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Hair How-To: Kate Beckinsale

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

 I’ll admit it; I’m absolutely obsessed with Kate Beckinsale’s hair. The color…the cut…the way it seems perfectly coiffed at all times of the day. Her hair is, at least in my opinion, the absolute combination of sassy and sexy, but how the heck does the average woman achieve it? That question may be easier to answer than you think. Follow these steps for Kate worthy locks of your own!

Length:
Obviously the first notable thing about Kate’s hair is the length. If you’re like me and are lacking about 5” in that department, extensions may be the answer to your prayers. If you fear long-term hair commitment, try clip in extensions. They can be purchased at almost any beauty supply store for about $75, and if the shade isn’t a perfect match, they can be dyed and highlighted to mirror your natural hair color. For more of a permanent fix, glue in extensions can be added to the hair by your stylist (for about $400+), making longer locks a full-time look you can flaunt.

Color:
Kate’s hair has varied over the years in its shade but usually settles somewhere between a medium reddish and medium golden brown. Lately, she has been sporting some gorgeous caramel colored, ombre’ highlights to add some warmth to the look. To avoid hair color disaster, visit your stylist for the perfect shade of brown based on your own natural color, and then request that he or she apply balayage highlights.

Style:
For full-on glam curls like Kate’s, start by parting hair down the middle. Next, you will need a large barrel, clipless curling iron. Section out your hair just above the ear and pull that top half up and secure with a clip. Starting with the bottom half, take 1” sections and wrap around the iron in the direction that is away from your face. Once the bottom half is completely curled, spray with hairspray to hold. Repeat the steps on the top half of your hair. Allow all curls to cool for 15 minutes, then bend forward and tousle with your fingers. Apply smoothing serum like Moroccan Oil to any frizzy areas and finish the look with another shot of hairspray. For a look that’s totally Kate, pair with a smoky eye and pink lips!

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4 Tips on Maintaining Your Color!

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Got great color? Learn how to keep it!

by Sian Bitner Kearney:

The lifetime search for the perfect hair color is a battle that nearly every woman must fight. However, once you’ve slayed that bad color dragon and finally found a haircolor that you love, how do you keep it from fading down your drain and into your memories? We’ve got the top four tips to keep your haircolor fresh and fierce!

# 1 The Right Kind of Clean – Much like you adjust your skin products to match your skin type, certain colors also require specific shampoos and conditioners. To keep color bright between services, use a color enhancing shampoo for your specific shade. We like Alterna’s Hold Brunette Shampoo for dark hair and blondes can stay brass free for less with Clairol’s Shimmer Lights Shampoo. To keep your red gorgeous, try John Frieda’s Radiant Red Color Captivating Shampoo.

# 2 Take a Day Off – From shampooing that is. Instead of lathering up each morning, give your color and your hair a break and wash every other day. To keep things clean in between shampoos, use a dry shampoo like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo.

#3 Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen – Think sunscreen is just for the face and body? Wrong!! Just like the sun’s rays can damage your skin they can also dry your hair and rapidly fade your color. To protect your color on those gorgeous, sunny days, try Redken’s Color Extend Solar Screen.

#4 Go Cold – Yes we know, on these cold fall/winter mornings all you can think about is jumping into a hot shower; however, drenching hair in hot water not only damages it but will also fade the color. While we would never suggest drenching yourself in ice cold water, adjusting the temperature to cool at least when rinsing your hair, could add a few weeks of color life to your hair.

Want to see what a new haircolor would look like? Go to our Try On Studio, and play with different celebrity hairstyles! www.themakeupblogger.com/tryonstudio

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Marco Anti-Frizz leave-in conditioner with Collagen Color Guard™

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Now that my hair back to blonde, I am having to be vigilant with my hair care routine, to make sure my hair stays soft and vibrant.  Luckily for me, I have the help of the uber talented Marco Pelusi, who helped me tame my tresses, and turned my hair from ravishing red to sultry blonde.  But, my favorite thing about Marco (actually, there are many favorite things...he is such a cool dude!) is his leave in conditioner.  This product have left my hair soft and anything but brittle blonde. 

Marco's signature product is an exclusive anti-frizz formula that repairs, restores and rebuilds, leaving the hair and scalp comforted and protected. It is an amazing detangler, frizz eliminating treatment that helps to provide a workable softness on even the roughest of hairs.  My course, thick, and wavy hair drinks this conditioner up!  Yet, it is incredibly light, so your hair will never feel weighed down or limp.  Love! 

Here is the breakdown:

  • naturally derived from coconut, cetrimonium chloride is the most potent anti-frizz element available to moisturize and neutralize static electricity; effects last for up to 72 hours even when rinsed with water
  • usp grade vitamin e, one of the most powerful antioxidants available from nature, protects the hair from hostile environmental factors, including pollution, aging and stress
  • apricot essential oils fight dryness and cell dehydration
  • natural moisturizing factors, including sodium pca, volumize the hair
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Midsummer Hair Repair: 3 Steps to Shiny, Sexy Hair

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By Jet Rhys for The Style GlossyIt’s midsummer … or as some of my clients call it: “Help me!!” 

After weeks of high humidity, scorching sun, dips in chlorinated pools or saltwater, hair has gone haywire. It’s fried and dull and refuses to hold any style.

It’s time to take back control. Here are a few strategies to help you get your hair shiny, bouncy and behaving!

1. Identify the damage. 
Run your fingers through your hair. Do your ends feel crunchy? If so, it’s time for a cut. It’s the only way to get rid of that damage. But you can take baby steps. Ask your stylist to trim just half an inch, and schedule another shaping for five to six weeks from now to dust off more of those splits.

