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Manly Mondays is Proud to Welcome Hair Stylist Chris Hogg

Chris doing his thing!
Chris doing his thing!








We are very thankful to be starting the week with a Manly Monday interview with Chris Hogg! Chris has been a stylist at Epic Salon in Encino for the last four years, and he is also an Insider for Paul Mitchell’s Giving is My Style philanthropy campaign. Listen up, fellas! He’s got some great tips (…and not just about hair). At the end of the interview, watch a YouTube tutorial of Chris as he teaches us two manly looks!

 Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m just a boy from Agoura Hills and I enjoy the outdoors. I love surfing. It’s my daily medication.
A man and his board.
A man and his board.
I’ve been a stylist at Epic Salon for four years now, and I like every aspect of the salon. My number one priority is developing relationships and learning from my clients. If I can make each one of my clients look and feel better on their way out than they did on their way in –  I’m a happy camper.
Tell us about your daily routine.
I try and get a surf in, and I shower and shave everyday. Moisturize right out of the shower, get dressed next and then cologne and deodorant. Make a quick bite, make lunch and fill up my S’well Water Bottle. Next up – put on my playlist and drive to the salon. I always do my hair when I get to the salon.

Tell us about Paul Mitchell’s Giving is My Style campaign and how you are involved. 
Paul Mitchell will donate 1$ each time someone posts and tags #givingismystyle. Giving back is a huge part of the Paul Mitchell culture, and they are trying to put out there that it’s not that hard to give back: using a hashtag is all you have to do this holiday season. I was contacted by Paul Mitchell to be a PM Insider, and I was immediately was stoked on this opportunity.

 Give us a down and dirty list of your favorite products.
 Moisturizer (Ponds) LOL.
 Deodorant (Speed Stick Ocean)
 Toothpaste (Crest Whitening)
 Razor (Schick Hydro 5)
PM’s Barbers classic
 Moroccan oil dark tones dry shampoo
 Paul Mitchell Marula oil for my beard
Do you believe beauty products have come a long way?
Yes. I think the men’s industry is at an all time high. I love that men have the options with products now to achieve multiple different looks with the same cut. I feel like gel and pomade were the only products really used, and now we have clays, creams, sprays, fibers etc.
Not just pomade anymore, guys!
Not just pomade anymore, guys!


I believe and hope that one day the men’s selection of products will be up there with the women’s product selection.
Ever made a cringe-worthy beauty faux pas?
Yes, multiple. Shaving my beard way to short or uneven is heart breaking.
 I’ve definitely bleached or colored my hair and after 2 days realize it was the wrong move.
You’ve told us you wear cologne. Tell us more.
I say yes, but not overwhelming.  I like to use Bath and Body Works Ocean.
It’s cheap and does the job.

I also mix cologne and woman’s perfume. I love the combo, and I feel it appeals to both men and woman: I get good feedback from it.
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty to me is feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin.
In the hair world, I want to make each client look as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.
Thank you, Chris! Such a great interview, and we love your thoughtful answers. Love that you are giving back too!
Now let’s  learn a little something! Can you say, “Look sharp for Thanksgiving dinner?”

 Find Chris on Instagram @Christopher.wayne

Manly Mondays – This one’s for the Daddys!

Today Manly Mondays gets a new take on the Lift and Gift of Beauty! We just couldn’t be more honored and excited to have Philippe Morgese, founder of Daddy Daughter Hair Factory and dad extraordinaire here for Manly Mondays! Philippe is doing such great work for families in his Daytona community, and he just couldn’t be more warm and awesome about sharing with our Beauty Bus readers. Let’s meet Philippe and hear more about D.D.H.F!
Philippe and his lovely daughter Emma
Philippe and his lovely daughter Emma
1. Tell me about your the Daddy Daughter Hair Factory and how it started.  
The Daddy Daughter Hair Factory was a late night thought I had when I found myself thinking about a friend that I knew was struggling with hair. I started messaging my friend’s with daughters to see if they would be interested in learning how to do hair. All of them said they would come to a class if I put one together. At this point I started contacting people I knew in the salon business to see if anyone would lend me the space to hold a class. After a few people said no and some people ignored my request, I had a friend mention the international academy for hair in South Daytona. I contacted the owner, Mez and he was very receptive to the idea. So I set a date and winged it.
Serious father-daughter bonding!
Serious father-daughter bonding!
2. How did you find other fathers who were interested? How did you spread the word?
I had a few friends that were able to make it and I made a post on my Facebook about looking for dads that wanted to learn hair, the class filled up that day.

