What Exactly Are The Benefits of Using a Hair Glaze?

Trust us, we know that you have sat patiently through the foils, hair dye, or balayage, and then you most likely have other appointments to get to, so you are really feeling antsy sitting all that time!  We believe that your time with us should be stress free, relaxing, and that you should achieve the outcome you were looking for when you sauntered through our doors!  After all, that is our job (one we love by the way!). You’ve had your hair colored and now your colorist want to use a hair glaze?  Many women don’t understand the fabulous benefits of a glaze for merely another 10 minutes on your head!

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 11.23.46 PMLet’s say you have found that perfect color but then your stylists suggests you getting a hair glaze after your color.  Hmmm…. you think, “do I really need that?”  After all, most of us are running from one appointment to the next so when we get a suggestion from our hair colorist that she wants to add a glaze… Well, we come up with all kinds of excuses.  Maybe we don’t want to wait the extra 10 minutes that a glaze would add, or perhaps we are concerned about too many chemicals, or just the fact that we may believe it’s just one more harmful product to the integrity of our hair, so why should we?  Here is how we break down the benefits of using a hair glaze (just so you know. next time your colorist suggests one, you’ll most likely want one!)  Read on…

  • Hair Glazes give luster, vitality and a beautiful reflective shine.  That’s worth it right there!  What gal doesn’t want shiny hair?  hmmm, that would be none!
  • Glazes are ammonia and peroxide free (yay!) No HARM
  • Glazes are available in clear glossing, and conditioning treatments that will boost up shine.  They are also available in tinted versions to enrich the color of your natural color or color treated hair.  Your colorist will decide what is right for you.  She/he wants the best outcome, and for you to be deliriously happy!
  • Glazes lightly coat the cuticle, conditions, and shines, all without a heavy oily appearance.
  • Glazes will minimize frizz and the look of dryness — they are great year round!
  • Lastly, who doesn’t want glorious, touchable, silky hair?  Well, we think we’ve made the case here for you to get those stunning locks ready for the cold weather!

We are here all winter (and every day) to pamper you, and hope you enjoy reading our blog!  Want frizz free, gorgeous hair right out of your favorite magazine? Schedule your appointment and we will get you feeling excited about hopping out of bed each morning!  Make everyday a “great hair day”!

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you soon!  Dee & Andrew Stefanou


Toys For Tots Fashion Show

We are getting ready for the holidays, and will again be participating in Helen Ainson’s 2nd Annual Toys For Tots Fashion Show. This fun event will take place next Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 pm and features a fashion show full of beautiful clothing and accessories, 2 head-to-toe makeovers from our talent here at the salon, entertaining ideas from Festivities Catering, and tips on staying fit through the holidays from The Bar Method Darien.  Most important is that all those who wish to attend must bring a new, unwrapped toy which will be donated to Toys For Tots.  Helen Ainson will also offer attendees the option of donating $30 and The Darien Toy Box will provide the toy(s).  We are all about putting smiles on children’s faces with the gift of a new toy!

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The evening will be filled with fashion, food and fun, and include appetizers provided by Festivities Catering.  Goodie bags will also be given out, and include coupons, samples and more!  Helen Ainson will have their Holiday Gift Table filled with great gifts and stocking stuffers ready for checking off all those on the “nice” list this holiday season!

We will be providing makeup for many of the models in the fashion show as well as doing makeovers on 2 lovely ladies.  Guests will be able to see a blown up photo of both women “before” and then we will reveal the “after” that evening at the event!

Want to attend?  Simply give Helen Ainson a call 203-655-9841 and let them know you will be attending.  Bring a friend and a new, unwrapped toy and get in the holiday spirit!  Hope to see you there!


Pampering & Beauty for Your Winter Wedding

Although the months of May, June, September & October tend to be the most popular months for weddings, the colder months, although less popular, can be just as lovely, especially with a beautiful dusting of white, glittery snow!  There are so many details to take care of when planning a wedding.  We know this, and take pride in offering the bride-to-be our Wedding Coordinator who will schedule all those pampering and beauty appointments, counting down to your very special day!

