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This Vibrating Hairbrush Can Detangle Any Hair

There’s a cool, detangling tool designed specifically for curly girls. Remington has introduced an electric, vibrating brush called Tame the Mane. Whether you have loose waves, ringlets, or natural kinks and coils, this brush is designed to make your life a hell of a lot easier.

retouched brushThe cordless brush is battery operated, so it travels very easily. After a workout or on a hot day were you’re hair isn’t behaving, you can break out your Tame the Mane to make your curls behave. And you can’t go wrong with it’s affordable $19.97 price tag.

Tame the Mane can be used on wet or dry hair, but in my personal experience, wet hair is way more prone to breakage. Usually, when detangling, it’s the smartest to start at the tips and work your way up to the roots; but that technique isn’t necessary with this magical brush. You can just let it run through your hair from the root down to the tips, the vibrating teeth do most of the detangling work for you. I know the thought of your hair getting tangled in this spinning contraption is probably at the forefront of your mind, but it actually glides through the hair easily – those folks at Remington sure know what they’re doing.

Hair Tips From Ryan Nickulas

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Ryan Nickulas, celebrity hairstylist

Most people may know Ryan Nickulas from starring in the hit LOGO series “The A-List: New York”, but aside from being a reality star, he’s also a badass celebrity hairstylist. The Massachusettes  native has styled the likes of Rachael Ray, Pam Anderson, and Isaac Mizrah – but his all-time favorite, VIP client was his mom (adorbs right?).

While maintaining star-worthy hair may seem like a chore, the New York City hairdresser swears it’s not as difficult as it seems.  Nickulas, who works at the Vidov Salon, believes that even a ponytail can slay. We recently caught up with this 16 year hair veteran to discuss his career, favorite trends, and simple ways to keep your tresses on point.

MLB: What inspired you to get into the beauty industry?

RN: It was just natural for me; grandmother was a hairdresser, so I just grew up around it. I was that 10 year old asking for highlights (laughs).

MLB: I know you’re originally from Cape Cod, but now you work at a swanky New York salon. Why did you decide to come here?

RN: I moved to New York for love. I had rekindled with my [now] husband, and followed him to the city. Being that I had a trade, I knew that I could do it anywhere. As a kid I always read fashion magazines and dreamed of coming here, so it all worked out.

MLB: What is your favorite hair trend right now?

Hair by Ryan Nickulas

Hair by Ryan Nickulas

RN: I’m obsessed with really, really, really long hair extensions like you’re seeing on the Kardashians and Nicki Minaj. I love the opulence of it, they’re so seamless and simple, yet avant garde – it’s amazing! I once did a 38 inch installation for a client, but getting in and out of a car and using the toilet with hair that long can be difficult  – you gotta be careful (laughs).

MLB: As spring approaches, what would you recommend for a woman to do to switch up her look in the new season?

RN: Everyone is cutting their hair. In the same breathe that I love a good 38 inches, the other flip of the coin is that a sleek cut is crisp and clean. J Lo just did it, she chopped her hair to her collar bone. For everyone’s sake, it gets all the dead ends off, and it makes for an easy color change. Chopping it off is a great way to feel fresh.

MLB: What is a simple hairstyle that any woman can do?

RN: If you have enough hair to fit into a ponytail, do a ponytail. I love seeing women’s hair up! It opens up the face, brings attention to the eyes, and it works for every lifestyle – whether you’re hustling or you’re bougie.  You can make it fun by using a curling iron to create texture.

MLB: What’s hottest trend in hair color?

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Hair by Ryan Nickulas

RN: Oh, that has to be “sombre”. That’s a subtle ombre that you can create with toners. It’s a simple way to ease into summer, it makes old color fresh again. If you look at the celebrities [their hair is] not jet black or over-highlighted, it’s kind of in between. There are highlights and lowlights in [the hair] but it’s all really tonal.

MLB: How do you keep colored hair super healthy?

RN: Always conditioning treatments, condition your hair often. A lot of women over-shampoo their hair, when they should be shampooing a maximum of twice per week. A lot of girls don’t realize that if they just get in the shower mid-week and rinse their hair well, put a conditioning treatment on and rinse that thoroughly, it will be enough to maintain healthy hair.

MLB: How do you feel about the pastel-colored hair trend?

RN: I think it’s on its way out, though Easter is around the corner (laughs). It’s out. It’s done. There are some really amazing hairstylists still doing it, and it’s great for Instagram, but the everyday woman is not doing it.

MLB: A lot of women of color are nervous about coloring their hair, especially if it’s relaxed. Is there a safe way for them to color relaxed?

RN: No, sorry. You really shouldn’t bleach relaxed hair, there are ways to lift the hair without bleach but they’re still damaging. When you add a heat style, on top of relaxer, on top of color, it’s not the best. It’s almost like just pick one (laughs). My best advice is don’t do it, but there are creative ways of adding color without actually coloring, like extensions.

MLB: Can you share some of your favorite hair product brands with us?

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Hair by Ryan Nickulas

RN: Yeah, I love Oribe and Goldwell. Goldwell is the hair color that I use, but they also have an amazing treatment line. I recently discovered Jen Atkins’, OUAI, and it a great line. It’s clean, crisp, and works across the board for most people.

MLB: What is the best hair advice that you can give women?

RN: Cut your hair! Whether it’s just a dusting or a trim, it really, really, really helps maintain the integrity of your hair. Like 90% of women skip out on cuts or push them back; when they should be trimming at least every 3 months.

