When the Weather (not the hair) is Frightful


Blah… it’s winter. 

While the season is perfect to get comfortable with a cup of hot cocoa, Netflix, & your cat, you can’t ignore the fact that the dry, dreary, plain yucky weather can wreak havoc on your hair. Don’t fret! There are plenty of ways you can protect your hair from the dreaded weather. 

Your hair starts to become more difficult to retain moisture, making it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage and damage, not to mention the frizz and static that often comes (though doesn’t go) with your winter wardrobe. However, these are all problems that can be avoided as long as you have the right hair care routine for winter. Don’t let your hair fall victim to the winter blues too! When Snowflakes Fall… From Your Scalp

Your scalp is drier and itchier than ever during the winter months because of the lack of moisture in the air. This is why your poor skin in dry and it seems you have to bathe with lotion. It leads to issues like dandruff and scalp irritation, which can lead to hair loss in severe cases. What most people don’t realize is that the dandruff problem can be manageable with the right care and a little love. 

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner (The Peppermint, Sage, & Rosemary create a cooling, invigorating feeling on your scalp relieving it of the itch and flakes.)

Redken Scalp Relief (This has powerful ingredients such as Zinc to relieve the agitation of the dryness and itch.)

Young Living Rosemary & Lavender Essential Oils (Mix with Coconut Oil as a mask or make a mist with distilled water & witch hazel for natural relief.) 2 Gifts Not Wanted for Christmas… Frizz & Static

One of the most annoying things about winter is all of the static and frizz. The hoodies, sweater, scarves, gloves, and beanies all seem to gang up on your hair, like your older aunts and grandmas wanting to smooch you at your holiday gatherings. To tackle this, wash your hair only with lukewarm water, NOT hot water, as the latter will strip away the natural oils and blow open the cuticle that protect and nourish your hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner or frizz fighting serum or lotion to keep your hair smooth.

Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier (This provides 21 benefits including static reducing and frizz fighting.)

Redken Frizz Dismiss Regimen (My ultimate favorite for all hair types since it is customizable. It also includes “dryer” sheets for your hair to tame the frizz on the run.)

Young Living Sandalwood with Almond Oil as a serum is a natural and fantastic way to fight frizz. Shine Bright like a Diamond Pendent Your Husband Should Have Bought You (Instead of the Blender) 

The lack of moisture in winter not only dries out your scalp and makes your hair frizzy, but also leaves your hair looking dull, lifeless, as a blah. Ask your stylists about conditioning shine treatments such as a Redken Shades EQ Gloss. 

Pureology Shine Max (This serum adds light reflecting shine while making your hair soft and luxurious. This also tames stray fly aways without making you look like a grease pit.)

Redken Diamond Oil Pillow Proof Glow Dry (Honest to God, this is hair crack. Now only does it add insane shine without the weight of an oil, it protects against heat and blow dries your hair 50% faster.)

Honey with Young Living Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (Honey is a humectant that seals in the moisture and helps restore shine to dull and damaged hair. Roman Chamomile soothes scalp and adds softness to hair strands. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse well.)Get Warm (With Cocoa, a Blankie, & Hair Mask)

Ensure your follicles get all the nourishment and love you can give them by warming them up a tad. Throw on your slippers, relax and moisturize your hair under a cap. Purchase a cheap shower cap at the dollar store and allow it to work wonders. Putting one on while deep conditioning will trap the heat, open the cuticle, and allow the conditioner to deeply penetrate the hair shaft.

Pureology Precious Oil Softening Hair Masque (This intensely moisturizes with Sunflower & Coconut Oil.)

Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets Intensive Treatment Mask (This provides intensive nourishment and provides a protective layer of oils to help prevent damage.)

Warmed Olive Oil & Young Living Geranium (Smell fantastic while naturally giving your hair some much needed love.)Keep Your Hair Cool… Not Hot

Scorching hot water in the shower may feel great on a cold winter’s morning but you are causing more harm than good. Your skin and hair loses all it natural oils and your pores and hair cuticles remains open. Lock in moisture by rinsing with warm to cool, NOT hot. Fun tip: Apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your skin (and hair if your hair is thick and course) before rinsing. Your skin will remain silky and soft. Also, blow dry your hair on low or medium heat. Let’s take just 5 more minutes in the morning. It’s not that bad… and I promise you, you’ll thank me. Plus, it’s more time to hide from your kids and husbands. Towels and Hats and Friction… OH MY!

