Colour Chat: Meet Atlanta-based yogi, Kristen Mercado

This edition of Colour Chat is putting the focus on Kristen Mercado, the owner of the Solstice Atlanta yoga and barre studio and specialist in pelvic floor and prenatal and postpartum exercises. Get to know the busy mompreneur!

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How does your hair help tell the story of who you are?
Being a mom with a laid-backstyle, I like my hair to be as effortlessly casual as possible.  It has to be easy to style because I don't have a lot of time to "get ready" in the morning.  It doesn't matter what you're wearing or where you're going- if your hair looks good you feel confident! 

Why do you choose Colour for your hair services?

I love the convenience of being able to have someone come to me on a whim.

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What inspired you to open your own yoga and barre studio? What has been the most rewarding part of being a yogi? 


I opened the first family-friendly studio in town because I saw the need for community-driven self-care for mothers in Atlanta.  The most rewarding part of my yoga practice has been the way it has shaped my parenting and experience out in the world.  Yoga has taught me to take risks, live with no regrets, and connect with others.   

If you could give other women one piece of advice, what would it be? 

It takes a village! Perfection is an illusion, and no one woman needs to go it alone.  We are better and stronger when we support and empower one another.

Colour Chat: Inez Lampley Works Hard and Plays Hard

Inez Lampley is an educated and empowering woman. Inez attended Spelman College and Emory University and is currently running her own start-up food company called Fresher. Below, Inez shares how Colour makes her life as an entrepreneur easier, and gives us the scoop on her business and more. 

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How does your hair help tell the story of who you are?
I view my hair as a way to express myself. I've always enjoyed trying new styles, like braids, and experimenting with my natural curls. I've been natural and getting my hair dyed the same color since I began college. My unique hair color — pressed or in braids — has been one of my favorite traits.  

Why do you choose Colour for your hair services?
Colour's beauty is in its convenience and execution. There's no better feeling than getting my hair done in the comfort of my home, coupled with definitive times that match my busy schedule. This enjoyable experience completely trumps any service I've had in a salon. I'm always amazed by the superior service and execution — my hair always looks healthy after each visit.  

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If you could give other women one piece of advice, what would it be?
Your mindset is absolutely everything. Maintaining a growth mindset is key, and not always easy, but it starts with believing in yourself and your God-given capabilities. ALWAYS choose yourself and dreams, even if your family, friends, or mentors don't understand your motives. Be confident in your decisions and choose what makes you happy. NEVER settle; just get comfortable being uncomfortable because that's where you truly stretch and grow!  

You recently launched a startup company named Fresher. Can you tell us a bit more about the business? What have you learned about yourself since becoming an entrepreneur? 
 My family business has been operating fast-food franchises for over 30 years —  think brands like Burger King and Pizza Hut. While I was getting my MBA at Emory, I started Fresher, which seeks to bring healthier food concepts in the communities we serve. I'm extremely passionate about access to healthy food and view Fresher as an opportunity to diversify my family's business, while also keeping in touch with growth trends amongst millennials. 

One thing I've learned is that you must truly love what you are doing to be an entrepreneur. It's important to find your purpose in life and an avenue to be successful BUT understand that it doesn't happen overnight. Great things take time, and many times you'll do things about which you aren't so passionate to make your vision come alive. 

Written by: Olivia Hancock 
Colour Social Media Intern and Community Manager

Colour Chat: Meet Dr. Chynna Steele

In this week's Colour Chat, we spoke with Dr. Chynna Steele, a top dermatologist based in Alpharetta, Georgia. The Harvard University graduate has contributed her expert medical opinion to Best Self, WebMD, Ebony, CBS Atlanta, and recently appeared on the talk show, Sister Circle. Chynna chatted with us about her relationship with her hair, working in the medical field, and more.

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How does your hair help tell the story of who you are?
I like my hair to be feminine and full of volume generally. I think that's a reflection of my personality. I change it up with color and styling when I'm on vacation or for events. I am ok with it being a little "wilder" or sportier when I'm not in the office.   

Why do you choose Colour for your hair services?

Colour is convenient for me. The biggest thing is time. Lots of times, I have a tight schedule with work and events, so having someone come to me makes sense. 

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If you could give other women one piece of advice, what would it be?
To not be defined by anyone or anything. To do things that make you happy and that you want to do—even if it's not necessarily what people in your profession, age group, gender, etc. typically do. Accept yourself for who you are.     

