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Limitless Revolution
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This is my story of personal empowerment and aligning with my purpose. My hope is that you can see through the process of healing old pains and returning to love, we can become limitless.

You may know me from teaching a class in your salon, hearing me host the Limitless Hairdresser podcast, or maybe we have become friends through social media. You may just be meeting me for the first time now! Hey, I’m Kelli Mason! I play many roles in the life, I am a hairdresser, salon owner, podcast host, educator, mama, wife, daughter, sister, friend, artist, yogi, meditator, human, and most importantly I have discovered that I am the light illuminating inside all of those roles.

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I’m totally in love with my messy, obscure, beautiful, artsy, and sometimes upside down world.

The beauty industry has my heart and a large part of my mission the last fear years has been to bring insight and broaden the perspective of what was readily available at our finger tips like 👊🏻creating a business you love, building a brand with confidence, and being happy with whatever phase you are at in your career & life.

But that doesn’t even begin to SCRATCH THE SURFACE! Those are all great things, don’t get me wrong, however that inspiration was only a nudge to get this Limitless Hairdresser ball rolling and get out of my own fears.


Here is what’s really up……..No filter, because I think you need to hear this, and I’m ready to share.👇🏼


You see, I wasn’t always this certain in my purpose or my power. I was a very, very, very, lost and confused soul...Yeah, all those positive posts I make now, that was totally not how I felt. When I was 13 I started suffering from depression. So bad that I decided one day that my life was not worth living and I decided to take my own life. The universe had other plans for me because, I survived. I couldn’t even bring myself to say the words suicide until this last year. I would tremble with shame, embarrassment, and feel the sting of the pain I caused myself and those around me for so long. It’s a silent kind of suffering that is indescribable. Just a faint, constant screaming in the back of your mind of, “you that you are bad, wrong, something is not right within you…you are small” on repeat. Life in general is a constant battle of the mind, throw in depression and strap in...there is a lot of inner work to do.

(Note: This is my story of battling depression and recovering from the pain that I have experienced. In no way am I discounting the experiences of others or denying modern medicine as a reputable source for treatment. This is from my personal experience and I realize we all have different paths.)

When we are yearning to heal and we don’t really know how, we end up shoving things so deeply down to drown out the voice. As we get older and time moves on we don’t even know what pain is coming from where anymore. We feel dull and life seems to just go through motions. I felt that way for a very long time. Happy and “normal” up close, but distant and disconnected. Hiding in fear, shame, and unworthiness.

The next 6 years were a very rocky road filled with ups and downs. Some days great some days low again a rattled teen craving deeply for some meaning and purpose.

After a series of unbearably low months when I was 19, I found myself so close to the thoughts of that 13 year old version of me. I failed out of college and I was completely in my head listening to stories I had created of being unloved and without purpose. I was far, far away from my heart.

If you’ve read this far THANK YOU, I appreciate you! I promise this story gets BRIGHTER, empowered, and I hope very helpful for you on your own personal journey.

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Clearly, this is before balayage...circa 2007 when I was in beauty school.. 👀💇🏽‍♀️🤔


💇🏽‍♀️💇🏽‍♀️Something amazing happened though....I got a second chance. I loaded all my belongings into my little white vibe and made the 24 hour trek from Texas to Michigan to live with my parents. As I sat silent, despondent, and numb…a glimmer of hope peeked through.

I started to plan. The only way to get to a destination is to the have an end result in mind…so off I went to make it so. I enrolled in the local cosmetology school, got a job as a waitress at an Asian bistro (learned some mad chopstick skills), had really bad beauty school hair 🙋🏽‍♀️, and saved all the cash I made in a little tin box and started to get my life together.

I fell in LOVE! I became obsessed with the artistry and connection I got to have with clients. I was shown so much gratitude while crafting looks and being of service. They were thankful for ME??!! 

I immediately started to feel like I had a PURPOSE. I knew this is what I was made for! How things can change if we ready, willing, and desperate to make a change!

Fast forward 10 years and I had grew my dream clientele, opened a salon, been traveling the US teaching for a company, got married, had 2 kids, and started my first education company. Holy wow---I should be on top of the world....right??

