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Iron Man 2 - Scarlett Johansson rocks the locks!!!

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We interrupt this regularly scheduled program - as this blog is over-heating!

SCARLETT, WE LOVE IT!!!

While much of Hollywood uses wigs and hair pieces, I love the dark color on Scarlett - wig or not! Warm mahoganies look amazing against her cherry colored lips in this movie campaign poster. My make-up team suggests air-brushed make-up for that perfect application.

To get Scarlett's look:Shampoo & condition as normal and use a styling gel or cream. Taking small 1" sections, make small twisties in hair and diffuse dry. Keep twisties loose while you work. If they are too tight they'll have a straight effect and won't hold the curl. Or, you can use a 1" barrel curling iron and work in small sections as you curl hair all the way up to root area.

The smaller the sections for this style, the cleaner & tighter the curl. Finish with a texture spray or firm hold spray and scrunch through as you spray. We look forward to seeing Scarlett rock the locks in t…

Taylor Swift and Cory Monteith: Supposedly Dating!

Taylor definitely rocks the locks.

To get Taylor's look - use a 1 inch curling iron all over & mist with a light-hold spray. Allow time to cool & set, then shake loose with fingers and hair dryer on cool setting.

Billy's suggestion - I wanna see Taylor with a straight/polished look a little more often. It's fabulous.


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Taylor Swift and Cory Monteith: Supposedly Dating!

American Apparel Sale Causes Riot!

Perez this is fabulous!!! No wonder I shop at Tiffany.
Girls when your boys behave like this - well obviously they're shopping at the wrong place.

American Apparel Sale Causes Riot!

The Shag - 5 Sexiest Short Cuts - Spring Beauty 2010 - Beauty - InStyle

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NOTE TO SELF!
REMOVE SHAG FROM MY SERVICE MENU.

Really Garren? This cut reminds me of a bowl haircut that forgot to get cut in the back. Disconnect and unflattering.

While I'm loving the color against her milk-bath skin, I much prefer softer lines and movement. These shag styles are here today - gone today. Just a bit too harsh looking for my taste.

Billy's suggestion: Great length at the shoulder area, grow midsections to fill in, and allow longer side-swept bang.

The Shag - 5 Sexiest Short Cuts - Spring Beauty 2010 - Beauty - InStyle

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Billy Lowe meets Perez Hilton

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Perez Hilton gets a cut & style with celebrity hair stylist Billy Lowe for his 32nd Birthday Bash.

When the world's most infamous celebrity blogger throws himself a birthday party, nobody sends regrets. So the "carn-evil" for Perez Hilton's 32nd at Paramount Studios recently was populated with the likes of Justin Bieber, Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan, Leona Lewis, Shannon Doherty, John Stamos, Audrina Patridge, Paula Abdul, Taryn Manning and Mel B. Lewis performed, along with Eve, Katy Perry and a special performance by none other than Liza Minnelli. (Perry's entrance on an actual elephant took the award for show-stopping moment!) And thanks to Joico, all of the VIPs and guests left with a fabulous assortment of the company's most popular hair care products.

The company also had a very special birthday gift for the original "gossip girl." JoicoCelebrity Guest Artist Billy Loweprimped Perez for his bash with a fierce haircut and style. (Billy t…

Photos - Makeovers of the Year - Kelly Osbourne - After - UsMagazine.com

MORE IS MORE!

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Lookin' sexy Hutton!

More is definitely more at the Hutton Wilkinson presentation to an intimate group of people on his book MORE IS MORE. From his years with visionary Tony Duquette to his ever-fabulous self now, Hutton Wilkinson is truly a man of style, charm and sophistication.

For more information on his book More is More or to find out more about Hutton Wilkinson or Tony Duquette designs, please visit www.huttonwilkinson.com and www.tonyduquette.com. This book is a must have for every home, and is the perfect gift for a friend or loved one.

MY FAVORITE TOOL - THE DENMAN PADDLE BRUSH D83

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THIS DENMAN D83 PADDLE BRUSH IS A MUST-HAVE!

From detangling to basic styling, the Denman D83 is one of my all-time favorites. The soft padding gives great movement through hair, and as we all know Denman is the ultimate classic styling brand.

Visit DenmanBrush.com today for styling products and be sure to add the D83 to your collection of styling tools for red carpet hair today.

Protect your Hair from Summertime Damage

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Hitting the surf and sand? Protect those gorgeous locks.

