Archive for October, 2011

Your greatest Halloween adventure?

Mom and Dad were married on Halloween.

But they didn’t tell anyone what they were doing. Each told their parents they were going to a Halloween party, don’t wait up.

They drove from Michigan to Ohio, where there were no blood tests or waiting periods, and tied the knot. Then they drove back to Michigan and kept it a secret for weeks.

It’s hard to top that one. My fondest Halloween memories are those spent with close friends, applying a little innocent mischief around our neighborhood. Duane, Dave, Dave, and Rob, all respected citizens now.

I want to hear about your favorite Halloween adventure. Click on the comment link right below the headline.

Anything planned Halloween? There’s still time!

Stop by Sally Beauty to stock up on wild accessories just right for haunting.

Our sales associates have plenty of great ideas.

I always say you can never go wrong with temporary hair color.

 Beyond The Zone Color Bombz Temporary Hair Color comes in loud instant colors, and it washes out with your next shampoo. Spray it on, let it dry, then spray hair spray on it to make it last longer.

Come to Sally Beauty, we’ll help make your Halloween fun!

Halloween Inspiration

I am a TOTAL Halloween girl. It’s definitely my favorite holiday and I look forward to spooky, ghostly fun every year.

But, I have a problem. For someone who loves Halloween as much as I do, I can NEVER decide on a costume. I usually end up throwing something together at the last minute and am never satisfied with the result. So this year I have vowed to get my act together sooner. Yes, Halloween is in a week, but for me this is a major improvement. ;)

I spent the morning looking around for some inspiration and came up with a few products that I think would be super fun to incorporate into a costume. No decisions yet, but it’s a start!

Do you have trouble deciding on a costume? Any ideas you want to share? I need all the help I can get!

1. Ardell Wild Lashes in Diva
2. Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm
3. Beyond The Zone Color Bombz in Untamed Turquoise
4. China Glaze Haunting Halloween Crackle Collection
5. Sally Girl Sparkle Effects in Gleaming Green

Friday Fashion Poll – Hair Feathers

A product thumbnail of Multi-Color Professional Natural Feather SetWhat are your thoughts on feather hair extensions? Do you love them?  Or do you think they are something people will laugh about in 15 years like, “Remember in 2011 when everyone wore feathers in their hair? HILARIOUS!”

Be sure to vote and as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Feather Hair Extensions

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Family Salon

My mother has owned her own salon since I was a little boy, and my childhood is filled with memories of being in her shop on weekends and during the summers. I used to sweep the floors, make change for customers, fold towels and remove the papers from permanent wave rods. I remember of all the women in the salon gossiping, laughing and telling jokes that made no sense to me at the time. I remember the smells of hairspray and perms, the sounds of dryers and 70s music on the radio. It was a great experience. I always felt like I had a second home, and an extended family.

Another member of our salon family was the traveling salesman. Usually on a sunny, Saturday afternoon a salesman would come by the shop with his sample case and notebook and he’d sit and chat with my mom about what products she needed, but also just to chit-chat about the Texas heat or high school football. It was a very personal and nostalgic way of doing business. Since her salon was quite a ways from a major metropolitan area, Mom had to stock up on all her supplies. It could be weeks before the salesman would be back around.  She would write the guy a check for an order that was taken by hand, then have to wait for her supplies to arrive. Sure, it was personal, but not terribly practical—this was still years before the first cell phone!  

Looking back, it’s a bit ironic that I now work for Sally Beauty in our eCommerce department. For those of us old enough to remember, the Internet (and ecommerce) changed everything. It brought something to the retail business that seemed like science fiction. Today, you can turn on your computer (or mobile device) order a product in two seconds, and have it shipped right to your salon door. Plus, you can buy the exact amount your salon needs without worrying that you can’t get a replacement soon enough. If you’re like my mom, you can still stock up for a month and take advantage of shipping offers; or you can buy what you need for one particular customer who is coming next week. You can also go on and use our AutoShip method to make sure you never run out of items you use regularly. 

Have we seen the end of the traveling salesman? Not just yet. There are still those shops like my mom’s that prefer the old-fashioned way of doing business (she just uses her computer for solitaire). But for the next generation of salon owners, we’d like to welcome you to the extended family at Who knows, maybe the day will come when stylists can simply wish for salon supplies and they’ll appear. Maybe one day they’ll look back on the Internet with a feeling of warm, fuzzy nostalgia.

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

Halloween is my favorite time of year and I love decorating my house inside and out for the holiday. In fact, I begin on October first by wearing Halloween colors (yes, some think this is a bit strange). I also paint my nails in Halloween fashion every week during October. So, instead of showing you just one design, I thought…why not paint 5 different “ghouls” so we can mix and match? They may take a bit longer to paint, but just take your time because they are worth it. So, let’s get started!


Nail Polish Remover                                      
Green Nail Polish
Polish Remover Pads                                    
Yellow Striping Nail Polish
Clear Base Coat      
Black Striping Nail Polish
White Nail Polish                                            
White Striping Polish
Orange Nail Polish                                         
Clear Top Coat
Black Nail Polish                                             
Pre-Painted Black Artificial Nails (optional)
Red Striping Polish                          

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

For all the “ghouls”, I began with two coats of black polish and let dry for at least 15 minutes. If you are using artificial nail tips, you can buy them in black and save this step. We will be painting “Eyes of the Cat”, “I Luv Mummy”, “Grinning  Jack”, “Frankie Baby”, and “Skully Dear.

