Interview with Model Christine Olyer

In today’s post, I had the pleasure of interviewing model and actress, Christine Olyer. Christine and I go way back. We met as actresses in a local dinner theater company in Denver. It’s funny because we only worked together on one production, but we connected and have stayed friends ever since. Our lives have taken us in very separate directions, and sometimes years have passed between us where we haven’t been in touch, but through it all, I’ve always considered her one of my dearest friends.

I was fortunate to have Christine as the creative editor on my first book, Set It Free, in the Heart & Soul series. Her suggestions were amazing and the way she coached me really pushed me as a writer, in the most wonderful way.

Christine has had a pretty awesome career as a model and actress. Her most recent experience is working as a mature model. She is now living in Rome, Italy. For the moment, her modeling career is on pause, but I don’t think she’s done yet. She’s beautiful inside and out and any designer would be lucky to have her.

I really wish I had a picture of us from our dinner theater days, but I don’t. So… I guess her gorgeous modeling pictures will have to suffice. Make yourself comfortable, pour an espresso and indulge in a Biscotti as you read, and enjoy!


Special thanks to Kaya Munn for the use of her photos of Christine. Take a look at her website to see more of her work.

You’ve worked as both an actress and a model. Which one came first for you and why?

My first professional gig was as a model. I was 16 years old in Salem, OR and I really wanted to model fashion. So in this little city not only did I act in High School and get awarded “most dramatic senior” but I found my first opportunities walking the runway!

Which do you prefer, acting or modeling?

I prefer modeling and I am embarrassed to tell you why! The reality of acting is memorization and I have a huge struggle memorizing my lines. I love improv because you don’t have to memorize the lines word for word and you can react in the moment. I did a Shakespeare play and it took me hours of work each day to memorize the lines, which definitely had to be word for word; however, it is the show I am most proud of and I had a blast performing the role of Helena!

We’ve known each other for over 20 years… wow! In that time, I’ve seen you rock a vibrant red hair color, a rich auburn brown, and now you’ve embraced your natural silver/platinum. Which color did you like best?

I like my natural hair color best and there are many reasons:

  • It feels great accepting myself just as I am
  • Women find me more approachable
  • Men were so creepy to me when I was a redhead
  • Silver is the trend and it always feels good to be “on trend”
  • Dying my hair was ruining my hair texture
  • I hated seeing my ‘roots’
  • Silver is a standout even if it makes me look even more ‘mature’ than I am
  • I get compliments from strangers almost every time I go out on my hair color
  • My hairstylist here in Rome says that there is no way to duplicate my hair color
  • My hubby finds it sexy (is that weird?)

When and why did you decide to stop coloring your hair and go Au natural? How did it make you feel?

I had a plan to stop coloring my hair when I turned 50 and when my birthday came, I wasn’t ready. So, after traveling to Germany and seeing a magnificent head of silver hair, I was convinced! I got home from Germany, and waited until my roots were about an inch grown out and I had my stylist cut my hair to a pixie length. Oddly enough, there was still some red on the tips, which garnered so many compliments. “I love your tips” was a frequent compliment from women and this was entirely new to me. I had almost never received compliments on my hair from women. Up until this point, most women wouldn’t approach me. And as I let my hair grow, it took about two more cuts to get all of the red out, the more women were verbally supportive of me and my hair! I developed many more friendships. I like to think that the more I accepted myself as God made me, the more comfortable women were with me. I think women are so tuned into confidence and integrity and they gravitate towards others who are in turn confident and acting with integrity. Sorry, that was a really long answer!

Blue/violet shampoos are what I always recommend to keep grays vibrant and to prevent yellowing/brassiness. Do you use a specialty shampoo? Which one?

So I have relied on your advice for my hair a few times in my life and you have never steered me wrong! I am a blonde, who grew into dirty dishwater blonde, then to ash brown-brunette (like so many of us), my hair has silver, white, ashy gray, ashy brown, (now you see why my hairdresser says you can’t duplicate it) – meaning that some strands of hair look ashy or yellowed – that’s normal and that is beautiful with creams, ecrus, and off-whites – don’t let anyone tell you that it’s unattractive! That said, products can and do dull hair and using a violet shampoo really makes a platinum/gray/silver/white hair color sing! I use what you have recommended to me Brooke, Monat Colour Enhance Perfectly Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner (I am sorry that this sounds like an advertisement!) I have used other brands with great results – here’s the difference for me with the Monat product – it is stronger – I don’t have to use it as frequently as the other brands I have used in the past. I use it once a month – I know, that sounds ridiculous – and it keeps my hair shiny and the color bright without any old lady purple.

