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14 Mar '19

Match Your Fiery Personality With A New Fiery Hairstyle

5 Red Hairstyles That Will Burn Your Eyes If You Aren't Careful

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Have you ever admired a redhead and wondered if that hair color would suit you? Maybe you’ve always been a brunette or a blonde but feel like a change is in order? Or do you wish to have fantasy hair color but your work wouldn’t allow it? Red hair is bright enough to make everyone in a room notice you, while still being work appropriate. It lifts the spirits and brings a pop of color to your wardrobe, and luckily, there are many different tones to choose from. Whether you prefer a darker wine hue or prefer to go a bit more bold, there is a red tone perfect for you out there. So don’t hesitate and take the leap into a fiery hairstyle that matches perfectly with your fiery personality!


Sunset Red

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If you love watching sunsets and sunrises, then this hair color by @lizzvargashair is the one for you. The soft waves remind me of the sun’s reflection over the ocean waves and those bangs look amazing on her!

 

Fire Hydrant Red

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For those who prefer a brighter red, look no further than this neon hair makeover by @aliyousha She gave her client some volume with layers framing her face but I especially love how she sneaked some darker hues in there to give it even more dimension.


Wine Red

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This shorter hairstyle is lovely for those looking for a more toned down red hue. @jonathannoblemckelveyhair decided to leave the roots their natural dark color to create wine colored balayage strands, making this hairstyle more low maintenance than those that reach the roots.

 

Candy Cane Red

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It takes guts to go for a bright candy cane red look, but @ghoulnextdooor makes me a believer with this jaw dropping hair color. I’m sure it’s hard to not feel more confident rocking this hairstyle and the pink details are such a cute touch!

 

Color Melt Red

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Okay, so maybe this hairstyle is not as work appropriate as others but if done correctly, your boss might let it slide. The trick is to use different red tones to compliment each other in a technique called a color melt and @hairbykaseyoh does it so perfectly.


Which red hair makeover would you go for? Let us know in the comments!

24 Feb '19

Battle Dreary Winter Days With Color

Color Therapy For Dark Winter Moods

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Winter is here, and we’ve already moved through the cozy holidays full of glittering lights, merry-making, and amazing food. What’s left can feel like a long, cold slog through the rest of a season short on daylight and joy. It doesn’t have to, though! While it’s no wonder many of us can experience down periods or depression during this time, we can use color therapy as part of our toolbox against dark moods.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Sometimes, the "winter blues" are more than just being tired of cold, short days: some people may suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The acronym is super apropos, no? If you find yourself feeling depressed and lethargic, having trouble sleeping or concentrating, noticing changes in your appetite or weight, you could be experiencing seasonal affective disorder.

SAD may be caused by the disruption of our circadian rhythms due to less light availability during the winter months. It could also be due to a disruption of our serotonin levels caused by the same lack of light - or a change in melatonin levels, which influence your sleep patterns. Goodness knows that a messed up sleep cycle can negatively affect anyone!

Whether you’re in treatment for SAD or just looking for a way to shake off those winter doldrums, engaging in a little color therapy may help lift your mood and that of those around you!


Hair Color Inspo Therapy

Winter can wreak havoc on our prized locks, leaving our hair dry and dull and full-on blah. That’s why it’s important to have a winter hair care routine that keeps your hair looking its best. A bad hair day is no one’s friend! Once your hair is back to being touchably soft and beautifully shiny, though, you might still feel like something’s lacking in the depths of the winter season.


Highlights

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When you need a mood boost and to remember the sun, consider having highlights added to your hair. Glowing golden, caramel, and honey highlights are in right now, adding just the right amount of sun-kissed to your locks for an instant attitude lift.


Dip Dye

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Having your long tresses (or shorter ones!) dip dyed has been on trend for a while now, but it can still refresh your spirits on dreary winter days - especially if you’re adding it to your all-over silver ‘do. Go for bright or dramatic colors, whichever you’re feeling more - jewel tones across the spectrum can pop and glow and inspire.


