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Posts Tagged ‘blowout’

I washed my hair. And…

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I'm becoming a believer. Mostly. First wash since the Brazilian Blowout and much to my delight, I did notice a difference. My hair retained that silkiness even after shampooing (they tell you to use a sulfate-free shampoo – like theirs; I already have the all-natural WEN, so I used that. I did get talked into the Brazilian Blowout deep conditioning masque, which might have made a difference in styling). Blow drying was a spectacular science project: no frizz! As I live and breathe, I've never seen anything like it. My hair looked like it had been flat-ironed. It hadn't. Now, that is not to say that it came out as good as it did in professional hands. There is no such thing as an automatic blowout – you either have that skill, or you don't. I don't. But given that I usually end up with a kinky, crazy stubborn mess – and that's when I try – this helped. My hair is smoother, more polished. No doubt about it.

Love is a good blowout

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Nothing says love like a good blowout. That's blowout – as in hair. Every girl loves one, and the always enterprising Jon Charles Salon is encouraging men to attend its popular Blow Dry Boot Camp for Valentine's Day. The salon says 10 brave gents have already signed on to learn how to style their loved one's locks. Lessons are available at the Uptown and Wayzata locations Friday, Feb. 12 to Sunday, Feb. 14. Bring your partner for the promotional price of $25. And guys, you'd better have a dinner reservation to follow: She's going to want to show off her new 'do, even if you can think of other things you'd rather do.

Blowdry Bootcamp…for business?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Jon Charles Salon in Uptown is marching its popular Blowdry Bootcamp free styling seminars straight out to Wayzata where a second salonis set to open this weekend next door to Punch Pizza on Wayzata Blvd. It will be a full service salon – with a twist. Marketing master Jon Charles (his "stimulus promotion" is still on, thanks to yet another plug, this time in O magazine – of course, you read it here first) plans to run bootcamps as often as four nights a week. Great way to get new people into the salon and excited about what the stylists can do. The salon also has an abundance of meeting space, which Charles plans to rent out on a daily basis. The vision: Hold your business meeting at the salon, and everyone gets a cut over lunch! "Companies are always looking for ways to bond," Charles says. The staff that gets blowouts together, works better together. Or at least, looks good while working.

Take home beauty lessons

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

What would you pay to be able to do your own hair or makeup like the pros? How about, say, $178.99 for the year? At a splashy Chambers Hotel launch party, I got the hard sell today for, a brand new subscription website featuring dozens of step-by-step video tutorials on everything from choosing the right brush to doing your own blow-out to tweezing your own eyebrows. Love the idea; skeptical that people will pay – we expect online content to be free. Aveda stylist and co-founder Jon Reyman encouraged me to watch the "Flat Wrap" how-to (interpretation: frizzy hair day) and I've got to say, it broke down the process in such a way that I felt like I might – might – be able to triumph. Now, moving my laptop to the bathroom vanity so I can really find out. I'll report back! 

Spalon news and a budget blowout

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Will the miserable construction atSpalon Montage in Edina ever end? Yes!, CEO Mitchell Wherley promised me today. In about 45 days. Watch for a full month of specials and promotions commencing in mid-June.
I'm full of salon/spa tidbits as I write this week's Savvy Shopper column. I'll have a list of new deals and discounts recently introduced to lure cautious consumers back to the salon. One that really feels like justice: Juut has cut the prices on blowouts. Prior to this month, a blowout cost as much as a haircut at Juut, which struck me as highway robbery – especially as my favorite Juut stylist's cutting fee rose to – gasp – $90. Now, a 30-minute blowout starts at $35 and costs about half the price of a cut. Smart move. Much more to come in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sunday, April 12.

Thick skin on the beauty beat

Monday, March 26th, 2007

While most Twin Cities stylists spent their Monday off at the first P & G sponsored "beauty summit" at the Walker (if your hairstylist is singing the praises of Pantene, you’ll know why), I was at Root Salon in St. Paul orchestrating makeovers for the three "real women" (as opposed to models) who are posing for my spring fashion spread in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (see it on Sunday, April 15). It’s amazing what a fresh cut and color can do for a girl’s self image.

But let’s talk about me.

As I was complimenting Root owner Jim Koktavy for his brilliant work on one of the girls, he said to me "You’re next." And here I thought I was having a decent hair day. I had to dash, as I was scheduled to speak to a women’s group. "Not until I get rid of that fuzz," Jim retorted. Fuzz? My hair was fuzzy? Five minutes under his hair dryer and round brush and my hair looked entirely sleeker, which was, frankly depressing. I can never get it to look like that, no matter how long I spend and what products I use. Jim’s suggestion: one of his stylists does an amazing blow out for $20. He’s the second person this month to tell me I should consider regular blowouts, which could last a week on my dry hair.

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