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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!


It’s no secret that curls have a place in the world of hair styling. Over some of the past few blogs we’ve talked about taming curls, creating curls, and just loving curly hair for the summer!

Well since it still feels like we are in the throws of summer in this North Alabama weather, we are going to continue to talk about how to create that fun summery curl look, but this time…WITH A WAND!! Surely, you have all seen those nightmare-ish videos of people burning off their hair trying to curl with a wand (how horrifying!?!?!). Well this month, the talented Mrs. Jamie is going to show you how to PROPERLY give yourself those fun bouncy curls using a wand instead of a curling iron…and how to NOT fry your hair off while doing it! Lol.




The key to achieving the perfect curl is to get ready! Jamie likes to prep her hair with Redken’s Pillow Proof before blow drying so she can cut down on her blow dry time, but most importantly to give the hair the heat protection that it needs when curling. If your hair requires a little more protection you can also use an additional heat protectant on dry hair before curling, like Redken’s Iron Shape. Not all wands are made the same; the smaller the wand, the tighter the curl. Jamie likes to use a 1 inch wand, which is a pretty standard size, but depending on the size curl you are trying to achieve you can go bigger or smaller. Now, let’s talk temperature! Jamie has her wand set at 400 degrees, but I need to emphasize something…JAMIE IS A PROFESSIONAL HAIR STYLIST!! When using a wand with a temperature gauge please, please, please, do not set your wand’s temp too high! The recommended temperature for at-home use is 350 degrees or lower. Don’t cook your hair hotter than you would cook cookies!!


Now that you’re all prepped, let’s get started! First, you’re going to section off the bottom part of your hair and clip up the rest. Take small sections and wrap them around the wand with the wand angled down towards the floor and holding the ends of the hair out. The ends of your hair are the most delicate so holding out the ends will help prevent damage and those dreaded split ends, which is why using a wand verses a curling is so great! Release the curl and let it cool. Pulling on the curls before they have cooled can cause them to fall out. Do this around the entire bottom section before moving on to the middle section.


Pull out the middle section of the hair to get ready to curl. Rule of thumb: Any hair that lays/falls in front of the ears should be wrapped away from the face; everything else that falls behind the ears, you should alternate the curl direction. This is going to create a true tousled look, rather than the curls looking so uniformed. Do this until the entire middle section is curled and let the curls cool.


Now moving on to the top section! Using the same rule of thumb for the top section, anything that falls in front of the ears you should wrap away from the face. However, with the top section make sure not to start the curl too close to the root, about an inch off, so the curls lay nice and flat around the face! Curling smaller sections at the top can also give a fuller, bouncy look! Again, anything behind the ears you should alternate the the curl direction.


Once you are done curling each section, it’s time to make those curls hold! Jamie uses Pureology’s Wind Tossed Texture Spray first before she combs out the curls. This spray is lightweight so it will give your curls texture and volume without weighing your hair down! Now you can use your fingers to comb out and fluff up those curls and finish off the look with Redken’s Fashion Work *12 Finishing Spray! Again, this spray isn’t wet or sticky so it is buildable and won’t weigh down your hair.




And there you have it! That wasn’t too scary, was it? Now take your wand and go make some magic!


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