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It is officially wedding season. Summer, destination and beach weddings abound, so it’s important to know the dos and don’ts of creating your beauty look. Although it is a beautiful time of year to tie the knot, it is also hot and humid, which means your hair can become a frizzy mess (especially on the beaches of South Carolina where my brother and his fiancé will be saying “I do” in just 36 short days). There are three hairstyles that are fairly simple to achieve that will look great and help keep hair tamed and frizz-free. 

Bohemian Bride

First up is Bohemian-inspired, perfect for that bride that isn’t going to wear a lot of makeup and wants to keep everything simple. Begin by using a small amount of Blow Beach Blow Texturizing Mist to give your hair a bit of sea salt and protein to help create great beach waves. Next, curl hair with a 1-inch curling iron and comb through with your fingers to get nice beachy waves. Then, part hair straight down the middle. Most of your hair will be down with this, so make sure you like the way the waves look. On either side, start a standard 2 strand braid on a small section near the crown of the head. You are going to start a waterfall braid, which means you only take the hair from the top, allowing the bottom pieces to fall. Continue this about half way down and tie it off with small elastic. Repeat this process on the opposite side. After you finish the second side, pin the top section of your hair up and tuck the two ends of the braid under the rest of your hair so the elastics are hidden and cross the two pieces over one another and pin them into place so they will lay nicely under the rest of your hair. Let your hair down and the look is complete. You can also use standard braids instead of switching to the waterfall.

Classic Bride

This next style is perfect for a beach wedding and a bride who looks amazing wearing a red lip, like my future sister-in-law. This look takes the classic French braid and adds a little twist. This style requires a good length of hair, so if you have shorter hair you could always add extensions for your big day. Make sure the hair has some wave to it first and then start with a deep side part and begin a French braid. Be sure to not pull the braid too tight because this look is about volume. Continue the braid all the way down the side of your head. Once you have reached the nape of the head, pull in the rest of your hair and start a regular braid and tie off with a small elastic. After, tuck the braid under and start pinning into place, using Goody Spin Pins, just a few of the screw like pins are the same as 40 bobbies! Once you’ve pinned and the look is complete, add a big white flower for more of a beach feel and to hide any pins.

Trendy Bride

The final look is for the bride who wants to push the envelope and do something different for her wedding day. The halo braid is not something everyone can pull off, so be sure to bring this to your stylist for your trial or do it a few times in advance, that way you can make sure it works for your face shape and with your makeup choices. Start from the back of your head near the nape, begin a pop-up French braid (instead of braiding the new strands of hair over each time, braid under). Continue the braid all the way around your head. To make the look a little more romantic leave a few pieces down in the front. When you have come back around, finish off with a regular braid. Tie it off with a small elastic. Pin the end of the braid into place, making sure to tuck it underneath the front of the braid crown so it looks seamless.

Finish all these looks with Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Spray, that way no matter how humid the weather gets, your hair will keep its style.

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Summertime is one of the hardest times of the year for both our skin and our hair with all of the sun exposure and swimming. Whether you’re suffering from razor bumps or chlorine-damaged hair, here’s how to correct some of the season’s biggest emergencies with a few great products.

Bumps Be Gone

This has always been one of my biggest pet peeves. I am one of those women who absolutely hates any hair except for what’s on my head so I shave every part of my body. Razor bumps are the worst, and you can get them in a lot of places, not just your bikini area. To me, I feel vulnerable enough in a swimsuit so I don’t need the added stress of bumps to make it even more difficult. The solution: GiGi No Bump Roll On. Use this treatment after shaving or getting waxed to soothe any irritation as well as prevent any ingrown hairs from forming.

Chlorine and Sun Damaged Hair

Growing up with a stepmother who was a hairstylist made me extra hair conscious and during the summertime it always got worse. I love nothing more than laying out by a pool and going swimming, but I also love dying my hair and sometimes the disaster that is born when these two things come together makes the dip seem not worth it. Thanks to ColorMark Touchback Plus Shampoo and Condition this is no longer a problem. These two products use all-natural ingredients (green tea leaf, lemon peel extracts and chamomile flowers) to restore your color that can become dull and faded after a day in the sun. Also an added plus, it gives an extra amount of shine to help correct the dryness from the chlorine.

Melting Makeup Prevention

The heat not only makes your body hot, sweaty and sticky, but it also does terrible things for your makeup. I had this problem during the Fourth of July holiday when every party was outside. I wanted to do my makeup, but I knew the minute I walked out the door it would be dripping down my face. In makeup school, you are taught to use powder, but in the heat that can just become cakey and look even worse. One of my favorite makeup companies came up with a genius idea: the Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray. Similar to hydrating sprays, this product has a cooling effect when applied so that your face stays refreshed and your makeup stays in place. Also, it will work on every product you apply to your face, eye shadow, mascara, bronzer, etc.


There’s nothing like swimsuit season to draw your attention to your below-the-waist grooming situation. For those of us who may have let things slide a little during the winter, there’s no avoiding a little feminine landscaping come summer. Whether you prefer the neat-but-natural or barely-there look is a personal preference, as is your method of grooming, but there’s a hardly a woman out there that doesn’t need a little bikini maintenance this time of year.

Enter your new best friend: the Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® razor. This genius wet/dry razor is the perfect answer for all of your grooming needs. One side features a traditional shower razor with 4 ultra-thin blades that’s perfect for legs, underarms and bikini area. The other side features a waterproof 1-inch trimmer for neatening up your bikini area. Select from four different comb positions to achieve your desired look and length. Like I said, genius!

So whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or just looking for a little between waxing maintenance, this two-in-one razor has you covered (or should we say, uncovered).

Schick Logo.jpgSchick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® enables women to shave, trim and transform themselves with a simple flip of the handle. Achieve a shave so smooth you can skip a day or two with this must-have accessory that gives women the confidence and energy to feel free in their skin.

For those of us who suffer (yes, suffer) with thin, pin-straight hair, finding a celebrity or some other hair role model who manages to make her own hair look full and sexy is of the utmost importance. Cue Naomi Watts at the series premiere supporting her boyfriend Liev Schrieber’s new HBO show, ‘Ray Donovan’. Since her tousled bob with added volume at the roots is causing major hair envy, I decided to share a few products that have actually worked voluminous miracles for my own hair in the past. 

For damp hair, the Bumble and bumble thickening mousse and the Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray can work as a base product before a blow dry to add volume to the roots and help hold shape in the hair after styling. The Schwarzkopf Osis Dust Mattifying Powder is a fine, gritty powder you apply to dry hair. When rubbed into the scalp, it takes on a sticky texture that creates massive volume in the hair without weighing it down. The Living Proof Amp Instant Texture Volumizer is best used on shorter hair to add volume and texture while maintaining a flexible hold. 

Amy Adams embodied retro elegance at the New York City premiere of ‘Man of Steel’. Celebrity stylist Laini Reeves was inspired by the “intricacy and femininity of Amy’s spectacular gown” to create a hairstyle “reminiscent of the classic screen sirens of the 1920s — but with a sleeker, modern, creative take.” 

After creating a low side part, Reeves used a ‘low’ setting to blow dry Amy’s hair, then applied Moroccan Oil Treatment to add the natural-looking shine. After spraying the hair with Moroccan Oil Luminous Hairspray, Reeves took 1-inch sections of her hair and used a 1.25-inch marcel curling iron to give her hair the defined wave. Finishing off the look with a soft bristle brush to gently soften up the waves, more hairspray set the hair in place and kept it that way throughout the night.   

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