It’s all about the prep when it comes to a great Valentine’s Day look. Feel and look your best for date night or a girls night out with these essential products from Erborian, Ban, and John Frieda Hair Care.

Erborian BB Shot Mask ($8,

Bring your skin to life with this instant beauty-boosting sheet mask that acts as a true concentrate for a flawless complexion. Delivering results comparable to those of serum, it immediately helps to plump skin with moisture, smooth and refine skin’s texture and illuminate the complexion, leaving you and your skin ready to take on the night.

Erborian Glow Crème ($42,

Glow Crème offers a luminous blur effect and a fresh complexion in a simple step. Enriched with licorice extract, this multi-benefit crème helps to brighten, beautify and moisturize, while also helping to smooth the skin. Subtly pearlescent, your skin will illuminate with an ultra-radiant glow effect leaving you feeling date night ready.

Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10,

Throw this roll-on deodorant in your purse for that quick touch up you need before your plans. This formula glides on clear and clump-free, leaving your skin feeling smooth and instantly refreshed. It’s made with a gentler formula, that provides 24-hour protection against underarm perspiration even for those with sensitive skin.

John Frieda Day 2 Revival Dry Shampoo ($9.49,

Save time and instantly refresh second-day hair without leaving a visible residue. This lightly scented dry shampoo quickly absorbs oils and reactivates style leaving hair looking and feeling clean.

John Frieda Day 2 Revival Wave Refresh Spray ($9.49,

Give yesterday’s waves a spritz with this refreshing spray that contains a unique blend of Acai and Avocado Dry Oil. This will add texture and grip to-day 2 hair, making getting ready for valentine’s day that much easier.


Dove & Kelly Rowland Hair Anthem Inspires Girls Everywhere To Rock Their Hair

Tyrelle Davis and Faith Fennidy, both 11- years old, made headlines when they were sent home from school because of their hair extensions. Eleven-year-old Jorja Orrick was bullied for having short hair, which prompted her sister Sarah to cut her own locks in solidarity. With real stories like these and a history of helping young girls build self-esteem, Dove was inspired to join forces with Kelly Rowland to write and produce an original song titled, “Crown” — a power anthem that aims to break down the narrow definition of beautiful hair and encourage girls to feel confident in wearing it how they choose. The resounding call: “Wear it proud. #MyHairMyCrown.

“Growing up, I felt many of the pressures young girls face today when it comes to embracing their hair, but my mom would always tell me that your hair is your crowning glory and you should wear it proudly,” said Kelly Rowland. “This song is very personal to me and, having met many of the real girls who inspired it, I am incredibly proud to be partnering with Dove to spark this conversation and encourage girls everywhere to love their hair.”

Dove has long been committed to celebrating all hair types and styles through campaigns such as Love Your Curls and Love Your Hair. To further these efforts, the brand conducted a survey to better understand how to inspire hair confidence in young girls. The study found that 65 percent of young girls view their hair as a form of self-expression, however, nearly 50 percent say their hair can make them feel self-conscious. The brand also discovered that 71 percent of girls look to music as an influential factor in their lives, which inspired the brand to reach girls through this medium with the creation of “Crown”.

“Dove wants all young girls, and women, to have the confidence to wear their hair any way they choose and to see their hair as a source of confidence, not anxiety,” said Piyush Jain, Unilever Vice President of Marketing and General Manager of Hair Care. “As a brand, we are committed to celebrating all hair types, especially for young girls who start thinking about their hair’s appearance as early as age 7. Working with Kelly Rowland to produce ‘Crown’ allows us to share that message in an exciting way that we believe will resonate with girls everywhere.”

To help spread the anthem’s inspiring message, the brand will make a cameo during “E! Live From The Red Carpet: The 2019 Grammy Awards” ahead of the biggest award show in music on February 10, 2019. The special two-minute, a televised spot will feature clips from the music video for “Crown”, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, and a special message from Kelly Rowland to inspire people everywhere to join in the #MyHairMyCrown conversation.

Additionally, Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador, Jess Weiner, and Dove Self-Esteem Educator, Dre Brown, will lead an impactful workshop specifically designed to address topics around expressing self-confidence through embracing and celebrating all hair types. Kelly Rowland will reveal the curriculum and serve as a mentor during the workshop with young people from a local Boys & Girls Club. Dove is the largest provider of self-esteem education in the world. Through the Dove Self-Esteem Project, we have reached 29 million young people with a goal to reach another 20 million by 2020. Dove is encouraging young girls and women from all over to join in spreading this anthem far and wide. Head to YouTube and Vevo to watch and share the music video and exclusive behind the scenes content featuring the real girls who inspired the song.

