Category Archives: HAIR

Phytomer’s NEW launch TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil Face, Body, Hair

March 16, 2018

Phytomer’s TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil Face, Body, Hair is my go-to dry oil right now. It uses five marine and plant oils to quench, nourish and protect skin.

The scent:  jasmine, bergamont, white flowers, vanilla and coconut.

I spray it literally all over, first body, a dab on face, then smooth excess into the ends of my hair.

Click here for the direct link to buy this gorgeous, golden oil. This finish is satin and not greasy. The marine oils quench the skin and prevent water loss while natural plant oils replenish lipids, giving a nourishing effect.

Buriti Oil provides an antioxidant action while contributing to the subtle, golden glow and finish.

Designed for all skin types, TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil can be used daily, morning and/or evening on dry or damp skin. It absorbs quickly into the skin. Perfect as we ease into spring and out of winter.

Directions for use: spray on face, body and hair. Apply all year round, both summer and winter.

$61.50

Key ingredients:

Marine Duo Oils: Mekabu Oil + Glasswort Oil

Mekabu Oil – extracted from Weaving Algae, a laminaria algae with exceptional moisturizing properties. Reinforces cell cohesion and epidermal-dermal connection to limit water loss in the skin.

Glasswort Oil – improves moisture circulation and storage of water and urea in the epidermis while strengthening the lipidic barrier.

Sesame and Macadamia Oil – intensely infuses the skin with essential unsaturated fatty acids to replenish lipids in the skin.

Buriti Oil – high in antioxidant carotenoids, which gives it its red-orange color. Traps free radicals and protects cells against free radical attacks.

 

 

Johnny Wright,The Man Behind Michelle Obama’s Gorgeous Locks Rocks My Hair at Salon Kazumi

December 23, 2017

Celebrity Hairstylist Johnny Wright
Joins Salon Kazumi in Beverly Hills

Johnny Wright, renowned artist who was personal stylist to First Lady Michelle Obama over two terms JUST CUT MY HAIR!!!

And it’s the best cut I have had in years. YEARS. And, Johnny is now my official go-to-rec from Groomed LA. So, if you ask me who to go to cut your hair, I will send you to Johnny. 

Salon Kazumi lucky to have landed this celebrated hairstylist and educator.  Of course, Johnny is renowned for his work with First Lady Michelle Obama and lucky us, he has returned to the west coast after almost a decade of being based in Washington D.C. as her personal hair hairstylist.

In 2002, Wright began working with L’Oreal where he stayed for 16 years, moving from technical consultant and platform artist to lead educator and on to artistic style director.  In 2007, Wright moved to Los Angeles to work at the esteemed Frédéric Fekkai salon, and to pursue a styling career in television and film.

It was an earlier event in 2007 that caused Wright’s career to truly become a part of history.

President Obama had just announced his campaign, and an opportunity arose for Wright to style First Lady Michelle Obama for an Essence photo-shoot.  They hit it off, and as she traveled to Los Angeles for television appearances, Wright continued to style her. After creating her look for the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and a Vogue cover-shoot in 2009, the First Lady asked Wright to move to D.C. to be her personal hairstylist.   Wright maintained this role through both terms and traveled with the First Family to over 40 countries around the globe.

Wright’s work has appeared in major national and international publications including Glamour, Essence, Vogue Italia, Ebony, Time, InStyle, Parade, and People, among many, many others.  From politicians to celebrities, Wright’s client list includes Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Maxine Waters, Samira Wiley, Tamron Hall, Regina King, Karrueche Tran, Reese Witherspoon, Vivica A. Fox, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sherri Shepherd, Naturi Naughton, Vanessa Williams, Lauren London, LisaRaye, Janelle Monáe, Syleena Johnson, Shaun Robinson, and Candace Bushnell.

Salon owner Kazumi Morton and Wright bonded over their mutual commitment to education and encouraging young talent.  Kazumi explains, “Johnny is an amazing stylist and I am so happy he is joining our close family of talented artists.  His ability to work with all types and textures of hair, combined with his warm personality and winning-manner, makes him a perfect fit for Salon Kazumi.”

