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In the 1950’s beauty and fashion was starting a revolution. Although fashion shows and cat walks had been around since the 1800s, everything began to change in 1947 when Christian Dior unveiled his groundbreaking “Corelle” collection. From that point on everything was different.
Fashion was in demand, and edgy new styles were sought after. This demand for new looks and boundary pushing style continued, with changes in both clothes and hair. Something which cemented itself in 1954 when a little over 300 people gathered in London to watch the first live, on stage hair styling competition: The L’Oreal Professional Color Style Trophy Contest.
This contest has been held yearly through Europe since then with the attendees growing from those first few hundred to over eight thousand. And this year, for the first time, this competition has come to the United States.

Image credited to Callie Andrews (c. andrews photography)

Image credited to Callie Andrews (c. andrews photography)

Studio Branca first heard about the arrival of the competition to the States last year when Mark Branca our fearless leader and founder was attending the finals in Portugal. It was from that day forward that we began our work, eager and ready to give our best and stun the world with what the United States, and Studio Branca, can do.

In the months before the images of our final style were due, the staff of Studio Branca met on Sunday evening’s discussing ideas, brainstorming looks, scouring old competitions and high fashion magazines. We looked at pictures, we watched runway shows, and we let our imagination run wild as we created looks that we were proud of, all in the hopes of being selected as one of the five finalists in the six categories of the competition and seeing our styles walk the runway in New York City.

Image credited to Callie Andrews (c. andrews photography)

Image credited to Callie Andrews (c. andrews photography)

Submitting entries in each of the areas; Color & Style, Color, Styling and Cutting, Men’s Image and Young Talent was a lot of work – but well worth the effort, as we found out a few weeks ago that we will be sending not just one, but three different stylists to the finalists competition in New York City.

This is a huge opportunity as we are the only salon in the US to be sending multiple finalists, and the only one in our area to be competing for such a huge award! Our hard work definitely paid off!

For the finals we will be sending the following finalists to the competition.

 


Men’s Look

Mens Look Finalist L'Oreal


Young Talent

Image credited to Callie Andrews (c. andrews photography)


Young Talent

Young Talent Finalist L'Oreal

All of these looks are amazing and we are so excited to display them for the panel of judges with some names that will make your head spin. Heath Grout and Jennifer MacDougall for starters, not that we are name dropping….

Follow us on social media to get a behind the scenes look on this amazing competition, and cheer us on! Don’t forget to book your appointment while you cheer, who knows, you may just be getting you hair cut by a L’Oreal Professional Color Style Trophy Contest Winner!

Image credited to Callie Andrews (c. andrews photography)

So, you are ready to pursue your dreams and become a cosmetologist. You have researched schools, you may even have a dream salon all lined up to apply at after you are done. You may even currently work part-time at the desk of one.
But all of that planning and prepping might not give you a realistic picture of what you are heading into.
If you are ready to enter the world of cosmetology, here are five things to keep in mind as you prepare to begin your new career.

Ready for Salon life

  • Willingness To Talk To Anyone

    While being shy is not necessarily a deal breaker for a future as a cosmetologist, it definitely helps to be willing to strike up a conversation with anyone. You will have people from all walks of life in your chair, and having a good conversation with them is definitely what salons are known for. Get ready to learn about people and histories in a way you haven’t thought about.

  • Flex For The Good and Bad

    While it is true that a career in cosmetology is known for its flexibility, that flexibility goes both ways. It can be flexible for you, and you will have to be flexible for it. Being that flexible can be a bit trying in the beginning, but once you get used to it it can reveal a rewarding schedule that can benefit your life.

  • Work Hard, Play Hard

    You have probably heard this adage for years, but now you will get a chance to experience it. Even if you work for a salon you will still be doing a lot of legwork to build your clientele. It will be hard work, but all of the work can reap amazing rewards in the long term, as well as a client list you can be proud of.

  • Stand Up Tall

    With all of that hard work building your clientele comes a lot of time on your feet. So much so that purchasing a good pair of sturdy, well-supported shoes should be high on your list. And don’t dig on compression socks, they will be your life saver! Are you ready to hit 10,000 steps every day? It will be easy-peasy on the floor of a salon.

