Not to sound like a yenta, but when I say that I've known Sarah since she was >>>this<<< big is no understatement - I sang at her baby-naming. Now, a college graduate with an artistic flair, and recovering from the typical college-student playing with haircolor experiments, we decided to give her a professional Unicorn overhaul.
And we finally landed here - with a stunning photo shoot in Pound Ridge, NY.
A little over a month ago, I met Arianna at The Block at The Waypointe's Wine Around the Block event. She came in and introduced me to her mom and immediately booked a haircut appointment. After a couple of haircuts, this lovely mother-to-be decided to book an appointment for a fun color, and we realized it would make a fantastic gender reveal for her upcoming baby shower! Take a look at the results!
Color Your World at Yaffa Beauty by Rica - Save 10% on Regularly Priced Paul Mitchell Take Home with Color Services!
Schedule & hold a color service during the month of August and save 10% off all regularly priced Paul Mitchell take home products! Be sure to mention this promotion when you book your appointment.
Book an appointment today at 203-842-8388 or online at www.yaffabeautybyrica.com
* Does not include Duos or pre-packaged/limited edition sets
Save the Planet (and $) One Pump at a Time: Yaffa Beauty by Rica Introduces a Product Refill Program that is Eco-Friendly and Cost-Saving
Purchase Select Paul Mitchell Shampoos or Conditioners from Yaffa Beauty by Rica.
when you run out, bring your empty bottles and we’ll refill your product at a discount!
Starting in August, when customers purchase select Paul Mitchell Shampoos or Conditioners from Yaffa Beauty by Rica, they can now bring in their empty bottles and refill with Paul Mitchell product at a discounted rate.
“I had heard of another Paul Mitchell Focus salon running this program, in keeping with the company’s eco-conscious efforts, and I fell in love with the idea,” Rica Mendes, owner of Yaffa Beauty by Rica, explains. “In a time when climate change and other factors are so clearly impacting our planet, I feel an obligation to do whatever I can to help protect the environment, and this is such a fantastic way to accomplish that goal as well as providing a unique service for my clients. The fact that it saves them some money is an added bonus!”
The following Paul Mitchell products will be available for refill:
Color Protect Shampoo & Conditioner
To learn more, or to book an appointment, please go to http://www.yaffabeautybyrica.com, or call 203-842-8388. Yaffa Beauty by Rica is open Tuesdays from 9-12, Wednesdays 9-5, Thursdays 9-7, Fridays 9-4 and Saturdays 9-5
This past week, we hosted a color education class with Salvatore from John Paul Mitchell Systems who formally introduced us to Paul Mitchell's latest - Color Craft. What is it? It's pretty awesome, that's what it is.
In a nutshell, Color Craft is a conditioner that you take home, or as a treatment at Yaffa Beauty by Rica, that can refresh your color, and give your permanent, demi-permanent, semi-permanent, and fashion colors some additional longevity and longer-lasting vibrancy. It's not going to completely alter your color, but what it will do is buy you some time in between color services, and keep your regrowth blended from shampoo to shampoo. It can also enhance your color, keeping warm tones cool, and giving cooler tones added warmth - whatever you like. And it is completely customized by me, your trusty hairstylist.
KEY BENEFITS & FEATURES
The in-salon treatment will cost $35 per session. Take home a container of custom-mixed Color Craft treatment, which will provide at least 3 applications, for $25.
Tea Tree - Tick, Lice & Bug Repellant, Hair & Skin Treatment Summer’s Magic Ingredient for Skin & Hair Solutions
Isn’t it amazing how one thing that have so many essential functions? As the days get longer, and we bask in the summer days, we enter the days of summer camp, hiking, and yardwork. While that means fun in the sun, it also means the “Superbug” lice, deer ticks and the threat of Lyme Disease, and gnats and mosquitos swarming. It also means beach hair, which, while sexy, will wreak havoc on your hair’s texture and strength!
If only there were a magic wand that could be waved to remedy all of those summer woes! But wait! There is! Paul Mitchell has harnessed the power of Tea Tree Oil, and as part of their Tea Tree Line, has just launched one of my favorite new products: LAVENDER MINT CONDITIONING LEAVE-IN SPRAY.
Tea tree oil rids hair of impurities and leave hair full of vitality and luster. It’s a natural antiseptic, is refreshing as it tingles, and it’s also a natural bug repellant! Ticks, live and other nuisances hate it. Natural tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender invigorate the scalp and leave hair smelling great. That means that not only are you protecting yourself against insects and vermin, but you are actually protecting your hair against dryness and damage.