👉🏻The only problem? Things started to fall apart. I got high on my ego in a new way. Thinking that all of this materialistic success would make the pain disappear. My dreams were fleeting. I wasn’t in my power and started to feel lost. All.up.in.my.head. As I hungered for more thinking that would solve my problems, I followed what other people had done that seemed “happy and successful”. I didn’t find my happiness there…it lead me to feeling stuck in someone else’s dream.

🤯What am I meant for? What am I supposed to be doing now? Why do I feel stuck? Why isn't this enough anymore? Will I ever feel happy?

🧘🏽‍♀️These were the questions I started to ask myself.

🌟Little did I know, the answers were all inside. I just had to tap in, shut up, let go, and step into my superpower that was ready to be unlocked…..

One thing I’ve learned on this healing journey…don’t take yourself too seriously!

One thing I’ve learned on this healing journey…don’t take yourself too seriously!

I was in a place where I was totally bombing this personal growth thing—I was resistant and stubborn to be who I was meant to be. I was stuck, stuck, stuck, in fear, doubt, worry, uncertainty, and unworthiness? How on earth do you get out of that mess? Time to get real vulnerable (common theme here!) and tap into the WHY.

A simple yet POWERFUL word:  why?

Why am I doing this to myself?

Why are things not flowing for me?

Why is there resistance to my purpose?

Why do I feel not good enough?

Why, why, why?

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I got so wrapped up in achieving and chasing what others were doing that I lost sight of who I am and what my superpower is. 

I was so busy trying to make people comfortable so that I didn’t feel guilt or shame for shining (whattttttt!). I downplayed my greatness and settled for mediocrity so that I didn’t have to feel the sting of potential judgement. 👉🏻Insert pity party for one 🤕👈🏼

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When our ego's try to control everything, we lose the feeling of fulfillment because we are disconnected from our hearts. This no longer became an option, I couldn't withstand the pain, suffering, and resistance any longer--- I surrendered. White flag up. I can’t do this by pushing and grinding my way to a misconception of “success”. Time to start asking myself some hard questions. 

I began fully diving into meditation guided by my first spiritual teacher who just so happened to be my Great Uncle. He taught me so many things that I never knew but were in plain sight. A disciplined few years of digging up the things that were limiting my full potential led me to an understanding that I wish for everyone in this world. I delved into books, audios, classes, and a structured yoga practice. I wanted to understand myself so that I could be of service to my highest potential to others.

I meditate every day in many different ways. This alone has changed my life.

I meditate every day in many different ways. This alone has changed my life.

Eventually through the commitment, I found a rhythm that created momentum and increased my awareness nearly on demand. I began to go inward daily, hourly, every minute and looking to my higher self what she wanted and what she knew to be true. It was painful to face my own doings, yet brilliantly liberating as I started to see shifts in my disposition and miraculous manifestations in this physical world.

*The words became kinder yet more firm. My mind wanted to argue and resist, but I couldn’t deny that she was right.* 

When I asked “Why am I creating this drama for myself?” 

My highest most loving self (imagine the way you would speak to your child) answered, “You are afraid of what it would be like to let go of who you used to be.”

“Why am I so afraid, I don’t want it. I don’t want to feel this way.” I would plea.

“You are afraid because it’s uncertain. The way you are is all you know. Letting that go, who would you be? Are you ready to let her go and be who you want to be? Can you stop resisting what you deserve?” My loving self said.

“I am. I am ready. What do I need to do?” I question.

“You step into your power. You do what makes you feel purposeful and inspired at any cost. You get vulnerable and brave. Do the things that are ignited from your heart! Let go of the limitations.” She shouted!

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And these are the conversations I have with myself over and over and over again until little by little it sticks a bit more. I keep coming back to the WHY? Why am I doing this and is it aligned with what i know to be true in my heart.

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My why at my company Limitless Hairdresser is to share with you the practical tools that have helped me go from helpless, out of alignment, and stuck in my head to empowered, heart forward, and utilizing the super powers that we all have and just need to find!

Listen love, you are made of limitless light, and you have a huge role here on this planet--in this lifetime. I am so here for it and if you have made it this far I know you are too!

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Let’s go on this journey together of uncovering our super powers and owning who we are meant to be NOW...RIGHT NOW. Haven't you waited long enough to fully live your life?

