How To: Color Your Hair At Home Like A Professional

Hello Gorgeous!

Every girl loves a day at the salon for pampering, but due to time, your budget or maybe you haven’t found a salon professional you trust just yet, sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands. Just because you’re coloring your hair at home, doesn’t mean you have to settle for box hair dye and dull fading color. You don’t even have to spend a small fortune to get salon results at home, either. All you need is a Sally Beauty Supply store and if you don’t have a store near you, you can order everything you need from their website.

The best hair color I have ever used, including salon professional hair color from the salon, is Wella Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor which you can purchase from your local Sally Beauty Supply store for $5.99 ($4.99 if you are a Sally Beauty Club Card holder). I recommend this hair color to everyone except those trying to cover more than 50% of gray hair (this demi hair color only blends and covers up to 50% gray hair). I would, however, recommend Wella Color Charm Gel Permanent Haircolor for those who need over 50% gray coverage as Wella’s permanent hair line is just as great as their demi hair color.

You might be wondering why you should use demi hair color instead of semi-permanent or permanent hair color. It is because demi color is excellent for damaged hair and it will not damage your hair any further when using this dye. It is longer lasting than semi-permanent and less damaging than permanent hair color. Demi-permanent hair color is a growing hair color category that combines some of the best advantages of both. It is ammonia-free, so it cannot lighten hair, but it is a versatile hair color solution that meets real-world needs and expectations—it is easy to use, long lasting, non-damaging and delivers beautiful results! You can use demi-permanent hair color to enhance your color, blend and cover up to 50% gray hair, refresh permanent color, and it can also add amazing shine to your hair with or without color.

Wella’s Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor lasts four-five weeks without fading on my fine, long hair. And because my hair is the color I want it, I now only color my roots. If this is your first time using this hair dye, I would recommend coloring all of your hair, after you decide what color is best for you (doing a strand test first), and then only coloring your roots going forward. Wella’s Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor should be applied to clean dry hair.

CAUTION: This hair color tends to deposit color two shades darker so I would use a color that is two-three shades lighter than your goal and always do a strand test on your hair if this is your first time using this hair dye. For reference, I use 4N Medium Natural Brown and my hair always looks like I used 3N Dark Natural brown to almost black (my hair definitely isn’t black, but it is the darkest brown color which can look almost black in pictures and videos).

REMEMBER: Color does not lift color. If you have previously colored your hair and wish to go lighter, you will need to remove or pre-lighten the existing color using a lightener or color remover (I highly recommend a salon professional for this).

Now that all of the details are out of the way, this is what you will need to color your hair at home (everything can be purchased from Sally Beauty Supply):

– One tube of Wella Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor (buy two tubes if you have really thick or long hair becuase you want to make sure you have enough, so more is better than less in this case and you can always use the extra tube next time if you do not need it this time around):

Wella Demi color

– One bottle of Wella Color Charm Activating Lotion (you will get a couple of uses out of this bottle for the next time you color your hair):

Wella lotion

– Any kind of Latex Gloves:

Latex Gloves

– One applicator bottle (you can reuse this bottle each time you color your hair):

Applicator Bottle

Hair clips which will be used for sectioning off your hair and holding your hair up together while you wait to shampoo the color out. Sectioning your hair allows you to apply color to each strand with more precision, as well as get the best coverage at your roots:

Hair Clips

Wipe off color remover – these little wipes come in handy if you get any color on your skin:

Wipe off color remover

Salon cape or you can just wear an old tee-shirt:

Salon Cape

– Deep conditioning mask of your choice (don’t skip this step) and if you don’t have a hair mask at home already and want to pick a conditioning mask up from Sally’s while you’re there, I like the Feria Color Moisturizing Treatment by L’Oreal:

Conditioner

Let’s get started! 🙂

Step one: Make sure you’re wearing an old shirt that you do not mind getting hair coloring on or put on a Salon cape over your clothes to protect them.

