Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! + A Fun Hair Recipe

Happy Thanks Giving From The Hair Stylist Blog

Sick of cooking? Take a break and give your hair a treatment!

Hair Recipe Taken From The 5min Blog


olive_oil4 tablespoons to 1/4 cup of Olive Oil – will make your hair strong and nourished and provides elasticity. It also helps to reduce stress, which can affect your hair, it’s true…a happy person has happy hair!

eggnog 1/4 cup Philosophy- Old Fashioned Eggnog 3 in 1 Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Shower Gel (Sephora $16) – smell as yummy (or festive) as you look ;) Directions:

Use Olive Oil, depending on the length of your hair to massage your scalp. Make sure to massage in circular motions. The stimulation of the scalp will feel good and increase hair growth. Run the rest of the olive oil through your hair to the tip. This will be an amazing conditioning treatment. Put on a shower cap and leave in for at least 20 minutes. Then shampoo your hair very well using Philosophy’s – Old Fashioned Eggnog (your welcome to use your own shampoo) and condition as you normally do. You can apply the olive oil once a month for shiny, healthy hair (especially if you would like to grow your hair).

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Taylor Swift's Hair!

I know I touched on this a few posts ago, but it deserves it's own blog.

I just love the way that this style instantly changes the way she looks, just by changing the texture of her hair.

If you missed it check it out.

We would love to hear your thoughts!:

Elisabeth Moss debuted a new 'do at the International Emmy Awards in NYC on Monday. She lightened her normally brunette bob to a blonder, shaggier style. [StyleList]



Elisabeth is a beautiful girl with an amazing skin tone that could pretty much wear anything. After seeing her with the dark and the light next to each other I think I prefer her as a brunette, but the blonde she pulls off well. Her skin tone is perfect for both of these shades and she is one of those stars that can pretty much wear it all.

Taking a brunette to a blonde can be rather difficult on previously color treated hair, but if done properly can be easy and beautiful.

Step 1: Know your desired tone and lightness. Ideally working from a brown golden shade it would be best for your desired result to stay within the warm golden family, as seen on Elisabeth in this picture.

Step 2: Decide the amount of blonde that is desired in the overall look. This will help you to determine the intensity of the blonde shade and amount of highlights that are necessary.

Step 3: Using a lightener, pre-lighten the hair to a level lighter than the end result (this will vary depending on the tone and lightness) by using a foil technique to match the desired intensity of blonde. Ideally you will want to highlight in a random fashion with lots of baby fine highlights.

*My suggestion - pre-lighten with a cream based lightener (10 - 30 volume depending on the texture) to a level 8/9 yellow color (pale yellow is not needed) *** If the hair is chemical treated on the ends but not in the regrowth (zone 1) you may need to adjust the formula in this section to a lower developer.

Step 4: Glaze the hair with the desired level and tonality.

*My suggestion - Glaze the hair with a Demi based hair color (such as shades EQ) level 8 Gold. My formula with a pre-lightened level 8/9 yellow would be equal parts 9G & 7GB. **Note: this changes according to the desired tonality and result of the pre-lightened color. It is also important that the pre-lightened color is equally lifted to a balanced result, if there is an inconsistency to the pre-lightened color, there will be an inconsistency to the end result.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

American Music Awards 2010 Hair Trends

For those of you who missed the American Music Awards this year here is a quick recap of everything hair!

Well the first and most obvious trend would be that many played it down. A lot of loose textured waves, with a very low maintenance feel. Check it out:

Jessica Alba was one of the few that brought a classic elegance to the party. Maybe it's the whole movie star thing? Either way I love the idea of her hair, I am not crazy about it on her:

Jenny McCarthy and Taylor Swift really showed something unique to their normal styles and I loved it! Especially Taylor Swift, she looks amazing and her hair color is flawless!:

Last but certainly not least: is that Kelly Osbourne or Dolly Parton? Well some how I kind of like this style. I think I like the idea more than I like her wearing this style. The truth is Dolly Parton is amazing and bringing any trend with the inspiration of Dolly kinda makes me smile:

Friday, November 19, 2010

Product Review!: Tri-Swim

This is an exciting section of this blog that I have been really anticipating and anxious to launch!

We have been contacted by many different hair care, hair appliance, etc. companies that have reached out to us in hopes of spreading the word about their products. I will only write about something that we have the chance to use and breakdown.

Once again in many ways this is a non-profit blog and we are writing to our readers with nothing but the most honest and truthful opinions and ideas.

So I am happy to bring you the very first of many! Product Reviews. This week we are going to introduce you to specialty based line that we find interesting. We hope you enjoy!

With out further ado we give you: Tri-Swim

What is Tri-Swim?

