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The Most Popular Haircuts Around the Country – Glamour.com

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Glamour.com interviewed Stacie Bowie for their haircut article The Most Popular Haircuts Around the Country

The article featured many great looking haircuts and styles that are popular around America. You find different looks, opinions and styles but they are all beautiful and insightful for their different views. Book today  (here) it’s a very good read with beautiful photos.

Glamour.com – Is there an especially popular haircut women are requesting lately?

Stacie Bowie – The Lob is a popular haircut request

Glamour.com – Why do you think it’s popular? (Does it work for a lot of hair types, easy maintenance, etc?)

Stacie Bowie – The Lob or Long Bob is popular because it is a very versatile cut that looks good with varying lengths making it perfect for all face shapes and life styles. It’s suitable for most hair types. To help style it, I use ESSENCE ABSOLUE NOURISHING PROTECTIVE OIL

Glamour.com –Do you have any tips for what someone should ask her stylist in order to get this cut?

Stacie Bowie – My advice is, don’t be afraid to show pictures of what you have in mind. Also, be open to your stylist’ advice and let them guide you. For example, if you are a brunette with frizzy curly hair and you show them a picture of a blonde with fine sleek hair, that’s not realistic for you. Also pick a style that matches your lifestyle and amount of effort you are willing to put into styling your hair everyday.

Pictured below, The Lob worn straight or wavy to show it’s versatility

Their are many factors in choosing a haircut that will be flattering for you. Book a consultation with one of our trained professionals to find out what will look best on you. Call or Text 206-568-3300

 

ESSENCE ABSOLUE NOURISHING PROTECTIVE OIL

Multi-use hair oil that moisturizes and protects hair with intense nutrition. Camellia Oil absorbs rapidly, deep into the hair’s cortex, leaving it soft and silky with high shine. This velvety hair oil rebalances the hair’s moisture level and provides all-day UV protection without weighing down even the finest of hair. Formulated for daily use. Safe on color-treated hair.

GREAT FOR:

Sleek Blowouts
High-Shine Updos
Healthy Looking Lengths
HOW TO USE:
1. To use as a styling aid, apply 1 pump to your hands (a little goes a long way) and work through hair from mid-lengths to ends.
2. To use as a pre-shampoo treatment, use 3-4 pumps and comb into dry hair before shampooing.
3. To use as a conditioning treatment, apply 1 pump each to 4 sections of hair from mid-lengths through ends, and massage into scalp.
4. Leave overnight and style as normal in the morning.

HAIR TYPE:

For All Hair Types
SIZE:5FL OZ / 150ML

Winter Hair Color to Try for 2018

Honey Blonde Hair, Platinum Blonde, Terra Cotta Red, Rose Gold, Chocolate Ombré, Sombre Baby Lights, Natural Black. 

Honey Blonde Hair for the natural looking blonde with the just right light brown with natural looking sun kissed light blonde.

Platinum Blonde, yes this has been the rage lately and let’s face it, it looks amazing when done right… on the right person. Be patient and remember, to have this trendy look it may take more than one visit to get the perfect icy blonde.

Terra Cotta Red, ok this is not for everyone but if you got to have the faded auburn  look like Kate Mara’s wore recently this is a unique and cool look.

Rose Gold has been seen on the daring starlets recently like Bella Hadid and Nicki Manij. It’s goes well with both warm or cool skin tones depending on the hue of Rose Gold.

Chocolate Ombré comes from the popular blonde version but for dark hair. It’s a beautiful look for the dark hair beauty that wants to lighten just a hint on the ends.

Sombre Baby Lights has been a salon favorite for some time. It’s an Ombre’ but much more subtle and natural looking.

Natural Dark Brunette when you have dark hair you must celebrate it and keep it looking rich and beautiful. Black hair has been seen as a recent but past fad so warming it up but keeping your hair looking natural is the key.

 

Book a color consultation and talk to one of our expert colorist today to have the hair color of your dreams.

 

THE TOP 100 HAIR SALONS IN AMERICA

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Thank you ELLE magazine for voting Bowie Salon and Spa one of THE TOP 100 HAIR SALONS IN AMERICA for 2015! Since our inception in 2005 this honor has been awarded to us for 5 of those 10 years and 4 years straight. We are honored and excited to be nominated as one of the “ELLE’s Top salons in America” and will continue to bring you the top looks and trends and top beauty products to help you look and feel you absolute best.

Elle recently interviewed with Stacie to understand Bowie Salon and Spa and our successful salon culture.

 

ELLE: What are the three most frequently requested celebrity haircuts?

Stacie: Chrissy Teigen, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lily Collins.

