DIY: Get Sexy Beach Waves for Less

Posted 2 years ago by

Who doesn’t love their hair after a day at the beach? Don’t waste your money on the expensive “beach wave” products. Do it the Broke & Chic way!

What You Need:

  • Small empty spray bottle (3 oz)
  • Sea salt
  • Warm water


1. Fill the spray bottle with warm water.
2. Add about 2 tablespoons of sea salt.
3. Let sit for about 5 minuets. (or until the salt has dissolved)
4. Shake it up.

How To Use:

Shampoo and condition before bed and towel dry as usual. Evenly distribute salt water spray into hair. If you have curly/wavy hair, use a smoothing balm or leave-in conditioner before the spray (to prevent frizz).

Once evenly distributed, brush through hair and put it in a braid. In the morning you’ll have beautiful hair that’s full of texture and volume.

*If your hair isn’t fully dry when you wake up, use your blow dryer with hight heat and low air.

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Rainbow Hair is Taking Over Hollywood

Posted 3 years ago by

Off-beat hair colors have been taking the red carpet by storm with stars such as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Kate Bosworth, Jaime King and the most dramatic of them all…Katy Perry.

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Kate Bosworth

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Jaime King

Katy Perry has been rocking the all over blue do’ ever since her split with comedian Russell Brand. Was this her way of expressing sadness or needing a change? Or did she just take her smurfette role a little to far?

Back in the day, nail and lip color other than red or pink were looked at as taboo. Now we have cosmetic lines such as EssieLime Crime and Urban Decay coming out with all sorts of crazy colors that have become acceptable over the years. In my short life time, blue nail polish was something you would never wear to a job interview. Now it wouldn’t even raise an eye brow.

Will this be the same with hair color? Will we see purple and pink hair just as often as we see blonde and brunette? I always wondered what the fashion of the future had in store for us. Maybe this is it.

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What are your thoughts on this “crazy” hair trend? Let us know in the comments below.


Trend Alert: Hair Chalking

Posted 3 years ago by

Rainbow and pastel hair was one of the hottest trends for 2011, and it’s still going strong. From top designers to our favorite celebs!

Thakoon Spring 2012 Collection

 Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2012 Collection

Peter Som Spring 2012 Collection

See more hair inspiration on Fashion Launderette 

If you love all these looks but are afraid of the commitment and possible damage, then chalking is for you!

Chalking is a technique that can give you this unique hair without bleaching. Best of all…it works on dark hair too! It’s something fun you can do when you’re in the mood for a temporary change that can make a big impact.

What You’ll Need

  • Soft Pastel Chalk (no oil)
  • Water Filled Spray Bottle
  • Gloves
  • Blow Dryer
  • Flat Iron
  • An old t-shirt you don’t mind ruining.

1. Take a 1-inch strand of hair and wet it with a spray bottle (skip this step if you have blonde hair)

2. Apply gloves and take a pastel of your choice. Rub it on your hair strand until it’s at your desired vibrancy.

3. Blow dry the hair strand until completly dry.

4. Go over the strand with your flat iron. This will help set it in. Make sure it’s on its lowest setting.

5. Brush and style as usual!

This will wash out during your next shampoo, so do as many strands as you’d like!

*Warning* It might stay in your hair for a few shampoos if you have natural blonde hair.

Check out this video tutorial from the wonderful Kandee Johnson as well!

Beautiful Hair Chalking Results

What do you think of this rainbow hair trend? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Thrifting 101: Accessories

Posted 3 years ago by

I know firsthand that shopping at a thrift store can be a scary experience, especially if it’s not something you normally do. If you’re a little wary about trying it for the first time, start out by shopping for accessories before you attempt clothing. In fact, belts, purses, jewelry, and shoes are some of my favorite things to shop for at thrift stores. It’s easier because you don’t need a dressing room and accessories usually cost less than clothing.


Thrift stores have a surprising amount of belts, only costing between $1 and $3. The deals are so good that I almost never buy new belts anymore unless it’s an awesome deal — I can’t justify it when I know Goodwill has an identical belt for a quarter of the price.


Purses are really fun to thrift for, especially if you can get your hands on something vintage. Most purses at thrift stores are usually well-priced, but you need to make sure all the zippers and closures work and that there aren’t any stains on the inside.


