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Expert Spring Hair Care Tools & Tips

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Put the Spring Back in Your Hair

If you find your locks slightly ravaged after the winter months, you are not alone! My hair definitely needs some revamping after being subjected to numerous assaults by wind, snow, central heating, processed comfort foods and hurried morning high-heat drying. And let’s not forget the rather too many and too large glasses of warming wine- a common scalp offender. Here are my top tips for restoring bounce to your hair this spring.

Trim Time!

After this winter, chances are your hair is in need of a good trim. Split-ends, brittle fringes and lacklustre roots are never in vogue – and perhaps you’ve taken less trips to your hairdresser than usual in the colder weather? Again, I am guilty of this too. Trimming your hair will make it look thicker throughout the lengths and also prevent any damage from spreading further up your hair shaft. You don’t have to chop loads off – just an inch or so to even it out and freshen it up. If you’re looking to grow your hair longer throughout the spring and into summer, help keep your ends healthy with a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment. I sleep with Philip Kingsley Elasticizer in my hair at least once a week. Originally formulated for Audrey Hepburn, it really helps to restore hydration, shine and strength.

Vitamin D Delight

It’s extremely common for your body’s Vitamin D levels to drop during the winter and this can really take a toll on hair health – not to mention your skin and general energy level. 80-90% of your Vitamin D intake needs to be synthesised from sunlight. You may want to visit your doctor to run blood tests to check your levels – and while he/she is at it, suggest running a full blood profile to look at your iron, ferritin (stored iron) and Vitamins B6 and B12, too. The best Vitamin D rich foods are oily fish, egg yolks, avocado and liver, but sitting in the sun is really your best option! Which brings me to my next point…

White Hats On

The sun can be both beneficial and detrimental to our wellbeing. While it provides us with much needed Vitamin D, it can also lead to very destructive free radical damage. Luckily, you still obtain Vitamin D benefits from the sun while wearing sun protection. The same logic applies to your hair, which, just like your skin, can burn and become damaged. I always carry a tube of Philip Kingsley Swimcap, which was originally formulated for the U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swim Team, with me in warm weather. It not only guards hair against the sun, but also chlorinated and salt water and gives your hair a super-moisturizing treatment at the same time. Alternately, bring your wide-brimmed white summer hats out of hibernation.

Dietary Dos

If you, like me, have found yourself reaching for convenient foods during the winter, spring is a great time to make a change. Fast and processed foods have very little nutritional benefit, as additives and preservatives degrade the vitamins and minerals within them. Plan a weekly trip to your local farmers market to take advantage of the new fresh foods coming into season. Artichokes, for instance, are high in antioxidants, potassium, folate, Vitamins C and K, and fibre. Fresh spinach is another hair booster, containing good amounts of iron as well as Vitamin C, which helps your body absorb the iron.

Go Dry

It’s all too easy to reach for an extra glass of red wine, or a warming spirit during the winter. Now that spring is in full bloom, make a concerted effort to cut your alcohol consumption and revitalise your body. A tipple here and there is fine, but drinking too much alcohol tends to dehydrate your scalp and flare-up itching and flaking. It can also deplete your body of electrolytes and vitamins. Either find a signature non-alcoholic cocktail (my favourite is lemon juice, elderflower, fresh mint, sugar syrup and soda water), or make your order a spritzer and keep it to one or two!

Philip Kinglsey Hair Care Elasticizer: A How-To Guide For All Hair Types

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We have been raving about Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer for months. It has not only won numerous awards, but also is the go-to hair hero for celebrities, stylists, beauty editors and The Travel Beauty Team! Elasticizer was developed in the 70s by Philip Kingsley for iconic actress Audrey Hepburn. Audrey sought Philip’s help as her hair had taken a beating due to years of on-set over-processing. Audrey’s condition prompted Philip to formulate Elasticizer, which recently celebrated its 40th birthday.

Intensive Moisturizing Hair Treatment

This pre-shampoo, intensive moisturizing treatment is magic! It delivers elasticity, bounce and shine to all hair types.

