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A Little Change Will Do You Good


“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” -Leo Tolstoy

But I say it’s time to consider it!

People respond to change differently. Some of our clients are Change Addicts, others Change Averse.  As a stylist I consider the emotional motivation behind the change when consulting with my clients.  I ask questions like “Have you had short hair before?” “How many times have you been a redhead?” “What is it that you love about the picture your showing me?”

It’s important to know why someone wants to change their hairstyle, and what they are really looking to change.  When people are in the habit of changing their look, then it’s an easy decision. When people are emotionally attached to making a change because of a life experience…we go for it. If people are unsure…we tread lightly.

There are a few absolutes I’ve learned while doing makeovers through the years: When a blonde thinks she wants to be a brunette, we say no. We leave golden highlights in the newly brunette color. Why? Because we’ve had too many ex-blondes cry in our chairs after going too dark! Now we know it is ALWAYS the right decision to darken slowly and leave a familiar brightness while they adjust to the darker color.

Here’s a LINK ON TUMBLR for more thoughts on change.

The When, Why & How of Changing your Hair According to Melissa:

*When you wear your hair in a ponytail everyday
*When you realize your hair looks the same as it did in your high school yearbook
*When the compliments stop
*When your friends start suggesting “their” hairdresser
*When you start a new job, begin a new school year, or have an ugly breakup

*Hair grows
*You wear your hair everyday – around your face!
*Your face changes, change your hair
*Just because

*Ask your friends, your hairdresser, your partner when they liked your hair the most
*Look at our Pinterest page and see what inspires you!
*Go slowly and work your way to the long or short (light or dark) of it
*Go quickly and surprise your friends and family

I’m no stranger to change myself. I love change! I’ve permed, been blonde, red and grey (terrible color on me) and yes, I’ve made a lot of bad choices. AND I’ve been happily surprised more times than I can count. Either way, I look at everything a little differently when I am brave enough to take a risk and go for change.

Go on, give it a try! Submit a current photo of a friend, family member or yourself to win a complimentary Festoon Makeover!  Include a statement on the “why” and “how”.  We will accept entries up until andpick the winner on August 1st.  Then stay tuned for the big reveal in our mid-August Newsletter. Submissions may be mailed to mail@festoonsalon.com.

Brightening Up For Summer!


What shade of blonde do you want to be? Believe it or not, everyone can be a blonde. Honey blonde, strawberry blonde, icy blonde. High maintenance blonde and low maintenance blonde. There is a blonde for everyone. Which one is for you?

I went butter blonde many years ago and it was all about my attitude. Of course I changed my makeup routine and my wardrobe to incorporate warmer tones, but it was certainly a fun experiment! After 10 months of bleaching, my poor scalp had had enough so I went back to brown. Interestingly, I didn’t like being a brunette again for several weeks. Now I’m sympathetic to my blonde clients who are sensitive to darker shades…I’ve been there!

If you are considering a change to blonde now that summer has arrived, here are some tips for the “right” blonde for you:

*Skin tone, eye color, time of year and lifestyle all play a part in finding the right shade of blonde.

A general rule is the lighter the eyes, the lighter the hair; the darker the eyes, the darker the blonde. Pink skin tones should avoid warm blondes. Go for sandy and beige blondes. If you have an olive complexion, go for warm blondes to avoid bringing out the green undertones of olive skin. If you have a more neutral skin tone, go for warm or cool, or even mix the two together!

*Maintenance and lifestyle are an important factor in the blonde you choose. If you’re a Bay Area wash-and-go gal, then choose minimal highlights around the face using an ombre or Flamboyage technique.  It’s easy to wear and has less maintenance.

If you want full-blown blonde and don’t mind coming in the salon every 3-4 weeks (AND you have the skin color for it) go for it!  But remember, if you don’t keep up with your color, you’ll likely get banding and other less-desirable effects. Make sure you consult with your stylist before going in this direction. Personally my favorite option is multi-dimensional blonde. It works for cool blondes, strawberry blondes and golden blondes. Using lowlights for contrast brings out a depth of effect and can really make your eye color pop! I love highlights that aren’t so predictable. These can really compliment a cut or the wave of your hair with the right placement.

*And last but not least: Beautiful, healthy hair is most important.

No matter what color you choose, fried or damaged hair is never attractive.  Ever.

Blonding is the most aggressive coloring we do. Frequency, product, styling tools and home care are extra important with bleached hair. Let us help you choose the right products to sustain healthy hair. Shampoo as little as possible and choose the right leave-in protection. Also stay away from excessive blow drying and heat styling tools like curling irons.

And with all that being said… Lighten up!




There are so many ways to give…and all are so important. Festoon is about bringing beauty into the world as well as preserving it for future generations.  In all of our choices, we strive to minimize our ecological footprint.  When deciding on what color line and hair care products to bring to you, we chose Davines because they share our commitment to taking care of the environment and creating beauty sustainably. Davines’ commitment to sustainability spans from the ethically sourced natural ingredients in their products to their product packaging and commitment to education.

