Saturday, April 4, 2015

Full Messy Ponytail


I absolutely LOVE this ponytail.
It has all the elements that make up the perfect feel.
This season at NYFW we saw tons of ponytails.  
There were pony's of all kinds.
  Sleek.  Full.  Ratted.  Bouncy. 
The ponytail will definitely be a staple
 this spring and summer

But my FAV is the Messy Ponytail.
 It owns me.
Here are the elements that I love:

* Natural beachy waves
* Full crown
* Mid head placement
* Textured, thick flowing locks
* Soft front, swooping over top of the elastic



This look has a tutorial
 found on thebeautydepartment.com  
It was Lucy Hale's look at the VMA's.
Seriously it is so fabulous that
 I may have to do my own tutorial.

Lucy, are you free next week?  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Have You Thought About Albert Lately?

Have You Thought About Albert Lately?

"As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue"

This is a quote from someone I had heard of my whole life
 but never really knew much about.
It was Albert Einstein.
  
My son, Cotton,  had to do a report on him a few years back and as we researched him I was completely blown away!  A very interesting life, for certain.  You can research him for yourself and I feel sure you may be surprised as well. 

In the photo below, are Cotton's feet.  The view is our back yard. 
We feel so blessed to be living where we are. 
We are surrounded by fields and trees.
A perfect place to sit, imagine, reflect. 



The quote above left me reminded of Proverbs 17:28 that states,

"Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive."

When we sit still we are able to listen.  We are able to hear.
We put ourselves in a place where God our Father can help us be creative.
Here is another quote from Einstein:


"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination."


I wonder if he realized where his intelligence and imagination came from?



Cotton has learned to drive the Jeep in the field. I am inspired to be a good mommy as I see my boy taking his next steps into manhood.  Watching your children can be overwhelming at times.  It's like sometimes I can't just look and enjoy the moment.
I have to feel the weight of my role in his life.  I want him to have good influences.
I want him to hear good things that will benefit him.  I trust that the Lord is reaffirming the things my husband and I are trying to teach him.



"Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value."
A.E.

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; 
but the greatest of these is love"
1 Corinthians 13:13

I hope all three of my children really understand that LOVE is THE greatest thing!


Here are my oldest son and daughter. 
 My kids enjoy their electronics just as the rest of us do. 
But they love to ride in the field.  They love to have fires in the pit.  
They love to hammock in the trees.  They love to take walks with us on the 
railroad tracks.  We all love to do that. 
 So it leads me to one more quote by old Albert: 


"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."

He was not referring to the technology that our generation uses on a daily basis, 
but I do think he knew where technology at his time was headed.
I think he knew how dependent we would become.
So I cherish our walks on the railroad tracks.
I cherish the moments when our family is not "plugged in".

He also said something that makes me wonder even more about him:

"Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better."

Isn't that interesting??  What will you understand better?
  And what exactly does "everything" include?
  I am not sure of his true feelings on Christianity because, to be honest,
 many people question all the quotes by him and facts in this area. 
 I was not in his head and heart to know if there was a struggle,
 gripping his incredibly, intelligent mind around what the work of the Father is.
  I think when Albert looked deep into nature he found comfort. 
 I think he found order.  I think he felt part of something too big
 for him to understand and yet he felt peace.
  That's what I think. 
 I know that Genesis 2:9 tells me those things.
  It is pleasant to sight.  It is pleasurable.

"And out of the ground the Lord God 
made every tree grow that 
is pleasant to the sight and good for food."

What we cannot understand in this life, 
I know is being handled by the
creator of ALL things.

Neat :-)

  





Friday, March 13, 2015

Hi-dy Heidi

Hi-dy Heidi


I try to do a twist on the traditional "before and after" pics as often as I can.  
 I really like the phrasing, "Inspiration to Commercial".  
Most often people see a photo of a celebrity or a model and
 use that as a request for their haircut.
Now some hairdressers are not fond of clients bringing in pictures
 but personally I LOVE them.  
It is such a great tool for communicating with your client.
It gives you something specific, even tangible, to point to as a reference.
You can use it for bang length, perimeter length,
 the point where layers begin or where fullness is in a hairstyle.
  Things that sometimes get lost in translation when using words alone. 


My beautiful model for this post is the lovely Heidi.  
Having known Heidi forever, we have been through a lot over the years.
We've also been through a LOT of hairstyles.  
And some of them have been rather hysterical but not for this post.
Today's post is totally respectable.  Besides, we have hidden any pictures that would be embarrassing to our kids.  We only pull those out when absolutely necessary.  Hahaha


Heidi was really wanting to get crazy and put some fun pink in her hair and after seeing the "Inspiration" picture on the cover of one our magazines, we decided to do it.
After all, she was starting with hair that was similar enough that it would work.


Hair tip:  choosing the right "inspiration" picture is kind of important.
  Try to find one that has similar hair traits as you do.
  Is this a style that will work with your hair? 
 Are your face shapes similar?  And don't forget to look at her neck!  
Yes, I said her NECK.  
Any hairstyle will take on a completely different look
 on a short neck compared to a long neck. 



