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Women Are Ditching the Dye in Favor of Going Gray With Grace

By the age of 35, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of hair loss. But for many women, going gray has often been seen as the equivalent to balding. And though a lot of women will still reach for a box of dye or make regular appointments with a stylist to ensure their grays are well-covered, it’s becoming more popular for women to go au naturale and to embrace the gray in a self-love power move heard ’round the world.

Yes, dyed silver and gray tresses were a trend on Instagram not too long ago. But now, women are more inclined to give up the extra maintenance and let their locks go. Grombé, a relatively new Instagram account that celebrates women who are in the midst of their gray hair transition, has grown to amass 74,000 followers and counting. Celebrities are starting to embrace their grays as well, as Jessica Biel and Katie Holmes have recently walked the red carpet with streaks of natural silver showing. And while many women (and stylists) are still decidedly anti-gray, representation is growing — and that’s typically an important first step to widespread acceptance.

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But why do we even go gray in the first place? We tend to fear gray hair because we don’t want to get old, but gray hairs often start to appear on women in their 20s and 30s. Achromotrichia, the process of hair turning gray and then white, often starts around this time. Race and other genetic components are typically what determines when and how much of your hair starts to turn. Nutritional factors can play a role, as can stress — which may be why regular exercise is a good idea. Partaking in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times per week can also improve cardiovascular health, which is a win/win for many women. Gray hair does tend to be drier due to decreased oil production, which is another reason to follow a protein-rich diet, stay hydrated, use moisturizing products, and stay active.
Ultimately, the gray hair movement is still (ironically) in its infancy. But if the growing popularity of these communities is any indication, it’s about time women were able to opt out of society’s unrealistic and expensive expectations of conventional beauty and start embracing their natural allure.

Smooth as Silk: Keratin Lounge by Lasio Keratin Treatment

Having a full head of naturally curly, coily, and thick hair can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, your hair looks abundant and you can style it any way you please. On the other hand, or at least in our case, you end up with an extreme amount of frizz and flyaways and the cold harsh weather temperatures can strip every bit of moisture out of your hair. What’s a girl to do you may ask? The key is to find a solution that will not only leave your hair protected, and perfectly hydrated, but one that will also control your curls, and tame your frizz. That solution? A Keratin Lounge by Lasio Keratin treatment. Specifically the Mocha Silk Keratin Treatment, a water-based Keratin from the authority of all things Keratin, The Keratin Lounge by Lasio.

What makes this hair experience different from the rest? First of all, the staff at The Keratin Lounge by Lasio are beyond compare. Not just for their abundant talent of hair whispering, but their hospitality as well. As a customer, you are taken cared of from the moment you hit the entrance. So sit back with a glass or two of wine and enjoy the hair magic that is a Keratin Lounge by Lasio Keratin treatment. The particular keratin treatment we enjoyed is a spray-on keratin treatment (the only one on the market) is water-based as previously stated, needs zero processing time,  contains cacao oils and only 0.02% formaldehyde (well below OSHA’s formaldehyde acceptable levels), offers 90% curl reduction, and frizz reduction at 100%. Plus it lasts last up to 4 months. That’s approximately 120 days of freedom from frizz and curl control.

We had the amazing pleasure of treating our natural hair (yes it’s still natural, we still have our curly and coily hair – it’s just more controlled) to the Mocha Silk Keratin treatment at the hands of the amazing Certified Keratin Specialist and hairstylist, Ariannis Pepin. Check out our before and after photos of our Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment:

Keratin Treatment Steps:

