Thursday, November 1, 2012

Upswept hair in less than 5 minutes

 When I started this blog last March I wanted to add fun quick tutorials like this one, but I thought everything had to be perfect. This is from last summer and it is not perfect but it is fun and easy. Although it is true that it is much much easier to make an appointment with a talented professional I hope you have fun with this.

 What you will need to get started are:

hair 3 inches or more past your shoulders

Here is a step by step and listed below is a video tutorial.

Step One: Start with a side pony and
secure it with the elastics.
(you may want to backcomb at the crown for more lift first)

Step Two: Split the pony in two, set one portion aside.
Note that splitting the pony equally will create similar texture, splitting it 1/3 and 2/3 will create uneven texture- neither are wrong you will simply get a different look.

Step Three: Create a three stem braid and secure it with an elastic.
Note that a tighter braid will achieve a knotted look and a looser braid gives you more play and a 'loopy' finish.

Step Four: Braid the second portion of the pony and secure it with an elastic.
You should now have a pony tail with two secured braids.

Step Five: Take a bobby pin and slide it (preferably into 
the elastic) to the end of each braid and place it into the base of the ponytail.

Step Six: Place another bobby pin in the middle of the looped braid and secure it into the pony area. Do the same for the other looped braid.

Step Seven: This is where you personalize the finish. You may like it just as it is or perhaps you need to cover a pin or elastic. To do this spread out the braid and secure it with a pin. I like using 3 inch hair pins by placing them in the hair I am securing and weaving them into the base of the style.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fun Color - No Commitment!

Ever since I can remember I have wanted fun colored hair and thanks to Eufora's Creative Streaks I can share this desire with like minded peeps. The best part is that it is from a planet friendly company, oh, and it washes right out!!!

I used the blue creative streak at the end of this photo shoot to add a pop of color and it's great sprayed for an instant ombré effect too.

 There are a lot of creative ways to apply it, just make sure you set it with hairspray like Euforas' Elevate if you want it to stay put.

I haven't met an age group that hasn't loved it.

Who doesn't love instant gratification?

and no commitment!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beauty for Benefit

When the 2004 Tsunami hit India the amazing salon team I work with collaborated in our first Beauty for Benefit fundraiser.  We collected every service dollar from a Sunday we are usually closed and donated it to the Red Cross. The next year hurricane Katrina hit and we gathered our fundraising efforts closer to home. Since 2007 The Studio For Hair has joined Eufora International to raise money for Childhelp (ht I feel blessed to have a gift I can share for others in need and luckily I am not the only one who shares their talent. The print shown here is by an amazing artist who has donated his work to help us in our efforts. You can bid on it for a chance to win it for ten dollars an entry. The link will guide you through it. Thank you and good luck!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pomade how to

I love the flexible hold that the Pliable Pomade by Eufora gives.

Men's styling is simple, yet they often confess to me that they don't know how. So here is a quick how to for a ruff messy look.

I fill up the back of my nail with pomade, emulsify it onto the palms of my hands, then lightly pat the product onto the top of the head starting in the back then work my way forward and back again. Once I have even distribution I swirl whats left on my hands all over the hair. Now that the hair is evenly covered but not saturated I push the hair around in the preferred directions. 

 I prefer an organized chaos look, meaning groomed-but not too perfect! In doing so I might detail by pushing the hair forward a bit using right and left hand forward strokes then pushing some hair up in the front for this length hair.

Yes, it is that simple.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Paving Traditions

Scarletts' first fathers day gift was a peony tree for daddy and resting beneath it is her first footprint paver. She was a year old and squishing her feet into the cement was no small task but we made it fun.

She wasn't interested in decorating it that first year but four annual pavers later she has developed an artistic eye that cannot be denied.

 As their feet grow the amount of decorating space has changed, adding to the eclectic style of pavers. One year may have their age and name, another the year and their initials.

 They seem to enjoy walking the path of pavers and seeing how 'big' their feet were when they were a 'baby'. Sentimental fool, I am happy knowing something sweet about the moments we share in the garden can be cemented in time.

 There are kits sold at craft stores that make this an easy project.When we do these I follow the directions provided but when i mix the cement I line the bucket with a doubled plastic grocery bag so I can squeeze it from all sides until it has a brownie mix consistency, this makes clean up easier too.
 Some tips from experience might be to make sure the imprint is deeply set, any decoration piece like marbles or tiles also have to be firmly pressed in or they will fall out not use more water than in the directions and if you do you can set paper towels on top to absorb the excess, then make your design. Be sure to let it set for a week in a place it will not be disturbed and lightly setting a dishtowel over the top seems to help wick away water for a better set.

Enjoy cementing your memories!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

A lesson from Sassoon

There has been a lot of recollection in the salon recently over the loss of Vidal Sassoon, an industry legend. It is tricky to summarize such a monumental figure, especially since my first memory of him is from a shampoo commercial from the eighties: he was surrounded by a group of pretty girls with shiny swinging lochs stating "if you don't look good, we don't look good!" Never a more true statement has been claimed about a salon to me. He revolutionized the hair industry. His vision allowed women to simply wear their hair without harsh weekly teasing and he shared his talent with hairdressers across the world. Changing the face and customs of beauty for the better.

Of course, I never met the man, but the first haircutting book I bought in my early twenties was Cutting Hair The Vidal Sassoon Way. It is the only book I didn't give up to our studio library, it's like a bible to me. Though some of the finished styles on the pages may be dated, all the principles still apply. 

