A Scent That Soothes

A Scent to Soothe 




  1. gently calm (a person or their feelings).

  2. Reduce plain or discomfort (a part of the body).

  3. Relieve or ease (Pain).

When Raif started making products for his Apothecary, he made them with the intention that they would be used to benefit the users overall health. He made it with a purpose other than to create something that smells good or looks beautiful. Our TR Soothe Serum is made of a blend essential oils including; sandalwood, lavender, wild orange, holy basil, roman chamomile, and a touch of patchouli. Each of these essential oils have so many healing properties and benifits. The blend of these oil became a scent that is interesting, smells good, and has a multiple of uses.  Here is what is in it and what each of the oils helps with. 

Sandalwood :ability to encourage mental clarity ad relaxation

Lavender:believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites. Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.

Wild Orange:anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiseptic

Holy Basil: Natural Aphrodisiac, Deodarizer, and Promotes Confidence 

Roman Chamomile: Creates Peaceful Atmosphere, Calms Nerves

Patchouli: antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrizant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide

A scent that has mulituple of ways to be used. It has been really interesting over the last couple of years to hear feedback from customers, friends and family that have used our TR Soothe Serum in different ways. We have some customers who solely use it for the scent because it just resinates with them. I have clients who told me they use it when they have headaches, rather then running to the cabinet for pain relievers they simply roll the serum over their temples and rub it in for relief. Yoga instructors have told us how they roll on behind their neck before practice as a way to center themselves. Raif works outside so much and has gotten his fare share of bug bites here in Texas, because the serum has natural antiseptic properties he rolls it over bug bites to help with the itching and healing. As for me, I use the serum to calm myself. I am naturally a really anxious person and I always have soothe serum near by for when I feel like I just need to take a minute, breath and let go of whatever is causing me anxiety. I typically roll over my wrists and temples and take a couple deep breaths to get the instant soothing effects.  

If you are a user of our Soothe Serum be sure to let us know how you use it! Thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing more in the next couple of months! If you haven’t tried it www.theisraiford.com to order!


BeYOUtiful Foundation

Hair Donation to BeYOUtiful Foundation

May 9th, 2019

Today my friend Amanda came in to donate her hair for the second time! Each time we have taken over 10inches of of her hair. The first time was 5 years ago! This time Amanda was donating her hair to honor her Aunt Cheli. Below is a description of the foundation via their website

BeYOUtiful Foundation, or at least the idea, started a few years ago on a vacation, we all took to Maui. The discussions on what we could do, how we could do it, flowed through the entire trip. Well, like most of you, when you get back from vacation sometimes life gets in the way. Fast forward three years to Riawna and Nikki waking up to an email from me written in the middle of the night. Finally realizing it was in front of us the entire time, I knew exactly what we could do. It was an outline – a rough draft but the response was YES! How do we do this and when do we start?! Fueled by creativity, compassion and desire to do for others, the three of us have established the BeYOUtiful Foundation.

Riawna and Nikki are the creators of Nine Zero One Salon and all their affiliated brands. Successful and driven is the understatement of the century, but their hearts for others is what truly sets them apart. The self-awareness and willingness to give back, in an official way, will be another shining example of what hard work can provide. With a background in philanthropic social outreach and business development over the last 10 years, I feel like the luckiest human to have landed here. The opportunity to lead this foundation, with two women that I admire so much, is a dream.

With that said, BeYOUtiful Foundation isnʼt about us, it’s about something bigger, itʼs about unity. Itʼs about taking action, doing more and loving people when they need it the most. Excited to have each one of you part of the family, thereʼs no way to do this alone, please help us prove that weʼre #bettertogether.

The program that Amanda will be donating her hair to is called BeYOUTiful Hair, which is a hair donating program . I love that she taught me about a new foundation for hair donation, I have heard so many different things over the years about different programs and its nice to now have a place that I can directly send hair to, or have a place to send clients to for more information. Here is a description via their website

“We love by how we give”. There is nothing more true than this statement, it defines everything about our foundation. Our BeYoutiful Hair program is the perfect opportunity to take action and make a difference. Our hair donation and wig creation process takes place in the heart of Los Angeles. With our hand selected group of beauty professionals, we make sure that all donated hair goes straight to the cause. We’re committed to making sure every little girl, young lady, business woman and/or supermom gets the support she needs. Your own contribution of hair or having your clients chop off theirs makes this program possible. Together we can make sure that every woman has the opportunity to feel absolutely beYOUtiful.


Goldwell Colorance - Rose Gold


Natalie wanted to do something different with her Balayage this time around so we decided to play around with her tones. We wanted to use something that eventually would fade out since we like to switch between tones and styles each time she comes in.

  1. I applied 5n@BP at her roots and while that was processing I did a partial Balayage with Goldwell’s Silk Lift Strong with 20 Vol. She already had previous balayage so I was really just focusing on bringing it up around her face and creating some lighter highlights so when I put the tone on it would POP.

