Category: Hair

Makin’ your hair last!

Happy Sunday y’all! Hope everyone’s weekend was as easy as mine was! (Besides the fact that Ryan’s boat sunk at the marina Friday morning, talk about a summer bummer!) other then that my weekend was pretty lax! Friday Ry boiled crawfish for me and one of my best friends holly – 30 pounds for just us 😂 he makes THE BEST crawfish and is obviously THE BEST for doing that for us! Saturday & today we laid pretty low, which was nice!

Tonight on the blog I’m sharing a few hair secrets to keep your hair lasting & looking good even when it’s dirty as heckkkk!!!

My best hair schedule is to wash my hair on a Sunday night or Monday & then to not wash again till Thursday that way Friday & Saturday my hair is a little roughed up and not so fresh, I.E. so it holds a style!

Here’s a few things I have/do to make this schedule work & to keep it fresh ….Besides my favorite dirty hair time saving secret, if your just joining reading the blog click HERE  to check it out! This was pretty mind blowing for a few people!

• invisibobble hair rings – I gym it about 4-5 mornings a week. These are ABSOLUTELY hands down the ONLY pony’s I have ever experienced not leaving a crease in my hair! This obviously helps you keep your style and saves your time so your not stuck trying to get a ring around your head out! They are $8 and completely worth it to me!! Grab them HERE, they also have all kinds of different colors so you can match them to your hair!

• Keeping the nasty smells out – hellllooo, the only thing that’ll make me second guess hibachi is that my hair will smell like it for days after! Ever been to a bonfire? Now THATS the worst! Or even just that I’ve been outside all day smell! I’ve done my research & tested some things out that I can tell you totally work and now I am scared to go to hibachi no more!

Here’s the fix : turn that blowdryer on cool, blast your hair for a few minutes, now sprits a little dry shampoo or perfume all over the head (do this sparingly, don’t douse it) and brush it through, again hit it with the cool air for a few minutes, I will also brush through my hair while doing this!

Voila! You’ll be amazed at how well this works! Of course there’s a science behind it, cold opens up the hair cuticle making for better absorption of a different/more pleasant smell!

• Dry Shampoo – I am pretty amazed at how many people don’t try this or want to believe the hype. I was like that at first as well. Buttt, my tune changed once I started to find my perfect dry shampoo matchs & now its probably in my top 5 hair must haves! Spray a little on your roots, tousle with your hands or brush through while blowing it around with the blowdryer that way you are getting it all around your scalp! It’s that easy! This freshens it all up & adds tons of volume if your using the right one! My new obsession is Paul Mitchell’s invisiblewear blonde dry shampoo & you can grab it HERE in your color!

• Keep your hands off – this only makes your hair greasy faster & if you constantly mess with your ends it will make them frizzy & messy looking!

• DON’T overload the hair products – yes, I am a hairdresser. I do have about 483673 hair products at my whim, however, can you guess how many I put in my hair when I get out the shower? 2, maybeeee 3, tops! The only reason it has been 3 lately is because I’ve been getting into using a primer first! Using too many products will only weigh you down & make your hair greasy! Focus on using products for your two main concerns & move on. (Hairspray doesn’t count here).

That’s the low down on a few of my little hair tips & tricks! I hope y’all have a fabulous Monday!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Blowout Box Give Away ft H2O

Hey guys! Happy Valentine’s Day!! I’m doing a Blowout Box Instagram give away with H2O so head on over and enter if you have Instagram! If you don’t simply comment on this post & I will include y’all in the drawing! Winner will be announced on 2/14 at 4:00pm!

I also want to take some time today to talk about H2O and a little bit about this product!

I’ve worked at H2O for about 11 years now. However, I practically grew up here! My mom has been a hairstylist at the salon for around 28 years (give or take) at this point! You could say a love for hair just runs through my veins hahaha!

I ALWAYS knew I wanted to do hair and always knew I wanted to work at H2O, (I have a H2O Barbie I made when I was little to prove it) there’s something about the energy here. Things are always busy & the atmosphere is always fun!

