Love yourself everyday

Love yourself everyday

Most new year resolutions barely last 2 months, so this year I promised myself not to make any new year resolution but to love myself.

  • Love myself enough to be a better version of me everyday.
  • Love myself to feel my thoughts with happy and positive thoughts daily (I know, this can be challenging especially on days when I don’t even want to get out of bed:( .
  • Love myself enough to say it is okay to take some me time that doesn’t involve research on hair or plant etc. By me time, I mean, lock the bathroom door and lay in a bathtub filled with soothing essential oils, milk and some gooood music.
  • Love myself enough to feed my body with great healthy food, as the saying goes: “you are what you eat, darling.”

So as January is coming to an end, choose to love yourself first because you can only share what you have.

Have a happy and healthy year


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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in hair, health, love, love yourself, Uncategorized


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Human Body Water

I’m sharing this from another blog as an addition to my post on drinking water.


How much water should you drink per day?

Water is essential to good health. Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very

easy to remember. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, drain your energy and

make you tired. To stay hydrated, it’s important to sip water before, during, and

after exercise.

Body Composition      Human Body Water


Water preserves health

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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Uncategorized


Importance of water

Our body is made up of over 70% water (known fact)

If you’ve been to the salon, you will know that I always talk about drinking water. Water plays a vital role in how our body functions and also how well our body is able to absorb the nutrients we feed it. In my last blog I mentioned some supplements that help with hair growth. Most of the vitamins that are known to strengthen hair, and promote faster growth are water soluble an example is Biotin.

How does this affect us you say? Well, if you are drinking adequate amount of water, your system will be able absorb most of the water soluble supplements you are taking . Your liver and kidney (these are the power houses that help with elimination of toxins and waste in the body) will also be able to function more efficiently. Your skin will appear plump as well as look dewy and glowing. Most importantly, your hair will look and feel stronger, shinier and healthier.

Drinking coffee, pop or soda or other caffeinated drinks doesn’t hydrate our body the same way as water does. For those who have difficulty drinking up to the advised 8 glasses of water daily my advise will be to slightly flavor your water with organic fruit juices like lemon, blueberry, cranberry, pomegranate to name a few. Adding about one ounce (1 oz) or 30 ml of juice to 500 ml bottle of water will add a subtle flavor to your water without increasing your sugar intake level .

So  drink some water and have a great hair day


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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Healthy Hair Growth

We all want that long healthy looking, glossy hair that moves and swishes behind us as we walk. For some, they want the hair of their youth back because what they have now is thinning out and becoming sparse. As a hairstylist, I get a lot of questions on what to do and use for longer, stronger hair and healthier hair, this is what I have to offer (Today, I’m not talking about full on alopecia or hair loss) .
As we grow older, our body slows down and for some our hair doesn’t get as much nutrients as it used to. For some, Dihydro-testosterone also known as DHT is the culprit. This hormone causes the hair follicles to constrict thereby producing finer strands with shorter life span and if allowed to progress on its natural course will eventually lead to balding. For some stress, everyday living and diet are possible culprits.
Thank God for brilliant minds who have made it their mission and goal to find a solution to this problem, there are different products on the market to help with this from topical solutions, wash and rinse offs and supplements. Over the years we have brought into the salon several products and have discarded a few, kept some and recommend some.
My recommendation is always to start with what you eat or ingest, a healthier diet rich in minerals and vitamins that the body needs to perform optimally is one of the best lines of defense. After taking care of your diet, add supplements that your body might be short of. Biotin, Calcium, Manganese, Selenium, Silica have all been shown to help support healthy hair, skin and nails. With products that have dual purposes, there is no need to have to buy 2 different shampoos and conditioners to help support your hair. Look out for products that provide added benefits.
The following are products that I always recommend to anyone who asks for advice on their thinning or weak hair.
1. Eat more green vegetables the closer to being raw the better. If you have difficulty eating your vegetables, turn them into smoothies or juice them.
2. Start taking your vitamins and multi-minerals, there are a lot of companies that make some specifically for the hair, skin and nails. You can find them in the vitamin aisle at your local pharmacy or the organic health store.
Some of the ones I like are, Hair Skin and Nails by It Works, Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin & Nails, Biotin, Silica (Homeopathic tablets), Total Bliss Give Me Strength Hair+Nails Boosting Bites (Sephora).
Use shampoos and conditioners and leave-ins that help restore strength and also help reduce thinning and excessive shedding of hair.
The products I recommend are Revita Shampoo and Conditioner, DSLabs high performance hair growth stimulating shampoo and conditioner, Kevin Murphy Plump-Me Wash and Rinse, (this is amazing for fine thin hair) Kevin Murphy BODY.MASS. (This leave-in uses eyelash thickening and lengthening technology to strengthen hair, making your hair appear thicker and fuller instantly, whilst improving the quality over time. This dual-purpose product is rich in Oleanolic acid that helps to fortify and strengthen the hair at the root to prevent thinning and falling hair).
I believe in making a personal informed decision before buying and using any product so I have included information below on where to get more information and where to purchase some of the products online.

