Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Beauty Care Choices at the hair show!

Here in beautiful northern California, Beauty Care Choices attended the first ever NorCal Beauty Expo 2019.  We all had such fun sharing tips, giving demonstrations, and meeting with others in the beauty industry.  It's all part of our ongoing efforts to keep our customers up-to-date on the newest innovations and trends in beauty care!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Surprises Mom will Love!

Mother's Day is May 12th this year. 
Whether she is Mom, Mama or Mommy, she's played a very important role in our lives  We celebrate her each year with phone calls, cards, flowers & gifts; but, do you know how this holiday got started?

Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world, and Mother’s Day 2019 occurs on Sunday, May 12, in the United States. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar.

While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit.

Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.

In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.  (Trivia:  More phone calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year.  These chats with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37%!)

At times, Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.

Check out our new Mother's Day giveaway!  Winning our new giveaway would be fun and a special treat for Mom, we also have special beauty products perfect for Mom on sale now!  Since you can't count on being the lucky winner, how about one of these to make Mom very special.  They're all on sale - 30% off!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week.

Redken Nature + Science Brand Line 

Combining the power of nature with the performance of Redken, Nature + Science provides an innovative, no compromise alternative to Redken's cult favorite haircare ranges. Redken's Nature + Science range uses high performance ingredients, naturally-sourced from nature to deliver amazing results with a clean feel.  Three different formulas.

HAIRtamin 24K Gold Pure Beauty Oil

Give yourself a healthy glow with this beauty oil. A luxurious 24K gold beauty oil that is enriched with sweet almond oil and vitamins C & E to hydrate, nourish and add radiance! This lightweight oil is designed with a multi-purpose formula to use not only on hair and face but also nails and body! Suitable for all hair types.

Get it now!


Wella Invigo Brilliance Booster

Give your hair color that extra boost of color vibrancy with this brilliance booster. Made with vitamin E and a brilliant dual blend to enhance the hair color to leave it vibrant and shiny.  Just lightly spritz and let it glow!

Buy now!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Celebrate your Superhero!

National Superhero Day is observed annually on April 28.  This is a day to honor superheroes, both real and fictional.
Batman, Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Hulk and Spiderman are just some of the superheroes whose names we recognize.  Even though they are fictional, these superheroes are great role models for our children.  They serve and protect while fighting evil.
Real-life superheroes may not have super powers or wear capes, but they are also great role models who serve and protect while fighting evil.  Military personnel, police officers and firefighters are just a few of the heroes who protect us on a daily basis. 

Then there are the super-heroes of our daily life.  It could be a Mother, Father, sibling, friend, teacher or ???  They have shaped our lives or influenced us in ways that have empowered us.  Their contribution, advice & love have made our life a little richer, more joyful or successful.

Tomorrow is the perfect day to celebrate the superhero in your life.
Take your favorite superhero to lunch and say thank you for all they do. Post photos on social media using #NationalSuperheroDay.  Send flowers or just a thank you e-mail to that special person, telling them how much you appreciate them and their contribution to your life.

Friday, April 26, 2019


CHI (Cationic Hydration Interlink) 
CHI is an amazing brand, with so many collections of hair care designed for every hair need. CHI has everything from shampoo to hair dryers.  Their products even styled 2018 Miss Universe!

CHI 44 Iron Guard unique line of thermal protecting products that builds hair’s strength and increases its ability to resist heat damage from styling tools.

CHI Argan Oil luxurious hair care system featuring a unique blend of Argan oil, Moringa oil and CHI ceramic compound, naturally derived to rejuvenate and hydrate dull, frizzy and damaged hair.

CHI Deep Brilliance combines the rich hydration of Olive Oil with Monoi Oil’s unique blend of Coconut Oil and Tiare Gardenia flowers that helps strengthen hair while reversing damage and protecting hair from future damage

CHI Enviro It eliminates up to 95% of frizz while making curly hair manageable. It instantly adds amazing shine, silkiness and condition to the hair.

