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“Happy Father’s Day”



Fathers Day

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to the man who will hold my hand and my heart forever ❤ Happy Father’s Day Daddy!

Top 25 Reasons Why My Daddy is a Rock Star:

  1. He is just the greatest.
  2. He makes the best chocolate malts.
  3. He taught me the meaning “Work Hard”…and the satisfaction.
  4. He loves to golf.
  5. He never let the Monsters hiding under my bed and in the closet to get me.
  6. He let me eat candy when Mom said NO!
  7. He allowed me to grind the gears in his Porsche so he could teach me how to drive a stick shift car.
  8. He taught me the importance of good sportsmanship, whether winning or loosing.
  9. He loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
  10. He is really handsome.
  11. He drove me to school everyday.
  12. He always thinks he’s funny…. I’ll just let that slide :)
  13. He sends me flowers every Valentine’s Day.
  14. He calls me every morning to say  “I Love You”.
  15. He thinks the “Three Stooges” are hysterical.
  16. He thinks the New York Yankees are the greatest baseball team ever to step on the field…every year!
  17. He wiped my tears when my heart was broken.
  18. He can clear a dance floor with his moves.
  19. He still holds a high school record in track & field.
  20. He laughs when I laugh.
  21. He is the life of any party.
  22. He thinks Jaclyn Smith is HOT!
  23. He calls his best friend his “Goomba”.
  24. He is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate.
  25. He is my HERO!

I love you Daddy! Have the best Father’s Day ever!

 

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino


“Top 10 Must Haves When Searching For A Dentist”



If there is one appointment we dread more than our “lady” doctor it is the dentist office.  The entire experience is a sensory depressant.  Beginning with the haunting shrill of the drill we hear sitting in the waiting room, to the musty dark wood paneling on the office walls from 1972, to the dogeared Highlights magazine that regrettably activates our memory to your very first drill & fill cavity experience.

My question is when you finally muster up the courage to book an appointment, where do you turn for advice?  Do we randomly Google a local dentistry office, flip through old magazines hoping to find an article on “Happy Teeth”, or poll your friends flashing the best pearly whites?  Or do we just throw caution to the wind and walk into our local dentist office squeezed between a bodega and an OTB office?

When you think about it you only have “one smile.”  Ya’ might just want to pass on the previous options and turn to a most credible source for information; the dentist’s dentist, celebrity dentist Dr. Jeff Bartlett at DreamSmileCenter.  SerafinoSays asked Dr. Barlett for a advice on how to find the right dentist trained in today’s latest procedures, utilizes state of the art technology… and of course has a current selection of magazines other then Highlights!

When we first arrived at Dr. Bartlett’s office, we were pleasantly surprised (actually shocked) to see a beautiful decor that included hip music in the background, current VOGUE magazine on a neat coffee table, entertaining and educational videos quietly running on flat screens, and… wait for it…. several foot massage machines in the waiting room.  Judy, the receptionist/assistant greeted us with her gorgeous pearly white smile.  She kindly asked us to fill out a few forms, patiently answered all of our questions, offered us a beverage, then suggested we call her for any additional questions.

We sat for a few minutes when Judy informed us that Gloria, the dental hygienist, would be with me shortly.  Within seconds, Gloria appeared with another pearly white smile and contagious demenour.  (For a short second, I forgot I was at the dentist office.)  At first glance the room looked like something out of a futuristic movie.  The chair was a soft white leather with heated cushions facing a monster flat screen TV, a ipod docking station, and hanging on the side of the tray was a brand new set of BOSE Cancellation Head Phones.  I must admit, the head phones must have been a decoy from all the sharp metal tools sitting on the tray but that didn’t seem to matter anymore.

While I sat comfortably in the reclined chair listening to Adele on the head sets, watching dolphins frolic in the ocean on the flat screen, Gloria attended to her due diligence on my teeth.  By the end of Gloria’s exploratory probing in my mouth and some X-Rays, she and my molars had become best friends.

Gloria asked me to sit tightly as Dr. Bartlett would be with my shortly.  Still captivated by the dolphins swimming on the 50″ monitor, I was somewhat taken aback when a very handsome man suddenly appeared sitting on the stool next to my chair.  Dr. Bartlett reached to shake my hand to introduced himself and then asked how was my visit so far.  His sincerity caught me by surprise and I barely uttered, “I’m OK thank you.”  If only I could blame my giddy answer on the Lidocaine.

