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    February 26, 2015

    Hair Tips and Shampoo Do’s and Dont’s

    Ask and you shall receive! I put a feeler out on Facebook to all my clients and friends to hear what secrets and tips you’d like to know about hair and I received a TON of great responses! I will take the opportunity to blog about how I conquer some of the challenges that are more common than you think.

    I was surprised not one person was concerned about their fading color out of all the feedback I got. I am going to assume that is because everyone is using their Arrojo Color Save Shampoo & Conditioner duo, right? Funny, but that’s how I saw my first response going on that, so I think I may just have to roll with it and then address the other challenges you’re foreseeing in your everyday styling! However, I can almost promise that your question may get answered in this blog, so read on.

    My hair has been getting color applied to it for the last 15 years of my life. I can never know everything, nor will I ever try to say that. These ideas and tricks I have figured out along the way truly work for me and may be absolutely ludicrous, but do what’s needed to keep my hair vibrant. Right now for the first time in about ten years I have a not-so-normal color in my hair that needs a little more TLC then a basic color. So, here’s what I do [and don’t]:

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    I shampoo at most twice a week. Having long, thick hair is a blessing indeed, but oh is it a chore! To wash and blow dry my hair takes more time then I would like to spend getting ready each morning. Little do you know, when you see me my hair could be 4-5 days dirty! How do I do it? Don’t play. Your hair looks good, let it be. It won’t get flat, it won’t get the oils and dirt from your hands on it and will stay in the shape you put it into. Train your scalp to produce less oil. Our bodies are pretty rad, created by an awesome God who knew what He was doing. If you happen to be a daily shampooer, your body will produce more oil because it’s afraid you’re going to remove it again! It takes time, and patience, but eventually if you start skipping days your scalp will slow down on the speed it produces oil. Arrojo ReFinishing Dry Shampoo will help get you through that day at the gym too! Ask me about it!

    I only wash my scalp. Shampoo is intended for the scalp, conditioner for the ends. Trust me when I say that by just shampooing your scalp you will not only save your color, but save the integrity of your hair as well! No need to dry out the ends of your already fragile hair, the shampoo will find its way to your ends without you rubbing suds all over them. Plus, a lot of conditioners now a days have the capability to do a little cleansing themselves not to mention will be a great perfume to the hair ends!

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    Using the correct products for color-treated hair! I don’t think I knew how much I could love a cosmetic product until I tried Arrojo’s line. We carry the Color Save Shampoo and Conditioner duo which could save you a lot of time, money and grief! Using this combination will keep your color vibrant and radiant until your next appointment [if booked in a timely manner recommended by your designer!]. We also have the Healing Oil and Protective Thickening Lotion which both have UV protectants in them to aid in preventing color from sun fade. You will want to find out more about those when you come see us!

    Last but not least: upkeep! How on earth does Jessica Simpsons hair stay bright and not brassy even with those roots?! Even when she’s not in the hair studio getting a touch up, you bet her personal designer gives her toners and glazes to help keep her hair beautiful!! You never see any celebrities with grey roots, right? If it’s time to get color, there’s no other way then to freshen it up. Unfortunately, color is artificial, its not real, and it will fade away. So even me following these tricks listed above, I still get my touch up done at my base every 7-8 weeks and my green ends every 3 weeks. Oh, the price we pay for beauty. [Its really not that bad and totally worth it!]

    Hope these anti-fading tricks helped some of you beauties! I look forward to hearing which ones you’ve applied to your new routine and how that’s working for you!

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    February 5, 2015

    New Year 2015

    Happy New Year!
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    2014 Was an incredible year for CUT and 2015 is already starting off that way!
    We submitted a mini documentary video to Hairbrained.me in hopes to win the grand prize of $5000. We will most likely be putting that money towards education for this year for our entire CUT team. Theres also a new pair of shears I’ve had my eyes on as well! Anyway, it has been an honor to show the industry and our community what CUT is all about and how we place our values. Check out our video submission:
    In the new year we have some things up our sleeves that i look forward to sharing with you all. As anyone knows who walks into our studio we really value education. I am sitting under a cork board that is filled with pamphlets and flyers on advanced education. We are often receiving education, but will soon be providing education for other like-minded hair designers as well as students in the surrounding schools. We are taking over Hunterdon County’s Cosmetology Association and will be reconfiguring the system as a whole and hopefully will make an impact on the local community of hair designers!
    Don’t you worry though, I am still being poured into all year as well. As an Elite Designer I am committed to 12 classes each year for myself! My first one I have booked for January is with Vidal Sassoon. This is an ABC precision cutting course [with scissor!]. I am excited to master my shear work this winter and provide some new techniques to perfect your hair design!
    Stay tuned for more updates throughout the weeks! I am positive there will be many more!
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    February 3, 2015

    Winter Events and Groundhog’s Day!