Clients trying to look effortlessly sexy, it’s Chrissy Teigen’s hair that they want. Her signature loose curls can be easily achievable- using Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave Spray in damp hair before blow-drying, and then spray a little more in before using the outside of a curling iron to give you the sexy texture you desire.

For a great transitioning cut, from their once long hair to something shorter, many request Vanessa Hudgens fresh clean-cropped look. Easily manageable, to attain this we recommend blow drying with Shu Uemura’s Ample Angora for fullness and a little bit of Shu Uemura Absolue Oil for added shine and smoothness.

Lily Collins has a unique and timeless look that many clients in the salon want to reach. Her super short cut has femininity and poise, but also an important element, versatility. By using Shu Uemura’s Cotton Uzu, it allows the “Lily look” to have a lightweight, flexible hold. It creates a soft but controlled touch while adding movement and shine.

ELLE: What are the most common celebrity hair colors requested for blondes, brunettes, and redheads?

Stacie:

Blonde clients want the Khloe Kardashian, Suki Waterhouse, and Blake Lively look. They lean towards the richness and warmth of these celebrities colours. Having varying tones of highlights, gives depth, instead of looking flat or drabby.

For Brunette’s, Olivia Munn, Jessica Alba, and Lily Aldridge all are requested frequently. Their multi-dimensional brown-jeweled tones give complexion and a warm feel.

Redheads like Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain are loved by clients because of their natural looking copper tones.

Non-traditional colors are all the hit now, check out our recent blog post about it! Looks like Kylie Jenner, Nicole Richie, and Hilary Duff are so fun and so the norm now. They’re not intimidated anymore. It’s ‘on fleek.’

ELLE: What was the single, best selling hair product that every woman in Seattle loves and is obsessed with?

Stacie: Without hesitation, Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Oil. It works on ALL hair types. It’s a 100% dessert must have! It gives your hair perfect hydration without any heavy greasy after effects. Clients here buy it by the case! It can also be used as a hair treatment or even put on your skin after a shower. It is universal; not only does it protect hair but it is lightweight, versatile, and smells amazing!

ELLE: What is the best product for making a blowout last longer? Why?

Stacie: Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave Spray. It’s light powdery feel with incredible hold. It works on any type of hair; anybody can use it! It especially gives great volume to fine hair, and creates definition on normal to thick hair. It won’t leave your hair feeling stiff or sticky, and gives your hair a soft, matte finish look. You can use it as a great second day hair leave-in for extending that perfect blowout.

ELLE: Predict the future: What hair product do you think everyone in Seattle will fall in love with tomorrow?

Stacie: Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Body Oil Spray.  It is a dry oil spray that moisturizes and nourishes dry skin. It leaves you with a smooth touch and radiating skin. Just like the hair oil it leaves a non-sticky, non-greasy leave filled with nourishing camellia oil, antioxidant rich sesame oil, and moisturizing almond oil. You can use it for your hands, cuticles, or your body. It smells like a dream come true, and it makes your skin feel and smell wonderful.

ELLE: What’s the best product for making a cut last longer?

Stacie: Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Oil. To be honest, you would have to shampoo, condition without ever using any hot tools. A good cut can last up to 14 weeks if you baby those ends.

ELLE: What is the best product for making color last longer?

Stacie: Shu Uemura’s Color Lustre Shampoo and Conditioner. The shampoo contains Musk Rose Oil to deeply nourish hair fibers, while protecting from color washout. The conditioner provides lightweight conditioning with a glazed touch and polished shine from mid-lengths to ends while preserving the hair color.

Shu Uemura’s Urban Moisture Shampoo, along with keeping color, rebalances the moisture of dry hair and creates a velvety hair texture and supple touch from roots to ends. It makes your hair feeling like silk but not in the way of being heavy or greasy, but naturally soft. The conditioner is great for leaving a soft, smooth finish.

Kerastase Chroma Riche Shampoo and Conditioner is a color protecting shampoo for dry, highlighted, or color-treated hair. It moisturizes hair, leaving it supple to the touch. It gently cleanses hair, while adding softness and shine. It will leave your hair shimmering with radiance as your color stays intact.

Kerastase Chroma Captive is a shine intensifying masque for color-treated hair. It preserves color depth and shine for up to 40 days, when using the Chroma Captive 3-step system. It polishes the hair fiber from root to tip, leaving it smooth for maximum light reflection and shine. It protects against anti-oxidant aggressors and premature color fading.

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ELLE: Could you weigh in on the following trends for the rest of 2015?

Stacie:

Lobs: Yes or No? No, Bobs are where it’s at.

Scrunchies: Yes or No? Not in public please

Ombre: Yes or No? No, Baby lights please

Bangs: Yes or No? Yes, So many types of Bangs!

