Friday, November 13, 2009

Hairnista TV: Wig Fun with Good Day ATL and Sunny's Hair & Wigs




Hello Lovelies!,

Your very own Hairnista was in Sunny's Girl mode on Fox 5's Good Day Atlanta this morning. You all know I love nothing more than a good wig and we were "wigging out" with anchors Suchita Vadlamani and Cheryl White. Along with my fellow Hairnistas and Sunny's Girls Dafina Memberr and Nikia Yancey, we show how you can change your look in the blink of an eye! Enjoy!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wigging Out: Zoe Kravitz for Vera Wang Princess



I will admit that I'm never quite sure what is going on with Zoe's hair. Sometime it is utterly disheveled, and then there are times like this ad where it looks amazing. While I know she's rocked extensions in the past, I would venture to say that this is a great human hair wig...probably custom. As the daughter of Cosby Kid Lisa Bonet and Rock God Lenny Kravitz, Zoe is certified Hollywood royalty and quite fitting as the new face of Vera Wang's fragrance Princess. Her boho chic with a rocker-edge style is very fashion forward and I definitely consider her a Hairnista -to -Watch.

To get this look:
A custom human hair wig(preferably Indian Hair) would run about $600-1000. To rock this look on a budget try the "Princess" wig by Magic Touch. (I owe my wig crypt to Sunny's Hair & Wigs..and I have Princess in 2 colors lol)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Voyage to India - Biotique Bhringraj Oil


One of my fellow Hairnistas recently traveled to India and brought me some amazing goodies. In addition to a beautiful sari, she brought me back some amazing hair goodies! Indian women are known the world over for their gorgeous hair, and when my Hairnista-friend asked what products they recommended the resounding answer was: Bhringraj Oil. This therapeutic oil is revered for hair growth and overall hair and scalp health. This all organic product is a yummy concoction of coconut, bhringraj, and amla oils, and cow and goat milk.

According to www.ayurvedic-medicines.com:

"Bhringraj is one of the distinguished medicinal herbs used in preparation of ayurvedic medicines. It is one of the prominent herbs used as an ayurvedic medicine for treatment of Hair loss, premature greying, ect. It is mainly used as an ayurvedic tonic for hair care. It is a small annual plant found in wet land throughout India. All the parts of the plant are used for medicinal preparations. It is used for the treatment of devitalized hair. Bhringraj is used along with other herbs such as amla, shikakai as a hair rinse and conditioner. It is also used with oils such as coconut oil and sesame oil for the preparation of hair oils for conditioning oil treatment. Bhringraj oil when massaged on to the scalp, gives a calming effect and promotes a good sleep."

I've been using this oil for the last 2 weeks and my hair has an amazing softness. I do a pre-shampoo treatment with it, add it to my DC when I steam, and honestly just whenever I feel like it. This oil is great for all hair types. I tried it on one of my fellow Hairnistas over the weekend who is Latina with wavy/curly hair and she loved it also. My hair has honestly never felt better, and I can say that this is is a product I'll be using for life. Now I'm totally stoked to make my own beauty voyage to India :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cover Watch: Demi Moore for W Magazine


I dare say that Demi looks better now than she did in her Brat Pack days. She's stunning on the cover of W magazine with her signature locks. You all know by now that I love when a Hairnista finds what works for her and rocks it well. Long is never boring on Demi. Whether she wears it stick straight with a center part or here flowing with soft volume, it is definitely a look I love. To my Hairnistas of a certain age, don't feel like you have to wear your hair short or that this look is too "young." Young is a state of mind and fabulous never gets old!

To get this look: Use a big barrel curling iron for volume and brush with a paddle brush to style. In need of extra length? Whip out your clip-ins to recreate this look for a night out or a sew-in for a more long term look.

Fan is optional :)


images via JustJared

Saturday, November 7, 2009

WERK! Amerie rocks Elle, Complex






Amerie is one of my absolute fave Celeb Hairnistas. With arguably the best hair and legs in the biz, she continues to kill it in her spreads in Complex and Elle magazines. I can truly appreciate her approach to her hair...she knows what works for her and sticks with it. Beautiful, long, lush layers will always be in style. So while everyone else is growing back in their shaved heads, she continues to look flawless.

Want this look for yourself? If you already have lengthy locks: Go thru your hair with a 1" or larger barrel curling iron and create loose messy curls. Next, set on jumbo mesh rollers for volume and you are ready to go. Need a little extra in the length department? You can recreate this look with clip-ins or a great sew-in. Wavy Virgin Indian hair in 22" will give you the perfect drama. The key to this look is sexy, touchable hair. No stiff pageant looks allowed! Don't worry about looking so "done."

