What is Balayage?


I can’t believe I haven’t written this post sooner.  I get asked this constantly.  And I’ve heard a hundred different ways to pronounce it!

Balayage is a french word meaning to sweep or to paint. Simply put, it is a technique not an effect.  The resulting effect from this technique is dramatically different than traditional foil highlights. Balayage creates a sun-kissed natural looking hair color with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The main idea being less is more.

Balayage is great for someone looking to update their look without committing to increased maintenance.  Foil highlights can tend to have more separation in pieces and usually create a growth line.  Now keep in mind foil is a tool and can be used during a balayage service to keep highlighted pieces from mashing together.  So when I say traditional foil highlights I mean the particular method where hair is weaved into a foil and painted with lightener. (Please don’t call it bleach!)


This picture shows the technique and the effect.  Notice how the highlight has a soft line so as it grows it will look better and better.  The before picture…looks like a DIY ombre!


Here is a beautiful example of Balayage technique used to achieve an ombre.

Now let me show you the difference between ombre, sombre, color melt.  Each style has a different effect but all are done with balayage technique.


The ombre transitions from dark to light and is pretty dramatic.  The sombre of “soft ombre” has a dark to light gradient but much more subtle.  Color melting melts together two colors using balayage technique.

Balayage is an advanced skill, so make sure if you choose to go this route that your stylist knows what they’re doing.  This can go horribly wrong if the stylist isn’t familiar with creating a soft transition or if they aren’t educated on sectioning techniques.  Most importantly they need to understand toning.  What’s toning you say?!  Well that’s a topic for a whole new blog post.  Stay tuned for the answer to that.  Post your questions in the comments below.  What’s your favorite look?



Are you washing your hair the right way?

Shampoo hair the right way

Shampooing seems like such a simple thing.  It’s just washing hair right?  So why does it confound us so much?  I am going to lay out the dos and don’ts of hair washing.

How often?

This is so variable.  It all comes down to hair type and lifestyle.  If you’re working out hard everyday and sweating a ton, I’d say you need to wash your hair more often.  If you have curly hair, I would say wash your hair less often.  Moisture being the main thing here.  The more you wash, the more natural moisture you won’t be able to accumulate.  If your hair turns into a grease-pit the very next day, you may be using the wrong products.  In the time I’ve been doing hair, I’d say very few people actually have an oily scalp problem and it’s more of a horrible product problem.

How is it done?

As a rule, I tell my clients to wash their scalp and condition their ends.  Start at your scalp with the shampoo, make sure you emulsify completely in your hands before you start massaging.  This will help disperse the shampoo easily.  Massage with your finger tips and try to be gentle.  The more rough you are at this point, the harder your hair will be to manage.  Being rough during shampooing will rough up the cuticle layer and make hair frizzy and unmanageable.  So gentle massaging and take the suds to the ends of the hair and gently wash.  You don’t need to waste product on the ends.  They just don’t need to be cleansed the way your scalp does.  Rinse.  Now when you apply conditioner, apply it to the ends of your hair and work through.  For some clients, I tell them they don’t really need to bother conditioning the scalp.  Unless your scalp is extremely dry, your natural moisture and oils will do the work.  But if you feel incomplete, take what is left on your hands and bring it to your scalp. Rinse.

When should you deep condition?

Only very damaged and dry hair needs to be on a deep treatment regimen.  If you fall into that category, and let your stylist guide you, then use a nourishing and strengthening deep treatment.  Your stylist will probably be banging your door down with a treatment if your hair falls into this category.  I have clients who tell me they really need a deep treatment and their hair is so damaged, but the perception is different.  By damaged hair, I mean it’s brittle, and the ends disintegrate at a touch.  Generally a deep treatment every 3-4 shampoos is a good idea, but not necessary for healthy hair.  I always recommend a leave in treatment for my clients.  It’s the best thing you can do for your hair, no matter the type.  There are plenty out there but I really love Aquage Moisture Mist, Pureology Color Fanatic, Redken Antisnap, and Moroccan Oil Treatment.  Use it after every shampoo and you’ll be maintaining your hair and keeping it healthy.  If you get your hair color treated, then absolutely you need a leave in.  Not only will it keep hair from getting dry, but it will help your color stay fresh.

No poo? poo poo?