It seems like once you went platinum/silver, your modeling career really got busy. Tell me what it’s like being a mature model?

The demand for my hair color was incredible – partly because in the commercial world, the segment being targeted is Baby Boomer or GenX – for Boomers, they want to see young, vibrant women and the hair color says ‘older’ and for GenX, the hair color says “Hey, I am your kid’s grandma.”

For modeling the mentality is entirely supported by the movement for inclusion. Let’s include women of all body types, all races, and all ages. In Denver, there is a designer who only wants older women modeling her clothes. She picked up on the trend early and hired me to walk for her in a couple of Denver Fashion Shows.

Do you think there is less pressure on a mature model, or more? (Body image. Overall image, etc.) Is it more fun, less stressful being a mature model?

So, it’s interesting being an older model – yes, there’s still pressure to fit into the clothes and that gets more challenging when your body’s metabolism is changing. Here are a couple of anecdotes:

I hadn’t walked the runway in about 30 years, when I was hired by Nordstrom to do a Beauty event. As I was walking into the fitting, I followed two gorgeous women who were easily 3 inches taller than me and definitely fit! I felt myself flushing, embarrassed that I was shorter, old, fat…but when I got in the fitting everyone was incredibly supportive!! No one was saying, oh my god would you drop 5 lbs by tomorrow, no one was asking me to have plastic surgery. No. It was so great being included and accepted for me, just being me.

After that I was booked for the Denver fashion event with the designer who used several other women in the mature model cohort. It was so fun! That show is still on YouTube, you can watch it here.

What’s your every day skincare routine and what products do you use?

I have sensitive skin that has changed over the course of my life, like every woman! I had adult acne at one point and now the pendulum has swung over to dry skin. I have used the Clinique skincare system my entire life with some small adjustments:

  • 4 nights a week I use gel cleanser, the other nights I use micellar water
  • Toner morning & night
  • Eye serum morning & night
  • Repairwear Laserfocus serum at night (they are discontinuing this so I am just about ready to purchase some new products 😊)
  • Dramatically different moisturizer  — morning & night
  • Moisturizer with SPF mornings – always
  • When I can afford it I buy (and use) the Guerlain Double R Renew & Repair serum
  • For fun I splurge on Guerlain lipstick – incredibly moisturizing!!!
  • No eye-shadows with metallic glitter – makes my eyelids swell up
  • Change my mascara often – sensitive eyes need fresh mascara
  • Nars eyeliner goes on more smoothly than Clinique – soooo…
  • Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil is the right color for gray 😊
  • Just about everything else is Clinique.

You’ve been living a fun, international life. Your husband’s career has taken you to Germany and now Italy. What fashion and beauty differences have you noticed in both countries? How do both countries differ from each other when it comes to the local image?

This is a great question! The beauty culture is vastly different between these two countries. Germans are practical and walk on cobblestones most of the time, so you see Birkenstock. But German women love being feminine so you see plenty of French cosmetic lines available in their pharmacies called Apoteke. You will also see them loving floral prints, but not wearing a ton of jewelry, and wearing big scarves. But while I was living there the uniform in winter was:

  • Slim jeans or pants
  • Thick sweater
  • Wellensteyn jacket with fur-trimmed hood
  • Boots or sneakers
  • Big scarf
  • Hat

In Rome, the women are dressed with more jewelry and on trend. No wandering around in sneakers if you can find a pair of boots. Cropped pants, culottes, and split skirts are the trend that everyone is wearing. And did I mention boots? Combat, Chelsea, over-the-knee (with a mini-skirt), medium heels, high heels, mid-calf, bottom-of-the knee,– these women know their boot styles and wear them with hosiery! I don’t see bare legs here in in Rome, even if I do see some very short dresses and skirts. Most women wear their hair down, it’s colored, and they have at least one Italian brand visible, Gucci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, or Luisa Spagnoli. I don’t see many hats, even when it is cold, but to make up for it they layer, layer, layer! I have seen a sweater under a blazer under a puffy jacket under a ¾ wool coat more than once!

Do you find you have to change your skincare routine based on where you live?