3. What sort of feedback do you get from fathers and daughters who have participated?
 The response has been fantastic! The daughter’s are requesting the dad to do hair and the dads are sharing pictures online. It’s very heartwarming for me to see the influence it has on their lives.
Daddy’s share attempts and successes alike on FB!
Daddy’s share attempts and successes alike on FB!
4. How did you learn all of your hair trickery?
I’ve learned my hair skills from watching tutorials on YouTube and recreating styles from pictures I saw online. It started with very basic ponytails but over the years of doing her hair every day, I learned a thing or two 😉
Philippe interacting during a class
Philippe interacting during a class
5. What are your favorite products and accessories?
I’m in love with So Cozy products. They are sold at target or online, but I found the extra cost to be worth it. Emma loves their detangler and their brush. I also like using the styling cream to control fly away hairs :).
So Cozy products
So Cozy products
6. What would you tell and dad who might be intimidated about working with his daughters hair?
Learn how to detangle properly and get the tools you need.
7. What does beauty mean to you?
 Real beauty is a confidence that shines from the inside out. I wouldn’t consider myself a beauty expert, but I find happiness to be very beautiful and when I do my daughter’s hair, it makes her happy :).

I’m currently doing bi-weekly classes in my town to help dads out, and I’m attempting a few mom and daughter classes to see if they can benefit.

I’m not a professional, I’m not even that good at teaching. I have a big heart though and my intentions are good, so I let those things guide me. I’m also grateful that my daughter is happy to help. She really is the rock behind it all :)

Thank you, Philippe and Emma! You are an inspiration, and we are so glad to know you!

-The Beauty Bus Team

Manly Mondays Meets Dev Rice of Bosley Professional Strength

Welcome back to Beauty Bus’ Manly Mondays! Today, Dev Rice, Director of Communications and Creative for Bosley Professional Strength, is manning up and sharing his manly beauty secrets. We are so excited to have Dev with us today! Dev is also a RYT-500 Yoga instructor and Reiki Practitioner. (Can we say, well-rounded?)

Dev Rice, Director of Communications and Creative, Bosley Professional Strength
Dev Rice, Director of Communications and Creative, Bosley Professional Strength

Without further ado, let’s meet Dev!

What is your out the door routine?

Meditate, coffee, shower and go…

Mediation and coffee – a combination we can get behind.
Mediation and coffee – a combination we can get behind.

Favorite grooming products? Hair, skin or otherwise?

Bosley Pro Nourishing Shampoo, Bosley Pro Moisture Masque, H. Morales Home-Fashioned Coffee Scrub, Aquage Transforming Paste, Ceravae Eye Repair Cream and Daily Moisturizer

Some favorite Man Beauty Products
Some favorite Man Beauty Products

Do you think men’s beauty products have come a long way? Examples?

Well, yes. 20 or 30 years ago, men weren’t really using moisturizers and eye creams and all of that. Today there are so many products on the market geared specifically for men, it’s crazy. In general men are just more knowledgable about, and open to, using “beauty” products. It’s easier to research products on our own and the products are easier to buy, even if we don’t want to make our purchase in a brick-and-mortar store.

I think this is driven by the fact that people are taking better care of themselves in general and we all live in a world in which our age doesn’t necessarily define us anymore.

Any recommendations for thinning hair?

Use products that help maintain a healthy scalp while helping to clear debris from the hair follicles themselves, like Bosley Pro. Also, wash you hair after working up a sweat. More sweat can lead to more sebaceous oils in the follicles and to an increase in D.H.T., a cause of thinning.

Great tip! Wash hair post-workout to slow thinning process.
Great tip! Wash hair post-workout to slow thinning process.

Ever make a man beauty faux pas?

Yes. I once wore so much cologne to an event, many years ago, that I was gagging. I could smell myself the whole time. Just gross.

Cologne, yes or no? Reccs?