For more information about Ryan Nickulas, or to book a hair appointment click here.

A Gorgeous Bridal Updo in 6 Easy Steps

Wedding Updo hairWith engagement season in full effect, a bridal updo post is in order. I’ve been doing wedding trials non-stop, and I recently did an updo that is perfect for anyone with shoulder length to long hair. This classically pretty style can be done in about 30 minutes and is sure to last throughout the whole day. For this style you’ll need: a 1” curling iron, medium hold hairspray, a brush, a comb, and plenty of bobby pins.

  1. Start off by spraying the hair with a medium hold hairspray of your choice (ECRU New York is one of my favorites), and brushing it through to distribute it evenly throughout the head. This gives hair memory, so that the curls that you create last.
  2. Use your 1” curling iron to curl all or your hair in the direction going away from your face.

  3. Take a horseshoe section of your hair in the middle of the crown, tease it with your comb to create a little height, and pin it into place in the back.
  4. After you pin the section at the crown, you’ll be left with two sections hanging on the sides in the front of the head. Twist each one of those sections and pin them in the center back of the head.
  5. Finger-comb through all of the curls in the back to break them up create texture, then pin the curls up loosely in the back. Use as many bobby pins as necessary until the style feels secure.
  6. Pull out a few wispy strands out around the face and at the nape of the neck to create a romantic look; and give the hair a final spray to hold the style in place.

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)

 

Directions:

  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!

4 Root Lifting Alternates to Teasing Your Hair

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Voluminous hair is what most women want, and quite a few women find hard to achieve. For so long, teasing was the only know option to achieve sky high volume – especially at the crown, but the ugly truth about teasing is that it can be damaging to the hair. There are quite a few alternatives to this archaic technique that give just as much height, and a more modern finish. Here are some of my favorites:

Garnier Root AmpGarnier Root Amp – This root lifting mousse comes in spray form, allowing you to concentrate the product only on the desired areas. You can use it on wet or dry hair; simply spray the Root Amp and blow dry the hair in an upward motion for a lasting root boost.

 

Dry shampooamika Perk Up Dry Shampoo –  Sometimes hair falls flat simply because of excess oil at the roots. In this case, you can achieve volume at the crown by absorbing the oil with dry shampoo – Perk Up by amika is my fave. Using it is super easy, but your hair must be dry. All you have to do is apply the dry shampoo directly to roots and rub it in with your fingertips. Perk Up instantly rids you of the “grease ball” look,  and brings your hair back to life!

 

Paul MitchellPaul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Boost – I would recommend that this product be used on damp, towel dried hair only; I tried to use it on dry hair and the results were not good.  Apply the Extra Body Daily Boost generously to the hair (concentrating on the root area) and brush it through to distribute the product evenly. What I love most about this product is that you get the same amount of lift whether you blow dry with a round brush or if you lift the hair with your fingers instead. By coating all of the hair while damp, the results will be hair with a lot of body from root to tip.

 

Powder PlaySexy Hair Powder Play – This is one of the most interesting products that I’ve ever come across. While it is a powder like dry shampoo, it does something totally different. Powder Play doesn’t absorb oil, it changes the texture of hair to make it more gritty. Applying it is a little tricky because it requires some finesse. You cannot apply a liberal amount in one area, it has to be delicately sprinkled around on to the areas where the volume is desired. Once the Power Play is on, then you start your shaping process (yes the powder allows you to shape – awesome right?). The powder creates volume while simultaneously roughing up your hair, so that you can manipulate it how you like.

Trust me, you’ll thank me later 🙂

Calling All Curly Girls: Just Say No to Shampoo

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A sud-free wash

As a kinky-curly girl, I know that detangling and washing hair can be about as fun as getting a root canal. What always seemed to make this already unpleasant task even more unbearable for me was shampoo. Yes, shampoo is the devil! I would spend so much time detangling my hair before washing, for shampoo to just re-tangle my hair – causing me to have to detangle my hair once again (it was an uphill battle). Wet hair is weaker, so my second romp with a wide toothed comb always led to unwanted hair loss. I talked to some of my natural haired sisters, and they put me on to CoWashing, which is the use of cleansing conditioner to wash hair – thus, eliminating the need for my nemesis. It changed my life!!! Nixing shampoo was amazing, especially since I could lather up my hair with as much CoWash as I wanted, without having to fight the battle of the knots. I’ve been shampoo- free for about two years, and here are some of my favorite CoWashes:

 

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Pantene, $6.99

 

Ouidad

Ouidad, $36

An Easy Way to Loosen Hair That’s Curled Too Tight

 

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With summer coming up, we all want a loose style that doesn’t look like it’s been fussed over, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. You want to set a nice strong curl that will last all day, but don’t want to end up looking like Shirley Temple. Have you ever curled your hair and after trying to loosen it, you realized that  your coils are way too tight? Even though I’m a professional, it happens to me all the time! You never really know how hair will curl when prepped with certain product and/or when certain irons are used. I used to run the flat iron over the curls to relax them a bit, but I recently found another great option that does not involve utilizing more heat. What is it? Surf Spray by Bumble and Bumble! The sea salt spray formula was designed to give hair an effortless, tousled look, and it relaxes curls beautifully. Spray your hands with Surf Spray and run them through your hair until you achieve your desired look. Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

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Surf Spray, $27