  • Thick Skin Required

    While your ultimate goal is to make each and every one of your clients happy, sometimes that doesn’t always happen. And sometimes those unhappy customers can be very loud; you are going to need to develop a thick skin and master keeping a level head in confrontation in order to weather some of these storms, but you can do it!

Still have questions? Make an appointment for one of our amazing services and witness from the other side of the chair what salon life is like!
Let us make your tresses as brilliant as the future ahead of you!

Ready for Salon life

The adage as most people know it is that you should get your haircut every six to eight weeks, but how true is that? And more importantly, how many people follow it.
Surveys have shown that most women will wait anywhere from 12 weeks to 6 months for a visit to the salon and while that isn’t totally off base for some hair types – others will need much more care than that.
In fact, that is what the rule for cutting your hair, and how often you should do it, comes down to: what type of hair you have.

How Often Should You Cut Your Hair

Based on Hair Type

 


  • Curls of the Tight, Coarse Variety

    12 Weeks

    How often to cut hair

    If your hair is coarse in texture and full of crazy tight curls the general rule is 12 weeks. Your hair won’t develop split or dead ends before then thanks to your awesome curls. Even then, unless you want to keep it short, you shouldn’t need to cut off more than a quarter inch each visit.
    Pro Tip: Find a stylist that specializes in curls to help keep those locks even and perfect.

  • Virgin Hair

    12 Weeks

    How often to cut hair

    You know the kind, the never dyed, only exposed to heat once a quarter hair that many of us left behind in high school. If you are still rocking those perfectly babied locks you shouldn’t need a trim more often than 12 weeks, the risk of it looking frayed is very low with this hair type.
    Pro Tip: The only exception to this is if you have longer hair, as long hair needs a bit more upkeep than shorter locks. We are talking rib cage to waist long (or longer!) here.

  • Long Wavy Locks

    8-12 Weeks


    If you are doting that long hair (meaning: limited heat, weekly masks etc.) you can wait 12 weeks easy between cuts. Otherwise, or if you are going for a specific shape, you are going to want to make an appointment about every 8 weeks to keep your locks looking healthy and happy.
    Pro Tip:If you have long layers that you like to keep framing your face, you need to get a trim every six weeks to keep them in place.

  • Fine, Lengthy Curls

    8-12 Weeks

    How often to cut hair

    If your curls fall anywhere from loose waves to perfect spirals than 12 weeks is your magic number. If your hair is finer, or maybe a tad too dry, then you are going to want to keep it closer to 8 weeks as too much length can make them look stringy or stretched.
    Pro Tip: Keep those curls hydrated with bi-weekly masks to stretch out the time between cuts, and keep your hair generally healthy

  • Layers Everywhere

    6 Weeks

    How often to cut hair

    If your hair is full of all the layers needed to keep your hair looking raged, edgy, and purposefully windswept you are going to want to head in every six weeks to keep that style looking fresh. Any longer than that and those layers are going to look wonky and more distressed-ragged than sexy.
    Pro Tip:If you are growing out your hair from a heavily layered do, there is going to be an awkward grow-out period. Work with your stylist to find a good in between look that will help you to go from one to the other with ease.

  • Fine Hair of All Lengths

    4 to 6 Weeks

    How often to cut hair

    Fine hair is the bane of many people’s beauty existences. It will be gorgeous for weeks and then overnight deteriorate into a sad, saggy mess. The challenge will be to keep its shape without cutting too much off. You’ll have to gauge your gap based on routine and your personal hair needs, but no more than 6 weeks seems to be the rule of thumb on this hair type.
    Pro Tip: Products like dry shampoo can help to keep your hair full of life and omph for those times before a cut when your everyday routine just isn’t cutting it.

