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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:45

Shorten the to-do list

I hope that my article this week finds you safe, well and with power back on at your home. I was out of power for three days. I learned that I am spoiled rotten and love how simple electricity makes my life. Having no power really slowed me down. I will admit that there were a few moments that I loved about having no power, like snuggling up with my kids and having the house quiet for a change. But overall I felt like it cramped my style and added to my long list of responsibilities. This may sound like I am whining, but I have a point, I promise.

Halloween is over, November is here and we all know what that means, don't we? I saw the Christmas decorations out a few weeks ago in fact. I really do love this time of year and what it brings; however, one thing I do know is that every single one of our lives is about to get busier. Our lists are about to get longer and we are going to be busy little bees for the next few weeks. Women are so good at juggling many things in our lives with work, home, kids and more. I want to throw an idea out at you and help you by taking a little stress off you. Ready for it?

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:49

Pamper your man

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.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:01

Budget crunch

The leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping and we will turn our clocks back this weekend. No doubt, winter is coming. Most of us dread the winter and the increasing costs that come to us because of it with the holidays approaching and the need for fuel oil and heating costs. I find that everything seems to need to be done this time of year and there never seems to be enough money to go around. Many of us have to forgo some of the luxuries in our lives and many of you will cancel your hair appointment thinking that you just can't afford it. I am here to give you some alternative options so you don't have to forgo looking and feeling your best.

If you get color, foils and a cut every time, you may be able to get by with just one of those items if money is a little tight and it is always OK to be honest with your stylist and discuss some options if your budget is feeling tight. You would be surprised how just a few foils, placed in the right spots can blend away your re-growth and stretch out the time needed before your next full color and cut. The one thing I suggest that you do not do is to avoid getting your hair done all together or taking matters into your own hands (don't buy a box from the store). Save yourself the time, money and agony and just keep that appointment and talk with your hairdresser.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 22:17

Extend your options

Ladies, I have the solution to all your problems well, hair problems, anyway.

Are you constantly complaining about your hair because it is too thin, the wrong color, fine, fragile, too short, boring, suffer from alopecia, hair growing back after chemo or growing out all or part of your hair? Have you thought about hair extensions? This is a growing trend in our area, which I believe is due to more stylists getting the training needed to be able to offer this to our clients.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:44

No more excuses

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, 07 October 2014 14:55

Shiny, healthy hair

Last week I talked about ways to grow your hair out. It is always a challenge and takes a lot of patience. My first suggestion was to ease up on harsher color services like blonding. I suggested that maybe you go darker. Why not? Try going back to your roots.

Consider getting your hair color to a more natural state. If you are a woman in her 30s or older, more natural hair color is going to make you and your hair look younger. Going darker is going to be like giving your hair an instant deep conditioning treatment. It will fill in all the little 'holes' in your hair. It is going to leave your hair feeling brand new and shiny.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:07

Grow already!

Are you trying to grow your hair out? Is it driving you nuts? We are women and we 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.

Do baby those locks of yours. Your hair isn't going to grow if you don't take care of it. You need a regular trim of those ends to keep it healthy. If the ends get dry and split, they will just break off. Don't think that you can get away with avoiding a haircut during this process. I do suggest stretching out the usual time between appointments when you are growing. I recommend every 8-10 weeks. Your hairdresser can include a deep conditioning treatment at this visit to keep your hair strong and healthy as well. Listen to your stylist's recommendations on take home products to keep your hair looking good and staying healthy.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:56

Time to talk about men's hair

As I was reviewing past articles I have written, I realized one topic that was missing. I think that when it comes to hair we automatically think of the ladies and women's hair in general. What about the boys? Men's hair and grooming is a very large part of the cosmetology industry. The purchases of men's hair and grooming products has increased over 50 percent in the last five years. I think that tells us they have a place in the hair world too. I want to cover three key topics when it comes to men's hair:

1. Why choose a hair salon over a barber

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:50

Your tell-tale hair

Do you know how many things your hair stylist knows about you simply by working with your hair? Your stylist has a perfect view of your hair, scalp and skin when doing your hair. Everything - and I mean everything - that goes into your body comes out on your hair. Often times when there is something going on, good or bad, within your body, your hair will tell the story.

I have been doing hair for more than 10 years now, so these are things I have learned along the way. I speak for myself and not every single stylist out there. But it's something to think about. If your stylist notices changes in your hair and suggests you see a doctor, listen. Some of the things that I can tell simply by looking at someone's hair and scalp include pregnancy, new medications, poor diet, diabetes (or the potential to get it), drug use, thyroid issues, cancer (the need to have a mole checked), stress and more.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 23:54

Post-partum hair loss

There have been a lot of beautiful pregnant ladies coming into the salon lately with beautiful heads of hair and the cutest bellies. Recently I was asked about hair shedding after that little bundle of joy showed up. I was amazed at how many ladies were not aware that this will happen and why. I hope this article gives you some more information and puts your mind at ease.

It is normal and expected that we shed up to 150 hairs each day. Our hair grows in three-month cycles. At one time 90 percent of your hair is growing and the other 10 percent is in resting phase. Every two to three months our hair is shedding to allow new hair to grow. This is just an everyday, normal occurrence on our lovely little heads.

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