LoB Haircut

The LOB (Long Bob) has been popular for a few years now but for good reason. It’s pretty and easy to manage. It also looks good on a lot of people with different hair types and color. It’s can be styled curly or worn more straight too. If you’ve thought a different look consider LOB come in for a consultation.

Good for: Normal hair, Fine hair, Thick hair, Wavy hair

Not so Good for: Tight Curly or Frizzy Hair

Styling your LOB: Use a 1 1/4” inch Curling Iron to create loose texture beach waves. Finish with Rene Furterer Texture Spray and to add volume you can use Shu Uemura Ample Angora  Both of these products can be found in the salon or on our Online store www.shopbowiesalonandspa.com.

When looking for a cut for yourself here’s a few tips to help pick the right look for you.

1. If you not considering changing your hair color, look for a picture of the cut you like on a person with the same hair color and texture. Haircuts look different on Blondes than they do on Brunettes for example.

2. Consider your lifestyle and how much time you have to style it every morning. Precision cuts like a short Bob take more time to style. One of reasons why the LOB has been so popular for so long.

3. Our Stylist’ have professional tools and products to style your new hairstyle. It’s nearly impossible to recreate your new style at home without the products they used. Consider purchasing at least the most important styling products.

2. Face shape is an important factor. The right haircut can compliment and enhance your natural features.

The best place to start is coming in for a consultation. We listen and take the time to go over every aspect of choosing the right style for you.  Book Online or call/text 206-568-3300

The Number #1 Thing Bowie Stylists Want You To Know

Recently Stacie has been nominated as “NW Hair Colorists of the Year” by The NW Styling Awards. It is a great honor, and our salon thanks the board for the amazing nomination. Each year the nominees are to create a hair transformation using hair color to demonstrate the exceptional styling of their salon. We thought this would be a perfect opportunity to help our clients understand that these transformations won’t just happen in one appointment.

Don’t take our word for it? Celebrity Khloé Kardashian recently posted an Instagram photo of her incredible hair transformation quoting her stylist Tracey Cunningham saying, “‘wish all clients were like @khloekardashian #patient …. Don’t you? I bet your clients hand you a picture of Khloe Kardashian and say I would like to look like Khloé in one session’ -Tracey.” Khloé continues on to say, “People seem to forget that my progression from dark to blonde took time. First I was chocolate brown, and then I added some highlights, then it was my ombre phase and now I am a blonde. Point is listen to the professionals.”
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Khloe’s stylist, Tracey Cunningham, goes on to tell Allure that Khloé’s hair transformation took over 3 to 4 months, in addition to many Olaplex treatments to restore the hair bonds therefore keeping her hair looking healthy.

We recently did a similar transformation with our Stylist’s Megan for the NW Fashion Awards Colorist of the Year Nomination.

Stage 1

The first stage of the process was dedicated to lifting Megan’s deep brown hair. Stacie first bleached the ends, and halfway through the processing time Megan’s roots were bleached. The end result of this turned her hair into a “Chicken Fat” yellow. Pictured below.


To prevent Megan’s hair from becoming too compromised, Stacie made sure to follow the color with an Olaplex treatment. This helped make the bonds of her hair stronger. This treatment helps push the limits of your hair, while still ensuring that hair will not be too damaged from the bleach.

The total process took approximately 3 hours.


Stage 2

Next, Stacie let the hair rest and air oxidizes for 48 hours. It was left alone to allow the pigments to settle and give the hair a break. This allows the next stage to not act too aggressively on her hair.

Stage 3

The next stage required the same process as done before. Three hours of lifting, but now to the palest yellow possible. This color was a light yellow, similar to the inside of a banana peel.

After the color was lifted, Stacie controlled the pigment through toning. This adds back in the color she wanted, while canceling out color that she didn’t want to see.

Stage 4

The next stage was to finish with a luxury keratin complex treatment. Megan highlighted that this was the best part. By adding in more keratin to the hair, it “fills in the potholes” of the hair cuticles. It allows hair to be stronger, reduce frizz, and reduce blowdrying time significantly. Megan says, “Keratin Complex gave my hair an extra element of lusciousness, it’s amazing! It holds my styler longer, and it made my hair so shiny, even after all the coloring.”


Stage 5

After Megan’s hair was the right shade that Stacie wanted, all that needed to be done was add in the color. This is the final stage and got her to this beautiful light blue.



