New Talent in Our Salon: Welcome Paula!

Paula comes to us with over 30 years experience in the beauty industry as well as training with Jaques Dessange, Goldwell, Wella and Loreal.  She has a long list of clients who have followed her wherever she goes, and for good reason!  Paula is not your average hair professional!  After a visit with Paula you are guaranteed to leave feeling uplifted and beautiful!  Why?  Because not only does she come with serious skills in cut and color but she also takes the time to carefully analyze your skin tone, bone structure and hair type to suggest the perfect style and color for you!  She is meticulous when it comes to her work.  The cut is precision and although bubbly and so very friendly, during a cut she needs the client to remain still and quiet so she can totally concentrate on her art!  That’s not to say you can’t interrupt if there is something you have a question about!  This quiet allows her to be ultra focused and you will reap the rewards with a fabulous haircut that is sure to get a million compliments!

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When it comes to color, Paula looks at your skin tone and eye color and determines if you fall into the “cool” or “warm” category.  Somewhere in between would be “neutral”, not too cool and not too warm.  Once the color has been established she will perhaps suggest a few highlights that will enhance the shape of the cut and illuminate your face to show off your best features!

Maintenance is something Paula discusses with each client, as she wants to be sure that the cut and color you desire will fit into your lifestyle.  She also specializes in Keratin Complex and Brazillian Blowouts for shiny hair with no frizzies! Finally, she makes the health of your hair a top priority and always strives to maintain the integrity of the hair for a flawless and healthy look!  Need a new look?  Book an appointment with Paula and leave with a spring in your step!

There is new talent in our salon:  Welcome Paula!  Get to know her better with our Q and A below!

Q.  WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?

A.  “I love making people feel great about how they look.  I love the creativity and it makes me happy when a client leaves feeling beautiful”!

Q.  WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE IN THIS INDUSTRY?

A.  “Oh, you won’t believe it but I was only 15 and I started putting Jolene Bleach in people’s hair to give them highlights!  I was doing Balayage before there was Balayage”!

Q.  WHEN YOU AREN’T WORKING LONG HOURS MAKING OTHERS LOOK GORGEOUS, WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

A.  “I absolutely love to cook!  Anything from lasagna to soups and more!  It’s relaxing and cooking is also another form of creativity”!

Q.  WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO VACATION?

A.  “I love Bermuda with it’s light pink sand beaches!  It’s only a short plane trip and I can totally just relax on the beach with an icy cold island drink!”

Q.  WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SERVICES THAT YOU LIKE TO INDULGE IN AT OUR SALON?

A.  “Number one would have to be my eyelash extensions by Dee!  I’ve had them done other places and wasn’t totally happy.  Dee is an expert at what she does!  I couldn’t live without them!  Second would be a facial.  The facials are so relaxing and my skin feels amazing when I am done!  I’ve had facials with the Environ products and am super excited to try the new line from Paris by Sothys!”

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Paula a little better!  We welcome her to our team of beauty professionals!  xo

 

Mother’s Day Packages She Will Love!

Mother’s Day is early this year, so it’s time to start thinking about what that lovely woman, who is so special to you, would love to get on her special day!  We think pretty much every mom out there would appreciate a really heartfelt card with handwritten words that come straight from your heart, and a very thoughtful gift!  Mom’s put so much of themselves into their children, many times sacrificing so that they can give their children what they need/want.  This is the one time of year you get the chance to show mom how much she means to you, because this day has been devoted entirely to her!

With that said, we don’t know a mom out there who would not love a little pampering (or a lot!).  Most moms are running (and we do mean running!) and juggling!  They juggle jobs, children, husband, family, friends, cleaning, cooking, errands and the list goes on and on!  Somehow moms always find a way to make everything okay.  A kiss on a boo boo, or a hug as their teen is going through a hard time, or just listening to their grown son or daughter; that’s what moms do!  They make it all okay!

