Easy DIY New Year’s Eve Party Hairstyle Tutorials

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I really admire the talent on YouTube. There are some amazing content out creators there, I just wish I had enough time in the day to watch all of the videos I’d like! To get you ready for New Year’s Eve parties, (and to save you money at the salon on a fancy hairstyle), I’ve compiled some of my favorite, easy-to-do hair tutorials that I’m confident you can recreate yourself at home.

But first, I wanted to share some of my own personal favorite products that can help you achieve a lasting style to get you through the night!

  • Grab those bobby pins, you’re going to need them!
  • A dry shampoo really helps add texture to your hair and gives it that second-day feel. Hairstyles always stay better on second-day hair for some reason! So if you struggle with fine hair, or just washed your hair—try Pantene Dry Shampoo. They’re affordable, and smell great!
  • A teasing comb. You can find one just about anywhere, but this one from Cricket is easy to use if you’re teasing-challenged like I am!
  • A thermal protectant is super important prior to blow drying your hair. Especially if you plan on hitting it with the high heat of a curling iron after. I like the Tea-Lightfully Clean Blow Dry Prep Mist from Herbal Essences, it will help protect against thermal damage, without weighing down your hair.
  • If you’re planning on any of the easy updos in the videos below, try clear ouchless elastics. If you have dark hair, opt for black ones instead, just in case they peek through. Goody makes suitable ones that you can find at Target.
  • A curling iron or curling wand. I’m a recent convert to curling wands. It took me a bit to get the hang of them, but I’m a fan of my purple one from NuMe.
  • The finishing touch—you’ll need a hairspray that’s strong enough to keep your style all night, but not so strong that your hair looks too stiff. I love L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hairspray, because it’s still soft and brushable, but yields great hold.

Check out these great DIY hair tutorials I found on YouTube!  [Read more…]

Holiday Gifting 2014: Indie Brands

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I’m sure your holiday shopping is in full swing by now, and if not—it will be very soon! Are you stumped on gift ideas for someone special because you don’t want to give something that’s unoriginal, or something that can be found at every retailer in town? I’ve got some great gift ideas for you, and they’re all from indie brands—almost guaranteeing that you won’t be gifting them a dupe they’ll want to return!

I’ve searched for some unique items, and these are a few I fell absolutely in love with. Check out my picks from these indie specialty brands!

gnarly whale hair products

Hair Products from The Gnarly Whale

All of the products from The Gnarly Whale are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and they smell delicious! This husband and wife team creates unique haircare and bath products with minimal ingredients for low-impact on the earth, yet still yield full efficacy. 10% of their sales each month are donated to earth and marine-friendly charities, like the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

My fave pick is this awesome haircare gift trio with their signature shampoo, detangler, and beach wave spray in their Thai Coconut fragrance. Just $20 will score you this substantial gift, and you can select your product fragrance from a list of 13, or opt for the unscented versions. Once you see the list of available scents though, I have a feeling you’ll go for a fragrance! Coconut Lime VerbenaCoconut Milk & Peaches, or Bubblegum anyone? $20, thegnarlywhale.com

strawn soaps

Olive Oil Bath Soaps from An Ancient Art Handmade Soap Company

My amazing hairstylist turned me on to the soap bars from this tiny artisanal shop out of Strawn, Texas. She gifted me a bar of their handmade Red Wine soap, and I immediately ordered more! I love supporting this small business, they have over 30 scents available in their handmade olive oil soap formula that I’m obsessed with! You’ve got to look at the list of soap fragrance varieties they offer. I’m also a fan of their Vitality Cuticle Cream, and their lip balms. I’ve got the banana lip balm on my desk (which I use very often), and due to its high shea butter and olive oil content, my lips feel like buttah! Soaps—$6.50 each ($6 each for 3 or more—mix & match), strawnsoap.com   [Read more…]

Visit the “Hair Food Truck” in the Los Angeles-area on 10/30 for FREE Hair Food!

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I know, Hair Food? It sounds kinda funny! But it’s a new hair product collection that I’ve spied at Target in the past month, and I’ve had pretty strong willpower not to purchase it yet—because heaven only knows I have enough shampoo for a small country. (I do often share with shelters in need—and with my friends—I swear!)

I finally got my hands on a few of the products last night, and I’m not quite ready to offer you a review just yet since I’ve only used a few of them once. (They do all smell extra delicious, by the way!) The good news is, there’s a special event this Thursday (10/30) in Hollywood for all my Los Angelenos and SoCal friends. Go visit the Hair Food Truck at Hollywood Blvd. & North Highland Ave., and you’ll score a FREE full-size Hair Food product, a tote bag, and a coupon! The Hair Food Truck will be there from 11:00AM to 5:00PM.

