Thursday, January 05, 2017

Best Beauty Tips for Winter - Healthy Hair and Skin during winter months

Healthy hair and skin is on everyone's mind during harsh winter weather as well as all year round.   Though I've been in the hair industry for many years, one of my biggest passions has been skincare through the years and corporately I used to manage several global beauty brands in sales and marketing.  I would argue to say it's where I gained a lot of insight into the retail world, cosmetics manufacturing and branding.  I've always loved it.

Believe it or not, I was one of those kids who struggled with acne for many years.  I tried everything and bought into everything as a teen from harsh facial scrubs to mint masks, alcohol on cotton balls and harsh astringents all with no success.  What I didn't realize was that I was probably overdoing it many years ago and not focusing on the basics of good skincare which is truly routine daily maintenance.

Today, I had the good fortune of sitting down to lunch with Ms. Sara Fulton (after a cut and style by yours truly), the founder of Vivant Skin Care along with her husband Dr. James Fulton.  Her passion for radiant skin truly shines through (and yes we drank water with our meal today).  Little did I know, Vivant Skin Care focuses on beautiful skin on many levels including acne prone skin.  Skin care solutions for acne are important I can personally attest.  Vivant Skin Care has spent a lifetime helping people from all walks of life live comfortably in their own skin and has helped many begin on a very basic level to teach them the importance of a daily skincare routine to last them a lifetime.

So just what are some basic skin care tips that I captured today from Sara especially during the winter months?

1.  We laughed together when I told her how much I love a hot shower.  She encouraged me to be careful of that because hot showers can really dehydrate the skin and cause discomfort as well.  She emphasized the importance of facial and body care (yes head-to-toe) especially during harsh weather conditions.


2.  Drink plenty of fluids.  Sara believes in drinking plenty of water year-round to keep skin (and body) healthy and radiant.


3.  Be careful of inside temperatures.  Keeping inside heat set too high can dehydrate the skin.  Consider using humidifiers or perhaps leaving a window cracked here or there to allow some moisture.  Another good tip we've learned is to keep a pot of water near a heating source (or perhaps on the stove) to keep some levels of moisture evaporating into the air.


4.  For our youth - consult a physician (and certainly visit Vivant Skin Care online) and begin your skincare ritual as soon as possible.


There you'll find more information about where to buy, local carriers, and so much more for healthy, radiant skin this season and beyond. It was truly a "highlight" of my day and my career to get to meet someone like Sara Fulton especially as I had heard of Vivant Skin Care through the years.  Looks like I'll be adding some new pieces to my own daily ritual and I'm excited to add these from Vivant Skin Care.

For more information on Vivant Skin Care visit online at www.vivantskincare.com

Yours in beauty,

Billy Lowe
Celebrity Hair Stylist
National Beauty Expert

Founder of Gloss & Toss
www.glossandtoss.net


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

My cranberry sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is good for your hair.  

Well, I don't know about that but it IS easier than it sounds.  I know we all have our favorite can of cranberry sauce and how easy that is to open, but I started experimenting a few years ago making my own cranberry sauce after finding a recipe somewhere (don't ask me where) so I decided to give it a go. The effort - almost none.  The ingredients - just 4 or 5.  The time to prepare - about as much time as it takes you to find a can opener, find a dish, hope that slippery canned jelly thing doesn't go sliding across the floor like a wet fish trying to find its way home, and eventually put it on the plate and gracefully put it on the table.  Oh yeah - you still have to cut it and make it look like the ribs of the can aren't imbedded into its chill-filled design.

So what's up with all of this?  Let's just say I decorate my own a bit differently each and every year so there's no telling what it might look like next year but for this year this was about it.   Here's what you'll need (and a few other ingredients I add in along the way).


Finished cranberry sauce - YUM YUM.   Add garnish to suit. 
  1. A bag of cranberries
  2. Orange juice (about 1/2 or 2/3 cup)
  3. Sugar (most people call for 2/3 cup - I say more is better so I use a whole cup)
  4. Chopped pecans or walnuts
  5. Persimons (this year's add on for me)
  6. Diced apples (half an apple is just fine)
  7. Lemon or Orange zest (or rinds) 
  8. A dash of pepper  (I like it zesty)

Put all ingredients in a larger sized pot together - yes all at once.  Number one - it's gorgeous to look at.   Secondly - it's all going to boil together in the end anyway so just throw it together and take on something else while watching and stirring.

