Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Stylist and Natural Curl Guru with Tips on Mastering Mousse


 
Styling mousse first came on the scene back in the 80’s when big hair was the thing. Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston were the ladies who set the hair trends back then. I’m sure if you see pictures of your mom from the 80’s, you will see the waterfall bangs and curls that were teased, fried and crunchy. It was a cool look then. It’s not cool now. Hair styles and the products we use have changed over the decades.

Maya Smith, International Master of Natural Curls and founder of The Doux®, a haircare line she created specifically for naturally curly hair, has seen the evolution of mousse from the very beginning to now. We caught up with Maya and scored some amazing tips and insights to help you know which ingredients to look for and how to best use mousse to maximize your modern style.

Q: First to get things clear, what is the purpose of mousse? How has it changed from when you first saw it back in the day? What is the main difference from the mousse we see today and those from the 80’s and 90’s? Were they intended for different kinds of styles, textures?

A: When I started in the industry, the 90’s hair was in full effect. Naturally curly girls used mousse to create the Hillary Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) “wet” look. For volume a diffuser was used to get hair to stand up at the roots. The visual results were awesome, but if you tried to re-style your hair once it dried, you were in big trouble! While it was used on curly weaves, extensions, and wigs, mousse wasn’t even an option for girls with super-tight curls or kinky textures. These days, mousse is still used to achieve great definition and shine, but less emphasis is placed on how high your hair stands up, or how stiff the overall look is. It’s much more about softness and movement.

Q: What are some ingredients to look for? What’s good and what should be avoided?

A: Always be sure to look at the ingredients when shopping for products because this can make a big difference. Ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), Isopropyl, and Prolyene have been found to cause breakage and dry out your hair. The best way to achieve healthy hair is to have that balance between protein and moisture.

Q: What causes that crunch and what were some of the problems with the mousse options available that inspired you to create your own? Can mousse be combined with other products? What are the benefits of combining products and steps?

A: It’s common for mousse to be combined with gel or cream because most mousses on the market contain alcohol to make the hair dry faster. They are also polymer rich, which creates a sticky coating on the hair, much like a hairspray. This can leave hair feeling dry and stiff. We formulated our Mousse Def as an all-in-one solution for this problem. It creates the shine and definition of a mousse, yet leaves hair soft and touchable with no flaking.

Q: How does mousse compare to gels and balms? Are gels a thing of the past? Can a balm be used in place of a mousse?  

A: Mousse and gels are water-based products that contain polymers and holding agents that “stiffen” on the hair shaft in order to hold the hair in place. On the other hand, balms, pomades, and control pastes are what we call emulsions, are a mix of oils and water. The Doux’s Bonita Afro Balm is an emulsion developed for moisture and softness that also contains a small amount of polymer for a softer, more flexible hold.

Q: Finally, are Salon or Professional brands worth the money? Do they contain better ingredients?

A: Yes. Products that were formulated for salon use typically contain a higher quality of ingredients. They also contain less water and fillers, so you’re getting a more concentrated product with longer-standing results.

Q: What other advice can you offer to girls with natural curls who want to mix up their hair styles?

A: Try something new. Gone are the days when heavy pomades and gels were your only styling options. Girls who have natural curls deserve to enjoy lighter products that are easy to apply, and create bounce and movement. Maximizing your natural God given hair is what’s popular now. 

About Maya Smith:

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, according to NaturallyCurly, Maya is among the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya's unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. 

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in select Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Have you tried Flawless by Gabrielle Union???


Have you all tried Flawless by Gabrielle Union? I am so interested in trying these products out. Let me know what you think and if I should purchase some of these items.

Flawless by Gabrielle Union
Flawless Moisturizing Shampoo ($19, FlawlessHair.com)
This Moisturizing Shampoo rebalances and hydrates hair. A blend of rich oils and protein helps to nourish and provide protection, preventing breakage.
Benefits:
·         Restores moisture to dry hair
·         Cleanses and moisturizes while maintaining natural volume
·         Improves luster and shine
·         Improves hair strength and elasticity

Key Ingredients:
·         Argan Oil
o   Filled with Omega 9, antioxidants and Vitamin E
o   Improves hair strength, repairs damage and restores shine and softness
·         Marula Oil
o   Hydrates and repairs hair
o   Highly concentrated with essential fatty acids, antioxidants and Omegas
·         Avocado Oil
o   Rich in fatty acids, Vitamins A, E and D to provide maximum conditioning to the hair
o   Vitamin content helps strengthen hair against breakage and binds split ends together
·         Grapefruit Oil — enhances shine
·         Pea Protein — delivers a rich source of essential amino acids for increased hydration and elasticity, helping to prevent hair breakage
·         Aloe Juice – Helps strengthen and nourish hair” to key ingredients

Flawless Moisturizing Conditioner ($19, FlawlessHair.com)
This hydrating conditioner detangles and provides moisture to dry and damaged hair. A blend of rich oils and proteins helps to nourish and provide protection to help prevent breakage.

Benefits:
·         Strengthens and restores
·         Provides lightweight hydration
·         Improves elasticity to help prevent breakage

Key Ingredients:
·         Argan Oil
o   Filled with Omega 9, antioxidants and Vitamin E
o   Improves hair strength, repairs damage and restores shine and softness
·         Marula Oil
o   Hydrates and repairs hair
o   Highly concentrated with essential fatty acids, antioxidants and Omegas
·         Avocado Oil
o   Rich in fatty acids, Vitamins A, E and D to provide maximum conditioning to the hair
o   Vitamin content helps strengthen hair against breakage and binds split ends together
·         Grapefruit Oil — enhances shine
·         Apricot Oil — rich in fatty acids for improved luster and moisturization
·         Pea Protein — delivers a rich source of essential amino acids for increased hydration and elasticity, helping to prevent hair breakage
·         Shea Butter – Helps soothe and moisturize dry, irritated scalp

Flawless Oil Treatment ($25, FlawlessHair.com)
This silicone free Oil Treatment nourishes and prevents breakage while delivering intense hydration, conditioning and superior shine. Rich in natural oils, you will instantly see smoothed split ends and intense shine.

Benefits:
·         Provides enhanced conditioning and shine
·         Improves hair strength and health
·         Helps smooth split ends and fights against frizz

Key Ingredients:
·         Argan Oil
o   Filled with Omega 9, antioxidants and Vitamin E
o   Improves hair strength, repairs damage and restores shine and softness
·         Marula Oil
o   Hydrates and repairs hair
o   Highly concentrated with essential fatty acids, antioxidants and Omegas
·         Avocado Oil
o   Rich in fatty acids, Vitamins A, E and D to provide maximum conditioning to the hair
o   Vitamin content helps strengthen hair against breakage and binds split ends together
·         Pea Protein — delivers a rich source of essential amino acids for increased hydration and elasticity, helping to prevent hair breakage

Flawless Hair Masque ($29, FlawlessHair.com)
This amazing Hair Masque repairs and strengthens dry, damaged and overworked hair. The conditioning agents soften, smooth and add shine while our unique blend of protein and oils provides superior hydration and helps prevent against future breakage by strengthening and improving elasticity.

Benefits:
·         Repairs dry, damaged hair
·         Softens and smooths
·         Strengthens hair elasticity to help prevent future breakage
·         Premium Conditioning Blend– increases manageability, softness and ease of combing

Key Ingredients:
·         Argan Oil
o   Filled with Omega 9, antioxidants and Vitamin E
o   Improves hair strength, repairs damage and restores shine and softness
·         Marula Oil
o   Hydrates and repairs hair
o   Highly concentrated with essential fatty acids, antioxidants and Omegas
·         Avocado Oil
o   Rich in fatty acids, Vitamins A, E and D to provide maximum conditioning to the hair
o   Vitamin content helps strengthen hair against breakage and binds split ends together
·         Pea Protein — delivers a rich source of essential amino acids for increased hydration and elasticity, helping to prevent hair breakage
·         Cuticle Smoothing Agent — combats lifted cuticles and helps to smooth split ends, even after multiple washings

Monday, October 16, 2017

Achi’s new scented gel polishes and beauty tools

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achi PREMIUM BEAUTY BRAND LAUNCH IN LOS ANGELES, CA
ACHI, Beauty Luxury Line Set To Launch Fall, 2017

Los Angeles, CA -October, 2017- achi is a premium beauty luxury line created by Valerie Anderson, who is a seasoned expert in the nail industry. Anderson currently owns several businesses in the Manhattan Beach, California area. After much anticipation, Anderson is now sharing her nail passion with the world through her new lavish line of luxurious scented gel nail polish and beauty tools.

The achi brand has created a nail polish that uses a formaldehyde-free formula, which yields exceptionally pigmented color, wherein consumers no longer need to resort to multiple applications to achieve the desired color. The cruelty-free gel polish is made in Japan and has a sweet, strawberry scent, making the polish unrivaled within the beauty industry. There are 45 colors in the collection and nail enthusiasts will be happy with the range of nude polishes that the brand offers. achi’s top and base coats are known for no peel and no lift adhesiveness.