Debuting February 6, 2019, the single will be released on Universal Music’s Island Records UK and available to stream on all streaming platforms.

About Dove Hair offers a wide range of solutions that provide deep nourishment and repair to meet women’s specific hair needs, whether it is dry, frizzy, in need of volume or damaged. The range includes shampoo, conditioners, treatments and styling products.

About Unilever United States, Inc. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Dove, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Love Beauty and Planet, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Pure Leaf, Q-tips, Schmidt’s Naturals, Seventh Generation, Simple, Sir Kensington’s, St. Ives, Suave, Sundial Brands, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TAZO, TIGI, TONI&GUY, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating more than $9 billion in sales in 2017. Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan underpins the company’s strategy and commits to:

● Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.

● Having the environmental impact of our products by 2030.

● Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020. The USLP creates value by driving growth and trust, eliminating costs and reducing risks. Globally, the company’s sustainable living brands grew 46% faster than the rest of the business and delivered more than 70% of the company’s growth in 2017.

For more information on Unilever U.S., its brands, and the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan visit:

Top Hair Tips for the Upcoming Holidays from NYC Hair Stylist Lucy Garcia Planck

Holiday parties are just around the corner and while you might be keeping your eyes open for new holiday attire, it’s time to start taking care of your hair so that when it comes time to show everything off, your hair looks just as shiny as your new dress!

Below are some great tips and trends from NYC Hair Stylist, Lucy Garcia Planck, from Salon Bergdorf Goodman, on how to make sure your hair stands out this holiday season:

  • Moisturizing is Key: Keeping hair moisturized will help all of your holiday hairstyles look great. The dry winter air will quickly zap your hair of any moisture it has. Try not to shampoo often. If you have oily hair wash it every other day, and if you have dry hair, aim at washing it one to two times a week maximum.
  • Hair Masks are a Must: Another great way to keep hair hydrated is by using hair masks 1-2 times a week depending on your hair’s texture. I like to use 1 tsp of coconut oil directly on your hair, starting on the ends of the hair and working it up towards the scalp. Go to work out or run an errand and leave in for 30-60 min then shampoo with the treatment still in the head and then rinse. This locks in the natural oils in the hair and keeps it looking shiny.
  • Take Care of Yourself From the Inside: I always say ‘you are what you eat.’ Whatever you put into your body reflects your outsides. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and eat proper foods such as fish, nuts, and eggs helps to keep hair shiny. Taking a biotin supplement will also help. Biotin is a natural supplement that many people don’t get enough of and that could be a contributing factor to dry, brittle hair. I always tell my clients to take biotin year-round to maintain a strong, healthy glow to their hair and it also helps with split ends. I love using and always recommend vitafusion Gorgeous Hair, Skin and Nails is a great-tasting gummy multivitamin containing 12 key nutrients, including Biotin and Vitamins C and E to help nourish beautiful hair, skin, and nails from the inside out.
  • Keep Static Away:  Dry winter months always create lots of hair static, which can ruin a great hairstyle. I always sleep on a silk pillowcase, which can help to eliminate this issue. Unlike cotton, the silk pillowcase doesn’t have any wrinkles in it and won’t mess up our hair. To maintain your hair or hairstyle (a fresh salon blowout), sleeping on silk helps with the static as well during the winter when your hair is depleted of moisture. Argan oil moisturizes the ends of your hair without leaving your hair oily. Use only a very tiny amount (pea-sized). If your hair is fine, stay away from the oils, instead use static guard sprayed in your hairbrush and brush your hair. For those with thicker hair, the argan oil will help keep your hair moisturized and reduce static and flyways.

3 Easy Tips for Treating Afro Hair

After decades of spending small fortunes on relaxing and weaving their hair – read, stressing! – many women have decided to finally call it quits by going back to their natural roots and letting their afros come out to play.

With the rise of racial bias, hairstyles such as the afro and braids have increased in trend with celebrities such as Beyoncé setting an example of what it means to own and find empowerment, in one’s cultural identity. If you’re ready to grow out your afro and are navigating the best ways to take care of it, follow these three tips by renowned hairstylists specializing in afros.

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Treat it Well

Our hairs’ natural oils take longer to absorb into curly hair, so it is important to keep your tresses moisturized to stop it from frizzing. There are various hair-products specifically for natural hair available on the market but the best oils to treat your hair with are usually the ones you already keep in your kitchen: coconut, olive, castor, jojoba, and avocado oil will work wonders on your hair.

