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Be Gentle and See Thicker, Fuller Hair

Hair loss and thinning can come from a variety of places, like genetics or childbirth, but it can also be a reaction to breakage from physical damage — AKA the way you treat your hair when you’re styling or even drying it after the shower. Uh oh! Super-tight styles are one of the leading contenders when it comes to breakage, but don’t worry. You don’t have to completely give up your ponytails or braids to save your hair. Aveda Global Educator Bea Carmichael shares five easy ways to minimize breakage in your daily hair routine; you and your hair will be so much happier!

Be extra gentle when your hair is wet. Start the care right away. Don’t pull your hair up into a towel turban or roughly dry it post-shower. Try a microfiber towel or t-shirt and gently squeeze out excess moisture instead. Your hair is vulnerable when it’s wet, so try not to put any extra stress on it.

Reduce heat styling. “Heat puts stress on the hair and can cause breakage if it’s a bit brittle,” Bea says. “When you’re stretching the hair [like with a blowdryer] and changing the texture, it can put stress on the hair and follicle.” If you must heat style, Bea recommends using a minimal routine of a dryer or diffuser on low heat and low speed.

Embrace your natural texture. Think about what your hair wants to do naturally, and try products that are meant to enhance what you already have. “Work with your stylist to get the right products to maximize what you have,” Bea says. “Products can really help, from the right shampoo to styling products.” She loves that the Aveda prep products all help detangle hair, and recommends Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, Brilliant Damage Control, Be Curly Style-Prep or Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother.

Take a break from the super-tight ponytails. “The less strain you put on the hair the better,” Bea advises. “Avoid tight ponytails, curlers or braids that put stress on the hair.” Try looser updos and hold them with pins, not hair bands. If you must pony up, try a soft scrunchie or ribbon elastic instead of a tight, traditional pony elastic. Your hair will thank you.

Of course, another way to fight breakage is to begin using Invati Advanced. Our innovative, powerful and 98% naturally-derived* three-step system helps you keep the hair you have longer by exfoliating, conditioning, strengthening and nourishing it from scalp to tip. The secret weapon against breakage? The Thickening Conditioner, which infuses hair with weightless conditioning to help protect your hair from breakage. Use the system once a day, every day and notice less breakage. (*from plants, non-petroleum minerals and water. Learn more at Aveda.com)

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Find Your Inner and Outer Glow

Hair loss and thinning can come from a variety of places, like genetics or childbirth, but it can also be a reaction to breakage from physical damage — AKA the way you treat your hair when you’re styling or even drying it after the shower. Uh oh! Super-tight styles are one of the leading contenders when it comes to breakage, but don’t worry. You don’t have to completely give up your ponytails or braids to save your hair. Aveda Global Educator Bea Carmichael shares five easy ways to minimize breakage in your daily hair routine; you and your hair will be so much happier!

Be extra gentle when your hair is wet. Start the care right away. Don’t pull your hair up into a towel turban or roughly dry it post-shower. Try a microfiber towel or t-shirt and gently squeeze out excess moisture instead. Your hair is vulnerable when it’s wet, so try not to put any extra stress on it.

Reduce heat styling. “Heat puts stress on the hair and can cause breakage if it’s a bit brittle,” Bea says. “When you’re stretching the hair [like with a blowdryer] and changing the texture, it can put stress on the hair and follicle.” If you must heat style, Bea recommends using a minimal routine of a dryer or diffuser on low heat and low speed.

Embrace your natural texture. Think about what your hair wants to do naturally, and try products that are meant to enhance what you already have. “Work with your stylist to get the right products to maximize what you have,” Bea says. “Products can really help, from the right shampoo to styling products.” She loves that the Aveda prep products all help detangle hair, and recommends Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, Brilliant Damage Control, Be Curly Style-Prep or Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother.

Take a break from the super-tight ponytails. “The less strain you put on the hair the better,” Bea advises. “Avoid tight ponytails, curlers or braids that put stress on the hair.” Try looser updos and hold them with pins, not hair bands. If you must pony up, try a soft scrunchie or ribbon elastic instead of a tight, traditional pony elastic. Your hair will thank you.

