Makeover & Sol Hair Studio

October 19, 2015


It all began about three or four weeks ago, I was at home washing dishes or cleaning something and I thought to myself, “you know it has been three or four years since a hair makeover, and boy do I need one.” Besides trimmings here and there and trying new hair styles my hair was in dire need of some coloring as grey hairs were showing up and I felt I deserved some pampering, however there were two things standing in my way- time and money. I say this to be real with you. As a stay-at-home mom of 4 with a husband working it isn’t easy to get away much less have the extra $150-$300 for hair coloring or highlights at a hair salon. So I brushed away the thought like I do each year and thought perhaps another time when we knew where finances stood with my hubbies new job.

Fast forward a bit from my thought and I went to church one Wednesday night and a woman named Merisol I have come to love and respect came up to me and told me she wanted to do a hair makeover, and try a new product out. She also told me that her apprentice Amber, whom I met that same Wednesday would be doing my hair. I asked her “I will think about it, how much is the cost?” and she said “don’t worry about it, we take good care of you and make you look beautiful.” I agreed and then collected her number a few days later following worship service and then this past Friday I set out to Merisol’s salon ‘Sol Hair Studios‘  for my first highlights in four years and let me tell you it was amazing.


As you can see above in the first photo my hair was in my natural curl when I went in and in need of trim and some fresh coloring. When I arrived I was offered and given coffee, then placed in a wrap robe and then on top of that given a black smock over top for extra protection and told to have a seat in one of the chairs. Right away Merisol and Amber discussed with me the new products they were trying and the colors to put in. I told them I wanted one of them to be blonde.  They agreed and then ‘Sol told me she recommended a copper brown for the other shade, however she wanted the blonde to be more pronounced. Amber got to work after mixing up the colors. While she worked I read some blogs, and enjoyed another cup of coffee.

I waited for 35 minutes for the color to set in and then shampooing and conditioning time  was heaven. The way in which Amber washed and conditioned my hair was a massage in itself. She scrubbed and massaged around the temple, sides and back of the neck all while washing. I commented on her good massaging to which she replied “oh I am not massaging, just washing,” and I laughed and thanked her anyway. This went on for awhile and then I sat in a chair for the drying of the hair and then actual hair trim. Afterward Amber straightened my hair.

While my hair was being straightened a remarkable thing happened. Merisol went to a make up drawer, grabbed a handful of make-up products and began applying make up all over my face. As she was doing my eye make up I closed my eyes to hide tears and silently thanked God.

When I opened my eyes she asked me “So Rachel, how do you feel?”  I cried and told her how much I wanted a makeover all these years and I thanked her over and over. She told me that sometimes we as women and moms get so “busy and need to take care of ourselves,” and I agreed with her.

Merisol went on to complete my make up and then she removed cuticles and did my nails with O.P.I polish products which I have now come to love. The end result of the make-over was AMAZING!


Merisol got some after photos of me and you can view them here. I was very pleased with all the products used, results and work of Amber and Merisol. If you live in the Roanoke, VA area I highly recommend Sol Hair Studios, and I thank Merisol and Amber for making me feel special and for their gift of a makeover. God, thank you for providing and for using the gifts of Amber and Merisol to bless me, I can’t thank you enough for this blessing.

How have you been pampered recently?

*Sorry there are not a lot of shots here, my phone died in the salon and so the photo collage photo is taken from Sol Hair Studio’s facebook page here. I was not compensated for this post but was part of a training and testing of new products and techniques and just had to share this awesome business and opportunity. Thanks for reading.

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  • Jaymie Ashcraft October 19, 2015 at 6:26 am

    You look wonderful!! 🙂

  • Sam October 19, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I thought your hair was pretty before, but this look is great too! I know anytime I get my hair done I come out feeling like a new person almost, it’s just a confidence booster. I’m so glad for you that you were able to do this; those ladies were so sweet! Love the color :).

  • Brittany October 19, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Your new hair looks amazing!


  • Rachel October 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

    This looks AMAZING! I love your hair this color and it is always so fun to get made up! Looking lovely 🙂

  • Anna D Kart October 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

    WOW! You look amazing girl. The make up and hair look great on you.

    Happy Medley

  • Darcy October 19, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Beautiful! Loving the new hair!!

  • Tamara October 19, 2015 at 11:31 am

    WOW, you look amazing! This colour is perfect on you 🙂

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    Tamara xxx

  • chelsea October 19, 2015 at 11:44 am

    You look gorgeous! I love the look on you, its such a fun day when we get pampered!

    Xo Chelsea

  • Becky @ bybmg October 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    What a blessing! you look beautiful, but you always have 🙂

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom October 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    YOU LOOK GORGEOUS! I love it! I wish my hair was naturally sleek and straight… but, nope! Isn’t it fun to get pampered at the salon? You so deserved it!


  • Elizabeth Hugen October 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    You look so beautiful (not that you weren’t before 🙂 )!! How amazing to be blessed with a make over! I really love the color and think it looks great on you <3


  • Laura October 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Love the new look on you! You are looking fabulous!

  • Rachel October 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    What a great makeover, I almost didn’t’ recognize you. Wow, you look beautiful.

  • Shannon October 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    OMG!! You look gorgeous! Loving the straight hair and your makeup looks amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Amy Ann October 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    You look beautiful! But then you always do. This just enhances your great features. It’s fun to see your hair straight, and I like the color.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Shea October 19, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I thought your curly locks were pretty but I also love your hair straight like this. Such a dramatic change, and it’s gorgeous!!

  • Brooke October 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Wow! You look amazing, what a fabulous new style 🙂

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  • Shauna October 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    You look absolutely stunning! Love your hair like this!


  • Whitney 'Nic' James October 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the hair. FABULOUS!


  • Jacqueline October 19, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I love this sleek straight look! Perfect!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life October 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Wow! What a fabulous hair makeover! I love it! You look amazing!!!!!

  • Sarah @ Bows and Clothes October 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Makeovers are so fun! I am so glad you got a little “me time” and were blessed by your hairstylist friend. You have always been very pretty, but the highlights and make up enhance your natural features and make you look even more gorgeous!


  • Tif @ Bright on a Budget October 19, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Love your makeover! It’s it amazing how God always provides just what we need??? And while some may say that a makeover doesn’t count as a “need”, I think we all DO need a little pampering sometimes.


  • Grace October 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    OMG! LOVE this makeover so much! The hair style and makeup just look so good on you. I am so happy for you to get this chance to be taking care of. 🙂

    Take care and keep in touch! Please stop by every Wednesday for Color and Grace Fashion link up! 🙂


  • Katey October 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Oh my goodness! What a fun day! I’m sure it felt so good to be pampered. You look absolutely beautiful!
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  • Shaunacey October 19, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    you look lovely, but you always do!

  • Katherine October 19, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Looking pretty! <3

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  • Cynthia October 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Love your hair like this! So pretty!

  • Michelle October 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    So Stunning!! Love the new color & straight style on you! Looks so glam!

    I love getting pampered, even if it’s just a quick manicure, it makes me feel great!

  • Ana Luiza October 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    There is never quite the same felling of confidence as when you walk out of the salon! Thanks for linking up with us on Start the Week Stylish
    – Ana Luiza
    The Northwest Blonde