Posts by Salon d' Artiste

International Beauty Show

Had an amazing weekend at the International Beauty Show. Typically over the years I have opted out of this particular show because it’s crazy, tons of people and too much going on. This year I changed my mind when I found out some of the education they would be providing and the people who were going to be there. 
My first class called “Editorial Refinement” was focused on editorial hair and everything that surrounds it. I sat in front of people like Babak a fashion photographer telling us for what he looks for when he works with a stylist and Dusan a editorial stylist who spoke about the fine points of executing a style for a women or man and paying attention to the fine details. Make up was also a huge part of this class Kari Kisch spoke of bringing out the beauty in a women and without over doing it. 
Shortly thereafter I had a pleasant surprise. Walking through one of the hallways I stumbled upon a class called, “How to survive and thrive as a hairdresser and salon owner” I had walked past a few of the classes that were available and this one really caught my eye. Michael Levine owner of three salons and one school in Canada was a breath of fresh air. He was so real about the struggles that hairdressers and salon owners face in the world of beauty. He kept it real, new how to drive home some hard points and keep everybody laughing at some ironic points.
Thirdly, I was humbled to sit in a class given by Ted Gibson, world renowned hairdresser, salon owner, TV personality, editorial hairstylist, and stylist to the stars to name a few. We only had a few hours but they were filled with a wealth of information and experience. You could sense the Unity between Ted and his team members. It was good to hear that even at the top of the food chain Ted focuses on serving the client, whether it be a famous actor/actress, model, client (in his salon in NY) and or one of his students attending the academies connected to his salons. Ted was down to earth and gave clear and definitive advice.
What really impressed me with all the classes I attended was that they were up close and personal. We were able to ask questions interact with the teachers and the models. These small settings made it possible to really connect with the teachers and get real answers to issues the industry faces. I am so glad I made the choice to take these classes.
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Why doesn’t my hair come out the way they do it in the salon?!

Clients are always saying “my hair never comes out like this when I do it at home” There are several possibilities why this is not happening for you.

Styling your hair was never your strong point and never will be.
Your blow dryer stinks
Your brush stinks
Your products stink or you are using the wrong products for the intended purpose

Lets deal with these one at a time.
If styling your own hair has never quite worked out for you just shave your head and get a wig, you will save yourself a-lot of aggravation and money. Lets move on to number two.
Some of you have blow dryers that are close to a hundred years old and just swear by them right up until the point they become a flame thrower and a section of your hair goes on fire. We have a blowdryer that has a Ferrari designed engine powering it; seriously I have no idea what the means but that is exactly what it says, I can tell you that it is the best blowdryer I have used in 20 years and that says a-lot. It’s not cheap but what is these days.


There may be two reasons why you hate your brush, one it may not be the right one for the style you are trying to achieve, two it might just be used up and old; you know that favorite brush you have that looks like the cat got a hold of it. Time for a new brush.

One of the most important things I teach new stylist is use the right tool for the job at hand or you and your client will be miserable. Your stylist should be able to recommend the products you need to recreate the style he or she gave you. Buying the right product doesn’t start with a mouse or a straightener it starts with a shampoo and ends with a finishing product; everything in-between gets you to where you want to be after you have invested 30 to 45 minutes into styling your hair. There are a ton of products on the market, the good, the bad and the ugly, let your stylist sort them out for you; in the long run you will save money.

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Summer Hair Color

As summer is quickly passing by more and more of my clients are coming in asking me what they should do with their color. This is the thing, their hair looks great, they just aren’t used to seeing their hair lighter than usual. This is what happens, everybody is having fun in the sun, their hair is getting lighter and their skin is getting darker. I tell them “go with it”; let your hair be light; this is the one time of year you can get away with it. The fall is right around the corner we don’t have much time left. The fall is when we make hair a little richer and darker since it is not fall yet enjoy the lightness and brightness of summer. That being said some of the hair issues we deal with in the summer are dry weather beaten hair; if this is you then I recommend products that will restore the hair back to it’s natural state and if that doesn’t work cut it off. Sometimes a good haircut is exactly what the Dr. Ordered and the only way to get rid of dead hair. If you are feeling a little washed out because of your summer hair and you’re losing your tan (because you have to work for a living) add a little bronzer into your makeup regimen this will add contrast between your light hair color and the color of your skin. Last but not least whatever you do, don’t buy over the counter color for a quick fix. I can’t tell you how many clients over the years have come in for emergency fixes because they tried an over the counter quick fix that ended up not being a quick fix at all.