My friends at SunGrubbies.com make it fun and easy to find your favorite summertime shade - in the form of a hat. Whether you're looking for a wide-brim hat or something a little less visible, you'll find a great collection of hats and "do-wear" to protect your hair from summertime damage.

As always, apply a light-weight leave in conditioner, never land chlorine or ocean water dry in your hair, and ask your hair stylist which products and tools you should be using this season for fun & frolic in the sun & sand.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ROCK THE LOCKS!

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DOES IT GET ANY BETTER?

Felicity we LOVE you.
Perfect color, great dimension, and a chic style.

To get felicity's look: Shampoo & condition as normal. Apply styling cream or volumizing serum to hair & distribute using a large paddle brush. Next, using a 2 to 3 inch metal barrel round brush, blowdry hair in 2-3 inch sections and set hair in barrel curls all over. Allow to set for 10-15 minutes and release barrel curls. Shake loose, define curls as needed with larger barrel curling iron, and use a light-hold spray to add texture and twist.

A barrel curl is achieved simply by wrapping hair around fingers and clipping into place. Easy!


News - Britney Spears Is Blonde Again! - Style

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LOOKING FIERCE!!!!

Color can take a toll on the hair, especially shifting color so frequently. Though she chilled for 3 months as a brunette, Britney looks great in soft blonde tones and a great tan.

Billy's tip: If you change your color up frequently, check in with your salon professional about proper tools and products you can use at home to keep your hair in optimal condition.


News - Britney Spears Is Blonde Again! - Style & Beauty - UsMagazine.com

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Photos - Which Hair Is Best? - Best Pixie Cut - Ginnifer Goodwin vs. Carey Mulligan - UsMagazine.com

EXFOLIATE DAILY

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EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE!

This little product has been my favorite for nearly 15 years. While it's undergone a couple of name and package changes, it's still the same great formula that has taken care of this face and body for a long time.

It is a thick consistency so break it down with a little water. I actually use it on my face once a day in the morning, and when I'm shaving I use it to help stimulate the skin and prep facial hair. The results? Baby smooth skin that looks and feels fresh and awake.
Retails for about $20.00 and may vary by retailer.

Benefits of exfoliation: Brings brighter more beautiful skin cells to the surface, speeds up cellular turnover and removes layers of dead surface skin that causes skin to look dull and lifeless. By shedding dead/tired skin cells, moisturizer is able to do what it's supposed to do, and skin looks and feels fresh, new and radiant.

Justin Bieber Challenges Zac Efron to a Hair-Off!

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From TheHollywoodGossip.com

OK boys - game's on!


Justin Bieber Challenges Zac Efron to a Hair-Off!

Billy's tip:  Be careful of over-directing hair.   Try this when you're 30 and the recession lines will look ridiculous.  Efron's hair carries a more classic look that works great for most face types.  Whether choppy or clean, hair that is styled back and away opens the face and brightens the features. 

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News - Jen Aniston Steals Angelina Jolie Look -- Again! - Style

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Jen and Angelena look fabulous. They've both been wearing ponytails for years. While I'm not fond of the Salmon colored hefty sack that Jen was wearing, her hair & skin always look radiant and I'm loving the lips. Angelena is definitely rocking spring colors with a soft, natural lip.

To get the look for spring: blend foundation over lips to "erase" and apply lighter shades (peaches/corals) of your favorite glosses or colors. Finish with clear gloss or blot with tissue for a more matte look.

News - Jen Aniston Steals Angelina Jolie's Look -- Again! - Style & Beauty - UsMagazine.com

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Clarisonic Opal

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CLARISONIC OPAL.

Sonic technology for the eye area (or wherever you'd like to use it).

I had the opportunity to help launch and present the Clarisonic Opal for the 2009 Spa and Beauty Expo in Austin, TX. This device is amazing.

Created by the inventors of the Clarisonic device and Sonicare Toothbrush, the Clarisonic Opal helps infuse serum into the eye area, stimulate micro-circulation, reduce dark circles and revitalize eye area visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles. The more you use it, the better the results. I love mine, and I think you'll feel the same when you order yours.

COLOR AT HOME - BOO HISS!!!!

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FROM THE BOX TO YOUR BATHROOM FLOOR!

Nice job! You didn't plan ahead, your hair stylist is out of town, and you get the brilliant idea to try it yourself.

What happens?
Poor color choice Half the bottle ends up on the floor and sink
You ruin your towels You spend $300 for color correction when your stylist returns!
Billy's suggestion: DON'T DO IT YOURSELF!!! Your salon professional is trained, licensed and certified to apply professionals color, and to formulate that perfect color based on your hair care needs.

