Get the Look - TRESemmé at Mercedes-B​enz Fashion Week Swim

From 60’s inspired beehives to chic, surfer waves, TRESemmé UK Stylist Matthew Curtis created gorgeous, show-­stopping styles at Mercedes-­Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami for designers Dolores Cortes, Lisa Blue and White Sands. Below, Matthew highlights his secrets behind each of the styles he created backstage, offering tips to recreate chair­‐worthy hair at home.

Matthew Curtis Backstage for TRESemmé® Dolores Cortes – 60’s Inspired Beehive

1. Prep towel-­dried hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse ($5.99 at, applying to palms and throughout the entire hair for volume.

2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for extra fullness.

3. Take a square section of hair from the forehead to crown and backcomb throughout.

4. Roll the square section of hair under and secure with pins just behind the crown at the top of the head. This helps to create a solid base for the style.

5. Working around the head, backcomb small sections and pull them over the base and secure with pins.

6. Repeat until all hair is pulled back into the style.

7. Finish with TRESemmé TRES TRESemme European Tres Two Hair Spray, Extra Hold, Climate Control Formula ($5.49 at to keep the look in place.

Lisa Blue – Goddess Coils

1. Prep dry, day-­old hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse ($5.99 at, applying to palms and throughout the entire hair for volume.

2. Part the hair in the middle and pull all hair back toward the nape of the neck.

3. Divide hair into two sections and spray with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Non Aerosol Hair Spray ($5.39 at

4. Starting just behind the ear, twist each section inward, creating two coils.

5. Stitch the coils together with thread to create a plaited effect and tie off at the end.

Stylist Secret: When recreating the style, skip the needle and thread and secure the coils together with pins or a plait.

6. Finish with a spritz of TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray ($5.99 at to add shine and help keep the look in place.

White Sands – Surfer Chic Waves

1. Prep towel-­dried hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse ($5.99 at, applying to palms and throughout hair for volume.

2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for extra fullness.

3. After parting the hair down the middle, take 1-­2 inch sections of hair and curl using a 1 and 1/2 inch barrel-­curling iron, spraying each section with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray ($4.99 at prior to curling to aid in protecting hair from excess heat. Make sure to leave ends out of the iron to give hair a beachy feel.

4. Once the entire head is curled, run fingertips through the curls to break them up slightly for a looser, more modern style.

5. Create a deep side part and pull the fringe over the forehead and secure just behind the ear with a pin.

6. Finish with a spritz of TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray ($5.99 at to add shine and help keep the look in place.

Perfect Match: Stun with Trendy Bridal Beauty Combinations

It’s easy to fall in love this wedding season – with new trends in beauty, that is! If you’re a bride-to-be, then you already know that publications are inundated with new, cutting edge looks that take bridal beauty to the next level of chic. Finding a trend that you like isn’t the problem, but pairing makeup and hair looks that complement each other can be a challenge. Here, bridal beauty expert and founder of Beauty Entourage, Ashley Stone, shares her favorite combinations for maximum impact on your big day.

Romance Undone

The bridal fashion shows for 2013 were sprinkled with one dominant theme: the unstructured ‘do. “While most women opt for styles that have little to no movement because of pictures, a new class of daring and whimsical styles have many future brides thinking twice about tradition,” says Ashley. “A great styling team will be able to craft the look you want and make sure it works for your wedding album, regardless of the style.” What does Ashley think pairs well with this aesthetic? “The new “no-makeup” look is a perfect match for this undone hair trend. The idea is to bring out your own natural features and to create a flawless, minimal face,” says Ashley. Let your natural beauty shine by highlighting your best assets using warm tones in the nude family.

