My #MancrushEveryday on #MancrushMonday

Happy Monday everyone!!

I’m sure you’ve all seen via Facebook or Instagram people posting pictures on Mondays of their #MancrushMonday (#MCM) or their #MancrushEveryday (#MCE).  The #mancrushmonday tag has become a trend in everyday social media, it is a way for people to recognize their; spouse, boyfriend, crush or even best friend. (Yes women get their day too, except its. Get it? Women Wednesday and Man  Monday.)

Urban Dictionary:

Man Crush Monday– revealing who is your man crush, must be done on monday

i.e; “My man crush is Jesus Christ I’ll go gay for him”

As soon as the #mancrushmonday came into spotlight, it became semi controversial on only recognizing your important man or crush everyday instead of only on mondays thus creating #mancrusheveryday.

Here’s my #mancrusheveryday on #mancrushmonday.

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Mr. Boo Merrill

What is there to say about someone who’s way too perfect for words?

We met almost 6 years ago to this date, if you asked me then if i’d be marrying this man I would of told your crazy. He wasn’t my type, I wanted the bad boys that were always in trouble.  He knew at first sight he wanted to marry me, it took me 6 years and a 1st date to know that he was the one. He has such a gentle soul I am completely relaxed whenever he is around me. People say you only have one true soulmate in life, I’ve found mine very young and I am incredibly grateful that God gave us a 2nd chance.  I’m lucky I’m in love with my best. -xoxo

 

Why I Love #Hashtag (You should too!)

For those of you that don’t understand this whole #MancrushMonday or #Mancrusheveryday i’ll explain it as much as I can. First lets talk about the Hashtag or the # sign. Wikipedia calls the Hashtag (or pound sign) “A label or Media data tag which makes it easier for users to find specific themes or content.” If you aren’t big into the social media either it be Facebook, Instagram, twitter ,tumbler and you don’t blog the Hashtag merely will look like a pound simple with words or phrases behind it maybe even a grammatical error.  Acting as a Categorizing and organizing system, when a hashtag is used it links together all of the photos or phrases where the tag is used. Here is an example.

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Notice that all of the hashtags at the bottom are highlighted blue. When hash-tagging it creates a link to that certain tag. When looking at my instagram all of my hair photos have the #sheerglamor and the #hipchickssalon hashtags(pictured above). If I wanted to see more work from Hip Chicks salon I would click on the hashtag #hipchickssalon and see all posts that are tagged the same. (pictured below).

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I am the only one who really uses social media to promote my work at the salon, there are a few gals who do a little but not as extensive as I do. When you click the Hip Chicks Salon hashtag you will mainly see my work with a few others trickled in and out ( I am working on getting them too post more work). The hashtag makes it easier to see related posts.

There are many people that “don’t like” the hashtag or think it’s stupid. I honestly think those people; 1. don’t understand it 2. think its another social media fad or 3. hate social media all together.  I use to think the hashtag was ridiculous and it didn’t make sense but since being a part of the fashion industry I realized how powerful of a tool it can be. As a business owner, social media and the hashtag system have helped showcase my work and allowed me to expand my business and reach out to more clientele.

-#hatersgunnahate xoxo

Hair of the Day!

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I got to meet the sister of a lovely client of mine. They both came in for haircuts and we had so much fun. This beautiful mother hadn’t had her haircut in a long time and was definitely in need of a change! We took off 6-8 inches, shaping her hair into the “Lob”(see post The 10 best Bobs and Lobs of Hollywood!) I did a full razor cut to reduce visible lines, create texture and movement.

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This gentle soul came to me with brassy, orange, platinum and golden colors through her hair. She had previously tried red hair, she then decided she wanted to go back to her normal blonde. In the process of trying to remove the color herself  she decided that it was best to get some help! So we decided to start with a clean slate! We gave her a light brown base and with a low peroxide we created some highlights around her face!

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This Peach is the best friend of one of my good friends, you may remember her in previous posts! Each time we do her hair, she continually wants change. This time we took her dramatically shorter!! She was also the inspiration to the haircut earlier in this post!

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Hair of the Day!

