From the diary of a hairstylist: by Crystal Casey

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  • DIY: How I made my own Lighted Retail Shelf

    DIY: How I made my own Lighted Retail Shelf

    So when you're opening a salon there has to be space for RETAIL. A place to display all those delicious smelling products that you use on your clients. Those things that are better for their hair than those drugstore products they've been using. 

    When I put my deposit down I knew exactly what shelf I would be using for my retail shelf. It was an Ikea shelf from my old apartment. Of course....it was RED. Doesn't exactly jive with the pink,black & white I was going for. 

    Sooooo, I painted that bad boy black...not just black...black chalkboard. 

    I used this Rust-oleum chalk board paint as a base (bc it scratches off easily) then covered that paint with actual paint on chalkboard paint I got from Target. (I totally forgot to photograph that paint, but its the only one Target sells)

    This was the end result. 

    My original idea was to write the retail names & prices on the ledge of each shelf in chalkboard marker. Then my dad had a better idea, we had some signs with LED lights in them that we were pulling apart to put underneath each shelf to light up the products. Those signs just happened to fit perfectly with the legenth of the shelf. I now had an entire lighted retail shelf with lighted signs. I measured the signs, picked a font & printed the names of each of my retail products. 

    I hid all the wires by taping them to the top of the shelf with black duct tape, and running them into a wire hider along the back of the shelf. Those can be found at Lowes & Home Depot for about $13-$21 depending on legenth. 

    Now the chalkboard paint seems like almost a waste since I decided to go with lighted signs. BUT, I can still write on the side of the shelf to welcome all new clients to my salon. A little something to make them feel special! 

    You can also find LED lights like this at Ikea possibly Home Depot or Lowes. 

    All finished product photos are by: Chelsea Anderson Photography 

  • DIY: Black & White Striped Walls

    DIY: Black & White Striped Walls

    So when I started collecting decor for my new studio, I knew I wanted to keep it 100% consistent with my branding. As you can see all of my cards, service menus, & now, thanks to April at Paper Dolls Designs, even my bridal menus are black & white striped. 

    I orignally was going to go with removeable wall paper. Since it is the buildings policy that we not paint any dark colors on the walls, painting the stripes myself was out of the question. So I rememebered seeing something on Pinterest about removeable wall paper. After going back to review the measurements each peice came in I realized that at $35 a pop I would end up spending a FORTUNE! The orignal blog I had read, the lady had gotten the removeable wallpaper for free from the company to write a review. So, boo to that. & forget REAL wallpaper that shit will NEVER come down. 

    So here I am racking my brain thinking about ways to get black & white stripes at a price I could afford. All of sudden my neighbor offered me the BEST solution I could think of. 

    KITCHEN CABINET KICKBOARDS.

    DUH! Now the only problem was that they are about $7-$8 PER 8 foot board at any Home Depot or Lowes. Then I got the bright idea (ok my mom got the bright idea) to check Home Emporium. BOOM. Found them for $3.99 a board! Unfinished, pine & ready to be painted. All together I ended up spending $94 for my black & white striped wall. $24 for a gallon of white paint, $10 for a pint of black paint $60 for 17 kickboards (i somehow got one for free). AND I have perfectly straight stripes. Something that is seemingly IMPOSSIBLE with paint. And after covering my entire stylist station and shampoo area with black contact paper......I think Ill pass on the removeable wallpaper. 

    BEFORE

    AFTER

    (yes that entire shampoo area is covered in contact paper)

    Studio Photos by Chelsea Anderson Photography

  • The BIG announcement!!!!

    I know everyone has been patiently waiting & I have been building up the anticipation! 

    What is it? 

    Am I moving to Europe?

    Getting Married???

    Am I prego??? 

    Did I adopt a baby seal? 

    Am I quitting doing hair? 

    Am I really a My Little Pony?? 

    or 

    Superwoman???

    WHAT IS IT???????!!?!?!?!?!

    Ok..ok...ok...

    So here it is...   

    THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.......

    High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey will have its very own baby studio in February!!!!!!

    The new space will be located inside Salon Plaza in the Hilltop North area of Virginia Beach. For all my Chesapeake homies, I know thats quite a hike & I want you to know that I appreciate you. With you, none of this would be possible! 

    But, on the plus side I am going to be so much closer to all my make-up homies!!! Jenn Brosch of Beauty + Baubles works at Sephora in Lynnhaven & just down the street from the mall we have Makeup by Kim Porter & literally right down the road from me there is Dhalia Edwards in the Brides Corner with so many other awesome wedding vendors!! Not to mention Pure English is RIGHT THERE, so I can stop in & say hey to  my bridal gown homies on my lunch break (or when I am not pigging out on Shockleys Sweet Shoppe's cupcakes).Because everything is RIGHT THERE, even my tattoo shop, Ghost Ship Tattoo is right down the road! Watch out Virginia Beach, I am taking over!!!

    I have been stashing so much cuteness away that I have been wanting to share on Instagram & Facebook so get ready for decorting overload!!! 

    Everyone is encoraged to stop by anytime after I pick up my key, even if I am just in there painting! I will be haveing an Open House, but dont have a date set in stone yet! 

    I am also making some big changes to my service menu when it comes to color & cut etc. You will notice that under the services drop down menu, that there are no longer services for coloring & haircuts....DON'T WORRY, I am still doing all that & more. I just need to re-vamp a little & will reveal all of that once the shop is open for business. Also, I am adding a new method for online booking & have found myself on Google+ (way better than Facebook) So if you have a Google+ account and would like to stay up to date with deals, pictures news etc from HVH, add me!! Unlike facebook, you will be able to see everything I post and will never miss a discount :)

    I am so excited to be able to share this news with all of you, and super excited to be taking such a huge step into the next chapter of my life, what is even better is that I get to do all of it with YOU GUYS!!

    A huge thank you to all my clients and wedding vendors who refer me. You are the ones who have made this possible!!! 

  • Sara & Alex's wedding featured on Vows & Valor!

    Sara & Alex's wedding featured on Vows & Valor!

    It is always such an honor to be featured on a wedding blog. This week Sara & Alex's wedding was featured on Vows & Valor! <-----View the blog post here!

    Photos: Luke & Ashley Photography

    Make up: Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry

    Hair: High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey

    Floral: Studio Posey

  • Lauren & Will's Wedding- 11/8/14

    Loved meeting Lauren. I got to spend 3 days in a row with her for her trial, rehersal dinner & wedding day. She was such a sweet lady to work with & added bonus? Walking through a sea of Marines, in uniform, attending the Marine Corps Ball, when leaving her hotel. HELLLLOOOOOOO SOLIDERS. haha.

    Enjoy these beautiful images of her wedding from Tara Liebeck Photography!

    Photography: Tara Liebeck Photography

    Make up: Sam McDonald & Dhalia Edwards

    Floral: Char's Floral Designs

    Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals

    Lighting: Stage Right Lighting

    Catering: East Beach Catering

    Cake: Harmony Woods Bakery

    Stationary: Torn Leaf Designs

    Dress: The Sample Rack

    Venue: Women's Club of Portsmouth

  • Chris & Summer's Wedding-11/29/14

    This was my last wedding for the year & OH MY GODNESS if it isnt stunning. 

    Enjoy these Images from Sharon Elizabeth Photography!

