Thursday, November 12, 2015

Shine Salon and the Habitat Metrolina ReStores

Shine Salon and the Habitat Metrolina ReStores

Shine Salon is expanding and bought the adjacent lot. Soon, there will be more parking for the Shine family. But we can't forget about the existing structure on the lot. The Portal, the store/house stood on the lot for a long time, and was in need of more love (and repairs) than we could provide.  

We teamed up with the Habitat Metrolina ReStores deconstruction program to salvage the home, sending what was salable (cabinets, sinks, home decor items) to the Charlotte Habitat ReStore. The items will be kept out of the landfill, put to good (re)use and will help raise funds to further Habitat's home building programs. 
Check out a behind scenes peek!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Rosie Says: Shine This Holiday Season

Here it comes….the holiday season is fast approaching. It is a wonderful time of the year with celebrations galore.  While the goal most likely is to sparkle and shine, the added stress of longer lists and endless obligations can leave us feeling and looking worn out. Good skin does not typically come naturally; it tends to come along with dedication and following a good skin care routine without fail.

Before this ball gets rolling, let’s make a plan.

Start with the obvious….use a sunscreen such as PCA Perfecting Protection.

The sun is your skin’s worst enemy. It zaps it of moisture, it makes it look old, it instigates wrinkles and lines, it causes dark spots and it just makes your skin look bad. You can pretty much bet that skin that looks healthy, young and fresh is being protected from the damaging effects of the sun every single day, regardless of the weather. If you forgo a good UVA and UVB sun protectant, you’re just asking for weathered-looking skin.

Get a good night’s sleep.

While we sleep, our skin is hard at work to repair and rejuvenate itself—and it does its best work at
night. Staying up too late impedes your skin’s normal functionality, which is why it can look tired, dull and puffy come morning. Plan around those parties and as much as you can, go to sleep at the same time and make sure you get at least eight hours. This will help keep your skin looking refreshed.

Use a retinol such as PCA Intensive Brightening Treatment 0.05% Retinol.

One of the best things you can do for your skin is to use a retinol every single night to help slow the
aging process. Not only do retinols speed up cell turnover, but they also help to stimulate collagen
production for skin that’s plump, smooth and glowing.

Hydrate your skin with a moisturizer such as PCA Collagen Hydrator.

Hydration is one of the key components for great skin. If you don’t moisturize your skin (make sure to always use a moisturizer that is compatible with your skin type and skin needs), your skin looks dry and lines and wrinkles can become accentuated. Well-hydrated skin allows for your makeup to go on that much smoother, too.

Visit your Aesthetician (that’s me) for a PCA Peel, Mask or Facial treatment

Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells, but with age, that process starts to slow down and your skin needs a little help. That’s where exfoliation comes in. Your aesthetician will do this by prescribing the best treatment for you to remove those dead skin cells. This is the key to skin that’s bright, evenly toned and able to properly reflect light.

Follow these simple steps and let yourself shine.

Till next time,

Monday, October 5, 2015

Shine Salon & Style Night Out

Our stylists had a blast at Style Night Out! Stanley, Amy, Christina, AJ, and Mark partnered with Ladies of Lineage to present beautiful looks that rocked the runway!

Murphy Photos.Net - Photography Services - Charlotte, NC: Style Night Out 2015 &emdash;
Murphy Photos.Net - Photography Services - Charlotte, NC: Style Night Out 2015 &emdash;
Murphy Photos.Net - Photography Services - Charlotte, NC: Style Night Out 2015 &emdash;
Murphy Photos.Net - Photography Services - Charlotte, NC: Style Night Out 2015 &emdash;
Murphy Photos.Net - Photography Services - Charlotte, NC: Style Night Out 2015 &emdash;  

For more images from Style Night Out click here.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Product Spotlight: Techni Art Next Day Hair

Let's talk product!

The new products from L'Oreal Professional have arrived and we at Shine, have become OBSESSED with Next Day Hair.

