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How to Create a Beautiful Updo for Prom by Tony Odisho

It’s officially prom season

and Tony Odisho has a cute and easy updo tutorial for it.

This elegant hairstyle can work well with just about any prom dress, plus it’s insanely easy to create. All you need is: Dry ShampooFlexible HairsprayStrong Hairspray, and an Infrared Curling Iron. Here’s how!

On dry hair, apply Ostia Collection Dry Shampoo. This will help add some texture. Plus the formula is talc-free, so it leaves zero residue! Apply Flexible Hairspray. This acts as a heat protectant and it offers a buildable hold that’s perfect for updos.

Using the Ostia Collection Infrared Curling Iron, create soft curls for added texture and volume in the updo.Tease hair at the crown of the head to create even more volume. Lightly brush out hair afterwards.

Pin into a bouffant, leaving plenty of face-framing pieces in front. 

Take a piece of hair from the right side and twist it slightly, then pull it across the head, beneath the bouffant. Pin into place.

Repeat the previous step, this time going from left to right.

This style can be worn to prom as is or with the following steps you can create an updo!

To turn this into an updo, repeat the last step listed, going piece by piece.

Finish pinning everything into place, then spray with Ostia Collection Strong Hairspray to hold the style while you dance the night away.

And that’s it! It’s an easy yet elegant updo, perfect for prom. If you enjoy our tutorials, be sure to check out the rest of the News page for more fun hairstyle ideas.

More about Tony Odisho:

Tony Odisho, President and Founder of Tony Odisho, began his career in Rome, Italy, where he studied cosmetology at the prestigious Marelena Academy. Young and ambitious, Odisho immigrated to the United States determined to bring the best beauty practices from Europe.  He was promptly hired by L’Oreal Professionnel to work as an educator and color expert. Tony then opened his acclaimed salon and spa, Exsalonce, in Roscoe Village, Chicago.. Tony’s reputation as a master extensionist and businessman landed him an executive position for a major hair extensions brand. In 2009, Tony saw the need for his own line of high end hair extensions.  He created Tony Odisho , offering the best quality extensions and everything needed to apply and care for them.  Tony Odisho, Beauty for Life. Tony Odisho is still a master stylist and a me! mber of the prestigious Intercoiffure America-Canada.

 

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Get Ready to Define YOU!

Get ready for the ultimate in moisture that lets you define YOU. Mixed Chicks’ Coil, Kink and Curl is one of their newest products that is great for styling while nourishing too!

Sold worldwide, the top selling brand for the “curly set” has been letting customers globally pamper themselves.

Their Coil, Kink and Curl is yet another amazing addition to their product line and features:

  • Six nourishing oils to help retain moisture
  • Makes styling easy
  • Great for for wash & go, finger styling, two strand twists, coils and spirals.
  • Promotes growth and adds definition
  • Ideal for thicker, fuller textures

The Coil, Kink and Curl is great for Wash-n-Go and to extend your favorite styles. Grab some and style as YOU wish!

$12- available on www.mixedchicks.net as well as stores nationwide including Target, Rite Aid and more.

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International Curl Expert With Hair Tips for Girls with Curls

People with wavy or curly hair are always looking for new products, tips and tricks to lock in their desired look. Whether they want to blow it straight, create looser curls or maximize their tighter coils, Maya Smith, Celebrity Hair Stylist, salon owner and creator of The Doux, the “Indie” haircare line with cult following available at Target  is truly the master. Here she shares her best tips for girls with curls who want to revel in their natural hair and create a style they love.

Understand the battle between oil and moisture.

The first thing people must understand is that there are opposite things going on at the same time. “Due to the shape of curly haired strands, the hair tends to be under moisturized. On the other hand, the curly haired scalp can get very oily. Managing these opposite demands is the struggle of girls who wish to keep their curls. The key here is knowing how best to address both,” explains Maya who led the movement for women to transition from relaxers to natural curls.

Be gentle when washing curly hair.

According to Maya, kinky, thick, coiled textures tend to appear “tough” and strong enough to withstand heavy manipulation. “In my experience, these hair types are actually the most delicate, and should be handled with care, she recommends.”

Step One: Pick your products wisely.