The whole “no poo” movement has left the country divided.  Here’s where I stand on it.  Ok if you have curly hair, absolutely not if you have fine or limp hair.  If you don’t know what this is all about, it’s basically using a conditioner to clean in between full on shampoos.  Pureology makes some good cleansing conditioners.  These no poo varieties can build up on hair if you over do it and I honestly think it’s best for very curly hair.  The kind that you don’t blow out but leave curly.  I have curly/wavy/frizzy hair naturally.  I have yet to love the no poo thing because it builds up on my hair type and makes my scalp uncomfortable.  To sum it up, if it works for you, do it.  But if your stylist is griping about build up or your hair always feels dirty even after a shampoo…rethink.  And please stay away from Wen.  I have seen and read about some truly horrible results.

Protein? Moisture? What does my hair need?

So the best I can do with this is ‘go ask your stylist’.  I really wish there was an easy answer for this, but it really varies.  I have to touch and feel and even smell my clients’ hair to assess what they need.  Just so you understand the thought process, hair needs a balance of protein and moisture.  Your stylist would factor in environment, lifestyle, your actual hair type, and what treatments you do regularly to your hair.  I’m in Houston, so during summer I have to switch all my clients to a different product pairing because the moisture in the air really makes a difference.  This applies to drier climates as well.  The lack of moisture in the air can contribute to dry brittle hair.  The pH of your hair and the water you use to wash your hair makes a difference too.  If I have clients who have really hard water or constantly complain that their highlights “went brassy”, there is a set of products for that.  So long story short, ask your stylist.  But understand that it isn’t as simple as ‘my hair feels oily, I need something for oily hair’.  You may end up exacerbating the problem because you’ll dry your scalp out and have it creating even more oil to compensate, when the problem was actually you needed a moisturizing shampoo/conditioner.

Is salon product really all it’s cracked up to be?

In short. Yes.  Absolutely.  I’m saying this from experience.  Not because I’m a salon snob.  Truly, if Pantene and Dove were really that amazing, we’d be using it in the salon.  Promise.  I can feel the drug store stuff in my clients’ hair before they tell me they’re using it.  I can smell it.  I can tell when colors don’t process properly, that there is something gross coating the hair.  If drug store stuff is all you can afford, fine, but let me tell you…it all works out the same.  Salon product is concentrated and works.  This means you use less each time.  You get the same size bottle but you use less product.  Drug store product has cheaper fillers that build up on the hair.  So maybe the first time you use it, it’s lovely, but then over time you’ll notice your hair taking longer to dry or it still feels dirty and greasy.  That’s build up.  Your stylist will be able to scrape it off with her shear or razor.  I always do that to show my clients the disgusting film that’s standing between them and that amazing hair they keep praying for.  I’m not trying to shame the people who use drug store product or can’t afford salon product.  There are affordable salon brands like Redken.  What I’m saying is, the solution is there.  If you’ve been having issues, switch your product.  From personal experience, I had to use Dove when I forgot my stuff and my hair immediately was dull and limp and felt greasy.  Same thing with Garnier, Herbal Essence, Tresseme, Vidal Sassoon.  I mean, it was instant and so gross.  So if you have the means, get the salon product.  And from a salon please.  The stuff you find discounted at Amazon, Target or Walmart is unethical and not guaranteed.  If your hair falls out from using that, there is no one you’ll be able to sue or blame.

Leave questions below.  Please be kind.  If you don’t agree, that’s fine.  But you’re wasting your time leaving an ugly comment.

The truth about trims



So you told your stylist you want to grow your hair out.  And they told you to get a trim every 6-8 weeks?!  Are they bonkers?

The short answer…no!

Trims keep the ends of your hair healthy.  Once the ends start to split and fray it’s dunzo.  Nothing will permanently fix split ends.  There are short term remedies like Brazilian Blowout Split End Remedy or products from Pureology and Redken that help treat splits.  However to truly “fix” split ends you need to cut those bad boys off.

What happens if you don’t get that regular trim?  Basically your ends will be disintegrating at the same rate that your hair is growing and it will seem like your hair stops growing at a certain length.  Or your hair ends up really wispy on the ends.  Reminiscent of rat tails.

I tell my clients to trim hair every 6-8 weeks if they want to grow or if they have long hair.  Short hair clients I ask to come back 3-6 weeks.  This is about the time it takes for a short haircut to lose it’s shape.  Hair grows at different rates so a haircut will eventually lose it’s shape.  On average, hair grows about 1/2 inch per month, give or take some depending on health.

So if you’re wanting to grow your hair, get regular trims and use good products to promote scalp and hair health.


