Regina Leonard

Regina Leonard

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Monday, 19 January 2015 13:48

But it's a dry cold

We all got a little spoiled in December with warmer than normal temps, and January is sure to make up for that. Mother Nature isn't going to let us off easy this winter. The bitter cold temperature and dry winter air is here to stay for a while. It takes its toll quickly on us with heating costs, our mental state and our bodies. Our hair and skin can surely suffer during the winter months. It is important to take extra care when the temps drop.

It is obvious that there is a lack of moisture in the air right now. Your hair needs moisture to stay healthy and happy. I always tell people this, but during the winter it is even more important. There is absolutely no need to shampoo your hair every day. Your hair needs those natural oils that your body produces. I suggest wearing a shampoo cap at least every other day and letting your hair get the moisture it needs. To freshen up your style, you can use a dry shampoo if needed. Paul Mitchell Dry wash is a great, clear spray dry wash that I like to call a magic wand. It will remove excess oil and refresh your day old hairstyle.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:52

Three ways to a new you

Are you looking for something totally new the next time you see your current stylist? Are you planning to see a new stylist for the very first time? Maybe you are seeing your current stylist for the 100th time. Here are a few suggestions to ensure that you leave with exactly what you wanted in any situation.

1. Research

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 21:50

Baby it's cold outside

I think that we have been pretty lucky this winter. But January is here and, like every year, it brings the cold and bitter temps with it. Whenever we have a season or weather change, we see a difference in our hair. This week alone I have had numerous complaints from clients that their hair is flat, dry and uncooperative. We have to take extra care of our hair and skin in the winter. Here are three steps to help keep your hair and your sanity through the winter.

1. Brush your hair. Yes, it can be this simple. The natural oil that your body produces is the best conditioner your hair can get. Brushing helps to spread these oils out. Brushing your hair also roughs up your scalp, helps to exfoliate and stimulate blood flow. Brush your hair at least once a day, before the shower and/or at night before bed (no matter hair length).

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 23:56


How many of you made a list of resolutions to ring in the New Year? I think that so many of us put too much pressure on ourselves, starting with the New Year's resolutions. Goals are great - I am a goal-oriented person. I have learned to set more attainable goals and to make small, baby steps towards a big goal. I ran a marathon last year, and I did it by running it a mile at a time and increasing my miles little by little over 22 weeks. Ringing in a new year is a great time to make some changes. There are a lot of things that you can do to make a big change, and those can all happen at the hair salon.

Have you thought about a new look for yourself? I think this is the perfect time for you to step out and try it. The great thing about hair is that if you don't like it, you can change it. Hair grows back and color can be changed. You can look like a brand new person in two hours or less. Think about something you have always wanted to try and just do it already. There are so many options for you and your hair. Some are simple and quick and others may take more time. Take time to look through pictures for inspiration and tell your hairdresser to book a few extra minutes at your next appointment for consultation.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:41

A new you

Can you believe Christmas is here? I feel like the year just flew by. Soon we will be about to enter into yet another New Year: time to think about your plans, goals, resolutions, diets and more for the New Year. If you ask me, we set ourselves up for a big letdown each year, but I have something for you that I promise won't let you down this year! Have you considered a new hairdo? Why not? Take the time to treat yourself to a new hairstyle and possibly even color. After all, it is just hair, it'll grow back. I often tell my clients that hair color is just hair color: you are not marrying it, just dating it.

Start with just a new hairstyle. That means just styling your hair different without changing the actual cut you have. Need some help with ideas? Make an appointment for a shampoo and styling 101 course with your stylist. Is your hair curly? Start wearing it straight more often. Straight? Invest in some hot rollers or a great quality curling iron or curling rod and start rocking some curls! This is one of the easiest things you can do to spruce up your look.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 23:30

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I love this time of year, and 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. I am definitely in strong support of shopping local and supporting hard working businesses. Your hairdresser and the salon you 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 onto 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 and the ones you always use. These savings really only come once a year, so stock up while you can. This is also a time to try out some new products and also cross a few people off your list - seriously, who doesn't love hair products? A lot of these sets are under $20, so they are great for secret Santa, Yankee swap or other gift exchanges.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 23:06

Time to party

The holidays are here and that means parties, parties, parties! I get questions all the time on ways to style hair at home for that upcoming party. I think that this is a great excuse to make time for you. Give yourself a treat and make an appointment with your stylist to have your hair and makeup done for the party. In some situations this may not be possible, so if you have to do it yourself, here are a few tips.

The key to success is to keep it simple! Don't try to make it perfect and don't try to fight what it is your hair really wants to do. I suggest getting yourself some hot rollers if you don't already have some. I tell clients all the time that hot rollers are my personal secret weapon at home. How I style my client's hair in the salon and how I can actually style my own hair at home is completely different. When I want to style my hair quickly and easily with guaranteed results, I grab the hot rollers. I feel that using hot rollers is fool proof; they do the work for you. Other supplies to have on hand are bobby pins, hair tie, styling product (gel, mousse, etc.), hairspray and accessories (i.e. pretty clips or a headband). Using hot rollers really is easy so go dig your rollers out of the back of the closet or go buy yourself some and start practicing. One tip is to not do too much when you take them out. Just tip your head over and give it a shake. If it seems too big and crazy, don't worry - it will relax before you get to the party into the perfect holiday hairstyle.

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 20:59

Take a vacation

I am writing to you now from an airplane headed south to Florida for an extended vacation with my family. I don't know about you, but I don't feel like I got a summer at all. In fact, my vitamin D levels can prove that.

Traveling and packing up my family got me thinking about what we need or just think we need. Because airlines charge for luggage (and charge a lot, by the way), I packed myself and my husband in one suitcase for a 10-day vacation. (Of course hubby had far less space in the bag than I did, but oh well.) How does one pack only what one needs when traveling? We need hair products and such, but don't have the room for all of them. How do we plan for vacation hair?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:45

Take your stylist home with you

How many of you style your hair every day? I bet you use a blow dryer, curling iron, maybe a flat iron. How many of you out there consider the way your hair looks to be one of the most important things to you? I imagine the majority of you would rank your hair in the top three things that will make or break your day. After all, this is one of the reasons I have a job. Our hair is important to us, it is our billboard to the world and we want it to look nice. We all are searching for the quick fix in life and the perfect products to make our hair look its best. But if your hair is this important to you, why are you not protecting your investment?

It costs money to have your hair done. Depending on what you have done to it, the price will vary. You love how you feel when you leave the hairdresser and you will most likely tell him/her that you wish you could take them home with you. No, I am not psychic - I hear that from almost every single one of my clients. It puzzles me when people care this much about their hair and spend the money to have it look a certain way and then they don't protect that investment and take care of it between visits to the salon. Often times you will find yourself loving your hair at the salon and the next day and then over the next few weeks you become frustrated and think maybe the hairdresser is at fault. Sorry to say it is not their fault, it's yours.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:14

Don't do that!

Holiday season is fast approaching whether we want it to our not. I just love this time of year, the sounds, smells and traditions it brings. I know that for many of us it also adds some stress to our daily lives with so many things that you have to do over the next few weeks. There is a lot you have to do and there is a lot that you should do during this time of year. I want to cover three things NOT to do in upcoming weeks.

DON'T: Don't forget to schedule yourself in by booking time with your hairdresser. You need to look and feel your best through the holidays. Our hair can make or break us ladies and we know how judgmental family can be, don't we? Make sure you wow them by freshening up your hair with a cut and some fresh shiny beautiful color. If you haven't booked time with your hairdresser by now, make sure you do. They book up fast and far ahead this time of year, so plan ahead.

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