We were fortunate enough to be voted 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 our 10 years in business and 4 years in a row.
Along with the honor, Elle interviewed our owner and Master Stylist, Stacie Bowie, to understand Bowie Salon and Spa and our unique 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?
Stacie: 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.
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 Uemura’s Urban Moisture 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: No, Bobs are where it’s at.
SCRUNCHIES: Not in public please
OMBRE: No, Baby lights please
BANGS: Yes, So many types of Bangs!
BRAIDS: Yes, Easy way to mix it up.
COLORFUL HAIR: Yes, because sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.