I Found Salon-Worthy Haircolor, and You Don’t Have to Be a Professional to Buy it!

age beauiful results

It’s been about 10 years since I stopped working behind the chair, but as a colorist at heart — I’m always trying to bring you affordable ways to help maintain your mane. One of those ways can be found in the color aisle at Sally Beauty, within the AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Haircolor Collection.

age beaker

As we age, inevitably, our hair does too. It can become thin, coarse, wiry, dull, and eventually — grey. It’s the grey part that usually has us running for the hills for a box of haircolor the fastest. But what if I told you I found a salon results-driven brand that can address all five signs of aging hair, in a variety of colors and formulas that suit you?  [Read more…]

What’s New: Color Wow Brass Banned Correct & Perfect Mousse / Dark Hair & Blonde Hair Formulas

Color Wow brass banned mousses

Perfect timing! Especially since we were just talking about the cons of going blonde—you’ll definitely need a product to help with the undesirable brassy tones that start to manifest themselves once the elements and water start hitting your hair. Color Wow recently released two formulas of color-toning mousse that utilize basic color theory to temporarily help neutralize brassy hues in blonde and dark hair, Brass Banned Correct & Perfect Mousse.

Brass Banned for Blonde Hair dispenses as a lavender-hued styling mousse, which should help camouflage brassy tones for blondes, while Brass Banned for Dark Hair should do the same for brunettes with its vibrant teal hue. If your hair is color-treated, the chances are the color shifts over time; due to oxidation, and exposure to the minerals in water and everyday elements like the sun.

color wow back

In most cases, just the tap water you wash your hair with is the offending party, causing your expensive dye job to change colors, often shifting orange. Especially for platinum blondes, this is the worst! You’ll need some kind of violet-tinted hair product to help tame those brassy tones. With Brass Banned, you can combine the styling benefits of a medium-hold mousse with a temporary violet-based toner.  [Read more…]

The Truth About Going (Very) Blonde

kim kardashian blonde hair

Yesterday, you more than likely witnessed the debut of some MAJOR hair color changes on two closely-watched celebrities. I know it’s no big secret that people go blonde every day. At one time (albeit, a long time ago), I made a living off of it. But it’s a proven fact that the minute someone high profile debuts a creative hairstyle or color change that’s outside of their usual look, trend “forecasts” get turned on their heads.

Here we go again!

jared leto blonde hair

What scares me about this level of high-lift blonde trend, is that many people flock to the nearest consumer-accessible beauty supply; loading up on plastic gloves, 40 volume developer, and whatever the best, most powerful powdered “bleach” is that the employee promises will get the job done at home. While I’m not here to discourage your wildest, blondest dreams—I am here to help you realize your expectations, and save you pain, potential scalp injury, heartache, time, and money. Here are some real, no BS truths about going very blonde.

[Read more…]

Sneak Peek: Garnier Color Styler

0595 Carton Front line up 2_26

Have you ever wanted to play with a bold hair color, but didn’t want to bleach your hair first or commit to maintaining it? Garnier is hoping to change that by making the decision easier for you later this summer with their latest innovation, Color Styler.

Color Styler utilizes a unique, patented “color coat” technology in the formula, in which polymers and clay envelop bold color pigments in a water-based formula that coats the hair strand. This is totally different than hair color, or even hair chalk—and it washes out in 2-3 shampoos, depending on the condition of your hair (and presumably the shampoo you use).   [Read more…]

Giada De Laurentiis Debuts Her Vegas Restaurant, and Her New Clairol Natural Instincts Shade

Giada De Laurentiis clairol natural instincts amber shimmer the cromwell las vegas opening

Last week, Giada De Laurentiis opened her fantastic new Las Vegas restaurant, Giada to much fanfare. Clairol was so kind to host me for the occasion, and I was there to join in on the festivities, enjoy incredible food (more on that later!), speak with Giada one-on-one about her beauty routine, and get the scoop on her new Clairol Natural Instincts hair color.

Last summer when I checked-in with Giada, she had Natural Instincts in Hot Cocoa as her signature shade—which inspired my own personal hair color change for the trip! With Hot Cocoa as the base, I had my colorist foil in some highlights for a summer look, and to make it my own. As a former colorist myself—Natural Instincts is one of my first choices for an affordable at-home hair color solution—because it’s ammonia-free, covers my grey, and processes in a much shorter period of time than most others I’ve tried—just 10 minutes! Since it’s a demi-permanent, the color fades gradually after about 28 washes for me, but still on-tone, and lacks a hard line of demarcation. (The after-color conditioning treatment that’s included is one of my faves too.)

