Doing your hair can be a challenge and let’s face it: Throwing it up into a topknot every day gets boring. Christina over at Hair Romance believes your hair is your best accessory and it should always be treated at such. This week, she’s sharing all her best tips and tricks to make every day a good hair day.
How hard can it be to wash your hair? Surprisingly, many of us are making some simple mistakes that can set us up for a bad hair day. To help prevent any potential hair disasters, make sure you’re following these five steps to washing the right way.
Editorial Intern Charisse keeps her blonde hue bright with a little help from this color protecting wonder.
While we don’t completely agree that Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (see: Mad Men’s Joan, Rachel Weisz, and the list goes on), we do think that Marilyn’s character in the movie had a point when she proclaimed that maintaining brightly colored locks produces eye-catching results.
This spring we’re getting smart about protecting our pricey highlights with a simple solution: shampoo designed for color-treated hair. Prep your strands for sunnier days (and keep them safe from dulling UV rays) by loading up your shower caddy with one of our most recent favorites: Nick Chavez® Beverly Hills’ Color-Saver Sulfate Free Shampoo.
A classic Russian nesting doll (so cute, right?) and a color-enhancing shampoo from Brooklyn-based amika might seem like two polar opposites. But both have roots in Siberia, Russia’s mysterious and frosty tundra. Though it’s best known for its freezing temperatures, this expansive region is home to some of the most diverse plants and herbs on the planet. Thanks to the abundance of greenery, Siberia is (funny enough) the source of the hair industry’s hottest ingredients: sea buckthorn berry oil or obliphica oil which packs a rare mixture of omega 7 acids and the vitamin C levels of 15 oranges. The combination leaves locks shiny, glowing and gorgeous.
Luckily, there’s no need to brave the permafrost in search of the magical elixir since amika’s hair experts have made it the key ingredient in their lush Color pHerfection Shampoo.
(MALIN+GOETZ) is one of our all time favorite brands. True story: Katia and Hayley have been trying to work with them since they launched Birchbox all the way back in 2010. The NYC-based family business has an emphasis on simple products that work well, and the cult following that they’ve developed more than proves their potency. Walking into the (MALIN+GOETZ) stores you might think you’ve entered a super modern version of an old timey apothecary and, in a sense, you have. We were thrilled to sit down with one half of the duo, Andrew Goetz, a few weeks ago at our October video shoot.
Here are a few things you might not know about the brand and the founders:
- The packaging is color-coded so their products are easy to find in the store. Blue packaging is for face products, green is for body products, and red is for hair products. Cleansers are a darker shade and moisturizers are a lighter shade.
- They’re not into trends. According to Goetz, they’re focused on making products that are timeless and work season after season. “When you get caught on that treadmill of different trends and different hopes, the end is always disappointment. And then there’s always something to replace that trend.”
- They host a popular dinner party out of their Chelsea store in NYC. “We would invite a beauty editor and her husband, a creative person, an artist, a photographer, people from all different backgrounds in the creative world. We live around the corner so I’d cook for two days frantically, and then we’d haul everything and have these amazing parties. It would be great to see from the street because it looks like a diorama and all these people would be there drinking, eating, having fun.” How great does that sound?
Click through to see our interview with Andrew and see why we’re such huge fans:
Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
I’ve been hearing a lot of interesting things about no-pooing (a.k.a not shampooing) as an alternative for dry or coarse hair. Mainly, that it saves a ton of time while keeping strands forever-soft and moisturized. But wouldn’t it get all icky and gross-tastic if you never-ever shampooed your hair? I wondered. So I asked a few experts to share their favorite no-pooing techniques.
“Squeeze a dollop of conditioner into your hand and vigorously scrub hair and scalp with your fingertips, then rinse. By massaging the scalp, dirt, grease and build up are lifted and washed away. Keep in mind that as soon as one starts cleansing with conditioner it takes about three months for the hair and scalp to regulate.” —Ron King, owner of Ron King Salon in Austin, Texas.
We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
Remember that amazing old school rose-scented shampoo by Herbal Essences that we were reminiscing about in this post? It still exists! Those who left a comment noting that the scent is now in the color protection formula were absolutely right. It’s the Color Me Happy product and you can buy it here. Thanks again, guys! Our next step is to persuade the brand to turn it into a body spray.
And speaking of heavenly scents, I’m curious to know how many of you purchase shampoos and conditioners simply because they smell good versus how good they are for your hair. For instance, I love, love, love Herbal’s scents, but I rarely use their products since they contain some not-so-good-for-your-hair ingredients like methylchloroisothiazolinone (try saying that word ten times fast). However, it doesn’t stop me from purchasing it simply for smelling purposes.
Our latest guest blogger, Ally of Allyson in Wonderland, is an oil and gas professional with a serious eye for great finds. We can’t get enough of her gorgeously crafted blog, where she shares her love for style, travel, and photography. This week she’s giving us a peek into her personal beauty treasure chest—and we’re taking notes.
Summer is not the best time for hair. It’s hot, humid, and for a fine-haired lady like me it’s almost impossible to have a good hair day! I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to do my hair, then I step outside and poof: it falls flat, frizzes, or curls up. I’m always looking for a wonder product to give me the world’s most perfect hair. Until I find that miracle potion though, I have three excellent products on standby.