Happy 2017

What does 2017 mean to you?

I feel this is an important year to appreciate.

Appreciate your family
Appreciate your friends
Appreciate your body
Appreciate your health
Appreciate your co-workers

Appreciate your accomplishments as well as the obstacles you face, because that is what makes you stronger.
We may not always know why something is happening in our lives at the time it is happening, but eventually all questions are answered. You just need to be open to it and willing to hear (or see) it.

So, in the spirit of appreciation I would like say “thank you” to all of my amazing clients and friends for your continued business and support throughout the years.
My heart is full of gratitude to each of you for what you add to my life.
I look forward to another year of great hair, great conversation, and great appreciation.

THANK YOU
love, Marla

Find The *Right* Products For Your Hair

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I get asked a lot about hair products. Everyone wants to know why they are so important, which ones are “right,” and if they are worth using. Often times there is a huge misconception about hair care products. People think they don’t work. Well if you are using the wrong product for your hair type, then yes, you might feel as though it isn’t “working.” This is why knowledge is king. Finding the right product for your hair can change everything!

People with fine thin hair want more volume and body may feel that mousse or bodifying products are too heavy or sticky on their hair. Or those with thick, curly hair might feel that gel is too much like glue or cement in their hair. Women with straight hair (that have a hard time holding a curl) tend to feel as though a setting lotion, or heat activated styling aid, doesn’t do anything to help their style.

This can all be true… if you are using the wrong product.

Product selection is super important when it comes to finding the right product specific to your own individual needs. Hair care products can be a very personal journey. Some feel aerosol sprays are terrible for the environment. Some prefer organic products. Some love the feeling of oils while others hate using any type of oil. This is why you need to be educated by a knowledgeable stylist (such as myself!) to help guide you to happy hair.

I carry a big selection of products from 4 different product lines that I sell at my salon. I chose each and every one of them with my clients and their many requests, needs and wants in mind. I love my product lines because they all offer something for everyone.

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I have Alfaparf products that are known for their wonderfully conditioning and repairative shampoo and conditioners. Their styling aides ranging from mousse to hairspray to pomade that offer fabulous hold without leaving a build up on your hair.

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Then, I have Neuma products which is an all organic, gluten free line. Neuma shampoo gives a great lather, which differs from other organic products which tend to never quite “suds up.” Neuma styling aids range in their level of hold. Their mousse is the best for fine thin hair and never leaves the hair feeling heavy. The smoothing cream, blow dry lotion, and pomade have a wonderful scent that is to die for. You feel as though you are at a spa when you use these products. Read more about Neuma products on my blog about Neuma: here.

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For my curly haired ladies, I of course carry Ouidad products because I am a certified Ouidad stylist which allows me the honor of being able to carry these products in my salon. I have several types of shampoo and conditioners, as well as styling aids such as mousse, gel, sulfate free co wash, and more.

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And finally I have Moroccan Oil products which many of you are familiar with. Their moisture shampoo and conditioner are fabulous as well as their oils and hairspray.

If you are looking to help enhance your hairstyle but just don’t know where to start, please call me or message me. I can lead you in the right direction to help figure out what product is best for your specific needs. I can help show you how to use it (how not to use it) and the best combination of products for you. I am so excited to help you love your hair.

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Brazilian Blowout

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Having smooth, sleek, and shinny hair seems to be something lots of women want, so I’ve done lots of research, taken many classes and had lots of practice in this area. In fact, I am certified in many smoothing and straightening options because they all offer something a bit different then the next, and they are all worth exploring. One of my most popular treatment options is the Brazilian Blowout system.

People ask me all the time why this specific process is so good and why I recommend it so often. There are many advantages to getting a Brazilian Blowout. Ok first off, let’s be clear about the Brazilian Blowout, it’s actually not a “straightening” treatment per say, but more of a “smoothing” treatment that totally conditions the hair. The Brazilian Blowout adds a tremendous amount of shine to the hair and leaves it feeling very silky. The Brazilian Blowout can be done as often as every 6 weeks without damaging the hair (because it is actually so conditioning) but can last up to 12 weeks for some people.

