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BRUSHOLOGY: Never wonder which brush to use again!

For this weekend’s beauty tip, I went on a hunt to find instructions on something we use everyday in our beauty routine: a hairbrush.

A Hairbrush.  You’d think it would be a simple concept–something with a handle and bristles that untangles your hair and keeps it presentable. However, the hair sector of the fashion industry has grown tremendously over the years, and due to the ever-changing fashion styles, brushes have been created and formed to achieve current fashion trends. There are so many categories now: big brushes, small brushes, round brushes, flat brushes, wide brushes, narrow brushes, full brushes, sparse brushes, plastic brushes, rubber brushes, and more! Each brush created over the years serves a specific purpose and achieves a certain look.

Have you ever desired a certain style for your hair, only to find out you can’t seem to figure out how to create it? Well, fear no more! The source of your style problems usually finds itself in which brush your using, and we’re here to help you brush up on your brush knowledge!

Here is a simple diagram to direct you toward the proper brush to use depending on what needs you have! (Special thanks to listotic.com for this amazing find!)

1. Paddle  – A paddle brush is the most versatile brush, but it is especially helpful if you have long and/or thick hair. It can manage a lot of hair all at once and smooths it down for a sleeker look. If you lack volume, you may want to consider a different type of brush.

2. Wide-Tooth Comb – Because the teeth have such large gaps, these combs are ideal for combing tangles out of wet hair without causing any damage. You might also want to use one in place of a brush if you have frizzy hair.

3. Fine-Tooth Comb – these combs are great for teasing, creating a nice straight part, and for detailed grooming.

4. Thermal – these brushes work with your dryer, locking in heat. They create a faster drying time and allow you to easily curl and smooth your hair under.

5. Boar Bristled – These bristles are gentle and redistribute oils throughout your hair, bringing out it’s natural shine. They are ideal for fine to normal hair because they also give you a little extra oomph!

6. Skinny Round  – This brush is great for bangs or short hair. It smooths your hair while drying and helps manage shorter pieces of hair.

7. Large Round  – This brush can straighten or curl your hair while drying, depending on how you use it. A larger round brush is ideal for creating volume to otherwise flat hair.

8. Half Radial – This brush is perfect for shorter styles such as a bob when you like to have your hair curved up or under on the ends.

9. Vented  – These brushes are ideal when blow drying your hair because they provide an apple amount of air flow and help create volume. If you need your hair to be dry fast, go with this one!

[quoted from listotic.com]

And there you have it, the low-down on “which brush does what.”

Merry Weekend everyone, and happy brushing!

Ashley:)

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4 Unconventional Ways to Tame Flyaways

Everybody has them. Flyaways. No matter how great our blowout or curls, there’s always a few little strands popping out and wreaking havoc on our hard-earned style. We end up feeling a little like Ariel, trying to pull our strands together in a million different ways, just to calm down the crazy pieces, only to find out it just won’t be tamed! disney-movies-001-08272014

But fear not, flyaway friends. This #WeekendBeautyTip is all about taming those renegade tresses and getting your hair back to it’s intended style. Between talking to our stylists and researching what professional educators across the country use as their secret (and offbeat!) flyaway weapons, we’ve got you covered! Here are the 4 Unconventional Ways to Tame Flyaways!

1. Begin at the start line, not the finish line.

Most people think of dealing with flyaways once they’ve finished their hair routine. Dealing with flyaways always becomes something they end with. However, you can tame the flyaways much earlier than that! If you start from the very beginning of your hair routine—in the shower— and follow up all the way to finishing your style, your hair will thank you. We offer the Frizz Dismiss product line, whose whole purpose is to dial down the frizz and flyaways! There’s a shampoo, conditioner, and all sorts of different styling aids in this incredible line. Our clients say it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to their hair during warmer months!

2. Use a clear mascara wand.

Don’t have the time to run out and grab the right products right now? Here’s a quick solution. Most people use clear mascara for a natural lash look or keeping brows translucently locked in place. But, according to some of our very own stylists here at Posh, there’s another amazing use for that wand— taming flyaway at the roots! Just pump your mascara wand into the translucent tube, make sure to scrape off the excess, and then apply on some of your most frustrating flyaways. The adhesive nature of the mascara will lock the flyaways in place with the benefit of it being totally translucent.

3. Use a fabric softener sheet.

Don’t have the right products or clear mascara on hand? Richard Marin, Remington hair consultant, says to use a fabric softener sheet to pat down those flyaways! You obviously only want to use this option when you’re truly in a time-pinch because we all know the ingredients in fabric softener sheets were never intended for your hair. This tip should never replace healthy hair products. However, this one is great for those every-now-and-then moments and when you truly need a quick fix.

