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How-to: 4 Steps to Perfect Beach Waves

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Get flawless beach waves in four easy steps. Learn from step-by-step instructions and the how-to video by session stylist and Viviscal ambassador Neil Moodie.

Over the next four weeks, we’ll share four of Neil Moodie’s top looks and show you how to achieve these styles quickly and easily. Check in every Tuesday to see how to use the new Viviscal Gorgeous Growth hair care line to master beach waves, perfectly messy side braids, on-trend accessories and a chic up-do.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Wash your hair with Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner to leave it looking thicker and fuller.
  2. Rough-dry your hair with your fingers and a hairdryer, and apply sea salt spray.
  3. Once dry, take random sections of hair and wrap around a curling iron, holding for 3-5 seconds.
  4. After half of the hair has been curled, spritz with hairspray and then brush through the curls  with your fingers to loosen and create a tousled look. Repeat with the rest of the hair.

Neil’s Beach-Wave Secret: “You don’t need to twist the hair in the same direction for each one. You want this to look naturally wavy and not too uniform.”

Watch: Beach Waves Hair Tutorial by Neil Moodie

About Neil Moodie

Neil is the Creative Director for the Windle & Moodie salon in London. In his more than 30 years of experience as a hairdresser, he has gained a wealth of knowledge not only of hair but of the beauty industry, collaborating with some of the biggest fashion and beauty pioneers in the world. His work has appeared on the pages of Vogue, Burberry print ads and on haute couture runways around the world. Neil says, “I love to experiment with textures and mix contemporary, graphic elements with classic fundamentals. One of the greatest aspects about editorial hairstyling is having the freedom to experiment and break some of the fundamental rules, whether through the unconventional use of products or hairstyling techniques.”



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How-to: The Messy Side Braid in 4 Easy Steps

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Master the messy side braid in four steps. Get step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial by session stylist and Viviscal ambassador Neil Moodie.

Throughout August, we’re sharing four of Neil Moodie’s top hair looks, showing you how to achieve these on-trend styles quickly and easily. Every Tuesday, visit our blog to see how to use the new Viviscal Gorgeous Growth hair care line to create looks with beach waves, a messy side braid, accessories and a chic up-do.

Step-by-Step How-to:

  1. To give hair volume, wash and condition with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo & Densifying Conditioner. For added body, apply hair building fibers to the crown and work through in sections.
  2. Using your fingers, part the hair into three strands, and braid them into a semi-loose French braid and tie with an elastic band, leaving minimal hair hanging below the band.
  3. Loosen the braid using your fingers to create more texture. You want the braid to look wider and flatter.
  4. Loop the braid upwards, pinning the end to the top. You want it to be just above your ear. Add as many pins as you need to secure it in place.

Neil’s finishing touch: “For added volume, adjust the braid by using your fingers to create texture. You can make it as messy or as neat as you like.”

Watch: How to Create the Perfect Messy Side Bun by Neil Moodie

About Neil Moodie

Neil is the Creative Director for the Windle & Moodie salon in London. In his more than 30 years of experience as a hairdresser, he has gained a wealth of knowledge not only of hair but of the beauty industry, collaborating with some of the biggest fashion and beauty pioneers in the world. His work has appeared on the pages of Vogue, Burberry print ads and on haute couture runways around the world. Neil says, “I love to experiment with textures and mix contemporary, graphic elements with classic fundamentals. One of the greatest aspects about editorial hairstyling is having the freedom to experiment and break some of the fundamental rules, whether through the unconventional use of products or hairstyling techniques.”

Try last week’s Neil Moodie style: perfect beach waves.



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Nothing adds glittery elegance to an up-do like the perfect hair accessory. Follow this step-by-step how-to as Viviscal ambassador and session stylist Neil Moodie demonstrates how to create the perfect up-do with your favorite hair accessory.

Throughout August, we’ve shared four of Neil Moodie’s top hair looks, showing you how to achieve these on-trend styles quickly and easily. This on-trend up-do with a hair accessory is the fourth and final of the looks, which included beach waves, the messy side braid, and a chic voluminous ponytail. To style these looks, Neil used the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying hair care line featuring Shampoo, Conditioner and body-boosting Elixir.

Step-by-Step How-to:

  1. Prepare the hair with Viviscal Densifying Elixir to add texture and volume. Rough-dry hair with hairdryer.
  2. Pull hair into a ponytail using fingers and twist upwards. With a U pin, secure the hair at the twist.
  3. Create a knot shape and secure with more pins. Loosen the knot to add texture.
  4. Create whichever shape you like and keep playing with it until you have the desired effect. Add the hair accessory of your choice.

As seen at Fashion Week: “The humble Alice band was brought back with a twist in the 2016 shows, with designers such as Dolce & Gabbana option for gorgeous decorated gold headpieces.”   – Neil Moodie

About Neil Moodie

Neil is the Creative Director for the Windle & Moodie salon in London. In his more than 30 years of experience as a hairdresser, he has gained a wealth of knowledge not only of hair but of the beauty industry, collaborating with some of the biggest fashion and beauty pioneers in the world. His work has appeared on the pages of Vogue, Burberry print ads and on haute couture runways around the world. Neil says, “I love to experiment with textures and mix contemporary, graphic elements with classic fundamentals. One of the greatest aspects about editorial hairstyling is having the freedom to experiment and break some of the fundamental rules, whether through the unconventional use of products or hairstyling techniques.”

Try other hairstyles by Neil Moodie:
1. Perfect beach waves
2. Messy side braid
3. Chic voluminous ponytail

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Calling all retro brides! If you love the glamour and drama of Old Hollywood stars, this makeup tutorial is for you! One of the tips we regularly give to brides-to-be when they ask how to prep for their bridal makeup trial is: choose a look that is classic, but true to who you are. We say this because we want you to love your makeup on your wedding day and every day after. This “vintage glamour” look is one that withstands the test of time. It’s just as fitting for a modern bride as it was during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The best part about a glamorous, Old Hollywood look is it’s easily achieved with and without the help of a professional makeup artist. Watch this video for a step-by-step tutorial on how to get the look.