Sunset Shades

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If you can’t stop dreaming of tropical sunsets on warm beaches with umbrella’d cocktails, why not wear that daydream loud and proud? Vibrant all-over color in layers of hot pink, burnt orange, and honeyed gold can make you smile any time you catch a glimpse of your hair - and you’ll no doubt have others smiling, too.


Makeup Your Mood

Painting your face can be fun and influence your whole mood - so makeup is just one more tool in your arsenal against Old Man Winter. Embrace higher spirits by throwing your face in his!


Red

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A red lip is always a bold choice, and it always stands out - but it just seems to have extra oomph on cold, bright days. March on dreariness wearing your favorite shade of red and let that boldness infuse your day. Dramatic eyes don’t hurt either!


Warm

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Warm colors are another perfect choice when insulating yourself from dank and dreary days - choose a deeper red variant for your lips paired with sparkling eye shadow and a sharp winged cut crease for maximum va-va-voom.


Candy

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Showcase your playful spirit for some instant cheer and play with candy-colored shades in your makeup routine. It may remind you a bit of the 80s, but that just means it's retro and cool. Play with sky-blue eyeshadow and a lively lip color like purple.


Pop Your Wardrobe

Another easy way to add a pop of color and a burst of brightness to dreary winter days is through judicious use of your wardrobe - find those pieces that “spark joy” (y’all know what I’m talking about) and put them into your sartorial rotation.


Bright Accessories

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Pair candy-colored winter hats and scarves with your candy-colored makeup - it's wonderful what a cerulean knit cap and a teal wool scarf can do for you in the face of snow and darkness. Just pretend you're a tropical mermaid experiencing a land-bound winter. Experiment with jewel tones, too!


Living Color

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Put your wish for spring out into the universe and embrace your favorite color at the same time - put together an outfit in shades of purple, blue, yellow, or whatever makes your heart sing. The fashionable impact’s in pulling off different shades of the same color in the same outfit.


Statement Coats

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Coats may be a necessity during winter, but that doesn’t mean they ever need be boring. Throw a defiant flag up in the face of seasonal affective disorder or the winter doldrums that says NOPE. No, you won’t be dragged down by short days being cooped up inside and locked into layers. Your bold spirit is bound to be infectious and leave others feeling revitalized, too. (My favorite choice for this is a brilliant red coat, but you do you.)

Ready to take the season by storm and fight winter with glorious color? We’re right behind you! Share your best winter looks on Instagram, and tag us @isa.professional so we can see!

13 Feb '19

Fall In Love With Your Nail Art This Valentines Day

5 Valentines Day Manicure Inspirations

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Chocolate lovers, rejoice, Valentines Day is almost here and you know what that means: plenty of chocolate and candy to choose from; or if you're like me, a little less to pick from in the 15th's clearance bin. Even if you don't look forward to the candy selection as much as I do, you do know that the 14th is really about showing your loved ones you care about them (a little extra than every other day of the year, of course). Maybe you bought your gifts or made them yourself, maybe you decided to cook something special or already have dinner reservations; what really matters is spending time together. Now, just because it's a day to go the extra mile for those around you, doesn't mean you shouldn't look gorgeous doing it. Valentines Day is also a day to love yourself a little more and that means more pampering! Beauty can be so much fun and has so many styles to choose from, like a new fashionable outfit, a bold pink hairstyle or a dramatic red lipstick. Personally, I love trying a new nail art look every year and I have to say, it really makes the day a little more special to me. It's as if I remember how lucky I am to have my family, friends and spouse in my life when I look at my love themed manicure. I've rounded up my current inspirations for Valentines Day this year to help you get started:

Black Polka Dot Nails

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Looking for something this Valentines that isn't pink or red colored? No worries, @visiblechangessalon created this mostly black look with cute pink details that would look amazing on anyone's nails. The contrast of colors work so well and the difference in textures between the smooth polka dots and the textured hearts is just genius attention to detail.

