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A Quick Tutorial to Create The Hair Bow Hairstyle

Part 4 in a 6 part series

Moselle Sath, creative stylist at Shag Boston, sat down with team Amazing Matriarch to create some quick hairstyles that women on the go can achieve in minutes.

The Hair Bow

The bow is a timeless accessory that has been worn by fashion icons since before the turn of the century.  It was only a matter of time before the accessory evolved into the actual hairstyle itself. Whether you want to throw your hair up quickly on a hot summer day, have an important meeting that you want to dress to impress or are going to be out and about in town during fashion week, the hair bow is a versatile hairstyle that is sure to turn heads.  This style is perfect for mid – long hair and would also look great as a mommy and me fashion.  Take a cue from one of my favorite style icons, Minnie Mouse and try out this simple hairdo for your next look on the go.

What you need to create this look:

  • Hair Dryer or Flat Iron
  • Brush
  • Clear Elastic
  • Bobby Pins

Step 1:

Blow dry your hair or use a flat iron to straighten your locks.  This step will result in a clean and polished look once your bow is complete.

Step 2:

Step 2
Step 2

Gather up all of your hair and start securing it in a ponytail on the top of your head.  When you have one more piece of elastic to wrap around, instead of pulling your hair all the way through, pull your hair about 75% through the elastic creating a loop with your hair and leaving about an inch between the elastic and the ends of your hair.

Step 3
Step 3

Step 3:

The loop that you have created should look like a very loose bun.  To form the bow, you want to divide your looped hair into 2 sections.  Press one side of looped hair flat against your head and secure with a bobby pin (from top to bottom).  Then repeat with another bobby pin from bottom to top.  Once the 1st side is secure, repeat these steps for the other section.

Step 4:

Hair Bow - Step 4
Step 4

Once the bow is secure on each side, take the loose strand of hair hanging and wrap it around the middle of the bow to polish off the look.  Secure this strand of hair with bobby pins.  Make sure you tuck in all the strands of hair so you are not left with any fly aways.

Step 5:

Finally you want to fluff out your bow to give it some volume and finish it with a bit of hairspray so it will keep shape throughout your entire day.

– Just one active lady sharing some fun ideas to add variety to your everyday hairstyle, Thia

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The Fishtail Braid: A How-To for the Hair-Phobic

Chic Hairstyles in Under 10 Minutes, A Series

Part 1 of 6- The Fishtail Braid

As a mom always on the go, my appearance is the first thing that suffers from my lack of time in the morning.  My go-to hairstyle for a good amount of years has been a soaking wet head of hair thrown up into a messy bun. As a woman in envy of the put together appearances of other moms at school drop off, I decided it was time to seek out some guidance from a hair professional.

Determined to find a solution for my neglected tresses, I turned to my trusted hairstylist for many years, Moselle Sath at Shag in South Boston for advice.  As a hairstylist rock star in her own right, Moselle quickly came to the rescue. Her simple, trendy hairstyles can be achieved in under 10 minutes for a final look that will leave you the envy of your friends.

A favorite that works on those with medium to long hair is the Fishtail Braid. The fishtail braid looks like a complicated style to produce, but in reality this polished look is quite simple.

What you need:

  • Comb or Brush
  • 2 elastics (clear are best)
  • Scissors

2 sectionsStep 1:

Decide if you want your fishtail in back or to the side. Comb your hair to the side of your head (or back) and secure it in a ponytail with one of the elastics.


Step 2:

Separate your ponytail into 2 sections.

 

take small section to crossStep 3:

Working with small strands of hair from the outer portion of each side you’ll pass thin strands from one to the other.

 

 

 

small section crossing 2Take a small piece of hair from the outside of section 1 and cross it over the top of the pony passing it to section 2.  Now take a small piece of hair from section 2 and cross it over the top of the pony passing it to section 1.  You will notice the x pattern that you created in the middle.  Repeat this process while maintaining a tight hold and continue until
you reach your desired braid length.  I like to braid until I am only left with an inch of hair at the bottom.

 

past the middle***Note – If you have layers in your hair, a full braid may cause the smaller layers to come out, adding a messy effect to the overall look.  If you have layers and prefer a more composed look, end the braid at your shortest layer.   ****                                                                                                                                                                

 

 


widening the braid before elastic cutStep 4:

Once you have reached your desired length secure the end of the braid with a clear elastic.  With both of your hands, gently stretch out the fishtail to give it a little width.

 

elastic cut

 

 

Step 5:

Grab a pair of scissors and carefully cut the  elastic that held your ponytail in place at the top.  Once cut, remove the elastic and finish the look by again gently stretching the fishtail out to give it some width.