How a brush will fix your clogged drain

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I fell of the face of my blog.  I apologize.  So many of you have written to encourage me to write more.  I truly appreciate it.  So here I am.  I’ve had a crazy 2014 and I will write about it when I’m ready.  For now I want to shower you with hair tips.  I am going to try to post one each day.  But forgive me if I don’t.  I have plenty of things that distract me from what I should be doing!  Here we go with my first hair tip….

Prevent clogging up your drain by brushing your hair before you get in the shower.


My husband says it makes his teeth itch when he sees the baby Sasquatch that is left behind after I shampoo my hair.  He has a HUGE problem with hair that is not attached to a head.  Ironic since I’m a hairstylist and have random people’s hair collecting in my bra and shoes.  I also get hair splinters!

You’ll lose about a 100 strands a day, normally.  Maybe more if you tie your hair up constantly.  Not only from breakage, but it accumulates in there especially if you aren’t thoroughly brushing your hair each day or letting your hair down from time to time.  A great brush to use is a boar bristle brush.  It smooths down the hair cuticle and leaves hair shiny and healthy.  Don’t go nuts though, too much brushing isn’t good either.

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And make sure you clean your brush.  Don’t be nasty.  Dirty brush = dirty hair

I typically always use a boar bristle brush for my blow outs.  These type of brushes also feel amazing on the scalp and stimulate blood flow which helps with growth.  It makes a huge difference in the appearance of the hair.

I also need to mention…don’t brush your hair when it’s wet.  Detangle with a wide tooth comb, but don’t attack it with a paddle brush.

Give this tip a try and let me know how it goes for you!

Have a beautiful day!



A Different Option for Fall Hair Color.

It’s fall and everything is pumpkin spiced. Given. Another given in the fashion world? It’s time to change the flavor of your hair too! But just because we associate fall with one flavor doesn’t mean your hair has to be. Here are some options depending on your skin tone and pre existing hair color to keep you trendy for the season without looking like a boring old pumpkin. Each look can be customized and therein lies the brilliance. No one else will have it. And because we’re not going for a specific color, but more a technique, you can make it work for you and pull it off with grace.  The typical reaction is to lighten for summer and darken for fall.  As a stylist, I can tell you that nothing terrifies me more than the client who comes in wanting to be blonde for summer and brunette for fall. It’s doable, but somewhere during the winter, it’s possible the clock is going to strike midnight on your hair and even a miracle won’t save it. Don’t over-process, color responsibly.



Flaxen Blonde

As fall settles in, the platinum and cool blonde A-listers we saw this spring/summer are going just a tad darker. These beauties have transitioned to a wheat blonde that still has a springy lightness, but is updated with deeper roots and gold tones spread throughout. Think warm and honey. I recommend this look for ladies and men with fair complexions or overall light coloring.


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Summer is over, yes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be sun-kissed. At least your hair can reflect the effects of a vacation while your skin slowly reminds you there’s no bikinis in sight. Bronde is a different take on the natural highlighted look and a perfect way to add a bit of drama to your tried and true brown this fall. I suggest keeping the highlights off the very top of the head, scatter some slices of gold or beige around the face, eyes, cheekbones, and neckline. This technique brightens up the frame around the face creating the illusion of bronze skin. So go bronde, and keep those summer months alive! This is a great option for medium to olive skinned people.





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How can you think of fall and not think of copper? A beautiful natural version of orange, it’s the color of fall. It’s bolder than strawberry blonde and more subtle than red. It’s vibrant and still understated. A cozy glow from the fireplace. A deep copper is the poster child of fall. If you have blue or green eyes, this is the shade for you. Quite simple to do if you’re already a blonde.






Nothing pleases me more than different versions of ombre. It is a beautiful trend when done properly. I’m not talking about the DIY brassy ombres I’ve been seeing. I’m talking about a true blended masterpiece. The dramatic ombré has been replaced with something more subtle. Sombré, get it? Ombre, Sombre, Bombre..whatever you want to call it, subtle is the name of the game here. No high contrast, high maintenance roots. This is all about lowlights rolling through the middle layers and working into the roots to break up regrowth lines. Out of all of these, I predict this to be the biggest trend this season. This is versatile, suitable for any coloring.


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Getting the perfect deep, rich brown for fall is all about finding the right mix. I always love to add a bit of red and copper to my browns to make them dimensional and luscious. It’s like hot cocoa and chestnuts roasting over an open fire. Dark hues work on all complexions, just tweak the undertone or vary the level a bit to avoid looking like a member of the Adams Family. Blue and Brown eyed babes, get ready for your eyes to POP! Whatever shade you choose, make sure you lock in shine, it will be what sets your hair apart from the other brunettes.   A good blowout with Ahnesti Utiliti Styling Gel will give you luster and hold.


