Confessions of a Curly Hair Girl

For as long as I can remember I was never content with my natural thick and wavy hair. Straightening my hair was always a hassle, so when I was younger I would get a perm here and there just because it was easier to manage. I was always indecisive,  if I’d cut my hair short, I’d grow it long, and I always, ALWAYS had the stylist thin it out because it was just too much. I was never content with the locks that I had on my own head. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to embrace it! My hair always felt dry, and frizzy, and it had to be cut a certain way or it looked ridiculous! It would look like I had choppy layers or just a straight blunt cut.. I was never taught how to wear it natural or how to maintain my curls.

The next logical step of course was the internet, and I would YouTube ridiculous videos that didn’t work for my type of hair. During my experiments, I did find some tips and tricks that worked for me. Us curly hair girls have some secrets (at least I do) that might surprise some of you. Here are some confessions that I think most curly hair girls can relate to.  

I rarely wash my hair!

Most people can get away with every other day or every other-other day, but people with curly hair like me, we could get away with washing it maybe once or twice a week, that may sound gross to some of you but the longer I go without washing my hair the curlier my hair gets. Dry shampoo, is a very good friend of mine. It allows me to extend the length of time i can wear my hair down by another full day. This also means I get one more day of being able to wear it up! To be honest, the more days I wear my hair down, the more oily it gets.

Brushing

We don’t do it: like ever! More than likely we don’t even own one. At least I don’t! I either run my fingers through my hair in the shower or I use a wide tooth comb. If I comb my hair after the shower, once it starts to dry, it looks like a hot frizzled mess!

 

Cock-tailing

No, I am not talking about the drinking kind, I LOOVVEE to cocktail my products. I HAVE to use products, and if I don’t, my curls are frizzy or dull. I personally like to use a mouse or gel for a good hold. My absolute favorite product to use for my curls is a sea salt spray! I especially use it on day two or three depending on how my curls look the next morning.  My routine consists of a leave in conditioner, gel or mouse, and a hair oil or serum. The next/last day I may mist my hair with some water and then spritz in some sea salt spray and I’m good to go.

Blow-drying

It doesn’t happen for me, like ever! First of all, my hair takes forever to dry. Secondly, my hair would look like I stuck my finger in a socket; big and all over the place. If we do decide to blow dry our hair we always use a diffuser.

As you can see, my hair care routine is a tad bit different than how you might style or care for your hair. Like I said earlier, it took me a few trial and errors to find out what works for me, so my best advice for anyone would be to find what works for you. Everyone’s hair is different, and different tricks work on different hair types. So what works for me may not work for you. I have grown to love the hair I have, and my passion for curly hair has also grown as well! 

 

~Kylie

A curly haired girl

 

My Hairdressing Journey

My Journey ~ By Kylie

We all have a background to how we got where we are today and along that journey we all experience bumps in the road, like clients that make you want to rip your own hair out, or at times even questioning, “Is this something I really want to do with the rest of my life?” Like so many others, I’ve also experienced those same hurdles, but throughout my journey this far, I’ve found a passion for this career. One that I knew was there all along.

When I was a little girl I was passionate about dance and I stuck with it for 10 years. Now, I loved dance in general, but my favorite thing was the recitals! I loved getting into costume, having my hair and makeup done, and just feeling fabulous! From little on I had loved getting my hair or makeup done, so when it was time to start thinking about college and my life after high school, the only thing I knew that I was passionate about was the cosmetology field.

You can ask anyone that really knows me and they will agree that I am a city girl at heart, so when it came down to looking at cosmetology schools, there was no question that the bigger city was calling my name. People assumed I would go to Wausau, or Eau Claire, simply because it was closer to home, but I wanted adventure! I had a desire to meet new people and to see and experience new things. For me, that meant traveling to a different state, Minnesota. I came across Regency Beauty Institute in Blaine, Minnesota, and I instantly knew that this was the school for me! I was super excited to start my journey as a cosmetologist and start this new adventure.

As I walked into the lobby at beauty school on the first day, I remember that there were about 15 other girls also waiting to be told where to go and what to do next. I gained so many experiences through school, but some of my favorite things we did were avant-garde, fantasy makeup, and of course when we were able to work and practice our new skills on one another.  I ended up learning so much more than I ever could have imagined and I even met some pretty amazing friends along the way. Of course, I had my fair share of bumps in the road as I attended school and towards the end of my program, I even started to doubt and question my career path. Through it all, I successfully completed my program and became a licensed Minnesota Cosmetologist. Due to the self-doubt I struggled with about my path, I ended up moving back home to where it felt safe. There, I knew I could take the time to figure out exactly what I wanted to do.

