Three Resolutions for the New Year: Try Something Different and Love the Results

Three Resolutions for the New Year:

Try Something Different and Love the Results

We all know what our resolutions are. I have to admit, mine always include more gym time, less procrastination, and a better perspective on the things that I am grateful for. While these things fluctuate, I feel refreshed when I set out to do them, resolved to live my life as fully as possible. Because a big part of my passion for life is my profession, which includes hair, I thought of a few easy ways to help you resolve to avoid a lackluster mane while you’re making a difference in the other areas of your life. My goals are very manageable, I promise, so, say it with me:

This year I resolve that my hair will be…

Frizz Free and Softer:

The weather is against our hair. It is. Whether too dry or too humid, the climate is almost never ideal. Luckily, there are plenty of good shields. Product wise, I love glosses. Now, I know people don't always love glosses, but it works so well as long as you use it on only your ends. There are lighter and heavier glosses, so be sure to only use a heavier one if you have thick hair. Thick hair is often confused for a lot of hair, but you can have a ton of hair that is really fine. Define which category your hair falls under, whether fine or thick, and apply accordingly.

Protected from Fading: 

There is only one solution to preventing color fading, and that is the use of more color. No matter what your conditioner bottle tells you, color fades. Color gloss is your best option. It's not high maintenance like you think, either. Redken’s Shades EQ is the best, and is a professional line. Yes, this might be a tad bit of self-promotion, but I am your link to getting Shades EQ with my license. I've tried other commercial lines, and they're honestly just not the same. 

Safe from Split Ends:

There is a misconception that split ends are the result of a lack of trims, but the real culprit is that you need to use some kind of protection when you use heated styling products, like a flat iron. I have seen many people smooth the same piece used over, and I have advised them that it doesn’t work well. Month after month, split ends get worse if you continue that habit. Use a leave-in conditioner, or at least a heat protectant. 

My recommended leave-in conditioner is It’s a 10: Shine Miracle Spray ($15), or a heat protectant in the form of Paul Mitchell Hot off The Press ($18).

Happy styling and Happy New Year!


‘On The Go’ Fix: Bad Hair and Makeup During the Holidays


'On The Go' Fix: Bad Hair and Makeup During the Holidays

Last Minute Style Saves: Car Edition


I often get asked about what to do when the occasional bad hair or makeup day strikes. Ideally, you'd have time to start over with a shower. But, that's rarely the case, especially if this sounds familiar: you have a full list of things to do, places to go, people to see, and you look into your car mirror to see that your hair is unruly and your makeup is smudged or non-existent after a long day. What do you do?! Here are the key solutions to common last-minute problems.


Problem: Oily Hair

Solution: A simple side-braid or twist. 


This style is simple. The only things you need are a few bobby pins and a scrunchy that is close to the color of your hair. Since the problem is your oily roots, simply part your hair to on side, then braid across, and pin the braid slightly behind your ear using two bobby pins in a criss-cross. For a glamorous undo, twist your hair into a lower bun using the scrunchy and a few bobby pins for strays. Braids a little too complicated? Simply twist your hair to the side, and it's just as pretty! The best part? Imperfection is just as pretty with this style! Check out three different version of this style, worn by Jessica Simpson, Drew Barrymore and Nicole Riche.






Problem: Melted day makeup, a dinner awaits, and your eye liner pencil is broken!

Solution: Creative use of a few simple makeup favorites.


It's amazing what a little bit of lipstick and mascara can do. With lipstick, you have a two-in-one fix. Simply mix in a generous dab of concealer with your lipstick and rub it into the apples of your cheeks, and bam!, instant blush. Now, back to that broken pencil eyeliner… it might even be a blessing in disguise that it's not sharpened. For a smokey eye look, simply tap the pencil against your eyelash line, starting on the outside of your lid and moving about 3/4 of the way in. Feeling dramatic? Smudge a little below your eyes, too, but be sparing with it. No pencil? Use a little eyeshadow and wet a little makeup brush or Q-tip, and do the same dabs on your lash line. A celebrity who perfects the smokey eye is Beyonce, see below.



Seventy-Two Hour Style Stay: Three Long Days, Three Hair Saves


We've all had that glorious moment of looking into the mirror and seeing the  reflection of a perfectly tame and gorgeous head of hair. Whether you woke up with it or worked hard for it, your goal is the same: to keep your hair's style for as long as possible. Then you remember a whole list of perfect hairstyle threateners: you have your brisk walk to work, your yoga class, and three full days of plans with no time to start over for a nice hairstyle. 

