Baking Soda in your Hair?

baking_sodaI got a great tip from a stylist yesterday that I had to share!  We were discussing hair buildup and how most of the buildup is due to hair products, shampoos, and conditioners.

How can we get rid of this buildup so that our hair products can work the way they are supposed to?  The answer is Baking Soda.  Yes the same baking soda you put in cakes, deserts, clean your teeth with, etc.  It can also clarify your hair!  Baking soda is known for its natural cleaning agents and the hair is no different.  Adding baking soda every now and again will help to clarify your hair and allow your shampoo and conditioner to be effective as it can be.  You have to try it out and let me know what you think.  
Step 1:  Wash hair with shampoo
Step 2:  While the lather is still in your hair take about 2 tbsp of Baking Soda and massage through your hair
Step 3:  Rinse with warm water.
Step 4:  If there is a little baking soda remaining in your hair you can shampoo again.    

How can we get rid of this buildup so that our hair products can work the way they are supposed to?  The answer is Baking Soda.  Yes the same baking soda used in cakes, deserts, toothpaste, etc.  It can also clarify your hair!  Baking soda is known for its natural cleaning agents for your teeth and your hair is no different.  Adding baking soda every now and again will help to clarify your hair and allow your shampoo and conditioner to be as effective as it can be.  You have to try it out and let me know what you think.  

Step 1:  Wash hair with shampoo

Step 2:  While the lather is still in your hair take about 2 tbsp of Baking Soda and massage through your hair

Step 3:  Rinse with warm water.

Step 4:  If there is a little baking soda remaining in your hair you can shampoo again.    

You will have beautiful clarified hair.  Read more Homegrown Haircare here!

Get the Amy Winehouse Look

Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse is known for her hair raising do.  Although it is a bit too much for me I know I have some wild divas out there that want to take their hair to the extreme.  One of my favs, Johnny Lavoy, explains how to get the Amy Winehouse hair style.  There is definite effort involved in recreating this style but looks fabulous once completed.

Danny Gokey uses Redken!

dannygokeyOn today’s Live with Regis and Kelly, Danny Gokey, the third place runner up for American Idol, told Regis Philbin that he gets his hair on by using Redken.  We love Danny’s style, hair, and of course singing!  I wonder which Redken product he uses?

Adriana Lima Beautiful Hair and a New Baby!

Adriana Lima, the second highest paying Victoria Secret’s Brazilian supermodel, is expecting her first child.  She is definitely going to be one hot mama.  Adriana Lima’s hair is of superb simplicity.  She keeps it casual with a fantastic highlight job and simple textured beachy curls.  I love it.  See more Adriana Lima hairstyle pictures in our slideshow.

Hair Clinic: My Silver Hair Turns Brown after I Flat Iron?

Question:

“I have beautiful silver African American hair.  I just started to flat iron my hair, however, when I use my iron my beautiful silver hair turns a brownish tint.  Is there anything I can use to prevent this from happening?”

Answers from our Expert Stylists:

kazamorKaz Amor, Redken Haircare Consultant- “There are a couple of reasons why this might be happening: 1) the hair might have product buildup and when the flat iron makes contact with the residue, it is causing it to turn brown or 2) the iron’s temperature is too high, causing the hair to be scorched. If the hair has buildup, I recommend shampooing with Redken Hair Cleansing Cream. This will remove any buildup from the hair. You should also check the iron to make sure there is no product buildup on the plates that could be transferring onto the hair. I would also recommend using Redken’s Blonde Glam Color Enhancer in Perfect Platinum to keep silver hair from turning yellow. In either case, the hair should be protected from the heat regardless so I also recommend using any of our products from Redken’s Heat Styling line to strengthen and help protect the hair from the heat of the iron.”

