Why You Should Change Your Hair Style

Your hair is the crown you never take off, the best accessory you wear everyday, the epicenter of your external beauty people notice.

We change our clothes everyday. We adjust the style we wear with the event we are attending, if it’s a Netflix & Chill kind of day or if it’s a take on the town with the girls kind of night.

We don’t eat boiled chicken everyday. If we want spice, we order tacos (and margaritas.) If we want sweet, heck yes, we order cheesecake smothered in chocolate or berries or both.

When we are in a hair funk and feeling less than glorious with our mop, what should we do? CHANGE!

Hair was never meant to be static. Hair is hair that can be an array of colors, molded into numerous styles, and cut into sculptural masterpieces.

Investigate why and how your hair exudes beauty. How do you feel? Who even are you?

Change is good.

How many times have you changed your hair? Me? God, more times than I can count. I have been literally every color under the sun. I have had long, get stuck in my armpit hair and I have had pixie, shave the back of my head hair. I’ve styled it vintage, boho, rocker, & lazy. I mean I am a hairstylist so I may be bias. But, I love change.

According to a U.K. Study, a woman can change their hairstyle up to 104 times. Shit, even I am slacking (maybe). The study also found that women change their hair color at the very least 3 times and their cut on average twice a year.

But why do we have the burning desire to change our hair? And so often.

The ideal answer would be that we change to discover are uniquely true beautiful self. We finally find that perfect color, stunning length, and adorable style that accentuates all our best assets. I mean that’s the dream right? But when you find it, do you keep it forever and ever and never let it go?

Eh.

You change. Your life changes. Your body, face, & look change. And your hair follows foot. What was perfect then isn’t now. Hence why some of us change it a buttload of times. That edgy haircut your 18 year old rebel self may not be perfect for your now blank age we won’t discuss. The long, luxurious locks may be too difficult to tame with your now busy lifestyle.

Who you were yesterday is not who you are today. Who you are today will not be who you are tomorrow. So embrace change baby.

Word of caution though. Emotional changes need to be carefully thought out. Don’t go wacking off your locks because the d-bag broke up with you. Don’t go turning your platinum to black because you lost your job, your dog died, or your last friend had a baby and your about to be the old lady in the shoe with umpteen cats. Stop. Breathe. Think about it first. Don’t be going jumping out this hairstyle change plane without a parachute. Lucky for you, if you got a fantastic hairstylist, she’s flying tandem with you.

Life isn’t easy. (If you read my blogs, your probably like yea this poor girl got it real good this year.)

We all encounter conflicts, trials, & devastations. Sometimes, life just falls flat.

All those shitty, life-sucking events can drain out confidence. Once that pond is dried up, you kind of want to curl up with one of those umpteen cats with a pint (maybe 2) of Ben & Jerry’s, and go on strike from the adult world.

I get it.

We need a swift kick in the ass from the confidence boot. What better way than to book an appointment at a decadent salon (preferably mine… cough cough… Live Salon) and pamper your damn self. It is almost impossible to not walk out of there doing hair flips and feeling yourself.

Not only will you and your hair feel banging but you will more than likely receive a bazillion compliments from friends, family, and the lady behind you at Walmart.

A new ‘do can completely transform your image. Sometimes we just need to shed our skin and develop new. We change our jobs, we move, we redecorate our homes, we wear heels and we wear sneaks. Who wants to wear the same hairstyle we wore in our 4th grade pictures for the rest of our life? I sure as hell don’t. (Those pictures are hidden forever.)

“A women who changes her hair is about to change her life.” -Coco Chanel

Well said, Coco.

There are times we want to look sophisticated, sexy, professional, edgy, or gym-like. We wouldn’t go to an interview for a Fortune 500 company with a pink Mohawk nor would we go on a date with a hot man with a headband and sweaty bun. We transform when times call.

Needless to say, a new haircut is cheaper than redoing your kitchen or continuing to have that new car smell.

It is cheaper than botox. A new color or cut or even a minor style change can cut years off your looks.

Just because you are 60 does not mean you need to lop off your locks and go au naturel. That’s BS. Seeing an experienced stylist that can offer you advice on what would bring out the spring chicken in you would be a wise decision.