Cover with a lid, let ingredients come to a boil and stir often to keep everything moving.  I sometimes add a tablespoon of olive oil to help as well.  The cranberries eventually burst to perfection (which is what you want) and the sugar and orange juice help contribute to the "gel" effect (I knew there was a connection to hair care somewhere) and within minutes you have the perfect homemade cranberry sauce that people will enjoy.   I've even converted cranberry sauce haters into total lovers with my recipe(s).

The end result - gorgeous.

Some random blog post by me - Billy Lowe.



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hallmark Home and Family Christmas Segment - Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas on the Hallmark Home and Family Show is always super exciting.  There are so many holiday gift ideas, promotional items, amazing recipes and so much more.  This year I got to meet the amazing Kandi Burruss of Real Housewives of Atlanta who was promoting her new family restaurant in Atlanta called OLD LADY GANG (or OLG as they call it).

The day was super exciting as Kandi and her family shared her famous chicken recipe (Kandi's Kickin' Chicken)  as well as a side of greens.  I personally can't wait to get back to Atlanta and have dinner at the restaurant with the family there and introduce some of my "hometown" friends to some good southern cooking.

Later there was an awesome recipe for a spicy moscow mule, and of course some wintertime hair tips from my brand Gloss & Toss.

So what are you waiting for?   Tune in every day to the Hallmark Home & Family Show at 10AM (check local listings).  There's something for everyone there and the guests are always amazing and share such awesome experiences and real-life recipes, how to's, home remedies and so much more.

Until next time - always yours in beauty,

Billy Lowe

Friday, December 16, 2016

Winterize Your Hair - How to Have Healthier Hair and Scalp

This season, salons are all a buzz on helping clients have healthier looking hair and scalp.    From deep conditioning treatments to routine hair cuts, shine enhancers to take home products, clients everywhere want to look and feel their best during the holiday season and certainly during harsh winter weather.    But Old Man Winter seems to keep doing his thing with rain, cold temperatures, and frosty windshields that just don't seem to let up.

Hair and Skin are both more sensitive and can feel a lot more delicate during these colder climates and keeping those tresses taken care of is key if you want them to look good for spring break and summertime fun in the sun.  

Tune into the HALLMARK HOME AND FAMILY SHOW TUESDAY DECEMBER 20, 2016 where I'll share some quick and easy remedies and treatments you can get with Gloss & Toss products as well as some great "at-home" beauty tips.   We'll see you then.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Hair and Scalp Treatment - Hair and Scalp Healing Oil - Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers


Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers for 2016. I'm thrilled that Gloss & Toss Hair & Scalp Healing Oil was named among 5 hot products to capture this year for great stocking stuffers for those on your list (or perhaps yourself!).

Hair and Scalp Treatments are a must during cooler seasons, or more harsh weather conditions to keep hair looking its best.  For silky smooth results, hair stylists everywhere recommend professional services in salon to hydrate, nourish and condition hair, to protect the integrity of color treated hair, and as an excellent add-on for routine maintenance.

I'm thrilled this year that Gloss & Toss launched its own hair and scalp treatment called HAIR & SCALP HEALING OIL.  This all natural product is great for all hair types that need extra moisture remedies and conditioning.   Consisting of sweet almond oil, soybean oil, and peppermint oil, clients can use this hair and scalp treatment in the following manner for optimal results:

Pour a palm full of the HAIR & SCALP TREATMENT and massage into dry hair and scalp paying close attention to more brittle areas of the hair.  Leave on for 3-5 minutes and shampoo/condition as needed.

For a deeper moisture mask, apply 5-10 drops to a daily conditioner or deep conditioning product and leave on for 5-10 minutes.  Many salon professionals suggesting wrapping treatment on hair in a warm, wet towel during the setting phase.  

