Ultimate Gift Guide for the Hair Lover

I can’t believe the holidays are already here! I’ve put together the perfect gift guide for the hair lover. I love these gifts because they’re perfect for the beauty lover & all so useful! Enjoy!

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Luxury shower cap

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This shower cap is mold resistant, waterproof, super comfy & not to mention so cute! I use my shower cap 5 days a week and love having a shower cap that is fashionable and reusable. It also comes in a couple different colors/styles!

Hair, Skin & Nail Vitamins with Biotin!

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The perfect stocking stuffer! These vitamins have vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients for healthy hair, skin and nails. The vitamin C is a great collagen booster and biotin is so good for the health of your hair!!

100% Silk Luxury Pillowcase

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Silk pillow cases are a MUST for damaged hair, extensions, good skin and healthy hair! Silk reduces the friction between the hair and the pillowcase - causing less breakage and helps blowouts last longer! Silk has natural proteins help hair stay moisturized and frizz-free. It also never absorbs facial cream. This one also comes in a ton of different color options!

Trendy Velvet Scrunchies

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Velvet Scrunchies are so trendy right now! They are more healthy than elastic hair ties, and you can create a more put together pony. These make the perfect inexpensive stocking stuffer.

Wet Brush + Extension Brush

Click the image to purchase the wet brush or extension brush of your choice!

Wet brushes are a must have for tangles, and prevents damage to hair! And if you have extensions- these extension brushes are AMAZING.

T3 Cura Blow Dryer

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The TOP blowdryer of 2018 and also the newest from T3! This blow dryer will help with frizz, speed, shine, and also has an auto pause sensor! So cool! Features include:

  • Digitally-controlled heat dries hair quickly while maintaining body and shine

  • 5 Heat & 2 Speed Settings offer styling customization for all hair types and textures

  • Volume Booster Switch boosts texture and volume

  • Auto Pause Sensor intuitively pauses airflow when you release the dryer handle

  • Lock-in Cool Shot Button locks in any style for a smooth, sleek finish

  • Lightweight design and quiet operation for a luxurious drying experience

  • Ergonomic Slant Handle helps alleviate wrist strain for effortless drying

Shower Head Filter

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A shower filter is a MUST have for blondes, and healthy hair! Chlorine from hard water is one of the causes of brassy, dry and damaged hair. This filter can remove up to 95% of chlorine from shower water which improves hair health and beauty, increases color retention and vibrancy, helps skin retain more moisture and look healthier, and makes skin noticeably softer and smoother.

1.25” BioIonic Curing Iron

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This is the curling Iron I use in the salon everyday! I absolutely LOVE this iron, it creates the perfect beach wave and the extra long barrel is perfect for creating that perfect effortless look

GHD Nocturne Flat Iron

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GHD is always my go to for flat irons! I’ve had the one I use at home for a couple years now and it still works great! I love this flat iron because it leaves the hair silky, doesn’t snag, and the rounded edges are perfect for flat iron curls!

The perfect at home scalp massage

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Another cute stocking stuffer idea. These head massagers are the perfect alternative to that amazing scalp massage you get at the salon. Trust me.


I hope you guys enjoyed these gift ideas for the hair lover in your life! XOXO

The wedding video & full ceremony unedited!

GUYS!!!!!!! I am SO SO SO excited to share the wedding video with yall! So many of you guys have been following me and with me as clients for the entire year we’ve been planning. As much as I try to share and tell you all about it online and in the salon there just really isn’t a way to share this day with you guys other than photos…until NOW! At the end of this post I’m attaching the edited video of our wedding day and also the full ceremony, completely unedited! (I actually wrote our entire ceremony as well)

You’ll really enjoy watching me say my vows in the unedited video, because I got cut off…by a train.

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I wanted to be able to give you all a little piece of our wedding day, and the video gives us all the feelings and emotions all over again, and I hope it will for you too. .

We were torn about hiring a videographer for our wedding day because we paid for our entire wedding ourselves, and we didn’t have a large budget. I will tell you right now, it was worth every penny and more. If I would have had to make a choice between food and the video…lets just say my guests would have been hungry. haha..

I did a lot of research online about wedding planning and one thing I kept reading over and over again was that most brides #1 regret was not hiring a videographer for their wedding. I didn’t want to look back and regret anything (and I honestly don’t!) We used Paperbird Films for our videographer and I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend them. One thing we were nervous about too was being on camera, and honestly we didn’t even notice our videographer was there, because he was so discrete.

Everything about our wedding day was so amazing and it honestly was the best day of my life. When I woke up on our wedding day it was like waking up to all of my childhood Christmas Day’s in one moment. I was so nervous, excited, and ready to marry Eric. I got ready with my bridesmaids, my mom and mother in law. It was quiet and intimate which helped me stay calm. We drank mimosas, got our hair and makeup done, and one of my favorite moments was the bridesmaids first look. It was so special.

I was so nervous leading up to the wedding and on the day of because we were saying our own vows. I hate public speaking and I didn’t want to mess up, or cry too hard. I was overthinking it for weeks. I even messaged my officiant (aka my uncle) and asked him to write up a back up plan for the part where we said our vows incase I choked. I was just so nervous about it and I don’t know why! Looking back saying our own vows was another one of the decisions I am so happy about.

The moment leading up to me walking down the isle felt like an eternity. We all lined up to walk out, obviously me being last. I watched each bridesmaid and groomsmen walk before me, one by one. This was the moment I had been dreaming of in my head over and over for a year. My head was going crazy with nerves because of the vows and the excitement. As I heard the bridal party song start to end and the last bridesmaid and groomsmen were no longer in sight, there I was. Just my mom, my wedding planner and I. I couldn’t imagine any other 2 people more calming to be with in that moment. I felt like I was going to faint, I got soo dizzy and started to cry a little but they both calmed me down so gently.

Then I heard the song come on. The piano version of A Thousand Years. The song I was sure was overplayed at this point, after replaying it on youtube over and over again for the past year. I waited for that moment, really my whole life, but for that moment with the song, and my first step out towards my future with Eric, with my mom walking me down the isle. The feeling was unreal.

Guys that walk was longgg, really, it was a long walk from the bridal suite to the ceremony site at our venue. And it sounds cliche, but with each step I took all of my nerves were slowly going away and by the time I was in front of Eric, and in front of all of our friends and family. I was calm. I was at home. I said the vows, even better than I thought I would.

Everything was perfect, and we had so much fun dancing with our friends and family the rest of the night. Like everyone said, it went by so fast and before I knew it the night was over and we were in the limo on our way home. Getting these videos back was like reliving the day all over again. I hope you guys enjoy them!

I have attached our edited video of our entire wedding day below!

And here is the full ceremony, unedited!

