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I.T.Ts for Hair care

  1. Get Clean Skin Quick
    To sop up oil and refresh makeup, lightly mist your face with toner, then pat with a tissue. Finish with a dusting of loose powder.
  2. Lighten Locks Instantly
    If scalp grease (or too many products) have left your light hair looking like dirty dishwater, sprinkle translucent powder over your roots, then brush through.
  3. Depuff Your ‘Do in a Flash
    To flatten frizz, dampen your hands with water and a drop of hand lotion, then gently pull your hair back into a French twist. Wait 10 minutes; take your strands down. Voilà — fuzz free!
  4. Focus on the Front to Speed Hairstyling
    When you’re strapped for time, do the T-zone blow-dry: down your part and around your hairline only.
  5. Maintain your sexy blow-out:
    To preserve a blow out, I sleep with my hair in a top knot secured with hair pins to keep the texture and shape. When I wake up, I just let it fall and spruce it up a bit with dry shampoo on my roots and if I need to, I’ll refresh it with a blow dryer.
  6. Take the power back:
    I once splurged on a very expensive haircut at a super swanky NYC salon. What did I learn from this $400 trim, besides it looked no different than a $40 cut? I learned to take my power back. When it came time to style my hair, the master stylist asked me how I would like him to do it. ‘I don’t know, you’re the expert,’ I said. He begged to differ and lectured me on how I should never give my power away in the chair. Wagging a pricey comb at me, he cautioned me to stay alert and aware every step of the way and never be afraid to speak up or ask the stylist to show you want they are doing. ‘Never forget, when it comes to your hair, you’re the expert,’ he said. Then he offered me champagne.
  7. Learn to DIY:
    Save money by creating your own tinted moisturizer. I just put a small drop of my liquid foundation and a dime-sized amount of my daily moisturizer in the palm of my hand. I mix the two and voila! I have my own tinted moisturizer! No new products required.
  8. Fatten up baby fine hair:
    If you have flat, baby fine strands like I do, an aerosol can of dry shampoo is essential for pumping up the volume. Women who are blessed with hair to spare use it to sop up oil between blowouts, but I like to spritz it straight onto clean roots daily. The fine blast of powder adds texture and what I like to call “grip” to give my style staying power-and more importantly gives me lift that lasts all day!
  9. Pillow pretty:
    Always sleep on satin or silk pillowcases so that your hair doesn’t snag and break when you’re tossing and turning. If your hair is prone to dryness, focus shampoo on your scalp. Clean your scalp and when you rinse, the shampoo will clean the length or your hair just enough to gently cleanse it.
  10. Drying when sopping wet.
    Putting a blow dryer to dripping wet hair is a very bad idea. Want to know what’s even worse? Using a round brush on hair that’s sopping wet. That friction frays the cuticle, leading to hair that’s damaged and flat. To keep hair healthy, blot it with a towel, then allow it to air dry until it’s about 50 percent dry. You can soft dry it to 80-90% dry before adding a brush also. Now you can pick up that round brush and use your favorite styling technique to get super volume and shine. This will also help with volume as you are not over flattening the hair.
  11. Doing the wet pony.
    When we’re busy, it’s easy to throw freshly shampooed hair up into a high bun or pony. The lack of heat and brushing may be a plus, but wet ponytails and buns have a steep downside of their own. Tugging and pulling fragile wet hair, then whipping it with an elastic, is a fast track to split ends. Instead, try a loose braid or a rough finger blow dry.
  12. Rough handling knotty tresses.
    Tangled hair should be brushed out, right? Not so fast. Brushing through knots can cause pieces — or even the entire knot — to break. Start at the tips — never the roots — using a wide-toothed comb and gently work through those knots. For hair that’s prone to snagging and snarling, apply a leave-in spray detangler after your shampoo.
  13. Washing your color away.
    A whopping 75 percent of women color their hair in some form. To keep locks at their healthiest and color at its prettiest, always use a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for color-treated hair. And wait 24 to 48 hours after you color your hair before you shampoo or else that gorgeous fresh hue will be swirling right down the shower drain. You can rinse, but over washing will dull color faster.
  14. Rushing from dryer to flat iron.
    Following a hasty blow dry with a flat or curling iron to perfect a style is likely to sizzle your strands. Women often use hot tools on their to happen. hair when it still has some moisture remaining. Ironing wet hair increases the risk of breakage. Wait a few minutes after your blow dry to make sure hair is 100 percent dry.
  15. Find a shampoo that lathers less.
    Sudsy doesn’t necessarily mean clean—sometimes, it means the opposite. Shampoos that lather too much are often overloaded with moisturizing products, which can leave build-up in your hair, making it look and feel dirtier quicker. So opt for a sulfate-free formula.
  16. Give your locks a burst of cold.
    Before you hop out of the shower, turn the cold water on for a second and quickly rinse it through your strands. It helps seal the cuticle, adding a sleek finish to your locks.
  17. Play hot-and-cold as you dry.
    When using a round brush to dry your hair in sections, start from the roots and dry all the way to the ends, letting the brush linger at the tips of your strands. Let your hair cool off like this on its own for five seconds, then repeat on another section. Alternating between heat and cool-down time helps set your style, and your blowout will have more body.