After time is up for the treatment (in any method used), rinse well, shampoo thoroughly, and condition as needed.  Style in normal manner or allow hair to air dry naturally so as to reduce thermal styling at this time.

Customers love the HAIR & SCALP HEALING OIL from Gloss & Toss® and we hope you do as well.    This product is available online for $24.95 by visiting WWW.GLOSSANDTOSS.NET


Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday is such an exciting day.  Loved by some, dreaded by most.  This year it seems that more and more people are doing a wealth of shopping online.  From electronics and other gadgets to beauty and household items, more and more people are taking to the internet for their daily shopping.  Black Friday is certainly no exception.

THIS YEAR - I'm really excited to announce that Gloss & Toss haircare is participating in Black Friday and Cyber Monday Savings.

BUY ANY TWO (2) ITEMS AND GET ONE (1) FREE OF EQUAL OR LESSER VALUE (DOES NOT INCLUDE GIFT SETS OR VALUE SETS).

Here's how to order:


  1. Visit GLOSSANDTOSS.NET and select your favorite 2 items and place in your shopping cart. These can be the same two items or "mix-and-match."  
  2. Complete your order by following through to the CHECK OUT page
  3. VISIT THE CONTACT US PAGE on our site (GLOSSANDTOSS.NET) and email us your name and order number, as well as the one (1) free item of your choice - of equal or lesser value.  
We love the savings this time of year and Gloss & Toss is excited to participate with thousands of other brands worldwide offering a great savings on amazing holiday gift guide items.  

Yours in beauty, 

BILLY LOWE
CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST - FOUNDER OF GLOSS & TOSS PRODUCTS


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Agents of Shield - Gloss & Toss has Super Powers

I think many of us can agree that AGENTS OF SHIELD is not only exciting, it has the most amazing cast members. Many times a year I'm called upon by the amazing family at Disney and Freeform (formerly ABC Family) for hair & makeup for press junkets and media tours and working with the cast of AGENTS OF SHIELD was such an exciting day.

Many times press junkets or media interviews consist of a host or moderator asking questions and directing the interviews, and sometimes they include taking caller questions or twitter feeds while the interview is live.

The day began for us at about 5am when hair and makeup showed up from the Billy Lowe team and I must say it was a chilly morning in Los Angeles but they had coffee on right away which always cheers this Georgia boy up.  Little by little "cast and crew" show up, get set up in dressing rooms or hair and makeup stations, catering delivers light bites throughout the day to all, and I must say it's a true "highlight" for me to get to do what I do.

Mr. Brett Dalton is truly a class act.  He wore his hat that day (which I love because I wear the same kinds).  Chloe - you just can't top her energy and charisma even during long (sometimes boring) sessions.

At the end of the day I gave Chloe a Gloss & Toss hair serum and asked for a photo and they both said heck yes - and Chloe said "We have to get Gloss & Toss in there."    So they took this amazing shot with me.   Yes, Gloss & Toss has superpowers - and I was so delighted (can't you tell) to get to spend the day with these two.  

YES I STILL GET A LITTLE STAR-STRUCK.  

Yours in beauty,

Billy Lowe
Founder of GLOSS & TOSS HAIR CARE

WWW.GLOSSANDTOSS.NET


Monday, November 07, 2016

Fluorescent Hair - Glow in the dark hair - with Celebrity Hair Stylist Billy Lowe Beverly Hills


Fluorescent Hair is not as easy as it looks but lots of people are talking about it for holiday parties and gatherings.   Occasionally the Hallmark Home and Family Show invites me for a fun and exciting segment and this one was a little challenging but we got through it.

In a traditional set-up, I'd highlight certain areas then tone those specific areas with a glow-in-the-dark toner then rinse out.  This one I did on dry hair for time sake then removed with spray and a soft cloth.  Not  ideal - but we weren't equipped with a full salon set up.   However we got through it and the results were super fun.

To protect this look, be sure to use GLOSS & TOSS PREP to help hydrate and nourish the color application as well as GLOSS & TOSS SHINE to smooth and protect hair from thermal styling.   Both of these are available at www.glossandtoss.net in our SMOOTHING DUO SET for smoothing your hair.