I hope you’ll continue this amazing journey with me!

You deserve this.

Click here to download your FREE copy of my Limitless Light e-manual.




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Energize your body and mind
3 shifts you can make to energize your body and mind as you work behind the chair. Using fuel to get you through a day at the salon.

 

Traveling the country for the last ten years teaching, attending classes, and working at hair shows, I have met some of the most incredible people!  When I slowed down this last year, working more from my hometown of Midland, Michigan, I realized how many like minded people were around me in our relatively small community!

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I had the pleasure of sitting down with fellow beauty and wellness guru, Alana Jane!  She owns many businesses, her brick and mortars, Beauty studio Aura and Wellness center Onyx.  Then she has her online empire starting with her amazing instagram filled with gorgeous vegan health food, @beautifruitful and her community Feed your glow, where she shares tips on how to heal your body through food...and she has a beauty sleep podcast that will send you into a perfect trancy slumber!  You have got to go check out all of this magical content! http://cosmetictattoostudio.com

 

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Alana is a former hairdresser who found her passion through inner beauty, wellness, and something we all love...food :)  She found that the pressures of being a hairdresser and trying to play the role of who she thought she “should be” caused her symptoms of anxiety and depression.  She questioned her path and turned to food for healing her physical and internal self.

Alana says, “Food became an integral piece in my healing.  I realized that when I eat this = anxiety. When I eat this = I feel better.”  If you follow along on her instagram @beautifruitful you will see that this love affair with nourishing fruits and veggies is the best #foodporn ever!

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The first thing Alana did in becoming aware of what was causing these issues was to quit eating sugar and replaced it with more high vibe foods such as fruits and vegetables.  As she started swapping things out she realized that the foods she was fueling her body with started to relieve the anxiety in her mind and initiated a more peaceful world around her.

 

 

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Although she eats a vegan diet and that is what works for her current state, she believes that everyone has different needs.  She says, “You can still be connected and empowered while eating animal products. Just try different things and see what works best for you.”

 

 

We all know it’s a go go go life while we are working behind the chair and we sometimes form habits of what we reach for to keep us going throughout the day ( I myself have been working through a coffee reliance for years, especially after kids!  I’m using some of Alana’s helpful tips!!) Often a large coffee, a soda, fast food, or maybe even sweets to keep the energy up are common. The problem with this is we can crash, feel more tired because of the heaviness of the food, or not eat enough and feel fatigued.

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I asked Alana what are 3 shifts we can make to fuel our bodies and our minds.

 

  1. Instead of focusing on changing things in our diet, look at it as swapping things out.  Being mindful of caffeine can make a huge impact on the way we feel and how we can sustain throughout the day!  We need internal energy (fueling our minds) just as much as the stimulation of physical energy. Bring mindfulness to cleaner energy sources to help you be in a peak state.  Instead of drinking coffee or espresso try these swaps:

-Green Tea

*Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.

*Compounds in green tea can improve your brain function a.k.a. Make you more smarter :)  There is caffeine, just not as much as coffee, but there is enough to produce a response without the jitters.

-Yerbe Mate

*Lots of caffeine, less side effects, more nutrients.

*Smooth increase of energy

*So many vitamins like: A, B1, C, E, calcium, iron, magnesium, and many more!  

2. Snacks are essential, not mindless.  Shift your mind from eating a full out meal at work to small energizing bites.  Alana says to mix a fruit source with a green and that will give you the most sustainable energy. These are some of the best “fast foods” to fuel your mind and body!

-Dates

*Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber

*Great for muscle development (yay we can get fit while doing that blow out!)

*Can boost your energy levels within a half an hour of consumption.  

-Celery

*Lowers inflammation, we all could use this standing all day long!

*Aids in weight loss, YAY!  Low in calories, high on electrolytes, antioxidants, potassium, B&C vitamins.

*Cures bloating and improves digestion

-Bananas

*Rich in potassium--This helps muscles to contract and nerve cells to respond, aka..you’ll be a ninja hairdresser.

*They give you a feeling of fullness very quickly!

-Smoothies

*Try a fruit mixed with spinach or spirulina.   The glucose and sodium are good for adrenal support and sustainable energy.  You want to keep your adrenaline stable because that can create anxiety. This means choose some of these power boosting foods instead of that extra double shot espresso!

