Happy Monday! Today I wanted to share with you the next item from my complimentary Influenster VoxBox, the Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo. Eva NYC is a haircare brand started in Brooklyn in 2012. In addition to soaps and styling products, they sell a line of beautifully designed styling tools. I had actually heard of it only a couple months ago when I started seeing their products pop up in my local Costco store (that’s when you know you’ve made it to the big leagues!)
I have tried a fair amount of dry shampoos but always seem to run into the same problems:
White/chalky residue (especially annoying on my dark hair)
Doesn’t make hair less greasy (in other words, it doesn’t actually do what it’s supposed to do)
Although this may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie or a kids’ TV show, it is a very real beauty trend that is slowly permeating it way into our culture.
Digital perming is a technique to permanently retexture hair that utilizes a computerized machine to control heat output. Compared to traditional perming methods, digi-perms are much less damaging to the hair and tend to look more natural.
Originally from Japan (ironically, the origin of a lot of sci-fi-like things and kids’ TV shows) the digi-perm remains the most popular in Asia. Even in the large metropolitan city where I live, there are only two salons offer the service. Within these salons only about 1-2 stylists are trained to do it.
The relative scarcity can be attributed to the high cost of the equipment, the training involved, and the high cost for the customer. Around here, a digi-perm goes for $180-200, depending on the length and thickness of hair. You should be skeptical of any place that does it for significantly less (even in Asia!).
I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to hair. Any style I can’t pull off in 5 minutes is too complicated for an everyday look. To compensate, I color my hair to give it some form of visual interest without having to do any work. My favorite hair trend at the moment is balayage, which unfortunately happens to be one of the most expensive coloring options. Read on to find out how I save on such an extravagance. Continue reading “Balayage on a Budget”→