Product Sales

It’s been a difficult couple of months. I was thinking about how best to help you (my clients) while I’m unable to provide services behind the chair. I’ve really struggled to find products that best fit my mission statement to provide the highest quality with the most natural ingredients.

Organic Hair care

I went back to a brand that I tried eons ago, Simply Organic Hair care. They have rebranded, updated and expanded their products. Most importantly, they reached out in support of Hair Stylists (me) in what has been the most transformative time for my business. Here are a couple of products I think you’ll be very interested in using.


Holistic hair tribe has a couple of shampoos I think you’ll like. Oway Curly Hair Bath shampoo has licorice extract, crabwood oil and coconut in it for moisturizing, curl enhancing and frizz reducing,. The Curly Hair Bath product is pretty rich and best for thick hair and might be too much for medium to fine texture.

For medium to fine hair, Silk and Glow give you all the benefits of the Curly Hair Bath, but with a lighter touch. The key ingredients here are Oat Protein for strength, Organic Cupuaçu Butter for moisture, and Brazil Nut Oil for anti-frizz.

I don’t want to leave out my color clients, Oway has the perfect shampoo, Color Protection Hair Bath. Red Vine provides antioxidants to protect, Goji Berry for oxidative protection, and delicate cleansing agents. If you use these product links, don’t forget to use my PARTNER CODE HHT3075 at checkout to get $5 off.


The Curly Hair Mask (that’s what Oway calls cream conditioner) is the companion to the Curly Hair Bath. It contains the same natural ingredients as well as Macadamia Nut Oil for shine and smoothing. Again, great if you have really thick curls, you might want to opt for something lighter if your hair is fine. In that case, I would recommend Frequent Use Conditioner. The main benefit is that it nourishes and moisturizes the hair without weighing it down. Key ingredients include Lemon, White Tea Extract, and Aniseed Extract. These will give you healthy shiny hair – everyday. Again, if you’re clicking on the product links above, don’t forget to put my Partner Code: HHT3075 in at checkout!

Light natural conditioner.

Color Enhancing Conditioners

Here is something I know you’ll love, color enhancing conditioners! It might be a little late now. You might have and inch or so of new growth, but rather than reach for box color, order a Hmelt Mask to blend away grey and increase the longevity of your color service. I’ve linked to chestnut, but there are lots of shades to choose from including some fun (temporary) fashion colors.

Color enhancing conditioner


I know, Olaplex is the opposite of organically derived hair products, but I get a lot of requests for it. They’ve been really supportive of hair stylists while we’ve been out of work. So here’s a link to their products if you have a lot of damage from color processing (did you use box color?) or breakage from previous blonding services. I have a couple of clients who have felt that their hair was physically repaired to its previous condition from using Olaplex. I will still be able to provide the Olaplex Service in the salon going forward, but if you would like to try the shampoo, conditioner and the new No.7 bonding oil, please use my affiliate link so I can get a little extra income while I’m out of the shop. Thanks, you’re the best.

No.7 Bonding Oil from Olaplex

I hope these products can tide you over until I can get back into the shop. Hopefully they will let us get back to work really soon. I have a list of clients who are waiting to get in, if you’d like to be included on the first call list, email me and let me know how you’d like to be notified. Miss your face.

Sarah Kelly


News for P3 Hair Design: New PUPPY!

Good News

My last blog post was really sad.  I felt, at the time that I really needed to chime in on all the disasters going on in the city.  We all suffered a little PTSD after the devastation.  I felt like I couldn’t really express my grief over my dog Louie, when so many others had lost so much more.  The good news is that I was able to heal just a little bit more when I adopted my new puppy, Tali.

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Taliesin “Tali”

Puppy Spot

I wasn’t really shopping for a new puppy. I was just Googling around.  Patrick had checked all the Bernese Mountain Dog puppies available through the AKC, but none of them really felt like the right dog for us until I found I saw a couple of cute puppies, but none of them really touched me until I saw “Maggie”.

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I just knew this was my Tali

New Puppy

Look at that face, LOOK AT IT! Those eyes, that pink snoot, and the fluff, just look at her.  She is gorgeous.  Well, I was smitten.  Patrick was like, “Are you sure you’re ready?”  And I said “Are you sure you’re ready?  She’s going to be essentially your dog. You’re the one who’s going to be home with her all day.  Are you sure?” “Let’s do it!” I’m telling you, I pressed a button on my computer and a week later I had a puppy.  I’ve never experienced anything like it.  I was contacted by a puppy concierge in about 20 minutes.  I gave them my credit card and next thing I know, I’m going to LAX Delta Live Cargo to pick up my new puppy.  Shut The Front Door!

Tally Ho!?

No, just no.  Tali is short for Taliesin.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Spring Green Wisconsin. FLLW also has a home in Scottsdale, Arizona called Taliesin West. I’m a huge FLLW nerd.  I’ve been to Taliesin a couple of times.  We have a HUGE picture of it in our home.  Patrick has a poster of his studio in his office.  It’s a little over the top, I know. Fandom has no bounds.

Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright, Spring Green, Wisconsin

Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin

What has any of this got to do with hair?