I decided to share the unedited wedding ceremony with you guys for a few reasons. One, so you guys could share the moment with us. But also because its real, and raw. You guys can see each moment of the ceremony, from Erics reaction… to the train cutting me off. I wrote our ceremony script for my uncle to read, and I looked up a ton of youtube videos trying to get inspiration for the ceremony wording. I hope this video can help someone else write their own vows, their own ceremony, or help calm your nerves about saying your own vows on your wedding day.

The wedding day attire

I’m so excited to share all the wedding day outfit, accessories and details with you guys! I will be linking the items we purchased at the bottom of the post!

Getting Ready

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Getting ready with everyone was such a fun part of the wedding day! I got ready at the venue with my bridesmaids, my mom and mother in law. It was so nice to be able to get ready at the venue and not worry about driving to the ceremony after getting hair and makeup done. If you can get ready at your venue or nearby I for sure recommend it! Make sure to buy waters, snacks like finger sandwhiches, fruit and veggies! And don’t forget the champagne!

I gifted my bridesmaids with a cute box they could put all their items in with their initial on them.

In each box I had:

  • Kendra Scott Earrings that matched their dress (if you mention you’re getting the earnings for your wedding party you can get a discount on your purchase depending on how many pairs your buying!)

  • A champagne flute that said bridesmaid, maid of honor, or mother of the bride/groom

  • A pair of silver flip flops to change into later

I also got them these cute silk robes with their names on them. I wanted to get them robes they could wear again, so I choose to put their first names instead of “bridesmaid”

I love when everything flows together, so I choose to get robes that matched the color of the dresses and I got my mom and mother in law dark navy colored robes to match the color scheme! I also had the hangers made with their names on them as well!

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The Bridal Party Attire

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Choosing the attire for the bridal party was one of the most difficult wedding planning decisions for me. I knew I wanted neutral colors but that was about it. It was hard to make a decision between mis-matched bridesmaid dresses, the suit colors, and the bridesmaid dress colors! Ultimately after reaching out to my photographer and wedding planner (who are both super detail oriented, and a little OCD like me) they helped me make a decision that would look best and flow nicely in photos.

Our photographer explained that darker suits always make the dresses pop! So true! Especially against the white dress. And dark colors for groomsmen tend to photograph better and look more “fancy and elegent” She explained her opinion on keeping the groomsmen and groom in the same colors tends to look more cohesive, rather than having the groom in a separate color than the groomsmen. This made me realize I wanted everyone in the same color palettes, because I am lover of all things cohesive! For someone who has her entire closet color coordinated, I don’t know why I was thinking mismatched dresses would work for me..haha.

I feel like you see sooo many examples and ideas on pinterest that it can get overwhelming! So I loved getting this honest opinion from a photographers point of view. I think mismatched groomsmen or bridesmaids can look great! But for someone like me, who likes things in order and is super OCD- it just wasn’t my style. I knew I would overthink it too much, haha.

We ended up choosing black suits for the guys and light grey dresses for the bridesmaids! Each bridesmaid got to choose her own neckline, which I loved. They were able to pick a dress that worked best with their body type, and it still looked “mismatched” but with the same colors!

And she was right! Everything flowed together and looked cohesive, just like I imagined! Also…can we talk about how cute our ring bearer and flower girl were? I had them somewhat match the bridal party, again with the cohesiveness ;)

The Dress

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And now….the DRESS! AHH, I miss my dress. I wish it was acceptable to wear it for date night on the weekend, haha. :(

So, I was never one of those people who thought about their wedding dress before getting engaged! So I had no idea what to get, or what style I wanted. But when I tried this one on…I knew! I would recommend trying on all the different styles of dresses until you find one that you like!

I loved the lace detail, of my dress and the long train. I added the lace sleeves to match the lace on the dress, and opted for a long veil with lace to match my dress as well!

My wedding day accessories included: (I will link these at the bottom of the post)

  • Matching Kendra Scott earnings and necklace

  • Custom Lace Veil

  • Matching hair pins

  • Lace wedge heels

  • Detachable custom lace sleeves


One of my favorite moments of the day was my bridesmaids “first look” It was so fun to put my dress on and see their reaction! Eric and I didn’t do a first look, so it was really sweet and fun to do something like this with my girls!

Photographer: Honey Gem Creative
Bridesmaid Robes: Tohappilyeverafter on Etsy
Bridesmaid Earrings: Kendra Scott (Similar earrings here)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way but they went out of business. I would recommend: Azazie or Lulus for inexpensive and similar styles!
Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar
My Dress Designer: Pronovias
My Dress Shop: Serendipity Bridal Austin
My Moms Dress: Nordstrom-Pisarro Nights Beaded Pencil Dress
My Shoes: Nordstrom- Elyana Strappy Wedge Sandal
My Necklace: Kendra Scott- Shelly Pendant Necklace
My Earrings: Kendra Scott- Bea Drop Earrings
My Hair Accessories: TopGracia on Etsy

I hope you guys enjoyed reading all about our wedding day attire! Comment below with any other questions! Next up: Wedding hair and makeup!

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How to throw the perfect bachelorette party!

Austin Bachelorette: #FarewellToFeezel

Hey guys! The wedding is coming up so quick and I just had the BEST bachelorette party ever! I've teamed up with @shopstagandhen to fill you guys in on what we did and how to plan the perfect weekend! Make sure to go to shopstagandhen.com to purchase all the essential bachelorette party needs like we did below and also for more cute bachelorette party ideas! You can also read about my bachelorette party weekend there too!  

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When it came time for me to celebrate my final fling, I decided to ditch the now typical destination weekend and stay in my hometown of Austin! By skipping a flight or road-trip, the girls and I were able to not only save some money but also really relax by avoiding the stresses that comes with traveling. We rented an amazing house in South Austin with a pool, enjoyed a fancy dinner out and hit the bars downtown for drinks and scavenger hunt. Oh and did I mention the private twerking class?! Read on for all the details! 

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We got matching bride squad hats for a pool day at our bachelorette party pad in South Austin. 

The Weekend Itinerary
What We Did

We had the perfect mix of downtime by the pool and partying on Austin's famous sixth street! The weekend kicked off with a twerking class at the house (um, amazing!) followed by a pool day on Saturday and bachelorette party scavenger hunt at the bars Saturday night. 

Friday
• Check into the house and decorate! 
• Welcome party with drinks, snacks and a Chick-Fil-A nugget tray
• Private twerking class by @twerkoutaustin (AMAZING)
• Drinks out on West Sixth Street at The RanchConcrete Cowboy and Green Light Social Club

Saturday
• Breakfast at the house
• Pool day with party floats and mimosas
• Pre-party at the house and Quiz The Groom game (with a surprise video message from the groom!! omg cutest thing EVER guys)
• Dinner at Stella San Jac
•  Scavenger Hunt at the bars on Sixth Street (aka "dirty sixth") I did NOT want to do this at first, but it ended up being so fun! And probably the last time I will ever do it haha! 

