Oribe has impressed me yet again. They recently released Power Drops. These are intensely reparative drops with linoleic acid, biotin and sea kelp extract, and can correct damaged hair. Strands are fortified and rebuilt. This serum can be used alone or added to another Oribe product. My favorite way to use this serum is to add it to Balm d'Or.
Balm d'or is a also a light weight styler that provides heat protection to fragile and damaged hair. With heat-activated polymer technology, even with styling tools, hair is in great condition after it is used. Using the two products together leaves hair sleek and shiny hair. How well does it really work, you may ask? Well, my hair has been bleached 3 times and it still feels healthy and smooth.
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Every so often a styling line breaks the mold and shakes the hair industry. 10 years ago Oribe Canales did just that with the release of his signature line. Taking in over 30 years of experience and countless hours of perfecting his craft, Oribe released a line. Not just a styling line, but one that used premium ingredients that made for exceptional results. I have been lucky enough to have been using the line for over 8 years. I love where the line has come from and I can not wait to see what the future holds for this luxury experience.
To celebrate Oribe's 10th anniversary, I thought I would share with you my top 10 Oribe products.
1/2 Shampoo and Conditioner for Moisture and Control. An essential for curly hair.
3 Swept Up Volume Powder Spray. Use at the roots to create envious volume.
4/5 Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner. This is the go to if you want to repair tired, damaged hair.
6 Signature Shampoo. A favorite for all hair types.
7 Rough Luxury Molding Wax. Many men swear by this wax.
8 Superfine Hair Spray. Tames and styles effortlessly.
9 Run Through Detangling Primer. A leave in that provides heat protection and slip with almost no weight.
10. Dry Texturizing Spray. This has a cult following unseen by any other luxury brand.
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Recently more and more individuals are opening up about their sexuality and gender identity. With that more and more questions are brought up in the world of dating. Dating can be tricky. Knowing when to say that you are bisexual is even more complex. Sometimes I have chosen to do that right away, others after a few dates. The response is never the same. I have been met with wide acceptance from some while others just say I am selfish or just don't want to dedicate to the gay lifestyle. So, that being the case I wanted to share some of my past experiences.
One point that I have heard repeatedly is how the world of bisexuality seems to affect the males’ way differently than females. Several of my guy friends who have had homosexual experiences and relationships are often hesitant to, if at all, tell their female partner. If this was your situation, what would you share and when? What must be shared? What if it was only a kiss? What if it wasn't anything long term? Is full disclosure really needed? Is omission a lie? What if the guy really has no more interest in men and wants to have the traditional marriage? So often though people will say that men can't be bisexual, that they are just gay men who don't want to come out all the way. There are times to the female partner isn't too receptive and the relationship ends shortly after any type of open dialogue about past sexual ventures. Very seldom though, if the female has had some bi experience she is more accepting. Most people don't want to lie in a relationship but when is honesty not the best policy? Does one's sexual trysts need to be fully disclosed? It gets even more complicated when a bi male dates a gay male who has never had any heterosexual experience and can't relate at all. Sometimes there is a mistrust that has no foundation or reason. There is something that drives a wedge between two people when one cannot relate to the others' desires. I have dated gay men that have never even kissed a girl. They will sometimes use that against me, like I am not as dedicated to the relationship since my past covers a wider spectrum. I am now seeing that this is changing with the younger generation. Younger people aren't so quick to be put or put others in a box. I have recently dated younger guys who don't even consider themselves bi as much as they just don't want a label but just want to love. They don't even bring up pasts experiences but would rather just enjoy what is currently happening between us. Personally, I am finding it easier to connect with other bisexual men or those who might consider themselves fluid.
Of course, this changes as we move on to the other sex. On the flip of this is when a female has a bi experience others are quick to call it a phase. Do you know a friend that maybe even had a girlfriend all through college but after got married to a man and lived happily ever after? I know several and yet nobody seems to have a problem with it. There is very little accusation of her not being true to herself or just not wanting to commit to a certain lifestyle. Now I know a few friends that have never told their man about their bi life and really don't ever feel that it should be discussed being that they have agreed not to bring up each other’s sexual conquests.
Where do we draw the line of what has to be told in a relationship? I don't want to lie to my partner but unless something I've done in the past has any potential harm to them, should it really be a topic of conversation? If you do want to be honest, when is the right time? How far do you let the relationship go before saying anything? How many people lie about the number of partners they have had? Others will lie about how old they are when they had their first experience or who that was with. As more and more are living their truth, others will have to learn what that means to them and their potential partners. How much of somebody’s past will you let really affect your relationship? Would you carry on a long-term relationship with an openly bisexual partner? When would you want to know about their past? What are some of your general standards for dating? Let us know.
Now when I first heard about this product I have to admit I was a bit hesitant. The first thing I think of when I hear spray gel is something that I used to use in middle school. Yes, I used product in middle school. That alone should have been an indicator that I would be a product junkie.
