Archive for October, 2010

Hilight – Halloween Parade 2010

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Helpful Hair Hints: SPIKER

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Spiking your strikingly good-looking son’s super-spooky Studly-nstein spikes got you spattered with hair glue? Here’s some help.

If you’re like me, becoming the mother of a monster boy means having to learn all the tricks of the trade from scratch. Luckily, (for all of us) the ladies at Shear Madness have been styling hair for well over 14 years now and know that standing hair on end can come from stress, or just from how you comb your tress.

Michelle Hurlbut, of our South Leawood location, gave me her best tips on getting tousled, prickly, or Mohawked dos. First, she encourages getting the proper styling aid for the type of hair you are attempting to mold. For the lucky Dennis-the-Menace types whose hair sticks up naturally, you would only need a gentle gel or whipped wax to texturize and style the already MADtastic MANE. On the other hand, there are those children whose hairs are so straight the style (albeit limp like it has been weighted down with lead) holds on its own – even on the windiest of days! These stick-straight-strands are no match for the ICE Spiker hair glue, with which you can spike a faux-hawk that can go up the tornado and bring Toto back with it.

For children needing this ultra-strong styling glue, take a deep breath, Mom (or sip some chardonnay, whatever works best) and get out your most trusty comb. Michelle encourages dampening the top of the hair with a spritz of water. Without saturating it, you want to moisten the hair, but if you spray it down too much, you will have greater difficulty in getting it to stand up.

This next step is crucial. Are you ready? Cause this one totally made me slap myself on the forehead! You must apply the glue to the COMB! I know, right? I never would have thought of that on my own!

Hold the comb so the teeth are sticking up, making it resemble the lower jaw of that scary monster your two-year-old wants to be for Halloween. Looking at the comb, one side has fine teeth (or thinner prongs that are set closer together). Using this end of your monster jaw, squeeze the styling glue across the lip from the end of the comb in (toward the middle), like you would apply toothpaste to a toothbrush. There is no need to squeeze more than an inch’s worth at first, since you can always add more if necessary.

Comb the product into your child’s hair starting right at that hairline. Comb from follicle to tip (scalp to ends) leaving the hair standing up until you have the styling glue applied to all the hairs you intend to style. Once the product is in place, you get to FINALLY get messy! Pinch together your thumbs and first fingers to make the best Mommy-claws ever and use these to shape the style of your choice.

While you wash the product off your styling comb and pinchers, watch your child’s face light-up as he admires mommy’s amazing handy work! Take another deep breath (or sip of chardonnay) and relax until you need your next Helpful Hair Hint.

Ghoulies & Goblins & Ghosties – Oh My!

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Choosing a costume can create quite a conundrum, but costuming an entire congregation causes complete craziness! Chillax! We got this!

After our Olathe location hosted our first-ever Halloween parade last year, we walked (okay, slumped into chairs first, then walked) away with some new and fresh dress-up ideas. For starters, buying that $30+ outfit off the number wall at a costume store doesn’t ALWAYS mean it will be comfortable, practical, or even warm enough for the typical chilly, spooky, haunting weather of Halloween night. Moreover, you are likely to match quite of few of your fellow trick-or-treaters by choosing Kung-Fu Panda or Princess Aurora rather than making a costume at home, or being a part of a “Theme Team.”

Want to recapture the intrigue associated with “What are you going to be?” Would you like to save a few dollars – and perhaps a pair or two of aching feet, as well? Will your kids appreciate your thoughtfulness and ingenuity? Okay, we can’t REALLY guarantee that last one, but we can help your chances with the other two. First, how many children are you trying to dress? Our “Best Theme” winners last year stole the show when they followed the Yellow Brick Road (literally, one of the parents was draped with a piece of yellow felt that had Sharpie-lines drawn on it to resemble a brick-lain structure) right to our door and then suite-to-suite thereafter. They walked with Dorothy, Toto, Lion, Scarecrow, and the TinMan, all while pulling a wagon for when the wee wittle piggies grew tired… And each & every costume of theirs was homemade!

