5 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

Quick! Make a decision! Pick 5 beauty products you cannot live without! 

Well, I set myself up for this. I thought “just pick 5 this will be easy enough”, then I looked around my bathroom and cedar closet and realized I backed myself into a corner. 

I love beauty products. I’m willing to try just about anything and it shows. I have quite the collection haha! So, since I set myself up with limitations, here are the 5 things I cannot live without.


Perfect for all skin types and super gentle this is my favorite face wash EVER. The gel consistency feels great on my skin, and it has this addictive clean and fresh scent 


I’ve always been a hoarder of lip products. This is the first line of lip balms that I’ve ever loved this much (Lush Cosmetics is a very close second).  I love the little tins that the balm comes in, I LOVE the smell, and the consistency is perfection. 


Admit it, we all feel more alive with mascara. This is all I need to feel put together. While Lancôme Hypnose Drama is my favorite, (Tarte “better than sex” is a close second but it flakes off half way through the day and I hate that) I have 1 issue with this… Lancôme animal tests and I hate that soooo I’m still looking for something to take this mascaras place. I’ve actually quit buying it.  I’m still using my last tube but animal testing is something I’ll get into in another blog. If you’re wondering why I love this mascara so much, it’s because of the shape of the applicator and the creamy consistency. So, I’m open for new mascara suggestions from cruelty free companies. 


This product takes seconds to apply and leaves my face hydrated and rejuvenated. I can spray it over my makeup and use it multiple times a day for a pick me up or refresh. It also has the same great smell as the stone crop gel wash.


Ahhh yes my obsession for leave in conditioners. I know I picked 5 favorites but I didn’t say I had to pick one for each category! Here’s my feelings on leave in conditioners: everyone needs at least one. I have 3 favorites. I use them all for different reasons and at different times of the year. My hair is thick, curly, and borderline coarse so I’m always mixing up products. 

Pureology Color Fanatic or “21 spray” smells incredible, has 21 benefits (including thermal protection) and is a great light leave in for every day. 

It’s A 10 leave-in is my go to for beach hair, severe tangles, and travel. Smells fresh and is a thicker leave in that, when my hair is most unruly, helps me get through the toughest of tangles. 

Sebastian whipped cream. I have had a long term love affair with this product.  I have yet to find a product to replace the way this one contours my hair when I let it dry naturally. It is by and far my favorite smell. And the texture is exactly that of whipped cream! This is my go to on warm summer days when I am not going anywhere near a blow dryer.

Want longer, thicker hair instantly? Read this first.

Prior to working at Legal Hair, my knowledge of hair extensions has been limited to the “clip in” variety. Over the past several weeks, I have picked the brain of our resident extension guru, Lisa Mort, as well as done my own research into the matter.  There is so much information out there! There are so many companies and styles, no wonder it can be deceiving and misleading when deciding which path is best for in individual. Legal Hair offers tape-in and bonded extensions by Great Lengths Extensions and clip-ins by Victoria’s Secret Hair. So, I’m here to shed some light and help decide if extensions are for you.

I’ll start of here: Great Lengths . Great Lengths extension company has been in business for more than 20 years! This company is certainly a stand out, taking pride in the quality of their extensions (even treating the hair with the same care as cashmere).  For more specific information feel free to click the link and check out all the details on their website!

Now let’s get into the good stuff…

So, you want extensions. What’s the next step?

Miss Lisa was kind enough to lend me her time and knowledge to help us out here. SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION!!! Can’t stress this enough! After you have found a certified stylist (Lisa is by the way.), you will need to have a nice sit down with them. This is important for multiple reasons. You, as the client, need to be able to ask questions and feel safe and confident with your stylist. Your stylist needs to be able to diagnose and evaluate your hair so they can properly help you achieve your desired look.  Sure, anyone can order some extensions online and attempt to put them in your hair, but I’ll just leave this suggestion here: look up extension fails online and see if you still want to risk that haha!

From the Start

You must have at least 4 inches of hair on your head to even think about getting extensions.  So you have 4 inches, great, now what? Well, what type of maintenance are you comfortable with? What’s your budget?  Let’s call this scenario #1:

  • You have at least 4 inches of hair.
  • You are looking for the most minimal maintenance.
  • Least expensive budget
  • You’re just looking to add length when you feel like it/a pop of color/volume for a formal style.

