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Flower Power!

Grab Anything Fun That Can Be Pinned In Your Hair With A Bobbi Pin. Who Says Accessories Have To Be Store Bought??


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Twisted Sister…..

Make Sure Your Curly Hair Is Treated With Kit Gloves. Don’t Touch Curls Until They Are COMPLETELY DRY! This Will Help To Eliminate Those Frizzy Ends.

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Fringe Benefits!

Want To Draw Attention To Your Eyes?

Nothing Screams LOOK At Me Then A Heavy Fringe!


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Got Bounce? Use your BIG Round brush to create extra volume, movement and texture.

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Growing out your hair? Try a fun new color to get you through those rough phases when you just want to cut it all off.


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When Back Combing Hair…

Secure The Tease At The Root To Avoid Floppy Hair.

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Daily – “Highlight Your Hair?”

Highlights and Lowlights Hair

Red light, yellow light, green light, high light, low light… GO!

Have you ever experienced this… you walk into your salon confident this is the day I am going to walk out with sun kissed blonde hair.  You trustingly settle back into the salon chair to get foils for an hour, followed by another restless 30 minutes while the hair processes, then into the home stretch of an invigorating shampoo and conditioner treatment.  The excitement is mounting.

Finally your colorist begins to dry your newly colored locks. Slowly, but just as surely as your hair begins to dry, butterflies build in the pit of your stomach.  Now, if you have been down this road before then I have a sneaking suspicion you know what comes next.  Strangely similar to a National Geographic documentary on African wildlife, your hair takes on the properties of a chameleon as it mysteriously changes color.  It’s about now that you are saying to yourself, “At what part during my consultation with my colorist did I say I wanted to be a brunette.”

This is when SerafinoSays turns to its big gun Celebrity Colorist Paul Smith.

Paul suggests the purpose of highlights or lowlights in the hair is to add texture and dimension to a person’s hair color.

When you finally decide you are ready for highlights or low lights, here are a few suggestions that will make the process a little smoother when meeting with your colorist.

SerafinoSays Guide to Getting Highlights and Lowlights Hair:

1.  Call and make an appointment with your colorist.

2. Be assured that your colorist and you are on the “same page” by bringing in a “page” (tear sheet) from a magazine showing the color you desire.  Since it is literally impossible to describe a specific color, you want this form of guarantee that everyone involved in the process definitively knows what you want.

3.  Your colorist has a few choices on the technique to highlight your hair.  Most are acceptable, some are not.  Acceptable techniques include; foils to apply the color, Bailage (a free hand painting technique), or frosting (a rubber cap is applied then small strands of hair are pulled through the cap to highlight).  Run for your hair’s life if your colorist attempts to put a frosting cap on your head.  Frosting is an antiquated technique that is a reflection on the salon capabilities.

4.  Usually your colorist will move on to another client while your color is being processed.  During this time enjoy reading a magazine, listen to music, zone out or just enjoy a cup of a favorite beverage.  When the timer rings make sure your colorist is near to check your color, or immediately notify an assistant that your time has expired.  Bleach is a potent chemical that will continue to lighten your hair until removed.

5.  If your colorist suggests a deep conditioning treatment after your shampoo then spring for the few extra bucks and treat yourself to the treatment.  Deep conditioning treatments not only feel good, most importantly, after highlights it adds back moisture and shine to the hair.

6.  Blow drying after coloring is a MUST.  When the hair is wet, or even slightly damp, it is very difficult to see what the finished color will look like.  If your salon charges extra for a blow dry after color, and you already went beyond your budget with the deep conditioning, then there is another solution.  Have your colorist thoroughly blow dry a small section of hair for both the colorist and you to see how the color will look when the hair is completely dry.

7.  When leaving the salon, make sure to go home with the appropriate products for color treated hair.

Here are a few SerafinoSays favorite Products for color treated hair.

Kaaral Purify Colore Shampoo & Conditioner

Redken Blonde Glam Rich Vanilla

Shu Uemera Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment

Kerastase Chroma Cristal

“True beauty isn’t about perfection.  By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves” Kristan Serafino

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“Grey Hair”

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Grey Hair

One area of aging where men have a distinct advantage over women is grey hair.  While the cause of grey hair is the same in both sexes, societies perspective on grey hair differ significantly.  Grey hair on a man is considered distinguished.  Not so much on women.  Silver foxes are even considered sex symbols.  Look no further than George Clooney, Anderson Cooper, Ted Danson, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Mark Harmon, and Steve Martin to name only a few.  Heck, even Ben Affleck and President Barack Obama rock the grey.

