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."
Nothing is more feverishly shaping and growing our industry than the rapid development of social media combined with online marketing – business owners and hairdressers, salons and spas, alike. Are you with me on this? I know you are. And, if not, you should be! This powerful marketing combination has the muscle to open doors, build clientele, create your persona, brand your identity, extend your brand, and increase your bottom line… with many initiatives being next to little, or even no cost… except your time, energy and effort.
“I just don’t think I’ll get actual clients from Facebook,” or, “I don’t think I will really build my business from Twitter.” If you’ve said or thought these words, trust me, you’ll live to regret them and/or you’ll be astonished when you have to eat your words because the exact opposite is just so very true! From Facebook to Twitter, to blogging to website marketing, to Linkedin and industry-specific social sites, your online friends and followers have big benefits that can help to catapult your success and theirs too! F.W.B. –Friends With Benefits!
So, colleagues and entrepreneurs… don’t underestimate the power of social media backed by strong online marketing. You may think it is all fun and games, but think again. Social media is literally a virtual networking and referral system online! It is its own world of opportunity, only online. And, it has certainly made a difference in my success, both from a public relations and a business standpoint.
First of all, start with a good website. Social media, blogs, etc., should all lead back to your place of business online. And, it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Even a brochure-style 1-2 page website created in WordPress or something similar will do. And, when leading people back to your website, be sure to offer them a place to submit their email address, should they long to be on your e-mailing list. The key to these media forums is to link them all to each other, creating endless opportunity for future marketing and long-term relationships and clients. And, from your website, you can then build a substantial email marketing list.
Meg hair! I know, the end of the world is coming and all that but if I'm going out I'm going out with a bang. I hope to come screeching up to the pearly gates, cocktail in hand wearing a fabulous pair of heels. I'm pretty sure God's not going to expect anything less from me. Let's hope it's God and not "Hello? Sheesh, is it hot in here or is it me?"
You all know I am a constant in my colorist's chair but I have found a new item that is helping me stretch those visits out. Seriously, if you don't believe me you can google it and read all of the buzz all over the web. My colored blonde hair has been glossy and shiny and vibrant. Would you believe at $9.00 a bottle, from the drugstore AND NATURAL for you greenies out there! Tadah!! Introducing Giovanni's Colorflage in Beautifully Blonde!
My color has not been fading like it usually does. Also, I have no idea if it has something to do with the actual shampoo and conditioner being a bright, vibrant yellow but it tames away any brass. The conditioner is super moisturizing and I like that it looks like two shiny gold bars in my shower. the fact that I got two of them for under $20 wasn't hard to take either.
I know you all love freebies and so I am sharing the Giovanni Hair and Body Care page on Facebook for you to like! We have some reviews coming up on their new D Tox line so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Stacy B here! Is there anyone in the country not experiencing crazy weather right now? I've been hearing of devastating tornadoes, droughts, rivers overflowing and tons of rain. I'm in the middle of the fourth day of a possible 10 day stretch of rain and solid-as-a-rock humidity. yuck.
Show of hands: Whose hair looks flawless in 90% humidity? Anybody? Nobody? I thought so. Humidity is hair's nemesis. Some of us can work the humidity to our advantage with some heavy duty products, but not many of us. I happen to be able to get away with a little back-hand upside humidity's head, but it usually whacks me back after a few days. Humidity and I are frenemies at this point. I need a little humidity for some curl, but if I want straight hair, the air needs to be dry as a bone. Too much humidity, and instead of fun, bouncy curls, I have stringy waves. Pretty.
My hair is naturally wavy. And thick. And I have A LOT of it. So much that if I decide to color my hair, they usually need to double the amount of dye and even then sometimes the bottom pieces miss out on the color.
The good thing about that is that I can straighten my hair with a blow dryer and flat iron, or I can use some curl spray and a diffuser and it's pretty curly. So some people tell me I'm lucky that I have both options. But the other side of the story is that no matter what style I choose, I have to style it. I can't just shower and go. My hair doesn't 'air-dry'. I'm not kidding when I tell you if I let it air dry, the front half would be wavy, the middle would be lumpy and the bottom would be wet. ALL DAY. Once, I showered on a Saturday morning, went to the beach with my hair in a clip, took it out for some sunbathing, put it back in the clip at night and woke up the next morning and the underneath hair was still damp. 24 hours later. No joke.
Hi guys! Kosborne here! I'm not a huge hairspray girl. It might have something to do with growing up back East. You either love it or you hate it. I've been in the latter camp. Yet I have always realized spray was a necessary evil...for other people. For me, I was content to allow my flyaways to happen and for bangs to fall into my face. Until the day my mom checked out a pic of me on Facebook and finally told me, "You have got to do something about your hair. You look homeless." It was those darned flyaways. And she was right, I looked a little like Ke$ha in the worst possible way. Long story short a friend turned me onto the Lacca from Oscar Blandi , which is sold by those lovely girls over at Lock & Mane. They recently reformulated the scent of the spray and it paid off. Instead of smelling all chemically and harsh, this spray smells like a jasmine floral bouquet.
