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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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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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.

 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Baby Fine Hair And What To Do With It!

 

This is, unfortunately,a subject I know all too well, baby fine hair. As a hairdresser,  I am always looking for new products and new ways to make my fine hair look thicker. Every morning when I am doing my hair I say, “I hate my hair”! Here’s what I’ve learned through experience with myself and my clients with baby fine hair. First off, I’m not talking about women that have balding issues or alopecia. For that there are many different medications, wigs, hairpieces and so many other things that woman have to choose from to help in that area of hair loss.

Baby fine hair should not be grown past the shoulders because it always looks weak and stringy. On a blond, the hair almost looks transparent. Blunt cuts work well.

hair 26or if the hair is a little finer on top a long layer shorter cut works well, too.hair 24There are so many cute shorter hairstyles that are very much ‘in’ today thanks to the pixie trend coming back into style. There are a lot of variations of the pixie cut to choose from. Your professional hairstylist is always the best one for advice on this. I even hate to mention this because, for many people it is frightful but, there is always a body perm. Perms have come a long way from the damaging your hair stand point. Sometimes I will perm just the underneath of someone with baby fine hair that has a bob to give volume underneath. There are many creative ways to perming these days than the scary 1980’s perms!

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As far as products go, with fine hair, even though it says on the bottle ‘gives volume’ etc. a lot of these products weigh our poor little baby fine hair down. I personally like gel. I apply it only at my roots for maximum root lift and I use a paste after it is dry to put some texture into the hair so it is not so soft.

A trick when blowdrying that baby fine hair of yours, tip your head upside down when drying and with the palm of your hand make circular motions one way and then in the opposite direction when drying the top part of your hair. These motions create a teased effect and adds even more body to the top of your hair.

Be weary of metal core brushes, for they can singe your baby hair. Bore bristle is the best and polishes some shine into your hair.

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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Leonard Autie Hairdresser for Marie Antoinette

There are many forgotten hairstylists of the past that were pioneers in the beauty business. Their work has been the foundation of many ideas and innovations of future hairstyles to come. One of these pioneers was Leonard Autie, responsible for Marie Antoinette’s famous sky high hairdo’s.

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His most important client, Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France in the late 1700’s, wore Leonard’s creations sometimes up to three-feet-high.

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 His hairdo’s were often accessorized with objects and decorations depicting current events. He took product usage to an extreme, using wire forms, wool, pomade and powder to create the gravity-defying, impractical designs.

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His ‘pouf’ invention inspired an entire generation of looks throughout Europe and actually became one of the reasons his controversial client became infamous for her extravagance. 

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Autié’s success allowed him to establish a hair-dressing school and studio, the Académie de coiffeur (“a virtual House of Léonard”),[12] which was in Paris. He was joined in this enterprise by his two brothers, Pierre and Jean-François.

Stylists today are still influenced by his impressive designs. It’s  difficult to find any hairdresser mentioned in history books before Leonard. 

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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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Hanging Christmas Stockings By The Fireplace and How It All Started

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How did hanging Christmas stocking’s by the fireplace all start? Well, it all begins with Saint Nikolaus, also known as Nikolaus Von Myra and Nikolaus of Bari. Born March 15, 270 and died December 6, 343. St. Nikolaus had a reputation of secret gift giving, putting coins in shoes of the poor who left them out for him. He eventually became the model for Santa Claus.

As legend has it, a recently widowed man and the father of three girls was poverty-stricken and was worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for the girls to marry.

St. Nikolaus was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard the villagers discussing that family’s situation. St. Nikolaus wanted to help but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, St. Nikolaus slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girl’s…

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Let’s Talk Turkey

Here’s a little Thanksgiving turkey talk to discuss around the table.

Did you know?

Thanksgiving became a national holiday all thanks to a woman named Sarah Hale. An American writer, the author of Mary had a Little Lamb, a poet and editor of a ladies magazine, The Godey’s Lady’s book.

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She hand wrote letters to congress for years to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

Of the 102 original Pilgrims that came over on the Mayflower

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only 50 survived to celebrate Thanksgiving. Five of those fifty were woman who served the meal.

We’ve all heard the term Tom Turkey in regard to the male turkey. How did that name come about? It seems Ben Franklin was upset with Thomas Jefferson when he refused to have the turkey as our National bird.

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So Ben, mockingly called the turkey “Tom Turkey” after him.

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In 1947 President Harry Truman started the annual tradition of pardoning a turkey.

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The turkey, after its pardoning goes to a public farm in Herndon Virginia.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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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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Best Way to Long Lasting Perfume

Do you feel like your perfume doesn’t last long enough? Stop spraying your clothing! Don’t simply spray your clothes with perfume on your way out the door.

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Perfume needs the warmth of your skin to interact with your own body oils. Scent should be worn directly on your skin under your clothing for lasting effect. Put perfume on your pulse area’s low on the body as it will rise with your body heat!

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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Trick to cleaning natural animal hair cosmetic brushes

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Cleaning your makeup brushes is very important to get rid of oils and bacteria that build up on the bristles. The simplest way to keep natural animal hair brushes clean and soft is to wash them with shampoo and use conditioner to keep the hair of the brush supple. Your brushes will last a lot longer if you take good care of them.

 

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