Rubbing your hair with a towel when you get out of the shower can cause some serious breakage. Your hair is at its weakest state when it is wet. Blot and squeeze the excess water out. Hats are another culprit for breakage. I get it, it’s freaking cold and we need hats-plain and simple. However, taking them on and off can cause friction, breakage, and horrible static. Try putting a silk bandana in the hat or wrapping a silk scarf around your head first before adorning your cute winter hat. Add Some Color to the Gray & Drab 

Spice up your look with a new color. Don’t go drastic since lord knows you will change your mind come spring. However, a little makeover does wonders for our mood. While your at it, treat yourself to a mani/pedi…. and maybe a glass of champagne. Apply some Young Living Stress Away or Peace & Calming and just relax. 


Happy Winter my little snowflakes! Be as unique as they are! 

The Adventures of Marlena’s Hair Has Continued! 

Listen, this girl has given me a challenge of a lifetime. It has taken, what it feels like a gazillion processes to achieve what I like to think of as a complete and utter miracle. 

Marlena has called me her “Hair Angel Sent From Heaven”. I don’t know if I would go that far, but I was a bit of a miracle worker. (Pat on the back for me!) 

If you are new to The Adventures of Marlena’s Hair, click below to read the whole story. It is a must to really feel the whole effect of this miraculous creation. 

Read Me! Read Me!

After achieving what I thought was success, of course she couldn’t stop there. This is the glory and horror of our profession. We have a rainbow of colors and a plethora of shears on hand and dangerously creative minds that shoot out endless ideas like a machine gun. 

Let us take a look at what we had achieved. Pretty darn amazing figuring we came from the blue from hell. I know pretty incredible!!!!!! 

Marlena then decided to cut her hair and I mean cut. All that work and we wack it off. Though, her hair felt amazing even after the bazillion processes, a good haircut wasn’t a bad idea. To top it off, it is pretty cute. 

But let’s add one more task to make my life harder. How about going blonder? 

Whoa is me! 

I knew that green was going to rear it’s ugly head again. Luckily, these are times I love my job. It’s exhilarating to have a challenge. Minor note: I love insane challenges only when the person I am servicing understands the process is unpredictable… as well as the cost. Anything is possible with time, patience, trust, and a full wallet. 

After some major fading and a clarifying treatment, here is what I had to work with:

I started by weaving thin highlights of Lightener throughout her entire head root to end. Between the foils, I toned some of the sage green with a light red orange. I let her sit for about a half hour only to save the integrity of her hair. 

After rinsing and blow drying, we were left with a too warm of root and mint green and yellow blonde ends. I wish I had a picture. 

This is again when the fun part starts. Formulating. This is when I had to come up with one color for the root area and one for the ends and have them both blend and match. 

For the root, I used a Level 7 Mocha. I love the Mochas in Redken Shades EQ Cream. They are a cool warm and just beautiful. For the ends, I used the same light red orange as before. 

The root color turned out gorgeous. However, to my dismay, the ends did nothing but look like crud. 

Time for the thinking cap and reassurance from another stylist. I remembered a formula for a Rose Gold I did on a client recently. What the hell? What could it hurt? With a more pigmented red, maybe the green would finally cancel out. I mixed a Level 5 red violet with a light titanium with clear and processed for 5-8 minutes all at the same time doing a lot of praying. 

After checking to make sure most of the green was neutralized, I rinsed. 

After blow drying even just one section, I was jumping for joy. SUCCESS! 

Holy crap was it perfectly beautiful?Check it out!  Eeeeeeek! I am so excited! I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout! I mean come one, look what we did! A miracle I tell you! 

Let us review: What will we do next! Stay tuned!!

Happy Changing Your Color and Praying at the Same Time! 

The Adventures of Marlena’s Hair


Oooooooo, Color Corrections, I have a love/hate relationship with them. 

