Wednesday, July 31, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Common Scalp Problems


Dandruff, put simply, is the hyper-production of skin cells often linked to P. Ovale Fungus. Skin cells are produced and shed too quickly which causes flakes of dead skin to fall off the scalp. Millions of people have this chronic disorder. The unmistakable symptoms of dandruff are white, oily-looking flakes of dead skin covering the hair and shoulders, and an itchy, scaly scalp.  

Dandruff can almost always be controlled, but dandruff treatment may take some trial and error. In general, daily cleansing with a gentle shampoo to reduce oiliness and skin cell buildup can often help mild dandruff.  When regular shampoos fail, dandruff shampoos may succeed. But dandruff shampoos aren't all alike, and you may need to experiment until you find one that works for you. 
  • Pyrithione zinc shampoos. These contain the antibacterial and antifungal agent zinc pyrithione. This type of shampoo can reduce the fungus on your scalp that can cause dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Tar-based shampoos. Coal tar, a byproduct of the coal manufacturing process, helps conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. It slows how quickly skin cells on your scalp die and flake off. If you have light-colored hair, this type of shampoo may cause discoloration.
  • Shampoos containing salicylic acid. These "scalp scrubs" help eliminate scale, but they may leave your scalp dry, leading to more flaking. Using a conditioner after shampooing can help relieve dryness.
  • Selenium sulfide shampoos. These shampoos slow your skin cells from dying and may also reduce malassezia (a yeast fungus). Because they can discolor blond, gray or chemically colored hair, be sure to use them only as directed, and rinse well after shampooing.
  • Ketoconazole shampoos. Ketoconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that may work when other shampoos fail. It's available over-the-counter as well as by prescription.

Oily Scalp

Oily scalp is a problematic condition that can lead to greasy hair, dandruff or a skin disorder known as seborrheic dermatitis. Excess oiliness, also known as seborrhea, is one of the most common scalp conditions. Oily scalp often results from an excess production of your skin’s natural oils, or sebum. This can cause your hair and scalp to feel greasy or dirty, even if you’ve recently washed your hair.  

To treat oiliness the solution may be shampooing less. That may sound counterintuitive, but it works. That's because shampoo strips your hair of oil, and the more you use it, the more sebum your scalp produces in response.  Also, avoid highly moisturizing hair products or leave-in conditioners and oils. All of the above not only make hair greasier, but they attract particles in the air, which weigh strands down and make them appear dirtier.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, chronic inflammatory skin disorder, generally confined to areas where sebaceous (oil) glands are most prominent. The condition is not harmful or contagious, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Although the cause is unknown, several contributing factors may play a role: abnormality of the oil glands and hair follicles, a yeast fungus with bacteria growing in the sebum, production of certain hormones, stress, change of seasons and fatigue.

Seborrheic dermatitis may go away without treatment. Or you may need many repeated treatments before the symptoms go away. And they may return later. Daily cleansing with a gentle soap and shampoo can help reduce oiliness and dead skin buildup. Selenium sulfide shampoos can also help. If the problem persists you should see a doctor, especially if you suspect your skin is infected or if other steps you've taken have not worked.

Dry Scalp

Characterized by a tight feeling scalp and dry skin flakes falling from the scalp. The most common causes of dry scalp are climate, swimming pools, sun exposure, and harsh shampoos that dissolve the natural sebum on the scalp and remove moisture.

Your first step should be to use a gentle hydrating shampoo and a hydrating leave-in conditioner.  You can also try using a hydrating mask weekly until symptoms subside.


Psoriasis is a chronic skin and scalp disease of scaling and inflammation. It occurs when skin cells quickly multiply below the surface of the skin and accumulate on the surface before they have a chance to mature. Usually, skin cell turnover takes about a month, but with psoriasis the process occurs in only a few days. Typical Psoriasis results in patches of thick red, inflamed skin covered with silvery scales referred to as plaques which usually itch and feel sore. Psoriasis is believed to be caused primarily by an immune system disorder, genetics, infections, stress, or medication.

