We All Want “Good Hair”


Is there any woman out there that doesn’t hate her hair?  Ok–hate is strong word, but seriously, can’t our hair just do what we want it to?  (I mean, I’m only asking to have perfectly tousled effortlessy-chic beach waves….For real….give me Rachel Zoe’s hair and I will be happy the rest of my life.)

Is there anything better than the moment you look in the mirror after getting your hair done at the salon?! Of course not, it’s the best feeling ever.  According to one study, women experience such a boost in energy, confidence, and optimism from changing their hairstyle or color that they do it on average, about 104 times in their life.  Surprisingly, when our hair looks great, we are nicer in general. 56% of women in one study said they’re nicer to others when their hair looks great. In fact, 67% of women say they have a better day overall when their hair looks good.

So, we all want better hair days.  We all want our hair to do something it generally doesn’t do (I want long thick blonde hair even though my hair grows .000000001 inches a year…) 

In an effort to make us all appreciate the hair we have, I will be positing daily hair tips–including style tricks, quick fixes (for bad hair days!), and upcoming trends. Subscribe to my blog to receive pointers, DIY styles, and product reviews.

Featuring My Clients’ Favorite Products

I am the biggest advocate of at-home care for your hair.  Shampoos, treatments, and products make the biggest difference when styling and maintaining your own hair at home.  Do you ever feel like your hair looks awesome right when you leave the salon but it’s hard to recreate the same look when you attempt to do it yourself?  It’s probably because you are underestimating the power of styling products.

The same goes for maintaing your color.  Blondes easily fade to yellow brassy tones (it’s just the nature of blonde hair, unfortunately!)  But using the right shampoo and conditioner can keep your hair from fading or turning yellow.  My blonde clients know the importance of purple shampoo, and they don’t hesitate to use it on a regular basis.

Here are a few products that we LOVE!

Jessica has naturally strawberry blonde hair which she HATES.  She prefers cooler, ashy blonde tones.  Without purple shampoo, her pure blonde tones would only last a few washes.  Here is why Jessica loves Schwarzkopf So Silver Shampoo:


Name: Jessica Jacksa

Favorite Product: Schwarzkopf Color Save Silver Shampoo

Must Have BECAUSE: This product is a must have for blondes. It helps maintain my cool blonde tones and makes my natural warm tones cooler.

Best for what hair types: Blondes!

Time of year to use product: Year round, but especially during the summer when I like to be an even cooler, lighter blonde.

Smells like: A fresh, clean scent.

How to use: Work and lather in wet hair! If you’re feeling like your blonde is faded or turning yellow, let it sit on your hair for 1-2 minutes before rinsing.

Secret Styling Tip: Pair with the Color Save Conditioner for added moisture and shine! I also like to use a finishing spray to show off my bright blonde tones.


If you have trouble getting volume or lift in your hair,  check out Bumble and Bumble’s Dry Spun Finish.  Here is why Erica and Melanie love this great texture spray in their hair:


Name: Erica Freeburg and Melanie Martin

Favorite Product: B.b. Dry Spun Finish

Must Have BECAUSE: Helps go days without shampooing, and gives lots of volume! It’s amazing for creating styles and provides an even easy-to-use application.

Best for what hair types: All hair types. Good for anyone who wants extra volume or hold. Especially great for limp or fine hair that doesn’t hold a style well.

Time of year to use product: Anytime of year, especially in the summer when hair gets more oily.

Smells like: Bb’s Thickening Spray (if you’ve used it!) Has a light, slightly floral scent…smells amazing!

How to use: Use on dry hair: spray it at the root before you tease, or through all your hair before you curl to create texture. On second day hair, spray at the root to absorb oil and create a clean matted look.

Secret Styling Tip: Your hair doesn’t have to be dirty to use this product. Spray into your hair right after you blow dry. It will keep hair looking “clean” prevent it from looking greasy 🙂

Choosing the “Right” Ombré for Your Hair

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Ombré hair color has come a long way since Drew Barrymore’s dramatic “black to blonde”  look a few years back.  There are now so many variations of the trend that the look is suitable for almost anyone!  Regardless of length, facial features, and natural color, ombré looks can be tailored to each individual’s characteristics and lifestyle.

A few considerations when choosing the best ombré for your hair:


Is the length of your hair suitable for a dramatic ombré?  If you hair is shoulder length or above, opt for more melted pieces that start around your hairline.  Highlights should start higher up on shorter hair to avoid it looking too disconnected.  If you hair is long, you have more options.  Subtle melted highlights give a soft ombre look without a drastic change.  Create a more sun kissed look with more highlighting around the face.  Or…go all out and create some drama with a dark-to-light all over ombré!


If maintaining your hair color is a concern, then ombré is the perfect option for you.  With minimal upkeep, the look stays fresh and grows out naturally.  If you want to shy away from maintenance all together, make sure you incorporate your natural color so it can grow out easily.

Facial features

If you have a big forehead or crow’s feet around your eyes, keep more darkness throughout the top.  Adding light pieces will draw attention to these areas.  On the other hand, if you have a narrow forehead or big, beautiful eyes, bring your lighter highlights up to these areas to enhance them.  If you have a wide face, stick to darker pieces around your hairline to keep it from looking wider. Light colors draw attention and create reflection, dark colors create shadows and absorb light.

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).


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).


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



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