Before I moved home, I was told that there was a difference in hours of schooling between Minnesota and Wisconsin, but my school reassured me that they could help me obtain the hours necessary in order to receive a Wisconsin Cosmetologist License. The difference was 200 hours! I was given two options, to either go back to Regency for two months and spend roughly $2000, or I was told I could simply wait it out until Wisconsin changed their hours to match Minnesota’s. I decided to save money and wait it out. Well, I waited, and I waited, and I waited! Finally, I decided I would try to find a receptionist position at a salon somewhere around the area, as a way to get my foot in the door.

Long story short, that’s how I ended up here, at Back To Bliss! I was hired as a receptionist and shortly after, Monica asked if I wanted to do the apprenticeship program in order to make up the difference or hours. Of course I said yes!! Little did we know that instead of simply being able to make up the 200-hour difference I had to do an ENTIRE year of apprenticeship, but in the end, it was so worth it!

When leaving cosmetology school the educators said, “We just teach you the basics. You learn so much more when you go out into the real world and get experience.” They were so right! My educators at Regency were awesome and there’s no doubt that I learned a lot from them. They pushed me to never give up, and that practice always makes perfect, but I always felt as if I learned nothing other than “just the basics.”

At the salon, Monica and the other stylists taught and are continuing to teach me new tips, tricks, and techniques every day. Monica is an awesome mentor! Shortly after I started my apprenticeship she helped me realize how much I do love being a cosmetologist and how strong of a passion I have for the art of cosmetology. I can honestly say that I can’t picture myself doing anything else the rest of my life. I’m happy I report that in October, I had officially obtained my Wisconsin Cosmetology License!

Over the years I have come to realize, my likes and dislikes in this industry and what areas I am more passionate about than others. For instance, I always have been passionate about good skin care, and I thought that this was the area that I wanted to mainly focus on, however, this has started to shift. For example, I’ve gotten more into perms! I am all about curly hair! The curlier the better! I believe that at one point in our lives we have all envied the girl with the naturally curly hair. I am also known as the blowout queen around here, so give me a round brush and watch me do my magic!

I have had quite the adventure so far in this industry and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!  Thanks for taking the time to read about my journey as a stylist thus far. I hope you decide to follow along and join me as I continue to grow as a stylist!

 

Xoxo Kylie Gonnering

Associate Level Stylist

 

Promotion Of The Month – September 2016

Our September 2016 Promotion of the Month is:

 

Buy 1 get 1 half off

Liter Sale

 

Valid for all of our shampoo and conditioner liters.

This is a great time to stock up on all your hair care needs. Included in this sale are all of our regular product lines:

Organic Coloring Systems

Malibu Wellness

Onesta

 

This sale is good until the end of September 2016. We hope you take advantage and bring some excellent natural hair care products into your home at a great discount.

Why I Love Coconut Oil

I have recently rediscovered what is sometimes called the healthiest oil in the world: coconut oil. When I first learned about this superfood, I used it as much as I could and tried to incorpotate it into just about everything! I still am using it because of all the benefits I’ve gotten from the wonderful oil and I will continue to use it forever!

For many years, people have been using coconut for so many different things. Pacific islanders believe the coconut is the cure for all illenss and the palm tree from which they grow is known to them as the “Tree of Life”. In traditional medicine, coconut was used to help heal such things as; bruises, burns, earaches, fevers, lice, rash, sore throat, upset stomach just to name a few. As the years have gone by, modern medicine has discovered even more ways coconut oil can be helpful in everyday life. Researchers have even found that it can kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi!

One of the many ways to benefit from the oil is to consume it! You can use it to cook with, as a subsitiute for butter, incorporate it into smoothies or eat it raw! Coconut oil is lower in calories than other fats and can promote loss of excess weight by increasing the metebolic rate! Another way it can help with weight loss is that it can reduce hunger because of the way the fatty acids are metabolized. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are immediatly transfered into the liver and turned into fuel. Consuming the coconut oil, you can also get stronger bones and teeth because of the calcium it contains. Coconut oil is also a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, potassium, magnesium, electrolytes and amino acids.

