The Ticking Clock vs The Heart of the Matter

The Ticking Clock vs The Heart of the Matter

“Beauty Slowly Fades!” I saw this saying in the background of a webinar I was watching the other day. Still a couple of days later, I found myself questioning this statement and looking at it from a different angle.

  As women, we can be incredibly hard on ourselves. Come on, I know I am not alone here.  The mirror is our best friend and our worst enemy. The place we all go to evaluate ourselves from top to bottom. Wrinkles and grey hair might be where we start, then, before we realize it we begin checking out our sagging triceps, bottoms, once taut tummies and let us not forget the ever famous chicken neck! That’s right I said it, the chicken neck, the jowls, the “oh my, I look more like my mother everyday.”

The aging process is inevitable. When we look at ourselves superficially, it is easy to see each flaw. Next time you look in the mirror, SMILE! Watch your eyes glisten, feel your heart shine from the soul, feel your mood change. Think of the things you’re grateful for and the blessings in your life. While beauty may slowly fade on the outside, the beauty within can shine and be polished and last forever.

Today, take time to compliment another woman today on her smile, watch her face light up, watch the way she walks away with her head held high and know that you have added beauty to her soul!

From today forward, YOU tell your mirror about beauty don’t let it tell you! It only sees outside, BEAUTY comes from within!

Until next time,

Michele Lawrence

Hair We Go… My Journey with Hair Extensions

Hair We Go… My Journey with Hair Extensions

 Right before Chrysalis Hair Designs moved this past May, we started offering hair extension to our service menu.  Even being in the hair industry for 24yrs, I still wasn’t sure exactly what they were for, other than women who wanted long, flowing locks of gorgeous hair. What I have learned since we ventured into this service is that 75% of the people looking for hair extensions are women who have thin hair and want added volume, women whose hair has begun to thin and are feeling like they are balding, and normal ladies like myself, who want a little longer hair but lack the patience to grow it.

  If you have ever met me, you know I have always had short hair. My hair is thick and most often when I decide to grow it; it gets big before it gets long. In my moment of bushiness, I sit in one of the hair designers chairs and cut it back to a perfect, short cut that takes minutes to dry, perfect! The truth of the matter is, I desire to have a longer style but lack the patience. My husband Chris and I are getting ready to head out for a long weekend alone and I figured this was the perfect time to give hair extensions a try.  I would be away from my awesome staff of hair designers who could quickly fix my problem if I had any and be forced to give this new hair a chance. So far, one week in and I am in LOVE!

 Don’t get me wrong, there have been a few learning curves and moments of frustration, but that is exactly why I wanted to venture out on this journey. As the owner of Chrysalis Hair Designs, I feel it is important to know and try every service that we provide.  Typically, I am a guinea pig for most everything because everyone has to learn somehow and it truly is just hair to me.

Are you anxious to hear what I’ve learned so far? 

  • It’s real hair, but it is still attached to YOUR hair and when you pull it, it hurts a little
  • They type of brush you use make a BIG difference (Boar bristle is best)
  • When styling your hair, you might need to section off
  • Shampooing is weird but easy
  • Sleeping with hair extensions is no different than without them
  • Hair Extensions are FUN!

Are you feeling inspired to give Hair Extensions a try? Schedule your FREE consultation with Mollie at Chrysalis Hair Designs to transform your hair today. Perfectress is our preferred extension company. They offer tape in and connection hair extensions and are 100% real human hair. Hair extensions require an every 6-8wk commitment in order to keep them looking fresh and to preserve the quality of the hair.




Before Hair Extensions

After Hair Extensions



      If you are reading this, I will assume that you survived “Snowmagedon” that happened Friday night. It was quite a storm, wind whipping, little sleet-cicles pelting the windows, and the snow falling lightly to the ground. While some of you were sleeping, I was wide awake thinking about the next thing I wanted to share with you this year. I can’t help it, my brain seems to do its best thinking when I should be sleeping. So without further ado, today I would like to share with you why we choose EUFORA hair products and some of the awesome benefits of using an Aloe based hair care line.


    If you have been to Chrysalis Hair Designs, you know that we all LOVE EUFORA! Sometimes I even say, “ we drank the kool-aid!” EUFORA is an aloe based product line started by an original Ohio native, turned Californian, Don Bewley. Unfortunately, Mr. Bewley passed away last year unexpectedly, but through his wife Beth and son Sam, the company continues with the same passion and vision that Don had in mind. All of EUFORA’s hair care products are based on pharmaceutical grade Aloe, they contain no sulfates or chemicals, are gluten-free and use essential oils as the fragrance of their amazing line.  EUFORA started with a small line which is now referred to as the Nourish line. They have grown to add Beautifying Elixir, Smooth’n, Curl’n, Thickening, Aloe Therapy, and HERO for men in the 7+ years Chrysalis Hair Designs has carried the EUFORA brand.

