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Posted by 09.01.14

I admit it – I was not exactly born “blonde.” In fact, my natural color is a medium brown, if I recall correctly. It’s been a few years. With what I have spent cumulatively over a few decades on going lighter and lighter, I could have owned a villa in Cap Ferrat by now. But it’s been worth it.

If you love being a “blonde” like I do, Redken’s Blonde Idol collection will be a welcome addition to your daily routine. It brightens and beautifies your highlights to keep your blonde brilliant between salon visits. Whether you’re a warm golden blonde or a cool toned blonde, Blonde Idol has a Custom-Tone Conditioner that is just right for you. The shampoo is sulfate-free but lathers up richly, making it ideal for both colored hair and keratin-straightened hair as well.

The BBB Spray is a multi-benefit spritzer that detangles your locks with a fresh scent. Hair will feel more conditioned and full of body, strengthened and brighter instantly. I love the BBB Spray to wake up a blowout or freshen up hair after being in a smoke-filled room or exposed to pollution in the city.

The final step in the regimen is the rich gel mask that hydrates and repairs damaged ends from overheated flat irons and too many trips to the blowout bar. Prices start at $19 and go up to $37 for a 3 piece kit, and a little goes a long way.

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Posted by 08.27.14

August is Hairloss Awareness Month which drives home the issues so many people – women included – deal with on a daily basis. Hair naturally thins with age, but there are many other factors that can contribute to excessive shedding, including genetics, medications, hormones, illness, and of course, stress. Over time, the hair follicles shrink and eventually they stop growing altogether.

According to Washington DC dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, hair thinning is a huge concern for both men and women. “A type of stress-related hairloss is called telogen effluvium, which is the second most common hair loss condition seen by Dermatologists. The acutely stressful event (death in the family, job loss, divorce, exams, etc.) ‘shocks’ the hair into the resting phase of the hair growth cycle and those affected can lose up to 20% of their hair.  The shedding can occur up to 2-3 months after the stressful event.  It typically grows back within 6 to 9 months.”

Hereditary hairloss, called androgenetic alopecia, is another major cause that affects approximately 80 million people in the U.S, according to the AAD.

New England based hair restoration surgeon Robert Leonard weighs in on choosing the right products to restore and maintain a full head of hair. “Clogged hair follicles do not cause hair loss. But it is very important to use hair care products that thoroughly cleanse the scalp of cellular debris and sebum; however, this issue does not cause follicles to become clogged, causing thinning hair.” He also dispelled the common myth that frequent shampooing causes hair to become thin. “Daily shampooing is important to keep both the scalp and the hair clean,” says Leonard.

Check out these six top hairloss solutions recommended by leading physicians.


Redken Cerafill Thinning Hair Solutions- With three systems from Defy for thinning hair, to Retaliate for advanced thinning hair that includes Minoxidil, to two maximize treatment stylers, Cerafill offers a solution for each stage of hair thinning. Dense Fx™ hair diameter thickening treatment is touted as a Hair Diameter thickening treatment for all hair types that plumps up existing hair diameter by 9%. From $18 up to $70 for kits.


ROGAINE® – Available for men in a foam and extra strength solution, and also available for women over the counter as Women’s ROGAINE® Topical Solution. ROGAINE® contains minoxidil, the first FDA-approved ingredient clinically proven to help regrow hair. It penetrates into your scalp to stimulate follicles to grow new hair. Expect to see results within 4-6 months of continued use. The downside of Minoxidil is that you need to keep using it, every day, twice a day, to maintain the effects. Note that it is safe for colored hair. Download the Rogaine app on iTunes to track your progress. $49.99 for a 3 month supply.


Viviscal® Hair Growth and Hair Care Programs – Best known for making supplements to nourish hair (Viviscal Extra Strength), Viviscal also offers haircare products to stimulate the scalp (Viviscal Hair and Scalp Serum, Gentle Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner), and add volume by thickening hairs (Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers come in six hair colors), so they have got your thinning hair concerns covered. According to Marina del Rey, Calif plastic surgeon W. Grant Stevens, “You have to manage thinning hair from the inside out. That’s why drug free products like Viviscal supplements are the right combination of nutrients for women and men.” From $19.99 to $119.99 for a 3 month supply of supplements.

