CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT: Lorde’s Beauty Transformation

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Beauty transformations are just that – a thing of beauty. We love seeing celebrities evolve in their style – whether it be hair or makeup or attire.

Known for her signature style of long curls and dark lips, Lorde surprised everyone on the red carpet for CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.

We love the 18-year-old’s big curls, and she rocks it so well, but it’s great to see her experiment with new looks.

The “Royals” singer looked uber-sophisticated. Not only was her hair sleeker, but she had cut her long locks! A glossy hairstyle matched with demure makeup, the young star nailed the red carpet.

So how do you get this sleek do when you have voluminous curls?

  1. Begin with a treatment mask. Curls mask any hair damage really well so a hair mask will help get your hair in better shape. We suggest TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Mask to give your locks moisture and help repair any damage.
  2. Towel dry hair gently. Follow with a heat protectant to shield hair from damage.
  3. Section off hair and blow dry with a round brush. We love Bio Ionic’s newest hair dryer!
  4. After blow drying comes flat ironing. If your hair soaks up product quickly, we suggest adding another does of heat protection or using another hair oil. Joico’s Protect and Shine Serum can be used during ironing and as a final step to leave it sleek and shiny.

What are your thoughts on Lorde’s new look? #WeWantToKnow!



We love our heat – blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons – the works.

With so many features to consider and different types. it can be a daunting item to have on your shopping list.

We gathered the important deets you need to know before choosing one of these items to be your partner for years to come.

Hair Dryers – Master of Blowouts

There’s nothing like the feeling of an AMAZING blowout. Well, almost nothing. Hair dryers are probably one of the more complicated hair tools to consider given the different ones on the market (of both good and bad quality).

First consider the power of the hair dryer. 1800 watts is ideal for fine to normal hair types. 1800 – 2500 watts would be better for thicker, coarser hair. These numbers determine how efficient your hair dryer is and the right watts for your hair type can cut your drying time significantly.

High quality dryers will be on the pricey side  but they have the ability to improve the appearance of your hair and allow it to look healthy. Low quality dryers typically have low wattage and intense heat that damages hair, leaving it dull and frayed.

You also need the cool shot. It’s necessary and many don’t understand its function. Use the cool shot to help seal in your style, bring out your hair’s shine and reduce frizz.

We prefer hair dryers with adjustable heat settings. This helps avoid heat damage during styling and makes it ideal for styling hair one day and restyling the next without using too much high heat. Attachments concentrates the airflow of the dryer.

There are also different types. Ceramic/Titanium dryers are ideal for curly hair, keratin-treated hair, frizzy hair and hair prone to heat damage. Ionic dryers are ideal for dry, damaged hair, frizzy hair and coarse, thick hair types.

For the wanderlust hair stylers, blow dryers with dual voltage are ideal for overseas trips.

Flat Irons – Sleek and Always Chic

Let’s just start off with the cardinal rule – always use heat protection products with tools coming into direct contact with heated plates.

Flat irons have different plate types. Similar to hair dryers, straighteners have ceramic plates, ceramic and teflon plates, tourmaline/ceramic plates, and even ceramic diamond plates. Ceramic plates helps add shine and doesn’t cause friction between the hair strands and plates. Ceramic plates with non-stick teflon coating prevents snagging. Tourmaline/ceramic plates contain ionic and infrared technology that helps hair appear healthier and makes it manageable leaving it frizz-free. Ceramic diamond plates are of high-performing quality in less strokes with a much smoother glide.

You also want to make note of the width of the straightener. For short hair lengths, 1/2 inch flat irons are ideal. Short to medium hair lengths benefit best from a 1 inch while longer hair lengths will be handled best by 1 1/2 inch to 2 inch plates.

While thicker hair can handle high heat, those of us with fine hair would benefit from a flat iron that has adjustable temperature settings to reduce the amount of heat damage.

Curling Irons/Wands – Curls Run The World

Curling iron or curling wand? How will we ever decide! At TheBeautyPlace.com, editors are definitely partial to the curling wands due to the versatility of curly styles we can create. Curling irons have hair clamps to keep her secure while the heat works its magic. Curling wands are clamp-free but can be trickier to use for the beginner curler and can be used with a protective glove.

There are also spiral irons that help guide the beginner on where to place the hair.

Similar to dryers and flat irons, these are made of different materials.

Ceramic irons/wands helps heat hair evenly  and smooths frizz. Tourmaline helps the wand heat quickly for quicker styling while titanium smoothes hair but can also have high heat. Be sure Try to avoid any metal barrels, metal heats up quickly but does the most heat damage to hair.

Fine hair types should pick an iron/wand that has adjustable heat settings to prevent high heat from frying hair.

Happy shopping beauties! We listed some of the top sellers for hair tools below. #WeWantToKnow about your favorite hair tool – let us know!

Top Sellers:


Amika Heat Defense Serum

Amika Heat Defense Serum is formulated with Sea Buckthorn Berry, or Obliphica, containing omega 7 + vitamin c to smooth and protect hair against heat styling.
Ideal for all hair types, this serum is also safe for color-treated hair and revives dull, tired hair while providing deep hydration without the greasy feel.

Packed with nutrients, the heat defense serum forms a protective layer around the cuticle for a frizz-free and smooth finish.

