Celebrity Hair: Winter 2018 Edition

The New Year is a great time to find that New Look!  These two celebrities are creating a buzz and we wanted to share their hair highlights!  Then, if you want to give it a try, call us.

Selena Gomez:  She’s calling it Nirvana Blonde.  And insiders say it took 9 hours, 300 foils and 8 bowls of bleach for 2 stylists to pull off this perfect look on this Hollywood A-Lister!  Selena herself gave advice to anyone who might want to try NirvanaBlonde in 2018:  Patience, for both the stylist and the client.  Important to note, Selena’s NirvanaBlonde will likely be everywhere in 2018… so ask your FRESH colorist if there’s a version for you!


Meghan Markle:  We love Meghan’s bouncy, voluminous waves.  Do you have long hair?  If so, and  you want to give it a try, part your hair in the middle, then use a 1 ¼ -inch curling wand to style.  Wrap your hair, but leave out the ends and curl away from your face.  The look isn’t complete though, without the shine.  To get that perfect look try ARROJO’S Shine Spray which gives a polished finish that turns heads, even if you’re not engaged to a Prince!


Celebrity Hair: Winter 2018 Edition

New Year’s Resolutions

Before you make a New Year’s resolution that is too hard to keep, and will leave you frustrated,  try these simple best bets for 2018.  They’ll make a difference and leave you looking and feeling successful in the New Year.

  • Clean your make-up brushes:  The brushes you use to put on base or eye shadow become dirty over time. And let’s face it, leaving them in a grimy make-up bag makes things even worse. So, spend an afternoon cleaning your brushes with mild, soapy water.  Let them air dry.  A clean brush will make a difference when you put on your make-up and will lead to less breakouts from dirt and grime.


  • Sleep an extra 15 minutes a night by getting to bed earlier:  Nothing will help your frame of mind more than sleep.  Don’t cheat on this one.  Take 15 in ’18 for a healthier you!


  • Use an SPF… EVERY DAY:  Sun screen is not just for the summer. Wear an SPF every day to reduce your chance of damage from the sun’s dangerous rays.  And your SPF doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  Dermatologists recommend drug store brands that have an SPF of 15 or greater.  FYI:  an SPF of 15 will block 93% of UVB radiation.  An SPF of 30 will block up to 97%.

Showing her skin some love

  • Drink Water:  Avoid puffy eyes and tired looking skin.  Hydrate.  Enough Said!


  • Stop over using heating tools:  Blow dryers and curling irons can leave your hair dry and brittle.  Give your hair a break a few times each week.  You’ll see the difference in healthier, happier hair!
New Year’s Resolutions

Holiday Treats!

It’s a FRESH Holiday tradition.

Every year colorist Jen Spil Busch and Stylist Nikki Prenderast put down their styling tools and put on their aprons! They turn our salon into a hip holiday café with lots of great treats; it’s their way of thanking the hundreds of clients we all work with every year.

Here are their favorites!

Heath Bar Candy: 


  • 1 Pack of Saltine Crackers
  • 1 ag of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Pecans
  • 2 Sticks of salted butter
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar

Baking Instructions:

  • Melt butter and brown sugar on medium eat until thick and foaming
  • Spread mixture over saltines, layed out on a foiled and pam sprayed pan
  • While still warm, spread chocolate chips over and let melt
  • Sprinkle with nut mixture as desired

Bake for 12 minutes at 350

Coconut Macaroons


  • 1 1/3 Cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 2 TBS All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract

Baking Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, combine coconut, sugar, flour, salt.  Add egg whites and vanilla.  Mix well.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoon onto greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 325 for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • Makes about 1 ½ Dozen

Check out the plate of goodies!  And take special notice of the placement cards made by Jen!  Here’s wishing everyone a healthy, happy holiday and a prosperous New Year!

Holiday Treats!

Meet Stylist Ken Stephens


Ken Stephens could have been in Show Biz!  The FRESH stylist spent his early years as a dancer, with an eye on making it a career someday.  But an injury in his teens sidelined Ken and got him moving in a new direction.