This is Marlena before: Her brief hair history includes: 

Her midshaft to ends were pre lightened to a platinum blonde. Over that she decided to do the following:

  • Joico Cobalt Blue- Once
  • Joico Mermaid Blue- Once
  • Paul Mitchell Pop XG Blue- Once

Miss Marlena, of course, wanted the blue/teal out and to achieve a look like this……Yay

Now, Marlena is a new addition to our team at Salon Boutique, so she knows the ins and outs of the process. Thank God! And that patience is a virtue. But, I am always determined to deliver. 

My first step was Malibu Direct Dye Lifter with 20 volume devoloper and left on for 45 minutes. This was my hero during The Adventures of Megan’s Hair. I applied this mid shaft to ends. Here’s the results: 

After shampooing and blowing drying…. Ugh. Blue! Why do you have to be the devil? Ladies, listen. Pinks and Purples are way easier to lift out. Blue, Teal, Green, and even red are the absolute worst. THE WORST!

It lifted slightly. Notice the green rearing it’s ugly head? I know it ate through at least the first layer of the blue/teal, but it wasn’t enough. 

Next, I applied Redken Flash Lift Lightener and 30 volume developer. After 30 minutes, I shampooed. Trying to save the integrity of her hair, I did not want to leave this on past a half hour. And the lovely results: 

Yuck. We made jokes about it looking like a swamp. It had to go.

After searching the Internet of other ways to lift fashion colors, I found a suggestion to use Redken Color Fusion Clear and 30 volume peroxide. 

Oh, what the hell? Might as well use the new girl at the salon as a guinea pig, right? She’s a trooper.

I applied it and put her under dryer with a cap. I checked her after 15 minutes. It wasn’t looking like it was budging so we shampooed yet again. Here are those results: 

However, now that I am writing this blog and manipulating these lovely photo collages, there is a noticeable difference after the Clear process. I wish more would have come out!!!!! However, this was the hand I was dealt. The other stylists kept asking me… “What’s you’re next step?” Literally, I had no idea. But if anyone could give her the look she wanted, I knew I could do it.

Don’t worry. At times, Color Corrections can sometimes make me feel completely stupid. Remember though, when in doubt go back to your roots and remember Basic Color Theory.

What cancels out Green? What is on the opposite end of the color wheel from Green? 

RED. 

I applied a Level 7 Copper Red and prayed. Sometimes, Color Corrections are a whole lot of praying to Jesus and hoping for the best. 

It immediately started to grab. Thank the Lord! I watched it closely and when all green seemed to be cancelled out I shampooed. 

This is when I decided that Miss Marlena’s hair needed a breather. It was a livable color (for now), and not to mention, my brain needed a break. 

I styled her pretty and both her and I were satisfied with the results. 

What a difference! Grant it, not exactly the look we were going for but I already knew the next game plan. But remember, patience is a virtue. (Repeat that mantra during Color Corrections. Trust me. You need it.) 

After a few days we would take the next step. But, here is the journey so far: 

5 days later……..

We came back for Round 2. After obvious shampoos, it looked, well, quite nasty. Thank god for high buns! Yucky!

My next steps were to blend the root to remove the harsh line using a Level 4 Mocha and pull through a Level 6 Warm Mocha mixed with a Level 6 Intense Copper. I also decided to lift some pieces a little more. 

I also prayed for the best. Positive thinking, right? 

Well, the Mocha was gorgeous. The lightened pieces however were literally mint green. 

At the sink, I had a crazy idea. What if I put straight Pravana Vivids Orange in it? What’s the worse thing that can happen? 

Shame on me for not having a few pictures to mark this progress, but the Vivid Orange was a little too vivid. On a good note, the green was pretty much gone besides a few strands. 

To tone down the brightness, I used a Level 7 Neutral Warm mixed with a Level 7 Neutral Brown. 

Much better. 

See…We are so close! With time and patience we will achieve the look she wants. Though, I am going to give myself a little pat on the back. This was a pretty job well done. A total of 8 hours and 7 processes later, we have achieved not only normality, but a gorgeous look. And OMG, so stinking close! 

Let us review. Stay tuned for what is to come next! I already know my next game plan! But for now, let’s give not only Marlena’s hair a break, but also you a bit of a breather from reading this blog. 

Happy Color-Correcting! …. or not 

Taking Care of the Most Important Person… You

Believe me, this is easier said than done. But, it’s all about progress. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it, YOU have to take care of YOURSELF. Even just carving out a single moment out of the day is the start of progress to a better YOU.

