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Sorry I have been gone for the past couple of weeks, things have been super hectic in the hair world.


So now that it is finally feeling like winter and your feeling like getting out of the winter blues change up your hair. And the best way to do it is get some bangs! Whether they’re full and square, short and rounded or just swept to the side, bangs frame the face and accentuate the eyes. If you don’t want to commit to actual bangs (I know the grow out sucks!) go out and buy a clip in bang, commitment-free style.


When styling, start drying the bangs first and remember to use the nozzle attachment on your blow-dryer. The key to getting the perfect style is by directing the airflow straight down from the root . Using a vent or denman brush and brushing side to side will keep them sleek. If you don’t want to commit to actual bangs (I know the grow out sucks!) go out and buy a clip in bang, commitment-free style. Here are the different ways of getting bangs.


So ladies bang it up this winter and give your hairstyle a fun new change.





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I started doing my bestie Alena’s hair a little less then a year ago. We started out by doing an ombre on her. Her base color was a mid reddish brown and every time I touched up the base color I would add more ombre pieces. Eventually Alena had a full ombre (she wanted to start off slowly because she didn’t want too much of a shock) This past weekend she decided to go all one color. She wanted the end result to be a deeper chocolate shade, her inspiration being Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line”. Here is step by step of what we did.

1. First I had to fill in the ombre pieces, because if we had put the end result color on her the ombre would still shine thru. I used a demi permanent brown color with no tones and had it sit for 30 minutes. (Color formula: 5n + ½ creme cta and ½ liquid cta-Aveda color line)


2. We washed and dried her ends.


3. Alena only had less then 1” of new growth so it was not required to create 2 formulas for her new growth and ends. If she did have lots of new growth I could have created two formulas just to avoid hot root or having a difference between the new growth and mid-lengths and ends.


4. I applied the new color on her new growth first. Then I went thru section by section and applied it to the mid-lengths and ends. Doing it this way was time consuming, however it is very important to make sure that the hair is evenly saturated so that the old color does not come thru. (Color formula: ½ 5n + ½ 4n + dark yellow/orange + dark blue/violet + 20 volume)


5. After processing for 30 minutes I rinsed the color out thoroughly and did 1 shampoo with Aveda’s Color Conserve shampoo. This shampoo is very gentle, helps lock in the color for longer, prevents fading and has a wonderful wintergreen aroma. I then applied a shine coat on her hair. (Color formula: 0n + creme cta) The shine coat gave her added shine and more softness to her hair. We had that sit for 5 minutes, for added results you could have the shine coat sit for a full 20 minutes. We did 1 more shampoo with Aveda’s Dry Remedy (for added moisture) and then I used the Aveda Dry Remedy Hair Masque.


6. And voila Alena’s color is rich and beautiful and she is ready for fall.




Low Lights For Fall


Hi Kids!


Sorry I missed the mark on posting last week…I was a serious worker bee at my salon….hope you missed me!


Any who onto more important things, now that labor day has come and gone that means summer is over :(….and fall is quickly coming. So in the spirit of the fall its time to go dark, darker with your color that is. For our blonde friends no more extra blonde highlights and looking super blonde. Tell your stylist that you are looking for more contrast and want to throw in some darker blonde or light brunette highlights to get you ready for the fall. For our brunette friends instead of going darker think about throwing in some lighter brunette (either highlights, peek-a-boo or ombre) pieces to give you a little contrast. This will help brighten up your skin while we sadly are loosing the beautiful tan skin of summer.



So while our days are shortening and we are throwing on more layers getting for the nippy weather, get your hair ready and do some lowlights for fall!






I watched the Morgan Spurlock documentary Mansome, that asked the question “what is the definition of masculinity”. There was a large array of celebrities, non-celebrities, experts and beards-man talking about how men take care of themselves physically and what grooming means for all different types of men. The part of the documentary I found most interesting was when men discussed facial hair. I did not realize there were so many different types of facial hair out there and how much men were attached to having it. I know that I have always liked a scruffy guy but who knew there were so many types!

