3 FAVES FOR A PERFECT BLOWOUT

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Most of us are trying to live our best life and do less with our hair while hoping it looks better than ever. While I love an air-dry scenario or a second day wave/dry shampoo combo, sometimes you just have to go FULL blowout. If you find yourself faced with the daunting task of round brushing your own mane, trust me– you will want to have one or two of these bottled-up miracles on hand to get you through…

  • ORIBE ROYAL BLOWOUT : my favorite for coarse, thick, unruly, curly, wavy, frizzy and/or slow-to-dry hair. Apply a very thin veil all over before blowdrying. I feel like my brush goes through 100 times smoother and doesn’t get caught on anything. I’ve also noticed it speeds up drying time significantly. I have yet to find something comperable to this in a more affordable price range, but I will say this bottle seems to last for ages, so I would say it’s worth the splurge.
  • LIVING PROOF BLOWOUT STYLING SPRAY: great on fine, straight hair that needs styling support from the inside out. I love this because sometimes you’ve got that head of hair that’s so straight or fine or long and it doesn’t want to wrap around the brush. This spray helps create a little grip which helps you get tension and bend as you need it.
  • DRY BAR HOT TODDY RESTORATIVE CREAM: If you stuggle with dryness, damage, if you bleach your hair, highlight heavily or if you just desperately need a haircut but you can’t seem to prioritize it, use this if you’re going to blow your hair out. Evenly apply a dime size from middle to ends on wet hair. Blow out as usual. It helps me get softness on even the driest, most damaged hair. (This will get your through, but like also, GO get your haircut!) By the way, you can use this in conjunction with the others– just apply this on the ends first and then the spray on top!

If you need help with shine or smoothing after you’re done blowing out, peep THIS POST on our favorite finishing serums.

MOVE IT OR LOSE IT

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If you’ve packed up and moved recently you know, and if you haven’t moved recently you’ve probably blocked it from your memory: moving can be a nightmare! This month I’ve been slowly packing up my entire life and one of the most time consuming/challenging parts of my move was my beauty closet, bathroom and vanity. I thought it would be fun to share the beauty-related part of my move so that if you’re faced with this challenge in the upcoming months, you can come peep this guide for help!

I recently jumped on the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up train, thanks to a friend of mine. Look it up if you don’t know about it! The concept is basically that you hold something in your hand and if it truly brings you joy, you keep it and if it doesn’t you toss it, donate it or give it to a friend. Since there are hundreds (maybe thousands if we’re being honest) of beauty products between my house, studio and office, that’s a lot of holding product in your hands. Instead I decided to work backwards on that method; I sat down and thought about what products TRULY bring me joy after the world’s longest day or what I won’t skip even on a manic monday morning. Things that came to mind for me:

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You get the point… So once I thought of all of those things and boxed them up, I then gathered my essentials: razors, hot irons, medicine cabinet contents, lady stuff, etc… and I box that up too. One major thing I learned is that you have to pack a small kit for yourself, almost like a travel kit, to get you by for a couple days if your move is going to take some time.

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Over the years, I have cultivated a massive collection of epic products so I can’t just throw those out because that would be crazy and wasteful! Here’s how I divi’d it all up…

FIRST THINGS FIRST: I check for expiration dates, major clogging that’s not fixable, dryness, product separation, scent changes, shattered palettes and broken bottles or pumps. Toss out anything that’s not quite right.

THE $$$$ ONES: For the expensive things I like to gather my gals. I call up a bunch of my friends and have a little beauty party. I let them take whatever they want because I know they’ll use it if they don’t know how, I can explain it on the spot. For the most part, I give these things to friends instead of donating because I’ve seen donations get tossed for being misunderstood. Example: I donated a very tiny jar eye cream that was around 100 dollars and the guy accepting the donations thought it was a sample and asked me if was trash. Lesson learned.

THE BRAND NEW ONES: If something is brand new and still in the box you can donate it to a local women’s shelter to be given away as a holiday gift. You can also specify that you would like it to be given to a woman who is trying to get back on her feet, feel better about herself and going out for job interviews.

OPENED BUT STILL FULL: A lot of times I will receive a great product and I’ll open it to try it but not necessarily want to keep it. I recently started donating all of those things to an AMAZING charity called The Beauty Bus. It’s the most incredible organization and they’re doing the sweetest things. I dare you to go on that website and not bawl your eyeballs out.

Beauty Bus Foundation delivers dignity, hope and respite to chronically or terminally ill men, women and children and their caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products.

I also donate to my favorite women’s shelters, family programs, beauty schools, etc. Google foundations in your area and read the reviews online about their donation programs!

And last, but certainly not least is putting these things in actual boxes. I found the best was was to break everything up into categories. I used small “banker boxes” (because beauty product gets heavy AF real fast). I got them on Amazon went with these categories. Feel free to merge some if you have less of one category or break some up if you have more!

