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Putting Myself Out There

For the last couple years, I’ve been trying to “Brand” myself in the beauty industry.  You’ve seen my ads with Motives Cosmetics, hair and most recently, my YouTube videos. I used to hide behind other artist’s pictures and videos because I didn’t want to set myself up for ridicule (“Keyboard Gangsters”can be so cruel).   I’d see so many pictures and tutorials by young, beautiful women.  I could never compete with that, so I continued to hide myself behind their work and hoped to God that someone would take notice  of my business, my “Brand”, but how could they?  It wasn’t me.  But what did I have to offer anyone?


Motives Beauty Advisor-Kathleen M.A. Powell

Well, I thought that it’d be totally ridiculous for me to put a makeup tutorial out there, at the age of 45, and make the pouty faces, blow kisses at the camera and blink my insanely long faux lashes.  Not gonna happen.  I figured I shouldn’t take myself too seriously and decided to throw a little humor into the mix.  Yes it’s bizarre at times, but aren’t we all?

The idea, as far as makeup goes, is to show women my age and older that with a little education, you too can wear everything Motives Cosmetics has to offer.  It doesn’t end with the 20-somethings.  My Motives photo ads may look a bit serious, but I’m trying to demonstrate the makeup.  My odd facial expressions would only take away from the products I’m trying to promote.

The videos I make do include tutorials on hair and makeup, but there’s usually a goofy grin or two in most of them. My main focus has now turned to creating videos (still centered in the beauty industry) that show an obviously exaggerated view of salon-life.  After 26 years in the industry, I think I’m allowed to go overboard.

Although my head tells me I will most likely experience mean comments and criticism, my heart tells me to keep going.  Keep being me, keep believing in my partnership  with Motives, keep spewing out my inner comedian and keep offering my clients and followers my beauty knowledge.  So I guess everyone will just have to get used to seeing my mug, everyday, several times a day.

OR “unfollow” if you feel the need.


YouTube Channel Better With Age-with Kathleen

Thank you to my loyal clients, everyone who has “followed” my social media pages and to those who have offered positive feedback.


A Little Bit of Crazy

The Cut Won’t Make You Whole

I see you
I wouldn’t want to be you

Trying to get under my skin
That’s a battle you can’t win

Why are you here
My gift won’t erase the fear

Fear of never seeing what’s real
What hides beneath I cannot heal

The cut of my sword may offer reprieve
But conflict will linger no matter what my hands achieve

Take it somewhere else
Check your sense of self

Take it to the street
Stay off my beat

© 2013 Kathleen M. A. Powell

Angry, Frustrated Woman

There Is Still Time

Last week I created a post on my Hair Q & A Part II in which I will be accepting hair questions.  The top 5 questions with their answers will be presented at a later date.

Thank you for your questions so far, but I would love to have more.  There is still time.  The deadline is Wednesday, October 31st and no question is dumb and no negativity will be tolerated.  I’m here to help.  You may ask anything from cut and color advice to beauty industry advice.

Don’t worry if your questions don’t make the post.  I promise to answer them directly.  For those who have already submitted your questions, please be patient.  They will be answered after October 31st.  If you need immediate assistance, please state that in your post.

All questions must be submitted through the blog.

Thank you for your participation. 

Hair Q & A Part II

In the near future will be the second installation of my Hair Q & A series.  I am currently accepting all of your “hair questions”.  Please don’t be afraid to share because nothing you ask me is silly.  I am here to help.

The deadline for requests is October 31st.  Your questions may include anything from general hair advice to beauty education and fellow stylist guidance.

Negative comments will not be tolerated on this blog.  Thank you. 

Night of the Living Dead Preview

I recently participated in a photo shoot with Scalped Salon and Spa.  Although I’ve been a stylist with the salon for 18 years and have been involved in numerous photo shoots, I seemed at a loss.   The updo was planned and practiced.  I had all the confidence in the world going into it.  My first attempt at what I thought was a brilliant hair idea, with a little help from my newfound techniques from Aquage, FAILED.  I quickly regrouped and tried something else…FAILED.  Still not panicking, I tried yet another updo…FAILED.  Then the panic did set in.  I had to walk away for a few minutes and step outside.  Fighting back the tears, I took a deep breath and came back into the salon.  I looked at the clock and realized that I only had 25 minutes to come up with and complete a beautiful style that would show up well on camera.  It had to be good enough at that point.  I felt as though everything I learned from Aquage flew out the window along with my confidence.   Thank goodness the fabulous Ami Eggleton (stylist and professional photographer of Scalped Salon and Spa) was able to capture some great shots of my model.

I would like to thank everyone at Scalped who told me that my work didn’t “suck”, Skip Smith for applying lipstick on Kayla when he really didn’t have time and Kayla for being so kind and patient throughout the entire day.  Oh wait, I can’t forget Trish.  Lady, did you swat away all the evil spirits that were flying around my head?  Once you stood beside me on my final updo attempt, I was able to pull it together.

Here are some previews from Scalped Salon and Spa’s “Night of the Living Dead” inspired photo shoot.  We can’t wait to share the final product with you.

Ami Eggleton directing the zombies

My sweet and oh-so-patient model, Kayla as she’s waiting to shoot

Skip Smith, perfecting the lipstick on Kayla

It’s Finally Here

It’s time for the Aquage class in Baltimore, MD.  I am so excited to learn new cuts, updos and clever techniques.  The hardest part about this class was trying to fit my clothes, toiletries and all of my hair supplies in one bag.

Suitcase Overload

Just when I thought I had everything strategically placed in my suitcase with no room to spare, I realized that I hadn’t packed my hair dryer, scissors, curling iron or flat iron.  These mind you, are the most important tools of all.  The box of assorted hair pins, brushes, notebook, towels and clothes (for the second day of class) had to be removed from their perfect order and reconfigured to be able to accommodate the heavy-duty stuff.

Stay tuned on Tuesday, where I’ll share all of my new-found tricks of the trade and my ultimate Aquage experience.

We are going to Baltimore, folks and we’re doing it Hairdresser-Style!