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From Behind The Chair by Loyal Wooldridge

Fall/Winter 2013 'It Looks'

Oct 4, 2013 / 5:00 am

Every season we talk about the trends that we see grace the stages of international fashion weeks and the inspiration behind the looks. It’s almost as though one single person has plucked the idea out of the air, drawn the garments on paper, sent them to production and slapped them on a...

Falling in love with sunshine

Jul 21, 2013 / 5:00 am

Every summer we are reminded why we have fallen in love with the Okanagan Valley. With the gorgeous sunrises and sets, tropic like weather and stunning lake it is no wonder why so many love birds choose the Okanagan as a setting to tie the knot. Weddings have become a large part of business...

Spring/Summer '13 trend update

May 16, 2013 / 5:00 am

Inspired in the natural changes by Mother Nature, fashion evolves to create new looks that accent our personal style and enhance who we are as individuals. Hair trends are influenced by seasonal runway collections of fashion designers from Milan to Paris and New York. Session Stylists are asked to...

Healthy hair growth

Mar 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

Nothing is more attractive on a woman than soft, shiny and well-conditioned hair. Aside from beautiful colour and the perfect cut, it is the condition that speaks volumes of how well your locks are maintained. In the salon, stylists need to have heart to heart conversations with our guests all...

2013: Passionate change

Jan 9, 2013 / 5:00 am

The New Year is a time where possibilities are endless and positive intentions are made for a fresh start. Looking beyond the expanding waist lines, gym memberships, cleaning lists and Nicorette, I truly believe that there is an energy of manifestation in the New Year. The energy is one that can...

Inspiration, thought & action

Nov 25, 2012 / 5:00 am

Our lives are infused with the ability to create whatever we want. It’s the inspiration that changes to thought and thought to action. It takes courage and clarity to keep your eye on the prize to get the results that you desire. Often, the result is not achieved in a straight line or in the...

Take a deep breath!

Oct 3, 2012 / 5:00 am

Standing behind the salon chair everyday, we see and hear it all from emotional moments, milestone achievements and incredible life experiences. Essentially Hairdresser's are vaults adhering to a strict code of honour to not divulge the dirty shared with us and the mystical mirror. We...

Economy and our style

Sep 2, 2012 / 5:00 am

It is interesting to observe the re-emergence of style as each season of fashion reincarnates certain aspects of prior decades, particularly when it is a reflection of a state of the world that is happening again, but in a different way. I'm referring to the economic correction we are...

Texture monster

Jun 13, 2012 / 5:00 am

I have a beef with the overuse of texturizing when it comes to haircuts. Have you ever found that your hair grows out with stringy bits at the ends, or feels overly thinned after leaving the chair? Chances are you probably have experienced a haircut that has been shredded to death with a...

The art of barbering

Apr 11, 2012 / 5:00 am

Contributed I remember when I was a little boy, my father attempting to take me to his barbershop in the small town where I was raised during my younger years. The most distinct memory from that experience was the frightening ‘clack’ of the...

Spring 2012 hair fashion

Mar 14, 2012 / 5:00 am

The beauty of the industry that I am so fortunate to work in is that nothing stays the same, as style is continually evolving and moving forward. Seasons depict the looks that we see grace the runway: hair and makeup are used as accents to fashion designers to compliment the looks of the...

Cause and effect in the chair

Feb 9, 2012 / 5:00 am

I truly believe that we are responsible for creating our lives. In essence we are the proverbial puppeteers that influence everything we are, do and achieve whether we are conscious of it or not. We’ve been conditioned by the ‘blame game’ that has created a belief that events...

Sunshine vacations

Jan 6, 2012 / 5:00 am

As the glitter of the holiday season begins to fade, a great amount of people begin to look forward to their vacation plans to many hot and gorgeous places. It is always that attempt to shake the bleak winter doldrums that inspire us to research the most relaxing destinations. Something I always...

Holiday hair on budget

Dec 9, 2011 / 5:00 am

It has been proven that the holiday season can be one of the most stressful events in life falling after the death of a spouse or divorce. The pressure that we put on ourselves to create the perfect holiday experience for the people we love around us is quite often the culprit behind our...

Being real

Oct 27, 2011 / 5:00 am

One of the most challenging questions for me to answer as a professional hair stylist is: “If you could do anything, what would you do with my hair?” This is not for a lack of ideas or inspiration but rather the fact that I am not the one who has to wear that particular fashion...

The price of beauty

Sep 30, 2011 / 5:00 am

What is the price tag that you are willing to put on your look? Everyone has a beauty budget of exactly what they can afford to spend on their personal care regimen but how do you select a salon that coincides with it? Price point is not the only difference when it comes to salons; there is some...

A Fine Line to Beauty

Aug 21, 2011 / 5:00 am

Creating a look for someone is like a puzzle. There are so many pieces that you must work into the equation to determine what exactly would work best for the individual. In the salon, we are often consulted on face shape and what style would best suit it. After that discussion, out come the...

Makeup 101

Jul 28, 2011 / 5:00 am

Painting someone’s face is one of the most glorious and artistic aspects of my career. Anything that washes off so easily is meant to be fun and free (of most) rules. Wearing makeup is something that can enhance your beautiful features, or change you into a different person. The most...

I am my hair

Jun 24, 2011 / 5:00 am

Our hair is a direct reflection of how we want the world to perceive us. Whether it is used as a fashion accessory that changes every six weeks, or simple elegance that is never altered, the finished product is ultimately a mirror of us from the inside. It is intriguing how our locks can play such...

Beauty and Fitness

May 21, 2011 / 5:00 am

Creating life balance can prove to be a challenging feat for women, especially when you combine family, careers and physical activity into 24 hours. The simply fact of the matter is that we must all live in balance to ensure we create happy and healthy lives. The question is: how can we enhance a...

About the Author

Loyal Wooldridge, Creative Director and visionary behind Loyal Hair Therapy.  Working in the salon as a professional Hair Stylist and Make Up Artist, Loyal's passion is to empower men and women feel fabulous while never losing sight of the core of style: design and experience.

Do you have a hair crisis or question for Loyal? E-mail him at [email protected]

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