24 years of Festoon, 24 years of learning…Thank you Festoon, I am so grateful for being with you for half of my life!
I opened this salon when I was only 24 years old. And oh how I’ve learned along the way.
My dream for Festoon was to create an environment that was warm and welcoming, where you were greeted by your name and often a hug, where you walked out more beautiful than when you came in, where you left knowing how to take care of your new look at home.
Simple? Sure – as a concept. But there were many lessons to learn along the way in order to make it all come true. Is this dream still true? Absolutely!
24 years, 40 Festoonies and many beloved clients later, Festoon has a life of its own.
Upon reflection, that is what I truly wanted. I never named the salon after me because it was never about me. It’s about a group of people who love what they do, who want to have fun, and who enjoy creating beauty every day…in order to festoon you!
My mission statement for the salon is:
We help our guests realize individual beauty through impeccable service and sustainable luxury products.
Are we there? Yes.
In reality, we are never ‘there’ because there must be continual evolution in order for Festoon to continue fulfilling my dream. Because of Festoon, I’ve been able to grow and change in amazing ways.
Here are 24 lessons I’ve learned along the way:
1) My clients are my university
2) Assumption will always land me in hot water
3) Surround yourself with the young and hopeful
4) Surround yourself with people different than yourself
5) What doesn’t kill you, does really make you stronger
6) Listen with 2 ears
7) There are many messengers
8) Beauty changes, and we have to change with it
9) Styles come and go, and then come and go again
10) Most beauty issues are solvable
11) Cold, dry weather isn’t good for skin, scalp or hair
12) People do get traumatized by bad haircuts and colors
13) Little girls should not get their hair cut at Barber Shops (see 12)
14) Say “Thank you” to a lot of people everyday
15) Technology sure has changed in 24 years!
16) As I get older and my clients get older – I think we look more alike than ever
17) If I really want something done, and I put one step in front of the other, it happens
18) The older I get, the more work it takes to look fabulous!
19) The older I get, the less I care what people think
20) Change your hair, it grows
21) Surround yourself with people who care about what they do
22) Travel to get a new perspective
23) If you have an issue, someone else has the answer. Go find them.
24) Be grateful
I’m not sure what I was more excited about…attending the Behind the Chair 2013 Color Show which brought the best colorists in the country together to do what we love to do, or to finally visit Nashville to see what all the excitement was about! Luckily both delivered without disappointment. I haven’t been to a “hairshow” in years, maybe decades. I prefer training in small venues with lots of hands on practice and a focused learning environment. But this big show was nice change. I’m friends with Mary, founder of www.behindthechair.com, who sponsored the show, so I gave it a shot. She said it would change my mind about hair shows. She was right!
We talked about hair color. A lot. Including what to expect in 2014. So what’s on trend?
Pastel colors. Ombre. Diffused hair color and blondes with more tone.
What does all that mean? Here’s your glossary:
Pastel Haircolors – Gone are 80s punk colors. Instead, soft muted tones of pink, lavender, peach, strawberry. A particularly beautiful look when blended into blondes and red heads.
Ombre – How do I feel about Ombre? I love some and I hate others. What was refreshing to see in Nashville was that the good ones are here to stay. Meaning no more strips of blonde at the bottom of a brunette. The Ombre of the future is subtle. It’s about color bleeding into other color and peeking through so you see a hint of another shade. Its still deeper at the root and lighter where light normally reflects off the hair. Think more like the model Giselle, where you don’t know where the highlights begin but you see the light around her face. That’s the future of hair color.
Diffused Haircolor – Dimensional hair color that looks like the grain of wood, according to my husband John. (That’s a guy for you!) Basically, multiple colors that blend in with each other yet you don’t see harsh striping. For example, if you are a red head there might be as many as 4 different tones fusing in and out to create subtle variation and depth.
Blondes with more tone – This I like. Over-bleaching is one my pet peaves. This trend ensures a varied, rich palette of blonde. There will be lots of mixing pastels, warm hues, and deeper blondes throughout.
Where is color going? It’s going sophisticated, dimensional, and the days of a lot of foils are becoming a thing of the past. Think watercolor, painting and unique to each of you and your own individual look. This is what true beauty is all about – individuality!
