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Updated: Mar 8

There’s nothing we love more (besides our clients of course!) than good hair! Well this month we are showing the LOVE by sharing with you some tips and tricks for some of our most LOVED products!! We have 2 videos from our talented stylists, Candi and Lindsay, showing you their favorite styling products and how to use them. I mean…who said Valentine’s was only for chocolate and flowers?

One of the products that Candi is just in love with is Pureology’s Instant Levitation Mist! The Levitation Mist is all about bringing life to your hair in a BIG way…through VOLUME! So if you feel like your hair has a tendency to go flat throughout the day and just needs a little boost, then watch Candi’s video where she tells you how to use the Pureology Instant Levitation Mist and why you’ll love it as much we do! (Spoiler: she even shows the difference with and without the Levitation Mist on a mannequin head! Check it out to see for yourself!)

The Levitation Mist is great for all hair types because it contains no alcohols or silicones that will dry out your hair or weigh it down, and since it is a spray mist rather than a mousse or gel, it will give you the moveable lift and hold you desire without being too heavy on your hair. Candi suggests that for best results use this product on clean hair before drying. All you need to do is spray a small amount at the roots (a little goes a long way!), sectioning your hair off and spraying as you move through the base of your head. Then just work your fingers through your scalp and hair to spread throughout, and blow dry like normal to see the results that you love! Another added bonus for this product is that it has the heat protectant you hair needs for drying and styling, AND it’s safe for your color…talk about BIG HAIR LOVE!! The Instant Levitation Mist is sure to keep your hair looking fabulous all day, AND even into second day hair…I mean, did you see how awesome Candi’s Day 2 Hair looked?!!

If you love that soft and smooth feel your hair has when you leave the salon, then watch Lindsay’s video about her two favorite products, Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoothing Cream and No.7 Bonding Oil. She mixes these products together to create the ultimate dynamic duo for smoothness and shine on all hair types!

The No.6 hydrating cream is great for repairing split ends and controlling frizz, while the No.7 oil adds shine, speeds up drying time, and contains a heat protectant. The other great thing about these products is that a little bit goes a long way, so Lindsay suggests using only a pea size of the smoothing cream and 2 drops of the oil…talk about bang for your buck! On damp hair after shampooing, mix the two products together through your hands like lotion, then start on the ends and rake it through your hair, working your way up to the mid-section. You can even flip your head over to help spread through the mid-section, just make sure you’re not spreading the products too far up your hair into the roots. Last just dry and style like normal! Hot Tip: You can use the No.7 oil to help smooth down the ends on 2nd day hair!!

The Olaplex No.6 Smoothing Cream and No.7 Bonding Oil are definitely a go-to for Lindsay and will give your hair the love it deserves!

Updated: Apr 8

The year 2020 was definitely one for the books! While we know last year brought many challenges for us and for our clients, we still recognize that 2020 was a part of our salon’s journey. We’ve endured the highs and lows, the stress and the triumph, changes in staff and clients and the welcoming of new faces. But through it all, we are grateful for what 2020 brought us. There's a silver lining to the chaos. We come out of 2020 and into the New Year from a place of strength and positivity, and we look forward to what 2021 has to offer. Click below to hear a little message from our team about what this past year has meant to us!

Overall, we look back at 2020 and say thank you for allowing us to make positive changes. Thank you to our unbelievably supportive clients for sticking with us through this trying year, and allowing us to prove our dedication to you! We can't wait to get this new year going and come back stronger than ever! Our hearts are full and our minds are strong, and the only thing left to say is…BRING IT ON 2021!!

Updated: Mar 8

It’s the Holiday season which means…it’s also Holiday Party Season! As the calendar starts to fill up with social events and after-work parties, it’s time to start thinking about creating that perfect look with your make-up! Are you taking it from work to an evening look?…or are you getting ready for a massive soiree? This month the beautiful Jamie uses the all-natural Jane Iredale Holiday Eye Palette—Come Fly With Me—to show you how to make your eyes POP for your event. Whichever look you are trying to prep for, we have the ultimate eye palette to encompass every impression! Click the video below to see Jamie’s eye-opening step by step tutorial!

The first step to any look is to prep! If you like to use a primer, start with Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair Lid Primer to create a smudge and crease-proof look, and it comes in a variety of colors to blend flawlessly with your shadow. Now on to the fun part! Jamie starts with the middle color, Nectar, in the Come Fly With Me palette and applies it to the bottom of the brow bone with Jane Iredale’s Crease Brush, going back and forth in windshield wiper motions. The great thing about Jane Iredale’s shadows is that they build upon themselves, so you can layer and apply as much as you would like in order to create your desired look.

Next Jamie uses the darker brown color in the palette, called Buzz, and applies right in the crease of the eye lid in the same windshield wiper motion as before. You can even incorporate small circular motions starting in the outer corners to build upon the shadow. The position in which you hold the application brush can also be important. Holding closer to the applicator will give you more control and precision, but Jamie likes to hold the brush in the middle to make her shadow less precise while blending.

Now Jamie will use the Chisel Shader brush, which is more flat, to apply the gold color, Honey, directly on the eye lid. This will add a little shimmer and allow your eyes to POP! Then Jamie will apply the highlighting shade, Wings, to the top of the brow bone (directly under the eyebrow line) and the inner corners of the eye. The purpose of a highlighting shade is to open up the eyes and brighten the face. Jamie uses Jane Iredale’s Eye Shader Brush that is also flat but slightly smaller, which will allow you to have a more precise application when using a highlighting eye shadow. Lastly, you can use a small detail brush to apply the shades Nectar and Buzz directly on the bottom water line to add a little color and tie the whole look together.

Using these four shades from the Come Fly With Me Palette will definitely give you a naturally dazzling look for any event, but if you are wanting to add a little smokey drama to your eyes, you can add the darkest color in the palette, Sting, to the total look! Jamie suggests using the Crease Brush again to apply a small amount of shadow to the crease of the eye, still using the same windshield wiper motion until the shade is blended. With darker shadows, it’s important to remember to start with a small amount first and then build on the shadow to create the desired look. Also, try to keep the darker shades in the outer corner of the eyes; this will make the eyes appear more open and lifted.

And that’s it! You are now ready to take on this Holiday Party Season! So whether you are going to THE holiday event of the season, or you have a special Christmas date with your special someone you will be looking like a knock-out all night long!