Made weak by time and fate,
but strong in will;
To seek, to strive, to find, and not to yield.

Side Note:
The fork. or Also known as "A Dingle-hopper" Reminds me of one who not only had amazing hair (that I would pretend I had as I swam in our pool as a young girl) but also for me represents a young woman who loved learning about everything and anything. Who pushed past barriers and boundaries to find her place in this world. In this industry education is key and you are always always learning. Everyday! And with that requires perseverance to reach goals. The industry of beauty is all about testing, pushing and surpassing barriers and boundaries. This industry is truly SWEET!!!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Ode to Hair.

This is Dana. She had massive amazing curly hair. When I was done with her she said, " I have never seen my curl so curly and so awesome". YES!
So why I love hair is simple. I love creating new perspective in a person. Show them something they may have not seen, noticed about themselves or even knew their hair could do before. Although the trick is doing this while giving the guest in your chair the look they desire most.
I competed in the Vidal Sassoon contest we had @ school. I wanted to give spunk and major trend to an aspiring makeup artist who agreed to let me do as I pleased. My vision, an asymmetrical, off center A lined bob with a stack.
I did not win this competition however my instructor said that if I had straightened her hair instead of going with her natural curl, my stack would have won it for me. The winner from school received the opportunity to head to Vidal Sassoon headquarters and compete again there.
The girl who won it all..... She created a asymmetrical A lined bob with a stack and styled using the natural curl... LOL. Great minds think a like I think. My instructor said that my stack was amazing and so much better than the Vidal winner. Too bad the Vidal judges hadn't been @ our school for the 1st judging.... However I loved that I took the risk! And come to find out that my thought process was right on.
The point being..... I love hair. How different the perspective can be from one person to the next. How the styles are the same but metamorphosis into something different every season. I have my favorite looks yes, but being able to create what the guest is aching for is the goal. Here are some of my beaming guests. They came, they expressed their hair desires and I gave it too them. Seeing them beam with pleasure in the mirror as they leave the chair... that is the most rewarding moment!

Sweet friend Nikki couldn't get her hair to stay curled for not even a whole day... After I got my hands on it, it stayed wearable for 2 days and helped her in being able to create long wearing curl for herself.

Amazing gorgeous Suzy. I love this woman! We've done lots of fun things with her hair from Platinum, to addition of low lights. I love the depth of low lights and a solid under color.

Below is Kaylala one of my dearest and funnest friends. We had matching hair all through Cosmo school. Blonde with dark violet peekaboo's @the fridge and by the ears. Twins we would say, separated by a decade and parents. LOL.

Also my spunky niece Julie. She wanted lots of layers. I A lined the layering to keep length around the face but give her lots of volume in the back.

Kakie, my sister in a braid that started as a fringe braid and ended down the back.

Jeanette, one of my mom's best friends and I love her to pieces. She wanted highlights to camouflage her gray. I added low lights and a solid section of the same low light color form the occipital to the nape. TaDa! Blonde au natural!

This wonderful woman is Durrie, (i love her name!) Sometimes I think she's a mysterious retired actress. Maybe it's the shades or the wonderful insightful conversation she makes of music, art and style. She shaved her head a few years ago in an effort to "start over" with her hair! Amazing!She likes spunk but is wanting length so I give it to her with an A line. Last cut we did I softened the back by razoring it so it was more piecey and feathery. Not such a hard line @ the nape.

My niece TaterTot (that's what I call her)
I was able to do her 1st highlighting and hair color for her 12th birthday. We did caramel and red . So cute for her.

And this lady is my model for the Vidal show. Martinique who is an aspiring makeup artist. I loved the cut on her. Gave her a nice edge and tons of volume @ the crown! Maybe someday I'll attempt to rock this cut. I love it.

Ok maybe love is too small, obsessed might be a better description. I can't get enough!
I hope that soon (in the next week or so.... I pray) I can receive the opportunity of an amazing assistant stylist position, working with someone or people who love it and obsess as much as I do. Who see my drive, my love and my potential and who can give me the continued education I crave! I want more more more!!!!! And if you're in the need for something new, or a refresh on your cut/color...... call me would ya! I'd love to give you hair that makes you smile.
Combs, color, and cuts....... Amanda

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