Elleven Salon Beauty Blog

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Updated: Mar 8

The Holidays have begun, and we know you all want to look amazing whether you are having Thanksgiving dinner with family or at your office holiday party. If anyone understands how busy this time of year can be it’s hairstylists, so we are sharing 3 hairstyles that we are so THANKFUL to have during the holidays!

With all the Thanksgiving cooking (and cleanup after!), who wouldn't be thankful for the ever-so-easy ponytail!! There’s nothing more classic than a SIMPLE PONYTAIL, and if you have 20 people coming to your house for Thanksgiving dinner this year and just need something easy and quick, then the messy ponytail won’t fail you! To start this look, you can wave your hair with a wand/curling iron or you can leave it in a natural messy look, whatever you prefer! Next pull it back in a loose pony and secure right above the nape of your neck, pulling out a few pieces in the front to frame around the face. (Hot tip: using a scrunchie will give this look an extra POP!) Whether it’s an all-up or half-up pony, this look will keep you looking trendy without the headache, so you can get back to those 20 people in your house!

Another super trendy look that we are so thankful it hasn’t gone away is the TOP KNOT, and lucky for you this one is also quick and easy! To start, you can again either wave your hair using a wand or curling iron, or let your natural wave show through! Next, section out the top layer of your hair and gently pull it back to the crown of your head (don’t pull too tight to your scalp or you will loose volume). Twist to create a messy bun and secure with a hair tie. It’s ok if it doesn’t look perfect…the messier the better! Again, accessorizing with a scrunchie or even a scarf will give this look a little something extra!

Finally, the third look we are loving for the Thanksgiving season is the EFFORTLESS BUN. This look is all about a low bun that sits just at the nape of the neck. You can start by securing a loose and low ponytail, just like the one from the first look above. Next, take the ponytail and loosely wrap it into a bun, then secure it with bobby pins. It’s OK to have some pieces hanging out…the point is for it to be messy and effortless! If your hair is fine and your pony needs a little more texture, you can spray it with a texture spray, like Pureology’s Wind Tossed, before wrapping it into a bun.

And there you have it! Three simple hairstyles that will keep you looking trendy while you celebrate the holidays!

Lastly, most of you know that the holiday season is our busiest time of year, but here at Elleven we are never too busy to say Thank You to all of our clients, friends, and family who have supported our salon and contributed to our success—you truly are a gift! We wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings and hope you enjoy your holiday season!

Updated: Mar 8

There's no doubt that as a client you have walked into Elleven Salon and have seen all the different people we have working here with all different types of jobs. We have our Front Desk Staff, our Stylists, our Shampoo Staff, but you also might have noticed another type of stylist that seems to be helping out A LOT! We know what you're thinking...Who are they, and what do they do? Well if you've been one of our clients for a while, you may know by now how our Salon's stylist structure works, but for those of you that are new to Elleven Salon we would like to explain to you about our Associate Program. That wonderful person you see running around the salon with our other stylists is more than just a "helper", they are Associate Stylists and an important part of how Elleven Salon runs!

Here at Elleven Salon we are passionate about two main things: Our clients' experience, and growing future stylists! Growing and developing future stylists is what keeps this constantly changing industry moving forward, and we feel that there is still so much to be learned beyond Cosmetology school. With our Associate Program, we are able to expand the minds and skills of fresh stylists in order to create a legacy of Master Stylists to better serve our clients! Take a look at the video below to get a sneak peak of what some our Associate Program graduates have to say!

So what exactly is an Associate Program? Think of the Associate Program as a sort of "Master's Degree". After Cosmetology School, we offer a program for new stylists to grow themselves further, beyond the fundamentals that they learned in school, and we challenge them to advance their skills and build their clientele with the help of a Mentor in the salon, usually someone who has already gone through the Associate Program themselves. The Associate/Mentor relationship is an important one because coming out of school and trying to create success for yourself can be hard when done alone. With the support of a Mentor, an Associate Stylist has the opportunity to further their education and gain the courage that it takes to become a successful hairstylist, and maybe even a Mentor one day!

So how does all of this effect you, the client? We value giving our clients outstanding service and a premium salon experience, so in order to achieve this, we must create the ultimate salon culture complete with Associates who are eager to learn how to best serve you! As our Associates flourish, our Elleven Salon team expands, and we've made it no secret that teamwork is an essential and integral part of how our salon works. As a team, we are constantly updating our skills with salon education, so we know that in order for Elleven Salon to be better, we must train beyond what is learned in school to ensure that we have the best professionals serving our clients. This all starts with our Associate Stylists who are the future of our salon and this incredible industry...all of this is so we can better serve all of our clients on a daily basis!

If you or someone you know might be interested in the Associate Program here at Elleven Salon, please visit the Careers page on our website! Also we will be hosting a Shadow Night on Thursday October 24th from 5:30-7:30pm for Cosmetology students to come and watch what working as an Associate at Elleven Salon is all about!

Updated: Mar 8

At Elleven Salon, we are extremely passionate about our clients, but the love doesn’t just extend to our female clients. We have such a huge male clientele that we decided that this blog should be all about the boys! We love our ladies, but let’s face it: the guy’s need hair love too! In today’s world of hair, there is a whole business dedicated to men’s styling, and guess what?…Business is booming!! So we are here to celebrate the growing trend of men’s grooming!

As stylists, one of the biggest mistakes we could make with men is to assume that they weren’t interested in working with their own hair. What we’ve found is that most men have an interest in looking great and they are willing to put in the work for the perfectly groomed look. However, some don’t have the right products or tools, or basically just don’t know where to start. To solve this problem for our guys, we’ve called on our Men’s Styling Expert, Melanie Harris, who is going to demonstrate in the video below what products to use and how to use them on two different hair types: thick and curly, and soft and straight!

Melanie likes to start her appointments by asking her male clients two things: “How do you normally style your hair?” and “What products do you use?” Using the right products for different hair textures and lengths is essential for achieving the right look. Here at Elleven we are OBSESSED with the Redken men’s line, Redken Brews. This line of products covers everything across the board for the guys, including shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, styling products for all hair types, and even beard oil!

Melanie’s first look focuses on styling thick and curly hair, so she uses the Redken Brews product, Outplay, which is a high hold pomade with a matte finish that helps add texture without that crunchy feel. Keep in mind that this product can be applied on wet or dry hair. Melanie’s model, Danny, has a lot of hair so she uses about a nickel-size of product for him, but for someone who doesn't have as much hair as Danny, we recommend about a dime-size. You will want to really rub the product through the hands first to completely emulsify it so there’s no clumps…no man wants clumps in his hair! Lol. Then starting at the root, just rub the product through the hair, manipulating it in whichever direction you want it styled using your fingers as your tools. The more you work the product through the hair, the more control and shape it’s going to create for your style. As a bonus, Danny has a pretty awesome beard that Melanie uses the Redken Brews Beard Oil on which helps soften the coarse hair and moisturize the skin!

Melanie’s next model, Josh, has straight hair with a medium texture, so she uses Redken Brews Maneuver which is a medium hold pomade that adds a smooth finish to Josh’s style. Again, this product can be used on dry or damp hair but make sure to really emulsify it in your hands first in order to avoid clumps. Because Josh has straight hair, Melanie likes to add texture by moving the product back and forth with her hands, starting at the front and working it back, then putting the hair into place with your fingers. Melanie tops Josh’s style off with the Redken Brews Hairspray which has a strong hold but is flexible, so it’s not sticky.

So to all the men out there that want to up their hair game…whether you like your hair tousled and long or sleek and straight, now you can style your hair a gentleman’s way!