Seeking Volunteers for FREE Haircuts in San Francisco! $20 Color Services Also Available!

Haircolor by Andrea Drugay

Haircolor and hairstyling by Andrea Drugay

I’m happy to report that I’ve started an advanced training and assistantship at a high-end salon in San Francisco! Over the course of the next several months, I’ll be taking advanced cutting and coloring classes every Thursday at 10am and noon, and I will need to bring in people who want FREE haircuts and / or $20 haircolor! This is an excellent opportunity for students, stay-at-home moms and dads, freelancers, unemployed or underemployed people, or just anyone who wants a trim or a change but can’t pay full price right now!

The classes are personalized to my skill set and are highly supervised by my mentors to ensure you receive the best possible haircut or haircolor. The haircuts are all done in the Vidal Sassoon style, a very precise and technical method of cutting that provides the most flattering cut. For haircolor, we specialize in Wella, the best choice there is. And for hair care products, we use Kerastase, Shu Uemura, and Bumble & Bumble, the three highest quality brands for haircare.

Every client receives a luxurious shampoo and beautiful blow-dry!

Upcoming styles and colors: bobs, layers, curly hair, women’s and men’s short cuts, men’s long cuts, highlights, highlights with tint, and color correction.

Please take a look at my portfolio to see some of my previous work. Let me know if you have any questions!

To book a free haircut or $20 haircolor, email me at I look forward to hearing from you! :-)


Color correction

Here’s a color correction I did the other day, with highlights and toned to a beautiful beige blonde. No filter! :-)

Color correction with highlights

Color correction with highlights

2013 Year in Review ~ Welcome, 2014!

happy new year

Happy 2014!

Greetings, friends, and a very happy almost-2014! I haven’t been quite as bloggy in 2013 as I’ve been in previous years, mostly because cosmetology school has been taking up sooooooo much of my life! Which is NOT a bad thing, to be sure :-) The decision to go back to school full-time and make a career change to something I’ve always wanted to do has been challenging, rewarding, freeing, frustrating, mind-opening, exhilarating, and most of all, humbling. I’ve only got a couple of months left before I’m done with school and get to take my state board licensing exam, and then after that, my new career officially begins! Very exciting and scary all at the same time. I’m ready for it like I’ve never been ready for anything!

One thing I’ve learned in the last year is even though it can be tough to start from scratch at something you’ve never done before (after doing something you’re good at — and succeeding at it — for half your life), learning something new is always, always, always rewarding. Even if you learn it the hard way! Shaking up the system, breaking patterns, challenging the norm — whatever it takes to keep your brain fresh and stimulated will always be worth it in the end.

One other thing I’ve learned is that — even though people told me this, I didn’t really believe it — cosmetology school really only prepares you to take your state board exam. It’s true! We don’t learn a ton of cute haircuts or funky haircolor or anything much like that, although we do learn some trendy stuff. But school is really focused on the basics. Which is fine! We all need to start somewhere, and it’s crucial to have a solid foundation before trying newer things. But I am looking forward to continuing my hair education once I’m licensed!

As I move into 2014, I plan to blog more in the new year, at the very least with updates on my career and photos along the way! Tips, advice, and more yummy, healthy recipes in there, too, of course ;-) But I’m pretty active on other social media, so be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest and let me know you’re a blog follower!

Here’s a brief recap of my 2013 highlights (no hair pun intended). I’d looove to hear from you and what your year was like, too! :-)


Started cosmetology school!!

Oh, yeah, and got married!! ;-) OMG!! Took a mini-moon at the beach for a weekend (but are planning on taking a full honeymoon after I graduate, yippeeeee).


Our wedding spot (approximately)


Hmm, I think I just focused on school all month!


Did my first-ever set of pin curls and finger waves on a real person, for a friend who was going to a 1920′s circus-themed party. I also did her makeup! I learned a LOT doing her hair, namely that a bonnet dryer would have been a better idea than air-drying, and a much, much stronger gel would have held the waves better than what I used. But she was a real sport for being my guinea pig, and I’m happy to say my finger waves have improved drastically since that day!



Took a spring break trip to Arizona, where I cut my whole family’s hair :-)

Started visiting a lot of high-end salons in San Francisco, trying them out as a client to evaluate them as potential places I might want to work someday.

Went to a hair conference in San Jose where I watched a lot of demos (inspiring!) and bought a lot of products (good prices!).

Had our first client days at school and got to play around with a bunch of friends’ hair.

Changed my haircolor from platinum-in-front, espresso-in-back to allover medium cool brown with highlights.