Glamour Redefined

While many brides opt for the ever-popular chignon, this year it seems to have taken a new direction. Ashley explains, “Side chignons are all the rage right now. Because the style is so structured, it allows brides to feel confident that they will not need to adjust their hair throughout the night, and it also provides an essence of glamour that is unmatched. Pair this look with a deep side part so that the style is more exaggerated and elegant.” With hair that screams vintage glam, don’t lose steam when it comes to your makeup look. “The bridal runways this year showcased makeup highlighting one particular feature. Whether you focus on a strong, smoky eye or a sultry bold red lip, you’ll dazzle your guests with your flawless style.” Keep other makeup choices muted so that the focus remains on the feature that you want to shine.

Fearless Fashionista

If you’re always the first of your friends to sport the latest trends from the runways, look no further than this bridal combination. “It should come as no surprise to beauty mavens that volume will continue its appeal into the fall,” says Ashley. “Volumized looks have always been somewhat popular, but with high ponies and teased crowns dominating the red carpet, the trend has garnered added attention.” From modernized beehives to the addition of headband accessories for a flirty, fun look, volume has solidified its place in bridal. “Pairing a bold makeup look with an unconventional hair choice is the hallmark of a fashionista. Go for the wow factor with a different take on the traditional smoky eye by using color.” Try purples, greens and blues for a delicate yet hip look.

“Ultimately, your wedding is your day to express your personality and taste. Test out different hair and makeup combinations to see what works best, and leave time for you to change your mind. Don’t be afraid to mix and match and create your own winning look for your day! With the right team behind you, anything you dream can come true,” says Ashley.

Summer Beauty Woes Solved

While the summer is the most carefree time of the year, it presents many problems when it comes to the world of beauty. For women in particular, the summer months can mean a retirement for your makeup and surrendering your hair to the elements. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here, celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist and owner of Gocha Salon, Gocha Hawkins, provides tips for how to combat the heat and keep yourself looking flawless on those long summer nights.

The Battle of the Frizz

Getting a good haircut is your best defense against the harsh elements of summer weather. From thunderstorms to humidity, the biggest enemy for your hair is breakage. Gocha explains, “A lot of women forget that regular trims are needed to prevent split ends; when ends become split, it hinders hair health and creates frizz. I recommend getting a trim every 6-8 weeks.”

While most women consider products for purely styling purposes, there are many that are designed specifically to help combat the heat and aid in preventing split ends, keeping hair smooth. What are the best products to stop frizz from occurring? “Silicone-based anti-frizz serums or sprays are best to combat the humidity. However, most women don’t know that it’s important to apply product every time you style in order to ensure that there is a buffer between hair and the heat of the styling tool. Ask your stylist for a recommendation or take note of the product that they use when you get your hair done at a salon to know what’s best for your texture. I would suggest Bumble and Bumble’s Defrizz Serum,” Gocha says.

Even when you don’t think you have the time for it, deep conditioning can be the difference between a silky set of tresses and dry, dull hair. As Gocha puts it, “Deep conditioning is the golden rule when it comes to overall hair health. If you want your hair to look its best, maintain a strict schedule of deep conditioning at least every two weeks. This goes a long way in helping hair maintain its shine and strength, which prevents breakage and eliminates frizz. My favorite is Kerastase Nutritive Nutridefense Masque ($49.95 - $85.95 at Folica).”

Make Your Makeup Work

The old adage “less is more” does not have to apply when it comes to your summer makeup habits, but how can you protect your skin and sport your go-to beauty looks? Gocha explains, “There is always room for sunscreen in your routine. You always need to protect your skin, regardless of your overall look. Prior to applying any makeup, slather on the sunscreen. For touch-ups throughout the day, without ruining your style, try a product like Laura Hutton’s 24/7 SPF 18 Makeup-Friendly Hydrating Mist.”

As far as other products are concerned, ladies need to rely on lightweight, steadfast options. Gocha suggests, “Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($17 - $49 at Sephora) and Revlon’s Colorstay Active Light Makeup give amazing, flawless coverage and alleviate the need for reapplication. I know lots of women who wouldn’t dream of going out without their eye makeup done; for these ladies, I recommend MAC’s Liquid Eyeliner ($18.50 at Nordstrom), which has a waterproof component, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Mascara AquaResistant. Both are smudge proof and long-lasting.”

