Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Celebrity Smile

Awards season, holidays, back to school, special events and another season is upon us.  We're barely out of summer and our schedule is already filling up for year end.  But what could be better than looking and feeling great than walking into that special event with a red carpet smile?

Sources close to us gave us THE LOWE DOWN on getting that red carpet smile with some products that are not only affordable, but have proven results and are approved by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). 


1)  GOSmile Touch-up Smile Perfecting Ampoules (30 count) – Retail price -$35.00 (effective, great flavors, perfect travel size)
*Halle Berry and Cameron Diaz have use these
2)  Chic-Flic TOGO Pen – Retail price- $29.99 (fits easily in your purse for an after work or dinner quick brightening)
3)  Supersmile All Natural Professional Whitening Gum– Retail price -$24.00 (this is not just any gum....it really works to whiten and brighten quickly!)
4 ) Dog Butt Floss – Retail price -$15 (great for those with a sense of humor!)
5)  Pearly Wipes – Retail price -$6.95 per pack (perfect for wine lovers who want to avoid teeth stains)

Enjoy these great finds, we can't wait to try ours.  Keep smiling and we'll see you on the red carpet!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Age defying mask - from Erno Laszlo

OK, we love it.  On Wednesday our beauty team received a sample of Erno Laszlo's TranspHUSE Age Defying Mask. A $90 price point at many Nordstrom and SAKS stores, this is a luxurious approach to anti-aging designed to target fine lines and wrinkles. This invigorating formula inpHUSES skin with moisture, reversing damage and rejuvenating tired, dull looking skin. Formulated with a powerful concentration of glycosaminoglycans to encourage collagen production for a plumper, more youthful complexion.

How to use: Cleanse and tone skin using Erno Laszlo systems appropriate for your skin time. Apply an even layer of TranspHUSE Age Defying Mask to face, avoiding eyes and brows. Leave on for 5-10 minutes or until dry. Rinse with warm water. Use weekly or as needed.

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    VMA Celebrity Beauty

    We'll be covering it this weekend.  Stay tuned, get tapped in, and turned on.  We've heard the word, we've got the skinny, and wait til you see the stage.  We'll be missing Madge this year but does Brit-Brit get a pat on the back after all?  WE THINK SO!!!

    MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
    Happening this weekend - Los Angeles!


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    Monday, August 22, 2011

    This just in - Pearl Technology

    Billy Lowe ALWAYS has the beauty scoop on hot new products, trends and finds.   This great new product information just came in to our beauty team over the weekend and we are super excited to tell you about it.  We also heard that this product is great for hangovers and jet lag.  Read on. 
    Here's' what the TheraPearl team told beauty members at LoweLights.com. 

    "TheraPearl’s new Eye-ssential mask is a Beauty Game Changer!  Based on the concept of frozen peas, TheraPearl uses Pearl Technology™ to provide hot AND cold relief to all beauty woes."  WE LOVE IT!

    "Created by Dr. Carol Balthazar, a physician specializing in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, the pearls inside the eyemask mold and contour to your eyes and cheeks to offer pain, swelling and bruising relief.  Each mask is completely non-toxic and reusable and can go right from the freezer to the microwave for instant beauty relief!  In addition to providing effective pain relief for beauty treatments (pricks, plucks and waxing!) and cosmetic surgery, the technology is also ideal for treating sprains, muscle soreness, migraines and everyday aches and pains."

    Doctor B we are excited to share this product with our readers and fans and we'll keep 2 or 3 in the refrigerator just in case.  

    Sunday, August 21, 2011

    Chocolate and beauty!

    If you're like me, chocolate is a MUST for every beauty routine.  OK, maybe that's pushing it a little.  But let's just say I love chocolate (more than regular meals) and a favorite new dining spot I've found is a restaurant called Fico.  If you're anywhere near the Los Angeles area, it's a must stop, must see, must dine. The best pizzas, salads, brunches, and everything in between.  Oh, and did I mention chocolate?



    Located on trendy Robertson Boulevard just south of 3rd, (310 S Robertson Blvd) you might miss it if you're expecting flashy banners or window displays.  Tucked just behind some hedging and a cozy patio, you'll find the perfect setting for dining and conversation.  A blend of wood and metal accents gives the sense of openness, good energy, and a light and airy feel.  So go see for yourself why I'm so crazy for the place.  But while you're there, in addition to great pizzas and brunches, you must try the chocolate torino (my personal favorite).   Tell them Billy sent you!  Great job Fico

    Il Fico's chocolate tortino w/ oozing chocolate drizzle and fig on the inside! 

    Saturday, August 20, 2011

    Lady Gaga and Cher Duet

    LOTS of inside scoop coming to us about Lady Gaga and Cher!!!!!

    Much chat about the exciting duet "The Greatest Thing Ever" due out September 2011.  Lady Gaga was just in Los Angeles to throw down her vocals and we're all holding out breath for the grand finale. After some mixing and mastering and a final cut, we'll keep you posted right here from one of Gaga's biggest underground fan groups.  More to come - stay tuned!!!

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    Friday, August 19, 2011

    Fur Free Fashion - 2011

    Today our team received HOT scoop on the upcoming FFFashion Show
    Los Angeles, CA for BornFreeUSA - SEPTEMBER 2011.
     It goes like this: 
    "The second annual fur free fashion show “fffashion L.A.”  is a one-of-a-kind fashion show that will infuse Los Angeles with the best in “kind couture”—cutting-edge fashions that are friendly to animals and the environment.
    fffashion L.A. is a project of Born Free USA, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. (www.bornfreeusa.org).   


    Founded by the stars for the iconic film “Born Free” the organization works to  end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.

