstylist ensures the hairstyle falls the way you’d like.

Hair Tip: Pictures and images work well and are great references to bring in!


Will I have to style hair every day to get this look?

This is one of the most important questions to ask. If you only have 10 minutes to do your hair in the morning, getting an elaborate cut that takes you 30 minutes or longer to style isn’t going to work with your schedule. Your style may look great at the salon, but if you can’t replicate it every day, chances are you will end up dissatisfied with your new hairstyle very quickly.

Hair Tip: If you’re set on a hairstyle but it takes more time than you normally allow for your hair, consider changing up your routine in the morning to accommodate this new style.

What do I need to know about dying my hair a certain color?
Depending on the color you want, and how dark or light you’re going to go, getting to a certain color could take multiple trips to the salon. It’s also important to note that as a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended that you get your color re-done every 6-8 weeks to account for regrowth at the root and any color fade. If you can’t afford to go back that often, or you don’t have the time, you can also consider a root touch-up spray to help cover any root re-growth between your hair color appointments.

Hair Tip: It’s often best to stay within two shades of your natural coloring.


What products should I use with my hairstyle?

Different hairstyles require different products, so make sure you’re aware of the products your hairstylist is using. Ask if your stylist knows of any products that may address a specific concern or need you have for maintaining your hair. For instance, if you have thin or thinning hair, it may be important for you to ask your hairstylist how to get thicker hair, or you may want to know more about hair loss products. Your hairstylist may be able to recommend a great shampoo for hair loss or another hair loss cure. Hairstylists often know about great new products first.

Hair Tip
: Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Hairstylists love telling you about their favorite products, and they’ve definitely done the research to make it easier for you to pick products that will work well with your hairstyle or address your hair needs.


Friday, July 19, 2019

BRAND PROFILE: Rusk


Obsess over Styling with their collection to perfect all styling needs.  These products offer color protection, thermal protection and their strengthening complex with quinoa, keratin and silk amino acid protein. The Rusk Styling Collection allows you to build an edgy and strong style using the latest sprays, waxes, gels and many more!

Get serious shine with PlatinumX daily haircare, formulated with the optimal amount of violet pigment to neutralize brassiness and yellow tones, enhance your blonde, gray or highlighted hair and amp up the shine.

Deepshine by Rusk - Hair Care Products for Dull, Dry, Brittle Hair!
Choose Deepshine to infuse shine and rich color. Features Micro Pigment Technology and Advance Marine Therapy to ensure intense color, superior condition and radiant shine.   Deepshine Oil Moisturizing Shampoo has a gentle cleansing, sulfate-free formula to rehydrate and revive dry, dull hair. Follow your Deepshine Shampoo with Deepshine Oil Moisturizing Conditioner to detangle and further hydrate hair. It's lightweight, nourishing and color-safe.


RUSK Expert and Educator, Maybe Saylor

Rusk designer and color specialist, Maybe Saylor, is known for her ability to seamlessly blend color and create shades that are only dreamt about.

She is an accomplished artist in her own right and takes her inspiration from making contrasting colors complementary.




Thursday, July 18, 2019

Finding the Right Hairdresser


There are many reasons you may be searching for a hair stylist, but it can be a nerve wrecking experience. Your hair is a large part of your image and if you have ever had a bad experience the thought of someone you don't know cutting or coloring your hair can be even more frightening. Finding the right stylist may take a little effort on your part but it will be worth it. So, if your ready to start your search, try the following tips:
  • Decide on the type of salon ambiance you would enjoy. You will spend as much as four hours of a day every six to eight weeks sitting in a chair there, so being in comfortable will make you much happier. Do you like it young and hip with trendy music, quiet and refined with soft classical music, a comfy neighborhood feel? It is more likely you will find your right stylist working in a place where you feel comfortable.
  • Ask a friend or two or even the lady next to you in a checkout line if you like how her hair looks. Recommendations, both pro and con, will help you. 
  • Know your hair type. Many salons or stylists specialize in curly hair, ethnic hair, or thinning hair. If you have special needs hair then be sure one of your considerations is the stylist's skill with your hair type. 
  • Walk into different salon lobbies. Get a feel for the atmosphere and clientele. Check out the prices for services. It's no use moving ahead if their prices are more than you can afford to pay. 
  • If you are happy with everything, then work with the receptionist to schedule a "no cost" consultation. At your consultation, discuss openly what your expectations are, show pictures of different hair styles you may be considering. Consider their reactions. See if they offer ideas you like. Don't be afraid to say "thank you for your time" and walk out. If, however, you get a positive feeling, like what they have to say and their ideas, then go ahead and book the appointment.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Frizzy Hair

Why Frizz Happens

It is key to understand the anatomy of hair when trying to figure out what your hair needs. The follicle, which is embedded beneath the surface of the scalp, is the only part of the structure that is alive. Blood flow delivers vital nutrients to this base and provides the beginnings of healthy hair. That said, you now understand why we stress that you nourish your hair from the inside, in order to begin and maintain health on the outside. So in essence you can prevent frizz before it starts by incorporating hair-healthy foods into your diet and providing your hair with the essential building blocks for strength and health.