We offer fabulous services for the Bride and Groom, as well as for the entire wedding party, Mother of the Bride/Groom, and yes, even those adorable flower girls and ring bearers!  Our team of pros are talented and dedicated to providing the very best in hair, nails, facials, massages, hair color, makeup and more….

We would be honored to be trusted to help you and your sweetheart get ready for one of the most unforgettable and incredible days of your lives!

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Beauty & Pampering for The Bride, Groom and The Entire Wedding Party

Experience luxurious facials, massages, hair color and cuts, makeup, amazing eyelash extensions and so much more!  Click here to visit our website for more services and information.

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Indulge with Sothys Luxurious Skincare Line

We are serious about skincare and that is why we carefully seek out top notch products for you, our clients!  Ingredients matter when it comes to products for your skin, so we proudly carry Environ, SkinCeuticals and Sothys of Paris.

Let us familiarize you with Sothys luxurious skincare line……

Founded in 1946 by Dr. Hotz (a medical biologist), Sothys has set standards of professional skincare for over 70 years.  Their product line is all encompassing and features marine and botanicals to transform skin by targeting specific concerns.  Dry, dull skin and large pores disappear with a Sothys skincare regimen.  Aging skin?  They’ve got years of research and development behind their Parisian line!  Intense serums in 4 grades are offered to fight signs of aging and feature Cosmeseutical H2CR (Cell Health Restoring Complex).  They are formulated with plant messenger peptides and powerful antioxidants to improve cell communication and many of their products contain hyaluronic acid which plumps and retains hydration.

Get to know this fabulous skincare line and transform your skin this winter!  Schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained, professional Estheticians who are some of the best in the industry!  Our Sothys facial will leave you with brighter, plumper, more beautiful skin — and isn’t that what we all want?!

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How Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime will Have Your Hair Shining this Season

Dare we say it?  Cold, dry weather, and shorter days are officially here! Like it or not, we have many months ahead to deal with keeping our hair from being dry, dull and lacking in shine!  Fortunately there is Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime to the rescue!

We are highlighting this superb hair product because it provides fabulous shine!  Read on to find out how Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime will have your hair shining this season!  Next time you are in, pick up a bottle (or two) of this “magic potion” and prepare for the compliments!

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Get Shine:

Use Those Styling Tools With Peace of Mind:  No worries about using styling tools like blow dryers and curling/flat irons with this fabulous Elixir!  Elixir Ultime provides shine while fending off damage to hair so you can shine on! 

Get Up Close:  Kerastase Elixir Ultime lets you get close because it provides thermal resistance, which allows you to use a blow dryer closer when styling without the dulling effect you would normally get. 

Dry Shampoo & Shine:  Dry shampoos are notorious for drying out the hair, but this Elixir lets your hair shine, even without a wet shampoo! Spray your dry shampoo at the roots to absorb oils, then use Elixir Ultime from mid-way to the ends for glossy shine. 

Get Extra Shine:  Extra shiny hair can be achieved with this “magic potion” when you use ionic heat.  Ionic heat neutralizes ions for mega shine!  Many hair dryers today have ionic heat, so most likely yours may have this as well.  With this Elixir’s thermal resistance benefits along with ionic heat, your hair will look beautifully vibrant and shiny!


  • Apply Elixir Ultime Oil on hair before brushing and blow drying for protection and even distribution.
  • Blow dry in the direction your hair grows so your hair cuticle is down to boost shine.

Smile, shine on and be beautiful inside and out every day!  xoxo



Is Your Hair Color Aging You?

We may not have discovered the fountain of youth, but there are so many things we can do to look our best as we age.  It is a fact that good skin care, such as protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and using high quality products with retinols, vitamin C and hyaluronic acids can shave years off.  Eating healthy foods and drinking lots of water also is key to looking fab through the years.  But did you know that the wrong hair color can also either add years or take years off?  Here are some things to keep in mind, and of course, consulting with one of our talented hair pros is highly recommended, as they will be able to determine the perfect color based on your skin tone, eye color, and they will also take into account the natural shade of hair color you were born with (which is usually perfect).  So read on for our tips…..