Yes, definitely. The hardness of the water and the humidity of the air, as well as the pollution of the urban environments are different and require different skincare treatments. Here in Rome, the water is very hard, so I am using micellar water more and more to cleanse at night. I am also using more SPF in my lip care routine because I am walking around in the sun more!

What about makeup? Do you like to glam it up, or are you a minimalist when it comes to makeup? What are your favorite brands?

I have a love/hate affair with makeup – I love how I look in it, but I don’t always want to spend much time applying it – so I have a couple of routines that work for me:

  • Fastest: Guerlain or Clinique eye primer, Clinique cover up, Clinique mascara, Guerlain or Nars or Chanel red lipstick (very French and each red has its own temperament)
  • Confidence booster: Guerlain eye primer, Clinique cover up, eye shadow (Dior, Clinique, Bobbi Brown), Nars eyeliner, Urban Decay setting spray, Clinique mascara, my perfect neutral lipstick (Guerlain, Chanel, Clinique depending on what my lips need or my wardrobe choice)
  • Time to shine: all of the confidence booster with Clinique age defense BB cream SPF 30, cream stick blush, Becca liquid highlighter.

I love to ask this question… You’re going to a remote location/desert island, etc. What 3 products can you not live without? (Sunscreen is provided here, so no need to include that one.)

Coffee, Vicks, Allergy medicine, floss

Oh, you meant beauty products…cover up, lip gloss with SPF, mascara

What’s in your beauty bag?

I have a gold train case that holds exactly what I need for traveling:

Beauty tools, including eyeglass repair kit

Lip liner, lip gloss, lip stick

Korean pomegranate face mask (Best one is from Sally Beauty Supply of all places 😊)

Dior gift with purchase eye-shadow

Travel size Clinique skin care

Scissors, black electrical tape, samples of perfume, double-sided tape, safety pins, sewing kit

What advice can you give someone in the industry, who’s in that in-between stage of modeling/mature modeling?

There is always work. Work slows down, you might have to find some other applications for your skills, but there is always work to be done.

Any modeling or acting work on the horizon, or is that on hold for awhile? 

By moving to Rome I have missed out on about 5 or 6 modeling jobs in Denver and it is killing me! On the other hand, I have found a great position here in Rome that uses my other knowledge, skills, and abilities, so that will be fulfilling on a different level.

I think you’re gorgeous and I love seeing how your career has evolved. Where’s your Cover Girl campaign??



This was such a fun experience! Thank you for the interview, Christine!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you would like to be considered for a future interview on my blog, please respond to this post!

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Beauty Interview with Jennifer Nicole Lee

When I started this blog over 10 years ago, one thing I always wanted to do, but never had the chance, was interview people! I was interested in talking to models, makeup artists, product developers, photographers, and other beauty addicts, much like myself. At the top of my list to interview was Fitness Expert Jennifer Nicole Lee! I’ve been following her career for years, and over the past year, she and I have had a chance to connect and get to know each other. She’s created this amazing VIP group on Facebook that’s full of women from all walks of life. I recently attended her world conference and it was truly amazing! More on that in a future post.

At the 2020 World Conference!

Always, always follow your dreams. I wasn’t sure if Jennifer would be as excited as I was about the possibility of collaborating to do this interview, but she was!

All you have to do is ask! Some of this interview took place over the phone, but most of it was done via email. We’re hoping to team up again in the near future either in person or on a video chat to share with all of you.

This was a lot of fun, coming up with these questions, and even more fun to read her answers! Read on, and enjoy!!

1.       You have naturally curly hair. What’s your secret/process to straightening your hair? I know how hard it can be to get it so smooth on that texture. Do you use a certain product, or is there a salon treatment that you get for lasting smoothness? Both! Heehee! I live in Miami, so with this humidity I need all the help I can get. I love Deluge shampoo, conditioner. My faves are the Argon Oil shampoo & conditioner. I am obsessed with their Mask, I use it every wash, even though it’s a mask. Just a touch at the end to seal in all the moisture. I also did a treatment called “The Apple Stem Cell” to make my hair smoother & shinier. Its not a Keratin Brazilian blow out treatment that can harm the hair. It actually is an anti-aging hair treatment to help it be stronger, grow longer and be shinier and more controllable.