Processed with Moldiv

Clairol Natural Instincts in Hot Cocoa 

Giada told me her new shade is Amber Shimmer, what a coincidence! It’s almost like we made a swap—I change to her former signature shade, and she changes to a shade with my name in it. It’s clear, Giada and I are obviously meant to be BFFs.  [Read more…]

What’s New: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Mousse Absolue Automatic Reusable Hair Color

Loreal Paris Superior Preference Mousse Absolue hair color

I’ve been working in the beauty industry in some capacity since 2001, and about four of those years were spent working behind the chair as a hairstylist and colorist. Never, ever in those 13 years, did I think I’d see something like this on the at-home hair color market—L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Mousse Absolue Automatic Reusable Hair Color.

Automatic? Reusable? Huh?

Yep. 10 years in the making, L’Oréal Paris married advanced Japanese technology, and decades of hair color science to create this DIY color experience that’s unlike anything else you can find at the drugstore.  [Read more…]

Giada De Laurentiis Dishes Up One of Her Beauty Secrets


Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Giada De Laurentiis, and she dished on one of her favorite beauty secrets—it’s a very easy one, at that. This culinary queen and Food Network star tells me it’s simple…coconut oil!

coconutFor years, I was anti-coconut everything. I didn’t like it, not in cookies—anything. The minute someone said coconut, I said no…I don’t like it. About a year ago, I did a photo shoot and my hair was really dry from a lot of blow outs, the flat iron, and a lot of travel. The person that was doing my hair recommended that I try some coconut oil. I went to the store and got some, and took a little on my hands and through the ends of my hair.

Once I started doing that pretty often, it worked. Then, I started using it as an ingredient in salad dressings, as a cuticle oil, on my lips, and anywhere my skin gets dry. It’s just a great, natural all-in-one ingredient that can be used for so many things!  [Read more…]

Is Ombre Out, Or In? Color Expert, Marie Robinson Shows Us a New Way to Ombre!

marie robinsonIs ombre out, or in?

In the past few months, I’ve asked industry hair pros all across the board, the burning question—is ombre haircolor out? Believe it or not, their answers have been a resounding “NO!”

It seems that ombre has started to be represented in new variations, much unlike the original ombre we all spent a small fortune to achieve. Reverse ombre is becoming very popular instead! Traditional ombre meant that your roots were dark, and your hair got lighter as it neared the ends. One of the newest trends is the exact opposite! For the reverse ombre technique, your roots and mid-shaft of your hair should be slightly lighter than your ends. We’re not talking a skunk look here—we’re talking two tones that complement each other and are closer in the color spectrum, yet still a beautiful, noticeable contrast. Think—medium golden brown, graduating to dark brown. I’ve seen this out and about, and it actually looks striking.

Let’s leave it to Marie Robinson, the Clairol Color Director to make the reverse ombre process a little less daunting! Here, Marie demonstrates how you can achieve the new take on ombre in the comfort of your own home.

Beauty Quickies: Roux Color Refresh Mask

Beauty Quickies is a series where I showcase a great product that I haven’t had the opportunity to write a comprehensive review for. These products pass my standards, and I hope you enjoy getting these beauty product stats at-a-glance!

3 Minutes, 3 Benefits!

Roux Color Refresh Mask is a hair mask that is designed to keep haircolor looking its best in-between hair colorings and salon appointments. It helps increase color retention, and gives remarkable shine, while keeping your dye jobs on-tone. It only takes three minutes to use, but should be used solely on colored hair. This isn’t the kind of product that will work to actually color your hair with, but it actually deposits low pH direct dyes to existing haircolor (not your hair’s natural color). For gals with gorgeous natural hair color, this isn’t for you. This is for the rest of us who rely on the bottle! You know how about two weeks after you color your hair, it starts to look a little drab? That’s where Roux Color Refresh Mask kicks in. (Results last 2-5 shampoos.)

It comes in eight color-preserving shades, is ammonia-free (YAY!), and has a pleasant flower-fruit fragrance. It can be purchased exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply for $4.99. This is a single-use packet, but if you have short to short-medium hair, you might be able to get two uses out of a packet.