A dermatologist usually can diagnose psoriasis by reviewing your medical history and examining your skin, scalp and nails. Although it’s typically not necessary, your doctor also may recommend a biopsy. For this procedure, a small sample of your skin is removed and examined under a microscope to rule out other skin disorders. If you have psoriasis, your dermatologist will talk with you about your treatment options. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, and, currently, there’s no cure. But, treatment can reduce symptoms by stopping the skin cells from growing so quickly. Therapies also can be used to remove scaly patches and smooth your skin.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tips for a perfect Blow Dry

Is this you? "When my hair is blown dry in the salon, it always looks so healthy and shiny, but when I do it at home, I sometimes end up with a bunch of frizz and hair that looks dried out. Help!"  

Proper blow drying is gentle on your hair and leaves your hair with bounce and luster. Make sure your dryer has an adjustable temperature (at least, hot, medium & cool) and air stream (at least, high or low). Below are some other tips that will help you get the "salon quality" blow-dry you are look for. Pay special attention to's one of the best tips and the least used!
  1. If at all possible, don't use the high heat settings of your blow-dryer. The air stream should feel comfortable on the back of your hand.
  2. Keep your distance! Keep the hair dryer at least 8 inches away from your hair.
  3. If your hair is fine you should set the air stream to low. Otherwise, you may end up with tangles in your hair.
  4. Blow-dry every individual hair strand from the roots to the ends. This technique provides smooth cuticle layers, which are the basis for healthy, shiny, and well-protected hair.
  5. You should keep the blow-dryer moving constantly to avoid applying too much heat in a single spot. We recommend dividing the hair in several portions and securing the strands with large hair clips or grips. Work your way up blow-drying your hair from the neckline to the crown of your head so that you don't hit the same strand of hair multiple times.
  6. Most of us have to somehow live with the morning rush. Whenever you must speed up drying your hair use a higher setting for the air stream, not for the heat.
  7. Always use a heat protectant. These products help prevent blow-drying damage.
  8. Try not to blow-dry your hair immediately after shampooing. Ideally, you should allow your hair to first dry for 15 minutes under a towel turban. This saves effort and also cuts down on the hair exposure to the blow-dryer.
  9. The diffuser attachment of your blow-dryer spreads out a more even air stream. This also prevents exposing individual strands of hair to too much heat.
  10. Once you are done blow-drying your hair, briefly apply a stream of cool air. This cooling step gives your hair more elasticity.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Curling Irons

Curling Irons - so many types to choose from, so many ways to use them.  It's a challenge.  Using a curling iron incorrectly or the wrong type of iron for the curl you want can lead to hair damage or style disaster or both.  So, what's the answer.  Read on to find what's the best curling iron for your style.

Spring Curling Iron

This curling iron type is the most common & best known because it is easy to use because it holds hair in place during curling. You get uniformity in curl shape - a perfect spiral from root to tip.  It is usually made of ceramic or tourmaline.

Depending on the barrel sizes (generally from .75 inches to 1.5 inches), you can opt for any type of styling from firm spiral curls to beachy waves.  However, spring curling irons produce a more polished and sculptured curl. For women with dry and undernourished hairs, this type of curling irons is the best due to highly nutritive barrels.

Clipless Styling Wand

A regular, or cylindrical, curling wand is essentially a curling iron without the clip. Instead of sliding the hair around the barrel, under the clip, you just wrap your hair around it and hold it there for a few seconds to get a curl.  These are exceptionally easy to use, although they are a little more dangerous. You’ll be handling the hair directly over the heated element, so be sure to use caution.

These are great for large curls, which you can also brush out into waves. We also recommend them for anyone with longer or thicker hair. The larger surface area and better control can help you judge if you’re getting a curl that will hold down the length of your hair.

One potential downside, is that you may end up with a little “tail” at the end of the curl. Tails occur because it can be difficult to get the very ends of your hair wrapped around the barrels when you’re holding them. For everyday use, this isn’t really a problem, and when you get the hang of using a wand, you’ll be able to make it less noticeable. However, if you want and absolutely perfect finish, you may want to stick to a curling iron.

Tapered/Conical Wands

A tapered, or conical, wand is basically a regular curling wand that starts out wide and then gets narrow towards the top.  These are great for anyone who has short hair, or for anyone who likes to change up their curls.