CHI Infra CHI 44 Ceramic and Cationic Hydration Interlink. It provides moisture and strength by interlocking vital moisture and strength in the inner structure of the hair.

CHI Keratin highly sophisticated compound replenishes and protects hair’s natural keratin protein, dramatically improving elasticity and preventing future breakage, while adding intense hydration that restores softness and shine.

CHI Luxury Black Seed Oil a luxurious haircare experience with the ability to rejuvenate, revitalize, and fortify hair with Black Seed Dry Oil. This exotic oil known for its rich healing properties helps to revitalize hair for soft, supple and shiny results.

CHI Magnified Volume developed specifically for fine hair to boost the volume, body and long lasting fullness with style retention. A complex blend of ceramic and a rich blend of proteins penetrates each strand from the inside out to provide strength with ultimate shine

CHI Miss Universe - Style Illuminate is specifically engineered to take your look from day to night, up-do to loose waves. This complete styling line offers pliable products that allow you to rework, mold, and create several hairstyles in one day. A specially formulated blend of vitamins and oils enhance volume and provide hold for multiple styles without adding buildup

CHI Olive Organics is designed to bring ancient philosophies of health and beauty together with the power of certified organic extra virgin olive oil and botanical ingredients. Pure and rich in anti-oxidants, olives aid in strengthening hair by helping to protect against damage. A unique blend of botanical ingredients prevent split ends for healthy, shiny hair.

CHI Power Plus Renewing haircare maintenance system that is specifically formulated to care for the foundation of healthy hair and scalp. Exfoliates, nourishes and revitalizes the scalp keeping it in optimum condition to promote fuller, denser-looking hair.

CHI Rose Hip Oil Color Nurture A scientifically formulated color maintenance system, Rose Hip Oil naturally moisturizes hair while keeping the cuticle closed and locking in hair color. Naturally high in antioxidants and Vitamin C to boost color’s vibrancy and shine for long-lasting, salon-fresh color maintenance.

CHI Royal Treatment gives you everything you need to achieve beautiful hair using the finest quality ingredients. Achieve perfect balance and harmony with rare and exotic ingredients of White Truffle and Pearl, which have been coveted by the nobility of ancient civilizations and since for their amazing effect on hair and skin.

CHI Tea Tree Oil offers the invigorating and soothing benefits of Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil which work together to remove impurities and excess scalp build up, balance scalp oils, and maintain ideal moisture levels. Promoting optimal hair health the unique ingredient blend also stimulates the scalp and provides a refreshing and energized sensation.

Innovation in styling - the CHI Lava Spin n Curl Waves

Who styled the hair of Miss Universe 2018 contestants and the winner Miss Philippines Catriona Gray.   CHI!

About CHI Hair Care
Farouk Shami

Farouk Systems, Inc. is a Houston based company of hairdressers for hairdressers, known for manufacturing high-quality professional hair care products under the industry-leading brands: SunGlitz®, CHI® and BioSilk®. The company was founded in 1986 by Farouk Shami a hairdresser whose mission is to provide the professional beauty industry with the most advanced American technology based upon “Education, Environment and Innovation”.

Mr. Shami is the owner of 27 patents creating the world’s first ammonia-free hair color. He was also the first to use silk proteins in the creation of the BioSilk Silk Therapy Line and invented the very first CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Iron. He is known for revolutionizing the hair industry with NASA technology while creating a safer and healthier work place and environment for both stylists and consumers.

The company provides the beauty industry with the latest innovations to a wide-range of markets through multiple successful product lines and the finest educational support to better serve hairdressers and their clients.

Farouk Systems Inc. has a long standing commitment to create and manufacture the finest hair care products and styling tools that are environmentally responsible and adhering to the highest ethical standards. Currently, the company has over 2,000 employees and product distribution throughout the United States and to over 144 countries worldwide.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Your friend...the bobby pin!

