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Dreamcatchers extensions

Di Volek, Head Stylist and Director of Training, CREATOR of  Dreamcatchers. “Di brings to DreamCatchers over twenty years of hairstyling experience – she has her Master’s in Tricology and trained under Toni & Guy in London – as well as over seven years of exclusive hair extension experience. She led a chain of salons in South Africa that specialized in hair extensions, often with a client wait list of over three months!” (via DC website)  These extensions are a truly a cut above their competitors.

NO GLUES (Keratin bonds, protein bonds, basically any kind of “bond”, waxes, weaves, etc) which translates to NO DAMAGE TO YOUR HAIR. I repeat NO DAMAGE!

ImageDreamcatchers is also an investment.  You keep the hair for years before you by more- UNLESS you want a new color! that’s your choice.  So all you pay for in future visits is adjustments and re-fusions, I’ll explain those later.With other brands: Great lengths, SoCap, Cinderella to name a few; you by hair with every touchup- that could mean $750-1500+ every 8 weeks!  and if you’re a fast grower- every 6 weeks!  That’s ridiculous. No wonder only extensions were part of the “lifestyles of the rich and famous (cue:Good Charlotte)

“Micro-cylinder™ technology: clean, easy and non-damaging according to the Dreamcatchers web site:   Your time in chair is two hours-ish for a full head application and return adjustment visits are approximately one hour.  Compare THAT to a 6+hour visit!

Now let’s talk about the hair for a second: The best quality hair extensions in the world! 100% EUROPEAN Human hair.  NOT Indian or Chinese that has to be stripped to almost raw and recolored to get anything lighter than med brown.  THEN they have to add silicone on top of silicone on top of silicon just to make it look nice again.  Another reason why the hair doesn’t and CAN’T last years. Dreamcatchers gets their blonds from Scandinavia, browns from Europe (i.e.Italy) and African curly textures from the Di’s home country- South Africa.  It just makes SO MUCH MORE SENSE- how come it’s taken so long for people to figure this out?  Image

Technique and maintenance program is amazing.  Check out the link above for more info, or call me of course.  But it reminds me of jewelry making.  You’re “crimping” the hair with your own natural hair using micro-cylinders. Let’s say I make a mistake when putting them in and take too much of your natural hair?  I just uncrimp and recrimp!  NO DAMAGE!  I LOVE IT!

AND YOU CAN GET SO CREATIVE!  use different colors to create dimension through high-lights and low-lights and DON’T color your own hair, or maybe just the top and thereby saving it from possible damage.


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Judith B Salon, coming soon!


cropped-judith-b.jpgJudithB is a boutique salon, makeup studio and Academy for professionals conveniently located in Elmhurst’s’ City Center.


We believe in creating bespoke hair and filling the unique needs of people with customer service. Our goal is to keep hair healthy and shiny by using wellness principles, higher education and products with quality ingredients.


Judith Barrientos, Vidal Sassoon (Chicago & London) trained hairdresser since 1995, an educator since 2000, believes education is the pathway to everything.  Education is one of her passions, which is why she created an Advanced Academy within the Judith B space for industry professionals. Judith B brand


The principles of impeccable customer service, higher education and professional products give our staff the tools to execute a well-crafted, customized look.


BE INSPIRED.  Life isn’t PERFECT, but your HAIR can be.



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Mexico City’s Massive Quinceñera

In Latin culture, a girl’s coming of age happens at 15.  The celebration is huge, think wedding huge.  The Quinceñera (basically the birthday girl) wears a ball gown in any color she wants.  Mine was white, but I’ve seen cheetah!  There are NO RULES.

It’s such a huge event and has gotten so much more intense since I turned 15 in 1992.  The have Quince Expos (yes, like Wedding expos), the have magazines dedicated to the event ( Quinceñera Magazine ), some have a religious blessing, you rent a hall, your have damas (ladies, think bridemaids), chambelanes (think groomsmen), photo, video, flowers… you get the picture.  OH I almost forgot, the obligatory balles, dance numbers choreographed and sometimes using props- we had glow-in-the-dark hula hoops, top hat and canes and who knows what else!

I remember my “QUINCE” with fond memories.  My parents do to.  They probably also have fond memories of all the $$$ they spent.  I think one time it may have slipped out and I heard 12K. YES, for a birthday party.


Don’t laugh, I was 15 and it was 1992!


I only posed with the girls fro this one, but I assure you there were 10 boys along with these 10 girls and 2 mini-quince flower girls. I couldn’t pick what color for my party because I had no official favorite colors – I LOVED ALL OF THEM! so I made it rainbow style. and I din’t want the girls to suffer with floor length dress and my mom said no minis so we compromised and did tea length. PS. Boys wore black tuxes. Amazing I know! lol

But not everyone has a quinceñera.  IT’s expensive.  and unless you budget for it, it’s not something you can throw together.  I know girls that never wanted one.  I know girls that just bought or rented an amazing gown and took professional photos.  But even that costs some green.  What about those that want and can’t.  They’ve basically moved on with life but now Mexico City’s mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, is doing something amazing!

This past Saturday a huge quinceñera ceremony was held, where over 300 teenage girls from all over the country, went to the capital to debut into society.  Their dresses were donated, they toured the city via autobús, posed for photos in front of the Monument of the Angel of Independence and PAR-TAYED in the city’s central square, Zocalo.


The city’s mayor helps organize this yearly enormous quinceñera since 2007 to keep down the cost of individual ceremonies for disadvantaged families.  The idea originally came from a few local girls who felt left out because their families couldn’t afford the typical extravaganza.  Currently the city’s Youth Institute hosts the event and educated participants on their rights to quality education, environment and community.  They have keynote speakers (like a girl who missed her quince because she was busy at home with her new baby)

Happy Birthday to all these beautiful Quinceñeras!  Maybe I’ll try to get down there one year.




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Take-it-up-to-Jesus voluminous Hair

So this season always means BIG BIG HAIR.BIG BIG curls, volume, take-it-up-to-Jesus, Texas-cheerleader hair.  

I have Shu Uemura Volume Maker to share with you!. The Volume maker is the first precision powder brush designed for hair, containing ‘invisible’ powder that adds instant volume, texture, and lift to the roots. It’s good for all and any hair types, especially thing, fine hair that needs the extra boost or BRIDES!  It’s an upstyling MUST.

To use the Shu Uemura Volume maker, Simply click the tail end button three times and brushes the area of the head where volume is desired. It’s best to distribute with circular gestures. It can be used to provide volume and structure or to refresh (read: clean) your hair as needed. It’s similar in concept to a dry shampoo, BUT it’s invisible and non-starch based. Why a makeup brush at the end of the tube?  The limited and diffused application through the brush head itself gives control to the application.  AND keeps your digits cleaner. PLUS- Because the powder is not noticeably white, you can avoid the fussing and mussing that is normally required to blend the white of our favorite dry shampoos into your hair. No need to worry about white flakes or matching your hair color The brush does most of the blending!!

WAIT!  There’s MORE! The compact size and wand shape make it perfect to throw in your purse to go. The non aerosol form makes it airplane friendly too.

Basically this puts enough grit in your hair to be able to tease and shape it where you want it.  No hairspray required, but lesbi-honest… hairspray is always nice too.

EVEN OPRAH LOVES THIS BRUSH!  and you know she’s never wrong!

PS.  Here’s a little inspiration video for your future styles:


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WALL STREET JOURNAL- Why Hairdressers Are Secure: Their Jobs Can’t Be Exported

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Why Hairdressers Are Secure: Their Jobs Can’t Be Exported

Some more positive support on our career choice!

This article from the Wall Street Journal (July 4th, 2012) By NEIL SHAH And DAVID WESSEL

“You can’t send people to China or India for a haircut,” says Israel Kakuriev, 37 years old, who has been cutting hair in midtown Manhattan for the past 20 years.


Vidal Sassoon, Always remembered

Today we lost a great. Not only for the beauty industry but for everyone.  Famed hairdresser and icon, Vidal Sassoon died today after a long battle with  Leukemia.

