Make sure you read the fine print!

Keyword: contracts, hair stylist, makeup artist, bridal hair, brides

As you may or may not know, I work ALOT of weddings!! When a wedding party is too big for me to handle, I call in my good friend, Dusti, who also has her own business and we split the bridal party in half.  It’s a great deal for us as we are able to book more weddings that way.  This article is to warn all brides to make sure you read your contracts!

 

Most hair dressers and/or make-up artists that you hire will make you sign a contract.  Some will also ask for a downpayment as well.  What is usually included in these contracts, you ask?

-start time, location, and end time of event

-number of clients

-pricing

-directions/instructions for bridal party to follow

I cannot stress enough how important it is to read these contracts and understand them in their entirety.  Recently Dusti and I worked a wedding where one of the bridesmaids decided last minute not to have her hair done, none of the bridesmaids were on time, and we ran an hour over schedule.  If the bride read what she signed she would have known that the bridesmaids hair still needed to be paid for as it was not changed 30 days before the event; and she ended up being charged for running over the scheduled time due to her girls not arriving when they were supposed to.  Nothing irks us more than getting to a job on time and sitting there twiddling our thumbs til people actually show up.  As a bridesmaid, your job isn’t hard…show up, and sit in a chair for 45 mins while someone plays with your hair.

We also put in the contract that all girls having their hair done should wash their hair the night before.  All stylists know that hair like this will hold better.  When it is too clean the curls tend to droop quicker. It is not our responsibility if your hair doesn’t hold because you didn’t follow directions.

 

These are just instructions listed in my personal contract.  Each stylist will have their own list. Some might charge more if a girls hair is thicker or longer, or  some might leave when the scheduled time arrives whether they are done, or not.  This is why is it extremely important to READ the contracts.  The last thing you want is a surprise on your big day. Read it over, talk with your girls and explain how it is going to work the morning of your wedding. It will be much less stressful for you in the end!




And not look like a kindergardener

Keyword: headband, kindergarden, flower, statement, head gear

I can remember being a kid and having headbands to match every outfit I wore. As I got older, I out grew them.  But I have recently learned that it is okay to still wear them.  You just have to wear them right and find the right ones for you.  The last thing you want to look like is a 5 year old kid again.  So here are some ways to wear those cute, fashionable headbands and still look like a mature adult!

Make a bold statement with an oversized floral piece, or feathers.  And place the band around the forehead instead of around your crown.

Make a messy bun and dress it up with some head gear! This can turn that messy bun into a sheik updo.

I love the double headband look. Place them close together, or far apart.  You’ll get a different look each time!

I love how Reese pulls together this volumized look with a simple black band.

Or just go headband crazy!! Can’t decide which one to wear?  Wear them all!!  This will really make a statement!!




Not very classy, if you ask me!

Keyword: advertising, sign, window display

The other day I stopped to get myself something to eat and in the shopping center was a hair salon.  I won’t name this salon here but I will say that this sign is just awful!! Did a third grader do the cutting here? Any why is is several pieces of paper instead of just one sheet?  You had to know in advance that you would be closed these days, so why not go to staples and have a sign printed up for like $5?  This just makes you look unprofessional!

 

I worked in a salon on this same road as this one and my boss would do the same kind of stuff.  It’s what made me realize that going off on my own was the best thing to do. If you want people to think you are a high end salon then you have to think, act, and look like one! My last boss spelt Wednesday wrong in the times and days we were open on the front of the store.  How embarrassing is that?  Places like this need Tabatha!!




The new Louis Vuitton / Marc Jacobs coffee table book tells the tale of Louis Vuitton through stunning imagery.

Keywords: louis vuitton, marc jacobs, coffee table book

Can’t afford a new Louis Vuitton bag? I certainly can’t either. Thankfully, there is a new aesthetically pleasing coffee table book that tells the story of the line through the imagery and designs of the two men who helped grow the brand into one of the most successful brands in the world. Marc Jacobs has been the creative director of Louis Vuitton since 1997 and has been a huge instrument in making the brand what it is today. Head over to Rizzoli Books to purchase a copy of your own for $75, definitely the cheapest authentic Louis you will ever get your hands on!




Clip in extensions can be fun!

Keyword: extensions, pastel hair, clip in

Here is a fun way to add pastels to your hair without it being permanent!  You could change your color every day if you wanted to!! You really can’t go wrong with clip in extensions.  They add length, they add volume, and they add color too!  Go crazy!!




The Australian women have one of the best highlights of the Olympics

Keywords: olympics, basketball

 

The Australian women were apparently a favorite among the women’s basketball bracket. Down 3 to France, a last second heave was their only chance of even tying the game. And boom, the Aussie absolutely nailed the shot from half court. Lets just ignore the fact that they ended up losing the game in overtime. You can watch the clip here.




Where do they go?

Keyword: bobby pins, hair clips

If you’re a hair dresser then there is no doubt in my mind that there are bobby pins all over your house. Right now, as I sit here and write this article I can count three on the floor, four on my desk, and I bet if I unmade my bed and pulled the sheets all the way down, I could collect at least five!  But here’s the catch…I don’t need one right now. Today my hair is pulled into a simple pony (the rain/thunder today is insane BTW). I have no loose hairs that needed to be pinned back. This is why I am able to count so many random bobby pins laying around my room.

 

If today was a day that I needed just one bobby pin for my hair…all the ones I just counted would suddenly disappear. Now, if you are a hair dresser I can almost guarantee you are laughing right now because you know it’s true! As soon as you need one they are nowhere to be found!  Where do they go?!! I feel like I want to go inside, change my hair into a do that I would need one, and come back into my room to see if I could still find the ones that were just on my desk and floor.  Chances are, they would be gone by the time I stepped foot back into my room.  They either get up at walk away, or there is a bobby pin fairy that rescues them…it’s strange, but it never fails!