Health & Style Institute Beauty Bites

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Are You a Cosmetics Clown?

The sexiest makeup is the application that enhances your natural beauty, not SCREAMS, “I’m wearing a ton of makeup!”  Exaggerated or sloppy lip liner, clumpy mascara, and caked foundation, are for the stage, not every day life.  Following these tips can help you be a makeup maven, rather than mishap.

Along with spandex and big hair, dark lip liner with light lip color is one look that should have stayed in the 80s. Choose lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip color. Line and color in your pucker, then top with sheer gloss.  If you use dark liner, like a red or berry shade, fill in your mouth completely, and then top with clear gloss, not a light lipstick.  And remember what you learned in kindergarten still holds true: Coloring outside the lines is sloppy. Don’t extend beyond your natural lip line.

The “cat-eye” (or Cleopatra) effect with eye makeup is sultry, but not if you go overboard.  Extend the line no farther than a quarter inch past your eye (or just a tad bit farther for a more dramatic look), and at the outer edge, subtly slant the line upward.

For long, clump-free lashes, before you apply, wipe the mascara wand against the opening of the tube to get rid of any excess.  Wiggling the wand from side to side, from the base of your lashes to the tips, is the way to avoid clumps.  If clumps remain, before the mascara dries, comb through your lashes with an old toothbrush or an eyelash comb to separate them and get rid of the gunk.

Suffocating your skin with a heavy cover-up will only draw attention to the problem you’re trying to hide. Instead, try these tricks: For fine lines: Mix in a little moisturizer with your foundation, which will prevent the formula from seeping into the lines.  For blemishes: Mineral makeup can give great coverage for pockmarks and acne.

Do Your Locks Resemble a Witch or Scarecrow’s?

 

Heat can be one of your hair’s biggest foes.  Styling tools (i.e. flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers) apply high levels of heat directly to the hair. Unprotected hair or hair that is subjected to such heat will eventually have its cuticle layer damaged by the excessive heat. The cuticle layer covers the shaft of the hair strand and protects your hair fibers.

For hair that is already heat damaged to the extent of split ends, and broken hair, regular trims are essential… and the only effective means of remedying those issues.

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Once you’ve gotten rid of those split ends and have begun a good hair care regimen, prevention against further or ongoing damage is key.  If you must use heat, use a heat or thermal protector, which work by forming heat absorbing polymers around the hair. Many thermal protectors also use protein as reinforcement against protein breakdown in the hair by heat.

Cutting back on how often you use heat styling helps.  Your Health and Style Institute stylists can show you other options for styling your hair, and still look fab; from braids, casual updos, and making the most of your own hair texture and body with the right products and regular trims and shaping.  Call us today for help to keep the ghoulishness out of your glam!

Continue moisturizing hair, even through cold, wet winter.

Winter means snow storms, freezing cold, and hoods.  All of these forces seem to conspire to make your perfectly done hair look like you just rolled out of bed.  However, there are things you can do all winter long that will help you keep your style despite the chill.

Moisturize the Frizz Away

Frizz is caused by a lack of moisture.  Making sure your hair is never thirsty will take away that unkempt look and leave you feeling in control of your locks.

This should be done on several levels.  First, make regular trips to your hair salon for deep-conditioning treatments.  If going once a week is going to break the bank, consider going to a school like The Health and Style Institute.  You get better deals and quality stylists.  The deep-conditioning will keep your hair healthy and looking great.

While you’re there, pick up some leave-in conditioners and protective oils.  All the primping you put your hair through has worse effects in winter months than any other time.  Daily moisturizing is a great way to keep your hair healthy between salon visits.

Give your Hair a Break

Every time you wash your hair, you lose moisture and natural oils.  Try washing less frequently – maybe every other or every third day.  When you do wash it, think about how much stress your towel puts on it.  Rubbing your towel through your hair is asking for trouble.  Instead, take the gentler approach by just patting or scrunching your hair with the towel.

You already know the cold gives you chapped lips and dry skin – but did you know it does the same to your hair?  If you’re going out in the cold, wear a hat or scarf that covers your hair so it’s not as exposed to the harsh elements.  But beware of wool hats.  They actually dry out your hair, undoing all the good work you’re putting in.

Embrace the Chill

The more heat you expose your hair to, the less moisture your hair retains from the shampoo and conditioner.  Try to get around this by washing your hair in lukewarm water and reducing the amount you use your hair dryer.  By letting your hair at least partially air dry, you give the moisturizer in your products a chance to do its job.

If you do have to blow dry, consider investing in an ionizing hairdryer.  These use negative ions to interact with water molecules, lowering the necessary heat of vaporization.  In short, they let your hair dry faster.  Less time using dry heat means less damage to your hair.