Rejuvenating Your Locks

Is your hair dry or brittle? Has it lost its shine? The Sun is brutal during the summer, mixed with chlorine and salt water, that is a recipe for damage and breakage in our hair. The sun and its UV Rays cause the protein bonds in our hair shaft to break down, causing it to loose pigment and have our color to fade. It also causes our hair to look dull and feel dry! SO how can we reverse the negative effects??? Here is a segment I recently did to show you just that!


I didnt really have much time to discuss all the benefits of Coconut Oil but yo can apply it to the hair just like a mask. You can also melt it down and use as a hot oil treatment. I even ue it as lotion, shaving cream and eye make up remover, LOL!!! I love it. ome other products you may find in your kitchen are Eggs, Vinegar, Yogurt and Sour cream. Here are a few recipes for those ingredients!


EGGS: The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils, she explains.To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from “cooking”) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month; whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.

YOGURT/SOUR CREAM:Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes. To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.

VINEGAR: Apple cider vinegar removes clumpy residue and gunk in hair from product buildup. It also works as a natural detangler. When used regularly in your natural hair care routine, apple cider vinegar can revitalize your hair, leaving it soft and smooth. The vinegar also works by closing the cuticle of the hair, which makes light reflect off of it. In other words, it makes your hair super shiny! To use: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water. After shampooing, pour the mixture into your hair. If you have a spray bottle, that works even better. That way you can spritz your hair with the mixture and massage it into your scalp. Let the apple cider vinegar concoction sit for a few minutes before rinsing fully with water. No need to use conditioner! The apple cider vinegar will leave hair feeling smooth and soft.


When you get out of the shower before you do ANYTHING make sure you put in some type of oil to coat the hair and protect it from the harsh effects of brushing, blow drying or thermal heat damage! Hair is most brittle when it is wet so be very gentle!!!!!

XOXO, Mandi


My Oh My… That’s Un-Be-WEAVE-able!!!!// Hair extensions

Hello Ladies.. I hope you have enjoyed your summer so far. I have been busy with weddings, working at the salon and playing with my kids in the sun. This summer I have done a few segments on First Coast Living and I decided to share one of them with you… Enjoy!!!


Here is one of all types of Extensions

It’s a Honey of a Doo!!!!// hair trends

If you listen closely you may be able to hear the buzz about the re-emergence of a hairstyle that made its debut in the 60’s known as the Beehive or Bouffant. This hairstyle sent women into a hairspray buying frenzy. “The higher, the better” was the motto as women did away with their wide and flowing locks and focused on how much hair could be piled on top of ones head.


The Bouffant was created in 1960 by a stylist from Chicago named Margaret Vinci Heldt  after she was asked by the editor of a beauty salon magazine to come up with a new trend for a spiced up hair style. She designed the hairstyle after being inspired by a velvet fez hat that she owned. She loved the way the hairstyle held the beautiful shape of the fez but without messing up her hair the way the hat did. Because women were in love with this new trend of having  “BIG HAIR”, the Beehive became an instant success. One of the remarkable things about the hairstyle was that women could wrap it in a scarf and sleep in it, keeping the style in place for days without having to re do the doo!


The beehive had been replaced by the bun, pony tail and even its sister style, the French Twist because of rumors about women getting unwanted guests taking up residence within the piled high puffs of teased hair. Those rumors were quickly dispelled, though, before women even had time to trade in their teasing combs.


This hairstyle is created by taking small sections of hair and back combing or teasing the hair up tightly, smoothing over it with a soft bristle brush and securing it with bobby pins. Once the top hair is piled high and secured, the hair in the back section is secured in place with pins either in a single twist or in many small twists. The difference in yesterdays Beehive and the beehive for today’s woman is the addition of ‘hair bling’ along with a few messy strands and loose twists that lend an air of softness and sexiness to the style.


You can be sure now that as most trends come back around, the Beehive is now making its encore performance finding its way back as a top pick for event styles now over 40 years later. Some of the most fashion forward celebrities, such as Beyonce and Jessica Simpson, are rocking these Bouffant styles on the red carpet today. There are many variations of the bouffant style depending on a person’s particular taste, but this style has stood the test of time and is holding its own again as one of the most popular styles
of all time. No wonder it’s been called a “Honey of a Doo’!

Watch here as Mandi explains it to the viewers of First Coast Living.

The Do’s and Dont’s of hair care at home// Home Hair Care

I realize this may be a lengthy blog but it is totally work the read!!!

Caring for those Locks takes hard work and dedication!!!

Body Builders….they are strong! Axe body spray?….now that’s chokingly strong, but hair? We rarely equate hair with strength because it IS typically soft and silky to the touch, but unless you are the  Pantene model, shiny tends to evade us.  However, when pampered with great professional products and just a little personal TLC, your hair can be stronger, than a hormonal woman’s grip on chocolate!!! Not to mention soft and shiny all at the same time. What could be better? All you need is a little information, well in this case maybe a lot of information, to get you headed in the right direction for creating a head full of the strongest of strands, and I’m here to provide it!! Hair 101: Hair is made up of a protein called keratin plus amino acids, and each strand is like a power cord: It has an outer sheath, or cuticle, that encases the inner cortex. The cuticle can withstand abuse such as heat and brushing — to a point, but even durable strands can use a jolt of support.

