Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice Salebration

Okay ladies! It's time to introduce to you the June Flexi of the Month (Sparkling Summer Solstice) and July Flexi of the Month (Patriot's Heart)! These are available NOW!

Today and tomorrow (Fri and Sat), Lilla Rose is having a Super Summer Sale. 10% off everything, and FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $30.

I've already gone nuts, time for you to go nuts too!

Summer Solstice Salebration

Okay ladies! It's time to introduce to you the June Flexi of the Month (Sparkling Summer Solstice) and July Flexi of the Month (Patriot's Heart)! These are available NOW!

Today and tomorrow (Fri and Sat), Lilla Rose is having a Super Summer Sale. 10% off everything, and FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $30.

I've already gone nuts, time for you to go nuts too!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hair Tips for the Summer

With the boys out of school, I've been made painfully aware, it's summer.  With summer comes trips to the pool, day outings, sporting events, etc.  And that means, it's time for your hair to take a beating.

All those things you did to protect your hair from the frizzies during the winter?  Time to ditch them for new things to do to protect your hair from sun and chlorine.

One suggestion is to find shampoos, conditioners, and products that contain sunscreen.  I don't think those items are very common right now, but remember when no one put sunscreen in makeup?  I think by next year, it will be more widely available.

Last year was a real reminder that every time you go to a pool, to wash your hair afterward.  The chlorine can do a real number on your hair.

And the easiest solution is to do what everyone recommends for everything. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  If your body is hydrated, then your hair will be too!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Autism Awareness Month - Respite Care for Families

Autism Awareness Month, Day 9

Today, I want to talk about something that is an issue in almost every marriage, and that's the demands of being a parent of a special needs child. 

Marriages are tough in the best of circumstances, but consider the demands of trying to work, go to IEP meetings, deal with letters from the school about your child's behavior, meltdowns, cleaning up bits of string because your child has decided he's now going to slowly unravel every pair of socks he owns......

The one thing that parents need is down-time.  And it's usually the thing that gets overlooked or sacrificed the most.  After all, who is going to care for your child? You can't leave them with someone who is unaccustomed to dealing with aggressive outbursts and meltdowns. You don't want to ask your friends to deal with it.

The thing parents need most is respite care.  To have someone come for a few hours once or twice a month, to let you and your spouse get out of the house, have some quiet time, not have to deal with tantrums and fusses, to spend some time alone.

In a recent article at, they talked about the need for respite care and how having that care available can lead to higher marital quality of life.   You can read more of the article here -

Remember the Autism Awareness Party is still going on!

Place orders via that link - Right now, this party has no hostess :) For every purchase of a "something blue" item, you will receive one ticket for the Mystery Host Raffle at the end of the party. The more "something blue" purchases, the more chances to win being Mystery Host.

Today's "something blue" is sort of cheating, but oh well. :)  It's the Princess Tiara Aurora Borealis!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Autism Explained For Kids

Autism Day 5

With so much attention being paid to Autism this month, you might have children who are newly exposed to the concept and unsure of how to explain Autism in a way they can understand.  

Kidshealth.Org has a great article on Autism that explains some of the complexities of Autism, but in a way your child can understand.    

There is a special "Autism Awareness Party" set up.  Place orders via that link -  Right now, this party has no hostess :)  For every purchase of a "something blue" item, you will receive one ticket for the Mystery Host Raffle at the end of the party.  The more "something blue" purchases, the more chances to win being Mystery Host.

Every day I'll be posting information on Autism, as well as a picture of the day of one of the "something blue" items.

Today's item is the Parade of Color Hair Band!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Autism, in Plain English

Many of us in the Autism Community, know the buzzwords, know the frustrations, know the perceptions vs. the realities, know that not all autistic children are the same.  But for someone who doesn't have a friend or family member affected by autism, sometimes the flurry of words can be confusing.

Stuart Duncan, another friend in the autism community, has posted on his blog a sort of "crash course" for autism. This is Autism, in plain English.

Please take a moment to read about what autism is and isn't, the varying degrees and manifestations of autism, and hopefully understand what our children are going through.

There is a special "Autism Awareness Party" set up.  Place orders via that link -  Right now, this party has no hostess :)  For every purchase of a "something blue" item, you will receive one ticket for the Mystery Host Raffle at the end of the party.  The more "something blue" purchases, the more chances to win being Mystery Host.
Every day I'll be posting information on Autism, as well as a picture of the day of one of the "something blue" items.

Today's item is the Cobalt Aurora Borealis Hair Sticks.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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What is Autism?

