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Nothing’s better than getting a fresh hair cut or a new style at your favorite salon. You go in cloudy, then walk out sunny, complete with jazz hands singing “I’m coming out, I want the world to know, got to let it show!” Now comes the dreaded Day Two, and as you attempt to reconstruct your stylist’s meticulous blow drying technique, you finally concede to the fact you are not a Hollywood hair magician.
Despite your lack of a cosmetology license there are great products that will not only keep your look fresh, but keep your hair moisturized and scalp clear from build up.
1. Fine-Straight Hair
Recommended Product: Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo
Purchase: drugstore.com $23
Keep that bone straight blow dry or voluminous blow out popped with dry shampoo. It absorbs grease and dirt, keeping hair light and scented like a fresh appointment. This spray goes on clear so it won’t flake or distort dark hair.
Absorb excess oil and product build-up
Vitamin E and Wheat Proteins
Strengthen and protect the hair
Provides a fresh, clean fragrance
2. Curly-Wavy Hair
Recommended Products: Curls Unleashed Second Chance Curl Refresher
Purchase: sallybeauty.com $12.99
Organic Root Stimulator’s new brand debuted this winter, and is free of parabens, mineral oil, and sulfates. After your appointment, sleep with a bonnet (tying down with a scarf will ruin curl pattern). The next day pour a quarter sized amount in your palm and lightly run your palm through your hair front and back – don’t use fingers, they will separate the curl and cause frizz. Another method is to mix the formula with water in a spray bottle and give your roots a few sprays.
Ingredients: aqua (water), glycerin, propylene glycol, ppg-5-ceteth-20, peg-12 dimethicone, honey extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, hydrolyzed wheat protein, panthenol, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, amodimethicone, trideceth-12, cetrimonium chloride, hydroxyethylcellulose, acrylamidopropyltrimonium chloride/acrylamide copolymer, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, parfum (fragrance), amyl cinnamic alcohol, lilial, linalool, ci 15985 (yellow#6), ci 140700 (red #4), ci 17200 (red #33).
3. Styled or Up-Do’s
Recommended Product: Aveda Brilliant™ Emollient Finishing Gloss
Purchase: aveda.com $26
If you just went to prom, a formal gala, or simply had a great style you want to keep, make it sparkle like diamonds with this shine serum. On your first night tie hair with a silk or satin scarf (never cotton – it will dry your hair out) like you would a bandana. In the morning, smooth on this silky fragrant gloss with your fingers, and lightly brush the surface with a soft bristle. Aveda uses gentle natural plant ingredients, and this also works great to smooth frizz or split ends.
Ingredients: Include Extracts of Rice Bran Oil, Vitamin E, Jasmine & Rose
What’s the longest you’ve ever kept a hairstyle going?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
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Last night the School of American Ballet hosted its annual Winter Ball fundraising gala at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, sponsored by French luxury house Van Cleef & Arpels. During cocktail hour, we toasted the most delicious champagne rosé (they must have known Champagne Beauty would be there!) from Terlato Wines, and we were treated to an authentic Russian-themed ballet performance.
The Young Patrons Committee continued the Russian homage with, oh just your average black tie vodka shots from Belvedere! Notable chairmen of the event included Julia Koch, Pamela Joyner, Chelsea Clinton and my beautiful friends Ann-Marie MacFarlane and Brie Bythewood.
Check out the glam and sophistication all in the name of a great cause:
I wore an up-do coif, twisted forward from a french roll in the back and swept to the side. I kept my eye make-up simple and popped the look with a brick red lip from MAC. I was so tan from my vacation in Jamaica that I couldn’t use my normal foundation, so instead I opted for a light sweep of Bare Minerals Warmth powder, a perfect bronzer-setting powder combination.
L to R: Thaderine MacFarlane, Alicia Criner, Danielle Barnes, Jessica Calloway, Giovanella de Weever of Island Blush Boutique, and Chairwoman Ann-Marie MacFarlane
Ann-Marie looked Oscar-worthy with long soft curls swept to the side, and completed the look with a gold and blue double faced silk-wool gown from B Michael America Couture’s Fall 2012 collection. She maintains her glow with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisutrizer in Walnut, Josie Maran Argan Oil Lip Balm (both great brands for sensitive skin!) and NARS Blush in Torrid.
L to R: Chairwoman Brie Bythewood, Daniel Bythewood and Alicia Bythewood
Brie sparkled in a silver embroidered gown with a long bell-shaped train by b michael, and completed her elegant look with diamond chandelier earrings. Brie believes “the best beauty accessories are a bright smile and beautiful lashes,” and can’t live without Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in Black and of course Crest White strips. Brie’s mother (my beautiful namesake), Alicia Bythewood, wore a soft blue gown by Carolina Herrera.
Danielle Barnes mixes Old Hollywood with a Fashion Week trend of matching red lips and nails: Yves Saint Laurent lipstick and CND Shellac in Wildfire nails
Adrienne Rudkin of Hermès literally sparkled across the room! At first glance I liked her classic wavy hair worn to the side…
…then at second glance I LOVED the intricate detail at the nape of her neck with a horizontally twisted chignon
L to R: Elkhair Balla and Jason Panda of b Condoms
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia