Friday, April 11, 2014

5 Great Tips for Great Braids!

Thanks to Teen Vogue, we have stumbled across some really great tips for braids! If you are looking to spruce up your 'do, braids are an easy way to leave a big impression! All from One Direction stylist, Lou Teasdale. Try them out and let us know how it goes, Barbizon of Akron!

1. Powder is key. No, we're not talking makeup. Try a texturizing powder. Lou says. "It's like a dust! Just fill your hair with it all over to get a great, gritty texture. Then braid two low pigtails, mess them up, and pin them around your head in a messy milkmaid style!"

2. The fishtail only takes three steps. "Step one is to split your hair into two big sections straight down the middle. Step two is to take a thin strand from the outside of the right section, then cross it over to join with the
left. Then take a strand from the left and bring it across to join the right. Repeat until you reach the end. For step three, tie the braid off, then mess it up tons and tease it apart. Be rough with it!"

3. You might need a little extra. "If your hair is too fine to get the chunky braid you desire, add some weave to bulk it out! You can either tie or clip it in." Buying hair can be scary, but Lou simplifies the process: "All weaves come in packs in a variety of colors and textures. Depending on what you buy, you may need to cut it to length. It's easiest to buy hair with clips already sewn on!" Before you make the big purchase, remember: "Synthetic hair is cheaper, but you can't apply heat to it. It will melt!"

4. Add some color. "Using hair chalk is a cool, temporary way of adding color to the hair. You can use soft art pastels, or white to give a matte look," she says. Make your braids first, then color with your desired color spray. Then, twist it up into either a milkmaid style or a fun braided updo to make it look cohesive.

5. Just go to sleep. During our chat, Lou recommended loading up the hair with a salt spray until it was damp, making two braids, and then going to bed. "When you wake up, take the braids out and rake them through with your fingers," she says. "You'll be left with a really pretty, wavy texture!"

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 Ways to Stimulate Hair Growth

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Looking to grow your hair out in time for summer? We love long, wavy beach hair too! That's why we looked up some great ways to help stimulate hair growth.

Peppermint Oil- With a fresh aroma, this strongly concentrated oil must be diluted before applying to the scalp. It penetrates the scalp and stimulates the hair follicle, allowing for more oxygen production that gives your curls the green light to grow. Apply it directly to the scalp with a gentle massage and cover for 20 to 30 minutes.

Lavender Oil- This sweet smelling product has antibacterial properties that keep the scalp clean and the pores open. It helps to reduce issues that can prevent hair from growing like excessive dandruff. Use this fragrant herb as a rinse by boiling it in water and allowing it to cool. You can also use it as a deep conditioning treatment by infusing it with oil for three or four weeks before using.

Rosemary Oil- Hailed as one of the most effective oils in hair growth, rosemary oil is known for its scalp stimulating properties. It gets the blood circulating in your scalp, which also assists with thinning edges and balding spots. Try diluting this essential oil with jojoba oil and gently massaging it into your scalp.

Stinging Nettle- This herb does double duty. Allowing stinging nettle oil to sit in your hair overnight
can help combat hair loss and also give your curls a boost in the growth department. The nutrients help regenerate the hair and prevent the overproduction of DHT, a hormone that contributes to hair loss. You can purchase this herb in oil form and leave it on overnight or make a tea and use it as a rinse.

Onion Juice- The smell might be less than pleasant to some (or most) but this DIY treatment has been used for ages and for a good reason -- it works! Thanks to its high sulfur content, it is incredibly effective in stimulating and increasing your blood circulation. Blend or chop onions and then strain the juice. Apply to your hair for 15 min. and then wash thoroughly.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Eat Better, Sleep Better!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Sometimes sleep just doesn't come easy, no matter how exhausted your brain and body may feel. But, did you know that certain foods are conducive to sound slumber. Include more of these healthy foods in your diet for a good night's slumber.

Turkey: "Turkey is rich in the amino acid tryptophan which helps promote a restful, deep sleep. Tryptophan itself doesn't make you sleepy," says Horn. It helps the brain make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is necessary for sleep and relaxation, and melatonin, a neuro-hormone that has recently become popular as a supplemental sleep aid.