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Where ever you fall on the spectrum, you have plenty of options.  I hope this was helpful!  Happy Fall!



Juice it up!

**I wanted to get this up quickly for those that were asking me to post about this.  I will add pictures soon.**


Several of my friends started juicing and although curious about it, I never really felt like jumping on board.  It seemed tedious and to be honest, I just didn’t know where to start.  I didn’t have a juice extractor so I didn’t really want to make the investment if I wasn’t planning on sticking to it.

I am going to be completely honest in this blog, in hopes that it will help you.  I will share exactly what I did, what I went through, and tips and tricks.  Juicing is not easy.  If you’re planning to do this because you want to lose weight, great!  But if you think this is your easy ticket to weight loss, think again.  It is work, it is hard, and it really takes mental effort to get through a juicing program.  Let me start at the beginning of my journey.

I can’t remember exactly what I was doing, but somehow I heard about the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  I watched it and was instantly converted.  It wasn’t so much the weight loss part of it, but the health benefits.  I was stunned that this man was able to “cure” his  autoimmune disorder.  I suffer from allergies and they are incredibly annoying.  I wasn’t feeling energetic and youthful and I really wanted to do something about it.  I also wanted to drop the weight, but I wanted to be healthy about it.  Working out and eating well wasn’t giving me what I wanted.  I felt like all my efforts were being wasted on something that wasn’t working for me.  So I decided to do it.

Prepare yourself.

Don’t just dive into this juicing thing.  It really isn’t easy and chances are you will starve and feel so uncomfortable right away that you’ll cheat.  I eased myself into it.  First I had a juice for breakfast and then a light lunch and light dinner.  I had a juice for snack too.  Then I had a juice for breakfast and lunch and had a light dinner.  I did this for almost a week.  Then I stumbled upon the Jason Vale 7 lbs in 7 days app.  It is $6.99 on iTunes and worth every penny.  The app has videos and audio to help you through it, recipes, alerts, and a very helpful shopping list.  I immediately went out and bought everything I needed for the first 3 days.  It’s a lot of produce, so start with a few days.

Dealing with produce.

If you tend to be lazy, this is going to be a challenge.  I started on a Saturday, so Friday night I went shopping.  My first stop was Whole Foods.  For the most part I got organic produce, yogurt, etc.  I also bought my supplements here.  For the other things like banana or apples, I decided to get it from Krogers because I needed 35 apples and I wasn’t going to buy organic apples and be left homeless.  Lucky for me Kroger had a 3 for $0.99 sale on Golden Delicious apples.  The cashier will look at you funny when you buy this many apples.  Mine even said “Man, you guys eat a lot of apples!”  I laughed, but thought to myself, I better stick to these three days or I am going to be eating a lot of apples…

I would clean all the produce right when I got it.  I fill the sink with water and vinegar and soak the fruits and veggies for about 10-20 minutes.  Then I rinse, dry, and put them away.  I tried to display everything in my fridge or countertops.  Produce is so beautiful and when it’s arranged in a beautiful way, not crammed in a drawer or bag.  I was compelled to eat it because it was so pretty!  Some of the things like the carrots I would peel and cut and put in baggies.  Tedious work like that, I got out of the way.  I basically made it so that I could reach in the fridge, grab what I needed, and stick it in the juicer.

Create your routine.

Think about what your routine is.  Don’t let work be an excuse not to do this.  This is where the effort comes in to play.  I have a toddler that demands my attention.  My day is filled with activities, errands, and play time.  I realized my only time to make these juices were in the morning right before my son got up.  The week I started this 7 day plan my son started school, so I had to factor in getting ready, getting him ready, and being done with everything by 8 AM so I could leave to take him to school.  Crazy right?  If I can do it, so can you!  I set my alarm for 6:15 and got ready.  I pulled out what I needed to make my first three juices.  I made them, put them in travel cups, and stuck them in the fridge.  I went about the rest of my routine.  If I was running errands that day, I would take my juices in a lunch cooler and sip all day long.  The app notifies you when it’s time for a juice, basically every three hours, but I just listened to my body.  I didn’t drink every single juice all the time, some of them I skipped because I was still full.  Bottom line, plan out your day.  It gets easier once you get used to your new routine.

