Can Wavy or Curly Hair be Tamed?!? I know it can.



Can wavy or curly hair be tamed?

By Kim M. Ferry       A.K.A “HairFerry”

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Have you lost control of your rebellious, wavy hair? Do you wake up most mornings feeling like you have to gear up for a battle? Well, fret no more I am here to help. I may have some solutions that you can use at home to “tame the wild beast” growing out of your head.  Are you with me? You may be wondering…what makes me an expert?  I know all too well about naturally curly, wavy hair…I was born with it. I struggled with my crazy locks growing up in a time when everyone I knew had straight hair or the famous “Farrah Fawcett I really didn’t like my curls back then so I did the only style I knew how to do:  braids. I braided my hair and pinned it up because, as a young girl, I had absolutely NO idea how to deal with my curls! It was really frustrating. My mother was Mexican with straight, thick, black hair. My sister got “mom hair” but my brother and I got dad’s wavy, curly light colored hair.  Mom would patiently brush my hair through my many tangled “bad hair days” and it would always get super frizzy afterwards!  I was raised in Northern Illinois, also known as “humidity hell” and every summer it would render me frizzy, puffy, uncontrollable hair.  I continued to hide my hair in braids for years. Up side? I got pretty darn good at braids. Down side, I still needed to figure out how to handle my curls I inherited from my dad’s side of the family. (Yes Dad I blame you).  I saw my hair as an unsolved mystery so I educated myself on how to care for my tangles and worked hard to have a hairstyle I could do daily, be happy with and recreate more than once. Sadly, the wonderful world of online education wasn’t around when I was a kid so you all have a huge advantage.  You can open a computer and look up anything and everything you want to learn about hair!!

Eventually my skills improved and I could actually wear my hair down with the help of my new trusty blow dryer and curling iron. I practiced a lot. I used big sections and started in my nape area and worked my way up my head with the curling iron. I even got pretty good at doing hair for friends in the school plays too. I was on a roll and I was excited to try new styles.  Ok, I admit, at the age of 17, I went to Cosmetology school, then I worked in 2 hair salons and finally moved to Hollywood to learn even more about hair to further my budding career as a hairstylist in television, film and print. Education is everything. I learned so much by watching and reading and doing. I understand curls, I can tango with waves and I believe you can do anything you want your hair to do. With a few simple steps you can wrangle that hair of yours and gain new inspiration to deal with your crazy, wavy hair days. I want to share my tips with all of you so you will never have to struggle like I did.

Currently, I run the Hair Department on a little show called Pretty Little Liars. My team and I do LOTS of hair on our wonderful PLL cast. I think we have mastered the ‘beach wave look’ and remarkably kept their hair looking great even when we work super long days on set. Our hairstyles have to sustain for 12-17 hours a day sometimes, and we rarely use hairspray!  I have some great ideas on how you can TAME YOUR HAIR. I’ll breakdown my advice into 4 very simple steps. Are you ready?

 

Step 1: Your Hair is your crowning glory. Moisturize it.

There are many different kinds of curls and waves. Some tight, loose, others twisting and turning, thick and thin in texture.  All of these hair varieties need one important thing: Moisture.

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By this I mean replenishing Conditioners, hydrating hair Oils and even the weekly, monthly or bi-monthly treatments of Deep Conditioning Hair Masks. There are endless products available for you to try and use at home.  Or if you really want to pamper yourself, go to the salon and a pro can evaluate your hair and specifically pick a perfect conditioner or deep mask treatment for your hair type.  Next, they will most likely drench your hair in it, put a bag over it to keep the moisture in and have you sit under a warm dryer to really open the cuticle and let the conditioner settle into your hair and do its job. The results will make you a believer. By incorporating good conditioners into your home hair care routine, you are helping your hair replace lost nutrients and fight off dry brittle ends.  These treatments also help protect and untangle hair that gets knotted by wind, heat, hats and weather so ends don’t break apart and spilt up the hair shaft. Most importantly you are also replacing the moisture lost when you use hot blow dryers, hot irons or if you color your hair often. (Like I do).  If you want your curly, wavy hair to look good and feel good you must routinely keep a dependable moisturizing system in place. Everyone wants glowing, touchable, healthy looking hair right?

