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Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:18

Who doesn't like a little sparkle?

Written by Regina Leonard

I spent the whole weekend after Thanksgiving decorating my house for Christmas. I always get excited to dig out all of my things and put them out to enjoy again. Each year I like to change it up a little bit, and I'm always looking to add more sparkle everywhere. As I was admiring the sparkle I was pulling out of my Christmas storage boxes I thought to myself, 'Everyone needs more sparkle in their hair.'

This is the time of year that everything dries out and lacks moisture. I encourage you to add some sparkle to your hair with hair color. There are so many options to achieve this, and it doesn't mean a drastic change in your current look. It just means shiny and luxurious hair that will have everyone staring. You can get sparkle in your hair many ways. Maybe you just need to stop putting yourself on the bottom of your to-do list and call to make an appointment with your hairdresser to get your color touched up. Using a demi-permanent color (lasts about four weeks and is a deposit-only color) can add extreme hydration and shine to your hair without really changing your color, unless you're looking for a more drastic change. There is even the option of just adding a clear color to your hair. I call it a 'top-coat.' Think about what a top-coat of nail polish does for your nails and how shiny it makes it. This is what a clear color can do for your hair. 

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 15:21

Short is in

Written by Regina Leonard

My clients are always asking me about the new trends. I tend to think that there is never just one trend in hair. I have, however, been telling everyone for the last year that this trend was coming and I think it is speaking for itself these days with many celebrities joining in. What is this trend you ask? Short hair is in, and in a big way. 

I could sense it was time for this trend to resurface after years of everyone wanting long hair and even spending tons on extensions in order to achieve this look. You started seeing celebrities cutting their hair, which most likely is them being forced to take a break from extensions in all reality. Either way, we have seen hair getting shorter and shorter.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 23:59

Make a list. Check it twice

Written by Regina Leonard

We may not want to admit it, but it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I love this time of year - there are definitely some great deals to be had all over town on almost everything. I want to bring to your attention one place you may have overlooked when it comes to holiday shopping. Your hairdresser and the salon your go to is going to have some great deals to offer you through the end of the year. 

This is the time of year when our salons have access to the great deals that our product companies offer and get to pass that savings on to you. Most of these deals come in fun gift packs this time of year, but they are a way for you to save on your favorite products. These savings really only come once a year, so stock up while you can. 

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 23:18

Pamper your man

Written by Regina Leonard

The sale of men's grooming products has grown 70 percent in the last five years. In the last two decades, Paul Mitchell has been the leading product purchased by men. Yet when it comes to hair and fashion, we tend to focus on women only. Our poor men get lost in the shuffle. 

While most of you men out there head to your local barber or walk-in salon and get your "quick and cheap" haircut, there are plenty of you who do really care about your appearance and the type of service you receive. I believe that you guys would love getting pampered too. You just haven't given it a shot yet. 

Saturday, 26 October 2013 09:48

Head Lice 101 in 2013

Written by Regina Leonard

Schools are about to finish for the summer, but that doesn't mean you are free from the risk of lice. It is a topic none of us really ever want to talk about, but if you have children you should be aware of this very common and persistent problem. 

Recently I have been made aware of many reported cases of lice in the Bangor and Ellsworth area. Head lice is out there, but if taken care of promptly and properly will go away as fast as it came. 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:40

No more excuses

Written by Regina Leonard

What is the one thing that you think you could never do, but would really love to say that you did? Skydive? Travel overseas? Conquer one of your fears? Climb a mountain? Go diving in the ocean? Have you come up with a million and one excuses why you're putting it off? 

Time to stop making excuses and start doing. I always have something to work towards to motivate me and to challenge myself. I recently crossed one of those items off my list and I wanted to share it with all of you in hopes that it will inspire you to start crossing items off of yours. No more excuses.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 21:54

Why Buy Professional?

Written by Regina Leonard

How many times have you left your salon and your hairdresser feeling and looking like a million bucks? The next day, you shower and attempt to style your hair exactly the same way only to quickly discover that it looks absolutely nothing like it did when they did it. Wonder why that is? Well, here are a few reasons.

Your stylist does this for a living, all day, every day. We are trained and experienced in all things hair. This is always a factor in this equation that you can't change. Hairdressers have the knowledge and experience along with the advantage of being at a completely different angle while styling your hair. There is a bit of truth to your feeling that you could never style it like him/her at home - you just can't. That said, a few things should happen in order to make your styling at home easier so that you can make sure your new haircut and/or color looks its best at home. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 22:54

Dry enough for you?

Written by Regina Leonard

Summer always goes by way too fast for me, and even though I love fall here in Maine, it is hard to say goodbye to warm summer nights and days at the beach. There is one area that I know is still telling us all how much fun you had this summer in the sun, and that is your hair. Is it looking a little dry, maybe a little too blonde? Summer sun, heat and humidity all take a toll on our hair. Don't fret; there are many options for you.

The biggest thing I see right now is hair that is just a little too bleached out from the sun. Even you brunettes suffer from this. I recommend adding some darker color back into your hair through foils to keep the dimension in your hair alive and well. Remember, we live in a three-dimensional world and your hair color should be too. When I say darker, I simply mean to add any color darker than what you have currently. This is also a fun way to play and maybe add a little bit of a color that you haven't tried. Fall is here, so bring on the shades of red, gold and orange. Go ahead, try it!

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:07

Do you have what it takes?

Written by Regina Leonard

Many people tell me that they think my job would be fun. I can't argue with that. I believe that I have the best job in the world. I love that something that is a simple as a hairstyle can change someone's or just brighten their day. 

These are the reasons I chose cosmetology. But as wonderful as my job is, it also comes with a lot of things that many don't realize. Here are a few questions to ponder before signing up to become a licensed cosmetologist. 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 23:20

Hair happens in Vegas

Written by Regina Leonard

I just got back from the Paul Mitchell signature gathering in Las Vegas. I and five other stylists from my salon saved our pennies and made the trek out there to learn the latest and greatest styles and tricks to bring back to our clients. 

Many clients are going to ask us about 'the' trend we observed in cut and color. Color is the trend and lots of it! Bright, lived in, ombre, blonde, dark, red, pastel - you name it, it's there. The trend is to have color in your hair and for it to look shiny and healthy. In fact, Paul Mitchell is about to launch a new color line to give you all just that! Shines XG is coming, and the results I saw were amazing. 

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