Sunday, December 28, 2014

News for 2015


I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas.  It's hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone already.  I'm looking forward to a new year.  I usually focus more on my Blog and You Tube Channel after the first of the year.  I'm so busy with my kids sports in the Fall and then the whirlwind of the holidays come that I really don't have the time or energy it takes to be creative with my work.

I feel good when I write.  It's sort of a stress release.   It's never felt like work to me.   I keep telling myself that I should make it a priority to write in my blog everyday, especially since I enjoy it.  I've never had writers block or a problem with finding material, because I love to communicate and the words just come spilling out.

I do keep telling myself that I need to brush up on my typing.  I still have to look at the keys and it makes my typing slower.  Another thing on my "To do" list.

Anyway,  I have some exciting things planned.  I just got a new pair of scissors from Shark Fin.  They are so awesome!  It's the first time that I have worked with a swivel handle.  It takes some getting used to, but they are very comfortable.  They are also razor sharp and I love the way my haircuts are coming out.   I plan on doing a review and video tutorial on them A.S.A.P.

I have some hair products I am going to review.  I also still have some videos that I want to upload from last Summer.  I always put off the editing.  It's not that I hate editing, it's just kind of long, boring and I honestly I could live without it.  However once I get in the groove of it, it goes quick:)

So that's it for today.  Talk to you soon!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights (Hair Tutorial) Paint Between the Foils

Watch this Video Tutorial.....

When I first started doing hair and I had a client who had grey, someone that wanted to go darker or lighter with highlights on top of that....I would color the whole head and then go back and foil in highlights in after.  That was a lengthy unnecessary process.

First of all, you are damaging the hair.  You are coloring it dark only to go back and recolor it with bleach.  Secondly, you are wasting time.  You have to wait for processing time twice and shampoo out twice and so on and so forth.....

The best and most efficient way is to apply your highlights with foils and then paint your all-over color in between the foils.  This is tricky to learn at first, but after you do it a few times, you wonder why you weren't doing it this way all along. 

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

How to do a Rope Braid, Simple, Easy, Basic

Watch this Video Tutorial.....

I really like this braid.   I braid my daughter's hair like this all the time at night time before bed, so her hair won't tangle up while she sleeps.  It's so easy to do once you get the trick to it.

You take 2 sections of hair and twist them one way.  Then you take those 2 pieces and wrap them around each other in the opposite direction.  

This is a picture of my daughters hair.

You can do little rope braids all over or just one or two braids.  :)

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Layered Angled Bob Haircut (Hair Tutorial) "Locks of Love" Long to Short, Thick, Coarse Hair

Watch This Layered Angled Bob Haircut (Hair Tutorial).....

Whenever I video someone donating for Locks of Love, I always hope that it will inspire someone else to donate their hair.   It's such a wonderful experience to be part of the donation process.  How sweet it was for this young girl to donate her hair.  

Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

How to Cut and Blend I-Tip Hair Extensions (Part 2)

Video Hair Tutorial.....

This is at the second tutorial of a 2 part series.  The first video tutorial I created was How to do Hair Extensions, Stand by Stand, I-Tip with Micro-beads.

In this video tutorial I cut and textured the hair extensions so it would be hard to tell where the extensions start and where the real hair begins.  I first started off with cutting the desired length.  Then I did some point cutting and texturing with my scissors.  Then I used my razor to finish off the blending.  

I find the razor does a really good job at blending in the hair.  You basically slide down the hair and the razor does most of the work.   You have to be careful not to put too much pressure on the hair when you are using the razor or you may cut too much.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, May 9, 2014

How to do Hair Extensions, Strand by Strand, I-Tips with Micro-Beads (Part 1)

Watch this Video Tutorial…..

This is the first video of a 2 part series.  The second Video Tutorial is on How to Cut and Blend Your I-tip Hair Extensions.

It took me a while to get the hang of doing hair extensions.  First, I really had to decide what I was going to work on.  It was either learn how to glue them in or to use the micro-beads.  I decided to go with the micro-beads, because it's supposed to be less damaging on he hair.   The beads that I prefer to use have silicone inside the bead to protect the hair.

It also took me a while to get used to balancing everything without dropping things on the floor.  Just like when you first start cutting hair, you are constantly dropping the comb and the scissors, clips, etc,  you have to learn how to get the rhythm of applying the hair extensions.

The longer the difference between the real hair and the hair extensions, the more difficult it is to blend.   However in most cases, you can easily add a few inches and it will blend in just fine and appear very natural.  It will also appear thicker and fuller because of the extra hair that you have added in.

You can add more extensions for thicker and less for thinner hair results.

In the Hair Extension Video Tutorial that I created, we only added a few inches, so you can't see the difference at all.