Hot Pics - Fergie on Fire - Fergie - UsMagazine.com

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CONTRAST CONTRAST CONTRAST!

One of the best ways to make a statement is to add contrast (hair color, make-up or wardrobe). Contrast simply means opposite. If you have darker skin tones, use lighter colors to achieve contrast. If you have lighter skin, use darker colors for contrast.

This deep chocolate hair color is much more flattering on Fergie and gives amazing polish and shine! Hair looks healthier, richer and fuller. 2 thumbs up for our space aged beauty.

Billy's tip: Before changing your hair color this dramatically, visit a wig store, try on a few different pieces and see what you think. Take someone who knows you and your tastes. You might just surprise yourself by trying something new!

Hot Pics - Fergie on Fire - Fergie - UsMagazine.com
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Spring Make-up Trend 2010

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So I'm strolling through Nordstrom last night after dinner asking the make-up teams what's the HOTTEST tip for spring. Just one thing - skincare, sunscreens, lips, eyes - ANYTHING. NOTHING! No one knew a thing!

However, let me bring it to you right from the source. 2 HOT tickets this spring:

SOFT NEUTRAL LIPS (corals, peaches, whether glossy or matte)
BOLD EYES - not dramatic (contrasting liners, eye shimmers)

Don't overdo it this season. Apply 1 stroke instead of 5, and keep your glosses and eye liners with you this season. They are the HOTTEST tickets in town!

Jennifer Love Hewitt Chops Off Her Hair - Style

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CHOP THE MOP!

Wanna really kick him in the pants? Give the do a new look. Especially, hack away a good 10 inches (your hair I mean). Jennifer you rocked Audrey Hepburn and you're still rockin!

Billy's Suggestion: A side swept bang with this cut will create a softer more flattering look to the forehead and eye area, and create more balance with prominent features.


News - Newly Single Jennifer Love Hewitt Chops Off Her Hair - Style & Beauty - UsMagazine.com

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Photos - Which Hair Is Best? - Best Retro Waves - Cameron Diaz vs. Kate Winslet - UsMagazine.com

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Winslet vs Diaz in Best Retro Waves. What do you think?   Log on by clicking Kate's image and vote today.  

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I'm a soap boy from head to toe!

I've heard people say "You shouldn't use soap on your skin." Nothing could be further from the truth and I'm sure this was some old wives tale their mother told them. The lathering of soap helps create slip on the skin so daily build-up is easily rinsed away. My personal favorite - ERNO LASZLO SEA MUD SOAP. Known as the Grandfather of Skincare and for his splashing rituals, ERNO LASZLO SKINCARE has kept this face baby soft for nearly 10 years. While it's more pricey than your average bar of soap, its a long lasting bar, an effective skincare system, and the results I see are awesome. As Erno Laszlo once said "If you wanna look 40 when you're 60, you have to start when you're 20!" But as I've always said "It's never too late to start taking care of your skin!"

Celebrity Style Picture Perfect

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Starla Fortunato - Celebrity Photographer
Self Portrait

Have you ever heard someone say "I never look good in pictures!"?

Well that's not true according to my friend Starla Fortunato, celebrity photographer and believer in perfect photos. Starla took my press photos not too long ago and the results amazed me.

To capture that perfect picture Starla says:
"Style is the key word for any photo session - or walk on the red carpet."

Her quick tips for a great professional (or personal) photo:
Great hair style - cut and colorFresh natural looking make-upAn outfit you feel fabulous in Breathe while you're taking your photo - stay present!So go ahead; strike a pose, smile, or do something off the wall for your next picture. Most of all, have fun!

Healthy Hair Hydration

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I've always said healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. As summer approaches remember to stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, and eat water-rich foods. For long days in the sun and dehydrated hair, keep a conditioning mist with you.

To do: Simply buy a spray bottle, fill it with water, and mix in a tablespoon of your favorite conditioner. Shake well, mist, and keep hair hydrated especially on those long days out in the sun.

Dry Flaky Scalp - Shea Butter Benefits

If you suffer from dry or flaky scalp, the benefits of shea butter might be worth researching.

Per wikipedia: "Shea butter is slightly yellowish or ivory colored natural fat extracted from the seed of the Africanshea tree by crushing and boiling. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer and salve. "

Sheabutterbenefits.com says "Raw shea butter is known to maintain moisture and skin softness; and it is effective on dry, flaky skin as it tends to moisturize and hydrate."

