Hair Inspiration. Some people who inspire me to be a better hairstylist.

Hair inspiration is all around me. I’m inspired by everything from Architecture to Organic Design.  I won’t go into detail here about my love of all things Frank Lloyd Wright,  but I thought I should talk a little bit about some people in the hair business who inspire me on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, eternal basis.

 

My first hair inspiration, Horst and the Aveda Institute:

I attended the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis because the first hair stylist that inspired me was Horst Rechelbacher. Horst was and will always be a huge influence on the way I go about cutting hair.

I met Horst once at his salon Horst and Friends in Deep Haven.  Maybe I was 16 or 17 and my hair was not as curly as it is now.  I wanted a curly perm so I wouldn’t have to style my hair every morning.  I’ve long forgotten the young lady’s name who diligently rolled my curls, but when she rinsed my hair, Horst checked it and declared in ‘good’ and I was smitten.

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The teacher of all my Teachers

Horst founded Aveda with the idea that great hair was derived from great products and great products came from plants not from petrochemicals.  Horst was on the bleeding edge of organic, chemical free beauty products.  I clearly drank the Aveda koolaid and I’m not sorry.

My teachers at Aveda worked with and were taught by Horst and his legacy lives on.  I felt his work and compassion and drive through my educators.  They were pretty strict.

Matt Beck is in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

When I say that I’m inspired weekly of course I’m talking about YouTube.  There are a couple of guys putting out videos of their process almost every week.  There is a ton of education out there.  When I need some technical inspiration I go to Free Salon Education.  Matt Beck takes some pretty technical concepts and breaks them down to a step by step – how to video.  I also like him a lot because he’s primarily a cutter, and uses color to enhance his haircuts.

Matt is an incredibly humble and gracious guy to share what he knows with hairdressers and do it for free.  I’m really grateful.  Matt is in Pennsylvania and he just built an amazing (professional) studio to create his content.  I’m going to his monthly tutorials group.

Maksim Nikitochkin is in Odessa, Ukraine.

I will probably never have a chance to meet him but he is the most precise cutter I’ve ever seen.  His sectioning is out of this world.  He divides the head shape up with such amazing visualizations of what he wants the hair to do.  Maksim cuts and folds and pushes hair to create shapes that push the boundaries of how hair would naturally fall, but it does!

I also love the depiction of the layers and the angles of the cut, so that you can see how to really construct the haircut.  And can we talk about the sound track!  He really puts the whole thing together in a dynamic and interesting way, no?

There’s another YouTuber who cuts like a machine.  Marina Lantos cuts with such clean, precise sections I’m pretty sure she would put those Japanese robots to shame.

Theo Knoop is from Nijmegen, Netherlands.

I cannot get enough of Theo Knoop.  He cracks me up everytime he says he always uses protection (what he’s referring to is protecting his skin and the skin of his guest, but ya know).  This guy is all about the flow.  He uses specific facial features to inform his cutting.  Generally focusing on the brow  and chin bones to accentuate the features of each client.  I love that he chats with his clients in Dutch and then tells us in English what his doing with the hair.  I also love that he too is a L’anza Stylist.  He really inspires me to use more of their products.  Theo’s style is organic in nature, but his results are usually quite trendy.  I can see most of his guests rocking his styles at the clubs in Amsterdam.

Tony Caito is in Modesto.

Tony Caito is the most generous hairstylist i know.  I first ran into Tony at the Santa Cruz hair show.  He was working with the League of Extraordinary Stylists at the time and had great stage presence.

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I’m in the second row, first seat on the left…

Tony is so generous.  He takes time almost daily and often late in the evening to make me a  better men’s hairstylist.  My fades are getting good thanks to this guy.  He runs an appointment only shop in Modesto.  There are no signs on Tony’s shop, only his silhouette on the outside window #businessgoals.  I follow Tony on Facebook and his partner @stylez.santana on Instagram.  I was watching one of Facebook Live sessions and I chimed in on the feed, Tony waved and said “Hi Sarah” I waved back at my iPad……technology.

Those are some of the people who inspire me.  Who inspires you?

Thanks for reading. If you would like to book an appointment with me to see how all these pieces fit together on you, call 805.324.7950 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or leave a message on my voicemail Friday through Monday

Carpe Diem

Sarah Kelly

Bespoke hair styling for discriminating people.

Be-spoke

bəˈspōk/

Adjective, British

  1. (of goods and services) made to order.

When you come in the Salon with a picture of a haircut you like, I will ask you a couple of questions.

What is it about this hairstyle you like?  Is there anything that you would change?  Then I will look closely at your face.  I know, it’s a little unnerving, but I think it’s important to assess your features, symmetry, proportion, and current hair length and texture.  This is why I love the idea of bespoke hairstyling.  It’s not only a picture of you when you looked and felt your best, it’s an image of you right now.  I want to give you what you want, but I want to tailor it to who you are right now. Bespoke hair styling means a hairstyle especially for you.

