Well, hello 2015! I hope your holidays were filled with love and laughter. I’m grateful to say that ours were. It was wonderful (and a bit crazy at times) to have everyone home for such a long span. We caught movies in the afternoon, spent time with friends and family, ate and drank like royalty and even had the whole family on roller skates. As I stood oh so often in the landfill of toys, art supplies, blanket forts and candy wrappers, I kept reminding myself to enjoy each passing moment because they seem to be more fleeting as the girls get older.
Let’s kick off this new year chatting about one of my favorite topics – HAIR! I swear beauty school was my missed calling. I’ve had lots of different hair styles over the years including, but not limited to, mall bangs, short hair, long hair, crimped hair, dark hair, light hair and something in between hair. I once dyed my hair out-of-a-box red which turned orange (remember that mom) and spent the entire next day in a real salon trying to fix it. I learned my lesson and now keep the coloring to the professionals.
I couldn’t write this post without bragging about my girl, Colby. She is seriously one of THE BEST stylists in KC. She was fresh out of training when I first sat in her chair five years ago. Nowadays she’s a hair rock star as a senior stylist and top educator at Bijin Salon and Spa in Prairie Village. Bijin’s service is second to none, and they are constantly cultivating their staff with industry experts. In full disclosure, Colby is hard as hell to get an appointment with because she is so dang good. Luckily, she’s trained many of the stylists, if you decide you want to check out Bijin.
Here are some tips to help you attain the perfect locks the next time you are at the salon:
1) Bring a picture! Visuals help tremendously and will get you and your stylist on the same page whether it’s cut or color. For me Lauren Conrad = hair goddess.
2) Don’t be afraid to be (a little) adventurous. I say this with a bit of hesitation, but honestly, you will never know if there is a more flattering look for you if you don’t try something new once in a while. If you’ve had the same hair style since high school, start with baby steps. Remember it’s just hair. It will grow and can be changed again.
3) Consult with the professional. They want to help you find your perfect do. And they are the expert. Ask for their recommendations on what might be most flattering with your skin tone and bone structure.
4) Communicate exactly what you want. Then communicate it again.
5) Holy Shears. It wasn’t what you expected. You’ve tried something new and don’t like it. Live with it for a few days to see if it grows on you. Change can be shocking. If you still don’t like it, call your stylist. They want you to be happy and most will go out of their way to help you get the results you want.
6) Find the right stylist for you. I’ve had many people tell me they are afraid to change to a different stylist because they don’t want to hurt his/her feelings. But, if you’ve given your current pro a fair shake and you’re still not feeling it, date around.
I could go on and on about hair – products, styles, braids, etc but I’m gonna save it for another post. This is the first week that everyone has been back to school and work. The first time in about a month that I’ve had a few quiet minutes to myself and among my long list of to do’s – this was the first thing I WANTED to do. Write. I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions mainly because I feel a resolution can (and should) be made when the time is right – that doesn’t always occur on January 1st. But my one resolution this year was to focus my energy on Searle Girls. I’ve got a long list of topics that I can’t wait to share with you. Stay tuned. As always thanks for stopping by.