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Truth is Beauty

 

 

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?

Because, if you can handle the truth…. Hair salons are just more fun! At least, that’s the case if you visit HBI in Springville, AL.  Shop owner, Jenny Ryan is a childhood friend of mine and she agreed to help me do a post on cool summer haircuts. Once I arrived at her shop, we had so much fun that I almost forgot that I was there to get a story.
HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration
Jenny has one of the most fun personalities of any person I’ve ever known. If you are someone who dreads going to the salon and you live anywhere in the zip code of Birmingham, AL, then you will love HBI. HBI or Hair Beauty Inspiration is Jenny’s brain child and it is perfectly named.
Yes, she is a hair stylist. She knows beauty and her shop is so cheerful that after each visit her clients leave inspired to spread beauty the rest of the day.
HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

Jennifer, Traci and Jenny are the three beauties who will inspire your style.

 

Jenny’s first client on this morning was the lovely… Tina. She was the first of several good sports, allowing me to photograph her with wet hair and while she was being styled. This haircut is the shortest she has ever had and she looks absolutely fabulous. Tina is a natural beauty and Jenny knows just how to style her.

Blowing hair with the head upside down, creates volume. When using high heat, Jenny keeps the blower moving constantly and dries the roots first.

HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

Tracy is next up….

HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

There is no twiddling of thumbs going on with Tracy in the chair. Her curls, confidence and smile fit her style perfectly.

A little snip here, a little mousse and Jenny’s magic “curling” flat iron, and Tracy is good to go.

HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

One tip from Jenny is that we can use our flat iron to curl our hair, just as easy as we can use a curling iron.

HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

These loose curls give Tracy an easy, breezy, beach-y look. A very popular look right now.

HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

 

And this lovely lady is Gail from Pinson, who has been styled by Tracy today. She went from “long to wedding to mom hair.” A very pretty mom!

HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

Juliann, from Pleasant Grove is a true before and after at HBI. She arrives for her appointment without makeup and after her styling session with Jennifer, applies a few cosmetics and leaves an inspiration!

HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

I couldn’t leave without a few minutes in Jenny’s chair. I’ve been wanting a quick up-do for those days when I’m in too big a hurry to wash and style my hair. Jenny had the perfect solution.

Things needed for this up-do:

  • black bobby-pins to match my dark hair
  • Teasing brush
  • a few twists and turns

Jenny “teased” the crown of my head for volume. She then took one section of hair at a time and twisted it into a curl, pinning it at the nape of my neck. Fewer bobby pins are needed that one would think because leaving it a bit messy is the goal.

 

HBI Hair Beauty Inspiration

One other suggestion by Jenny is to place a headband around the crown of the head and do the same twisting and curling technique, pinning each section after it is tucked into the headband. I can’t wait to try it!

Lily Tomlin may have been joking about getting our hair styled in a library, but truth IS beauty and it can be found at HBI. Jenny and her stylists see each client as an individual with unique personalities, hair textures, face shapes and coloring.  The chairs in this salon are an artists’ canvas and every face an inspiration. Oh, and you can laugh right out loud at HBI; in fact, it’s part of the experience.

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