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BACKSTAGE / August 28 2010 8:57 AM

Fashion & fun to come at Fashion WEEKEND

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Headline music acts Sola Rosa and pop darling Ruby Frost will ramp up the entertainment at New Zealand Fashion WEEKEND, adding to a schedule that will include more live music, art, DJ’s and food than ever, as well as a selection of New Zealand’s finest fashion. After four full…

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BACKSTAGE, BEAUTY / August 24 2010 11:48 AM

Is the Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment Good for Black Hair?

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Is the Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment Good for Black Hair?
Hello Fashion Bombshells!

Reader Andrea from Cali recently wrote in asking about the Brazilian Blowout or Brazilian Keratin Treatment and if it’s good for Black hair. She said, “I’m in the process of trying to find a good salon that can help me get my hair healthy, but that’s hard to find in San Francisco. But a few of my co-workers are getting Brazilian Blowouts done and I was interested, but I don’t want to damage my hair anymore. Any information you have would be great.”
Is the Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment Good for Black Hair?
Having heard of the treatment and knowing fellow beauty bloggers who have had the treatment done but never trying it out myself (sounds too expensive for my blood…lol), I dug in to do some research.

Turns out the ‘Brazilian Blowout’ is actually a trademarked name. According to www.brazilianblowoutblog.com, it’s often misconstrued and explained wrong as there are a number of “Brazilian” hair techniques on the market at the moment. In fact they ask you to not confuse the process which uses keratin with processes that use formaldehyde. Yes, formaldehyde–the stuff used to embalm dead bodies. *shivers*

So what is it? According to the official Brazilian Blowout website:

The Brazilian Blowout is the most innovative and effective professional smoothing treatment in the world! Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex and a proprietary polymer system, the Brazilian Blowout actually improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. The end result is smooth, healthy, frizz-freehair with radiant shine!

Is the Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment Good for Black Hair?

So what makes them different?

What makes us different? The ONLY Professional Smoothing Treatment that improves the health of the hair. No Damage! and No harsh chemicals! NO FORMALDEHYDE!! Entire treatment completed in just 90 minutes! No down time! The minute you leave the salon, you can wash and air dry your hair, and it will be smooth, frizz-free and radiant! Results last up to 12 weeks. Leaves hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free! Acai aftercare products ensure longest lasting results.

What’s with all the exclamation marks? *shrugs*

So what’s the procedure?

After the hair is shampooed and conditioned with special Brazilian Blowout products (the hair must be squeaky clean in order for the products to work effectively), the hair is then towel-dried and sectioned into four parts. Then the Brazilian Blowout Professional Solution is applied and combed through the hair. After the solution is applied, the hair is blow-dried and then flat-ironed. The hair must be as smooth as possible.

After heat is applied, the hair is then rinsed and the Brazilian Blowout Mask is applied and then rinsed out. Brazilian Blowout Leave-in Conditioner is applied and then you style the hair as usual. Your hair might curl or kink up again when you wash it or it gets wet, but the pattern is much more loose and supposedly remains this way until the treatment wears off. According to videos I’ve seen, your hair will straighten easier and faster with the help of heat styling tools.

I had my hands folded tightly while I mouthed “We don’t believe you, you need more people” because most videos and pics I’ve seen feature non-Black women.

But then I came across this one of a stylist in California performing the treatment on a client who had been in a weave for two months.

The client seemed to have about 6 inches of natural hair with some relaxed ends. The procedure was performed like in the Brazilian Blowout training video but I couldn’t help but cringe over the excessive amount of heat used for this procedure—and even more seems to be needed for curlier or kinkier hair. I’m also not at ease with the amount of tugging done on the hair (our hair whether relaxed or natural is too fragile for all of that) and also with the hair needing to be squeaky clean (hello, hair stripped of its natural oils).

So should you try this?

