Wednesday, September 29, 2010

To Shampoo or Not to Shampoo?

Recently, I have been getting the, "Should I be shampooing my hair everyday?, Every other day?, Once a week???"...So, here are my thoughts on this subject.

~How often you shampoo or don't is different for everyone. You included. Some people who have oily skin probably need to shampoo once a day to once every other day. I definitely fall into this category. I have oily skin everywhere. I HAVE to shampoo my hair, at the very least, every other day. Sometimes I get on kicks where I will shampoo everyday but not always.

~Some people fall into the "You can shampoo every other day to every 3rd or 4th day". I won't even tell you what my hair would look like if I waited that long. Let's just say that I could solve the worlds "oil" problems all by myself :).

~Some people can shampoo once a week and you probably would never notice. they usually have very dry skin every where and have very curly hair.

~I do not buy into the, "You can train your skin/scalp into not producing as much oil if you don't shampoo everyday". You can't go in and regulate your oil production. I wish I could. Believe me!

~There are products designed to help you go an extra day or two.. They are called, "Dry Shampoos". The best one that I have found that is inexpensive, is called, "Psssst". Bartel's carries this particular brand. It has a pleasant smell and is very easy to use. You want to make sure that you direct the product at the roots of your hair so that the dry shampoo can absorb excess oils and debris.

~Now, if your hair is matted to your scalp all the time, you may not be...1.Getting the shampoo down to your scalp. 2. You have product build up.  3.You aren't shampooing thoroughly enough. 4. You're applying conditioner on your scalp and are not rinsing it out well enough.

~If the above sounds like you then the best way to remove excess oil or products, is to use a clarifying shampoo and apply a large amount to dry hair, at the scalp, BEFORE you get in the shower or wet your hair. Sometimes the water can interfere with the shampoo's ability to do it's job.

(Disclaimer...If you color your hair, check with your stylist before using any type of Clarifying shampoo.)

~The flip side is that there are people who shampoo everyday that probably shouldn't. If your hair isn't matted to the top of your head with oil when you wake up in the morning, you can probably go an extra day.

~The best thing to do when you have normal scalp conditions, is to shampoo your hair one day and then, day two, RINSE your hair, and run conditioner through your ends. This will help to keep some necessary oils in the hair and also, this is better for your color.

~Not shampooing everyday does help with the prevention of color fading. If you color your hair any shade of red, the less you shampoo the longer your color will stay vibrant.

~Not shampooing everyday also helps eliminate frizz that occurs after shampooing. Some people find that they like their hair much better the second day because the frizz has left the building. :)

~ There are people that fall into this category. (lucky) You probably only need to shampoo your hair every 3rd to 5th day.

~I think that is great as long as your scalp doesn't get smelly. Your color's vibrancy will probably last much longer than the average color that is shampooed regularly.

~Most African American people will fall into this category. When you shampoo make sure that you use heavy conditioners to keep hair from being brittle.

~You can also use leave-in-conditioners, on your hair. Then style as normal.

 On a side note...I will be heading to New Orleans this coming Saturday with one of my best friends, Rebecca! Very excited to take a break and take in all the scenery and food that New Orleans has to offer. I won't be posting very much for about the next week. However, I have some fun posts in store for everyone who reads this blog :) So keep coming back and I'll be sure to keep you informed and entertained! :) Thank you to all who read and follow my blog! You guys rock!!! 


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fab Hair

So, what's a girl to do when it is rainy and icky outside??? She goes in and gets her hair colored and then does the Brazilian Gloss treatment!

And that is exactly what I did!

We had our Brazilian Gloss class last Sunday and I have been chomping at the bit to get a treatment done on myself since then. Krystal was kind enough to spend the morning with me. First, she colored my grays away, (thank goodness), then she applied the Brazilian Gloss to my tresses.Thanks Krystal! You're the best! Poor girl, she had to deal with my lovely extensions, but she did me proud!

Let me show you what my hair looked like before...Roots and all :)

It definitely isn't horrendous but the hair needs to be managed. It has been 6 weeks since having extensions put in. After weeks of abuse it's time to renew their luster and softness.