Why is it so important to take care of yourself? Let’s see… If your car runs out of gas, can it continue to drive? If you use your blowdryer everyday, will it not smoke and spark and eventually blow up? Well, same goes for you. 

We are pulled in some many directions. Family needs us. Friends need us. Coworkers, customers, and kids need us. The world needs us. If we break down or blow up, will we be any good?

Nope. 

We will be good to no one if we aren’t good to ourselves. 

It won’t be easy. I have failed. I have forgotten. And I have been weak. But, all you need to do is to at least make a conscious effort and start to make that progress towards a healthier, less stressed you. 

But what can YOU do to jumpstart “You Care”? 

Here are a few ideas I have used in my own conscious effort to take care of ME:

Find Your Hobby– Mine is crafting, painting my house, and anything that requires creativity. Maybe yours is yoga, fishing, or even stamp collecting. Whatever it may be, make time for it. Even if it’s only an hour a week, it is YOU time. YOU are in YOUR world. And guess what? YOU will enjoy it. When you are doing what YOU love, you are able to to reboot your brain to say, “Hey! I am happy!” Find your hobby or your “happy niche” and flippin’ do it! 

Take a Trip– Maybe it’s a weekend get away or maybe it’s just a Sunday morning excursion to a flea market, either way get YOUR booty out of the house and not just to the grocery store, my dear. When you do something outside of the norm, it’s like pressing the reset button. We need change. We need adventure. We need to be free from our everyday demands for even just a bit. I try to at least travel 1-2 times a year. It gives me something to look forward to and something to work towards. Make it a celebration! Celebrate YOU and making it through this thing called Life!

Talk– I have found being candid about my life is beyond liberating. It sets YOU free from the chains your troubles have on you. It’s okay to have problems. It’s okay to not be perfect. People will respect you more when you are honest. I have found that you never know who may reply with something that will actually resonate with you. The person you talk to should not only make you feel not alone, but YOU may make them feel not alone. There is strength in numbers. Having a good support system, big or small, known or unknown, is a huge help. Open up. You may find hope in the most unexpected place.

MeditateDon’t laugh. When I say meditate, I don’t just mean sit on the floor with your legs crossed chanting “oooommmm”. (Though, that is an option.) There are different ways to meditate. For instance, your doing the dishes. Kids are yelling in the background. Focus on the bubbles on your hands and the warmth of the water. Unnoticeably, the sound of the kids yelling dissipates. YOU become in control of YOUR thoughts. Now, really don’t laugh at me, but I do conscious meditation while petting my cats. I bet you do it to. You just don’t notice. But when I am sad or angry or stressed, I cuddle with my cats. I focus on the softness of their fur, the warmth of them, and the sound of their purring. And poof, for those few minutes, I am not sad or angry and I can regain control of my emotions. Another choice of meditation is chanting. Out loud or silently to yourself, repeat something inspirational. I believe in the power of thought. If YOU think it and believe it, it is bound to happen. Amazing things can happen when YOU clear or mind. When you fill your mind with positive things, there is no more room for the bullshit. YOU can be your own cheerleader.

TherapyTherapy is so much more common and talked about now. It has become way less of a taboo. YOU are not “crazy” if you go. In fact, the ones who don’t go are the “crazy” ones. Don’t get me wrong, I never thought I would ever be going to therapy. But now that I am going, I am thinking, “Why the hell haven’t I done this years ago?!?!” However, I do wish I could be friends with my therapist and take her for drinks instead of paying the office visit. But, I do look at therapy as a huge leap to taking care of myself. It’s a solid hour designated for me and me only. It’s like for those 2 weeks between visits, I am a dump truck and things load up on me making me heavy with stress, and when I am at the visit, I get to unload. I can essentially let my therapist carry my burdens. Don’t knock therapy until you try it. Go in with an open mind, courage, and willingness to change. YOU might just surprise yourself.

PurgeStart fresh. Clean out your closet. Have a garage sale. Get rid of clutter. Having a clean slate does wonders for your new stress reduced lifestyle. It’s like starting a new chapter in YOUR book. It doesn’t need to be spring to clean. Purge, baby, purge. There is enough mental chaos in your life, you don’t need environmental chaos either. And if you do decide to have an awesome garage sale and live in the Pittsburgh area, I will come buy your junk. 