These oils are extremely nourishing and inexpensive and will help you get your hair to look as though you have just walked out of the salon.

Wash your hair then follow up with a conditioner, letting it soak in for at least five minutes ensuring it reaches all the way down to the roots. Once you’re out of the shower, treat your hair with your moisturizing cream or oil of choice and let it soak into your hair, being careful not to use too much to avoid droopy, wet-looking curls.

Pump up the Volume

An afro should be voluminous and one of the best ways to ensure the full look is by braiding your hair prior to going to bed. This will ensure that your hair isn’t flattened while you sleep and will instead spring back into its voluminous form once your release it from its braids in the morning.

One of the most important things to keep a check on when it comes to afro-maintenance is your split ends. Schedule a standing appointment with your hairdresser to avoid skipping your monthly trim. Split ends will make it difficult for you to style your afro and will travel up to mid-length causing further damage to your hair.

Also, try to add some natural volume to your hair.

Invest in a Silk Headscarf

All that moisturizing care you have been putting into your natural hair will be for nothing if you don’t protect it with a silk headscarf or pillowcase while you sleep. Instead of your hair absorbing all the oily goodness, your pillow will and come morning, your afro will be back to a state of dry frizz. Wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before you go to sleep, will retain the moisture, allowing it to work its magic on your hair while you sleep. Your hair is also prone to more breakage during the night time as you are constantly moving against your pillow, the fabric of which can cause our hair to get caught and damaged. Wrapping your hair in a silk scarf or investing in a silk pillowcase, will protect it from breakage throughout the night and you will wake up to healthy-looking hair that is easy to comb.



Vanessa Hudgens debuted a new (and temporary) look over the weekend – an extra-long, sleek ponytail.  If you have short hair like Vanessa’s, or just want to add length to your pony, try Hairdo.

Hairdo 18” Simply Straight Wrap-Around Pony ($49,

Hairdo 16” Human Hair Wrap Around Pony ($199,

Hairdo Pony extensions are available in synthetic and human hair options and are very easy to use. Simply create your pony, wrap the extension around the base of the pony, and fasten in.

Note: This celebrity is not wearing Hairdo products, but we wanted to show you how to get the look by using them.

11 Tips To Help Create More Hair Volume

Are you sick of limp locks, flat hair and dying to have more hair volume? If your dream or goal is to increase your hair volume, here are 11 ultimate tips for you. Feel free to give them a try for better results.

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Back brush it

In this case, use a large paddle brush to back brush your hair roots to create a soft hair volume. Combs with fine teeth will create massive tangles.

Pin the uppermost layers of the hair and then back-brush the rest section by section. Hold each section away from your head and brush down at the root in three, fast strokes. A hairspray to each brushed area will see your volume last for a while. Let your hair down upon completion.

Enhance your roots

Make root-boosting products to your friends. They support any manual lifts you make near the roots of your hair to help your style last. Locate products designed only for fine hair and apply them on your scalp. These products should be used on damp hair.

Change your part

It is not surprising that you have a favorite place where you part your hair. Mostly your hair likes to fall on this part naturally. It is here where your hair lies flattest and you like it to stay that way.

Changing your part to the other side will instantly create volume at the top. To achieve most height, apply a deep side part on the other side in dry hair, spraying it lightly to hold.

Blow dry upside down

This is the best shortcut to achieve a voluminous blowout. Just like it sounds, it is flipping the head in an upside down manner. After your haircut, use a flat-iron to finish off the ends of your hair for more voluminous hair look. Your scalp is automatically lifted by the roots to give you that outlook in this technique.

Crimp your roots

Crimping is done at the root of your hair to rough up its texture, making it stand out from your scalp. This method was highly popular in the 80s. Requiring nil expertise, it also takes a few minutes to do it. The top layer of your hair is able to hide crimping from any detection.

Use hot rollers

This method is often forgotten. Unlike flat and curling irons, this requires no special method. It works perfectly on the dry hair where you put hot rollers on your hair and by the time you’re finished with your make-up the job will be done too.

Ensure you choose the direction of your waves. You can choose to roll away for glamorous Hollywood-like waves or towards the face to create a more vintage look. Misting the sections with hairspray before rolling makes the volume last. When the rollers have cooled, take them out to brush and shape your waves for a modern, soft look.

Sleep in a bun

Wash your hair and pull it up into a loose, high bun while damp and then secure it with something soft and elastic. This will dry your hair while lifted off your scalp. When you loosen it you’ll achieve volume and a bonus of soft waves.