“Brazilian Blowout professional smoothing treatments are the most innovative and effective in the world.

Through the use of breakthrough bonding technologies, these customizable smoothing treatments actually improve the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle.

The end result is smooth, frizz-free hair with radiant shine!”

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A note about the Brazilian Blowout is that it is not meant to make your hair stick straight. Instead, it will soften your curls and de-frizz your hair. You may wonder why I think this is a good thing. It’s nice to have a bit of wave or volume in our hair, but as some of you already know, if you have naturally curly hair it has a tendency to grow bigger as the day goes on. When you get a Brazilian Blowout you are actually controlling your curls, and preventing them from getting bigger and bigger by the minute, especially in humidity. So instead of having to tie you hair back by mid-day, you could actually come home with your hair looking the same way it did when you left the house.

This also allows you to have options. You could choose to wear it natural by letting it air dry – you’ll see the curl you have and the new softness it takes on. You will actually have curls you like, rather then fighting with it. And then, when you want to blow it straight, you’ll save about half the time as before since it’s so easy to style straight. Oh and a flat iron won’t be necessary anymore. So you’ll save lots of time, but also your hair will get a break from the amount of heat you’re probably putting on it right now.

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Another advantage to the Brazilian Blowout is when it grows out, your hair actually reverts back to how it was before you had the treatment rather then holding on. It grows out evenly all over your head, not leaving your roots curly and your ends straight like so many other systems will do. Basically, it won’t be obvious that your hair has been treated in comparison the new hair growing in.

A huge advantage to this treatment option is that there is no downtime needed after we do the treatment. Once you leave you can wash your hair, work out, or pulling it up. Normally you need to wait 24-48 hours after a straightening system before being able to do any of that to your hair.

The Brazilian Blowout is extremely, user friendly. Once you try it you won’t want to be without it. It helps tame, smooth and heal your hair while you can sit back and just love your “new” hair.

Let me know if you have any questions I can answer about if the Brazilian Blowout, and if it’s a good option for you and your hair! Call me or email to set up your appointment today, you will be so happy you did!

Curls and Summer: Ouidad-certified

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With summer here the last thing we want to do is spend hours trying to blow out our curly hair to have a sleek straight look we are craving. With temperatures rising and sweat forming as we stand under the dryer, why not use this time of year to embrace your natural curls? How nice would it be to not have to feel like you need to take a shower all over again, as soon as you’re done with your hair? Learning to not blow-dry could be the best thing you do for yourself this summer, and it’s only just begun! Did you know I’m A Ouidad-certified stylist? Girls, we have options this summer – let’s talk about them.

Summer is about trying to find the time to relax a little, spend extra time with the family, playing in the pool, going to the beach, or your local water parks. You want to be able to let loose and enjoy the moment you are in and stop worrying about your hair! How sad to not go in the water and have fun just because your worried about your straight hair. Instead, let it go! Once you give yourself permission to relax a little and enjoy the summer, you’ll appreciate any extra time… including the time you’re spending having fun instead of in the bathroom with a hot blow dryer and big round brush.

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Part of all of this is accepting what you were born with and letting those curls come to life – doing so will let you come to life too!

I know some of you are thinking, “oh no way could I ever do that. My curl is so ugly/frizzy/unruly. You might think that you will feel “ugly” going natural. Well first of all let’s remember that it’s not ugly, you just might not know how to wear it curly. You might not know how to work with what you have, and you might not have the right haircut to work with your curls. Luckily, I have the perfect solution to all of those complaints: Ouidad.

The Ouidad haircut will guarantee to control your curl and tame the frizz so you will actually love your curls. Yes, you heard me right… you will LOVE YOUR CULRS! The Ouidad technique has proven time and time again to take control of those curls, even the most unruly ones.