Doesn’t your mom deserve something special this Mother’s Day?  We have come up with two very special Mother’s Day Packages just for your special mom, so she can feel loved this Mother’s Day!  These packages will pamper her from head to toe and you know what?  That is really what mom wants (even though she’ll never tell!).  Once she experiences escaping from work, errands, and all the day to day stuff, and steps into our spa, she will be transported to total bliss!  We dedicate ourselves to making sure each client who walks through our doors experiences something so special and so wonderful that it is beyond all expectations!  It’s what we do!

This Mother’s Day we are offering the following:

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Give us a call at 203-656-5656 or stop by for a gift certificate for one of these special packages.  It’s a gift she will not soon forget!

xoxo The Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa Team

 

 

 

How to Get Beachy Waves

As the warmer weather approaches it can be a bit more difficult to keep hair from frizzing or holding a style in the humidity.  Lucky us that the slightly messy beach waves we’ve been seeing on major celebs (Julianne Hough, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Alba, just to name a few!) is so hot this season!  You may think it is too difficult to master yourself but with the right products and one of these techniques, you’ll be looking like a Southern California beach babe in no time!  Here is how to get beachy waves yourself!

Happy good hair day!  xo

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  1.  After shampooing and conditioning, towel dry hair and apply a sea salt spray
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We love this one by KMS California

2.  Blow dry hair upside down to create volume and scrunch hair as you dry it.  Once it’s almost dry, flip hair back.

3.  You can add more waves by twirling hair back in sections and drying them a section at a time.  Let the section go once you give it a blast of cool air.

4.  For even more curl,  use a curling iron and curl each section wrapping hair around wand from the middle down and holding the bottom couple inches out of hair out of the wand.  Let waves cool completely before separating into pieces

5.  Use a Messing Cream to give that 2nd day messy hair look which is the signature of any beach wave gal!  Take a little in your hands and work through, gently scrunching to give a tousled look.  Don’t brush or comb but simply separate waves for that “piecy” look!

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Add texture and a sexy slept in look with KMS Messing Cream.

6.  Spray with a light hairspray to hold and you’re off!

P.S.  Long hair?  Braid while damp and sleep on your tresses.  Gently undo braids in the morning, separating and defining with Messing Cream.

 

Fashion Trend Alert: Fringe

The influence of the 70’s is definitely back this coming season in full force!  The bohemian look (or boho look)  is very popular and includes flared pants, wedges, chokers and anything with fringe.  Some of us here have lived through that era and it just brings back memories (not to mention we should have held onto those fringe vests and wedges!).  To a younger generation this style feels fresh and new.  We love the relaxed vibe of the 70’s trend and definitely are loving fringe.  Our fashion trend alert: fringe!  Enjoy shopping these looks all under $200!

Oh, P.S.  Pair these fringe beauties with some fringe for your eyes and have Dee give you the most AMazing Eyelash Extensions ever!

 

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Twenty Easy by Koos. Full length jacket with fringe $182 (click here)
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Long White Fringe Skirt (click here)
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Cream Fringe Jacket (click here)
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Laser Cut Fringed Shawl (click here)
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Major fringe on this black handbag (click here)

Pamper Yourself With Our Complete Renewal Package

Do you feel like you are always running and never have time to just unwind?  We all are so busy in our lives with work, errands, social obligations, and the list goes on and on……  When was the last time you just took time for you?  It is actually proven that taking care of yourself with some pampering relieves stress and makes you feel happy!  When you feel happy and do nice things for yourself you can give more of yourself to your loved ones!

Let us tempt you to pamper yourself with our Complete Renewal Package!  Book a day just for you, or bring your daughter or best friend for a day you won’t soon forget!

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Enter our serene, inviting salon and spa and get ready to be pampered!
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You will have your own private locker to put all your clothing and valuables in and then slip into one of our luxurious plush robes and slippers! We provide you with fresh towels so the pampering can begin!

First up is a Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Steam Shower which is the perfect beginning to your special spa day!  To re-hydrate, sparkling water with lemon…..

