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The month of October has so many meanings…fall weather, Halloween…but there’s no denying that the month of October is best known for one major thing, and that’s Breast Cancer Awareness. Well here at Elleven we decided to join the cause and show our support! We have TWO videos for you this month that show what strength, courage, and community are all about!


For our first video you might want to get the tissues out because it’s so powerful that it will move you to tears. It highlights one of our clients that was brave enough to tell her breast cancer survival story. Words won’t do it justice so you’re just going to have to check out this video for yourself…click below to meet Melanie Markus and to hear her story of survival.



In our next video we take a look back at what coming together as a community looks like by running for the cause in the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run. In the years past, we watched the thousands of runners go by our salon and cheer them on as we worked, but this year we wanted to do something different. We came out from behind our chairs, closed down the salon for the day, dressed in PINK instead of our normal “black salon attire”, and gathered as a team to experience this incredible event with our city. Check out the video below to experience what the Liz Hurley Run was like from Elleven Salon!



As the month of October comes to a close, we want to not only remember the clients, friends and family that we have stood by that have gone through their breast cancer battle, but we also want to remember that this fight goes beyond the month of October. To learn more or to make a donation to the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund, please click HERE.


We would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Melanie Markus for opening her heart to us and allowing us to share her story...Thank you Melanie.


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!


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!

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