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Going Too Dark:

Going too dark can sap color from your face.  As we age we need to keep the shade rich, such as a beautiful chestnut, caramel, multidimensional brown or soft copper depending on your skin tone.  Hair that is too dark can look opague or have the “shoe polish” look.  Adding in some balayage or highlights will brighten your face.

Going Too Light or Ashy:

Blonde is beautiful but very ashy shades can appear to be gray and age you.  Butter, golden blonde or cool blonde shades without ash are best. There is a fine line between too warm and too cool.  As we age our skin gets more sallow so adding a few free form strokes of balayage around your face can “wake up” your whole face.

Healthy Hair Matters:

Just as picking the right shade of color matters, so does having healthy hair.  Over coloring, using the wrong products (harsh shampoos, sprays or products with drying alcohol) and washing hair too often can make hair dried and fried.  Even if you pick the perfect shade of hair color, it will not look great on abused hair.

Go To The Pros

Our hair pros are highly trained and the best in the industry.  Years of training and experience are behind each and every one of our talented team members.  Their advice:  Priceless!  Book a consultation with one of them and rest assured, you will love your hair!  From color, cut and care, they are here to make your locks look spectacular!

Here’s to good hair days…. xoxo


Wine & Food Tasting Charity Auction

This past Thursday evening we attended the 12th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Charity Auction which was held at BMW of Darien.  The silent auction proceeds go to benefit The Depot, The Darien Chamber of Commerce and The Darien Arts Center.

There were fabulous items to bid on, such as a Mini Home Makeover from Kirby & Company, classes from The Bar Method, a beautiful suede fringe wrap from Helen Ainson and a Full Spa Day with lunch from our Salon & Spa. There was literally something for everyone!  Experiences to remember; including tickets to the 2017 PGA Championship with three nights in a 4 star hotel and breakfast and a rental car!  Or how about tickets for 4 to Cats on Broadway, a limousine ride to the show and a $100 gift card to dine!  For the wine lover, many selections of wines or scotch.  Need some painting done?  They auctioned off a painter for a day, which is the perfect way to spruce up for the holidays!

Let us not forget the food!  There were delicious selections from The Goose, Sono Baking Company, Whole Foods, Atria of Darien, Palmer’s Darien and many more!  A raw bar was a delightful addition this year and was hopping all night long!  Of course, a great selection of white and red wines complimented all the delicious bites!  It was a great way to discover a new favorite wine and mingle with local businesses, clients and friends.

We were happy to be Connoisseur Sponsors of this fabulous event and hope to see you there next year!  Here are a few photos of the wonderful evening!  Enjoy xoxo








Tips To Mastering The Smokey Eye

With the holidays fast approaching, invitations to cocktail parties, dinner parties, galas and more will be on all of our calendars.  While the perfect outfit and accessories are totally a must, so is great hair and makeup in order to complete a fabulous look that has a few heads turning this season!

At the beginning of this month, we were invited to The Darien Community Association’s first luncheon of the season, which included a fashion show and our makeup artist extraordinaire, Dee Stefanou, demonstrating how to create the perfect smokey eye.

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Contrary to what one may think, there is much more to creating the smokey eye look than a load of dark shadow!  As with everything, the more you practice, the better you will become at mastering the oh so sought after sultry, smokey eye!  Tips to remember:

  • Layer, layer, layer!  Build the color on your eye starting with a lighter color and adding deeper color as you go.
  • Don’t forget those lashes.  Long, lush lashes are a must for added oomph! Try a lash conditioner that nourishes, strengthens and grows your lashes (we love RevitaLash Advanced which is available in our salon) to beautiful lengths or eyelash extensions which will totally have you hooked after one time!
  • Blend and then blend some more!  Good brushes are a must to blend your shadows and smudge your liner perfectly.
  • Don’t over tweeze your eyebrows.  Part of the sexy look of a smoky eye includes brows that frame your beautiful peepers with groomed but not over manicured brows.  Fuller brows also look more youthful (added bonus!)
  • Darker shadow should go just above the upper eyelid crease to add depth, especially important for deep set eyes that need that added dimension.
  • Light, medium, dark.  Use three similar toned shadows.  A light shade, a medium and then a dark matte shadow.  Start with the lightest shade under the brow bone then add the medium shade across the top lid to the crease, finally the darkest color a bit above the crease, concentrating especially on the outer edge and blend up and out to “lift the eye”.
  • Smokey eyes can be created with blacks, charcoal, brown, plums and more.  Find what looks best on you.
  • Use an eyeliner and smudge slightly with a brush.
  • Line your waterline for added drama.
  • Nude lipstick always look fab with a dark, dramatic eye but for an even more daring look, try a bright shade lipstick in fuchsia or other shade that compliments your complexion and coloring.

