Monthly Archives: March 2016

Quick Tip: Protect Your Pillows


I generally advise all of my clients who have problems with breakouts to follow a regimen of a gentle cleanser and benzoyl peroxide. I had one bridal client recently who told me that benzoyl peroxide worked for her, but she didn’t like it because it kept bleaching her linens. Because of this, she preferred to use a harsh cleanser and skip the acne treatment.

Now, if you’ve read my other posts, you know how I feel about cleansers like that, but let’s recap. Any cleanser that is heavily fragranced, or has menthol, alcohol, or other yucky ingredients is going to damage your skin’s collagen. You might not see irritation right away, but it’s there. If the cleanser is well formulated and doesn’t have these harsh ingredients and does have a helpful ingredient like benzoyl peroxide, you are just washing the good stuff down the drain.

So, how to use benzoyl peroxide without ruining your pillow cases? Little bandaids! First apply the benzoyl peroxide to your breakout (and only to your breakout, if you are worried about bleaching any fabrics.) Then apply a little more to the gauze area of a small circular or square bandaid, and apply this to your blemish. When you wake up, your spot will be smaller. Easy!


xx Dana

DIY: Ridiculously Easy Half Up Bridal Hair

Wedding hair tutorial 31916Gorgeous bridal hair does not have to be overly complicated. You can achieve beautiful results without applying the old fashioned tricks that were formerly popular with brides. Today, women want hair that has beauty in its simplicity. Forced waves, crunchy curls, and elaborate designs are now a thing of the past. As a bridal hairstylist, most of my brides tell me that they want effortless-looking locks.  Here is a step by step on how to achieve this textured, minimalist wedding hairstyle in less than an hour.


What you will need:

Heat protectant

Volumizing spray or mousse

Medium Hold hairspray

Curling iron or curling wand (1” -1 ½” depending on hair length and desired waves size)

Bobby Pins

Dry Texture Spray or Sea Salt Spray

Hair Accessory (optional)



  1. Spray hair generously with heat protectant.
  2. Apply volumizing spray or mousse to hair concentrating on the roots, and blow dry hair in an upward motion to create lift.
  3. Spray 1” sections of hair with medium hold spray and wrap each section around your curling iron or curling wand in the direction going away from your face.

*Use a 1” for shorter hair or if you want medium sized waves, a 1 ¼” or 1 ½” should be used for larger waves and/or longer hair.

  1. After all of the hair has been curled, run your fingers through the hair to break up the curls.
  2. Spray dry texture spray directly onto the hair or spray sea salt spray onto your hands and rub it into your hair to create lived-in texture.
  3. Take sections of the sides of your hair and pin them in the center back of your hair for a half up/half down look.

*Taking large sections creates a smoother look, and taking smaller sections creates a look with more definition

  1. This step is completely optional. If you want to dress up the style you can add an accessory or flowers in the center back of the head, right above where the hair was pinned – and you’re done.

I told you it was easy!