Step 1:

Eyes of the Cat-Paint white “lemon” shapes for the eyes and let dry. Then fill in the white with green and paint a black crescent shape for the center of the eyes. You’re done…that was easy!

Step 2:

I Luv Mummy-Paint white diagonal swatches across your nail, leaving about an eighth inch black diagonal stripe. Paint black diagonal lines across your nail in different directions to indicate “wrapping” and let dry. Paint two red “eyes” in the center of the black stripe and let dry.

Step 3:

Grinning Jack-Paint two rounded shapes in white at the top third of your nail and fill in toward the tip. Paint orange over the white “pumpkin” shape and let dry. Using the yellow striping polish, paint 3 or 4 curved lines down the pumpkin to give some dimension. Paint a green “stem” and using black striping polish, paint a triangle for the nose and two for the eyes. Then paint a crooked smile and this nail is finished.

Step 4:

Frankie Baby-Paint a white zigzag line across the top third of your nail and fill in toward the tip, then overpaint the white with green polish. Using black striping polish, paint Frankie’s “scar” across his forehead, paint lines for his brows, eyes and crinkled mouth.

Step 5:

Skully Dear-Paint a white, roundish circle, off-center about half way down your nail. Paint a large black circle and a smaller black circle for eyes. Paint two small black “dots” for a nose and a “zipper” mouth to give this little guy some character.

Let all nails dry for about 15 minutes and apply two coats of clear top coat.

And there you have it…a handful of “ghouls” who just want to have fun! I hope you will try one or all of these fun designs, and have a Happy Halloween.

Until next time…..keep those nails covered.

Do the wave

Today I opted to watch cartoons with my daughter versus spending the extra time on my hair (I do love the Backyardigans). So instead of blow-drying and then using a flat iron, I worked in some Beyond the Zone Split Mender after I showered, used a diffuser for a few minutes and let the rest air dry. (BTZ Split Mender is a leave- in conditioner, but it acts like a very light gel.)

The resulting lazy-day-hair is actually not bad. In fact, I have received several compliments. I was also told I remind someone of Ally Sheedy from The Breakfast Club. But hey, I like that movie and the 80’s are making a comeback.

Fall Hair Color

Just as the leaves are beginning to change on the trees to rich reds, bright coppers, deep browns and even some yellow and gold, isn’t it time to change up your hair color?

Below is one technique to achieve a great fall look that will be sure to turn heads as you walk by. Please note that this technique is for those with hair a level 6 or above, a.k.a dark blonde or lighter.

  • First, pre-lighten the hair to a level 7 or 8 with the new Ion Color Brilliance Ammonia Free Powder Lightener. Use a highlighting cap or foils to highlight as many pieces as you prefer.
  • After processing according to manufacturers’ directions, rinse and shampoo your hair. If you used a highlighting cap, remove the cap at this time.
  • Next, apply Ion Intensive Shine Demi Permanent 6WR Dark Warm Red Blonde to all of your hair, including the freshly highlighted area. Process according to manufacturers’ directions. When complete you will have a rich red blonde tone with light copper fall highlights.

Remember to always do a strand test first and follow all the manufacturers’ instructions!

Please share with us how you are updating your look for this fall season!

Halloween Dinosaur Hair

Here in Texas you never know if Halloween is going to be hot, like the surface of the sun, or if it’s going to be cold and rainy. Texas weather tends to change on a dime, it can be 85 degrees one day and 50 degrees the next.  This is true except for August when it’s 100 degrees out every day.  As a parent, the Halloween survival trick is to buy a costume for your child that is both lightweight in design, but also has room for layers.  By doing this, you’ll be able to prepare him for whatever weather Texas throws at you.

Last year, my youngest was obsessed with dinosaurs (he loved to roar like one).  We set out to find a dinosaur costume that was Texas-weather friendly.  Finally we found a costume that just covered his legs, so he could wear a matching short or long-sleeved shirt. He was prepared for anything!

It turned out to be a very hot Halloween. So I decided to give the Beyond The Zone Spike It Hair Cement in green a try, instead of putting a stuffy, dinosaur-green hat on his head. I was a little concerned that the green may not wash out of his platinum-blond hair the first time we washed it.  So, I did a small patch test a few days before. 

I was able to put his hair into a Mohawk (his dino-spikes) with the Beyond The Zone Spike It Hair Cement and it stayed! I was expecting his baby-fine hair to fall flat within an hour, but it held up all night. To my relief, the colored hair gel washed out easily without leaving a green tint.

I liked the gel so much I bought it in red for my oldest son to wear on Wacky Hair Day at his school a few months later. The Beyond The Zone Spike It Hair Cement is now one of my Halloween faves! 

Do you have any Halloween product favorites?

Friday Fashion Poll

Are you on Pinterest? I’m slightly (or very) obsessed with the site. I can easily spend hours looking through fabulous decorations, hair inspiration boards and nail art designs.

Last night while I was browsing pins instead of getting to bed at a decent hour (intervention time!), I noticed that there were tons of braid tutorials. It looks like braids are back!

Part of me loves them and then the other part feels like they shouldn’t be worn over the age of ten, or off the prairie. So, I’m interested to see where you fall on the braid debate.


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Everything you want…

David the Photographer

I have a photographer friend named David. One day, he was photographing a female acquaintance, and she asked him, “Are you getting everything you want out of our relationship?”

The events that followed are pretty funny, and David tells the story so well I hate to try to do it myself. So I won’t. Check with him if you’d like to hear the rest.

My question for you — along the same lines — is this: Are you getting everything you’d like from Sally Beauty?

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