    Photography: Sharon Elizabeth Photography

    Makeup: KristineMarie Makeup Artistry

    Venue: Women's Club of Portsmouth

    Floral: Kelly Gish Floral Designs

    Dress: Maya Couture 

    Hair: High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey

  • Product Review: Dry Shampoo

    Product Review: Dry Shampoo

    We are back to beauty this week with DRY SHAMPOO

    As a woman I am prone to not being able to choose just one. So this week I am reviewing my two favorites one of them is a recent accidental find & the other I've had a long, wonderful relationship with & it has never let me down.

    So lets begin!

    First up...

    Detox Dry Shampoo from Drybar

    This was an accidental find for me. I bought the Glitz & Glam bag from Sephora & this just happened to be one of the goodies in it. So of course I'm going to try it & I loved it! It is the number 1 dry shampoo I have found. (Unfortunately moving our next one from the number one spot to runner up.)

    It doesn't come out too chalky, adds the perfect amount of texture & volume without mattifying your hair color.  

    You can find the full size Detox Dry Shampoo at any Drybar location. If you don't have one near you (like we don't here in Hampton Roads) then you can find the travel size or full size at any Sephora or online! This Product runs in the $20 range per bottle.

    My review of Detox Dry Shampoo from Drybar on a scale of 1-10

    I give it a 10!

    Next up....

    Paul Mitchell Dry Wash

    This dry Shampoo is also fiercely amazing. The only downside to this dry shampoo is that I feel like after using a dry shampoo my roots shouldn't still look shiny.... Which they usually do after using this. Other than that, this one is just as great as the other! You can find Paul Mitchell Dry Wash at any Paul Mitchell Focus Salon or online! This product runs between 15 & 20 dollars a bottle. 

    My review of Paul Mitchell Dry Wash on a scale of 1-10 

    I give it a 9! 

    Now enjoy these 7 surprising ways to use your dry shampoo!

    1. Dry Shampoo helps boost volume. Use it on your roots as intended then, flip your head upside down and spray all over to help boost all around volume.
    2. Dry Shampoo helps lock in backcombing (teasing). When creating an up style or a volumous style, spray some dry shampoo on the section before back combing, it adds texture and volume & helps keep the back comb in place. 
    3. Dry Shampoo helps keep bobby pins in place. Spray down your bobby pins before applying to your up style to keep them in place.
    4. Dry Shampoo is your fringes new best friend. Did you go for some fierce bangs this fall? Spray the dry shampoo underneath your bangs to keep them from sticking to the oil on your forehead. It also keeps your bangs together nicely. You don't have to spray all over your bangs, just underneath. 
    5. Dry Shampoo helps suck up excess product. Did you use too much argon oil or Super Skinny Serum? Spray your hair all over along with your roots to suck up some of that excess product. 
    6. Dry Shampoo can help blondes conceal their roots. Blondes, go for a powder dry shampoo, this will help conceal your dark roots until your next color appointment. 
    7. Dry Shampoo can reverse your look. If you went for a slicked back, straight look yesterday & want a more tousled, windblown look today. Spray your hair down with some dry shampoo. It does exactly what #5 says & sucks up some of the shine & oil from yesterdays products. 

  • VENDOR PROFESSIONALISM: THE ART OF TAGGING

    I'm gonna be really honest, shit is about to get real...if you cant appreciate brutal honesty, now is the time to avert your eyes. 

    Ladies & gentleman, technology is upon us. It is real. It is here & its not going anywhere. 

    Online marketing is the biggest marketing tool out there right now. Social media, SEO, websites, goggle, etc. 

    With that being said, wether it is a styled shoot, a real wedding or a paid gig. Once those images are released of course you want to show off your work. Who doesn't? BUT, it is completely UNACCEPTABLE to NOT tag a vendor because they are "competing business" If thats how you feel you shouldn't be working with them in the first place. Or because you're too lazy, no one is ever looking for that quality. It is completely UNACCEPTABLE to LINK a vendor or just simply type their name out in the comments section of the photo. Vendors who participate & promote you & refer you should never be seen as an after thought in the comments section. EVER. Or left out because you want people to focus on your business & not theirs. They put their time & money into this shoot or job just like you did. When you work a wedding or other event it is a chance to network with other vendors, tagging is a way for you & them to get thier name out there & seen on other businesses pages. Tagging=networking, wether you know it or not. 

    The life of a freelance vendor is not an easy one. It takes YEARS to build a name from scratch, I myself am only on year 5 (ok, 4.75 but, i like to round up 2014 is almost over) & I've barley scratched the surface. 

    If I tag & promote you & you cant or wont do the same for me....then Im sorry, but I cant work with you or promote you/refer you anymore. #sorryimnotsorry 

    Excuses: they are just that. Excuses. "Oh Facebook wouldn't let me tag your business page" So....you just didn't do it at all?? "oh it would only let me tag you from my personal page" Soo, you just tagged my personal page but didn't tell anyone WHY??? So now I am just a random tag on someones wedding photo...for all they know I could be the bride!!"Oh it wouldn't let me tag you from my phone"  Well then maybe you need to have some patience & wait until you get home to an actual computer before you start posting pictures that many other vendors were involved in. Because I'm pretty sure you didn't shoot that picture, cull all the images, edit the photo, make the floral arrangements, do the makeup, do the hair, make the dress, borrow the dress, plan the event, make the jewelry, build the building, set that place setting, make the cake etc. Because if you did...well damn

    So when you post that image (or blog) & tag only the people you know personally & talk about your work. You look like a jerk. You just left out like 6 other people who worked their asses off to do their job. If you cant figure out how to tag people, well you better learn. YouTube it. Ask someone. Read a forum. SOMETHING

    The first couple of times its whatever, I'll go in there & tag my business myself, but after time number two....Its plain disrespectful & outright RUDE. Oh, & if you are going to mention someone & you "cant tag them" maybe you should make sure their business name is correct?

    Example: I have been tagged as Crystal Casey of High Voltage Hair. High Voltage. Crystal of High Voltage. WRONG!!

    I am High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey. THAT is how you tag me on Facebook, that is the name on my business cards & my website. 

    If you don't care enough to actually look at the business card I gave you, or to even make sure you are getting my business name correct, well I guess when I tag you I should half ass your name too? NEGATIVE. Im not that person, I make sure that I tag every single vendor involved & if something is wrong & I cant tag the person. I double check to see if they even have a Facebook to tag (because who doesn't right?) or I let them know they are untag-able. 

    Your business page has settings.

    Its called tagging/posting ability. Mine is on, if you feel like yours might not be. Check it out. 

    BUT, this doesn't even matter if someone just does not give you credit. 

    Take this image for example: Now, take away the makeup (by Beauty+Baubles: Jenn Brousch) the flowers (by Studio Posy) the hair (by High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey) the beautiful bridal gown (from Maya Couture) the venue (Monticello Arcade) & Michelle Amarillo's sweet planning skills (from Michelle Amarillo Event Planning) What are you left with???

    THIS is what you're left with...

    You're left with just a normal looking couple & as cute as Trish & Caleb may be...which image do you prefer? The professional image (by Debbie Laughlin Photography) or the one that looks like a random stranger took it on the beach??

