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Hair Thinning and Falling Out? Garlic Shampoo to the Rescue

article new thumbnail ehow images a06 4u bn benefits garlic shampoo  1 1.1 800x800 Hair Thinning and Falling Out? Garlic Shampoo to the Rescue One of things I’ve been most obsessed about the last 6 months is my hair.  Why?  Because it’s been falling out in what seems like bucketfuls ( I know that is a major exaggeration but it sure feels that way) and it’s the thinnest its ever been. I cry.  Yes, I seriously do!  In my constant quest to find new beauty secrets one of the most interesting and exciting ones I found is garlic for the hair.

Many of you know one of my favorite beauty secrets is garlic in your nail polish for harder than acrylic nails but did you know the women in the Dominican Republic also use garlic in their shampoo to stop hair fall and strengthen hair? I scream!!  Yes! I love this beauty secret and it’s definitely made a huge difference not only in the thickness of my hair but also in the shine!

What these gorgeous beauties do is take a few cloves of fresh garlic and drop it into a bottle of shampoo they keep in their shower.  They use a separate shampoo for this versus their daily shampoo because you only want to use this 1-3 times a week depending on your hair condition.

If you don’t want to DIY it at home, there are a slew of garlic hair products on the market (I’ll be reviewing a few of my favorites in an upcoming video).

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41CZtMk7UCL1 150x150 Hair Thinning and Falling Out? Garlic Shampoo to the Rescue In addition, you can find some great garlic shampoos on the market.  I like the following ones the best:

Queen Helene Unscented Garlic Shampoo

Alter Ego Unscented Garlic Shampoo

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Garlic has a slew of benefits! It really helps nourish and condition dry hair, which is great if you chemically treat your hair or over style it.

Garlic is a natural anti-fungal and anti-microbial which makes it a great fighting agent against bacteria, germs and parasites.  Mainly anything that could be causing

your hair to fall out. Garlic also helps to stimulate circulation which helps boost hair follicles and can stimulate hair growth. This goes back why I’m often promoting scalp massages and the benefits of boosting circulation on the scalp.

In ayurvedic medicine, garlic is used to help decrease shedding of the hair and to strengthen hair.

Try it! I know you’ll love it



Alert! New Product Crush! Vichy Laboratoires

Recently I was invited to a Media Breakfast for Vichy Laboratoires at the W Hotel in Hollywood.  I had heard about their skincare products and definitely seen them on my travels throughout Europe (literally at every pharmacy I went to) but I hadn’t really tried them. 2014 06 06 09.37.29 300x300 Alert! New Product Crush! Vichy LaboratoiresBeing that I’ve built an entire career on scouring the globe for amazing beauty secrets, I was thrilled to learn the history of the Vichy Brand.The brand was started by Dr. Haller in 1931 in Vichy, France.  The thermal spa water from the hot springs of the town of Vichy, France, is the only water source used in its formulations…which I totally love since it’s truly a French beauty secret. Apparently the thermal waters were so healing, they healed lesions. And Dr. Haller knew he had to use those waters in the skincare products. The Vichy philosophy is all about getting to your “ideal” skin vs “perfect” skin.  Sounds about right :).

Not only is Vichy the #1 selling skincare in pharmacies across Europe, but recently they partnered with Target to bring their lux products the to the US pharmacy world.  Target now carries all the core products of the brand and even has a skin care consultant on staff to help you with create your own Vichy beauty solution. I had a chance to go in and get my beauty regime updated with Vichy’s newest products.

I’m super obsessed with their new LiftActiv Serum 10 for Eyes and Lashes.  Not only is it infused with those healing thermal waters, feels amazing on the eye area, but it also doubles as an awesome lash conditioner. It’s super concentrated so you literally only need a drop.  I put a drop between my two index fingers and then gently massage the serum on and around my eyes and lastly on my lashes.

