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So You Cut Your Hair…

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

WEARING: TOP: more options here/JEANS: more options here/HEELS: more options here

If there’s one question you guys ask, it’s about my hair! So today we’re talkin’ hair. This time with the help of my trusted hair stylist, Celeste, from Anushka Spa & Salon in West Palm Beach. Because let’s face it, hair is a huge part of our lives. [insert hair flip]

One of my biggest transformations happened when I cut my hair short. At first, to my collarbone. Then to my shoulders. Then to my chin. And now with bangs. Definitely in phases. But one thing has always remained the same, I believe hair, much like style (and life really) should be effortless. Easy. It should make sense. Same with your hair color (more on that here).

Naturally, my hair is bone straight. If I sleep with wet hair, I’ll wake up with perfectly straight hair. Growing up, I hated it. I wished I had curly hair. Now, I’ve learned to embrace it and how to style it. AND how to fake a natural, tousled look.

Here’s how I do it…

Start with clean, straight, dry hair. If you have fine, thick, curly or coarse hair, you’ll need to blow your hair out before you begin. Add in dollop of mouse for volume (if you have fine hair), or your favorite serum/oil for a smoother blowout (if you have curly/coarse hair).

Grab a 1-inch curling iron, like this one. You can also use a wand. (In the past, I used an inexpensive wand from Remington. Click here for more.) The goal is to create a loose feeling without curling the ends of your hair…

To do so, pinch a 1-inch section and curl your hair without clamping down on the ends. (If you’re using a wand, simply wrap your hair around the barrel and hold the ends with your fingers. And be sure to wear a protective glove.)

Continue to curl all over. Allowing for the pieces of curled hair to cool down. Remember: it doesn’t have to look perfect.

Once your curls are cooled down, grab some texturizing spray or dry shampoo and spritz the roots of your hair. We’re using Oribe texture spray here.

You’ll want to go section by section spritzing the roots of your hair… Try to avoid spraying the ends. If your hair is dry, use a spray with oil. That way it’s nourishing.

For a somewhat polished look, take a piece of hair and pin it behind one ear.

Or, shake it off! Shake it off! Using your hands, gently massage your roots and scrunch up the hair to mess it up and to create an effortless look. You can also do this by finger combing (suggested for fine hair).

Smooth out your hair with a little bit of hairspray. And voila! That’s how you do it. If you have fine hair like me, don’t wash your hair tomorrow! Throw in some dry shampoo and wear it messy to get that “just rolled out of bed” look. (What I do for blog shoots.)

A good hairstyle depends on a good haircut so definitely visit your stylist (or Celeste at Anushka!) to figure out what works best with your hair texture and face shape.

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Comment below if you have any questions! Happy Sunday!

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you Anushka Spa & Salon for sponsoring this post!]

My Skin Fix

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

In last month’s blog post “Why I love Balayage,” I mentioned doing a three-part series highlighting my favorite treatments (and pro’s) at Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre in West Palm Beach. Last month, I talked about hair color. This month, I’m talking about skincare!

I first learned about skincare when I started working at Anushka in my early twenties. Aestheticians would tell me, “wash, tone, moisturize and apply sunscreen every day.” Which I did – kind of. At minimum, I would wash and moisturize. Occasionally, I would apply sunscreen.

I realized I needed to pay better attention to my skin around my mid-twenties. For the first time, I started to notice small brown spots and freckles. Dry patches whenever the weather would change. And breakouts. Breakouts!

In high school, I had perfect skin. In my early twenties, I had perfect skin. I never experienced a “breakout” until my mid-twenties. “Why is this happening to me,” I would say to my doctor. “You’re experiencing adult acne,” he would say. Turns out acne isn’t just for teens. As an adult, things like stress or changes in your hormone levels can cause acne.

Which made sense. Around this time, I left my PR job. Broke up with a boyfriend. I started freelancing for the first time. My blog was growing… and I was becoming increasingly self-conscious about my skin. At times, hiding my face from the camera because I was so embarrassed. It completely hurt my self-esteem.

I’ll never forget this one woman who came to Anushka with tears in her eyes. She had the worst case of acne I had ever seen, in my life. “Please. Please. I’m begging you. I need someone to help me with my skin. I’m getting married soon,” she said as I suggested she make an appointment with, Uslin, one of the top aestheticians at Anushka. Eight weeks later, her skin completely changed. I couldn’t believe it.

My skin is better… Breakouts flare up every now and then. But for the most part, it’s improved thanks to regular facials (every six to eight weeks), stronger products and stress management. However, those pesky marks left behind from pimples, sunspots and freckles – not so much.

I recently saw Dr. Bonnie Marting, an expert in cosmetic dermatology at Anushka, to fix this problem. She suggested an IPL, also known as an Intense Pulsed Light treatment (laser) to remove my brown spots, sun damage (thanks Florida), acne scars and to help tighten and refine my pores. “It’s one of the best treatments you can do to have a radiant complexion,” according to her.

Let me preface this next part by saying: an IPL is no massage. It’s a little scary. No, it doesn’t hurt. It’s just shocking because intense pulses of light hit your face. But it’s quick. So no biggie.

