Travel Time: Hair Saving Ideas

hair travel tips,beauty travel tipsI’m writing this post while on a flight to Zurich.

I’m going for work – mostly! – but it’s the season of summer travel. And plans for warm weather travel mean adjusting the beauty routine. Vim and Vigor and Tan Bella in San Francisco shared some fabulous tips for getting ready:

Beat the frizz:
Invest in a great cut and color before departing for summer travel – your hair will be healthier and easier to manage from the beach back to the boardroom. Garret and Beverly can provide styling tips, cuts for the season, color ideas and unique products.

Brighten up:
Add some highlights around your face – it will make you look refreshed and brighter for summertime photos.

Cover up:
Protect your hair before going into the sun, chlorine or salt water with shampoos and conditioners that block UV rays, or bring a hat or scarf to cover your head when the sun is at its strongest. Some great products to protect your strands include:

Kerastase’s Soleil line, which offers SPF within its shampoo and conditioner for sun exposed hair.

Goldwell’s “colorglow” line of shampoos, conditioners, hair masque and leave-in treatment provides colored hair with added protection.

Pack “light”:
Use lightweight leave-in lotions or shine sprays as alternatives to mousses or gels – they provide bounce while leaving hair weightless, especially in warmer months

Get on base:
The ever-essential base tan is a must for travel to sunnier destinations.

Have a great week! I’ll bring you back some Swiss chocolate…

By Aly Walansky

Eco-Beauty Tips from Kelly Ripa and Josie Maran

Want some fun Eco-Beauty Tips from the experts? Kelly Ripa to hosted her first-ever Webcast in support of Earth Day and Global Green USA discussing various Eco-Beauty ideas.

As part of the exchange, known as the first-ever “Green Idea Swap,” Kelly took questions from a live Web audience with the help of three eco lifestyle experts: Josie Maran, creator of her own eco-friendly makeup line; Zem Joaquin, founder and CEO of Ecofabulous; and Anna Getty, green living and holistic lifestyle expert.  Check out the entire webcast at <a href=”http://www.kelly-confiential.com “>www.kelly-confidential.com. </a>

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Tea Tree Oil the Itchy Away

Seasonal changes make me itch. Especially the change from Autumn to winter. As the crisp air chills outside, and the heated air dries out inside, my skin dries, too. I get itchy eczema patches on my arms and legs. My scalp tightens and begins to itch. My hair gets extra dry. I used to run for the dandruff shampoo. But those shampoos only solved my problem in the short term. They stripped essential oils from my scalp, and created a cycle of flaking and itching that was uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing. Plus, because I have sensitive skin, the dandruff shampoo that would get on my skin when I’d wash and rinse my hair in the shower made my skin raw, bumpy, and irritable.

Three years ago, I learned about the antibacterial, antifungal cleansing power of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the Melaleuca altemfolia, a plant native to Australia. Australian aboriginals used the oil to heal cuts and burns, much like we use aloe vera. You can find tea tree oil in Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo. I love this product! This shampoo does what it promises: it cleanses my scalp, leaves it feeling refreshed, and makes my hair feel soft as well. When I shampoo, I let the lather sit on my hair for a few minutes to give the suds extra time to cleanse my scalp and dissolve flakes. Not only does Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo contain tea tree oil, but it also has wonderfully moisturizing oils and soothing botanicals like henna, aloe vera, and awapuhi. And, unlike most products I’ve used, it doesn’t irritate my skin.

Looking for tea tree without the parabens? Then check out Jason’s Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo and Conditioner. In my trials, I found that, like Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo, Jason’s Scalp Normalizing Shampoo also cleans my scalp well and softens my hair. Plus it contains no lauryl or laureth sulfates that can irritate your skin. Both product lines are safe for relaxed, color treated, and otherwise processed hair.

By Nicole Furlonge

Flat Iron Maintenance

These simple tips will help prolong the life of your professional flat iron and keep those bad hair days at bay! 

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Flat IronHundreds of best-selling, top-rated flat irons, hair straighteners, and styling irons are sold every day, and if you own a flat iron, you know you would be lost without it. If you have that much trust in your hair straightener, shouldn’t you take care of it? A well-loved flat iron equals a happy hairstyle in my book. (Pictured: BaByliss Nano-Titanium Flat Iron)

A Few Minutes a Day
Taking a few extra minutes to care for your flat iron (or curling iron) after each use will not only help prolong its life, it will also ensure it is clean and ready for use the next time you need it. Some extra care goes a long way with a flat iron, and it’s easier than you think. Plus, if you’ve ever had a flat iron die on you, you know all about the bad hair days you must suffer until the new one arrives, so proper care is the way to go.

Caution, it’s HOT
Remember to always use extreme caution when handling your hot flat iron, and keep in mind that the plates of the iron will remain very hot for a short period after you turn it off. You should always wait for the flat iron (or any hair appliance) to completely cool down before cleaning or storing it, and you should always unplug it immediately after use.

 HAI Heatproof Bag/Mat ComboSafety First

 While your flat iron is cooling down, I suggest placing in on a heatproof mat to protect it and your counter tops. Many of the flat iron manufacturers sell heatproof mats along with their irons, and it’s a good idea to get one. I’ve seen them in silicone and in a variety of other heat resistant materials, any of which are fine for resting your hot appliance on while using or during the cooling down period. (Pictured: StyleBell Heatproof Bag/Mat Combo)

Gentle Care, Better Hair
The flat iron plates should be cleaned with a soft cloth and a professional iron cleaner specifically formulated for use flat irons and other heat styling appliances. You should never use any harsh or abrasive cleaners that will damage or scratch the surface of the plates, or reduce the iron’s ability to glide through the hair easily. Make sure to never spray iron cleaner on a hot iron, this could potentially damage the plates of the iron. Always make sure you use iron cleaner on a cool iron to protect your iron from possible damage. I recommend cleaning your flat iron after every use to keep your plates in tip-top shape, and maintain its peak performance. Remember “gummy residue”. Enough said.