What makes the salon even better to be at is the team! Most of my coworkers have been here for years, everyone knows everyone’s clients & it’s really such a family atmosphere. A lot of salons have stories about not helping each other out or this person being mad that this person is in their chair but there’s no competition here because we’re really all very passionate about hair, our clients & each other!

I also might be bias but we can all rock out some freaking hair! I think we all owe that to the fact that when we start with the company, they instill their work ethic & a little bit of the H2O touch to our technique!

Basically, we’re here to create gorgeous hair & here for our clients who are the most important thing at the end of the day! We don’t stop at hair though – We have a full spa, an amazing skin clinic with the best aestheticians, and a blowout bar upstairs!

Our product lines are also amazing! Paul Mitchell is an amazing product line full of affordable options for all hair types. Kerastase is our luxury hair line that I am seriously obsessed with! You get what you pay for and I can honestly say nothing’s the same as Kerastase!! We also sell Shu Uemura which is a taddd fancier then Kerastase & their sister line! Between these 3 lines, we’ve got everyone/every hair issue you could probably think of covered!

Now, a little bit about the product in my give away! Kerastase has a ton of different lines within their line. That’s what I love about them! Everyone’s hair issues are different and so having all these options makes it easy to solve a hair problem! Moisture, shine, breakage, thin, & unruly hair types all have products!

This particular blowout box features the keratine thermique from their discipline line. This product is a smoothing taming milk that protects from heat & fights frizz! This product is obviously perfect for our hot/humid Louisiana summer that’s right around the corner! The blowout box comes with a full-size & travel size thermique and two hair clips! The travel size is great to bring to the beach, my little trick is to put this in my hair after I get out the beach water because it helps smooth it and not look so crazy!

hope this post want too long but wanted to fill you guys in on my home away from home & give a little product knowledge!

Hope everyone have a LOVEEEELY Valentine’s Day and want to say thank you, thank you to my little family of followers! Yall make me feel the love 😘

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

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My Dirty Little Hair Secret!

So, who here hates washing their hair?! I know like at leasttt a 100 people just nodded their head yes to their phone/computer!

IT. IS. THE. WORST.

Today y’all are in luck though because I am sharing one of my best dirty hair secrets! The quick & easy answer to faking a clean head when your in a super big rush, or let’s face it, just being lazy! #guilty

Now, in the picture above it may LOOK like I’m just trying out a cute new hair style (#topknot) but, in all actuality I’m just about to fake a clean head of hair…

Ready to be mind blown? Here’s my little cheat -> I take all the hair on the top of my head, right before where my head starts rounding down if that makes sense (another way to think of it is by putting both of your pointer fingers a little above your temples and meeting in the back of your head). I put that in a pony (basically a little bigger then what you’d put if you were doing a top knot on your head). Then I take all the rest of the hair hanging out and put that in a low bun on the bottom of my head. I take the top pony out, flip my head over the sink in the bathroom, wet it under the faucet, shampoo, rinse & then take a smidgeeeee of conditioner & put it just on the VERY ends. Once I rinse that I towel dry the top small section I just washed. Leaving the rest of my dry hair still in the small bun. I blowdry all the top that’s wet. Once dry I style my bangs. Take the low bun out and style it as desired!

When you really think about it, what really looks dirty when our hairs dirty? Obviously the top of our head right? Because no one can really see what’s going on in the interior! THAT my friends is the key! Normally our top gets dirty first because we mess with it more! We put our hands through it, fool with our bangs, and if your anything like me constantly try to poof the top with my fingers!

To keep it 100% real with you guys, this chick only washes her hair once a week! Once a week on top of that I normally do this little trick! It’s super easy and is way more convenient in my book especially when you have a head full of extensions!!!

I hope this post changed your life!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

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Sugar Bear Hair

Happy Wednesday to all my blog peopleee!! Today I’m sharing with you guys something I consistently share with my clients & ive wanted to do a blog post on it for a while!!

