How to touch up waves in under 15min

Styling my hair from scratch usually takes about 45min to an hour which means I only wash my hair once a week (THANK YOU, DRY SHAMPOO). I thought it’d be helpful to share how I touch up my hair day 3 to keep it looking fresh all week long.

Step 1: Brush out your hair and take the top sections. Put the lower section of hair behind you as you won’t be touching it.

Step 2: Use a curling wand and curl the top section of your hair away from your face

Step 3: Spray with hairspray. Wait for it to dry and brush it out.

Step 4: Use a texturizing spray. I like to spray it into my hand and scrunch it into my hair.

Step 5: Spray in dry shampoo at your roots & where ever you feel you get oily.

Step 6: Add some hair oil to the end of your hair and you’re good to go!


How to Give Yourself a Blowout at Home

Drybar has been closed for months due to the pandemic and though they’re open now, I’m not quite ready to go “into the real world”. With the help of Drybar, I was able to learn how to create the shiniest blowout at home. Below is a step by step guide to follow along to my video and links to the products at Sephora!

Step 1: Wash your hair thoroughly.

Step 2: Let your hair dry halfway. You want to do this on damp hair, not soaking wet hair because it’ll just take ages to dry.

Step 3: Prep with a heat protectant. Put some of the product into your hands and scrunch it into your hair.

Step 4: Section your hair. The more hair you have, the more sections. I like to do 4.

Step 5: Dry each section with the round brush/blow dryer combo. Comb through slowly as if you were straightening it. If you want a slight curl, wrap the hair up and away from your face. Remember: this tool is a styling tool as well as a hair dryer; putting heat on your hair will make it stay a certain way. I like this tool because I can’t hold a round brush and blow dry at the same time- that takes talent!

Step 6: Once dry, add some extra shine. (optional)

Step 7: Spray some dry shampoo in for some volume. (optional)


The “B” Word

“You look like you had the best sleep of your life!”

“Your skin looks so smooth!”

“Wow! You’re looking great!”

These are all things I told myself two weeks after my first round at the “B” word. Yes bitch, I mean Botox.

For about 6 months I’ve been thinking about trying it out because fine lines started to appear on my forehead and between my brows. While I was initially upset that all my creams, SPF, and excessive water drinking wasn’t helping like it should of, I decided it was time to enlist some serious help. Like any human, I Googled my life away to see if it was right for me. How old do you have to be? Will it hurt? What med spa should I go to? How often do I have to keep it up? Well, I bit the bullet and have all the answers for you Botox first timers.

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When choosing a med spa, don’t be shy to shop around. Ask friends, family, and Google for their opinions. I’ve actually gone to Revive Med Spa for filler in my laugh lines and I was extremely impressed with my experience prior so I was thrilled to collaborate with them. The spa is very clean and everyone is very kind & welcoming.

Let’s talk about the process *breaks out in cold sweat*. To be honest, I had two big fears going into Botox. Firstly, that I wouldn’t be able to move my face and I’d look like a scary, motionless human. Secondly, that it would hurt. Thankfully, I was proven wrong on both my fears. Starting out, you talk to your nurse about what you’d like to achieve. I wanted to get rid of my forehead lines but still have movement in my brows. I immediately followed up with asking the pain level with a nervous laugh. Getting your face injected in front of a crowd also isn’t very easy. In the room with me there was a photographer, videographer, assistant and the nurse. The crowd chuckled and reassured me that it wouldn’t hurt. Once I was fully iced and numb, the injections began. They didn’t hurt at all! It felt like the smallest pinch and it was over in less that 15min.

Immediately after, it looked like small little bumps over my forehead that subsided within 10 minutes. It really looked like I had nothing done- just my forehead was missing makeup. Kayla, the nurse told me that it would take 2 weeks to see the full results. Fast forward 2 weeks and I am LOVING the results. I can raise my eyebrows and make expressions but my skin doesn’t wrinkle, same with between my brows! My fine lines are noticeably less deep, if not gone all together. Because I am a first timer, my nurse suggested I come back every 2-3 months for the first year (after that I can wait a little bit longer) to make sure the wrinkles don’t develop again.

