A Fall Wedding Updo

I always love working with friends...in the case of Irene's wedding, I was lucky enough to work with a friend who happens to also be a fabulous MAC makeup artist. My other good friend, Nicole of Nicole Brown Photography took all the stunning photos of Irene's fall wedding. The bride chose a simple side-swept updo that we accented with a beautiful white flower. Here is a sneak peak of Irene's fall wedding updo...

Doesn't she look stunning? I love that even though we were at the end of a very long, very dry summer, this local venue had lots of greenery for her outdoor wedding.


 What a cute group shot by my friend Nicole!

Isn't the setting absolutely beautiful. Simple and classic!


DIY Dry Shampoo

It is safe to say that I am a bit obsessed with dry shampoo.  I only wash my hair 2x/week so in-between my hair can get, flat and feel not-so-fresh. I always recommend that my clients try to go at least every other day as well. Now typically, you'll find me using one of my favorite off-the-salon-shelf Kerastase or L'Oreal options but being that I am trying to go more natural with many of my products, I stumbled across this little gem of a recipe for DIY dry shampoo.


I have been known to use (and recommend to clients) baby powder to substitute as a dry shampoo. It works exceptionally well for my blonde clients. However, some of my brunette clients don't like the chalkiness that it can sometimes leave. My solution has always been to put the baby powder in the night before and then when you wake up in the morning you have fresh hair. That being said, this is a fabulous DIY dry shampoo option for those with darker hair colors.

The recipe card is printable for you to keep on hand. 

Now go enjoy skipping a shampoo or two this week!

Anti-Aging Secrets from NYC Dermatologist

Want to know how to look younger instantly? Yep, me too! Lucky for us both I know some people who know some people and I was able to get some anti-aging secrets out of NYC dermatologist and founder of DDF Skincare, Dr. Howard Sobel!

First off, stop worrying about anything but your lips, hands and eyes right now! According to Dr. Sobel, these are the first spots we show early signs of aging...eek!

Ok, so here is what we can do to get our anti-aging fix like today...

Lips:

As we head into winter, we really need to take care of our lips. Cracked, peeling lips are not healthy, youthful lips. Make sure you are hydrating, protecting and moisturizing them daily. I love the SPF lip balms from Sun Bum. They have cocoa butter to hydrate and SPF 30 to protect. I get a little extra help from plumping lip glosses like Too Faced Lip Injection. Muah!


Hands:

A lack of moisture can seriously wreak havoc on our hands. Does anyone remember the horrific pictures in the gossip mags of Madonna's aging hands awhile back? It was horrifying! Use a hand moisturizer daily since frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer can dry out skin super fast. I like using a good old fashioned coconut oil or olive oil for around my cuticles and then I slather on a rich hand cream. Right now I'm loving the Pumpkin Body Butter from Trader Joes.


Eyes:

Dr. Sobel recommends using a prescription Retinol or non-prescription retinoid for anti-aging as well as caffeine for reducing puffiness. He also recommends using a product with Vitamin C. I happen to love his DDF Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate as well as the Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Eye Roll-On (it feels fabulous on puffy eyes). You can alternate using each of them every other day. Another one eye love (get it...I love) is the Image Vital C Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel which Melissa (our fabulous skincare specialist) sells at the salon.






My Fave New K Product & A Sneak Peak

It's the little things in life that make me happy....a new beauty product I love, a new business card design....both of which I'm sharing with you today!

It's no surprise that I love Kerastase. Carol Carey Couture Salon is the second salon I've been lucky enough to work at that features this amazing line of hair care. I do like to switch it up with the products I use, one reason being that I enjoy trying everything and the second reason being that I don't recommend anything to my clients without trying it out first. That being said, I am LOVING the new Kerastase Elixir Ultime Creme Fine.

Some of my clients my remember that I am also a huge fan of the original Elixir Ultime Hair Oil. This is like a lighter version of the hair oil that has multiple uses. You can put it on towel-dried hair and use it as a leave-in conditioner/shine enhancer/styling cream OR you can use it on dry hair as a finisher OR you can use it throughout the day to refresh your style, add shine and give your hair an AH-mazing fragrance. You can snag yours at the salon during your next visit!

On another note, I am LOVING my new business cards. It's always fun to switch things up a bit and one of my best friends, who happens to be an amazing photographer, designed the whole thing for me. Check her out at her website: http://www.nicolebrownphoto.com/


Redken Chromatics

I am so excited to share that I am now offering Redken Chromatics Hair Color for my clients! You may be wondering why that is so exciting.


TOP 5 REASONS redken chromatics are so fabulous

1. 2X FORTIFIED HAIR*
Breakthrough formula features protein extracts that penetrate deep into every strand, leaving hair 2X fortified vs. uncolored hair.