When asked about this process, Megan said, “Remember that when changing your hair color it really changes your entire lifestyle. It takes a lot of devotion: changing your make-up palette, changing your clothes, and maybe even your eye brow color. This process could take weeks, and it will require lots of work. But the outcome is amazing, unique, and I couldn’t be happier.”

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Due to circumstances, we were able to fast-forward Megan’s process. However just like Tracey Cunningham stated, it took Chloé 3 to 4 months to achieve her look. We would like to remind everyone that everyone’s hair is different and all take time. Just like Tracey, we believe that to get a certain look clients must be patient and realistic. We can get you to the desired look but it may take some time, and 100% commitment. It won’t happen overnight but we promise to get you there!


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Trendy Hairstyles When You’re on the Go!

As Fall approaches, we fall into our daily routine of class and work. Don’t let your hair fall into a routine! Mix it up! This fall try out these different and EASY hairstyles when you are on the go. There are a twist on the classics you already know.


The New Waves

You can never go wrong with a beachy wave. It has been the look of the year and there and so many different techniques to achieve this. The key is, the effortless, the better! Which means, this look should take you minutes, or at least take you time the night before! In the newest Allure, they trademark “The New Waves.” It’s a less curlier version of the classic. Spray a beachy wave spray, like Shu Uemura Wonder Worker, which helps encourage the natural bends and waves of your hair. Braid damp hair and let it air-dry, then undo for effortless perfection. Finish off with Shu Uemura Texture Wave to create a “not-too-matte” “not-too-glossy” look. A middle part is a key to this look too.

Sleek and Straight

The sleek look has hit the most popular runways this year. It’s a great, easy look, and extenuates your outfit perfectly! To create this look start with stick-straight hair, and then create a deep part to one side. The deep part is also the newest thing. Brush hair and secure into a low pony tail. Spray with Kerastase Laque Dentelle hair spray so that there are no flyways. This look can be created in moments! For added bonus, secure your ponytail near the ends of your hair. You may need Texture Wave Spray to keep the ponytail from falling out.

Half and Half

Late for class and got crazy bed head, this look can be achieved in a matter of seconds! Another Half up and Half down look that has been a major trend, the Half-Up BunSeen on stars like the Olsen Twins and Dakota Johnson, this look can be so simply executed at any moment in time. Rather than pulling all of your hair into a topknot, all you do is take the top section of your hair, loosely twist, and tie. Let the rest of your locks flow! It’s flattering and all the cool girls are doing it.

The Knot

We all know the classic go-to look for second day hair is the top knot. This is the updated, new version, The Knot Bun. With second day hair, or using Texture Wave, take two sections of hair and physically knot your hair. The finishing spray will help that knot stay in place. Secure with bobby pins. Leave the two ends out, or bobby pin them in. You can also braid two sections, and then knot them together to add more dimension. Use Kerastase Laque Dentelle to secure and finish the look.

All these looks can be found on our Pinterest!

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Perfect Summer Hair Products to Protect and Enhance!

FullSizeRender-1Many clients always have the same problems when it comes to Seattle Sun and the Summertime: frizz, hair protections, and creating the best beachy waves. We thought that these products are the best solution to all these problems while also giving you the shine and the protection you need!

Shu Uemura Wonder Worker

This is a multi-tasking primer that effortlessly prefects and enhances the natural textures of your hair. If you have a little curl or wave in your hair, you can add this while air or blow drying. Wonder Worker will enhance the textures you already have. If you have straighter hair, try spraying this into damp hair and then finishing off with a two braids. Leave them in till your hair dries and you will get that effortless wave you have been dying to achieve! It works for all hair types, and it’s a great second day refresher.

It’s 7 instant benefits are a great reason to try this product:

  1. Hydrates
  2. Detangles
  3. Smooths
  4. Conditions
  5. Boosts Radiance
  6. Tames Frizz
  7. Adds Silkiness.

The amazing frizz control will help any humidity problem, while still easily styling your hair. It’s a MUST have for those summer days!

Rene Furterer Solaire

Solaire will protect hair from UV Sun, Salt, Chlorine Damage, you name it! Use it for in and after sun care protection, the natural ingredients will protect hair all-year round. The line includes a variety of products developed for optimal repair and enhancement, through a personalized regime of treatments. This product line works for all hair types. Products include Nourishing Shampoo, Repair Mask, Moisturizing Spray, Summer Fluid, and Summer Oil.  With a delicious sunny fragrance, these products will leave your hair soft, shiny, and tangle free!

