Atlanta Based Celebrity Hairstylist and Self Made Millionaire Cliff VMir Explains How He Made His 1st Million By The Age of 19
At only 20 years old, celebrity hairstylist Cliff VMir is working his way to snatching the crown as the entertainment industry’s king of hair. The self-proclaimed boy boss has an impressive client list of boss babes that includes Cardi B, Trina, Joseline Hernandez and Blac Chyna. After realizing hair was his true passion, VMir launched his business at the age of 16, leaving behind a nursing technician career, that eventually led him to achieve great success by earning his first million dollars at the age of 19. Now, VMir is rapidly building his celebrity clientele, managing his own salon, and creating an empire with hair care services, products, and a hair line. This young mogul took the time to share with rolling out the steps that led him from playing with Barbie dolls to millions, and what we can expect from him next.
What steps can others take to profit from social media?
Be as creative as possible. Visual content goes a long way. I would recommend posting specials and sales, which go over very well if you have a huge social media presence. Also interact with your followers as much as possible. When you do this, people will gravitate more toward buying from your brand than someone else’s because of the one-on-one interaction and that’s also a great way to build their trust.
What’s next for Cliff VMir?
A lot of people always say “Cliff you are a character; you have a personality on you.” I kind of want to explore the world of reality TV. I would love the opportunity to work with Mona Scott-Young and her team and be a part of the “Love & Hip Hop” phenomenon. Mona and Stephanie are absolute visionaries in the world of reality TV. I would consider it an honor to work with such pioneers, and I think that Mona would be the best to portray the life of a young entrepreneur such as myself to show the world a true day in the life a young, Black gay male. I can bring the tea for days … Mona and Stephanie, call me.
Meridian Hairstylist Zelda Lehosit Raised More than $1,000 for a Local Man who was Hit by Gunfire in the Las Vegas Shooting Earlier this Month
Jason Hammond took a bullet in the knee and another one grazed the back of his head. He’s back in the Treasure Valley and recovering, but those medical bills are adding up, so one of his close friends, Zelda Lehosit, is trying her best to help with those costs.
"He would do anything for anyone,” she said. “He would give the shirt off his back for someone in need."
Lehosit has been friends with Hammond for years. They’re both hair stylists and met through work. Hammond doesn’t have health insurance. He’s already had one surgery and the unexpected medical bills have been expensive.
"My first thought is 'What can I do to help,’" Lehosit said. So she got creative to find a way to raise some money.
"I know how to cut hair and that's really all I can do,” she said. “I can’t bake, so I couldn't have a bake sale. I said ‘Well, if I can cut hair, and I can take all of those proceeds for a day and give the money to Jason and his family then let's do it.’"
All day Saturday she held a cut-a-thon called “Cut It Out” at The Processing Bar, a salon in Meridian. All the proceeds from every hair cut Lehosit gave were donated to the Hammond family.
"This is my day of work. This is how I pay my bills, but right now Jason needs our help more," she said.
Another goal, to have the community come together to support someone in a time of need.
"The biggest reasons we named it ‘Cut It Out’ so that can mean whatever you want,” she said. “Whether it's cut out hate, cut out crime, cut out name calling, cut out politics, whatever it is just to cut it out and come together and be united and love one another."
Ask. Believe. Receive. is a 5,000-year-old mystical teaching which reached mainstream in 2006 by Rhonda Byrne best seller The Secret. By 2009, The Secret had been translated into 50 languages and grossed over $300 million in sales.
Whether you subscribe to this ancient practice or not, cultivating a money mindset will help you attract abundance into every area of your life. It can help you grow your business, find inspiring mentors, increase your time freedom and even inspire you to follow your grandest dreams.
Based on the three-step process of Ask, Believe and Receive, acquiring a money mindset starts with some serious introspection. Most of our beliefs about money—our money mindset—started in our childhood.
Your parents likely had a huge influence on how you learned to manage money as you observed how they spent, saved or even squandered theirs. As you grew older, other people and circumstances shaped your feelings around money.