You’d be amazed by the jewelry you can find at thrift stores. Among the cheap plastic bracelets, beaded necklaces and rhinestone earrings, there are bound to be great pieces (sometimes vintage!) hiding underneath all the crap. You just have to dig. Once you get your hands on that amazing vintage cocktail ring, you’ll know what I mean.


Shoes are a little more difficult to shop for, but totally worth it. Like most things at thrift stores, I usually find the best shoes when I least expect it. Every time I thrift, I skim over the shoes just in case something catches my eye. If you find a pair, don’t forget to try on both the left and right shoe and walk around in them a bit before you buy.

These are some of the shoes I’ve thrifted recently:

Above, the brown Italian leather oxfords were $5, the black leather boots were $12 and the red suede Sam Edelman heels were $3. If you’re still on the fence about thrifting, give accessories a chance first. Then, after you get the feel for thrift stores, move on to clothes!

Be sure to tell us what other tips and advice you’d like to know in preparation for your first trip to the thrift store! Share your questions in the comments below!


Back to School: 2011

Posted 4 years ago by

These items are hot right now, and need to be on your back to school list no matter if you’re entering your sophomore year of high school, your senior year of college, or your second year of grad school! They’re great for all ages — so get shopping!

By: Amanda Raye and Van Crawford

1. Prairie/Lace-Up Boots

Why: They go with both pants and dresses and are perfect for all seasons. Definitely a Class-A upgrade from Uggs!

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Try: Forever 21, Steve Madden, Western/Equestrian stores, Urban Outfitter, thrift stores, and flea markets.

2. Satchels

Why: They’re classy, unisex and perfect for lugging both computers and books.

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Carolina Engman of Fashion Squad

Try: The Cambridge Satchel Company (about $70). You could also try Topshop, Urban Outfitters, flea markets and thrift stores.

3. Red Pants

Why: Like their blue cousin, they go with everything!

Try: Zara, H&M, Old Navy, Forever 21 and Macy’s for a pair under $40. If you live in/near NYC try Necessary Clothing in Soho.

4. Maxi Skirts

Why: They’re casual yet elegant and perfect for dressing up and dressing down.

Try: H&M and American Apparel.

5. Navajo-Print Shirts

Why: It’s a fun new trend that’ll go with past trends. Dust off your cowboy boots and moccasins!

Try: Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Necessary Clothing and Mandee.

6. Barbie Pink Lipstick

Why: You’ll be everyones favorite fashionista. This color just oozes confidence!

Try: Sally’s Mini Lipsticks ($1), Wet n’ Wild ($1), Forever 21 ($4) and New York Color ($2) — Target, Walmart and CVS.

7. Blazer

Why: It’s great for those in-between days; when it’s not cold enough to wear a jacket but you’re still kind of chilly. An instant it-girl piece. Loose the hoodie ladies!

Try: Zara, Forever 21, Topshop, H&M, Uniqlo and thrift stores.

8. Oxfords

Why: They go with everything! I always hoped they would come back in style. I used to have the hardest time finding shoes to pair with my vintage dresses. An amazing upgrade to the childish looking ballerina flat!

Try: Forever 21, Aldo, thrift stores, Steve Madden and Macy’s

9. Tom’s

Why: They’re for a good cause, and so much cuter than the everyday walking sneaker.

Try: ($54)

10. Leggings

Why: They’re back for yet another season! Need a change? Try nylon leggings!

Try: Mandee, American Apparel, Rainbow, H&M, Wet Seal, Macy’s, and perhaps Forever 21.

11. Penny Loafers and Boat Shoes

Why: They’re great for both men and women! Loafer heels aren’t half bad either!

Try: thrift stores, Macy’s, Nordstroms, Target, Walmart, Call It Spring and Urban Outfitters.

12. A New Hairstyle

Why: It’s always great to start the school year with a new look. Add a silver blonde highlight, go red, add bangs, cut it all off…have fun! Just make sure you go to a professional.


What’s on your back to school list this year?


Trend Alert: Dip-Dye Hair

Posted 4 years ago by

Remember that trend from the late 90’s? Well, it’s back and better than ever! It’s everywhere this summer, so give it a try and be the most colorful girl on campus! If you’re blonde, or followed last summers ombre trend, then you’re ready to go! Just pick up some Manic Panic for only $10.99 at your local beauty supply store. If not, go to your favorite hair stylist and have him/her lighten your ends! Add a little color to your life!



Nicki Minaj is EXTRA colorful!

