Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Hair

Summer Hair

As the heat continues to rise around the country this summer, it can reek havoc on our hair. Humidity, chlorine, UV damage - the warmer weather ushers in a host of hair ravagers and abuse, but we've managed to track down some of the most enviable and easy ways to help your hair this summer.

Face Humidity Fearlessly
The balmy summer usually means frizzy-strand city. To keep unmanageable strands from cramping your style, treat your locks to a weekly hair masque. Not only will this keep your strands smooth, will also deliver a volume control effect that will render humidity powerless.
We recommend: Klorane Hair Mask with Papyrus Milk, $25.

Combat Chlorine
While lounging by the pool don't let the threat of chlorine green make you afraid to take a dip - blondies, we're talking to you! Avoid color damage by shampooing immediately after a swim, and then treat your hair to a moisture fortifying mask. For serious lap swimmers, coat your hair with a moisturizing conditioner before putting on your swim cap and diving in. 
We recommend: Davines Su Pak Nourishing Moisturizing Mask, $15.

UV Protection Savvy
When temperatures rise, clothes come off and we spend more and more time in the sun. Extended sun exposure can lead to dry, brittle strands. Fighting Brillo pad texture starts in the shower with nourishing, moisturizing shampoo/conditioner. Top if off with a some SPF hair protection.
We recommend: Wen Cleansing Conditioner, $32 and Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $24.

Keep Split Ends at Bay
Yes, sunshine is an incredible source of vitamin D but it's also murder on the hair, causing dry ends and damaged follicles - both of which result in split ends. Begin defending your locks before even leaving the house by using a detangler and a smoothing creme. It's your first line of defense against damage.
We recommend: Patene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Silkening Detangler, $4 and Pantene Pro-V Straighten & Smooth Creme, $6.

Wage War on Oil
Thin or straight hair tends to go hand in hand with an oily scalp, mix in a little perspiration and your mane will take on a less than sexy, greasy sheen. To avoid the oil slick, make dry shampoo a part of your summertime hair routine - they absorb oils secreted by sebaceous glands in your scalp, keeping your roots dry.
We recommend: Kenra Platinum Dry Shampoo, $16.

Give a Little Bounce
Keep your curls loose and vibrant this summer by adding a dime sized amount of gel to your locks before heat styling. The effect will not only help you keep the shape of your curls but will ensure that strands stay shinny and smooth on the most humid of days.
We recommend: L'Oreal Paris Studio Line Silky Curls Gel, $3.

Show Your True Colors
Protecting your perfect, unnatural "natural" shade is a year round job - especially for red heads - but add hot summer rays, and even the most subtle hues fade faster. Applying a high-shine, color protecting cream will seal each hair cuticle ensuring that colors keeps longer.
We recommend: Ojon Color Sustain Color Protecting Cream, $24.

Max Out the Volume
Don't fall flat this season. Go old school by adding a little mousse to damp hair before styling. Yes, we said mousse. Work a large dab of the styler through hair with a wide tooth comb, starting at the roots, for full, sexy movie star tresses.
We recommend: Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse, $22.

Shine On
Take advantage of summer's non-stop rays and amp up of the sheen of your tresses. Transform dull locks with a few sprays of a shine mist - a little goes a long way, giving you envy-inducing shine.
We recommend: Kerastase Chroma Cristal Shine Perfecting Mist, $25.

Add Some Salt
One of the sexiest looks to hit the beach with this summer is tousled, "salty" waves. To achieve this laid-back, beach bunny look, add a little bit of rough body and grittiness to hair with a ocean salt spray or surf-styling creme.
We recommend: Bb Texture Hair (Un)dressing Creme, $26 or try this....

DIY: Sea Salt Spray For Beachy Waves
Try this simple, homemade salt spray to give your hair an extra boost of volume and add texture to your waves. 

What you'll need:
3 squirts Hair Gel
3 teaspoons Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Coconut Oil
1 cup Warm Water
Spray Bottle

1. Pour all of the ingredients into a spray bottle.
2. Shake, shake, shake the spray bottle until ingredients are mixed well.
3. Generously spray salt water onto damp hair (preferably clean, towel dried hair).
4. Let hair air day OR braid your hair and let it dry. Then, take out your braid, scrunch your hair and enjoy the light, soft, beachy waves.

Optional: For thick hair, add additional salt until desired effect is achieved. Also, you can add lemon juice to the mixture to create natural-looking highlights.

*Love Your Summer Hair*

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Set Sail with Nautical Trends

Boat Party

Boat Party by aprilrain007 featuring sailor shorts

Our Fashion Trend of the Month is Nautical. Ahoy, matey!

Like the waves in the ocean, we know the tides of fashion come and go each season. For those of us who spend our summers near the ocean, the nautical look is a staple in our summer wardrobe. However this year, even for those inlanders who don't spend much time near the deep blue sea, you too should pick up some classic nautical pieces to spice up this summer's wardrobe.

Men's Nautical

Nautical-inspired styles have been featured at many retailers this season from top designers for both men and women. The good thing about this trend is that nautical fashion is always "in" for summer, especially this summer because of the Olympics. With his third collaboration with the United States Olympic Committee, designer Ralph Lauren creates a classic nautical look for the American athletes to wear at the London opening ceremonies. 

Most nautical fashion relies on blue and white hues as well as red. Other colors featured in nautical fashion include black and gold or brass; often the metallic tones take the form of buttons, and we sometimes see them in appliques on garments or fashion accessories. Horizontal sailor stripes dominate nautical fashion this season.

There is something so crisp and clean about stripes and white pants, skirts or shorts. They instantly give off a refreshing feeling, whether you'll be on the water or not.

Anchors Away!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy July 4th

July 4th

Independence Day, our idea of a patriot game is getting decked out in stars and stripes. Lately, we've noticed every body's all-American, many designers are showing off their American pride and style. This cool spin on patriotic dressing includes chic striped dresses, tops, skirts, star-print jeans, and of course, plenty of red, white, and blue. Ditch the heels and wear flat red sandals instead and throw on a denim jacket for evening. 

But if you don't have time or money to run out to the mall. Shop your closet! What do you have in red, white and blue that you could put together for a festive, yet stylish outfit? When in doubt, go for a white tee-shirt and jeans and add whatever red accessory you might have - shoes, bracelet, handbag.....whatever you like! 

So, before you head off to the beach, a backyard barbecue or to catch a fantastic fireworks display tomorrow night, check out this roundup of inspiring stars-and-stripes ensembles. One thing's for sure - this spirited style is a real firecracker!

Independence day style

Celebrate in style!!!