  18. Use rollers for high-volume.
    For sex-kitten lift, blow out your locks until they’re dry. Then, section off the hair on top of your head—between your temples and all the way back to the crown of your hair. Divide that section into three smaller sections vertically (as if you were making a mohawk), and wrap each in a 2-inch velcro hair roller. Let your hair sit like this for 30 minutes, and then unwrap your strands, lightly comb them out, and spray for hold.
  19. Drop the towel.
    Keeping wet strands wrapped in a towel for a half-hour as you do your makeup will just cause frizz! The roughness of the cotton forces your hair cuticles open, making them more likely to go every-which-way. Instead, squeeze out excess water as soon as you’re out of the shower, then let your hair air-dry for five or ten minutes before blow drying.
  20. Apply products 10 minutes before you style.
    Whether you’re curling, straightening, or whatevering, applying product 10 minutes in advance helps it fully absorb into your strands so you get all of its benefits and more bang for your buck.
  21. Wrap—don’t clamp—your hair for quick curls.
    When using a curling iron, you don’t need to fasten your locks to the barrel. Wrap sections around the iron and hold in place for about 10 seconds to score the same soft, sexy curls.
  22. Use spray bottles as your new lazy-day BFF.
    If you wake up and your locks are totally flat or grungy from the day before, just spray the top layer of your hair until damp, and then use a big barrel round brush (2 inches or more) to blow your locks dry. You’ll score high volume on that top layer, and since it’s freshly blown out, you’ll create the illusion of all-over smooth hair.
  23. Use dry shampoo a different way.
    Instead of waiting until your locks need an dirt-fighting pick-me-up, apply a dab of dry shampoo to your roots immediately after you wash and dry them. Though your hair’s already clean, the barrier will stave off the debris and oil your strands will collect throughout the day before it hits. Bonus: It also gives you killer volume.
  24. Do you ever have summer damaged hair?
    For summer damaged hair have a weekly conditioning treatment or Keratin based treatment (available at MHSG). It will address moisture loss by restoring your hair’s natural lipid balance. The oil dissolves product build-up, too, which helps to create smoother, light-reflective finish. Ask us about customization and “Indulge I.T.T”, our new product available now at MHSG!
  25. Removing split ends to grow hair faster!
    Split ends will continue to split until both sides break off. This will make the hair appear to not grow even if it is growing from the scalp. Not getting regular haircuts can actually be detrimental to the time spent growing hair longer. So get the back to school haircut so it looks cleaner and will grow healthy!
  26. Find a shampoo that lathers less.
    Sudsy doesn’t necessarily mean clean—sometimes, it means the opposite. Shampoos that lather too much are often overloaded with moisturizing products, which can leave build-up in your hair, making it look and feel dirtier quicker. So opt for a sulfate-free formula.
  27. Do an at-home glaze between color appointments.
    Glazes fill holes and rough spots in your hair cuticles, helping smooth your locks and put moisture back into your hair. This keeps your color shiny and bright so it lasts longer and look better. Plus, you can snag an at-home kit from your local drugstore.
  28. How to Skip a Morning Blowout:
    The trick to not waking up to frizz is to shampoo your hair the night before, squeeze out any excess water, and apply a styling cream from roots to tips. Comb your hair and make a tight bun at the nape of your neck with an elastic. Go to bed. When you wake up, take out the elastic—and ta-da! The hair at the top of your head will be totally smooth, and the rest will be wavy. Just run your fingers through it to separate the curls.
  29. How to Make Dirty Hair Look Clean:
    The key here is to create some volume at the roots. Before bed, grab the hair on the top of your head—about four inches in diameter—and use a snag-free elastic to fasten it into a ponytail, like Pebbles Flintstone. In the morning, take down the ponytail and smooth out any kinks with a flatiron. Then slide your sunglasses on like a headband—because they don’t press hair flat against your skull, they’ll actually disguise greasy roots.
  30. How to Properly Moisturize Really Dry Hair:
    Wash your hair twice a week, max, and always follow with a moisturizing conditioner. Then, at least once every two weeks, deep-condition. Apply the conditioner to wet hair with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb, slap on a shower cap, and keep it on for 20 minutes. (If you’re feeling ambitious, blast the cap with a blow-dryer; the heat helps the conditioner penetrate.) Rinse, and revel in how shiny your hair looks.
  31. How to Create a Stylish Low Ponytail:
    Make a deep side part, and place the ponytail about two inches off to one side. Hairstylist Orlando Pita did this at the Marni show—it took two seconds but was so elegant and cool. And it looks as good with jeans as it does with a cocktail dress.
  32. How to Volumize Fine Hair:
    The trick here is to give hair volume at the sides, not at the top (which will make you look like a beauty queen). Apply a lightweight thickening spray to the roots while hair is damp. Then blow-dry your hair upside down for just a minute or two, roughing up the roots with your fingertips. Finally, flip your hair back up, grip random sections with a paddle brush, and pull the hair straight out—so it’s parallel to the floor—as you dry it the rest of the way.