Today is day 3 of Autism Awareness Month. 

Because both my sons have autism, I am well aware of the challenges of autism and parenting autism children.  The goal of Hair Made Beautiful this month is to educate readers on various aspects of autism and the challenges that autistic people, families, and communities face.

The number of people being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder grow every day, and I can guarantee you that even if your family hasn't been affected by autism, you know people whose lives have.

Throughout the month, I'll be continuing you post all types of information about Autism and family dynamics. I encourage you to take the time to read them all. My sincere hope is that you may learn something you didn't know before, or understand where families affected by autism come from, and to increase acceptance of our families.

To make this a bit fun, I'm also doing a contest with my company, Lilla Rose.  There is a special "Autism Awareness Party" set up.  Place orders via that link -  Right now, this party has no hostess :)  For every purchase of a "something blue" item, you will receive one ticket for the Mystery Host Raffle at the end of the party.  The more "something blue" purchases, the more chances to win being Mystery Host.

Every day I'll be posting information on Autism, as well as a picture of the day of one of the "something blue" items.

Today's item is the Sea Inspired Dolphin. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

World Autism Acceptance Day

April 2

Today is World Autism Acceptance Day!  In honor of today, I'd like to share with you a post by an outspoken friend in our community, Rob Gorski at Lost and Tired.  Rob is the step-father of three children on the spectrum, all at various places on the spectrum. 

Rob wrote a very important article, I think that everyone (whether touched by autism or not) should read.   10 Things My Autistic Kids Wished You Knew.

The Lilla Rose Autism Awareness Party Link -
Remember that any purchases of "something blue" made during the Party will give you one ticket for the mystery Host.  The more blue items you purchase, the more tickets you earn.

Today's "something blue" is the Starfish Flexi.

Hair Tips of the Stars

I love how everyone and their brother has beauty tips for you.  What I found amusing about this article was the title -Jennifer Lawrence’s Hairstylist Spills Top Hair Tips For Real Women.

 Really?  Are these affordable options?  Because most tips include spending a fortune on products.

I did like this suggestion though, even if it was full of name dropping. "The best way to style naturally curly hair: “I swear by Dove Shine Cream Serum! Actress Penelope Cruz taught me this trick — rake the product through your curls and do two braids, one on each side, and let it set for 10 minutes. Take them out to loose waves.”

 I did find it interesting, and I know Dove doesn't cost a fortune.  I'll definitely try this one!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Autism Awareness Month

Hair Made Beautiful is working a autism  awareness campaign.  The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970.  World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2013.

In 1990 the autism rate was 1 in 10,000 school age children.  After an updated report released from the CDC, the number is now 1 in 54 students. 

Autism awareness is something I am very passionate about.  I have twin sons who are on different ends of spectrum.  I spend a majority of my time battling with school systems, medical companies, and taking care of my boys.

I've seen the stares directed at me by mothers of "neurotypical" children when my children whine, climb under chairs, and yip.  I've felt the judgement.  With the numbers of autistic children rising, I want to educate people on autism.

Here's some very basic information on Autism from Autism Speaks.

Throughout the month of April, I will be holding a Lilla Rose Party at my Facebook site.  This will be a mystery hostess party, where anyone can win the hostess rewards at the end of the party.  How do you become eligible for the Mystery Hostess?  You get 1 ticket for each Blue Item you purchase during the party.  

To show you the blue items and keep spreading information about Autism Awareness, every day during the party, I will be posting a picture of an item from Lilla Rose that has blue in it and qualifies for tickets to be the mystery hostess.  I will also be posting information about Autism and attempting to increase Autism Awareness.

Important Info to help you during the campaign:

How you can help?  
  • Forward to everyone you know!  Encourage them to participate!  
  • If you're a blogger and want to take part, please email me so you and your readers can take part as well.!

Yes, I can fall As Well....

I have been getting tired of my thin hair.  I've tried the foam rollers, that never quite dry your hair enough.  I decided if I am go out and represent Lilla Rose, I need thicker hair, hair easier for people to play with.

A few weeks ago, I succumbed to a body perm.  It's been really good in being able to pull my hair back quickly for shows and presentations.

But, I have encountered the problems that come from a chemical treatment in my hair....

...... Wait for it .....

Fried ends!

Does anyone have any really good deep conditioning treatments / ideas on how to get plenty moisture back in?

Friday, March 29, 2013

Giveaway at The Framed Lady

Great news, I've partnered up with The Framed Lady again for her monthly group giveaway!  This month, I'm giving away a flexi to the winner.

