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Got Curly Hair?

Posted on December 06, 2013 | 0 comments

I recently had my hair cut at Devachan hair salon in Culver City, CA. Devachan is chain of hair salons located mainly in NYC (one location in CA) specializing in cutting curly hair. It was the first time I've been in a salon and not have hair envy from the girl sitting next to me with stick straight Pantene commercial type flowing hair! Everyone in the salon had some degree of curl or wave and we were all from different backgrounds. No one head of curls was the same. 

Their technique is to cut the curls dry. I wasn't sure how a dry curly cut would translate into a straight style. Although I wear my hair curly most of the time, I do from time to time like to blow it out straight. I asked for an asymmetrical cut and my stylist did exactly that. I LOVED it, even blown out! The blown out style wasn't perfectly even, but I was ok with it because it gave my straight hair an edgy look. Sorry I don't have a picture of it straight. I will remember to take a photo next time!

After the cut, they cleansed and conditioned it. I could have opted to have it blown out, but instead, I decided on their popular wet set style. They set your curls using whichever of the Devachan products is best for your type texture. They used the styling creme to set my hair.The wet set gave my curls perfect definition, no frizz what so ever, even hours after it had dried! The look is much flatter against my head than how I typically wear it, but I thought it was a nice change. I tried to duplicate the look at home, but I just ended up looking like an idiot. There's a technique to the wet set (using a dome hair dryer), and I have yet to master it, so until then, I will leave it to the pros!  

Devachan sells their own products and I ended up purchasing the styling creme. The only reason I didn't purchase their cleanser (called No Poo because it's sulfate-free) and conditioner is because I use Wen hair care and I am very happy with it. I have to admit, I am in love with the scent of the Devachan products.

If you can't get to a Devachan salon, I would highly recommend finding a stylist who knows how to cut curly hair dry, it truly makes a difference! 

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To Paint or Not to Paint

Posted on August 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Nail polish. It’s an obsession, an addiction…a curse and a blessing. Some people may say it is not normal for one person to own over 100 nail polishes. Some may say it’s crazy and that one couldn’t possibly need so many polishes. To those people I say - Nay! I do need all these colors and more!

Gone are the days of where the only acceptable shades are pinks, reds and neutrals and wearing black polish meant you were a part of some goth movement. No color is off limits which means there is no end in sight to the variations that are possible. And if that wasn’t enough, the finishes to choose from are vast – cream, jelly, matte, shimmer, pearl, glitter, crackle! Glitter choices alone are enough to make a girl giddy! Chunky glitter, fine glitter, chunky with fine glitter, flake glitter, multi-colored glitter, hex glitter…ahhhhh!

The great thing about nail polish is that it’s something you can change quickly and often without breaking the bank, especially if you’re adept at doing it yourself. Practice makes perfect! So whether it’s the $1.99 Wet n Wild polish you got from CVS or the $30 Tom Ford polish you got from Neiman’s, change your polish to your mood, season, outfit or occasion! Just make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area. 

 

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