Elasticizer has been a life saver for the highlight-loving Travel Beauty Team. We wanted to share a quick how-to guide, as we have received many questions about how to apply Elasticizer at home. (Though if you can get to Philip’s Trichological Clinic in New York City or London- definitely do!)

Step-by-Step How-To-Guide

  • Lightly dampen hair with hands
  • Apply Elasticizer in sections, smoothing on the top of your hair and then working it into hair in sections with your whole hand
    • Fine & medium textured hair apply sparingly through mid lengths and ends – two to three times a month
    • Coarse, wavy, curly or frizzy hair use more generously through entire hair length – once or twice a week
  • Leave in for 10-20 minutes…or longer
    • We have gone to the gym and played golf with Elasticizer on- just put hair in a bun after you apply the product and be on your way
    • It’s safe to leave Elasticizer in all day or sleep with it overnight under a shower cap
  • Rinse well and follow with appropriate shampoo, conditioner and scalp toner

When to Use on Processed Hair

  • Fine & medium textured hair – use once a week
  • Coarse, wavy, curly or frizzy hair – use twice a week
  • Wait a day or two after your color or processing treatment before applying this product

Experiment with Elasticizer

Can also be used to style hair – this is something we learned through experimentation! It gives great frizz-free definition to curls & can be used to achieve a piecey ends look on an edgy bob.

Have a kid with curly-ques? A little Elasticizer makes a great leave-in conditioner and detangler.

Have YOU conducted a successful Elasticizer experiment? Do tell, please! We would love to share your tip with the Travel Beauty community.

Travel Beauty Welcomes a New Slew of Green Beauty Products

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As spring is upon us, your imagination is no doubt flooded with visions of unfurling flowers, chirping birds, and yes, a more diverse array of wardrobe options. But spring is also the perfect time to focus on the ways in which the natural world has us in mind.

One example? Environmentally friendly [green] beauty products! And we’re here to tell you that we’ve got ‘em!

Looking to Turn Over a New “Green” Leaf this Spring?

Quite often, Mother Nature knows best, and we invite you to apply this philosophy to your beauty or grooming regimen. Because environmentally friendly beauty products aren’t all created equal, allow us to give you a primer on a couple of the best green brands available.

Natural Cosmetic Products from Luxury Beauty Brand Cosmetics 27

Spring is the season of renewal. Enter Cosmetics 27’s diverse line of luxe, natural skin care products, with the power to soften, moisturize and regenerate skin while also combating the effects of aging. Cosmetics 27 has a number of gender-neutral, multi-purpose, green products sure to get the job done even for those with sensitive skin. Our selection of Cosmetics 27 products includes:

RGB Cosmetics: A Leader in Natural Nail Polishes

Once temperatures begin to rise, the gloves come off and the sandals come out! You may realize it’s time to pay some serious attention to the situation at the ends of your fingers and toes. If you’ve never looked into natural nail polishes before, you’re in for a treat. RGB Cosmetics creates colors that are exceptionally easy on the eye, but also easy on the nose, nails and environment.

Since RGB natural nail polishes don’t contain camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or DBP (dibutyl phthalate), their nail colors are odorless and safer to use than conventional brands, especially for expecting moms and young children. At Travel Beauty, we carry a spring bouquet of glamorous and green RGB nail colors including Coral, Toast, Peacock, and Violet. Plus, we’ve got RGB’s acetone and acetate-free Nail Color Remover Pads. Perfect for when you’re ready to switch up your look!

Environmentally friendly beauty products are always in season, and always available at Travel Beauty. Make sure to check out Ursa Major’s selection of organic products for men.

Spring Hair Care Tips & Products: Revamp Your Regimen this Season

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As the days get longer, the sun shines brighter, and outdoor activities (thankfully) return to our lives. The wool hat that limited your hairstyle options is no longer needed. The scarf that half covered your face is folded and put away.

How The Weather Affects Your Hair

After a long, cold winter, a glance in the mirror can be a shocking peek of someone else: Drab, needing a change, something to brighten, to refresh. It’s spring – the hair care routine you followed during the dry winter months of weekly deep conditioning treatments to keep your hair looking healthy may require an adjustment.

