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Interview With Christophe Robin

I have always had thick, curly hair. Growing up in New York City in the 90s when stick straight hair was en vogue, I always felt like the odd woman out. Make no mistake, when dealing with thick, curly hair, curating the right product selection is a process and finding a hair care expert that is intimately familiar with cutting curls and how they behave is an imperative.

Just as important is finding the right products which can be akin to a science experiment. You have to be patient and willing to try different combinations of products to see how they interact with each other and your hair. I have experimented with many different products in so many categories.

Today, on the precipice of 41, I have learned to appreciate my curly situation. Every day is a little different and even if you have the best products – you’ll always have a day where a little frizz infiltrates the system…until now.

Enter Christophe Robin, colorist of choice to the world’s most celebrated actresses and top models including Natalie Portman, Catherine Deneuve, Tilda Swinton, Kylie Minogue, Kristin Scott Thomas – you get the picture. While working with his clientele to transform their hair color for fashion shows and on the sets of film and television, he began to understand what hair needed to look and feel healthy and beautiful. Robin launched his own hair care line, designed to nourish, strengthen and protect color-treated and sensitive hair and scalps from root to tip.

All Christophe Robin products are formulated with powerful, rare ingredients and inspired by traditional recipes to address the needs of men and women with all hair types, textures and conditions. In addition to restoring hair health, these innovative products are free of parabens, silicone, harsh sulfates, oxidants and ammonia. Best of all, they make hair look outstanding! They are the best I have come across.

Until recently, I had to travel to France or St. Barths to purchase these hair care gems. Lucky for all of us, it can now be found in The US. I can’t say enough good things about these products. It keeps my hair in line, even on the most humid of days. I have also seen it work wonders on friends with fine or even thinning hair. The Volumizing line is bar none, the best I have seen.

I sat down with Christophe to interview the man behind the line.

AW: How did you choose your current career path?

CR: Growing up in the French countryside, I remember spending weekends with my mother and her friends while they coiffed their hair. I started coloring hair when I was 14 years old as an apprentice. The lady who trained me told me that you can’t have a beautiful result if you don’t take good care of the hair. I was passionate about hair color and the craftsmanship that it involved. At the age of 17 I arrived in Paris to work on my first big shoot! Things started to snowball. Everything happened very quickly!

AW: What is your philosophy?

CR: Beautiful hair color cannot exist without good care! A healthy and balanced scalp leads to healthy and beautiful hair!

AW: What do you love most about what you do?

CR: I have always been passionate about enhancing a woman’s natural beauty through hair color. It’s usually very subtle changes, but I love how it can unveil her eye color and enhance her complexion. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love and meet people along the way!

AW: What is the most important piece of hair care advice you give?

CR: Take great care of your hair! It’s the little things that count, brushing your hair before washing it with a gentle hairbrush, protecting your hair with a plant oil before washing it and, once a week, doing a deeply nourishing treatment for your hair (think Cleansing Mask with Lemon or Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil).

AW: What is your process for creating the very best in hair and scalp care?

CR: I listen to what people have to say! In my salon, on movie sets or photo shoots, I always listen to what people have to say, it’s incredibly valuable. My Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt was created for women who experience itchy scalp due to color residue buildup. It’s quite common, and sea salt is known to soothe the irritation!

The same is true for for my Cleansing Mask with Lemon and Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender. These were the first products I created. I used to work with models changing their color 4 to 5 times a week. Imagine the damage! I needed something to protect their hair and wash it gently.

AW: Has there been a single defining moment in your career?

CR: The day Catherine Deneuve called me in my salon to make her first appointment!

Pro tip for curly, dry or color damaged hair: Once a week apply, on dry hair, Hair Oil with Lavender through lengths and then apply Cleansing Mask with Lemon right over it. Leave it in for as long as possible. I leave it in all day or sleep with it in my hair overnight. An hour will do the trick as well but the longer the better. Results are astonishing! For more on this moisturizing treatment, see the how-to video below.

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Is there anyone in your life more deserving of a little love and luxury than mom? Often, though, mom is so busy managing the family like a well-oiled machine that she has no clue what she wants or may be in need of. Even if you press her for ideas, you’re given an “oh, I don’t know” and are thus left to guess for yourself what she would actually use.

Enter our collection of luxury kits and revolutionary beauty products from some of the world’s best beauty brands. You will find the perfect something for even the most difficult to shop for moms out there.

The fountain of youth

There are anti-aging and then there are anti-aging skincare product. While antioxidants are important to maintaining healthy skin, the ability of ingredients to boost the skin’s capability to produce collagen and elastin is where it’s at. If your mom is anywhere from 55 – 75+, a gift of any of these clinically tested and proven anti-aging skin care products will elevate you to beyond favorite child status:

  • Cosmetics 27 Plasma 27 Bio-Lifting Cell Restoring Mask: It nourishes and hydrates the skin, calming inflammation and stimulating it to produce increased collagen and elastin on its own. It is a 15 minute facial in a pouch. All the work is already done for mom – it’s presoaked with just the right concentration of ingredients and pre cut, so all she has to do is open the pouch and put it on.

