Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ear Coning - My first experience

The flames went higher, higher, higher...............

I booked my appointment today for ear coning.   I've heard about its benefits and how relaxing it can be but had never had it done for myself.  I went into the treatment room and my technician asked me to lie down on one side.  

The process would be simple:   She would place huge tubes in my ears, set them on fire, and I would feel nothing.   

 Valium anyone?

"Is this going to be hot?"  I asked.  

"No" she replied, and didn't say another word.   And truly it wasn't.  She lit the ends of the cones with a lighter and I could see the flames in the reflection of her window.   By now my heart was racing.  But she gently placed the unlit end into the ear canal and the warmth of the cone was actually quite relaxing.  I could hear crackling inside the ear and I knew something must be working.  This lasted about 10 minutes on each side and I was finished in a matter of 20 minutes, no pain at all. 

The end result:  Well, quite honestly even I didn't want to look at it.  However I'm sure I can  hear better than I did before.   Here are a few links on ear coning, and the benefits I found.   I'm actually quite impressed and can't wait til my next treatment next month.  Please ask your medical professional before trying this out.   This article is written and to be used for informational purposes only, and to share my own experience with you. 

Ear Coning Article 1

Eear Coning Article 2

Ear Coning Article 3

A Hollywood Makeover

We're excited to share this video with you, and our wonderful day with our candidate Diane.   We think she is very deserving of this makeover and everyone had a wonderful time.   Diane we think you look amazing.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Eyelash Extensions - Los Angeles Emmys

Get lashed this season. Lashes by Billy Lowe

Eyelash Extensions are still the craze in the world of beauty and with today's technology, they are getting better and better.  Adhesives are being reformulated each and every year for cleaner, smoother and longer lasting applications.  Great care is being taken in the world of eyelash education to be sure technicians are properly trained, and that safety, sanitation, and hygiene are taught to ensure the most effective applications.  With Emmys right around the corner, look for those gorgeous lashes on the red carpet walk-ups. 

My words of caution if you are considering lash extensions.  

1.  Be SURE you are working with a licensed and certified expert.   Check to be sure licenses are current and haven't expired, and that your lash technician is certified from a reputable company.
2.  Ask to see pictures of your technician's work.   A seasoned expert will have a nice portfolio of photos to show you.
3.  If you're getting "lashed" for $50 or $60 bucks - run the other way.   This is a very time consuming procedure and proper set-up, application, and follow up take a little time so it's worth paying more to get better quality, service and results.
4.  Book your follow-up appointments right away.   A full lash extension set will last you 2-3 weeks and you'll need refills about every 2-3 weeks thereafter.  

Here's a look at a bad before, and a great "after"   lash set.    The photo at the top of this post is a gorgeous set of lashes applied by Billy Lowe.   We think you'll see the difference.
Before and After.    Notice the difference? 

Hair Frizz - A Hollywood no-no!

"Dear Billy.   My friend's daughter battles frizz each and every day!  She's tried everything under the sun and can't seem to tame the frizz.  She has fine hair, and lots of frizz.  What should she do?  Sincerely, Untamed."

Dear Untamed.
Fine hair with frizz is definitely no fun.   Fine hair is weightless - which means it will seem impossible to tame or smooth down.  Here are a few suggestions.

1.  Be sure you're working with a shampoo and conditioner appropriate for your hair type.   Have this discussion with your salon professional.   Smoothing shampoos, conditioners and styling products can work wonders but be sure you don't weigh the hair down at the same time.

2.  Do not use gels, silicones or mousse on this hair type.   You're not looking for volume.  You're looking for control.

3.  Use styling CREAMS.    After you shampoo and condition, use a styling or smoothing cream, staying away from the scalp area.   These are more occlusive, allow more control and give a smooth finish.

4.  Work with metal or ceramic round brushes (see my write-up about the Olivia Garden round brushes for best control and style) and when blowing hair dry, work with medium speed, high heat.   This way you stay in control of the hair.

Hope these quick tips help. 
Look for Billy Lowe on AOL stylelist this season!
Look for Billy Lowe this season on AOL stylelist

If you're looking for hot feedback on hair and beauty this season, tune into AOL stylelist featuring Billy Lowe.  From great cut and style tips to Hollywood mishaps, you'll find lots of great sound bites and quick tips for looking your best. 

Don't miss fall trend and Emmy follow-ups this month, as well as predictions for holiday 2010.  With hands on the pulse for everything beauty, we'll be bringing you lots of great information.   Stay tuned! 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hair that's hot! The classic pompadour

With 2010 Emmys right around the corner, the sky is the limit in the world of hair, fashion and beauty this season.  

2009 Emmys gave us a lot of neck and shoulder framing, and little or no volume on top.   Sleek sophisticated looks graced the red carpet but this year, I think we'll see something a little different!   We're already starting to see a lot of off-the-face looks and throw backs to a classic pompadour style.  Careless tresses swept off the face show off summertime skin, a healthy glow, and a modern version of a classic do.

