How to Use Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoos ‘create massive lift at the roots, helping hair look and feel fuller and giving it more texture making it easier to style and secure up-dos.’- TIGI

If you have an oily scalp, a dry shampoo is a great option for you.  This fresh-smelling powder actually suspends oil from the hair into airy fluff.  It comes in mini sizes for your purse or overnight bag and also large sizes for your bathroom supply.

To apply dry shampoo, take thin sections on dry, day old hair and spray along the root line.  Continue to do this section by section.  Scrub your scalp with the pads of your fingers and brush through, if desired.  Super easy and smells good!

Dry shampoo is also great for refreshing and creating big hairstyles.  It is a stylist’s secret on the runway and in photo shoots.  Lift hair from the ends and lightly spray dry shampoo throughout hairstyle.  Tousle, as desired, or shape into an updo.

This product is so easy to use and delivers great results. Enjoy!

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Braiding and Buns

Boring buns get an upgrade in 2013 and move to the side of the head, just under the ear.  Braided or twisted, we can expect to see this trend follow us from mid-summer into the New Year.

Classy Uptown with Grunge

To do a bun, smooth your hair with your fingers or a paddle brush. Fasten at the side of your nape (back of the neck) with a cloth ponytail holder. Twist your hair around the ponytail a few times until it forms a round bun. Finish by securing your bun with hidden hair pins. Voila! Superb.

To do a braided bun, braid your hair after making the ponytail, then twist as usual.

Side Buns are Popular in 2013

This look can be messy and casual or smooth and glamorous and can be done with minimal product. Have fun trying it out!

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Men and Eyebrow Grooming

Men’s Eyebrows Should Be Well-Groomed

Dark or medium-haired men usually need a good brow grooming at least every month or two. Try a natural shape with no added arch to keep it masculine. Tweeze or wax around the brow line at the top and, if needed, under the eyebrow. Especially clean the spot in the center of the face between the two brows, known as the ‘uni-brow’ area.

After shaping, trim the brows to make them less bushy. Brush them upwards with a small bristle brush and gently trim all hairs that exceed the eyebrow line. Do the same for the underside of the brow.

Good eyebrows frame the eye and add balance . Be sure yours are doing their job!

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Deep Conditioning Your Hair

Healthy Hair is Strong and Shiny. Styling by Hair and Makeup Artist Rebecca Schembri (Reno)
If your hair is more than two inches in length and you live in dryer climates, you can use a deep conditioner once a week!  I also strongly recommend using deep conditioners to promote healing in cases of damaged hair.  For hydrated and healthy hair, a once a month deep conditioner is plenty.
In salon, this treatment can take up to an hour with application and processing time.  Your hairstylist can use professional grade/ concentrated products and sit you under medium heat.  You can also do it at home with  milder, over-the-counter formulas!
There are three kinds of deep conditioners to choose from; the one you use depends on the condition of your hair.
Reconstructing Deep Conditioners are for Damaged Hair
Protein for Damaged Hair.  These conditioners coat and fill holes in the hair much like pavers can fill potholes in the street. Too much protein can make the hair heavy and breakable which is why these type of products can only be used for a little while, until the hair’s condition improves.  Protein conditioners should not be left on overnight unless the label recommends it.
Moisturizing for Dry Hair.  Moisturizing conditioners are full of yummy stuff for the hair such as exotic oils, antioxidants and fruit-derived nutrients. You really can’t go wrong with these hair ‘fruit salads’; eat all you want!  Better put, let your hair have as much as it wants.  The only drawback to a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment is that it can weigh down fine hair.  If you have fine hair, be sure to shampoo after you deep condition. For the rest of you, rinse thoroughly in cool water!
Fine Hair Can Be Weighed Down By a Deep Condtioner. Styling by Hair and Makeup Artist Rebecca Schembri
Balancing for Brittle Hair.  Human hair lives at a Ph balance of about 4.5 to 5.5.  That means products that raise the alkalinity in hair, such as blonde haircolor and non-professional shampoos, can actually leave the hair distressed and tense, or brittle.  Balancing conditioners bring the hair’s Ph level back down to a healthy place so it can relax and be silky again.
Remember:  protein is for reconstructing damaged hair, moisturizing is to hydrate and nourish the hair, and balancing is to regulate Ph. 
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How to Style Fine Hair

Root Lifters Give Volume To Baby Fine Hair. Nicole Williams of State Farm Insurance Reno. Hair and Makeup By Rebecca Schembri


Most people with fine, straight hair have one general styling challenge: LACK OF VOLUME AND BODY. Here are some tips that work well.

Start with a light conditioner after shampooing. The label may read ‘light conditioner’,  ‘for volume’ or ‘for fine or thin hair’. If you live in a dry climate, be sure to compensate with a deep conditioner once a week to moisturize your scalp and ends well.

