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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.




Goldwell Inspiration

902509_574541969233029_1052288555_oI’ve recently been introduced to Goldwell Color at Scalped Salon in Prince Frederick, Maryland; a company I’ve been a part of for the last 19 years.  Not only did we receive a class on how to utilize the color, but members of the Goldwell team stayed with us for three additional days to help us with our color formulations for our clients.

In addition to extensive training during the first week of use, I also had the opportunity of attending an artistic color class at The Goldwell Academy in Linthicum, Maryland two weeks later.  There, I was introduced to John C. Simpson, Lead Artistic Director at Goldwell.  His passion, creative spark and real-life approach to teaching lit a spark in me that I just can’t shake…nor do I want to.  In two short days, John was able to mesmerize a bored and “set in her ways” hair stylist and transform her into a refreshed and creative woman always craving more knowledge in order to perfect her craft.   

I now keep a notebook with me at all times.  In this notebook are client’s names along with their new color inspiration.  In fact, there have been instances when I’ve tried to take a nap when suddenly, a fabulous color comes to mind and it must be written down in that notebook immediately.  As I drift off to sleep at night, I see KK, PK, RB, NN and KG floating around in my head.  These colors (and there are many more) are my ticket to a heaven of creativity.  Eventually I fall asleep, wrapped in the comfort of knowing that I have remarkable paint for any canvas.

295785_482898045064252_1072515794_nThank you John for restoring my hope, faith and love of the beauty industry. 

The world holds your color scheme. 




tapeAs promised, I am sharing another snippet from my book in progress.

   Could it be about the beauty industry?  A murder mystery?  Or a “How-To” book?

Your next clue is…”Duct Tape”.


Water, Water Everywhere

Since becoming a blonde, I have noticed the negative effects that water can have on my hair.  Well water is the fabulous water source in my home (sarcasm).  My beautiful blonde hair that my co-workers have worked hard to achieve, turns into a brassy and lifeless mop because of the sulfur and other stinky stuff coating my hair (hard water).  My hair never feels clean.  Gross!

Once a week, I have my hair shampooed at the salon.  This requires a clarifying treatment to help chisel away the mineral build-up and restore my hair back to its original hair color (the perfect blonde, that is).  Then a deep conditioner is used to seal in the goodness.  I don’t know what’s in that water and I don’t care.  All I know is that when my shampoo goddess is done working her miracle, my hair looks and feels great.

I recently stayed at the Hilton in Ocean City, Maryland.  Only a hair stylist such as myself, would be excited at the thought of washing her hair with beautiful, clean water complete with excellent pressure (something that also poses a problem at home).  The first night I was there, I jumped in the shower, wet my hair and lathered it up with my favorite shampoo.  I rinsed…and rinsed…and rinsed.  What the hell?  I rinsed…and rinsed….and rinsed some more.  Crap, the water was too soft.  I applied my conditioner and rinsed out as much as I could.  I then began to dry my hair…and dried…and dried until I became so hot that I had to sit on the cold floor because I felt as though I would pass out.  I dried…and dried…and dried some more.  Finally, my hair was dry…and I mean dry.  It didn’t matter that I used smoothing and de-frizzing products beforehand.  My hair was so brittle that I was afraid it would snap off if I moved my head the wrong way.  The only good thing I can say about the water is that it didn’t alter my hair color.

Tonight I will be back to shampooing in my stinky water.  Come Thursday, I will have my shampoo goddess take care of me again.

* I’d like to add that I have tried to shampoo with bottled spring water.  Once again, my hair felt dry and brittle. 

What type of water do you shampoo with?


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. 

Aquage Academy

I’m back from the Aquage Academy in Baltimore, Maryland.  They exceeded my expectations and although it was an intense two days, the structure of the program was fabulous.  After twenty years in the business, this is the first time that I received top-notch education without intimidation.  Everyone was gracious and welcoming, including the students.  Definitely the most creative and informative class.

Here are my creations from Aquage

Thank you Eric Fisher, Luis Alvarez, Ann Bray and all of the incredible educators from Aquage.  You’ve changed my life forever.