Heart Shaped Tipped Nails

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Are you feeling daring this Valentines Day and want to get out of your comfort zone a little more? Then go bold with this nail design by @kaebaby_nails and be prepared for the compliments and double takes to come your way. Choosing two different shades of bright red to act as the canvas, she decorated them with different sized crystals and finished them with large heart shaped acrylic tips. I'm in love!

Pink Crystal Nails

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If you can't make up your mind between a pink or a red manicure, then take a breather and just go with both like @kleidys_nails did. She combined pink ombre nails with classic red ones, letting the crystals do most of the talking in their heart shaped form.

Matte Hearts Nails

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Matte nail colors are a lot of fun to play with because it adds a certain look to a manicure and @nailjob is putting it on display to show us how it's supposed to be done. The nail tips are shaped in small colorful hearts, filling me with joy just looking at them. Remember, just because they're matte colors doesn't mean they can't be neon or bright!

Ombre Nails

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Hearts are the most popular choice for Valentines Day looks but it doesn't mean you have to use any in your feel good manicure. Pink nails are very popular with so many different shades to choose from, making it easier for someone to find their perfect color. What if I told you you could choose several shades to be used in the same manicure? The artist @tuguluv.orange did just that with this pink ombre (gradual blending of different shades), but you can choose whatever color combinations you want to fit your tastes. Just have fun!

Which of these Valentines Day nail art designs would you go for? Let us know in the comments!

04 Feb '19

5 Silver Hair Transformations To Admire

Dare To Go To The Gray Side With These Silver Makeovers

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I’ve found myself drawn to silver and gray hairstyles lately thanks to the internet allowing me to see so many gorgeous makeovers. While blonde hair has been in style for a long time, the more drastic whites and silvers are now making themselves known and seen. Some choose these colors because of their natural hair turning gray, others choose these cold colors because they like how they look. Either way, silver hair definitely makes an impact and gives you more wiggle room to play around with your makeup color choices, especially with your lipstick. Whether you have virgin hair or already have your hair dyed, this type of color needs to be left to the professionals. In order to get this white look, you need to strip the color from your hair, which can easily lead to breakage and extreme hair damage. Just trust me and book an appointment with your stylist; they’re there to help you find the right process to get what you want. Many times, it takes more than one hair session to achieve this look so if you want this hair color, then you need to be very patient with the bleaching process. Remember, good things come to those who wait and these silver hairstyles prove it:

Braided Ponytail

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This hairstyle has it all: gray hair color styled in a braided ponytail, which @samirasjewelry then expanded to give the final result more volume! It almost looks like a banana bushel and the pearl accessories give it a nice detail, this is such a cute hairstyle.

Double Fishtail Braids

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By leaving your roots naturally dark, you allow the stylist to make the gray blend seamlessly into your natural color. This hairdo by @buffithehairslayer did so perfectly and the puffy double fishtail braids that transition to those buns are very chic.

Platinum Updo

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Hair accessories can be so much fun, they really add to a hairstyle and no one knows this better than @liz.colors She chose golden pieces to make her platinum transformation stand out even more; my favorite being those shiny lions! Gold and platinum go so well together and this hairstyle proves you can have it all.


Fantasy Tips

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It’s no secret that fantasy hair colors are extremely in right now in the beauty world. Maybe you’ve been considering going with something colorful but are afraid it may be too much boldness for everyday. No worries, this makeover by @nanameuw has the solution for you: just place the fantasy color on your tips and let your silver goddess thrive with a little pop of color.


Romantic Bride

 

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If you’re getting married or have a big event coming up in the near future, I suggest you take inspiration from this gorgeous hairstyle by @caraclyne.bridal A half updo style is so popular because it allows your hair to stay out of your face, without hiding your prized, long locks. Imagine wearing a formal dress that fits you perfectly, as you debut your new silver hair color; sounds pretty awesome, right?

