Style Tips


April 29th, 2011

becca cosmetics

When the glow goes away, you can bring it back…with makeup.   (Well, there are other ways, but that is for a different sort of website.)

In my late teens people would talk about “glow” and I wondered what they were talking about.  Now, past a certain birthday and a mother to two small children, I know exactly what they meant.

Back when “glow” meant nothing to me, I was actually covering it up.   I wore hard black eyebrows, bright red lips, lots of mascara and way too much foundation….it was the 80’s, what can I say?

Like all products in the beauty industry, makeup has changed so much.  I love the fact that I can travel with only 4 key items in my cosmetic bag.  I can have a dewy, glow-y daytime look (dewy now comes in the form of a primer) and a smokey eye with clear nude lips for night- all with an easy application of makeup.

Festoon has carried makeup before.  It failed dramatically.  Now we know that it was positioned wrong in the salon and we had no support from the manufacturer.  When we pulled it, we never looked back and never thought we’d carry a cosmetic line again.

That all changed when someone sent me a beautiful box of Becca makeup.  Keep in mind that, as the owner of a salon, I get sent A LOT of stuff so I have to like the branding immediately or it doesn’t even make it out of the box.  I was impressed.  I did some research but mostly I started playing.  I didn’t want to know too much about the makeup before having an authentic reaction to my experience.

I tested it for over two months before I called Becca to say that I was interested in their line and asked them to tell me more.  That first phone call was all it took.

In-chair consultations with my clients started when they noticed my new look:  “What do you wear on your face?” “Do you like going to buy makeup?”  “What would create a fun makeup experience for you?” Etc…

John and I began to strategize ways to integrate makeup in the salon and have it be an exciting and fun experience for our clients.   We’ve had two very successful “makeover days,” and clients are receiving complimentary touchups.

Having Becca makeup in the salon is teaching us new things, and this is what we love most about our business…learning and growing with our clients.  What we’ve learned with our latest venture is this:

You ladies know what you want; you want great quality, easy-to-use products, and to look glow-y and beautiful when you’re done.  We’ve got you covered.

Can’t wait to see you at our new makeup counter.


A New Me for the New Year!

December 31st, 2010


I grew up somewhere between punk and new wave. This means we did crazy things to our hair. Before tattoos and body piercing, hair was a canvas for expression, fashion or rebellion; we colored it, shaved it, drew lines in it… you get the picture. As I contemplated a fresh look for the New Year, I knew I wanted the fun of the old days and not to take my hair so seriously. As a mother and business owner, I also needed a style that would last 4 or 5 days once I had styled it – meaning I’d use product, set it, curl it or whatever… get it looking good and then maintain that look between washing.

My Challenge: What can I do that will be flattering, age appropriate, manageable, and the opposite of what I currently have?

The Solution: Go shorter and add texture with a perm!

The Process: First Gail cut my hair, after I showed her photos of stylist I liked. A few days later, Samantha gave me a perm. Both Gail and Samantha were extremely supportive in this process and let me provide lots of direction. (I can’t help myself from directing! That is why I am so empathetic to clients with similar personalities.)

For the perm, I chose to go the tough route – air neutralizing. This means I actually walked the streets of S.F. with perm rods in my hair, got in my car, and drove home. I then proceeded to try and sleep, though not very successfully. I got 2 hours of sleep at most. The next morning I removed the rods myself. Although this is a time-consuming and un-pretty process to get a perm, your hair is a lot less damaged and the curl formation is better. I had decided from the beginning that if I was going to do a perm, I was going to go all out.

After removing the rods, I had a pretty intense fro for a few days until I washed my hair. Then I started snipping… a little here and there every night for a week. (Yes, I am one of those, too.) Finally, it got to the point where John had to re-cut my hair. And at this point, I was really starting to like what was taking shape, but I decided that the curl formation needed a little help. The next morning, I washed my hair and air dried it for about 30 minutes. Then I took about 10 minutes to pin curl my hair. Once it was all pinned, I drove to work and worked in pin curls for about an hour (some of my clients thought this was my look). Finally, I took the pins out, and voila! My hair had great loopy, uneven curls with crazy direction. I did nothing to it for 4 days, and it got even better as time went on.