1. Your New Money Mindset
If you harbor negative or limiting ideas around money, it’s time to change the story. The 12th-century Persian poet Rumi once said, “This world is like a mountain. Your echo depends on you. If you scream good things, the world will give good things back to you. If you scream bad things, the world will give bad things back to you.”
In other words, your thoughts, words and deeds create your outer reality. If you don’t change your limiting thoughts/beliefs about money, you will continue to attract lack.
Instead of saying, “I don’t make enough money … I will never have enough … it’s so hard to make money in this industry,” change your story around money. You can write a new chapter at any time.
Replace the negative thoughts and words with positive ones such as “I share my gifts and receive abundance in return … I have unlimited resources … I am always provided for.”
These simple positive statements, or affirmations, should be repeated daily. It won’t take long for your money story to shift if you regularly shift your focus to positive affirmations.
2. Practice Gratitude
Everything in your world is a reflection of you. When you affirm lack, that message is sent back to you and you receive more lack. Do you suffer from only-ness? This is something we do that limits us. “I only have $200 in the bank … I only have five clients this week … I only have these tools to work with.”
Look around and you’ll see you likely have many things to be thankful for. Spend some time each day in gratitude. Look at your bank balance and say, “Wow, I have $200 to spend. Awesome!” Review your client list and think, “I am so blessed to have clients who trust me to help them heal.”
Imagine having unlimited resources and tools to help your practice grow. Whatever you focus on will expand, so be grateful for what you do have. It won’t take long to see a shift in your abundance.
It’s also important to practice gratitude for the so-called “bad stuff.” While that may seem counter-intuitive, you attracted it into your life for a reason. Extract the lesson and move on. Be grateful for what it has taught you so you won’t be destined to repeat it.
3. Be a Giver
The law of receiving is activated through giving. If you truly want a larger life than the one you are living right now, you need to unblock the “kink in the hose” to allow abundance to flow to you. You do this by giving. Giving of your time, giving of your expertise and giving of your money.
However, most people have conditions on their giving. Can you imagine looking at a wood stove and saying: “If you give me heat, then I’ll give you wood?” No, that would be ridiculous. So why do we bargain with the universe and tell it we will give once we start receiving?
In order to tap into unlimited abundance, we must be givers and not takers.
Takers are people who believe their lives are the sum total of whatever they can get from the world.
On the other hand, givers are convinced that life is a giving process. They are motivated by how they can serve others and are not concerned by what they can get in return. They know good flows from within and life is not something to get, but something to express.
It’s the same with money. So many gurus tell you to give away money with the intention that a certain amount of money will be returned to you. That line of thinking is limiting at best. Giving anything away starts the flow, just like turning on a faucet.
4. Increase Your Sense of Deserving
It’s common to experience feelings of doubt and guilt when receiving abundance. Until you understand and accept your true worth or value, your efforts to change your money mindset will be undermined.
If you feel you don’t deserve something, you will instead attract what you feel deep down inside you truly deserve.
Your history does not have to determine your destiny. Spending time focusing on what you deserve will amplify your ability to attract good things into your life.
Take out a piece of paper and on one side, write down all the things you’ve accomplished so far in your life. Big things, little wins … everything!
Now flip the paper over and write down all your special skills and talents. Keep this list somewhere you can refer to it often, especially when you need a confidence boost. It’s important to remind yourself that you have many unique gifts and you deserve whatever it is you desire.
5. Open Your Mind to Infinite Possibilities
Often, our logical mind is our worst enemy. We tend to limit ourselves to the things we already know to be true. Your mind will be quick to remind you, “You can’t earn more doing what you are doing. It’s impossible.
These types of assumptions will block you from finding other unique and creative ways to attract money into your life.
When learning to increase your money mindset, stretch beyond what you know to be true and consider other possibilities. Ask instead, “What would it take to increase my abundance? What can I do to make more money flow to me?”
