August 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm , by Nykia Spradley
Whoever said that Mother Nature isn’t a powerful force was just crazy. Summer rain leads to major humidity…which leads to seriously sweaty roots…which leads to frequent shampoo sessions…which leads to dry, frizzy ends. It’s a vicious, never-ending cycle. Enter dry shampoo. The hair washing stand-in has the power to lift oil from the scalp, absorb dirt and product build-up, and leave hair looking and feeling fresh. Take that, Mother Nature.
Here’s the best way to dry-shampoo, courtesy of Ammon Carver, Artistic Director for Matrix:
1. Comb or brush through your hair to distribute oils evenly.
2. Start at the top of your head, create a center part and spray lightly along the part, holding the dry shampoo an inch or two from your head.
3. Make another part about a few inches away and repeat.
4. Continue creating parts and spraying on each side of the original part until you reach your ears on each side.
5. In the back, start at the crown of your head, create a horizontal part and spray. Continue parting and spraying to the bottom of your head.
6. Gently massage the powder into your scalp, as if you were lathering up your shampoo.
7. Wait a few minutes to allow the powder to absorb the excess oil and dirt.
8. Brush through to remove all of the powder. Flip your hair upside down and brush through once more.
August 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm , by Nykia Spradley
How do we love thee, avocado? Let us count the ways… From guacamole to California Rolls, the super fruit sure knows how to please a palette. Turns out, avocado is amazing for your skin too. It’s packed with good-for-you fats, which makes one of mother nature’s best moisturizers. And it doesn’t stop there. Avocados also contain large amounts of a specific protein called sterolins that has been shown to help repair age spots, scars and sun damage, says Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, a Washington, DC nutritionist and fitness specialist. For us, we just love how dewy and fresh our face feels after applying an avocado mask. Give this simple recipe a go and let us know what you think.
July 16, 2012 at 10:48 am , by Nykia Spradley
One experience with lash extensions and we were hooked. Of course there were skeptics who initially warned against them, but after almost a month of bombshell peepers, we seriously contemplated reducing our monthly grocery budget to make room for the new addiction. Then we came back down to earth and decided against it.
As with any beauty revolution there’s bound to be an abundance of myths, which is why we went to lash expert Courtney Akai to set the facts straight. Here’s the truth.
Myth: Lashes don’t hold up in the summer heat.
Courtney uses Novalash platinum blonde glue that holds up amazingly in the summer. Humidity, as well as water and oils from your sunscreen and the beach, actually enable lashes to hold up better. If someone comes in who is sensitive and needs to use another glue, Courtney suggests using oil-free products and more care. Either way, lashes are a great, easy way to look natural and glamorous in the summer heat, without mascara and makeup dripping down your face!
Myth: Lash Extensions damage your own eyelashes and cause them to fall out.
When someone inexperienced applies lashes, they often apply one synthetic lash to three to four natural lashes, causing clumps and the lash to break and fall out. Lashes naturally grow at their 30 to 60 day cycle and can fall out at this time. Lashes do not fall out from extensions, because if you’re separating each one-by-one, there is no way for this to happen.
Myth: It’s safe to apply lashes yourself.
Never. The process includes really strong glue that’s semi-permanent. Since application is done one lash at a time, you’d have to use tweezers, which is very difficult to do by yourself.
Myth: Lash Extensions aren’t safe because of the glue used.
Courtney Akai’s glue, approved by ophthalmologists, is made in the United States, verses many lash houses that use glues produced in China. Shipping glues across the world often lead to buildup of formaldehyde by the time they reach the salon. Since Courtney’s glue is made in the US, it’s fresh and safe. If you’re allergic to the glue, you’re still going to be allergic – this doesn’t mean the glue is harmful. Additionally, it’s safe for pregnant women, as there are no cancer-causing agents.
July 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm , by T.K. Brady
The summer season is all about having fun in the sun, and what better way to channel that sunshine than with orange nails? We love the ombré trend too. If you’re not an orange girl, try it in your favorite color palette like pink, green or blue. Check out some more fun nail trends here!
July 2, 2012 at 11:48 am , by Nykia Spradley
It’s officially sandal season, which means no more hiding. Yes, flats are still perfectly acceptable, but why not let your toes feel the warm air too? Even though cold weather wreaks havoc on our skin, summer slaps your feet with some harsh hits too. We’ve all had a cracked heel emergency at some point. Chicago-based dermatologist, Brooke Jackson, M.D. shared a few tips for getting your tootsies in tip-top shape.
Platform wedges don’t look so cute when you have dry, cracked heels. Use a pumice stone or gritty exfoliant once a week and apply a cream with AHA’s at night to keep them smooth. Jackson recommends CeraVe SA Renewing Lotion or Amlactin Plus.
Giving yourself a pedicure? Prevent ingrown toenails by cutting your nails straight across. Don’t try to cut or file the nail into the sides of your toe.
Apply sunscreen on the tops of your feet. “I see patients every summer who forget to put sunscreen on their feet and they get burned on the tops of their feet,” says Dr. Jackson. “Skin is skin and any skin which is exposed to the sun needs to be protected.”
Breaking in new sandals? Blisters and chafing are caused by rubbing and friction, so apply a product like Gold Bond Friction Defense to areas of the foot that feel friction before irritation as prevention. You can also use this on irritated and burning feet to treat and soothe skin.
June 25, 2012 at 11:07 am , by Nykia Spradley
While nail care is an issue you get behind in fall and winter by slathering your talons with shea butter and jojoba oil, during the summer you’re probably more concerned with color (i.e. Monday = pink…Tuesday = banana yellow…Wednesday = lavender…). And if you’re like us, you just cross your fingers and hope that your excessive polish play doesn’t lead to more peeling and splitting of your nails.
Since we’re prone to paint our nails every hour (no, really.) during the summer (NAIL POLISH 4EVA!), we were stoked to stumble upon Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Anti-Aging Nail Lacquers. Not only are the summer shades creamy perfection, but they’re also infused with a protein peptide that strengthens flimsy nails. #winwin
June 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm , by Nykia Spradley
I personally apply solution and blowout, giving the hair as much body possible, so when the flatiron is used, it will not be pin straight.