Doesn't Heidi know it's not polite to stick your tongue out at people????
Still so much work to do with my friend.

Hahahaha
(I love you Heidi)



So this is a Color Blocking technique that we used to create the subtle color variance.
Color Blocking can be used for any natural level and most typically the "blocking" color is only a couple of levels lighter.  


We put a little spin on it with the bright pink. Vivid colors are so popular right now
 and this is a perfect example of how it can be done in a super fashionable way 
that is still respectable. There's a fine line between edgy and scary.  
And it's a line that my Hi-dy Heidi rides very well.  



Leaving with a question, think you would ever try something like this???

Friday, March 6, 2015

Inspirational Daddy-O!

Inspirational Daddy-O!

This blog is supposed to include things that "inspire".
So in honor of my Daddy's 78th birthday, two days ago, I will dedicate this post to him.
Most commonly known as "Daddy-O", this man has indeed inspired me.


I have been told that I look like my beautiful mother.
  And I appreciate it for the compliment that it is. 
I introduced you to her in the post  Ya think?? 
(would love for you to read it if you haven't already)
She is still all that I said she was and more.  She just gets better with time. :-)
We share many of the same traits
but my personality is definitely from my Daddy.
He loves to make people smile and laugh.  And he's very good at it too. 
Often when he meets someone for the first time he will ask them if they 
"need a little money".
 And of course everyone replies, "oh yes, I could use a little money".
  Then he proceeds to hand them several miniature coins.
It's "little" money.
  They look like real money coins except that they are super tiny.
 *Leaving a memorable mark on whoever he meets*
That's Daddy-O.
     
Now my father is a creative person.  One of the most creative people I know.
 He's not a painter or a musician but a "creator",  a "thinker", "a doer". 
 He is always full of ideas.  I can remember growing up with him
 constantly doing things to make me think.
  He is a problem solver and has unbelievable people skills.
  And did I mention he is funny?
  Oh my gosh he is so funny. 

One of the neatest things about Daddy-O is his strong desire
 to "leave this earth better than he found it".
It's not just a saying he has but he lives it.
  He has taken Christ's example and puts it to work in his own life.
  I can't tell you the number of times I've seen him help someone 
just because they need help.
 There is a small church that he passes everyday as he leaves his neighborhood.
  The church's sign out front was very old and tattered
 to the point you could hardly read it.  
Well, Daddy-O has a sign business.  So one night he stopped by 
and took measurements of the worn church sign.  
He made a new sign for the church and replaced it in the middle of the night.  
I really wish I could've been there when the members drove up 
and saw their brand new sign!!
  He never told them what he did.
That's just one of many neat stories I could tell of my Daddy.  
    

Even though he is always looking forward, he enjoys a few things from the past.
For starters, he declares the 50's as the best decade ever.
  And I kind of think he is probably right on that
 (however, the 80's were pretty tripindicular).

He loves the music of the 50's and the clothes.
  But without a doubt his favorite dream car is from the 30's.  A 34 Ford.  
He loves some car shows.  And he loves fast cars.  Or really anything that goes fast.
  He raced cars as a young man.  He was in the Air Navy.
 Just a few of his hobbies have included dirt bike riding,
 street bike riding on power bikes, 
roller skating (owning his own speed skates with psycho pig wheels), 
wave runners, loves being on his pontoon boat with my mama, 
flying his new camera drone, and most recently 
he zip lined on a cruise ship at 100ft in the air! 

 He loves life is what he loves!!


And he loves his family

He never misses any opportunity to pray with us and to lead us to God's word.  
Not because he is so righteous but because it has been healing to his soul.
Because God has been good to him and he wants that for others.
He is not perfect and he would want me to tell you that so I will.
But what he really is... is inspiring.


Inspirational Daddy-O

Sunday, March 1, 2015

#Molly3 #Fishbone #Braid


#Molly3 #Fishbone #Braid

I love braids.  And it's a good thing too because they are everywhere!
I think the thing that is so intriguing about braids is their versatility.
Just scroll through Pinterest and you will be blown away
 with the millions of ways they can be done.  Seriously mind boggling!
So it was only fitting for Molly's last look in her ad's Trending theme to be a BRAID.


And I think this Fishbone Braid is perfect.


Love how you can see the ribbons of color weave through. 
Remember we still have the extensions in Molly's hair for thickness, hilites, and texture.
Here's the link if you missed it :  


Need a reminder of how to do a Fishbone Braid?
Click on this link for a quick and easy tutorial:
Just know it's from years ago.  I've got bangs.  My little girl is well....little.  LOL
Maybe I should update that tutorial??  Probably should.
Anyway, back to present day.
Check out these cute pics of Molly's Trending braid.


Notice you can't see the elastic that is holding the braid.  
We took a piece from below the elastic and teased it.  Wrapping it around the elastic and tucking it in the back makes it disappear.  
Lastly, we used a working spray for softness.
  