For more information about the giveaway and to enter for yourself, visit Tess at

Monday, March 25, 2013

Do you practice good hair hygiene?

Now that's a question I would have never thought to ask myself before.  

I found a very good article over at about hair hygiene and every day things you can do to improve your hair.

One of their suggestions is to massage oil into your scalp.  I used to use hot oil all the time when I was younger, but over time I thought it was just a trend, and stopped buying it.  No one else ever stressed the importance of hot oil treatments.  According to the article, it's not so much oiling your hair that's important, as oiling your scalp.  By massaging it into your scalp, you help to dislodge skin particles, which will ultimately wind up as dandruff in your hair.

Another suggestion is to clean your hair tools.  I've always heard about cleaning your brush, but did you know you should also clean your combs?  That would have never have crossed my mind, but it is something I'll definitely be trying in the future.

There are a few other suggestions in the article, which make perfect sense, so you should definitely read the article.

So tell me, do you practice good hair hygiene?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Keratin Treatments

One of the big fads right now is Keratin.  All you hear is Keratin this and that.  There's even been a case on The People's Court about a failed Keratin treatment (That's when you know you've hit it big) :).

BUT, has anyone had one done?  If you have, what did you think?

I have to say I love the idea of not having frizzy hair and having it stay straight longer.  BUT, I'm not so crazy about putting formaldehyde in my hair.  However, to be honest, do any of us really care about what chemicals we put on our hair, or how bad they stink, as long as they do what they're supposed to.

I say this, as I haven't permed my hair in 11 years, and I just had one done yesterday.

Shhh... I haven't told my husband yet. :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

To Wash or not to Wash

Since I began this blog, I have looked for ways to repair hair and then keep that new pretty hair to stay pretty.  Every article suggests something different, or they all suggest the same things.  Some suggest weird things to try, and some suggest things that just don't make any sense.

One of the biggest contested suggestions is:  Washing Your Hair.

Some articles say you shouldn't wash it more than once every 7-10 days because too much washing will dry out your hair.  Others say you should wash it more often to eliminate the gunky build-up caused by shampoos and conditioners.

If you're like me, you've tried everything.  So.  Have you tried washing vs. no washing?  Which one has worked better for you?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

More tips on growing out your hair

If you want to grow your hair out, like me, you've read every article under the sun.  And they all say the same thing!

I did find an interesting article today over at The Lilly Mint Blog.  Most of their suggestions have been stated over and over again, but there was one tip I found interesting.  It goes against everything we've ever learned about washing our hair.

Condition your hair before your shampoo, this ensures there is no left over conditioner residue on your hair.

Has anyone heard of this tip before?  Does it work?

I love the idea of getting all the conditioner out, because conditioner weighs my hair down like crazy.  But it goes against what we've been taught for ages.  Might have to try this next time I wash my hair.

Do you have any tips for growing your hair out?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Perfect Hairbrush

If you're like me, you've spent 38 years looking for the perfect hair brush, and still haven't found it.  Every type of hair has a "preferred" hair brush.  Then you read things on the net, go out and buy it, only to be told it's not the right brush.

I sort of came into hairbrushes when I had my hair cut "professionally" (as in high-end salon) a few years ago.  I have about three sizes of the round brush with vents.  I thought I loved them.  Then a stylist said don't use one of them with wet hair because it destroys it. Ooops!

Now, I don't have much time, or patience for blowing out my hair.  I'd love something that helps thin hair, maybe something that doesn't make my hair so oily, something easy, something AFFORDABLE.   has an article about choosing the right hair brush.  Most of it is a re-hash of every other article out there.  There are two items that I'm intrigued by.

The Boar Bristle Brush.   Does anyone have one?  Does it really do nirvana like the articles claim, or is it really just for the thick haired girls and would probably destroy my fine, think hair?

The other is the rectangular brush with vents.  I have one, but it doesn't seem to work any better than any other brush.  Now, the thought of a  square one with vents sounds a bit more my style, because you could dry more hair at one time.

What do you think?  Is there a perfect brush?  Have you found it?  Care to share?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Quick and Dirty Beauty Tricks

I was reading an article at WebMD on the 10 Best Speedy Hair and Makeup Tips.

I like the ideas in the article, as these truly ARE speedy.  They're also not hard to do, which is great for people like us who have no time, and want to look presentable.

Their big suggestion for hair is "When you're strapped for time, do the T-zone blow-dry: down your part and around your hairline only. "As long as the front and top of your hair looks finished."

I can completely see this, as when people to talk to you, they're mainly looking at your face, so concentrate on the parts of your hair people will see.