2.      To clarify, you’re not getting paid to endorse any of these products, but I’d like to know and I think others would like to know, what products you can’t live without.  Love this question. One of our VIP sistas Andreea in Austria gifted me with an Hour Glass Highligher palette. I kid you not, I use it every day! On my cheeks and lids. It’s the Ambient Strobe Light Palette. I am also in love with the Natasha Denona Beauty Eye Shadow Palette! The Metropolis Palette is so bold! I also love the Gold Palette, great for brown eyes, as the greens in the palette make your eyes look like hazel. I swear by Katie B Cosmetics for her foundation and her Green Tea Mineral Baked powder. Been wearing those for years! I’m also in love with Tatcha Primer. It’s a little thick, so I blend it with one pump of Lancome La Base, to make it a little more pliable. That combo seals in my face from the humidity here in Miami. Its sweat and humidity proof!

3.      Let’s play Survivor. You are going to a remote island and you can only take 3 beauty products with you. What are they? Besides sunscreen, of course.  Great question. I love the Deluge Firm My Figure scrub, as it’s a 2 in one: exfoliant for face and body, and also a moisturizer. I would then of course do the Deluge Hair Mask. Not selling or plugging, I really love their products. And gotta look cute, so a super glossy fuchsia lip gloss that screams “tropical paradise”, my fave is Rimmel Stay Glossy 6 Hour Gloss in the color Candy Floss

4.      How old were you when you first started wearing makeup? Who taught you to apply it? TRUE STORY! I have two older sisters. My earliest memory of makeup is that my two oldest sisters put makeup on me for my first day at Kindergarten! I remember it clearly! I’m laughing now, but something didn’t feel right when I went to my first day at the big elementary school and all eyes where on me. Couldn’t figure out why I was getting all of the stark stares, but now I know! I had blue eye shadow on my lids and my lips were hot pink, with a swipe of blush on my cheeks. I was their “doll” I guess and I think they wanted me to make a “good impression” on my first day of Kindergarten! LOL!

5.      Favorite beauty trend? I have a lot! Highlighter! The more the better! I want to make sure the aliens see “glow” in outer-space.

6.      What’s a beauty trend you regret? Thin eyebrows! Geeze, looking back I think we were all taking out our stress on our eyebrows and plucking them to death.

7.      When you apply your makeup, do you start with face or eyes first? Why? Love this question. I always start with the canvas, the skin. I need to lock that down first, flawless. I know that some artists do eyes first and then “clean up” around any fall out of eye shadow with base, etc. I cant do that! Drives me crazy. I must do face first then move to eyes, and then lips are last.

8.      What’s in your beauty bag? Reach into the purse closest to you, grab your bag, dump it out if you’re feeling ambitious, and tell us what you’ve got! Oh Lordy! I’m scared! Ready! A powder puff for my powder application (that I really need to wash!) sugar free gum, breath spray, Katie B Cosmetics Mineral Baked Powder. Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, and a Wet Brush (Even though I wont use it while my hair is wet, I love how easy it is on my hair)

9.      What’s your favorite high-end makeup brand? Great question! Depends! Natasha Denona for eye shadow. Lancome for Mascara, Tatcha for Primer, Chanel for Perfume, Greek Goddess Lashes for false eyelashes.

10.  What’s your favorite drugstore brand? Geeze! A lot! I love Maybelline, Cover Girl, I have worn them all! Actually Wet n Wild has gotten really good! Great prices too.

11.  Do you like trying new skincare products or do you stick to a routine? I love to try new products! I feel like your skin can always use a “JOLT” with new products and trying new things that can either work or be a dud! You never know until you try. And companies now are always doing so many give-aways. That’s the fun part.

12.  If you could create a makeup or skincare product, what would it be? WOW! Love this fantasy. It would be the VIP Line! For women who dare to push the envelope. Bold colors. Striking lips, lids, cheeks. Power looks for sure. We both remember the 80’s, I think that was the best hair and make up! Bigger the better! Twisted Sister anyone? Heehee! I loved watching Ru Paul and he really was over the top in his hair and make up. I love me a good drama look. Smokey eyes, red lips. 80’s all the way! Of course we would do a “Wedding/Natural Look Division” but it has to be glam in some type of way.

13.  You’re known for being a fitness expert, and a wonderful coach! Training women all around the globe on how to be the best version of themselves. What’s your best non-beauty related beauty tip? Confidence, I know that when you rock your confidence, no matter what you are wearing, or what type of make up you have, you have that “it” factor. Not being cocky, or highfalutin, but just a warm spirit that invites others in to also feel genuine in their skin. A smile always works! That little twinkle in your eye of pure joy and happiness. Those are my every day must-do beauty tips to evoke that feeling of being beautiful no matter what!

