Kayla


November 26, 2013
Hair by Steph.
Photos by Terra Cooper.  




Ana


November 20, 2013
Hair and makeup by Steph.
Photos by Jacque Lynn.  




Repairing Damaged Hair


November 15, 2013
I've written several posts about taking care of your hair to prevent damage, but what do you do if your hair is already damaged?  Sometimes we have bad luck with a hair stylist, or a curling iron, and our hair gets fried.  Here are some things you can do to help restore your hair's health after it's already damaged.


1.  Invest in some good products.
There are products out there designed to protect your hair from damage, and products designed to restore hair's health after it's already been damaged.  Here are three of my favorites:

Redken Real Control Intense Renewal Super Moisturizing Mask
Hair masks are really beneficial because they penetrate the cuticle and heal the hair below the surface. This hair mask works.   It will renew hair strength and add moisture.  Apply to your hair after shampooing.  Leave on for 5-15 minutes and then rinse.  Can be used daily or weekly as needed.  
Pureology Essential Repair Instant Repair
Leave-in conditioners are also essential to repairing damaged hair.  Damaged hair breaks really easily, especially while styling.  Apply this leave-in conditioner before you blow dry to help detangle, reduce breakage, add softness and reduce the stress that is put on your hair.  

Moroccan Oil
If you haven't jumped on the Moroccan Oil train yet, now is the time.  This product is magic.  More than just a serum, it's full of strengthening proteins and shine-boosting vitamins. It will revitalize your hair.  Apply to wet or dry hair.  A little goes a long way.  


2.  Be gentle with it.  
As I mentioned before, damaged hair is extra fragile.  Avoid ripping through it when you shampoo and condition it.  Be gentle as you brush out tangles and blow dry.  Try to keep it brushed out and soft throughout the day.  Babying it a little will make a big difference.


2.  Get a treatment.
If you feel like your hair products aren't doing the trick, take it to the next level and ask for a hair treatment next time you get your hair done.  The two most common treatments for damaged hair are protein treatments and deep conditioning treatments.  Both of these are essential to restoring health to your hair.  Ask your stylist to recommend which would be best for you.  These treatments penetrate deep into the cuticle and add moisture and protein back into your hair.


3.  Get a haircut.
Some hair is so damaged that it's beyond repair.  Hopefully yours isn't at this point, but if it is, the best thing to do is cut some of it off.  Leaving those dead, broken ends will only encourage more splitting and breakage in your hair, not to mention make your hair look extra dry and brittle.  Even a small haircut will help your hair feel softer and healthier.


4.  Leave it alone.
The best thing I've found for damaged hair is just to leave it alone.  Style it and apply heat to it as little as possible. Experiment with your natural texture, wear a lot of head wraps and hats, put it in a braid, do anything you can to give it a break and let it recover.  





Bella Me Boutique Giveaway


November 11, 2013
Thanks again to everyone who participated in my $500 prize package giveaway series.  
Congrats to the last winner - 

Mariah Ellison

I will contact you today!

Continuing in the spirit of Thanksgiving, this week we have another giveaway for a $50 gift card to Bella Me Boutique.


Bella Me Boutique is a local boutique here in Utah that ships nationwide.  
Follow the instructions below to enter!

HOW TO ENTER
1 - Follow Hair and Makeup by Steph on YouTube.
2 - Follow Bella Me Boutique on Facebook.
3 - Leave a comment on this blog post with your name.

Contest ends Sunday Nov 17 at midnight.
US residents only.



$500 Prize Giveaway Week - Day #5


November 10, 2013
Thanks to everyone who has participated in my week long giveaway series!  
Congrats to yesterday's winner-

KRISTA GAMBLE

I will contact you today!

Today is your LAST chance to win a $500 prize package!  Cross your fingers and enter below-    



Today's prize package includes:

Kenra Platinum Hydrating Package - Restore and retain hair hydration with this product regimen.    
Boom Boom Brow Bar professional brow grooming/survival kit. 
Yosi Samra  foldable flats.  
Sam Villa Sam Villa Textur® professional texturizing iron and styling brush.
Proof Eyewear eco-friendly sunglasses.


About the sponsors
Yosi Samra foldable flats work for every woman.  Their fold-up ballet slippers are one of Hollywood’s most famous shoes.  Samra's line, which has expanded to include handbags, sandals, and children’s slippers, is sold in about 1,000 stores domestically, including Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, and in 85 countries internationally.  They offer so many design styles, there is a shoe for everyone.  Read about Yosi's background here, and see their feature on channel 4 here.  

