Going Greener.

We clearly have a passion for do-good-ery in our space and especially when it comes to the environment. Unfortunately, the salon world can be quite toxic for the planet when salon owners and stylist are not conscious about what they are using. From hair color to aerosol hairsprays, there are numerous environmentally damaging chemicals that affect the salon air we breathe and the water that runs down the drains and into our waterways.

That doens’t cut it for us, which is a part of the reason why we preach about non-toxic beauty products. Davines is a zero impact company, and Cult & King contributes to ‘1% to the Planet’ every year, giving one percent of their profits to the the charity. Functionality, integrity, and ethics are why we actively choose to only support brands that work for mother earth, not against her.

But we don’t think that’s enough. We still have waste. We still have garbage. We can always do better as a salon … so we are. As of this month, we are officially a Green Circle salon. You may have noticed our stories on Instagram, asking your thoughts about potential eco-fees and general eco-minded questions. We previously discussed ways to bring on this program in the past, and all signs pointed to “not yet.” That is, until now …

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Green Circle offers a program allowing us to recycle the items we can not dispose of through our local recycling plant. They will be collecting hair color waste, used foils, balayage meshs, and hair clippings; all to be repurposed into healthy alternatives for the environment.

You might notice new containers around the salon, and maybe a sign or two as a gentle reminder of our increased responsibility to keep the planet healthy. We hope that you will be supportive and excited, knowing that even while looking great, you are actively helping the environment.

Happy Hair,

MalloryZ

P.S. Remember that eco-fee we talked about? Forge about it—we have a super rad idea that we will be sharing soon, so keep an eye on your inbox!

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Fall

Pumpkin Spice and everything nice, is what us Jersey girls are made of.

I don’t know about you, but I am not totally ready for the Fall. I see Rook is pushing pumpkin cold brew, Target won’t stop reminding me Halloween is 16 million weeks away, and I truly did see a Christmas advertisement this morning. Mentally, I can't handle the idea that our Summer is fading, although,my skin and hair are totally saying otherwise. A few blogs ago, Liz mentioned changing of shampoo and conditioners based on the time of year.

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Transition season are fun for activities, but they run down your skin and hair without even noticing it. Ragweed, sea grass pollen, and other fun fall foliage, are iterally raining down on us. This build up causes itchier scalps and duller, more lifeless hair. Washing your hair more this time of year is defiantly recommend, as environmental factors will wage war on how you physically feel and the texture of your skin and hair.

More cleansing can lead to dehydration and stripping of the natural oils. It’s so important to bring back those essential healthy elements. This is the time of years to start using your oils, masks, and upping your water intake. Our go-to oil is OI Oil by Davines for anti-frizz and extra shine, particularly for dry or coarse hair. OI Oil adds shine and softness to hair while also detangling and fighting frizz.

Super rad thing about Oi Oil this month is that you will receive a complimentary travel OI Oil when purchasing a Oi Shampoo and Conditioner.

Another thing we should mention is to avoid high heat showers. The warmth feels OH SO GOOD, but it is drying and can strip more moisture out of those already thirsty locks.

Also, check out our friend Gina at Alchemy Holistics Skin Care’s blog. Super awesome tips on how to care for your skin this time of year.

Hope back to school time went well, and you are all enjoying a hot cup of coffee … even if it isn’t pumpkin spice.

Happy Hair,

CHS

Online Booking and Our App

I can’t tell you how many times a week I hear, “I just love your online booking.” I hear it almost as much as, “So, I had an issue with booking my appointment online.”

Technology is the way of the future, and in the salon world, our front desk is transitioning more and more to apps, automative, and digital communications. Our industry is rapidly changing, and not only in trends and hair styles, but the business itself is shifting and preparing for not only technological changes, but economic and environmental factors as well.

Are you familiar with what a salon suit is? No? Well, NJ, get used to it. Monmouth County will soon be home to ‘sola suits,’ which are essentially micro salons for one or two stylist to run. They are in buildings with ten to fifty other mini salons, and all are individually operated.