We all gravitate back to the hairstyle we wore when we felt our best.  I can’t say it was when we were at our most secure, most successful or even most beautiful, but it was when we felt like a million bucks.  It’s usually a time when we felt youthful maybe even invincible.  I’m not saying that we’re longing for our youth.  Hell no.  I think we are a lot wiser than we were and wouldn’t exchange that wisdom for anything.  What I’m trying to say, is that we gravitate to the place where we felt comfortable.  I can tell you, I’ve done the pixie, bob, long hair thing so may times.  If I were to be really honest with myself, I have to admit that the length of my hair is proportional to my weight.  I cut my hair off when I’ve dropped a ton of weight.  I don’t have perfect features by any means, but I feel terrific with short hair, and clearly no photos of my really long hair.

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and every length in between…

What is your lifestyle, how much time do you have to do your hair?

Let’s talk about what’s going on in your life right now.  Where do we want to add emphasis?  Where would we like to add drama?  What can we do to draw the eye away from certain areas?  That’s what I mean when I say Bespoke Hair Styling.  I want you to have the perfect style especially for you.  I schedule an extra fifteen minutes just for our consultation so I can customize the perfect look to suit your lifestyle in the next forty-five minutes.

Get a custom hairstyle, tailored specifically for you.  Be Bespoke

Sarah Kelly, P3 Hair Design, 805.324.7950

Color your curly hair

Do you struggle with how to color your curly hair? 

Do use box color, only to be disappointed with the flat mat lifeless reflection in the mirror when you’re done?  I did too until I became a Colorist.  They say the mirror doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t exactly tell the truth either.  I want my next job to be the box color namer.  Tahitian Sunset sounds great until you see mauve roots and the same brown ends, with a weird purple tinge. The lady in the picture has shiny straight hair that is a beautiful burgundy. What happened?

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Curly hair takes color differently.

Curly hair and gray hair are not smooth and straight.  Textured hair is often coarser and more porous (sort of like ‘spongy’) than straight hair.  Mature hair doesn’t reflect the light like everyone else’s.  Coarse hair isn’t necessarily shiny. Curly hair is usually dryer than average hair so it will absorb light and color differently.

can you relate?

I have curly hair with some gray to cover.  I understand texture and curl formation and I also understand how to use color to enhance a haircut and lifestyle.  Your curly or gray hair will absorb the color quickly and may initially appear darker than the targeted shade because of the porosity.  It will suck up that color because your hair is thirsty for hydration any hydration.  That same open, thirsty cuticle will potentially also release that color equally as fast.  Which is why you may feel your color fades fast.  It’s not necessarily the colorist’s application that is sabotaging your results.  What we, as colorists, may be afraid to tell you is that you aren’t taking care of your color at home.  I’m going to recommend good quality products to you that will quench your thirsty strands and help you maintain your color until our next visit (6-8 weeks, sooner if your hair grows fast or you have a lot of gray to cover). 

Gray Hair accepts color differently

Some gray hair has trouble absorbing color.  The cuticle is super tight and requires extra Oomph to open it up to accept the color.  As a professional I’m going to assess your hair and make the right call on how to best feature you and your hair.  I’m going to be introducing L’anza Color in the next several weeks.  L’anza is a local company in Santa Monica and uses their patented Color Attachment Technology and Keratin Healing System replenishes protein and moisture.  I will also be applying the color to wet hair with this line.  That will help mitigate any porosity and make sure we get even color results.  L’anza also has Flower Shield to slow the fading process.

Make your appointment today with me at P3 Hair!  Call 805/324-7950 today.  I’m available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11-7; or by appointment.

Sarah Kelly is P3 Hair.

Curated Curls, carpe diem!

 

 

 

Plopping Curly Hair

Plopping curly hair is just carefully placing your curls into a cotton tee shirt and allow the shirt to absorb the excess water, without the friction and frizz of a terry cloth towel.

I’ve had a couple of easy breezy long haired curly girls in my chair lately who had never heard of hair plopping.  It’s a really easy way to dry and style your curls simultaneously.  By the way, it also works on short curly hair.

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Prep, Style and Finish!

