Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MY favorite 2013 Oscar hairstyles!

Hello LOVES! <3
I know it has taken me a few days to get my 2013 Oscar hairstyle loves posted. I did not get a chance to watch the Oscars, but I have been updated VIA the great websites and the Oscar website (which is were all of my pictures came from) I feel like a persons hair is a reflection of their personality and  speaks volumes. (weather is to make a statement or simply show their beauty)

Lets start with my absolute favorite style!
I love this some what 60's inspired curly look. Ms.Reese Witherspoon really captures the modern day pin up style. I love her slight finger waves at the top all the way down to the beautiful curling iron finger waves (yes I made that up) on the bottom. & Lets face it Reese Witherspoon rocks her color so well. She is practically the epitome of bombshell platinum blondes! To the right you will see Ms.Catherine Zeta-Jones with a looser and more barrel curl, with some what of a retro twist. I think the little flip in her side bang really brings it out. & I love that her hair has a curled look but doesn't look too over done or curly and still looks smooth, silky and beautiful. Her color is also a great plus, it goes great with her skin tone and wonderfully with her dress. 
While were on the subject of long beautiful locks, lets move on to Ms.Lucy Alibar. I love her long big bouncy curls. ( Again looks like it was done with a big barrel curling iron) I love how the left side of her hair looks like it is all one big curl! ( This look is very easy to achieve esp to people with hair on the thinner side. I am also IN LOVE with her color. A little darker on top and it looks like it has been Baliage'd (If that is a word) Which is a coloring technique similar to ombe, but a lot more natural and looks gorgeous  ( I just used this coloring technique on Miss.Tiffany Faith ( you should hound her for photos :)) && On  the bottom she has the PERFECT honey/ caramel blonde. ( I would love to have this formula)

Speaking of beautiful color. HOW MANY OF YOU GUYS HAVE ASKED ME ABOUT KELLY OSBOURNE'S PURPLE HAIR! My thoughts- I LOVE IT! Notice the silver highlights through the top! (That has to be my favorite part) & that purple is a beautiful lilac color that is very dimensional and also goes great with her skin tone. Random thought, I love that you always see Kelly with bright red lipstick and she ROCKS IT. She has a beautiful round face, any style, and cut and pretty much ANYTHING looks great on her! To the left check out this rockin, sexy short style worn by Ms. Charlize Theron. I love her confidence with this cut and style. It is soo crazy how a shorter, flirty little style is just as beautiful as long curly locks, and wayyyy more fun! I'm also loving her color ( Even with a bit of the roots showing, which I'm sure was intended) & I am digging that dress!
Check out this glamours bun Ms.Kristin Chenoweth is wearing. These are soo popular this year. And surprisingly enough, there not hard to do at all. I love her color also. (duh)( If she had her hair down you could see that her roots are a little darker then her ends, and her ends also have that beautiful caramel honey blonde that I rave about!  Her style is very well put together and goes great again with her face shape. I am loving the sleekness to this style, being pulled back tightly into a nice fluffy little bun. (reminds me of a ballerina.Wanna learn how to recreate this look?  CLICK HERE!

Next up is Ms.Helena Bonnam. I actually like this slightly messy up do! (minus the one random flower or whatever it is in the front) She wears it very nicely. It looks like a technique us stylist call sewing (which I have yet to master.) But none the less it turns out beautifully and you have NO BOBBY PINS! I also love the loose curls around the edges to give it more of a elegant look.  Last but BY FAR NOT LEAST, My FAVORITE lady EVER! Ms.Jennifer Aniston. ( to your left) I think she is the most beautiful lady on this earth, and she does it soo effortlessly! Check out her blonde locks with a slightly darker low light, Also the bright blonde at her temples to brighten up her face! & How she just rocks the straight down look @ the Oscars! Ahhh I love her!  

Wellp yall, there you have it! MY OSCAR FAVORITES. With some cool little tricks on how to recreate them yourself! I hope you all enjoyed it! [All photos used were found on]
Stay Beautiful! :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Life behind the shears


