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.

Zandi K Newsletter – Summer/Fall 2014

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To Our Dear Friends and Clients,

Here at Zandi K Salon and Skin Studio we have so much exciting news we want to share with you. Through hard work and dedication, and your continued support, we have been able to grow our business in the past year to further our dedication to excellence in our industry. You are the reason that we are able to do what we love, and because of that, we want to share our story of growth and success with you. Below are some of the highlights from the past year, and a few things that you can expect from us in the future.

Thank you for your amazing love and patronage,

Faye, Nicki, and The Zandi K Team

New Location

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Faye and Mark McGrath at Denver West

While it has definitely been our most labor-intensive endeavor this year, we could not be more excited about opening the doors of our Denver West location. We are so happy that we will be able serve our wonderful and loyal clients from two locations in Denver. Our new Aveda Lifestyles location features eight styling chairs, a brow bar and body wax room, as well as a full Aveda retail experience. Many of our talented staff members will be splitting their schedules between the Central Denver (Inca St.) and Denver West locations, giving our clients more access to the talent we have cultivated at Zandi K. Our new location has already been visited by some famous faces, including Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and Tad Kinchla of Blues Traveler, and we know you will be as excited about the beautiful new place as they were. Stop by and see us today at 14235 W. Colfax.

And don’t forget that we want to see all of your friends! For each new guest that you send in to either salon, you get a $10 service credit on your account!


Expansion and Education

a girl getting her hair cutLooking for a little more space? So were we. We have expanded our Inca St. location to include four additional styling stations, as well as a dedicated space for our Advanced Education Training. As always, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing our clients with the very best services – performed by individuals who have carefully crafted their technique. At Zandi K we don’t just sharpen our shears; we sharpen our skills through weekly trainings and advanced education with Aveda. We are proud to be a leader in salon and spa training, and we are honored to host Aveda Calendar Classes for the entire Denver Aveda network.



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Our Sexy Zandi K Team in Vegas

One of the things we pride ourselves on at Zandi K is keeping our stylists excited about our industry – and what could be more exciting than a red carpet awards show in Las Vegas?! NAHA, the North American Hairstyling Awards, is the Grammies or Oscars of our industry. This annual awards ceremony recognizes the leaders and innovators in the salon world for outstanding achievement in cut, color, makeup, avant-garde styling and more. This year Faye and Nicki had the pleasure of joining eight Zandi K staff members on the red carpet at Mandalay Bay to
cheer on fellow stylists and be inspired by the very latest in hair and makeup. Our team came back energized and motivated to bring new styles to the mile-high city. We’d say more, but you know how it goes: what happens in Vegas…


New Brandingzandi k salon logo

What’s that you say? Something looks different? Well, thank you for noticing. We hope you love our new branding as much as we do! In an effort to continue our growth, and stay current with our fresh new attitude, we’ve made some exciting changes to our branding and logo. Over the next few weeks you’ll notice these changes in our online presence, on the web and in social media, and at our locations in our signage, business cards and menus. We love our new look as much as we love creating new looks for you!


Social Media Interaction and Contests

It has always been our goal to provide our clients with the latest in beauty and fashion in the salon. To take that idea a step further, we want to make that information available to you not just in the salon, but wherever you are. We are striving to create useful, valuable content for our clients, and beauty lovers across the globe, and deliver that information to you through blogging, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Following us on social media will give you instant access to makeup tips, hair color trends, updo tutorials, before and after pictures, beauty blogs, industry news and more. In addition, we will be hosting regular social media contests than can win you Aveda products and Zandi K gift cards. Don’t miss out and please tell your friends!

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A sneak peak at one of the new looks for Aveda’s fall campaign.

Aveda Fall Collection

We are so proud and can’t help but brag about one of our fabulous owners, Nicki Wenz. She had the privilege of being one of the creative minds behind the makeup looks for Aveda’s new fall collection. The pictures will be part of Aveda’s international marketing and we can’t wait till they come out so we can share them with you. Here’s a little sneak peak. Way to go Nicki!

New Faces

Now that we have two locations, we have some extra space to fill. You may be seeing some new faces around the salons. Help us in welcoming our newest Zandi K Team members.

If you know anyone that has the talent, energy, and awesome personality needed to be a Zandi K Team member, send them our way. They can email their resumes to email@zandkisalon.com.


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 email@zandiksalon.com. 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 www.westernresourceadvocates.org.

 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

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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