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Labor Day Beauty Essentials

In the world of beauty and fashion, Labor Day marks the end of Summer. With the Labor Day beauty essentials we’ve rounded up for you, you’ll be able to make the most of Summer beauty while you still can.

Hair

We’re all about turning down the heat and rocking your natural texture for one last day of Summer fun, but that doesn’t mean you have to let all that chlorine, salt, and sun damage show. Use Recovery Hair Masque before your Labor Day festivities so your hair looks effortlessly moist and hydrated despite everything you’ve put it through. If you’re beach bound or going to be out in the sun, bring some Essential Hydration Hair Serum with you in your bag for a mid-day boost.

Makeup

Labor Day plans have a tendency to start early and end late. No one wants the Summer fun to stop! For an effortless and light Summer look that transitions from day to night with ease, use Allure Shine Lip Gloss in “Peach Sheen.”

Skin

Hydrate your skin and protect it from the sun with Pearl SPF Day Cream. Embrace Summer glow by mixing in a touch of bronzer on the back of your hand before you apply.

Scent

Pick a perfume that says Summer. Ideally it should be light with a floral or fruity undertone.

Nails

If you’ve got a mani and pedi booked before Labor Day, go for the bright colors. You might be tempted to make an early switch to Fall plums and other dark or neutral hues, but come Winter you’ll be glad you got an extra two weeks of Summer nails.

Need some more last-minute beauty advice before Labor Day? Tweet @BrillianceNY and ask away! Or leave a comment here and let us know your Labor Day beauty picks.

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Back To School Beauty: Heat Styling for Kids?

It’s hard to believe that Summer’s coming to an end. But now that the little ones are heading back to school, you’re back on duty as their personal style consultant. For better or worse, the importance of beauty starts young. It’s perfectly understandable that you want them to make the best possible impression on their teachers, classmates, and that one snarky mom who always looked at you funny last year. But should you go as far as using a flat iron or curling iron on your child’s hair? Ultimately the decision is up to you, Mom and Dad, but we want to help you to make the best decision.

Problem #1: Children’s hair is extremely fine. Even kids with “coarse” hair have much finer hair than most adults. Their hair is far more susceptible to damage and can easily be burned by heat styling. You can infuse damaged hair with moisture and nutrients to give it a nicer appearance by using Recovery Masque, but it’s impossible to reverse the damage.

Problem #2: Some kids have trouble sitting still. They’re kids! The last thing you want to do is cause them physical pain when the dog barks and they turn to look at it and braise their cheek against the hot end.

Resolution: The younger your little one is, the more you should try to avoid styling with heat. If you do use a flat iron or curling iron on their hair, start with a very low heat setting and don’t make multiple passes over the same hair. Choose a high-quality flat iron with diamond-infused plates to evenly distribute heat and reduce damage. The cool tip may also help reduce accidents. But no heat styling tool is fool-proof or damage-free; always exercise extra caution when working with children.

How do you style and care for your kids’ hair? Do you consider their beauty an extension of your own? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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An End to Split Ends

Has it been a “cruel cruel Summer” for your hair? Now that Fall is right around the corner and it’s time to start helping the kids get back to school, you might want to think about cleaning up those damaged split ends.

What are split ends, anyway? They’re what you get when the outer layer of your hair cuticle wears away. Caused by any number of factors ranging from heat styling to wind exposure, it leaves your hair in a weakened, dry, and damaged state. If you have split ends, it’s important to get a trim. Otherwise it’s like a snag in pantyhose that can keep running up, unraveling your hair, leaving more and more damage. Especially during the summer, aim for a hair trim every 6 to 8 weeks.

In the meantime, keep the damage down by treating your hair gently. Use a wide-tooth comb after conditioning in the shower, pat dry with a t-shirt, and detangle with your fingers as it dries to reduce breakage. Some believe that a natural boar brush is more flexible with your hair and helps distribute your scalp’s healthy oils. Avoid pulling your hair too tight or using uncovered elastics hair ties with metal pieces.

You can’t reverse damage, but the proper nourishment can add strength and help your hair appear healthier until you’re able to trim those split ends. Use Recovery Masque for a replenishing dose of argan oil and hydration that permeates into the cuticle. Be sure to rinse with cold water to help seal your cuticles. After showering, work some Diamond Drop Serum into the ends of your hair for extra nourishment and protection from the elements. Try adding greens, fruits, wheat, brown rice, beans, and seeds to your diet if you can.

