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Hair Plug

blog_beautyhairNo, I’m not talking about hair plugs, but I am talking about giving a shout out, a plug to my new favorite local hair colorist, Ginger Vaughn of L’Atelier on Pearl Alley in Downtown Santa Cruz. I approached Vaughn a few months ago at the recommendation of a colleague, and we discussed her touching up my roots in between my regular color sessions with my out-of-town stylist George Garcia, a Redken International Performing Artist and educator who teaches Redken color techniques around the world, works the New York runways during Fashion Week, and has tended to the tresses of people like Katy Perry, Rachel Zoe, and many other celebrities. Garcia is at the top of his game, and I needed someone locally who could manage my grey roots in between my regular six-week sessions with him. That meant this local colorist had to be extraordinary. And extraordinary is exactly what I got when I recently saw Vaughn and she matched my roots (which I had been unfortunately trying to fix myself) to the rest of my hair. She did a brilliant job color correcting my mistakes and matching my hair color. I plan to go to her every two weeks henceforth to cover up my grey and send me on my way. I’m giving her a whole-hearted hair “plug.”


Ginger Vaughn, L’Atelier, 423-4247, lateliersalon.com.

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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