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Going lighter at Cutler salon #RedkenBlonde

July 2, 2015

Blonde courtesy of Cutler salon

My new blonde courtesy of Cutler salon

I have to admit, I go through a roller coaster of emotions every time I have to get my hair colored at a salon. I’m excited and nervous, restless and ready. Even if it’s usually some sort of my usual ombré/balayage situation, there are different tones that makes the look different every time. I was starting to get used to my darker hue when I was invited to check out Cutler Salon in SoHo to go blonder (*gulp) in honor of their amazing line of Blonde Idol products (more on this later).

Redken Blonde Idol products

Redken Blonde Idol products

Now I didn’t want to go full on blonde, because *babysteps* so when I met colorist Chiala Marvici at the buzzy downtown salon, I came armed with ten pictures (mostly Lily Aldridge because she’s the color queen in my book). I told her I wanted my hair dark on top with a little bit of a gradient that lead to honey-colored ends. Marvisi took a look and went right to work bleaching strips in my hair.

Before

Before

In process..

In process..

After an hour, she took me back to the sink and said we can probably skip the toner, but once we started drying my hair, my hair was super-woah-BLONDE. Instead of scheduling another appointment, Marvisi suggested we tone it down (literally). She concocted a mix of a honey-brown toner right away and applied it again.

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I always find when I color my hair I need a couple days to settle into the new color, and this time was no exception. Now a few days later, I love the change, and the lighter ends were exactly when I wanted. I’ve gotten so many compliments on the lighter strands already. It turned out to be the perfect summer style. It says a lot when your colorist can pretty much predict how the color will settle in in the days to come, and though initially I wasn’t sure about it myself, Marvisi ended up getting this right on the money.

After

After

To keep the blonde game strong, I’ve been using Redken’s Blonde Idol Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ve never used blonde products before, but right away I could tell my hair was so much shinier (and it doesn’t have sulfates which I’m getting more and more pickier about in my shampoos). The Custom-Tone color-depositing conditioner is the standout to me though. It comes in dual chamber and there are two variations — one with a violet toner for platinum/cooler blondes (they say if you describe you hair as “Platinum, Lavender, Violet Pastel, Icy, Beige, Ash and would like to neutralize any brassiness to preserve cool, blonde hair”), and one with a gold one for warmer blonde (“If you describe your haircolor as: Rose Gold, Light to Dark Golden, Sun-Kissed, Strawberry Blonde, Caramel, Rich Toffee, or Honey and would like to maintain or refine your warm tone”…and since my tips were now golden, this was my go-to). The top of the conditioner comes with a dial, where you start from “Week 1″ and dial up every week. Depending on what week, that’s how much color the conditioner pumps out. Genius, right?

I don't look like her but my ends kinda look like this color!

A little honey blonde never hurt nobody

Anyone thinking of coloring their hair for the summer? Let me know if you’re going lighter too!

To try purchase Redken’s Blonde Idol line in NYC, click here.


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*This post was sponsored by Redken & Conde Nast but opinions are my own

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Hair Tools

ghd Rose Gold Styler 1″ flat iron

June 9, 2015

I had almost tossed my flat irons because I was always looking for volume, but the ghd Rose Professional Styler is A) too pretty to toss, B) glides so seamlessly thanks to its high gloss plates without making my hair look flat (and it only takes me four minutes to do so). Granted, my hair is still deciding how wavy it wants to be most days, so I tried it on my friend who has much thicker, curly hair. But first, a closer look at the actual iron:

ghd Rose Styler


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It has a one-click feature that heats up in seconds to 365 degrees.

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The styler also comes with a sleek heat-resistant travel roll bag that makes it easy to pack (it also comes with a protective plate guard, not pictured).

Travel case


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Before using the styler


For thicker hair, separate the hair in sections


Use heat protectant before using the flat iron for best results


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Before


After


After


After

On Sahar’s hair it took about 15 minutes to get all her hair straight — it takes less than five on mine!

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You can see where I started here (super fast forward since I figure no one wants to watch a four minute video of me straightening my hair :P)

The great thing about this iron is it’s beveled too so it’s easy to curl your hair or make beachy waves with it too. The limited edition iron costs $225, but check out ghdhair.com for $50 off right now.



