Beachy Waves with a Flat Iron

Beachy waves are always in style, but even more so for Spring 2008 when tousled, textured hair is the top tress trend. Sarah Victor presents an awesome step-by-step tutorial with a one inch flat iron and some strategically placed hair clips. If waves are what you crave, this styling video is your new BFF. Remember, it’s all in the wrist twist!

Highlights – Hair Happenings Around the Web

Maintaining curly hair can be a challenge. Lipstick, Powder ‘n Paint shares the perfect products for curly hair.

Spoiled Pretty tells us about good hair days!

The Makeup Divas reviews Alterna 10 Science hair products.

Mischo Beauty shares a lesson on hair porosity in her Mischo Beauty School: Hair Porosity 101 post.

And, just in case you missed ours:

StyleBell shows you How to Fake Eva Longoria’s Bob.

Christina Aguilera Hairstyles

Christina Aguilera is a risk taker for sure! We’ve seen a lot of these risks with her hair styles and colors. From light and sexy to darker and dirty, she gives every look her own personal spin, and it works. I’m really liking the retro plantium blonde she’s been into lately, though I’m sure we’re in for a change any day now, knowing Xtina!

CEW Names the Insider’s Choice Finalists in Hair for 2008

HAIR CARE & COLORING: Hair Care and Coloring Product – Mass
Burt’s Bees – Very Volumizing Pomegranate & Soy Shampoo

Clairol – Nice ‘n Easy ColorSeal Conditioning Gloss

Garnier – Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray

John Frieda Collection – John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Serum

L’Oréal Paris – VIVE Pro Nutri Gloss Shampoo for Medium to Long Hair

HAIR CARE & COLORING: Hair Care and Coloring Product – Prestige
Aveda – Aveda Be Curly Curl Control

Frederic Fekkai – COIFF Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm

Kérastase Paris – Ciment Thermique

Origins – Origins Organics Conditioning Hair Oil

PHYTO – PHYTODENSIUM SERUM

-StraightBelle

Caring for Color-Treated Hair

Now that you’ve dyed those grays, make sure they stay away as long as possible by using color-treated hair care (check out Lanza, Murad, Chi, Abba and Pureology, to name a few!) and a leave in conditioner. This quick video gives some more expert tips and tricks on keeping color treated hair looking it’s best before it’s time to color again.

Toppik – A Handy Hair Loss Helper

We get lots of FAQ’s from interested Toppik shoppers so we thought we’d post the most popular questions and answers here! Consider this your one-stop Toppik snapshot.

Can Toppik be used by men and women?
Yes, it’s great for both men and women. Sweet!
 
How does Toppik work?
The Toppik tiny microfiber “hairs” are electro-statically charged to form a magnetic attraction with your existing hair – however thin – and blend perfectly to conceal the appearance of thinning and balding in seconds. Think of it as a quick concealer for those ‘oh no, my scalp is showing’ spots.
 
Will Toppik match my hair color?
With eight, color-matched fiber choices available, you can conceal thinning hair from snow white to jet black and every shade in between. Toppik is available in Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Light Brown, Auburn, Blond, Grey and White. Feel free to mix and match two or more colors if you want to capture the lights and darks of your natural hair color. Our most popular combo is Light Brown and Medium Brown used together. See the next question for a color combining tip.

I have salt and pepper hair. How should I use Toppik for best results?
Use white Toppik fibers in combination with either black, dark brown or medium brown. Apply the white fibers first and then “pepper” in the darker color. It will blend perfectly and capture the different tones of your natural hair color.

How do I apply Toppik?
A few shakes of Toppik above your thinning areas will disperse thousands of tiny hair-like fibers that will match your existing hair color, and bond with your own hair to conceal thinning and create a more natural looking, thicker, fuller head of hair. These tiny sprinkles really cover quickly too, you don’t need much to make a big difference in the appearance of your thinning area. Check out this video too.
 
How long does Toppik stay on?
The secure bond stays put all day (and night) even in rain, wind, you name it – it won’t come off until you wash it out. Toppik fibers will never run, smear or stain, and are proven to withstand wind, rain, and even perspiration. Seriously, it really stays put.
 
Will people know I’m wearing Toppik?
Toppik fibers look like natural hair particles and stay secure and undetectable as close as two inches away. People will notice you and your smiling face instead of your showing scalp.
 
What size does Toppik come in?
Toppik comes in 4 sizes perfect for your individual needs:

Giant – A 150 day supply. The best value and the best-selling, most popular size.
Economy – A 75 day supply.
Regular – A 30 day supply.
Travel – This smaller size is ideal for taking your “full head of hair” with you while you travel. It’s also great for on-the-go touch ups too. If you are new to the to the brand, or cannot decide on your color, pick up one or two of the travel sizes to give it a test on your own thinning areas.
 
How do I apply Toppik to my front hair line?
In frontal areas, spread your thumb and forefinger and place your hand on the top of the forehead below the hairline to keep stray fibers from falling onto forehead and eyes. For the best application on frontal areas we suggest using Toppik Hairline Optimizer.
 