Dr. Barltett was the first dentist that ever explained completely what he was going to look for before he even picked up a tool.  He walked me through step-by-step what he was looking for and what he was seeing.  Afterward Dr. Barltett assessed the situation and we discussed necessary, as well as recommended, procedures to make my mouth a happy and healthy one.  For the very first time in a dentist chair, I was confident and comfortable to move forward on what needed to be done.

I was definitely a patient for life!  The dentist office was no longer a place of fear, but a place where I knew I would “literally” find myself smiling.

For all the reasons listed above and several more, it was obvious to me that Dr. Bartlett was the perfect choice to offer a Top 10 List of what to look for when searching for a dentist.

Dr. Bartlett’s TOP TEN “MUST HAVES” when searching for a Dentist :

  1. One-hour Tooth Whitening – Is a one hour teeth lasering that is performed in the dental office.
  2. Invisalign – Offers Invisible Braces.  Trays that are custom fit and are changed every two weeks as the teeth are straightening.
  3. All Porcelain Crowns – When a dentist will no longer use metal underneath the crown which can cause a black visual line on the teeth.  Porcelain crowns are all white and visually look aesthetically pleasing.
  4. High-Speed Braces – High speed way to cosmetically straighten the teeth. Can be as little as 6 months
  5. Computerized Smile Simulation – A dentist will take a digital before image and will simulate the image to what your smie will look like after treatments.
  6. Painless Computerized Injections – No more painful needles.  The Wand is a computerized injection that no longer causes pain during insertion into the gums.
  7. Oral Cancer Screening – Offers a laser light that can determining cancer at the earlier stages instead of waiting until it is visible in the mouth and already progressed to later stages.
  8. Tooth Colored Filling Materials – White bonded material that matches tooth color versus old mercury silver filling that can cause further health issues and potential cracking of the teeth.
  9. Laser Dentistry – a laser machine that has the capabilities to remove tissue, clean gum pockets, occasionally fill a surface cavity and can occasionally be done without anesthetic.
  10. Sedation Dentistry – Offers oral sedation to make anxiety free environment during dental work as simple as taking one little pill before your appoint.

 

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 

 



Daily – “Highlight Your Hair?”



Highlights and Lowlights Hair

Red light, yellow light, green light, high light, low light… GO!

Have you ever experienced this… you walk into your salon confident this is the day I am going to walk out with sun kissed blonde hair.  You trustingly settle back into the salon chair to get foils for an hour, followed by another restless 30 minutes while the hair processes, then into the home stretch of an invigorating shampoo and conditioner treatment.  The excitement is mounting.

Finally your colorist begins to dry your newly colored locks. Slowly, but just as surely as your hair begins to dry, butterflies build in the pit of your stomach.  Now, if you have been down this road before then I have a sneaking suspicion you know what comes next.  Strangely similar to a National Geographic documentary on African wildlife, your hair takes on the properties of a chameleon as it mysteriously changes color.  It’s about now that you are saying to yourself, “At what part during my consultation with my colorist did I say I wanted to be a brunette.”

This is when SerafinoSays turns to its big gun Celebrity Colorist Paul Smith.

Paul suggests the purpose of highlights or lowlights in the hair is to add texture and dimension to a person’s hair color.

When you finally decide you are ready for highlights or low lights, here are a few suggestions that will make the process a little smoother when meeting with your colorist.

SerafinoSays Guide to Getting Highlights and Lowlights Hair:

1.  Call and make an appointment with your colorist.

2. Be assured that your colorist and you are on the “same page” by bringing in a “page” (tear sheet) from a magazine showing the color you desire.  Since it is literally impossible to describe a specific color, you want this form of guarantee that everyone involved in the process definitively knows what you want.

3.  Your colorist has a few choices on the technique to highlight your hair.  Most are acceptable, some are not.  Acceptable techniques include; foils to apply the color, Bailage (a free hand painting technique), or frosting (a rubber cap is applied then small strands of hair are pulled through the cap to highlight).  Run for your hair’s life if your colorist attempts to put a frosting cap on your head.  Frosting is an antiquated technique that is a reflection on the salon capabilities.