Proof Eyewear got its start in a garage in Eagle, Idaho in 2010. The founders, 3 brothers, grew Proof to an internationally known brand that is loved the world over. Their brand became recognized so quickly that they were invited to ABC's Shark Tank. They pride themselves on providing original products that are handcrafted from sustainable materials. Proof Eyewear continues to be innovative, providing a wide variety of products that aren’t just environmentally friendly, but unique and original. Proof-Crafted from the Ground Up.

Kenra Professional has a 60-year history of dedication to the professional beauty industry, offering a versatile product portfolio.  Kenra Professional products are easy to use, supported by performance claims, and award-winning: Kenra Volume Spray 25 has won the Stylist Choice Award for Favorite Hairspray 9 times in a row, Kenra Platinum Blow-Dry Spray won the 2013 Stylist Choice Award for Favorite Time-Saving Product, and Kenra Color won Beauty Launchpad's 2012 Favorite New Color award. 

Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Ave, and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007). He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair.  He writes a monthly blog for Launchpad, is one of HOT by Hair’s How 10 Living Legends, and was a 2013 NAHA Judge.  Sam Villa Company was a 2013 finalist at the Stylist Choice Awards for Favorite Innovative Tool, Favorite Small Company, and Favorite Platform Artist/Educator

Malynda Vigliotti (aka Boom Boom) is the flashiest waxer in NYC. She’s obsessed with brows, groomed over 20,000 in 2012 at Boom Boom Brow Bar in NYC, and sees no reason why everyone shouldn’t have thick, gorgeous eyebrows. After all, they are the most important feature on the face and THE best accessory EVA!  She believes a perfectly done brow is an instant eyelift – no Botox necessary! The New York Times loves her and The Real Housewives of New York stopped by (catch the video on her website).


$500 Prize Giveaway Week - Day #4


November 9, 2013
Thanks to everyone who entered to win yesterday's $500 prize package!  
Congrats to the winner-

Kaitlyn Smith

I will contact you today!  


to win today's $500 prize package -   


Today's prize package includes:
Kenra Platinum Bodifying Package - Achieve up to 50% more body that is long-lasting.  
Boom Boom Brow Bar professional brow grooming/survival kit. 
Yosi Samra  foldable flats.  
Sam Villa Sleekr® professional straightening iron and small round brush.
Proof Eyewear eco-friendly sunglasses.

About the sponsors
Malynda Vigliotti (aka Boom Boom) is the flashiest waxer in NYC. She’s obsessed with brows, groomed over 20,000 in 2012 at Boom Boom Brow Bar in NYC, and sees no reason why everyone shouldn’t have thick, gorgeous eyebrows. After all, they are the most important feature on the face and THE best accessory EVA!  She believes a perfectly done brow is an instant eyelift – no Botox necessary! The New York Times loves her and The Real Housewives of New York stopped by (catch the video on her website).

Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Ave, and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007). He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair.  He writes a monthly blog for Launchpad, is one of HOT by Hair’s How 10 Living Legends, and was a 2013 NAHA Judge.  Sam Villa Company was a 2013 finalist at the Stylist Choice Awards for Favorite Innovative Tool, Favorite Small Company, and Favorite Platform Artist/Educator

Kenra Professional has a 60-year history of dedication to the professional beauty industry, offering a versatile product portfolio.  Kenra Professional products are easy to use, supported by performance claims, and award-winning: Kenra Volume Spray 25 has won the Stylist Choice Award for Favorite Hairspray 9 times in a row, Kenra Platinum Blow-Dry Spray won the 2013 Stylist Choice Award for Favorite Time-Saving Product, and Kenra Color won Beauty Launchpad's 2012 Favorite New Color award. 

Yosi Samra foldable flats work for every woman.  Their fold-up ballet slippers are one of Hollywood’s most famous shoes.  Samra's line, which has expanded to include handbags, sandals, and children’s slippers, is sold in about 1,000 stores domestically, including Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, and in 85 countries internationally.  They offer so many design styles, there is a shoe for everyone.  Read about Yosi's background here, and see their feature on channel 4 here.  