2. Shampoo and condition your hair like a pro. 
You actually want to apply shampoo to your scalp -- where dirt and oil accumulates -- not to your hair. Your hair will get enough of a cleansing when you rinse out the shampoo and the suds run down your strands. 

Use a moisturizing conditioner after you shampoo. Every time your shampoo. This time you want to target the ends of your hair. Rub a quarter-size amount of conditioner between your palms and rake it through your hair, from an inch or so away from your roots all the way to the ends. 

3.  Treat with a deep-conditioning mask once a week.
A mask is like a multivitamin for your thirsty, parched hair, providing the “nutrition” it craves. For down-to-the-cuticle penetration, I like to apply a mask to damp hair, then cover it with a damp, hot towel and wait 10 minutes before rinsing off. 

Jet Rhys is a stylist, a colorist, a salon owner and an educator. She has been featured in Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine and SELF. Her motto is “Look, study and attack.”

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Solutions for Oily Hair

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Solutions for Oily Hair

By Lisa Cohen Lee for Life & Beauty Weekly

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If you are a busy mom, not shampooing your hair every day can be a huge time-saver. Unfortunately, though, if you have an oily scalp and hair, you probably don’t have that luxury; for your hair -- and you -- to look and feel beautiful, you probably need to wash away the oils daily.

What’s worse, even when you do shampoo every morning, excess oil can build up throughout the day, leaving hair limp and greasy-looking by evening. “Strands can literally drown in their own oil, and your hair goes flat really fast,” explains Edward Tricomi, co-owner of Warren Tricomi salon in New York City.

What Causes Excess Oil
It may not seem like it, but in most cases, an oily scalp is as normal as having oily skin or brown eyes. Sebaceous glands inside hair follicles produce what’s called sebum, an oily, waxy substance. Sebum is then released onto the scalp, in a similar way to the pores on your face releasing oil onto your skin. No one knows why, but your glands simply produce excessive sebum, which migrates more into your hair and gives it that greasy look and feel, says Dr. Heidi Waldorf, a dermatologist and associate clinical director of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Although you can’t permanently change your scalp’s composition or your hair type, there are a few things you can do to help control oil and get hair that looks fresh and healthy:

1. Consider your hormones.
Hormonal fluctuations can increase sebum production. So, during your menstrual cycle, your scalp can feel greasier. Birth control pills may help normalize the hormones and balance the oil, says Waldorf. Talk to your doctor if this is an option for you.

2. Switch shampoos.
Waldorf suggests using a shampoo that contains zinc pyrithione or salicylic acid, which are found in some dandruff shampoos. These ingredients may help keep the oil on your scalp in check, she says.

3. Lather, wait, rinse, repeat.

Don’t rinse out your shampoo right away. Instead, lightly massage it into your scalp and wait at least 30 seconds before rinsing. This gives the suds more time to break down excess oil. Then lather up again if needed to clear away additional residue. This way, you are sure to start the day with an ultra-clean scalp and hair. 

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Pam Anderson Hair Breakdown

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John Blaine, celebrity hairstylist and Creative Director for hair care line Obliphica Professional, dishes on his tips for creating an elegant 1920s inspired coif.

PAMELA'S PINNED-UP PINUP BOUFFANT

1. This look takes some blow-drying and a curling iron, so prepare your hair for the styling and heat with a treatment shampoo and conditioner. Pamela uses Obliphica Professional's Treatment Shampoo and Hair Mask, one of John's favorites.

2. Mix two drops of Obliphica Professional's Intensive Serum with your favorite volumizing product and evenly distribute throughout damp locks. This will help soften your hair while adding extra shine volume without stiffness.

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The 13 Greatest Celebrity Hair Makeovers

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The 13 Greatest Celebrity Hair Makeovers

By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy

It’s easy to fall into a hair rut, especially for celebrities. After all, it’s scary to show up on the red carpet with a brand-new hairdo when you know thousands of tweets will be flying within seconds offering spare-no-feelings judgments on your look.

Still, it’s good to shake things up now and then, whether you’re an A-lister or the first lady. We asked hairstylists across the country to share the celebrity hair makeovers they’d like to see. Maybe their suggestions will inspire you to try a new look too!

Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge is very beautiful, but her look is a bit dull. Kate has beautiful eyes and a great face shape, so a multitude of styles will work for her. My absolute favorite look for Kate would be a sleek, chin-grazing bob with a wispy bang, like Katie Holmes wore years ago. This cut would give her a little edge, while still looking like royalty.
-- Brittany Brudzinski, stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago

Sofia Vergara
Did you know that Sofia is a natural blonde? I think she would look gorgeous adding some balayage ribbons of golden butterscotch. I love her hair long, but it would be nice to switch up the style a bit here and there with a top bun or a side braid twist.
-- Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys Salon in San Diego

Vanessa Hudgens
She rocks the fun and flirty hairstyles, but I’d love to give Vanessa a more refined look with a slicked-back ponytail. This hairstyle is simple, easy to do and adds sophistication at any age.  
-- Nicholas Penna, owner of Salon Capri in Boston

Taylor Swift
Taylor’s look hasn’t changed much over the years. She always looks very sweet, and I think it’s time for a slightly less innocent look. I would love to see Taylor with a wildly layered bob and bang, like Debbie (Blondie) Harry from the 1980’s.
-- Brittany Brudzinski, stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago

Megan Fox
Megan is so beautiful, but her long, extra dark hair is severe. I would love to see her hair more layered in a lighter cinnamon-brown color with soft light brown tones mixed in.
-- Kevin Gatto, owner of Verde Salon in Collingswood, N.J.

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