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Exercising and Eating Healthy for your Hair

We all have heard it a million times over exercise is good for your health.  Your heart health, your mental health your any problem you have can be cured with exercise health.  But did you also know that exercise has a connection to your hair’s health? Just giving you another reason to stick to that resolution this year!


Maybe you did but didn’t know exactly how or what it did to said follicles. I repeat myself daily, usually more than once a day, in saying ” You want your hair to grow and stay healthy?  You need to take a multi, Omega and Biotin vitamins, drink water like its going outta style, nutritious diet and exercise.”  Most people do 2 out of 4.  Eh, not too shabby- but all are a must if you want fast results.

INCREASE SHINE – Lack of physical activity will definitely lead to brittle or lusterless hair.  If you spend endless amounts of time in front of your computer or boob TV and have a bad posture then not a strand will shine back at you.

Increase Flexibility – Exercise increases circulation in the body bring all the healthy, oxygenated blood to all your cells, organs, etc, INCLUDING your hair follicles.  YES the hair growing outta your head may be “dead” but that hair follicle is “alive” and needs nourishment!  So exercise! Especially concentrate on exercises that increase the flexibility of your neck and back. Vitamin-Rich Circulated Blood =nourishment of the hair follicles, resulting in hair that is healthier and more in volume.

NOTE: Boob Tube watching/ Sitting creates poor circulation for your head.

HAIR STRESS= HAIR LOSS – Poor circulation+age+STRESS=potent combination for hair loss.  Exercising helps you RELAX.  (This is what I meant when I said mental health earlier.) Hence, no stress.  Sooo…  you just lowered your chances of pulling out clumps of hair from the drain!

MEDICATIONS – This goes back to exercise being good for general health. Eating a nutritious diet, taking your vitamins, drinking water and exercising helps your hair grow, grow, grow and stay healthy and shiny; All things we love to see in hair.

BUT some medications have adverse effects like hair loss, brittle locks or dull strands soooo…  If you can “cure” yourself with a sometimes harder, but better than popping a pill everyday and definitely more rewarding lifestyle your hair will love you for it.  DISCLAIMER:  I’m not saying stops your meds!  Talk to your doctor about that and your hair concerns.

SIDE NOTE:  If you never took vitamins before and swear by Prenatal vitamins have you ever thought that maybe a regular one might have sufficed?  AND REMEMBER- before vitamins get to the hair it goes to organs first.  I believe those are a little more important than hair anyway, just a little.


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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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Best Express Hair Treatments

LOVE LOVE LOVE Kerastase Fusio Dose Express Treatment.  We’ve been using it for about a year at my salon and it IS what it’s cracked up to be.

It’s totally personalized. This in-salon high concentration treatment ritual offers infinite combinations of advanced formulas and active ingredients.You can address  dry ends and add shine, or reconstruct  fragile hair and add umph!   Best of all- you’re not limited to just ONE CAP you can add and add (upcharge, of course).  Everyone has different needs so why make a treatment that only fits SOME people when you can have a treatment that can fit EVERYONE at ALL TIMES!

AND, just like Kerastase’s Modes Operandi, they’re long lasting.  I’d say about 4 weeks, given that you’re using the appropriate professional shampoos, conditioners and styling products.  Then again I never understood people that pay so much for their hair and then use horrible take home products!.  Don’t you want the only accesory you wear EVERY DAY, your hair, to look salon ready at all times?

You need to try a Fusio-Dose treatment. TO-DAY.  Learn more details by going to Kerastase’s  Facebook page’s Fusio-Dose™ app .  AND FYI as an add on service to your already there salon visit it’s anywhere from $15-25, not bad at all.


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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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WTF is Lindsay Lohan?

She’s crazy!  She looks like she’s 45!  and she’s barely reached her mid 20s!

Her extensions are ridiculous!  Is it because he hair is fried and she had to cut it all off?

AND HER TEETH?  did she have and issue?  Oh yeah- I forgot about that.

I can’t get over it, so sad! WHY?  She was so cute and had talent. WHY?

See the video below:

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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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MAC pro 2012 Spring Trend Lip Pallette

Used by M·A·C Artists backstage in New York, London, Milan and Paris, six Spring/Summer 2012 shades for lips.  These exciting new shades, remind me of the 80s, except refined- as usual.

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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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Sofia Vergara in a custom Vera Wang peacock strapless mermaid gown and Harry Winston jewelry.

Mila Kunis in Christian Dior's Spring 2012 collection and Cartier jewelry

Jessica Alba in a Gucci gown.

Helen Mirren, 66, in a Badgley Mischka gown, Fred Leighton earrings

Natalie Portman in Lanvin., Jimmy Choo heels and Harry Winston jewelry.

Dianna Agron in a Giles Deacon dress and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab Fall 2011 Couture collection.

Ariel Winter, 13, in a Dolce & Gabbana tea length gown

Evan Rachel Wood in a Gucci Premiere gown.

Jessica Chastain in a Givenchy gown and Harry Winston jewelry.

Kate Winslet in a Jenny Packham gown and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Paula Patton in a Monique Lhuillier gown and Kwiat jewelry.

Kate Beckinsale in a Roberto Cavalli gown.

Reese Witherspoon in a Zac Posen gown

Emma Stone in Lanvin.

Lea Michele in a Marchesa Spring 2012 collection gown.

Angelina Jolie in an Atelier Versace gown.

Debra Messing in a Monique Lhuillier gown

Laura Dern in a gown by Andrew Gn.'s 2012 Resort collection

Kelly Osbourne in a Zac Posen gown.

Madonna in a Reem Acra gown.

Mary J. Blige in a Michael Kors halter gown

Nicole Richie in a Julien Macdonald Spring 2012 collection gown.

Maria Menounos

Sarah Hyland in a vintage lace Dolce & Gabbana gown.

Zooey Deschanel in a silk Prada gown.

Elle Macpherson in a Zac Posen gown.

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture and vintage Cartier jewels.

Diane Lane in a Reem Acra design.

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