I was greeted with a warm smile on an even warmer day in Springfield, Mo when I met up with Ms. Elizabeth Cloud. We were outside by the pool while our children cooled themselves off in the water and I wasted no time getting to know this lady.
Elizabeth Cloud is one of those women who, when walking into a room, turns heads….all of them. Though I have only met her a handful of times, she has never looked anything short of lovely, and meeting her one-to-one revealed that this wasn’t limited to merely her physical looks. She was kind, had a great sense of humor and took a genuine interest in people around her without having any hidden agenda.
I had especially wanted to meet up with her because of something I have had many challenges with throughout the course of my life: my hair. I am not someone who likes spending an awful lot of time in front of a mirror, and even if I DID have the time, I wouldn’t know where to begin. After getting to know a few ladies in Springfield, Missouri, I discovered that I was not alone, and I was happy to get to know someone who voluntarily offered so much information on the subject.
Elizabeth is a high-end hair stylist and color specialist at Karma Salon in Springfield with over fifteen (15) years of experience. She has done do’s on the beaches of Hawaii, and for celebrities in Los Angeles, and if you saw how consistently perfect her hair is (despite the 500-degree summer heat), you would probably want to pick her brain too: so that’s what I did! I got right down to business interrogating this woman and I was not disappointed. She is a wealth of knowledge on all things tresses and locks!
Elizabeth’s Hairstyling Tips for The Summer Heat
You may not know this, but if you are out under the sun all day, you may want to look into purchasing hair products with UV Protection. I honestly had never thought to look for hair products with built-in sunscreen. Elizabeth Cloud informed me ardently that hair color can fade in the sun, and chlorine does have a similar effect on one’s follicles. She also admitted to never getting her hair wet in the pool, but that if she did she would wash her hair IMMEDIATELY and encourages everyone else to do the same.
During her spotlight at my first Masterminds of Business Event, she explained why investing in higher-end hair products was a necessity: sure, you may be spending $5 to $10 more on a fancy shampoo, but understanding the awful crap that’s in a cheaper knock-off and what it does to your hair could save you money down the line in various hair treatments.
She also discussed that if you are someone who is a regular in the pool, to not worry: you can always go for an oil or conditioning treatment to keep your mane shiny and luxurious. This is one of the many services Elizabeth offers at Karma Salon.
And Now, Quick and Easy Tips for Different Hair Types!!
- If you have fine thick hair, your go-to style would be loose beachy waves.
A bit of hair spray and a flat iron can go a long way for you.
- If you have thick and curly hair, your go-to style would be to scrunch those loopy locks with some styling cream and anti-humidity spray.
- And if you are like me, with fine, thin hair, a bit of volumizing moose with thickening cream will do wonders in adding body.
Two Easy Hairstyles That Are Currently “In” for 2016
I asked her what hairstyle was “in” for the moment (for those of you who know me, I am not good in keeping with beauty trends), and she said the following:
- The Top Knot
This hairstyle seems to have swept the nation. All that is needed is to tie your hair on the top of your head into a ponytail, wrap your hair around the rubber band and secure it in place with bobby pins. After she showed me how to do this, I sheepishly realized that this was a hairstyle for me that I could frequent without spending an hour trying to make it work.
- Beachy Waves
Another hairstyle that has taken over the scene is beach waves. All that is needed is some sea salt spray with a little bit of styling cream: you can enjoy carefree beautiful waves despite the humidity, and if you are working out in the heat, you can always tie your beach waves up in a ponytail.
Getting To Know Elizabeth Cloud
With her bright smile, wide eyes and fabulous hair it is difficult to not like Elizabeth. Her cheerful demeanor and high energy made for a great afternoon.
She went to school in Springfield, Mo before bouncing around the nation. The more I spoke with her, the more we had in common: she was a bit of a travel aficionado like myself, and had moved back to Springfield to grow some roots and give her daughter a beautiful and safe place to grow up. This wasn’t before living in Hawaii for two years spending her days braiding tourists’ hair on the beach, then moving to New Orleans to work in the talent industry doing hair and makeup. She finally moved to Los Angeles for eight years on Manhattan Beach working in a high-end salon occasionally rubbing elbows with some celebrities.
When I asked why she moved back to Springfield, she confessed that she had a breaking point in the City of Angels: she was in a local coffee shop when two teenage girls walked in. One started complaining about how her mother had cut off her credit cards…that’s right, a teenager was upset that her mom had cut off her credit cards, and understandably, that was it for Ms. Cloud. Realizing this wasn’t the life she envisioned for her daughter, she decided to pack up her family and move back to the Midwest!
Feeling a bit cheeky, I asked her what was the funniest hair story she had to tell in her hairstyling adventures, and it was a doozy: “I was once paid $500 to put a bowl on top of someone’s head and give this man a buzz cut. He had been at a bar down the street and I think he lost a bet.”
I laughed and laughed…then felt bad. I remembered the last time I lost a bet, albeit wasn’t as bad as this gentleman’s experience.
She started working at Karma Salon after her former place of employment closed down, and I have heard nothing but positive things about her new establishment. One of the things she loves the most about working in Karma Salon is their dedication to educating the staff. In this industry, there are always changing trends, and Karma salon is notorious for staying on top of the styles and techniques. Elizabeth works Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9am to 7pm (but she sometimes leaves early on Saturdays) and the salon is conveniently located on S. Kimbrough Avenue.
If you would like to get together with Elizabeth and let her get her hands in your hair, give her a call at (417) 234-2064, or you can contact Karma Salon at (417) 887-0005 and schedule a consultation with her. Either way, you will leave with way more value than just a new haircut.
To everyone out there that needs a few more Happy Hair Days instead of bad hair days, this article is for you!
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