Archive for August, 2011

Nail Tip of the Day

A base coat is the beginning step of polishing your nails. When I was young I never used a base coat because I didn’t understand why I needed to. Of course, my nails were always stained from the polish and the polish wouldn’t last at all. You live and you learn.

So, always start with the base coat. The natural oils in your nails keep the polish from sticking for more than a day or two.  Base coats create a barrier that helps protect your nails from staining and it helps adhere the polish to your nail, which keeps the polish on longer.

There are many base coats out there. Ridge fillers, strengthening base coats, moisturizing base coats – you name it, it probably exists. With all these options, you’re sure to find the best one for you and your needs.

If you need help figuring out which one is best for you, leave a comment and we’ll pick out one together.

Happy polishing!

QR codes – here’s the story

What’s that crazy-looking thing in the Sally Beauty sales flier?

It’s called a QR code. Smartphone users consider them the newest, greatest, grandest thing.

QR stands for Quick Response, and the codes are showing up everywhere. It’s a super quick link to additional information, like a video, a website, or phone numbers and addresses.

It’s so easy! No more typing www this or www that, no more needing to feed numbers into the keypad.

Sally Beauty uses QR codes in different advertising pieces to provide you with links to such cool things as:

Ion Keratin Smooth Solutions


QR codes are also showing up on signs in our stores to give you product demonstrations. You can watch the demonstrations while you’re in the store or refer to them later.

This technology is popular, but it isn’t exactly new. QR codes were around long before smartphones ever showed up. They were first used almost 20 years ago in Japan, in automobile factories, to keep track of car parts during the manufacturing process.

It’s easy to join the fun! Download the QR code reader app, then point your phone’s camera at the QR code. Zap! The code will take your screen to the special place reserved for that unique code.

Here’s another QR code, to something that always makes me laugh. Grab your smartphone and take a look!


Animal Print Ombré Effect

Animal prints are very hot this summer and I wanted to put them on my nails, but I wanted to give them more of a 3D look. So, I decided to use the ombré (shaded) effect underneath the leopard spots, to help them “pop”. I really liked the look and so did my friends, so I just had to share it with my readers!

Nail Polish Remover                                      
White Nail Polish
Polish Remover Pads                                    
Dark Brown Nail Polish
Clear Base Coat                                               
Black Striping Nail Polish
Light Brown or Tan Nail Polish
Clear Top Coat
Cosmetic Wedges   
Wax Paper

Remove your old polish, file and buff your nails. Apply a clear basecoat and let dry.

Step 1:

Apply two coats of Light Brown or Tan nail polish to your nails and let dry for at least 15 minutes. You need this much time for drying when applying the next step.

Step 2:

Next we will begin the ombré or “fade” effect.

Drop a couple of drops of white nail polish on a small piece of wax paper. Dab the tip of the cosmetic sponge into the white polish and beginning at the tip of your nail, work your way half way up the nail bed, lightly “dabbing” your nail as you go. The polish will naturally fade as you run out of polish on the sponge, giving that “faded” look. The first coat will not make the tip of the nail opaque, and that is what you want…you can always add more, but you can’t remove it without starting over.

After completing all your nails, they will be dry enough to add another blend coat. Take your time and continue doing this until you are happy with the opacity, but be careful to make only the tip of the nail opaque, not the top (see photo below). If you get white polish on your fingers, just use a little polish remover to remove it.

Tip: Change out the sponges often. The polish will cause the sponge to disintegrate and leave residue if used too much.

Step 3:

Paint leopard spots using the dark brown polish. The good thing about painting the spots is that the more random they are, the better they look. So, don’t be too symmetrical with your painting. When the spots look like you want them to, highlight the edges using the black striping polish. Let the polish dry for about 10 minutes, then apply a top coat. Actually, I like to apply two coats. It protects your designs longer and these are so cute, you will want them to last as long as possible.

I really had a lot of fun with this design and it took no time at all. I hope you give this technique a try and really go “wild” with it.

