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BLOW DRYING TIPS FROM juju’s Senior Stylist, Claire Day

You must see how Claire’s clients exit the salon after an hour or two in her chair.  Here’s how she does it:

Product Choose a product that reduces frizz, adds volume and makes the hair cuticle shiny and smooth. Neuma Smoothing Cream or Innersense’s iCreate Volume are perfect for either smoothing and promoting curl or creating extra lift and body.
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Timing Rough dry until 75 percent dry before you start using your round or paddle brush.  Styling with a brush when the hair is too wet is not only ineffective, it could break the hair!

Tools Invest in a good brush from brands like Spornette and Mason Pearson. Round brush size is key when blow drying hair! The bigger the brush the straighter the hair will be. Keep in mind if your hair is short you should stick with smaller brushes. Bigger round brushes are for longer hair. A medium sized brush will give a nice bend on your ends and a little lift at the root. If you have long hair and use a small round brush you are likely to get it stuck in you hair or tangled easily! Make sure to keep you sections nice and neat to avoid knots and tangles.

Technique  Section your hair when it is at the 75% dry stage. Get yourself nice, sturdy, (and don’t forget cute) clips that will hold all your hair as you divide it into sections to avoid frizz and frustration. Make sure to keep you sections nice and neat to avoid knots and tangles.

Here’s how to section and clip.  First section: bottom of ear to to top of ear. Second section: top of ear to eye level. Third section: temple to temple. And last section is crown of the head to the temple section you just clipped (like a Mohawk). Blow dry last section all back for lift and volume with out a part. If you hair is really long bring the section and brush toward you. Each section can be split into two depending on head shape and amount of hair. Front should be blow dried forward and in the opposite direction of your part for extra lift! Remember to take your time and practice makes perfect!

Clairejujusalon-3Insider Tip Make sure you have a concentrator nozzle attached to your blow dryer.  Hold dryer face downward on the round brush to avoid frizz. Lift brush at the root and point downward for mid shaft and ends. After section is dry on the brush hold it there for 20 seconds to allow the hair to cool on the brush.  Gently pull the brush from the cooled hair to give it a little extra body and finish. Remember to invest in a quality blow dryer.  It’s worth spending the money.  Professional blow dryers lasts forever, dry the hair quicker and reduce frizz.

Finishing Use a medium hold finishing spray like Innersense’s Natural Hold and your done! Voila, the perfect Blow-out!

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So many of our clients at juju are vexed by the frizz. The key to de-frizzing is two-fold, nourishing and re-hydrating the hair coupled with the right products.

HERE ARE MY GO-TO PRODUCTS THAT REALLY WORK!

Start with a DRY SHAMPOO. Over shampooing will dry out the hair, and dry hair, especially on curly girls, will cause The Dreaded Frizz.

I recommend shampooing no more than 3 times a week and using a dry shampoo on off days.  Just sprinkle if it’s in powder form or spray for liquid form, a small amount at the hairline and crown, and work through from roots to ends.  Cocoa Tinted Dry Shampoo by Sevi is a best seller at my salon.

 

hamadiLEAVE-IN CONDITIONERS are great for long lasting frizz and fly-away control and can also act as a styling product. Apply leave-in conditioner on towel dried hair, mid-shaft to ends. My clients and I love Hamadi’s Shea Leave-in Conditioner. It’s perfect for those who like to air-dry their hair.

Note: watch out for de-frizzing curl cremes that contain petroleum derived silicones for shine.  After time, this ingredient will dry out the hair and make your frizz worse!

mgaALOE BASED STYLING GELS

Aloe not only moisturizes the hair, reducing frizz potential, it provides hold and style.  Apply to towel dried hair, midshaft to ends. Try mixing it with your leave-in conditioner for extra thick or frizz-prone hair. I like MGA’s Styling Gel because of its lightness and versatility.

Pure Aloe helps the hair retain water and moisture, re-balances pH levels in the hair and scalp and promotes hair growth!

 

 

pomadeFINISHING POMADE  Dab a very small amount of a finishing paste or pomade on dried and styled hair to reduce frizz’s ‘Halo effect.’ John Masters Organics’ Pomade with olive and castor oils, really fights frizz and can be used on all hair types.