What juicer to get.

I started out juicing on a regular centrifugal juicer.  Nothing heavy duty.  But with these juices needing apples, and needing to juice several times a day, I needed something that could take the beating.  I also wanted one that wouldn’t heat up the juice in the process because you lose nutrients that way.  I settled on the Breville Elite.  Amazing machine.  The chute is big enough to put a whole apple in.  This drastically cuts down the prep work.  I am able to just put whole things in, minimal cutting or peeling.  Plus it’s fun.

What it feels like.

The first day I had crazy amounts of energy.  I felt good, I was excited.  Towards the evening I started to feel hungry.  Make sure you have a support system or a way to stay motivated.  Without that it is really easy to cheat.  It is worth it if you stick it out.  My husband is a gem of a man.  He would hug me and tell me he was proud of me, and remind me of my goals.  He wouldn’t ever say no you can’t eat this or that.  He would tell me ‘You could eat that, but what’s the point of all this if you’re going to modify the program?’  And just like that I would find my spirit and keep on juicing.

The second day was HORRIBLE.  I had a migraine, I was nauseous.  It was the worst.  I was at work and had finished two clients when all of a sudden I just couldn’t think past what I was feeling.  This feeling will make you want to quit.  It is one of the worst feelings I’ve experienced.  That feeling is the toxins leaving your body.  Drink water and it will pass.  Again, I ran home to my husband and listened to his words of motivation.  He has been my rock during this.  I wanted to gain control of my body again, I wanted to be healthy, I want to fit back into my bikinis!  He reminded me of the benefits and again I was back at it.

Day 3 is better, but the juices started tasting too sweet.  I added Chat Masala to a few of my juices to make it more palatable.  Chat masala also helps alleviate any gas issues you might have.  Once I hit day four I was on a roll.

I would step on the scale every morning and notice the steady drop.  It lifted me up in the morning.  Knowing that it was working.  I could see my face was different, I felt amazing, and all my clothes were fitting the way they should.  My belly was gone and I was starting to see my abs again.

Here I am on day 7, 15 lbs lighter, and feeling great.  My skin is glowing, and my waist is small again.  I went from looking unhealthy and bloated to looking fit.  It’s not just the weight, you lose the toxins and so your body isn’t inflamed anymore.  My body is now alkaline and functioning at it’s best.  I can’t tell you enough how amazing this feels.  Worth every grueling minute of it.

I plan to continue juicing for parts of my day.  Like a juice for breakfast to start my day, followed by light meals.  Of course, I will indulge every now and then, but plan to detox from time to time just to maintain what I feel now.

So what’s the plan?  How did I do this?  I will list the recipes and what I did for the 7 days, but I urge you to get the app and use it to guide you.  It will put it all right at your fingertips.  Not to mention, some of the audio is exactly what you need to hear at times.  Jason Vale is a great inspiration and his bubbly personality and enthusiastic attitude keep you going when you feel like you can’t.

Good luck if you decide to try this.  It changed my life and I hope it has the same positive effects on yours.  If you have ANY health concerns please PLEASE consult your doctor before starting any juice program.  This is my personal experience and I am a healthy 31 year old with no health concerns.

Day 1:

Waking: Hot water with  kick (lemon, fennel, mint, etc)

8:00 am: Super Juice

11:00 am: Super Juice

2:00 pm: Super Chute Juice

5:00 pm: Turbo Express

8:00 pm: Lemon-Ginger Zinger

9:00 pm: Hot n Spicy

Day 2:

Waking: Hot water with  kick (lemon, fennel, mint, etc)

8:00 am: Super Juice

11:00 am: Super Juice

2:00 pm: Super Chute Juice

5:00 pm: Turbo Express

8:00 pm: Turbo Express

9:00 pm: Hot n Spicy

Day 3:

Waking: Hot water with  kick (lemon, fennel, mint, etc)

8:00 am: Lemon-Ginger Zinger

11:00 am: Super Juice

2:00 pm: Passion 4 Juice Master

5:00 pm: Turbo Express

8:00 pm: Turbo Express

9:00 pm: Hot n Spicy

Day 4:

Waking: Hot water with  kick (lemon, fennel, mint, etc)

8:00 am: Super Juice

11:00 am: Super Juice

2:00 pm: Super Detox Juice

5:00 pm: Turbo Express

8:00 pm: Turbo Express

9:00 pm: Hot n Spicy

Day 5:

Waking: Hot water with  kick (lemon, fennel, mint, etc)