The bobby pin!  It's been around forever and is quite possibly the most used--and misused--hair accessory of all time. And for good reason: It's cheap and it gets the job done (sometimes). If you find yourself using a gazillion pins to secure a simple twist or you find them everywhere but your head by the end of the night, you're not using them correctly. Here, three easy tricks to finally get a hold of things.
1. Coat pins first. Dole out a fine mist of dry shampoo or hair spray before sliding them in. The spray will give the pins--and thus, your hair--something extra to hold onto.
2. Insert pins wavy side down. The grooved ridges are designed to pick up hair, while the flat side locks it all into place (and looks prettier from the outside).
3. Crisscross them. This is especially helpful for those with fine hair. Do steps one and two, then finish up by inserting the pins one on top of another to really anchor everything in.

FUN FACTS: Why is it called a bobby pin? In 1899 the bobby pin came into wide use as the hairstyle known as the "bob cut" or "bobbed hair" took hold. It was invented in Paris by Luis Marcus. In the 1920s, it became trendy for women to cut their hair short and set it tightly against the head in a wavy pattern called bobbed hair. By the end of the decade 90% of North American women adopted this new fashion trend, and the number of beauty salons in the United States had increased from 5,000 to 23,000 to keep up with demand. Until then, most people cut and set their hair at home. Bobby pins were so inexpensive that everyone could afford to buy them. A trademark on the term "bobbie pin" was held for some decades by Smith Victory Corporation of Buffalo, New York. The term is now in common usage and therefore is no longer a valid trademark

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Graying hair is one of the most common and inevitable signs of aging we experience—yet it’s also one of the most mysterious. We all know someone who started graying in her early 20s while others don’t go gray until their 60s or later. We've also shuddered at our first grey hair. So, why does hair turn gray — or even white sometimes? And why does it happen for some people sooner than others?

Well, to start, stress isn’t a factor. I know—mind blown. According to WebMD, various studies have found that, contrary to popular belief, extreme stress won’t cause your hair to go gray prematurely.
In fact, hair doesn’t actually “turn” gray. Once a hair follicle produces hair, the color is set. If a single strand of hair starts out brown (or red or black or blond), it is never going to turn gray. Your hair follicles just produce less color (melanin) as they age, so when hair goes through its natural cycle of dying and being regenerated, it’s more likely to grow in as gray beginning after age 35. Genetics can play a role in when this starts.

While being under stress can’t turn your hair gray, stress can trigger a common condition called telogen effluvium, which causes hair to shed at about three times faster than normal. The hair grows back, so the condition doesn’t cause balding. But if you’re middle-aged and your hair is falling out and regenerating more quickly because of stress, it’s possible that the hair that grows in will be gray instead of its original color.

And though there’s not much definitive proof of what does cause hair to turn gray, there are a few commonly believed reasons.

Melanin Production: The pigment in hair is called melanin, and it’s produced by cells in the hair bulb. As we age, the cells stop producing that pigment, causing our hair to grown in gray (with minimal melanin) and white (with no melanin).

Genetics: Many studies have shown that the time and extent of melanin decrease in hair is linked to genetics, and people are predisposed to go gray at or around a certain age. Also, in general, Caucasians start graying in their mid-30s, Asians in their late 30s, and African-Americans and Africans in their mid-40s.  Graying is considered to be premature if it happens before age 20 in white people, 25 in Asian people, and 30 in African people. 

Hydrogen Peroxide Build-Up: No, we’re not referring to the hydrogen peroxide that comes in a bottle: Hair cells actually make small amounts of hydrogen peroxide themselves. But over time, those amounts build up and  that may result in the growth of gray hair. Hydrogen peroxide buildup blocks the normal synthesis of melanin, thereby essentially bleaching your hair from the start. Another factor in this process is catalase, an enzyme produced by our bodies that breaks down hydrogen peroxide. But, with time, we produce less of the enzyme, which means there’s less of it to break down the hydrogen peroxide. 

