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Ep 209 - The #DamnGood Skin Barrier-Boosting Creams We’ll Use Forever

“Barrier Repair” is a big beauty buzzword - but what does it really mean? Today we’re bringing you a little Skin Barrier 101, along with a roundup of our #damngood skin-saving favorites.

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Meet Gail Federici, founder of ColorWow and the Queen of no bad hair days! Today, we get the origin story on the magical root coverup makeup that’s been saving us between salon sessions during quarantine. Case in point: Google searches for ColorWow Root Cover Up spiked 600% in 2020. Today, we get the backstory behind the genius hair color-in-a-makeup-pan, earner of seven Allure Best in Beauty Awards and the impetus for about a bazillion knock-offs.

Carlene before ColorWow Root Cover Up

Thumb’s up! After using ColorWow Root Cover Up

Founder Gail Federici goes way back to share her roots in inventing strand-saving products, including the backstory behind her other brainchild, John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum. She’s also going to take us through the wild ride of selling that company (that may have involved a coin flip!) And finally, Gail tells us what it’s like working with Kim Kardashian’s mane man, Chris Appleton – he of the “glass hair trend” and arguably the secret weapon behind ColorWow’s trajectory from cult status to mass fandom.

ColorWow Hair Ambassador Chris Appleton loves the brand’s Dream Coat to get that ‘glass hair’ look

Products Mentioned In This Episode:

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ColorWow Root Cover Up

ColorWow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray

John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Hair Serum

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Carlene & Jill with Christophe Robin


Today we’re talking hair colour with a French master. The colourist behind Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Paradis and Catherine Deneuve’s serious coiffs— it’s Christophe Robin! Christophe was the long-time magic man behind all the big L’Oréal hair ad campaigns, plus the hands responsible for 90’s supermodels’ sparkling manes. They all went to Christophe to get this signature look: natural radiance without compromising the health of hair. (Except for that one angry model who did something completely outré when Christophe committed a hair colour faux pas once… and he’s spilling the tea!)

Christophe with long-time client Catherine Deneuve

Christophe debuted his own salon, dedicated solely to hair colour, when he was just 24 years old. It was the first of its kind to put the spotlight squarely on hair hue back in 1995, in Paris. Shortly after, he launched his eponymous line with the aim of solving the issues he observed from behind the chair. Mixing up salt-water solutions to help sensitized scalps post-dyeing, or vinegar to balance the pH alkalinity, these are the hand-spun fixes he would build on to create his luxury formulations for women to use at home. Today, his Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt is a best-seller and, as we can attest, the colour-safe detoxifying scrub keeps roots feeling clean for 3-5 days. (Psst…. a follow-up detangling jelly will join the range in April!)

The Christophe Robin salon in Paris features a swank shell basin, a tribute to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste With Pure Rassoul and Rose Extracts

Having introduced the rest of the world to the concept of scalp exfoliation, Christophe makes customer education top priority in his salon, now located on rue Bachaumont in Paris. Right here on Breaking Beauty Podcast, don’t miss the guru’s no-filter take on vegetable hair colour; dry shampoo ‘don’ts’; how to tweak your hair colour to make dark under eye circles less obvi; and a hack for taking your hair colour down a notch if you return from the salon a tad too stark. It’s a podcast episode so chic, it’s magnifique!

Products mentioned in this episode: Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt; Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo with Jujube Bark Extract; Christophe Robin Detangling Gelee With Sea Minerals; Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar with Aloe Vera; L’Oréal Preference

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.