Local tip, because I absolutely LOATHE driving and parking in Hollywood:

There is a Hollywood/Highland stop on the Metro Red Line train that is SUPER easy to access, and takes you right there! When I go to Hollywood, it’s the only way I’ll go, because it’s SO easy.

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Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron Review, Photos

Add some VOLOOM!

You guys, I’ve been dying to show this to you for months, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy.

I’ve been using this iron since last summer since I was one of the first to have it, and I HAVE to tell you all about it. It’s called VOLOOM, and it’s a flat-haired babe’s best friend. Have you seen how fine my hair is? Well, you’ll see below in the “before” photo, that it’s flat as a board. No lie. If you’ve seen photos of me out there on the interwebs with volume and curls, it comes with lots of product, teasing, and zhushing—and often professional styling. (Or however you spell that crazy word that means shaping and improving your hair with a little messy zhush with your hands.) For the record, I dislike teasing my hair, and will shy away from it whenever possible!

Now, I can get volume without all the pomp and circumstance. I swear it!

No crazy products involved here—it’s just this unique iron. Unlike a flat iron, this is a volumizing iron. It has rows of deep squares that meet up. I call them a waffle weave pattern, that takes the hair you have inside of it, and crimps it for lack of a better word. But believe me, it’s not like those crimping irons in the 80’s. And yes, I did use one of those in high school. Oh, memories.

Here’s a closer look at VOLOOM:

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The features:

  • Deep grooves that catch hair on both sides for maximum volume effect—this creates volume “pockets” due to its beveled edges
  • Power button with + and – buttons for temperature control
  • Iron can reach 320-350F for fine, damaged, or chemically treated hair; 350-370F for thick hair; and 370-390F for coarse or curly hair — these are the recommended settings for safety
  • Digital temperature display so you know when your iron is safe to use for your hair type
  • Locking mechanism to keep your iron closed for compact storage 
  • It also comes with sectioning clips, a teasing brush (should you need it), and a case

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I Heart Bain de Terre, So Enjoy Exclusive Beauty Junkies Savings!

Bain de Terre Passion Flower

I spend a small fortune on my hair color, between the base color and the highlights, and as a result—I can be a little picky when it comes to my hair products. A few months ago, I was introduced to the Passion Flower Collection from Bain de Terre, and I fell in love!

At first, I couldn’t believe that this salon-only brand had such incredibly affordable price points. And then, the lovely fragrances in the products transported me to some place tropical in my mind. (Well hello there, coconut oil, gardenia extract, black currant, argan, and monoi oils!) While I’m a fan of the Passion Flower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner (they’re both paraben-free), I also like the Passion Flower Color Brightening Finishing Spray. My hair stays in place all day, and the argan and monoi oils leave it super shiny without any dryness.

If you’re not familiar with Bain de Terre, they’ve been used in the best salons and trusted by salon professionals for ages! Bain de Terre offers hair-healthy, botanical-rich products and treatments for every hair type and for all of your styling needs. Check these collections out:

Ready to try Bain de Terre? You can save 25% off all of your Bain de Terre product purchases exclusively on loxabeauty.com with promo code BDTBJ25.

Leave a comment, let me know what you’ve tried, want to try, or what you’re picking up!

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Sneak Peek: Garnier Color Styler

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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…]

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…]

Taking the Taboo Out of Women’s Hair Loss

hair lossWhen I was a teenager, I was sick for an entire summer with an illness. By the time I was well enough to go to school, I had lost a LOT of hair. It took a long time for things to go back to normal, and I remember being so embarrassed by some of the small patches I had on my scalp.

It turns out that feeling insecure because of your hair (or lack thereof it) happens more than we think.

In a recent study, 91% of the 1,000 women surveyed indicated that their hair was part of their identity. When asked to rank the stress caused by aspects of their physical appearance—more women attributed a higher level of stress to hair loss than cellulite, weight gain, or the appearance of their skin. That’s really telling!

Pantene Expert Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women

Since about 45% of women will end up with hair loss in their lifetime, and 60% of women agree that women losing their hair will never be socially acceptable—what can we do about it?

Pantene has an answer for us! The new Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women with 2% Minoxidil is FDA-approved, and clinically proven to help regrow hair for those experiencing hereditary hair loss. When applied to the scalp twice a day as recommended, Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women invigorates shrunken hair follicles, which increases their size and helps to regrow thicker hair over time. Depending on the degree of hair loss, women should see moderate hair regrowth after 4 months of continued use.