3. Reframing our relationship to food.  Think about fueling yourself instead of feeding yourself.  When we are trying to be in a peak state of performance at work we want to keep our focus on our tasks at hand instead of our minds drifting toward indulging in meals.  Think to yourself, “Am I giving myself optimal fuel?” A great way to avoid feeling like you are depriving yourself of the luxury of delicious indulgence is this simple trick!  At night eat a meal amazingly yummy. Think of it as a reward. Something hearty and indulgent.

 

During the day = food for fuel

Evening meal = food for a reward

 

Keep this in mind: we are all on a journey!  Don’t judge yourself too harshly as you start to shift your habits into new healthy routines.  Go slow, and give yourself grace!

 

For more tips on healthy eating and lifestyle follow Alana at @beautifruitful on instagram and her blog A beautiful glow.

If you like this new way of thinking I have a huge treat for you!!  This fall for my Conscious haircolor tour I will have my dear friend and NYC private chef, Julia Chebotar, along with me to every location!  She will be creating healthy treats for us to sustain our energy throughout the day, give us tips on what we should eat and why!

**If you’re interested in the 2 day wellness and hair workshop at my salon in November, she will be dishing out her secrets there as well on a deeper level :)

Drop me some comments on the blog and let me know what you think!  Have a beautiful day friends!

Hair education for the modern hairdresser
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This last year I spent more money on education than I ever have before...and it was finally worth it!  In the past I have felt lackluster about hair shows and events, but certain peeps in our industry are really stepping up the game!  Hairdressers are caring more about intimacy, connection, and networking.  There certainly are some brands delivering just what we are craving!

Here are three things to consider when choosing which classes, events, or shows you are going to attend.

  1. Community.  I think we are all searching for this in some way.  That sense of belonging and being around like minded individuals.  When you are at an event or a show you want to feel connected and understood.  Does the event offer elements of the values that you hold?  If so, you'll probably find your tribe there! 

  2. Value.  When we are handing over our money, sacrificing our time, and being away from our businesses we want to make sure that what we are investing in is worth it to us.  Is the time and energy being put in giving you an ROI?  Take the return of money off the table, and do you think you will feel fulfilled and/or empowered from your experience?

  3. Opportunity. You want to gain momentum from your trip.  Go back to the salon and really plug in what you learned.  Make sure you will have a chance to network and make some connections that will be beneficial to you or your career path.  Are you in the right place for what outcomes you are trying to achieve?

My top picks and what to look out for

 

1. Eufora VisionQuest 

Hosted at the stunning Omni La Costa resort in Southern California, this event was a game changer!  Eufora brought out the big guns when it comes to influence in health, business, and wellness.  Speakers like Vishen Lakhiani, Kindra Hall, and one of Oprah and Dr. Oz's favorites, Kimberly Snyder.  These inspirational gurus gave keynotes on main stage and to get even more intimate you could sign up for a breakout session.  There were 15 more breakout session throughout the two days where you could indulge mind, body, spirit, and some hair business.

This was a solid 100 in my book!  Check out this video to see the highlight reel, and what some of the attendees were inspired by.

 

 

2) Bayou St. Blonde

One word: HAIRCATION!  The Left Brain Group sure knows how to throw a good ol' southern soirée in the heart of New Orleans.  This action packed event was full of hair...lots of hair, photography, runways, secret locations, open bars, and lots of networking opportunities.  

They keep this super unique event very intimate by limiting the attendance to under 200 hairdressers.  If you're into hanging out and meeting new people while you kick back with bubbly to watch some of the most incredible, couture...and dare I say underground hairdressers unleash the passion of their craft, don't miss out for 2019!  Did I mention that it's all independent educators, how cool is that!!

 

Check out these pics from the event

 

 

3) Behind the Chair Show

Do you like high energy?  What about lots of colorful hair?  Celebrity hairdresser's insight?  How about meeting some of the coolest people in the industry?  Just about every person you "double tap" on Insta is at this event!  You will find yourself referring to people by their @ handle by the time you hug each other goodbye.