Mashed potatoes: Despite being maligned by the low-carb movement, potatoes rank low on the Glycemic Index, a ranking of carbohydrates and their effect on blood glucose levels. Sweet potatoes and potatoes are a root vegetables that won't spike your blood sugar too high and can even help eliminate acids that block tryptophan. Make mashed potatoes with low-fat milk or buttermilk for a healthy sleep-inducing meal.

Milk: Mothers have been giving kids warm milk before bed for years. "Warm milk is another rich source of tryptophan, which is soothing and will help your body relax," says Horn.

Bananas: Bananas are a natural sleeping aid in that they contain melatonin and tryptophan (which converts to serotonin) to help you fall asleep. "Melatonin is a hormone that signals the brain that it's time for the body to shut down for the night," explains Horn. Plus, these creamy-fleshed fruits also contain magnesium, which is a known muscle relaxer to help you ease away physical tension and stress.

Oatmeal not only warms your belly, it's full of fiber, which can make you feel satisfied before heading to bed. A steamy bowl of cooked oats is also a good source of melatonin. Drizzle your bowl of oatmeal with warm milk for an extra dose of sleep-inducing nutrition.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Celebrity Trend: Create Eyes that Pop!

Hey, Babrizon of Akron! We ran across this great blog from that features a new great celebrity trend to try out... One color under eye makeup! Check it out and use the photos below for reference. Enjoy and have fun with this great look!

Experimenting with new makeup techniques might be the best part of being a girl. You can change your look almost instantly. The newest trend in eye makeup is one color under eye makeup. This trend is exciting because it can be worn at the office or any celebration, and it's super easy to conquer.

Allison Williams: To keep this look understated, keep the under eyeshadow only slightly thicker than your eyeliner would be. Select eyeshadow shades in pink or nude tones and add just a bit of glitter if you want to make it subtle, but still noticeable.

Jessica Biel: For women with brown or hazel eyes, applying blue under eye makeup will really make your eyes pop, like it did here for Jessica Biel.

Kylie Jenner: Change up the traditional smoky eye look by applying a deep red or plum color under your eye. It gives you a mysterious look.

Brittany Snow: Speaking of smoky eyes, you can blend the dark eyeshadows under your eye for a dramatic smoky eye. This works especially well for women with blue or light eyes.

Jade Thirlwall: Most importantly, have fun with the look! Jade Thirlwall really added some flirtation to her makeup by applying shimmering eyeshadow under her eye. We love it!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Red Carpet Beauty Secrets

Hello once again, Barbizon of Akron! We were feeling so inspired by all of the beauty on the red carpet last weekend that we decided to do a little research into some of our favorite celebrities' beauty secrets! Check them out below and feel free to try these out and let us know your results on our Barbizon of Akron Facebook Page!

Ever notice how kids mixing Jell-O get red all over their hands – and the evidence lingers for days? With this concept in mind, makeup artist Joanna Schlip hit upon a genius way to make a red lip last all night. “Lick your lips and then smooth on Cherry Jell-O. Simply dip fingers into the powder packet and apply to moist lips for a long-lasting stain,” she explains. Layer a moisture-rich red lipstick or tinted lip gloss on top for a bold pout!

Want to know why celebrities never look cakey on the red carpet? Instead of piling on the concealer, they reduce acne inflammations at the source with nasal spray and Visine. Dr. Kathy Fields, dermatologist and one of the creators of Proactiv explains, “Visine and nasal sprays are vasoconstrictors, so they work like a topical steroid.” Vasoconstrictors also shrink blood vessels, so using products of this type not only helps with red pimples, but also for puffiness and under-eye circles.

It might sound counterintuitive, but celebrities swear by applying all of their makeup – then taking a 10-minute bubble bath. The steam from the hot water sets makeup, and the moisture will make skin look plump, fresh, and dewy. It takes away the powdery look of powders, giving skin a camera-ready glow.