Here are a few more pictures from the conference. It seemed like any time there was a microphone nearby, it was in my hand! I need to host my own entertainment/beauty show!!

I hope you enjoyed Jennifer’s answers as much as I did! Thanks for checking in, and if you would like to be interviewed for my blog, reply to this post and let’s work something out!

As always, You’ve Been Beautified!!

P.S. Looking for something to read? Check out the first 2 books in the Heart & Soul series by yours truly!!!

Meet Monat! Product Review…Rejuvabeads


Every now and then a product comes along that impresses me and I immediately fall in love. This was what happened when I was introduced to Monat. I’m sure some of you have heard about it, some of you may use it and love it, and some of you may be looking at your computer screen with your nose scrunched up saying, “What the heck is it?” In a nutshell, Monat stands for Modern Nature. They are an excellent company with not only premium hair care, but they’ve recently branched out into skin care.

RejuvabeadsOne of the products I was intrigued with right away is called Rejuvabeads, their split end mender. This got me interested because being a hairstylist for over 20 years now, I have been told my whole career that it’s not possible to fix split ends. The only way to get rid of them is to cut them. So, when a product can claim to fix that pesky hair problem, this girl was all about learning how it could be done.

There is a science behind it that is a little tough to explain, but take a minute to read the information in this graphic and you’ll get the gist.

Rejuv Description

The effects of Rejuvabeads will last you through 2-3 shampoos, but consistent use over time will enhance the results from this product. Check out this quick video on YouTube, it will show you how the product actually binds a split end back together. I was never much of a science lover growing up. It was only when I got into the beauty industry that I realized I have this thirst for knowledge when it comes to how a product works and which ingredients are responsible for certain results. Maybe if my teachers had approached their lessons with beauty products, Brooke would have paid more attention…just saying.

I really love this product. It not only mends split ends, but it also smooths down the cuticle (The outer layer) of your hair and leaves it looking smooth, shiny, and healthy. In case you’re wondering, yes I am a Market Partner with Monat. No, I am not trying to sell you something. If you know me, or if you’re familiar with my blog, you know I have extensive knowledge of all kinds of beauty products. Trust me when I tell you, this is one brand you need to look into. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Or check out my site. If you’re interested in trying Monat…I might have samples. All products are vegan and cruelty-free.

Thanks for stopping by! And as always…You’ve Been Beautified!

Product Review…Surface Hair Care

For all your beauty advice…

I just recently got introduced to a new line of hair care called Surface. I tried two products from the line and I was very pleased with both products.

The first one I tried is called Swirl. It’s a sea salt spray that adds tons of volume to your hair, and lets you create different looks. You can use it on dry hair to add some volume and texture to your ‘do, or use it on wet hair and either let it air dry into natural waves, or lightly blow dry it for volume and waves. What I’ve found with most salt sprays is how they change the texture of your hair and make it feel dirty. This salt spray is so light-weight and effective, it’s crazy! It smells really good, and it gave my hair tons of volume without that “salty” feel to it. I was really impressed with this product and will definitely keep this in my styling routine. This salt spray is made with ocean salts and citrus fruits. One of the best sea salt sprays I’ve ever tried!

The second product I tried in this line is Bassu Shine Spray. This is another product that has a lot of versatility. You can use it on wet hair or dry hair. If you use it wet, it adds shine and helps detangle your hair. If you use it dry, it works great if you spray it on prior to any kind of heat styling. It adds a pretty shine to your hair. I was really impressed with this product as well. I have tried numerous shine enhancing products and you have to be careful you don’t use too much, or your hair will be weighed down, and it will start to look greasy. This smells so good…so good….So, So, So good!!! I want to spray it right now just so I can smell it! Did I mention it smells good?

Surface products are paraben free, gluten-free, and vegan. They are found in professional salons only, so if your salon uses Surface hair products, then lucky you! If your salon does not use Surface products, tell them they should! I’m sold; this line is awesome! Tell me if you’ve tried it, I want to hear!

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Ombre Hair…Do Or Don’t?

For all your beauty advice…

Ombre hair, a trend in hair color that keeps showing up on movie stars and other celebs, looks like it’s here to stay. Have you noticed over the last few years, and even more lately, women in the magazines look like they have major roots? Well, they do, and they did it on purpose.