Greetings all of you fabulous ladies! Jeanasina here! Are you ready to have some fun? Let's get started! Sometimes, something from the past can become something captivating in the present! I checked on Meg's website and noted that the product(s) I'm going to talk about today was reviewed here in April of 2006! Read it here! I thought we should talk about it all over again, 5 years later! Who's in? Who wasn't here in 2006?
Ok, how many of you on-line vixens just LOVE it when your hair is exceptionally silky and smooth! It's a great feeling right? You just want to continually run your fingers down strands of your hair because you love how nice it feels! Well...this week I have been constantly taking my hair in my fingers and twisting it! My husband actually said to me...” What's with the new habit of twisting and twirling your hair like a little kid all day long?” It's true...I can't stop doing that! I like the way my hair feels so much, that I can't stop touching it!
You're probably tsking and thinking "This woman is an obsessive compulsive!"... no, I'm not that, but my hair just feels SO fantastic!! Here's how that happened. Recently my dyed blonde hair has been feeling kinda BRITTLE! Brittle is not a word women associate with radiant, healthy hair! Am I right? So, I splurged and I decided to buy a product I used a loooong time ago. I remembered, that years ago, during one of the times that my hair got in really bad shape, I went to Ulta and discovered the Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging, Seasilk MOISTURE SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER!
Now let me tell you this, I also remembered that these two CAVIAR infused products were not CHEAP! At Ulta, they run about $34.00 EACH! Definitely out of my budget for shampoo and conditioner! But we are talking about MY hair! If my hair looks really GOOD, it makes me smile! Plus, I have observed that your hair speaks to the people who are looking at you! Sometimes just looking at your hair tells people without words if YOU are having a REALLY GOOD or a REALLY BAD DAY! Sometimes you just need to go all out for the care and nurturing of your hair! I look at it like this...my hair has been good to me for all these years so, it deserves some extra pampering now and then!
Alright people! How many of you out there have used OVER-THE-COUNTER-HAIR-COLOR before! I'm betting a HUGE amount of the Meg empire who read reviews here HAVE used or... 'gasp' ARE currently using OTCHC! How many times have you read on this website that it's a BAD idea to color your own hair! That's right! It's not ever recommended but...WE STILL DO IT! Sing with Jeanasina...”Ain't no mountain high enough...to keep me from coloring my own hair!”
I have been coloring my hair since I was out of high-school and ladies...I graduated from high-school in 1966! Read it and SHUDDER!~ I'm having the dry heaves just writing that fact!~ My point, however, is that I have put MY hair through the mill over the years! It's almost shocking! If I were to make a documentary of every insanity driven hair color story I ever experienced...well it make for one incredibly long and appalling you-tube video! I have been fortunate because apparently I have good hair genes! I have survived many hair apocalypses!
I think I have tried pretty much every brand of hair color out there that is in one way or another purchased over a counter! Keeping that in mind, you should be aware that I STILL am ALWAYS on the prowl for a new hair-color product because I constantly believe that there STILL has to be SOMETHING, yet to be discovered, that is going to be BETTER than any of the over-the-counter-hair-coloring-products I have used so far!
Which leads me to today's presentation! How many of you shop at Sally Beauty? I'm guessing that around the globe there are Sally Beauty stores in most of your areas! If you are familiar with Sally's you know that it's a FUN place to shop for hair products! Recently I felt the need to browse Sally's and see if there was something in the store that I could use to do my roots. My roots are constantly screaming “People can see us!” My regular favorite at Sally's is Clairol's Professional Coloring Cream which contains Soy Complex! I love that stuff but it fades too fast!
Meg hair! Sweetassgal wrote a humdinger of a glowing review on Neil George Salon's Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil where she says "is a flat out killer product! I have lots of experience with different types of hair oils, treatments and serums and I know what works for curly hair as well as straight. I've oddly enough been on both sides of that coin so I can comfortably work with either hair type and can attest to the attributes and hurdles of both. This is a product that has them both covered brilliantly!"
I need to chime in here and say that I have thin, stick straight hair that is oily at the roots and suffers from dryness due to color treating. I use Neil George Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil everyday when I get out of the shower. I use a dime sized amount and just run it through my ends. I works like you're giving a protein shake to your hair. My ends blow-dry smooth and even though I like to smooth things out with a flat-iron, no one is the wiser to any heat damage. The good thing about only having half a damaged head (forget about the brain damage-not counting it for this post.) Is this bottle is in my daily grab, it has been for weeks and I haven't made much of a dent in it!
I have distributed this golden gooseberry to many Meg Heads and from the initial opening where they go crazy "Oh, my gosh, wow! Does this smell absolutely amazing!" From the calls I get a few days later "I love that gooseberry oil, my hair looks so good!" This product is fast becoming a "holy grail" hair item. I'm not alone in my findings. All over the web woman are buzzing about this!
Sure they're are woman buzzing but what woman are actually frequenting the Neil George Salon? Oh wait, I've heard of them. Just your run of the mill Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kristen Durnst. Word on the street is that Courtney Cox runs in before all her red carpet events! Yawn. Those D-Listers!