The lifestyle of a part-time entrepreneur can be hectic, demanding, overscheduled, deeply satisfying and incredibly fun - why else would we do it!? In my experience working with so many creative and driven individuals, I have found that many of us can easily let our personal needs take a back burner to the pressing needs of our businesses or our families. Many vibrant and creative entrepreneurs can find themselves feeling, and even looking run down. In a competitive environment where selling your business sometimes means selling a good first impression of yourself, it is easy to see how investing time in personal care and appearance can affect the bottom line. When you feel and look your best, that confidence carries through to your work. On a recent visit for a consultation and haircut with Gia Peebles, owner of Aura Salon and Boutique, we discussed some ways that women and men with ultra busy lifestyles can find easy and effective ways to keep their hair, skin, and nails healthy and looking their best.
First things first: “A thorough consultation is key”, says Gia. This goes for hair as well as makeup, as there are countless variables involved on both fronts. “Being an entrepreneur, you have to find a style for you that is very simplistic, but fashionable. It doesn’t have to be challenging, but if you find what works for you, invest a little bit of time up front in working with a stylist, it will carry you a long way in the long run.” Your stylist needs to know how much time you have to get ready on an average day to be able to help you decide if the hairstyle you want fits into your lifestyle. This small investment of time and money to have a proper consultation with your stylist is essential.
The same can be said for your makeup regimen. Gia says, “I would honestly recommend that you set up a consultation with a makeup artist because it is such an individual process. There are a lot of variables just in selecting the right foundation for you. To balance out a little redness in one area, you might want to use a concealer that has a little bit of a green base in those areas, then a sheer foundation to even out your complexion. Do you need something with a little SPF protection, do you have dry skin, oily skin, and so on.” With so many products on the market, the options can be overwhelming, and working with a professional to find the right kinds of products for your skin type can help weed out the options that won’t really work for you. It can be tempting to follow current trends in makeup and just as with fashion, sometimes you will need to alter the trends a bit to fit your individual style. “It may look good, but you might have to wear it slightly different than how it’s shown or displayed on the model,” says Gia.
Gia gave me some great feedback for my cut - as you can see from my before picture, I dip-dyed my hair pink a few months ago, and had decided it was time to get rid of the faded color. I admitted to Gia that It had been waaaaay too long since my last cut (being the serial over-scheduler that I am) so I really wanted to get some shape back into my neglected hair, while still trying to keep my length, and have a hairstyle that I could leave the house in with literally zero styling time. We discussed the length falling very close to my shoulders due to my effort to maintain the length, and worked in a slight angle to give the front a little more length with the addition of some face framing layers that could add a little versatility to my look with very little effort. My before and after photos don’t show a very dramatic change, but that is because all of my styling requirements were met and Gia gave me the look that I wanted, with a maintenance level that fits into my lifestyle. Having a stylist that can listen to your needs and deliver based on what works for you is priceless.
While I was at Aura, I asked Gia to share some universal tips and tricks that we can all benefit from, no matter what lifestyle, hairstyle, type, or texture we each have:
Q. How often, ideally should you see your stylist for a cut or to maintain your look?
A. “Typically it’s going to depend upon an individual’s rate of growth, but on an average, every 4 to 6 weeks is a good timeline to keeping your hair looking nicely coiffed - meaning keeping a good shape, healthy appearance, and maintaining a specific style. Men may need to be a little more frequent, more like every 2 to 4 weeks.”
Q. Are there any essential products, tools, or tips you would give to someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to get ready in the mornings?
A. “A great shampoo and conditioner, and a leave-in conditioner would be the essentials. From that point, it’s going to depend on your hair type, texture, and style. Making it easy and carefree is something I would recommend working with your stylist on for a style that works well for your hair, but is very low maintenance.”
Q. Tell me more about why a leave-in conditioner is important
A. “Leave in conditioner would be important especially if you are using any kind of heating appliance. Conditioner helps close the cuticle on the hair which is going to be more effective for the health of the hair. Drying the hair excessively can promote split ends.”
Q. How would you define “a great shampoo and conditioner”?
A. “We carry a salon quality product called Influence - they have an organic shampoo that is sulfate-free. I do find that very beneficial for all hair types. It tends to help keep the hair healthy because it doesn’t have any surfactants in it, which is the detergent part that can be stripping and drying. That is the benefit of a sulfate free shampoo, and there are many sulfate free shampoos on the market.”
Q. Is there anything that we can all do to keep our hair and skin looking healthy?
A. “Biotin is an excellent supplement to keep the hair, skin, and nails healthy”