Turning 30 is traumatic for a lot of women. I didn’t reallysweat it. I’ve always felt young at heart and, when I try, I can easily passfor a mid-to-late 20-something.
It was only this spring – a few months shy of my 33rdbirthday – that I started to feel old. One night as I was washing my face, Inoticed an albino hair in my bangs. I quickly plucked it to inspect it moreclosely. It was only half white, so I convinced myself that this hair was afreak of nature that somehow got half bleached.
A few weeks later, I found a half dozen more “bleached”hairs and had an all-out panic attack. I mean, seriously – those suckers weremultiplying like Gremlins after a midnight snack. It wasn’t just that I was comingto terms with getting older – but going gray is a huge deal. Once you go gray,coloring your hair isn’t just for fun. It becomes a PITA part of your routine,for the rest of your life – like shaving. Between my job, this blog, being a momand a wife, my to-do list is already never-ending. So the thought of having onemore thing to do nearly sent me over the edge.
All I can say is thank God for Clairol. At the height of mygray hair freak out, Clairol contacted me and asked if I would be interested inreviewing their new Nice ‘N Easy Color Blend Foam. Um, yes please!
So this weekend while I was stuck in the house (thanks to HurricaneIrene), I cemented my Foambassador status by washing the gray outta my hair.
Nice ‘N Easy Color Blend Foam was supereasy to apply, took hardly any time at all, and the results are fabulous.
First of all, it’s perfect for busy women and moms, likemyself. All you have to do is pour thehair color into a bottle of activator, shake it up, squeeze the bottle todispense the foam and apply all over your hair. Unlike traditional hair color,there’s no drippy mess because the foam stays exactly where you put it. This firstpart of the process takes about 5 minutes.
Once you pour the color into the bottle of Activator, it foams up.
After you put the pink nozzle on the bottle, you squeeze the foam into your hand like so.
Lettin’ the color marinate.
Then you let the color process for25 minutes before rinsing out. Finally, you apply the ColorSeal ConditioningGloss and rinse again. And voila – shiny, dimensional color that also coversgrays for 8 weeks.
So shiny! Though it looks almost exactly like my natural dark brown color, it’s much richer and warmer than usual.
I took this pic outside so you could appreciate how shiny and multidimensional the results are.
Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Color Blend Foam is available in 18shades and retails for $8.99-9.99 at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Note: While this was a sponsored post and Clairol compensated me for my time, all opinions are 100% my own.
Clairol’s Nice ‘n Easy is shaking up the hair color experience with its new Color Blend Foam. This new product offers a breakthrough experience, alleviating many of the application burdens associated with at-home hair color, while still maintaining the same dimensional color results Nice ‘n Easy is known for.
Wanna try Color Blend Foam for free? Clairol is giving away 100,000 boxes of the new hair color on its Facebook page between January 24th and January 27th (25,000 per day). All you have to do is visit the page and “like” Clairol to claim a free box.
Visitors to Clairol’s Facebook page will click on a link that takes them to a set of registration pages, so Clairol can collect their information and send a coupon for a free box of Color Blend Foam. The giveaway is open to any new or existing members of the group.
Fekkai Celebrity Stylist Adir Abergel transformed Kristen Stewart‘s tresses from day to night (for her David Letterman appearance and the New York premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), and collaborated with Marie Robinson to color her hair strawberry blonde.
DAY: Abergel created a feminine and flirty style for Kristen’s David Letterman appearance.
GET THE LOOK: Abergel started by applying the Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Styling Whip at the roots and working throughout the hair. Using a round brush, he blow-dried the hair straight, and spritzed the Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist for added shine. Adir curled the hair using a 1-inch curling iron, and sprayed with Fekkai Coiff Ocèanique Tousled Wave Spray to create the flirty texture. He then pulled the hair back loosely and secured it by knotting at the nape of the neck. To finish of the look, Adir sprayed Fekkai Advanced Sheer Hold Hairspray.
COLOR: Adir teamed up with Clairol Celebrity Stylist, Marie Robinson, to dye Kristen’s hair strawberry blonde. Abergel encouraged Stewart to return to her natural roots, and pulled images from the 1950’s for inspiration. GET THE LOOK: To achieve Stewart’s strawberry blonde color, Abergel suggests using the Fekkai Salon Color 6R Copper-Lucy.
