Stacy B here! Ladies, I need a haircut. Bad. Like: ponytails give me headaches because my hair is so thick and long, bad. It's been a tough combination of a very busy fall with toddlers and traveling husbands and first trimester exhaustion, and extra thick, faster growing hair from all the pregnancy hormones and extra vitamins. It's really unbelievable how much hair I have. I could give away half and you'd never know. I'm up to almost 35 minutes to dry it in the mornings now, thanks in part to a dying hairdryer that has less power than a sneeze.
Luckily, I'm in my second trimester and the energy is back so I went to work to fix this mane I've been lugging around. A new salon-quality, tourmeline, ionic hairdryer arrived on my doorstep today (thanks Overstock.com for saving me almost $50!) I have a hair appointment on Saturday, and thanks to this unusually mild, rainy November weather, there's just enough humidity for curly hair days.
I've been trying to avoid product buildup with all my excess hair so I went right for an all natural, no sulfates or parabens, organic shampoo. I chose Jason's Jojoba Long & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner. I think I should have chosen their 'Smoothing Sea Kelp" version instead.
I need a smoothing shampoo, especially now, so while I did like this shampoo, it wasn't good for every day use for me. Before you think this is a negative review, let me explain the good things that might apply to those of you with a normal amount of hair. There's the obvious: all-natural, no parabens, no animal testing. But, it also uses vegetable proteins and natural vitamins and minerals and no animal bi-products to moisturize and heal your hair.
The shampoo rinsed clean, smelled fresh, and the conditioner was not too thick or thin and actually made it through my mop of hair. The shampoo could use a little more bubble action. I like a lot of bubbles, but it got the job done. But, after about four days, I noticed my hair was not drying as straight and smooth and I needed to use my flat iron more. It still felt clean, but it was starting to get a little sticky (you thick haired girls will know what I mean!) My Giovanni Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum was working overtime! And I was using more of it which I don't like to do.
Stacy B here! Aside from the freak October snowstorm and unseasonably cold temps this week, my hair really loves this weather. I'm still partial to the warm sun of early May through late September, but my hair really prefers the cool, low humidity air that starts around early October. Don't be fooled into thinking it lasts until April-ish though, up here in the Northeast, we get a few months of extremely dry and brittle air that is a whole other hair issue. But for now, probably until close to Christmas, I'm having some good hair days.
I've reviewed some products in the past that have really changed the way I style, wash and condition my hair, like the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner, my ionic Goody Brushes and non-tear Goody hair elastics. All these products have made such a difference in the choices I have to make in the mornings (fast and curly, or slow and straight?) and the tools I use. I use my flat iron less now that my hair is smoother which is good for it, and I have less breakage thanks to Goody which makes my hair look healthier, too.
One more new product that I love love love now is Giovanni's Frizz Be Gone Super Smoothing Anti Frizz Serum. This serum has replaced any smoothing milk, anti frizz creme or straightening hair mask I may have once used. I use about a nickel sized amount, which is a lot, but I have a lot of hair, smooth it into my hair and style as usual. My hair has never been so light, smooth, swing-y and manageable. It controls the frizz, adds a bit of shine and has conditioning qualities to it so if I do use the flat iron, it doesn't dry out. I have barely been using my flat iron at all with this stuff. Add this product to the cool air and I am ready for my hair commercial!
I have been able to squeeze out almost a half day more of a good blow out with this stuff. If I dry my hair with it on a Friday morning for work, I can run Saturday morning errands without having to re-wash and dry, or flat iron my hair again. It's a very light, clear liquid that doesn't build up in my hair. My thick hair tends to hang on to products so every few months I have to switch around or I get gross build up and the product just stops working. Not with this, I have been using it for months and am already on my second bottle. I still love it.
Meg hair! All of you know I have "difficult hair" I'm sure it's fascinating to listen to my complaints. Almost as fascinating as "boy, cold for this time of year" or "wow, my allergies are killing me!" Really heady stuff.