 

My Favorite products to try:

Shampoo & Conditioner combos:

Oribe Signature Shampoo & Conditioner

Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Hask Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner

Redken All Soft Shampoo & Conditioner

Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrasource Shampoo & Conditioner

 

Hair Oils:

White Sands Orchids Oil Shine & Moisture ***LOVE the smell of this one!

Moroccanoil Treatment

R+Co Tinsel Smoothing Oil

Hask Argan Oil Repairing Shine Oil

Marula Light hair Treatment & Styling Oil

 

Deep Conditioning Hair Masks:

Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque

Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner

CHI Argan Oil plus Moringa Oil Rejuvenating Mask

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask

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This has rapidly become an actor favorite! I buy this and give it out for actors on my shows and it really helps their hair keep its moisture, shine and elasticity.

 

Step 2: Brushes and Picks and Combs…oh my.

Variety is the spice of life but if you have wavy or curly hair it is really important to carefully select the right tools because battling the wrong hair brush isn’t much fun. Luckily, there are wonderful new brushes that have technology behind them to take on even the toughest tangles, snarls and knots. I am excited to use brushes again! Me, the girl who hated them in her youth. One of my favorites: The Wet Brush. This spunky brush comes in many fun colors and it is designed with innovative bristles that allow it to detangle without snagging, pulling or breaking your hair! I use this brush right out of the shower and it works like a champ and glides right through my curls (my hair is past my shoulders).  You can also brush through dry hair, if you plan to ‘brush out’ your natural curls and then use hot iron to make looser waves. Depending on your hair thickness and texture you may determine if you are a brush user or a pick or comb user. Handling the wrong comb in thick tangles hair can be your undoing. Carefully choose a pick or comb that works best for you. This is a bit of investigating on your part, some trial and error and always make sure you are not unnecessarily ripping your poor hair out. Hair Picks work best on tightly curled to kinky hair. Styling Combs work on thin or loosely wavy hair. I use these all the time on set. Tail Combs can be used on all hair to part hair. It’s the BEST parting tool ever. Variety of options for combs with teeth closer together or further apart. Again, whatever works best for you!  Rat tail combs are also wonderful to make sections for braiding, updos or roller setting purposes. Always replace ANY styling/rat tail comb when the teeth break off and always start at the ends and work you way up. Shower Comb is usually the biggest and widest comb and perfect for use in the shower. Most commonly used after shampoo and conditioners are rinsed out, it really helps remove tangles before you towel dry out of the shower. I always had a wide pick in our shower growing up so I could use it right after my conditioner while my hair was still soaking wet.  Again, it’s your choice what size you think works best but detangling gently and not “ripping through those ends” is really important. Choose wisely and take your time. Note: Always throw a comb out if any of the teeth break and/or missing. You are worth it.  Get a new one.

 

My Favorite products to try:

Hair Brushes: Mason Pearson Mixed Hair Brush, The Wet Brush (best detangling brush ever!)

Styling Combs: I use the Comare 352 Celcon comb the most. It’s my favorite comb.

NuBone II combs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. I like Super Rake Detangler comb, the Classic Plus Cutting Comb and the Master Pro Rake Tail Comb.

Picks: Goody Hair Picks work well and are very affordable, so is the Mebco Large Dip Pik and it also comes in assorted colors and sizes. Cricket Friction-Free Pick Comb also makes the list.

Shower Combs: Mebco Shower Detangler Comb, Wet Look Shower Comb, Conair Styling Essentials Shower Comb.

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Step 3: To Blow Dry or Not to Blow Dry.