What inspired you to enter into the medical field? What is the most rewarding part of your career as a dermatologist?
I always liked science and working with people. I love being a dermatologist because there's so much variety in what I do.

I see lots of different people and get a little glimpse into their lives—that's the human part of it. I get to help them look and feel better and be healthier in a way that they can actually see because what I do is superficial (literally!).

I treat everything from skin cancer to wrinkles and tired eyes, so it's always interesting.  

Written by: Olivia Hancock 
Colour Social Media Intern and Community Manager

Colour Chat: Delta Employee Kali Beyah Talks Her Colour Experience, Career, and More!

#MomOnTheMove

Kali Beyah is a woman who wears many hats. She currently holds a high-level position at Delta Airlines as the Managing Director of Global Talent Management and is a devoted mother and wife.

In this week's Colour Chat, Kali dishes on how Colour's hair services have impacted the lives of her and her daughter; career tips; and more. Read on to get to know Kali. 

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How does your hair help tell the story of who you are?

I don’t know that I’d say my hair helps tell the story of who I am, as much as my hair— when coiffed by Colour—leaves me feeling good, confident, and fully equipped to live out and communicate the story of who I am. That’s what looking good is all about—it’s part of how I make sure I feel good. And when I feel good, I am better in every way—as a mom, a colleague, wife, and friend.

Why do you choose Colour for your hair services?
It’s a no-brainer. Time is the resource I lack most, so I have to be a strong steward of what I have. That means choosing Colour because it allows me to have my hair done without waiting, at times that meet my needs, whether early morning or late evening or even Sundays. My Colour experiences are consistently efficient and convenient—no travel time, no wait, no being juggled. That leaves me more time to be with the people that matter most—my family—and to get my work done, sometimes even during the blow-dry. 

I also use Colour for my daughter. That has been a game changer. Doing my daughter’s beautiful and very thick head of hair was NOT bringing us closer. It simply wasn’t good for our relationship. She is tenderheaded, I’m not the most patient, and we were nearly running out of movies to distract us during the process. It’s lagniappe that her hairstyles by Colour are 10x better than anything I could do. A tween daughter who feels good about herself when she looks in the mirror is priceless and makes me feel great as a mom. I count it an investment in her and in our maintaining a joyful relationship. 

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If you could give other women one piece of advice, what would it be?
Other than use Colour? It’d probably be two-fold: 

1. Embrace timesavers so that you can embrace the people and activities you truly love. Whether it’s Colour, grocery delivery, or audiobooks, it’s a necessary evolution for today’s woman.  The demands of work and home have become 24/7/365 and since we can’t clone ourselves or add more hours to the day, let’s embrace the tools that allow us to shift loads and operate more effectively.  

2.  Release guilt—as a mom, wife, whatever.  Like worry, guilt is like a rocking chair because it gives us something to do but accomplishes nothing. As long as we’re doing the best we can one day at a time, let’s practice giving ourselves some grace.  

What is a typical day like as the Managing Directer-Global Talent Management and Assistant General Counsel at Delta? 

It sounds cliché to say there’s no typical day, but it’s true. My days are dedicated to developing and investing in Delta’s great employees—whether in meetings, training events, or strategy sessions, it’s very energizing work. 

Written by: Olivia Hancock
Colour Social Media Intern

Colour Chat: Lifestyle Blogger Sarah Lampley Dishes on Being an Influencer, Hair Care, and more

#LifestyleGoals

Sarah Lampley is a working mom on the move! As a lifestyle influencer, Sarah blogs about an array of topics ranging from motherhood to self-care. We chatted with Sarah about her career as a content creator, her love of all things hair, and more. Read on to get to know Sarah. (p.s., she's wearing our signature Lady Braid below!).

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How does your hair help tell the story of who you are?
I'm a busy mom of three boys with not much time to fuss with my hair. I love having styles like the "Lady Braid" that leave me feeling whimsical and fun, yet sophisticated enough to handle business. 

Why do you choose Colour for your hair services?
So many reasons! Convenience, professionalism, quality of service, and efficiency. Colour has literally been such a blessing to my life! 

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If you could give other women one piece of advice, what would it be?
If you haven't already downloaded the Colour app, do it right now. Every woman deserves to have beauty services available at their fingertips. 

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Blogging is your business! What professional lessons have you learned since launching your lifestyle site?
I've learned that authenticity is indispensable. Always be true to yourself, regardless of the situation.