  2. I shampooed her hair using Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and prepped the hair using the Goldwell structure equalizer spray. The spray equalizes structural differences and optimizes color deposit on hair. We use this spray any time we do color services just to insure the the best results.

  3. After prepped with equalizer spray and towel dried I applied 10bb, 7pk, and rose.

  4. I allowed the colorance gloss to process for 20 minutes, rinsed and applied Goldwell Dual Senses Rich Repair Serum on towel dried hair for extra protection, shine and moisture.

  5. I styled Natalies hair using all Oribe products, I started with Foundation Mist, and then applied Smooth Style Serum mid-length to ends and just a couple drops of Oribe Gold Lust Oil just on the ends. After Blowdrying smooth I used my 1 1/4 Curling iron, alternating directions setting her curls and allowing them to cool.

  6. Using a wide tooth comb I brushed lightly through the curls to break them apart and create my desired texture and finished with Oribe Apres Beach Wave.

  7. As far as at home maintenance I recommended Goldwell’s Color Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner as well as the brilliance serum spray. I also precooked Natalie 6 weeks out for a root touch up and at that point we would see how the gloss faded and decide on our next look.


To Raif My Vows



Seven years ago when I met you, I had no idea how much you were going to influence, inspire, and change my life. You met me at a time in my life that feels so far away form where we are not its hard to imagine who those people were. You gave me an ultimatum that not only saved my life but allowed us to create a life together, filled with so much adventure, love and memories. Its hard to pick a favorite memory with you because life since meeting you has been amazing. I don’t think I can ever thank you enough for giving me the chance to learn to love myself and the world around me.

You gave up a part of your life to support me in my sobriety. You opened my eyes and showed me a bigger picture, how beautiful where I grew up is, and how lucky I am to have such a loving and supportive family. You have shown me how to appreciate my friends and cherish things in life I previously took for granted. 

You are the most handsome, thoughtful and talented person I have ever met. For those of you who don’t know Raif yet, he sees beauty in the world and wants to share it with everyone. He is he first person I have met who actually stops to smell the roses, or really any flower. He will tell you what kind of flower it is, why he loves it and where he would grow it. After that he will make you stop for a moment and appreciate it. 

Raif is an encyclopedia, he knows everything. If you need to know something he will figure it out before anyone finding out he didn’t know it. His passion for knowledge is a trait I didn’t know I was attracted to until I met him. 

Raif thank you for planning every detail of this wedding and believing in your vision of our perfect day. I hope you know how grateful I am to be with someone who dose everything whole heartedly. I want to do better in life because of you. Even though this is our day I know you want it to be special for everyone. Thats the type of person you are. 

You often put everyone before yourself. I promise to be the person who puts you first. Thank you for being silly, I promise to not tell you to stop at the expense of my embarrassment. I am Lucky you bring joy and lightheartedness into each day. I promise to keep saying yes. Yes to travel, yes to being more spontaneous and yes to seeing the positive in each day. 

As you say things always work out for us. I promise to trust whatever adventures the future has in store for us. 

I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to walk next to you.

Holding your hand telling you, Im tired, Im hungry, and I’m cold 

I love you.

OUTWOD Austin Texas

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Join me Sunday September September 17th, 2017 at 9:45am for Outwod community workout benefiting        Out Youth hosted at Crossfit South Lamar. 

You do not need to do Crossfit to attend this event, all levels of fitness welcome! 

Register today at www.outwod.com



OUTWOD is the largest international initiative for bringing together LGBT+ athletes and their allies to raise funds for local charitable organizations and sweat together in a safe, inclusive group fitness environment.

Our mission is to promote active and fit lifestyles of our LGBT+ community and allies.

Our pride is in the diversity we represent within the sport of fitness and openly invite anyone to join our welcoming community.

Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day!It may be a little too wet and rainy outside today due to Hurricane Harvey to really go outside and celebrate so I decided to make a list of where I take my dog Kush, and where I like to shop for him. 



Red Bud Isle 

Red Bud is located in West Austin right off Lake Shore Drive. The best time to go here is early in the mornings on week days to avoid the busy weekends. There is a parking lot that sometimes gets filled up so try to avoid peak hours. This is my favorite of all the off leash parks in Austin. There are plenty of easy access points for your dogs to walk into the water! Some people do fish off the shore there, so just be aware that people are doing other things there but it is a dog park!