Hair!  Ken’s grandmother ran a salon and, inspired by her, Ken began doing what a lot of aspiring stylists do… he cut and colored his friends and family’s hair.  It’s why Ken thanks them to this day.  His mother and grandmother both encouraged Ken to follow his passion and pursue a career in the beauty business.

I thank my family and my employer for my success. My family for being so supportive and my employer for giving me the opportunity in this great salon,” he says.

A perfect day at the FRESH starts with a cup of coffee and a smile.  And if you know Ken, you realize that smile seldom leaves his face!  He loves to chat with co-workers about his day and collaborate about the latest styles that are trending in the industry.

“It keeps me energized, he says. My coworkers are supportive which makes for a great work environment.” 

The trends Ken will follow into the New Year include fantasy hair and natural texture.  Both are popular. He says he loves textured hair because you can style it differently every day, and have a great, new look.

But it’s the people he works with and his clients he works for, that inspire Ken the most.

“I am a people person!  FRESH gives me the chance to meet and work with all kinds of interesting and inspiring people.  And I love learning about them,” he said.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ken came to Charlotte to be close to the people he loves who are also here now.  He has a special place in his heart for his nine-year-old nephew, his sister… and that grandmother and mother who gave him the green light years ago to follow his dreams!

Welcome to Charlotte Ken!  We are glad you’re part of the FRESH family!

Meet Stylist Ken Stephens

What I Want for Christmas

christmas wish list

It’s that time of year so many of us make lists.  What we have to do.  What we need to accomplish.  What we want to buy.  How much we’re going to spend.  The Christmas wish list seems to take over.  That’s why it’s so meaningful to pause and read what our FRESH family wants this holiday season:

Kaia Sellitti’s wish list will make you laugh, cry and nod your head.  Kaia, thanks for sharing!

“I would like my kids to get along for a day, my foster dog to find a loving home, and to look as good as I did when I was 30.” 

Adrena Thurmond’s list isn’t found in the mall or on Amazon:

“I want all the animals in need to be saved.” 

Stylist Ken Stephens is a dreamer and a realist.  Check out his wish list.

“For Christmas I would like to see the world’s hostility calm down. I would also like the Dyson blow-dryer.”

What I Want for Christmas

Be Thankful!

It’s November.  A time we all stop and reflect about what really matters; what we’re thankful for; who we’re thankful for.  We asked around the salon.  What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving Holiday? It’s no surprise family, friends and clients top the lists!

From Tana Isenhour, our fabulous FRESH colorist:

 “I am thankful for my family & friends that have supported me through my life’s journey to become a stylist. I’m also thankful for my Fresh family and the opportunity I’ve had to travel to New York for my education.” 

Taylor Moore, another loved colorist:

“I am thankful for all of my clients. I enjoy seeing them at each and every appointment.  You all make it fun to come to work! I am also thankful for my beautiful daughter, Audrianna.”

And from Chelsea Briar, our Color assistant:

“I’m thankful for my family and animals! They make me laugh every day. I’m also thankful to be a part of the Fresh team! I’m thankful that the team has taken me in straight out of beauty school and taught me so much.  I’m not only thankful this Thanksgiving, but every day!” 

Be Thankful!

Keep the Shine;  It’s Winter Time

Summer and Fall are over and now we’re gearing up for the holidays.  As you get ready to shine this season, we offer some tips on how to maintain healthy hair as temperatures drop.


One key to looking your best is keeping moisture in your hair and scalp.  During the upcoming months, consider shampooing less often.  Sound tough?  Try ARROJOs Dry Shampoo for hair that will look like you just washed!  Not only will you keep moisture locked in, but you’ll save time too!



Want to keep those winter frizzy flyways to a minimum?  First, give up the towel!  Don’t rub your wet hair with a towel, instead gently damp your hair and use a wide tooth wooden comb to get out the tangles.  We also recommend ARROJOs Frizz Control, the perfect product that will help your hair maintain smoothness, control and shine.

Go Mild

Switch up your shampoo.  Now is the time to try a mild shampoo and deep conditioner.  We love ARROJOs Gentle and Daily Shampoos.  Both are vitamin rich with clean scents.  They’re perfect for the winter months ahead.  Team up these products with conditioners that are kind to the hair because the ingredients are organic and natural.

Keep the Shine;  It’s Winter Time