    This year’s  fffashion L.A. will feature the wining designers from Born Free USA’s fur free fashion competition which were selected by a celebrity panel of judges including  international design and couture legend Elizabeth Emanuel (perhaps best-known for creating Princess Diana’s wedding gown), Rachelle Carson-Begley (“Living with Ed” on Discovery's Planet Green),  and Kristin Bauer (Pam on HBO's “True Blood”).  Winning Designs can be seen at:  http://www.bornfreeusa.org/fffashion/2011/winners.php  

    Among the winners is Yan Fong of Hong Kong who will attend the show and whose fashion line Yane Mode  will make its U.S. premier at fffashion L.A.

    In addition the show will feature other top fur free designers including Dalia MacPhee and Sherri Hill and others.   Ethical shoe company Cri-de-coeur will be providing shoes for the runway looks and The Body Shop and Urban Decay are providing gifts for show guests.

    HOT NEWS!!!
    Juliette and Sean Bevan of 8mm  will provide pre-runway show entertainmen.   Juliette we love you, and love your CD.  


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    Toss it!

    If you're going through your closet and see products that have been there a while, or perhaps you still believe you'll use "someday,"  chances are they need to be pitched.  We are creatures of habit and generally use the same things over and over.  But when it comes to a tube of two year old mascara, or a bottle of body lotion that might be just as old, for safety and sanitation purposes, I say toss them.  Many people hold on to their products for much too long.  Once a product is opened, the countdown begins.  I especially recommend disposing of old products that are used around the eye and lip area, I suggest disposing of these every 2-3months (if they even last that long). Enjoy your day. 


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    Photo courtesy of Dore Medere - for Billy Lowe

    Magazine Hair Color

    Ink and paper tell so many stories.  Their words can take us around the world and back without our having to leave a chair and their photos help us see things we may never have seen before.  What can be even more tricky is looking at hair color in a magazine.  What most readers don't realize is that it sometimes takes thousands of shots, hours of set-up, the perfect lighting, and the skillful eye of a photographer to capture that one perfect shot that makes it into the pages of a magazine.
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    Remember when you're looking at magazines that you're looking at ink and paper, the perfect lighting, the perfect back-drop, and possibly a few touch-ups.  And while nowadays most photos are true-to-tone, color results are not always "picture perfect."  Be sure to take your time when discussing your color preferences with your hair stylist or beauty professional.  A few extra minutes for the hair consultation will help achieve the results you want that are worthy of the red carpet, whether you're a celebrity or not.

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    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Ellen Sirot

    Supermodel of hands Ellen Sirot knows beauty, and she definitely knows hands.  As one of the worlds most featured hand (super) models, Ellen's complete hand care line will have those dish-pan-hands looking absolutely radiant. 
    For more information on Ellen's hot line and great new items please visit http://www.ellensirot.com for  more information.  You might just learn how to be a hand model yourself.  Ellen we love our Hand Perfecting Lotion

    Photo courtesy of Ellen Sirot. 

    Hair Color

    Color mixing, formulation and application are all very exact sciences.  So many times I see hair stylists applying color that has hardly been blended at all.  This can lead to color inconsistency, non-true color, and incomplete coverage.  So many times I hear people say "My hair stylist missed a spot!" and my first thought is "I wonder if the color was completely blended."
    Billy Lowe mixes hair color to a perfect consistency!

    If it's a service you are paying for, it's totally ok to peek over your stylists shoulder and make sure the hair color blend looks more like a pudding than lumpy muffin mix.  If it looks lumpy - then it's not blended well enough.  This will definitely help with the application process, ensure proper color coverage and a much more desirable outcome.    Our best to you and your color results this season.

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    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Before and After - Makeovers

    One of my favorite makeovers was on a teacher in California that the crew fell in love with.  A working mother, devoted to her family first, her career second, and little or no time for her own beauty routine each and every day.


    My team and I rolled out the red carpet for Mrs. G, took her shopping, and glammed this working mom up.  I applied a beautiful chocolate brown as the base with subtle dimension through the top, and covered up faded ends throughout. For the cut I worked with the perimeter shaping and created seamless layering throughout and softened facial features.    Lighter applications of makeup were used by my makeup team so she could replicate the look at home and not get lost in the technique, and attire was kept simple with body-comfortable clothing that she could mix and match herself.  We love you Mrs. G and hope you're doing GREAT with your new look.


     

    For Billy Lowe makeovers, special events and campaigns in Los Angeles, please visit our EVENTS page.  For opportunities that involve travel, please get dates to us as well as more information about your project.



    A few more photos from the day (courtesy of Dore Madere for Billy Lowe)










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    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Fall Hair 2011

    Bye-Bye-Bangs, hello long tresses.  Fall 2011 is sporting a hot revisited trend with hair becoming more of a one-length look again without the side-swept bang action.

    More and more, Fall 2011 is looking more like something out of a Lady Gaga video with buttoned up attire and long flowing tresses.  One lengths are in, bangs are out.  This year look for a lot of center parting, no volume at the scalp area, and either straight tresses that are just below shoulder length, or loose tousled curl at the shoulder area.  Again, no volume at the root, full body curls or straight and polished through to the ends. It's a very "face framed" look with hair moving away from the forehead area.  This look creates height, gives face that long, lean appearance, and sports hair that says "I'm sexy - come touch me!"

    BEAUTY TIP:  Ask your hair stylist to keep your length in the front, shorter layers, and soft cutting around the perimeter to achieve this hot look for Fall. 

    Don't do it yourself!

    One of the biggest mistakes clients can make is trying to cut, color, or treat their own hair without professional advice or a second opinion.

