Thursday, July 16, 2015

When Your Hair Was All That & a Bag of Chips- 90's Hair Lives On



BRONDE AMBITION

AS FEATURED ON EXAMINER HERE...

The age old question is finally answered… Brondes have the most fun!

Is there such a thing as too blonde?
Can raven-haired or rich, chocolate browns ever really transform into envied goldie locks?
Well, Yes! So, let there be light…

Bronde is the latest hair trend taking over summer. Sun-kissed tans are nothing without added tones and matching hues to make you look like even more of a bronzed goddess.
Hollywood may pave the way for bombshell blondes, fiery redheads and sultry brunettes to leave their mark, but when it comes to the catwalk of the streets, brondes are the flawless beings turning heads!

I was always told, “Blondes get noticed, brunettes get remembered…” 
However with bronde, you are guaranteed both!
The healthy mix of chestnut and buttery highlights is the perfect solution for darker beauties to shake things up a bit this summer. It’s easy, low-maintenance, and adds a tremendous amount of dimension and warmth without overwhelming a leading lady’s skin tone.
Give your hair a break from harsh bleaches and strong chemicals to infuse a more natural look for your day to day bounce.

What makes this current trend so harmonious and desires is it does not matter if you are already blonde or brunette… Bronde is for everyone!

Follow The Yellow Brick Road To Bronde…

Bronding Baby Steps
The earthy, soft honey and caramel low lights of the bronde style transform a golden glow which emphasizes various skin tones. The contrasting shades leave a long-lasting summer impression. Beginners shouldn’t veer too far away from their initial base color- especially at first. Gradually add volume and depth in sections starting from underneath through the top layers. Bayalage and Ombre techniques are a perfect graduate to painting on strategic elements within the hair to complete the overall effect.

Ease Your Way
Despite your natural coloring, many woman are apprehensive about making the transition to a full blown blonde. Bronde is like dipping your feet in the water before jumping in. Temporary options, sprays and washouts (usually after approximately 3 shampoos) are all available if you are not ready for the permanent change. Achieving the right aesthetic without commitment can still accentuate the dynamic components to your even and original shade.

Extend Your Length & Bronde
Experimenting with extensions is a great opportunity to play around with your appearance. This allows you to try a variety of shades, hair color combos, with no chemical damage.

The Secret Revealed: Maintain the Bronde
This may seem extensive for a trend that isn’t extremely drastic- it falls right in the middle to be exact! It is still super important to use color-protecting products and the right top-quality beauty essentials to keep your new luscious, beachy waves looking fabulous longer. Healthy hair is half the battle when it comes to sheen and shine. The best part about being a bronde is it is adjustable and customizable to your personal preference and liking because it isn’t an exact, one-size fits- all color. If you are looking to update your summer style, let bronde guide you to bright new possibilities.

Be Big, Be Bold, Be Bronde & Beautiful!
Ready. Set. Bronde.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Let There Be Light: Blonding With Anthony Vincent Salon


They Said It Wasn't Possible...That It Couldn't Be Pulled Off...


But I went to the best.... 


8 Princeton Hightstown Rd, East Windsor, NJ 08520

(609) 448-2212

Anthony Vincent Salon is an expert Central New Jersey hair and nail salon located in East Windsor. At Anthony Vincent Salon, our services cover all types of needs including hair cuts, styling, manicure, pedicures and spa treatments. We are dedicated to providing our clients with prompt, professional and friendly service at our Mercer County NJ salon. 

We are conveniently located on the corner of Route 130 and Princeton-Hightstown Rd. (get directions) and are easily reachable from Princeton, Hightstown, Hamilton, West Windsor, Plainsboro, Dayton, South Brunwick and other neighboring towns. 

In business for over 30 years, we feature New York City and internationally trained stylists. We stay in touch with any changes in our industry, so that we can always offer you the latest and most current information and services. 

Our mission is "to serve our clients with the extensive knowledge and expertise we have gained in our industry, while continually offering the finest in personal service." We're on the radio every week as well.
Anthony at his East Windsor NJ hair salonGive us a call today at 609-448-2212 and allow us to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Or just drop by...no appointment necessary. 

Why Anthony Vincent Salon? 
My staff is continuously training in the latest trends and fashion styles in highlighting, perms and cuts, which enables us to help you choose the perfect look and color that fits your face and features. Proudly serving you for over 30 years, you can trust our New York and European trained stylists to give you the hair and nails that you need. Thank you for choosing Anthony Vincent Salon! 