Braids: Yes or No? Yes, Easy way to mix it up.

Colorful hair: Yes or No? Yes, because sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.

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ELLE Magazine’s Best Hair in America 2014

Come in Today to find out why Elle Magazine is recognizing Bowie Salon and Spa as being one of the Best Salons in America for the third year in a row!

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ELLE JULY 2014We are so humble for all of the recognition we have been receiving lately and want to thank all of stylists and loyal clients for helping us get to where we are now. In July’s issue, ELLE included a ton of products that are offered and used in our salon. Like, Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue used in our Bowie Blowout and Kératase Cristalliste Cristal Sculpt to seal and keep the shine in your hair.

ELLE wrote an article called “5 Secrets to Sexy Hair (Without a Blow-dryer)” and the stylists at Bowie Salon and Spa want to tell you their secrets too!

 

1. Have a healthy scalp! A trick to achieve a healthy scalp is to shampoo twice. The first shampoo allows the oils to breakdown from your roots and the second shampoo is get rid of all those oils from your hair.

2. Towel Dry before Conditioning! Excess water will dilute your conditioner, so make sure that you get as much water out as possible to get the full benefits of your conditioner.

3. Hot Tools! If you love the salon blow out look and want to achieve it at home, then use the right tools. Start with a heat protectant and a 1” or 1 ½” curling iron or hot stick after you blowdry your hair. Make sure to get your completely dry though. Try these products to give your hair that bounce that you desire also try Essence Absolue oil or Kerastase Immersion it’ll help make you hair feel soft, reduse frizz and help hold the hair.

4. Heat protectants! You can protect you hair with a wide range of products like Essence Absolue Oil & Cream by SHU UEMURA or Nectar Thermique by Kerastase. Use them prior to using blow dryers or hot tools. Use them sparingly and properly or it can make you hair feel weighed down however, the only way to treat already severely damaged hair is to see a experienced hair stylist and have them give you a proper haircut.

5. Get your hair trimmed regularly. Having a regular trim is very important for healthy hair. If you see your stylists consistently then you will have better results and be happy with the way your hair looks.

UPDATE(08/19/2014)- The Today Show featured celebrity stylist Ted Gibson who showed viewers how to achieve summer beach waves in the comfort of your own home! Check it out here.

There is also an amazing article on ELLE.com that talks about the Most Requested Haircuts in 2014. Come stop by one of ELLE’s-approved salons to freshen your look. Call 206 568 3300 or book online to get an appointment today! Book online

Ombré or Sombré hair color which is right for my hair?

Ombré or Sombré which is right for my hair?

Ombré Hair Color – Lightened tips and darker roots that still look natural.  A Sombre is a newer and softer version of the Ombré that looks even more natural for 2014.

Stacie Bowie and the staff at Bowie salon are specialists in this beautiful and trendy look à la Rachel Bilson, Jessica Biel or Gisele Bündchen.

Ombré hair color is still very popular but with every trend, it’s changing. It’s no longer an extreme transition from dark to light, but Sombré has taken a more natural approach by gradually blending the color from top to bottom, so that the ends are brighter.  We train our Ombré and Sombré Hair Color Experts extensively to guarantee they take the utmost care to keep your hair looking healthy and naturally beautiful.

Our recommendation: Go for a more blended and brighter hair color that enhances your features for a more natural look.

Jessica Biel represents this very well.

Read more about our Ombré at The Radar: Seattleite  and Call or book your appointment online today 206-568-3300.

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Short haircuts & hairstyles for women

Sexy short hairstyles

Short haircuts have been worn by some of the most influential celebrity women in history from Audrey Hepburn to Kate Moss to Rihanna and changing your hairstyle can be a liberating and rewarding experience giving you a sexy and youthful appearance that can make you look and feel beautiful. Whether it be a Pixie, Bob, Long Lob, choosing the right hairstyle and haircut that’s right for you and a Hair Stylist that will listen to you and create the right look for your hair type, face shape and lifestyle is very important.

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This haircut is a sexy look for the women who wants a short but trendy haircut and hairstyle.
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Stacie Bowie has been known for her amazing haircuts, hairstyling and coloring talents and has been voted or nominated “best hair stylist” in Seattle by Allure, Vogue, ELLE magazine, Seattle magazine, Seattle Met magazine, Yelp, City Search and Seattleite.com. If you’re thing of changing your hairstyle with a short haircut or just want to change your look, Stacie Bowie and the Bowie Salon Styling team are highly trained and ready to help you find you beauty potential. Book a consultation to speak with one of our stylist book a haircut and color today to find out how we can help you. All haircut and Color service include a consultation.

