I usually change my hair color a couple times a year, especially when it warms up outside. That’s when I’ll go lighter. I’m thinking about caramel highlights for spring! How about you?
I have to admit… There’s another reason why I’m itching for highlights.
I’m dying to try Redken’s new Color Extend line (more on that in a few), and I really want to see if lighter hair makes me look a little younger.
In my teens and 20s, people would always say I looked young for my age, but I feel like I’ve aged a TON in the past few years. Sometimes I look in the mirror and can’t believe all the business that just keeps popping up — a wrinkle here, a white eyebrow hair there — lovely.
I know I can’t stop the clock, but I wouldn’t mind slowing it down, LOL!
I think the whole I-feel-like-I-look-older thing is why Charla Krupp’s How Not to Look Old beauty book caught my eye. Charla’s a former beauty director at Glamour and a senior editor at InStlye magazine.
The book gives readers makeup, skin, hair and wardrobe tips they can use to “look 10 years younger.”
One of the age-defying things Charla suggests women can do with their hair is going lighter and cutting their bangs. Hmm… I think I’m gonna do both. Hair always grows back, right? Twenty-three, here I come!
Charla Krupp’s How Not to Look Old uses several before and after pics of celebs to illustrate points, and I gotta say the pics are convincing.
I think the book goes a little overboard with the cutesy abbreviations (Y&H = young and hip; OL = Old Lady), but it’s packed with interesting tips that make it worth a look. Flip through it next time you’re at the bookstore.
Keeps hair color from fading
The new Redken Color Extend ($13-$16) line I mentioned is a collection of five items to cleanse, condition, treat and style colored hair. The products are supposed to keep hair color from fading and to protect it against sun damage.
Each one’s infused with cranberry oil, which some are calling nature’s perfect moisturizer. We’ll see, right? Redken says it helps condition colored hair, too.
Last night I tried the Color Extend Shampoo ($13) and Conditioner ($14). I have to say one thing about cranberries — these products smell REALLY good. As for how well cranberry oil works, today my hair does feel super soft and isn’t tangly at all.
I still have more testing to do, but I’m liking what I’ve seen so far.
Later this week I plan to try a couple more things from the line.
The first is Total Recharge ($16), a conditioning spray you spritz on in the shower after shampooing and leave in for a minute or two before rinsing. It’s supposed to detangle, strengthen and safeguard hair from UVA and UVB rays.
Then I also want to try Rich Recovery ($16), a thick, rich treatment that’s supposed to act kinda like a hair mask. You slather it on after shampooing and towel drying, leaving it in for 15 minutes before rinsing. Redken claims it helps make hair more manageable and stronger. Let’s hope so!
Operation Skinny Jeans, Day 2
I’m heading to the gym tonight for more stair stepper action (blech). I think I may try to see how long I can go without holding on to the hand rails.
If you don’t hear from me tomorrow… you’ll know why.
Got any plans tonight? How was your day?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,