Black Friday/Hairstyles Follow-up

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! I want to take a minute in this post to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who faithfully have read my blog for the last two years. If you are new here-Welcome! I look forward to bringing you more fashion advice this coming year.

Well, Black Friday is here. This year retailers decided to put a twist on things and many opened at midnight. I don’t do Black Friday and never have. You will have to rely on other notices in your inbox to give you the latest information on all the deals out there. As much as I do NOT like going out on this day myself, I do enjoy hearing about the fun times and good deals you found. Since I’m more of a night owl than an early morning person, I would find it much easier to go out at midnight that get up at 4 AM. Did you score any great Black Friday deals?

I also wanted to follow up on Hairstyles Part 2.Make sure to write a comment to be entered in the Giveaway. Do not pass up this great opportunity especially if you are looking for a good excuse to change your style. Winner will be announced Monday, November 28th.

I was planning to write about Hairstylist “Etiquette” to address what to do when you need to make a switch, how to tip, when Angie from YOU LOOK FAB had the very same idea! I’m linking to her blog as I’ve done in the past, and you may recall an interview article I did a few months back. I agree with 100% with everything in this post.

Happy Shopping Today!

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Hairstyles: Part 2

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 I continue my interview with Brenda Stanton of Nico Bella Salon in Camas, Washington.

K: When doing color analysis, hair, skin and eye colors dictate what direction I go. When you make a recommendation for overall color and/or highlights do you look at skin, eyes or both?

B: I look at skin tone. I see many women who want that beach blond look, and it really is not the best with with their skin tone. There is also many who have an over processed look and that is “out” as well.

K: What are the current trends in color?

B: Warm browns–shades of carmel. All over color with no highlights is in. We are also seeing subtle highlights and not as “chunky” The trend is  VERY natural looking.

K: What is a universal cut that looks good on MOST women?

B: Graduated bob– it’s especially great for fine hair as it makes it look thicker. Collar bone length is a great length for many women.

K: Do you ever look at body type in addition to face shape? Is there something to balancing the hair and the body type?

B: Yes, petite women look better with collar bone length or a bob cut. Many women with this body type want big hair and it almost has the opposite effect and makes them look smaller.

K: If a client with long hair asks my advice on a cut, I suggest going in stages by starting with a few layers around the neckline and face, still allowing them to pull it back. I find that women who have had long hair for years struggle the most to style their hair because it’s been pretty low maintenance. Do you agree?

B: Yes!

K: I also see women with very thick hair, almost unmanageable. I’ve heard that it is all in the cut–thinning. The mistake many stylists make is not taking enough hair out in order for it to lay right.

B: This is true. Layers are also important!  Blending–not just thinning. The stylist needs to use a thinning shears. The layers need to be the right length or that will throw off the style and how the hair lays.

Below are some photos of longer, layered hair styles. I’m a big fan of layers. Although I have fine hair, my hair stylist has suggested that I will always be one that needs layers–not an all one length bob. I agree. I am actually trying to grow out my hair a little, but I will always have some layers.

K: What is the biggest change in hair products in the last few years?

B: Hair texture oils–argon oils to protect from heat. Root boosts–even in powder form are great. Keratin smoothing treatments that are formaldehyde free. It’s a great treatment for curly hair. It won’t straighten yet it softens curl  and cuts drying time in half.

(Karen’s Note: Ask your stylist for the best, latest products for you. It’s very individual. For example, great strides have been made in products for fine hair. I can’t believe the volume I can get with root boosts compared to years ago.)

Are you ready for a new look? Brenda is offering a Free haircut/style!! Make a comment and you’ll be entered. Contest ends Saturday, November 26. 2011 at 9 pm PST.

In addition, you’ll receive 10% off any service if you mention Style by Karen when you call.

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Is it Time for a New Hairstyle? Part 1

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When I tell people that I’m a Personal Stylist, it is often misinterpreted. It doesn’t matter how many references I make to fashion, there is a misunderstanding. I’ve even received calls from women who thought I did hair. Well here’s the deal. I have a real interest in hair, but I have no training in this area. I do continue to read and gain knowledge about hair because I think it is so important in our overall image.

I’ve only written one post about hairstyles. I went back to read it and I encourage you to do the same. The information still applies. Now I’m taking it one step further. If you’ve been sporting the same hair style for a bit, it’s time for a CHANGE. Tweak your hair style. Experiment a little with color. It can be fun!

You can have current, stylish clothes, but if your hair style is dated, it does not present an overall positive image.

Anytime you see a makeover on TV or in a magazine what is often the most profound change? HAIRSTLYE. I certainly don’t want to downplay the importance of my piece, but let’s face it. Hair makes such a difference.

For this post I interviewed hair stylist, Brenda Stanton who works out of Nico Bella Salon in Camas. 

K: Why do you think it is so difficult for women to change their hairstyle?