Seriously, why didn’t we think of this sooner? Aluminum foil and a funnel? You could use those same items to make yourself the Statue of Liberty, a Hershey’s Kiss, or even a Baked Potato. Just cut some cardboard into a flame-shape and add a book – shizaam, Lady Luck. Or you can Duct tape throw pillows to both the front and back of your person before wrapping to get a more “round” look, and add some tissue paper to your hat that spells “HERSHEY.” You could easily paint a poster-board box to look like a Hershey bar, and then have the top peeled back to reveal the sweetest of faces inside.

Do you have neighbors who are in dance? Ask to borrow a tutu for your little princess; you can buy sequins to adorn the neckline of a now-too-small top after cutting to better proportions, then make a pipe-cleaner wand, tiara, or wings even! Who do you know who plays a sport? Borrow shin guards or helmets or shoulder pads, etc. Boys can be easily paired with their siblings by dressing all as mascots. The Seven Dwarves and Snow White; Batman and Robin; Thing One and Thing Two. Just add an oval of white to the front of a red outfit and label it with black marker. “Uncle Sam” can accompany Lady Liberty, just as one of our long-time MAD moms, Lori Koenigsman, is dressing her daughter as Tinkerbell, her son as Peter Pan, and her husband as Captain Hook.

The possibilities are endless, and since Shear Madness is excited to host our 2nd annual Halloween Parade, prizes will be given out for Best Costume and Best Theme. Still worried about getting that FULL look? Each location will be offering free face-painting & color hairspray applications, so just come dressed to impress & ready to rock (or walk, as it were) and we will take care of the rest. Please remember, safety first. Keeping your children warm, comfortable, and easily mobile (think sneakers instead of heels, mom) will make their spirits high and your stresses low. So start letting your creative juices flow, because we can’t WAIT to see what you’re going to be!

The Lowdown on LICE!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Just hearing the word “lice” can make your skin crawl, so as a mother, the idea that they are out there circulating the school systems – makes a girl paranoid! So why are so many families having to RID themselves of those tiny bugs each fall? The answer is simple. Gymnastics mats. Football helmets. That cute scarf you tried on at the store. Headphones on an airplane. Just because we don’t see the person in front of us set something down, doesn’t mean they weren’t there. Luckily, we have been working with children for over a decade now and have a pretty good idea of how they are communicated and how they can be prevented from entering your home.
We, as people, get a very specific form of lice that feeds only on the hair and scalp of humans, without which they can barely survive. You see, lice use a glue-like saliva to attach their eggs to the hair shafts of their host, then once the eggs hatch, those babies grow and shed skin over the period of ONE MONTH before reaching their own adulthood and repeating the process.
The key to getting rid of them once you have been exposed, is to wash your hair and scalp with a special shampoo that will kill any live bugs or eggs, as well as un-glue the eggs that have been attached. For those of you who have been through this process, we are talking hours (if not days) of combing through every one of the 250,000+ hairs on a human head for our own peace of mind! Not fun. However, there is a silver lining.
Lice CAN be prevented! Have you ever heard about using marigolds to surround your precious flowers to keep rodents at bay? Much like a citronella candle does for a back patio, tea tree oil does for your and your kids’ heads! Since lice cannot survive very long without a host, in theory we can nip this epidemic in the bud (or nit) by simply getting them off our heads long enough to wipe out their parasitic little race!
The great news is Shear Madness actually carries LICE PREVENTION haircare products from the Circle of Friends line that are pH-balanced for children. They are gentle enough for daily use, but have those key bug-repelling ingredients in them to also be strong enough to keep your child’s head safe! We recommend the shampoo and conditioner for anyone who has children in elementary school – and specifically if they have heard of a lice outbreak in their area. The styling products are a great way for that extra protection for children in sports, too. By using the hairspray to hold a little girl’s bun, or the gel for a boy who wears a ball cap, the repellents will keep your children active AND bug-free. So give your kids that added security, and you’ll be able to sleep tight–and NOT have the bed bugs bite!