This before and after look we gave Taylor really shows what a new haircut can do to freshen up an already beautiful young woman

This before and after photo really shows what a new haircut can do to freshen up an already beautiful young woman

Taylor wanted a new haircut to show off her strengths and our Stylist Megan and Taylor decided to create a chic bob. It’s a short haircut that is chic and sophisticated and looks current and classic. It removed some length and weight and with the side bang it really help bring a more fresh and pretty appearance.

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Allure Magazine “Best of the Best” and Best Hair cut in Seattle 2013 is, Stacie Bowie

Allure Magazine Best of the Best winner 2013, Best Hair cut in Seattle - Bowie Salon and Spa

Allure Magazine Best of the Best winner 2013, Best Hair cut in Seattle – Bowie Salon and Spa

Thank you Allure magazine for voting Stacie Bowie and Bowie Salon and Spa as the “Best of the Best” in Seattle and for selecting Stacie Bowie’s work as Best hair cut in Seattle 2013.

Call or Text 206-568-3300 to book your consultation or haircut appointment. *please call for appointments with Stacie Bowie.

While Stacie’s philosophy has always centered around the hair cut being the foundation for any great hairstyle – and the color providing the depth for that hair style – it’s the infamous Bowie Blowouts and finishing work that make the women toss their hair as they walk out of Bowie Salon and Spa salon feeling beautiful, confident and sexy!

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Here are some quotes from Allure Editors and writers from past years. ~

Most stylists want to lop off as many inches as possible, but Bowie suggested we grow our hair longer. “It would look foxy,” she explained—which was all the incentive we needed. After a shampoo and scalp massage, she evened out our choppy layers for a smoother, more uniform look. Before we left, she instructed us to return in three months so she could continue coaxing our short locks into a shoulder-length mane. Good things really docome to those who wait.

~ Allure magazine 2010

Growing out our bangs had left us with an impossible cowlick, front and center. We hoped that Bowie could disguise it, but she did us one better: Using a comb (and sleight of hand), she coaxed the hair so it swept to one side in a sexy, Veronica Lake kind of way. She then rolled a medium-size round brush up and down the rest of our hair—going over each section twice—for big, pinup-worthy volume that lasted for a blissful four days. Even after we shampooed, we were able to replicate her method and keep our bangs in line.

~ Allure magazine 2012

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ELLE Magazine’s Top 100 Salons in America

ELLE Top 100 2013 Cover 2013Bowie Salon and Spa nominated ELLE’s Top 100 Salon for 2015!

ELLE Magazine’s Top 100 Salons in America 2013

Thank you ELLE magazine for nominating Bowie Salon and Spa as ELLE magazine’s TOP 100 salons in America  again in 2013!! This is our 3rd nomination as best hair salon in Seattle and we are thrilled to be part of this elite group of salons that have proven to be some of the best in America.

Beautiful hair that looks natural is what Stacie is known for “blonde hair color like when you were a child” is what her clients say. She is simply the best around and really knows how to get that gorgeous color without damaging your hair. Want to know more? Book your consultation and hair appointment today by calling or texting 206-568-3300 or book online.

 

Our belief in Quality and Customer Service

We have always believed that being customer focused and delivering the highest quality of service and hair care products is what our clients want most and receiving an accolade like “the best hair salons Seattle” is very exciting. Hearing our clients say “this is the best color and best hair cut I’ve ever had!” is the most important reward for us. We spend the time to get it right the first time by allowing time to talk to you about what is possible for you hair. We look at the whole you including hair type, texture, lifestyle, style regime etc.

In the 12 years since the salon has opened, Stacie and her stylists have received glowing publicity in a variety of industry magazines, and have been recognized nationally and locally with numerous awards and accolades in ELLE magazine, Vogue.com, Allure Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan, Sunset, Lucky and online *Yelp, Google, NWsource and CitySearch among others, including, “Best hair Salon Seattle”, “Best Overall hair stylist”, “best hair stylist in Seattle”, “Best Hair Colorist”, “Best Highlights”, (also awarded by ELLE and Allure Magazine) “Best Blowout”, “Best Hair Cut”, “Best Blonde colorist” — and “Best New Salon”.

While Stacie’s philosophy has always centered around the hair cut being the foundation for any great hair style – and the color providing the depth for that style – it’s the infamous Bowie Blowouts and finishing work that make the women toss their hair as they walk out of Bowie Salon and Spa salon feeling beautiful, confident and sexy.

Beautiful hair that looks natural is what Stacie is known for “blonde hair color like when you were a child” is what her clients say. She is simply the best around and really knows how to get that gorgeous color without damaging your hair.