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We will serve you sparking water with lemon to hydrate and the lemon helps detoxify.

Then it’s off to a fabulous Massage and a luxurious Facial.

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Calming spa music, glowing candles and the best quality skin care products will melt the stress away! We are determined to exceed your expectations…..

After your massage and facial you will be treated to a champagne lunch!

Then it’s time for our Signature Manicure and Pedicure……

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Our elegant nail room awaits you! You’ll get an amazing pedicure while sitting in our massage chairs and then a manicure which will leave your nails looking gorgeous!

Next up,  it’s on to a Deep Conditioning Treatment and Scalp Massage followed by a Shampoo, Cut and Style.  Fresh fruit and more sparkling water with lemon…..

For soft lovely hands we pamper you further with a Paraffin Hand Treatment…

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Your fabulous Complete Renewal Spa Day finishes with a Makeup Application

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Our makeup area awaits you so you will leave feeling gorgeous, relaxed and pampered!

Come into our Salon and Spa and leave your stress behind.  We want you to feel the difference that warm smiles and efficient service can make!

Our mission:  To bring distinctive beauty to our clients beyond all dreams and expectations.  It’s what we’re all about!

We look forward to pampering you from head to toe! xoxo

 

Fantasy Fashion and Glamour

We teamed up with the fashion experts at Helen Ainson here in Darien, Connecticut for a photo shoot in our salon, which featured beautiful gowns from their Rina di Montella Trunk Show which starts today and goes through Saturday.

Our talented Jasellynne worked her magic on model, Theresa’s long thick hair by created curls using a large barrel curling iron.  The curls were pinned into large pin curls and left to set while she was whisked off to makeup!  Dee transformed this natural beauty from fresh faced to stunning with her award winning makeup techniques!  As Theresa’s hair set, Dee created the perfect smokey eye using cream, taupe and deep purple eye shadow’s for an elegant yet sultry look.  She applied a few individual false eyelashes for an eye opening effect and used highlighter and contour to define her cheekbones.  Lastly, the finishing touch of makeup was a new lip color just in for spring called “Kiss & Tell” in a hot fuchsia matte color.  Jasellynne removed the pin curls and styled Theresa’s hair for that “Old Hollywood” glamour look!

All the gowns and jewelry are from Helen Ainson (click here to see more).  Enjoy this look at Fantasy Fashion and Glamour!  Do you have a special occasion coming up?  Call us to book your appointment and you’ll experience the difference from our talented, professional and friendly team!

xoxo  Enjoy!

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Dee works her magic while pin curls by Jasellynne set.
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So many cosmetics, but Dee knows exactly what to use!
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Our glamour girl is ready for her photo shoot! We love those fuchsia lips!!
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Our model, Theresa in an elegant Teal Green Gown with glamorous makeup and hair!
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Stunning in the Salon’s colors of grey, silver and white!
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Perfect makeup! We love the highlights on her cheekbones!
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Beautiful in blue on a gorgeous tufted white loveseat in the spa area of the salon. So serene!
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Teal Blue Jersey Gown really shows off the beautiful makeup and hair.
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More glamour!
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Stunning Cocktail Dress shows off long legs and that “Hollywood Glam!”
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We love the beading, the makeup, the hair……simply fabulous!

Thank you to our model, Theresa who showcased our makeup and hair and did such a fabulous job!

Photos:  Lauren Hampton.  All rights reserved. Photos may not be used without expressed permission.

 

 

What We Are Loving For Easter

Easter is this coming Sunday and with it comes pretty Easter outfits for church, yummy food and family, coloring eggs, pastel mani/pedi’s and glimpses of warmer spring weather on the horizon!  Here is what we are loving for Easter:

  1.  GORGEOUS SHELLAC COLORS FROM CND (oh, and did we mention zero drying time, lasts 14 days, high shine, no nail damage and that we have new yummy shades that are perfect for Easter!)

