Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How To Tuesday: Flat Iron Curls

Here's a conversation I had the other day with my stylist, Monica.

Me: Will you give me a perm?
Monica: No.
Me: *Sad face*
Monica: Cassidy, why do you want a perm?
Me: Because I'm tired of curling my hair with a curling iron. It takes forever.
Monica: Well, no perm will give you curls like a curling iron. 
Me: *Sad face*
Monica: Try flat iron curls.

Flat iron curls? That sounds a little oxymoronic. Well apparently flat iron curls are not only a real thing, but are super pretty. And as an added plus, they take about half the time of curling iron curls. There's no waiting around while the curling iron sets the curl in your hair. Sound pretty cool right?

Oh, so now you want to know how to do them? No more laughing at me? Okay well here you go.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Link Love 8/26/2011

What cool things did you see online this week?

$100 Makeover Challenge

We had a lot of positive feedback from the $100 Makeover post yesterday, so we decided to make a special out of it.

Until September 10, only at On Stage 3 in Magnolia, will we be running the special. Trish has decided to take the challenge and give a $100 makeover to anyone who mentions this ad. This includes a haircut, brow wax, and makeup application.

But what makes this special so, well special, is that Trish's haircuts alone cost $75. That's a savings of $30. That's a new pair of shoes people.

So call today. Book the makeover with Trish. Mention this ad. Save money.

It's that simple. (281)259-1222.

Contact Us:

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On Stage I and Day Spa:
Dowlen at Phelan
178 S Dowlen Rd
Beaumont, TX 77707

On Stage II:
Dowlen at Parkdale
4438 Dowlen Rd Ste 106
Beaumont, TX 77706

On Stage:
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6875 FM 1488 Ste 1000
Magnolia, TX 77354

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The $100 Makeover

I am super indecisive. Every other week I want something different. Bangs. No Bangs. Red hair. Brown hair. It's like I want a complete makeover all the time. I love that feeling of new hair and new clothes and new shoes...new everything.

But that can get expensive, wanting a new look all the time. My bank account gets mad at me, saying, "Come on Cassidy. You just decided you wanted to wear nothing but blue, and now you want to wear nothing but yellow? Make up your mind woman!"

... My bank account and boy friend sound remarkably alike.

So I've come up with a plan to keep my bank account from yelling at me. A quick and cheap makeover. You'd be surprised of how much little changes can change your whole look. Here are the three steps to your $100 makeover.

1. Haircut--$45

Emma Watson: 2009 (Left) and 2011 (Right)

Okay, okay. You don't have to cut all your hair off like Emma up there. But just take a look at how different she looks with her pixie cut. Older, her eyes pop, and it actually almost redefines her whole face shape.

But just keeping up with your haircuts can help. Your hair should be cut every 4-6 weeks, otherwise it can become limp and damaged. The cuts will help keep the shape and the shine that you want.

2. Eyebrows--$15

Google Images

Doing your eyebrows is like a mini-makeover in itself. And by doing your eyebrows, I mean getting your eyebrows done. I never advise waxing or shaping your own brows. You don't want to end up with a tadpole, rainbow, or no brows at all. 

3. Makeup--$40

Google Images

This one is the easiest of them all. Most of us women wear makeup already, but I tend to get stuck in a makeup rut. I wear the same shadow with the same liner with the same lipstick. And I get so bored. Getting a makeup application and learning some new ways to do makeup for your face is one of the best ways to do an instant makeover. Plus, after it's done, you're already looking hot for that night out on the town. 

haircut+eyebrows+makeup=whole new you

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

I'm excited to announce that we are starting a new feature here at the On Stage blog called "Ask Ali". Ali, an associate stylist at On Stage Hair Design in Magnolia, will be answering questions that you ask.

Here's how it will work. You, our avid readers, will write into Ali with your questions and she will pick on and answer it here on the blog. Maybe your question is how to make your hair shinier or you want to know how to wear your hair to make that person that was always mean to you jealous at your high school reunion.

