Friday, February 22, 2013

ALS Hair Diaries::Amber's Faves

Happy Friday to ya!  Now that my two lovely co-workers have shared their favorite hair products, I'm SO excited to finally share with you MINE!  My hair 4-1-1:  It's long, naturally wavy, medium thickness, colored and highlighted.  Without further ado, MY HAIR FAVES!  Do you guys have any that you'd recommend?  Would love to hear from you in the comments.  I'm always on the lookout!

1.  Bumble and Bumble "Does It All" Styling Spray, $27.  I hear this on set ALL THE TIME:  The best way to make hair hold and do what you want is "layering product."  By the end of a shoot day, girls end up having the best hair of their lives because of the product that has been added and added.  I really like this spray because it is lightweight and you can easily comb through it.  I spritz it on each chunk of hair right after it comes out of the curling iron.  It gives hair just a little extra texture because if hair is too silky, the curl will fall right out.
2.  Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner, $29.99 ea.  I've tried so many shampoos over the years because I ALWAYS get tired of the same ones over and over.  I am onto my second bottle of both the shampoo and conditioner because I love this one so much, and that NEVER happens.  The shampoo has the perfect lather and the conditioner is the perfect amount of conditioning without weighing down my hair.  And apparently it's super good for your hair as well, not having tons of additives and bad stuff.
3.  Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $39.  I know this is a bold statement, but this might be the most miracle product I've ever used (for my long hair.)  It's on almost every set I work on, and hair and makeup people say it literally has revolutionized their jobs.  It's marketed like a dry shampoo, but it's actually so much lighter than that.  Sprayed on after you've finger-combed your curling iron curls, it looks vaguely like your hair is slightly windblown, but also like you have the most perfect beachy waves.  I'm telling you, it's expensive but you will never regret buying it.  Oh!  And it smells DIVINE.
4.  Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Creme, $33.40.  Moroccan Oil products never disappoint.  The wonderful smell is enough to get me hooked, but I particularly love this creme for when I air dry my hair.  It defines the waves and helps keep them frizz-free without them being crunchy.  Did I mention the smell is to die for?
5.  Bumble and Bumble Brown Hair Powder, $35.  Ok, so Mama's been gettin' gray hairs since she was 17.  No amount of de-stressing has slowed their roll, and now they are just multiplying like bunnies.  Until I decide to go all Emmylou Harris with a full silvery mane, I use this brown hair powder to spritz on my roots between color jobs with Angelica at Style Kitchen.
6.  Hot Tools Ceramic Curling Iron, 1 1/2" barrel, $44.99.  It took me a really long time to learn the lesson that you have to pay a little money for good styling tools.  I recently bought this curling iron, which heats up faster and is just all around better than the janky ones at the drugstore.  The 1 1/2" is perfect for the curl that isn't so beauty-pageant-y.

Ok, there you have it!!!  Our week (or so...) of our fave hair products is complete!  Please tell us yours!


Friday, February 15, 2013

ALS Hair Diaries::Beth's Faves

Here's Beth!  Of course she has her hair up here.  Dang it. 
And apparently I am wearing a scarf as a blanket.

There is actually a store in the Pecanland Mall in Monroe, LA, (my hometown mall) called "Hair We Go."  (Matt made sure to Instagram that one the last time we were there.)  So, I'm not the first one to say, "hair we go." But nonetheless, HAIR WE GO with another hair post from, this time, my other able-bodied and wonderful assistant (and sister-in-law!!) Beth! And today's her birthday--HAPPY BDAY, BETH!!

Beth has fine but thick, very low-maintenance long hair. She never colors it, and is the type of girl that wants to keep her hair healthy but not have to mess with it a whole lot.  So her product picks are definitely more for the gal who wants to wash and go, or wash, blowdry and go.  So, welcome Beth to the blog family and read on.  