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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Hair

Two post-workout saviors under $10

June 3, 2015

I’m slowly making my way back to my gym routine post-vacation (which after a measurable bout of jet lag from hopping around Paris to NYC to California and back, has been a struggle). It started with a Surfset class in the East Village hosted by Dr. Teal’s to showcase their Pre & Post Workout Soak and Cream. Dr. Taz, who’s a specialist in integrative medicine, acupuncture, and a certified nutritionist, was there to talk about the benefits of magnesium sulfate to help soothe muscle aches, exfoliate dead skin cells, relieve sore feet, improve sleep, and reduce stress (note: she also mentioned that there is a thing as too much soaking — the recommendation is no more than 20 minutes, three times a week).

Before a sweat session with Surfset

The class left me energized, but it wasn’t until my next workout where I was using weights and did a few dreaded sets of half-up twist sit ups that I woke up completely sore in my upper back. So sore, it took me a few extra minutes to get up because I couldn’t move. I remembered Dr. Teal’s, and since I didn’t have the luxury of time for a soak I grabbed their Pain Relief Cream which also has cooling menthol. It has a light medicinal smell but nowhere near the pungent BenGay kind, and it didn’t leave my back greasy so I could change right after. Then there was my hair situation…

Dr. Teal's Pre & Post Workout Pain Cream and Aussie Total Miracle Dry Shampoo

The night before I took a body shower (I didn’t have enough energy to shampoo and blow out my hair), but of course that means I wake up with some greasy roots. For a quick fix I’ve been turning to Aussie’s Total Miracle Dry Shampoo. Every time I use it, my roommate comments that it smells like blueberries (my favorite!), but even better is it gives a nice boost of volume, goes on relatively sheer if you use it right and sops up any excess oil from your workout (plus it’s only $6 at drugstores). It does have a little bit of a hairspray finish for texture, but if you work it in with your fingers you can break it up pretty quick.

Dr. Teal’s Pre & Post Workout Pain Relief Cream is available at mass retailers for $5.

What are you go-to products after a workout?

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BATF Giveaways - Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Product Review

CLEAR’s new Active Damage Resist line is legit. Win it here & try yourself!

January 12, 2015

If you feel like your hair is fried, you’re not alone. Damage caused by styling products is a problem for 80 percent of women. Blow drying, flat ironing, or – in my case – being a wee bit curling iron crazed helps with a style for day, but the cumulative damage is staggering. I’ve been so relentless with my hair but I’ve always tried to keep a regimen to prevent it from showing. When I was introduced to CLEAR Scalp & Hair’s latest and greatest — their Active Damage Resist Ultra Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner, which claims to reverse visible damage by 100 percent – I had to give it a try.

Clear Scalp & Hair Active Damage Resist Shampoo and Conditioner


The duo is infused with Omega 3-6-9 complex, which helps rebuild fiber damaged by heat and chemicals from root to tip. My hair felt smoother from the first shot; by the second my hair was glowing. Usually my fear with products that claim to de-frizz is that my strands fall flat, but my hair still found volume after blow drying and brushing through it. Take a look – this is after curling my hair and not using any other styling products except CLEAR’s shampoo and conditioner:

Before on the right, and after using Clear's Active Damage Resist line

Good light and good shine


Took all these pictures with my iPhone -- no filter except the sun :)


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Since I don’t consider giving up my heat tools for good is not an option, this is going to go a long way for me. Since I started using the line, I feel less guilty since it’s repairing my ends and my hair actually feels stronger (tests show that Clear’s shampoo and conditioner helps with 97 percent less breakage from combing on severely damaged hair with this line versus non-conditioning shampoo). My strands are even curling better with way more bounce and shine. Not bad for a drugstore brand that won’t break the bank either.

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The line just launched this month – anyone else want to be one of the first to try it? Good news: I’m giving away a set of CLEAR’S Active Damage Resist Ultra Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner to a lucky reader this week and experience it yourself! All you have to do one of these things below (do either to enter, both to increase your chances of winning:

Like BATF’s Facebook page and comment on this giveaway post
Follow me on Twitter (@BeautyNDFeast) and tweet “Hey @BeautyNDFeast, I want to win @ClearHair’s new #ActiveDamageResist products for stronger, shiny hair! http://ow.ly/HbgXk #giveaway”

Make sure you leave a comment below to let me know how you entered. Winners will be picked and notified by January 19th. Good luck! *Winners must have a US mailing address!
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*Products were sent for review. This post sponsored by CLEAR Scalp & Hair, but opinions are true and my own after testing the product. Visit www.clearhair.com to learn more.