roslynbakerRoslyn Baker, Soft & Beautiful Haircare Consultant – “Thermal implements can discolor the hair.  Because the gray hair is translucent, the appearance of the discoloration is more apparent.  What causes the discoloration?  Thermal irons release a carbon-type residue, especially when they are too hot. Always have a white cotton cloth or tissue handy BEFORE applying a curling iron or flat iron to the hair.  Test the iron on the cloth before applying it to the hair.  If the tissue turns brown, then you must wait until the iron cools down.  Keep retesting it until the cloth has no color.  You have to keep this process going throughout the styling process because electric irons can escalate in temperature if they are just sitting idle.  It’s also a great idea to use a thermal barrier on the hair to protect it against the heat of the irons.  The Soft & Beautiful STYLEPROTEC Hair Gloss is a perfect solution.  Just apply a few drops in the palm and rub throughout the hair and use a comb to evenly distribute.  If the hair is already discolored consider this homemade remedy to brighten the hair:  Mix your favorite shampoo with small amount of Hydrogen Peroxide.  Shampoo the hair and allow it to sit about 5 minutes.”

Top Knot Updo Summer Trend

nicole top knot

So what is the biggest summer trend this year?  It is the top knot as sported by Nicole Ritchie and Gwen Stefani.  It is the simplest way to get an incredible summer do that works well both on the beach and off.  You can keep it simple like Nicole Ritchie with one single knot or got a little glam craze with multiple knots like Gwen.

How to get this incredible look?

Step 1:  First create a high Ponytail
Step 2:  Tease the hair in the ponytail
Step 3:  Then loop the tease hair around the ponytail holder and secure with pins

It is as easy as that!  You can do one, two or three top knots.

Product Review: New HAI Elite HaiDraStik

haidrastikHAI Elite has just come out with a new wet to dry flat iron!  You all probably know HAI for its famous HAI Convertable Iron and the HAI Elite DigiStik.  Those irons are definitely staples in the industry.  Did you know that the Frederik Fekkai salon in Beverly Hills uses the HAI Irons?  HAI has decided to take it a step forward and introduce a new Damp to Dry flat iron/styler that can iron your hair and dry it at the same time!  Remember you should only use a Damp to Dry iron on 90% dry hair.  Otherwise it can damage your hair.

Description:   The HAI HaiDraStik is a 1.5 inch nano tourmaline iron with ceramic plates.  The iron has water channel strips so that the moisture from your hair can be quick evaporated from the thermal holes.  The iron goes up to 390 degrees F in just under 6 seconds and has a digital temperature gauge.  It comes with a 3 year warranty as well.
Feel:  The iron is a lightweight iron and is easy to use.  It is obviously heavier than a one inch iron but it won’t tire your arms.  The digital control is easy to use although it took reading the instructions manual to really figure it out.  There are 6 fixed temperatures on the temperature control which is a little different then what I am used to.  I usually can adjust the temperature to any temperature.  But I didn’t mind this.   
Usage:  I kept my hair a little damp after blow drying.  I turned it on to the lowest degree temperature and started to test out.  I then continued to adjust until I felt that I was getting the appropriate one pass straightening.  I felt that my hair straightened best at 360 – 390 degrees F.  You could use the lower temperature if you have fine hair or chemically treated hair.  It took me about 15 minutes to iron my entire head which is about average.   
Results:  The HAI HaiDraStik did really dry my hair while it straightened.  Remember my hair was about 90% dry so it doesn’t take much but it did do its job.  What I liked about it was that I didn’t hear any sizzling noises while I was straightening.  (Which yes I have heard with other non damp to dry irons)  The straightening results were great.  It straightened my hair within one pass – of course at the highest temperature.  The results were shiny, smooth, and silky.

Read more and buy the HAI HaiDraStik for $159.99.

FREE Treatment and Blow Out from KÉRASTASE PARIS!

kerastase our treatKérastase is inviting all of the StyleBell readers to visit one of the 750 Kérastase Salons and receive a FREE yes FREE signature treatment and blow dry on May 20th.  The “Our Treat” promotion from Kérastase includes one FREE In-Salon treatment and blow dry, valued at over $100! Act now appts are definitely limited.  Click on this Kerastase weblink to print out your exclusive evite, www.kerastase-usa.com/_en/_us/conso/specialoffers/our-treat.aspx

On the evite page you will find a list of over 750 participating salons.   I can’t believe they are doinig this! Go ahead and tell all of your friends and family.  Don’t forget to mention that StyleBell sent you!  Enjoy!

Check out Kérastase’s Blog on the events of today’s “Our Treat” extravaganza.