Two words. Snail Essence……. I know you’re thinking this is crazy. Snail essence has been used in Korean beauty and skincare for the past 10 years, and is a proven source fighting signs of aging. The past few months I have been truly inspired by Korean cosmetics, their innovations are years ahead, and self-care is of high value as a culture.

Kenra Professional just launched the 1st snail essence infused pro haircare product on the market – Kenra Platinum Snail CC Creme. This is essentially anti-aging skincare for your hair.

I’ve mentioned Kenra many times already on my blog, so when they mailed me their freshly launched product, of course I was excited to try!! This is a brand that I’ve used in my kit and on my clients for years. They are a staple among hair stylists because their products are of high performance and trusted in the industry.


This creme has incredible benefits: Boosts shine, increases thickness, reduces breakage, tames frizz & flyaways, hydrates hair, improves elasticity, relieves scalp irritation, increases manageability, decreases coarseness for noticeably softer strands, provides heat protection, paraben and sulfate free, and works for all hair types. img_0694 img_0693

Try it out + let me know what YOU think! Thanks for reading!

#SnailedIt #KenraPlatinum

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Whimsical Mermaid-meets-“Elsa” Inspired Hair Tutorial


Perfect style for a special occasion or photoshoot!

IMG_1251*Start with hair down, and part face framing sections from top of the head down to the ears. Clip those away for later.

*Grabbing all of the hair in the back, do a traditional french braid. Pull out the sides of the braid for a fuller look. In this picture I did a full, yet clean look, but you can start by teasing the roots for more volume and make it messy if you like.IMG_1253 *Curl the face-framing sections away from the face. Take small pieces and twist to the back, then pin the ends inside of the braid.IMG_1254

*You can place and pin these pieces and pull out the twists more for a messier look. I just kept this clean so you could see each of my steps.IMG_1255

*Continue with as many small twists as you like, placing the twists all the way down the braid.IMG_1256

And the look is complete! Very simple concept that can be customized based upon your hair type, length, and the look you’re going for. This would also be beautiful as a side updo!
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Products used: Heat Protectant , Shine Spray , Firm Hold Hairspray , Light Hold Hairspray , Smoothing Oil Treatment.

 ELSA (infographic)

Screenshot or pin the infographic to try this look yourself! Don’t forget to hashtag with #theglamdepartment 🙂

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DIY HAIRCOLORWho doesn’t like a great DIY?! If you’re looking to color your hair yourself, at home, using box dye – then this is the right post for you……

…because I am going to talk you OUT OF IT…. Gotcha 😉

Why not use “box dye”?

Box color is made to use as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ option. It’s like buying clothes online from those cheap wholesale companies, expecting everything to fit perfectly. It shows up a size extra, extra, extra small – which does work for some, but the vast majority will end up disappointed. Box dye is chemically made up of the highest amount of pigment and ammonia, to be able to work for most hair types. Using high concentrations of these chemicals (when you don’t need to!!!) can lead to extreme damage/breakage/porosity. Box color is completely unpredictable and leaves unreliable results.

Professional color is completely customized for the client. Licensed stylists have experience with all hair types/thickness/porosity, and are able to make a judgement based on your unique circumstance. Your stylist is going to create a formula that is specific to you, and that will give you the healthiest result. The integrity of your hair is their priority. The healthier and more elasticity you have, typically the longer your color will last too!

Using a lightener (aka bleach). The word “bleach” makes me cringe and I am professionally trained to use it! Lightening hair unprofessionally, at home is honestly just plain scary. The “oxidizing agents” are opening the cuticle of the hair shaft and removing (or decolorizing) natural and artificial pigment. The underlying pigment will be the end result. THIS is why it’s difficult to go platinum as a natural brunette, many end up with orange or yellow color. Your underlying pigment is based upon what your natural level is. Lightening is some serious business. Your stylist will know exactly what to look for during lightening, when to rinse, and exactly what toners will successfully counteract and neutralize for your desired look.

Salons will also be able to use exclusive products that are not available to the public consumer. For example, Olaplex is one product that is changing the way people are going blonde! It allows lifting the hair to lighter levels without compromising the integrity and health. It’s incredible, but ONLY sold to stylists with an active license. By going to a stylist, you are getting truly the best care.

Professionally applied color will give the more consistent and even result. Your stylist will be there for you and WITH you every step of the process!!

***In closing, I absolutely never hate on those who go buy box color! I do not suggest, however it works for some people. I only wish to educate and give legitimate reasoning backing my professional opinion. 🙂

Thanks for reading!!