Love Your Stylist!

If you don’t love your stylist I have a good one for you! Sky loves her too! Once again Eleanor at Embellish Salon worked her magic on Sky’s hair.

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m good about hair upkeep. I get the cuts and the colors regularly, and I keep heat styling to a minimum.

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Oh you can tell she’s feeling it! 

You would think I would be better at maintaining Sky’s hair, but I kind fall down on the job with her. She has enough hair on her head for 3 people at least, and while it has beautiful brown curls, it does sometimes border on wild frizz. She’s just not there yet when it comes to taking care of it like it needs, and frankly I’m struggling to get out of the house for work on time, so she is left to her own devices when it comes to weekday hair.

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Guys, it kinda got out of control, and I didn’t even realize how out of control it was until Sky asked Eleanor to cut it off. I feel bad now looking back, but am so thankful that Sky wanted to get it cut short. It looks so healthy and is an adorable style on Sky. Bonus, so much easier to get the tangles out which means way less mother/daughter heartache!

Thank you Eleanor for giving Sky’s hair new life, we adore you!

 

Fresh Curls

Sky has been in the process of growing her hair out for a long time. Her goal is Rapunzel hair…with all the curl she has going on it’s going to be a challenge, but it’s her goal, so we are working with it.

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Thankfully Eleanor is not only one of my dearest friends, but an amazing stylist who is so very good at working with Sky and her curly hair. Especially since it had been over 6 months since Sky had a hair cut…oops…not great for curly hair.

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With Nutcracker recital coming up, and a bun being required, we let her hair grow, and get pretty unruly in the process. But, it was long enough to go into a perfect bun! Sorry Eleanor, won’t let that happen again!

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Oh my the curl and color…love her hair!

Anyway, we visited Eleanor at Embellish Tacoma a few days ago for a much needed Sky hair cut.

I love how Sky has Eleanor’s undivided attention, and is made to feel like she is part of the decision making and hair cut process. Plus, mad skills cutting hair on a moving target!

The look on her face tells you all you need to know about how much she loves her new cut and style!

Thank you Eleanor!

Oh and a few Nutcracker pics….

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Eleanor had to teach me how to do a bun, and get all the little hairs neat and orderly. I was able to do it myself a few days later for her picture with Santa. Feeling like a legit dance mom now! 😉

 

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After hair it was a stop for make up…wanted help picking out the right shade of red lipstick for her. Sky LOVES make up! 
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Ready to hit the stage and get her dance on! 
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With her friend Molly…those two are the best of buds, and the worst at times. But, mostly they adore each other. Glad Sky has a dance friend to enjoy it with. 

I Got Embellished!

You know you’re stylist did a fabulous job with your new hair color when you are almost 42 and carded 4 times in 7 days! That totally makes it sound like a drink a lot haha!

I am so lucky that my stylist is also my good friend. When she asked me to hair model for her I jumped at the chance, and while I was willing to stretch my comfort zone so she could learn some new techniques, she had my best interest at heart and was careful not to stretch too much so it wouldn’t feel so drastic.

Old Color

Everyone at Embellish Multispace Salon is dedicated to learning the new color line La Biosthetique, and to getting the healthiest and prettiest results they can. This is the second time I’ve hair modeled for Eleanor during a La Biosthetique training, and I was impressed they remembered me and my hair, and knew exactly what color to formulate to help me go from dark blond to brown without it being too drastic or shocking.

New Color! Ok, ok, I know it’s hard to see the darker difference, but my hair is a lot darker, especially underneath, and all the gold/brass tones are pretty much gone. It’s more of a brown ash, which I love!

I’m loving the new color, and realistically I’m probably closer to light brown than dark blond anyway, although really I haven’t seen my natural hair color since HS….so who knows. All I know is I love the look and love the way it’s lasting and growing out!

My Color formula…this is why you need to pay attention in geography!