Here are a few pictures of the hair extensions that I have applied with the Micro-Beads.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to use Jumbo Hair Curlers, Review / Tutorial, Curls that Last for Days!

Watch This Video Review and Tutorial…..

I love these Jumbo Hair Curlers.  They are so easy to use and they give the hair such a nice curl that lasts for days.

We rolled up all my daughter's hair at night before she went to bed.

In the morning she woke up with beautiful curls.

You can get these Jumbo Hair Curlers here

Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How to do Low-lights and Highlights, Foiling, Weaving and Slicing

Watch this Hair Tutorial Video…..

Low-lights and Highlights is a great way to introduce a new client to color.  It is a subtle and it blends without the line of demarkation.  

I like to intermix the different techniques of weaving and foiling, depending on where on the head the foil is.  You can do more slicing with larger sections in the back and weave more finer sections in the front.  Most of the time I do sort of a weave / slice combo.

Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

You Tube Video Trailer

I created this video as a "Trailer" for my You Tube channel.  This is basically an introduction to my channel and to what it is all about.

I basically took clips out of my most recent tutorials and put them all together to "Show" you what you will see when you watch my videos.   I thought it came out pretty good!

Hope you enjoy it:)


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How to Cut Your Bangs, Straight Across, Wispy (Hair Tutorial) Simple & Quick

Video Tutorial…..

This tutorial could be very useful for some people.  Even the most hair challenged should be able to follow this.  All too often I have to fix bang trim mistakes.  I have a lot of clients that cut their own bangs in between their haircuts and then they feel bad, because it's uneven.

I also think this is a great tutorial for moms.  I am a mom, so I understand that running to the hair salon to get your daughter's bangs trimmed isn't always the easiest thing to do and sometimes its just easier to do yourself.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Long Layered Haircut (Hair Tutorial) Teenager, Medium Thickness

Video Tutorial.....

This is one of those haircuts that I wish I would have gotten more pictures of.   Usually when I have a million other things going on that I just forget to take a picture after.

However, you will get to see the results when you watch the video :)

She had perfect hair to work with.  It's hair healthy with great texture.  This is the kind of haircut that you can do almost anything with.  Just about anyone, at any age can wear this style.

I hope you enjoy:)


Sunday, March 16, 2014

How to do a Boy's Haircut, Scissor Over Comb, Dry Haircutting

Hi Guys!

For this hair tutorial I am cutting my son, Joey's hair.  We kept his hair pretty clean cut.  We used the scissor over comb technique.  Then we textured and thinned all of his thick hair out.   

Video Tutorial…..

It's funny when I look at his side profile I think he looks just like his dad. 

We tapered the back really short, so it will grow in very nice.

When I look at him from the front, I think he looks more like me. :)

That's my handsome boy:)  Hope you enjoy :)


Monday, March 10, 2014

Elsa's Braid Inspired by Disney's Movie "Frozen" (Hair Tutorial)

Video Hair Tutorial…..

I had so much fun creating this video, so whimsical and fun!   I loved the movie "Frozen."  It was full of singing, princesses, love story and drama… What else can a girl ask for?   

Disney movies are almost alway good.   Even my son liked Frozen.  Just good writing and good stories that no one can resist.

Her hairstyle in this movie was a simple dutch braid (Reverse french braid).   By using this braiding technique you are able to see the braid more from the front and it makes the braid appear more prominent. 

We teased the frontal bang area and then pieced it out into place.  

I'm looking forward to making more princess hair tutorials in the future. 

 I hope that you enjoy this as well :)

XO Tammy

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Photo Shop is Not Easy!

I've had Photo Shop Elements for a while now.  I have to say it is really hard to use!  I have been up into the late hours of the night trying to figure it out.

I've been watching various You Tube video tutorials and I ordered a book "The Missing Manual."  Just the basics is all I need at least. 

I was pretty proud of this picture I created.  I plan on using it for the thumbnail in the new video that I'm uploading this Monday.  

Elsa's Braid "Inspired by Disney's Movie Frozen"

My husband, Alan, and my 2 kids, Joey (10) and Sarah (7) are planning a trip to Walt Disney World this year.   This has totally inspired me to try and recreate some of the princesses hairstyles.   Sarah has the most beautiful long, blonde, thick hair that she makes a perfect model for a lot of these hair styles.  She loves getting her hair done and I couldn't of asked for a better pallet to work with.

I'm planning on uploading a new video Every Monday!  I think that's a great way to start off the week, so be sure to check in:)


Sunday, March 2, 2014

How to Set Your Hair with Hot Rollers, Review and Hair Tutorial

Watch this video hair tutorial…..

These hot rollers are great.  They heated up in about 10 minutes  Once you set them into your hair, they stay in about 10-15 minutes or until they are cooled off.   They were really simple and easy to use.