  • Short Hair

    4 Weeks

    Whether you have a bob, a lob, or a short wavy cut you are going to need to head to the salon quite frequently in order to maintain it. More than just cutting off dead ends, this is making sure that your style stays fresh and clean and keeps you looking great.
    Pro Tip: Schedule a few appointments a few months out, that way you don’t find yourself waiting to get into your stylist and hopelessly watching your perfect short cut grow out.


Do you fall under the old six-eight week rule, or are you more of a twelve-week long-hauler? Either way, if you are due (or overdue) for a trim or ready for a whole new look give us a call and we can schedule your appointment with one of our master artisans.

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TESTIMONIALS

As always, Studio Branca is fabulous!! Everyone is so friendly. I always receive excellent services.

Debbie Hendrix

Salon Staff is always amazing and helpful. Never been happier with my color or cut. Have had other services (spray tan, eyebrow wax, etc.) and I was equally as satisfied. Will never go anywhere else!

Emily Schilligo

Always a relaxing and amazing experience. I have been going to Studio Branca for 13 years and I always have the best service and walk out feeling fantastic!

Heather Giesing

I have had nothing but amazing experiences at Studio Branca. Leann does my hair and I’ve never left upset. Recently I had my bridal party come in for everyone to get their hair and makeup done and everyone at the salon was great to work with. All of my friends looked amazing as well. I definitely would recommend to anyone who is looking for a new salon.

Jennifer Harris

TESTIMONIALS

As always, Studio Branca is fabulous!! Everyone is so friendly. I always receive excellent services.

Debbie Hendrix

Salon Staff is always amazing and helpful. Never been happier with my color or cut. Have had other services (spray tan, eyebrow wax, etc.) and I was equally as satisfied. Will never go anywhere else!

Emily Schilligo

Always a relaxing and amazing experience. I have been going to Studio Branca for 13 years and I always have the best service and walk out feeling fantastic!

Heather Giesing

I have had nothing but amazing experiences at Studio Branca. Leann does my hair and I’ve never left upset. Recently I had my bridal party come in for everyone to get their hair and makeup done and everyone at the salon was great to work with. All of my friends looked amazing as well. I definitely would recommend to anyone who is looking for a new salon.

Jennifer Harris

TESTIMONIALS

As always, Studio Branca is fabulous!! Everyone is so friendly. I always receive excellent services.

Debbie Hendrix

Salon Staff is always amazing and helpful. Never been happier with my color or cut. Have had other services (spray tan, eyebrow wax, etc.) and I was equally as satisfied. Will never go anywhere else!

Emily Schilligo

Always a relaxing and amazing experience. I have been going to Studio Branca for 13 years and I always have the best service and walk out feeling fantastic!

Heather Giesing

I have had nothing but amazing experiences at Studio Branca. Leann does my hair and I’ve never left upset. Recently I had my bridal party come in for everyone to get their hair and makeup done and everyone at the salon was great to work with. All of my friends looked amazing as well. I definitely would recommend to anyone who is looking for a new salon.

Jennifer Harris

TESTIMONIALS

As always, Studio Branca is fabulous!! Everyone is so friendly. I always receive excellent services.

Debbie Hendrix

Salon Staff is always amazing and helpful. Never been happier with my color or cut. Have had other services (spray tan, eyebrow wax, etc.) and I was equally as satisfied. Will never go anywhere else!

Emily Schilligo

Always a relaxing and amazing experience. I have been going to Studio Branca for 13 years and I always have the best service and walk out feeling fantastic!

Heather Giesing

I have had nothing but amazing experiences at Studio Branca. Leann does my hair and I’ve never left upset. Recently I had my bridal party come in for everyone to get their hair and makeup done and everyone at the salon was great to work with. All of my friends looked amazing as well. I definitely would recommend to anyone who is looking for a new salon.

Jennifer Harris

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locations

studio
branca

Creve Coeur, MO
phone: 314.469.1222

12627 Olive Blvd
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

the salon
professional academy

St. Charles, MO
phone: 636.541.9757

3141 W Clay St.
St. Charles, MO 63301

Salon
Branca

Chesterfield, MO
phone: 636.536.1615

116 Chesterfield Towne Center,
Chesterfield, MO 63005