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An Eventful Day!

Lots of chic events going on tonight!

I already told you where I’ll be tonight. Blowdries and Baubles at the Chambers Packer Studio. They were asking for RSVPs, but I know they wouldn’t mind if you came by to join the fun with us! I’m going in to get my hair done this afternoon (and boy do I need it… my roots are almost two inches long… eek!) so I’ll be debuting the new look. And they’ll have their stylists giving tips on different hair types and talking about trends too. Oh, and cocktails…it is Friday after all! YAY!

If you’re in West Chester there are a couple events up your way tonight. As I told you before, Bajon Salon is celebrating their 10 year anniversary and are doing giveaways, discounts and cocktails tonight at their salon.

The Village Spa in West Chester is having a “Spring Bling” event tonight starting at 7pm. The invite said “come see and try on the latest trends in Spring jewelry and accessories,  courtesy of our own Stacy Young & her new company, Bling Culture. There will be plenty of fun and complimentary refreshments.”

The Village Spa is located at:
8862 CINCINNATI-DAYTON RD
WEST CHESTER, OH  45069
513-755-9241

If you’re in the mood for something more fashion-forward, a fashion designer friend of mine, Toby Tyler, is having a fashion show event tonight in Clifton. Click here to view the invite and more information.

Ten Years of Tresses

bajonAs a business owner, I can respect when a business hits a big milestone like 10 years. So, when I got an email from Bajon Salon & Spa about their “Decade Party” on March 19 to celebrate their 10 years in business I did a little dance for them!

That’s awesome! Congrats Bajon!

So, if you’re in the West Chester on Friday March 19, stop in and have a cocktail to cheers to their success! There will be refreshments, snacks and lots of salon and spa specials!

Bajon Salon
6072 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
(513)874-9999

Blowdries and Baubles

Ever heard of The Chambers Packer Studio? I hadn’t either until one day when I was browsing our photographer’s blog (one of my favorite blogs by the way), and I came across an artsy hair style shoot she did with this Chambers Packer Studio. I had never heard of them before, but I loved all the hairstyles I saw in the blog post. So, I asked Neysa (our photographer) for a contact at the studio and she connected me with Christopher, one of the owners.

I went to the studio in Blue Ash and fell in love! Everyone there is super friendly and very good at what they do. Christopher has been Neysa’s stylist for years I came to find out, and I’ve always thought she has great hair! I got so excited that I found a hidden gem of a hair studio, I decided that we had to have an event there! So that’s what we’re going to do on March 19 from 7-10pm!

We’re calling it “Blowdries and Baubles” because they’re going to give everyone blow-out tips and tricks (and possibly free product) and there will be jewelry from local designers on display for sale. And there’s a third “B” that’s not mentioned in the event title and that would be “Bubbly”! Cocktails will be flowing!

So grab your girlfriends, come have a cocktail with my new friends at The Chambers Packer Studio, and get polished up for your Friday night out on the town! They do want this to be an intimate crowd, so space is limited. Get your RSVP in as soon as you can corral your gal-pals to come! To RSVP, send an e-mail to info@thechamberspackerstudio.com by March 12.

Oh and PS: I will be cheating on my stylist for the first time in a very, very long time to let Christopher cut, color and style my hair for the event! (…shhh!) : ) I’ll post before and after pics! : )

And PS #2: Since we’re talking about Neysa, here are the spectacular pics she took of our wedding!
Blowdries and Baubles

Amanda Kelly Salon Opens Downtown

A new salon will be celebrating its grand opening this Friday. Check it out!
Amanda Kelly Salon

My friend, Jennifer, is Amanda Kelly’s client. Jennifer told me about the new salon and the grand opening event. Apparently she has been a stylist for a long time and a lot of local YPs go to her, so she just decided to branch out on her own! Go girl! : )

Here are some pics of the new Amanda Kelly Salon I found on their facebook fan page! I’ll be out of town for it, but I encourage you to go to their grand opening event! Sounds like fun!

Amanda Kelly Amanda Kelly

Fake It Till You Make It

Renie's ever-changing looksI’m going to tell you a little story about my friend, Renie. She’s known as the chameleon of the crowd because she whimsically adapts and changes her look on a weekly if not daily basis.

I’m not talking just going curly versus straight. She goes curly, straight, long, short, wig, red, blonde, brunette… and my personal favorite… the phony pony.

Well, in the Fall last year she fell victim to a very very bad hair cut. Her bangs were literally little spikes, and it looked like a 4-year-old with scissors took to the back of her hair. It was baaaad.

