Style It: Hot Pink Hair Extensions

Avril LavigneDid you ever wonder how so many people get those chunky ‘highlights’ in vibrantly colored hues of pink, blue or purple? Do they dye their hair? Hmmm… some do for sure, but I’ll bet that most are using hair extensions. If you haven’t seen any gum ball inspired extensions in your local beauty supply store, don’t worry, just buy the lightest blonde you can find and dye them yourself. Yep, this video helps us channel our inner Macgyver to create the hottest trend around for a tiny bit of cash with a few quick tips. Sometimes all it takes is a glue gun and some inspiration! Thanks Monroemisfitmakeup for showing us the way, you’re an absolute rockstar!

PETA’s 5th Annual Proggy Award Winner: Max Green Alchemy

Max Green Alchemy ShampooAnd the winner is…. Max Green Alchemy’s shampoo. Formulated with an amazing blend of vitamins, essential oils and botanical extracts – mmmm, lavender, tee tree, and geranium – this gentle yet effective shampoo is perfect for treating that dry, dehydrated, itchy scalp. If you have dandruff flakes, or an oily or sensitive scalp, this shampoo will transform your scalp into a healthy environment in no time. Think about it, if your scalp is already dry or irritated, it’s probably not the best time to use an aggressive, chemically loaded cleanser. Nope, we think not.

PETA loving perks: 100% vegan, no synthetic chemicals, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate free, paraben-free, cruelty free.

PETA says: Why feed your hair junk food when there are Max Green 100 percent vegetable-based shampoos? All Max Green products sport the PETA cruelty-free rabbit logo and are available at Whole Foods Markets, independent health-food stores, salons, and spas as well as from naturopaths and online.

Yep, we like that.

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A Dramatic Wedding Day ‘Do

Nothing creates a more dramatic look than a classic Audrey Hepburn-ish updo complete with a tiara and fresh roses. In this video you’ll see a quick recreation of this romantic and elegant updo by Tolga Ackay for Joe Carol’s and Brides Magazine. We’re talking 100% drama, 100% romance, 100% elegance. It’s your special day, why not?

Quick Tips for Frizz Free Curls

Curl divas can tame those coils in a frizz-free flash with these top tips from Christo for Jane TV. This video highlights when to use mousse vs. gel (I’m a mousse fan myself) and when not to touch those tendrils! Did you know that curls like to be left alone to do their own corkscrewing when wet? Yep, stay away.

Hairstyle Gallery: Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria has phenomenally healthy hair that has got to be the envy of everyone on Wisteria Lane. Usually worn long and loose with a flirty flip or two at the ends, her hair style screams “I’m no desperate housewife” as loud as possible. Her media- attention-grabbing Hollywood hair styles run the gamut from long, luscious hair extensions to shorter, bouncy bobs and everything in between – we’ve even got a video on how to create her famous red carpet bob! This hair style gallery showcases the many lovely looks of this beautiful brunette.

Hair Dryer 101 with Conair

Conair SilverBird Hair DryerHow well do you know your hair dryer? Conair, makers of some of the best hair dryers on the planet, answers some frequently asked questions about our favorite hot air blowing friends.

What is the difference between a professional dryer and a standard dryer? How can you tell if you are getting a dryer built for a pro?
While many dryers have the title “professional” or “salon” in their description they may not be true professional appliances. A professional appliance has several features that allow it to withstand the stress of daily salon use. The three main features are:

  • True professional dryers have an AC motor. This type of motor has a longer life than the motors found in consumer dryers.
  • The design of the unit will usually feature a narrow barrel to help increase airflow.
  • The cords are typically heavier and longer than those found on consumer units.
  • In addition they will generally not have an ALCI plug as they normally are not used near water.

What is the cool shot button really for?
The cool shot is used to set the style in place at the end of drying/styling. The change to colder air temperature helps lock the style in place.

What do I use a concentrator nozzle for?
The nozzle attachment is used to concentrate and direct airflow, giving greater control during styling. The narrower the vent on the nozzle, the faster the airflow. Concentrator nozzles are generally used to create sleek, smooth styles. Faster, concentrated airflow dries hair fast and fights that frizz!

What does the rear filter do?
The rear filter will trap dust and hair, keeping it out of the dryer. To maintain optimum performance and prolong the life of the dryer, the filter should be removed and cleaned frequently. Remember a clean filter leads to a happy hair dryer.

What is a diffuser attachment used for?
A diffuser attachment is generally used on permed or curly hair to dry hair without removing the curl or creating frizz. They are not suitable for short hair unless they have “fingers”. Volumizing diffusers have long “fingers” that help direct the heat to the roots to create extra volume. Conair suggests all diffuser attachments should be used on the low heat setting unless otherwise instructed.

Conair hair dryers are probably some of the most recognized professional tools on the planet! Hair dryers like the Yellow Bird, Blackbird and Silver Bird are the industry standard in salons across the country, for good reason, they are long-lasting and provide professional results time and time again. Thanks Conair!

-StraightBelle