Most hair regrowth treatments out there are expensive, and they have a terrible medicinal scent to them. With this, we don’t have to be embarrassed—because it’s unscented and affordable. We finally have something that’s just for us, taking the taboo out of women’s hair loss. With Pantene’s Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women, those suffering from heredity hair loss can see results, while maintaining their normal styling routine, making it easier than ever to grow the hair you were meant to have.

Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women with 2% Minoxidil can be found at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. Learn more at pantene.com.

Miraculous Multi-Taskers: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Sprays

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A few years ago, I was getting a haircut at a super swanky Beverly Hills salon. You know the kind, the one where a haircut costs more than your monthly car payment? (Shhh! I was treating myself, and it was a GREAT haircut.) Anyway, this salon had their own exclusive line of products, so imagine my surprise when my stylist quickly grabbed a cobalt bottle out of his drawer, sprayed it generously on my hair, then discreetly tucked the bottle back in his station as fast as he possibly could.

You know my curiosity was totally piqued and I asked him what it was. He confided in me that it was none other than It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In, and that it’s the best leave-in product he’s ever used in all of his years of experience. (And then he begged me not to say anything to anyone inside.) He loves it so much, that he’s willing to be caught using it at his elite salon! I knew I had to have it after that, and purchased a bottle the very next day. I’ve sincerely loved it ever since.

What I didn’t know, is that there’s an It’s a 10 leave-in for every need/hair type. While I think all of them are great after trying them—here’s the product break down so that you can find the one that’s best for you. It really is a simple beauty solution with five unique formulas!

its a 10 miracle leave in original

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Original

The products are called It’s a 10, because they have the ability to do 10 things, and that they do! With panthenol, sunflower seed extract, green tea extract, silk amino acids, and Vitamin C this is a real hair treat. I use this on wet hair before combing and before my styling products. Surprisingly—I don’t find that it weighs my hair down at all. Plus, it’s smells great!

This has the ability to:

  • repair dry, damaged hair
  • add shine
  • smooth & control frizz
  • protect hair color
  • detangle
  • prevent split ends
  • help stop breakage
  • create silkiness
  • enhance natural body
  • flat iron spray & thermal protector

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In For Blondes

As a former hairstylist myself, I can tell you that blonde hair strands lack some of the integrity that darker hair tones do, they’re much more sensitized—especially if you’re blonde with a little help from your colorist. As a blonde, you need a little extra help to protect your strands, and this is a great choice. Within its 10 benefits, I especially love that this acts as a UV protectant, seals the cuticle to protect porosity, reduces fading, and helps tone a little bit of the brassiness you might get—because it has a little bit of a pale purple tint which can neutralize brassy tones. Not totally blonde? That’s okay, because if you have any highlights, this will still be a good choice for protecting your delicate, lightened hair.

its a 10 miracle leave in keratin

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

Just like color-treated hair, hair that’s been chemically straightened needs special love, too! This will help maintain those pricey keratin treatments, bring out hair luster, and helps fill in some of that missing protein. As a great multi-tasker, you can use this on wet hair before styling, or a little bit on dry hair as a styling creme. It contains silk amino acids, hydrolyzed keratin, sunflower seed extract, and panthenol to help provide nutrition to your chemically straightened hair.

its a 10 miracle leave in lite

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite

Very fine hair also needs nourishment, and if you’re concerned that any of the above may be too heavy on your hair—you should look into Miracle Leave-In Lite. It provides all of the benefits; enhances body, weightlessly detangles, adds silkiness, adds shine, blocks humidity, protects color, prevents split ends, eliminates frizz, acts as a thermal protector, and offers environmental protection. It does all of this pretty weightlessly, which is amazing, given its light texture.

its a 10 silk express miracle silk leave in spray

It’s a 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Leave-In

One of the newest additions to the line, Silk Express combines the powerful benefits of the original leave-in spray with all of the nurturing benefits of silk. With hydrolyzed silk, panthenol, and coumarin, this is the ultimate treat for sensitized hair, or for those with healthy hair that want to keep it that way! Get extra shine, smoothness, eliminate dryness, and score additional conditioning benefits without any of the build up or weight.

Which It’s a 10 Leave-In Spray sounds perfect for you?

It’s a 10 Haircare products provide exceptional results designed to deliver a combination of 10 benefits – all in one bottle. Now, through our exclusive professional salon formulas, you can enjoy shine, moisture balance and healthy movement with just one product. We call it “strength in simplicity” and it will undoubtedly change the way you think about hair care.


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by It’s a 10 via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of It’s a 10.