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.
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!
Photo Shoot with KLH Photography: Including a break down of what we did and what products/tools we used
Not to sound like a yenta, but when I say that I've known Sarah since she was >>>this<<< big is no understatement - I sang at her baby-naming. Now, a college graduate with an artistic flair, and recovering from the typical college-student playing with haircolor experiments, we decided to give her a professional Unicorn overhaul.
And we finally landed here - with a stunning photo shoot in Pound Ridge, NY.
A little over a month ago, I met Arianna at The Block at The Waypointe's Wine Around the Block event. She came in and introduced me to her mom and immediately booked a haircut appointment. After a couple of haircuts, this lovely mother-to-be decided to book an appointment for a fun color, and we realized it would make a fantastic gender reveal for her upcoming baby shower! Take a look at the results!
As we move deeper into the 21st century, freedom of expression is ringing loud and clear in the way fashion moves.
Classic and beautiful standards, like shiny curls, lovely updos with a Grecian twist, are still here to stay. But there is a certain freedom and wistfulness in what we are seeing on runways. Overly-done braids are making way to letting the braids and twists accent longer hair. Marissa loved the way her gorgeous brown hair cascaded down, with delicate twists intertwined with one another. And note her makeup - it's fresh, it's young, it's not overly done, but there is still quite a bit of sparkle with a gleam of iridescent glitter on her lids.
On the flip side, braids are evolving, and techniques like Kevin Murphy's hair-sewing, which replaces the need for bobby pins and, in this stylist's humble opinion, beats hair pins and bobby pins when it comes to security and comfort, takes on a new twist. Paul Mitchell introduced as part of it's Electric Youth launch this spring a look that exposes the threads in the hair-sewing. It's clear topstitching is not only something to look for in our clothing and accessories, but now it's in our hair! And Yaffa Beauty by Rica is loving it! Andreya's look is a play on both techniques - with a French braid starting in the front, winding it's way to the back, and held together with topstitching. We understand it's not a look for everyone, but if you want to take a walk on the wild side, or add a little edge, it's a fun look to pull off!
With movies like "La La Land," vintage and old Hollywood glamour take on a very contemporary feel. Vibrant colors mixed with waves and curls and rich, thick hair are going to be seen on dance floors all over the country. Ariella epitomizes the perfect movie star feel. A Femme Fatale in the making, her sultry eyes are offset by a near-nude lip stick and a touch of gloss. Her smoky blonde and burgundy lob was set in red-carpet waves, and she is ready to take the town.
The 80s are back - thank goodness! And, thanks to first generation 80s kids now in the sites of merchandisers, it's authentic and fun! Through our daughters, we get to achieve looks and trends our mothers wouldn't let us pull off! So, for Grace, who already rocked purple hair, we gave her a slightly more lavender tone, and crimped that hair! (Editor's note: Rica swore in 2014 that she was going to bring crimping back into fashion. She's working hard at it, but the other models were fascinated by the technique.) Because we weren't going to shave her side, Grace was given three simple cornrows, which was just enough asymmetry to the heights met with some teasing up top that she rocks this Cyndi Lauper-inspired look. To complete the totally gnarly look, Rica dug deep into the depths of her nostalgia and whipped up some neon green and purple eyeliners, used another lime green eye pencil as lower eye mascara and popped those eyes open with eye shadow that matched both the lipstick and the dress. Though clearly a strong nod to an era when Duran Duran ruled the airwaves, it still suits today's fun loving, throw caution to the wind fashion sensibility.
Each look has its own sense of fashion and fun, but none in a way that would make chaperones cringe or fathers want to chase down their daughter's dates with threats of, "Don't you lay a hand on her!" Yaffa Beauty by Rica aims to please all parties concerned - first and foremost, her client, but we are always mindful that when dealing with teens, there are parents not too far behind.
Love these looks? Want Rica to invent a new look based on your gown and passion? Awesome! We have a couple of packages to help you along with that!
