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Salon Absinthe, open and cruelty-free


After lots of hard work, Salon Absinthe opened its doors this week! I put careful thought into the color and products I wanted to bring in and wanted to give you a few reasons why I chose them.

First, I’m proud to say Salon Absinthe is 100% cruelty-free! The color line I chose and the product lines do not test on animals! This is exciting, people!

Framesi, USA.
Framesi is an amazing color line! Founded in 1945, Milan Italy. This company pioneered the use of Italian hair color in the United States! They also introduced the 10 level coloring system and their colors are constantly updated to keep up with the newest trends. They also only contain 2% ammonia, this is one of the lowest on the market.

One of the main ingredients for Framcolor is vegetable coconut oil. Leaving the hair with a brilliant shine and unmatched softness.

Framesi is 100% vegan. Cruelty-free, and no use of animal by-products. It is also gluten free, paraben free, sulfate free, dea free, and sodium chloride free.

I was interested to hear that most shampoos and conditioners contain DEA, and this chemical is a known carcinogen.

After using the color a few times, I was sold. Gorgeous pigmentation and the condition and shine of the haircolor is stunning.

The Color Lover Masque is unparalleled, I have used many, much more expensive masques and this one is the absolute best I’ve ever gotten my little tattooed paws on.

I’m proud to carry Framesi color and products.

Anchors Hair Company
Let’s just talk about Anchors Hair Company for a moment. Many of you know how obsessed I am with these products. We carried them at Tease for a bit and I was certainly disappointed when we no longer did!

Anchors is a local company! Handcrafted in Knoxville, Tennessee and in small batches to maintain integrity. No parabens or harsh chemicals and 90% of the scent is from essential oils to retain luster in your hair. With a water base and oil base, you can achieve many finishes depending on which you choose!

They also shampoo easily out, which is a miracle if you know anything about many other lower grade pomades. Also dye and alcohol free!

Teddy boy matte is a personal favorite, water based and with a light scent that is just delightful. And the best, you only need a dime sized amount for hours of control.

Beauty and Pinups.
Beauty and Pinups uses only a-list ingredients. In a literal sense.

Amla oil, a product of India to add strength. Argan oil, of the Mediterranean with well known softening and conditioning properties. Avacado oil is also present, chock full of omega 3s to impart a brilliant shine.

This product line is also free of parabens and sulfates and cruelty free!
Take a gander at that packaging as well. Wins all around!

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Why I chose booth rental

When I was in beauty school, I always heard that jumping into a booth rental salon was the worst thing you could do for your career, especially as a new stylist. I went against everyone’s advice, and went straight into booth rental, fresh out of beauty school.
It was the best decision I have made thus far in my career.
I make my own schedule. I keep 100% of my profit. I pursue my own education. I don’t have to work long days making only a percentage of my services. I open and close my books at will. Want to take a day off? I don’t have to ask anyone. Issues with a terrible client? Fire them. I get to be my own boss, working whatever hours I choose. Want to work 60 hours a week? Cool. Want to work 15 hours a week? Also cool. I could not be happier with my decision. I make three times the amount I did at my previous job, and only half the hours put in. As a first year stylist.
The only downside of booth rental? Keeping up with your income and expenses for taxes. That’s it. The ONLY downside.
I admit, some of my clients followed me from school. So I already had a very small clientele at the time I started in my booth rental salon. In proud to say that in less than two years as a licensed cosmetologist, I have built a loyal clientele. I rarely have openings unless they’re a week or two out. Is this the same as being booked 8 hours straight for 3 months? Of course not. I’m still working on building mine, but in less than two years, that’s absolutely amazing.
I truly feel the goal for everyone should be to work for yourself and not some corporation. Why do bigger salons discourage booth rental? Because they are making so much money off of their stylists. You have the potential to keep all of your hard earned profit. Not 40%. Not 50%. But 100%. All day every day. And not have to answer to anyone. Running a few minutes late? Bring your client a coffee and they usually forgive you. No silly dress codes either. Yes.
Booth rental was the perfect decision for me, and I love this industry so much. I can’t imagine my life any other way.
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Salon products vs Drugstore products


I know salon products can seem expensive initially, when compared to much cheaper brands you can find at major retailers and drugstores. Here are a few reasons why salon quality products are much better than the rest!

• They are more expensive because they are much better for your hair! They are made with higher quality ingredients for the very purpose of maintaining that beautiful color or cut you just had done! Free of all the icky stuff that can be found in many drugstore brands, you will see a HUGE difference in how long your color will last, or how a shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for your hair type (curly, fine, etc) will make taking care of your hair a breeze. Drugstore shampoo and conditioner contain many things that wreak havoc on haircolor. Full of salt, sulfates, and parabens, these actually STRIP color from your hair. They can cause the pigments to shift or remove them completely. Leaving you with lackluster locks that need redone more often than they would if you had been using salon quality products. Some drugstore brands marketed as ‘keratin or protein enhancing’ fail to mention that if you deposit too much keratin in your hair, it will make it weak and brittle. Leading to severe breakage.

