Monday, March 31, 2014

Long hair don't care!

Hello Readers,

Hope you all like the few changes I made to my blog! I will be writing a lot about the adventures, classes, and clients that revolve around the salon I now work at (Freshair Salon). Yesterday I took this amazing class and it was all about SoCap keratin bonded extensions! One of Freshair's main priorities, other than taking care of our clients, is continuing education for the stylists. Our industry is constantly changing and in order to keep up with everything and offer our clients the best of best services we have to be willing to learn and let me tell you... FRESHAIR STYLISTS ARE WILLING TO LEARN! We started our class at 9:00 am yesterday and we didn't wrap up until about 4:00 or so! If that's not dedication... than I don't know what is!

Back to the class. SoCap has some awesome extensions... they have the largest selection in hair types (curly, wavy, straight) and over 90 hair colors to choose from (including gray and ombre colors). They are also pre-bonded with keratin tips to help the hair stay healthy and helps to ensure the hair extension lasts as long as it should. They last anywhere from 3-4 months depending on the client's hair type, texture, and preference. You can use these extensions to fill where needed for some density or put them in all over to add length and volume! Here are some before and after pictures of the models the stylist did yesterday!
Stylists: Kelsie McLeod and Kenzie Ferguson
Stylists: Amy Roberts and Emily Dunn
Stylists: Becca Banks and Megan Farmer
Stylists: Kara Cashion and Kylee Richardson
Stylists: Lindsay Capps and Bek Phelan 
Stylists: Mandy Shelton and Shelby Lambidonis
Stylists: Heather Nichols and Catelyn Hooser

If you are interested in a consultation about these extensions please call Freshair at 479.251.1877!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dream On.

Hello Readers,
Today's post will NOT be about hair or makeup, but about following your dreams. I know.... I am fixing to get cheesy on you, but for a good reason! A lot of my clients (usually in the first few visits) ask me if I always wanted to be a hairstylist. So here's my story I always tell them...

In the back of my mind I have always wanted to do hair! I remember when I was little helping my little sister with her hair before she went to her church group or playing with makeup (most of the time that's when I played pranks on her). So fast forward to my senior year of high school. The oh so crucial time in your life where you start to make serious decisions that could change the course of your life. I mentioned to one of my teachers in school that I thought I wanted to go to cosmetology school. She basically told me that wasn't a good idea because I wasn't really a people person and I would never be able to make a career out of it. 


For those of you who didn't know me then... In high school I was a very very different person. I cared wayyyy too much of what people thought of me. Didn't feel like I fit in anywhere and felt very alone. I also was not confident in who I was was. I struggled with a lot of this stuff my senior year especially. Now... I could care less what people think about me because I like who I am as a person. I am much more confident and feel at ease when I walk in the salon. 


So when my teacher told me it wasn't a good idea, so I just decided that she was probably right and to move on to the next thing. So I was enrolled at NWACC and about a week before my first tuition payment was due I told my parents that I didn't want to do that... I wanted to go to cosmetology school. So I toured Paul Mitchell the School and I can't even describe to you how at home I felt. I knew immediately that was where I was supposed to be. So after some consideration, I started my journey to becoming a cosmetologist. 

After I graduated, there was this amazing salon that I was dead set on working at... Whether it was right then or later on down the road. I interviewed right out of school there, but they unfortunately didn't have any openings. I then started working elsewhere, but every so often I would check in to see if there any openings. There weren't so I went on about my business, but still determined to be there one day. I worked hard every day and continued building my business and trying to prove that teacher wrong! And  about two and half years later... Guess what?!? That dream salon I was telling you about... called ME! Yes, my DREAM salon called ME! And so many amazing things are continuing to happen in my career and I can't even begin to express how blessed and thankful I feel! I have amazing clients and such a supportive family! They are constantly pushing me to become a better person and stylist!

I have not told you all this to brag on myself by any means! I am telling you this to get this message across to anybody who needs to hear it! There will always be that one "teacher" who tells you that you aren't good enough, and you need to prove them wrong. Don't give up on your dreams. Don't let anyone talk you out of them. Don't let anyone tell you aren't good enough. I almost did. And I cannot even begin to fathom where I would be right now if I had listened to that one person who told me I could't because I wasn't "a people person".

