Regina Leonard

Regina Leonard

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 17:15

Vacation, anyone?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 13:01

Need a pick me up?

The Farmer's Almanac wasn't kidding when it said we were going to get a ton of snow this winter. This time of year can be depressing and rough on our bodies thanks to the lack of light, fresh air and moisture. Keep reading; I've got good news.

If our hair looks good, we feel good, don't we? This time of year is hard on our hair, but there are solutions. The lack of moisture in the air requires us to replace it in our hair and on our skin. I suggest a visit to your hairdresser. These things need to be left to a professional. There are many different in salon treatments that will replenish and rehydrate your hair. You want a treatment and a product at home that work from the inside out, actually rebuilding and healing each stand. No matter what the commercial says, the store bought products are not the same. Your hairdresser knows your hair and what it needs. If you want it to look its best, listen to them. A new color or new haircut won't make any difference if the foundation is weak. Healthy hair is beautiful hair.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 18:53

Red carpet ready

Awards show season is here. I enjoy watching the red carpet pre show more than the actual show itself. It's fun to see what's coming down the red carpet and what the trends are this year. Of course I pay close attention to the hair and makeup portion more than the clothes they are wearing. This season I'm seeing a couple obvious trends both in hair styling and in haircuts.

I noticed that coming down the runway were less updo types of hairstyles and more hair being left down, especially on longer lengths. I love the simplicity of it as well as the beautiful waves and curls that come with it. I'm willing to bet that this will carry right into prom and wedding season as this year's requested style. Here's the thing: it may look effortless from your living room, but I promise it's not D. I. Y. hair. A professional blowout and set takes some time; those retro waves are beautiful and take some skill to achieve.

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.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:47

Feeling electric

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! Not quite the look we were going for when we left the house was it? There are a few tricks of the trade to avoid and/or stop static in your hair and I give you my top three.

1. Moisture

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