Posted on May 08, 2013 | Leave a Comment
Do blondes really have more fun?
Maybe, but this isn't the only reason blonde is such a desired hair color;
sun kissed locks are GORGEOUS!
Bleach changes the texture of the hair, making it coarse, dull and weak, often resulting in breakage.
Good news: you can lighten an brighten your hair naturally.
Look like a Total Beach Babe This Summer
I'm going to tell you 5 incredible ways to lighten your hair this summer.
ATTENTION brunettes and raven hair beauties
These tips aren't just for those with naturally light hair.
Keep reading to find out how I got my light brown balayage ombre highlights WITHOUT bleach last summer.
These are pics of my summer style last year - all natural, chemical free and animal-friendly!
Lighten Your Hair at Home, Naturally
Test a small strand first. Your hair color can react differently depending on your natural color.
Looking for ombre highlights? Then only apply these methods to the ends of your hair.
Lastly, these methods are not as harsh as strong chemicals, so it will take longer and may take repeated applications to lighten your color.
Let's get to it.
#1 Lemon Juice (mild - strong / works on all colors)
Add juice from 4 lemons to a 1/2 cup of warm water in a spray bottle.
Spritz your hair and leave it on for 20 - 30 minutes. Rinse and follow up with your fav conditioning treatment.
Lemon juice is acidic and can dry out your hair a bit. This is why I recommend following up with a natural conditioner like olive oil.
#2 Honey (mild - medium / works on all colors)
Mix 1 part honey with 2 parts olive oil and apply to the hair you want to lighten. Tie your hair up and leave it for 40 minutes.
To boost results, place a plastic shower cap over your hair and wrap with a towel to keep it warm.
#3 Chamomile (mild - medium / blonde or brown)
In a glass of ceramic pot, boil 1 cup of dried chamomile in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes.
Lower heat and let simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool and strain the leaves from the liquid.
After washing your hair, rinse with the chamomile liquid and let sit for 5 minutes.
You can also use tea bages if you can't get the dry leaves.
#4 Hair Extension Highlights
If you're looking for brighter shades of highlights then you won't likely achieve it with natural remedies.
#5 Vitamin C (great for previously dyed hair)
The strength of this is pretty impressive and great for removing hair color.
You need vitamin C tablets and your shampoo. Crush about 4 tablets into a find powder in a bowl. Add 4 tbsp of your shampoo and mix. Apply it to the areas you wish to lighten. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave for 45 minutes. Rinse and condition.
These methods are so easy and much better for your hair! For extra shiny and soft hair, finish with a DIY hair mask.
Try it out, and leave a comment below letting me know how it worked for you!
P.S I LOVE helping women get the hair style they've always wanted, but Picasso Hair Feathers is a business, and businesses need to sell things to stay afloat, right? If you want to check out our cruelty-free hair feathers click HERE
Posted on May 03, 2013 | Leave a Comment
5 Simple Ways to Darken Your Hair Naturally
Indigo black, rich auburn, chocolate brown - three gorgeous hair colors that you can have using natural ingredients. Women around the world have been using natural ingredients to color hair for centuries.
My question is, why isn't everyone?
My top 3 reasons I use natural hair color:
- shiny, soft hair you can't help but run your fingers through
- no nasty toxic chemicals being absorbed by my scalp; healthy body = healthy looking skin & hair
- healthier hair & no more breakage!
Look Gorgeous, Feel Great
I started using natural dye about a year ago and am happy to tell you my hair is thicker than ever and growing quickly. Not only do I love my color, but my hair is insanely shiny, silky and soft. I now receive compliments on my hair about 3x a week and give full credit to using chemical free color (My current color cocktail: Indigo-Henna black dye and chocolate brown Style Strands).
Darken Your Hair at Home, Naturally
The remedies I've included here are for going a few shades darker, not for more drastic color changes like blond to black. If you are hoping to make a significant change, do some more research to ensure you get the exact color you want.
#1 Henna and Indigo (strong, dark color)
The combination of these two will get your hair the darkest however they can both be used separately as well. Henna and indigo leaves are made into a powder which is used to dye the hair and skin. The country in which the henna is grown will affect its color but generally henna is a reddish-brown and indigo is blue. When the two are combined you get black.
BONUS: Henna is a great conditioning treatment and believed to thicken hair.
#2 Alma Powder (medium - strong color)
With natural hair coloring remedies you need to leave it on longer and may have to repeat the process a few times to get the color you are looking for. Leave this on for at least 1 hour. Rinse it out, then shampoo and condition.
#3 Tea Staining (mild - medium color)
Steep two cups of strongly brewed black tea and saturate your hair with the mixture. Tie your hair up and let sit for 1 - 2 hours.