School, school, school and then, finals!


Summer break, part 1.

Got re-certified in CPR.

Had a jury summons, but didn’t have to serve.

Took a weeklong roadtrip to LA and back, revisiting old haunts and discovering new loves. Saw the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at LACMA, a dream come true.


A Korova Milkbar girl, from “A Clockwork Orange,” at LACMA

Changed my haircolor to bright, cherry red. “Ariel red”!


Ariel red

Took makeup certification classes in Runway Makeup and Bridal Makeup, at Kryolan.

Summer session: focused a lot on braids and updos.


Braids ‘n’ bows


Bridal-style updo

Got certified in hair extensions through Short2Long.

Got to see my sister and her family for a short visit :-)


Changed my haircolor to “Cherry Cola,” a reddish brown.

Had a rowdy and hot 4th of July party at school, which resulted in several grass stains, sunburns, and bruises but was totally worth it. My team, “Glamerica,” did not win anything, alas, but it was really fun to glam it up outrageously, anyway.



Summer break, part 2.

Visited a lot of salons as a client. Got a lot of blow-outs, a haircut, haircolor. Learned a lot — some of the salons that I thought I would love turned out not to be my style at all. And others pleasantly surprised me!

Practiced yoga for, like, hourrrrrs.

Went camping!


Tree pose in a tree


Salon visits, yoga, running, relaxing, visits with friends.

Changed my haircolor again! To “Chocolate Plum,” a purplish dark brown.

Back to school!


Applied for and received an awesome merit-based scholarship that really helped this semester!

Signed up for a beauty show competition in Santa Cruz with a few other girls from school and started working on our project pretty much nonstop for the whole month :-)

Started learning all about using bleach. So much to learn there.

Practiced vintage hairstyles a lot. Vastly improved my pin curls and finger waves!


Vintage pin curls

Saw the Arctic Monkeys at the Fox Theater! Good show, fun times.


Did highlights on a friend with virgin hair and they turned out fabulous! And she loves them, too!!



Competed at the show in Santa Cruz! Very challenging weekend! We didn’t win but the experience was well worth it.

More highlights! Then, of course, got more highlights of my own ;-) I mean, I couldn’t NOT.

Started facials class, finally allowed to sleep in school, haha.


Volunteered face-painting for several hours at the San Francisco Mission District’s Day of the Dead parade.


Some faces I painted

Helped out a drama teacher friend’s high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream — taught the students how to do their hair and makeup for the show, and they turned out great!

Pre-applied for my state board exam!

Had a very cool interview at a salon I’d LOVE to apprentice at once I’m done with school.

Explored my beautiful San Francisco with my mom and her hubby on a gorgeous fall weekend.

Spent Thanksgiving down the coast, away from the city, and totally, 100% unplugged. I turned my phone OFF. Wow!


Spent a volunteer day giving free haircuts to homeless men and women in San Francisco. Super-rewarding and I will definitely be doing that again.

And then, OMG, finals! Winter break! Family! Christmas and New Year’s! Time to unwrap presents and wrap up the year!



Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, and vibrant new year! Cheers to 2014 and the big, fun changes ahead.



A Cosmetology Short Story: The Examination

This is a fun little thing. We had an extra assignment for one of my classes in which we were given a list of cosmetology-related words and had to write a short story using those words. When my teacher gave us the assignment, I said, “You’ve got to be kidding me. This is RIGHT up my alley!” What better way to combine my old career and my new one, my love of writing and my love of cosmo, my skills with words and my skills with hair, skin, and makeup… than to write a story? At just under 1,000 words, it’s a bit of flash fiction that only takes a few minutes to read. 

So, here you go. Enjoy! :-)

The Examination

The music came on suddenly, awakening me from a deep sleep. I heard a snore as I blinked my eyes, adjusting to the dark room. My assistant was still asleep, it seemed. I heard the inspectors outside the room. We were being awakened early to prepare for the examination. At least they granted us the courtesy of prep time. Ever since we’d crashed our spaceship on their cold planet, we hadn’t been granted much.

I kicked off the sheets and made my way into the bathroom to cleanse and dress. All we had to do, I thought while splashing water on my face, was provide the Empress with a new haircolor. If she approved of our professional skills and was pleased with the color, we would be set free to return home in one of their ships. If we failed to please, however, we would remain in the prison of their alien laboratory forever, submitting to their ongoing analysis of our kind: the human species.

