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The Top 3 Summer Hair Styles for Being Glamorous on the Beach

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

fun chignonsEvery moment matters this summer for being a style queen. Whether one is on the beach for tanning or playing beach volleyball, looking good is essential for feeling fabulous and gaining a little attention from the opposite sex. Having the right hair style can also protect hair from harmful UV rays. Here are the top three looks that you should try out this summer to look like a sizzling celebrity on the beach.

1. The Loose Braid

The loose braid has been seen on the likes of Selena Gomez and Kristen Stewart. It is a look that is simply ravishing and glamorous, yet so easy to create for the beach. To create this look, you should prime your hair with some volumizing spray. The low braid looks best in a tousled and care-free fashion. Before putting hair into a braid, run your fingers through it and give it some volume at the roots. Then, create a side-part on one side of your head and start braiding the hair into a french braid. To add some true beauty to this look, you can add a tropical flower behind your ear. You will become the sole exotic goddess on any beach with this look.

2. The Hipster Headband

Have you noticed that tousled locks are hotter than ever? Well, they just got even hotter (if that’s possible) with the addition of the hippie headband. This hipster look shows one’s free spirit and is fun for summer. You can use bandeaus or stretchy headbands to create the look. The key is to achieve a bohemian vibe in creating this look. The most popular headbands have braided materials and leather intertwined in them.

3. Fun Chignons

A chignon is basically a type of bun that sits on top of the head. It is not the typical “messy bun,” but rather it has a more refined and elegant look. It is a pretty look for the beach, since it shows off one’s shoulders. Wearing a chignon on the beach is also comfortable for those who are tanning on the beach. One doesn’t need to worry about hair getting all over the place with the chignon securely in place. Celebs who have recently been spotted wearing the chignon are Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie. These celebs each put their own twist on this look by allowing a few pieces of hair to fall forward to the face.

These are the top three summer hair styles that are sure to impress. These hot three looks will have you feeling amazing on the beach or wherever you decide to go after the beach. They only take minutes to create, and they also feel comfortable for long days of lounging and tanning on the beach.

The Top 5 Most Gorgeous Celebrity Hair Styles of All Time

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Celebrities have a way of making fashion and beauty statements that last a lifetime. We become so entranced by the beauty of one celebrity’s hair style that we never forget it. It becomes a fixture in what we consider to be classic beauty. From Farah Fawcett to Audrey Hepburn, few Hollywood stars have left an imprint on the world of hair trends than these following 5 women.

1. Farah’s Wind-Blown Locks

In just one stunning photograph, Farah Fawcett left an impression on the hearts of millions of men in the 1970s. Her famous poster of her wearing a red bikini was also popular for reasons apart from the hot bikini. Her hair simply looked divine in this poster. With wind-blown curls surrounding her face, Farah Fawcett emulated a look that top hair stylists still try to emulate in today’s fashion world. Right now, this is the look of the moment for Summer 2012 too.

2. Marilyn’s Raunchy Curls

We will never forget Marilyn Monroe’s fun and carefree curls. Her look in the Seven Year Itch continues to be seen on celebrities like Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore. Thousands of celebrities and millions of ordinary people have tried to copy this look.

3. Hepburn’s High Bun

In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, none of us will forget that gorgeous high bun of Holly Golightly. The adorable choppy bangs that surrounded this hairstyle are equally as unforgettable and added pizazz to the look. Even the hair coloring on this hair style was edgy for its time. With light caramel highlights placed on a chocolate brown color, this look has continued to impress thousands of celebrities and hair stylists.

4. Jennifer Aniston’s Bob

The layered bob that Jennifer Aniston donned in “Friends” has become beloved by millions of women. To this day, thousands of women carry in cut-out photos of Jennifer Aniton’s hair style in “Friends” and ask a hair stylist to replicate the look. With soft golden highlights set against dark brown hair, this will always be a winning and chic look. During the 90s, this look could be found in every top fashion and teen magazine.

5. Meg Ryan’s Wild Locks

Meg Ryan created a look in the 90s that still resonates in the world of fashion. Her shaggy locks have come to be known almost as well as a trademark symbol. This look first became famous when Meg Ryan played the leading role of Kathleen Kelley in “You’ve Got Mail.” Since that film was released, thousands of men have found the hair style to be a complete turn-on.

These are the top 5 and most unforgettable celebrity hair styles of all time. If you are ever in doubt about the hair style you should receive at the salon, take in a photo of one of these looks.

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History of Razors

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

shutterstock_53630059The History Of Razors – most likely tidbits left out of beauty schools‘ history classes.

30,000 B.C.
Cavemen get vain. Smart archeological people figure out that the earliest shaving razors were made of flint blades, which started out incredibly sharp, but dulled after use. Yes, cavemen used disposables.