The Babyliss Pro Ceramic & Ionic Hot Rollers came in the box like this.

They came with plenty of clips to secure the rollers into the hair.

They have see through plastic doors that you shut while they are heating up.  

They have a teeth in the rollers to help the roller go on smoothly.

There is a high and low setting.  High can be used for thicker hair and you could use the low setting for thinner hair.

Thanks for stopping by!

Baysyliss Ceramic & Ionic Hot Rollers were courtesy of Flat Iron Experts.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Graduated Angled Bob, Disconnected Haircut (Video Hair Tutorial)

Watch my video hair tutorial…..

This is such a fun haircut.  I love these dramatic "Angeled bobs."

This haircut looks cute when you leave it down or if you tuck behind the ear.  It gives you that short haircut without cutting "All" of it off.

Thanks for stopping by! 
XO Tammy

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Halo of Highlights, Grey Blending, Video Hair Tutorial

Watch my Video Hair Tutorial…..

Adding a few highlights around the face can brighten up any hairstyle.  This technique look especially natural, because if you were to get natural highlights from the sun, the sun would highlight around your face as such.

Adding blonde highlights to anyone with grey hair will blend the grey.  The grey is white and it is closer to the color of the new blonde hair then a brown color that would have more contrast with whitish grey.

I used the slicing technique throughout most of the hairstyle except for around the part.  In the part area you really want to weave it, so it doesn't look to stripy or uneven.

Hopefully this is helpful to you:)


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Reviews! Schwarzkopf Essensity No-Ammonia Color, Igora, Ion and Meet My New Dog Mimi!

Watch my video review on some of the new products I've been using lately…….

I've been using Schwarzkopf Essensity No-Ammonia permanent color on all my clients with sensitive skin.

They suggest a 2-1 mixing ratio.  2 developer to 1 color mixture.   Their developer/activation lotion comes in different numbers 8, 18, 28, 38.  I use 18 for my grey coverage.

I also use Schwarzkopf Igora permanent color for a lot of my clients still.  Mostly clients with no sensitivity to color. 

I use Ion No-ammonia lightening powder for sensitive clients and/ or a few levels of lift with minimal damage.

I use Schwarzkopf powder bleach for more levels of lift. 

Hope this was helpful to some:)
Take care,

Update: Planter Fasciitis Sugery and Heal Spur Removal After Second Opinion

 "I started cracking up when the nurse put an extra hospital band on my wrist... 'Fall Risk!"

So glad I got a second opinion!  After a week of being on a boot/walking cast waiting for my fractured heal spur to heal, I felt as if something is not right here.  I have been suffering with planter fasciitis for a looooong time.  I just recently found out that I had a heel-bone spur.  Now after falling down the stairs and finding out that there is a fracture in the spur, to me I thought the most logical thing to do is to remove the darn thing and take care of my other foot issues….

So when I called the same Orthopedic Surgeon office that I originally went to, I asked the receptionist, who would be the best doctor there to get a second opinion from or would I be better off going to another office? (They tend to back each other up).  She said that I should see their foot and ankle specialist.  Who knew there was a specialist of the specialists??!!

When he came into the office I explained my years of chronic pain of the planter fasciitis and my recent injury.   Without me needing to prep him at all, he recommended the planter fasciitis relief and spur removal surgery.  Go figure!

I was scared out of my mind going into surgery.  I have never been under full anesthesia before and I was really nervous.  When getting ready and prepping before surgery, as many of you know, they ask you a million questions.  The same ones over and over again.  Like, "What's your name?  What's your birthday?"….. The one that stood out to me though was.. "Have you fallen within the last 6 months?" I replied, "Do you mean within the last 6 hours?" I started cracking up when the nurse put an extra hospital band on my wrist... 'Fall Risk!"

However this surgery has been no piece of cake!  I'm on my 3rd day post surgery and I am at a pain level of 4-5 at this point.  It really hurt the second day most of all though.

I'm so blessed to have the support of my family and friends that have been helping tremendously!   From driving my kids to school and their activities to bringing me and my family hot meals.  It is true it takes a village to raise a child and my family is so fortunate to live in our community.

The recovery time is supposed to be amazingly quick.  I should be in a walking cast by the end of next week.   Then my life can go somewhat back to normal.    In the mean time I can catch up all my social media links that I love to indulge in :)

Thanks for visiting XO!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cascading French Braid (Video Hair Tutorial)

Watch my Cascading French Braid Hair Tutorial…..

This is a pretty,  yet simple braid that can be worn as a bridal up-do or something more casual.  The trick is to leave some hair out underneath so the braid is able to fall. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hairstylist Fractures Heal Spur in Foot! Planter Fasciitis

"When they told me that I had fractured my heal spur and that I couldn't put weight on it for 4 weeks, I cried my eyes out like a baby right there in the office."

