Pink Hair on Tara!

Check out this multi-dimensional pink hair that I got to do on Tara today!  Thanks for letting me play doll, you are beautiful!

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Are You Using the Right Brush for Your Hair?

Consider your collection of haircare products: every bottle probably earned its space on your shelves because of careful selection and thorough research.  Is the same true for your hairbrush?  The beauty tool that you’ve used every day since you were a child?  Hopefully you’ve upgraded over the years, but if your current hairbrush is in your drawer because it was the only on sale at Target (and it also has a squishy handle), it’s time to invest in something with a little more quality.

Using the right hairbrush is often an oversight, but it’s important to use the right one for your own hair type to avoid breakage, damage, and weak styling.  Confused about which one to pick?  Seek no further, I have all the answers for you my friends!

 

Fine to Normal Hair: Boar Bristle Brush

Boar bristle brushes help to attain polished strands.  By lifting away dirt and dust, they help to redistribute your scalp’s natural oils through the ends of your hair.  Boar bristle brushes are gentle, effective, and easy to use.

Denman’s Medium Boar Bristle Brush ($34).

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Thinning, Delicate, or Damaged Hair: Soft Boar Bristle Brush

Boar bristle brushes are great for those with delicate hair as well, but make sure you choose one with extra soft bristles.  Soft brushes will stimulate the scalp, increasing circulation, which will help maintain the health of your hair without being rough on your tresses.

Kent Ladies’ Narrow Soft Brush ($90).

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Very Thick or Coarse Hair: Nylon Bristle Brush

In order to work with thick or coarse hair, it’s imperative that you use a nylon brush.  Nylon bristles are stiff and offer more control than boar bristles to help unruly, unmanageable hair stay in place.

Mason Pearson’s Pocket Size Nylon Brush ($68).

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Normal to Thick Hair: Mixed-Bristle Brush

Mixed bristle brushes are really a great combination.  Nylon bristles will help detangle your hair while boar bristles will distribute your hair’s natural oils and smooth the cuticle of your hair strand.

Mason Pearson’s Handy Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle Hair Brush ($150).

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Curly Hair: Wooden-Bristle Brush

Curly hair can be brushed as long as it’s with the right tool.  We all know that curly hair can be challenging, but with a wooden bristle brush, your hair will maintain its curl and won’t induce frizz or poofiness.  Wooden bristles help to gently seperate curls, while  getting rid of knots and tangles.

Kent’s Woodyhog Brush ($24).

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Bangs and Very Short Hair: Small, Round Boar Bristle Brush

A small roundbrush with boar bristles will do the trick.  Boar bristles create tension and encourage smoothness.  The size of the brush will help to catch all the hair, even extra short pieces.

Spornette De Ville’s Rounder Boar Bristle Hair Brush 1.5” ($18).

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Smooth Your Frizzy Hair for Summer!

It’s almost summer time! Time for beaches, sun, barbecues, sun kissed skin, and for most of us, untamed hair. If your hair is frizzy, poofy, or unmanageable, consider getting a keratin treatment this summer to tame unruly locks.

Want more information on Keratin treatments? See my blog post: Keratin Treatments-Everything You Need to Know!

Halo Hair Extensions: Add Length and/or Thickness

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Removable hair extensions that are better than clip ins!

I recently attended the beauty show and was introduced to a new line of hair extensions that I am OBSESSED with! The line is called “Halo Couture” (Look it up, read reviews!) They are so much better than clip-in extensions–easier to use, no damage, completely seamless– and they aren’t as much of a commitment as keratin bonded extensions (I still love those too, but I know they are pricey for some people!)

Do they stay in/are they secure?
YES! The halo is custom fitted to your head size with the unbreakable “miracle wire” so they are snug to your head. You can move and shake your head around and it will not come out. You just can’t swim/shower without taking the halo off.

What kind of hair?
The halo is made of 100% human indian remy hair. This is the best kind of hair for hair extensions. It is the least processed, easiest to style, and looks the most natural. You can do anything to the halo that you would do to style your own hair!

Why is a halo better than clip-in extensions?
The Halo’s miracle wire makes it completely comfortable and non-damaging. Clip in extensions can cause breakage and discomfort, leaving the hair thin and brittle. Halos don’t put any tension on your own hair and blend seamlessly, looking and feeling better than clip ins!

What does a halo cost?
In general, a halo costs anywhere from $300-$800 (depending on the length you want) and they last forever. As a wholesale account, I can sell them to you for much cheaper. A halo purchased from me ranges from $175-$350 depending on the length. This includes the custom fitting and blending with your natural hair.

 

Here is a video of how they work and how great they look (I have one, they blend well with short hair too!): http://vanillafringe.com/a/Confessions+6923

If you are interested in ordering or have any additional questions please let me know by emailing me at acarlevato@gmail.com

Keratin Treatments: Everything You Need to Know!

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WHAT IS A KERATIN TREATMENT?

A Keratin treatment is a hair smoothing treatment that helps to eliminate frizz, cut down blow dry time, and tame curl. It adds keratin protein to your hair, giving it shine and strength. If maintained with a Keratin safe shampoo, the treatment can last up to 6 months (even longer if you don’t shampoo everyday!)

HOW DOES THE TREATMENT WORK?

A formula of keratin protein is applied to clean, clarified hair. It processes for 30 minutes and then is sealed into the hair with a blow-dryer and a flat iron. The formula must stay on the hair for 72 hours (3 days) for it to work to its maximum potential. After three days, it’s safe to wash your hair!

WHO IS BEST SUITED FOR A KERATIN TREATMENT?

Keratin treatments are good for all types of hair! If you have curly, unruly hair, a keratin treatment will soften your curl and make your hair smooth and wavy. If you have frizzy hair, say hello to smooth, shiny locks. If you have damaged, over processed hair, the treatment will add protein and make your hair healthier. If you have thick hair that takes forever to style, a keratin treatment will cut down blow dry time by at least 50% and virtually eliminates the need to flat iron!

ARE THE TREATMENTS SAFE?

One of the biggest concerns women have regarding keratin treatments are whether they are safe. Keratin treatments have come a long way since they were first introduced a few years ago. They no longer contain high amounts of formaldehyde (and no one has to wear masks when applying the treatment anymore!) and they are safe to breath in. The only people that need to be cautious when getting keratin treatments are those with allergies and pregnant women.

CONSULT YOUR STYLIST

Most importantly, consult with your stylist if you are interested in the treatment. You stylist knows your hair and what is best for it. Not all hairdressers are certified to do the treatment, so ask your stylist to recommend someone else if they don’t do it themselves. Getting certified is a big expense for salons, so do your research beforehand! A cheap service usually means cheap results.

Well ladies, there you have it-all the facts about Keratin treatments! If you have any other questions, leave them for me in the comments below!