Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ouch!! Split Ends

Image found on flickr

One of my clients told me they like to pull their split ends apart up the hair strand. This felt like finger nails on a chalk board to me!! Please don't do that!!! You can think of your hair like a rope. It is a strong group of fibers wound together. When it gets older and weak the ends fray. Just like a rope if you cut them off you are left with a strong fused strand. If you let it stay frayed it will continue to slowly split up. This is why many people say, "my hair stops growing after a certain point". Probably because they go through a cycle of getting a bob, not cutting it for months, and that's where it usually stops for them around the shoulders.

Here are 2 sites that talk about split ends

little trims

why it splits

In these winter months with artificial heat and dry air, hair becomes more dull and brittle. Use conditioner whenever you wash. Try not to wash your hair everyday. And, a hydrating mask once a week would be ideal. I love Pureology NanoWorks Luxury Mask and ColourMax leave in daily.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pin Me Apparel Sale

Alyson Clair,Clair Vintage Inspired. is having a trunk show tonight!! And, there is a sale all weekend at Pin Me Apparel

Find the details on the NEAT SHEET

Holiday Gift Idea Yed Omi Jewelery

These pictures are from a photo shoot I worked on for the husband and wife team YedOmi. They make beautiful, handmade jewelery here is Portland. hint hint...anyone looking for gift ideas:)

Right now my sister is borrowing a gorgeous green and blue necklace by YedOmi(one of the benefits of having sisters)..She looked so lovely in it during our Thanksgiving dinner. She made her first turkey and a ham..They were amazing!! love you sister:) congratulations on your new house...

The team...
Jewelery Yed Omi Jewelery
Photography Photos by Kim
Hair Kira Pinski
Makeup Claudine Ebel
Wardrobe Pin Me Apparel and Naomi's personal collection.
Model Dara

Friday, November 27, 2009

Vacation Notice: Home for the Holidays

Note to clients:

I will be out of the salon Dec. 20th-Jan. 5th visiting family for Christmas/New Years. Schedule early :)

Happy Holidays,


Carl Evan's shoot

model: Kacy Rogers Option Model Managment

Sunday, November 22, 2009

First Image from Wednesday's Shoot with Carl Evans

This is the first image from a shoot with Carl Evans. Erin's hair was waves with the GHD 1 inch flat iron and Pureology In Charge styling spray for heat protection, hold/memory, and soft/touchable texture.. The waves lasted through 2 previous looks with a wig cap and wig. That pretty impressive since that is as crushing as any hat. We did the waves around 11 that morning, and they lasted through the day into her second shoot with Makool that I accompanied her to finishing up around 9:30 that night where the waves were tousled with a fan. So, for you brides worried about styles that last check out this Ghd/Pureology combo, and stay tuned for what the waves looked like in the Makool studio shoot after wig caps, 2 wigs, plenty of touching, and a fan. They were never reset with the iron. I'm excited to share the wigs from the Carl Evan's shoot and holiday bow from the Makool shoot....i guess you will all just have to wait with me:)

Photographer: Carl Evans
Hair: Kira Pinski
Makeup: Terri Lodge
Model: Erin Dierking Option Model Management
Wardrobe: Rebecca Westby

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Long Loose Waves....

So, pretty and so natural looking. The key to waves that stay is having completely dry hair, plenty of light styling spray before and after setting the waves, and different size waves for a long lasting effect. Finish with shine spray:))

Twist it Up....

I like the definition the twists create in the sides, and I love the pile of beautiful curls. This can be done on most lengths of hair.

This is also one of my favorite veil placements. This way you really see your hair throughout the ceremony.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Veil Alternative Feathers

Shelby is a great hairstylist that just moved here from Orlando FL I hope to work with her this summer as part of my wedding team:)

photography Foster Addington
hair Shelby Smith

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A new way to wear a veil...

Photography for Book de Maquillaje(book of makeup)


Photography: Domingo Gómez Algaba Fotografía
Hair & Makeup: Scherezade Garrido
Model: Judit Barceló

Check out Gómez Algaba's site for gorgeous wedding photos in Barcelona Spain (look under "bodas").

He also shoots:


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Michelle Williams...I'm in love with her hair

In last months Vogue you can see a full spread of Michelle's new short hair and different ways it can be worn. Come in to the salon and check it out. I will be taking it home for my library in a few weeks. Her hair is great super short or in a soft bob.