How Will Moisture Affect Your Hair?

As the weather warms up, there is increased moisture in the air. Balancing moisture, as opposed to adding it, now becomes the issue. Luckily, your hair will let you know what it needs.

Care For Frizzy, Dry Hair

If your hair is frizzy, dry and tangles easily, or if your hair feels rough to the touch, you hair is lacking moisture. You’ll need to keep up the deep conditioning treatment, and/or add a moisturizing conditioner to your hair routine, gradually transitioning to a two-week schedule.  Caretrico Moist Bounce Treatment is an ideal product for this. It can be used everyday as a conditioner and/or weekly as a deep moisturizing treatment.

Care for Limp Oily Hair

If your hair becomes limp or oily, cutting back on added moisture will rebalance your hair. Only deep condition your hair twice a month, and apply your daily conditioner by running it quickly through the bottom half of hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The change of seasons is a good time to rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar- like spring cleaning for your scalp!  Mix a tablespoon (make sure to use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar) in a glass of water to run through your hair. Leave in for a moment and then, rinse, rinse, rinse. The apple cider vinegar removes the build up of conditioners and treatments. The acid also closes the hair cuticle making your hair shine.

Proper Powder Protocol

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Perplexed by powder and bewildered by blush? Where do you begin? Loose? Pressed in a compact? Pressed with a sponge? Translucent? Bronzing Powder? Here are my tips for using powder with power.

Lose the Loose Powder

I will start with what I find doesn’t work. I dislike loose powder of any kind- it is messy and ends up all over your clothes and/or bathroom. You can get the same effect with a lot less mess with a pressed powder. Once you have the right formula, you need the right tools. When you have the right colors and are using the right tools, there is much less room for mistakes.

Guide for Great Results

  • The key is to use a giant powder brush to apply powder. The bigger the brush, the sheerer the powder application.
  • Using a sponge, like the ones that come with the compact, can be a disaster! It will apply the powder too heavily and you will see it sitting on top of your skin. The only exception to this is someone that needs extra coverage for some reason. If this is the case, apply the compact pressed powder with the sponge first, and on top apply liquid foundation. This will give a lot of coverage without a powdery finish.
  • Most women should skip the compact all together. Translucent powder can make you look sick. It is too light and does nothing for your skin tone.

Getting into Trouble

A huge challenge is always “de-orangeing” my clients. Most bronzers on the market are too brown, too orange and rarely look good on their own. Even if a celebrity makeup artist is using one on J. Lo, they are usually blending it with 3 other products. Keep this in mind. It is best to experiment and mix different shades together. Be sure to do this in a room with good natural light as this process needs to be customized to enhance your individual skin tone.

Finishing Touches

When applying powder, I always dust it on the brush and then either blow off the excess or tap the brush on a towel before applying it. I start with the neck first (you want your face and neck to match) and then your face. Now your foundation is “set” and the powder will hold it on all day, keeping it from being absorbed into your skin.

Blush Hour

Cream, stick or powder formula? Pink, Peach or Orange? Which to pick? Personally, I dislike cream and stick blush. It is very hard to work with and to blend, and usually the powder finish is more flattering. I like a pinky, corally bronze type color on everyone. It looks natural, gives a nice glow without being distracting and works with any other make up colors or clothing.

Using the Right Brush is Key

Using the right size and shape brush is essential. I like a chiseled angle blush brush because it fits perfectly under the cheekbone. The right size brush leaves little room for mistake. Too big of a brush and it will be all over, too small and it will go on in stripes (avoid the small ones that are usually sold with the blush in a compact). Again, a stiff brush will put the powder on very heavily, and too soft of a brush will not hold the color.

Knowing Where to Start

The trick is to start straight down from the center of your eye and feather it back, leaving approximately 2 fingers above and 2 fingers below (you may have to tweak this depending on facial proportions).

Knowing How to Finish

After applying the blush with your blush brush, always go back and blend it once more with a big powder brush for a smooth finish.