Saturday, December 12, 2009

Weird looks...

Sometimes I get looked at weird if I ask my client "Do you want change?" This is why... Some people tip their hairstylist. By some, I mean probably 90% of people.

Well, some people tip and some don't. I just don't think it is a well known thing. It's not a percentage thing either, you don't need to calculate 15% like you do your waitress.

Now that I work from home, I really don't care if people tip or not. I am not working on commission, do not have to pay a booth rent, and I know that my clients love me. I do not expect to be tipped.

That being said, I used to work at Fantastic Sam's, where I did 6+ haircuts an hour, and averaged $7-$13/per hour. To me, that was working hard for no money. So the tips did matter to me. Most people did a $2 tip for a haircut, and a $5 tip for a color or perm.

At JC Penney Salon where I then worked for 3+ years, people tipped a lot better. Probably $5 for a haircut and $10 for a color/perm. That's a big tip though.

When I made my prices at home, I did $23/woman's haircut, thinking they would probably then give me a $2 tip and just give me $25. I priced my colors and perms similar. I think a lot of salons do that, so that's a good number to go by, if their haircuts are $28, you could just round up and give $30.

Although I do appreciate all that I get, and my clients are sooo generous, I really do not care if I get a tip. I just love my clients and I know that they love me even if they don't tip. I like giving my clients a good deal, and especially if they are struggling financially, I'd rather they just save their money :)

Just thought I'd put this out there in case maybe someone will read it and then know a general idea of why I ask that strange question.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


When you are having pictures taken from a distance, it's okay to have "big hair."

Tis was the case today when sitting on santa's lap...

Did a half up-do. Used my messy bun technique.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

French rope braids into a pony

I wanted something that would keep her hair back all day. So I did these three french rope braids and then just pulled them into a messy ponytail.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Recession Hair #6

Recession Hair tip #6

#6. Go to a cheaper salon. I used to work at a nicer salon, called The Doll House Salon (sounds like a strip joint, huh?) Then at Fantastic Sam's, then at JCPenney Salon, and now at home. Do you think my still level has changed that much during all these different salons? No, I was giving the same basic haircuts at Fantastic Sam's as I was at JCPenny's, I was just charging $10 more at JCPenney's.

By doing it at home, I try to charge about what it costs at Fantastic Sam's. I do not have to pay booth rent, or a commission to the salon, so I try to pass on those savings to my clients. I do need to raise my prices though, my time is worth alot more to me nowadays, and I don't need the money as bad, but I am to scared. If I move again, I will do it, or I will stop doing hair altogether :)

But anyways, that's my tip. Go to a cheaper salon. Most people at Fantastic Sam's brought their kids in, found a stylist that they liked and then came and had their own hair done. That's a good way to go about it I think.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Recession Hair #5

Recession Hair tip #5

#5. Stop coloring your hair. (Don't do it!) But, if you are poor enough, this is one thing you should cut out. It is not really a necessity. (YES IT IS!)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Recession Hair #4

Recession Hair tip #4

#4. Touch the color up in between colors. I will admit, that sometimes, I realize my hubby has a work party, or something in the evening, and I don't have much time, so I'll just put a few highlights down my part, and in the front. This only lasts me about 2 weeks before I have to do it again. There is also a color stick that you can buy, or colored powder that you spray on your hair to hide the roots.

This Bumble and Bumble spray powder is $35, so really not to economical. You can use it though if you have thin hair and it really helps make your hair look thicker.

Here's a different one I saw on the Rachel Ray Show that is a bit cheaper, at $21/bottle, still expensive.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Recession Hair #3

Recession Hair Tip #3

#3. Color your own hair. I personally color my own. It kinda sucks, I'm not going to lie. It takes me forever, and sometimes my foils bleed, and I have to go an touch it up a bit. But if you want to color your own, I recommend going to Sally Beauty Supply, and asking them to help you.

For example, if you want to go darker than you are, you can use 10 volume. This is the least damaging to your hair.

But if you want grey coverage, you must use 20 volume. Also if you want about the same level of darkness that you already are or if you want to go a little lighter, you can use 20 volume.

If you want to go alot lighter, you should never put above 20 volume on your scalp, so you should use a highlighting cap, or foils and paint it on.

