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Touching Up a Sleek Style?

One of my styling tips just tweeted by L'Oreal Professionnel!  Check it out:

Lumi Controle Image

A modeling nutria wax for medium to thick hairControls, defines and polishes hair with a pearlescent shine.  It contains Pearl Protein Extract, a UV Filter, Anti-Oxidant Vitamin E Acetate and Incell® to help repair and reinforce sensitized  hair.  The result is an illuminated separation and finishing for all styles.  Beautiful shine!  I love this stuff

Posted on September 15, 2014 and filed under Beauty, Favorite hair products, hair, hairstyles, Uncategorized.

Hair Drying Tips

Have your ever wondered why your hair never looks like when you left the hairdressers?  Most clients haven't been taught proper hair drying tips!  Here are a few.

Think of hair as fabric.  What is the texture of hair you are starting with, and what is the "finish" you are trying to achieve?  The answer to these two questions will help decide what finishing product to use on the hair.  For most texture of hair, I would start of with a primer like, Mythic Reinforcing Milk or Volumetry Spray by L'Oreal Professionnel, or Prep Spray by Bumble and Bumble, or Shu Uemera Depsea Water, throughout the hair, and brush gently with the Wet Brush.

The Wet Brush Detangling Shower Brush, Colors Vary

Then apply your styling product.  Some of my favorites are:  Liquid Fabric for texture to fine hair,  or Satin Design for soothing the cuticle by Shu Uemura, or any of the Thermiques by Kerastase for a conditioning, softer finish on the hair, or Texture Spray for hold and substance, or Curl Satin Mousse for shine, condition and volume without frizz, by L'Oreal Professionnel.  Apply throughout and distribute through the hair with comb or soft cushion brush.

Now, for the predry!  It may sound like we are adding an extra step, but truly, this will make your life easier.  Using your hand, and blow dryer, think about drying the scalp, versus the ends of your hair, to dry the hair in the direction of the cuticle to create smooth hair, or against the cuticle of the hair if you desire volume.  Dry all your hair 80-90% dry, with medium to hot dryer.  Then, brush your hair using a soft cushion brush like the Mason Pearson.

Mason Pearson Popular Mixture

Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Bristle/nylon Mix Hair Brush-ruby Handle

Then dry the hair, continuing with Mason Pearson, or round brush for volume, using concentrator nozzle an blow out, using high heat and moving in an arc movement, heat moving over the strand of hair, and cool before releasing.  Section your hair, separating the front from the back, securing with clips, the hair in front of the hair towards your face.  Then section out a 2 inch section at the nape, and clip the rest either to the sides for smooth style, or up, for volume.  Continue this parting and clipping away hair until you have no hair left to section off.

Use Infinium #3 hair spray by L'Oreal Professionnel to ends, or smoke a Dry Shampoo into the hair, like:  True Grip by L'Oreal Professionnel, or Pret a Powder by Bumble and Bumble.

Happy Drying!

Being Real in Front of the Camera

Recently a photographer posted something about models trying too hard, and I pondered that yes, when a model can be real in front if the camera and comfortable with herself, the photo shoot takes on a whole new depth. This photograph made me think, yes, let's get back to the awe and wonder that is in us all.

Rebecca Beardsley  p 510-459-8967


Posted on November 21, 2011 and filed under Uncategorized.

Walking on Clouds

Last week, Giselle and I bought new shoes.  She brought me to Z-Coils in Fairfield. For months now, she's been talking about how I am going to love Compton, the owner of the store.  "Really?"  I said.  As we are driving there last Saturday after work, we talked and talked, relishing in being with each other outside the salon, and of course Compton. So we hurried in, and all I see are walls of neutral colored shoes, that at first site look like nurses shoes, or shoes that a really old person might wear.  Or worse yet, like some of the older women in Berkeley who've taken to wearing baggy clothes and flat, thick soled shoes.  I didn't know how I would break it to Giselle, but I couldn't imagine how I would, or could wear those shoes. 

I was timid in trying on any of them at first.  I watched Giselle try on a pair from the stack he had saved for her.  First the brown pair, and she oohed and ahhed, walking around the store.  Then the blue pair, again oohing and ahhing.  Both pairs have a visible thick coil you can see under the heel, wild and weird.

"Okay."  So, I tried the blue ones...the comfort went beyond any pair of shoes I have ever tried on before.  I didn't care for that pair, so I slipped on a couple more pairs.  Then, when I tried on the boot, I knew I'd be taking those with me. The coil is hidden in this pair, I've worn them everyday since purchasing them.  They are like walking on clouds.  They are odd looking, but odd in a sort of funky way.  They are not cheap, but I can see I will wear these as long as I am standing behind the chair. Every hairdresser should check them out, or anybody who stands.

I await the pair of Mary Janes that he is dying red for me. Oh yeah, I loved Compton.  He was the most helpful shoe guy I've ever met, and he is the kindest man.

Check it out!

Posted on December 10, 2007 and filed under Uncategorized.