Beauty Q+A with Martha Lynn Kale

Photo by Rudy Arocha

The founder of Mirror Mirror on her salon, Jennifer Aniston and the perfect curl.

What does beauty mean to you?

At Mirror Mirror, we encourage women to love what they see in the mirror, whatever that means to them. For some, that means they want to be able to wash and go, and for others, that may mean a full makeover with a lot of upkeep. Beauty, to me, is that huge smile that clients get when they see themselves in a way they didn’t know was possible.

What led you to start Mirror Mirror?

I started out in advertising and have always enjoyed being in a creative environment. The creative energy that flows through the best salons is so inviting and inspiring. I had a vision for a place that would be a blend of relaxation, indulgence and creative flow, and I worked toward the ultimate freedom of owning the business so I could execute it properly. I woke up one morning ready to bring it to life, and here we are.

What can always be found in your purse?

Lip gloss, teasing brush and bobby pins. I can use lip gloss as blush in a pinch. My teasing brush is great because you can use it to brush your hair and create volume. And the bobby pins are perfect for an updo on the go.

Who’s your style icon?

I love how Jennifer Aniston wears classic pieces but they still translate in a fresh and current way. No single item ever stands out. You look at her and she looks great. You don’t see one specific item, well, except for her perfect hair.

Best drug-store find?

St. Ives apricot scrub is a great body exfoliator. I’ve used it for years and love it.

Go-to hairstyle when you’re in a rush?

Top knot. The messier it is, the better it looks, and most people can  toss their hair into a ponytail on top of their head into a messy bun. It has a little more personality and style than your typical ponytail that you’d wear to the gym.

What’s the secret to a perfect curl?

Heat the curl up starting from the center of the strand and feed the hair through the curling iron working your way down. If you start your curling iron at the bottom and roll it up the heat won’t be evenly distributed and you will end up with flat on top and too much curl at the bottom. Also, you shouldn’t have to section your hair; just start grabbing sections and curling. It will save you tons of time. I teach curl classes at the salon and this is always the aha moment. Curl your hair away from your face, which means you have to switch the curls halfway. When the curls go toward the face, it can crowd your face and you can get lost in all the curls.

Irresistible look for Valentine’s Day?

Curls and volume are always sexy. Pair it with a thick liquid eyeliner, some kissable gloss and your favorite heels. It’s super easy and you’ll feel like a million bucks.