Beyond the follicle – we have the shaft of the hair which has a three layers, the outermost layer is called the cuticle layer. Under a microscope your hair would resemble a roof covered in overlapping shingles. These “shingle like” structures make up the cuticle and when your hair is healthy and fortified with protein the cuticle is closed and the layers are flush against one another. As your hair becomes damaged the cuticle lifts up and is now porous, allowing water (and other pollutants) to pass through and damage the hair. When the cuticle layer has lifted too much your hair is vulnerable to not only long term damage but can also become frizzy. If left unchecked the open cuticle will become susceptible to damage.
Frizz is caused when hair is dry and lacks moisture. When your hair is dry, the cuticle is rough, and when the weather is humid, it’s the perfect recipe for frizz. The outer layer of the hair takes in the moisture from the air, causing the hair to swell and frizz. The cuticle "shingles" open up when exposed to the moist humidity.

Are you part of your hair's frizz problem?

With countless anti-frizz products on the market, you’d think it would be easy to keep frizz at bay. But sometimes it feels like no matter how much stuff you put in your hair to stop it.  As it turns out, you might be part of the reason for your hair’s frizz. Below, check out the seven things you could be doing that actually make your hair frizzier.

  • Using sulfates ― strong detergents that are often added to shampoos ― have been shown to add frizz and dry out the hair. Sulfates can also strip hair of natural oils that keep it moisturized,
  • Products that contain alcohol can also dry out the hair, leaving it brittle and prone to frizz. The alcohol actually absorbs the moisture your hair needs to combat frizz.  Instead, try using hair oils or styling cremes, which can help lock in moisture and keep hair looking shiny.
  • Washing your hair with very hot water can actually strip the hair of the natural oils that keep it moisturized and smooth. So, if you’re prone to frizz, you might want to try easing up on the heat.
  • Touching hair can create frizz if your skin has moisture in it.  Playing with your hair too much when it’s wet can also disrupt curl patterns or wave patterns.  Apply styling products to soaking wet hair and then resist the urge to touch your hair until it’s completely dry. Otherwise, curls lose their definition and get frizzy.  The more you touch, the more frizz you create, so hands off!
  • Scrunching your hair up in a towel right after a shower may seem like a convenient way to dry it, but it won’t do you any favors when it comes to preventing frizz. Towel-drying essentially roughs up the hair cuticle, which can cause it to lift up instead of lie flat. When your hair is wet, it is at its most fragile state.  Do not wrap your hair in a towel turban-style. If your hair is prone to frizz, invest in a microfiber towel to gently absorb excess moisture while keeping frizz at bay. Simply use the towel to blot the hair, then do not touch, and let it air dry.
  • Whether you use a blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron, daily high heat from hair tools can damage the hair and strip it of moisture, leading to frizz.  Minimize the use of heated styling tools (if you can) and let your hair air dry. If you do need to use heat, use the lowest setting and always make sure to protect the hair with a thermal protectant spray before styling.  Use a blow dryer with ionic technology, which produces natural negative ions to smooth the hair cuticle. Another way to prevent frizz if you’re using a blow dryer is to use the smoothing nozzle and blow dry in the direction of hair growth ― that is, from the roots to the ends ― to seal the cuticle.
  • Brushing can help with untangling your locks, but it’s not always great for keeping frizz at bay, especially if you’re planning to skip the blow dryer.  On hair that you’re going to blow out, you do need to brush from root to tips to distribute naturally occurring scalp oils.  But if you’re planning on letting your hair dry naturally, brushing it could just disrupt the outer layer and cause frizz. Brushing hair can actually stretch your strands and lead to breakage. When hair is wet, simply rake styling product through the hair with your fingers, and then hands off.   If you’re brushing your hair while it’s dry, make sure you’re being gentle and not just ripping through it.
What’s the RIGHT way to keep the frizz away?
  • If you’re trying to keep your hair looking shiny and smooth, all hope is not lost. The first thing you need to do, however, is to identify your hair type. Is it fine? Curly or wavy? Damaged or dry? From there, you’ll be able to choose a product that is the most appropriate for your hair.
  • For fine hair, hairspray is often enough to tame frizz, while wavy and curly girls should opt for a crème or mousse to add moisture. 
  • Silk pillowcases and scarves for sleeping ― good for all hair types ― which can help decrease friction that causes frizz.
  • Apply styling products to soaking wet hair, as opposed to towel-dried hair to add a protective layer against frizz. 
  • Use a leave-in conditioner or moisturizing mask at least once a week to restore moisture and nourish dehydrated, frizzy hair.
  • Argan oil is a good choice for adding weightless moisture and shine to hair. Unlike other oils, like coconut or olive, the oil molecules found in argan oil are small enough to penetrate the hair shaft, making it instantly, deeply moisturizing, which helps treat and strengthen strands without weighing them down.
  • One ingredient you might want to avoid: silicone. Products with silicones can create a barrier around the hair to prevent humidity from entering the cuticle and causing frizz, however, products with silicones, which are waxes, will keep frizz at bay, but they tend to build up with repeated use and coat the hair, making it flat, dull and lifeless.  Silicone serums just coat the hair, giving the appearance of shine, but don’t actually add moisture to the hair strands to help fight frizz in the long run.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Summer Stress...Away!

Summer can be three month of fun, sun & excitement. Kids are out of school, the sun heats up the sand and family vacations are abundant. Amidst all of this fun, stress can really start to build up. The stress of getting the kids to baseball, soccer and football. The stress of balancing work and play. Packing for camping trips & lake days, mowing lawns and taking care of gardens; each one takes its toll. So how do you soothe away summer stress?

Here is what BCC unwinds with:

SpaRitual Close Your Eyes Organic Bath Salts - A bath can be the easiest way to relax. These bath salts are made with Geranium. Geranium is an essential oil; fantastic for balancing hormones, relieving stress and even reducing blood pressure. When you are done with your bath, skin will be soothed and softened. Plus, the lovely aroma will have you relaxed inside and out. This is not a salt to use in the morning. It has so many soothing and relaxing qualities that you will have a hard time not closing your eyes. Great for after a long day of running around.