What’s the best advice that Gocha can provide when it comes to summer makeup? “When the temperatures are climbing, the reality is that touch-ups will need to take place. Make sure that you’re prepared with Shiseido’s Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper ($18 at Sephora), that way you can feel confident that your face will look flawless all day long.” Debuts Summer Exclusive from Designer Mara Hoffman

This special edition piece is available with any $75; just in time for summer excursions. The limited edition Bohemian-inspired tote, with a padded microfiber exterior decked out in an electric coral Mara Hoffman® phoenix print, is great for the transport of warm weather essentials for a weekend getaway or a day at the shore.

The Phoenix Bag arrives packed with a selection of prestige beauty samples, including:

1. Juice Beauty® Antioxidant Serum
2. Murad® Clarifying Cleanser
3. Nick Chavez® Volumizing Mist
4. Ojon® damage reverse™ restorative conditioner
5. dr. brandt® flexitone® BB cream
6. Stila® stay all day waterproof liquid eye liner, Indigo
7. Jonathan Product® Dirt™ Texturizing Paste
8. H20 Plus Spa Sea Salt Hydrating Body Lotion
9. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Alpha Beta® Glow Pad® for Body with Active Vitamin D
10. Too Faced LashGASM® Mascara
11. $5 Gift Card

“At the height of vacation season, Mara Hoffman’s bag is a great bonus for customers stocking up on sunscreen, self-tanners, and beach sprays,” says Kathleen McNeill, president of “Mara’s bohemian aesthetic and bright palette is a great complement to this season’s hottest trends.

Glowing Beauty Through Good Nutrition

With the summer already upon us, you may be scrambling to fit into those teeny bikinis and clamoring to get an appointment with the best hair stylist. But what about your skin? Beauty-savvy women know that great skin is a must. Without it, the hottest hairstyle and the baddest bathing suit out there won’t mask the fact that your skin is suffering. In fact, the other accents will only draw attention to it.

Instead of rushing out to purchase a ton of toner and an applicator the size of a dinner plate to cover your skin this summer, you should perhaps try a better, more natural route that’s safe, effective and much longer lasting. We’re speaking, of course, about nutritional supplements.

If you aren’t aware, your skin is actually a reflection of your overall health. If you’re not up on your vitamins and minerals, the skin, which is just another organ, is going to show the lack of overall nutrition over every square centimeter of surface. And if you want supplements to get healthier while achieving great-looking skin, Puritan’s Pride is the only location around offering a wide range of deals on vitamins, minerals, oils, and even healthy snacks for unbeatable prices on any budget.

For those penny-pinching people out there looking to save even more money on a fantastic deal, you can even use a Puritan’s Pride coupon and receive incredible deals on skin-healing supplements like Vitamin A, or on vitamins that help reduce and even prevent sun damage, like vitamins C and E.

Now, you shouldn’t toss that makeup out. The idea, however, is to start off with great-looking, healthy skin that is highlighted by your beauty products. Don’t mask anything; get a healthy body and enjoy some healthy skin.

Go Bold: Hot Hair Colors for Summer Style

As more celebrities embrace bright hues on the red carpet, it’s no surprise that women throughout the country are following suit. However, most women opt for a less dramatic take on the trend than their star counterparts, sporting shocks of bold hair and creating a surprising and satisfying pop of color. Below, celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist and owner of Gocha Salon, Gocha Hawkins, gives tips on how to best wear striking tones on a regular basis.

“The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a hair color is to know your skin tone and what looks best. For ladies with fair skin, pastel hues including light pinks and blues are very flattering. Medium skin tones should try to choose a color that compliments hair; for instance, if you have reddish highlights, go for a red tone, even into the pink family. Women with dark skin can really have fun with this trend by choosing deep jewel hues like emerald and ruby. But have fun with it! All of these options allow for a quick-fix and will bring out your inner liveliness,” Gocha says.


