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Product Review Video: The Wet Brush

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imageI recently received The Wet Brush in a gorgeous pink color within an event gift bag. Prior to receiving the brush, I have always used a wide-tooth comb to detangle my unruly coils, but the product description as well as the ability to touch the product’s bristles through a small cavity on the plastic covering intrigued me enough that I had to pry it open and test the claim on the back of the packaging: “Best Detangling Brush Ever!”

The unisex brush is designed specifically to detangle stubborn knots, eliminating the tearing, tugging and pulling faced by many during hair brushing. At first, I didn’t think it would work well on my tight curls, so I was incredibly surprised at how easily the bristles passed through, without yanking ripping out any of my hair. I posted a short video on Instagram to show you the results. Click here to watch the video.

The brush features IntelliFlex bristles for adaptive flexibility with every stroke. It also has SoftTips – exclusive poly tips that are guaranteed not to fall off and aid in the prevention if hair loss during gentle styling.

Intrigued? Get one for yourself. The brush retails for $8.99 at thewetbrush.com.


Popular Hairstyles at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

From left to right: Nancy O'Dell, Louise Roe and Anna Chlumsky – Source: Getty Images North America)

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was held yesterday at the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles, California. There were many amazing fashion and makeup looks, but what stood out the most to me was all of the fabulous hairstyles. Below are a few of my favorites, which seemed to be favorites among the stars themselves, as many of them looked identical as they donned the same hair look.

Slicked Backed Low Bun

From left to right: Nancy O'Dell, Louise Roe and Anna Chlumsky – Source: Getty Images North America)

From left to right: Nancy O’Dell, Louise Roe and Anna Chlumsky (Source: Getty Images North America)

Romantic Chignon with Wispy Flyaways

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From left to right: Taylor Schilling, Kiernan Shipka, and Laura Prepon (Source: Getty Images North America)

Side-Swept Waves

From left to right: Allison Tolman, Jamie Brewer and Shaun Robinson (Source: Getty Images North America)

From left to right: Allison Tolman, Jamie Brewer and Shaun Robinson (Source: Getty Images North America)

Which hairstyles were your favorite?


Meet The Next Generation of Hair Dryers

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image001Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q is going to change the way you blow dry your hair. The powerful, new tool boasts that its new technology is all about the three Qs: quality, quick and quiet.

Quality: The 3Q uses magnets and electronics to power the motor, which extends the life of the dryer by up to 10x.

Quick: The dryer’s ultra-fast airflow reduces drying time by up to 70%, reducing hair’s exposure to the damaging effects of heat styling.

Quiet: The 3Q makes 40% less noise with patent-pending, noise reduction technology – a foam insulation sits inside the dryer’s rear attachment piece to reduce the noise.

The dryer also features titanium ceramic technology that provides infrared heat to gently dry hair. It also features 3 rocker switches for custom heat/speed settings: 3 heat settings, 2 speed settings.

Conair will launch the tool in the U.S. on HSN in mid-August. It will then be available for sale in September at mass retailers for $119.99.


Product Review: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Curl Condition Hair Pudding

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cocnut_oil_palmers If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen me rave about Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Curl Condition Hair Pudding. Considering the price of this hair wonder – a 14 0z jar retails for around $6 – it really is a great deal for an amazing product that produces results comparable to other high end brands.

After washing my hair, I apply it to my curls while they are still damp and let them air dry. Once my hair dries, the result is a perfect head of spirals. My hair is soft to the touch, not crunchy or hard, and it bounces as I walk. The best part for me is that my curls stay elongated, long after it dries and the definition stays all day. palmers coconut oil The white curly pudding has a creamy consistency and features pure coconut oil, vitamin E, and keratin. It also has a light scent, which fades throughout the day, which is great since I don’t like my hair to smell stronger than my perfume. palmers coconut oil product

The one thing about this product that I will note, is that you need to wet your hair in order to style it again the following day after using the pudding. It does build up, so you need to rinse it out of your hair daily. Other than that, it’s great.


Pureology Launches New Hair Strength Cure System

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Our hair often endures many different processes from heat styling to hair coloring that results in damage. Colour treated hair especially may suffer from mechanical damage micro-scarred damage as a result of the penetration of colour pigments during processing. To combat damaged/micro-scarred colour-treated hair, Pureology introduced Strength Cure this month, a comprehensive reparative haircare system that improves hair strength and softness.

“Damage is a core issue for virtually all of my clients. From heat styling to colouring, their hair is really put through the ringer,” says Natasha Sunshine, Pureology Artistic Ambassador and owner of Pureology’s Flagship Salon, Byuti. “With Pureology’s NEW Strength Cure, I can see strength improvement, added softness and vibrancy immediately.”