So lucky were we that Michael Gordon (founder of Bumble and Bumble) Produced a documentary on Vidal Sassoon’s life. Available on Netflix and OnDemand  (in some places)

If you haven’t had a chance to watch it I highly recommend it.  He came a long way from his childhood  in an orphanage and a Jew during WWII to the inspiration he’s become today and will continue to be for generations to come.

I personally and very sad and will miss him.  When working for Vidal Sassoon I learned about his philosophies and will always appreciate the fact that he raised the bar for hairdressers all over the world; thereby helped in gaining a respect for hairdressers as professionals and they’re craft.  He inspired so many artists that started with Sassoon training: Tony and Guy, John Paul Mitchell, Tim Harley

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Maryland Passes Marriage Equality Bill!!

A little late, I know.  But not as late as the rest of the U S of A!  Go Marry-land!

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A little twist on the standard Kale Chips.  YUMMY- Taken from FOOD NETWORK

Kale Chips

Recipe courtesy the Neelys

Prep Time:
5 min
Inactive Prep Time:
Cook Time:
25 min
2 servings


  • 1 bunch kale, washed and dried well
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Tear the leaves off the center rib of the kale and tear into large pieces. Place leaves in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil and toss until completely coated.

Divide kale between 2 baking sheets lined with parchment. Arrange in a single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until crisp. Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with brown sugar.

Cook’s Note: Be sure to place the kale in one layer on the sheet tray. Overcrowding will steam the kale rather than crisp it.

Serves: 2

Calories: 166

Total Fat: 8 grams

Saturated Fat: 1 gram

Protein: 6.5 grams

Total carbohydrates: 22 grams

Sugar: 1 gram

Fiber: 4 grams

Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

Sodium: 207 milligrams

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One of my favorite type of movies to watch are documentaries.  Currently I’m really into food/health related documentaries. FORK OVER KNIVES  people!  A must-see.  I think Seth, my fiance, just had a eye-opening experience:  animal products are making us unhealthy?!and Plant-based is where we all should be?  Um- yeah. I think most people know that.  I’m not sure if I agree wholly on the VEGAN diet.  I feel its a little extreme and almost vegetarian / glutin-free diet is where I want to be.  By the way, I also have friends that are hardcore into raw foods- yeah I don’t think I can ever get there either.

I think it has to to with the fact that I’m changing my life to follow the Dr. D’Adamo’s Blood Type Diet: EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR TYPE  AND ask Seth as my witness, I’m lovin’ the feeling I have from NOT eating red meat and most poultry.  I’m only having Turkey as my “meat” currently, but I have to say, I  do miss bacon- luckily there’s turkey bacon!

My blood type is the rare, but universal receiver (yii-aay me!) – AB.  The “modern” blood type AB that  sensitive digestive tract and should avoid chicken, beef, and pork but enjoy seafood, tofu, dairy, and most produce.  ABs benefit from calming exercises like Yoga.  I’ll be getting into that later on this year.

BUT THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING THIS BLOOD TYPE HAS TO BE:  JESUS.  We share the same type.  Yeah, I know, I’m just as amazing.

I am, however, not taking any supplements recommended by the site.  I am taking Metagenics’ Muli-Vitamin, Omega Complex, CoQ10, and Vitamin D (which everyone here in Chicago should be taking!) care of  Park Ave Wellness.  Thanks Dr. Brian.

BUT tomorrow is a big day.  I got my juicer, finally! care of an AMAZING deal via Groupon and I’m going produce shopping for my juicing detox. SIDE NOTE:  I also watched FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD (available on Netflix instant watch and sites like HULU for instance watching pleasure.)  The film chronicles Aussie, Joe Cross, in his  personal mission to regain his health.  Watch the trailer below.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m not that extreme.  I’m not planning on doing a 60-day, juice-only diet because I’m not leaving my position at work or keeping my juicer in the trunk of my car so I can consume my fresh juice within minutes.  After taking the REBOOT assesment ( I’ve decided on trying the 15-day Reboot Entry Program.  I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.

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What do you do?

What do you do when you family’s home can’t get repaired?  This is one of the issues Seth’s family is dealing with since Hurricane Irene.,0,2757042.story


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