G.E.A.R up for a Groom’s Grooming Lesson

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“Hair, teeth, hands, and feet,” was his response, “that’s all I have to work with!” The question: What is in that little bag you have in the bathroom?

That bag contained a hairbrush, a toothbrush, tweezers, and a straight razor. To my surprise it also contained nail clippers and a nail file. “Have you ever received a manicure?”  “No.” Needless to say, this man was happy that his girlfriend became a manicurist.

Since becoming a manicurist I have given many men their first “manEcure” and pedicure. Surprisingly, all of them seemed amazed at how much they enjoy the service, the improvement of their hands and feet, and the desire to make the services part of their regular maintenance. A gentleman’s manicure and pedicure makes a man feel good. Men don’t have to only enjoy a haircut and shave anymore. Even if they like the idea of having nice hands and feet, men are more likely to slack on the upkeep so I suggest they keep a few items handy for between services. G.E.A.R by Tweezerman has a great “Essential Grooming Kit” that is perfect for men. It has almost everything I suggest to my male clients to keep in the bathroom drawer. The kit contains a heavy-duty nail clipper and their new multi use tool that can be used for filing so there are no more jagged nails! You can also use the tool for cleaning under the nails, which should be done regularly for sanitary reasons. The same tool can be used to push back cuticles which will keep nails looking neat and clean. All of this is best done after a shower so that nails and cuticles are softer and easier to manage, and takes maybe 10-15 minutes per week. The kit also contains facial hair scissors so keeping mustaches and eyebrows neat between shaves and visits to the barber is at your fingertips. It may even let you extend the time between shaves.

 

The other thing the man should do is keep a pumice stone in the boudoir. G.E.A.R also has a double sided stone for rough and soft exfoliations: Perfect to fight those stereotypes of men having rough/dry feet and hopefully bring on some foot massage exchange!

For regular evening application I suggest getting a cuticle cream or oil such as Cuti-Cocktail or Cuti-Quench by Sparitual which can be used around finger and toe nails, and a great lip balm like Facial Fuel No Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm by Kiehl’s is great for kissable…I mean manly lips.

 

 

 

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Agadir Argan Oil Loves your Hair!

AGADIR ARGAN OIL is all the rage these days, with celebs and acclaimed hairstylists proclaiming it a miracle treatment. At first glance it would appear to be yet just another hair care product adding Argan oil, however, the difference can be felt immediately! These alcohol and cruelty free products enrich hair by protecting it from environmental and heat damage! That’s just what you brides and brides-to-be need to prepare your hair for your Big Day or perhaps protect it from the sun during your honeymoon island escape.

THE INGREDIENT:

Agadir’s products are infused with 100% certified Argan oil that comes from the Argan tree, which is native to Morocco and is rich in Vitamin E, Omega-9, Omega-6, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid and other essential fatty acids said to be excellent for hydrating, repairing, conditioning hair and scalp. It is also more resistant to oxidation than other types of oil (meaning it won’t lose its nutrients as quickly once exposed). Argan oil also has a low molecular weight allowing it to instantly penetrate into the hair shaft without weighing hair down.

 

Agadir makes shampoos, conditioners, heat protectants, treatments and styling aids.

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THE VERDICT:

Upon using these products, I noticed that the hair felt moisturized as the products were being applied, during styling and after. They definitely nourish the hair and give it an overall healthy, noticeable shine. I really love the that these products are suitable for all hair types and styling methods.

Here a few facts on my favs:

OIL SPRAY TREATMENT

  • Humidity resistant
  • Protective sunscreen
  • Enriched with antioxidants
  • Dry, non-greasy, lightweight formula
  • 24-hour lasting shine
  • Good for use on wet or dry hair
  • Pleasant, fresh smell

STYLING CURLING CRÉME

  • Formulated with antioxidants & anti-frizz agents
  • Blocks humidity
  • Crunch free curls
  • Weightless curl control
  • Moisturizing

MOISTURE MASQUE

  • Deep conditioning treatment
  • Sulfate free
  • Keratin protein & Vitamin E infused
  • Decreases frizz

 

Agadir Argan Oil Products are available at selected salons nationwide and at http://www.agadirint.com

 

Sonia Castleberry: Beauty Editor | Hairstylist

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Top TSA-Friendly Hair Products that will help you arrive to your honeymoon destination tress free

No matter where your honeymoon or summer plans may take you, travel can wreak havoc on your regular hair regimen. My mother always said big things come in small packages. That would definitely apply to all the portable mini hair products brands are offering to all you travel beauties out there. Even with the current carry on restrictions, you can stock up on the latest and greatest without hindering your hair routine or adding extra weight to your luggage. Check out some of my favorite travel-friendly buys below.

