What exactly happens during a keratin treatment?

A few weeks back, I blogged about the new Liquid Keratin treatments that I have been doing. If you missed it, check it out here.

And if you read the last post, having the proper take home products is crucial to the success. You must must must use a sulfate free shampoo.

In that last post, I mention that before your keratin treatment, you should get yourself a fresh trim. Why? Because the keratin seals the hair and you don't want your frayed ends to be locked into place. It will be a mess!

Then after the keratin treatment you will not shampoo for 72 hours. When you do shampoo you will use your Smooth Again wash 3 times to get the treatment completely out.

Here is a quick little video with how the whole process goes down.....

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me on social media or via email at emily@reallifebeauty.com. 

Not ready to book yours yet but want to come in and ask some questions? You can book a consultation and we can take a few minutes to see if this is the right treatment for your hair and lifestyle. 


Smoothing System

I know its tough to stay smooth for the summer, especially when you live in the sticky, sweaty humidity that is Virginia weather! Here are my absolute favorites in the smoothing series by Kevin Murphy. These 4 products will do half the work for you in the battle with frizz for the summer.

Below you will see some more info on each and a nice video that explains the benefits and how to use  each product. As always, come on by and let me know if you have any questions. Keep an eye out on FB/Instagram for deals and promos, like the occasional flash sale. To the the early bird scoop, subscribe to the newsletter. 

Smooth Again leave in anti frizz treatment with styling ability and heat protection.

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This video is actually only about a minute and a half long so don't get panicked you are going to get bored with this one! He gets right to the point letting us know the features and benefits of this product.

If you want more muscle and staying power in your fight against frizz, give me a call with any questions about the new keratin treatments I'm offering. More info on the next blog post!

Shouts out to the Kevin Murphy website for all of the amazing videos and information about their products. To see more, check them out here. I love the product finder quiz!!

I hope you like what you see! If you know someone else who would like to keep up with what is going on at the RLB shop, forward this on and subscribe!

3 Products to keep you Camera Ready

You have probably noticed from social media that the color for May is PURPLE!

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Its that time of year again! The time when we are taking lots of pictures, either in professional sessions with my girl, like with my girl, Sarah Kane Photography. She is slammed with Spring mini sessions right now!  Or you are in front of the camera, instead of taking the pictures, for family celebrations like Mother's Day, weddings or graduation. Either way, you want to look your best. 

Here are a few of my favorite products that help keep you looking fab, even after you step outside into the heat. I always have these on hand for commercial jobs to keep people fresh. 

This one is NEW!

Shimmer Me Blonde

This one can be used in wet OR dry hair.  It doubles as a treatment (when used wet) and acts as a light toner, with the purple counteracting unwanted brassy tones.  Spray it in damp hair and blow dry it into the hair AND/OR use as a finishing spray to help eliminate flyways and smooth out that mane. That is one of my pet peeves in photos, wild hair that could have easily been managed with a little product. 

This is your new bff. 

A repairing shine treatment with colour enhancers, optical brighteners and natural softeners moisturise, restore and refresh lightened, highlighted and blonde or grey shades.

How to use: Apply to damp, towel-dried hair or dry hair. Twirl before use. Do not rinse; leave to dry naturally or style as desired.

Benefits: Radiant shine, Counteracts Yellow and Gold Tones, Strengthens, Nourishes, Moisturises

Younique 3D Mascara & Eyeliner

Defining the eyes and putting a little color/shine on the lips will take you from, "I woke up like this" to "I'm ready for my close up!". I think those are the 2 most important steps to complete your look, regardless of whether you are all about that au natural look or if high fashion glam is your signature look. 

My go to is the black pencil liner from Younique in Perfect with the amazing 3D Fiber lash mascara. You can see in the video below the before, during and after results. 

As always you can touch base (emily@reallifebeauty.com) with any questions about what colors or products would work best for you. I can send you a link to order things that come straight to you or you can get in on one of my group orders to save on shipping, if you are local to Richmond. 