 

The fishtail braid really is an easy style to recreate and it looks fabulous dressed up or down.  There is something about a great braid that is chic and elegant but innocent at the same time.

Try this look for yourself and send us your pictures.

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One Hour + $35 = Happy Feet

Reflexology for Relaxation

When you’re short on time and in need of a little stress relief consider trying reflexology at Waltham’s Happy Feet. For $35 (plus gratuity) you can spend an hour in their clean, dimly lit reflexology room. Catering to many clients at the same time, you may want to encourage a few friends to help fill the room, but even if flying solo, you’ll quickly forget that there are strangers all around and drift off into a state of relaxation in the hands of your skilled reflexologist.

Unclear on what reflexology is, I did a bit of research before we went. Reflexology is the belief that using specific points in the hands and feet stimulate areas that relate to other parts of the body.  Practitioners use their thumb and fingers when working with these pressure points to provide a deep, targeted massage.

Always up for a bit of “me time”, I was quick to agree and join a friend who mentioned that she wanted to try Happy Feet. As she and I have crazy, and often conflicting, schedules it was nice to know that Happy feet is open until 10pm, making it easy to get an appointment that we could work with.

At Happy Feet, sessions begin on the hour and appointments are strongly recommended. On a Sunday morning at 10am, I found the entire room filled with others enjoying their session. Silence is a necessity, as any chatter would disturb those around you, and cell phones are strictly forbidden.

Once you’ve been shown to your bed, you’ll remove your shoes and socks and sit on the ottoman at the base of your assigned bed. Placing your feet into a comfortably warm Chinese herb filled bath, you’re feet will soak for fifteen minutes.  During this time, your practitioner will get to work loosening your head, neck, shoulders and back with a deep massage that combines kneading and rubbing to release your muscles.

After the tension has been taken out of your upper body, you’re feet are in for a treat.  Lay back and relax on the comfortable bed for 45 glorious minutes of foot relief. Focusing on your pressure points, your reflexologist will do a mix of pressing, rubbing and kneading from your ankles to knees, eliminating all tension. The only drawback is that the hour goes by too fast and you’ll soon be sent back to the real world.

Harmonization of the body is said to be the benefit of reflexology providing many positive health benefits, however the proof of reflexology’s healing powers has not been confirmed.

But one thing’s for sure, it does no harm and comes in at a fraction of the cost of a traditional massage. Happy Feet really is a treat and hours later my feet are still pretty happy.

-Life’s too short for your feet to be anything but happy, Jess

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Bye, Bye Dry Skin: Moisturizers that Work Magic on Rough Patches

MoisturizersIf you’re living in a climate where the weather leaves your skin a little parched, don’t fret, there are 2 products proven to send dry skin packing for every member of your family.

Aquaphor is the petroleum jelly based product I came to love when my son was born in 2009. Since then it has helped everything from minor rashes (think diaper & pacifier) to dry skin. It kept his newborn face safe when we went for winter walks on windy days and as recently as last night, soothed my 2 year old daughter’s chapped, cracking little hands after too many days removing her gloves while playing in the snow on frigid days (I put mittens on and she rapidly removes and tosses into a snowbank, we repeat this many times until I quit and scream something like, ” fine just freeze then” and worry like crazy that she’ll get frost bite).

Inexpensive and easy to find, Aquaphor is available in many sizes and at most drugstores and grocery stores. The downside, it is sticky, like Vaseline, and as often as I prove it works, my husband refuses to apply it to his dry skin because he can’t stand the feel.

Which led me to find my family’s favorite moisturizer, First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream. This moisturizing cream works just as well as Aquaphor for treating dry skin, and can be used all over the body, including the face. Best of all it soaks into the skin leaving no greasy film behind.

I use it as my daily facial moisturizer (and every esthetician I meet tells me how nice my skin is then looks at me stunned when I tell her my products of choice), my husband treats his hands and face, my daughter has been digging into the tub all morning to moisturize her hands, and I’ve successfully used it to keep my son’s chapped face in check all winter. As our tub runs low, it is my husband who asks when I’m heading to the mall to get more.

Sold online and at many retailers, like Sephora, you can find it in a variety of sizes. A  6 oz tub of Ultra Repair Cream (my personal fave as it lasts a whole season in my house) will run you around $30. A little steep, but a little goes a long way and you can feel good about using it because it is harsh chemical, colorant and paraben free. Making me feel good putting it on the skin of my little (and big) loves.

-Just one matriarch mastering the universe of moisturizers, Jess

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Treat Yourself to a Winter Refresh at Pyara Aveda Salon & Spa

The face of serenity

Once upon a time I took really good care of myself. I got regular massages, exercised  each day, got highlights every 8 weeks and even kept my attire up to date.

