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.