2. ZERO AMMONIA, ZERO ODOR
Say goodbye to that typical salon haircolor smell. The revolutionary Zero Ammonia formula means no odor, no discomfort—just amazing color.

3. 100% COVERAGE
I can cover your gray flawlessly while leaving hair shiny, conditioned and fortified.

4. MULTI-DIMENSIONAL, 4D COLOR RESULTS
Hair is infused with long-lasting color that’s radiant and multi-dimensional—never dull or flat.

5. UNLIMITED COLOR POSSIBILITIES
Chromatics features an incredible range of shades including brilliant brunettes, vibrant reds and beautiful blondes, so I can continue to custom blend a Chromatics color that’s perfect for you just like I did with traditional Redken Fusion Hair Color.

I would love to see you for a Chromatics consultation if you are interested in switching up your salon color services. You can reach me at 925-513-1950 ext 703 to schedule an appointment. You can also book online by clicking the blue "book online" button on my website.

Masks & Martinis

Do you like martini's? Although I am a champagne girl through and through, I LOVE a good martini. That is why I jumped at the chance to feature a masks and martini themed blog post when Look Beauty contacted me recently.

My girlfriends and I get together at least a few times per month for trashy TV & wine nights but I thought it would be a fun option to switch it up with masks and martini's! I'm bringing a few of these Masque Bar options from Look Beauty and a really yummy cucumber martini recipe too!


        Here is my tried and true cucumber martini recipe if you want to try it for yourself:


Kristle's Cucumber Green Teani
2 oz citrus vodka
.75 oz green tea
Dash of simple syrup
Dash of lemon juice
2 slices of cucumber
1 piece of fresh ginger
1 pinch of sea salt

Directions: Muddle cucumber and ginger with a pinch of salt and simple syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with cubed ice. Finely strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a thin slice of cucumber.

By the way, these masks are fabulous - I'm currently loving the green tea sheet mask! Snag them at $9.99 for 3 masks on Amazon.com.

I hope this inspires you to have a fun girls night in soon too!

xo

Meet The Newest Beauty Vlogger

I wanted to introduce you to the newest beauty vlogger out there. Not only is she super cute, a fellow beauty junkie and gives a great tutorial, she is also my younger cousin!

So check out Amanda's YouTube debut here where she teaches you how to get a gorgeous look featuring the new Kat Von D Contour Palette:





Best of Brentwood



I wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU to all of my clients (many of whom are now my friends), friends and family for supporting me and voting me the Best Hair Stylist in Brentwood for 2 years in a row.

I am so lucky to do what I do as I love working behind-the-chair. Every day I go into work, I am excited to see who I get to see throughout the day, who I get to chat with or who I get to share a cup of tea or coffee with. I have been in the beauty industry for close to 15 years now and never have I been so passionate about what I do than I have since I moved to this wonderful town.

I hope that all of you love coming to see me as much as I enjoy you in my chair! That being said, I would love the opportunity for you to share your love by voting for me again this year.

As you may or may not know, voting in Brentwood has begun for the 2015 year and I am excited to share the ballot with you....


VOTE HERE

Please take some time to read through the instructions and cast your vote for your favorite Brentwood businesses and service providers!


Escaping Our Comfort Zones

I love my job. Most days I don't consider it work because I get to catch up with clients (most of which I consider friends), make people look beautiful and hang out with a great group of girls in the salon. And as fabulous as my work is, sometimes it can be a bit....hmmm....repetitive. Now don't get me wrong, I certainly don't mind the monotony of it. I actually look forward to all my color touch ups, foiled-in highlights and blow outs, I really really do. But every once in awhile it is also fun to shake things up a bit. Get my creative juices flowing and do something to escape my comfort zone.

This week was my opportunity to do just that. In walked a new client. She was a super cute, young professional. Here is what her hair looked like...


Cute, right? She had a basic one length cut with a side swept bang. She asked for something a bit different and wanted to add in some color. I thought...hmmm, okay! I suggested something totally in my comfort zone - an a-line bob with some peek-a-boo color. She said she wanted something even more different than that. So then I suggested something slightly out of my comfort zone - an asymmetrical bob with some color. She wasn't a fan of the idea. So I asked her to pull out some inspiration from Pinterest and she showed me pictures like this...



Whoa whoa whoa! This was totally out of my comfort zone. But I got excited about doing something new. So first we started by cutting her hair. I reworked it and reworked it until we were both happy with the cut. Then, I went in and lightened her hair on heavily weaved strands using Redken Flash Light (my favorite lightener). Finally, I rinsed and dried her and applied Pravana Vivid Red for about 20 minutes before rinsing.

