Hawaii’s Shaholly Ayers on the runway in Milan

Nadine Kam : February 24, 2018 3:44 pm : Beauty

A familiar face is appearing on the Italian runway during Milan Fashion Week, continuing through Feb. 27.

Hawaii model Shaholly Ayers, a brand ambassador for Global Disability Inclusion, will join models of all abilities from around the world for an inclusive catwalk in support of the Vertical Foundation, which finances research for spinal cord injury.

Produced by Iulia Barton, an inclusive fashion agency, the fashion show will feature a number of Italian designers, including Angelo Cruciani, Giuseppe Fata, Luigi Borbone, Massimo Crivelli, Antonio Urzi and Diego Salerno.

Ayers, a congenital amputee, was the first model ever to walk a runway without a prosthetic at New York Fashion Week. She wants to open minds and encourage greater acceptance of all individuals, and improve diversity in the fashion industry “to make people think about what they find attractive.”

When she started her career in Honolulu more than a decade ago, agencies did not want to hire her because of her disability. Ayers persevered, networking, building up her portfolio, and moving her way up in the fashion and modeling industry through hard work and determination.

She has been featured in Nordstrom’s national catalog three times and has also appeared in the pages of GQ Italia, GQ Japan, US Weekly, The Sun News Paper, The New York Times, and the Guardian, among other outlets. Last year, she also made appearances on Megyn Kelly Today and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, as well as being featured in stories on and

Courtesy Shaholly Ayers

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Drybar arrives in Kakaako

Nadine Kam : February 12, 2018 3:28 pm : Beauty

My good hair days are the ones when I exit a salon.

I always aim for tousled, beachy locks, and natural waves work in my favor. I’m told to scrunch up the ends of my hair with styling products but have yet to find one able to hold up to my heavy tresses. So what looks good coming out of a salon just doesn’t live up to the reality of upkeep once I’m left to my own devices.

Enter Drybar, which made its Kakaako debut Friday. My first thought was, how many people are lazy enough have to be to have someone else wash and blowout their hair at $45 per visit?

Apparently, lots.

A friend explained, “Every office building should have one. It’ll help so much for us who are running to work with untamed hair.”

Like the name suggests, the salon does “No (hair)cuts. No color. Just blowouts,” based on founder Alli Webb’s simple philosophy, “Focus on one thing and be the best at it.”

It’s paid off. The Honolulu shop is Drybar’s 93rd location nationwide, located across from SALT, on the ground floor of The Collection at 600 Ala Moana Boulevard, where clients are greeted with a beverage of their choice, such as mimosas, wine, tea or cola.

Webb, a longtime professional stylist who grew tired of overpaying for blowouts at traditional salons, offers a menu of signature styles that also reads like a cocktail menu:

Sarah Sandoval works her magic. Braids will hold up for a day or two and she said she expects Drybar will get slammed during prom season, which is coming up fast.

During the opening, Drybar educator Sarah Sandoval was on hand to demonstrate:

> The Cosmo: Lots of loose curls.
> The Straight Up: For straight that needs a little body).
> The Mai Tai: Messy, beachy hair perfect for Hawaii, but popular across the country.
> The Manhattan: Sleek and smooth.
> The crown braid: For special nights out.

The process takes about 30 to 40 minutes, including hair washing, and Sandoval said many of their customers no longer keep shampoo or conditioners at home, stopping by for all their haircare.

While styles generally last two to five days, some are able to keep the styles for up to 10 days. A consultation always starts with figuring out a clients expectations. Some aim to maintain their hair while on a trip, so the stylist must take into account travel time, which wreaks havoc on hair. Saving your hairstyle could be a matter of rolling your hair up each night in Princess Leia-style buns and using bobby pins to secure them.

Used on models were some of Drybar’s hair styling products and tools, with names like The Sheriff medium-hold hairspray, Sparkling Soda shine mist and Money Maker flexible hold spray, all designed for the hair you want. A plus for me was the light scents that don’t have the choke factor of other hair products.

Drybar Honolulu is at 600 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1A. Hours (subject to change) are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays to Fridays; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Appointments can be booked online at, or through the Drybar iPhone app.

By Nadine Kam

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24-karat magic at Star Beauty Room

Nadine Kam : January 12, 2018 7:15 pm : Beauty

Kiyoko Hoshino

Many regard the start of a new year as a time for change and self-improvement. Taking the first steps can feel painful. There are always a hundred excuses for why we put off starting a new exercise or diet regimen in the previous year.

But not all self-improvement is painful. When it comes to putting your best face forward, it can be very enjoyable.

I started my new year with a visit to esthetitian Kiyoko Hoshino’s recently opened Star Beauty Room, where in addition to full body massages, she offers seven different facial treatments to suit individual concerns.

I went with the Anti-Aging Facial using several 24k gold products geared toward improving skin tone. The treatment is $140 for 60 minutes, $210 for 90 minutes, or $270 for two hours.

An array of 24k gold products is used in Star Beauty Room’s anti-aging facial.

For those who believe in the metaphysical, most of her facials also incorporate her signature Rainbow Powerstone Oil, utilizing the energy of gemstones to enhance well-being and your new year’s resolve.

They include:

Red (garnet): Passion, results of efforts come forth
Orange (sandstone): Revive confidence and source of power to take action
Yellow (citron): Strengthen luck in money and business success
Green (peridot): Positive energy flow
Blue (aquamarine): Healing, flexibility to change
Indigo (iolite): Heightens awareness of future and truth
Purple (amethyst): Changes negative to positive, purification effect
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Go jump in the ocean for skin health

Nadine Kam : January 4, 2018 12:55 pm : Beauty

salt soap

K-beauty brands continue to move forward by harnessing the power of nature’s pharmacy, most recently by incorporating one of the most essential ingredients, salt.

dr belmeur

In Hawaii, a person who comes down with the common cold is told to “go jump in the ocean.” That advice is not intended to be mean, but a traditional folk remedy.

We’ve learned from modern science that sea salt (not refined table salt) has antiviral properties that enables people to fight off cold viruses, the flu and keep allergies at bay.

Skin feels softer after emerging from an ocean swim because the salt also acts as a moisturizer, opening pores and hydrating tissues while flushing out toxins.

Sea salt also contains 92 trace minerals such as magnesium, zinc and potassium needed for optimal health.

Among Korean beauty products incorporating sea salt are Ruby-Cell 4U Mud Moisture Pure Soap (available at Beauty at Don Quijote) and Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair ATO salt cream available at TheFaceShop.

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Sephora and Bite Beauty birthday gift

Nadine Kam : January 3, 2018 11:41 am : Beauty

Sephora has announced its birthday gift to Sephora Beauty Insider members in 2018.

During your birth month this year, loyalty club members can stop by any Sephora store for a Bite Beauty birthday gift. The gift includes a mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai (mauve brown), mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé (dusty mauve), and a sample of Agave Lip Balm and Agave Sugar Lip Scrub.

This means it’s a great time to be a January baby to claim your gift now. I have to wait until November!

No purchase is necessary.

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