Saturday, January 18, 2014

Une Belle Mariée― Kiesha in Paris

In the Spring of 2012, L’Oreal Professionnel Haircolor sponsored an online contest featuring their new demi-permanent color lines, DiaLight and DiaRichesse. Clients were encouraged to visit their stylist and get a haircolor service using any of the new colors, then take photograph and submit it for online voting.

Of the hundreds of submissions from across the country, two Cultures Salon clients made it into the Top 10 Finalists, from which a panel of color experts selected one client as the national winner. Both clients submitted simple photos, taken on a cell phone right after their hair appointments!

Our client, Kiesha, was selected as the overall winner. She won a trip for herself and a guest to visit Paris, France and have a haircolor service done in the city where haircolor was invented by L’Oreal Professionnel, and where their headquarters still reside. Kiesha’s stylist, Michelle Lindsay, won a trip to New York to attend a class at the LP Academy in Soho.

As luck would have it, Kiesha got engaged just before she won the trip. So she and her husband used the trip to Paris in Spring 2013 as their honeymoon. Here is what she had to say about the contest, and their adventures in Paris:

We had troubles getting out of Salt Lake airport and were delayed for an entire day but once we got there, we had an amazing time in Europe. The cities are very beautiful and the buildings are stunning. L’Oreal treated us very well by having a nice room ready for us when we arrived, giving me a bunch of free hair products, and arranging for us to go on a dinner river cruise, which was romantic and fun. 

Because of the airline delays, we weren't able to go into Notre Dame or visit the Eiffel Tower like we had planned, but we boarded the hop-on-hop-off buses and got to see a lot of tourist places. We also had a lock we bought and engraved while in the states and we had the opportunity to add it to the millions of locks on the lockbridge. After placing our lock on the bridge, we both kissed the key and threw it in the river. It was a fun experience.

The salon was very nice. It had a very modern feeling and the employees were nice. They offered us coffee and water and were very accommodating. There were only a couple of employees that spoke English, so the colorist who did my hair did not speak English and we do not speak French, but it worked out just fine. I am not sure exactly what colors they used but it turned out to be a red-dish brown color with dirty blonde streaks. They even washed Justin's hair while he was waiting for me. Once my hair color was complete, a girl blow dried my hair and curled it in the process. Afterward it looked amazing!

I was so grateful to have the opportunity to go to Paris. I would not have been able to do it without the help of Cultures Salon and my hair stylist. Michelle picked out the color we used for the contest submission and it couldn’t have been more perfect for me. It suits my personality and style very well. I am so thankful for my family, friends, co-workers, and also those that I don’t know who devoted their time to vote for me in the initial entry . It really means a lot to know I have a great support system be-hind me. Thank you!

(This article was previously published in our Fall/Winter 2013 salon newsletter. If you did not receive our newsletter by mail, please make sure we have an updated address for you on file.)

Friday, January 17, 2014

ABCH: Certifiably Great Haircolor

Several clients have noticed recent hair magazine ads which mention Michelle’s name and have asked what they are. The ads, placed in 25 national magazines by the American Board of Certified Haircolorists (ABCH), list stylists in each state who have received a national certification in haircolor.

In April 2012, Michelle completed the requirements to become a nationally certified haircolorist. In her certification exam, where less than 50% of the applicants passed, Michelle received the highest score of all candidates in the Interactive portion,which assesses the colorists' ability to solve complex haircolor correction scenarios and present justification for their answers.

Andre Nizetich, president of ABCH and listed as #8 in the Top 40 Hair-colorists in America, had this to say about Michelle’s certification: "Michelle Lindsay is a skillful and competent haircolorist. Receiving the high score in the Interactive portion of the examination indicates her decision making qualities are exemplary. We are very proud of her accomplishments.”


What is a Board Certified Haircolorist? A Board Certified Haircolorist is an individual who has passed an intensive 3-part examination which consists of written, oral, and practical segments. This exam is the most stringent exam in the beauty industry and measures the competence of the applicant’s haircoloring skills.

What is the purpose for becoming certified? The purpose of certification is to recognize those individuals who have achieved a greater degree of competence among haircolorists. The title "Board Certified Master Haircolorist" is only awarded to professionals who exhibit outstanding knowledge of and proficiency in haircolor in accordance with standardized criteria.

What is the certifying body that administers the exam? The American Board of Certified Haircolorists (ABCH). The ABCH is a non-profit corporation, and not affiliated with any haircolor manufacturers.

(This article was previously published in our Fall/Winter 2013 salon newsletter. If you did not receive our newsletter by mail, please make sure we have an updated address for you on file.)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Delicious Mocha Colors — Robust, Full-Bodied Tones Add Richness to Fall Haircolor

According to legend, the coffee-chocolate combination we call Mocha was first brewed in the very early 19th century. Mocha flavor has the ability to evoke the senses and conjures the taste of a creamy, chocolaty, robust flavor. But Mocha originally referenced a high-quality coffee bean, grown in the town of Mocha, Yemen, a port city on the Red Sea where coffee beans have been raised for centuries. These beans are renowned and desired for their distinctive flavor — just like the new Mocha Shades introduced this fall in our INOA color line.

With L’Oreal Professionel’s French Hairdressing tradition, each color and service is customized to the individual needs of each client. The specialized blend of tones, contained in INOA Mochas, can create a creamy, chocolaty, robust, mocha shade which is unique to each client. Mochas also provide a perfect balance of tone, which is ideal for the client wishing to transform their sun-faded hair into a rich, chocolate shade. The “full-bodied feeling” of Mocha colors creates the ideal shade for a summer to autumn transition. Want to try a new Mocha color this fall? Ask your stylist which shade would work best for you.

(This article was previously published in our Fall/Winter 2013 salon newsletter. If you did not receive our newsletter by mail, please make sure we have an updated address for you on file.)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
Makes: 12 servings

12 slices cinnamon-raisin bread, cut into 1” cubes (about 8 cups)
1 can (15oz.) pumpkin 4 eggs
1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans caramel ice cream topping

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Place bread cubes in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Beat eggs, milk, pumpkin,
sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla with whisk until well blended. Pour evenly over bread. Sprinkle with nuts.

BAKE 45 min. or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

DRIZZLE Warmed caramel ice cream topping over each serving.

TO PREPARE AHEAD: Assemble dessert as directed. Cover. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. When ready to serve, follow baking directions above.

(Photograph and recipe by Kraft Foods. See www.kraftrecipes.com for more.)
This recipe was previously published in our Fall/Winter 2013 salon newsletter. If you did not receive our newsletter by mail, please make sure we have an updated address for you on file.