Environmental Factors: Many studies have also found a link between various environmental factors and graying hair. Things like ultra-violet light exposure, nutritional deficiencies (primarily vitamin D3 and B vitamins), and even smoking can lead to premature loss of pigment in your hair. Yet another reason to quit smoking and eat your vitamins!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Skin Undertones and Hair Color

There are so many shades of natural hair color.  A brown can be light or dark, have subtle undertones of red or lean toward a deep, almost black shade.  Same with blondes and reds.  So, when it's time to color your hair, you first select a color; and these colors are pretty standard:

Level 1: Black
Level 2: Darkest (almost black) brown
Level 3: Very dark brown
Level 4: Dark brown
Level 5: Brown
Level 6: Light brown
Level 7: Dark blond
Level 8: Medium blond
Level 9: Blond
Level 10: Light blond

But next, you need to determine the tone of the hair color you select.  So, how do you determine the tone of the color.

Your skin tone (basically the color of your skin) tells you what tone your hair color should be.

Your skin tone contains underlying pigments. If you were born with black or brown hair, you will likely have warmer, earthy undertones in your skin like orange, brown, gold or orange-based red. If you were born with blonde hair, you probably have cooler skin undertones like blue, green, pink or blue-based red.

Hair color tones generally fall into three standard categories: warm, cool, and neutral. When hairstylists discuss color, or if you are choosing a color from a swatch book, the tones are often indicated with a letter. Here are examples of standard color tones:

Cool Tones
A: Ash
B: Beige
B: Blue
G: Green
V: Violet

Warm Tones
C: Copper
G: Gold
O: Orange
R: Red
W: Warm
RB: Brown/Red
RO: Red/Orange

Neutral Tone
N: Neutral—neither warm nor cool
    Those with warmer undertones in their skin will look better with a warmer hair color, like golden blondes or honey browns. Conversely, those with cooler undertones in their skin will look better with cooler hair colors, like ash blonde, black or auburn brown.

    Generally the makeup you are using should already tell you if you are a warm- or cool-toned person. But if you are unsure, look at a vein in your arm under natural light. If it appears green, then you have warm tones, if it is blue then you have cool-toned skin.

    Be aware that your skin tone changes as you age. Right before you turn gray, the hair gets a little darker. Your skin is preparing to lose pigment as you age. Then, when your hair turns gray, your skintone gets lighter.

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    The Pixie

    If you’ve got the confidence to pull it off, then you should seriously consider getting the pixie cut – one of the most stylish and stunning short haircuts around for women. 

    It’s a hairstyle we’ve loved seeing on our favorite celebs, from Carey Mulligan and Emma Watson, to Mia Farrow and Miley Cyrus. The cut just oozes personality and strength, and can be paired with any look from red carpet elegance to a wilder, punkier style. And it’s a ‘do that has been around for a lot longer than you might think! Read on to find out more about the fascinating history of the hairstyle…

    The pixie cut: A history

    The flapper cut

    Short hair leapt into the mainstream around the ’20s, exuding charm and magnetism (as anyone who has a soft spot for Gatsby-esque sparkles and flapper dresses will know). The party-fuelled era saw the short haircut come into popularity as a symbol of women’s newly found independence. Having long hair meant being shackled to old stereotypes of femininity while the pixie cut (and many other short hairstyles) oozed fun and freedom!
    Audrey’s cut

    Along Came Audrey

    The decades that followed were all about longer locks – until the ’50s, that is, when the ultra charming, elfish Audrey Hepburn won the hearts of many women and inspired everyone with her utterly adorable curly short hairstyle in Roman Holiday. The pixie cut gave off a great, youthful vibe, with its soft waves and wispy fringe. Then Audrey debuted a more elegant take on the shorter ‘do in Sabrina. Bolder and more refined, this new look was closer to the pixie cut we all know and love today – a perfect style for her sophisticated, polished character.
    Mia’s modern pixie

    Mia & Rosemary's Baby

    Fast forward to the ’60s and the year when the movie Rosemary’s Baby was released. The horror film became a classic for all kinds of reasons (not least the whole creepy Devil baby thing). But one of the less eerie highlights of the movie had to be Mia Farrow’s cropped short hair. Her pixie cut looked fresh and innocent – and it turns out it was styled on set with a pair of nail scissors! Along with Mia, Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick were also rocking the pixie look, exuding its androgynous and revolutionary vibes.