    Many times, even hair stylists in the salon ask one another for a second opinion prior to applying color.   It's the same in most professions whether it be medical, legal, etc.  Yet many individuals believe they know what's best for their hair so they self-prescribe with no true knowledge of the science behind hair care, color formulations, contributing pigment, direction of hair or distribution points.  What's worse, is that they make these purchases with no second opinion.   All of these points are crucial in achieving the best hair color possible, or the best haircut possible.  Without this science, we would all have cut & color that looked more like an accident in a print shop than carefully defined application.

    The $7 box of hair color you purchased can turn out to be a $400 color correction and it's simply not worth it to take hair into your own hands.   The results are never truly what you want, and the feelings of frustration trying to get into a salon and explain your situation are even more exhausting.  Believe me when I say, it's best to trust your hair stylist for your cut & color needs.   You'll be glad you did.

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    Over Processed Hair - OUCH!

    Despite fair warnings of "I don't recommend that for your hair,"  some clients insist on a certain look and insist that it's great for them when it might not be.  We see photos of celebrities and the glamor shots taken, but we don't see the hours upon hours of preparation, set up, styling, stage setting, air brushing, and the thousands of shots it takes just to get that one "magazine perfect" shot.

    Simply put, your hair can only take so much before it breaks or becomes extremely brittle.  Over processed hair looks dry, becomes more sparse, and the ends look very frayed and worn.  Though we see celebrities with different hair color from season to season, we don't see them during the transition.  They may be brunette on one magazine cover, and blonde on the next.  But what most readers don't know is that photo shoots aren't always shot in succession.  They can often be months apart, giving hair time to recover or gradually move into another shade.

    BEAUTY TIP:  Don't overdo it.  If you are brunette and want to be blonde, take baby steps.  A few highlights today will make all the difference in your hair color and you'll gradually get there, without stripping your hair altogether.
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    Monday, August 15, 2011

    The right way to brush your hair

    Hair by Billy Lowe
    Is there a right or wrong way to brush your hair?  Does it really make a difference in the health or feel of the hair?  Let's dish.

    When brushing your hair, I always recommend starting with the right tools.  Just like an artist, calligrapher, or photographer has certain tools he enjoys working with, the same holds true for the art of hair.  When it comes to general brushing throughout the day (such as detangling or styling) I always recommend using a vent brush, or a paddle brushDenman makes an amazing assortment of these types of brushes and are all available online or at your local hair salon.  Large paddle brushes are great for detangling because of the cushioned base which gives flexibility as you move through the hair.  Here are a few great beauty tips when brushing.


    1. Never start at the scalp area.  If your hair is tangled, you'll only create more wear and tear as you're brushing  through your hair.   Hair should be brushed from the ends first, working out the tangled pieces, and then moving up to the scalp area gradually.  
    2. Use a detangling spray or mist on wet hair if needed.  This helps brushes glide through hair more easily.
    3. If you are experiencing static, spray your brush with an anti-static spray, or stroke hair with an anti-static sheet to help calm and soothe hair. 
    4. Go easy on the scalp area.  I recommend light massaging of the scalp with your hair brush but don't overdo it.  
    5. Avoid boar or nylon bristle brushes for detangling especially if the hair is wet.  These are good, however, for the "100 strokes a day" brushing that your mother used to tell you about.  These brushes help bring healthy oils from scalp area down through to the ends to condition ends of the hair.  
    BEAUTY TIP:  Always consult with your hair stylist or salon professional about which products and tools you should be using. If the salon doesn't carry the supplies or tools you need, suggest an add-on to inventory.  Chances are, more clients would buy these products as well if the salon carried them and it might be helpful to the salon as well. 


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    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    Grooming in the workplace

    Let's face it - how you dress does affect how you feel.  I've always said "if you look great - you feel great."   And it's especially true in the workplace.  

    To me, there's nothing better than picking up 20 or 30 freshly laundered shirts at the cleaners (or perhaps I took the time to iron a few myself).  I believe, in the workplace, that when you feel great people notice.   When people notice, they let you know by saying things like:   "Hey nice shirt!"   "Wow, you look amazing!"  "Did you do something different?"  And these little pats on the back lift your spirits, give you more energy, and actually can help make you more productive throughout the day.  Don't get me wrong.  Productivity is so much more than how much you did for your boss.  It's a feeling, a state of mind, and a sense of empowerment for oneself.  I think we all deserve to feel that way each and every day. 

    So whether you're an employee getting up at 6a.m. every day to get the job done, or perhaps you're the leader of your organization, send out the positive message that grooming, image, and attire are all important, and relative to the company.  Not just to look great - BUT TO FEEL GREAT!!! 

    HELPFUL HINT:  Many department stores such as Macy's, JCPenney, Nordstrom all have personal shoppers who can help put a few wardrobe pieces together for you.  It doesn't take 50 items.  By mixing and matching 2 pants or slacks with 5 to 10 different tops, you've got a great wardrobe for the entire season.

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    For more information on Billy Lowe image and grooming workshops or consultations, please call 310-430-4045.  We look forward to speaking to you soon.

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    Hot Oil Treatments

    Many people have become fascinated by hot oil treatments and moisture treatments for hair.  But just what are they good for, and how do they work?
    I tend to believe the more natural the ingredients - the better the results for your hair.  But before packing on one of these treatments, it's important to go through the right pre-treat systems.  Otherwise, you're just packing oil on top of hair that already has build-up, and the benefits won't be as noticeable.