    THIS is what a styling team & full vendor list can do for images. So when you post an image from an event or styled shoot etc. that you were involved in, remember YOU & your specialty didn't make that picture all that it is. EVERYONE INVOLVED DID.

    So please, credit everyone, tag everyone. Give credit where credit is due. Don't be an ass hole. Everyone works hard & deserves credit for their work. 

    Look for Part II: Vendor Professionalism: The art of fairness, next week! 

  • MYSTIQUE DAY SPA & CRYSTAL CASEY: THE BREAKUP

    Ok, so I feel like this is the beginning of a Taylor Swift song. Like at any moment I'm gonna break out into some guitar strumming, ballad about my broken heart & how I have the best revenge by being happy......"we are never, ever, ever, getting back toetherrrrrrr....."

    But, in all reality...that's not the case at all. 

    But, let me first start by saying...I am no longer an employee at Mystique Salon & Day Spa. I am now strictly working for myself. High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey! Its exciting & scary all at the same time.

    I worked at Mystique Salon & Day Spa 5 years ago (2 years out of hair school) I thought I knew it alllll. I quickly learned I did not. HAHA! Amy (the owner) took a huge chance on me when she hired me. My ego & know it all attitude quickly sent me on my way (by choice). Amanda (her sister & Master Stylist) was my mentor for over a year while I worked there & still remains to this day to be one of my biggest cheerleaders, supporters & mentor. (& isnt she so pretty???!?!)

    Last December, Amanda spoke to Amy on my behalf about bringing me back into the salon. I was ready to be back in a salon environment, be a team player, have continuing education with the backing of all the Mystique girls, work on events & brainstorm fabulous ideas together as a TEAM! & we did just that, we ROCKED some movie nights (& had a great time doing it) we executed a phonemail bridal shoot, & shared & enjoyed some great Paul Mitchell education. 

    Amy was very understanding about my current wedding business & allowed me to continue booking weddings. We agreed that my schedule would be very few days to begin with as I tried to transition my clients from a home based business to the structure of a salon & build from any walk-ins that would come my way. The wedding season that would happen for me in 2014 completely blindsided both of us. 

    I think I spent a total of 5 Saturdays in the salon from Jan-Sept. & lets face it, Saturday is a busy day in the salon. I also had some unforeseen health issues this year that kept me out on the 1-2 days that I was scheduled to be there outside of the weekend. 

    Ultimately, Amy felt it was best for her business & mine to terminate my contract. 

    Its not that I was a bad employee/stylist or that she was a heartless boss, because that most certainly is not that case at all. Honestly, she just couldn't keep me booked. I had many NO CALL/NO SHOWS & cancellations while I was there, leaving my days empty. But, for the clients that I did have in my chair, that I did build that bond with, that I did get that chance to make them feel beautiful & special....I will miss them but, I know they are in good hands with the girls there! 

    She also stated that she recognized all the hard work I had put into building my business & that I was better suited to be a business owner, than an employee. She has since helped me with any problems I have faced or questions I have had on the business side of things. Amy is a business guru & a great mentor. 

    I still have a wonderful relationship with all the girls there, specifically Amy. She gave me a very personal letter stating how sad she was that she had to make this decision, we even shared a very heartfelt moment & some tears were shed by both of us. 

    In my time at Mystique I helped launch, what I know to be, a wonderful Bridal division. We shot an AMAZING bridal shoot & I got to know & love the girls there all over again. I built personal & professional relationships that I hope will continue to grow. 

    Amy & I still work together as stylist & makeup artist on styled shoots & weddings together & will continue to do so as our businesses grow. 

    (Thats supposed to say August 25th 2014!)

    I will miss seeing all these girls every week!

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Sony A5000 mirrorless camera.

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Sony A5000 mirrorless camera.

    DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER.

    Now that we've got that out of the way.....

    Let me tell you about this awesome thing called the Sony a5000 mirrorless camera.

    Key Points:

    1. 180 degree flip up LCD screen. (perfect for selfies)
    2. Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones. (send pictures right from your camera to your phone. Perfect for social media sharing.)
    3. Built in Pop-up flash.
    4. Playmemories camera apps. (see what someone in the other room is filming/shooting on your smartphone via the remote embedded app. Also saves directly to your phone.)
    5. Full HD 1080/60i/24p video.
    6. Interchangeable lenses.
    7. Comes in black or white.

    This camera has so many amazing features that Im still learning how & when to use them all. It has a scene selection for shooting in different environments such as: Sports Action, Anti Motion Blur, Macro, Nighttime Portrait, Low Light Portraits & soooo much more. It has 2 different flash settings, aperture settings & shutter settings for the more advanced camera users.

    What comes in the box:

    1. Lens cap
    2. Rechargeable battery
    3. Shoulder strap
    4. Micro USB
    5. SELP1650 Lens
    6. AC-UB10 AC charger (in-camera charging via USB)
    7. Body Cap

    I purchased my camera from Best Buy...you can find it here. The awesome thing about Best Buy is that they do price compare so in my case, B&H Photo had a bundle deal for a camera bag (& its a nice Sony bag), lens cleaning kit & 8GB memory card for free with the purchase of the camera. SCORE!!!

    I also ordered a macro ring light (for all the hair photos, selfies & videos Ill be making) lens filters, & a fisheye lens. The fisheye is a neat way to get fun creative images but, make sure you order a Sony product or one where reviewers confirm it fits the a5000. Mine does not fit & is poor quality. But, I do LOVE my macro ring light, you can find it here.

    Wether you just need a camera to capture family moments, your travels, or in my case to capture clearer, better quality images of my work. This is great for any & every occasion. 

    So naturally I went out this weekend to test it out in a more fun environment & take pictures of a bachlorette party & The Cody Austin Band at the new Virginia Beach Eagles Nest. I also used it at a few weddings Ive done. Below are the pictures I took for the blog from the weekend. 

    Scale of 1-10 on this camera 10!!!

    Price point: $$$$

    For everyone i met on Saturday night....ENJOY YOUR PHOTOS! 

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Fave 4 Hairsprays

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Fave 4 Hairsprays

    Ok, for those of you who know me......or know anything about my passion for wedding hair, you know that I am a HAIRSPRAY.JUNKIE. So I am always looking for the new & unknown in the hairspray world. I try new brands as they come out. Some I love, some I hate. So when I saw the Fave 4 four pack. I had to try them out. 

    I wont lie, I was highly disappointed. I had read other reviews on them raving about how amazing they were & how great it was that they came out in four different "flavors". Well, ummm...No. Just No. 

    Theres four hairsprays so that means four separate reviews also since heat & hairspray go hand in hand, I will be including a "Heat Protectant Ranking" as well. 

    MY REVIEW

    First up is the Texture Takeover from Fave 4.

    Fave for dry, texturized hold, all-over volume, and weightless lift.

    This is for that teased up, messy, beach wave kind of look. But, make no mistake, you wont get that extra "OOMPH" that this spray promises. What is this good for? Spraying before curling. It will give your curls that piecey textured, bohemian look. Not so good for volume, it's too heavy. It has a mild hold.

    Scale of 1-10 for Texture Takeover. I'd give this spray a 5.  Heat Protectant ranking is a 3.

    Second, we have the Workable Wear from Fave 4.

