Zandi K Raises Money for a Good Cause

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Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.

So when it comes to April and Earth Day, it’s no wonder Aveda dedicates the whole month to love, celebrate and raise funds to protect the earth and its peoples. Raising more than $3 billion in the past 15 years, in the past 7 years $26 million of those dollars have supported clean water projects all around the world. Partnering with Global Greengrants Fund, Aveda has been able to make 1,125 grants in 67 countries possible with your Light The Way™ candle purchases, which exceeded $7.6 million
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In case you’re wondering what all of that money can really do, here is just a small sample of what that makes possible. 
  • 520 projects helping communities to advocate for safe and affordable drinking                                                         water
  • 770 watersheds, such as lakes, wetlands, and rivers, protected
  • 1,070 communities addressing climate change, which contributes to water                                                                     shortages and scarcity across the globe
  • 75,250 acres devoted to sustainable agriculture
  • 660,000 lives impacted by water related project
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Here at Zandi K. Hair and Skin Studio we partner locally with Western Resource Advocates, a nonprofit environmental protection agency working in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to protect and safeguard our most precious resource, water. Over the years, our partnership with Western Resource Advocates has resulted in protection of our water supplies. Through their Aveda partnership and donations from people like you WRA has accomplished many amazing things in this region. Here are just some of them:

  • They have worked with over a dozen cities in Colorado, including Denver, Boulder, Loveland, Greeley, Fort Collins, and Pagosa Springs, as well as cities across the West, to launch innovative water conservation programs.
  • In the face of predicted water shortages, devised solutions to meet Colorado’s increasing water needs with current water supplies.
  • Helped protect one of the West’s last free-flowing rivers, the San Miguel in Colorado, for future generations.
  • Defended the nation’s most visited National Forest — the White River National Forest near Glenwood Springs, from oil and gas development and potential water pollution.
  • Brought together water leaders from every state along the Colorado River to discuss how we can cooperate rather than compete over our shared river and water supplies
  • And across the West, they protected habitat of endangered fish, safeguarded drinking water from toxic pollution, promoted water conservation over large water pipelines, and restored the West’s majestic rivers and lakes

How Can You Become Involved?

So far this year we have already raised $1200 of our $4000 goal! If you would like to donate to Zandi K’s Earth Month 2014 cause there are a ton of ways to get involved:

1. Come into the salon and enter our Earth Month Raffle. For $1 per entry you will be entered to win a gift basket, donated by Zandi K, full of amazing Aveda products valued at over $300! 100% of entries go to Western Resource Advocates.

2. Become a business sponsor. If you own a business and would like to be mentioned on our Website and Social Media as on of our Earth Month sponsors please send an email to Contribute to a great cause and promote your business to new customers at the same time!

3. Just want to donate now? Click donate now and donate securely on our Crowdrise page. Donate Now

Your donation will help:

• Promote water conservation and protection of rivers in Colorado and

throughout the West.

• Protect public health and water quality from toxic chemicals used in oil

and gas development, including fracking.

• Meet the water needs of Colorado’s growing population through water

conservation — an inexpensive, immediate, and intelligent alternative to

building large, expensive pipelines.

• Restore the major source of water in Colorado: the Colorado River,

which supports 36 million people in 7 states in the West.

• Support water conservation and river protection across the West. Because Colorado, Arizona, Southern California, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming all depend on the Colorado River, the work that Western Resource Advocates does in one state,  provides a real benefit to other states as well- we’re all in the same boat!

100% of your donations will go directly to Western Resource Advocates to further their work. It is is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, and your donations are tax-deductible for the full retail value of your gift.  Western Resource Advocates’ Federal Tax Identification Number is 84-1113831. To learn more about their work, please visit

 Thank you in advance for any donation that you might be able to give to! Your help allows us to help achieve a sustainable future for our vibrant state! Thank you for your support!


Box Dye? Don’t Do it Man!!!

Frankly, we have all done it. It seems so quick and easy to just grab a box with a beautiful girl, who of course has gorgeous hair, off of the shelf at the grocery store. Of course you want a buttery blonde with muti-faceted color with a shimmer serum and no damage for under $15! Who doesn’t?!? But Master Stylist, Krissy Stearns of Zandi K gives you the real down low on box dye. 