I love my blow dryer. I couldn’t do what I do for a living without one but there is a time and a place to use it. This incredible tool can be used in many ways but just because I have one, doesn’t mean I use it all the time. Natural curls and waves are finicky.  Their needs are different then straight hair and they change on a daily basis. Depending on the time of year, and where you are, your hair can be a ‘beauty or the beast’.  I prefer to fully blow dry my hair when I am working on set. I like smoothing every bit of my natural curl out.  I blow drying my hair with a brush then I use a 1-inch flat iron or my trusty 1 inch curling iron so my hair shaft really gets smooth and I create a more polished, softer look. If I am at the beach, or at home, I let the natural curl do it’s thing but to avoid the “frizzy attacks” I lightly drying my damp hair with a Hot Sock, a light diffuser that really helps cut down on fuzz.  I also use conditioning styling crèmes, light hold gels or mousse made for curls and always a great product; Sea Salt SPray. Just watch out when using sea salt too much, it can dry your hair out over time.  My last option for you; Braid it! But I already mentioned how I am fond of braids from my youth! Also, keep in mind you don’t have to wash your hair every day. Some people with dry hair or curly hair can wash much less frequently without problems. There is no right answer, just do what feels good for you. Another option, wet your hair and braid it. I have been wetting hair with a spray bottle until its damp, split head into 4 big sections, (front to back, side to side) and braid each section. To hold braided ends use small single prong clips, rubber bands or nearby bobbi pins if they are handy and then blow dry all sections for about 12-18 minutes or until hair feels dry to the touch. Gently pull out the braids, dry a little more in damp areas as needed and then use your fingers to comb hair out so it falls into perfect “Beach Hair-Salt Water” waves.  Try it!  I think you’ll like it and it’s a fast, fun little hairdo.

 

My Favorite products to try:

Blowdryers:

CHI Air Vibe Digital Touch Hair Dryer

Hair Religion Hair Dryer

Ed Hardy Geisha Hair Dryer

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer (it’s the Koenigsegg of hair dryers!)

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Hair Religion Dryer-My FAV!

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I envy this dryer…Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

 

Hair Socks:

Hot Sock Ultralight Diffuser

BaBliss Pro Plimatic Mitt Diffuser

 

Styling Creams:

Moroccanoil Hydrating Style Cream

Artec Textureline Smoothing Serum

Enjoy Texture Cream

 

Gels/Mousse for Curly-Wavy hair:

Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse

Aussie Miraculously Smooth Tizz No Frizz Gel

Paul Mitchell Round Trip Liquid Curl Definer

Biosilk Style Glazing Gel

White Sands Curl Up in Silk Mousse

 

Sea Salt Sprays:

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Spray

 

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Step 4: Patience People.

As a gal who grew up in Chicago humidity, tormented by my crazy curls in my youth, I fully understand the need for patience. It’s the last part of my advice for taming curly or wavy hair. Some days you just have to listen to your hair.  It might not do what you want, so throw a braid in it or a ponytail, a high bun or an impromptu updo. Work on it later or try tomorrow. Don’t let hair frustrate you like it did me. It’s ok to take a break for a little while and try again later. Now…I love my hair. I love my curls and I still love learning new ways to deal with my curls. Of course I continue to look for new ideas, product suggestions and hairstyling tips with hopes that I can always learn something new. So can you.  Hopefully, some of my suggestions will resonate with you and be helpful when you are at home, working out those curls and taming those waves. Just keep in mind the need for patience. If you feel defeated by your hair, just breathe. Allow yourself plenty of time when you are trying something new as it may take a little longer when you are doing it for the first time. Ok?  Just look in the mirror and show those waves who’s boss! Bottom line, your hair is the only hair you got; take good care of it. Treat it well and it will react to the maintenance you give to it.

I wish you the best of luck on your hair adventure and may you have the happiest hair on the block. Go Team= Go Tame!

 

***LAST MINUTE TIP: If you feel your hair needs a little more oomph or you just want to give it some texture when it is falling flat or looking lifeless…try my Favorite 2 ‘go to’ products:

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R & Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo-smells wonderful and really helps with giving the root a big lift and takes away oily feel/look.

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Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray you can use this instead of Hairspray! It gives bulk and texture to most hair types and I really love the grit it gives us for actors when we are working outside all night…their looks really hold…I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I use it on EVERY show I do. Try it! Let me know what you think.

HairFerry Out.

 

Inspiration for 2016



inspiration-sign   February 1, 2016.

Today, I am feeling inspired.