But if you already have colored your hair, and want to go lighter than you are, you must use bleach, not color to lift it. Color will not lift color predictably. That means, that yes, there is a chance it will lift and turn out okay, but it's risky. It may be blotchy, or lift higher on the roots, or whatever... risky.

But what if you don't want the bleached color, but a warm light brown? then you must lift with bleach, then deposit with color. Also, if you want highlights, leave it on longer than you think. Most people don't leave it on long enough when they do it themselves and it turns out brassy, or yellow looking.

I do not really know how to use the grocery store box color, or Sally's kind either. That is just my recommendation.

Actually my recommendation is to not do it. Just pay a professional. It's worth the money.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Recession Hair #2

Recession Hair tip #2

#2. Find someone to your hair on trade. My friend comes over and I cut her kids hair for free and then she babysits for me while I do other people's hair. I have also done a trade to have my brother's vents cleaned out for him. I cannot do this too often, because I do need the cash, but if you cannot afford haircuts, this is an option.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Recession Hair

Recession Hair. What is that you may ask yourself. Well, there is a number of ways you can save money during this economic crisis.

#1. Cut your kids/husbands hair yourself. I personally think it is worth $9 to go to a professional and spend only 10 minutes in the chair, rather than save yourself $9 and spend an hour cutting it yourself. But, then again, my husband has a job, and I have a job, so money is not as tight in our household. (I do cut all of ours myself, though).

Stay tuned for more Recession Hair tips...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Superbowl commercial contest...

Getting better... I'll start posting again soon.

For now..

My Brother-in law Mark entered the Dorito's Superbowl commercial contest. His video is really funny! You guys should check it out...

What do you think? Is it going to win?

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Have you heard of this book called Pinkalicious? Well, It is Sophia's AND Taylor's favorite book. It is so cute. It's about a little girl who eats too many cupcakes and she turns PINK! "My face was pink, my hands were pink, and my belly was the color of a sunset!"

You should check out their site here. They have idea's for having a pinkalicious party, they have coloring pages and more. So Cute.
This is what Sophia wanted to be for Halloween. It was honestly her idea!

Here's how I did her hair... Sorry about the bad pictures, but it's a upside down topsy tail.
So that it looks like this when done.

And I managed to come home from trick or treating with a fever and body-aches (SWINE FLU) I figured it's my turn, since my other kids have been sick for the last 10 days (grrr).... but my husband thought it was awfully convenient that he had to give Sophia her bath and wash all that pink off her face and hair.

I love Halloween and my kids. I never want them to grow up.

Puff braid crown...

Remember this post I did about this princess twist? Well, I thought I'd do something a little bit like it, but simpler for those who have not mastered the twisting technique yet...

It's a puff braid crown...
I just started on one side, and went down to about the ear, then started taking sections from the back...

I just put elastics all the way down the pony...

Then into a bun... secured it with two bobby pins.

All done.

Friday, October 30, 2009


I know this is a hair blog, but today I was like, "Oh my gosh, my eyebrows need waxing SOOOO bad!" So I thought we could talk about eyebrows.

Before. Embarrassing, huh?

Here is the general rules for eyebrows...

Use a pencil and draw a line from your nose to the corner of your eye to your brow. that's where your brow should start.

Okay, for the arch... Draw a line from your nose to the middle of your eye, and up to your brow. That's where your highest point of your arch should be...
Then, for the end of your brow, you should draw a line from your nose to the corner of your eye, to your brow. I should try to grow mine in a little tiny bit there.

I usually don't remove any hair above the brow. I will wax the top a little to remove any stragglers, but generally, you want your eyes to look bigger and open, and if you remove a bunch of hair above the brow going into it, it will make your eyes look smaller or saggy.

I also used some matte eyeshadow and filled in my brows a bit. I have really light eyebrows and eyelashes, so I've found if I fill them in a little, they look better.

I like to keep the natural shape of a person's eyebrow. If you naturally have straighter eyebrows, I like to still wax an arch in there, but for the the general shape, I would keep them kind of straight... Make sense?

For more eyebrow tips go to They tell you everything you may ever need to know about eyebrows.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Boys Haircut

Here's another boy's haircut to show you...
Before picture...