Make sure you look for the USDA Certified Organic Label and show your support for organic farms and processors.

 

All photos juju salon & organics

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In The Emerald City, Sustainability Is Second Nature

I just returned from a quick vacation in Jet City, as they also call it, where I visited a good friend and native Seattlelite.  Jen did a stint in Philadelphia: Law School, law firm, then high-tailed it out of here and back to Seattle as soon as she could.  Who could blame her, it’s a gorgeous and breathtaking city.  Waterways everywhere, great restaurants, a dozen neighborhoods with charm and character, the REI flagship store…

Seattle is now in a statewide drought emergency.  And, abnormally high temperatures have only made the problem worse.

Yet, I saw lots of ‘greening’ in that town. It’s a city where long-standing sustainable practices are a way of life.  Here are 5 examples that really stood out.

Bicycles Between all the bikes, waterways and legalized marijuana, you might think you’re in Amsterdam!  Seattle launched its bike share program earlier this year and almost everyone has a commuter bike it seems.  There’s designated bike lanes, bike paths and there’s too many bike shops to count.

canComposting In 2014, Seattle passed a mandatory Composting Ordinance wherein homes and businesses can no longer put food items in the trash.  Did you know that 33 million tons of food makes its way into landfill each year? “Every ton of food wasted results in 3.8 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.” endfoodwastenow.org. You can see why my friend says they take this very seriously, policing and ticketing without a second thought. In addition, only 2 bags of regular garbage is allowed per household per week.

playgroundParks and Recreation Seattle boasts 400 parks and open areas for sport, entertainment and good old picnics! For a city known for its rainy days and chilly months, there’s certainly a lot of outdoor activity going on.

Grasscycling Yep.  Nothing escapes this city’s composting craze.  Not even the blades of grass! Recycled grass turns into natural fertilizer.  Homeowners use modern mulching lawn mowers and the city utilizes massive mulching techniques to keep those 400 parks thriving.  Sustainable reasons for promoting this practice include reducing the need for pesticides, as grass is a natural fertilizer, and cutting back on the growing grass’s watering needs.

seattle-bag-banNo Plastic Bags Allowed I love this law!  Why oh why don’t we do this in Philadelphia? Seattle’s plastic bag ban was enacted in 2012.  In addition, retail stores must charge 5 cents for every fully recycled paper bag they give to you.  This prohibition makes so much sense and hopefully other ‘one-use’ items will follow suit.

Have you visited Seattle and noticed its progressive and sustainable ways?  Let me know your 5 if I haven’t highlighted them here!

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27741_435815352904_4718206_nYou think you’re ok: you apply a a facial moisturizer with SPF, put on your make-up and go!  No brainer, you’re covered right?

Guess what?

 

For proper skin protection, you need to re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours!  How’s that going to happen when you’re wearing a full face of make-up?

Here’s How in 3 Steps:

Start with a tinted moisturizer with SPF protection, like 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30; http://www.100percentpure.com/products/fruit-pigmented-tinted-moisturizer-golden-peach

Finish with a loose or pressed powder with SPF like bareMinerals’ Mineral Veil Finishing Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 25.  This powder can be re-applied repeatedly throughout the day to not only protect against sun damage but also to correct shine and ensure an enduring polished look. http://www.bareescentuals.com/bareMinerals-Original-SPF-25-Mineral-Veil/USmastermineralveilSPF,en_US,pd.html

Finally, carry with you an SPF Facial Spritzer that can be used throughout the day.  Supergoop’s Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 should be used right after make-up application and can be reapplied throughout the day. Don’t worry, it won’t mess with your work of facial art! http://www.supergoop.com/shop/defense-refresh-setting-mist-spf-50

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dtmRcb6GK6r41BmZZHnOcuELess0TfrbkWgAo6tNefkIt’s spring, soon to be summer, and that means we’re outdoors again with fresh air and sunshine!  Though we should be wearing sunscreen all year long (ahem), many of us only think about it when the sun is out and the weather is warm.

