Red Hair Making a Comeback!

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Get your red on! Thanks to the advancement of haircolor technology, red hair is making a comeback.  Reds of the past used to fade so quickly.  For hairdresser’s, fading was always a challenge because there were so many factors to consider in formulating but, that’s where chemistry and skill come in handy!  Today, haircolor chemists have made a major breakthrough with a no ammonia permanent haircolor.  Instead of the traditional water based haircolor this new technology is oil based allowing the color to go directly to the core for more intensity, long lasting wear, spectacular shine, perfect gray coverage and gentle on the hair and scalp. As a Haircolorist, I was thrilled to dabble in a new line and let me tell you, I love this stuff!  Shiny no fade haircolor, true to its tone.  If you’re scalp has ever been sensitive to permanent haircolor this no ammonia permanent color is a blessing.

Everyone can wear red haircolor but it has to be the right tone.  A hair colorist would know whether a blue red or an orange red would suit your skin tone.red 7red 5red 2red 3red 4

Always consult a professional when it comes to coloring your hair.  Remember it costs twice as much to fix!

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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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Hair Colors For Spring And Summer

As a Haircolorist, I always try to suggest to my clients that old rule of thumb for hair; change to lighter brighter hair colors for spring and summer.

Highlighting is one way to add some pizzazz to your hair.  For brunettes and redheads, warm golden or caramel color highlights would be a great compliment on brown or red hair and will make the color rich.

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For blondes, a heavier highlight around the face in pale or platinum shades would give a sun kissed glow.blondblond 2

Red hair color is making a comeback and it’s the latest color trend for this year, if you’re up for a total change!

When it comes to hair color, always, always, consult with a professional.

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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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Clarifying Shampoo

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Strip it baby!  Don’t forget to clarify your hair!  In today’s world of hairstyling a lot of products are being used on the hair to create the looks of today. Gels, mousses, wax, pomade’s and sprays build up on the scalp and need to be deep cleansed off. Clarifying shampoos are designed to deep clean the hair and scalp and remove the buildup. There are clarifying shampoos safe for color treated hair. Removing buildup on a regular basis not only restores body and luster to the hair it also helps color treated hair from fading as quickly. Clarifying the hair once a week is a good rule of thumb.

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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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Old Lady Cavendish

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When I was developing the character, Old Lady Cavendish, I had to give her a distinguished trait or something that would really identify with her appearance. A thought popped in my head of something that I had experienced in the past and the story turned out to be the perfect identifying trait for Old Lady Cavendish.

My father-in-law had an old scratchy wool gray cardigan he kept by the door. He’d put the sweater on when he felt cold or when he went outside. When he passed away I took the old wool cardigan and now it’s hung in my hall closet for when I’m cold or when I go outside. Every single time I wear that sweater I think of him with the fondest memories.  At one time I wanted to replace the buttons on the old gray cardigan to something more hip and you can see by the photo I still haven’t changed the buttons!

Here’s a quote from Towel Dry and a Good Cry about Old Lady Cavendish:

I followed her to the kitchen and set the food down on the counter. On her slightly stooped frame was the same sweater she wore every day. It didn’t matter the temperature out, she always had it on. It was a gray cardigan, her father’s, she’d told me. She had removed all the old gray buttons and replaced them with buttons that were a cluster of pearls and rhinestones. A more feminine touch to a not-so-feminine garment.

 

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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Beware of Salon Waxing!

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I’d like to share something totally disgusting but worth telling about, waxing at a salon.  I’ve been a hairdresser for thirty two years, (yikes that makes me sound old), a salon owner, a Board Certified Haircolorist and I’ve written a novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, about a hairdresser in the eighties.  I’m not bragging here I’m just showing that I know what I’m talking about on this subject.

One thing that grosses me out that happens in a salon and one of my biggest pet peeves is what happens in the waxing room in salons.  Not much grosses me out; I’m a plumber’s daughter, as well.  I can work on a head of hair that stinks to high heaven, a scalp full of psoriasis and a head full of stitches from a recent facelift but the one thing that really makes my skin crawl is ‘double dipping’ in the wax pot.

Every time a professional dips a waxing stick into the wax pot a new stick should be taken every time.  This doesn’t always happen.  The professional should take a new stick every time they dip. I personally don’t want to get my eyebrows done after someone has just had their ass waxed.