Of course, another way to fight breakage is to begin using Invati Advanced. Our innovative, powerful and 98% naturally-derived* three-step system helps you keep the hair you have longer by exfoliating, conditioning, strengthening and nourishing it from scalp to tip. The secret weapon against breakage? The Thickening Conditioner, which infuses hair with weightless conditioning to help protect your hair from breakage. Use the system once a day, every day and notice less breakage. (*from plants, non-petroleum minerals and water. Learn more at Aveda.com)

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A Summer Makeover for Sara, of The GR Guide

A few weeks ago, I was totally stoked when I was contacted by Sara Visser, who writes one of my favorite blogs, The GR Guide. Sara wanted to do a makeover session!

This past weekend, we were able to carve some time into our schedules to get together at the salon. I couldn’t wait to see what Sara was thinking and In the consultation, Sara brought in a picture of Sienna Miller with an awesome beachy blonde look.

Sara has a pretty dark blonde natural color, and super long hair, so I knew we had some work to do!

I started out by cutting off about 3.5 inches of Sara’s hair. I then added some long, soft layers to accent the wavy style she planned on wearing.

After finishing the dry haircut, I added a bunch of baby lights (basically teeny-tiny, itsy-bitsy amounts of hair in regular foils) throughout her entire head. I strategically placed a bunch of the baby lights very close to Sara’s hairline for a POP of brightness. I brought the highlights a bit further apart as I moved through the crown and back of the head. This mimics what the sun actually does to your hair when you spend a lot of time basking in it. Because we’re adults, and we don’t actually have time to bask in the sun for hours and hours like we did as kids (not to mention the hazards of skin cancer), it’s awesome that we can achieve this look with a few hours and some Aveda Color!

To style Sara’s hair, I used Aveda Smooth Infusion Styling Creme on the ends and Pure Abundance Style Prep on the roots when it was wet. Then I blew it dry with just a blow dryer and my fingers. When the hair was almost dry, I used a round brush to smooth out frizz.

When it was completely dry, I used a 1″ GHD styler to create a beach wave. After curling the whole head, I used Aveda Air Control Hairspray to set it in place and add texture. That sounds like a lot of steps, but it’s totally do-able for a daily style. Plus, a style like this will last 2-3 days with minor tweaking in the morning.

I had a great time with Sara and you should totally check out The GR Guide for all the updates on everything Grand Rapids!

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Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for the GREAT!

Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, oh my gosh…..is everywhere! Why or why do they make it look so easy?

My dream had always been to own a salon. There was a darling green house that was located right off the main drag in East Grand Rapids-The Coiffeteria Salon. I heard through one of my besties that the owners were looking to sell. This was so incredibly timely and had been a needed answer to prayer. At the time, my career with Aveda took me on the road and away from the 3 most important peeps in my life- my hubby and 2 kiddos.

I went into salon ownership, like “WHOHOO”…Wish that had worked the way I had expected. Change is hard for people, and I found that to be particularly true when it came to trying to manage the old, while creating the new. I had the business acumen and the street cred at Aveda, but when it came to my new team…not so much. I tried to implement the Aveda business model that I was so aligned with, but for someone who wants to be liked, it wasn’t fun or easy. For anyone-coiffteam included.

Over the years, I began to realize that my own insecurities led to my wishy washy-ness. I had been confident and secure in my role at Aveda and the direction I gave on behalf of them. This was all new to me! I made changes to the Coiff…some well received and others not as much.

11 years have passed, and now it’s time to reinvent again. This time, I am healthy-physically, mentally and spiritually, where as before I couldn’t say that. I had been trying to please everyone… which lead to not peasing anyone. I began to really ask myself- what is MY vision. What do I want the salon to look like, and feel like for my team and guests. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am colorful, loud, sparkly and a bit quirky. HOWEVER….I also am sophisticated, and chic, if I do say so myself ;-). I want the salon to have that same sass, with a huge helping of class!
I thought-how hard could this be? I know exactly what I what to do for the first time EVER! Every possible hiccup, setback and road block I assure you, I have encountered. There were times where I thought-SERIOUSLY? There has been rezoning challenges, grumpy neighbors, tons of delays- and this is the best one- NO ONE TO DO THE JOB! It was enough to drive any sane person CRAZY! Fortunately, I have the BEST team ever-they kept encouraging me to keep moving forward, no matter how slow the pace.

Listen, I use the analogy of running because its so fitting-this is a flipping marathon.Although I hate running, I do it- the feeling at the finish line trumps it ALL! Tonight I sit here, the night before it all begins-ready to share my journey with you.

