Kamis, 26 Januari 2006

A Beginner's Guide to Hair Color

By Mark Garrison

Learn Hair Color Lingo

Having a bit of that "first time" anxiety? The truth is, having your hair colored for the first time can be nerve-racking. With so many options and variations, how can you end up with the look you want? The key is to communicate with your colorist before he starts mixing the color. Explain -- or show him a photo of -- the look you're after so he can outline the options for getting there. To make sure the two of you are speaking the same language, it helps to know the lingo. Here, a primer:

Semi-permanent color, which contains no ammonia and only a small percentage of peroxide, can only darken hair. Over time, the color fades to a translucent stain, but the roots need to be maintained to avoid a mismatched look. Semi-permanent is the least-damaging hair color process.

This type of color is very good for covering gray; it can only darken hair, not lighten it. Roots need to be touched up every 4 to 6 weeks. The formulation contains peroxide, but no ammonia.

Permanent Color
Permanent hair color, which consists of both peroxide and ammonia, can make hair darker or a few shades lighter, and provides excellent coverage for gray. The color lasts until hair grows out, and roots need to be touched up every 4 to 6 weeks.

This process involves placing semi-permanent color on the hair for a short period of time to darken hair slightly or to change its tonality (for example, changing an ash blonde to golden brown). Clear glossing/glazing is also available to add shine to hair without altering the color. Gloss or glaze needs to be reapplied every few weeks.

Highlights, which involve the use of bleach or permanent color to lighten hair, are great for blending grays. The roots need to be touched up every three months.

Permanent or demi-permanent color is used to darken sections of over-lightened hair. Lowlights can also be used to blend grays. Roots should be touched up on an as-needed basis -- usually at least every three months.

A lightener (powdered bleach) is hand-painted onto select pieces of hair to emphasize the lines and layers of a hairstyle. The color will grow out, and roots aren't noticeable because the color isn't applied as close to the roots as it is with other color processes.

Base Flash
This process involves lightening the base color of light brown or dark blonde hair in order to better spotlight very blonde highlights and avoid a dated, frosted look.

Maintaining Your Color
Once hair color begins to fade, it's too late to return it to its original shade with color-enhancing shampoos and conditioners, so I recommend at-home maintenance from the start. Use a color preserver, such as Wella Color Preserver two to three times a month. Color-enhancing shampoos and conditioners can be effective as well. Be sure to keep your hair away from salt water, chlorine, and the sun as much as possible. Finally, wash hair less frequently to help prolong the brilliance of your freshly colored hair.

Best Tips for Your Hair Type

By Mark Garrison

Cut through the hype -- these best-ever tricks deliver results. Shampoos... conditioners... styling products... tools... with the myriad of products, accessories, and conflicting advice out there, it's easy to get confused about the best way to care for hair.At the salon, working with our clients and products every day has helped us zero in on the very best, no-fail hair tips. Most of the time, it's as simple as 1, 2, 3 to keep your hair looking its best. Read on for the three best-ever hair tips and tricks for your hair type.

Thin Tresses
*Think lift when it comes to your hair type. Try a volumizing shampoo, conditioner, and mousse, and finish with hairspray. Avoid products (like serums, cremes, pomades, and oils) that can weigh down and flatten hair.

*It does work! The old trick of flipping your hair over your head as you dry it does give your hair volume and lift. Also try rollers, curling irons, and round brushes to add curls and movement.

*Color adds body to hair. Strategically placed highlights reflect light away from thinning hair, creating an optical illusion that hair is fuller than it really is.

Thick Tricks
*Thick hair relies on super -- and frequent -- salon service to look neat and fabulous. Schedule appointments often.

*Minimize bulk by cutting long layers into hair.

*Split ends will add frizz and bulk to thick hair and give it a messy look, so keep them under control.

*Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. It will make your hair more manageable and able to look its best every day.

*Go au natural and hands-off! Don't touch hair until it's 90 percent dry (let hair dry naturally or use a diffuser) to minimize frizz. Finger tousle to style when dry.

*Finish and set your curls with a shot of cold air from your blow-dryer. Run serum, oil, or creme through your dry hair with your fingers to add shine and smooth flyaways.

Damaged Hair
*Give damaged hair a break by letting it air dry naturally as often as possible.

*Beat the heat. Avoid flat irons and always use a nozzle on your blow-dryer to put distance between the dryer's heat and your hair.

*Rehabilitate stressed tresses from within. Deep conditioners build elasticity in hair. Balance your hair's urgent moisture and protein needs with treatments, hair care, and styling products designed for damaged hair.

Kamis, 19 Januari 2006

Basic Day & Night Make-up

Professional makeup artists Frankie Melendez and Cristian M. show how to apply basic makeup for day and night.

Day makeup
1. Apply a concealer to hide pimples, eye bags and dark spots. Use a darker shade of concealer on your cheeks and jaws to highlight the contour of your face. Put foundation.

2. To open up your eyes, use a light or neutral eye shadow. Choose an eyebrow pencil or powder with a color similar to that of your hair.

3. Apply a light blush-on (pink or any color lighter than your skin tone) on your cheeks to achieve a natural glow.

4.Use a shade of lip liner close to your lip color, then put on a light lipstick.

5. Use a dark mascara and then an eyelash curler to further define your eyes.

Night make up
1. Retouch your foundation. apply bronzer on your cheeks and jaws for contour.

2. Apply any darker shade of eye shadow ( lavander or berry) and use a black eye liner.

3. Dab your cheeks with heavier blush-on, then add a shimmer powder for more radiance.

4. Choose a darker shade of lipstick.

5. Use a black mascara

Beauty Essentials

by Juan Sarte of Propaganda

1. Nondrying facial cleanser
3. Concealer in a shade that matches your skin color
4.Pressed or loose transluscent powder
5. Rosy blush
6.Eyelash curler
7.Black mascara
8. Clear or tinted lip balm
9.Mouthwash or breath freshener
10.Makeup remover

Selasa, 17 Januari 2006

Beauty Tips

by Christian M.

1. Before buying makeup, try different brands to test what blends well with your skin and what products don't give you allergies.

2. Before applying makeup, always clean your face with water, then put on toner and moisturizer.

3. Remove makeup before sleeping.