For the third year in a row, Davines salons are partnering with The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.  In the first year of the partnership, Sustainable Beauty Day made it possible to plant 6,000 fruit trees in deforested, poverty-stricken areas of Mozambique and South Africa. Last year, the program traveled to Brazil to plant 5,800 more fruit trees!  This year to raise money for low-income communities, Sustainable Beauty Day has been extended to Sustainable Beauty Week… but here at Festoon, we are taking it even further and making it Sustainable Beauty Month!  For the entire month of April, Festoon will be donating 10% of all carbon-neutral Davines product sales on your behalf.

You can join us in supporting worldwide efforts to plant trees at schools with low-income families, improving nutrition and environmental benefits for generations. At both of our locations we will be accepting donations toThe Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.  With any donation of $5 or more, you will receive a Davines Sustainable Beauty pochette as a thank you gift.  Or, you can receive this thank you gift with a $2 donation and the purchase of any 2 carbon-neutral Davines products – Essential Haircare, Oi, and More Inside.  The carbon dioxide emissions generated by the production of the packaging for these 3 lines are offset by the protection and reforestation of nature reserves in Italy and Costa Rica, as established by the Kyoto Protocol.

Did you know?
These are some of the things we do behind the Festoon curtains!
• We compost all your lovely locks we cut off… unless they are 10” or longer, then we donate to Locks of Love.
• We use Japanese nozzles specially designed for shampoo bowls tocut our water usage by 70%.
• We use paper cups for hygienic reasons and because they are compostable.
• We compost all our tea, coffee and food waste.
• We wash and re-use our color gloves.
• We purchase and use “green” cleaners and laundry detergent
• We recycle all the foil we use for creating your beautiful highlights.
• We don’t buy bottled water, our water is filtered from the tap.
• We recycle 70% of our waste.

Some of the things that Davines does behind the tendaggio!
• Davines created the Authentic Moisturizing Balm & Cleansing Nectar which are free from parabens, silicones, artificial colours and PEG.
• Davines has already contributed to offset the emissions of 40,983,93 lbs of CO2.
• Davines was honored with the title of Zero Impact Ambassador 2013by LifeGate.
• Davines helped LifeGate plant and care for 2,075,379 square meters of forest in 2011.
• Davines has used the renewable energy of the sun, wind, water and soil to supply its production plants in Parma since 2006.

Thank you for supporting us, our values and our eco-friendly Festoon community.     


Calling All Curls!


This month at Festoon it is all about curls, waves, and texture. Lately curling irons are taking over and being used to create romantic texture and beach-y looks. Why? Waves are soft, beautiful and flattering.  So curly girls, count your blessings for having natural curls!

For those of you who haven’t embraced your curls, yet, we are here to help make your curls your ally!  We want to be your curl-whisperer.  It starts with understanding that every curl is as unique as you are and every day with curly hair is a new adventure.  Curly hair comes out of the head differently and curls come in all textures and lengths. Nobody’s curl is ever the same as someone else’s.  My most recent look has become wavy, because as my hair has aged – becoming wavier and frizzier.  Instead of trying to fight it back straight, I changed the way I style my hair and embraced the new curl. I’m so happy I did!

Over the last few years, we’ve endeavored to become curly hair experts. To address the special nature of curly hair, we’ve brought on newhighly effective products specifically created for curls. Curly hair is fragile, so cleansers that are no lather, sulfate/silicone/paraben free are essential.  And, we’ve brought in specialists for staff trainings, as well as sent our stylists to N.Y. and L.A. for  training just for curly hair.  In this process, we have also learned the DevaCurl technique for cutting curly hair.  So we cut hair dry a lot of the time, and we teach you how to manage your curly hair.  Because how you style your curly ‘do is as important as how we cut your hair!

Once you know how to BE with your curls, you are more confident about how to manage your hair, your hair looks beautiful and the compliments flow. Let us help you make the most of your beautiful curls!

As I am a newcomer to the curly girl gang, I asked a few of our own Festoonie curly girls for some tips:

What is the biggest thing that has made your hair more manageable?
A great haircut and the right products -Jordan
 didn’t really know how defined my curls could be until I learned the deva 3-step styling method. My curls need to be encouraged, and the best thing I took away from that was to not over fuss with my hair when it’s wet. Scrunch the water out, blot with a towel, add product. Then NO touching after that! -Kristy
*Deva products – especially the no poo cleanser. I never realized my hair was frizzy because of the shampoo I was using -Leanne
*Knowing that you never brush curly hair after washing!! -Kristal 

Has your curly hair changed over time and if so, how did you deal with it?
*It’s gotten curlier over time. My hair is very opinionated and let’s me know what it needs when it changes -Jordan
*Yes, My hair went from “s’wavy” when I was an adolescent to curly. I blame that on puberty ; ) -Kristy
*I didn’t even know I had curly hair until I was 15. It was very long and I brushed it out  -Leanne