‘Ombre’ is a french word meaning shaded or shading. Ombre hair color is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. Some believe it creates a more natural look than regular foils, or all over color. It’s certainly a money saver if you’re trying to save some cash and not get your hair done as often.

The funny thing is, even though most women are embracing this look because it’s a time and money saver, a lot of women are actually paying the same amount of money to keep the darker roots and lighter ends, by getting highlights done using a technique called Balayage. It is time-consuming, and sometimes more expensive because it can be hard to find a stylist who does it just right. It takes a lot of training to achieve this “natural” look, and you must have a steady hand and a good eye, because it’s not done with foils, the hair color is just painted onto the hair shaft.

As I look at pictures of hair like this, I ask myself if it’s a “Do” or a “Don’t”?

I think it can be a “Do” if the color of your highlights is very close to your natural shade. The contrast won’t be so severe if the tips of your hair are just a shade or two lighter than your roots. It can be a “Do” if you’re growing your color out, if you want the sun-kissed beach look for summer, and if you’re trying something new for a while. It can also be a “Do” as long as your hair is styled to complement your color.

I think it can be a “Don’t” if you have too many colors going on. If the tips of your hair are platinum blonde, and you have black roots, it’s definitely a “Don’t”. Personally, I think if you have to pay an obscene amount of money for roots that contrast, it’s a “Don’t”. If your hair looks messy, not intentionally up-do messy, just messy, it’s a “Don’t”. Messy hair, and color that looks overdue, just makes someone look unkempt and grubby.

I’m on the fence with a definite “Do” or “Don’t”. I’m leaning closer to “Don’t” simply because I haven’t seen enough people really work this look and make it look glamorous.

So, what are your thoughts? Do you have Ombre color? Is it a “Do” or a “Don’t”? Because I always look forward to your comments, feel free to sound off!

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D.I.Y. Home Hair Color

For all your beauty advice…

One of the questions I get asked the most is this: What are some tips on applying my own hair color, and what brands do you suggest I buy from the grocery store? Well, answering the first part of this question is pretty easy, but I do struggle with suggestions on boxed hair color. I did a test-run about a year ago to report on boxed hair color, and the end result was dry, damaged hair with a color that didn’t look good. It took a long time to get my hair back into shape, so when people ask me what hair color they can buy themselves, I always suggest a trip to Sally Beauty Supply. It’s professional product available to the public, and so much better for you than the box hair color.

So, that’s my struggling answer on what brand to buy. The first part of the question is pretty simple and I am always more than happy to give some how-to tips on doing your hair color yourself. First rule I swear by is this:

Do not wash your hair the day you are coloring your hair. Why? Well, hair color will take to hair that is slightly dirty because shampoo can strip the hair of natural oils, and it’s important to have natural oils present because the color will adhere better to your hair.

Brush your hair good before you start. This is important so you can get all the tangles out of your hair, and brushing will help you distribute the natural oils evenly throughout the hair. BUT…try to stay away from your scalp because if you brush too hard, you can scratch your scalp, and when hair color gets on an open wound of any kind, it’s painful, so be careful.

Apply a barrier. Take Vaseline, or a thick conditioner and apply it right under the hair-line on the forehead, the temples, the tops of the ears, and below your hairline on your neck. Applying a product like this will help keep the hair color from staining your skin. Any color that gets on the product you apply under the hair-line will wipe right off.

Section the hair. You’ll want to do what’s called a “T” part. Take a comb and part in down the center of your hair from forehead to neck, then take the comb and part it in the other direction from the top of one ear, to the top of the other ear. You will have 4 sections of hair now, so pin them up to keep the hair in sections.

Apply the color. Follow directions on the package, whether it’s box color, or pro color, and mix the color. Put on gloves, and apply the hair color to the roots of your hair, focusing on the roots first. The hair at the root is known as “virgin” hair because there are no chemicals on it, so the color has to stay on the roots longer than on the ends. The ends of the hair tend to be drier and the color will adhere faster to the ends. Finish the first section, pin that section back up, and repeat this process on the remaining sections.

Wait. The least fun process, because sitting still waiting for hair to color, is literally like watching paint dry. May I suggest a home pedicure while the color processes? Typically, hair color takes about 15-20 minutes to process. I usually let it process on the roots for 15 minutes and in the remaining 5 minutes, I comb the color to the ends of the hair. This will keep the color even and freshen up the color on the ends of the hair.