About the Obliphica Berry:

The Obliphica berry is known as one of the super fruits. With antioxidants, vitamins, healthy fatty acids, Omega 3, 6, 9 and the rare Omega 7, it is known for its healing powers. It has been used for internal and external medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

How To Use:

Apply 2-3 pumps into palm of hand and distribute through damp or dry hair prior to blow drying or styling.

After styling, apply 1-2 pumps into palm of hand and distribute through dry hair focusing on ends.

SHOP NOW: Amika Heat Defense Serum, only $23.99 at TheBeautyPlace.com




For moisture and growth



Protein for strength, volume, shine and texture


For damage control


The remedy for thinning, dry, or frizzy hair


Think of this as a food lovers conditioner


A trifecta of olive, jojoba, argan and coconut oils to strengthen, moisturize and rid your hair of any dandruff


Tutorial Tuesday – Quick Updo



Have an event or holiday party coming up? Do you already have the perfect outfit? Is your hairstyle still up in the air?

Then try this quick updo that looks fun and elegant at the same time! In just a few easy steps you’ll be ready to strut your stuff with a hairstyle that looks like it took hours to perfect.

  • Pin back your bangs, or the front section of your hair and add a little volume for some oomph.
  • Take a section from each side of your hairline and bring together into a twist at the back of your head.
  • Twist the section around your finger and pin into a small bun. Pin and hold your  hair in place with bobby pins.
  • Repeat steps 2 & 3 until all your hair is twisted and pinned into a line down the back of your head.
  • Shown are five small buns but you can adjust this to suit your hair thickness and length.


Tutorial Tuesday – How To Curl Your Hair With A Flat Iron

Everyone is always asking us how to use your flat iron to create loose, large waves in their hair. Today, we reveal the secret. As shown here, start to rotate your wrist toward the bottom of the piece of hair you are working on. For a tighter curl, start closer to the scalp. If your hair usually holds a curl, you’re ready to go. If it has the tendency to drop when you leave the house, put a mist of light hairspray before you bounce. No pun intended! TT-CurlwithIron

TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Hairspray

TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Hairspray

Long gone are the days when your hairspray made your hairstyle look like a helmet. Imagine hair so stiff it had to be washed everyday and once in place you could not change the hairdo. Hairspray is very different now and TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Flexible Hairspray true to its name. Style your hair with confidence because this hairspray holds your hairstyle in place while keeping your hair soft with no crunch or sticky feel. So effective, you can brush your hair and your hairstyle won’t lose its shape. An added bonus, for all the curling iron users, apply the hairspray before using any styling tool, and it will protect hair against thermal damage. Any method that saves you time when styling your hair is alright with us! Try this super versatile styling product. It will have a hold on you! The best beauty products at discounted prices are at TheBeautyPlace.com.

How To: Wake Up To Gorgeous Hair

Wake Up to Gorgeous Hair!

Leave your hair wet overnight? What results do you see in the morning? Not good. Before going to bed try one of these quick how to’s to eliminate bed head! 😉

Wake Up To Waves

1. Spray on BioSilk Beach Texture. It contains silk, moisturizer, and texturizers to help achieve beach waves.
2. Section your hair in quadrants and tie hair into tight little buns.
3. Take ponytails off in the morning and scrunch hair a little bit. Like the waves?

Wake Up To Less Frizz

1. Sprits on a hair treatment like Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment.
2. Comb thought with a detangling comb. You will find the argan oil in this hair treatment makes hair soft and manageable.
3. Wrap your hair in wide curlers or secure hair with bobby pins wrapping hair around two fingers width first.
4. Take pins off in the morning. Notice hair is less poofy with light waves?

Wake Up To More Volume

1. Apply Bio Ionic Thermal-Active Bodifying Blow-Dry Spray. It contains a nano-ionic formula that produces natural negative ions and promotes soft, shiny hair and prevents frizz.
2. Blow dry your hair before going to sleep. (Just trust us.) Tie your hair into a low ponytail to avoid dents or reach for a scarf and secure hair so that it doesn’t get bent when you are tossing and turning.
3. The next morning, reach for the dry shampoo, and spray some on your roots. Part your hair the opposite way from the night before. This will give you more volume and save you some time in the morning! Yay!

Like our tips? Comment below and let us know all the beauty questions you need answered. Find the best beauty products at discounted prices at TheBeautyPlace.com

Get a Healthy, Shiny Hairstyle

We love our styling tools for the hairstyles they help us achieve, but do we love our hair? We tend to forget that our flat irons and curling irons reach temperatures of up to 400 degrees. Have you ever burnt your forehead or your fingertips by accident? We bet your skin didn’t take it too well. Your hair doesn’t either, so what are you applying to your hair to offset the heat of your blow dryer or ceramic styler?

Oils, serums, and hair treatments are wonderful choices, but some do not multi-task. This is why we are totally in love with TIGI S-Factor Dream Drops Shine On!. It is a lightweight shine serum enriched with vitamins and Jojoba oil helping to protect and nurture hair before and after styling. This hair serum also detangles and conditions hair without weighing it down, and adds brilliant shine with no greasiness! Have you noticed that sometimes the perfect, most beautiful hairstyle is sometimes missing something? It’s shine! Shine adds depth, and makes hair look healthy.

Use TIGI S-Factor Dream Drops Shine On! even if you are not using a styling tool. Your hair will still be soft, smooth, and conditioned and with a healthy shine! Find the best beauty products at discounted prices at TheBeautyPlace.com.

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