The Ouidad website (www.ouidad.com) describes this specialized process as 1. understanding our curl 2. identifying your curl and 3. loving your curl.

Ouidad offers the only trademarked cutting technique for curls. The process is a technique that involves “carving & Slicing” based on your specific curls to remove bulk and enhance the natural curl pattern to achieve a more defended ringlet that fit gently into each other like puzzle pieces. A Ouidad stylist (me) is taught to analyze each curl to look for it’s unique pattern and texture, to listen to both the curl and the clients desires to create a plan to optimize the curls.

Now you may come across a stylist that says “oh yeah I can cut curly hair” but ask yourself do you want a mediocre haircut or do you want a Ouidad haircut by a certified Ouidad stylist? There is a big difference between a haircut and and a certified Ouidad haircut. Being a Ouidad certified stylist is a very special certification. I spent time in the Ouidad flagship salon in New York City where I took a two day hands-on course that was supervised by highly trained instructors. We were taught the theory behind the technique and then utilized it on live models. We had to be graded on our work and approved by our instructors. In order to get my certification my work had to pass the inspection of my instructor. Talk about a process! But it was so worth it since I learned so much that I now get to use on my clients. Going through this class was by far the most fun and memorable experience I have had in my 25 plus years of being a hairstylist.

To learn more about Ouidad check out the Ouidad website and even see videos on the process here. They also have a section about learning to love your curls in their blog, check that out here. hope these links inspire you to take the first steps towards loving your natural curls. I would love to share my knowledge with you and help you to embrace your curls and rock that new summer look. Call me or email me to set up your next appointment.

I look forward to meeting you, and your curls, soon!

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Change is in the air

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With the holiday behind us and the new year in front of us, this is often the time when we start to feel change in the air. Are you feeling it too? Are you asking yourself, “maybe I should cut my hair shorter? Or maybe it’s time to cut bangs. Or should I put some highlights in my hair…?” …then you will want to read this!

I always think a change is good. Change shows a sense of confidence – it says, “I am not scared to reinvent my look.” Change says, “I am comfortable enough with myself that I can rock ANY look I choose!”

The great things about changing your hair is that it can be drastic or slight. You don’t always have to make a huge change in order to make a huge impression.

I have been a part of assisting people with their changes for many years. That is one of my favorite parts about my job. I personally think it’s great that there are so many options when it comes to change – color, cut, style. We have so many things to choose from, if we didn’t we would be living in a pretty blank and boring hair world. Sometimes simple can be all you need… even a change in the way you hair is parted or how you blow-dry.

If you are ready to make that change, I am ready to help you achieve it. Call me to set up an appointment for your NEW you.

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NEUMA Products

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I for one LOVE hair products. You may be thinking, “well duh, you’re a hairstylist of course you love hair products.” Well let me rephrase that, I LOVE great hair products! There are millions of hair products on the market ranging from the large variety of shampoos and conditioners, to gels, roots lifts and hair sprays, serums, oils and so many others.

Over the years I have met people that are addicted to their products and those who never used product at all. If you’re ever wondering what products are best for your hair, ask me about it next time I see you. I can help you determine and figure out what will be best for your hair and what isn’t worth spending the money on. Often times we choose our hair products based on how they smell, I mean really who doesn’t want their hair to smell wonderful! The trick though is finding products that smell great and work great.

One of my favorite product lines is NEUMA. NEUMA is an organic line. In the past I was not a fan of the organic products, because I always felt like they tended to dry out the hair instead of moisturizing it. With NEUMA I have been pleasantly surprised and my opinion has been forever changed.

No Matter if I am using a combination of their wonderful shampoo and conditioners or if I’m using a styling product, my hair always smells great and the products leave my hair feeling and looking fantastic. The aroma makes you feel like you are at a spa, so immediately you feel more relaxed but in addition you get the benefit of soft, shiny, luxurious hair! Plus, it’s natural and organic, so you know there’s no extra “stuff” going onto your hair.