Streaks of bold colors are one of the most interesting and eye-catching ways to pull off this look. Explains Gocha, “I always recommend having a few shocking streaks in the hair. It’s not beneficial to have many as it detracts from the overall look. You want to keep the contrast significant so that the streaks pop.” It’s also flattering to choose different areas of the hair to focus on. For instance, as Gocha points out, “Zeroing in on one section is always a good way to ensure that you don’t go overboard. Try dying just the lower half of your bangs or one large strand from your ponytail for an unexpected twist.”


There are many ladies who are interested in sporting a bright hue for one night, but would prefer to be able to return back to their more subdued, every-day look the following day. For them, Gocha has a great solution: “Extensions are the best way to temporarily rock a bright hair color, with virtually no downside or risk of adversely affecting your hair.” Dye extensions at home in order to achieve the perfect color for your skin tone. As Gocha clarifies, “Make sure that extensions are damp prior to dying. If your hair is darker, opt for a saturated tone like a bright pink or blue. If your hair is light, try something softer like a pastel for an ethereal effect. Clip underneath the top layer of your hair for a subtle, peekaboo of color.”


Ombre is perhaps the most brave of the bright hair color trends for this season. For the more daring woman, this might be the smartest style decision you’ve ever made, suggests Gocha. “I am a big fan of going for it when it comes to hair. With the right tips or stylist, you can make a huge change in your personal style, and it grows back! For the ombre look, begin by sectioning hair and start applying dye from the bottom up. As you want the tips of your hair to be the most saturated with color, this is an important step to note. Keep dye on the ends for about half the time the directions suggest, and then begin dying the next section of hair. Do not remove the dye from the tips. At the end, dilute the color on the ends with water, and wash and dry. This will create a fading effect that is attractive and magnetic.”

Gorgeously Green Tresses with Raw Hair Organics

Synthetic preservatives, detergents, and petroleum derivatives are commonly found in 95 percent of shampoos. Sulfates will also corrode and stunt hair growth. Not only are these damaging ingredients known to strip away sebum, an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous gland to keep your hair and skin from drying out, but they can take a toll one one's health. One of those ingredients include 1.4-dioxane, which is found in many shampoos, household products, and bath products - mostly anything that will create suds. High exposure to this ingredient can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, throat, nose, and lungs; vertigo, coughing, drowsiness, and increase your risk for cancer.

A little over a year ago, I mostly stopped using chemical laden hair products (except for heat protectant, but I have recently found a healthy alternative), and I have noticed a significant difference in my hair health - less breakage, shinier, and more apt at retaining moisture. I'll admit that I still have issues with my hair from time to time, but the flat iron is the culprit.

I was introduced to the Magnificent Moisture Shampoo ($21) and Conditioner ($22) by Raw Hair Organics about a month ago. I was sold at the fact that their products are 100% natural, made with organic, and wild crafted ingredients. Ideal for hair that is lacking in moisture, their Magnificent Moisture hair care line has natural moisturizing ingredients that are free of damaging detergents. I love the results that both products provide. It simply takes a dime sized amount of their shampoo to get my hair squeaky clean, and it doesn't strip my hair or leave it in a tangled mess - biggest plus! Their conditioner ensures that my hair retains moisture, while giving it a light, pleasant grapefruit scent.

I normally don't use styling gel in my hair, mostly due to the fact that they dry out my hair, causes flakes, and other hair misadventures. However, I really like their Just Gellin Styling Gel ($20). It doesn't flake or dry out the hair, yet it will ensure that your hair stays in place. I've been mostly using it in my son's hair and really like what it does for his also. I'm definitely going to forgo the expensive trips to the salon, where I normally buy his hair products.

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