Tri-Swim is a Hair Care company with the swimmer in mind. Swimmers are constantly facing the problems of chlorine on a daily manner. Tri-Swim has dedicated an entire line to helping the prevention of chlorine in the hair and on the body! As we all know Chlorine can and will affect the hairs strength, color and shine.

In many ways Tri-Swim is the ideal cleansing and replenishing system for Swimmers.

How it Works?

Well, it seems Tri-Swim was named this for a reason. Tri-Swim is a 3 part system.

Shampoo - which is designed to cleanse and remove all of the excess dirt oils chlorine and build up of any sort that is kept inside of the hair.

Conditioner - this is designed to replenish the hair with moisture. Similar to the concept of washing your face, the shampoo (or "face wash") will remove everything that is not wanted in the hair shaft, then the conditioner will add everything you do want.

Body Wash - like your hair, your skin will create a build up of chlorine, dirt and oil. The body wash is designed to counter act the pool's affect on the skin and remove any of this build up.

Well now to the nitty gritty! Our thoughts:

Here is the deal. After using the product for quite a few days I enjoyed it for what it was. In many ways it is a glorified clarifying system. However, I think it is a great marketing tactic and a great niche to market to.

It really stood out to me with the fact that they had a body wash. In fact I have been using the wash more often when showering since receiving my bottle. It doesn't seem to over cleanse my skin which I like, but I will say that it does seem to cleanse enough to remove the chlorine, dirt, oil, etc.

The Bottles were easy to use. The logos and design were kind of flat in my opinion.

The smell wasn't fabulous in my opinion but it was not bad.

All in all the product backed up with what it was designed to do and I think it's a cool concept.

Final Grade: B

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

If 90's Are In I Guess This Makes Me Old?

So a lot of what I am seeing in fashion these days are 90's inspired garments and the runways are complementing these looks with the hair. This had me wondering what aspect of this is going to translate into a commercialized hair fashion??

There are a lot of thoughts that I have but I would love to hear from you!?

What do you think? Have any iconic 90's celebrities, characters, etc. that you can think of that will bring an inspiration to today?
Boys to men? Nirvana? Maybe some Blossom? Hmmmm... Maybe not.

Ironically enough I write this a post at a time when I am getting ready to go to a 90's themed party this weekend :)

Either way I love the way this could go and I love what I saw at fashion week.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Great Article For Guests Looking To Go Dark

This is a fabulous article on any and all information about people wishing to enter the world of a brunette!

From the truths to the myths to the opinions as a stylists this has tons of information for your guests or for you to share with them!

Those of you who are non stylists this is a must read!

Check it out:

If you're thinking of going darker with your locks, winter is just around the corner! So, what are you waiting for?

"Women who choose a darker color create more contrast, giving the hair a fuller look with more definition and texture," says Ludovic Audesson, celebrity colorist at Pierre Michel Salon in New York City. "In addition to being very chic, dark hair is not trendy or a fad -- it's really more of a statement!"

If that's the case, why do so many women choose to go lighter?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hair Colorist Wednesday: Do Not Fear Green

Hot tip for the day!

Are your beautiful golden locks starting to turn red?
Has the tone lost it's vibrancy and starting to look like a flat auburn as opposed to a beautiful golden brown?

Don't Panic! We have a solution!!!

But first.......

Lets talk about why this has happened.

Your hair or guests hair has faded into this color, due to the exposure to the true or natural pigment.

What happens when we color our hair with a permanent dye is our hair's natural pigment is being lifted or lightened, very similar to what a bleach or lightener will do, just with a little more control. During that same process, the artificial pigment will begin to deposit or color over the now lightened hair.

A level 5-6, border line 7, which 99% of the time will be the level of the color that fades to that auburn/reddish color, will begin to shine through the artificial pigment due to fading. What you are actually seeing is a combination of natural (red/red orange/orange) and artificial pigments (golds and browns) blending together and visibly giving the appearance of auburn.


Step 1: Prevent! Use shampoos and conditioners that help to reduce and stop color fading. My choice? PureOlogy - truly you can not beat it!

Step 2 - When refreshing the ends, do not fear your green based dyes. Green is a natural balancer for red. So when formulating utilize your greens in offsetting red. You may not necessarily want to use just a green in your formula, especially when looking for a golden result. Remember we want to keep warmth and neutralize red, in other words maximize yellow and reduce red.

So enough of the blah blah blah.... on with the formula! My formula of choice.

On a level 5 this is the formula I would apply to the ends of my color. Using a Demi based color - in my case Redken Shades EQ

For a One & Half Ounce Formula
1 oz 5G (Gold) & 1/2 oz 6GN (Green/Yellow Base)