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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Walk in Heels like a Supermodel - Tips from the Runway

Shelley Goodstein Dec 2014

I have to admit, I banned myself from runway modeling for a few years because I had a tremendous fear of falling from the sky high heels required to walk in these shows. The photo above is from a couple months ago  - I guess this goes to show that I've learned a few things over the years to help me get "back on the horse."

In the words of Right Said Fred,  "I'm a model if you know what I mean. And I do my little turn on the catwalk, Yeah on the catwalk!"

Some tips to walking in heels:
  • Buy your sky high heels a half size too small. All my runway shoes are just a tad small. After all you're not buying stilettos for comfort anyway. This way your foot and shoe plant solidly together and there is no risk of one stepping out without the other. You know Cinderella would concur!

  • Lean into your hips and push off your back foot for a long, graceful stride.

  • Posture is key and this goes straight to confidence. Chin should be parallel to the ground. Shoulders back and arms should be ever so slightly bent at the elbows behind you.

  • You should be walking in a straight line with one foot in front of the other  -landing on the ball of your foot. Don't let your feet cross over each other. 

  • Practice makes perfect!!!


XOXO,
Shelley

Check out fellow model Karlie Kloss and her tips below:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Halo Couture vs Hidden Crown halo shaped hair extensions comparison. Which is better - the differences HERE!



I just attended the International Beauty Show (IBS) in New York City. This is where stylists and industry wholesalers go to learn about the hottest, newest and best selling products in the beauty biz! Trust me this is the place you see it all!

Attendees at the IBS show
I met a lot of women with questions about the halo designed hair extension and so I thought I would write about the differences of these ingenious products!

There are a couple companies in the US that sell this type of hair extension and were displaying their goods at the IBS Show - namely HaloCouture and Hidden Crown.

Both companies sell 100% human REMY hair, not synthetic. REMY HAIR is considered premium in quality because the hair cuticles are kept in tact unlike other type of extensions and created in such a way that they look completely natural!

Both HaloCouture and Hidden Crowns' halo shaped hair extensions are similar in width and both are lace backed layered wefts. One of the biggest differences outside of retail pricing (See below $$), is in the way each is fitted/attached and the amount of hair on each halo which is measured by weight (grams).


HaloCouture Closure

Here is a photo of the way HaloCouture halo's are fitted - they use a bra like strap attached to a wire. The issue with this is that it can be bulky and irritate the scalp and if you have a small head like I do it can bunch up. 
Hidden Crown fastener




The Hidden Crown's design is much simpler - a single micro clip and knot. 



RETAIL PRICING:
  • HaloCouture 16 inch Original Halo, 100 grams - $350 [20 inch is $460]
  • HaloCouture 16 inch Layered Halo 145 grams - $480 [20 inch is $580]
  • Hidden Crown 16 inch 140 grams - $275 [20 inch is $299]

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The retail pricing for HaloCouture's original halo is more than $100 difference over Hidden Crown AND it's 40% LESS hair than Hidden Crown. The pricing for HaloCouture's layered halo which is just 5 grams more hair, is nearly double ($480)!

If you really want layers, to save the $200 to $ 300+ price difference, you could easily take the Hidden Crown Extension to your stylist and customize layers perfectly for your hairstyle.

Hidden Crown has thick ends. This is called "double drawn" hair in the industry which means it is same thickness from top to bottom - it does not taper.




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