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

Recipes

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.

Formaldehyde

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:

BeforeBefore

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

xoxo

Shreeda

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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!

Tips for a great Hair and Makeup Trial

Have a great trial!

I’ve been doing bridal styling for a while, and one of the things I often encounter is brides that don’t take full advantage of their time with the stylist.  I also come across brides who completely waste their trial time and end up frustrated and confused.  I wanted to share some things that I think might help utilize that time better for both the bride and the stylist.  This is from a stylists perspective, feel free to comment below if you have any additional pointers.

Weddings are emotionally charged, and huge important events.  I can tell you, I never want to be the one to make it harder on the bride.  I do my best to get the look she wants and help her find her vision, but there’s some things I wish every bride would know.  I compiled a list that I thought would be helpful.  With so many details to focus on during wedding planning, the last thing you want is to have a stressful time dealing with hair and makeup.

A trial is not a consultation. – To get the most out of your trial, get your ducks in a row.  Usually trials are scheduled for a couple of hours at most.  My trials have a two hour max.  In that time I want to talk about details of the wedding, hear what the bride’s vision is, and then make it happen.  If the bride isn’t really sure of what she wants and spends 3o minutes of that time just trying to decide what eye-shadow colors she might want or whether or not to have her hair up, she has just wasted valuable time.  Now I’m rushing and can’t really promise it’ll be perfect.  It’s best to nail down a few details before you come in.  The style of your wedding and dress, the colors of the wedding, what the party members will be wearing, dramatic or no, up or down or half up..  If you’re at the point where you’re not sure and need guidance, schedule a consultation with your stylist.  I’m always happy to give my input and offer advice based on my experience.  I hope I’m being clear about this one.  It’s not that the stylist doesn’t care or doesn’t want to spend that time helping you decide, it’s just best to break it up into a couple of visits.

Bring pictures. – Pictures are a language we all speak.  Artists are usually pretty good at mimicking pictures.  Recently I had a client come in asking for a red.  I showed her a picture of ‘true red’.  She said it was orange.  I showed her a picture of ‘red-violet’ and she said it was brown.  My point is, words cannot be trusted.  If we both look at the same picture, I might call it blue and you might call it yellow, but whatever we call it doesn’t matter.  I know that at the end of the service I want to give my client what’s in the picture.  So if you can find something that shows the colors you want, the type of curl, how dramatic of a look you want, etc.  And if it’s in 10 different pictures, bring them all and describe the parts of the picture you like.  Now that we have Pinterest and Facebook it’s much easier to share and show ideas.

Let the artist work. – Imagine going to an artists’s studio and stopping the artist to tell them how to paint a painting.  More often then not I’ll have a client come in and ask for a mirror and watch my every move.  What ends up happening is they stop me every so often to direct me.  ‘Are you going to blend this?’ ‘It doesn’t really look like the picture.’ ‘That’s too much teasing.’  Here’s the thing.  Every stylist has their own technique.  But you have to let them get through their work uninterrupted.  The times that I’ve followed direction like this, it’s been a total disaster, because I have my own rhythm and method and the interference really throws me off.  The stylist should know what you want because you’ve shown them pictures and told them what you want or don’t want.  Don’t worry about how the stylist is getting you there, relax, let them work, and judge the end result.

Be completely honest. – If you don’t like something, say it.  Not every artist is that objective, but they should be.  I usually tell my clients ‘you won’t hurt my feelings, please be honest with me.  If you don’t like something it will hurt me that you just sat with it.  I want to make you happy.’  I mean every word of it.  It’s not something to take personal.  When I’m hired as a stylist, it is my priority to give my client what they had dreamed about.  That requires honesty.  We’re a team.  We have to work together to reach our goal.

Have a great trial!

Bring your makeup bag. – This is so helpful!  A makeup bag speaks volumes about a person’s style.  I can tell by the shades in there, the types of makeup, etc what kind of style this client is used to.  It’s also nice to have lipstick colors to compare.  Most of the time I have a client pick out a color from MAC and if I don’t already have it, I go pick it up.  I’d say the most requested look is ‘I want to look like me, but better.’  Seeing what’s in that makeup bag sometimes gives me an idea of what that means to you.

Trust the stylist. – Give the artist your vision and let them run with it.  Some might go off the deep end and have you looking way crazy, but most will give you pretty close to what you imagined if you just let them.  If at the trial you can’t trust this artist, walk away.  This is the foundation of the relationship you guys are building.  That sounds dramatic but it’s true.  During a trial, I’m tuning into my client and feeling how we vibe together.  There are times when I just feel completely off and I let my client know that something is off..  Pay attention to those feelings.  This is the last person that puts your look together before you walk down the aisle.  That’s a huge responsibility.  I don’t take that lightly, neither should you.

Be realistic. – This is a big one.  Know your hair and skin and what they can do.  If you have four hairs on your head, I’ll be sure to make those four hairs look stunning.  But if you bring me a picture of Kim Kardashian and ask me to do that, that’s magic, and I’m not a magician!  So it doesn’t make these things impossible, but if your artist suggests treatments, highlights, extensions, or some other enhancement, give it some serious consideration.  Some dimension in the hair, extra volume from extensions, or some deep conditioning can make your hair look amazing.  Of course these things cost money, so really think about how important it is to you to get the look you wanted.  If you’re willing to change your mind, let your stylist know and they will give you options that are suited for your skin, hair type, face shape.

Dress appropriately. – If you have your dress picked out, wear a top in the same color.  If not, dress up.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a bride come to me in sweats or yoga pants and then tell me constantly that the look is just too much.  Of course it will look like too much if you’re dressed like you’re going to the gym.  The dress and jewelry really pull things together.  It will all look great together, but it’s hard to imagine when you’re ready for savasana.  So dress like you’re going somewhere, or try to schedule your trial on the day of your bridal shower/bachelorette party.

NEVER skip a trial. – A trial is important for both parties.  It will put you at ease about your stylist.  You can have confidence you’ll look just the way you dreamed.  It’s also great for the stylist, because they’ll have a chance to touch and experience your hair.  One time I had a bridal client that wanted a particular look, and after many attempts during her trial, I couldn’t  make her hair do what she wanted.  No amount of product was making it happen.  It was down to her butt with no layers, hair that heavy sometimes just won’t hold a curl.  She didn’t want to cut her hair.  Luckily she was understanding because she’s not been able to curl her hair her whole life.  We opted for a more sleek look and she was happy!  Had we not done that trial and went through that together, I would have been fussing with her hair the day of her wedding and she would have been completely stressed out.

Questions to ask your stylist.
There’s so many details, that a lot of the smaller details are sometimes forgotten.  Here’s some questions and what they might reveal to you.

1.  How long have you been doing this?  This question is a common one I get, but I think most of the time it’s asked from the wrong perspective.  Most brides want to know how long I’ve been doing this to see if I will be any good.  I have seen crap work from artists that have been doing this for 20 years and I’ve seen phenomenal work from artists who are still in school.  Of course artistic skill is honed over time, but time in the industry certainly doesn’t determine how great the work will be.  The answer to this question should tell you about their experience.  I’ve been doing this over a decade, and in that time I’ve learned about common mishaps, things that tie up time, how to set up and break down, etc.  Those pesky details that can make or break the service.  So when you ask this question, what you should be searching for is how much experience they have and gauge for yourself if the artist will be adept at trouble shooting if the seating or arrangement is bad or if the lighting is terrible.  You could lightly ask if they’ve ever had a crazy bride or what’s the most extreme circumstance they’ve had.  The way they answer should tell you a lot about them and how much experience they truly have.

2.  What products do you use?  This again is an iffy question.  Some of the more professional brands that are really good, the general public has never heard of.  If you’re going to ask this, and you hear some brand you don’t know, follow up with: How does it compare to xyz brand?  I use a lot of well known brands in my kit, so I never really run into this issue, but every now and then I get someone who is a die-hard fan of MAC makeup.  Although, I use a lot of MAC products, I don’t think it’s the best in every aspect.  The eyeshadows aren’t consistent in texture, the foundations are different consistencies depending on the shade, etc.  So when I’m asked what products I use, I always explain what I love about what I use.  Another great follow up would be ‘Oh I’ve never heard of that one, what do you love about it?’

3.  Do you offer a touch up kit?  For a price, your artist should be able to provide you with a touch up kit or at least lip gloss for the event.  I extend my discount to my brides and offer to put together a kit so that they can touch up their look.  No matter how hard we all try, lipstick just won’t last through eating, drinking, etc.  Depending on the airbrush makeup, it can’t be touched up with regular powder.  So some blotting sheets, lipgloss, or some setting powder would be good to ask for.

4.  Do you have a portfolio?  It’s great to check out the stylists previous work.  It will give you an idea of their style.  Be logical about it though.  Not too long ago, I did an updo on a bride and posted the picture on my website.  Every single bride after that asked me to do the exact same updo on them.  I did, but now it seems like that’s the only updo I know how to do.  So feel out on your own if they seem creative, and look at the pictures to see if they’ve paid attention to detail, if the styling is smooth, seamless, flawless, etc.  Keep in mind, many brides opt out of sharing pictures with the artist.  It may seem like they haven’t done a ton of work, but that might not be the truth.  Just ask them about it.  For every one bride that shares pictures with me, I’ve got about three that don’t.

On that note, share pictures with your artist and leave them a review!  That’s how they drive their business.  Reviews from former brides are trusted by current brides.  I have about 15 brides so far that haven’t left me reviews, and I think about it all the time.  I can’t lie.  It would really help my business if they would just leave the review!  It only takes a few minutes, and you’d really be helping them out, so if you’re happy with the work, leave them a stellar review, and if you aren’t happy, contact them first to see if they will do something about it, if not or they don’t care, leave the bad review.

Former brides of mine, if you’re reading this and you haven’t left your review yet, please go leave that amazing review on The Knot!  I could really use the stars!!

Pricing

Something else a lot of people wonder about is the pricing.  What’s normal?  What’s too much?  Honestly, there’s no right or wrong price.  Everyone has their value.  For me personally, I take into account my product, gas/mileage, paying out my assistants, my experience, and anything extra that I bring to the table.  Many people don’t account for the cost of a hair and makeup person.  Generally, I’d say a normal range for hair and makeup is anywhere from $250-$350 for the bride.  That should include a trial and lashes.  There might be an upcharge for airbrush, or it might be included.  For bridal party members, you can expect to pay around $120-150 for hair and makeup.  Anything more than that and you’ll want to see if they are high end, have a celebrity artist, have a stellar reputation, or if they include extras.  Anything less than that, and you’ll want to wonder why they’re able to charge so little.  I can’t say in all cases, but generally speaking you’ll get your money’s worth.  If you do not, and you’ve had a bad experience, contact the artist and let them know you are unhappy.  If they have any integrity they should offer to correct the wrong.  Whether it be offering you a free service or your money back.  Reputation is everything in this industry, so if the artist knows what’s good for everyone, they will do their best to make you happy.  Avoid bullying the artist or issuing threats, they probably won’t respond well to it, and you’ll just end up more frustrated and still with no closure.  Calmly explain to them your issue and what you would like done about it.

I’d love to hear about your trial experiences.  What was good, what was bad?  What do you wish stylists would offer or do?

xoxo,

Shreeda

Chicken 65 Recipe

A really long time ago, my parents and I used to go to this South Indian restaurant called Pavani.  It’s since shut down, but I fell in love with a dish called “Ginger Chicken”.  It’s an appetizer that goes well with an ice cold beer.  It was SO good, and I thought I’d never have it again.  Then a place called Biryani Pot opened up in Houston and they had a dish called Chicken 65 that was the same exact thing.  This is a popular South Indian dish that I’m sure you’ll love!

