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Are You Living Up To Your Potential?

Want to know every hairdresser’s least favorite question? Here it is: “If you could do anything you wanted with my hair, what would you do?”  It seems like this would be our ultimate dream come true; a potential green light to do whatever we want to you – but it’s not! It’s frightening! The reason is because you haven’t really said that we CAN change your look, you’ve thrown in that annoying word “IF”. For a customer, flirting with change can be brought on by a myriad of reasons and as your stylist, it’s our job to read between the lines of your request and determine if you really are ready to embrace a change. Being a mind reader, a magician, a therapist, and a cutting edge trendsetter is a challenge, and for our credibility to stay intact, we must employ all of these roles in less than a minute. Even the best hairstylist can’t do a thing for you if you’re not willing to play with your hair’s “positive potential” and commit to a new look.

Speaking of “new looks”, what do think of the changes I made to my studio? Lots of remaining potential left to play with too.

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With all the new beginnings in my life I’ve been really thinking about potential and what it means to be open to possibilities. I’m into my third week in my new studio and I’m really enjoying the new sense of empowerment I have as a result of feeling more influential over all of my career’s potential. My customers are loving my new space, I’m finding my new rhythm, and I’ve definitely been busy this past month. I’m full of ideas and energy, I have goals that I have mentally mapped out an achievement strategy for, and I’m already waist deep in change. By all accounts I should be ready to soar, but something is looming over me like a dark menacing cloud. That annoying voice in my head is back and it’s hosting self-doubt, fear, and “negative potential” thoughts.  Do I have the skills I need to navigate this change and rise to my full potential? Will I be able to commit to the necessary maintenance needed to nurture my dreams?! What if I suck?! What if I fail!?! Looks like it’s time to take my own advice again and shift my perspective to see the limitless “positive potential” that is right in front of me and really commit to making my dreams become reality!

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When we focus of the good possibilities instead of the bad possibilities, then we give life a chance to surprise us! Just look at the change of seasons; Spring always shows up no matter how cold and long Winter seemed. Have you ever worried that the flowers wouldn’t bloom, the temperatures wouldn’t rise, and the days wouldn’t get longer? Of course not! The things that are meant to happen always do, we just need to get out of the way a little bit and let them. Speaking of Spring, change, and potential; everyone in my house has received some type of Spring makeover. I started the adventure by cutting about 6 inches off my mane, dying it dark auburn and adding a red “freak streak” (as my niece called it). Then my oldest daughter begged to have her hair cut short to match, so I lopped off about 6 inches of her hair leaving her with a stylish little square shaped bob. She loved it! As for my baby (now 18 months), the makeover process is proving to be a bit more challenging. Her shaggy do is out of control and after an attempt to transform her hair into an “anything is better than a mullet”, we’ve ended up with a “Dumb and Dumber-esque page boy”, a subtle but important improvement.

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Looking at children is a great way to reacquaint yourself with the amazing potential that all of us have. Did you forget that there was a time when you were just a zygote – just a little ball of cells that would become what you are today? Maybe you didn’t realize that potential energy never diminishes and that the same power of transformation is always inside of us, we just need to remember that we are all highly capable and powerful beyond measure. Just think back to when you thought you’d never grow up, or pass that class, or fit into the dress again. Now think about what it took to get from A to B and what type of mindset you had to get into to make it happen. Was it easy? Probably not! But, was it worth it? Trust that you CAN do things and remind yourself that change doesn’t have to be scary, it can be an exciting adventure.  It takes just as much time and energy to say  “What if I succeed?”, instead of “What if I fail?”, but it feels a million times more inspiring!

image (5) Who ever could’ve guessed that I would grow into the person I am today? When you line up all my school pictures from K to 11th grade it really shows the magic of change and potential!

I want to challenge everybody to think about changing something in their life. It doesn’t have to be a makeover, it can be something little. Pay attention to the thoughts that pop up in your head when you think about this change. Are these thoughts fear based, “negative potential” thoughts or are they adventure loving, “positive potential” thoughts? How do you feel when you visualize this change becoming a reality?  I’m going to challenge myself to change the wording of that dreaded “IF” question I mentioned earlier in this post so that you can use it without annoying your hairdresser. I’m thinking something like, “What do you think my hair is capable of because I’m open to the possibility of a change?” Or even better, “I’m ready for a change and I want to hear about my hair’s potential. Can you give me your professional opinion on a fresh new look for me?” Armed with these improved questions, a “positive potential” attitude, and a sense of adventure, you will be well equipped to welcome change into your life, just like we are all welcoming in Spring right now! As usual, I am interested to hear about your experiences with change (negative or positive), so please share!

Mini Makeover Ideas

Here I am at post #10! 3 months ago I was just waiting for the right moment to start my blog and now I’m one fifth into my 50 post goal. I still feel like I have so much to learn and today I’m feeling a little sour about my efforts. I’ve been checking out other people’s stuff lately and I have to admit it’s been intimidating! There are so many fabulous blogs out there and so much inspiration! In the spirit of my 2014 New Year’s resolution (Keep Pushing) I’m going to keep going in spite of my self doubts and just be myself. When I begin to feel like I’m just not measuring up to my competition in work and in life I instinctively search for a way to make a bold change so that I will stand out more. This often results in failure or embarrassment because I’m trying to be something that I’m not. I’m a perfectionist with a big ego so I generally compare myself to people who are at the top of their game, which always leaves me feeling less than.  A makeover doesn’t have to be a head to toe overhaul, sometimes a little tweak is all you need to neutralize the insecurity that arrives when we start comparing ourselves to others. Here are a few simple changes you can do to give your look a Mini Makeover without losing sight of yourself or trying to be someone you’re not.

1.) Change your part! Switching up your part is the easiest way to freshen up your look for free. Our faces are not symmetrical so switching the distribution of hair on your head can actually make your face look different too. Another added bonus is that you may get a burst of fresh volume as your hair fights against the split it’s been comfortable with for so long. If you don’t like it you can change it back, no commitment at all.

2.) Buy a new lipstick! The only thing stopping you from grabbing a color you’ve never worn before and slapping it on your lips is you! A new color can add excitement to your face and push you out of your comfort zone. A bold red, a bright pink, or a subtle nude shade you’ve never tried can make you feel like a completely different person. Don’t be afraid to just do it, it’s not a permanent change and you may be surprised by the feeling of rebellion you get from wearing a shade you thought you never could before. I found a great video that helps you identify your skins unique undertones so that can you pick the best shades for yourself, specifically red!http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/best-red-lipstick-skin-tone_n_2481580.html

3.) Cut some fringe/bangs! Bangs never really go out of style but the styles of bangs do change frequently. If you’ve never tried them before maybe now is the time. Consult with your stylist to see which type of bangs will look best with your hairline and face shape because that will make a big difference. If you already have bangs maybe you could consider growing them longer or even cutting them a little shorter. For some ideas about fringe styles with pictures included to show you what they look like check out http://www.dailymakeover.com/hairstyles/bangs/.

4.) Change your eyeliner! There are many different types of eyeliner out there and they all give a different type of look to the eye. Liquid liners are usually applied with a marker style applicator and they give a very defined line that can be swept up on the outer corner. Gel and powder eyeliners are applied with a brush and can be used to create a smooth solid line or a smoky diffused line. If you really want to get frisky you can even experiment with colored liners! If you go this route I do recommend keeping the rest of the bright color on your face to a minimum or you may look like you did a clown makeover instead of a mini makeover. Here is a great tutorial/article about eyeliner that I found, it even taught me a few things!  http://makeup.lovetoknow.com/Eyeliner_Styles

5.) Get some new hair accessories! A beautiful clip, a sassy headband, or even a hat can all be quick and easy ways to freshen up a boring look. Nowadays there are so many cute ones available and there are plenty of stores at the mall full of reasonably priced accessories that are not just for little girls. This tip also pairs well with the “grow out your bangs” idea I mentioned earlier. Just clip them back or to the side with a trendy little bobby pin or a headband and voila, a new you!

Sometimes it’s easy to look around at everyone else’s fabulousness and feel like you’re blending into the background. You don’t need to follow the crowd to get noticed, you just need to switch up few little things and give yourself a boost. Like I said in my debut post, the secret to really looking great is confidence and seeing yourself in a new light can make that happen! Hopefully you’ve noticed the graphic header that my sister Mandy designs for me has received a little holiday makeover with a Santa hat and a few Christmas lights! I hope you will try a few of these mini makeover tips and tell me about how they worked for you. Did it make you feel different? Did anyone notice? Did it give you that little boost you needed this winter? Share, share, share!

Want to check out some of the blogs that I’ve been inspired and intimidated by? These are all written by empowered and creative women who are experts in the blogging community and I think you would enjoy them too! They have been recommended to me by my network of Facebook friends and they are top notch.

http://www.mollieinseattle.com/

http://www.alongabbeyroad.com/

http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/

http://gardenapothecary.com/