Whoa.. what a season it has been. We’re already almost through the first quarter of 2022. If you’ve ever flown from LA to Newark you know what a doozy it could be and that’s where I am now writing this blog post. There’s something traveling does for my creativity in business I suppose… but we all know I’ve got the time to write during this flight!
When I think of our plane landing in the next few hours I feel nothing but an eagerness to jump back into CUT with Peach to grow, strengthen and develop our team, our environment and other aspects of business.
As you may have known from previous blog posts, we have this fun idea of traveling with our team as often as possible to help cultivate creativity, draw inspiration from new places, and meet new people! Our team visited Walt Disney World twice this past year and both times were truly impactful. Sometimes these trips will have hair design education incorporated in them, other times it will be more leisurely, however, each trip will serve a purpose to grow and connect with one another! We’re currently planning our next location – stay tuned!
If your hair appointment has fallen within the last month, you’ll notice our neighborhood looks a little different over in Flemington. Buildings surrounding us are gone, we’ve got more sunlight and open space than we know what to do with and a full view of our building where CUT and HARDYS is. All that being said, it’s quite inspirational to see the old gone and new things coming. Keep a close eye out for some changes that will be happening directly to the CUT building.. nothing crazy yet and no spoilers here, but you’ll have to come see for yourself.
Lastly, we want to touch base on our service menu pricing. As you may have noticed we did do a small price raise right after the three months we were closed in 2020 due to the global pandemic. We’ve chosen to not do another price raise right now, although the economic state of business is challenging and ever changing. We do want you to know though moving forward there may be changes in our service menu and you’ll be able to find the most recent and accurate pricing here. When we do raise pricing be assured that majority of the difference goes directly to families within the company as well as a thorough calculation from our vendors on what we use to operate daily as we all have been experiencing the unfortunate result of inflation. We appreciate your continued loyalty to CUT.
Oh this year has been amazing so far and we look forward to sharing in our joy as a unified team with each person who comes into the studio. Thanks for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing and serving you soon!
Looking at my calendar it’s sort of hard to believe we’re in 2022. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one thinking that. 2021 was a challenging year, but filled with many blessings as well.
The CUT team had some incredible memorable moments in 2021 including loads of education, a team trip to Hershey, PA, an amazing photoshoot [see photos below], and a quick team trip to the most magical place on earth, Disney World.
All these things are good for team building and bonding, as well as knowledge behind the chair, however, we are chasing the experiences. I recently heard someone say that they just want to feel, whether it be pain or joy because thats what connects them to their experiences and causes growth. You can’t have growth without the trials. In a life that is easy and smooth sailing, you’ll hardly experience growth. Now that doesn’t by any means say we’re welcoming pain… it does mean that we’ve got to roll with the punches and create the best reaction to those punches as best we can.
2022 will be a year of growth for CUT, sort of like 2021 was, but we’re on the other side now.
We have LOADS of things to look forward to. We already have several classes scheduled for our team that include extensions, hair painting, classic cutting, and men’s classic cutting. You know this – we’re always learning.. its our lifeblood at CUT! Not only will we be attending these classes, but doing loads of in studio training. Kaleigh is already doing single process colors [go ahead and schedule your appointment now – she’s amazing and thorough!], and she is going to continue with hands on cutting and coloring all year with Danielle and the other designers.. we’re so proud of her accomplishments!
Looking forward, the future is bright… very bright. We’re grateful for our clientele, each other, and our mentors. Thank you for a great 2021, we’re looking forward to an even better 2022! Take a moment with us and enjoy some of the photos from the shoot and from our team below!
Summer is here! Which means for us in NJ – humidity and unforgivable bad hair days.
The battle between your hair and the weather just got a ton easier when you consult with your CUT designer. Each designer is fully trained and educated in using and recommending products from the Arrojo line. We’re thrilled to find a product that is perfectly unique for your hair needs. The next time you’re in you can be sure that the topic will come up and you’ll be having more effortless hair days then as if you were on the west coast.