I wasn’t one to stress, but my assistant was a bit of a head case. Back on Earth, she required therapy, but on this planet, I could only hope for the best. We weren’t going to be using thio, thank goodness. One time, my assistant performed a perm on a client who walked in off the street. She was so worried about fitting the rollers correctly that she developed a rash, hot to the touch and a bright red colorlike dermatitis, but merely from stress. Fortunately, she was able to complete the perm successfully, but we made a note on the client’s record card to book her with a different stylist if she ever came back.

As I stuffed my towels in the hamper, I heard her wake up. We dressed together in our alien prison jumpsuits, and made our way to the café for coffee and toast, the simple human breakfast this species allowed us. When we had eaten, an alien guard led us to a sparkling-clean, white room in which we were to prepare our dirty human selves to touch the Empress — a practical precaution, in case we had any kind of infection.

A computer monitor and phone were attached to the wall, but the only other things in the room were astringent, Kleenex, and a disinfectant gel, with which we were to clean ourselves. I wondered if it was EPA-registered or not. The alien guard stood by, watching. Its gaze made me feel we had done something illegal, but we had only crashed on the wrong planet. I sighed. This would be over soon. We cleansed every possible bit of pathogenic bacteria from our cells, it seemed, until our skin was taut from having no more oils. I hoped this deep cleaning would at least clear up the acne on my forehead.

After we tossed our soiled jumpsuits in the garbage, changed into new suits the guard gave us, and had our cleanup double-checked by the guard, we were finally led into the examination room.

The Empress sat on a marble stool in the center of a bright, circular room, draped in a white cloth with a black towel around her neck and her hair covered in a white cap, so we didn’t know what it looked like. To her side was a table with a haircolor brush, two bowls, five yoyettes, a roll of paper towels, a digital timer, and two pairs of gloves. Several guards stood around the edges of the room, alert, their gazes as sharp as razors. A sensation like needles crawled up my spine and I shivered.

“You can do this,” I reminded myself. I had a cosmetology license, a professional certificate, and a year of advanced education in haircolor. I knew what I was doing.

We stepped toward the Empress and bowed, and she nodded slightly in return, her blue eyes surprisingly gentle. Then a guard came forward and placed on the table a tube of haircolor labeled 7N, a bottle of 20-volume hydrogen peroxide, and a pair of — was that really? — manicuring nippers. The Empress nodded again, and the guard removed her cap.

I nearly laughed with joy when I saw her shoulder-length hair was a virgin level 7 with about 10% grey around the temples. So that’s what she wanted: grey coverage. I understood. She nodded again, the guard stepped away, and we got to work. The nippers, it turned out, were to open the haircolor tube.

My assistant mixed the color while I sectioned her hair, and then I applied the color all-over until her greys were definitely covered, and set the timer for 45 minutes. When the time was up, the guards rolled in a portable sink (amazing the things they have on other planets!) and we rinsed the color, then blow-dried with a dryer that dropped from the ceiling on a long cord.

Finally, the moment of judgment. A guard presented the Empress with a mirror as my assistant and I held our breath. As she gazed at her reflection, the faintest smile crossed her lips, then she broke out in a giant grin.

Apparently that was all the guards needed to see, because we were suddenly whisked away and into a small space pod into which all of our belongings had already been packed. They must have known we would be successful! The doors shut with a whooshing sound, and the guards, touchingly, waved goodbye. Then the pod beeped three times, and we lifted off the alien planet and headed toward home.

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Bars

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Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Bars

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Bars

If you read my last post about protein bars and tried them yourself, I’m hoping you either loved them so much exactly the way they were that you didn’t change a thing OR that you changed up a bunch and made your own custom version!

As for me, I’ve now made several variations, including using Vanilla Chai Vega One, adding a lot more flax meal, omitting the honey… and my new, absolute favorite that I must share with you: Chocolate Almond Butter. TOTAL YUM. 

If you like chocolate and almond butter, you will (hopefully) like these a lot! I have one for breakfast first thing in the morning (don’t even ask how early that is!) and it keeps me satisfied ALL the way until lunch. Your mileage may vary, so please don’t think that’s a serving size that fits all ;-)

And once again, if you’ve customized your own based on either of these recipes, I’d love to hear what you did! 

Have a beautiful week, wherever you are! :-)

PS — don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or friend me on Facebook! I’m all about healthy living and being a cosmetology student!

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Bars

Ingredients for 18 bars


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Pour into an ungreased 9×13 pan and spread until even.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Let cool. Slice into 18 bars. Wrap individually and keep refrigerated. Enjoy!
Adjust the recipe as necessary for your needs and tastes. You can determine the nutritional content of your final product using Recipe Calculator.

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