Before you slather and go, consider this: many members of the medical community believe that  ingredients found in conventional sunscreens are causing hormonal disruption, thyroid alteration, endometiosis in women and may in fact contribute to cancerous tumor growth.*  There is an active debate among researchers as to whether or not these ingredients, specifically Oxybenzone and Octinoxat, are highly toxic or innocuous.  Why wait for the results?  There over 100 effective sunscreens out there that do not contain these ingredients.

And remember, your skin is your largest organ and capable of absorbing a percentage of what we put on it.  Follow these tips and you’ll be able to make the healthy choice when it comes to skin protection:

DO choose a natural, mineral based sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide because they provide strong sun protection with few health concerns.

DO use a sunscreen that gives both UVB and UVA protection. Did you know that the term SPF only refers to protection from UVB rays, the rays that cause sunburns? Make sure your sunscreen also protects you from the harmful UVA rays that penetrate deep into our skin causing all sorts of mischief!

DO apply sunscreen liberally and repeatedly during sun exposure to achieve the product’s SPF rating.

DO add tinted UV-protective film to your car’s side and rear windows since UVA penetrates glass.

DON’T buy or use any sunscreen containing Oxybenzone, Octinoxate or artificial fragrances.  Stay clear of retinyl palmitate too, a form of Vitamin A, which may speed up the growth of skin tumors and lesions, according to FDA studies.

DON’T rely solely on sunscreen.  DO wear a hat, UV blocking sunglasses and a ‘Rashguard.’ Sun Protection clothes provide greater total UVA/UVB sun protection than typical summer clothing or a typical 30 SPF sunscreen.

DON’T use sunscreen powders or wipes.  These delivery methods have been proven to be ineffective.

DON’T use a sunscreen with an SPF higher than 50.  Sky-high SPFs give a false sense of greater sun protection and can tempt you to stay in the sun too long.

My Picks for Best and Safest Sunscreens: All Terrain TerraSport SPF 30, Badger Sunscreen SPF 30, Kiss My Face Kids’ Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, Juice Beauty SPF 30 and Supergoop Everyday SPF 30.

* See The Environmental Working Group’s The Trouble with Sunscreens, 2014, www.ewg.org

 

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aloe hair treatmentI love the sun! I’m poolside as much as possible.  Heaven…except for my hair.  Sure, I love that the sunshine brightens up my highlights, but the brighter they get, the drier they become.

Here’s two moisture replenishing products proven to repair and rehydrate. And, an at-home recipe for an easy DIY fix:

Feed Your Sunshine by Yarok.  This is a ‘before’ and ‘after’ sun protection and restorative hair treatment.  Key ingredients Organic Aloe Vera and Black Currant Seed Oil
protect your hair from pool chemicals and the scorching sun.  Apply to your hair before heading out to safeguard your locks.  Reach for it at home for an hour or two masking.

John Master’s Defrizzer  I love this product.  I actually use this as a styling product to smooth down a roughed up cuticle and tame frizz.  While it’s on your hair, it’s actually working as a leave-in treatment.  Double duty awesomeness!  Key ingredients: certified organic jojoba and olive oil.

DIY Aloe Mask  You can find organic Aloe Vera gel these days at Whole Foods and most health food stores.  Mix 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel with 1/4 cup coconut oil.  Add a few drops of Rosemary essential oil.  Whisk and apply to hair for a pre or post sun for extra protection and conditioning.

Don’t let your fun in the sun put a kink in your hair.  Profiter du soleil!

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IMG_4006I. Love. Summer, 2014. The pool, beaches and sunshine are what I live for during those long winter months.  When I’m out this summer, I’m bringing along these sunny finds:

  • Mar Y Sol ‘Caracas’ Tote.  Let’s face facts, this makes you look like a Venezualan Hottie!
  • Comfy, stylish Sanuk Sandles, from their recycled Yoga Mat Collection
  • Beauty Without Cruelty’s Waterproof Mascara. Great for pool time, wave riding and tear-jerkers like The Fault in Our Stars!
  • Supergoop’s Natural Mist Sunscreen SPF 50, and
  • BPA Free Nau’s water bottle.  Fill with ice and keep cool all afternoon.  Enjoy!

 

 

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