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.


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).



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

Fathers Day Weekend with the In-laws!!

Hey everyone!! I know it has been awhile since I’ve posted! (I really need to get better at it) Mr.Boo, Paisley and I spent a great weekend up in Troutdale Oregon with my in-laws (or soon to be… we are almost married and its easier). Unfortunately  we have been dealing with a blown transmission on Betty White… (She’s my beautiful F-350 6.0 lifted Turbo diesel) so it was also a trip to pick up a 2nd vehicle so I have one to drive to work!! We got to spend Fathers day with such an incredible family and spread love in everyones hearts!!  We started at the in-laws and had a bit of fun with some beer pong, bbq, bonfire and friends!!

_DSC0224 copyHere is grandpa and Miss. Paisley Pie Merrill. She is growing everyday and I can’t be more grateful for her! Paisley can be a shit-head everyonce and awhile but what puppy/toddler isn’t? Mr. Boo says she’s in her terrible twos…I laugh. _DSC0231 copy My maid of honor, best friend and sister Oregon! We had our year of falling out but it only brought us closer than ever!! We are apparently great beer pong partners… not. This was match 2 for me the first one for her, we lost to the in-laws. We had a lot of fun trying to win though… _DSC0257 copy_DSC0239

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As you can probably tell the one person not in the photos is Mr. Boo… when he gets the camera his Professional photographer skills start to show, here are a few masterpieces from the night.

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Since this was Mr. Boo’s first fathers day with Paisley and my father in-law loves the outdoors just as much as his son, we all decided to go to the lake. We were able to do so many different activities from kayaking, fishing, swimming and sunbathing. It was a great weekend to get the family together for some light hearted fun!

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This is my lovely “Soon to Be” Mother in-law(pictured above)!_DSC0328 copyThis is the wonderful Grandma Carole. She is such a positive spirit it can make anyone happier!!

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This handsome man, Mr. Boo Merrill caught the first fish of the day!!

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_DSC0325 copy Grandma Carole caught the 2nd fish of the day on their little fishing boat, followed by My mother in-law on shore!!

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My handsome man and I. I am super bummed about whatever was on the lens… it was probably a puppy slobber smear… I wish I caught it sooner sorry! _DSC0316 sizedMiss. Paisley Pie had a rough start to the trip at the lake, but she soon relaxed and gave herself a time out! We had to keep her leashed to the pickup bed only to keep her in sight! Yes she did have enough movement, she did have her food and water, and no she wasn’t stuck in one spot.

All in all we all had a great weekend! Fish were caught, kayaks were used and the fishing boat made its maiden voyage! There was great food and spectacular company! To all you fathers out there, you are appreciated every day even if your family doesn’t show it. I hope you all had a wonderful Fathers Day like I did!


Hair of the day!



This pretty girl is the roommate of DeLeone! She has been going to one stylist a few times and decided it was time to come give me a try! After previous dark color on her hair, she decided she wanted a subtle sun kissed highlight. She also wanted color that didn’t require too much maintenance that also didn’t get gnarly grow out lines.

Before and After:



The before is a little difficult to tell the color her hair was when she came in. She had 3-4 inches grow out of a solid line! I used 3 different formulas to break up that line! I have been playing a lot with 10/0 = parts 30vol to break through darker hair color! In this case it was such a subtle difference I was able to get a multi dimensonal.

Memorial Day 2015

For Memorial Day Weekend this year (2015), Mr. Boo Merrill and I were kindly invited to camp at Lake Billy Chinook about 45 minutes north of where we live. Family members of Mr. Boo’s just recently bought property in the Three Rivers Recreational Area, and they just bought a boat! [What more do you need?] OH wait… you can’t forget you’re furry friends.



We were also dog sitting my “soon to be” in-laws black lab Buck(or also known as Buckles) . Oh boy does Paisley love him! We were also joined by his Uncles dogs Annabelle the Bloodhound and Dixie the Mini Blue Heeler! They made such a great team, and we all know who pack leader is… Buckles.

Mr. Boo and I couldn’t be more blessed to have such a great family behind us. Through the last year Mr. Boo and I have gotten so many different pieces to add to our camping gear, either it be a loan until our’s can be replaced or a gift for holidays!