I have been battling planter fasciitis on and off for years.   I am no expert on this topic, but from what I understand, there's a muscle tissue on the bottom of your foot that stretches from the toe to heal.  If that band of muscle is stretched to much and too often you will start to hurt in the morning when you wake up and sometimes this pain can go on all day.  

You can also develop a heal spur from the planter fasciitis.   This is when you actually grow more bone on your foot and it looks like a little pointy hook.  Doctors used to remove these spurs, but many doctors now claim that you should just leave these spurs alone.  That many people have spurs and don't even know it.

Hairstylists are at risk for planter fasciitis and bone spurs, because they stand and walk on their feet for long periods of time.  We like to wear fashionable (not so sensible) shoes, which doesn't help either.   I figure since I've been doing hair for 20+ years with my high arches that is probably why I have these problems.      

Over the last few months my feet issues have been bothering me to no end.  Annoying the crap out of me actually!   Mostly my right heal was bugging me.   I started seeing a Podiatrist (Foot specialist) and she has given me 3 cortisone shots over the last month.  These shots hurt terribly!  It is like sticking a knife into your foot and then twisting.  These shots do numb the pain for a few days, but it would always return.  She also told me I should get these really expensive orthotics and/or wear my gym shoes all the time.  I really don't like to wear my gym shoes all the time,  so I was planning on just getting the orthotics.   

She also had me going to physical therapy 2 times a week.  Who the heck has time to do that?   I did go  for a few weeks and it helped a little.  Maybe it would have helped after many weeks, but I had a hard time getting there, so I just started doing what they do at home.  Which was basically massaging and stretching my feet.  

All this came to a halt when I took a nasty spill down my stairs a couple of days ago.  I seriously fall all the time, but this was a doozy.  My foot hurt so bad.  I couldn't walk on it at all.  I knew it was either badly sprained or maybe broken.  I have never broken anything before, so I really didn't know what to expect.  

I got in with an Orthopedic surgeon the next morning.  I couldn't believe that I had actually fractured the heal spur.  I asked why don't you just remove the darn thing and they said that I should just let it heal.  When they told me that I had fractured my heal spur and that I couldn't put weight on it for 4 weeks, I cried my eyes out like a baby right there in the office.   I couldn't help to wonder,  "How am I going to get through this.  How can I work as a hairstylist and take care of my 7 and 9 year kids?"

Once I got my shit together, I realized that this isn't the end of the world.  I'll learn to use these crutches.  My kids are just going to have to learn to do a little bit more for themselves and help Mommy out.   I'll get one of those barber stools for doing hair.  I work from home, so this can work out ok!   Worse things can happen and I'll get through this.    

So that's it for now.  I will surely keep you all posted!  


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How to Texture and Thin, Dry Hair, Haircutting Techniques, VIDEO Tutorial

Watch my hair tutorial video on how to texture and thin dry hair with your scissors…..

The finishing touches on a haircut make all the difference.  Knowing how to texture and thin hair is the key to the ultimate professional haircut...really!  Clients will appreciate these final touches on their haircut and will be able to tell the difference.  This is what can separate you from other hairstylists and once you master these techniques, your signature will be left on all your clients.

Hope this comes in handy for you!

Your friend,

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Side Swept Bangs (Hair Tutorial Video) Angled Bangs / Fringe

Watch my Video Hair Tutorial on how to cut a Side Swept Bang…..

I love the side swept bang.  It can compliment almost anybody and any hairstyle.  You can wear it with long layers, short layers or any sort of bob.    It's a great way to change your look without doing anything dramatic.

In this video I used my "Feather" razor.  The razor gives the ends a softer, textured appearance and is the perfect tool for the bang area on most people.

I also made a triangular section to compliment the facial shape.  Too round of a section could create too much bangs and also would make the face appear too round.

The only time you might want to avoid using the razor is on curly or wavy hair, especially those that do not blow-dry their hair out straight.  However in some cases the razor does work well on clients with curly or wavy hair, because they straighten it out on a regular base.  It depends on the individual client.

Hope this comes in handy for you.

Your friend,

Friday, January 17, 2014

Classic Bob Haircut (Hair Tutorial)

Watch my Video Tutorial on how to do a Bob Haircut ………...

Thank you Gillian for being my haircut model.  You have beautiful hair to work with:)

I took some time off from creating videos for a while.  I was getting a little burnt out and I needed the break.  I started to get much busier in my salon which is a good thing.  I also coached my daughter's second grade cheer squad.  That turned out to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to doing that again next year.  So between coaching, work, raising my 2 kids and taking care of my dog Mimi,  my blog and You Tube Videos got put on the back burner.  I missed creating my videos and I love writing in my blog, so I am going to try and keep up with it more this year.

Your Friend,

Wedding Hairstylist Video

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