80 Beachgoers Form Human Chain to Save Family Being Dragged Out to Sea By RipTide in Panama City Beach
Dramatic Beach Rescue Proves That Anyone Can Be Hero.
Over 80 pedestrians on the Panama City Beach in Florida formed a human chain to save a family of nine from a dangerous riptide. Events began to unfold on Saturday evening when Roberta Ursrey and her husband saw their two young sons screaming for help from 100 yards out into the ocean. A nearby couple attempted to rescue the boys, but they also became caught in the current.
Several of the other Ursrey family members attempted to rescue the struggling swimmers, and they became trapped as well. One nearby surfer was able to tow one of the women to shore by using his surfboard, but there were still nine others in need of rescue: six of the Ursreys, an unnamed married couple, and another female tourist.
There was no lifeguard on duty, and police had opted to wait for a rescue boat – but the situation was becoming dire by the second. The riptide victims had already been struggling to keep their heads above water for twenty minutes, and they were exhausted.
Beach goers started yelling at the crowd of onlookers to form a human chain. Dozens of people – several of which reportedly said they couldn’t even swim themselves – linked arms and marched into the ocean. Among the onlookers was Jessica Mae Simmons, whose husband told the crowd to form a chain
“To see people from different races and genders come into action to help TOTAL strangers is absolutely amazing to see!!” wrote Simmons. “People who didn’t even know each other went HAND IN HAND IN A LINE, into the water to try and reach them.” As she watched the 80-person chain stretch towards the swimmers, she knew that she could help.
“I have always been a GREAT swimmer,” Simmons wrote on Facebook. “I was raised in a pool and a lake since I was crawling, so water was no hard task for me. I can hold my breathe underwater and go around a Olympic pool with ease! I knew I could get them to the human chain of people that wanted to help.”
Simmons and her husband then grabbed boogie boards and swam down the chain until she reached the swimmers. First, they helped the two young boys reach the human chain. Then, they went back for Roberta, who was just starting to black out by the time she was rescued. Next, they rescued Roberta’s mother who had begun to have a heart attack while in the water. Even though the grandmother reportedly yelled for the rescuers to “save themselves”, Roberta’s nephew and husband supported her in the water until help returned. Finally, after everyone was brought back to the beach, the crowd began to cheer.
Roberta and her mother were taken to the hospital where they were treated for their injuries. They have since been deemed stable and relatively healthy. Jessica says that while she was hailed as a hero and thanked by everyone in the family, she credits the rescue to everyone else on the beach. “I was calm because I KNEW they was coming out alive. I knew how to get out of a rip tide and I knew I could swim for long periods of time. But what really got me was how a entire BEACH jumped into action to save these people. People who COULDN’T even swim was part of that human chain. They wanted to help that bad.”
During a recent Breakfast Club interview, host Charlamagne Tha God asked Rapsody to explain one of her Laila’s Wisdom lyrics: “People enjoy the car more than the drive.” Rapsody spoke about the disconnect some have between aspiring for success and being both patient and disciplined. “You look at these people, and they have all this fame, all these accolades, but people don’t understand it took them 10 years to get there,” she told hosts Charlamagne, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee. She references a JAY-Z quote from a recent Rap Radar interview where her Roc Nation honcho stated, “People emulate the end result, not the process… Are you willing to practice your whole life?”
Rapsody looked within her peer group. “You see Kendrick Lamar doing what he’s doing; he’s been grinding for 10 years. When I came into this, I’m thinking about when I was younger, I was like: ‘Oh, I can put out one dope mixtape and bang, it’ll all hit.’ It never happens like that.” Rap’ recalled how long-term mentor and Jamla Records owner/producer, 9th Wonder set her straight early on, telling her, “You’re not going to see this thing ’til seven to 10 years.” 9th and Rap’ met more than a decade ago. However, the Grammy-winning producer/DJ took a closer interest around 2010. It was around that point that the North Carolina MC became a focal point within the burgeoning Jamla.
