Hairapy Sessions: Celebrity styles


A lot of my favorite hair inspirations come from celebrities, as I am sure goes for many of you as well. They have far more opportunities  to be photographed in various hairstyles, so they tend to style their hair differently all the time. These are  few iconic gems, both good and a few bad. Hope you like them!

Kevin Murphy Giveaway!


Hey gang thanks for being such amazing readers! I really appreciate the visitors to this here blog, and because I like to walk the talk, I would love to show my appreciation by giving away some rad products.

Kevin Murphy is an amazing hair dresser from Australia who created a fantastic product line to solve the problems he was running into on photo shoot sets with products that were already on the market. He uses naturally derived and organic ingredients, many native to Australia, to make a sulfate and paraben free line of shampoos, rinses, styling and treatment products.

This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the man, the myth, the legend that is Kevin Murphy, take a hair cutting class with him, and even get one-on-one instruction from him. I also got to attend a styling class by his second in command, Felicity Davis, who designs many of his looks for each campaign, and a podcasting class from Janelle Chaplin his European top dog.  While at the show, I scored an awesome travel set of products called a Jet.Pack, and now I know exactly what to do with them…give them to one of my loyal readers!

The Jet.Pack includes travel sizes of Hydrate Me Wash, Hydrate Me Rinse, Anti Gravity, Session hair spray, and Fresh Hair dry shampoo spray in a nifty black mesh bag to keep them all organized.

I really want to keep the Jet.Pack for myself, but I figured I can get all the products easily, whereas my readers may not even know the glory of Kevin Murphy, so it benefits you more!

Here’s how you enter

It’s really simple, even your 97-year-old grandmother or 5-year-old nephew could do it…I think.

Subscribe to my blog and leave me a comment telling me what you liked most about visiting the Kevin Murphy site. That’s it! Just go to the Kevin Murphy site, check it out, watch some podcasts, click on the links, and then come back here and tell me about your trip.

Want another shot at winning the Jet.Pack for yourself?? If you blog about my giveaway, please leave me a comment letting me know, and I’ll enter you into the drawing a second time :)

I will be announcing a winner on Friday October 15th, so you have a week to enter and then tell all your friends about the giveaway so they get a chance to enter as well.

Kevin Murphy is in no way sponsoring this giveaway, it is out of my intense adoration of the products that I am giving them away. If you want to learn more about Kevin Murphy, check out the KM site, Janelle’s blog, or like the KM pages on Facebook here and here.

Head Band Brigade


So….I realized that in my desire to “fit in with the cool bloggy crowd” I have been linking up to other peoples blogs and not writing much about hair lately. Of course hair is my primary job focus, my passion, and the title of my blog, so I should write more hair-centric posts. My excuse? Life gets in the way, and baking comes first, and it can be so much more fun to fill out a survey than write a paragraph that I will inevitably hate anyway. Enough with the excuses, here are some hair related photos for you to lust after, just like I did :) All photos were found using we heart it which you should totally check out, if you haven’t used it already!

Today’s hair focus: HEAD BANDS! I love the stinking things, but I rarely wear them outside of washing my face or using stretchy bands to hold my bangs back when I run. My head is small, so the bands always fit funny and hit the back of my ear right on the bone that instantly gives me headaches. Even with the pain brought on by wearing head bands, I continue to collect them, regardless of if I will wear them, or not!

Inspired by: Gossip Girl


Love it, or love to hate it, Gossip Girl makes for one terrific guilty pleasure. I’m not one to watch the show while it is airing on TV, but I have caught a season and a half on Netflix awhile back, and it’s pretty fun. Twisted, petty, cruel, gorgeous, but altogether a mindless TV show that intrigues me like any good guilty pleasure show should.