Step two: Put on your Latex Gloves and add 1:2 mixing ratio – Add part 1 Wella Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor and 2 parts Wella Color Charm Activating Lotion into your applicator bottle and shake it up until it is mixed well in the bottle.

Step three: Use a comb to separate your hair into four different sections. Use your Hair clips to hold the sections apart which will ensure that you don’t miss a patch of hair when coloring.

Step-by-step hair sectioning:

– Take a medium triangular section on top of your head and clip this section. This section should be at an angle and set back slightly from the hairline.
– Take a large triangular section at the back of your head around the occipital bone and clip this section.
– Take a small triangular section above each ear and clip both sections.
Step four: Apply the hair color to your hair in sections. Break each section up into smaller subsections as you work to make sure your color is more thorough throughout this process. Always begin at your roots to get the most uniform color. Work the hair color well into your hair strands, working from your roots to your ends. Use the Wipe off color remover if you get any unwanted hair color on your skin.
Step Five: Set a timer for the amount of time is says on the tube. Wella Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor directions say to leave the coloring in your hair for 20 minutes. If you want a really rich looking color, it is OK to leave the color on longer, up to 30-40 minutes.
Step six: Rinse your hair until the water runs clear using shampoo and conditioner. After you rinse your hair with shampoo and conditioner, apply your deep conditioner and leave it in your hair 5-minutes longer than the directions recommend before rinsing it out, giving your hair a really good conditioning treatment after you color it.
Step seven: You’re done! Style your hair as you normally would. I always recommend adding a little hair oil or other heat protectant products before styling your hair, when adding heat, to protect it.

The finished product: beautiful shiny hair with long-lasting hair color you will love!

If you have any questions about coloring your hair with Wella’s Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor, please leave me a comment.

Thank you so much for reading, loves!

Your beauty blogger,

Trisha

XOXO

August 2013 Birchbox Review

Hello Gorgeous!

Today I received my August 2013 Birchbox and I love it! Take a little peek inside…

#BBFinishingSchool

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What’s inside my August 2013 Birchbox:

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5 beauty samples:

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Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Cream SPF 45+

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product

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Jasmine Seven Fresh Feet Wipes

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ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty

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TanTowel Classic Formula Self-Tan Towelette

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I highly recommend Birchbox! Each month their beauty samples never disappoint me and It’s a great way to try out new beauty products each month for only $10.

XO

Your beauty addict,
Trisha

Spornette Italian Collection Boar Rounder Brush 855 Review

Hello Gorgeous!

The Spornette Italian Boar Rounder brush 855 (3″ diameter) is my new holy grail for round brushes… It is the best brush I have ever used! It’s THE round brush for creating salon quality blowouts at home. It gives me smooth, shiny hair with lots of volume and absolutely no static. My hair just looks amazing after using this brush. In the past, I used ceramic, ionic hairbrushes which claimed to produce shiny hair, but hands down and no contest about it, the Spornette Italian Boar hairbrush is infinitely better than any other round brush I have ever tried. I just adore it and the results it gives me each time I use it. I tossed my metal barrel brush in the trash immediately after using this brush.  The 3-inch diameter barrel is great for long hair (there are two other smaller sizes as well). In addition, boar bristles distribute natural oils through the hair; strip the hair of dead hair strands; and create a shiny, healthy look by closing the hair strand cuticles so light is reflected. This brush really grabs hair (unlike other boar brushes I’ve tried that wouldn’t grab my hair at all). I am completely IN LOVE with this Spornette hairbrush! I can truly say this brush is wonderful, and a MUST try!Brush Italian-Basic-3

Description:

When you are looking for superior quality from superior materials, look no further than the Spornette Italian Basic Boar Bristles Wood Handle Rounder Hair Brush. Spornette Italian Rounder hair brushes feature the finest wood and boar bristle—hand selected and graded—for the best quality and workmanship you can buy.

