Category Archives: Hair

Preserving My Hair Color with the Nexxus Color Assure System

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Right around the time of my last visit at the Robert Leonard Salon here in Seattle, a little package with the Nexxus Color Assure System arrived on my door step. As part of a campaign with Conde Nast, I was asked to try the system for a minimum of 3 weeks and share what I thought about the system, the Nexxus Color Assume Pre-Wash Primer in particular.

The idea behind this collection from Nexxus is simple, if water stays out of your hair, your color’s vibrancy stays in. If you have ever colored your hair in a red tone, you particularly know how true that statement is as red tones are the hardest to keep vibrant. The Color Assure systems starts with the Pre-Wash Primer, then is followed by a shampoo, conditioner and a Glossing Tonic spray for added shine. The shampoo and conditioner are sulfate free and the line features argan, almond and coconut oils as well as white orchid extract.

With the hair shaft shielded with the aid of the oils in the formula of the products, water has a harder time penetrating the hair shaft and lifting the color. Makes sense, right?

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Robert Leonard Salon & Day Spa in Seattle

Inside the Robert Leonard Salon in Seattle
Inside the Robert Leonard Salon in Seattle

The relationship that we have with our hair stylist is one of the most important ones we have. The good hair they help us achieve gives us confidence, it picks us up and makes us feel good. Does it not? Good hair is a powerful thing! I’ve been without my trusted stylist for a little while now and my hair has had some ups and downs. Since I moved closer to the heart of Seattle, I’ve been looking for a new salon to call home and I finally think I found it. I was recently invited to visit the Robert Leonard Salon & Day Spa in downtown Seattle to see what they are all about. Since my hair was still in recovery from the damage done by another well known local chain, it was definitely an invitation my hair was ready to accept.

For those of you in Seattle, the Robert Leonard Salon is located on 6th Avenue between Lenora and Virginia. If you’re familiar with the Westin Hotel, it is right around the corner from the hotel. Founded over 30 years ago by Robert Salmons and his partner,  the salon is home to over 20 stylists and colorists that offer a complete range of haircare services, including extensions. From what I gathered from my stylist during my visit, the salon also offers stylists the opportunity to continue to learn with education offered along the way, most recently from Oribe.

Keep reading for a look inside the salon, more about my experience at the salon and a giveaway!

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CHI Smart Volumizing Styling Iron & Sarah Potempa BEACHWAVER Rotating Curling Iron

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Finally, we come to the CHI Smart Volumizing Styling Iron and Sarah Potempa Beachwaver Rotating Curling Iron part of our Best Hair Tools test drive for the QVC Customer's Choice Beauty Awards. Voting ends tonight so if you're a fan of any of the products we've covered today, show the brands some love and vote. The winners will be revealed online throughout the day on October 17 and on air during a special show from 9pm–Midnight ET. A lot of my favorites are nominated, are yours?

A styling iron is just an essential these days and CHI is one of the best brands on the market making flat irons, they are one of the originals. A CHI is iconic really, I remember a CHI styling iron being a tool that only stylists had because they were so expensive. Thankfully they are accessible to everyone thanks to a more affordable price tag… and the occasional Easy Pay offer on QVC. Then we have a new twist on the traditional curling iron, one that makes curling your hair less of a challenging task. I say this being one of those women who has always struggled with curling my hair and making it look GOOD. Now beach worthy waves are easier than ever.

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T3 Featherweight 2 & Drybar Blowout In-a-Box Hair Dryers

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Now lets talk blow dryers, specifically the T3 Featherweight 2 High Performance Hair Dryer and the Drybar Blowout In-a-Box Hair Dryer. These were the next set of tools QVC sent us for our Best Hair Tools category test drive.

Both of these drastically cut down dry time and left our hair looking less frizzy and healthier than your average blow dryer found in the aisles of your favorite drugstore. Granted, it comes with a much bigger price tag but we think the benefits and time saved in the morning make that cost totally justifiable… and absolutely worth it. Kayla and I tested both of these blow dryers and quickly came to realize why each one is nominated for a QVC Customer's Choice Beauty Award.

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Calista Tools Perfecter Heated Round Brush & Ion Hot Rollers

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Late last month I told you about the QVC Customer’s Choice Beauty Awards and how we would be test driving products from one of the categories nominated in the awards. We chose to go with Best Hair Tools and we have had a blast trying out all of these tools. Some were a complete revelation to us and others made us think how we survived this long without them.

Speaking for myself, I’ve become a “hair gal” over the course of the last year, I am now the girl who gets up earlier to do her hair instead of relying on the haircut to do all the work. Voting for the QVC Customer’s Choice Beauty Awards ends tonight so we’ll be spending the day featuring the products in the Best Hair Tools category.