    Madonna’s transformation

    Is there any haircut the Queen of Pop hasn’t already tried? Madonna sported the pixie cut in the ’80s – changing her style after her whole platinum blonde/crucifixes phase. The haircut is all about making a bold, unmissable statement, and not only was she the perfect star to do so, but her new look suited her perfectly, too.

    Sunday, April 21, 2019

    WHAT'S NEW this week?

    We've been busy this week!  A new brand and two new products!

    Discover the benefits of CBD oil with Hemp Beauty. Beauty products that balance your body to promote wellness. All products are all natural, cruelty-free and are made of 99.9% pure, hemp-derived CBD oil. Hemp Beauty's focus is to balance the body, relieve pain, reduce inflammation and alleviate skin issues the organic way.


    Glide Hot Brush
    Quickly brush and style away with this hot brush. A professional hot brush that tames and smooths dry hair quickly and effortlessly for sleek and soft locks. Designed with ceramic technology with ioniser to heat up the brush consistently for optimum styling. Heats up to 185 degrees C and eliminates frizz. Its combination of high density short and longer bristles allow for large sections of the hair to be styled for salon smooth results! 


    Polish & Reunited Split End Mender

    Get those ends to look like you just got a fresh trim with this split end mender. A split end mender that works to smooth and polish down your ends for a sleek and beautiful appearance. Leaves ends with a natural shine and feeling as soft as can be.

    Saturday, April 20, 2019

    Haircuts that age you.

    There's nothing quite like a great haircut. That feeling when you can't stop catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror or running your hands through your new layers is priceless. Unfortunately, a bad hairstyle can cut through all that confidence and leave you looking older than you are. The good news is that it's pretty easy to update your look without a lot of time or money.

    Cat Lady Long
    All women can rock long hair… to a point. That being said, crazy long hair will always age you. Too long always ages a woman.  Once your hair has passed your ribs, it's officially making you look older.  If you love the long look, go for it! Just make sure your haircut does not go shorter in the front and longer in the back. In general, shorter in the front, longer in the back (unless you're going for a rocker mullet) tends to look dated. Keep everything pretty square or a bit longer in the front for shorter hairstyles.

    You can still have long hair, just add some layers that 
    softly frame the face.
    The Wrong Length
    If hair is thinning, going shorter is an option. f you've had long hair your entire life, it might be time to update to a lob.  Whatever you do, make sure your haircut has layers and depth.  The classic hairstyle that makes a woman look older and dowdy is the cut where everything is the same length all over, a few inches long. Then set with a small curling iron all over. Not cute or modern.

    The Same Style for a Decade (or longer)
    It's important to evolve — everything usually comes back around, but with a modern twist.

    The wrong Color
    Going too dark can add years to your look. Your hair color should complement your skin tone. If you have fair skin, jet black is not the best choice, and it's always a good idea to have more than one color to add depth and dimension. No matter your hair color, if you go up a shade or two, it will give the appearance of looking more youthful, but the placement of highlights is key. Have your hairstylist frame your face to brighten your complexion.
    Stick with softer colors, like golden blondes and gorgeous reds. The darker colors can be too severe and instantly add years to your face.  In addition to making you look older, dark colors show gray or white roots much faster than a more subtle color. By blending the color with highlights or a demi-permanent color, the color with grow out much better than a solid line and achieving a more natural look.

