If you were to catch me on any given day, my hair would likely be in a bun. Oh, the many reasons why I love to wear a bun…it’s comfortable, it’s a chic look that can be worn casual or fancy (I wore one for my wedding) and it’s the perfect solution for a bad hair day or if you want to skip a wash. So when I got word about a new bun-making tool, the Goody Spin Pin (shown right; $5.99 at drugstores), I had to try it for myself. The last time a hair gadget caused this much chatter was when bumpits launched. If you’re at all familiar with bumpits, which were made so people could create big hairstyles like Snooki’s poof, you can understand why I may have gagged a little at the thought of another hair gizmo surfacing. Dare the Spin Pin enable Americans to get cheesier? Well, to start, I was impressed that it comes in two colors (brunette and blonde) and that the peeps at Goody claim these two corkscrew pins are as effective as 20 bobbi pins. To see what it’s all about, here’s a very homemade video I created with the help of my brother-in-law David (camera man) and nieces (on-camera models). The video may just be the cheesiest thing about this whole post! Enjoy.
One of the biggest beauty issues my readers tell me they face during the summer is frizzy hair. I’ve tried to tackle this concern in many posts with a variety of products and techniques such as hair oil, mousse, how-to’s and even offered giveaways for a flat iron and a complete hair care regimen.
However, if you’re fed up with poof and want to eliminate it for good, another option is to trade in the D.I.Y. options for pro hair treatments like the Brazilian Blowout. This is the newest frizz-eliminating service on salon menus and it’s gaining a lot of celebrity attention. Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Richie, Halle Berry and Lindsay Lohan are just some of the stars doing it.
You may have heard of Japanese straightening, a chemical-based treatment that was all the rage years ago. Unlike Japanese straightening, which offers results that last up to six months but can damage hair or flatten it if in the wrong hands, the Brazilian Blowout uses proteins that smooth and protect each strand. Think of it as a condom for your hair. Whether that image grosses you out or not, you’ll be happy to know the formaldehyde-free process is totally healthy for your mane, protects locks from hot tools and there’s no downtime. The fact that you can jump in the pool immediately after the treatment is the main advantage to choosing the Brazilian Blowout over other popular protein-based hair treatments like a Keratin treatment, which prevents you from showering or using hair elastics for three days post service. I have to say, the Brazilian Blowout sounds a lot less intimidating than other Brazilian named beauty services I’ve tried, and all it takes is 90 minutes of your time to get shiny, frizz-free hair for up to three months.
Guys may think they can get by with a quick shave, but I’ve seen too many gents walking around with razor burn and unsymmetrical facial hair. Sometimes, we need to review the basics so I enlisted Anthony Sosnick, founder of the grooming line Anthony For Men, to offer his tips for a perfect shave. 1. Around the time that you chugged your first beer, you probably also learned that the most important key to a successful shave is shaving in the direction of the beard growth. “Usually the beard grows downward toward your neck and upwards from the base of your neck,” says Tony.
2. To get a close shave, always wash your face with warm water to soften the hair before putting a razor to it and then apply a shaving cream to help the blades glide along the skin.
3. During the shave, use your free hand to keep your skin taut and as flat as possible and use short strokes starting at the side burns, cheeks and neck. “This helps to prevent nicks,” says Tony. Save your lip and chin for last so the cream can soften these heavier whiskers. And don’t forget to replace your razor after three or four uses. 4. Finish by rinsing your face with cool water and gently pat, don’t rub, your face dry. If you’re prone to razor burn, splash on an after shave balm to keep your fresh face soft and hydrated. Now that we’ve got your face covered, don’t forget to landscape your body. Bushy back hair won’t entice a woman to wrap her arms around you so be sure to clean up the area before your shirt comes off. I’ve recently come across a new tool specifically made for these notoriously hard-to-reach spots. It’s called The Brazor (shown left), and it’s made with a longer handle so you don’t have to contort yourself to reach your target. Would you try The Brazor? Yes. This looks like a good invention. (90%, 9 Votes) No. I can handle my back hair myself. (10%, 1 Votes)
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There’s always tomorrow to start your diet, pick up that book, clean out your closet yadda, yadda, yadda, right? Well, what if there is no tomorrow! Ok, I don’t mean to get all drama-rama on you, but today’s Earth Day, so preservation is top of mind. If you ever wondered what little bit you could do to help the Big Mama, here are three simple beauty renovations you can do that will enhance your life without an inch of sacrifice. 1.Hair This “Instead of drying your whole head, just do the top half and let the bottom dry naturally,” says Jessica Iclisoy, founder of environmentally friendly California Baby. No one sees the bottom layers of your hair anyway, not to mention that hot tools like hair dryers, which I’m happy to mention are coming out in energy-saving models, and curling irons can damage locks while excess energy usage can burn a whole in your wallet. Click here to read the rest of my story on theecoluxelife.com. Happy Earth Day!