Right now we’re taking a look at the Calista Tools products nominated, their Ion Hot Rollers and Perfecter Heated Round Brush.

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Braided Hair Tutorial & Free Goody Hair Elastics from Kotex!

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If there is one thing I am constantly in need of, it is hair elastics. It is one of those things that you have in every handbag and in every drawer yet you always need more. Am I right? Right now you can get some free Goody hair elastics when you’re shopping for some other girl essentials. Text “KOTEX” to “TARGET” (827438) and get your coupon. Then you can keep both of your essentials on hand at all times!

We were tasked with creating a hair tutorial that uses hair elastics from one of our favorite brands; Goody. Being the hair novice that I am, I had to rope in Product Girl Jr. for a little assistance. Kayla and I broke out some hair chalk, starting braiding and we came up with a look that I think is fun for the end of summer or even the first few days of school.

Here’s how we created this look:

  • Start by parting your hair to the side then section your hair into three even pieces.
    For a little something extra, we added a little of hair chalk into each section. To make the color pop, use a pomade before you add the color to your hair.
  • Braid each section so that you have three separate braids. We used two different types of elastics, some smaller Goody hair elastics for each section, then a larger, stronger Goody hair elastic for the end braid.
  • Finally, take each section’s braid and braid that into one larger braid securing it with a Goody hair elastic. We went with pink since we use some pink hair chalk.

And there you have it! We’ve been rocking braids non-stop this summer and this look is perfect for those hot summer days. To transition from day to evening, just undo your braids and you’re left with gorgeous, beachy waves.

This post is sponsored by U by Kotex and Style Coalition.

Beyonce's New Pixie Haircut

You go to bed at night and everything is normal then you wake up and everyone is talking about Beyonce’s new pixie haircut. Personally, I wouldn’t have the confidence to rock this do but I am firmly of the opinion that Queen Bey can rock anything she damn well wants to.

The team credited with the honors is stylist Neal Farinah and Rita Hazan created Beyonce’s color. Rita states,”Beyonce’s new look is modern and old Hollywood at the same time, and makes such a statement. We wanted the color to be soft and sexy so I chose to highlight her hair with champaign and summer blonde tones. By strategically highlighting her whole head in very tiny sections, we achieved the perfect look.”

I’m loving this new look, how about you? Lets hash this out in the comments. ;)

Valentine's Day Hair Inspiration?

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Need some ideas for your hair for tomorrow night? There’s no quicker way to add lustre to an outfit than with a main of glossy locks, Argos have come up with the eight on-trend ideas below to get your ‘do looking fabulous fast. If you try something you like, why not give a present to yourself and invest in your tresses? Argos has a hotter-than-hot range of Babyliss hair stylers and handy hair straighteners to help you get the look you love for the whole of 2013. After all, good hair is not just for date night!

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Davines Vegetarian Miracle Condtioning Treatment

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Winter has arrived.  This week has been cold everywhere — experienced the first subzero wind chills in Chicago in what feels like two years, how about you? Everything is just so dry. I have stepped up my moisturizer game in a big way. I mean business. My hair wants in on the moisture blast action, too. Last night, I took myself to George the Salon in Chicago to experience The Vegetarian Miracle Conditioning Treatment. In short, it’s everything for dry ends. I woke up with the softest tresses this a.m. And my blowout is completely intact — I plan to ride it out for as many days as I can manage.

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A bit of background on George. The man behind the salon, George Gonzales, worked for Oprah and the Harpo team for more than a decade and opened his own salon about five years ago. One of the lines he’s been carrying since opening is from eco-friendly Davines, and the Vegetarian Treatment is the newest addition. Part one is an intense conditioning treatment featuring nourishing ingredients like rice, red algae and avocado. The final touch is the Living Enzyme Infusion Spray which targets brittle hair with wheat proteins, olive oil, cotton bloom and a special enzyme that fights free radicals (yeah, they attack your hair just as they do skin!)

My hair has way more shine and bounce than it should for January, and I’m thrilled. The service costs $20 — and is perfect for someone like me who gets as few trims as possible. I think a regular treatment like this can help me keep my ends in better shape.

Anyone else feeling winter’s drab effect on hair? What are you doing to remedy the situation?

Note: Services were provided free-of-charge for editorial consideration. Opinions are my own.

Our Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy 7-Day Challenge

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Last week we invited you to join us for the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy challenge. The challenge was to use their Damage & Color Repair line for seven days and share the results with you. Did you sign up and win samples of the line? How did it go?

Kayla and I both took the challenge and we both loved our results. Keep reading for before and after shots and the results of our seven day challenge.

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