"Once we brought on Keune, I knew there was no going back. I've been a colorist for 15years and this company keeps on impressing!"
These are the words of Owner Daisy Quintal on our newest color line - Keune. If you have paid a visit to Union Hair Parlor within the last two months you mostly likely know all about it. We are obsessed. The coverage, shine and wear is so wonderful we wonder why we hadn't heard of Keune before. Maybe we just weren't looking hard enough.
The salon had our first Keune color class on Monday, March 20th with their wonderful color educator Kara. Keune is very hands on with their education, and we as a salon will always continue to strive for the best education to improve our skills to provide for the clients. I unfortunately was out of town during the class. Here is what our salon had to say:
"Clicked so much more, love their system and that they're family owned" ,
"Brought me back to understanding basic color theory, makes so much sense!!",
"Loved the freedom it gives us to MAKE colors that we don't exactly have"
On March 25th Daisy, Maddie & I (Jamie) made our way down to Chicago via train from Harvard, IL, for the ABS Show. ABS stands for "America's Beauty Show" and is the largest annual hair show in the Midwest.
If you haven't taken the train into Chicago - do it! It's only an hour drive to Harvard and overnight parking will cost you $2.00. We had some time to kill and decided to grab a coffee after the work day and drive. The local coffee shop we visited, I regrettably do not remember the name of, was cozy and friendly with locals having an open mic night. We grabbed our coffees - mine a white mocha peppermint latte mmm - and took a seat at a table with a community 500 piece puzzle waiting to be complete. We killed it. We completed that puzzle - bam! It was actually a really nice way to unwind while waiting for the train.
We hopped on the train and enjoyed the ride. We stayed in Chinatown and had wonderful Chinese food for a late night dinner. It was going to be an early morning but we needed sustenance!
The next morning we arrived at the McCormick Place convention center at 8:45am. Hair shows are a lot of fun. There is A LOT happening all at once. Take for example, we were inside for no more than 2 minutes and a woman comes up to Maddie asking if she would be a hair model for the CHI/Farouk show because her hair was perfect for the cut they wanted to do. Maddie, looking like a deer in headlights glancing from the woman to Daisy and Me said, "uhh, uhh...sureee". We smiled and she was off saying "I'll text you!". What a great opportunity for her - a new stylist, behind the scenes of a major hair show.
Daisy and I made our way through the center, checking out deals and saying hi to our beloved Surface family at their booth. We got hugs from educator Dawn McKee, owner and create Wayne Grund and educator G. Kierans. Part of the reason you go to hair shows is for the deals! I bought brand new, 6 " Surface shears for almost half off the regular price. These shears are an investment - let's put it that way. They also threw in a cute surface bag with a surface razor, shear belt holder, two hair dvds, clips and a comb. It was like Christmas.
Daisy bought hand lotions from Cuccio Naturale - we had these during the Holidays, they are back at the salon! Fun hair mascaras for a pop of non-permanent color you paint right on also available now. We got samples and information on companies and watched Platform hair artists show techniques and current trends to musics and lights. Are we at a rock show?
We found our way to the CHI/Farouk show and watched as Platform artists Rock Vitelli and Bradley Tuggle cut her hair together on stage. Attack of the hairstylists. Just kidding. She said they kept cracking jokes while working and she enjoyed every minute of it.
We stayed until 5:00pm so we could all grab and see the things we wanted to see. This is a 3 day hair show - we were good with 1 day. It's pretty overwhelming but fun to do every couple years. There are many hair shows with different brands out there - if you are a stylists, research and pick the ones with the Hair Artists you want to see most.
We got back on the train to head home for the night. I immediately fell asleep and slept for most of the ride. Not a bad way to leave the city.