March Madness



It’s March, and that means it’s time to get Mad! You don’t have to be a basketball fan to know this is when College Hoops become the talk everywhere you go: From Home to Work to even your Favorite Salon, FRESH!

We checked in with our FRESH stylists and colorists to hear who they’ll be cheering for and what they’ll be serving up during this iconic period in the Carolinas.



Colorist Taylor is a Duke Fan! To cheer on her Blue Devils she’ll serve Pigs in a Blanket.

“Yummy in the tummy,” she says! Will Grayson Allen and team pull it off and go out with another National Championship? Book End Championships for this Senior who was part of a winning team as a Freshman? Coach K is counting on it! And so are those Cameron Crazies!


5850ce8d8452d.imageCarolina Fan and Colorist Tana will go with Buffalo Chicken Dip. Her Tarheels gave fans a thrill splitting the series against Duke. Just off a National Championship in 2017, can Joel Berry and Luke Maye bring the Heels another Championship Banner? Plenty of Carolina fans are sure they’ll make it to the Big Dance and get it done!



Stylist Emily will cheer on NC State with Nachos and a “snooty” expensive Craft Beer! Her hope is that the Wolfpack makes it to the Sweet 16, and with the year they’ve had so far, that’s a real possibility! Afterall, with Coach Kevin Keatts they’ve beat Carolina, Duke, Louisville… and the list goes on. This is team is fun to watch and it’s only the beginning. Go Pack!


March Madness

2018 Academy Awards

SANTA MONICA, CA – MARCH 03: Actress Margot Robbie attends the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Margot Robbie attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Some of the best dressed wore white on the “Red Carpet.” From Laura Dern to Mary J. Blige to Margot Robbie. They were all stunners in white and ivory gowns.   We loved them all, but we also feel inspired that so many Hollywood A-Listers debuted new hairstyles.

I, Tonya actress Margot Robbie sported subtle changes to her classic bob. At the Oscars her hair was a bit shorter and textured. She looked amazing in her white gown and subtle make up, but it’s that new bob that turned heads on Oscar night.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 02: Mary J. Blige attends Toast To The Arts Presented By Remy Martin at Ysabel on March 2, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Think Common Music Inc.) Mandatory Credit: Photo by MIKE NELSON/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (9448541ne) Mary J. Blige Arrivals – 90th Academy Awards, Hollywood, USA – 04 Mar 2018 Mary J. Blige arrives for the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 04 March 2018. The Oscars are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in 24 categories in filmmaking.

How about Mary J. Blige? Again in white, Mary J. Blige turned it up by adding volume, lots of it. She teamed that amazing look with an ivory Versace gown. By the way, those earrings are almost 7 carats of diamonds!

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – FEBRUARY 18: Saoirse Ronan attends the 71st EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Treadway / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Paul Treadway / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Saoirse Ronan attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Finally, take a look at Lady Bird actress Saoirse Ronan. Saoirse turned to Instagram to document how her stylist achieved the blunt bob. And sometimes, it’s the picture from the back that shows it best. Certainly the case with this Oscar nominee!

Did you see a look you love during the Academy Awards? Bring a picture to Fresh and we’ll give you the Red Carpet look too!


2018 Academy Awards

The Shag


It’s back! The Shag: the haircut you have to try at least once in your life! By all accounts, the Shag is young, modern and hip. It’s easy to maintain and with little effort you can style to perfection, which is why we love it here at Fresh!

These are our favorites for long and short hair!


Long Shag:

Determined to keep your long locks and still have an edge? The trendy long shag is stylish and fun. By removing a little bulk and volume, you can obtain a great look that is sure to turn heads. We think feathering the top and sides and going for a messy, tousled look is super cool!



Short Shag:

2017 is the year of the shag. And you don’t need long hair to be a part of the trend.   Short shags require texture, and more and more clients want to give this trend a try as summer approaches. One key is making sure your hair is shiny and clean. Try ARROJO’s Shine Luxe Oil that fights frizz and adds control and luster. This product will make your shag sparkle!