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A Summery Makeover for Kim Ray

Our beautiful model Kim Ray wanted to do something different for summer, she had been light for some time and decided to change it up and go dark! We did an all over translucent dark chocolate shade to honor all of the dimension that she already had and added some super blonde high contrasting pieces all through her face framing to add some interest and a touch of a sun kissed feel.

Kim already had an awesome haircut for summer, full of tons of layers and face framing, so we touched it up a bit and decided to style it with more curls than she does normally. Since Kim has natural wave in her hair, adding more curls will help when she goes out into the heat and humidity this summer and to work with the wave that will eventually start to come out after a long day of fun in the sun!

To get Kim’s style, try adding some Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep at the roots before blow drying and then after curling finger through the curls to make them a touch more relaxed with Aveda Smoothing Fluid. Finish with a little Aveda Air Control hairspray which allows movement and you’re good all day!

For makeup, Kim already has beautiful skin, and no one wants to be weighed down in the summer, so we put on some Aveda tinted moisturizer (which has SPF15 yay!) and for added glow dusted some of the new Seychelles sand face accent as a highlighter on the tops of the cheeks, down the nose and on the brow bone. A warm olive shadow- Night Silk in the eyelid creases helped make her eyes pop with her new hair color and we finished it off with a natural brown eyeliner and some simple mascara. The big thing this summer is a bold lip, so for Kim I picked an amazing pink – Aveda’s wild fuchsia, this pink can go anywhere and looks great as a last minute touch before you pop the sunglasses on and run out the door!

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Spring Trend Photoshoot 2017

This March, our team at Coiffeteria Salon put together three looks that showcase some fun ways to change up your look for spring!

We had a great time expanding our creativity and stretching ourselves to create new looks for three of our own. Corina, Kali, and Cahara were our beautiful models for the day.

For Corina’s hair, Melissa brightened up her locks using a new technique called foilayage. This technique blends balayage ( hair painting) with traditional foiling for a seamless transitional brightness all over the head. She then styled Corina’s hair using Corina’s natural wave. After diffusing Corina’s hair, she used a small curling iron to add a few curls and smooth some that were a little too crazy.

Cahara wanted to be lighter and brighter, so Demi added to her existing highlights and toned everything down to a cool blonde. Demi used a diffuser to dry Cahara’s natural curls and back combed everything to add loads of volume.

Kali also wanted to be brightened up, so Mackenzie did a retouch to add volume and depth at the roots, then did a ton of foiling using a back combing technique to blend the highlights. Lori gave her an amazing long bob or “lob” haircut with lots of texture and layers. She then styled Kali with bouncy, loose, wavy curls to accent the color and cut.

Julie used Aveda makeup to brighten everyone’s skin. She added pops of coral, pink, and grey to accent the eyes and lips and used a soft liner to really draw attention to the eyes. These girls were glowing by the time she was done with them!

We hope your are as inspired as we are to change up your look! Call us at 616.459.4884 to book your spring makeover today!

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Spring has Sprung

We are so excited to introduce the spring makeup collection from Aveda: Solstice Bloom!!

This collection includes four eyeshadow colors: Sun Pebble, Elderberry, Rare Lily, and Night Silk. Aveda is right on-trend with three of the shades in a matte finish. (Sun Pebble, Rare Lily, Night Silk).  We are so so so so SO SO SO SO EXCITED to introduce a beautiful highlighter: Seychelles Sand. Golly, it’s so pretty!! It gives that awesome JLo glow that we know you’ve always wanted

We’ve got five (count ’em, FIVE!!) brand-spanking new lip colors!

Two rehydrating lip glazes: Sheer Flamingo and Sheer Tulip, and three moisturizing lipsticks: Coral Sands, Pinkstone, and Pink Zinnia. All of these lip colors have a minty scent and are super moisturizing!

Hurry in, these are limited edition shades, and they sell out fast! We can NOT wait for Spring and this makeup is helping to usher it in! If you’re in the neighborhood, come stop by and try on some of this gorgeousness for yourself!

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Winter Trends Photoshoot

This Fall, we had the amazing opportunity to partner with two local bloggers, Sara Visser of The GR Guide and Jill GG from Good Life (for less). We had a great afternoon updating their hair color and cuts, and talking makeup and fashion.