The Spornette Italian #855 – Basic is a 3″ diameter round hair brush reinforced with boar bristle set into a superbly finished wood handle. Italian crafted brushes for those looking for THE BEST quality and workmanship one can buy.

  • Italian rounders feature the finest wood and boar bristle, hand selected and graded
  • 3″ diameter
  • Perfect for a variety of hair styling needs
  • Salon Quality

For those looking for the absolute best quality and workmanship one can buy; try a brush from the Spornette Italian Collection of Boar Rounders.

Price: $18.99

Where to buy: Folica 

If you want a round brush for creating salon quality blowouts at home, this brush is for you!

XO

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

Dermaplaning and Glycolic Acid Peel to Reveal Younger Looking Skin

Hello Gorgeous!

Recently I pampered myself and went to my favorite medical spa to get a Glycolic Acid Peel (my favorite medical facial). During my consultation with one of the spa’s licensed aesthetician’s, I was introduced to something I had never heard about before called Dermaplaning. I immediately thought this had to do with Microdermabrasion, but it is a completely different treatment so I was instantly intrigued to learn more.

What I learned: Dermaplaning is a non-traumatic method of skin rejuvenation, a “manual exfoliation” performed using a scalpel (yes, a real surgical blade is used) on the skin and is sometimes referred to as skin blading because you’re essentially blading the skin’s top layers, fine facial hair (peach fuzz), and skin imperfections. This treatment also stimulates new skin development. Dermaplaning removes the out-most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immediately smooth, supple, and vibrant. Dermaplaning (or skin blading) is generally most effective right before a facial because it helps to enhance the absorption of chemical peels and treatments. Sounds a little scary, doesn’t it?! This process is painless and very safe. There is no down time associated with this treatment. Dermaplaning can be done as often as every two weeks, although it is usually done when fine facial hair starts to grow back, which is generally in one month’s time. And NO, despite popular belief, the hair does NOT grow back thicker! Usually, you can see a difference in the skin after the first treatment (I did) and all skin types can benefit from Dermaplaning.

scalpel

My treatment experience at the medical spa (what to expect): After the licensed aesthetician finished Dermaplaning my face (which only took about 10-15 minutes and my face felt amazing afterwards), she prepped my face for a facial. She used 30% medical grade glycolic acid and left the peel on for 2 minutes (if I wouldn’t have done the Dermaplaning, the peel would be left on for 3 minutes). This facial peel is not painful, but you will experience a mild degree of tingling or a slightly itchy sensation. Usually the aesthetician will fan your face to help with the sensation you may experience, but upon neutralizing the peel, the skin feels fresh and smooth without discomfort. After my facial she used my favorite face lotion Nia24 to complete my treatment (to learn more about Nia24 CLICK HERE and read my full review). My face felt and looked flawless after Dermaplaning and the Glycolic peel (better than it did when just getting a Glycolic peel done on its own).

Benefits of a medical facial peel: Now you may be wondering what the benefits are from a Glycolic peel. Medical spa facials are used to improve a wide variety of skin conditions that include fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, sun-damaged skin, freckling, age spots, scaring, and help eliminate blackheads. Treatments stimulate production of collagen and improve the elasticity of skin resulting in smooth, supple and vibrant skin for a youthful and radiant glow. Medical peels also improve the tone, texture, smoothness and appearance of skin. This medical peel on a periodic basis helps to maintain skin health and appearance.

What to expect AFTER a chemical peel: It is important to remember that everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to chemical peels. After a chemical peel, the skin will look a little sunburned. Depending on the strength of the peel and skin sensitivity, redness may fade within hours or last up to a week. Skin may lightly peel (microscopic peeling) over the next 1 to 14 days and new skin will appear. Your skin may feel dry and flake a bit. There isn’t any downtime needed with glycolic acid peels, so you can still go to work or out to a social event shortly after the peel. The small amount of side effects of the peel can usually be covered up with makeup. After a glycolic acid peel, you might not see the expected results immediately. This doesn’t mean the peel didn’t work! It simply takes time for your skin to recover and heal from the peel, so it will take time for your skin to show any improvements. Your skin will usually look better a week after you get the peel. If, however, your skin still doesn’t look any better after a few weeks, you might have to get a stronger peel the next time. It is also very important to keep in mind that sun exposure after a chemical peel can cause unwanted side effects, including hyperpigmentation, so you should stay out of the sun for a least a few days and be sure to use good SPF.

