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How I Style My Wavy Lob

February 23, 2017

I get this question a LOT, so I figured I’ll put it all in one place. Here’s the riveting story about how I style my messy lob, and what products I like to use.
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As a preface, I did this quick IG video tutorial about it:

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I start with wet hair and if I’m feeling more volume, I’ll use this Liss & Plump gel-cream styler from L’Oreal Professionel. Even if you’re not particularly doing this style but crave volume, THIS is it. It helps give you hair more body without being crunchy like you might using mousse. I use a dime-size for my hair and just finger brush it through.

Then I spritz my favorite Wave Spray from Ouai. I’ve tried other “waving” sprays but haven’t found one I like quite like Ouai’s yet.

Then I do a rough blow dry. No brush, no tools. My hair naturally, by the way, is wavy…ish. After I did a Cezanne keratin treatment years ago, I think it changed the structure of my hair and it veers more on the straight side lately (I never did a keratin treatment before or after this instance!), but I guess it’s naturally somewhere in between.

After my hair is dry, I use a 1″ FLAT iron. You can use a curling wand too, and when my hair was freakishly long that was my tool of choice. But I find using the flat iron makes it look a little more messy and undone which is more what I’m going for. I first part my hair and clip it up to do the bottom layer first. Starting from the roots, I twist my hair in the flat iron to make bends, leaving the ends straight (about 2 inches from the bottom). Then, I unclip the top layer and curl it the same way (you can see in the video how I do this). Then I’ll just go around and straighten the ends with the flat iron to make it look messy.

And the grand finale (and also how I came to appreciate this product): Texturizing Spray. It helps give your hair grit and look more worn in. Again, my favorite is from Ouai, but I also LOVE Amika Un.Done Texture Spray (and it smells like perfume!). Just spray it all over and shake your fingers through your hair.

And it'll end up something like this...

And it’ll end up something like this…

(You all have to bare with me as I continue to use some shitty Snapchat pictures until I get a new camera). Anyway, there you have it. Hope this helps!
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PRODUCTS:
L’Oreal Professionel Liss & Plump gel-cream styler, $26
Ouai Wave Spray, $26
1″ Flat Iron (I currently use Evan Professional’s, but you can use any that has a a beveled shaped)
Ouai Texturizing Spray, $26, or Amika Un.Done Texture Spray, $24


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How to: Messy waves for short hair

November 8, 2015

I’ve been team long-hair for so long, that when I finally chopped my hair a few months ago, it took me a while to figure out how to style it. A few of you have asked how I do the messy waves in my pictures, so I did a quick video on Instagram on it. Check it out:

Short hair has given me a whole new appreciation for texturizing sprays. Let me know what you think, and if you want more videos of how to style your hair!


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Learning to style my hair with Ouidad

September 21, 2015

So this haircut is REALLY new. I can’t remember the last time I had short hair but I’m loving the change for a little bit. As a result of me being on Team Long Hair for so long though, I feel like I’m learning how to style hair all over again. Luckily, I was in good hands with the team at Ouidad, who specialize in hair products for curly and wavy-haired peeps (ME!).

At Sixty Soho with Ouidad's team

At Sixty Soho with Ouidad’s team

I met with Ouidad stylist , Chadwick Pendley, at SixtySoho during Fashion Week, where taught me about my new friends: Ouidad’s Wave Create Texture Taffy and PlayCurl Curl Amplifying Styling Spray.

Ouidad's Texture Taffy and PlayCurl Amplifying styling spray

Ouidad’s Texture Taffy and PlayCurl Curl Amplifying Styling Spray


Styled by Chadwick Pendley

Styled by Chadwick Pendley

The Texture Paste has little pliable fibers that you can use on wet hair to give your curls (or in my case, waves) shape before you dry it. He used a curling iron to define my waves a more, before using Ouidad’s PlayCurl styling spray, which gave my hair a little more grit and beach waves. Finally, he showed me their Texture Smoothing Frizz & Flyaway Fighter Spray which helps get rid of any excess frizz.
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Hair: Chadwick Pendley (@ChadPendley5)
Makeup: Erica Gonzalez (@ericamua)
Venue: Sixty Soho (@sixtyhotels)
Event Host: Natali Zfat (@NatalieZfat)
Photographer (profile photo): Simbarashe Cha (@LordAshbury)

Any one else have favorites from the line? Also, if you have a similar lob style, let me know what products you use!


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White Hair Test with Madison Reed’s Root Touch

September 2, 2015

Yesterday I told you about Madison Reed’s Root Touch Up, and how I was going to test it at the gym. The verdict is in: It lasted three miles and high intensity training. The new root color powder comes in seven colors so it’ll suit pretty much all hair colors, actually is oil-absorbing too so I used a little afterwards to absorb any excess oil before I met some friends after the gym too.

Root Touch Up

Root Touch Up

I also had to try another test, which is even more important: the white hair test. I volunteered a friend to try to cover a couple strands of white hairs on her to check how good the coverage is:

Before

Before


After

After

It covered the hairs, but it definitely took more than a few strokes to get there (I realized it’s easier to apply on the roots because you can spread the color a little more easily than on the tops of individual strands). Another perk of the small compact is it’s made for people on-the-go. It’s easy to pack to take for travel and fits in my purse too. Have any of you tried a root-cover up? Are you going to try this one?

Madison Reed’s Root Touch Up is available for purchase at madison-reed.com, Sephora stores, and sephora.com for $36. It’s brand new and just rolled out so I’ve found some trouble finding them at the stores and it’s been sold out online, but rest assured it’ll be re-stocked soon!


