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The Balayage Effect

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Last Saturday I went to Juut Salon in uptown for my very first balayage appointment. I found the colorist on Instagram. See, being addicted to Social Media isn’t that bad after all! Besides, Charlie did an awesome job! The process took a pretty long time, I was there for 2.5 hours, which made me glad I booked it for 9.30 am! I had such a fun experience though! Balayage is not your original highlights (this article has some really great info!), and the effect is absolutely different. Highlights always make me stripey, when balayage is more of an all over color with a highlight effect. Plus I got my hair wrapped in saran wrap, which was definitely new and different, and super fun! 

Of course the main judge was at home, I hope you’ve guessed that it’s Sam ;) He loved it! And when I told him I was going to go even blonder in April, well, that just made his day!

Enjoy the photos, and let me know if you’ve ever done a balayage, do you dye your hair? Any tips you want to share?

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Zhenya

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New Hair, I do Care!

Saturday I had my first experience getting my hair done at the Aveda school. It’s located in North East Minneapolis, right behind St. Anthony Main. And they have not one, but TWO parking lots!

I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. Back when I lived in New York, the woman I worked for used to get her hair done at Aveda school, it was super cheap, but took forever.

It’s also been forever since my last hair cut in September:

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So 9 am there I was at the Aveda school. Here is how it all works:

You call a number and make an appointment.

On the day when you are supposed to go you show up there wait in line.

You will also sign a waiver saying you realize that your hair is going to be treated by students. 

If you’ve signed up for any sort of color services, they do a skin test behind your ear.

Then you simply sit there and wait for your name to be called.

I loved my long hair though, and definitely didn’t want to lose more than 1 inch! I was also getting highlights. Sam has been asking me to go blond for a long time now. And I finally gave in.

So when I came home looking like this:

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… he said I wasn’t his wife :)

So what are the pros and cons of getting your hair done by a student?

Pros:

1. The price: It’s cheap, I only paid $46 for the cut, a blowout and partial foils.

2. They are very attentive. I loved the lady who did my hair, she was an older woman from Vietnam, and told me stories from when she just moved to the States in the 80′s. Plus I got a back rub and a hand massage!

Cons:

1. It takes forever, there is some paperwork they need to fill out, and show the teachers. I was in the chair for 4 hours, during which about an hour was just sitting around, and my husband kept wondering why it was taking so long!

2. You never know who you are going to get. There are a lot of students, and it’s a cat in the bag for them and for you.

3. They are kind of pushy when it comes to Aveda products. I’ve used Aveda before and it’s really not all that natural as they make it sound. Just make sure to say no, when you need to!

In the end, I was happy with my cut and color. One of the teachers came and fixed my hair, because apparently it was longer on one side, but overall I had a pretty enjoyable experience and will definitely consider going back there!

Hope you all had a great weekend! It sure snowed here a lot!

Zhenya

Small things in life

Hubs and I still don’t know if we are going to move to a new apartment. To be 100% honest, I am too lazy to move, pack, unpack, etc. I will go look at other apartments though…

I still haven’t planted the basil my manager brought me like a month ago! It’s been doing well though. Sometimes I want to find a tin, go get some dirt from the outside and just stick it in there. But then it’s not going to look pretty. So I am going to wait, get a nice plant pot for it, then go get some dirt from the outside, stick the basil in there and hope to make some pesto in the next month or so!

 

Another thing that I need to figure out is a new hairstylist. I’m sure you remember how excited I was to find Brooke, who did my hair at Sanctuary Salon Spa here in downtown – it was cheap and close to both work and home. Well, unfortunately I had to end this relationship, because the manager was extremely rude to me, accused me of not leaving a tip (which I did), and yes, that’s the end of story… So if you know a good hairstylist in Minneapolis, I am looking for one to do this to my hair:

 

I will admit, I’ve been kind of burnt out lately, finding excuses not to do my DIY projects, like sleep. I haven’t been working out either, though it is getting a lot nicer and cooler outside, so maybe I’ll start doing that. I know we all go through stages when we are too lazy to do anything. I honestly just want to sit on my couch, and watch hubs play video games :/ I always get more motivated though if I admit something publicly, or through social networks. So hopefully tomorrow I’ll be on that carpet doing sit ups and leg lifts! And working on a fun DIY later on! I even made Sam take me to Michael’s on Sunday just for that!

I hope you are all doing better than me, because being Zhenya isn’t that fun today!

xo,

Z

PS. Have you self-actualized yet?

Studs where?

Thank you Ke$ha, I will never look at the studs the same way again. I am pretty sure you are brainless, otherwise this would’ve never happened. At least you went for golden ones, not platinum or diamond… hehe

On the other note, it’s this time of year when I go in for a hair cut. And this time it’s going to be banging! Yes, my friends, I am getting bangs, next Friday! So mark your calendars and don’t forget to check up on me ;)

How is working at Clinique? – Wonderful, the most exciting job I’ve ever had (probably until gift with purchase comes around – LOL – but mark your calendars for that, because it’s a pretty neat gift )

And unless the weather app is lying to me, it’ll be in the 50s here in Minneapolis next week! Buh-bye snow and hello spring!

Doodles,

Z

Honey, won’t you buy me a Deep Fryer?

Do you know how much calories are in deep fried food? Nevertheless we eat the French Fries, Chicken, Pickles, Oreos, Apples, Bananas, Corn, Doughnuts. You name it, we’ve deep fried it at one point in time or the other.

Today is Kentucky Derby, and we also had a Fried Party! Deep fried zucchini, mozzarella cheese, hummus, some questionable onions and french fries! I still smell like the fryer! The pork was baked though! And then there was ice-cream, and nothing beats that!

Some interesting, and slightly weird topics were brought up during the Fried Party:

- The mullet vs. the rat’s tail (for those of you born in the ’80s)

- Chelsea Handler, Patti Stanger, Wendy Williams, and Joel Mchale

- Did you know that jockeys can only weigh 126 lb (and that’s including all of their equipment?)

- Russian Winnie the Pooh, and that if you have an obsession with American Winnie the Pooh, you most likely have some disorder (according to my high school English teacher)

- Eye brow waxing and threading

- I didn’t know I was pregnant!

- Hair straighteners and a comb out of boar’s hair!

- Rogaine

So next time I want fried food, I am gonna wait till Minnesota State Fair, and have something weird there!

PS. I had a blast!

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