Category Archives: HAIR

Is Grey The New Blonde?

December 3, 2017

I wasn’t shocked to find a few grey hairs my senior year of college. My grandmother’s hair was white in her 30’s.  But I did object-my long, thick, curly hair was my favorite feature, so off to the salon I went!

At first I asked for a  richer brown and later, shades of red. At first, it was every few months – no big deal. Coloring was fun!  My hair was magenta at one point in my late 20’s after a move to LA to work in the music industry. But by my mid 40’s, it wasn’t fun and I was at the salon every month.                                              

age 26

When I asked several stylists over the years during if perhaps I should go grey and they all No! 

“No! You look so young for your age, and it will age you”

“Why? You will look so much older, at least 10 years older”

Or just a dismissive “No” followed by silence and slight head shake. So I kept my appointments.

Fast forward: summer 2016.  My hair seemed dry, brassy, slightly off no matter what hair mask or deep conditioner I tried.  I switched stylists again.  The master Beverly Hills colorist who did my hair last September made it look great for about 2 weeks, but even his expert work left me brassy and fake by week three. That’s when I realized it was time for a change.

But I was afraid.  I’ve interviewed many women – they tend to have similar fears including:

1- Grey hair makes you look old, older and/or is not sexy

2- Grey hair won’t complement my skin tone

3-  I’m not sure what my real color is anymore!

4- What will other people think?

Like any woman in our youth oriented society,  I didn’t want to  look old, or older.  Especially in LA! I was often assumed 5-12 years younger than my age, so the thought of “fast forwarding” seemed like a terrible idea.   But I started looking at photos of grey haired women on line – Facebook groups, Pinterest, You Tube: executives, doctors, moms, artists and models. Some average looking, some stylish, a few young and trendy.  Some were 100% silver or grey and stunning.

Grey hair encompasses many shades:  Bright silver, pure white, steel grey, light grey, and is often mixed with our original shade of blond, brown, red or black.  One of my favorite things about the greying process is that we are all unique in our coloring, and no one will have the exact combination of shade, light or dark, as we each produce a different pattern.

I decided to go for it!

This is my last photo just after getting my regular “all over”color September 2016.

For more on healthy aging, skin & hair care visit my website at www.smartbeautyrituals.com.  

– Michelle Ray

After spending a decade as a sales and marketing executive in medical aesthetics, Michelle now works as a writer/editor, educator and beauty blogger. Her passions include luxury green beauty products, finding the best styling products for grey hair, photography and cold brew coffee.  Michelle lives with her boyfriend Andrew and two adorable rescue cats, Pepper and Carson.  For more information please visit   www.smartbeautyrituals.com.

CELEBRITY HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS

October 22, 2017

Stuck on what to be this year for Halloween? Get inspired by your favorite celebrities and recreate their signature looks. From classic to current divas, Hairdo has a variety of styles and shades to help you accomplish the look.  

Taylor Swift

  

The old Taylor Swift might be “dead” but her looks definitely aren’t! Rock her chic and cute bob with Hairdo Classic Page Wig ($119, Wigs.com). This alluring wig gives off blunt, shoulder-length edges, an off center part and soft, full bangs.

Coming in 12 different shades, get the right T-Swift shade and look like her in no time. 

Cher

    

Cher has many iconic styles, but her straight, long hair instantly strikes off a sexy and confident look. Get her ‘do in seconds with Hairdo’s 8pc Straight Extension Kit ($79, Ulta.com), giving you the ultimate length and volume straight up.

The piece easily attaches with pressure-sensitive clips and includes eight 16” pieces so you can choose how much glam you want. 

Ariana Grande

 

No matter how many different styles this Pop-Star tries out, we all know Grande makes her statement with her lengthy, high ponytail. Instantly pull off Ariana’s look by adding length, verve and volume to your pony by using Hairdo Simply Straight Pony ($49, Ulta.com). 

*Note: These celebrities are not wearing Hairdo products, but we wanted to show you how to get the look by using them.

 So – check these two out – YUP – this is what me and Aria (my 11 year old) will be rocking this Halloween. Ok, that’s a total lie. I am so not waiting for Halloween and I am totally not stopping there. I will wear these whenever I can. ARE YOU KIDDING?!!!!! 

 

Rita Hazan Has Your Summer Hair Color Fizzle Repair Covered

August 28, 2017

After my FAB new color – I am keeping it fresh and shiny with these new offerings from Rita Hazan!

Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss ($26): This formula adds a hint of tint and a dose of shine to prevent color fading and dullness. Hair color is revived, radiant and as shiny as the first day it was colored.

Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy ($42): Designed to repair severely damaged color treated hair, this remedy is an innovative and lightweight treatment that works immediately to repair hair from the inside and out.

 

 

The Only Colorist Who Got It Right: Barbara Farnworth

August 20, 2017

I am literally worried about writing this piece on my hair color by Barbara Farnworth of Martinez-Samuel Salon because I think I discovered the best colorist in town and I am feeling guilty about all my close friend colorists whom I have worshipped for so many years. So, not to discount any of their work, but Barbara got it right. And by right, I mean NAILED IT. Perfectly. Beyond my wildest blonde, sun kissed dreams. The color I imagine in my head but have never gotten. Ok, yes, I have had my loving Dani Hernandez get it this good. However, Barbara got this without me saying more than a few words. SHE. JUST. GOT. IT. And I am done for life. I will no longer personally review any colorists and only send my amazing assistant editors, because Babs in my woman from now on. Period.

She dealt with my horrible grey roots and overall orange color in one swoop. Shampooed. Highlighted – painted – no foils – some sexy chunks of blonde around the front (EXACTLY HOW I IMAGINED IT – natural, sun kissed, not perfectly woven foils which I hate)  – threw a gloss on it – washed – and behold. Smitten.

Hailing originally from the UK, Barbara brings almost 20 years of experience in the world of hair color. Prior to working at Jeffrey-Kara Salon, Barbara’s bespoke approach to hair coloring caught the eye of Chris McMillian, hairstylist to Jennifer Aniston, Sarah-Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams, where her popular and original approach to hair coloring created an impressive demand for service. Later, Barbara enjoyed a tenure as the head colorist at Jonathan Antin’s Salon in Beverly Hills, famous for its Bravo TV show Blow Out and celebrity clientele roster including Madonna, Kate Bosworth and Alicia Silverstone. Barbara established herself as the go-to colorist for network television, working abundantly with MTV and Bravo.

 

Over the years Barbara has perfected the French technique Balyage, and an elite capability of crafting beautiful and flattering hair color for all hair types, blonde transformations being her most popular request. Barbara is the perfect colorist for southern California sun kissed hair.

Find “Babs” at the Martinez-Samuel Salon

Sunset Plaza, 8590 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 659-5150

Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am – 9:00pm

BACK TO SCHOOL KERATIN TREATMENT AT BRAMBILA SALON

August 19, 2017

My teenage daughter, Margot, has frizzy, brittle, impossible-to-tame hair. She spends every morning battling with anti-frizz serums and flat irons, only to eventually admit defeat and pull her unruly hair back into a pony tail. Last week, for the first time in her life, I decided to do something about it. After all, every year I shower her with back-to-school clothing and supplies.Why not add silky, swingy, shiny hair to the list?

After researching the best salons in Santa Monica, I surprised Margot with a trip to Brambila Salon — and her life is forever changed (or at least for the next six months). After doing a little research or hair smoothing options, I decided to go with the Keratin Treatment. After seeing the smile on Margot’s face, I am so happy I did!

 

First of all, Brambila Salon is super cute. One of the best kept secrets in Santa Monica, Brambila is located in a beachside bungalow off Ocean Ave., right around the corner from The Fairmont Hotel. Sitting in my chair I had views of palm trees and sand, and lunch delivered next door from Blue Plate Oysterette — not a bad way to spend an hour and a half! Plus Brambila is stocked with all my favorite Oribe products — and even offers delicious coffee and fresh baked goods.

Our stylist, Morgan Yee was amazing. Warm and down-to-earth, Morgan had zero of the attitude that can be found in Beverly Hills or Hollywood salons. She was super approachable and gave us some great tips about how to keep Margot’s hair healthy and how to keep the Keratin lasting longer.

After a quick shampoo and condition, Morgan applied the Keratin formula. To my surprise, there was no bad smell, no scalp irritation, and no discomfort whatsoever. Once Margot’s hair was completely saturated, she was given a blowdry, and then her strands were straightened. And voila — done!

One week later, Margot’s frizzy hair dries smooth, silky, and shiny in under ten minutes. She no longer plays tug-of-war with her hair in the morning, and, most importantly, her smile is brighter because she looks — and feels — beautiful. She still haves her beachy waves, only now they are silky and manageable. This was, in fact, life changing for her. Great way to start the school year! Thank you Brambila Salon!

xx, Natasha

 

Brambila Salon

1327 Ocean Avenue, Suite A

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-3770

info@brambilasalon.com

https://www.brambilasalon.com/

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