Maya applied over 2 decades of research and development based on working knowledge of hair texture and listening to what people wanted. “I created The Doux™ SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo and FRESH RINSE Moisturizing Conditioner as the one-two step that delivers both deep cleaning plus exceptional nourishment necessary for styling.” It’s now available in Target stores and the full product line is available online at www.thedoux.com.

 Step Two: Prep for shampoo.

Maya’s professional instructions for curl mastery begins with rinsing hair thoroughly with water for a minimum of 30 seconds. “This helps to eliminate any water-soluble product buildup, such as hair gel or heat protectant. It also helps you save shampoo! Assuming you’re shampooing in the shower, letting the water run over the hair in a downward motion helps prevent further tangling, and allows the hair shaft to swell and the curl pattern to fully rebound.” For those with extremely thick hair, Maya suggests separating hair into 4 sections prior to wetting the hair for increased manageability.

Once the shampoo is applied, Maya recommends light manipulation at the scalp, going from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. “Squishing” the hair up toward the scalp is a no-no. “Shampooing this way can cause unforgivable tangling and matting. I recommend repeating the shampooing process at least once.”

Step Three: Condition and comb through like a pro. 

If your scalp was properly shampooed, conditioning is easy. “This time, you’re focusing on your thirsty ends first, working upward toward the scalp. Gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush (our favorite is Felicia Leatherwood’s “Brush with the Best” detangling brush) before rinsing, starting at the ends, working up toward to the roots. Remember to rinse with cool water which snaps cuticles shut, locks in moisture, makes your hair shinier and reduces frizz.”

When it comes to “co-washing” or “conditioner washing” Maya equates the popular trend to washing your clothes with fabric softener. “In my experience, co-washing causes build-up on the hair, coating the cuticle and impairing the hair’s natural ability to absorb water. Oils, waxes, and product residue harden on the hair shaft, making it more brittle and less porous over time. When the hair can no longer effectively absorb water, the elasticity of the hair is compromised, leaving the hair “crunchy” and stiff, where it is more likely to break. The result is hair that feels dry and brittle, no matter what product you use to moisturize it,” explains Maya.

One of the things Maya Smith and her team of stylists are known for is their ability to restore hundreds of their clients’ curls, simply by getting them to trade in the co-wash for a gentle, pH-balanced moisturizing shampoo, like The Doux’s SUCKA FREE which properly cleanses hair of product residue. “Once you have the hair thoroughly clean it “drinks” up the necessary amount of moisture, and returns to its natural softness,” Maya clarifies.

Avoid alcohol and kick the crunch to the curb.

Styling products high in alcohol give curls a crunchy feel.  They suck up every last bit of moisture.  Hair spray tends to contain the most alcohol, while gels, mousses and anything that provides hold or lift come in second. “I recommend water-soluble gels that don’t feel sticky on your skin, and aerated mousses or foams that resemble beaten egg whites, to give hair fullness, control, and non-brittle curls,” Maya says.

She adds that she created The Doux so it can be used on hair that is worn curly or straight. “Our clients purchase one set of products, and apply them differently to achieve the style they want. If you’re rocking curly hair today, you’re using The Doux’s Mousse Def and Bonita Afro Balm for softness and definition, and The Light for shine. If you’re wearing a blowout, you’re still using the same products, but applying them less liberally, and using the shine mist as a heat protectant. It’s super simple and easy to follow once you’ve seen the results each of them deliver,” Maya explains.

Blow-Dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer.

Maya’s first choice for curly styles is to air dry. “If you don’t have the time to air dry then dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer on a low heat setting.  A regular blow dryer nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small section at a time while a diffuser, dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look,” she explains.

Maya recommends always applying a heat-protecting product, then flipping your head upside down using a diffuser at the roots and mid-length making sure to dry the area completely to lock in volume. “It’s important to leave the ends for last, and leave them only semi-dry. Air drying the ends is your best option.”

Care for the curls you were born with!

About Maya Smith:

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, Maya is the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. 

 Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and on Christmas Eve 2017, celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

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Zuly Tries New Macadamia Professional Shampoo!

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Shampoo  offers richer hydration for Medium to Coarse hair textures.  It contains the exclusive PRO OIL COMPLEX of Macadamia and Argan Oils to help strengthen and repair while Avocado and Hazelnut Oils nourish and lock in moisture. A blend of Vitamins A, C and E bring balance to hair and helps to improve tensile strength.

