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Dry Shampoo – Some helpful hints

Up until about a year ago I was a “wash-my-hair-everyday” kind of girl. I couldn’t stand the idea of not washing my hair, even if that meant blow-drying long hair, in the middle of summer, in a southern state. We’re talking 100 degree, 100% humidity averages, where you instantly start sweating the minute you get out of the shower. No matter what the thermostat is set on. Well, needless to say, I finally got tired of that. So instead of packing up and moving somewhere cooler, I figured out that dry shampoo could actually take on the task of cleaning and refreshing hair. But even now I only go a day between washing, or in other words, I traditionally wash my hair every other day.

One thing I have learned after going through a maze of what dry hair shampoo to use or not is that what you use really depends on your type of hair. One of my sisters has fairly thin hair and stopped washing her hair everyday years ago. But what she uses may not necessarily work for me, since I have thick hair. And my hairdresser claims she only washes her hair once a week! Sorry, but I can’t imagine that. I guess I should fess up to the fact that I have oily skin and hair, so after a week that would get scary. I know the oil secretion would adjust over time, but sorry, I just can’t go a week.

Another determinant of which dry shampoo you like will be the scent that comes with it. Some are strong, some not so strong, but almost all of them do have a scent. So if you are scent sensitive, you will probably have to try a few before you find one that is right for you.

And keep in mind some dry shampoo’s are better than others for color treated hair. This was big for me as I am now on the “trying different colors and highlights” bandwagon.

I have discovered that the key to a dry shampoo working well is to spray or apply accordingly and then leave it for two minutes before you brush or style your hair. This will give the product enough time to absorb any excess oil or odor.

I put together a condensed list of what made several “best and worse” dry shampoo lists floating around the web. And I include comments from what I’ve tried and haven’t tried.

Best Dry Shampoo’s

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Not only have I seen this on almost every best list for dry shampoo’s (totalbeauty.com, thefashionspot.com, allure.com), it really does not leave the dreaded white residue and smells great. It is a bit on the pricey side at $20, but worth it to me and most reviewers.  Or you can try the travel size for pricing as low as $9. I typically try new products this way, so if you want to try, purchasing the travel size may be the way to go.

Batiste Clean & Classic Original – Like the above, this is on most best’s lists and the scent is good. It sprays on white, so you will just need to brush through after letting set a bit. Batiste also makes several other versions of a dry shampoo, but the “original” version is what makes it on all the best lists consistently.  You can find the “original” version at most drug stores.

Naturia Dry Shampoo by Rene Furterer –  This is another great dry shampoo with a subtle scent. According to TheFrisky.com it adds volume and shine. You can buy at Drugstore.com  It comes in full and travel size, so choose carefully since this is a bit pricey.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – This is not technically a dry shampoo, but has been used as one and praised consistently. The only issue here is the price….$42 a bottle on Amazon. But they do have a smaller travel size that sells for much less.  And this was on The Fashion Spots best list for dark hair.

Worst Dry Shampoo’s

Tresemme Freshstart Dry Shampoo – On several worst lists and for good reason. It is tough to spray on and not overspray. It does not blend well into the scalp, or rather it still shows after extensive brushing in darker colored hair. I have used this and, personally, do not like or recommend.

The following were on both the best and worse list of several reviewers’ depending on the reviewer.

Psssssssst – According to Elle.com this dry shampoo can keep your hair refreshed for days.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo – This was one of the first ones I tried and I loved the scent. And it works well on most hair color’s.

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo – Again, some loved and some did not love….but you have to love the price. At only $4, it may be worth a try.

According to The Fashion Spot there’s a way to make a do-it-yourself dry shampoo that will make it easier on the budget and the environment.

But I have to say, according to some older and wiser ladies who did not have dry shampoo until a few years ago….plain baby powder does the trick and does it well.

And what do I put on after I have gorgeous tresses? I absolutely love our new Regis Necklace!

