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  • 3 Ways to Use Dry Shampoos

    3 Ways to Use Dry Shampoos & Save

    Dry Shampoo has become a staple in the beauty business for more reasons than one. Not only does it refresh your day two hairdo but it also adds shine and smells delicious!

    Learn 3 Different Ways to Use Dry Shampoo:

    SB-00544-11. Refresh: Clean up your morning-after hair in seconds with dry shampoo – not only does it absorb pesky oils, it saves you from second day heat styling!

    StyleBell's Pick: Klorane Dry Shampoo



    2. Dirty Up for Updo’s: Give your hair some extra texture with dry shampoo to achieve long lasting updo’s during prom and wedding season – never go to the salon with dirty hair again!

    StyleBell's Pick: Batiste Dry Shampoo


    SB-02291-13. Bump Up Your Style: Our favorite feature is the effortless volume it will add to your hair! Dry shampoo make’s day two look even better than day one, all while saving you time in your morning beauty routine!

    StyleBell's Pick: Not Your Mother's Clean Fresh Dry Shampoo


    Check out our full selection of Dry Shampoos!

  • We LOVE Dove's New Love Your Curls Campaign!

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    We are loving Dove's Love Your Curls Campaign! What an amazing cause -- encouraging women to embrace their natural curly beauty for what it is! How could we not support that!?

  • Important Ingredients to Avoid While Shopping for Hair Products

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    Unfortunately, when it comes to hair products, we are usually so excited to get our hands on the latest and greatest products that we forget to pay mind to the ingredients we are exposing our precious strands to. Luckily, we have done endless research on this so that you don't have to! We've compiled a list of some of the most important ingredients to avoid while shopping for your hair products to encourage the healthiest hair possible. Here's our list, summarized by what they're used for, of ingredients to avoid!

    1.) Heavy Duty Degreasers: this includes, but is not limited to, isopropyl alcohol, sodium laurel/laureth sulfate (SLS), and polyethylene glycol which are commonly found in tons of shampoos (it's actually scary how many). Their industrial use being used as solvents and engine degreasers should speak volumes about why they are inappropriate for use on your hair. Yes, our hair can get greasy sometimes, but a heavy duty degreaser is completely unnecessary. Over exposure to these items can strip our hair from essential oils and lead to brittle, dry, damaged hair and breakage. Who wants that? Another ingredient to steer clear from -- propylene glycol, more commonly found in conditioners, but has the same effects with long term use.

    2.) Oil Based Lubricants: Now, this is not to say you can't use your favorite essential oils on your hair -- in fact, most oils, are safe. However, there are two that you should avoid. Just like our skin, our hair needs to breathe, so using heavy lubricants such as mineral oil and petroleum based products can coat the hair and prevent other products from penetrating our strands and doing their jobs. Avoiding these heavy oils helps our scalp breathe which overall leads to better hair health.

    3.) Unfortunately for us Keratin Lovers -- Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is a very popular ingredient in our trending keratin treatments. Unfortunately, this is going to have to be a risk to benefit ratio that you use your judgement on while deciding which keratin option is right for you. Luckily, the formaldehyde free options are on the rise and we are super excited to see what more the formaldehyde free keratin world has in store for us in the upcoming years. It is not just keratin treatments that you need to worry about -- formaldehyde can be snuck into hair products in many forms, including it's precursor forms Imidazolidinyl urea and dmdm hydantoin. Be alert and be informed about this key ingredients as this may be the one that is most important for your overall health.

    What's our suggestion for the best way to avoid these ingredients all together? Stick to products that have a natural based like argan or jojoba oils, these products tend to have the lowest amount of added ingredients and help to promote overall healthy hair care!

    Hope this helps ease your anxiety while product shopping!



  • Bad Chemical Treatment? How to Correct It:

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    Have you recently had a chemical treatment gone wrong? Unfortunately, most of us women have been in the same boat. Whether it was a color that didn't turn out quite how you wanted it to and you're expecting the impending damage of the corrective color that's on the horizon; or you've had a relaxer gone wrong and your hair feels like mush -- we've been there. I have seen my fair share of damaged hair working in the salon and here's a few of my go-to quick fixes (other than the typical, but very important, avoidance of blowdrying, heat styling, braids and pulling hair back tightly until the damage is controlled) to help salvage and reverse as much damage as possible before you wind up with the dreaded "chemical cut," which almost always does not turn out how we'd like it to.

