4 Ways to Keep Your Hair and Color Fresh This Summer


I have a few tips and tricks to help keep your hair healthier and your color fresh while doing summer activities! No one wants to deal with tangled tresses.


  1. Wet and Jet

Before getting into the pool or heading to the beach, I would suggest wetting your hair completely. It may help minimize the amount of chlorine that will get through and prevent the salt water from penetrating your beautiful locks. I know showering or wetting it is a pain, but you will be thanking me later. Chlorine severely dries out our hair and could cause enough damage that you end up with breakage. A mother’s nightmare for their child after swim class. Trust me…. been there, done that.


  1. Don’t neglect Protect

Take extra protection and add my favorite leave-in: the Biotera Ultra-Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner, which conditions and rehydrates very dry, damaged or coarse hair. Spray this product on your freshly wet hair and use a comb or a brush to evenly distribute the product.


hair braid types - pony, twist, wrap, secure, bun and basic braid


  1. Tie it back

I would recommend a cute little updo of some sort. It does not have to be anything fancy. A basic braid to keep it from being a tangled mess. If you have two rubber bands, put your hair in a ponytail first. Then, twist the remaining hair and wrap it around the ponytail rubber band. Secure with the second hair tie, and voila!


  1. After Care

It can be exhausting being in the sun all day. Swimming takes a toll for sure. The last thing you want to do is take another shower, but I highly recommend you do! One of my favorite shampoo and conditioner combos that will help to strengthen your hair is the Biotera Long and Healthy Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo is the best because it helps against breakage, damage and split ends. Take it easy on your hair once you’re done. Whatever you do…. DO NOT TAKE YOUR TOWEL AND VIGOROUSLY SHAKE IT. It will only damage and rough up the cuticle. Pat dry your hair. Get as much moisture out of it as you can. Then, you can start to comb it. Start from the bottom and work your way up to the top. Take your time. Do not rip through your locks. A little maintenance will keep your hair healthy and beautiful.

How to Achieve Pink Hair



Quarantine got me saying ‘let’s make my hair pink!’ My lightener of choice is always AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond from Zotos Professional. I had to lighten my hair two times to achieve a light enough color for the pink and my hair still feels great! No elasticity or breakage.

1. Section hair into four sections.

2. Take small partings from beginning section (I usually start in the back in case I need to wash the back before the front).

3. From my small parting I weave or bounce out some of that hair and backcomb it.



4. With AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Crème Lightener+. I applied lightener to my ends first stroking up the hair. This helps create a softer look rather than a solid line for the highlights.

5. Place foil underneath newly highlighted section and either fold the foil vertically or place another flat foil on top. Whichever is easier to keep the lightener from touching the rest of the hair. Process for up to 60 minutes. Until a pale blonde is achieved. **Remember the first section starts processing first. So it’s a good idea to have a couple different timers to keep track of how long the first section has been on.

6. Shampoo, don’t condition. I used Bain de Terre Purple shampoo to help counter just a little of the yellow tone.

7. Apply toner to wet hair.  In this case I used Pulp Riots rose gold toner for 10 minutes.



8. Rinse, don’t shampoo. Condition! I used the Ultra Bond Deep Conditioner Treatment for 30 minutes.


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How to Create a Flower Braid



1) Start with hair fully brushed through – you’ll just need some elastics, bobby pins, and some flowers of your choice.

My shower essentials are the Biotera Natural Origins Nurture line for keeping my hair nurtured!





2) First, we will create a Dutch braid. Grab a section of hair at the front of your head and split it into three parts. Cross the outside right section under the middle, and then the left outside section under the middle.





3) Add a little hair into both outside sections and again, cross each one under the middle section. Continue this pattern all the way down to the top of the neck, until you run out of hair to add in. At this point, use an elastic to secure the braid, leaving a ponytail.





4) Take a moment to pull out the braid, making it look big and voluminous.





5) With the ponytail we’ll create a pull through braid. Split the ponytail into a top and bottom section. Let the bottom section hang & split the top one into two side by side pieces. Wrap those two pieces around the bottom one, securing them with an elastic underneath.





6) Keep repeating this all the way down until you run out of hair. Again, take a second to pull out the braid to create a bigger braid.





7) Grab your flowers & cut the top off each one, leaving a little stem. I always find it easier for the flowers to stay when you stick the stem into the braid, and then secure it with a bobby pin.