All in all, my first Botox experience was amazing. Revive Med Spa held my hand the entire process and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Check out my stories soon on my Instagram @taytaygrace to watch the full process (if you’re late to read this, I’ll make a highlight)!

 


Microblading 101

Do you fill in your eyebrows? If so, this post is for you. You may know by watching my Instagram stories that I am obsessed with my eyebrows always looking on point. I’ve shaved, waxed, threaded, you name it! Naturally, I was intrigued by microblading.

Eyebrows are sacred, beautiful little hairs that shape your face so I was afraid to let someone do something to my face that would last a while. As soon as I went in for my appointment, I knew I was in the best of hands with Rita with Beauty Marked Brows. She takes the time to listen to what you’re looking for and lets you check-in every step of the way.

Measuring the actual shape of the brow and the color were really important to me! I typically fill in my brows with a grey eyeshadow (more common for blondes). With a legit measuring tool, she mapped out what would be best for my brows. Here is a picture of my eyebrows mapped out when I was happy with their shape, super cute.

What is microblading?

It’s a cosmetic procedure that creates a semipermanet tattoo done manually (not by machine) by putting pigment underneath the skin. This is done by using a tool made of tiny needles clustered together to mimic a blade.

How do you prep for your appointment?

Before your microblading appointment, you want to try to avoid the following as best you can:
• Do not drink coffee, alcohol or energizing drinks on the day of treatment.
• Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before treatment.
• Do not take omega3 (fish oil) 1 week before treatment.
• Do not tan or have intense sun exposure 3 days before treatment.
• No waxing 2-3 days before treatment.
• No chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser or any other intense treatments 2 weeks before treatment.
• Shower and fix your hair as you need to take extra care not to get your brows wet for several days.

Does it hurt?

This was my heavily Googled question before I went into get my eyebrows done. Before the procedure, Rita put numbing cream on the area and allowed enough time to make sure it kicked in. She also added more when we switched eyebrows. I have a pretty high pain tolerance so it didn’t hurt; it was just uncomfortable. There’s this really odd scraping noise you can hear and you know it’s your skin, so that’s a bit cringey.

What does it look like right after?

My eyebrows appeared as if I filled them in a bit darker than I normally do and obviously a bit red. Brad said I looked like Frida Kahlo minus the unibrow part because they were darker than usual. Rita was so funny because she said that I’d go through some emotions with my brows as they healed. Here is the funny chart she gave me with Kimoji’s!

How was your healing process?

It took about a full week for my brows to go through the healing process. They were dark for the first three days, scabbed for the next three days, and then they came around. I had to slather on tons of Aquaphor to keep them moisturized (I have very dry skin and I was in the mountains). You can’t exercise or jacuzzi which was a great excuse for me to be lazy so my brows didn’t get infected. All in all the healing process is super easy, just make sure you’re keeping them hydrated!

Does it damage your skin?

Microblading is created by scraping the pigment into the skin which may cause scar tissue to form when healing, but is not visible on the surface of the skin. If you are prone to Keloids, then microblading is not recommended.

How long does it last?

Depending on your skin type, the pigment will slowly fade over 18-24 months. Oily skin tends to fade the pigment faster so is not as good of a candidate for microblading.

How many touch-ups are needed within the year of having microblading done?

You’ll get one free touch-up 4-6 weeks after your initial appointment. Your next touch-up is usually sometime after 18 months, again depending on how well your aftercare routine is.

Can you wax or thread your eyebrows after microblading?

Once your brows are healed, you can continue to wax or thread them as you need.

How do I book an appointment?

If someone would like to book an appointment with Rita, the best way is through text at (951) 236-4767. You can also book on her website at www.beautymarkedbrows.com!