Earthly Body 3-in-1 Suntouched Candles - This natural soy candle comes in ten different aromas. Lavender is the most well-known scent for relaxation. To switch things up you may want to try Naked in the Woods. The clean woodsy smell is enhanced with pine oil. Pine oil is one of the most amazing aromas for the body. It elevates mood and is thought to possibly improve memory. After you are done smelling the beautiful aroma blow out the flame. Use the melted candle to treat you(or have your partner treat you) to a relaxing and hydrating massage. Avocado is infused into each candle to leave your skin extra soft after use.



OPI AvoJuice Lotions - These lotions are wonderful. They are light and refreshing with scents take on stress relief. Instead of simply relaxing the mind and body, they also uplift spirits. Enjoy Coconut Melon, Sweet Lemon Sage, Mango & more.

Packed with smooth, rich moisturizers plus nourishing avocado and healing aloe extracts, your skin will drink in hydration





To-Go-Spa Eye Masks - Green Tea Eyes, Bamboo Charcoal Eyes, Ice Water Eyes & more. To-Go-Spa's 20 minute eye and face masks are just perfect. They De-puff and reduce dark circles with skin-brightening ingredients. They also relax, calm, and pump up moisture-retention levels to new heights. A quiet, eyes-closed 20 minutes will restore and re-energize you. Use them in-flight to help relax during the trip, or as a refresher before landing.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Helping your Brittle Splitting Nails

Onychoschizia is the medical term for splitting fingernails. The term onychoschizia includes splitting, brittle, soft or thin nails. Onychoschizia is more common in women. Only very rarely are internal disease or vitamin deficiencies the reason (iron deficiency is the most common).

If the fingernails split, but the toenails are strong, then the cause is likely something you are doing. Basically brittle nails can be divided into dry and brittle (too little moisture) and soft and brittle (often too much moisture). The usual cause is repeated wetting and drying of the fingernails. This makes them dry and brittle. This is often worse in low humidity and in the winter (dry heat).

The best treatment is to apply lotions containing alpha-hydroxy acids or lanolin to the nails after first soaking nails in water for 5 minutes. Wearing cotton gloves when performing household chores that involve getting the hands wet is very helpful in preventing brittle nails. If your nails are soft, they may be getting too much moisture or being damaged by chemicals such as detergents, cleaning fluids and acetone based nail polish removers .

Be gentle to you nails. Shape and file your nails with a very fine file and round the tips in a gentle curve. Daily filing of snags or irregularities helps to prevent further breakage or splitting. Avoid metal instruments on the nail surface to push back the cuticle. If the nails are "buffed" do this in the same direction as the nail grows and not in a "back and forth" motion because this can cause nail splitting.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week


NeuBody & Mind Age-Defying Replenish Oil


NeuBody & Mind Age-Defying Restoring Creme

Allow your skin to retain moisture with this creme. A fast-absorbing body cream that restores skin elasticity for a more youthful appearance. Made with a blend of super-powered ingredients yo deliver long-lasting hydration without the greasy feel or residue. Leaves your skin silky smooth with a soothing aroma of frankincense, myrrh and hibiscus. Moringa Oil super-charges with its high concentration of vitamins A, C & E. It penetrates quickly and deeply to help skin retain moisture while infusing age-defying properties.
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Source Essentielle Products   



Calendula, lavender, jasmine and immortelle flowers, as well as acacia leaves... L’Oréal Professionnel has incorporated carefully chosen flowers or leaves into each of its Source Essentielle shampoos and oils. To ensure that these inclusions do not affect the clarity of the formulas and remain in suspension, the L’Oréal laboratories set up a very rigorous process. To ensure that the inclusions are distributed evenly and held in suspension in an aqueous solution, the researchers identifed a natural gum – Gellan gum – which creates a sort of invisible structure within the aqueous solution.

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   Texture Sexy Hair

It's just what your style needs.  Add texture with styling shampoo, foam, dry spray, beach spray or finishing hairspray.  You need definition and lift...Sexy Hair Texture products are your answer.





Saturday, July 13, 2019

Dragon Fruit & other good things!



Everyone has heard the expression "You are what you eat." Even if you are already a healthy eater, there are some ingredients you can add to your favorite dish that will not only add flavor but give you the added bonus of being especially good for hair and skin health.






Walnuts - "The Free-Radical Booster" - is one of the most heart-healthy nuts, being rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and contain an abundance of proteins, vitamins and minerals that help maintain skin youthfulness. Have them for a snack or sprinkle on your next salad.

Kiwi - "The DNA Protector" - is an age-fighting fruits that protects against DNA damage and helps rid the body of harmful toxins. It is also a great source of Vitamin E.

Spinach - "The Anti-Inflammatory" - delivers potent vitamins that really help fight acne and other skin inflammations.

Red Bell Peppers - "Healthy Eyes Essential" - contain enzymes and phytochemicals that help protect eyes from cataracts. They are low in calories and stuffed full of Vitamin C. Plus then add great flavor to a casserole or salad.

Cayenne Pepper - "The Fat Burner" - boosts metabolism to burn fat as it adds great flavor to your good.

Kale - "The Hair Strengthener" - is a superfood. It's is one of the healthiest foods in the world; extremely rich in nutrients that are very beneficial for healthy hair and skin.