I mainly began watching GG for the stunning hair, makeup and of course the amazing wardrobes that cast sport, but the drama and relations the characters go through is also pretty fun, I must admit. I have received so much inspiration for photo shoots, brides and everyday life from the hair and makeup used on GG, it’s always flawless and beautiful. What I wouldn’t give to be the assistant to the head hairstylist for Gossip Girl, I know I could learn so much! Oh and can I have Blake Lively’s hair already? She is just a knockout, and has the best hair ever. Sigh.

Though I am nowhere near caught up on the seasons, I still managed to read the entire book series this show is based on, in a 2 week period last year. Have I mentioned I love young adult fiction, and books in general? Well, that will be another post for sure, because books and reading make my life complete. Enjoy some eye candy, on me today!

Celebrity inspired wedding hairstyles for 2010


I figured you would enjoy a post that details what my brides have been asking for style wise for their hair this season. I collected photos of the most requested wedding hairstyles for 2010 for you to check out, so here ya go! I would love to hear if you wanted any of these looks for your own wedding, or if you had something else in mind!

The side pony. This is hands down the most popular wedding look for my brides this summer. All the girls want some variation of this look. It’s gorgeous, a little casual, and shows off the back and shoulders without having a traditional updo. I love it.

Eva Longoria. This look is printed out and brought to trials, and even day of weddings by girls who want a sexy all up look. Usually the looks end up a little closer to the head, as they have to withstand wind, dancing and long hours, whereas Ms. Longoria had to walk down a red carpet and attend an awards show only.

Taylor Swift. There are many Taylor looks that come my way. I am not a fan of her tight spiral curls, but I understand the appeal for many women, and I do what they want. Taylor Swift has a very unique look, and she carries it well, so why wouldn’t a bride or bridesmaid want to look like that on a special day?

Carrie Underwood. OK, I have to admit Carrie is my go-to celebrity for hairstyles. She always looks fierce, amazing, polished, and classy on the red carpet. I love her hair, makeup, and the gorgeous dresses she is always in. I feel bad for her team, because she goes to a lot of red carpet events, and has to look fabulous each time, so they must have to get extra creative to find new styles for her to wear.

Lauren Conrad. Her twisted back curly updo, seen below in the upper right corner, is second to the side pony for most often requested styles. She’s a cute girl, her style is impeccable, and she has a classy way about her, so I approve. I usually make the twisted back look a little curlier for texture, but there have been many variations this summer.

Decisions, Decisions, a SFI.09 PSA


Last summer, I was given another opportunity to work with Element 151, this time, as hairstylist for the SFI09 (Summer Film Initiative, 2009), which was a program sponsored by the gang and violence prevention force of San Jose. “Decisions, Decisions” was written, produced and directed by the high school students in the SFI09 program in conjunction with Element 151. The kids spent several weeks learning about film production, and worked really hard during the day of shooting to produce this final PSA. I had a good time meeting these individuals and seeing that the youth of today are going to make great adults of tomorrow. Here is the PSA!

Neon Youth


Ahhhhhhh, the joys of summer!

I am particularly blessed with a fantastic job that allows me to really enjoy a summer much like a school kid gets to. I take the kiddos to theme parks, movies, frozen yogurt, let them play video games, hang with their friends, and have a lot of fun doing it all. That is why I decided to capture some of the fun!

Bryn and her best friend Sophie love neon colors, and will wear these intense colors daily. Bryn inspired me to create a photoshoot using bright colors for wardrobe and makeup, style nice and easy summer hair, and play around outside, enjoying the sunshine and summer. All we needed was a lemonade stand and melting popsicles to really make this a super summer spread! This is my ode to summer, please enjoy!

Summer is a time for tea parties with your best friends

Summer is a time to reach for new heights, exploring the bonds gravity may, or may not, have on you

Summer is a time to laugh with your loved ones

Summer is a time to get a little sassy

Summer is a time to look ahead

Summer is for taking afternoon naps, just because

Summertime is for climbing trees

Summertime is for bubble blowing

Summertime is for freckles

Summertime is for daydreaming in vivid colors

Summer is a time for hide and go seek

Summertime is for best friends