Do you ever wonder why your stylist asks you so many questions about what you use on your hair?  Do you ever feel like you’re in an interrogation room when you’re sitting in your stylist’s chair talking about what you want done to your hair?  Well there are many reasons why stylists ask you a ton of questions about that box color you put on your hair a few weeks ago (Don’t worry… we won’t tell anyone!) There are many different types of color In over the counter “box color” and they all do different things. This is the main reason why we want to know what specific box color you put in your hair and even more important it is why you need to be honest with your stylist. I  promise, it is all for your benefit.


Conditioning? Let’s Try Faux-ditioning!

First off, let’s have a little conversation about box colors.  All box colors lie to you! They are not conditioning to your hair!  And NO!  It’s not “just a rinse”. Most box dyes will come with a “conditioning packet” for after you wash the color out. Those conditioning packets contain petroleum based ingredients that coat your hair fooling you into thinking that your hair is not damaged or dry from the coloring process. Those ingredients have wax in them leaving your hair completely coated in it, and while it is soft to the touch, it is completely masking what is really going on underneath.

But It Washes out After 10 Shampoos! Right?

And no ladies and gents…. It is not “just a rinse”! Most of the “rinsing” color products have hidden consequences that show their ugly face further down the road when you’re trying to change your color. As a general rule of thumb, if it’s covering your grey, it’s permanent hair color… not a rinse. People generally try the rinse color products because they want something that isn’t going to be damaging to the hair. This is not the case with box color…… because all box colors lie to you!

Henna is Natural… So It’s Good, Right?

Further more, box colors use all sorts of different color properties that aren’t necessarily good for your hair. Let’s take a look at metallic dyes and henna for instance. These products are generally used to gradually change your hair color over time. Men like these products because they like the idea that people won’t notice the change because it takes place over several applications. And women like henna because they think they’re putting bad-color-4something “natural” on their hair. Henna is naturally brown in color. Think of all the Indian women you’ve seen with henna tattoos on their hands. It’s brown in color. But when you see someone with henna on their hair, it’s a reddish color. That’s because they add metallic salts to henna and it gives it that warmer, red hue. So, usually metallic dyes won’t give you a problem….. until you decide to change your hair color. The problem with metallic dyes is that they don’t play well with others. You put any other type of color on your hair and you have a chemical reaction happening. We’re talking heat, smoke, and burning fumes. Remember your chemistry lab? Yeah that’s what’s happening on your hair!

But Its Been Forever Since I Put It In There!

Then there’s nitro dyes. Nitro dyes are in Feria hair color. Feria is a pretty popular box color brand. And it is awful for your hair!!! Nitro dyes DO NOT COME OUT OF YOUR HAIR!!  You have to grow them out. Goodbye summery blonde highlights! Going darker is ok but going lighter will not happen until they have grown out.  But think about the commitment before you decide to put this box color on your hair. If you have long hair, and your hair grows about a half an inch a month, we’re talking a 2 year commitment here! That’s a very serious relationship you’ve got going on with your hair color!

Direct dyes are another type of color that you can usually find in conditioners, and color shampoos. These are the true “rinses” in the color world because they actually rinse out of your hair. They are not permanent and last from shampoo to shampoo. However, I would advise you to stop using them about a week before any color service because they have been known to change into funky colors when reacting with hair lightener.

The Real Deal

And then there are oxidative dyes. AHHH! These are the ones we like! Oxidative dyes are the ones that mimic natural hair color molecules the best. They fade on tone (meaning the reds won’t turn pink) and they will naturally lighten in the sun (just like your natural hair color).  Oxidative dyes go inside the hair shaft to develop leaving your hair color changed and beautiful. These are the color dyes that you will find in Aveda Hair Color. Aveda has jojoba oil, castor oil, and sunflower oil in it to condition the hair during the color process the result being gorgeous, beautiful, shiny hair color that is literally damage free. And guess what guys….. You can’t get it in a box!

These are just a few reasons why it’s a good idea to be honest with your stylist about what you have put on your hair. Cosmetologists have to be licensed for a reason and color chemicals and technology are just a few of many. And please consult a color professional before you consider putting a box color on your hair. You may end up spending entirely more money than you intended having us fix it if you do!