   We already know why aloe is great for our skin and the fact that nothing soothes a sunburn better than a little perfectly cool aloe, but here are some great reasons to make EUFORA your next choice when choosing a shampoo, conditioner or styling product.

  • ALOE is WEIGHTLESS: this is such an important fact for all of you “fine” hair folks

  • Aloe is packed with vitamin B-12, folic acid and beta-carotene. Aloe is 99% water, making it extremely hydrating and the 1% left out are these AWESOME little molecules that provide exfoliation for your scalp

  • Aloe based shampoo and conditioner protects your hair from UV rays, chlorine and salt water, as well as protection from our lovely blowdryer and styling tools that we MUST have

  • like most shampoos and conditioners packed with heavy oils, lotions and emollients that simply coat the hair and weigh it down, Aloe begins healing the hair shaft the minute it is applied and when rinsing, the aloe deposits itself into the “potholes” in each hair strand sticking around to pack the hair shaft with vital nourishment (remember B-12, folic acid, and beta-carotene)

  • Some researchers state that due to that little 1 % of molecules aiding in exfoliation I mentioned earlier, Aloe based shampoos and conditioners also help keep the individual hair follicles healthy, preventing hair breakage and loss.

   So why choose a salon product over something from the grocery or drug store? As a professional hair designer, I hear this question a lot and I am happy to answer it, my love of EUFORA aside, the simple answer is … you wouldn’t go to your Doctor and expect him to recommend medicine from the drug store for your sinus infection or expect him to take a picture in the office to check your gallbladder, why buy a million and one products without a professional recommendation from the person who provides your hair services. We use EUFORA because it’s very first ingredient is Aloe, in almost all of the retail store and other professional lines that claim to be Aloe, not one of them had aloe listed anywhere close to the top of the ingredient list, signifying that the amount of aloe it contains is minimal. EUFORA shampoo and conditioners are 85% aloe base and the rest is just great stuff like polypeptides, essential oils, silica, they are weightless( yes, even the Smooth’n  and Deep Moisture ones ) and they are packed with love for your hair! ( I could get super nerdy here, but I don’t want to bore you:) )

  I hope that you have enjoyed, this information. In the year to come, I am looking forward to sharing Chrysalis Hair Designs with you from a different angle and providing you with tidbits about our TEAM and why we do things the way we do. All of the staff at Chrysalis Hair Designs loves to “Spread Beauty and Inspire YOU”, but we also love to make sure you are educated when it comes to your hair. 

Until We Meet Again,

Michele Lawrence, Owner

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! If you are reading this, it means you survived Christmas and made it to the New Year! I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to 2018. There have been so many good things happening and I am excited to see where this year takes Chrysalis Hair Designs and each member of our TEAM.

A quick recap of 2017:

We relocated Chrysalis Hair Designs in May 2017, YEAH!!! While it was a huge project and took much longer than we anticipated, it was worth the wait.  While our existing staff came along for the ride to the new location, we also have added Bridgette Linger, nail specialist, Krista Shaffer, hair designer and Kylie Marinacci, front desk staff. (We still have positions available for 1 more nail specialist and 1 more hair designer if you happen to know anyone looking to join our TEAM) It has been great to have a nail specialist on our staff to be able to take you to the next level of relaxation while you visit with us. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to relax and unwind with a pedicure, manicure or gel set, keep your eyes open for upcoming specials this year to pamper yourself.

I also wanted to say Thank you to all of our guest and friends of Chrysalis Hair Designs for supporting our small business in 2017. As you may know, my favorite day of the year is our Annual Holiday Open House! It gets a little crazy preparing for it and sometimes the line to checkout makes me anxious, but my favorite part of it is seeing your smiling faces come in and allowing us to celebrate YOU! It is a blessing to be able to offer a discount to those who support us all year long and some of you for many years. If it wasn’t for YOU, and the amazing staff of hair designers, nail specialist and front desk ladies, Chrysalis Hair Designs would not be here.

So, what’s in store for 2018…. WELL….

This year you will find a link on our website for our “NEW” Blog, Behind the Chair and Beyond, here I hope to provide you with everything from styling tips to information about new and old products, why Chrysalis Hair Designs does things the way we do and once in awhile, just a little plain ol’ inspiration or food for thought.  We also will be offering a product of the month and specials on specific services from time to time. There is a plan in the works for a “Girls Night Out” for you to bring a friend and enjoy a night out with us, as well as our Annual Open House on November 16, 2018. (Save the Date now)

Thank you for being on this journey with us at Chrysalis Hair Designs! We look forward to Spreading Beauty and Inspiring YOU in 2018.


Michele Lawrence