Enter, Brazilian Gloss!!!

Here is a shot after the treatment has been applied and combed through. Krystal is getting her workout for sure!!!
See my bonds above?! They are hanging in there. :)

This is the final result! Smooth frizz free hair! Too bad you can't put your hands through my hair right now!

You would be very envious. 

Rapunzel is back! ;)

Nordstrom Event with St. John

Nordstrom Seattle had a Personal Appearance with St. John. Here is their Fall/ Winter campaign for 2010...

 Our hair inspiration for the in house event was different from the above pictures. But, none the less, the hair was very chic and elegantly understated.
Sleek, deep side part pulled back into low chignon at the nape of neck. Here is a look at some of the " behind the scene action shots"...

Have a happy Sunday!!!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Paper Dolls Fashion Show

Just in case you can't read the above print...

"Join us for a magical night where art and fashion meet to benefit foster kids. We promise an inspiring evening of fashion created exclusively for Treehouse by Luly Yang couture and artist Jimmy Gersen. These two Seattle talents will meet on the runway to create Paper Dolls for Treehouse, an organization working to give foster kids a childhood and a future in our community, Treehouse makes sure that kids in foster care have what every child deserves- from help in school to art class, summer camp and clothes. Please join us for this fabulous event hosted by our featured auctioneer, John Curly."

Date:             September 30, 2010
                             Time:             Doors open at 6:30pm, event begins at 7:15pm
Location:       Georgetown Studios
                     5890 Airport Way S.
                     Seattle, WA., 98108

Please go to to purchase tickets, or contact Ann Doherty at or Wendy Wood at

Brazilian Gloss

Great News!!! I think the "best thing since sliced bread" landed in my lap!!! It is called "Brazilian Gloss". To sum it all up...this service is for ANYONE who struggles with FRIZZY and/or unruly wavy, curly hair. It helps the client achieve manageability and unbelievable shine. This product helps seal in your color and helps resist fading and helps repair damaged hair!

Their website is extremely user friendly. They have "Before and After" pictures, and they can answer all your questions on their FAQs section. Peruse the site and then RUN, don't walk, to the nearest phone to make your appointment today with your stylist.

Click on image to see FAQs

This is not to be confused with Brazilian Blowout. 

Happy Happy Joy Joy! :) 
Your hair will thank you!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Busy Busy Busy

What a busy and great week! :) First, there was Fashion First and then the day after was my birthday!  Lots of celebration time with friends and family.  Yesterday, I had a very informative class about Brazilian Glossing which I will post about tomorrow. (So excited!!!)

Fashion First happened on this past Thursday, September the 16th. The evening started for the team, at 5pm, where we set up in the back of the Sodo Showbox, in Seattle. It was an great evening filled with many Seattle boutiques showing off their collections for this fall and winter, 2010. The evening also showcased up and coming designers in the Seattle area, with a set called..."Seamless in Seattle".
One of the more heart warming moments during the runway show itself was, being able to honor the late Seattle Officer Timothy Brenton who was killed in the line of duty this last October. Some of the officers who walked the runway, in tribute to Officer Brenton, did so in style and looked a little bit more at ease in casual attire.

Now to show you the behind the scenes action...

 Here was our hair inspiration look. Christian Dior 2010 Fall/Winter collection

Here we go! Curling and setting hair up a storm...


Thank you to our 3 apprentices for the evening... Brooke, Antoinette and Rashel! They did an amazing job and we were happy to have them there!

 I honestly think that there was SO much hairspray in the air that it was hard to achieve a clear picture :)

All the makeup for the evening was done by Swink.

Here are some pictures from the runway show...

 The doors opened at 7pm for cocktail hour. At 8:15pm the auction started and by the end of the evening, Fashion First had raised over $55,000.00 for the Rise-n-Shine Foundation. By 10:30pm we were all packed up and headed home!
We had a great time at this show and can't wait til next years!
Great job by Joan Kelly, founder of Fashion First, and Lizzie Parker!

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