8) Have fun and create whatever pattern your heart desires! Happy May!


Introducing The Help Your Salon Program

Help your salon


Dear Stylists and Salon Owners of our Hair Creator Community,

We understand this is a very challenging time for you with many salons being mandated to temporarily close. As a result, many of you are looking for ways to generate income during this global pandemic, when business is almost exclusively online. With most salons not having online shops set up, Zotos Professional has a solution for you. We’re excited to share the new Help Your Salon website and program with our stylist community to help support your business during this time!

Help Your Salon is a website developed to provide stylists and salons the opportunity to create digital vouchers to sell to clients for products and future services as well as a commission-based e-commerce shop that rewards you for your client’s product purchases. Registration on the site is FREE and quick and the only requirement is your cosmetology license number and an active PayPal account.


Here’s how it works!   

Create a Digital Voucher to Sell Products or Services for Future Use to your Clients:      

  1. Log on to:
  2. If you do not have a PayPal account, register for a new account first:
  3. Register yourself as a stylist or your salon using your PayPal email address
  4. Receive your confirmation email and share your vouchers link with your clients
  5. Payment will be deposited into your PayPal account when clients purchase a voucher


Earn Commission When Your Clients Shop at Help Your Salon:

  1. Log on to
  2. Click ‘Sign Up As A Salon’ (Have your License number ready!)
  3. If you do not have a PayPal account, register for a new account first:
  4. Receive a confirmation email within 1 business day with your unique code and some visual assets to help spread the word to your network
  5. Share your unique code with your clients, friends and family and direct them to shop and save 10%


How does it work for your clients?

They shop at using your unique code which will earn them 10% off their purchase and free shipping (excluding tax)!


Overview of your commission:

You receive a commission based on the client’s shopping cart linked to your unique code

  • 35% commission for a cart value under $30
  • 50% commission for a cart value over $30
  • Your share will be deposited weekly into your PayPal account

*For all shopping carts with no code, all registered stylists and salons will receive a proportional amount.


Zotos Professional is happy to offer your clients these 6 best-selling products; some just perfect for those who color their hair and need a color refresh in between appointments!

  1. All About Curls Starter Kit
  2. All About Curls Bouncy Cream
  3. All About Curls High Definition Gel
  4. AGEbeautiful Root Touch Up Spray, Dark Brown
  5. AGEbeautiful Root Touch Up Spray, Medium Brown
  6. AGEbeautiful Root Touch Up Spray, Light Golden


There is also a standard assortment of top-selling products from the following salon professional brands. You will receive commission on your client’s total purchase, no matter which assortment of brands they shop!

  • Alterna
  • Joico
  • Kenra Professional
  • Pravana
  • Schwarzkopf Professional
  • Sexy Hair

All products are at home care retail sizes, no professional hair color or back-bar sizes offered.


Here’s a visual example to see how it works!


We are thrilled to share this resource with you and hope that it can generate some additional sales and keep you connected to your clients until salons reopen again!


Stay Safe. Stay Connected. Stay Creative.


How to Do a Pull-Through Braid

I’m Shunta Cromartie, a Zotos Professional Educator and licensed stylist. While we’re all at home, I wanted to demonstrate the pull through braid for you because it is a trendy style that can be achieved effortlessly. You can achieve this gorgeous look in just a few minutes! The irony is that it is called a pull through braid but does not require much braiding at all. Isn’t that great? Here’s how it is achieved.



You will need:



1. Comb hair straight down and spray Biotera Finishing Spritz to add texture.

2. Section hair into three sections with a mohawk in the middle.

3. Create two under braids on the side sections and secure with elastic bands.



4. In the mohawk, subsection a 2-inch parting and create ponytail #1.

5. Create ponytail #2 using a 2-inch parting.

6. Split ponytail #1 in half and secure on the sides with a clip.



7. Flip ponytail #2 to the front and secure with a clip.

8. Release ponytail #1 and create ponytail #3 including the hair from ponytail #1.



9. Continue to work down the mohawk in the same pattern until all the hair is secured.

10. Start at Ponytail #1, gently fan out the hair.

11. Work down the mohawk until all the secured hair is fanned out.

12. Tuck the two side braids.

13. Tuck the pull through braid and secure with hair pins.

14. Lastly, use Biotera Finishing Spritz for hold.


How To Manage Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19 Quarantine

While locked down at home, our daily lives have become full of stress and anxiety. We have a COVID-19 contingency plan and also a schedule for our kiddos to help manage and enhance their emotional well-being.  I need to manage my own feelings too because I’m also stressed, irritable, or anxious!  I’m a better parent when I’m a happier parent.  One of the things that have been very helpful in managing my emotional well-being is to treat myself like doing my own manicure, hair treatments, facials, and even try a new makeup palette.