Once again Eleanor did an amazing job, and I had such a fun day with her, the La Biosthetique peeps, and the rest of the stylist at the salon!

Seriously if you are craving a new Spring Vibe visit Eleanor at Embellish!

 

 

Embellish(ing) Tacoma!

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Photo from the Embellish FB page.

We all know that summer doesn’t really start in the PNW until after July 4th. Now that the biggest holiday of the summer is over, it’s time for summer to hit us full force…bring on the sun and 90+ weather! And, what better time is there to get a new cut and/or color at Tacoma’s coolest salon?! I know I want easy, breezy hair for summer!

Enter Embellish Salon! Embellish has been embellishing Tacoma for 13 years. Chances are if you see someone with a stylish cut and/or color one of the Daymakers at Embellish is responsible.

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Hey Mr. Dj!

The salon held their 13th anniversary party a few weekends ago, while at the same time announcing they are an exclusive La Biosthetique salon. What does that mean? Well it means they are now offering one of the premier product lines in the world! While La Biosthetique is about more than hair color & products (full line of organic makeup that is pretty amazing as well) I was able to see what the color line can do for hair, first hand, and it’s amazing! I’m so excited about the new color line and techniques the salon will be using, it’s truly revolutionary!

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photo from the Embellish FB page.

While I have a pretty casual attitude about my hair in that I’m not scared of trying new cuts or color (it will always grow out and/or it’s always fixable right?!), I want my hair to look good, and I’m willing to put the time in in the morning to style it so it does look good.

Lavender drink goodness!
Lavender drink goodness!

I trust Eleanor, my stylist at Embellish 100%, and I trust all of the other Daymakers (Stylist) there as well. While they each have their own strengths and style, they are all perfectionist that want you to walk out of there feeling like a million dollars. And, there is a habit of collaboration between the Daymakers. Eleanor was working with my hair, and it was exactly what I asked her to do/wanted her to do, but we were both felt it was not 100%, but couldn’t pinpoint why. One of the other Daymakers walked over made one tiny suggestion and within a few snips it was perfection. So perfect I took a selfie, and if you know me you know I don’t like selfie’s at all (the whole selfie thing is overdone and tired…that could be a whole other post though).

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Photo from the Embellish FB page.

If you want a fresh take one your hair, need a new salon, are looking for THE stylist of your dreams Embelish is the place for you! Plus, if you are a client you get invitations to their parties, and let me tell you…you want an invitation! The swag for the anniversary party was amazing, the DJ was spinning and the drinks were truly special! Plus who doesn’t want a free hair service?! My hair was so fancy when I walked out!

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Eleanor offering free “fancy” service during the party!

As if that’s not enough they are also a Green Salon! That means all the hair that hits the floor, and all the left over stuff that would normally go in the garbage is handled in a special way so that it can be reused, and turned into things like bookshelves…crazy right?!

I love Embellish, and I think you will to. If you are local to Tacoma check them out, if you are traveling through, stop in for a fresh cut and/or color…you won’t be sorry!

Happy Anniversary Embellish Salon! 13 years of making Tacoma beautiful is something to be proud of!

Quick & Easy Wavy Hair

I thought I would share my steps to quick and easy wavy hair. It seems to be all the rage right now. Let’s be clear here, I do not have wavy hair, like at all. It’s thick, heavy, and straight.

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Finished product from the back. 

But, thanks to my amazing stylist Eleanor at Embelish I have a style that cuts down on the heavy weight of my hair, and a quick, easy way to air dry some waves into my hair. Totally got this technique from Eleanor!

Right out of the shower I comb out the tangles (although Eleanor recommends not combing your hair and leaving those wet ringlets to dry as is), and then put in a bit of KM Motion Lotion and scrunch my hair with my hands.

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Image from the Kevin Murphy  site.

Next I use clips to clip up my hair, leave it random and messy, to let it dry to about 85-90% dry.