    Counting down the days until Spring? Me too, trust me. In fact, I started counting down the days right after Thanksgiving! Can’t come soon enough. However, there is something about the beautiful colors that seem to appear this time of year. Everything is cooled down in tonality. The bark on the trees isn’t so rich, its muted just a tad. Or even when the ice freezes on the trees it seems to cast a mauve-like hue to it that compliments the rest of its surroundings so well. However, on a nightly basis as I stand outside and breathe in cool air to only release the warmth from my body right back into it, that sunset has a way of capturing my attention so well that I don’t even notice I am freezing cold. Those indescribable warm tones blending perfectly into one another, so flawless that you can’t tell where one ends and another begins makes my head spin.
    Can you feel the passion and inspiration boiling up inside me? I’ve been incredibly thankful lately that my clients have allowed me to take these seasonal color pallets and play around on their hair. I love when someone sits down, and lets my creativity flow out on them, while still maintaining the desires of their own hearts. Its a truly beautiful gift. This winter I have had a lot of fun in being able to fulfill my creative desires on my clients, while still having them leave feeling great – it’s a win-win.
    As much as I have been enjoying the colors going on around me, I am anxiously awaiting the next season, the latest trends. I look forward to the new colors, the new shapes and warmth this spring will bring me. I love how something like nature can inspire me so much and bleed into the one thing I do the most and love so much – hair.

    Welp, the groundhog told us we have six weeks to go so I have to wait it out. Until then, feeling good about what I’m doing.

    CUT is growing in new ways and I am really excited! March 31 we will be having our newest endeavor of a business symposium for hair dressers and business minded people alike! More details to come on that soon!! Thats going to be awesome – open to the public, we will let you know how to purchase tickets! ALSO! CUT sponsored Feed The Need through a ministry called “Feed My Starving Children”. Its a wonderful organization that helps feed people in starving countries and bad situations. We will be helping pack 2 MILLION meals this year!! So check it out on my church’s website to see how you can help: http://southridgecc.org/feed
    CUT is also sponsoring another amazing local event right in Flemington! “Ladies Take the Stage” which will consist of 4 amazing musicians, some local and some touring up here from Nashville. This is going to be an awesome show! It will be at Stangl Factory [next to Factory Fuel]! Good times… I’ll be there!
    Hope to see you out to all these cool events!! And looking forward to playing with your hair! 🙂
    -Danielle
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    January 1, 2015

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

    2014 Was an incredible year for CUT and 2015 is already starting off that way!
    We submitted a mini documentary video to Hairbrained.me in hopes to win the grand prize of $5000. We will most likely be putting that money towards education for this year for our entire CUT team. Theres also a new pair of shears I’ve had my eyes on as well! Anyway, it has been an honor to show the industry and our community what CUT is all about and how we place our values. Check out our video submission:

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    In the new year we have some things up our sleeves that i look forward to sharing with you all. As anyone knows who walks into our studio we really value education. I am sitting under a cork board that is filled with pamphlets and flyers on advanced education. We are often receiving education, but will soon be providing it for other like-minded hair designers as well as students in the surrounding schools. We are taking over Hunterdon County’s Cosmetology Association and will be reconfiguring the system as a whole and hopefully will make an impact on the local community of hair designers!

    Don’t you worry though, I am still being poured into all year as well. As an Elite Designer I am committed to 12 classes each year for myself! My first one I have booked for January is with Vidal Sassoon. This is an ABC precision cutting course [with scissor!]. I am excited to master my shear work this winter and provide some new techniques to perfect your hair design!

    Stay tuned for more updates throughout the weeks! I am positive there will be many more!


    Danielle Hardy

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    November 26, 2014

    Thanksgiving

    How has it already been one month since I have written a blog? How is it that tomorrow is the eve of Thanksgiving? I’m not complaining, [I love this season] but it’s hard not to wonder where the time goes.