Rap’ noted: “That’s what separates the ones who are successful, not all the time talent, but patience, being able to stick with it, falling down seven times and getting up eight.” Rapsody started out by sharing that Laila’s Wisdom is named after her mother’s mom (aka “Big Momma”), who raised 14 children. The MC also adds that she is one of 150 grandchildren. Rap’ also offered up her definition of power, women in Rap; how Lauryn Hill and JAY-Z are her favorite MCs, and the importance of setting the line.
Rapsody also defined her recent single Power which features Kendrick Lamar “Power to me for one is knowing who you are,” the North Carolina MC said. “First you got to know yourself before you know what to do with your own power. You got to love yourself. Respect our power as women to bring life into this world.” She added that some people might confuse money for power, or end up focusing on the negative that chips away at their potential. Others might find power in God. “Power comes in different forms…People like to say that women are emotional, but that’s also powerful. I can connect with something on a whole other level that men can. That’s power to me, just recognizing your own power.”
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Jackson, MS Inventor Martin McCurtis has the Hair Industry Anxiously Awaiting the Arrival of the New Futuristic Dryer that Reduces Drying Time by 50%
Coming up with the idea
Years ago, Martin grew tired of waiting on his wife to dry her hair, so he built a machine that directs hot air upward and out an exhaust pipe. That makes for a drying process that’s more comfortable and much faster. “My estimate would be like 52% to 53%, but it’s clearly over half,” says Martin.
Area salon owners are excited as well, Eva Kelly owner of Eva’s Family Hair Care in Jackson states that, “That the Momentum UpFlow hair dryer cuts the drying time in half, and it’s cooler than the standard dryers that are used in salons today.”
With prototypes in hand in pre-engineering underway, the only thing standing in the way of Martin McCurtis and his dream to revolutionize the more than 100-year-old hair drying business is funding. McCurtis aims to raise $650,000 on his Kickstarter campaign which began on August 26, 2017.
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MASK OFF! Removing the Mask to Uncover the Uniqueness of the Divine Within "Know Thyself" in 3 Steps
1.) Don’t conform.
It is an unfortunate reality that we are living in a society where people have to conform with the herd mentality in order to feel accepted and taken care of by others. Instead of being urged to discover our uniqueness and do our best to cultivate our individuality, society pushes us to become carbon copies of others and this puts a lot of burden on our psyche, not allowing to express our authenticity and hence live the way we truly desire to live. So how can you be your true self when you are almost always pushed to conform? In order to be authentic, the first step you need to take is to stop conforming to tradition or the collective mind. Doubt your traditional beliefs, schooling, and knowledge — and start your own quest for truth from scratch. "Don't go where the path may lead, create a new path and leave a trail!"
2.) Stop caring about what others think.
The second main tip on how to be your true self and express your authenticity is to stop caring about what others think about you. Authentic people don’t identify themselves with the opinions others have about them — they live the way they think is best for them to live, instead of living the way others think is best for them.
You and only you can know what is good for you, and only by living the way you truly desire to live, will you be able to be true to yourself and care-free. So from now on, do your best to find and follow your bliss, no matter what other people think. Besides if everyone took the time to focus on their own personal authenticity there wouldn't be much time to distract others from being their true selves.
3.) Speak your truth.
Last but not least, in order to embody your true self and express your authenticity, you need to speak out the truth, always being honest with yourself and others, no matter what.
Many of us don’t dare to speak openly and honestly, but instead choose to lie to others so as to hide our true thoughts and emotions. This, however, is harming both ourselves and our relationships with others. From today, be sure to always speak the truth, even if it goes against the interests of others. This might turn many old friends of yours into enemies, but it’s the only way to find out the people who love you unconditionally, and will help surround yourself with a few yet true friends that will accept and like you just the way you are.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
– Steve Jobs
The 26-year-old, nicknamed The Bearded Lady, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome after she began to develop facial hair in her teens. She’s spent recent years raising awareness of the condition and working as an anti-bullying campaigner, but now, the activist is turning her attention to self-love through her brand Treasures Within. Kaur truly believes harnessing the power of self-love can create major change. In fact, she said it could even “stop war”.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning and keep pushing forward?