If you are also looking to treat yourself while #shelterinplace,  I highly recommend some pampering me-time like COLORING your roots – you want to look fabulous when this is all said and done!  I have been using the @zotosprofessional AGEbeautiful products to keep my hair looking healthy and glossy, which I have been able to save over $1,000 a year.

Yes, I have been saving over $1,000 a year in hair coloring.  If you are following me then you know that I have been dying my hair at home and getting salon-quality color for over 10 years.  My hair grows exponentially fast making my gray roots very obvious.  Although I don’t mind going to work or hanging out with friends and family when my roots are showing, there are certain situations when I feel self-conscious about it. So I dye my hair every few weeks and in between hair coloring, I follow a hair routine maintenance to take good care of my hair.

For years now I have been following these tips to get the glossy, healthy, and salon-quality hair color after each dye. I have not had any split ends and only see my hairstylist every 14 weeks for a trim.


Whatever you do, do not make drastic changes to your hair color.  If you want to alter your color to more than 3 shades, I highly recommend getting it done by a professional hair colorist. Choosing the right shade is so important because you want the color to match and blend in with your natural hair color.  I have naturally black color hair but I want to go a tad lighter so it’s not harsh looking.  The shade  that I use on my hair is dark to darkest brown.  Many hair color brands offer several shades within the tone so choose one that closely matches your hair color. I love Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Permanent Hair Color in Darkest Brown 3N because it completely covers my stubborn grays especially the hairline and temple areas.


Having the right tools ready is so important to get your hair colored without wasting time searching for them.   You would need the following: plastic gloves to prevent staining on your hands, petroleum jelly to rub around your hairline to prevent staining your skin, plastic cap to cover your hair, a hairdresser clip to section hair for better application, Argan hair oils (add a drop of two to the mix for the extra gloss), and a box of hair color along with the toner.


The best time to color my hair is when it’s been at least 2 days after shampooing.  The main reason is because dirty hair lacks the slippery conditioner that freshly washed hair has.  I usually wear an old t-shirt so that I don’t have to worry about the stain getting on my clothes.


Everyone’s skin reacts differently.  If you have never used the product before I would highly recommend a strand test to see if you have any allergic reaction.


So here’s the trick to prevent my hair from getting brittle and dry due to coloring.  Since the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Permanent Hair Color lasts so long on my hair strand, I would only color my roots.  and color my entire hair every so often.  The best news is that I can use the same tube for two separate applications thus saving me even more on cost


The average wait time for the color to deposit into your hair is 45 minutes.  During this time, I would do my laundry, clean up my house, and even prep food for the family.  When it’s time to rinse make sure you wash it without using any shampoo.   Don’t forget to have your gloves on to prevent staining on your hands.  If your hands and/or skin is stained, you can use an exfoliating cream and it should come right off.  After the rinse, use a paraben-free conditioner to finish up the process.  I usually don’t shampoo my hair until a few days after so the color stays longer.

I hope these tips will help you attain beautiful salon-quality hair color and save a lot of money as they have for me.

For more inspiration visit Mama In Heels.

Coloring Curly Hair Like a Pro


Whenever I tell people what I do for work, most are asking for my card and trying to book an appointment for the next day. However there are two people in the world who do not respond so favorably to my hair coloring abilities. Curly haired girls and my Mom.  My Mom just wants her gray covered and fast.  Faster than the last time and the time before that… but that’s a whole other blog. Curly girls are another story, they have literally been “burned” before and don’t want to roll that dice again. Whether you’re a curly hair type 2b or 4c, every ‘curly’ knows their textured hair plays by a separate set of rules including how to color it with care. Follow my tips and tricks below and you will be able to not only color curls but keep their gorgeous texture intact.