This camping stove (sorry not a great picture), use to be my great grandfathers and it was passed down to my dad! This coleman stove use to be a white gas pump stove. (Many people we’ve talked too about it, remember this stove very fluidly) In my fathers years of having it, he converted it too propane! Instead of just letting it lie around my very generous father let us have it! (we plan to return it too its former glory minus the white gas)


After our previous escapade opening weekend of fishing, my wonderful parents let us borrow on of the many tents they had on hand! Being empty nesters, they don’t need more than one! The one condition, we have to go camping (bringing the tent) when there is a family camping trip! I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind that condition one bit.


[HAIR DISCLAIMER: for everyone wondering, this is my natural air dried curl. I didn’t use a curling iron and I didn’t diffuse with the blow dryer. I simply got out of the shower put its a 10 Defining gel in my hair and let mother nature do the rest.]


We got a phenomenal sunset and an incredible sunrise.



Despite the red hair, I didn’t let it impede my weekend. I still enjoyed the sun, the lake and some spirits!


So I think my puppy is the cutest thing on the planet… SUE ME!! [Just kidding… please don’t]

Thank you again to Mr. Boo’s Uncle Jon and Shelby who allowed us to join them for a weekend on the boat as well as letting us camp on their beautiful property! We can’t wait for future adventures with you!


Let us not forget the real reason we observe  Memorial day! We remember and honor the selflessness and sacrifices made by past generations, the present generation and future generations to come. Driving down the main streets of Redmond as well as driving by the cemetery, Flags line the streets to remind everyone that freedom isn’t free. We have lost a lot of honorable men and women to keep our freedom. Don’t forget the real reason behind today!


Hair of the Day!


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.





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!





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!


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!


Before and After!


Meet Miss. Paisley

Hey Everyone! I’d like you to meet the newest family member of the Merrill Clan. Her name is Paisley Pie Martin Merrill and she is a lab/heeler mix! We got her at 8 weeks old which puts her birth date around February 22nd. If you know Mr. Boo and I at all, you know our birthdays are the 21st and 23rd of February! Her birthday is just more proof that she belongs with us!

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Above are pictures from our first weekend together! It was opening weekend for fishing and so we brought her a long! She had such a good time I almost felt bad when it was time to go home!


Miss. Paisley loves to play with her toys, she loves to sleep, she loves to eat, she cuddles a lot, and she loves to run. (Like most normal puppies right? haha) At 9 weeks old Miss. Paisley is potty trained, she responds to “NO” and “COME”, she sits,50% of the time she shakes and she is learning to love her kennel! We couldn’t be more proud of Miss. Paisley and how far she has already come, we are so excited to see her progress in another 2 weeks or so!!


Everyone makes fun of me for the “first time parent syndrome”. It is true, I never really had a dog growing up! I’ve grown up with cats but they are so different they aren’t even in the same category! I have had cats that had died so little that it traumatized me and made me super paranoid. So I am doing the best I can to let her be herself!

Till next time-xoxo




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:


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!



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.


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



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.


(notice the arrow? Blowing down the shaft)


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!


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


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



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



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…



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.




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)


Here is me twisting after I’ve taken my hair out of the roundbrush.
_DSC0105(are you arms tired yet? take a break its okay!)


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



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




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.



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


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?






Transfer Print to Chalkboard!

What you need:

  • Chalkboard ( I used a chalkboard picture frame that was made for me from my sister)
  • Chalk
  • Printed saying
  • Eraser or end of Pen



I downloaded Janda Stylish Script from 48 Free Wedding Fonts and entered it into my font dictionary on my computer. I also used the Janda style script for the “But first”  and Bernard Mt Condensed for “coffee”. I printed out two different sizes to decide which one fit the chalkboard better!!


I then taped the print to the window so that I can see the back! Then I took a blue and green piece of chalk and traced very carefully so that I didn’t get chalk to far out of the lines.


I then taped the traced paper chalk side down and took the end of a ballpoint pen (the clicker side so that I didn’t right into the chalkboard) and traced the lettering. Tracing the lettering pushes the chalk onto the chalkboard acting as a transfer.




As you can see I didn’t fully trace the coffee lettering but I did outline the edges so that I can just go back in with chalk over the trace and fill in any gaps or retrace to darken the print and make it more noticeable



This picture I retraced the “But first” and outlined “coffee”.


I created a little coffee space with a few things I already had around the house! The teal serving tray and matching mugs (that came with my dishes set from Ross) and the repurposed chalkboard sign!! What a great cheap way to transform counter space!