Texturizing Putty Gives Short Fine Hair Fullness and Height. Photo Ben Sumlin. Haircut, Hair and Makeup for Men by Rebecca Schembri.

For short hairstyles, use a texturizing putty to fluff and lift the hair and to give it flexible hold.  Apply a quarter-sized amount to damp hair and blow dry in all directions.  Finish with a dime-sized amount of the putty and apply in pinching and swirling movements.  Remember to rub the product in your hand to make it thin before applying!

For medium to long hairstyles, towel dry and apply a root lifter to the underside of your crown area, which is at the back of the top of your head.

Blow dry up and over the crown area and with light, lifting movements on the ends and front of your hair. This gets flat roots to dry sticking up, creating volume.

Using your curling iron, add loose curls in alternating directions by taking your hair in one inch sections. Try to do open-ended curls for a modern look. That means to clamp the curl halfway down the piece of hair, letting the ends stay out of the curl to create a square bottom. On longer hair, keep feeding the curl through after one second until you get to the square end and then gently tap the end with the clamp and release. This brings the strength of the curl up to the scalp where it is needed!

Spray Leave-In Conditioners are Lightweight Heat Protectors

Gently tousle or squeeze your curls for a sexy, flirty look or brush them out for a classy, professional feel. Do not hairspray. Remember we are creating lift with heat…hairspray will weigh it all down and take away the soft touchability of your new look.

As always, remember to use a thermal protector before you begin.


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Hair Growth and Hair Loss

Photo Mark DeFabry, Reno.  Makeup by Rebecca Schembri
Photo Mark DeFabry, Reno. Makeup by Rebecca Schembri

Let’s talk about hair growth and hair loss!

First of all, it’s normal to lose up to about 100 hairs a day.  However, if you notice more and more hair is falling out, be sure to consult your physician because you might need help curing a vitamin or nutrient deficiency.

The human scalp is full of a hundred thousand follicle holes that each grow a single strand of hair.  These holes need to BREATHE.  Use hats and hairspray SPARINGLY as these can suffocate the scalp. Wash your hair and head with light scrubbing at least once or twice a week.  Also, ONLY color your hair under the supervision of an experienced hairdresser who knows how to protect your hair’s best interests!


Healthy Hair Needs Oxygen.  Photo Jeramie Lu, Reno.  Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri
Healthy Hair Needs Oxygen. Photo Jeramie Lu, Reno. Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri

Ph balanced shampoos and conditioners really do make a difference.  Products in budget hair lines have too much alcohol and too much wax. This can dry out the scalp and clog it up. If you want something inexpensive, consider making your own hair cleansers and moisturizers with food products such as oranges, rosemary and olive oil!         Exercise circulates oxygen throughout your scalp and helps it to regenerate. Let’s get out there three to five times a week and grow some hair!     Nutrition is vital to healthy cell growth.  Eat a balanced diet and be sure to drink lots of water. This is what models have to do to keep their jobs (wink).

Hair fluffers actually SWELL each hair strand.  They are usually labeled as ‘thickening lotions’ or ‘volumizing treatments’ and last until the next time you shampoo.  Apply to damp hair and blow dry for best results.

Bed Head Results
Volumizing Professional Shampoo Expands and Protects the Hair


Hair growth stimulants such as Biotin are vitamin supplements that can be taken orally and make your hair, skin and nails healthier.  Beware: they can make ALL the hairs on your body grow thicker and longer so anticipate keeping up on your grooming!

Scalp stimulators are minty scalp treatments with tiny exfoliators that help to awaken clogged hair follicles with a burst of aromatherapeutic scrubbing.  These can be homemade, as well, by crushing mint into an olive oil brown sugar scrub.  Add a few drops of minty essential oil and mix.  Massage well into your scalp or add some to your shampoo!

Drug products such as Bosley, Nioxin and Rogaine are a more aggressive (and costly) way to fight thinning hair and often they do really work.  Please check with your doctor before using and know the side effects.

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Be Happy and Play! Hair and Makeup on left by Rebecca Schembri


Be happy!  Stress is a MAJOR cause of hair loss so keep going to yoga and climbing those mountains with the people you love. Relax and remember to smile; your hair needs it!


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Hair Products That Help in Summertime

Are you spending a lot of time running around playing this season and looking for compatible hairstyles? Beach bag products are hair solutions you can use on the go and without a mirror.

Sea salt spray is a texture pump spray used to help create beachy, wavy hair.   Just spray it in and scrunch for defined waves and freshness. This gets you out of the bathroom and on to your summer adventures.

Hair oil can be used easily on the hair and creates smoothness and shine. Apply to damp or dry hair from the ears down and gently shape. (Some oils are good for your skin, too, and can be used after swimming.)