 COAST TO COAST CURLS Don’t worry about your luscious locks going lifeless while on vacation! Ouidad’s Love Your Curls Kit provides everything you need with the Clear & Gentle Shampoo, Balancing Rinse Conditioner, Climate Control Gel, Botanical Boost Spray Conditioner, and Deep Treatment Conditioner. they are perfect for carry  on luggage and weekend rendezvous. $37 ouidad.com

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BLOW DRY ON THE GO This kit makes packing easier than ever before, with 100% air compliant, space- savers. Whether your look is beach waves or city straight, the blowpro JetBlow KitTM has you covered with Beach Blow Texturizing Mist, Blow Up Thickening Mist, and Heat Is On Protective Daily Primer. Glam on-the-go has never been easier. $18; at blowpro.com

JetBlow Mini Kit

BIG HAIR EVERYWHERE Unbelievable volume, firm holding, fast drying and ultra shining. The Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play Volumizing Hairspray will keep you looking cool, even at your hottest. $6 ulta.com Big_SprayPlay_MINI

NO WATER NECESSARY Ditch the water and say goodbye to oil and buildup with blowpro Faux Dry. This residue free transclucent dry shampoo lifts hair, gives a just washed look, and provides manageability to re-style. $20; at blowpro.com

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DON’T FADE AWAY Protect and clean all at once while traveling in style with Oribe’s Beautiful Color Travel Set. Made specifically for color-treated hair. This kit includes 6 elegant shampoo and conditioner packets and 1 shampoo and masque for a little extra love and care. $19.50 oribe.com and Bergdorf Goodman beautiful-color-travel-set-box-large

 

Beauty Contributor and Expert: Sonia Castleberry

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To-Dye-For Locks

Whether you’re an edgy platinum blonde, a rich shade of chocolate brown, or a fiery redhead proper color and maintenance is a must leading up to your wedding day!

As a professional hairstylist with vast coloring experience I always recommend getting your hair color or any chemical process done by a professional. You should go pay your colorist a visit one to two weeks before your wedding day for application. If you’re a single-process brunette or a redhead, you should have it done the same week. The fresher the color, the better it will photograph. If you have highlights or low lights it should be done up to two weeks prior. You want to give the highlights time to settle and soften. To ensure that you maintain that just from the salon richness make sure you indulge in at-home color care! You should use a professional color safe shampoo and conditioner.

I recommend these Kérastase products (kerastase-usa.com):

Kérastase Reflection Bain Chroma Riche shampoo and Bain Chroma Riche System Aqua- Ionic Masque for Brunettes and Redheads

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Kérastase Bain Force Architecte shampoo and Ciment Anti-User conditioner for Blondes

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Here are two Pro tips to help with maintenance:

1.  Avoid excessive heat styling and an extended amount of sun exposure. 

This is very important because both sun and heat can be damaging to your hair and contribute to early fading.

2. Wash hair less frequently.

Refresh on your off days by flipping hair over and spraying dry shampoo at the roots to soak up oil.

Follow these tips to keep your hair lustrous and full of life!

 

 

Sonia Castleberry-www.soniacastleberry.com, http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com

Crown Of a Goddess- A Hair Moment with Ted Gibson

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If you want to learn anything and everything you need to know about haircare, the one person we would tell you to run to is none other than hair to the goddess, Ted Gibson.  This famed super star has worked with the most beautiful women in the world such as Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Zoe Kravitz, Debra Messing, Taylor Dane to name a few.  Don’t take our word for it, just got to his website and if you have an hour to sit and read, review and be floored by his portfolio of clients, then be our guests.

First, you must remember that your wedding day is your biggest Oscar, Grammy, Academy Award winning moment of your life if you are but a mere mortal like we are.  But do not fret.  With the right team on your glorious day, you will walk among the greats and do it with style and grace.  The others will never dare to question you. Gibsons’ work has been seen in countless pages of high fashion magazines from Harpers Bazaar, Cosmo, Glamour, Instyle, Elle, and Essence Magazines.  He has appeared on several fashion reports on notable media outlets talking about hair care and explaining to you clearly why his hair cuts are worth every dime some have paid him, and you should pay him because simply put ladies, “he’s worth the experience”.  At least on your wedding day, birthday, honeymoon, BatMitzvah and some other things in between.

His  hit TV show with the other beauty maven we love Carmindy Bowyer, What Not To Wear!  Brilliant show and we watched for years and became the biggest groupies. So we just gave you countless reasons to go to The Ted Gibson Salon.   You have options on location, New York flagship store in the heart of the the city, Manhattan or Fort Lauderdale at the…. drum roll please…. W Hotel.

Now that completely sold us. Your hair is your crown and glory.  It will make a statement of who you are whether you do it willingly or by force.  People will judge you!  So why not invest in it and care for it? We have seen Ted Gibson on set with his clients and in his salon with clients.  The best customer, client care you will ever experience.  Now we caught him on camera, backstage during fashion week and we knew this would be a gold mine for you, our brides. So take a few more minutes if you can remove yourself from his website, and watch the below video and you will be sold. So until your next hair appointment enjoy.

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