Beauty Lesson #6: How much product do I use?

Have you ever left the salon with a bag full of products and wonder how much the stuff you should be using? Here’s a little  chart to help ya out! And of course if you have a lot of hair, start off with a small amount of product and add more as you need it!

Have you been over using your products? Has this helped you?

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Beauty Lesson #5: Salon Brands vs. Drug Store Brands

This post will be focusing on shampoos and conditioners. Salon brands versus drug store brand products are questioned quite a bit. Which one should you be using? What are the benefits of salon brands? Is there anything wrong with using drug store brands, how will they effect my hair? You get the idea. It all really depends on the person.

Long vs. Short                                                                                                                                Women and men with long hair should always choose professional products, especially if your hair is really long. Short hair typically has the same texture at the root and the ends, unless chemically treated (colored, permed, relaxed, etc.). Short hair is cut more often, so it doesn’t have a chance to become damaged. Most professional products are formulated for specific hair needs, so they really do need professional recommendation.

Also consider age when purchasing your hair products. As we age hair texture changes, it becomes more brittle, thinner, etc. For the older folks, I always recommend salon brands. Giving your hair the tlc it needs will help keep your hair on your head longer! As for the kiddies, it’s best to consider their hair needs as you would your own.

So with all that being said, if you are anyone with short hair that is not chemically treated (which will be mostly boys and men with short hair styles) then it is safe to use drug store brands. However, drug store brands “coat” the hair with a buildup that really affects your drying time and will eventually prevent needed moisture absorption to your hair.

Salon brands cost a little bit more, but they are concentrated (less water in the formula), which means they last longer. Drug store products are cheaper, but you have to use more to get your hair clean. In the end, you have to buy 2-3 bottles of drugstore shampoo versus 1 bottle of professional shampoo. Remember to always use salon brands as directed by your stylist.

Many people have a bad habit of dumping a giant glob of shampoo in there hand, no need to do that with salon brands. It really is a hard habit to break! Professional products are highly concentrated, you only need a small amount, adding more water to your palm or hair will build up lather.

Are you REALLY saving money by buying drugstore brands? What are some of your favorite brands? Do you have any concerns with the shampoo/conditioner you’ve been using?

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Beauty Lesson #4: How to Shape and Redefine Your Face

Contouring is a more advanced makeup skill, but while we’ve been on the subject of face shapes lately, why not get into it now. When you contour you will change, accentuate, hide, strengthen and define your face. The key is less is more. Be careful so that you don’t look too over done. Your makeup should be simple and natural. It’s your face we want to notice, not your makeup! Think of contouring like your painting a blank canvas. First apply foundation to even out your complexion. Then think of it as creating shape to your face. Always remember, dark shading will make facial features diminish and light shading will make facial features stronger.

What can you achieve with contouring?

  • thin down a rounded face
  • define your cheekbones
  •  define your jawline
  •  lift saggy eyes
  •  soften a square face
  •  narrow a large or wide shaped nose
  •  create fuller lips
  • minimize a large forehead or receding hairline

Be sure your foundation color matches your skin exactly. Your contour color should be two shades darker than your foundation, with the same undertone. And your highlighting color should be one to two shades lighter than your foundation, also with the same undertone. If you don’t know what you should be using, visit your favorite makeup counter and they will help you find the right shades for your skin tone. Remember to blend really well so that the edges completely disappear. Blend, blend, blend, and blend some more! So how do you define your face shape?

What’s your makeup routine like? Do you follow any of these guidelines? Do you do anything different? Please share! :)

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Beauty Lesson #3: Hairstyles to Avoid.

Now that you have discovered what your face shape is and what works best for you, let’s take a look at what you should avoid when getting your styled. No matter what your face shape is, there will be hairstyles that don’t look best on you, unless you’re oval, in which case you can pull off anything!

Square: Long straight styles, straight blunt-cut fringes with a center part have nothing to add to a square face. Straight bobs or cuts ending at the jawline should also be avoided. Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Garner are your square-shaped stars.

Round: Avoid jaw-length bobs, especially if your were also blessed with a short neck. Any blunt cut at the chin will accentuate roundness. Celebs with round-shaped faces include Jennifer Hudson, Cameron Diaz, and Renee Zellweger.

Triangular: Center parts bring attention to the center of your face making it appear taller. Also avoid long styles full of volume, this draws attention to your jawline. Minnie Driver and Geena Davis have triangular shapes, also known as pear shaped.

Oblong: Stick-straight bangs with stick-straight sides just flatten and elongate the face. Bangs can work for oblong face shapes, they should be soft and preferably angled to help create the illusion of softness.  Kelly Rowland and Liv Tyler are your oblong-shaped stars.

Oval: Since so many styles work for you, keep in mind your personality and hair texture when going for a new look. Beyonce, Kate Winslet, and Eva Longoria are the ladies that can pull off any hairstyle!

