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Party Hair Inspiration

Along with the holiday season comes the holiday parties. Here are some celebrity-inspired hairstyles that are big on drama and will be perfect for all of your holiday happenings!

Blake Lively has fabulous glossy waves. This look is all about glamour, but it is simple to achieve! After blowing your hair out, use a large barrel iron. Then, run a brush through your spirals. Use a dab of shine spray on the ends and you will rock any holiday event.

















Hayden Panettiere’s texture bun is a classic. Blow dry your hair with a diffuser to bring out a natural wave, or you can create spirals with a curling iron. Then use your fingers to take your hair back into a mid level bun.












Eva Mendes’s Sultry sweep is a chic look. Tease your hair at the crown. Then, continue on as if you were putting your hair into a mid level pony tail. Instead, only pull your hair halfway through the elastic. Then let some strands slip out randomly so they frame your face. This look is sexy and sophisticated.



Healthy Hair Tips – Top Tips For Shiny, Healthy Hair

The tips below are simple… you may already practice some of them. But it all adds up. Everything from your comb to your shampoo can make a difference in the appearance of your hair. Just a small amount of daily attention will pay off in healthy, shiny locks.


* The scalp contains approximately 100,000 strands of hair, on average.

* We lose about 100 hairs a day. So don’t panic when you see strands in your brush.

* Hair grows at the rate of 1/2 per month.

* Each strand lasts about 4 1/2 years… all the more reason to take care of your hair!

Shampoo and a Massage

The first tip is to treat your hair gently. Excessive washing and blow drying are harsh. Shampoo often enough to keep clean, but no more. This may be daily for oily hair… less often for dry. For shiny, healthy hair, treat your scalp to a mini-massage before you shampoo. My hairdresser does this and it feels so good!

A scalp massage will:

* Stimulate blood flow

* Nourish hair follicles

* Encourage skin cell renewal

Using your fingertips and thumbs on dry hair, begin the massage at your forehead. Work in a circular motion, pressing the scalp beneath your fingers. Continue massaging, moving on to the crown. Finish at the back of your head.

(Side note: Stressed? Don’t wait for shampoo time. A scalp massage is a great stress reliever anytime.)

Next, rinse with plain water to remove dirt and residual product. Then apply shampoo to the scalp. Work through to ends. Rinse thoroughly. Finish by applying conditioner as needed… again, rinse thoroughly.

To avoid potentially toxic ingredients, choose natural shampoo. The best shampoo is free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). SLS and SLES are harsh detergents found in most shampoos, shower gels, and liquid soaps. Their job is to make suds. Unfortunately, they may irritate your scalp in the process and may contribute to hair loss.

Be gentle!

Wet hair is especially delicate. Use a wide toothed comb, not a brush, to gently untangle hair. Work from the ends up. Combs and brushes should have round, smooth tips and widely spaced teeth or bristles.

Fun in the Sun and Swimming Pools

Sun, wind, chlorine, and salt water can be harsh. Dry, chemically treated hair is particularly vulnerable. The sun harms hair protein while salt water and chlorine rob moisture from the cuticle.

Minimize exposure when in the sun for extended periods. The best protection is a hat. Alternatively, wear hair up or in a ponytail. And replenish moisture with conditioner after swimming.

Aromatherapy for Hair

Here’s a tip you’ll love. It’s a simple pleasure with dual benefits. It will enhance your hair and your well-being. Rub 2-3 drops of pure essential oil onto your hair brush and gently work through.

Yes… it’s that easy!

Choose an essential oil for your hair type:

* Dry – Rosemary or Sandalwood oil.

* Oily – Eucalyptus, Lemon, Cedarwood, or Sage oil.

* All types – Geranium, Rose, or Lavender oil.

Experiment by mixing two or three of your favorite oils together.

Now that’s a tip you and your hair will both love!

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Product buildup can dull hair. A simple solution is a homemade hair rinse. Apple cider vinegar is ideal as it encourages blood circulation as it corrects the PH balance of your hair.

Healthy Hair Rinse

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 cup water

2-4 drops essential oil (optional)

Mix ingredients in a glass or plastic bottle. Shampoo and rinse hair thoroughly. Use the apple cider mixture as a final rinse. Allow to soak into hair for a few seconds. Rinse with cool water.

Voila… soft, shiny hair!

Treat your hair to this rinse once a week.

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Hottest New Year’s Eve Fashion

This New Year’s Eve make a stunning entrance by wearing some divine fashion accessories. Your gown or dress will be the main focus of attention, however, adding some uber stylish jewelry pieces, a sublime clutch purse or a silk hand painted scarf can take your look from “stylish” to “style maven!”