    1. As always, consult with your salon professional before self prescribing these hair moisture treatments yourself.
    2. It's important to shampoo and condition hair prior to application for best results.  I also recommend a clarifying shampoo to help remove build-up on hair.  
    3. When shampooing, remember to work the scalp area as well to help stimulate circulation and remove dead skin cells at the scalp area.  This helps prevent flaking.  
    4. When applying your conditioning oil, begin with the ends and loosely apply through ends, then apply oil at the scalp area, and work through to the middle of hair strands last.  
    5. Wrap hair in a warm wet towel and allow to sit for 15-30 minutes.  
    6. Rinse, shampoo, and apply a light conditioner at the ends.  
    I don't recommend moisture treatments any more than once a week or once every other week.  Hair needs time to breathe and it can become even more fragile with too many products caked on.

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    Saturday, August 13, 2011

    Root Lift

    How to get volume in your hair.
    Looking for a little volume and not quite sure how to pump it up?  The key to this is a product called root-lift.  Each manufacturer may call it something different but that's the idea of it.  There are a number of other names for this product such as root-boost, root-volume, root-lift, etc.

    The purpose of a root lift product is to give volume and lift at the root area to prevent hair from looking or becoming flat throughout the day.  I recommend speaking to your hair stylist or salon professional to see which products or brands might be right for you.  These root lift products come in a variety of sizes and price points so there's definitely something for everyone. 

    How to use: 
    1. Shampoo & condition as normal (use lighter amounts of conditioner at root area when more volume is needed.  
    2. Towel dry and apply root-lift at the root area massaging throughout. 
    3. Apply other styling products as needed through the ends of the hair to protect against thermal styling, to give volume, shine, or whatever look you may be going for. 
    4. Direct air flow from hair dryer at the root area as you lift hair to dry.  
    5. Finish styling in desired manner and finish with a light hold hair spray (or firm hold if needed), as recommended by your salon professional.  
    These techniques are simple for everyone to use at home and give great results.   Have fun and pump it up.

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    Airport Security Beauty

    Nowadays, travel is becoming more and more challenging with thoughts of check-in, what to pack, arriving a few minutes early, and hoping your party finds you on the other end since they can no longer meet you at the gate.  And after a 2, 3, or 10 hour flight, we all hit the landing strip trying to pull ourselves into consciousness wishing for nothing more than a nice comfy bed at the end of the journey.  But for most of us, it's trying to unbuckle our seat belts and be patient with the passenger in front of us, while looking our best for a meeting we have at our destination.  We scramble for a comb, a compact, and heavens only knows where a mirror is as we wipe the sleep from our eyes before leaving the plane.  To make matters worse, your beauty products are packed safely away in a luggage piece that you may not even have time to find before your meeting (if you even brought a beauty bag at all).

    So how should we pack for our journeys and just what should we bring?  What's allowable on the plane and what's reasonable?  Over the years and having had countless discussions with clients, I think I've come up with a few ideas to hopefully make this much easier than it seems.  I hope you enjoy these basic beauty tips for travel.

    1. If you are traveling to a second home, forget packing beauty products at all.  Keep them at your destination.  This will make it much easier for you. You may keep one or two basics in your bag like mascara or a compact, but as to bringing your whole beauty set, keep a second one at your second home. 
    2. If you are traveling for business and it's literally the same day there and back, bring everything you need in a large freezer bag.  I suggest keeping it simple and bringing only 4 or 5 items.  Stop by your favorite department store and purchase travel sized pieces of your beauty products such as hairspray and perhaps a styling product, small mouthwash and toothbrush, and perhaps two makeup pieces such as mascara and powder.  That's it.  Keep is really simple.  This should all fit in your day bag anyway. 
    3. If you are traveling for vacation and checking luggage, follow step #2 and keep this bag with you on the plane.  In addition to these small items, pack a more thought out beauty bag that you can check in with your luggage. 
    4. If you are traveling with others, share the load.  There's no need for 4 people to bring a hair dryer.  By sharing the load you can actually save time and space, to make more room for keep-sakes to bring back with you.  
    5. Keep an on-the-go bag ready at all times.  This way when you are packing for a trip, you don't have to think about what to pack with you; it's already done. 

    Most importantly, enjoy your trip, keep it simple, and have fun on the go. 


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    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Nighttime Hair Care

    It's 11p.m., you've had an exhausting day, and the only thing you'd like to do is fall face down into a bed of pillows and let the world go by.  Not so fast little Dollie - there's still a few things to do and remember before bedtime with regard to your beauty routine at night.  You want to look your best for Prince Charming should you see him in your dreams!

    Many people are restless sleepers and toss and turn throughout the night.  In the morning their hair looks more like something from a horror movie than any fabric that's shapeable the next day. Others, too, have interesting patterns at night falling asleep with their glasses on while reading a book, using earphones and music to sleep to, or the infamous falling asleep with chewing gum and trying to find some age-old remedy to get it out of your hair the next day.  Take care of your hair.

    Here are a few great bedtime No-No's, and things to remember that might help. 
    1. If you have long hair, braid before bedtime to prevent tangling in the night. 
    2. Dispose of chewing gum before bedtime. 
    3. Do not use ear phones when you fall asleep as they can become tangled in your hair throughout the night. 
    4. If your eye-wear has plastic or rubber nose pads, avoid pulling them back over your head.  Hair can get caught in the metal of the nose pieces and the pulling can be quite uncomfortable. 
    5. Try not to fall asleep with books, pens or pencils nearby.  Also avoid falling asleep wearing eye-wear. 
    6. Satin pillow cases have often been recommended to prevent static and hair damage
    7. Avoid caking on conditioning oils and treatments to your hair before bedtime. Oils discolor your bedding and it is next to impossible to remove these stains once they set.Check with your hair stylist before applying at-home treatments to your hair.
    8. Be careful of the corners of your furniture beside the bed or other objects that might pull your hair. 
    While these are only just a few, I'm sure there are hundreds of other frightening mishaps that have occurred down through time.  All in all - take care of your hair before bedtime.  You'll be glad you did in the morning.