Dragon Fruit - "Antioxidant Powerhouse" - has more antioxidants than acai berries so it is absolutely tops in helping to fight premature aging. If you've never tasted it, it is sweet and crunchy with a flavor that is a cross between a kiwi and a pear. It is packed with Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium and fiber too!

Friday, July 12, 2019

BRAND PROFILE: Glop & Glam


Healthy. Fun. Safe. Effective. Glop & Glam provide professional salon products, designed by a hairstylist for her family and yours. Delivering healthy & fun alternatives to harsher ‘adult specific’ lines, Glop & Glam combines natural & organic ingredients with fun scents to give your hair the very best.


Their products are free from parabens, sulfates, alcohol, phthalates, gluten, peanuts* and utilize vegan, cruelty free formulas. Their preservative free fragrances add a fun element to the product line that matches the visual appeal. They have added natural and organic ingredients/botanicals to improve the health of the hair rather than weighing them down with chemicals. They have removed the harmful preservatives including parabens and phthalates as well as irritants like alcohol, sulfates, gluten, peanuts. Their products are never tested on animals and feature animal byproduct free ingredients. Glop & Glam features natural lice preventative ingredients. Proven, chemical free combatants to lice and the evolving strains of 'super lice' which have been proven to be resistant to traditional treatments. The organic tea tree oils and neem oils are proven lice fighters and can be found in the Candy Apple and Blueberry Blast Shampoos, Cake Batter Conditioner and Creamsicle Mist Detangling Spray.



About the Founder
A Santa Barbara native, Andrea has been working in the beauty industry for over 20 years. Andrea began assisting in a hair salon at the age of 15 and from then on, it was impossible to get her out of the salon. Andrea went on to study cosmetology at some of the most prestigious schools around the world and at the young age of 26 she was able to open Mishay Salon & Spa. Over the next 10 years Andrea worked to build Mishay into one of the premier salons in Souther California, attracting some of the southland’s best talent to work with her. Two years after the birth of her second child, Andrea and her husband Nathan, created and launched Glop & Glam Hair Products, a healthy, fun, natural & organic hair product line for the next generation. Glop & Glam has since grown into a multi-national brand and leader in the children’s hair care market, offering healthy & fun alternatives to harsher adult products while maintaining the same professional salon quality.

Andrea’s sought after skills and expertise in the hair care industry have taken her all over the world styling for celebrities, fashion shows including New York Fashion Week for the likes of Vogue and Oscar de la Renta and more. Andrea’s successful career has allowed her to focus on inspiring young women to discover and achieve their career goals through teaching a series of classes to young girls throughout California. Andrea’s life as a entrepreneur and business owner is rooted in her life as a mother of two beautiful boys and is continuously inspired by the love of her family.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The best formulation for your skin type!

When it comes to skin care, we've all experienced disappointment.  Quality skin care products can be expensive so the more you know before you buy can better the investment.  Getting the right formulation for your skin will help to insure the product you buy is the product you use and not just another jar or bottle that ends up in the back of the cabinet because you paid for it and don't want to throw it away.  Selecting the formulation (delivery system) is not just about what you are partial to but what benefit that particular formula has for your skin.  Today's products have lots and lots of science behind them.  You can use the chart below as a good guide for choosing what will work for you.

Formulation Skin Type
Milk & Lotion  Sensitive skin which is easily irritated, can become red and itchy.
Balm Extremely dry or dehydrated skin that is flaky or cracked and feels tight.
Micellar Water Normal and sensitive skin which has minimal irritation.
Gel Oil & acneic skin that breaks out easily and/or is inflamed and congested.
Powder Normal skin that usually has minimal oiliness or dryness.
Foam Extremely oily Skin that is greasy to the touch and shiny all day long.
Thick Cream Dry, dehydrated and mature skin that shows signs of aging and a loss of elasticity.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Phenoxydthanol


Phenoxyethanol is an oily, slightly sticky liquid with a faint rose-like scent. It is used as a preservative in a wide variety of both leave-on and rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products, including skin care, eye makeup, fragrances, blushers, foundations, lipstick, bath soaps, and detergents, among others. Phenoxyethanol is widely used as a synthetic preservative that has global approval for use in all cosmetic products in concentrations up to 1%. It’s often used in even lower amounts, such as when combined with other ingredients like ethylhexylglycerin.

Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?

Phenoxyethanol has been used safely since the 1950s as a preservative in cosmetics and personal care products because it is highly effective in preventing the growth of fungi, bacteria, and yeast that could cause products to spoil.

Products that contain water are susceptible to mold, discoloration, or unpleasant odors caused by the bacteria and fungi naturally present in the environment. As cosmetics are used, they come in contact with the skin and applicators that contact the skin, thus potentially exposing the product to these harmful microorganisms.

Under certain conditions, an inadequately preserved product can become contaminated, which could cause health problems such as irritation or infection. Products contaminated by microorganisms may also negatively impact how the product performs, looks, feels, and smells. Preservatives like phenoxyethanol help prevent such problems.

Ingredients to Look For: Phenoxyethanol, 2-phenoxy, ethanol, 2-hydroxyethyl phenyl ether




Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Curl your hair in just 2 minutes! and other little tips.