B: Women associate their style with many memories and a certain period in their life. It’s hard for them visualize something different.

K: I agree. It seems to be the a huge obstacle for many. Do you find those virtual hairstylist sites to be at all helpful?

B: If you are going for something dramatic, it might be helpful. It’s good to have your face on the screen intead of a magazine model. There really are pros/cons to this.

K: How do you approach the topic of a new style for a client that has had the same “do” for years?

B: It’s tough. Women can be defensive. My motto: Be gentle. Women are scared and need my guidance which helps give them the confidence to take that plunge. I encourage taking baby steps and avoiding a drastic change.

K: When I profile a client I make sure their lifestyle and typical week match the clothes in their closet. I’m sure you agree that it is important to match a hair style with a client’s lifestyle as well has her ability to style her own hair?

B: I find out how much time they are willing to spend. Some want a cute style and they are 5 minute hair person– that’s not going to work. Do they have the proper tools to style it? I will show step by step. It’s important to let the client practice at the salon while I’m watching. (Karen’s note: This is key. The hair stylist can get a different angle with the blow dryer and round brush. They make it look easy. You get home to try it and it can be disaster. Let your stylist give you tips, then try it yourself AT THE SALON!)

I found this site in my research and found it to be helpful.

Later this week we’ll continue with Brenda’s interview and offer a giveaway!

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Reinvent Yourself: Hairstyles

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Congratulations to Marsha, Comment #4, winner of the Redbook subscription!

I may be heading into a rather controversial topic: Hairstyles! I encourage you to think of your hair as one of your best accessories. There is no better way to give yourself a “new lease on life” than creating a new hairstyle. If you have had the very same hairstyle for five years or more, it may be time for a new look. I have been talking to my own personal stylist for months to gather this information to share.

The buzz word for 2010 seems to be REINVENT. However, it’s not as easy as it looks on paper or in the photos. Where do you start? I actually like changing my hair. When I look back over the years of photos I sometimes cringe, but I do believe my hair was always fairly current for that era. I am dating myself here–I recall the hairstyle I had when curling irons first came out. I had just gone from having long hair for several years to a much shorter style. Hairstylists did not have the layering technique down. (This came later with Farrah Fawcett) Oh, it was not good. Then came the “bi-level” in the 80′s. (see wedding photo) I am quite sure that looking at photos of old hairstyles is one of the best ways to bring on laughter. Below is a representation of my hair styles the last 20 years.



I have been blessed with fine, thin hair. I have been attempting to grow it out for two years. Growing out for me is going from a shorter VERY layered haircut to one with much longer layers. It’s a painstakingly slow process for hair like mine as it damages easily and has to be cut frequently. I’ve tolerated many bad hair days. Do you ever wonder how some women can suddenly have long hair and never seem to go through a bad stage? (I’m not referring to Kate Gosselin and other celebrities with extensions!)

How do you go about changing your hairstyle?

1. Ask your hair stylist for suggestions to match your hair texture AND face shape. These are key factors in choosing a new style.

2. Look for photos in magazines and show your stylist

3. If you see a style you like start a conversation and find out where she goes. If your camera phone is handy, take a photo. She will be flattered.

4. If you are tired of  long hair, do not make a drastic change if you want to go short. Go in stages. I’m NOT telling you to get your long hair cut. I realize the versatility it provides. Maybe cutting a few inches or adding layers will be all you need. I recently read that “collar bone length” is very flattering with most face shapes. Check out the virtual hairstyler. It should help you visualize a new you. If nothing else, it’s entertaining!

Hair Stylist Checklist

1. When you ask for a suggestion, is your stylist full of ideas or say that “you’re fine” with the style you’ve had for years. If it’s the latter, it’s a red flag to me. Great hair stylists want to help you change your look and are ready to take you through the stages of a grow out if necessary.

2. Is your hair stylist getting ongoing continuing education? Hair techniques and products are always changing. Make sure your stylist is current!

 3. Try a new stylist. I KNOW THIS IS DIFFICULT. Hair stylists become like family–they know us very well! A fresh perspective can be helpful.

4. If your hair is fine/thin is the stylist suggesting all the right products? If your hair is thick, coarse or curly there are products for you too. Advances in hair products have been amazing over the years. If your stylist is not texturizing your thick hair on a regular basis, you need to ask or find someone else. Thick or curly hair can be managed! Ask the right questions. If you do not get answers, make a change.


If you are not quite brave enough to try a new style, what about a few highlights? Getting the right color is tough and takes some trial and error. For years I did weaves. My hair got lighter and lighter and my stylist totally lost touch with my natural color. It took just as many years to find someone to listen to what I wanted and finally my hair is back to my natural color. Recently I read this suggestion:  Bring your stylist photos of yourself as a child. This is the best way to match your natural color. If you don’t care about your natural color, or never liked it, then go for something new that complements your skin tone and eye color. Step out of that box, try something new and soon you’ll be showered with compliments!

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