Mel Ball

Mel Ball

Mel is the founder of www.AskASalon.com, utilizing her background of ten years in the beauty industry to promote, market, mentor, and build business for small salons and spas across the country. She links up quality salon or spa talented folks with businesses that need them, and supports the growth of all those in the service industry through her virtual knowledge networking site and real-world events. Starting out her career in air-brushing, she learned firsthand how to build a clientele from scratch. Managing salons for 8 years led her to more knowledge than most because of her unyeilding curiosity. Selling hundreds of professional care lines in these salons, has given her a wealth of information. Mel combines this information into programs for trainers and presentations for those wanting more key knowledge and focus in their field.
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  • Beauty Guru: 2014 Nail Trends & Tips for the Average Beauty
    Here are a few fantastic ideas for you nail lovers to ponder over. These nail trends have been hot on the scene and it's time for you to try them out!
  • Beauty Guru: Resolutions & the Year in Review
    Let's take a beauty review of this past year and figure out where we can improve in 2014. New Year's Resolutions in Beauty.
  • Beauty Guru: Winter Skin Tips
    This time of year is the most important for your skin's hydration. Here are easy ways to stay moisturized!
  • Beauty Guru: Wigs Are Trending!
    Does anyone here know why you should wear a wig? There are many styles and one is perfect for you. Come on a wig journey with me.
  • Beauty Guru: Quick Beauty Fixes with Only One Product
    Left most of your makeup regimen at home? No problem. Here are some tried and true techniques to give you a little help.
  • Beauty Guru: 5 Ways to Get Rid of Cellulite
    I caught up with skincare expert, Hannah Sowd, to discuss pesky cellulite. Here are some options to get rid of the appearance of cellulite and prevent more from surfacing.
  • Beauty Guru: 5 Ways to Save on Your Beauty Products
    A beauty deal isn't really a deal if it isn't a good product and one isn't supporting small businesses in the process.
  • Beauty Guru: Your Complete Guide to Airbrush Tanning
    Airbrush tanning can take you from a pale reflection to fantastically bronzed in just a few minutes. It can even cover stretch marks and even make you look toned or thinner! Here is your guide to maximize your summer spray tan.
  • Beauty Guru: DIY Summer Beauty Recipes
    As time goes by, I find that less is best when it comes to my beauty recipes. Here is a list of a few of my favorites that will help put a smile on your face this summer.
  • Beauty Guru: 7 Steps to a Faster Makeup Routine
    Sometimes women will obsess over perfection, especially when it comes to makeup application. But with the right brushes, the right products and a little practice, applying makeup can be a breeze. Here's how to cut down the time it takes.
  • Beauty Guru: To the 16-Year-Old Me
    Beauty products were not as developed when I was sixteen as they are now. Here are a few of those changes in beauty products that make me grateful.
  • Beauty Guru: Sexy, Dishelved Hairstyle How-to Revealed
    Why is it that looking a wee disheveled in the hair department, while maintaining a great outfit and a tight makeup style, gives off these vibe of carefree sexiness? I paired up with The Hair Ninja to show you how to create this look.
  • Beauty Guru: Beauty resolutions for 2013
    No one knows what the future holds, but as we move forward collectively and individually, it is time to take beauty to a different level...a deep level. With that in mind, here are some suggested beauty resolutions for your
  • Beauty Guru: Best and worst of 2012 in beauty
    Some of those hideous trends no one wants to remember can turn into some of the best trends, when tweaked. Let's focus on a few of these beauty trends in 2012 and what will remain a part of our upcoming 2013.
  • Beauty Guru: 3 holiday wish list must-haves
    If you like functional gifts that make you feel good, check out my line-up of must-have beauty gifts that should be on everyone's holiday radar.
  • Beauty Guru: How to curl your hair with your flat iron
    Skip the barrel, the clip and the curling iron marks in your hair and try out this technique for perfect, wavy loose curls using your flat iron.
  • Tips to Make Your Hair "Volume Central"
    Humidity, rain, or just plain genetics can't stop experienced stylists from creating the volume you desire, so what's keeping you from doing the same at home? All it takes are the proper tools, products and a little practice.
  • 9 Ways to Green Up Your Beauty Routine
    Talking about environmental changes has resulted in improvements in recycling, but what about sprucing up our everyday beauty routines by simply changing a few habits. I've compiled some easy ways you can make a difference.
  • Beauty Guru: Doing nail art the easy way