To help reduce damage in the future, be sure you’re equipped with the right styling tools, and know how to use them. While an inexpensive “drug store” hair dryer literally cooks your hair, BNY’s Pro Dryer 3800 comes with a diffuser as well as technology that evenly distributes heat and reduces damage, not to mention an 80% faster drying time, which means less heat exposure. The ceramic plates  of BNY’s 1.25” Diamond Flat Iron also offer even heat distribution, but have you tried turning the temperature down? Different types of hair require more or less heat, and you should try to avoid using more than needed. You might also consider taking a break from damaging chemical and color treatments to give your hair a chance to regain some strength.

How do you cope with split ends? Leave a comment and let us know what you’re doing to keep your hair looking healthy and radiant.

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Hair Care

Say Goodbye to Bad Hair Days: 5 Quick Fixes

Between humid days spent at the beach, a whirlwind of travel excursions while the kids aren’t in school, and hot nights spent tossing and turning, there’s no question that Summer is bringing its share of bad hair days. The real question is how you’re handling them. Use any combination of these five quick remedies to turn hair flab into fab.

1. Use hair serum.

Slick some BNY Diamond Drops into your locks to quickly rejuvenate your hair with moisture, silkiness, and a soft shine. It doesn’t get easier than this. Be sure to start by working it into the ends and focusing on troubled areas before using the trace bits left on your hands closer to the roots.

2. Style your hair strategically.

If you’re battling frizz and kinkiness, counteract by pulling your hair into a sleek pony, or go with the flow by creating a bohemian or beachy style with texture, waves, and braids, or perhaps a messy bun. An overly oily hair day, on the other hand, can be less noticeable when worn in braids, or you can work with it by opting for a wet look hairstyle. If your bad hair day is characterized by flatness, try changing your part or teasing your roots to add instant volume.

3. Accessorize.

From hats and headbands that hide troubled spots to sunglasses that draw attention away from your hair, accessories come in handy on a bad hair day. But make sure you’re dressing for the day and not just your hair. Does that hat make sense for where you’re headed? Are you going to have to take it off?

4. Express blow dry.

Styling with heat, especially when using a Brilliance New York hair tool with negative ions and Far Infra red technology to seal hair cuticles, can help you reverse the worst of hair tragedies. But let’s face it: You don’t always have time to reach for your flat iron or curling iron. If you’re in a hurry, spritz some Heat Protector, turn your head upside down, and give a quick blast of heat to those unruly locks with your hair dryer. It’ll add volume while correcting misshapenness, and if it’s a BNY ProDryer you’ll be left with smooth, silky hair.

5. Nail your makeup and daily skincare treatment.

If you’re feeling anything short of happy with your hair, boost your confidence for the day by leaving the house with flawless makeup and moist, supple skin. Today’s not the day to skip out on your Diamond Facial Serum and Face Cream (though what day is?). When applying makeup, be sure to balance your look with the other bad hair day fixes you’ve used. If you accessorized with a sweet, innocent-looking headband, add edgy style with darker eye makeup. If you pulled your hair back into a tight, sleek look, go a little softer with your makeup.

What’s the worst hair day you’ve ever had? What did you do about it? Have any other tricks you’d like to share? Leave a comment or tag us @BrillianceNY in a comment on that one Instagram selfie that says it all.

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Goodbye Envy, Hello Extensions!

Tired of looking at other hairstyles and wishing you had that kind of volume and length to work with? Envy is a waste of time when a simple solution is at your disposal. Every day, more and more women are making the switch to hair extensions. If you’re just beginning to consider Brilliance New York hair extensions, then you’ve come to the right place to learn about the best extension option for you.

Human VS Synthetic

For hairstyles that turn heads, 100% human hair extensions are 100% the way to go. Synthetic hair is cheaper for a reason. It never blends in quite right with the rest of your hair, tangles easily, and can’t be styled the same way human hair can. Synthetic hair can’t always withstand the heat from flat irons, curling wands, and other hair tools, which can cause it to melt. Extensions with extensive shine may lure you in, but buyer beware: they’re usually coated with silicone, which wears off quickly, leading to fading and tangling.

Clip-In VS Other Methods

There are a handful of intimidating hair extension installation methods ranging from glue to heat fusion, all of which can be pretty damaging to your hair. Clip-in hair extensions, consisting of small sections you can place strategically through your hair by yourself, are the least permanent and cause the least amount of damage to your hair. Avoid stress to your roots by placing clip-ins where your hair is the strongest, avoiding wearing them while sleeping or bathing, and completely opening clips before removal.