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Friday, July 10, 2015

Review Co-Washing with Matrix Cleansing Conditioners / Hair How-To



So many of you have written in and begging me to review co-washing products - "What exactly is co-washing? How does it work? Which are the best brands on the market?", you asked over and over. So with all of the queries (and my own self fear of it), I ventured out to put together a hair-what-is-it and-how-to...yes, a mouthful indeed, but you will walk away with a good amount of knowledge (and some rocking clean hair!)
Biolage Cleansing Conditioner by Matrix offers a full range of products for every hair type
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Co-washing - in simple terms: Instead of using shampoo to clean your hair, use a cleansing conditioner instead. Also known as conditioner-only washing, co-shampooing or conditioner rinsing.
STEP ONE: The strand test
No matter the brand you choose - you need to figure out the proper formula for your hair. That is easily done by executing "the strand test". Take a small piece of hair in between your thumb and forefinger and run the test. The density and texture of the strand will dictate what kind of hair you have and which formula is best for you. In my case, I have thick hair that has a slight wave, so I chose Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Medium Hair.
STEP TWO: Find the brand that is right for you
I tested 10 different Co-Washing hair products for this article and the leader of the pack (though all had positive attributes and benefits) was Biolage Cleansing Conditioners by Matrix (which launched earlier this year).
STEP THREE: Wash, massage, comb...wait
Washing your hair with a cleansing conditioner (i.e. co-washing) is not like regular shampooing. First and foremost - this is two steps in one (washing and conditioning); given the unique formula this is also NO SUDS washing. Please don't stand in your shower endlessly waiting for bubbles to appear- you will be pruned beyond recognition in the process. "No lather?!", you exclaim as you read this. I know, I know - that makes me nervous too. How can my hair get clean without the presence of suds. Trust me when I exclaim enthusiastically "IT CAN!". Not only are you getting clean hair from this process, but you are also gaining beautifully conditioned hair. Some key pointers to make sure you are co-washing correctly and maximizing your shower efforts.
  • Apply the product like you would a hair styler, a couple of pumps at the top on your scalp, a couple of pumps on the sides, and a couple at the back of your head
  • The number of pumps you will need will depend on your hair length, for shorter hair use 4-5 and longer hair 6-8. If you have a bit thicker hair (like myself) you might want to assess each section and add another pump as necessary. The same goes for fine hair - you might want to start on the smaller end of the recommended usage.
  • Distribute from the root to the end of the hair shafts; massaging into the scalp and strands from top to bottom. I also like to take a wide tooth comb to ensure proper disbursement of the product. This is the key. For maximum conditioning, and the ultimate result, you want the product to work its magic along the whole strand.
  • Wait at least 5 minutes while the product does its magic - this might seem like a short period of time, but can be hard to assess in the shower. Be certain you do not rinse your hair before the suggested processing time - you will not get the full results if you do so. I let two songs on Pandora play in full as my "shower stopwatch".
  • Once rinsed, wrap your hair in a t-shirt rather than a traditional towel. Towels are very absorbent and this can often result in electric-outlet-shock hair. A t-shirt will pull away just the top layer of water, helping to reduce the appearance of frizz. Apply a leave-in treatment product to help attack additional fuzz for the perfect end result (Matrix Biolage Leave In Anti-Frizz Lotion for Medium Hair).
STEP FOUR: Easy and eco-friendly hair setting
When I was a little girl, my mom would take empty Tropicana juice containers and roll them into sections my hair as non-heat curlers. I took this concept and modernized it a bit, by utilizing my product "empties", for an eco-friendly way to create the perfect waves. Roll in as you would normal curlers, clip into place and then blast with your blow dryer. I collected my Matrix Style Link Booster series empties and used them to create the perfect barrel curls.
CONCLUSION:
Co-washing is the new trend and for good reason - IT WORKS! Ditch your old-school mentality that you need bubbles to rid the dirt and grease (at least when it comes to your tresses). With this revolutionary technology, the end result is clean, fresh smelling, moisturized, frizz free hair (which you achieved in half the time in the shower - think 5+ gallons of water saved because you removed one step in the shower - you get an environmental gold star). With no sulfates, parabens or silicones to speak of - your keratin treatment and costly highlights/color processing are safe and sound. Your hair will hand you a gold star, as well.
Click HERE for more information about Biolage Cleansing Conditioners and Leave-In Treatments by Matrix.
Drop me a line and let me know what you think... Blog@ChristabellesCloset.com - I would love to hear all about your co-washing adventures!
Cheers to beautiful you,
CCx

Vote Here! Name New Jersey's Best Burger

VOTE #1 The Committed Pig 

The Committed Pig – Manasquan, NJ & Morristown, NJ
With two locations, The Committed Pig is the spot for awesome hamburgers, delicious pancakes, and outrageous pork-roll sandwiches. It offers a cozy, laid-back atmosphere where you can relax with a beer and get your pork on!




Top 10 Finalists Include: 

Bacon cheeseburger, Krug's Tavern, 118 Wilson Ave., Newark
Baked Brie Burger, The Committed Pig, 28 W. Park Place, Morristown 
Buffalo burger, Rocky Hill Inn, 137 Washington St., Rocky Hill
Cheeseburger with Monterey Jack, Blue Monkey Tavern, 2 S. Centre St., Merchantville
El Matador, Bareburger, 515 Washington St., Hoboken
Five-Star Burger, Shore Fire Grille, 34 S. Main St., Barnegat
Inside Out Burger, Kitchen 519, 200 E. Evesham Road, Glendora
Muenster cheeseburger, Loaded, 101 Center St., Garwood
OC Burger, The Old Causeway, 1201 E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin
Stage Left Burger, Stage Left, 5 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

Pete Genovese will visit two burgers place a day; if you're in the neighborhood, and even if you're not, it's a great chance to meet Pete Genovese and his crew. Check out the full schedule here.


VOTE HERE: http://www.nj.com/jerseysbest/2015/07/njs_best_burger_readers_poll.html