    For relaxers or perms gone wrong: Unfortunately, there has not been much progress made in this very permanent hair process. Relaxers and perms CANNOT be reversed so the best thing you can do it keep up with your trims and condition, condition, condition, avoiding anything stressful to your hair and scalp until your hair is recovered. Then, prevent it from happening again by ALWAYS using a neutralizing shampoo after any of these treatments -- perms and relaxers completely throw your hair's pH out of whack by taking it from one state to another extreme. Neutralizing is the only way to prevent your hair from turning into stretchy post perm or relaxer mush.

    Corrective color? Here's the best way to prep:  The best way to prep for a corrective color treatment is by talking to your stylist! Sometimes, even though our hair may need some intense deep conditioning, conditioning can make the corrective color process more rough on your hair than it needs to be. Many conditioners will leave a protective, sometimes waxy, coating on your hair which can make the hair color work harder and longer on your already damaged hair. Your stylist will be able to recommend the perfect regimen to prep and prevent further damage. Corrective color should never be done at home -- I repeat -- NEVER be done at home!

    Over-processed color treated hair: This is one of the easier chemical nightmares to prevent the spread of. As always, starting off with a healthy trim is going to be the best way to prevent frizz from becoming the nightmare that we all know it can become. Then, this a time when a strengthening deep conditioning treatment is needed up to 4 times a month to replace the keratin protein and strength that was lost in the wreckage. Following up your shampoos and conditioning with a essential oil serum, like Maijan, will make combing, brushing and styling a breeze which will make a huge difference in the long-term recovery of your hair!

    Hope we helped!


  • Summer Skincare Suitable for Every Skin Type!

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    If you're human, then chances are, you're struggling with some type of skin problem and we all know that the hot, humid, sticky summer weather only makes it worse. Hopefully not for long! We've rounded up a list of our summer skin care tips that can help to eliminate almost any troublesome skin problem! Here's a list of our top 5

    1.) Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate: The number one step in any skin care solution should always begin with a good wash and exfoliation. Starting with a smooth, fresh palette is the perfect way to maintain glowing skin or nurse your skin back to optimal health. Exfoliating helps scrub off any dead skin cells and helps put your freshest face forward. You can have more fun with this step than you think! Make a girls night of it -- have your best girlfriends over and make your own exfoliator. There are ton's of awesome exfoliator recipes out there and they are all worth trying out! Not into the extra work? Try the St. Ive's Apricot Scrub, it's a gritty yet gentle scrub that comes in 3 different formulas for all skin types and fits almost any budget. If you're not into the sandy, gritty exfoliator feel, try Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant. It's a powder to cream daily exfoliant that doesn't feel gritty but works just es effectively, if not better. I'm swear by these products! You will immediately feel the difference.

    2.) Suncreen is a must! Do not blow this off when you hear this. You MUST, and I mean, MUST apply sunscreen to your face and any other area of your body that is going to be exposed to the sun at any point throughout the day. This is something you need to judge by your skin type, if you are one of the lucky who doesn't burn, this does not mean you're an exception to the rule. Just because you are not burning, does not mean the sun isn't damaging your skin -- it is. Protect yourself and prevent premature aging!

    3.) Stay Hydrated -- Your face, skin, and body! In the summer, our face takes a serious beating from the sun, so once we've sunscreened, we need some serious moisturizer to lock in some hydration and start reversing some of the drying and damaging effects of the sun. These is why we LOVE Apothederm Moisturizing Cream as our facial moisturizer. Not only does it jam pack your skin with Shea butter, soybean oil and emollient moisturizers but it stimulates your skin natural repair and regeneration systems which aids in bumping up our collagen production and disguising those "sun wrinkles" we all tend to get after a long day in the sun.

    Aside from the importance of keeping our money maker moisturized, we have to keep the make sure we're keeping the rest of our thirsty summer skin quenched also. For this, I recommend using a light weight pH balanced moisturizer, like Sebamed Moisturizing Body Lotion, not once but twice a day in the summer. Once a day is great for our regular winter, spring, and fall routine but in the summer our skin requires a little more moisture to replace what is lost during the day. I recommend following a schedule so you don't forget -- like immediately after your morning shower and right before bed at night.