For your complimentary Aveda Hair Color consultation with Master stylist Krissy Stearns call (303) 733-3733

8 Healthy Habits for Gorgeous Locks

1. Eating Healthy

You know the saying, you are what you eat; well it can be true when it comes to your hair. Having plenty of protein, iron, and vitamin E in your diet is essential to providing the proper nutrition to your hair. Salmon, walnuts, spinach, greek yogurt, and blueberries are amongst many superfoods packed with nutrients that are awesome for healthier hair. Not only will you feel better by eating right, your hair will too!!

2. Wash less

Try going a day or two between washing your hair and it will thank you forever. Over washing your hair can strip natural oils from your hair that it needs to stay hydrated and healthy. I know some of you are thinking there is no way you can go one day, let alone two before washing your hair because it is so oily. This is common for people who tend to wash their hair daily. Your body is trying to over compensate for the loss of oils by shampooing daily by producing even more oils. If you feel the need to do something while you’re in the shower you can run conditioner throughout the ends of your hair. To help your hair on non-wash days try using Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion. This will add some volume and its mineral properties can also help absorb some of the natural oils at your scalp.

3. Invest in Boar Bristle Brush

Using a natural boar bristle brush can do wonders for your hair. The natural bristles are great for distributing oils from scalp to ends, and won’t rip or break your hair in the process. This type of brush will also smooth over the cuticle, the outer most layer of the hair, making the hair nice and soft and shiny. Try one of our Ibiza boar bristle brushes. Made in Spain, they are great for adding volume and shine, and are comfortable to hold with their natural cork handle.

4. Protect Against Heat

Ibiza Brushes

When using heat styling tools it is very important to make sure you are using the right products and taking the proper steps to protect your hair. You should always use a styling product that contains a heat protectant, like Aveda’s Brilliant Damage Control, and use tools that have an adjustable temperature, so you can control the amount of heat being applied every time. This will help protect your hair from having too high of heat being applied to often. Avoid heat styling every day and, when you have time, let your hair air dry before you flat iron or curl it, or just wear it natural. I promise with a great cut and the right products you will be able to do that!

5. Give Your Hair a Weekly Treatment

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Using a treatment mask, in place of conditioner, once a week is great to help replenish your hair with moisture and/or protein. This will nourish your hair after heat styling or doing chemical services. It is a great way to keep your hair silky and smooth, keeping it healthy between salon visits. Our new Dry Remedy Moisturizing Treatment will give your hair a blast of moisture with natural buriti oil.

6. Less Tension

Tight hair styles can cause too much tension on the hair, which can lead to breakage if worn all of the time. Opt for looser hair styles when you’re wearing your hair back, like a cute and messy braid or bun, instead of the traditional tight style. Make sure to give your hair time to breath after wearing your hair up, don’t leave pulled back when you don’t have to.

7. Be Gentle With Wet Hair

First thing I do when I get out of the shower is wrap my hair up in a towel; little did I know it was damaging my hair! When your hair is wet is in a weaker state and is more prone to damage. Blot your hair dry with and squeeze out the extra moisture, never rub your hair with a towel. Using a wider tooth comb when hair is wet will help remove tangles without ripping or breaking the hair.

8. Don’t Skip Out on Haircuts

Many people don’t get their hair cut because its getting too long or out of shape, they’re growing it out, they got it cut last time; the list could go on and on. Getting your haircut regularly will reduce split ends, and keep your hair looking healthy. When you wait a long period of time between haircuts split ends can eventually lead to breakage higher up on the hair shaft. As a rule of thumb, you should trim your ends every 6-8 weeks, to keep your ends at bay and your hair looking fabulous!

Written By Jarie Nolan

Black Friday Salon & Spa Deals in Denver

The holidays are here and we are offering a few Black Friday deals at our downtown Denver salon. Visit Zandi K Hair Salon & Spa in downtown Denver for discounts on salon products, complementary gift with purchase and gift cards.

20% Off Salon Products

Aveda Invati systemFor Black Friday we will be announcing an amazing Black Friday shop our selection of Aveda salon products:

  • Aveda shampoos
  • Aveda conditioners
  • Flat irons
  • Blow dryers
  • Accessories

Aveda Compact SetSince Aveda NEVER goes on sale its a great time for you to get some of your favorite plant and flower derived Aveda products at an amazing price!