Swarovski Crystal Jewelry

Crystals are an ingenious way to add a little extra sparkle to your look. In addition, if you are going to a formal event crystals create an air of sophistication. Swarovski crystals are one of the most coveted companies that specialize in the creation of crystal jewelry. Look for timeless pieces in complimentary colors. Some of the most beautiful crystal fashion accessories include:

1. Swarovski crystal “Bella” earrings
2. Swarovski crystal “Prime Time” bracelet
3. Swarovski crystal “Lagoon” drop necklace
4. Swarovski crystal “Piano” ring

When choosing expensive jewelry make sure to invest in pieces that you absolutely love and will wear on various special occasions or on an every day basis.

Sculptured Clutch Purses

Clutch purses are one of the hottest fashion trends of the year. Opt for something a little different and stay away from the tried and true little black clutch. Go for glam by choosing a simple yet sculptured clutch purse with pearl or beaded accessories. Here are four the of most coveted clutch purses for New Year’s Eve:

1. Jessica McClintock Satin Rosette Convertible Clutch
2. Bestseyville Evening Sequin Cheetah Bow Clutch
3. Michael Kors Sloan Clutch
4. Coach Poppy Ostrich Feather Pouch

Glamorous clutch purses are the perfect fashion accessory not only for New Year’s Eve but also for a night out with friends. These clutches can dress up any outfit including a fashion gowns, leather pant suit or even a pair of skinny jeans worn with a black tuxedo blazer.

Hand Painted Silk Scarves

A hand painted silk scarf can be used as a wrap on New Year’s Eve. When you put on your gown or dress simply drape the scarf around your shoulders for extra warmth and a touch of fashion flare. A hand painted silk scarf can also be worn loosely over your hair if the weather takes a turn for the worse during New Year’s Eve festivities.

Some of the most gorgeous and unique hand-painted silk scarves are designed by Alma Louise, Morgan Silk, Justine Wheel and Vivien Pollack. These fashion artists have created some of the most stunning and fashionable silk scarf artwork in the industry.

This New Year’s Eve create a spectacular fashion statement with several chic and stylish fashion accessories. A hand-painted silk scarf, a sculptured clutch purse and some Swarovski crystal jewelry pieces will complete your New Year’s Eve look.

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5 Min UpDo’s and Holiday Specials

Here is a quick and easy way for us women who have curly hair to put up our hair for holiday parties!


Here are my Holiday Specials

How to Choose the Right Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

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Since I wrote a post about this season’s hottest hair colors, I thought I’d it follow it up with an informative post about how to actually choose the right hair color for your skin tone (thanks to a fellow reader!). Whether you’re a natural blonde, brunette, or redhead, you can pretty much change to any hair color as long as you follow some strict guidelines.


All complexions consist of two skin tone categories: warm skin tones and cool skin tones.


If you have a yellow or golden undertone, you fall under the warm category. Therefore, hair colors that have a warm undertone will look much better on you than a cool undertone color. So how can you tell if you have a warm skin tone? Simply look at the veins in your arms in the day light. If the veins appear to be green, then your complexion is warm.And don’t forget that this rule doesn’t only apply to hair but everything else in between such as makeup and clothing!


If you have pink or blue skin undertones, you have a cool skin tone. This means that hair colors with cool undertones will look better on you. To see if your skin tone is cool, take a look at the veins in your arms during daylight and if they are blue, then you have a cool complexion.





– If you’re dying your hair for the first time, head to your local salon for better results. Plus, they’ll be able to match you with your perfect hair color.

– If you’re a pro at dying your hair at home (you’ve done it a few times), don’t forget that all dye boxes now tell you whether the color is warm or cool.

– There are always exceptions to the rules, such as combining warm and cool tones and using them as dimensional colors, but again, I would suggest you get this done by a professional

– Can’t figure out what your skin tone is? As a rule of thumb, most people are actually cool toned.


Sweet Summer Updo Hairstyles

Hair. Most women can’t live with it, and they certainly can’t live without it. It seems that every woman has complaints about their own hair. Straight-haired women long for luscious curls and curly-haired women long for sleek, straight locks. However, when summer comes around, everyone tries to find a way to keep their hair up, out of their faces and off their necks, especially for those fancy, summer evening soirees and nights out on the town. The solution to all of this is finding yourself the perfect summer updo hairstyles that flatter your face shape, hair type and outfit. Here are some suggestions to get the ball rolling.

For curly-haired dames, a great updo hairstyle idea is the textured coif. This way, you don’t have to fight your unruly curls or frizz from the summer humidity. Just pin your curls up with several bobby pins or hair plaits low on the back of your neck. Use a little bit of hairspray to keep the curls in place, and you have a ready-made, elegant, flapper-girl coif to compliment your curls.