Sunday
• Breakfast and head home! 

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Before heading to dinner at Stella San Jac in our little black dresses and coordinating sashes from Etsy.

The Bachelorette Pad
Where We Stayed

We found an amazing house with a pool AND a waterslide (a MUST for summertime in Texas) in South Austin. The modern-style townhouse was a perfect location for the weekend - just a 10 minute Uber to downtown and close to all the other famous spots South Austin has to offer like South Congress, Barton Springs and Zilker Park. 

3 bedroom, 3 bathroom VRBO
VRBO - Modern Resort Style Home with Pool

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The Party Favors
How We Accessorized

It's not a bachelorette party without some bride tribe bling! We accessorized with a decorations and favors from EtsyStag & Hen and Target.

• Bride Squad Hats - Etsy (VowandVibe)
• Sahes - Etsy (LeRoseGifts) 
• Bachelorette Name-tag Pins - Stag & Hen
• Customized Cup Decals - Etsy (TheAbbyCo)
• Ring and Flamingo Pool Floats - Target
• Quiz The Groom Party Game - Stag & Hen
• Bachelorette Party Scavenger Hunt - Stag & Hen

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We accessorized with sashes, hats, party pins and tons of adorable decorations from EtsyStag & Hen and Target

The Round Up
Where We Ate, Drank & Celebrated

Finding great restaurants and a place to stay can be tough! Here's a round up of some of the spots we recommend from my Austin bachelorette bash. 

•  House Rental - VRBO Modern Resort Style Home
•  Twerking Class - Twerk Out Austin
•  Dinner - Stella San Jac
•  Bar - The Ranch
•  Bar - Concrete Cowboy
•  Bar - Green Light Social Club

One of my favorite parts of the weekend? Snapping photos of our weekend old-school style with a Polaroid camera - such a fun idea! 

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Want even more cute bach ideas?! Follow @shopstagandhen for bachelorette inspiration, giveaways, deals and MORE!

New Orleans Travel Guide

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities! I've been 3 times now and it just gets better every time. I love the old, southern charm and the food is to DIE for. I feel like it gets a bad rep because of the infamous (dirty) Bourbon Street...but thats just because you need to get OFF Bourbon! Okay, go to a couple bars to say you did it if it's your first time and then follow this guide for all the best restaurants, bars, and things to do! 

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Favorite Bars

Pirates Alley Cafe-
This is my FAVORITE bar in New Orleans! It is a tiny little bar, where they make absinthe right in front of you (I don't like strong drinks and I actually enjoy these!) AND! The bartenders are dressed in character in old pirate outfits. It's like taking a step back in time! 

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Carousel Bar at the Monteleone-
This is a must do! Try to get there early in the day to get a seat at the bar!

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Pat Obreins Bourbon St-
A cute bar on Bourbon that isn't trashy! You're welcome :) 
 

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Lafittes Blacksmith Bar/Shop-
This is the oldest bar in the US built in 1722! Again, this bar is like taking a step back in time! The vibe is a little more modern that I would have liked for a bar like this- they were playing Justin Bieber, haha. BUT still so cool! 


The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel-
A cute hotel bar named after the worlds first mixed cocktail, the sazerac, originating in new orleans. 

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Any bar on Frenchman Street to watch live Music! 
This is the place to be for nightlife! SOO much better (and cleaner) than Bourbon Street. You can't really go wrong with any of the bars here!  
 


Favorite Restaurants 

Commanders Palace- A tourist spot and a little expensive but SOOO good. The best meal I've ever had. OMG take me back. 

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Cafe Du Monde for Dessert- Obvi

Revolution- Another AMAZING meal! Ask to take a tour of the Kitchen!

Brunch: 
Brennans

Broussards Jazz Brunch
 

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Things to do other than eat and drink!


Harrahs Casino

Get a Tarot Card Reading

Take a Plantation Tour (I've never done this but have always wanted to!)

Walk along Bourbon Street During the Day and watch the street Performers, or play with a parrot!

Take a Haunted Ghost Bar Tour! We did this and they took us to all the bars mentioned above and a couple more! It was a fun and different activity and they gave us a lot of history along the way!

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We stayed at the Omni in the French Quarter and for sure recommend it! It was a great location and it also had a rooftop pool! 

 

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Answers to all your haircare questions

Hair Care Q&A 

Hey guys! I'm super excited to share this post! I've teamed up with my client @jenniferxlauren and she asked me some important questions about haircare for you guys! Enjoy!

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Q1: WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR GROWING OUT YOUR HAIR AND KEEPING IT HEALTHY?

For growing out your hair the best thing to do is not cut it! I personally don’t believe the old myth about trimming your ends every 6 weeks to help it grow. Your hair grows about 1/2 inch a month, so if your cutting it every 6 weeks or so you’re hair isn’t having enough time in between appointments to grow. I recommend going at least 3 months in between appointments unless your hair is super super fine – in that case I would try to go between 8-10 weeks and have your stylist only trim 1/4 inch or so at a time. If your hair is super healthy and thick or in great condition try to go as long as possible between hair cuts! Talk with your stylist and see what she recommends.

 Using good products and taking multivitamins is another great way to help your hair grow. Using a professional shampoo and conditioner (I like the Virtue Recovery, which adds strength and keratin to damaged hair) I would also use a leave in conditioner (I like the 7Seconds from Unite, which is a heat protectant as well), and always use a deep conditioner. I LOVE the Living Proof Restore Mask. Keeping your hair healthy by using good products and not using too much heat is the best way to help with hair growth, because healthy hair is happy hair!

Q2: WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU HAVE FOR BUILDING BODY WHEN STYLING?

A few tricks for getting volume in your hair include using a volumizer on your hair when wet, before you blow dry. And then using a product like the Unite Texturiza when dry to add extra body (it is like teasing your hair in a can, one of my favorite products). When blowdrying your hair, try flipping your head upside down, or blowdrying your hair in opposite directions from how in naturally lays. The key is to “over direct” your hair to get more lift. You can also try using hot rollers too! I have several clients who do this as an easy alternative for volume.

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Q3: WHAT ARE SOME SUPPLEMENTS OR VITAMINS YOU RECOMMEND FOR MAINTAINING HEALTHY HAIR?

Biotin + Vitamin A, B, C, D, and E! Also maintaining a healthy lifestyle and drinking lots of water and eating protein.

Q4: HOW CAN A CLIENT GET RID OF SPLIT ENDS WITHOUT LOOSING TOO MUCH LENGTH?

