Hair Share — Mask for Dry, Brittle Hair


Most of us will be dealing with winter hair in the near future, so this tip from Nikki couldn’t come at a better time.


I’ve been sharing this super easy and often unheard of Phyto hair tip with my girlfriends like crazy lately…and they all love it. A lot of people don’t realize how multi-use Phyto’s Conditioning Masks can be.

If your hair is dry, brittle and overall looking like last summer’s straw..try this:

Mix into a glass:

1. A silver dollar size of Phytosesame Conditioning Mask

2. 5-10 (depending on hair length) squirts of Phytonectar Oil. Apply to dry hair with a color brush and leave in for at least an hour. (I usually sleep in mine!)

Shampoo out. Phytonectar Oil is water soluble and will not weigh your hair down or make it oily. This treatment has seriously restored my elbow length hair.

I’ve recommended this to a lot of my friends who were so fed up with their dry hair they were about to cut it off. Makes a huge difference!

Thanks, Nikki!


Beauty Tips & Secrets from Fashion Designer Rachel Roy



Designer Rachel Roy has built a following for not only her beautiful designer and diffusion collections (Rachel | Rachel Roy is available at Macy’s and her website) but also her amazing personal style and beauty. Rachel dishes on how she expresses her Indian ancestry through her makeup, and as well as her personal tricks to looking bright, fresh and flawless.

Have you picked up any great beauty tips or tricks that you can share?

I feel a great mascara can open the eye and instantly make you look as though you’ve have a good night’s sleep, even when that is not the case.  I use 2-3 coats of Lancome’s Fatale on the top, bottom, and also on the back of the top lashes.

Do you have a beauty signature? A fragrance or a lip color that you just love to wear?

Because of my Indian ancestry, I love darkly rimmed eyes – a messy eye adds a sexy yet natural look to a classic outfit.  To make the eyes smoky, I use Revlon’s Luxurious Color Kohl eyeliner in Black Truffle on the inside of the lids.

What about a lip color that you just love to wear? What do you put on to achieve your favorite look?

Bright lipstick is a way to quickly pop an outfit and freshen up a look a la Ava Gardner in “The Barefoot Contessa.”  My favorite bright is MAC’s Morange lipstick – it’s a great way to add a twist to a classic look.

Any last bits of advice?

Another way to make your face pop is to fill in the eyebrows.  I use Bobbi Brown’s eye shadow in Navajo.


Update — Celeste


Remember Celeste?


When Celeste informed us that her hair was actually curly, the majority of voters thought Jodie Foster’s wavy bob would be a perfect look for her.


Celeste went for it! From her email:

Here’s where I am at right now: my hair is finally long enough to produce some curl! I really haven’t done anything to it since, just a little trim in the back a couple of months ago. I am on my “no-poo” regimen again, hoping it would revive my curls (I use the DevaCurl products and swear by them!) and  progressing towards my new goal: a below the shoulder, lightly layered cut with (maybe?) long or side bangs.

Look at Celeste’s perfect curls.



Wavy, chin-length bobs are my very favorite. Thanks for your update, Celeste! (And do tell us what Deva products you use!)


How To Fix An Overly Dark Dye Job (or just a bad one)


Lindsey is in her mid-twenties and hails from the Midwest, a land second only to the South in Really Bad Hair. Having spent much of her youth supporting that title, she feels compelled to help others escape a similar fate, and is convinced salvation can be found in department store product aisles. Lindsey hates seeing people with wet hair in public and is suspicious of shampoo that costs more than $20.

In the years and years that I’ve been coloring my own hair, I’ve had a total of two “oops!” dye jobs.  The first is unfortunately immortalized on my current driver’s license in the form of completely black hair.  Lots of pale people can pull off brown-black or black hair.  Apparently I am not one of them.  The second “oops” occurred yesterday.  It’s autumn and I want lovely, shiny, dark brown hair.  And I mostly have it.  I deviated from my normal hair color brand and shades, choosing something seemingly innocuous and ended up with almost-black bangs, roots, and ends.  The middle?  A medium brown.  Ombre may be a trend, but NOT ON YOUR HAIR.

Unable to afford a professional fix and headed to a wedding this weekend, I and my patchy hair went to a beauty supply store, where they presented me with two options:  buy a professional dye kit, bowl, brush, developer, etc or buy L’Oreal Color Zap to bleach the color out.  I went with the third option:  Google.  Armed with the knowledge of the masses, I went back to the drugstore and my mainstay hair color, as well as bought some dish soap.  The unsealed hair color box made me suspicious, so I checked to make sure the numbers on the bottle and on the box matched.  They didn’t.  When I was in high school, a friend regaled me with a story about how her co-workers used to switch hair dyes around when they were bored at work.  Horrified, I’ve checked and double-checked product numbers ever since.  My neurotic behavior has finally been vindicated!

Back at home I lathered up my head (particularly the roots and the ends) with some Palmolive, rinsed and repeated.  I let it air dry, and apologized to my poor, innocent hair, promising to buy it ice cream or maybe a pony.  At the very least, some really deep conditioner.  It is of course, entirely possible that I botched this one and applied it poorly.  But I’m skeptical of that being the lone culprit having colored my hair dozens of times before, and am going to go ahead and point some blame at the brand.  Whose name will go unmentioned so as to protect the innocent.

Screw that, it was GARNIER.

In any case, thanks to a little dish soap (another alternative being a good clarifying shampoo) and some freshly and carefully-applied L’Oreal Feria, my hair is rested, redyed, and ready to work.  Perhaps a little bit more fragile, but no longer resembling the back end of a raccoon.  I obviously wouldn’t recommend this as a regular antidote to overly darkened hair, but as a quick fix?  It totally worked.