Here is the finished product:


I styled her using Unite Creamy Paste and held it all in place with Kenra Volume 25. She loved the look and I loved the challenge! Sometimes it's good to escape our comfort zones every once in awhile!

Here is one more side-by-side before and after:


The Correct Way to Wear a Bobby Pin

For today, I leave you with a simple but essential tip....the correct way to wear a bobby pin:


I have seen many of my clients walk in with bobby pins in their hair with the wavy side pointing outward. Please don't do this! I promise you it will be a life changer if you wear it the correct way.

How many of you have been wearing your bobby pins incorrectly? Go ahead...leave your comments and let me know!

Wedding Hair in the Napa Valley

A few months ago an old friend contacted me and told me that her daughter had gotten married and was celebrating her 1-year anniversary near me in the Napa Valley. I had the honor of doing hair for both the bride (Audri) and my friend (Kim).

Photo Credit: WillowCreek-Photo.com 

As a bonus, the wedding was held at the winery that my hubby works for so he got to tag along with me & visit with some of his friends from the winery. Old friends + wedding hair + Napa + hubby = the best work day ever!

I arrived to the on-site cottages in the early afternoon and was met with a fun, excited and bubbly energy. I got right to work on the beautiful bride...

Photo Credit: WillowCreek-Photo.com


I got to catch up with my beautiful friend (who looks far too young to be a mother-of-the-bride, might I add) while sipping on some yummy champagne (I told you it was the best work day ever!).

Photo Credit: WillowCreek-Photo.com 

Audri was looking for a casual, off-center style swept up with a few soft strands around her face. The style was perfectly suited for her dress. I completed her hairstyle with a vintage-looking sparkly hair piece you can see below.

Photo Credit: WillowCreek-Photo.com

The bride looked gorgeous in her vintage inspired dress that she scored off-the-rack at Neiman Marcus in Walnut Creek. And the setting was absolutely breathtaking! Check out the beautiful gardens of the on-site insectary below. 

Photo Credit: RaeTayPhotography.com

 My husband and I were so grateful to be a part of their special day. We had a fabulous time sipping on some of our favorite varietals and even snagged a glass of the Black Stallion Rosé (which was just released that day) courtesy of the owner of the winery.


Photo Credit: RaeTayPhotography.com

I have to share one last picture of the beautiful bride and her sweet hubby with you!


Photo Credit: RaeTayPhotography.com 



Thank you to both photographers that I had the pleasure of working with the day of:

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5 Hair Products You Need Now

My name is Kristle and I am a hair product junkie. Yes, I admit it. Right before I started this blog post, I looked under my bathroom sink and counted over 25 hair products including at least four different types of shine serums, three hairsprays and a myriad of others. Lucky for you, I am pairing down my list to the 5 (ok actually 6) hair products you need now.


1. Deep Conditioner

I think all my clients need a deep conditioner. A deep conditioner help maintain the integrity of hair, hydrate parched strands, add shine and keep split ends at bay. I mentioned in a previous post that one of my fave deep conditioners is Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime. It is so indulgent but worth every penny.

2. Leave-In Conditioner

Pureology was one of my favorite brands when I worked at my old salon in Orange County and I absolutely love the Pureology Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray. It has soo many benefits but some of the ones I like for my clients are the fact that this product detangles, moisturizes, repairs and reduces frizz. As a bonus, you can use this on your strands as a refresher in-between washes.

3. Styling Cream

So this is a tricky one because everyone has different hair types, textures and styles so the type of styling cream you use will be unique to your own needs. You can choose yours based on what you need but my go-to for versatility is the Bumble & Bumble styling cream that has buildable hold (meaning that the more you layer on, the better it holds).

4. Hairspray

A good hairspray is a girls best friend. I really can do everything I want with a hairspray. One you will always find on my station at the salon is Kenra Volume Spray 25. It is absolute perfection in a bottle! Find it here by shopping with me at Loxa Beauty.

5. Shine Serum

I have tried just about every type of shine serum out there and one I absolutely adore is the Kerastase Elixir Ultime. It is hands-down the best out there. You can use it pre or post blow-dry or even touch up your ends throughout the day with it. It really is the best!

6. Dry Shampoo

Ok, I lied when I said there was just 5 but number 6 is really just for my clients and readers who like to skip a shampoo or two throughout the week. I rely on a dry shampoo every week since I only suds up about twice weekly. A dry shampoo soaks up any excess oil or product and refreshes your hair for styling. One I have been using lately is the Redken Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo. It leaves my hair feeling refreshed and not weighed down like some dry shampoos tend to do.