Product wise I would recommend the Virtue Split End Mender. I LOVE this product for sealing split ends on the hair when it’s dry. Also using a good shampoo + deep conditioner etc to help keep the hair healthy. There is also a cutting technique called the “invisible haircut” which involves cutting only on the surface on the hair strand, removing no length. It’s a great option for removing split ends and no length! Ask your stylist about this technique.

Q5: WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR FIGHTING FRIZZ DURING THE DRY MONTHS?

For Frizz I love using oils, like the Unite U Oil. Using this on wet hair and then again on dry hair is great trick for frizz!

Q6: WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU RECOMMEND A CLIENT USES IN THEIR DAILY/WEEKLY ROUTINE?

Here is my favorite weekly product routine for the best hair possible – Once a week use a clarifying shampoo. I love the Weekender by Unite. This gets rid of build up and hard water minerals. After the clarifying shampoo I recommend a purple shampoo, and this helps get rid of yellow tones and brightens up the color (good for Brunettes too). For a good purple shampoo I highly recommend the Blonda by Unite. I do this combination once a week. On the other days use a shampoo and conditioner with moisture or protein. Once a week (or more) I recommend a deep conditioner, and always use a leave in conditioner and heat protectant. This is my favorite routine for healthy hair!

Q7: HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE BE WASHING OUR HAIR?

Everyone is different! I personally wash my hair about 2 times a week. I have clients that wash their hair everyday, but could honestly go every 2 days if they just gave it a chance. I also have some clients that only shampoo once a week. Dry shampoo does wonders. I LOVE the PHD dry shampoo from Living Proof! I think a good number would be 2-3 times a week. For someone with really fine hair that gets extra oily maybe every other day.

Q8: HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE CHANGE OUR SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER?

I think it is good to switch it up! I personally keep these ones in my shower:

1) The Weekender Clarifying Shampoo

2) Blonda Purple Shampoo

3) A shampoo and conditioner for damage (adds protein)

4) A shampoo and conditioner for moisture

I alternate between the protein based combo and the moisturizing combo, because everyones hair needs both. So yes, I guess I have about 6 shampoos in my shower and think it is best to switch it up!

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Q9: WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT FAVORITE HAIR STYLES AND COLORS FOR 2018?

For color clients are still loving the low maintenance lifestyle of balayage and baby lights. I have so many clients transitioning from heavy traditional highlights to more of their natural colors with a few highlights to break up the outgrowth. Color clients are looking for more depth, and dimension and embracing more of their natural color or doing root shadows with pops of blonde around the face like I do on Jennifer below. For haircuts clients are still loving the long bob, and the shag is also coming back!

Q10: WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR GETTING A SALON STYLE BLOW OUT AT HOME?

  1. Use a lightweight hair dryer so its not too heavy for you to hold. Investing in a blow dryer like a T3 Featherweight is a great option! It helps with frizz and a quicker blowout.

  2. Find the correct size round brush. Your round brush should be as wide as your shortest layer, it should wrap around the brush with the end fitting perfectly underneath.

  3. Get about 80% of the moisture out of your before blow drying with a round brush. Go in opposite directions or hold your head upside down to get volume!

  4. Dry your hair in sections that are not too big – 1/2 inch in width is a good rule of thumb!

  5. Finish with the right products like a split end mender for frizz, a shine spray, etc.

 

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Be sure to follow @jenniferxlauren and comment below with any other questions/blog posts you'd love to see!! 

 

Engagement Photo Tips

OMG you guys, Natalie Ebaugh Photography did our engagement pictures and she seriously KILLED it! We are beyond thrilled with how they turned out, and not to mention she got them back to us in just a few days! She also does Boudior photos, which are equally as amazing! (mention my blog for $100 off your session) 

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I wanted to share some tips with you guys about how to have an awesome engagement photoshoot! If you're on the fence about taking them, I would for sure reccomend it!!! We had such a good time and are using them for our wedding decor, save the dates and around the house. It's also good practice to connect with your photographer prior to the wedding and also helps you with your nerves in front of the camera!

Also in this post:
I ADDED SOMETHING A LITTLE EXTRA FOR YALL :) 
OUR AMAZING TEAM OF AUSTIN WEDDING VENDORS WE'VE BOOKED SO FAR! 

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  • Check with your photographer to see if an engagement shoot is included in your photography package! Booking just an engagement shoot could be a good way to test out a photographer you're wanting to book with!

  • Try to take them at your venue or somewhere similar that would tie in the theme of your wedding.

  • Go on pinterest and find images you love and then share them with your photographer!

  • Try to be candid- laugh, spin, and have fun. Your photographer should be able to help with this and lead the shoot. Candid photos are something that is very important to me, especially during a wedding!

 

  • Try to wear your makeup similar to how you're wanting it for your wedding. I did my own makeup and tried to do my best application that I could! If you're not skilled in this area, try to book with a stylist for makeup! (also a good way to test out a look or stylist for the big day!)

  • Don't worry too much about making your hair perfect or wedding day ready. A soft blowout or loose waves should be perfect.

  • Wear fake lashes! AND don't forget the self tanner/spray tan!

  • Find a cute dress and try to coordinate your outfits but keep in mind you don't have to match! I got my dress from Lulus here! > Lovley Light Pink Dress

  • Try to stick to solid colors and avoid patterns, I personally usually stick to neutrals and soft colors for things like this to avoid looking too flashy.

  • Make a day of it! Celebrate- and don't forget the champagne before (or during) the shoot!

 

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Our engagement pictures were soooo much fun. Hope you guys enjoyed seeing our tips and photos! Here's a few more from our shoot!

 

 

BONUS: OUR AMAZING TEAM OF VENDORS SO FAR!! 

I wanted to pop in and share our AMAZING team of wedding vendors so far! I feel SO SO SO lucky to have been given to opportunity to work with these amazingly talented wedding vendors, so I had to share with you all! 

Day of Coordinator- Vanna- Blue Sparrow Events
http://bluesparrowevents.com/

Ok so Vanna is more like god-sent wedding angel who has been way more than a "day of coordinator so far" Lets just say our wedding is 9 months away and she has already been by my side pretty much every other day, and helped me with ideas I hadn't even thought of...(and I only hired her like a week ago). If you have it in your budget to hire Vanna for a planner-do it! I wish we had it in our budget to hire her full time! So far she's been amazing for our "day of" so I can only IMAGINE if we hired her for the entire planning package! I know she is going to be AMAZING during our wedding day and help everything go smoothly. 

Photographer- Honey Gem Photography + Natalie Ebaugh Photography
http://honeygemcreative.com/
http://natalieebaugh.com/

I mean...their work speaks for itself. I seriously think I have the most amazing girls to capture my wedding photos. Follow Brooke with Honey Gem Creative on instagram and get ready to be AMAZED. And you guys have already seen what Natalie Ebaugh is capable of... AH. SO EXCITED. 

