How to Get Hairspray off of Mirrors and More!

mm_thelmabookIf anyone knows me they know I am a Eco-friendly products maniac.  My weekly shopping spree is at the Wholefoods.  So when I heard about the launch of Mrs. Meyer’s (yes there is a real woman behind the brand!) new book, Mrs. Meyers Clean Home: No Nonsense Advice That Will Inspire You to Clean Like the Dickens, I was inspired to read more.  Thelma Meyer was one of the original women to “go-green” and her tips are super budget-friendly which are great during these tight times!
These tips are my favorite and I am sure you will love them! Enjoy!
  • To get Hairspray off of Mirrors: Pour rubbing alcohol on a cloth and clean in small circles.  You can also use a baby wipe if you have them handy.  Then grab club-soda that you’ve put in a spray bottle and give the mirror a spritz, wiping it clean with bunched-up newspaper 
  • Removing Mascara from clothing: Mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups cold water, apply the solution to the stain, and then blot until it’s gone 

Product Review: Klorane Dry Shampoo

klorane dry shampooNeed a way to get by in between shampoos?  There are a number of women who cannot  wash and/or  rinse their hair everyday due to time, hair health, and other reasons and are looking for a way to keep hair fresh and clean.   Klorane Dry Shampoo is definitely the answer.  You simply spray in your hair and on your scalp, let sit for a few, and then brush off.  All of the hair oils are absorbed by the spray.  Fantastic!  The Klorane Dry Shampoo has been featured in InStyle, Marie Claire, and Vanity Fair!  Try it I am sure it will work for you!

Redken’s Fab Blow-Out Tips

Many women pay top dollar to get an ultra-sleek salon blow-out.  A great salon blow-out creates luxurious foundation for any style and adds polish to hair, which seems impossible to replicate at home. But impossible it is not!  With these easy expert tips and the right products, you’ll be blow-drying like a pro in no time!

Tools You Will Need: 

1)  Wide-tooth comb to evenly disperse product and untangle hair
2)  Round medium-sized boar bristle brush or nylon/boar bristle combination brush
3)   Blow-dryer with an ionic feature to seal in the cuticle and lock in moisture for high sheen (not recommended for fine hair). Get one that has at least 2 heat settings: high heat for initial drying, low heat for finishing. Make sure your blow-dryer has sufficient voltage and a nozzle for a controlled, polished finish.
4)  A flat iron creates a sleeker, smoother finish and keep ends from curling under. If you choose to use a flat iron after you blow-dry, use on hair after completely dried and make sure it has ceramic plates to diffuse heat with maximum results and less damage.
 
Easy Steps for the Perfect Blow-Out

Redken\'s Blow Drying Hair Tips1) Apply a blow-dry product, like Redken Satinwear 02 Blow-Dry Lotion or Redken Straight 05 Straightening Balm to hair and use a wide tooth comb to evenly disperse product.

2)  Blast-dry hair on high heat until 80% dry, working from the scalp to the ends using fingers to disperse heat throughout the hair.  For added volume at the roots, turn hair upside down while drying 80% using a boar’s head bristle brush.

3)  Clip hair into 3 sections: 2 on the sides and 1 in the back.

4)  Blow-dry each section one inch at a time using a thick, medium-sized boar bristle brush and low heat. Use the nozzle on your blow-dryer to keep the airflow pointed down the hair strand to prevent unwanted fly-aways that can be exacerbated from humidity.

5) For each section, start drying hair at the scalp and then move down to the mid-length of hair. When the mid-length is dry, finish the ends.  To avoid your arms from getting tired, make sure to keep both your elbows at shoulder level, and use your wrists and lower arm to move the brush and dryer. And if you need to, take a break in between sections.

6)  To finish the look, touch up each section with a flat iron.  For additional control and frizz-free shine on your night out on the town, finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to keep that blow-dried perfection all night long.

7)      Before heading out, spritz on some Redken Vinyl Glam 02 Mega-Shine Spray for instant gloss and a glam finish!

To add even more movement and bounce to this already sleek blow-out, “Roll two velcro rollers in the front two sections of your hair after your blow-dry is complete,” suggests Redken session stylist, Patricia Morales. “While the rollers are in place, apply your makeup. Then, let the rollers down and you’ll have beautiful waves with extra movement and lift in the front and you’re ready to go – a trick I often do when styling Demi Moore’s hair.”

A polished blow-out can easily be done at home with the right tools and advice directly from the pros! But remember, practice makes perfect, and soon you will master the look in no time. Thanks Redken for these fab blow-out tips.  For more information visit www.redken.com.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming PomadeThe Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade was a complete life savor!  A few weeks ago I received a very “interesting” hairstyle; nice on paper but very difficult to style.  Sounds familiar?  Of course I got this “interesting” haircut right before a major formal event.  I was sitting in my bathroom with flat iron, hair dryer, and spray on hand.  I blew my hair completely dry.  Then I flat ironed it.  OMG!.  The hairstylist decided to cut bangs and major layers.  My hair looked like a bird’s nest with strands and bangs just doing their own thing. 

With hair in disarray, I started searching for something anything that could transform this mess into beautiful silky strands!  Ah ha!  I found it, the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade in the back of my hubbie’s cabinet.  It spoke to me.  Although a quote on quote men’s product could pomade work for me?  Definitely!

I opened the jar and smelled the fresh fragrance of tea tree oil.  Very refreshing.  I took a dollop size amount and rubbed between my hands.  Not too much just enough.  I started with the bangs and then went from the tops of my hair down.  It really worked.  I placed all of the whacked out strands in its place while giving my hair incredible shine!  Let’s just say I got tons of glowing comments about my hair that night.  Thanks Paul Mitchell!

Noticing Hair Loss or Breakage? Hemp to the Rescue

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080415/LIFESTYLE03/804150401Many women are plagued with premature hair loss due to pregnancy, hormonal changes, chemical treatments, and stress.  There are many products such as Nioxin and Murad that are known to reduce excessive daily hair loss but what if you want to use something natural?

We have found the answer!  If you have noticed a slight decrease in hair density or have experienced hair breakage due to a poorly executed color, perm, or relaxer this homegrown remedy will surely bring those locks back to optimum health.

Step 1: Mix 1 tbsp of each of the following teas:

       Indian Hemp: Promotes hair growth

       Nettle: Prevents hair breakage

       Rosemary: Prevents hair breakage and loss

(StyleBell Tip: You can find these teas in your local natural market)

Step 2: Add to 2-3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Boil the tea mixture until water is a deep color (usually about 10 to 15 mintues).

Step 3: Strain the tea and add 1 tsp Boric Acid.  (Boric Acid is a natural preservative.)  Store the mixture in the refrigerator to keep.

Step 4: When ready to use soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply directly on your scalp daily.  Keep the mixture on your scalp for about 5 – 15 minutes.  Rinse the hair with the mixture and then rinse out with warm water.

Step 5:  Continue with this rinse daily.  You will start noticing the difference after day 4 or 5!

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

Hair Drying Help: A Better Blowout

This video covers everything you need to achieve the results the pros get at home. From applying the products to using that little concentrator attachment (nice!) this is your blow-drying 101 lesson to getting those professional results. You’ll see some great tips on using a hair brush to add that extra sexy volume to your style too. Blow-dryers ready? Begin!

You might also be interested in reading this: Better Blowout, Straighter Strands.

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.