Loose Handles?
With regular use, sometimes the handles of the iron may become loose. If this occurs, you can step away like I do, or try to fix it by removing the hinge cover and tightening the nut. Always make sure the iron is unplugged and completely cool before attempting to tighten a loose nut. Remember to replace the hinge cover securely when you are done. If you are unsure, mechanically challenged, or don’t like the idea of taking your favorite appliance apart, please seek professional help! A stylist, a professional salon worker, repair man, or electrical appliance guru should be called in immediately.

Proper Storage Please!
When storing your flat iron, you should never, ever, never wrap the power cord around it. Did I say NEVER? I really cannot stress this point enough. Wrapping the electrical cord around the flat iron causes damage and stress to the connection points and will lead to damage of both the iron and the cord. I wish I could tell you how many people complain that their flat iron broke after 3 months due to cord damage. When storing your flat iron, bundle the cord loosely and lay the cord next to the iron. This will prolong the life of your flat iron, guaranteed.

It’s Worth Repeating
A flat iron will take several minutes to cool down completely after use. To avoid burning your counter top or vanity, you really should invest in a heat resistant mat or heatproof bag specifically designed to cover the flat iron’s plates. A heatproof mat protects your counter surfaces while the iron is cooling down, and also keeps your flat iron plates clean and protected from damage during storage and travel. A mat is a great resting place, but for travel and storage, if you can get a heatproof bag, it would be a better investment in the long run.

Hot Tools Professional Iron CleanerPrevent Damage
 Keep in mind that any styling products used on your hair will cause build up on your flat iron plates over time. This leads to excess stickiness on the plate surface, and results in poor styling results. The gummy residue on the plates can also cause damaging stress to your hair by pulling and snagging the strands, causing split ends and breakage. Flat irons are meant to glide through your hair smoothly, so it’s very important to make sure your iron is clean before each and every use. Gummy residue? Split ends? Damage? You should be running to pick up some professional iron cleaner before you even finish this article. (Pictured: Hot Tools Professional Iron Cleaner)

Taking care of your flat iron not only prolongs its life, it also ensures better performance and smoother slip through your hair as you style. Plus, exercising caution with any heat appliance is always recommended, safety first!

 

And of course, if you’re in the market for a new flat iron, our Best Flat Irons section features the most-wanted irons around!

Moisture Wicking Headbands

fit2bmomHow many times have you played tennis or gone to the gym and you feel like a water fountain is sitting on the top of your head.  The worst is when the sunscreen starts to run straight into your eyes.  FIT2BMOM, the makers of maternity workout wear, has the answer.  FIT2BMOM’s headbands, made with silky smooth, moisture wicking Supplex fabric, are designed to wick moisture away from your skin to keep your hairline cool and dry all throughout your workout, daily activities and beyond!  It comes in all different colors Read more about FIT2BMOM at their website www.fit2bmom.com.

Homemade Hair Refresher To Go

conditionersNeed a hair refresher on the go?  I have discovered a great new hair tip that I had to share with you all.  If you have curly or wavy hair and you have noticed throughout the day it loses its pizazz try this hair refresher.  Take your everyday conditioner, about 2 tbsp, and mix with about 6 ounces of water. Put in a spray bottle and shake up.  Whenever you feel that your hair is frizzing out or needs extra bounce spray on your hair and leave in.  You can use this on your kids as well. A low cost way of keeping your hair beautiful.  I love it!

Left Over Conditioner in a Tube?

Are you like me and have tons of conditioner tubes with just an itty bitty bit of conditioner left in it?  What can you do with all of that leftover conditioner?  I have the answer!  You can make a very luxurious body exfoliation with it.  The ingredients used in conditioner are the same ingredients as some of the finest lotions and body scrubs!  So you all want to know how?  Here is where the magic comes in.

Step 1) Open up the conditoiner.  If in a tube cut the opposite side of the tube so you can really get all of it out.  Combine all of the leftover conditoiner in a bowl.
Step 2) Add Olive Oil and Sea Salt
Step 3) Mix well
Step 4) Apply to your body and rinse

Soft supple skin with just the ingredients in your home!  Now that is a definite value.

Kate Hudson Hair Care Line: David Babaii for Wild Aid!

kate hudson hair care david babaii wild aidDavid Babaii and Kate Hudson have teamed up to launch a super inspirational line of eco-friendly hair products, David Babaii for Wild Aid.  A few months ago I mentioned the new launch.  Lucky me, David Babaii, was nice enough to send me a sneak peak on the product line including shampoos, conditioners, styling products, and appliances. 

I tested out the amplifying shampoo and conditioner and LOVE IT!  The shampoo is made from Polynesian white ginger and volumizing volcanic ash and is sulfate, paraben, and petroleum free!   I really felt good about using this product and the results were fab.  More volume, more shine, and a healthy glow!  All of this with no animal testing!  David Babaii for Wild Aid also has a bohemian beach spray which creates natural beach curls that are fantastic this time of year.  Run don’t walk and get yourself on the animal-eco-friendly band wagon.  The best part you don’t have to sacrifice your hair! Buy now at StyleBell!