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Blowout at Ted Gibson Salon Blows My Mind!

Yesterday morning after arriving in NYC for Fashion Week and dropping my bags off at the hotel, I high-tailed it to the Ted Gibson Salon on 5th Avenue.

Jason Backe, who recently dyed my hair to the most gorge hot chocolate hue, arranged for Amber and me to get our tresses blown out. Vincenza, before shampooing me with Ted Gibson Clarity Color Shampoo (which smells DIVINE, by the by), was shocked by the softness of my hair. She was even more astounded when I told her it was thanks to Nice ‘N Easy ColorSeal Conditioning Gloss.

Laisam rubbed a Ted Gibson Hair Sheet on my towel-dried hair to rejuvinate my locks and protect against UV rays and environmental damage, then she blowed out my hair to perfection. While Laisam skillfully styled my hair, she entertained me with funny stories about her mom – whose crazy antics remind me a lot of Mama Spoiled Pretty.

Before Laisam sent me on my way, to grace New York with my bomb blowout, she rubbed a little shine serum on my hair to make it shine like the top of the Chrystler building. This product isn’t yet on shelves, as Ted is still testing it…but Laisam has a great pet name for it; she calls it “crack juice” because once you use it, it becomes an addiction.

Once you turn crack, you never turn back.


Product Polygamy Week: Hair

Woo woo! Party over here! Party over here!

Welcome to day three of Product Polygamy Week, Spoiled Pretty’s celebration of the beauty items that get big love from me and my girl, Amber.

The Barb:
Frederic Fekkai Technician Shampoo For Dry, Damaged, Color-Treated Hair
Looking for a shampoo that will nurture your tortured tresses and restore their good health? Then look no further than Frederic Fekkai Technician Shampoo For Dry, Damaged, Color-Treated Hair. Your hair needn’t be dry, damaged, and color-treated to enjoy this product. As long as your strands are one of the above, they will reap the rewards of this sublime shampoo.

The Nicki: Barry Fletcher Moisture Therapy Honeysuckle Moisturizing Shampoo
This is all I have to say…Barry Fletcher’s Moisture Therapy Honeysuckle Moisturizing Shampoo left my hair so silky smooth that I almost didn’t need conditioner. What more is there to say? Oh yeah – an 8 oz. bottle is only $7.

The Margene: Bumble and bumble Creme De Coco Shampoo
Made with coconut oil and murumuru butter, Bumble and bumble Creme De Coco Shampoo gently cleanses, supremely moisturizes, enhances shine and tames frizz. Still need convincing? Peep this – it smells like a frothy pina colada. Bottoms up!

The Barb:

Nothing makes my hair softer or more manageable than Barry Fletcher’s Moisture Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner. It hydrates, strengthens, and leaves my strands implausibly silken. Plus it smells just like a pina colada (are you noticing a pattern here?) and costs $10 for a tub.

The Nicki: Moroccanoil Masque
The people responsible for the Moroccanoil hair care line must practice magic and wizardry. That’s the only explanation I can come up with that could possibly account for the products’ supernatural powers. Moroccanoil Masque is a rich, creamy treatment, designed to hydrate and repair damaged hair. With continued use, it revitalizes hair, restoring shine and manageability.

The Margene: Joico K Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
If your hair is over-processed, severely damaged and/or you suffer from breakage, then Joico K Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor is the answer. This is not – and I repeat NOT – a moisturizing product. This is a hair reconstructor; it rebuilds and improves the structure of your hair. After just one use, you’ll notice that there’s less hair in your comb/brush, your hair looks healthier and it feels stronger. Just remember to follow this up with a moisturizing treatment, because too much protein can make hair strong but also brittle.

The Barb:
Moroccanoil Oil Treatment
If you go out and buy just one thing off this list, let it be Moroccanoil Oil Treatment. There aren’t enough hours in the day for me to accurately describe how this magical elixir has changed my life. I’m a beauty blogger, so I have to test and review a plethora of products. Which means that I have to switch it up all of the time. But the one hair product I CANNOT take out of the rotation is Moroccanoil Oil Treatment. This amazing oil strengthens brittle hair, softens unmanageable manes, nourishes dry scalp, restores shine, eliminates frizz, protects against UV damage, speeds styling time by 40% and provides long-term conditioning to all hair types. I don’t know one person who’s tried it an thought, “meh.” Use it once and you’ll want to buy it in bulk so you’re never without it.

The Nicki: Redken Extreme Iron Repair
You’ve heard it time and time again…take it easy on the thermal styling tools. But your hair just looks too damn good when you’ve had a nice blowout and you touch it up with the flat iron. I know, I know. I’m guilty too. So if you’re like me and determined to be a blowdrying, flat-ironing badass, please invest in a thermal protector like Redken Extreme Iron Repair. This lightweight, heat-activated lotion protects hair from heat-styling damage while strengthening the internal and external fiber. And it eases your guilty conscience when you’re putting hot tools in your hair every five minutes.

The Margene: No Frizz by Living Proof
Okay, I lied. Remember when I said if you buy one thing on this list, make it Moroccanoil Oil Treatment? Well, I forgot that I would also be including No Frizz by Living Proof on said list. No Frizz is a revolutionary new hair care line that contains a brand new molecule that does what silicones can’t: eliminate frizz by blocking out humidity. No Frizz by Living Proof is the winner of Allure Magazine’s most coveted beauty honor: the ‘beauty breakthrough award’ of 2008. Already an insider favorite to stylists and celebrities, it hasn’t been available to the general public until recently. Then it hit the market, but you couldn’t find it anywhere because beauty zealots were snatching it up in bulk, like they were on an eppy of Supermarket Sweep. Sounds crazy, but this stuff is serious; it was created by a scientist at MIT!