If you see a professional ‘double dipping’ the wax stick, do yourself a favor, “run Forrest run”!

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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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The Zigzag Hair Part

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This is a little tip I’ve always given my clients in the salon.  This form of crisscrossing the hair part is beneficial for two reasons.  First, parting the hair in this way can create volume and second, lifting the hair with a little volume can also disguise the need for a color touch-up.

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     Place the first tooth of a regular comb directly on the scalp.  Without lifting the comb off the scalp draw a zigzag line down the part area until the part is the right length.  Before lifting the comb off the scalp, separate the hair from the first tooth of the comb with your index finger.  There you go!

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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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The Decollete’

One of my favorite beauty tips.

The decollete’ is the skin on the neck and chest area.decollete

This area is very delicate, has no fat, and shows all the telltale signs of aging such as dryness, wrinkles and sunspots.  Hydrating day and night in this area is very important in keeping the skin looking younger.  Use a cream facial wash instead of using soap or body washes.  Creams that are developed for your face will hydrate while cleansing.  Follow up with your facial moisture cream with sunscreen by day and night cream before bed..  Slather the moisturizer down the neck and across the decollete’ for maximum hydration.

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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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Hair Dressed In A Pompadour

The pompadour is a man or woman’s style of hairdressing.  The idea is to create a mound in front of the hair.

The pompadour hairstyle dates back to the 1700’s and the evolution of it has lasted through to today’s hair fashion .

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Women wore the pompadour in the 1700’s and Marie Antoinette was a good example of how it was worn then.

The Guilded Age, 1877 to 1889, brought back the pompadour for women in the style of the Gibson Girl.

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In the 1930’s and 40’s it re-emerged into the next phase of the pompadour and hollywood played a big role in that come-back.

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Again, in the 50’s and 60’s.

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The Grunge Era in the 80’s.

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And the pompadour is back in full-swing today!  Here are some of my favorite modern day pompadours.

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And the best of all….Donald Trump

As a hairdresser of thirty some odd years, I used to cut hair into the pompadour when it was in style in the 80’s and I’m doing it all over again today.

In the novel I’ve written, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, the main character, Josie Capelli, a new to the business hairdresser in the early 80’s was doing the pompadour on her male clients.  My story walks you through what it’s really like to stand behind the chair of a hairdresser through Josie’s eyes and what it was like for her back then to do hair and deal with deep-rooted attachments to her clients, along with her crazy hairdresser best friend and her drama-filled, overbearing, overprotective, Catholic, Italian family.

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is a heartfelt story of truth, trust and love surrounded by a web of characters, some you’ll love, some you’ll hate and some will leave your jaw hanging open!

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A Photo For My Museum of Hair History

This 1930’s hairdryer is my latest flea market find and is now displayed in my photo museum of hair history on my website.

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Helene Curtis has been around since 1927.

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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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Cosmetology

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Do you really want to know what it’s like to be a cosmetologist?

After being in the cosmetology business for thirty three years I think I’ve learned a thing or two.

My novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, a kindle book, is my interpretation of what it’s like to really stand behind the chair of a hairdresser.

Being a cosmetologist is not just about cutting hair and beauty school doesn’t prepare you for the real world of dealing with the public and being a confessor.

 Towel Dry and a Good Cry  will walk you through the life of, Josie Capelli, a new to the business hairdresser in the early 1980’s, her crazy best friend and her drama filled Italian family.

Cosmetologists, world-wide, would agree it doesn’t matter what country you live in the hairdresser/client dynamic is always the same.

I invite you to join Josie as she navigates her life as a cosmetologist in the eighties through laughter and tears with this heartfelt story about truth and trust and love with a tangled web of characters. Some you’ll love some you’ll hate and some will leave your jaw hanging open!  Watch the book trailer:  www.youtube.com/toweldryandagoodcry

And as John Steinbeck so eloquently put it in this quote, is my sentiment exactly.

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The Beauty Industry

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Do you really want to know what it’s like to be in the beauty industry?

After being in the beauty industry for thirty three years I think I’ve learned a thing or two.

My novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, a kindle book, is my interpretation of the beauty industry and what it’s like to really stand behind the chair of a hairdresser.

