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Fifteen Minute Holiday Hairstyles

Holiday parties are in full swing and the endless primping and preparing can be tiresome. Don’t let the champs get to your head quite yet because with a few tips from RPZL Senior Stylist Azzy Parsiani, your holiday hair is quick and easy even with extensions. Leaving you more time to focus on gluing on your falsies (good luck with that).


Look One: Wrapped Fishtail Braid

1. Blow dry hair – NEVER leave your extensions wet! For RPZL salon-like results, use the CHI Touch 2 Touch Screen Hair Dryer, which has 3D Ion technology to reduce frizz and CHI ceramic technology to provide moist heat, keeping at a consistent temperature.

2. Straighten hair using the amika Movos Wireless (yes, really) Styler. With extensions, your natural hair might be a different texture and the Movos Styler is infrared heat technology preserves moisture and delivers smooth, shiny, and frizz-free results.

3. Pull two front pieces (of your real hair if you have extensions) towards the back of your head, twisting loosely. Make sure pulled back pieces fall loosely right above and on top of your ear resting on the top of your ear.

4. Merge to twist in the back middle of your hair clipping an RPZL glitter extension beneath the merging.(Note: RPZL glitter extensions sold in store but for clip-in color pop extensions shop HERE)

5. Fishtail braid the two merged front pieces including the glitter extension.

6. Clip an additonal color or glitter pop extension of the same color as the first where the braid starts in the middle of the back of your head, leaving it free-flowing below the braid.

BONUS: For a messy fishtail lightly pull the left and right sides of the fishtail braid for a messy lived-in look.


Look Two: Messy Side Pony

1. Curl hair. IMPORTANT: Do not spray with hairspray before running hands through hair to fill out curls. Instead follow loosening the curls with hairspray.

2. Pull one full side of curls rolling loosely towards the back, again resting the hair lightly above the top of your ear. Don’t worry about extra pieces falling in the back if you’re going for a messy look (Pictured Above).

3. Use a rubberband to hold the side ponytail

4. Cover hair tie with two finger width piece of hair wrapping it around and pinning under the pony.


Hair Goals with Living Proof


After traveling the past five weeks my hair needed some serious love. I took the quiz on Living Proof’s site and rounded up an arsenal of products I’ve been dying to try as well as some favorites that are my tried and true. As someone who travels a lot and hates committing to a large size of any product before knowing if it works for me, it makes me so happy that Living Proof offers a lot of sets and multiple sizes in their product line. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started with a travel size product and then upgraded to the largest size after testing.

living-proof-productsWhat I’ve always loved about Living Proof is their approach to hair. They develop products from the molecular level and utilize advanced scientific technologies that originated from MIT to solve the toughest hair problems. Their site is a wealth of information with tutorials and how-tos for just about every hair style. They also offer a quiz to understand your hair type and hair goals. I have thin hair, but a lot of it (so it appears thick) so I get greasy at my roots and dry at my ends. I needed a shampoo that cleanses thoroughly that lifts and doesn’t wear down my hair. After that, I need a conditioner that would hydrate my bleached ends back to life. From there I want what every girl wants, healthy, shiny, frizz-free hair — right?

Our favorite Paris Fashion Week Looks by Guido for Redken

When it comes to backstage hair looks, Guido is the king! He’s one of the most sought after hair stylists and one many of us look to for upcoming hair trends and looks. During Paris Fashion Week he created a variety of looks using Redken ranging from everyday looks to once in a blue moon. Here’s a quick recap of some of our favorites!

celine hair by guido for redken paris fashion week

“It’s a bit boyish and inspired by Sade, who was an English singer in the 80s, but it’s got some height in the font and it’s kind of squared off, meaning it’s not a pulled back, round ponytail. I started by blow drying the hair very smooth using Redken’s guts 10and shape factor 22, which I applied at the forehead and just raked through with my fingers because it’s got that great hold and adds a little bit of lift. Then, I pulled it back into a ponytail in the middle of the head and used Redken’s braid aid 03 to create the very clean braid and really hold it in place. Overall, the look feels quite tomboyish, but still super polished and modern, which is very Celine.” – Guido

