Re-Invent Yourself

Re-Invent Yourself
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Beauty Hairess: Moving Salons

Beauty Hairess: Moving Salons: "Well, Let me just put it this way, IT AINT EASY~ but may be LIFECHANGING For a Hairdresser to move salons, it's quite a big decision ri..."

Monday, May 23, 2011

Moving Salons

Well, Let me just put it this way,


  1. For a Hairdresser to move salons, it's quite a big decision right?  First, you must ask yourself, What do I want out of this.  There is a lot on the table that has to be weighed. 
  2. Can you still use the haircolor and products that you believe in?  That's a deal breaker for me.
  3. What is your Mission and Vision?  Can it be supported here?
  4. Is it convenient for your clients? ie: location, parking, hours
  5. Do you have a team to support you?
Now that you have answered these questions, you can assess whether you are happy and complacent where you are now, or if it's time to move on.  For myself, I need a place to do my work that gives me the optimal space possible to create.  Being surrounded by those who do not share this ideal is against what I believe in.

 It's different for each hair dresser.  You must know what it is that helps you perform your best work possible.  It's all about your guest's experience, from the front door greeting to each space you carry your client through.

 I expect the highest level of professionalism, the best in eco-conscious products to support my vision of creating beauty sustainably.  If you know what you want, that will help you to determine where to go or if you should stay.

 Don't just leave to leave.  Leave if your heart leads you to make a change to take a step forward toward your career goals. 

If you make the decision to go, you will most likely NOT be supported by your current salon.  That's just the biz.

Do your homework, because there's no telling what kind of "mistakes" were made on your client profiles in your computer bookings.  From my experience, anything can happen.  No one will care about your client files like you do, so make sure and get them.  Double Check everything before you go. 

Sometimes you leave a salon for personal reasons.  Sometimes for Professional.  Whatever it may be, Go "all in" when you seek out your goals for your future, with the best intentions in mind for your guests. 

It's not easy, it can be scary, but it also can change everything.  If your clients have faith in you, they will follow your decisions.  Move on, Carry on, Be the best you can be.  And, leave the past place as a stepping stone on your journey. 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Extensions: From Brittany to Brilliant

Throughout my years behind the chair  many extensions and trends have come my way.   I have seen the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between.  Extensions are relatively new but well known in the hair industry.  Every pop starlet and reality TV chick in America has adorned them.  Almost every photo shoot since 2000 showcases some hot model or celeb with long luxurious hair.  Some looked good, and some looked horrid, and it gave extensions a bad wrap! Let's take a look at Brittany Spears' hair gone wild.

What was her hairdresser thinking?  Well, he wasn't trained properly. That's for sure!  Her thousands spent on an application of keratin bonded extensions was all for the embarrassment of the world to scoff.  What went wrong?  Is it her hair that's bad?

Don't blame Brittany's hair or Kate Gosslin for sporting these locks.  Blame their hair dresser and the extension company used on them.  They didn't do their research.  There are many brands on the market like Paris Hilton, Great Lengths, and Jessica Simpson just to name a few.

I made the same mistakes as these celebrity hair dressers.  Nobody knew better.... Until NOW!  I finally discovered the secret thanks to Perfectress and international extension specialist, Mario Degroot.   The difference between everything else on the market and Perfectress are a few MAJOR details.  

The hair in every extension company can only be attached in a few ways:
~Keratin Bonds (when heated the bond crystallizes or melts, you wrap it around the hair and it re-hardens)

~Beaded bonds (an alluminum bead is threaded onto the natural hair and the extension is attached and clamped with a plier like tool)

~Sew in weft (a portion of the hair is braided horizontally and the weft of hair is actually sewn into the braid)

 Perfectress hair is already attached to bond. 

My discovery?  Someone out smarted everyone else. Yes, the brilliant minds behind Perfectress.  What makes them better, you ask?  What makes them different?  Well I'm so glad you asked!
Not only is the hair attached to an alloy bead already, but it's double drawn, remy hair that wraps around the entire bead.  Everything else just sits on the top surface.  Single drawn hair is most commonly used with every extension line giving thinner ends and less to work with.  It's really hard to blend thicker hair with thinner ends. Read here in Wikipedia for more details on the difference of these.

I was lucky enough to attend a training with Mr. Mario Degroot himself and discovered what went wrong with these highly paid hair dressers and the secret to a lengthening success.  Not only were the extension lines chosen not the best option for these millionaire clients and the rest of the world, but the application thought process is completely off!  They are ruining the hair by not taking proper sectioning and tension to hold the hair and keep it from slipping out, itching and dreading up.

 I discovered the best extensions ever, Perfectess, and everything about them is perfect.  But, the hair dresser needs to be trained properly by Perfectress.  From experience I would not be confident that they are being applied properly without education.  The secret is in the application, and this was my major take away from the training I received. Another benefit is the hair can be re-used at least 3 times making it more affordable.  There is no damage to the hair.  The extension can be re-formed and re-used, and you absolutely cannot tell they are in the hair without digging through it. That changed everything for me.