    Reason one [of many] why Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays is because it’s simply a time of reflection. What am I thankful for? Cliche, but c’mon, this life is tough enough and we all need to add as much joy and optimism as possible! Since this is a blog on a Hair Studio website we can keep with the theme. I am thankful for my innovation and creativity that drives my business every day. I am thankful for a wonderful team of ladies who I can share those gifts with. I am thankful for my beautiful clients who trust me enough to let those creative juices flow each time they come and see me. Glory be to God for providing all the above, but props to those who support me as well!

    These next 30 days between now and Christmas are a whirlwind. Decorating, parties, gifts, wrapping, looking good, shopping, eating, exercising, entertaining… the list goes on. So here we are, able to help you with a few of those things listed. Alyssa, our brilliant Client Relations Leader and current Manager of CUT thought up a clever idea of a “gift grabber”. She packaged together a variety of products you could purchase for your loved ones [men and/or women] to fulfill each of their needs! For example just a few packages we offer are “Moisturizing” or “Men’s Shave”. It would be all the essentials you’d need to aid in achieving your desired look! Not only that, but when you’re buying it in this glorious bundle you’re basically getting one product for free because of all the savings. Don’t have anyone to buy it for? What the heck, buy yourself one, you deserve it.
    We also have gift certificates that can be used for any amount you’d like to write them out for. Perfect for stocking stuffers or dropping a hint to the co-worker who just needs a little extra loving! We will be working all of our normal business hours this month, with the addition of Monday Dec. 22 from 3-8pm. and even Christmas Eve from 10am-2pm! 🙂 Drop in whenever!

    One last thing, but super cool. Nick Arrojo is visiting CUT again! Dec. 3 from 9am-12pm he will be arriving and providing a bit of product education to our team as well as consulting with 15 lucky CUT guests. We are thrilled to have him back to Flemington for the second time this year and look forward to another big day as it is swiftly approaching! I’ll make sure to post a few photos!

    Thank you for all your support during this season – you sure do more than you think you do in helping us get through it! Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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    October 2, 2014

    October Trends and Julianne!

    October is here already?! Its shocking to just type it out here on the computer. Anyway, I am feeling incredibly inspired by the gorgeous fall foliage we’re seeing and the crisp, cool air we’re feeling.

    As most of you know, CUT just hosted its second annual CUT Trend Event! What a brilliant night. How incredibly exciting it was sharing the stage with lead hair designers Nick Arrojo, Tim Duenas, Brian Grieves and the rest of our team! Our event was hosted at the Stangl Factory space next to our newest endeavor, Factory Fuel Co. right in Flemington, NJ. Blue Fish Grill catered the event while Grape Finale assisted us in serving the wine we bottled and labeled over at their facility! We started the night with Nick and Tim showcasing some cool trends and giving some styling advice that our guests could take home with them.
    The second half of the evening was spent with Jess and myself [Danielle] on the stage with a high energy runway walk with four models. Our models were inspired by the old testament women in the Bible. We took our inspiration and turned it into some beautiful, creative looks to share with our guests. The evening ended with the talented Eric Mintel Quartet so we could continue mingling and carrying out the night!
    Thank you to everyone who came out to join us on this special night and to those of you who made it all possible!

     
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    October is a fun month for us. We will be celebrating our two year anniversary on my 27th birthday: October 16th. These two years FLEW by! So many wonderful blessings have come our way. As we launch into this new season, I am pleased to announce Julianne as our newest colorist officially on the floor! She is CUT certified to serve all our guests in all color services now! We have slowly been building her over the last several months, and she tested out last Tuesday with flying colors [no pun intended]! We are proud to have her step up to that next level and are confident in her ability to provide exceptional service.
    As I sit here and type this, I have my sliding glass door open with a beautiful soft breeze flowing through the screen. I love this time of year as far as trends go. I have been darkening many of my colors as we dive into fall. This year I am seeing lots of reds, golds and rich chocolate browns. However, I have also been doing a fair share of cooler shades as well, which I am loving. On Saturday I painted a dark ash brown base onto one of my gorgeous clients and painted a very cool ash blonde on her ends to create a cool ombre. Very happy with the results, I am hoping to have the opportunity to do this look again!
    Hoping to see you all soon and hoping you enjoy this beautiful season!
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