  • Splitting your hair into one-inch sections and then rolling over each with the curling iron can take 30 minutes. But, using this trick you can cut styling time to a mere two minutes. After blow-drying hair straight or letting it air-dry, throw it into a high ponytail atop your head and split into four even sections. Roll the wand around each, set with some texturizing spray, then shake out after hair is cool.
  • A good spritz of dry shampoo can work wonders to help you stretch out your last hair washing, but there's a genius way to do more than your average emergency oil mop-up before heading to work. Work in some dry shampoo and tie hair up in a loose bun before bed. It really gives the dry shampoo time to work its magic—absorbing the oils in the scalp, giving thin hair a bit of volume—and also avoids the dreaded powdered part that's the dead giveaway you haven't washed your hair in a while.
  • Coat your hair in conditioner before a swim at the beach or the pool.  Give your strands a fighting chance against damaging chlorine or saltwater by coating them with a sulfate-free deep conditioner before swimming, The conditioner helps to fill holes (read: damage) in the hair cuticle, preventing any further breakage from forming.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Causes of dry skin



Dry skin isn't usually serious, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly.   Fortunately, most dry skin is caused by environmental factors that can be at least partially controlled. These factors include hot or cold weather, low humidity, and soaking in hot water.  (Serious dry skin conditions — an inherited group of disorders called ichthyosis — should be evaluated by a physician or health care provider.)

The good news:  you can do a lot on your own to improve your skin, including using moisturizers and avoiding harsh, drying soaps. 


Let's start with the symptoms of dry skin.  Dry skin is often temporary — you get it only in winter, for example — but it may be a lifelong condition. Signs and symptoms of dry skin depend on your age, your health, where you live, time spent outdoors and the cause of the problem. Dry skin is likely to cause one or more of the following: 
  • A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming
  • Skin that feels and looks rough
  • Itching (pruritus)
  • Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
  • Fine lines or cracks
  • Gray, ashy skin
  • Redness
  • Deep cracks that may bleed
When to see a doctor.  Most cases of dry skin respond well to lifestyle and home remedies. See your doctor if:  
  • Your skin doesn't improve in spite of your best efforts
  • Dry skin is accompanied by redness
  • Dryness and itching interfere with sleeping
  • You have open sores or infections from scratching
  • You have large areas of scaling or peeling skin 
Anyone can develop dry skin. But you may be more likely to develop the condition if you:
  • Are in your 40s or older. The risk increases with age — more than 50 percent of older adults have dry skin.
  • Live in dry, cold or low-humidity climates.
  • Have a job that requires you to immerse your skin in water, such as nursing and hairstyling.
  • Swim frequently in chlorinated pools.

So, what causes dry skin.  Most dry skin (xerosis) is caused by an environmental issue. Certain diseases also can significantly affect your skin. Potential causes of dry skin include:  
  • Weather. Skin tends to be driest in winter, when temperatures and humidity levels plummet. But the season may not matter as much if you live in desert regions.
  • Heat. Central heating, wood-burning stoves, space heaters and fireplaces all reduce humidity and dry your skin.
  • Hot baths and showers. Taking long, hot showers or baths can dry your skin. So can frequent swimming, particularly in heavily chlorinated pools.
  • Harsh soaps and detergents. Many popular soaps, detergents and shampoos strip moisture from your skin as they are formulated to remove oil.
  • Other skin conditions. People with skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis are prone to dry skin. 
Dry skin is usually harmless. But when it's not cared for, dry skin may lead to atopic dermatitis (eczema). If you're prone to develop this condition, excessive dryness can lead to activation of the disease, causing redness, cracking and inflammation.  Dry skin may crack, allowing bacteria to enter, causing infections.  Complications are most likely to occur when your skin's normal protective mechanisms are severely compromised.

So what can you do to help prevent dry skin? Try these tips to keep skin from getting excessively dry:
  • Moisturize. Moisturizer seals skin to keep water from escaping.
  • Limit water exposure. Keep bath and shower time to 10 minutes or less. Turn the dial to warm, not hot. Try to bathe no more than once a day.
  • Skip the drying soap. Try cleansing creams, gentle skin cleansers and shower gels with added moisturizers.
  • Cover as much skin as possible in cold weather. Winter can be especially drying to skin, so be sure to wear a scarf, hat and gloves when you go out.
  • Wear rubber gloves. If you have to immerse your hands in water or are using harsh cleansers, wearing gloves can help protect your skin.
For great skin care products for dry skin, click here!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week?



Texturize, tame, smooth and set

Perky short bob, slicked back and serious or messy and all over the place – life is more fun when everyone’s free to explore their own style. Even if it changes tomorrow.

Get your hands in there and get styling with our classic range of affordable yet luxurious Keune Style products. From prep to shaping to finish, we’ve got what you need to make style fantasies come true – or to take a fresh look at the classics.

To make it easy to choose the right amount of hold and shine, we added numbers to each product. The first number is the level of hold, and the second tells you about shine on scale of 1 – 10 (with 10 being super hold or shine).




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BioSilk Silk Therapy & Organic Coconut Oil is specifically formulated to cleanse and nourish while also providing intense moisture to the hair and skin. Infused with organic coconut oil and silk, the complete line of products is gentle enough for daily use and offers moisturizing oils the skin needs. Removes impurities, adds moisture, maintains healthy hair and provides a subtle glow to the skin. Improves overall condition by preventing damage and relieving dryness, creating incredible softness and shine.



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Sterling Silver Shampoo & Conditioner

Perfect your blonde hair with this amazing duo. The sterling silver shampoo and conditioner work in conjunction to enhance blonde haired beauties. Gently cleanses and conditions the hair, adding purple pigment tones to remove and diminish brassiness. Hair is left hydrated and full of brightness and softness!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sparkling Water - a treat for your face!



Grab your soda maker!  It's not just for drinks!  It can also make a beauty treat for your face!