"Why? With long hair I can't have something that dries out the ends when it cleans the scalp. This is not cheap shampoo or conditioner, but I love it and will splurge on it every so often."
2. Fav conditioner/treatment: It's a 10 Miracle Hair Mask
"Why? Again, keeping the ends healthy on long hair is the most difficult, especially if you are not getting your hair cut very often (me!). This stuff is not heavy and does not weigh down my fine hair but is very moisturizing. It lasts forever, so I'd say worth the bucks, and it's even available at Walgreens."
"Why? Thick strong bristles detangle while softer boar bristles evenly distribute natural hair oils. LOVE this thing. It is also the bargain version of the super deluxe Mason Pearson, which runs about $150 on Amazon."
4. Go-to heat protector: CHI Silk Infusion serum
"Why? If you use any heat to style your hair (including blow dryer) the best way to keep your hair hydrated is to use something to protect it from the heat. This helps prevent split ends. The CHI brand is on the cheaper end of the spectrum, and there are a lot of other good ones out there, but this one does the job for me!" 
5. Fav blow dryer: Sharper Image Ionic Hair Dryer
"Why? It is quieter than any other I have heard. It says the type of heat it produces lowers the frizziness in hair, but even if you don't agree with that, can't complain about the long-term lack of hearing loss. They also say it dries hair faster because of the ionic technology."
6. Fav weird home remedy: using olive oil for itchy scalp
"Why? It's all-natural and it works. Pour warmed oil directly on scalp while over tub and leave it on there for 10-20min. Then shower normally. Effects last from 4-6 days. It's like dumping a bunch of lotion on your scalp. This time of year, I def need it!!"

Happy Weekend, y'all!  You can find me soaking my entire head in olive oil.  Bye!  ~Amber

P.S.  Beth is a fab letterpress printer, and you can check out her work at her "real job" here.  Look at this wedding invite--gorge, huh?  Letterpress really takes invitations, biz cards, and note cards to the next level in my opinion.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Edgy Lady

I am working on a shoot with the adorable Joanna Smith, ladies and gents, and I thought I would share a couple inspiration tears.  Some fun pics for you on a Tuesday.  We want the shoot to be fun and sassy, but at the same time communicate a little edge.  If you haven't checked out the cute spread in GLAMOUR with Dakota Fanning, the picture below is one of many where she is wearing the most adorable polka dot dresses and great heels, all showing off a fun-loving spirit with a little sex appeal.  That's what we want to do with this shoot, except add a smidge of drama and a pinch of rock-n-roll.  

Dakota Fanning in this month's GLAMOUR.

Here's the drama and here's the rock and roll element.  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

ALS Hair Diaries::Carrie's Faves

What would we do without girl friends?  You would trust her to tell you that "your butt looks big in those pants", and if she's like the gals at ALS, she knows her stuff when it comes to beauty products.   Well, we're definitely not here to talk about your butt.  Your butt = your biz.  But, we DO wanna be the gal pal who has tried every hair product and volunteers her expertise.  The three of us, Beth, Carrie and myself, have VERY different hair types, so there's something for everyone during this week of hair.  (Week of hair?  Could be gross, but not here!)  Through years of trial and error we have curated our favorite products, and starting with Carrie today, we wanted to share.  EEEEE!!!  

Carrie and I are incredibly bad influences on each other when it comes, in particular, to peachy-pink lip glosses.  In fact, we could not buy another for approximately 7.5 years, and still have enough between the two of us for the Hunger Games apocalypse.  One thing we definitely don't have in common though is our hair type.  When I asked Carrie to describe her hair, she said, "very fine and SUUUUUUUUUPER straight." Her hair is also color-treated, and about shoulder length, fyi.  Check out how cute she is on sax at the Brett Eldredge video for "Don't Ya" above.  She had whipped her hair into submission with a CHI curling iron on that day, I think.   Her faves are below!
1.  Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo:  "I use it once a week.  It smells AMAZING."
2.  Batiste Dry Shampoo:  "I seriously use everyday. It's so lightweight and the blonde helps cover up roots. Essential for bangs.  Not to mention it's so affordable."
3.  Bumble and Bumble Sumotech:  "A must have for styling my layers."
4.  Kerastase Nectar Thermique:  "It's a lightweight, leave in cream that keeps hair from getting damaged from heat. SUPER important for my color treated hair. It smells really great.
5.  Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion:  "Sprinkle it in at your roots and rub in. It's great for creating a little lift, but be careful, a little dab will do ya!"
6.  Nioxin Diamax Thickening Xtrafusion Treatment:  "This is truly life-changing for people with fine, thin hair. Angelica (at Style Kitchen) introduced me to it, and I seriously can't believe how much volume it gives me."