Products to Revive Your Locks

By Jennifer Smithmeyer

When it comes to hair products, my main goal is to find products that extend the life of my color and prolong the time between washing and styling, as well as keeping my hair as healthy as possible amid the heat styling and bleaching. For reference – my hair type is thin but dense. However, many of the products listed below are suitable for a wide range of hair types.



The Bond-Building line from Bumble and Bumble is specially designed for those of us who put our hair through the strenuous activities of heat styling and hair coloring. Bond-Building works by repairing the hair from the cortex to the cuticle (meaning from the inside, out). It is paramount in restoring the hair’s integrity and creates new bonds to strengthen the hair. The result? Healthier, frizz-free hair with high shine.

We are so good about exfoliating our face, feet, and body! But how many of us regularly exfoliate our scalp? Doing so is essential in removing excess skin cells, oil, and dandruff. Many experts agree that scalp exfoliation is key to healthier, shinier hair. Use Oribe Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub once a week to keep your scalp congestion-free. The pointed tip makes application a breeze, and the luxurious formula and scent make the routine a treat rather than a chore!


Revive your color with Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask. Perfect for natural or color-treated hair, this ultra-nourishing mask works to neutralize unwanted tones, while almond butter and Buriti oil deeply nourish hair without weighing it down. I swear by the Baby Blonde mask to keep my blonde fresh, bright, and void of any brassiness or yellow tones between salon appointments. We also carry Ash Brown (Abby loves this one to eliminate warm tones in her dark brunette locks). If you’re looking to add Rich Carmel tones to brunette hair, the Warm Chestnut mask is the one for you!



Learning to give myself a proper blowout is high on the list of things I wish came more naturally. The round brush plus blow dryer combo is just not as effortless as my stylist makes it look. However, I’ve found the golden ticket to getting myself just a wee bit closer to the salon quality look. May I now introduce to you, Oribe Royal Blowout?! This highly concentrated heat styling spray is ultra-lightweight and perfect for all hair types (even the finest of hair!). It speeds up drying time while also mending split ends, strengthening the hair, and adding body and shine. I blow my hair out, and it lasts for days!


As I have previously expressed, washing and styling every day is not for me. I’m looking for one good style and prolonging it for days to come. If this sounds like you, you’re going to need a dry shampoo you can really rely on! Nothing quite does it for me like Klorane Dry Shampoo. Not only does it absorb oils, but it also adds volume and texture. Third day hair can look like first day hair in a matter of minutes. We also carry Klorane Dry Shampoo curated specially for dark haired gals, so you don’t get that dreaded white cast powdery look that is so apparent on dark hair. If you’re not using a dry shampoo, I highly recommend jumping on the bandwagon. It’s a game changer!


  • The latest from Angela
I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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