Short Wedding Hair Styles

When thinking about hair for your wedding day consider...

How formal does it need to be?

Do you want smooth/wavy?

How much volume?

Would you like a part, how far to the side,center, part depth?

Pieces falling for softness in the front?

So much to consider:) I also have some gorgeous photos of my brides at

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Engaged in Central Park NYC

This is one of my very best friends Christine who recently got engaged during a trip to NYC and will be getting married this Spring/Summer! These 2 weeks of wedding blogging are dedicated to her:)

Advice to girls who that might be getting engaged...Wear your hair down. Christine told me the cutest story. Before going on their walk in the park her boyfriend Micah asked her to wear her hair down. She didn't want it down because she was overdue for a cut and the wind would blow it into her eyes. Christine thought, "oh my...I can't believe I'm getting involved with a guy who is so critical of how I look..." But, he insisted that she looked so pretty that way,and alas she wore it down:) Later he revealed that he wanted her to look and feel pretty in the photos he would be taking after the proposal...How sweet and thoughtful is that...

I also thought it was cool to wear it down because looking back at that special day you will see a change in style, hair length, color, shape. But, if it was in a ponytail all of the hair is lost.

Christine loves her hair shorter..In college she had one of my best short cuts and almost recruited me her coworker into our tiny apartment because of compliments she received. I would cut her hair with kitchen scissors, a pillow case around the neck, fastened with a clothes pin. Those were some good times.

Tomorrow I will be posting shorter haired wedding styles:)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Wedding Officiants

The person who performs your wedding ceremony will be dear to you throughout your marriage. I always want to thank our Italian professor at USC, Fausto Pauluzzi, every year on our anniversary for marrying my husband and I. " 5 years October 16th" He created a ceremony that fit us at the time, and watching it in video years later we are amazed at how profound his content and word choices really were. He gave our marriage a beautiful place to begin.

Gale Johnston, a very special client of mine, provides custom wedding ceremonies here in Portland. She has a very nurturing soul that will touch you and your guests. She meets with the couple individually hearing stories of how they met, fell in love, proposals, future dreams, ect. And, the stories can be crafted into the day of events. She can even read over vows and offer suggestions. She listens and guides with care.

In these photos, I had the honor of doing Gale's hair before the ceremony. I loved hearing the side of the officiant...usually I'm working with brides and their parties..She shared the process of crafting their ceremony, moments of nervousness, excitement, and the calm that love brings. The couple was lucky to have someone who cared so much for them.

Gale provides other services as well through Canto de Paloma (dove song)

Energy Work/Reiki
Baby Welcoming
Elder Honoring
House Blessings
Custom Ceremonies

Also...again a special thank to Fausto Pauluzzi. Matt and I will always be grateful.

Martha Stewarts "Perfect Palette"

I'm so excited!! I just found out one of my very best friends from college is getting married in California this Spring/Summer. This week maybe 2 I will be blogging about everything wedding...More focused on brides across the US, planning online, maybe California/Portland related a little...But, more specifically local to Portland another time:)

Here is a "Perfect Palette" featured by Martha Stewart:)

I remember on my wedding day I wanted a cream/champagne dress so bad, but no matter how many I tried on I had to go with white for my skintone...I would love to hear any dress shopping horror stories or happy ones too:)

Dress shopping was so hard for me..I'm a very tiny person pretty much a size 0. So no dresses fit me at the traditional places I had available in Asheville, NC. I ended up finding a boutique in Charlotte, NC. They helped me by clipping the dress down with huge clamps to get an idea of my size. I ended up choosing a dress I originally saw in a size 14.

Here is a list of designers featured in the "Perfect Palette" and, one is a lovely girl I've met from Portland!!

Halter-neck gown (No. 2748) in Venetian gold Vivian Diamond for Dessy Collection
Dress (No. 373) in copper/creme Bari Jay
"Top and Skirt"By PORTLAND'S OWN!! SARAH SEVEN "Diane" wedding gown and necklace The wedding dress Queen Vera Wang
"Harper" heels j.crew
Dress Vincente Villarin, to order

Enjoy!! it's so important to LOVE your dress:)