Kerastase Spray À Porter

Gives you the “just been at the beach all day” look that everyone wants this summer! This texture spray creates instant beachy waves without the stickiness or crunchiness of other sprays. The natural minerals used in Spray À Porter won’t weigh down your hair like other sprays will. It has a medium, flexible hold while still giving you a soft, touchable finish. As a helpful second-day styler, it comes out even better than the day before! The versatility of this product can be used as either a prep or an after-styling tool. It can also be used on wet or dry hair. While giving you that beachy wave, the key technology gives you UV and heat protection. It’s the best of both worlds!

All products available in Salon or by Shipping, 206.568.3300

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Thank you ELLE magazine for voting Bowie Salon and Spa one of THE TOP 100 HAIR SALONS IN AMERICA for 2015! Since our inception in 2005 this honor has been awarded to us for 5 of those 10 years and 4 years straight. We are honored and excited to be nominated as one of the “ELLE’s Top salons in America” and will continue to bring you the top looks and trends and top beauty products to help you look and feel you absolute best.

Elle recently interviewed with Stacie to understand Bowie Salon and Spa and our successful salon culture.


ELLE: What are the three most frequently requested celebrity haircuts?

Stacie: Chrissy Teigen, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lily Collins.

Clients trying to look effortlessly sexy, it’s Chrissy Teigen’s hair that they want. Her signature loose curls can be easily achievable- using Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave Spray in damp hair before blow-drying, and then spray a little more in before using the outside of a curling iron to give you the sexy texture you desire.

For a great transitioning cut, from their once long hair to something shorter, many request Vanessa Hudgens fresh clean-cropped look. Easily manageable, to attain this we recommend blow drying with Shu Uemura’s Ample Angora for fullness and a little bit of Shu Uemura Absolue Oil for added shine and smoothness.

Lily Collins has a unique and timeless look that many clients in the salon want to reach. Her super short cut has femininity and poise, but also an important element, versatility. By using Shu Uemura’s Cotton Uzu, it allows the “Lily look” to have a lightweight, flexible hold. It creates a soft but controlled touch while adding movement and shine.

ELLE: What are the most common celebrity hair colors requested for blondes, brunettes, and redheads?


Blonde clients want the Khloe Kardashian, Suki Waterhouse, and Blake Lively look. They lean towards the richness and warmth of these celebrities colours. Having varying tones of highlights, gives depth, instead of looking flat or drabby.

For Brunette’s, Olivia Munn, Jessica Alba, and Lily Aldridge all are requested frequently. Their multi-dimensional brown-jeweled tones give complexion and a warm feel.

Redheads like Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain are loved by clients because of their natural looking copper tones.

Non-traditional colors are all the hit now, check out our recent blog post about it! Looks like Kylie Jenner, Nicole Richie, and Hilary Duff are so fun and so the norm now. They’re not intimidated anymore. It’s ‘on fleek.’

ELLE: What was the single, best selling hair product that every woman in Seattle loves and is obsessed with?

Stacie: Without hesitation, Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Oil. It works on ALL hair types. It’s a 100% dessert must have! It gives your hair perfect hydration without any heavy greasy after effects. Clients here buy it by the case! It can also be used as a hair treatment or even put on your skin after a shower. It is universal; not only does it protect hair but it is lightweight, versatile, and smells amazing!

ELLE: What is the best product for making a blowout last longer? Why?

Stacie: Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave Spray. It’s light powdery feel with incredible hold. It works on any type of hair; anybody can use it! It especially gives great volume to fine hair, and creates definition on normal to thick hair. It won’t leave your hair feeling stiff or sticky, and gives your hair a soft, matte finish look. You can use it as a great second day hair leave-in for extending that perfect blowout.

ELLE: Predict the future: What hair product do you think everyone in Seattle will fall in love with tomorrow?

Stacie: Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Body Oil Spray.  It is a dry oil spray that moisturizes and nourishes dry skin. It leaves you with a smooth touch and radiating skin. Just like the hair oil it leaves a non-sticky, non-greasy leave filled with nourishing camellia oil, antioxidant rich sesame oil, and moisturizing almond oil. You can use it for your hands, cuticles, or your body. It smells like a dream come true, and it makes your skin feel and smell wonderful.

ELLE: What’s the best product for making a cut last longer?

Stacie: Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Oil. To be honest, you would have to shampoo, condition without ever using any hot tools. A good cut can last up to 14 weeks if you baby those ends.

ELLE: What is the best product for making color last longer?

