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Red Carpet Worthy Waves via Unite!

Now that awards season is underway, here’s how you can create your very own “red-carpet” moment, using UNITE Hair:

·         Step One: While hair is damp, spray UNITE 7Seconds Conditioner ($26.25) from roots to ends and comb through.

·         Step Two: Apply a liberal amount of UNITE Blow & Set Lotion ($26.25) and work through from root to ends.

·         Step Three: Use a round brush and blow dry hair to create the initial wave. The blow dryer will activate the hold of the Blow & Set Lotion.

·         Step Four: Once hair is dry, section off the hair framing your face and create pin curls, securing with a hair clip.

·         Step Five: Using small sections, clamp a curling iron midway down the hair shaft. Roll up towards the roots. Slightly release the clamp of the iron while continuing to curl down towards the ends.

·         Step Six: After hair has been curled, release the pin curls and sprinkle a light amount of UNITE Expanda Dust ($26.25) throughout to maximize the volume. Shake hair out slightly to evenly distribute.

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Are you blow-drying your hair wrong?

Are you blow-drying your hair wrong? I never really thought I was, until I read these 6 biggest blow-drying mistakes!

There are a few critical factors at play. As easy as it is to go in with hair dryers blazing, you could be over-drying your hair. Or perhaps you’re using the wrong brush — not to mention holding it incorrectly. During a recent visit to Sally Hershberger’s downtown salon, we stopped stylist Teddi Cranford mid-blowout and got her best drying advice. What started out as a round of sincere questions, like “Why does my hair look flat one minute, then frizzy and wavy an hour later?” resulted in some pretty solid takeaway tips. Turns out we’ve been doing a few things wrong, and, perhaps, so have you. (It’s okay, we love you anyway.) Here’s what we learned:

Brush type: “The biggest mistake is using metal brushes,” says Cranford. The metal varieties heat up way too fast, making hair way too hot. Look for a round brush with with a mix of nylon and boar bristles.

Heat and air settings: With curly hair, it’s better to not blast the hairline with high heat and a high air setting,” notes Cranford. “Use low heat and low air to brush the kinks out of your hairline. Otherwise, you can over-dry your hair making it harder to work with and, ultimately, get the shape and movement you want.”

Holding the dryer in place: It would seem that pointing the dryer at your hair and, you know, just holding it there for a while would make it dry faster. Yeah, don’t do that. “Constantly be moving,” says Cranford. “You can’t just set the blowdryer on the hair, [or] you’re going to fry your hair off.”

The angle you hold the dryer and brush: “A good tip for at home is to make sure your brush is vertical and your blowdryer horizontal, as opposed to the other way around,” says Cranford. “This way you’re going to get more of a modern wave, instead of blowing everything under. A lot of woman do that. They blow forward, you should be blowing back. It’s the same with a curling iron, you want to keep it vertical and wrap hair horizontally — you’re going to create a better wave that way.”

Sectioning off hair: Ok. You’re probably thinking “I already do this.” But you might not be doing it correctly — especially if you’re plagued with the dreaded, wonky-in-the-back business (which, we feel, is the worst). “Section out a mohawk on top, then blow-dry the front and work your way to the back,” says Cranford.

Creating tension: “One of the most important steps is drying taut sections of hair (but don’t over-pull or yank). “This is essential for getting hair to dry smoothly, especially if you have cowlicks,” says Cranford. As far as how many times you pass over each section, Cranford says she’ll go over the hair 10 times if she needs to. Though she stresses, “I really making sure I’m getting the root and creating tension with the brush.”


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Herbal Essences brings back your favorite products of the ’90s!

You said please, please, please, and they said yes, yes, yes! After consumers clamored for the classic ‘90s Smooth and Shine collections to make a comeback (including creating online petitions), Herbal Essences is celebrating the passion fans had for the products and the memorial sensorial experience by bringing the collections back.

In addition to re-launching the Smooth and Shine Collections, Herbal Essences is offering fans the opportunity to be one of the first to experience the products again with a flash sale on January 10, 2013. Herbal Essences fans will get to relive their first time with the classic Herbal Essences and experience botanical bliss with a limited edition flash sale, exclusively available on the Herbal Essences Facebook page. With the original fragrances remaining, fans will be transported back to their first sensorial moment in time, and create new hair moments with a formula enhanced to better meet today’s hair needs.

Fans will be able to purchase a special bundle ($7.98 USD +*free shipping*) of the new Smooth or Shine collection before products are available nationwide at the end of January. This sale will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Herbal Essences Pre-Sale: Shine Collection Includes:

  • Herbal Essences Shine Collection Shampoo (silicone free)-13.5 oz
  • Herbal Essences Shine Collection Conditioner (sulfate free) – 13.5 oz
  • Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong Silkening Spray – 5.41 oz

The Shine Collection is formulated with an infused blend of chamomile, aloe vera and passion flower. The shampoo cleanses hair to reveal natural shine, just as nature intended and the conditioner enhances silkiness, adds shine and gloss, leaving hair luminous.

Herbal Essences Pre-Sale: Smooth Collection Includes:

  • Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo (silicone free) – 13.5 oz
  • Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Conditioner (sulfate free)  – 13.5 oz
  • Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Mousse – 6.8 oz


Make Her Up introduces the heavenly U Luxury Shampoo & Conditioner!

Make Her Up wants to share with you the exciting new launch of UNITE’s U LUXURY collection!

Suitable for all hair types, even color-treated hair, the newest additions to the U LUXURY collection – a decadently formulated healing shampoo and conditioner enriched with Crushed Pearls, Organic White Honey and Pure Argan Oil. Derived from freshwater pearls, Crushed Pearl has long been renowned for its healing powers and has been used in ancient medicinal treatments around the world. Rich in calcium, magnesium and amino acids, it delivers the essential minerals that nutrient-deprived hair craves.  Rare and utterly exquisite in texture, Organic Hawaiian White Honey is harvested from a single forest of Kiawe trees, and is celebrated for its intensely moisturizing benefits.

I’ve had the opportunity to try this new collection, and I really love it. My hair is so finicky, especially in the winter. These products really make my hair feel and look amazing!

U LUXURY Shampoo ($34.95): A luscious blend of hydrating, protective Crushed Pearl, fortifying Hawaiian White Honey, softening Pure Argan  Oil and gentle, Coconut-derived cleansers, this sulfate and paraben-free shampoo provides a creamy lather that doesn’t strip hair of moisture or cause buildup. Developed with Panthenol, a botanical extract rich in Vitamin B, it adds vivid shine and weightless volume to hair, while strengthening and invigorating it.

How to use: Apply to wet hair, lather, rinse and repeat as necessary. Follow with U LUXURY Conditioner.

U LUXURY Conditioner ($38.95): This rich, creamy conditioner features a potent fusion of Crushed Pearl, Hawaiian White Honey and Pure Argan Oil, in addition to deeply nourishing Shea Butter, and Apple, Orange, Lemon and Sugar Cane extracts, which seal the hair cuticle to lock in moisture. Hair is left looking fuller and shinier and feeling softer and smoother.

How to use: Apply from roots to ends. Leave in for 1-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

U LUXURY Shampoo and Conditioner are available at specialty salons nationwide and at