Tons of people sit in my chair and ask me about hair vitamins, biotin, any pills I may know of that work! In my experience with hair pills I never really saw a difference in my hair. I even had a biotin once that I bought from Walgreens that said on the back to “take a hour apart from an oral contraceptive” … That went out the window because I’m like what?! Us chicks can barely remember to take that at the same time everyday without setting an alarm on our phone – I definitely can’t remember to take that a hour apart! Another one made me breakout like CRAZY, my friend holly who works in the skin clinic at H2O (whose amazing by the way if anyone needs a facial 😜) did dermaplaning on me and I kept being like omg never again that made me break out & she was like I’ve never had anyone say that it’s not that, blah blah blah! I was like yea yea whateverrr, well she came and slept over one night and when she walked in my bathroom to brush her teeth she was like when did you start taking this biotin? “Oh right around the time you did my face” she’s like helllllooooo this is why your breaking out! Stopped taking it and I was all good!!

Anyway, to sum up a long lengthy summary of all the hair pills I’ve tried in the past, NO, none of them ever made me see a difference in my hair!

Leading me to this point, for about 2 years I had constantly seen these “Sugar Bear Hair” gummies. Tons of celebs/reality tv people/insta famous people endorsed them so naturally I was like this stuff is bologna because they are clearly paying all these people to post. Now while that’s obviously the case, something stilllll told me in the back of my head to try them (probably because Kylie was posting about them, #suckermein). Not to mention they look really cute and yummy. Of course we all know how this ends, of COURSE, I did indeed buy them.

When they got to the house of course I immediately tried one because, duh, they are gummies. DELICIOUS. I put them on the counter in my bathroom next to my toothbrush & actually religiously took them everyday. When I was about three quarters done the bottle I was like whatever I’m not seeing anything different with my hair. I’ll finish them out but I’m not reordering. But then I thought about it and I was like that’s not fair. I mean really how is anything supposed to change your hair in a few weeks of taking it, or even a month? If so that would be a miracle pill and we’d all be taking it.

Think about it, nothing is done that quick when it comes to a change in your body. Why would your hair magically start growing like weeds that quick?! I decided I would buy another bottle. I told myself I was going to give it 2 – 3 months without shutting it down. I ordered the second bottle before I was done and again continued to religiously take it. Twice a day every morning!

Half way through the 2nd bottle & that was it. People at work started telling me my hair looked more heathy and shiny. They started mentioning (and I started realizing) that my shorter pieces on top of be crown of my head (a common breakage spot for blondes) was starting to get significantly longer, making the distance between that and the ends of my hair closer, I.E. not looking like joe dirt in the back. Now, getting compliments from hairdressers in the salon, that’s big 😂 we all are so hard on each other and when your in the hair business you don’t sugar coat it to each other, girl your hairs fried. The end. Panana and no one cares because we’re all putting extensions in our hair like white on rice! It’s just hair it can be fixed, or be faked to look fixed!

Bottom line, I finished the second bottle and ordered another. My hair had really started to look good. It was growing and was definitely getting the vitamins it needed because it was very shiny and soft. In the midst of moving I had ran out and forgot to order, it slipped my mind for about 4 months. I’m kinda one of those, even if I loose 5 pounds like don’t tell me because I’ll be like danggg I’m looking good I can eat this pasta. All down hill from there. Same with the pills, it’s like you get it in your head that your good so you slack off.

I am now starting my second bottle of pills again! And I can tell my extensions are growing out a little faster. A downside, but still a upside because it’s making my hair better.

I also have recommended these to a few clients, okay more like kind of rave about them. Of course some I can tell are probably like whatever girl, but I really have no benefit of telling my clients about them. It’s not like we sell them at the salon and I make a commission (which would actually be awesome because maybe I’d sell some product for once 😜). With all that said I’ve actually had a good bit of clients try them out text me and say they love them and that they see a difference in their hair. One had even came in and said her experience was the same. On her second bottle she and her daughters saw a difference!

They are a tad on the pricey side but I’d say if your wanting to try them out I’d create a time line for yourself. If your on your 2nd or 3rd and don’t see a difference don’t waste your time/money! Of course everyone’s hair is different, what works for me might not work for you! But, if your someone who is really trying to grow your hair or improve it’s integrity anything’s worth a try to get you where you want to be!