Because of the barrel shape, you can do multiple curl styles with one device. If you wrap your hair towards the base, you’ll get larger curls. Wrapping your hair towards the tip will get you tighter curls. If you use the whole barrel, tapered wands give you a wide curl on top, that becomes a tight spiral at the bottom. It’s a more natural look than the perfect, consistent shape of a regular barrel or traditional iron.

These are also perfect for short hair, as you can utilize only the top portion of the barrel to curl your hair. You won’t have to restrict yourself to thin curling wands just because you don’t have enough hair to wrap around the barrel.

Marcel Curling Irons

These the top list of the experts’ choice as these curling irons allow the experts or users to curl or make waves according to their own wish. A marcel curling iron is a tool with a barrel joined with a shell. Marcel curling iron has a shaft that lets the users rotate the curling iron according to their desired directions.

Mastering the Marcel takes patience and practice, which is why it is most often used by professional stylists.  Because the clip rotate a full 365 degrees around the rod, once you've secured the ends of your hair, you can use your fingers to roll the rod up the hair shaft.  The marcel iron is great for a careful finish - like those old-Hollywood glamour waves.

Rotating Curling Irons

The concept behind all the best rotating curling irons is pretty similar. You place a portion of your hair into the iron, sliding down the hair shaft as you curl, and the iron automatically rotates, providing a consistent and even curl all along the strands. Rotating curling irons come in a variety of barrel sizes, and many can even be used to create a range of styles. However, rotating curling irons are best for straight or slightly wavy hair types that don't easily become tangled.

Rotating irons from as a straight barrel with various methods for holding hair in place or that feed hair though the device.  A good rotating curling iron will create curls quickly and in different directions for a more naturally curly look.

Specialty Curling Wands

These are great tools for those that want to "play" or want a specific type of curl.  From crimpers to wavers or spirals, the right tool can make creating the right look easier.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week

Dry Texturizing Spray
Liven  up your hair with a little added volume and texture with this spray! A texturizing spray made with natural zeolite and silica to absorb unwanted oils from the hair to achieve a textured, volumized look. Creates a brush-able body and refreshes your style with just the right amount of hold.

This is the same brand that brought you Puff.Me - the volumizing mist that had beauty buzzing two years ago.


Style and repair your hair with this duo! Comes with the Paul Mitchell Neuro Reshape Memory Styler and Neuro Restore - HeatCTRL Overnight Repair to pamper and nourish your hair. Memory styler works to reshape your hair, allowing you to go from curls to straight to wavy with no product reapplication. Overnight repair treats your hair from thermal damage as you sleep to wake up to less breakage and oh so healthy hair!


Marilyn Monroe Collection. Morgan Taylor will open your eyes to a world of beautiful, gorgeous, and sophisticated colors! These boundary-breaking lacquers are perfect for expressing every mood, attitude and personal style.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Adding Volume to Fine/Limp Hair

What creates hair Volume?

The number of hairs per square inch of scalp.  More hairs equals greater volume.
The thickness of each hair.   The greater the diameter of each hair, the more volume you will have.
The flexibility of each hair (known as the bending modulus) . This is essentially a measurement of the stiffness of each hair fiber. Fibers that are stiffer will stand up more on their own contributing to greater volume. Fibers with a low bending modulus will tend to be floppy and limp.
The interaction between hair fibers. Friction between hair fibers can increase volume because the hair fibers will rub against each other more and sort of lock into the position. This is why the old trick of back combing or teasing your hair works so well to add volume. It lifts the cuticles and creates a rough surface so the hairs snag against each other to create a more voluminous network of fibers.

 What is a hair volumizer?
    A hair volumizer is a hair styling product that adds volume and body to thin or flat hair. Often in the form of shampoos, conditioners or mousses, hair volumizers temporarily give flat hair some much-needed thickness. Some hair volumizers are also found in the forms of hair sprays, pomades, hair masks and thickening creams.
How does it work?
    Hair volumizers contain humectants that swell the hair shaft, temporarily making it look thicker. Polymers in the hair volumizers coat each strand, also adding to the thicker look. A humectant is a non-oily substance that pulls in moisture from the surrounding environment and attracts it to the hair strand. The increased moisture also helps each strand of hair look thicker. These ingredients give hair body, bounce and fullness.  That is also why your hair feels and looks fuller after it is dyed.