Both of these packages are now available to choose when you schedule your appointment!
Need someone to come to your house to prep? For a small fee, Rica can come to you the day of prom. Have friends that want to get ready with you? Call us at 203-842-8388 and a group appointment can be arranged!
AND... we are so excited to announce this... A Step Ahead in Stamford, CT is partnering with us! If you buy a prom gown, or any occasion gown, from A Step Ahead, and you bring your receipt to Yaffa Beauty by Rica for your hair & makeup appointment, you will get 10% off of your service total of $50 or more!
Have a fantastic night at prom!
Want to loosen those curls and rid yourself of frizz? You may be a candidate for Cezanne’s Smoothing Treatments!
This week, we hosted an educational class on the Cezanne line of Keratin Smoothing Treatments. With an Express and a Classic Smoothing Treatment option, you can test the waters before taking the plunge. Expect the Cezanne Express Keratin Smoothing Treatment to last in the hair for about 4 weeks, 6 weeks maximum, and the Cezanne Classic Keratin Smoothing Treatment to last for 6-8 weeks or longer. It is recommended that, if you are having color services performed, to have them done after the Smoothing Treatment, however, the great news is that color services can be executed the same day as the Cezanne Smoothing Treatment. (If your color service involves highlighting or lifting, it is suggested that the lightening process take place prior to the smoothing treatment).
Kim Berney, educator with Cezanne, explains, “When people hear ‘straightening,’ people think they want their hair bone straight, or that a smoothing treatment will make a hair bone straight. Cezanne is a smoothing treatment, but what sets us apart is putting the hair into the optimal condition, and then what comes is a softer curl, frizz free. It’s all about reconditioning the hair… Cezanne creates the perfect canvas, in keeping with the origin of the name.” This refers to Paul Cezanne, the French painter who paved the way for modern art. As Kim explains, the greatest artwork will fail if the foundation, the canvas, is compromised. “Most (treatments) are about making the hair straight. We are all about making the hair healthy and shiny, which results in the hair being smooth.”
“People hear smoothing treatment or keratin treatment, they assume pin-straight,” Erin Golas of Evolve Salon Systems points out.
Is this going to give you perfectly straight hair? There is absolutely no guarantee. But it will provide a smoother surface to the hair, reduce your dry time significantly (I personally saw a 50% reduction in time and effort on my own hair!) and shine.
Should everyone get this treatment? Not necessarily.* There are always risks involved with processing the hair with heat. But, if after consultation with your stylist, you are both confident this is an option for you, give the Express a shot! And if that works for you, go for the Classic.
To kick off the Cezanne Smoothing Treatments at Yaffa Beauty by Rica, we are offering a One-Year Subscription, which includes 4 treatments, for $750! That’s one treatment free! If you aren’t ready to commit to the full year, try a one-time Cezanne Classic or Express Smoothing Treatment for $290, which includes your Cezanne Perfect Moisture Shampoo & Perfect Moisture Conditioner to maintain your Cezanne Keratin Smoothing Treatment! Book now at Yaffa Beauty by Rica!
Stylists in the Fairfield County area interested in learning more about Cezanne, please reach out to Erin for distribution firstname.lastname@example.org
* Word of caution: If your hair is overprocessed, overly dry, or otherwise compromised as determined by your stylist, it is not advisable to subject your hair to any smoothing treatment that involves chemicals and heat. There are high risk factors that can cause irreversible damage. Your stylist does have the right to refuse service, or request that you sign a disclaimer, if they feel your hair is too compromised.
2016 brought “Unicorn” hair, or “Rainbow” hair, into the forefront. More and more fashionistas wanted it, and not many got the results they wanted.
But before you point your finger at your stylists, here are some realities…
So, the good news is this is what can go wrong. Here’s what can go right, especially when you work with me:
Let's hope that 2017 brings healthy, happy, bouncy "Unicorn" hair into vogue.
Salon owner. Unicorn. Baller.