For Sara (The GR Guide), our stylist updated her highlights with a soft, face framing balayage. She used a large-barrel curling iron to style Sara’s hair into loose waves and tried out the half-top-knot trend. It turned out beautifully!

After shampooing with Pure Abundance Shampoo and Conditioner, Melissa towel-dried Sara’s hair and sprayed Pure Abundance Style Prep near her crown and all through her hair to add volume and protect it from heat. Then she “rough-dried” her hair with a blow-dryer and her hands until it was about 80% dry. Then she clipped up her hair in several sections and used a round-brush to completely dry the hair while smoothing and adding volume.

After it was dry, she used Pure Abundance Hair Potion to add a little more volume and created the cute little top-knot by backcombing, twisting, and securing with a hair tie and bobby pins. Then she finished the look by curling the remaining ends with a 1 1/4″ curling iron and spraying everything with Air Control Hairspray.

Another stylist, Lori, did on-trend makeup for both Sara and Jill. She used Aveda’s Foklor collection to give Sara a smokey eye and Jill a popping red lip.

Lori used the lip liner first, before applying the lip color, so that the color wouldn’t feather out. She used the eye definer (liner) on the upper lids near the lash line before using several eye colors to smudge, blend, and transform Jill and Sara’s eyes to perfection.

Mackenzie matched up Jill’s (Good Life (for less)) hair for a perfect retouch of her color and styled her with a middle part and big, soft waves. Jill hadn’t tried the middle part trend before and absolutely loved it!

Mackenzie smoothed Confixor Liquid Gel on Jill’s wet hair close to the crown area for volume and hold, and Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair on her wet ends for protection from heat. She blow-dried Jill’s hair until it was 80% dry and then used a round brush on individual sections to smooth and add volume. Then Mackenzie used a 1 1/4″ curling iron to create loose waves. She used Air Control Hairspray to keep everything in place.

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What is Balayage??!!

Curious about this new coloring craze that you can’t pronounce? I’m here to give you the deets.

Pronunciation: Bah-lee-yahge. Say it with me: Bah-lee-yahge.

Definition: A french word meaning “to sweep”. It is also a confusing math term. We’re talking about hair though, not math. Ew.

Connotation: Free-hand hair painting for an extremely blended look. This technique can be used to create many different looks, ranging from extreme to natural-looking sun-kissed.

Pricing: At Coiffeteria, our balayage pricing is very dependent on what you’re looking for and how your hair will respond to lightener. Call us to start your consultation today!

Generally speaking, if you go lighter, your hair will most likely require a toner, glaze, or finisher. All three of those processes have a similar outcome, and your stylist will decide which option would be best for you. This means that we will shampoo the lightener off and put a demi or semi- permanent color on your hair for 5-20 min to change the tone, even things out, add shine, and condition the hair. We will then use a pH balancing conditioner. Our “Blonde Finisher” semi-permanent colors are a stylist favorite for balayage toning.

Maintenance: Balayage is great for someone who wants a color that will be beautiful for a few months, and your stylist will recommend an exact return time for your specific situation. You can expect to need a touch-up in 8-12 weeks. If you also require new-growth (root) coverage, you will need to touch those up in your normal time frame. You can retouch your new-growth without affecting the balayaged ends of your hair.

The main thing to note with balayage is that everyone has a different texture, density, and thickness of hair, and everyone is looking for different coverage, tones, and amounts of color.

We strongly encourage you to find an image of a color you like and come in for a free 15-minute consultation with your stylist, in which you will decide on a plan and a price for the style of balayage you’re wanting. Call Coiffeteria today to set up your consultation! 616-459-4884

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Summer

Ahhhh… Summer. I don’t think anyone dislikes that word. It’s a great time to hang with family, friends, have barbecues, jump in the lake, do some gardening, and lay in the sun. It also means loads of selfies and snapchats of you all over the internet… yikes! It’s ok, we’ve got you covered with super cute, easy styles to try for this season.

Pastel colors are still so fun- and especially this first picture, which Eve did a awesome job blending a deep violet to a dusty, pastel violet on the ends.

Here’s a before and after of a blonde who wanted to lighten up all over!

Here’s two ways to wear a shoulder-length, angled bob. What a great shape!

Come on in to Coiffeteria and get your hair ready for summer!

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