Sparkling water not only helps cleanse your skin in a deeper way—its carbonation helps to break up the dirt and oil embedded in your pores—there are real benefits aesthetically. For example, at room temperature, carbonated water becomes a vasodilator [normal water needs to be heated to have a vasodilation effect], meaning it triggers your blood vessels to open up, bringing the blood supply to your skin's tissue. This, in turn, enhances nutrient delivery, like oxygen, to the dermis [skin]; and the better your circulation is, the better your system will function, and the healthier your skin will look.

First popularized by women in Japan and Korea, sparkling water is slowly making its way to the U.S. The reason some aestheticians love this treatment, other than for its simplicity and timelessness, is because the mineral water can help keep the cells between collagen fibers strong, aiding overall firmness and plumpness of the skin. The sparkling water is also known to help mechanically wash out the pores without too much harshness. Because this treatment is known to be compatible with all skin types, aestheticians can turn to this treatment without being too concerned about irritation or being overly harsh on the skin.

In addition to clear pores and a healthy glow,  tap water's pH (of 7) can disrupt the skin's acid mantle (a barrier on the skin's outermost layer), which is slightly acidic at a level of 5.5 pH.   That's the same pH of carbonated water. So when you cleanse with the sparkling water, the carbonation won't alter your complexion's pH; whereas washing your face with tap water can cause dryness, which can lead to tiny cracks in your skin, inviting bacteria to brew, and breakouts to occur. Yep, acne happens THAT easily.


How to wash with sparkling water.

Once or twice a week is enough. Some people say that any longer than ten to fifteen seconds is too much for the skin, and other folks will say that they soak for as long as they can hold their breath. The idea is that this shouldn't be overdone and should be carefully monitored to see how your skin reacts in order to find that sweet spot of how long your skin should be soaking for.
  • Pour sparkling water into bowl that is large enough and deep enough to submerge your face.
  • Submerge your face into the bowl of sparkling water for 10 seconds.
  • Massage your favorite cleansing wash into your skin. 
  • Wash away the soap with the carbonated water rinse. 
  • Dab your face with a towel before moisturizing. 
    TIPS:
    If the foaming effect is too strong, mix equal parts sparkling water and mineral water to dial down the fizz for a gentler rinse.

    Combine a 1:1 ratio of sparkling and green tea water, drench cotton pads with the solution, and then placing them on you face for 10 minutes.  It's an amazing refresher!
    If you want to try sparkling water on your face and you don't have a soda machine, buy a bottle first.  If you and your skin love the effects, over time it may be worth the investment in a machine.

Friday, July 5, 2019

BRAND PROFILE: Simply Smooth



Simply Smooth will prolong the life of your keratin based, chemically-straightened treatment. Hair will be left replenished and healthy. Simply Smooth is one of three brands by American Culture. (The others are Pure NV and pure Blends.) 

The Products
If you straighten or just have more frizz than you can handle, Simply Smooth products are for you.  Shampoos and conditioners include formulas for Color Lock, Replenishing, Tropical and Thickening.  Their Humidity Shield Hair Spray is a sodium chloride free, botanically blended, keratin infused, no-weight, non flaking hair spray, that provides a light to firm hold that will resist humidity, repel moisture and leave hair touchable.  The Finishing Gloss adds incredible shine to your style while taming frizz and fly-aways. 

Simply Smooth touch of keratin is an at home treatment that will reduce texture up to 25% and eliminate frizz up to 50%. Convenient for travel, special occasions or for touch-up, touch of keratin is simple to use. Unique formulation acts as a keratin filler and helps restore hair’s natural keratin without removing volume. When used with the Simply Smooth xtend at home maintenance system, depending on the length and density of the hair, as well as how often you shampoo, smooth results can last up to 30 days!



Fixes Everything .. Just Like Magic!  Xtend Keratin Reparative Magic Potion is a botanically blended keratin infused amazing styling product that literally fixing everything! De-frizzing and smoothing the hair as it instantly detangles and rejuvenates all hair types. Adding incredible shine and volume while leaving the hair beautifully silky, full of body and free from split ends.


The Company
American Culture defines the culture of hair care through a non-demographic philosophy that spans all generations and bridges all ethnicities. Our diverse line of high performance, naturally scented hair care products is designed for real people… in real life situations… seeking the freedom to express their style, individuality and creativity. 

Committed to our united celebration of diversity, American Culture utilizes native ingredients like blueberry extract and wheat protein, which collectively provide protective and reparative properties to all hair types.

The Founders


Louis Guarneri is a third generation beauty industry veteran, whose family, starting with his grandfather, owned and distributed hair products in New York for more than 70 years. Growing up in salons and around beauty products, he was hooked since he was a young child. After school, Louis would spend his days at his dad’s distributorship, and remembers wanting to create a product line since he was a kid. While other boys were collecting baseball cards, Louis collected hair products and salon magazines! Although he always knew he would stay on the product side of the business, Louis attended cosmetology school in order to learn the art and technical side of hairdressing.


Recognized for raising the bar for the beauty industry, Doreen is a passionate master of her craft and thrives on sharing techniques and information with her fellow artists and clientele. Doreen takes a hair color approach to managing texture the way a hair colorist manages hair color. Doreen is a licensed hairdresser whose varied industry experienced over the past 25 years includes the role of salon stylist and colorist, beauty store manager, distributor, platform artist, salon owner and manufacturer. She has a true passion for the business and is pleased to have worked with many of the most celebrated artists known today.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Enjoy the 4th of July Celebrations!

As we as a nation celebrate our independence, let's remember and pay tribute to all that is good in America.  