    Fave for brushable hold, reworkable styles, braiding, twisting, & teasing

    Out of the four, I have to say this is my FAVE (haha see what I did there??) This one is GREAT for my every day work as well as building an amazing formal style for a bride. Its not too sticky, plays well with heat & also has enough hold to hold the curls Im working with. This is also great for quick every day styles such as top knots & braids. This spray has a mild hold-medium hold.

    Scale of 1-10 for the Workable Wear, Id give this spray a 7. Heat Protectant ranks a 8.

    Third, we have Style Stay from Fave 4.

    Fave for up-dos, side-sweeps, and stay-put braids

    This one has all the promises of an amazing hair spray. But, its not. It sucks. I hate it. I have never thrown out a full bottle of hairspray before....but I guess there are exceptions to everything. It says its fave for up-dos. NO. Up-dos involve heat. If you put hear anywhere near this spray it will instantly turn white & flake. Do I feel like its cute to walk around looking like I have dandruff? NO & you shouldn't either. Side sweeps? Nope. After 30 Mins in any kind of humidity this spray gives up & goes running. Leaving.....yes....flakes. If you see this hairspray...just say NO. This spray has a firm hold. 

    Scale of 1-10 for the Style Stay Id say -1. Heat Protectant ranks a -1.

    Last, but not least we have Flex Reflect from fave 4. 

    Fave for long, movable layers, bobs, curls, waves

    This is my second FAVE in the bunch. This spray is perfect for flat ironing, building up-dos & every day styling. It also has a touch of shine to it which I adore. <3 This spray is not sticky & is plays well with heat. This spray has a medium hold.

    Scale of 1-10 for Flex Reflect 9. Heat Protectant ranks 8.

    I guess 2 out of 4 isn't horrible. But, for the RAVE reviews that these sprays got I feel they were highly OVER RATED. I MIGHT invest in the Flex Reflect & Workable Wear again but, I feel like my money would be better spent on a spray I know & trust. 

    Have you used Fave 4 sprays before? What did you think?

    Check in next Friday for my review on Makeup Forever's newly formulated eyeshadow! 

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair

    Paul Mitchell is the most innovative, eco friendly, go green company that I know. They are always coming up with brilliant new color techniques & color formulas that blow my mind every time. They are a very out of the box company which I love because Im a very out of the box gal. 

    This month they released their new color wash line: Ultimate Color Repair. Now I thought when they released the Kera Triplex Conditioning Treatment that they had topped themselves, I was wrong. 

    The Ultimate Color Repair line will keep your color vibrant & shiny (59% more shiny to be exact) for up to 9 weeks. (UM, yes I said 9 weeks RED HEADS) It also helps prevent thermal damage by 86% with 88% less breakage. Uhhhhhh.......SIGN ME UP.

    Quinoa (“keen-wah”) is the magic ingredient in The Ultimate repair line. Yes, I know what you're thinking, Quinoa is a food....why would you put food on your hair? Think about it this way, when you eat healthier and drink more water do you not see a difference in your skin & how you feel? Of course you do. When you eat healthier it effects your hair as well, it just takes longer to notice. 

    Quinoa has a high amino acid content, which is the building block of protein, it delivers powerful repair and protection for longer-lasting color in the Quinoa Color-Locking System. 

    MY REVIEW

    Im gonna break this down for you by each product.

     Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo

    At first, I wont lie, I was taken back by the smell. It didn't smell like...I don't know like Shampoo normally smells. Its kind of a mix between banana boat tanning lotion & your car after a day at the beach. I like this shampoo because it lathers well enough but doesn't go to over board with the suds. Its sulfate free (hello color protection) & its got sugar cane & lemon peel extract to help keep the hair shiny & soft. Scale of 1-10 for this Shampoo I say 8.

     Ultimate Color Repair Conditioner

    Mmmmmm conditioner, my FAVORITE & of course the first thing you run out of before anything else.  I like this conditioner because it is on the heavier side. For ME, I cant get down with those super light weight conditioners. I feel like I just put air on my head & that doesn't work for me. This has the same smell as the shampoo & a little goes a long way. I love this conditioner also because its ideal for hydration & detangling (HEY, Im talking to you curly haired girls!) While at the same time it locks in color & repairs from the inside out. Included, are antioxidants which act as a UV Protectant & prevent color fade. 

    Scale of 1-10 for this conditioner,I'd say 10.

    Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue

    Last but not least, Triple Rescue....ahhhhhh yes.....let that soak in....TRIPLE Rescue. Now, know this, BEFORE you start spraying away, you HAVE TO SHAKE THIS UP. Its a dual phase spray that protect from heat that can cause colored hair to become dull. The Quinoa Color Repair Complex in this help bump up reflection so hair looks healthy, shiny & vibrant. (AGAIN. Im talking to you RED HEADS)  Dual Phase Technology-( this is my favorite part!!!) Top phase forms a heat-resistant seal to shield hair from damage and adds lustrous shine. The Bottom Phase conditions hair with Quinoa Color Repair Complex.

    While the technology is great in EVERY form. Because this spray is a bit on the "oily" side (and I use the word oily lightly  its best kept away from the root area while spraying. Otherwise you may end up looking all homeless & greasy. 

    On a scale of 1-10 I'd give Triple Rescue a 9. 

    All in all- Id day the Ultimate Color Repair System is a great route to take for winter. Paul Mitchell Sun, in all its glory is limited to summer & this is a great replacement.

    Keep an eye out for next Fridays product review. Ill be reviewing the new FAVE4 hairsprays. 

    Images courtsey of google.

  • Kim Porter Cosmetics: Product Review

    Its no secret that Kim Porter from Makeup by Kim Porter & I work together quite often. I get the chance to glance inside her kit & get a front row seat to her fabulous makeup line Kim Porter Cosmetics. Recently we had a bride who wore bright red lipstick on her wedding day & she spoke of the "Lip Lock" Kim had used on her. She raved about how her lipstick stayed all night & didnt even come off on her wine glass! I immediately knew I had to own this "Lip Lock". Two days later I drove out to The Makeup Studio & picked up my very own Lip Lock

    Review: I LOVE IT! I wear it over pretty much every lipstick color. I wouldnt recommend applying it to glosses, colored glosses or "glass lipsticks" as the Lip Lock sort of turns your selected shade a little bit matte. You will feel a slight tingle when you apply it, don't worry, that means its working. When I apply Lip Lock over my reds I dont have to touch them up AT ALL. Give Kim a shout at kim@themakeupstudiovb.com to make your appointment & get your very own Lip Lock. Dont live in the area? Thats ok! She will ship it to you! 

    Look for Kims work on the cover The Wedding Planner Magazine of Hampton Roads

  • I couldn't wait until Monday….part 2

    As a business owner, I face many different choices when it comes to avenues of advertising. 

    Last year was my first year of advertising & I choose to go with print in the Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine. After my year was up, I just decided it wasn't for me. While I don't regret it & am extremely grateful for the opportunities I was given to participate with a great network of other wedding vendors and even have my work featured. It was a great first avenue & I'm glad I took it. 

    Now for my second year of advertising I decided to go with more of an online presence. With all of the technology available to us, everything we ever need to know or want to find is right at our fingertips! 

