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Back to School Beauty

Summer is in full swing and we're already seeing ads and articles for back to school.  So what's in this season and what are you going to need? 

The biggest rule of thumb on this one is to keep it simple.  If you recall the back to school scene with Drew Barrimore in Never Been Kissed, her idea of returning to school was a bit over the top.  If you haven't seen the movie - it's a must see.

With beauty and trend varying from region to region, be sure to do your homework.   Look at what others are doing and what's being offered by your local retailers, and avoid overdoing it.  Here are my top beauty tips for back to school beauty this season. 

Attire:  
Classic denim and white tops are perfect for every day wear (I personally prefer dark denim).  Whether a simple polo or a classic T, white shirts and tops are a safe bet and always trendy.  If you're worried about designs on your jeans pockets, don't stress.   You can always go for a more casual look and leave…

Ellington Handbags

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My friends at Ellington Handbags have done it again.  I look forward to using my new messenger bag from my friends at Ellington.  Great job.  

Price: $209.00
Item Code: 3149BK
Dimensions: H 11” / W 14” / D 3” / Strap 12-23” drop length

New style! Free standard shipping for a limited time.
This modernupdate to a classic messenger bag is the perfect combination of casual and polished. The roomy interior can carry file folders, books, and even a laptop computer. Featuring Ellington's signature Glazed Italian Lamb Leather with a dyed-to-match cotton cross-body strap. The underside of the rounded flap is lined in soft suede.

Strap adjusts to shoulder or crossbody lengthMetal feet on bottom of bagExterior slip pocket with magnetic closure (back)Flap with magnetic closure, lined in dyed-to-match suedeLarge zip pocket beneath flapInterior includes a three slip pockets, a zip pocket and a key clipFits standard 15" laptopFor a complete shopping experience with some of the be…

Salon Events

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If you're a salon or day spa looking to spice up your season, why not have a salon event, a salon beauty event, or makeover campaign.  Or, if you're a client and would like to encourage your salon professional to add a little zing, encourage  salon events or promotions of some kind to boost energy, create excitement, and have a little fun.

Salon events are a great deal of fun for everyone involved.  Often times, product manufacturers are excited and thrilled to help support an in-salon event and many times provide samples or complimentary services to support the excitement such as hand massages, make-up applications, or even light catering.  Over the years I have helped coordinate many special events for salons across the country, as well as retailers looking to showcase new products and seasonal promotions.   We don't have to wait until holiday season to have fun in the workplace.  By having salon events you're offering a little something special for your clients and s…

Highlights

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If you're adding a dash of hair color this summer, you don't need to overdo it to get a great new look.  

Ask your salon professional for face-frame highlights to brighten the facial features and tone with a sandy beige, or caramel colored glaze for soft blending and a better than natural sun-kissed look.

What to ask for:  
1:  8-10 foils working from the forehead back
2:  2-3 foils along the temple area at a 45 degree angle from the front to back
3.  Glaze or tone as needed and follow up with a deep conditioning treatment in-salon

In many cases, you may not need a glaze or toner if you're going for a very subtle lift.   Simply leave foils on for 3-5 minutes (or until desired brightness is achieved).  When removing foils, your stylist will work quickly to remove color and give a great new look to your hair for summertime fun. 

Remember to take home the prescribed retail products to keep your hair looking its best, and to help retain your color.

Celebrity Hair Tips

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When your summertime hair feels more like a summertime haystack, everyone wants to know what to do, and how to bring back life and luster to their manes.  Never fear, we have great hair tips here that even celebrities use to help support healthy and shiny hair.

1.  Never let hair dry just after swimming in the pool or at the beach.  Chlorine and salt water can dry in the hair and harden causing a dehydrated look and feel.  This can lead to tangling, breakage, and color fading.   Try to find a convenient location to shampoo and condition immediately after swimming.

2.  Apply a pre-condition treatment to hair prior to swimming.  This helps coat the hair and prevents excess build up of chlorine or salt-water, as well as excessive sun damage.

3.  To add condition and shine to hair, add a dime sized amount of a silicone serum or hair shine serum to conditioner, and leave on for 5-7 minutes.    Rinse with warm water and style as normal.

4.  Go easy on excessive heat and styling during excessive…

Salon Savings

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Today, with more and more online offers being presented, how are salons and clients to maintain their relationships with each being devoted to the other? 

If you love your stylist, why stray?  However, if you are unhappy with your cut or color, online promotions might be a great way to find someone new.  They can, on the other hand, be a risky way to have your hair done especially if the salon or stylist is a "new-comer" to the industry.  Here are my top tips for getting a great value, maintaining a great relationship w/ your stylist, or searching out a new one.

Do your homework!   Look at how long the stylist or salon has been in business, credits or events they have worked on, etc. Ask for referrals.  It's always best when someone you know refers you to a great stylist.    This makes the relationship more meaningful for everyone. If you are purchasing an online "deal of the day" once again, do your homework, visit the company's website, ask questions and …