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Cellulite


Cottage cheese...orange peel...by any other name, cellulite may still throw the perfectly sane into a tizzy as winter pants and coats come off and far more revealing attire is worn for spring and summer.  A barrage of products and procedures promise to seek out and destroy the lumpy fat on thighs, bottoms, arms and tummies, but a miracle cellulite assassin has still yet to be found.  Despite the vast amounts of time and money that have gone into trying to find ways to dissolve these nuisance nodules—from lasers to caffeine creams—researchers and doctors are still scratching their heads.


What exactly is cellulite?
It's a condition that affects 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men, mostly in industrial nations. As women start approaching menopause, estrogen starts decreasing. From 25 to 35 is when you start seeing the appearance of cellulite. Estrogen has an impact on the blood vessels. When estrogen starts to decrease, you lose receptors in blood vessels and thighs, so you have decreased circulation. With decreased circulation you get less oxygen and nutrition to that area, and with that we see a decrease in collagen production….fat cells start becoming larger, they begin protruding through the collagen and become the bumpy fat known as cellulite.

Why do women get cellulite more than men?
Collagen, the main protein of connective tissue, in women has the appearance of a picket fence, whereas in men it looks more liked a cross-linked fence. The cross-linked structure is much stronger and will hold fat in better.

Another reason women get cellulite has to do with the two kinds of adrenergic receptors, Alpha & Beta. When stimulated, alpha receptors will cause fat cells to produce fat, as well as triggering constriction of blood vessels and release of sugar into the bloodstream. When beta receptors are stimulated, they break down fat, as well as increasing heart rate and relaxing blood vessels. In women, for every one beta receptor in the thigh, there are nine alpha receptors.

Estrogen also makes fat whereas testosterone breaks down fat. So a women's body is basically—and I hate to say it—genetically designed to be a place for cellulite to develop. Men have one layer of fat throughout their entire body and a one-to-one alpha- and beta-receptor ratio. Women tend to get cellulite around knees, saddlebags and buttocks, because they have three layers of fat in these areas, instead of just one. Women also have three levels of fat in the stomach and in the triceps areas.

Many women wear regular underwear with elastic across the buttocks. When you see panty lines, it's cutting off circulation—just think what it's doing to your body. Look, take a tourniquet, put it around your leg and see what happens. And a lot of women wear underwear under panty hose. The panty hose force the lymphatic drainage back into the body. It's like turning the hose on and clamping it so every thing gets backed up.

Cellulite didn't become a problem until the 1970s and 1980s when the diet and activity and underwear started changing. Back in the '20s, women wore longer skirts and the underwear was loose, almost like pajamas. Cellulite is always underneath where the elastics go, and if you draw an invisible line where the cellulite is, you will see where the panty lines are.

Do creams—thigh creams, caffeine creams—really work?
Most all creams will only address the fat.  Those with L-Carnitine transport fats into the cells' mitochondria to be used as energy. Caffeine creams will help by blocking the making of fats by the alpha receptors. Some creams have aminophylline, (a compound in some respiratory drugs) which, like caffeine, works by blocking the alpha receptors. In most creams, you find some way of targeting only the fat cells, but they do not address the connective tissue or circulation aspects of cellulite.

What other treatments are there for cellulite?
There are three treatable components of cellulite: You have to address the collagen; you have to reduce the fat, and you have to increase circulation.  But it depends on the grade of cellulite you have. There are four grades, ranging from zero to three:
  • Grade zero is no visible cellulite. 
  • If you pinch the skin and see a cottage cheese–like texture—that's grade one. 
  • Grade two is if cellulite is visible on the legs of someone standing. 
  • Grade three is if you see cellulite when you look in the mirror or lie down. I call grade three "terminal," because it's very hard to treat.
Machines to treat cellulite include vacuum rolling and radio waves to break up the fat. The first one of them on the market was Endermologie. When you're vacuuming and rolling the skin, you're increasing circulation, and the heat helps to break down the fat, which smooths out the skin.  The downside to the machines is you have to go once a month [for at least several years].

What about lasers, injections and surgery?
Laser treatments are combined with massage and rolling; they either do suction or rolling and use radio waves and heat up the fat—put fat on a stove in a frying pan, and it melts. These treatments heat it up and try to break it down that way, and use section and rollers to try to force it out of the puckered near-skin area.

"Subcision" surgery was invented to get rid of indentations in the face (such as acne scarring), and one dermatologist took that technology and applied it to dimples in the buttocks. For subcision, you anesthetize the area, then you take a special needle—a Nokor needle, which looks kind of like a little hatchet—so you can make a small incision and, moving it back and forth, you can cut the skin from the tissue holding  down, getting rid of the dimples.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Increase your SPF protection with Vitamin C

Most dermatologists recommend
using vitamin C under your sunscreen.
  Power up on the antioxidants with
Ole Henricksen's POWER Bright system;
it’s bursting with a vitamin C
concentrate of 25 percent.
Sun protection — Slathering copious amounts of a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, whether rain or shine, is our best defense against those harsh solar rays. It needs to be reapplied it every two hours, especially when spending hours outdoors. But did you know that to get the most out of your sunscreen, you should pair it with a powerful antioxidant like vitamin C?

Sun damage is an oxidative process. UV rays and other environmental stressors like pollution and cigarette smoke cause the release of damaging free radicals. Free radicals lead to premature signs of aging, but vitamin C neutralizes them and helps shield your skin from this damage, keeping your complexion healthy and vibrant.