    Honey Miracles

    Did you know that honey is quite the miracle ingredient?  In fact, honey can be used for so many things in addition to sweetening your tea.  Honey is often used in skincare products, hair care, topical treatments, detox blends and so much more.  But just what is it that makes this ancient sweetness so good for us?  And just what is it that allows honey such a long "shelf-life" without spoiling? 

    In much of my research the answers seemed to be the same.  Because of its low water content, honey does not spoil.  Most microorganisms do not grow in honey for this very reason.  It's also best to keep honey out of the refrigerator so it will not crystalize (harden) as fast.  Honey will crystalize eventually, and still be usable  in its new form, but keeping honey out and at room temperature is best and slows down the crystalization process.

    Here are a few benefits of honey that you may not have known about. 

    1. Its sweet taste is of course a benefit and adds great flavor to teas, toasts and tarts
    2. Helps energize the body and boost immune system
    3. A great remedy for ailments including arthritis pain, yeast infection, athlete's foot, sore throat
    4. Great for hangover because it is gentle on the stomach, and the sugar helps speed up the oxidation process of alcohol by the liver
    5. Great to add to your at-home conditioner as well for a leave-in moisture mask (Just a dime sized amount)
    Needless to say, honey has many great benefits and it is something I use for so many beauty tips that I share.   So the next time you're visiting your favorite store, pick up a few bottles of honey.  You might just be inspired to try something new whether it's a recipe or a nice cup of tea.

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    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Pets in the salon?

    My dog Panda - Winter 2010
    Everyone knows what a pet lover I am and how ga-ga I become over my own dog Panda.  But as to having pets in the salon, not only is it against the rules of most Bureaus of Barbering and Cosmetology, it can be an extreme distraction to your salon professional, and other clients in the who may not be as pet-friendly.  Animals can also pose a safety risk to your salon professional through potential tripping, or accidents with scissors.

    For the most part, clients come to enjoy their relaxing time at the shampoo area, the ambiance of the salon, and general conversation with their friends or salon professional.  For others it's a place of quiet retreat. The last thing they want to hear is a barking dog or continued Shhhh-ing.  Additionally, some pets can become nervous in public places leading to restlessness and running around.  My suggestion here - leave the pets at home where they are safe and in good care.  They'll be waiting anxiously for you to get home with your new do. 

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    When it comes to great skincare, I must admit I'm a fan of Erno Laszlo.  For years this boutique brand has been leading the skincare revolution with its infamous splashing and skincare ritual.  When followed precisely,your skin has a radiant glow and softness and stays comfortable throughout the day. 

    A few products on the market that are celebrating an anniversary come from the Firmarine series in this celebrity skincare line. While firming and smoothing the skin and eye area, they also leave the skin feeling very hydrated and glowing.  Be sure you are using your right Erno Laszlo skincare "o'clock" and don't forget your 30 splashes a day.  It makes all the difference in the world in your morning and evening skincare ritual - especially during summer months when skin can often feel hot, dry and very uncomfortable.

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    Bald is Beautiful

    Dear Billy:  I love reading your blog but I think I need some help.  While my husband shaves his head and doesn't really need any hair styling tips do you have any grooming tips for men that might be helpful for him?     Thanks.  Linda C - Lexington, KY. 

    Dear Linda C.

    Absolutely, and thanks for writing.  We all know that bald is beautiful and some men wear that look quite nicely.  From my days in skincare, I know that 90% of sun damage comes from incidental sun exposure and if your husband shaves his head, sunscreen is a must especially in today's conditions.  Also be reminded that the hours of 11am to 3pm are the most risky times to be out and about due to higher burn potential.  For the gentleman that shaves his head or is balding naturally, proper skincare is of utmost importance.   Here are a few great beauty tips on this question.

    1.  Be sure your Doctor is checking your skin regularly.   Skin is very thin on the top of the head and there isn't as much fatty tissue there to help protect it.
    2.  Wear wide brim hats.  Many retailers have a number of items available and my friends at SunGrubbies.com have a great selection as well.
    3.  Keep sunscreen with you at all times and apply as needed.
    4.  Be careful of sunroof and convertible time.  The sun feels warm and toasty indeed but too much can be quite painful.
    5.  Encourage your friends to say "Enough" if they notice you're getting a little red on the rooftop.

    These are great beauty tips that should be practiced year round for this client.   Thanks again Linda for a very valuable question.

    Salon Retail

    So you're wrapping up your salon appointment, standing in front of the retail self with that puzzled look on your face asking yourself "How many hair products am I supposed to take?"  You start reading the labels and it could be Greek for all you know because nothing seems to make sense.   Extra this, super hydrating that, no sulfate the other, shea butter concentrate, and on and on it goes.

    The easiest recommendation I can make is to take 3 products and add more later if needed.  I always recommend a shampoo, a conditioner, and one styling product of your choice.  If that doesn't include hairspray, then add on a hairspray and 4 items is a great start to the retail experience.  Most of my readers know what a hairspray fan I am and that it's great for nearly every hair style tip imaginable.  But starting with the basics (shampoo and conditioner) gets you off to a good start and it's the foundation for healthy shiny hair.  A supplemental styling product might be a styling cream, volumizing mousse, texture wax and of course, a finishing hairspray.  Make it simple, and ask your salon professional which products you should take.  Starting with shampoo & conditioner really makes the rest a breeze.   You just have 1 product to pick out really and you're off with a great 3 (or 4) piece set for salon results at home.

    Tuesday, August 09, 2011

    Salon Ratings Online

    When searching for salons, how you do work through the countless rants and raves online to really decide who is the best? What about all those outstanding reviews.  Are they really true?  What about that horrible review that someone else left?  Is that true? 