A few of my favorite NEUMA products in the styling category is the smoothing cream which I have noticed is great on all hair types. It is great at achieving a beautifully smooth style that helps keep the frizzies at bay while giving your hair lots of shine.

Another I really like is the neuStyling mousse, which is especially good for fine hair. This mousse doesn’t get tacky or heavy in the hair so it helps make it a lot easier to dry your hair. It gives the hair so much volume it’s unbelievable!

Their argan oil is great, you can use it on wet hair or you can add a little to your hair when it is all dried to add a bit more shine. This oil also helps to straighten out curls to give a shiny, smooth style.

reNeu: tangle me free is a great detangler for those of us who struggle with knots that we are tired of trying to yank out all the time. It is a light conditioning spray that makes the hair very easy to comb through. It’s great on longer, thick hair.

The texturizing cream is a favorite among both men and women. It works really well on shorter hair to piece it out, and also to hold the hair in place. Truly fantastic product.

Then we have the medium hold (neuControl medium) and the firm hold (neuControl firm) hair sprays. Pretty self explanatory. If you are looking for a hairspray that you can run your fingers through the medium hold is for you. If you are looking for a spray to hold your hair that last from day to night, the firm hold is your go to product.

Since opening my studio I have introduced my clients to all of these products and the positive feed back I have gotten is unbelievable.

I have clients that have high sensitivity to smells, and they love the NEUMA line. I have other clients that had never been big product users but now can’t wait to keep trying different products from the NEUMA line.

NEUMA has something for everybody.

I also have travel size for those who want to test it out before purchasing the full size, and when they come back they always buy the larger sizes because they are so pleased with the products.

Come on in and check it out, and let’s chat about the best ones to try. Your life is about to get better after you try what will become your new favorite product!

Your Hairdresser, Your Friend

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When I was younger and trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up I had so many different thoughts and ideas… I thought, “should I go into fashion and become a buyer for a big store, because I love clothes? …should I become a therapist, because I love helping and listening to people? …should I become a hairstylist because I love doing my friends hair in the bathroom at my house.I could have decided to do any of these, I just had to decide which one I wanted to do.

Obviously I choose to become a hairstylist, and I have never had a single regret about my decision. The funny thing is that I actually got to combine all my desires into what I do today. I didn’t actually “go into” fashion but I do need to stay up to date on fashion, style and trends to stay in the know and help give ideas about what’s in and out each season. I get to wear whatever I want to each day at work, and get to show all sides of my personality. One day I can be boho chic, the next I’ll be sporty and the next I’ll be preppy or rock a cool grunge look. I love that everyday I can be something different. In addition to my clothes, I get to change my hair as I please: I can go from brown to red to brown with blonde highlights, and back to brown again. Or I can straighten my hair one day, wear it curly hair the next. I think it’s good for you as my client to see me style my hair and my clothes differently each time – it shows how easy it is to change things up! I’m telling you I just love the freedom, and versatility I am able to express everyday. (I hope it inspires you a bit too!)

Though I am no therapist, I do have very close relationships with my clients and am able to be a listening ear to my clients. I’m lucky because my clients aren’t just my clients – they become more, they become my friends. I love the conversations I get to have with my clients, but I am especially blessed that they feel so comfortable confiding in me, knowing it is a safe place for them. I love not only being able to give them more confidence in themselves through their hairstyles, but also in helping them work through things that may be causing them stress, or confusion. Sometimes it’s the first time in a long time someone has actually sat down and relaxed, so it’s natural to talk about stresses and even happiness going on in someones life. I’m just happy to help them relax a bit!

I am so grateful for the path I chose, and to all those who travel this path with me. My hope and wish for all of you is that you find happiness in your choices and follow your dreams.

Thank you for letting me be YOUR HAIRDRESSER, and YOUR FRIEND!

