Winter Hair Elixir

As winter approaches, our hair, skin, and nails tend to become extra thirsty. The combination of the rigid, cold weather and arid Colorado air can do a number on our bodies. With the help of the King Soopers Live Natually program, I am able to have my favorite at-home hair and skin remedies delivered right to my door. For my favorite DIY hair elixir, I have combined three of the most nourishing oils which are shown below:

Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, & Olive Oil

Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, & Olive Oil

The first ingredient in my winter elixir is avocado oil. This oil contains a very high amount of monounsaturated fats which are easily absorbed into the scalp and hair strands and can stimulate growth by unclogging follicles in the scalp when massaged. 

The next ingredient that I use in this combination is coconut oil. For hair, this oil has been used for a number of reasons, but I love it for the purpose of moisturizing and protection against damage. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which helps to fortify the protein within your hair, creating stronger, shinier locks. 

The final ingredient that I use is olive oil. This product contains a large amount of fatty acids, which will coat the hair shaft and protect it from color and heat damage. I adore heating up this oil and using it on its own in order to prevent frizz and add high shine to my hair. 

 

Mix all three of these ingredients (amount will vary depending on how much hair you have) in a bowl and heat for 15-30 seconds. I prefer to hop in the shower and shampoo my hair first, then I apply the mixture to my hair and pin my locks up. Sometimes I will let the elixir sit while I am in a hot bath, or I will continue to shower and allow it to sit while I shave my legs. I will usually rinse for about 5 mins, gently shampoo with a moisture rich shampoo, and follow up with my favorite conditioner. Through the winter, this mix can be used once per week to freshen up your hair from a week of stressors. 

Thank you to King Soopers and the Live Naturally program for making it so easy to shop online and order my fave products. You girls can check them out and do some shopping of your own by going to www.Kingsoopers.com/livenaturally. By using the code BAM15 at checkout, you will receive $15 off a $50 order + free shipping. If you are busy girls like me (I know you all are) this is such a hassle-free way to receive fresh groceries and products.

Until next time lovelies! XOX-BAM

Flat Iron Waves

Just in time for your weekend, I have finished my first tutorial! Bare with me, as I am a newbie when it comes to speaking in front of a camera and editing a video. I hope that it serves its purpose for each of you! Feel free to STOP, PAUSE, REPEAT until you have this quick and fun technique mastered. I love you all! Enjoy!

Mane Mantra

In Hinduism, a mantra is a repetitive incantation of a word or sound used in meditation. Every morning, I have my own personal hair-worship, and repeat the same process the following day. Your hair can be part of your aura, part of what identifies you as a woman, and part of what separates you from the pack. Never neglect practicing your own personal Mane Mantra and chant on! 

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Ryleigh encompasses everything it means to be young. She is an explorer, adventurous in all aspects of her life, and is never afraid of the unknown. I love doing hair on girls like her, as it inspires me to try things outside of my comfort zone. Together, we came up with a funky look and color that would keep her boredom at bay while her hair grows longer. With the incredible photography of Jessica Moore, we captured Ryleigh's fun and forward style.

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I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving! 

Xox- BAM

The Siren Song

Helen of Troy. Cleopatra. Aphrodite. Queen Elizabeth I. Emily Dickinson. All of these legendary and bold women had one physical trait in common:

They were redheads. 

My fascination and adoration of this "tawny" colored hair most likely began at birth. You see, my mom is a ginger, and her hair is thick, course, and resistent like most men and women with this recessive gene. I have memories of being young and running my fingers through it and wondering why her hair texture was so much more different than my own. And so began my life-long curiosity with these sirens.

Every time that I stumble across these rare clients, I am automatically enthralled. Ginger hair is naturally a fighter. It resists color in ways that dumbfound a lot of stylists in my industry. Red hair is a color that most people warn to be bad voodoo if tampered with, however I find myself constantly tempted to perform my own versions of small hair-seances and enhance them in a slight but profound way. A little goes a long way for these rare heads of hair, and the highlights on my client, Mackenna, below demonstrate that. 

 

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Mackenna stuns me with her natural look every time that I see her. I painted some balayaged highlights throughout her hair to give her some depth and contrast, and I also chopped her hair into this awesome bob. I'm obsessed with the "cool girl" look she encompasses with this style. I took these photos of her the day before Halloween, so I really wanted to visit a graveyard and photograph her there! We went to the oldest cemetery in Denver, where 67,000 people have been buried and had a spooky time exploring the gravesites. I dressed her in some sexy little frocks from my closet to create a contradictory image. For the second look, We walked down to the Platte River, because I wanted to capture the reflections of the fall colors. I found this crazy sweater at Goodwill and we decided to call this look the "Sexy Bill Cosby". We laughed and had such a fun time! 

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I hope everyone is having a lovely November week! Until next time!

-XOX BAM

Monochromatic Mood

My love and understanding of color stemmed from the many beauty school projects that required me to construct mood and inspiration boards. It was then, when I was neck-deep in fashion mags and gluesticks, that I started to understand tonality and monochromatic colors. By taking shades, tints, and tones of a single hue and combining them into a solo palette, an interesting fusion is derived that is anything but "matchy-matchy." I like to apply color variance like this to everyday outfit and makeup schemes and always admire the more intense high-fashion looks in my favorite subscriptions. Why not match that apple-red, velvet dress to a wine-stained rouge lip? 

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Lauren came to me with practically untouched hair, making her a perfect canvas to balayage on. We also hacked on some "It-Girl" bangs just to up her cool factor even more. I thrifted these two one-of-a-kind, velvet dresses and was immediately inspired to paint a monochromatic picture of Lauren in each of them. We added matching lip colors to both of the looks for this cohesive color scheme. I wanted to add an eclectic "twist" to the over-done topknot look, so I took varied sizes of hair from Lauren's pony and twisted them until the strands balled up. I love the uneven and interesting texture that her "fun-bun" now consists of. I snapped these photos in various leafy areas and alleys, one in which felt very reminiscent of a Quentin Tarantino film complete with shanty-like sheds with whimsically contradictive music playing out of them.

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I hope you all rustled up some inspiration and drank some of my creative juices! Until next week!-Xox BAM