3000 B.C.
Metal mania. Thanks to a lot of metal clanging and banging, copper razors (which make for a more “permanent” solution) make their way into the mainstream… well, if you want to call Egypt and India the mainstream of the B.C. era.

1500 – 1200 B.C.
Designer razors. Leave it to the Scandinavians to bring style to the art of shaving. Razors discovered from this time period were adorned with etchings of cool stuff like horses, and came in cute leather carrying cases. Seriously!

500 B.C.
Alexander the Clean Shaven. Apparently the “great” one was obsessed with having a smooth complexion. Legend has it that he wouldn’t be seen in battle before shaving.

300 B.C.
B.C. Barbershops. A rich Greek businessman, Publicus Ticinius Maenas, decided that he was too rich to shave himself, so he brought over professional barbers from Sicily, and started a fad. In fact, in Rome, a popular 21st birthday ritual included a first-shave party to celebrate adulthood.

50 B.C.
All hail the beardless. Speaking of Rome, Julius Caesar was very into personal grooming, down to plucking stray hairs with tweezers. As they say, when in Rome… shave like the Romans do.

1066 A.D.
Razor trickery. William the Conqueror defeats King Harold in the Battle of Hastings, in some part thanks to his army’s calculated decision to shave their faces and cut their hair to resemble monks. The deception meant that King Harold’s spies underestimated the enemy threat, and the rest is history.

New world barbering. Archeological evidence indicates that the Aztec Indians of North and Central America created razors from volcanic glass. The first hot shave?

The book on shaving. Perhaps it’s no surprise that a Frenchman literally wrote the book on shaving as an art form: The Art of Learning to Shave Oneself (La Pogonotomie). Sort of like a beauty how-to article, the guide may also be the first to introduce the concept of “safety” razor.

Who you calling a hoe? The hoe-shaped razor (resembling the farming tool) that we recognize today can be credited to English inventor William Henson. It’s all about a comfortable grip.

Shave safely. King Camp Gillette (you know, the-best-a-man-can-get guy) teams up with an MIT genius named William Nickerson to perfect the safety razor, complete with double-edged, disposable and replaceable blade. Side note: Isn’t Nickerson a funny name for a guy who wants others to shave without getting nicked?!

The war on facial hair. Gilette’s popularity skyrockets worldwide after he cuts a deal with the U.S. Armed Forces to give every enlisted soldier a safety razor and blades as part of their off-to-war care package. Foreign soldiers are envious, and European sales soar.

Invention intuition. Adapting a military idea for a practical use inspired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jacob Schick to invent a new razor – the Magazine Repeating Razor. Similar to how a magazine clip contains bullets, this razor housed replacement blades right in the handle.

No water required. Schick invents and patents the first electric dry shaver, great for roaring ‘20s men on the go.

Back to basics. The disposable razor, not popular since the stone ages, makes its way back into mass popularity. Cheap to make and easy to use, all of the major razor manufacturers offer a throwaway option.

Headline-worthy beards. If you’re a celebrity, sporting a beard represents a lifestyle choice. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Conan O’Brien, Joaquin Phoenix – need we say more?

The History Of Razors
Via: Spa Beauty Schools

Lead in Lipstick and Other Lipstick Myths

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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Lead in Lipstick and Other Lipstick Myths

Sexy, vibrant, and ultra sleek, lipstick is an essential ingredient in any girls make up bag. As much as women love the satiny shades, rumors and wives tales abound about its safety and uses. Are these claims fact or fiction? Get the full scoop on the top four lipstick myths by reading further.

Myth #1: There is lead in lipsticks that are cheap.

This rumor is primarily spread by way of an email message from a friend. It claims that once high priced lipsticks have been marked down to incredible prices because it was discovered that they contained lead. The message goes on to say that you can test your lipsticks at home by rubbing them across a gold ring. If the lipstick color turns brown or black, then it contains lead.

In fact, many lipsticks do contain a small amount of lead. However, these amounts are present only in minute amounts. The FDA, which is responsible for the safety of consumer cosmetics, has tested several brands of lipstick. The results show that any lead found in lipstick is well below the recommended levels to ensure health and safety. They plan to continue to monitor the levels by ongoing testing and reporting. You cannot test for the presence of lead at home. This requires sophisticated scientific equipment.

Myth # 2: Wd-40 can remove lipstick stains from clothing.

Wd-40 has been a petroleum-based staple of American households for years. The claim, usually circulated by e-mail, is that it will remove lipstick stains from clothing. There is a lot of information on the web from people who have tried this and say it doesn’t work. However, according to the official WD-40 website, it is listed as a way to remove lipstick stains from carpeting and clothing.

Myth # 3: Lipstick can cause cancer.