Mary was right. I’ll definitely go back to the show next year…especially for these peeks into upcoming trends. It’s always fun to look into the future.
Nashville! Nashville has been voted one of the top destinations in the US. Who knew? I didn’t…but I’m glad I do now!
Getting to Nashville took some effort since it’s not a big hub – but maybe that’s part of the charm. But once you are there, it is worth it. Here are my must do’s:
Music, Eats and History
Music – I don’t remember the last time I listened to live music. Hmmm, I think its been decades. (Maybe the last time I was at a big hair show!) Being in one of the biggest music cities around, this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Plus no kids!
Honky tonk is famous around these parts. Head downtown to the Broadway area…you can’t miss it! Just roll down your windows while you are driving by and pick a place.
We also checked out a place called The 5 Spot in the 5 point area. Total Dive! Great music. 2 drinks = 3 bucks. John about fell over, he couldn’t believe it.
The quality of the music is amazing everywhere. I’m watching these amazing singer/songwriters thinking “Why is he not on The Voice making millions???”
Great musicians are a dime a dozen here. Glad I decided not to become a rock star. Especially in Nashville.
Eats – What’s fun about eating in Nashville? You get local flavor with a twist of southern flair. We went to three great spots – all different.
City House – Italian family-style eating. Everything was delicious. From the chicken to the appetizers, and of course the pizza. Tandy Wilson is the owner and Chef and you can tell this guy is inspired by both cuisine and community.
The Tavern – John has a niece in Nashville so we hooked up with her at this local joint. My favorite was the tacos. We ate a lot as we got caught during one of their downpours and ended up staying for a 2-hour lunch. Good thing the food was so yummy.
Husk – This is where we went for our fancy night out. At Husk they have rules about what can go on the plate. “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door,” says Brock. The resulting cuisine is not about rediscovering Southern cooking, but rather exploring the reality of Southern food. Seed-saving, heirloom husbandry, in-house pickling and charcuterie programs by the culinary team are the basis of Husk’s cuisine.
Did I love everything???? Pretty much! These guys go all out and push the boundaries of eating!
History – We tried to do three things while we were there. We made it to two….
Andrew Jackson’s House. The Hermitage is truly like stepping back in time. From the carriage rides, to guides dressed in historic clothes, to learning about our past president was a great way to discover history. I definitely recommend the audio tour and spending half a day there. They offer several different tours so check out their website before you go.
The Parthenon. If you haven’t been to Greece and don’t think you are getting there anytime soon and you find yourself in Nashville….go to The Parthenon.
The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville’s premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.
Originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture.
The Parthenon also serves as the city of Nashville’s art museum.
Can you guess what #3 was? (Hint…answer at the end of this article!)
Shopping – Just like the food and music scene, Nashville has great shopping like any cool city. But here is my new inspiration: imogene + willie.
Are you looking for the best fitting jeans? And a place that will customize them for you? Look no further! All design, fit development, pattern making and finishing touches are done at their shop in Nashville where they manufacture as much in their shop as they can. Because of increased demand for their jeans, they cannot make every pair sold in their tiny workshop anymore. However, in an effort to restore the South’s dying garment industry, much of what they can’t manufacture in-house is made regionally. This place is more then denim it’s a lifestyle with a great story.
Grand Ole Opry and hiking in the Smokey Mountains!
Ahhhh Kauai! Swaying palm trees, lush mountains, sandy beaches and an endless expanse of ocean for snorkeling, paddle boarding, and water play. I had forgotten how this gorgeous island was like no where else! Kauai’s beautiful landscape always takes my breath away. The last time I traveled to Kauai was to celebrate the Millennium with a group of friends. We figured that if the world really did come to an end, we would already be in paradise. It was equally spectacular this time…and we got to bring our children along! Here are a few of my favorite ‘finds’ – in case a holiday in Kauai is in your near future. The little things are the most memorable gems of a vacation and I found some great treasures I want to share with you!