I have been to the BTC show 2 times now and although it's not quite like my other two choices, which were pretty low-key vibes, this one has got so much energy to offer.  Remember my #1 suggestion for picking where to spend your cash money--community.  This 3 day event definitely has that to offer. 

This last August when I attended, I went completely on my own as a curls finalist.  I got invited to the VIP cocktail party...where I knew ZERO people in "real life", only from the gram.  I have to admit, I was pretty intimidated walking in that room...with all the "Insta famous" people surrounding me.  

The cool thing about it...I didn't run away, LOL, I stayed and got introduced to some of the most amazing humans I have ever met that were in my same boat.  Guess where they are now, KILL-ING-IT.  I don't know what kind of sparks flew that weekend, but we all formed some mega bonds and some fires were LIT.  I'm forever grateful for that opportunity and if you feel like going in blind to "find your tribe" do it, you won't regret it.

P.S. tickets are on sale now, and you can buy them here!  www.behindthechair.com

 

 

 

Cool stuff coming up!

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Creator of OH-HOT-GRAM, Jamie Dana, and her business partner Piper DeYoung launched their hair business exclusive retreat in February.  Here is what they have to say about this GORGEOUS event with some heavy hitter speakers!  

Are you ready to take your business to the next level all while hanging out with other boss babes in the beauty community? Then you have come to the right place! Ember Retreat was designed for people like you! Plan on diving deep into your business by hearing from some of the most influential people in the beauty industry and hear their stories of how they tried, failed, and learned some of their most valuable lessons that gave them the success they have today. Be ready to connect with other amazing entrepreneurs in the beauty industry and connect with each others to create life-long friendships. Lastly, show up ready to get your relax on! This retreat is unlike any other because not only are you going to get to learn and grow your business, but you get to do it while you're on vacation with a bunch of other rad gals!
 

This up and coming event dedicated to the business side of things definitely checks all 3 of my boxes!  The coolest part, they have the most INCREDIBLE taste in location, design, flow, and curation.  All of the pictures look delectable, sign me up!!!  They will be announcing dates, locations, and all the goodies very soon, so sign up for their waitlist to get all the deets!  Click here to get more info.  www.emberretreat.com or visit their Instagram page @ember_retreat 

 

There are so many more I could add to this list, but I hope it gets you pumped to join a unique industry event this year!  Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Like this article?  Share the love with your friends!

Peace and love,

Kelli 

 

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Simple volume ponytail
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Number one complaint from most women?  "My hair is so FLAT."  We are mos def not in the 80's with big permed hair and bleached out tips...however, texture is making it's comeback!  Gone are the days of straightening each strand of hair into a perfectly pressed coif.  The age of wild, free, and sexy hair is back in a big way.  Hallelujah!  

I've been working with most of my guests for a few years now, walking them through the emotional turmoil of setting the flat iron down, and learning how to twirl a curling iron...and I must say, they are getting damn good at it!  How do I know?  Their stories of country club soirees and business dinners where they have curled their own beautifully balayaged and contoured hair themselves...and have received rave reviews!  Now tell me, what in the world is better than having a compliment about your hair?  Nope, there isn't anything.

So, my hair trend setters, let's pick the flat iron back up, and give it a go with volume and texture!  

Try these quick steps to getting a new look for a party, running errands, or date night.  **Pro tip** Do the waving technique day 1, spritz some dry shampoo in it for day 2 and construct this  easy bubble ponytail.  

Let the compliments fly!! You're welcome. :)

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1.  Protect that gorgeous hair!  I like to use Illuminate shine spray from Eufora International. Especially on darker hair.  It makes the hair so shiny and manageable to use an oil spray.

2&3.  Turn the iron at a 90 degree angle and pull up for one second ( a Mississippi second) then the opposite way at a 90 degree angle (same time).  Make sure to keep the iron moving.  Keep the iron set at about 350 degrees- 375 degrees depending on your hair's needs.

4. This is what a finished wave looks like.  You can brush it out or pull your fingers through it when it's all finished....BUT, let it cool first!  If you brush it out too soon and it's still warm, you will ruin all the art you just created! Let it cool.

5.  Mist a setting hair spray on the strands of this top section.  I used Eufora International, Elevate.  It's a great thermal protectant and will give your waves some long lasting hold.  We want this top to stay flexible,  yet have a nice grip.