The Remy Standard

It’s important that your hair extensions are Remy hair. Remy comes from a single source and is picked strand by strand to ensure perfect alignment, with all strands’ roots in the same direction. Remy hair is high quality, remains beautiful and soft wash after wash, and barely tangles. Other types, like single drawn or double drawn, are not as high quality and have less uniformity from hair to hair.

A Natural Look

Done properly, hair extensions can go completed undetected – but certainly not unnoticed! For a stunning new hair extension style, seek help from a Brilliance New York salon stylist who can help you select the extensions closest to your natural hair color. She or he can help you use them to create highlights or lowlights or may even steer you toward mixing and matching colors for a more natural blend. One of the biggest “extension rookie” mistakes is to wear extensions straight from the box without any kind of styling. You want them to look authentic and lived-in. For the most natural look, your stylist can even cut them for the perfect blend of layers with your real hair.

Styling and Care

You can use low-temperature heat to style human hair extensions like you would your normal hair. You can even color them, though it’s best to avoid bleach and over-processing as well as products containing alcohol or oil. A stylist should be consulted before chemical treatment. Treat your extensions gently and carefully according to the instructions. Put thought into their storage, too. Instead of leaving them crumpled up, why not hang the clips on a hanger?

Extend Your Style

Leave a comment and let us know if you’re thinking of trying hair extensions. Or if you already have them, we’d love to know all about them and the beautiful new hairstyles you’ve been showing off.

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The Seven Sins of Beauty

Beauty is a beautiful thing, so don’t let it get ugly. Steer away from these seven “sins” of beauty.

Pride

You should absolutely love the way you look. But don’t be so proud that you stop growing. Why not try a new hairstyle tomorrow, or try switching up your lipstick with some gloss?

Envy

Thanks to Social Media, you’re confronted with endless images of impossible hair styles and flawless skin. It might make you wish you looked different. But using makeup to try to look like someone you’re not will ruin your own selfies. Enhance your own beauty and focus on what looks best on you. You can of course let other looks inspire you to expand your horizons and try new things, but envy is not the answer.

Lust

Beauty is more than skin deep, and that applies to your beauty products too! Know what your beauty products do. It shouldn’t be about finding the best price, the best smell, the prettiest container, or anything superficial. You need to make sure you’re getting quality products that work.

Greed

If you’ve found styles and products that work for you and look good on you, sometimes less is more. You’ve had the friend with drawers and cabinets full of products who embarks on a treasure hunt every time she needs to find the one that actually gets the job done. Be thankful for the limited number of high-quality BNY products on your counter.

Gluttony

Less is more. It’s better to seek balance than to go overboard with everything; you don’t need to do it all every time. If you’ve emphasized your lips today with some bold red lipstick, why not let them take center stage for the day? You can be an eyeliner queen tomorrow.

Sloth

Beauty is in many ways synonymous with health, and being lazy about your beauty means you’re flat out not taking care of yourself. Take the time to use beauty products that nourish your skin and hair. Make sure to wash off your face makeup before you sleep. It might be hard to get into those good habits, but they actually feel really good and let you reap serious beauty benefits.

Wrath

If you can’t get that perfect hairstyle, you may be tempted to iron, blow dry, and lay on the heat nonstop until it looks as close as possible to what you had imagined. Anger leads to hair damage, which makes it harder to style, leading to more anger and more hair damage. Hair acts out when it wants attention. Treat it with love by using Brilliance New York Recovery Masque and see how much better it starts to treat you.

Have you ever committed any of the seven sins of beauty? How did you move past them? Or did you? Comment and let us know.

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Taming the Untamable: Enjoy Your Thick Hair to the Fullest

If you have thick, coarse hair, you’ve probably dreaded it, rolling your eyes at those who express envy over those luscious locks that require so much maintenance. It’s true that you need to maintain your hair, but knowing how to do it right will yield benefits that are worth the work.

Shower Routine

Washing your hair in cold water reduces frizz and helps your hair look shinier – with the added bonus of waking you up! Speaking of washing, you should NOT be shampooing daily, as that’s going to dry out your hair. And when you do shampoo, make sure it’s one that hydrates with a serious dose of moisture, like BNY’s Essential Hydration Argan Oil Shampoo. Conditioner, on the other hand, can be used daily. If your hair is coarse or thick, applying conditioner over all your hair can help weigh it down and keep it tamed throughout the day. If it’s curly or wavy, you’re better off using a quarter-sized amount to skip the waxy feeling. After you shower, avoid excessive towel drying and brushing while wet, which is when your hair is the most fragile, prone to frizz, and can cause breakage.