Well, I’m no Wilfred Beauty Academy or Sheneneh’s Sno Nuf Hair Salon grad, but I’m giving this the side eye for now. If you’re natural and want to switch things up with a straight style, I feel you run the risk of damaging your kinks. We all know the story of a friend of a friend who had natural hair until she went to a salon and her hair was inadvertently heat trained. And if you’re relaxed, all the added heat and tugging with this treatment seem to be excessive. Arguably, some might say a relaxer just might contain more chemicals than the Brazilian Blowout. Might be a point there.

Remember the Rio perm was also supposed to be safe, too. I bet there’s still ladies out there recovering from the bald spots.

Would you try this?

Have you tried the Brazilian Blowout? What were your results?

~Danielle

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BACKSTAGE, BEAUTY / July 10 2010 11:36 AM

PARTNER: Beauty Review: Garnier Nutrisse Hair Color

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PARTNER: Beauty Review: Garnier Nutrisse Hair ColorSo not sure if you remember, but last year around this same time I decided to go to the salon and give my hair a little makeover. (here’s the post I wrote on this) I went from black to a honey brown tone. Well…. after a couple of months with the new lighter shade, I decided to go back to the salon and dye my hair dark brown, problem was, that after about 3 hair washes later, the light brown kept coming back. At times it would even come back looking a bit orange (not cute!) I tried this several times (I waited about 3 months in between hair dyes) and even went to different salons, but had the same problem. I finally decided to just buy one of these at-home hair dyes. I bought this one at Target from Garnier Nutrisse, it was about $7. I bought two boxes, since my hair is pretty long, but ended up only using one box. My mom also told me about another Garnier hair dye that only takes 10 minutes, but they didn’t have it when I went to the store. This was only the second time I had tried dying my hair at home, and it was pretty simple. I do have to say that the smell is a bit strong… I had to open up my bathroom window. So make sure you do it in a well ventilated area.

I went with the “Soft Black 20″ shade and it did a really good job at covering up all the light brown tones in my hair. It was actually a bit toooooo dark, so if you’re looking to go black, but not too dark I would suggest maybe going with a dark brown shade instead. Good news is, that after more than 4 washes later there are no signs of the brown shades coming back. Let’s hope it stays this way. Oh, and it probably took about 3 washes to get the hair dye smell out. My hubby though is wishing that the light hair comes back since he personally likes the lighter hair on me… What is it with men and lighter hair, ugh! don’t you guys know it’s a lot of work to maintain. Anywho, I am kinda diggin’ the natural look and will probably keep it around for a while.
Ps. Here is a picture I posted a couple of days ago where you can see the new hair color.
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BACKSTAGE / July 1 2010 1:49 AM

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BACKSTAGE, BEAUTY / June 7 2010 10:48 AM

Fashion: "Fast Forward"

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Leopard silk gown with jeweled shoulders, Eduardo Lucero (price on request). 7378 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, by appointment only. Contact eduardolucero@aol.com.

Photograph by August Bradley; hair by Unite-lead stylist Michael M. Haase; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Eduardo Lucero; model courtesy of LA Models

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Alpaca/wool-blend layered cape ($177) and suede twill straight-leg trouser ($156), Kanvis. Live! On Sunset, 8801 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; kanvis.com

Photographs by Robert Sigler; hair by Unite-lead stylist Amber Nichols; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Maor Cohen

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Merlot micropleated silk chiffon and charmeuse-lined evening gown with matching belt, Lloyd Klein Couture ($8,900; made to measure). 7415 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; lloydklein.com

Photograph by Robert Voltaire; hair by Unite-lead stylist Michael M. Haase; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Alejandro Peraza

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Custom Po dress, Katy Rodriguez ($975). 8008 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; katyrodriguez.com

Photograph by Adam Secore; hair by Maxime Salvador at The Salon by Maxime; makeup by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Asymmetrical-zip leather blazer in Brass, Geren Ford ($347). Visit gerenford.com. Earrings and necklace, Flutter by Jill Golden (price on request). Visit flutternyc.com.