Here is what you’ll need to get starting plopping:

  1. A great hair cut. The best tools and products aren’t going to give you amazing curls unless you have a great cut to start.
  2. Good quality products.  I like to use a Prep, Style and Finish product.  The Prep product should be a leave in conditioner.  Even if you’ve conditioned your hair in the shower, use a leave in to protect your curls from the elements.  UV protection is a bonus, moisture is a must! You can use a mousse, a gel, or a lotion to Style your hair.  You might even want to keep each of these types of products on hand.  Each one has a different level of hold and degree of softness.  The lighter the hold, the more soft your curls will be.  When your hair is mostly dry, finish your curls with shine spray, an anti humectant or even an anti frizz product.  I’ve written about what a fan I am of Alterna Haircare, but you can review my post here
  3. A very well loved tee shirt.  I wouldn’t recommend a pit stained shirt with old paint spatters, but a tee shirt that has been washed more than a few times.  The video shows a long sleeve shirt which I think is a terrific idea.  I’ve also had clients use their husband’s tee shirts because they’re big enough to fully envelope their curls.

Here is a short YouTube video that will walk you through the process of hair plopping:

If you’re at work and can’t do a video right this moment, here are some instructions on plopping hair with a t shirt with photos from naturallycurly.com (love those curly gurrlls).

Call (805) 324-795 to schedule a consultation with me on how to get your best curls yet!

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

curated curls

Special Offers for first time and established customers

I have some special offers running through the end of the year!  Something for everyone.

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$20 off your first service!

New Customers

I’ve been out in my neighborhood and leaving a special offer door hanger.  Wow! 12k steps in just a couple of hours.  Is it me or has it been unusually warm in Santa Barbara?  This is not what I signed up for people.  I covered a lot of the Mesa, but ran out of water pretty early in my walk about.

If you received one of my door hangers, terrific!  If you found this post, I’ll still honor the deal. Call (805) 324-7950 and make an appointment to see me and you’ll get $20 off ANY service.  Here is a link to my Services Page to check my prices.

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Refer a friend!

Current Customers

I’m also encouraging my current customers to refer a friend.  I’m happy to give your buddy $20 off and the next time I see you, I’ll give you $20 off your service too!  WIN/WIN.  Please, PLEASE invite a friend to come in and visit me.  I’m still in the building stage and have appointments available in the evening for anyone to come in after work.

super secret discount: $10 off your service if you ‘like’ P3 Hair Design on Facebook……

Gift Certificates are also available!

 

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Hairstyles for older women

Hairstyles for older women have gotten a bad rep.

The lack of moisture and texture changes can make the products that we have trusted for most of our lives useless. Guess what? The products I have been recommending for curly hair are the same products I would recommend for aging hair. Aging hair styling starts in the shower. Be sure to use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. When you’re ready to style, my recommendations are ‘don’t’s’ rather than ‘do’s’. Avoid alcohol, sulfates, and silicone in your products. Read the label – if you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want to use it (steps off of soapbox). I’m currently recommending hair products from Alterna.  This hair care company really fits the criteria.

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Is this normal?

Has this happened to you?

You shampoo your hair and it comes out by the hand full?  I personally am in the midst of “the change” as Jessica Tandy said in “Fried Green Tomatoes”.  This is usually a sure sign of hormonal changes.  But if you’re not yet in your 50’s or well past them, it might be a good idea to have your thyroid checked by your healthcare professional.  If all other causes have been ruled out (age, thyroid, medications, etc.) it could be due to stress or even heredity.

If you’re at all concerned about your thinning hair, there are more options now than just Rogaine.  We have just brought in the Kevin Murphy line into Mira Bella Salon and Spa.  KM has a new product called Body Mass that utilizes the same medicine as the eyelash restoring products.  We can special order the accompanying shampoo and conditioner for you.  We are also introducing Alterna Haircare to the salon and their Caviar Clinical line that will organically improve hair growth and enhance volume. Changes are good, embrace them and learn from them.  If you would like some additional product information or styling tips, feel free to call me at (805) 324-7950 for a consultation.

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

(805) 324-7950

curated curls

New Santa Barbara Hair Stylist

Sarah Kelly is new to Santa Barbara, but not a new hair stylist!  She was a Salon owner and hair stylist in Minnesota for several years before becoming a part of Mira Bella Salon and Spa.

Sarah specializes in curly hair cuts, but loves to work with all textures of men’s and women’s hair. The recommended styling line she uses is Alterna Haircare.  An organically sourced line featuring low alcohol, no sulfates, no parabens, and not tested on animals.  It’s now for sale at the Salon.  Mira Bella also offers Kevin Murphy products.

Sarah also offers custom dimensional color.  The product line is L’anza Color which is a low ammonia.  L’anza is infinitely customizable.  Any shade is possible.

P3 Hair Design (Sarah) is located on the Mesa of Santa Barbara (inside Mira Bella, across from CVS ad just behind The Good Cup). 

Address: 1819 Cliff Road, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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Telephone: (805) 324-7950 for an appointment with Sarah!

Email: sarah.kelly@p3hair.com

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11 – 7; or my appointment

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