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Conditioner is a luxurious formula infused with the exclusive PRO OIL COMPLEX of Macadamia & Argan Oils, plus Avocado and Hazelnut Oils for deep hair and scalp moisturization.  A combination of Collagen and Silk Amino Acids help to repair and strengthen hair.

I love how great it smells and that it lasts All Day! Also, I had not realized that my hair was dull. Using this shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair soft and shiny, without weighing it down. The shampoo lathers up so nicely. Personally, I appreciate a shampoo that suds up!

I can’t wait to try more of their products!!

Macadamia Professional and ColorProof Evolved Color Care products you’ll never be fooled.  Macadamia hair products are color safe, cruelty-free and free of sulfates, gluten and parabens while ColorProof is 100% sulfate-, salt-, gluten- and paraben-free and 100% vegan and never tested on animals.

www.MacadamiaHair.com

by Zuly G Schoeppner

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These Under $8 Shampoos & Conditioners Are Now Available at Your Favorite Drugstore

Nothing beats browsing the beauty aisles of a drugstore only to discover that perfect shampoo and conditioner you’ve been searching high and low for…and it costs less than the price of your last Starbucks’ purchase.

To experience this amazing sense of accomplishment yourself, simply head to your nearest Walgreens and check out their shelves chock-full of Giovanni sulfate-free and cruelty-free hair care products. Their 2chic Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner, which reverses the damage of over-processed hair, their 2chic Ultra-Moist Shampoo & Conditioner, which drenches thirsty strands in moisture, and their 2chic Ultra-Sleek Shampoo & Conditioner, which pummels frizz into sleek submission, are now waiting to be purchased, lathered and rinsed…in that order.

All Giovanni Hair Care products are also Paraben-free, Leaping Bunny certified, 100% certified vegetarian and made in the USA. Giovanni 2chic Shampoos and Conditioners retail for $7.99 and are available at Walgreens stores nationwide.

The 2chic Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner from Giovanni is formulated for damaged, over processed hair and contains Vitamins A, C, E & K, Blackberry–one of the highest ranking fruits for antioxidant strength–and Coconut milk, which is filled with Vitamin B6 to reinforce hair fibers, gently wrap each strand and protecting it from damage. Repair and renew your hair with this results-oriented duo.

The 2chic Ultra-Moist Shampoo and Conditioner from Giovanni is formulated for dry, damaged hair and contains a botanical blend of buttery Avocado and golden Olive Oil to satisfy your hair’s craving for nourishment. Reinvent dull, lifeless and brittle hair into a glossy, glamorous mane.

The 2chic Ultra-Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner from Giovanni is formulated for all hair types and contains the luxe ingredients of Brazilian Phyto Keratin and Moroccan Argan Oil to polish hair into smooth, silky locks. Trade the frizz for an ultra-manageable and enviable head of hair.

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DAFNI: Never Have A Bad Hair Day

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Ever feel like shopping for the perfect hair iron could be comparable to a mission to Mars? The sales person speaks really fast and in a language that is more than definitely Martian talk – color, heat levels, heat up speed, ceramic, non-ceramic, shape, weight, smell (kidding!) but the list goes on. Meanwhile, you blankly stare and nervously reply “so the iron does straighten my hair and it won’t catch on fire?”

Sharon Rabi (co-founder) has answered our endless search for the perfect product – DAFNI

The Design
Designed like a brush; you can’t help but already be familiar with how to use DAFNI and makes the average time to straighten your hair a lot faster. Our experience was about 7 minutes.

The Features
The outer bristles are anti-static and heat-resistant. The tips are designed to protect the scalp and are heat-resistant providing a comfortable hair straightening experience. The inner bristles have 3D ceramic heat so it straightens your hair whichever way it curls. Can’t remember if you switched your iron off? No worries, that’s what the automatic shut-off button is for!

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   The How To

  1. Start with dry and brushed hair – I divided my hair into four parts to make sure I didn’t miss a strand.
  2. Brush and pull slowly with DAFINI – I found brushing from underneath (placing hair on top) the easiest way to straighten my hair. Go over as many times needed, the results vary from hair thickness and texture.
  3. Make sure your hair gets deep between the bristles  and comb through slowly.

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DAFINI retails for $249.99 each at showcasecanada with free shipping included.

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