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2.  ARM CANDY:  We would rather have some “arm candy” than a chocolate bunny!  How about you?  Here are some of our favorites in our jewelry section in the salon:

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3.  EASTER EGGS:  Come on, what would Easter be without them?  We are all kids at heart when it comes to decorating Easter eggs!  Our friends at Helen Ainson did a blog post today all about Egg-ceptional Easter Egg Ideas! (click here if you would like to see more!)

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4.  MOST IMPORTANT:  Our family and friends is what we love most!  Making memories, laughing, reminiscing, playing games or just talking is what makes Easter and every day what life is really all about!

xoxo  Enjoy!

Get Pedi Ready with Sexy Sandals and Essie’s Spring Nail Colors

Hard to believe it’s the middle of March already!  We’ve escaped winter with few snow storms and now we have spring fever!  We are ready to put away the heavy sweaters and coats and clothe ourselves in light and airy outfits, sexy sandals and one of Essie’s gorgeous nail colors!  We are in love with this color palette and want to try all these fabulous shades on our tootsies!  We did some online sourcing of sexy shoes for you from DSW and have paired them with one of Essie’s spring shades!

If you haven’t experienced a pedicure from us, you are in for a treat!  You can sit back in one of our comfy massaging chairs while you listen to relaxing spa music.  All you have to do is drift off while your feet are being pampered!  Get pedi ready with sexy sandals and Essie’s spring nail colors!

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Sam Edelman Nadine Patent Sandal $49.95 from DSW
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Essie’s “Off Tropic”, a lush green (and perfect for St. Patty’s Day)
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Aldo Thoewet Sandal $59.95 from DSW
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Essie’s “Shades On”, a beautiful violet color.
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Fergalicious Histeria Sandal $39.95 from DSW
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Essie’s “Pool Side Service”, a cerulean blue shade
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Steve Madden Slithur Sandal in yellow $109.95 from DSW
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Essie’s “Sunshine State of Mind”, a fabulous coral color.
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Charles David Evana Sandal $129.95 from DSW
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Essie’s “High Class Affair”, a lovely blush color!
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Joe’s Dexter Sandal $69.95 from DSW. Leopard is the new neutral!
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Essie’s “Lounge Lover”, a pinky peach color.

Voting: Best of the Gold Coast

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Click here to vote! xoxo

We would love your votes!  Voting for “The Best of the Gold Coast” will end in only 7 days from today (March 14th).  What is it?  It is an online voting process through Moffley Media who publishes numerous magazines such as athome in Fairfield County, New Canaan-Darien Magazine and publications for Greenwich, Stamford, Westport and Fairfield.  Once a year they ask to hear from residents as to what their favorites are in categories from Fine Dining, Clothing, Home, Fitness, Beauty and more!  Voting is easy and they are giving incentives for those who vote in 20 or more categories with a chance to win prizes from dinner for two to a $250 Visa Gift Card.

We would be so very grateful and honored if you would take the time to cast your votes for us!  You can nominate us in the beauty category under many different categories such as:

  • Airbrush Tanning
  • Blow out/Updo
  • Colorist
  • Day Spa (we a one of the few “medical grade” spa’s)
  • Facial
  • Manicure and Pedicure
  • Massage
  • Men’s Styling Salon
  • Waxing
  • Women’s Salon

If you love your haircut, your hair color, the way your skin glows from our facials and medical grade skin care line, love our other services or our salon as a whole, then your vote would mean a lot!  You can click here to vote!  Please hurry, as voting does end March 14th….

Results will be published in the July 2016 issue of Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan-Darien, Westport and Fairfield Living Magazines.  Winners will showcase their products, services, merchandise, food, drink, etc… to anyone who purchases a ticket for the event to be held on July 28, 2016 at the Stamford Hilton.

We thank you for your loyalty and value each any every one of you!  It is truly a pleasure to work with all of you!  Thank you in advance for your votes for “Best of the Gold Coast”!

xoxo Andrew, Dee and the Andrew Stefanou Team