Summer Nails

I love a good gel manicure just as much as the next girl. I love that even though my hands are in water the majority of the time at work, gel will last through at least two weeks of wear. Anyhow, even though I love gel manis so much, I am not a fan of exposing my little fingers to a UV lamp every other week so I am always on the lookout for a good long-wearing traditional polish. I have tried just about all of the long-wear polishes out there and since I do work with my hands, I feel like I am a good judge of longevity.

Caption Nail Polish

The one brand that I have really really been loving, especially of lately is Caption Polish. It stayed on for 4 days before I saw any sign of wear and tear. I ended up removing it 6-7 days in, which I have to say is pretty darn impressive!

So if you are looking for a fabulous long-wearing polish that gives you gel-esque wear sans the UV lamp, give Caption a try.

Summer Break & My Top 5 Summer Hair Tips

A day at the beach is definitely on my family's summer checklist

This marks the first week of our summer break around here. My family and I made a summer checklist of all the fun things we want to do over the summer. I think every single item on the list involves being in the sun and outdoors. So, in addition to lathering my kiddos (and myself) up with sunscreen for our skin, I have a few other things that we will be doing to stay protected throughout summer.

The salon has been slow this week with a good portion of my clients out on vacations already and most of them will soon begin to see the effects of summer on their hair. Unfortunately, dry, brittle, chlorine-soaked strands are will start to wreak havoc on all the heads of hair that I worked so hard to whip into shape during the rest of the year. So to keep my clients (and your) hair in tip-top shape throughout the summer season, here are my top 5 summer hair tips:

1. Ban at least one blowout every week from your regimen. Give your hair a break from blow drying and thermal styling every so often and wear your hair in a cute side braid or even au natural. This will help keep your hair healthier and shinier this summer.

2. Weekly hair masks or treatments are a must! Whether you get one done in-salon or at-home, it doesn't matter much to me, just as long as you get one done. This high-caliber conditioning session is perfect for re-hydrating dry strands. One of my favorite at-home treatments is the Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime. My clients can pick it up at the salon to use at home.

3. Keep your 6 week appointments on the books. Regular haircuts are necessary to keep hair strong and free of split ends. So don't slump when it comes to your summer hair appointments.

4. Shower before you swim. I'm not talking about a full-on shower but let your hair soak up some fresh, non-chlorinated water before your pony hits the pool. This will cut down on how much icky pool water your hair soaks up while swimming.

5. Sunscreen isn't just for your skin. The sun can cause premature fading or oxidation of your hair color, dryness and more. Try Pureology Anti-Fade Complex daily to prevent sun damage on your strands.


Balayage

Balayage is BIG when it comes to hair color. I don't think I have worked one day in the salon this year that a client hasn't asked me about it. So for all my clients and readers...here is the lowdown on balayage...

My most recent balayage beauties

What is it?

The French technique for coloring hair is unique in the fact that the color is painted freehand onto the hair versus adding color in via foils. The effect that most my clients want from balayage is a soft, natural and sun-kissed look to their hair. This technique has been gaining popularity this year but has been around since the 70's so it won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

Who is it for?

Balayage is best for my clients who have shoulder length or longer strands, those who love texture (think curls, waves, etc.) when styling their hair and clients who want a lower maintenance color option (unless you are gray and then I will still be seeing you every couple weeks). Celebs like Gisele, Rose Byrne and Sarah Jessica Parker have all been spotted sporting balayaged tresses.

What to expect?

Although balayage is a higher investment initially, it is a lower-maintenance color (meaning you won't have to come in so often compared to foil highlighting techniques). Sometimes I like to combine both foils and balayage for a custom look. Balayage, along with other highlighting techniques, can take several sessions to achieve a drastically lighter look then what you currently have. The end result should be sun-kissed strands and no one gets to be brilliantly blonde after sitting in the sun for a couple hours. Just the same, don't expect to be brilliantly blonde after just one balayage session in the chair.

If you have more questions, feel free to email me at info@kristlejones.com or call the salon at 925-513-1950 ext 703

My Tip to Get Better Color at Every Salon Visit

Want to know how to get more out of your hair color at every single salon visit?

Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo 
Use a clarifying shampoo before your visit. A clarifying shampoo lifts away anything standing in the way of great hair color. Things like product build-up, mineral deposits, chlorine, etc. make their way onto your hair and stay there, which get in the way of hair color when it is applied. This makes it harder for the hair color to do its job, making it more difficult for your stylist to do theirs. Think of a clarifying shampoo as a weekly detox for your hair. I recommend using a clarifying shampoo no more than once per week along with using it prior to your next hair color.

For my clients:

One of my fave clarifying shampoos, Unite Weekender Shampoo, is in-stock at the salon.

Unite Weekender Shampoo
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