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Freshen Up

In a hair rut? Try something different. 

This easy take on a classic bun, incorporates three hair knots to make one awsome style. 

You will need

  • Clear elastics
  • Bobby pins

How To

  1. Tease the top of your hair to give a little extra volume.
  2. Make your first section by running your fingers from your temples, straight around to the back of your head.
  3. Style your first knot by pulling the hair half way through an elastic and then wrapping it a few more times to secure it (the messier the better).
  4. Make another section below the first, by running your thumbs along the bottom curve of your head. Repeat #3.
  5. Gather the leftover hair to make your last knot.
  6. Fluff up each knot by pulling it apart a touch and then secure and loose or crazy ends with a few bobby pins.
  7. Lastly, spritz a little hair spray all over to secure it.

Pork & Pineapple

  

This is one of those recipes that just came together. I had a freezer full of pork shoulder and a very ripe pineapple… So this dish is the love child of the two. You could make this in a crock pot, or like I did, in a dutch oven. It’s best to start this dish earlier in the day so the pork can slowly cook.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Pork Shoulder
  • 1 Green Pepper chopped
  • 1 Yellow Onion sliced
  • 2C. Carrots chopped
  • 1 Pineapple
  • 1C. Bbq Sauce
  • 1t. Turmeric Powder
  • 1t. Garlic Powder
  • 1C. Red Wine
  • 1C. Water

If you are using a crockpot, put all of your ingredients inside besides the pineapple and bbq sauce. Cook on the low setting until done. If you are using a dutch oven start by warming a little olive oil on medium heat and sautéing the vegetables for about 10 mins. Pat the pork shoulder with the turmeric and garlic powder and place in the dutch oven. Add in the wine and water and lower the heat to the medium-low setting. Cover and cook for about 4 hours stirring occasionally.

Once the meat is cooked, remove it from your slow cooker and shred it with a fork, discarding any fat. Place it in a medium sized bowl and toss in the bbq sauce. Put off to the side. Drain the vegetables keeping about a cup of the liquid. And add it to the bowl. Cut your pineapple down the middle, and keeping it whole, remove the middle scooping out the pineapple and chopping it up. In a pan sauté the pineapple for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add to the pork and veggies. Toss it all together and plate it in the pineapple. Enjoy!

Blow Dry Essentials

Blow Dry Essentials

(From left to right: Twin Turbo 3500 Blow Dryer, Butterfly Clips, Cameo Paddle Brush, Ibiza Medium Round Brush, Davines Volu Spray, Davines Momo Fluid, Davines Crystal Fixative

Many clients wonder how to blow dry their hair at home and still give it that salon like quality. First off pay close attention to the products you are using at home. The start of any good blow dry begins with a great shampoo and head massage. Treat your tresses to that same spa like feel by giving your scalp an intense massage in the shower. Using salon grade shampoo (free of silicone that can just coat the hair) apply to your roots and massage in with your finger tips. Be sure to concentrate a bit around the hairline (still being gentle), as that is where you often have product buildup. Rinse well and apply a nice conditioner, first on your ends (where hair needs it the most) then all over, massaging your scalp again. Rinse and finish with a cold blast of water to close the outer layer of your hair, sealing in moisture and locking in shine. Squeeze water out of the hair and let air dry for a few minutes. Be sure to have your blow dryer, flat paddle brush, round brush and a few clips handy. Dry your hair  to about 75%. People with fine hair should flip their head over, drying upside down. If your hair is thick and curly, keep your head upright using a paddle brush to smooth as you dry. Next, apply a bit of product best suited for your hair type. I recommend Davines Volu spray on roots for fine hair to increase Volume. Or Davines Momo Fluid on curly hair to smooth and tame frizzies. Start by clipping your hair in 3 or 4 sections depending on the thickness. The first section at the top of your head, then using your index fingers glide them above your ears and around your head, clip the 2nd section. Then divide the bottom once more horizontally, leaving the last section down. *Stretch out those arms baby and get ready to blow! Take a section of hair, no thicker than the width of the brush and blow dry until dry. Hair should be fully dry so that it doesn’t frizz back up. Often the hair doesn’t have that salon quality and high shine because the hair is still a little wet. It is a fine line though, as you don’t want to over dry and burn the hair either. Often I will dry the hair around the face going back. Once the whole head is dry, use the cold shot on the blow dryer  and dipping head back blow dry with cold air for 30 secs. locking in style, closing the cuticle and adding shine. If needed spritz a light hold hairspray all over. Voila! On with your day!