Vitamin C does not work as a barrier to UV rays, but once rays enter the skin, it is a potent antioxidant that slows the rate of free radical damage to collagen and aids in skin repair by factors linked to reduced oxidation damage to the skin cells’ DNA. It also reverses photo-aging, evens pigmentation and decreases fine lines by stimulating collagen production. If you’re at risk for deeper sun damage using a topical formulation that teams vitamin C with vitamin E (an antioxidant known to reduce inflammation and help speed healing) can provide additional benefits. As a serum, they have been shown to enhance the function of SPF formulations when used in combination, reducing the incidence of sunburns and increasing the SPF’s stability.

Monday, July 1, 2019

It's the perfect time to clean your make-up bag


Ah Spring! All living things renewed. It's also a great time to review your cosmetics and other beauty products. Using products that may be past their prime can cause them to appear streaky or not look the way they should, but even more -- use beyond the expiration date can actually cause serious health risks. Another benefit of a good cosmetic spring clean??? It gives you more space in the drawer for something new!!!

What do you toss?

If you are wondering whether or not it’s time to ditch your makeup, there are three things you can look out for. Look for changes in smell, color, and consistency. These changes are good indicators that the product has gone bad. Some products naturally have a smell so look for a smell that is pungent and lingers. When a product has gone bad there won’t be any doubt in your mind.

If your makeup is expired, the quality that you’ve come to love is gone. This is easiest to detect in nail polish. You’ll know it has gone bad because you’ll spend hours trying to un-crust the screw-on top. And if you do succeed, your once-adored red nail polish looks like goopy mounds of glue. Using expired makeup is risky because infections can occur from the bacteria and germs that grow on the product. Pay extra attention to the makeup around your eyes. These products, such as mascara, eyeliner, etc. tend to accumulate bacteria faster.

While organic makeup is better for your skin, it tends to go bad quicker. This is because organic makeup doesn’t contain many of the harmful chemicals that are used as preservatives. For this reason, it is vital to keep an eye out for these changes. Chemicals in certain cosmetics can break down and change over time and may cause irritation and inflammation in the form of a rash. In extreme cases, expired cosmetics can cause infections, as bacteria and even viruses can grow in some old makeup products.


Tips To Make It Last - There are steps you can take to make sure your products make it to the end of the year without going bad.
  • You can keep pencil eyeliners essentially until they run out or the tip turns white or gray -- this can be a sign of mold. You can prevent this from happening, however, by sharpening the tip periodically, causing new bacteria to fall off with the shavings.
  • Everyone hates to throw out good lipstick; one way to avoid being wasteful is to buy colors by season. You don’t have a need for coral lipstick during December, so resist the urge to buy it until April. When you buy winter shades in winter and summer shades in summer, you save your makeup from sitting in your makeup bag unused for months.
  • Another simple tip is to keep products out of the sun. Heat and humidity can ruin your makeup, so store them in a cool, dry, and dark place.
  • If you want to get the most out of your powder products, invest in a cosmetic sanitizing spray or mist of 70% isopropyl alcohol.  Spray onto the pan every month or so.
  • Applying your makeup with a brush, not your finger, keeps the germs from your hands out of your products. And while we’re on the theme of germs, don’t share makeup with other people. 
  • Clean your brushes regularly.  Dipping dirty brushes into the product just moves bacteria from one place to another.
Expiration: a few products have actual expiration dates, some have an indicator of how many months the product will be good once opened, but most have nothing (although we wish they did). As a general rule of thumb, the following are the average expiration dates for makeup products for once they’ve been opened and exposed to air:
  • Lipstick: 1 year
  • Eyeshadow: 2 years
  • Lip gloss: 1 year
  • Blush & Bronzer: 2 years
  • Eyeshadow Primer: 1 year
  • Mascara: 3 to 6 months
  • Exfoliates: 1 year
  • Lip pencils and Eyeliners: 1 year. Liquid eyeliner can be kept up to 12 months. You can keep pencil eyeliners essentially until they run out or the tip turns white or gray -- this can be a sign of mold. You can prevent this from happening, however, by sharpening the tip periodically, causing new bacteria to fall off with the shavings.
  • Mascara should be tossed every three months as the eyes are especially susceptible to infections.
  • Moisturizers When it comes to moisturizer, the life span really depends on the packaging. If it has an airless pump, you can probably keep your moisturizer for over a year. If it is in a jar, toss it before a year is up because you are constantly introducing new bacteria into the jar every time you scoop the product out with your hands.
  • Sunscreen can last up to three years if kept in a cool, dry, place. This is almost never the case, however, as people tend to take sunscreen to the beach and leave it on a towel or in a hot car. When exposed to heat, the chemicals in sunscreen can break down and either won't work or will make your skin break out, so Bowe recommends tossing your product before that happens.
  • Foundations
  • Liquid foundation usually lasts between a year and a year-and-a-half if stored in a cool, dry, place away from direct sunlight. If you notice that your product is separating into different phases or layers, this means it's time to toss it.
  • Powder foundations should last a few months longer than liquid foundations, or up to 18 months, if stored in the same conditions and in a sealed container. If you leave powder foundation open, however, it goes bad much more quickly. Powders are made with binding agents that absorb moisture, and if you leave the powder open, it dries out and won't work as well, and you may have to toss it much sooner than 18 months.
  • Retinol creams can last about a year if stored in a glass container and away from sunlight, as most retinols are light-sensitive, meaning if you keep them near a window they can break down quickly.
  • Vitamin C serums vary dramatically when it comes to stability, and are especially sensitive and break down quickly when exposed to light or air. They key is to keep a close eye on your serum: once it starts changing color (such as going from clear to brown), it is time to toss it. The best rule of thumb...if in doubt, toss it!