This is a great option for lighter hair colors when you only want to go a couple shades darker. You may have to repeat this process a few times.
#4 Style Strands Highlights (light - dark colors available)
If you want highlights or bold streaks of dark color then applying a semi-permanent hair extension highlight would be your best option. Style Strands highlights allow you to add thin or thick streaks of color to your hair without dye.
Easily applied at home, you can wash, blow-dry, flat-iron or curl your highlights with your natural hair. The highlights last several weeks and can be removed and reapplied as you like. Click HERE to view highlight colors.
#5 Black Walnuts (medium - dark color)
Crack your black walnuts and boil in water for about 25 minutes. Strain the dark water removing any shells and nuts. Carefully apply the mixture to your hair, tie up and place a shower cap on top. Let sit for 30 - 45 minutes and then rinse. Shampoo and condition.
For a darker color, repeat the process. I have mixed the dark water with a little olive oil for extra conditioning and to thicken up the mixture so it didn't drip down my face.
Now that you know 5 awesome ways to darken your hair naturally, try replacing your chemical based dye with one of these hair-healthy options. You'll not only achieve beautiful color, but have thicker, longer, healthier hair.
If you liked what you read and think a friend could benefit from this info, please share! :)
Next week I'll share Part 2: 5 ways to lighten your hair naturally!
P.S If you are interested in chemical-free, at home remedies then you MUST
check out my all time fav DIY deep conditioning mask.
Posted on April 19, 2013 | Posted under animals, cruelty-free | Leave a Comment
I Didn't Know Animals Could Do That! - An infographic by the team at I Didn't Know Animals Could Do That! Animal Infographic
Posted on April 04, 2013 | Posted under Blow Dry, color, Hair, hair extensions, hair feathers, hair health, hair style, Highlights | Leave a Comment
You could be suffering from hair fatigue and not even realize it!
Read the list of symptoms below to see you may be suffering from this exhausting and boring condition
- Easily frustrated with hair
- Often gives up styling and puts hair in a pony or bun
- Cut, color and style has remained the exact same for 3+ years
- Never asked opinion on hair styles or for advice on hair from others
- Lacks color, dimension, volume, texture and general style
Hair fatigue can happen to anyone. It's easy to fall into a rut with your hair. For me, years ago when I was going through it it was because I wanted to change my style and color but was afraid to commit to something so permanent. I mean, what if I hated it?
Luckily there are easy solutions to freshen up your look and have you looking like a style vixen with 3 very simple solutions.
# 1 Change your part
Parting your hair a certain way can flatter your face shape more than others.
Match up your face shape to the part and try it out.
#2 Add semi-permanent colored strands
Hair feathers are a super easy way to add texture and color to your hair.
They only take a couple minutes to apply and you can leave them in for several
weeks or remove them whenever you like.
Style Strands highlights are also a great way to add colored strands without
the bleach and hair dye.
3) The Blow-out
You can fake a new cut by playing up natural layers with a killer blow-out.
Here are a few steps to blow-dry your hair like a pro
1. Add a shine serum to wet hair and quickly blow dry until about 60% dry
2. Section your hair into about 6 sections. Leave the bottom sections long and clip the remaining section on top of your head.
3. Using a round brush, blow dry each section until its completely dry
4. Once hair is dry, divide hair into two sections, top and bottom. Roll the top section up in Velcro rollers, spray with hair spray and give a quick blast of heat from your blow dryer. Let sit for 15 minutes.
5. Remove Velcro rollers and smooth out with fingers and a final light spritz of hair spray.
BAM! Gorgeous voluminous locks!
If you aren't happy with your current hair look I challenge you to try one, or all of these 3 solutions so you'll LOVE your hair again!
And if you know a friend who could use a boost and learn to love her hair again, please share this post with her!
I love helping women get the hair style they've always wanted, but Picasso Hair Feathers is a business, and businesses need to sell things to stay afloat, right? Well here's what we sell if you want to check it out...
Click HERE to check out our extra long, cruelty-free hair feathers
Click HERE to check out our dye-free, never fading highlights
Hoping you have many fab hair days,
Posted on March 31, 2013 | Leave a Comment
It's time to stop hibernating ladies! Spring is just around the corner.
A time for new beginnings and a fresh look.
Winter can easily take its toll on your appearance - dry hair, dry dull skin,
dull dark clothing...BLAH! Well it's time to step out of the darkness and
look your absolute best and brightest this year!
In order to brighten things up around Picasso Hair Feathers and get ready
for Spring 2013 we put together 4 AMAZING new luxury style packs that
include both highlights and hair feathers.
If you aren't familiar with Picasso Hair Feathers highlights and hair feathers,
let me give you some quick details...
