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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 20:46

Blondes pay for their fun

Written by Regina Leonard

Warmer weather and sunshine gets us all energized and wanting to clean out, spruce up and more. I see more people who want a big change to their look and their hair in the spring more than any other time of the year.

If you haven't already been into see your stylist for a new look, I bet you are thinking about it. Most of you want to go lighter this time of year either with highlights or all over color. Changing your hair color is always a fun and dramatic way to really change your whole look. But going lighter doesn't always happen in one visit to the salon, and here's why.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 20:01

Photo ready

Written by Regina Leonard

Wedding season is upon us, and this year looks like a busy one. It's such an exciting time of year to be a stylist. Your wedding day is going to be the day you will never forget. All eyes and camera lenses are going to be on you, and you want to look your absolute best.

This is a time that I suggest hiring a professional to help you with your hair and makeup. Today is not the day to use the same makeup techniques that you use for your everyday look, even if you want your makeup to look like that. You want your photos to look the best they can and makeup needs to be applied a bit heavier for that. I recommend a professional for this because they know just how to do that without your makeup looking too heavy. Airbrush foundation is the most amazing product for your wedding day or any special occasion. It gives you a flawless look, doesn't look or feel heavy and lasts 24 hours. A professional can also highlight and contour your face to hide and also accentuate your best and worst features.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 23:15

Here comes the bride

Written by Regina Leonard

Note: Originally published April 25, 2012

The recent warm weather has me thinking about my favorite time of year: wedding season. I am one of those rare hair stylists who actually loves weddings and updos, and I have been privileged to be a part of some truly gorgeous and amazing weddings. I work exclusively with Amber Small from Sweetest Thing weddings, and that has brought me to some great locations to do wedding hair. In Maine, that is usually the coast, and it makes for a pretty great day at the office. As I started preparing for the upcoming season, I began thinking about what the upcoming trends would be and what brides would be wanting this year. As I was doing some searching on Pinterest and Google, I thought more about what not to do with your hair on your wedding day. There is so much to consider when it comes to your hair for your wedding.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 10:34

The long way

Written by Regina Leonard

Are you trying to grow your hair out? Is it driving you nuts? We women are always changing our minds about our hair, aren't we? Cut it, grow it. Add layers, grow out layers. Cut bangs, grow them back out and tell yourself you'll never do that again. All of this indecisiveness is why hairstylists have a job.

Sometimes I think that the biggest challenge with hair is when it's time to grow it out. It just seems like it takes forever, doesn't it? Here are a few dos and don'ts of the grow out.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 17:15

Vacation, anyone?

Written by Regina Leonard

What a winter it has been. Are you one of the lucky ones who either has gotten away or is planning to? I really think to survive living here, we need to escape. I was recently lucky enough to get away to the Dominican for six nights. It was beautiful. You don't need to pack much for a warm beach getaway except bathing suits, cover ups, sunscreen (lots of that) and a sun hat. That's the obvious stuff, right? Your hair takes a beating from the salt, sand and sun. To prevent irreversible damage, follow these suggestions.

Before you leave for vacation, I suggest a visit to your hairdresser. Make sure it's in optimal condition which is hard with the dry winter air we've had. I suggest a clear shine color to give your hair pure hydration and shine, such a Paul Mitchell's PM.Shines demi-permanent no ammonia hair color. Follow this with an in salon professional deep conditioning treatment. Your hair will look and feel its best as you head on vacation as well as have a protective layer against the sun and salt.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 19:11

Dry Shampoo

Written by Regina Leonard

I only shampoo my hair once or twice a week and actually have gotten to the point where I dread the days I do have to shampoo my hair. On those days I have to start over with my hairstyle and spend the most time on my hair. I have been telling all my clients for years to stop washing their hair every day. I spend upwards of 30-45 minutes sometimes giving my clients the ultimate blow-out style only for them to wash it out in the next 12 hours. If we are going to spend hours on our hairstyle and make it look its best, then let's get the most out of it. How do you make your hairstyle last longer you ask? Enter the world of Dry Shampoo.

I was inspired to write this article upon the release of Paul Mitchell's newly released product, Dry shampoo. I have been waiting for years for them to come out with one and finally got it. There are many others on the market that you can check out - you can even grab some baby powder or cocoa powder from the cupboard. All dry shampoo comes in either spray or powder form. I like both options, but I really do love the Paul Mitchell version.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:45

Need a little sunshine?

Written by Regina Leonard

Finally, March is here! Spring is on its way for sure, even if it doesn't look or feel that way right now. So many of us are in a funk right now. We all need sun and warmer weather after this brutally long winter. You can be assured that you are not alone when it comes to how you feel. Every one of my clients, including myself, is feeling the same way. What can we do about it? If we love our hair, everything else seems to fall into place. I see it every day and it is such a rewarding part of my job. If you are feeling frumpy, like everyone in Maine, get your hairdresser's number pulled up on your phone ready to call, and keep reading.

The first sign of spring for a lot of us is seeing the robins. My first sign of spring is when every single client starts telling me they need blonde foils. I go through thousands of foils and buckets of lightener every spring. This year I have been looking for it to start and I even stocked piled foils. This is the first time that has happened, and just goes to show you that you are not the only one in a funk. There is something about even a few strands of blonde or any lighter color that just makes us feel brighter and more cheery. It reminds us of the warm summer sun and makes us feel more youthful. Adding in even just a few foils can really change and update your overall look and won't break the bank either. If you know that you need a change and you are not sure what you want, this is the perfect solution. A few partial foils aren't expensive, and it won't require costly maintenance either. I tell my clients that we live in a three-dimensional world, and our hair should be as well. Adding different tones to the hair really makes a huge difference in overall appearance. If you are like the majority of us out there fighting the 'natural highlights' Mother Nature gives us, then you too can benefit from foiling. Adding different tones, especially lighter ones, is going to camouflage those stubborn grays when they pop up.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:45

Sometimes, always or never

Written by Regina Leonard

This week we are going to play a little game. I have a few questions for you, and I want you to answer them with one of these responses: sometimes, always or never. Ready? Here we go.

Q: Should you color your hair on your own at home?

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 19:57

Bald is beautiful

Written by Regina Leonard

I wanted to re-run this article due to the increase of people that I've heard of lately fighting cancer. So many of us are also in a bit of a funk lately from this long, cold winter and sometimes just need a little perspective.

I consider myself lucky to have a job that I love. I chose to become a cosmetologist because it was more important to me that I love going to work every day than how much money I made each week. I can honestly say, as I approach the 13 year mark, that I still feel that way. Being able to impact people's lives, make their day and give them confidence by making their hair look its best really is the best job in my opinion. I have met some pretty amazing people in the last 13 years and a lot of them still come see me every six weeks. There is however, one part of my job that I can say I hate, and that is shaving the heads of beautiful, strong, amazing women faced with the battle of their life after being told they have cancer.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:22

Stop giving me static

Written by Regina Leonard

We bundle ourselves and our kids up to leave the house this time of year only to be left with bad hat head and even worse static cling! It's that time of year - it's so cold we all really need our hats on to keep warm. But hat hair isn't quite the look we were going for when we left the house was it? Fortunately there are a few tricks of the trade to prevent static in your hair. Here are my top three.

1. Moisture

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