  33. How to Add Shine to Fine Hair:
    Rub a bit of shine serum between your hands, then skim your hairbrush bristles over your palms. When you brush your hair, it will distribute the serum evenly, so you won’t overdo it. The same technique works with hair spray, too.
  34. How to Get a Believable Blonde:
    The best blonde is actually a combination of bleached-out ends and a darker crown. To get it, ask your colorist to apply your highlights an inch or two below the roots using a natural-looking color that gets lighter as you move to the ends. To do this, he should use a stronger bleach on the ends so they look blonder.
  35. Powder Your Roots
    If your hairline starts to look greasy, dig up a big, fluffy makeup brush, and dip it into a pot of loose powder. Tap it once on the back of your hand to remove the excess, then dust it over your roots. It mops up oil and blends into your strands, so no one will know you didn’t shower.
  36. Brush on Hair Spray
    For the final step of your blow-dry, spray hair spray onto your brush, and run it through strands from roots to tips. This way, your hair isn’t so plastered and stiff but still holds volume and shine.
  37. Whip Up a Posh Ponytail
    What upgrades your usual fallback style from simple to sexy? ­Location, location, location. Perch it at the crown of your head, and it won’t channel a cheerleader. To do it, flip your head upside down to position the pony as high as possible, and secure it with a chic elastic for extra polish. Back-comb the top inch of the tail to add some oomph at the roots.
  38. Flip Your Part
    One of the fastest styles you can create without a pair of scissors? A low side part. It’s so dramatic and instantly chic, plus, it’s great for all hair types and textures. All you have to do is part hair about 4 to 6 inches above the ear then sweep strands back with one of the teeth on your comb. Smooth any flyaways with a drop of shine serum.
  39. Don Something Dazzling
    If you’re running crazy late for a party and your hair is only semi-done, slip on a flashy headband or a silk scarf. It makes such a glamorous statement, without any hassle. For maximum effect, pick something that has a colorful, eye-catching print.
  40. Move slower
    A lot of times hair is something that people really care about, but they don’t spend enough time on it. And it’s okay to spend time on your hair. Adding 10 more minutes into your morning can make a world of difference.
  41. Do you flat iron or curl your hair?
    When flat ironing, or curling your hair, slowly glide the tool through your hair at an even speed. Racing the flat iron over a section, large or small, will be completely ineffective.
  42. Getting down to the roots
    Don’t be afraid to get right down to the roots. Nothing screams amateur quite like flat hair at the roots, and volume at the ends. Yes, round brushing helps that, but sometimes all you need is to inch that flat iron just a little closer to your scalp for lift!
  43. Embracing hair products
    Do not be afraid of hair products. Use them! Generously! When I’m showing a client just how much root lifter, or hair spray, or straightening serum to use, they are usually surprised. If you are going to pay for good hair services, you deserve good hair products. Use the products your stylist recommends, think of it as a guarantee for your new color or cut.
  44. Well styled hair
    The reason Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s hair always looks great 1/2 up or in a ponytail is because they began with well styled hair. If you style your hair as if you are going to wear it down, put some hairspray or finished products in it, and then pull it back, it will style much easier. It’ll have more bounce. It’ll have more “grip” with the Bobby pins and ponytail holder.
  45. Do you swim in chlorinated water?
    When swimming in chlorinated water, always wet your hair before going in the water with regular water, or a leave on conditioner. Hair is like a sponge, once it’s wet you can’t get it more wet. It will only absorb so much. Better to have the hair absorb regular water or conditioner than chemicals.
  46. To go from very long to very short, start a little longer?
    If you do go from very long to very short, start a little longer, we call it optional length. This gives you the opportunity to have several different cuts along the way to your desired look. Its fun to see what you look like with different shapes and gives you the opportunity to try things you normally wouldn’t do. And do just that try something out of the norm because you want that short cut anyway and it’ll be there in one more month! Keep in mind short hair might be cute and seem easy but it often requires more maintenance, more cutting and daily styling. Above the shoulders usually requires a cut every 4-6 weeks to keep it in shape.
  47. Want a specific look and your stylist can’t get it right?
    If you have a specific look and the stylist hasn’t been getting it right, bring in a photo and say, This is what I’ve been trying for and I just don’t think I have it yet, That way, either your current stylist can try something new now that they have a photo, or they can direct you to someone in the salon who can do a better job with that particular look.
  48. Cant go a day without washing your hair?
    Washing your hair daily can cause dry hair and scalp as well as make hair frizzy and cause static, try rinsing the hair instead and do a massage with just water, it helps to move the oils down the hair shaft and makes it feel like you lathered up. It helps to use your natural oils whenever you can in your hair its like a natural Argon oil!! Do this every other day if you must wash your hair everyday and you will have healthier shinier ends and still clean feeling hair.
  49. Using salt water
    Sweat is just salt water, if you don’t over do it at the gym use the moisture in your hair after a workout like you would a beach spray, dry it in and it’ll give you texture and hold!! Not a bad Idea for us gals on the go!!
