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…]

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:

voloom collage

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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Short Hair Don’t Care! How to Rock a Pixie Cut


It seems like everyone is doing it—they’re making the chop to a pixie, and it couldn’t be hotter. Graceful beauty Halle Berry has rocked her pixie for ages, and I’ve always admired her for it. She’s always been so confident and kept it looking current. But now there’s a new crop of Hollywood starlets making the cut with this hot trend. Just recently, we have Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, and even Beyonce committing to the style (even if it was for a minute). And what a committment it is!

In the 90’s, I had a pixie, and it was actually a very high-maintenance cut. Sure, it’s easy to style in the morning with the right products, but go a little overdo for your cut and you can look like Shaggy from Scooby Do! One thing I did to keep it looking great (besides regular trims) was use products that gave it a lot of shine; from my shampoo and conditioner, to my finishing products. I’ve always thought the healthier and glossier a pixie looks, the better. It seems that celeb stylist Charles Baker Strahan is completely on the same page.


  • The pixie cut works really well for a variety of hair types and strengthens and brings out any woman’s beautiful facial features—but you always want to make sure you have shiny hair to compliment these features.
  • What’s great about a short style is that the shape is already built into the cut, so shine is key to highlighting the health of the hair and showing off the shape of the cut. [Read more…]

Meet the Experts: 5 Quick Questions with Celebrity Colorist, Sherry Ratay

Last month, I met with renowned colorist and stylist to the stars, Sherry Ratay. When she’s not training beauty industry professionals, she’s delivering truly transformative haircolor via her well-respected method, the Ratay Way. Not only are celebs like Ashley Benson, Audrina Patridge, and Lacey Chabert fans of Sherry’s work—I am too! After she added gorgeous coppery shades to my own locks for added dimension, I had the chance to get the scoop from this seasoned industry veteran. 

Find out what celebrity styles her clients request most, what to look for in a new hairstylist, and if ombre is really out!

Amber: We all know that looking for a new stylist/colorist can be a stressful task, and more often than not—we don’t quite get the look we were going for when trying someone new. When a client is looking for a new colorist/stylist, what are the key things she should look for in selecting the most qualified person for the job? Any specific questions she should ask about their education or experience before getting in their chair?

Sherry: To begin with, always schedule a consultation on a separate day, never see the colorist the same day of your consultation. And always do your homework before you step into a salon, and if your research and your first impression do not meet—then leave. Always ask for the colorist’s professional recommendation. Listen to their chosen words, and if you do not 100% understand what they recommend—keep asking! [Read more…]

Get the Look: Old-Hollywood Glamour Waves

I know I didn’t cover a lot of Oscars beauty this year, but I have to say—my favorite look was definitely spotted on beauties Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain. There’s something so timeless and classy about old-Hollywood glamour waves in the hair, and what’s even better, is that it’s something that you can accomplish on your own at home. Hairstylist Paul Perez from Sally Hershberger in Los Angeles shows us how to create the perfect head of glamorous waves!

Get the Look: Half Up, Half Down Bombshell Curls

Half Up, Half Down Bombshell Curls

Every award season, there’s someone who breaks the mold with a wild, new red carpet hairstyle. But the classics simply can’t be ignored! One of my personal tried & true red carpet hairstyle favorites is a twist on classic Hollywood; half up, half down bombshell curls.

Celebrity stylist, Jenny Cho makes all her starlets shine on the red carpet, and she’s giving us some insider tips on how to get this classic Hollywood look using affordable products from Suave Professionals!

Get the Look

  1. If you have color-treated hair, use Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner to gently cleanse and condition while keeping color vibrant and enhancing shine. [Read more…]

Get the Look: Rosario Dawson’s Hair at the 2013 Golden Globes

Rosario Dawson’s modern glam look is easy to recreate! Try it out with tips directly from her hairstylist, Kylee Heath, and these products from the brand new Vidal Sassoon Pro Series collection.

The Look: Modern Glam

Rosario and Kylee chose to do a voluminous wave with a subtle side part to play off the modern glam of Rosario’s Antonio Berardi dress. She tucked her hair on the right side to showcase the gorgeous Lorraine Schwartz drop earring and the beautiful cut of the neckline.

Here’s how Kylee created Rosario’s look:

  1. First, she started out by prepping damp hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse, specifically at the roots, for lightweight volume. [Read more…]

Get The Look: Nicole Scherzinger’s Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong Honey Bun!

Honey…I’m strong!

Revitalize your beauty routine and indulge in the NEW Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong Collection, inspired by honey’s natural power to heal and revitalize. The formula protects against breakage caused from everyday styling for silky, strong locks.

  • Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong Shampoo coats each strand of hair by helping to protect against future damage caused by brushing and styling.  [Read more…]

How to Get Smooth, Sleek Style with Nexxus Frizz Defy

Nexxus Social Pinterest Banner 1During the summer, I usually don’t even try to wear my hair straight, because I feel like it just gets frizzy too easily. All of that effort goes to waste once I head outside, too—it’s like a sauna!

I recently put a few products from Nexxus to the test from their Frizz Defy lineup; the Frizz Protection Styling Creme and Frizz Protection Hair Spray to see if they would help me make it through the day with less frizz. Here’s how I created my smooth style!

I used:

  • Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Styling Cream
  • Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Hair Spray
  • Blow-dryer
  • Clips
  • Large round brush
  • Flat iron  [Read more…]