Written by: Olivia Hancock
Colour Social Media Intern

Colour Chat: Atlanta-based Influencer Gabrielle Chanel Talks Building a Brand, Hair Care, and more!

Meet Gabrielle Chanel

Gabrielle Chanel is an Atlanta-based lifestyle blogger who runs the site Booked for the Weekend. The content creator says she can always be found "devouring a book or brunch." Below, Gabrielle is chatting about her growing brand, her hair, and more!

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How does your hair help tell the story of who you are? 
There are two parts of my body that I truly treat like accessories— my hair and my nails. To me, my hair is meant to be limitless, which is why I love trying any and all hairstyles. Whether I want to be Zoë Kravitz one day and rock bohemian tresses, or Tracee Ellis Ross the next by letting my natural curls flourish in the wind, the options are endless. Your hair is meant to be a story of your life journey. Why let it end in the first chapter?

Why do you choose Colour for your hair services?
You simply can't beat the convenience of Colour. For me, my time is of the utmost value, which is why I love Colour. Their professionalism is top notch, and I truly appreciate how they're always up to date with various hairstyle options (and open to trying new things as well!). Who wouldn't enjoy having a premiere service done from the convenience of your own home? Colour makes me feel like a celebrity!

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If you could give other women one piece of advice, what would it be?
It's okay to care what people think about you but never care so much that you 1) edit the hell out of yourself 2) stop doing what you know is right, or 3) forget to take your own needs, expectations, desires, feelings, and opinions into account.

What inspired you to launch your lifestyle blog? What are your goals as a content creator? 
For me, launching a lifestyle blog wasn't about being like everyone else, but simply being me, truly and authentically. In need of a creative outlet, I knew I wanted to share my love for all things books, travel, good eats, and self-care with others. And then BOOM, 'Booked for the Weekend' was born (thanks, mom, for the push!). The best part about this little gem to me has been the response I've gotten from women across the country, sharing their latest reading goals, or simply sharing that they've tried a restaurant recommendation of mine while in the A! As a content creator, my one and only goal is to create a community of women that share a common love of being "Booked for the Weekend."

Written by: Olivia Hancock
Colour Social Media Intern

Colour Chat: Rachel Travels

Introducing Colour Chat

Our new weekly newsletter series highlights inspiring women across all industries who use our hairstyling services. Each week, we'll be sharing a profile on one of ourColour members that features a candid conversation about haircare, career, and more!

Rachel Hill, also known asRachelTravels, is a "travelpreneur" and speaker. She makes a living teaching others how to travel affordably and build a profitable online presence. Read on to get to know Rachel! 

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How does your hair help tell the story of who you are?
I love how versatile hair can be. I've had so many styles, colors, and shapes. Right now, my natural hair is in a tapered cut with blue highlights in the front. This style is fun, different, and bold — which is a direct reflection of my personality!

Why do you choose Colour for your hair services?
My life is all about convenience. Having a service that allows a stylist to come to me was a game-changer! 

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If you could give other women one piece of advice, what would it be?
Choose yourself. So often, as women, we're told to put everyone and everything before our needs and desires. Yet, it's hard to pour into others when we're completely depleted. So my advice to women is, decide what truly makes you happy and fulfilled, and choose yourself. Everything else will work out.

How have your travels around the world influenced the woman you are today? Oh man. My travels have truly allowed me to become the woman I've desired to be. What I mean is, travel has allowed me to be outside of my comfort zone, experience different people/cultures, and ultimately change my perspective on many aspects of my life. It's allowed me to have more empathy, be less judgmental, and to think critically about what I truly feel. 

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Written by: Olivia Hancock
Colour Social Media Intern

Trending: Black Panther Celebrates Natural Hairstyles!

Do you have Black Panther fever, too? 

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It's a week of celebrations —Happy Valentine's Day!– leading up to the MAJOR event that is the nationwide Black Panther Premiere on Thursday. The movie marks a seminal achievement in natural hairstyles on the big screen, and we couldn't be more excited. 

Evoking a style of "Afro-futurism," the film showcases natural hair in countless forms, from stylized box braids to plump Bantu (aka Wakanda) knots to icy locs. We understand there was nary a flat iron or relaxer on site during filming. 

