Staying A-head: Part 2.

In this busy life, we are all try to fit “one last thing” in. Avoid over scheduling yourself by knowing about how long your appointment will last!

Set your watch…

Approximately two to three months ago I wrote a post about the importance of pre-booking – ESPECIALLY for our guests who wanted in the three short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Pre-booking is a fancy way of saying we like it when you (the guest) schedules their appointments in advance.  It ensures you get the appointment time most convenient for you and also sees you are able to see your favorite stylist (although, if you need to schedule with someone else in the salon – we are all awesome).

Side-Step the Stress

In this blog, I would like to break down appointment times a bit further.  I have come to the realization that not everyone is aware how long they are in the chair to achieve their hair dreams.  This idea came to me as a client looked at her phone whilst checking out, and exclaims she’s a half an hour late to meet a friend.  She may have thought she was running late, however she was departing right on schedule post her hour and a half color retouch appointment.

She isn’t the only guest to have this panic.  I have also had guests debate processing time with me as they overbooked their schedule for the day.  Therefore, to avoid any further confusion, I feel the need to take this opportunity to break down our most common appointments, and the time frame in which they are scheduled for.

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Embracing the Introvert

I am an introvert…

This may come across as an odd statement for a hairdresser to make – especially for one that sees 60 to 90 guests within a month.  It is also a remarkable statement for one that teaches and has presented a “hair collection” to a room full of peers.  However it is a 100% factual statement. Happiness to me is when I get to spend an hour (or two or three) alone with myself.  I don’t mean to sound like a hermit and the one to three-hour thing is VERY rare, however time by myself has always been how I recharge my batteries.  It enables me to clearly think, plan and create.  Quiet alone time is also how I write these very blogs!  I have difficulty concentrating if there is bedlam and business going on around me.

Falling for a Change?

The seasons are changing…

                The moment the seasons change (or that they appear to – I am recording this stream of consciousness on a first day of autumn that is reading 90 degrees) we stylists seem to be inundated with requests from clients for a brand new look.  A new look is a way to welcome in the latest temperatures, fashions and all the associated feelings with them. 

                Generally we see cozy rich tones and longer locks come fall, shorter lengths and lighter brighter in the spring.  Personally, I’m delighted when a guest is inspired enough to switch up there look.  This isn’t to say that there is anything wrong with staying steady, true and committed to a look, however every guest gets the seasonal “Itch” every now and again – and I’m not just speaking about allergies.

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Everything Old is New Again

The saying “everything old is new again”, is nothing new.   However, the longer I’ve been on this blue marble the more I realize how completely true it is.  Flipping through nearly any magazine I see fashions that were popular when I was in high school worn by models down the catwalk.  Just as vinyl records had their resurgence several years ago, bands are now releasing cassette tapes along with digital downloads (mid 90’s boom box anyone?). 

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Don’t Stop Conditioning

The goal here at Salon Enso is to always have you feeling good about yourself and your hair when you leave.  Fresh color or even the tiniest of trims can elevate our spirits.  The “fresh out of the salon” feeling is a good ‘un.

Preserving that feeling and fresh hair glow will always begin with stylist suggested home care.  The first step is using the proper Aveda Shampoo and conditioner to see that your specific hair needs are met.  Whether that is hydrated, more voluminous, less frizzy or color protection, there are cleansing and conditioning options to see that your hair is cared for at home.  There is also one more not-so-secret step to at home care that we, the stylists, as well as our Aveda Representative, Renee swear by (in addition to the Aveda shampoos and conditioners) to leave our hair in its optimal health…

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Here is to you, Kell Bell!

My coworkers like to tease me about my memory.  I have a knack for remembering obscure details and facts about my clients, other clients of the salon and newly formed acquaintances.  I suppose it is my own form of a pneumonic device.  I bring up my acute retention of unusual facts because when I decided on the subject matter for this month’s blog, one such instance stuck out to me above all others – a first meeting.  Late May of 2013 was my first day at Salon Enso.  I vividly remember being excited to begin a new chapter in my hairdressing life.  My first order of business was to organize my equipment.  I recall sitting on the floor, fully focused on the task at hand (I share my station, in case you didn’t know) when two feet appeared next to me.

“Hi!  I’m Kelly,” the feet said.  “I wanted to say welcome to the salon and if you have any questions or need help with anything, just ask!  I’m right over there.”  As I looked up the individual that the feet belonged to gestured to the station in the back corner and gave a big smile.  “I’m glad you are here.”

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Walk the Walk on the Catwalk


Say what you want without saying a word

One of my most loved reasons for becoming a hairdresser is realizing how trans formative it can be.  Hair is truly the fashion accessory you wear daily.  It expresses what you would like to say to the world.   If you wear it long and flowing with curls, it can say fashionable, beach-y, bohemian.  Cropped says fearless.  Strands carefully slicked into place gives off a polished, groomed vibe.