What types of products make your hair appear to have more volume?
  • Hair volumizers are relatively easy to use, depending on what form. A hair volumizing shampoo and conditioner are used just like regular shampoo and conditioners. Volumizing shampoos help in two ways: They should remove residue form stylers and conditioners that can rob your hair of volume. They can also deposit small amounts of stiffening polmyers that help give the hair more body. They are more effective if you don’t over-condition your hair after shampooing.
  • Volumizing sprays and mousses are worked into dry or wet hair, while hair masks are left in wet hair for a few minutes to give it body and fullness.
  • Hair care products that improve hair stiffness will give your hair a plump. Polymers can provide a temporary coating that give the hair more rigidity. This is how volumizing styling products like mousses work.
  • Dry shampoos do a good job of increasing interaction between hair fibers because they deposit powder. The tiny particles of starch and talc rub against each other increasing friction and therefore improving volume.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Best blush for your skin tone

There is an art to choosing the best blush shade for your skin tone. All too often blush is overlooked; many women simply use a pink shade they like on a color chart or package. You know adding a hint of color to the apples of your cheeks can keep you looking fresh-faced all day, so let's find you the best color.

When to Wear Warm and Cool Blush Tones
There’s a simple trick to deciding whether to wear a warm or cool tone blush. For a natural look, choose a blush with the same undertone as your skin. If you want a bold looking blush, pick one with the opposite undertone as your skin. Therefore, If you have a warm skin tone (a yellow undertone), choose warm blush shade for a natural look and a cool blush shade for a pop of color. Vice versa if you have a cool skin tone (a pink undertone).

Fair/Light Skin
When you have fair/light skin, your best blush shades are soft pink, light coral, and peach.
  • For ladies, with light skin tones and cool or pink undertones, you should wear the soft pink shades for a natural look and the peach/coral shades for a pop of color.
  • If you have a light skin tone and warm or golden undertones, try wearing the peachy coral shades for a natural look and the soft pink blushes for a pop of color.
Light Olive to Olive Skin 
Your lovely skin needs a touch of peach, pale apricot, sheer or tawny rose.
  • If you have cool or pink undertones you should lean toward the rose colors for a soft, gentle glow.
  • Those with warm, golden undertones should look to the peachy tones.
Medium Skin
For those with a medium skin tone, try rich pink, warm mauve, and deep peach blush shades.
  • If your undertones are cool or pink undertones, you should wear the rich pink or mauve shades for a natural look and the deep peach shades for a pop of color.
  • Ladies with warm or golden undertones should wear the deep peach shades for a natural look and the rich pink or mauve blushes for a pop of color.

Dark Skin
Women with dark skin look wonderful in deep fuchsia, berry, warm brown, raisin and tangerine blush shades. Cream blushes are a great way to get high-impact color that still looks natural.
  • If you have cool or pink undertones, wear the fuchsia or light berry shades for a natural look and the tangerine hues for a pop of color.
  • Those with warm or golden undertones, should wear the warm brown or tangerine shades for a natural look and the pinks and berries for a pop of color.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Staying hydrated

Scorching summer heat is upon us.  Staying hydrated is essential.  You may have heard the rule "drink 8 glasses of water per day." While it is a good rule of thumb, there is no scientific basis for this.  The amount of fluid you need each day depends on a number of factors, including level of activities, age and sex, types of medications you take, if you are breast feeding.  The best way to insure you are hydrated is to listen to your body.  If you are thirsty...drink!  The best way to drink is to take frequent sips all through the day.

Water is not the only way to keep your body hydrated.  The foods you consume can also add to the total water your body intakes.  It's plain to see that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can also help keep you hydrated.
Water content as a percentage (%) Food or drink
100% Water
90-99% Fat-free milk, tea, coffee, juicy fruits such as strawberries and cantaloupes, vegetables such as lettuce, celery, and spinach
80-89% Fruit juice, yogurt, fruits such as apples, pears and oranges, vegetables such as carrots, and cooked broccoli
70-79% Bananas, avocados, baked potatoes, cottage and ricotta cheeses
60-69% Pasta, beans, and peas, fish such as salmon, chicken breasts, and ice cream
30-39% Bread, bagels, and cheddar cheese
1-9% Nuts, chocolate cookies, crackers, cereals
0% Oils and sugars

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Quick tips for Nail lovers!