We stayed in Princeville on the north shore of Kauai, close to Hanalei. From this central location, most things are within a 30 minute drive. The northern end of the island is on the sleepy side, but we choose it for the quiet and because its exotic landscape seems so quintessentially Kauai. If you’re a shopper and like to do a lot of things, this might not be for you. If what you want is some quality downtime in a gorgeous place, look no further! First things first – FOOD!
Stocking Up: While the local food is amazing, I recommend you start your vacation with a very strategic trip to Costco. Island prices aren’t cheap and you can save money by getting your basics here. But remember: even at home Costco-sized anything can outlast the expiration date so don’t buy more than you need for a week. If you miscalculate and end up with more than you can use during your vacation, there are organizations that will donate your extra food to local shelters. (Isn’t that a great idea?!)
Farm to Table: Farm to Table on Kauai! Who knew? I don’t remember all these farms the last time I was here but I was so happy to see the movement translated to this tropical locale. Everything from food trucks to roadside farm cafes to a pop up restaurant seem to be enjoying a farm to table moment. Food in Kauai is expensive so you might as well eat well. My fave’s: Kauai Ono is a pop-up restaurant serving the Hanalei area. They call it Farm Fish Forage. Rustic and communal in style, it’s a beautiful way to dine. Most things are made from recycled materials with a sensitivity to their unique surroundings. Their restaurant is open seasonally and is booked weeks in advance! Make your reservation ahead of time with Open Table to ensure a table * The Garden Café at Common Ground uses fresh-from-the-fields produce to create amazing food including a range of vegan and raw options as well as burgers and fish tacos. Common Ground is a 46-acre site owned by Malama Kauai, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the land and culture of Kauai. Worth a visit for sure! * You can’t go wrong with the Kauai Food truck, which serves local fish and shrimp and as much local produce and products as possible. Yum.
FUN IN THE SUN – Most of our time was spent relaxing on the beach, playing in the water or eating great food. However, we did one big activity with Princeville Ranch Adventures. This family-owned business offers everything from horseback riding to ziplining and some adventures that combine several great activities. We picked the Jungle Valley Adventure which includes hiking, kayaking, zip lining and swimming. Wow! This 4-hour adventure was amazing! Our wonderful guides Aaron and Lewis were great with my kids (who are 5 and 6). With their guidance and support, nothing was too hard for the kids and they even zip lined! This was the highlight of their trip – and mine since I’d never zip lined before either.
In a great stroke of luck, we pretty much had everything to ourselves since it was the end of high season. What a great time to travel. We will definitely go back and next time, the kids want to attend Kids Camp. Sounds good to me!
BEACHES – North shore beaches are endless – many of them perfect for younger children since the water stays knee-high for great distances out into the ocean. Several beaches are a haven for seashell collectors. You can spend hours discovering unique shells along the ocean. Some beaches are great for watching water sports like parasailing – bright sails zipping along the water is a thrill to see. There really is something for everyone. I recommend trying a new beach everyday until you find your favorite. Amazingly, even during high season, the beaches don’t feel crowded.
SHOPPING – While eating at The Dolphin restaurant in Hanalei. I discovered the “I heart Hanalei!” boutique. So, instead of hanging out with the family while they ordered, I slipped away for some great shopping. This boutique is well known for the bathing suits and their seamless bottoms. They offer a very well curated selection of suits for your beach vacation. And swim suits are tiny enough to bring home, they make the perfect souvenir…for yourself.
SIGHTSEEING – Look around! Kauai is truly one of the most beautiful spots in the world. It may seem sleepy on the surface but there is so much to explore.
RELAXATION - You can get a massage on every corner in Kauai. Just know they are not all created equal! I wanted a memorable Kauai experience so I decided to try Lomi Lomi – the traditional massage of Hawaii. After a little research I booked massages for John and myself at Angeline’s Lomi Lomi Massage. The “Big Fluffy Robe Experience” isn’t really our thing. We don’t want a fancy robe and pretty tile. We prefer quality technique and an authentic, therapeutic experience. The Lomi Lomi at Angeline’s was just what we wanted!