Wright adds, “What attracted me to Salon Kazumi was, in addition to the intimate setting and Kazumi’s positive and supportive attitude, was the true sense of kinship that I found there.  There is a real exchange of creative energy between the stylists and colorists at the salon and I know my clients will feel as equally comfortable and at home.”

About Salon Kazumi

Salon Kazumi and its founder Kazumi have been featured in The Colorist, Beauty Launchpad, InStyle, Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, Real Simple and The Hollywood Reporter among other prestigious magazine titles.

Salon Kazumi 
9725 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90210.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9am – 6pm.
For appointments please call (310) 751-0909.

 

Is Gray The New Black? Michelle Ray reports…

Part Two of Michelle Ray’s journey: My Transformation + the benefits of going grey

After weeks of looking at gray, silver and white haired women on Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook and Oprah Magazine, I decide to embrace my real hair.  Maybe not all of it, since I have no idea what it’s going to look like!

So I ask my stylist, armed with a dozen photos, the big question:

What about letting some of my real color grow in as my new “base,” adding some color for contrast? 

I held my breath, waiting for him to say how much older I would look and how horrible that would be.   Then he said “Yes. Of course.” And he got to work, leaving my roots untouched while adding fine ash blond highlights to my hair.

Even with wet hair, looking in the mirror  I’ll never forget that distinct feeling of relief. I feel  brighter, softer, more real.  I was thrilled.

“When do I come back? “ I asked.

“Wait as long as possible” he replies.

My skin looks brighter against the lighter hair.  I go lighter and lighter. I choose to cut a decent amount of my length to just above the shoulders, as the bleach is damaging and my ends are frizzy. 

But I feel better and don’t cringe at the silvery color now that it blends with the highlights instead of screaming loudly against my old brassy brown hair.

          Feb. 2017 after 2 rounds of highlights & lowlights

I share my story with everyone who will listen. I notice women with grey hair everywhere and stop to compliment them. I am unabashedly obsessed with gray hair!   My Mom gets inspired and goes gray too.  She receives many compliments on her bright white hair.

Grace Ilasco, co-owner of the Color Lounge in Burbank, California, offers a “Fifty Shades of Gray” transformation from colored brown, red or blond tresses to an all over adjustment to match or blend seamlessly with the client’s grey, white or silver roots. 

This can be accomplished in a 8 or more hour appointment (record is 16 hours!) or in a few sessions.

Photo of a Color Lounge client

Some benefits of not coloring :      

Freedom from constant root touch up appointments

Healthier, shinier hair

Hair that naturally compliments skin tone (which changes slightly with age)

Less exposure to potentially toxic chemicals

More free time, less driving and sitting in the salon chair

Savings of $1,200 – 2,500. a year or more depending on frequency and type of color

There’s nothing wrong with coloring your hair, but know that you CAN be beautiful, sexy, even glamorous with your own natural color, no matter what that is.

If you’re interested in detailed information on how to transform your hair to its natural shade, please check out my e-book now available on Amazon Go Gray Your Way! Expert Advice & Inspiration from a Former Color Addict (free now through 12/25/17).

For more on healthy aging, skin & hair care, visit my website at www.smartbeautyrituals.com.

XX Michelle Ray

Photo Ben Winkler www.BenWinkler.com.

“Best Suitcase Stuffers”  Holiday Travel Sets by Miriam Quevedo

December 5, 2017

The elements of traveling often get those on the go off their beauty game. The change in altitude, humidity and temperature — let alone the stress of the security line — are just some of the factors taking a toll on hair and scalp. Cut to arriving at the hotel with hair “care” products that don’t — leading to dull, dry, flat or flyaway hair.

Toss the tubes on the sink aside and set up a nutritional, heavenly, hair haven with Miriam Quevedo. This season continue treating both scalp and hair with the needed nutrients, botanicals and proteins such as Caviar, Marine Collagen, and Encapsulated Swiss Glacial Water for “on the go” gorgeous, glowing healthy holiday hair.

