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Stress Rehab For Your Locks

We all know winter can dry out and damage our hair, but what about summer? I’ve come to realize that the heat and elements of the summer can be just as, if not more so, damaging to my locks. Think about it. You have pool, lake, and ocean water, wind, humidity-and that’s just to name a few. After spending this past weekend outside in blazing sun and strong winds, my hair was looking a little parched. Time to pull out the big guns.
Sally Hershberger’s Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray is my hair’s best friend. This is the ultimate stress rehab for your follicles. It’s a super lightweight leave-in moisturizing spray that can be used on damp or dry hair. The super keratin and silk extract repair damage, seal split ends, protect from heat and daily stresses. It also tames frizz (essential for humid weather), static, and flyaways.
When sprayed through damp hair, you’re hair gets the deep moisture it craves. You can also use it on dry hair for instant manageability and softness, or to reactivate your style. I really focus on my ends and hair around my face because that seems to get the brunt of the damage. My locks are noticeably softer and virtually frizz-free. It is a major part of my routine on hair-washing days.

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Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray $12.99
available at Ulta

If you’re looking for one thing that can really protect and repair your hair, this is the one. And it’s very affordable (actually on sale right now for $7.99).

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Caftan Crazy

Through the magic of Pinterest, I discovered this fabulous brand that makes amazing dresses, tunics, and caftans. Two New York is a small collection of chic and effortless pieces. They are made from hand-loomed cotton saris and textiles, and are hand-made in their Brooklyn studio. And the designer, Monica Patel-Cohn has a very impressive resume. She has worked with Simon Doonan (the wizard behind all beauty at Barney’s New York) and in Milan at Prada. She so understands that women want to be chic and comfy whether they are at the beach or trying to beat the heat.

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Seema Sari Tunic $270
I love the color and the length.

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Camilla Tunic $260
This is perfect for the beach or a night on the town.

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Saira Caftan $310
Gauzy and gorgeous-love it!

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Isha Dress $286
Oh my goodness, I would live in this dress all summer long.

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Kerala Dress $260
This would be my go-to event dress during the summer months. Simple but oh-so-chic.

For more offerings and information, please visit Two New York

I am going crazy for caftans right now, but it’s really hard to find ones that don’t look like pajamas and aren’t super expensive. I’ve also found some vintage offerings on Etsy and Ebay, and even some original patterns from the 70’s (too bad I can’t sew).

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Rachel Pally “Gwyneth” Caftan Maxi $295
Still expensive but a true caftan.
Available at Neiman Marcus

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Michael Stars “Eve” Caftan $117.30
This is a modern caftan and would rock at the clubs.
Available at Bloomingdale’s

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Victoria’s Secret Caftan Dress $59.50
Same dress, different colors. This is my favorite and it’s affordable. Great for lounging, errands, or lunch with the girls.
Available at Victoria’s Secret

And here are some inspiring pictures that I “pinned” and have me dreaming of lazing my summer in a caftan.

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FABULOUS!!

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Glamorous, Yet Easy, Up-Do

The FiFi Awards were held earlier this week to honor the top fragrances of the year. But one thing stole the show and it wasn’t a perfume, it was Nicole Richie’s super glamorous up-do.

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I love the height and volume of this up-do. While it may look complicated and intricate, it’s actually quite easy to achieve. It only requires three products and some bobby pins. Keep in mind, she does have extensions, so you may not get the thickness she has. But like I always say-tease, backcomb, tease, backcomb, and you will get instant thickness.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to this amazing hair style.

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1. Start by blow drying hair with heat protectant styling spray (preferably one that builds body). Focus on the crown, as this is where you want all the volume.

Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray $48 available at Amazon (or try John Frieda Full Repair Heat Activated Styling Spray $7.99 available at Ulta)

2. Put hair in an ultra-high ponytail. Backcomb ponytail to form a smooth hump shape. Split ends into two sections and twist. Wrap and pin strands around the base to create a beautiful ponytail holder (hiding the actual elastic).

Spornette Little Wonder Brush $5.99
available at Ulta

3. Finish the look by spritzing a strong hold hairspray.

Loreal Elnett Strong Hold Hairspray $14
available at Target

Super easy, super stunning, and an up-do that’s appropriate for work or the most glamorous of events.

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Split Ends Repair Part 2

I realize I have posted about dry hair and split ends before, but if you’re like me, you want to know about any products that can repair these issues. And boy do I have a miracle worker for you. I’ll tell you up front-it’s not cheap. But believe me when I say it is worth every penny.
Kerastase’s Fiber Architecte is new and amazing. It is a must have for sealing and repairing brittle, very damaged lengths and split ends. It is a serum and gel in one product and the combination of ingredients revitalizes damaged hair from the inside out. It is heat activated so you apply it on dry hair. There are a few ways I use it. First, if I’m just blowdrying, I do it at the very end. Once my hair is dry, I apply it to the ends and then use a round brush and blowdryer to seal it. If I’m using a flat iron, I put it on the ends before going over it with the iron. Same for when I’m using a curling iron. A little bit goes a long way. I only use one pump and this coats all of my ends. If you have thicker hair you can use a little more. Your hair will get healthier fast and you’re left with silky, shiny, and smooth locks. I do recommend shopping around. I found a salon in Minneapolis that sells it for $10 less than the Kerastase website. But honestly, I would pay full price. It’s just that good.

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Kerastase Fiber Architecte $42
available at Kerastase Usa (I got mine at The Hair District)

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