It’s been a long time coming — 40 years to be exact — but my birthday is next week. And, yes, it’s the big one, so I thought I would take a few moments and share a few things I have learned along the way.
When I was 3, I discovered homemade chocolate cake with frosting that my mama allowed me lick off the beaters. Now doctors say that eating dark chocolate every day heals the mind, spirit and body. I love that.
Aunt Trucine turned me onto my first experiences with Aquanet hairspray as a child following my mama’s footsteps. Not only did it hold her beehive in place then, but hairspray has evolved so much in 40 years. I happen to have stumbled upon Sebastian’s Shaper Plus in beauty school and will use nothing else on the guests in my salon. It’s always in my bag of tricks wherever I go.
Spiral perms were all the rage in the ’80s. When I was just a junior high kid with freckles, I appreciated a good spiral bob on my “BFFs.” Nowadays, perms are mostly gone by the wayside, making way for a full gamut of styling wands that offer extraordinary curls and waves. I particularly love the newer three barrel waving irons that press those dreamy glamorous waves from old Hollywood sirens into the hairstyles of today. And to finish, a marvelous shine spray is the cat’s meow when it comes to shiny, radiant hair. One spritz and dull, lifeless locks glisten.
I remember being only about 10 years old, throwing all my mama’s old makeup into a purse from her closet, slinging it over my shoulder, and walking down the road to my best friend Tracey’s house where we sat in the grass playing dress-up. I was just as mesmerized by a great lipstick then as I am now.
The past few years, I have redefined the concept of “makeovers” in my salon and now do a monthly television makeover segment on “FOX40 and Friends.” So, I suppose from the back yards of my youth to lights, camera, action … I am still in love with a good makeover!
A few things have stuck with me over the years. Lip gloss can save your life, literally. I have used it for photo shoots to add drama to a lip shade or at fashion shows to illuminate a face with a dewy complexion by patting it on the cheekbones and down the nose. Q-tips are a lifesaver, too. I use them for blurring eye liner for a softer effect, correcting mascara mistakes and outlining red lips with a powder foundation to create a barrier to prevent bleeding.
Perhaps most important, I have learned over the past 40 years the beauty of not taking oneself too seriously when it comes to haircut and makeup — seriously enough for sure, because it’s important, but it doesn’t have to define who you are. Experiment, be daring, try something out of your comfort zone just for the heck of it. And by all means, don’t stress out about the little things. When it’s your turn, regardless of how many years, blow out your candles and celebrate. I am!
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