Ask Alayne: Shampoo FAQ, Keratin Hair Straightening, and Hot Lip Colors Just off the Red Carpet!

We’re back with an all new edition of Ask Alayne! We’ve been getting some great questions (keep ’em coming), so let’s get right to it!

Question 1: Alayne–I’ve been reading a lot about how washing your hair frequently is bad. Specifically, when you wash your hair on a daily basis you strip your hair of its natural oils and, therefore, your body overcompensates and makes more oil. But then I read a different article that completely refuted this! I’m super confused (and so is my hair)! I think it would be nice to scale back on washing my hair, but I also don’t want to sacrifice my style (my hair gets really oily, really quickly). What’s your take on all of this and do you have a dry shampoo that you prefer? Thanks so much! Jenn



Answer: Thanks so much for your question, Jenn! I wish I had a simple answer, but it really depends on the person. Obviously, everyone has different hair types and some of us are dry, others are oily…but I tend to agree that cutting back on washing your hair–maybe washing every other day–is generally a good idea. When you do shampoo, look for products that are sulfate free (like Moroccan Oil products) and don’t be surprised if it takes your locks a week or so to acclimate to your new schedule. Oily hair may look a little slick at first, but if you can wait it out, it’ll be worth it. Here at Make Me Fabulous, we really like the Morroconoil dry scalp and oily scalp treatments.  They are formulated to actually re-balance the conditions of the scalp.  It may seem odd to add oil to oily hair but, trust me, it works! The only thing that cuts through oil is oil! Also, we carry some fabulous new “powders”   which absorb oil and give that highly sought after lived in look, that is sooo popular right now.  A cult favorite is the Osis Dust It or Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder.


Question 2: Alayne–I have curly and somewhat frizzy hair (especially depending on the weather) and I’m really interested in trying a keratin hair straightening treatment. But I’m also worried that the treatment could potentially be bad for my health. What’s your take on it? Thanks so much! Christina

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Answer: Excellent question, Christina! First and foremost, know that Keratin is a protein that is naturally in your hair. Second, we do offer keratin hair straightening treatments here at Make Me Fabulous and more!   The health concern stems from the use of formaldehyde in the keratin treatment. Keratin straightening products are all approved by the FDA, but in 2011 the FDA came down on some brands because they found higher levels of formaldehyde then was allowed. Since then, formulas have been changed and they’re all deemed safe by the FDA. But, like anything, you need to weigh the pros and cons of a treatment. We’re obviously comfortable with it, but we want you to be also. We actually offer two types of hair straightening treatments–the Brazilian Blowout with keratin and CHI Enviro hair smoothing system without. The Brazilian Blowout has been voted as a top favorite amongst stylists worldwide for the past few years and is the best option for seriously thick, curly or frizzy hair.  The CHI Enviro uses a pearl and silk complex instead of keratin to smooth and straighten hair and is the best option for chemically damaged, wavy or fragile hair. Honestly these new treatments have been noted as being “LIFE CHANGING” by some of our clients. We love them both and we’d be happy to discuss which option is best for you! Feel free to call at: 518.885.2929!


Question 3: Hey, Alayne! I noticed so many celebrities sporting orange lips at the Golden Globes and other award shows. I LOVE this look, but I’m a little scared. Do you have any shades that you’d recommend? Thanks for your help! Liz


Answer: Hi, Liz! Great question and very on-point! Believe it or not, friends, orange is really hot right now! I have a few recommendations for you, Liz–first, an option from stila cosmetics (a new favorite makeup line for us at MMF); a lip stain called “Mango Crush.” It has hint of orange and is definitely subdued. This is a great product and is so versatile! Last, our trusty standby with that tangy tingle of peppermint and cinnamon oil–the Marvelous Moxie lipcolor from Bare Minerals.  The glossy coral red shade of “Game Changer” was ALL THE RAGE  at NY fashion week, Spring 2014. We love both of these options for almost all skin tones!

Three awesomely fabulous questions this month! I hope you found this helpful and feel free to email us or contact us through Facebook or twitter!

Stay fabulous–