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Something came to me today.  Something I believe to be of great significance.  Something I believe will shape my approach in life.  Allow me to elaborate.

A very simple statement came to me today. “Enjoy bringing beauty to the lives of others today.”  Wow.  I am embracing this statement because if we approach life in this manner, it will greatly transform us.  Might we look at each and every interaction with the outlook that we are either bringing beauty to another or bringing ugliness to them?  Imagine if when we spoke to our husbands, wives, children, co-workers, friends, acquaintances…imagine if we determined to bring beauty to that interaction, to that conversation, to that moment.

Beauty –> possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc. delighting the senses or mind.  excellent of its kind. a work of art. grace. charm.

Can we aim to delight one another?  Can we aim to be that interaction in the day that caused the other to be satisfied and smile?  Can we aim to be excellent?

Can we believe that these moments in our day are a work of art?


I am challenging myself to enjoy bringing beauty to the lives of others each and every day.  Join the challenge.



Great Back to School Braid Idea

If you are anything like me, you love stunningly simple hairstyles.  Those that look like they took hours, but most likely only took minutes.  I found this beautiful Waterfall Braid and thought it was a must share. 

Here’s a quick, four-step tutorial on how to accomplish this great look!
1. Lightly mist a texture spray, such as Shu Uemura Liquid Fabric, from midlengths to ends for hold. Using a 1 ¼-inch curling iron, wrap 1-inch sections starting at the nape. Leave out the ends for a beach-y effect. Alternate the direction of the curl for more texture.
2. Mist more texture spray from midlengths to ends, using a scrunching technique to disperse the product.
3. Create the waterfall braid. Starting at the temple, take two strands of hair and twist once to start the braid. Drop the bottom piece and pick up a piece from underneath. Wrap the new section with the previous and repeat until you reach the center crown. Clip to hold in place then repeat on the other side.
4. Take both rope braids and twist them together, securing with a few bobby pins. Finish with your favorite hair spray for hold.

This is a great braid for your kids going back to school, or for yourself!  Experiment and enjoy!


How to determine what Hairstyle fits your face shape

Good Morning All!

I was thinking today, what is one of the questions I get asked most frequently in the salon?  It dawned on me, nearly 75% of people would like to know the two following things:

1. What is my face shape?

2. What hairstyle fits with that shape?

Here is the simplified version of how to determine your face shape:

First, get 5 colorful stickers.  Put these stickers on your face as shown in the picture [I apologize for the silliness of the picture!]

There should be a sticker at the highest corner of your hairline on each side, then the point of your jaw on each side and your chin.  Once these stickers are in place, you can see an imaginary line connecting them to see a shape.  In my case, the stickers at the top are more narrow [or, closer together] than those at the jawline.  Therefore, my face shape is more of a pear shape.  The basic face shapes are: Oval, Round, Oblong, Diamond, Pear, Square, and Heart.

The most desired face shape is an oval.  Therefore, when determining the correct hairstyle the goal is to create the illusion that you have an oval face shape!  For me, being a pear, I need to add volume at the top to balance out the extra “volume” my face has at the bottom.  Make sense?  So, if you have a heart-shaped face, you should have a bit of volume around your chin/neck area to balance out the added volume at the top [i.e. your forehead] and then you look oval!  Here are a few examples, including one of my short-hair styles showing the importance of volume at the top for a pear-shaped face.

Note that the added volume through the crown area and a “wispy” bang creates the illusion that I have a slim oval face.

With a heart shape, adding volume/bulk near the chin will create the illusion of an oval face.  I like how the volume created is softer by using the beach-wave look.

With a square face, the goal is to make the harsh/straight lines seem softer.  With this style, we have no real added volume, just soft tendril curls to create a softer, more feminine look.  The only real volume is at the sides, which makes me see more of an oval shape.

All-in-all, I would say to determine your face shape and use the power of illusion to make it look oval.  This gives a more feminine look to any lady!  Also, if you already have an oval shape then you can rock any hairstyle you like and you are blessed!

Have fun with this and test out new looks!


Keys to fighting frizz

Frizz can be one of the biggest problems a woman faces when it comes to her hair.  And for those of us that live in a humid climate, this can be even more of a nuisance.  I have put together a few of the most important tips that I have learned to help fight this unwanted foe.

First, be sure that you are using salon-quality products.  This requires that they be purchased in a salon.  I say this because the Redken that you purchase at a drugstore is not the same as the Redken purchased in a salon/spa [you can email me for more detailed information on this point].  Some of my favorite shampoo/conditioners include, but are not limited to: Biolage Rejuvatherapie with Camelina Oil for moisture and Redken’s Real Control for dry hair.  The key to using these is to use shampoo and conditioner.

The next key comes to styling.  Please, please, please use a styling aid!  If you don’t need any hold, then I would use a serum to combat frizz before it happens.  My go-to serum of the moment is Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment and it is made with Moroccan Argan Oil so that addresses moisture, frizz, smoothness, elasticity and shine concerns.  I just add a dime-size amount to any other styling aids I am using that day and then massage into the ends of the wet hair first, working toward the scalp.  The beautiful thing about this product is that you can apply it to dry hair as well which is perfect if you have a few problem areas that tend to get frizzy after styling is finished.

The last tip that I find is key is to be sure you are blow-drying your hair properly.  Make sure that when you are using a blow dryer to use one with ionic heat.  Also, do not use a brush until your hair is already at least 70% dry – use your fingers until then.  Once you are using the brush, be sure to blow down the hair shaft as shown in the picture below.

If you blow up the hair, it will cause your hair’s cuticle to “roughen”, thus causing frizz.  I know many of us want added volume at the crown, this can be accomplished by over-directing your brush and blow-drying underneath the section of hair.  Please note that this is to be done once the hair is already dry, so it should not add as much frizz as if done before the hair is dry [and the cuticle is closed].

Feel free to add hairspray and a bit more serum after you have finished the style in order to tame any fly-aways.

I surely hope that this has helped with the frizz that ails you!