About judydeluca

Author of the enovel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry Board Certified Haircolorist

Pickle Christmas Ornament Tradition

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According to German tradition, the pickle brings good luck. After all the other ornaments were hung on the Christmas tree, the pickle ornament was hidden within the branches. On Christmas morning the first child to find the pickle ornament was rewarded with an additional small present left by Santa. The pickle ornament tradition encourages children to enjoy the many ornaments on the tree before checking to see what Santa has brought them.

Margaret Vinci Heldt Creator of the Beehive Hairdo

I recently read the obituary of Margaret Vinci Heldt, the creator of the infamous Beehive hairdo. I love to commemorate the trail blazers of the Hairdressing profession.

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Margaret Vinci Heldt had been a salon owner when she won the National Coiffure Championship in 1954. The editors of Modern Beauty Shop Magazine asked Margaret if she would create a new hairdo for the up and coming season.

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While trying to be inspired in creating her new trend, Margaret Vinci Heldt spotted a hat of hers and got the inspiration she was looking for.

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Working on her mannequin, she teased and lacquered an updo in the shape of her hat and for an extra adornment she added a stick pin she had of a bee.

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When a reporter saw the final hairdo, he told Margaret that the hairdo reminded him of a beehive and asked if she minded if he called her new creation that.

In this photo taken Jan. 19, 2011, retired hairstylist Margaret Vinci Heldt, 92, is seen at her apartment in Elmhurst, Ill. Heldt developed "the beehive" hairdo when Modern Beauty Shop magazine was looking for a new design, something new and different to feature in its February 1960 issue. The black velvet hat on the table was the inspiration for the hairdo. (AP Photo/Caryn Rousseau)

The beehive today is still popular and worn by many celebrities. Later the beehive was also called the B-52 because of the resemblance in silhouette to the conical nose of the Boeing B-52 bomber airplane.

Margaret was one of the Cosmetology icons that deserve the remembrance and respect that she worked so hard for throughout her career.

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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Paraffin Wax Treatments

Paraffin wax treatments are beneficial to the skin in providing hydration. Paraffin wax is a mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from crude petroleum used to make candles, wax paper, lubricants and waterproof coatings.

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Having a professional paraffin treatment can serve many benefits in hydrating dry skin. The wax works by locking-in moisture and the heat causes blood circulation and opens pores.p2

 

 

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When doing the hands or feet the warmed wax is applied and a heated mitt is put over the area. 

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However, if you have poor circulation, skin irritations such as, cuts, burns, warts or eczema, paraffin wax treatments are not recommended.

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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Washing The Hair of The Bedridden

Washing the hair of the bedridden can be quite a challenge. Years ago a basin would be held under the patient’s neck and pitchers of water would be poured over the head to wash and rinse the hair. Then, the invention of waterless shampoo’s came out. These products were great because it didn’t involve messy water issues.

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It has recently come to my attention of a great new way to wash the bedridden’s hair. It’s called a no rinse shampoo cap. It basically is a shower cap that has shampoo and conditioner in it. The cap can be heated or not. The no rinse cap is placed on the patients head and massaged in. It is amazing how clean and conditioned the hair comes out. I was very impressed.

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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1940 Goya Beauty Products

When I hear the word Goya I think of food. In the 1940’s if you heard the word Goya you thought of beauty products.

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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A Special Quote

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Often times when I am reading a book I will jot down a quote that I like. Recently I found this written on a small piece of paper wedged in the back of my desk drawer. I have no idea what book I wrote this down from, but I love what it says.

“Be proud of every scar on your heart. Each holds a life times worth of lessons.”

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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Fingernail Shapes

There are so many fingernail shapes to choose from. Usually a professional manicurist will ask what nail shape you would like. Here’s a list of nail shapes to help you choose which shape you might like to try.

