Monday, April 25, 2016

Thinning Hair / Postpartum Alopecia

I am now experiencing first hand how it feels to have thinning hair. When I was 30 I got a  tight perm so I could become experienced with curly hair, now at 35 I am learning what it's like to work with my own thinning hair. I've seen hair fall out for many clients over my 10 years as a hairdresser.and I've seen hair grow back too.

I've seen thinning due to
">post pregnancy like mine now, chemo therapy, age, medication, surgery, lupus (autoimmune disorders), diet, hair twirling, and most commonly STRESS. In all of these cases I've seen hair bounce back, even with my client in her late 70's. So, I know this is temporary for me...I hope...
Even though I know my hair should eventually stop falling out by the handful, I am still afraid. When I run my hands through my wet hair clumps wrap around my fingers and cover my body. It's horrible. My hair loss makes me feel unattractive, helpless, insecure, and sad.

A beautiful client of mine said "It's okay for a man to be Q-ball bald, but it's never okay for a woman". She has lupus and is in a phase where new growth is coming in and her hair is full, but she knows the emotional pain of thinning hair.

As a hairdresser for men and women I know men hate it too, but it's much more accepted. While men try a few shampoos and medications they will stop if they feel there are any side effects. Men generally have a back and forth relationship with trying different methods to stop their hair loss as they age. Women on the other hand... We OBSESS over it. We will try everything: medicine, vitamins, Ovation Cell Therapy, color, thickening products, extensions, wigs, accessories, styling options. I mean we try EVERYTHING!

So, here is what I'm doing to stay hot!!

1.WASH YOUR HAIR LESS. For me, the most hair loss is during washing and brushing the hair. Use dry shampoo and wash your hair once or twice a week tops. I know it looks better clean, but if you can stretch it even every other day you’ll retain more hair throughout the shedding period while your hormones are leveling out. REST ASSURED YOUR HAIR WILL GROW BACK!!

2.CHANGE YOUR PART… If you part in the middle sweep from side or back. Cover as much of the head with the longer hair.. Not a combover.. but kind of… Also a jagged part distracts from thinning compared to a straight part. 

3. BLOW DRY WITH THICKENING SPRAY at the part in the front at the roots or wherever you’d like to disguise thinning. You don’t need to blow dry all of your hair if you don’t have time. But, if you blow dry the root with THICKENING SPRAY it will look fuller. Use heat to activate the product. 

4. CURLS/WAVES  use a curling,flat iron or rollers... waves make the hair look fuller because they take up more space than when the hair lies flat or straight.

5. TEASE AND PIN..  One of my favorites ways to add volume is to tease the top so there is no part just a ponytail. Make sure you use a fine mist of hairspray at the sides to give a more polished look and hide the flyaway. Don’t spray the top only the sides near the ear.. This avoids the 80’s slick ponytail. 

6. We pencil in our eye brows right? So, Why not PENCIL/SHADE/DUST the scalp with matte makeup.  The hair appears thicker when a light scalp isn’t showing through.

7. SCARVES/HEADBANDS/ HATS…..this will help in the meantime…YOUR HAIR WILL GROW BACK. 

8. PRODUCT…Thickening shampoo/conditioner, Thickening spray, Root lift mouse, Thickening  powder, dry shampoo.

9. HAIR PIECES .. caps, bangs, extra hair … A wig shop will have them… You don’t get to be ranked #3 “100 Sexiest Stars of the Twentieth Century” by Playboy and #2 on the list of Men’s Health “Hottest Women of All Time” without knowing a few tricks…>Raquel Welch

10. NUTRITION...Make sure you're getting enough iron, vitamin c, biotin, protein, vitamin D. 

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Palm Springs Wedding

This year has been full of gorgeous wedding hair!! Here are a few images from a recent Palm Springs wedding. 