The first of its kind, the system uses Asta-Repair™ to heal, strengthen, and protect hair from colour oxidation. Asta-Repair™ features Astaxanthin, one of the most powerful carotenoids, with up to 500x the an antioxidant action of Vitamin E that is 10x more powerful than beta carotene. Astaxanthin is coupled a unique AntiFade Complex, which helps to ensure colour preservation. Keravis, Ceramide and Arginine, are also included in the Asta-Repair™ system, and helps replace the depleted cysteine content inside the cortex, while also helping to heal the micro-scarred cuticle to restore a velvet touch.

Here is a list of the products available in the line:

Shampoo, $27 (8.5 oz)
Gentle formula cleanses and helps fortify hair with a soft finish.

Condition, $29 (8.5 oz)
Opulent formula instantly conditions and detangles, improving hair’s touch and light reflection.

Masque, $50 (5.2 oz)
Our lush conditioning masque intensely fortifies and helps reduce breakage for increased strength and shine.

Fabulous Lengths, $28 (3.4 oz)
Luxurious serum for micro-scarred/damaged colour-treated hair helps strengthen the hair fiber to help reduce breakage and bring softness to even the most breakage prone strands.

Split End Salve, $28 (1.7 oz)
Strengthening salve with high concentration of coconut oil penetrates the hair and coats the surface, softening and conditioning your most porous ends.


Get $10 Off Your Next Blowout

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Now that Spring is finally upon us and the weather is warming up, it’s time to get ready to ditch the winter hats and reveal those gorgeous locks thatt have been tucked away for the last few months. Give your hair a glamorous makeover at The Red Door, with their new express beauty service, Red Carpet Blow Dry, which deep conditions to instantly repair and smooth hair for a silky, shiny finish in just 15 minutes. The professional results may last up to 3 shampoos and can be added as an enhancement to any hair service. Created for all hair colors and lengths, this treatment is available at all Red Door Spa locations.

For a limited time, The Red Door is offering $10 off you next blowout. Here’s how you can take advantage of this special promotion:

1. Snap a selfie of you fabulous blowout
2. Post it on Instagram between now and March 31, using #TheRedDoorGal and @RedDoorSpa
3. Show to the front desk team upon checkout and receive $10 off your blowout.

Who doesn’t like taking selfies or getting a fabulous blowout? Hurry over to your nearest Red Door location. The Selfie Cash promotion ends March 31st.


HOW TO: Perfect Buns At Paris Fashion Week

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Pulled back hair dominated on the runways of Paris Fashion Week. Whether they were sleek and sulty or messy and edgy, this hairstyle prevailed. Here are some tips on how you can get the looks styled by Redken Creative Consultant Guido.

LANVIN FALL – WINTER 2014

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The hair at Lavin’s F/W 2014 collection was amped up with wet and greasy textures to give the hair a nighttime feel to go along with the evening atmosphere created on the runway. A messy updo glistened on the runway for a very sexy and edgy illusion. Here’s how to get the look.

Redken Products Used – Collection:
– guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
– argan-6 oil multi-care oil
– shine flash 02 glistening mist
– forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

Create the Look:
1. Saturate damp hair with guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
2. Apply argan-6 oil multi-care oil for added shine
3. Using fingers, rake hair into a ponytail and secure with elastic
4. Twist ponytail into a messy chignon and secure with open fasteners
5. Finish by applying generous amounts of shine flash 02 glistening mist and forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

MARGIELA FALL – WINTER 2014

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The hair at Margiela’s F/W 2014 was kept traditional to match the style of the clothing this season. The bun was given volume with a droopy side knoot to give an overall mature feeling to the hairstyle. Guido combined flex shape factor 22 and flex mess around 10 to give the hair some texture and hold. Once the hair was prepped with product, Guido divided the hair into two sections and twisted inwards before creating a loose knot.

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
-flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste
-flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste
-forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

Create the Look:
1. Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair
2. Blowdry with a natural bristle brush until hair is 80% dry
3. Apply a dime to nickel size (depending on length) of flex shape factor 22 and flex mess around 10 into palm of hand and mix together
4. Distribute product evenly throughout the hair
5. Finish blow drying hair until completely dry
6. Create a left side part
7. Divide hair into two sections in the back and twist hair inwards and tie into a loose knot
8. Thread elastic through the know a few times as if you’re sewing a button onto something and tie elastic once to secure knot
9. Finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

CELINE FALL – WINTER 2014

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Easy and minimal was the theme for the hair at the Celine F/W runway. “So we are backstage at Celine and the hair is well, very Celine-esque, which means that it is simple and minimal” said Guido I used flex mess around 10, which is a new cream-paste from Redken, on the roots to give the hair a bit of hold and texture. I wanted the product to hold the lines created as I raked my fingers through the hair. This technique made the style feel masculine in a way.”

