five favorites – spring style!

May 2016

With April past us and warmer weather finally surfacing, it’s time for fresh spring looks, sun-kissed tresses, and a brand-spanking-new edition of our Five Favorite hairstyles at Sine Qua Non Salons!

Jac styled a beautiful bridal updo!

Jac styled a beautiful bridal updo!

Spring is the season of formal affairs, and Andersonville stylist Jac helped kick off the splendor with her client Melissa and a beautiful bridal updo! For her appointment, Melissa brought with her floral inspiration from her wedding arrangements, and Jac ended up using the blossoms in Melissa’s ‘do! To style this romantic look, Jac did an abundant amount of twisting and twining to sweep everything back and off Melissa’s neck. Additionally, she gave the blushing bride a trim around her face-framing layers, adding a piecey,  windswept look. She employed R & Co‘s Outer Space Flexible Hairspray to add just the right amount of hold with flexibility. These side pieces then had the freedom to move but could still maintain the memory and elegance built into this updo. Jac related that Melissa’s hair was the perfect length for this kind of updo – it was long enough to allow for Jac’s creativity with the fairy-tale twists, but not so long that it got bulky or cumbersome to affix. Additionally, SQN‘s own new stylist and makeup artist Dahlia contributed to this dazzling wedding look! Dahlia did Melissa’s makeup for the big day, and the end result was ravishing.

Dahlia gave Melissa gorgeous eyes for her wedding!

Dahlia gave Melissa gorgeous eyes for her wedding!

She used a mixture of corals and very bronzed colors for inspiration, and applied an orangeish coral in her eye crease for definition. Dahlia kept Melissa’s lids very natural and skin toned to add brightness, and rather than applying an overly defined cat eye, created a soft and smokey liner look to give her a sultry finish. Said Melissa, “Thanks so much! You helped make my day so special and everyone loved my ‘do!”

Sarah's client Josh was runner up in our Selfie Contest!

Sarah’s client Josh was runner up in our Selfie Contest!

Warmer weather at Sine Qua Non has also marked the conclusion of our Selfie Contest! This week’s Five Favorites would surely be remiss without the inclusion of Josh, our Selfie Contest runner up. Josh is a client of Sarah‘s at Lakeview and an unequivocal staff favorite. Said Sarah, “Josh is a very gentle man, with a nice, finger-length gentleman’s cut!” He has been coming to Sine Qua Non to see Sarah for six years, and has developed the habit of expressing his gratitude for Sarah’s craftsmanship in the form of limited edition Oreos. Josh’s dapper ‘do was perfected this time around by Bumble and bumble‘s Grooming Creme, which acts as both a finishing texturizer and a styling moisturizer. The piecey, satin finish is even further accentuated by Sarah’s use of R & Co’s Conformist Paste, which is great for pliability all day long.

In other noteworthy news at Sine Qua Non, this month’s Five Favorites is boosted by the graduation of one of our own! Lincoln Park new talent member Michelle completed the SQN training program, and per tradition the team lionized this event by enjoying a soiree in her honor! Michelle presented a bohemian themed extravaganza, and showcased her exceptional styling skills in a veritable flower-child fashion show. These looks included heaps of textures, braids, and (of course) flowers.

Michelle gave Kathy a beautiful bohemian updo!

Michelle gave Kathy a beautiful bohemian updo!

Michelle used a crimper to enhance some of her models’ curly texture, and completely embraced finishing products in her quest for dilettante chic! Memorable choices included Bumble and bumble’s Cityswept Finish spray wax for shine and grip on braided tresses, Bumble and bumble’s colored Hair Powder for added lived-in texture and hold, and a combination of R & Co’s Outer Space Hairspray with with R & Co’s Vicious for the ultimate holding power. Michelle pulled out all the stops with her braiding work, and promulgated styles including Dutch braids, waterfall braids, and even a fishtail braid set! sine-qua-non-salon-lincoln-park-michelle-soiree-libbyAs the finishing touch for her bohemian spring beauties, Michelle added baby’s breath and tiny daisies to the dreamy updos. We couldn’t be more excited for her rose-colored welcome to the stylist floor!sine-qua-non-salon-lincoln-park-michelle-soiree-curl-set

Meanwhile back at SQN Lakeview, stylist Josie created a gorgeous warming-up-weather look for her client
Maggie! This client is a huge fan of the deep “v” shaping for her cuts. To get those luscious waves, Josie gave Maggie a blowout with Bumble and bumble‘s newest Bb Curl Gel Oil, which is equal parts curl enhancing and moisturizing! Josie used a gigantic curling iron to even further intensify the wave pattern. In terms of color, Maggie has been opting to refrain from changing things up in lieu of her pregnancy. Instead, she’s been riding the coattails of the last major life event for which Josie highlighted her hair: Maggie’s wedding day! We love watching the evolution of our long term clients’ hairstyles, and Josie said that getting to be a part of this next chapter in Maggie’s story was a treat! To finish this ‘do, Josie used Bumble and bumble’s Thickening Contour Cream, which generates an extra dose of shine and separation for those lovely layers!

Josie gave her client Maggie a lovely spring cut!

Josie gave her client Maggie a lovely spring cut!

Last but not least on the Five Favorites lineup is SQN West Town stylist Mischa, who participated in an educator’s workshop and came back with some wonderful spring inspiration! Mischa’s model received a curl set that was inspired by a Dolce and Gabanna shoot styled by R & Co titan Garren.  Mischa used a Marcel iron for this wave set, and turned to R & Co’s Chiffon Styling Mousse to keep things soft and touchable. Love it!

Mischa created a beautiful curl set at the R&Co education event!

Mischa created a beautiful curl set at the R&Co education event!

Ready for your own springtime makeover? Inspired by the blossoming weather and gorgeous ‘dos? Make sure to stop by one of Sine Qua Non‘s four locations and let us style your next momentous spring occasion!
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