A natural and cruelty-free product is key when launching a luxury brand that also appeals to the consumer and industry experts. Creating a scented polish using a natural fragrance took months of perfecting, “the amount of oil to use without affecting the adhesion and pigmentation was quite the challenge.” States Anderson, but these types of beauty products need precise results to develop a long-lasting nail gel. achi’s distinct scented gel polishes stay on your nails after multiple washes. achi ‘s Nail gels were inspired by vintage perfumes and will leave a scent to create nostalgia everywhere you go.

In addition to scented gel polishes, achi is launching a single finger curing lamp which has LED lighting and allows a convenient and user-friendly gel application. This Unique curing lamp sets gel polish in place so it will last up to three weeks. The product will be sold individually and in package sets which are a perfect gift for any occasion. Inspired by a fierce pair of stilettos, achi is also launching a line of premium yellow and rose gold plated tweezers.  With a fierce design unlike any other, the achi tweezer will be the sexiest tool in your beauty bag.

achi’s elegant packaging was inspired by Anderson’s love of Owls. After visiting the famous Owl Cafe in Japan, Valerie knew that this was the ultimate symbol for her unique product.   Owls represent “wisdom and femininity, along with magic and mystery,” Anderson is confident that her beauty products design and features will allow one to feel beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside.

achi will be releasing new beauty tools and products in addition to the one of a kind scented nail gels. For more information about achi, please visit www.HouseOfAchi.com @houseofachi

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sommer Ray Hosts West Coast Intro to FENTY PUMA Line at Madison Style in Beverly Hills!

Last night Sommer Ray hosted the exclusive west coast FENTY PUMA AW 2017 collection launch at Madison boutique in Beverly Hills.

Guests sipped on sponsored champagne from Billionaire’s Row to beats spun by Nathalie Paris and DJ Rupp and a special performance by Australian pop star Katja Gleason.

Celebrity attendees included Sommer Ray (Influencer), Nicole Williams (WAGS), Shantel Jackson (E! The Platinum Life), Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect), Laura Govan (Basketball Wives), Asiah Collins (E! The Platinum Life), Melia Kreiling (The Last Tycoon), Katja Glieson (Singer), Sasha Gates (WAGS), Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), Naomi Grossman(American Horror Story Franchise), Ali Levine (Stylist), Mandy Jiroux (Singer), Nathalie Paris (Singer), DJ Rupp (DJ), Veronika Obeng (Second Wives Club), Eva Gutowski(Youtube Star),Lindsey Pelas (Model), Ashlee Lina (What Happens at the Abbey), , Blake Cooper Griffin (Love is All You Need), Matthew Postlethwaite (Peaky Blinders), Nick Marini (Hit The Road), Kelly Washington (Trafficked), JR Lemon (The Night Shift),Robert Bailey, Jr. (The Night Shift), Taz Saunders (Photographer), Valentino Mitaj(Singer), Marisa Saks (Millionaire Matchmaker).



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Sommer Ray (Influencer)


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Sommer Ray and William Benson (Billionaires Row Champagne)


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Nicole Williams (WAGS)
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Shantel Jackson and Asiah Collins (E! The Platinum Life)
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Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect Franchise)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Announcing Beauty Box Collaboration-Cosmoprof & New Beauty

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COSMOPROF NORTH AMERICA AND NEWBEAUTY MAGAZINE BEAUTY BOX COLLABORATION
Limited-edition box features 10 up-and-comers from the 2017 event

Las Vegas – (September 26, 2017Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), the only all-encompassing, award-winning, business-to-business beauty event in North America, is proud to announce a special collaboration with NewBeauty magazine, whereby readers will have the chance to order a limited-edition beauty box. The exclusive box features select special area exhibitor products on display at the CPNA event which took place July 9-11, 2017 in Las Vegas. The special areas at CPNA are recognized for featuring the most innovative indie beauty brands from all over the globe, covering various industry sectors of masstige and prestige beauty. As the event is exclusively B2B and not open to the public, this rare opportunity is exclusive to NewBeauty readers—giving them a peek inside the global event where up-and-coming brands are discovered. Participating exhibitors in this program benefit from a consumer-focused campaign that takes their products from the show floor to the front door of beauty aficionados.

“This is the second time we are making a box collaboration that is consumer-facing, and we specifically chose to work with NewBeauty because it’s a luxury brand with a discerning and highly influential reader base,” says Daniela Ciocan, CPNA Marketing Director. “We are excited to have the opportunity to offer our up-and-coming exhibitors access to such a powerful network.”   

“We are always seeking cool collaborations that help keep our readers in tune with the latest and best in beauty, and CPNA is widely recognized for discovering trend-setting beauty brands and putting them on the map,” says Steffanie Attenberg, NewBeauty VP, Group Publisher. “In the end, it’s a win-win for the brands and our readers.”

