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Jennifer Hudson is known for her amazing soulful voice and acting chops having proved herself in Broadway film adaptation Dreamgirls. Since then her star has continually risen with a new role as Weight Watchers spokeswoman and respected fashionista on the red carpet. Jennifer is known for her beautiful skin and hair and recently shared some of her favorite products with Lucky magazine. One of her best kept secrets to maintaining her smooth locks is the Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner. Although this is known as the original cult classic for 'girls with curls' I find it works wonders on any thicker hair type that also experiences unruly, frizz such as my own. It's unique formula penetrates the hair shaft, conditioning and smoothing the follicle. Jennifer will leave this in after a shower because it's that good!
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Marie Claire's BIG BEAUTY ISSUE is out on shelves and we couldn't help but notice a few b-glowing.com faves as we flipped through the pages of the May 2013 issue. Learn more about the products that had them talkin'!
Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum - Inspired by the elegance and elusivity of its namesake, Tom Ford Black Orchid is a sensual and luxurious fragrance of blended notes that include black truffle and ylang-ylang, for an overall sultry, floral and woodsy scent.
Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream - This olive oil-infused shine booster creates soft and shiny hair that lasts all day. Great for all hair types, this is the perfect product to create the sleek hair that is trending for spring/summer.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk - A must-have for every bathroom shelf, this dry shampoo not only freshens limp hair, but also brings volume and texture to your 'do. Keep one bottle at home and one at work for convenient primping.
Mixed Chicks Shampoo - Perfect for curly-haired gals everywhere, this lightweight, non-sticky formula leaves ringlets inviting to the touch - locking moisture into every strand.
Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner - Define curls and eliminate frizz, while restoring your hair health. This product is perfect for repairing all hair types, and is not exclusive to curly-haired lasses.
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray - This vitamin E-infused spray strengthens and protects hair, while absorbing excess oil and boosting volume for your day-old hair. The invisible formula is perfect for all hair colors, and you'll love the fresh, clean lemon verbena scent.
T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer - Clinically proven to dry hair 80% faster than the competition, this innovative hair dryer from T3 promises not only reduced drying time, but also an increase in shine, body, and style retention. We love how this styling tool cuts our 'get ready' time in half, while reducing frizz and locking in moisture.
bliss FatGirlSlim Skin Firming Cream - Visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite while firming and toning your skin! The ultimate tool for bathing suit season, FatGirlSlim is the perfect addition to your body-bettering routine. Combine with the NEW Lean Machine product for increased results.
Supergoop! CC Cream -This new product from Supergoop! is already receiving rave reviews. Combining coverage with skincare and suncare, this all-in-one product acts as a primer, foundation, anti-aging treatment, and SPF. Perfect for the girl on the go!Read More »
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Sleek hair is all the rage this season, and from what we saw at Fashion Week for fall/winter, this trend is not going away. One of our favorite sleek looks, that has withstood the test of time, is a pony tail.
We love a pretty pony because it's work-appropriate, great for all textures - including fine hair - and a great way to get a second day out of your already-styled hair. Ready to rock this runway-ready revolution? Here are step-by-step instructions for this easy up-do, and the products that will get you there.
1. Prep Your Mane
You perfected your hair for work yesterday, but 24 hours later it's looking a little … sad. Use Mason Pearson's Handy Mixture Bristle & Nylon Brush to detangle and soften your locks, in preparation for your pony.
2. Tame Your Tail
Run T3's Single Pass 1" Flat Iron over your ends and address any noticeable kinks in your 'do. Don't spend too much time on this step, as the majority of your locks will be gathered and unseen. One minute tops!
3. Smooth Your Strands
Add a couple drops of Mixed Chicks Hair Silk from root to tip. This light reflecting serum not only tames fly-aways, it also gives you the added shine and vibrancy this sleek look requires.
4. Repair Your Hair
One of the things we love about a sleek pony is that is allows you to throw on a treatment or leave-in conditioner to repair hair while it's up. We recommend klorane's Leave-In with Mango Butter. It prevents further breakage and repairs without weighing hair down. Concentrate this product at the ends of your hair to keep the 'tail' of your pony streamlined.
4. Flipping Out
Flip hair upside down, brushing repeatedly from root to tip toward the floor. Make a fist, and place it against the top of your head, this is where your pony will 'sprout' from.
5. Gather the Herd
Open your fist and begin brushing your hair into it, collecting it for the hair tie. Depending on hair length, you may have to move your fist towards the nape of your neck, in order to collect all your stands in the tie.
6. Rein It In
Using the hair tie of your choice, secure your now-collected hair. You may choose to leave the tie as-is, or you can create a more polished look by wrapping a thin segment of hair from your tail around the tie and securing it with a bobby pin towards the underside of your ponytail.
7. Polish the Pony
Now that your pony is in place, you'll want to tame baby hairs and frizz. Use GLOSS Moderne High-Gloss Serum along the hairline and sides to perfect your sleek look, enhance shine and tame fly-aways.
8. Solidify Your Style
Finish off this look with a pass of your favorite hairspray. We recommend Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hairspray to ensure hold and protect hair against damaging and dulling UV rays.
We hope you enjoy this styling 'how-to' from b-glowing.com!
With so many different hair brushes to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one your hair needs. We’re here to help! Learn about a few of the most standard brushes and which ones will work for your tresses.
Paddle Brush – This brush is great for all hair types and is used to either regularly brush the hair with ease or for heat styling. If you blow dry, but do not need a lot of style assistance, the Paddle brush is great for guiding the hair during drying, keeping hair in order and the cuticle smoothed while applying heat. The wide bristles also make it ideal for getting through wet hair with less drag and damage than other brushes with more bristles. Try this Paddle Brush from Mixed Chicks.
Round Brush- This handy brush is used mostly with heat styling but can also be used on dry hair to achieve a rounded or soft look. A round brush, when used on wet hair with a dryer, works to pull wave or kink out of hair’s texture, and will also help smooth the cuticle for a polished look. While the round brush will relax the texture of your hair, you can still create roller-like body by using the cool shot button on your dryer while hair is wrapped around the barrel of the brush.
Varying lengths in hair will also call for different diameters of the brush barrel. With all great beauty tools, practice makes perfect, and round brushing definitely takes a little practice! Try this Round Brush from Philip B.
Boar Bristle Brush – This brush is great for all hair types but especially those with finer, more delicate hair because the bristles pull smoothly to cause less damage and breakage. Boar bristles also work to distribute the scalp’s natural oils evenly through the hair to ends, resulting in healthy ends and less oily roots. They’re also great for smoothing and styling updos since the bristles are close together and soft enough to lay the hair down but not disrupt the style. Try this Boar Bristle Brush from Mason Pearson.
Wide Tooth Comb – You should absolutely have a great comb in your arsenal for detangling purposes. While the most natural instinct with a tangled patch of hair is to mercilessly attack it with any brush in arms reach, vow to take a little more time with your misunderstood mane. When using a wide tooth comb to detangle, start at the bottom of the tangle and working your way up. If you are trying to comb down through the tangle you won’t make much progress and will only push the knots down, causing more damage. So remember, bottoms up! We also recommend keeping one in the shower to help dispense conditioners appropriately to all your ends. Try this Wide Tooth Comb from Mason Pearson.Read More »