*In 2012 Stacie Bowie was voted in as an Intercoiffure America/Canada Board of Director’s “Board Member” and in 2013 she was nominated as Intercoiffure America/Canada New Member Chairperson through 2016. She has served on the ICA Artist team, Cutting Council, and Color council and traveled extensively for advance training as well as teaching others advanced methods of color techniques around the globe.

Book your consultation and hair appointment today by phone or text at 206-568-3300 or book online at our website www.bowiesalonandspa.com.

Exceeding your expectations is our goal and promise to you.

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Four Things You Should Not Use on Your Face

With more information comes more mis-information and we are here to correct some common mistakes that people make when it comes to choosing ingredients and products for their face. While we love the trendy return to more natural products, some ingredients are best kept away from your sensitive facial skin. We collaborated with our estheticians to bring you this list of four things you should not use on your face.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar treatments have been trending recently – ranging from hair masks, to facial toner, and as a widely-supported dietary supplement. However, estheticians discourage clients from using this acid as it can be harsh on delicate facial skin. In fact, there have been reports of people chemically burning their skin when applying apple cider vinegar as an at-home treatment.

2. St. Ive’s Scrubs

There are many that swear by this store-bought exfoliant, however it’s ingredients are far too harsh to use on most skin types. St. Ive’s active exfoliating ingredient is walnut shells. This ingredient can cause small tears in the skin’s surface, which can result in more acne, inflammation and irritation. Estheticians recommend using a gentler exfoliant on your face and investing in regular facials to leave the more aggressive exfoliation to the pros.

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has continued to rise in popularity over the past five years. Lotion substitutes, hair masks, and beauty hacks have flooded the market. However, recently studies have shown that coconut oil is a level 5 comedogenic oil, which means it clogs the pores and while it smells delicious, it has no place on the hair or skin. In small doses, coconut oil makes a great addition to other products, but by itself will clog your pores and cause buildup.

4. Olive Oil

While we fully support the return to all things natural, some ingredients are better left in your kitchen. While olive oil is only a level 2 comedogenic oil, much like coconut oil, it does not belong on your skin. Many would argue that olive oil has been used as a moisturizer since the dawn of time, which is true. However, the olive oil sold in most grocery stores is not high quality enough to be used on skin.

Many of our skincare products from brands like Repechage and Rhonda Allison contain ingredients like aloe, seaweed, mango, sesame and even more naturally healing ingredients. Check out our shop to find the product that is best for you.

Five Common Hair Myths – Busted!

 

1. Coconut oil is good for your hair.

No. Listen, we love coconut oil as much as the next person, but it’s time we face the music when it comes to the specific uses for it. Coconut oil is a Level 4 comedogenic oil which means, contrary to popular belief, it clogs your pores! If you are looking to add more moisture to your hair (or your skin) look for products that are hydrating.

 

 

2. For best results, turn your hot tools to the highest setting.

There are all different kinds of hair types that vary in texture, thickness and curl. This means that your hot tool should be set to a temperature that matches your hair type. The best method of going about this is to start using a hot tool at one of the lowest settings and increase the temperature slowly if needed. Be sure to invest in a good heat protectant to increase your chances of keeping your locks healthy and happy.

 

3. It’s better to have dirty hair before a color appointment.

This may be one of hairstylists’ most hated myths. Contrary to popular belief, dirty hair is not ideal for stylists, especially when it comes to color appointments. Dirt, oil, and product build up have the potential to disrupt the bond between the hair and the hair dye. Wash your hair either the day before or the day of your hair appointment. Apply and massage shampoo thoroughly onto your scalp, rinse and then shampoo again. We recommend shampooing 2-3 times  When applying conditioner, make sure to keep it mainly mid-shaft to ends of your hair. Let your stylist do the rest!

 

 

 

4. Dandruff = Dry Scalp

While dandruff and dry scalp are two common hair problems, the two are not always related. When it comes to dandruff, it is important to note that there is a difference between dandruff, flaky scalp, and product build up. Each scalp problem has a unique solution that varies between scalp treatments, cleansing shampoos, and nourishing hair masques. If you need help diagnosing your needs, head into a salon for help from our stylist’. Ask for a scalp analysis with our Capilliscope.

 

 

5. Growing your hair out means avoiding regular haircuts.

We’ve all met that individual who is growing out their hair and refuses to even look in the direction of a salon, but if you are looking to grow out your hair the best thing you can do for it is schedule regular hair trims. While this does not increase the rate at which your hair grows, it does mean that when your hair reaches your desired length you won’t have damaged ends. We recommend a trim every 12-14 weeks to keep the split ends at bay and keep your hair healthy while you continue to grow it out. Be sure to let your stylist know you are growing your hair so they can keep the trim on the conservative side.