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Happy Shampooing!

The Master Class to Achieve Perfect Brows

eyebrowsEyebrow shaping can be confusing, bewildering, frustrating and downright painful if it is not done right. So we look to the expert Sania Vucetaj of Sania’s Brow Bar for the low-down on achieving the perfect eye brows.

If you haven’t heard about Sania Vucetaj or her Brow Bar and amazing line of products, then you’re in for an exciting day! Sania has years and years of experience shaping thousands of brows, including those of her celebrity clientele.

Here are some of her top tips:

  1. Use a great double sided eye brow pencil to fill in the lighter spots and make them even.
  2. Unlike the rest of your face and body, the brow area should not be moisturized because it makes the hair follicle flat and won’t allow the hair to grow back in.
  3. Say NO to waxing or threading. Waxing is quick, but stretches out the skin and is extremely irritating — threading is no better. She also says they are both imprecise and pull too many hairs at once. Instead, try tweezing the individual hairs to get the perfect shape.
  4. Be mindful of where hair starts, ends and arches. Her rule of thumb is to line up a pencil or brush so that it touches the outer edge of your nose and the inside of your eye to determine where brows will begin. The arch should be at its peak when the straight edge is angled at the outer edge of your nose and right outside of your pupil. Finally, the tail should end wherever the straight edge lines up with the outer edge of your nose and the outermost edge of your eye.
  5. The best way to restart your brow shape is to let it completely grow back and then carefully sculpt from there. If your face needs a thicker brow than you have to let it grow in to achieve that look. And keep in mind, patience is key when growing them out. This means no plucking what you think are strays or attempting to shape your brows after a few days. It can take a few months or up to a year for regrowth to happen. And remember- no moisturizer!
  6. Magnifying mirrors are a definite no because you simply see too much and end up removing too much. It’s recommended to only clean up your brows every few weeks, and lay off the tweezers in the meantime.
  7. Make sure the place you go to get your brows done is very clean – hygiene is everything. Make sure that your esthetician holds a valid license in your state. If you are for waxing, then it’s crucial that your location does not double dip because bacteria and infections can spread this way. There have also been reports of women who get warts on their brows because of threading since the thread used for this method goes in the esthetician’s mouth.

Now brow down to the queen of the perfect eyebrow and get going on yours… in a year or so they’ll be grown out enough to get them exactly where you want. In the meantime, enjoy the time off and let them go – we mean grow!

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The Best DIY Pinterest Pins of 2014

We are #Pinterest fans! What’s not to love? There have been so many cool DIY things posted this year from crafts to cooking tips to makeup, skincare and beauty must-have tricks you just don’t find anywhere else. Well we’ve scoured Pinterest (pinch me it was so fun!) for the best DIY pins of 2014 and here’s the rundown. Pin with us to keep up with all the great, jewelry, fashion, beauty, home, life and other pins that keep us going at http://www.pinterest.com/assuredallure/.  And check out our whole DIY board for other fabulous projects to keep you busy in 2015.

tricksforglowingskinTricks for glowing problem-free skin – Let’s face it, collecting face masks, creams and purifiers is a fashion-lovers secret hobby as well.  After all the best accessory is always great skin. This pin runs down the best made at home skin remedies – some of them are pretty tasty too!







budgetfriendlyhairproducts10 Budget Friendly Hair Products that Work! The hair products isle is always so overwhelming but this trusty pin breaks down the good stuff to try on a tight budget – love it!





DIY makeup remover pads – these are super handy and super cheap/easy to make! Don’t waste money on these at the store- try this out.








homemade sugar waxHomemade sugar wax- natural hair removal. Ladies let’s face it, hair is a problem! But this year you can save a lot of money just by making your own. Tell us on Twitter how it really works for you @assuredallure.








Well there you go – 4 great and easy DIY projects to save you money and help you look and feel great in 2015. Check back each week for more great tips, trends and of course jewelry deals and steals.