You can grab a bottle here with free shipping. I normally order mine on amazon here because I have prime and it’s quicker to get to me plus ends up being cheaper than their website. The amazon link is to a 3 months supply but that’s what I want so! Of course you can also go on their website and get one months supply or a subscription or whatever, click here and it’ll take ya there!

If y’all have ANY questions, comment below or on insta or whatever haha! If it’s something I can answer I definitely will!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Flat iron favorite

Hey guys! Hope everyone’s weekend was fab! Mine didn’t consist of too much! Friday we stayed home and decorated the house a little for Christmas, Saturday was my work Christmas party which I’m really sad I had to miss for the first time in like 10 years! Butttt, these stitches on my face don’t make me feel like partying so we went and got sushi & saw a movie! Sunday I did some hair in the morning and then headed to the saints game because Ryan’s son got to be a jr. Tee retriever!

Anyway I’m really excited I found this & couldn’t wait to share it with you guys! I get a lot of questions about what kind of flat iron I use to do my #chelseycurls Paul Mitchell is my favorite & only flat iron I use. There is something about the shape and the plates that works better for me to achieve the look I’m going for!

Sharing this today because Paul Mitchell released their holiday stuff and I think the pattern is so cute! I figured a lot of you guys may like it!

Paul Mitchell tools have a great price point, an awesome warranty, & when I tell you they last a long time, I’m talking years!

Linking the cute patterns & the regular below! They are $119, that’s a great price for a well made flat iron!

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This is a great Christmas gift for someone or to ask for on your Christmas list! Let me know if any of you guys get it!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

 

Big hair changes

Hey ladiesss, today im talking big hair changes! Hair is a BIG DEAL, I always say its our biggest accessory! We change the color, the length, the style, and all these things play a roll in our day to day look & even how we feel about ourselves when we look in the mirror! Heres some things to keep in mind when making a big change!

  • WHEN CHANGING COLOR

– The biggest thing here is PATIENCE. I know nowadays we see people like Kim Kardasian going from blonde to black in a day, the truth behind this is A) a lot of the time she is wearing a wig, if you pay attention to the show or snaps sometimes you see wigs in the background & she will even say in her snaps something about a wig B) if they are making a big change to their real hair this takes HOURS. Kyle Jenner once snapped going blonde for like 8 hours one night! I pay attention to this stuff because its my profession & it totally boggles my mind sometimes too that their hair hasn’t hit the floor but a lot of it is smoke & mirrors!

If you are going from brown to blonde or even blonde to brown THIS IS A PROCESS to be honest there may be a period where your not exactly in love with your hair, when changing colors or trying to lift colors people tend to be orangey & warm. There are toners we can use to counteract that warmth but, it wont cut it completely all the time. I am famous for telling people making a big change, the first time honestly is not going to get you where you want to be. THE SECOND TIME, your are allll set!

& a word to clients when they are seeing a new hairdresser for the first time and making a big change OR even to clients that have been with their hairdresser for years that want to make a big change. There’s nothing I worry about more when making a big change for the first appointment than your understanding of the process, OF COURSE we want you to be happy with the change & get where your trying to go! For clients sitting in a hairdressers chair for the first time understand that the hairdresser has to get to know your hair, to see how it lifts and what underlying colors your hair tends to pull! I always say, GIVE YOUR HAIRDRESSER A CHANCE. Any hairdresser can tell you it stings a bit when you leave in the middle of a process to try out somewhere else, of course the second go around its going to be better, because someone else did all the hard work breaking through the old color the first time!  My advice is give your hairdresser two trys, I know personally when I am making a big change I probably have the steps in mind for the first & second appointment to get you where you need to be! If your not working in the direction you want to be after your second appointment, consult with your hairdresser to see if your on the same page & if you don’t feel comfortable from there, try out someone new!

– The integrity of your hair is most important. Get where you want to be, as fast as you can, while keeping your hair as healthy as it can be. Last week I turned someone away because I knew her hair would hit the floor if I bleached it. I wasn’t comfortable with it and she was a doll & completely understood. She was thankful I was honest & I told her some other options and that she should even go see some other hairdressers to see their thoughts! Most hair dresser that have been in the business know what’s best for your hair. TRUST us if we tell you something isn’t a good idea. Its for your hairs benefit!