So, if you're looking for the creme de la creme and want to get your money's worth, do your research and discover the BEST EXTENSIONS IN THE WORLD.  Make sure the hair dresser has been certified and approved to use them by Perfectress, and you will be amazed by the quality of the hair and the easy application that does not require a lot of time.  
You too will discover the WoW Factor I did~

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


As a hairdresser in the 2000's, everything was in transition: the trends, the ability to be someone completely different looking in no time, and technology had changed.  All hair colour companies competed, producing the most gorgeous haircolour ever imagined.  Prettier than natural hair could ever dream of being, and EVERY BODY WANTED IT.  Salons became busy with coloring.  Base Colours, Hilights, Color Blocking and Dimensional Haircolour were on every woman's mind.  Even the guys jumped on board. You could be anything you wanted.

Then came the root rot, the soft colours, and everything started to become softer, not harsher.  Clients were just getting used to drastic chunks of this and that in their hair, and we changed them to softer.  It was a beautiful few years, and then the economy crashed and everyone started cutting back, and hence the home haircolour was an option people were ready to face again.

As a colorist and an educator, it's hard NOT to notice when I see a home dye job, for these reasons:  I wish I could have formulated their colour.  The boxes of colour on the market give you an idea of what is in the box.  It's never an exact.  So it's just an estimated guess.  The problem is that it doesn't know YOU, or what colour your hair really is, or the underlying pigment in your hair.  These qualities mean everything when formulating and choosing a haircolour line.  Colour is based on the level of lightness or darkness of your hair, and tones that underly inside the hair shaft.  A hairdresser's job is to identify these, and create a formula to guarantee the chosen shade, and IT IS A SCIENCE!

Each time I see a home hair job, I feel bad that I didn't apply it myself.  If I wasn't trying to make a living, I would offer to do it for free.  Sometimes I wonder if people realize that a base colour really isn't that much money.  Why don't people come get their hair cut at a separate time from colour?  Why don't they get products sometime in between?

If you do have to do your hair at home, try to guess a shade that seems closest to your natural.  Have someone else apply the colour for you to ensure better coverage, and make sure not to run it through your ends all the time.  I have heard there are all kinds of dyes in these products and you don't want them overlapping eachother.

And finally, don't cut your hair at home what ever you do.  Some of our shears are made out of Japenese steele, yes, mini Japenese swords.  I offer my guests free bang trims.  Nobody wants raggedy uneven hair!

This is the year of re-inventing yourself.  Do something different with your hair.  Make a total Change.
Red heads are rare and are taking the place of blondes going from gold in the spring to roaring redheads, it's time to do something this decade!  Start with your hair!  Don't be a maintenance mamma this year!  Be the first to do something different for yourself!  Talk to a stylist about your options to change your haircolur.  Make sure they come highly recommended and are there to make you look your best.  Make sure you both are on the same page.

On home haircolour, knowing what I know about them, I say skip the new outfit, dinner out or something you can do some other time, and change your haircolour.  It is a New YOU this 2011!  Kick it off with a bang!

Beauty Hairess: You can live Anywhere and not be "dated" with your...

Beauty Hairess: You can live Anywhere and not be "dated" with your...: "The big question is: what is in and what is out? And in an ever changing world of beauty, sometimes people just get lost. So I h..."

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beauty Hairess: You can live Anywhere and not be "dated" with your...

Beauty Hairess: You can live Anywhere and not be "dated" with your...: "The big question is: what is in and what is out? And in an ever changing world of beauty, sometimes people just get lost. So I h..."

You can live Anywhere and not be "dated" with your Hair Colour

The big question is: what is in and what is out?  And in an ever changing world of beauty, sometimes people just get lost.  So I have been looking back at the trends since 2000, the Change of the Century!  Flat Irons were born, better products created,  Pop Idols took the stages, and we all followed suit.

In my 10 years of hairdressing, I made it my goal to keep up with the trends, without being a slave to fashion.  I never wanted my clients to look like their hairstyle was dated or boring.  So I began my journey of "keeping up".  Whew, it's tough.  So let me fill you in on my findings.

  It all started with the Kelly Clarkson chunks for me. Yep, that was hott in 2003.  Me and my fellow team of stylists would chunk a piece of this in your hair, then a color of that.  You know the look: the first introduction of "dimensional haircolor".  We made all kinds of awesome "looks" for our clients, and then something happened, Finally the chunks stopped.

We moved on to "sister colors" in 2007: still dimensional, but colors close to eachother in tonality and level of lightness or darkness. Hair trends started to become softer.  They flowed more.  Even the pinks and the blues that were once so cool to have became more pale, translucent and "danced in the hair", instead of standing out like a street light.

Here we are in 2011, so what has changed in the past 4 years?  France's hi-lighting technique, balayage, came to America, and every celebrity's luscious locks are wearing the trend. You cant see lines anymore. Whether you are blonde, brunette, or a shade of red, You could be embracing this look!  Not only is it "current", It's Gorgeous.  

And Finally, Fear No Warmth!  If I could get a nickel for every time I heard someone say, "I just don't want to see any red in my hair", I'd be richer than the Trump man myself!  If you don't want to see golden or copper hues in your hair, that's ok.  Some people like cool tones.  But don't be afraid to ask your stylist's opinion on what would look good with your skin color?  What brings out your eyes? And can they create a look for you that is in the here and now? If not, you had better get a hairstylist that knows their stuff.

