Regina Leonard

Regina Leonard

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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.

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.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:25

These are a few of my favorite things

I consider myself a pretty frugal person. Here are a few of my favorite bargains:

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.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 21:10

Breaking down buildup

Our hair sure does take a beating with all that we do to it. Most of you wash it every day (you need to stop doing that), blow-dry, curl, flat-iron and spray hairspray on it. How many of you really give it a day of rest? Let's start this Sunday - every Sunday from now on, try giving your hair a break from all of that.

Hair products, minerals in the water and toxins in our environment build up on our hair. Even though I don't want you to wash your hair every day, I do want you to use a clarifying treatment once a week to cleanse your hair of all the buildup. This buildup will cause you to have bad hair days and will also leave your color looking dull and even brassy. With summer coming, this is definitely something you want to include in your hair care regime right along with your kiddos who swim in the pool. Using a clarifying shampoo will gently cleanse your hair from the inside out. I do warn you to either ask your hairdresser what they recommend or simply use a baking soda rinse at home (baking soda paste mixed with water or your daily shampoo). Don't just get any old clarifying shampoo from the store down the street. Many of those are way too harsh on your hair. The point of clarifying your hair is to properly cleanse it, not 'strip' it and make it dry and brittle. Always ask a professional.

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 20:46

Blondes pay for their fun

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

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

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

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, 07 April 2015 22:43

Change is coming

Change is coming

Spring is such an exciting time of year. I love seeing everything and everyone come back to life. I think each and every one of us wants change and to feel renewed. I know I want to spring clean, I want to throw everything out, I want to buy a new car - and of course, I want a new hairdo!

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