The humble massage studio is located in a 1970′s house and is very “Hawaiian Funky.” In the best way of course! After being greeted by whispering locals, we change into sarongs and enter the steam room where we lay on massage beds and get a light salt scrub. By the time the ladies start singing traditional Hawaiian songs to us, we are transported to a magical place. But that is just the beginning. We rinse off and enter a beautiful round cedar room where 4 therapists are waiting for the 2 of us. Yes, that’s right, 4 hands, 1 body. Heaven. The singing begins again and it’s the most luxurious hour I’ve had in a long time. We are invited to stay as long as we want. We slumber off into a delicious nap afterward. This is an experience not to be missed!
The next time I visit, I will be making a stop at the Hindu Monastary. This hidden treasure was a tip from a local resident who told me about the monastery and its rich history. Apparently, there are also beautiful waterfalls to visit on the way. See, I’m already planning our next trip back to Kauai!
August is that lovely time between the excitement of early summer and the anticipation of fall. Clients and stylists are traveling and enjoying the last few weeks before school starts and we all swap bathing suits and caftans for beautiful fall clothes!
As a stylist, what am I most excited about right now? Kerastase. We launched their new Couture styling line last month and we’re slated to do more than 200 hair treatments this month! The treatments are much improved and now come in customizable formulations. We are able to tailor each treatment for every client’s needs. Looking to repair breakage? Got it. Want gorgeous shiny hair after color? Got that too. Looking for more fullness? We even have that. And if you want all three…that’s possible too!
Kerastase treatments can be added to any service. The new formulation of the treatments makes them instant – no extra time taken out of your busy schedule. The cost of a treatment is 30-35 dollars making it a great value. Next time you are in, give one a try – your hair will thank you.
After having the whole new line of Kerastase, and feeling like a kid in a candy store, I have found my favorite “go-to” products. Personally, I always choose products that give immediate results and make styling an instant success.
1) Want one hair to feel like four? With absolutely no stiffness or stickiness the new Densitive treatment spray ($40) gives you instantly thicker hair! For super volume add Mousse Bouffant ($36).
2) Do you suffer from split ends and want to grow your hair out? Try the double chambered Fiber Architect ($42). I finally have something to REPAIR breaking ends while heat styling, rather than begging clients to let me trim just another inch of damaged ends…. Since it must be used with heat, imagine improving your hair with a flat iron? Love it!
3) Does your hair crave hydration and shine? Try the Oleo Relax anti-frizz serum ($40). Phenomenal for blow-drying and taming.
Because life isn’t always just about hair, but about letting it down and enjoying yourself, here’s a sweet treat for you to sip during these last days of summer. John’s favorite drink he learned how to make in Oaxaca…It’s been a favorite at our get togethers!
Peel and seed 2 cucumbers
The juice of 4 limes
A few mint leaves
2 celery stalks
Puree above ingredient and skim off the foam
Add 2 cups of sugar
Add 1-2 gallons of water (to taste)
Leveraging its nearly 50-year history in the treatment category, L’Oréal-owned hair care brand Kérastase is taking on styling with Couture Styling, an 11-piece range inspired by skin-care formulas and textures.
Festoon is always on the forefront of new technology. Kérastase is known for their research and development and here they go again. With Kate Moss as the spokesperson, we are excited to be a part of this launch.
We are also featuring new in-salon treatments which will also be available for retail sales. The technology behind these treatments areguaranteed to change your hair…and now you can take it home with you. The quality of the hair changes instantly! No more heat, no more waiting. Apply, rinse and voila. Make sure to take advantage of our special through August 15th – add a Kérastase treatment to any service for just $25!
The collection formulas feature skin-care ingredients like collagen andmicronized polymers as well as technology that takes cues from anti-agers like eye contour gels and skin serums. We are especially excited to see these ingredients in action. With a “Construct” and a “Finish”line, the range of products include beach sprays and root lifters, shine serums, sculpting pastes and their highly anticipated version of a dry shampoo. In development for more than two years, Couture Styling will enter 1,300 salons worldwide beginning in July and ours is one of the first!
“This is the most comprehensive marketing the brand has ever put together,” said Bouzitat, adding that the products will be usedbackstage at New York Fashion Week in September. “Giving consumers the final step, the final touch, that continuous journey from treatment to styling, is a big deal for us.”
We couldn’t agree more! It’s a big deal for us too. Can’t wait to introduce to this new line the next time you are in.