For short hair, you can pack a small hair wax or putty for a quick pick me up. These waxes create texture and lift as well as control and the mini sizes keep the rest of your product at home out of the sun.


Enjoy the summer!

Rebecca from Reno

Forehead Fringe- The Perfect Bang


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Haircut Color, Makeup and Style by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno.

Let’s talk about front fringe! It can transform your look by emphasizing your eyes and by softening your forehead.  Also, forehead fringe continues to make the yearly trend.  Here’s how to style it and how to relax your ‘cowlicks’, giving you the perfect bang.

The crisscross method:  On wet (not damp) hair and using a soft cushion brush, set your blow dryer to high heat.  Take thick sections and brush your hair diagonally across your forehead alternating with each side. Once almost dry, brush the sections sideways up and over your forehead to create lift.  Finish with a few more crisscross strokes.  Flat-iron as needed.  For straight-fringed girls, that is all it takes. No hairspray required!

Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon. Photo Jeramie Lu

For long, side bangs:  After blow-drying with your crisscross method, tilt your head all the way to one side until your forehead fringe is above your brow line and dangling in the air.  From 18 inches away, lightly mist your bangs with hairspray.  (Catwalk’s Session Series Work It Hairspray is our favorite).  Stay tilted and gently shake your head so that your fringe gains movement.

Catwalk Session Series Hairspray
Catwalk Session Series Hairspray

For extra hold, repeat this process.  Then count to five Mississippi and come on up!  If your fringe is too helmet-like, make a claw with your hand and gently rough the area by scratching your head one inch from the hairline without disturbing the hairsprayed line at the brow.  VOILA!  Your bangs should last at least four hours or until you comb them out.

Rebecca Schembri, Published Hair and Makeup Artist, Breeze Salon Reno
Rebecca Schembri, Published Hair and Makeup Artist, Breeze Salon Reno

If your forehead fringe has grown too long, please see your hairstylist unless you have a super soft, wispy bang.  If that is the case, you can trim the fringe yourself in-between salon visits.  Use haircutting shears and lightly point-notch the ends by cutting vertically.

Enjoy your perfect bang and be sure to comment below about your hair!

Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno

How to Use Concealers on Dark Skin

A reader asks:
“Do you work on African American skin and hair at all?  My daughter is multi-racial and she is having a terrible time trying to find the right makeup for her skin.  She ends up creating a way too white face (she would prefer it much darker) and has oily skin so by the end of the day she looks like she is wearing a mask.  We need help with her skin and products as well as application.  She is only 12 so I don’t want her to look like she is wearing a ton of makeup but that is the result she gets because she wants to cover up every blemish”.


Hi Reader!


Concealer brushes are silky and flat.
Concealer brushes are silky and flat.

Your daughter can use an all-over primer for shine control and switch to concealer jars for blemishes and discolorations instead of coating her face with cover up. She can apply the concealer with a flat, rounded foundation brush and feather outwards. It should last all day in normal temperatures as long as she primes first. Have her chose a concealer that is one shade darker and warmer than her face. As long as she blends the corners of each blemish, it should look great.

Remember, dark skin is usually WARM, stay away from cool and ashy tones. That means look for orange/red-based products and NO blue/pink-based concealers or foundations.

Also, if she wants in-depth advice, most salons offer basic makeup lessons for about $50.

When you are ready to buy,  TIGI Cosmetics is an affordable, mid-level, professional line that I like.  Check it out!

TIGI Cosmetics are affordable and a favorite among makeup artists.
TIGI Cosmetics are affordable and a favorite among makeup artists.

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Natural Hairstyling

Cut and Highlights by Rebecca Schembri on the beautiful Heather H., Reno. 775.338.9241

It’s summertime and it is time to rest that hair.  Do you know how to wear your tresses on the natural and how to style without a mirror?  I can help!

Let’s recap our beauty rules for warm weather:

~ Learn how to braid.  From long French braids to little front side braids, braiding makes you look pretty without the fuss, especially if you are playing outside.

~ Carry a leave-in conditioner in your beach bag. From Argon or Moroccan oil to sea sprays and curl creams, these revive and refresh your hair before and after warm weather fun.

~Use your fingers.  Natural styles emphasize definition. Form and tousle your hair throughout the day, leaving that round winter brush where it belongs…in the bathroom.

~Get accessories.  Pins, flowers, headbands and hats are a little party for your head and you can keep them in your bag for last minute beauty smarts.

Remember, natural styling is good for your hair. Be sure to give it the summer retreat it deserves and let it be healthy.  Enjoy the season!

Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri 775.338.9241. Photography Ben Sumlin, Reno.

 Rebecca from Reno