Thursday, November 03, 2016

Inspirations and Celebrations dishes wintertime hair

http://inspirationsandcelebrations.net/2016/11/healthy-hair-in-winter.html

As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe, our skincare needs, our housing temperature, and of course the needs of our hair care products from day to day.  Fortunately there are amazing beauty experts out there that keep us informed of what's new and what's next.  

Please check out how to take care of your hair in winter by the amazing blog writer Christina-Lauren Pollack.    Inspirations and Celebrations is a great site featuring lots of beauty and lifestyle articles and we're excited that Gloss & Toss was part of this segment on how to care for your hair during the winter.

Check out her article here on how to "winterize" your hair.


Thursday, October 06, 2016

Benefits of Dry Shampoo

Benefits of Dry Shampoo.   Well, there are many, but when I developed the Gloss & Toss® DRY SHAMPOO I had a few things in mind.  First and foremost - I didn't want white residue when applying.  Secondly I didn't want a heavy/tacky feeling product.  I wanted something like enough to use a time or two and to get clients through some "hair downtime" or in between styles.  With that - the DRY SHAMPOO from Gloss & Toss® was born.

In addition to the 5 listed in the image on this post, here are just a few more benefits of the Gloss & Toss® DRY SHAMPOO.  

1.  No Animal Testing
2.  Use our dry shampoo to help create many other styles
3.  Light-weight feel that doesn't build-up
4.  Easy to travel 3 oz size
5.  Cover cap keeps product protected and from accidental dispensing in your bag
6.  Refresh hair styles after a gym workout or morning routine
7.  Using our dry shampoo means you can go a day or two longer without having to shampoo meaning your professional color will last longer

Order yours today by visiting glossandtoss.net.

We look forward to having you as a Gloss & Toss® customer.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

DRY SHAMPOO - from Gloss & Toss®


UPDATED OCT 6, 2016
DRY SHAMPOO IS AVAILABLE ONLINE BY VISITING WWW.GLOSSANDTOSS.NET



DRY SHAMPOO is the talk of nearly every salon customer.  Traditionally known to add a little VAVOOM to hair in between styles, it has pretty much become a household name almost as much as the word REFRIGERATOR.

The Gloss & Toss® DRY SHAMPOO is the latest in dry shampoo technology in that it adds that perfect little BOOST in between hair styles or styling sessions.  Today with more and more people going to blow-dry bars, dry shampoos help lengthen the life of your hair style, revive dull or lifeless looking hair and so much more by absorbing excess oil in the hair or at the root area.  This helps prevent hair from being weighed down and flat.

Now you can order the Gloss & Toss® DRY SHAMPOO by visiting www.glossandtoss.net and pre-ordering yours today.  We launch October 1, 2016 and have allowed a pre-order program for clients who want to get in FIRST on this hot new product being added to our lineup for Fall 2016.


Saturday, August 06, 2016

Gelsons Westlake Village | Gloss and Toss Hair Serum

Gelsons Westlake Village and Gloss & Toss held a wonderful in-store demonstration today to answer client questions about Gloss & Toss, hair tips and techniques and how to "get the look" with what they're seeing in today's beauty trends.  I was so thrilled to see my first OFFICIAL demonstration set-up and it looked glorious.

It didn't really hit me until I walked in a few weeks ago to various locations to find GLOSS & TOSS SHINE product beside some of the biggest names in the business.  It let me know - I CAN DO IT, DREAMS DO COME TRUE, AND GOOD THINGS DO COME TO THOSE WHO WORK FOR IT AND EVEN MORE,,,,,,,,,,,,, THE LORD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES.



So as of today, the journey has only just begun and there are many more hills to climb, storms to weather, sunny days to enjoy, and friends to ask for support.  I don't know about you but I've always seen this for myself - product development, product explanations, demonstrations etc.  Even when I was a kid I was always "explaining" things away and how they worked.  This is just a natural progression for me.