6&7,  Use the same waving back and forth technique to add volume and texture to the coif.

8.  Use your fingers as a rake to lift up the set waves and mist on hair spray to start molding it into shape.

9.  Secure the top section with a clear elastic band.

10.  Just above the occipital bone, take a few inch section of hair and tie the top ponytail to it.

11.  Pull out the hair from the pony tails with your fingers to create volume.

12.  The final shape.  Mist with hairspray to complete the look!.

 

For more on this outfit  click here  for the style blog!

For more on this outfit click here for the style blog!

Share with your best girl friends to let them in on the next best thing to look chic and sexy.

Peace,

Kelli

 

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Update your basic bun

The bun is our little black dress of hairstyling.  It can be dressed up or dressed down.  Here are two different step by step looks that you can easily try!  Use parts of them to put together your own unique look, or copy the exact step by step!  Have fun with it and tag me on Instagram with your results! 

 

Accessory Update

 

The Undone Bun

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HAT DAY, EVERY DAY
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We all have those days where we just want to be a little hidden.  Our face is just not feelin' like being front and center.  I totally feel like this at least once a week--that's "hat day".

Even though my husband makes fun of me and calls me things like "Carmen San Diego and Indiana Jones", I know he secretly digs it 😉 Guys have hat days all the time!  Most just don't have to deal with the floppy hair hanging out of it.  They use it as a hair cover for when they need a fresh cut, not an accessory.  

We should embrace our beautifully balayaged tresses and use the hat as a statement.  I came up with these two simple looks for you to try with your hat.  I hope you feel sexy, fresh, and look like you spent a lot of time primping :)  

 

 

Check out these step-by-steps and watch the videos to practice ✌🏽

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Check out this other quick & simple look for some lazy waves :). If you like these and want more, please share and leave me some comments!

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Peace,

Kelli

 

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This is my favorite hat. ❤️ It's super old, nice and broken in.  I think it's a type of Panama hat.  A bowler hat, wide brim, or fedora are great choices for this look as well.  You can find great ones on  ASOS  and  Urban Outfitters  

This is my favorite hat. ❤️ It's super old, nice and broken in.  I think it's a type of Panama hat.  A bowler hat, wide brim, or fedora are great choices for this look as well.  You can find great ones on ASOS and Urban Outfitters 

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LOWKEY IS IN - HIGH MAINTENANCE IS OUT.
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I'm a hairdresser, however, my style is no fuss.  Between dropping kids off at school, maintaining a household, operating a salon, and creating content for total world domination...who has time to spend an hour on hair?  I love to have that extra hour to meditate, yoga, enjoy coffee, and kiss my babies all over their cute faces in the morning all while still looking FAB. 

I've got lots of tips on how to create go-to styles if you're a woman on the go and still want to look like a rockstar....and enjoy that extra time living the life you love :) Here is one of my favorites for everyday wear!

 

Rocker babe waves:

1.  Blow dry hair upside down with your fingers to maintain your natural texture. (don't smooth it out too much) Prior to drying, mist in a leave in conditioner and/or heat protectant.  This will help to give you a clean palate to work with and save your strands from heat damage. I love the Beautifying Elixirs Leave-in Treatment by Eufora International - it's super light and great for any hair type, serves as both a protectant and leave in treatment...plus it smells so fresh and clean!

2.  With a 3 barrel iron crimp random sections of the hair from roots to ends. Do this rather gently instead of squeezing it so tightly... This will give a much softer wave and blend in better with the straighter pieces.

3.  Once you have finished crimping, use a brush or your fingers to really rake out the set. Brush the hair quite a lot (you don't want to be lookin' 90's crimper hair) we are going for subtle and sexy! For the final touch mist the hair with a flexible hairspray. I'm into Eufora's Tame spray...it's anti-humidity and a velvety texture. Hold the can about 12 inches away from your hair so it mists evenly all over, not in an isolated area (that gets sticky and no bueno).  Scrunch your hair up with your hands to mess it up and create a lived in feel.

 

Check out this video to see how it's done...try it out and tag me on Instagram!

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Check out my Instagram page for more tips, tricks, and feel good stuff :)

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