Barton Creek Greenbelt 

The "Greenbelt" has been one of my favorite hiking spots in the last eight years that I have had Kush. There are over ten miles of hiking trails within the Barton Creek Greenbelt. The water levels fluctuate throughout the year. The last time I went out there, which was mid-August there was not much running water. However with all the rain that we are getting this weekend I am sure that it will be full and running the next time I go down there. I would let the water calm and settle before running down there after a big storm, after a lot of rain it can be somewhat dangerous if you are not careful. My favorite place to get into the Greenbelt is at the Spyglass Access Point for two reason. One it is a quick walk down to the water, and two there is a Taco Deli right there so we can always get a snack after hiking. There is no parking lot there for the Greenbelt but usually I can find street parking really close.



Healthy Pet

I recently found Healthy Pet, a local pet store here in Austin when I was driving over to the Whole Foods off William Cannon. I feel like the staff are knowledgable about the products that they carry and they always have great recommendations for me. They carry premium pet products as well as local brands of dog supplies in their store which I think is really cool. Healthy Pet is involved in the Austin community, hosting animal adoptions along with other events held at their store. Since finding this store I haven't been to any other pet store and haven't had the need to! Check out their Instagram and website for more information!




Ever since seeing these Dog+Bone on Instagram I was obsessed. Their dog collars and leashes are hand made here locally in Austin, Texas. Each of their products comes with a lifetime guarantee and they have great color combinations! They are an Austin based business that gives back to the community and donates supports rescues. I think it is important to not only support local businesses but also back people who are doing good for the community and animals.  


Austin Terrier

Alright, when I found out that there was a Boston Terrier themed restaurant in Austin my mind was blown. Let's be honest, it is a little random but completely amazing! I mean I have a Boston Terrier tattooed on my arm, of course I am going to go eat at a restaurant that has one as a logo. Its a fun, quirky, local to Austin restaurant located in West Austin. We brought Kush along with us to get some cute photos. Great place to meet up with friends, get some pizza and think about how amazing your pets truly are. 


Austin is full of pet friendly places to take your dog. What are some of your favorite places? If you can, take the time to check out Austin Pets Alive Website. With all the storms going on they have an increased need for volunteers and donations. 

End of Summer



If you are like me, the end of summer always evokes a little bit of emotion. Growing up in Wisconsin you could physically feel a change coming. I still have memories of early mornings in August where there would be a cool breeze in the air. A sure sign that fall is coming. The days of vacation, laying by the pool, and exploring in the summer heat were coming to an end. Fast forward fifteen years I still feel a change around this time of year. Although in Texas, the cool air in the mornings is replaced with a little more traffic on my commute down South First with all the children headed back to school. If you, like me, get a little resistant to letting go of summer try to do what I do. Embrace the change of seasons and treat yourself in preparation of a new beginning, a new season. One of the things that made going into fall easier was the back to school ritual of getting a haircut, organizing supplies and picking out my outfit. We may have graduated and moved on from organizing our school supplies, but who says we can't still have those end of season rituals. 

I have composed my top end of summer hair tips. Each of these recommendations will make you feel revived after a busy summer, and recharged for one of my favorite seasons, Fall. 


Revive Your Ends 

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So there are different options when choosing to revive your ends. The first choice is come into the salon and get a haircut. You can change your look completely, maybe take four or five inches off or come in for just a reshaping of the layers and length you already have. Either or, it is good to cut off those split ends that have been caused by a long summer of being in and out of the pool and maybe a little neglect. If its not time for a haircut another choice is to use a moisturizing masque through the midlenghtns and ends of your hair. I recommend Urban Moisture by Shu Uemura. It is a hair masque for dry hair that adds intense nourishment and hydration to parched strands. The lightweight formula enters the hair fiber to soften and smooth while protecting against future dryness. The hair masque leaves dry hair tamed, detangled, and shiny with a healthy glow.

Change your Hue 


If you have been out in the sun all summer chances are your hair has gotten lighter, dull and dry. This can make you feel a little washed out. My recommendation is to come into the salon and get a gloss. There are a varieties of options depending on your hair color and what the look is that we are trying to achieve. L'oreal Professionel has a line called Dia Light which is  great product to change the hue of your hair, to add shine and dimension. Little to no commitment since this is a topical product and will slowly fade out of your hair.  If your looking to look a little more bold you can come in get temporary #COLORFULHAIR by L'oreal Professionel. There are eight bright and intermixable shades that are a direct dye. Meaning results will vary by your current hair color but there are thousands of beautiful and personal results. Colors range from soft Pink Sorbet to Hypnotic Magenta. This color varies on each person and stays in your hair anywhere from 2-20 washes. Come into Ron King Salon to see me for more information or check the link below!


Balayage is the gift that keeps on giving. It is a highlighting technique that leaves you looking natural and sun kissed. Perfect for those who have been inside all summer, rolling their eyes at everyone else posting about their vacation on Instagram. One of the benefits of balayage is there is not a harsh grow out line, meaning you can go longer in between your appointments. If you come get balayage now your hair will still be doing great going into the Holidays. This is one of my favorite techniques because it can be super customized to your haircut, lifestyle, and personality!