Hair Miracle: Argan Oil Conditioner

My beauty tip of the day is to definitely go with using an Argan Oil Conditioner like Pure Nature.  My lovely Mom gave it to me and it works like a charm.  You just put a few squirts of it in your palm and it really clings onto your dry hair follicles, softening them.  From having gotten my hair done so many times, it moisturized my honey blonde hair and took the brassiness out of it.  I highly recommend this product.  It can be found on Amazon.  There is also an Argan Oil Shampoo.  Stay safe!

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Argan Oil

My boyfriend bought some Argan Oil from Trader Joe’s a little while back for his skin and hair.  According to health sources online, Argan oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.  It can lessen signs of aging and moisturize skin and hair.

For skin, it is recommended for people to use a small amount so there is no negative effect and the same goes for hair so the hair doesn’t get too oily.

Go to your nearest Trader Joe’s and give this beneficial oil a try.  It only costs $7.  Set aside some time for a little self-care each day!

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Lemon Fresh Sun-In Hair Lightner

My boyfriend and I took a trip to a Walmart around the Oracle Arena area and I found a cheap bottle of Lemon Fresh Sun-In Hair Lightner for $3.48.  Since the Balayage appointment at The Root Salon in Phoenix, I’ve been wanting to lighten my hair much more.  This 4.7 oz. yellow bottle contains aloe, chamomile, marigold, flaxseed, and it’s alcohol free.  Aloe contains antioxidant and healthy plant properties while chamomile treats the scalp.  Marigold takes away dandruff and flaxseed has Omega-3’s and fiber.  After spraying my entire head and combing the Sun-In Lightener evenly through my hair, it really softened the strands immediately while bringing out a honey hue.  You can either blow dry the hair or I find simply giving your hair time in the sun does the trick.  I also like the light lemony fragrance.  Professionals say for getting maximum results, you should spray your hair every couple of days after showering for a summation of three applications.  I’ll post the final reveal soon!

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Balayage

I had been playing with the idea of going blonde again for several months, but knew I didn’t want to go fully blonde like the last time.  I dyed my hair black about a year and half ago and let it grow out to a medium brown, as was my original hair color.  The original blonde I’d gotten done was a gift from a boyfriend at the Atelier Emmanuel Salon around Union Square in San Francisco.  For touch ups, I went once a month to a hair salon in Rockridge on College Ave. close to where the BART stops.  Both places offered me a high quality service.

This time, I was determined to do a coloring where it kept my hair natural looking.  Through researching and talking with my boyfriend, we discovered something called Balayage.  I noticed a lot of women have this hairstyle.  It’s a French hair technique where the hair is painted on in a way so as to create a graduated and natural-looking effect, which is exactly what I was looking for.

My boyfriend took me to a salon in the Mission and one on Polk Street to see about pricing, but it didn’t seem to be these hairstylists’ specialty.  Once we decided to go to Phoenix for fall break to visit Haji’s daughter Trinity, we looked into hair salons in Phoenix that did this particular hair style and we finally stumbled upon a salon called The Root Salon in the North Central Phoenix area, which did a Balayage including a blowout for a good price.  My boyfriend contributed his share of the cost, as it was my birthday present.

In French, the term balayer means to sweep and balayage means sweeping.  It is a technique where the color is painted on the hair in sections.  It gives a light, sun-kissed touch from root to tip.  It is a highlighting technique, but not one involving foils.

In ten years time, The Root Salon has become one of the best go-to hair salons in Phoenix.  They give the highest quality service in terms of hair maintenance and color and use only the finest hair care products, including Alfaparf Milano and Aveda.  They have paired up with L.A. Vidal Sassoon Academy and many beauty conglomerates in the industry.  Their excellent staff is well-trained in various hair practices and travels to New York and other cities for extensive training in hair care.

Their commitment to making people look their best is what made me choose The Root Salon.  I had the pleasure of getting my hair done by Shane, a senior stylist, who has had  considerable training in the field, and his ability to find the exact coloring to match my complexion was what made the appointment notable.  I am grateful to him and the team for making my experience a memorable one.