    Spending too much time trying to make the perfect nail art? Well, I may have an answer for you that takes less time, delivers results, and gets you out the door fast.
  • Humidity Hair Tips for Your Labor Day Weekend
    Humidity can take the poof out of hair faster than we can say poof. It also tends to create a knotted mess, flyaways, and matted hair. Let's keep the hair looking fabulous this Labor Day with these simple tips.
  • Interview with Celebrity Stylist Sacha Quarles
    Getting a chance to catch up with celeb stylist, Sacha Quarles, was like winning gold! We discussed the new trends for fall as well as work on his latest project, the hairstyles of Men In Black III [FILM].
  • Transitioning to Fall Makeup
    Fall makeup trends typically throw us for a loop every year. Finding a perfect transition from Summer makeup to Fall makeup is easy when you have tips like these.
  • Beauty Guru: Ideas for fall trendsetters
    Runway and the big screen may be giving us subtle clues about what to expect for Fall trends, but it is the trendsetters who have sealed the deal for this year's looks. Here are two of the hottest looks for Fall and how you can pull it off with ease.
  • Top Pinterest Boards for Beauty Tips and Tricks
    Searching through the best Pinterest has to offer for hair, skin and nail tips is now as easy as reading this article. These boards stood out among the rest when comparing followers, tutorials, visuals, and board response.
  • Last Minute Hair Ideas for Back-to-School
    Your summer is coming to a close. Getting used to getting up early has its challenges. No worries though, as I have some hair tips for helping you look your best in very little time.
  • Is Paul Ryan's Hair a Big Deal?
    Somehow, Paul Ryan and his awesome head of hair are of note in recent articles regarding his viability in Romney's campaign, and even prompted some teasing on Twitter. I find this amusing enough to chip in a few words.
  • Keratin Smoothing Treatments Beware; Texture is the Trend for Fall
    Flat is whack! As the waves of summer waters have inspired women to let loose and live a little, so comes the fun waves of previously stick straight hair. Here's what is in store for us as the trend continues to evolve.
  • Beauty Guru: Sizzling summer beauty secrets
    With summer heat taking us hostage every time we step outside, I thought about the best ways to look comfortable without compromising comfort with these tantalizing beauty tips.
  • Beauty Guru: Summer hair and tan mishaps that make us laugh
    Summer fun comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, we can even get a little overzealous, especially when it comes to beauty endeavors. Here are some especially heinous beauty mistakes that are the epitomy of the saying, "live and learn".
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  • Beauty Guru: Beauty products you should not live without
    The face has been found to be beautiful when it looks symmetrical, smooth and healthy. These products fill in the rest of that equation and set the tone for a great makeup regimen.
  • Girl's Night Out: Is Shecky's for You?
    Shecky's Girls' Night Out is a nationwide event, hitting 17 major cities across the U.S., advertising an amazing event in a new city each month, year after year. It's time to see what all the hype is about.
  • Pregnancy, Swelling, and Getting Married
    Today's woman has confidence, power and independence, allowing them to do what was frowned upon even as early as 10 years ago. With each advancement comes opportunity but also different ways to deal.
  • Online Beauty Sample Companies: Helping You Choose
    A quick google search and you'll find several beauty product sampling sites. For consumers, it can be tough to pick out new products. These sample sites help you with that, but which one is the best?
  • From lashes to lips: How you can't go wrong for prom
    What better way to put yourself in full glam mode on prom night when everyone you know will see you in a different light? These makeup tips will help you along your way.
  • Going Vegan: How I Switched to a Vegan Diet
    The vegan lifestyle is not that hard...if you take it one step at a time. As life sometimes dictates we must take things in moderation, so too must be the journey to veganism.
  • How to Have Thicker Eyebrows
    Eyebrows are one feature that can really make or break the face, so application is key. This tiny tweak, emphasizing the brow more, gives a very exotic look while the rest of the makeup is left very natural, emulating a flawless porcelain skin.
  • Your Winter Beauty Fears Tackled
    The winter months are hard on our bodies. Here are a few ways to feel a bit less like a frozen vegetable and more like a healthy beautiful woman.
  • How to Fix the Mess Your Stylist Made
    I was involved in small amateur hair modeling. The typical arrangement is for the model to do her work, then the salon owner will pay in future hair services or product. One such scenario ended in hair disaster.

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