Drying and Heat

Straightening with a flat iron (at a temperature of 350 to 400 degrees) will change the texture of your hair and make it more manageable. Be sure to use Brilliance New York Heat Protector before exposing your locks to all that heat. When blowdrying your hair, start with damp hair rather than soaking wet hair, and don’t dry it completely.

That being said, you shouldn’t use heat on your head every day. Not to mention we don’t always have time in the morning for all that primping. Some easy hairstyles that look especially good with thick hair are braids, buns, and ponytails. Try wrapping a strand of hair around the ponytail holder to create a look that’s extra sophisticated.

Extra Moisture

Deep conditioning your hair periodically will not only make it look prettier and healthier but will also make it easier to maintain every day. Use BNY’s Essential Hydration Argan Oil Repairing Hair Masque on a weekly basis or in between wash days to help with moisture. A daily leave-in conditioner or oil like BNY’s Argan Oil Hydration Hair Serum can also keep the frizzies and fly-aways at bay.

Trimming and Cuts

We know you’re busy, but try to make time for a trim every six to eight weeks. The ends of your hair are the driest, crunchiest, and frizziest, so getting rid of them periodically will make a big difference in how you feel about your hair. When it comes to getting a haircut, the goal should be layers with soft edges that frame your face – not a blunt, one-length bob or cut. The right cut can help thick, coarse hair look thinner and smoother.

You Are Unique

Everyone’s hair is different. Give our customer care and style specialist Stephanie a call at 877-654-8889 if you’d like help choosing products that are best for your hair. We’d also love to hear if you have other tips or stories about your thick hair – leave a comment and share!

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Spring Hair Struggle is real! Here’s How to Deal with It

The spring season may bring flowers and showers, but the humidity can also bring frizzy and puffy hair! It might be a sign of endless bad hair days, but with the right care, you can prevent your curly, wavy hair from being out of control. As the weather changes, we need to change our hair care habits as well. There are different ways on how we can deal with it from hair conditioning to using flat iron, and ways on how we can prevent it in the first place. Read on for a better spring hair day.

Get a Trim – If you haven’t had one in a while, you might want to consider trimming your hair a bit. After winter, the ends of your hair might be dry and trimming them down can lessen the chance of frizzy hair making it look healthier.

Consider Your Conditioner – Conditioners are your BFF especially during springtime. It’s important to choose the right one for this season since some of them can cause your hair to feel heavy and greasy while giving you the I-haven’t-washed-my-hair-in-weeks look. Choose conditioners that contain Argan oil so it can easily be absorbed by your hair and will deeply hydrate it. Better yet, bundle it with a shampoo that gives you the same benefits.

Combat Chlorine – The heat and humidity may urge us to jump right into the pool. While that may sound fun, chlorine may build up on your hair causing it to dry and show off a damaged appearance. Protect your hair from chlorine and saltwater by applying a leave-in conditioner or thoroughly wet your hair first in shower before diving in.

Go for a Rainy Day Style – April showers will sure affect your fashion style. Instead of finding a way to win over it, why not use it as an excuse to wear a style fit for the season? Rain boots and umbrellas are great, but for your hair, go with a braided top-knot bun. Put your hair in a ponytail, braid, and then twist around itself and pin. Don’t try too hard, though. Tousled and textured look adds up to a stylish chic appearance.

Use Accessories – Don’t limit yourself this season. Accessories can always help you maintain your glamorous look. Pick one that suits your style and the season. Why not try putting some flowers? Spring makes flowers more colorful and gorgeous than it already is. The trick is to stay with accessories that are age-appropriate and you can do that by sticking with neutral colors.

Use the Right Tools – Taming your frizzy hair might require you to use some tools. Instead of letting humidity take over, you can use a blow dryer or straighteners to keep your hair strands smooth. Our Diamond Flat Iron is a good example since its temperature can be adjusted and can help seal the hair’s moisture, protecting it from humidity.

Don’t Forget the Brush – Brushing your hair, from roots to ends help your hair’s natural oil be distributed evenly. This should be a part of your daily hair care and use a boar bristle brush which is the best for that purpose. Natural hair oils are the best humidity fighters that you can trust to brush the frizz away and maintain your stunning look.

What about you, do you have a Spring Hair Struggle story or tip you want to tell us? Don’t hesitate to share it in the comments below!

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