  50. What Not to Do
    Constantly wear a ponytail. Sure, they’re staples in every season (they keep sweaty strands off the face and, when worn high, increase fullness), but elastics create a tight squeeze around fragile hair fibers. And when they’re positioned in the same place over and over, strands gets weak and can fall out — really bad news for already thin hair. What to Do Instead: Choose lightweight shampoos conditioners, and styling products. Everything you put on your hair should list water as its first ingredient. If you regularly boost strands with waxes, thicken with airy foams or mousses.
  51. What to do with tight curls
    If tight curls leave you feeling like you booked a one-way ticket on the Soul Train, get control by pulling them back and to the side. We love full, voluminous body, , but think it’s more formal-appropriate to tame bouncy strands with a low, side ponytail. Fight all over frizz by coating fly-aways with curl-control serum. What to Do Instead: Choose lightweight shampoos A messy ponytail works well with dirty hair, since clean strands don’t have as much hold. Get extra texture, before putting your hair up, by spritzing roots with an aerosol spray dry shampoo and dispersing product evenly through hair with a boar bristle brush. Then, bend at the waist and pull your hair into a ponytail, letting gravity give you extra height at the crown. For added oomph, tease hair around your face and on the underside of your head.
  52. Do you want sexy waves in your hair? If so here is what you do.
    Sexy waves are the perfect hair for lazy girls. Put clean, dry hair in hot rollers at night while watching TV or reading, take out after 20 minutes, and secure strands into a loose bun with a clip (not a ponytail!). The next morning, take out your bun and gently work out any knots. Think of the process as getting deliberate bed head.
  53. Do you want to add hight to the crown heres what you do
    We love the effect of having added height at the crown. It makes you look taller, thinner, and just, well, better. The trick is not going overboard. Before styling, give hair lift by applying dry shampoo at the roots and dispersing through strands with a stiff, bristle brush. Tease hair at the crown before pulling all of your hair back into a mid-height ponytail. If you’re not getting perfectly coiffed helmet right away—smooth hair by running a comb spritzed with hairspray over bumps and lumps. What to Do Instead: Choose lightweight shampoos A messy ponytail works well with dirty hair, since clean strands don’t have as much hold. Get extra texture, before putting your hair up, by spritzing roots with an aerosol spray dry shampoo and dispersing product evenly through hair with a boar bristle brush. Then, bend at the waist and pull your hair into a ponytail, letting gravity give you extra height at the crown. For added oomph, tease hair around your face and on the underside of your head.
  54. Do you want sexy waves in your hair? If so here is what you do.
    Sexy waves are the perfect hair for lazy girls. Put clean, dry hair in hot rollers at night while watching TV or reading, take out after 20 minutes, and secure strands into a loose bun with a clip (not a ponytail!). The next morning, take out your bun and gently work out any knots. Think of the process as getting deliberate bed head.
  55. Do you want to add hight to the crown heres what you do
    We love the effect of having added height at the crown. It makes you look taller, thinner, and just, well, better. The trick is not going overboard. Before styling, give hair lift by applying dry shampoo at the roots and dispersing through strands with a stiff, bristle brush. Tease hair at the crown before pulling all of your hair back into a mid-height ponytail. If you’re not getting perfectly coiffed helmet right away—smooth hair by running a comb spritzed with hairspray over bumps and lumps.
  56. New cut and subtle color
    A new cut and subtle color create excitement this season. Lose your old length and shape, and you’re sure to grab attention. Let’s start turning heads!
  57. Styling routines kept simple
    Styling routines should be kept simple. Hot tools and high-speed dryers help, but the real key is a great cut that has its own strong shape because it won’t require much effort.
  58. Working with hair characteristics
    Work with your hairs natural characteristics to bring out its best. For instance, fine hair looks softer and fuller when curled, while straighter, thicker strands are outstanding razored shorts.
  59. For a punk pompadour effect
    For a punk pompadour effect, part hair off from the front and brush the heavy top back, adding root life with a round brush. Work in medium-sized sections; you can use gel for stronger hold or lightweight mousse for a more delicate touch. It’s great for a simple day-to-night switch over.
  60. Dandruff is a problem so here is what you can do
    Dandruff can, of course, become stubborn, so if washing everyday with your regular shampoo does not stop the flakes from becoming haywire, the next best thing to do would be to start using anti-dandruff shampoos. Look for anti-dandruff shampoos with zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, salicylic acid or ketoconazole as the active ingredient. To keep your scalp from developing immunity to these shampoos, go ahead and rotate brands at least once a month.
  61. The right way of washing the hair
    So, what is the right way of washing the hair? The first thing you should do is to comb the tangles out of the hair before you wet it so the hair would wash easily and the tangles would not worsen. And then, wet your hair thoroughly under the shower. You can use either warm or cold water if you like, but for best results, you can wet your hair with warm water to open the scale-like cuticles of the hair and wash all the oil and dirt off. And then, you can rinse your hair with cold water afterwards to close the cuticles and add to the shine of your hair.
