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!
Stacy B here! How does this sound? "Sulfate Free. Paraben Free. Phthalate Free. Sodium Free. Not Tested on Animals". Great, right? Sounds like a real winner and something that should be on every product out there. Anyone thinking "hmmm, too good to be true?" That is a bit more realistic for this week, unfortunately.
I hate when stuff is too good to be true. Fat free chocolate that tastes like burnt cardboard, chip-free nail polish for under $5 that flakes as it's coming out of the bottle, coupons that promise something for free but the fine print lists all the things you have to buy first...Such let downs. You don't want to be cynical and think that everything and everyone has an angle, but you can't be so gullible that you get taken advantage of. There's a fine line in there to walk and it really just involves always going into things with your eyes wide open and taking a few minutes to do some of your own research.
There are great deals and products out there...I belong to discount websites like Rue La La, Hautelook.com and Fab.com that do offer things at huge discounts. I took a 5 day anniversary trip with my husband back in May at a boutique hotel in the heart of Washington, D.C. for less than $500. Totally worth the daily emails from Hautelook.com. But, I've also done stupid things like drive way out of my way with some crazy coupon only to find that whatever free thing I got wasn't worth the price of the gas it took to get there. Just be smart ladies, educate yourself and you'll find that the good deals will start to outnumber the duds.
I think we all realize how important it is to cut down the chemicals that we're exposing ourselves to through some of the products we use. So when I saw FX's Wild Harvest Hair Curls Up Dandelion Serum Cream at CVS practically screaming at me the naturalness of the gel I snatched it up without even thinking twice. No parabens, animal testing or phthalates? Perfect. Wait...phthalates....What is that anyway? New rule: never buy something you can't pronounce.
I bring it home and try it out and it's not quite what I expected.I assume when something is a serum, it's a little more liquid. This was really thick, like a gel. My hair is really thick and I have a lot of it so gels aren't a good option for me.I feel like they get stuck on the hairs that I touch directly and don't penetrate very well. Serums and curl milks work better because they move through my hair easier. I felt like in order to get a good, even distribution I had to run my hands through my hair a lot, which causes frizz. Curly girls, you know that the less you can touch your hair, the better the curls come out.
Rooster Feathers Hair Adornment - Newest Fad! By Jeanasina
Last weekend my daughter had a wild crazy girl party and she invited me to come. She informed me that one of the things that would be available at her party, were feather hair extensions. I had never heard of this, so I immediately looked up everything I could on the Internet about having ‘feathers’ in your hair. The first article I came to had headlines which shouted out the fact that “Selena Gomez, Ke$ha and more LOVE the hair feather trend”!
At the party, a lovely girl named Heather arrived, armed with a clear plastic bag full of colorful feathers. I immediately learned that they were rooster feathers, which had been died various lively colors and patterns. I watched as some of the other party guests stepped up and picked out the exact feather they wanted attached to their hair. Heather and her best friend Rose both had absolutely beautiful feathers in their stunning red hair and I have to say, they both looked quite exotic and intriguing!
Several of the party women asked to purchase feathers and have Heather attach them to their hair. To attach the feather, Heather would ask the guest to locate the place where she wanted her feather to show in her hair. Then Heather would separate the tiniest amount of strands of hair out and using a large pair of needle nose pliers, she would use a tiny ‘clamp’ to attach the feather to the person’s hair. She said her pliers were a less glamorous option to the official tools used in high-end salons but they worked just fine.
I wasn’t going to get a feather but everybody said I absolutely HAD to, so I did. Heather told me that the feather would stay in my hair up to three months and that I could wash my hair and do all the things that I normally do, with the feather still staying completely in tact!
Of course, once I got back home, there were no Hollywood themed extravaganzas for me to attend, so I felt a bit silly having a feather attached to my hair. I definitely got some ‘looks’ when I went to the grocery store. However, it’s a pretty eclectic neighborhood I live in so nobody probably thought much of it at all. When I went to visit my son, he said, "Mother! You have a feather in your hair!" I could see that he was trying valiantly not to laugh.
When it was time to wash my hair I found that the feather washed up nicely right along with my hair! I did have to be a little careful when I combed out my snarls to not pull on the little bead holding the feather in place. The feather actually got worked in with my hair on my large round brush and it poofed out just like my hair did! Heather had mentioned that she had used a flat iron AND hot rollers with her feathers
Meg hair. If I had a dollar for every time I hear "Blonde just doesn't suit you" I wouldn't be writing this post. I'd be vacationing on my own island that I flew to in my own jet because I have more flippin' dough than Buffet. Fact.
I did not "go bottle blond" because I thought I would have more fun. I have more fun daily than a person should be allowed. I love to have fun. If it's not around I make it for my own amusement because I love to laugh more than I love anything (except Prudence.) Luckily, I laugh a lot at Prudence. The heartiest, tears streaming down my face laughter usually is at my own expense. I think it's the healthiest thing that I have the ability to do. If you can't laugh AT yourself than you're really missing life's greatest pleasure. Fact.
One of my earliest memories is sitting in suspension in high school (not everyone likes to laugh) and having my bestie pull white hairs out of my seventeen year old head. She was captivated.
Bestie: Meg, you're like an old person or something. You have these white hairs. Wait! OMG! Hold on (this was 1994 so she didn't say OMG. She said "Oh my God.") Just got another one!
Cut to 15 years later, guess what! OMG! The grey hairs didn't go away!
It's not a love-hate relationship with my hair. It's a hate-hate one. One I can laugh at. I have tried everything. If you know me you know that's not an understatement. At some point even the strongest warrior, the most tenacious solider has to know when to throw in the "dark mocha" stained towel, shake their fist into the air and defeatedly admit "fine, you win!"
I didn't go down without kicking and screaming but I knew I was going down. In a town where being a blonde is a birthright, I relished being brunette. I was about to join the masses. I made the appointment to join the card carrying Los Angelino answer to Triple AAA. I was going blonde.
Being blonde brought me freedom. It brought me a few more weeks before I had to commit hours of my time and money to hide the greys. It blended in. I blended in. In a sea of bottle blondes it only makes sense that the iconic sex symbol would be another Megan. The rise of Megan Fox.
As a bottle blonde, you notice things more with your brunette brain. I was a dime a dozen out here in tinseltown. Guess what? I killed it in NYC. Yes, it's true. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but what's sexy is rarity. Like a yellow diamond, I turned many heads (usually bald) in Manhattan where a platinum hued woman will indeed get herself many admirer's. It's weird. It can't be brassy or too white but the right "natural" blonde somehow implies great breeding and trophy wife and country club in the big apple. In Hollywood it screams "out of work actress."