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...



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.


Brandi Grooms Photography

Brandi Grooms Photography

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!






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.


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.“


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.


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.

Click to buy it on Amazon!

Click to buy it on Amazon!


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)

Cotton Balls

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!


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





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



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.


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.





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.

Currently in salon


Available by request


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!




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!!




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? 





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.  







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!!!



To Wash or NOT to Wash … That is the question....


“I haven’t washed my hair in. few days, good thing I m going to the salon today….”


   Many people wonder the same thing when planning a trip to the hairdresser: should I wash my hair? I can help answer a few questions to get you a better end result, and save your stylist’s valuable time.


   For cutting purposes, it’s best to come in unwashed and dry so the stylist can see how you wear your hair on a normal basis, and how you like it styled. Also, getting shampooed is one of the best parts of the visit. Give us a chance to give you the full effect instead of a “quick wash” because you shampooed that morning.


Essential Hair Care By Davines

Essential Hair Care By Davines

   For color, things can get complicated, and depends on your service type. If you’re getting on-scalp color, say grey coverage or a bleach and tone (fully blonde from root to tip), it’s best you don’t shampoo the day of. You shouldn’t wait more than two days, though. Why? Because natural oils do help protect your scalp from unnecessary irritation, but more than a day or two and your color may not take as well, and not fully cover the grey. Too much natural oils on top of hair products can cause a barrier. Plus, it may force your stylist to have to wash your hair before the service, and not allocate the time to chat with you and give the best possible service. 


When foiling, nothing is being applied directly to the scalp (unless you get both grey coverage and foils, of course). In this case, you can go a few days more (if that floats your boat). You will be shampooed before the toning step, and all will be right in the world. Also, if your hair is too clean, it may be difficult for your stylist to grip the soft hair with enough tension. 


Balayage. Okay, so I would have to categorized this with foiling. But be mindful of how much product you’ve used. If you can’t run a comb through your hair or you can smell the brand of tequila you drank on Saturday night, do us all a favor, and shampoo lightly with little conditioner. 


Dry shampoo might be the best thing since sliced bread, but if you know you’re coming in to see us and you want the best possible results, use your best judgment. Can you run your fingers through? Did you obtain dreadlocks not on purpose? Can you change the oil in your car by ringing out your hair? 


 So, when in doubt, shampoo the day before your visit. You can’t go wrong. 



2019 prom & wedding trends!

Woah, prom season definitely came quickly ...

Let's talk about some looks that are dominating the game. 

1. Soft, lived in locks are a must, whether you have long luscious hair or an edgy shorter style. Glam it up with some beautiful smoky makeup, or look more natural with some bold accessories in your hair to make your style pop. 


2. Want to dance all night long without having hair down your back? Or are you wearing a prom dress with an amazing ornate back you want to show off? A tousled bun is a great option to compliment your look. 


3. The ultimate glam pony (personally, one of my favorite looks)! Rock an edgy and voluminous pony to add some flare in your prom photos. 


So now that we have prom favorites settled, let's talk about the gals that will be saying “I do.” Looks inspired by bridal runway trends are using more natural textures and accessories. Veils are slowly becoming obsolete, while flowers and bold pins are becoming more and more popular. 

1. Beachy and sultry hair are becoming one. Whether you're wearing an elaborate gown or a simple dress, this look is no way boring. 


2. Soft glamour waves. A classic and timeless look. 


3. Smooth hair. This simple style makes your dress and makeup the focus, unless you want to add a bold headband. Now that is a gorgeous bride in the making. 


4. Last but no least! A twist to the classic French twist. This look will have you looking extra chic, but with some bohemian feels. 


Who's ready to try these stunning looks?!

I am!! Let’s play!!

Happy Hair,



2019 Spring/ Summer Hair Trends we LOVE!!

So spring is here (even though we still feel the chill of the winter), and us Jersey peeps know how quickly we can go from 50 degree weather to 80 degrees, hot, humid, and flip-flop ready. It’s hard to think that we’ll be on the beach any day now, and it’s only 6 SHORT weeks away from Memorial Day!

What does the change of seasons mean for new looks and cool trends? Loads of fun stuff that we’re excited for!! Here’s the breakdown of a few of our favorite things (Cue Julie Andrews …)

1) HELLO Flat Iron, my one true love …


Heat Shield

Works up to 450* on wet or dry hair. Perfect for all heat tools.

The beach wave is hot right now. It’s become a new go-to look, and we don’t see that vibe going anywhere, anytime soon. But my high school heart is singing sweet tunes of No Doubt looking at all the super skinny straight hair looks! Living for the mega shiny, smooth straight, late 90’s early 2000’s tresses. Don’t let the PTSD of fried hair stop this look from happening; we have way better tech these days to stop that from happening. There are more sophisticated flat irons, actual heat protection mists, and hair masks with ingredients that are so active you can almost see them dancing in the packages. P.S. if your hair is extra challenging during the humid months ask about our Organic de frizzing treatment that last 5-6 months!!

2) Not so basic BOB

Okay, there’s nothing basic “B” about rocking a one length. This LBD of haircuts might be on my forever hot list. You will see this look all throughout the spring and summer. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss are flaunting this classic look. We love it for fine hair to add density and volume. My personal favorite is seeing this shape on curly hair for some serious volume.

Bob by Sara Tomasulo @ Craft House Salon

Bob by Sara Tomasulo @ Craft House Salon

Curly Shag Cut by MalloryZ

Curly Shag Cut by MalloryZ

3) Shag is here and lets be clear … it’s still awesome.

Love, Love, and Love me some amazing texture. No secret that a razor shape is something I lean towards these days. The shag is a great go-to for anyone with tons of weight or heavy hair, and AMAZING for curls. A curly bang is some sort of magic we cannot live without seeing this season. Everyone is loving the 60’s/70’s inspo.


No, not the bleached out, crazy silver look that all the cool kids were doing last year. Actual, natural grey hair. The silver fox look is no longer just for the boys or for someone who “ just gave up.” It’s a freedom from color, and the masses are loving it. I personally love the look of my natural grey hair and have rocked it for years. I got bored a few months ago and went blonde again, and now I miss my grey. I’m looking forward to rocking this trend again!

5) Hair Jewels


Not your basic hair jewels

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No not Clairs, or icing. Rad hair accessories that pop. Statement pieces talk. Great to make your lazy day hair look polished, purposeful and awesome.

So who is up for a change? We are in full throttle Spring mode right now and excited for all the seasons looks!!