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The cause of grey hair is the same in men and women alike.  And, the lasting result greying hair has on the hair’s texture is also similar in men and women.  There is also no difference in the hair care treatment necessary to keep aging hair healthy, shiny and supple.  But men typically do not care properly for their sophisticated looking greying hair.

SerafinoSays is going to explain to men the why’s and how’s of caring for grey hair.  If we take a look at what causes grey hair then we will better understand the need for grey hair care.  Hair gets its natural color from a pigment called melanin found in the cortex of each hair strand.  The distribution of the melanin granules into the cortex determines the hair’s color.  Unfortunately, like many aspects of our body, over time the production of melanin diminishes.  Each individual genetic makeup determines the rate of the pigmentation loss in each hair follicle that results in hair turning grey, and even white when the production of melanin stops.

The loss of melanin production to the hair’s cortex contributes to the lack of moisture in the hair shaft hair.  This lack of moisture wreaks havoc on the texture of the hair causing it to become dryer, course, wiry and even curly.

Since there is no cure for grey hair, men need to learn how to adapt to the new texture of their hair and take steps to keep their greying hair healthy.

Here are steps recommended by SerafinoSays:

Step One – Moisturizing Shampoo

Out with the old shampoo and in with the new moisturizing shampoo.  Maintaining moisture in a hair shaft is the most important way to maintain your hair’s health.  Well-moisturized hair is less brittle, and brittle hair can result in accelerated or greater hair loss.  Moisturizing shampoo works with the hair’s natural oils to retain moisture in the scalp, root and individual hair follicle.  Apply a quarter-sized amount of moisturizing shampoo to damp hair. Massage the shampoo into your scalp, and follow with a warm water rinse.

Step Two – Moisturizing Conditioner

Conditioner adds to the natural moisture of the hair and helps retain the shine, and intensity throughout the day.  Dry hair requires a conditioner that contains a high amount of essential fatty acids that makes dry hair more pliable.  By using a good moisturizing shampoo with a good moisturizing conditioner you are taking two stpes forward toward healthy grey hair.  Apply a quarter-sized amount into your palm, and massage it into your hair.  Do not apply directly to the scalp, as it does not need treatment.  Leave the conditioner on for three to five minutes then rinse away the conditioner with cool water.  Dry your hair by patting and gently rubbing with a towel.

Step Three – Add Shine

Grey hair lacks moisturize leaving the hair shaft looking dry and dull.  By adding texturizing paste, pomade or creams you will not only add shine, but create a modern texture to a hairstyle.

When preparing products to apply to your hair, I recommend placing a dab of the product on your finger tips and emulsify.  While many applications tips recommend you first apply the product to palm of the hand, it is your finger tips and fingers combing the product through the hair and not not your palm.

SerafinoSays Pro Tip:  It is the finger tips that are manipulating the hairstyle not the palms.  Begin at the back of the head and massage the products towards the front. By beginning at the back it will eliminate any over application to the hair line that might cause the hair to appear as it has to much product. Style hair to desired look.

Here are a few must have products when I style my male celebrities:

 Garnier Power Putty Mess Maker Grey Hair - Garnier - SerafinoSaysMensScience Hair Styling PomadeGrey Hair - MenScience - SerafinoSays.comGrooming Lounge Hair CreamGrey Hair - Grooming Lounge - SerafinoSays.comAmerican Crew Molding ClayGrey Hair -American Crew - SerafinoSays


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“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino


“Blow Dry Secrets”

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There is a right way and a wrong way to achieve a great blow dry, and my good friend Jill Seiman asked me to share a few of my favorite products.  Jill, who is a featured contributor to the extremely popular blog Babble.com, was writing a story titled “10 Products to Maintain Your Blow Dry.” Naturally I was thrilled when Jill asked me how a pro achieves a great blow dry, so I eagerly shared a few of my blow dry “Pro Tips”.

In addition to reading Jill’s posts on Babble.com, I encourage you to check out Jill’s own Blog…Glamamom.  Personally, I LOVE reading about her endless ventures with her sons, while she miraculously manages to always look so chic and stylish.  Just see what Cosmopolitan Magazine had to say about her.