We're already starting to see what trends may be set in motion for back to school, fall and of course holiday season.   And all you need is a few simple styling tools and accessories.  Smaller hair clips help hold hair in place and can easily be concealed simply by dropping other pieces of hair over or around them.  Light teasing in the front and top sections help create height while simple tucks behind the ear with a little shaping cream help hold hair in place on the sides.

  1. Bobby pins
  2. Styling cream or shaping wax
  3. Hair spray (nectar of the gods)
  4. Small clips
  5. A styling comb or brush.  
This celebrity beauty tip is quick and easy and requires little effort.   It's a matter of placing hair a little more carelessly and allowing it to fall where it will, rather than perfecting every strand.   

NOTE:  I do not endorse or recommend any of the products mentioned in the videos linked herein, but found them to be fun and informational visuals, showing readers how to achieve "the look."  Some are more basic, but you'll get the idea!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Aging Skin: Healthy Skin for 50+

Is it really about looking "10 Years Younger?"

While it's sometimes nice to take a few years off, it's not everyone's priority    In fact, many people have expressed to me through the years they have no real desire to look younger, or to go under the knife, but they do want to feel great about themselves as they are now.   With that, they normally pose three questions.
  1. How do I keep my skin looking fresh and vibrant?
  2. How much time do I need to spend on my skincare?
  3. How many products do I actually need to use? 
 Question number 1 is answered by answering questions 2 & 3.  Once you identify how much time you are willing to spend, then you can identify how many products you are comfortable using.    When we lay those cornerstones, then we can answer question #1.    So here are my suggestions.
  1. Give yourself 5-10 minutes each morning for your skincare system
  2. Ask your beauty professional, or a beauty professional at a department store, to help you identify 3-5 products that will fit within that 5-10 minute time frame.  
  3. I suggest a cleanser, exfoliant, toner, treatment and moisturizer.  
Begin by cleansing the skin to remove dirt or congestion in the skin.  Work with comfortably hot water to help raise circulation in the skin and to help detox.  Follow up with a mild facial exfoliant (no harsh apricot scrubs) and work in gentle circular motions.    Apply toner to the skin to help restore pH balance, and finish with your treatments* and moisturizers.     Be sure you apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin for even saturation and distribution.  Use gentle circular sweeps when applying moisturizer, and give yourself a 30 second massage when applying.    This is not something you're just "racing through."    It's like giving yourself a mini-facial each and every day at home.

Here's to beautiful skin each and every day, no matter your age. 

*Treatment serums refer to anti-oxidant complexes, eye creams, etc.   These should go on prior to moisturizer so they touch the freshest part of the skin.

Color Correction - Ring around the forehead!

There's nothing worse than having your hair colored being left with RING AROUND THE FOREHEAD!

A seasoned salon professional will know to always apply a little color barrier around the hair line.   I recommend shea butter, a stain block professional treatment, or a thicker conditioner if all else fails (or if your stylist has run out of the aforementioned).

At the shampoo area, ask your stylist to apply a little shampoo around the hairline before he or she rinses your hair.    The shampoo begins working right away around this area and helps loosen color around the hairline before shampooing even begins.  This helps minimize the staining effects of hair color on the skin, and makes it easier to lather up around the hairline to remove any color in the area.  Ask your salon professional for a Q-Tip for the ears to prevent any staining there as well, and be sure you keep a towel around your neck to prevent color or water running down the neck area as well. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Take a chance - on a great cut and style

I love the new cover of LA Confidential featuring Chace Crawford

From the famous photos of James Dean and his white T's and polished to current stars of today, there's nothing better than a classic cut and style on the male audience and I say leave the length.

With guys it isn't about perfecting the look anymore.  It used to be about every strand of hair falling perfectly in place and a clean line just around the ears.   Now it's about texture, shape, and a more unkempt look.

Over directing hair and minimizing what's taken off on top allows for great fall and movement, and hair that can be styled in countless ways. Ask for razor cutting around the neckline for a more natural look and distribution of hair.   Be sure you are working with a seasoned stylist and not just ordering a 1, 2, 3 or 4.   Yes guys, you might have to spend $100 but it's totally worth it!!!    Blow-dry hair using a shaping gel or pomade, and finish with a mattifying wax or shaper to add texture, shape, and hold.

Chance we love the cut.

Billy Lowe was named "best of" in stylist categories for LA Confidential for the 2009 calendar year.  

The best smile!

I was recently asked what my favorite part of makeover shows is.  Great question. 