    So I am proud to announce that I have signed up with WeddingWire! Now I know what you are thinking, "Hey, isn't WeddingWire a free service?" Well like everything else, not much in this world is free. While, yes, you can have a free listing on WeddingWire it doesn't come with all the amazing online tools that makes life so much easier for myself and my brides. Every bride gets their own site, where every document they need can be uploaded! You can sign contracts electronically & even take payments and send invoices/reminders. SO.MUCH.SIMPLIER! 

    So head on over to my WeddingWire storefront and check out High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey! Im 32 reviews strong & counting! (which can also be seen on my Facebook)

    To all past, present and future brides & amazing wedding vendors that support me I thank you & look forward to an amazing rest of the 2014 wedding season!

    Ps- shout out to Jessica at COSDesign for hooking me up with this sweet blog signature! Find her on Facebook & etsy!

  • Blonde instant gratification

    Ok, so tonights blog is kind of two topics rolled into one. 

    First lets start with instant gratification. When did our generation become so impatient? We'd rather have instant gratification rather than quality. If it's quality you want...why not wait for it?? If someone is booked weeks even months in advance, wether it be a a tattoo artist,make up artist, hairstylist or nail tech. That means they are GOOD & they are booked up for a reason & you obviously wanted to book with them for that same reason. So don't be impatient & box color your hair or go to someone else with less talent & end up with a horrible tattoo, a nail fungus or make up 3 shades darker than your face to quench your instant gratification. Just wait.

    With that being said-Lets talk about being blonde

    If you have box colored your hair & then decide you want be blonde (or have a super blonde ombre) Then I would hope that you decide to take the professional route and see a stylist for this, for the sake of your hairs integrity. Even if you get your hair professional done but have been dark for an extended period of time, going from dark to blonde is defintely something that should be done by a master colorist or a stylist who specailizes in color & blonding. DO.YOUR.RESEARCH. If your natural color is dark, then yes there will be some upkeep. Every 4-6 weeks your roots will need to be touched up & after extensive lightening to your hair, you may have to lose some legenth. So a haircut during each step of your lightening journey is reccommended to keep from having to cut of inches upon inches once its all done.

    OMBRE is defintely a skilled color technique. Again, DO.YOUR.RESEARCH. Look online, talk to friends, read reviews & check out portfolios. Once you find someone you like, if you have questions....ASK! If they arent available within a week of your final decision on wanting blonde ombre, just wait. Ask to be put on their waiting list in case someone cancels an appointment & let them know your schedule. I've had too many clients come to me with a bad ombre job just bc they wanted it when they wanted it. 

    The above also applies to Balayage. Balayage is the french word for "hand painting". Balayage hilights are also a specality technique & all of the above mentioned applies to this skill. 

    Last but not least- YOU WILL NOT BE BLONDE FROM DARK OVER NIGHT. It is not realistic to expect to have platinum blonde hair in your first appointment after having black box color on your hair. Or any box color on your hair for that matter. Becoming blonde is a process, your hair must go through many stages of lift before you can get to your desired color. Also, though it is our job to get your there, it is also our job to keep the health of your hair in tact & any good stylist will tell you during consultation that there are no promises made & that it will be a process. If they dont, then they are completely unrealistic as you or inexperienced & you should RUN. Ombre is no exception to this rule, actually when it comes to ombre, I as a stylist, am more concerned with the health of the hair since most of the lightening will be taking place on the ends of the hair. The most processed & oldest parts of your hair. In most cases these ends are already damaged by heat & previous color. 

    So please keep all of this in mind when making decisons on blonding your hair. Be realistic & be patient. For yourself, for your stylist, for your wallet & most of all for your hair. 

    This is Erin, I have been doing her hair for a year and a half. Erin sets up her appointments like clock work & uses professional, salon quality products on her hair. This is the perfect example of what Balayage Ombre can look like when done properly on top of professional color. 

    This is Nicole. When she came to me she told me she wanted to be "Gwen Stefani" blonde. She said she understood that she would have to cut most of her hair of because there was previous box color on her ends. We cut her into a bob, and this is her hair after he second process of lightening. 

    This is Mary & this has been our journey so far. When her stylist moved away mary came to me we took her from red to dark, dark brown. Then from dark brown to blonde. This is before, 1st appointment & 2nd appointment. By the end of her next appointment she should be fully blonde. 

    Can you believe these are the same person?? Yep ombre over box black hair color and by the second process we had her to a beautiful honey blonde. 

  • Do it yourself VS. Professional: Hair & Makeup.

    DIY weddings can certainly be a lot of fun. Making decor with your mom, being proud of all the hard work that you have put into your big day. Not to mention the amount of money you saved. The glamours, rustic feel of an outdoor barn twinkling with lights like glitter in the night sky. Well i cant picture anything more perfect. 

    Most DIY brides budget their money for 3 things.

    1-A good photographer. After all pictures do last a lifetime.

    2-The venue. Location, Location, LOCATION!

    3-Dress. Disney princess. Enough Said. 

    But what about hair and makeup?

    A lot of DIY brides know someone who is "good at doing hair" or has a cousion who is really "good with makeup". That might be ok for the day to day but, do you really wanna chance that on your WEDDING DAY? You have spent thousands of dollars on a wonderful, professional photographer. Someone who is going ot make sure the lighting is always perfect, the angle is always the best & you really do look like a Disney princess in each photo. But theres only so much that can be done in photoshop.

    Those bags under your eyes? Because lets face it, you enjoyed your rehersal dinner a little too much. 

    They arernt fixable.

    Your off shade foundation? Nope. Sorry.

    Flat hair? nuh uh. Sorry. 

    Half fallen out curls pinned up with a chopstick? Forget about it. 

    Too much bronzer 3 shades too dark? Sorry boo boo.

    Running lipstick? Not Happening. 

    An updo that has half fallen out and now looks more windblown than anything?

    Nope.

    Dont believe me? Let me show you the difference.

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    Both the before and after were taken by a professional photographer- Amanda Hedgepath of Amanda Hedgepath Photography.

    Makeup by Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry

    Professional makeup artist can give your skin a natural glowing look & contour your facial features to really stand out on camera. They can bring out the color of your eyes and excenuate your lashes, all while keeping it natural looking. Professional products such a lip liners and lipsticks keep your lips glossy and vibrant all day/night. Professional makeup artist are trained in on and off camera makeup. They know just how much is needed to make you stand out (but not look like a clown) in your photos.

    Also chances are that any makeup artist you get is a skilled skin specialist. If they arent they sure know a few they can recommend you to for all your skin needs before your big day. Facials, peels, even lazer hair removal! 

    Check out Mystique Salon & Day Spa for all your bridal skin needs!

    Professional hairstylist are trained in all things hair. We know the science of the hair, we know how to mold it like putty to make it do what we need it to do, without over loading on product and making you look like a grease ball. Because lets face it, some updos....there are no coming back from.

    Professional hairstylist know the right degree of heat to use for your hair type so no damage is done. We use only the top of the line tools and products to make sure your do' last through the cupid shuffle and fighting 9 girls for a bouquet. Hair stylist are mathmaticians, artist & chemist. We have an eye for updos. We know exactly where every single bobby pin should go so its not seen. We know exactly where to place each and every curl to build the perfect, not so promy, bridal updo. We do what we do, because we love what we do. But, most of all because at the end of the day....we love making our brides and clients happy. Seeing you smile is worth it to us. 

