Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Glam Inspiration!

I don't know about you, but I love this time of year with all the glamorous red carpet events in Hollywood. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that these red carpet looks are for an everyday woman, but the fun thing is to take these glamorous looks and make them your own.

You may not have a hi-end event or red carpet to walk in the near future, but maybe you have a grand opening event at work, an evening wedding, or maybe a hot date on February 15th! So I thought I would give you my best looking hair from this year's Golden Globe awards. Hopefully you are inspired by Hollywood's finest to try a new hairdo.

Amber Heard

Unbelievable Up-dos 


Amy Adams
From loose up-swept dos to intricate up-dos with braided details these ladies are some great examples of how to pull your hair away from your face and show off your facial features and neckline. Amber Heard's loose wavy up-do is soft and sweet but still has a sexy effect. I love Amy Adams very intricate and details up-do with braids and intertwining twists in the back. The only thing I would say is be careful about the placement of the braids in front. I think hers is border-lining on looking like horns in the front, so maybe a little lower off the forehead may be better.

Julia Roberts
Margo Robbie
Julia Roberts up-do is a really great example of an effortless way to work a side-swept bang into a style. It really is a great style that works on a red carpet or an elegant dinner out with your husband. I also wanted to include a new face in Hollywood, Margo Robbie. She is a stunning new actress from Australia and I really loved her hair for this event. First, her blonde color is so rich and just looks like sunshine, but the up-do is very soft and sexy.




Down, But Absolutely Not Out! 

Olivia Wilde
Sometimes a special occasion doesn't require an up-do. Long luscious strands are very sexy and can really bring a look together. If you are going to wear your hair down there are several options to help style, whether you straighten your strands, pump up the volume with curls, or play with your color, letting your hair down for the night can be so much fun.

Sofia Vargara

A few great examples from the Golden Globes red carpet are Oliva Wilde and Sofia Vargara. Olivia's hair really has that bump of volume and has a great umbra color effect, which can sometime be hard to pull off and make it look classy, but it really looks great, not to mention she is pregnant!! Also, Sofia's hair looks so soft, healthy, and shiny and I really love the lighter shade she is working these days.
Naomi Watts

 Another great way to work a new look with your hair down is to play with your part. It can really change your look and play up your face in a different way. I like Naomi Watt's hair down and how simple and relaxed she looks, however, while wearing your hair down make sure to use some volumizing product and shine serum.

Short & Sweet


Lupita Nyongo
Length doesn't mean that those with short hair can't have a great, sexy look as well. Whether you are sporting a bob or a pixie cut there are still great ways to work a hairstyle for an evening out. There are several elements to your style that you can work with, even with short hair including color, texture, and volume.

Jennifer Lawrence
The lovely Lupita Nyongo, even with a very short style, added some volume and really added dimension to her look. She is such a beautiful woman and a short style really accentuates her lovely complexion.

Another great pixie look is Jennifer Lawrence. With her pixie cut she is really playing with dimension in her color and texture with her bangs to frame her face in a fun but elegant way.

Zosia Mamet
Sometimes ladies have such a hard time styling their hair when it is at a bob length. They feel limited as to how to style a look for a special occasion, but one look that stood out was the young actress Zosia Mamet from the HBO show, Girls.  Her bob looks so soft and light weight and really framed her face well. It also worked really well with her jewelry and overall look. This is a really great way to simply style a bob cut for an evening out.


Honorable Mentions! 


Emma Roberts
Sometimes there are some looks on the red carpet that don't fit into a category, but just can't be ignored. Here are a few looks from the 2014 Golden Globes red carpet that I just thought were standouts.

Sandra Bullock
Two ladies rocked a similar look, a young starlet and a Hollywood veteran, which shows that some styles can work for any age. The low ponytail looks fun and edgy on 23 year-old Emma Roberts, but also works one the beautiful 50 year-old Sandra Bullock! It is not often the same look works for such a different age range but both ladies really rocked with style and it is so simple to pull this off at home! 

Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel really pulled off a great way to wear bangs with an up-do. I like the way the bangs blend well into the rest of the up-do and don't look so separate from the rest of the head. Sometimes bangs with an up-do look very segmented but this looks fun and whimsical.
Cate Blanchett

Two other looks that really are throwbacks to old Hollywood are Taylor Swift and Cate Blanchett. These ladies really looked great with the perfect curls and pinned up-dos that are elegant, sexy, and sophisticated.

Taylor Swift

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What is Your New Hair Resolution?

It's hard to believe that it is already 2014! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and are settling into the new year as well as I am. I have so much to share with you so let's get to it! 

Story of the Month


Before - My short pixie cut
After - More length & side-swept bangs

What I love most about the new year is discovering a new look! As your stylist I want to challenge you to consider a new look for 2014 and have some fun with you hair in the new year. Now, I can’t challenge my clients if I’m not willing to do this myself. As some of you may have noticed I’ve decided to grow my pixie cut out and I really love the results.

Now some might not thing that growing your hair out is not a very dramatic new look, but that is only because it takes time for the results to show. You don't have to shave your head to get the WOW factor. Sometimes all it takes is a little hi-lighting or parting your hair differently. So whether you want a subtle change or you want to dye your hair auburn, the #1 piece of advice I would give is, stay true to yourself. Make sure you make a fun change that is all for you, not because it is the new Hollywood trend or because someone made an off-handed remark about your hair and you are feeling self-conscious. If you would like to talk through a style change or discuss some options feel free to book an appointment at and we can get started on your new hair resolution!

Hair Queen News


I would like to share with you the number of clients on the East Coast that I have. Yes, you read that right, I have some clients that live and/or work quite a bit in the DC area. I’m so humbled that these clients, although they have moved away/or work primarily out of the state continue to come see me as their primary hairstylist. It is an honor that my work is being seen across the country and even in the White House. This is very exciting for me and these clients have been kind enough to provide testimonials of their experience.

“I do love working with Suzanne on my image. As a professional who travels to Washington DC for meetings in Congress and at the White House, I need to look my best with ease. The quality and craftsmanship of Suzanne’s work is perfect.” ~ Kathy Ko Chin
“I moved to DC temporarily and I have just never found a hairstylist I like as much as Suzanne Whenever I come home to Oakland, I do whatever I can to get into see her.  My colleagues in DC notice and compliment me- they notice the difference!”  ~ Carol G. 

“My husband and I both went to Suzanne to get sophisticated new haircuts for a move to Washington DC. The new haircuts were great. We keep coming back (yes, 3000 miles) every chance we get. In fact Mark had an appointment with Suzanne this past weekend!”   ~Lucia & Mark Savage

Runs Businesses with Scissors

This month I wanted to share with you the value of team. We’ve all heard the phrase, “There is no I in TEAM” and it couldn’t be truer. As a business owner we always think we have to do it all, where 6-10 different hats, and run ourselves into the ground to get everything done. I do think it is essential for business owners to know how to do everything and more specifically, know how they want things done, but there also comes a point where you have to delegate and trust other team members to do their part and support their part of the business. 

Freeing time from your plate will allow you to be a more creative business owner and allow you to share ideas with other team members to make the business as a whole stronger. Whether it is accounting, marketing (shout out to my marketing guru Kate, if you need help with your website, newsletter, or social media give Kate a call at 812.320.8729), operations, or other services, there may be someone else out there that can manage that part of your business better than you can. It doesn’t make you a bad business owner to give up tasks; in face it makes you a stronger and wiser business owner to know when and how to delegate. 

If you think you need help establishing a support team and would like more information or business advice feel free to contact me at and we can discuss some business consulting strategies to start your new year off right. 2014 should be your year to build a stronger business and I would love to be part of your team!