Rinse. When it’s time to rinse (try to keep your gloves on for this), some hair colors don’t require a shampoo. In fact, the color itself will lather slightly and then you rinse it out and apply the conditioner provided. That’s usually found in box color. With pro color, it’s ok to gently shampoo and then follow with a light conditioner, but one that’s a good detangler. Either way, make sure you rinse well and get all the hair color off of your hair and scalp.

You’re done! So, now it’s time to either let it air dry and leave it alone, or style your hair like you normally do. You will notice that your hair will feel thicker, look shinier, and style better when you color your hair. It adds a little “oomph” to your hair, and that’s why coloring your hair is so fabulous! Try not to shampoo your hair for at least 24 hours, but try to push it to 48 hours to let the color get into the hair shaft for good, and the top layer of the hair can naturally close. The longer you wait to shampoo, the longer your color should last.

Don’t forget! Wear an old t-shirt, and use old towels, and if you are really messy…put down some newspaper or old towels on the floor so you don’t stain the floors.

Hope these tips help on doing your hair color yourself! Let me know what other D.I.Y. tips you would like!

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Egg Shampoo

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Last week, when I wrote Old School Beauty, I promised I would write-up the recipe for the Egg Shampoo I found in my Grandmother’s 1938 Cosmetology book.

An Egg Shampoo cleanses the scalp, but doesn’t strip the natural oils from the hair and scalp. Typically, it is/was used on dry, brittle, bleached, and over-processed hair…and where there are signs of scalp irritation. Here is the recipe:

Take 2 or 3 eggs, depending on the thickness and length of the hair. Separate the yolks from the whites. Stir the yolks until they are blended. Beat the whites to a froth. Pur the yolks of the eggs into the whites, then blend together with your hand. Wet the hair with tepid water and squeeze out the excess moisture with the hands. Apply half of the egg mixture to the hair by dipping the hand into the bowl, scoop up a handful, and massage with the hand in a cup-shaped position. Rotate with the cup-shaped hand until suction is formed. Then, rinse the head with tepid water. Repeat, using the remaining mixture. Now, remove the egg mixture with tepid or cool water so the egg does not congeal. After the hair has been thoroughly rinsed, dry and dress as desired.

I can see where this could be cleansing and nourishing at the same time. Egg whites are great for the skin, and egg yolks are very nourishing/moisturizing because of their fat content. I love home recipes for beauty, but much like the gasoline shampoo I wrote about last week, I am thinking this is another one that will stay in the book…or in 1938. I will admit, I am big on texture…things like raw eggs, oatmeal, bread pudding, etc. kind of gross me out. If a shampoo recipe has the possibility to congeal on my head…thanks, but no thanks.

Loving this old Cosmetology book, more to come! Have you heard of, or tried, an Egg Shampoo? I want to hear about it!

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Old School Beauty

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While digging through some old books recently, I came across a book titled “Standard Textbook Of Cosmetology”. It belonged to my grandmother, who was a cosmetologist, and in whose footsteps I have followed. My grandmother was a beauty and she had a beauty shop. Some of my first memories are of playing salon with my sisters in her shop.

This Standard Textbook Of Cosmetology is old…very old. How old? Well, the copyright is 1938, so that tells you how long ago it was that she went to school to learn the art of Cosmetology. I have been devouring this book and I am highly amused at some of the tips and techniques they were teaching then. I am all for a good home remedy, but one “recipe” for a shampoo shocked the heck out of me!

This book talks about dry shampoo, it talks about hot oil shampoo, it talks about egg shampoo (seriously) but the one that really caught my eye was the gasoline shampoo. I am not kidding you. The book says that a gasoline shampoo is a good alternative to a person whose health will not permit her to have a wet shampoo. It says to slowly pour a cupful of gasoline over the hair, being sure not to rub, brush, or use a lathering motion (you think?!?!). You are supposed to lift the hair carefully in sections as you pour, so the liquid will cover all parts of the head. Squeeze out the excess moisture (fuel) from the hair then pat gently with a towel to dry. “Fanning will assist in drying. do NOT use an electric dryer.” It also goes on to caution the cosmetologist with this: “Great precaution must be taken when using inflammable liquids on the hair. The room should be well ventilated and there should be no fires burning.” Just a quick tip…any time a product, or a procedure has this disclaimer…run fast and far!