“We all have a purpose in life and I believe this [being an activist] is mine, so that’s one of my driving forces. The second driving force is knowing that I’m actually making a difference to people’s lives. Knowing that women are saying that their young daughters are looking up to me now, knowing that I’ve helped someone to not commit suicide. Getting messages like that are very powerful.
“I would also say my haters motivate me, as cliché as that may sound, but they really do. They make me realise how much of a lack of knowledge there is about my condition and people that are different. Because of their ignorance, I want to keep pushing forward and educating people.”
What was the last thing you did that made you proud?
There are so many people that don’t spend enough time loving themselves and there are so many people that go through so many difficulties. I wanted to make a brand [Treasures Within] where people can actually stand up and talk - I’ve given a platform to other people to voice their opinions.
“With my brand, I go to different places like youth centres and colleges to promote body confidence. I’m an anti-bullying activist, so I talk about that as well and I like to hold events like this where I’m able to promote such amazing things.”
Who inspires you and why?“
I don’t have an inspiration, I don’t have a role model. I like to meet different people and gain something from their experiences and their lives. I take inspiration and worth through what they’ve gone through.
“I don’t have one person I look up to always, apart from the person that I am, if that makes sense. I just look up to the person that I was yesterday and I just try to better myself whichever way I can.”
How do you think society views ambitious and successful women?
“I think there’s a part of society that is very for women being confident and being empowered, but I think there’s another part of society that feels very threatened by women being powerful.
“I know that for me personally, a lot of people feel threatened by me and my stance. I’m an Indian woman, I’m a woman of colour, I have a turban, I have a beard, and I think because my voice is so powerful, people forget that I have this image [and] still feel threatened by it. I’m very outspoken, I speak about anything and everything and I don’t shy away.
“Because of the feminist movement, a lot of women are feeling way more empowered to be themselves and do what they want to do in life.”
Does success have a downside? If so, what is it?
The more successful you get and the more out there you are in the world, the more vulnerable you are and the more you are open to hate, especially because of social media.
“But it also depends what you class as success, because someone could do something mean and class that as success for them. But for me, if you’re doing something positive that’s allowing someone to have a better well being, or embrace their life more, [you have to] go for it, but know there’s always going to be people who hate on you for doing what you’re doing.”
How do you practice self-care and why is it important?“
It depends, it can be something as simple as pampering myself with a Lush bath at home or just doing my nails. Little, simple things give me a lot of joy, even watching a movie by myself or cooking by myself, or applying my makeup.
“I also love going for a nature walk, it’s very therapeutic. We spend so much time on worldly possessions that are going to leave us, we forget that we are so powerful and it’s actually ourselves and our wellbeing that we have to prioritise.”
What’s your biggest regret? And what did you learn from it?“
I think I’ve made mistakes, but not regrets, in regards to allowing the wrong people in at times, because you never know what someone’s intentions are. But I’ve learnt from that and I now have a very strong core team and know that’s what I need in life. As long as you’ve got people who will push you to be your best, that’s all you need.”
If you had one piece of advice for other women, what would it be?
“Love yourself, come on! Just love yourself! It’s the most beautifully liberating thing that you can do, but it’s also the hardest thing you can do, especially if someone has lived with self-hate for years.
“But it’s through meditating or reciting positive affirmations that you can come out of it. It doesn’t happen instantly. It took me years and years and years and I’m still on that journey of self-love, but once you do find it, the liberation that you feel is absolutely amazing.”
What’s the one thing you would change or do in 2017 to push women forward?“
I think women need to stop fighting women. But not just fighting each other, fighting ourselves. I honestly think self-love is so powerful that it could stop war. If we were to embed that within ourselves and help other people to love themselves as well, this whole world could change. I truly believe that.”