  62. Does your hair need a break from the flat irons, curling irons or hot rollers?
    If you often blow dry and process your hair with flat irons, curling irons or hot rollers your hair is probably ready for a break. All that heat and processing can leave your hair dry, brittle and very damaged. Give your hair a much needed break and let it air dry naturally. Think of it as a vacation for your hair.
  63. Rescue by Kevin Murphy
    If you are trying to grow your hair out, you’ll notice as you grow older that it grows slower and slower. Rescue shampoo and conditioner takes the chemical out of our hair that causes that to happen. It also keeps it shining, conditioned and makes you feel young again!
  64. MHSG Custom Conditioners
    For added volume and thickness use hydrolyzed silk protein which lubricates and reinforces the surface cuticle. It also adds extra shine, and health to the strands of your hair.
  65. Make your style last all night
    To make your style last all night instead of just spraying your hair with hairspray at then end of the style, spray a workable hairspray like J Beverly Hills Perfect Hold while you hair is in curlers/rollers. After you take out your styling tools you will have just enough hold to keep your tresses in place while you use your strong-hold hairspray like J Beverly Hills Session Spray for the final set.
  66. Do you like to pin your fringe straight back a little?
    If you like to pin your fringe straight back a little back combing underneath it will add a bit of stylish volume. Just take a small section behind the front edge of the hairline back comb it close to the scalp and spritz a little J Beverly Hills Perfect Hold and comb the front hair over top before pinning it down.
  67. Creating the Perfect Ponytail!
    Take a section recession to recession and tease from your highest point (apex) to about 1/2 inch from your hairline. Comb the top until smooth overlay on the teasing and spray. Then pull the sides tight and comb back. Circulate all the hair back to the center of your head and secure with tie. Spray again to get stray hairs and you’ve created the perfect chic ponytail with just the right amount of lift.
  68. Beach Hair!
    When hair is about 80% dry twist large sections until tight then roll up to scalp in circular motion to create little o’s and secure with pins. Spritz with a salt spray and air dry or blow dry until moisture is gone. Pull pins out and shake loose. Run an amplifier through for extra definition and you get beautiful natural waves.
  69. Want a scrunched look without the stiffness of product?
    If you want a scrunched look without the stiffness of product, shower at night and put a light styling product (glaze or sea salt spray). Take sections of hair and twist, bun and pin up, do about 4-6 sections. In the morning hair should be dry or mostly dry unpin and shake out and you’re ready to go!
  70. Super Shine
    To remove residue from your strands and keep them shiny, reach for apple cider vinegar and put a few ounces into your regular shampoo bottle. Each time you shampoo, you will be also adding shine.
  71. Dominate a Stray Hair
    Want your hair to go in THAT direction? When blow drying with a brush, finish the last release of the brush in the direction you want the ends to go, then set the hair with a cool blast of air from your dryer, again in the same direction.
  72. Healthy Hair
    Not all snacks and meals are equal when it comes to healthy hair strands. Here are two not so well known items to add to the shopping cart if you want to give your hair an extra healthy boost from the inside out.
    – Flax seeds, their omega-3 fatty acids and lignans are great for your hair and easy to use too. I throw in a heaping tablespoon whenever I use my blender and over yogurt in the morning (already ground).
    – Kale will provide iron and minerals that your hair will thank you for. Vitamin B is vital for cellular hair heath so load up!
  73. Some Stats
    What color hair do you have and how does that compare to the world population and hair color? What is the most common hair color? Here are the stats..
    – 75 percent of the world population has natural dark brown or black hair color
    – 24 percent have medium brown to blonde hair
    – 1 percent have red hair
  74. Alkaline (or Cold) Waves
    Alkaline waves are perhaps the most commonly used wave type because they are ideal for creating firm, lasting curls. Alkaline waves contain Ammonium Thioglycolate as a key ingredient, and process quickly at room temperature without having to apply additional heat (usually within 20 minutes). Most alkaline waves have a pH between 9.0 and 9.6. Due to the strength of the formulation of most Alkaline waves, they are ideal for use on coarse, thick and resistant hair types to give a firm, strong curl. However, they often have a strong, unpleasant ammonia odor, and can damage delicate hair types.
  75. Quick Wedding Hairstyle:
    Use a snag-safe ponytail elastic to secure the hair at this point. Beyond the elastic holder, separate the hair into two halves. Backcomb the hair slightly to create some fullness and rejoin the halves smoothing the exterior of the ponytail to create a soft look. Grasp the hair just past the ponytail holder and create a loop over the thumb of one hand. Twist the loop like a key and wind the hair into a smooth twist with the loop sticking out at the top of the twist. Anchor the twist with bobby pins, tucking any stray ends of hair into the twist. Gently spread out the loop at the top of the hairstyle and pin it into a bun if desired, or leave as a loop and incorporate other accessories into the hairstyle.
  76. Restoring Curls:
    Restoring the moisture/protein balance in the hair should help to restore its elasticity and curl, but you will probably need to repeat the deep conditioning at least once a week to ultimately see better results. In the meantime, try to avoid heat styling the hair when possible, to allow the hair to rest and recover of it own. (The natural oils produced by the scalp and follicles are perfectly suited to restore moisture and protect the hair from environmental damage.)