The 10 brands featured include:
Kavella | Hair Mask | kavella.com | 10 oz, $5 value
MyChelle Dermaceuticals | Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum | mychelle.com 0.5 fl. oz, $22 value
Naked Princess | Fragrance Towelettes | nakedprincess.com |10 towelettes, $8 value
Nature Nut | Shampoo | nature-nut.com |13.52 fl. Oz., $20.99 value
Ouiglo | Facial Mask | ouiglo.com | 0.8 oz, $4 value
Prismologie | Rose Quartz & Rose Hand & Cuticle Cream & Sapphire & Oud Foot Cream | prismologie.com 10 ml each, $11 value
Sonage | Patagonia Berry Stem Cell Mask | sonage.com | 20 ml, $34 value
Supermood | Eye Serum | supermood.fi | 0.5 ml, $29 value
VenEffect | Anti-Aging Lip Treatment | veneffect.com 0.10 fl. oz, $25 value
Vita Liberata Luxury Tan | Self Tanning Gradual Lotion | vitaliberata.com | 50 ml, $30 value
Valued close to $200, the limited-edition box will go on sale in late September for $29.95 with free shipping. Once it’s sold out, it’s gone! To purchase, visit newbeauty.com.

Cosmoprof North America will return to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas July 29 through 31st, 2018. To learn more, visit cosmoprofnorthamerica.com.
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ABOUT COSMOPROF NORTH AMERICA
Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) is the award winning premier international B2B beauty trade show covering all facets of the industry under one roof and the largest event of its kind in the Americas. For more information, please visitcosmoprofnorthamerica.com. Event information and exhibitor updates are also posted on Facebook, Twitter (@cosmoproflv) and Instagram (@cosmoprofna).
Organizer: Cosmoprof North America is organized by North American Beauty Events LLC, a joint-venture company between the BolognaFiere Cosmoprof S.p.a. and Professional Beauty Association.

BolognaFiere Cosmoprof S.p.a., the world’s leading trade show organizer in the cosmetics, fashion, architecture, building, art and culture sectors, features in its portfolio more than 80 exhibitions, both domestic and international, among which Cosmoprof, an international platform with events in Bologna (established 1967), Hong Kong (established 1996) and Las Vegas (established 2003). bolognafiere.it

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) advances the professional beauty industry by providing our members with education, charitable outreach, government advocacy, events and more. PBA is the largest organization of industry professionals with members representing salons and spas, distributors, manufacturers, and beauty professionals/NCA. Visit probeauty.org or call 800.468.2274 (480.281.0424) to learn more.

ABOUT NEWBEAUTY MAGAZINE
When it first hit stands, NewBeauty carved a unique niche as the only magazine 100 percent dedicated to beauty. Since its inception, no other brand has done more to educate millions of women on how to make better beauty decisions. Created to fill a void where real, in-depth and trusted beauty information was nearly impossible to find, NewBeauty has grown into a leading powerhouse luxury brand that empowers women everywhere. NewBeauty delivers cutting-edge information and solutions in a range of options from the latest beauty products, treatments and cosmetic enhancement procedures to advancements in health, wellness, diet and fitness.

GET THE LOOK: TARAJI P. HENSON AT THE EMPIRE PREMIER

As Empire gears up for a much anticipated fourth season, Taraji. P. Henson debuted a FIERCE new look at the show’s season premier last night. Her signature flawless skin was downright iridescent as she stepped out with a trendy new hairstyle to show off her statement ear candy - #WANT. 
Taraji’s go-to makeup guru, Ashunta Sheriff shares how to capture her lit-from-within glow:
 SKIN
  • I always start with clean skin and I love using NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Cleanser to begin so pores are really clean.
  • I then used MAC Vibrancy Eye Cream, Strobe Creme in Pink Lite, Prep and Prime and Lip Conditioner to prep and condition her skin.
  • I used MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC45 all over and MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC30 in her t-zone to create a subtle lift. 
  • I contoured and sculpted cheekbones and nose with Film Noir Matte Blush.
  • Then I popped checks with wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush and added a high watt ‘POW’ on cheekbones with Mineralization Skin Finish in Gold Deposit. I added Soft Focus on top for an alien luminescent glow.
  • Finally, I set look with MAC Prep + Prime Finishing Powder using a large powder brush and Setting Spray for a night full of carpets and cameras to hydrate skin and give it a fresh look.

Kim Kimble to launch new product line on HSN Dec. 29 and 30

Kim Kimble, one of Hollywood’s most sought after celebrity hairdressers and hair expert, is launching her new product line,  Kim Kimble...