  One of my favorite interviews of him was about how he came into his apprenticeship. He implied that if not for his basic use of manners the opportunity may have been lost to him. It taught me early on the importance of kindness and now I impress upon my small children how useful please, thank-you, and holding the door for others is.

 He was charming, talented, and innovative. I would love to have the 'Je ne sais quoi' that guided him to blaze a trail of inspiration that has brightened the world of hairdressing the way he has. Alas, I have merely been blessed by his presence in a way that has allowed me to create what I enjoy.

I was about eight years old when I first saw that commercial that has burned in me the importance of service and skill and these are a few of the captured images that have come to life because of the life someone else shared. 
I feel truly blessed to work with people who are mentors to me and have actually met the legend Vidal Sassoon himself. I can only hope to inspire others and leave this world with more beauty than before I was in it.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Raised garden beds

 Last year I agonized over how to make raised beds in the garden until one day I was leaving a landscape supply company and saw these circles in various sizes standing upright in the rear view mirror as I was leaving. Come to find out they are galvanized steel fire rings and I think they make a fine raised bed.

To dress them up I sprayed the outside different shades of blue. To give them a formal touch in the future I may stack stone around them to create a sort of bench. Eventually we will add a flagstone path between them and convert the ceramic planters into a water feature.

 Inspired by my failed attempts to grow a sunflower house I used netting and bamboo poles to grow a green 'cave' to play in.

We thought it was fun.

 This year we are going to grow on a teepee.

Can't wait to share what grows,
Happy Gardening!

Monday, May 7, 2012

The all season house

The garden was our first 'baby', in 2008 my husband built a paver patio as part of it's growth. We noticed that the new space needed overhead coverage. So when I found this gazebo at Costco I sought my husbands approval. We went back together and measured and thought it would be a good fit. 

 The problem was they only had a floor model left and could not sell it to me. The manager assured me they would get more and told me to call back every day. Two days later I called and they had sold the floor model and the closest one in a box was an hour away. I explained calmly that I was upset to the gentlemen on the phone and that I was on a waiting list for it,  he kindly apologized and shared with me that it was pending deletion in the system, but another store close by would sell me their floor model. I called the other store to be sure they would sell it and was told I had to do it in person. When I arrived a couple hours later I once again heard they could not sell me the floor model. This time I shared why I was I was angry...only to hear the closest one in a box was three hours away, but they would be getting more in.

Now, like most parents I am ga ga for my baby.
  I drove faster than I am willing admit to get to that Costco before it closed (feeling like I must be crazy) and I am SO happy I did because it fits our garden like we planted around it! Our real children think the "summer house" is great,  they call it the all season house. I enjoy sitting out in the rain without getting wet and the ting, ting, ting sound the rain makes.  

I love that my little obsession paid off because Costco still hasn't gotten more of these gazebos in yet.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weaving Locks

 Recently a friend said to me "I thought your blog was about hair",  after all what else is there?

 The inspiration that has helped my success behind the chair comes from many areas of my life and the blog is a creative outlet all my own. 
 I am a hairstylist, make-up artist, extreme gardener, wife and mother just to name a handful of my favorite titles and in ALL that I do I want it to be BEAUTIFUL. 

 If you ask me, the best way to play in the mud is with your nails polished.
 I am in awe of  nature.
 I enjoy carefully mixing textures and colors.
 That said,  I plan to share snip-its from the locks that weave together my world. 

 Thanks for visiting...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Purplicious DIY fascinators

In preparation for the purplicious party and keeping in mind repurposing, I noticed the Laughing cow cheese container would make a fun party hat and as it lay next to the baby bell cheese shrouded in food netting I was reminded of a vintage hat. This is what came of the inspiration: 

Armed with purple spray paint, a headband, a small swatch of felt, and of course the laughing cow cheese container...

I sprayed it all purple for the theme and hot glued the felt onto the container on two sides leaving room to slide the headband in.

For the party the girls started with the party hat base and chose from food netting, ribbons, tulle, and feathers to have an adult hot glue on for them.

I think the girls had fun.

Even the adults enjoyed the project!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It snowed this week and it reminded me of this session with Scottie
As a stylist behind the chair it comes natural to enhance a persons appearance but it is quite another skill to choose a model for a photo shoot. Lucky for me our model Kristi was a natural. 

I have learned more in the last year about photo shoots than in the last ten of our yearly creative night sessions. It has been as if something dormant has been awakend. To most what I have gained may be common sense but the fact that this slightly snowy and overcast day was perfect for an outdoor shoot came as a news flash.

The others news flash that changed the creative process for me was the importance of a storyboard. I really enjoyed collecting inspirational images and creating a story around the image.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

3 R's DIY party favor

Inspired by Tracie Lampe AKA the queen of trash,  I noticed my moms' one cup coffee system had a lot of waste and those little plastic pots were the perfect size for a peat pellet to grow a seed complete with drainage hole.
Coupled with my need for even garbage to be pretty and a desire for my children develop a use of the 3 R's,  I came up with this DIY party favor for my Daughters fifth spring birthday. 

I started with a K cup and after futile attempts could not get the foil and adhesive off the rim ( it really gives me pause to think about what coffee flavor that adds) , so I  used decorative Duct Tape to edge the rim added a peat pellet, seed, instructions with 'how to', and stickers to design the 'pot', and placed them in favor boxes  I found at a dollar store.

Perhaps in the end I created more waste but it was a fun activity that hopefully will plant the seed for Reducing, Recycling, and Reusing in the future for my children and others.