I am so so so sorry I have not been blogging in quite some time, I have been completely slammed with 12 hour days at the salon (which I am loving BTW), color classes and inspiration extravaganza, I am also in the process of making the switch to BETH MINARDI SIGNATURE COLOR LINE. In the midst of this I am getting ready for a BLOW DRY class for some clients and their closest friends, a bridal show (My business partner Tiffany Faith will be attending), & booking weddings left and right, as well as just living everyday life.
Lets talk more about the MINARDI color! I brought it in to use on just a few clients along with my goldwell and joico lines. It works wonderfully and doesn't have an underlying tone ( the color that lies underneath or makes the color) Most color lines have a golden, red, or green undertone. You can see it mostly when using the NN series in lines to cover gray. The Minardi line doesn't have the underlying tone (BUT it still has wonderful gold, reds, coppers and neutrals (her BB's)) It is made up of a permanent line, 2 demi-permanents (creme and liquid form) Not only are the colors amazing but they are made up of two botanical extracts (phyto-collagen & Ceramide)  which insure that your hair gets the proper nutrition while being colored. I just had my hair colored with the Minardi (& some joico) today, and I used her formula 2 shampoo and conditioner.  My hair feels, looks and smells fantastic! The color does NOT smell like a normal color, it actually smells kind-of like grapes (to me) and was actually formulated to relax you while getting your hair colored. Another great thing about this line is you can intermix it with JOICO ( which is another line I have been using as of late)
I have yet to watch all of the videos or get my complete line in. I have done alot of reading in her color handbook & I CAN'T WAIT to get my kit. Don't worry, when I do YOU will be the FIRST to know!!!  Lern more about Beth (Photo used is from

My how to- HOLLYWOOD blow-dry class will be held this Friday Night in Pageland, SC. I will be going through step by step on how to get your hair to look just like the movie stars, or like you just walked out of the salon. Along with some product knowledge. ( What products to use for what and why)  I can't wait to meet all of the lovely ladies that will be there, and give them inspiration to change the way they look at blow-drying. I learned this technique from one of the plat-form artist at the color boot camp I attended a few Mondays ago.  ( I will also be posting a blog soon on how you can achieve the same look :))  Depending on how this class goes (which I'm thinking it is going to go great) I will be holding more events, either in peoples homes or at the salon. Let me know if you are interested in booking one of those.

So, that is what is going on BEHIND MY CHAIR. What is going on in your life or behind your chair?? Can't wait to hear from you!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


For those of you who don't already know. I spent my Monday in an all day (8 hour) hair BOOT CAMP! It was provided by PARIS BEAUTY SUPPLY as well as REF. of Sweden color line and PRO RITUALS. 
In the photo above you will find me standing with REF. educator Jackie Yates ( on my right.) Whom used to educate and platform for Goldwell, and also has had his work displayed in Modern Salon magazine.) To my very left you will see the young girl with red hair. I am not sure about her name. ( A different educator was supposed to come but his mother got sick.) And to her left is color and product expert Katrina Ozment. She has traveled anywhere, from Georgia to Vegas with her product knowledge and color techniques.

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this entire class. There wasn't a dull moment with these educators, and they were all so very nice and knowledgeable.  Mr.Yates went over with all of us the basics of hair styling and coloring. (face shape, body type, hair texture, facial features etc.) To ensure that I give YOU the most individualized cut and color to suite not only your face shape but also little things you wouldn't consider [ie. eye shape,lip shape, silhouette etc] I will never forget him telling us "the eyes are the gate way into the soul"** Did you know now I can look into YOUR eyes and tell you what colors are going to look the best on you, and around how long it is going to take your hair to lift** He showed me most importantly, just how much we as hair stylist can change someones day or life. It made me sit back and think about the small things I can do for my clients to show them that I care about them and their families.
 He also taught me a few NEW COLORING TECHNIQUES I can't WAIT to use. (such as the PERL BLONDE everyone is loving.) && how to highlight REDS with BLACK to make them POP!&& A few new haircuts I also can't wait to try out!  (More blogs to come regarding those)  Along with a few tips on what to add with my color to condition as it is coloring & pure pigments to add to colors to add depth or give the color a different hue.
The Red headed girl ( so sorry I don't know her name) gave great tips on the HOLLYWOOD BLOWOUT! (Which I will be running specials on VERY SOON! It consist of a lot of volume at the crown (top/ back part of head) and how to do the natural curly flips all of the movie starts are wearing these days.As well as how to blow dry and style hair with out picking up my flat iron. She also did a small segment on MENS CUTS. I think I am pretty fluent in mens cuts, but she pointed out to me that they too, want the experience. So I grabbed a few tips from her on the little things I can start doing for my male clientele to keep them cleaned up and coming back. Also a great tip on blending out all sides and angles for face shape.
Ms.Katrina didn't do too much talking through-out the class. BUT afterwards, I asked her about the part of the class where she was going to talk about building your business and product sales. Do you believe after the class she took and extra 20 mins just to explain those things to me personally. That meant a SUPER lot to me.  We had a one on one conversation on ways to build up my business and ways to present my products to my clients.
The color line that was used in this class is REF. OF SWEDEN. It is a line that was founded in Sweden. They carry a full product line for all hair types. ( & it is matched identically with what your hair needs with a number system) The line also has a full permanent and demi permanent color line. (which is what I am more interested in) All of the colors have a olive green undertone and 4 different ways to cover gray. It also gives up to 70% coverage on all hair colors. The line also has Aloe-Vera in the color to reduce fading, increase shine and condition while it colors. I loved this lines vivid reds and their high lift series. I also love that this color line uses a number system to tell you your color, so you know exactly how much of a certain pigment (such as red or gold) is incorporated in one single color.( I will most def. be placing an order for some of this color to try out in the salon)  I am also super excited to order from their demi lines, which I will use for great pastel hues in color, toners, and to enrich color. 

