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In the wait

Posted by: gina in Blog

Today my daughter and I had a great conversation about the times in our lives when we are "waiting".  Sometimes we wait in anticipation of something good like a vacation, birthday or getting a new pet.  In the waiting we can learn patience and sacrifice as we choose how we  spend our time and money to get us closer to our goal.  We also talked about times when we are seeking an answer through prayer - and God answers by saying "Wait."  It's almost easier to have a "No" than a "Wait".  We both agreed that this is a difficult test of faith!  But, when we wait faithfully with patience, it is an opportunity that ultimately holds great reward.  There is victory on the other side of  the "waiting period" when we willingly submit to staying in the battle.  There have been times in the past when I have grown weary in the wait and given up.  I have to wonder what blessings and victories I have missed by giving up in the middle of the battle!  
Don't give up!  Hold fast to your goals, dreams and prayers! 
Psalm 27:14
New King James Version (NKJV)
 14 Wait on the LORD;
         Be of good courage,    
      And He shall strengthen your heart;
          Wait, I say, on the LORD!

blessings


"Just Have Faith!"

Posted by: gina in Blog

If you are reading this than it is a guarantee that you have had difficulties in your life.  None of us have a life that is trouble free.  During trials, has anyone ever said to you "Just have faith!"?  My guess is that most of us have heard or said these words to encourage one another.  But where does that faith come from?  What do we place our faith in?
Psalm 145:13 says "The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made."
This verse is a great reminder to me that God is faithful!  Because He is loving and true to His word, we have the assurance and certainty to be able to say "Just have faith!". 

blessings


Believe - you make a difference!

Posted by: gina in Blog

  A small boy was walking along a beach at low tide, where countless starfish, having been washed up on the beach, were stranded and doomed to perish.  A man watched as the boy picked up individual starfish and took them back into the water.
"I can see you're being very kind," said the watching man, "But there must be thousands of them; it can't possibly make any difference."
Returning from the water's edge, the boy said "It will for that one."
-author Unknown
Be encouraged!  Every small effort of kindness directed toward another is magnified and makes a difference!  You never know how even the simplest gift - a smile - will impact someone else's day and cause them to impact another, and so on, and so on and so on!

blessings

 


Inspiration

Posted by: gina in Blog

Ever wonder where inspiration comes from?  I mean we can all point to things that inspire us...I get inspired by art, fashion, movies, music, nature, architecture, family, my work, etc., etc.

But...where and when does the initial spark become ignited?  Why are we drawn to certain things that do inspire us?  Why are we moved by a certain form of music or a specific type of artwork? 

I am discovering that true inspiration comes easiest for me when I am using my God given gifts and and truly seeking His will in my life to live out the passion and desires He has placed within my heart. 

Today I had the blessing of taking my son to visit a college campus.  It was a very quick informational meeting and tour.  Altogether...just over 2 hours of our time was spent on the campus.  Just 2 hours of time - and he left with a bigger vision for his future.  He was able to begin visualizing a path that would develop the passion within his soul.  What a blessing to watch!

Take a little time to nurture your true passion today and see what develops!  blessings


Intra Force

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: hot tips

Just a note for anyone who does not live in this area and is looking for Redken's Intra Force.

You can go to the website at www.intraforce.com and there is a salon finder that will locate a salon in your area by your zip code.

Good luck and enjoy - we have had amazing feedback on this product!

blessings


gratitude

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: salon news

Each day brings occasion to be thankful for blessings given so freely.  Some days the gratitude is overwhelming.

Today was a day of extreme gratitude.  Not so much for anything that would be considered extraordinary to someone looking in....it was the celebration of what we love to do in the salon and seeing the passion of my team come alive in learning.

We are fortunate to have access to some great eductors through our relationship with Redken.  Lauren Hagen came from Philadelphia to spend the day with us today.  She brought new color and design techniques to share along with passion and inspiration.    But the real gift for me on a day like today is looking around at my team....many of whom I've known since they were "babies" in this industry.  To see the passion that has grown and artistic ability that has developed within each one is a blessing beyond measure.

I want each of them to know how proud and truly grateful I am that they have chosen to be a part of the team at laus Deo.  They are the reason for the dream and the vision for the future!

blessings


Fine or thin hair? New! Intra Force by Redken

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: hair

Here's a new solution by Redken!
Intra Force for fine or thinning hair.  Purify.  Densify.  Intensify.  

Follow the link below and check out this 2 minute video to give yourself 30 days for fuller, healthier hair!  Sign up there to receive your free 30 day supply...hurry quantities are limited!
http://www.intraforce.com/works/video

blessings


Our best friend

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: hot tips

OK ladies...admit it!  Hairspray may be our best friend when it comes to keeping our style and volume in place but when it comes to touchability and shine we may have had sacrifice in the past.  No longer!!

Redken to the rescue!  I absolutely LOVE the new hairspray collection by Redken.  Beautiful hold, flexible styling capabilities - non-aerosol, aerosol...anything you have wished for in a spray is now here.  Click the link below to learn more and ask your stylist which one is right for you!

http://www.redken.com/products/styling

blessings


Modern Short

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: new trends

As the saying goes...."A picture speaks a thousand words!" 
This beautiful, modern short shape was created by Zac Mascolo of Toni & Guy.

No words necessary

blessings


Intense Volume!

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: new trends

Here is an excellent example of a modern shape that has been exaggerated for editorial work! Check out the major volume in the front (we haven't seen that in a long time....remember "mall bangs"?!)  As we have been talking about, trends will always borrow from the past and this style is a great play on volume we saw in the early 90's.  What makes it "retro" instead of "vintage" which would be an exact replica of what was done in the 90's is the soft transition from the very flat sides to the volume in the top and crown. 

Also notice the texture is very soft...wispy pieces of hair seem to float out of the design by accident and although there is some definition in the front of the design, over all, the feeling is soft and touchable with a beautiful shine. 
In the past, we would have seen a much harder version of this style and an artificial finish resulting from old technology in our spray products - with modern product, a new approach and a discerning eye we can be inspired by shapes from the past to create our own modern masterpieces!

Products used to create this look by Pureology:  
   
PureVolume Shampoo and HairCondition, EssentialRepair ColourMax, EssentialRepair InstantRepair, PureVolume Blow-dry Amplifier, RootLift 

blessings


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