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Michelle Obama First Lady of Style

By: Guest Blogger George Caroll, a salon owner in Universal City, LA, who helped with the hair designs of the men in the early Star Trek TV shows.  

First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on the cover of the fashion glossy when the April issue of Vogue arrives on newsstands in less than two weeks.While other presidential first ladies are largely forgotten, Michelle Obama “Let’s Move” fitness campaign may be her official issue as first lady, but it will not be her greatest legacy.

According to Vogue magazine Michelle’s greatest legacy will be permanently redefining the American ideal for femininity, beauty and womanhood, and her appearances in Vogue magazine will be remembered as central to this. However, Michelle Obama is the second First Lady to grace the cover of Vogue, that honor goes to Hillary Clinton in 1998. Nor is she the first women of color.

Contrary to folklore, the first black woman to appear on a Vogue cover was not brown-skinned Beverly Johnson but ethnically ambiguous-looking, although African-American, Donyale Luna, who graced the magazine’s British cover eight years before Johnson became the first black cover model for American Vogue in 1974. Donyale Luna becomes the first cover model of ethnic origin for Vogue, for an issue entitled Eye on the International Collections.

Unlike a model who may be hot today and gone tomorrow, Michelle Obama has emerged as American fashion’s most bankable face of the last half decade. Few models enjoy one Vogue cover, let alone two. Even fewer black women who aren’t models land two covers – with A-list stars such asBeyoncé and Halley Berry, both of whom are light-skinned, being notable exceptions.

The First Lady seems to have settled comfortably into her pop-culture status as a fashion icon.Years from now, few will remember what President Obama said in his most recent State of the Union address. But some little girl will come across a copy of Michelle Obama’s Vogue magazine covers, presenting her in all of her dark-brown-skinned, full-lipped glory, and see herself and know that she is as beautiful as an American first lady. Almost as important, some people who don’t look like that little girl will have learned to appreciate her brown beauty, too, thanks to the First Lady of Style… Michelle Obama.


Salon Voices’ 20 Days of Giveaways

Happy Holidays from Salon Voices!

Tis the season for giving, and this month we are giving away TONS of gifts for you! Starting December 6th, we will be doing a giveaway a day until Christmas. See the calendar below to see what you could win!

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Body Essentials for Spa and Salon Pros

Strength – Flexibility – Injury Prevention – Self Care

Your staff is critical to the growth of your Salon or Spa! Most all salons and spa want to be recognized for a standard of excellence and costumer services. As a salon owner you require your staff to provide value added service and individually pamper each guest to maintain and increase client retention. As your salon or spas clientele increases, so too are the demands on your most valued assist the salon professionals. No mater the professional cosmetologist, barber, esthetician, nail technician or massage therapists all work is physically demanding. Standing over clients providing service making many of the same respective motion day after day, week after week, year after year will break down the body. Just as you would assist your staff in setting retail and service goals, why not challenge them to take a holistic approach to caring for there body. You can grow your business, empower your staff and exceed your salons expectations as well as their own personal goals and growth.

The 90 Second Movement Break for Salon and Spa Professionals

Take a 90 second a movement break before and after each client or invite them to take one with you. When taking your 90 Second Movement Break remember to keep your Head up, Back straight, Shoulders back and down, find gentle tension, Hold for 15 second and breath naturally. Repeat often as you like.

Rotator Cuff Stretch

  • Stand with eyes looking forward
  • Bend arms at elbows
  • Bring one arm up and place one hand behind shoulder
  • Bring other hand behind your lower back
  • Reach hands towards each other
  • Push both elbows back away from body
  • Hold & repeat 3 times on each side
  • A towel may be used to assist

Neck Stretch 

  • Stand with hands clasped behind back
  • Shoulders down & chest up
  • Slowly rotate head around in a circular motion
  • Hold each position 5 to 10 seconds
  • Rotate in opposite direction Repeat