BreatheCounting to 10 and breathing really does work! Use this practice in conjunction with a little inspirational chanting. Add in some aromatherapy and…hello relaxation! This isn’t just a plug for my love of Young Living essential oils. Aromatherapy is proven to be beneficial to reduce stress, mental strain, anxiety, depression, you name it. Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Bergamot, and Lemon are only a few single oils that help. Young Living Blends such as Stress Away, Peace & Calming, Grounding, Joy, Valor, and Sara, are some of my favorite stress butt kickers. Diffuse, wear as a perfume, or apply with your favorite carrier oil behind ears, on neck, chest, and wrists. I wear a diffuser necklace. Sure, I may look silly sniffing a necklace, but it has been a godsend. Breathe in the lovely smells of freedom and leave your troubles behind.

Not only does taking care of ourselves make us better people so we can better serve those who need us most, but it keeps us healthy. Stress and tension can cause a number of unwanted health problems such as heart disease. We must find balance in an increasingly, over-stimulating world. 

Do not feel guilty for taking a much needed break from life’s demands. Ignoring your needs will have dangerous consequences. When you finally start to take care of yourself, improvements in all other aspects in your life will follow. 

There is no set prescription on how you do it. Whatever YOU, as an individual need, is what YOU need to do. And remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Practice makes perfect, my friend. Just make that progress. YOU will thank YOURSELF. Those around you will thank YOU. The world will thank YOU in some shape and form. “You Care” will become your hero. 

Happy Self-Caring!

Make Today Your……

           

Bring it on, Baby!

Every day is a new day and how we start it is the most important. We all have heard the sayings:

Well, she woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!

Or….

Who pi$$ed in her Wheaties this morning?

Let’s not be those people, people! 

Now, grant it, we will have our bad days. We aren’t perfect. We are only mere humans. 

In this blog, I will share my daily routine (though it is not perfect) that encourages it to be as good as it can be through the use of hair & makeup products and essential oils. I am always happy to receive readers comments! So tell me your unique ways to make your day great!  

Yea, needless to say, I am not a pleasant person before my coffee. Please, do not talk to me for atleast 20 minutes and allow me to ready myself for the day’s adventures. Recently, I have found some morning boost with Young Living’s En-R-Gee Blend. The smell alone will put a little pep in your step. It’s strong. I’ll diffuse it in the bathroom while I get my act together or I have added it in my unscented lotion on days that I may need everything short of super powers. 

If you would see me in the morning, I look like a cross between a Q-tip and a cockatoo. It’s a bit ridiculous. So even on days that I pull out the Lazy Card, I still manage to pull my hair up in a messy bun… Or Top Knot when I want to sound fancy. Don’t over think the bun ladies! I know you do. Let me bring you in on a little tip: 

Lay on your bed and let you head hang off. Slowing glide your head onto the bed. This automatically smooths the underneath and brings your hair to the top of your head. Wrap it in your ponytail. Spread out the hair with your fingers to give the bun the fullness and look you want. 

Look at that…. Easy! 

On my extra special lazy days, I reach for a hat. Luckily for us, hats are hugely in style. Grab yourself an adorable fedora and no one will ever know your hair hasn’t been washed in 3 days. If it wasn’t for bronzer, brow pencil, mascara and most importantly, lipstick, my day could not start proper. Now, if you are anything like me, you are a lipstick hoarder… I mean, collector. My job requires me to wear black and black with splashes of black. Lipstick is my color! I switch which color I use daily to spice things up and brighten my mood. When I am feeling powerful, I break out that red lipstick! Nothing says GET IT like cherry red lips. When I am down in the dumps, I apply hot pink. When I’m feeling sassy, dark lips is the way to go. Play with lipstick, ladies! I mean, c’mon, there’s a bazillion colors out there waiting to be “collected”.After fixing my face and hair, I venture to my essential oil cabinet. Depending on how I want to conquer the day determines which oils I choose to use. However, I do add 1-2 drops of Cedarwood to my unscented lotion everyday. I have even added it to my hair cream, too. It is amazing for your skin and hair. It also opens your mind and relieves anxiety. Win win! 

