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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.

Repair Hair Damage with Infusium Repair + Renew Hair Care Collection

The things we put our hair through in the name of beauty can be pretty damaging. Hair, of course, can be resilient, as long as you nourish it and repair the damage you inflict. We’ve been using Infusium since it was called Infusium 23 and while we switch out the products we use on our hair (a must to do as hair reacts to things like seasonal changes, overall health, changes in your diet, and other factors), we always keep Infusium in rotation. To repair the damage we’ve done to our hair, we rely on the products from the Infusium Repair + Renew hair care collection.

The Infusium Repair + Renew hair care collection features five products: Repair + Renew Shampoo, Repair + Renew Conditioner, Repair + Renew Leave-In Treatment, Infusium Repair + Renew Smoothing Serum, and Infusium Repair + Renew Leave-In Creme. The collection boasts Argan Oil and Keratin to help build your hair’s strength, elasticity, and smoothness, leaving you with softer, shinier, smoother hair. The Repair + Renew Shampoo formula gently cleanses fragile strands, and the Repair + Renew Conditioner formula helps rebuild hair strength from root to tip.

The Repair + Renew Leave-in Treatment formula coats hair with lightweight conditioners to help mend split ends, tame flyaways, enhance shine and improve hair manageability throughout the day and night. The dual-functioning Repair + Renew Smoothing Serum helps protect wet hair from styling friction and breakage and amplifies shine and smoothness when used on dry hair. The Repair + Renew Leave in Creme features a thick, rich conditioning formula provides targeted moisture to help control frizz and smooth split ends.

Infusium’s salon heritage dates back 88 years. They made a breakthrough in the hair care category in 1976 by introducing their Original Leave-in Treatment formula, which quickly became the “leave-in to believe-in” among both professional stylists and consumers alike. Since then, they have continued to introduce new hair care products to the marketplace creating the next generation of multitasking treatment offerings that combine professional quality with everyday ease for a healthy no-fuss hair routine.

Strengthen your weak, brittle hair with the Infusium Repair + Renew hair care collection, available for $6.97-8.49, at Walmart, Target, and Walgreens.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Pop-Up Greenhouse

Sephora recently had a pop-up Greenhouse to celebrate the beauty bloom that is Radiant Orchid, Sephora + Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. The 3-day, one-of-a-kind event, which included two visually stunning radiant orchid-hued greenhouses, was held at the Eventi Hotel Big Screen Plaza, a public outdoor venue made perfectly for great events like this multisensory beauty experience.

Inside the Makeup greenhouse was Sephora’s beauty team (all of whom were beautifully done up with Radiant Orchid beauty products – makes us love the collection even more to see it on), on hand to give all who stopped by the chance to try out any of the products from the Radiant Orchid Collection. Special guest attendees included Sephora Artistry Ambassador, Aaron de Mey, and Opening Ceremony Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, whose Fall 2014 Collection show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week featured makeup using the Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid Collection.

This main greenhouse was brimming with beautiful flowers (we saw lots of orchids all around – some even atop delicious cupcakes), a table overflowing with sweet treats and eats, and the stunning products from the collection, decorating each individual makeup station.

The second and smaller, Bumble and bumble Greenhouse, attendees were treated to hair styling, such as blowouts and hair braiding, as tv screens showed scenes from Opening Ceremony’s Fall 2014 show. After getting hair and makeup done, guests were given the option of getting their photo taken at the photo booth located between the two greenhouses.

Next up for Sephora was the opening of their Queens location at Queens Center in Elmhurst yesterday, March 28th….expect more on that a bit later.

Living Proof Launches Prime Style Extender

Living Proof, the brand behind my favorite collection of hair care product range, Restore (my hair loves it), has launched it’s newest innovative haircare product, Prime Style Extender, a first-of-its-Kind Hair Primer that doubles the lifespan of any hair style while enhancing shine, perfects your strands and keeps your hair cleaner longer

Throughout the day, moisture levels in the environment are constantly changing due to the weather (humidity is not our friend), air conditioning or heating indoors which results in your hair style falling, frizzing up and just plain failing. Thanks to Living Proof’s miracle molecule, OFPMA, which protects hydrogen bonds from breaking and repels dirt and oil to prolong the life of any style. When you use heat to dry your hair, temporary hydrogen bonds are formed to “set” the style. As soon as moisture vapors re-enters the hair, it disrupts these temporary, weak hydrogen bonds.


Check out some more of Living Proof’s Prime Benefits:

  • Anionic, negatively charged formula enables an exquisitely thin, uniform distribution of primer 
  • Weightlessly perfects; ideal foundation for any styler 
  • Formulated without any silicones or oils, Prime is easily compatible with other stylers, making it a universal beauty must-have. 
  • Created with priming emollients that smooth cuticles, correct hair texture and detangle, increasing resistance to breakage from styling, Prime not only lets styles last longer, but hair looks smoother, healthier and shinier. 

The Prime Style Extender launched this month and is available now at www.sephora.com for $20.00

TIGI Launches Hair Reborn Collections

One of my favorite hair brands, TIGI (I’m a huge fan of their Catwalk Sleek Mystique Haute Iron Spray) has launched a new collection of hair products created to restore, revive and awaken your hair, bringing you back to healthy looking, shiny hair – your hair, REBORN.