Easy enough, right?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Lilla Rose Special for new customers

Since Hair Made Beautiful has made alot of new friends this month, I'd love to offer new customers a special!

From March 7th – March 22nd I’m offering a Buy 3, Get 1 FREE special. This means you can order 3 Lilla Rose products (including Flexis, hairbands, hair sticks, O-Rings, or bobby pins), and I’ll send you 1 FREE item of your choice valued up to $16.00.  

How to Take Advantage of the Special
Simply place an order via my Lilla Rose site - with the three items you'd like.  Then send me an email at with the email address used to place your order, along with the free item you'd like. 

Not sure of your size?  Here's a quick way to tell what size you wear!

Just a quick note: If you have been or are currently a customer with Lilla Rose through another consultant, please be loyal and continue to order with her. This offer is for brand new Lilla Rose customers only.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Blow dry Cream

What is blow-dry creme, you ask?

I've been asking myself that for five minutes since I first learned a product existed.  I'm sure you've heard of all the new products that you can spray on your hair before using a flat irons to help protect from the heat.  But blow-dry creme?

A blow-dry creme helps your hair dry faster, your brush glide smoother, and your hair stay straight and frizz free longer. Most are packed with nutrients, UV filters, heat protectors, and help repair damage. 

I'm definitely on the lookout for some.  I need something I can use when I blow-dry that can help keep it from drying out, frizzing up, causing so much static my hair sticks to my face for a week, and hopefully help it stay fluffed up longer.

Has anyone used Blow-dry creme?  What do you think?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Huge 1000 FaceBook Fan Giveaway

 Hair Made Beautiful is taking part of a  HUGE Facebook Fan giveaway over at The Framing Lady.  I am offering up a pair of bobby pins (your choice) from Lilla Rose.  There are tons of prizes!!

Check out these amazing girls and the awesome prizes they donated to help me celebrate gaining 1000 likes on Facebook! Interested in being part of an awesome giveaway like this? Email Tess at!

Items you will win:
$20 Target giftcard from Simply, Ashley
Red, handmade scarf from Annie One Can Cook!
$15 Shop credit and free shipping from Top This By Leanne
2 elastic bracelets and a set of 1 wired bracelet and 1 pair of earrings from Sensational Creations
$15 shop credit to Studio Eleven
These Red Top earrings from Aditi Jewelry
$15 shop credit to Little Glass Slippers
Pacifier clip from Bling For Baby
$10 Amazon giftcard from Part of That World
A Vintage Feel Necklace from Peace Love Sequins
$10 Target giftcard from Sincerely, Leslie
$15 Starbucks giftcard from I Know This Much is True
A set of jeweled bobby pins from Lilla Rose

Ad Space you will win: 
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2 Months Large Ad Space from Fox and Hazel
2 Months 200 x 100 ad space from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm
200 x 300 Large ad from Lily White English Rose
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Medium ad space from Serenity You
2 months 250 x 250 ad space from Sweet Silver Lining* (FEBRUARY SPONSOR)
2 months 200 x 200 ad space from Let It Shine
Medium ad from The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife
Large Ad from The Domestic Geek
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2 Months Large ad space from Homegrown & Healthy
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3 months of 200 x 200 ad space from I Know This Much is True

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Autism Awareness Month

As you may or may not know, I now have my own company, where I am an Independent Consultant for Lilla Rose.

Because I have two special needs children, and this is a topic very near and dear to my heart, I am on the look out for Blogs, Websites, FaceBook Pages, and FRIENDS to host a Lilla Rose Party in April.

During the month of April, any "blue" items purchased during your party (can run up to three weeks), customers will receive 10% off paid via paypal.

Party Ideas
  • A Facebook or Twitter party to talk about Autism and ways we can help, as part of your month-long campaign.
  • An in-home party, if you're local to my area.
  • A catalog party and/or online party for you to share at work and with friends and family.
 Hostess Rewards
  • You could use the hostess rewards to purchase "blue" pieces the website, to use for awareness campaigns or raffles throughout the year.
  • You could offer the person who makes the biggest purchase during your party, the opportunity to be the mystery hostess and receive the rewards. 

 Contact me now at to book your party today!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

March Flexi Of the Month

Calling all March babies, Irish lovers, Flexi-Lovers!  Lilla Rose just released the March Flexi of the Month!  

This flexi is available in sizes Mini-XL!  Absolutely stunning!  This flexi is available during the month of March only, starting at 12:00am PDT on March 1st!  