I’m sure you are thinking ‘What does this mean for me when booking an appointment?’ Basically, everything. Due to changes in our industry’s standard buisness model, the approach to salon functions must also change in order to maintain the culture that currently exists. But how do us ‘traditional salons’ keep momentum in the shifting tides? By keeping up with the Jones via the tech world.

Private suits are small, and require less furniture. Due to size and functionality, most suits don’t have receptionist, often don’t take walk-ins, and are only open when the stylist is there. Being that most suits are a one woman show, the need for software to manage bookings is vital. Due to the popularity of salon suits nationwide, the salon culture has shifted away form having receptions, and more and more auto booking platforms have been developed. The booking culture has changed, becoming more direct, and cutting out the middle man.

We are are trying to be ahead of these curves, and slowly introduce this new wave of innovation in our industry to our guests. Over the the next two years, the majority of salons will be heading in this direction, establishing practices like we are beginning to see, by allowing clients to book on demand via email, DM’s, text, and app based platforms.

SalonBiz app is our booking platform, and one of the best and most sophisticated. Capable of A.I. and multi tasking for our needs. Additionally, ebbing out the need for a receptionist or a physical front desk, for that matter. The app is moving towards allowing more communications directly with your stylist, and 24/7 concierge-like service.

The app is also capable of doing a bit more for you personally, like keeping records of your past services, product history, and allowing for you to see all of our social media and keep up with CHS events. You can even check out from the chair, and send us messages for us to connect with you. BONUS!! The app has allowed for us to go paperless with receipts.

We are here for any questions you might have, and would love to help you with the app!

All the best and Happy Hair,

Mallory Z

Have you ever heard the saying, "your hair gets used to a shampoo if you use it for long enough”? 

Well, it’s kind of true. It’s not necessarily your hair that gets used to a shampoo or conditioner, it’s your scalp. 

Changing seasons = time for new shampoo & conditioner. 

The humidity, temperature, and your environment, are all factors that should bring about this change. 

 

Ever notice your scalp gets a little red, itchy, or dehydrated during the brutally cold months? That’s because of the lack of moisture in the air and the dry heat blasting every place you step foot in. These environments can lead to a dehydrated scalp and hair. Using something more moisturizing in the winter months is a must! 

 

My go-to in the winter is Davines Love Curl Shampoo & Conditioner. This moisturizing duo is the best not only to give your hair the hydration it needs, but because it contains extract from the Noto Almond. It is super nourishing for hair and scalp. However, if your hair needs a bit more, Davines Quick Fix Circle is amazing. It’s developed with hyaluronic acid to deliver beautiful hair in just three minutes. 

 

Now we're onto the unpredictable weather of the spring...

 

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Whether its rainy, windy, or just a beautiful sunny day, a staple for the spring is Davines Momo Shampoo & Conditioner. 

It’s still a moisturizing shampoo & conditioner, but a lighter weight, so most textures can enjoy it without worrying about being weighed down. 

 

During the summer, UV rays are something to consider. This is when the scalp and hair takes a beating. From the sun, to chlorinated pools, your scalp and hair need EXTRA loving, especially if you're a blonde. Thank goodness Davines has something for all times of the year. The Su line is a perfect addition to your summertime routine. There is a hair & body wash (super convenient, especially if you're a traveler) that is delicate but hydrating for after sun use. Su/hair milk, which is my personal favorite,  is an amazing leave-in conditioner that protects your hair from the suns rays. There is even a hair mask that helps to nourish sun exposed hair, leaving it soft and silky. Did I mention that they all smell amazing.