Apply volume building shampoo

Sounds like the right tool for the job, right? This shampoo will align with your volume goals. To find a shampoo that is safe and doesn’t strip your hair, ensure your products are translucent or clear as they’re unlikely to be laden with heavy hair conditioning agents.

Use dry shampoo

When you finish blow-drying your hair, apply a layered coat of dry shampoo on your scalp. This layer prevents oils from destroying your volume thus helping it to last longer. Innately, dry shampoo is volume building. To create more texture, spray it throughout the lengths as well.

Add color

Color is not just about color but also the texture it gives your hair. A color ingredient, peroxide, add a body that roughs up your hair cuticle to help those with flat hairs that don’t support volume styles.

Remove conditioner with a cold rinse

Cold water better removes residue than warm water. In essence, it removes all traces of conditioners that might be sabotaging your strands enabling you to achieve volume easily when you go to blow dry your hair.

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Leave in or Rinse Out? Which Conditioner is Right for Your Hair?

When it comes to hair treatments the conditioner we choose can really impact not only how our hair holds a style but it’s overall health and appearance. Most people feel overwhelmed by the number of conditioners available. Do I leave in or rinse out? Which conditioner is right for my hair type? How long do I leave it in for? How much should I use? To help us crack the code on hair conditioners we connected with Maya Smith, International Master of Natural Curls and founder of The Doux®, a haircare line created specifically for naturally curly hair which includes The Fresh Rinse® conditioner.

Below are the most common questions about hair conditioners with awesome insights and tips from Maya, where she lends over 2 decades of hands-on experience as a stylist.

What are the benefits of a conditioner?

Conditioners help protects the hair from dryness and breakage by coating the hair shaft to help it retain moisture and softness. People tend to use it mainly for the added benefit of detangling hair, however, it’s important to choose a conditioner that won’t weigh your hair down.

What are the benefits of a rinse?

A rinse, unlike a conditioner, doesn’t coat the cuticle of the hair. A rinse has a much thinner consistency and is in actuality a detangler.

Do I use a leave-in conditioner or a conditioning rinse?

You can use both if your hair is dry, course, or color treated, however, fine hair or hair that tends to be porous should stick to conditioner only.

Should everyone with curly or kinky hair use a conditioner?

Yes. Conditioners help maintain the hair’s elasticity, or its ability to stretch and expand without breaking, which is essential for curly hair.

How long do I leave in a conditioning rinse?

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions start there. Every formula is different, so you want to be sure to use the product as directed to avoid under or over-conditioning. You can always leave it in a bit longer or switch to another conditioner specifically for the result you want to achieve.

What’s the best water temperature to use when rinsing it?

I prefer luke-warm to cool water because it helps the cuticle of the hair close during the rinse, which makes the hair shiny and sleek.

How much conditioner should be used for every inch of hair?

It depends on the density, or thickness of the hair. Again, follow the manufacturer’s directions on how much to apply. Many suggest the amount of a quarter however if hair is thinner or really thick you may need more or less.

What are some ingredients that can weigh hair down?

Oils and certain types of silicones can weigh hair down. However, some formulas include these ingredients intentionally, because of the smoothing effect that they create on the hair. This is why it’s important not to leave it in too long and to make sure to get it all out unless it’s a leave-in conditioner.

What ingredients should be avoided?

I’m not a fan of petroleum jelly or mineral oil. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding silicone, but what most people don’t know is that silicones get a really bad rap because they’re commonly associated with silicones found in products that aren’t made for your hair. Cosmetic-grade silicones like dimethicone actually create slip, protects the hair from breakage, and helps the hair shaft retain moisture during the styling process.

What about conditioners for color-treated hair?

Some ingredients can break down artificial pigment in the hair, causing it to fade, look dull, or turn brassy. Make sure that the label says that the product is color-safe. You certainly want to switch to products formulated for color-treated hair.

Can I dilute a regular conditioner with water and use it as a detangler?

You can, however, I recommend opting for a product that was intended to be a leave-in conditioner. This will help you avoid unnecessary build-up. Some people like to put a leave in conditioner mixed with water in a spray bottle and add it to their beach bag. After swimming they spray it in to make hair easier to comb through.

What are some mistakes people make when using a leave in or a rise out conditioner?

Over-conditioning is the most common mistake because too much coating on the hair can cause dryness, brittleness, and ultimately breakage. Make sure you’re not leaving a conditioner in longer than 3 minutes unless the manufacturer instructs you to do so.