8:00 am: Super Chute Juice

11:00 am: Super Chute Juice

2:00 pm: Super Detox Juice

5:00 pm: Super Juice

8:00 pm: Super Juice

9:00 pm: Hot n Spicy

Day 6:

Waking: Hot water with  kick (lemon, fennel, mint, etc)

8:00 am: Passion 4 Juice Master

11:00 am: Passion 4 Juice Master

2:00 pm: Pure Green Super Juice

5:00 pm: Boost Juice

8:00 pm: Boost Juice

9:00 pm: Hot n Spicy

Day 7:

Waking: Hot water with  kick (lemon, fennel, mint, etc)

8:00 am: Super Juice

11:00 am: Super Juice

2:00 pm: Passion 4 Juice Master

5:00 pm: Sherbet Lemonade

8:00 pm: Boost Juice

9:00 pm: Hot n Spicy


Boost Juice

2 Apples

1/2 cup Alfalfa sprouts

1/2 cup Watercress

1/2 cup Parsley

1/2 cup Kale

1/2 cup Broccoli

1/2 Pineapple

1 shot wheatgrass

1/4 cup ice

Drop apple into chute, pack in all the leafy greens, kale, broccoli, and finish with second apple.  The tighter you pack, the more juice you will get from the greens.  Push through pineapple.  Mix in wheatgrass, pour over ice. (Use wheatgrass powder instead of actual wheatgrass.)

Lemon-Ginger Zinger

2 Carrots

2 Apples

1″ Ginger root

1″ Lemon

1/4 cup ice

Juice everything and pour over ice.

Passion 4 Juice Master

1 Apple

1/4 Pineapple

1/4 Banana

3/4 cup Bio-Live Yogurt

1 tsp. Spirulina

Juice apple and pineapple.  Pour juice into blender along with banana, yogurt, and spirulina.  Blend until smooth.

Pure Green Super Juice

2 stalks Celery

1/2 Cucumber

1/2 cup Baby Spinach Leaves

1 shot wheatgrass

1/4 Orange

1/4 cup ice

Juice celery, cucumber, spinach.  Add wheatgrass and pour over ice.  After each mouthful of juice, take a bite of orange. (Don’t chug this juice, it tastes like the butthole of a celery, but take a sip, swish it in your mouth, and then swallow.  This juice is PACKED with nutrients that the enzymes in your mouth break down much better.)

Sherbet Lemonade

2 Apples

1/3 lemon

1/4 cup ice

Put in chute: apple, lemon, apple, like a apple lemon sandwich.  Juice and pour over ice.

Super Chute Juice

2 Apples

1″ Carrot

1/2 Stalk Celery

3/4 cup Mixed Green Leaves

1″ Cucumber

1/2″ Broccoli

1/4 cup Alfalfa sprouts

1/2″ Red Beet

1/2″ Zucchini

1″ Lemon

1/2″ Ginger Root

1/4 Cup ice

Put one apple in the chute, followed by the other ingredients, then the second apple.  Juice and pour over ice.

Super Detox Juice

2 Apples

1/4 Cucumber

1 stalk Celery

1/2 cup Baby Spinach Leaves

1 tsp Superfood (or a bunch of mixed leaves)

1/4 cup ice

Juice everything and pour over ice, unless you use Superfood supplement, blend it with the juice.

Super Juice

2 Apples

1/4 Pineapple

1/4 Cucumber

1/2 Lime

1/4 Avocado

1 shot Wheatgrass

1 tsp Spirulina

1 capsule Friendly Bacteria

1/4 cup ice

Peel the lime, leave the pith on.  Juice apple, pineappe, cucumber, and lime.  Pour juice into blender, scoop in avocado flesh, wheatgrass, spirulina, ice, and powder from friendly bacteria capsule.  Blend until smooth.

Turbo Express

2 Apples

1/2 cup Baby Spinach Leaves

1/2 stalk Celery

1″ Cucumber

1/4 Lime

1/3 Pineapple

1/4 Avocado

1/4 cup ice

Peel the lime, leave the pith on.  Put one apple in the chute.  Tightly pack spinach, celery, cucumber, and lime, and finish with the other apple.  Push through and then juice the pineapple.Scoop avocado flesh into blender with ice, and extracted juice.  Blend until smooth.

Brazilian Blowout Exposed!