This relates back to the hoax about the lead content of lipstick. The reasoning is that by swallowing or absorbing the lead present in lipstick, a woman can get cancer. The American Cancer Society debunks this theory, citing FDA studies that show that there is not enough lead present in lipstick to cause cancer. Lead poisoning causes fatigue, weight loss, and mental sluggishness. A person is far more likely to be poisoned by lead from old paint or old toys than by wearing lipstick over several lifetimes.

Myth #4: The average woman will swallow up to six pounds of lipstick during her lifetime.

This one has been circulating for many years and is absolutely false. Depending on the source, the amount of pounds ingested varies between three and ten. The rumor began appearing sometime in the 1990’s.

Considering that a normal rube of lipstick contains approximately 3 grams of product, you would need around 151 tubes to make a pound. To reach six pounds, you would need an astronomical number of lipstick tubes to make up six pounds. In addition, that is assuming that the woman actually ate the whole tube, which we know is not the case. Lipstick ingestion can only occur when the product is licked off the lips or is absorbed into the skin. Thus, only a very small amount of the product applied is actually consumed.

The World’s Longest Hair

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

xie-qiuping-worlds-longest-hairAs the winter months get colder having long hair not only radiates our beauty but also keeps us warm! But how long is too long? There are a number of women in the world that have long hair, but others have LONG hair! Here’s a good point to bring up with your friends as you discuss your latest hair trends for the New Year. The Guinness World Record gives the world record for the longest hair as 18 ft, 5.54 inches! Owner of these overwhelming trestles: Xie Quiping.

Growing your hair this long takes time! It took Xie Quiping 30 years! She started growing her hair our when she was just 13 years old in 1973! We can’t even imagine how having 18 feet hair would feel! But we couldn’t resist.

Ten obstacles having 18 feet hair would cause:
1.    Washing
2.    Brushing
3.    Blow drying
4.    Styling
5.    Sleeping
6.    Exercising
7.    Sitting
8.    Running
9.    Driving
10.    Swimming

What do you think ladies?

Classic Beauty Products That Have Stood the Test of Time

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Everyday fashion magazines and commercials on TV tell us about the next great thing.  The lipstick that lasts all day.  The mascara that makes your lashes long and full.  Despite all the hype, sometimes a product will do it right and prove the old saying “if it aint’ broke, don’t fix it.”

The classics on our list aren’t fancy or include any new, crazy offer, but they consistently remain best-sellers with women around the world and will continue to keep us looking great for decades to come. Check out our list of seven beauty products that have stood the test of time.

1-    Johnson’s Baby Oil - This gentle formula has been a classic for both babies and grown women for more than 100 years!  Besides its moisturizing qualities, Johnson’s baby oil is great for removing stubborn eye make-up and shaving when you’re out of shaving gel.  The oil locks in up to ten times more moisture than regular lotion.

2-    Chapstick – There’s a reason Katy Perry sung about this stuff—it’s the best! ChapStick, which was created in the 1930s, has become such a classic that almost all lip balm today is called “chapstick.”  Even though the company now makes a wide range of glosses and balms, the original stuff in the classic black tube and cherry-flavored red tube, remains a crowd-pleaser.

3-    Noxzema Deep Cleansing Cream – This Procter & Gamble product debuted in the 1960s and has been a favorite, natural skin cleanser ever since.  The crème is one of the simplest but most effective face washes out there.  It’s clean, menthol smell and tingling feel clean pores deep and leave skin soft.

4-    Essie’s Ballet Slippers Nail Polish - This timeless color is perfect on almost every skintone and can be appropriate for any occasion.  This best-selling color is even a favorite of celebrities who rave about the “go-with-anything” shade. This flattering light-pink color should be your go-to nail polish!

5-    Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Despite all the new-fangled mascaras on the market today, this classic—with its notorious pink and green bottle—remains a beauty favorite of ordinary women, fashion editors and celebrities alike.  This affordable mascara that can be purchased at drugstores proves that beauty doesn’t have to come at a price.

6-    Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion- This cosmetic line’s cult-classic doesn’t come in a fancy bottle but since the 1970s this lotion has been known for smoothing skin and improving the complexion.  This infamous yellow lotion is lightweight and provides a moisturizing “drink” for skin without being sticky or oily.

7-    Chanel No. 5 – As the first perfume to be introduced by the famous Coco Chanel, this classic fragrance has been a favorite of women worldwide since its debut in 1921.  Chanel No. 5 truly proves that classic never goes out of style with its powerful, feminine scent.  Known as the “world’s most legendary fragrance,” the perfume remains in the highest ranking perfume sales today.

What classic beauty products did we miss?  What are your favorites? Let us know!