    A soft, face-framing log
    would take years off!
    Too much Volume
    While a little volume can be beautiful, going overboard will only age you. Because our hair tends to thin as we age, many of us worry about it looking too flat. Talk to your stylist about a great volumizing shampoo or flattering layers. Too often, a mature client thinks she must have height. Teased up hair can make anyone look older. Volume is different and can look modern and elegant.

    The wrong shampoo
    Your shampoo affects your hairstyle, and it may be making you look older. Shampoos for "normal hair types" are not the best option as you age.  You have to have the right tools and products for gorgeous hair. Grey and aging hair has unique characteristics that require a mask once a week, color protecting shampoo, thermal protectant, and more effort in the fight against frizz.

    Keep it healthy
    Damaged hair always looks older than it is, leaving the owner looking older than she is. It's important to keep up your natural sheen by taking good care of your locks. If you're noticing a lot of split ends, it's time to go to the salon for a cut.

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    Beware of Helmet head
    As we age, our hair thins, so it's tempting to whip out the hairspray and give yourself some serious volume. The problem is that too much hairspray gives you that stiff 80s look, so not youthful. 4"We all want to avoid it, yet this super stiff hairstyle, popularized by news anchors in the 1980s,a stiff hairstyle will always make you look years older.  Try using more versatile products that still let the hair move. If you're stuck in a windstorm and your hair doesn't move, it's time to move away from the hairspray.

    Avoid Slicked Back styles
    Rock your true hair texture and look without trying to pull it back into tight knots. This only makes you look older.  While hair that's loosely pulled back can be very flattering, tightly pulled buns and pony tails tend to put any wrinkles or imperfections front and center. As we age, it's best to work with your hair stylist to find a haircut and style that frames your face and plays up your best features.

    Friday, April 19, 2019


    Ask a curly girl about her hair and she’ll tell you about her life. She’ll tell you about her childhood, her family, her friends, and the way she sees herself in the mirror. She'll also tell you a few curly haired girls tales of woe! It's not easy to keep curly hair looking full of bounce & definition.  This type of hair tends to be dry and quickly gets frizzy with even the slightest humidity.

    Enter DevaCurl.  Curls bounce, shine, and behave with DevaCurl No-Poo and DevaCurl One Condition.  Depart from the ordinary with their botanically drenched, 100% sulfate free hair care system. Deva removed the harsh, dehydrating detergents that create lather and infused natural cleansing ingredients. 

    Just as with any other brand, DevaCurl has cleansing, conditioning and styling products.  The difference is all of their products are specifically made for curls.  Their gels help define and shine, their conditioners deeply moisturize and their sprays create flexible, frizz free hold.

    The fingered diffuser creates lift & body, is easy to 
    position at the crown, keeps curls frizz free.
    Deva Curl began in 1994 as Devachan Salon in New York City. They developed and trained their staff to understand the special needs of curly hair (it's not easy to keep those curls tamed). In 2002, Devachan launched their No-Poo cleanser, the first suds-free cleanser on the market. By 2006, they had expanded to include other products made especially to care for curly hair, including their signature DevaFuser hair dryer.

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    Selecting the Right Brush

    If you’ve had the same hair brush kicking around since college—and you gave about as much thought to picking it out as you did selecting toilet paper—you’re probably not doing your hair any favors. Not only is your hair nearly as unique as your fingerprints, but it changes as you age, which means one brush definitely does not fit all.

    The right combination of bristles, barrels, and brush shapes can unlock the best hair of your life. The right brush can be the tool you've been missing to achieve gorgeous hair that moves and grows with you. Here’s how to choose the best for your hair, plus how to boost its styling and staying powers.

    There are essentially three parts to each brush:
    • Brush Shape
    • Brush Barrel
    • Brush Bristle
    Selecting the right combination that works for your style generally isn't a "one size fits all" answer.  That's why most women have at least three different brushes.

    Brush Shapes

    Brush shape: Paddle
    Best for: Creating volume and curl
    Paddle brushes (sometimes called flat brushes) are meant to create a straight look that works on both long hair and straight-styled bobs. They’re usually made of nylon bristles and are used to dry larger areas to a flat, smooth finish.