The name is unique and I tracked down the real story behind it.  There was a military canteen in the South of India that served this dish.  The whole menu was in Tamil so the military men who didn’t know the language would order by the number on the menu.  This particular dish was #65, and so it became Chicken 65.

My version of it tastes exactly like the one at the restaurant.  You can imagine my excitement when I took the first bite of this.  It’s such an easy recipe too!

Here’s what you need:Ingredients

Fried Chicken

2 lbs. chicken thigh meat, cubed or in strips.

1 egg

2 Tbsp Corn starch

Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce:

1 medium onion chopped

4 cloves of garlic chopped

2 small green chilies chopped

1/2 cup fresh curry leaves

2 tbsp garlic ginger paste (equal amounts of each, blended to a paste)

1/2 tbsp cumin/coriander powder

1/2 tbsp turmeric

1/2 tbsp red chili powder

2 tbsp Chili Garlic Sauce (Sriracha – in the jar where you can see the seeds)

optional 1/4 tsp red food coloring.

So first you want to prepare the chicken.  I use thigh meat because it’s always juicier and more flavorful.  Beat the egg and pour it over the chicken.  Sprinkle it with the corn starch and salt and pepper.  Mix it until it’s all coated.

Chicken 65

Fry the chicken.  I chose to shallow fry it, but you can deep fry it as well.  Whatever your preference.  Once all the chicken is fully cooked, set it aside.

Chicken 65

Now you want to make the sauce.  Heat up a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil and add in the onion.  Stir in the chopped garlic, green chilies, and curry leaves.  Mix around until the onions have softened and browned.

Chicken 65

Add in the turmeric, red chili powder, and cumin coriander.  Mix well.  Then add in the chili garlic sauce and the garlic ginger paste.  Mix around.  At this point you could add in the red food coloring.  I choose not to.

Chicken 65

Now the sauce is done so add back the chicken and mix until it’s coated well.  If your sauce is too liquidy just cook it down until it’s dry.  Unless you prefer it like that.

Chicken 65

You could top with some cilantro.  I would keep some yogurt nearby, it’s a hot dish!  But SO SO good.

Chicken 65

Let me know how yours turns out!

J. Tailor Salon and Ghalichi Glam!

Who’s heard of Lilly Ghalichi?  Some love her, some hate her.  I really love her style.  I think she always looks great on the show and am obsessed with her voluminous hair and flawless makeup.  One of the things I’ve always admired is her lashes.  I found out she stacks her lashes and uses sometimes, 5 pairs of lashes on one eye!!  I dream of the day a bride will ask me to do this.

Lilly Ghalichi

Anyway, being that she’s so particular about her lash look, she created lashes that she approves of.  They are called Lilly Lashes, and they are AMAZING.  Each one has a beautiful shape that really enhances any makeup look.  From a mostly nude pin up look to a full on smokey eye, these are the lashes you want supporting the look.

Lilly Ghalichi

They are made with 100% human hair and the bands aren’t thick and bulky.  They are also reusable.

Here’s a few so you can see the style.


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I fell in love.  So much that I wrote her an email.  I wanted to know if I could make these available to my clients and brides.  SHE SAID YES!!

So,  J. Tailor Salon is now an official retailer of Lilly Lashes!!

*happy dance*

Email me directly at j.tailorsalon@gmail.com to place your order if you already know what you want.

We have limited quantities for now, place your order soon!

Visit Lilly Lashes to view your options.

If you are out of town here is how shipping rates will work:

$2 for 1-2 lashes

$3 for 3-4 lashes

$4 for 5 lashes and more.

Let me know how much you love them!

xoxo

Shreeda

DIY Home Hair Color

Step 1. DON’T.

DIY Disaster

Just stop.  Stop perusing the aisle of Walgreens or Sally Beauty Supply looking for your next DIY project for your hair.  Don’t look at the model on the box and imagine that you’ll look great in that cherry red color they’ve photo-shopped onto her head.

I am a trained professional.  I went to school specifically to learn how to use chemicals on a human.  I learned about color theory, about hair structure, about what happens to hair when exposed to said chemicals.  With all of this knowledge floating around in my brain (not to mention my undergraduate work that went much deeper into anatomy, physiology, and body systems) I still sometimes have to really THINK about what I need to do to turn someone’s hair color to their desired shade.