Brings back my youthful memories of my days behind the fragrance counter at Saks Fifth Avenue/NY. Cologne is fine, just don’t over do it (see above). Tip: Spray the cologne in front of you and walk through it. Should be enough. Personally, I like the old hippy Nag Champa or Patchouli oils, myself.

Nag Champa Oils – an earthy choice for fragrance.
Nag Champa Oils – an earthy choice for fragrance.

What does beauty mean to you?

I think beauty is all about being respectfully and completely comfortable in your own skin, wherever and whoever you are.

Thank you, Dev! Be sure to share these manly tips with the men in your life!

See you next Monday!


Manly Mondays

Today Beauty Bus Manly Mondays welcomes Michael Peters, Regional Business Consultant for Bumble and Bumble, dad of two, Little League Coach and all around awesome guy. We’re thrilled to have him on the Beauty Bus Blog today! Without further ado, let’s get to know Michael and his Manly Beauty thoughts.

Mr. Peters Himself
Mr. Peters Himself

 What is your favorite hair product for men?

Bumble and bumble’s Grooming Creme. It gives the right amount of weight with a satin finish, memory and provides a more lived in look.  I also love DrySpun Finish. It’s instant gratification for fullness and body.

Grooming Creme – we’re game.
Grooming Creme – we’re game.

 What can men do if they have thinning issues?

Use the new Full Potential System from Bumble and bumble to keep your strands fuller, stronger and stay with you longer.

Hair today, not gone tomorrow. (We love a good hair pun and so does Bumble.)
Hair today, not gone tomorrow. (We love a good hair pun and so does Bumble.)

What is your out the door routine? Favorite products? Hair or otherwise?

Lately I have been using Tonic Lotion and Don’t Blow It. The tonic has an old school barber shop feel (peppermint and tea tree) and is a great way to re-style existing looks and is a great primer. Don’t Blow It is perfect for the minimalist on the go. It gives body, fights frizz and has no product feel at all while somehow achieving that effortless look.

Smells like peppermint and tea tree oil. Sigh.
Smells like peppermint and tea tree oil. Sigh.

Cologne, yes or no? Reccs?

Yes. I wear Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford.

What does beauty mean to you?

Finding your own style and owning it. Beauty to me is confidence and not playing it safe.

Thank you, Michael! I hope you found today’s Manly  Monday inspiring. Stay tuned, more manliness coming your way soon!



Stacey Ellis, Beauty Professional




     Stacey Ellis, is a successful owner of her own salon, Ellis Salon. With 18 years of  experience as a hairstylist and makeup artist, she has provided her skills as a  Beauty Professional at the foundation and has  helped made our clients feel as special as they  are. 

“All I need is that smile from ear to ear at the end and I know my job is done.”

Q: How did you hear about Beauty Bus Foundation?

A: I saw Beauty Bus on the show, Secret Millionaire and my salon owner at that time had been to an event and told us about it in a staff meeting. I was hooked!

Q: How long have you been with the foundation?

A: About 4 years. I offer hair and makeup services.

Q: What inspired you to volunteer?

A: Like too many people, I lost a dear friend to cancer at 21 years of age in which I understand the importance of giving that loved one a little day to day normality. Feeling beautiful on the outside may only be a temporary relief from how they are feeling inside, but it’s a relief and a distraction at the same time. Over the years, I have also helped clients of my own going through treatments with home haircuts and other services so I felt I would be able to help at Beauty Bus.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue cosmetology?

A: I was interested in hair, makeup and fashion as a teenager so my parents encouraged me to pursue something creative. I left high school and went straight to hair school, and then makeup school at the age of 17.

Q: What was your first  In-Home Visit or Pop-Up Salon like?

A: There have been so many, that I can’t really remember the first ever visit, it’s all a blur of smiling faces. I tend to go in happy and up beat and everyone seems so happy to see the Beauty Bus team. They are always so grateful and you can see that it’s a great distraction for them, we always have a wonderful time!

Q: Is there something you walk away with from these visits and Pop-ups?

A: It’s just like when I do someone’s hair or makeup in the salon and see how pleased they are, it’s just as rewarding to see that on the In-Home Visits or Pop-ups, also.

Q: Has volunteering for Beauty Bus Foundation changed your perspective on beauty? 