    So before you decide to DIY with hair and makeup. Contact your local stylist/artist. Ask questions even go in for a trial! I promise you wont regret it! 

    Also check out this blog: Hairstylist & Wedding Hair Artist....here's the difference. 

  • Hairstylist & Wedding Hair Artist…here's the difference.

    Hairstylist & Wedding Hair Artist…here's the difference.

    Searching for a stylist on your wedding day can be stressful.

    A lot of women have a regular hairstylist that they visit to take care all of their cut & color needs. But when it comes to your wedding day, can they do what you want? Will they be available to leave the salon to come to your location to do your hair? How much experience do they have with making a timeline for a wedding party of 7+ girls? Can they do braids? How fast can they do an updo? Are they familiar with what styles that will look good from all angles and on camera?

    These are all major questions to be considered. While (in my opinion) hairstylist should be well rounded in ALL THINGS HAIR....most are not. Now a days it seems every hairstylist has ONE thing that they specialize in. Which can make it frustrating for you, the client, to have to find another stylist who specializes in what you're looking for.

    What do I specialize in?

    Blondes

    Red Heads

    Color Correction

    Hilights

    Hair cuts

    Extensions

    Updo's

    etc..

    Not to brag on myself but, excuse me while I tell you how awesome I am...

    I am, by all means, a hairstylist who is well rounded and highly educated in everything hair. I can take a brunette to platinum blonde, I can fix a wretched ombre, I can do a CORRECT OMBRE. Blonde to dimensional brunette? No problem. My red heads? ON POINT. Need an angled bob...I got this. I spend a lot of time educating myself & perfecting my skills. But, I am also a wedding hair artist. This means I specialize in wedding hair AND the day of preparation.

    Finding a wedding hair artist can be a bit frustrating. There are a lot of hairstylist out there that say they can do what you want but, when it comes down to it, its not at all what you were looking for. 

    So here are the top questions to ask a hairstylist you are looking at booking for your wedding day!

    1-Will you be available to come to my location on my wedding day? Will there be an extra charge for this?

    2-What is the average time you can do updo in? (If you want to use this person for your entire wedding party and its more than 5 girls make sure their time is under 50 mins or they bring an assistant)

    3-How long have you been doing weddings?

    4-Where can I go to see reviews from other brides?

    5-Do you offer bridal trials? When can I set mine up?

    6-Bring a picture and ask if they can do what you are showing them.

    7-Can you do different types of braids?

    8-Look around their website or Facebook page for recommendations(tags, photos etc) from other wedding professionals. If you don't see any, ask. 

    9-Will there be a travel fee for my location?

    10-What forms of payment do you accept?

    11-What is the booking policy? Minimum policy?

    Questions your hairstylist should be asking YOU:

    1-What is the location and time of your ceremony?

    2-How many people will be receiving hair services? How many of them are in the bridal party?

    3-Where is the prep location? What time will you be arriving there?

    4-Who is your photographer/ makeup artist? (I ask this because if I am familiar with these vendors I usually know how they work & can contact them to set up timelines. Especially the makeup artist, we usually work hand in hand)

    5-When would you like to come in for your bridal trial?

    6-Will you have any hair pieces/veil?

    7-Did you have a specific look in mind for your bridesmaids or are they choosing their own styles? (Generally I don't want anyones hair to resemble the bride)

    8-What time do you need to leave your prep location?

    9-When will your photographer/makeup artist be arriving?

    10-Will you be doing first look/wedding party photos before or after the ceremony?

    Most brides find out late in the game that they have to offer all of this info to their hired day of hairstylist, which causes an entire timeline change. Thus, showing the difference between a wedding hair artist & an in salon hairstylist. While there are some wedding hair artist who work in salons, they are very few and far between. 

    Also check out this blog by Makeup by Kim Porter: 10 reasons for hiring a Makeup Artist for your wedding day makeup.

    Photo Credit: Will King Photography

  • Makeup by Kim Porter, a new perspective on vanity.

    "Makeup is self confidence applied directly to the face."

    -Coco Chanel

    Makeup, along with hair, is a very personal thing for us women. It is as Coco Chanel said "self confidence applied directly to the face". It makes us feel good to dress up, do our hair & make up & go out after a hard week. Whether "out" is out to the bar, to a BBQ with family & friends or just to dinner with the hubby/boyfriend.

    With that being said I took some of makeups most asked questions & sent them to a professional makeup artist I work very closely with. Kim Porter of Makeup by Kim Porter. Kim has been doing makeup since 2001. Her work is literally EVERYWHERE! From Fox News & CNBC to being sprawled all over local photographers websites & facebook pages of weddings she has worked. Her logo is even gracing a race car!! How cool is that?! Kim has her own line of signature, high end, cosmetics called Kim Porter Cosmetics. This line includes flattering easy to use shades for all women. If you are unsure....don't worry Kim offers makeup lessons in her super cute studio space at The Brides Corner in Virginia Beach, Va. 

    I am ALWAYS excited to see Kim at a wedding! Shes one of the nicest women I have met & her work only makes mine look all the better ;) We will also be sharing an advertisement page in the next two volumes of the Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine, so keep an eye out for that!

    These questions are for the everyday makeup user & brides. (which, let's face it, that covers everyone) If you still have further questions, feel free to contact Kim & set up a make up lesson!

    Enjoy!

    1-When seasons are transitioning from summer to fall, how do you ease from one foundation color to another without looking two toned?
    I mix my summer and winter foundation shades in between seasons.

    2-What is the shelf life of eye makeup?
    Powder eyeshadow is good for 2 years and mascara is good for 6 months. When my mascara starts to flake, I toss it, usually about every 2 months.

    3-What are you favorite upcoming trends for fall/winter brides?
    I love a dark lip for fall paired with a soft smokey eye.

    4-What do you say to all these Pinterest DIY skin remedies?
    I have never personally used any DIY skin remedies but take caution and read the reviews before trying. I read once a DIY mask actually removed the hair from a beauty bloggers eyebrows, so be careful!

    5-Whats your favorite makeup line?
    My favorite lines to work with are my signature line, Kim Porter Cosmetics, also Urban Decay, and Make Up For Ever.

    6-What are your favorite makeup dupes? (inexpensive instead of expensive)
    My favorite drugstore brands are Revlon (lipsticks), Maybelline (crème eyeshadows and gel liner), and L' Oreal (mascara).

    7-What are your favorite eyeliner/eyeshadow colors for each eye color?
    Brown eyes: are lucky they can wear any color but my favorite is a navy eyeliner or navy eyeshadow in the outer corner
    Blue eyes: copper and gold toned eyeshadows will make blue eyes pop
    Green eyes: purple and plum tones look best on green eyes

    8-How do you keep away that over powdered skin look?
    To avoid looking over powdered, use a colorless, translucent powder applied with a brush swept in a downward motion from forehead to chin.

    9-How would you treat oily skin during the day? or best makeup lines for oily skin?
    Start with clean skin, apply a primer, use all oil-free products, and apply a translucent or mineral powder to set makeup.

    10-How do I find the best false lash style for me? & what’s your favorite?
    I decide on which lashes to use by factoring in the size of the eye and the amount of drama I want for the look. I love Ardell lashes in #110 for natural lashes, Demi Wispies for more drama, and Babies for smaller eyes.