Blotting Papers

This is an inexpensive and super easy way to to retouch your makeup on the fly. These are a must, especially for summer, because who wants to pile more powder on your face when temps start rising. You don't even need to be looking in a mirror! You just press or blot (no wiping) these thin sheets onto your nose, forehead and chin to sop up the shine. The easiest way to freshen up!

Other uses for blotting papers....

  • Dry shampoo! Ok not as good as the real deal but rub a sheet into your hairline to absorb excess oil. This is awesome for my girls with bangs!
  • Wipe the yucky face print off your phone. Yeah, you know that greasy smear that you just gets nastier when you wipe a Kleenex over it. 
  • Tone it down! Blush is one of my favorite things ever but if you over do your application, a blotting paper is a great way to blend a heavy handed mistake. A quick blot will sheer it down to the look you were going for. No need to shower and start from scratch.
  • Set your makeup to make it last longer. This is a great trick for cream products (shadow, lip color or blush). Apply the cream color, then blot with your papers to remove excess oils and reapply a second time. The color will be locked in so you can dance the night away with no worries that your makeup is compromised. 

If this seems like too much work,  you can always book an appointment with me and I will do your hair and makeup for any event. Do you want to do it yourself but think you lack the skills? I have lots of options for lessons, from a mini session to a full on 3 lesson series called Beauty School Drop In.  Lets chat if you are interested. 

Questions about what to wear and how to dress your family for group photos so you look like a stylish crew without getting to matchy-matchy, check out this post from my go to girl for all things style related, Joanna Avant.    Did you know that she will come make over your closet and pick out new outfits from your existing closet inventory? Or she can shop for you! Perfect for my busy girls who just can't sneak out to the mall.           

Would you like a spa treatment (or Botox!) for your hair!

Introducing the Treat.Me Experience!!!

What is the Treat.Me Experience?

Some people call it a facial or spa treatment for your hair. Some people liken it to Botox for your hair. Why? Its because Kevin Murphy hair care takes the approach that you think of when you think of a skin care routine.

He combines the best of nature and technology with natural, active ingredients to replace moisture and strength that we lose with age and chemical or heat damage. This treatment will improve the texture, shine, moisture and overall health of your hair and scalp. 

It all starts with Maxi.Wash, the exfoliating wash from Kevin Murphy. This is a color safe shampoo that removes product and mineral build up from the hair. I mentioned it in last week's post all about GREEN being our theme color for the month. 

Anti-aging Treat.Me

For hair that has suffered the effects of hormonal, environmental or chemical aging. 

Start with Maxi.Wash to remove build up then cleanse with Young Again Wash. The treat.me cruet is added to damp hair and stay on the hair while you enjoy a sensory massage on the scalp and neck. A lavender scented, steamy hot towel  will leave you incredibly relaxed, followed by the Young Again rinse. 

I think this is my favorite of all of the treatments!

The fruit stem cells help repair and provide revolutionary anti-ageing and rejuvenate a youthful lustre and shine to dry, brittle hair. 

Strength Treat.Me

Strength Treat.me is for distressed, brittle hair that is weak and damaged. I chose this treatment for this client because over the years we have done a lot of color (lightener and depositing darker colors) and recently she got a body wave! In terms of texture, her hair is thinner and we really focus on keeping it strong and healthy so that she can undergo the chemical treatments safely. 

The strength treatment will restore strength and elasticity to the hair with a combo of proteins and amino acids. The same process as the anti aging treatment will be part of the experience except the wash and rinse will be from Kevin Murphy's Angel Wash, Rinse and Masque. 

Thickening Treat.Me

Thickening Treat.Me is for my girls with fine, weak or falling (thinning) hair. Technology used in eyelash thickening and lengthening (think Latisse for lashes) will instantly plump hair, improving density and thickness. Fruit Stem Cells prevent hair loss, resulting in better quality hair growth. 

