Many of you may have seen, from us or in the news, the announcement of Mary Roman's passing. Mary became a regular of hours, coming in for a shampoo, blow out and set or the occasional haircut, almost once a week. We were not surprised that she did not come in last week, given that she was 83, though hardly a frail woman. She was still an active track & field competitor, and the last time we spoke, we lamented that the hair show I was supposed to attend, and the track meet she was supposed to attend in New Orleans, were both cancelled as concerns around the virus grew.
What we didn't know was that her absence was due to a sudden hospitalization last Sunday. She had contracted coronavirus, and was diagnosed with COVID19. And then, we got word online that she had passed away on Monday night.
Given the circumstances with stay-at-home, restrictions against gatherings, and Mary's wishes, the family is faced with unusually high fees with regards to the handling of her remains and funeral costs. We called Michael, her son with whom she lived, to see what we could do to help, and he said the biggest burden right now are those expenses. So, we started a GoFundMe page for Mary.
Please, consider a donation or, if you can't afford one right now, please share on your social media and in your circle.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH LOCAL & STATE REGULATIONS, WE ARE NOT TAKING CLIENTS AND THE SALON DOORS ARE CLOSED TEMPORARILY, AS OF 3/18/2020...
BUT... WE ARE STILL HERE TO SERVE...
Even though we cannot perform services on clients, there are several services we can provide:
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Yaffa Beauty by Rica restoring a little humanity one haircut at a time
"What I do, as a stylist, is defined by something I learned while studying at Paul Mitchell the School - that I'm a day-maker. Or, as a popular internet meme reads, 'Stylists touch more hearts than hair.'" Mendes continues, I find that it's not even the end result of the cut that makes the difference, it's when these people, who often feel forgotten or invisible, are touched by another human being and treated with dignity. I want my students to see each individual as an individual, worthy of respect. I want to give the people we volunteer for the opportunity to tell their stories, know that they are being heard, and that they are cared for. And it's important that my students see that, and it reminds me and my colleague to be grateful and humble. Someone once pointed out that we are all just 7 paychecks away from being homeless."
Mendes brought team member, Jessica Xhuti, of Watertown, CT, with her across the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge into Rockland County to join her. "I really enjoy doing this. I like to meet new people and learning their back history, what they've been through," as Xhuti explains why she is willing to drive 2 hours each way for this event. "I like to give back because not everyone has the same opportunities as I do, and I don't want to take anything for granted. So, the 2-hour drive is nothing to me in comparison." Xhuti is a four-time veteran of providing cuts for the homeless.
Between the two stylists, Yaffa Beauty by Rica attended to and pampered over a dozen individuals Tuesday night. Continuting to give back, Yaffa Beauty by Rica will be shaving heads at O'Neill's Irish Pub's St. Baldrick's Fundraiser from 3-7:30 on Saturday, March 9, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/999737/2019.
How many times do you find yourself with 30, or even 15, minutes to get ready for a big event because life happens? As a professional stylist, we face this issue all the time. With practice, you can achieve a styled look in 15 minutes!
Step 1: Style Dry Hair Only: Don’t waste your time or arm strength on trying to blow out sopping wet hair. We work smarter and not harder by rough drying your hair to 70-90% dry before we even consider using a round brush. Use a highly absorbent towel and squeeze as much moisture out of your hair.
Step 2: Use a Primer Product that Cuts Time: Whether you shower right before you get ready, or wash your locks the day before, use one of these primers and cut your dry time by 30%. Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum is the epitome of a little goes a long way. A pea-size amount applied from the ends of your hair up to a couple of inches away from your scalp will smooth, condition and seal strands, leaving hair silky, shiny and frizz-free in any weather. Awapuhi Wild Ginger MirrorSmooth High Gloss Primer primes the surface cuticle of the hair for a smooth, shiny, polished look and controls unruly texture. KeraReflec blend with Abyssinian oil and thermal protectors restores moisture, adds shine and helps shield hair. Apply a small amount to clean, damp hair and style as desired. Using one of these products, even if you airdry your hair, will get it ready for the 15-Minute Finish! Then, add a styling foam, like Awapuhi Wild Ginger Hydrocream Whip Styling Cream. It hydrates and smooths thirsty hair while delivering a long-lasting, crunch-free hold with an elegant silky finish. The Awapuhi extract and light conditioners balance moisture all while creating healthy and gorgeous-looking volume. The product is paraben free and color safe.
Step 3: THE Curling Iron: Even if you have day-old hair, the use of the right hot tool can make it look like you just stepped out of the salon. My go-to is the 1-1/2" HOT TOOLS Professional Extra-Long Barrel Curling Iron.
Take a 1-2” vertical section from the bottom third of your hair, spray with Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off the Press to and, keeping the “tongue” of the curling iron facing forward, open and close the iron as close to the root, and as close to the hinge of the iron, begin turning away from your face, whilst tapping the handle, allowing the hair to wrap around the entire shaft. Once all the strand is wrapped on the iron, count to ten and then slide the hair off the iron. Allow each ringlet to cool and set without moving or toucing it. Repeat with each section until the entire head is curled. Once that happens, run your fingers through your hair, or use a wide-tooth comb. Flip your hair to where you usually part your hair and then you end up with a bouncy, polished look.
With the cold weather hitting us hard, our hair and skin suffer. Don’t give in to the damage and let us keep your locks bouncy, healthy and bright!
This simplest way to refresh your hair is to get a haircut. We offer haircuts for men, women and children of all ages. At Yaffa Beauty, we recommend that clients with longer hair, even when you want to grow your hair out, haircuts once a season. If you don’t cut off dry ends, they behave like runs in a stocking - once they start, they will continue to run up the hairshaft! A haircut with a wash house experience (shampoo & scalp massage) and blow out is $60. In a hurry? Try our $40 shampoo, cut and rough dry!
Swapping your wardrobe from warm summer to winter isnt reserved for your clothing! Consider coloring your hair for winter! Feeling dreary and missing sunshine? Perhaps some blonde highlights will keep your hairstyle from hibernating! Feeling the spirit of the season? Cranberries, reds and other rich tones can help you from feeling washed out.
Conditioning treatments are a must in this weather. We provide any number of treatments, including Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Scalp & Hair treatments that condition and exfoliate your scalp & hair, Paul Mitchell Keratriplex & Hydratriplex treatments, which strengthen and condition, or strengthen, condition and hydrate, as well as Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Clay Mask treatments, which infuse the hair with moisture, and more! Each conditioning treatment includes a wash house experience and a blow out.
To that end, throughout the month of December, we are offering your choice of a FREE haircut or Paul Mitchell ColorCraft Conditioning treatment, which can enhance or temporarily change, your haircolor while making it silky and soft, with any regularly-priced hair color service $90 or more*!
We are also happy to let you stay snuggled up in bed with our Concierge Services. For a modest travel fee, we pack up our salon essentials for haircuts, styling and makeup services, and come to you! Call or email us for details.
*Cannot be combined with other offers.Valid only with appointments held in the month of December.
I strive to make sure that my clients get the best take home products to maintain their hair for the best price I can offer. Well, it's that time of the year again - Paul Mitchell is having a Liter Duo Sale.
I will be keeping stock of duos in-salon for as long as I can, however, if you want to make sure to take advantage of this wonderful sale, please feel free to use my exclusive link to purchase directly from my supplier. This is not a third-party, but you will be receiving legitimate product from the same source I use.
Most of these products will also qualify for my refill program, so if you run out, call or text me, and I'll let you know how much more you'll save by refilling at the salon.
Happy shopping and happy new year!
Salon owner. Unicorn. Baller.