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New product alert: 3 ways to use Madison Reed Root Touch Up

September 1, 2015

If you’ve been following my Insta, you probably saw a new product I’ve been trying out: Madison Reed Root Touch Up. It’s a brand new compact you can find in the checkout aisles at Sephora, so I already know if it’s in the cult store it has merit to it but I had to see myself.

Madison Reed Root Touch Up

Madison Reed Root Touch Up

They asked me to try it out and see what I thought. Besides the gorgeous eggplant compact it comes in, the first stand out to me was it’s thick brush. I’ve tried other root-touch ups but this brush is so much easier to use and dense enough to pack a lot of product to use. I figured a few ways you can use it depending on your needs:

1) Go longer between coloring your hair
. As a classic root touch up, if you’re used to touching up grays at your roots, you can go even longer by using this. The wide brush as I mentioned makes it easy to go in quickly and cover up grays, but for me I found an even better use for it personally and that’s…


2) Covering up a bad dye job (temporarily)
. A couple months ago, I had a bad experience getting my hair highlighted — some strands were way too blonde and left me with what essentially looked like bad tiger stripes. I used this to soften the color on the top layers of my hair so the blonde wasn’t so bright (it takes a little longer than just covering up the roots, but it did the job).


3) Fake thicker hair
. One time I interviewed celebrity hairstylist, Jen Atkin (you might know her best as the Kardashian’s mane girl), and she said she loves to use a dark shadow or a cover up like this to fill in sparse areas in the hairline to make your hair actually look thicker. It’s a easy trick of the trade and since this is long-lasting, you’ll be set for the night.

I’m going to write another post tomorrow of my test drive with it at the gym — since I’m usually drenched with sweat, I though the true test of its resilience will be using it while I work out. Stay tuned!

Madison Reed Root Touch Up is available now on their website, Sephora stores and sephora.com for $36 (and it’ll last you a while).


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How to make a hair mask and a delicious dessert with 1 avocado

July 6, 2015

Have you guys ever tried to make your own beauty products at home? I made yesterday a little DIY spa day at home using products I concocted right in my kitchen with a little help from the The Vitamin Shoppe’s new line of Aromatherapy Oils.

Ingredients for the avocado hair mask

Ingredients for the avocado hair mask

This was a fun experiment for me because I came across a really awesome hair mask using Moroccan argan oil, olive oil and half an avocado, but I was also able to salvage the remaining part of the avocado to make myself a healthy dessert after (if that’s not embodying the spirit of Beauty & the Feast, then I don’t know what does). But first, the hair mask! This is an easy recipe that makes hair super shiny, and smooth. Tried and true.

Avocado Argan Hair Mask

Avocado Argan Hair Mask



Avocado Argan Oil Hair Mask
Ingredients
:
1/2 of a mashed avocado
1 tbs olive oil
1 pump of argan oil (I used the Vitamin Shoppe’s Moroccan Argan Oil).


Directions
: Mix ingredients together thoroughly (make sure there are no clumps of avocado or it will be hard to smooth through hair). Heat in the microwave for ten seconds. Let it cool, then apply to clean, wet hair (make sure to massage it in your scalp!) and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then wash out.

So in the course of waiting, I realized 30 minutes is a long time. I was also starting to semi-freak out about wasting the other half of the avocado. I definitely didn’t want to throw the perfectly good (and ripe!) avocado half but I just made guac the other day (an aside: I pretty much make guac everyday so there’s never a shortage in my kitchen). But then I realized this was a good time to experiment with making an avocado chocolate mousse…and half an avocado looked perfect for one serving.

I say experiment because this is the second time I was trying this – the first time, I used Giada’s recipe here which uses a mix of bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, agave and way too many avocados I think (the recipe called for four, but I only used two).

Giada's avocado mousse recipe -- looks delicious, but fell a little short in taste

Giada’s avocado mousse recipe — looks delicious, taste was off though!


Even so, it ended up tasting too avocado-ey (there’s nothing worse than serving chocolate dessert and realizing it tastes like fruit). The color and texture looked right, but the taste was off so that was a semi-fail (Sorry, Giada, I love you though).

So this second time around, I decided to try another recipe using low-fat cottage cheese. As usual, I adjusted it a little based on what I had at home and because I was only using half an avocado. That said, this tasted SO much better — you wouldn’t be able to tell there’s avocado in it at all (which is mostly the point) and it’s perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Take 2! Loved this recipe so much better! Use the remaining half of your avocado for this dessert

Take 2! Loved this recipe so much better! Use the remaining half of your avocado for this dessert



Fresh Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Ingredients
(again, remember this is for a single serving so considering you’re already doing a thick green hair mask, let’s just hope you’re at home alone anyway):
1/2 a ripe avocado
2 tbs of low-fat cottage cheese
1 tbs of bittersweet dark chocolate
2 tbs of powdered sugar
1 1/2 tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbs of agave


Directions
: Mix together in a blender or with a spoon, and leave in fridge to cool before serving. I first blended it using a blender, but since the quantity is so little, it didn’t fully mix so I had to scoop it out and mix it by hand. The color was lighter than the Giada version, but this one was on point with taste.

Here’s the original recipe again (which is slightly different than the one I made up here), but the quantities are adjusted if you’re serving more people.

Let me know if you try either of these and like! I’m going to post an amazing DIY foot and body scrub in a couple days that I hope you love indulging in as much as I did :).


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