If you know me, I love a product that can be used on more than one hair type and that can also help create more than just one look. Like always R+Co exceeded my expectations. The first time I used it was on myself. Being I have wavy, almost curly hair, I like to see what a product does in my hair if I apply it to wet hair and let it air dry. I was impressed that I had hold in my hair, but none of the tackiness that I was sort of expecting. Once it was dry, I was able run my fingers through my hair without it getting stuck. A few days later I tried it before blow drying a clients hair. She had finer blonde hair - the exact opposite of mine, so I wanted to see the difference. I have to be honest, I probably over sprayed her hair. But, I brushed the product through the hair thoroughly before I sectioned her out and styled her. I was so excited when I saw how much bounce my client had. So now I am really into FREEWAY at this point. A few days later, I had a client that had curly, medium almost fine hair. Well, here I was again going for the FREEWAY to see what it could do. Like before, I was impressed with how the hair looked after the blowout. The hair was smooth, yet had a controlled lift to it. I am pretty much a fan of a product that can be used on various hair textures and for various end results. R+Co again produced a vegan product, at a great price point, that really did what it said it would do. If you have tried it, please comment with your experience below.
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I remember being a kid and getting so annoyed but a few simple words,"I remember when this song came out" It was most often said by my mom when she would hear a song that reminded her of her younger years. I would often think; how do you remember a song so old. My mom is barely 20 years older than I am. Now looking back, when I was a teenager hearing her say this, she was only in her 30s. I mean hopefully she would remember. Now hear I am, just turned 40 and I have been saying this in my head for years. I will be honest, when I say it to myself, I do chuckle a bit. One of the groups that always takes me back is Depeche Mode. I can hear an older song and be instantly transported to a time hanging out with friends and thinking, this is an awesome song, these guys are so cool. The group has basically been around my whole life, and in honesty, I really can't remember the first time I heard them. Even with that, they are a group that I have wanted to see, and I finally got to see them live.
I was lucky enough to get amazing seats at the sold-out show in Vegas. Before the show started I just sat there, looking around, thinking, I am going to see them! Depeche Mode is going to be on THAT stage. There was an old life that just came back to me. I was in high school all over again. I was thinking of old friends that would have been so jealous to see them.
Before Depeche Mode came on Warpaint wowed the crowd. This all female group had the attention of everybody in the place. I really enjoyed the rotation of the vocals. There is something about a group that is cohesive, and they definitely are. I was impressed on how each voice had a distinct sound yet when they sang together, the harmony was flawless. The set was just enough to tease you but not so long that you wanted them off stage.
Once Depeche Mode took the stage there was not one person sitting down. The energy was insane. Starting the set with a song from the new album got everyone in tuned for an amazing show. Dave had spark and life from the get go. There was no warm up needed for this performer. His ability to glide and dance across the stage still have me in awe. From one song to the next the spirit was alive and well, not only with the group, but the audience as well. Hearing Never Let Me Down Again and Everything Counts were two of my highlights. Depeche Mode paid respect to the LGBT community in Walking in My Shoes with a great background video. Martin also gave a great performance in his performances as well. His voice is one I could listen to repeatedly. There was an emotional cover of David Bowie's Heroes that really showed their respect for the late artist. DM ended the show with Personal Jesus with all the enthusiasm that they started with. Even as I was leaving the arena I was still in shock that I was able to witness one of my favorite bands live.
Of course, afterwards I started telling myself to see more shows. There is nothing quite like watching a group that you have admired for so long do a live show. If you still have a chance to see them before the tour ends, DO IT!
It is that time again, the era of regret and new promises is upon us. if you are like me, you have vowed to never do new year’s resolutions again. But the truth is, they are not all that bad. Sometimes we need a swift kick from reality to remind us that goals and aspirations are a good thing. One of the most popular resolutions has to do with our body. Some want to keep the body they have worked all year on, others want to have the body that escaped them 15 years ago. I won’t lie, I wouldn't mind being in better shape. Since I am like most of you reading this, I figured I would get some tips from a pro. Matt Inglese has been in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years. Besides being a Kinesiologist, he is also a personal trainer and lends his knowledge to various companies concerning supplement development. Here’s what he had to say:
What is the first rule in New Year’s goals?
Set realistic and honest goals. Make sure you are honest with yourself and realize the process is a marathon not a sprint. You can and will achieve goals if you are realistic and honest with yourself.
How soon after changing my eating habits will I see a change?
Well, it takes 21 days to build a habit and 45 days normally to see changes. There are 3 easy ways to monitor these changes. The obvious is to use a scale to track your progress as a first option. The second way is to feel how your clothes feel on you. The third and most telling way is to take pictures of yourself. Try to make a weekly routine of taking a picture of yourself in the same clothes. Make it a Monday morning and monitor it week to week. Remember, the camera never lies.