Hair has always been very important to Renie. So this devastated her. She’s been trying like heck to grow her hair back, but it’s been growing slower than molasses. Lately, she would either just wear hats, a wig, her phony pony (clip-on pony tail), or slick it all back. I could tell that none of these made her feel 100% and it was really affecting her self esteem.

Well, about a month ago, I went to Perfections in Montgomery to a hair extension 101 event where people could learn about extensions, how they’re applied and maintained. I went to learn about it for me (I decided I would look best with short hair). But the whole time I kept thinking how perfect it would be for Renie!

I suggested she get the extensions so she doesn’t have to wait for her hair to grow out to get her confidence back. So, she went and checked it out, learned more about them and decided to get them. Angie, the stylist that applies the extensions, suggested that she do an angled bob cut so she gets a few extra inches in front to give her the length around the face she’s used to, but she doesn’t have to pay to have a full head of extensions put on.Renie's transformation

So, they put on about 50 strands (versus the 100 they would put on someone who wanted a full head of extensions). After they put in her extensions, it looked so funny – kind of like a reverse mullet. But Kenneth, the owner, is famous for his dry cutting. He quickly turned that mullet into one marvelous angled bob cut.

He was going blow it out and straighten it, but Renie said she usually wets her hair, scrunches and goes to work, so he did that instead. The extensions are made of real hair from Europe and you can choose from curly, “beach wave,” or straight hair. Renie picked the beach wave so she can have the flexibility to straighten or scrunch without having to fight to make it work.

These extensions will help give the allusion of longer hair until Renie grows her own hair to this length. Kenneth suggested a couple ways to help grow hair faster: Prenatal vitamins and massaging the scalp with dry hair every day. See the video below for a demonstration.

The extensions were $11 per strand and she got 50 strands in. Plus, she got color and a glossing, and Kenneth’s dry cut is $65. This all ended up being about $700 total. And the maintenance, which she’ll need in about 5 weeks will be $120. But, as Renie said, it’s a small price to pay to get her confidence back.

Renie said she is so glad she did it and loves her new hair. She said it looks and feels like real hair and she’s already gotten lots of compliments on her new look. People have no clue they’re extensions. She said next time when she goes in, she wants to get a few strands of blonde and maybe even a little purple for a streaking effect.
before and after
There are a few things anyone with extensions needs to be careful about:

  • No brushing your hair from scalp to tip. Because the hair is attached at the scalp, you could accidentally rip out your real hair and extension if you brush it like you would normal hair. What you need to do is hold your hair in a pony tail and brush the ends.
  • No Redken products. Angie said there’s too much protein in this particular product and it will ruin the extensions.
  • Don’t go to bed with wet hair. Angie said this is bad for your hair regardless of if you have extensions, but it’s especially bad for anyone with them.

I’ll be going with Renie to document her first maintenance appointment in five weeks to see how that’s done. So, stay tuned for that. And in a few months when her hair has grown out, I’ll be checking in with her to see if she will be taking them out! Who knows with this chameleon cutie what she’ll want to do next! : )

Check out the video below to see the entire process unfold from start to finish!

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The Mane Event

hair trendsFive short years ago, I was one hot mess. I had just graduated from college, so I was still used to $1 beers, all you can eat Skyline on Tuesday and $5 haircuts. Luckily, at the time, I was dating a guy who had a great sense of fashion and a talented hair stylist as a sister.

He took me shopping and she took me to her salon. Well, my first hair cut/color with her was actually in a basement – like some covert mission to change my identity – but I emerged from that basement a new woman.

I went to work the next day and got so many compliments. Friends and family raved. I would even get stopped by strangers asking me who cut my hair – some would even take pictures to give to their stylists. I’m not gonna lie. That felt really good.

So, I abandoned my old salon (Sassy’s in Harrison… and the tragic cuts I got from there we’ve since coined as “Sassy ‘Dos.”) And now, I truly appreciate the power of a dynamic ‘do.

With 2010 now upon us, I’ve been doing some research on new hair trends (I’m getting an itch for a new look soon), and I am noticing a resurgence of long hair. Long manes in the bouffant, braids or 20s-inspired barrel curls. As a short bob girl now, I’m starting to long for the long hair, but I don’t want to deal with the ugly “in between” phase. Plus, it can take a year or more to grow to long hair, so by then, the trend might already be on its way out.

