One thing we love about our industry is its ever-evolving nature. Reading trade and fashion magazines, blogs and web sites to keep current is part of our daily lives at Gränd. After finding an article in one of our favorite magazines, we fell in love with the glamour and elegance forecasted to be the trends of 2013 Wedding hairstyles and have so many of our clients beginning to plan their weddings.
Marek Hartwig is an Artistic Director at Frank Gironda Salon & Day Spa in Wheaton, IL and was featured on an industry web-site we frequently read.
“In Hartwig’s 2013 Bridal Trends collection, styles and shapes are updated with modern textures. According to Hartwig, texture can be achieved through many different facets, a rough blow-out, sets, curl iron or even air-drying to infuse the brides natural texture into her look.
Hartwig says these two bridal looks are the perfect bridge for late Winter into early Spring… ‘the forgotten season.’ “Winter has a strong feeling of structure with a sense of whimsy while Spring breathes light and airy,” says Hartwig. In this collection the two seasons are synced by incorporating the feelings of each season into two complete looks.”
We would love to be a part of your wedding day, beautiful hair is a non-negotiable on the big day! Our stylists always provide a complimentary bridal consultation and we are available to come to your hotel or wedding venue to provide on-site bridal hair.
If you are looking for a green salon, look no further! Gränd is delighted to be working with SustainAbility, a local recycling company that is unique in many ways. What makes this company so different is that they collect hard to recycle items including the foil we use to color hair as well as hair dryers, flat irons and other electronics. What’s also great is their work force is comprised of people with disabilities ‘creating meaningful work for a segment of our society that is significantly under-employed’.
Also check out their Eco Bag Project. They hand-make these cool bags using scrap upholstery collected from local businesses, keeping textile waste from entering our landfills . These bags can be found at several local Shops in Denver. For more information on this, SustainAbility and their services, check out their website here.
Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, people!
Very excited for my second showing at Gränd. What a fantastic new space! Congratulations to Shelly and Jay. I’m terribly jealous.
I’ve been told it’s difficult to connect my various bodies of work—From gritty, hyper-real portraits of humanity and artifacts, to beautiful nudes dressed in candy. The work being featured in this show barely even resembles photography.
Why did we stop smelling the roses? Is our world so full of roses that we can no longer savor them? Maybe it’s that we’ve just stopped stopping.
Photography captures a moment in time. The painterly, Impressionism-inspired images of the Zoom collection attempt to defy that convention. They linger and soften like partially formed memories. Perpetually moving, the beauty and lightness of nature are depicted through the lens of a short attention span.
A native of Chicago, Jeff Curry is Creative Director at SRG, an internationally recognized agency in Boulder, Colorado. His work spans a variety of industries and media, and has garnered numerous awards over the past 20 years. Partnering with some of the nation’s top commercial artists and photographers, photography has always been at the center of his profession and is his personal passion.
Jeff’s fine art imagery has been exhibited in NYC, at Jadite Gallery and Gallery H, and in Denver at Space Gallery and Sync Gallery. Select work has received recognition in the following prestigious contests and publications: Photography Masters Cup International Awards, The London International Creative Awards, Communication Arts Photography Annual, International Spider Awards, and The Art Directors Club Photography Awards.
Jeff’s work demonstrates a broad range of subject matter and style—Self defined as sexy-flirtatious-dirty-spooky-and-beautifully-odd. His photography first gained international attention with Eyecandy, a provocative series combining classic American candy products with sophisticated nude portraiture. Playful, sexy and suggestive, the collection explores a range of intimate scenarios, from innocent flirtation to the more risqué notions of submission and devotion.
His most recent series is entitled Zoom. This Impressionism-inspired body of work defies the notion that photography captures a moment in time. Moreover, every attempt is made to prevent these images from resembling photographs at all. They linger and soften like partially formed memories. Perpetually moving, the beauty and lightness of nature are depicted through the lens of a short attention span. Gestural camera movements mimic brush strokes and are unique to each subject. Jeff refers to Zoom as a series of “two-second paintings.”
When I heard a good friend of mine, who is only 34, recently married, was diagnosed with a brain tumor I felt helpless. I wanted to do something dramatic. I have had long hair forever. I’ve been married 11 years and my husband has NEVER seen me with short hair. I decided in January to grow my hair out to donate it to Beautiful Lengths through the Pantene program…
I also decided it would be a fun thing to do with my 7 year old daughter. She is also growing out her hair to donate. She has about 3 more inches to go.
Laura at Gränd Salon has been so wonderful through the growth process. Each month she would measure the length and keep my hair trimmed while we accomplished our goal. Finally, after one of the hottest summers on record in the Colorado area, when I went in for my complimentary bang trim, Laura said the magic words. It’s 10 inches. Right then and there I yelled, Let’s do this!
She quickly checked her books to make sure my 5 minute appointment could now be a full hair cut appointment.
She pulled out her iPad. I said, Halle Berry or Keira Knightley to me. And boom, we found a combo of pictures of what I wanted…
Laura braided and then used brand new razors to chop my 10 inches off.
I am LOVING the new look. I have been overwhelmed by everyone’s reactions. But most of all, I was so proud to tell my friend who has the cancerous brain tumor and has lost all her hair, that “WE” did it. Together. Even though she won’t get the full fruits of my labor, it will help benefit someone else in need. And I think she looks beautiful as a bald women.
Thanks Gränd Salon and Laura! I’ll be back in a few months with my 7 year old daughter so she can do the same.
Believe it or not I have been not using Styling Crème correctly for some time… I am stoked to have found its place in my work day.
I would say I am a trial and error type of person, a hands on learner. Especially when it comes to hair care products. This one says thickening… That one says thickening… Which one feels better? Which one last longer? Which one is easier to use? Or works well with a blow-dry? All questions that my inquisitive mind asks when looking at a wall of products deciding what to use on my hair or on a client.
And then my mind dives into the more scientific side of hair and hairdressing and I consider the PH, density, porosity, elasticity, diameter, and other factors and I have to slow myself down.
The Bb Styling Creme the bottle tells me:
“Love it for its versatility and simple strength – slick back, add body, lift roots or define curl. The more you use, the more it holds – wet or dry.”
Bb. tells me to use it on anyone, after the hair’s PH has been balanced (using Bb. Prep or Tonic) and apply to damp hair, use it with heat (like a mousse) to create manageable volume, or without (like a gel) for control.
How have I been mis-using this little wonder? I would squirt a big blob in my palm and work it roots to mid shaft of my hair across the top of the head. Seems like the right thing to do for a “volumizing product with great hold…” My next step is to use it on as many people and hair types as I could.
My findings…blow-drying would be more labor intensive. My hair would feel sticky, and look ‘clumpy’ even. I even had a client comment that it felt like Elmer’s glue in her hair… NOT okay with me. I tried using less product and focusing on the ends for hold. Still not my favorite, not quite impressing me. I couldn’t seem to find the magical head of hair that this product so many people love was meant for.
My conclusion was that I didn’t like the product, there are plenty others to play with I figured (not that I was using it wrong). This summer, we had a Bb educator in the salon to teach a cutting class and he busted out the Styling Crème when he was finishing cutting the models hair and I couldn’t wait to learn more from him!
He used a nickel size amount of product and applied it at the root and on the crown of the models hair He explained that Styling Crème is heat activated and expands with heat. So less is more……Hmmmm I think.
Ah ha! Expands with heat! A new reason to try, a new out look…
So I have learned that Bb Styling Crème is ideal for some one with medium to fine textured hair, medium to fine density, with an even PH and low porosity when using heat to style their hair and it has a UV filter so it’s great for protecting colored hair.
Now that I have a new found love of Bb Styling Crème or should I say, now that I know how to use it, don’t be surprised if I use it on you next time you’re in! You will love it. Guaranteed.