Showing posts from August 8, 2010

Eyelash Extensions - Los Angeles Emmys


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 buc…

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 mo…
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!

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 hel…

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.
How do I keep my skin looking fresh and vibrant?How much time do I need to spend on my skincare?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.
Give yourself 5-10 minutes each morning for your skincare systemAsk your beauty professional, or a beauty professional at a department store, to help you identify 3-5 products t…

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.

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 o…

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…

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.  …

Celebrity Beauty Tip: Healthy Hair

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. 
A 2 or 3 oz spray bottleA hydrating conditionerApply 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, …