New Season, New Do

Ellen Tailor Gene Juarez Black Hair Before This is me. 100% Greek with a stereotypical Mediterranean look. Brown eyes, olive skin, and black hair. Yes, I’m unique. Sure, some call me exotic. But I needed a change so allow me to rephrase: This was me.

I’m slowly but surely creeping up on the big 3-0. While most women dread getting older, I’m embracing the milestone. My 20’s were filled with doubt and insecurity and I’ll be damned if I let that carry over into my 30’s. My biggest insecurity is my body so I’m back in the gym and eating right.

It’s overwhelming to stand on the scale and think I’ve got to lose a significant amount of weight. To keep myself motivated, I’ve set up mini goals throughout the summer along with a rewards system. Hair is my first reward!

Susie Gene Juarez UVillageI was always told I could never be anything other than a brunette. If I could, I’d be platinum blonde but to say that’d look ridiculous would be an understatement. To save money I tried to go the boxed dye route. Big mistake. It was time to go to the professionals. Susie at Gene Juarez‘s UVillage location was the woman that could save me. 

Susie Powers is an amazing colorist who use to run the color department and was a member of Gene Juarez‘s education team. Just recently her position evolved and she’s now behind the chair. Her forte is correcting color, redheads, and ombre / highlights.

I sat in her chair and as we chatted about my hair wants she pointed out the lotion, cuticle oil, and polish that I was more than welcome to use. What a nice touch! I really felt as if Susie had invited me into her home and wanted to make sure I was comfortable. 

Ellen Tailor Gene Juarez Black Ombre Hair Before AfterAs I explained to Susie my want to be a blonde she said the magic word, “Kardashian.” My face lit up! Khloe Kardashian is my hair idol. The ombre look she rocks is totally gorgeous but I never thought I could have it. Susie was confident that she could help make my hair dreams a reality.

We began the process and it was beyond exciting! Susie explained that we would need to lighten my hair in steps. If we went too light too fast, my hair would break and that was obviously not an option. I appreciated that Susie’s first priority was the health of my hair. She used a variety of treatments to lock in the moisture and shine. It was also suggested I get a little trim, cue Stella.

Stella is also an educator and she took the time to squeeze me in. She cleaned up the ends and helped frame my face. Stella’s own hair had that perfect carelessly curled look to it. After complimenting her, she took the time to show me how to get that beach wave look for myself!

Ellen Tailor Gene Juarez Ombre Hair AfterWhen I looked in the mirror I couldn’t believe that the girl looking back was me. I walked out of Gene Juarez feeling like a brand new person because I sure as hell looked like one! The next morning, reality sunk in. Holy crap. I don’t even look like me anymore! I’ll be honest, I had a mini meltdown. I contemplated calling Susie and going back to black. I didn’t think I could pull off such a dramatic change!

Once I washed my hair and used the tips Stella taught me, I styled my new hair my way and I absolutely loved it! Yes, it’s different. Yes, it’s a change. And yes, I think it looks really REALLY good.

I’ve finally found my hair dream team at Gene Juarez. Most importantly, a team I can trust. I’ve already set up another appointment with Susie in a month where we’ll take my hair lighter for summer. If you’re thinking of making a change, just want to treat yourself, or made an incredibly bad at home uh-oh, call Susie!

Ellen Tailor Gene Juarez Black Ombre Hair Before After
Before & After c/o Susie at UVillage’s Gene Juarez

Thank you to Susie, Stella, Jonna, and the rest of the Gene Juarez team for again making my experience with you unforgettable. – University Village – 206.522.4700

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Ellen Tailor Dog Charlie
My best friend, Charlie.

When I moved cross country, my top two priorities were to 1) find a great vet for my dog, Charlie, and 2) find a great hairstylist. These two things trumped finding a place to live and even a man to date. We got lucky with a puppy doc but I wish I could say the same about a stylist.

You might remember a few weeks ago I wanted to update my look for my upcoming birthday. The goal was to go dark on top and add pieces of royal purple underneath for a pop of fun. The purple didn’t show up and I was okay with an all over black color.

Over the next several days, my tub would be stained purple every time I’d take a shower! The color was clearly fading. A few days later I was meeting a friend for lunch on a rare sunny Seattle afternoon. I was mortified when I caught a glimpse of my hair in the rear view mirror. I looked like a peacock! Thank goodness I could hide this rainbow mess with some convenient styling.

Ellen Tailor Colored Hair
Before: A Multi-Color Mess

Let me make it clear that I do not believe the stylist tried to make this happen. I’ll spare you the details but it was time to find a new person to take care of my hair. I frantically tried to find someone who could fix this! Cue Gene Juarez.

I was introduced to Tony at the Downtown Seattle salon and I could immediately tell he understood me. Tony has an innate way of incorporating someone’s style with their dream hair. We chatted about long term color goals and the importance of healthy hair. It was time to give my tresses a break from coloring chemicals but not before covering the multicolored uh-oh.

Tony suggested giving my hair some TLC and used a Kerastase Aqua Oleum treatment. It helps strengthen and adds a crazy amount of shine! Tony laughed and said, “Ellen! Men will see their reflection in your hair!” and he wasn’t kidding! I left Gene Juarez feeling like Gisele Bundchen on the catwalk of a Victoria Secret fashion show.

Ellen Tailor Gene Juarez Shiny Hair
After: So SHINY the men can see their reflection in my hair!

I was so impressed by my entire Gene Juarez experience that I walked right back in and got a “fanicure” from Aiden. The glittery Seahawk themed manicure (not to mention the amazing conversation!) was exactly the pampering I needed.

Ellen Tailor Seahawk Fanicure Gene Juarez
Seahawks Fanicure c/o Gene Juarez.
Bronco colors available for a $20 upcharge!

While it’s true that breaking up is hard to do, Gene Juarez proved that the only way to get over a stylist is to wind up in the chair of another one. A big thank you to Tony, Aiden, and the entire GJ staff! I believe this is just the beginning of a beautiful relationship.




Dark Hair Don’t Care

Ellen Tailor Hair FrontIt was time for a change. Leading up to my birthday I wanted to freshen up the ‘do. Doing something extreme with the cut is something I don’t have the guts for…yet. I’ve never steered away from color though!

Light. Really light. That was the plan. Once I got into the salon, plans changed. I got overwhelmed and after an hour of changing my mind back and forth and back again, I had made a decision! It was time to go back to black.

This is more of my natural color and it looks so much richer and healthier than before! See the frizz in the before photo? That’s due to ponytails! Ladies, do not use those ugly, constricting, hair ties because this is what will happen! Instead, I suggest using a Love-Me-Knot type hair tie. It won’t break your hair. Give your tresses a break and wear your hair down as often as possible. I’ve also heard that taking prenatal vitamins, especially Biotin, helps build healthy hair (and nails!) May I remind you I’m not a doctor. This was simply something I’ve heard.

Ellen Tailor Hair Back

Rarely do we see the back of our heads so when I saw this photo side-by-side, I was floored. I couldn’t believe how awful and unhealthy my hair looked before! We trimmed it up a bit and I’m completely content with the look now.

This is the last time I’ll be this dark for a while. I have every intention of going lighter and lighter throughout the spring and into summer. I’m even toying with the idea of a drastic cut but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet! What hair trends are you hoping to try?