Confidence Beyond the Skin-Want Your Hair to be Smooth and Shiny?

I have had long, curly, frizzy hair my whole life. I know what many of you are thinking…”Kasey doesn’t have curly frizzy hair?” It is true that I spend a lot of time (and sometimes money) with treatments and products to make my hair straight and smooth.  I am fortunate to have had some help from my good friend and Hollywood hair stylist Ana Maria. Here I am with Ana Maria getting my hair cut and learning some great new tips to help manage my troublesome hair!

Ponytails and tight pulled back styles: I’ve learned over the years that one of my favorite time-saving hair styles, the pony tail, can cause my hair to break. This creates those annoying flyaway hairs that drive me crazy. Recently I have been trying to wear my hair down, and I have adjusted my “up-do” style to incorporate more hair clips or maybe a loose pony tail. I see less breakage already!

Brazilian and Keratin Straightening treatments: These are becoming very popular. Last year, I fell victim to the temptation of the Keratin Straightening treatment. This treatment coats the hair with protein and “relaxes” it while still allowing your hair to have some body. My hair looked great after this treatment. Be careful if you are considering this treatment because sometimes in can contain ingredients that can dry and damage your hair. Ask your hair care specialist about it and if they have had positive or negative experiences with this treatment. Make sure to go to a reputable salon and discuss this with a hair stylist who has a lot of experience with this treatment. 

 Blow dryers and irons: All  of these cause stress and damage to your hair yet we all still use them almost every day. If you can reduce the amount you shampoo to every other day or just a couple of times a week, the natural oils on your hair will build up and your hair may start to look better.  Some people will experience an itchy scalp if they do not shampoo everyday, so you will have to listen to your body. I like to use Kerastase treatment before blow drying to help protect my hair from the excessive  heat of the dryer.

 Conditioning treatments with natural oils-I am learning more about this all the time. Natural oils will penetrate the hair better than waxy conditioners which will just coat your hair. Ana Maria recommends a once a week treatment with a natural oil to deeply condition your hair.  She recommends mixing a little sweet almond oil with a drop of lavender oil and apply to dry hair for 20 min and then shampoo it out.  Ana Maria has been making her own hair oils for herself and her clients for years and highly recommends this for dry and damaged hair. You can experiment with your own combination of oils at home!

Hair is an important extension of our style and personality.  I will continue my quest for the best straightening and frizz fighting agents!

Check out the beauty corner of the main newsletter/blog page where I will highlight a different beauty product every month! www.kaseydrapeaudamatopac.wordpress.com

I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

For my fellow tech-y followers, I have started daily skin and lifestyle tweets on Twitter! To stay up to date on the latest, you can follow me @kaseydamatopac . For those Facebook fanatics out there, I have also created a FB fan page! Go ahead and “like” the page to stay up to date on the latest in skin care! http://www.facebook.com/KaseyDrapeauDamato

Confidence Beyond the Skin-What is a Health, Beauty or Lifestyle Blog?

For those of you who don’t know, you are reading a blog right now. I sometimes refer to my blog as an “online newsletter” because not everyone is familiar with the term “blog”. Blogs can be a great source of information and what is even more special about a blog is that anyone can write one! They are relatively easy to set up on websites like “WordPress” and they provide a fun way to share your knowledge with the world!

I want to share some of my favorite beauty and lifestyle blogs with you. Maybe it will  inspire you to write your own blog one day!

BEAUTY BLOGGERS-This is a rapidly growing concept and many people are becoming amateur beauty bloggers. Sometimes these are people who have a lot of experience in the beauty industry, and sometimes these bloggers are stay at home moms who like to review products while their kids are at school. Either way, these blogs can be a great source for some secret beauty tips. I’ve had the privilege of meeting 2 of the top beauty bloggers in the country and I have the utmost respect for both of them!

Grace Gold from NY has been reviewing beauty products for years, and her opinion is so trusted that she has even been on the Today Show to discuss her thoughts on products and beauty devices.  She has also been invited by some major pharmaceutical companies to share her beauty blogging insight with them. Check out her blog!

Jennifer Mathews is a local from LA and is one of the experts in cruelty free beauty products. Many people don’t realize how much animal testing is involved with bringing a new beauty product to the market.  If you follow Jennifer’s advice,  you will find a plethora of awesome products that are 100% cruelty free! Check out her blog called My Beauty Bunny!

LIFESTYLE BLOGGERS-These are fun people to follow. These bloggers share life experiences and will often make you laugh or take you on a mental vacation away from your daily stress.

Fountain of Good  is written by a wonderful, hip local woman. It is a newer lifestyle blog for women over 50. Shari has a great sense of humor and discusses everything from excercise, diet,  and sex after 50!  She is sure to make you blush and put a smile on your face!

Carriage before Marriage is a cleverly written blog for people who have babies before they get married. It is very cute and attracted so much attention that this local blogger was invited to be on the new daytime Ricky Lake show this week.  A fun read for anyone with a little one!

The Firestone Sisters write about their travels and post amazing photos! If you want to take a mental vacation from your busy schedule, check out their site!

Hopefully you enjoyed reading some of these blogs that are written by wonderful women and available to the entire world. There is a blog written on just about every topic. Are you inspired to write about your passion or hobby? Do you have something you think the world is interested in reading about? Who knows…maybe I will stumble across your blog in a few months!

Check out the beauty corner of the main newsletter/blog page where I will highlight a different beauty product every month! www.kaseydrapeaudamatopac.wordpress.com

I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

For my fellow tech-y followers, I have started daily skin and lifestyle tweets on Twitter! To stay up to date on the latest, you can follow me @kaseydamatopac . For those Facebook fanatics out there, I have also created a FB fan page! Go ahead and “like” the page to stay up to date on the latest in skin care! http://www.facebook.com/KaseyDrapeauDamato