1) For Beautiful Eyes – Look for good in others and focus on their positive traits.
2) For Pretty Lips – Never gossip about people, let only words of love and kindness come out of your mouth.
3) For Wonderful Glow – Think positively in all situations and instead of contemplating a problem, think about solution.
4) How to Look Younger? Laugh, laugh and laugh often. Smile on your face will wipe away the age and make you look vibrant and attractive.
5) For Beautiful and Slim Figure – Don’t turn away from the needy and share your food with the one who asks…
6) For Sparkly Eyes – Chose to walk in happiness every day.
7) How to be Beautiful and Attractive in Other People’s Eyes? Learn to smile to strangers and, most of the time, you will get your smile back.
8) For Pretty Face – Light up the flame of kindness, truth and honesty inside your heart.
9) For Beautiful Hair – Let a child run his/her fingers through your hair every day.
10) For Beautiful Hands – Give a Helping Hand to the Needy.
Beauty Shines from Within!
Beyonce Carter, Janet Jackson, Kevin Hart, Demi Lovato & Jennifer Garner Shines Light on Harvey victims in Houston
Houston's waterlogged streets were graced with musical royalty on Friday when megastars Janet Jackson and Beyonce toured the city and made stops around the area's shelters that house thousands of flood victims from Hurricane Harvey. According to the Houston Chronicle, Beyonce's appearance came only coincidentally at the same time as Jackson's. The publication reported that St. John's, where she spoke on Friday, was the church she attended as a child.
While she was there, Beyonce praised the congregation as an "incredible example of what life and love is." She continued: "This today is a celebration of survival. Y’all are my family. Houston is my home. All that really matters is your health and your children, and I just want to say I love you.”
While Janet Jackson took a tour of the city with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and visited evacuees at one of the city's largest shelters, Houston native Beyonce helped serve meals and listened to survivors' stories before speaking at a downtown church, St. John's. Jackson performs Saturday night in Houston, which was a previously scheduled stop on her 56-city tour. "I'm here to tell you that we are going to do the show in Houston. But we're going to roll in early because we want to visit some of the shelters," Jackson told her fans on Twitter on Sept. 6."And not just visit some of the shelters, we also want to do something special for some of the victims," she said, and
promised to see the city on Friday.
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Balayage has been around for a while, but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular hair colour requests in salons today. We’ve spoken to Jack Howard, international colourist based at Paul Edmonds, to get some professional insight on the booming hair trend, balayage.
What is Balayage?
Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour – similar to what nature gives us as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks.
How is Balayage applied?
Balayage is applied on the surface and not saturated through the section until the very tips, otherwise you would have a streak of colour that isn’t vey soft at all. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.
What sets it apart from traditional hair colouring?
It’s totally bespoke to you! A good balayage expert will be able to place the colour to suit your skin tone, so it’ll look amazing and really light up your features.
What’s making it so popular recently?
It’s a skilled technique that hasn’t been widely taught in the UK until recently. Now it’s becoming better known because all the models and A-listers are wearing it. Clients are seeing it on the catwalks and red carpets and want to get that finish rather than the uniform highlights that foils give.
Does it require a lot of maintenance?
Very little. It grows out beautifully and more naturally so you don’t get an obvious regrowth line and and can wear it for longer between appointments. All you really need to do is protect it as you would any other colour: use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner, regular treatments and heat protection when styling.
Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths?
It works on both light and dark hair, so anyone really. Both Rihanna and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are great examples of balayage poster girls.
I’m currently doing a technique called ‘bronde’ popular amongst celebs such as Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo. It’s the perfect combination of brown and blonde tones. Bronde is perfect for darker haired clients who want to try out a lighter colour, it can be warm neutral or cool. The choice is really between you and your colourist. Balayage pretty much works for all lengths except very short cropped hair.
What makes it timeless?
It’s low maintenance, looks more bespoke, more natural, and is a modern technique that’s much more flattering. Healthy hair is attractive hair and that’ll never go out of fashion.