More to Cosmetologists That Meet the Eye

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

shutterstock_76301704Often times cosmetologists, who attend cosmetology school for their specific beauty interest whether it’s hair, makeup, or nails) are publicized as not being as smart as women who went to traditional colleges. Personally, this issue is unfair. It’s wrong to judge someone based on the type of education they have decided to obtain. This is coming from a recent conversation between friends as we all huddled around the TV a few nights past to watch the Amazing Race. Being a huge supporter of Jill since she is a successful hairstylist and going strong in the race, one of my non-cosmetologist friends thought it was “okay” to say she was surprised that Jill had been competing so well against the other constants, being that she is just a hairstylist.

Cosmetologists are just as smart as traditional college grads and can be, if not even more successful.

Three famous cosmetologists to help me make my point:

Madam C.J Walker was the first African American to make hair care products and a grooming system, becoming the first black woman million.

Mary Kay Ash was the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics. It’s a little hard to create cosmetics and beauty products without a cosmetology education.

Which brings us to Coco Chanel, this fashion icon also invented her own perfumes. She’s a legend to us.

Power to the cosmetologists!!

Deathly Beauty Methods from the Past

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010


Throughout history women have done just about anything to achieve beauty, even if it kills them – literally. For every potentially dangerous and odd ancient beauty regime, we are sure glad that there is a much safer and more modern approach used today.

Lead eyeliner, (that’s not painful at all!)
Once upon a time (this is no fairy tale mind you) ladies of the Middle East used to grind up lead – an obvious metal poisoning element when consumed– and apply it to their eyelashes, eyebrows and eyelids. You’ve seen the warnings on various lead-based products to never consume lead, right? Well, I have a feeling that rubbing lead around your eyes is equally, if not more severe.

Today, thankfully, there are much safer ways to make your lashes, brows and lids look great. With the creation of mascara, eye liners, primers and eye shadow, women have a much easier and harmless way to make their eyes stimulating.

A little poison to achieve a little radiance
Women in England used to ingest arsenic for the purpose of achieving a certain glow to their skin. As we all know, arsenic is deathly poisonous. Although those English women had beaming skin, they had to pay a price – shorter, much shorter life spans.

Lucky for us, we have learned a lot over the past couple centuries about what affects the look and texture of skin. Simple things like cleansing, exfoliating, consuming fluids (non-poisons of course) and maintaining certain diets, in addition with modern skin creams can help keep skin beautiful and glowing.

The alternative uses of lion urine
Venetian women in the past used to pour lion urine on their hair and sit in the sun to achieve their beautiful blonde highlights.

Fortunately, we have advanced our methods for highlighting hair over the years with do-it-yourself kits or by going to professional cosmetologists and hair dressers at salons. Regardless of the method you choose to don those beautiful blonde locks, you can rest assured that you won’t need to worry about using lion urine, or any kind of urine for that matter, to achieve your desired golden color.

Bug Blood (do you even need to guess?)
In England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, lovely ladies of the time sought rich red lip coloring. Don’t we all? To achieve that luscious red tint, beauties would take the squashed remains of insects and rub it on their mouths for that crimson-red shine.

Unless you’re partial to using insect guts as lip balm, you too can achieve lusciously red lips at a much easier price. Between lip balm, lip gloss and lipstick, women today have several choices to gaining that ruby-red look without having to go to extremes.

It’s safe to say the days of using animal urine, insect remains and poisons as beauty products are behind us. Just remember, the next time you’re putting on your makeup or opening a new hot red lip stick, to thank all the dedicated beauties of the past, who sacrificed themselves to make today’s products realities.

Real Housewives’ Kim Zolciak Proposes Wig Line

Monday, August 3rd, 2009


Okay, I admit it. The Real Housewives franchise is my guilty pleasure! I was so excited when I watched the Atlanta season premiere the other night and saw Empire Beauty School featured on the show.

Kim Zolciak, one of the most controversial women on the show, took a lot of heat last season for wearing a wig. Turns out she claims to have had a disease that made her hair fall out. This season, she has decided to turn a negative into a positive and start her own wig line.

During her trip to Empire Beauty School, Kim seemed overwhelmed by the amount of education needed to become a cosmetologist. She made it very clear that education was not her thing, instead deciding to hire people with the know-how to help her in her business venture. Although she decided to personally skip on the Empire Beauty School education, she seemed to enjoy her trip and even made a comment about hiring one of the cosmetology-educated women she met that day.

Whether you love her or hate her, what do you think about Kim’s proposed wig line? I think it’s an obvious direction for her to go in and I’m excited to see what comes of it. I’ve personally never worn a wig but think it would be fun to have short and curly hair one day, and long and dramatic hair the next day. Plus many women suffering from cancer or a condition like Alopecia, which causes bald spots, want and need options.

Also, to the Empire Beauty School students and alumni out there, were you excited to see your school in the spotlight? Do you think it was accurately portrayed? Let us know!