I sat down with glamazon and celebrity dancer Kym Johnson of the hit show Dancing with the Stars at Chicago’s Wit hotel to find out about the new Dancing with the Stars hair extension collection, her beauty secrets and what goes on behind the scenes. Too bad Kym and David Hasseloff where the first to go this season. She told me she was planning a dance with a Knight Rider theme. That would have been fun to watch! Hopefully this video, shot in the bustling lobby, will make up for it. You may think I’m being a suck-up, but I have to say, Kym really is one of the sweetest, down-to-earth, friendly celebs I’ve met. She’s like sunshine! Er, maybe that’s the effect of her adorable Aussie accent.
Before I chatted with Kym, I had a fun hairstyling session where I got to try on all the different styles in the line, which ranges from around $20 to $50. I was also pleased to find out you can use hot tools on all of the hair. Below are pics of me modeling some of my favorite pieces.
Wearing the same combo of extensions Kym’s wearing in the video: Glamorama and Salsaloosa.
Look Ma, I’ve got bangs, thanks to Bango Tango, and long hair, courtesy of Go! Go! Girl.
If you want to get your hands on these extensions now, four styles are currently available at Ulta. The rest will be sold on HSN starting Jan. 1.
After hearing the live performances on the American Music Awards, it became obvious you don’t have to be a good singer to be famous. You just need autotunes…and great hair. Celebrities were parting ways on the red carpet, showing off sleek locks slicked into harsh side and middle parts. While I’m a fan of Honor’s mom Jessica Alba’s strong ‘do and Katy Perry’s deep side part, Taylor Swift’s straight mane and edgy bangs win the award for best hair in my book. Which celeb style is your favorite?
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We’re all on the quest for enlightenment. My “aha” moments are not always as profound as Oprah’s, but they do come. A few years back I was meeting with a top hairstylist who was showing me how to create the Victoria’s Secret waves every women wants (heck, we may not be blessed with those Amazons’ curves, so at least let our hair have their body). He whipped out the curling iron and went to town twirling sections of my hair around the wand. The thing is, he never once touched the clunky clamp that is normally used to set the curl. That was my OMG moment. Who knew it was a million times easier to curl your hair by simply wrapping it around the barrel, holding hair in place for a few seconds and then gently loosening your grip. This instantly became one of my favorite tips, and I’ve been sharing it ever since. Well ladies, the curling iron community has finally caught on. Two of my favorite new models are sleek and simple sans the old fashioned, hard-to-use clamp. Sultra’s Bombshell curling iron has a one-inch rod and comes with gloves so your fingertips can perfectly style each kink without being bothered by the heat. Remington’s new TIStudio Pearl Ceramic Professional Styling Wand is designed like a cone (it’s narrower at the tip and wider at the base) so you can create skinny and fat curls and also comes with a heat-protective glove. I stopped by Ulta on State St. for the product launch and learned that not only does the iron have a smart design, the new T-Studio line, which also includes a dryer, hot roller set and a flat iron, is made with a breakthrough Pearl technology that infuses a heat-protective and shine-enhancing silicone-based conditioner into strands. I spoke with said celeb hairstylist Richard Marin (shown below), a favorite of Megan Fox, Tina Fey and Cindy Crawford, who said he’s a fan. “The technology makes hair shiny and gives it better slip so it’s easier to work with.”
Some trends shouldn’t extend beyond the runway and red carpet, which is why I’m not going to entertain you with a runway-to-reality explanation of how to wear a horse’s tail on your head. Save the tails for pinning on a donkey and keep yourself from looking like an ass. I can’t say the same for Kei$ha, who sported an animal-like braided mane down to her rump at the Video Music Awards. At least this avant-garde hair look (bottom right) created for Fashion Week was a head turner on the catwalk. Meow…or shall I say nehhh!
Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl, has written for national publications including Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Self, In Style, Seventeen, and more. She appears as a beauty and style expert on TV for shows like TODAY, Windy City LIVE, and more. She's covered NYC and LA Fashion Weeks, has been a guest speaker for corporations, hosts events and offers services. The Beauty Girl blog is Nicole's exclusive insider notebook, sharing her V.I.P. access to the latest in beauty. Welcome! Still curious about Nicole? Click here.
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