I always love my hair on day 2. A little bit of grit and a lot more texture. Next Day Hair gives us all of this in just a couple of sprays. Although it has a light hold, its formulated with mineral salt to give a textured look making it ideal for any hair type. You can use as little or as much as you prefer.

I've experimented with this product a bit and have come to love using it on those soft, fine hair clients that are looking for a bit more volume and some definition as well as something that they can reactivate through the day. Use it at the root or all over. You can spray Next Day Hair and use the blow dryer going up the hair strand in order to get big hair results or sleek it back into a textured pony. There really is no wrong way to use this product, the key is to just have fun with it!


Monday, August 31, 2015

Rosie Says: A Visit to the Esthetician Is Important!

Isn’t time to stop guessing?

How many times have you made a visit to the department store or the drug store looking for a new skin care item only to be overwhelmed by to many choices or the wrong advice? So you take a chance and buy something with hopes it will work, only to add it to the pile of unused product and lost dollars. We have all been there. 

Enter the job of your personal esthetician. I love my career because it’s my privilege to get to know you. When you come in for a service, any service, it becomes my job to listen to you. The questions I ask you are not only about your skin but the other factors that contribute to its well-being. By understanding your activity level, sun exposure, ancestry, medical history, etc., I can then make informed suggestions that will benefit your desire to look your best.

So talk to me. Talk to me about your skin care challenges, your desire for improvement and/or maintaining healthy skin at any age. This gives us a chance to discuss your goals and expectations for the first visit, and long term goals for the future. Let me help you take the confusion out of your skin care.

In addition, as an esthetician, I am trained to recognize early signs of many medical conditions affecting the skin, and will refer you to a dermatologist in such a case. We often work together with
complimenting services.
Don’t let it be said that one of your biggest regrets is lack of care you gave your skin. It’s time to stop

Friday, July 31, 2015

Product Spotlight: Kevin.Murphy Shimmer.Shine

Kevin Murphy Shimmer.Shine

We love Kevin.Muprhy's Shimmer.Shine for SO many reasons!  Not only does it revive dry, dull hair but it repairs it too! With Vitamin A, C and E,  and the ability to use it on wet or dry hair gives an instant healthy shine without and oil finish. Plus it's paraben free! This product wins all the way around.

Till next time,

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Product Spotlight: Kevin Murphy Smooth.Again

Long-haired babes, if there was ever a time for your hair, it is now! Long, beach-y waves, soft curls and "un-done" hair is so on trend and my favorite product of the moment is Kevin Murphy's Smooth. Again! It's perfect for clients with a curl that needs just a bait of taming and is amazing on clients that need to control that Charlotte humidity frizz. Fine hair don't fret, it is great for you too! Anyone needing to take hold of their wild tresses this summer, Smooth.Again is for you!

Until next time,

Anointing iMpact Spray Product Spotlight

Get ANOINTED & COOL DOWN this Summer with Anointing iMpact Spray from iMpact color cosmetics! This heavenly mist is a game-changer when it comes to setting your makeup to ensure it looks super natural and wears all day. Even if you don't wear makeup (calling all guys), it is an amazing hydrator infused with calming cucumber, chamomile and green tea. We recommend trying it chilled. Just store it in the refrigerator and grab it any time you want to cool down, hydrate or set your makeup. 

WARNING: it's totally addictive! 
Available at Shine for $20.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Artist Spotlight: Lindsey Lindquist

Lindsey Lindquist is a native North Carolinian with a love for all things bright and abstract. She followed a painting scholarship out to Arizona State University and after four years of having (maybe too much?) fun in the sun she came back and put down roots in the Queen City. She is a former elementary teacher currently hanging out at home with her two kiddos under the age of two. On the weekends you can find her teaching painting classes at Wine and Design in Dilworth. Lindsey creates all of her paintings with love (and coffee) during nap time.
Her pieces will be on display through August, don't miss them! 


