Finally, no Frizz!

Finally, no Frizz!

I'm so excited to report that my hair has actually been looking good this time around in the Azores!

In the past few visits, my hair looked like it did when I was at my worst in 8th grade! Ahh!! Talk about a frizz halo! It was so discouraging.

The winter here in the Azores is their rainy season, and so being here my hair is basically in a constant state of that 'misty shower air' that I am always so careful to cover up with a shower cap in!

So, you can guess my cringe factor knowing I don't have control over my hair here - until now!

Do you want to FEEL and look your best?

Do you want to FEEL and look your best?

As a hairstylist, it's my job to keep my clients looking and feeling their best. When I see a client for the first time, often we have a lengthy consultation talking about the likes and dislikes of her hair.

That first appointment doesn't always lead to addressing all the things she desires. It's just a starting point. From there, the hair and our relationship evolves. I get to know what does and doesn't work, and how she feels about what she thinks she wants, etc.

Just How Important is Your Shampoo, Curly Girls?

Just How Important is Your Shampoo, Curly Girls?

I get this question from clients all the time. That, and which product is the most important to purchase? While it varies from person to person, my answer usually is that the conditioner and styling product you use is of primary concern. That was before I tried Ouidad's Nourishing Oil Shampoo (see below)! 

Where to find a good Hair Stylist

Where to find a good Hair Stylist

She was telling me about how difficult it is to find a hair stylist when you move or when your stylist leaves, and it got me thinking. Finding a hair stylist is part of your 'team' of self care, along with your dentist, your doctor, your yoga teachers, massage therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, what have you, and it can be a daunting task.

Highlighting Hair the Healthy Way {For Curly Girls + Stylists}

Highlighting Hair the Healthy Way {For Curly Girls + Stylists}

I'm all about keeping clients looking natural. I think what we are born with is beautiful just the way it is, but highlighting the hair accentuates it that much more - much like what being at the beach will do for you! So, I'm a big fan of creating dimensional looks in the hair using foiling techniques. Yes, balayage + hairpainting is all the rage now because of it's natural looking results, but I'll tell you why I still hold true to the foiling...

Healthy Hair Habits to Restore Natural Color + Luster

Healthy Hair Habits to Restore Natural Color + Luster

I read a Hair Health article the other day on the insight blog by Banyan Botanicals, and took some notes to share with you all! I've mentioned in a previous blog post about my love for using Healthy Hair Oil as a treatment once a month, but here are a few more cliff notes on why your hair self care routine is so important to your overall health!

Summertime Self Care Solutions

Summertime Self Care Solutions

Well, it's official, summer is upon us! As the sun reached it's highest point last week, marking the Summer Solstice, and the full moon pulled down towards us, we had a chance to align with the yin and yang within us and surrounding us. As we transition into the summer season, let's all remember to dance with this delicate balance.

How to find the right Hairstylist

How to find the right Hairstylist

If you're in the market for a new hair stylist because you're either not getting the love from your present stylist, you've just moved and are developing your team, you're looking for a change, or just haven't met your match yet, I'll let you in on a secret that will reveal whether they're the right fit for you.

Spring Hair in Harmony

Spring Hair in Harmony

Oh my gosh, I had SUCH a cool experience at the latest hair color class I took by J. Beverly Hills a few weeks ago. I mean, this class was designed for me - how could I not pass up this description: "Learn how to customize and personalize every client experience through understanding the art of Feng Shui. Elements of personality are studied to show how you can achieve harmony when creating an overall 'look'". Yes Please!

Winter Hair (+ Scalp) Fix

Winter Hair (+ Scalp) Fix

Well, it's officially winter! I woke up to snow on the ground and all over my car this morning. That means the heat has been cranking inside, leaving my clients complaining about itchy, dry scalp, dry, limp hair, and tangles galore from scarfs and coats!

As a curly girl, I have been a devoted Ouidad Climate Control Gel user, which is the best frizz fighter out there - especially in heat and humidity! But this year, I started using Ouidad's Tress Fx gel on my curls, and I am blown away by the results!

What Makes a Stylist Great. {For fellow Stylists + Clients alike}

What Makes a Stylist Great. {For fellow Stylists + Clients alike}

I LOVE being a hair stylist! I love being able to help people love their hair because I struggled with mine for so many years, which eventually turned into a passion for helping others with what I now know!

I love that this career path is ever changing, that I get to work with people; having awesome conversations, learning from them, and being inspired by them! I love that I work in the beauty industry ~ this multi-billion dollar business of looking good and feeling good! Because that's what it's really about, right? -- Feeling good! Feeling confident of being a reflection of who we truly are on the inside ~ our own unique expression of self! :)

Style Your Curls Quickly and Easily with this Approach {New Video!}

Hi Curly Girls!

I have a new video for you so you can embrace loving your curls! One of the most common concerns I hear from my clients in the salon is, "how am I ever going to be able to make my hair look like you do at home!" Do not fear my friends, you will become your own styling master in no time, and the best way is by scheduling a styling session with me!;)

The key is to have time and patience when you style your hair! If you don't put yourself first, what kind of outcome do you expect? You just have to carve out a little time, just like you do when you do any other self care routines, whether it's cooking for yourself, or meditating. Give yourself 15-30 minutes a couple times a week and you will be in good shape! You get whatever you put into it!

I created this version of the Ouidad Rake and Shake Styling technique for the client who just can't be bothered with trying to make her curls look as good as they can! Someone who may not be 'style savvy', or may be someone who runs every morning and sweats a lot, or someone who just can't be bothered with the steps it takes to make your curls look good.

Whatever the reason, there is a short cut, but short cuts aren't always the best way to go, even if they still get you there, right?!

This short cut will get you there, however. It will eliminate frizz, give your curls definition, and shine. The difference between this styling technique and the more thorough Rake and Shake is that it doesn't have lasting power, meaning it won't take you  3/4 days before you have to re wet and re style again. It will also give you a more expanded look because you aren't defining your curls right from the root, the way we do when we work off the 5 sections that shape the round of your head.

But, as long as you are thoroughly saturating your hair with product, you are still better off than not, and are one step away from the finesse of the real deal Rake and Shake. So maybe you adopt this style as your everyday run out the door look, and save the real deal for special occasions? Whatever it may be, this is a good tool for your tool box so you can embrace your curls quickly and easily!

I hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to share your comments or questions below!

You Go, Curl! ;)

An Easy, Breezy, Beauty Tip

tarte bb cream Ready for a little 'Beauty Bit'?

There's nothing worse than putting on heavy makeup when your face is sweating in the heat of summer, right?! But, we / I tend to get red, blotchy and sunburned, so it's not so 'hot' to go out looking like that now is it?

I've tried many makeup lines and pick my battles when it comes to putting any chemicals on my skin. If I can avoid it, I do (Ouidad is a non-negotiable for my hair), that's why I'm so glad to have found an all natural, mineral based, oil-free BB cream for my face!

I found it at Sephora, go figure! I had used the line, Juice Beauty, in the past, but the consistency, texture and sheer quality of Tarte Makeup makes it my better choice! It's gluten free, paraben free and eco conscious too!

Instead of using a foundation, this BB cream is formulated to be a light moisturizer, with SPF protection, sheer to buildable coverage, and is your all-in-one, go-to product for a summer glow! Check out the website for more info!

A few dabs of this, a little lip gloss, a quick swipe of mascara, and you're out the door for a fresh faced summer look!

For more Beauty Tips, click here.

Glow on!

KATE-SIGNATURE