    11-What is your thought on black smokey eyes on someone’s wedding day?
    I think your wedding day makeup should reflect your personal style. If you are usually a "no makeup" kind of girl, you should avoid overly dramatic looks. If you are more adventurous with your makeup and your fiancé is used to seeing you in black smokey eyes, by all means!

    12-Whats your best puffy eye/dark circle under eye remedy?
    An eye gel kept in the refrigerator will depuff and a good concealer will diminish dark circles.

    13-Whats the best way to make thinner lips look fuller?
    Apply a little foundation over the lips, line just outside the natural lip line with a skin toned lip pencil, apply a lipstick in a light, neutral tone, and apply a gloss for fuller looking lips. Avoid dark or matte lipsticks for smaller lips.

    14-How do you recommend removing makeup before bed? (makeup wipes then washing..etc)
    Use an eye makeup remover, a face wash or makeup remover wipes, and rinse with water. Use a toner to remove any remaining impurities.

    15-Whats the best way to remove eyelash glue from your lashes/eyelids if washing doesn't remove it all?
    A good eye makeup remover should take off any remaining glue. Remember when taking off false lashes to pull up gently so not to lose any of your natural lashes.

    16-Whats your favorite lip exfoilant?
    A trick that's super easy and really works is to dampen a toothbrush and gently rub it over your lips, then apply Vaseline or Chapstick to keep them moisturized.

    17-What are you thoughts on lip stains? Favorite brands?
    <no answer… I‘m a lipstick girl!>

    18-Black & Brown mascara, how do you know which one is for you?
    I think most everyone can use black mascara, unless you are extremely fair with blonde lashes, then a brown mascara will look more natural.

    19-What are the top 5 reasons you'd give a bride for the importance of professional makeup on their wedding day?
    - Your makeup will be flawless and last all day and night!
    - You will be saving money by not buying a bunch of products just for one day.
    - A professional has the knowledge for things like contouring and how to make you look fabulous in person and in photographs.
    - A good makeup artist will come to the location of your choice and make the day run smooth and stress free.
    - You will feel pampered and be able to relax right before the festivities begin!

    20-What can a bride do to prepare her skin before her wedding day?
    Get a facial, moisturize so there are no dry patches, get enough sleep, and avoid over indulging in alcohol.

    21-Whats the best way to clean makeup brushes?
    Brushes for personal use, a baby shampoo works great.

    22-What are your favorites for serious contouring…? We are talking Kim K contouring?
    Contouring can be done using a darker foundation shade or by using a shimmer free bronzer. Blending is a must for serious contouring!!

    23-What are some quick easy makeup tips for moms with newborns?
    I suggest products that can be applied with out makeup brushes, like tinted moisturizers and crème blushes. Also, a good mascara, concealer, and lip gloss go along way to completing the look without much fuss.

    24-What are your thoughts on "cheap" makeup such as ELF & NYC?
    I think cheap products are okay but are hit or miss. Perfect things to pick up from these lines are lip glosses and blushes.

    25-What steps do you take to ensure your brides makeup will last all day?
    I apply a primer, use only oil-free products, and set the makeup with a translucent powder. My biggest trick is to apply products in layers for a longer lasting application. For instance, applying a crème blush, setting with a translucent powder, and then applying a powder blush.


    26-Whats the importance of a make up trial for your brides?
    A trial is a great time to build your relationship with your makeup artist, finalize the look, and go over the details of the wedding day. Your makeup artist is the one person that will be in your face at the most crucial time of your day, you might want to make sure you like them!

    27-Can you get the same coverage with airbrush as you can with traditional foundation? 
    I believe that traditional looks more natural than airbrush and choose to only use traditional. I apply a matte, liquid foundation in a stippling motion with a sponge for the best coverage and a more natural looking application.

    28-Whats a good age to let your daughter start wearing makeup and what is good to start them off with?
    I think age 12 is a good age for a "Teen Makeup Lesson" to find out what to wear and what not to wear, or preferably how not to wear certain products. I think lip gloss and blush are acceptable and a little mascara on special occasions. I don't believe young girls should start wearing foundation until they have something to cover. If they have great skin, they should wait.

    29-For women with round faces and non-existent cheek bones, what tips would you give?
    Contouring with a bronzer in a 3 shape at the temple, just under the cheekbone, and the jaw line will add definitition. Also, applying blush from just above the apple of the cheek to the top of the ear will add depth to a round face.

    30-What does YOUR makeup routine include from wake up to bed time?
    Depends on the day! My minimum day makeup is concealer, crème blush, mascara and lip gloss. My night routine is eye makeup remover, face wipes to remove makeup, and a heavy duty nighttime moisturizer.

    31-How long have you been doing makeup & what made you decide it was for you?
    I have been doing makeup for 12 years. I began in the cosmetics industry at age 22, when I started working at Merle Norman Cosmetics. I fell in love with all things makeup, learned by working on the job, and lots of hands-on experience. After 2 years, the owner sold the shop and I started Makeup by Kim Porter.

    32-What do you love most about your job?
    I love being with a bride on her wedding day, the nerves and excitement, it's one of my favorite things. I also love teaching real women how to apply makeup, it helps build confidence, and gives them the knowledge to create their own personal makeup style.

    Photo credit- Andi & Zoe Photographers

    Hair by- High Voltage Hair

    Makeup- Makeup by Kim Porter

  • What makes a stylist good??

    In the last few weeks I have had a slew of clients sit in my chair & tell me how unhappy they were with their previous stylist. Wether it was the cut, color, service or attitude they received...all of the above was not up to par. 

    I take what I do very seriously. I LOVE what I do and I am thankful for every client that sits in my chair. In this economy I am lucky to have any. I have only been doing hair for 5 years but, in those 5 years I have learned the business of the industry inside & out. So when a client sits in my chair and tells me about how her previous stylist made her feel horrible for having long hair, or yelling at her over the phone for canceling a saturday appointment I get a little upset. 

    Yes, it brought these wonderful ladies to my chair. Yes, it was that stylist loss. But, in general it gives hairstylist a bad name. 

    If a client ask you for a certain color or cut, yes, it is your job as the stylist to give them your professional option on what color will and wont wash them out, on what cut will and wont flatter their face shape. But, if a client comes back to you and tells you that they don't like what you did and ask you to change it...you should change it...no questions asked. 

    I recently had a client tell me the last place she went the stylist moaned and groaned about how long and thick her hair was. About how they weren't charging her enough for the product and time it was taking this stylist to do her hair. See my client had a coupon for her service. The point of coupons are to drive more customers to your business and build a stylist book. If you complain about how you aren't getting paid enough to the person who is paying you...chances are...they wont be coming back. In turn you are losing money.

    Another client told me her stylist literally yelled at her over the phone for canceling her saturday appointment when the client had physical injury ON HER HEAD that was keeping her from her appointment. This particular girl was going lighter...you do not put lightener on an open wound...you don't put ANY hair chemical on an open wound...so what was her motive for yelling at her??

    These are the kinds of stylist that it amazes me that the have clients at all on their books.

    So really, what makes a stylist GOOD? 

    Sure her color application may be the BOMB. Sure her cuts may be like no other you have ever had. But, if her attitude SUCKS. Would you as a client stick around??