“Jill Seiman is the mom about town. From what to wear and where to go with your girlfriends, to places to go and things to see with the kids—she’s the wonder woman who covers it all. “Cosmopolitan

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

“At Home Hair Cutting & Coloring”

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Written by: Kristan Serafino

Have you ever been walking down the street and noticed the person in front of you with roots several shades darker than the hair color covering the rest of their head?  Have you ever caught yourself staring at the girl behind the checkout counter while you wondered why the right side of her fringe is significantly shorter than the left?  Do you ever wonder how that happened?  Of course you have!  Better yet, you have probably been on the other side of these staring eyes yourself?

Having worked in a salon for many years, I learned that many people love to play “At-Home Hairstylist.”  I have to admit before I received my cosmetology license as a hairstylist, that I also fell victim to changing my hair color, cutting my hair and even worse in the 80’s trying to give myself a perm!  (Did I just date myself?)

What I have learned from this experience is two things;

  1. I had loads of fun playing hairstylist, and for a brief moment of time it might have even looked good.
  2. I would always end up groveling back to my hairstylist, fighting back tears, as the rest of the salon snickered at my slightly orange colored hair or sad variation of a very “un-trendy” mullet.

I know that you, like me, are going to experiment with the occasional quickie bang/fringe trim, touch up of your roots, and… god forbid, the attempt at a relaxer or perm.  It is my job as a “Professional Hairstylist” to let you know that I am on to you, I understand the uncontrollable urge and I want to at least steer you in the right direction.  But, when you come back groveling to your hairstylist to repair the damage, don’t forget to also bring a lovely box of chocolate as a groveling gift… Giggle!

NOTE:  This is NOT to encourage “At-Home” hairdressing; it is to help you learn from your mistakes and make the best out of a situation. SerafinoSays 100% encourages you to always seek professional help when it comes to hair treatments.  Surprisingly, it can often be the most economical solution in the long run.

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“OMG I’m quoted in Star Magazine 2013″

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Written by: Kristan Serafino

The timing is perfect!  Tips on how to treat and restore your hair damaged by winter’s wintery blast.  Since you can’t hide winter hair damage under that stocking cap forever, let Star Magazine and I show you preventative measures, as well as how to nurse your hair back to health.

It is an exhilarating sensation every time a respected peer turns to you for advice on hair care.  But when one of the Top 10 Celebrity Magazines in the world called on me as an authority, I squealed with joy.  Then to kick-off my New Year in grand fashion, STAR Magazine chose to feature my quotes in a two-page spread including a picture of little ol’ me.  Hello 2013, and thank you so much Star!

You can get your copy of Star Magazine on newsstands TODAY!  * With the possible exception of Central Florida since my parents probably bought every remaining copy. :)

OOPS!  There is a typo in the Star article under the tip for “Static”: the last sentence should read, “Caution: To avoid a greasy finish, be careful not to overapply oil-based products.”

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino


“The Evolution of Ombre Hair Color”

Written by Celebrity Colorist Tohmas Elmlund

Loved the ombre hair color over the past few seasons but now beginning to feel all that dark rootiness is getting drab?  SerafinoSays asks renowned colorist Tohmas Elmlund to share his perspective on the direction of the ombre.

“I’ve started placing slices of highlights at varying widths and lengths, some all the way up to the root, some slightly off the root, but shattering the dark/light band of prior ombres.  After I take the highlights down I use two completely separate color formulas on client – one for the first 2-3  inches of hair and another for the remaining lengths.  The first formula is only slightly lighter then clients existing base color, making new highlights appear very much tone on tone at the root but enough of a difference to bring back some oomph at crown and face frame area – key in making skin pop again during these colder months.  The second formula is 3-4 shades lighter then first formula; allowing ends to have brightness and drama of original the ombre, but with a softer transition.

Great for all color types but especially for brunette gals who have enjoyed low maintenance of having lighter ends but are wanting some more pop up top – without feeling they have to totally recommit to an every 8 week highlight again.”

Want to learn more about Tohmas and where to find him? Click on Read More……

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“Do Blondes Have More Fun?”

Written by Kristan Serafino

Woo-Hoo!  Today is my birthday!  I get to check off another year of life’s lessons and words of wisdom while at the same time anxiously looking forward to what the next twelve months has in store for me.