Dermaplaning and a Glycolic medical peel is truly my new favorite combination of treatments. The exfoliation process is fool-proof and overall, I think Dermaplaning the skin is a great way to treat your face before a facial as it really enhances the absorption of peels since it removes the dead skin cells and stimulates the surface of the skin, skin formulations are absorbed more efficiently and results are remarkably improved with this added benefit. And don’t be afraid that the hair will grow in thicker. It won’t. Only flawless skin will be revealed!

Remember that these types of treatments should be done by professionals only. A consultation is essential. Your dermatologist/aesthetician will take in account and discuss complete medical history with you to determine what treatments will be most beneficial. Your medical history can have a tremendous effect on what you see after a chemical peel. After a consultation and a physical exam that includes a close look at your skin, your dermatologist/aesthetician will tell you if a chemical peel will help diminish the signs of aging that concern you and if a chemical peel is right for you.

Your Beauty Addict,

Trisha

Xo

BIRCHBOX Review: Tiny Tweaks, BIG Results

Hello Gorgeous!

Recently I signed up for a few different monthly beauty sampling programs and today I received my first BIRCHBOX from their April 2013 Tiny Tweaks, BIG Results box full of amazing beauty samples. I am definitely impressed and will be keeping my subscription next month for sure.
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What’s Inside:
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Caudalie Devine Oil
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Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir
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StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles
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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Anti-Shine Mattifier
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Weleda Body Lotion
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One-Year Subscription to Women’s Health Magazine FREE (this is a special bonus just for BIRCHBOX members)
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I was really excited to see my favorite eye cream from StriVectin inside April’s BIRCHBOX. All the other beauty samples included in this box I have not tried yet and I am super excited about all of them. I will also be signing up for my FREE one-year subscription to Women’s Health Magazine.

Overall, I am really happy with my 1st BIRCHBOX and I definitely recommend this monthly beauty sampling program to anyone who loves trying new beauty products. When I first signed up for BIRCHBOX, I was placed on a waiting list, but soon after, I received an invitation to join and a few weeks later, I received my first beauty box. They even send tracking information when your beauty box ships. I still haven’t received my first Glossybox and I signed up for that beauty sampling program a month before BIRCHBOX!

Price: $10 a month (cancel anytime) and free shipping

Where to subscribe: Click Here

I just love getting a surprise box full of beauty samples each month… It is so much fun! And BIRCHBOX is a great program that is priced to fit any budget.
XO

Your Beauty Addict,

Trisha

Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment Review

Hi Gorgeous!

Last weekend I went to the salon and discovered two new hair products that I just love! First, I had my hair colored with Redken Shades EQ Color Cream for the first time (I loved the original Redken Shades EQ liquid, but the cream is much better and I am never going back to the liquid). Redken Shades EQ Cream is a gentle no-lift, no-ammonia hair color cream which provides rich, radiant color and stunning shine and it’s enriched with pomegranate oil and rice protein which makes it extremely conditioning for your hair. I am going to do a full review and ‘How To’ on my beauty blog about this product soon, but today I want to tell you about the second product I found amazing!