What it does: causes collagen and blood vessels below the skin to constrict, reducing redness and age lines. Here’s a picture of me (with no makeup) right after the treatment. As you can see, there’s a little bit of redness and swelling.

Following the treatment, brown spots get darker, scab and eventually flake off. This was taken right after the gym.

A couple days later… (right after ballet class!). As you can see, my complexion is getting smoother.

Dr. Bonnie suggests using a good sunscreen product after the treatment. For those of you wondering, there’s no downtown.

For the next part of my treatment, I did a SilkPeel with Uslin. A silkpeel is a lot like a microdermabrasion treatment except it doesn’t use crystals to exfoliate the skin. And it infuses the skin with hydrating products. The result? Immediate improvement in volume, hydration and tone. Revitalized skin.

Ideal candidates have mild to moderate acne. Dark spots and sun damage. Dry and dehydrated skin or a rough skin texture. And little fine lines and wrinkles. I.E. anyone in their 20-30s!

As soon as you walk out, you feel great. However if you have a wedding to attend, Uslin suggests getting the treatment two weeks before the big day.

Here’s a selfie taken two weeks after my IPL + one week after my silkpeel.

I’ve also introduced a retinol into my night regime and – wow. WOW. It’s helped normalize my skin, and encourage it to shed and rebuild in healthier ways. It was a little irritating at first but after two weeks of use, my skin got used to it. Dr. Bonnie says retinols are a “miracle product.”

Do these treatments + products work? Absolutely. I feel like I’m in high school again. My skin feels amazing. Every day it gets better, brighter and tighter.

First timer to Anushka? Mention my blog, The Style Bungalow, to receive $25 off your next service of $75 or more! For online book, use code: 25OFFNCBL

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Stephanie

Why I Love Balayage

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

SWEATER, HEELS (c/o) Vici Collection/JEANS: Levi’smore styles here

In college, I landed a job as a receptionist at Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre in West Palm Beach. At the time, I needed a job with flexible hours to accommodate my hectic college schedule. My primary duties were to greet guests and escort them to the spa, keeping a close eye on everyone who walked through those doors to make sure they would have a fantastic experience. As a work perk, I received discounted hair and beauty treatments (which, for a college student was a huge expense). Occasionally, I would try something new. Like a conditioning treatment for my hair, nail art or a skin peel. Let’s just say, I had it pretty good and I loved working there.

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Little did I know that the takeaways from that job would prove to be invaluable in shaping my blog today. And, help sharpen my communication skills (which came in handy after college in my public relations job). So much of what I learned at Anushka – how to take care of your skin, the difference between good and bad hair color, the importance of self-care – has helped me navigate the beauty industry. Which is why I’ve decided to do a three-part series highlighting some of my favorite treatments (and pro’s) at Anushka!

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

To start, I’m sharing one of the most commonly asked questions I get all the time – hair color. Why? Because the right shade of color can enhance a woman’s face and hair texture without overpowering her. We all know that when hair color is good, it’s rich and gorgeous. When hair color is bad, it’s an absolute train wreck. So…

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

That’s why I’ve put my head in the hands of one of the most trusted colorists in Palm Beach, James Parlier, for years. Since I started working at Anushka!

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

James uses a special French coloring technique called balayage. It’s a freehand technique where the color is applied by hand rather than using foils or a cap. Yes, he hand paints my highlights.

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

The appeal of balayage is that you can achieve so many different styles from it. From soft, natural sun-kissed highlights (what I have) to an ombre look to something strong and dramatic. The entire process varies on the length of your hair and the desired result.

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

It’s also super low maintenance. You don’t have to go to the salon every couple of weeks to touch up your highlights – because you don’t have a demarcation line like you do with foils. Color is hand painted on so when your hair grows it, it looks natural – not harsh. (Fun fact: Last winter, I went a couple months without getting my color done and readers still commented on how rich it looked!)

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Wondering if it’s best for you?

It works for me because my highlights are applied to my natural hair. I’ve never completely dyed my hair; I’ve only done highlights. For those of you who have completely dyed your hair, the balayage technique can be achieved. Just speak with James (or a balayage specialist) to see if it suits your hair type and desired color!

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

I personally think you can see my color best when my hair is in loose, beachy curls. Anything flowy! Shout out to my hair stylist, Celeste, for my cut and blow drys!

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

As always, with color you should be using salon professional shampoos and conditioners as well as get regular conditioning treatments to preserve the color. No matter what! I think color looks best when your hair is in great condition.

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

First timer? Schedule a consultation with James. First timer to Anushka? Show the girls at the front desk (those wonderful receptionists) this card to get $25 off your next service of $75 or more! For online booking, use code: 25OFFNCBL

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Next month, I’m talking skin care! Stay tuned… and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Stephanie

P.S.: I’ll be at Anushka tomorrow from 4-8PM with Air Optix Colored Contact Lenses and celebrity makeup artist, Allan Avendaño. Stop by to chat about blogging, beauty and more! It’s free! Details below.

 Air Optix Event - The Style Bungalow