Clothing has that ability as well.  It says who you are and what you wish to express to the world.  Regardless of your stance with fashion everybody (ok, almost everybody) wears clothing.  You may not be as engrossed in the world of fashion as some, but you still wear garments to cover your body.  There is the saying “dress for the job you want” and some have made it their career – blogging about what is new and in the garment world.

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Charity:Water, Aveda and Global Responsibility

Our Mission, at Aveda is to care for the world we live in. From the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.

As an Aveda educator and stylist I have the above mission statement committed to memory. It adorns all the Aveda paraphernalia and is proudly displayed on the walls within Salon Enso. The mission is an impactful, true guiding principal for how Aveda (as a company) and we (as a concept salon) conduct ourselves. Since its beginnings in 1978 (in Hors Rechelbacher’s bathtub), Aveda has worked tirelessly to ensure we give back to the Earth.

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Aveda sweeps: #avedasweeps

#HASHTAG

Whether we like it or not, the hash tag has become a way of life.  It is a way to beacon others to what you deem important.  For example, if you want to show the social media world what breed of dog you have, hash tag it.  If you want everyone to know where you grocery shop, find amusing, where you had the most fabulous meal of your life or get your hair done, hash tag it.

The hash tag #smellslikeAveda is alive and well within the doors of Salon Enso.

Guests repeatedly comment on the various combinations of plant and flower essences we use on their heads.  And who wouldn’t?  Aveda is both unique and completely distinctive with its aromas.  I’ve waxed poetic in another blog posting about the two PURE-fumers who work tirelessly to find the best combination of essential oils to give each Aveda line its signature scent.

Allow me to break down the three that Aveda considers their “Heritage Aromas”

SHAMPURE

Shampure is the most classic of all the Aveda signature scents.  And so wildly popular it inspired a body care line so you can #smellslikeaveda from head to toe.  Its calming aroma is comprised of TWENTY FIVE plant and flower essences including organic Lavender, ylang ylang, petigrain and orange.

The Shampure formula has also seen a recent update where silicones were removed in favor of Abyssinian oil, which gently nourishes hair.  Shampure shampoo and conditioner are ideal for fine to medium hair types with minimal dryness.  It leaves the hair gently cleansed, lightly nourished and sublimely scented.

 ROSEMARY MINT

If you prefer your hair cleansing on the zippy side, Rosemary mint has you covered.  Its rosemary, peppermint and spearmint blend will awaken and energize the senses – like a York Peppermint Patty.  It also uses wheat derived white vinegar to help gently clarify the hair.  The same technology is in the Rosemary Mint conditioner to enhance shine, whilst soybean oil and jojoba help prevent tangles and static.

Rosemary Mint shampoo and conditioner are ideal for the fine haired guest with hair and scalp on the oily side.  Because of its clarifying powers, this shampoo and conditioner may lack in the conditioning department for those with thick curly hair.  However if it is an aroma you just can’t live without – it is also available in body care!

CHERRY ALMOND

                Cherry Almond Shampoo and Conditioner are the new kids on the block (shelf?). Having seen their debut this summer, however that hasn’t stopped this duo from being Aveda Sweethearts.

The softly sweet scent is modeled after a classic, yet long gone Aveda product, Cherry Almond Deep Penetrating Hair Revitalizer.

This shampoo and conditioner duo has the aroma of ylang ylang, tonka bean and orange which create a confectionary creamy fragrance.  Almond oil and shea butter allow this duo to gently cleanse the hair whilst helping to easily detangle and add shine and bounce to the hair.

I’m slightly partial to the conditioner for its ability to intensely hydrate without weighing hair down – plus a comb glides right through in the shower.

THE LOWDOWN              

Why am I giving you all these details?  Because for as many Aveda shampoos and conditioners  I’m sure we all own (peeks in own shower at 10 bottles), I’m sure there is one of those three heritage scents that makes your heart and olfactory sensors sing (get it – shower, shampoo, sing? Haha..) more than all the rest.

And Aveda wants to know!  Not that you sing in the shower, because that would be a little too much information, but they want to know which of their classic aromas you like best.

#AVEDASWEEPS

Now through March 25th, snap a creative photo of you with your favorite dynamic duo (Shampure, Rosemary Mint or Cherry Almond), post it to social media and tag it as such (#TeamShampure #TeamRosemaryMint #TeamCherryAlmond) as well as #AvedaSweeps and you (YES YOU) dear client could win free shampoo and conditioner for a YEAR.  That’s right.   FREE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER FOR A YEAR.  Once you have done your hashtagin’ and posting Aveda will do the rest by selecting 10 very lucky winners.

So get to bubbling up buttercups!  Smelling like Aveda for free year round is something to get super excited about, or at least gives you another reason to sing in the shower. 😉