    Achieve the smooth look: Hold in the more comfortable hand with the bristles up and direct the hair dryer pointing down the hair to smooth the cuticle and dry on a downward direction. It should be used only to dry from the nape to the crown, and then the sides to the top from roots to ends. Grab a round brush for the front of your hair to shape the pieces that frame your face.

    Brush shape: Round
    Best for: Adding serious height and supporting up-dos.
    Round brushes are made to give you body and movement wherever you need it—be it volume at the root, a bend in the middle of the hair, or a nice natural curl at the bottom. The size of the barrel will dictate how much curl or volume can be achieved.

    If you have short hair or bangs, choose a smaller brush for those areas. The bigger the brush, the straighter the look you’ll achieve. The high temp from your blow-dryer will heat up the barrel, effectively turning your brush into a curling iron.

    Use a round brush to create volume:  hook the brush under a 2-inch section of hair at the root, and lift as you roll it through to the ends—all the while following the brush with the dryer. Keep the nozzle above your brush and pointed down to increase shine.

    For the perfect blowout curl:  grip the brush and run through the hair from the middle to the end, turning the hair in the direction of your face and follow with the blow dryer. Then, take the blow-dryer away from the hair and let it "cool" on the brush to set the curl. Gently pull the brush out of the hair and resist pulling at it with your fingers. Spray and allow to set before finishing.

    Brush shape: Teasing
    Best for: Daily use
    Teasing brushes are usually thin with rigid nylon or plastic bristles. Use one on the root area in a gentle back-brushing motion to add volume that'll last through the night. Smooth over the top layer for a sweeping updo or a professional half-up style. And the pointed end? Great for separating sections and creating exact parts. However, we don’t recommend using this brush if you have fine or fragile hair.

    Brush Barrels
    The right type of barrel can give you a shiny, frizz-free finish when you blow-dry your hair, which is especially helpful if you have curly, dull or damaged hair, Plus, picking the best barrel for your buck can speed up the drying process. Each of these different materials has benefits for different hair types.  Barrel sizes range from very small to extra large.  Your hair style and the amount of curl you want will help you select the right size (or maybe even 2 different sizes.)

    Barrel type: Ceramic
    Best for: Sore hands, damaged strands, and long hair
    Ceramic is the most popular barrel material. Much like ceramic cookware, ceramic barrels maintain a gentle, healthy level of heat to aid in the drying process.

    Most ceramic brushes have holes through the barrel to allow both sides of the hair to dry, so you get a speedy and consistent blowout every time.

    Barrel type: Tourmaline
    Best for: Medium, thick, and coarse Hair
    Sometimes called ion brushes, tourmaline barrel brushes are made from crushed gemstones that release negative ions. These ions help smooth hair and reduce static electricity—great for winter months. For the best blowout, experts are in agreement: Use ceramic and tourmaline combo brushes.

    Barrel types: Titanium, thermal, and vented
    Best for: Fine to medium strands
    There are a few variations on the ceramic and tourmaline brushes:
    Titanium brushes coated with ceramic provide similar benefits to a ceramic brushes, but are slightly more lightweight.  A “thermal” brush means it aims to regulate the heat to protect hair, much like ceramic.
    Vented flat brushes are good for smoothing while you detangle, and vented round brushes have holes to distribute the heat for consistency throughout your blowout.

    Brush Bristles
    Your choice of brush always depends on your hair type. Most hair types will benefit from a mixed bristle brush—half nylon, half boar.

    But here’s the tricky part: The color and texture of your hair changes with age. If your hair has become thin or dry, we suggest a natural bristle brush. A natural bristle brush will help redistribute sebum from the scalp which, in turn, moisturizes the lengths of the hair. These bristles also work to stimulate the scalp, which promote healthy hair growth.