How do you create different looks? 
*Product. Some make hair tamer and some make it bigger. My favorite is big hair -Jordan
*If I want my hair at its curliest I follow the deva 3-step. If I want a looser curl similar to a finger wave, I style when my hair is wet (slightly dripping) by parting it where I want and run a wide tooth comb through from root to ends. Then I scrunch some product in and lightly finger it into place before I diffuse or air dry -Kristy
*Bobby pins hide really well in curly hair. Use them to create different styles! -Leanne

*Different products with different amounts of hold change the style -Kristal 

What are your favorite two go-to products and why?
*Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse hands down. It defines my curls and makes them soft to the touch. I can reapply on dry hair and it tames the hair when it’s a little out of control. This product is amazing and I will cry if they ever take it away! I also like the Davines Curl Building Serum because it creates shine and helps with frizz -Jordan
*DevaCurl One Conditioner is a must! Also the Light Defining Hold Gel because it works on everyone no matter the texture -Kristal
*Now that my hair is a shorter length I struggle with getting enough texture in my hair. It’s very soft and healthy which is good but harder to style. I’m really loving the Surfcomber Mousse by Oribe. A little goes a long way – one half-dollar size dollop from root to ends.  It gives a texture similar to when you use hairspray, giving great hold and definition without weighing my hair down. I’m also loving the Kerastase Spray A Porter. I love to spray it on dry hair to refresh my curls and it adds just the right texture without feeling sticky -Kristy

How do you normally style your hair?
*Wash and go. I’m not big on a lot of fuss and my hair doesn’t like it either -Jordan
*When my hair is freshly washed I wear it down for two days then it goes up for a day or two
*Scrunched with it’s natural wave, or air-dried then curled with a curling iron -Kristal

How often do you get it cut?
*I try for every eight weeks -Kristal
*Every 10 weeks -Leanne
*Every 8-10 weeks. 12 weeks if I’m growing it longer -Kristy

Did you always like your curly hair?
*No! I used to look like a wet poodle when my mom cut my hair when I was a kid! -Kristal
*I have. I didn’t think I could do any different.  A roommate in college spent 2 hours blowing out my hair and I thought it was a lot to ask for her to do again -Leanne
*No. For a long time I just thought I had frizzy hair which made me want straight hair. Now that I understand how curly hair works I wouldn’t change it for the world -Jordan
*I have always loved my curls. They are a part of my personality. I feel at my best when my curls are shiny, bouncy and have lots of volume! Shake those curls out!!! The bigger the hair, the closer to god! -Kristy

HELLO 2014!


As we headed into 2014, I started thinking about the “idea” of a New Year’s Resolution. Here’s what I learned: the idea started with the Romans and to summarize (because that could be a whole newsletter!) – do good to others, then be grateful for the year past and contemplate the upcoming year. Not too much has changed.

Personally, I’ve chosen to nix the whole resolution thing. My life is full of goals and things to do…I don’t need to add another, that would only stress me out!  What I love to do (and yes it’s only once a year) is to review all that has changed and what we’ve accomplished. And amazingly, it’s always more than I thought. Taking this time for reflection helps me remember how much my Festoon family has accomplished, as well as my young children.

For Festoon, we are happy to be promoting more Stylists through our Apprenticeship program than ever before.  Our clientele continues to grow and we remain humble in responding to all your wonderful and important feedback.  We continued to work on perfecting our Deva inspired curly hair styling and cutting, expanded our braiding skills with two amazing braiding classes and sharpened our cutting skills with fantastic classes with Sally Rogerson. John and I also launched a new business called Festoon Business. We partnered with a good friend, Tom Seeberger, who opened Bumble and bumble University and was part of the huge success Bumble had over the last decade.  We will be working as consultants for salons all over the country, coaching them on how to improve their salons, lives, and our industry by using our salon as the model. This year, Festoon will also be launching our own in-house Blow-dry bar… watch for more information to come!

For my family, this New Years we chose to celebrate in Sayulita, Mexico.  Every few years, I like to go away for New Years because I find the holidays all consuming.  When we travel, I can focus just on us being together.  We talked about our favorite memories, things that were important to us over this past year, and made new memories.  On this trip, my son surfed for the first time and my daughter rode her first horse! These experiences are more valued than any holiday gift could’ve been.

Reflecting personally, it’s the little things that are so important. I keep taking my dance class twice a week, eat well, pretend to do yoga every now and again, walk my dog, cram as much as possible into every day, and spend time with my family. This past year, I watched my daughter get on a bus to school for the first time and learn to read.  I also saw my son learn how to surf, and go through all the sometimes painful things it takes to grow up and to learn how to be a happy person. Invaluable.

Thank you for an inspiring 2013 & here’s looking forward to an even better 2014!


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