A few years ago, I started teaching magazine writing and editing. I’ll never forget the students in my first class, but one, in particular, will always stand out. Claudia. She was absolutely gorgeous and stylish but she was also hilarious and talented. After she graduated, I got to know her better and realized she was smart and savvy and so incredibly kind and generous. She was the total package. Later, I hired her as my assistant, until we realized it wasn’t going to work because we couldn’t get anything done. She was always making me laugh. Which is not a bad way to spend the day, though it makes it hard to be productive.
Her boyfriend had just proposed and they bought and were designing a condo, and planning their wedding. And then one day, she got cancer. She was 24. When she told me, I cried for the entire afternoon. Even writing this now, I’m tearing up because I love her so much. I was so scared for her.
And I’m sure she was scared too, but she never let on. She kept planning her wedding and renovating her new condo, and going to her treatments several times a week. This is what she looked like on her wedding day. This is what cancer looks like when you don’t let it stop you from living. When you alter your mother’s gorgeous wedding dress and put on a wig and focus on the really important things. Like living.
In the March issue of Flare, she tells her story.
I’m so proud of her, not only for sharing her experience, for being published in one of her favourite magazines, but for beating the cancer and for all her success in every other aspect of her life, only a few short years later.
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Oh yes, there’s a right way and a wrong way. Over at Life & Beauty Weekly, I’m sharing my secrets for shampooing. They’re not really secrets, just tips to treating your hair right.
Another tip for being kind to your hair:
* If you’re trying to be gentle on your hair because it’s overprocessed or you colour it, sulfate-free shampoos are ideal. But only if you use them the right way. The two biggest mistakes people make is treating them like typical shampoo — and using too much product and only lathering up once. The trick to using them is to use just a dime size amount. Lather, rinse and repeat. Yes, repeat. For sulfate-free shampoos to work, you can’t use too much shampoo, and you have to wash twice to cleanse and remove the residue left by the shampoo. If you’ve tried sulfate-free shampoos and didn’t love them, you might want to give them another chance.
The other day I got this reader question: How much should you tip at the hair salon — and who should you be tipping?
I had my own thoughts, but then I thought, why not go straight to someone working on the other side of the tip jar — so I asked Greg May, owner of Greg May Hair Architects, who’s worked his way up through every job in the salon over the past 20+ years. He gives his opinion over at my blog at The Kit.
What do you think about tipping at the salon? Have your say in The Kit comments. Which I quite enjoy leaving just for the I-am-not-a-robot-verification-icons like movie popcorn and ice cream.
I loved this look when I first saw it on the Fall 2011 Chanel runway. But when hairstylist Cody Alain showed me how to get the look in less than two minutes, I was even more enamoured. So over at The Kit, we made a little video to show you how you can get this lovely and low-maintenance look.