SPRING STYLING TIPS FROM ROCCO
Friday was officially the first day of Spring! Regardless of whether Mother Nature is following along in your neck of the woods, it's a good time to start things FRESH!
I will leave the specific fashion tips to the pros, but I can tell you that softer, happier colors look good on just about everyone this time of year. Winter skin can be dry and pale - but don't over do it with the make up - it just creates more contrast. And need I say it aloud? NO TANNING BEDS. If you need that glow, find a salon that does good spray tanning (in case you didn't know it, most booth/auto spray tans have a smell that is, shall we say, ewwww) or experiment on self-tanners until you find one that looks natural. The Fake'n'Bake is just wrong in so many ways, my sweets, that we all know better by now.
Let's talk hands and feet! A good pedicure is a must at least several times a year, and if you can't afford a salon, do it yourself - but do not use the razor shavers at home. Just take a few moments each time you shower to exfoliate your feet, and over time it will make a huge difference. Manis and Pedis, by the way, are not just about the polish. Dead skin is bad skin. Too much of it not only looks ugly, but is bad for all that good new skin suffocating underneath. And unlike hair color, with nails, the carpet need not match the drapes. Stick with a good, non-chip brand like Chi or OPI, but remember that every body's chemistry is different, so a color that may work for you may not work for someone else. Lots of beauty supply stores have little sampler sets so you can try the colors without investing in a big bottle. (Many of my lovelies carry the little ones for touch-ups).
Now for the crowning glory: hair. So, so many things to tell you, but let's start with the absolute must-dos:
You must choose a style that you can maintain. It's no good if you stop traffic on your way out of the salon if you look like a car wreck the rest of the time. Talk to your stylist - and go LIGHT on the product - that's the #1 mistake. Unlike some other things, a little goes a long way, darling.
The photos from the magazines - can be very helpful to your stylist - BUT - and hear me clear, dear, unless your stylist is either a surgeon or a wizard, you are NOT going to look the person in the photo. Don't mock - you'd be surprised how often this results in tears.
Bangs - easy, now big boys, I'm talking about the hair that grows above the forehead. Please please please do not cut your own hair. I know it's just so tempting when you're having a bad hair day, but breathe deep, center yourself, and wait until you can get to your salon. Most good stylists will do bang trims for free (although a small tip is always nice) because it makes your next trim so much nicer for everyone. Oh - and don't lie to us, my angels. We know.
Color! Things are much more natural and subtle these days - the days of excess are over everywhere, bunny, including spring locks. Blended highlights rather than stark, and my stars and moons - unless you are performing nightly on stage, the dark roots have been over for so long I shouldn't even need to discuss it. One more thing - if you try your own color at home, and your hair looks frightful, be honest with us. We know anyway, and we can't really help you if we don't know what chemicals we're dealing with. I mean, we're not just pretty faces behind the chairs, you know. We're educated in these things, both in school and on our feet.
Well! I already have too many words, according to the blog police, even though I have so much more to share! Thanks to the Tarts for asking me to guest here, and if you like what you hear, I'll be back!
Remember - a smile makes everyone more beautiful, bellas!