Until next time…..keep those nails covered.

Does your mate influence your hairstyle?

Here’s a conversation I had with my saintly wife Sheryl this morning…

Sheryl: You need a haircut.

Me: I’m growing it out.

Sheryl: Well, I don’t like it.

We’ve had the identical conversation two other times in the last three weeks.

Maybe she’s trying to tell me something?

My question for you is this:

Does your significant other/spouse influence your hairstyle decisions?

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Demi-Permanent Hair Color for Toning

Summer is almost over, can you believe it? Now that fall is fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at your hair situation.

Did your blonde hair get a little too blonde from the sun? You don’t have to color your hair dark or get rid of the blonde to tone it down. Just use demi color! Ion Intensive Shine Demi Permanent Hair Color is a great choice. 

There are a variety of shades and tones of blonde to help prepare you for the new season.  The 9NG Very Light Natural Golden Blonde is a popular one. It will leave you looking less over processed, but still golden. 

Don’t forget the rule! Make sure you do a strand test first and read all the manufacturer’s directions prior to use.

Back To School – Beauty School Edition

It’s back to school time already! I remember the fun part about going back to school was going shopping for new pencils, notebooks, folders with fun characters.  Who’s with me?

For all you beauty school students out there, make sure you have all your supplies ready. Guess who has a great selection? Yup, Sally Beauty does!

Here are a few of the basics:

  • The Wahl All Star Combo has a clipper and trimmer, all in one nice little package. This is a professional grade clipper will last through the many practice cuts you will be doing. The trimmer is a powerful little guy that really gets the job done. The combo includes guards for the trimmer and guards for the clipper.  
  • Make sure you have plenty of combs. Tool Structure Neon Combs have both rattail and styling combs in fun colors that add a little brightness to long class days.
  • Don’t forget to get a stylish apron to protect your clothes. Jessie Steele has several fun and fashionable aprons to choose from.

Each school has a different supply list, but you can be sure to find all the items you need at your local Sally Beauty. Oh yes, be sure to let me know what fun supplies you found while shopping for back to school!

Sally Beauty Supply’s Vendor Awards

Every year, we all look forward to honoring our vendor partners at our annual awards breakfast during one of the biggest business to business professional beauty shows in the country, CosmoProf North America in Las Vegas.

This year, as we gathered for breakfast at a Mandalay Bay restaurant near the entrance to the exhibit floor, there was excitement and anticipation in the gathered crowd, as they drank their coffee and juice waiting for the ceremony to start.  For the past 16 years Sally Beauty has been selecting the most innovative and dedicated vendors as our “Partners in Progress” and this year was no different.

Sally Beauty Supply LLC honored Conair Professional Group, Fisk Industries, Star Nail and Strength of Nature and principals of each company accepted the award from the merchandise director over their category.  One of our manufacturers, Fisk Industries,  even brought the next generation of leadership to the breakfast – the elementary school age grandsons of the current President!

Mike Spinozzi, President of Sally Beauty Supply, and Sue Davidson, Group Vice President, Merchandising for Sally Beauty, hosted the event and helped congratulate each of the award-winning companies.  Here are the group shots of each company receiving their award:

The Conair Professional Group stands with their Sally Beauty Partners in Progress award. Pictured (left to right): Mike Spinozzi, President, Sally Beauty Supply; Janet Phillips; Sue Davidson; Joni Bologna, Conair Professional Group; Brenda Walker; Ken Russo, Conair Professional Group

Sally Beauty presented the Partners in Progress award to Fisk Industries for outstanding contributions. Pictured (left to right, back row): Mike Spinozzi, President, Sally Beauty Supply; Sue Davidson; Janet Phillips, Director; Steve Adler, Fisk Industries; Ira Adler, Fisk Industries; Brenda Walker