Photograph by Adam Secore; hair by Maxime Salvador at The Salon by Maxime; makeup by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Mesh cardigan, Le Sang des Betes ($225). Echo Park Independent Co-op, 1712 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; lesangdesbetes.com

Photographs by Steven + Laura Duncan; hair by Unite-lead stylist Michael M. Haase; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Laura Duncan

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Shearling biker jacket, SkinGraft ($805). 125 W. Fourth St., No. 102, Los Angeles; store.skingraftdesigns.com

Photograph by Ben Cope; hair by Unite-lead stylist Michael M. Haase; hair extensions and wig by Hairlocs International, Inc.; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Douglas VanLaningham

Fashion: "Fast Forward" Deer long shirt, Lekuin ($276). Planet Blue, 409 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills Stingray leather cuff, Lekuin ($150). Contact lekuindesigns@gmail.com.

Photograph by Dirk Mai; hair by Unite-lead stylist Michael M. Haase; hair extensions by Hairlocs International, Inc.; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Jill McDonald

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Shredded jersey scarf ($48), herringbone silkblend tank ($88) and sueded twill jodhpurs ($168), all by Kanvis. Fred Segal, 500 Broadway, Santa Monica; kanvis.com

Photographs by Robert Sigler; hair by Unite-lead stylist Amber Nichols; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Maor Cohen

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Petals and tulle couture gown, Michael Costello ($12,519). 505 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, by appointment only; michealcostello.com

Photograph by Ben Cope; hair by Unite-lead stylist Michael M. Haase; air extensions by Hairlocs International, Inc.; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Richard Lee Galvin

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Button tank dress, Future Heretics (price on request). Fred Segal, 500 Broadway, Santa Monica; futureheretics.com

Photograph by Peter Gurnz; hair by Unite-lead stylist Amber Nichols; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Yvette Gonzales, Yas Moslehpout and Jenna Silbeman

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Poney skirt, Gabby Applegate ($167). Echo Park Independent Co-op, 1712 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; gabbyapplegate.com

Photograph by Sam Hessamian for Centro Artists; hair by Unite-lead stylist Amber Nichols; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Gabby Applegate

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Black cape wrap dress, Le Sang des Betes ($315). Echo Park Independent Co-op, 1712 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; lesangdesbetes.com

Photographs by Steven + Laura Duncan; hair by Unite-lead stylist Michael M. Haase; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Laura Duncan

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Gradient fur vest, Funktional ($440). Kin Boutique & Gallery, 8555 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; funktionalcollection.com

Photograph by Ninelle Efremova; hair by Unite-lead stylist Michael M. Haase; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior; Beauty; styled by Jennifer Park

Fashion: "Fast Forward"
Tan pintucked dress ($213), Isabel Lu. Visit isabellu.com.

Photograph by Damon Kidwell; hair by Unite-lead stylist Michael M. Haase; makeup by Garret Gervais for Dior Beauty; styled by Adrian Lubanksi

Models courtesy of LA Models

(la-confidential-magazine.com)

The looks featured in this shoot vary as much as the faces of the models. I’m drawn to the beautiful gowns and dresses. The Michael Costello gown is a stroke of genius as is the Isabel Lu pintucked dress…..the “collar” on the latter mentioned, is what really does it for me. A little creativity is always appealing.

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BEAUTY, GIRLS / August 11 2009 5:40 PM

Belegenza Working To Bring The Best Products To You!

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Belegenza Working To Bring The Best Products To You!

When we gave you our ten “Summer Beauty Must Haves“, you may have noticed a few products by Belegenza. But the hair company’s SpotLite Shine and RoMANce Deep Conditioning treatments aren’t the only thing to rave about. When the company first launched, they were on a mission. Any natural products that had already been released were a trade-off; you were giving up luscious locks to go green, something everyone wanted to avoid. So they tackled the dilemma. Bringing everyone high-quality beauty products that didn’t kill your hair or the trees. All of Belegenza’s products are 100% natural and give you that super-silky head of hair that you’ve always dreamed about.

Look for more on Belegenza coming soon, including an interview with the founder.

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