Attention Texture Lovers!

Have you ever spent thirty minutes on your hair in the morning, loved the result, and then found it to fall flat only a few hours into your workday?

Well, here is my secret. SHAKE IT UP!

You guys… it’s so fun! Joico’s Hair Shake gives you mega volume, va va voom texture, and a velvety soft touch.

You can apply it to natural hair, curled hair, or straight hair to take your texture to the next step! Beach waves? yes! Natural curl? You bet! Short hair? OMG my favorite!hairshake

All you have to do is SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! With a hit of the nozzle and a few passes over your hair, the flash-dry formula delivers luscious texture, grip, lift, and thickness… without weighing down a single strand. Use it after a blow-dry for additional volume; or grab it on Day Two for instant oomph.

Welcome back

Wow, has life gotten busy! I’ve taken a much needed professional break from blogging, but I have developed immensely as a stylist, makeup artist, and photographer, and am so excited to start blogging again. Its time to share knowledge and beauty.

If there is anything anyone would love to read about, having to do with the beauty industry, I adore comments.

Meanwhile, I’ll be brainstorming.

I update my facebook and instagram often, so check daily for new works of art from my chair.

Nikki’s self portraits

My client Nikki is one of the most fun girls ever! She loves to change up her hair!

Best of all, she loves to take pictures when her hair is at her best, and she lets me use them to show off my work!

Nikki’s latest:
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A darker blonde, and a lot of fun, chunky lowlights!

Nikki before:
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Very bleachy blonde, yet dimensional. Still adorable!

My favorite of all:
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Lindsey spiced things up!!

Lindsey came in the salon tonight as a referral. She wanted a change! She had looooong hair with loooong layers. A center part. A mousy brown color with old highlights.

Lindsey has amazing fair skin and piercing blue eyes. I wanted to bring that out!! We needed to enhance that skintone and make her eyes pop.

After quite a bit of of consulting, Lindsey said, “Do whatever you think would look good on me!”

Mwhahahahaa! This is the fun part!!

This was my vision:

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Enter a gorgeous cinnamon shade and a few subtle highlights around the face.

Also, an inch cut off with some nice layering and a different part.

Voila! A whole new person!

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A Guy’s Point of View: Hair Extensions

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With National Real Hair Day being this week on Tuesday, I decided to use this installment of “A Guy’s Point of View” as an opportunity to share what men, including myself, think about long, “fake” hair. We all learned in my last “Guy’s Point of View” Post that men prefer long hair over short… but does that include extensions and wigs?

As Lauren pointed out earlier this week, Tyra Banks kicked off the 5th season of her show by ditching her collection of extensions and wigs and went au natural throughout the entire show. Watching the show myself, I commended Tyra because she had used fake hair throughout her adult life due to modeling and hosting television shows “America’s Next Top Model” and “The Tyra Banks Show”.

My thought on hair extensions… they are part of the artificial things women do to make themselves look better. While they may make you feel more beautiful and confident, it is not the real you.

It’s simple: When women wear hair extensions, you want longer hair. When women wear heels, you want to be taller.

If you’re single and actively dating, you can get away with it in the dating world for a short amount of time, it will eventually catch up with you. The last thing you want is to get busy with a guy and he pulls out a track of your hair.

I asked some males on their opinions on fake hair, and their thoughts were very similar with mine. One said, “Like anything fake, in my mind, extensions, etc. look really good, but deep down I know they’re not real. And that diminishes them at least slightly.” Another friend took a more humorous approach when he said, “Anything past the shoulders just gets in the way.”

Let’s take a look and analyze come celebrities that have had real hair vs. extensions. First up is reality TV star Kristin Cavallari.
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Looking at her real hair on the right, it is shorter than the extended hair on the left. But, there can be things done with the real hair. All she needs is some touching up near the roots to make it look one solid blonde color vs. the dirty blonde seen in the picture, and maybe a shape up and a good blowout. If she takes proper care of it while growing it out, it can look just as the picture on the left. Why did she get extensions? Well, sex sells. Kristin is the newest heartthrob on “The Hills”.

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Next I must say something about Britney Spears. We all know she’s been through several train wrecks and is trying to get her life in order. We know she’s trying to grow her hair out after cutting everything off, but can someone either convince her to wear short hair or get better extensions? I know long, blonde hair is Britney’s image, but if she can pop out a few kids and still be a pop princess, surely she can transform her hair and do the same. The picture above makes her look like she is performing at a county fair without makeup instead of performing at the Palace of Auburn Hills, where she was earlier this week.

Unless you are an actress, model, or preparing for your senior, prom or wedding pictures, then you are granted an exemption because it’s only temporary.

If you are in it for the long run, spend some good, hard money on perfect, professional extensions. You don’t want Lauren to trash talk you on her blog if she sees you with a base of bad extensions!!