So write in your questions, and you'll get your answers.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How To Tuesday: Teasing

No, not the kind that you did to your little brother when you were a kid, the kind that makes for big hair. And really, isn't that we all want? A little big hair in our lives? No? Just me? Okay then.

Teasing hair has been my downfall for years now. When you work with stylists, but aren't one yourself, it's a little embarrassing. I'm constantly teased (Ha!). But no longer! I asked one of our stylists to show me how to tease properly. So now, I bequeath unto you my knowledge.

What you'll need...

  1. Comb
  2. Clips
  3. Hairspray

Step 1: Section off hair 

Section the hair...pretty straight forward. 

Step 2: Backcomb

This was the part I always had a hard time with. Section off hair, I got a gold star in that, but backcomb. What exactly does that even mean? Well apparently it means exactly how it sounds. Comb backwards, up the hair, instead of down the hair. Hairspray as you go along
  • A little extra tip: hold the comb parallel with the head.  

Step 3: Continue backcombing 

Continue up the hair into the sectioned off areas, spraying as you go, until desired height is reached. 

Done and done!

How To Tuesday is going to be a regular feature on the blog. What kind of things would you like to learn? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Link Love 8/19/2011

  • Bows made out of hair? Check. Meat dress? Check. Regular hair day for Gaga? Check. Take a look at Lady Gaga's most normal, and if you ask me best, look yet.
  • Everyone has that day when you don't feel like doing anything to your hair. Instead of pulling it back into your normal pony, try out one of these 8 different braids.
  • Related: Here are three super easy and fun braids. They've even included step-by-step photos on how to do them!
  • Find an amazing vintage piece in your local resale shop but don't know how to wear it? Refinery 29 can tell you how
  • Glee star Dianna Agron takes her look to a whole new level. Pink. But don't worry, if you're missing her golden locks, it's rumored to be just for the show.
  • I'm pretty much in love with this french braid updo from ...love Maegan. It is perfect for your next date night.
  • In case you haven't discovered Hello Giggles yet, take some of the lovely ladies' advice for staying hot in the heat.
  • When thinking about Warped Tour, it is the music that typically comes to mind. But some of the people in the audience stood out just as much as the artists on the stage.
  • Even celebrities have beauty questions that they want answered. In Style takes six questions from celebrities that you'll want to know the answer to.
  • Summer's almost over, but here are 4 updos to try before the chill of winter sets in.
  • Do you have bag envy but can't afford to shell out hundreds of dollars for a purse? Refinery 29 gives you a list of bags that look expensive, but aren't. 
  • DIY Kool-Aid lip gloss. Need I say more?
  • Hilarious and informative, 6 haircuts men hate (and why you should try them anyways).
  • First Lauren Conrad, now Jennifer Lopez. Kohl's unveils its newest celebrity fashion line.  
  • I love these tips on getting your best eyes brows possible. "Eyebrows are to remain sisters, not twins."
  • The Toms Shoes one for one mantra is a great one. Now you can see the story behind Toms and other charity organizations in the new documentary "Start Something That Matters".  
  • The Carrie Diaries books have been out for a while now, but they could be making the transition to the small screen.
  • Our stylists had a class using Mitch by Paul Mitchell this week. Check out the brands newest products made specially for men. 
  • Bobby pins made for thick hair? Sign me up. 

Did you find anything interesting online this week that I missed? Let me know in the comments below. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sunscreen It Up

I know what you're thinking...I live in Texas, it's 105 degrees outside. I know I need to wear sunscreen.

Yes, but did you also know that 90% of visible aging is due to the effects from the sun? The sun is hot, really, really hot. In fact, the surface of the sun is around 9,941 degrees Fahrenheit. That kind of heat barreling down on you everyday without any protection is not good for your skin or hair.