    Now last, but definitely not least -- the key to healthy skin is a healthy body. And if we're not drinking enough water, our skin is is going to be the first thing to reflect that. We always hear that we should be having at least 8-10 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. I say, if you have any kind of complexion issues, or just spend a lot of time in the sun, double that! Yes, it seems excessive, but our body needs to be replenished. The sun sucks an unbelievable amount of water out of our skin in a matter of minutes via sweat and increased body temperature so stay on top of it! Also, because our body is craving to be quenched -- don't just reach for the first thing in sight. When we're hot and thirsty we tend to grab the first cold beverage we see, not considering how sugary some of these things can be. Opt for water and always keep it on you! Sugary drinks will only wreak havoc on our skin!

    4.) Keep your paws pretty! So when we're thinking about our overall skin health, it's important not to forget our hands and especially our feet during this hot sand, flip flop season. Not only to I recommend following all of the above mentioned steps for our hands and feet (especially exfoliating) but I also recommend adding a drop or two of Maijan oil to your foot moisturizing at night to help your foot soak in all the extra moisture it needs to keep them soft, smooth and sexy for the summer time!

    5.) Wash & Tone: So going back to the twice a day moisturizing, the same goes for facial care. I recommend a light moisturizing facial wash in the morning, following by a rich deep cleaningfacial wash at night. This is where I vary from my usual routine -- I usually skip toners and astringents all together because of their sometimes drying effects, however in the summer, I have become a firm believe in a night time toner. Following your last wash of the day with a toner or astringent helps to knock out any dirt and grime your wash may have missed and keep your pores so fresh and so clean. After toning, follow up with your facial moisturizing cream as usual.

    Have a glowing and gorgeous summer,


  • Sulfates in Shampoos -- What Does it Mean?

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    By now, almost all of you have probably heard about the latest buzz in the beauty business -- sulfate free shampoo. But, has your stylist really explained what that means? If not, we've gathered another listed of the pro's and con's about switching to sulfate free shampoo so you can use the information provided to decide if switching to sulfate free is in your immediate future. Here they are!

    First, lets talk about the Pros...

    1.) Sulfate-free literally means free of ALL sulfates (yes, that's right, it is not just one ingredient). This applies to all of these commonly used foaming agents like ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate or sodium laurel sulfate, and the list goes on... So, what do they do to your hair? They are the primary ingredients responsible for lather. Our hair, actually, does not require a "soapy" lather in order to get in clean. Mild lather is actually preferred for our hair in order to maintain natural oils in our hair and promote over-all scalp health. So, with that being that, sulfates are extremely harsh and drying to our hair AND our scalp.

    2.) Well, now that you know how harsh these added foaming agents can be, it shouldn't be hard to believe how they can add to and even cause frizz. There has been ton's of buzz about sulfate-free shampoo bringing curly hair back to life simply by reducing frizz. If switching to sulfate-free can calm the frizz of a curly mane, imagine what it can do for all other hair types. This is why these are the preferred shampoos for all keratin treatments -- not only does it increase the longevity of the treatments but it also helps keep breakthrough frizz to a minimum!

    3.) So, down to the nitty gritty. Let's start by looking at where else you can find sulfates: floor cleaners, engine cleaners, carpet cleaners, and many others. Since our head certainly does not get as much traffic and grime as our carpets and engines, I think it's safe to say our scalps do not need to washed with something that potent! The most alarming thing it's used for? It's used to induce skin irritation in medical trials in order to judge the healing affects of pending topical medications. Kind of crazy right?

    Now, what are the Cons?

    1.) Because of it's easy accessibility sulfate containing shampoos are everywhere! You can go to any drug store OR salon and find a shampoo containing sulfates, but it's much harder to find sulfate-free. The other down side? There's a MUCH larger variety of products for every hair type you can possibly think of that contain sulfates (although, this doesn't necessarily mean they are helping the hair type they claim on the bottle)

    2.) Another major factor in making the decision to switch to sulfate free that seems to hold some people back is the price. You'll find that most sulfate-free shampoos are far more expensive than shampoos that contain sulfate. Why? Well, just like organic or "natural" produce is more expensive, the same goes for hair products. The reason? Cost of production increases and you take away the affordability and accessibility of sulfates.