• Salon quality products are much more concentrated than drugstore brands. 90% of the time, the main ingredient on the labels of drugstore brands is ‘aqua’. Aqua = water. Meaning they are so diluted down, you buy SO MUCH more in the long run. You maybe take the plunge and buy a slightly more expensive product at the salon, but it will last you way longer.

• Did you know, when you buy ‘professional’ products from online sources like Ebay and Amazon, many of these are filled with something else or retrieved out of the trash? Professional shampoos and conditioners have an expiration date. When it expires, we throw it out. Online sources who are not licensed to sell these can and will retrieve them just to make money.

• Purchasing products from your favorite salon also helps support that business! Supporting your favorite place AND maintaining the integrity of your hair? What’s not to love about that?

Drop by any time and check out the products at Tease Knoxville. Two of my absolute favorites are Kevin Murphy and Anchors Hair Company. Two amazing products that we’re proud to offer. (Not every product is right for everyone, so I may recommend something different after consultation – but the only way to find out what is truly right for you is to talk to a stylist).

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It doesn’t have to be me, but please make sure your stylist or makeup artist is a true professional

Photo Credit: Christy Baird at Atomic City Photography

The holidays are quickly approaching! I’m super excited and getting prepared for the madness at Tease, it gets so busy and I love it, as we make Knoxville look its best! I’ve already been keeping an eye on the holiday hair and makeup trends for this year and I can’t wait to get started! Getting people dolled up for their holiday parties are some of my favorite things to do!

The makeup that I use for any holiday event, being Halloween or Christmas and everything else is ALL professional, FDA approved, cosmetic grade pigments and powders. This can get VERY expensive. Why? Because I care about what I put on your skin! I want you to look and feel beautiful for your event and not worry about having an allergic reaction because of some sketchy pigments purchased off eBay. I was so busy this past Halloween that I was booked completely for makeup for TWO days! (Thank you Knoxville!!) I also heard about unlicensed makeup artists painting faces with $1 acrylic paint that you find in the craft section! WHATTTT?! These people are using the SAME paint that you used on a birdhouses, on your FACE?!?! It causes me to cringe, some of my clients skin is so sensitive, I have to be cautious about what professional makeup I am using. What kind of reaction would they have to a non FDA approved devil-potion being put on their face? I can’t imagine.

Did you know that craft store glitter is cut with glass, and that is why it’s not safe for use on skin, and God forbid, the eyes? I do! I spent 1500 hours of blood, sweat, and tears to pursue my diploma in Cosmetology and I display it proudly. In beauty school, we are required to have 200 hours of sanitation before we can even start to put our combs in someone’s hair. We are taught what makeup has to be used with disposable applicators. We are taught how to sanitize our tools and other implements. We are shown what infections can happen from being careless. (The amount of these would scare you). We can name them. We are taught blood spill procedures, and how incredibly easy it is to pass disease from one person to another, if we overlook these steps.

Do they have a jar of Barbicide handy to sanitize that comb they just put in your hair? Cleansing with soap and water will not kill bacteria. Spraying alcohol will not kill bacteria/fungus and in some regards can actually increase pathogen growth. How many people has that comb touched before it got to you? What kind of makeup is your artist using? Are they using disposable tools, or are their brushes clean? These are questions you should be asking.

When you have your hair and makeup done for your holiday function this year, make sure to see a licensed or otherwise certified artist. We put in so much time and expense to bring you the newest trends, tricks, and information in the safest way possible.

Ready to look your best? Come to Tease Knoxville and see me.

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Makeup 101: Primers

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Before I was a stylist, my specialty was makeup for several years. I freelanced for MAC, Tease, and for various weddings, proms, and other events in Knoxville.

The single most important items you can have in your makeup bag are primers. I have three different kinds that I keep in my personal AND professional kit at all times. Face, eye and lip.

A face primer (favorites- Too Faced, Smashbox, and MUFE) creates a barrier between your skin and your foundation. It’s going to act as a moisturizer and a ‘filler’. It will fill in fine lines, pores, and other imperfections giving your foundation a smooth surface for a beautiful finish, and they keep your foundation from moving, sliding, or smudging.

An eye primer (absolute favorite- Urban Decay Primer Potion) does the same, except the adhesion power is amazing. It creates a tacky surface for your eye color of choice to stick to. It will NOT move ALL day. It makes colors more vibrant, more blendable, and none of that creasing or raccoon eye business.

A lip primer (favorite- MAC Prep + Prime Lip) will keep your lipliner (yes, you absolutely need lip liner) from bleeding into the tiny creases around your mouth, and will keep your lip color in place and vibrant for all day wear.

Often, you can go into your local MAC or Sephora and ask for samples of primers to ultimately find the one that is right for you, and let’s face it. Samples are awesome. Go snag some today, and your makeup endeavors will be changed forever.

Want to know more? Just ask.