Monday, June 1, 2015

Beauty Smoothies

Stanley of iMpact color cosmetics shared beauty from the inside out to achieve healthy, glowing skin 24/7.

Rosie Says: Essentials For Summer Skincare

Treat your skin right this summer with these tips from Rosie!

1. Exfoliate for clearer, smoother skin
What it does: Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers.
When: Perform twice a week on your face and décolleté in the mornings prior to toner, moisturizer, SPF and make-up application. Daily exfoliation is recommended for the rest of your body.
Bonus: Make-up will last longer on an exfoliated skin!
Don’t forget: After you exfoliate, follow with a hydrating body cream to seal in moisture, and always shield freshly exfoliated skin with an SPF.
Recommended products: PCA Gentle Exfoliant, PCA Rejuvenating Serum, PCA Body Therapy and Perfecting Neck and Décolleté cream
Recommended treatments: Oxygenating Trio, Sensi Peel

2. Keep skin hydrated
How: Up your regimen’s level of hydration with serums containing moisture-binding ingredients. They work best when layered underneath a moisturizer. Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity.
Recommended products: PCA Total Strength serum or PCA Hydrating Serum
Recommended treatments: PCA Hydrating facial, Intensive Vitamin C treatment

3. Make friends with H20Why: Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells!
What you can do: Eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin, and assist in detoxification. Tip: If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink!
Recommended: Plain and pure water!

4.) When in doubt, apply (and reapply!)
Why: It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen, you must apply enough, and apply frequently. Studies indicate that most people do not apply nearly as much daylight protection as they should.
How much: A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as would fill a shot glass.
How often: Re-apply every two hours.
Tip: Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can.
Bonus: PCA's sophisticated formulas and technology let you select sun protection that works with your skin condition. That means you can choose oil-free, matte formulas, extra emollient formulas for dry skin, or a water resistant formula for sports activities. They are also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as effective UVA/UVB sunscreens.
Recommended product: Weightless Protection broad spectrum SPF 45, Perfecting Protection broad
spectrum SPF 30, Protecting Hydrator broad spectrum SPF 30, Hydrator Plus broad spectrum SPF 30 or Active broad spectrum SPF 45 (water resistant)
5. Soothe over-exposed skin
What: You forgot the sunscreen, didn’t apply enough, or got caught in a sunny spell.
What’s next: Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you don’t have to suffer in pain! Super-soothing botanicals and cooling gels can help prevent peeling and reduce redness and inflammation.
How: Apply cooling balms generously over-exposed skin.
Recommended products: PCA Après Peel Hydrating Balm, PCA Anti-Redness Serum, PCA Silkcoat Balm
Recommended treatments: PCA Pigment Control treatment, PCA Advanced Revitalization treatment

Don't forget to schedule your consultation for product or treatment recommendations with Rosie!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

PCA Skin Inner Beauty/ Outer Glow Kit

Don't miss the PCA Inner Beauty Outer Glow kit offered by Rosie this month! 

Perfecting Neck & Decollete Cream: Providing rapid results for smoother, younger-looking skin on the neck and chest. 
Ideal Complex; Revitalizing Eye Gel: Strengthens, firms, and lifts the skin around the entire eye area, including the eyelid, in as little as one week. 
Peptide Lip Therapy: Hydrates while minimizing fine lines and winkles, improving the overall appearance of the lip area.

Adding in-salon treatments to your at-home regiment will help you feel confident and keep you looking your best this summer!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Product Spotlight: Kevin.Murphy's Super.Goo

Men's styling for the spring/summer should be able to transition from the business week to a more relaxed weekend feel with ease. Achieve a more polished look with Kevin.Murphy's SUPER.GOO easily.
Apply SUPER.GOO to damp hair and blow dry into your desired style, you will have a pliable hold all day. Apply a finger tip of this rubberized product, comb thru hair with fingers or comb/brush into your desired style and then blow dry with vent brush. When blow-drying SUPER.GOO, it will mold to the style and will have lasting effect without a "gel" look.