If I am feeling extra motivated to conquer my work day in both the creative and business aspects, Live Your Passion blend is my must have. I will wear it as a perfume.

If I know I am going to have to muscle up some extra brain power, Clarity Blend is my go to. I have even added Peppermint to up the ante. Clarity is also great when it’s paired with En-R-Gee. These bad boys go right into my diffuser necklace. These scents are pretty strong and I am always awakened when they get wafted up towards my nose.It’s important to take care of yourself through the day as well. Take your vitamins, eat somewhat well, and drink your water. If it wasn’t for Young Living’s Citrus Fresh Blend, I would never drink a drop. Citrus Fresh also supports one’s immune system and helps cleanse and open your lymphatic system.

I also keep following oils close at bay:

  • Lavender- All hail to Lavender. Yup! It does everything. It is connected at the hip with me. 
  • Stress Away Blend- When a bump occurs in my good days’s road, this blend is my savior.
  • M-Grain Blend- I use this on my brows, temples, and base of head when I feel a stress or tension headache coming on. Migraines will ruin my day, so if I feel one coming one, I immediately grab this. When caught early enough, my migraine never rears it’s ugly head.

Please read through a lot of my past blogs to get more information on my favorite beauty products and tips, tricks, and advice on your hair & makeup and essential oil uses. 
End your day on a good note! Slip on those mismatching pjs, wipe away the day’s grime, and pour yourself some wine… Or tea or whatever it may be to soothe and relax you.

Figure out what allows you to decompress after the day’s adventures. Whether it be yoga, reading, crappy TV drama, or cuddling with your cats, do it! It’s important to decompress or believe me, you will be up all night thinking endlessly of what happened, what could have happened, what will happen…. STOP! After my pjs are on and before my butt hits the couch, I do my nightly routine. I’m setting myself up for my next great day! 

I remove my makeup and apply a night oil of Fractionated Coconut Oil and Frankincense. It keeps my face smooth and has amazing anti-aging capabilities. I then apply my lotion mixed with a drop of Cedarwood. Cedarwood also has been known to help with insomnia. Valerian Oil also aids in sleep. I massage this on my brain stem and behind ears. Young Living’s Release Blend over the liver allows you to rid yourself of negativity energy. Negativity energy is stored in your liver, resulting in not-so-good health and emotional stability. I like using this at night, because at the end of the day, it is just nice to let go.


In my diffuser, my new favorite concoction is a perfect blend of Cedarwood, Valerian, & Bergamot. All my cares drift away and sleep is warmly welcomed. 

On days that may have been extra hard, I will take a hot shower to relax my muscles, follow my oil routine, and in my diffuser I put SARA blend and spray Lavender on my bedding. The smell is intoxicating and my stress melts away. 

What’s your favorite diffuser recipe? 


Sleep is so essential to your next day being amazing. You need sleep to wake up, kick ass, & conquer the next day! 

Again, somedays we may fall. Somedays we may not look or feel our best. But if we can find a little bit of motivation whether it be in the form of a beauty routine or product, by a drop of an oil, or even a chant of inspiration.

Happy Making Your Day Whatever You Want It To Be!

Oil Love (Chapter 4)

Since my last chapter, my collection has grown extensively. When my order comes in, I’m as giddy as a child on Christmas morning. 

Hi. My name is Amanda Bossi and I am an Oil Addict. 

I am not ashamed.

Since I wrote last, there have been quite a few instances when Essential Oils have been a savior to me. I love sharing my adventures in the Oily World.

Here’s a few: 

Bug Bite BusterSomehow, someway my poor feet were devoured like they were on the buffet for mosquitoes or God-only-knows what kind of mutant bug. 

At night, they would itch so bad that they felt like they were on fire. I tried everything from Lavender Oil, Hydrocortisone Cream, Apple Cider Vinegar, to Ice Packs. NOTHING was working. Finally, after 2 nights of no sleep and baking muffins at 2 am, I found a solution:

  • 1/2 of a shot glass of Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 drop Lavender Oil
  • 2 drops Peppermint

I dipped a cotton ball in the solution and rubbed it on each bite in circles.

Within minutes I felt a cooling sensation and the annoying itch was gone. Hallejula! I finally found solace and could, at last, sleep.

