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Ombre Hair Color

The Ombre look is really popular in the salons these days. Here is a simple fail-safe way of achieving the classic ombre hair look:

For the Base. You need to caramelize the base. For this, use a natural color fairly close to your customer’s hair coloring level, but with some added reflects and make sure that it is 1-2 levels lighter. Mix with developer and apply on the mid-lengths only using your dye brush, but do not color the ends.

For example, if your customer has a natural level 5, you can choose any color at the 6 level.

For the Ends. Now you can deal with the ends. If you are looking for the classic ombre hair color result, use a highlift color (100 series). These are available at most professional hair color brands and they offer up to 5 levels lift. So these give really good ombre results.

Mix with 30 Vol. developer to get some lift (the mix ratios for highlift colors is typically 1 part color to 2 parts developer) and apply using foil. Apply fairly thickly so that you get a nice dramatic difference between the mid-lengths and the ends.

For More Original Ombre Looks. These days, stylists and consumers are pushing the boundaries more and more with ombre. Try the following hair color combinations, they do work well and are surprisingly wearable!

For a Purple Ombre Hair:

Base: Chestnut Blonde 7Br

Ends: Violet

For a Pink Ombre Hair:

Base: Dark Blonde 6N

Ends: Fuscia Pink and Copper Blonde mixed

For Ombre on Long Hair

Use Bleach for the ends mixed with 30 Vol, and use a balayage technique to get flowing ombre locks. Beautiful!

What kind of hair works well with Ombre?

Ombre works very well on mid-length hairstyles, especially if they are curly or wavy. The ombre helps to add depth and dimension to such hair styles.

But Ombre works well with long hair as well. When doing ombre on longer hair, balayage techniques can give a really gorgeous, sexy hair color result.

Styling Ombre Hair

Ombre is a fairly informal style and works well when it looks fairly natural. So use leave in creams and only a little spray to create a fairly natural look.

About Homemade Face Wash

One of the main ingredients I use is Coconut Oil, I do have oily skin so I was pretty hesitant on using it. You would think that when you have oily skin, you NEVER want to use oil on your skin. But, it actually has helped counter act the oil my body makes, so that my skin is really soft and not oily throughout the day.

Second ingredient is Honey! Honey has many anti-bacterial traits and is good for treating acne. If you’re like me, you have tons of break outs and scars, and just when you think you finally have clear skin again, you have a totally new break out ALL OVER your face. My skin is really sensitive and if I even touch my face once, I have a break out.

A third ingredient you can use is pretty much any type of Essential Oil. Tea Tree is really good for spot treatments, as well as Rosemary. The oil I like to use is Lavender, not only because Lavender also is great for treating new or old break outs, but because when I use it at night it puts me in a great relaxed state after using it.

The last ingredient that I use is great for exfoliating your skin, nut. I don’t recommend putting it in your cleanser every day because exfoliating your skin is taking layers of skin off your face and isn’t always good to do every night. The last ingredient is Oatmeal! Most people take the oatmeal and ground it so its finer, but I just use it how it is because I feel like I get the best clean that way.

Using your wash. Most days throughout the week I will use my wash with just Coconut Oil and Honey, I’ll put the Lavender in after a long day. I massage it onto my face for a few minutes, then I will take a washcloth under the hottest water I can handle, ring it out, and hold it on my face to open and warm everything up. I massage my face with the washcloth as well to get the oil off and then that’s it! The process is the same with the Oatmeal, I just use that about three times a week to help get rid of dead skin.

Vegetables for Eyelash Growth

• Spinach – This vegetable is a nutrient powerhouse and lash-friendly in so many ways. It is classified as a dark leafy green, and it provides an abundance of iron, which is critical for hair health. A cup of boiled spinach, for instance, provides 35 percent of your daily recommended amounts of the mineral. Spinach also offers vitamin B12 and B6 for hair health, where one cup gives you 26 and 22 percent of your daily requirements of the said vitamin. Its other offerings include vitamins C and E, antioxidants that assist in iron absorption.

• Carrots – This common cooking superstar contains large amounts of vitamin A and moderate levels of vitamin C. When you eat a half-cup serving of raw carrots, you get more than 200 percent of your daily recommended intake of this the vitamin. As a guide: the brighter the color of the carrot, the higher the nutrient content. Choose from orange, red, or yellow carrots, and juice or cook them if you don’t like them eaten raw.

• Winter squash – Varieties of winter squash can encourage eyelash growth, as this vegetable contains amounts of vitamins A, B, C, and E. There is a rich assortment of hair-healthy nutrient sources of winter squash, including varieties like pumpkin, butternut, sweet potatoes, spaghetti, banana, buttercup, Hubbard, delicate, carnival, zucchini, autumn cups, and yams. Incorporate them in your soups, stews, casseroles, or imply consume them as side dishes or in their entirety, such as the flesh, seeds, and root. When cooking, you can bake, boil, grate, or grill squash. Try to replace pumpkin with winter squash in your everyday cooking.