4.  Usually your colorist will move on to another client while your color is being processed.  During this time enjoy reading a magazine, listen to music, zone out or just enjoy a cup of a favorite beverage.  When the timer rings make sure your colorist is near to check your color, or immediately notify an assistant that your time has expired.  Bleach is a potent chemical that will continue to lighten your hair until removed.

5.  If your colorist suggests a deep conditioning treatment after your shampoo then spring for the few extra bucks and treat yourself to the treatment.  Deep conditioning treatments not only feel good, most importantly, after highlights it adds back moisture and shine to the hair.

6.  Blow drying after coloring is a MUST.  When the hair is wet, or even slightly damp, it is very difficult to see what the finished color will look like.  If your salon charges extra for a blow dry after color, and you already went beyond your budget with the deep conditioning, then there is another solution.  Have your colorist thoroughly blow dry a small section of hair for both the colorist and you to see how the color will look when the hair is completely dry.

7.  When leaving the salon, make sure to go home with the appropriate products for color treated hair.

Here are a few SerafinoSays favorite Products for color treated hair.

Kaaral Purify Colore Shampoo & Conditioner

Redken Blonde Glam Rich Vanilla

Shu Uemera Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment

Kerastase Chroma Cristal

“True beauty isn’t about perfection.  By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves” Kristan Serafino

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“Kim Kardashian Eyelashes”



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Kim Kardashian Eyelashes

If you envy Kim Kardashian eyelashes that are long and full but look more natural than mascara, your answer is individual “faux” lashes. Unlike full fake lashes, individuals are small lash pieces you apply exactly where and how you want to. They come in different lengths—short, medium, long—and can be found at most drugstores. If you’d like to try them (and you should!) here’s the individual lash “how-to”:

We turned to Celebrity Makeup Artist & Beauty Blogger Robyn Tamura for her Kim Kardashian Eyelash application Tips:

  1. Squeeze a bit of lash glue onto a tissue or the back of your hand.
  2. Using TweezerMan tweezers, grab a single lash piece then scarcely dip the lash tip into glue.
  3. Allow the glue to dry on the lash tip for a few seconds.
  4. Delicately place the lash on the lash line where you want length and fullness.Kim Kardashian Eyelashes - SerafinoSays.com
  5. Keep applying pieces until you get the total lash look you want.  Use as few or many as necessary.
  6. Use the same technique to apply lashes to your other eye.  Try to achieve a balanced look.
  7. Once eye lashes are in place, apply a coat of Laura Mercier Mascara.Voila!  The lashes you’ve always been looking for.

Important PRO Tips:

  • If you find the kind you lash you bought are too long, you can use small scissors to clip them shorter.
  • Be sure not to clip flat and straight across, clip unevenly to keep them looking natural.
  • Use a steady hand to place the pieces just right because the glue dries quickly and holds firmly at the angle you place it.

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“Before and during my years at Smith College I worked at Clinique. When I graduated, I went to theEstée Lauder Companies in NYC and worked for the Origins, Estée Lauder and Clinique brands—eventually becoming Clinique’s Director of Strategy and Creative Development and Global Beauty Director. In this position I developed programs and taught makeup application throughout Europe and Asia, in the Middle East and South Africa. My experience at ELC also included strategic branding, executive training and collaborating with marketing, product development, communications and sales to launch new programs.

Today I have my own beauty consulting business based in NYC, Shizué Beauty. I work on global beauty projects and as a makeup artist for many different companies. My clients have included Giorgio Armani, Chanel, J&J, philosophy, Vogue and Guggenheim Productions. The work is rewarding and fun - and I get to work with so many great people, in various brands and capacities.

My aim here is to provide makeup tips and ideas that are informative, helpful and fun. Makeup is not a serious endeavor, it’s to be played with and enjoyed! Please let me know any feedback or thoughts or ideas you may have. Because while I do enjoy this for myself, I want you to enjoy it too.”