Have fabulous holiday hair – not hotel hair with these two travel sets:

Glacial White Caviar Rejuvenation Set

Discover the secret of pure hydration with this three-step ritual designed to recover the natural beauty of youthful hair. This ultra-moisturizing, anti- aging treatment is ideal for those with sensitive, dry scalps and dry or damaged hair. Powerful antioxidants offer protection against oxidative stress while active molecular peptides help recover elasticity, bounce and strengthen leaving hair incredibly silky, soft and renewed. Contains travel size of their #1 seller Hydra-pure Shampoo, Hydra-pure Rescue Masque, and the Hydra-pure Timeless Beauty Cream. $55 ($80 value)

Extreme Caviar Intensive Anti-aging Set

Indulge in the restorative benefits of Caviar with this ultra-reparative three-step ritual designed to gently tame even the most unruly hair. Ideal for all hair types, the luxurious formulas work to restore broken down Keratin and form a barrier from root to tip, protecting against heat styling and locking in moisture for hair that is smooth, sleek and frizz-free. Set comes with Imperial Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner Balm, and #1 seller Restructuring Luxe Serum. $40 ($52 value)

All products free of: Parabens, Sulfates, Mineral Oils, Phthalates, Paraffin, Petrolatum

Available at Space NK and Nordstrom.com

www.miriamquevedo.com

Is Grey The New Blonde?

December 3, 2017

I wasn’t shocked to find a few grey hairs my senior year of college. My grandmother’s hair was white in her 30’s.  But I did object-my long, thick, curly hair was my favorite feature, so off to the salon I went!

At first I asked for a  richer brown and later, shades of red. At first, it was every few months – no big deal. Coloring was fun!  My hair was magenta at one point in my late 20’s after a move to LA to work in the music industry. But by my mid 40’s, it wasn’t fun and I was at the salon every month.                                              

age 26

When I asked several stylists over the years during if perhaps I should go grey and they all No! 

“No! You look so young for your age, and it will age you”

“Why? You will look so much older, at least 10 years older”

Or just a dismissive “No” followed by silence and slight head shake. So I kept my appointments.

Fast forward: summer 2016.  My hair seemed dry, brassy, slightly off no matter what hair mask or deep conditioner I tried.  I switched stylists again.  The master Beverly Hills colorist who did my hair last September made it look great for about 2 weeks, but even his expert work left me brassy and fake by week three. That’s when I realized it was time for a change.

But I was afraid.  I’ve interviewed many women – they tend to have similar fears including:

1- Grey hair makes you look old, older and/or is not sexy

2- Grey hair won’t complement my skin tone

3-  I’m not sure what my real color is anymore!

4- What will other people think?

Like any woman in our youth oriented society,  I didn’t want to  look old, or older.  Especially in LA! I was often assumed 5-12 years younger than my age, so the thought of “fast forwarding” seemed like a terrible idea.   But I started looking at photos of grey haired women on line – Facebook groups, Pinterest, You Tube: executives, doctors, moms, artists and models. Some average looking, some stylish, a few young and trendy.  Some were 100% silver or grey and stunning.

Grey hair encompasses many shades:  Bright silver, pure white, steel grey, light grey, and is often mixed with our original shade of blond, brown, red or black.  One of my favorite things about the greying process is that we are all unique in our coloring, and no one will have the exact combination of shade, light or dark, as we each produce a different pattern.

I decided to go for it!

This is my last photo just after getting my regular “all over”color September 2016.

For more on healthy aging, skin & hair care visit my website at www.smartbeautyrituals.com.  

– Michelle Ray

After spending a decade as a sales and marketing executive in medical aesthetics, Michelle now works as a writer/editor, educator and beauty blogger. Her passions include luxury green beauty products, finding the best styling products for grey hair, photography and cold brew coffee.  Michelle lives with her boyfriend Andrew and two adorable rescue cats, Pepper and Carson.  For more information please visit   www.smartbeautyrituals.com.