4. Use a toothbrush (or makeup brush!) + hairspray!

If you’re lacking the right products, clear mascara, and fabric softener, this one should work well for you too. Devin Hopp, staff editor of makeup.com, instructs us to grab an extra toothbrush from your bathroom cabinet and spray some high-hold hairspray on it. Use the brush like a mascara wand through the root-area of your hair, dragging flyaway downward. The high-hold will lock them in place! You can also use a kabuki brush or generic makeup brush this way as well (just make sure not to use it on your face later! Keep it stored with your hair products).

And there you have it—flyaways be gone! Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Much love from

*kudos, love, and credit go to the professionals contributing to makeup.com and more.com for 2 of these wonderful tips! Tips shortened for readability; full-length, original articles here and here.

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The Top 6 DIY skin treatments you should NEVER try!

DIY skincare is all the rage these days. And I’ll be honest, I fell prey to some of these little at-home tactics. Although the ingredients I used were “all natural,” I quickly saw changes in my skin, and NOT for the better. When I approached one of our Posh estheticians, Bonnie, she explained why my skin was freaking out. Although at-home ingredients may be “organic,” they still have natural pH levels don’t match your skin, and various characteristics that can actually hurt you in the long run.

After talking to Bonnie and reading up on some other similarly-trained estheticians,  I came up with a list of the top at home treatments you should avoid for this week’s #WeekendBeautyTip. I want to thank Bonnie as well as Veronica Gorgeois’ Youtube channel for these helpful warnings.

1. The lemon scrub treatment. This one involves cutting a lemon in half and putting salt crystals on it, and then scrubbing your face. This is horrible! Lemons have an extremely low pH and are a highly irritating for the skin. Your skin can only handle certain ranges of pH-levels when it comes to treatments, and lemons are way outside of that range! It’s like rubbing acid all over your face! (Another version of this uses a tomato; avoid that one too!)

2. Crystalized scrubs. These include any kind of sugar or salt scrub. I know feeling little scrubbers on your face makes you feel like your skin is getting exfoliated, but the honest truth is this: they don’t actually exfoliate your skin well in the long run. And on top of that, crystalized scrubs have an effect on all of us that make us want to scrub harder than we should, tearing the skin on a micro-level. Once the skin is torn, the daily pollutants we are usually protected from can enter in very easily!

3. Baking Soda. A lot of people are using baking soda as an exfoliant. Don’t ever do this! Although it isn’t as harsh as crystalized scrubs, it is an alkaline-based ingredient. The lipid layer of your face is what does all the grunt work—keeping bad stuff out and keeping good stuff in. Alkaline-based ingredients that are not controlled can compromise that lipid-layer over time and end up damaging your skin.

4. Toothpaste. A lot of us have tried toothpaste as a way to dry up a blemish. Unfortunately, toothpaste will irritate more than it will help! Some toothpastes have baking soda inside, which we already covered. They all also have soap-ingredients, which are alkaline-based as well. And then there’s the mint ingredient, which is an irritant. Toothpaste also includes silica, which is a highly abrasive ingredient. For a truly effective spot treatment, get a clay mask or come in for our Acne Facial that is customized for your skin and pH-balanced!

5. Apple Cider Vinegar. Like baking soda, apple cider vinegar can damage the lipid layer. There are success stories about vinegar clearing up acne, but it usually results in a compromised lipid layer that is chronically dry and cannot seem to receive moisture.

6. Most Essential Oils. Although essential oils are great for mood and fragrance, they don’t belong on your facial skin! Most of them are irritants, especially mint. Tea and aloe can be okay, but most others will frustrate your skin over time.

All of these DIY home skin treatments should communicate one thing to us: not everything that is natural is actually good for your skin. You have to take into account the ingredient’s pH level, if it’s an irritant, if it can damage cells, if it’s shelf-stable, and if it’s toxic to the lipid-layer of your face.

This all may sound difficult to navigate if you don’t know anything about pH balancing, cellular health, and lipid-layers. But that’s why we have amazing estheticians who are educated in this stuff and know how you to walk you through the best, safest skincare routine for your face. Book an appointment with one of them today and get started on choosing the right skincare regimen for you!

Merry Weekend everyone!

Ashley:)

*kudos, love and credit go to Bonnie as well as this video for these helpful warnings.

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How to Help your Skin Recover from Summer!

It’s hard to believe that Autumn is just around the corner when it’s still 95 degrees out there, but soon enough the kids will be back in school, leaves will start falling, and pumpkin everything will be available to eat, drink and wear!

With the changing seasons, it’s also time to think about stepping up your skin care. If you’ve spent a lot of time at the beach or poolside this summer, you likely have a “nice tan” and possibly some dry skin, hyperpigmentation, and a build-up of skin that could use some attention.