To order this flexi, and any flexis that are always available, please visit -

Saturday, February 23, 2013

More "out there" hair tips

I'm always on the look out for tips for keeping my hair healthy.  If you color your hair alot, like me, you know how fragile your hair can become.  It's prone to split ends and falling out. has an article on great hair tips. Most of the recommendations make alot of sense: Using a water filter, dry shampoo, and using clear mascara to tame fly-aways.

But the 4th one struck me as odd.

Their suggestion is to dry your hair with a paper towel.  They say that the fibers in the towel aggravates the cuticles.  Their suggestion is to squeeze the water from your hair, and then pat it dry with a paper towel.

The question I have is...

Is the decrease in frizziness due to the fact you're using a paper towel instead of the towel, or is it that you're not aggressively toweling your hair by using a paper towel?

I'm not sure sure this would work for my hair, because really... I don't have alot of hair, but I wouldn't be able to do anything with it using a paper towel.

What do you think?  Anyone willing to try it?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bobby Pins, is there a correct way to wear them?

I received an email from Folica today.

Did you know there's a correct way to wear them?  Nope, neither did I.

One thing they pointed out that is that  The side with the grooves is meant to be against your head. This helps the pin collect more hair and lock in place better.  I never knew that, did you?  I always put the groovy side up.

A second suggestion is not to just use water to hold the hair down, but to use hairspray or texturizing spray on the hair first, and then putting the bobby pin in your hair.  The hairspray can help lock your hair in place and sort of keep that bobby pin stuck in your hair.

Other suggestions were securing a second pin across the first for double security, and getting rid of bobby pins that have lost the rubber tips because it damages your hair.  And from personal experience, you can poke your head with the sharp point and cause bleeding.

Do you have any suggestions on best practices for bobby pins?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The little things we do to torture our hair

Our hair problems are not strictly from bad styling, instruments that are too hot, or products that strip our hair instead of helping it, there are so many things that can affect your hair's health.

One such example is something I'm very guilty of: pulling our hair back in ponytails.  When we put our hair up in elastic, we tend to make it too tight to keep our hair in place.

What does that do to our hair?

  1. The tension created by pulling our hair back like this causes hair damage.  It makes your hair shed faster. Notice all the hair that comes out with the elastics?  
  2. Pulling our hair back like this also can lead to a receding hairline, which for women that's not good!
  3. The tension from pulling your hair back also causes scalp fatigue and headaches.  I never knew why my head would hurt so much at the end of the day.
  4. Tightening our ponytails by dividing our hair in two and pulling each in an opposite direction causes breakage too.

But we must pull our hair back!  We'll go nuts with it in our faces all day!!  What are our options?

If you insist on elastic, I'd recommend the ouch-less plastic ponytail holders.  They don't do as much damage as ones with metal in the middle to hold the two sides together.  The metal just slices through your hair!

My biggest recommendation is to use Lilla Rose Flexi-Clips.  The Clips allow you to a multitude of hair styles, and can accommodate baby fine hair to long thick hair.  I've worn clips all day, they haven't fell out once, and it's so comfortable you forget you have it in.

The clip comes in 7 sizes, and I'll help you figure out what size is right for you.  Just shoot me an email and we can work together.   

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Taming that Winter Hair, Naturally

It's winter again.  The time when you bundle up in scarves and hats and every time you take your jacket off, your hair crackles and sticks straight up.  Sure, you can dump chemicals into it, but is there anything else you can do?

I've always heard the old mother's tale of wiping a fabric softener sheet over your hair.  Alot of people swear it works.  I've heat to have it do anything to help my hair.

Kirsten Hudson at , has a few ideas on how to tame your hair organically, as in not using tons of chemicals in your hair.

The first suggestion is to eliminate build-up.  Ms. Hudson recommends a very simple trick to use with water and baking soda.  The purpose of this, to get all the shampoo, conditioner, and styling products out of your hair.  I haven't tried this yet, but it is a good idea.  I have baby fine hair, and even the slightest amount of product wears my hair down.

Her second suggestion is to Condition your hair thoroughly.  It is a good idea year round.  If your hair is brittle and breaks easily, you should try to condition and deep condition as much as possible.  My new conditioner is strictly for hydration.

And her third suggestion is to put a dollop of lotion in your hand and run it through your hair.  She does stay it's a quick fix and will likely be needed to be done again in about two hours.  This is one I'm not really sure about.  Lotion will most definitely weigh your hair down. And what about her earlier suggestion about removing build-up?  That has GOT to gunk up your hair. If you have thin hair, I'd think twice about trying it. But if you're in a pickle, what can it hurt.

Have you tried the dryer sheets?  Any home remedies you swear by?