Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Make-up

My sister Theresa has always been my guinea pig as far back as either one of can remember! Once when Theresa was around 3 yrs. old I colored her blond hair with my colored Magic Markers and yes - I got into A LOT of trouble! Go figure that now even the mainstream hair color companies are making those fun colors for our hair!
Anyway, her last visit proved she's still a trooper and will let me play!

I had so much fun doing Halloween make-up this year that I will be adding Halloween make-up to my list of services in my studio for Halloween. 

So think ahead and book your appointment anytime :-)

Friday, August 08, 2014


I have reconsidered my thoughts and have changed my mind about all the old folks who hang out at McDonald's. I admit I have been one who would say "no let's not go to MickyD's right now because all the old folks will be there".
I've been talking a closer look at aging and loneliness because my parents and their friends are in their 80's now and I'm witnessing more of this age group.

Thank you McDonald's for the gift you give to our seniors. Allowing your hamburger joints to be a place for older folks to feel welcome and safe. This small thing gives many of them a reason to get out of the house and be around others, even though most of them do talk political bull shit...

This post has nothing to with hairdressing but  have a great hair day anyway!  


Monday, August 19, 2013 Team Training 2013

I recently got back from our yearly Art Team/Ambassador training in the Hamptons at Vivienne Mackinder’s fabulous studio. Being Vivienne's guest is an honor that is hard to put into words. She and her husband are wonderful hosts and I love them both! As an HDTV Team member I train with Vivienne, I present, educate and promote by showing fellow stylists how to increase their artistry, technical, business skills and to make their job a true rewarding career. The purpose of our yearly training is for the team to get to know each other better, to discuss and learn new techniques and come up with new projects and plans for HDTV and for stylists, salons and schools. New innovated and creative ideas that we can focus on for the next year. We can all agree that continued education is without a doubt vital to being successful in the beauty industry.  Vivienne’s goal is to help stylists be better at not only what we do but to understand why we do what we do. She sincerely wants us to be more confident and she wants to help our industry stay as strong as possible and I share all these beliefs with her. Vivienne, the team and I want you/the stylist to be better at your craft and to make a strong lasting career for yourself that is rewarding and one that you truly love.

Please check out - you'll be very rewarded - I promise!

Vivienne took the photo :-)

Have a great hair day!  Becci

Do I need To Change My Hairstyle All the Time?

One of my favorite authors David Houle has a new book out called “Entering the Shift Age” . Here’s a quote from the book that sparked a thought this morning:

“Change is everywhere:  in how we communicate, what we do for a living, the values we hold, the way we raise our children, even the way we access information. Thanks to a global economy, the force of the Internet, and the explosion of mobile technology, we have- almost imperceptivity-entered into a new era, the Shift Age, in which change happens so quickly that it’s become the norm. Man made developments such as tools machines and technology defined previous ages but the Shift Age will be defined by our own power of choice.”

Because we most certainly are in a Shift Age, stability in our lives will become all the more important to cherish when the rare chance that we come across it.  As hair stylists we hear all the time that we need to change our client’s hairstyle or else she will leave us and find someone who will give her something new. I’m all for a new hair style, but I’m also very much for a hairstyle that is always the same and that my client can count on looking the same every time she visits me.  Because our everyday lives are changing at light speed, sometimes it feels good to be able to count on something that is consistent and is a sure thing - even if it is something as small as a hairstyle.  I love change and I can become depressed when things become stagnant and don’t change, so this Shift Age is right up my alley!  I’m very excited to live during this era, but when it comes to my hair – well; I personally like a great haircut and to know that my hair looks great every day! I haven't changed my hair very much in a long time. I love that I don’t have to spend a lot of time messing around with it just to make it look good. There’s too much going on in my life and I don’t want to miss a thing by having to screw around in the bathroom fixing my hair! 

My clients always comment to me how they love the fact that while I’m cutting their hair they can close their eyes, relax and drift off into la-la–land and feel positive that their haircut will be exactly what they want every time they come in to see me – and I love that!
The answer to my question: “do I need to change my hairstyle all the time?” – NO.

Have a great hair day!  Becci

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Simplicity 100% Human Hair Extensions

I am officially a Certified Simplicity Extension Stylist!

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Dick Smiths Basic 3D Makeup Course Part - 3

You can click on each photo to see
better detail...if you like :-)

I use Ultracal 30 and had really good success making my first life cast of John! YEA!

I used Roma clay to sculpt my guy.
Next time I think I’ll use less clay and not sculpt out so close to the edges. I thought I got the edges really this but they could have been even thinner. Otherwise for my first attempt  like what he turned out like. I watched a video by Jordu Schell since this sculpt and  see not that I could have added a lot more detail. wow Jordu is quite the guy!

I used Ultracal 30 for the life mask and I can’t recall if I use that  or the White Hydrocal for the mold. None the less my mold ended up breaking in half while I was trying to release it from the gelatin I poured. Bummer...

For the release agent I used 2 coats of car wax on the life mask and I used 1 coat of shellac on the negative side of the mold before I poured in the melted gelatin product. Both were suggested in the Dick Smiths  booklet. I thought I’d try each one to see the difference.

The gelatin came right off of the life cast that I used the wax on . But the shellacked side was awful. It took lots of powder and about 2 hours to get it out of the mold!  After having to finally jut rip his nose off I realize that I didn't get the shellac applied well enough into the deep crevices... I guess.

I used all the gelatin that I had  but it wasn't enough for my project. So next time I’ll order extra. Also after looking over my progress photo here I see now that the original clay sculpt was still stuck in the exact place's I had a trouble getting the gelatin out of resulting in having to rip his nose off!  Maybe this is what  is meant buy “undercuts”? 

Even though I didn't get good results this time I still learned a great deal - I’m happy :-)