Videographer- Paperbird Films
https://www.paperbirdfilms.com/

I am SO excited to work with our videographer!! His work looks so amazing, check it out!!! :) 

Florist- Kelli Rogers- Sweetwater Stems
http://sweetwaterstems.com/

Kelli has been one of my clients for 6 years!! I saw her before she became the amazing wedding florist..and by amazing I mean like literally best in Austin, just won best of Theknot.com. Not to brag, but my flowers are going to be seriously a dream. Check out Kellis photos on instagram or on her portfolio above! She has some amazing ideas for our vineyard themed fall wedding. I can't wait to share with you guys. 

Hair and Makeup- Lola Beauty
http://www.lolabeautyatx.com/

So obviously this one is important to every girl, but especially a hairstylist. I knew I had to book the best here. And Lola is THE BEST. Wedding hair and makeup is no joke and these girls are going to kill it! Even being a hairstylist, and probably capable of doing my makeup and hair on my own/having a little more knowledge in this area than some.. I knew i didn't want that stress the day of my wedding, and wanted to leave it to someone who specializes in wedding hair and makeup! Their pricing also includes a hair and make up trial!  

While I'm recommending Lola- be sure to check out their Photo booth Partner- We just Click ATX!
Their pricing is super reasonable- AND Lola Brides get 10% off. OH and did I mention they have white marble backdrops for your photo booth? Go ahead and thank me now :) 

Bridal Shop- Serendipity Bridal! 
http://www.serendipitybridal.com/

I had an amazing experience at Serendipity! Can't recommend them enough! I never felt rushed, and always felt like Kayte was being honest and using her professional recommendation when it came to my figure and dress choices. They range in pricing, but I am on a pretty tight budget and found my dream dress here! 

 

 

The Ultimate Travel Guide for Tulum, Mexico

Hey guys! I'm SO excited to share my amazing experience in Tulum with y'all! If you haven't heard of or been to Tulum I highly recommend this beautiful jungle, beach escape for your next vacation. I'll be sharing some essentials that I brought, where we ate, my favorite beach clubs, where to take the best photos, what to wear, how to deal with your beach hair and what to do while you're there! 

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A LITTLE ABOUT TULUM FIRST:
Tulum is about 2 hours south from Cancun Airport. Tulum beach is beautifully authentic and untouched by modernized development like most of Cancun. It is separated by one small road, with the hotel zone on the beach side, and the jungle with bars, restaurants, and shops on the other. We had very little to no cell phone reception while we were there, which is exactly what we were looking for in a unwinding vacation to paradise. We felt very safe over the entire visit, and everyone we met was extremely friendly and helpful. 

GETTING TO TULUM:


Since Tulum is about 2 hours from the airport we were somewhat torn on how to get to our hotel. You can take a bus for very cheap, but it does stop along the way for other drop offs, so it would take a little longer to get to our destination. I'm sure this option is inexpensive and safe from what I've heard and read.

 We decided to rent a private driver from Cancun Airport Transfers so we could get to our destination fast and not deal airport crowds. Our driver was right outside waiting for us ready to go and he had a couple Coronas ready for us for the ride! For the way back home he came right to our hotel to pick us up and dropped us off at the airport at the exact time we wanted to arrive. I'm definitely glad we went with this service, it only ended up costing about $200 round trip, which I felt like was totally worth if for the convenience.

We also thought about renting a car ourselves but I was nervous about driving 2 hours in Mexico never being there before and hearing stories from other people about bad experiences. After making the drive with our driver, I think this would have also been a good option because the road to Tulum was literally a straight shot and a pretty simple drive. I'm glad we didn't do this though, because we ended up renting a moped through our hotel for the entire trip for only $30 a day, which made parking in and around Tulum SO much easier...plus it was so much more fun! :)

WHAT TO BRING:

SUNSCREEN
My fav is Elta MD!

BIODEGRADABLE SUNSCREEN
 
Need this If you plan on visiting the cenotes!

2 CANS OF BUG SPRAY
Use this & Bring it with you at night! We forgot to put it on our last night there and it was the ONLY night we got bit up! 

SWELL BOTTLE
My Swell definitely came in handy at night since our room didn't have a fridge or cold water, we usually just got cold water from the hotel to refill in our swell, which stayed cold all day and night

WET WIPES
Obviously when you're a the beach you get salty, sweaty and sticky. This came in handy for sure before spontaneous meals along the beach

1 BACKPACK/BEACH BAG AND 1 SMALL WALLET BROSS BODY
I didn't even bring my purse for this trip and brought this super cute backpack for the plane ride and beach days, I used my cross body at night for my phone and money
 

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SELFIE STICK-
Touristy I know, but I mean look at all the cute pics we got!

UNDERWATER PHONE CASE
We found this Pelican Marine case on Amazon and totally came in handy for the cenotes, and beach pics!

ALOE VERA AND ANTI ITCH MEDS
OMG totally came in handy after a day in the sun and Mosquito bites!

1 SUNHAT
I brought 3 hats because I'm an over packer and i just wore this one the whole time, no need to bring more if you're trying to pack light! I got this hat from express, I can't find it online anymore but click here for a similar one! 

2 BEACH COVERUPS
I just brought this one below from Buckle, which came in handy for sure! I wore it every day, but I did wish I had brought another to alternate with. Towards the end of the trip this one was pretty salty! 

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2-3 BATHING SUITS
I liked alternating out my bathing suits every day while the other one was drying out. You can never have too many bathing suits! 

DRESSES, ROMPERS, JEAN SHORTS, CUTE OFF THE SHOULDER TOPS AND ONE LIGHTWEIGHT SWEATER! 
I wore jeans on the airplane because I get cold, but other than that I mainly wore my bathing suit and beach coverup during the day and wore my dresses, rompers or off the shoulder tops for dinner at night. I brought one lightweight sweater, I wore it once and probably could have lived without it, but I'm glad I brought it along! 
Heres some outfits I wore during the trip! 

DONT BRING A LOT OF MAKE UP AND HAIR TOOLS
If anyone overpacks makeup and hair tools for a vacation, its me. But in Tulum the restaurants are so dark at night you don't need much makeup, also most of the town is without electricity, making it hard to put makeup on in your room before you leave at night. It was nice taking a break from the everyday life of getting ready for an hour, embracing the laid back lifestyle of Tulum and not doing my hair and makeup everyday.

I also didn't use a blow drier, flat iron, or curling iron one time. With all the sand and salt water there was no reason to spend time blowdrying my hair. My hair is curly, frizzy, terrible in humidity AND I have extensions! I was so worried my hair would look like a mess! 
Heres what I did for my beauty routine: 

During the day: 
Rewet my hair with a TON of
7seconds leave in conditioner and my U-OIL, scrunched it to get a little wave, and put it in a braid, two braids or a top knot. I found that the sea salt from the ocean and shower dried it out enough to help with frizz. 
For makeup I put on a little mascara and my
Elta MD tinted sunscreen and thats it! 

