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Year: 2013

Hair Snips #18: What Is BB Cream?

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So as I just finished reading the newest issue of Cosmo Magazine, I realized that there were at least 3 different ads for 3 different types of BB Creams.  I’ve seen these new products advertised before, but never really stopped to realize that I didn’t know what they are. But after a little bit of research, I want to share what I discovered with you guys.

Do you know what BB Cream is? Should you be using it? Find out all the juicy details about this new facial product...

What is BB Cream?

  • First off, BB cream stands for “blemish balm,” “blemish base,” or “beauty balm”.
  • The concept of BB cream originates from Asia.  It is designed to combine and replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunscreen, as an all-in-one product.
  • BB creams are also formulated to match your skin tone and to treat and conceal acne, inflammation and wrinkles.

They should probably call this stuff “miracle cream” instead.  It’s no wonder why it has become more and more popular in the United States recently.

On a similar note, there are other types of “alphabet creams” like CC creams and DD creams. CC creams are “color-correcting creams” which tend to be lighter than BB creams, but still similar. A BB/CC hybrid cream called the “DD cream” or “Dynamic Do-All cream” is new to the market, so look out for that too!

Most people prefer the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, according to a blind test study.

Now you know…

Hair Snips #17: What Is A Soap Cap?

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Today I am going to talk to you guys about a soap cap ( or also known as shampoo caps ). There are a few different types of soap caps that I can think of and will explain to you what they are and how to use them…

Have you ever heard of the term "soap cap" and wondered what it meant? Learn the different types of soap caps and how to use them...

1. The “Traditional” Soap Cap with Color

This type of soap cap can be used to freshen up color. Hair color is mixed with equal parts of shampoo and then added to the hair. After processing from 5-10 minutes, rinse, shampoo and style as usual.

You can use this method when you just need to touch up your roots, and just want to refresh the rest of your hair.  Additionally, this can be used to refresh color in between applications. The purpose of the added shampoo is to dilute the color so it will not darken your previously colored hair. It also ensures even application.

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Hair Snips #16: What Does “PPD Free” Mean?

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Do you ever notice that sometimes the hair color packaging will say “PPD Free”?  I’ve seen it quite a bit and have always wondered what that meant….

Do you notice that sometimes hair color says "PPD Free" on the label? Learn what that means and if it is important to your hair...

What Is PPD Free?

“PPD” stands for para-Phenylenediamine, or sometimes just called p-Phenylenediamine.

That’s great, but what does that mean?  Well, PPD is a chemical, commonly used as a permanent hair color due to the ability to produce natural results. It darkens when oxidized.

The downfall of using PPD is that it may cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals. Symptoms of contact dermatitis (the allergic reaction caused by PPD) include a flaky, itchy red rash on the face, eyelids, ears, or neck. Hair stylists are also at risk for developing dermatitis on their hands and arms when working with PPD.

Most people are probably not going to be affected by PPD, but to avoid a PPD reaction, either use PPD-free hair color, or try doing a “patch test” before using the color.

Now you know…

Hair Snips #15: Titanium Hot Tools

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Do you ever wonder what makes one curling iron different from another? Or what the different hot tools terminology means? I recently covered nano silver hot tools so today I am going to explain to you the benefits of using titanium hot tools.

Have you ever heard of titanium hot tools and wondered what all the hype was about? Learn about the benefits of using titanium on your hair..

Benefits of Titanium Hot Tools:

  1. Titanium plates distribute heat more evenly than other metals used in hot tools, creating a more even style and eliminating “damage spots.”
  2. Titanium conducts heat better than most metals, and also transfers heat to the hair faster than most metals. This cuts way down on damage done to the hair. Be careful though, because if not used correctly, this can cause way more damage.
  3. Titanium heats faster, cutting down styling time.
  4. Titanium typically has higher heat settings than other metals used in hot tools, which can be beneficial for those with thick, curly hair. This also provides a longer-lasting style.
  5. Titanium is naturally resistant to corrosion, therefore, protecting the iron from damages like scratches, chipping and cracks. When irons are cracked, they could grab hair and rip it, causing damage.
  6. Titanium has a high output of negatively charged ions, which will seal the hair cuticle and make hair smoother and healthier. This also seals moisture in the hair shaft.

Now you know…

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