Old Hollywood Wedding Makeup Tutorial

Create a Flawless Complexion

Get Sultry-looking Eyes

Finish with Kissable Lips

We Want to Know

What bridal makeup look would you like to see us recreate? Comment with your answer below and we may choose your look for our next bridal makeup tutorial.

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A timeless, elegant bridal look will never go out of style. Every bride-to-be wants to feel beautiful on their big day and this classic bridal look will achieve that and stay tasteful and classic in pictures for many years to come. We promise, your natural beauty will be front-and-center with the soft, romantic bridal makeup look.

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Get Your Glow On

A Subtle, Smokey Eye

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  • Fill in brows with the Retractable Brow Pencil in your brow shade.
  • Sweep Canvas Smooth Affair for Eyes across your lid to prime them for shadow.
  • Use the Eye Shadow Kit to create your eye look. Apply the Cappuccino shade in your crease and the outer corner of your eyes.
  • Deepen your crease by applying the Dark Suede shade on the outer corners of your eyes.
  • Use an Eye Shader Brush to press the Oyster shade into the center of your lids.
  • Add the Charcoal shade to the outer corners of your eyes, blending the color into Dark Suede.
  • Blend the crease colors lightly using a Crease brush.
  • Smudge Charcoal into the outside corner of your top lash line.
  • Run Black/Brown Eye Pencil along your bottom lash line. Then, add Dark Suede to your lash line for more intensity.
  • Finish off the eyeliner with a thin line of Black/Brown Eye Pencil along your top lash line.
  • Tie the look together with a pair of false lashes on your upper lashes. Add PureLash Mascara in Black Onyx to your lower lash line.
  • If you’d like a more intense eyeliner look, apply a bit of Black Liquid Eyeliner to the base of your top lashes. This will help blend the false lashes with your natural lashes.

Lovely Lips


Want More Inspiration?

Check out these other wedding makeup tutorials.

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Discard your toxic deodorizers and use a natural deodorant instead to stop the damage from those chemicals. Read the benefits of natural deodorant below.

What’s Natural Deodorant?

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A deodorant is a substance we apply to the body to prevent body odor. Unlike conventional deodorizer, natural deodorant is made-up of odor-fighting ingredients like virgin coconut oil, beeswax, cornstarch, shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, saccharomyces, and some essential oils. It allows the good bacteria to flourish, which eventually removes the body odor. This natural product comes in cream, stick, roll-on, spray, or in gel-form.

Benefits of Natural Deodorant

As regular deodorant is full of toxic chemicals like aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, parabens, propylene glycol, and triclosan, that’s why the transition to a natural and organic deodorant is necessary. Here’re some Benefits of Natural Deodorant, that’ll surely make you try them out!

1. Prevents Yellowish Cloth Stain

It’s often assumed that the flashing-yellow pit stain is caused due to sweat, but it’s a half-truth. Aluminum-filled deodorant is the real culprit behind pit stains. It happens when it reacts with the under-arm sweat. As natural deodorant is aluminum-free and made up of natural ingredients, it’ll make your clothes last longer and stain-free.

2. Rashe-free Skin

Rashe Free Skin

Conventional deodorant can cause skin irritation, blisters, rashes, cracks on skin and inflammation due to its paraben element. So it’s better to use natural deodorants, which is far from the side effects of paraben. However, you’ve to pick the right natural deodorant according to your skin type.

3. Keeps Your Skin Pores Open

Sweating is a significant action required to be done regularly to excrete the harmful toxins from the body. Traditional deodorant contains aluminum salt, which blocks the under-arm skin pores and forces toxins to stay in the body to prevent the bad-odor. Rather than plugging the sweat glands, natural deodorant neutralizes the bad-smelling bacteria by its antibacterial ingredients, like coconut oil and tea tree oil. Furthermore, it has natural absorbents like baking soda and cornstarch that absorb the excess sweat coming out of apocrine-glands.

4. Balances Bacterial-level

Regular deodorant kills good bacteria (Staphylococcaceae) and develops harmful bacteria by preventing the apocrine glands of under-arms from producing sweat. Whereas natural deodorizer fights against odor-causing ‘Corynebacteria’, thereby maintaining a firm balance of good bacteria.

5. Prevent White Stains on Clothes

Prevent White Stains On Clothes

Conventional deodorants have an ingredient named ‘Aluminum chloride’ that builds-up on your clothes, causing white stains or white marks. In order to prevent the damage caused by white stains, you can use chemical-free natural deodorants.

6. Free from Synthetic Fragrance

Synthetic fragrance is an organic compound that’re used in deodorants for their distinctive and pleasant smell but its frequent exposure can induce skin-discoloration, and allergies as well. In addition, its inhalation can trigger asthma and other respiratory problems.

Homemade Natural Deodorant

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Here’s a simple DIY recipe to make a natural deodorant on your own-

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons of arrowroot starch
  • 5-6 drops of essential oils
  • Tight lid glass jar
  • Mixing bowl

Directions

  1. Firstly, add 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, 4 tbsp of baking soda, 4 tablespoons of arrowroot starch with 5-6 drops of lavender or sandalwood essential oil in a mixing bowl and blend them well.
  2. Then pour all the mixture into a tight lid glass jar. Now it’s ready to use.
  3. Just dab your fingers into the mixture and apply it gently onto your armpits.

After reading the above benefits, you’ll know, why natural deodorant is the best alternative in comparison to conventional deodorizer. Just go for it!

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