• Dark green vegetables – Both hair-health agents vitamins C and E are found aplenty in dark greens. Your options are almost limitless, which include romaine, red leaf, butter lettuce, dandelion greens, mustard greens, kale, collards, turnip greens, and bok choy. There’s also broccoli, watercress, and endive. Make sure to source them from clean, preferably organic sources.

Of course, it takes time to nourish, condition, strengthen, and lengthen your lashes. This is why it’s best to combine your dietary efforts with supplementation, where there are eyelash growth products that can combine these nutrients for maximum enhancement with regular use. You can see the effects from a number of weeks of months, with the results varying by individual. Make sure to get the highest quality and purchase only from a reputable brand or manufacturer.

Tricks for Eye Makeup

The purpose of eye makeup should be, first and foremost, to make your eyes look brighter. It should make your eyes stand out among all other face features. This is achieved by using the correct eyeshadow color and making sure to blend it correctly around the eyes.

Use a color that either matches your eye color or one that contrasts so your eyes stand out. You’re trying to avoid blending your makeup in a way that makes your eyes disappear.

Your eyeshadow should consist of at least 3 shades-a lighter base color, a slightly darker color for the shadow, and, finally, a dark color highlighter for the creases around your eyes. To make this all work, most important tip to remember is to blend all the colors. This takes time, patience, and practice.

Apply the makeup for your eyes first and then apply the foundation to your face. Start from the eyes and work your way down. That way you know where you’ve already applied makeup and which areas to avoid so you don’t smear your face.

After you are done with the foundation, apply the eyeshadow base color. Then apply the main color for your eyelids. Finally, apply the highlighter. But be careful. If the highlighter is applied incorrectly, your eyes will look too big which is a look you want to avoid. Blend all three eyeshadow shades to the transition appears seamless.

After you are done with your eyeshadow, you can start putting on the other elements of your eye makeup, applied to the eyebrows and the eyelashes. Your eyebrows give character to your eyes, so you should not neglect them when you are putting on eye makeup. Brush them with a brow brush and then shape them with eyeliner. Make sure that your eyeliner pencil is sharp and matches the shade of your mascara.

If you apply mascara correctly, your eyelashes will help your eyes stand out considerable, especially if you have smaller, more beady eyes. Mascara lengthens and thickens the eyelashes. But be sure to use an eyelash curler first so you don’t mess up your carefully blended eyeshadow. As with a lot of makeup tips, a little goes a long way. Try to use just enough mascara so you’re not wiping away the excess which can cause your lashes to clump together. It’s always good to use smudge and waterproof mascara if you plan on being out and about, especially in the summer when sweat can ruin your makeup. Use eyeliner just under the eyelids to add a nice finishing touch.

You can add shimmer to your eye makeup if you have darker eyes to make them appear brighter. But be careful, using shimmer can draw attention to the wrinkles around your eyes. Special occasions require special touches on your eye makeup, though, and in that case, you can put a little amount of shimmer on your brow bone. You can further brighten your eyes by drawing a dot or two with white eyeliner or eyeshadow on the inner edge of your eyes.

Another important makeup application tip is to aim for balance. We’ve all seen the woman with a lot of makeup, lipstick, and eye shadow. It just doesn’t balance out correctly. If you’re wearing bright red lipstick, keep the makeup toned down. Red lipstick stands out considerably so you may want to just use mascara and eyeliner if you insist on wearing red lipstick. You don’t want to look like a clown.

Evolution Of Cosmetics

The use of cosmetics for the enhancement of beauty is an age-old practice. Earlier, it was more of a necessity than luxury and was restricted to medical purposes only. Natural cures were the only way out and it was confined within the local residents of a certain region.

With the advancement of science, the area specific knowledge were pooled together, samples were collected and examined rigorously in the laboratories and crystallized in the form of formulas that can be replicated anywhere in the world.

Thus, what was once a local resource turned into globally accepted and standardized products that can be produced in a mass scale! This tremendous transformation propelled businesses and artificially produced chemicals replaced the herbs. The same transformation also produced two lateral effects – one, the knowledge of herbs and associated procedures were subdued and secondly, it helped conserving those herbs and medicinal plants by saving them from mass use.

Until now, the saga is quite similar to any of the ancient procedures and traditions that have been wiped out by tsunamis of laboratory based science and commercial ventures. Take any case like that of clothing, paper, etc., something that is associated with the plant kingdom and you will notice striking similarities with the evolution of cosmetics.