The Shag

Creating Beach Hair


Do you want beach wavy hair, but are unable to hit the surf and sand? It’s a look we all love, especially with summer in front of us. Here’s an easy step- by- step approach, using a few ARROJO products.

  • First, start with damp hair, either by washing or simply misting lightly
    • If you wash your hair, be sure to also dry, leaving it damp only
  • Next, put ARROJO’s Curl Enhancer throughout your hair, making sure to spread it from the roots to the tips.
  • Part you hair and braid it on each side
  • Let it sit at the minimum for four hours, but overnight is even better
  • When you’re ready for the reveal, loosen your braids carefully and toss your head
  • If your hair is still damp, blow it dry lightly to remove any moisture
  • Finally, use ARROJO Wave Mist or ARROJO holding spray to give your beach hair a great hold
  • This should last at least a few hours, but if you’re hair holds curls well, it could last up to two days
Creating Beach Hair

Pixie Perfect

Twiggy started it. Mia Farrow embodies it. Demi Moore kept it alive.   And today, plenty of celebrities continue to love it.   The timeless Pixie Cut. Let’s face it, to pull off the Pixie, you have to have confidence, poise and grace, which are all beautiful qualities.

Tempted to give it a try? We recommend you start with a picture you love. Bring it to your FRESH stylist so he or she can understand your vision. If you’re willing to take the leap, remember there are all kinds of Pixie variations.

Photo Credit @hairbymorganj




The Wedge:

This is a cut where the top and sides are longer, which add volume. The look is classic and gorgeous!





Photo Credit @dillahajhair




Do you want to enhance your beautiful bone structure? The Classic Pixie will do just that. And if you’re going for this, why not try a striking hair color too. Blonde, silver or red? Go for it.




Photo Credit @sumofallshears


Pixie Bob:

Worried about whether you’ll love the Pixie forever? No problem. The Pixie Bob allows you to transition from this iconic cut to a longer style.   You’ll have lots of movement in your hair when you allow the front to remain a bit longer and keep the back stacked.

Pixie Perfect

Fresh Stylists Speak Out on American Wave


Walk into Fresh Salon, and you’re going to see something new, something exciting, and a product that our stylists are calling revolutionary! It’s ARROJO’S American Wave line. And because it’s developed by ARROJO, it’s setting a new gold standard. The line is specially formulated for the care and styling of textured hair. The ingredients are clean and green and the fragrances are fresh.



Here’s what our stylists are saying:



“I like it because there is a product for pretty much every texture!  You can enhance a wave, smooth out a wave, add body, add moisture… the list goes on, said stylist Emily Hamilton.


Nikki Prendergast says: “The co-cleanse is awesome!! It helps remove excess oil from the scalp, but helps retain moisture through the ends.”


Jen Busch is a fan: “I am obsessed with the American Wave line!  I love it because it is ultra-hydrating. It makes so many textures feel amazing and soft without feeling greasy.  Whether your hair is curly or just in need of moisture, this line is perfect and smells incredible!




Fresh Stylists Speak Out on American Wave


Summer is almost here. And that means it’s time to figure out new ways to keep your hair looking its best even in the sun and humidity. Set & Style Spray by Nick ARROJO will setnstyle2_lgadd body, shine and hold to your style and bow dry. It’s weightless and insures a flexible, touchable, all-day hold. With this product, you can have maximum volume and still have soft, shiny hair.

The key ingredients are Vitamin E and Oat Proteins. Vitamin E will repair and preserve your color and Oat Proteins create extreme humidity resistance.

It’s simple to use.

  • Spray evenly on damp hair
  • Work through from roots to ends
  • Blow dry and use hot tools to get your best look

We’re thrilled to be the only South Charlotte salon that carries ARROJO products, and we know you’ll love this line as much as we do! Ask your stylist which products are right for you. It’s ARROJO…. And you’ll only find it at FRESH!