Proof Eyewear got its start in a garage in Eagle, Idaho in 2010. The founders, 3 brothers, grew Proof to an internationally known brand that is loved the world over. Their brand became recognized so quickly that they were invited to ABC's Shark Tank. They pride themselves on providing original products that are handcrafted from sustainable materials. Proof Eyewear continues to be innovative, providing a wide variety of products that aren’t just environmentally friendly, but unique and original. Proof-Crafted from the Ground Up.



$500 Prize Giveaway Week - Day #3


November 8, 2013
Thanks to everyone who entered to win yesterday's $500 prize package!  
Congrats to yesterday's winner-

Kelsey Kitchen

I will be contacting you today!

to win today's $500 prize package - 


Today's prize package includes:
Boom Boom Brow Bar professional brow grooming/survival kit. 
Yosi Samra  foldable flats.  
Sam Villa E-T.C. lightweight professional blow dryer and 1.5" thermal brush.
Kenra Platinum Reparative Package - Product package to repair and protect your hair from damage.
Proof Eyewear eco-friendly sunglasses.  


Meet the sponsors 

Yosi Samra foldable flats work for every woman.  Their fold-up ballet slippers are one of Hollywood’s most famous shoes.  Samra's line, which has expanded to include handbags, sandals, and children’s slippers, is sold in about 1,000 stores domestically, including Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, and in 85 countries internationally.  They offer so many design styles, there is a shoe for everyone.  Read about Yosi's background here, and see their feature on channel 4 here.  

Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Ave, and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007). He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair.  He writes a monthly blog for Launchpad, is one of HOT by Hair’s How 10 Living Legends, and was a 2013 NAHA Judge.  Sam Villa Company was a 2013 finalist at the Stylist Choice Awards for Favorite Innovative Tool, Favorite Small Company, and Favorite Platform Artist/Educator

Malynda Vigliotti (aka Boom Boom) is the flashiest waxer in NYC. She’s obsessed with brows, groomed over 20,000 in 2012 at Boom Boom Brow Bar in NYC, and sees no reason why everyone shouldn’t have thick, gorgeous eyebrows. After all, they are the most important feature on the face and THE best accessory EVA!  She believes a perfectly done brow is an instant eyelift – no Botox necessary! The New York Times loves her and The Real Housewives of New York stopped by (catch the video on her website).

Kenra Professional has a 60-year history of dedication to the professional beauty industry, offering a versatile product portfolio.  Kenra Professional products are easy to use, supported by performance claims, and award-winning: Kenra Volume Spray 25 has won the Stylist Choice Award for Favorite Hairspray 9 times in a row, Kenra Platinum Blow-Dry Spray won the 2013 Stylist Choice Award for Favorite Time-Saving Product, and Kenra Color won Beauty Launchpad's 2012 Favorite New Color award. 

Proof Eyewear got its start in a garage in Eagle, Idaho in 2010. The founders, 3 brothers, grew Proof to an internationally known brand that is loved the world over. Their brand became recognized so quickly that they were invited to ABC's Shark Tank. They pride themselves on providing original products that are handcrafted from sustainable materials. Proof Eyewear continues to be innovative, providing a wide variety of products that aren’t just environmentally friendly, but unique and original. Proof-Crafted from the Ground Up.



$500 Prize Giveaway Week - Day #2


November 7, 2013
Thanks to everyone who entered to win yesterday's $500 prize package!  
Congrats to yesterday's winner-

Carrie McKeon

I will be contacting you today!  

As promised, today you have another chance to win a $500 prize package!

Today's prize package includes:
Yosi Samra  foldable flats.  
Sam Villa Textur® professional texturizing iron and styling brush.
Kenra Moisturizing Package - Products to renew, volumize and add shine to your hair.   
Boom Boom Brow Bar professional brow grooming/survival kit. 
Proof eco-friendly sunglasses.  





About the sponsors

Kenra Professional has a 60-year history of dedication to the professional beauty industry, offering a versatile product portfolio.  Kenra Professional products are easy to use, supported by performance claims, and award-winning: Kenra Volume Spray 25 has won the Stylist Choice Award for Favorite Hairspray 9 times in a row, Kenra Platinum Blow-Dry Spray won the 2013 Stylist Choice Award for Favorite Time-Saving Product, and Kenra Color won Beauty Launchpad's 2012 Favorite New Color award. 
Malynda Vigliotti (aka Boom Boom) is the flashiest waxer in NYC. She’s obsessed with brows, groomed over 20,000 in 2012 at Boom Boom Brow Bar in NYC, and sees no reason why everyone shouldn’t have thick, gorgeous eyebrows. After all, they are the most important feature on the face and THE best accessory EVA!  She believes a perfectly done brow is an instant eyelift – no Botox necessary! The New York Times loves her and The Real Housewives of New York stopped by (catch the video on her website).