My hair care tips:

1. Exfoliate the scalp. Give a rigorous shampoo (no fingernails) for 1 minute focusing on the scalp area. Just a nice gentle cleanse and massage. Rinse well.

2. Mix a small amount of shea butter into your conditioner and massage into scalp area. Wrap hair in a warm wet towel and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse well, or choose to leave on scalp overnight as a deep moisture masque.


Hair Pro Advice - Hair Cut, Hair Styles, Hair Color

For hot hair tips and advice from Billy Lowe and team, tune in to Sophisticates Hairstyle Guide online each and every week.

Hair Pro Advice

Celebrity Highlights, Celebrity Color, French Balayage

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CLIENT Q&A FROM SOPHISTICATES HAIRSTYLE GUIDE REGARDING HIGHLIGHTS. 

Q: Hi, I currently have all-over light blonde highlights, but my natural color is more of a dark blonde. However, my roots tend to grow in very quickly, and am left having to get my roots touched up more often than I would like.
A: For quick regrowth, I recommend routine color services and working with a seasoned hair stylist.  If you're looking for hair color in beverly hills, we would love to welcome you to our studio location(s).  Many people also love balayage services.   This type of application disguises regrowth and often times the highlights appear more natural, AND you can get closer to the scalp. Be sure you are working with an experienced balayage expert so your highlights look the way you want them to.
For more strapping and texture, ask for thicker applications. For softer more natural highlights, ask for fine/thin applications. To book your appointment with Billy Lowe for hair color in the Bev…

Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2010

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Selena Gomez named in the "Best Dressed" category for the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Best dressed or not Selena, I'm loving the voluminous hair with a simple braid. Fun, playful, classy, and youthful all at the same time.

To get Selena's look, lightly tease hair throughout the crown area and apply hairspray underneath for hold and control. Gather hair to one side and begin braiding. Use a rubber band to gather the end of the braid and voila. A red carpet look in 2 minutes or less.

Yours truly,

Billy Lowe

No more fly-aways

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?

Yes, it's true - a simple fabric sheet can help tame frizz and fly-aways in a snap. Make that 3 snaps in a circle.

To help tame fly aways, stroke hair with a fabric sheet to help control static and frizz. I also like to keep one in my styling caddies. If that still doesn't do the trick, use an anti-static spray on your brushes or combs before brushing or styling hair. This will work wonders.

Static is caused by friction so remember to keep the moisture content of the hair in check with styling creams or gels, and apply as needed to control unruly ends.

What a shocker! Bounce - you've done it again!

Celebrity Make-up Tip with a Q-Tip

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MAKE-UP IN A PINCH.

When you've thrown away your last eye-shadow brush (or it's simply time to replace one) and you don't want to smudge those fingertips, never fear - Q-Tip brand is here.

For shadow in a snap, simply flatten the head of the Q-Tip and use it as a shadow applicator. Make-up will glide on smoothly, quickly, and what's more you can dispose of the Q-Tip when you're done. Cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness.

For these and lots of other hot beauty tips, CLICK HERE for great celebrity beauty tips on how to use Q-Tips for great make-up applications.

Lash Extensions

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UPDATE:  As of 2011, Billy Lowe no longer applies eyelash extensions in-salon but occasionally books these out on location.  Xtreme Lashes with Billy Lowe begin at $500. 

GET YOUR GLAM ON THIS SEASON WITH EYELASH EXTENSIONS!

Yes it's true, they're here to stay. BUT BEWARE. There are a lot of unskilled and unqualified people applying lash extensions. For your own safety, avoid having your lashes applied in such places as tanning or nail salons. Chances are, these "claimed professionals" trained at home thru an educational DVD which hardly qualifies them to apply your lashes!!! Poorly placed lashes can lead to severe eye irritation and infection.

A lot of skill and care goes into applying these lash extensions as they are placed one by one. However when done well, they can create a beautiful, customized look, and save you a lot of time in the morning not having to perfect mascara.  For more information on eyelash extensions or Xtreme Lashes, Please visit www.Xt…

Style your hair!

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OLIVIA GARDEN ROCKS THE HOUSE!

These brushes have been my pick of the day for years! Say good-bye to boar and nylon bristle brushes and say hello to smooth, silky, shiny locks without all the fraying and pulling.

The heat conductive metal barrel gives smooth polish and shine to hair, and the easy grip handles make professional or at home styling a cinch. These brushes come in 5 different sizes, and have a retractable pick on the ends for easy sectioning.

Just remember practice makes perfect. Enjoy.
Billy Lowe