May was full of brides and balayage! May is absolutely always one of the busiest months for weddings and proms here in Raleigh, so this month review is going to be packed with updos!
Drop me a comment letting me know your favorite pic so I know what to share more of! As always, thanks so much for checking out my work!
First time balayage for Leslie! We took into account her already naturally light hair and added in some hand painted pieces to brighten up her ends to have a completely naturally highlighted look. This is one reason I LOVE balayage. If you don't want a lot of maintenance and you also want people to think it's totally natural, balayage is your color style!
Both of these half up, half down hairstyles were featured on two lovely young ladies for prom! The blonde was a Saturday prom in which I got to meet her grandma who has been styling hair for over FIFTY YEARS! What a little gem she was. I wish she was local, I would love to sit and learn from her.
The beautiful natural hair below is on a sweet, young lady going to prom with her home school guy buddy. Can I just say, home school prom sounded WAY cooler than my prom back in the day. Homeschoolers know how to put prom together!
McKenzie's wedding, below, was amazing! My favorite moment was driving away, only because this PRECIOUS moment happened where she was standing in the window of the beautiful old house she was getting ready in, in her dress with the biggest smile on her face waving so big to me. It felt like a movie moment. She is such a doll with amazing taste. Check out some sneak peaks from her wedding...
It never fails! I always look so intensely serious when caught on camera doing hair. I promise I'm not mean while doing bridal hair, I'm just very focused! Jena's wedding hair turned out fantastic! We just had a lot of work to do to tell her hair who was boss and keep that curl lasting all day. After chatting with her after the wedding, These curls lasted all night long!!
Below is a sweet sixth grade gal who wanted to change up her hair without commitment. Enter tape in extensions! All we did was purchase a pack of purple tape in extensions to install. After her haircut, we installed them in about 15 minutes and her smile suddenly lit up my room! Super fun and now she doesn't have to worry about the color fading while she does all her summer activities!
Below are two trials for two weddings I am SO excited for in June! Both these ladies have very fun styles and I can't wait to participate in each of their big days. Just wait until you see the day of look!!
Thank you so much for checking out all these styles! Let me know which one you like the most!
With love and hair,
- James 1:17 -
April was the busiest month I have ever had in my life! I would summarize it as "balayage and brides", because everywhere I turned I was doing one or the other!
Honest fact, I didn't feel comfortable and confidant with balayage until this year. I took a balayage class this year though that has lit my love for it on fire! So, in this visual April review, you will see a lot of balayage colors and bridal hairstyles. Thank you to everyone that came to see me at my little salon!
Thanks so much for looking at my work! Tell me: which do you enjoy seeing more of? Colors or bridal styles or all of it? Also! Do I do your hair in real life, or are you someone who just appreciates the art? I'd love to know more about you!
With Love & Hair,
April is here! So that means it's time for a March review! I can't believe how quickly March went and how many people I saw. I have been so incredibly blessed this year to be seeing more people, helping more brides and in general having a thriving business. I've been meeting new sweet faces that want fun hair cuts and have had deep talks with me about our love for Jesus. Life is so good friends! I am grateful for you and I love sharing time whenever you set in my chair. Check out what kind of styles and cuts/colors happened this March!
If you love any of these and would like to get in with me, I am booked till May! Make sure you get your May appointment now because they are already starting to fill up as well. https://salonlofts.com/megan_pirrocco
Now enjoy these photos :)
With love and hair,
We are already entering the third month of the year and that means spring is SO close!! February was a busy month full of colors, wedding trials and some really sweet Father-Daughter dance styling. Here's what I've been up to in the salon this past month!
And here's something super fun! I got to participate in a fantastic high fashion photo shoot in February! It's not everyday that we get to do really outside the box styling in the wedding industry. When contacted to be a part of this, I got really excited to expand my horizons a little and change up my normal styling. Here are a few photos of my work there! See below for who else was part of this great collaboration!!
With love and hair,
One big thing to keep in mind when protecting your hair, is to be very gentle when you towel dry. In this video, I show you how to use a regular towel to gently towel dry your hair and keep from preventing breakage.
Something really interesting about our hair is that when wet, it naturally has more elasticity, thus why it seems to stretch. For those of you with curly hair will really get it, doesn't your hair always seem WAY longer when wet??
When we are too rough on our hair wet, that can cause damage, thus leading to breakage. So if you are a person that currently goes at your wet hair with a towel like a small animal is on your head, watch to see how I use a squeezing technique to get the water out!
Once your hair is towel dried, next is getting the tangles out!
