Monday, August 15, 2011

Your Beauty Sleep...Circadian Rhythm

This song was really scary to me when I was little. I had no idea what the rhythm was..I imagined it like the Nothing/wolf from The Neverending Story..

At the salon lately, my clients and I have been talking about Circadian Rhythm..So, I thought it was time as Greg says to, "Consider the source.." before I keep spreading inaccurate information..hahaha..So, I thought of everything I've been hearing for years, and I did a little research...

Circadian Rhythm...Latin circa meaning "around" and diem/ dies meaning "day"...So, it's literally your bodies natural daily rhythms...

I first heard of the Circadian Rhythm while working at Ziva Salon talking to Erin Mead at the front desk about Decleor skincare and how mummies were preserved with essential oils much like high end skincare..The key to preserving our bodies..which we all know...DIET, EXERCISE, FLOSSING YOUR TEETH, SKINCARE, AND SLEEP. We thought Circadian Rhythm had something to do with sleep cycles and falling asleep around 10pm for at least a full 8 hrs. in order for your body to reach all of the necessary rhythms of sleep like R.E.M..We knew it had something to do with your body's natural rhythms which we all so often ignore because of work, traveling, staying up too late on the computer, and just general fun..

Staying connected with your body, mind, and the world around you is the first step to finding your own rhythm. Really try to take note of how you feel and why. Develop good eating habits. I'm horrible at drinking water, but it makes such a difference in my skin and energy levels. I always tell brides to start drinking a ton of water 2 days before the wedding to look their best..On good days for me I wake up and drink a glass right away then I keep a big Nalegene bottle at work and try to finish it, and when I get home I have at least one in the evening. I'll also try to leave one beside my bed at night. I can't say this happens every day, but often enough..Especially if I drink water instead of tea/coffee.. And, food to me is pretty much just something I have to do like fueling up a car..For me good nutrition is actually work and planning. But, when I cook a meal it is delicious.

SALON MISINFORMATION.. I had been calling it Cicadian Rhythm like the the bugs that sing on hot summer nights where I grew up in Pennsylvania and then would die in their big alien body..This is a bug you would actually find dead not smashed..It's interesting that most bugs aren't found dead unless they are in a window sill, but these seemed to be everywhere in the summer..I miss these bugs a little and all the summer noises growing up in Pennsylvania and on my grandparents farm in New Jersey.. Living in Portland what do you hear? Cars, people, some birds, maybe wind chimes..and, in the winter...RAIN...

Cicada Shell Hair

Back to the Rhythm

Plants, animals, insects, fungus, have these "internal body clocks" we are connected to the tides, the sunlight, the moon, the sounds of the cicada's song, and life around us giving us cues when to be alert, when to relax, and when to sleep...

"Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." my Colonial lover Thomas Jefferson

Try to get a good night sleep for even 1 night around 10pm wake up and look in the mirror..You will look beautiful, alert, and feel refreshed. Try it for a week and feel the difference. No one will take care of you as well as You can.. To prevent wrinkles and hair tangles use a satin pillow case which doesn't pull on your skin and hair.

sweet dreams:)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lauren Bacall's High School Hair Cut.

Today Portland had the most beautiful weather, and I was lucky enough to sit in the sun for a few hours and read Lauren Bacall By Myself.

Here is one quick story I loved that many of you can relate too about a bad haircut when you really didn't get what you hoped for or when you actually just hoped to look like someone else.


Lauren Bacall, Betty Bacall at the time, was searching for herself. She was forming her identity as we all are at different points in our lives when we have to redefine ourselves depending on where we are in our journey.

..."Like the time I had seen Margaret Sullavan in a movie. She was a wonderful actress, and I loved her looks. I wanted to look like that. My hair was long- it had been for years. Time for a change. But, my mother and grandmother would be furious, so I pondered for days. Finally I decided I'd pondered enough. Time for action. I was to have my hair trimmed.

Mother gave me money. I took off for the shop. I was so excited- I'd leave 86th Street looking like me, I'd return looking like Margaret Sullavan. Thrilling. I sat in the barber chair and told the man what I wanted- I had a small photograph of Margaret Sullavan with me. He looked at me and said, "Are you sure that's what you want?" "I'm sure. Cut it all off."

Margaret Sullavan

He picked up his scissors and began. One side went and I looked cockeyed. It was awful, but it would be lovely when both sides were done. They finally were. I looked in the mirror. The hair was Margaret Sullavan, all right- very short, just below the ears, bangs- but the face was still mine. The two definitely did not go together. But it was too late now, there was nothing for it but to go home and face the music..." ...But it was awful- I looked hideous and I hated it. But it would grow back- I hoped. Fortunately, it did before I had finished high school. I was an awkward mess anyway, the hair just added to the picture."

Lauren redefined 2010 ad
model Karlie Kloss

These last 2 images are from a shoot I worked on over a year ago. For their hair I thought of Lauren Bacall's dramatic side part with the slight cowlick in the corner above the eye for height. It's elegant and classic old Hollywood. I would love to try to create this again in black and white with the models giving the "Lauren Bacall Look" kind of gazing up through eyes with a mind of their own. But, the shoot that day wasn't trying to recreate Lauren Bacall; however, I think her the glamour still comes through.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Perfect 4 Platinum

What's new in the world of Pureology?

4 New Products for anyone with 4 or more levels of lift in their hair

What does 4 levels of lift mean? Any time your hair is 4 or more shades lighter than it's natural color.

So, Let's play a game...Are these celebrities Perfect 4 Platinum or would they be better suited to another Pureology system? (ANSWER'S AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST*)

Fun Fact: Over 52 million women in the United States are blonde and of that number how many of them do you really think are natural?

This Pureology system could not have come at a better time in our hair trends. Right now we are seeing Kim Vo's Ombre color (fading roots to lighter ends) ,and we are coming out of summer where so many of us have been lightening our locks.. Now it's time to nourish that hair again..And who better than the leader in Serious Colour Care to create this new system. Love you Pureology!!!

What's makes this new system so special:)

Keravis Protien for strength
Chamomile for softness
Lemon extracts to brighten
Coriander oil enhances shine

daily Pureology system for anyone with 4+ levels of lift in the hair desiring strength and repair

Treatment mask with 5 times the amount of Keravis to strengthen the hair

Treatment has 15 times the amount of Keravis to leave the hair 78% stronger after the 1st use

I've been using the miracle filler on my hair for a week now, and it feels so soft. Also, a little goes a long way. If you use too much you can feel a coating. With all Pureology products one thing to remember is their formula's are highly concentrated. This creates less waste in packaging over time because the products are made to last longer. Also, there is more value for your dollar because what normally might be gone in a month can last much longer than expected.

So, are you Perfect 4 Platinum?

Yes. Blake Lively and Cameron Diaz are some of the most gorgeous sun kissed ladies.
Yes! Julia Robert's with her signature red has been playing with bits of bright.
YES!! You can see Anna Lynne McCord's highlights through her curls.
YES!! YES!! Kim Kardashian now is a beautiful brunette, but once upon a time she was a beautiful blonde