    Bristle type: Boar
    True boar bristle brushes are made from 100% natural (humanely cultivated) wild boar hair. They should be tightly packed together and feel stiff, but with some flexibility. These bristles distribute oils evenly throughout strands and are great for achieving a smooth, shiny blowout. The downside? They come at a bit of a price compared to synthetic bristles.

    If you have thick, course hair that requires tug to achieve fullness, boar bristle brushes are worth the investment. They make styling easier and promote shine and smoothness—benefits almost everyone wants.  If you have fine hair and own one of these brushes, your investment isn’t lost; boar bristles can add volume to fine and normal hair types—as long as your brush has a nice natural give.

    Bristle type: Nylon
    Nylon bristles are less expensive than boar brushes, but still effective. The bristles are usually spaced farther apart than boar and achieve a medium to strong grip on all hair types, especially those with medium density or finer strands, says Arrojo. The better the grip, the smoother and straighter your style will be. If brushes tend to get stuck in your hair mid-twirl or you suffer from serious static issues, try a brush that combines nylon and boar bristles.

    Bristle type: Plastic
    Plastic and synthetic bristles are your general, all-purpose brushes. The bristles are incredibly strong, made for working through larger areas of medium to thick hair. These are a “first step” kind of brush; best for detangling and preliminary blow-drying. When you’ve removed most of the excess water, switch to a round boar or nylon brush for styling, smoothing, and adding shine.

    Brush maintenance
    Like your hair, the brush itself needs some TLC to stay in tip-top shape. Dust, oil, and product build up and can get trapped in your brush, making your hair look dull while not providing the bristles with enough grip to style your hair properly. Here’s how to care for it:
    • Remove hair from the bristles with your fingers, or use scissors to cut out larger clumps.
    • Clean your brush about every two weeks: Fill a small bowl with warm water and shampoo, swish the brushes around, rinse thoroughly, and then lay flat, bristle side down, to dry or wipe with a paper towel.
    • Replace your brush when the bristles are fraying. 
    • A good quality brush should last about three years, maybe longer, if it is well-maintained.

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019


    Henna has been used throughout Africa, India and the Middle East for thousands of years. It is a useful dye that has historically been used to dye hair and fabrics. Most people will associate henna with tattoos, however, which is only fair given that henna tattoos are very popular across the world and particularly so in Indian and Chinese culture.

    Getting a temporary tattoo might seem like a fun way to remember an experience, however just because the tattoo is temporary does not mean that it isn’t going to be harmful.

    Henna for body decorations is made by drying the leaves of a henna plant and crushing them into a fine powder. Water and a little oil is then added to make it into a paste. The paste is applied to the body and it stains the top layer of the skin. The average person will have their temporary tattoo for one to three weeks, or sometimes up to a month.

    Because henna typically produces a brown, orange-brown, or reddish-brown tint, other ingredients must be added to produce other colors, such as those marketed as "black henna" and "blue henna." Even brown shades of products marketed as henna may contain other ingredients intended to make them darker or make the stain last longer on the skin.  It is very important, therefore, to make sure ALL of the ingredients in the product being applied are safe.

    The extra ingredient used to blacken henna is often a coal-tar hair dye containing p-phenylenediamine (PPD), an ingredient that can cause dangerous skin reactions in some people. That's the reason hair dyes have a caution statement and instructions to do a "patch test" on a small area of the skin before using them. Sometimes, the artist may use a PPD-containing hair dye alone. Either way, there's no telling who will be affected. By law, PPD is not permitted in cosmetics intended to be applied to the skin.

    The bottom line

    Black henna is dangerous and you will put yourself at immense risk should you choose to have one on your body. The main ingredient of black henna, paraphenylenediamine, is a chemical which can poison the skin and cause a severe allergic reaction.
    In the United States, Henna is approved by the FDA only for use as a hair dye. It is not approved for direct application to the skin, as in the body-decorating process known as mehndi. This unapproved use of a color additive makes these products adulterated. It is unlawful, for example, to introduce an adulterated cosmetic into interstate commerce.