by Dr. Phoenyx Austin

Are scalp massages part of your hair care regimen?

They’re part of mine! I love scalp massages. I’m addicted to them. I love giving them to myself and I love receiving them.

Scalp massages have been used for over 5,000 years ago as part Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on preventing and treating disease with noninvasive therapies like nutrition, herbal therapy, mediation, massage and yoga. The premise of Ayurvedic medicine is that disease is the result of physical, mental and spiritual imbalance. And scalp massages (along with massages in general) are a method to restore balance and improve our health.

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Interestingly enough, scalp massages also have the ability to affect us biochemically by stimulating the release of endorphins and serotonin. These are known as the feel good hormones. Furthermore, scalp massages also stimulate blood flow in the scalp, improve blood flow to hair follicles and promote hair growth.

So if you weren’t hip the scalp massage game, now you know! It’s very simple. Just place the pads of your fingers on your scalp and massage in a circular motion- make sure that your fingers come into complete contact with your scalp. And don’t forget to massage your temples, the nape of your neck and your shoulders. Many of us carry a lot of tension in our posterior neck and shoulders.

And FYI, you can also boost the benefits of a scalp massage by adding aromatherapy to the mix. Just add a few drops of essential oil to your favorite hair oil (or a carrier oil). Shake it up. Apply the oil directly to your scalp and let those fingers get to work!

Personally, I really enjoy scalp massages with essential oils like peppermint and spearmint. These are both oils that open up blood vessels, stimulate blood flow to hair follicles and give the scalp a cool, tingly feeling. Hmmmmm tingly feeling….

So how does that sound? Ready for a scalp massage?

Ok then ladies! Time to get to work- Less talk, more fingers!

Do you do scalp massages to stimulate healthy hair growth? 

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(Elizabeth and James Helma dress, Louis Vuitton Vivienne bag, Saint Laurent Classic Paris boots)

Celebrating the relaunch of Revolve during NYFW in Soho – so in love with the clean look of the new site! I wore a flame colored silk dress by Elizabeth and James and had the best time catching up with my blogger cohorts over sashimi and some very creative cocktails. Thanks for having me Revolve!

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(Céline sunglasses, Michael Kors coat, T by Alexander Wang low v bandeau top, Alexander Wang pleated leather skirt, Theyskens’ Theory boots)

What really jumping the gun on spring A. Wang looks like. Yes to the romper, dress, and shirt versions of this bandeau situation.

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DVF FW 14 BACKSTAGE BEAUTYThis Fashion Week has been full of new inspiration. I have yet to walk out of a show feeling disappointed or underwhelmed. While each show has offered something unique and beautiful, I’ve definitely noticed a few key trends. One of my favorites so far is the glossy eye. I’ve seen this everywhere. Designers like Public School, DVF, Monique Lhullier, Charlotte Ronson, Delpozo and Mara Hoffman seem to be cozying up to this Spring trend that I consider a true staple. It creates a low-key, understated vibe that is chic beyond belief.DVF FW 14 BACKSTAGE BEAUTY DVF FW 14 BACKSTAGE BEAUTY

While backstage, I got the inside scoop on how each designer achieved the look. At Public School, Gucci Westman used Tata Harper Lip Treatment to create to perfect gloss. At Mara Hoffman, makeup artists used a blend of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream with Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm to create the perfect dewy lid.

My favorite variation of this chic trend was created by DVF. Makeup artist James Kaliardos created a modern day ballerina, employing techniques normally used by dancers onstage, such as contouring the sides of the face with various tones of concealer and brightening the eyes by rimming the lower waterline with MAC Cosmetics’ forthcoming Technokohl liner in Nude (try my fave Revlon Lip Liner in Natural in the meantime). “You know when you see those girls from ballet school and they just look like ballerinas even though they don’t have makeup on? This is what we’re doing,” Kaliardos explained. He even mixed a shadow with a lipstick (Grey Matter, a cream shade from the Fall 2014 Trend Palette, and Dusty Mauve, a hue from the season’s lip palette) to achieve the perfect eye.

This is how you get the “glossy taupe” look:

1. Prime the eyelid with a wax based primer like MAC Mixing Medium Shine, which helps to keep the gloss in place, using your ring finger. You know I love a good primer!

2. Choose a creme based shadow like RMS Beauty Magnetic (a taupey silvery shadow with a hint of mauve – this color is DOPE) and dap on top of the waxy primer using your ring finger. Cover the eyelid to right below the crease and go slightly outside the eye in a triangular shape.

3. Add just the slightest bit of gloss, like Make Face Gloss (which is the bomb), for additional sheen.

4. Coat the top lashes with something major like Dior Show Waterproof Mascara. Or leave them bare for a cleaner or morning look. 

And just like that you’ll be effortlessly transformed into a chic DVF ballerina.


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