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6/30/11

Bumble and bumble Hair Favorites



I met Nicole Wootten, who is a terribly fancy lead educator and stylist at Bumble and bumble, and I wanted her to share her favorite products with you.  Read at the bottom to find out how to get in touch with her for a haircut!

Nicole's Five Favorite Bumble and bumble Products... (in no particular order) ~



Grooming Crème
Everyone needs Grooming Crème.  This is a Bumble stylist favorite.  We can't ever seem to keep enough of this stocked on our salon floor.  You know how everyone loves their hair on the second day after they shampoo?  With Grooming Crème, (which was inspired by hand lotion) you can get this on the first day, and second, AND third... Etc.  It helps fluffy hair be tame, frizzy hair be smooth and looks very natural because of it's satin finish.  Sometimes overly shiny finishes can make the hair look oily.  Grooming Crème can be applied all over the hair and left to air dry for beautiful natural textures (men too!) or it can be added to a blowdry for an element of polish and separation.  It is also a great partner layered with Surf Spray... See below.



Surf Spray
Beachy beautifulness.  This is for those that love the way their hair feels, looks and happens at the beach.  It's pretty simple, apply all over and let air dry or diffuse in.  If the hair is on the drier side to begin with, layer with the Grooming Crème, or Leave-In, Rinse-Out Conditioner.  The best part is you don't have to do much to get it to look good.  



Tonic Lotion 
Hard to explain, addicting once used. It is a wonderful concoction of Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint and Rosemary.  Best used as a detangler out of the shower, it can also be used to restyle the hair on the days not shampooed.  We developed this product as a result of not having shampoo bowls backstage at Fashion Week.  When models come in from other shows, they generally have gels and hairsprays in their hair from shows they have done earlier in the day.  We need something better than water to restyle the hair.  So Tonic can break down product and allows you to restyle with ease.  And it also freshens it up!  (Like Febreze for the hair!)  Another added benefit is that it evens out the porosity of the hair so other products will go on evenly. (Think in terms of makeup, it's like the primer before foundation)



Does it all
I personally don't love using hairspray.  I think I inhaled enough Aqua Net in the 80's to never want to use it on myself again.  But this is different.  Does it All is almost like a shine spray with a little bit of hold.  It doesn't make hair feel crunchy the way traditional hairspray does.  The hair will still move around.  It gives the hair memory, in other words it remembers how you've styled your hair.   



Mending Masque
This hair mask can literally bring hair back from a chemical near death experience.  Hair becomes supple, shiny and regains its long lost elasticity.  I have seen client’s hair go from being very damaged back to healthy again.  Use it once a week for 10 minutes, and reap the rewards. 

All products are available at http://www.bumbleandbumble.com/ and http://www.sephora.com/

Nicole Wootten has been with Bumble and Bumble since 2001 and is currently the lead educator of technical education at Bumble and Bumble University, which includes writing and developing curriculum, training internal and external educators, she also works backstage at the New York and Paris ready to wear shows each season, is booked months in advanced during wedding season and still has a die hard clientele in the downtown salon. She has been featured in such publications as In Style, Luckymag Online, and American Salon.  

To book an appointment with Nicole you can call Bumble and Bumble at (212) 521-6500.  To inquire about wedding prices and availability email her at nwbridalhair@gmail.com

6/12/11

Joey Healy - Brow Guru



Joey Healy is one of the warmest, funniest, chattiest (in a good way!) and talented makeup artists I know.  He specializes in brows and has LOTS of opinions on them J!  Joey has an AMAZING line of brow products at www.joeyhealy.com and is crazy good at shaping brows.   



So Joey, what is the biggest mistake women make with their eyebrows?

Where do we start?!  A lot of women completely over analyze things by getting magnifying mirrors, getting way too close, and they over pluck.  They take way too much.  You have to “step away from the mirror”.  Your brows are sisters, not twins.  Symmetry is really important but if you’re always striving for perfect symmetry you’re going to over pluck.

What are your thoughts on tweezing vs. waxing?  Threading?

Waxing – has chemicals, you can get burned and you can’t (or your shouldn’t) do it if you’re on Retin A, have a sunburn or are irritated.  Waxing is good for indiscriminately removing a large area of hair – on your legs for example – not for shaping precise areas.  Also, if you have an event you should not wax your brows day-of because your foundation won’t adhere to your skin for 24 hours post waxing – you’ve removed a layer of skin.  And lastly, sometimes people double dip in wax which is just gross.