 If you're not getting compliments, or are stuck in a phase, pause, do some research, and do yourself a favor.  It's time to re-invent your look.  A New You on the outside makes you feel better on the inside.  GET YOUR POWER BACK!  It just may change your life. ;)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Winter Hair

Well, here we are, 2011, in the heart of winter, and our hair is snapping into pieces! AGH!  What is going on?  Why is this happening?  Where is the volume?  Our lips are dry our skin is flaking, oh and embarrassingly our scalp is too!  Why?  The humidity is gone and our bodies are begging for moisture. 

 When it comes to your hair, it's time to pull out that pocket-book, head to a respected salon, and get yourself a mask.  What? you don't have time?  Take 1 long shower a week and leave it on, or on a day off wear around the house for 15 minutes.  JUST DO IT!  Your scalp will need some extra attention when it comes to shampoo and conditioning. Massaging is the trick, and using moisturizing shampoo during the winter that you may not choose in the hot months is a very good idea.

  I recommend Davines yummy products.  The Momo, LOVE, Melu, and Nourishing Remedy Shampoos are awesome, as well as Eufora Moisture Cleanse and Hydrating Shampoos. & 
 As far as a snack for your hair goes, these companies have powerful eco-conscious, organically derived conditioners that will give you the drink your hair needs.  Whatever brand you choose, do your research, find a salon and treat your hair to a good one.  You could also do an in salon treatment that is more powerful than what you can take home. 

 If you don't have a hairdresser, Get one!  Really!  Find someone who will really take the time to give honest good advice.  Ask your friend, or a stranger while out shoping who has gorgeous hair.  And Ask questions to your stylist if you ever have concerns.  If your stylist isn't giving you the attention you deserve, Fire them!  Your hair has to be worn each and every day!  Why not love it?  This winter hair that is breaking in half could be shiny and soft.  Going with your natural textue this time of year is a Great idea. 

 Don't go against the curls, find a way to embrace them.  Blowdry less.  I have fine naturally wavy hair, so i use Davines Sea Salt Primer and Melu Shield every day in my hair and I don't have to blowdry.  There are ways around blowdrying so much, but if you have to, use a product that gives moisture to your ends, like Eufora beautifying serum. But like I said whatever your stylist recommends and isn't just trying to "sell you stuff", take the advice.  I tell my clients if their wallet is tight, come in between your services and purchase your products, and you don't have to get them all at once.  Just get a regimen.  I guarantee you the difference between drug store items and professional items is low grade ingredients and little of them and high grade, high quality and pure ingredients.  Did you know that your average drug-store shampoo has a harsh cleansing agent called sodium laurel sulfate and a lot of it in there, mixed with 75% water, mixed with dimethicone (low grade plastic) which gives shine, the first few times, and a small amount of the few other ingredients thrown out on the commercials or front of the packaging! Then all of a sudden your hair is dry and tangled and just GROSS!  No wonder you have greasy dandruff! No wonder it always feels dry!  You are putting plastic on your hair! How in the world is any kind of conditioner going to penetrate through plastic?  That's what we store it in.

  Now, if you have made this choice and want to reverse the results, go get a clarifying treatment, or purchase a good shampoo and mix with baking soda, leave on a few minutes and help yourself out!  I've seen many girls and guys go through these stages.  It actually changes the hair over time, and your hair is healthier and shiner than you ever thought could happen!  Believe me, It makes people happy.  People who think it's just them.  They were just born with dry greasy limp hair.  NOT SO my friend!  So this winter, just like your house, winterize your hair with moisture, and exfoliate each time you shampoo!  You're worth it!

All Hair is NOT created equal!

Just as all of our fingerprints are unique, so is each strand of hair.  None alike, and you deal with it everyday.  I mean, it is one of your greatest accessories, right? or Worst one.  And I find for most people you're not going to spend the kind of time I would on your morning blowdry.  So what to do? How is it that hair is such an issue?  Shouldn't we all be born with a manual so our mothers don't freak out when she can't figure out what to do with our hair?  It would avoid the pictures you don't want to show, the hair you hated as a child.  I always loved my girlfriends hair, but never my own.  I felt it an exercise in frustration everyday trying to create something that didn't just look disasterous.  This is part of what led me to pursuing hairdressing.  For you, I say there is HOPE! Hair has been quite a discovery for me, so many types, so many textures, and Colour, ahhhh the ta'da! factor is a brilliant tool to create an entire new look for someone.  There are so many options in haircolour and product today, and so many questions about what's best, what's good but doesn't break the bank and upkeep!  I think this is why so many take the "I'll do it Myself" factor.  But deep inside you know it could look better.  YOU could look better, younger, brighter, and guess what that does?  Helps with depression.  When you look in the mirror you like the image you see, you feel better about yourself and you're ready to face each day with confidence! But how do we achieve this?  Well, I'm here to offer advice.  It's all  my opinions and experiences, but I feel it will be valuable and fun to share secrets, ideas, pictures and advice.