The Root Salon Yelp Review

The Root Salon

5813 North 7th Street
Suite #120
Phoenix Arizona, 85014
(602) 277-4072
info@therootsalon.com

Anya Braid Bar

Several months back, my boyfriend and I took his daughter Trinity to a cool trending braid bar at the Glendale Mall called ANYA Braid Bar.  They were there for a limited time and have since relocated to the Nail and Hair Bar at Bloomingdale’s.  Appointments are recommended, so we showed up at the mall just in time to get Trinity a braiding appointment.  She chose a neat light blue hair extension, which is her favorite color, to be woven into the Boxer Braids, which came out to $45 total.  The price includes the two boxer (Dutch braids), an $8 Kanekalon installation fee, and the single pack of extensions.  The young woman who braided her hair did such a beautiful intricate job.

ANYA Braid Bar sells gorgeous head pieces in addition to their braiding services with charming flowers, iridescent crystals, and other soft accents.

Braiding styles are for men, women, and children alike.

The prices can range from $15-35 depending on how intricate the braiding is.

Crystal Braid

Soft Dutch Braids with rhinestone and silver accents for $26

Free Spirit Braid

Free Spirit Braid for $30

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Boxer Braids with Blue Extensions for $45

They also do private events like weddings or birthdays and special themed events if requested.  Classes are offered during the summer for anyone who has an interest in learning the art of braiding.

Same day appointments have to be made by phone and future appointments go by e-mail.

EMAIL: info@anyabraids.com PHONE: 818.583.7459
GLENDALE GALLERIA
100 W. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91210 (3rd Floor, inside Nail & Hair Bar)

Hair Dye Drama

The switch to a Marilyn look didn’t go as planned.  Maybe it’s my skin tone.  I seem to do better with Betty Paige black.  Last night’s experiment trying to go lighter with Revlon light blonde mixture was drama central.  It looked like I had a bright orange tabby cat on my hat at the end of the dye job.  Oh God.  My girlish inner fantasy of perfect blond seemed to tatter like a fraying pair of jeans the more dye I applied to my head.  So long to an idealism that didn’t seem to fit me.  Maybe it was truly some past life recollection that in this life could only be remembered and not accessed.  I suppose all girls have their very own Marilyn fantasy and I, Katherine Robbins Karr, go by Reign Diamond as a stage name.  I like to play up the Jersey Jewish American Princess fantasy with darker locks and I sport Juicy Couture velour sweat suits and bags.  So here’s the scoop on how to “do blonde” if you so dare.

The first dye job may be an orangeish end result.  So from there, you will want to get an ash blonde kit to tone the hair so it will turn a yellowish shade.  You need to make sure it has a blue based tone instead of purple.  According to Bellatory.com, to prepare the dye, mix the chosen color with 10 vol developer with a tinting brush and bowl.  Follow the same process with dyeing the hair and leave the dye in so as to neutralize the orange tone.  Make sure to condition the hair thoroughly.  If you want to make the hair lighter, do it a week later with even more bleach.  Use a pearl, ash, or natural tone of blonde.  If you want your hair to be blonder, leave the mixture in longer.  For care and upkeep, use a purple tone shampoo to keep the hair light.  Of course, if you don’t want to put up with the entire bleaching process and want your hair dark again, get black or dark brown dye!  Happy hair dyeng!

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Malin +Goetz Hair Products!

How I love Malin + Goetz hair products!  I got some samples from some high-end hotel a little while back and fell in looove!  My fave combo right now is the peppermint shampoo and cilantro conditioner!  The peppermint has a nice cooling effect and the cilantro has a natural and gentle effect.  The shampoo leaves hair supple and scalp cleaned while the conditioner gives residue-free conditioning and easy detangling.  I love the smell of my hair afterwards!  A refreshing and botanical approach to caring for your hair!  Check out the website: http://www.malinandgoetz.com.  Happy hair product shopping!  ❤ ❤ ❤

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