* 100% Human Remy Hair (can treat it just like your natural hair)
* lasts several weeks
* color never fades
* easy to apply; includes micro-beads and threading loops
* looks just like real highlights, but no chemicals and no fading
* 100% cruelty/animal- free
* made from heat resistant synthetic materials
* long lasting & crimp free
* wash and style with your own hair
* easy to apply; includes micro-beads and threading loops
These features make your stylish strands easy to apply, remove and
reapply as you like!
Adding color to your hair is a great trick to brighten up your skin and add
texture to your hair. With multidimensional color your hair feathers and highlights
can give the illusion of having fuller hair.
If you want a more subtle look or peek-a-boo highlights like Nicki Minaj
or Ashely Tisdale, apply the strands underneath a few layers of hair.
I love putting mine behind my ear or just above my hair line around my neck.
This way when I wear my hair over my shoulders you can see them peeking through!
If you want bolder strands of color like Cassadee Pope or Christina Aguilera,
apply your strands side-by-side around your face. Just remember to leave
enough hair on top to cover the micro-bead.
There is no reason why you can't wear these all-year round (most do!) but
Spring is always the busiest month at the salon. Women want a new,
fresh look and if you don't want the commitment of fading color and
expensive maintenance appointments then highlights and hair feathers would
be a wonderful addition or alternative to permanent hair color.
With Spring just around the corner we have put our Spring pastel
colors on sale! yay! Our brand new luxury packs and some of our hottest
sellers are up to 40% OFF until Wednesday, April 3rd.
And there's more, if you spend $25 you will get a FREE Hair Bow!
Posted on February 27, 2013 | Posted under color, DIY, Hair, hair feathers, Highlights, Make-up, mint, Nails, new product, St.Patrick's Day | 3 Comments
When you hear St.Patrick's Day what comes to mind? the Irish, a Guinness, the color green maybe?
And I'm sure you've heard it said before, everyone's a little Irish on St.Patrick's Day!
That said, get a little GREEN with me this March 17th!
You don't have to wear green head-to-toe to be festive. I love the color green but I honestly don't have any true green clothes (I do have a deep emerald-turquoise shirt but it doesn't really count, does it?). So rather than go buy a green outfit that I may not wear again until the following year I accessorize my hair, make-up and nails. It's easier, more affordable and I think it looks a lot more sophisticated and put together. It's all about the details right?
Last year I went to an Irish pub with friends and we each wore one hair feather. I didn't bring enough for everyone so I had to spread them out, otherwise I would have definitely worn more (lesson learned)!
Anyways, I made tons of new friends that night because of my hair feather. Seriously. Remember how I mentioned everyone's a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day? Well everyone else at the pub also wanted some green in their hair to show they were in the festive spirit... and when I say everyone, I mean everyone - guys too!
This year we have collaborated with Style Strands and created a Luxury pack that combines both hair feathers and highlights in mint green to get the gorgeous look pictured above!!
To get this look straighten your hair and add the Goddess Green Luxury Pack. Chelsea (pictured above) split the pack in half - 8 on the right and 8 on the left. I love this so much that I will definitely wear this through the spring and summer. The combination of rich color and texture is stunning! The green hair feathers and mint pastel highlights look amazing in ANY hair color; blonde, brown, red, black... it doesn't matter!
Here's a close up of the make-up, with just a subtle touch of green lining the lower lashes. I think it's gorgeous and this look could really be worn any day of the week. She used bronze and cream shadows on the upper lid and a forest green shadow to line the lower lid with full black lashes!
And finally, you want your nails to look fabulous when you're holding that green drink don't ya?
For this look you will need:
Green nail polish
Green or Gold Caviar Beads
Clear Nail Polish
Step 1: Apply a coat of green nail polish
Step 2: While your polish is wet apply the caviar beads by gently rolling your nail in the beads so they stick.
Step 3: Let dry.
Step 4: Apply a clear coat of nail polish and let dry.
If you follow even one of these beautiful looks for your make-up, hair or nails you will stand out from the crowd and look like a true beauty guru. You don't need a plastic green party hair - your glamorous green look is sure to show off your festive side while keeping you sophisticated-sexy!
Do you celebrate St.Patrick's Day? Do you get all dolled up in green?
I'd love to hear from you, just leave a comment below!
Happy St.Patrick's Day!
P.S Our Goddess Green Luxury Pack is available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY and will only last until March 17th (or as quantities last) so if you want to check is out before it disappears click ==> HERE
Posted on February 14, 2013 | Posted under deep conditioning, DIY, hair care, hair health, hair mask, how-to, tutorials | Leave a Comment
I'm sure you have heard the expression "the grass is always greener on the other side". I always think about this when I hear my girlfriends and clients complain about their hair.