I think back to the many shows I've worked on or been a part of, either in front of or behind the camera.  I've seen hundreds of transformations inside and out, and worked with countless makeover contestants through the years to lead them through their very own walk on the red carpet.   From eye lifts to laser treatments, weight loss to hair color, I have to say that perhaps my favorite part of any makeover is to give someone a great smile.

When we can't smile on the outside, it's often hard to smile on the inside.   I remember as a kid not having a perfect smile and how affected I was about my own experience during those years.  I never had braces and remember being too embarrassed to even bring it up.    My smiles were dimly lit, and I did my best to conceal my teeth when smiling. 

It wasn't until I had a little TLC in college with a fabulous dentist who helped me not only smile on the outside, but beam on the inside.   The transformation was priceless and this experience has graced all the photos I've taken through the years thanks to him.   Hair and makeup are both easy to learn, or easy to have done.    But to give someone a great smile, is like setting them free.    To run, to jump, to be a kid, and to laugh and smile over a cup of coffee.

So to all of you, from all of me - here's to a great day, and a great smile.   Thanks for reading.

Billy Lowe

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dress for Success

"Suit up and Show up!"

We've heard those words for many years but is there any truth to looking your best in the workplace?   I believe there is.  It seems that with each passing year, we become (or find ways to become) more and more comfortable at work, leaving polish and charm shoved in our closets back at home.  Flip-flops and jeans are no stranger to today's workplace, and untimely hair and makeup is quite common in many office environments.  But what is this saying about your team, your brand, or your day to day efforts?

First and foremost, on or off the clock, you are a walking representation of your brand.  Whether you own the company or whether you are employed by the company, you represent the brand.  I have found that people who look the part, dress the part, and act the part have a more efficient and effective work atmosphere.  Whether in the office or traveling for the company, it's important to look your best.

When you look great - you feel great.   When you feel great, people notice.    They give you pats on the back.   They (hopefully) recognize your efforts.    This contributes to a more positive and uplifting atmosphere and greater team spirit.   In turn, this generates greater effectiveness in the workplace.  I vote for buttoning up, looking the part, and putting on your best "YOU" before heading in to the office.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Celebrity Beauty Tip: Healthy Hair

A 2 or 3 oz spray bottle allows many beauty remedies
All you need is a 2 oz bottle!

This summer, many people are enjoying fun in the sun either hiking, camping, swimming, or taking road trips.  But amidst the comings and goings, it's not easy to remember everything it takes to defend hair, skin and body against solar damage.   Moreover, light packing isn't always easily accomplished unless we know how to do it. 

When you're out and about this summer, especially if you're swimming, I suggest pre-treating hair with a moisture mist to hydrate hair, and prevent over saturation/build-up caused by swimming or environmental damage.  Here's what you'll need. 
  1. A 2 or 3 oz spray bottle
  2. A hydrating conditioner
Apply a small amount of hydrating conditioner in spray bottle (about 1 teaspoon).   Fill the bottle with water and shake well to mix.   Mist the ends of your hair with your "hydrating mist" and scrunch through to saturate your hair.    This will help hydrate your hair prior to swimming or being out in the sun, and helps prevent build-up as well.    After swimming, be sure to shampoo and condition hair right away to maintain healthy locks and great shine.  Enjoy. 

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Let's Make a Deal - Hollywood Makeover Give Away

Billy Lowe's Makeover Give Away on Let's Make a Deal
Billy Lowe to give away a Hollywood makeover on Let's Make a Deal this season! 

Costumed contestants compete for cash and prizes as host Wayne Brady leads this classic game show.   This Hollywood makeover give away will feature a cut, color & style with Billy Lowe, make-up application with key artist Manning Lee, and in-studio lunch with Billy Lowe and team.    Winner will be chauffeured to the Billy Lowe hair studio for this exciting day of beauty, and will leave looking and feeling red carpet ready.

Don't miss Let's Make a Deal for this exciting prize give away.  Check your local listings for more details.

Beauty Secret - Oil Blotting Papers

I recently visited New York City on a fast-track trip for press and media interviews.  On one of our radio shows, I was asked a question about oil blotting papers and the best way to use them, and whether or not they are actually beneficial. 

Oil blotting papers help absorb excess oil or congestion from the skin caused as the day goes on.  Those of us that live in larger cities (Los Angeles, New York, and Miami for example) experience what I refer to as "city skin" with much congestion in the air which ultimately causes skin to look and feel not so fresh.  Rather than patting down, or touching up throughout the day, why not remove excess build-up on the skin caused by oil, sweat, and daily congestion or pollution as well as toxins in the air.   Oil blotting papers help do just that rather than packing on extra powder or products which will lead to more build-up on the skin, clogged pores, etc.  Sometimes less is more, and removing can be more beneficial than adding on.

Look for oil blotting papers at some of your local department stores or drug stores such as CVS,  Rite-Aid, or Clinique Cosmetics.