For most, New Years Eve is for resolutions from new diet regimes, dusting off gym memberships, promises to reach out to old friends, justified shopping sprees, and a fresh new look to bring in the New Year.  For me, I choose to use my birthday for resolutions, as well as an incentive to clean out my closets, paint my apartment, of course shop for fall clothes, and change my HAIR!

This year I headed straight over to Celebrity Colorist Tohmas Elmund at Valery Joseph to create my new Birthday Blonde!  Since my current shade was Coca-Cola Brown, my transition to the desired blond would be a work in progress.  This means I have to commit to this process requiring several visits to the beauty salon… which I do wholeheartedly.

My first stage of my quest for blond begins with a 5 hour visit to the salon.  @Tohmase would first remove old residue from build up of color on my hair.  He will then add several highlights including a new base color.

After washing my hair Tohmas sent me to be blown dry so he could best ascertain his next move.  After deciding his direction, Tohmas grabbed a pile full of foils and began to effortlessly weave them into my hair.  When he finished I sat under a dryer while Tohmas regularly checked the foils to see how the color was lifting.  Once pleased, he sent me back to the shampoo bowl for another round of cleansing, toning and deep conditioning.  It was now time to head back to the station to be styled.  As the first section began to dry it revealed a successful phase 1 of going blonde.  This birthday was well on its way to becoming the best ever!

Do blondes have more fun?  I’ll let you know, but it’s lookin’ good so far!  But before you decide to tackle all the phases that come with transitioning from a dark color to blonde it is important to consider the following:

4 Things To Consider Before Going Blonde:

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“Celebrity Hair Colorist Tohmas Elmlund – Beauty Beyond”

Written by Kristan Serafino

As a hairstylist sometimes your worst client is another hairstylist.  Today I was that person!  Very much like the fable of the shoemakers kid, it seems as if you are forever standing behind the chair styling hair and never sitting in the chair having your hair styled.  Today was my lucky day.  My friend and Celebrity Colorist Tohmas Gustaf Elmlund was kind enough to take me on as his client.  Tohmas had his hands full…. [Read more...]

“Happy July 4th”

Hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, biscuits, and a slice of apple pie is the perfect lead into the fireworks celebrating Independence Day.  (A brief history lesson; The United States commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4th, 1776.)

SerafinoSays has written blogs honoring the symbolism of Independence Day, Fleet Week, Uncle Sam, and praising our military.  For this patriotic holiday we wanted to link the day our country chose to seek its freedom with beauty or lifestyle but we also didn’t want it to come across awkward or being discourteous.

Therefore with a healthy dose of respect to the principle behind the Fourth of July, we decided to have some fun by celebrating a few of our favorite products based on our country’s theme of red, white & blue. (Another brief history lesson; These three colors purportedly represent the ideals and beliefs of our Founding Fathers. White represents purity and innocence, red represents hardness and valor, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.)……. [Read more...]

“3 Ways To Change Your HairStyle”

Written by Kristan Serafino

My very good friend @DailyDimmick suggested rather than just post my blogs to Twitter, that I become more engaged with my @SerafinoSays followers.  I must admit, it was great advice because I have met many new friends.  My growing network and I actively share opinions on a wide-range of topics from economic & financial issues, inspirational quotes, fashion sensibility, travel, nail challenges and my personal favorite; beauty! :)

After posting one of my daily Beauty Tips (posted daily at 3:30pm), @Wh1pper and I became engaged in a constructive hair discussion.  After requesting an image of how she is wearing her hair now, I was totally inspired to write a blog post on a few hair suggestions.

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“Step Aside Little Mermaid”

“I am not really a cartoon person, but I can’t wait to see BRAVE. I am absolutely transfixed with Princess Merida’s hair – the animation of that hair is a masterpiece work of art. The color, texture, lights, depth, movement – GENIUS. It was like Pixar revived & hired Da Vinci or Botticelli to animate. I hope I’m able to follow the movie without being hypnotized by that hair.”  Design Director Ellen Tracy- Aaron Potts

Step aside Little Mermaid, a new girl is in town and SerafinoSays loves the direction of her hair.  To quote Mr. Potts,  “it is more Earth goddess running through the fields’ than it is ‘early 80s high glam’.”

It’s all about big, voluminous, blowing in the wind un-kept hair, separation, texture, a disheveled with yet a harmoniously balanced shape.

The variation of Copper interwoven in hair looks as if it was inspired by the fields of Van Gogh “The Red Vineyard”.

Could this hair be the next trend in how women wear their hair? We are Counting on it!

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino



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