CUT is throwing a VERY exciting promotion right now that will ensure your hair will be easier to handle. We absolutely love the results we’ve seen of a new product – the “Maintainer Mist”. This special blend of high end ingredients is created to ensure smoother, softer, frizz free hair while still achieving volume and body throughout your style. It’s an easy application that takes very little extra time during your already scheduled appointment right before the blow out and then the product is dried into the hair, making the magic happen! Best part about your silky locks? They become more manageable for you the next time you wash it (and 2-3 times after that too), speeding up blow dries, adding shine and softness to your look. You’ll still have to put that effort in, but it will come with ease!
Each time you receive the “Maintainer Mist” treatment in the month of July 2021, you’ll be entered to win a complimentary blow out and “Maintainer Mist” treatment the next time you’re in CUT!
Ask your designer during your next appointment if this product is ideal for you. If you love it, we also sell it as a retail item that you can take home with you.
Hope your summer is long, beautiful and full of happy hair days!
It’s February! The month of the year dedicated to LOVE. It’s a time of year that we are remembered to spread love and be happy to give it anywhere we can.
Danielle, Owner and Creative Director at CUT artisan. hair. design. has a deep place in her heart for cancer patients. Losing her mother at a very young age to breast cancer and then her father not even two years ago to lung cancer, it’s hit home for her. Seeing the daily struggle of common daily chores and that love for adventure drain out of the people she cares so much about moves something inside of Danielle to use the platform she has in front of her… We have the power to make a change in the battle of this terrible disease.
Many local artists donated their creativity and time to work on this project to help beat cancer and encourage the patients who are struggling and fighting for their lives! The artists painted or used their favored medium on these 10” wooden hearts, then donated these works of he(ART) to us.
Today we have an opportunity to share love while receiving something in return. CUT is hosting another amazing fundraiser to help make a difference in the lives around us by selling these pieces of art to our clients and anyone who’d like to participate! We will have these he(ART)s displayed the entire month of February and they’ll be available for purchase at the flat rate of only $30 a piece. Clients and guests will then be able to donate on top of their purchase for a chance to enter our raffle. ALL money collected from the art and donations will make participants eligible for some AMAZING raffles. 100% of money collected will go directly to a local organization called Evolve Pink! To check out more about the organization please visit their website evolvepink.org ✨
We’re so excited about this opportunity and hope you are too! The he(ART)s will be available for purchase online or in person so please check them out and if you feel moved to donate please do so.
Thank you for partnering with CUT and Evolve Pink.
Cheers to 2021! Reflecting back on this time last year we all had the idea of “2020 Vision” and “this is MY year”. Well, turns out it was no ones year actually, but once you hit rock bottom the only way to go is up. We’re looking up as this new year begins. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that when the clock hits 12 all things from the previous year disappear and 2021 will bring some magical corrective gifts to make all things new. No, I wish that were the case, but after 33 years of celebrating this day, I understand thats not how that works. Instead to my organized mind its the end of a calendar and it marks a new day. Each new day brings new opportunity and chance to start fresh. I’m a firm believer in if you don’t have goals, you don’t know where you’re going. So go ahead, take out a notebook or journal and scribble down a few goals for the new year. I’ll be doing so!
So, 2020 was a bust… but not completely. We have many things to rejoice in. As we finished out the year at CUT I was able to participate in Happy Mondays, which is typically in person, however this year it was virtual! Happy Mondays is hosted by Nick Arrojo in his Brooklyn Arrojo Studio location. There was 4 hair industry guests who were able to create a hair design for the at home viewers to watch, including myself having the honor of participating again for the Holiday edition. My haircut model, Hilary, Peach, and myself drove into Brooklyn and participated in this two hour event which was so encouraging and inspiring. This opportunity was a huge hit and the entire CUT team had a watch party at CUT, cheering me on! It was incredibly sweet and reminded me that we’ve got an incredible group of employees that I am so blessed to do each day with.
