Mindy Fairchild and I met through mutual friends in 2001. We have since spent many fabulous and memorable moments together. Regardless of our location, activities or stress level, Mindy always looks pristine. I admire her ability to come prepared AND look classy.
Mindy's has spent 12 years in the beauty industry. Currently, she travels throughout the great NorthWest, U.S.A. and beyond facilitating business growth and technical education for stylists with Scruples International Haircare. Mindy has advanced training in color theory and placement as well as cutting by design. She has also had opportunities to work on stage and behind the scenes for stage and photo presentations. The training she received ensures a great look, but Mindy's ability to connect with people ensures that you will also enjoy your appointment. In 12 years, Mindy has never stopped working behind the chair to make sure she keeps the client interaction fresh and at the forefront. Trust me, she is delightful! Mindy took a minute to fill me in on her travel routine...
C&C: I know that you fly allot for work- what is your standard plane attire?
MF: You need to be comfortable, but you also may have to go straight from the airport to a meeting or a dinner event. I find that high-quality leggings, a sweater dress, and a luxurious scarf can be cozy but still look fabulous. And boots are totally worth the trouble in the security line for the comfort and warmth you will require to make it through a long day in the airport and on the plane, where the floors are always chilly no matter how tropical your destination may be.
C&C: What/ who do you turn to for style inspiration?
MF: I usually am inspired so much more from people in my life or those I encounter out in the world than anything I see in magazines or on the screen. Even though the things shown are beautiful, I sometimes feel that they aren’t accessible or practical. I’m a big believer in functional dressing and love anything that makes me feel great and also makes my life more comfortable. I also love seeing how people from other cultures use clothing and grooming to express themselves.
C&C: Do you have any secrets or tips for packing for a trip?
MF: I always keep a quart-size zip lock bag filled with samples and travel sizes of beauty products and essentials. That way you can just throw it in your carry-on without having to think about it. Speaking of carry-on, a large hobo bag is your best friend. I found one by Matt&Nat that is made of recycled materials, is great looking, and so useful. I can pack it full for a weekend away and still use it as my handbag once I’m checked-in because it has that great slouchy look. Also, look for bags with an external zipper pocket to put in all those things you want to grab easily for convenient access.
C&C: What are your secrets for great hair while traveling?
MF: A classic low ponytail is a great choice for on the go. You may find yourself rushing to stay on schedule, and it’s likely that you will experience changes in humidity from indoors, to the car or plane’s heat/AC, and to your new destination. A simple way to avoid looking frazzled is just to pull your hair back at the nape and secure it with a fashionable band. Depending on your face shape and hairline, you may want to add a side-part or tease the crown a bit, maybe even add a silk wrap.
C&C: Do you carry anything (beauty or hair products) in your purse, car or on your person that you cannot live without?
MF: I love The Body Shop’s Delicious Tinted Lip Conditioner, it gives you a bit of color and keeps your lips feeling smooth and healthy instead of dry and dull from all the recycled air that comes with traveling. I also always carry an essential oil blend called Purification for many uses. It smells great, helps you fight off germs, and can be used to sooth your cuticles, stop flyaways in your hair, and gives your skin a subtle sheen.
C&C: When a woman comes to you, looking for low maintanence hair, what do you recommend?
MF: It’s so important to work with your hair’s texture and growth patterns rather than try to fight them. You will always look better if you accept what you were given and make it your own, rather than trying to chase a trend and spending endless amounts of time and money on products and tools to try to achieve and maintain something that just doesn’t fit with what you’ve got.
C&C: What is your trick to feeling fabulous on a 'bad hair day'?
MF: There are no bad hair days if you take care of your number one accessory properly. Regular trims, professional salon prescribed products, and a cut and color designed just for you, and you can’t go wrong. A good old fashioned hot roller set is a great pick-me up for hair that’s gone limp or maybe a little wild from a previous style. The heat will re-activate product and erase creases or bumps, and give you a sexy bouncy shape.
C&C: Are there delicious things that you eat to improve your gorgeous locks?
MF: Looking great totally starts with feeling great. Wholesome foods do wonders for all parts of your body, including your hair. Breakfast is a great meal to get started off right, a spinach omelet cooked in olive oil, whole grain peanut butter toast, some berries, and a glass of milk is the ultimate hair health meal, and is tasty. Hair is made of protein so you need to give it plenty to form with, also B Vitamins and Vitamin E are key for scalp and hair vitality.
C&C: Where is your favorite place that you have traveled for work? For pleasure?
MF: I had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time working in Western Canada and I absolutely fell in love with it. The people there are so friendly and grounded. Everywhere you look there is another amazing view. The food and the shopping were also great. While there, I discovered that a lot of my favorite make-up and clothing brands were made in Canada. My new 'go- to jeans' are made by a Canadian company called Fidelity, and they really know how to do denim right. I guess that it is not called 'The Canadian Tuxedo' for nothin'!
C&C: Where is your 'dream destination'?
MF: I’ve always had this dream of seeing the entire Earth, but the Maldives is probably the one place that has left a lasting postcard in my head. I hope someday I’m able to see more than just pictures.