  77. At Home Conditioning Ideas:
    Look for a conditioning cream that is rich in moisture and proteins. Apply the cream to the hair, cover it with a plastic cap, and wrap your head with a warmed towel (from the clothes dryer). Leave this in place for at least 20 minutes. Afterward, rinse the hair using lukewarm or cool water and blot the hair with a towel to remove the excess water. Allow the hair to either air-dry naturally, or wrap it in a towel turban fashion and allow the towel/turban to wick away the moisture.
  78. Stop Your Hair Colour From Fading
    If you’ve just had your hair dyed, the last thing you want is for the colour to fade. One surefire way to prevent such a mishap from happening? Use a deep-conditioning treatment once a month. This will help lock in colour and has the added benefit of staving off dry and damaged locks.
  79. Give Curls Bounce
    Never brush curls out with a brush. Instead, loosen them with your fingers. This will give curls added lift without flattening them down.
  80. Give Hair Lift
    Before you start blow drying your hair, add a volumizing spray to your roots. This will give your locks some added lift.
  81. Hide Split Ends
    To make split ends less noticeable, apply a heavy hair repair cream to lock in moisture before and after using a flat iron or a blow-dryer.
  82. If You Have Greasy Hair
    Avoid applying conditioner directly to your hair’s roots — just apply the heavy moisturizing cream to your locks’ ends.
  83. Clarify Your Hair
    In order to remove product buildup from locks, use a clarifying shampoo once a week. This will also help prevent dandruff and other annoying hair/scalp conditions.
  84. Replace Old Products Regularly
    The effectiveness of products — not to mention the amount of bacteria they breed — wares after only a few months. Ditch old items and replace them with new ones.

Something your Hairdresser Won’t Tell you

I’ll work hard to make you happy and I’ll want you to like it. After you leave my salon, I’ll worry about what you think. (I work on people, not on cars on an assembly line.) And if you feel like calling to tell me how happy you are with my work, you will make me smile!

I.T.Ts for Makeup, Nail, and Skin care

  1. Get Clean Skin Quick
    To sop up oil and refresh makeup, lightly mist your face with toner, then pat with a tissue. Finish with a dusting of loose powder.
  2. Eye Cream Is Great For Cuticles
    Instead of spending money on cuticle cream, you can use extra-moisturizing and hydrating eye cream to cure dry cuticles.
  3. Avoid Overly Rosy Cheeks
    Giving yourself a natural glow avec blush is an in look for spring. But you’ll want to avoid brushing on too much (lest you look like a clown). So always start your blush line two finger widths away from your nose and only apply it on the apples of your cheeks. This will ensure you create a natural glow without going overboard.
  4. Add Oomph To Cheekbones
    To make your cheekbones appear higher and to give them more structure, apply bronzer directly under the cheekbone. You can also add highlighter to the cheekbone itself (under a thin layer of blush).
  5. Create Fuller Lips
    If you’re sick of having thin, pursed puckers, extend your lip line using a neutral-toned lip liner. Then apply lipstick over top. Be careful though — don’t extend your lip line too much.
  6. Nix Flaky Mascara
    One of the main reasons mascara will flake onto your face after you apply it is because it’s old. Opt for a new container and always remember to keep your mascara tube tightly sealed.
  7. Dry Out Pimples
    Believe it or not, dabbing toothpaste onto a pimple is a quick and easy way to dry it out.
  8. Don’t Believe Beauty Labels
    Some beauty labels actually display false information, so don’t believe everything you read. If a product promises instant results or all-day protection, it may be too good to be true.
  9. Banish Oil
    The fastest way to clear your skin of any oily breakout, especially in the summer, is to use blotting papers. They’ll clean up the excess oil on your epidermis and will prevent breakouts.
  10. Use Oil On Your Skin.. Even If It’s Already Oily
    This probably sounds crazy, but using an oil-based product to remove makeup or excess dirt from your skin can actually improve your epidermis’ condition. Why? Over-cleaning stimulates the sebum glands, which causes skin to over-produce oil. Using oil-based products will have the opposite effect.
  11. You Can Exfoliate Daily
    Exfoliation is an important and easy way to buff away the dead skin cells that cover up your skin’s natural glow. Use a light exfoliator, like the Daily Microfoliant from Dermalogica, to freshen your face daily.
  12. Clean Your Makeup Tools
    Whether you use a razor, a Q-tip or a powder brush, make sure to clean your beauty tools. After even a couple uses, they become breeding grounds for bacteria, which can cause breakouts, eczema, and many other skin conditions.
  13. Remove Nail Polish Without Remover
    If you run out of nail polish remover, you can remove cracked or chipped nail polish by applying a clear top coat to the nail and removing it promptly with a cotton ball.
  14. Change It Up
    Our skin craves different things depending on the time of year. So change up your beauty routine based on the seasons. In the winter, add more moisturizing creams to your daily beauty list. In summer, ensure you’re using lots of SPF.