 

Celebrity Stylist Mary Brunetti Haircutting & Styling Class at Bowie Salon Seattle

 

 

 

 

We love education and learning from the best is a special reward for all of us! Stacie Bowie brought celebrity stylist May Brunetti into the salon to share her vision and learning techniques to the Bowie Salon Staff on June 10th  & 11th 2018. Mary taught haircutting and styling to this 2 day class and inspiration.

 

About Mary Brunetti
Hairstylist Mary Brunetti is known as much for her celebrity clientele—she most recently created Bette Midler’s onstage look for Bette’s Broadway show I’ll Eat You Last—as she is for training world-class hairstylists. For the past 14 years, Mary has implemented her unique training program at the Sally Hershberger salons in New York City, where she is the Director of Education.
Brunetti has been called upon to style the hair for many celebrities, including Mariah Carey, Mariska Hargitay, Debra Messing, Eva Longoria, Carrie Underwood, Jane Krakowski, Brooke Shields, The B52’s and Giada De Laurentiis, to name a few. She was Ricki Lake’s personal hairstylist on The Ricki Lake Show and made numerous appearances on the air as a makeover expert throughout the show’s 11-year run.
A well-known editorial stylist, Brunetti’s work has been published in Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, New York magazine, Town & Country, Modern Bride, People, Mademoiselle as well as all the leading industry trade magazines.
Mary has styled hair backstage at Fashion Week for world renowned designers such as Donna Karan, Nicole Miller, Naeem Kahn and Vivienne
Westwood.
She is a veteran platform artist and former member of the Trevor Sorbie Artistic
Team.
The first woman to be named North American Hairstylist of the Year at the prestigious NAHA awards, Brunetti has since served as a judge for the past 25 years.
She was the technical hair advisor for Bravo’s Shear Genius television show.
Intercoiffure USA/Canada, the association of elite salon owners in North America,
named Mary as Artistic Director of their high profile artistic team from 2010 -2014. Mary’s latest recognition came in 2015, when she was given the industry’s most coveted title, the Leo Passage “Educator of the Year” award.
“Training future stylists to do world class hair and mentoring them through their careers is one of the greatest joys of my life”, says Mary, and she had trained hundreds of them.
Mary owns her own salon, Brunetti Hair & Beauty, in the resort area of The Hamptons and consults with top salons around the country on how to implement her tried and true training

Lob haircuts and Sombre color

Worn straight or wavy this Lob with a Sombre looks amazing

A Lob “long bob” worn a bit longer has been getting more popular this spring and the Sombre “soft ombre” has been popular for a while but still look amazing as seen in this photo. It’s classy and beautiful and can be worn different ways to show off it’s beauty and versatility.

Let’s face it having healthy hair is the most important element to having gorgeous hair. Having soft, shiny, movable hair it starts with taking care of you hair. Ask yourself, what are you doing that helps your hair look healthy? What are you doing that doesn’t help? There are many reason you hair may be compromised or damaged or just been exposed to the harness of the environment. Sun, Wind, bleaching your hair to lighten it too quickly is one we see from new clients. We can help when you with a healthy hair regime and we start our consultations with questions that help us help you. What are you using at home? What is you at home regime like? Are you happy with the results? Simple questions but very telling to what you’re doing to help or harm you hair. Typically haircare addresses Moisture, Chemically compromised hair from hair color or enviromental conditions like heat from styling with hot tools like hair dyers, curling irons and flat irons. If you use these type of tools you should be using a heat protectant like Essence Oil in Cream or Kerastase Nutritive Thermique which is an excellent heat protectant. It protects your hair from getting scorched by the tool just in case you may heat your hair too much and fry your hair. Once it’s damaged from this it doesn’t just get better on its own. It damaged and need to be treated or cut.

Have you ever had a professional haircare consultation? If not you should ask for one next time you get your haircut or colored. You may learn what works best for you hair and lifestyle.

In the photo about we prescribed Shu Uemura Urban Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner with Essence Absolue Oil as a styling aid.

Book an appointment today. Call or Text 205-568-3300 or book online.

Men’s Grooming Tips

Men’s Grooming Tips from Bowie Salon & Spa Owner, Scott McHugh

I don’t spend a lot of time getting ready in the morning– usually about 20 minutes, but I do care about how I look. That means my morning routine consists of a shower, a shave, styling my hair and dressing myself. The more thought I can put into preparing to get ready, the easier it is …and the better I look!

Stereotypically, men’s grooming and self-care has been reduced to the bare necessities – showering, shaving and maintenance haircuts. However, as the self-care and beauty industry continue to grow and expand their reach, grooming and self-care have become industries that truly offer something for everyone.