 It is a New Year with new challenges and I will admit it didn’t start out great. In fact, my last few months have been pretty stressful and exhausting. My 12-year-old son has had a lot of health issues, sleepless nights and so many hospital visits I can’t remember them all.  It has taken over three months to get him back in school, on a ‘part-time’ basis and hopefully soon he can return to full-time status later this month.

I took on the role of protector, advocate and worried, sleep deprived mom during this time.  At home, in the ER, in doctor offices, I was constantly making phone calls to nurses asking questions, booking appointments, googling online and trying to figure out what was causing his pain.  I was so overwhelmed at how everything had gone, we seemed to have no answers, and yet his pain was constant, chronic, unyielding. It almost broke me…and him.

You see, I was on hiatus. I was off work and had planned on having “me” time during my hiatus from filming ‘Pretty Little Liars’. It was my chance to focus on my kids, my friends, and my future projects goals. I wanted to revamp my website, I wanted to take classes, and I could actually have time to see friends I rarely see when we film 15-16 hour days on set. I was really excited to start filming “how-to” videos for my own ‘YouTube’ Hairstyling ‘how to’ channel. Yes, I had it all planned out. It was going to be great! Creativity would flow! I was going to be productive, social and improve my social media skills…why then I could even take a good rest after having my scheduled foot surgery. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I had been diagnosed with a “Mortons Neuroma” (ie; a painful little cyst that causes sharp, burning pain and makes your toes sting, burn and feel numb) in my right foot in 2015. It had to be surgically removed, so I had scheduled it for December 16th, 2015. I had a grand plan, and I really had no idea that it would all dissolve so quickly.

I am happy to say now, that my son is doing MUCH better. We have a diagnosis, we have a plan and a great new medicine that is helping him…it is progress, and I am so grateful he is slowly returning to his former self.  He is an amazing, brave, strong and beautiful boy. I am so proud of how he managed though all of this. He inspired me to be a bull-dog for him. To push ahead when the world around us was moving to slow to help him. He inspires me to be the best mom I can be for him. He inspired patience and calmness in my approach with him at such a scary time in his life. He was so afraid, so fragile, he inspired me to be brave for him, and his little brother. I gained my strength from my boys. His illness made me brutally aware, it is SO not about me. There are times in your life you think you have a plan that you are going in one direction…and then life throws a curveball-and you head down another path instead. It felt like the rug was pulled out from under me,but there was nowhere else I would want to be than by his side through all of this. That I knew. Oh, you should have seen me hobbling around on crutches on every doctor visit, in the x-ray rooms, and meeting with Children’s Hospital staff! I was a sight. My foot looked ten times bigger then its normal size. As someone who does hair for a living, mine was sadly lacking style during this time. “Messy-Bun-Kim” in baggy sweaters and stretchy work out pants, one black Ugg on my left foot and one big ole surgical boot on my Franken-Foot.  I was rocking my own scary style. It was a crazy ride and certainly not my best look… but we made it through.

I am grateful to have family and friends that care. They made a huge difference giving me and the boys a sincere and needed support system. I was inspired by them to reach out more, to check in and not isolate myself with grief. I felt so shattered at times and lost.  My brother, Lance, often talked me through rough days and made me believe we would get answers soon. He gave me strength. Through pain…came inspiration. Through doubt…came motivation. I have always tried to look at the bright side…this was my biggest challenge as I watched my son suffer daily in pain, I learned I could be my own inspiration. When I realized that…it empowered me.

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Today was the first time in almost three months I had a few free hours to meet a girlfriend for brunch.  It felt weird to go out, and have a hot chai tea and sit in a booth at a popular, buzzing cafe.  I had a few hours before my early pick up of my son, so I wanted to make the most of it. Last year, I was lucky enough to have a seat next to Amy Dodds on a plane on our way to Cancun.  We were both attending a Chi/Biosilk Farouk Innovation Conference. I didn’t know anyone at the event.  I was traveling alone and so thankful for being sat next to Amy.  We talked for five straight hours on the plane!  She was amazing. She was a working mom like me, she was a writer, like I had been in college, and we both worked currently in the beauty industry.  She is the Executive Editor of Beauty Launchpad and she even went above and beyond and introduced me to her fellow editors on the plane.  I instantly had a group to hang with and felt welcomed. I liked her, it felt like I had known her forever.  She is real, genuine and someone I wanted to have as a friend for a long time. I will credit her for the amazing weekend I had in Cancun, we laughed a lot. She inspired me in Cancun to be more productive and pro-active and she inspired me today.