Follow-up: So here it is a couple weeks later and I have to say I’ve gotten a few questioning looks. But, since I’m resourceful and am willing to try new things… I have enjoyed this new curly, girly look of mine! I have also enjoyed teaching my clients how to do pin curls. Since I have had my new ‘do, at least 1-2 clients a day ask me to show them how to do the same to their hair. All the attention has doen wonders for my confidence, and I feel like I am on my way to trying many more shapes, textures and colors. Go ahead and try your own new adventure in hair, it the most fun I’ve had in years!

Happy New Year!
Melissa Ryan

What’s with all the long hair?!

November 18th, 2010

"This picture is 7 years old... I rest my case!"

I’ve loved changing my look for as long as I can remember.  In fact, the only thing consistent about my style is that it is never the same thing twice; I’ve been punk and new wave, glamorous and feminine, long and bobbed.

Even my fashion inspiration changes daily – from park mom in jeans or yoga gear, to rocker chic in leather pants, to ladylike blouses with bows… I love it all.  For me, personal style – perfectly expressed for that moment and mood – is the only style there is. 

But I’ve had long hair for more years than I care to count.  To be honest, I’m quite surprised that I’ve let it carry on this long.  It’s partly because I am being lazy.  I also realized I’ve been unwilling to take a risk.  So I am here to tell you all: I am officially BORED of my long hair.

Magazines are full of short sexy hair right now.  I see all those styles… all that gorgeous texture, and I feel myself gearing up.  The holidays are coming and I am considering pin curls, perms, another relaxer, maybe even shaving the underneath of my hair… the world is my oyster.

I challenge all of you who are stuck to be shiny and new for this holiday season.  Try something different… as I tell all my friends, “Its only hair, but the potential is something really exciting!”

Stay posted for my big change!  And while you wait, stop by and post any ideas you think I might like on Festoon’s Facebook page.

Melissa’s packing tips for your fun in the sun!

June 4th, 2010


As I pack for our annual trip to Sayulita, Mexico, I am confronted with how to best take care of my hair and skin while only packing the necessities.  Nowadays, I am more concerned with diapers and snacks than my usual multitude of products.  Here are my packing tips for your beautified fun in the sun:

Rene Furterer Sun Care Line- The Sun Spray is a must.  It’s like a wetsuit for the hair and protects my color and Keratin treatment against sun, salt and chlorine.  It is great to take on-the-go because it is sprayed on to dry hair.  The Sun Shampoo doubles as a great body wash and removes all that chlorine!  And the amazing Repairing After-Sun Mask (also great for shaving legs) repairs and protects.

Valmont DNA Serum – This wonder product does the work of a cabinet full of facial products.  Applied under your moisturizer AM and PM, it balances oil issues, remedies dry patches, soothes sensitivity… everything!

There it is… my list of vacation must haves.  If you’re ever interested in a great vacation spot that is only a three hour plane ride away, check out  Best 2 buck tacos on the beach you’ll ever have!

Dirty Hair Dilemma? Rene Furterer dry shampoo to the rescue!

April 9th, 2010


Woke up late?  No time to shower?  Finally listening to your stylist and trying not to shampoo every single day?  Whatever your dirty hair dilemma, Rene Furterer dry shampoo will rescue your greasy, lifeless tresses without taking too much of your precious time!   Skip the shower, and simply spray on this specially formulated lightweight powder.  The natural ingredients absorb the oil and other impurities to refresh your roots, creating volume and texture in only two minutes.  This dry shampoo comes in a nude shade, so it will disappear into roots of any hair color, and doesn’t leave messy color marks when you run your fingers through your ‘do.  It’s so easy to use, you may never shampoo again!  Although we would recommend that you do…  at some point!

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