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If you’re dry and starting to see the signs of aging I recommend the LiftActive Retinol Concentrate.  A lot of you are always asking me about getting started on Retin-A or a Vitamin A treatment for aging.  This is a much gentler and safer way to get the benefits of a retinol without the harsh effects that you can get with the prescription strength products.  Also, if you are a mid to dark skin tone you won’t have to worry about hyper pigmentation that can occur when using the stronger retinol products.


The One and Only Elle Spa

Recently I hit one of my favorite tropical weather destinations, Miami, for the NATPE conference. For those of you who don’t know what NATPE is, it’s the National Association of Television Producers and Executives. It’s pretty much where our tv shows are bought and sold and where the who’s who in television come together to make these deals.

Those of you who know me, know that I always find a way to mix business with pleasure.  And I’m always on the hunt for some great beauty and wellness secrets.

Enter the amazing Elle Spa located in the gorgeous and somewhat iconic Eden Roc Hotel.  The 22,000 square-foot, is the first-ever ELLE spa and Wellness Center by ELLE magazine. How cool is that? It’s been recognized among the best new spas by Condé Nast Traveler, offers plush (and gorgeous) amenities, dazzling ocean views and signature massage and body treatments.


I’m big on amenities and the spa has some great ones. They include a relaxing area, custom scrub bar (love love love), hot whirlpools, cold plunges, steam, sauna, hydro-experience showers, boutique hair and nail salon, 24 hour beachfront fitness center and a group exercise studio. Pretty much everything you could imagine and need if you wanted to check out for a while.

What excited me most was to learn that much like myself, the owners of the spa scour the globe for amazing beauty rituals. Awesomeness!

So when I was invited to try their Turkish inspired Hammam Ritual… named the Red Flower Detoxifying Hammam Ritual on their spa menu, I absolutely jumped at the chance!

The treatment itself is 100 minutes so make sure to give your self some time to relax and  be pampered. Once you arrive for your treatment your guided into their beautiful facilities to change into a fluffy robe and slippers.  From there, you can head down to the relaxation room and wait for your therapist to take you in for your treatment.

The relaxation room is not only gorgeous, as in Elle Decor gorgeous, but it’s super relaxing with cozy chaise lounges, hot tea, and a crackling fire place.  All this while your gazing at the turquoise waters of Miami Beach. I’ve posted some pics so you’ll see what I’m talking about.

My therapist for my Red Flower Ritual was Tiffany Rosado.  She was amazing! If you have a chance to go to Elle spa, ask for her.  You won’t regret it!

We entered a beautiful room with a heated massage table, multi-jet tub, shower and a tray full of all the global ingredients she would be using for my treatment.  She started by giving me a full body lemon blossom scrub made with coffee, olive stones and fresh lemons.  The coffee helps to draw out impurities (and is a great anti-cellulite secret), the olive pits slough off any dead, dry skin and lemons help to tone the skin for a more even appearance. Next, she slathered me with a rhassoul clay wrap to help draw out impurities and aid in weight loss. (Rhassoul clay is amaze-balls for conditioning the skin and hair as well) After she applied the clay, she wrapped me in a warming blanket to really let it go to work. While I was baking in the clay, I was further pampered with an amazing scalp and foot massage.  Seriously, not only was I in heaven, I didn’t think the pampering could get any better.

It did. From there I jumped in the shower to cleanse with a special mint tea and silt wash. Then I slipped into the jacuzzi tub for about 25 minutes to soak and inhale the mineral- rich waters of sea salt, cedar, and grapefruit. Once I toweled off, I was then massaged with warm cardamom and clove oil.  The massage was a long stroke swedish with some stretching.  The oils smelled divine. My only complaint was the massage was too short!

The final part of this delicious ritual took me on a sensory journey with a touch of tangerine fig cream. Divine. My body and mind felt amazing. The best part is it lasted for days.

I’m definitely going to return to the Elle Spa at the Eden Roc (soon to be the new Nobu Hotel).  If you have a chance to visit, you won’t be disappointed.

Elle Spa

HOURS: Spa: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM Daily

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