Love beautiful nails?  We do too! But painting them perfectly can be a bit tricky. are a few tips to help you achieve a perfect polish!
  • Three strokes are all you need. As you're painting your nails, it's best if you use three strokes to apply the polish. First, dip the brush into the bottle and get a decent-sized bead of polish at the edge of your brush. You want the polish to do the majority of the work and spread out as it's placed on the nail — the brush is there to just guide the dot of polish into place. Starting at the base of your nail, stroke the brush to the left, to the right, and then down the center. Voila!
  • Make your neon polish pop. To get your neon paint to be even brighter, apply a white or an opaque nude shade as your first coat of polish. Neon colors tend to be sheer, so this helps make them seem thicker.
  • Never shake your nail polish. Instead, roll it back and forth between your two hands, holding the polish vertically. This ensures there will be no air bubbles in the lacquer or on your nails as you paint it on.
  • If you have no quick-dry products lying around, dip your painted nails in a bowl of ice-cold water to help them dry faster. It really works
  • Rub olive oil around your nails before you begin on a nail-art design. It makes removing excess polish way easier.
  • Unlike regular lacquer, the glittery kind is supposed to look sort of uneven, so it's great for fix-it situations. When a nail chips, instead of removing all your polish and starting over, just slap on a coat of sparkle over your current color. When you (inevitably) get another chip, paint on a little more. You can keep a manicure going indefinitely
  • Put on two quick coats of nail polish. While they're still wet, hold nails for three seconds over the steam coming from boiling water or a simmering pot of something yummy, keeping them about 5 inches above the water. Then watch the magic happen: glossy painted nails turn matte-sexy.

Monday, July 22, 2019

What's ahead for fall/winter 2019

Artful, glamorous, and just a little spooky – these are the best adjectives to describe the fall/ winter 2019-2020 makeup trends.

Arty Eyelashes
Eye will take the spotlight in Fall/Winter 2019-2020, with particular emphasis placed on the lashes. They will be the subject of true artistic creation, exaggerated with blunt Sixties-style kohl lines. Lashes will be layered with thick coats of mascara for a very wearable look. There’s one golden rule valued by the makeup artists: keep the complexion and lips as natural as possible.

Statement Eyebrows
Eyebrows were a binary matter on the fall fashion runways – either bold and overstated or erased completely.

The disco look
We are witnessing a glitter renaissance. This time, it’s taking a Saturday Night Fever shape, in striking shades or worn like speckled confetti on the lids.

The red lip
The statement red lip is a failsafe trick for simple sophistication. This staple weapon in the art of sensuality was utilized by many makeup artists. As for color, vibrant carmine shades, as well as deep burgundies; as for texture, press lips with powder for an ultra-matte effect, or coat with a lick of gloss. One thing is sure: high pigment is the key.

The punk look
Reimagine the timeless cat eye with even more dramatic accents. Bold lines evoke the fearless punk rock mentality.

Single wash of a bold foil color
Washes of bold color in foil textures on the eye could see a resurgence in 2019. Minimum effort, maximum impact, this look is so simple to recreate for effortless glam, not the painstaking, laborious umpteen layers of shadow we’ve come so accustomed to seeing on Instagram.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week

Trinity Strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner

Strengthen and repair your hair all at once with this natural cleansing shampoo. Made with natural palm and coconut oils to cleanse the hair, fortifying it from the inside out. Its vegan protein works to strengthen the hair to leave it repaired, shiny and with a boost of volume. Great for all hair types.

Repair and condition the right way! This conditioner is made with amaranth, soy and keravis vegan protein to gently detangle your hair while imparting shine and volume. Provides humidity resistance and has color protection to keep your hair soft, shiny and vibrant. Hair is left repaired and naturally strengthened.


Great new colors!

Essie's chip-resistant formula, outstanding durability and superior color selection has long been adored by beauty professionals and fashionistas alike. Essie's wonderful world of color is always fashion forward and forever in style. The color choice is yours! 

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


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


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.