Tuesday, 08 April 2014 22:59

Day of Rest

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 and continue every Sunday with giving your hair a break from all of that and a little TLC.

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 off all the buildup. This buildup will cause you to have bad hair days and will also leave your color look dull and even brassy. With summer coming (it has to get here eventually, right?) 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. 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 go get any old clarifying shampoo from the store down the street. Many of those are way too harsh on your hair. The point to clarify your hair is to properly cleanse it, not 'strip' it and make it dry and brittle. Always ask a professional.

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:46

Winter got you down?

Spring officially showed up on the calendar last week, but it sure doesn't look or feel like it out there. It has to come eventually, and in the meantime let's think spring and start acting like it is. Who knows, maybe mother nature will take a hint. 

I am willing to bet that your hair is dry and drab right now due to the extra long and dry winter. You can fix this easily. I suggest a fresh spring haircut. Not your average trim - I mean a new style. Try cutting some length, add face framing layers, cutting bangs or going short. Short is in for spring and summer. These haircuts are fun, fresh and so easy to style. There are some simple changes you can make to your style that will make your feel like you have a brand new look.  

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 18:09

Three steps to a new you

Are you seeing a new hair stylist for the first time? Are you looking for something totally new the next time you see your current stylist? How about a few suggestions to ensure a great outcome and leaving with exactly what you wanted?

1. Research 

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:09

Don't do it!

How many times have you been standing in your bathroom mirror with a pair of scissors? How many of those times did you actually cut your hair? You are holding the scissors in your hand while thinking, 'My hairdresser is going to kill me for this.' You just can't stand it anymore, and you didn't make an appointment ahead of time - but you are going to need one after this. 

Are your bangs right in your eyes? Your hair won't do anything and it's driving you crazy? You think just cutting a little here and a little there will do for today? Stop right there and put the scissors down. Keep reading.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:58

Take your stylist home with you

How many times have you left your salon and your hairdresser feeling and looking like a million bucks? The next day, you shower and attempt to style your hair exactly the same way only to quickly discover that it looks absolutely nothing like it did when they did it. Wonder why that is? Well, here are a few reasons.

Your stylist does this for a living, all day, every day. We are trained and experienced in all things hair. This is always a factor in this equation that you can't change. Hairdressers have the knowledge and experience along with the advantage of being at a completely different angle while styling your hair. There is a bit of truth to your feeling that you could never style it like him/her at home - you just can't. 

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 20:06

Bad hair day

I chose to become a cosmetologist because the most important thing to me was loving what I do and wanting to get up for work every day.  How many of us have heard that line, 'Do what you love and the money will follow'? I think I only really absorbed the first line. I can honestly say, as I approach the 12-year mark in my career 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 the world. I have met some pretty amazing people in the last 12 years and many of them have been my loyal and loving clients since day one. 

There is however, one part of my job that I can say I really hate. I hate shaving the heads of beautiful, strong, amazing woman faced with the battle of their life after being told, "You have cancer." 

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 17:13

Red carpet hair

Award season is in full swing. I don't know about you, but I just look forward to watching the red carpet pre-show. I love seeing what everyone is wearing and especially what the hair trends are going to be each year. Even though we may not have an event as big as this, we can take notice and use the trends we see in our everyday lives. 

I was very happy to see that the classic hairstyles are back. When I use the word 'classic,' think 'old Hollywood.' The looks are much smoother and simple whether the hair is left down or pulled up. Hair is smoother and more polished. In my opinion you can't go wrong with a style like this. The rest of your outfit can and will really shine when hair is left simple and polished. 

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 23:24

I dos and I don'ts!

I and my team from the salon participated in the Bangor Bridal Show last weekend at the Spectacular Event Center. We did hair and makeup for about 30 models who participated in two separate runway shows, one on Saturday night featuring dresses from Dream Dress Bridal and one on Sunday featuring dresses from The Henry's Bridal boutique. We had a lot of fun doing the hair and makeup, especially since we had complete creative control over the looks. We chose to show classic wedding hair based on three hairstyles: the classic vintage wave in long hair left down, the top bun (think Audrey Hepburn) and the low romantic chignon. All hairstyles are really based on these three looks, and a bride can never go wrong choosing one of these for her big day. 

I gave a talk prior to the start of each runway show where I discussed classic hairstyles and my own list of 'dos and don'ts' of wedding hair and makeup. For most, the dress is the most important thing when planning a wedding. It is the first thing you think about. I am here to tell you that your hair and makeup need to be #2. 

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 22:42

Feeling dry?

The winter chill is upon us and who knows how long it is going to stay. With the bitter cold and snow-covered ground comes the dry air. These are the days when I long for the high humidity of late summer. Everything right now is beyond dried out, and our hair and skin is right up there with the rest of things lacking any moisture right now. It is important to take extra special care of your skin and your hair this time of year. Let me offer you a few tricks on how to stay moisturized for the rest of the winter. 

I have to switch up my hair and skin care routine for the winter, and you should too. This time of year you need to add moisture by switching up to a heavier face cream for your face and a conditioner with a little extra moisture is a must. Some of you may not use conditioner normally, and I would suggest that you do for the winter months. Hair that dries out is going to become brittle and frizzy and without proper care it is going to start breaking off. The only solution once your hair splits or breaks is to cut it off. There is no miracle product out there that can fix it. 

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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 16:14

Pinching pennies

It's always exciting to welcome in another year, to reflect upon the past and look forward to the future. But a new year can also bring stress - the stress of money being tight after all we spent on Christmas, entertainment, house emergencies (that always happen around the holidays) and heating costs. Then we all sit around stressing out about how we are going to pay for it and where we have to budget and cut things out for a while. I am right there along with all of you. But there is one place you don't have to cut entirely - nor should you - and that is your hair. 

Your hair makes a difference in how you approach your daily life. I see it every day behind the chair. It is the reason I love my job so much. Something that can be so simple to me can make a huge difference in someone's life and how they feel about themselves. Your hair is your public business card to the world, and you should keep it looking its best at all times. 

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