"It's too thin"
"It's too thick"
"It's too long - I need to cut it"
"I need it longer - I'm getting extensions"
Everyone wants different things, and lots of women just like to experiment with different looks (myself included). However, the one thing all these women have in common is the desire for soft, shiny, silky, healthy hair! Just think of the women in every hair product commercial - I can guarantee you've never seen dry, damaged, dull hair (well unless it's the "before" shot). There is no denying that a healthy head of hair is gorgeous and envy-worthy no matter what the cut or color.
Unfortunately it can be difficult to keep your hair in tip-top shape if you are constantly coloring or using hot tools. The more stress you put on your hair from styling, the more you have to do to keep it looking healthy. The good news is there are plenty of incredible DIY hair masks and conditioning treatments you can make in your kitchen that will make YOU look like you belong in a hair commercial.
There is a FREE ebook with loads of great recipes for deep conditioning treatments, hot oil treatments and even some bonus at-home spa treatments. If you want to get a copy just click here -> FREE eBook 10 DIY Hair Masks and Treatments
Here is one of my favorite recipes from the book (but honestly, they're ALL amazing)
This Yummy Vanilla Yogurt Strengthening Hair Mask does just what it says. It will help strengthen weak and brittle hair, putting a stop to any breakage. The mayonnaise will also give you gorgeous shine for an all-in-one hair make-over!
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 egg whites
¼ cup Greek yogurt
¼ cup mayonnaise
Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Beat egg whites until frothy
2. Mix in vanilla, yogurt and mayonnaise
3. With warm water, dampen hair
4. Massage into damp hair
5. Leave on hair for 30 minutes
(Optional) Wrap hair in plastic wrap and hot spa towel. See Chapter 1 for directions for hot towel.
6. Rinse with warm water and then shampoo and condition
7. Finish with a blast of icy cold water to lock in moisture
If you have long or thick hair, double the recipe to make sure all your hair is saturated with the mixture.
Posted on February 06, 2013 | Posted under braided up do, DIY, french braid, hair bows, Hair Styles, how-to, sock bun, tutorials, up do | 2 Comments
Up-do hairstyles are extremely versatile; they work great for the office or a formal night out (and who doesn't throw their hair up in between washes?!) Luckily, there are more attractive options than the standard pony tail or top knot
when putting your hair up and it doesn't have to be difficult.
A friend of mine is a flight attendant and as part of her dress code she has to tie her long, thick hair up (no ponytails).
She was complaining about being bored with her standard hair routine and wanted to spice it up but just didn't know what to do. I did a little research and tested all of these styles out myself. They're so easy and look super cute! Even better they last through her (sometimes) 12 hour shifts! I swear she looks just as good after her exhausting shift as she did before she left.
If you want to find out how to do one of these hairstyles simply click on the picture and you will be redirected to the video that shows you how you can easily achieve these up-dos!
If you know of any easy up-do's feel free to share! Just add the link in the comments section :)
Posted on January 25, 2013 | 1 Comment
I must say, Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Yes I am a bit of a romantic, but that's not why I like this holiday so much - it's because its just such a girly holiday. So pretty with the reds and pink, lace and glitter, gorgeous bouquets of flowers and sweet treats.
I also like any excuse to get glammed up and Valentine's Day is another one of those days. I want to make my look special and a little different, not the same day-to-day look I usually rock. Last year I opted to leave my hair long and play up my new layers.
Here's a selfy of my Valentine's date hair last year....
After looking through my pinterest boards for some hair inspiration I decided on this braided up-do.
It's so easy to do and looks elegant but the braids make it fun and flirty. I definitely plan on adding some light pink and Parisian pink hair feathers to spice it up!
(If you want to add some hair feathers this Valentine's Day all our
Pink and Purple packs are now 40% OFF - click HERE to shop!)
If you like this look, here's a video tutorial on how to do it!
I'm also really excited for my make-up look - soft and sultry!
Click here for a great youtube tutorial for a similar look using the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette
I love all things hair and make-up, which is why I'm so eager to find inspiration for a Valentine's Day look.
Have you given any thought to your V-day look this year?
Happy (early) Valentine's Day! xo
P.S Don't forget to check out our BIG 40% OFF sale! It ends Feb.14th!
Posted on January 02, 2013 | Posted under hair style, how-to, sock bun, tutorials, youtube | 2 Comments
A sock bun is one of the hottest looks in hair trends right now! Celebrities and beauty icons like Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad and Jennifer Lopez wear their hair like this on both the red carpet and out for lunch. This style is extremely versatile and easy to do!
Watch the video below to see how
you can easily achieve this look!
This look is a great option when you want a sleek look but are limited on time, or your hair just isn't cooperating. It's pretty much fool proof. If you have lots of layers you may require some extra pins and hair spray to keep all your pieces in place.
P.S I love to pair this look with a bold necklace and blazer!