While at the show the only thing I purchased was this great eco-friendly HUGE round brush ( for my Hollywood blow outs of course) and a Bio-Silk foiling comb (My favorite) 
I do plan  on keeping in touch with this company (PARIS BEAUTY SUPPLY) and I also spoke with Jackie one on one about the chance to platform for REF of Sweden. 
Along with a great class, I also got to network with a lot of stylist and salon owners in the area, which I enjoyed. 
I can not wait to get back in the salon today and try out all of my new techniques and business knowledge I gathered from this class. I love attending any type of continuing education class, its almost like it gives me a boost in my stylist world!
If you would like to check out the REF of Sweden product like click here

Friday, February 8, 2013

Shear Passions: In my little (diamond) black bag

Shear Passions: In my little (diamond) black bag: Hello gorgeous!  I hope today finds you all enjoying your  day! Lately I've been reading a lot of post about what people carry in their e...

In my little (diamond) black bag

Hello gorgeous! 

I hope today finds you all enjoying your  day! Lately I've been reading a lot of post about what people carry in their everyday beauty bags. && I must say I have enjoyed it. It is very interesting to know what some of my favorite beauty bloggers carry on a daily biases for themselves.So I figured I would jump on the ban-wagon and see what you all think of the things I carry in my bag.
I hope you all enjoy :)

Let me start by saying this, I do not not normally carry a "little black bag." I only carry one on days that I work out before work, if  have a special events to attend  after work, or a night out with my girls. :) Although, some of these items I threw in my bag for you all today I DO carry with me at all times. & have to have some of them.

The have to have's:

Lets start with the Women's one a day and Biotin 500Mg. As you all know these are both vitamins  The one a day being a multi-vitamin, and the Biotin being a hair, skin and nails vitamin.  I like to think I am some what healthy (even if I do live on energy drinks, and stacker 2's.) which is why I choose to take the multi-vitamin.  It also kind-of guards my immune system in these cold winter months when everyone is sick.
Many people ask if I truly believe in taking the Biotin to make your hair grow faster. (The primary reason I take it.) & the answer is YES! I have been taking Biotin for years now, and I really think it works. You have to remember though, you have to take it every day to really see the effects. Of course I don't think my hair is growing fast enough (who does ??), but I can tell a huge difference in how quickly it grows, and so can people. I personally can tell the biggest difference (day to day) in my nails.
I take one each of these daily. ( & I always have a few on hand in case I forget to take them in the morning.)
Moving right down the line is the best perfume ever. Couture La La by Juicy Couture. ( the small glass roller ball to the right of the biotin.) I grabbed this roller ball on my last make up haul from Sephora with Miss.Tiffany Faith. I always always have to smell all new perfumes in a place like that. & I always catch myself smelling every single one until my nose burns.  I used to wear Viva La Juicy all the time, and I love it, but once you wear something for a while it kind of gets old. So, when the sales lady told me to try this one I fell in love. (& no worries I plan on grabbing the big bottle next time I am there.) It reminds me a bit of the Viva La Juicy with a twist, its not quite as heavy or warm smelling. ( if that makes since) instead, it has a floral, fresh flirty smell. This stays in my pocketbook 24/7 & I love the roller ball part, it makes it easy to just roll on before my day and It stays a little longer.
Beside the roller ball we have the BUXOM LIP PLUMPER/GLOSS. I actually picked this up the same day as the Couture La La. I normally do not spend a ton of money on lip gloss because I typically never use it. Buuutttt since I got this gloss I can't stop using it. It's almost second nature to just reach in my purse and grab it @ any time. It is a plumper so it has a tremendous amount of tingle (which I love.) & smells delicious, oh & gives my lips a beautiful color and shine while plumping. 
The next have to have is my EOS hand lotion. Because of my career (Hairstylist) I have my hands in water multiple times a day. That added to the cold, drying winter air makes for awful dry hands on Saturday afternoon (if I'm not careful) I'm talkin' sore, almost bleeding. oouuccchhhh! The Eos lotion is great for dry skin, and smells awesome. (Just like cucumber melon  It almost has a body butter type of feel. It also works great on my tattoo & elbows. 
Lastly but certainly not least is my HAIRSPRAY. ( RUSK W8LESS extra strong hold) I wouldn't be a dye-heart (get it.) hairstylist if I didn't have hairspray with me at all times. I like the Rush w8less because it does not have a super strong hold, which makes it perfect for touch-ups throughout the day. & the smell is wonderful. It also works great for smoothing fly aways, and keeping your hair loosely styled.  ((SIDE NOTE: Did you know, hair spray can also work as a setting spray for your make up??)