Being a hairdresser working in the beauty industry is not just about cutting hair and beauty school doesn’t prepare you for the real world of dealing with the public and being a confessor.

 Towel Dry and a Good Cry  will walk you through the life of, Josie Capelli, a new to the business hairdresser in the early 1980’s, her crazy best friend and her drama filled Italian family.

Hairdressers in the beauty industry, world-wide, would agree it doesn’t matter what country you live in the hairdresser/client dynamic is always the same.

I invite you to join Josie as she navigates her life as a hairdresser in the eighties through laughter and tears with this heartfelt story about truth and trust and love with a tangled web of characters. Some you’ll love some you’ll hate and some will leave your jaw hanging open!  Watch the book trailer:  www.youtube.com/toweldryandagoodcry

And as John Steinbeck so eloquently put it in this quote, is my sentiment exactly.

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Do you really want to know what it’s like to be a hairdresser?

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After being in the hairdressing business for thirty three years I think I’ve learned a thing or two.

My novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, a kindle bookis my interpretation of what it’s like to really stand behind the chair.

Being a hairdresser is not just about cutting hair.  Beauty school doesn’t prepare the hairdresser for the real world of dealing with the public and being a confessor.

 Towel Dry and a Good Cry  will walk you through the life of, Josie Capelli, the main character, a new to the business hairdresser in the early eighties, her crazy best friend and her drama filled Italian family.

Hairdressers world-wide would agree it doesn’t matter what country you live in the hairdresser/client dynamic is always the same.

I invite you to join Josie as she navigates her life as a hairdresser in the eighties through laughter and tears in this heartfelt story about truth, trust and love with a tangled web of characters.  Some you’ll love some you’ll hate and some will leave your jaw hanging open!  Watch the book trailer:  www.youtube.com/toweldryandagoodcry

And as John Steinbeck so eloquently put it in this quote, is my sentiment exactly.

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Creative perms of the early 90’s.

My novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, takes place in the early eighties and Josie Capelli, the main character, is in the thick of the perm era. The boom in perming in the late seventies and throughout eighties seemed to happen over night.

Hair in the nineties became long and straight and the general public viewed perms as out of date. The science changed and brought better technology in the perm solutions making less damaging perms such as perms with no ammonia.

Stylist’s found new ways to incorporate perms into a client’s look in the nineties with new wraps and perming tools. Creative perming moved from the old-fashioned perming machines…  circa 1934

to stacked perms… created by Dwight Miller

and one of my own creative perms from the nineties.

Even today, with all the relaxing and keratin straightening that is being done, perms are still not a thing of the past.   They’ve been re-invented again using names like, texture perm, partial perms or body waves. I’m curious to see what the next decade will bring.

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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Something for the Museum

Every fourth weekend of the month the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, in Nashville, hosts a flea market and sellers come from all over the area bartering for their treasures.  This past weekend’s October flea market is known for being the largest of the year.  This is an event I always look forward to. I never go to the flea market with the intentions of buying anything in particular, but I always manage to pick up a little something, for the right price.

The junk or the rusty gold is my favorite to look at. Everything has a past and a story to be told about it.

In my novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, Old Lady Cavendish tells Josie and Sadie a story about each piece of her furniture as they walk through the old lady’s apartment.

Here’s the little something I picked up at the flea market for my photo Museum of Hair History on my website.

Minipoo Dry Shampoo, circa 1947

Davant Men’s Talc, circa 1945

Paris, Tennessee

 

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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Beehive hairdo / B-52 bomber

How about this piece of trivia?  The beehive hairdo was also known as the B-52 for its resemblance in silhouette to the conical nose of the B-52 bomber airplane.

Stars like Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren made this style popular throughout hollywood and salon’s across the globe in the late 50’s and 60’s.

In the 50’s the bouffant emerged and morphed its way over the years into the beehive ‘do.  I don’t think this style will never die because it keeps morphing its way through time.  The group B-52’s made the hairdo popular again in the 70’s.

Marge Simpson gave it a new twist in the 80’s!And my favorite modern-day beehive so far, of all time, was Amy Winehouse.

Many musicians such as Adele and Jennifer Lopez are still sporting the ‘do…keeping it alive, and keeping it real.

 

 

 

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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