I have found my new dream tool! No, it' not a new boyfriend. It's the most amazing, easy and cool way to add body or any type of curl WITHOUT a curler. I know. Stay with me here.
I'm a nightmare with curling irons. I don't know if it has something to do with being left-handed or what but I can't work the damn things. I always end up with weird kinks or dents or I burn myself. I'm very graceful.
When I wanted to add body I would heat up my archaic, hot rollers. I'm not into tight poodle curls, it would always seem I would have plenty of the small roller's left in the case and would go right through the biggest, fattest ones. I also am slightly (ha! Slightly) unorganized and 50% of the time would be searching for "Now, what did I do with the roll fastener?" Look around and end up having to MacGyver some at home DIY clip to act as a replacement.
Wednesday, my hair life, as I know it, changed! I went to an even where I was introduced to the TopStyler. The creator's Dean Banotwetz and Linda Flowers (of Instyler fame) showed me a few, easy tricks and I am hooked! This is the first tool that I got the very first time and I'll been stuck on it since. Let me break it down for you on how it works. UPDATE-ADDED A PIC AFTER I USED IT!
I'm on the right. This was at the AMC Premiere Party for their upcoming series "Hell on Wheels." My hair was limp and flat that day and I was running around like crazy in the day. I grabbed my dry shampoo, sprayed my hair and added the Topstyler Ceramic Shells. I used 3 fingers and large sections of my hair to curl. Total time? 20 minutes ish. Let them out and had the nice bouncy, big curls for the nights event. I will take another photo, but you can see how much body it makes my hair look like it has. I really do love it. 1. NO ACTUAL ROLLERS! IF YOU HAVE FINGERS YOU CAN DO THIS! Yes, all you need to do is figure out how big you want your curls to be. Because I like Big Bounce, I take Large sections of my hair and wrap it around THREE fingers. Then I pinch the curl and apply the heated ceramic shell around it. The hells are hot but not hot enough to burn your fingers (or singe your hair!)
If you want tight curls use 1 or 2 fingers and less hair. It also comes with a DVD and an easy flip book that shows you how to do a million different looks, pin curls, beach waves-you name it.
2. IT IS QUICK! the ceramic shells take 6 minutes to heat up. The whole rolling my fingers bit took maybe 2 minutes. I applied my makeup (15 minutes ish) took out the shells, flipped my head and voila! FABULOUS!
3. I LOVE COMPLIMENTS. I GOT A TON! Megsroomie and Kristenosborne88 were the first! When I walked in I got "What did you do to your hair? It's never looked better?" Followed by "Seriously, your hair is so shiny and healthy looking. Where were you?" So we have the females covered. When I went to my friend Martin's from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for dinner HE SAID (A HE!) "Nutmeg, did you get more extension hair put in? Looks really nice. Very full!"
Meg here! You're like "We get it, you're always HERE-Go Away!" Don't think I'm not working on an exit one day! ONE DAY! Until that day, if ever, arrives-it is my mission to let you know what I think you'll like. I'm making no sponsorship so listen to me when I tell you, go out and buy Got 2B! Dry Shampoo. Serious as cancer, go buy this!
When I was covering New York Fashion Week I got to see a lot behind the tents. Everyone had Elnett Hairspray and everyone had this Got2b Dry Shampoo. I just nodded my head like a bobble doll. Inside I'm thinking "What the what? Why dry shampoo?"
Dry Shampoo is an oily girl or busy girl's best friend. I'm both and I didn't even know I had this option. Let me break it down for y'all (when I'm empowered I take on drawls.)
I have an oily scalp and dry ends. I know. Don't hate because I'm beautiful. I truly have it all!
My hair will look limp or dirty mid day even though (trust me, I ain't no dirty bird) have showered. It's still flipping greasy and oily looking. Never mind, if I have been doing a ton during the day.