The Oval

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The Square

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The Round

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The Almond

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The Coffin

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The Dragon

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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Standing For a Living

As a long time hairdresser, I know what it’s like to stand for a living. Standing for a living causes a lot of body fatigue especially in your feet, knees, back and legs that can cause unsightly spider veins and varicose veins.

I’ve found, through experience that support hose, good shoes and an anti-fatigue mat help a lot!

Support hose these days don’t look like your grandmothers opaque stockings. Wearing support stockings can help improve circulation and energize your legs.

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Most importantly, hairdressers or anyone else that stand for a living should always work with a good supportive shoe and an anti fatigue mat for posture and to help prevent  back, knee and foot pain.

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If you take the precautions early on in your career you can help prevent spider veins and varicose veins and improve your energy.

 

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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1920’s Lipstick Design

In the early 20’s nothing spoke more loudly of women’s independence than red lipstick! Elizabeth Arden’s design of the lipstick tube was based on the bullet shape of a WWI shell casing.

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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Greta Garbo’s Makeup Technique

Greta Garbo was famous for her beauty. She was the originator of the thin line of kohl eye liner in the crease of the eyelid in the 1960’s.

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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1930’s Type of Manicure, The Half-moon

 

In the 30’s women began to get professional manicures. One of the polish techniques that was popular at the time, made famous by Cutex, was the half-moon manicure which is popular today. The half-moon manicure was made popular by Hollywood. The half-moon and tip of the nail were left unpainted, showing the skill of a professional manicure. The idea stemmed from keeping enamel from the cuticle and the tip of the nail to avoid chipping.

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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The 1920’s Bob Haircut

After WWI there was a cultural change that followed among women. Flappers, the new breed of women, started wearing shorter skirts, wore more makeup, listened to Jazz music and lopped off their hair into the new Bob style.

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Women flocked to barber shops to chop off their long locks often waiting in long lines to do so. Men were outraged by this invasion into their space, their place to guy talk and get a haircut and shave.

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Although it was liberating for women to cut their hair into this new Bob style; they often cried and fainted at watching their long hair slide down the cutting cape.

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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Lily Dirigo 1920’s to 1950’s Hairdesser to the Stars

 

There are many forgotten hairstylists of the past that were pioneers in the beauty business. One of those hairstylists was Lily Dirigo, a hairdresser of the early 1920’s.

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Lily worked for Universal studios and was the first on studio lot, full time hairdressers. Her work went from doing hair in the silent movie films of the early twenties until talkies in the fifties. Some of the films she worked on were Shanghai Express of 1932 and Around the World in 80 Days of the late 50’s.

Some of her famous clients included, Greta Garbo, Loretta Young, Pricilla Dean, Una Merkel to name just a few.

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Lily’s work is shown here with Jane Collyer and Mary Aster.

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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Marie Laveau the Voodoo Queen and Hairdresser

 

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There have been numerous stories told about Marie Laveau of New Orleans as the Voodoo Queen, sorceress, healer and psychic of the early 1800’s but, none have been historically documented. One thing we do know for sure is that Marie Laveau was a hairdresser which gave her privy to her clients lives and inner most secrets. Some of her ‘sorcery’ might have been just a hairdressers common sense and good old psychology that she used on her clients.

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In my novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, I show how hairdressers use their good common sense and also the way’s in which they use psychology on their clients for a very healing experience as well as an exterior boost to their psyche.

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Thanks to Angela Bassett’s depiction of Marie Laveau in American Horror Story, we are reminded of Marie Laveau’s life in New Orleans.  

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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Wallace Stegner Famous Quote

Wallace Stegner is one of the greatest thought provoking writers of all time, and one of my favorite author’s. 

I am terribly glad to be alive; and when I have wit enough to think about it, terribly proud to be a man and an American, with all the rights and privileges that those words connote; and most of all I am humble before the responsibilities that are also mine. For no right comes without a responsibility, and being born luckier than most of the world’s millions, I am also born more obligated. Wallace Stegner

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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