Amerie's new album "In Love and War" via Def Jam is in stores now.

Images via Bossip

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dating and your 'do - Part 1


There comes a time after meeting a guy that the question of hair becomes inevitable. Whether it's dealing with "morning after" hair or if you're like me, explaining the mystery of why you hair changes like your shoes :) Here are a few Hairnista tips to make your dating life work with and not against your hair.

1. The Overnight Visit
Now sometimes this is planned, but most of the time it is um shall we say, kind of impromptu. I recommend always keeping a couple of covered elastic hair bands and bobby pins in your purse. A low ponytail or a cute messy bun can make your morning after look much more pulled together. (dark sunglasses also help lol)

2. Falls/Half-wigs
Sorry to break it to you Hairnistas, but falls and half-wigs are single girl territory. They are not secure enough for anything more than a quick peck hello/goodbye and the stray hand caressing your hair can end up with you mortified as your date holds your wig in his hand. Save these for a girl's night out...not one with the hot guy you've been dying to date.

3. Clip-ins
These are the way to go! If you're going on an outdoorsy date (hiking, tennis, biking) you can make a cute ponytail. Intimate dinner? You'll have an extra boost of confidence that only takes minutes to achieve.

4. Sew-in
Going on an exotic island vacation? A sew-in is a must for a no muss no fuss adventure. Your time is meant to be frolicking on the beach, sipping fruity drinks while your beau rubs suntan lotion on your pretty shoulders...not stuck in your hotel suite stressing over your hair. Try curly/wavy locks in a sexy length (20" or longer is a must!) and I guarantee you'll have him under your spell.

Dating should be fun, and your hair should be an addition to the fun, not a distraction. For those chameleon Hairnistas like me that are always trying something different, Part 2 will focus on how to keep your fabulous while making sure that your guy gets to know the "real" you. Til' then...enjoy date night Hairnistas!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Yummy Treat - Afroveda Curly Custard


Need mega moisture and definition for your curls? Afroveda's Curly Custard is a delicious treat that will leave your curls absolutely luscious. Afroveda is a great line for Hairnista's that are into products that you can't find in your local beauty supply. This custard is a great combo of aloe, jojoba, coconut oil, and a special ingredient Ashwagandha Powder. All of Afroveda's products are all natural and based on principles of Ayurveda (more posts to come on that later). All items are made to order and arrive with a handwritten note from the owner (love the personal touch).

So back to the custard...

The consistency is very light and creamy, almost whipped. The directions say to use on wet or dry hair. I tried it for the first time on wet hair after co-washing...just lovely. My hair tends to suck the life out of product but I only needed about three small scoops for my entire head. I slicked my hair back into a big curly puff and used a silk scarf to smooth my edges. As my hair dried my curls weren't crunchy or hard (a definite no), just soft and defined. I regret not doing a wash-n-go with the custard since my curly puff turned out so well. For only $9 the Curly Custard is a definite addition to my product arsenal.

I've also purchased some other goodies from Afroveda...so stay tuned!

ps...the jar also comes with a cute flip-cap instead of the regular twist off cap. not a huge deal but i like it better. no lids all over my bathroom.

Monday, November 2, 2009

My New Baby: PRO-1037A Hair Steamer!



My steamer finally arrived and I was so excited to use it for the first time this weekend! I've raved about the wonders of steam for your hair and now I have my own personal machine and can do treatments anytime I want (at the salon it usually an extra $15/20 tacked onto your regular service). Thanks to all the positive feedback from my online Hairnistas, I ordered mine from SalonsRus for only $139.99. The steamer was very easy to assemble...all you will need is a wrench to tighten the screw at the bottom. After about 10 minutes of setting up I was ready to go.

The steamer took about 5 minutes to warm up, I added the distilled water, and voila'! I used ORS Replenishing Conditioner, extra virgin organic coconut oil, and argan oil on my freshly shampooed hair. You will not need a plastic cap like you normally do under a hooded dryer. By sitting under the steamer with your hair uncovered, you allow the steam to fully hydrate your hair. When steaming at home be sure to cover your shoulders with a towel and also a roll of cotton to go around your edges to catch the "drippies." The steam was definitely very warm, but not enough to burn...it actually felt like a spa experience. I feel like adding this regular treatment to my regimen will take my haircare experience to the next level. Want to treat your fave Hairnista for the holidays? Treat her to a steamer!

To have your own personal steam experience:
Distilled water
Your favorite oil and DC
Professional Steamer
20 minutes of free time :)