Since I’ve been using this, frizz isn’t even a word in my dictionary. I forgot what it meant because – rain or shine – my hair looks exactly the same. Hot mess, puffball hair begone! And one thing I absolutely love about these products…it instructs you to apply as much as you want, that you can’t overdo it. I love glopping on some styling products, so a product line that lets me go hog wild (but won’t let me overdo it) gets an A+ in my book.

My partner in crime, Amber, is hair obsessed. So you know she’ll have some great product picks. Go check her out and I’ll see you tomorrow…same time, same place.

Ted Gibson Is Now At Target!!!

Ted Gibson is a genius. He’s one of the most sought-after editorial, runway, and celebrity hair stylists in the business. He’s also the one degree of separation between me and Angelina Jolie. But you don’t have to be Angie or me (see left) to be a Gibson Girl. Just head to your local Target.

You heard me right. Ted Gibson’s cult-favorite hair care line is now available at Target!!!

Ted’s mission is to create a line of luxury products that are effective and simple to use. By combining the most modern technology with
the highest quality ingredients available, he created a regimen of products for everyone, which will inspire people to recognize their
individualized beauty.

Celeb fans like Anne Hathaway, Debra Messing, Eva Mendes, Vanessa Carlton, Amerie, and Claire Danes really love them. I love them. And you will too. So go on…git to Target!

For more Ted Gibson news and beauty tips, check out Ted’s fabulous blog, In His Beauty Universe.

Amazon Beauty, Indeed

Amazon Beauty’s Rahua Elixir is so absolutely fantastic that it made me look past the fact that it costs $100 for half an ounce and smells like a barbecue grill.

This is a holy grail hair product if ever I met one. Rahua Elixir is a 100% natural hair oil infused with seasonal herbs and flowers that is handmade in the Amazon Rainforest by women of the Quecha-Shuar tribe. The concentrated oil repairs hair in three minutes by penetrating the hair’s cortex – adding brilliance and elasticity to all hair types.

To use as a hot oil treatment, apply 3-5 drops of Rahua Elixir to towel-dried hair, concentrating on the ends. Heat activates the ingredients, so blow dry to smooth, treat and add shine. Rahua Elixir can also be used on dry hair – just apply 2-3 drops on ends and brace yourself; your hair will be so soft and supple, you’ll swear this oil was magic.

As an overnight hair treatment, use 7 or more drops on your ends, let it go to work while you get your beauty sleep, then rinse in the morning. As a scalp treatment, apply 3-5 drops to the scalp and massage in – twice a week.

Rahua Elixir has been a godsend to my hair. At first, I was a little shocked by the earthy fragrance. But I found that if you apply to damp hair, the smoky scent dissipates as your hair dries. I was amazed that 5 drops of this oil could transform my dry, damaged hair into a mane of myth. I honestly can’t remember the last time my hair looked and felt so divine.

I just finished the tester vial Amazon Beauty sent me to test. And, let me tell you – I am totally jonesing for more of this jungle juice.

Amazon Beauty products are available at

Hold The Phone…Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment Now Available In Spray Formula?

Ojon’s miracle product, the Restorative Hair Treatment, is now available as a spray! But there’s a catch…until June 2009, it’s a QVC exclusive.

Right now, it’s available as part of the Ojon Restorative Hair 4-Piece Collection with Bonus – available at For less than $55, you get: 3.8 oz Restorative Hair Treatment, 8.44 oz Ultra Hydrating Cleanser, 8.44 oz Ultra Hydrating Conditioner, 9 oz new Restorative Hair Treatment Spray, 2.5 oz Tawaka Rejuvenating Cream , comb and gift bag.

If you’re familiar with the brand and own any of the above, it might not be worth $55 to get your hands on this new spray…unless your Ojon supply is low. But if you’re new to Ojon and want to sample some of the brand’s signature products, this is a good buy because, purchased separately, this collection would cost $107.

Can I Have Some Remedy? Remedy For Me Please.

When your skin is parched, you quench its thirst by slathering on a thick, hydrating lotion/balm. So when your strands miss moisture like the deserts miss the rain, the same logic applies. Give your thin, runny shampoo and conditioner a rest…and invest in concentrated products that pamper your stressed tresses.

Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are staples in my shower for this very reason. The shampoo is so thick that when I squeeze it out of the tube, I always double check the label because I swear it was the conditioner. Dry Remedy is one of the few shampoos I’ve tried that delivers immediate results; when it comes to beauty products, I’m all Paula Cole “I don’t want to wait” – so instant gratification is a huge plus for me. Even before I apply the conditioner, my hair already feels softer and healthier. And the scent is amazing…when you’re done, your bathroom will smell like a spa (think ylang ylang and rose geranium, plus a hint of vanilla).

The conditioner is equally restorative. Personally, I mix equal parts of the Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner with – it’s my hair’s cocktail of choice.

At $24 a pop, these products aren’t for the budget conscious. So if you don’t have $48 to spend, but your dry hair is crying out for help, I recommend Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo. Purchase Aveda Dry Remedy at, and take advantage of free shipping on all orders (now through 11/30) and choose a free sample!

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