Diamond: Avoid having your hair cut close to the head, which will have a result in the features of the diamond face being exaggerated. Rihanna is your diamond-shaped girl.

Heart: Avoid blunt bobs and super short styles. Your heart-shaped stars are Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci, and Jenny McCarty.

Have you ever had a hairstyle that didn’t work for you?

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Beauty Lesson #2: Do you know your face shape?

Do you know what your face shape is? Knowing your face shape will help you find the haircut that works best on you! Here’s a simple trick to figure out what your face shape is. Pull your hair all the way off your face. Stand in front of a mirror. Trace the outline of your face on the mirror with lipstick. If you don’t want a mess to clean up, you can just take a picture of yourself. Print out your “self portrait”. With a marker, draw an outline around your face. Ta da! You’re face shape is now clearly showing for you! Here are some helpful ideas to figuring out what works best for you!

Square: The goal is to soften the corners of your face. Try a curtain like bang that is shorter in the center and gets longer toward the corners.

Round: Your goal is to elongate the face. Wear hair long, adding soft texture around the face.

Triangular: The goal here is to widen the forehead. Try wearing a blunt, straight across bang.

Oblong: Goal is to shorten and widen your face. Keep it above your shoulders, if you’re brave go for a sassy pixie cut!

Oval: You can wear any hairstyle! Yay!

Diamond: Your goal is to reduce the width at your cheek bones and shorten the length of the face. A chin length bob or a shoulder length style will work great!

Heart: The goal is to decrease width of your forehead and increase the width at your chin.  A long, side-swept bang that still shows off some of your forehead will create more length to your face.

I hope this has helped you discover what your face shape is. Keep this as a helpful tool for the next time you visit the salon!

What is your face shape?

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Beauty Lesson #1

Start the year off right by picking up some healthy hair habits. Unfortunately,  there are no overnight miracle treatments, it takes a lot of time and dedication to get the hair you want. Right now is the perfect to time to get your hair in check! Here’s what I think are the best ways to getting your hair healthy and keeping it that way!

  1. Healthy hair starts at the scalp. Keep your hair clean! Keeping your hair clean does not mean that you have to shampoo everyday. We all have have sebaceous glands that create sebum (an oily/waxy matter), having your natural oils present on your scalp for a few days will help keep your hair moisturized naturally. I highly recommend shampooing every other day if you have a very oily scalp. Some of us can go 3-4 days without shampooing just fine with the help of a little dry shampoo! Dry shampoo is great for absorbing oil in the crown area and your hairline, and will keep your hair smelling fresh. If you are an everyday washer (like I used to be), it can be tough to switch up your routine to every other day or every 2-3 days. You may feel a little gross and dirty at first, but push through it and use that dry shampoo. As an added bonus, you will save some time getting ready for the day! Yippee! I love Unite 7 Seconds dry shampoo, but keep in mind that dry shampoo is product that you are going to have to try many brands to find the one that you like.
  2. Your diet also plays a major roll in the health of your hair, skin & nails! Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, iron and protein are your friends! :)
  3. DEEP CONDITION weekly! There are so many factors in your day to day that part in drying out your mane, like heat styling (blow dryers, flat irons, & curling irons), a lot of sun exposure, heavy winds, swimming (chlorine or saltwater), etc. Even if none of these pertain to you, you still need to be deep conditioning at least once a week. Regular conditioner does not have enough moisturizers to keep your hair feeling silky and soft. Nothing gets better than Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask!
  4. Use a thermal protector! When styling your hair with a blow dryer, curling iron, etc., it’s always important to use a product to protect your hair from heat elements. Heat protectors seal your hair so that the heat will glide over it, preventing drying, breakage and even burning. There are a thousands variations of this product out there! Prive’s Flash Brilliance is one of my favorites!
  5. Get a haircut! Having regular haircuts is one of the most important ways to keeping your hair healthy. Find a hair stylist that understands what you want and what your hair goals are. You don’t need a serious haircut every time you visit the salon either, a half inch to an inch is all you need for a trim. If you are growing out your hair, make sure your stylist knows this and have them take off less than a half inch regularly. You should make your appointments every 4-8 weeks, depending on what your stylist recommends. Make sure you remember to book your next appointment before leaving the salon! That way you’re sure you are able to get in with your stylist, as good talent books up fast! ;-)

Do not be overwhelmed. The last thing I want you to do, is start doing everything today or even tomorrow. Start by incorporating one thing at a time into your daily routine. I want you to pick one thing off this list, it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Once you have one down, take up another, and so on. Keep up with your hair routine, it takes a lot of time to get your “dream hair”, but I would say it’s definitely worth the wait! ;-)

What will be your first step to healthy hair?

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