Release the NegativitySo I ordered Young Living’s Release Blend mainly for my husband who has issues with his liver. After reading more into it, I was excited to find that even I could use it to release any negative energies stored in my own liver. I read that many times people have cry fests after application. I could use a good cry… Or so I thought. 

Well, the night I got it, I opened it, and applied it. Needless to say, it was not pretty. Whatever you have built up, be prepared to have it all come out like vomit. I have been going through some personal issues and have been trying really hard to stay strong. Well, obviously I have not been because every emotion came spewing out. I was hysterically crying. I yelled. And shit, I even threw stuff. 

But after the short-lived Hurricane Amanda happened, all I wanted was to be held. I wanted to feel comfort and peace. 

This oil worked for sure. And I am glad it did. Now I feel I am ready to mend and heal. 

When Counting Sheep Stops WorkingBesides the 2 nights I layed awake contemplating cutting off my feet, my new found favorite sleep oil routine had been working. 

Like any artist, all my creativity somehow comes out after the sun sets. Not only that, I am a woman and women’s minds are like spaghetti. Our minds do things and thinks things in groups of 1000 and work at warp speed. It’s like entangled noodles we are trying to pick up with a spork.

I get these spells when, forget it, my mind’s off switch is broken and the repair man took a vacation. I found a routine that seems to duct tape the off switch together which is good enough for me when I am desperate.

I use a spray of Lavender Oil on my bedding, diffuse Bergamot mixed with either Stress Away or Lavender, and use Valerian on neck and behind ears. This has allowed me to relax enough that I can fall asleep within an hour. 

This brings me to my next Oily Cure:

Mental Stability & FocusSo as I said before about our brains being spaghetti, even during the day our brains can loose focus on tasks at hand or even just of what is important. Young Living’s Clarity Blend applied on wrists and brows, diffused, or worn in my necklace has helped tremendously. 

Now to something yummy….

Homemade Pasta Sauce Here is my not-so-secret recipe:

  • 8-10 Tomatoes of Your Choice ( I have used Roma, San Marzano, Pineapple, or Heilooms in batches)
  • 1/2 of a Large Onion
  • 1 Bell Pepper 

I cut all of these up and lay them on a cookie sheet. I then drizzle a mixture of:

  • Olive Oil
  • Minced Garlic
  • 1 drop Oregeno Vitality Oil
  • 1 drop Basil Vitality Oil
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper

Occasionally I will add Red Pepper Flakes or Sugar depending if I want a more sweeter or spicier sauce.

Bake on 425 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Pour into blender and blend until smooth. Place into mason jar and allow to cool on counter until cool. Place in fridge or freezer. 

Voila! 

Stay tuned for my next Oily Adventures!

In the meantime, feel free to catch up on my previous Oil Love Chapters:

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Be a Unicorn

It’s a rare occurrence to find such passion in one’s work, enough that they never feel like “working”. If you are one of the few unicorns out there who have, bravo! If not, it’s not too late. Think of your life like a shooting star. It’s beautiful and magnificent. But it only lasts a short while. So stop, look up, reach for the stars, and whatever your dream job would be, do it. 


I write this blog mostly on hair and makeup because that is what I am passionate about. Every day I get to be creative. Every day I change someone’s life. Every day I combine art with work to make my own paycheck. Yes! I am that unicorn. 

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of doing hair. But, 90% of hairstylists will say the same thing. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of being successful. My dream only grew to include making a small footprint in each person I touched’s sand, to make them feel beautiful both inside and out, to broaden their own horizons to be the best versions of themselves. 

I could not ask for a better career. Each day I get to go to work and be with family. Each day, I get to create art. And each day, I grow. Not only do I grow financially, that’s just a material bonus, but my guests and my coworkers have made their own footprints in my sand. They have touched my heart and have made me more beautiful on the inside. They are who have allowed me to become the best version of my own self. 

To you out their struggling to find your own, take the time to really find what you love. Don’t just worry about the money. We can’t take it with us. But, guaranteed if you are passionate about something, nothing but good can come from it. Your heart will be full and your life fulfilled. So ride or fly…whatever unicorns do… And get out there already and be bat shit passionate about something. Us unicorns are becoming extint. Just believe.


Happy Unicorn-ing!