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Example of how the clips go in. P.S. like my stripes on stripes?! 🙂

I then remove the clips and move them up or down to scrunch the rest of the air and let it finish drying.

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View of the back of the hair air drying with the clips in.

After it’s dry I use a texturing spray of some sort. KM Doo Over is amazing, and these two in the picture are pretty great as well. Between the salon and samples I get via Birchbox I always seem to have something on hand that works like magic to add some texture and hold to my style.

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Play around and figure out if a sea salt spray, dry shampoo, texture spray or volumizing spray works best for you. The Death Valley Dry Shampoo is one of the few that doesn’t have color, so no gray hair!

If I shower right when I get up, put the clips in, and then cook breakfast, get Sky ready for school, do make-up…by the time I’m done with all that my hair is dry and ready for some spray before heading out the door. Super easy and it looks great! Or at least I think it does. 🙂

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Not bad for straight hair! 

Hair Cut’s For Everyone!

Well, maybe not everyone…Mark doesn’t need hair cuts. 😉

One of my better ideas of late was to schedule Sky (and myself) for hair cuts the afternoon before her Santa picture. I love letting a professional do her hair before her pictures…Sky will actually listen to Eleanor!

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Not tall enough yet.

The only down side of this plan…I didn’t take a shirt to change into, and my neck and back were so itchy from my hair cut. I’m not going to lie, I was cranky waiting in line for Santa. I really just wanted to take a shower and rinse those little pieces of hair off!

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Once again Eleanor at Embellish worked her magic on both of us! I love how amazing she is with Sky, and how much Sky LOVES getting her hair cut, or maybe she just loves making faces at herself in the mirror?!

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We’re opting to keep Sky’s hair short, until she can brush it herself and deal with her own tangles. I on the other hand changed it up and went short. My hair is thick and heavy enough that once it starts hitting my shoulders it feels  like it’s in my face and I’m hiding behind it…when that happens it’s time to cut it!

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Before.

Eleanor is a magician with hair! Not only will you get the cut you asked for, you will get styling tips/tricks to make it work in daily life. Eleanor takes the time to make sure you have multiple options with the style and are comfortable with it. If you’re in the Tacoma area and need a stylist…she’s it!

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After!

Plus, the salon has such a cool vibe. Lot’s of interesting decor and artists on display, great location with lot’s of other fun business around, and everyone who works there is friendly and helpful!

 

 

 

A Visit to the Salon

One of Sky’s absolute favorite things is to visit Eleanor at Embellish Salon for a hair cut.

Mirror Gazing.
Mirror Gazing.

We, well I say we but really Eleanor, landed on the most perfect style for Sky. It’s cute, easy to care for, and Sky loves all the compliments she gets! Sky has the marketing piece down pat telling anyone who’ll listen who cuts her hair, the salon name, and handing them a business card. I had to get cards because so many people ask us about her hair!

It’s always an adventure going to the salon with a 4 year old. I never know for sure what she’ll say or do, what color she’ll ask for in her hair, or what style she’ll tell Eleanor she wants. I love that Eleanor sits down with her and talks to her about her hair, just like with adult clients, before the scissors come out. And, her ability to do precise cutting on a moving target…crazy good!

Delighted!
Delighted!

I think every woman goes through hair stages, and inevitably there is a “I hate my hair” stage or two (or many) over the  years. I’m thankful that Sky is already comfortable talking to Eleanor about her hair, and what she wants, and Eleanor is laying the groundwork talking to Sky about what to do with her hair, and how to work with it, not against it.

With girls (or anyone really) I don’t think you can start too early building confidence in themselves, how they look, and embracing what their genes gave them to work with. I hope Sky will always love her beautiful, curly, brown hair. But, if she doesn’t I know Eleanor will be there to work with her, and her hair.

Thank you Eleanor!

If you are local’ish to Tacoma visit Eleanor at Embellish, you can make reservations online!