Feeling inspired? Get the look for your upcoming Black Panther premiere party or red carpet event! What a great opportunity to try something new and have fun with your gorgeous hair. Just send us your inspo pic, and we'll make it happen. 
 

xo, Debra

p.s., Catch Colour on CBS 46 tonight at 11:00 pm chatting about natural hair trends and the importance of Black Panther, featuring longtime Colour client (and muse!) Sarah Lampley

That time I learned to striptease...

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When I was an assistant editor for Atlanta Magazine 15 years ago, we did a feature story on “How to” do all kinds of unconventional things around the city. Little 23-year-old me got an interesting assignment: "How To Strip." Off I went in broad daylight for a private lesson at the Cheetah from a veteran dancer, let’s call her Suzy. Stepping inside it first seemed like an utterly normal experience at 2 o’clock on a Tuesday. There were dancers studying their biology class textbooks at the bar.

Suzy took me to backstage and gave me the 411 on a the basics of private dance. The key is not to actually touch your partner, she coached. Approach, but stay a few inches away. You’ll want to select a song you love— slower tempo is better. Dim lighting. Start slow. Make eye contact. You don’t actually need to take off many or any clothes. 
Go with the flow and commit to your moves. Involve ice cubes. 

It goes without saying, have your makeup and hair done. Red lipstick. High heels. The absolute secret ingredient? Seamed, thigh-high stockings. (See above for some inspiration).

So, I wrote up my little article and years later decided to test out my learnings on a worthy subject, my future hubby Kevin. Have to say it was the most memorable Valentine’s Day of my life. Here we are ten years and, er, five kids, later.

Chances are if you give this gift a try, you’ll want a hair appointmentbefore, and after. It’s shocking between the adrenaline and the workout, how much you actually sweat in just 3 minutes of dancing!

Don’t worry, Colour’s got you covered.

  1. Maison Close L’Antichambre Underwire bra and sheer panties, $105 and $45
  2. Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color in “Lover” , $28
  3. Agent Provocateur Amber Hold Up Black Stockings with Back Seam, $60


xo, Debra 

Happy Hair, and Is Beyoncé's Hair Real?

Happy Hair book

Holiday gifting is in full swing! For me, that's four kids, two holidays (Chanukah and Christmas), TEN teachers, nephews, relatives, work associates, and friends. Half the battle is getting organized, and the next step is getting a little creative. I love to find one cool, multi-purpose gift that I can buy in bulk, and can be appreciated by many. 
If you’re stumped on a perfect-for-most gift, may I offer a suggestion? The bookHappy Hair by Atlanta-based author and illustrator Mechel Renee Roe. This sweet and simple book features Mechel’s lovely illustrations of different hairdos on brown little girls, from “Cool Curls” to “Fab ‘Fro” to “Pom-Pom Puffs” to “Bomb Braids”, interspersed with a repeating message that “I love being me.” It’s no secret there’s a dearth of children’s books and dolls celebrating different textures of ethnic hair, and Happy Hair provides a subtle way to help girls (and women) love our naturally curly textures. It has a self-esteem-boosting message to embrace our hair’s versatility and try different styles —of course a driving principle of Colour
My daughters love it, and it just warms my heart when Reina will point excitedly to a picture and says, “That’s like me!” Bonus: it’s a super quick read—like, 3 minutes, which is a delightful perk during the seemingly endless bedtime routine (am I right?!). 
Buy it for your your daughters, nieces, bestie's kids, and more. 

Beyonce Natural Hair Controversy

In case you missed it, the buzz on the Interwebs is about Beyoncé's hair. It all started 10 days ago, when Bey presented an award to Colin Kaepernick rocking long, blonde, braided-out waves, and her hairstylist Neal Farinah instagrammed that it was in fact her natural hair. The comments and blogs went crazy, some saying it was clip-ins, or a lace front, and equal numbers defending that it was her natural hair.
Then, mom Tina Lawson reignited the embers posting (an apparent) photo of Beyoncé from the back, displaying a long, blonde ponytail with the caption: "INCHES!!!! So happy my baby’s hair grew back !! She is going to get me," followed by a worried face emoji. As we all recall, Beyoncé cut her hair in 2013 into a very short pixie, so this long ponytail would reflect four years of natural hair growth. Hmm.
We think Beyoncé looks great, and as the master of creating a little controversy, we have to say kudos for getting us all talking. Wonder if there's a surprise album release coming up?! 
 

What do you think about Beyoncé's hair controversy?