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I have been telling this story for years. Most people that meet me for the first time ask me; “so how did you get into hair”? The other popular question about 25 years ago was “how long have you been doing this for”? My standard answer was always 5 years until those 5 years passed and than another and then another; you get the idea.

I guess I was 19 at the time working at a dead end job and a friend of mine invited me to come with her to look at a beauty school, her name was Diane. All I remember was walking into the school and the registrar Barbara said that I should join the school. She was very intent on getting me to sign up and it didn’t seem like a sales pitch. We talked for quite a while, my biggest reservation was carrying around this pink bag with rollers, combs, brushes and all sorts of chic stuff in it. I couldn’t tell you what happened to Diane (some friend I was). I can’t remember if she joined the school if we left together that night, I just don’t remember.


I went in the next day to talk to Barbara and make my final decision. I always liked getting my haircut as a kid, liked styling it etc etc. My best friend and I would obsess over our hair. We would walk around in high school with the brushes in our back pockets. I had a stylist, back when I was sixteen, her name was Michelle, great gal. Michele worked in a fun energetic salon where everybody dressed up. This was my first inspiration to do hair but at 16 I was weary. Barbara showed us around the school it was filled with a sea of white lab coats and in those coats were girls. Yep, back at nineteen years old this decision was a no brainer.


Honestly though I love the profession, the products, the fashion, the upbeat atmosphere, the constant moving and I can go on and on. It has been 25 years or so that I have been doing hair (and this time I am not lying) and I still absolutely love it. It is so much fun cutting and coloring hair. You can take a person and completely change the way they look and act with a haircut. People visit the salon for life changing events and I enjoy being a part of that.

Barbara ended up being a faithful client of mine for years after I left school, I am glad she talked me into being a hairdresser.

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Undone Hair

Get out the sea salt spray it is time for summer. More than ever women are embracing, uncontrived, undone hair. This trend started a few seasons back but is still going strong.

Clients are asking how do you get the look. Most of what I see out there are really bad attempts at achieving the undone look. First don’t confuse the undone look with bed head (which is more of a romantic look) or messy hair (which is how you look before you have that first cup of coffee). The undone look of today is organic looking (very simple) The undone look is also not an excuse to not do your hair, contra-ire my friend, the undone look will take a few minutes of your time if executed properly.

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The first thing to realize is that the undone look is not for everybody. If you have fine, medium or thick hair that is super straight the undone look is not for you. The good news is this type of client doesn’t have to do much with her hair just wash and go; how many of you are jealous over that one? Now if you have this hair type and are bent on doing the undone look here are a few steps to make that happen. Wash with a volumizing shampoo, load up the hair with mousse, blow dry with your hands in a rough manner and tease randomly. This is a very hard look to achieve for straight hair people but can be done with practice and time.

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The best hair types for this new organic undone look are naturally wavy or partially wavy medium texture hair, curly or super curly hair is a totally different story. For this hair type shampoo condition as usual comb hair in shower; after towel drying hair use a dry cream (not a greasy one) or a LIGHT sea salt spray and scrunch it into your hair. Thats it let it dry. Just an extra tip, don’t comb your hair after you get out of the shower just run your hands through it as you put you product in and finger style as you like.

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For the curly hair girls undone hair is a different story. Your lot in life is to control your curls. You are either smoothing out or taming. Every once in a while I see a curly hair girl go with her natural curl with little or no primping this is the closest thing to the undone look. You achieve this by using a shampoo that will add moisture but not weight (no greasy conditioners) and add a heavy to moderate dry cream (not greasy). You will achieve a soft undone curl that is a little on the fluffy side.


Well their you have it folks you are armed with the skills to achieve the latest trend, see you next blog.

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