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Lets make some time to discuss your goals for your hair. I want to help you achieve the look you want while minimizing the amount of work you do to meet your goals. The coach is in!

Call me at (480) 276-1163 or simply click on the “Booksy” button to schedule a visit with me through my booking app. I look forward to working with you!

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Rewards Programs

Lately, I’ve been fielding questions about client loyalty rewards programs. Unfortunately, I didn’t really have anything meaningful in place that rewarded client loyalty.

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Who Opened the Oven Door?

It was hot today. Here are a couple of survival tips if you are new to Phoenix. Also, I’m having a flash sale on the color Magenta.

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Santa’s Little Helper

Buckle-up, the holiday season is here! I was raised in a fairly traditional home where our Christmas tree was put up twelve days before Christmas and taken down no later than twelve days after Christmas. Definitely old-school! It has really been surprising for me when...
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Doing Your Hair While you Travel

Thanksgiving is almost here! It’s the busiest travel day of the year. We’ve all had that dilemma of what to do with our hair. What do you when your plane’s arrived late and you have to rush to Mom’s because she starts dinner promptly at three? I know people that eat...
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The Epic Battle to Get to a Natural Hair Color

For nearly 25 years, I have had some form of hair color on my hair. I've been red, black, and blonde; I've had hi-lights, low lights, and color blocking. I also think at one point I had turquoise bangs. The rainbow's colors pale in comparison my colors. But I finally...
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How often should I cut my hair?

Here we are! The last week of me sharing the top questions I get from my clients. I do hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them! If you’ve been following along, last week we talked about shampooing versus no-poo. That article really elicited a...
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No-poo versus shampoo

Many of my clients ask how often they should shampoo their hair, some even ask if they should ever wash their hair. Let me go on the record now and to state that I do not think the “no-poo” method of taking care of your hair is a viable or even practical way to manage...
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Dry Shampoo to the Rescue!

Why would I want to use “dry” shampoo? How do I use it? Most of my clients who use dry shampoo have long hair. If you have long hair, shampooing and styling your hair every day is not only time consuming but can dry out your hair and strip out the color that you just...
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How to get Harley Quinn’s Hairstyle at Home

It’s that time of year again, Halloween! I love Halloween. It’s so much fun to see how creative people can get with their outfits. In my family it was a big deal and store bought costumes were NOT allowed. Most years I would dig in my closet and make something up. One...
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Halloween Hair Tips and Products

Halloween is almost here! Its that time of the year again, you're going to hit the mean streets of Phoenix as your favorite alter ego. Who are you going to dress up as? Harley Quinn, The Joker, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or even Pippi Longstocking? My husband wants to dress...
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Is the Price Right?

I get this question at least once a week. Clients often ask me about salon brands versus drugstore brands. Are the salon products really better? Frankly, who wouldn’t be tempted by an industrial size combo of shampoo and conditioner from your local warehouse store? It...
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Don’t Fade Away

It been a while since I’ve taken pen (or keyboard) in hand, so I thought I would get back to basics with a weekly, five-part series. In my 20 years of styling, I keep hearing the same concerns from my customers, so I thought I would share them and my answers with you....
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A Decalogue of Canons

My husband has been listening to this podcast called ‘The Thomas Jefferson Hour’ for years. Sometimes he will play an episode on our car trips. The podcast is not just about Thomas Jefferson. Clay Jenkinson, the host, will do the whole podcast as Thomas Jefferson. To...
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10 Reasons I should be your Stylist

I don’t just want you to be satisfied with your new style, Its my goal to get you to say “Wow!” (or something like that) when you first look in the mirror after your service.

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Twist and Shout – Braids, Braids, Braids!

What’s great about braided style is that they are easy to learn and use. If you can tie your shoes, you can do very cool braids and the bonus to braiding your hair is that the braiding secures the hair in place.

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Idolizing Your Blonde

While it might seem like a perfectly good plan, mixing toner in your shampoo is actually very counter-productive and will not help you in the least.

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Sweeping Balayage Color

While Balayage seems to be the newest, hottest thing at the moment, it’s actually a classic color application technique that has been around since the 1970’s.

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What inspires my work

What inspires you? I think my inspiration comes from many things but lately I’ve been influenced by hiking and the Arizona desert.

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Keeping Bisbee Weird and Phoenix on Time

As most of you know, I got married this summer. My new husband and I decided to spend some of our honeymoon in Bisbee, AZ. It really is one of Arizona’s treasures!

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See it, Do it, Teach it, Love it!

Last Sunday Emilia and I went to The Maka Hair Show here in Phoenix. Boy, do I love a good hair show!

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