I tell my mom this repeatedly when she goes out to the pool without putting on any sunscreen, but she just waves me off and says that she needs a little vitamin D. Okay Mom, you're right, you do need some vitamin D. But according to US News, 10 minutes in the sun during midday is enough to get 20 times the daily amount.

Which brings me back to sunscreen. We need it, and the best kind to get is a broad spectrum or multispectrum sunscreen, meaning it protects against UVA and UVB rays. I won't go into the science of it, okay maybe only a little...both UVA and UVB rays have shorter wavelengths than the visible light spectrum, so you can't see them, but they still penetrate the atmosphere. Meaning, they can cause serious skin damage.

Photo from The Skin Cancer Foundation

There are a ton of different sunscreens out there, so here are a few that I like.

Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscree, SPF 30, $45.50
Why I like it: It comes in two different shades, it is a powder form, so hello, nothing to rub in, and it can also be applied anywhere on the body. 

Skin Ceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense, SPF 50, $30.00
Why I like it: SPF 50. I always say, the more the merrier. It also serves as a great primer for your regular makeup. 

Don't forget to protect your hair from the sun! It can dramatically diminish the color and cause the hair strand itself it weaken and dry out. Try out Aveda's Sun Care products to help protect your hair. 

Did I miss your favorite sunscreen? Tell me what it is in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Detoxify Your Hair

A couple of summers ago I took a scuba diving class in the Rec at Texas A&M University. Everyday for two weeks we scubaed in the dive pool, and every day I would blow dry my hair and cringe at the state of it. It never looked clean, and I could practically see the chemicals burn off onto my flat iron.
I pretty much thought that my long hair that I had been growing out for years was done for. My only hope was to cut it all off and start over.
But then I was introduced to a little miracle in the form of a clarifying shampoo. Now, my hair wasn’t perfect over night, but with the clarifying shampoo it got back to its long and luscious self. And not having to cut all my hair off, well that’s a win in my book.

Here’s some advice to help keep your hair the way you want it after a summer of intense heat and that pool time to cool off.

1. Protect your hair before getting into the pool. Wet all of your hair with regular tap water, it can only soak up so much water, so this allows your hair to soak up the regular water before soaking up the chlorinated water from the pool. Basically it just creates a buffer from the harmful chemicals.

2. Invest in a good clarifying shampoo. Chlorine won't come out with regular shampoo, and without removing it from your hair, your normal blow dry/flat iron routine will grind the chlorine deeper into the strands.
**It is especially important for blondes to use a clarifying shampoo to keep the hair from turning green.

Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three, $9.00
Helps remove chlorine and impurities

Aveda Sun Care, $21.00
Fights against chlorine and salt buildup

3. Always use a good conditioner after a clarifying shampoo.

Try doing these steps next time you hop in the pool. Your hair will thank you, I promise.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hair Over the Years: David Beckham

I always find it interesting to look at celebrities and their ever changing hair styles. One of the most interesting people to take a look at is David Beckham. His style is constantly changing, from long to short, brown to blonde.

Check out some of his best--and worst--looks.

Photo Credit: Google Images

Which one was your favorite? Or did we miss your favorite look altogether? Let us know in the comments below!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Link Love 8/12/2011

  • The buzz about the royal wedding might be dying down, but now you can know the behind the scenes secrets from Kate's stylists.

  • Worried about if your hair is getting damaged from your curling iron? Try out this no heat method to curling, using, you'll never guess...a sock!

  • Or if using a sock in your hair isn't your things, try this no heat curling method using an elastic headband.

  • Madonna's 14-year-old daughter is known for her fashion statements, but this week she is in the news for her brand new beauty line.

  • Take a tip from Carey Mulligan, don't be afraid to mix and match your toe and nail polish.

  • You voted in our "Love it or hate it: red lipstick poll", now here's how to find your perfect shade.

  • Sometimes looks off the runways are hard to translate into everyday life, but here are a few looks that are perfect for you to try.
Did you see anything online this week that I missed? Let me in the comments below.