Do you use a brush or a comb to get tangles out of your hair? Do you change it up between wet and dry? In this next video, I'm going to show you how to properly use both tools. Here's the key:
- NEVER use a brush on your hair wet. Always use a wide tooth comb or something built for wet hair such as the Tangle Teezer.
- Always start at the bottom of your hair and work your way up through the tangles rather than going in anywhere and having a huge tangled mess.
- Make sure you comb/brush your dry hair before going to sleep at night.
I hope you find this video helpful! This is an older video, but it has become my most viewed video! A lot of people are searching for tips on how to properly brush!
There you have it! The end of your shower routine. Next week we'll be going into products to use now that your hair is all combed out and ready to either air dry or blow dry.
With love and hair,
Hair conditioner is what we use to make our hair softer and more manageable. It greatly eases the detangling process and also manages frizz and friction. Conditioner is AMAZING!
But how do you know what to choose?!
If you don't color your hair, you really don't need the most expensive and nourishing conditioner. A good "daily" conditioner or light moisture is just fine.
If you do color your hair, based on the integrity of your hair, you may need something a little more moisturizing.
So what do you choose?!
1. Moisturizing - The name pretty much tells it all. This type of conditioner adds moisture to the hair and in turn adds shine. If your ends feel dry or you look in the mirror and your hair looks dull, this is a great conditioner for you! My favorites are from Moisture Treatment from Loma and Hydrolock from Jack Winn.
2. Nourishing - This is for dry, thirsty hair that has been through many coloring treatments. If you get highlights, this is for you! Nourishing conditioners usually have a protein in them for strengthening the hair. My favorites are Loma's Nourishing Conditioner and Jack Winn's Biobond.
3. Deep Conditioner - This is one everyone should have! This is a once weekly or bi-weekly extra nutrients and moisturizing treatment.
So, how do we use conditioner?
In the following video, we're going to go into detail on how to use conditioner. Because it's main purpose is to put moisture into tangled hair, you want to make sure it isn't put directly on the scalp. Your scalp naturally produces sebum which is a good natural oil for your hair. Your hair next to your scalp is receiving that sebum the most, therefore you do not need extra conditioning there.
Take your conditioner and start in the middle of your hair, around where your ears are. Cover from there down. Do this before you start the rest of your shower so you can clip up your hair and let it set with the conditioner until you're finished getting clean, then rinse in cool water.
What to see how this is done? Watch here:
So there we go! Did you learn a quick tip in this blog? Tell me in the comments! Hearing from you helps me know what else to teach on :) I do hope this helped you!
With love and hair,
Healthy hair starts in the shower! What's in your shampoo, how you shampoo, even how often you shampoo your hair all factors into it's health!
So what do we look for that's good?
Sulfate free shampoo is a must to get healthy hair. Sulfates are harsh detergents that not only fade color, but majorly dry out the hair. It originally started in shampoos back in the day our sweet grandmas were going to the salon every week. They needed something harsh to get the build up off from a week of that style, so enters sulfates. Over time, when people started washing their hair at home and more often, it started getting noticed how dry their hair was getting and their beautiful color was fading much quicker!
Shampooing everyday can quickly over dry hair and keep our scalp from producing it's natural sebum. Sebum is that oil that you think is gross when in reality it is your hair's best conditioner! I myself shampoo my hair only once a week. But I have trained both my hair and myself to go that long. (My record is 11 days!)
If you are shampooing everyday, don't fret! There are ways to cut back.
1. Start with every other day shampooing.
If you still want to get your hair wet on the day you do not shampoo, that's ok, but not necessary.
2. Dry shampoo is your best friend!
Don't go toxic though. My new favorite that I sell in salon is from Loma. If you are not in the Raleigh area where you can come see me, find your local salon that retails Loma, it is wonderful! They use tapioca as the ingredient to soak up oils instead of tons of toxic chemicals. That or arrowroot powder, cornstarch, any natural and drying ingredient. But I sure do love Loma's dry shampoo!
3. Learn ways to wear your hair up!
Wearing your hair up is a perfect way to keep the frustrations of a little oil out of your face. I always say day 1 and 2 are down days and then anything after I have various go-to's for upstyles. Try a perky ponytail, a fun little top knot bun or a nice french braid. Have fun with your styles so that shampooing less is fun too!
4. Get a Scalp Detox!
One of my very favorite new services I have is a scalp detox. Since this isn't a blog focused on it, I won't gush too much, but think of how great your skin feels whenever you exfoliate it. A scalp detox has a similar feel and has so many good nutrients for your scalp, but a huge benefit is how clean it gets your scalp! This is how I had my record of 11 days with NO shampoo!
To shop my one of my favorite lines for color treated hair, check out my storefront for Jack Winn to try either Hydrolock which is for color treated hair or Bio Bond which is for damaged color treated hair (if you have highlights or any kind of lightened hair, this one is for you!)