Well, nothing really.  It’s just an excuse to share pictures of the cutest puppy that ever lived.  My apologies to Zoe and Louie.  They were great dogs in their own right. However, Tali came fully formed right out of the crate.  This dog has prescient knowledge that I just can’t explain.  She knew her name (remember, the breeder named her Maggie?).  She was house broken, sit, and down, okay, she could use a little work on stay and come, but wow.  I don’t know about your dog, but my dog can see about 3 to 5 steps ahead of things.  She grabs other dog’s leashes at the park before they have a chance to get away.  She begs for scraps from the couch, because it’s closer to the dining table.  See what I mean?

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Tali the mountain dog

So that’s what’s new with me.  Please come in to see me and I’ll tell you about the rest of my family, but I’ll show your the most recent pictures of my new puppy.

Carpe Diem

Sarah Kelly

P3 Hair Design


Grit, Determination and Hypervigilance

December was a tough month for everyone

Thomas Fire:  281,893 acres burned in Ventura, Ojai, Carpinteria, Summerland and Santa Barbara. 1093 structures destroyed and 280 structures damaged

Thomas Fire Map

Thomas Fire Map and Evacuation Areas


I live and work on The Mesa.  You can see on the map how the fire circled around downtown and the Mesa.  The Firefighters held the line along Mission Canyon and 192 to protect as many people and properties as possible.  They held a town hall briefing at 4:00 everyday.  We watched on Facebook.  All the agencies involved were represented and answered any questions the public had.  All the agencies complimented each other on how well coordination and communications were done throughout the emergency.  It was really awesome and really terrifying.

The outside air quality was anywhere from “unhealthy” to “not recommended for sensitive groups”.  N95 masks were distributed to the public, free of charge from a group called Direct Relief.  I read they distributed somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 masks.  We were cooped up.  I had not experienced that kind of cabin fever since the winter of 2013.  Where in Minnesota, there were 53 straight days of below zero temperatures.  But I digress, that’s what got us to Santa Barbara to begin with! Somehow during this time I caught a whopper of a cold which made is much easier to binge watch the news with minute by minute updates about the fire.  I went through two boxes of tissues, but I had my trusty dog by my side…

Then the rain came  

The Rain storm started about 3:30 am on January 9th.  I only know because for some reason Patrick got up, I opened one eye at the time and then went back to sleep.  The estimates are somewhere in the 1 inch per hour range for awhile and 1/4 of and inch per hour during the late morning.  Patrick was concerned about our new retaining wall, which fell during the winter storm last year.  Yes it held.

Then came the devastating mud slides.  I read that the burned chaparral caused a waxy residue to form on top of the charred dirt.  This did not allow the rain to be absorbed and caused the water to run down the mountains and pick up earth and boulders that eventually hit Montecito. 

You might not be familiar with this little Santa Barbara enclave, but you might know some if it’s residents.  Oprah moved in a few years ago.  So did Ellen and Portia de Rossi.  Rob Lowe fed Fire Fighters in his kitchen.  But my favorite is of course The Dude, Jeff Bridges.  I do have a six degrees of separation story there, but that’s for another time.  21 people died and I think 2 are still missing.  A few of these souls were in the voluntary evacuation area.  It’s difficult to fathom the terror they must have felt. 

This is actually the first time I’ve been able to watch any video of the damage,  it’s just too heartbreaking.

But I’ll always have my dog by my side

And as if this were not enough, the universe provided one last blow, my beloved rescue Berner Louie died after a very sudden and devastating illness.  The Saturday before Christmas, he started to limp and then knuckle his toes.  We brought him in to AVS to be looked at.  They took some X-rays, but the Vet felt that there was nothing really remarkable about them.  She mentioned the atrophy in his legs, but suggested rest, anti inflammatories and some pain management.  He got up under his own power and came home. 

By the Wednesday after the Holiday, Louie wasn’t able to get up on his own, and was unable to use his hind legs at all.  We went back to AVS and were told that there really wasn’t any hope.  He no longer had any feeling in his back legs and was unable to go to the bathroom on his own. Louie’s paralysis would most likely be progressive. We made the gut wrenching decision to let him go.  We try to reconcile our grief with the fact that he had an amazing five years with us and really became the dog he was always supposed to be. 

I guess that was his Karma.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Louie “Booboo” Kelly

Grit and Determination

It’s difficult to see the bright side in all of this, but some good came out it all.  Santa Barbara came together with grit and determination.  Everybody pitched in in one way or another.  Mira Bella Salon and Spa decided to give a Direct Relief donation in lieu of our holiday celebrations.  Direct Relief distributed masks, first aid and vaccinations for workers in the mud slide area.  What is not widely known is that the CEO of Direct Relief is a resident of Montecito and was personally impacted by the fire and the flood.

We were joined at Mira Bella by Patricia Noel Studio.  The stylists there worked with us for 10 days while Coastal Village Road was cleaned up and until it was safe to return to their home salon.  They are amazingly busy Hairdressers and brought a buzz to our shop we haven’t seen in awhile.  It was great to welcome and support our hairdressing community and lift the spirits and business of another shop during this really difficult time.  We’ve made some great friends.

The sunshine has returned and along with it some unusually warm weather.  Santa Barbara is healing from the fire and the floods.  We hug each other a little tighter and give each other the help we need.  I think that is the lesson I’m supposed to take away from all of this.  I’m not alone and it’s okay to let others lead and be strong when I just can’t.

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