WOW! And I thought the perm machine was scary! I guess you can look at it as resourceful because clearly the gasoline will eat away any oil and bacteria that may be on the hair and the scalp. I am very thankful this practice was not something used when I went to school for cosmetology. I’ve heard of some crazy things in the name of beauty/hygiene, but this one takes the cake! With the way gas prices constantly rise, I would suggest you just stick with your normal shampoo, or use a dry shampoo if something is hindering you from being able to get in the shower. (May I suggest Batiste?) 

I think I have stumbled across quite a gem with this Standard Textbook Of Cosmetology! I’ll be sure to share more craziness as I find more. And, just in case anyone is interested, I’ll post the recipe for the egg shampoo soon. Doesn’t sound as harsh as the gasoline shampoo, but it does sound kind of gross.

Ok, anyone out there who has heard of this practice? If so, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!!!

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You know how, when you’re sleeping, there’s a repetitive sound in the room, and it sneaks into your dream, and then you wake up and realize what it really is that’s making that noise? Well, last night, I was dreaming about sand paper being used on a construction site, only to wake up and realize that sound wasn’t sand paper, it was my husband scratching at his beard in his sleep. (He’s going to kill me for that, ha ha ha!) I know he’s been uncomfortable lately with the cold weather drying his skin out, and it got me thinking about all the people who suffer with dry, itchy skin, or dry, flat hair that has static.

Cold temperatures, wind, and no humidity are all causes of dry skin come winter time. I know a lot of people who don’t use any kind of moisturizer for their face, or body, during the summer because it’s usually humid enough for them. But, once the season changes, it’s important to add that extra step, or step up your moisturizer so you don’t suffer.

Face: It’s not fun when the skin of your face feels raw, or is peeling around your nose because it lacks so much moisture. Step up the moisture for you face with a good face cream with SPF for day and an even heavier one for night. For day, I like 5-in-1 Face Cream by FAB. It’s a good lotion for all skin types and it has an SPF of 30 for protection. Yes, it’s important to have SPF in your winter skin care; you’re still exposed to the sun. A great night cream I like to use is, Olay Pro X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream. It’s great to use at night because it really moisturizes the skin and makes you feel soft and hydrated in the morning. I don’t really have wrinkles I’m trying to treat, but this one works great on all skin types and it’s a great preventative tool for when those wrinkles finally decide to show up!

Body: I really notice a big difference in my skin this time of year. Through the summer, I can usually get away with putting lotion on just my arms and legs, and being just fine. But, once winter comes around, I find my back and torso get dry and need some moisture. Two great body lotions to quench your skin are, Body Drench and Hempz lotion. I love Body Drench Original Moisturizing Lotion. It absorbs fast into my skin and keeps my skin feeling soft and hydrated, and it smells like light baby powder. Some people don’t care for powder scent in products, but if you like it, you’ll like this lotion. Hempz is another great moisturizer that feels great, absorbs fast and smells good. Hempz  recently added a pomegranate scent to their lotion, and it smells amazing! I can’t stand when lotions leave you feeling greasy all day, and these two lotions won’t do that. They will keep your skin moist and not itchy, but certainly not greasy.

Hair: Winter weather can make your hair dry and full of static…not a fun combination. There are products that can help keep the fly aways away. I love Full Thickening Cream by Living Proof. It’s pretty expensive for the amount you get, but it’s great at making your hair look fabulous, and keeping it static-free in the winter. Weightless Smooth Hydrating Balm by Jonathan is another great product that will help your hair look fabulous this time of year. It’s about the same price as the Full Thickening Cream, but it’s bigger, so you’ll get more product for your money. Also, use a heavier conditioner in the winter to give your hair the moisture that the cold weather takes away. My favorite heavier conditioners are The Conditioner by Paul Mitchell and Conditioning Balm by Biolage.

Whether you’re having issues with face, skin, or hair, the bottom line is, keep hydrated…moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! Also, drink pleny of water, and keep a humidifier going in your home, if you have one! What are your favorite products to use in the winter? I look forward to your response!

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Quick Beauty Tip

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Here’s a quick beauty tip to start your weekend:

If you’ve used all the mousse, root booster, and hair spray that your hair can take and it’s still looking flat, try this tip. Flip your head over and aim the blow dryer at the roots for a few seconds on the high heat setting. The heat will open up the top layer of the hair shaft, also known as the cuticle. Then, with your head still flipped over, change the setting to cool and blast the roots for a few more seconds. The cold air will close the cuticle and keep your roots pumped up, and your hair looking extra full and beautiful!

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