The Doux’s Fresh Rinse Conditioner, sold at Target for $12.99, addresses the need for deep nourishment for wavy, curly or kinky hair without heaviness or build up. 

About Maya Smith:

 Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience, Maya dedicated two decades to crack the code on curl care, maintenance, and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, according to NaturallyCurly, Maya is among the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in select Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

Rihanna and Cardi B: Met Gala Hair with Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Celebrity hairstylists Yusef Williams and Toyko Stylez used the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer professional edition ($449.99) to style the hair of top celebrities, Rihanna, and Cardi B at the 2018 MET Gala.

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HOW TO (By Yusef Williams, Rihanna’s hair stylist)

Inspiration: “John Galliano is the inspiration of all inspiration. For this look, I wanted to go back in time and create this Vatican-homage, but with a single finger wave to make it feel modern and more avant-garde.”

  1. Begin with wet hair and blow dry on high heat using the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer professional edition
  2. Once dry, I used the Phyto Specific Curl Legend Spray to hydrate before pulling the hair into a pony
  3. I then used the Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray and Fiber Paste and continued drying the hair
  4. I didn’t need a flat iron because the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer professional edition is so good.
  5. From here I created finger waves on either side of her face, using the flat iron to create the flat waves. Then brushed out using a fine tail comb, locking in the shape with the Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray

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HOW TO (By Tokyo Stylez, Cardi B’s hair stylist)

  1. Prep hair with Avlon Kera Care Foam Wrap-Set Lotion
  2. Blow dry with a round brush on high heat using the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer professional edition
  3. Use a ½ inch curling wand to style hair using OGX Shimmering Keratin Oil to give the hair shine
  4. Use a paddle brush to blow try again with the  Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer professional edition to give a nice flowy kinky textured look
  5. Finish the look with Paul Mitchell INVISIBLEWEAR Undone Texture Hairspray and Pantene Pro-V Hairspray to lock in the style

Recreate The Look: Met Gala Hair and Yara Shahidi

Yara’s hair made a classic but bold and voluminous statement for last night’s Met Gala.

Inspiration: Naivasha was inspired by “Whimsical Texture.” She wanted to celebrate texture in the most glamorous way with a 60-inch ponytail.

To Recreate the Look:

  • Start by saturating the hair in quadrants and tame any frizz by using the John Frieda Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse and brush through thoroughly with a paddle brush
  • Part hair into a 3 section triangle and apply John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air Dry Waves Styling Foam to enhance curls and create a touchable-soft style. Brush each section smoothly to the nape
  • Next, gather the 3 sections and wrap tightly with a hair bungee to secure a sleek ponytail. Take a section of the hair and wrap around pony to cover the bungee
  • Then, gently mist the ponytail with John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner to give the hair moisturized and keep it hydrated through the night
  • As a final touch, Naivasha added a veil to Yara’s look



Smooth ‘N Shine Straight and Curl Collections: Celebrity Stylist Larry Sims

Smooth ‘N Shine has evolved and expanded with 18 new products featuring a reformulation of their fan favorites, Straightening Hair Polisher and Edge Smooth Pomade, and more. Backed by Celebrity Stylist, Larry Sims the Straight and Curl collections are formulated with all hair types in mind – straight, wavy, curly and coily.

Designed to treat your tresses with whatever style you’re feeling – rock your natural curls, or go for a sleek polished look.

The Curl Line is created to empower women to embrace their natural curls. Featuring Camellia Oil and Shea Butter, this line will ensure your curls, coils, zig-zags and every texture in between are moisturized to perfection! From detangling to curl-defining, this line has your curls covered. Formulated with fine botanical oils including:

  • Camellia Oil – This virgin oil is known for its benefits of being highly restorative, quick-penetrating and aiding in moisturizing hair
  • Shea Butter – With no added chemicals, this butter soothes sensitive skin and scalp with its natural moisturizing properties

Available at Drugstores nationwide & Amazon in late-February/March; $5.99 each

The Straight Line is designed for women who want straight and sleek styles without damaging their hair. Featuring ultra-hydrating Black Seed and Coconut Oils, these products will condition and nourish hair while leaving less hair breakage. Formulated with fine botanical oils including:

  • Black Seed Oil – Known for strengthening hair, this oil works to promote hair growth and help in regrowing certain thinning areas on your scalp
  • Coconut Oil – stimulates hair growth while adding luster, shine, and softness

Available at Drugstores nationwide & Amazon in late-February/March; $3.49 each