    3.) If you're someone who is used to lots of lather -- you will more than likely find yourself using double the amount of a sulfate free shampoo. With sulfate-containing shampoos, a little goes a long way when it comes to lathering up. However, because sulfate-free products are less likely to get a rich lather, people find themselves using more at first. However, once they have adjust and saw that their hair is still coming out clean, they found themselves back to using the same amount as they used to.


    So, in my opinion? I would say despite the slight increase in price, sulfate-free is the obvious choice. The less frizz, the better!

  • 10 Alternative Uses for Left Over Conditioners!

    left over conditioner, what to do with conditioner, alternative uses for conditioner, hair conditioner, conditioner, hair product alternatives Hello. Our name is StyleBell and we are addicts. Our drug of choice? Hair products.

    Because of our love for hair products and our obsession with trying all of the latest and greatest products in the business, we tend to become hair product hoarders. So, we've decided to compile a list of our favorite ways to recycle one of the most common products in our collection: conditioners. If you are like us, we spare no expense when it comes to conditioner. After all, it sets the palette for the hair masterpieces we create during styling. However, because we also money conscious, we hate to see it washing down the drain. So, if you accidentally use to much or make the early morning, before coffee "oopsie" that we are all too familiar with (accidentally pouring conditioner in our hand instead of shampoo), never fear! We've compiled a list of our 10 favorite alternative uses for conditioner so that we never see another drop go to waste. Here they are:

    1.) Our all time favorite: Use as a shaving cream! This is our all time favorite use for when you pull the early morning "oopsie." Shaving with conditioner is our favorite for more than one reason! It's super lubricating so it helps prevent razor nicks and super hydrating to leave your legs silky smooth!

    2.) Wash your delicate lingerie or dry clean only items! Add 2-3 teaspoons to a sink full of water with a half teaspoon of your regular laundry detergent -- gently wash your items and hang dry. You'll be amazed at how soft your delicates come out and smelling fresh!

    3.) Clean up your cuticles. Use in place of your regular cuticle creams and watch how easily your dead skin pushes off!

    4.) Use conditioner with or in place of bath oils for intense moisturizing! This is one of my all time favorite winter fixes. When your skin gets dry and itchy, draw yourself a bath and squeeze in some conditioner under the running faucet. Soak and relax while moisturizing your skin at the same time.

    5.) Use as a shoe polisher and leather conditioner before you pump your pumps away! Ever notice how quickly leather shoes or jackets lose that brand new sheen? Not anymore! Put a little conditioner on a soft rag and rub directly on to the leather. Moisturize and revitalize shine all in one step!

    6.) Remove eye make-up and moisturize at the same time. Use in place of baby oil and other oily make up removes. Oil based make up removers have the tendency to clog pores and cause break outs. Conditioner acts as a lubricating lotion and removes make up just as easily all while moisturizing without clogging pores!

    7.) Painlessly remove band-aids or jewelry. Much like it works to remove makeup, the lubricating uses of conditioner also work to remove tight rights or jewelry clasps and stubborn stuck on band-aids without the hurt!

    8.) Hard calluses? Forget it. Use as an intensive hand and foot cream. This is a great over-night use for extra conditioner! Take an old pair of gloves and/or socks and apply conditioner liberally to hands or feet. Cover immediately with socks or gloves and let all the moisturizing goodness soak in over night. You'll wake up to new soft skin!

    9.) Soften and clean old make-up or paintbrushes. Dilute 1 or 2 drops of conditioner in a full cup of water and use to clean your make up brushes and condition your clean paintbrushes. This brings them back to life in minutes!

    10.) Use as a lubricant for tons of household chores: loosening stuck zippers, stopping that annoying squeak in your door hinges or furniture with wheels is easier than ever! Use conditioner as a more natural form of the typical WD40. We love it and it works instantly!

  • Drugstore Products vs. Professional Products -- Is There Really a Difference?