Apparently, this is not only a "normal people" problem but a high-class one. Back to me being behind the scenes at Fashion Week. The iconic, fabulous, drop dead beauties that walk show after show? Yup, no time to shower. How does each hair stylist work new looks onto them before sending them down the catwalk without a sink? You got it baby? DRY SHAMPOO!
What the Hell is in this stuff? How about I don't give a rat's ass. It works. Here is how it works for me and here is how it will work for you.
Meg NY Schedule: 8:30 am Shower, scrub a dub everywhere, even use sweetspot labs wash for my flower. 9:30-1pm Media Meetings 1-3 Biz Lunch 3-9 Fashion Shows
Need a refresher shower? Hair looking limp? Yes and Yes. Time for a shower? No and No. With a blast of this miracle to my roots and a comb I had volume, no oil and body. Looked like I had stopped for a blow-out. If you work a 9-5 and ever have a 6-9 you need this! You'll thank me later!
Meg's NY Schedule Continues 9:00-10:00 Dinner 10:00-12:30 Fashion Shows 1am-4am After parties 4am Romance Time? Ha! As if! The only thing I can peel off my body quickly at that time are my heels.
Really, truly. This Dry Shampoo translates into real life. It really does. When your hair just will not cooperate this spray makes it new.
I wish I knew this secret long ago. You would think in my job I would. But as most things, it seemed too good to be true. It's not. Stack of a gazillion Bibles (and my St. Gram) reads this drivel, it's true!
If you ever suffer from a mid day slump, if you ever have a hot "just after work drinks date" please let me be your bestie and really shout from the roof tops! YOU NEED THIS!
Stacy B here! First, thank you all for your congratulations on my baby news. It makes me feel great to hear the excitement in some of your comments. Which is a welcome change since pregnancy does not make me feel great. At all. I am not a happy pregnant lady. Well, I am happy for the baby of course, but the 9.5 month means-to-an-end is not my favorite time. It just feels like my body has been hijacked for close to a year. I do not love being pregnant, I do not rejoice in the miracle of life, I am not glowing and loving and warmly basking in nature's gift or any of that crap. I am tired, nauseous, bloated and dealing with a whole lot of other things that no one tells you about and are pretty icky.
There are a few good things about being pregnant, though.... my nails look amazing, and so does my hair. Something about those hormones and extra vitamins that make my nails strong as diamonds and they grow like weeds. I've actually had to cut them a few times already, rather than just filing them gently to get them even. They grow so fast! I kid you not, I broke a nail down to the skin a few days ago, and noticed that just this morning, only about 4 days later, it was already even with the rest of my nails! It's like super human growth.
My hair is the same. Which for many of you would be great. But, I have an abundance of thick hair that grows fast. My hairdresser has always joked that I have the hair of 3 normal women. She said she could shave half my head and I'd still have more hair than the average person. She usually has to wash and condition my hair twice to get it all the way through. And forget drying it, I never subject her to that, it takes like 40 minutes. Now, my hair is shedding less, is growing faster and is thicker. Ugh. The good thing about that is I can get away with going longer between washing, so my weekend routines have been cut short. I still have to wash and dry every day for work, but I'm thrilled now that a good Friday blowout can last through Saturday night. The bad news is after about an hour in a ponytail I get a headache because the hair is so heavy. Lots of low buns for me for the next few months!
Meg here! My trip is coming to a close! I am currently in Santiago, Chile on a layover and will be (hopefully) waking up in LA.
Stacy B here! Saying goodbye to summer is always hard but after it hits late September/early October and you can't really justify a beach day no matter how warm it gets, it's time to really let go. Like getting over an ex boyfriend, it's good to make a pros and cons list. The pros are always obvious: beach days, warm weather, longer days, fun-filled social weekends, but there are cons too. There's the humidity, sweaty, oily skin, being in a bikini in public and hair that gets frizzy and dried out from one too many days at the beach. Early fall is a really good time to recover from summer's cons.
Along with new nail polish colors, new clothes and boots, it's also time for new products, like lotions that combat drying skin when the weather cools, cheek colors that are less sun kissed and more rosy and products that heal your hair after a summer of sun, sand, salt water and beach-y breezes. Right after Labor Day, I took a good look at my hair and realized it was looking a little frayed, dried and sun-bleached. Since I'm already (yes....already) working on my holiday budget, I didn't have time or money for a salon treatment for a cut, color and condition. I decided to do what I could on my own from my local drugstore for a few weeks and see how it looked. I was really hoping for a great product that would save me time and money at a salon. I've been reviewing and loving Dove products lately, so why not see what Dove has to offer my tired hair?
I found Dove's Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner. This promises to nourish and replenish essential nutrients for smooth, soft, shiny hair. Just what I needed. I knew it had to be thick and creamy to work it's way through my very thick, coarse, wavy mane of hair. I used my normal shampoo (there is an oil care shampoo, but I got nervous there would be too much oil floating around so I went with just the conditioner) and then this conditioner. First, it's SO thick. Like turn your hand upside down in the shower and it doesn't move. Second, it's ribboned, so there's the white conditioner and a ribbon of gold oil care which is not oily at all. It felt more like a hair mask than a conditioner when I put it on. I had to really work it through all my hair, but despite it's thickness, it spread fairly easily.
When I rinsed, I did feel a little oily which surprised me because the conditioner itself didn't feel greasy. I had to rinse a few extra times and it still felt really slick but there was not much I could do at that point, so I just got out and went through my normal styling routine. I was very pleasantly surprised, as I have been with a lot of Dove products lately. My hair was so soft and smooth and no frizz at all! Even though it felt like I didn't get a good rinse, I clearly did. My hair was not oily at all. I was really surprised that my slick hair dried into soft, manageable hair. Dove is really kind of amazing!
Meg hair! Warren-Tricomi haircare is as instrumental to fashion as 7th Avenue. Very few stylists can claim that Vogue Magazine helped launch their career but stylist Edward Tricomi is one of them. I caught up with Tricomi backstage at Anne Bowen's show and had the hair guru give us the skinny on what to expect for fall.
"I like the loose and goosey" Tricomi told me as he showed me the inverted braid that he created for the show. "It's almost like a rooster feather, rooster feather's are big this year. You could actually color this." Don't worry ladies, he was referring to a temporary, one evening color. Just enough to give the look some added pizazz, not enough to have your friends thinking you've lost your mind. Plus, we've already discussed in past posts, Megsmakeup.com is only a fan of faux rooster feathers.
The model's were all lined up in chairs against the mirror's as Tricomi's team went to work pulling hair back, braiding and spraying. When I asked him what we needed to know to recreate the look at home Tricomi just smiled and told me "two rubber bands, hairspray and a little luck."
The vibe is playful and easy to do. What I like about this style is it is pretty much fool-proof. There's enough movement to allow for "creative interpretation" as opposed to the stuffy, no hair out of place, perfect chignon.
Warren-Tricomi haircare is as instrumental to fashion as 7th Avenue. Very few stylists can claim that Vogue Magazine helped launch their career but stylist Edward Tricomi is one of them. I caught up with Tricomi backstage at Anne Bowen's show and had the hair guru give us the skinny on what to expect for fall.
"I like the loose and goosey" Tricomi told me as he showed me the inverted braid that he created for the show. "It's almost like a rooster feather, rooster feather's are big this year. You could actually color this." Don't worry ladies, he was referring to a temporary, one evening color. Just enough to give the look some added pizazz, not enough to have your friends thinking you've lost your mind.
The model's were all lined up in chairs against the mirror's as Tricomi's team went to work pulling hair back, braiding and spraying. When I asked him what we needed to know to recreate the look at home Tricomi just smiled and told me "two rubber bands, hairspray and a little luck." Easy peasey.