Another way to use coconut oil is to use in on you skin and in your hair, which is the way that I use it most often! I use it in my hair everyday morning and night; I use it when my hair is wet and when its dry without my hair getting too greasy. Coconut oil contains antioxidants that protect our skin from free radicals, which can slow down the aging process. Another way coconut oil benefits the skin is that it imporves the lipid mositure and acid mantle which helps protect the skin. If you are a person who likes to enjoy the sunshine in the summer, coconut oil is very useful to protect your hair and skin from up to 20% of UV rays! After being in the sun, it is also a good idea to apply it to avoid peeling if you do end up with a burn.

There are SO MANY other uses and benefits of coconut oil, I have just listed a few that I found most interesting. What I love most about the oil is that it is so versitile, eliminating the need for so many different products. Now that you know why I love coconut oil, I hope that you will try it and love it too!

You can find a quality cocunut oil right here at Back to Bliss.  We have Dr. Bronner’s Magic “All-one” Coconut oil for $26.99! The jar is 30oz so it will last you an incredibly long time! You will notice that the product is in a solid form, but liquifies with just the warmth of your fingers! I hope I have given you enough of a reason to pick one up today so you can enjoy these health benefits as well.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Product of The Month – September

Take 10% off

These amazing kits are exactly what you need to defend and strengthen damaged hair.  Take advantage of this months special product.

Offer good while supplies last this September.  Download the product of the month flyer here for complete details.

probiotics

10% off Color Care Kit for the month of September
PROBIOTIC COLOR CARE KIT
Actual Price-36.83 + tax
Retail value of $65.88

3 Piece Kit includes the following Products:

Probiotic Shampoo contains color-enhancing extracts of certified Organic Chia and Fennel. The Lactobacillus probiotics support a healthy scalp. While a combination of quinoa and vegetable proteins help protect, defend and strengthen damaged hair.

Probiotic Conditioner contains anti color fade extracts of Certified Organic Amla and Shea Butter.

Leave in Strengthening Spray has the healing properties of probiotics of hair care.

Announcement: Elizabeth Cruz Promotion

Effective August 1st, 2015 Elizabeth Cruz will be promoted to Advanced Level Stylist.

Elizabeth has been working full time with Back To Bliss over the last year. She has a strong enjoyment of hair cutting and has a loyal Spanish and English speaking clientele. Over the last year she has mastered our Organic Coloring Systems color line to become a great colorist. She has successfully tested to be able to perform all nail, hair, and facial services expected by Back To Bliss. In addition, she has completed all of Back To Bliss’ Associate Level training programs and attended several ayurveda and wellness trainings. All in all, she has done everything we could ask for in her training to serve as a stylist in a fume free salon and wellness center.

Congratulate her the next time you see her on all of her hard work and well deserved promotion.  All of her service price changes will take effect immediately beginning on August 1st when her promotion to Advanced Level takes effect.

Check out this showcase featuring our newest Advanced Level Stylist!

 

 

Your An Esthetician… What’s That?

During the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to meet many new people. When they ask what I do, I say that I am an Esthetician and Cosmetology Apprentice.  Almost everyone gives me the blank stare and asks, “What’s that?” To clear up the confusion, let me tell you a little bit about what I do.

As an Esthetician, also known as a skin care specialist, I am able to work at salons, day spas or medi spas. I was trained in the cosmetic treatment of the skin, facials, body wraps, waxing, and makeup. Cosmetologists are also trained in all of those treatments, but not as in depth as I was as an Esthetician.  My training allows me to focus on skin care and all of its facets.  I attended the State College of Beauty Culture in Wausau. My training was 32 hours a week for 19 weeks totaling about 600 hours. I graduated in 2010 with cum laude honors and continue to educate myself in the field.

As well as being an Esthetician, I am also a Cosmetology Apprentice. What that means is, I am learning how to cut, color, and perm hair as well as manicures and pedicures right here at Back to Bliss! Instead of attending a year long program at a school, I get to work as I learn. After finishing my apprenticeship I will have completed a two year training program which is 3,712 hours on-the-job training with Monica, and 288 hours of theory training online. I will then be able to take my state boards and receive my cosmetology license.

I also am starting a new journey of blogging, which is completely foreign to me, but so exciting. I love learning new things about this industry, and about myself. I will be blogging about anything from skin to hair and everything related to beauty. If you have any ideas about topics for me, please let me know I’ll gladly take them! You can email me at jessmb2b@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Jessica McCord

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain