Archive for the ‘stylist tricks of the trade’ Category

are you a brunette? hair coloring tips & tricks

December 30, 2009

This is the first video of a series of 3 videos about finding the right hair color for your skin tone, maintenance routine, lifestyle and personality! These videos were so much fun to make. I’m not a professional or anything like that, just a girl who is a little obsessed with coloring my hair!! Seriously I have an addiction!!!

are you a blonde? {coming soon}

are you a redhead? {coming soon}

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must know static hair fix!!!

November 12, 2009

searching for a new salon? four {must knows}

October 6, 2009

Picking a new hair salon can be a difficult undertaking, because there are so many out there. You don’t want to end up with a choppy hair cut, in a dirty, messy salon with hair all over or an overly aggressive stylist trying to convince you into a style you know just isn’t what you want!

Here are a couple of quick things every girl should think about before scheduling an appointment…

1. Recommendations!!!

Find friends you trust and ask them of any salons they would recommend. I would suggest asking a girl that has similar hair as yours and someone who has similar sense of style as you. Style…being how they dress, accessorize and wear their hair. This sounds kind of picky, but someone’s idea of a great hair style could be totally different if they prefer their hair to have blunt ends and you prefer a more natural, effortless look. Be sure to ask why they recommend them and who their stylist was.

If you are new in town look for recommendation on salon’s websites or call the salon and ask if they would provide recommendation contacts you could call/email. If you are feeling really ambitions and gutty, ask a girl who’s hair and sense of style you like where she gets her hair done while getting cup of coffee or shopping at the mall. Start it off like this…”Excuse me, this may sound like a weird questions, but I’m new in town and looking for a new hair salon to get my hair done at and I really like your hair cut and style. What salon do you get your hair done at?”

2. Schooling

Many salon’s have information on their website about what kind of schooling their stylist have gone through. You want to make sure the stylists know what they are doing before they touch you hair! If they don’t have anything on their site, just give them a quick call and they will be more than happy to give you that information. If they don’t give you the info or don’t know…don’t go there!

3. Products

After getting recommendations from my friends, I always like to know what products they use at the salon. I am an Aveda freak!!! I love the smell, the feeling and just the concept behind the brand.

Salon’s that carry specific product brands (i.e. Aveda) usually have to follow certain guidelines for schooling and certification, keeping update on the latest trends and the quality of service they provide.

I always go to Aveda salons because I know usually know what to expect from the salon and the quality of the hair cut I’m going to get. But it does have its drawbacks because they usually cost more to get your hair cut there.

Other good product lines to look for are: Bumble & Bumble, Redken, Matrix, MOP, Nexus

4. Consultation

Ok you have narrowed your search down to a couple of salons, but just can’t pick one yet. This is what you should do. Call them up and ask if you could have a quick sit down consultation with a stylist before you make your official appointment.

Most salons will have no problem doing this and most won’t charge you for the consultation.

If the consultation does cost money, just think of it this way–you may be paying a little more for to find the perfect salon, but your chances are a lot greater that you are going to get the exactly style you are looking for a little extra effort when searching for a salon.

Let me know if this helps you in your salon search or have any other tips!!

no more shampooing {update}

October 1, 2009

Its been a week since I vow not to shampoo my hair…scary, I know!

I have to confess I let my stylist shampoo my hair when I went into get my hair trimmed on Sunday. I just love the way my hair feels after they shampoo and condition it!

So besides that one time I actually have not shampooed my own hair…surprisingly, I love it! My hair really does feel soft and smooth. It is easy to style and silky smooth when I run my fingers through it.

So my shower routine is a dime size of Dove Moisturizing Conditioner into the roots of my hair. I really scrub my scalp and first 3 inches of my hair for about a minute or two. Rinse throughly! Then apply Bumble & Bumble Super Rich Conditioner (check out the review) to bottom half of my strands. I let the conditioner soak in while I scrub up and stuff, then rinse. Super simple and it will save a bunch of money on shampoos I usually buy.

I’m going to stay with it for awhile longer and let you guys know how it goes!

GeishaPearl on YouTube :)

September 30, 2009

Just uploaded my first YouTube video check it out…

{styling} hot rollers

August 24, 2009
Get hair like Gisele Bundchen

Get hair like Gisele Bundchen

Hot rollers are perfect for hair types, especially the ones who just don’t want to curl! They give your hair body and bounce galore!!

To make that sexy hair last all night put hot rollers throughout your whole head. Once in your hair, let them fully cool. Just before you take out the rollers spray your hair with your favorite hairspray, then take out the rollers.

Run your fingers through your hair to make the look appear more natural and head out on the town!

tame those fly-aways…

August 15, 2009

chapstick All you need is a little chapstick. Rub the chapstick in your fingers and put those fly-aways back in place. Super simple and what girl doesn’t keep chapstick in her purse.

no more brassy hair…

August 10, 2009
Your brassy hair weapon!

Your brassy hair weapon!

There is nothing worse !than your blond locks turning a tarnished brassy hue. Your hair looks frail and, well, cheap.

Here is a little trick I learned from InStyle Magazine. Combat your brassy hair by adding a tiny pinch of grape {purple} Kool-Aid into your shampoo bottle and shampoo like normal.

Be sure to only add a small pinch of powder to your shampoo…you don’t want to replace the brass with purple!

What’s your trick to maintain your hair color?

11 ways to eliminate split-ends and hair breakage…

August 5, 2009
Eliminate split-ends and breakage with these 11 steps.

Eliminate split-ends and breakage with these 11 steps.

Everyone suffers from split-ends and breakage, but no more! Here is a list of 11 steps to fight split-ends and create soft, silky hair.

1. Do not over shampoo your hair. Many shampoos have detergent ingredients that are meant to clean the hair, but if overused, can strip the hair of its natural oils. These oils create moisture, which deters breakage. Do shampoo every other shower session.

2. Avoid brushing your hair, instead use a large-tooth comb to untangle knots. A brush tends to pull on the hair, which is a major source of breakage. A large-tooth comb is essential. The fine-tooth combs create the same damage that a brush does. Start detangling the ends of your hair and work your way up to the roots to avoid breakage and excessive pulling on your hair.

Start combing at the ends of your hair.

Start combing at the ends of your hair.

3. Try a detangling spray for hard-to-comb-through knots. A detangling spray creates a smooth, slippery surface to run your large-tooth comb through. Knots no more! 

4. Resist the urge to wrap your hair into a turban on top of your had after the shower. The twisting pulls on the hair follicle only encourages breakage and split-ends. Simple rub the towel against your locks to absorb excess moisture. 

5. Put your blow dryer away for the summer. Heat is a huge source of damage to all types of hair. Take every opportunity to let your hair air-dry. Also, start limiting your use of heated styling tools, like curling irons and straighteners. Try using these only two to three times a week, instead of daily. Just rock your hair’s natural texture that all the stars are doing right now! You will see a huge improvement in your hair from just reducing the amount of heat you subject your hair too.

Avoid blow drying hair, instead work with your hair's natural texture

Avoid blow drying hair, instead work with your hair's natural texture.


6. If blow drying your hair is a necessity, try a heat protectant spray to avoid damage. A heat protectant spray creates a shield around each hair follicle, which acts as a barrier between the heat of the dryer and your fragile hair. 

7. You protect your skin from the sun, do the same for your hair. Sunscreen helps prevent your hair from drying out from harmful UV rays. There are many styling product out there with sunscreen infused into the formula (one of my favorite product lines is Aveda Brilliant, especially Brilliant Damage Control–obsessed with Aveda!!). Or make your own hair sunscreen by combining equal parts water and sunscreen into a spray bottle.

use sunscreen to protect locks from UV damage

Use sunscreen to protect hair from UV damage.


8. Maintain your silky, smooth locks by using a shine serum just on the ends of your hair. A shine serum makes your hair easy to comb through while providing a beautiful sheen to your hair. I like to use this after my hair is dry, but before I use any styling products. It keeps my hair healthy and shinny all day long. 

9. This one is a hard one for me to stick to, but reduce or eliminate coloring your hair. I have a serious addiction to changing the color of my hair–everything from red to an accidental black once. Over coloring–from a salon or at home–can seriously damage your hair. There are three ways to tackle this step: first, go cold turkey and just stop coloring your hair; second, use only semi-permanent hair color; if you must use permanent hair color, only color the areas that need it. When getting highlights or a root touch-up have your stylist do just the top three to four inches. 

10. Start using a deep conditioner treatment once a week. There are a million different homemade deep conditioner treatment recipes out there, but I keep it simple–olive oil. I learned this from a friend of mine who has alway had amazing hair!

simple homemade deep conditioner treatment--olive oil

Simple homemade deep conditioner treatment--olive oil.


11. Don’t wait three months or more to cut your hairGet your hair cut every four to six weeks. A hair cut removes all the dry, broken ends that break off and make your hair look dull. 

Try a few or all of these tips and you will begin to see your hair shine, strengthen and be even more gorgeous than before. If you have any other tips to help eliminate split-ends and hair breakage fill us in! Enjoy!

{how to} wavy beach hair

August 1, 2009

Create those beachy wavys all the celebrities are rocking this summer. Start with dry, clean hair. Separate the bottom half of your hair from the top layer, securing the top layer out of the way. Curling your hair becomes more manageable with out all the hair in the way.

Begin curling two inch square sections by wrappig the hair around the curling iron. Don’t clamp the hair down, just wrap each section around the barrel leaving the ends free to hold. By not curling the ends of the hair, it gives it a more relaxed casual feel like you just left the beach. Repeat the same curling technique to the middle layer of your hair. Once you have finished the bottom and the middle layers of hair release the top layer and you’re done!!! Simple! Now you have the sexy beach hair all the stars are loving. To enhance your beachy wave look, try a salt-infused spray like Bumble and Bumle Surf Spray (

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray