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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:04

Summer must haves

I think it is safe to say that summer is here for good. We all know how quickly a summer in Maine goes by, so let's not spend all kinds of time doing our hair and makeup and getting ready. Get outside and soak it up while you can. Here are some quick and easy tips to simplify your hair and makeup routine this summer.

Nothing says summer like a few blonde highlights. Nothing can leave you feeling brighter inside and out. But all the lightener that is leaving you with a great new look is just the beginning of the beating your hair starts to take as the weather gets warmer. Sun exposure and chlorine wreak havoc on your hair. This is the time when you should be protecting your hair at home by adding a leave-in conditioner to your routine to replenish the moisture you are losing this summer. I also recommend scheduling an in-salon intensive hair repair treatment. Paul Mitchell recently came out with their Awaphui Wild Ginger KeraTriplex intensive in-salon treatment that is amazing! It will leave your hair 80 percent stronger after the first treatment and really does help to repair dry or split ends. This treatment offers intense strengthening, moisture and shine to transform your dry, damaged hair.

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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 17:47

Wedding veil DON'T

Wedding season is fast approaching and it makes for a very exciting time of year. I always anticipate what it will be like, what the trend will be this year and what fabulous locations I will get to visit in our great state. I really just love a wedding, and I have been lucky enough to be part of some pretty awesome ones through the years. I love when you can really see the bride's personality in the entire day.

But there is one place where I see a lack of personality show up on the wedding day: the veil. It may just be one of my little pet peeves, but I wanted to share this with you and encourage you to step outside of the norm with your choice in veil. I know for sure I fell into that trap. When I look back at my wedding photos, I want a veil do over.

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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 18:22

Don't set yourself up for failure

How do you set yourself up for failure at the salon? I want to address this not to offend you but to educate you. I want each of you be able to go to your next hair appointment and leave with the style that you have always wanted. There are many factors that play into the outcome of getting what you want and also being realistic about your options.

If you walk into a salon with a negative attitude, you are not going to leave with what you want even if the stylist does just what you asked for. You came in with doubt, fear and negativity, and that is what you will leave with. Isn't this true in all areas of our lives? The old saying "you get what you give" or "treat others how you want to be treated" - well, it is true. You should most definitely tell your stylist how you feel, what you like and don't like and even past services you received that you didn't like. They need to see the full picture to get to know you and what it is you are looking for. But attitude is everything, so go in with a smile and positive attitude and I can assure you success.

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Monday, 18 May 2015 15:26

Can you make your hair grow faster?

How many of you are in the same boat I am? You want your hair to grow and you want it to grow now. We cut it off in minutes, and it takes years for it to grow back. It is a long process, and most of us want to know how to speed it up. The truth is, you can make it grow faster, and I have a few tips to help you and your hair.

Just like a house can't sit on an uneven foundation, you hair won't grow if it is not healthy. If you want your hair to grow, the saying is true: you have to cut your hair to grow it. You need to schedule regular visits to your hairdresser for a mini-trim session. If the ends of your hair aren't healthy, then they won't grow, they will break off. I recommend that you have your hair trimmed every 8-10 weeks when you are trying to grow it out.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 20:01

Photo ready

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.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 19:11

Dry Shampoo

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.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:45

Need a little sunshine?

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.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:45

Sometimes, always or never

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?

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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 19:57

Bald is beautiful

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.

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Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:06

Feeling frumpy?

Even though we're still need deep in snow and winter, Valentine's Day being on the horizon gives me hope that spring is coming as well. It's the time of year that I want to clean out my closet, rearrange the house and spruce up my look. What is going to make you feel better than having a brand new, beautiful hair style?

It doesn't take much to spruce up your hair and make you feel better, and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money either. Just going in for a washing styling and professional blow dry style is going to make you feel better, and this hairstyle can last a few days without washing. I even recommend having your hairdresser to give you a few styling tips so you can recreate this look at home with the right products and tools.

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