Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Apple Cider Vinegar

The many uses of Apple Cider Vinegar are vast and really fabulous! This is an amazing all purpose potion. I'm only going to touch on the benefits of using it for your hair and scalp, but Google ACV and you will find PLENTY of uses not to mention major health and cleaning benefits.

  Itchy and Dry Scalp

The great thing about ACV is that it has natural occurring acids and enzymes that kill the "bottle bacillus", a bacteria that is one of the causes for many scalp conditions such as dandruff, itchy scalp and sometimes hair loss. The bacteria works it's way into the hair follicle allowing dry crusts, (white flakes), to form that itch and flake and this can be embarrassing for those that suffer from dry itchy scalp.

A simple at home treatment for dandruff and itchy scalp is to apply full strength ACV to the scalp, massage in, and leave on for a half hour to an hour before shampooing your hair. Make sure to rinse your hair in cool/tepid water after shampooing and conditioning. This will ensure that your cuticle will seal itself shut promoting lots of natural shine.

For an extra strength solution, apple cider vinegar can be infused with oils such as tea tree oil which is another excellent natural anti-dandruff ingredient. Or you can add lavender which is has a calming effect on the senses.

Vinegar Hair Rinse

Hair and skin are on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale, 4.5 to 5.5.  Apple Cider Vinegar rinse has a pH of 2.9. On the other hand, many of the hair care products we use, such as cheap shampoos, bleach, hair color, and straighteners are way on the opposite end of the pH scale and are too alkaline for hair and skin. Over use of these products result in dullness and lack of bounce in the hair. Not to mention, these products can cause your color to fade too quickly. That is just money down the drain, LITERALLY!

Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help reestablish the natural pH of your hair and remove the buildup that occurs over time from different product usage.

Rinsing will also close and seal the cuticle which covers and protects the surface of each hair strand. This creates a smoother surface which can be your 1st defense against frizz and add shine.

Don't worry about the slight vinegar smell you might notice after rinsing. It will disappear completely as your hair dries. And you shouldn't smell like a tossed salad :)

Make your own after-shampoo hair rinse by mixing 1/3 of a cup of ACV into a quart of water. You can store this mixture in a plastic spray bottle for better control and keep it in the shower so it's ready to go. If you would like to make a smaller batch of this vinegar/water solution, try mixing 1 tablespoon  of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup of tepid filtered tap water.

This ACV spray solution can be used once or twice a week...Or often as needed!  Let me know how it works for you and good luck on the battle against the flakes!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Golden Globe Styles

I hope you didn't miss the Golden Globes last night! My favorite trend about the evening, was that there WASN'T any dominating trend!!! Every dress was a beautiful color and all the hair was different. This is one of the things that makes watching the red carpet so entertaining. There were a few who made my "What were you thinking list", but more on that a little later. Let us start with the women who wore their hair down...

Olivia Wilde

Angelina Jolie

Anne Hathaway

Leighton Meester

January Jones {My favorite of the evening}

Now for the soft and severe updos...

Lea Michelle

Natalie Portman

Emma Stone

Carrie Underwood

Mila Kunis
Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Lopez

Two of our favorite "Young Guys"

Justin Bieber and Zac Efron

Two lovely ladies with Short Dos!

Halle Berry

Michelle Williams

My Two worst picks for the evening...

I know..she is eccentric... But Really?

Helena Bonham Carter

This one pains me because I absolutely adore her and most of the time she looks Amazing. 
Last night just wasn't a good look for her at all. I love bangs on Sandra, but these 
could have been tailored better to her face. 

Sandra Bullock
 {All pictures courtesy of TMZ}

Thank you and I hope that you enjoyed the fashion and hair as much as I did!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Nordstrom Wedding Events

Sleepy head!

Can you tell it's just a lazy Sunday morning here? My furry little boy sleeps better than I do...there could be something wrong here. I'm sure that it has nothing to do with how spoiled rotten he is, but we wouldn't have any other way :)

Evan and I had the pleasure of doing the hair for two Nordstrom wedding events. One on Thursday evening and then a repeat on Saturday morning. Nordstrom has decided to join the bride ban wagon and offer many kinds of bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses.

Below are behind the scene pics of hair and makeup. Thursday is up first...

And now for Saturday...

Have a wonderful Sunday and don't forget to watch the Golden Globes tonight!!! 
Can't wait to see the hair and clothing!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fabulous Long Hairstyles

I hope that your day has gone well!
Here are some pics of amazing and beautiful long hair. 
Some of these gals have a little help with extensions.
Can you guess which one(s) have added help?

If I had to guess I would say, for sure, 1 (Reece), 2 (Giselle), 3 (Kim), 6 (Kate), 7 (extension model) and possibly 8 (Katie)!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Spring/ Summer Photo Shoot 2011

And.... I'm back!!!! Kicking off this New Year with a blast!!! Now that I have replaced the dead computer with one that is working, I am back to blogging!!!! YAY!!!! Thank you to all of you who have been checking in!!!

This past Sunday, SEVEN shot their Spring/ Summer shoot for 2011. Never mind that it was snowing and very overcast :) What else should you expect from Seattle in January? We shot at Hotel 1000 and they were unbelievably accommodating in every way imaginable. A big thank you to Hotel 1000! Our wonderful photographer for this shoot was Darrell Peterson and his lovely daughter, Spencer, was our lead model. A huge thank you to our other two models Eriq and Julianna from SMG agency. Both did a superb job! Last, but definitely not least...Thank you to Nikki Reign who did a beautiful job on makeup!

Darrell Peterson 

Spencer TCM Agency
Eriq SMG Agency
Julianna SMG Agency

Hotel 1000

Wardrobe Stylist:
Elle Holiman

Creative Team

Makeup Artist:
Nikki Reign

Here is a look at some of the behind the scene looks...

Thank you everyone who made this day and photo shoot fabulous!!! 
Looking forward to Fall/ Winter 2011-12!!!

Much love!

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