  • Clarify hair 2-3 times (3rd wash leave clarifying shampoo in hair for 5 minutes)
  • Blow dry hair completely dry
  • Part hair three ways and spray entire hair section by section
  • Blow dry hair with keratin treatment completely dry
  • Part hair again in 3 sections
  • Starting from the bottom of the hair, flat iron sections no bigger than a 1-inch at 450 degrees
  • You have the option to wash right away or next morning.
 The after of our Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment consists of indulging our hair in their Hypersilk by Lasio aftercare line. The cold and drying wintry weather has been especially stressful on our hair and this entire treatment has been revitalizing for my hair. The Lasio Hypersilk is infused with the same keratin that is in the Lasio’s Keratin treatments:
Products that have sodium chloride that can strip the keratin, the Hypersilk line is sodium chloride free and all the products contain keratin. The treatment is heat activated, so a little heat on your and it will be straighter just without any frizz. It is recommended that you wash hair 2 times a week with Hypersilk to prolong your keratin treatment. If you’re thinking of coloring your hair, always do it before any keratin treatment as the color process can also strip the keratin. If you must color after the treatment, wait 2 weeks for single processing and root touch up or bleaching.
Good to do the treatment every 4 months to really start seeing a difference in your hair.

Thanks to the Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment we had, not only has our hair been frizz-free and revitalized, it feels incredibly silky, looks super shiny and of course wonderfully manageable. So if winter has done a number on your hair and you need a hair savior, check out a Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment. We think it will be a solution you’re looking for.

NYC EVENT ALERT: KLORANE Hosts Pop-Up Braid Bar at Birchbox SoHo

Now Hair this! Do you love the hot braid trend happening right now? Want to have the experts give you a cool braid style that’s very now? If you do and you’re reading this, add this to your calendar. KLORANE is hosting a fun and festive Pop-Up Braid Bar at the Birchbox Store in SoHo, NYC, this Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 2pm – 6 pm (RSVP details below). Top editorial and celebrity hairstylists, Casey Geren and Adam Maclay will be on hand to transform your tresses with the hottest, must-have braid hairstyles, using your favorite KLORANE products, including their award-winning Dry shampoo with oat milk!

As a special bonus: you will receive a full-size Shampoo with flax fiber (shown above, $15.00 value), a must-have for sexy, voluminous hair, with a purchase of any KLORANE product! Details and RSVP information to this must-attend event (especially if you’re a Birchbox fan and/or subscriber) are below:

Where: Birchbox SoHo, 433 West Broadway, New York, NY
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 2-6 pm
RSVP directly: http://join.birchbox.com/storeevents/

Hope to see you there.

2012 Oscar Hair Predictions From The Pros

Hollywood’s “Night of Nights” is right around the corner, and while we don’t know who will take home the oh-so-coveted Oscar Awards, we do know that all you beauty junkies out there will be mentally casting your vote for Oscar superlatives – who has the best dress, the best accessories and of course… who has the best hair?

Michelle Williams’ wears color that complements her skin tone.

We spoke with the pros at Wella Professionals, the hair brand who has a very impressive roster of red carpet hair under their belt already from this season, including Madonna, Michelle Williams, Claire Danes, Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, Emily Blunt and Shailene Woodley, to get the inside scoop on what hair looks will heat up the red carpet this Sunday.

Graceful Sheen
“We will see a peak in fluid textures and warm tones that suggest effortless elegance and healthy, shiny hair that shows a lot of movement and bounce,” states Wella Professionals Color Ambassador Aura Friedman. “Expensive and Luxurious are words you could use to explain this look – maximize this effect by asking your colorist to use Wella Professionals Haircolor to give you a soft shade with warm undertones that will best complement your skin tone.”

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Aura recommends her A-list clientele use Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner, which is designed to seal in color while leaving locks irresistibly smooth to the touch.

“Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier is a red-carpet favorite,” adds Celebrity Stylist Andy LeCompte, “that smoothes the hair surface so it can better prepare the hair for styling.” Andy also uses Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight Shine Spray on his clientele to create the most sheen and expensive looking finish to any end look.

Angelic Side-Chignons
LeCompte predicts that celebs will lean toward classic styles with a play on texture and symmetry. “There will be a lot of deep side parts and loose ponys, bobs and chignons tied to the side.” This style can be customized to accentuate any gown, face shape or hair accessory. “It also lessens the stuffiness of that prom feeling and adds a more up-to-date, laissez-faire feeling.