Styled by Christina with Super.Goo
Super versatile, with this product you can achieve multiple looks. Use it to enhance curl and give hold to wavy and curly hair alike.  For a more relaxed weekend look, just apply a little bit to wet hair, comb or finger in and let dry naturally. Or add a finish with a little Kevin.Murphy's Knight Rider as well to give a more finished look.

Super.Goo Podcast from KEVIN.MURPHY on Vimeo.

Till next time,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Product Spotlight: Kevin.Murphy's Fresh.Hair

I am a true believer that no matter your style, cut, or color...healthy hair is always on trend! Spring and Summer are the perfect seasons to give heat styling a break. Let your hair do what it naturally wants to do. If you're curly or wavy- let it be! Less heat is also best for keeping those spring highlights and color fresher longer. 

Try Kevin Murphy's "Fresh Hair" Dry Shampoo instead of shampooing daily. It really absorbs oils, gives a fresh fragrance, and boosts the hair with a bit of body too! You will also save some time getting ready! Your hair will love you for it!

Until next time, 

iMpact Color Cosmetics Spotlight: Illusion iMpact Contour Powder

Are you experiencing the effects of gravity when it comes to your face? Did you realize you can make your face look leaner and lifted without invasive measures? You can. All with the magic of Illusion iMpact contour powder from iMpact color cosmetics. See what all the fuss is about. Book a contouring lesson with Stanley and SEE the difference!

Rosie Says: The Neck and Décolleté

Spring is here! Short sleeves and open necklines are back. Are you ready, or should I say is your skin ready?

This month’s target zone is the neck and décolleté.

The skin on the neck and chest is typically more sensitive, making skin aging more visible and harder to treat. Even those who regularly care for and protect the skin on their face often neglect to do the same for the skin on their neck and chest area. This area can also be an obvious giveaway to a person’s age. 

The most common visible signs of skin aging on the neck and chest include laxity, wrinkling, redness, hyperpigmentation and uneven texture. So what’s a girl to do?

The good news is it is never too late to reverse the aging process! The first place to start is to treat your neck and chest as an extension of your face. By cleansing, moisturizing and protecting with your daily SPF your skin’s destiny will be changed with noticeable results.

I offer a treatment specific to this area that can be done with the PCA peel or alone. The Perfecting Neck & Décolleté Treatment is formulated to target the neck and chest problem areas. The benefits include rapid results for firmer, younger looking skin in addition to antioxidant and pigment-inhibiting benefits.

Offered this month at Shine is the INNER BEAUTY/OUTER GLOW box set. This includes the Perfecting Neck and Décolleté Cream, Peptide Lip Therapy and Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel. These three products will target the “forgotten zones” and reduce signs of aging with proven results. The Perfecting Cream is formulated with Retinol, which as you may have heard is the key ingredient that reverses sings of aging!


After 1 week
After 2 weeks
Salon treatments along with your home regimen will help you to feel confident bearing more skin in the upcoming warmer months!

Olaplex: Knock Offs or Knock Out ?

We love Olaplex, a single ingredient chemistry, that is free of silicone or oils, that links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before.

From the American Board of Certified Haircolorists March 2015 Newsletter :

"We have now heard of 10 brands worldwide entering the category. It's easy to understand with Olaplex growing to a reported 70,000 salons in the USA in 6 months...

After many of my members emailed and asked my opinion... I decided to obtain samples and conduct my own independent tests to find out the truth and save my members and others from walking into a snake pit. I once had my own doubts about Olaplex. I even expressed the opinion that Olaplex was a rip-off. But after using the product for many months, I know that the chemistry is real and that you can do more as a colorist with Olaplex then without Olaplex. This is good for everyone in the color business.

I took four hair swatches from the same ponytail and bleached them using Blondor and 40 volume for 50 minutes for maximum effect. I followed each manufacturer's instructions precisely. The photograph below is after four shampoos. colorpHlex is on the far left, next is good old fashioned mineral oil, b3 Brazilian Bond Builder is next, and Olaplex on the far right.