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-pillow proof blowdry express primer
-guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam
-flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste
-forceful 23 super strength hairspray
-shine flash 02 glistening mist

Create the Look:
1.Apply pillow proof blowdry express primer to damp hair and comb hair straight back
2.Apply guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam to roots and blow-dry with a natural bristle brush
3.Apply flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste to roots for texture and grip
4.Gather hair into a low ponytail with fingers
5.Twist ponytail up until it twists over itself and secure with an elastic leaving the ends of the ponytail out
6.Apply forceful 23 super strength hairspray on the ponytail
7.Finish with shine flash 02 glistening mist


HOW TO: The Ponytail At Valentino’s F/W 2014 Show

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poinytail3Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a playful twist on the traditional ponytail look for Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2014 Paris Fashion Week show. The out-of-the-box look lent itself well to the eccentric designs presented in the collection season, and added lightness to the collection as a whole.

“The collection this season felt more eclectic, so I wanted the hair at Valentino to be more whimsical and playful,” said Guido. “I created a simple part and added a little bit of height at the crown to give the hair a late 60s kind of feel. Regardless of these youthful subtitles, the vibe remained true to the brand’s identity. The hair is beautiful and very Valentino.”

Here’s how to get the look yourself at home:

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam
-forceful 23 super strength hairspray

Create the Look:

1.Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair
2.Blow-dry hair straight with natural bristle brush
3.Create a clean center part
4.Comb hair straight back creating slight lift at the crown
5.Gather hair into a low ponytail covering ears and secure with elastic
6.Place elastics every 2-3 inches down the ponytail
7.Pull hair in between each elastic to puff out the hair
8.Finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

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Diego Binetti NYFW F/W 2014 Hair Recap

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Jenny Balding working on a model

During New York Fashion Week designer Diego Binetti revealed his FW14 collection title LOVE. The collection features cape-like wool coats, wild prints, and oversized knits and tops. According to Binetti, “The LOVE by Diego Binetti FW14 has a spirit that is Nomadic with a city-slicker vibe…LOVE collection is unapologetically street-inspired with a sophisticated bohemian flair.”

Stylist Jenny Balding created the hair look for the collection’s debut developing hairstyles that had a naturally disheveled, rocknroll, effortless feel. “This is a woman who wouldn’t spend much time on her hair, but looks effortlessly sexy and disheveled. “ said Balding. “Enhancing natural beauty was key for this look.”

Here are the steps to create the look:
•Start with clean, dry hair to showcase hair’s natural texture
•Use a dry shampoo like Redken pillow proof blow dry two day extender & oil absorbing dry shampoo to give body and volume at the roots
•Spray section by section from the nape of the neck, right up to the front hairline
•Mist hair all over with a light hairspray – “I used Redken fashion work 12 versatile working spray as you can layer it on without it becoming sticky” said Balding.
•Use a large curling iron only to create a bend in the mid shaft of the hair – this creates movement and texture
•Shake your hair out and let it fall into its natural part to give this effortless, sexy disheveled finish

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Re-Create Samantha Barks’ Stylish BAFTAS UP-Do

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Samantha Barks arrives at the Royal Opera House, London for the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 16 February 2014. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of BAFTA)
RED CARPET ARRIVALS: Samantha Barks arrives at the Royal Opera House, London for the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 16 February 2014. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of BAFTA)

Samantha Barks arrives at the Royal Opera House, London for the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 16 February 2014. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of BAFTA)

At the recent 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards actress Samantha Barks donned a stunning up-do, styled by Marc Trinder, Charles Worthington Art Team Director. Trinder used products from the Charles Worthington Salon At-Home line, which will be launching this March at Target. Watch the video below for exclusive behind-the-scenes access to learn how to Trinder perfected Samantha’s perfect red carpet hairstyle.

Products used include:
*Charles Worthington Salon At-Home Volume & Bounce Shampoo,/Conditioner – $9.99
*Charles Worthington Salon At-Home Volume & Bounce Thick And Full 3-D Boosting Crème – $11.99
*Charles Worthington Salon At-Home Long Lasting Max Hold Hairspray, $9.99