What should you do on a professional level?

Schedule a facial and let me reveal the beautiful skin underneath that damage! Using professional strength products, I can assertively but gently  exfoliate your skin for maximum smoothness. If your skin isn’t overly sensitive, we can do a series of chemical peels  to brighten up your complexion, smooth out fine lines, and make all your skin care products work better! End each facial with a hydrating masque and relaxing massage to restore moisture and tone in your skin.

What can you do at home?

Exfoliation is the key to brighter, more youthful, clearer and smoother skin. Two of my favorites from Dermalogica are the Daily Resurfacer and the Skin Renewing Booster. One of the things I love the most about it (besides the fact that they’re very effective!) is you can exfoliate while you sleep. How easy is that? Just apply before bedtime and wake to newer, more beautiful skin!

And to restore vital hydration after a summer of sun, chlorine, and margaritas, nothing beats the Skin Hydrating Booster. Enriched with seaweed extract, panthenol, and hyaluronic acid (which can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water), it helps your skin attract and hold deep levels of hydration without being oily or greasy.

I hope these tips will transition your skin from summer to autumn!

XOXO,

Bonnie

#bonnieknowsbest

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Find the right hair mask for you & use the summer sun to amplify the benefits!

We all know that protecting from the sun’s harsh rays during the summer is a must. But that’s for your skin.

What about your hair?

After perusing through some summer hair-tips, I ran across this quote from a celebrity stylist and thought it was GENIUS! Why have I never thought of using the hot sun to my advantage regarding my hair? After reading this, you’ll know why I’ve added one more step to my sun regimen. From now on, I’ll be throwing on something else besides sunscreen when I hit the beach or pool!

Here’s the tip: “Use the heat of the summer to your hair’s advantage! While you’re at the beach or poolside, treat your tresses to a deep-conditioning mask [since we know that heat opens up the cuticle and allows the treatment to go deeper]. Then comb your hair into a bun and let the product go to work while you lounge. This trick can protect your hair from salt or chlorinated water and give you an extra boost of softness and shine.” –Gretta Monahan, celebrity stylist; cited here.

So smart, right? Okay. Now you know you can use the heat to your benefit when you throw on a conditioning mask. But I’ve seen it everyday in the salon: people have no idea which mask to buy and they spend 30 extra minutes reading through countless labels, trying to figure it out. So for this weekend beauty tip, I’ll help school you on what conditioning treatment is right for your hair-type so you can spend more time outside and less time reading labels. I even included links to the pictures, so you’ll know what to look for when you come in (I always hate not knowing what a product looks like!). All of these are at Posh, so swing by and snag one before you hit the pool!

Types of Redken hair masks best for your hair-situation:

1. Extreme Strength Builder is best for damaged, distressed hair in need of some protein!

2. Clear Moisture Mask is a basic moisturizing mask best for normal to dry hair.

3. Curl Dive Mask is best for dry, curly hair that needs some nourishment.

4. Color Extend Rich Recovery is a protective mask best for color-treated hair that needs some deep conditioning.

5. Color Extend Magnetics: Deep Attractions is the sulfate-free version of the Rich Recovery mask (listed previously). It is a color-captivating conditioning treatment that focuses on maintaing your color for a longer period of time while staying true to the sulfate-free standard.

6. Frizz Dismiss is a mask best for those looking to tame their frizzy flyaways during humid months. This mask features Brazilian pracaxi oil and is wonderful for those with unruly summer hair.

7. All Soft Heavy Cream is best for brittle hair that needs a moisture mask for strength building, but prioritizes touchable softness as well.

8. Diamond Oil Deep Facets is a oil-intensive mask best for super-dry hair that needs a boost from dullness. The oil in this line will feel a bit heavier that normal, so use this product if your hair is very dense or extremely dry.

9. Smooth Lock Mask is best for those who value smoothness and do a lot of straightening.

10. Blonde Idol Mask is exactly what it sounds like- a mask created especially for the blondes out there! It will nourish all those strands that have been lifted and bleached and fight to maintain your tone.

11. Salon-grade Conditioning Shots: These treatments are only given in-salon and will make your hair feel like it just drank down a 100-proof bottle of nourishment nectar. I actually just had one done a week or so ago after lightening my ends, and my hair feels so strong. Your stylist can create a customized hair cocktail that gives your hair what it needs specifically. You can focus on strength, smoothness, or moisture! Be sure to add one of these on to your usual services every now and then to keep your tresses healthy.

So there you go friends! Enjoy a hair mask that’s perfect for your hair-type. It will make you feel like a master multi-tasker while your skin stays protected and your hair gets a heated conditioning treatment! Or just stop in and get an in-salon treatment and enter to win free products!

Merry Weekend everyone, and happy conditioning!

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