At night: 
Rinse my hair with conditioner if I didn't wash it, and repeat the above. I wore it in 2 braids most of the time I was there. 
For makeup I put on my
RAE Climate control foundation (amazing for humidity) a little bronzer, a little eyeshadow from one of my naked palettes and Mascara! 

WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at Rosa Del Viento and absolutely loved it! I would definitely stay here again. Our hotel was literally the very last hotel along the hotel strip, about an hour walk or a 10 minute drive up to the main part of the beach. We had a beach front, ocean view room and was absolutely incredible. I would highly recommend this hotel. 


PROS: 
Amazing and friendly hotel staff
Clean, safe and beautiful resort
Free breakfast for hotel guests
Location- Being so far from the main hotel zone meant there was plenty of open beach chairs, no crowds, and basically a private beach
CONS:
Location- This wasn't really a con for us, but I'm sure to some people it would be if you wanted to be within walking distance to the other resorts and restaurants. We rented a moped to get around which I would highly recommend
Food- The food and drinks were just okay compared to other resorts but this also wasn't really a big deal to us since we explored other restaurants and beach clubs anyway. 

FAVORITE BEACH CLUBS 
AZULIK
 My absolute favorite beach club. You MUST go here...that honeymoon suite is on the bucket list ✔
(All of the photos below were taken at Azulik! There is also no access to any other hotels here, so the only people here are hotel guests or visitors. You must spend $40 for access to their beach)


COCO TULUM
The most picturesque beach club with swings aligning the beach! Try to make it there at sunset! 


ZIGGYS BEACH
Ziggys has GREAT service and is also super cute at night! They have comfy chairs and a little fire pit close to the beach. 
 

NOMADE
We went to Nomade on our last night and wished we had gone during the day! This place was a yogi's paradise

FAVORITE RESTURANTS
GITANO 
We loved this place so much we went there twice! We got the Quesadillas, Grilled Avocado and the Ribeye with Salsa Verde and Garlic...both times ;)  Order Kisses in the Car to drink...SOO good! (Ask for it a little spicy) 

HARTWOOD 
Make a reservation wayyy in advance to reserve a spot! Most popular restaurant in Tulum! 


AHAU TULUM
We went here a couple times for lunch as well! They have great drinks, and awesome tacos! 
 


POSADA MARGHERITA
Brunch was great! Never made it for dinner, but it is a popular spot for dinner as well. 
 


CASA BANANA
Get here a little early for dinner, around 6-7. We couldn't get in after 7:00 while we were there, and they don't take reservations!


CASA JAGUAR
Feels like you are eating in the middle of the jungle! An awesome environment but we chose to just get a couple drinks and enjoy the scenery
 


CASA VIOLETA  
Best place we went for Brunch and also the BEST fish tacos I've ever had! 
 


WHAT TO DO IN TULUM

R-E-L-A-X
Literally just lay on the beach during the day, in a hammock, on a beach bed, or in a big beach pillow. The best thing about Tulum is how quiet and relaxing it is. So just find some time to lay out by the ocean waves and unwind. 

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Explore the beach clubs during the day and explore the jungle restaurants and shops at night! 

Feel like a local and take some Mezcal shots with Erik at GAVIOTA

Go to a Cenote
We went to Grand Cenote which is probably the most popular Cenote in Tulum, it was a really cool experience! We had planned on going to a couple Cenotes while we were there, but seeing one was enough for us. Also...the water is FREEZING! Wear a one piece if you can :) 

Check out the City of Tulum
We like to explore, so we drove our moped to the downtown part of Tulum on the way to Grand Cenote, it was fun to see the authentic shops and very authentic restaurants away from the hotel zone. We didn't eat anywhere, but there are a few very authentic hidden gems here. I would ask your hotel concierge for recommendations.

Go to the Ruins
We didn't do this on this trip, lots of crowds and it would be an all day event but if thats your thing. its definitely worth checking out!

Drive a moped down the jungle road or go on a jungle tour! 

And last but not least...the most important thing I learned in Tulum

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I hope you guys enjoyed this in depth guide to Tulum! If you have anymore questions feel free to leave a comment below and to see more of my adventures follow me on instagram @hairbyallyfeezel!

 

 

 



 




 

 

Best Hot Tools by Price

Hey guys! I get so many questions about styling tools so I decided to do a little research and round up the best styling tools out there for yall! I have each category listed by 3 different price points, for any budget. You can click the photo for the direct link to buy. Hope this helps! 

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Blow Dryers: 

I think investing in a good quality blow dryer is one of the most important tools, especially if you have extra thick, frizzy hair. Investing in an "above average" blow dryer will help speed up your blow dry time, and smooth your hair which is totally worth it!

Babyliss Pro ($139) 
This is an awesome deal because it comes with the 1" flat iron too! The babyliss blow drier helps with static and closes the cuticle for smooth, shiny results. It also has 6 heat/speed settings! This is for sure the best deal I've found for an inexpensive, yet good quality blow dryer.

 

T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i ($250)
Next up is the beautiful T3 blow dryer! T3 is getting a lot of hype on social media..I mean who wouldn't want this gorgeous white, rose gold blow drier?! They claim its "healthier than air drying" But what is so great about this dryer other than its beauty?  The combination of T3 Tourmaline® SoftAire™ technology, (responsible for quick, healthy drying,) and an ion generator for its frizz-reducing, gloss-boosting power, results in the quick, frizz free blowouts. 

 

Dyson Supersonic ($399)
And...the Dyson! Did you know it took engineers over 4 years to make this dryer? $399 is not cheap for a blow dryer, but heres why its so worth it...This blow dyer has intelligent heat control technology, which helps prevent heat damage. The temperature is measured 20 times a second and transmits this data to the microprocessor, which intelligently controls the patented compact heating element from reaching extreme, hair damaging temperatures. The powerful tool moves over 13 liters of air every second. Combined with Dyson’s patented Air Multiplier™ technology, air is amplified threefold, creating a high pressure, focused jet of air for controlled, precise, drying and styling. The digital motor V9 is on average six times faster, a third of the weight, and half the size of other hair dryer motors. Due to its compact size, Dyson was able to put the motor in the handle, making the dryer feel balanced in your hands. 

So...in my opinion, I would say its totally worth the investment if you have hair thats hard to manage, or extra damaged...but if you have fine, thinner strands, I would go with the less expensive option.