My fellow stylist came to me and was like…

“What do you think about a lavender ombre?”

Of course, my response  “Lets Do It”

So we tried the ombre 3 times. 1st time using Wellas instamatic Muted Mauve and their smokey amethyst, the color didn’t hold at all! The 2nd time we deluted Manic Panics Violet with white conditioner and it faded after the 2nd wash! 3Rd time is the charm, we tried ion brilliance brights fushia and violet mixed with their dilution creme! We were both very surprised with the results!

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Before and After!

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How I achieve my Body Wave!

Hey everyone!! This is my first tutorial EVER!!! So I apologize if you feel it’s a bit rough. I made this to walk people through how to do a blow out on yourself, as well as to show you how I do it. For a lot of my clients, some of the stuff may look familiar as well as it may be new!

So first, Lets start with product:

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I just recently started trying the Colorproof CrazySmooth (its the pink bottle… and yes I know the pictures are black and white and that you can’t tell). I wasn’t quite sure how I felt at first, after many uses I noticed a big difference in the smoothness and texture of my hair! For great hair you need a great base, which is why you always use Salon quality shampoo and conditioner! Right out of the shower I spray my hair with Pravanna’s Nevo Leave in Conditioner, I also run a drop of Redkens Diamond Oil and a pea size amount of Redken’s Curl Refiner (which unfortunately I have found to be discontinued). Depending on your hair type you may need a stronger hold or texture spray for some grip!

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The only tools that I use, consist of a round brush, blow dryer and a hair tie (You can use a hair tie or clip whatever works for you!). I use a medium size round brush because of the length of my hair and the amount of curl I want to achieve! If you want more curl use a smaller brush, if you want less use a larger brush.

I start with my bangs (Fringe.. whatever) only because it’s what I look at in the mirror everyday and it dries the quickest. When training the “fringe” for a deep side bang (as many of my clients know) start by blowing straight down into your face so help reverse any cowlick/whirl that is around the front hairline(everyone has one, some are just more noticeable).  I will also blow my fringe the opposite direction of the way I normally style, that creates the c curved shape, and then blow them into place.

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Now that the bangs are styled ( you can run a roundbrush or flatiron to them if you like a more sleek fringe).

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Moving on to the rest of the hair!

When doing a “blow out” you want to have 70-80% of the moisture removed from the hair! I’ve found that 80-90% dry works best when styling my own hair, but when I am behind the chair I normally don’t let the hair get past 70% I have more control.  A trick I found through my training as well as trial and error, is to always keep the blowdryer pointing down the hair shaft to keep the cuticle smooth. Once you blow up the hair strand you rough up the cuticle just enough to where the style looks fuzzy and broken.

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(notice the arrow? Blowing down the shaft)

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Who is ever this happy blowdrying hair… me apparently

For extra volume, turn your head over and continuing to blow down the strand, creates height by over directing the hair strand at the root, lifting the hair off scalp when flipped over!

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Here is the finished blown dry look! Notice the volume without being super frizzy?

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Notice there is still moisture in my hair, but it isn’t soaking wet anymore!

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Part a section at the nape no thicker then the end of your round brush.

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Starting at the scalp with the roundbrush, silk the hair a couple times (smoothes extra fly aways and helps remove tangles) by running the heat from the blowdryer down the hair shaft along side the roundbrush! After a couple times over the hair, gently roll the roundbrush up the hair while keeping the heat on the brush (shown above.. notice arrow pointing down the shaft still) When rolling a roundbrush in your hair, the trick to getting it out is to unroll in the same direction you rolled. Make sure the brush and the hair are heated enough to alter the hydrogen bonds in your hair! BECAREFUL… hair does burn when heat is applied for too long!

Once your hair is warm, dry and wrapped around the brush its time to cool…

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I get asked why I do this technique at least 2-3x a day!

When you apply heat to your hair, you are shaping it into a different form (whether it be to straighten or to curl) , when cool air is applied you are setting it in the form you shaped it (like pinning curls after curling your hair so they don’t loosen). I don’t have a fancy blowdryer where the end is a secret weapon, it’s the same as any other! I use the fan on the tail-end of the blowdryer as a cooling agent by pulling the heat from the hair! The fan is meant to draw air into the heating element of the blowdryer helping to push the warm air out!