Pepto-Bismol goes a long way to quell the queasiness of a big, anxiety-provoking event, but it actually can work double-duty for your skin. Just a little smoothed on as a mask has been shown to help tighten skin and shrink pores. The active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate, is an antibacterial with exfoliant properties very similar to salicylic acid, however, it may be very drying for mature skin, explains Dr. Zein Obagi, creator of ZO Skin Health. “Similar to using toothpaste as a drying agent, it may work occasionally to help dry up a blemish or tighten pores, but is not a substitute for a daily acne regimen that includes salicylic acid,” he adds.

No matter how many hot oil treatments or serums you try, the hair of mere mortals never quite looks as shiny as, say, Amy Adams'. One of Hollywood's top hair pros says the reason lies in one his most trusted red carpet beauty secrets: "I will take ultra-fine glitter powder and mix it with hair spray, then I'll use this mixture when styling." The lights and cameras pick up the sparkle so viewers at home are left with major hair envy.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fast Beauty Fixes You Can Find In Your Fridge

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Are you looking for quick beauty remedies? How about ones that are natural? And, what if we were to tell you that you could probably find them in your fridge right now?!? That's right, keep reading to see some of our favorite, and most convenient, fast beauty fixes!

Pineapple- Have bags under your eyes? Keep yourself bright-eyed and bushy tailed by slapping a couple of pieces of pineapple under your eyes. The pineapple is packed with alpha-hydroxyl acids and bromelain which help to get rid of dead skin cells and tighten skin. Using pineapple that has been chilled will also help to remove puffiness as the cold will relieve inflammation.

Carbonated Water- Want to drastically reduce split ends? Carbonated water is your answer! Use it as a final rinse after conditioning. The pH levels help seal hair making it smoother and shinier when it's dry.

Ginger- Have a blemish or ingrown hair? Ginger may be just the cure for you! The acids in its juice help to eliminate dead skin and residue which reduces inflammation, blemishes and pores. To accomplish this, peel the root and rub the raw stick directly onto the pimple or bump. It will exfoliate and balance the pH of the skin.

Pomegranate- Pomegranate is packed full of nutrients that regulate sebum and helps regenerate
cells. Blend the juice and seeds with almond or oat milk [in a 1:1 ratio]. Massage the mixture on the face, neck, and hands for three to five minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. It has exfoliation and anti-inflammatory effects so the skin will be calmer and glowing after.

Sweet Potato- Looking for a face mask that will help your skin's elasticity and unclog pores? A, B, and C that help improve the texture and tone of the skin. Boil a sweet potato and then mash it into a paste. It makes a wonderful mineral mask.Wear it for 10 minutes, then rinse and moisturize. Bonus tip: Use the leftover water as a toner. It contains nutrients that help clear clogged complexions and improve elasticity. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Runway Nail Designs

Hey, Barbizon of Akron. As you know, fashion week tends to be all about the clothes... But did you know that backstage, nails are all the rave? Below are some of our favorite and most easy to execute designs. Check them out and try them yourself!

Tweed Inspired Design: These tweed inspired nails are true abstract art! And the lines don't have to be perfect, so this is one of the easiest designs to execute. Try them in all different colors! These nails were done for the ICB x Prabal Gurung show.

Metallic Half-Moons: Tadashi Shoji was coming on strong with this bold and metallic look! This half-moon mani features metallic tips which really catch the eye. Use a neutral base to really make the half-moons and tips pop!

"Nude": BCBG knows that sometimes the way to make a statement is to keep it simple! Two coats of a soft neutral color is all it takes. And more good news? This look compliments every skin tone!

Grunge: Tess Giberson is one designer who has rocked the distressed/ grunge look well! These nails look edgy and are SUPER easy to do! Simply apply one coat of black nail polish (galaxy flakes optional) and then gently wipe off the polish using a makeup sponge. It will leave color around the cuticles and a few streaks down the nails.

Peek-a-Boo Color- We absolutely love these nails done for Honor in NYC. This ├╝ber-girly look has a cool, retro feel, and that pink polish is absolutely perfect! If you wait for the red base to dry, you'll only need one coat of the pink on top, which makes it easier to get a perfect oval. Not a girly girl? Try two tones of blue or any other color combination you like!