So tell me! What are YOU going to try to help your shampoo routine? I hope this helps you get inspired!
With love and hair,
With the new year ringing in just a few days ago, I thought it'd be fun to create a series of blogs where I take you on a healthy hair journey of your own! So many goals are made this time of year, why not make some hair goals?
This week we're going to start at the very beginning of the hair routine. I'm not even talking shampoo, that's next week! I'm talking about water temperature! Have you ever thought about how important this is in your routine?!
So what temperature should your water be when you shampoo and condition your hair?
You don't have to freeze yourself, but it will help you so much to use cool water ESPECIALLY when doing your final rinse. Why is this?
1. Warm water drys out everything from skin to the cuticle of your hair.
2. Cooler water seals the cuticle of your hair shaft, thus sealing in moisture.
3. Cooler water provides beautiful shine from all that moisture.
4. Moisturized scalp equals healthier scalp which equals BETTER GROWTH!
Everyone desires soft and shiny hair, so why not take the steps to help get yourself there? By sealing that cuticle layer of your hair to hold in moisture, this in turn will help with frizz. Think about it, frizz feels dry. Frizz is lacking moisture. By sealing in moisture from your conditioner, you are helping to prevent that frizz!
I made a brand new YouTube video just for this first blog! Watch this video to see my tip for winter showers where you just want to take a hot shower to warm up and know you shouldn't get the water too hot!
I hope this helps you on your healthy hair journey! Let me know in the comments...what are your goals this year for your hair?! I would love to hear them!
With love and hair,
Normally at the end of the month I like to share what's been going on in salon and bridal...but this month I have too many bridal posts to share! I have been so blessed with brides for this fall season that are just stunning ladies that choose the neatest styles. I leave actually wanting more time with them because they are all so fun. It has absolutely been a wonderful bridal month both for actual weddings and trials! So I hope you enjoy!
This fishtail was one of my favorites! She showed me an inspo photo that she thought might not be achievable and my instant reaction was: "Challenge accepted!!!" This was our result and we both were gushing over how gorgeous her hair was!
The above bridesmaid let me just go for it on her hair. She had so much gorgeous hair I was extremely excited to be able to play. This was our result and I wish you could have seen her in person because it looked even better in real life with how much her sweet attitude shown through with it. Also, can we just gush over Ashley Mooney's team makeup here?! Look at that eye makeup!
Finally, I just simply must share this family photo from our Labor Day weekend! We drove down to Charlotte to go to the Billy Graham Library and I have to tell you friend, if you have not been, you are missing out! Find a weekend you can go and take your family. It was such a great experience and we had such a good time!
With love and hair,
Megan is a licensed cosmetologist in Raleigh, North Carolina available for weddings state wide and surrounding areas! She also owns her own salon suite and is available for cuts/colors/etc. This particular model has her highlights, haircut and style all done by Megan. To see more about pricing and availability, click "Salon" or "New Guests" on this website or click here to see her schedule and book an appointment.
North Carolina has been massively under attack by Hurricane Florence this weekend. I have watched images of my favorite beaches I grew up on getting destroyed. But, as a native, I've watched this many times before. The people of our beaches have a resilient nature for this and they always come back strong.
My heart goes out to the brides this weekend. Anyone that knows me, knows my husband and I braved Hurricane Matthew and got married amidst the storm with a tiny audience. (That's the beauty of marriage though, you don't need everyone to witness it starting, what we really need is all those people to hold us accountable for our marriages.)
On that day, we woke up to rain and dark ominous clouds just like we've had all weekend. We knew we'd have to move our beautiful outside ceremony to the inside. But that's the beauty of the venue we had, the back up plan was still glorious. On that day, our emotions were quite high, but the most beautiful thing happened...
We still started our marriage!
We live in a time where SO much emphasis is put on the wedding day and very little on all the many days after. We spend an entire year planning out exactly how we want this one particular day to go and we have anxiety thinking something might not go the way we wanted. But the most interesting thing to me is, during all that planning, we don't think much past the honeymoon. During all that planning, we become so concerned with so many things we don't normally feel concern over. If Hurricane Matthew taught me anything, it's plans aren't everything. I've always been one that wanted to seek God's plan for my life and oh boy did that hurricane He sent us change our plans for the better!
It's been almost two years since our day with Hurricane Matthew. In those two years we have grown more than I could have imagined back on the blustery wedding day. We have seen a ton of weddings since too and I must share, I feel exclusive being someone that had such an event happen for her wedding. It really is something we greatly enjoy looking back on!
Here are a few more photos from that day!