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Hair Extension Tension: Choosing the Best Stylist and Protecting Your Cash
The Pope Wore Prada and Now I Know Why!
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Hair Extension Tension: Choosing the Best Stylist and Protecting Your Cash

I have been doing some form of hair replacement since 1991. I have seen it all: $4000 toupees glued, stitched and woven onto/into clients, surgical transplant procedures, scalp reductions, falls, wigs, clip in curls and snap on ponytails. Nothing shocks me at the length people will go to have a fantastic mane of hair. What DOES shock me, is how little research potential clients do....at least until they get burned, and getting burned in this business can mean BIG BUCKS. Human hair of good quality is expensive; there is no way around that, however, the mark ups and charges for labor in this genre of beauty can reach epic proportions, and folks often have no idea how to know if they are receiving quality hair and services for their hard earned money.

The Pope Wore Prada and Now I Know Why!

Italians do everything with flair and quality. I ponder this fact as I am crammed into my economy seat, jetting home to Fieldstone Farms after a long work week in Rome. I just completed the Artego Academy for hair colorists, led by the flamboyant and omni- talented, Attilio Flammia and his lovely colleague, Fiorella Notarianna (need I say more?). My class consisted of 3 American, 3 Belgian and a 1 Korean hairdresser, making us a global cornucopia. Having the opportunity to not only learn Artego’s ideas for the future of their image, but to visit the actual factory was telling.

Shake Off Winter and Sparkle for Spring!

Spring is coming! Spring is coming- everything will soon be budding and blossoming; I just saw a string of beautiful yellow crocus popping their sunshiny little heads up out of the ground while driving along the river. Soon all will be colorful, fresh and new….how about you? Are you ready to transform along with the season? Spring is the perfect time to try something new, lighten up or add some color, trim off those dry, winter beaten ends and put a little “spring” into your lovely locks. Winter can truly wreak havoc on our hair.

3 Natural, Healthy Hair Recipes From Your Kitchen.

Whether it's an ever flakey scalp, a case of the flats, dry, overstressed tresses, or a baby with cradle cap....th answer is right in your home:
 
Olive Oil & Lemon Dandruff Buster
Dandruff is a common complaint as the dry, cool weather hits or stress takes over our busy bodies. Lemon juice and olive oil is a great blend to bust up those flakes and soothe dry winter scalp. *Lemon juice is also very effective for cradle cap, when mixed with a little white vinegar and massaged into baby’s scalp; it will break up the thick oily layers.

My Cool Springs Studio is Open!

 
After 8 months in Tennessee, I have again become the master of my own universe.
(okay, ONLY at work- my two boys run the rest…).
 
Choosing a hairdresser is an intimate thing; you are putting your outward image in someone else’s hands…and that’s a big deal. My first salon was a small, boutique shop with 1-3 stylists working at any given time. It was very cozy and personal, but here in Tennessee, I have taken that concept to an even more personal level: one-on-one, completely private hair services, where there is no one in the studio but myself and my client, during their service; this doesn’t mean that a friend or family member can’t tag along (that is completely up to you).

Celebrating the Colors of Autumn

 
 
 
 
As much as we look forward to summer, there is always something refreshing and rejuvenating about fall. It’s a welcome change from the heat and harshness of the summer that allows us to slow down, enjoy the fresh air coming through the windows and take in all of the wondrous colors of nature that are exploding all around us. Fashion tends to mimic the seasons, and as we say goodbye to summer, we also say goodbye to the lightened, beach blown, pool drenched, ultra worn hair that has been subjected to so much during our holiday playtime.

Tips To Keep Your Salon Bill Affordable

 
 
 
 
 
There is no question that getting your hair colored, cut and otherwise maintained by a professional will make an enormous difference in the health and wellness of your hair. Home hair disasters are usually a result of two things: either lack of time, or it’s just not in the budget. Here are some helpful tricks to keeping your costs as affordable as possible, and your time used wisely, when heading to see your hair guru:
 
 
  1. Wet cuts vs. Cut & Blowout: almost all salons charge for blowout services with a haircut.

Why all the Hoopla about Sulfate-Free Shampoo?

 
In the past two years, there has been a huge transition in hair care product development and marketing towards sulfate free products. This is happening not only within professional product lines, but with many standard store brands as well. Why? Is it the latest fad, or marketing maneuver?
The answer is yes, and yes…but with good reason.
 
Look at almost any label around your house that is attached to any kind of soap, cleaning agent, shampoo, degreasers or bubble baths and you will find the ingredient Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Lauryl Ether (SLES), or a combination of both.

No Maintenance Hair Color for the Graying, Bored or Faded

You know who you are, Mommy. You do for others every second of the day, and there is very little time or energy left for you to do for yourself. I hear my clients tell me often that they would like to try a fun new color or cover their annoying gray, but the fear of not being able to afford or find time for maintenance, makes them leery.
Being a mom makes it almost impossible to commit to anything regularly scheduled (for ourselves), so the thought of having to find time to get to the salon every 4 weeks to hide peeking grey or harsh looking roots is enough to make us anxious.