To all the Gelsons locations carrying Gloss & Toss SHINE and forthcoming products - THANK YOU for making my year.

DID YOU KNOW:

Gloss & Toss SHINE helps to:

  • Speed up blow-dry time
  • Fight frizz & humidity
  • Control unruly ends
  • Add gorgeous polish and shine
  • Does not weigh hair down
  • Protects color treated hair
  • Protects against thermal styling
and so much more.  PLUS it is cruelty free and LEAPING BUNNY CERTIFIED.

LOOK FOR GLOSS & TOSS PRODUCTS IN OTHER GELSONS LOCATIONS.  IF NOT CARRIED PLEASE ASK YOUR LOCAL GELSONS RETAILER ABOUT GLOSS & TOSS PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HAIR CARE NEEDS.   


Yours in beauty and passion,

BILLY LOWE

FOUNDER OF GLOSS & TOSS PRODUCTS

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Man's Best Friend = Man Forgets to Work Out


Yes it's true -  I adopted the most beautiful baby girl 6 years ago and since then I've learned 101 new tricks.

1.  Not to bark at strangers
2.  To shake hands
3.  To share
4.  To eat "like a lady"
5.  To go to my place when I'm told
6.  To be home before dark

and so much more.  But along with having a pet in my home - I sort of forgot about going to the gym. AHEM.   Yes I've gained 5 lbs or so, but hey - it's been worth it. 

Before Panda, I didn't have a curfew, a sense of home-life, and I certainly was not a good cook.  But I've learned a lot since having Panda here with me.   First and foremost there's a second opinion in the room (and one that's often more important than my own).    I know where my food is coming from and often times I'm OK to skip a meal.  She on the other hand - only knows that I feed her and where her food dish is, and she is VERY much on a clock and knows when it's time to eat.   And she doesn't even wear a watch.  

She also knows that when my alarm goes off in the morning - it's time for her to get up and go out (whether I need to or not).  And when we come back in, she expects a carrot or her morning food.   

Fortunately I've raised a healthy and happy girl and she gets lots of carrots which are good for her I'm sure and she loves movie night with me.   I have an old leather chair that I've often thought of tossing but that's her "perch place" and she can see the whole house from that spot (on the ottoman).  Many times when Im' asleep in the bed, she likes to go sleep on the ottoman and guard me and the door at the same time. She's very protective, bossy, silly, and super smart.  Truly, she's the love of my life.  

At 6 months I thought I had made a mistake.  At 1 year I was totally unsure.  At 2 years I almost had it figured out.  By year 3 there were fewer accidents (on my part), and after year 4 - it just doesn't matter.   She's mine and I'm hers.   A bark here and there means she loves me or someone's at the door.  I've learned to interpret the difference.  A sniff in the kitchen means I need to take the trash out before she gets into something.    I've had more to learn than she has and I've learned more about myself by having her than I ever thought possible.  

There's a reason to come home at night, and a reason to get up in the morning - and life is more than just ME.  

To my Panda - I love you forever.     I'm a better man for having and loving you - and being loved BY you (endlessly).  Now I HAVE to figure out a way to get back to a fitness routine sine I've become  a home body. ;-) 




Glow in the dark hair color



Yes it's true - you CAN have glow-in-the-dark hair.    This is such a fun and exciting trend right now covering the face of social media and I was a guest again on the Hallmark Home and Family show to cover this unique technique.

I'll share the video and the how to's soon but for now, please tune in on MONDAY 10AM, 9 central on the HALLMARK HOME AND FAMILY SHOW - HALLMARK CHANNEL (of course).  We'll see you there.

BILLY LOWE



Friday, May 20, 2016

Gelsons West Hollywood | Gloss and Toss hair serum

Gelson's West Hollywood is now carrying Gloss & Toss hair serum. We are super excited about all of the progress over the past couple of years and especially today to be featured in one of Southern California's most prominent grocers.  

Gloss & Toss now available at Gelson's Supermarkets


Available at the following Gelson's locations to date (more to come soon)


  • Gelson's West Hollywood
  • Gelson's Westlake Village
  • Gelson's Santa Monica