What’s a girl to do? My sister-in-law (a former Ben-Gal cheerleader) said a lot of the girls on the squad get extensions to have lots of locks to toss around on the field. I looked into it, and the salon that does all of the Ben-Gal’s hair and hair extensions, Perfections Salon, is having an event tonight from 6-8pm about hair extensions! It’s called “Dames, Drinks and DreamCatchers” (DreamCatchers are the brand of extensions they carry).

A friend of mine and I are going! I’m really excited! They will have complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and are doing demonstrations on installation and care of the extensions. In the invite, it says they’ll install two free DreamCatcher extensions on all RSVPs (they can be expensive, so that’s a good deal!) You can still RSVP. Just call Jill at (513) 984-2555.

Who knows… the next time I post… it might be with a whole new head of hair!

*Images courtesy of The Skinny

Bart-Worthy Theater Attire

My husband had me at “doh!”

That’s right, my husband wooed me with a Homer Simpson impersonation. When I met my now-husband, Pete Scalia, he was a traveling musician and voice-over artist. Today, he is the morning anchor at Fox 45/ABC 22 in Dayton, but he still does music and voice-overs on the side.

A few months ago, Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson (who is originally from the Dayton area), came back to her hometown and Pete got to do an interview with her. They became fast friends, and before he knew it, she was asking him to do “theater of the mind” performances to raise money for charity. He did one recently in Dayton and he has one coming up this week in LA.

We are so excited! Pete has a performance this week in LA with a superstar (literally) cast mates, who include: Robert Towers (“Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Benjamin 1932-1934), Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), Phil Proctor (Big Brother, Rugrats, Finding Nemo, and Princess and the Frog), Josh Robert Thompson (voice of “Fake” Arnold Schwarzenegger on “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”) and narrated by R.F. Daley (Broadway actor “Cats” and “Sweeny Todd”).

The event will take place at the Golden Age Theater on Hollywood Blvd, which requires “theater attire.” And afterward, Nancy invited us to dinner at her house. Talk about a big night for us!

Cheering on my talented husband as he plays the LEAD character (!!!), rubbing elbows with a “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” cast member (aka one degree away from Brad Pitt), and eating dinner at Bart Simpson’s house. Who does that? And more importantly, what do you wear to that?

I peered into my closet and asked each piece if they could rise to this fine occasion. Each one sagged with unworthiness as they shook their cowl, turtle and v-necks in disappointment. I came to the conclusion that I need to splurge (I actually haven’t been shopping in a couple months!), and buy a special outfit for this star spangled night in the Hollywood hills.

I visited my favorite local experts, boutiques and stores, and came up with this ensemble that twinkles with gold, glitz and glamor. Most were splurge pieces, but my focal point dress was a steal of a deal. What do you think?
Theater Attire Collage

Dotted Lace Strapless Dress ($27.80, Forever 21)
shu uemura gold leaf shadow & lashes ($79, Sephora)
Stuart Weitzman black ruffle pumps ($179, Cincy Designer Shoes)
Gold BCBG Maxazria Sequined Evening Clutch Purse ($98, BCBG)

Beat the Winter Beauty Woes

Well, it happened for the first time this year. I pulled on my favorite sweater and my whole head of hair started to magically levitate. ‘Tis the season’s static greetings!

Conveniently, I spent a good majority of my day at Tuscany Spa and Salon in Montgomery covering an upcoming makeover story we’re doing for Cincy Chic. So, while I was there, I asked the GM, Liz Reaney how to tame my tresses during the winter months.

Here’s what she said:

  • Always use a Leave-In conditioner during the winter months.  Choose a conditioner with a thermal protectant to help with static.
  • When you have trouble with fly-a-ways, take a very small amount of pomade, rub it in your hands thoroughly before putting in your hair.
  • Use a hydrating shampoo during the winter months to add moisture to your hair.
  • Try a hydrating hair masque once a week to keep your hair in great condition.
  • When you schedule your next hair appointment, add on a deep conditioning treatment to help prevent your hair from drying out.
  • For your hands and feet, paraffin treatments are perfect in the winter.  The oils in the paraffin help with cracked, dry nails and leave your skin soft and smooth.
  • Use a hydrating facial mask once a week in the winter to combat the harsh elements.

I thought these were great tips so I wanted to share! : ) Oh, and I go in for a haircut/color on Monday… wondering what to do. I feel like I need a change, but I’m not sure what to do. Suggestions are welcome!

UPDATE: Here’s the new (shorter) ‘do!
shorter hair