So this just happened: Quiet Calm Curl Control was just named in the January issue of Oprah Magazine as a go-to cream for naturally curly B and C waves! We talked to The Curl Doctor, Shai Amiel himself, on his favorite way to use our shea butter enriched cream on his curly hair and textured hair clients.
In Northern California, “Indian Summer” is here. It’s hot, hot hot, one day and humid, foggy and cold the next. If you’re struggling with keeping your hair sanity while Mother Nature makes up her mind, here’s 10 summer hair strategies for the curly (and even the not-so-much) from our friend Beverly Turner of Hello Curls in Sacramento. Any tips of your own to share? Leave a reply at the end!
We’re sending our love (and more!) to Texas. Joanne and I knew instantly we had to help those displaced by Hurricane Harvey. We contacted the Red Cross and were connected with Austin Disaster Relief Network, a non-profit which works directly with the organization. En route to a distribution center in Celebrations, Texas, is two full pallets of Pure Harmony and Color Awakening Hairbath and Pure Inspiration and Color Radiance Conditioner in our former packaging. The organization was ecstatic to hear $60,000 worth of shampoo and conditioner are on their way. Click to watch Morgan send off our shipment with some Northern Cali sunshine! Continue Reading…
The hot word in the green beauty space right now is “preservatives.” Everyone is talking about it; but what’s not being said is how vital natural preservatives are in products applied to the hair and skin. It’s important to understand the facts and navigate the miscommunication and confusion; my intention here is only to share my point view. ~ Greg
Ron Suriano is a late bloomer. The owner of Moisture Salon in Schenectady received his license only nine years ago; he’s been making New York curls bloom ever since. Recently named the Curly Hair Artistry Educator of the year, Ron’s passion is both behind the chair and in front of the class. His tagline: “Where curls begin.”
“Your hair is a result of what you do with it and what you put into it,” Ron says. “If you want to change it you have to change those things.” The following is our second talk with this talented stylist and educator so intuitive he can tell what “method” you work on your coils at first glance.
Summer is officially here! While we love our fun in the sun, all that wind, heat and water can make hair brittle, thirsty and lifeless. We talked to a few of our pros – and mined our Innersense tribe – for these 6 summer hair tips with Innersense Organic Beauty.
There’s something about Portlanders. They’re foodies. They’re in love with Mother Nature. And they’re always effortlessly chic. It’s this Mother Earth meets modern hair aesthetic that Gilded Fox embraces so beautifully, and yes, so effortlessly. We talked with owner Andrea Neal-Thiessen about her Green Circle Salon, her vibe and how to stay foxy wherever you are.
Melissa Marusteri and Chelsea Daniels of The Green Spot in Phoenix are “eco chic” brought to life. Partners in the health-minded salon, the pair’s healthy hair-meets-self-care salon thrives in the flowering green beauty niche in the Sonoran Desert, home of beautiful sunsets and succulents. The following is our chat with the Green Spot Girls!
What happens when you combine your love of holistic hair with your love of art? You get Abloom Salon + Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. A holistic place of beauty where art happens: On the walls, and in the hair. We spoke to Alejandra Martinez, owner of the stylistic space about her go-tos, being a Clean Air salon, and hydration tips for those scorching Arizona summers.
A few years ago, Lauren from Soul Connection Media took our social media up several notches. As a way to support your salon, we’re delighted to feature a guest blog post from Lauren. As always, thank you for your support and being part of our valued community. We appreciate you! ~ In gratitude, Greg and Joanne
Facebook remains the most popular social media platform where people spend 50 minutes each day. It’s a place where you likely already spend time, too. Not only is a Facebook business page today’s calling card, it presents an opportunity to build and maintain rapport with existing and new beauty guests. As a bonus, having a regularly maintained Facebook business page increases search results for your salon in Google and other search engines. Why not be there?
Is your hair just NOT working for you right now? You’re not alone. Like your body, hair takes time to adjust to changing temperatures and humidity levels. Get gorgeous Spring hair with these two quick fixes from a pair of our favorite curl friends.
Seasons and dew points change but the fight over frizz is a constant for the curly-haired girl. Luckily there’s stylists like Robin Sjoblom. Named one of the top curly hair stylists on the globe by Refinery 29, this Innersense Organic Beauty educator, Curly Hair Artistry queen and “curlisphere” social media darling has spent 20 years behind the chair encouraging women to #RockYourBlessing.