As men begin to enter into the world of self-care, the variety of options can quickly become overwhelming. Lucky for you, we have some tips and tricks to get you started with the products you need to create a routine that is simple, effective, and customized to your lifestyle.

HAIR

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to invest in a good haircut… and we’re not talking a $15 haircut from Cut’s R’ Us. Fight your urge to cut corners in this department and visit a salon or barbershop that will work with your face shape, your hair texture and will create a look that makes you feel handsome and put together.

Take time to communicate with your stylist about the realistic level of maintenance and styling you are willing to do on a daily basis. They will not only cater your haircut to these needs, but they can also recommend the best products for your hair as well as the optimal amount of time to go between maintenance cuts.

Pro Tip: Bring in a picture to show your stylist the hairstyle you would like to achieve. Also be honest about the amount of time you are willing to dedicate to your morning grooming routine. Your stylist will be sure to recommend products that are realistic for your budget and time restrictions.

SKIN

Skincare is perhaps one of the most overwhelming (but important) parts of grooming and self-care. A good way to think about it is — skin is your foundation upon which everything is being built. The easiest way to begin determining the skincare products for you is to determine your skin type — oily, combination, or dry skin. Stay with me now, this is simpler than you think.

As you go about your day, do you notice your skin gets a little shiny? Does it feel dry when it’s cold out or do you have a combination of the two — oily on your forehead but dry patches on your cheeks. Once you determine your skin type, you can begin searching for products to balance out your skin problems.

The easiest and most foolproof way to get some skin help is to visit a spa. Now, I know what you’re thinking “A spa day?!” Not for me.” But hear me out, not only will you leave that spa feeling like a million dollars, but all technicians are trained in the intricacies of skin and are familiar with a wide variety of products at a wide range of price points. Your technician will take into consideration your budget, time restrictions, and willingness to try new things before sending you on your way with new products. They are also likely to recommend multipurpose products that can be used in more than one area of your body or for more than one purpose. Now that’s efficiency.

Pro Tip: Book a facial at your local salon and ask the technician to tell you what he or she is doing as they do it. They are often more than willing to share their wealth of knowledge and the more you know, the easier it is to pick out products that are ideal for your skin type. Plus, they might just share some industry secrets with you that makes your grooming regimen that much easier.

FACIAL HAIR

Perhaps the most rapidly expanding genre of men’s grooming is facial hair products and services. Now, more than ever, there are businesses entirely dedicated to that beard you worked so hard to grow, as well as a wide range of products to keep the hair smooth, tamed, and smelling amazing. Facial hair is significantly courser than the hair on your head. And due to its close proximity to your mouth, beards also tend to get dirtier faster. Show a little love to your facial hair by starting with the basics – high quality shaving products. Make sure to always use a sharp razor, shaving cream or gel (get out of here with that bar of soap), and a moisturizer to put on your freshly shaven face.

Pro Tip: Did you know you should replace your razor every 6 to 8 shaves? Not replacing your razor can cause skin irritation, ingrown hairs or just make it difficult to get a close shave. Lucky for us, there are many subscription services like Harry’s Razors that will send you razor refills on a regular basis – that way you don’t have to keep track!

 

I’ve read that men have an average of 20 products in their medicine cabinet. So I decided to place every product that I use in the morning on the counter after I used it to get ready this morning and this is what I use.

I turns out I use 10 products everyday in my grooming routine plus 5 tools to help in dental hygiene, 2 different tooth brushes manual and SonicCare plus a Waterpik (not pictured) and GUM flossers plus charcoal powder for teeth whitening.

My Products list:

Acca KappaWhite Moss Foam shaving cream, tooth paste, deodorant

Tom Ford – cologne “Oud Wood” $230-$312 Nordstrom

RepechageSeaweed Body Cream $34.

Shu UemuraShape Paste $38

 

 

How often should I wash my hair?

How often should I wash my hair?

How ofter should I wash my hair is a question we hear more than you may think and is actually a very important question to keep your hair healthy. Some people wash everyday, some a few times a week. There’s even a myth floating around that NOT washing you hair is a good thing. FYI, that’s nonsense!! Oil builds up and pollution and dirt collect in the oil created by the oil glands in your scalp making your hair dirty and smelly! Plus your scalp needs oxygen and your hair follicles like to be clean of dirt, debris and sebum. Here’s a few tips to help.