Stacie: Shu Uemura’s Color Lustre Shampoo and Conditioner. The shampoo contains Musk Rose Oil to deeply nourish hair fibers, while protecting from color washout. The conditioner provides lightweight conditioning with a glazed touch and polished shine from mid-lengths to ends while preserving the hair color.

Shu’s Moisture Velvet Shampoo, along with keeping color, rebalances the moisture of dry hair and creates a velvety hair texture and supple touch from roots to ends. It makes your hair feeling like silk but not in the way of being heavy or greasy, but naturally soft. The conditioner is great for leaving a soft, smooth finish.

Kerastase Chroma Riche Shampoo and Conditioner is a color protecting shampoo for dry, highlighted, or color-treated hair. It moisturizes hair, leaving it supple to the touch. It gently cleanses hair, while adding softness and shine. It will leave your hair shimmering with radiance as your color stays intact.

Kerastase Chroma Captive is a shine intensifying masque for color-treated hair. It preserves color depth and shine for up to 40 days, when using the Chroma Captive 3-step system. It polishes the hair fiber from root to tip, leaving it smooth for maximum light reflection and shine. It protects against anti-oxidant aggressors and premature color fading.

ELLE: Could you weigh in on the following trends for the rest of 2015?


Lobs: Yes or No? No, Bobs are where it’s at.

Scrunchies: Yes or No? Not in public please

Ombre: Yes or No? No, Baby lights please

Bangs: Yes or No? Yes, So many types of Bangs!

Braids: Yes or No? Yes, Easy way to mix it up.

Colorful hair: Yes or No? Yes, because sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.

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What Is Hair Smoothing? Learn About Keratin Hair Smoothing

Keratin Complex Hair Smoothing Treatment

Our Stylist at Bowie Salon and Spa are all certified by Keratin Complex and and highly trained to give you the exact service that is best for your hair type and we only recommend the products that are right you. By spending the time to understand what your needs and goals are we can customize our treatments to match your particular hair type and lifestyle.

Straightening vs. Smoothing

FAQ:  What is Hair Straightening? This is a chemical process known as straighteners or relaxers that breaks the bond of the hair to straighten it. It can be damaging but will straighten very kinky or curly hair.

FAQ:  What is Hair Smoothing?

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy is different. Conventional straighteners or relaxers may break the protein bonds within the hair’s structure, causing each strand to reform into a permanently straight shape.

Keratin Complex’s revolutionary technology does not break the hair’s bonds, instead delivering the versatility of smoother, healthier-looking hair that can be styled wavy or straight as desired.

Keratin Complex’s signature keratin works effectively on all hair types. Our unique Smoothing Therapy treatments contain high concentrations of keratin that penetrate throughout the hair structure, and then are sealed within the cortex to repair damage.

FAQ:  Are their other ways to control Frizz?

Yes! We have three ways to control frizz. Keratin Complex (Full) treatment, Keratin Complex (Express) treatment and Kerastase Fluidissme or Oleo-Relax line of at home hair care products.

To learn more about how you can control your frizz and make your morning hair regime more enjoyable call 206-568-3300 or book online for an appointment with one of our Stylist.

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Valentine’s Day


Whether it’s a party of one or two, no matter what your plans are for Valentine’s Day, this year it’s all about going for look soft, subtle, and sexy. Keeping it light, fresh, and romantic with the Bowie “Beautiful Naturally” mantra will make you feel and look beautiful.


Tousled Waves: Try this Victoria Secret naturally sexy look that not only looks effortless but is flattering to any face shape. This style goes along with any casual to formal attire, accentuating that romantic look you may be going for. Keeping your hair soft, start by wrapping just the ends of the hair around a large-barrel curling iron. Finish off with Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss to give it that extra shine it needs to look beautiful.

Beautiful Blowout: A soft, shiny blowout-what can be more romantic than that! Our Bowie Blowout is world renowned for leaving hair looking beautiful, shiny, and soft. And the best part is, you don’t even need to lift a finger! We do all the work- giving you maximum volume and glamour shape for that sexy look you desire on that special day!

Big Curls: Big, bouncy curls have always been a statement of sexy-blame that on Victoria Secret models. But mix it up this year and try setting in rollers. According to Vogue, they are making a come back and giving you volume that can’t be compared. To finish off, use Shu Uemura Volume Maker to keep the volume lasting all day and night! Try sweeping your curls to the side and showing off some tasteful skin!

Low, Side Chignon: If you are looking to go for a more polished look, a slick side bun is always a classic style. Gorgeous for any formal occasion, this hair style gives a romantic look and it is easy to create. Use Kerastase NEW Fix Fabulous hair spray which allows for a strong hold that will be keeping your hair intact all night long.