  • IN-SHOWER (makes it easier to unpack)
  • MEDICINE CABINET
  • HAIR EQUIPMENT / BRUSHES/ IRONS
  • HAIRCARE + STYLING PRODUCT
  • NAIL POLISH + MANICURE/PEDICURE
  • LIPS + LASHES
  • FOUNDATION AND CONTOUR
  • BLUSHES + EYESHADOWS
  • SKINCARE + BODYCARE
  • MISC: MASKS, TRAVEL BOTTLES, LOOFAHS, ETC

If you’re packing up this weekend or anytime soon, we hope this advise help! And here’s hoping you’re more organized when you get there than you were before you left!

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HAIR DRYING GLOVES ARE A THING

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If you know me, you know I love trying gimmicky things because sometimes you end up finding a diamond in the rough! Enter hair drying gloves. I got these out of curiosity and they ended up being a fast favorite. I don’t use them on my clients but I do use them at home. Often I go to put mousse, curl cream, leave-in or wave spray in my hair and end up with more dried onto my hands than my hair. Not only do these help with that, but they also helped me cut down on drying time. Here’s what I know for sure about these handy things…

There are a couple kinds on the market. For finer hair or anyone wanting to add some soft texture to their curls/waves I would recommend THESE GLOVES because they’re more like a towel which tends to build texture. But if your mane concern is to keep curls or waves calm, cool & collected, THESE GLOVES are your best bet because they are made of microfibers which we know helps with frizz.

By trial and error, I’ve discovered the best way to use hair drying gloves is to apply the product with your bare hands first, rinse your hands, then put the gloves on. Begin scrunching at the ends and work your way up into the root. These are so absorbent and remove surface moisture quickly. These would be particularly good for anyone wanting to cut back on their heat styling time. Think about it… if you get into the roots with these gloves and absorb a bit of the moisuture before blowdrying, you’ll definitely trim down the time you’ll spend pointing hot air at your hair and scalp, without having to wait for the hair to air-dry. And it’s 100000 times easier to get in there with “towel fingers” than an actual towel. Feel me??

Have you tried anything gimmicky or gadgety lately which ended up working well that you want to share? If so spill the deets in the comments below please!

HAIR ACCESSORY ROUNDUP

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While it can be totally satisfying to splurge on that new cult-fave hair PRODUCT or CURLING WAND you’ve been coveting, I’m also big on the thrill of adding gorgeous and versatile hair accessories to my growing collection. They provide a level of instant gratification that products and tools sometimes can’t…like great jewelry, a chic hair clip or interesting accessory can instantly elevate an otherwise simple look. With ongoing summer temps being of the relentless persuasion (what? I can’t hear you over the squirt bottle/fan combo I’m waving around my face like its my job.), we’ve pulled together a well-rounded list of perfect accessories to help you chill. Links below the photos.

1. SAFETY PIN CLIP  I’d wear a paper clip too if it was dipped in gold. It’s just SUH cute!

2. OVERSIZED BARRETTE This classic barrette must have chowed the “eat me” cake (Alice & Wonderland fans?). Mini things are adorable, but giant versions are just plain useful. Also how is this only $4?!

3. TORTOISESHELL CHIGNON STICK  I always have one of these in my bag – it’s way chicer than a pencil holding up a chignon when you’re burning the midnight oil.

4. GOLD LEAF CLUSTER HEADBAND Such a perfect bridesmaid hair accessory! Anyone can throw this in and make simple waves or a loose updo something major!

5. GOLD HEART CLIP Never met a shape clip I didn’t like. Bonus points if you can create a braided updo this interesting before adding it in!

6. HANDMADE GOLD HAIRPIN Have nothing for your hair that you do not know to be beautiful, or believe to be useful.

7. TURQUOISE AND BRASS BARRETTE This statement piece is so gorgeous and unique – use it with THIS trick to pony-up thick locks in the prettiest of ways.

8. THIN GOLD BAR HAIR CLIP Dramatic, yet simple – use this thin clip to hold back a few key pieces in any half-up scenario.

9. INFINITY HAIR CLIP For my finer-haired girls, this little gem is small and light-weight, so it can add a little pizazz to your maine without weighing it down.

10. SILK PONY BRAIDER When you find your creative vibes are flowing, make the prettiest braid ever with this soft pink silk woven through it.

11. CRYSTAL LEAF HEADBAND This is special enough to grace the locks of a late summer/early fall bride! It has just the right amount of sparkle, and the asymmetry keeps things interesting.

12. GOLD OUTLINE HAIR CLIP Simple and sleek – this barrette will keep your locks off your neck without drawing too much attention away from a very on-trend off-the-shoulder number.

….And the best part is, no one will notice your back sweat when you make gorgeous hair the focal point. Am I right?!

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!