Mask-Ne No More
Let's talk about this mask situation and what it is doing to your skin!
Do you feel like for the first time in a long time you are breaking out around your mouth? Or do you feel like your acne is getting out of control all of sudden because of how much you are having to wear your mask?
It is so frustrating, I get it! I wanted to share some tips to keep your breakouts under control.
what quarantine has taught me
First and foremost, I need to tell you that this week has led me to download tik tok, after months of saying I would not. What took me so long to cave?? Seriously, if you are having a hard time finding some joy right now, download tik tok, you'll have abs in no time. Serious belly laughs.
FINDING JOY IN THE DETOX
I hope this email reaches you in a sense of peace, during a crazy time in our world. I want to bring you a few beauty pointers while you may be stuck at home, while we rest up and detox from our regular life.
New Address! Who dis?
This week, I am so excited to announce the opening of Hair by Ellie & Company on Second Avenue in downtown Alpena.
It is one of my favorite before and after pictures, I have ever done, and I am so excited for all of you to see it! Since I was a little girl, I have had a dream to open a salon, with big windows, where lots and lots of people walk the sidewalks, a place to create beautiful hair. It is hard to explain the excitement that comes from seeing the unveiling of a space that you have dreamed up for so long. When I made the decision 3+ years ago to move to Alpena, I knew I would open a salon, but let me tell you, I had no freakin 'clue how. The space I have created, is the perfect spot, to enjoy a glass of wine while getting highlights. It is a bright and sunny spot while bridal parties get ready for a big day, or an intimate how to curl class for you and your friends. Top of the line salon equipment is here, because you deserve a salon experience like never before.
My take on the blow dry brush
Everyone is talking about the blow dry brush, and it seems to me that every brand has made one. You guys are asking me my opinion on them, and up until today I had not tried one. It seemed a bit like a disaster waiting to happen, I could just picture hair getting stuck, knotting and burning. Don’t call me a negative nancy, okay? I just was a skeptic and I really just didn't want to like it because maybe you wouldn’t want to come and hang out with me while I gave you a blowout.
So today, I tried out the double shot blow dry brush from dry bar.
All Blondes Need to know
I hope you are having the best week! Today I want to talk to you alllll my blondies out there. I can not believe it has taken me this long to address a question that I get asked literally 3-7 times a week. “How do I keep my blonde looking like it does when I leave the salon?”, or “why does my blonde always fade?”. Or a question along those lines. There are few key factors (we will get into that) but the main answer to a blondes problem, is purple shampoo. You. Need. To. Have. It.
Let’s talk about Pulp Riot, the brand of purple shampoo, that I put all my money on. Over the years I have tried so many brands, very very expensive high end brands to cheap drug store brands, and pulp riot takes the cake. It is the perfect blend of strong tone (giving you the biggest bang for your buck) a really fresh scent, and doesn't leave your feeling over dry. You can shampoo with it like normal, or you can shampoo and leave it in for 2-10 minutes (definitely chat with your hairdresser first) to deposit even more tone on your hair. I love when my blondes start using a purple shampoo and realize they don't need their hair done as often, but they just need to keep up the maintenance of being a blonde at home.
My Take on the Mask Movement
I am just hopping off a plane from Florida, back to reality in snow covered Michigan. I missed my puppy snuggles so I am happy to be back, but a little sad I am not looking out at palm trees currently. I am so excited to share what I have learned for all you, but first I want to talk to you guys all about masks. Its a hot topic on social media and literally at every store ever. The sheet mask selfies? KILLS me every time, it is so hilarious looking. Charcoal masks, honey rubbed all over your face, have we tried just slapping some ‘cados on our face? no? not funny? okay.
Let’s talk specifics, and why mask monday is thing for me ( or at least once a week, but its more fun if it has a little ring to it). disclaimer: there is a million masks that would be lovely for your skin hair, but today I am sharing ones that I know and love, ones that I have studied the ingredients and 100% back up. Have some that you want to run by me? I would love to chat with you!
H A I R
I follow the same idea when it comes to masks that I use for my hair, my daily routine focuses on volume and texture, with a heat protectant but I don't focus d a i l y on extra moisture, protein and strength for my hair. Please don't read this wrong, the products I use are jam packed with ingredients that help my hair and keep it looking pretty awesome, but there is something to be said about an extra little punch of all the goodness. My two go to masks are Olaplaex #3 and Television hair masque, from my bestie for the restieeee R+Co. Television improves the elasticity (when the elasticity in your hair is compromised, it takes a lot longer to dry, feels gummy when its wet, or simply looses its youthful look, usually resulting in a matte color finish) as well as give my hair extra moisture, which helps hold color and product better in my hair. Olapplex #3 isn't technically called a mask but it acts like a mask, it does its work when its not just thrown into your hair for a 1- 2 minutes in the shower. Olaplaex is a patented bond builder ( bonds are broken down in your hair pretty much daily, through heat, color, hot water, UV rays) and there is literally nothing like it on the market, it works so amazing I use on almost every single person that sits in my chair. For both of these masks, I like to shampoo, then make sure my hair is not soaking wet and apply the product mid length to ends. I reccomened waiting minimum 5 minutes but if you can leave them in for 10-15 minutes your hair will thank you. If you are looking to really give your hair some rehab you could use these mask every other time you wash your hair, if you are wanting to just add some precautionary measures to your mane, you could you use every other week, or once a month.
C L I F F N O T E S
on today’s wisdom: have a daily routine, something that is promoting growth, health, and strength of your hair and skin. For special occasions, have a few products in your cabinet that amp it up, that make you feel amazing, that give you a few minutes to sit, maybe with a glass of wine, maybe in the bath, or maybe muti tasking and packing a lunch. Any of it will do. Treat yo self girl, you earned it!
four things from me to you
All you need is good hair, and I am here for it. Have a beautiful day.
I hope your week is flying by and you're looking forward to something fun this weekend! I am headed out to a color retreat, in Clearwater Florida. A mastermind in color is leading the class and I’m so excited to bring back some knowledge for all your beautiful hair! I think escaping the cold at some point in the February - March is essential so if you can book a flight to a spot with the some shine, its good for the soul. This week, I felt it was necessary to talk about the basics when it comes to curling your hair, I am breaking it down to the 6 things I think people struggle with the most. Whether you are trying to create some beach waves or Kim Kardashians cascading curls, you can follow these rules. **Per usual. Click product photos for links!**
Shirley Temple is not the goal. Wrapping your from the top to bottom is the goal. Think about whatever hair is the curling iron the longest will have the most curl, so if you wrap your hair starting from the top to the bottom, the curls closer to your root are going to have the strongest curl patter and the bottom will have the least amount. There are a few reasons why this is best case scenario; your curls with give more of the cascading effect (instead of shirley temple curls), you will have the option to leave your ends (or the last 2 inches of your hair) out of the curling iron completely to achieve the beach wave effect, and your ends have been exposed the most to heat, color, sun, all the damage, so when your curling them, you want them in the heat for the least amount of time possible.
I freaking love curled hair. Its so flirty, and beautiful. It makes girls feel soo good about themselves, which is so cool. But, you guys are so scared of doing it yourself. It is like this task that you don't think can ever be achieved unless you're in the salon. If these tips and the video, left you still feeling overwhelmed, I encourage you to get a few friends together and book a curl class. It is a fun way to have a girls night, and I pour you some wine, and teach you and your friends how to curl your hair in a very hands on environment. So many women have had great success after taking this class, and I love seeing the amount of confidence you gain when you finally master curling your hair!