Have a great hair day.

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Yours in health and beauty.


Posted by on January 15, 2015 in Uncategorized


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I’m baaaaack, New Year Resolution.

It has been a while since I last blogged. 2014 was quite interesting and I am happy to say that the challenges were amazing and the results were awesome (more stories to come).
I don’t usually make new year resolutions because I learnt a while back that I like to break rules and try different things all the time so I stopped making resolutions at the beginning of the year.
This year I have decided to take better care of myself, love myself more and do me. What does this mean you ask? I will work on becoming a healthier version of myself (exercise more, eat well and regularly, those who know me know I can go all day without eating if I’m busy, take my vitamins and supplements regularly and most importantly, drink lots of water. I will spoil myself more by making sure my hair is healthy, my joints stop hurting and my back muscles are not kinked or knotted up (hair treatments, foods & supplements, massage, facials, you name it, I’m treating myself to it). This doesn’t mean that I wont stop at MacDonald occasionally, or that I will stop eating sweets and staying up wayyy to late working. It simply means, I will be more aware to take better care of myself so that I can keep doing what I enjoy doing for a while longer.
So today which marks the beginning of the 2nd week of 2015, I’m throwing a challenge out there, “love yourself more this year”, make decisions that will benefit your health and well-being. Drink more water, if you don’t like drinking water, add Lemon, Orange blossom water or 100% Cranberry juice to flavor your water (about 30ml to a 500ml bottle of water should do the trick). Eat more fruits and vegetables, be more active.
Wishing you a great year and a healthier you.
Have a great Hair day.

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Posted by on January 8, 2015 in hair, health, love


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What’s in Your Products?

Conversation at the salon the last few weeks have revolved around products, their ingredients and their purpose. With technology advances, we have been blessed with products that have outperformed their predecessors. Our flat irons creates smooth hair with reduced damage to the hair. Shampoos are now more conditioning than ever before and conditioners leave the the cuticle closed, the hair shiny. Styling products are doing double duty as treatments. Skincare products are making claims that are short of being a miracle-in-a-bottle. With all the advances in technology and manufacturing, I find that people are craving for effective products that are nature friendly.

With an increase in the natural movement, there has been an increase in products that claim to use “natural” or plant based ingredients. With increased awareness about what goes in and on our bodies, one of the best ways to know if the claim is true or not is to read the label. Reading and knowing the facts will allow us make better decisions about what we are spending our money on. Rather the just following other people or the latest fad in skin and haircare, knowing what is inside the bottle will ensure you are making the best decision for your body and overall health.

Some of the things to look out for are:

  • What are the first 2 to 5 ingredients listed on the label? These usually make up the highest amount of ingredients in the product, so they create a base for any extract or additives that might be included in the product to be mixed
  • Manufacturers are supposed to list the ingredients by their biological (latin) name and chemical names, it is also nice if they include the common names. If the common names are not listed, look it up.



Be informed and have a great hair day.


Image credit: (Nancy Ward)

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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Black and White

I’ve always loved black and white images. They tell a story like no full color images can. The shapes and textures appear more interesting and I feel that there is more freedom to just enjoy the images. Uyen’s entry for the 2014 Mirror Awards in the multicultural category was in black & white and it made it to the finals (yayyyyy!!! we will share them after the awards gala next month).

The images below are from an earlier shoot for a competition that requested for black and white images. I used the same model and I have to say these are among my favourite images.



The instruction was to create 3 different looks on a model using just her hair. I love the fascinator I created with her hair. I started the looks with this image, the hair was curled and set, this allowed me to style and restyle the hair without having to re-curl it.



This was more playful. The hair was brushed out and put in a high ponytail and back brushed to create texture.





The last 2 images show the same look but different view points. For the third look, I took the hair out of the ponytaiI and created a high top look, instead of pinning the ends flat, I rolled it so it looked like she is wearing something with a handle on her head. I had to share both images because the hairstyle looked different in both shots and both are beautiful.

There is always beauty around us, we just have to look. Have a great week ahead and a happy hair day. 🙂




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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


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