Balayage… What is it and why do you want it?

One of the most popular trends in hair color today, Balayage, is a versatile technique used to achieve many different looks. Balayage can be used to create anything from an ombre, to a soft and gradual color melt, or even a dramatic look with bold blonde tips .  The word ‘balayage’ actually means ‘to paint’ or ‘to sweep’ in French, which speaks to the technique of applying color (essentially painting color onto the hair), as opposed to the traditional highlighting method which uses foils.  This gives your stylist more flexibility and creative control with your color.


A few examples of the variation of balayage.

Balayage is a French hair coloring technique from the 1970’s which has seen a spike in popularity and usage in the past year in particular. This rise to fame is at least partially attributed to the fact that it works on almost every hair type and color!

With the hand painting of balayage, your stylist can create a more natural and sun-kissed look than is achievable with traditional highlighting.  Balayage can also lend more flexibility to heavier transitions like ombres by allowing your stylist to distribute the color in a variety of different patterns and concentrations.

Balayage is also completely customizable, which means your hair can transition to a variety of different colors.  Balayage can be natural looking, from a dark brown root to caramel ends, or it can fade from a medium brown to a striking and beautiful platinum!  It is perfect for blondes who want to keep a darker root (and therefore have less maintenance) or for anyone looking to add a sun-kissed glow to their locks.  One of the greatest benefits of balayage is that it grows out beautifully.  A simple root touch up or toner will keep this look fresh without breaking the bank on a full set of highlights every few weeks!

Interested in Balayage for your hair? Make a complimentary consultation with one of our expert hair colorists…..Check out our staff page to find someone who you might like to see!


7th Annual Zandi K White Party! Sunday, Aug 16th

7th Annual Zandi K White Party! We want to see everyone there!!

In previous years we have had a blast with our annual White Party celebration. This is a time to celebrate the anniversary of our salon and offer a great time to thank everyone who has supported our business. White shirtsWE LOVE YOU GUYS!! Typically, we have had them on Saturday nights and partied the night away until the break of dawn. THIS YEAR, we decided to change it up and try more of a SUNDAY FUNDAY party on the Rooftop at Funky Buddha Lounge.

Sunday, Aug 16th 2 PM to 6 PM

Funky Buddha Lounge

776 Lincoln St. 

Denver, 80203


Seriously, what more could you ask for in a Sunday Funday? 

Not to mention a giant $200 Zandi K Gift Card giveaway, four $50 Zand K Gift Card giveaways and great music to get your jam on to. 

Come join all of the Zandi K Crew for a great day to celebrate 7 years of your favorite salon!


We can’t wait to see all of you there!

Olaplex Certified Specialist in Denver

Olaplex Denver Salon

What is Olaplex?

Olaplex was invented by Dr. Eric Pressly, PHD in materials and Dr. Craig Hawker, PHD in Chemistry. It is a single active ingredient invented to make hair healthier, stronger and colors last longer. Hair bonds are broken during mechanical, chemical and thermal hair services. Some common ways hair bonds are broken include brushing wet hair, coloring hair, hair straightening treatments and dryers.

With the use of Olaplex treatment you can reconnect these broken hair bonds. Olaplex users can guarantee shinier, softer, less frizz and easier to manage hair after the first use. It is free of the following chemicals:

  • Sulfates
  • Silicone
  • Aldehydes
  • Sulfates
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)

In addition to Olaplex being free of the chemicals mentioned above, it has never been tested on animals. Olaplex has been tested on virtually every type of human hair and has provided incredible results. Some of the types of hair it has been tested on include:

  • Asian
  • Caucasian
  • African
  • Previously chemically processed hair
  • Virgin hair

Even after people stop using Olaplex on their hair, the protection it offers is permanent.

Olaplex Salon in Denver

Zandi K Hair & Skin Studio now offers Olaplex professional hair services at our Denver West and Denver Central locations. It has helped take hair to levels which were never thought possible without the usual damage. Ask your Zandi K salon stylist for Olaplex treatment during your next hair appointment. Try Olaplex today! Book your Olaplex hair appointment by calling (303) 733-3733 or email us at

Zandi K Contest Winners and Earth Month Supporters!!

Winner of our Mother’s Day Makeover Contest!

We have selected the very deserving winner of our Facebook Mother’s Day Makeover Contest! Our lucky Mom, Robin Clarke Smith, was nominated by her sweet husband and won with the most likes. She will be coming into the salon for a full makeover on the house, including a Total Indulgence Body Treatment, Hair Cut and Color, a blowout and a full makeup lesson. We are so excited to have her into the salon!!11268999_10152798509616109_2472221828813359191_n

Do you want to win cool stuff too?

Well you need to like us on our Facebook page!!

Go to to see all of our updates, contests and specials in real time.

Earth Month Success and Winners!

This year we had a very successful Earth Month, raising almost $3000 from local businesses, our wonderful clients and even our staff. All donations will go to our Earth Month Partner, Western Resource Advocates. Thank you to everyone who donated!!

As many of you saw, we had some amazing gift baskets provided by local businesses. Our raffle basket winners were Heather Johnson, Kirsten Heart, and Rachael Price.

Here is a shout out to all the amazing businesses who donated. Please support them!! They all really give back to their communities, not to mention that they are pretty amazing at what they do too!!

Atticus Restaurant: 1135 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210

Max’s Gill and Grill: Old South Gaylord Street Shops, 1052 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209

Boone’s Tavern: 1135 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210

1135 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210

Hapa Sushi:

Le Bakery Sensual: 300 E 6th Ave #4, Denver, CO 80203

300 E 6th Ave #4, Denver, CO 80203

Moose Hill Cantina Mexican Restaurant: 11911 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215

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Mary’s Mountain Cookies: 14405 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80401

Summer Recovery Tips – SKIN

Audrey HepburnWelcome to part two of our Summer Recovery blog. If you read the last one about hair, you already know how much damage the heat, sun and pool can do. Now it’s time to talk about skin. While dry air and chlorinated pools will definitely dry out your skin, the main summer villain is the sun. Some sun exposure is desired for getting Vitamin D, but too much time sunbathing can lead to sun spots, hypo-pigmentation, premature aging, wrinkles and melanoma!  


Stay out of the sun! I have very fair skin and it would have been super-damaged. I always wear sunscreen and I walk on the shady side of the street.” ~ Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

If you want your skin to look as smooth as Julianne’s at 53, you need to think about protecting yourself from the sun. Yes, some sun exposure is good for Vitamin D absorption, but there can be too much of a good thing. Sometimes in Colorado, especially if we’re spending time in the mountains, we forget to protect ourselves from the sun because it doesn’t always feel that hot – that does not mean we’re not still getting sunburned. I’m sure many of us have experienced that ski-mask, raccoon tan. The sun here can be dangerous year round, and you need to take precautions.

  • Wearing a hat is perhaps the easiest, most stylish way to protect your face from the sun. Not only does it protect your face, it protects the delicate skin on your scalp and it keeps your hair color from fading. Keep a hat by the front door and put it on every time you go out. If appropriate for your activity, choose a wide brim to protect the back of your neck as well.
  • Wear a physical block SPF or wear makeup that contains SPF. Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer aveda-inner-light-moisterizerhas a broad spectrum SPF 15.
  • Cover your décolletage – this is the skin on your neck, chest, shoulders and upper back. This area is one of the most prone to sun damage or sunspots.
  • Avoid peak hours in the sun – roughly 10am to 3pm. Although it’s generally regarded as a very bad idea to lay in the sun to get a tan – we know that for a lot of us it’s going to happen at some point. Going out later in the the day will decrease your risk of burning. Also, make sure you’re aware of how long you are laying out – check regularly to make sure your not burning and to reapply SPF. Do not pass out in the sun and wakeup half a lobster!
  • Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t wear long sleeves and long pants. A long-sleeve linen shirt can be very stylish and cool – and it keeps you from getting a farmers tan.
  • Feeling adventurous? Bring back the parasol! Plenty of hollywood starlets, past and present, have used a pretty umbrella to protect their skin from the sun.


Just like your hair, your skin needs extra hydration during the summer. Aveda Intensive Hydrating MasqueIt may seem like your skin produces more oil during this time of year, but if it is, it’s trying to compensate for the moisture it’s not getting. During the day you can use a light-weight lotion like Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion for normal to oily skin. For a more intensive, bi-weekly treatment, try Aveda’s Brightening Intensive Massage Masque – this mask is part of the Enbrightenment line, and in addition to hydrating your skin with Organic Shea Butter, it also works to combat discoloration and dark spots.

For your body, try Aveda’s new Shampure Body Lotion – now your favorite shampoo scent is in a lotion! This lotion moisturizes with olive oil and has 25 pure flower and plant essences. If you have suffered a bad sunburn, take a baking soda and apple cider vinegar bath, then follow with the Intensive Hydrating Masque. This mask was designed for your face, but it really feels like magic on sunburned skin.

Exfoliation – Face

Aveda-tourmaline-cleanserWe should all be exfoliating our face, but in the summer you really need to be careful. Remember, if you’re not taking every precaution to keep your face protected from the sun, it is left extremely vulnerable. Imagine how much damage can be done if you’ve already removed some of the outer layers of skin cells. If you are using any type of product with retinoids you could cause permanent damage to your skin by exposing it to the sun. Many dermatologists will recommend discontinuing retinol use in the summer in favor of something with vitamin C – try Aveda’s Brightening Corrective Serum. If you still feel you need more exfoliation, you can use the Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser. For a quick fix for a physical exfoliation try adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your gel cleanser – cleanse lightly for a polished feeling.

Exfoliation – Body

Find a coffee scrub recipe on Pinterest.

Find a coffee scrub recipe on Pinterest.

So it’s the last half of summer and you’re rocking a nice, golden tan. But maybe you’ve noticed that if you’re not constantly lathering up with lotion your skin looks like it has a white film on it. That lovely dull layer covering your gorgeous tan is dead skin cells. We all know that we should exfoliate our face, but we forget about the rest of our skin sometimes. You can put on all the moisturizer you want, but if you don’t clear away the dead skin cells first, your moisturizer might have a difficult time penetrating your skin. Take a few extra minutes in the shower once a week and exfoliate your whole body – you’ll be glad you did. We recommend Aveda’s Smoothing Body Polish that has ground walnut shells to help exfoliate. You can also make a great body polish from things you have in your kitchen. Our favorite is a coffee body scrub. There are hundreds of recipes for this on Pinterest  – we like mixing coffee grounds, brown sugar and coconut oil. We can’t vouch for it’s cellulite diminishing properties, but it will make your skin feel so smooth.


What’s Up Doc?

Very few things about summer should be serious, but keeping an eye on your skin should be. That is why you should learn the warning signs of melanoma. More and more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, and the places these cancers are found might surprise you – like the bottom of your foot. Keep an eye on all freckles and moles to watch for change in size and irregular shapes. Schedule a yearly check-up with your dermatologist to help you keep an eye on hard to see places and to make sure that nothing has developed that shouldn’t be there. Remember, when it comes to skin and sun – prevention is everything.

6 Tips for Summer Hair Recovery

Ok, so we know summer is not over yet, but that doesn’t mean that all the sun, chlorine, salt-water, dry air, and ponytails haven’t already done some serious damage to your hair. Nothing will fade your color sooner or wreck your ends faster than a care-free summer of hair neglect. But its not quite too late – here are some ways to give your locks some love before further damage is done.

