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Enter the Davines Hair Care giveaway contest at Bionic Beauty blogDon’t forget to enter the Davines hair care giveaway at Bionic Beauty! The contest ends at tomorrow night, October 27th, at midnight (Eastern Time).

If you love to take extra special care of your hair, but maybe haven’t been able to due to this ick-onomy, or maybe you’re just keen to try a splendid new brand… this IS the contest for you! It’s really simple to enter, you need to leave your comment (follow the rules, please) over at the Davines hair care giveaway article!

If you haven’t entered already, don’t delay!
Best of luck to all the Bionic Beauties!

Bionic Giveaway: A Davine’s hair care pack!

by Bionic Beauty on 13.Oct.2009 · 257 comments

Davine's hair care giveaway from the Bionic Beauty blog

Win a set of 5 Davine's hair care products!

A bit ago, I interviewed Leonardo Manetti of ION Studio. He shared some wonderful hair tips for all the Bionic Beauties out there. Since Leonardo and I are both Davines hair care fans- they are sponsoring a giveaway of Leonardo’s 5 favorite hair products!

  • Defining Texturizer $19 – Styling spray with soft hold to add volume at your roots. It also reacts with your heat styling appliances (dryer, iron, curler) to add texture, strengthen hair and add shine!
  • Momo Cream $20 – A daily leave-in cream for dry hair. Includes UV filters, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, and Rice Protein.
  • Dede Spray $20 – Leave-in mist treatment for fine hair. The mist gives moisture without weighing down your hair.
  • For Wizards #5 Mat Pliable Stucco $24 – A firm hold paste for definition, texture and matte finishing.
  • Defining Invisible Hairspray $24 – Adds volume and texture and holds your style without being crunchy! Beneficial ingredients include Cucumber Extract (refreshes and soothes), Panthenol (hydrates and adds shine), and Dimethicone (for softness and extra shine).

In order to win…
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I recently had the chance to interview Leonardo Manetti of ION Studio! Leonardo is an amazingly talented hair stylist who recently worked at New York’s Spring 2010 Fashion Week. Before we dig into the interview, I wanted to give you a run-down on Leonardo’s latest look from backstage.

Bionic Beauty blog interviews Leonardo Manetti for ION Studio and Davines Hair Care

Leonardo Manetti working backstage at NY F/W Spring 2010

For the Timo Weiland presentation, Leonardo created a look inspired by blending the Edwardian Era and New Romanticism. To get this half-up look, Leonardo used a variety of Davines products (don’t miss my Davines review on Bionic Beauty). First however, Leonardo took the front sections of the girl’s hair and pinned it half way back. Then for the back he sprayed the hair with Davines Defining Texturizer (Leonardo’s favorite product from Davines!), to enhance the texture. Next, he applied Davines Defining Volume Mousse to create volume and add shine.

Once the products were applied, Leonardo dried the hair creating voluminous locks. With a one-inch curling iron, Leonardo took different sized strands of hair and curled them. To finish, he used the Davines Glam Power spray, a unique a versatile finishing spray used to set any style and provide a strong, long-lasting hold without stiffness.

Not a look we could pull off everyday, but certainly something all us ladies can work with. Lots of texture, a half up-do, and you’re looking pulled together but relaxed (and not all “high maintenancey”).

And now on to the interview with Leonardo…
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Naomi Knights of Davines interview

by Bionic Beauty on 03.Apr.2009

I had the amazing chance to interview Naomi Knights of ION Studio for Davines hair care recently. Since Naomi is the ultimate hair guru, I decided to quiz her on hair care for summer.

Hi Naomi, First off, I’d like to thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and to share your knowledge and advice with the readers of Bionic Beauty!
Naomi Knights of Davines hair care

Bionic Beauty: Summer will be here before we know it. Do you have any hair care tips on your “must” list for women to help preserve their colored, highlighted or natural hair?

Naomi: Moisture, Nourishment and Protection are the key words for summer.

Be sure to use a Nourishing hair pak at least once a week if you are spending a lot of time in the sun. Nou Nou Pak or SU Pak from Davines are both great for restoring nourishment to the hair with powerful antioxidants. Remember the effects of Free Radicals are amplified during extreme season changes and Davines steming it’s research from skin care really focus’ on aniti aging for your hair too!

