Green Apple Salon!

Ahoy! So much has happened since I’ve been gone…*cue Kelly Clarkson*

-I went on vacation to Seattle and picked a wedding venue.
-I came back from Seattle and moved salons.
-I am now a proud team member of Green Apple Salon (Www.GreenAppleSalons.Com)
-And most importantly, I am back with AVEDA!

Those of you who have followed me for most of my career know that I am an Aveda FREAK. I went to the Aveda Institute of Houston, only worked in Aveda salons, except for my most recent venture with Beauty Brands and Team 300. I was sad to leave Beauty Brands and their national training team, but, a better opportunity presented itself and I am MUCH happier where I work now. I feel like work is my creative outlet again, rather than my job. Oh, what a dreaded word.

Here is what I have been up to since I’ve been MIA!

 

Rainbow Hair!
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Weddings!
Weddings!

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Total Transformations!
Total Transformations!
Cpntinuing Education! I Attended the 6 Figure Hairdresser Seminar with Harry Wood!
Cpntinuing Education! I Attended the 6 Figure Hairdresser Seminar with Harry Wood!
Aaaand... being totally obsessed with Aveda products.
Aaaand… being totally obsessed with Aveda products.

As you can see, it is a colorful life I lead 🙂

You can now find me at 719 West Gray in the HEART of Montrose, at Green Apple Salon. You can make an appointment by calling 713-521-0500, or contacting me directly. 

You can also find me on Facebook, and Instagram!

 

Thank you to all of my followers, clientele and friends. It means a lot to me to have such a strong following during this transitional life period. I wouldn’t be where I am today, if it weren’t for all of you! 

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To fringe or not to fringe…

Hey y’all! Sorry it’s been so long since my last post! I recently got engaged and my life has been consumed with wedding planning and working non-stop to save up for said wedding, but I am off work early due to a shoulder injury, so I have some free time!

I love getting questions and feedback from clients, co-workers and followers! And recently, a friend of mine had inquired about fringe, or bangs. Fringe is ALWAYS a tricky, and scary thing. Fringe is always in fashion, however, the type of fringe for YOU is very important.

I work for a Redken salon, which provides us with so many useful tools, tips and tricks to help us analyze our client and their hair, and also get to know them better. Redken uses something called Art of Consultation. The Art Of Consultation is a comprehensive in salon tool-kit designed to help you create a customized tool plan for each individual client, to establish strong relationships that will grow your business. It is important because it makes the client feel like you are invested in their look. It makes them feel important. And it also sets you apart from other stylists because you have taken the time to make your client feel like a VIP, every time they sit in your chair.
In the AOC kit, there are many useful tools. One of my FAVORITES is the face shape indicator chart. It helps you indicate which type of face shape your client has, and gives you useful tricks and tips on what will and will not look good on them.

If you are a stylist, you can register and access all of the tools in the AOC kit here: Www.RedkenSalon.com

If you are NOT a stylist, or you do not have a Redken trained stylist, let’s talk a little more about fringe so you can have a little more insight of which fringe is right for you!

Rule number one, do not bang yourself at home. 99% of the time, this will send you to my chair and you will just have to spend extra money/time to get your fringe fixed. ALWAYS come to the salon for ALL of your hair needs. At home tricks and tips are never, ever recommended. I don’t care what Cosmopolitan, or any other magazine says. Redbook magazine is NOTORIOUS for providing readers with “easy tips and tricks on cutting your own bangs”. I was horrified to read an article in Redbook magazine a few months ago that stated you could get “The same piecey looking fringe as Taylor Momsen by using a BIC RAZOR! YOU SHOULD NEVER CUT YOUR HAIR WITH THE SAME TOOL YOU SHAVE YOUR LEGS WITH! Not only is that not hygienic, it’s just flat out absurd. I couldn’t find that exact article, but here is another similar article from them which again, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! It’s ludicrous that a magazine would even publish this!
http://www.redbookmag.com/beauty-fashion/blogs/trends/how-to-cut-bangs

Now that you have made the wise decision to seek a professional to bang you, here are a few tips on what to know upon arriving to the salon. Becoming a fringe convert means finding the right style of bangs for your face shape, and for your lifestyle.