Started with a #2 and go all around the head, about up to the temples...

Take the little trimmers and trim around the hairline...

Now wet it, and take horizontal sections on top in the middle section...
Pull a little from that section forward, and use that as your guide and cut that section...

Now take that section and cut it vertically... Just cut off the points...

You cut off the points, see?

Now use that first section as your guide, and cut the side top sections...

See the guide?

Take those sections and cut them vertically too. Just cut off the points though...

Now to blend the top with the sides, I am using a technique that is a little harder for beginners. It's called scissor-over-comb. If you can't or don't feel comfortable doing it, refer to my other boy's haircut I posted here. In that one, I just took the hair in little sections going around the head, and cut off the points.

To do this scissor-over-comb, you just comb the hair upward, and cut off the hair little bits at a time.
All done...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fast Twist

Lately I've been doing this really fast twist on Sophia's hair. It's not the cutest, but I love that it is fast, keeps all her wispy's in, and still looks like I did her hair :)

Here's how you do it...

Take a piece and just start twisting...
Add chunks of hair as you go...

See, keep adding...

I decided to do it on both sides this time...

Add a bow, and it looks better :)

Love doing just one, and having a side ponytail, or this messy bun I did for church the other day...

My husband said she looks like a flamingo dancer :)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cheap vs. Expensive Shampoo

Yes, I'll admit, I am a cheap skate.

I buy my Biolage shampoo and Conditioner by the gallon at my beauty supply store. But it has not been on sale in a while, so I bought Herbal Essences Shampoo, and Suave Conditioner to try to last me until it was on sale. Let me just tell you... It sucks. I will not stoop so low as to wash my clients hair in such cheap stuff, but for my hubby and I, I did it.

First let me tell you about the shampoo: I have to use 4X as much in order to even get a descent lather and to feel like it even saturated my hair. Then I feel like it doesn't even rinse easy. I do not like. If I have to use so much more, it really isn't much cheaper than the expensive stuff.

Now for the conditioner: I have to use about 6X as much as usual, and then my hair is still so snarly and feels kinda like straw when I am brushing it. I HATE.

Biolage is my favorite. It lathers well, rinses well, smells yummy, and leaves my hair tangle free and static free. I love you dear Biolage. Please go on sale soon.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"If you have bad hair, you have a bad life"

Yep, that's right. Think about it, if you have bad hair, you hate looking at yourself in the mirror, you don't want to go out in public, and you don't want anyone to see you. What a bad life!

My advice today... Go get your hair done. Who doesn't look and feel beautiful after getting their hair colored/cut and styled?

Yep, everyone needs their hair colored.

They say as we get older, our hair naturally turns darker. So...


Amazing advice, huh? I guess there is an instance where this dosen't apply.

The other day, a saleswoman came to my door. She asked if my mom was here. I was like, "huh, I am the mom" and she was really embarrassed :) So maybe in that case, I should dye my hair darker :) But believe me, everyone should dye it one way or another. You'll feel prettier :)

EVERYONE should change their hairstyle every 3 years. YES I'll repeat. That was every THREE years. SO if you have had the same hairstyle for 20 years, go do something drastic. Loose those feather bangs. Look at hair magazines, celebrity's and even people in your local Target. If NO one else has permed hair, use that as a hint. I say Target, and not Wal*Mart for a reason :) J/k I like Wal*Mart.

Okay, now, If you have good hair and still a bad life, at least you have good hair, so is it really that bad of a life? :) Go feel pretty today. If you can't go get your hair done professionally, go upstairs, and style it really good, backcomb alot, and hairspray way too much. You'll at least have a good hair day today, if not a good day all together :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

French Fish Bone Braids

When I saw this cool fish bone braid on a blog, it got me excited to do a hair blog. I thought this braid was awesome, and remember seeing it when I was little but had since long forgotten it. Here's the link with a video on how to do it at

And just to make you laugh... a funny picture.
Yes, you've heard of kids having an "attached tongue" well, my kids and I have detached tongues, making us practically gifted. I can stick my tongue up my nose, make a clover, and fold it in half and then raise it up while still folded.

Gifted, I tell you.