For those three, non-stop days, here are three style saves:

Keeping Your Hairstyle in Place While Working Out:

Working out can be… well, a lot of work, and ponytails can be the absolute arch nemesis for healthy hair. Whether you have yoga class or a long jog ahead of you, not only can a simple hair change keep your style in place, but it can even wave your hair for you. 

For curling-iron type hair, consider this ponytail alternative the next time you work out, or even have a long shift at work and need a quick undo:  part your hair down the middle in the back of your head, making two pigtails. Twirl the two sections into buns and secure them together with some kind of soft scrunchy. The style looks like a ballerina-type bun, but really has two practical uses: to help hold and create curls, and to keep your hair smelling clean, away from possibility of sweat. Try it, and be amazed by the hairstyle saving power of a simple style change.

An added bonus of this two-in-one ballerina bun style : in the morning, simply unravel the bun and put a gloss on the ends. 

Keeping Your Hair's Style Overnight, Every Night:

So, you've managed to keep your hair in great shape all day, and eight hours in dreamland threatens everything you've worked for. A couple of simple tips, for both straight and curly style:

For straight hair:  brush your hair before you sleep, and try to keep your hair above your neck. One easy way to do this is to keep your head on a pillow and then flip your hair onto the pillow, so that it doesn't touch your neck. An added bonus is that this also keeps your hair's volume in tact.

For curly hair:  part your hair in half before going to bed and create two very loose braids. Be careful not to make them too tight, or the results will be more crimped than curly. Keeping the soft waves in your hair in place is the purpose of the braids, and they should look a little too loose. After all, they're just acting as a placeholder for your hair.

Fixing Quick Morning Frizz Mishaps:

Even when you somehow keep your hairstyle in place overnight, it usually still needs a quick touch-up. Good news, you have two options based on your hair type:

Straight hair: flat iron where necessary, which, if brushed the night before, is usually just baby hairs at the top of your head, near the part. A simple finish with serum on the ends helps to smooth any dryness or split ends, and just like that, a five minute fix has your ready for your meeting.

Curly hair:  simply spritz your hair with water, a little mouse, hairspray, curl creme, or gel. (Just be sure that if you use gel or mousse, that it is very sparingly, or your hair will appear greasy). To refresh dry-looking curls, use a light gloss, too, on the ends. And shine on.

I hope that you've found a few hairstyle extending tips that work for you. Stay tuned for the next blog, which will feature my favorite hair products for November.

Until next time,




Hello World:

Welcome to my blog. I hope that this week's post will provide you with enough information to make the cut into your blog roll, Facebook Share or Like, Tweet, E-mail, or if it really moves you, something over the top like connecting your computer to a big screen television and presenting my message to the world… OK, so I'll cut the jokes out and keep my job as a stylist. Basically, any form of spreading the word is appreciated if you get half as excited about the new trends in hair this month as I am. Here are the two that I'm most excited about.

Peek-a-Boo Highlights: You've seen it… a brunette with brassy blonde streaks or a redhead with highlighter-resembling marks, or even blonde gone wrong with bright white patches. Trust me, I'm not one to point it out, and thanks to this new technique, those looks have not happened in my chair. Case in point: shimmery highlights that don't risk that "highlighted" look are possible with this new technique. Staying away from the hairline, carefully placed color brightens and complements your current color without overpowering it. It's naturally beautiful, which is always better if you currently love your hair color and just want a little bit of a change or color boost. Kim Kardashian's hair in this picture is a good example of this technique. 

An oldie but a goodie, "ombré": We've been talking about it for while now,but when it first came out, it was natural's antithesis. Black on the top and blonde on the bottom, it was really that drastic. See this picture of Ashley Simpson, for example:

What has me excited about it now is that the trend has evolved into a sun-kissed look instead of grown-out-highlights style. I have given many brunettes a touch of the caramel blonde that they have wanted for years but been afraid to fully commit to. This is an opportunity for anyone who wants a gradual transition, and the moment it gets boring, there is no limit to the contrast that we can create from hairline to roots. 

My favorite example of this style is Mila Kunis:

I am looking forward to sharing the current trends in hair and other useful bits of information learned the hard way by me… and, hopefully, made into a fun, bi-weekly blog for you

Please feel free to leave me a comment, I'm looking forward to sharing the ever-changing trends with you.