For women a good rules is 2-4 times a week depending on you hair type and activity level. If you a avid runner who sweats a lot then more than a person who has less physical activity in their normal schedule. But as important is… 

When I wash my hair, how many times should I wash my hair? This is very important because the first wash is to remove the majority of the dirt and oil produced by your glands and the second or third wash preps your hair to accept your styling products. If your hair isn’t clean then you may have problems styling your hair and tend to OVER use hair styling products. This can be wasteful and frustrating.

Men typically wash their hair when they shower so that can be everyday. People who wash everyday can have different issues such as dry scalp or hair. People who don’t wash on a regular basis can have issues such as oily hair and scalp, dry flaky scalp and combination hair such as itchy scalp and oily hair and other much worse issues such as thinning hair and hair loss.

Recommendations:

When choosing a shampoo ask your self a few questions.

Do I color my hair? What type of hair do I have? Curly, Wavy, Straight, Course, Fine, Etc. Ask your stylist to recommend a shampoo or conditioner and ask them to use them on you next time you get a haircut or color/highlight. This is the best way to experience how the products will react to your hair type and actual hair type. Men, that means you too! You may not color your hair but you may wash frequently and experience your own scalp issues. Ask your stylist for a recommendation. Our Stylist at Bowie Salon and Spa are trained to be your advocate so this should be a normal occurrence without the obligation to buy. We know you are smart and savvy so we understand, trust is everything!

One of the most popular shampoo’s we sell is Urban Moisture Shampoo by Shu Uemura. It’s great for adding and keeping hair feeling healthy and looking fantastic!

 

Shu Uemura – Urban Moisture Shampoo 

Normal to Dry Hair

Shampoo for dry hair that adds intense nourishment and hydration without weighing down strands. Dry hair is cleansed and purified as well as protected against future dryness through rare ingredients that remove pollutants and stimulate cell regeneration.

HOW TO USE:
1. Apply a quarter-size amount of the shampoo to wet hair.
2. Massage into scalp using fingers and palms.
3. Rinse thoroughly.
*For oilier scalps, repeat steps 1-3.

HAIR TYPE: For Dry Hair

If you have a question please call, text 206-568-3300 or email us:

info @ bowiesalonandspa .com

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Textured bob

Tex_Bob

Are you looking for a new look that is sexy and fresh but not too drastic? The Textured bob is a variation to the bob or lob thats beautiful and can be worn by many hair types. It can also be styled differently to create other variations. You will need a curling iron to create the curl and separation.

Book a consultation today by calling or texting us at 205-568-3300 or book online.

 

Ombre, Sombre or Balayage or Foilayage Highlights

Combination of Foilayage and Balayage Highlights

Combination of Foilayage and Balayage Highlights

Ombre and Sombre highlights have been popular and for good reason, they’re pretty and are low maintenance compared to color that is placed at the root. If you looking for a beautiful, naturally looking highlight then one of these techniques are a good solution for you. Today we will learn some of differences between the techniques used to achieve this looks.

Let’s get into Foilayage vs. Balayage

Foilayage:

For the client who has darker hair it’s the exact same placement as balayage just using foil. We need to use foil on darker hair to ensure we can get your desired level of lift. Also ensuring you’re not left with “brassy” highlights.

Balayage: 

Balayage works best with medium blondes and lighter. Lifting more than two levels can damage hair and make it feel dry and fragile. Levels are measured 1-10, if you’re a natural level 6 (light brown) and you want to be a level 10 (pale blonde) your stylist may suggest we do this in more than one visit to ensure your hair stays looking healthy.

Foils: Partial Foil and Full Foil

Most clients are fearful of foil because in the past they feel it isn’t look natural, sun kissed.Foils, when done the way they were intended to look, look natural with lots of natural dimension. Meaning, you should not have to “Low Light” because you are using you natural color as a back drop for you highlights.

Next step:

If you’re considering this look the first place to start in booking a consultation to find out what’s best for your hair. Stacie Bowie and the staff at Bowie salon are specialists in this beautiful and trendy look à la Rachel Bilson, Jessica Biel or Gisele Bündchen. We train our Hair Color Experts extensively to guarantee they take the utmost care to keep your hair looking healthy and naturally beautiful.

Our recommendation: Consultation first so we can create a realistic hair color Goal and Path. A more blended and brighter hair color that enhances your features for a more natural look is a beautiful look that Jessica Biel represents very well. But that may or may not be what you’re looking for. Healthy looking hair makes you look more youthful so taking a little more time to get the saturation in you hair color may be YOUR best path to achieving you hair color goal. Over-processing to hurry the hair color process leads to frizzy, damaged and unhealthy looking hair. In a previous post we talk about this (here)

 

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Contact Bowie Salon and Spa

Bowie salon and spa is located at 1507 Belmont Avenue in the Pike-Pine corridor of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle, just a few minutes walk from downtown.