Meg hair! L.A. is full of a bunch of Peter Pans. I like that. I like that there's a whole child like way about it. It would make sense in a land where many people play pretend to earn a living, dressing up would be common place.
I was invited to a pool party this past Saturday and the invitation read "Shipwrecked! Costumes a must! Nautical/Beach Themes only." You think I would have thought of my costume before the night before but, actually you wouldn't think that. You were right.
There are many perks to living with Megsroomie. One of them is that she's very "sporty." God no, I don't mean I want to go running or biking or anything like that with her. I mean she has things I would never have! She has props!
Meg: Lisa, I have to go to this party and it is a theme pool party. I found a red one piece bathing suit. Any ideas?
Megsroomie: (I swear she doesn't even blink or look up) Oh yeah, go into the closet near the front door. I used to be a lifeguard. There's the lifeguard rescue float and lifeguard shorts. Use them
Done and done. But not. I had to Google "Baywatch Images" to complete my look. I needed authentic looking "beach hair." Much like Megsroomie having every useful prop under the sun, I have every useful product.
Oliver Ifergan Atelier's Day At The Beach was pulled out of my arsenal. My hair doesn't look fabulous just dried from the shower, I'm going to need some product in there to make it look good. Those beach days where you get a little lift and volume from the ocean water? Yes, it's the sea salt. Just like it healing cuts quicker and being good for your skin, it add the oomph that your hair needs.
Being in West Hollywood and this beach themed party being a pool party, I was lacking the main component of an actual ocean. No problem. This is the land of pretend but we've also got fake pretty down pat as well! I would fake it until I make it!
Oliver Ifergan Atelier's Day At The Beach is full of seal salt (did you know seal salt is also a major frizz buster? I know! You learn everything here! It's amazing!) I sprayed all over my damp hair and then added a blast from my hairdryer. Voila! I was now ready to go mimic the woman that keep our beaches safe. Although it may have helped to actually watch an episode of Baywatch. I never have in my entire life. My other roomie said "Meg, you're not going to actually pretend to ever save anyone. They don't do that. They catch jewel thieves." OK. I can do that. I love jewelry.
Stacy B here! After last week's let down of a product, I needed something good! Normally when I need a solid product I don't go for hair stuff. My hair is just too crazy and unruly. I usually go for a nice facial mask or nail polish, something that I know usually works for me. I had a lotion I was all set to brag about when I decided last week to also try a new set of brushes.
Stacy B here! After last week's let down of a product, I needed something good! Normally when I need a solid product I don't go for hair stuff. My hair is just too crazy and unruly. I usually go for a nice facial mask or nail polish, something that I know usually works for me. I had a lotion I was all set to brag about when I decided last week to also try a new set of brushes. I figured if I hated them, I could still gush about the lotion and save the less-than-stellar commentary for another week.
Anyone get where this is going? I loved the brushes. I know, I'm as predictable as bad reality TV. But I did. They are from Goody, yes, a solid staple of a drugstore product. It's one of those products that I feel is as old as me and at every drugstore. I think my first brush was a Goody.
Because I do have crazy hair, I use two different brushes to dry my hair straight. A round brush for the top layer to really get it straight and a regular hard bristled brush for the lower part. I need tough bristles to pull the thick hair down so it will straighten. Many brushes aren't tough enough. I've snapped brushes at the handles before!
The first one I used was the Gelous Grip Ionic Cushion Brush in a paddle shape. The bristles weren't quite as tough as I am used to, but the large paddle shape allowed me to get a good grip on the underneath part of my hair. It took me about the same amount of time to dry the lower half of my head but my hair was so smooth and straight. It was amazing. The brush was ionic, so it reduced frizz, and paired with my ionic hairdryer, I didn't even need to use my flat iron. In AUGUST! I would have been happy if this happened in November, but humidity filled August? I'm floored. It's a gamble for me to even try to straighten my hair in the summer heat and humidity and here I was practically floating around my bathroom with super straight, swingy, frizz-free hair!