 

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Back to school season comes so fast, but that also means it’s time to assess your hair & scalp for any damage caused by the summer months. Maybe we didn't put that hat on or use Su Milk to protect our hair, and it just needs to be revived a little. Davines Melu shampoo & conditioner keeps hair healthy and protected from breakage. This duo has lentil seed extract, meaning they contain amino acids that help to rebuild fragile hair. My new favorite to pair with this cleansing system is Cult + King TONIK. Herbal & organic ingredients in this sustainable spray help to moisturize the scalp, hair follicle, and the hair strands themselves. It also has refills which is amazing if you use it as much as I do!

Transition seasons are such a great time to set new hair habits and go for a new look. With Summer coming to a close and fall creeping in, it might be time to think about the next new look.

We can’t wait to see you!

XO

Liz  

 

 

 

Cult & King, the new kids at the House.

“What’s in this beautiful bottle?”

This is the question we hear so often.

We thought this is a great opportunity to explain why we’ve added to our product collection, and what we like most about Cult & King. While we LOVE Davines, we want to offer a true range of styling options.

It all started with Mallory’s hunt for the perfect air drying product to allow the freedom of lived-in hair for all types. Did this unicorn product exist? Oh yes it did! After testing over seven hair balms, we finally found the one we loved. Knowing that the line was larger, we were offered a testing kit. We all became obsessed.

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Clean and Simple, effective products are what we are all about. “All CULT+KING products are formaldehyde-free. Paraben-free. Petroleum-free. Gluten-free. Propylene glycol-free. Synthetic fragrance-free. Phythalate-free. TEA-, DEA and MEA-free. Mineral oil-free. Synthetic dye-free. Coal tar-free. Synthetic detergent-free. Animal testing-free. Green washing-free. The cleanest products on the market. The less chemicals you put in and on your body, the better for you.”

Then comes the green factor, it’s not a secret that caring for the environment is something that matters to us. We fell in love with the mission of Cult & King: “ WE ARE TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY ANTI-PLASTIC AND STYROFOAM.”

“We need to abandon “throw away” culture, and we need to do it now. Our beautiful oceans are being ruined. Our landfills are overflowing. We make our packaging beautiful in the hopes that you will reuse and repurpose every piece when it’s empty. It’s also recyclable if you choose to discard it. Our glass,  aluminum, bamboo and wood packaging is made to last a lifetime.“

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Not to mention they are proud members of One Percent for the Planet™.  That means we contribute 1% of total sales to environmental organizations working to clean up our world. Learn more at onepercentfortheplanet.org.

PLUS! NO ANIMAL TESTING.

Between loving the planet and being chemical free, we couldn’t turn this product down. Turns out they have the absolute best dry shampoo ever created and we can’t live with out it.

Ask your stylist all about Cult & King, we would love to share more with you!!

All the best and Happy Hair,

The Craft House Team

Going Greener....

Inspired to change…

2020 is close, and intention setting is high on my priority list! One of my personal goals is to use and purchase less plastic. As a consumer, it is easy to fall into the traps of convince and excess. I started examining my bathroom and when over what could be replaced with reusable or more recycle friendly products.

A few years back I was gifted the book, Gorgeously Green, and it blew my mind. I was crazed over all the toxic and terrible things that lay amiss in our homes. At one point, I threw out all of my husband’s hygiene products because of the chemicals used in them. As one could imagine, he was a bit shocked coming home and finding his AXE body wash replaced with peppermint castle soap. But , he went along for the green ride.

Fast forward ten years later, and I have lightened up a little. I try to be less intense, but I wonder if that a good thing? After our recent fundrasing event for Clean Ocean Action, I had a sobering thought that I could cut down on a significant amount of disposable products. Starting this journey isn’t easy, or initially cheap, so I thought it best to take one room at a time.

Beauty products and hygiene stuff was a good place to start. Turns out, a whole lot of our stuff can be reusable.

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Plastic, ear-jabbing jerks they are. It turns out, there are alternatives for them. Silicon “cotton swabs,” one for each member of the family. Can be disenfectided and reused over and over again. Removing 100’s of unnecessary trash. ($9)

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Okay, so my nightly toner is not something I am willing to give up, but maybe the approach can. BOOM! Bamboo, reusable “cotton pads” that can be washed and reused over and over again!