Today, she helped me get back to a little bit of normal. We laughed, we talked business, I shared my plans for educating online, and reaching Cancer patients who need help with wigs.  I had not discusses these things in a while. I almost felt like myself, a mom, out with a friend, talking about kids, work, life…and of course, the beauty industry goals I still want to work towards.

Inspiration on a chalkboard in my head.

We can talk so easily, and I could honestly talk to Amy for hours. Time flew by. I was able to discuss my future “how-to” videos, and I asked her opinion on blogs.  How much do I need to write? Every day? Every week? What is a good amount? How do I pick what to say? I had an rare opportunity to brain storm with someone who really understood online communication and who was a leader in her industry.  I realized today, I really didn’t lose any opportunities to work on “my’ stuff while my son was sick. I was totally submerged in my children’s lives.  I was right where I wanted and needed to be. And those moments with my sons,  helped me work on my patience, my communication skills with those around me, and it compelled me to make a daily, active effort to contribute and motivate the team of doctors that were treating my son. This experience, like many in my life, happen for a reason. I learn from these moments, and hopefully take what I learn and share it with others.

My time to educate, teach, share what I know …it will come. I believe that now and I will never stop trying. I know very clearly what my priorities are, and I will always stay true to those around me that I love.  And even in the hardest days ahead, I will look for inspiration, however crazy that may be at certain moments.  I know I can be my own inspiration when I need to be. We all can. We can inspire others in their times of need. What a great gift to give…right?  I am sharing my thoughts, hoping to inspire anyone going through a tough time, someone who feels lost, or anyone who just wants to read inspiration found in a single mom/celebrity hairstylists rambling blog. I hope you find inspiration in your life…and breathe it in.

2016 is looking brighter already.

-HairFerry

How Kate Flannery aka “Meredith” shaved her head…ok not really.



Meredith shaves her head on camera! My favorite, most creative moment on The Office. What a challenge! Thank goodness for Kate's great sense of humor. She was a trooper!

Meredith shaves her head on camera! My favorite, most creative moment on The Office. Kate was such a trooper!

It was the “Lice” episode. It is the 10th episode in Season 9, the final season of The Office. Pam Halpert accidentally brings Lice to the office and Meredith gets the blame for it and shaves her head. 4.54 million viewers tuned in to watch. According to Kate Flannery’s Twitter account, the night the show aired, make-up artist Ed French was responsible for the bald cap and Kim M. Ferry designed the shaved hair effect. The actress explained the prosthetics took three hours to apply. Afterwards, she joked that she has “newfound respect for the actors in Planet of the Apes!”

I’m here to tell you what happened behind the scenes because I was there.

Our talented writers and producers were always coming up with inventive gags for The Office gang. When I read the script for “Lice” I knew I would have my hands full. Our producer actually wanted Kate to shave her head, but that was not going to happen sooooo…I set about making a plan to make it look like she did. The very talented Ed French joined our team for this episode only. He is a well known Make-Up Artist and is considered in the industry as the “Godfather of Bald Caps”. I had admired his work for years and was thrilled to work with him at last! Kate and I went to Ed’s studio for her first bald cap fitting. we discussed how we would approach the hair wrap, bald cap and planned to have a few tests before Kate went on camera. kate did some tests and we also did tests on a double. The challenge was there were many stages of her baldness. She had the moment of shaving off her hair on camera, the look just after she shaved and the end result, a completely shaved head. Also, there was a gag that she tries to wear a wig, over her bald cap and it is crooked. SO MANY different gags. We had to do tests for all of them.
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Measuring a double during a hair test. have to send info to wig maker to build several look hair pieces to lay on top of partial bald cap.

Measuring a double during a hair test. have to send info to wig maker to build several look hair pieces to lay on top of partial bald cap.

 I'm taking more measurements for the wig maker.

I’m taking more measurements for the wig maker.