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

My hair is purple.

December 3, 2014

Violet

To make this story short, I just had a sudden urge to dye my hair, and dye it purple. Nothing really spurred it. I didn’t lose my mind. I just thought the color would look pretty. I’m not one to normally — or ever — dye my hair any funky color. In fact I normally would never veer too far from my usual hair routine, but lately that’s all I’ve been doing. Garnier came out with the perfect solution too — something for a sudden urge, that you may or may not regret in a week, and that you can easily do at home.

K, I just re-read that. Get your mind out the gutter.

I’m referring to their Color Styler, their new semipermanent wash out intense color. It’s pretty foolproof, even for clumsy people who never dye their hair themselves like moi.

Garnier Color Styler in Purple Mania

It comes in 5 colors — pink, blue, purple, bronze, and red. Throw on an old shirt, wear the black disposable gloves it comes with, give the bottle a shake, and squeeze out a few drops on your fingers. Then just take an inch of DRY hair wherever you want to apply and spread it on evenly with your fingers. You want to just rub the hair where you apply so it coats the strands evenly then just wait for it to dry (or you can blow dry it in). It takes about ten minutes to dry and voila. Color strands that’s good for 2-3 washes.

Half a selfie.

My hair was already light on the tips so I mostly applied it there and the violet came out exactly how I envisioned. And now, I’m ready to move to the Capitol. Like, Hunger Games, not DC.

Can’t wait to try the other colors. Anyone try this? What’d you think? Garnier’s Color Styler is available at drugstores and mass retailers for $7 (2-3 applications with one bottle).


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Review: InStyler Tulip rotating curling iron

November 20, 2014


By Anum Ahmed

There have been so many automatic curlers popping up lately, and the InStyler’s Tulip is the latest to join the arsenal. I was invited to the Cutler SoHo salon to get a firsthand look.

InStyler Tulip


The first thing I noticed was the design – it looks and feels very different from a traditional curling iron (most of the ceramic barrel is covered so it looks like a short rod and the design gives it the shape of its namesake). There were a few of them sitting on a table to use yourself, and another counter with stylists who were ready to help us figure out the best styles for us. It looked a little intimidating so I asked the stylist Dottie for assistance as I figured out how to use it.

Dotti styling my hair


She obliged, sectioning off my hair and started curling by taking ½” sections and placing it in a small opening by the barrel. When you click the button, the rod rotates and curls the hair itself. All you’re doing is placing the hair in the right spot for it to do so. The same perfect curl is formed every time.

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One of the things that set this apart from other curlers are that there are a few different settings to help you customize your style including heat level, rotation, and timer (which helps figure out how tight you want your curls to be). I usually opt for undone beachy waves but here, we aimed for something a little different — spirals. Dottie set up the iron on medium heat, with alternating rotation and an 8-second timer and set my hair in a pretty arrangement of spiral curls.

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When it was finally time for me to try, I had a little trouble using the product while looking in the mirror because I already have difficulty telling my left from my right, and this was on another level, depth perception and all that jazz. Anyway, with help from Dottie, I figured it out and after the third try. So maybe it isn’t the most incredibly intuitive upon first use, but I got the hang of it. Plus it was nice not having to worry about burning myself – or really anything around me because when when I set the iron down, the heated iron stays off the table (don’t even ask how many things I’ve burned by leaving my curling iron out).

Dottie mentioned – and I agreed – that this would be a great starter product for girls who hadn’t really started curling their hair. I was even contemplating getting one for my niece because it was so safe to use.  Just be cognizant of using thinner sections in case a larger ones would end up in a tangled mess. It takes me about the same amount of time that it would a normal curling iron to do my whole head, but at least with this, I know all the curls would be perfect.

So to wrap up:

Pros: Innovative design; multiple settings on heat and control; less chances of burning yourself; easy rotating in both directions; better option for beginners or those who don’t feel as comfortable with regular curlers; comparable in price to other curlers in the same category;
Cons: For those used to clipless or regular curling irons, it might feel like less control on the curl; not as intuitive when you first use it (though with practice this becomes less of an issue)
InStyler Tulip costs $120, and is available at trytulip.com.


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