Salon Etiquette

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It is not everyday that a person can make money doing what they love and I know how lucky I am. I love my job and the people I meet. I just want people to understand salon etiquette from a stylists’ point of view and hopefully this will help answer any questions you may have when going to see your stylist 🙂

BE ON TIME: We book our clients based on how long a particular service will take and whether or not we can fit another client in during your processing time so when you are not on time, it can throw off the entire day and the clients after you from start to finish. We understand that some things are totally out of your control and it happens…but when it is a consistent lateness, you’re showing you don’t respect our time or the rest of the people who DO show up on time for their appointments. With that being said, if you are going to be late, please don’t wait until your appointment time to let us know this.

PAY FOR YOUR SERVICES AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT: I would like to say this should go without saying, but unfortunately it doesn’t, especially for stylists who work from home or independently. If you do not have the money on you or in your account to pay for your services, you need to reschedule your appointment. You cannot walk into a grocery store and ask to postdate a check so please don’t ask this of us. When you pay for your service, you are giving us a portion of our paycheck.

TIPPING: You should always be tipping your stylist, period. More than half of what we are paid, regardless of whether or not you pay cash, has to go toward; booth rental, replenishing color, products, scissor sharpening, electricity, water, towels, license renewal, continued education, foils, gloves, brushes, etc… anything you see in the salon that helps it to function daily and our tips are that little extra that we can actually keep for ourselves.

PICTURES ARE A POINT OF REFERENCE: I personally love pictures as a point of reference only…Sometimes it’s hard to get on the same page with a client as to what look they want to achieve with only discussing it, so a picture can be a great thing.. (Pinterest is a great place to get them!) However, there are some things to keep in mind while scrolling through colors and styles you want, they are just pictures..lighting is usually altered, they are not moving so you only get to see how the hair is sitting in that particular picture. Just be realistic when looking at pictures to show your stylist because they really can be an awesome tool!

TRUST YOUR STYLIST: We know your hair, we have experience.. so please, please trust our judgement! I don’t mean chop off all of your hair because we said you have the face for it… especially if you love your long hair lol but when we explain that going from dark to light in one day may not be possible, or your that your hair will pull very brassy, or the amount of work that will go in to maintaining a color/cut/highlight that you want could be a lot of maintenance, understand that we have the experience to know an outcome and just trust us 🙂 We only want what’s best for you and your hair!

DON’T ASK FOR DISCOUNTS: This is not only stylist related, I know makeup artists deal  with this as well. Having a business where I specialize in Bridal hair and makeup, I have gotten the email a time or two: “would you be willing to do it for such and such amount?” I will  never understand why anyone would think this is okay. Our prices are our prices and have been set accordingly based on our worth, our experience, our time…This is our art, our career! Think of what you make hourly at your job, now picture someone asking you if you could do your job for the next 2 hours for less than what you would normally get paid…you would tell them to take a flying leap! So, please don’t ask this of us. If you do not like the pricing your stylist/makeup artist has set, all you have to do is say ‘thank you I have decided to go elsewhere’ and move on, no hard feelings.

Talking with a lot of my stylist friends, I think we can almost all agree on the biggest issues we have dealt with over the years working, whether it be in a salon, at home, or freelance. This post is in no way meant to offend anyone, just for everyone to understand a few bullet points on salon etiquette. XOXO

 

Burt’s Bees Foundation

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Do you like the super artsy, fartsy picture of my foundation? I thought if I found some good lighting and put some flowers behind it, people would be ‘like ooohh, now that’s pretty’ ha ha ha!

I was at Meijer for groceries…and I went to check out their selection of Revlon BB creams since I knew I was almost out. First, let me explain what I love about BB creams and why you need one in your life…a BB cream is a multi-use product for your face. B.B. stands for blemish balm, or beauty balm and it is made to do a number of things. It can be used as sunscreen, a moisturizer, a light foundation, or a primer. You can use it in place of all of those things or use it for just one. If this sounds like you’ve heard it before, you may have read my blog post from (sigh…) 5 years ago… (insert forehead slap here) I have been slacking big time on my beauty blogging. You can read about my favorite BB cream in 2014 HERE if you’re curious.

ANYWAY… I personally love this stuff because it is light weight and never cakey and most of the time I prefer less coverage over too much coverage. So keeping this in mind, this is typically how I look for a foundation. When I saw that Burt’s Bees had a makeup section I got really excited and if I wasn’t in a hurry, would have text my SIL because I knew she would be all about it. Instead, I tested this color (Honey) on the back of my hand and fell in love with the consistency and realized it was a perfect match…THEN I got home and text her.

I have worn this everyday since, so it has been about 3-4 days. It claims to be a full coverage foundation but keep in mind, it is a mineral makeup. I don’t personally find it to be full coverage but more of a sheer to medium. It is buildable which is great for any blemishes you want to go back in a spot touch or just to add another layer for more coverage. I love how it looks once it’s on, it has a glowy look but can be more matte if you put a translucent powder over top. It lasts all day with no settling into my fine lines or (dare I say it) wrinkles!   **Note, I have very dry skin that I tend to over moisturize so this may not be the best foundation for over oily skin.