How soon after exercising will I see a change?
Incorporate an exercise plan that you will enjoy and you will see changes in 45 days. I would still suggest tracking your progress so you can see the changes.
I know I should really be doing both. How long with combining a better diet and exercising will it be before I see changes?
Now the combination is going to be your best course of action. With the combination of both you will see noticeable changes and results in 30 days.
What are some of the MUST DOs?
Drink water! Water is one of the most important tools for a healthy body. The body NEEDS water. Cut down on sugar consumption. There are just so many ways this will help your body.
Eat. You must feed your body. Starving your body does more harm than good. Just remember to feed your body the good stuff.
How do I get back on track if I mess up?
No one is perfect, so this will happen. Just get back on track as soon as possible. Just get back to what was working and keep pushing.
Should I workout with someone?
A workout partner will help keep you accountable and motivate you. A gym buddy will also push you on days that you are lagging or would otherwise skip the gym. If you aren't familiar with a gym setting, you can always get a trainer. They can help set you on the right track, but not everyone needs to go that route.
Any last bits of wisdom?
Pick a routine that is going to work for you. When your workout is fun you will stick with it longer. If you like Zumba, then do that. If you like yoga, do that. Same applies to weight lifting or whatever you decide to help you make those changes.
For inspiration and gym motivation, follow Matt on Instagram.
I know in the past I've talked about treating the hair BEFORE shampooing. I'm going to bring it up again, but in a different light. RandCo recently came out with a product specifically to be used as a pre-shampoo, appropriately named PALM SPRINGS. It comes out in a perfect puff of oils and butters in the consistency of a mousse. As a lover of anything citrus, I really appreciate the fragrance. It's the perfect mix of Sicilian Lemongrass, Tangerine, Eucalyptus, Green Tea, Tea Moss and Crisp Amber. I've used it as intended and as a post shampoo mask and both test runs resulted in healthier, smoother shinier hair. If you have fine hair this is a great option for you, being traditional conditioner can add to much weight to the hair. Apply the PALM SPRINGS mid shaft to ends and leave on the hair for 10 minutes.
If you want to add some texture to your hair, follow up with CACTUS Shampoo also from RandCo. The trick is to make sure you only wash the scalp area. This creates texture and thickness, something every person with fine hair craves. The scent is a light blend of Bergamot, Wild Fig, Cyclamen, Lotus Flower, Cedarwood, and Tonka Beans. CACTUS is also great for short haired clients that don't really want to add product after the shower but want fuller hair that has more grit.
It's not often you get to see a friend fulfill their vision and dream. Adrienne Wonzo started Virago Varnish in September of 2014. Not knowing there was a world of indie polish, she pursued her dream of creating a line that was 5 free, BEFORE it was mandated. She decided to do this because it was safer for her and her clients. Knowing the long-term effects of DBP and formaldehyde, this is something I can appreciate. We got to chat over a last-minute manicure, I mean seems fitting right? Here’s what she had to say:
Greatest influences now?
Currently micro-glitter nail polishes influences me the most. Customers are going crazy over our micro glitter polishes.
Current trend that I love:
Coffin and stiletto shaped nails are two awesome shapes that enhance the polish. These two would have to be my favorite trend.
Current trend that I hate:
Duck feet nails are on the top of that list.
(I would have to agree. There's nothing cute about duck feet nails. And if you don't know what they are, that's a good thing.)
An old Trend that I'd like to see come back:
I'd love to see nail piercing come back. I love the look of a pierced stiletto nail.
(Ha, this takes me back to high school.)
I think earth tones are going to be big next year.
Three must haves:
Light colored creme polish
Favorite magazine :
Bette Davis, I love all her movies.
For now Adrienne has no desire to sell her line to a bigger company. She still hand makes this line and wants to keep that personal touch active.
I recently attended a class in Miami with the Godfather of Hair, Garren. Garren is co-founder of the collective known as RandCo. This amazing line has changed the rules of hairdressing and hair styling. Garren has worked on legends like Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and Lady Gaga.
This intense class took place over two days and was limited to 36 students. Day one was a lead by Robert Vasquez, a stylist who has assisted Garren for several years. A few foundations and expectations were laid out. It was more of an overview of what to expect on day two. We learned how to set a style that could be transformed to many other styles over the period of a photo shoot. We then had hands-on time to practice what we had just learned.
Day two was more intense as we learned from the Godfather of Hair himself. We learned more about how to set hair that could be manipulated into many looks for a photo shoot. After working on our models, we were able to shoot them under Garren’s skilled eye. He was blunt, but insightful as he directed us in the photo shoots. I was in awe as he pointed out my own mistakes, because he did it with such authority and was never condescending.
The experience was completed by the great students I was in class with. I met and worked with some very dedicated stylists that motivated me to push my game even further once I got home. I can't wait to go back in January for more advanced training!