    I was reading an article recently in a business magazine and it became increasingly clear to me that, unfortunately, there is hardly any censorship online of what gets posted. One wrong turn and a single person can take off on an entire campaign against a business leading to lost sales, damage to reputation, and so much more.  Many of these cases happen because of lack of understanding, and even lack of accountability or responsibility on a client's part. For example, if a client is 15-20 minutes late, the salon may not have time to see that client due to the delays and often times has to turn a client away.  If this client is a new-comer to the business, she or he may not understand salon practices and become offended and write negatively charged reviews online about this experience.   Chances are, the salon and stylist want to work with every client that comes through the door but there are some situations that simply need great care and attention on everyone's part such as staying on time, client education, policies and procedures, etc.  Conversely, there are often superior reviews online and praise about above and beyond experiences that occur in the salon.  While these are two very extreme situations, which one is the real story? 

    Chances are the very best and the very worst experiences aren't typical of every day business.  The overall feel of online ratings is that you take off the top one or two "best" ratings, as well as the bottom "worst" ratings, and what you're left with in the middle is the general consensus of the salon (or other business).  This is the bell curve theory or the "fat in the middle" if you will.  So when you're reading and it sounds like the salon hands you the moon, or there's that one review that makes it sound as if the business should be closed for good, take another look.  Spend a little more time researching the company history, look at their website, and read a few more reviews before making a decision based on best or worst experiences.

    We hope you find the salon and beauty professional that's just right for all your beauty needs. 

    Jessica Simpson Perfume


     Though it just celebrated its first birthday, we still think Jessica Simpson's Fancy Nights is a great fragrance.  Truthfully, we think it's great for her or him.  A mysterious scent, Fancy Nights gives sultry undertones and depth to its overall mood.  Available online through many merchants, we think you'll be pleased with your own bottle of Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson.   As one of our writers put it, "Simpson needs to put down the microphone and pick up a sketch pad.  Her fashion is fabulous!" 

    Epsom Salt Celebrity Beauty Secrets

    Nothing says beauty like a bath or body treatment.  And nothing has been around (or so it seems) as long as Epsom Salt.  My Grandmother used Epsom Salt for just about everything from laundry, to dishes and even gardening.  She said it was a true remedy that was good for just about everything. 

    Today, even many celebrities are using Epsom Salt including Gwynneth Paltrow who blogged some time ago about one of her own celebrity beauty tips using Epsom Salt. 

    One of my great hair tips for this is to apply a tablespoon of Epsom Salt into a 4 or 6 oz spray bottle, fill with warm water to dissolve the Epsom Salt, and mist through ends of hair for that beach textured feel.  Allow hair to air-dry or use a light speed and blow dry with your fingers.   You don't have to go to the beach to get that California beach look.  Just use Grandma's cure; a tablespoon of Epsom Salt.  For more information please visit the Epsom Salt Council


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    Essential Oils

    Essential oils are great for many things.  I especially love using them in hair care treatments in the salon.  Not only are they known for their relaxing aromas, they are known to be powerful agents for healing, soothing, and energizing.

    Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for things like offerings in religion, healing the body, and even day to day celebrations. The history of essential oils is truly amazing.    Today we use them for many of the same reasons.

    Because of their strength, I do encourage people to use essential oils very carefully.  They do penetrate the body and system and can be very toxic of used incorrectly.  For any 4-6 ounce treatment or mixture, I learned over the years from experienced professionals never to use more than 6-12 drops of essential oils.   To that, I personally recommend no more than 3 blends of oils.  More than 3 can dilute your efforts, the fragrance, and perhaps the results.  It's the same in hair color formulations.  Any more than 3 and you begin diluting the color and it can end up looking muddy.   Keep your focus simple.  If you're creating a relaxing mixture, lavendar and chamomile are 2 great oils to add into a bath, moisturizer or perhaps a massage.  For a stimulating treatment, perhaps 2-3 drops of mint and eucalyptus (a little goes a long way with these).

    At-home treatments can be really fun to research and learn to apply.  Do your homework, and remember to respect the power that essential oils truly have over our bodies, and over our moods.  Relax, unwind, and enjoy your new journey in beauty with the healing elements of essential oils. 

    Sunday, August 07, 2011

    Hair Styling on a Sunday!

    Sundays hold so many different meanings for so many different people.  For some it's the routine of church or worship, for others it's a true "day of rest" with family, friends, or perhaps taking in a matinee.  And for others still, it's a day of staying in their PJs and watching movies and ordering take out.  All sound like great options to me.

    "But what about my beauty routine?"  You may ask. 

    This might just be a great day to give it a rest, allow your hair & skin time to breathe and detox a little, without too much fuss.  There's always a baseball cap and a pair of shades if you're too concerned, but think of it as a spa day for your hair or skin.  Just like we enjoy the occasional massage or day off from work, our hair & skin also enjoy the same and actually need it.  We are too often focused on how much we can put on or what we need to add to get certain results.  The layering of products can cause build up over time and it's days like Sundays that remind us to let go, relax and unwind.

    Here are a few great hair tips for your Sunday.

    1. If it's a day of lounging and you have longer hair, use a braid to avoid lying on your hair and causing breakage or damage.
    2. For all hair types, I recommend using a therapeutic shampoo (recommended by your salon professional).  This may be a deep conditoning treatment for you, or perhaps it's something more stimulating based on your hair care needs.   Be sure to give a rigorous shampoo at the scalp area (avoid fingernails) to help detox scalp and exfoliate dead skin cells.  
    3. If you have dry scalp or flaking issues, shampoo again and be sure to get a rich lather through to the ends to help remove troubled skin area.  Lather helps provide slip which will help remove build up from scalp to ends.  It's not enough just to lather the ends or just to lather the scalp.  We need good slip from scalp to ends so our rinsing is more effective. 
    4. Apply a conditioner (again recommended by your hair salon professional) for your hair type and rinse well.  
    5. Apply 1 or 2 drops of mint or eucalyptus into a pearl sized amount of moisture cream and apply to scalp area.   Just like moisturizing our bodies after we shower, this will be great for the scalp and the mint cooling effect will feel great to the scalp. 
    6. Avoid heat or excess styling for the day, allow hair to air dry and go take on the day whatever you'll be doing. 
    Enjoy these relaxing tips and have a wonderful Sunday.

    Saturday, August 06, 2011

    Styling Tools

    I'm often asked what some of my favorite styling tools are and why.  But in the salon I do have one staple that I simply can't live without and it's my styling comb.  While I don't recommend combing for everyday use, they are often good for classic styling if you want to so something fun yourself and they are great for parting, sectioning, and even using to apply conditioning treatments to run through your hair (wide tooth combs work great for that).  But my favorite comb of all time is a carbon comb from BW Boyd.  It's a larger comb and glides effortlessly through hair as I'm working and it's anti-static as well. 

    Remember to use a larger paddle brush for detangling first, and then use your comb to section, part, or style as needed.  Combs work best for shorter hair types when styling and brushes are usually best for longer hair types to help avoid tangling. 

    Friday, August 05, 2011

    Woman's World Magazine

    I was recently featured in Woman's World Magazine discussing my favorite 5-6 favorite hair spray products and why I liked them.  While many didn't make "the cut" I still believe hairspray is a must for every on-the-go bag, car, travel kit, vanity, and kitchen cabinetry!

    One that I chose was Paul Mitchell Volumizing Hairspray.  Hairspray is great for so many uses and I can never get enough.  On fine/limp hair, the right usage can turn lifeless hair into voluminous tresses that say "Come touch me!"  For overly oily hair, hairspray can turn excess build-up into hair that's playful, shapeable, and tolerable.   So I say pick it up, spray it on, and check back here for more  Hollywood beauty tips as well as Woman's World Magazine for frequent beauty tips and techniques from Billy Lowe and team.

    Refer a Friend

    Did you know that many salons have Refer-A-Friend offers?  

    If you'd like to save on your next salon service, perhaps your salon offers Refer-A-Friend bonuses set up to reward you, the client, for referring your friends and family.  Any time a client refers someone new to me at the Billy Lowe hair salon, I offer $20 off their next visit for cut or color services.   This is a great way to save on salon services and often times the savings add up.  It's also a great way to let your salon professional know that you admire his or her work, and that you're happy to send new customers in.  By continuing to support your stylist or beauty professional through outstanding referrals, you strengthen the salon's business and the services and opportunities they are able to provide for you. So go ahead - refer a friend today, and save.

    Hydrate this summer!

    Keep your skin hydrated this summer whether you're at the beach or simply out for a fun day of sight seeing.

    Evian misters are great and come in many sizes and are perfect for almost every occasion year round.  From small travel sizes to larger sizes you can easily keep on your vanity, keep Evian hydration misters with you at all times to keep skin hydrated, set your make-up, or simply as an afternoon pick-me-up if you are feeling tired or listless.

    Fatigue often comes from dehydration and I believe we should stay hydrated inside and out.  So stock up and enjoy the cool and refreshing feel of a dash of water on the skin this season and all year long.

    Celebrity make-up tip:  to set your make-up, simply apply and finish makeup and mist lightly an arm's length away.  Blot with a tissue and voila.  Thank you Evian for making such a great product.

    Hair Disasters

    The supposed makeover didn't turn out so well!
    What could be worse than going to a hair stylist and leaving with a do that looks more like a "don't!"

    This was the case of a client sent to me by a reality television show.  The makeover expert told her "We are going to update your look and give it a more edgy look and feel."  The client was in horror when she left because of the hair disaster that had befallen on her by this "makeover expert."  

    The production company sent me the show's makeover guest and asked if I could correct what went wrong on set.  The answer was a definite yes.  Anything could be better than the photo that you see above.

    With careful time, beautiful hair color placement and blending of razored ends, we were able to work with her and give her a softer look that she loved and found much more acceptable.

    We say that to give you a few words of encouragement in your beauty searches:
    1. Be cautious of artists who are too charismatic about their "vision."  Sometimes it may not align with yours. 
    2. Be sure you aren't rushed in the salon chair and that you have plenty of time with your salon professionals, especially if it's a first time visit. 
    3. Arrive on time to ensure ample time for work and communication with your beauty expert
    4. Ask for referrals and go to a trusted salon or stylist in town that you know or have heard does great work. 
     Stay tuned for more top beauty tips from the team of Billy Lowe, and enjoy Laura's ending result and enjoy a sign of relief knowing the after results did in fact end up just fine. 

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    Your beauty routine

    "But I just don't have time in the mornings!"  You exclaim about your beauty routine.

    I am personally the oldest of 9 children and I know from experience that nothing could be further from the truth.   You deserve that extra 5 minutes a day just for you and we can give you a few great tips on how to do just that and feel great running out the door.

    1. Organize your beauty products at the bathroom shelf or vanity so they are easy to use and quick to find. 
    2. Store away things you don't use every day (once-a-week treatments, razors, etc) to make your products quick and easy to find.
    3. Purchase only the beauty products you know you're going to use and avoid excess purchases and self prescribing.  If you are following your beauty expert's advice, this will be a lot easier and much more organized for you to do. 
    4. Do what you can at night and save the rest for morning. 
    5. Let the family/roommates know you'd like a few extra minutes and ask them to share morning responsibilities such as packing lunches and gathering rain coats so that you can have a few minutes to yourself.
    Take good care of yourself this summer, and find a few extra minutes just for you.    You'll feel great, and you'll be glad you did. 