Sounds like you’re going to be a prime candidate for clip in extensions!

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(Left – Victoria Secret clip-in extensions. ; Right – Model with custom-colored VS extensions.)

So what are clip in extensions? Clip in extensions are extensions that are sewn together with clips attached at either end that are placed into your hair for temporary length, volume, or an addition of fun color. Maybe you need length for your wedding day or formal event. Maybe you love purple hair but don’t want to lighten your own hair. Maybe you like to switch back and forth between short hair and long hair looks.  This is always my go-to suggestion. It’s low maintenance, and for the average need this fits the bill. These extensions are 100% human hair and can be colored to your desire! I always recommend a consultation with these as well. You can see any stylist at Legal Hair to be fitted with clip-in extensions.

Alright we are jump to scenario #2:

  • You want to add length and/or thickness.
  • You’re not worried about a budget but don’t want to make this a 6-8 week habit.
  • You aren’t worried about at home maintenance. You’d rather come in every 4-6 months and not worry about repeated visits.

Say hello to Great Lengths bonded extensions!

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(Left – Actual bonded extensions from Great Lengths. ; Right – Model with both bonded and tape-in combination.)

With bonded extensions you will be looking at 4-6 months of extension bliss. You will also be spending several hours with your stylist as this application can take upward of 9 hours!  Bonded extensions come with the most natural movement and have the least amount of stress on the hair. A well-trained stylist knows what type of hair can handle a bonded extension and knows what hair may be too damaged to handle this. Great Length extensions use high frequency waves to create the bond with your hair which is quite different from the heat bonds or plastic/metal clamped bonds presented by other companies making it safer for the hair.

So what’s the catch? Well, all good things come with a price. You’re going to need to brush your hair with a special brush daily. If you want your bonds to stay and be the most gentle on your hair you will need to apply a special bond moisturizer to the bonds. This will keep them in the best shape, protect your hair, and protect your investment. You will also need to wash with a special shampoo – sulfate free life baby! Then, like all good things, they come to an end. In approx. 4-6 months your hair will have grown so much that you will need to make another visit to the salon, have your bonded extensions removed and purchase a new set and either repeat this process or rock out with your own longer, natural hair. It’s a small price to pay for the hair of your dreams right?   *Full pricing upon consultation*

Scenario #3:

  • Maybe you just have a spot or two that need love?
  • Maybe you damaged one side of your hair more than the other?
  • Maybe you have alopecia areata ?
  • Maybe you want to treat yourself for a special salon visit every 6-8 months?

Just a panel of color—this is up your alley! We are talking about tape-in extensions.

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(Left – Actual tape-in extensions from Great Lengths. ; Right – Model with tape-in extensions.)

Here’s the beauty of tape-in extensions : add a little or a lot. These extensions have a special adhesive that is safe for application on the hair. There is a band of adhesive that is custom mapped and placed onto your hair based on your desired look. You will have to re-adjust these extensions every 6-8weeks and can re-use the same extensions 2-3 times based on how well you take care of your hair outside of the salon.  Again, sulfate free shampoo and conditioner are your best friends.  Most people can achieve a total transformation with just one pack of hair. These extensions are good for both length and thickness!  At Legal Hair both Eimile and Lisa are certified for tape-in extensions *$300 min thickness $750min length. Full pricing upon consultation*

Let’s bring this on home.

WHEW! This is a lot of information. And to be honest, this is just scratching the surface!

There is a lot to be learned in the field of extensions! Legal Hair also offers wigs, pieces, top extensions, and any combination of these listed and the above. Bottom line is that it’s in your best interest to see a professional!! They’re expensive, they require some degree of maintenance and care BUT they’re worth every penny!!

I hope I’ve provided more answers than questions but, as always, feel free to shoot me your questions. Call Legal Hair at 740-264-4647 and schedule your consultation if you’re interested in more detailed and personalized information!! Have a great day!




You Washed Your Hair When?!

“You Washed Your Hair When?!”

I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard this reaction.

That’s right , I usually wash my hair every 5-7 days…DAYS!!!


