Posts Tagged ‘treatment’

MAKEUP FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

There’s nothing worse than doing an acne treatment regime only to undo it with the wrong makeup. Through the years, I’ve learned to be very sensitive with my clients’ skin. I used to think “oh I just do their makeup on the red carpet a couple times a month, it can’t do any damage!” but then I remembered that these lovely girls get their makeup done at 5am five times a week for their TV shows and their skin is going through the ringer and I should be more cautious! So these have become our favorites to keep their skin clear and gorgeous. Some of these products made it into my kit through trial and error while others were demanded by my clients who know that they work and won’t take any chances! Hope they help you too. Please share your favorites in the comments below as well! (more…)

GROWTH PLANS

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Other than updos and color, most emails coming in are about growing your hair out– quickly. Currently working on some video tutorials for you gals struggling with that “awkward stage” (aka middle length) to get you through, but let’s start here. Below are several basic yet important things to do while on the road to longer hair.

-Brushing. It stimulates the scalp. We know that. Let’s take it one step further. Stimulation from brushing produces natural oil. The more oils that come out, the more nourishment your hair will get naturally and that’s the best kind because it helps to speed up the process from the inside out. Focus on brushing the scalp and don’t worry so much about the ends. If your hair is dry or brittle, brushing the ends too much can lead to breakage. Above are 2 examples of different brushes in very different price ranges. Find more details on these brushes here:¬†“Brush Up”.

-Treatments. Between technology + trichology (the study of hair/scalp) conditioning treatments have come so far. I have seen hair transform and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Unless you’re really into splurging, you don’t need to spend more than $20-$30 for a deep conditioning mask or treatment. Most importantly, please have a chat with your hairstylist. Ask them what they think is right for you. They can feel your hair and tell if you need moisture or protein. There’s a huge difference. Hair that has been chemically treated or over-processed with color usually calls for more protein because it will strengthen the hair by building a shell around it. Hair that is dry and dull is often just starving for moisture. You may even need both, so when it comes to treatments, please pop into the salon and talk to your pro!

-Vitamins. Lauren is a big believer in pre-natal vitamins helping with hair growth and I am a big believer in biotin + viviscal vitamins. Whichever you guys choose, always consult with your doctor first. If you’re not going into the doctor any time soon, ask a nutritionalist at a health food store for a quick consultation. Take vitamins with lots of water to insure they’re properly digested. The hardest part about vitamins isn’t finding them, it’s taking them consistently. My recommendation is to get a vitamin box and keep a small supply in your purse or put them next to your keys so you take them on the way out the door.

and lastly…

-The spider head massager thingy. Um, don’t laugh.¬†Here’s my theory on this freaky little thing: When you use it, it gives you the chills all the way up to your scalp. When you get chills, you get goosebumps. When you get goosebumps, what happens to the hair on your newly shaven legs? That’s right friends, it grows. Just a personal theory, but I can’t help notice that since I started having these around 6 or 7 years ago, my hair grows insanely fast. Coincidence? I dunno. Worth the 7 bucks to find out!

Check back soon for video tutorials on how to style your hair to get through the mid-length stage!

xx Kristin Ess

WHIP IT REAL GOOD

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KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN strikes again!

Ladies, let’s be extra nice to our hair this weekend. It’s exhausted! This is my absolute favorite do-it-yourself home hair mask and it’s SO simple! Read carefully because it includes a couple of very important steps for making it work properly.

You’ll need: a bowl, an electric mixer/beater, ripe avocado, 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, a clip (any kind: claw clip, sectioning clip, anything to hold your hair up!), shower cap + a blow dryer.

  • in a bowl, mix half of a ripe avocado (smashed) and 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil (double the recipe for long or thick hair).
  • using your electric mixer/beater, whip the two ingredients together until they reach a creamy consistency.
  • take the bowl into the shower with you for an easier, less messy application.
  • shampoo hair well, ring out excess water, then apply the mask all over. if you have fine/flat hair, skip the roots and only do middle to ends. clip it up and cover it with the shower cap.
  • jump out of the shower and warm the treatment up with your blow dryer on a low heat setting for about one minute. heat will allow the treatment to soak in much further than it would without. try to leave it on for as long as you can. anywhere from 5 minutes-30 minutes is perfect.
  • jump back in the shower and rinse thoroughly. condition as usual with your regular conditioner.

Alternatives: If you don’t have an electric mixer, just mash the avocado up well with a fork or the back of a spoon. Add your olive oil and then manually whisk for a full minute or until it becomes creamy. If you can’t make time to get out of the shower to warm the treatment up with a blow dryer, just clip the mask up in the shower with no cap and the steam will help it soak in.

Also– feel free to add a drop or two of fragrant essential oil! Jasmine, lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, anything. Your hair will soak up the scent as well!

Xx Kristin