The Baldo: This is a variation of the goatee, except the mustache and goatee are not connected. The goatee is shaped to form an upside down letter “T” and can be worn sans mustache.

The Full Beard: The full beard is a very traditional style of facial hair and can be a good option for those with a weak jawline.

The Chin Strap: Also known as a chin curtain, the chin strap follows the jawline in a neatly trimmed “strap” of hair. This style can be worn with or without the mustache.

The Chin Strip: The chin strip, like a soul patch, is a strip of hair that grows just below the center of the lips. This patch of hair extends to the point at which the chin begins to turn under.

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Beat the Heat with a Headband!


So it being August and so hot/humid I thought I would talk about my favorite summer trend, headbands! Headbands are no longer just to push your hair back while in a rush, they are now a true fashion statement. You can change your entire look by choosing the right headband to accentuate your outfit or hair. So this summer to beat the heat throw on a cute headband!!!

Romantic headbands: Tap into your ultimate flower child and throw on a floral headband. This romantic look adds a softness and femininity to any look and gives you a retro look with a modern sensibility.


Bohemian headbands: The headbands can be glammed up with glitter, trendy prints, leather, and have a very modern retro feel. You can wear these headbands skinny or thick on your head or over your forehead for a more stylish look.

Luxe headbands: You can add a modern twist to your formal or party look by putting on a luxe headband. You can sport the classy silky headbands to radiate grown up glamor and femininity. You can also accentuate headband designs complemented with bow or other flirty details.



Fuse in or Fuse Out


Fuse in or Fuse Out

Fusion hair extensions are extensions that are fused to your hair undergoing a process called fusion bonding. To create a fusion bond you use a heated adhesive bead and bonding gun that is attached to the weft of your natural hair, strand by strand. The fusion bond is made out of a keratin bond whose molecular structure is very similar to the keratin in human hair.

Ok, enough of that smarty pants definition. Basically fusions extensions are a great way of creating length or volume for a long lasting period of time. Depending on how fast your hair grows and how you maintain the extensions they can last in your hair for up to 6 months. When you have fusion extensions you need to be very careful when shampooing, combing and styling them. If you are too aggressive the extensions can become knotted and it will become very difficult to repair them. Another downside of fusions is that they can weaken your hair and pull on your natural hair. The reason for this is because the heated bond is adhered to your natural hair and the bond needs to be broken to be able to be removed.

There are also some non-hair fusion extensions. You can spice up your look by adding some tinsel, feathers or fun colors to your hair just by having them fused in.

We have seen many celebrities with fusions, most notoriously is Britney Spears. There are many pictures of Britney with her fusions showing right thru her hair. Thats a big no-no make sure you hide your secret, you don’t want people to know that your hair is that long and luxurious. So when it comes time for you to decide on how you want to change your hair ask yourself: “fuse in or fuse out”.



Clip in or Clip not


Clip in or Clip not

I have a client that was growing her hair out for her wedding. She wanted long, luscious hair that could be styled into an up-do. After a year of growing, her hair did not get to the length she needed. I suggested we get her clip in extensions so that she could have the hair she always dreamed of for her big day. Clip in’s are a wonderful way to transform your look without having to commit to a big change. Say you want to add a fun color to your hair like blue, pink or purple. Don’t put your hair thru the hair color change, just buy clip in’s. Or for a fun night out get a clip in bang and completely change your look. For the guys out there that want to add a little lift or dimension to their hair get a small clip in and take your style to the next level.

When buying clip in’s there are three things that you need to remember:
1. If you aren’t purposely trying to use funky colors try and find clip in’s that are a good match to your hair color.
2. Buy real human hair or remy hair. While these are pricier then using synthetic the advantage of using human hair is that you can dye it, curl it, flat iron it and the hair will not have the waxy look that synthetic hair does.
3. Make sure your hair is long enough to cover the clip ins and that your hair in a way that the extensions look like they are part of your hair. Nothing is uglier then when you see a girls track.

This entry is going to be part of a series called “If You Can’t Achieve It Weave It”. There are so many ways now that women and men can enhance their hair with extensions, clip ins, fusions and weaves. Check out next week when I talk about fusions….thanks!