Another option when it comes to updo hairstyles for summer is the undone bun. This is perfect for all types of hair and requires very little effort. All you have to do is gather all your hair up, pull it back and pin it up in a high bun. Then, take a few well-placed strands out of the bun and let them hang down sort of messily (but chic) around your face. You can rock this updo after a day at the beach or while dressing yourself up for a fancy evening out.

If you have long, sleek, stick-straight hair, then a great option for you is the ballerina bun. Prep your hair with anti-frizz, straightening serum, and then gather it all up high on the back of your head and slowly twist it into a bun. The key to this look is eliminating all the frizz, so spray the bun with some hairspray to keep the top flat and frizz-less. With every strand perfectly in place, the ballerina bun will show off your beautiful face.

For curly-haired women or straight-haired gals, the ponytail is always a classic fallback option, though it is definitely one of the simpler updo hairstyles. Pull your hair back into a sleek ponytail. A low ponytail that cascades down the side of your shoulder is elegant, but if you want to draw focus to a nice pair of earrings or a necklace, pull the hair up into a higher one. Variations on the ponytail include side-swept bangs, or clipping your bangs back for a poof on top of your head. Once again, use hairspray or serum to control the frizz.

Last but not least, curly-haired or straight-haired women can always rock a side braid. Brush your hair out, and pull it elegantly into one long braid on one side of your head. If loose, shorter strands fall out of the braid and hang around your face, it only adds to the effortless elegance of the look. The side-braid is great for a daytime look, but can also be easily glammed up for an evening event.

This summer, there are endless possibilities in updo hairstyles, no matter what type of hair you have, or what your personal style is. Experiment will all of these ideas and more!

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Women Over 50: Tips For Healthy Hair

Women over 50 have a lot of changes going on in their lives. If we’ve raised a family, our kids are grown and starting their own lives. We’re thinking about retiring into our second lives and wondering what to do with the longer lifespan we can expect to have.

But being over 50 also means that our bodies are changing. Now, some of those changes aren’t obvious to anyone but us, and generally we’re grateful for that! But one change that can be pretty evident and obvious is the change to our hair.

When women start reaching their 50s, our hair follicles stop producing as much hair. Our hair can become thinner, with the hair that does grow in becoming fragile and brittle. The new hair gets damaged more easily, too.

The good news, though, is that women over 50 can still have beautiful, full heads of hair – we just need to be mindful of how we’re treating our overall health generally and our hair specifically.

Here are some tips to keep your hair healthy and beautiful not only when you hit 50 but for the rest of your life, too.

· First, forget the harsh chemicals, and that includes dyes. They damage hair even when we’re younger-when we’re over 50 that damage mounts up fast.

· Be gentle with your hair. It can be easy to jump out of the shower and just drag a brush through when we’re busy-but our hair is especially vulnerable when it’s wet!

· Pay attention to your diet. The amino acid L-Lysine is essential for growing healthy hair and so is eating a diet with unprocessed carbohydrates. Good-hair foods include legumes, green leafy vegetables, yellow and orange fruit, and other whole foods.

· If you’re not ready to have gray hair yet, women over 50 can reverse the gray by eating foods that are rich in zinc and copper like soybeans, barley, peanuts, legumes, and whole grains. Eat as many of your foods raw as you can to get the most nutritional value from them. And while you can take supplements of these two minerals, you have to be very careful-it’s easy to take too much, so you’re much better off getting your minerals from food!

· Believe it or not, exercise is also good for our hair when we’re over 50. Exercise keeps our blood flowing, and good circulation is really helpful for our scalp and hair!

· In addition to being gentle when you brush your hair, it’s also important to be careful in styling it. Pulling our hair into tight braids or other styles can damage it. So can using a hair dryer too often. When you can, rely on soft curlers and letting your hair dry naturally.

· Finally, if you’re doing great with diet and exercise and are still having trouble with thinning hair, there are two products you can use to make your hair thicker again-Minoxidil, which you can get at most large discount stores, and Procyanidin, a fruit extract that’s found in capsules-check for it at your local health food store.

Women over 50 don’t have to resign ourselves to having tightly-curled, short helmets of hair dyed that terrifying blue shade of white! We’ve come a long way from the hair that our grandmothers and maybe our mothers have put up with.

On the other hand, women over 50 do need to pay more attention to our hair than we did when we were younger. For most of us, beautiful hair isn’t going to be a freebie anymore! But with the right nutrition and care, we can still enjoy the same beautiful, full heads of hair that will stay that way for the rest of our lives.

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