    Curly hair styling tips

    Billy Lowe styles hair for a fashion show
    HELP - MY HAIR WON'T HOLD CURL!!!

    Yes it's true, it's very challenging for some hair types to hold curl while others can keep curl for days on end.  But what's a girl to do that wants the infamous California curl even for a few hours?  Well here are a few hot tips that will help you do just that.

    1. I recommend styling hair with what we call "dirty hair" in the industry.  This means you shampood the day before, perhaps.  If your hair is too fine or oily, it may be best to shampoo right before styling, but the oil from yesterday's hair helps give density, which can be helpful when holding curl. It also coats the hair shaft and prevents fly-aways and static - which is what ultimately causes a curl to fall out. 
    2. I love using hot rollers for this look.  Wrap hair around rollers section by section, directing the hair into the style or movement you want to see.  For example, if you want hair to move away from the face, direct the rollers accordingly.  Apply a light hold spray to strands during the rolling process, and mist lightly once all has been set. 
    3. Remove rollers and shake loose with fingers.   Apply a sea salt spray to hair or make your own with Epsom Salt by mixing 1tsp of Epsom Salt into a 6 or 8oz spray bottle.  Fill bottle with warm water and shake to blend.  Mist hair lightly with spray and scrunch through - allow to dry.  
    4. Tease hair lightly at the root area to lock in shape, and mist hair lightly through the ends with light hold spray again to save shape and movement.  
    You can also achieve this look with a large barrel curling iron, and setting hair into barrel curls once shaped.  Allow to cool 10-15 minutes, and remove.  The result - silky smooth hair that has movement and long lasting bounce.

    Hair Diversity

    My niece having brunch with me in Atlanta.  Family time!
    Hair comes in all textures.  Growing up it seems as if hair was the talk of every conversation.  My uncle was a barber in Georgia and my cousins were forever styling their hair.  My beautiful niece Berakah is certainly no exception to my family's beauty obsession.  With fine, super-curly hair, her mother spends countless hours detangling and styling her hair to avoid damage.

    But with children it's often hard to keep hair in place because of their active schedules and lifestyles.  From playground activities to dancing and swimming, what's a parent to do to keep hair out of the way and healthy?

    I spoke with my sister Sarah (Berakah's mom) who had some great tips.

    "We spend hours on her hair."  Sarah said.  "It's a lot of work to keep it detangled and healthy.  We occasionally have it blown-out straight which she loves.   My biggest tip is to apply a light leave-in conditioner after bath time and brush through to detangle.   When her hair is dry or even before bedtime, I like to keep it in a braid to avoid nighttime tangling."

    It seems many kids really dislike having their hair styled and to be seated  under a cape at the stylists station can be quite frightening.   My tip for children's styling is to let them help you during styling time.  Let them pick out products they like (combs, shampoos that smell good to them, etc) so they are familiar with them during bath or bedtime.  It will be much easier for you if this is in place before trying to style their hair.

    Other great resources for curly hair styling tips:

    Naturally Curly
    Mixed Chicks

    Sophisticates Hairstyle Guide

    Billy Lowe and Sophisticates Editor Bonnie Krueger
    Over the years I've had the honor of being featured and quoted in thousands of magazines, news articles and websites all around the world.  One of my favorites, however, is my friend Bonnie Krueger and her very popular Sophisticates Hairstylist Guide which can be found on stands everywhere you go.  A pioneer of everything beauty, Bonnie and Sophisticates Hairstyle Guide have been going strong for over 30 years bringing you celebrity beauty news and celebrity beauty tips and we expect countless more from this exciting team bringing you hair tips and techniques from salons all around the world.

    Bonnie we'll see you again very soon and look forward to staying in touch with you. 

    Pick up your issues of Salon Sophisticates Magazine which can be found at most department and grocery stores nationwide. 


    Hair Color Tips

    Billy Lowe and color client - highlights only
    Often times I'm asked "Billy I'm going grey and I'm not sure which hair color I should be.   Would you suggest darker color or should I go lighter?"


    My answer to that is - "I have several options for you!" 

    If you are a greying client, be reminded that your regrowth will be more prominent if you go darker.  The contrast between light and dark is greater than light on light.  However, you may be more comfortable in darker shades, but you can still add a few highlights through the top which helps break-up the appearance of your regrowth.

    If you decide to go lighter, which many people do, I recommend using a highlight effect all over because you'll blend the greys away subtly (as you see with my color client in this post), and the lightness off the greys will actually blend nicely into the blonding effect.  I have greying clients that only want highlights and no base color because they love the subtle effect and blending of the highlights into their natural color. 

    Be sure you are working with the best hair color professional around.  Ask around, look at photos for inspiration, and have some fun.

    Clarisonic Opal

    Clarisonic Opal

    Needless to say, one of my favorite products on the beauty market today is the Clarisonic Opal and it's a beauty product that many celebrities are using.   For the past 3 years I've had the honor of working with Clarisonic in promoting this great device at I-Spa (International Spa Expo). 

    This year marks another exciting year for my journey with Clarisonic as we roll out yet another wonderful beauty event for guests and clients of the Clarisonic system. 

    The Clarisonic Opal is a great skincare device that was created for the eye area to help penetrate eye serum, reduce dark circles and puffiness, stimulate circulation in the eye area, and it feels amazing.  For a sneak peek at the Clarisonic Opal, pleases visit Clarisonic.com.  When you place your order, tell them Billy sent you.  We'll see you in Vegas this year in November. 

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