Well that leaves us with the products I must have in my "little black bag" when I carry it. 
PEARATIN nourishing oil treatment. (The gold bottle all the way to the right) This is a hair and body oil made by LOMA. A fellow stylist that I worked with introduced this life saver to me just about a month ago. I had gotten myself terribly burnt in the tanning bed (..I know.. in January) & I asked her what the best product over all to put moisture back in your skin. She automatically grabbed this one and told me to try it out on my tanning bed burnt face. It is made with rich vitamins, tons of fruit oils, and anti-oxidants, which makes it great for your skin and hair. I use Pearatin once daily on my face,arms and in my hair. I also love the way it smells, & it leaves my skin silky smooth and shiny. I have yet to try it, but I bet it would also work great as an additive in a deep conditioning treatment.  I take this to the gym with me because I use it right before using my facial tint, which makes the tint go on smoother and give my skin a natural shine. & in case I get burnt again.
I normally don't have time to do my full make up after a morning at the gym, so I just grab my make up must haves & I'm ready to go. Here they are :)
Speaking of my facial tint, that is found in my "little black bag." I use TIGI facial tint daily (when I am home) & I take it with me to the gym for when I do  my make up afterwards. A facial tint is pretty much like a liquid foundation but way way thinner. I love the tigi facial tint because although it is thinner than and average liquid foundation it gives my skin great coverage. I have been using the same facial tint for almost a year now, all throughout summer and winter months it still gives my face just the right amount of coverage.
Next up is my Mary Kay facial powder. I mix natural ivory with a light bronze to achieve my skin color and give added bronzing pigment. It also gives great coverage without looking like I caked make up on my face.
Moving on to my eyes! All I need for those is a little mascara and eyeliner. I use TIGI black eyeliner, daily. I have been using this product for almost 2 years. It is wonderful  I am a huge fan of dramatic, dark, true to color eyeliner. & this one is all of those. Also I do not have trouble with it running..It last all day and stays in place. 
Lastly my Urban Decay big fatty lashes mascara. I picked it up at sephora on one of my first trips there, and I have used it every day sine. I have thin, short little eye lashes & this mascara separates  lengthens and add volume to my lashes. It is also a black and is true to color. 

With just these few things in my little black bag, my skin, hair, and make up are perfect. Which makes for a happy me. For more information on any of these products just leave me a comment & I will send you a link with more information. 
* If you are interested in any of the TIGI make- up line, I will be glad to send you information & you can also buy it from me. 
Whats in your little black bag??
Stay beautiful ya'll,
Stylist Felicia Kiker

Monday, February 4, 2013



February Monthly Newsletter

Everyone knows February is all about love. Everywhere you look this time of year you see love in the air, surrounded by all of the hearts, pink candies, bears and cards everywhere! This month I'm going to tell you how to show your hair some LOVE. Also how to keep the vivacious REDS in your hair longer as well as PINK's (as seen above) (& other fashion colors)  & Don't forget the holy crap moments that go on day to day in the salon that are sure to make you laugh!

So before your big date or night at home with your lover buns, why not show your hair some lovin' (Yes, I just typed that :) )With healthy hair you can enjoy your color service lasting longer, and your color remaining vivid and dimensional. No more split ends  making you almost pull your hair out when you comb or brush it. Also once you get your hair to the point of being healthy, your hair will grow a lot faster. ( & everyone wants long hair)

