Mental Note

America’s Beauty Show


For 90 years, America’s Beauty Show® (ABS) has been the event tens of thousands of salon professionals look forward to for the latest education and exhibits of the newest fashions, products and business techniques that make salons successful. Our stylist, Rebecca Jarboe, took a trip To Chicago this spring to see the show for herself and came back to work feeling inspired and excited about the trends happening in our industry.


“I am feeling very inspired after attending the American Beauty Show in Chicago this month. I fell in love with the looks that TIGI presented using lots of color blocking and a fresh new take on balayage color technique. Vidal Sassoon presented fresh new techniques that left me inspired and intrigued as always. I thoroughly enjoyed the barbering and men’s haircutting trends demonstration from Wahl and can’t wait to share my inspiration and passion for my craft with my friends and clients. “

–Rebecca Jarboe

Current Artist: Soren McCarty

Soren McCarty is a Colorado Native and has worked as a professional photographer since 1994. His work has been published in Various publications including: Rollingstone, Playboy, Time, SPIN, New York Times, Denver Post, Westword, Sports Illustrated and many others. His work can also been seen on the walls of the Fox Theatre in Boulder, The Fillmore Auditorium and Red Rocks. These collections on photos were all taken at Red Rocks over the past 10 years. Soren is an easy going person and enjoys spending time Skiing, biking and hiking throughout the state, he loves all types of music and would be more that happy to talk for hours about great new bands and relive the memories of great concerts that have come through the area.


Wedding Hair Trends

Wedding Hair Trends 2013

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.


Green Salon SustainAbility

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!

Jason Hobart


Current Artist: Jeff Curry

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.

Jeff Curry photographer denver, co

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 Curry Photographer of Denver, Colorado

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.”