Threading – threading is an amazing ancient practice, and when done right, it’s beautiful.  People who go over to India and the Middle East to train are amazing.  The problem is, not everyone is good at it and you can get really patchy work (literally) from someone who isn’t experienced.  It’s less sanitary because of the whole string in the mouth thing and can leave you red but I find it be much better than waxing.

How do you pick the right color of pencil/powder for your brows?

It’s admittedly hard to do which is why I give explicit product directions on my website when people are shopping.  Generally speaking you should match your eyebrows, not the hair on your head (unless you’re a redhead and then you should match your hair).  If you want a vampy/pinup look go darker, if you want something lighter bleach your brow and then use something soft on top. 

 


Generally you want harmony with the color and ashy tones work best for blonds/light brunettes.  Put it in your brows and wait 5 minutes for it to oxidize – then judge the color.

Speaking of pencils and powders, how do you know which to choose?

For thicker, more dense brows that are complete on their own, powder is better.  It just amps up the volume.  If you need to “fake it” more, then pencil is good to crispen up an arch or taper your tail (end of the brow).  So you may use one of the other or both if your arches are full and tails are thin.

If someone has patchiness in their eyebrows is there anything they can do to grow the hair back?

I actually have a brow enhancing serum that totally works.  If you’re over plucked, over waxed or just unlucky it is perfect.  It’s also great because as we age people lose brow hair and this product was developed to help it grow back using great ingredients.  The formula is one of the only paraben free ones on the market and is full of hyaluronic acid which binds moisture to the skin.  The key ingredient though are the penta-peptides which are a chain of five amino acids that stimulate the dormant hair follicles and help them to grow.

Seriously?

Yes!  I use it day and night.  You have to use it religiously AM/PM for the first six weeks and then nightly afterwards.  But if you do that you WILL see results in 2-3 weeks.  Not only does it grow your brows, it deep conditions your existing brows so they’ll be thick and shiny.

Amazing!  Okay – what are your tips for at-home tweezing?

1 – Don’t use a magnifying mirror.  Your brows don’t grow in straight rows like little soldiers and using a mirror will make you over pluck.
2 – Exercise patience and keen judgment – fill them in and see if it’s good enough. 
3 – Be as objective as possible – know that it is hard to have perspective on your own brows.  If you’re not sure about something, STOP, and come back to it the next day. 
4 – Use good tweezers – sharp and slanted.
5 – Use witch hazel to clean your skin before you start plucking.
6 – If you need to trim (and chances are good that you do) go to a pro for a lesson.  Trimming and tweezing go together. 

Thanks Joey!!

All makeup done by Joey Healy

Auri ~ here's what Joey had to say about your excellent question:
Hi Auri! The best product I've found on the market for dealing with ingrown
hairs is Tend Skin. A little of the product on a cotton ball post-plucking
should solve your problem. Also, always pluck hair in the direction of hair
growth and use good tweezers to make a clean pull - not breaking the hair in
half but getting it out at the root. Hope that helped!


6/1/11

Where The Boys Are

So I just worked this monster tech convention with all of these super smart ladies and gents, most of whom do NOT wear makeup.  Primarily because most of them were dudes.  One named Charlie Rose!



So as I was doing makeup I started thinking about my girls that like really natural, long-wearing makeup that won't cake up and won't look like "makeup".  Here's what was in heavy rotation:


The Mineral Primer from Hourglass is awesome - it smooths out the texture of your skin, is oil/fragrance/paraben free, and the zinc helps tone down/heal/soothe red skin.  And it waterproofs your makeup.  It's kind of amazing.



These guys do NOT moisturize and so their undereyes were fairly dry so this stuff was my saving grace.  It will smooth out concealers that are too dry and helps depuff as well as smooth fine lines.
It's always fun to pull out something in a pink and shimmery pouch to use on boys :).  If you know me, you know I love Mally's Cancellation Concealers and they're good on everyone.  They stay put, look pretty and COVER.

Let me count the ways that I LOVE this powder!!  Jouer's Mineral Powder is seriously stunning you guys - matte, velvety, creamy looking natural coverage.  Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani wear it and their skin looks FLAWLESS!!  I love this line, and how portable everything is, but the quality makes it one of my favorites.  I was ready to pop it on Ashton Kutcher's nose but, alas, he didn't want any makeup - sadness!



I did get to work with a couple of women - one being the lovely Arianna Huffington who was beautiful!

So try out the natural looking goodies and see what you think!