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Words From The Wise: Ouidad Shares The Secret to Controlled Curls

brooke+shields+curly+hair Words From The Wise: Ouidad Shares The Secret to Controlled CurlsSpoiled Pretty reader, Kristi, writes:

“I have very temperamental curly hair. It can be anything from looking like I just got a spiral perm (usually in the summer or in a humid environment) to looking sort of randomly curly and floofy in weird places (when it’s dry in the winter). I don’t like to blow dry my hair or use many chemicals on it because it needs all the moisture it can get. I generally just air dry and I shower at night. I finally have a stylist who knows curly hair and cuts it well, now comes the styling! “I’m wondering if there’s a hair product or a technique (other than blow drying) that I can use to get my hair to have less curl but still be awesome when I air dry. A good example is Brooke Shields in Lipstick Jungle. I covet her hair, but usually the only days I can get it are random if the humidity is just so or if I haven’t washed my hair in a while. I’m growing it out long and dream of Brooke’s controlled curls! Any suggestions?”

ouidad Words From The Wise: Ouidad Shares The Secret to Controlled CurlsTo help Kristi control her curls, I contacted Ouidad. Ouidad was the very first stylist and salon owner in the country to specialize in curly hair. Today, editors at national fashion and beauty magazines consult Ouidad regularly and consider her to be the “Queen of Curl.” She combined scientific knowledge with an understanding of curly hair’s special needs. She takes an active part in formulating and creating her line of protein and vitamin enriched hair products that work with antioxidants to make curls defined, soft, shiny and manageable.

For all of you curly girls, Ouidad recommends that you stop fighting Mother Nature and learn to work with your waves…and you’ll learn to love your curly hair. For Kristi’s curl quandary, she shares the following tips:

ouidad+styling+mist Words From The Wise: Ouidad Shares The Secret to Controlled Curls“Begin with a water based shampoo and conditioner, such as Ouidad Clear & Gentle Shampoo and Ouidad Balancing Rinse Conditioner. Use Ouidad Deep Treatment, a vital step in restoring and maintaining hair’s health, to rejuvenate internal layer of the hair adding more pulse and movement to the hair. Use rake and shake styling method with Ouidad Tress FX Styling Gel to define curls by taking small sections of hair between fingers and rake through with gel. Tress FX light styling will keep position and style. Diffuse hair at the middle to add bounce and at the ends, do not dry naturally. And finish with Ouidad Styling Mist to set curl and add shine without holding hair stiff.”

Ouidad has generously offered to send Kristi Clear & Gentle Shampoo, Balancing Rinse Conditioner, Ouidad Deep Treatment and Styling Mist so that Kristi can copy the Brook Shields curls she covets.

Many thanks to Ouidad for the sound advice and for spoiling Kristi pretty!!!

Baffled by beauty? Overwhelmed by the number of products on the market? Desperately in search of answers to your hair, skincare and makeup dilemmas? Email me your query to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com – and if your question is answered on the blog, you will receive expert advice, plus a Spoiled Pretty-approved product that addresses your specific beauty issue! Be sure to include your full name and mailing address in your email.

Ted Gibson Opens Washington DC Salon

ted+gibson+washington+dc+salon Ted Gibson Opens Washington DC Salon
On Monday, celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson opened the doors to his Washington-area salon, located at The Collection in Chevy Chase, MD. On opening day, the 24-chair, 4,000-square-foot salon was visited by actress Anne Hathaway and actress and R&B singer Tatyana Ali, best known for her role as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Ted is perhaps most known for toiling over the tresses of top celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Amanda Bynes, Demi Moore, Renée Zellweger, Joy Bryant, Anne Hathaway, Elettra Rossellini, Claire Danes, Petra Nemcova, Keira Knightley, Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba, Diane Sawyer, Sara Foster, Vanessa Carlton and Amerie.

Click here to get familiar with Ted’s blog, In His Beauty Universe. And be sure to check out his wicked styling of Tony award winning actress Idina Menzel…I luvred her in Rent!

Product Polygamy Week: Hair

product+polygamy+week 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.

SHAMPOO
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
creme+de+coco+shampoo Product Polygamy Week: HairMade 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!

CONDITIONER
The Barb:
Barry Fletcher Moisture Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner
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
moroccanoil+masque Product Polygamy Week: HairThe 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.

STYLING PRODUCT
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
living+proof Product Polygamy Week: HairOkay, 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.

Amazon Beauty, Indeed

amazon+beauty+rahua+elixir Amazon Beauty, IndeedAmazon 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 amazonbeautysecret.com.

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

ojon+spray 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 QVC.com. 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.

90s Ladies Week: Bright Eyed And Bushy-Tailed, Like Furby!

furby 90s Ladies Week: Bright Eyed And Bushy Tailed, Like Furby!
In the late 90s, my parents were among the 40 million people duped into buying Furby – a demonic-looking, furry robot troll that spoke its own language and antagonized children around the globe. You see, Furby loved to play…probably more than its adolescent owners. Furby didn’t care if my little sister had homework, had a headache or needed to sleep. Furby never tired of talking and would rarely hold its Furbish tongue. And in a matter of days, my sister’s favorite toy became the bane of her existence.

