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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

After Summer Hair Care Tips

Last week we discussed skincare tips to get your glow back after the summer.  If you spent a lot of time in the sun or slacked off on your hair care routine over the summer, chances are you're left with dry, dull hair.  Follow our tips to replenish hair with moisture and shine.
After Summer Hair Care Tips

First things first...when is the last time you got a haircut?  If you can't remember and your split ends are out of control, then it's time to book an appointment!  While you're there, ask your stylist about a deep conditioning treatment.  If you have color treated hair, you may want to think about darkening the color for fall or getting a gloss treatment to restore shine.

Add moisture:
  • If your hair is super dry, you may want to switch over to a moisturizing shampoo and a deeper moisturizing conditioner until you see improvement.  When applying conditioner, focus on mid-shaft to the ends.  Your roots already get moisture from your natural oils.
  • A hair mask, like Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Reconstruction Reparative Mask, provides intense moisture to rebuild and strengthen hair.
  • Another option is a hair oil or serum.  The key is to find something that won't weigh your hair down but still provides enough nourishment.  For ultra dry hair, we recommend Phyto Subtil Elixir Intense Nutrition Shine Oil.  When used before shampooing your hair, this weekly treatment restores shine and softness.  A great lightweight treatment for all hair types is Rock Your Hair Moringa Dry Oil Mist.  Apply it to damp or dry hair to repair split ends, restore shine and smooth your hair.

Treat with care:
  • Besides dry ends, my main hair issue right now is the forever-long process of brushing!  Cut down on brush time, making it easier on you AND your hair, with a detangler.  Phyto PhytoSpecific Integral Hydrating Mist is a great multi-tasker that detangles, protects against heat damage and preps hair for styling.  Pair that with the goKnots Detangle Brush and you're sure to cut down on your getting ready time and ease a little stress. :)
  • Ease up on the heat.  Rinse your hair with cool water to seal the cuticle, helping hair look healthier.  Watch the heat dial on your styling products too.  Use just enough heat to for your hair type, not the highest setting available.
Replenishing your hair after the summer is easy with moisturizing treatments, detanglers and cutting down on heat treatments.

Until next time...stay tuned and stay beautiful!

Friday, August 29, 2014

After Summer Skincare Tips

As summer winds down, your skincare concerns might shift direction, especially if you spent a lot of time in the sun.  Your post-summer skin might be dry, dull, damaged or show signs of hyperpigmentation.  Check out our tips for rejuvenating skin and getting your "glow" back.

An easy start to getting your glow back is by exfoliation.  There are many different types of exfoliation from gentle to intensive.  Over-exfoliation can increase damage and sensitivity.  Always look for an exfoliant specifically for your skin type and remember to follow its directions:
  • For mild exfoliation, try an exfoliating cleanser like Jan Marini Clean Zyme Face Cleanser.  Its incredibly effective formula utilizes papaya enzymes to naturally exfoliate, and it's gentle enough for sensitive and post-procedure skin!  
  • For more intense exfoliation, try an exfoliating mask or peel like Sircuit Skin Double Trouble.  A favorite among clients, this potent 5% L-lactic acid at-home peel is full of antioxidants and vitamins to treat fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and uneven skin tone.. not to mention, it smells divine!  
  • For no-fuss everyday exfoliation, don't forget your Clarisonic!

Struggling with dark spots after too much summer sun?  If exfoliation isn't enough to even your skin tone, check out our Skin Lightening products.  Some will provide all over brightening, while others are intense spot treatments.  Popular ingredients may include hydroquinone, kojic acid or arbutin.  There are also many other lightening formulas that are more gentle and still effective.  For customized advice on lightening products, please leave us a comment and we'll find the right products just for you!

Struggling with dry skin?  You may need to switch over to a heavier moisturizer.  There are so many options available, we'll help break it down:
  • Serum Moisturizers, like Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum, will deeply penetrate skin and aid in healing as well.  Great for all skin types, serum moisturizers help enhance the moisturizing power of any additional moisturizer you apply.
  • Gel Moisturizers, like GlyMed Plus Ultra Hydro Gel, provide lightweight hydration and are usually recommended for oily or acneic skin types.
  • Lotion Moisturizers fall somewhere in the middle as far as moisturizing strength and consistency.  However, there are so many different varieties, that there's an option for every skin type.
  • Cream Moisturizers, like G.M. Collin Nutrivital Cream, are heavier in consistency and offer deep moisturization that comforts skin while replenishing lost moisture.  

With summer coming to an end, you might become lazy about applying your sunscreen.  Applying your sunscreen EVERYDAY will reinforce protection, improving your damaged skin and protecting it from further damage.  If you're not using a Vitamin C product everyday, this is also a great time to start!  Vitamin C replenishes skin, lightens dark spots, brightens overall skin tone, aids in treating and preventing fine lines and wrinkles, and protects skin from environmental damage... really, what doesn't it do?!

Getting your glow back after the summer is easy with exfoliation, brightening, moisturizing and protection!

Until next time...stay tuned and stay beautiful!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Spotlight on: Rock Your Hair

All the ladies around the office have fine hair, so we're always looking for ways to pump up the volume.  It's hard to find a product that's easy to use, provides long-lasting results AND enhances the health of hair.  We think we've found the one with Rock Your Hair!

Brief Background:
  • Designed by the founder of Big Sexy Hair, LA celebrity stylist Michael O’Rourke
  • All products are sulfate and paraben free and safe for all hair types.
  • Products are the choice of many celebs and are featured at many award shows.

Products we can't wait to try:

If it's award-winning, it's gotta be good!  Rock Your Hair Spray It Hard Big Volume Hairspray gives you bigger, thicker hair with long-lasting workable hold.  It also adds shine to your hair and won't flake.

Living in Central Texas, we're always fighting humidity and frizz.  Rock Your Hair 3 Day Blow Out Blow Dry Extender fights humidity and frizz, protects your color against thermal damage, adds shine, and smooths the hair cuticle for softer hair.  Of course, it also extends the look of your blowout with its unique memory system, keeping hair looking fresh.

Often when we want to smooth hair or add shine, we go for a hair serum.  These can sometimes leave the hair feeling too greasy or heavy.  The solution?  Rock Your Hair Moringa Dry Oil Mist.  The Moringa oil is full of antioxidants and nutrients, and has shown greater benefits than Argan Oil.  Not only will it tame frizz and add shine, it also repairs split ends, protects against thermal damage and color fading.  It's spray formula is lightweight and super nourishing.

You gotta check these out:

Rock Your Hair Hard Gel is a favorite among men for its flake-free, super firm hold formula.  It's perfect for spiking the hair or slicking it back.

For long hair or kids hair, the Leave-In Conditioner Weightless Detangler will make your haircare routine so much easier!  It strengthens hair while repairing damage, adding shine and easing tangles.

Which Rock Your Hair product are you most excited to try?  Let us know!

FREE GIFT OFFER: Receive a free travel size Spray It Hair Hairspray with $40+ purchase of Rock Your Hair products.

Until next time...stay tuned and stay beautiful!
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