BBBefore and After

I keep seeing these Groupons flying around for Brazilian Blowout.  Some of my clients and friends have participated in these and when they describe their experience to me, it sounds nothing like Brazilian Blowout.  I want to shed some light on what Brazilian Blowout is all about and what it’s like.  I’ve even got a real live testimonial and pictures of a recent client.  Know exactly what you are paying for and what to expect.  There are actually salons out there who say they’re doing Brazilian Blowout, but it’s some other product!!

First things first.

Brazilian vs. Keratin

The Brazilian Blowout is the original smoothing treatment and the best on the market.  It improves the condition of the hair and each subsequent treatment leaves the hair healthier than before.  It uses a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex, rich with Acai, and a proprietary polymer system.  These amino acids coat the hair and smooth the cuticle, leaving the hair shiny, soft, and incredibly healthy!  It can be used to lock in color or just cut frizz.  It is NOT a relaxer and will not get rid of your curls, just the frizz.  It cuts down blow dry time and flat iron time.  There is no down time, so you can wash your hair right away, you can clip it up or tuck it behind your ears.  You can do your color right before the blowout or two weeks after.  I’d recommend doing it before to lock in color.

Keratin Smoothing depends on the product you use, but for the most part it’s long protein chains similar to the keratin that hair is made up of.  This is sealed on to the hair and the result is smoother, stronger hair.  Each subsequent time the hair will be stronger, but like anytime you use products with protein the hair doesn’t feel as soft.  After the treatment is put in you must leave it unwashed and straight for 3 days.  You shouldn’t clip it up or tuck it behind your ears.

With both systems the curl is not relaxed, rather the frizz is eliminated.  To have lasting results, use the corresponding shampoo and conditioner.  It’s best to not wait until the treatment is completely out of your hair to do the next one.

Both treatments can be fairly expensive, so make sure you’re getting it from someone you trust.  If you’re considering getting a groupon, take the trip to the salon that is offering it and ask to look at the bottles of treatment.  There are many salons that use the words “Brazilian Blowout” and “Keratin Treatment” interchangeably.  Don’t fall victim.

In my opinion, Keratin smoothing should be done if you’ve got really damaged hair.  And it shouldn’t be done back to back, over and over again.  I honestly think keratin should be added to the hair in the form of products like leave in treatments or shampoos/conditioners.  I don’t prefer Keratin Smoothing.

Aftercare Tips and Tricks

At J. Tailor Salon, we specialize in Brazilian Blowout.  I am certified and guarantee my work, provided you follow my instructions.  I am extremely meticulous about the procedure and do not cut any corners.  This is the only way I can be sure that your results will last.  There is a shampoo and conditioner that  I include with the treatment that will also help to make results last.  If you get your Brazilian Blowout done somewhere, please make sure they are completely instructing you on the after-care.  If your stylist tells you that it’s ok to use any shampoo and conditioner as long as it’s sulfate free, don’t listen!  Yes it’s better to use a sulfate-free shampoo/conditioner, but after you’ve gotten a Brazilian Blowout done, use the AntiFrizz Shampoo and Conditioner that is recommended for it.  It has the same amino acids in it as the solution so it will help the results last much longer.  If done properly the Blowout should last about 12 weeks.  There is a gradual fade from the hair so you won’t have a line where the new growth is like you would with a relaxer.  Make sure you get your next blow out before it is completely gone from your hair.  I know the mentality is to try to stretch as long as you can, but you want to build on the last treatment, this way it will get healthier and healthier each time.


I am going to be completely honest, yes, there is formaldehyde released when performing the blowout.  If you’re pregnant or nursing, don’t get one done.  They don’t have research, for good reason, on the effects on pregnant and nursing women.  Not many volunteers for that study!  However what they’ve found in their lab tests is that boiling broccoli releases more formaldehyde than the blowout.  The way I see it is that there is more harm around me on a daily basis, the food I eat, the microwave, second hand smoke, etc.  A while back when Brazilian Blowout came on to the market and became the best smoothing treatment around, there was some bad press that was leaked.  You will always have the skeptics and haters when a product is doing this well.  After using it and performing this on my clients, I can tell you from my experience that it doesn’t make me sick like a keratin treatment does.  When I do keratin treatments I get headaches and feel nauseous.  It also makes me lethargic and I’m pretty much out the rest of the day.  I don’t get that when I do blowouts.  I’m not here to convince you that it’s ok, I’m only telling you the facts and sharing my experience.