Need a lesson?  Give us a call and schedule a makeup lesson with Dee.  She can show you step by step how to create a fabulous smokey eye!




Fashion and Beauty for The Generations

The Darien Community Association held it’s first luncheon of the season and kicked it off with a “Fashion Show for the Generations” this past Tuesday, October 4th.  The fashion show featured clothing and accessories from The Darien Sports Shop and 10 beautiful models showed off two outfits each to a group of almost 100 ladies.

We were thrilled to provide hair and makeup for the models prior (and touch ups during!) to the fashion show.  A big thanks to Ourania, Natalya, Tina, Ali and Miro for coming in early and doing an absolutely beautiful job in styling all of the models hair.  Netta, Jessie and Dee provided gorgeous makeup applications on the ladies so needless to say, the models all looked amazing!

Once the lunch and fashion show were over, our talented Dee had a volunteer from the audience serve as her model to demonstrate how to achieve “The Perfect Smokey Eye”, as well as giving great makeup tips to all the ladies.  Dee took questions from the audience on her recommendations for makeup, the benefits of eyelash extensions and lots more!

Model, Jennifer, gets gorgeous with Dee’s makeup skills! Dee uses contour to emphasize her cheekbones, a coral/brown blush, a few individual false lashes and earth toned lipstick.
Netta performs her magic on one of the models, Laura. She applies smokey grey/blue shadow and a teal colored eye pencil in the waterline and on top to bring out her beautiful eyes.


Another model, Stephanie is made up and ready for her fashion catwalk! Gorgeous fuchsia lipstick just “pops”! Dee emphasized her coloring with a smokey black eyeliner, grey and brownish/plum shadow and a beautiful blush in “Hush Pink”.
Vicki gets glam with one of our pros, Jessie. Jessie emphasized her warm coloring with eyeshadows in the brown family, mascara and a warm russet lipstick.
Backstage touch ups! Dee gives Stephanie and extra coat of lipstick before going down the runway!
Lovely volunteer from the audience, Melanie is Dee’s model to demonstrate how to achieve the perfect smokey eye! Dee discusses makeup tips on how to best apply foundation and concealer, the proper way to put on blush and lots more insider tips!
Melanie and her beautiful mom — all smiles!
Dee (center) and all the models!
Gorgeous ladies with Dee wearing their outfits they modeled.

Personal Image Sessions – STAR

We wanted to share with you the wonderful time we had over the past 4 weeks in treating some lovely young ladies from STAR to Personal Image Sessions.  These sessions were scheduled for 4 Mondays and included haircuts and styling, facial treatments, manicures, and professional makeup applications.  Upon completion of the sessions, the ladies received goodie bags with makeup and beauty samples, so they can pamper themselves at home!

We have a STAR client, Denise Sapione employed with us and believe so much in this amazing organization.  We are so happy to support STAR each year at their fundraising events, as giving back is a very high priority for us!  We were inspired to do something special for the ladies because of Denise.  She is so affected by her work here.  She loves it and we love her. We know that Denise loves to look good, as it gives her confidence.  Our own Kellyann Marlow was the coordinator of the beauty retreats, and STAR is very close to her heart, as she is the sister of a STAR client, Casey Smith.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a non-for-profit organization which serves individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families.

We would like to throw it out there:  how can you give back?  Giving back, paying it forward, performing random acts of kindness — it’s what truly matters.  In a world with much sadness and hurt, we say “throw kindness around like confetti!”

Have a fabulous day! xoxo

Kellyann (2nd from left), Dee (center) and Maria (2nd in on right) pictured with the lovely ladies from STAR.
Kellyann (center) with STAR gals.
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Dee (center) with two STAR gals.