The first step towards healthy hair is a good deep conditioning treatment. I am a huge fan of the  SSS Keratin color-lock treatment.  A keratin treatment like this will leave your hair silky smooth, shiny and will lock in your color, and get your hair to the point of being super healthy. (I offer this color lock keratin treatment as an add on service to ANY service.)  To learn more about Keratin Click here ! I also love ITS A 10's full line. Which consist of deep conditioning treatments (with and with out keratin , leave in conditioners and styling aids for normal and some specially formulated for thin hair. It's a 10 is a company that is based around keeping your hair healthy. In fact, if I remember correctly, when I was first introduced to the line (A few years ago) they only had leave in conditioners and hair mask. (I also offer the ITS A 10 keratin and deep penetrating hair mask as an add on service.)CLICK HERE to learn more about It's A 10
A great home remedy (for almost anything) and MOST DEF one of my favorite things to use for hair and skin is the famous COCONUT OIL! I do not choose to use coconut oil on my hair but I do use it in a home made body scrub and also to moisturise my body. You can do anything from just melt plain coconut oil and apply to your hair. (Leave it on for about 15-30 minutes) to mixing the oil with other things. You will find some good recipes @ the bottom of this post ;) 

Once you are giving your hair the necessary conditioning elements, it is very important you remember you HAVE to trim your hair!  I know.. I know.. no one wants to do it, buuutttt even if you only get just a tad bit cut every 6 weeks you are doing something. Also getting a trim helps to keep your ends looking fresh, and will also help in the styling process. (A lot of my clients tell me they know they need a trim whenever their hair will not style as usual.)
If you are looking to grow your hair as quick as possible, look into a multivitamin or Biotin (a hair, skin, and nails vitamin). I normally take one of each everyday. Make sure you drink plenty of water, and maintain a healthy diet. (I know it sounds crazy, but I think it really does work) 
Lastly, be careful what products you or your stylist chooses on your hair. Everyone has a different hair type, therefore each hair type will react to things differently. Be very cautious when bleaching your hair or getting highlights. (Ask your stylist opinion on if your hair and withstand the bleach, and what volume developer she is using.) && I recommend ALL of my clients get a conditioning treatment after any chemical service. (ESP bleaching) PLEASE DO NOT try to bleach your hair at home, that is just asking for a disaster for you! (Promise)   Also let your stylist know of any medications you may be on,as this can lead to a difference in your color results. 
MAKE SURE WHEN YOU FLAT IRON, that you have a heat protector!!! I know we all turn our flat irons up to the highest heat setting possible (even when were told not to.)  All of that heat going directly on your hair can and WILL take its toll on your strands! 


Because it is February and everywhere you see red.. that just reminds me of how everyone loves a red head. :) But the color red is the hardest natural (or unnatural) hair color to get to hold in the hair shaft. This is because the color molecules that make up the RED hair color are huge. Which means they do not hold well in the hair shaft.. all it means to you is .. YOUR HAIR IS FADING AGAIN! & That is extremely frustrating (I am a red head btw) From my experience, these few tips are some of the best ways I keep my REDs from fading ( & will also work for most all fashion colors)
Of course the best way to start and the most important thing in keeping color in your hair is having HEALTHY HAIR. :) 
1. When you get your hair colored, be sure to ask your stylist for a cuticle sealer or a color holding treatment. (I normally do both)
(seals your cuticle down over your hair shaft and seals the color in. Ex:SSS Keratin color seal treatment)
2.Also if your stylist offers, get a clear color gloss put on top of your color.
(this is just another way to keep as much of your color sealed in your hair shaft, and also makes your hair super shinny and feeling great!) 
3. Make sure you are NOT washing your hair everyday. 
(Not only is this living your RED longevity, it is also giving your scalp the natural oils it needs.)
4. When you condition your hair, make sure to rinse your conditioner with a COOL temperature. 
(This again seals your cuticle) 
5. In between going to see your stylist for color, go see her for a red color glaze.
(This is very important with in the first year. Going to get a color glaze freshens up your color without having to get it all done all over again & paying more money than you need to. It also deposits more red into you hair shaft each time, which will make it harder for your red to fade.) 


In a small town salon with 6 stylist and people from all walks of life coming in, there are bound to be things that happen on a daily bases that are too funny not to share. Each month I plan to pick out what I think takes the cake and will have you all laughing! 
Meet Wendy. She is a stylist I work with daily. She is a beautiful blonde with the most bubbly and happy personality whom is AMAZING at what she does. (She can seriously color circles around me)
Not too long ago Wendy was not acting like her normal self and was actually acting a little crazy. Walking side ways, walking into walls while talking, and saying she was dizzy. This had everyone at the salon a little scared of what could possibly be wrong. We all tried to figure out things amongst ourselves about what could be wrong and decided that day she should go to the doctor. Of-course she didn't  and the next day she was totally fine. A few days after this Wendy decides to tell us all she mistook a sleeping pill (she was going to take on her flight to Honduras, because she gets nervous when flying)  for a fluid pill. & had taken it the morning she was running into everything.... :)

Until next time, Stay beautiful!
-Stylist Felicia Kiker