Tuesday, December 27, 2016

My cranberry sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is good for your hair.  

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

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

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

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

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

The end result - gorgeous.

Some random blog post by me - Billy Lowe.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hallmark Home and Family Christmas Segment - Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday hair, famous holiday recipes, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Hollywood beauty and more on the Hallmark Home and Family Show this season.

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

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

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

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

Until next time - always yours in beauty,

Billy Lowe

Friday, December 16, 2016

Healthy Hair and Scalp | Winter Hair Tips and Care

Healthy Hair and Scalp | Gloss & Toss founder and Beverly Hills Hair Stylist Billy Lowe discusses HEALTHY HAIR TIPS on the Hallmark Home and Family Show.

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

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

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

In the meantime, be sure to stop by www.glossandtoss.net to try the amazing HAIR & SCALP HEALING OIL - great for a variety of deep conditioning services and treatments for healthy hair and scalp for in-salon and at-home use.

Friday, December 09, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gloss & Toss Hair & Scalp Healing Oil voted a

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

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