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.

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.

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

Keratin Treatments: Everything You Need to Know!


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!)


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!


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!


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.


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!