At this stage, it is important to remember that the constituents of hair and beauty products also comprises of several things like special type of soils, minerals, etc. – something that can only be obtained directly from the nature and is cost-prohibitive to be formulated and mechanically produced in a laboratory-factory setting. Therefore, today’s cosmetic makers are still very much dependent on nature for a major portion of the required raw materials.

However, the dynamics of the evolution of cosmetics is gradually making a U-turn. Artificially manufactured chemicals that powers today’s hair and beauty products are responsible for numerous dermatological problems, as pointed out by professionals. Sooner or later, these undesired effects create problems for a regular user.

For some, it may be a minor rash or vigorous allergy, while for others it may be a gradual and permanent deterioration and damage of hair and skin. No matter how much startling the initial effects are in a positive sense, the scenario always has a downward slope with the passage of time.

To solve this problem, people are turning towards the herbal and natural solutions in their quest for side-effect free hair and beauty products. In the past decade, the market has seen a steady increase in the demand for Ayurvedic products in both medicine and cosmetics category.

This trend clearly indicates the gradually growing popularity of the Oriental culture which emphasizes on slow and steady improvement. The decline in the stigmas and taboos attached with certain external ailments regarding hair and skin has also encouraged people to avoid quick-fixes and opt for a more sustainable, durable and side-effect free genre of hair and beauty products.

Using Dry Shampoo

It is a wonderful solution for people who are used to washing their hair every day (and are resistant to the notion that extensions should only be washed two to three times a week).

Powder shampoos should be applied near the roots and spread through the hair with fingers. For spray-in products, hold the bottle about six inches from your head then spray at the roots. Then distribute the product with a gentle comb or brush designed for hair extensions.

How Often Should You Use it?

Although dry shampoo allows you to protect your extensions by shampooing less often, it shouldn’t be used as an everyday solution; it is meant to give your extensions a break between washes. You should use a professional shampoo for hair extensions the day after using it to thoroughly remove product residue and buildup of skin flakes.

Tips for Using Dry Shampoo

To get the most out of your dry shampoo for extensions and avoid the dangers of misuse, be sure to follow these tips:

  • Take care to apply the product near the roots. This allows the shampoo to combine with the natural oil produced by the scalp for better absorption.
  • Wait a full two to five minutes before styling your hair after applying it so that it has time to absorb into the hair.
  • Apply a lightweight serum to help quicken the absorption process if a residue appears after massaging the dry shampoo powder.
  • Comb through your hair extensions with a fine tooth brush made with tourmaline bristles for a minimum of two minutes to work the shampoo into your scalp.
  • Freshen up your hair by adding a few drops of scented oil into your hair after you’ve combed it through.
  • Use a professional dry shampoo spray-in product or mousse for easier application.

Now that you know the basics of dry shampoo for hair extensions, you’ll be able to keep your hair looking healthy and radiant and avoid damage from over-shampooing.

Brazilian Blowout Treatments

A Brazilian blowout aims to give you smoother, shinier and more manageable hair, especially during the summer, where hot and humid weather might normally affect the quality of your hair. Although chemicals are used in the treatment, your hair will still feel natural. You will also still be able to use all of your favourite styling tools on it, including straightening irons and curling tongs.

How does this treatment work?
The treatment is designed to give your hair a protective coating, which seals the cuticles and smoothes them to prevent frizz and to maintain shine. To get the best effect out of the treatment, the user must first wash and shampoo their hair to ensure that the product is clean, and then the chemicals are applied. Once the products have been applied by your salon stylist, they can be heated using flat irons, so that the chemicals will be activated. Heating may be repeated to give the best possible effect and to seal in the product. After about 60 to 90 minutes, you hair will be successfully straightened, smooth and shiny.

Brazilian Blowout Aftercare
Once you have had your treatment, you may need to do some aftercare steps to ensure that it continues looking good for as long as possible. Using acai aftercare products is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that you reap all of the benefits of the treatment. Many specialists will advise that you avoid using products on your hair which contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, because this chemical works in direct opposition to the blowout treatment chemicals, and will strip your hair of its protective layer. If you have any concerns about products that you are thinking of using, you should discuss this with your stylist before you use it. People who follow the proper maintenance routine can enjoy shinier, smoother and straighter hair for up to 3 months after the treatment. People who don’t follow salon advice or who use an inferior chemical straightening treatment may only enjoy 4 weeks of good hair.

Apply Makeup To Have Pouty Lips

You should start by applying a concealer on your rim. For ideal results, you should use a high quality brush. You should then line your lips using a high quality lip liner. To give an illusion of fuller and plump rims, you should apply the lip liner beyond your actual rims while taking care that you don’t overdo it.

After applying the lip liner, you should apply your mate lipstick. You should then apply your moisturizing lipstick on top of the mate lipstick. Finally, you should apply lip-gloss on top of the moisturizing lipstick.