How can I get better results with Toppik?
You may lightly apply Toppik FiberHold Spray to lock the fibers into place and to provide added durability and a finished touch.
 
How can I get a more natural look?
You can dramatically improve your results by using the Toppik Spray Maximizer and Toppik Hairline Optimizer. These precision instruments allow you to precisely spray on Toppik and enhance your hairline. You will immediately see an even more natural look.
 
What if I get Toppik fibers on my clothes or pillow?
The fibers are 100% colorfast and cannot possibly run or stain. If fibers do get on any surface, immediately just dust them right off with your hand and they’ll disappear.
 
Is Toppik compatible with hair growth drugs?
Yes, Toppik is totally compatible with hair growth drugs like Minoxidil and Propecia.
 
Does Toppik affect hair growth?
No, Toppik fibers can neither help nor interfere with normal hair growth in any way. How do I use Toppik and Minoxidil at the same time?  Apply Minoxidil (or any topical treatment) first and then apply Toppik. At night just apply Minoxidil. While wearing Toppik – a little may come off on your hand from the alcohol contained in the Minoxidil solution.
 
Can Toppik be used after surgery?
Some physicians advise their hair restoration patients to use such products to enhance the look of fullness in their transplanted areas. These products can also be used after surgery to hide the immediate surgery.

What is Toppik FiberHold Spray?
Toppik FiberHold Spray is the perfect accompaniment to Toppik Hair Building Fibers. This fine mist was specifically developed to increase the bond between Toppik Fibers and your thinning hairs. Unlike ordinary hair sprays, this formula uses sophisticated alpha grade resins to join thinner hair and Toppik fibers naturally and durably, so they stay put all day long.
 
How do I use Toppik FiberHold Spray?
Spray on after using Toppik Hair Building Fibers for a secure, long-lasting hold. May be brushed lightly after drying for a softer look.
 
What is Toppik Hairline Optimizer?
Toppik Hairline Optimizer is the ultimate way to get the best results from Toppik. Sometimes it can be difficult to achieve a natural looking front hair line. With the Toppik Hairline Optimizer you’ll instantly see the best possible results in less time, and use less product while you’re at it. This precision Hairline Optimizer Comb allows you to improve the Toppik application along your hairline – removing any excess product along the way – providing a softer, more natural look instantly.
 
Treating specific areas with Toppik Maximizer:
To thicken precise areas, try inserting the nozzle into your hair and spray gently. This will disperse the fibers more evenly giving you a fuller and more natural look.
 
Filling Out Your Front Hairline:
The Maximizer is perfect for filling out your front hairline. For best results, use it with the Toppik Hairline Optimizer, a laser generated template that allows for a perfectly natural hairline that replicates the growth pattern of your own hair.
 
How to use Spray Maximizer:
Take a bottle of Toppik Hair Building Fibers in either Regular Size (10.3 gm.) or Large Size (25 gm.) and remove the cap.

  • Remove the sifter from the bottle by gently turning and lifting it.
  • Screw the Toppik Spray Maximizer onto the bottle.
  • By squeezing the ball, you will cause a burst of Toppik, perfectly dispersed, into your hair.
  • You will find that the fibers distribute more evenly and that you have more control over where the fibers are placed in your hair.
  • To thicken precise areas, try inserting the nozzle into your hair and spray gently.

The Maximizer is perfect for filling out your front hairline. For best results, use it with the Toppik Hairline Optimizer, a laser generated template that allows for a perfectly natural hairline that replicates the growth pattern of your own hair.
 
We think we’ve covered it all, but if you have any more Toppik questions, feel free to ask us!

-StraightBelle
 

Bridal Hair: Flower Accents

If you’re a spring or summer bride, you might want your hairstyle to be ultra romantic by adding just a touch of fresh flower accents. This hairstyle gallery features some lovely bridal styles with real (and some fake) flowers. Here’s to flower power!

The Hills go fresh with Alicia Keyes and Dove

Have you heard about the new go fresh product line from Dove? This new line hopes to inspire young women in their 20’s with a fresh perspective – to stop pressuring themselves to achieve it all in like ten minutes – and to recognize a wider definition of success and feel beautiful about themselves. We like that. A lot!

This fragrance-driven collection comes in three invigorating scents so you can select each one to match your state of mind: Refresh (waterlilly and mint), Energize (sparking grapefruit and lemongrass), and Cool off (green tea and cucumber). I could use a little Energize right now – LOL!

Keep an eye out for Dove’s new collection on…. The Hills! Yes, Dove has teamed up with MTV to present Fresh Takes, a new micro-series, starring Alicia Keys (love her!) which follows the lives of three roommates in their mid-twenties living in New York City. Sounds perfect for The Hills, no?

Wanna see the promo?

This fab new line includes body mists, deodorants, personal wash, hand and body lotion, and of course shampoos and conditioners – yay! You can watch the mini-series, and Alicia every week during The Hills. There will be five 3-minute episodes, each one touching on a pressure point of 20-something women: beauty, career, dating, family and friends.

I love, love, LOVE The Hills. I’m totally on team Lauren….