A Testimonial

I recently performed a blowout on a client and wanted to share pictures and her experience with you.  I want to make sure you know exactly what you’re paying for.  My personal take, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t do it!!  The hair is silky soft, so shiny, and very easy to manage.  This particular client, took some convincing, but I could just tell that everything she was complaining about would be solved with this magical treatment!

Here is the before:


Model has naturally curly frizzy hair with damage from previous chemical services and mechanical damages from flat ironing frequently.  Hair frizzes easily and has a large amount of volume.

This is her hair combed out and wet before application of the Brazilian Blowout Solution.

Before application

After we blow dried and flat ironed, we rinsed the hair and conditioned it with the Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Masque.  This is the final step in the blow out.   My clients hair is frizzy even when wet on a normal day.  After the blowout it was smooth!  You can see the difference already!

After Application

The picture below is after the rinse when we blow dried with just fingers.  It only took 5 minutes to get the hair completely dry.  Had she done this before the blowout, her hair would have been a giant afro.  As you can see you don’t lose the curl, just the frizz.  I finger dried her hair to show even when messily blow dried it is still manageable.  Had I used a round brush she wouldn’t have even needed to flat iron.

Blow dried with fingers.

It took less than 15 minutes to flat iron her hair.  I took large sections and quickly ran the flat iron through.  Here are the results:

After Brazilian BlowoutAfter Brazilian Blowout

Here is what my model had to say about the experience:

“I was skeptical in the beginning to put my hair through yet another chemical treatment. My hair was wiry, frizzy, coarse and damaged. I had fly aways on top of my fly always. My hair is extremely dense and on a normal basis, it took me 30 minutes to blow dry my hair and almost another 45 minutes to flat iron it. Who has that kind of time?!?
Shreeda asked that I try the Brazilian blowout to see if I could tame my hair.
When she began working on my hair I could immediately feel how her hands were just slipping through my hair.  There was no burning or harsh chemical smells.  When she was done flat ironing my hair, it literally felt like silk. It was extremely light and airy.
Then as per the instructions, Shreeda was supposed to wash the product out. This I thought for sure was going to undo all of her hard work and I would be right back to looking like a chia pet. As with my last experience with getting my hair treated with keratin, my hair would go right back to being huge and rough when I was done blow drying it. Not this time. I used my phone timer and it took Shreeda just under five minutes to blow dry my hair using only her fingers. The first word out of my mouth was wow! My hair did not have the wiry, frizzy look to it. It hadn’t grown three times it’s normal size! I would have walked out of the salon doing nothing more.
But just for curiosity’s sake, Shreeda went ahead and flat ironed my hair to see how long it would take. She was able to take larger chunks of hair then I normally would have when I  straightened my hair and it took just under 14 minutes to do! I am so happy I did this treatment. Not only does the product make my hair smell amazing, it feels great and light and manageable. I feel like I finally have time to do my hair instead of throwing it up in an ugly bun all the time.”

My Own Experience

I can speak from personal experience as well.  I just did the blowout on myself and I’ve never been able to just blow dry my hair and go.  I have no choice but to curling iron it.  And on top of that I can never just curl it, I have to smooth the roots with a bioionic flat iron and use a ton of products to eliminate frizz.  After the blowout, I was able to blow dry my hair, which took me less than 5 minutes and just smooth my ends with a flat iron and I was done.  It literally took me 7 minutes to do my hair.  And it looks polished and beautiful.  That is a huge difference from the normal 45 minutes it would take me.   My hair hasn’t been this shiny and healthy in a long time.  I urge my clients to come talk to me about it to see if it’s a good fit.  This product is amazing and it will change your life!

If you don’t want to get the whole blowout, you can try out the treatment with a Blowout Express or Blowout Mini.  We also offer the Split End Repairing Treatment.

Here is a before and after of one of my clients that did the Split End Repairing Treatment.

BeforeAfter SplitEnd Treatment




I’m going to go over the steps, so that if you’ve gotten something called a blowout in the past, you can see if it really was or not.

First, the hair is washed with an Anti-Residue shampoo.  Usually I wash the hair several times to make sure it is squeaky clean.

Second I apply the treatment all over.

Third I blow dry the hair smooth and then flat iron.  I even use the Brazilian Blowout iron!  The ironing is the most important part because the heat form the iron is what activates the product.  There is no harsh smell and fumes that will give you a headache or make your eyes burn.  The product smells great, like Acai berries!

Fourth, I rinse out the product.  I know!  After all that hard work, we just wash it right out!

Fifth, I deep condition with the Brazilian Blowout Masque.

Sixth, I style the hair with a few products and PRESTO!