Meg Ann Lee: Easy Holiday Waves

If you are anything like me you've been extra relaxed with your looks this year. Working from home, virtual school schedules and the lack of social gatherings really have us all taking a step back from our fancy attire.

If you are working from home and have decided to keep your glam makeup on point and your style hasn't waivered, props to you and your dedication but as Drake once said "Sweat pants, hair tied chillin with no makeup on, that's when you're the prettiest, I hope that you don't take it wrong."

That is my aesthetic for 2020.

However, during this holiday season, Zoom calls will be made, small gatherings will take place, pictures will be taken and I'd like to look back on the 2020 holiday season as if I had my shit together. An easy way to achieve that is to have your hair styled, so here is my go to Holiday Hair for 2020

WAVES

If you've been on social media during 2020, I think you have seen that wavy hair is THE THING. Creating movement in your hair style shows off your color, cut and still looks great three glasses of wine later with just a hair flip.
If you're an older millennial you will probably know how to do this because this is the second time this trend has come around in our lifetime.

Wavers or Three Barrel curling irons come in all shapes, sizes and price points. The smaller the barrel the more "80s" the crimp/wave will look. The waver I'm using in the tutorial is a 32mm, this is my favorite size because I prefer a larger more relaxed wave but to each their own!

I recommend starting your style with a heat protectant ALWAYS. Then after you are done with your tool add in some dry shampoo for texture and volume at your root, a smoothing hair oil through your ends for shine and finish with a flexible hairspray.

A few of my other favorite ways to style my hair are a classic high bun, a top knot and of course anything involving some clip in extensions. Check out my other hair tutorials below!

More Hair Tutorials

Here is an easy tutorial to follow with some of my favorite styling products and great hot tool options for you in your hair routine <3

Meg Ann Lee: Why You Should Buy Your Hair Products From Your Stylist.

In the days of department stores, off price retail chains, and Amazon Prime, why in the world would we buy our hair products from the salon?!

I'll tell you why.

First of all, we have this idea that salon brands are CRAZY expensive. Expensive is a relative term. We all have different budgets. Salon brands can range anywhere from $10-$100+. Most of the time your salon can match the price of your products found on Amazon, Ulta or Target. I promise there are salon grade products that fit in your budget if you visit a salon regularly.

Secondly, ingredients are important. Your hair CANNOT heal itself. It's dead, just like my 2020 EDM festival dreams. So, choosing products that will help keep it "looking alive" is key! You can fill and coat your hair strands to make your hair more manageable. That's where the magic is! Drugstore brands are mostly just detergents that remove the oil from your hair. Salon brands add in other high quality ingredients that make your hair feel softer. Over time, it makes styling more manageable. This is why you shouldn't be buying hair products at "off price stores" aka TJmaxx or Ross. These products do have a shelf life and the number one reason they are at those locations is because the brand can't sell those specific products elsewhere. If you're wondering about the shelf life of your products, check out this website!

Thirdly, if you are spending $100+ on your hair color, does it make sense to take care of it with a $3 shampoo? Drugstore products are meant to work on the masses. How does that bottle know what your hair needs? It doesn't. No one knows better than you and your stylist. You live with your hair. Communicate with your stylist to create the perfect product routine based on your hair texture, color, length and hair goals!

Lastly, your stylist makes commission! Yes, it's another way you can help support them and their small local business. Your stylist is the person you trust with your hair and your secrets; your go-to for all styling tips, late night hair emergencies and that extra confidence boost! The product commission they earn likely goes right back into their business, buying them updated tools and continued education.

If you read this whole article and realized you don't have a regular stylist yet feel free to reach out to me! There are so many wonderful, talented hair artists in the Eau Claire area I have full confidence you can find a perfect fit.

Ellen Cuts Her Mom’s Hair

With Chippewa Valley hair salons reopening, there's excitement in just getting an appointment. Not everyone has that option just yet, so anybody who still has quarantine hair can empathize with Ellen DeGeneres and her mother.

For her 91st birthday, Mom got a home haircut (well, buzz, actually) from Ellen. As you'll see from the video, she did respectable work...even if the elder DeGeneres was less than impressed.

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90th birthday present for my Mama.

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