I love the entire line, but this product can also be sprayed on the feet and ankles before putting on socks to leave a smell to deter ticks. Kids that use Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Shampoos & Conditioners tend to be the kids that don’t get lice at summer camp. And when I use the Lavender Mint Conditioning Leave-In Spray, the bugs stay away.
To try out the LAVENDER MINT CONDITIONING LEAVE-IN SPRAY, the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioners, or to schedule a consultation, call Yaffa Beauty by Rica at 203-842-8388.
The day started with a trip to Danbury, CT to Rica's alma mater, The Paul Mitchell School of Danbury. Ashli Albert, one of Rica's instructors, was aware of her efforts to provide support, care and services to the cancer community, and invited her to speak at Tuesday's "Pow Wow," or morning gathering, in advance of their participation in Cancer Survivor Beauty & Support Day on campus (taking place on Thursday, 6/8). All the Future Professionals gathered as Rica told them her story - from a corporate project manager, with no real health concerns, to a cancer-fighting bad-ass to her current status as a salon owner. Moved and inspired, Future Professionals took time after the morning meeting to let Rica know that her words motivated them further to take extra time and care on Thursday, and hopefully, for the rest of their career.
After, Rica jumped back into the swing of things, providing complimentary makeup, hair and nail services to cancer warriors. In between, Rica had a returning customer, this time bringing her lovely daughter, for a haircut. At the end of the appointment, her customer handed Rica a box - a wig. She had purchased the wig for her own use, but decided she wouldn't use it, but she remembered Rica's own fight with cancer, and that she provided support to others in the fight. One lucky recipient will get a beautiful, human hair wig, that will be custom fitted for them, thanks to Rica's generous client.
Supporting the cancer community doesn't end today. It continues. Through Rica's program, Beauty Through Cancer, she hopes to train dozens, if not hundreds, salon professionals to be able to give care and support to clients and fighters across the country. If you know of anyone who might be interested in training, please let us know. Fight on and LIVESTRONG.
Finally! The winter that never ended is over! I know, it's been spring for a couple of months, but it's starting to feel like spring, isn't it? And, with Memorial Day only a couple of weeks away, we can finally come out of hibernation and enjoy the sun.
So how do we keep our hair healthy and beautiful during summer?
Come in, have a consultation, and let's get your hair summer-ready!
As we move deeper into the 21st century, freedom of expression is ringing loud and clear in the way fashion moves.
Classic and beautiful standards, like shiny curls, lovely updos with a Grecian twist, are still here to stay. But there is a certain freedom and wistfulness in what we are seeing on runways. Overly-done braids are making way to letting the braids and twists accent longer hair. Marissa loved the way her gorgeous brown hair cascaded down, with delicate twists intertwined with one another. And note her makeup - it's fresh, it's young, it's not overly done, but there is still quite a bit of sparkle with a gleam of iridescent glitter on her lids.
On the flip side, braids are evolving, and techniques like Kevin Murphy's hair-sewing, which replaces the need for bobby pins and, in this stylist's humble opinion, beats hair pins and bobby pins when it comes to security and comfort, takes on a new twist. Paul Mitchell introduced as part of it's Electric Youth launch this spring a look that exposes the threads in the hair-sewing. It's clear topstitching is not only something to look for in our clothing and accessories, but now it's in our hair! And Yaffa Beauty by Rica is loving it! Andreya's look is a play on both techniques - with a French braid starting in the front, winding it's way to the back, and held together with topstitching. We understand it's not a look for everyone, but if you want to take a walk on the wild side, or add a little edge, it's a fun look to pull off!
With movies like "La La Land," vintage and old Hollywood glamour take on a very contemporary feel. Vibrant colors mixed with waves and curls and rich, thick hair are going to be seen on dance floors all over the country. Ariella epitomizes the perfect movie star feel. A Femme Fatale in the making, her sultry eyes are offset by a near-nude lip stick and a touch of gloss. Her smoky blonde and burgundy lob was set in red-carpet waves, and she is ready to take the town.
