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  It’s easy to get lost in the jungle of hair products. Styling your hair should be easy, and with the right hair products, the right amount, and yes a little bit of time you can get the results you wish for. Using too many products can actually have the opposite effect. The more products you use, the more buildup you’ll acquire on your scalp. Buildup itself clogs pores and does no good for your hair. Consistent with this idea, less is sometimes actually more. We need to go back to the basics: cleansing, hydrating, protecting, styling, and finishing – here are the five essentials you really need for amazing hair. Shampoo & Conditioner Probably a no brainer but picking the right shampoo and conditioner is crucial for having great hair. It doesn’t only help you build a stronger foundation, but can also help you restore moisture if your hair has been damaged by color, chemical processing or heat styling. Consult with your hairdresser what works best for your specific hair type.  And if your hair doesn't have any specific needs you can use a shampoo/conditioner from Oribe Signature, or label M honey & oat shampoo and conditioner Heat Protector A golden rule for healthy hair is spelt heat protection. The product forms a protective barrier over the cuticle on the hair strand which prevents heat damage and enables you to maintain a healthy mane. Prep your locks with this game changer every time before you use any type of styling tools. Imperial blow out from Oribe and heat protection spray from Label.m are few of our suggestions. Finishing Spray So you managed to get yourself an amazing hairstyle. Now what? Invest in a good finishing spray to get the texture you want and to make your style last longer. The impermeable spray from Oribe will protect your hair from humidity and Label.m Sea Salt Spray to create texture and natural waves. Hair Mask Either if it’s to add moisture, fight frizz or build strength – a hair mask should always be a part of your hair care routine. You want to ensure that you’re giving your hair the perfect base to create any look and get the most out of your styling products. To maintain healthy hair, you should treat yourself with a hair mask at least every ten days. Consult your hairstylist before choosing a product, but we suggest Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color or label.m Intense Mask for moisturizing. Are you making these 5 common hair washing mistakes? Find out how not to make them anymore.

  Shampoo. Rinse. Conditioner. Rinse. How hard can it be? Washing your hair might seem like the easiest thing to do but there are a couple of hair washing mistakes that most of us are guilty of – without even thinking about it! Bad news: you’re probably doing it the wrong way. The good news: we’re going to help you fix it. Get healthy, beautiful hair that is full of bounce by avoiding the mistakes listed below. Hair washing mistake #1: Your washing technique needs some fine-tuning The fact is that a lot of people make this hair washing mistake. Most people apply shampoo to the roots and add more product as they wait for it to lather up. Remember that hair tend to be dirtiest at the roots and drier towards the ends, so apply shampoo to the scalp and work your way down. And do not forget to be generous with the massage! Hair washing mistake #2: You’re using the wrong products The wrong products can leave your hair feeling dry, weighed down, and lifeless. Make sure to pick a shampoo and conditioner for your specific hair type. Not sure what’s best for you? Ask your hairstylist next time you visit the salon. Hair washing mistake #3: You’re shampooing only once So you keep applying shampoo until it starts to lather? This is not only a waste of product but it also does unnecessary damage to your hair. The first time you shampoo your hair you are getting rid of loose dirt and old product and the shampoo will not produce much lather. The second shampoo will produce much more lather because you are starting with a cleaner scalp. So next time, try shampooing twice with less product instead of once with more. (check out Oribe site for ideas on which shampoo to use) Hair washing mistake #4: You’re washing your hair too often The natural oils from your scalp nourish your hair and keep it hydrated and protected. Washing your hair too often can result in a dry and lifeless mane. So how often should you wash it? It depends on your hair type. For example, if you have dry hair, washing it too often would make it drier and weaker. On the other hand, if your hair is oily, you might have to wash it every other day so it doesn’t look greasy. If your hair gets oily fast try adding a dry shampoo to your styling routine. Hair washing mistake #5: You’re cheating with masks Can’t remember the last time you treated yourself with a hair mask? No judging – it happens to everyone! Applying a hair mask should be easy. However, if you have time and are committed to getting healthy hair, try sleeping with a mask. Apply the product and cover with a silk scarf, rinse out in the morning and wake up with silky hair. Ideally, you would add a mask to your hair care routine every 10 days to fight frizz, add moisture and increase hair quality. Want gorgeous hair all summer? Find out how to protect your hair from the sun here.