The Star Nail Group was presented the Sally Beauty Partners in Progress award. Pictured left to right – Mike Spinozzi, President, Sally Beauty Supply; Sue Davidson, Group Vice President, Merchandising, Sally Beauty Supply; Tony Cuccio, The Star Nail Group; Elaine Watson, The Star Nail Group; Christina Jahn, The Star Nail Group; Linda Voracek

Strength of Nature was presented the prestigious Sally Beauty Supply Partners in Progress award. Pictured letf to right - Mike Spinozzi, President, Sally Beauty Supply; Sue Davidson, Mario de La Guardia, Jr., Strength of Nature; Reneé Reynolds,; Charlene Bastien, Strength of Nature

Non-committal beauty

A product thumbnail of Sally Girl Mini Lip Gloss WandCommitment phobia is defined as an avoidance of long-term partnership. Most hear the term and think of romantic relationships, but it can apply to other areas of your life as well. 

For example, I have a hard time committing to economy size bottles of shampoo, and sometimes picking a new shade of eye shadow makes me unnecessarily nervous. Like it’s going to be the end of the world if I don’t look great in taupe eye shadow! =)  We all have our quirks, I guess.

For all my fellow beauty product commitment-phobes, I’ve rounded up a list of fun products that you can try worry-free.

  1. Sally Girl Makeup and Polish – These teeny tiny beauties are great for testing out different colors, without spending a lot of money. At $0.99, you can afford to experiment. You never know…purple polish could just be your new BFF Polish for Life!
  2. Travel size liquids – Quite a few brands at Sally Beauty have come out with travel size versions of their products.  Buy a few and see which ones you like the best before committing to full size.
  3. Semi-permanent Hair Color – Looking to try out a new hair color? That can be scary, especially if you’ve had the same shade for quite awhile. Semi-permanent hair color is kind of a “try before you buy” miracle product. It allows you to test out a color, without having to commit to it long-term. It washes out in a 6-8 shampoos so if the color isn’t for you, you aren’t stuck with it. Love it? Make it last longer with permanent color.

Hair Extensions FAQ – Part 1

Hair extensions are as hot as ever right now.  We get a lot of questions from customers about how the process works for permanent hair extensions, as opposed to clip-in.  Below are a few of our most commonly asked questions from our customers.  Do you have any questions about hair extensions?  Let us know!  We’d love to hear from you!

Q:  Are hair extensions painful?

A:  If applied correctly by a trained professional, there should be NEVER be any pain or discomfort associated with the hair extensions.  A slight awkwardness can be expected on the first night or two of sleeping on hair extensions, but this is due to the new feeling of the attachment. It is also an adjustment to suddenly have long hair, and have to deal with hair around the face while sleeping.  If pain, irritation, or discomfort occurs after having hair extensions put in, consult another professional to remove or adjust the hair, or possibly to redo the application.

Q: Who is a good candidate for hair extensions?

A: Almost anyone can wear hair extensions.  There are, however, a few cases in which it might be advised against, or one method of application may be better than another.  For example, someone suffering with Alopecia would not be considered a good candidate, as well as those taking certain medications, or with genetic disorders causing loss of their natural hair.  You should always schedule a consultation with a professional before having hair extensions applied.

Q: Will people be able to notice that I am wearing hair extensions?

A: It is important to choose a style and color that matches your own natural hair when choosing hair extensions.  When properly put in by a licensed trained professional hair extension stylist, the end result will be very natural. 

Dear Hair – What the heck?

My hair is having a bad day today. I’m in the process of trying to grow it out as I have become weary of my maternity bob (which is an awesome story all on its own).  Today is it neither straight, nor curly. Neither long, nor short. There are pieces that want to flip this way and others that rebel.

So I rummage through my desk to see what I have on hand to combat this bad hair day.

This is what I find: Two hair claws, one hair elastic, a wide tooth comb and a curling iron.

Ponytail is too desperate. Tried the claws to no avail. Luckily I found an open outlet under my desk.  So it looks like I will attempt to wrangle my lone wing with a few curls. When all else fails, I tousle.  

What’s your foolproof bad hair fix?