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Dye Your Hair with Tea

Hair Coloring with Tea

Longer Lasting Hair Color with Tea Therapy

“Coloring Your
Hair with Tea????”
I imagine a number of you who have sought out hair coloring tips using “organics,” may at one time or another come across the idea of using tea or coffee as an alternative method for tinting your hair? There are problems in taking this procedure on by yourself however.  First, you don’t have a clear recipe or understanding of what you’ll end up with after all your efforts. And, the notion of application of the procedures that you have found, look messy! It’s probably why you don’t hear much of women using this as an at-home, natural alternative to hair coloring . . . possibly teens and tweens accepted. Well, at least I haven’t tried it and don’t know anyone who has.”

BUT, the news of one high-end salon in Uptown Manhattan offering, “Tea Hair Therapy Treatments, caught my attention.  Tela Design Studio,  in Manhattan’s fashionable Meatpacking District, was written up in February’s issue of American Salon. Owner, Philip Pelusi is a renowned hairdresser, a 40+ year veteran in the hair industry, an entrepreneur, educator, designer and avid art philanthropist and photographer . . . a Renaissance man! He currently employees over 350 people including his 13 company owned salons in Pittsburg.

Pelusi has also pioneered, with the help of herbalist and chemists, the first line of specialty organic products that carry the FDA seal of approval, as seen on QVC.  I got in touch with Philip and it was easy to hear his strong passion and love of life.  “There are no products out there that are 100% organic, Pelusi said, but we have produced a 95% organic rating on two and a 70-80% rating on 9 of our 11 speciality products , so far.”  “The base of all our products is tea, he said, green tea, white tea and oolong tea.”
The line is called, Tela Beauty Organics, and is found at Barneys. Soon these products will be offered at other upscale hair care product retailers across the country. All items in the Tela line are paraben free and safe for color treated hair and contain Pelusi’s Tela Organic Core Blend, which is composed of 35 USDA and Oregon Tilth Certified organic ingredients. All shampoos and conditioners sell for $50 each.

The “Tea Hair Therapy Treatments,” consist of teas mixed with deep conditioners that are applied to the hair. “Brunettes can use a combination of teas such as, black tea with elderberries, blackberries and raspberries,” says Pelusi and “blondes use classic chamomile tea to enhance their color.” The treatments can also help to stretch the time between hair coloring services, as they “enhance the depth of color in high lights and brighten the shine and tonality of color-treated hair.”

As I said before, I don’t know much about using tea in the hair, but I’m hopeful that we may be seeing more of these type of treatments offered and learn more of what teas can achieve!

For those of you who have never seen some of the homemade concoctions used for dying the hair with tea, hear are a couple I found. . . I’m not recommending these, it’s just FYI.

For red hair:

* 1 tablespoon beet juice
* 1 red hibiscus tea bag
* 1/3 cup of catnip, dried or fresh

For blonde hair:

* 2 chamomile tea bags
* 1/3 cup of catnip, dried or fresh
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice

To Get the gray out
Turn gray hair dark again without an expensive trip to the hair care salon or the use of chemical hair dyes. Make your own natural dye using brewed tea and herbs: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. To use, shampoo as usual, and then pour or spray the mixture on your hair, making sure to saturate it thoroughly. Take care not to stain clothes. Blot with a towel and do not rinse. It may take several treatments to achieve desired results.

Condition dry hair
To give a natural shine to dry hair, use a quart (liter) of warm, unsweetened tea (freshly brewed or instant) as a final rinse after your regular shampoo.

Some recipes call for adding henna or vinegar and wrapping hair in a towel (old towel that can handle tea/beet stains.) And don’t forget to keep it off your skin, unsightly stains could be embarrassing and a bit hard to explain!


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Shear Genius 3 Hair Stylists Wanted!!

Shear Genius Cast

Network Combs The Nation For Talented Hairdressers To Compete On Shear Genius 3

Bravo Media announced today season pick-ups for a third season of the hit creative competition series Shear Genius. The announcements were made by Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Bravo Media.

So, all you hairdressers out there who have been emailing me to when and where YOU could try-out to be the nations next Shear Genius . . .  you’re up!! Sharpen your shears and polish up your skills, you have a shot here at a once in a lifetime opportunity. Challenging yourself to be the best you can be, taking risks and working hard at a competition like this has incomprehensible rewards . . . whether you make the cut or not!

This is a GREAT opportunity to not only hone your skills, but to get the most joy out of this profession you chose. If that nasty old emotion “fear” rears its ugly head to keep you from moving forward on this pursuit, just remember it is only a figment of your imagination. Remember how you needed to overcome “fear” first hand, many times, in growing as a hairdresser and where you would be if you hadn’t!

