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!
Let the countdown begin. We’re weeks from our two favorite holidays and a new year entirely. The things we love about this season? Food, family, giving thanks, reflection, setting goals. This years celebrations could look a lot different for some of us who won’t be with family during these unprecedented times, but why shouldn’t you look good?
At CUT we want you to not only look good, but feel good. Look your best no matter how you’re celebrating! Make sure to schedule your holiday hair appointments now by texting 501-444-2884 and our client communications team will set you up with one of our talented designers.
Speaking of which, if you follow us on social media you would have seen our behind the scenes footage of our latest styled shoot! Each member of our team participated in a styled shoot with a live model to create a hair design. The photos were shot by Sam Nichols, make up by Kelly Carmen. We didn’t let the persistent rain stop us, but pressed into it and made it a part of the shoot.
Here’s one photo that our very own Natalie modeled for and Danielle did her hair.
Stay tuned for more of the photos from our incredibly creative and talented team!
We will have some amazing incentives for those of you who are coming into CUT this holiday season and encouraging you to prebook your next appointment. You’ll have to show face to be a part of the fun, however, we will also do some fun online giveaways too!
Lastly, as a reflection of this past year and grasping at the many blessings we have we must confess that we’re incredibly thankful for you. 2020 has not been an easy road for anyone and we must admit that while it was a scary one for CUT, we’re thankful for our clients who continue to support us by coming in, purchasing product both in CUT and online, and singing our praise online. Thank you for all you do to help us be a huge success in the town of Flemington. We love you and couldn’t have been where we are today without your support. 🙏🏼
2020 at first glance may seem as if there is not much to celebrate, but here at CUT, we are grateful for all things we’ve experienced and endured. Per usual, we rang in the New Year as clients wanted to establish “new year, new you!” mind sets. February brought us new education for our designers to better serve you and sharpen our craft. CUT also had new members join the team! March is where things got a bit … grey (for the sense of humor, none of us knew how much grey would appear in the coming months). It’s safe to say no one knew what we were about to face and seemingly the world came to a screeching halt. The uncertainty loomed as we waited day by day, week by week … month by month as to when the “new normal” would allow us to get back into the swing of things.
During the COVID shut down, CUT was a quiet place to be. Our leadership team worked diligently behind the scenes to get safety protocols in order. The designers and apprentices worked hard to practice trial runs of the procedures with their loved one to ensure when CUT was able to reopen the doors, it would be done right! As scary as it seemed to reopen, it was a blessing and it brought much joy not only to our team, but to our clients. Everyone stepping foot back into CUT was glowing with excitement to finally have their long awaited time to take care of themselves. Some of the drastic hair changes we saw would have never been possible if things didn’t come to a halt. Many clients were finally able to embrace their greys and we are LOVING the transformations.
The “new normal” truly has given us a reason to celebrate – that being WERE STILL HERE. CUT worked around the clock to ensure reopening in the safest possible way not only for you but for us as well. The month of October we are celebrating not only the very positive direction CUT has gone in since June, but we are also celebrating 8 YEARS of CUT’s doors opening for the first time! Without you we would not be where we are today. We are thankful everyday for you all and we appreciate that you have been with us, now through thick & thin! It’s our pleasure to serve you. CUT has grown so vastly in these 8 years and we are truly blessed.
Not only is CUT another year older, but our leader, Danielle is as well. CUT opened its doors for the first time on October 16, 2012 – which happens to share the same birthdate as Danielle. October 16th is always a special day at the studio and in hopes to share the joy and celebrate with all of you – for the remainder of the year, if you graciously leave us a Facebook, yelp or google review we will be gifting you a complimentary product for your first review! We appreciate you and we look forward to serving you soon! Stay connected with us on social media to see what kind of prizes and giveaways we’re doing to celebrate this wonderful anniversary!
“We are pleased to welcome everyone back to CUT! We reopened our doors on June 22 to what we now know as the “new” standards for operations.
We missed you while we were closed per the state mandate as a precaution for COVID-19, and we’re thrilled to be back at it now for over two months! During that time we modified some of our practices in the studio to ensure your safety and comfort. If you have not been back into the studio to see us yet, please check out our safety protocol video that highlights the sanitary and safety measures we are taking!
You are our first concern and we hope to meet your safety needs to make your experience as enjoyable as you remember it! Not only have we taken the time to modify safety procedures, we have also taken the time to revamp our brand and the standards we hold ourselves to.
You will also notice new faces on our team as we have brought on new designers, Renay & John. Renay has been in the industry for many years as a colorist, cutter and lover of updos. John has been in the industry for over 20 years and has quite the list of credentials. To find out more about these great additions to the CUT team, please visit the bio page right here on our website and then send your appointment request to us or text 501-444-2884 to book!
We strive to keep you all engaged with us and we will be doing a monthly blog for you to keep you informed on what’s happening at CUT on the floor & behind the scenes! As always, if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to reach out to our CUT team at 501-444-2884. We look forward to seeing and serving you! “
2020 is already off to a great start! CUT has a lot to look forward to this year, both behind the scenes and with all of you!
Behind the scenes we have a load of education, this may be the largest year we’ve had for education to date. All of our apprentices are in class both with our designers in-studio, and external classes, helping them to grow into a new role at CUT. Designers are constantly in ongoing education opportunities, everything from perfecting the razor craft with Arrojo to Olaplex certifications. A majority of our classes take place in the ever progressing New York City, but this year we also have many opportunities to bring education internally into our home of CUT! Keep up to date with what classes we do right here on our website in the education section.
You may recognize some friendly new faces when you visit CUT, as well as some familiar faces. We’re glad our team has been expanding and we’ve got an amazing team who is ready to serve you. Check out the bio portion of our website to learn more about each team member and their role at CUT.
We’re thrilled to announce a few price adjustments across the board here. Lauren got promoted to a Lead Designer in cutting. She is skilled, educated, and knowledgeable. Her passion for hair has set her apart and she continues to rise to the occasion. We’re thankful for her to be a part of our team at CUT!
With that, you’ll also notice an adjustment on a majority of our pricing. These are small changes to help compensate for the increase in minimum wage, education costs, as well as our state’s inflation.
We appreciate your support and loyalty to CUT! One thing we take very seriously at CUT is consistency. We do our very best to make sure all of our designers are trained the same, using the same tools and products. It is an art, so each design will vary from designer to designer as they add their own personal touch. However, if you find it challenging to find an appointment with the designer of your choice, or feel as though a Lead designer’s pricing may be too high, we’d still love to serve you! We are all confident you’re getting the best value for each service tier we are priced at, and will help you find the one that’s right for you! Not sure who to go with after reading the bios? Let us set up a consultation with one of our Designers or Lead Designers to find the perfect match for you! These changes will be in effect starting March 1, 2020.
Lastly, we’ve been nominated for Best Haircut in Hunterdon County for the 6th year in a row. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity. Please take a moment to vote for us by clicking the link below. This only takes a few seconds and an email: http://hunterdon.happeningmag.com/happeninglist/2020-beauty-haircut/
We are so excited for this year, and will continue to serve you well. Thank you for choosing CUT artisan. hair. design. for all your hair needs! 🖤