Another huge successful win for the entire CUT team was mentioned a few blogs ago regarding our photoshoot. I’ve never been so proud of the team making the hair work in strange elements. Our photographer, Sam Nichols, and myself have a true gift of choosing the worst days of the year to do these shoots, but this one takes the cake. We had our shoot scheduled for October 26th for the models to show up and Make-up artist, Kelly Carmen, to do make up for all. After the beautiful fall we had I was so confident that we’d have great weather. Well you can guess that the weather was less than ideal with its chill in the air and the ironic pouring rain all day. Let me tell you though, the dream team showed up! Our CUT team improvised and made due with what we had. We will have a full album available soon, but until then enjoy these few shots by us!
Would you know that the moment we wrapped up a very long day of shooting that beautiful dark sky opened up and out came the sun right before sunset. Thats how life is sometimes though.. and despite the circumstances, we pivoted a bit, changed up some styles, went with the rain and nailed every single photo. Long story short, we’ve all got an opportunity. We’re all stuck in the rain sometimes, but what will we do with it? The rain is typically inconvenient, but never lasts. When opportunity strikes, we need to take advantage of it because we don’t know when it will come back around. So, 2021, here’s to you. New endeavors, possibilities, and the gift to live our lives to the fullest because we’ve been giving that chance. In the same way I started the blog, I’m going to end it. Ciao 2020, cheers to 2021, dream big!
Peace, Love, Joy… three things we can’t get enough of in 2020 and will need more of going into 2021.
I was speaking to a a fellow business owner in the beauty industry recently (shout out to Lisa of La Chele Medispa in New Hope, PA – tell them Danielle sent you!!)… we were talking about how hard it was not being deemed essential in our profession and being closed was one of the hardest things we ever had to endure. Some of you were coming out of the woodworks asking how you could come see me and get your hair done, although I am a rule follower and would never break a rule when it comes to our business practice. Coming back to work in June made us realize how much we are needed as hair designers and how valued we are! The beauty industry is important because it makes you look and feel “normal” when things just aren’t. Our clients find peace when they enter our studio and leave with joy knowing that they are truly loved by our team at CUT.
Tis the season for spreading this peace, joy & love! There’s nothing like working a 10 hour day on your feet during the holiday season! You think I’m kidding? It’s the best!! Christmas music bumping, happy clients, that energy that only comes around the holidays. Oh I’m so grateful for it and incredibly thankful we’re able to be open. Please shop local this year and support your small businesses – we have all your beauty needs for men and women as well as gift certificates, hot tools and more! You can now order online too at CUTNJ.com and we can ship anywhere in the US as well as have you pick up your already bagged and ready to go online order. We appreciate how much you’ve all supported us this year!
Some upcoming events that you should know about:
I (Danielle) will be teaching a virtual cutting class with Nick Arrojo and some other amazing designers on Monday Dec. 7 right at ARROJO Studio in Brooklyn!
Our designer Sarah will be attending and getting certified in Razor Fundamentals in ARROJO SoHo!
We have a NEW artist for the remainder of the year and half way through the first quarter of 2021! Tracy Fitzgerald is a local artist who’s been a client of CUT for several years now. We’ve displayed her work before and she made some custom pieces for our space so please make sure you check it out when you’re in next! All her artwork is priced for sale. Ask one of the CUT team members if you’re interested.
Lastly, we’re doing an AMAZING raffle for all clients who come into CUT and purchase products this month. We have three prizes:
• The Shine Luxe Experience.. 1 Shine Luxe Shampoo, 1 Shine Luxe Conditioner and 1 Shine Luxe Oil
• Shop Til You Drop.. a $100 CUT giftcard that can be used on products and/or services
• The Perfect Hair Day.. Recieve a gloss/glaze and an Olaplex treatment, 1 blow out, and 1 take home Olaplex treatment.
When you purchase a product you receive a raffle ticket. You can choose which of those three prizes you want to put your ticket in and you’re entered to win! How fun is that?! There will be three winners and they’ll be announced on January 2!
Praying you are all healthy and have a blessed holiday season. Also hoping I’ll have the opportunity to see you before the New Year or soon after! Peace out 2020, hello 2021!