Enter children, a lack of free time,  and a budget to adhere to (kids are really expensive) and self-care became secondary. Although my days of relaxation and of beautification have decreased, I occasionally  shell out some serious cash to a sitter to sneak in a few solo moments at a really great spa.

The hip vibe of the salon area at one of my faves (and a 2015 10best Boston Spa winner), is Pyara Aveda Salon and Spa, makes me feel young again, while the serene lower level spa helps  me look it. With a mere three hours to escape it all, I stepped back in time to the world of a younger me and let myself relax while I enjoyed a refresh.

I took three hours away from it all

In just three hours, I went from drab to fab with a customized facial, blow out, hand treatment and make-up touch up. Allowing me to walk out beautified and energized.

Cold winter days in Massachusetts create dry winter skin, making a facial a must. Targeting your specific needs, your specialist begins with a short list of questions to ensure you get the facial that’s right for you. Using Aveda products and their trademark Chakra balancing methods, Pyara creates a whole body experience in a relaxing environment.

I truly let go for the first time in months and let myself enjoy every minute of this treatment. From the essential oil that was applied to my third eye (I chose tangerine because it made me feel happy) to the neck, shoulder and foot massage while my masks were setting, I thought about absolutely nothing. I could have stayed in that room, on that table all day, but alas the treatment ended and it was time to get prettied up.

Upstairs, in the salon of Pyara, I met with a Master Stylist, who, after a brief consultation, got to work on my extra thick hair (it takes a solid hour to go from shower to somewhat acceptable on a regular day so for me a blow out is a real treat).

After  a complimentary head and neck massage I made my way to an adjustable  wash table- a real score for the 5’1″ me who’s often craning my neck in discomfort, with feet dangling when getting a pro wash.  At Pyara, I  was able to kick back (the seats have foot rests), relax and let someone else wash my hair for a change.

Back at my stylist’s table  my locks went from drab to fab in the skilled hands of my blow dryer wielding wizard, in what seemed like no time at all.

Ready for the final touch, their on-staff make-up artist began working her magic on my hands with a  moisturizing treatment before  getting to work on on my make-up. The revelation was amazing; I was aglow from my facial with my features defined in a natural way. I looked like a woman who spent time caring for herself on a regular basis.

The best part, Pyara has a retail store within its walls allowing me to update my beauty supplies without an extra stop. Armed with a list of Aveda products recommended just for me, I worked my way along the shelves choosing the products I wanted.

One last gratuitous self-check and I was ready to step back into real life where this me time made a the most difference.

-A gal getting a little glam on a regular weekday, Jess

LASH L’AMOUR = INSTANT (EYE) APPEAL

Interior of Lash L'Amour

When I met Cynthia Tsang, owner of Lash L’Amour, I was curious about her lash spa, and a bit skeptical. I could not see how false lashes would be worth the time for application, the bi-weekly touch ups, be comfortable, look natural or fit my lifestyle, or work with my sensitive eyes. I stashed her card amongst the others I had built up in my wallet and waited before reaching out. I attended the opening party of her Newbury Street location, watched a friend get a half hour sample of lashes, and quizzed both my friend and the lash technician endlessly about every step of the process. But I saw an instant transformation- a brightness to my friend’s eyes that made me envious of her expertly applied false lashes. I promptly reached out to Cynthia and set up an appointment.

Entering Lash L’Amour’s second floor, Newbury Street, location I was greeted not only by Cynthia, but also by a gorgeous spa atmosphere that welcomed relaxation. The waiting area is one that I could sit in to escape my everyday for hours and the lash room, lined with beds adorned with plush silver and purple linens, was ready to comfort me.

lash extension prep

Cynthia treated me to the lash experience herself and explained the process to me as she applied my lashes; she applied enough to make a noticeable difference, but not too many lashes that I looked overdone. She explained the training process to me and how she occasionally has to let a trainee go because she expects her lash technicians to be as expert in lash application as she is, ensuring every customer receives expert service.  Entering thinking this would be a one time thing, I left with another appointment to fill in any that had fallen out (lashes come out as your natural lashes do- in 2-4 weeks and not at the same time), and an addiction to lash extensions.

I looked amazing, my blue/green eyes popped in a way they only normally do with a heavy handed application of make-up. A pony tail, BB Cream and sweats was all I needed to get noticed. My son’s preschool teacher commented on how great I lookA healthy dose of extensions from Lash L'Amoured; my husband asked how much make-up I applied; my mother offered to babysit so I could continue this indulgence. But most importantly, I felt beautiful, something I had not felt in quite a while without a quite a bit of effort.

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