"When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew."~ Frank Sinatra

"Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures." ~Alexandre Dumas, 
The Three Musketeers 1948,1844

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…” ~ Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca 1942

Photographer: EPlove Photography

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Fashion Buzz Benefitting Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego

Beehives...Spring..Yellow.. Glitter..Sunshine
The Fashion Buzz Fashion Show produced by Leonard Simpson was a huge success. I was proud to lead my hair/makeup team for this spring event benefiting San Diego Epilepsy Foundation.  The show featured designer Sue Wong's gowns. Sue Wong sells in specialty boutiques and retailers including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Lord and Taylor, and Macy's. 

Here are a few of my favorite images.. More can be found at

We had so much fun with hair and makeup creating the designers looks. Makeup had gold glitter eye shadows. I'm hoping this trend catches on for summer! Sue Wong also requested the always sexy smokey eye and red lip. Runway has an over the top, theatrical quality that  is an exaggeration of what we would wear everyday. For this fun look we did a pop of color for the eyes with blues, white, and yellow. I've been wearing my blue eye liner, shimmer, and hot pink lipstick and feeling very beachy!

Many thanks to Leonard Simpson and Brittany Simpson for bringing this creative vision to La Jolla. Leonard Simpson keeps fashion fun by choosing the daring shade of yellow for his show and his guests suggested attire. This happy, youthful color brings us into a bright, fun spring season.

It was such a busy day it was hard to get all the team together for a photo

Hair Team

Danielle Gunderson, Julie Helena-Garrison, Kathleen Mulvnany, Amanda Moore, Brandi Kantari, 
Cat Nugyen, Adriana Cortez, Britney Cook, Kira Pinski, Connie Novello

Hair and Makeup Team

 Kathleen Mulvaney, Emalyn D., Nancia Haiges, Danielle Gunderson, Verna Cortez, Emelia Halfmann, Sabrina Wesley, Kira Pinski, Chelsea DosSantos, Britney Cook, Renee Rhoads, Jessa Gregory, Connie Novello, Cat Nugyen

Behind the Scenes

Kathleen Mulvaney, Cat Nugyen, and Nancia Haiges work quickly to finish up our model

 Makeup Artists Verna Cortez and Renee Rhoads

 Hairstylists Adriana Cortez and Connie Novello creating a beehive

Backstage moments before the show started the lights dimmed. As, the models queued up one of the younger ones took a deep breath and just before she hit the stage made the sign of the cross. The music was on, the lights were low, everyone was rushing around doing constant touch ups on hair flyaway, lipstick outlines, powdering noses, finding loose threads, tags out, watching for all the details. In that unexpected moment with that one action the young model was vulnerable and beautiful to me. This private moment reminded me how brave these models are to walk the runway. They must be powerful, elegant, confident, and glide in their motion. I love these girls.  They are kind. They giggle a lot. They are smart. students..scientists.. designers..inspiring individuals.

Brittany Simpson and Leonard Simpson after the show with our gorgeous models! Nice Job!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Indian Wedding Hair

San Diego is a huge wedding destination. Working with brides from all over the country as they come to sunny California to tie the knot, is exciting because they bring so many fresh details to their special day. Some of my favorite weddings this season have been Indian weddings coordinated by Nahid Farhound. Her attention to detail, quick responses, decision making, and kindness make her one of the most sought after planners in San Diego....possibly the most sought after for Indian weddings because of her experience and connections.

This is a special video from my bride Aimee as she celebrated her marriage with her friends and family.  Their wedding had the traditional Christian and Indian ceremonies. It was a blend of their families traditions and what was important to each of them as they join in their new life together. I love seeing a couple laughing and looking at each other with admiration and support. They were so sweet throughout the two days checking in with each other smiling at the happiness of their partner. Their love was the detail that touched me the most, it spilled over into every aspect of their wedding... the gorgeous henna on the palms, hands, feet, ... the Italian lunch and Indian dinner... amazing... the gold shoes and flowing mane on Craig's horse as he rode into the crowd dancing in celebration, the jewelry ...always amazing with Indian weddings.. placing the tikka on her friends who some were wearing for the very first time... the clothes and fabrics... okay enjoy the video... more Indian wedding details to come as I have more time to blog when the holiday rush slows down at the salon..Just thought this was so sweet and wanted to share:)