    We always hear that drugstore products are "bad" for our hair, but rarely will anyone tell you why. Here is the scoop: Drugstore Products vs. Professional Products -- is there really a difference? The answer is YES! Just like the rest of our body, our hair has a pH level. One of the most important things you can do to keep your hair healthy is maintain the moisture balance or pH of 4.5 -5. This pH is very mildly acidic and it is SO important to use a shampoo  and conditioner that will compliment/balance that level to leave the cuticle lying flat against the hair shaft.  Using Shampoo's and Conditioners that are too alkaline will cause the hair to swell, this can lead to the cuticle lifting and leaves your hair open to damage, and breakage.

    That being said, the overall average pH found in over the counter shampoo's like Pantene, Pert, and Suave, have a pH as high as 7-8. This is WAY to alkaline and can cause some major hair malfunctions! Professional lines, such as Redken, specifically formulate their shampoos and conditioners to compliment the normal pH of human hair. In most cases, you will also notice that although the professional lines may cost  a few extra bucks up front, the professionals keep your pockets in mind too. They formulate products to get the most bang for your buck by making their products super concentrated leading you to use less than half of what you would need to use with drugstore products!

    Overall: professional products win this battle!

  • Gud Shampoo & Conditioner from Burt's Bees


    I am always looking for a fantastic all natural Shampoo and Conditioner that will not only cleanse my hair but do it without those nasty chemicals.  Burt's Bees has just launched their NEW Gud Shampoo and Conditioner!  The Gud Shampoo includes Almond Milk and Cherry Blossoms that help to nourish and soften the skin.  The smell is fantastic and it will leave your hair soft and silky.  The best part is that this shampoo does not include parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals.

    Try it - Go to their facebook page and get your own free sample!

  • Aussie Hair Insurance Review

    aussie, aussie hair insurance, aussie hair, hair insurance, aussie conditionerToday is Drugstore Diva Day! I like featuring drugstore products when there's one I love because it's so nice to find a product that not only works great, but doesn't cost much!

    Aussie Hair Insurance. It's pretty inexpensive at < $5 a bottle (price varies depending on where you get it. It is carried in different drugstores and grocers across the country). It's infused with protein as well as jojoba oil and aloe, which sounded great. It's a love connection! When I use Aussie Hair Insurance while blow drying, I get the silky smooth blowout I want without weighing down my fine hair.

    How I Use Aussie Hair Insurance

    1 - After showering, I blot my hair with a towel and squeeze moisture out of it.

    2 - I apply tons of heat protector to my hair. How much you need will vary depending on how long or thick your hair is. You want to make sure your hair is thoroughly protected, so it's easier to section your hair and make sure each section gets a spritz or two. Be generous! I've had my bottle of heat protector for months and I've barely made a dent in it even though I use it like crazy.

    3 - Now I fire up my trusty T3 hair dryer and have at it. I use the fastest speed setting on the middle heat setting (this is the hottest I ever use with this dryer. My hair just does not need full heat-- most doesn't). At this point I'm not trying to do ANY styling. I'm just drying my hair. Rather than shake the dryer at my hair, I take sections, twist them loosely around my fingers once or twice, and pull them slightly taut, and blow dry down the hair from root to tip. I do this until my hair is about 80-90% dry.

    4 - Once my hair is mostly dry I take the Aussie Hair Insurance and spray it generously into my hair. It smells wonderful (coconuts!) and I haven't had any problems with too much of it weighing down my hair. If you tend to get oily at the roots, just don't over apply it in that area.

    5 - With my hair dryer on the fastest speed setting and now the lowest heat setting, I dry my hair again until the conditioner-sprayed areas don't feel wet anymore. I use the same twist & taut method, and frequently run my fingers through my hair to make sure I'm getting any tangles out. A comb works better but I'm usually too lazy to grab mine. ;)

    6 - As a final step I hit the cold shot button on my dryer and blast cold air around my roots. I read somewhere that this helps lock in your style. If you are going to other styling after your blowout you can skip this step.

    The result is soft, swingy hair! If it's been a while between cuts and my ends are a bit dry, sometimes I put a little more conditioner on the ends after I've dried them, but otherwise I'm good to go. And my hair smells like coconut yummies all day!

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