“True beauty isn’t about perfection.  By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them to see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 



“Food For Healthy Hair”



Food For Healthy Hair

As a child growing up in an Italian home it was authoritatively ordered, imperative and compulsory to eat.  Eating wasn’t just “eating.”  Eating was a loud, animated and gregarious celebration of food.  There was no way of avoiding it… Mangia!  From assorted nuts, cheeses and olives, to pastas, meatballs, and gravy, to pastry, breads, and fruits, to wine, Anisette, and Sambuca, my grandmother, mom and the usual gaggle of aunts made certain there was a wide selection of food on the table.  Today some might argue that a daily bowl of pasta and meatballs might weigh heavy on the carb intake, but my mother always complemented a meal with a healthy main course of vegetables and protein. (Food for healthy hair)

I can still hear my mom yelling, and sometimes threaten with the ol’ wooden spoon, to “finish your chicken and vegetables and don’t forget to drink all your milk or you won’t grow to be tall and strong.”  Seems reasonable today, but as a young kid I was preoccupied with scheming how to bypass the veggie and bird portions of the meal and dive directly into the dessert.

I also vividly remember by grandfather reiterating what my mom was saying, but his reasoning was less appealing.  He shouted, “Finish my chicken and vegetables; it’ll grow hair on your chest.”  Grandpa never took the time to adapt his adage to the audience.  Grandpa, I love you, but I am sure happy that was not one of the side effects of eating healthy food.

Many years later, I not only regularly pour myself a tall, cool glass of milk, but I actually prefer vegetables and protein dishes.  Evidently the shared wisdom of my mother and grandfather left an indelible impression.  Who knew!?

Healthy Hair Food: Poultry

  • Our fine feathered friends, particularly chickens and turkeys, are a source of high-quality protein that leads to healthy hair.
  • Weak, delicate hair is the result of a diet lacking adequate protein or with low-quality protein.  In addition, excessive protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color.
  • Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bio-availability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

Healthy Hair Food: Eggs

Health hair doesn’t care how you order your eggs; scrambled, fried, or over easy.  All it cares about is that you order eggs, since eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find.  Eggs also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.  I guess that’s why I never met an ugly chicken.

Healthy Hair Food: Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.  Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

Healthy Hair Food: Dark Green Vegetables

Popeye the Sailor Man didn’t eat all that spinach just so he could have healthy hair, although he could have.  Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C.  And why do you care about vitamins A and C?  Because your body needs to produce sebum, which is a result of a healthy diet of Popeye’s favorite energy booster.  The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.  Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.  Forget goggling over Popeye’s muscles, next time check out his hair.

Healthy Hair Food: Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth.  They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.  Two benefits for the price of one!

If you are looking for some healthy hair foods “to-go,” try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day.  You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flax seeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.  Have fun being your own mad scientist!

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kris


“At Home Hair Cutting & Coloring”



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Written by: Kristan Serafino

Have you ever been walking down the street and noticed the person in front of you with roots several shades darker than the hair color covering the rest of their head?  Have you ever caught yourself staring at the girl behind the checkout counter while you wondered why the right side of her fringe is significantly shorter than the left?  Do you ever wonder how that happened?  Of course you have!  Better yet, you have probably been on the other side of these staring eyes yourself?

Having worked in a salon for many years, I learned that many people love to play “At-Home Hairstylist.”  I have to admit before I received my cosmetology license as a hairstylist, that I also fell victim to changing my hair color, cutting my hair and even worse in the 80’s trying to give myself a perm!  (Did I just date myself?)

What I have learned from this experience is two things;

  1. I had loads of fun playing hairstylist, and for a brief moment of time it might have even looked good.
  2. I would always end up groveling back to my hairstylist, fighting back tears, as the rest of the salon snickered at my slightly orange colored hair or sad variation of a very “un-trendy” mullet.

I know that you, like me, are going to experiment with the occasional quickie bang/fringe trim, touch up of your roots, and… god forbid, the attempt at a relaxer or perm.  It is my job as a “Professional Hairstylist” to let you know that I am on to you, I understand the uncontrollable urge and I want to at least steer you in the right direction.  But, when you come back groveling to your hairstylist to repair the damage, don’t forget to also bring a lovely box of chocolate as a groveling gift… Giggle!

NOTE:  This is NOT to encourage “At-Home” hairdressing; it is to help you learn from your mistakes and make the best out of a situation. SerafinoSays 100% encourages you to always seek professional help when it comes to hair treatments.  Surprisingly, it can often be the most economical solution in the long run.

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“Golf Digest Cover Shoot – Golf’s Elite Euro-Buddies”



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(pictured: Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy / Photog: Walter Iooss)

Written by: Kristan Serafino

Growing up my Daddy was a golf fanatic so he tirelessly tried to get me interested in the game.  Being young and naive, my world in South Florida revolved around the beach, the ocean…and little more.  Anyway, golf was a sport for an old fuddy-duddy.  If I knew then, what I know now, I would have carried my Daddy’s golf bag to the ends of the earth.  I recently discovered a whole new generation of golfers from Europe who are hot-hot-hot & hotter!