    It is a proven fact that clients will stick with stylist that make them feel good about themselves and do mediocre work, rather than a stylist who makes them feel bad about themselves or ignores them and does amazing work. Customer service is a huge part of being a stylist.

    Sooooo....

    Be courteous, be kind, smile, make your clients feel welcome and appreciated! If you want them to return treat them how you want to be treated! 

    Rant Complete.

  • Brunette Bombshell Jennifer!

    Jennifer may not be an old client of mine but she is an old friend. I have known Jennifer since...oh, I was 17.

    As she sat in my chair today she told me about a horrible experience she had with another stylist. See, Jen was pretty much pummeled to the ground outside a neighborhood bar causing her a trip to the ER and a cancelled hair appointment for the next day. Leaving her with a gnarly scar on her head and no stylist. Booooo!! 

    Life happens and every business owner/employee should understand that. It does not matter if your client is your friend or not. You are NEVER rude to your clients for canceling their appointments, especially if they tell you they have been in the ER all night! Just sayin...

    Anyways, this is what brought Jennifer to me. She said she had been searching for a new stylist and since we are friends on Facebook, she had seen all the pictures of my work I posted. She informed me that her hair had been through A TON of processing in the last few months and she was worried about keeping her legenth if she kept going with the lightener and she was right. Her ends (along with the rest of her hair) needed a complete make over....an up lift if you will. 

    When she originally made her appointment she let me know that she had wanted to go more ombre with her honey blonde hair and of course to have her regrowth touched up. She later told me she wanted to transform her look altogether. I was SO EXCITED! This is JUST what she (and her hair) needed!

    This is the inspiration picture that she sent me....

    Of course I loved it! It was a bold change for her, its a rich vibrant color and was just what her lifeless hair needed! 

    Of course none of you know what Jennifer looks like so let me paint a picture for you, She is tall and lean. Big brown eyes and olive skin...if I had to compare her to anyone it would be a mix of Jennifer Lopez & Kim Kardishan (she has her eyes). So of course darker hair looks absolutely AH-MAZING on her. 

    Since Jen's hair was so light I had to fill her hair first and boy was her hair thirsty. I used a new line of color by Beth Minardi. She is a state of the art stylist and educator for Joico. Now we all know I am a full on Paul Mitchell stylist, but lately I have been trying to educate myself on new brands and lines that are on the market. Some color lines do reds better, some do demi-permanant color better, and some do products better. I want to be able to offer the best of the best to my clients. 

    Any who, back to Jen....so I used Beth Minardi's semi permanent color in a level 7 (color called sunflower). After rinsing that out I used one of Wella's new Illumina Color in 5/7 (level 5 warm brown tone) for her all over color. Hilighting over color I used Paul Mitchell's Syncro Lift lightner for her hilights after rinsing I toned Jens hilights with her filler color. 

    Now onward to her haircut! Jen did not want to lose a lot of legenth since all of the previous processing had caused her to lose more than she cared to. I sprayed her damp hair with Joico's K-Pak liquid reconstructor then added some of Paul Mitchell's Full Circle Leave-in Conditioner & Super Skinny Relaxing Balm. Then I did a little snip snip off the legenth and full on reshaped her layers. I styled with the Paul Mitchell curl wand and WA-LA! She looked like a 40s glam star! 

    Heres what Jennifer came to me with....

    and HERE is what she left with!!

    Beautiful natural looking hilights and rich, lustrous color! 

    Whats Jen have to say about it...??

    I think she likes it! haha

  • Meet Ashleigh, my platinum blonde princess.

    Ok so, when Ashleigh fist came to me she found me working in a salon literally 3 seconds from where she lives. She had chin legenth hair that was a dark buttery blonde with hilights and a dark brown under section. 

    She was a month away from getting married & her ultimate goal was that platinum white blonde (still keeping the under section dark) but, she wanted to keep her hair healthy and let it GROW! So in order to avoid over processing her hair with lightener I tried a hi-lift formula & popped a few hilights over top of it.

    For those of you who don't know what hi-lift color is...it is color (instead of lightener) that will lift your natural hair up to 4 levels.

    It still left her hair too brassy but she was willing to give me another shot because, she's cool like that. She came back to me a month later to get her hair done for her wedding and she looked beautiful! While doing her hair we got to talking and turns out her fiancé was a guy I had known since I was 17! (I even dated his brother back in the day...small world)

    (look at those shoes!!!)

    I sent Ashleigh on her way looking beautiful as ever (as you can see above).  A few weeks later she found me on Facebook, friended me & asked me if I had any open appointments in the coming week. So we booked her a reservation and started working on getting her to that platinum blonde she wanted.

    We tried a variety of hi-lift formulas but each still left her hair too yellow. I tried using a toner after each new formula but, I still wasn't getting the results we were looking for. (Toners kick out unwanted colors such as yellow & orange) She stuck with me for a few months and finally, we decided to go ahead and go with lightner, it was the only option left. So with a little lightener and a toner we got the results we were looking for!! 

    Ashleigh was very adamant about keeping her hair healthy and letting it grow. So we got her on a good product prescription. Being blonde is not easy, the upkeep is very high matience & you have to give back what you take away from your hair. 

    Platinum is not an actual color it is hair that is void of all pigment & when you remove pigment you are also removing all the natural, good things your hair produces for itself. So keeping to a good, strong product prescription is very important.

    Ashleigh listened to everything I told her and did what she needed to do. Her hair is right where it needs to be and after a year of growing, it ended up at her shoulder blades....until today.

    Ashleigh made her appointment 2 weeks ago and told me then that she wanted to cut all of her hair off and go ALL BLONDE! As a stylist of course I was excited about this. We live for change. But, we also know that clients make rash decisions so I made sure this was exactly what she wanted to do....and it was...she does have a very coupious amount of hair so I can understand the matience of THICK, long hair. 

    She sent me a picture of a very dramatic, stacked bob. I of course LOVED it. So thats exactly what we did. 

    Now, our newest challenge is getting that under section to match the top. I did it before, so this should be super easy now that I have the perfect formula!

    Ashleigh has easily become one of my favorite clients and friends! We went through her husbands first deployment together and her going to realtor school. Their first outing after him returning home was a friends wedding. She came to me and said..."I want that retro pin-up style." Of course I was thrilled...."No problem" I said...and so it was done. :) 

    A stylist can only dream of all their clients being as laid back, mellow and AWESOME as Ashleigh. <3

  • Michael & Carina Photography: A Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine shoot.

    A few months ago I had the pleasure of working with Michael & Carina Photography . They are a couple of crazy in love photogrpahers. So who else to photograph your wedding other than the people who understand it best?! Michael is from Virginia, US and Carina is from Munich, Germany. They spent many years as pen pals before meeting and moving to Germany together. These two have seen the world including places like: Rome, Italy, Paris, France & even the Pyramids. They are too fun to work with and really find the love in each & every photograph.

    When I met them they were shooting for their first ad in Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine. I was on location at Lee Hall Mansion along with Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry. Hannah & Charles were our amazing models & wardrobe was provided by Bridal Boutique of Glouster. It was a crisp sunny day and I must say the pictures turned out just fabulously. Take a peek & If you are engaged be sure to check out all of these awesome vendors for your wedding day needs!

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