Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Goodbye March 2020 by Jennifer Boutwell

Dear March 2020,

What can I say about you?

You will forever be known as the month that put the entire Country into quarantine due to Covid-19. 

You will be known for forcing all children to be home schooled. 

You will be known for shutting businesses down across the nation. 

You will be known as the month that cancelled weddings, graduations, conferences and vacations. 

You will be known for the month that took all of the toilet paper, hand sanitizer and soap.

Here is what I will remember about March:

I got to dance with my niece and nephew like no one was watching at the TTown Fest before quarantine. 

I went to the state of Nebraska for the first time. I realized I have to go back for the College World Series. The state of Nebraska LOVES the LSU Tigers as much as I do or at least that is what every Uber driver told me. #lsubestfansever

I will remember you as having quality and quantity time with each of my boys. I will remember you as the month that I was able to spend time each day teaching my son how to drive. 

March you were the month that I actually dissected a bill passed by Congress and took more webinars on it than I can calculate 😳

March you were the month that my servant leadership was taken to the next level. You taught me how to be a better leader for my team, my accounts and the professional beauty industry. 

March you will be known as the technology month. More than 75% of the nation learned how to use zoom and google classroom. #positiveprogress 

March I will remember you as the month that I went back to cooking everyday and having dinner as a family. ❤️

March I will remember you as the month that my teenage boys had to communicate with me more than ever. 

I will remember you as the month that I potty trained GUMBEAUX 🐶 

I will remember you as the month that all of my SSBC accounts came together in one place and participated in zoom meetings😊

I will remember how the SSBC team worked tirelessly providing information and leading us through the Crisis. 

March is the month that my amazing Salon Sanity team took our culture to the next level with daily text, education and inspiration. You will be remembered as the month that we welcomed baby Sawyer to the SS family. 

March as much as people will say you sucked I will have to say I have found a whole list of things that I am grateful for.  Nevertheless I would like to say Goodbye March 2020 and hello April.. ☀️ 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Get the Skinny on Hand Tied Extensions by Taylor Matthew

If you have any social media platform, I’m willing to bet you’ve stumbled upon the “new” hand-tied extensions (beaded weft, braid-less sew-in…tomato tomatoes). So many girls toy with the idea of longer, fuller hair. But when it comes to extensions, sometimes there’s a bit of a stigma around them. But I’m here to debunk all of that because this extension method is AMAZING.
Let me start off by saying…
I myself been having hand tied extensions in my hair for over a year now. I haven’t looked back since. Before then, I always wanted that “dream” hair (that sometimes isn’t always achievable overnight) but now I can say I finally have that. And you can too! Let’s get down to the details. 
Are they permanent?
Yes, hand-tied is a more permanent method of extensions, BUT they are so incredibly easy to remove. Unlike tape ins, there’s no adhesive so it makes the removal process nice and easy! But let’s be real, once you get them you become hooked. The only reason you’d be taking them out is to get them put back in.
How are they attached to your hair?
This method uses a beaded system personally designed for your hair. Like I said, no adhesive, no braids whatsoever! The only thing we use are a few little silicone beads (gentle, no damage). Then we sew the hair weft onto your hair using the beads. And BOOM, you have your dream hair. 

The short answer to this is that they are an investment. That being said, the cost really depends on the guest and the look they are wanting to achieve.

Several factors come into play, the main two being desired length and desired volume. At Salon Sanity we always offer complementary extension consultations so feel free to stop by!

Typically, depending on your natural growth, you will need to get your extensions moved up every 6-8 weeks. (This overall depends on your hair growth cycle and also your comfort of the grow out) 
-Personally, I like my extensions pretty grown out. But some of my guests prefer theirs to be a little more snug to their head…it really just is a preference thing-
Regularly visit the salon for routine color? With these extensions, you are able to leave them in while getting your color service which also allows them to be custom colored!
They also allow tons of versatility while styling (yes, you can wear your hair up!)…as I sit here typing this with a big ole messy bun on top of my head.

When it comes to styling, there’s just a couple MUST HAVES for extensions. First one being sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. If you’re not sure which one to try, I HIGHLY recommend the Hydrate Sheer line from Purology…my fave

Next is a bristle wet brush, a bristle wet brush, and…a bristle wet brush. You can wash, condition, dry, brush and style your hair pretty much the exact same way as you did without extensionsAnd wait, did I mention you need a bristle wet brush in your life? Haha just trust me on that, its amazing!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

What Products do you Recommend?

Knowing what products you need to use on your hair is Key to protecting your beauty investment. We often get asked what can I get at Walmart or Target. Here is our advice:⁠
We cannot recommend something from Walmart or Target because that is not something that we use. We have chosen a professional product that we trust and personally use. If you are willing to invest in you hair then we recommend you investing in the professional products that we recommend. ⁠
Look at it this way if you spend $150-200 on an outfit do you throw it in the washer and dryer on high heat or do you bring it to the cleaners or wash it on delicate and hang it to dry? Why? Typically because you spent a lot of money on that one outfit and you want it to last more than one wear. ⁠
The money you invest in your hair is an outfit that you wear each and everyday, so why would you want to shampoo your hair with a $5-10 bottle of shampoo that will potentially strip out your beauty investment? ⁠
If you are curious what you should use on your hair and why just ask your stylist they will be more than happy to help you protect your investment. ⁠
#redken #pureology #beautyinvestment #beautifulhair #longlastingcolor #nola #nolasalon #salonsanity #nolablogger #hairblogger #buyprofessional #buylocal #shoplocal #supportsmallbusiness #gretnasalon #gretnahair #nolastylist #nolacolorist #nolabalayage #purplehair ⁠