Heaven Skincare Long Weekender Kit: for the ageless beauty

We’ve curated a collection of our favorite anti-aging superstars from Deborah Mitchell’s Heaven Skincare lineThe Long Weekender Kit is a comprehensive starter kit just for you. It covers all the skin care bases: there’s a cleanser, an exfoliator, a 2-in-1 toner/serum, a daily anti-aging moisturizer and, of course, the world famous Silver Bee Venom Mask (which is a great gift in and of itself) If mom feels she’s too busy to shop for skin care, you’ve just done all the legwork for her.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift GuideFor the mom who loves her mane

It has been said that if your hair looks great you’re 90% there. If hair is your mom’s mane event, we’ve got some kits she will dye for. French native, Christophe Robin is the colorist of choice of the world’s most celebrated actresses and top models including Natalie Portman, Catherine Deneuve, Tilda Swinton, Kylie Minogue and Kristin Scott Thomas. His revolutionary, award winning line of natural hair care products will bring the absolute best out of mom’s hair. Christophe uses powerful, rare ingredients inspired by traditional recipes to address the needs of all hair types, textures and conditions. Two of our favorite collections are Restoring Hair Ritual, formulated with rare prickly pare oil to nourish and restore color-treated, dry, damaged, thick curly and/or course hair. And Detox Hair Ritual, a universal collection of exceptional travel companions formulated for those with dry, sensitive or oily scalps.

Wrap mom in luxury from head to toe

With Lavido’s Inspired by Nature Head to Toe Collection, a luxurious anthology of plant-based skin and body care infused with the ancient healing powers of the Sea of Galilee. Our favorite products in this gift box are: Alert Eye Cream, Gentle Exfoliator Peeling Cream and Thera Intense Body Cream. Lavido is a natural skin and body care line made with the best raw, plant-based ingredients and purified waters from the Sea of Galilee. This is Israel’s best kept skincare secret.

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Fall Beauty Tips and The Ultimate Cult Beauty Haul

The summer is over and autumn is upon us. If you’re anything like me, you spent countless hours outdoors, at the beach, pool and elsewhere braving the sun, wind, salt, chlorine, sweat and other environmental elements. While summer fun is good for the soul, it can wreak havoc on the skin, body and hair leading to overexposed and congested skin and dry, brittle, even burnt hair. There is no one-cure-fits-all or instant miracle in a jar that will keep us feeling and looking our best. A preventative approach including regular maintenance treatments, a commitment to a consistent beauty regimen, eating right and regular exercise collectively yield the best results.

Treatments

Fall is an excellent time to take stock of your state of affairs from a self care perspective. Have you seen a dermatologist in the past year? Now is prime time to have your moles catalogued. I can’t recommend Dr. Mitchell Kline enough. While he is tops in innovation and cutting edge aesthetic treatments, he is also one of the only dermatologists in New York City that specializes in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is also an ideal time to treat yourself to a non chemical Power Peel Facial to exfoliate dry, dead cells and eradicate sebum deposits from the dermis. A visit to Philip Kingsley’s Clinic for a rejuvenating hair treatment is in order as well.

Eat and Drink Right

Think lean protein (animal protein is really the best) and dark, leafy green vegetables that are packed with iron and other nutrients. Drinking loads of water can’t be stressed enough. Skin is the largest filtration organ of the body. If you don’t drink enough water to flush out the toxins, not only is the dermis not able to perform optimally, but it results in visible side effects such as blackheads, sebum buildup and other forms of congestion, irritation and dehydration.

Exercise

We live such stationary lives these days. The trouble is our bodies were designed to move. If we don’t move enough, our muscles forget how to work resulting in a host of aches and pains. Additionally, exercise plays a key role in circulation throughout the body which regulates health and optimizes organ function and cellular activity. It also help to regulate mood. You don’t have to run a marathon but you need to move – even if you take half an hour for a brisk walk regularly – just get moving. You’ll reap the benefits physically and mentally.

Products

There is no magic bullet and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With that in mind, setting time aside to develop a regular skin, body and hair care regimen is paramount. Even if it’s simple and quick – a little goes a long way. To get you excited about diving in head first, I have teamed up with some of my favorite, skin, body and hair care lines to present you with a mega, best of the best, cult beauty overhaul worth $2,000. Full size cleansers, serums, moisturizers, masks and multi-taskers abound! we’ve got something for everyone. So don’t forget to enter our FALL GIVEAWAY NOW!

Here’s The Long Haul!

From France: Cosmetics 27

Cosmetics 27 is one of my absolute favorite skin care lines. An all natural apothecary style regimen tailor-made for your skin or as the French say sur mesure. The idea is to mix the products together to produce a formula that is right for your skin right now. It utilizes the Ayurvedic properties of Centella Asiatica to boost the skin’s ability to regenerate and heal itself. A life saver for those with sensitive and or dry or mature skin. We’ve included: Baume 27Cleanser 27 and Essence 27.