Take charge with these tips:

Handle with care. Hair can be stretched 30 percent of its length before it breaks. Water makes it swell, so vigorously combing damp strands will cause them to snap. In the shower, saturate hair with conditioner, then detangle to help knots slide out easily. Cool it. Heated tools deliver great looks, but they can also burn hair. Before wielding your flatiron, apply a styling product that uses cuticle coaters like silicone to protect. One of my favorites is the Moroccan Oil. Once a week, clean tools with alcohol to remove product residue, which can sear into hair, making it brittle. Be salon smart. The ends of your hair split as they age (strands can be up to two years old, depending on their length) Get a trim every 8 weeks atleast, and wait about the same amount of time between color visits, especially for highlights. For root touch-ups (which you can do more frequently), ask for dye with less ammonia, a chemical which can make hair wiry over time.

Smooth cuticles are the ticket to irresistibly sexy hair, and there’s no better polisher than conditioner.

How to get your hair SOFT: It’s chockablock with fatty alcohols, oils and other sleekifiers. But don’t slap on any cream rinse and call it a day. Use these hair-quenching ideas: Seal the deal. You may not shampoo every day (it strips hair’s oils), but you should condition each time hair is wet, to lock in moisture. When water evaporates, it draws moisture from inside the shaft, drying it out. Start with strokes. Before stepping into the shower, gently comb dry hair to dissolve product buildup, dirt and oil. The gunk will quickly rinse out, leaving a clean surface for conditioner to penetrate. Squeeze out excess water before applying conditioner. Hair is like a sponge — if it’s saturated with water, it can’t soak up anything else!!! Go deep. Are you coping with coarse, strawlike hair that resembles Raggedy Ann’s mop top? Rather than hide under a hat, try a supercharged treatment that contains amino acids and natural oils, such as Moroccan Oil Mask, twice a week. Massage into scalp with fingertips, then comb through hair. Next, wet a towel, wring out water and microwave it for a few seconds. Wrap the warm towel around your head and wait 20 minutes before rinsing. The towel traps heat, increasing absorption.

These tricks will keep your hair in prime-shine condition.

How to get your hair SHINY: Ruffles may be a big fashion trend this spring, but hair looks best when its cuticles — which are composed of cells that overlap like shingles on a roof — remain flat. If they’re on an even plane, light bounces off, creating a high sheen.

Go gently. Wet cuticles lift easily, putting out the welcome mat for frizz and dullness. Frantic towel-drying can rough up the cuticle, too. Try patting strands with a superabsorbent towel. Start at roots, soaking up water, then slide down to the tips.

Gleam on. The ideal shine-enhancing duo: a blow-dryer and boar-bristle brush. After tousle-drying with fingers, go through sections with the brush. The bristles are slightly textured to smooth the cuticle delicately. Dry hair downward, in the direction the cuticle lies, for a mirror like luster. Finish up. Tame errant fly aways by spritzing a paddle brush with shine spray and lightly brushing from roots to ends; this will deposit enough product to calm frizz without making hair oilier. To touch up dull, frayed ends quickly — necessary the day after a blowout — dealing out an aloe-infused baby wipe and slide it down the bottom 3 inches of hair.   Following these tips and tricks daily will ensure that your hair is on the path to healthy Strong, Soft and Shiny Hair.

Check out the my latest segment on First Coast Living where I discuss these tips and so much more!

2013 Hottest Bridal Hair Trends// wedding hair trends

Buns and Braids….. they are sweeping the country! Every year we see a new trend setting the stage for bridal do’s, and this year is no exception! I am seeing it all, messy buns, high buns, to the side buns, cinnamon buns will give you J Lo buns…….ok,  lets get back on track! Traditional braids, Herringbone braids, Reverse braids, side sweeping braids that go into buns, braids that wanna be buns. You get the picture.  Brides sitting in my chair are asking for all of the above, and we aim to please!  So, incorporating braids this year into any style?  That’s what we ” do” ….pun intended!!

Since braids are a huge  trend this year with no sign of slowing down,  the challenge is to hang on and enjoy the ride. Boho bride to classic bride, the waterfall braid is just right for you. Looking exceptionally beautiful on any personality.

Buns have made such a come back and it SCREAMS classy and sophisticated. You can wear it messy and to the side to create a soft, sweet romantic look or you can wear it smooth and on top of your head to create a look that is simply timeless.

Incorporating a classic bun with a braid will give you CHIC & SLEEK… Its simply Gorgeous… Check out video below to watch my segment on First Coast Living to give you more insight into the hottest Bridal trends this year.

I had so much fun on the set with these ladies. Thanks to Scarlett Lillian Knuth, Adair Currie & Jill Thomas for being my fabulous models.

Cant wait to give all of you ladies more hair tips and tricks!!!

XOXO, Mandi