For Valentine’s Day Makeup, we always believe that a little goes a long way. Create subtle, elegant, and soft looks with nude, peachy orange, pink satin finish lipstick. By hitting it with gloss afterwards it adds another dimension- leaving your lips shiny, plump, and kissable! Use a pink blush to create subtle warmth and amplitude of your facial features. For a more nude glow use a bronzer, helping contour your face shape and warming up your natural skin tones. For eye shadow colors, use two shimmery colors- one light and one dark. Hit it with water proof Mascara and a Cat eye to sophisticate it up. Lastly, spritz some perfume on the wrists, behind the ear, and on the inside of your elbows for longevity. We recommend a floral scent in honor of the holiday.

You are now ready for whatever your Valentine’s Day brings!
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Holiday and New Year Party Hairstyles


Big Polished Waves

Creating big, polished waves has been a big hit this year and here’s your chance to wow everyone with this easy hairstyle. This elegant look can be attained best with longer hair and by adding Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave dry finishing spray to have a long lasting look while not looking stiff or sticky. For an added effect, try pulling and pinning hair all to one side to show off the neck and any accessories you have on. This hairstyle will also open and frame the face.

Faux Bob

A fun look that changes up your hair length without the use of scissors. This classy, sophisticated, super-glamorous bob can give flattering volume around the face. This look can be created with a handful of bobby pins, beachy waves, and Kerastase Laque Noire to finish the look with a strong hold.  


This feminine, classic, easy updo can be created by twisting a ponytail into a knot and pinning it into place with bobby pins. Adding a sparkly hair pin, or a favorite headband can dress up this hairstyle up for a night out on the town. It works with any dress and holiday look you are going for. Use Shu Uemura’s Touch of Gloss balm to add shine, like a lip gloss for hair, to finish the look.

Texturized and Volumized Sleek Ponytail

A look that is so versatile with any hair, easy to do, and polished. As seen in the photo, this model has finished the ponytail off by wrapping a piece of hair to hide the hair tie. As well as adding an extra elastic to segment the hair off, giving another dimension to the hair. Use with Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Oil to give sleek and soft look.


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Camellia Oil

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Healthy, natural living is something that Bowie Salon and Spa strive for. This can be seen through the products that we use and sell in store. We wanted to introduce you to an ingredient that we see in some of our products called Camellia Oil. It is made from cold pressing the Camellia Japonica flower by heat refining. It is a great source of unsaturated fats, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Camellia Oil functions to restore hair’s natural sheen, form a barrier against environmental pollutants, repairs breakage from split ends, and more!

The Essence Absolue Oil is our most popular product, which contains Camellia Oil. It is the perfect product to put in your hair after you have gotten out of the shower and before you blow dry! It tames thick, course, and unruly hair by nourishing your hair to create the ultimate smoothness. It has a strong resistance against humidity, which tames frizzy hair and leaves a high gloss shine.

The Bowie Blowout now includes Essence Absolue treatment and a take home sample. Call 206 568 3300 or Book online to try out how Camellia Oil can change the way you feel!


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Styling products – Dry shampoo vs. Volume maker, which is right for you?

Which product is right for you hair type?

Which product is right for you hair type?

Dry shampoo or a Volume maker… or both, but which is right for you?

We feel it’s only right to recommend the right product for the right purpose. So here is some good advise on these very popular and useful haircare products.

Dry shampoo is a great way to absorb oil and style your hair in between shampoos and a Volume maker is a similar but very different product to give you lift or volume when your hair is dry. We have 4 different Dry shampoo/volume makers in the salon but which is right for you?
SHU UEMURA Volume Maker (.07oz) is a great product for styling and giving your hair volume or lift but isn’t really a dry shampoo.

Kerastae Powder Bluff is an aerosol hair powder and both a dry shampoo and volume maker (4.1oz) and has a nice scent.

Rene Furterer Nutria )3.2oz) is a real Dry Shampoo that is clear (4.3oz) that won’t change the color of your hair and Keratin Complex Dry shampoo is a dry shampoo only and is small enough to travel with. (9gm/1oz).

You have some choices to make so ask a professional before you buy and make sure this professional has used the product before, don’t just buy from some guy at the beauty supply. Get good advise and make a smart purchase.

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Contact Bowie Salon & Spa

Bowie salon and spa is located at 1507 Belmont Avenue in the Pike-Pine corridor of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle, just a few minutes walk from downtown.