– Sometimes, just changing the TONE of your hair can make a BIG difference. Feeling gold & interested in a change? Tone your hair to a more neutral or ash blonde!  Toners are great for this reason, if your loving the level of dark or light your hair is but want to see a difference in something this is a great option!

  • WHEN CHANGING CUT

– My best advice here & my famous words “ARE YOU 100% SURE?”. That’s my really only main thing to say! When cutting a lot off your hair I always say to be completely positive this is something your committed to & are ready to look in the mirror and see everyday! I think we have all been there once in our lives! Crying on the way home from the salon or like two weeks later when were over the excitement of a new look!

I will also say, it kills me when people are like “I want to go shorter so Its less work” PSHHHH, helloooo, short hair is kind of more work! You have to be committed to waking up and styling your hair every morning! Shorter hair takes effort! The luxury of longer hair is that you have the option of throwing it up or putting it in a braid or something when your not in the hair fixin’ mood!

Long bobs “LOBS” are one of my favorites right now for this reason, they give people the feel of a sassy new look with enough length to throw it up or leave it messy down for a sexy effortless look!

The good news with making a big change in the cutting department? HAIR GROWS!

*in the photo above the major game changer here was adding baby fine lowlights to create dimension as well as creating the perfect toner to cut her yellowyness (is that a word?). I also convinced her to STOP breaking her root, giving her color a more natural feel!

Hope you guys are having a happy hump day!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Your huge hair care mistake & my latest product obsession

So lately I can’t help but realize how many of mine and the stylists around me clients are making a major mistake, we are all guilty of wanting a deal but in lots of instances that’s not always the best route to take. HEAR ME OUT: Lots of my clients walk out the door saying they will buy their shampoo on Amazon, they have seen the big bottles at costco or “oh I get my Paul Mitchell from cvs” What many of you guys don’t realizes is these products are expired, tampered with or full blow counterfeit. 

Let me share a few experiences/things I’ve came across …  I never knew that beauty products have a expration date, maybe that’s the clueless in me butttt, THEY DO! There is a little circle thing on the back or bottom of the bottle on any beauty product that has how many months it’s good for- It’ll say 12M, 6M, or however long! so, these places that are selling salon guaranteed products are putting old expired products on their shelves in old packaging and leading you to believe your buying legit stuff!

A few years ago when I was in hair school at Paul Mitchell they came in and told us all this stuff about places selling their product, if you see it on the shelves you call Paul Mitchell and they go pick it up from cvs, Walgreens, ect. I was thinking to myself during the discussion, “this is so bs” of course they want people to think that and only buy in salon! Well walking though cvs one day I decided to see if all this talk was true…Paul Mitchell sells a product called “the conditioner” it’s blue, when I opened the top of “the conditioner” in cvs, it was white. Not blue. FAKE! I was pretty shocked that they actually were right, salons that are going out of business (or just trying to make a extra buck) will fill their empty bottles with junk and sell in bulk to drugstores. 

And lastly, within the past week one of my very good clients recently said her hair hasn’t felt as good, “what are you using?”, “Kerastase” being her answer … “Well you haven’t bought kerastase from me”.  “Amazon” she replies, ding, ding, ding! Of course I proceeded to give her this whole fabulous lecture and she was like oh my gosh I thought the consistency of the product felt different! The even better part was when we discussed prices she was maybe spending like two dollars less, that’s so not worth it! And addressing the Costco issue, these big bottles they are selling? They are back bar bottles, they are for stylists in salon to use in a shampoo room, Whyyyy would Costco have them? Oh because they are in the company’s packaging that changed 4 years ago and they probably sat on some salons shelves for forever! 4 year old products on your hair? GROSS!

Anyway people lets get real, you wouldn’t buy discounted mac makeup from anywhere other then Mac and put it on your face right? Then why would you spend tons of money on your haircut or color and then go buy yuck i.e. Fake or old shampoo and put it on your hair?!