1. Get a Haircuta girl getting her hair cut

Summer schedules are hectic, and when trying to wrap your calendar around vacations and weekend getaways, it’s easy to let the 6 weeks between haircuts stretch to months. NOT A GOOD IDEA. With the added heat and dryness of summer here in Colorado, your ends are going to split faster. The longer split ends are left untrimmed, the farther up the hair shaft they split, especially when you add in the strain that putting your hair in a pony or top knot causes. This means that when you finally do get a hair cut, you will probably have to get MORE cut. Haircuts don’t take long, and because summer schedules are made more last minute, it may be easier than you think to get an appointment.

2. Gloss Your Color

imagesDepending on the type of color you get, it may not be unreasonable to say that you haven’t been in to get your color done since the summer started. The sun, chlorinated pools and salt water can fade your color and leave mineral deposits in your hair – leaving your color brassy or with other undesirable tones. A quick fix for this is a demi-permanent hair color, also known as a gloss or a toner. This type of color can be done at the shampoo bowl and processes in 20 minutes or less. A clarifying shampoo can be done before hand to remove mineral buildup from your hair that you may have gotten from the pool. Your color will look fresh, and the Aveda Sun Care Hair Veilnatural botanic conditioners in the demi color will help restore shine to dull hair. To help protect your color during the summer months it is good to use a sun protective spray, like Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, and wear a hat when you can (your face will thank you for that, too). Also, it’s a good rule of thumb to always wet your hair before getting into the pool – that way your hair will absorb clean water, and there won’t be room for the chlorinated water to seep in. For Aveda’s entire Sun Care line click here.

3. Deep Conditioning Treatment

All the summer factors that we’ve mentioned can also leave your hair desperately in need of moisture. When hair is dry it tries to reach out to the environment for hydration – this is the wonderful phenomenon that gives us FRIZZ. Not good! While Colorado is known for its dry climate, that doesn’t mean that the humidity won’t spike when we get those summer thunder storms. So to avoid having your do frizz out on a summer night, give your hair the moisture it needs. If you’re coming into the salon for that haircut (that you probably need), add on a Botanical Hair Therapy. Its basically like a facial for your hair, steam towel and all! But if you’re running short on time, at least pick up a hair mask that you can do at home. We recommend Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque. Use this bergamot and lavender scented mask once a week to soften your hair.

4. Avoid Styling Tools

Aveda Be CurlyDuring the summer if you have days when you don’t have to blow out your hair or style it for work – consider letting the natural heat do the job for you. If you have some natural wave in your hair, this is a great time of year to take advantage of it. Add a curl enhancing product like Aveda’s Be Curly, and either diffuse until about 70% dry, or just let it air dry completely. If you’re not concerned about the curl, add a little moisture with Aveda’s Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil – this will give you shine and help keep the frizz away.

5. Stay Hydrated

For the benefit of your hair and your skin, it’s important for your whole body to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water is Tang Orange Zingergreat, but it can get a little boring. Try pouring herbal teas over ice for refreshing hydration that is tasty and exciting. Teas that are naturally sweet, like Aveda’s Comforting Tea, are great alternatives to artificially sweetened beverages. We also like citrus based teas like Celestial Seasonings Tangerine Orange Zinger and Citrus Kiss by Good Earth. You can also add cucumbers and strawberries to a pitcher of water to add some flavor, like we do in the salon each day.

6. Skip the Moroccan Oil

I know Moroccan oil is the new buzz lately…but did you know that it can actually be bad for your hair instead of doing the wonders that it’s ads proclaim? Moroccan oil is full of silicon, which lays on top of the hair actually keeping the moisture from absorbing inside the hair.

Instead opt for Aveda Dry Remedy Oil. It uses essential oils, including organic Buriti Oil, that absorb into the hair. It doesn’t just make it look and feel soft, like Moroccan Oil, but it actually heals and moisturizes the hair from the inside out, without the greasy finish.