Which face shape do you have? Pull your hair completely away from your face. Clip it, ponytail it, head band it, whatever you have to do to be able to see all the shapes and angles of your beautiful, perfect face! Although Oval is ideal, whichever face shape you have, please remember you are BEAUTIFUL, just the way you are! And I am simply here to help ENHANCE your beauty, and help you make an educated decision in which fringe suites your beautiful face best!
Determining your face shape will help you decide which type of fringe will best flatter you. By Redken standard, there are seven different face shapes. They include the following:
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Oval: Oval is the IDEAL face shape. It is categorized by the face that it is longer than it is wider. All fringe styles look good on an Oval face shape. Chunky, full bangs. Side swept, asymmetric, piecey. You can rock them all! The best advice is to tailor your fringe to your hair cut! Hannah Simone has an oval face shape.
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Circle: The circle face shape is distinguished by round, curved lines. Cheek bones clearly wider than brow bone and jaw lines. Width of the face is more than 2/3 the length. An asymmetrical fringe is recommended to create the illusion of length. AVOID a full, straight fringe (Like Zooey Deschanel) and horizontal lines. Kirsten Dunst has a circular face shape.
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Diamond: The diamond face shape is distinguished by short, angular lines. Cheek bones clearly wider than brow bone and jawline. Width of face is more than 2/3 the length. The recommended fringe for this face shape would be a soft, side swept and asymmetrical. Jessica Alba has a diamond shaped face.

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Inverted Triangle: Also know as the heart shape. Brow bones and cheek bones are significantly wider than the jaw line.Horizontal fringe is to be avoided. A longer, side swept fringe, will help widen the jaw line and soften the cheek bones. Reese Witherspoon has an inverted triangle face shape.

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Oblong: The brow bone, cheek bone and jaw line are approximately the same width, however the face is noticeably longer than it is wide. The ideal fringe for this face shape is a soft, and a symmetrical. This will help diminish the length of the face. Sarah Jessica Parker has an oblong face shape.

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Square: Brow bone, cheek bone and jaw line are approximately the same width, forming a straight (horizontal) line. Width of face is noticeably more wide than the length, causing the illusion of a short forehead, or face. A choppy, asymmetrical fringe will help soften out horizontal lines with this face shape. Keira Knightly has a square face shape.

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Triangle: Jaw line is significantly wider than brow bone. Face shape becomes successively wider from brow bone, to cheek bone, to jaw line. A beautiful, full, horizontal fringe will help balance out a wide jaw line. This face shape also looks great with a soft, a symmetric fringe. However, a middle parting is the best advice for a triangular shaped lady. Lauren Conrad has a triangular shaped face.

Now that you have determined your face shape, and know which fringe will look best on you, let’s talk about where you live. It is now March in Houston, where I live. March is usually a pretty great month for weather. However, once we get to mid April, the temperature starts to rise, and peaks somewhere in July, usually reaching temperatures of 100+ and 100% humidity every day. We have to take our environment into consideration when choosing whether or not we should commit to wearing a fringe. Fringes are a little more demanding when it comes to hair maintenance. They need re-shaping around every 2-4 weeks, depending on which style you have. So, imagine a Zooey Deschanel fringe in the midst of 102 degree weather and 100% humidity? Gross! Your bangs will be plastered to your forehead with sweat every time you walk out your front door. However, I know Seattle, Washington has pretty cool weather from the months of July-October, so this would be a perfect time to rock a fringe! You know your city’s weather best, so keep this in mind when choosing to wear a fringe.

Now, what did we just discuss?

1)Consultation is KEY to a successful hair experience
2)We aren’t banging ourselves with a BIC razor at home.
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Face shape is the key in finding out which fringe works best for you. It’s great to do a little research, but try not to be a “know-it-all” with your professional. Remember, they are the professional.
4) And lastly, environment. Don’t have your stylist give you full, chunky bangs if you live in Houston during the month of July.