Gorgeous hair all summer? Yes, please! We're welcoming the warmer season with open arms. But let's be honest; Our hair couldn’t be less excited about the arrival of warmer temperatures. Even though our hair doesn’t get visually sunburned like our skin, it can still be harmed by the sun, saltwater, and the wind. The result? Dry and damaged hair. Here are few tips to maintain your healthy locks during the summer season. Hats on! Investing in a hat doesn’t only give you a great reason for going shopping, it also does your hair a huge favor. Hats can protect your hair from all of the summer’s harsh conditions.  Remember that summertime is the perfect season to play with accessories and new hairstyles. Save yourself some breakage and invest in a hat to protect your hair. Use UV-protection Most people know that using UV-protection is crucial for the skin, but fewer people know it’s just as important when it comes to hair.  UVA and UVB rays don’t only cause damage to the hair, but also oxidize it, meaning your amazing color could be gone with the wind if you don’t defend it. Don’t forget to prep your hair with UV-protectant spray (especially if you're going for a swim!) to decrease the damage from the sun. Wear your hair up A ponytail or braid is not only a great way to vary your hairstyle, but can actually save your hair from unnecessary damage. When protecting your hair from the sun, there is a simple rule of thumb: The less amount of hair you expose to the sun, the less that your hair will take damage from it. Lower the Heat Want beautiful hair? Of course, you do! However, before your hair can be beautiful, it has to be healthy, so try to avoid the heat as much as possible. Too much heat in the summertime can leave your hair dry and dehydrated. The summertime is ideal for air-drying your hair to reveal its natural texture. Stay away from hot styling tools for gorgeous and frizz-free hair all summer long. If you like to learn what Balayage is and if it's right for you please follow this link for more information.

Looking for a low-maintenance way to brighten up your look? Balayage highlights may be the perfect solution. We're here to provide you with some insight as to why Balayage has become the go-to method for highlighting hair. What is Balayage? The term “Balayage” means “sweeping” in French, which refers to the sweeping motion used to apply highlights. It is not a new technique, but it is one that has soared in popularity over the past couple of years, thanks to celebrities like J.Lo and Jennifer Aniston. Balayage refers to the process of painting the hair (freestyle) as opposed to using foils. This process is less harsh on your hair because the color is not closed in by heat and is only applied to the top layer of the hair. Foils Vs. Balayage Balayage requires less maintenance and fewer touch-ups than other types of highlights. The hair grows out in a very natural looking way compared to hair highlighted with foils, which can show lines of demarcation. You can wait a few extra weeks before you need to rush back to the salon for a touch-up. Why should you get it? Another benefit of Balayage, is the control that it gives the colorist. With Balayage, highlights can be scattered in a way that suits your skin tone, your haircut and the shape of your face. Think, natural looking, but strategically placed sun-kissed highlights. And the good news is that Balayage can be used with all hair colors, dark or light!

This week our in-house makeup artist, Michael J’ann Robinson, is going to give us some tips on common tricks that makeup artists have been using for ages, highlighting and contouring. Highlighting and contouring allow you to balance your features and to create the facial shape that you wish you were born with. These two steps go hand in hand because the contoured areas make the highlighted areas stand out. It takes practice but with a few tricks you will be able to change the shape of your face! Let’s start with the basics of which products you will need. According to Michael, before you begin you will need your concealer, foundation (which matches your skin tone) and two additional colors of face makeup. One should be 2 to 3 shades lighter than your skin tone and the other should be two to three shades darker (depending on how dramatic a look you want to create). Fortunately, today their are many companies that sell contouring/highlighting palette’s as a set, such as Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate. You can find them in the form of creams or powders. Creams may seem daunting but they are great for people with dry skin, who need some added moisture AND they allow you to achieve a beautiful blended look. If you prefer powder, Nars makes a fabulous contouring blush set that is very easy to use (You can watch the video here). The first step in the process is to conceal and color correct. Cover any dark circles, blemishes or reddish spots with concealer. Next apply your foundation as you normally do. Now you can apply your highlighter. Michael says that highlighting can give your face an instant lift! (Who doesn’t want that?) Highlight areas you want to bring attention to. These will be the areas that catch light. Michael recommends applying highlighter to the tops of cheekbones (to enhance them), under the eye area, down the center of the nose and above the brow area. Have fun with it! Apply a dab above the center of the lip in the cupid bow and another dab to the chin to enhance the mouth area. Add a dab to the center of your lip to create a pout. Finally, you can create the facial shape you want by contouring, also called shading. When contouring, apply a darker shade to any areas of the face that you want to appear smaller. Add a line of the darker hue to the side of the nose to create the illusion of a more slender shape. Also add around the hairline (to minimize a large forehead) and to the hollow of the cheeks (to accentuate your cheekbones). You can minimize a double chin by adding contouring under the jawline and chin. Blend highlighted and contoured areas well, as you do not want to be left with that dreaded makeup “line”. When finished, apply your blush and some translucent powder and you are good to go! The final look! A big THANK YOU to Michael J'ann Robinson for these useful makeup tips!