What triggered my epiphany about golfers?   It began with a phone call from Marty Hackel (aka: Mr. Style), fashion director and popular TV golf commentator, asking if I was available to groom a few PGA players at a fashion shoot for Golf Digest.  I have had the pleasure of working with Marty for years so I jumped at the invitation.  Marty is the “Guru of Golf Fashion” and widely considered the last word on what to wear and what not to wear while on the greens and in the clubhouse.

It was apparent after receiving the Call Sheet from Golf Digest (the schedule for the day and location) that this wasn’t your typical photo shoot.  Golf Digest had arranged for New Jersey’s Liberty National Golf Club to host the cover shoot, with its backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.  At a cost of over $250 million, it is one of the most expensive and spectacular golf courses in history.

Liberty National Golf Course

Since I had to groom (hair & makeup) several golfers, with very little time, Marty requested I bring to the shoot celebrity makeup artist Robyn Tamura.

Marty may have mentioned the name of the golfers being photographed, but I paid little attention because if the names didn’t include Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, or Jack Nicklaus then it was unlikely I would know who they are.  What did excite me was the chance to work with Walter Iooss, possibly the greatest sports photographer ever.  You may not recognize the name, but unless you’ve lived in a cave the past 60 years you will recognize his portfolio; over 300 covers for Sports Illustrated, first and most regular photographer of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue (single best-selling issue annually of all Time Inc. magazines), first photographic essay on Michael Jordan and Mohamed Ali, and many more accomplishments.

After Robyn and I set up our work station we waited for the golfers to finish on the course.  By the time they arrived to the clubhouse we were under a pretty tight time schedule.  As the golfers arrived to the set I immediately recognized one of them as Rory McIlroy.  Sadly it was not for his accomplishments on the PGA Tour, but by his abundance of curly hair.  I often rate my favorite athletes as those with the coolest hairstyles…it bonds me with them on a personal level (giggle).   I also recognized Rory as that “guy” from the cover of several entertainment publications dating Caroline Wozniacki, the former world’s #1 woman’s tennis player.  The other PGA Tour golfers we styled for the cover story were Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, and Grame McDowell.  They are all good friends on-and-off the course so they had a great time being photographed by Walter.

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At some point during the shoot Rory pulled Marty aside to ask if I would mind cutting his hair.  He was catching a private jet later that evening for his next tournament (the PGA Championship) and would have no other time to get a cut.  I jumped at the chance to get my hands on those curly locks.  Rory was extremely sociable, clever, bright, and funny…and most important, he loved the haircut and styling tips….YAY!

After my haircut, Rory won the PGA Championship, followed by winning 2 out of the next 3 PGA tournaments earning over $4.3 million, and finishing the season ranked the World’s Number One player.  Not to overlook the obvious, I feel confident in saying my haircut clearly played a huge role in his success.  (At least that is what I will choose believe… Hee-Hee!)

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“A Family Recipe For A Happy Thanksgiving”



Why is it that on one day out of the year we set aside to give thanks? For me…I want to give thanks to all of my readers for every day. Thank you for giving your time out of the day to read and comment on SerafinoSays. 

So as you gather around the table for Thanksgiving Day, I share with you a Serafino family classic recipe for my entire “blog family” to enjoy!

Amaretto Sweet Potatoes

6 sweet potatoes

1/4 cup of milk

3/4 cup of sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup Amaretto Di Saronno

1 stick of butter

1/4 cup orange juice

Bag of Mini Marshmallows

Cook the potatoes. Peel skin and  put in bowl. Add melted butter and mash  with electric beater. Add all other ingredients and beat until creamy. Bake at 350 degrees 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven. Add Mini-Marshmallows. Return to oven for about 10 more minutes until marshmallows are golden.

Mmmmmmmm…Delicious!

Do you have a Family Recipe you want to share?  Email Kristan@SerafinoSays.com and we will post it on Thanksgiving morning!

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 



“LocalSpotter Interview”



Written by: Kristan Serafino

It’s always a thrill to see your name in print, with the possible exception of a bill.  In most cases, my name is affiliated with a quote on a hair care tip from any number of beauty, fashion or lifestyle publications.  I can also be called on to write product review, Red Carpet commentary, or even a “how-to” piece for an upcoming beauty story in a magazine.

