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For Those Mornings When You’re Short On Time

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Have you seen the variety of cool dry shampoo options at your salon lately? There is a wide array of choices and we like this beauty idea because who doesn’t have one of those mornings, from time to time, where you need to refresh your hair but a shower is just not happening? Maybe you snoozed the alarm a time too many and are in a mad dash to get ready for work or maybe your tot threw a tantrum and you spent your would-be shower time battling your little powerhouse. No matter the reason, we’ve all been there. That’s why these products are awesome.

Supposedly, you just work them into your roots and you’re good to go. They can absorb oils, add a clean scent to your tresses and help you feel refreshed on those crazy mornings. Here are a some that we found were popular online. Do you have any tried and true dry shampoos that you use? We’d love to hear your experience and recommendations.

“Best Scent” – Redken Powder Refresh 01
Consider this colorless spray powder a breath mint for hair. Testers reported that the subtly woodsy fragrance masked odors and that the formula made hair look as if it had “just been blow-dried.”

“Best for Curly Hair” – Suave Professionals Waterless Foam Shampoo
To put the spring back into your spirals, scrunch a medium-size blob of this lightweight, nontacky mousse into hair. The formula contains hydrating aloe-leaf and jojoba oils, so it leaves hair feeling silky, not sticky.

“Best for Oily Hair” – Skinnyskinny Organic Dry Shampoo
Think you absolutely, positively can’t skip your daily wash?  This prove-you-wrong powder has a powerful mix of cornstarch and baking soda that absorbs grease and adds texture to lifeless hair.

“Best Tinted Option” Batiste Dry Shampoo in a Hint of Color
Available in three shades, to blend with any hair color, this mess-free mist conceals roots while sopping up excess oil. The tint washes right out, and even the darkest shade won’t leave a residue ring around the tub.

 

 

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How to Avoid Over-Plucking Your Brows

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

 

If you tweeze your eyebrows at home from time to time, you must be careful to not over-pluck those brows! You’ve probably seen these sorts of disasters before, and they are not pretty, nor are they easy to fix. It takes a lot of time to grow in new hair to replace the accidental ones you pulled out.

How to pluck in moderation? Well, one great tip is to take a picture of your eyebrows before you begin attacking them with the tweezers. This way, you have an idea of how thick your eyebrows are to begin with, and you have a photo to turn to now and then as you tweeze and pluck away, to warn you when your eyebrows are hitting an unnatural thinness.

Try to keep a shape very close to your natural eyebrow shape, only cleaner, if you will. This means, don’t try to alter the shape of your eyebrow, as it will distort your natural look. Imagine putting on lip liner up to your nose to make your lips appear larger. You’re not fooling anyone. Just as applying lip liner stays true to the shape of your mouth, only cleaner and more feminine, do the same with your eyebrows.

Don’t try to create a trend with your eyebrows unless you are a professional. Trying to make your eyebrows taper into thin points on the outer eye or make them bold on either end but thin in the middle will most likely leave you screwing it up and plucking more than you wanted to, then having to keep on plucking to repair your beginner’s mistake. Stick to basic grooming, like getting rid of strays, and if you are unhappy with the results, pluck a few from the underside of your eyebrow.

Overplucking of the brows can lead to a diminution in the size of the hair follicle, thereby making the new growing hairs smaller and finer as well. You’ll be frustrated if you get to this point.

It probably goes without saying here, but if in doubt, see a professional! This is your face, after all and your eyebrows frame those beautiful eyes of yours. Make the most of them!

While Belladerm can’t shape your eyebrows with laser hair removal, we CAN use a laser to remove the pesky unwanted hair between the brows. This can make a big difference in your appearance!

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How to Winterize Your Hair

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

While you are thinking about changing out your summer clothes and replacing them for fall and winter, don’t neglect your beautiful tresses. Yes, it is time to change it up for your hair, too!

  • Switch to a new shampoo. That bottle you’ve been using for the summer is not going to work the same on dry, winter hair. Choose a quality product that will repair and protect your locks.
  • Wash your hair less. Shampooing will wash out the bad stuff, but it also washes out the good.  We’re talking about the protective oils that your hair needs to keep its strength and shine. If you want to freshen up, consider using one of those wonderful products that you rub or spray in to absorb a bit of the oil and make your hair smell nice and clean in between washings.
  • Deep condition. Deep condition those ends to get volume and lift.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner with your heat tools. This will help keep your hair in tip-top shape during the cold months.
  • Dry your hair carefully. Rubbing  your hair with a towel to dry it can actually cause breakage and make your hair appear dull and dry.
  • Pay attention to what you are eating. What you eat nourishes your body, including your hair! Eating right and drinking lots or water really will show.

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Making Your Blow-Dry Style Last

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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Wouldn’t it be awesome if every day was a good hair day? We spend a great deal of time every week with a blow dryer held to our head, fixing our locks.  It feels amazing when we know our style turned out just right but many days, we walk away feeling like we have wasted a lot of time and it still doesn’t look good.  I mean, it just falls flat about 5 minutes after you style it, doesn’t it? There may be some pointers that you could use if you struggle with this, too. We have listed some below for you:

  • Start with wet hair. You can gently towel-dry so it’s not dripping wet, but don’t rub too hard (it’ll get tangled). For the smoothest, most long-lasting results, avoid “rough drying” — fluffing the hair with your hands while drying. While it saves time, it makes hair frizzy.
  • Don’t use too much product. If your hair is fine or oily, it’ll become limp. Put a bit of product only the ends, if needed.
  • This takes more time but is WORTH it.  Divide your hair in sections, and start in front because this area tends to dry the quickest. Using a round brush and plenty of tension, aim the blow-dryer at the roots and move it along the length of your hair to the ends. Heating the hair in the direction of the cuticle helps keep it smooth and fights frizz.
  • For volume and height, hold each section up and in the opposite direction from the way you want it to lie. For extra bounce, pin each section up after drying to let it cool. This helps set the curl so your hair doesn’t go flat the minute you walk out of the bathroom.
  • To make your blow-out last, spray your hair lightly and then leave it alone. Avoid brushing it out or running your fingers through it — this will break up the bounce and make it go limp. RESIST that temptation.  Just messing with your ‘do too much after you are done can leave it flat.  It is better to spray and go!

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Help for Your Hair in the Humid Heat of Summer

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

We’ve had quite a hot, humid summer! Are you having trouble controlling your locks in this sweltering heat? We looked for some helpful tips and wanted to share them with you:

  • This may seem counterintuitive, but you should actually moisturize more often.  Properly moisturizing your hair will help fight the effects of humidity.  A lot of products are actually formulated to tame hair without weighing it down.  Apply a deep conditioner twice a week in the shower but only from halfway down to the ends.  Towel dry and then use a product to combat frizz and boost shine.
  • Don’t fight your curls.  Summer hair is more loose and casual anyway–now is the time to play up the natural waves you have.  Save yourself the trouble and put the flat iron away.  Add a diffuser attachment to your blow dryer instead and encourage some soft, pretty curls or just allow it to air dry.  Hair that is damaged from overdrying or stress is even more prone to frizz up on you.
  • Ponytails can be your best friend. Pull hair back in a chic style when humidity does get the best of you. A bun at the nape of the neck is timeless and sideswept ponytails and braids are a huge trend right now.
  • Good Housekeeping reviewed anti-humidity hairsprays. You can find the results here

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