Yosi Samra foldable flats work for every woman.  Their fold-up ballet slippers are one of Hollywood’s most famous shoes.  Samra's line, which has expanded to include handbags, sandals, and children’s slippers, is sold in about 1,000 stores domestically, including Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, and in 85 countries internationally.  They offer so many design styles, there is a shoe for everyone.  Read about Yosi's background here, and see their feature on channel 4 here.  

Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Ave, and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007). He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair.  He writes a monthly blog for Launchpad, is one of HOT by Hair’s How 10 Living Legends, and was a 2013 NAHA Judge.  Sam Villa Company was a 2013 finalist at the Stylist Choice Awards for Favorite Innovative Tool, Favorite Small Company, and Favorite Platform Artist/Educator

Proof Eyewear got its start in a garage in Eagle, Idaho in 2010. The founders, 3 brothers, grew Proof to an internationally known brand that is loved the world over. Their brand became recognized so quickly that they were invited to ABC's Shark Tank. They pride themselves on providing original products that are handcrafted from sustainable materials. Proof Eyewear continues to be innovative, providing a wide variety of products that aren’t just environmentally friendly, but unique and original. Proof-Crafted from the Ground Up.



$500 Prize Giveaway Week - Day #1


November 6, 2013
Happy November!
To celebrate the month of Thanksgiving, I'm going to be doing a lot of giveaways to say thank you to my followers.
This week there will be a new giveaway EVERY day!
I have teamed up with some of my favorite brands - Sam Villa, Kenra, Boom Boom Brow Bar, Proof and Yosi Samra - to give away FIVE $500 prize packages, one each day, starting today. 


Today's prize package includes:
Sam Villa Sleekr® professional straightening iron and small round brush.
Kenra Volumizing Package - every product you need for voluminous hair.  
Boom Boom Brow Bar professional brow grooming/survival kit.
Yosi Samra  flats.  
Proof Eyewear eco-friendly sunglasses.




About the sponsors

Kenra Professional has a 60-year history of dedication to the professional beauty industry, offering a versatile product portfolio.  Kenra Professional products are easy to use, supported by performance claims, and award-winning: Kenra Volume Spray 25 has won the Stylist Choice Award for Favorite Hairspray 9 times in a row, Kenra Platinum Blow-Dry Spray won the 2013 Stylist Choice Award for Favorite Time-Saving Product, and Kenra Color won Beauty Launchpad's 2012 Favorite New Color award. 

Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Ave, and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007). He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair.  He writes a monthly blog for Launchpad, is one of HOT by Hair’s How 10 Living Legends, and was a 2013 NAHA Judge.  Sam Villa Company was a 2013 finalist at the Stylist Choice Awards for Favorite Innovative Tool, Favorite Small Company, and Favorite Platform Artist/Educator
Malynda Vigliotti (aka Boom Boom) is the flashiest waxer in NYC. She’s obsessed with brows, groomed over 20,000 in 2012 at Boom Boom Brow Bar in NYC, and sees no reason why everyone shouldn’t have thick, gorgeous eyebrows. After all, they are the most important feature on the face and THE best accessory EVA!  She believes a perfectly done brow is an instant eyelift – no Botox necessary! The New York Times loves her and The Real Housewives of New York stopped by (catch the video on her website).

Yosi Samra foldable flats work for every woman.  Their fold-up ballet slippers are one of Hollywood’s most famous shoes.  Samra's line, which has expanded to include handbags, sandals, and children’s slippers, is sold in about 1,000 stores domestically, including Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, and in 85 countries internationally.  They offer so many design styles, there is a shoe for everyone.  Read about Yosi's background here, and see their feature on channel 4 here.  

Proof Eyewear got its start in a garage in Eagle, Idaho in 2010. The founders, 3 brothers, grew Proof to an internationally known brand that is loved the world over. Their brand became recognized so quickly that they were invited to ABC's Shark Tank. They pride themselves on providing original products that are handcrafted from sustainable materials. Proof Eyewear continues to be innovative, providing a wide variety of products that aren’t just environmentally friendly, but unique and original. Proof-Crafted from the Ground Up.