Summer Hair, Don’t Care

I’m still not ready to say bye to summer! It’s been a great summer for my hair because I finally decided to add some partial blonde balayage highlights to my natural dark brown hair. My colorist gave me the exact shade of beige blonde I wanted. And since it’s summer, I decided to try out the Hot Tools Ceramic Tourmaline Deep Waver curling iron for those beachy, voluminous locks. I absolutely love the look, the Deep Waver gives my hair amazing body and natural looking waves. I know I need to take special care of my highlighted hair and protect it from styling tools, the sun, chlorine water, etc. I recently used ColorProof Evolved Color Care, SignatureBlonde Violet Shampoo and Conditioner to give me heat protection while canceling out any brassy and yellow tones.

Although we are in mid August, think I’m going to keep this look for fall! What are the hair trends you’re looking forward to this autumn?

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Finding the Right Shampoo For Your Hair Type

I’ve had a lifelong battle with shampoo. After many years of dying and perming my hair, I still struggle with finding that perfect shampoo now that my hair is 100% in its natural state, no color, no chemicals. So what I look for in a shampoo now is much different than what I looked for in a shampoo when I was highlighting and spiral perming my tresses in my teen and college years.

I tested out numerous shampoos, ones that were popular and even ones that were hard to find. Then, there came a time when I wanted to simplify my hair routine. No more perms, no more highlights, just my hair in its purest state. Now, all I look for in a shampoo is simple – a good cleanse that leaves my hair with volume. That’s not asking for too much is it?

So when I was recently offered to review to “volumizing” shampoos, I said yes. I recently tried out the NEW Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.

Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo
SRP $9.99 (13.5 fl. oz.)
  • It’s silicone-free formula, with an advanced blend of deep sea minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, and a hydrating polymer, gives hair up to 80% more moisturization
  • Formula is infused with H2O
  • Nutrient-Rich Technology
  • Delicately nourishes hair strand by strand without weighing it down
Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Conditioner
SRP $14.99 (13.5 fl. oz.)
  • Features Coconut Oil which helps condition and strengthen hair without weighing it down
  • It’s silicone-free formula, with an advanced blend of deep sea minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, and a hydrating polymer, gives hair up to 80% more moisturization
  • Formula is infused with H2O
  • Nutrient-Rich Technology

nexus shampooI can not only feel the difference in my hair, but I can also see it. Wow, volume you can actually see, I think I found my new favorite shampoo! Nexxus Salon Hair Care Hydra-Light products are available nationwide in mass, drug, and grocery stores.

iBlowdry, A New Blowout Salon Opens its Doors in Las Vegas Today!

Now this is my idea of a girls’ night out!  The who’s who of Las Vegas’ beauty and fashion industry, media and socialites were in attendance at the media preview event of the iBlowdry Salon, the latest blowout salon to open its doors offering fabulous blowouts for only $35.

We sipped on bubbly and indulged in delicious appetizers while the iBlowdry team debuted the many different types of blowouts from their signature style blowout, “Dandelion” to the super straight “Tulip” blowout.  I especially loved their technique of using pin curls for that extra oomph of volume!

(BEFORE blowouts from L to R: Debbie Hall, Christa Emmer, Krista Darnold, Miss Nevada Alana Lee, Maira Barba Castellanos, Patty Barba)

(AFTER blowouts from L to R: Krista Darnold, co-owner Tasha Jordan, Jenna Doughton with co-owner Melissa Bordinhao, Debbie Hall, Miss Nevada Alana Lee with Arlene Bordinhao, Christa Emmer, Maira Barba Castellanos with Patty Barba)

A special shout out to the other bevy of beauties also in attendance (not pictured): Xazmin Garza, Alicia Jacobs, Laura Coronado, Dayna Roselli, Ruth Furman, Jessica Janner, Lindsay Metter, Dao Vu and Melissa Duran.

iBlowdry opens to the public today! So if you’re in need of some “me” time, this is definitely a great and affordable beauty treat.  The salon is located right off the Strip and is the only blowout salon open until midnight. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter!