5 Beauty Tips We Learned From the Real Housewives

What better approach to commend this evening’s The Real Housewives of New York City season 8 debut than by pondering the past? All the more particularly, the charm and abundance that is the Real Housewives establishment. What’s more, who better to help us on this voyage through a world of fond memories than Real Housewife master and the amusing blogger/podcast host behind The Bitch Bible, Jackie Schimmel. Jackie, we’ll let you take it from here.

When you think about the pioneer ladies of magnificence patterns, desire commendable weaves, and day drinking in false lashes, it’s hard not to quickly think about the Real Housewives. As an enthusiastic and proud fan of the establishment, I have taken in numerous a lesson from these dynamic ladies.

Wigs R Us. An incredible aspect concerning being a lady is the chance to try different things with our look. Kim Zolciak taught us that wigs are for everybody and one serious part less demanding than working hard on a blow-dry.

Artificial lashes are a young lady’s closest companion. Evidently being a Real Housewife requires wearing mink lashes to the exercise center. What sort of lash glue would they say they are utilizing, craftsman’s paste? The women cherish their lashes and are once in a while seen on camera without them.

Shaping is the new rhinoplasty. Certain housewives may demand that their slenderized nose is not the aftereffect of going under the blade yet rather of expertly connected shading. Despite the fact that I won’t not trust them, subsequent to seeing cosmetics change recordings on YouTube, I accept legitimate molding and highlighting can genuinely give you a post-surgery nose sans the strategy bills and quiet cash to your specialist.

A chilly lipstick can get you terminated. Peggy Tanous, Alexis Bellino, and Adrienne Maloof were all pioneer ladies of the daytime cold lip. In this manner, they were all let go as Housewives. Some would say their end was because of evaluations; I accuse the opalescent sheen of their lip shading. Unless you are taking on the appearance of Romy or Michelle, simply skirt the ice.


Toning it down would be best. Ugh. I know. So exhausting and wholesome #kimfields. After all the shading, sticking, and gleaming, once in a while the best thing about being a genuine Real Housewife is the advantage of living au naturel. Like Caroline Manzo once said, “You can put lipstick on a pig, however it’s still a pig.” And ideally that lipstick is not iced.


Modern Reports: America’s Beauty Show 2016

THE DETAILS: More than 70,000 salon pros and owners, students, educators, product manufacturers and more attended this year’s show. The exhibit hall contained more than 400 companies spanning the entire McCormick West Hall. Noteworthy breakout categories were ABS Nails Central for nail techs and the ABS Barbers Gallery, which featured dozens of workshops and education from a variety of brands.

MODERN once again hosted Healthy Hairdresser Day on Sunday; the first 500 professionals to come by the Healthy Hairdresser booth on Sunday received a Healthy Hairdresser water bottle and goodie bag. Additionally, MODERN hosted ColorFest on Monday to share techniques, trends and tips from elite colorists—plus research from our annual PROCESS supplement.

On Sunday night, BeautyBash was held in a ballroom at McCormick Place. Dancers kicked the night off, Nick Arrojo won the Jerry Gordon Salon Business Leadership Award, and models were presented on stage.

Other new and noteworthy events were TexturedHairFair on Monday, moderated by Michelle Breyer of naturallycurly.com, and the Great Beauty $how Buy Off $ale on Monday, which featured big product discounts for pros.



Sexy Hair, American Crew, Candy Coat Beauty Waxing and Beauty & Pinups all focused on era-inspired hair and vintage looks with modern twists. Classics like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley apparently never go out of style!

Last year we saw a big increase in men’s cut, style and color on the show floor, stages and in classrooms, but this year, many educators focused their clippers on women’s cuts. The barber-inclined booths also got noticed with larger-than-life presentations featuring DJs, motorcycle helmets, half-pipes and more.

Keep an eye out for extensions becoming bigger than ever. For another year, this category made its mark on the show floor. Related brands focusing on hair health, thinning hair and scalp concerns also made waves.

SAVE THE DATE: America’s Beauty Show 2017 will be March 25-27, 2017, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Modern Reports: BCL Experience 2016 at Soldier Field

THE EVENT: The Beauty Changes Lives (BCL) Experience hosted by America’s Beauty Show and powered by Pivot Point International at Soldier Field in Chicago, March 12.

THE DETAILS: One thousand brand leaders and industry professionals attended the boundary-pushing event. With a theme of “Shout Your Beauty” at an impressive venue, the BCL Experience encouraged stylists, attendees and models to celebrate Beauty Changes Lives Legacy Award winner Dr. Howard Murad. The evening began with an exclusive dinner to honor Murad, continued with a pink carpet hosted by Editor in Chief Alison Alhamed and Senior Editor Lauren Quick, and finished with the runway presentation and celebration with DJ Sean Mac.

Teams of mentors and NextGen artists—American Crew, CND, Mizani, Redken, TIGI, Wella and Matrix—picked individual themes on which to showcase on three to four models per team. Themes included empowerment (Mizani), Hairdressers at Heart (Wella), genderless beauty (TIGI) and more.

THE FEEL-GOOD: The evening had a strong focus on social media that did some good for the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation; for every image tagged #ShoutYourBeauty on social media, Pivot Point donated $1 to the foundation with the goal of raising $10,000. The non-profit raises funds for beauty school scholarships, professional beauty mentorships and continuing education. Pivot Point will continue to donate $1 for every #ShoutYourBeauty and #BeautyChangesLives hashtag through Aug. 7, 2016.

“I’m ecstatic that this campaign developed by Pivot Point will continue as an annual event,” says Pivot Point Chairman and CEO Robert Passage. “Shout Your Beauty celebrates the beauty industry’s humanity and the power that beauty professionals have to make others feel good about themselves.”

SPONSORS: The 2016 BCL Experience was sponsored by America’s Beauty Show, Cosmetologists Chicago, Aquage, American Association of Cosmetology Schools, Associated Skin Care Professionals, Athena Cosmetics, Bellus Academy, CND, DevaCurl, Duane Morris, Great Clips, I-Spa, L’Oréal Professionnel, Make-up Designory (MUD), Massage Envy, Mercury Media, OPM, Pravana, Premiere Beauty Show, Revlon, Shark Fin, TIGI, Unilever and Wella. MODERN served as the founding media sponsor for the event.

Justice and Soul Offers Hope in Cambodia

When Matthew Fairfax sets his mind to something, he doesn’t just get it done—he hits it out of the park.

The owner of the James Alan Salon in Seattle, Washington, planned to raise $100,000 for a salon and training school in Cambodia for trafficked survivors; he raised $120,000. He intended to open the Kate Korpi Salon and Training Academy in September 2014; he opened it two months earlier. His current dream is to have five more facilities within the next 10 years. Chances are he’ll have created his own heartwarming version of a Kate Korpi empire before the end of the decade.

Fairfax’s motto is, “If it’s not fun, don’t do it.” His success story is a testament to that notion.

It all began in 2008 when a James Alan stylist described the work her client was doing in Cambodia and suggested Fairfax have coffee with her. He was hooked. In 2009, he and stylist Lauren “Kate” Ebright booked a flight to Cambodia, and he says, “After 10 days of meetings, visiting with survivors of sex trafficking and pushing through the culture shock of third-world poverty, our plan to change the world one life at a time had begun.”

After launching the Justice and Soul Organization, Fairfax moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, full-time in 2013. Three months after arriving, he had secured a space in the city’s newly built 18-story Sun City building. Construction started in May, and within three months, the buildout was complete. On July 28, 2014, the glass doors to Kate Korpi swung open, and in November, the grand-opening party featured models, music and champagne around the building’s rooftop pool. But behind the glitz and celebration were many years of fundraising, research, soul-searching and hard work.

The industry has been generous in supporting Fairfax’s vision. Through a crowdsourcing campaign, he raised $50,000; the Paul Mitchell Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation donated $25,000; and the first Fashion SOULstice, Justice and Soul’s signature annual fundraiser in Seattle, raised $45,000. The most recent Fashion SOULstice was March 19, 2016.

Fairfax brought four Cambodian students on board. Two left. He took on four more in September 2015. They are all flourishing. His aim is to have 10 students, a handful of stylists (there are two full-time now) and a steady flow of volunteers, or guest artists, as he describe them.

“What keeps us going is having guest artists,” he says. “The first year, we had 12 people volunteering their time here. This year, it’s a bit more challenging to recruit volunteers.”

Today, Fairfax welcomes customers into his gleaming sixth floor office at Kate Korpi Salon and Academy, impeccably dressed in black shirt and trousers. Inside the salon, six young Cambodian students, also outfitted in black, hold hairdryers, create updos and attentively observe every movement made by the full-time stylists.

“I am in awe of what has happened,” Farifax says. “I think I went from disbelief to extreme amazement and awe at all the people coming together in a four-year period.”

Since the academy’s opening, various salons, manufacturers and distributors in the U.S. have been sources of support. Some provided volunteers, some held fundraisers, some provided cash and products, and others provided support through publicizing the good work being done in Cambodia.

One of the first salons to step up was

Red 7 Salon in Chicago. After reading about Fairfax and his vision in a SALON TODAY article published in 2012, salon owner Jason Hall jumped in with both feet.

Not only did he contact Fairfax immediately, he also introduced the idea to his stylists and had mirror talkers, fundraisers, email and social media posts letting customers know about Justice and Soul’s work in Phnom Penh. One of his stylists, Timea Katona, who volunteered her services for eight weeks, fell in love with Cambodia and later moved there to fill the full-time position as senior stylist/lead educator of Kate Korpi.

“We were honored to be involved,” Hall says. “I was fairly shocked, and still am, that more salons are not involved, as it’s a great cause and a great opportunity to expand our world.

“When Timea first went to Cambodia, I was apprehensive, of course, but through research and many conversations with Matthew, it felt like the right time in her career for her to step outside her comfort zone. I was proud that our salon was a part of such an amazing experience and thrilled for Timea.”

Another supporter, Dalbe Markman, owner of AOC Salon in Norfolk, Virginia, volunteered in Phnom Penh and also raffled off a basket of products at her salon to help other stylists raise funds to go to Cambodia.

“This experience changed my life and the way I look at all the opportunities I’m given here in America,” Markman says. “Because of my time there, I cherish it so much more.”

According to Fairfax, more than 25 salons in the U.S. have provided assistance. Some did cut-a-thons, some held fundraisers and others provided volunteers. The overall goal for Justice and Soul is to create a sustainable non-profit that is not dependent on donors after the first three years, as well as creating a scholarship program in the U.S. to support trafficked teens.

In alignment with the business plan, Kate Korpi Salon and Academy now offers microzone treatments with a trained Dermalogica skincare expert in addition to manicures, haircuts, color treatments and blowouts. In April 2016, a certified Brazilian Blowout educator will be lending her expertise to the salon.

Kate Korpi stylists and students have provided hair and makeup services for a weekly Khmer TV drama as well as worked on magazine shoots and runway fashion shows and sponsored local events such as SWA Ultimate Frisbee for Khmer youth.

“I’ve never worked so hard in my life and never felt more proud than in the past 15 years,” Fairfax says. “I have two amazing teams—both here and back home in Seattle—and none of this would have been possible without them.

“What’s really special is that all of a sudden, I realized our students in Cambodia were truly changed. Now they have vocational skills, business skills, a sense of belonging, hope and laughter.”

How you can help:

The Justice and Soul Foundation constantly needs advocates and fundraising support. It needs dedicated stylists ready to volunteer for a minimum of three weeks to help educate and build confidence in the Cambodian students and to provide services to clients. Living expenses are low (approx. $400 monthly for rent in a location recommended by the team) and a stipend will be paid for volunteers staying longer than three months.

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History amid natural beauty: Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh has a culture of its own

Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is one of those fabulous destinations, which is fascinating for any tourist but rarely finds its way to their checklist. This hilly destination is surrounded by beautiful glacial lakes in and around the valley with crystal clear blue waters. Encircled by lofty and magnificent mountains, Tawang is a feast for the eyes.

Situated at 10,000 feet above sea level, Tawang has Tibet to its northern side, SeLa Pass to its east and the happiest country in the world, Bhutan, to its southwest. The inhabitants of Tawang, called Monpas, are found at lower altitude, where they enjoy cool temperate climate.

The name ‘Tawang’ derives from two words from the local Monpa dialect ‘Ta’ and ‘Wang’. ‘Ta’ means horse and ‘Wang’ means green pastures. The local interpretation is that in the 17th century, a Tibetan monk called Mera Lama found a strong and beautiful horse wandering in the valley. Attracted to this elegant animal, the Lama tried to capture it.

But the horse disappeared and while searching for it, Mera Lama found a place, which was very serene and soothing. He built a magnificent Buddhist Monastery at the location. The town that developed around this Monastery was later called Tawang.

How to go there

The nearest domestic airport is Salonibari Airport, Tezpur, Assam. It is well connected to state capitals Kolkata and Guwahati both by road and by air. The nearest international airport is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, which is around 480 km from Tawang.

Sheena Bora murder: CBI attaches statement of beauty parlour owner in chargesheet

IN ORDER to prove that the murder of Sheena Bora was a ‘cold blooded one’, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in its chargesheet, has attached the statement of a beauty parlour owner that corroborates the fact that Indrani Mukerjea had taken a “beauty break” a few hours before she allegedly murdered her daughter.

The parlour owner, who has been named as a witness in the chargesheet, says that she had received a call from Indrani around 9am on April 24, 2012 — the day Sheena Bora had been murdered. In her statement, she says that she knew Indrani for nearly 13 to 15 years as the latter was a regular at her parlour. The woman added that Indrani would normally call the landline and take an appointment before coming to the parlour.

Woman Says Getting Shampoo at Stylist Led to ‘Beauty Parlor Stroke’

A California woman is suing a hair salon, alleging that getting a shampoo led to her stroke two weeks later.

Elizabeth Smith filed a lawsuit, saying that she was getting her hair shampooed at the Blowbunny: Blow Dry & Hair Extension Bar in December 2013, when her neck was “hyper-extended” and lead to a stroke that has had lasting consequences.

Smith alleged that the hyper-extension lead to her vertebrate to “cut her vertebral artery,” according to court papers filed by Smith’s attorneys in December.

Through her lawyers, Smith alleged the chair and shampoo bowl were “defective” and lead to the hyper-extension.

Smith,48, told ABC News affiliate KGTV she wanted to raise awareness, especially since she still has a clot in her brain that could cause more damage.

“So I do live with that every night. I go to sleep wondering, will I wake up tomorrow?” said Smith.

Now, Kannur central prison inmates to open a beauty salon

After writing the entrepreneurial success story by making its own brand of chappathi, laddu and other food articles under the banner of Taste Factory that generate huge revenue for the government, the Kannur Central Prison is embarking on an ambitious mission by opening a gents’ beauty salon for public on the jail premises, which would be managed by the prisoners.

The project was formally announced on Friday by Jail DGP Rishi Raj Singh and it would be launched in the next couple of weeks.

“This is probably for the first time in India that a jail is embarking on such a project and our aim is not just to generate revenue but also provide the prisoners with hands-on experience in some occupation that helps them get a job once released from prison,” said jail superintendent Ashokan Arippa.

In the past also the jail has provided training to the prisoners in many occupations including coconut tree climbing and plumbing and many prisoners who were released are now happily engaged in their profession in a free world, he said. Also this gives them a relaxed mind set while serving the jail term.

Moreover, the trained people get the certificate issued by the Rural Development and Self-Employment Training Institute (RUDSETI) at Kanhirangad near Thaliparamba in the district, which has provided training to the prisoners in various courses. For the beautician course, 30 prisoners have been provided training now and they would be handling the beauty parlour for gents, which would be open to public.

“This would be a state-of-the-art beauty parlour for men and we are confident that it would write a new chapter in the successful initiatives launched by the jail for the prisoners,” said the jail superintendent.

California woman suffered a stroke after a beauty salon visit, sparking fears over a rare but documented condition called “Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome.”

We are seeing this all over our professional forums and its got some people pretty freaked out. I have been in the hair business for 27 years and I have never heard of a “beauty parlor stroke”… could you guys check this out and give us some real info?

ORIGIN:In January 2014, a woman in San Diego, California, went to a local salon to get her hair done. What happened next sounds like the most nightmarish of urban legends: the angle and degree she was tilted in the chair and the way her head tipped back over the sink while the stylist was washing her hair caused Elizabeth Smith to have a stroke two weeks later:

“I vomited, my head became hot and I couldn’t stand. I had weakness in my arms and legs. They didn’t think I was going to live,” said Smith, choking back tears.

Smith says she could hardly believe what nearly killed her.

Her doctors pointed to her time in the shampoo chair. Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome is what they called it. It’s a rare but documented condition.

Multiple doctors who saw Smith say when her neck was bent backwards, it hyperextended, her vertebrae slicing an artery. A clot began forming, later causing a stroke.

“Several of Ms. Smith’s neurologists confirmed with her that the stroke was caused by the vertebra dissecting her artery during her hair wash,” said Smith’s attorney Carree Nahama.

The danger is real, although the probability of it happening is low. A study that came out in 1993, subsequently covered by the New York Times, found that older people have a higher risk of a stroke during or after a visit to the beauty salon (Smith was in her late 40s at the time):

The patients suffered from a variety of complaints attributable to poor blood flow in arteries leading through the neck to the back of the brain, including severe dizziness, imbalance and facial numbness. Four out of five suffered strokes leading to permanent neurologic damage.

“In older people, neck motion beyond a certain degree can be extremely dangerous, particularly hyperextension and rotation,” said Dr. Weintraub, chief of neurology at Phelps Memorial Hospital in North Tarrytown, N.Y., referring to backward arching and twisting.

He and others have suggested that patients receiving anesthesia or undergoing prolonged dental work may also be vulnerable, since they too have their necks arched back abnormally for prolonged periods.

A 2006 study also looked into the issue, saying while it probably occurred more than previously thought, the risk of stroke in these cases was easily alleviated:

Taken together, hyperextension combined with hanging the head backwards in a hair washbasin can be seen as a risk factor for posterior circulation ischemia. It probably occurs more often than assumed and a number of patients may report about previous dizziness episodes under the same conditions when asked specifically. It can be prevented by changing the shampoo routine from the hanging head position to a flexed or neutral position.

Elizabeth Smith says she racked up $250,000 in medical bills, and is now suing the salon for damages.

Woman Says Getting Shampoo at Stylist Led to ‘Beauty Parlor Stroke’

A California woman is suing a hair salon, alleging that getting a shampoo led to  two weeks later.

Elizabeth Smith filed a lawsuit, saying that she was getting her hair shampooed at the Blowbunny: Blow Dry & Hair Extension Bar in December 2013, when her neck was “hyper-extended” and lead to a stroke that has had lasting consequences.

Smith alleged that the hyper-extension lead to her vertebrate to “cut her vertebral artery,” according to court papers filed by Smith’s attorneys in December.

Through her lawyers, Smith alleged the chair and shampoo bowl were “defective” and lead to the hyper-extension.

Smith,48, told ABC News affiliate KGTV she wanted to raise awareness, especially since she still has a clot in her brain that could cause more damage.

“So I do live with that every night. I go to sleep wondering, will I wake up tomorrow?” said Smith.