KeraniqueCreated especially for women, the Keranique haircare system follows a simple three step process: cleanse, condition, and treat. After cleansing with Revitalizing Shampoo and conditioning with the Volumizing Condition, Keranique offers two Step 3 options for Volumizing or Regrowth based on your individual needs. For clients with thinning hair, the Hair Regrowth Kit includes the Minoxidil hair regrowth treatment specially formulated for women. For women who only need help thickening their hair, the Thicker Fuller Hair Kit includes the follicle boosting serum, as well as a volumizing lifting spray. From $19.95 – 159.90.


Capillus272™ – Low level laser light therapy (LLLT) has long been used to stimulate hair growth. Red light has been shown to be effective in stimulating energizing within the cells of the hair follicle, stimulating the oil glands for silkier-looking hair, and increasing melanin production to darken gray or white hairs. It is a clever system that comes with a baseball cap, a portable battery pack, and the light source that can be used at home. Treatment of 30 minutes every other day is recommended to achieve results. Approximately $2,999.95



If these short term solutions don’t do the trick, hair restoration is a great option. Long gone are the days of visible grafts that look like rows or corn and long scars running across the back of the scalp. The newest advanced solution for hair restoration is the ARTAS® Robotic Procedure.  With no linear scar required, the results are more natural-looking and the procedure is faster with a shorter recovery. “The ARTAS Robotic System is the most sophisticated device available anywhere in the world to assist me in harvesting grafts.  The precision in harvesting follicular units with this state-of-the-art device is achieved by the use of its pair of infrared cameras, its accurate calculation of follicular unit numbers and density, and its advanced specialized software that calculates the exact angle and depth of the follicular units,” said Leonard.



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Posted by 07.26.14

Sombré (subtle ombré) is now here, and being courted and wooed by everyone from salon hairstylists to celebrities.

A coloring technique that allows for a softer and more natural progression of color than the original trendsetter, sombré hair resembles more the natural color changes in a horse’s mane rather than the the jolt of color in a parakeet feather. The end result is very pleasing on the eyes, and not jarring in a neon billboard kind of way.

George Papanikolas, Matrix Celebrity Stylist and Coloristwho has given the sombré look to Jenna Tatum and Minka Kelley, among others says that although sombré looks more natural it requires some serious maintenance because of the delicate highlights at the roots that gradually fade to lighter brighter ends.  It tends to grow out softly though, and needs to be retouched  every 12-14 weeks.

But, he adds, sombré is more gentle on the hair because hair does not have to be lightened or processed heavily to achieve the look, which causes less damage and requires fewer treatments and conditioning. Papanikolas adds that the ideal sombré has “soft delicate highlights at the root area that gradually get lighter at the ends.  All the ends of the hair should not look dip dyed.”

None of that harsh, spiky streaks of color that we had initially with ombré,despite Lindsay Lohan’s colorful version. Previously, there would be the great divide: your natural color, and suddenly ombre, as though gradual fading did not matter. But with the new trend, a gradual fade is truly key.

Of course, great sombré looks, such as the kinds worn by Kim Kardashian or Jessica Biel, require careful maintenance, and they tend to work best on straight or wavy hair. Papanikolas advises that hair moisturizers (hair masques, like Leonor Greyl’s Masque Quintessence, which we’re crazy about) is the key to maintaining the rich color process.

Get the Look at Home

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And yes, there is a way to get the look at home. L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Ombré Touch ($12.99) just launched and aims to give you that subtle effect, with streaks of light that don’t look forced. The kit contains an Expert Touch Applicator, a plastic brush with fine teeth that easily fits onto a finger tip so you can brush the color into your hair. The Luminous Lightening System contains a Lifting Powder, a lifting Crème, and a Crème Develope, which when used together creates a sophisticated and subtle sombré effect.





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