Stimulate growth and rebuild density with this transformative in-salon treatment. Your hair will feel instantly thicker!

The same process described in the first treatment will be used here but the wash and rinse will be from the Plumping line.

Moisture Treat.me

The Moisture treatment is for hair that is dehydrated, frizzy or chemically treated. This is great for curls, color treated or not! The treatment will add weightless moisture, shine and softness to your hair instantly with precious oils and plant extracts that hydrate and rebuild from the inside out.


I got so excited to do the treatment on the above client that we forgot to take a before pic! I did take a selfie, before and after of myself that you can see below. 

Book Yours Today!

Do you already have an appointment on the books? I can add this onto any cut or color appointment that you have on the books. 

This treatment is a $35 add on service to any haircut or style. You can book the Treat.Me Experience with a style here or Treat.Me with a haircut here. 

Don't see a time that works for you? You know you can call or email me anytime!

Make sure to sign up for the VIP email list, either when yo book your appointments or you can sign up on the special page of the website. Keep your eyes peeled on your inbox, subscribers will receive a super secret special password to get a discount on your first treatment!

Want to keep it up at home?

The cruets of treatment are only available as a professional treatment but all of the other parts of the process are products that are available for you to take home and keep yourself well maintained. If you are curious what Kevin Murphy would recommend for you. Take this quiz here!

PS--How do you like the super fancy professional product photos in this post? I have my dear friend Lindy Davies to thank for these. No, no, not the before and after ones that I took with my iPhone! The pretty product shots! Check her out on Instagram @lindy_davies . She is the BEST!

Think Green in March!

Happy March!

I couldn't help myself, ya'll! Having the month themed by color has be so fun and I'm having so much fun curating content around the idea of color. 

I couldn't help myself, ya'll! Having the month themed by color has be so fun and I'm having so much fun curating content around the idea of color. 

We are going to start this month off by featuring one of the most important items in the Kevin Murphy line....the Maxi.Wash.

Maxi.wash is a detoxifying shampoo that breaks down fatty acids for a clean, clear scalp. The balancing essential oils penetrate the scalp to brighten hair and purify an oily or flaky scalp. It contains anti pollutant ingredients that remove build-up of unwanted products and chemicals. 

How to use: Apply to wet hair and gently massage into hair and scalp (do not scrub), leave for 1 minute then rinse.

Benefits: Sulphate free, grapefruit and citrus, Paraben free, Removes unwanted product and mineral build-up, Brightens grey, limp or dull hair, Detoxifies sluggish or flaky scalp, Prepares hair to absorb nutrients, Pre colour treatment, Soothes irritated scalps, pH 5.5 – 6.5

Thankfully, I found out about this tool!

It's the Product Matchmaker. Check it out here.

Once I wrapped my head around the line and starting thinking of each product with the same mentality as skin care, it totally clicked into place and it was much easier to understand that Maxi.Wash was the exfoliant step in the cleansing process!

Now I used it weekly on myself and always before a color client or a treatment. This is a take home product that you can buy and use yourself weekly and before your chemical appointment.  It is the first step in the Treat.Me Experience, which I am excited to be offering now. You will be seeing a lot of this on social media and the blog. 

This is a luxury add on to your styling session, haircut or color service. 

More info to come soon! If you are seeing me this week, make sure to ask about this experience!

The Treat.Me experience has been likened to "Botox for your hair!". Add this to your list of self-care to dos this month! Its a little luxury that will make you feel so polished and ready to take on the world! 

Don't forget about the importance of self-care! I have been running myself ragged but I did manage to hide out in my bathroom for a little while and do some exfoliating, cleansing and moisturizing of my body and hair. Did you see this little snippet on Instagram/YouTube/Facebook?

In this video, you will see some of my favorite things to use in hair and skin care. If you have any questions about Younique makeup or skin care, please let me know. I am happy to help you choose any Younique products or shades, if you are ordering before March 11, please use this link!