Archives for February 2011

Hair You Wear Photo Shoot


Hair you wear by Raquel Welch.

It started at 5 am in the morning. I woke up wondering if I was going to get there on time. Scrambling to take a shower and get dressed, possibly a bite to eat. Ran down to the salon, got all my hair stuff, went to Starbucks, grabbed cha tea latte and I was good to go!.
A few weeks ago I was invited to do hair at a photo shoot for a wig and hairpiece line called, Hair you wear. Vivienne Mckinder extended the invitation to me.Model shoot for hair extensions
The actual shoot started at 9 and ended at 6ish. We worked all day doing hair for the 2011 advertising campaign for hair you wear. We showed how potential clients could use these pieces to completely change their look or just add a little length or thickness to their hair.
Vivienne Mckinder has been doing this work her whole life, I on the other hand was a little green. It was exciting to work a photo shoot where the tab was at the $100,000 mark. I must have done something right because at the end, I was asked to do an event in Chicago and Miami. The Chicago event is called America’s beauty show, a well respected event where all the top dogs meet to show off their stuff.The space in N.Y.
I have been diligently practicing session type work, four days a week at the salon; early in the morning. This is necessary to produce the type of work that would be considered respectible around this crowd. What does this type of work have to do with salon d’Artiste of Oakdale?; EVERYTHING. After doing an clip on extensionsevent like this the energy you bring back to the salon is  unexplainable. The clients love it.

Please stay tuned for upcoming news. Ciao for now!!!


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Nurse, Duane Hair

The Day Caregivers were Cared For

Did you know that Florence Nightingale was inspired by what she felt was a call from God to enter nursing? This decision angered and distressed her family as they took this a sign of rebellion by young Florence. Nightingale, born into a wealthy and socially prominent family, was expected to live up to the role as dictated and befitting a woman of her affluent status, she was to become a wife and mother. Polite society would tolerate no deviation; however, Florence persevered and lived to overcome all obstacles in her quest to minister to those in need of medical attention.

Today it is difficult to imagine such shallow, narrow mindedness as regards the profession of Nurse. A nurse tends to and cares for the sick and invalid, literally a medical caretaker — who can imagine such a disparaging attitude?

Mercifully, Nursing is now regarded in a more respectful light; it is an esteemed vocation. Since 1965, International Nurses Week has been celebrated around the world every May 6-12. Further, May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthdate, has been proclaimed “Nurses Day”.


On May 11,Brookhaven Memorial  Hospital held an in-house event to honor their Nurses. Free designer haircuts and styling tips were offered by the stylists from Salon d’Artiste (589-5535, 593 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale, Duane Hodges, salon owner, and three of his top stylists spent the day and evening creating new and refreshing tonsorial masterpieces for the Nurses. One nurse, Katie Johnson (from the ER) donated 10 inches of her beautiful golden tresses to Locks of Love (, before she received an inspiring new hairstyle.

But wait, there’s more – if a Nurse could not have her or his hair done that day, they were given complimentary gift certificates to be redeemed and honored at the Salon, when it is convenient for them – such a generous and genuine act of gratitude.

Many people are uncomfortable or ‘afraid’ of hospitals, not I. So, it was a pleasure it visit Brookhaven Hospital and honor to meet so many of the wonderful caregivers on staff there.

One of the many vendors to attend the Nurses Day event were representatives from the New York Organ Donor Network ( – also called ‘Donate Life’ New York State. That day I learned that by signing on the line on the back of my Drivers License under “I hereby make an anatomical gift”, I was automatically enrolled in this worthy program. However, just to make sure, I signed up and enrolled at the Donate Life booth thereby assuring my legal consent for the recovery of my organs, tissues, and eyes, for the purpose of transplantation and research upon my death (may it be eons from now). I did mention to the staffers of the booth that my lips will be useless upon my death, as I love the sound of my own voice (oh please, that’s a bad thing?!), but my ears may be almost brand new because my husband says I never listen to him. Engineer Man is very much mistaken, I hear everything thing he says and I even hear what he’s thinking – I watch his eyebrows…

Other vendors included, Tupperware, original jewelry designers, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Teacher’s Federal Credit Union, The Family Security Plan, and Jennifer’s Pocketbooks. Each vendor helped make the day special for these exceptional individuals – Nurses.

As I write this I am struck by how close to Mother’s Day, International Nurses Week is. Mother’s Day this year was May 9 and fell within International Nurses Week, with May 12 being Nurses Day.

Mothers and Nurses, wouldn’t you agree they are initial and indispensable caregivers?


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