Now moving on, let me RAVEEEEE about my new obsession. Kerastase is always amazing, but I’ll be honest I’ve never felt like any of their shampoos/conditioners smell amazinggggg or have a smell that lasts, untilllll nowwww! I’ve been using their newest line Aura Botanica and I loveeee it, so much so that I’ve been bathing with it and using the conditioner as lotion when I get out the tub pahaha! I can not get enough! 


On top of the fabulous smell, it has marrocan argon oil, (ya know everyone is so big on marracon oil now) which helps fight fizz, a.k.a. this Louisiana weather, for up to 72 hours! It’s 96% all natural and has no silicones, sulfates or parabens! Since I’ve been using it my hair feels super soft, i’ve been getting more compliments, and this is all I’ve been using different so I know that’s what it is! When I was doing a little product research I saw it has rose water in it and that explains a lot because I loveeee anything with rose water! 

Bottom line of this whole post, we spend tons of money on our haircuts & color, it’s on our heads and in my opinion is our most important accessory! So spending a little extra money on salon quality shampoo should benefit you & your locks in the long run, wether it’s the Paul Mitchell or kerastase price range, you can’t go wrong! 

XoXo, Chelsey Rae 

Learning to “Chelsey Curl”

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Hey yall, its been forever – my usual opening response on here! Life’s been crazy (another normal statement in my opening) and I’ve had a lot of big amazing changes going on! I’ve recently moved and things are starting to settle in, so with my new normal routine starting to come together I really plan to take some time each week to get back into posting regularly or even more than regularly for me because I would love to share more hair, fashion, food & home decorating/diy things with you guys!

Anyway, with all that being said, lets cut to it get to the main attraction!

I have FINALLY got it together & officially made a #CHELSEYCURLS TUTORIAL, with the help of the H2O team of course! Getting it on my website however has been a little sketchy, so for some reason you have to CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW and it will pop up on your phone!

CHELSEY CURLS TUTORIAL

Let me know what you guys think or if theres anything else i could do to make it more helpful & be on the lookout for another #chelseycurls giveaway veryyyy sooonn!

P.S. I may have cried for a few days because I feel like I have a double chin every time I speak in this video, butttt I then pulled it together and watched a few Jessie James Decker videos where she has one sometimes too, so I then felt better – Don’t Judge me!

HAPPY CHELSEY CURLING

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

 

Facebook lovin’

Processed with VSCO with s1 presetHello to all my fabulous clients, friends & family! You guys make my clientele/career what it is today – so much so that I want more people just like you in my chair! I’m inviting all you beauty’s to LIKE & SHARE my new Facebook business page “Chelsey Rae Hair” (which can be found under the “places” tab). I am GIVING AWAY a Paul Mitchell 3-in-1 CURLING WAND to any current clients, that like, share, & leave a review. Along with GIVING AWAY one #CHELSEYCURLS service to anyone that likes & shares that is not already a client of mine/H2O’s! The winner of both will be drawn and announced on Saturday the 29th! Whether you’ve been with me for the past 9 years or even the past month, I am so thankful for each & every one of you guys that make my time behind the chair so enjoyable & I can’t wait to meet more of YOUR family & friends! Let the giveaway, sharing, & fun begin #chelseyraegiveaway

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giving away #chelseycurls

Hi lovelys! I’ve promised I’d do a class for “Chelsey Curls” for a while now, life gets crazy and it seems the best way to get this out there is to get with you guys one on one! I am so thankful for all my amazing clientele and your loyalty that I want to teach you guys how to recreate the hair you leave my chair with! I am also so excited to meet some new faces and take on your heads of gorgeous hair! 
I’ve decided to give away one spot a day Tuesday through Saturday from now till February 18th to both existing & new clients for a complimentary 45 minute Chelsey Curls lesson!

Appointments will be booked in the order emails are received – Those interested please send your name, cell number, and days/times that best suit your busy schedules to chelsey@chelseyrae.com and I will contact you via text to get you on the books!! 

XoXo, Chelsey Rae