Coloring curly requires attention to the unique porosity issues along the hair strand.  Typically curly haired clients will have healthy roots, normal mid lengths and super dry porous ends.  When you color curls you need to account for the differences in each zone.  The basic trick is to always lighten and warm your formula as you progress down the hair shaft.



Having a head of tousled curls is beautiful and stands out.  When placing color make sure to create bolder pieces that won’t get lost in the rest of the hair.  In foil work place three to four back to back foils with heavy weaves or slices for traffic stopping results.



The beauty of curly hair is how much depth is in it, play this up with root shadows.  When I color this type of hair I make sure to glaze the first inch or two off the scalp a level or two darker than the rest of the hair.   Try using a demi-permanent color for super gentle results.




One of my favorite techniques for coloring curly hair is place a super moisturizing conditioner on the non-colored hair.  If I’m doing a base color I will apply a masque (I love All About Curls Divine Treatment) to the mid lengths and ends of the hair while the roots process.  Simply put the treatment in another bowl and paint on the in-between hair as you color.  Your clients will love that you’re nourishing their hair as you color.



Over processing this special hair type leads to frizzled ends.  Bond rebuilders are the latest development in the color arsenal which allow you to color even further than we could before with minimal invasion.  When lightening reach for a bond building bleach like AGEbeautiful’s brand new Ultra Bond.  You will be able to lighten hair even further than before while rebuilding the hair bonds as you go.



A lot of times curly hair can become coarse, unmanageable and dull and dry as it ages.  Previous methods of coloring it only exacerbated this.  Today’s technology allows us to not only color the hair but improve the texture as we process it.  AGEbeautiful’s color line is fortified with keratin-peptides which smooth unwanted frizz and silky amino acids help to add tons of shine.



A great way to achieve more dramatic results gently is to break up the appointments.  If someone sits in my chair with dark brown inky curly hair and wants to be blonde, I will space out the lightening to two or three sessions.  Do one round of dense highlights, treat hair for a week or so with bond rebuilders and fortifying masques, then do another round in about 10 days.  This process allows you to slowly achieve your goal with minimal abuse to the hair texture.




One of the biggest complaints I get from curly haired clients is that highlights don’t float near the root enough. The seemingly random wave pattern can make placing even pieces tricky, but by smoothing the hair out before coloring you can achieve precise results.  I love to flat iron all over, and then take a super tiny flat iron to get right down to the root for the hairs along the face hairline.



By following these tricks of the trade you will be able to embrace curls of all shapes and sizes. So the next time you’re at a party with a circle of potential clients, you can be confident handing your card to that curly haired girl too!

PostPartum Hair Loss (Shedding) & Regrowth


Fair warning new mama: That lustrous mane of hair that you’ve grown to love these past nine months may change by the time your little one hits the six month mark. Although not all postpartum moms will have hair loss, it is very common to have some, and as long as you know what to expect you can be prepared rather than surprised.

During pregnancy the increase in hormones promotes hair growth and rather than shed hair as we normally would, our bodies hold onto that hair. After birth and as our hormones change once again (cue the waterworks) we tend to shed all that hair that we held onto. Hello face framing baby hairs.

No reason to fret though, this postpartum change is temporary. With hair loss peaking around the three month mark, you should start to see new hair growth right after. All though it is a bit of a waiting game, thankfully there are some ways to speed up the process to promote regrowth.



  • Start by using a strengthening and restorative shampoo and conditioner followed by a leave in conditioner. Try: Biotera Natural Origin Restore Line. Fortified with Goji Berry and Chia extract this line will give your hair the nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy.
  • Continue taking your prenatal vitamins to be sure your body continues to get all if the nutrients it needs. Biotin can also be added in if needed.
  • Add a good sprinkle of ground flaxseed to your food. Mixed into oatmeal, topped on eggs, tossed on a stirfry, this powerhouse seed is great to add shine and strength back to your hair.
  • Enjoy this smoothie recipe a few times a week to feed your hair key vitamins and nutrients:


Elle’s Postpartum Smoothie

1tsp. Flax Seed Oil

1 Frozen Banana

1C. Spinach

1/4C. Walnuts

Tsp. Chia Seeds

1/2C. Wild Blueberries

1/4C. Oats

Pour almond milk over and blend to desired consistency.