"All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mira - WHAT?

Hello Readers,

So I have mentioned this Babyliss Miracurl a couple of times in passing... So I guess now is the time to dedicate a whole post to this awesome tool! So what you need to know about the Miracurl is that it is made by one of the high end people in the hot tool industry so it's LEGIT and it is also a little pricey... But worth it in my opinion! Then again, I also have an addiction to buying hot tools! And I am so not kidding about that! Anyway, yes the miracurl is pricey but worth it! It basically sucks your hair up, curls it, and then releases it! Now let me stop right there! Every time I explain this tool to someone they say is it like that thing that you can hook onto the end of your blow dryer that you see on those info-mercials?

And my question/answer to the question is "Do you really think I would try to sell you that?". So now that we have addressed that issue... This tool has three switches on it! One controls the temperature setting... And I think every hot tool out there should have this option! You can also control your curl size (small, medium, large). And then last but not least you can control the rotation of the curl! For instance, if you want to have loose beach wave curls then you set it on the large curl setting and split your hair into two sections (straight down the middle in the back) and use the rotation away from the face on each side! Super easy right! Then I usually recommend running a brush lightly through it just to soften the look a touch! Below is a link to a video to see how it works! Beware it's a little cheesy but gives you a much better feel of how this hot tool works!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Oscars 101

Hello Readers,
Let't talk oscars... I love love love this time of year because all the awards shows are happening and you get to see some great new trendy hairstyles, makeup trends, who's taking home one of those awkward little trophies and occasionally see Jennifer Lawrence trip and fall... again! Before I show you some of my favorites I thought I would say that I was very surprised that no one showed up in some crazy and terrible attire... a little disappointing because now who am I gonna make fun of! Just kidding... Kind of! 

Here are my top 6 (in no particular order):

1. Kate Hudson
   There is absolutely nothing bad to say about this look! I thought she was looked flawless from top to bottom! She had a very old hollywood look that is timeless! Her hairstyle is an easy one to achieve at home too! All you have to do is curl your hair with a curling iron or flat iron, let it cool, and then take a paddle brush and softly brush through the curls and then obviously tuck one side behind the ear and BAM! Done.

2. Emma Watson 
    Some people thought she look plain and boring... Well I think that you can NEVER go wrong with a classic simple look! Love the red lipstick... especially since she had softer eye makeup. Here's you tip readers: Don't try to wear a dark smokey eye with a red lipstick. It can get hooker-ish looking very fast. Some people can pull it off very well. Others start to look like a clown. 

3. Anne Hathaway
    Still not sure how I feel about this pixie cut on her. Sometimes I love it... other times I am like where is the Princess Mia? But her overall look was great! She obviously didn't have a busy hairstyle so she could do the high neckline that is completely jeweled. And then the fresh makeup that softened the look to make her look very feminine!

4. Julia Roberts
   Pretty woman... This soft, loose messy bun was perfect for her! It looked great with the dress and then her darker eyeshadow with the soft pinkish/nude lip was flawless! Nude lipstick is so in right now! It's a great thing to keep in your purse at all times!

5. Jennifer Lawrence 
   At first I really wasn't too fond of this look. But then the more I saw her on the red carpet and such it grew on me.. a lot. I don't like the fact that she looks like she has no eyebrows, but hey not everyone can have me come do their hair and makeup for the red carpet! Ha.. I wish I was that legit. Maybe someday! Other than the whole "where'd your eyebrows go" thing I think she looked very sleek and modern!

6. Sandra Bullock
   Oh Sandy... She has always been a favorite of mine! My heart broke when she had her "first runner up" moment when she didn't get called for best actress, but you win some you lose some! Loved her sweetheart neckline with the elegant curls that were swooped to one side! And once again she did the dark eye with a nude lip... Are you starting to see the trend?

So basically what you can sum up from this post is don't mix red lipstick and dark eyeshadow. And buy a nude lipstick!