I highly recommend this foundation to anyone with dry/normal/combination skin. I am super excited to go back and try out some of the other products in this line!

My Current Skincare Routine

Man oh man, I haven’t written about my skincare routine in almost 2 years! I really need to be blogging more…anyway…If you read my dry skin routine than you know I have very dry skin. I have tried other things since January of 2015 but just recently started this routine. I went to Sephora and the woman asked me how my diet was……um…I just laughed. She suggested eating more fish and nuts to keep my skin hydrated and soft or whatever but that probably won’t happen…so, just sell me face wash for goodness sake! This was her suggestion, the Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream, great for dry skin and it says it renews the skin’s youthful glow….I don’t see youthful skin just yet but I am still hopeful.

So, the first step in my routine is to cleanse morning and night (face and neck) which is how often you should be washing your face—please don’t sleep in your makeup, the thought of it makes me cringe. I don’t use more than a pea size and it’s just enough! This stuff takes off all of your eye makeup too!

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The second step is to spray my face with Caudalie Beauty Elixer (it’s French..so fancy) I did not go to Paris to purchase this but I did go to Sephora, she talked me into buying this but halfway through the bottle, I am thinking it isn’t actually doing anything for my skin. It claims to help with dullness, uneven texture, shrink pores, and help with dryness. Once this is gone, I won’t purchase it again but everything is an experience, right?! The good news about this stuff is that it can also be used as a foundation setting spray, apply foundation, spray face, then apply your powder.

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Next, I use my homemade roller with the following ingredients: Lavender-great for all skin types. Known for its relaxing and calming properties and great for soothing mild skin irritations. Frankincense-helps to slow the signs of aging and promotes youthful skin. Pure Argan Oil-Prevents and treats sunburn, scars and heals damaged skin. Locks in moisture, and has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. I ordered these amber glass roll on bottles from Amazon and they work great! This particular Argan oil is Josie Maran, she makes a Light version as well so if you aren’t as dry as I am, that may be a better option.

These 3 oils have so many other benefits and uses, but after doing a lot of research, the reasons listed above are why I chose to make this part of my skincare routine 🙂 I am not a doctor or dermatologist so do your own research on oils and what will work best for your skin type! (I use DoTerra oils as well) The only reason I even started researching  the use of Frankincense is because a friend gave me a bottle of it, which was actually pretty generous of her because it isn’t cheap!

This is the 3rd step, I just roll this mixture all over my face and rub it in and down my neck as well. This keeps me pretty well hydrated and makes my skin feel and smell so good and smooth!

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This is my final step ONLY if I am still feeling dry…This Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture was just a sample size from Sephora but the woman who told me I need to eat fish and nuts said it should last a month. I don’t have to use much, a little goes a long way.

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Sugar Lip Polish

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This winter has been ridiculous! It has been so cold and bitter, then sort of warm, then rainy…really? PICK A SEASON!! Not only have my allergies been acting crazy, my body has been dry, and my lips have been chapped. My lips were so bad recently, I couldn’t take it anymore. They were dry, cracked, and raw and I happened to be by a Sephora (or went out of my way to end up by one?…) and went in with a sugar lip scrub in mind (I knew I wanted a lip exfoliating product) I wasn’t sure on the brand but knowing Sephora, I figured they would carry something!

An employee there, told me about Fresh Sugar Lip Polish so I bought it. The smell is so yummy, I thought it would be a vanilla smell, maybe because it’s brown and I was thinking brown sugar and it DOES have brown sugar crystals in it….I don’t know, brown sugar and vanilla go together, right? Anyway, the smell is more of a light citrus, yummy body wash smell….or else that’s my personal take on it.

You apply it with your finger and massage it in. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and rinse away with warm water. I used this once a day for 2 days and WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I do realize I could have made this, but just like every other American, conveience took precedence at the time! This has made my lips so soft. It is a little pot (0.6oz) but will last you FOREVER! I love it 🙂

http://www.fresh.com/lip-treatment/sugar-lip-polish/H00001924.html#utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=brand&utm_content=brand&utm_campaign=brand&start=10&cgid=lip-treatment

DIY Dry Shampoo

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Have you ever used a dry shampoo before? I love dry shampoo because I don’t wash my hair everyday, so I am able to get away with dirty hair but not have it look greasy. The aerosol sprays can make your hair staticky and sometimes don’t work that well so instead of spending the money on a product you may not even love, make some from household items!
AND chemical free!! WOOHOO!!

What you need:

1/3 cup of cocoa powder (if you have dark colored hair)
2 tablespoons of corn starch
1 tablespoon of baking soda
Container with a lid or a spice shaker (cleaned out spice jar or salt shaker)
Blush brush

If you have blonde hair, leave out the cocoa powder, or just try mixing in a small amount.

Super simple, just mix all of it together 🙂 I put mine on with a blush brush by dipping it into the mixture, tapping off the excess and tapped it onto my roots. I rubbed it in with my hands, then combed through. I think a shaker would be easier and quicker but I didn’t have one. Either way, this is a great alternative to the sprays!