Hair nozzle whhhaaat ?

Have you ever bought a new blow dryer and looked at the strange thing in the box with it never use it ? This was me before I went to beauty school.  The nozzle that comes with your hair dryer is AMAZING. Not only does it help distribute the air more precisely it also helps reduce frizz in your hair. It also gives you more control while drying your hair. We all know how much I like control ;)

So give it a try, I promise you will love it once you get the hang of it. Like everything else make sure you give it a try at least 10 times before telling me its too hard to use. 

On a side note, mine is lost somewhere in my bathroom or bedroom. Or who am I kidding, maybe its in my kids bins with their toys. Obviously I don't blow dry my hair much so I'm not missing it too terribly. I do however use it on every single client at the Salon. I would be lost without it at work. 

Let me know if you try it, I love hearing feedback !

 

Hair nozzle that you do not want to throw away

Hair nozzle that you do not want to throw away

Flamboyage highlight contest

The Big Prize:  The winner will win a free flamboyage ( davines technique ) partial highlight. Flamboyage is a new technique that allows the stylist to use their creativity and personalized style.

How it works :

1.  Submit a high-resolution photo of yourself on #instagram or #facebook using the hashtag #melissagirlstylst to enter your photo.

2. Only ONE submission per person.

3. From January 5th to January 10th at midnight is when you may submit your entry picture. On January 12th I will post a gallery of entries. Social media likes and shares will definitely help but will not determine the winner !  

Hair Entry Guidelines ( MAKE SURE YOU READ ) :

1. You must have one solid hair color.

2. Hair must be at least shoulder length, bonus if longer

3. You need to be comfortable with me doing some fabulous natural highlights on you using the Davines Flamboyage technique.

Excited to see the entries and GOOD LUCK <3

Melissa Girlstylst

www.girlstylst.com

New hair tools for Christmas anyone ?

Who needs a new hair dryer, flat iron, curling iron, etc ? I know I do !!  Feel free to pass this blog post on to husbands, family members etc. I am a bit of a hair tool snob ( I know no big surprise to some ), but I thought it would be fun to share the brands that i like and don't like. 

So in middle of my Christmas shopping tonight I stopped at Ulta Beauty Supply to see what they offered. I was not impressed with the over stock of conair, revlon and chi tools. In my opinion Chi is overated and overpriced. Ps. no one needs a $ 200 flat iron or hair dryer. So I took snap shots of my favorites from each category. Here ya go:

Favorite Curling Iron of all time. Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch

Favorite Curling Iron of all time. Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch

Cute festive color curling irons in the same brand

Cute festive color curling irons in the same brand

Favorite Flat iron is the brand Croc. I prefer 1 1/2 inch width

Favorite Flat iron is the brand Croc. I prefer 1 1/2 inch width

Second favorite is the T3 flat iron. The white one on the right is my fav, however I'm sure the one on the left is just fine. 

Second favorite is the T3 flat iron. The white one on the right is my fav, however I'm sure the one on the left is just fine. 

I've used A LOT OF Hair dryers and the one I like for myself at home is the Babyliss brand 

I've used A LOT OF Hair dryers and the one I like for myself at home is the Babyliss brand 

Olivia Garden " Ceramic + ion " round brushes are incredible. They are smooth yet don't slip. I've been using them at home and in the salon for years. 

Olivia Garden " Ceramic + ion " round brushes are incredible. They are smooth yet don't slip. I've been using them at home and in the salon for years. 

I've been happy with any sort of wooden paddle brush. This one is Olivia Garden, Ionic paddle

I've been happy with any sort of wooden paddle brush. This one is Olivia Garden, Ionic paddle

Favorite Shampoo and Conditioner

Ahhhhhh shampoo and conditioners. If any of you know me at all I despise pantene and super cheap shampoo and conditioners. I am pretty picky and tend to have a favorite for a few years. 

I completely understand that not everyone has the money for high quality product. Unfortunately I instantly was spoiled because my first Salon only had high quality product lines. My first love of shampoo and conditioner was:

1. Bumble and Bumble gentle shampoo and super rich conditioner. This was my fav around 10 years ago.

2. Then Pureology hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Since then they have come out with a " light " which is not as heavy. 

3. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo and Conditioner

4. Alterna bamboo shine shampoo and conditioner

5. Last and not least Davines Oi shampoo and conditioner. This came out around 3 months ago and I truly want to use this on every single client and on my hair every day ( well i don't wash every day, BUT every time that I do wash my hair ).  It is sulfate free, has roucou oil in it and as usual with Davines has little to non carbon footprint. Did I mention the smell ?? Amaaazing ! The Oi milk and Oi oil is crazy good too.........

Stay tuned for my next post about middle price range shampoo and conditioners :)

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Good Day Sacramento

I was asked a few days ago to talk about Holiday Hair on Good Day Sacramento. If you aren't familliar with this program it is a fun local show that usually goes on for a few hours every morning. I was definitely nervous but felt pretty comfortable once I was able to start playing with hair ( my fav thing to do ).

For those of you that did not catch it on tv, here is the 2nd half of it.

http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/9537674-holiday-hair-pt-2/

I show a hairstyle that takes less then a minute to create. If you want to watch it more in detail you can watch it on my you tube channel here

I had a great time meeting Christianne Klein ( pictured below with me ). Big Thanks to my friend Ashley, Christianne and Good Day Sacramento !!

 

Just finished styling Christianne's hair

Just finished styling Christianne's hair

Dry scalp ?

Now that its getting colder, are you getting a dry scalp ?  Typically with the weather change it sends some of our skins into freak out mode. 

I know my scalp tends to go dry around once or twice a year. I have tried MANY, MANY shampoos and remedies and the only one recently I have found that works is the  

Redken Dandruff Control Shampoo

I have heard amazing things about a specific line in my favorite Davines line. I personally have not tried it but thought I would mention it: 

Davines Purifying Shampoo

As you all know I typically use dry shampoo at least 2x a week. I find now with the dry weather I can't use dry shampoo as much. If I wash more often to not get the product build up on my scalp it actually helps. Also washing more frequently in the fall/winter will cause your scalp to produce more oils, which always helps with dry scalp. 

Last and not least, make sure you are eating healthy, good food. Foods such as walnuts, flaxseed, spinach and salmon have a rich omega-3 content. The natural oils that keep your hair and scalp hydrated will thank you :)

 

Is your water hard or soft ?

Do you know if the water at your house is hard or soft ? Did you know this can make a HUGE difference with whether or not your hair feels dry with split ends or soft and healthy ? I have a few clients ( you know who you are ) who live in the same suburb and their hair has been dry and frizzy. So I decided to do a little research on the ph balance and hardness of tap water. The hardness of the water in my suburb is 29. The hardness of their water is 55. So almost double explains the dryness and split ends in their hair. Obviously I'm not an expert on reading water quality analysis reports but I can tell you that the numbers don't lie ;)

So moral of the story is: Check your area to see what kind of water you have. If you DO have hard water and you notice it drying out your skin and hair, you can do the following:

1. Don't wash your hair as often. Yes I live by this rule. Maybe a little too much ;)

2. Buy a water filter for your shower. We buy water filters for our drinking water, why not buy one for your hair and skin ? This water filter is reasonably priced and has AMAZING reviews.

3. Use a shampoo and conditioner that is meant for helping hard water hair. I personally have not tried this Malibu line, but have heard great things about it. Check it out here

Even though the water isn't terrible where I live I think I am going to buy a shower water filter for my home. Maybe that will lead to a follow up post to hard water.....