The longest I’ve ever gone has been 9 days. I actually despise washing my hair before day 3. I’m sure most of you reading this are sitting there thinking “Why? That’s nasty.” Well, there are a few reasons:

  1. I have a crap ton of hair, and I am lazy and do not want to dry—let alone wash it—more than I really have to.
  2. I would burn through product faster than I would ever care to think about.
  3. I have thick, curly, chemically-treated hair that would be as dry as an old bone if I washed it every day, other day or second day.
  4. Your body’s own natural oil is the best source of moisture.

I’m sure if I was given the time I could come up with several more reasons but I think you get the point.

Too often it is said that a persons’ hair is too oily after 1 day or even 12 hours. Well, I’m sure it is. I am sure that after washing your hair every day that your scalp is so dry it has no choice but to product more and more oil. This is why I always suggest that you take it a day at a time. Even just washing every other day is a huge step!

Then there’s the topic of dry shampoo. I’ll be honest with you here. I’m not PERSONALLY the biggest fan. I think they smell good (most of them) and I think they serve a purpose, but I cannot stand the feeling of that product on my scalp. I will use them in emergency situations (i.e. my hair smells like bacon, I’ve been to a bonfire, my hair smells like hair and I’m too lazy to wash it that day). I know many people love them and swear by them, and I think that it’s great and a smart idea to extend your style and save yourself some time. But, in the big picture of things it’s just not my cup of tea.

So here I am on a Tuesday writing this post, and I’m not even sure when I washed my hair last. Hopefully, it was at least 3 days ago, because I feel motivated to wash it. I hope at least one person that reads this feels inspired to push their style that 1 extra day.



Get Glossed

“I’m going to get you glossed.”

“I’ll be right back with your toner.”

“Let’s shine you up.”

If you’re a client of mine, or get your hair colored by any hairstylist, I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase or something like it. So what the hell are we talking about? Well, without getting too far into another subject (toners – which I’ll talk about at another time), let’s talk about Redken ShadesEQ.


Here is a beautiful visual example of what a glossing session can do. During this guests visit we only glossed her hair with Shades EQ for 20 minutes and finished with a blow out.

Shades EQ is a demi-permanent (minimal lift/not to be confused with permanent color) hair-color. This specific product is the #1 demi-permanent hair color in the U.S.  This delivers a shot of color, conditioning and shine to the hair.  This product gives colorists the ability to boost shine, blend gray, or deposit a tone of you and your colorists choosing.  This line boasts the benefit of NO AMMONIA for minimized cuticle damage. While we formulate the best color for your look, Shades EQ is strengthening, conditioning, and adding incredible shine.

The thing I love most about Shades EQ is that I have about 60 different colors to pick from and I can mix these in any combination I want (holy colors!). I can give my guest a truly individual color. Depending on what we are going for I may leave this color on for 5 minutes or 20 minutes. I can stand and watch my blondes go from eek to ahh. I can watch someone feel like their color was drab and lifeless to robust and revived.  SEQ is a great option between your regularly scheduled appointments as well. As opposed to letting your color get to a point where you are dying to get to your touch up, come in at the half way point and treat yourself to a “glossing” treatment (which will be about an hour of your time. Color+blowdry).  Not only are you going to give your color a boost, but you will be filling your hair in with pigment and moisture—hello conditioning treatment!

Hopefully you feel a little more educated and confident in Shades EQ. Feel free to ask more questions or get glossed!



Why does my hair have so much static?

Scientific explanation:  The atoms in your hair are made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. When the electrons in your hair begin “jumping” from one atom to another, they become electrically charged.

Okay, so what does this actually mean for your hair? It means you can take some steps to help prevent this! Whew, good news right? There is always the chance that your hair will become static charged, however, during the winter months this is especially true due to the drying mature of colder weather. So, now that you know your hair is dried out what can you do?  Add some moisture and protein! Invest in a good at home or in salon conditioning treatment!  And use a wide tooth comb instead of a brush.  Here are some of my personal favorites and suggestions to help you narrow down your options.

Redken “Heatcure” treatment – This is an in salon treatment that takes about 15 minutes to apply and rinse. It gives your hair a dose of both protein and moisture so you will be feeling the results for about 10 (+/-) washes! (Special note on this treatment. ITS AMAZING!!! My personal favorite and there’s a take home version)


The pH Bonder system – Also new from Redken, this treatment in done in salon and can be added to your color, lightener or done by itself to chemically rebuild the bonds of the hair.