Flat Irons:

GHD 1" ($119)
How cute is this periwinkle flat iron?! My favorite thing about it is that it has a built in "sleep mode" that turns the iron off on 30 minutes if not used. I'm always guilty of leaving my flat iron on! It has rounded edges, perfect for flat iron curls and always leaves my hair smooth and shiny! It's now 40% off for a limited time! 

T3 Single Pass Lux ($180)
The T3 flat iron has digital "single pass" technology, delivering consistent heat without overexposure..all in one single pass! The ceramic plates give shine and smoothness, and it has a heat setting from 260°F – 410°F! 

 

Unite Pro Systems Flat Iron ($250)
I LOVE my Unite flat iron! It's my favorite for flat iron curls. This is what we use all day at Blonde Faith and it creates smooth, long lasting curls! 

 

 

Curling Irons: 
These are honestly the best 2 curling irons I've used, so I'm just keeping this list to 2 instead of 3 :) 
Bioionic Curling Iron 1" ($130)
I love my Bioionic curling iron! It has Bioceramic heaters for longer lasting curls and waves. I feel like it keeps my hair shiny without damage, and has different heat settings, plus a 1 hour automatic shut off! (P.S. I found this curling iron on overstock for $99)  Click the photo for the overstock link. When buying this iron make sure it always comes with the long clip. 

 

T3 Twirl Convertable 1.25" ($180)
The best thing about this curling iron is that it has interchangeable barrels sold for $85 each... so if you like to play around with different curls this is your best option! It comes with 5 different heat settings and an auto shut off. I personally use the T3 1.25" and never really feel the need to switch out the barrels. But you can buy the wand, clipless barrels in 1'-1.5", as well as different sized clip barrels. 

 

Wands:

1" Hot Tools Flipperless Curling Wand ($40)
Hot tools always makes affordable, easy to use products that seem to last for years. 



BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Conicurl Iron ($50)
Babyliss is another great quality, yet inexpensive tool brand. The Nano titanium plates keep your hair smooth and shiny! 

 


T3 Whirl Converteble ($185)
And...of course! The T3 wand. T3 is an amazing high quality brand, that delivers beautiful results. I added this one because although the price is much higher than the other 2 irons, you are able to interchange the barrels for different size curls. You can buy the whirl trio (4 barrels for $270)

Water Filters: 
 

I know this technically isn't a hot tool...but I wanted to add this one in just for fun :) 

The T3 Source In-Line ($70)
T3 helps with Hair Health and Beauty Benefits
(when compared to using tap water):
49% Reduction in frizz
22% Increase in body
36% Increase in comb-ability
31% Increase in shine

Rain Drop Luxe by 901 Salon ($120)
Distributed from my favorite salon in Cali, 901, Raindrops™ purifies the water in a 6 step filtration process leaving you with nothing but fresh hair and skin as if you had showered in the rain!  

 

 

 

 

So...obviously I'm a big fan of the T3 brand. I also love Bioionic, GHD, and Babyliss. I feel like these are all great quality tools and I've personally used them all in my salon. I hope this helps your styling questions! :) 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I get Botox in my 20's

When I turned 25, I went through somewhat of a "quarter life crisis." It was the first Birthday I wasn't super excited about and it was the first time I felt like I was "getting older." After I turned 25 I not only changed and matured a lot as a woman, I also changed a lot about my skin care and beauty routine. This is when I regularly started seeing an esthetician for facials, getting peels, taking multivitamins, using sunscreen daily, stopped using tanning beds (which I should have done a long time ago I know) started using quality skincare products...and it was also the first time I got Botox

Some of you might read this and think getting botox at the age of 25 is crazy...but is it really? While I don't have profound wrinkle lines, I did have very defined lines when I would raise my eyebrows, or squint my eyes. But thats not the only reason I did it. My amazing P-A Dana Kirk and I like to think of it as, Preventative Botox- injecting botox into areas before wrinkles form. This means, when I'm 30,40,50, and 60 I won't be needing more invasive procedures...because I already got a head start. Yay me! Therefore, by starting earlier I can prevent it from ever happening in the first place. 

Since we brought on Dana to Blonde Faith Salon, I have been receiving lots of questions from clients (between the ages of 22-60+) about botox. So, I did some research and decided to partner up with the amazing Dana Kirk, to answer all of those questions you guys have! 

My First Procedure
I was SO nervous. My hands were sweaty, my heart was beating out of my chest, I kept wondering  if anyone would notice? Would it hurt? What if it looked bad? Can I undo it? Will I look frozen?What are the side effects? Will I keep having to get it done?

Dana made me feel calm, relaxed, and confident with her warm and soothing personality. She analyzed my face, and kept a conservative approach in mind as she does with most clients. The first thing she noticed was my "angry 11's" (or resting bitch face) and the second was my defined lines on my forehead when I would raise my eyebrows. We did a small amount of injections the first time I had it done, about 4 in-between my eyebrows and 6 in my forehead. This would cost about $10 a unit, so $100. 

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Did it hurt?- After the first injection, I was like...oh that was it!? It didn't hurt nearly as bad as I was expecting. It felt like a small pinch, or an ant bite. My forehead didn't hurt much at all, in-between my eyebrows hurt a little more, but it wasn't unbearable. Now after having it done several times, it doesn't hurt at all, I actually look forward to it :) The weirdest thing to me is feeling/hearing a slight "crunch" when she injects my upper forehead area, since my skin is thiner there, but it doesn't hurt. Sometimes I have slight bruising around my temple area, but it's nothing I can't cover up with makeup. 

Did anyone notice? No one would have ever known that I had Botox. Although...my skin looks smooth and clear, my resting bitch face is no longer a problem, and my eyebrows now have that perfect arch. I wouldn't say anyone noticed my actual botox procedure, you just look and feel better after! 

Is it something I have to keep up with? Since my first time getting Botox about 7 months ago, I've had it done about 4-5 times, the first coupe times we added a little more than I did previously...but still not going overboard. Now I just get touch ups. I normally do my forehead, above my brows, in-between my eyebrows and I recently started doing Botox in my upper lip. (More on this later) 

I have probably gotten Botox done more than most people would need to at my age, but that's only because I have access to Mrs. Dana everyday... As a typical client in your mid twenties, you could plan on seeing Dana every 3-4 months for touch ups. 

What is the cost? Minimal injections like mine start at $80 and go up to $200, this would be about 8-20 units. This is for a very conservative approach usually for younger clients just starting. *Botox is not one of those things you should try to find a good deal for*

Will I notice immediately? No. However, Dana says, the younger the skin the quicker you'll notice it kicking in. But It usually takes anywhere from 2 days to a week to notice. 

Everything I love about Botox:

It made it almost impossible for me to scrunch up my forehead/brows - therefore preventing the wrinkles from forming, and also helping me not to frown so much! 

It helped with my headaches and migraines!- I used to get headaches almost daily. Now, I get a headache maybe twice a month, if that. 