Super Cute * Super Different * Super Trendy
Big thanks to Molly for always being such a JOY!!!
And a huge THANKS to Sarah for lending her photog skills.

Whatcha think?  Any of the four looks stand out as your favorite?

#mollyrocks     #trendingmolly   #braidsbraidsbraids #fishbonebraidlove
#jennyleighryan   #Godslovetoyou 




#Molly2 #HalfUp #HalfDown

#Molly2

#HalfUp #HalfDown

Hopefully you read my previous post, Now Trending : #MOLLY 
so you have already met my sweet friend.
Sponsoring Molly for her high school Scholarship Pageant has been so much fun.
And I think the "Trending" theme has been perfect. 
With our next look we did a super popular and timeless half up half down.                        




So to give it some real boom pow we worked with the golden extensions that we had previously put in her hair.  This gives tons of Oomph to work with as well as adding a lot of texture to her final look. Separating off her crown section, we backcomb to give a base and lift.  Just a few push downs with the teasing comb does all you need.  Then pin this section at the base of the cushion
 (where you backcombed).







 






  Working on the right side, take her front section
 (leaving out a few soft strands) and pull it over the pinned cushion and secure.
     









Now is the fun part.  Take the hair from the left side (leaving a few, soft strands out here as well) and pull back towards the crown.  Braid this section.




Drape the braid over the cushion and pin!  
Make sure to tuck the ends under for a polished finish.





                                                                       




So there you have it, a unique new look for a half up half down.  It's timeless and romantic but can still be playful.  You could always take this to a more elegant look by simply curling the hair with big waves.  Brush it out with a dressing brush such as a Mason Pearson and you would have gorgeous glam.  

Hope you like this look!  Let me know what you think?
I've got a little more to show you from Molly's Trending day.  Hopefully these looks are "trendy" and "classic" at the same time because really the CLASSICS make the best TRENDS.

#mollyrocks   #fabhair

#lovemolly   #waves&braids

#jennyleighryan
#Godslovetoyou

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Now Trending : #MOLLY


Now Trending : #MOLLY



Hey everybody, I want to introduce you to a beautiful friend of mine, Molly.
Molly is competing in the Scholarship Pageant Program at school and my salon is 
so excited to sponsor her.  
So for her ad in the program we went with a "trending" theme.

We started off by putting a few soft curls in Molly's naturally curly hair.  
In the top photo, I love how it shines 
and truly looks like ribbons cascading on her shoulders.


For her next look we added some clip on extensions. 
These are my FAV.
So easy to use.  They add fullness and/or length in a snap!
Here, we used honey, golden extensions for an added 3 inches.
(Please excuse my attire.  Had plans of working out.
  Key word there being "plans".)


A few final adjustments and we are ready to check it out.


Oh YEA!  She loves it and I do too.  

Seriously, a little back combing and clip those babies in and you are rocking'!!

Hair Tip:  You will want to have your stylist customize the extensions so that they work with your hairstyle.  Straight out of the box will not do it.
 I mean, it will if you don't mind them looking like
 you stuck cheap extensions in your hair.  
Soooo………. yea they will need shaping.


We curled the natural hair mixed with the extensions on a 1" curling iron.
You can see we left some of the ends out or barely gave them a bend to keep a 
"natural curl" pattern to the shape.  Nothing too uniform.


Hair Tip:  You can use a regular curling iron like a wand by simply leaving the
clamp open.  I use a marcel iron but this can be done on a spring iron as well.


Check it!  Is this FAB or what???!!!!!
It's so pretty and so full.
And no evidence of the extensions.

I had the best time with Molly and I'll give you a sneak peak at one of the other
TRENDING hairstyles we gave her on this fun day.


OK, so she's laughing and it's a little hard to tell what her hair looks like but 
I love this one!
And you know, come to think of it, "LAUGHING" is always "TRENDING".

#jennyleighryan   #livelovelaugh   #mollyrocks   #Godslovetoyou 

#comment   #wouldloveforyoutocomment   #comment


Friday, October 24, 2014

Pink It OUT!


Pink It OUT!!
(or red it out)

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
 I would like to share one of my most favorite moments.  
This sweet lady was referred to me by a friend.
  She had not had her hair done in several years.
  In fact, she had not had HAIR in a long time!!! 
 By the grace of God she is now cancer free!!  
I had the pleasure of giving her a new style and some "Boom Pow" hair color.
The red gives color to her skin and makes her green eyes POP!


Those beautiful green eyes.
I loved seeing her joy bubble up!
With this vibrant, brilliant red she will be stopped often for a compliment
and have the opportunity to share her story.

For all those who are battling this cancer know that many have come before you.
And every time God our Healer has stepped in to make His power known. 
 Trust that He knows the story He is writing with your life.
  You can count on Him to be faithful to carry you through.
  Be faithful to Him as He works so mightily in your life. 
 And know, child of God, that there are people, like me,
 who are watching in awe of your strength.
 Many prayers for you are being laid at His feet for comfort, peace and HEALING!!!

Pink It OUT!!!
Jenny Leigh