A lot of details had to be dealt with. I ordered the hair pieces, for the shave gag, had a full lace wig chopped to bits for her after look, bald cap was on Ed, and then I had to buy several different wigs for Meredith to wear in the many episodes that followed. She had a new look for every episode after! I also decided to rig the actual clippers Kate would be holding. I gave them to special effects and they removed the jagged edges for me, then replaced it with a smooth curved silver piece that would not tear or catch on the very delicate latex bald cap she would have on. Kate and I rehearsed how she would hold the clippers in one hand and the loose human hair that matched her own in her other hand. we would sit in fron of my mirror in the trailer and practice. The trick came together and it looked like she was holding her own hair and then let it drop to the floor as if it had “fallen after being shaved off”. She was amazing-and smiled the whole time. I simply adore her.

The moment Meredith shaves her head! My heart was pounding.

The moment Meredith shaves her head! My heart was pounding as we rolled. Kate nailed it!!!

It went so smoothly-I had a great actress!

It went so smoothly-I had a great actress!

The day we shot the head shaving gag I was ready but anxious. I wanted everything to go smoothly and for the producers to be happy. we were told in our production meeting we would only do 3-4 takes. I knew better. I was prepared for 10-15 takes…and guess what? i think it was 14 takes by the end of it but all went smoothly and I was so proud of my hair team for being amazing~and always keeping up with each take. We rocked it! It worked and the writers all loved it. That is what mattered.

The next day Kate worked, she was only in the bald cap. I still did the hair wrap, and then Ed did his magic. It was great to watch him paint her bald cap. He paints the base color then sprinkles colors with a tooth brush on the latex like a Georges Seurat painting. He adds, blends, and makes it look like skin, hair and texture. Incredible to watch, truly. (see hair wrap look below)

Kate and I just after a completed hair wrap session. I think my fingers were stuck together at this point.

Kate and I just after a completed hair wrap session. I think my fingers were stuck together at this point.

The bald cap beautifully designed and painted by Ed French was also a huge success. I loved to watch him work, he was inspiring. He would paint on the skin color and then use a tooth brish to splatter dots on her cap so it looked like a scalp. He was like Georges Seurat, a true artist.

Meredith sitting in the board room, hairless and proud.

Meredith sitting in the board room, hairless and proud.

Meredith and Pam Beesley hug in the end shot of the Lice episode, they get drunk and sing karaoke

Pam Halpert and Meredith film the last shot of the Lice episode.
(they get drunk and sing karaoke)

It was a team effort, and in the end, it was successful. The night the show aired all of our viewers were asking on social media “Did she really cut her hair off?!?!”. Oh yeah, that is the response you want! Kate did go on Twitter and tweet that she had not shaved her head for episode…and she gave Ed and I credit for the job we did, as I mentioned above. It was a great challenge and I am really proud of the work we all did on that episode. We also had a whole cast in “mayo” looks, too for taht episode and I was designing the sculpted looks they would all have too! It was a wonderful, supportive, creative opportunity, one that I am very grateful for.

It will always be a very special episode for me on a show that I loved to work on. Many thanks to Kate Flannery for her great sense of humor and to Ed French for sharing his expertise with me.

Hairferry…signing out.

Ed French, Kate Flannery and me.

Ed French, Kate Flannery and me.

Fun memories of “The Office”.



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I came across this wonderful “Behind the Scene” moment while scrolling through my iphoto’s a few weeks ago.  It made me pause, think…and smile. This is what I do for a living people. The prep before the scene. SOOOO Glamorous! Right? My hands smelled like peanut butter for the rest of the afternoon.

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Breaking into Show Business…is Hollywood for you?



How did you become a Television and Film Hairstylist?

I get asked this question ALL THE TIME.  But you know what? I don’t mind.  I am actually happy to answer it because I was asking the same question 20 years ago.

My career as an “On Set” hairstylist has it share of ups and downs.  The upside is that I am very lucky to do a job I love. The creativity is endless and I work with some amazing, talented actors and wonderful, funny and dedicated crews.  I have traveled to many interesting locations and have had private conversations and once in a lifetime moments with some of Hollywoods biggest stars.  I am proud to call many actors and crew members I have worked with over the years friends of mine. If you have a connection, the friendship can stay long after the production. I am still in touch with actors from my very first job: Babylon 5.  I can’t believe they just held the 20th Anniversary of Babylon 5 at the Phoenix Comicon in May.