Olaplex – This was the pioneer product in a new line of treatments for hair.  This also rebuilds the chemical bonds of the hair. This too can be applied directly to the hair or mixed in with your color or lightener for added protection.

If someone at home is more your flavor, try these:

  • Diamond Oil mask (especially dull and damaged hair. Oil protection)
  • Extreme CAT Protein treatment (protein treatment that gives strength without weighing hair down)
  • Extreme Primer (can be used as a leave in or rinse out treatment with biotin! This one is one of my personal favorites that I use every wash)
  • All Soft Heavy Treatment Mask (soften and control frizz)
  • Blonde Idol Mask (special formulation with blonde hair in mind)
  • Pureology Hydrate Hydracure ( intense hydration therapy)
  • Pureology Perfect For Platinum Masque (special formulation with blonde hair in mind. Also another masque that deposits cool tone)

Maybe you aren’t a person who will take the time to do a mask/masque? Here are some leave- in conditioners that work wonders. I can’t say that you will see the relief from your static as fast as you would like but doing something is better than nothing!  If you know me, you know I LOVE my leave-in conditioners! I use the Pureology Color Fanatic “21 spray” every wash! Most noted for its recognizable purple bottle and delicious smell, this product does 21 different things that all benefit your hair. Adding moisture just happens to be one of them. Redken also makes a very similar product called “One United”. This leave-in boasts 25 benefits, moisturizing your hair is just one of them.

Every hair care line has their version of a deep conditioning treatment.  I’m not here to say this is better than that but I am just sharing with you my personal favorites and what I am familiar with. I would encourage anyone having questions to feel free to stop into the salon and talk with any of the stylist or receptionists at Legal Hair. Happy conditioning!

Science Lesson of the Day

I wanted to share a little story with some of you.

I had a conversation with Stacie Moore Poch and Mary Kate Krivoniak about how dry not only my skin was but several other people. (As you all know I am a die hard and strict user of the Eminence Organic Skin Care line. I have seen amazing results as have several of my family members and friends (clients).)

So I asked these ladies what more can i do? I am using serums and oils and moisturizing with no relief. That was the problem… I was only MOISTURIZING. So, here’s a little science lesson for you guys!

* A moisturizer’s main responsibility is to reduce trans-epidermal water loss by forming a barrier over the skin’s surface. (basically seals a layer of moisture over the skin. superficial)

* HYDRATING products are designed to increase the water content of the skin. (internal hydration via plumping up the cells in the skin to hold in water)



This information rocked my world. I realized that while I was using some of the best products I have ever used it wasn’t treating the most important issue. I was internally lacking water! Not only did I need to increase my intake of water. Let me say that again… I NEED TO DRINK MORE WATER… and I need to hydrate my skin. MIND BLOWN!

So, bottom line, if you are slathering on moisturizer and your skin is still rough, dry, dull you probably need a change to your skin care regimen! Stop in this week at Legal Hair and Day Spa and check out some of these great products!

Redken blog Feature

Hello friends!!! I have been honored to be featured in the latest blog by Redken!! This specific entree features the top 10 fantasy hair color trends of 2016 and I was lucky enough to be featured in their #5 spot!!!!! Thank you to Redken for this amazing honor. And also a huge thank you to my wonderful TEAM at Legal Hair and Day Spa. It takes a team to make dreams like this a reality and I am so blessed to be a part of this salon.


Check it out Redken’s full article here:  http://www.redken.com/blog/haircolor/the-top-10-fantasy-haircolor-trends-of-2016


Vegas Redken symposium

Beyond blessed to be part of such an amazing team. Legal Hair and Day Spa at the Redken symposium has been truly amazing. It’s so wonderful to be part of this family.

Two days to go and Las Vegas has already been so much fun. It’s amazing to see what team work and hard work can bring you.

Shades EQ Gloss

Do you have 15-20 minutes to sit like my guest on the left? What if I told you it’s like a small miracle if you did?! Schedule an appointment Legal Hair and Day Spa for a shades eq gloss and find out for yourself how amazing this express service can be!