Furby didn’t have an off switch – so everytime she moved it, got close to it, or made a sound, Furby sprang to life…begging for attention. After a few frustrating weeks, my cranky and sleep-deprived sister decided to perform surgery on Furby. She fished my Dad’s screwdriver out of the toolbox and began to operate. Lauren loosened the screws hidden in Furby’s matted coat and removed the batteries. That was the end of Furby (R.I.P., little fella), and of my sister’s sleepless nights.

chanel+sublimage+eye+cream 90s Ladies Week: Bright Eyed And Bushy Tailed, Like Furby!Following Furby’s passing, my sister recovered in record time. Her irritable behavior was replaced by her normal cheery disposition. And after just a day or so, the darkness under her eyes receded. But that’s the beauty of 11-year-olds. They’re resilient little suckers.

At my age, it takes a little more to bounce back. For me to look bright eyed and bushy tailed in the AM, I need two things: Chanel Sublimage Eye Essential Regenerating Eye Cream and Branche Charmeuse Case.

Sublimage is an undereye cure-all, simultaneously targeting wrinkles, fine lines, bags, dryness and dark circles. The cream has a luminous quality that cancels out shadows, so you can also wear it during the day – in lieu of concealers – to appear awake and refreshed (even if you’re anything but).

branche+charmeuse+case 90s Ladies Week: Bright Eyed And Bushy Tailed, Like Furby!The Charmeuse Case is made of 100% silk and does so much more than merely protect your pillow. It prevents wrinkles by minimizing facial creases, extends the life of your hairstyle (no more tedious and damaging daily styling because sleeping on silk gives your hair more volume and shine), eliminates unnecessary hair loss or breakage and induces a deeper more restful sleep.

Chanel Sublimage Eye Essential Regenerating Eye Cream is available at Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Branche Charmeuse Case is sold at beautyhabit.com, shopintuition.com and bigelowchemists.com. To adopt a Furby, click here…though I don’t know why you would want to.

Which toy inspired Amber’s 90s beauty review? Visit Beauty Blogging Junkie to find out. And be sure to visit Spoiled Pretty tomorrow for the final installment of 90s Ladies Week.

Aveda Giveaway Winners Revealed!

aveda smooth infusion kit Aveda Giveaway Winners Revealed!
Congratulations to Geneva Tatem, the grand-prize winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Aveda Smooth Infusion Giveaway. She has won 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.

Christina Kelly and Amanda Tracy are the lucky runners-up. They will receive Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother, which protects against surface damage from heat styling, defends against humidity for up to 12 hours, and makes styling faster and easier.

Thanks to everyone who entered this contest, and to the generous folks at Aveda – without whom, this wouldn’t be possible.

And check back later for another unbelievable giveaway…one that will have everyone talking!

Until Now, Ponytails and Knit Hats Didn’t Mix

girl32 Until Now, Ponytails and Knit Hats Didnt Mix

I typically wear my hair in a ponytail at least five days a week. And during the cold Philadelphia winters, when I’m forced to wear a hat, I end up looking ridiculous with my ponytail or bun stuffed into my knit caps.

Girl 32 understands. Their pony-friendly hats marry fashion with function!

It’s a simple concept, really. A fashionable wool winter hat you can wear two ways – with your hair up, or down. Features Swarovski crystal buttons in the back, and comes in a variety of delicious colors. Smart girl. Smart hat.

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To wear: 1) Unbutton one button at the height of your ponytail. 2) Slip hat on, and pull ponytail through. 3) Voila! Now get out there and turn some heads.

The geniuses at Girl 32 also created the Smart Glove, featuring hooded fingertips on the thumb and forefinger…so you can dial your phone or apply lipstick, all without having to take off the entire cute glove you’re wearing. And be sure to also check out their Smart Scarf, with a hidden zipper pocket to stash your lipgloss, keys, bus pass or iPod.

Is There A Correct Order For Applying Hair Products?

You shampoo your hair. Then you apply a mis-mash of conditioner and styling products in an attempt to tame your mane. But is there a correct order for applying hair products post-shampoo? O, The Oprah Magazine’s beauty director, Valerie Monroe, sets the record straight.

valerie+monroe Is There A Correct Order For Applying Hair Products?Yes, that’s a good idea, says Eva Scrivo, owner of the eponymous salon in New York City, because each product has a different function.

After you shampoo, start with a conditioner or detangler to coat the hair so that the styling products you use next will be evenly absorbed. Follow that, if you like, with a mousse, styling gel, or styling lotion, which you should comb through your hair for even distribution, to increase the product’s effectiveness. (Combing through ensures that the stuff covers the whole strand instead of just lying on top of it, so you get more volume or moisture saturation or whatever it is you’re going for.) Finally, if your hair is frizzy or hard to control, work a silicone-based smoothing product through the ends before you blow-dry. After you’ve done your styling, you can use a spray for shine and hold, or, if you want a piecey look, try a texturizing wax.

Bottom Line: The magic formula is condition, style, then hold.

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