Here is the information I received from Bravo Media, everything you need to change your life starting today!  GO FOR IT!!  What a great growth opportunity for our industry!!

Bravo’s hair-raising creative competition series “Shear Genius” will be returning for a third season and is seeking the nation’s hottest hair styling experts. Open calls for hairdressers interested in competing in the high-stakes hair-cutting competition series will be held in cities across the country starting this week.

For more information on casting, go to The series offers a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the competitive and creative world of high-end hair styling, determining which contestants are a cut above and deserving of the ultimate title of “Shear Genius,” along with the $100,000 grand prize. “Shear Genius” is produced by Reveille for Bravo. Mark Koops, Howard T. Owens and Teri Kennedy serve as executive producers.

“Shear Genius” season three casting calls are as follows:
Sunday, March 15, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sassoon Academy
321 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, Calif. 90401

Sunday, March 22, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Academy at Austin
15635 Vision Drive. Suite 107, North Austin by Pflugerville, Texas 78660


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American Idol Hair Styles and Face Shapes

American Idol Hair Styles

Are American Idol’s Wearing the Right Hair Styles?

“American Idol
Hair Styles”

What about the hairstyles the American Idol contestants are wearing? So many are watching the contestants every move as they vie for a spot in the coveted 12!! Tonight three contestants will be picked from the 12 in group #3, to be part of the final 12!! Here are the women who will be in the competition tonight and the hairstyles they’ve chosen to wear.

American Idol Hair Styles Arrianna Afsar
Arianna Afsar American Idol Hair style

Arianna Afsar’s hairstyle suits her well. This 16 year old, whew, looking more mature than her age, portrays a natural kind of beauty and genuineness about her. Her face shape looks in this pic, to be somewhere between round and oval face. She has rounded tendencies to her cheeks with a lower hairline which also contributes to a more symmetrical or round face shape. Long soft curls and an off-center part, are both good choices for a round face shape. An off center part gives an asymmetry to the style where a middle part would accentuate roundness to her face shape.

American Idol Hair Styles Felicia Barton
Felicia Barton American Idol Hair Style

What a doll! From Virginia Beach, Va. Felicia, is a 26 year old diva! Adorable! Chipped bangs and long layered, highly texturized black hair fits her great.  In this photo shoot picture, her face shape looks like what I would call a more ‘dramatic oval.’ Her jawbones are prominent, yet her chin line softens, narrows and lengthens her face shape. This hairstyle is a good choice for her, yet, she has the face shape that can wear any length and almost any hair style. Not fair huh?

American Idol Hair Styles Kendall Beard
Kendall Beard American Idol Hair Style

Kendall Beard is 23 years old and is appropriately from (music city) Austin, Texas. I know this is starting to sound boring, but she also falls into oval face shape. This pic from her photo shoot, makes one want to describe her as, ‘cute as a button.” Her long layered, softly curled hair, with bangs looks cute on her but, in this pic at least, her hair looks too fine and thin to wear it this long. Don’t know if she is wearing extensions, but they would probably help.  I haven’t seen her, but her hair type, fine and thin, would have a hard time holding up these curls for long. (P.S. . . bangs are cute on her but they also make her look younger.)

American Idol Hair Styles Kristen McNamara
Kristen McNamara American Idol Hair Style

From my favorite wine country, Napa Valley, Ca., is  23 yr old Kristen McNamara (doesn’t look Irish?) Yup, you named it, oval face shape it is. Kristen’s big almond eyes are clearly a focal point of her cute face and bangs are a great way of drawing attention to them. Haven’t seen her yet either, but, I like the darker hair underneath idea, however the top looks too light and too yellow in this pic, for her skin tone to me.

American Idol Hair Styles Taylor Vaifanua
Taylor Vaifanua American Idol Hairstyle

Wowzer . . . another 16 year old singing for a top spot in American Idol! That amazes me, but anyways, in from Hurricane, Ut. this  r/b hip hop singer, has a face shape in-between round and oval/roundish. In this photo shoot pic, Taylor’s face shape looks more round. Wearing her bangs mostly full here, it shortens the appearance of her face shape. Also, when smiling big, the weight in her face distributes to a more rounded look. (Note how your own face shape changes from smiling and not smiling.)  I like her bangs better when swept over more, making them look more like a partial bang, it elongates her face shape. Another way to elongate her look would be to create height at the crown, with backcombing.

Good luck tonight ladies!!!

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