The options here are endless, but no matter the look, you can use Wella Professionals products to perfect the end look. Apply 3-5 pumps of Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier hair primer to create an even surface on each and every hair follicle before drying the hair, creating a foundation for the most luxurious looking end-look. To keep a style looking fresh yet modernly undone, use a light-hold hairspray such as Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray to hold the hair while keeping an overall sense of liquid movement.

The red carpet arrivals of the 84th Annual Academy Awards®, will be airing January 26th on NBC. Be sure to join Wella Professionals on Twitter and Facebook LIVE during the red carpet arrivals (between 4pm and 7pm EST), along with their special guest panel of hair pros Aura Friedman, Rick Wellman and Mark Garrison to get tips, tricks and commentary on the hair looks of the evening.

Can’t wait till then? Visit the red carpet tab on Wella’s Facebook page for tips and leave questions for their experts to answer.

Courtesy of Daily Makeover

2012 Golden Globes Hottest Hair Trends

The Golden Globes are nearing, and while some are excited to see which movies and miniseries win, we’re excited to see the celebs, dresses and ‘dos! We talked to Wella Professionals Celebrity Hairstylist Andy LeCompte and Wella Professionals Color Ambassador Aura Friedman about their predictions on what hairstyles will make their way down the red carpet on Sunday night. They’ve had the pleasure of working with Golden Globe stars, including Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, and Megan Fox.

Daily Makeover will host a big giveaway with some of Wella’s amazing styling products that were used to create red carpet hairstyles! To find out the details, “Like” the Wella Professionals USA Facebook page where we’ll announce how and when to enter the contest. Plus, they’ll have LIVE red carpet coverage from top celebrity stylists.

Charlize Theron is likely to sport a look that is understated and chic

Effortless Elegance With A Glossy Finish
“I think we’ll see a peak in fluid textures that suggest effortless elegance, like very healthy and sleek hair that shows a lot of movement. This style will be popular with soft and light tones with a warm glow that emphasizes healthy, shiny hair representative of the Wella Trend Vision look aptly named, Grace,” says LeCompte. Another great example: Charlize Theron’s shiny, sleek blowout with gentle waves.

To get the look, first, apply a good amount of hair primer, like Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier, to wet hair. This will create an even surface on each hair follicle, improving the evenness of your overall end look. Then, while your hair is still wet, apply a smoothing balm, such as Wella Professionals Flowing Form, to dramatically enhance the manageability and smoothness of your blowout. One you’ve finished blow drying your hair, finish with a spritz of shine spray. Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight helps keep hair healthy and shimmering, despite the heat of a blowout.

Statement-Making Tones And Daring Definition

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To the contrary, we can also expect to see daring, modern styles made possible by the evolution of high tech hair tools and high pigment color. Wella Professionals Color Ambassador Aura Friedman says, “We can look forward to the soft introduction of this very bold hair color trend at the Golden Globes this year. Inspired by the Trend Vision look, “Roxy,” this is an attention grabbing style where color plays an integral role. We will especially see a shift to cool red tones and bursts of violet, statement-making colors with an edge of sophistication.”

“A perfect color,” says Aura, “should complement the person who’s wearing it…but also suit their personality and lifestyle. It should enhance, but not overpower.” To keep vibrant hues looking their best, Aura suggests to avoid shampooing too much and use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner, like Wella’s Brilliance Line. If your hair is very dull, she also recommends getting a clear gloss to add instant vibrancy and seal the cuticle of your hair for added shine. As for the style, this look does not shy away from shape or definition. Tight curls and gravity-defying shapes can be expected. With such “atypical” styles being created with styling tools, it’s very important to prepare your hair with a heat protectant spray before styling, such as Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protectant Spray. You’ll need to finish the look with a strong-hold hairspray, such as Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray.

Chat LIVE with the hair experts during the award show’s red carpet arrivals! “Like” Wella on Facebook to get tips, tricks and commentary from several celebrity stylists on their favorite looks of the night.

For the latest on hair trends and styling tips, follow Wella on Facebook and Twitter!

Courtesy of Daily Makeover