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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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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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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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Searching for Our Calling

We spend our whole life searching for what our calling, skill, or passion is in life. However, mastery of skills is only part of the equation.

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To Trim, or Not To Trim… That is the Question

Being patient and letting your hair grow is not the hard part, it’s the associated split ends that turn the process into an ordeal. You end up trimming those split ends and your hair never seems the reach your desired length. Frustration!! Urghh!

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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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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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Changing of the Color Guard

About four months ago, one of the product representatives from Maka came in to tell me about a great color line that I should be using. Someone is always in the salon trying to sell us on the new “great color line” and I frankly hadn’t been thinking about changing lines.

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Tumbleweed Hair

Learn how to keep your hair from becoming a tumbleweed this summer!

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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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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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Fine and limp, never a good combination

If your hair is fine and limp, you probably hate it on a daily basis, I would like to start my first ever post by recommending some products to give your hair more volume. Fear not! There is a wide variety of products on the market that you can use to help you deal...
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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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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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Pump Up the Volume, Skip the Frizz

When I ask a client who has fine hair about the styling products they use, I most often hear, mousse. I then ask how the mousse is working for them. The answer is less than favorable. Usually, they say that the volume is there, but their hair ends up being stiff and/or frizzy.

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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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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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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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No Need to Tuft it Out!

You come in every four to six weeks for a trim to keep the style fresh and have to pay full price. Sometimes, you wait even longer, right? Now you don’t have to wait!

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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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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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