The complete collection features products for three hair types – Weak, Damaged Hair, Normal to Dry Hair and Frizz Prone Hair. As someone who is a victim of frizzy hair (humidity is my enemy), the below Frizz Prone Collection of hair products was recommended for me

FRIZZ-PRONE HAIR

This Hyper-Distilled formula contains Seriseal Silk Protein and acts like as a silk mesh between the hair fibers, binding down the cuticle for exceptional manageability. The result is velvet smooth with a luminous shine that lasts up to 14 days. Products in this journey include Treatment of Smoothing, Sublime Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner and Smoothing Texture Refine Masque.


WEAK, DAMAGED HAIR

The above products are for weak, damaged hair. As someone who always blow drys, colors and straighten her hair, some products from this colelction were also suggested to repair the damage I’ve done. This formula with Hyper-Distilled technology contains ProLipid 3 – a complex made up of Keratin , Keravis, and Babassu Oil. The ProLipid 3 assists in rebuilding protein levels deep within the core of the hair fiber and helps protect from future damage. Hair is restored to its strongest after 30 days. Products in this journey include Deep Restoration Shampoo and Conditioner, Reparative Nocturnal Therapy (treats damage as you sleep), and Treatment of Restoration.

NORMAL TO DRY HAIR

If you have normal to dry hair, the above products are for you. This Hyper-Distilled technology and MicroMarine compound (sea kelp, aloe vera, babassu oil, green tea polyphenols) is high in lipid content. In dry hair, it targets and helps replenish lost lipids for weightless moisturization. The result is sublime hair that is hydrated and has luminous shine for at least 7 days. Products include Treatment of Moisture Balance, Hydra-Synergy Shampoo and Conditioner, and Time Extend Moisture Lotion.

For more information on the three TIGI Hair Reborn collections, visit http://www.tigihairreborn.com.

Moliabal Milano Luxury Hair Accessories

Everyone who knows me can hardly find an instance where I’m not wearing a headband (yes I wore them before they were as fashionable as they are now) and I’m always on the lookout for new fashionable hair accessories so when I was introduced the the very chic collection of luxury hair accessories from Moliabal Milano, I instantly fell in love.

Founded/designed by Monica Masini, the chic Moliabal Milano line of hair accessories, whose name is a combination of the first two letters of hers and her friends first names – Licia, Abele and Alberto – was established when Monica couldn’t find anything exciting in hair accessories. Deciding it was time to create her hair ornament collection, she became focused on finding new materials and inspirations from everything she saw around her, thus creating the first Italian line completely dedicated to luxury hair accessories.


Moliabal Milano offers many styles of French pins, snap pins, ponytail holders, combs, claws which retail between $10.00 – $50.00 each. The line features products made of silk, cotton, beads and chiffon, etc. The concept of the entirely Black & White Collection is “easy chic and classic style”. This concept gives the line the ability to satisfy women of all ages, making it perfect for every occasion, day or night. Each item is presented and sold in a branded organza bag (pictured above) which comes in three sizes – small, medium and large, matching the size of the accessories.

A self proclaimed perfectionist, Monica notes that she has re-made a sample 10 times until she found it perfect, sometimes driving her suppliers crazy but it’s all done in the name of her passion and love of her brand. Monica herself has a very rich history in fragrance and private label accessories. From the age of five, she was travelling around the world with her father, a distributor of cosmetic brands and fragrances in the Italian market. To find out more on Moliabal Milano, check out their Facebook page – Moliabal Milano on Facebook.

Beauty Bar Opens in Americana Manhasset Mall

There is some amazing news for you Manhasset beauty fanatics – BeautyBar.com, the virtual boutique that offers luxurious and exclusive beauty products from premium global brands now has a free-standing flagship boutique in the haute fashion heavy-weight, Americana Manhasset Mall, an upscale outdoor shopping center in Long Island, NY.

With neighbors such as Gucci, Prada, Hermes and Michael Kors, the Beauty Bar flagship is the perfect prestige counterpart to those powerhouse labels. The new flagship combines everything you love about BeautyBar.com – amazing customer service, a vast assortment of beauty must-haves plus the ability to experiment with products and luxurious in-house pampering services. Beauty Bar offers skincare, makeup, fragrance and hair products from prestige brands such as Bond No. 9, Annick Goutal, Sisley-Paris, By Terry, Vincent Longo, Jurlique, Tocca, etc.

The bi-level boutique features a makeup station to try any new makeup colors or to get you ready for a night out. It also features a Blow Dry Bar on the main level with partner, nuBest Salon

I got a chance to speak with Jamie Mazzei of NuBest Salon about the partnership with Beauty Bar on the first Blow Dry Bar in Long Island

Along with getting great hair, Beauty Bar houses a Treatment Room on the lower level with an on-site aesthetician. Whether you need a facial, eyebrow styling, eyelashes extensions or waxing services, the peaceful treatment will satisfy your needs.

The Beauty Bar allows both spur-of-the moment and advanced appointment bookings for both the Blow Dry Bar and Treatment Room. If you find yourself in Manhasset, visit the Beauty Bar Flagship Store at 2034 Northern Boulevard.