 

I hope this helped you discover something new about yourself, whether it be your face shape, your new found desire for fringe, or that you’ve been putting too much faith into Redbook magazine! Change is GREAT and the best thing about fringe is, it gives you a subtle change when you need it, and if you don’t like it, it grows out quick! I challenge all of you to try to use this new found knowledge in your next hair appointment, whether you be a stylist or a client! It will forever come in handy!

 

Until the next time.

Everything looks better in COLOR!

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I’ve always had more of a passion for color than I do for cutting. I enjoy cutting, don’t get me wrong.The way a perfect cut can transform someone’s face shape never ceases to amaze me. But the transformation you get from a pop of color on the perfect plane of the head… The way highlights graze the cheek bone, and accentuate them. Or how darkness at the temples draw our eyes in to the top of the face. Or the way you can soften a jaw line with just a little bit of light reflection… Oh I LOVE COLOR! And when I get to perform a service such as the one pictured above on Karina, that is what really gets my wheels turning! In this specific look, we used Pravana colors in Magenta, Violet and Blue. I Started at the nape, and melted the colors together as I made my way around the head. I kept it darker around her face because her skin was pale with a hint of pink, and if I would have placed the Magenta next to her face, it really would have washed her out. Instead, by placing the blue and purple around her face, it complimented her cool skin tone, and really brought our her green eyes! Here are some other angles of this look, and one other look Karina has had:

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All in all, creative color is where it’s at and you will see me posting A LOT of it!

If you have any questions, comments, concerned or suggestions, please feel free to post a comment in my comment box, or if you are not a word press member, shoot me an e-mail at Ashley.Whiddon@Gmail.com

I’d love some feedback, and would like to know what YOU would like to see!

Until the next time!! 

 

Introductions are always important!

I’m Ashley Renee’, hair designer and passionista from Houston, Texas. I recently was welcomed on board to Team 300, which is a National Education team for the company I work for, Beauty Brands Inc. I have an extraordinary passion for what I do. I enjoy every aspect of my industry, and aspire to wear every hat possible throughout my journey in it! I went to Cosmetology school at the Aveda Institute of Houston and graduated in 2009, but my passion for hair came long before the decision to go to school for it. I was always the ‘go to girl’ in High School when someone needed their hair cut, or colored, or styled for a special occasion. My very first homecoming my freshman year of high school, I sat in a friends bathroom styling her and 4 other gal’s hair, and hardly had time to do my own! I remember going to that Homecoming dance, and having people ask my friends and I which salon we had gone to for our up do’s… and the ongoing joke for the rest of the night was that we had gone to Salon De Ashley, located in so and so’s bathroom. When I was a kid, all of my barbies had to have different hairstyles. One had to be braided, one had to have a ponytail, etc etc. My passion for this industry is unfathomable. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else, whether it be behind the chair or behind the desk, it HAS to be in this industry. How many people do you know that wake up in the morning, EVERY morning, excited to go to work? With a burning desire to be behind their chair, or desk, or wherever? That enjoy nothing more than having their minds submerged in their work? I do! And I am so fortunate to have found what I LOVE to do at such an early age, because I get to spend the rest of my life enjoying my “job”

Live.

It’s not a job to me. It’s a love. I get to go to ‘work’ every day and play for 8+ hours. And then I get to come home to my gorgeous fiance and pup and fall asleep in the arms of the love of my life.

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LIFE IS WONDERFUL! 

So, since I have such sentiment for what I do, I want to share my passion with everyone out there. Hopefully by reading this blog you will be inspired, you will learn, and you will enjoy what you read as you follow me on my journey, in the day to day life of a hair designer!

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PROPS TO SARAH MEYERS FOR COMING UP WITH THE CREATIVE NAME FOR THIS BLOG, FRINGE WITH BENEFITS! You are officially trademarked, my friend!