My Skin looks clear, smooth and shiny. 

My eyebrows have more of an arch and look more lifted

Recently my favorite is botox in my upper lip. 
-I always hated that when I smiled my upper lip curled under instead of out. I had always thought about doing subtle lip injections, or fillers to get a little bit of an extra plump...but I was nervous. Dana suggested we start with a little bit of botox in my upper lip to help raise it! It was a great start for me, and I loved it. I noticed a difference, but it definitely left me wanting more. The upper lip hurt more than any other injection, but was still bearable. After trying botox in my lips, I was ready to try lip fillers! I wanted it to still look natural, and not too noticeable. So there I was, giving it a try! This was MUCH more painful than anything else we've done. But...150% worth it. I'm literally obsessed. My lips look slightly fuller, and that upper lip under curl is gone!

 My Lip filler before and after!

My Lip filler before and after!

While I'm not advocating anyone to start getting botox when they're "too young", it is definitely something I am glad I started doing. As long as you are going to the right PA, and staying conservative with your injections. I don't see any harm in starting Botox in your mid twenties! 

 

 

Everything you've wondered about getting tape in Extensions

I just recently got Hair Talk tape in extensions and I'm seriously obsessed. Not only does my hair look longer, thicker and healthier, but I feel so much better about myself, and my hair! One thing I was nervous about was feeling them in my hair, and I was so surprised that as soon as they were in, I did't even notice them! I can wear my hair up, half up, in a pony tail, braided, and pretty much anything I could do before. If you've been considering getting extensions I would highly recommend tape ins! 

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These are the top questions I get about extensions answered for you guys: 

How long do they last?
 8 to 10 weeks depending on hair growth. This is recommended to eliminate matting, frizzing and tangling, and ensures the extension is always fresh and close to the scalp. The hair itself should last between 6-12 months depending on how often you are re-taping and how well you take care of them.

How much do they cost?
Most clients need between 3-5 packs of hair. Pricing varies by length, tape, amount and type of extensions purchased. Anywhere from $450-900. The initial application is $150-$250, and for the removal/re-tape appointments it is $250. These prices include a cut. You need your extensions re-taped between 6-10 weeks depending on your hair growth, and hair color routine. 

Are they damaging? 
Hairtalk uses non damaging, hypoallergenic adhesive bands. I personally think the tape ins are the least damaging type of extensions you can do. I have also been using less heat on my hair, because the extension hair is so easy to style and lasts a few days! I usually just blow dry my hair on the first day, braid it, and it looks good for a few days! I just add a few curls to the ends every now and then. But I've defintly been using less heat than I did before extensions so I feel like that itself is helping my natural hair become healthier! 

Where does the hair come from? 
Hairtalk extensions are 100% human hair, meaning the cuticle is intact and the hair is placed with the cuticle all facing the same directions. This benefits no matting or tangling. You can also blow dry, flat iron, and curl the hair just like your normal hair! You just want to avoid heat where the tape is placed. 

What kind of products can be used on the hair?
Heavy conditioners are not recommended to be applied near the scale, or adhesive bands. Make sure to focus on the mid shaft and ends of the hair only. Rinse longer than usual, in sections to ensure there is no product left near the scalp. Avoid products containing alcohol, oil or ethanol.  

Can you color your hair with extensions?
our extensions need to be removed before applying color to them. So normal hair appointments are between 6-8 weeks, the extensions need to be taken out at this time, the color needs to be applied and then the extensions can be put back in! The extensions normally take about 30-45 minutes to apply and about 15 minutes to remove. So really you just need to add about an extra hour to your normal color appointment!

How are they removed? 
The extensions are removed by applying a solvent to the tape, and pulling it apart. Its super quick, painless and easy. 

Can I still exercise? 
Hair tangles when dirt and sweat build up so hair must be worn up or in a ponytail when exercising or relaxing in a sauna. Be sure to wash hair after working out, as well as brushing before and after exercising.

Can they fall out? 
It is normal to loose an extension if you get conditioner on your scalp, or if it's close to the time of your re-taping appointment. I've only lost one while brushing my hair, after getting conditioner on the tape in the shower :( oops! But no, they won't just fall out while walking down the street or going about a daily routine. 

The lengths vary from:
10 -12
 14-16”
18-20”
22-24” 

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IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER! 
-Do not go to bed with wet hair or let the extensions dry naturally. You want to make sure to at least get the tape dry
-Do not get conditioner on the tape, only put conditioner on the ends of your hair
-Avoid direct heat on the tape
-Avoid products with alcohol and sulfates
-Braid your hair at night to avoid matting and tangling
-Do not wash your hair for 48 hours after the extensions are applied 

Hairtalk also partners with "Friends are by your side" For every purchase you make they donate a portion to women who are battling cancer. 

If you have any more questions feel free to reach out to me at ally_feezel@outlook.com to set up a complimentary consultation.

How I help my clients get longevity between color appointments

Gone are the days where blondes are getting their highlights touched up every 4-6 weeks. Most of my clients are looking to stretch their color appointments out as far as possible! I have clients that can go every ten, twelve to fourteen weeks between visits, I even have some that only come two-three times a year! It's such a great feeling when my clients come sit in my chair after several months of seeing me, and they say, "I really didn't even feel like my color was growing out, it blended so nicely that I didn't even notice my roots growing out!" Sometimes we're even both in agreement that they probably could have stretched their appointment out even a few more weeks! But hey, who doesn't love a visit to the hair salon! ;) 

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Ever since attending my first class with Nine Zero One salon, and then my second bootcamp class with them at their LA location this year, I've had a couple new tricks up my sleeve in order to prolong my clients appointments even further! If you guys haven't heard of these celebrity stylists at Nine Zero One, you need to check them out on insta! @riawnacapri @nikkilee901 @morganparks901 @tauni901, these girlies are seriously AMAZING and I am so lucky to have learned from them for 4 whole days in LA!! 

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So...let me tell y'all how its done!

This technique basically incorporates strategically placed baby lights, then after the foils are taken out a "smudging" technique is done just at the root. This root smudge is done with a glaze, and basically softens the highlight lines you get from traditional highlights placed all the way to the root.

The glaze varies in tones, and colors and can be just slightly darker than your blonde, or as dark as your natural color! Of course, the closer the smudged root is to your natural color, the more longevity you will have between appointments. This rooty look is also great because is keeps all that blonde around your face and ends of your hair and just adds more depth at the root.

Check out this clients hair below! Her color was done in April 2016, this photo was taken 4 months AFTER her color was done and it still looks like it was done yesterday! I haven't seen her since April for her color, and she still says it looks effortless, 8 months later! 

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Here are a few more examples! Be sure to follow me on instrgram and my blog for a special surprise about how I create these awesome curls seen below... coming soon!