  • Take a moment to give yourself a stimulating scalp massage in the shower to promote blood flow to the scalp.
  • Let your hair air dry and use products that nourish the hair to avoid any unnecessary heat. Who has time for that anyway!? If you have even a slight wave in your hair, try Biotera Alcohol Free Styling Mousse to give your hair moisture and shine. Apply to damp hair and scrunch in to play up any texture in your hair. Simply air dry after.
  • Treat yourself to a silk pillowcase to avoid any hair breakage. After all, a new mama deserves all the extra love she can get.
  • In the meantime get yourself a cute headband to hide any of the new hairs sprouting up. If that doesn’t do the trick and your new postpartum regrowth has made a mess of your hairline, talk to your stylist about cutting a new fringe to blend in and hide any baby hairs. After all, a new look could be just what this new mama needs.


For more inspiration visit Elle Kinney.

Quick & Easy Hairstyles For The New Mom

Becoming a mom is as amazing as everyone says it is. It’s also a lot of hard work and extra time is not something that we have a lot of these days. Baby snuggles over blow drying your hair sounds a bit nicer anyways. Changing a dirty diaper on the other hand is a different story but you get my drift. Time is of the essence now and to have an arsenal of go to hairstyles to make you feel a bit more pulled together can make all of the difference. Looks I have been living in lately:



1. Invest in a cute headband (or five) to add some style to your look while hiding greasy roots. A bed head or an undone texture looks super cute with a headband. If you just showered, try applying Biotera Alcohol Free Mousse to damp hair, scrunch in and let air dry. Top with a headband.



2. Apply Biotera Ultra Color Care Dry Shampoo to the roots of lived in hair and pull your hair back half way for a half up-half down look. Secure in a messy bun or twist it up with this pin from Adorned Society.



3. Look put together and treat your tresses to some extra love by leaving in a conditioning mask while you’re on the go. Simply rinse it out when you shower next for a deep conditioning treatment. Comb through damp hair and apply Biotera Natural Origin Restore Strengthening Mask to the hair. Create a deep side part and pull the hair back into two knots, one on top of the other.


For more inspiration visit Elle Kinney.

All About Curls Hair Collection Routine


Hi loves!

Calling all my curly girls!  This post is definitely one you want to keep reading if you have curly hair.

Zotos Professional came out with an entire line dedicated to us curly girls, and I’m totally here for it!  I know, exciting right?

I absolutely love their products for helping to fix hair damage that I’ve had.   You can also check out which product I’ve used the most and keep re-purchasing here.

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using these links, I make a small commission which allows Primp And Prime Beauty to keep bringing you content.  I really appreciate if you do, but if you don’t, that’s fine too 🙂  Read here for full disclosure.  All opinions are 100% my own!

The All About Curls collection is free of Sulfates, Silicones, and Parabens.  Exactly what we do NOT want for our curls.

There are 8 products total in this collection.  Two cleansers, 2 conditioners, and 4 styling products.


All About Curls Collection Products

  1. No-Lather Cleanser
  2. Lo-Lather Cleanser
  3. Daily Cream Conditioner
  4. Divine Treatment
  5. High Definition Gel
  6. Soft Definition Gel
  7. Bouncy Cream
  8. Boosting Foam



My All About Curls Wash & Style Routine

I start out applying the Divine Treatment to dry hair.  I do this so that the hair follicle isn’t fighting for space with water.  This allows the hair treatment to really get absorbed into the hair and work its magic.

After letting the hair mask sit in my hair, I then rinse and follow with the Lo-Lather Cleanser.  Having some lather is just so satisfying to me and makes me feel like it’s really working.  My hair feels so soft after!

Conditioner with curly hair is a MUST!  The just use a “dime size” amount also doesn’t exist regarding curls lol.  More like a handful or two!  The Daily Cream Conditioner makes detangling in the shower so easy, and leaves my hair feeling amazing.




Curly Hair Style Routine

Styling my natural curly hair has never been more effortless.

I like to mix the Bouncy Cream & Styling Foam to give my hair a great balance of volume and definition.  I seal the deal with the Soft Definition gel.  It gives it the perfect amount of hold without being stiff, and it puts the end to any frizz.




Not only does each product perform beautifully, they all smell amazing too!

You can grab some for yourself from Sally Beauty!

Have you tried the All About Curl collection yet?  Let me know in a comment!

Thanks for reading!


For more inspiration visit Primp and Prime Beauty.