Tips & Trends

Fall Tips & Trends from Lina Petrova at Salon Red Candler Park

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Working in the hairdressing industry definitely means that we need to be updated on the current trends constantly.

For this upcoming Fall 2016, I noticed a lot of different kinds of braids on the fashion runway. From something so simple and elegant to avant garde. Braids are a perennial go-to style, but they do seem to be having something of a moment between their ubiquity on the runway as well as the red carpet during award season.

 

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Wherever you get your braid-spiration, there’s many styles to master before the Fall rolls around. Ask your stylist for easy ways to style your hair with braids this upcoming season!!!

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6 Things You Don’t Know About Timothy Hays

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In the nearly six years that Timothy Hays has been with Salon Red, he’s made quite the impression. Our resident geeky rock star, Timothy’s love for all things Doctor Who, Sci-Fi, and board games is out-shadowed by his immense talent and style. As Timothy celebrates several personal milestones this month, we want to show the love by pulling back the curtain and getting to know him just a bit more! So sit back, relax, and keep reading after the jump to learn 6 Things You Don’t Know About Timothy Hays.

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Beat The Heat: 3 Steps to Silky Smooth Hair All Summer Long

Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Family of Products

Summer heat waves are here already, and odds are you’re already starting to experience some of the frizz-fried and wild hair that comes with all that heat! Bumble & bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil has long been the go to product to protect hair from heat, and smooth out those frizzy fly-aways, but it’s the newly launched Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil family that’s going to be the real hero this summer!

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Oribe’s Gel Serum

Forget what you know about gel. This magical, gold-flecked potion with active moisturizing agents brings sophisticated hold with shine rather than stiffness. Gorgeous.

Work through wet hair. Air dry, blow out—your call.

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Oribe’s Creme For Style

Superior style and substantial shine are a quarter-size dollop away. This stylists’ staple offers firm yet flexible all-day hold and tames frizz with rich moisturizers. Loves curly and straight hair equally.

Work through hair (wet or dry). Style.

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The Story of Us Part 3: Redefining Success

 

Sometimes life teaches us new ways of defining success
Sometimes life teaches us new ways of defining success

Success is moving forward through life’s challenges, knowing that surviving these obstacles makes success so much sweeter. Combing this with helping others to blossom—that is magical!

When my friend Wendy asked me how I define success, I was surprised how quickly that answer came. In seconds it was there in my mind, but there was a time when this would not have been my answer. Fifteen years ago, when Salon Red was barely more than a dream, my idea of success was being a millionaire. Having the kind of fame that came with your name in lights. The big house. All the best toys. So much has happened since those early days, and looking back I am overcome with emotion at how the highs and lows of the years have pushed me to grow and expand how I view success.

We’ve already touched on some of those moments. Building the business. The hard work, dedication and inner strength my team and I had to rely upon. There have been so many moments when my early dreams seemed almost impossible. The late nights spent working a second job as a server because my paychecks were all used just to keep the lights on at the salon. Rebuilding the company almost from the ground up when almost my entire staff, save a few loyal friends, walked out, not once, but twice. These are the moments when failure has felt near, but I’ve learned the only choice is to dig deeper, have faith in my team and myself, and carry on.

Building Salon Red has shaped who I am, not just as a business woman, but who I am in my personal life as well. I’ve come to realize that I am an all-or-nothing kind of person, and that’s forced me to make hard choices in my life. As the mother of four beautiful children, it’s been a struggle to find balance. To be the mother I want to be and follow the passion that I have found in my work.

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Jessica’s children are her #1 priority!

A few weeks before Wendy asked me how I define success, I was asking myself that same question. It was the end of 2013, and I sat down to do my personal “annual review”. Every year I like to write down what my personal values are, and reconnect with my priorities for the year ahead. As I listed the parts of my life, of course my children were right at the top. But this year, seeing it written on that piece of paper, I had such an eye-opening experience. I realized that the list of priorities in my head wasn’t matching my actions in life. It was an immensely difficult realization.

Determined to change that, I took a hard look at myself. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would I rate myself as a mother? It broke my heart to know that, if I was being honest, I was a 4. What was the answer? I couldn’t completely restructure my life. My business was more than a passion. It’s what kept a roof over our heads, and there were other families, Salon Red families, that depended on me as well. I started small. What could I do to get to a 5?

I knew that right away, I couldn’t up the quantity of time that I spent with my children. Not without creating just as many problems in another area of my life. Instead I focused on quality. The first step was an easy one: no cellphone. Each night when I left work I turned my cellphone off. No calls. No texts. No checking work emails. Not until after everyone else was asleep.

Family dinners were a huge help. With four growing children, whose time is split between me and their fathers, dinner together doesn’t always happen. But at least twice a week we make the time. Everyone together sharing a meal. Talking. Telling stories of our day. I try not to worry about work, or anything other than the family right in front of me. I focus on being present in the moment.

Sometimes it's just about hitting pause and enjoying the moment
Sometimes it’s just about hitting pause and enjoying the moment

Next came bigger changes. I made the sacrifice to spend one Saturday a month out of the Salon. Having an entire weekend with my children was a huge change. Saturday has become our movie night, and then Sunday we have a schedule for one-on-one time with each of my children. Each week I set aside two to three hours, and the child I’m spending that day with gets to pick what we do. Lucas and Layla love to go antiquing with me, and as of late they’ve discovered a love for any kind of horror film. From classics like Dawn of the Dead to more recent films, you name it and we’ve probably seen it. (The Conjuring is the current family favorite.) Rowan loves to spend our quality time doing crafts, or going hiking, and my two-year-old son River loves just spending time outside. We play in our yard and sometimes he “helps” me garden. No matter what we do, I focus all of my energy on them. Getting to know them, and creating memories.

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It’s about making memories full of laughter and love

I am so grateful for “my dads”. Everyone is there for all four children. We attend as much as we can together, helping each other out when we can. No matter how we may be feeling about each other, our focus in on the kids. Making these changes in my life hasn’t always been an easy task. When I am at work I am definitely busier. I’m two years into a five-year personal plan, and it’s definitely an intense place to be. But this is all part of planning for the future, and I know that things get crazier before they get calm.

I’ve also come to realize that balance as a sign of success is a myth. No matter how hard we try, life will always be skewed in one direction or another.  Balance isn’t an ending point, so much as something we are always striving for. I’m embracing the obstacles that land in front of me. I’m learning to let go of this idealized view of the perfectly balanced life, and instead I’m enjoying the moments of peace when they do come. If you asked me how I was doing as a mother now, I’d give myself an 8.

2014 is a huge year of growth for me and my company. We’re growing, and learning, and I’m understanding more and more what my own definition of success is. I have still have a long way to go, but for today, in this moment, I can say that I’m not perfect, and it’s okay.

 

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Style to Bloom For: 5 Hot Trends For Spring

5 Hot Trends For Spring

Spring is in the air here at Salon Red, and we couldn’t be more excited to strip off those winter hats and let our locks fly.  This season it’s a no-holds barred explosion of styles for every sensibility.  Short cropped bobs with punk-inspired fringe to demure, braided up-dos reminiscent of 1960s music festivals, these trends all have one thing in common: EASE. That’s right! Spring 2014 is the season of no-fuss style that any girl, no matter what her stylista rating, can rock from day to night. Follow the jump below for an intro to our 5 Favorite Spring Trends.

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