  15. Apply Bronzer Evenly
    Before applying bronzer or self-tanning lotion, mix a drop or two of the solution with moisture cream. Blend using your finger or a Q-tip then apply to skin as you would regular moisturizer. This will ensure the cream blends in — and covers skin — evenly.
  16. Lock It In
    When using cream-based beauty products — like lipstick or foundation — apply a dry face powder on top to seal in your look. This also works for blush (apply a cream blush to cheeks, then top with a dry blush)
  17. Stop Taking Supplements
    It’s true the healthier you are, the healthier your skin and hair will be. But popping supplements without discussing them with your doctor can do more harm than good. Why? Because mixing certain vitamins and minerals can have the opposite effect of what you’re hoping. Talk to your doc before popping any pills.
  18. Using Eyeshadow Primer
    Primer is a great tool that will help you lock your makeup look in place. But adding too much of it on areas of your face where you won’t actually apply colour will actually detract from the look you’re going for (mostly because primers are brighter in tone than most makeup shades).
  19. Apply Mascara To Fake Lashes
    This will help fake lashes blend in a bit more seamlessly with your natural ones.
  20. Cut Back On Pedicures
    Save money on your beauty routine by taking care of your feet on a daily basis. Simply scrub your foot with a pumice stone each morning in the shower. Once you step out and dry off, apply a moisture cream to your feet. This will increase the amount of time you can go without a pedicure and will keep your toes healthy and fungus-free.
  21. Treat Ingrown Hairs
    Apply a product containing azulene or witch hazel to help reduce the swelling and redness that’s associated with ingrown hairs. From there, coax the ingrown hair from its location with a pair of tweezers (don’t pull it out, though — this will only make the ingrown hair regrow in in the same way later).
  22. Nix Post-Shaving Redness
    Shave your face, legs or underarms in the shower after standing under warm water for a few minutes. This will help open up hair follicles and will soften hairs so they’re less coarse to shave.
  23. Soften Skin
    Immediately after stepping out of a shower, pool or lake/ocean, apply some sort of cream to skin. Water washes away the skin’s natural oils and applying moisture cream will prevent skin from chafing.
  24. Using concealer for under eyes and imperfections
    Use concealer for under eyes and imperfections, eyeliner and mascara and a shimmery chap stick or gloss and you’ve got a beautifully natural make up in 5 minutes.
  25. When buying a powder
    A good test is to touch it. Try applying it to the back of your hand or inside of wrist (there is more texture to the skin there so you will see if it settles in the lines). It should feel soft and silky (not gritty), and look sheer and natural. If it is too heavy (not milled finely enough), it can end up looking dry and chalky.
  26. Maximizing eyelashes
    Curl them first and then apply several thin coats of mascara, allowing each coat to dry in between, rather than one thick, clumpy coat. Layering your mascara will create the most dramatic definition. Applying mascara to the bottom lashes is a matter of personal preference, but if you have sparse lashes on the lower lid, I would skip it. Defining sparse lower lashes will only accentuate their sparseness.
  27. Black vs Brown Mascara
    I feel very strongly about mascara color because your eyelashes are so important in giving your eyes definition. For me, I always recommend black! I am not opposed to brown or black/brown, especially if you feel more comfortable in them. Choose one of those colors if you want a softer result and less definition.
  28. Defining your eyes
    Defining your eyes always makes them look more youthful, which in turn makes you look more youthful. A secret trick that many of us pros use is getting the color right into the base of the lashes (especially the top lash line). Simply use a fine-tipped brush to carefully push black eyeshadow into the base of your eyelashes. This will define the eye and make your lashes look thicker without making your eyes appear “lined.”
  29. Hydrate Your Skin in Half the Time
    Use conditioner to moisturize your hair — and body. Just massage it in neck-to-toe in the shower, rinse and dry off. The conditioner will hydrate nearly as well as body lotion — without the time suck of waiting for it to sink in.
  30. Use Pink to Fake Perfect Skin
    Surprise! Concealer is only half the battle when it comes to fixing flaws. To really perfect your complexion (no matter what your skin tone), try wearing lipstick in a warm pink. “It distracts people’s eyes from blemishes and other imperfections.”
  31. Score Evening Eyes in Just One Step
    Eyeliner is the fastest way to look sexy. Trace your top lash lines to just past the outer corners of your eyes.
  32. Revive Your Face Rapidly
    To look alive after a long night, pat concealer onto the inner corners of your eyes, under your lower lashes and next to your nose. Finish by swirling bronzer over your cheeks.
  33. Layer your liner:
    If you’re not a professional makeup artist, it can be difficult to line those eyes, but then again liquid liner tends to stay on longer and smudge-free. So what I do is, I line my eyes first with a pencil liner because it’s easier to make that straight line with it. Then I go back on the line with the liquid liner. It’s kind of like coloring! The result? Your eye liner will stay on, smudge-free, and well-lined.
  34. Blot with these:
    If your skin is on the shiny side, stop by your local Starbucks, grab a handful of those brown napkins, and shove them in your purse. They work better than any blotting papers I’ve used and they’re free. And, don’t feel guilty about pilfering from the coffee conglomerate. If they’re charging four bucks for some java and steamed milk, they owe you a shine-free face.
