Monday, September 1, 2014
Long hair can take forever to style. Even hairstylists need to leave extra time to blow dry and style long, thick hair. More than once, I've had salon clients apologize to me because their hair took so long to blow dry. Since my hair is neither long nor thick, I had to learn a few tips from my stylist friends whose hair is heavy and long. Here's what they taught me.
Blot dry. The first thing you need to do after you shampoo your hair is to gently blot it dry. Vigorous rubbing and scrubbing with a bath towel is truly counterproductive when you're trying to style your hair fast. It just roughs up the hair's cuticle, making it look frizzy and damaged. Hair is more fragile when it is wet, so over time, all that rough treatment can cause damage, especially to delicate strands. Instead, gently blot your hair with a soft towel. Carefully squeeze out as much moisture as you can.
Apply the right hair products. Investing in the right hair products will speed drying time and styling time. Applying the wrong hair products will be counterproductive. For instance, if your hair is fine and thin, applying a heavy straightening balm will weigh it down and make it look greasy, rather than volumized. Choose products with the least amount of alcohol, which can dry out strands and make them look frizzy or dull. Choose professional salon products that are created for your hair type, texture, and style. Purchase these products directly from a salon, as salon products that make their way into a big box or discount store could be expired, spoiled, or damaged.
Blow dry. Blow dry your entire head of hair as quickly as you can, until it is about 80 percent dry. Always try to aim down the hair shaft (from the roots of your hair towards the ends) for the smoothest, sleekest look. Be gentle, but be fast.
Style. First, you'll need to finish blow drying your hair. Now is the time to blow dry one small section at a time, with a round brush or a paddle brush, to achieve your desired style. The larger the round brush, the more volume you can create on top, and the straighter you can make the ends. Continue to blow dry down the hair shaft so you get a sleek, frizz-free look. Once hair is completely dry, you can curl or flat iron it. Flat ironing wet hair will cause damage and burning, so don't start until your hair is totally dry.
Finish. Put the finishing touches on! A bit of shine serum, a little pomade, or your favorite hair spray. Use a brush or your fingers to create the look you want.
Even though you want to dry and style your hair in a hurry, always be gentle. Treat your hair with the right care and styling and it will look great and be damage-free.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Healthy glowing skin is one of the most important keys to looking beautiful and young. But most of us, like myself, a cosmetologist, aren't born with perfect, even, beautiful skin. My skin is oily, with a touch of pinkness in my cheeks. Some of us have a scar here and there, a little blotchiness, or some discoloration. But with the right products and the right application, you can have the even skin tone you want. Here's how.
Choose the right products. The first step to more even skin tone is to choose the right products. If your skin is drier, you'll want to choose products that are creamier in texture. If your skin is oily or blemish prone, like mine, look for products that are oil-free and contain salicylic acid. You'll need cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, foundation primer, concealer, foundation, and powder.
Prep the skin. First, make sure you are eating a healthy diet and drinking enough water - I always notice a difference in my skin when I don ' t drink enough water. Consult your doctor or nutritionist for more information, but keep in mind that there are certain foods that help clear the skin and other foods that can make blotchiness and acne worse. Cleanse, tone and and moisturize twice a day. Blot dry with a clean towel or allow to air dry.
Prime. You'll want to apply primer to create the right surface for your makeup to stick to - I like primers by Mary Kay, Smashbox, and Benefit. Your makeup will cover better, you'll need less, and your skin will look more even. Some primers can fight shine or help disguise large pores - the choice is up to you.
Conceal. Dot a tiny bit of concealer on blemishes or discolorations, and then blend well with your pinky finger. Use a stippling motion around the edges to gently blend the concealer into your skin for a smooth look. You can also use a flesh-toned concealer to highlight dark shadows around your eyes, nose and mouth, giving you a brighter, more youthful glow.
Apply foundation. Carefully apply your foundation with a brush, sponge, or your fingers. A brush will give you a heavier, more velvety finish, which may be best for people with severe discolorations. Your fingers will give you a lighter layer of coverage. Be careful when applying so as not to remove your concealer in the process. Blend well, especially along your jaw line. Add more in areas that need it, but make sure to blend well. I use Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Make-up to even out my skin tone.
Powder. After your foundation has been applied, set it with a light dusting of powder that matches your skin tone. Choose a matte finish for oily skin, a more dewy finish for dry skin. Dust powder evenly, but I prefer to use a mineral powder foundation for extra sunscreen and buildable coverage.
Monday, July 14, 2014
The PrayFit Diet by Jimmy Pena
Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Stand Strong by Nic Vujicic
Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma
Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simple, More Sustainable Life by Nancy Sleeth
Worship Leaders: We Are Not Rock Stars by Stephen Miller
Prayer: The Timeless Secret of High Impact Leaders by David Earley
Encountering the Book of Psalms by C. Hassell Bullock
The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc
Spiritual Warfare by Jerry Rankin
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Conquering the worship leading jitters. A few thoughts on how to work through your nerves when you lead worship, for worshipleader.com.
A Primer on Hosiery Lessons on tights verses leggings for Lehigh Valley Family Magazine.
As Sure as the Sun - Review. A review for Worship Leader Magazine of Ellie Holcomb's music.
Beauty Guru: Five Perfect Products for a Simplified Makeup Routine - for Yahoo Shine.
The Father's Love. A sermon (video) on the prodigal son.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
Need some inspiration? Check out Prayer: The Timeless Secret of High-Impact Leaders by Dave Earley.