Maybe you wanted to try the Invati system for thinning hair, but have shied away because of price. Now is your chance to see how well it works.

With Winter months here in Colorado it may be a good idea to try out some new Aveda skin care products. The Aveda Tourmaline line is perfect for hydrating and refining more radiant skin.

Looking for some new makeup for the Fall? Apply makeup like a pro with Aveda makeup brush sets. We recommend the effects set and daily effects set. This will allow you to put together all your makeup looks.

Aveda Holiday gift sets are the only thing in the store which are excluded from the sale.  Everything else will be on sale!!

Complimentary Botanical Hair Therapy for The Entire Day

Receive a FREE botanical hair therapy treatment with every hair service booked. This applies to all salon and spa services. Salon services make great gifts during the holidays. Let your loved ones or friends kick off 2014 with a new look from Zandi K Hair Salon & Spa.

Salon Gift Cards

Not sure what to purchase this holiday season? Salon and spa gift cards make great stocking stuffers and gifts during the holidays. Purchase a gift card from Zandi K Hair & Skin Studio! Let your recipient choose from our many salon and spa services.

For more information on booking salon or spa services and promotions contact us at (303) 733-3733

Salon Today Honors Denver Hair Salon

Zandi K Salon & Hair Studio was named in the January 2013 edition of Salon Today magazine. The top business publication for spas and salons featured owners Faye Zandi, Nicole Wenz, and the salon in the 16th annual Salon Today 200 under a section for growth. Only 200 salons were selected from applications submitted by Salon Today readers. Salons were selected based on best business practices. The Aveda Denver salon was honored for the category growth. With growth over 20% per year for the past 3 years in a row, Zandi K. the Aveda Denver salon was honored for the growth category.

Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of SALON TODAY mentioned “The salons named to the SALON TODAY 200 for 2013 not only proved they excel in one or more or more of these areas, they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients. Their willingness to share their success offers our readers important business benchmarks and inspirational sales-building ideas.”

How were applicants selected by Salon Today?

Salons were honored by the magazine in 11 different best business categories including:

  • Advanced education
  • Compensation & benefits
  • Customer service
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Philanthropy
  • Planned profitability
  • Recruitment & training
  • Retail & merchandising
  • Retention & referral programs
  • Technology
  • Growth

Salon Today 200 Criteria

The following criteria had to be met in order for a salon to be honored in Salon Today 200:

  • Salon had to have opened on or before January 1, 2010
  • The salon is a provider of one or more of the following services:
    - Hair care
    - Nail care
    - Skin care
    - Body care
    - Spa treatments
  • The spa or salon generated annual product sales or services of at least $250,000 per year since 2010
  • Owner provided statistical information about his/her business and completed at least one of the best practice area essay questions
  • The applicant provided financial documentation if they competed in the planned profitability or growth categories

Special thanks from the Denver Aveda salon

On behalf of the team at Zandi K Salon & Hair Studio we want to give a special thanks to our clients for allowing us to grow as a team and for choosing us as your Salon in Denver. It has been our pleasure to provide salon, spa and styling services for our customers and community in Denver. We value your business and look forward to your next appointment.

Race For Best Hair Salon In Denver

Best Hair Salon DenverZandi K Hair and Skin Studio was nominated for the category “BEST Hair Salon” on Denver A-List. Denver A-List features thousands of:

  • Local businesses
  • Brands
  • People
  • Places

There are 144 different categories and 7800+ nominees. The contest started on June 24th, 2013 and ends on August 18, 2013. Zandi K is currently in 16th place for the category of “BEST Hair Salon” there are over 150+ salons who were nominated in this category.

Vote for BEST Hair Salon in Denver

Voting is easy and any customer who has visited the salon can cast their vote or leave helpful “tips” for future clients. Customers can vote for the salon in 3 simple steps:

  1. Visit the Zandi K Hair and Skin Studio profile page on A-List
  2. Create a profile
  3. Vote

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Help show your appreciation for our salon and other local businesses by casting votes on Denver A-List. Some additional businesses you may be interested in voting for on A-List are:

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops
  • Fitness
  • Entertainment

Browse the category list on A-List to vote for local businesses. Zandi K Hair and Skin Studio would like to thank you for nominating our salon as best salon in Denver. Remember voting ends August 18th. We look forward to seeing more of your votes and tips!