Styling Tools


Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Flat Iron


Rusk Speed Freak Hair Dryer

-gives high shine at 450 degrees 

-can be used for curling hair

-extreme power and force to keep down frizz
-very very high heat
-recommended for professional use only, because of high heat

Parlux 3200 Ceramic Hair Dryer


T3 Hair Dryer

-high power to keep down frizz
-high heat for shine
-lightweight and easy to work with
-medium heat
-very popular for home use

Babyliss  Pro Nano Titanium Conicurl Wand


Hot Tool 1 1/4" Curling Iron

-easy to use wand for natural looking curls
-high heat
  -most standard size for natural looking curls
-high heat, long lasting hold

Styling Products


Tigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm 


Paul Mitchell Fast Form Cream Gel

-Great for blow drying straight styles
-Helps maintrain frizz
-Good for dry hair 

-Great for blow drying styles with body 
-Good for frizz control
-Great product for lightweight hold for men's styling

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Hydrocream Whip 


Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream

-Great for blow drying styles with body 
-Gives lightweight hold
-Moisturizes strands

-Great "not too sticky" hold for mens styling
-Not shiny
-Long lasting hold

Mixed Chicks Leave in Conditioner


Aquage Curl Defining Creme

-Moisturizes curls
-Gives lightweight hold 

-Moisturizes curls
-Gives lightweight hold 

Paul Mitchell Hot Off the Press


Kenra Platinum Finishing Spray 26

-Great for lightweight hairstyling
-Use before flat ironing the hair for heat protection, shine, and hold

-Extra Strong Hold, for after hairstyling 

Paul Mitchell Extra Body Firm Hairspray


Paul Mitchell Soft Spray

-Extra Strong Hold, for after hairstyling

-Light flexible hold, non aerosol
-High Shine

Paul Mitchell Gloss Drops



-Fights frizz
-Adds Shine
-Refreshes day-old hairstyles


Deep Conditioners – Hair Masks


Its a 10 Miracle Hair Mask


Matrix Ultra Deep Control Smoothing Masque

-Great for moisture, shine and repair
-Great for moisture, shine and repair
-Helps maintain frizz


Kerastase Nutri Thermique Mask


Schwarzkopf Bonacure

-Great for moisture, shine and repair
- For INTENSIVE repair of over chemically damaged hair


Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask



-For INTENSIVE repair of over chemically damaged hair    


Shampoos And Conditioners


Derm Organic Shampoo and Conditioner 


Matrix Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

-Gives Lightweight Moisture
-Sulfate free, and sodium chloride free, SAFE for Brazilian Keratin Treated Hair
-Shampoo Lathers well
-Plant Derived Cleanser

-Gives moisture for dry and chemically treated hair
-Very Creamy,moisturizing conditioner
-Helps maintain frizz

Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo and Conditoner 


Redken Real Control Shampoo and Conditioner

-Gives moisture for dry and chemically treated hair

-Gives moisture for dry and chemically treated hair
-Very Creamy,moisturizing conditioner

Schwarzkopf Bonacure Shampoo and Conditioner


Kerastase Bain Satin 2 Shampoo and Conditioner

-Great for very dry and chemically damaged hair
-Intensive repairing

-Gives moisture for dry and chemically treated hair
-Very Creamy,moisturizing conditioner

Malibu Scalp Wellness Shampoo and Conditioner


Malibu Making Water Well Shampoo and Conditioner

-Natural treatment for Psoriasis, Dandruff, and
  Eczema on the scalp
-Sulfate free, and sodium chloride free, SAFE for Brazilian Keratin Treated Hair
-Use in tandem with the weekly treatment packet

-Great for removing "green color" from blonde hair
-Removes chlorine and mineral buildup
-Sulfate free, and sodium chloride free, SAFE for Brazilian Keratin Treated Hair
-Use in tandem with the weekly treatment packet

It's A 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner


Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing
Lather Shampoo and Conditioner

-Sulfate free , SAFE for Brazilian Keratin Treated hair
-Lathers well

-Sulfate free , SAFE for Brazilian Keratin Treated hair
-Lathers Well
-Gives creamy moisture

Sebastian Drench Shampoo and Conditioner



-Gives Moisture for dry hair
-Helps with frizz


Shrinkies Individual Hair Extensions 2

Shrinkies Hair Extensions


Shrinkies are plastic tubes that are lined with keratin protein. This method of thermal shrink tubing is what attaches individual hairextensions to your own hair. When heat is applied to the shrinkie, the plastic tube shrinks/ becomes smaller and fuses the extension and natural hair creating a bond. Also since the tubes are lined with a protein glue, there is no slippage. The plastic tubes come in clear so that they are most undetectable. This method requires the use of individual "I-Tip" hair extensions. These individual hair extensions are slid into the plastic shrinkies at the root of your hair, and heat is applied, securing the bond. This method lasts approximately 3 months.  

Shrinkies are a durable and long lasting hair extension method. Removal is simple. Simply reheat the bond, remove extension hair and shrinkie and clean any remaining keratin residue with an appropriate removal solution.