From The UK: Mio Skincare

This line has made me a body care convert. Mio Skincare is a body firming, toning and tightening line that actually works and feels and smells so good you’ll be excited to use it. This line utilizes ingredients like caffeine to jolt the skin to attention and Arnica Montana to soothe aching muscles. It is also all natural and works best in conjunction with exercise and healthful eating. We’re giving away: Get Waisted Sculpted Body ShaperThe A-Cream Firming Active Body CreamWorkout WonderballBooB Tube + Multi Action Bust FirmerLiquid Yoga Space Spray and Liquid Yoga Bath Soak.

From France: Institut Esthederm

Institut Esthederm is designed to preserve the beauty of the skin, this ultra luxe, cult french line has used cutting edge science and technology to innovate skin care. The Lift & Repair Absolute Smoothing Cream and Lift & Repair Absolute Tightening Serum are the dynamic duo if you are in need of effective anti-aging products, have sensitive skin and tend to present with hormonal breakouts. Another standout product that delivers on its promise is the Lift & Repair Eye Contour Lift Patches. Packed with caffeine, in just 5 minutes you will look bright eyed and bushy tailed even if you don’t feel it. We’ve also included Lift & Repair Instant Repulp Mask, and Osmopure Face and Eyes Cleansing Water.

From The US of A: Brenda Christian

Hollywood’s best kept secret! Brenda Christian has created some of the world’s leading cosmetic, skin care and brow and lash treatments used by top Hollywood makeup artists. You’ll receive the world famous, patented High Definition Perfect Brow Kit and the newly launched Mineral Hydrating Mist.

From The UK: Heaven Skincare By Deborah Mitchell

Used by Kate Middleton, Camilla Parker Bowles, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and countless other celebrities, this all-natural organic range is famous for its multi-tasking, anti-aging Silver Bee Venom Mask. We’ve also included EllaJane Celebrity Skin WipesBlack Age Defiance and New Edition Cleansing Cream. These products are excellent for those that experience hormonal breakouts and/or have sensitive or dry skin.

From The UK: Philip Kingsley

Formulated by the world’s foremost hair and scalp expert, Philip Kingsley, this line has been formulated to work. Period. Used by royalty, celebrities and politicians, these products are designed with specific hair and scalp issues in mind. It’s star product, Elasticizer, (we are including a huge 1000 ml Elasticizer) one of my all time favorites was formulated expressly for Audrey Hepburn. We’re also including: Body Building ShampooMoisture Balancing Conditioner and Maximizer.

From France: Bioderma

The cult French Pharmacie line that formulated the world famous Sensibio H20 Micellar Water – the cleanser, toner and makeup remover all in one. These products are specifically geared towards sensitive skin and includes, Sensibio EyeSensibio LightSensibio Mask and Atoderm PP Baume Ultra-nourishing Balm. Gentle enough for teens and those in their 20s yet effective enough for those with more mature skin.

From Israel: Lavido

A natural skin and body care line made with the best raw, plant-based ingredients and purified waters from the Sea of Galilee. This is Israel’s best kept skincare secret. We’ve included The Inspired by Nature Head to Toe Collection, a luxurious anthology of plant-based skin and body care infused with the ancient healing powers of the Sea of Galilee. My favorite products in this gift box are: Alert Eye Cream, Gentle Exfoliator Peeling Cream and Thera Intense Body Cream.

Final Tip

Remember to smile. Happiness always radiates beauty.

And sign up for The Fall Cult Beauty Haul NOW!

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Hair Mask

In case you haven’t noticed, we have been raving about Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer for years. It has won numerous awards, and is a go-to hair hero for celebrities, stylists, beauty editors and The Travel Beauty Team. Elasticizer was developed by Philip Kingsley in the 70s for legendary actress Audrey Hepburn. Audrey sought Philip’s help after years of on-set over-processing had left her hair majorly damaged. Audrey’s condition prompted Philip to formulate Elasticizer, which recently celebrated its 40th birthday.

                                                  Intensive Moisturizing Hair Treatment

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

Elasticizer has been a lifesaver 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 to have an expert treatment and/or Elasticizer application, 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
    • Afro Caribbean hair – try Elasticizer Extreme
  • 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. The heat that your body generates from these activities gives the treatment and extra added punch!
    • 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 you condition after Elasticizer, you only need to rinse it through your hair—no need to leave on for several minutes

Philip-Kingsley-ElasticizerWhen to Use on Processed Hair

  • Do not use Elasticizer for three days before and three days after coloring hair
  • For fine & medium textured hair, use once a week
  • For coarse, wavy, curly, frizzy and Afro Caribbean hair, use twice a week

Experiment with Elasticizer

Elasticizer can also be used to style hair—this is something we learned through experimentation! It can be applied with a styling cream with some hold to give great frizz-free definition to curls and can be used to achieve that piecey ends look on an edgy bob.

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

We’ve even been told that some sensitive-skinned men love TO SHAVE WITH IT!

Have YOU conducted a successful Elasticizer experiment? Please do tell! We would love to share your tip(s) with the Travel Beauty community.

By: Claire McCormack @ClaireMcMack & Alyssa Barrie Weiss @AlyssaBarrie  (Team Travel Beauty Joint Effort)

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