Skin Care

Sooooo I needed a new skin regimen and I wanted to keep it green, non-toxic, and free of single use plastics. Turns out I have the best skin care in my back yard! Alchemy Holistic’s is new to the hood, but not to the skin care world. Glass, recyclable, and healthy ingredients for the earth and your body. Gina recently expanded and opened a studio in town. Her facials are magical!

( BONUS!!! WE JUST STARTED TO CARRY THE LINE!!)

Now my adventures into the green, plastic-free world has not ended. I am trying to figure out a way to get rid of mouthwash, toothpaste tubes, and find a refill option for my body wash. I hope I inspired some change, and I’m hoping to gain some inspiration from all of you, by hearing your ways of being more Eco-minded!!

Happy Hair

XO

MalloryZ

HAIR THAT GLITTERS...

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Sparkle like the sun

Hair Tinsel is the new hair fun!!

OH WHAT FUN!!! Hair Tinsel is all the rage right now.

Hair tinsel is a super fun way to amp up your look without committing to maintaining anything. These hair extensions are hand tied to individual strands of your hair, making them discrete and simple.

They can last anywhere from 2-8 weeks, depending on care, as aggressive brushing or combing can pull them out quicker. Having test run it on my five-year old daughter, I will say that old knots, braids, pool, beach, and ice cream in the hair has not affected them (we put ten in about four weeks ago and three remain).

Hair Tinsel can be curled, blown dried, and styled. They come straight, so if you have curly hair they wont take to your natural curl, but a curling iron can solve that problem. They come in long lengths and can be cut to suit any shape. However, your hair does have to be at least three inches long to receive the service.

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Cost for hair tinsel extensions are $5 for ten strands and we book appointments for fifteen minute time slots. Our resident fairy, Sara, is available to bring the magic of sparkles to your locks. Coming in a bunch of super awesome color, hair tinsel extensions add crazy fun, like a magical mermaid or fairy. They can even be added to your hair cut or post color blow dry.

Happy Hair

XOXO

Mallory

Summer sleep Hair for the win

I am constantly being complimented on my hair. At least five times a day, people tell me how much they love my “styling.” Truth is, I do very little, and when I share this with people, I always get the same response: “I wish my hair could do that.” When I tell women I wash my hair once a week, use two products, and never use heat on my hair, I get puzzled looks. Listen, I’m a walking example of living-in, natural texture. I relying on great haircuts, especially straight razor cuts that bring out my wave even more.

Lived-in hair takes a little bit of letting go of the perfect, embracing natural texture, and being ok with a little fluff and frizz. You will have to accept that your hair won’t be the same day-to-day. If you are looking for perfection and 100% frizz free hair, stop reading now. This look wont be for you.

The proper product is what it is all about. Everyone will have a different setting product that will work for them. You may not find it on the first try, and you might initially struggle with the end result. If you stick with it and listen to your stylist’s suggestions, you will get to your goal quicker.

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Lastly, and this is important, you need to understand that your wave, curl, or lack either, is what it is. You can’t expect your perfect curls to relax into beach waves, or the reverse.

Check out a little clip of me applying the new Cult & King Balm we will be carrying this week. This is the best lived-in air drying product line I have found, and I’m so excited to be carrying it soon.

xo,

MalloryZ

ATTN SUN LOVERS

THIS PRODUCT IS FOR YOU! 


Introducing the DAVINES Su Line at Craft House.


It consists of four amazing products, all of which contain the same Citrus Myrtrifola extract and are restorative for the face, body, and hair.

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Available by request

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Available by request

Currently in salon


This a definite must for all of us beach bums and minimalistic travelers. 


(P.S. The Su Hair & Body wash and Su Milk come in travel sizes!) 


Cheers to our hair colors withstanding sunny days!

xo

Liz

H2O GO!

Thirsty? GOOD!