Make sure you keep the grate on the tail end of the blowdryer clean or your blowdryer will probably end up blowing up.

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When unrolling your hair, you can twist with the roundbrush (a bit more advanced) or once your hair is out you can twist with your fingers.

 

Notice the pretty curl!
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The back of the head gets tricky, and it does take some time to get the hang of. Try to keep the blowdryer pointing down the hair shaft still! (sorry the picture below doesn’t show very well)

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Here is me twisting after I’ve taken my hair out of the roundbrush.
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My break was unintentional… as I had to search the house to find another hair band! (yes I am one of those that leave hairbands and bobby pins in places one would never look and then I forget about them)

I’ve taken my fingers and combed through creating the loose waves pictured below

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The top of the hair is tricky, it will make or break the hairstyle!

 

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Depending on how I feel that morning/night is depending on how I blow out the top of my hair! I love volume so I will more than likely blow it backwards over directing to create more height! Sometimes I will also pin the top sections into a pin curl to set the wave.

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Here is my finished look! You can spray it with hairspray, back comb, or even give more curl!

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This is my first tutorial through pictures so if you have any type of feedback or criticism email me or comment and let me know! Was this helpful?

 

 

 

 

 

Hair of the day!

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Out of habit, this gal has been box coloring her hair for 20 years. When she came to me, her hair was hurting from the constant box color abuse. We did have a set back along the way and after agreeing to follow a tight regiment and promising not to color her hair again, we have gotten her hair back on the road to recovery!

It is tough when it comes to box color either blonde or any other color. A lot of the darker box colors have metallic dyes and different minerals in the color that make it almost impossible to remove. When you do try to remove box color you don’t always know what you’re going to get. Like the famous saying from Forest Gump,

“Life is like a Box of Chocolates You never know what you’re going to get”

Box colored hair is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. I grew up with my girlfriends coloring each other’s hair at sleepovers with a box or two of the pretty chestnut brown you got on sale at the local supermarket. I understand the struggle of a high school student who couldn’t afford to get their hair professionally colored, I also didn’t know any different.

Beauty School created a foundation of color knowledge for me, and it helped me understand color doesn’t remove color. That explains the hot roots I got when I went to go blonde from brunette with a single box of blonde.

A piece of advice, save your hair color to the professionals! We know what is being put on your hair and how to work with what we get!!

Hair of the day!

Okay so it’s more hair of the month… But I don’t have a category for that!! So here are a few great looks from the past month that have yet to make it on here!!!

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Before and Afters:

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Some of these changes are incredibly drastic, and they are real. Its never too late to switch up your style!

1st Meal Plan

After seeing everyone starting this new “meal planning” trend, Mr. Boo and I decided to hop on board and see what the hype was all about. So today we planned the meals for this next week!  I found a few great pins from pinterest that helped and also that gave us some great ideas!!

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By: Bella Forza Fitness

They really go into the the basics of meal preparation and what works and different ideas for all different lifestyles. What a wonderful site to even just explore! You learn so much! 

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Easy Breakfast Burritos by: 100 Directions

We thought this was a clever idea and decided that we will give it a try. We are super curious to why we haven’t thought about doing this one before now!!! [:

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By: our mindful home

We didn’t go this in depth into planning. But boy doesn’t that look like it makes life 100% easier? Thats what I’m about, an easier lifestyle and as little stress as possible!  After we get the hang of meal planning we are going to adventure to the next step!

 

Hair of The Day!

 

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This lovely lady is the wife of my dear Mr. Boo’s friend/coworker! She received a gift certificate for christmas from her Husband and so decided it was time to redeem her gift! It was time to ditch the locks. We also took her color deeper and gave her some beautiful subtle “Balayaged” highlights.

Before and After:

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This wonderful free spirit had been getting an all over with highlights and wanted something with less mantinence, so we moved her over to a 3 color weave to start as we blend out the blunt new growth. We also took off 4″ of length (most of which were taken off before her before picture sadly…)

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