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What I’ve learned falling down the Manufacturing Rabbit Hole.



As a single mom entrepreneur I have had to walk down many an unknown path.  I have had to blindly seek out manufacturers for each item I design for my line of products.  My goal is to have everything made here in the USA.  A seemingly difficult task as most people think everything is manufactured in China.

Despite popular perception, the United States is still the world’s largest manufacturing economy, producing 22% of the world’s manufactured products, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, a Washington, D.C. based trade and lobbying group.  China comes in second, at 13%, and Japan is third, at 11%, says Erin Streeter, the group’s assistant vice-president for communications.

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A few days to enjoy just being a mom…



Hello…
On December 21st our show, The Office, shut down for Hiatus (show biz for “we stop filming”) until January 7th, 2013.  During this time off, I always feel pressure to work on HairFerry.  I try and plan meetings, continue to fine tune new products and of course do any projects around the house that need to be done.  With two young boys…there is always something.  I look forward to seeing friends, playing with my kids and sleeping in past my usual 4 to 5am wake up calls that I have when I am working on set full time.  But the thing that really gets me excited about these small breaks in filming is being a mom…full time. That opportunity is priceless to me.

I cannot put into words how much it means to me to take my sons to school.  To pick them up, to stay and watch school assemblies.  To volunteer in their classrooms and to just have play dates with them and other families.  Even small talk, seemingly simple chats with other moms about kids, home, life make me smile.

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A New Year has arrived.



Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

Can you believe 2013 is here?

Wow, what a month…actually…what a year!  I’ve been really busy at my usual day job, running the hair department for “The Office” and of course full time job as “Mom”.  We are finishing our final season so the episodes have been packed full of fun surprises for the fans…not leaving a lot of spare time for me to focus on my side business.  That said, I feel I have made some real break throughs in December and heading into January I feel happily optimistic, I’ve even managed some fun outings with my boys as well.  it was a good year all in all.

AT LAST, I finally have my Cape design and my Caddy design sorted out!!! I am so close to actually having a ‘product line’!  Although i do love my little Hot Spot Mats, they were very good to me and really got my name out there in the industry last year.  I am starting to get recognized by my industry peers too.  It’s funny, at union meetings or social get togethers when I introduce myself, many folks stop and ask…”Kim Ferry, as in the ‘HairFerry’? I have your mat…I love it!”

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2012…Let’s talk about what has been going on.



HERE WE GO.  I am so close to getting caught up!  Last time I wrote, I sat down over several days  and really wrote out details from my 2011 adventures involving the start of my first (and only) business, HairFerry Inc.  I have been making notes in a “timeline” the whole time, but really intended to keep a blog, but as life and time can just slip by I did not get it together and now find myself playing catch up to get to a point where I can do one blog weekly.  (I am so close!)  My goal-rapidly approaching…is to continue writing about my small business, how it’s is blooming…or wilting along the way so others may be going through the same thing can relate…and respond.

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HairFerry Inc…almost a year to catch up on!



Hello Blogging World.

Is it really September 2012? Yikes.  I had great intentions of writing and sharing my adventures from my journey of entrepreneurial exploits.  Sadly…as you can tell by the date this is posting, and the date of my last post, it did not happen.  But fear not…I have kept a timeline journal! Ok, not here on my blog, but on my trusty sidekick laptop (a.k.a. ancient MacBook) with the intention of having a guide to use so that when I did have time to write, I would have a “cheat sheet!” (Please don’t judge) I did mention in my first post that I am a single mother, working full time at a very demanding day job while trying to juggle time with my sweet sons and create a cool line of unique hair tools.  Whenever something major happened I really tried to make a note of it…however I was working many 16 hour days and some things did slip by without my preserving it historically.So with that, I am going to attempt to catch up and bring you all up to date in just a few ‘diary inspired’, humbly written blogs.  So buckle up-here we go gang!  (even if there is only one of you out there…here we go pal!

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