Our meeting was started today with our first speaker today – Edna Miklos of The Hair Place in Wheat Ridge, CO. She has been a hair stylist for 33 years and owner of  The Hair Place for 24 years. Edna started her talk with covering the services that her shop offers along with the normal haircuts, perms, coloring – including foils, balliage, frosts, shines, glosses and men’s color – they also include manicures, pedicures, paraffin dips along with eyebrow and facial waxing.  The product lines they carry are Redken, Tri & Nioxin with many varieties of shampoos, conditioners and styling products for all types of hair.

The different types of styling products include: Gels – which can be lotions or tubes (thick gel). Gels offer stronger hold than other products but can be harder to blow dry and usually are better when applied with a comb and scrunched then let it air dry.  Spray Gels – which are easy to use – you can use it with blow drying, styling, scrunching or air drying. Mousse – although not as strong as gels – mousse is easy to use and can be be used with all forms of styling from blow drying to air drying. Start with a small amount as it can be hard to work with as you apply more product to your hair. Pomade & Texturizing Creams– these are used to piece out your hair. Pomades can be heavy so use sparingly only on the ends, as it will weigh down hair when applied close to the scalp. Apply to dry hair on women or both wet or dry hair on men. The texturizing creams are used for calming down hair, fly-aways or frizzy hair – can be used on wet or dry hair. Shines – this a silicone based product that will make your hair shimmer – keep in mind a little goes a long way. Use on curly or unruly hair to smooth it out. Hair Spray – is used to mainly to keep hair in place the two types are aerosol and non-aerosol, they both work well. Keep in mind however that non-aerosol is wetter and can be stronger, but if used on curly hair it will make it curlier. Good for spraying after styling to keep in place.

Ginger Kaiser of Willows Floral, was our second speaker and she thought it would be good to discuss easy to care for house plants this week, since she knows that some of us are plant care challenged. She brought in several varieties of house plants and passed them around while giving us the care of each particular plant. The Pothos or Philodendron was the first – this plant comes in several different varieties  and grow downward like an ivy. Although they do well in low light the colors will not be as vibrant. They have few pest problems and require limited quantities of water. Second was the ZZ plant or Zamiofolia goes in a stalk and is very unusual looking, and can survive in just about any setting. Though they are slow growers the plant has little demand for water and light, a very easy plant to care for. Third was the Chinese Evergreen or Aglaonema tree, this comes in a variety of colors and can handle low light conditions well, placing it in an bathroom were light can be minimal is not out of the question. Watering is  needed but it can survive with minimal quantities. The next plant was the Cast-Iron Plant 0r Aspidistra, this plant can also handle a variety of light conditions and watering once a week will be more than adequate. This plant is very easy to maintain. Our fifth plant was the Peace Lily, which is on of the few flowering plants that can be easy to maintain as it does well with low light conditions and will let you know when it needs water but wilting. As I have killed one of these, I recommend watering before it really starts wilting. Another flowering house plant is the Gold Fish Plant, named for it flower shape, this is also very easy to maintain although it does require well lit conditions. We are all well acquainted with the Spider Plant, which is one of the easiest house plants to grow and they can vine with the shoots that it sends out. Grows in just about any condition, although watch over watering!! Ginger, then covered some basics of buying a new house plant-you should look the plant over very carefully watching for brown or crispy leaf edges, yellowing leaves – which are good indicators of water issues, papery or bleached leaves – this may indicate spider mites, tiny scars on the underside of the leaves this may be a sign of insect damage and brown, wilted or spotted leaves – which is a good indicator of fungal disease.  She also told us to never re-pot a plant until it has had time to adjust to the new surroundings – usually just a couple of days.