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Rock Out Those Curls

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With summer here who really wants to spend 45 min to an hour blowing their hair dry to a straight smooth style that will only kink and curl right up once you step outside into the humidity. Yes I said it “humidity” – I know, compared to the east coast Arizona’s humidity is pretty much nothing, but to those of us who live here we do see a difference during monsoon season and it sure does wreck havoc on our hair!

So, to solve this issue why not embrace your curls. Learn to deal with the humity by learning to deal with your natural, healthy, beautiful curls. You might even start to look forward to this time of the year!

Dare to be brave.
Be different.
Step outside the box and show everyone how gorgeous your curls are!

As many of you know I am A Ouidad certified stylist. Ouidad is a method of cutting curly hair so it is more manageable allowing you to cut down on your getting ready time. I have been through extensive training to learn this technique and I also sell many of the products from the extensive Ouidad product line in my salon. These range from the their shampoo and conditioner to gel mousse and conditioning treatments – all to help you embrace and release your beautiful curls, just as Mother Nature intended.

Stop the madness, ease up on the stress and love those curly locks! Come on in and let me show you how. I look forward to seeing you soon!

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New Salon Location – On My Own!

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I have been independent for over 25 years in the beauty business, and I love being my own boss but recently I’ve felt like I wanted to do more. The thought of owning my own salon and having people work for me was not a direction that interests me at this time, but about a month ago I made a very exciting decision: I decided to open my own Studio Salon.

A Studio Salon is basically a space that is independently-operated, usually by a salon or spa professional. They tend to desire to work independently and enjoy the personal and professional freedom of operating their own salon. Studio salons have been on the rise over the past few years and I have watched the way the concept has grown, so when I decided to look further into it, the decision ended up being an easy one.

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I have learned a lot while going through this process. Lease negotiations, insurances and licensing, but I have also had a lot of fun choosing my furniture and decor, as well as selecting the products I will have available for retail for you. I finally get to be the one making the decisions about the look and feel of things as well as what products I think work best for my clients! All my experience and expertise is getting put to use and on display.

To have all these decisions be strictly on me has been wonderful (although, a lot of work and I’ll admit: a bit stressful!).

While in the process of getting my suite ready (renovations, choosing the paint color, lighting, furniture and even smocks) I have enjoyed all of the decision making. Don’t get me wrong, I have had many sleepless nights hoping I’ve made the right selections, and trying to figure out what will go where. But I am mostly loosing sleep because I am just so excited!

When the new furniture started getting delivered and I saw it in the salon, in front of me, in person for the first time it was like Christmas and Hanukkah all wrapped in one. I love my selections. The shampoo bowl chair is extremely comfortable – get ready for a very relaxing experience. My styling chairs look wonderful and my stations themselves are the bomb!!! I am so happy with my decor choices.

Then came the decisions over product. I met with my product representative to work on my product selection choices that I would be offering I had a lot of different ideas in mind. She helped keep me on track and narrow down my options. I was able to choose three different lines that I know everyone will appreciate and appeal to: Alfaparf, Neuma and the Brazilian Blowout product line. These products are all unique to salons only, so you won’t find them at Ulta or at the grocery store. This also means they are truly good products – only the best for my clients!

Alfaparf offers three different levels of shampoos and conditioners depending on your hair needs. One for if you need moisture, (which we all do simply because we live in the desert) A reconstructive shampoo and conditioner line for those of us who need a little extra TLC on our hair, and then there is the Diamond Line which keeps healthy hair maintained once we have strengthened and transformed your hair to a healthy level.

I also have a precious oil line that offers amazing shine for the hair as well as a dry oil that you can apply to your hair or body – and let me tell you.. it feels amazing on both!

For all of you that are looking or a more natural or green option, I am excited to carry an organic line called Neuma. In the past I have not been that impressed with organic hair products because in my experience they tend to dry out the hair, but not with Neuma. These products are amazing! They lather up great, rinse out clean and smell like you’re at the spa. Unlike some natural products, this one can stand up against the other products on it’s own. They are just as good and are great options to try.