Beautiful Skin - Just a Splash Away

Erno Laszlo Firmarine Series
Something old (your skin before?)
Something new (your skin after?)
Something borrowed (purchased maybe?)


Yes, the father of skincare has done it again.   Erno Laszlo skincare announces its new Firmarine series and a couple of treatments that are sure to leave your skin looking and feeling silky smooth. The Firmarine series launches this season and these luxurious and synergistic formulas contains a concentrated dose of Spirulina Maxima, rejuvenating epidermal growth factors, and active skin-protecting ingredients.  Healthy, radiant looking skin comes from great support, a great skincare ritual, and support (or cushion) in the skin and the Firmarine series helps deliver!

I personally love the look and feel of these new products and know you will as well.  Apply to freshly cleansed skin, smoothly and evenly with fingertips and be sure to follow up with an SPF moisturizer or the Firmarine SPF 30.

For more information on Erno Laszlo, his products or the hot new Firmarine series, visit ErnoLaszlo.com today.   BEAUTIFUL SKIN IS JUST A SPLASH AWAY!

Celebrity Hair Tip - Using a round brush

Olivia Garden Brushes work wonders for styling!
The smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl.   

Round brushes are great for blow drying hair but not everyone understands that there's a method to using them, and in determining the end result.   A larger barrel brush will give you a loose (straighter) look, while a smaller round brush will give you more body, curl and volume. I say this not to set rules because even with a large barrel round brush, one can achieve great curl and movement.    However these are the basics of using a round brush when blow drying hair. 

I suggest loosely blow drying hair with fingers to remove 80-90% of the moisture.  Hair doesn't begin taking shape until it's about 80-90% dry anyway so it's useless to use a round brush on wet hair.  I also recommend using metal or ceramic barrel round brushes for better slip and control of the fabric as you're working.   Remember practice makes perfect but these few tips have served me well on many red carpet occasions and day to day salon styling sessions as well.   Enjoy. 

Friday, August 06, 2010

Celebrity Beauty Secret - Epsom Salt Body Exfoliator

Epsom Salt makes a great body exfoliant!
What could be better than treating yourself to your own at-home body/spa treatment.   With Epsom Salt, you can. 

Did you know that Epsom Salt has many more benefits than just relieving tired, sore, aching muscles?  In fact, many celebrities are hailing its beauty benefits as well.  This is one we're sure you're going to enjoy for soft, silky skin this summer and all year long.

What you'll need:  
  • Epsom Salt (1/4 cup)
  • A mixing bowl
  • A daily cream cleanser (1/2 cup)
  • Essential oils if you choose (6-8 drops)

In your mixing bowl, combine cream cleanser, Epsom Salt and 6-8 drops of your favorite essential oils.  This treatment is best used on slightly damp skin for smoother results and more even exfoliation.  Gently apply treatment in circular motions across skin to help smooth and polish skin.   Rinse well and follow up with a nourishing daily moisturizer.    This works wonders for rough spots as well like elbows, knees, and feet. 

For this how-to video featured on KCAL-9 News at noon, click here.

Ellington Handbags announces Fall Inventory

Ellington Bags announces fall line up!
Ellington has done it again!

With so many fabulous pieces on the market, how do you know which bag to choose and is there one that fits nearly every walk of life?   I definitely think so!

Whether you're looking for a hot tote or a "she-she" shoulder bag, storage space or an array of colors, you'll find a fabulous selection of products from my friends at Ellington Handbags! 

Designed and put together with great care and style sense,  Ellington Bags offer something for everyone and price points that fit comfortably with most everyone.  We love the fall line up from Ellington and we're sure you will too.   Visit them at www.ellingtonhandbags.com for more information. 

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The best haircut

Photo courtesy of Getty Images
In a recent article on AOL StyleList, I sat down with the beauty editors to discuss cut & style options for various hair types.  With many options to consider when going for that perfect cut, be sure your consultation is thorough and that your salon professional is able to repeat back to you the ideas you shared in looking for that perfect haircut.  More tips are shared on my hot new beauty blog, and the link beLOWE will take you right to the AOL story.


Martha Stewart Living - Billy Lowe Guest

Billy Lowe makes a guest appearance on Sirius XM
Billy Lowe made a guest appearance yesterday on Martha Stewart Living on Sirius XM. 

DJ Mario Bosquez chatted with Lowe on today's hot beauty tips, benefits of exfoliation, color out of a box, and so much more.  Callers spoke with Lowe about pinks and peaches, hair color after 50, what to take when you travel and DJ Lauren caught tips on hair care in sunny Florida.

Lowe's whirlwind trip to the Big Apple included press and media interviews, story content for fall, healthy hair for summer, and of course - holiday hair which is only a few short months away.   Look for Lowe's sizzling EMMY beauty countdown in just a few days as he goes behind the scenes to give you the best and the worst in Hollywood Hair.


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