Monday, February 10, 2020

Sunday Sanity by Jennifer Boutwell

Sunday Sanity:
Some days you wake up and you just KNOW that you will face challenges. You can either chose to let those challenges rule you and your day with negativity or you can chose to rule the challenges with grace, love, forgiveness and positivity.
When I have a day like this I set myself up with a positive mindset.
1- I journal about the different scenarios. The what if’s. I get it all out on paper then I let it go.
2- I will do a high impact workout routine to let the negativity out and create my own positive energy.
3- I set my INTENTIONS for the day and stick to my plan.
We can not control others however we can control how we respond to others. Choosing grace and forgiveness is not always easy however when you take the personal emotion out of a situation choosing grace and forgiveness is the ONLY CHOICE!
Hope you have a great Sunday full of love, grace, forgiveness and positivity.  #emotionalintelligence #grace #sanitypositivity #salonsanity#happinessbc

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Spring Colors by Haley Songy

Blog: Spring Colors

We always want to be one step ahead of the game to bring you the most updated trends going on for 2020. As a boutique and salon company, we strive to let our guests know what’s in style and what the most updated “fashion trend” is going on in the current year and/or season.
The color palette for 2020 is very interesting and intriguing. There is a mixture of colors that can fit anyone’s style, personality, and lifestyle choices. These colors can be friendly and able to give one a sense of ease. Colors can also bring out many self- expressions and take some unique twists and turns by highlighting foundations of humor, modernity, and entertainment within humanity.

“Combining our desire for stability, creativity, and more spontaneous design approaches, the color palette for Spring/Summer 2020 infuses heritage and tradition with a colorful youthful update that creates strong multi-colored combinations as well as energizing and optimistic pairings,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

There is quite a bit of color choices that fit the Spring Fashion and Trend line. These choices usually pursue an analogy for why it is worn during the particular season. The seasonal core shades will come together to create modern classic colors for fashion. The top 12 colors trending now are:

Classic Blue - A boundless blue hue, an infinite evening sky opening us up to a world of possibilities.
Biscay Green - An aqua shade connected to cleansing waters; cools and refreshes.
Flame Scarlet - Burning bright, portrays confidence and determination.
Chive Green - A savory herbal green, portrays a healthy and uplifting harmony.
Faded Denim – A  dependable blue conveys comfort and ease.
Orange Peel - Introduces a tasteful tang.
Coral Pink - Wraps you up in a warm and welcoming embrace.
Grape - A composite of mysterious and smooth purple shades.
Mosaic Blue - Displays an air of grace and depth of feeling.
Sunlight Yellow - Invites happiness, pleasant cheer, and a smiling presence.
Cinnamon Stick - Earthy and warm; sweet yet spicy.

If you are looking for a more sophisticated look, the following neutral colors may suit you better for what you are trying to express:

Lark – Authentic and low-key; an understated and versatile khaki.
Navy Blazer – A deep blue that is stylish and self-assured.
Brilliant White – Clean but crisp; a suggestive of simplicity and modernity.
Ash - Solid and strong; eternally timeless which carries a message of longevity.

Come stop in our Salon & Boutique to shop the latest fashion and trends going on for 2020!

Thursday, January 16, 2020


How do you view yourself? How do you view the world? Do you let others make you feel unworthy? Do you worry about other people’s opinion? Do you truly LOVE yourself?
We often go through life without living it to the fullest. We let other people’s opinion dictate what we do and how we see ourselves. Are you letting others see the REAL you?
The older I get the more I realize how important it is to live my life to the fullest because tomorrow is not guaranteed. I strive to be a better person today than I was yesterday. Yes I have days that are not the way I want them to go but I don’t let that stop me from always pushing through to be the best version of me.
One of my 2020 goals is to be very intentional in what I am currently doing. Being focused and present in what you are doing is key to be a better version of your best self.  I want to inspire people to live their biggest dream, be the person they want to be, be their BEST version.
 “Be the type of energy that no matter where you go you always add value to the space and lives around you.”
Go out into the world and paint it bright with positive energy.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Heat Protectants and Your Hair by Courtney Jensen

Why should you use heat protectants in your hair styling routine?

When using thermal irons and blow dryers on your hair, the hair can become over-worked and brittle. When you add a little heat protectant to your daily styling routine, this helps to reduce the friction between the heated styling tool and your hair. To keep your hair looking healthy and beautiful, heat protectant is a go to product.

How to apply heat protectants:
Step 1. Pick out your favorite heat protectant that works for your hair type
Step 2. After washing, towel dry hair and add heat protectant to damp hair
Step 3. Dry your hair and style as desired

Salon Sanity's Top 5 Favorites:
1. Play Safe, a leave in treatment that protects the hair up to 450 °F. This product is infused with plant based protein and tourmaline to strengthen and keep the hair sustainable. Play Safe, reduces the appearance of split ends up to 70%, and prevents the hair from any future damage due to excessive styling.

2. Rebel Tame, this is a multifunction heat protectant cream. Which protects hair up to 450 °F, tames unmanageable frizzy hair, and is Sodium Chloride and sulfate free. Rebel tame contains Babassu Oil, which is a non drying vegetable oil, that gets extracted from babassu palms. 

3. 21 Benefits Leave in Treatment, also acts as a heat protectant. This all inclusive leave in conditioner treatment primes the hair, to prevent and heat damage that may be cause from thermal ironing tools. This product also is packed with vitamins and nutrients to protect color, add luster, and reduce breakage.

4. Iron Shape 11, is a thermal holding spray. This means the product will hold curls, add shine, help prevent frizz, as well as protect your hair from heat damage. 

5. Smooth Perfection Intense Smoothing Cream, is a product that not only protects hair from heat damage, but it also smoothes and controls coats frizzy hair. This multitasking cream is also 100% vegan.

The next time you go to grab a blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron or wand make sure to protect your hair!