Austin Fashion Week 2014, a look inside a Mash-up Team

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Austin Fashion Week 2014 is Thursday, April 24th through Saturday, May 3rd. It has many components such as runway shows featuring local designers, brunches and cocktail hours for exposure and networking, and the unique Mash-up Team Competition. My favorite part, the event … Continue reading

Get the look, High Top Knot Bun Tutorial


Reasons Why the High Top Knot Bun is Amazing

1. It’s a great way to look polished in a short amount of time
2. Gives you some height
3. You can do this on dirty hair so it helps spread out your shampoos
4. Great for keeping your hair out if your face (windy day, busy day, or special occasion)

How To:

1. Flip your head over and create a ponytail on top of your head using a soft bristle brush and a hair tie (I like using a bungee- a rubberband with a bobby pin on one side and a hair pin on the other) this will be your anchor.


2. Use a piece of tool that is similar to your hair color. You can find this at fabric stores. Cut it into a rectangle 8 inches by 4 inches (or you can buy a bun maker from Clair’s, CVS, or any grocery store… boring). Bobby pin this around the base of your ponytail. This will add some drama to your bun.


3. Use Dry Texture Spray by Oribe on your ends. This is like back combing in a bottle. Next, create a soft cushion by teasing your pontytail with a soft bristle brush. My favorite, the Mason Pearson, is pretty expensive but you can find similar brushes at Target or Sally’s.


4. The part that will take the most practice is the swirling motion that it takes to wrap the around the tool and create the perfect shape. Think cotton candy. Be patient and keep trying. Once you get it where you want it- pin it! I like using hair pins because they are lightweight and don’t disturb the fabric of the hair. Don’t be afraid to use black pins in any color of hair. Once you get good at hiding them they look like shadows and don’t reflect light in photos.

5. Finish with hairspray. My favorite for build-able hold and a matte finish is Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Hairspray.

Princess Parties!


What is a Princess Party?

A Princess Party is a service that Bella Salon & Spa offers to young ladies for birthday parties. We have hosted 4 in the past 4 years for little girls within the age range of 5-10. It is usually about 2 hours long, we put Justin Beiber Radio on, we usually have groups of 10 or so, and 2 stylists. We provide tiaras, colored extension hair, glittery hairspray, and whatever style the young princess desires. We can curl their hair, straighten, or put it in a simple updo. Parents usually bring a fold up table and set up a cake and decorations in the waiting area. It is so fun for everyone involved! Nothing is sweeter than a little girl’s smile!

How did this come about?

It was a collaborative idea of mine and a client of Bella whose children attend Zilker Elementary School. We thought of a fun way to make a donation to a silent auction that benefits their school. It was a huge hit and raised a few hundred dollars for Zilker the past 4 years.

How can I book a Princess Party?

Call (512)474-5999 and book it! We would be happy to take care of you and your kids.

By Popular Demand: One on One Updo Tutorials

Playful Updo

Playful Updo

Lately I have had clients request fresh ways of doing their own hair at home other than how they usually do it every day. My clients ask for ideas to wear their hair on days when they don’t wash and still want to look polished on a regular day at the office or a special occasion. So I came up with a solution. I am now offering one on one updo tutorials in salon. This can be booked in addition to a regular appointment or soley on its own.

What should you expect?

45 minutes for $45 for 3 updo’s. 15 minutes an updo. I figured that this would be a good amount of knowledge without using too much brain bandwidth. I know that I can only retain so much in one sitting. A client could come in over and over and I will always be able to teach them something new. I can customize each session by hair texture (curly or straight), length, and difficulty level.
 During the process, I give the client a hand held mirror and spin the chair around so they can watch every move, every bobby pinning technique, ask questions and take notes.
Take home Starter Kit– I send clients home with a goodie bag including:
– a sparkly hair accessory
-notes printed on paper and email
-a handful of bobby pins, hair pins, rubber bands, and a crocodile clip
-shopping list

This way clients don’t go home and never utilize the new skills they just learned. Also, if they forget the names of any hardware they can just take a sample with them when they shop for more at a local beauty supply store (Sally’s and Target).

In Conclusion:
Practice makes perfect. A lot of times these updo’s look easier said than done. It just takes patience and willingness to make mistakes and learn. Refer to YouTube videos for a quick refresher using the keywords that I teach you.

Cute Girls  Hairstyles YouTube Channel- one of my favs. I get my ideas from Pinterest and

This is a sample of the literature that I send my Clients home with:

Donating Hair, What is that like?


The young lady in the picture is my cousin,Victoria. She is doing a 12 days of Giving this year for Christmas. One of her ways of giving back to the community is by donating her luxurious hair to the non-profit organization, Locks Of Love. Vicky has been lucky enough to grow her hair out and donate it four times. She was looking for a change and had been thinking about the chop for a long time. She has recently become involved in triathlons and wanted an easy and aerodynamic do.

She brought me pictures of Michelle Williams‘  blonde pixie haircut. She wanted it to be shorter than a bob but a longer than a normal pixie. I think this was a wise decision because she has done the bob haircut before and was wanting to do something different. I told her that we can always go shorter so we went with a long pixie.

Maintanance- the pixie needs to be cut every month in order to keep a flattering shape.

Styling- the hardest part at home is going to be in the fringe area. The back can run wild and do its own thing.

How we did it:

First we sectioned her clean dry hair into four quadrants. I used rubberbands to gather each section and braided them loosely. Next we took the plunge and did what I like to call “The Commitment Cut”. At this point there is no turning back. We cut the front right first and cut off each braided pony tail counter clockwise. We put the hair in a bag and giggled at the loss of weight on her head. At this point it looks pretty shabby so we went quickly to the shampoo area and used Oribe Shampoo for Brilliance and Shine. Next, I cut her hair using various styling techniques and tools. I kept the back short and full of movement and left a lot of length in her fringe area. We kept it as feminine and flirty as possible. We rinsed and blowdry styled with Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream and Surfercomber Tousled Texture Mouse. I used a flatbrush to blow dry her bangs and used my fingers to do any additional styling.

The result:

a clean, polished, tailored to her bone structure, sophisitaced, promote-me haircut! She is going to have fun with scarves and dramatic earrings!

What do you think? Would you consider donating your hair?