  1. Start by spraying Redken pillow proof blow dry express primer all over damp hair and comb through.
  2. Apply Redken guts 10 volumizing spray-foam to damp hair from roots to ends.
  3. Using fingers, apply a nickel-size amount of Redken shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste just to the crown of the forehead, raking back into the hair.
  4. Use a flat brush to blow dry the hair straight, lifting the roots at the crown for added for height.
  5. Create a short side part with a comb, and then emulsify a dime-size amount of Redken shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste in palms and work into the front of the hair to define the part.
  6. Pull hair back into a clean ponytail, securing in the middle of the head with an elastic.
  7. Work a nickel-size amount of Redken braid aid 08 defining braid lotion into the length of the ponytail, and then braid hair to the ends, securing with a small elastic.
  8. Finish with a thorough spray of Redken triple take 32 extreme high-hold hairspray all over for lasting hold.

valentino how to hair backstage with guido and redken

“The look at Valentino this season is very cross-cultural. The clothes have some tribal inspiration, so the hair has that feeling as well, but in a way that’s still very Valentino with the softness around the face and ears. It’s a bit influenced by the 60’s and 70’s when girls used to travel and they would bring back inspiration from other places and cultures, which is kind of an eclectic way of styling yourself. The hair almost has a Grecian feel to it as well.  Redken’s braid aid 03 is my main product, which I used to create the cornrow twists, and then I used Redken’s triple take 32 hairspray to finish the style and hold everything in place. The silhouette elongates the neck, which is a bit Egyptian and very elegant and attractive.” – Guido

The Do’s & Don’ts of Hair Extensions

SalonEvery girl has that moment where they chop of their hair and have an ‘Oh Shit’ moment. For me, that was six months ago when I got the lob that every blogger was raving about. Stepping out of the salon I felt like a new woman and then two days later, without the help of a professional stylist, I was lost and confused. Where had my beautiful blonde locks gone? Why hadn’t anyone stopped me from making this horrific mistake?

Get Your FREE ProfilePRO Shampoo and Conditioner

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You know how I’m always saying I like things more with my name on it? Well how cool is this!? StarShop, the new celebrity-curated m-commerce app is giving away 40,000 FREE travel-size sets of shampoo and conditioner from ProfilePRO, from now through July 31st.

For any of you that struggle to find the right products for your hair, ProfilePRO® should be on your radar! It’s the first and only individually customized hair care system that asks a series of questions based on hair type, hair texture, behavior, and scalp condition to get you the perfect blend. Each customer can also pick their preferred scent and include a personal name which will appear on the bottles. (Note the customization service is only available when purchasing products so try the free sample first and then if you like it keep in mind this service!

StarShop users are eligible to receive a free ProfilePRO travel-size set of shampoo and conditioner by visiting www.starshop.com or downloading the StarShop App, available via the iTunes App Store and Google Play by July 31st. Downloads are free, so get in on it!

4 Hair + Travel Tools I Can’t Live Without

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Summer calls for exploring and I couldn’t travel without a few beauty essentials. Out of dozens of contenders, these four tools outperformed the rest and have quickly become a staple on my packing list.

Gap Launches Birchbox Summer Beauty Shops

Birchbox x Gap collaboration

This Friday, it’s time! The Birchbox Summer Beauty Shop is officially launching at select Gap stores across the country! The eight-week experience will run through the end of July in seven flagship Gap locations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston.

Moroccanoil Launches Breakthrough Dry Shampoo for Blondes and Brunettes


Moroccanoil, the leader in professional, luxury oil-infused hair care has launched a breakthrough solution to second (or third) day hair: Dry Shampoo Light Tones and Dry Shampoo Dark Tones. Before you say that there are already an excessive amount of dry shampoos on the market, trust us when we say that they pale in comparison.

Christina Hendricks Shifts a Shade with Clairol Nice ‘n Easy

Christina HendricksWhen it comes to hair color, change can be daunting! Take a cue from Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks who wasn’t afraid to shift a shade from her iconic red locks to a natural medium golden blonde with Clairol Nice ‘n Easy.

R+Co Announces Three New Haircare Products


You’ve heard about “The Culture of Hairdressing”, R+Co,  but have you ever seen a presentation on how to use their products straight from the masters? Putting our previous haircare knowledge aside, stylists Garreen, Thom Priano, and Howard McLaren whipped models into a hair flurry (in a good way) using R+Co’s newest products: VICIOUS Strong Hold Flexible Hair Spray, FOIL Frizz+Static Control Spray, and ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner. (I linked the titles of each product above to R+Co’s YouTube channel that shows a live demo on how to use each product and their benefits.)

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Launching in April, you’ll be able to perfect the perfect frizz-free coiffe with FOIL Frizz+Static Control Spray, get playfully messy or sleeked back using VICIOUS Strong Hold Flexible Hair Spray, and weightlessly soften and condition with ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner.

Start emptying out your beauty closet now to make room because these three products are sure to become blogger cult favorites!