Posts Tagged ‘moisture’




We tend to have braids on the brain 24/7 during these hot summer months in California. Best part is that braiding can often save us from excess heat styling with blowdryers + curling irons, which is very helpful when dealing with dryness or trying to nurse damaged hair back to a softer state. Recently we were introduced to Pantene Pro-V’s Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner and because it’s so moisture-packed we immediately thought of using it as a braid aid! This is a really simple way to braid + moisturize at one time so you’re getting a double dose of healthy hair (conditioning + saving on heat styling) while sporting your favorite braided look. We’re essentially creating our own leave-in conditioner and turning it into a styling product! Here’s how we did it…

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pantene the beauty department braid aid

  • Shake well.

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  • Apply to wet or dry hair.
  • Braid as desired!

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TIP: I love using this trick before heading to the gym in the morning. I shower, shave, wash my hair, get out, apply this spray and braid. Then when I’m done at the gym I can just do a quick rinse in the shower and go instead of a taking a full “normal” shower.

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You can do this on dry hair too, of course! I tend to focus more from middle to ends and only use a tiny bit toward the root. Focus on dryness and places where your hair gets the least amount of natural oils: middle to ends.

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Once you apply spray and braid your hair, wait about 10 minutes for it to absorb and dry a little, then gently pull at your braid to loosen it up. The conditioner serves as a great texturizer because as it dries it feels a little more like a styling cream.

When you go to rinse the conditioner out, you’ll feel the benefits and as your hair dries, you’ll see them! Now we really wonder how many “conditioner hacks” there are out there. Do you have one? If so we’d love to hear it in the comments below!

(this post was created in partnership with our friends at Pantene)




Every winter we get tons of requests asking how to battle dry skin. With our heaters blasting and the drier climate, our faces really takes a beating. We pile on the night cream, wake up in the middle of the night only to touch our skin and gasp because all of the moisturizer is gone! We wonder where it went… was half absorbed and the other half evaporated from the heater?? Don’t give up just yet. There is a way to “seal” your night cream and create a moisture barrier so it lasts all night; you just need to lock it in with a face balm. I have acne-prone skin so was a little hesitant to try face balms a few years ago but was so desperate to find something for the dry patches each winter that I took the plunge when a client actually recommended them to me… and was happily surprised when I didn’t break out and the dry patch on my chin healed. Here’s how:


  1. Egyptian Magic
  2. Liz Earle Superbalm
  3. Weleda Everon Face Balm
  4. Rodial Stem Cell Super-Food Glam Balm


  1. Apply your night cream all over your face and neck as you usually do. Rub it all the way in and don’t forget your neck, please!
  2. Rub a quarter-sized amount of face balm in between your fingers to warm it up.
  3. Gently pat the balm on top to create a moisture barrier and seal in your night cream.
  4. Touch your face when you wake up and notice it’s still moisturized and happy!


photos/post: Kristin Ess

photos/post: Kristin Ess

The weather is changing and there’s a lot more moisture in the air, which can be great for your skin but awful after fresh blowout. One of our favorite ways to preserve a new blowout, flat iron waves or curling iron curls when it’s humid outside is to use either an anti-humectant spray or balm, depending on your hair type… but more about that later.

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When you blowdry your hair, you’re removing water from the inside as well as the outside. As it dries, you’re (for lack of a better word) “re-forming” the hair into whatever shape you’re round brushing, curling or flat iron it into. Once the hair is dry completely and your look is set, you want to avoid letting too much moisture or water back into the hair because that will encourage your hair to go back to it’s natural state or at least part way there often causing frizziness or limp locks (definitely not saying there’s anything wrong with your hair’s natural state, for the record).



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Anti-humectant to the rescue!! You may remember HERE when I was in Miami with Lauren and I talked about using this spray to keep out the Miami moisture. Anti-humectants basically create a thin invisible film on the hair that will repel water and moisture, keeping it styled the way you want it. I typically use two different types of anti-humectant products. A balm or a spray. I tend to use THIS SUPER FINE SPRAY version for thin or fine hair because it’s a lighter application. I finish the heat styling that I want to do on the hair and then spray a light veil of this. When it comes to thick, coarse or curly blown out hair, I will often turn to THIS BALM version. It’s the balm. Ha! Warm up a pea sized dab of this in between the palms of your hands and distribute evenly, starting in area where moisture attacks your hair the most, this can be different for everyone.




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Whichever you choose, try to be light handed with it because you don’t need much. Anti-humectant products tend to last me a very long time. They shampoo out really easily and never feel oily or greasy when applied correctly. Follow the instruction on the bottle and do what’s right for your own amount of hair. These are also great in the summer when it’s hot or if you sweat at night, which often causes the underneath of your hair to frizz up.

Have you ever tried anti-humectant spray or balm? If so, spill it in the comments below!



I hope a bunch of you tried last week’s MUD MASK AMP UP and were thrilled with how smooth it made your skin! We got a lot of comments/emails asking how to get really hydrated skin and have just the answer you’ve been waiting for! I learned this trick from a facialist years ago and my skin has been grateful ever since. She taught me that if you layer a serum immediately and directly under a hydrating mask, it will penetrate more powerfully because it’s protected from evaporation from air contact as it’s locked in by the mask. And once it’s fully penetrated, the mask moisturizes as well. It’s a double dose for dry, thirsty skin. Here’s how:



  1. Pump the serum about three times into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to spread evenly across your fingertips.
  2. Massage the serum all over your face.
  3. Dip fingers into the moisture mask and rub fingertips from both hands together.
  4. Pat the mask all over your face, directly on top of the serum.
  5. Follow the mask instructions for how long to keep it on before you rinse. Some are 20 minutes, others all night!

Do it as often as needed (once or twice a week should work) and dry skin won’t have a chance this Winter!