Life changing.

No seriously, a new ‘do can be life changing. Don’t laugh. It’s true.

At times we use our hair as our security blanket or body armor. We cling to it even when it doesn’t suit our truest self because it’s all we know. We don’t eat tomatoes because our parents hated tomatoes, but tomatoes are flipping delicious vegetables or fruits or whatever they are calling themselves these days.

Our attitude, personality, and inner beauty are all inextricably connected to our external style and ultimately our hair. Think of how badass, beautiful, and chatty you feel when you leave the salon and your appointment landed on your work’s holiday party compared to slinking into Walmart when you ran out of tampons in your jammies hoping you see like zero people you know.

I’ve seen grander stories happen- the shy girl who hid behind bangs and glasses suddenly walk around like her shit don’t stank because she went all platinum blonde ombr√© with her bad self or the 60 year old cancer survivor who wore ball caps and pony tails to cover the grey and thinness look in the mirror crying with her new brunette pixie not believing that she could look so beautiful again.

It happened. I saw it. And a simple hairstyle change can move mountains for you too.

How could you not want to wrestle in your own confidence, passion, or badassery? Do you not want to feel sexy, powerful, or perfectly feminine? To receive that unbelievable energy from a new hairstyle you have been dying to try is exhilarating.

Change your hair. Change you. Change the world.

Happy Transforming!

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No-Poo for You


What the heck is No-Poo? Other than being the greatest thing on the market since sliced bread, No-Poos are a must-have addition to your hair care routine.

These little miracles are also known as Cleansing Conditioners, No-Foam or Low-Foam Shampoos, or Co-Washes. I, however, prefer the term No-Poo. It’s way more fun to say. 

We have all heard of the company Wen. It is true that they were one of the first to introduce the No-Poos to the world but then, horrifically, consumers’ hair started to fall out. Eeks. I was never a fan of Wen because it was essentially formulated for solely one hair type. You either loved it or hated it. And c’mon! It had an infomercial. 

My favorite No-Poo on the market is Redken’s Genius Wash. There are 3 different conditioning levels within the line: Medium, Coarse, and Unruly. 


First, let us find your Genius…


Now that you know the correct Genius Wash for your hair needs, what the heck do you do? 

  • Step 1: Wet hair thoroughly. 
  • Step 2: Use about 7-10 pumps and apply evenly from root to ends. 
  • Step 3: Leave product on for 3-5 minutes.
  • Step 4: Rinse thoroughly. 
  • Step 5: Voila! Done.
  • Step 6: Style hair. 

That’s right! No seperate shampooing or conditioning. 


It takes two to tango. Redken’s Genius Wash is meant to work ingeniously with your shampoo. For instance, if you have dry or unruly hair, substitute a shampoo with a No-Poo every other or every 2 washes. For normal or fine hair, only substitute with a No-Poo every other shampoo or less. 

I know some of you are thinking… “OMG! I cannot NOT shampoo my hair!” Or “This will weigh my hair down!”

Wrong! 

I was the biggest skeptic in the world. I loved my bubbles. And of course I was terrified it would weigh my hair down. I have like 5 hairs on my head. Boy! I was wrong.

My hair never felt softer, never looked shinier, and was fluffier than ever.

Well, I was sold. 

My normal routine is:

  • Day 1: Shampoo 
  • Day 2: Nothing
  • Day 3: No-Poo
  • Day 4: Nothing 
  • Day 5: Repeat Pattern

My routine may not be for you. Adjust for your specific needs. 

No-Poos are exceptionally great for those of you with rainbow colored, mermaid hair. I know you shed a tear when you see rainbow colored bubbles and see rainbow colored water rinse from your mermaid locks every time you shower. Get yourself a No-Poo. Instead of sudsing out the color, you will be conditioning it in as well as cleaning your hair. 

Do you have curly, frizzy, fro-like hair? No-Poos are for you! 

Do you have greasy, fine, or lifeless hair? Yes! No-Poos are for you too! 

Ladies, we do NOT have to shampoo our hair every day! Even with the best shampoos, you will strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils causing either excessive dryiness or more oiliness due to your sebaceous glands over compensating. 

Please refer to my previous blog Do You Wash Your Hair Correctly? for more information and tips and tricks for proper shampooing. 


Try a No-Poo! You won’t be disappointed! 

Happy No-Pooing! 

Oil Love (Chapter 1) 

I know in this blog I normally talk only of hair and makeup. But, my new-found love of essential oils is worth sharing.

We have all heard about essential oils, especially with companies like Young Living (my personal favorite) becoming more and more of a household name.


Now, if you usually are a skeptic like me, you have probably already stopped reading and now went on to YouTubing cat videos. But if I still have you, I am telling you this IS a must-read.

Why did I turn to Essential Oils? 

I needed to find something to stop my husband from snoring or I would have to resort to smothering him with a pillow. And he was about to receive a CPAP machine, and soon I would be sleeping next to Bane. See the problem?

I was desperate. Thankfully a cousin of mine has been using Essential Oils for some time now and held a hands-on party. I sat there and listened to an overwhelming amount of information and smelled enough Essential Oils that I think I left there feeling relaxed yet energized. There are over 100 Essential Oils (at least) and numerous Blends. I think, honestly, that is what sold me. There was so much more to know, to try, and to have. It was beyond fascinating.  I listened to success stories from her and other family members and friends. Yup, I was sold! 

How did I start?

My suggestion to you would be… Start Small. Start off choosing one ailment to reconcile first and go from there.

Mine was my husband’s snoring. It was an ailment for the both of us.

We first used 1 drop of Vetiver massaged onto his big toe. Sound ridiculous, right? Well, I will tell you that his breathing was much better. There were still a few deeper breathing sounds, not necessarily snoring but more like he was still struggling. The second night, we added RC Blend mixed with Fractionated Coconut Oil and massaged that onto his chest and switch the Vetiver from the big toe to the pad right underneath of his toes. Guess what? It was a miracle! No snoring, no heavy breathing, and he didn’t wake up in the middle of the night. After a few nights of doing this, he even told me that he too was a believer. He’s the biggest skeptic in the world, so that definitely says something.

But what else could I fix? 

I have a 3 cats, one who has been struggling with skin issues for the past 2+ years. I had tried everything including countless drugs, supplements, and changing to hypoallergenic everything (including solely cleaning my house with stinky vinegar). I had opinions for 5 vets and had treated her for allergies of almost all kinds. She received countless steroid shots, antibiotics, and even an immuno-suppressant. Not only was I 2 grand deep in vet bills, but she was forced to live in an e-collar for the majority of this time.


At the time that my fur baby was on the harsh immuno-suppressant, I was also told to treat her for Mange. After treating her once a week for 3 weeks and noticing even more hair loss and scabbing, I did more research. When a cat has a weakened immune system, Mites and Mange will wreck havoc. So let me get this straight… I am suppressing her immune system AND expecting her to be cured of Mange? Something wasn’t right there.

She was miserable. I was miserable. My husband was miserable because I was miserable. It was not a happy home.

I stopped the immuno-suppressant immediately and the harsh chemical bug killer, and resorted to Essential Oils.

Now, cats are extremely sensitive to Essential Oils and a lot of them are toxic to them. I did extensive research and finally found a DIY Blend that I thought would be safe and hopefully effective.

I mixed 1 drop Lavendar and 1 drop Roman Chamomile with about 25-30 drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil to heavily dilute the blend for safety purposes. I rubbed this on all affected areas once a day. After about a week, her itching subsided, her skin started to return to a healthy pinkish-white, and the scabs started to heal. She became less lethargic and came out to see us more. Needless to say, my hope is restored in her recovery.

Though she is not fully healed nor cured yet, I am for sure continuing this treatment. And it doesn’t hurt that she smells fantastic.

I have also switched cleaning with vinegar to cleaning with Young Living Thieves Cleaner. This too is an all natural cleaning alternative and… OMG! It smells amazing! The smell of Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary is way better than sour, bitter, and down right stinky vinegar cleaner.

Are you a believer yet?

You can find out more information on Young Living Essential Oils by visiting their website:


If you want to become a Young Living Member and purchase a starter kit featuring their Top Basic Oils, you may do so by purchasing through the website by using my Distributor Number (3904250) in the Enroller and Sponsor ID Section.

You may still purchase oils without becoming a member by choosing the Retail Customer option. But believe you me, becoming a member is worth it.

Now I’m done sounding like a used car salesman. You will believe it when you see it, smell it, and feel it.

I will continue to share my Oil Love stories which if I haven’t grabbed you now… I will later.

Stay tuned for Chapter 2.

Happy Oiling!


Bring In Fall With A Kiss… And Dark Lips

I love, love, LOVE lipstick. I never leave home without it. Fall is one of my favorite seasons for lipstick since I can break out those dark, sultry tones. Nothing says “HELLO!” like sexy, can’t-wait-to-be-kissed lips. So hello fall. My lips (and his) thank you.

You CAN wear dark lipstick. No matter what skin tone or hair color you have, anyone can pull it off. Of course there are a few key points to keep in mind.

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1. Remember, if you are going to do a bold lip, keep eyes soft and minimal. My favorite look is a simple gold shimmer shadow with only mascara and a deep burgundy lip. You will look like you walked straight off the runway.

2. Know your skin tone and underlying pigment. (Please refer to my blog Undertones… De-Mystified)

3. When it comes to those burgundy shades, there are 4 tonal differences to keep in mind: pink, brown, blue, and red.

If you are light-eyed, a pink-based burgundy will make your eyes pop. (Deep Mauve or Rose may be your color.)

If you have dark eyes, use a brown-based shade. The honey in your eyes will be greatly accentuated. (Cherrywood can have hints of brown in the shade)

Blue-based burgundy looks fantastic with all eye colors. Keep the tone rich if you have a neutral, olive, or warm skin tone and muted for lighter or cool skin tones. (Plum is a delicious example of a blue-based burgundy)

Burgundy with a red base will balance out brunettes and they will be able to support the shade. (Think of this as a vampy red)

4. Take them for a test drive. Whether you are at the salon or department store, swipe the color on a white tissue. If you like the shade, try it on. Take a cotton swab and run it across the lipstick. Use the cotton swab to apply it to your lips. Does the color brighten you up or does it make you look sleepy? If the shades lightens you up, that is the one. Now rock it.

5. Lipstick first, then liner. Darker shades can be even messier than red. Apply the lipstick first keeping away from the outer edges. Blot. Now use a matching or only slightly darker liner to outline your lips. Nude liner will work too. Reapply your lipstick remembering to color within the lines.

6. Skip the lip gloss. Dark lips do not need any help in the attention department. Lip gloss can tend to make darker colors bleed. But if you must gloss, only apply a dot of it to the very center of your bottom lip.

7. Rock them. Exude confidence when wearing dark lips. Walk around like you own the place. Having confidence is even sexier than just the lipstick.

Happy Fall!

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The Bobby Pin… You’re Doing It Wrong

If a woman leaves bobby pins, she is marking her territory.

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I have been a hair stylist for almost 10 years and when I saw this I was like “hot damn!”

The groves of the bobby pin assist in holding the hair in place. When the flat side is against your head, it can more easily slide down. It has been life-changing since I came across this little gem of a tip.

So, now let’s take it to the next level!

Bobby pins are smooth metal. To give them extra grip spray them with dry shampoo or a light hairspray and BINGO! Those babies aren’t going anywhere.

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Let’s lock and load them. To effectively hold twists and braids, follow the picture above. The bobby pin is almost completely hidden and it holds much better. With this tip, you can easily achieve so many different styles.

Now, if you are anything like me, bobby pins seem to migrate into places in my house where they seem to be lost and gone forever. Store bobby pins in tic-tac containers. Keep one by your bedside, in your vanity, and shoot, put one in your purse for hair emergencies or midday transformations. Plus, we’re repurposing what would normally be trash. Go green, baby!

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These tricks are game changers! Honestly, I just made your life 10 times better! And remember, practice makes perfect! It will definitely take a minute to change your way, but pretty soon you will be yelling at your friends, “You’re doing it wrong!”

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Happy Pinning!