A protective barrier while you are in the sun, a silicone and oil based protective barriers like the Be-phase shelter spray and SU oil from Davines are great for protection because they create a film over your hair that not only gives shine and frizz control but that creates a barrier from the ocean and chlorine water, and also have UV filters in them to absorb the harmful rays of the Sun. I would like to remind your readers that your hair does not need an SPF… this stands for Skin Protection Factor, so a number doesn’t matter in hair what does matter is UV filters which can absorb both UVA and UVB which can be most harmful to color

Moisturize daily, your hair needs different things at different times due to the elements. You can wash daily with something like MoMo shampoo and conditioner but on the days you don’t wash the MoMo cream has a balance of all the key elements we’re talking about here and can be used on the days between washing for refreshing the hair

What’s your opinion on that old-timey philosophy that all women should lighten their hair a shade or two in the summer months?

I think this philosophy just follows nature. If you are going for a more natural look than certainly the hair looks better a little lighter, what I have a tendency to do for my clients who get all over color is as spring hits I will touch up the roots only and let the ends oxidize on their own so by the time summer hits the ends have a naturally lighter feel, this all depends of course on the type of color that you use. If I’m doing Highlights I will certainly brighten the blonde a little more or use less if not no low lights during the summer. The fact of the matter is that the color will lighten on it’s own anyway so why overwhelm the hair.

If you do color your hair for fun then that rule does not apply in my book, in those cases I sometimes even take you darker in the summer to allow it to lighten.

Post-summer, most of us experience some form of natural lightening in our locks. Even if we glue ourselves to our sunblock sprays and hats, it’s almost unavoidable with all the time outdoors. What do you recommend to get hair back in shape and looking polished?

Two key things post summer is a Detox treatment from your salon to remove any build-up on the hair and restore moisture as well as at home a good shampoo and conditioner with pigment in it will help restore any color lost.

Do you have any predictions for color or hair trends for Summer 2009?

I definitely see people coming in to accelerate the effect of summer and tipping their hair with lighter shades so that first day on the sand your hair looks like you’ve been at the beach all winter even if your pale skin gives you away!

And finally, since Bionic Beauty’s tagline and inspiration is to help women “Achieve Powerful Beauty”… how do *you* define or achieve Powerful Beauty in your life?

Remembering it’s more important what you feel about yourself than what anyone else does. Everyone comes to us looking for a makeover and I always tell my clients that I can do whatever I may “think” looks best on you but if you don’t feel it than it means nothing! Finding someone you trust to have a strong vision for color and shape but most importantly who understands you is the key…I work to reveal who we are, not who others perceive us to be.

Bionic Asks: What’s in your shower?

by Bionic Beauty on 03.Dec.2008 · 3 comments

Bionic Asks - Makeup and beauty question seriesShower stalls have all sorts of shelves, hanging ability, nooks and crannies to stow body care goodies.
Shampoos, conditioners, body washes, soap bars… oh my!

Wanna peak in Bionic’s shower? Here’s my stash…

  • Dove Cream Oil Body Wash (very moisturizing shower gel which I use in the winter to prevent dry skin. Get a free sample from Dove!)
  • International Orange “Cleanse” body wash (yummy! my review)
  • Body poufs for all over exfoliation
  • Body brush for skin brushing and scrubbing my back
  • Jojoba shampoo bar by Herbaria Soaps (Y’all know I seriously heart Herbaria. I use it for my body, face and occasionally my hair. I love the soft bubbles and that it’s all-natural, baby!)
  • Y-Y Ocean: Exfoliating body scrub (this is an amazing body polish. I use it when I’m going to wear a dress, sleeveless shirt, or a swimsuit. Smooth skin instantly!)
  • Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut shampoo and conditioner (great scent for a winter pick-me-up! Did you read my shampoo classified ad?)
  • AG Hair Cosmetics Colour Savour shampoo and conditioner (it’s sulfate free & gentle so perfect for my colored hair. Read my previous review. )
  • Davine’s Alchemic shampoo and conditioner for brown hair (nicely moisturizing and natural. It’s great to help make my color last longer! But be careful cause it’s packed in glass bottles…here’s my review.)
  • ER Fusion reconstructing hair treatment by White Sands (I use this at least once a week for a deep conditioning treatment. It works fab!)
  • Noxema face wash
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash cream cleanser
  • Venus Vibrance razor in pink
  • Skintimate Energizing Citrus shave cream

So hop on over to your shower with a note pad, jot down your findings and report back with what you’re using during shower time.