A: No, not really. I treat everyone the same when it comes to what I do. I see past [the] illness and wheel chairs and look straight to the people which is why I do this. All I need to see is that smile from ear to ear at the end and I know my job is done.

5 Tips for Thinning Hair from Bosley’s Director of Education, Michelle Blaisure

Our friends at Bosley Professional Strength are sponsoring our City of Hope Pop-Up Salon on Aug. 18. To learn more about what we can all do for thinning hair, we went to the expert, Michelle Blaisure, Bosley Professional Strength’s Director of Education.




  1. Shampoo with a product specifically designed for thinning hair.

  2. Use volumizing products that are weight free, provide thickness and fullness to the hair.

  3. Apply a leave-in treatment to keep quality and health of the scalp.

  4. Utilize a hair fiber to camouflage the thin areas on the crown or top of the head.

  5. Lastly, maintain with intensive strengthening conditioner at least once a week.


Michelle  is affiliated with the hair care organization known to be “the world’s most experienced hair restoration expert” since 2009. As the director of education at Bosley Professional Strength, it is her role to write the curriculum and presentations for the products, as well as training new employees at the foundation. Before BosleyPro, she earned her license as a hair stylist at just eighteen years of age. As a certified Trichologist, biology of hair and scalp is her passion and she has benefited us with five tips for thinning hair.

Q: What do you thrive upon most working at BosleyPro?

A: It is my passion for the hair loss category and we offer the flexibility to share information about hair loss and work with distributors worldwide.

Q: What interested you in getting involved with Beauty Bus Foundation?

A: My mother had breast cancer and I know what a devastating illness or disease it is to experience. As a hair stylist, I know how important it is to go through this and I think the Beauty Bus Foundation is a great opportunity to have the experience of feeling good, as well for the caregiver while they are going through these difficult times.

Beauty Buddy: Martha Carrillo

Martha Carrillo is one of our beloved beauty buddies and she finds volunteering with the foundation rewarding. Here she is with her dog, Coco.



Q: How did you get involved with Beauty Bus?

A: I was looking for volunteer opportunities online, and I found Beauty Bus. I am in the beauty industry as well where I do book keeping for a company that sells beauty products and this just worked out for me.

Q: What inspired you to generally volunteer?

A: I was looking for something to do with my free time and this became really rewarding. I am really busy but it’s a good experience and is very rewarding.

Q: What are your roles at BBF?

A: I do office work, events and home visits.

Q: What was your first visit like?

A: My first visit was the hardest of all because it was in hospice care. The client’s caregiver told us she only had a couple of weeks left and the client was in a state of denial, depression and couldn’t talk. It was very hard, but it was a significant experience. After that visit, the clients were happy and talkative.

Q: What do you like most about volunteering with BBF?

A: It’s the experience and the feeling of giving back.

Q: How has volunteering with BBF affected your life?

A: Sometimes I change my plans and do things to go and help when I get an email from BBF. When I see someone whom is ill, I see them differently. They are still full of life.

Q: Has BBF changed your perspective on beauty?

A: The industry all about perfection and now I see the human side and its deeper side where it’s about making someone feel good about themselves. With BBF you see a true effect on the person. It doesn’t feel like a job, but I can see a better side of my job.

Say hello to our new Beauty Bus team member!



“The Beauty Bus is an incredible organization, that is able to bring joy to people going through the most difficult time in their lives.  For me, personally, it is the perfect blend of two passions, and I am honored to be a part of the team!”

Amanda Batts,  Community Outreach and Events Manager

Amanda comes to the Beauty Bus with a unique combination of experience in both the nonprofit and cosmetology industries.  After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Psychology , Amanda gained several years of experience overseeing the volunteer program for a nonprofit organization that helps families transition out of homelessness. In 2011, she decided to pursue a lifelong interest in Cosmetology, and became a hair stylist.

After working in the cosmetology industry  for three years, Amanda decided to combine her love for the beauty industry, with her passion for helping others, and has joined the Beauty Bus as our Community Outreach and Events Manager.