Robin recently christened an expansive new location for Southern Curl Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, a sanctuary of curl love where she preaches the power of the curl and unlocks its myth and mysteries to a clientele thirsty for knowledge and increasingly hungry for healthier hair and products. “It’s a special place exclusive to the curly guest with a focus on education and community service,” she says. “We hope to grow into a brand focused on organic-based products, the health and care of the curl, and the heart of the guest who comes in to see us.”
Here’s our chat with the Southern belle of curls.
By Elizabeth, Curly Girl
I fought my curls for 40 years before I saw my first Curly Hair Artist (CHA). It took hundreds of blown-straight-first hair cuts, botched bang jobs, slither scissor catastrophes and thinning shear atrocities before Bevely Turner of Hello Curls in Sacramento set me “straight.” If you’ve been putting off a visit to a Curly Hair Artist, quit it; she (or he!) is worth every dime to make your curls rejoice. Here’s 10 things to expect from your first time with a CHA. Continue Reading…
All curls are not created equal. All curly hair is not all curly. And each curl has a mind of its own. A curl specialist knows this. Many of us with coils and ringlets do not. Luckily there are stylists like Dianne Nola to translate our tendrils into a language we understand.
“An experienced stylist is like a psychic and hair doctor in one. They ‘get you’ before you even sit in the chair,” she says. “Breathe. Go to someone very experienced. They already know a lot about your hair. The missing piece is your lifestyle and expectations.”
The Best of San Francisco just named Dianne the top Curly Hair Stylist in the Bay Area, a tremendous title to hold in a city of salons. So we had to know more about this “hair doctor”… here’s our conversation!
Jessica Guster knew she wanted to be a hairdresser when she was eight years old. Her mother was a stylist, and Jessica was drawn to how happy people where when they came for their appointments. The Dalton, Ohio, artist had been styling hair for over a decade when she fell in love with textured hair six years ago. Now a Curly Hair Artist, next year Jessica opens her own studio, a curly girl sanctuary for the women she says she’s blessed to work with.
Curly Hair Artist Beverly Turner is the picture of health. She’s tall and lean, with a child’s laugh and gorgeous mermaid waves. You’ll see her biking through Sacramento in the morning on her way to the salon, curls clipped under her helmet. But she wasn’t that healthy 12 years ago, surrounded by hormone disrupting chemicals and respiratory irritants in cosmetology school. She fought chronic bronchitis and painful dermatitis and knew perms, additives and chemicals were the cause. So she took control of her professional life and opened her own organic salon. Continue Reading…
Texas is known for big hair, but there’s a salon near Houston known for big curly hair love. Laura McGraw Hair Studio is a haven where women (Sorry, no guys allowed!) are encouraged to embrace their crown and glory, from wavy/swavy all the way to the “tightest little precious coils.”
When we learned Laura calls three or more curls “a group hug,” we wanted to know what motivates her as a stylist, an artist and a freer of curls. “Since becoming a curl specialist, my clientele has become so incredibly diverse I could not be happier,” she says. “Let’s blur the lines one curl at a time.”
Sexy summer hair is free and flowing and happy, but easily damaged and dried by the sun and way too much fun. We hit up several of our favorite stylists, from Georgia to Australia to Nevada (and a few in between) for our first installment of “Sexy Summer Hair.” Toss these ideas in your beach bag and make every day this summer the best hair day ever.
When it comes to curls, to each her own. Every ringlet, wave, swave or kink is unique to every woman. That’s why guests at Kelly Elaine Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA, receive Custom Curl Care Recommendations with every Custom Cut and Styling Lesson.
“Knowing which products to use and how to apply them to reproduce their frizz free curl style at home lets them leave empowered to care for their own curls,” says Kelly Anker, owner. “Healthy curls = beautiful curls… who doesn’t want that?” We talked to her about that empowerment, beautiful curls and the role Innersense plays in her salon.
It’s a common question I hear: “What products should I use to protect my hair?”
This very question comes from my Beauty Guests who regularly use heat styling tools, including curling and flat irons, and the hair dryer. Hair trends come and go, but heat styling remains a key to achieving the latest in-style look.
It’s been a long-standing marketing technique for companies to come out with heat protectant products. These conventional products are loaded with silicones and plastics, which are meant to cosmetically add shine to hair, yet consumers don’t realize the true effect these ingredients have on hair.