Kate makes it look nice and classy!

Singer Cher Lloyd is rockin’ three hair trends at once!

Are you rocking this trend? If so, e-mail your pictures to for a possible feature!

Are dip-dyed jeans next? Only time will tell.


Top 5 Summer 2011 Trends

Posted 4 years ago by

1. The Romper

Forever 21 has rompers starting at only $10.50!

2. Harem Pants

Try a pair for under $20 at Mandee or H&M.

3. Pixie Cuts

Check out for a cheap stylish cut!

4. Off-Beat Lipstick Color

Try Lime Crime Makeup for about $15 a tube!

5. Dramatic Hair Color Change

Leave it to a professional. Check out to get a free/discounted color change by someone apprenticing under a celebrity stylist.


Dry Shampoo

Posted 4 years ago by

Dry shampoo absorbs oil (rather than rinsing it away). Once it is brushed out, it leaves your hair cleaner and lighter. It’s such a great product, because less frequent shampooing equals less heat styling damage and color loss. TIGI’s Dirty Secret was the first dry shampoo I ever used. I instantly fell in love. The way it smelled, how it took out that oily shine, and the amazing texture it gave my hair. The downfall is it’s about $18. Spending that amount of money on a hair product isn’t very Broke & Chic. I had to search for other options that weren’t so expensive…

1. TIGI/Rockaholic Dirty Secret: My personal favorite. It smelled good, lasted about two months, the white was easy to brush out, and it added great texture and volume. $18
2. Sally’s/Beyond the Zone Rock On: A good money-saving option. It’s considered a TIGI copycat so it had a lot of the same qualities. Lasted over two months, the white was easy to brush out, added great volume and texture, and perfect for both long and short hair. My only con is the smell. It’s not bad by any means –  just not as appealing as TIGI’s. $6.99
3. Suave Professionals: The best bang for your buck. It smells great, it’s easy to get out, and you don’t have to go to a salon or a Sally’s to purchase. Target, Walmart, CVS, etc… $2.47
4. Pssssst!: I really didn’t like this one. It only lasted about a week, and the white was hard to get out of my dark hair. It might work for you if you have hair no darker than a light/medium brown, but you don’t get your moneys worth since it’s gone so fast. $5.99

Cheaper Option = Baby Powder

This option is only $0.99! Dry shampoo is really just a powder that absorbs oil, so this is an option that’s extra cheap. The smell isn’t bad either! I usually put it in my hair at night and wake up with fresh oil free hair. If you do it in the morning, before you leave, make sure you let the powder sit in your hair for at least five minuets so it can actually absorb oil. Then just shake it out, brush it out, or blow dry it out.

p.s: If you have dark hair and find the baby powder hard to get out try unsweetened cocoa powder instead. It won’t give your hair a grey hue and your boyfriend will want to be around you even more because you’ll smell like a Hershey bar!


Posted 4 years ago by

This is a great site to check out if you are tight on money but need a fabulous haircut, blowout, or color. Training apprentices will post an ad looking for volunteers every week. Each ad is only posted for 7 days, so all listings are very current. It has sections for New York, Los Angelas, San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Sydney. Just click on the city closest to you to find an apprentice, and get a sweet ass style (for free or low cost). All services are overlooked by a master stylist so no need to worry.

ps: you can even post a model profile and let the apprentices look for you!

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Free Salon Services

Posted 4 years ago by

Sometimes you can be a hair “model” or part of a class at a lot of salons out there. You can usually find these offers on Craigslist.

Warning: Hair models are used to explore specific styles, so you can’t always choose what you want! This is not for simple, long layered cuts!

This girl was one of my free services while I was apprenticing back in Richmond VA. She went from a dark brown to a beautiful platinum blond for free (haircut included)! That’s usually a $300 service!

PS: Even if it’s free you should still tip 15-20% of what the service usually costs.

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Cheap Haircuts

Posted 4 years ago by

Being a stylist, I know how expensive it is to get your hair done at a salon, but every stylist begins somewhere: beauty school. At your local hair school, cuts are usually under 20$. Check to see if your city/town has a Paul Mitchell the School, Aveda Institute, or just a private school.

You could also stop into a salon to see if they have an apprentice stylist. An apprentice is either waiting to be licensed or is newly licensed (It just depends on your state). Apprentice prices are usually under $35.

PS: Don’t forget to tip!