Bumble and bumble Partners with Rock Musical HAIR

Here’s a little something I bet you didn’t know about me: I’m a musical theater nut. Since I was cast as Gretl von Trapp in Merion Mercy Academy’s 1985 production of The Sound of Music, I’ve been passionate about plays… particularly ones where the cast spontaneous erupts into harmonized song and choreographed dance.

Needless to say, as a beauty buff and musical geek, I was very excited when the following email arrived in my inbox:

Last summer’s twice-extended, sold-out production of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, is moving to Broadway and Bumble and bumble is along for the ride, continuing their relationship with the show as its exclusive hair care partner.

As part of the relationship, Bumble and bumble granted Michael McDonald, Costume Designer for HAIR, full access to its services and products. McDonald said, “The 60s hippie hair never had it so good. With Bumble and bumble cut and color and their gentle shampoos and conditioners, “hippies” for the new millennium can get that natural look that never seems to go out of style.” Bumble and bumble stylists worked closely with McDonald to make sure the hair of HAIR remains true to its concept – locks with great natural texture, with a flower child edge.

Bumble and bumble editorial hairstylist Rolando Beauchamp, who has worked with Mary Kate Olsen, Kristen Davis and Christina Applegate, provides some styling tips for anyone who wants to get this loose, natural flower child look that’s great for spring:

For wavy or curly hair:
The key is keeping the hair’s natural texture, just helping it out with some product that gives it some support. Spritz Bb Surf Spray ($22) onto damp hair, and work about a quarter size amount of Bb Styling Creme ($23) into hair, mid-shaft to ends. The combination of Surf Spray and Styling Creme gives the right texture – a bit dry, not greasy. Dry with a diffuser or let air dry if it is warm out. The key is not to brush or comb out, just finger style and let it be free!

For straight hair:
Begin just like curly/wavy technique with Bb Surf Spray and Styling Creme, but you’ll need at waves to the hair. Using a 1 inch barrel curling iron, take 1 inch diameter sections of hair and roughly wrap the hair around the iron. The goal is to create bends and waves in the hair, not perfect curls. Then scrunch the section up and pin to the head. Continue curling sections, wrapping the hair in alternating directions, then scrunching and pinning the sections until the entire head is pinned up. Let the hair set for a few minutes, then undo sections. Don’t brush the sections out, just finger style.

Products available at bumbleandbumble.com.

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

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Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: Claw Clip That Won’t Give You a Headache

Mama Spoiled Pretty kidnapped me on Saturday. Well – not for real, for real. Kidnapping is the term my sister and I use to describe my mom’s habit of holding us hostage during an otherwise enjoyable shopping excursion. This is usually how it goes down…

Mom proposes a shopping trip to one of our favorite destinations: Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s, DSW, Forever 21, Lord & Taylor, Marshall’s, Nordstrom, Sephora, or TJ Maxx. So we get in Mom’s car and drive off, hoping that whatever we’re hunting for will be waiting for us at the store, in our size, perched on the sale rack. After a few hours of retail therapy, our dogs start barking and we get into the car to drive back to my parents’ house…or so Lauren and I think.

When we’re almost back home, my mother veers off course – and next thing you know, we’re somewhere not fun, like Walmart. And it’s never a quick trip either. Mom will spend 45 minutes pushing her cart up and down aisles before she even starts looking for what’s on her list. And Lauren and I revert to preschool-ish behavior – like whining or saying we have to go to the bathroom – to encourage Mom to move faster than molasses.

But I have to admit that being kidnapped this past weekend wasn’t too bad. While my sister occupied herself carrying out her signature prank (Lauren likes to throw a couple of random items into Mom’s shopping cart, just to watch her hilarious reaction at the register), I killed time in the beauty aisle. I was in desperate need of a hair clip, so I perused the selection from Goody. Goody has never let me down before, so I picked up their new Ouchless Flexible Claw Clip. Not only did this clip not disappoint, I was pretty impressed – because it holds your hair in place without the annoying inconveniences of other claw clips.

First, the clip has covered hinges, which eliminates snags. Second, the teeth are curved in a way that prevents them from digging into your scalp – love that! Finally, the teeth are flexible – so go ahead and lean back, lean back, lean back, lean back. The people at Goody are a bunch of Albert Einsteins, I’ll tell you what.

For less than $4, you get two medium-sized clips…plus motivation to throw out all of those inferior claw clips that have been a pain in your cranium all of these years.

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Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Volumizing Collection Giveaway

Good day, m’ladies. I’m feeling extra generous this week, so I’m partnering with Oscar Blandi for another Spoiled Pretty giveaway. Yay!

Calling all Pronto Dry Shampoo fans! Get the same botanical, paraben-free cleansing by alternating your dry-shampoo routine with Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, used on the days you do wash your hair with water, to remove build-up, enhance moisture, and instantly boost volume.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo purifies hair, removing build-up and instantly boosting volume. Designed to work alternately with Pronto Dry Shampoo, Pronto Wet is the perfect cleanser for the full-wash days on your coif calendar. Save time with Pronto Dry every other day or when you’re on the run.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Conditioner moisturizes, detangles, enhances fullness, and delivers quick-drying benefits for a fuss-free good hair day. Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Conditioner is an essential part of a new regimen created for cleansing and moisturizing your hair. It is designed to work in combination with Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo and Blandi’s best-selling Pronto Dry Shampoo. This advanced conditioner harnesses the power clinically proven AquaFlex technology to deliver velvety-soft hair.

These good-for-you, botanical-packed formulas leave hair full, healthy, and scented with Pronto’s signature lemon verbena fragrance. And one lucky winner will receive both the Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo and Conditoner – a $48 value!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Oscar Blandi Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, April 5th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 6th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. 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.

Good luck!

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Glam-orous Giveaway, Sponsored by Rodial

Taking off your makeup has never been so glamorous, thanks to Rodial Glam Balm Wipes. These cleansing towelettes, suitable for even the most delicate skin types, gently remove all traces of makeup from the face, lips and around the eyes. The special formulation is enriched with natural bisabolol, vitamin E, provitamin B5 and chamomile extracts which give these wipes their protective and moisturizing properties.

On the nights when I’m too lazy to take off my face, I love using Glam Balm Wipes because they easily remove all traces of my makeup – even stubborn eyeliner and mascara – without leaving my skin feeling dry and stripped. Natural and paraben-free, these wipes are the balm!

This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Rodial for a glam-orous giveaway. Five winners will receive a package of Glam Balm Wipes!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Rodial Glam Balm Wipes Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, April 5th. Five winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 6th, 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.

Good luck!

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