The 80s are back - thank goodness! And, thanks to first generation 80s kids now in the sites of merchandisers, it's authentic and fun! Through our daughters, we get to achieve looks and trends our mothers wouldn't let us pull off! So, for Grace, who already rocked purple hair, we gave her a slightly more lavender tone, and crimped that hair! (Editor's note: Rica swore in 2014 that she was going to bring crimping back into fashion. She's working hard at it, but the other models were fascinated by the technique.) Because we weren't going to shave her side, Grace was given three simple cornrows, which was just enough asymmetry to the heights met with some teasing up top that she rocks this Cyndi Lauper-inspired look. To complete the totally gnarly look, Rica dug deep into the depths of her nostalgia and whipped up some neon green and purple eyeliners, used another lime green eye pencil as lower eye mascara and popped those eyes open with eye shadow that matched both the lipstick and the dress. Though clearly a strong nod to an era when Duran Duran ruled the airwaves, it still suits today's fun loving, throw caution to the wind fashion sensibility.
Each look has its own sense of fashion and fun, but none in a way that would make chaperones cringe or fathers want to chase down their daughter's dates with threats of, "Don't you lay a hand on her!" Yaffa Beauty by Rica aims to please all parties concerned - first and foremost, her client, but we are always mindful that when dealing with teens, there are parents not too far behind.
Love these looks? Want Rica to invent a new look based on your gown and passion? Awesome! We have a couple of packages to help you along with that!
Both of these packages are now available to choose when you schedule your appointment!
Need someone to come to your house to prep? For a small fee, Rica can come to you the day of prom. Have friends that want to get ready with you? Call us at 203-842-8388 and a group appointment can be arranged!
AND... we are so excited to announce this... A Step Ahead in Stamford, CT is partnering with us! If you buy a prom gown, or any occasion gown, from A Step Ahead, and you bring your receipt to Yaffa Beauty by Rica for your hair & makeup appointment, you will get 10% off of your service total of $50 or more!
Have a fantastic night at prom!
Want to loosen those curls and rid yourself of frizz? You may be a candidate for Cezanne’s Smoothing Treatments!
This week, we hosted an educational class on the Cezanne line of Keratin Smoothing Treatments. With an Express and a Classic Smoothing Treatment option, you can test the waters before taking the plunge. Expect the Cezanne Express Keratin Smoothing Treatment to last in the hair for about 4 weeks, 6 weeks maximum, and the Cezanne Classic Keratin Smoothing Treatment to last for 6-8 weeks or longer. It is recommended that, if you are having color services performed, to have them done after the Smoothing Treatment, however, the great news is that color services can be executed the same day as the Cezanne Smoothing Treatment. (If your color service involves highlighting or lifting, it is suggested that the lightening process take place prior to the smoothing treatment).
Kim Berney, educator with Cezanne, explains, “When people hear ‘straightening,’ people think they want their hair bone straight, or that a smoothing treatment will make a hair bone straight. Cezanne is a smoothing treatment, but what sets us apart is putting the hair into the optimal condition, and then what comes is a softer curl, frizz free. It’s all about reconditioning the hair… Cezanne creates the perfect canvas, in keeping with the origin of the name.” This refers to Paul Cezanne, the French painter who paved the way for modern art. As Kim explains, the greatest artwork will fail if the foundation, the canvas, is compromised. “Most (treatments) are about making the hair straight. We are all about making the hair healthy and shiny, which results in the hair being smooth.”
“People hear smoothing treatment or keratin treatment, they assume pin-straight,” Erin Golas of Evolve Salon Systems points out.
Is this going to give you perfectly straight hair? There is absolutely no guarantee. But it will provide a smoother surface to the hair, reduce your dry time significantly (I personally saw a 50% reduction in time and effort on my own hair!) and shine.
Should everyone get this treatment? Not necessarily.* There are always risks involved with processing the hair with heat. But, if after consultation with your stylist, you are both confident this is an option for you, give the Express a shot! And if that works for you, go for the Classic.
To kick off the Cezanne Smoothing Treatments at Yaffa Beauty by Rica, we are offering a One-Year Subscription, which includes 4 treatments, for $750! That’s one treatment free! If you aren’t ready to commit to the full year, try a one-time Cezanne Classic or Express Smoothing Treatment for $290, which includes your Cezanne Perfect Moisture Shampoo & Perfect Moisture Conditioner to maintain your Cezanne Keratin Smoothing Treatment! Book now at Yaffa Beauty by Rica!
Stylists in the Fairfield County area interested in learning more about Cezanne, please reach out to Erin for distribution firstname.lastname@example.org
* Word of caution: If your hair is overprocessed, overly dry, or otherwise compromised as determined by your stylist, it is not advisable to subject your hair to any smoothing treatment that involves chemicals and heat. There are high risk factors that can cause irreversible damage. Your stylist does have the right to refuse service, or request that you sign a disclaimer, if they feel your hair is too compromised.
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