For those Brazilian Blowout clients I also have the shampoo, hair mask and smoothing cream available.

I am so excited to share in this new venture with you all and I welcome you to come by and visit. Even if you’d like to just check my studio out before your next appointment, swing by and say hi – I always love to see you! Plus, you can check out some of the other studios around me. There are places to get your nails done and even waxing. You can get all your beauty needs taken care of in one spot! How convenient, right?

This is going to be a great new chapter for us all.

Now that it has all come together, I know I can rest easy knowing it looks amazing.
I am confident you will be as happy with our new home as I am.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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Short or long.
Layers or no layers.
Straight or curly.
Dark or light.
Bangs?
Highlights?!

The list goes on and on and on…

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There is never a shortage of hair style options, there are only the limitations that we put on ourselves. Isn’t it funny how attached and comfortable we become to our hair and the way we style it?

There are many reasons this happens. Mostly because it’s predictable and easy. We know how to style it, which products to use and what the outcome will be (except for those less desirable, not in our control, bad hair days) and how long it will take to achieve our normal desired look. We get in the routine of getting ready and styling our hair, that we forget that we can change it so easily.

Have you ever moved your furniture around in a room? Take your living room for example, you have a couch, a few tables and lamps and bookcase in addition for a few other things. One day you decide to change things up and move you couch to where you bookcase is and switch the tables, maybe take away the coffee table and add a new pillow… it’s like a new room! You were comfortable before with how things were, but now you feel a bit adventurous and you like it. It’s different and it’s a change, but it’s added something new and interesting. And hey, now the late afternoon sun doesn’t blind you from the couch, since you moved it to a new spot. Who knew it was that easy?

This exciting feeling of a new change happen just by changing up your hair a bit! A new cut, a new color, learning to wear it curly instead of blowdrying it straight everyday. These are all things that you can do to your existing hair that can just change it up a bit! Everything is already there, it’s just about finding a new way to use the existing content.

Besides getting stuck in your comfort zone, there are other reasons why you might get stuck with the same hair. How about the media and social media? If our favorite celebrities make a statement about how they love their long hair and would never cut it, we start the feel the same way. It’s amazing how easily we can be persuaded. How about if someone posts on their Facebook page about how happy they are to have finally grown their hair out and how wonderful they feel? Does it make you wish you had long hair too? Or if someone chops off their long hair and and posts a photo of their sassy, fresh new look – do you think about doing the same? Remember though, sometimes what looks good on someone else won’t look good on you. Or what decision someone else has made might not be the best one or you, your lifestyle, or your face shape.

Similarly, if our husbands or significant other hints that you should grow your hair long, we listen and we might think they won’t find us sexy if we keep it shorter. So we grow it longer because they happened to have said something – not because we prefer it short. As much as we want our partners to think we are gorgeous, we need to spend more time deciding what makes us look and feel gorgeous. You will only be gorgeous and sexy if YOU feel sexy and gorgeous!

My question to you is what do you want? What makes you feel sexy? How do you see yourself and how do you want to see yourself?

Don’t get me wrong beauty does come from within but we all know and understand that someone’s first impression of another is not how big their heart must be, but how they look. We can’t help it, it’s what we see first. Again it’s what society dictates.

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I say be good to yourself, if you feel better about yourself with short hair cut it short! if you prefer it long, then wear it long! Whatever you decide make sure that decision is for you and nobody else.

I can assist you in the decision making process, with over 25 years experience I have the ability to look at a face shape, take into consideration lifestyle, and the amount of time someone wants to spend on their hair, and be able to offer suggestions about a big change or a smaller more subtle change. I love that my clients put their trust in me. I love that they know I will not steer them wrong. This isn’t always about making a drastic change, instead it can be a fun change that’s actually the right change. Let me help you look your most beautiful.

Like the couch being in a new spot, you wouldn’t haven known until you tried it!