NIGHT: Abergel created a soft and romantic braid for Kristen Stewart’s Premiere in New York for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
GET THE LOOK: Abergel started by applying the Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Styling Whip at the roots and dried her hair with his hands. Next, Adir applied a dime of Fekkai Coiff Nonchalant Piecing & Forming Wax for added texture. Creating a side part, he braided the hair across the side line towards the opposite side of the head. With his fingers, he carefully pulled pieces of hair to soften and shape the face. To secure the look, he tied the hair into a loose knot. Adir sprayed Fekkai Advanced Sheer Hold Hairspray for all night hold.
Fekkai products are available At fekkai.com, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue.
My girl, Beth Shapouri, over at Glamour Magazine has ridiculously shiny hair. But she’ll be the first person to admit that she has a drugstore product, and not good genes, to thank for her lustrous locks.
“The question I get asked most by Girls in the Beauty Department readers – hands down – is what I use on my hair to get it to shine. The answer was, is and, for the foreseeable future, will be a product that costs about $10. It’s pretty straightforward: I just slather it on every few days and it leaves behind a layer of shine that wears away over a couple of shampoos. But there are a few things I’d warn you to take into consideration here. It can weigh down fine hair, so it’s not for everyone. If you’re using the colored ones (to amp up your hue), you have to rinse your palms immediately or they’ll get stained. And some hair types can handle it more often than others, so you have to experiment to find your magic number of days – use it too often and it’ll change the texture of your hair slightly (but not permanently).”
Thanks for the tip, Beth!
Spoiled Pretty readers – what are some of your favorite products under $10? Share your frugalista fab finds in the comments section.
After months of rocking a darker do, Brit Brit decided to lighten up. So, this past weekend, she went to Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood and changed up her color…which looks great on her, I think.
Even more remarkable are her new extensions. This is the first time I can remember them not looking embarrassingly busted. By golly, they actually look like real hair growing out of Britney’s head…not like Sean Preston and Jayden James wove mommy’s weave in during arts & crafts class.
Backstage at New York Fashion Week, my girl Megan McIntyre (from Daily Makeover) recognized an emerging trend for fall 2010: funky, chunky haircolor.
“Looks like it’s time to break out the Manic Panic. The big beauty trend for hair at Fashion Week was bright, chunky streaks of color that brought to mind punk-inspired street style circa 1996. At the Cynthia Rowley Fall 2010 fashion show, Eva Scrivo for Wella Professionals custom colored hair extensions in shades of emerald, lapis, amethyst, navy and turquoise to replicate the rich jewel tones present in the collection. Each hair extension was completely saturated with professional salon haircolor and then woven into the hair and styled, creating an element of surprise and intrigue when models hit the runway.
Super stylist Ted Gibson for beauty.com went for a version of the trend that was a little easier to DIY at the Vena Cava Fall 2010 fashion show (shown left). He used Streekers to color hair extensions in shades of hot pink, purple and green, then pulled them back into the models’ slightly mussed ponytails to give a “downtown, cool feel,” to the otherwise equestrian look.
We think this is one trend that just might hit the trifecta of translating in all three worlds: runway, red carpet and real world. This is the second season funky color has been featured at Fashion Week (the girls at the Spring 2010 Proenza Schouler fashion show rocked lovely lilac streaks) and Lady Gaga recently caused a stir at the Grammys with her own spin on the Crayola color trend. Adding a bright streak of color to your coif is an easy way to add a hip edge to your regularly scheduled hairstyle without a huge commitment. Now all you really have to decide is which happy hue you want to adorn your hair with.”
Well-known in the industry for his cutting-edge style, hairstylist Stuart Gavert was contacted to do the hair color for the cast of the major motion picture Twilight – including Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart!
Earlier this month, New Moon‘s own Christian Serratos (who plays Angela) visited the Gavert Atelier Salon and received her very own set of “twilights.”
Inspired by the movie and its stars, Gavert launched a concept of color on highlighting called twilights; the idea is to create highlights that can prolong visits to the salon for touch-ups (perfect for long months of filming) and to use a process that is not damaging to the hair.
For her day of beauty, the super sweet actress preferred pizza and Diet Coke for lunch and had a fun time being pampered.
Serratos added in some pieces to lengthen her “lob” for Monday’s premiere of New Moon.