Because, if you want healthy mermaid locks, start chugging. What you put inside your body affects what’s outside your body, and your hair can tell a lot about your health. Especially if you aren’t drinking enough water.

When dehydrated, your hair can literally STOP growing! Crazy right? Drinking water will hydrate hair follicles and prevent issues like dandruff and split ends. Being dried out on the inside can cause hair loss if bad enough.

Another bonus of drinking those ounces is less staining on your skin when getting a color service. (Granted, we strive our best to be clean and neat, also providing barrier cream, but we need to get those baby hairs.) Being hydrated will cause your skin to be super happy and not want to suck up that color. Additionally, much easier for us to remove the proof of you not being a natural red head!

All in all, when you take care of your inside, your outsides will thank you! So go get that reusable bottle you have tucked away in the cabinet and get to drinking!!

XO

Rachel

 

Please Review Us on Google … Or maybe not??


Just like that, our perfect score is gone ...


Over the past 13 months our little baby Craft House Salon has been steadily and consistently growing in all areas. We have been trying to do our best to make sure we create an amazing experience for you all.  From yummy drinks, calm happy music, to, oh that’s right, AWESOME Hair.  

We have been incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken a moment to write a review on Facebook, google or even Yelp (even though it will never see the light of day due to the terrible ways of yelp). It’s honestly the best gift you can ever give us, next to a referral.  We are thankful more than words can express.

But something happened this weekend that we all knew would happen one day.  Our salon received it’s first 2 Star review.  As you can imagine it made my heart sink.  I scrambled to try to figure out what happened. Who was it?  Did they not know about our 100% happens policy and that we welcome feedback for improvement?  How could it have been so bad in our Salon to warrant that? I was flustered to say the least.

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After way too much time and energy wasted, I figured out exactly who the person was. Turns out, the person isn’t even a client in our salon. This one person who has never been to our salon, never experienced our  environment took our very prideful 5 Star status all because she walked by and choose to leave negative feedback.

It makes me upset, all the work, time, and energy our team puts into making sure we do our best, and make people feel as amazing as possible.  All that can be disrupted by one lousy FAKE review.  

So I am sure some of you might be like, WOAH why do you care?  This isn’t a big deal.  Well, it is for a new baby learning to walk. We are just getting our footing and establishing ourselves.  Yes, we always want honest feedback, especially to grow and make your experience better. But we can not grow unless people feel comfortable making the first leap to come to us.  That starts sometimes with reading reviews. 

Well, the band-aid was ripped off.  The wound will heal and we will all go on because news, especially on the internet, is only news for a day or so.  

Thank you agin to everyone who loves coming to the salon and has shared it.  It means WAY more than you know.  If you love us, and haven’t taken the time to write us a review maybe now is your chance to help boost our 5 star back up? 



Xoxoxo

MalloryZ

JUNE IS A BIG MONTH

 

So many cool things are happening. For one, it will be Summer and maybe the big ball in the sky will say hello! 

More salon related news, we have some serious milestones happening.

 

As of June, Sara and Nicole will begin their transitions onto the floor as hair cutters. They have completed a portion of our training program, giving them the experience and education to begin taking clients. This is a fun and exciting time for both ladies. While they will still be in our training program, they are armed with more knowledge than many hairdressers in our immediate area. We have high expectations, so our training program has a lengthy and detailed path. Over the next year, the ladies will be transitioning to being on the floor full time as they complete their advanced training.  

 

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Starting in June, on Wednesdays, Sara and Nicole will be taking clients for haircuts at $35. Over the next year they will progressing to higher levels of our program and will have price increases as they graduate within our education program.  

 

Please join us in giving Nicole and Sara a huge CONGRATS! They have been dedicated and hardworking; we are so happy to see them grow!

Additionally, June brings us another amazing person who will be helping with our front desk and organizing the front end of the House for us…. Don’t worry we won’t keep you in suspense forever!!!

XOXO

Mallory