“Amanda’s passion, energy and enthusiasm to help our clients was evident and her inspirational character and perseverance to succeed made her the perfect candidate for this position.  I know you will join me in welcoming Amanda Batts to the Beauty Bus team!” added Ronda Wilkin, CEO

Contact Amanda Batts:
Phone: (310)392-0900

Highlights from No Worries Now Prom 2014

Beauty Bus joined hands with No Worries Now Prom event held on June 12, 2014.  No Worries Now Prom is an annual charity prom held for teens living with chronic and terminal illnesses and the nonprofit organizes it to be a special night for them to remember. BBF worked their magic on these lovely teens and provided pop-up salons for people to get ready with hair and make-up services done by our Beauty Professionals. For this event, social media intern, Julie was able to conduct quick interviews of our amazing Beauty Professionals and Beauty Buddies to show the magic behind the scenes.

Dianna, Beauty Bus Professional


J: Is this the first time you had volunteered at a No Worries Now Prom event?

D: “No.”

J: If not, how many times have you volunteered in the past?

D: “I also volunteered last year.”

J: What services did you provide for the event?

D: “Makeup”

J: What did you enjoy the most about volunteering at the event?

D: “Meeting the clients and hearing their stories and sharing it in their excitement.”


J: Did anything stand out to you?
D: “How well run the event was.”

J: Do you have any positive comments/testimonials about the Beauty Bus Foundation and our mission?

D: “I feel honored that I am able to work with such an amazing organization that helps make people feel their best.”

Importance of Caregiver Respite Services

Being a caregiver is a big emotional roller coaster. Finding respite services for family caregivers can be challenging, when much of a caregiver’s time is focused on caring for their loved one. The relief a caregiver receives from respite services is of great importance. The story below comes from our client, Jennifer*, who reflects on caregiver relief services and their impact on her well being.

Before my mom got sick, I was a dental assistant, married and a stay at home mom. I volunteered at my kids’ school as a teacher’s assistant. As time passed, and even though I had divorced and the kids were all grown up, I was still very social and loved to work. When mom started getting sick, my siblings decided that I was the best choice to care for her; they said I had the most time. Everyone started to really count on me, and I had to put my life on hold. I had plans to go back to school to be a teacher, but once my mom got sick I didn’t have the energy. If it wasn’t me, who else would take care of my mom?

As you’ll read below, Jennifer’s role as a caregiver began to alter her ability to engage in the same type of lifestyle she had before caring for her mother. At this crucial moment, respite care relief becomes necessary for family caregivers. The importance of respite for caregivers may not be as apparent or even seem like a need to be filled.

I resented my role for a long time – I remember specifically not being able to join my family on group camping trips or if I want to go out for dinner, I needed to do it after my mom had gone to bed. And our relationship changed, too. My mom has always been a very private person, a dignified woman. She never allowed us to see her undone – she always went to another room to change. When she began to get progressively more ill, she needed to be bathed and taken to the bathroom. It was embarrassing for both of us. That was hardest part and I wished I didn’t have to do it. Sometimes I’d get mad at my situation, but I had to really control myself. I wanted to leave so many times.

Being a family caregiver can get overwhelming quickly, especially if taking care of an ailing parent. Respite services for caregivers can be overlook – it’s not the caregiver that is ill, so how can relief services hold so much importance?

As the main caregiver for my mom, I am so grateful when someone is able to take the responsibility off of me. It is so nice to have a Beauty Bus visit and give mom a haircut. It’s not easy to take my mom anywhere because the wheel chair is very heavy and any hot weather is bad for her. Having the professionals and buddies come to the home is so great for us – my mom loves the services! She still wants to feel like a woman – I still dye her hair – and maintain her vanity. That extra touch makes her feel good, not to mention me! Getting my hair done brought me such happiness; I hadn’t had my hair cut it in a year! Looking forward to that made me and my mom feel normal again.

Family caregivers are providing such a special gift and need respite care and relief from the self-sacrificing role they’ve taken on. Caregiver relief services are integral to being an able and loving care provider.

And although it’s been hard, caring for my mother has brought us closer. I have been able to manage, and have realized it’s a blessing to take care of my parent. Her illness has brought our family closer together – everyone comes to house because mom does not want to go out in her wheelchair. We are taking it one day at a time, making each day a good day.

Assist us in continuing to provide respite care services to our clients and their caregivers. Donate today to the Bringing Beauty Home Fund and make an important difference for clients like Jennifer

*Name has been changed to protect our clients. Narrative adapted from interview with Jennifer.