But when LocalSpotter came a knockin’ asking to conduct an interview about little ol’ me I thought I would faint with excitement.  I get so wrapped up in my everyday life that I stop to think that anyone would be interested.  I mean I absolutely love what I do, but I never assume others will share in my enthusiasm.

LocalSpotter is a melting pot of urban fashion, beauty and lifestyle topics for cosmopolitan women.  They aspire to connect their readers to genuine, creative and stylish discoveries.  LocalSpotter assigned the highly accomplished and entertaining writer Lorna Umprhey to conduct the interview.  You may have seen Lorna during various Red Carpet events.  Lorna came to New York City for the interview where we spent nearly two hours in conversation intermixed with many giggles.

I want to thank Lorna for such a wonderful experience and incredible article.   I must admit I am still blushing!

Make sure to check out the Link to the LocalSpotter interview with Kristan Serafino!

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino


“Do Blondes Have More Fun?”



Written by Kristan Serafino

Woo-Hoo!  Today is my birthday!  I get to check off another year of life’s lessons and words of wisdom while at the same time anxiously looking forward to what the next twelve months has in store for me.

For most, New Years Eve is for resolutions from new diet regimes, dusting off gym memberships, promises to reach out to old friends, justified shopping sprees, and a fresh new look to bring in the New Year.  For me, I choose to use my birthday for resolutions, as well as an incentive to clean out my closets, paint my apartment, of course shop for fall clothes, and change my HAIR!

This year I headed straight over to Celebrity Colorist Tohmas Elmund at Valery Joseph to create my new Birthday Blonde!  Since my current shade was Coca-Cola Brown, my transition to the desired blond would be a work in progress.  This means I have to commit to this process requiring several visits to the beauty salon… which I do wholeheartedly.

My first stage of my quest for blond begins with a 5 hour visit to the salon.  @Tohmase would first remove old residue from build up of color on my hair.  He will then add several highlights including a new base color.

After washing my hair Tohmas sent me to be blown dry so he could best ascertain his next move.  After deciding his direction, Tohmas grabbed a pile full of foils and began to effortlessly weave them into my hair.  When he finished I sat under a dryer while Tohmas regularly checked the foils to see how the color was lifting.  Once pleased, he sent me back to the shampoo bowl for another round of cleansing, toning and deep conditioning.  It was now time to head back to the station to be styled.  As the first section began to dry it revealed a successful phase 1 of going blonde.  This birthday was well on its way to becoming the best ever!

Do blondes have more fun?  I’ll let you know, but it’s lookin’ good so far!  But before you decide to tackle all the phases that come with transitioning from a dark color to blonde it is important to consider the following:

4 Things To Consider Before Going Blonde:

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“Monday Makeover With @kckalmar”



Written by: Kristan Serafino

While planning for her wedding @Kckalmar was seeking Twitter tips from one of the top Celebrity Wedding Planners and host of  WeTV “I Do Over”, Diann Valentine.  Diann is famous for sharing Celebrity Wedding tips on Twitter to her followers.  Since @SerafinoSays and @DiannValentine conduct regular Twitter banter on wedding hairstyles it was exciting when @kckalmar decided to reach out to both of us for a fresh post-wedding hairstyle. @kckalmar had been growing out her hair in advance of the big wedding day so it was a perfect time to consider alternative looks.

Before SerafinoSays makes a recommendation for a new hairstyle, we want to understand the personality of our friends.  This is accomplished through a series of questions that help SerafinoSays decide which of the three categories best describe our friend;

  • Whisper: This means you want a trim on your ends and keeping your color as close to your existing hair color.  You look the same as when you walked in the salon except your hair feels healthy and shiny.
  • Talker: You go back to the office and people notice your new style but it’s a style that is not too dramatic that they don’t recognize who you are.  An example could be you keep your length and add shorter layers or your sweeping fringe is now just above your eyebrows.
  • Shouter: Heads are turning when you enter the room.  You have just cut your one length hair into a pixie cut.  You walked in a blonde and you are going home a red.

The recommendation process begins with the Inquisition, followed by the Diagnosis, and concludes with our Hair Solution.  Let’s see what is in store for @kckalmar… [Read more...]



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