After getting my hair colored and deep conditioned at the salon, I was introduced to a new Argan Oil spray for hair. It is called Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment. At first, I didn’t think anything of this product as I have tried so many different Argan Oil hair products and I already have Argan Oil that I adore and use daily on my hair (Milk_Shake Glistening Argan Oil) so I left the salon without purchasing this product. Later that day, I couldn’t help but keep touching my hair as it felt so soft and I kept looking in the mirror as my hair never looked healthier. I also received many compliments on how shiny and healthy my hair looked from strangers throughout the day. So, I decided to find this product online and try it out on my own and it is amazing! I accomplished the same look I got from the salon at home by myself! My hair looks and feels soft, shiny, and healthy without being weighed down by oil. It smells good too. And by purchasing the product online and not in the salon, I saved a lot of money. In salons this product runs about $30-$45, but I found it on Amazon for $15 and this included shipping, plus it came with two free samples to try from Agadir. I really like that this Argan Oil is a spray because the formula is much lighter than any other Argan Oil I have tried in the past. With that being said, it doesn’t weigh my hair down at all or make it look greasy. It is perfect for my long, fine hair and I highly recommend it.

Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment

Description: Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment instantly repairs and adds elasticity to dry, damaged, frizzy hair. This leave-in Agadir Spray Treatment is ideal for applying to longer hair lengths for ease in coverage, enabling protection from heat appliances and a smoother, comb through. Alcohol free shine spray that provides humidity resistance, protective sunscreen, and is enriched with anti-oxidants, Vitamin E, and Omega-9. Lightweight formula provides 24 hour lasting shine. Formulated with 100% pure certified Argan Oil.

  • Nourishing and shine enhancing
  • Protects from heat styling and UV damage
  • Repairs, smoothes and strengthens
  • Spray version for easier coverage on longer hair
  • Does not build up on the hair
  • Hair Type: All Hair Types
  • Used For: Strengthening, Protection
  • Product Form: Spray
  • Capacity (volume): 5.1 Oz.

Suggested Usage: Spray evenly on damp hair. Massage into damp hair. Style. Spray lightly on dry hair for a silky, shiny finish.

Active Ingredients: Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil (Argan), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Fragrance (Parfum)

Not tested on animals.

Made in the USA

This is an excellent product for all hair types and I highly recommend it. If you haven’t tried Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment, give it a try! You will not be disappointed.

What is your favorite Argan Oil for hair?

XO

Trisha

Sample Size Me: Beauty Sampling Programs

There is just something about a surprise that’s so intriguing. The thrill of getting something unexpected is one of life’s little pleasures. And that’s exactly why I was excited to learn about beauty sampling programs.

What is a beauty sampling program? It’s a beauty program that delivers 5-6 deluxe sized samples (sometimes even full-size products) of high-end beauty brands in different varieties of makeup, hair care, skin care, fragrance and nail products right to your door each month. Beauty sampling companies work with leading beauty brands to provide a monthly box of deluxe samples to those who become members, all for a fraction of what it would cost to buy in a beauty store such as Sephora or Ulta. There is an online profile to complete which helps to best match products to your personal beauty requirements.

Sounds amazing, right? Well, there is a catch…there is a small fee to start sampling. Generally this fee ranges from $10-$21 a month, but the samples you receive are usually worth much, much more.

A few popular beauty sampling programs I researched online:
Birchbox
Glossybox
Beauty Army
Total Beauty Collection
Sample Society With Allure
IPSY
Beauty Box 5

You’re probably wondering which beauty sampling company I decided to try. Well, I signed myself up for a three-month beauty trial to the program I liked the most which is Glossybox. Glossybox was the most expensive program I researched ($21 per month), but personally I found their high-end beauty brands the best and I couldn’t resist the cute pink and black box the products will arrive in along with a special card. Unfortunately my beauty box will not arrive until the end of April (about 3-weeks). But I am sure this surprise will be worth my wait!
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I also plan on signing up for Birchbox after my three-month trial with Glossybox. Birchbox actually has a waiting period to try their beauty sample boxes and I am currently on a waiting list.

As soon as I receive my beauty box, I will write a full review on my beauty blog. I am one excited girl…can’t wait for my surprise beauty box to arrive!

Have you tried a beauty sampling program?

XO

Trisha