Which one of these silver hairstyles would you go with? Let us know in the comments!

22 Jan '19

Beauty Product Safety: Keep Your Looks Healthy With Safe Beauty Practices

Brush Up On Your Beauty Product Knowledge With These Three Safety Tips

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Do you know when your beauty products expire? If you’re wondering what in the world we’re talking about, you’re not alone - the majority of folks don’t even think to check their shampoo or skin cream or mascara for expiration dates. However, these products can expire and eventually either not work or become dangerous to the user.

For a fresh start this New Year, don’t do a fad diet or too-ambitious exercise regimen - go through your cosmetics and beauty products drawer and clean them out! Clean out your shower, and check the dates on all those bath bombs. In fact, do a health check overall on your beauty routines, and make sure you know what you’re putting on your body and when your goods expire. Your hair and skin will thank you.

Here are our top 3 tips for cleansing your beauty routine:

Read The Directions

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When’s the last time that you read the directions on a product like shampoo or bath oil or mascara? For those poor unfortunate souls who dyed themselves pink a few years ago, the answer was probably “read the what now?” It’s important to understand how to use your products, and not just so you avoid discolored skin - the directions tell you how often to use a product, what to do if you get it in your eyes, and more.

For example, did you know you’re not supposed to exfoliate every day? It can lead to irritated and damaged skin if you exfoliate too often.

Pay Attention To Expiration Dates

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It may seem strange that products meant to clean our bodies can go bad, but they can and they do. The same goes for makeup - even those which don’t include organic matter. Pretty much everything has an expiration date, even Twinkies. And when our beauty products go bad, they can go from the best thing ever to the worst: not working, causing breakouts, or giving you chemical burns or bacterial infections.

Check your product labels for the Period After Opening (PAO) illustration of a little jar with the lid off - inside this icon or alongside it, you should see a number and a letter. This tells you the length of time the product remains good after it’s been opened - for example, a foundation labeled “18M” would be good for use for a period of 18 months after you open it.

Not all products will have an expiration date listed, but this doesn’t mean they won’t expire. It just means the companies aren’t legally required to advertise when they might go off. In these cases, you should use the same skills you use to tell when food goes bad: pay attention to the physical state of your products and their smell. If the smell goes off, the consistency changes, or the ingredients start to separate, get rid of the product and replace it.

For a more detailed look at various beauty product categories and their respective shelf lives, check out “Toss or Save: How to Know If Your Beauty Products Have Gone Bad” by Lindsay Tigar.

Watch Out For Toxic Ingredients

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There is much we still don’t understand about how the human body reacts to certain substances - especially if those substances were created in a lab and haven’t necessarily had long-term studies done on them. Then there’s the fact that a substance that may be fine in micro-doses isn’t great when you use it day after day. Like sulfates in shampoo - these ingredients are what quickly turn your shampoo into lather after you add water, but extensive regular use may damage your hair and your cells. Parabens are a preservative and another common ingredient in most modern shampoos, but they can be absorbed into the body through the skin and could possibly disrupt your hormones by mimicking estrogen. Phthalates can be found in nail polish, body washes, and other products - they may also cause issues with the body's endocrine or reproductive systems, among others.

We may no longer use lead- and arsenic-based makeup, but that doesn’t automatically make the products we use every day good for us.

Educate yourself on the ingredients that go into your favorite cosmetics and beauty products; strive to make sure your favorite brands are acting ethically without testing on animals or selling you dangerous products. Get help on your quest from the resources maintained by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and remember to read everything critically.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with alternative products outside the big manufacturers - just make sure you put as much research into their products as anyone else’s. “Natural” and “organic” aren’t safety guarantees, so you’ll need to check their ingredients as well to see if they back up their claims. There are some great options out there in cleansers, hair and skin moisturizers, lip tints, and more that’ll help you look your best with minimal chemical exposure.

What’s your favorite natural ingredient in your beauty routine? Tell us in the comments!




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