To create a perfect look, you should apply a natural color lip-gloss onto your cupid’s bow. You should also apply the lip-gloss at the center of the bottom lips. Finally, you should use your brush to blend in your lip-gloss. When you are through you will have full, attractive lips.

Other Ways Of Having Pouty Rims

In addition to using the above process to have full rims, there are other ways that you can have sexy looking rims. Some of these ways include:

Using natural lip plumper: there are a number of products that you can use. The most common ones are: peppermint oil and lip balm. You should mix the two and apply the mixture on your rims. You should note that peppermint causes a tingling sensation and makes your lips swell temporality; therefore, you should use only small amounts of it.

Another great natural plumper that you can use is honey. When you apply honey on your rims, you moisturize and give them a smooth, shiny look.

Exfoliating the lips: there are many ways in which you can exfoliate the lips. One of the best ways is brushing the lips in small circular motions using your toothbrush. By brushing your lips, you stimulate blood flow thus making your lips appear fuller.

Another way of exfoliating your lips is by using a lip scrub. Here you need to mix two tablespoons of sugar and olive oil in a bowl. You should then gently massage the mixture on your lips in a circular motion for about 20 minutes.

Instant Hairstyles


Need instant, beautiful, and perfect hairstyle without having to grow it out yourself? Extensions are the answer. These pieces can give you over 20 inches of perfectly styled tresses in the time it takes to checkout at the grocery store!

Extensions are made out of either synthetic fibers or actual human material. Of course, real is preferred because it looks, feels, and acts just like regular hair! The synthetic kind can be damaged easily with heat and chemicals so really isn’t a long-term answer. If you’re wearing one several times a week, natural is the only way to go. And, of course, untreated and uncolored pieces are the most durable, the most sought after, and the most expensive.


Weaves differ in that they usually have some type of fancy braid like dreadlocks or braids. Weaves are typically worn by people who want a quick, kempt style a few times a week. If your job requires a more conservative dress style with a more traditional look, these types of accessories can really be a viable option.

These pieces can also be made of either synthetic or natural materials with the natural type being the most preferred. The following are three different types found in today’s professional beauty salons:

Bonded – The least durable of all the three, this is for wearing only every once in a while. Maybe you don’t like to fix yourself on Sundays so you use this type for church or lunch activities. They don’t last very long-typically a month or less-before they need replacing. This one actually is glued to the scalp so it works well if you have especially short curls.

Braided – This type is a two-step procedure mane piece. This natural style is actually braided into and under your existing mop so it looks very natural. This one can last up to 2 month before it needs replacing but will look very real. Most people won’t even notice.

Fused – The longest lasting, this one only needs changing approximately every 3 months, or longer. The procedure for placement involves using wax to “fuse” it to your existing mane.

Bleach Hair Safely

How do I mix the Developer with the Bleach?

The recommended mix proportion is 1 part hair bleach to 2 parts developer. Your mixture should be fairly wet (like gravy) so that it spreads easily and works well on your hair. Bleach stops working when it dries.

Make the mix using a mixing bowl and use a whisk if necessary to make sure that the mixture has a smooth consistency, with no lumps.

How do I apply the Mixture?

Section the hair into 4 large sections and tie them up neatly using sectioning clips. Then unclip one section, create mini-sections out of that and apply carefully using a dye brush.

You can also use foils, place the strands on the foil and apply bleach on that.

Avoid getting too near the scalp.

How long Do I let it Develop?

Bleach develops and lifts for up to 30 minutes after application but you will need to stop the decoloration process when you get the hair color level that you are looking for.

Very often people make the mistake of not letting it develop enough, and the result ends us being too warm and too orange.

What do I do When I get my Targeted Level?

Emulsify and rinse.

What About Toning?

Typically hair bleach is great at lightening your hair, but you need to finish the look by toning to arrive at a more attractive reflect, otherwise you may get an unattractive looking color.

As your aim is to neutralize the yellow, you need to neutralize the yellow with its complementary color, which is ash or violet.

We would recommend using a color such as 10A (Ash Blonde) or better still 10V (Cool Blonde).

Ash Blonde 10A and Cool Blonde 10V both contain secondary reflects which will help neutralize the yellowness in the hair.

If you have bleached the hair up to a darker level, such as 7-8, then use 9A or 9V instead.

You only need to leave your color in as long as it takes until you have got your toned platinum color result and you have got rid of the yellow. Then emulsify and rinse.

Result: a gorgeous, lifted hair platinum blonde color result which will look very glamorous!

How about Maintaining Bleached Hair?

Your bleached hair will have a tendency to turn yellow when exposed to sunshine, frequent washes and blow drying. We would recommend using a toning shampoo (violet colored shampoo). Use this instead of your normal shampoo to maintain the platinum (cold) color in your hair.

If you have a violet conditioner, you can use that too.