You Before Me

Happy Saturday Everyone!

In a world of  “selfies”, status updates and Snapchat, it sometimes seems that people are becoming more and more self-absorbed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to hear from friends and family about their accomplishments, but sometimes it’s just TOO MUCH.

Lately, I’ve been trying to be more conscious of the things I share versus the things I keep to myself. As a stylist, I learned a lesson early on about listening more than I speak. Now, I may not always adhere to that, but I do try most days. If I don’t stop to listen, I could miss hearing crucial information about my guest’s needs and desires for her style. In “everyday” life, I want to give the people around me the respect and attention they deserve. And looking down at my phone or snapping a selfie while someone is talking to me is far from respectful. I encourage parents to instill this lesson in their children since it is the next generation that I truly see being lost in the land of “me me me”.

I care about my friends lives, I want to know about their ups and downs, and see the pictures from their trips.  But I don’t need to know every detail of their lunch or how many squats they did today.  And I can definitely go one more day without a duck lips selfie.

So, I’d like to give everyone a challenge for this week. Put down your phone when talking to a loved one, give your full attention to your spouse and children, and say “you” more than “I”.

Have a great week of selflessness

XOXO Jen

 

Here Fishy Fishy

Good Afternoon everyone!

imageimageThought you might enjoy a little video on a fun braid. The Fishtail braid is relatively easy to do, and looks like a fun change up to a regular braid.  Try a single braid, on the side or the back, or wrap it into a bun for a beautiful and simple updo style.

 

 

 

Sunshine and Split Ends

Happy Summer Everyone!

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I’m sure everyone is enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. I know I try not to complain about the hot days, remembering that there are so few compared to cold winter days.

One thing I’m sure everyone including me is experiencing is ” Summer hair”. It’s a bit more dry, and on the 100% humidity days, it’s just plain UNMANAGEABLE!

One really quick fix is to find cute ways to pull it up and back. There are really great headbands on the market that add a lot of style to your look, and also some fun ideas on the internet on tying fabric or a bandana into a headband.

One thing that is really necessary is to make sure to HYDRATE, inside and out. Drink lots of water (great for every part of your body, including hair). Add a deep conditioner to your regime if you are not already doing so.

As far as humidity goes, there are great products for taming the frizz that comes with it. Aveda Anti-Humectant is a great pomade, along with others. Your stylist should be able to get you on a specific summer product regime that will do wonders!

Whatever you choose for these  (few) warm “sunshiny” days, enjoy them… And let’s all be thankful that we don’t use lemon juice in our hair and baby oil on our bodies anymore.

Right?!?

XOXO Jen

Man Up

Hey guys, let’s talk.

Back in the day, ladies went to the ” beauty parlor” to get their weekly style or the occasional perm. Meanwhile, men went to the

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local barber for their monthly haircut and possibly a shave. Luckily, times have changed. Both woman and men are spending time in the salon and the spa. It has become increasingly popular for men to not only have their hair cut( and colored), but also to visit the spa for facials, massage, manicures, pedicures and waxing services.iStock_000014398303_Medium-web

Most salons and spas have specific menu items that cater to men, including certain waxing services, male specific facials, and even Mspa services such as Botox and fillers. More men are discovering the wonders of professional skin care and Anti -aging products and services.

There are many products that are formulated for men’s hair, and skin, and with a gentle introduction, it can open a door to a whole new and improved regime. Many high end salons offer a precision haircut complete with shampoo, scalp massage and hot towel service. That alone is worth parting ways with your ” barber”.

So, come on Guys, Man up and book an appointment for a treatment and waxing. Because, face it, you know you need the waxing service. And, if you’re not sure what you need, and have questions, you can always book an appointment for a consultation with a professional and have them set you on the right track. iStock_000018037941_Medium-web

See you soon, Guys! Happy Fathers Day!

Xoxo Jen

 

Why Go Pro?

Hello everyone! Let’s talk about the reason professional products are worth the investment.

I know that some of you think it’s just a name, like buying a shirt at Express vs. Walmart, but that is not the case.

The quality of ingredients can make all the difference for your hair’s condition. For instance, shampoo from the store contains harsh chemicals that, Yes, it cleans your hair, but it also strips hair of essential oils, color and can be very drying to your scalp. Professional products are formulated with conditioning ingredients to clean while keeping the integrity of your hair and scalp in good shape.

Meanwhile, styling products pose a similar issue. Lesser products contain high amounts of alcohol to give you ” results” but, at the cost of stripping color and drying the hair out.

Bottom line, if you have invested in a beautiful, professional color service and expert haircut, and follow it up with cheap shampoo, you might as well throw your money away.
And, let’s be honest, we love the smell of that Aveda Shampure…

Xoxo Jenaveda-hair-web

DIY or DON’T

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Hello readers!

One thing I’d like to discuss today is DIY.

While paging through Glamour magazine last night, I saw a article that was a step by step guide on doing your own color. Not just a retouch, but, ombré and ” color melting”. Now, I’m not suggesting that it’s impossible to get a good result at home, however, some things are best left to the professionals. ie, medical procedures, dentistry, roofing, electrical

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work… and yes, hair color techniques.

Trust me, it may seem like a bargain to buy the $10 box at the drugstore and go for it in the bathroom. But, when it goes wrong, and it does all the time, it will be very costly to fix. Better to spend a bit more up front, and love your end result, than ruin your hair and pay loads of money for a repair that may only be ” as good as we can get today”.

There are so many exciting things going on in hair color these days, and just the knowledge of the stylist is worth the money, let alone their skills. And, you don’t stain your bathroom floors…bonus!

Xoxo Jen

What’s In?

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Happy Spring Everyone!
The question every stylist is asked is ” What’s in?” Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall….. What’s in NOW?

The answers in the last few years are a bit more vague then they used to be. Trends feel like they are more open to interpretation these days. The ” Bob” can be long, short, straight, curly, asymmetrical, one length, layered….

So, when asked “What’s In? “, I take into consideration the person in my chair,

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as any good stylist will. Because, even if the Pixie cut is the major trend (which it is), I would never suggest following that trend if it doesn’t suit you or your needs.

As stylists, we owe it to our guests to share industry trends, but also to cater to that individuals needs while staying current.

All that being said, here are a few of the trends in hair we are seeing this spring,

  • Pixie haircuts, texurized and personalized (long fringe, asymmetrical…)
  • Soft ” baby lights”
  • Color melting (a softer approach to ombré )
  • Textured Bobs with soft wave
  • Baylayage highlights/lowlights

Ask your stylist for a change this spring, and trust that they have your best interests in mind. Above all else, have fun with the trends and try something new!!

Xoxo Jen

So many choices…

Good Morning Friends!
So, I woke up this morning and went through my normal coffee, email, workout and shower routine. Then I start the process of getting ready. I stand there in my bathroom, cupboards open, staring at the hundreds of products I own.

So, the question of the day is, how many products does one person really need?

Between the shampoos, conditioners, gels, sprays, ….. And, that’s just the hair. The face? OMG. And, now I’ve become a hard core product pusher on my husband ,too.
So far, he’s just the shampoo, pomade guy.

My thought of the day, the best stylists sell you the products that are truley right for you, and enhance the hair style you’re wearing.

  • So, here are my favorites( and please, share yours)
  • Pureology 21 Benefits spray
  • Kevin Murphy Young Again shampoo and Masque
  • Tigi Lusterizer
  • Shaper plus hairspray (a favorite for 20 years)
  • Sebastian Trilliant shine spray- NEVER leave home without it!

Have a great day!

Xoxo Jentigi-web

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