What You Need To Know About a Keratin Treatment

www.ilonashine.comJust like ombre highlights, keratin treatments are yet another topic that stays trending in the beauty world, and if one of your friends has ever tried it out, by know you know, about the magic it worked on her hair. If blowing out your strands feels more like playing tug-of-war, you could benefit from its smoothing results. I am about to give you a crash-course on everything you need to know before getting the treatment, and most importantly, how to keep it intact long after your salon appointment. First things first, determine if your hair type is right for the service—curly and frizzy textures with fine to thick hair will see the most benefits. Read More

The Truth About Hair Extensions

www.ilonashine.comIf you wear hair extensions, chances are you’re pretty picky about what type of hair you wear. You know if you frefer Remy or non-Remy hair, Indian or Brazilian, synthetic or human. You may also believe you can simply look at hair extension packaging to find out its origins. But the truth is, it’s pretty difficult to tell where your hair extensions come from, and there are plenty of manufacturers who are deliberately misleading about where they source their hair from.

Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions hair extension bar in Los Angeles and The Weave Express in Washington, D.C., knows this firsthand. After noticing inconsistencies in the hair extensions she received from vendors, Hailes decided to dig deeper. She embarked on a journey through China, Cambodia, Malaysia and India and will continue her travels to Brazil and Russia later this year to uncover the long, storied journey hair extensions take before they reach a salon or retail store. Here is her account. Read More

Must See- Christian Louboutin Lipstick Collection

081315-louboutin-lipsticks-leadWhen Christian Louboutin introduced his first nail-polish collection last year, he made it just as glamorous and those famous red soles. So I am not surprised that his lipstick collection—launches this September—is going to be just as statement-making.
Inspired by the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, this line of 36 lipstick shades doesn’t come in your traditional tube. That would be far too boring. These bullets are housed in gold-and-black vials, topped with crowns, and adorned with little loops so you can attach them to a necklace chain and wear them around your neck. Lipsticks that are wearable in the most literal sense of the word? It’s the perfect marriage of beauty and fashion.
Like everything Louboutin makes, these lipsticks aren’t inexpensive: They’ll retail for $90 a pop. And of course, just as there was a nail color in his iconic red, there will also be a matching lipstick. So now you’ll be able to match your lips to your nails and to the bottoms of your shoes, if you feel so inclined.

What the Heck is Oil Pulling?


“Oil pulling” is the latest craze also known as “kavala” (swished) or “gundusha” (held) in – is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 5-10 minutes. This action “supposedly” draws out toxins, primarily to improve oral and overall health. Oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath. This is how it works.  Most microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell. Cells are covered with a lipid, or fatty, membrane, which is the cell’s skin. When these cells come into contact with oil, a fat, they naturally adhere to each other. Read More

What does “Hypoallergenic” really mean?

imageFrom cats to candles, blankets to creams, it seems there’s a new, hypoallergenic alternative available everywhere you look these days.  These products may be appealing because they promise fewer health risks to allergy-sufferers and enable them to do things they might not be able to do otherwise. But why are some products said to be safer for people with allergies than others?  What makes something truly hypoallergenic? Read More