This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Aveda for a giveaway!!! One grand prize winner will receive Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Kit ($107 value), a 4-step smoothing system, with a smoothing brush. This set of smooth operators softens and defends against humidity for up to 12 hours.
The Smooth Infusion Kit includes:
Smooth Infusion Shampoo
* Babassu-derived cleansing system softens hair up to 60%
* Luxurious lather moisturizes and reduces frizz
Smooth Infusion Conditioner
* Exclusive plant infusion—a blend derived from organic aloe, maize and guar bean—creates a smooth new surface on hair
* Significantly reduces frizz and unwanted wave, helps prevent flyaways
* Protects against surface damage from heat styling
Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother
* Makes styling faster, easier
* Organic tapioca defends against humidity for up to 12 hours
* Hydrolized wheat protein protects against surface damage from heat styling
Light Elements Smoothing Fluid
* This fluid styling formula adds shine and movement as it restores a healthy look and feel to hair
* Plant-based ingredients—like certified organic jojoba—help condition and smooth hair
* Smooths, and conditions
* Dries with a soft touchable finish
* Adds weightless, free-flowing movement, body and natural shine
Two runners-up will win Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother (a $24 value).
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Aveda Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, October 26th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, October 27th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.
On the second day of Fashion Week, representatives from Molton Brown set up shop in Total Beauty’s suite at the Bryant Park Hotel.
I got the skinny on some new and soon-to-be-released products…and hairstylist extraordinaire Massimo gave me a blowout that took my limp hair from flat to phat.
My hair miraculously held up through Hurricane Hanna, thanks to Molton Brown’s Volumising Brahmi Hair Straight & Curl and Smoothing Lila Leaf Hair-Gloss. I kid you not…it looked the same at 1am, when my head finally hit the pillow, as it did at 3pm when Massimo finished his masterpiece.
Last Saturday, after show hopping at the tents, I headed on over to the Bryant Park Hotel’s Cellar Bar for a Total Beauty cocktail soiree sponsored by Sebastian. As we were popping bottles and noshing on mouthwatering muchies, we were schooled on the fearless and fashionable reinvention of Sebastian Professional.
After more than three decades of churning out cult hairstyling classics, Sebastian launched an investigation to figure out how they could take the company to the next level and bring it into the new millenium. This resulted in over two years of product testing and over 10,000 conversations with stylists and consumers to identify where the brand could fill a void. The product testing and feedback convinced Sebastian that the brand was in need of a complete overhaul.
The new Sebastian Professional is “a focused and powerful collection of over 30 products that combines Sebastian heritage heroes with new and exciting innovation.” Designed to offer versatility in use and application, the products are arranged into three categories:
Foundation: three essential shampoo and conditioner regimens (Light, Drench and Penetraitt)with tailored levels of conditioning, designed to restore a multitude of hair types to the same healthy level.
Form: eight fierce styling products designed to hold, mold and sculpt (Re-Shaper, Shaper Fierce, Shaper Zero Gravity, Liquid Steel, Gel Forte, Mousse Forte, Craft Clay and Molding Mud).
Flow: six essential treatment-stylers for creating touchable, soft and flowing hair (Thickefy Foam, Taming Elixir, Whipped Crème, Stylixir, Potion 9 & Potion 9 Lite).
The standout of the new class is the Whipped Crème Light Conditioning Style Whip
. This protein-rich, ultra-light product actually resembles whipped cream, so keep it away from the kiddies and keep out of the mouths of babes. But your hair is going to love lapping it up.
Don’t be fooled…this is not a mousse. It is a leave-in conditioner that increases volume, nourishes curls and waves, helps achieve a polished blowout, helps to achieve sleek strands when used in conjunction with a flat iron, but won’t leave your hair sticky or stiff.
Sebastian’s new face (and cult blogger/trendsetter/hipster muse), Cory Kennedy, was on-hand to testify. She was looking like million and sporting the most delicious aqua Alexandre Herchcovitch booties. The cheveux chameleon likes to experiment with different looks, and she told me that Whipped Crème can be used to achieve any style imaginable.
When I asked her how she uses the product on an average day, she said she schrunches it into her wet waves and lets it air dry. See below for the fabulous result.
So. Not. Fair!
Amber, Cory, and yours truly
Amber, Marina, Cory Kennedy and Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter
Raise your hand if you’re a hairspray hater. I’m right there with you. My fine, limp hair and falls flat at the mere mention of heat or humidity…but I’d much rather sport listess locks than a shellacked style, any day.
I believe that hair should move…so give me a firm hold formulation and that mess is going straight into the trash. No helmet head for me, thank you. And flexible hold hairspray is a joke. I like my Kentucky Fried Chicken crispy…not my hair.
After years of playing Goldilocks – desperately searching for a hairspray to hold my hairstyle (not hold it captive), I’ve found one that even the most staunch haters will absolutely adore.
Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hairspray is quite possibly the best hairspray. Ever. Unlike so many that promise beautiful, touchable hold – this one actually delivers. The fool-proof formula allows it to be layered depending on styling needs: natural, light or for greater hold. And the gardenia scent is so sophisticated, you can give your perfume the day off.
Ted Gibson’s hair care line can be purchased at tedgibsonbeauty.com and (drumroll, please) Sephora!
By now, you’ve probably heard that Miss Spears will be performing at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. And considering the caliber of last year’s performance, I think it’s a good move…there’s nowhere to go but up, right?
To redeem herself from last year’s stringy, extension nightmare, Brit Brit is gonna get her hair did by Kim Vo. He recently revealed that the tabloid queen will sport not one…not two…but THREE different hairstyles at this year’s awards show.
The red carpet look will feature cascades of S-curls, which were all over the place at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards. To achieve this style, section hair…and starting underneath, curl hair with a 3 barrel waver. Lightly spritz with flexible-hold hair spray to set the shape, then finger comb to break up the curls. With this hairstyle, Vo advises balancing the softness of the curls with a strong part.
For the second look, Britney will sport a sophisticated, low side pony with side-swept bangs. Kinda like beauty diva, Kim K (left).
The third look, for Brit’s performance, is under lock and key.
Vo teases that we’ll have to wait until the VMAs on September 7 for the hairstyle secret to be revealed.
The Nalu Waver from RsessionTools transforms straight, limp locks into Giselle-like, waves. Nalu is the Hawaiian word for wave, and – like waves – no two curls are ever alike. This iron was designed to create hair that looks naturally curly; by weaving the hair through the barrels, you can add volume and create many different curl shapes and formations.
But there’s a catch…you’ll need an extra set of hands because there’s no way in hell you can maneuver this thing on your own.
If you’ve got a friend with good hand-eye coordination, you might want to enlist her help. Tell her to slip on the Michael Jackson-esque, heat-resistant glove, start curling, and don’t stop ’til you get enough. Click here to see how it’s done.
Personally, I take it to my hairstylist, Erik, when I’m in the mood for beachy waves. Otherwise, the Nalu Waver stays in hibernation.
Bottom line: The Nalu Waver is an ingenious implement – but one that’s best left to the professionals.