  35. Get soft and sexy eye makeup:
    For an eye look that’s defined but not too heavy, line your upper lash line with black eyeliner and the bottom lash line with brown eyeliner. This is one of my biggest makeup artist tricks for beautiful, soft eyes!
  36. Warm your lash curler:
    Run your eyelash curler under warm water (or blast it with your blow drier for a second) before using it for a considerably curlier result that lasts!
  37. Open up your eyes:
    Take a white eye pencil and line the inside rim of your lower eyelid. This really makes eyes pop! Fun fact: Look at the old black/white photos of the gorgeous women of the ’30s and ’40s like Marlene Dietrich and you’ll see this was done to them. Additionally, if your eyes are a close set, use the white pencil to lightly line the section where the upper and lower lids come together, closest to the nose. This will make them appear wider apart. The key here is to make sure it’s sublte.
  38. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate:
    The best thing you can do for your appearance is to drink lots of water. Hydration helps your skin stay moisturized and glowing, boosts your metabolism, and keeps your energy levels up. Spritz water on your face too, especially in the summer, to keep it feeling and looking refreshed.
  39. Sanitize for a clean chin:
    If you break out on your chin and jawline often, try using and keeping a hand sanitizer next to your computer. We often unconsciously touch and lean chins into hands while zoned out in front of the screen, causing the dirt and bacteria on our hands to spread and trigger breakout-prone areas of the face.
  40. Face-washing strategy:
    To keep my skin from drying out, I use two different face washes-a heavy duty gel-based one in the evening and a lighter milk-based cleanser in the morning. A lighter cleanser in the morning helps the skin retain protective oils.
  41. Make mascara count:
    Make a $5 tube of mascara look as good as the results from a $25 tube by holding a business card up along the inside edge of your lashes and sweeping the brush against it with your other hand. This way your lashes can’t bend out of the way of the brush and you end up coating every lash all the way to the tip. The results will leave you wide-eyed in more ways than one.
  42. No powder, no oil:
    After age 35, never ever wear powder (except maybe a dab on your nose). It settles into wrinkles around the eyes and mouth to instantly age skin. Instead, go for a tinted moisturizer and/or a stellar concealer like YSL Touche Eclat that deflects light to minimize lines. Use facial blotting tissues like those by The Body Shop with tea tree oil to blot excess oil.
  43. Always wear sunscreen:
    Always-no matter what season or climate you live in-wear sunscreen on your face, hands, any part of your skin that is exposed.
  44. Always wash your face:
    I always wash my face with the gentlest product, and I always moisturize at bedtime, especially around the eyes so that it sinks into the skin.
  45. Go crazy for chapstick:
    Always carry Chapstick on you and never let your lips get dried up and cracked. No matter what brand or color lipstick you wear, chapped, dry lips will show and never look good.
  46. Fill in your brows:
    For people with thin brows, use a pencil first that is a bit lighter than your natural color to define the shape, then follow with a brow powder that is close to your natural hair color with a thin, strong angle brush. After, use a brow gel or sealer which will set the powder.
  47. For yellow nails, use toothpaste:
    If you get yellow nails after months of wearing dark polish, try scrubbing your toenails with a nail brush and whitening toothpaste. It gets rid of the yellow color. Try it-it works pretty well, and you end up with minty fresh toes!
  48. Use the good oil:
    Flawless skin is everyone’s best beauty asset. Apply a drop of omega- and antioxidant-rich sea buckthorn seed oil on blemishes to speed up healing and see more perfect skin by morning. It’s amazing!
  49. Take advantage of concealer:
    Brighten your look instantly by dabbing some corrective concealer on the darkest portion of under-eye circles. Pat a flesh-toned shade over it and set with powder. Make sure to apply any eye creams and moisturizers well before application to avoid creasing.
  50. Keep things clean:
    Extend the life of your makeup by using disposable applicators to avoid the double dip. Makeup’s biggest enemy is bacteria, which are generally introduced to liquid products such as mascara by re-using an applicator. If you’ve ever had your makeup professionally done, you might notice that we makeup artists always use a new, clean mascara wand every time we have to dip into the product. We do this for the safety of our clients so that bacteria from one client isn’t transferred to another, but limiting exposure to bacteria also helps the products last much longer. The easiest way to avoid the double dip is to use disposable applicators which you can generally get at any beauty supply shop.
  51. Mix with lotion:
    Mix your favorite body lotion with body oil (even a tiny bit of olive oil will work!) for an all over soft sheen. Mix a body bronzer with your favorite body lotion; it’s an easy, goof-proof way for a quick boost of color, especially when you are pressed for time!
  52. Sample eye creams:
    Keep those mini samples of eye cream you get with department store ‘gift with purchase’ in your desk and refresh your eyes during the day by lightly tapping the eye cream on your under eye area-even over your makeup is okay. It’s refreshing and keeping your eye area moisturized makes it more youthful looking.
  53. Yucky Nails
    Dirty nails? Use toothpaste with baking soda and a toothbrush to clean them up. It’ll help lift stains and leave them whiter at the tips. Sounds crazy but it works

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