Let’s consider this scenario…

Box Color CRAP

Let’s say Sandra with bleached blonde hair goes to the drug store and runs into her friend Cassie who’s a natural dark chocolate brown.  They chat about how they’re so bored with their color and head over to see what their options are.   They both set their eyes on a shade of red that is sure to be a show stopper.  The model on the box looks so good, and so happy.  Now this color they want is several shades darker than Sandra’s bleached blonde hair, and several shades lighter than Cassie’s dark chocolate brown.  They must have a different kit for Sandra and something else for Cassie, right? WRONG.  That same magical box is supposed to do two completely different processes on two different people with completely different hair situations.  What does that mean?  It means there’s very harsh chemicals in there to make that magic happen, and what that means for your hair is that it will be damaged and resemble your dog’s chew rope after he’s been particularly stressed out.

But Shreeda!  Eva Longoria, Heather Locklear, and Sarah Jessica Parker all endorse box color and look how fantastic they look!

Ok, seriously, you think these women shop at Walmart and do their own color at home over their $10,000 ivory encrusted tub molded with the tears of 1000 virgins?  NO.  Did you know that cosmetic advertising only requires ONE STRAND of hair to be colored with the product in order for it to be considered authentic advertisement?  That’s right.  So, lovely Eva Longoria, has a $500+ chemical job on her hair and that one piece on the side has the actual box color in it.  But are you focusing on that one strand or are you looking at her thinking “that is a beautiful, dimensional color, I want it.”?

But Shreeda, you use such harsh chemicals in your salon, I found this box that says No Ammonia.  It should be safe to use, right?

WRONG.  Just because it says “no ammonia” doesn’t mean they aren’t using a harsh ammonia derivative.  Don’t be fooled.  The only way you can be sure to protect your hair and make sure it isn’t damaged is to have a professional color your hair.  And let me be the first to tell you that professional color comes in no ammonia forms as well.  So just ask for that.

Here is what goes through my mind when I have a color client…

1. What is their natural color?

2. Do they have previously colored hair, what was used?

3. What other chemicals have they done to their hair, did they have any reactions?

4. Are there different shades in the hair or does it look like an even tone?  What is the undertone I see?

5. How damaged is the hair?

5. Do they have gray?

6. Is the desired color lighter or darker than what is happening right now?

7. Will I need to add back any pigment if they’re going darker?  Will their hair withstand going lighter?

8.  And then with those and a few lifestyle questions (not to mention a gut instinct) I come up with my formula.

Color is a process, and if you don’t know the first thing about the chemicals you’re putting in your hair, you should not be doing this at home.  I almost had a heart attack when I saw the ombre kits go on sale at the drug store.  Bleaching hair is a whole other animal.

DIY Disaster

I hope this clears up why it is worth every penny to get your hair colored professionally.  Because a color correction is far more expensive and a very tedious process.  A lot of times, it can’t be fixed in one visit and none of that is worth a $6 box of hair color.

xoxo

Shreeda

Favorite Things – Beauty Edition – with J. Tailor Salon

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A post of mine featured on my friend’s page!

Originally posted on Glamour Playground:

Hello beauties!! It’s Shreeda with J. Tailor Salon! I wanted to share with you some of my favorite products and tools at the moment.  Remember you can get most of these products through us and if you mention this post you get 20% off!!

Makeup

Perfect skin is coveted by all and part of that look is a ‘glow’ from within. How do you get that?! I’ve just discovered Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and I’m in LOVE. It’s velvety and really looks like you’re lit from within. Right now at Sephora you can get a gift palette with three of their highlighters, one of which is a limited edition. They’re full size and a great deal!

Hourglass Ambient Palette

Full lips look great, but most plumping glosses feel like an allergic reaction. Buxom makes a great plumping gloss that smells like vanilla and has a minty cool feeling and taste. It’s called Buxom…

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