I will say that after the first two shampoos, all of the swatches were in pretty good condition and it was difficult to tell the difference. The b3 and the Mineral Oil left the hair most shiny after the first shampoo which made me very curious. But after the fourth shampoo, it was clear that the other products were not holding up and seemed to prove to be nothing more than oil and silicone. They were only temporarily coating the hair thus creating an immediate shine, but unable to build or link broken bonds with any degree of quality. The hair felt dry and fragile. At best, they would be better served to call it an additive for shine. Anything more is a far stretch of the imagination. The Olaplex sample maintained its integrity and was the clear winner. We also performed similar tests on live models and Olaplex was always noticeably and significantly superior. The more compromised the hair was, the more Olaplex outperformed the rest. 

What concerns me is that they are making the same claims as Olaplex. They do not achieve what Olaplex does. I was so impressed with the results I had to call Dean Christal himself to ask what Olaplex had that the others do not? He said, "We have a real Chemistry that has multiple patents in the works." It must be so because in my long career I have never seen anything that has worked as well as Olaplex. 

The rapid growth of Olaplex is also proof that I am not the only one that is seeing the difference. It would be a shame to see a bunch of knock off brands hurt this category that is becoming so important to colorists around the world. These are just my opinions from tests that I have conducted. I encourage everyone to do the same.

Andre "

All of this boils down to one thing, Olaplex is a knockout!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Extensions by Shine's Resident Expert, Janna!

Extensions are a truly unique way of changing your look from short to long, from solid color to multidimensional color, or by adding immense amounts of volume in just seconds minutes or a few hours!

There are several different types of extensions: clip ends, tape ins, but the kind of extensions I prefer are Strand by Strand! 

I have used Great Lengths in the salon for the past decade and have seen some amazing transformations. From helping with thinning hair to helping someone grow their hair into another style. While providing you with all of these, they also lend length,volume and variation in tone and color. 

Although they can be more expensive, they do have a long life of 4 to 6 month and you still have the ability to shampoo, blow dry and style as normal! Change your look day to day by still using hot styling tools on your extensions, or day to night! 

Because of the wide range of possibilities, extensions are always trending, let's set up a consultation and see shy you would be a great candidate for them!

Till then,


BB Cream, the All-In-One Must Have!

Are you a makeup minimalist? Ever searched for the perfect product that looks and feels like natural skin? That search stops at Shine Salon with BB Cream from iMpact color cosmetics! This 6-in-1 primer, skin evener, color corrector, hydration, SPF and eye primer is THE MUST HAVE in your makeup bag! Exclusively at Shine Salon available in 3 color-adjusting shades, $38.

Product Spotlight: Kevin.Murphy UN.TANGLED

Somewhere between a crème and a spray, Kevin.Murphy's newly unveiled product UN.TANGLED is wonderful for “wash-and-wear hair”, for curly hair or wavy hair, or simply as an addition to your regime to aid frizz, free with no tangles. UN.TANGLED is designed to be used as a ‘leave-in’ product and is suitable for medium to thick hair that requires hydration. The leave in conditioner is formulated with a complex of nourishing Australian Fruit extracts. It helps to detangle, strengthen and restore hair, with added heat protection and is Paraben free.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rosie Says: PCA Chemical Peel

Are you ready to take your skin to the next level? Let’s talk about the PCA Chemical Peel.

Sure it’s a scary name but it has awesome results. Chemical peels are perhaps one of the most
misunderstood spa treatments out there, so I want to take some time to discuss what a chemical peel is and why you have nothing to fear.  In the end, you’ll love what they have to offer.

The topical application of acids is one of the most dependable and widely recognized methods of
improving the overall health and appearance of the skin. Advanced exfoliation can help you look
younger, reduce or eliminate skin imperfections such as sun spots and acne scars, and reduce the
appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Numerous studies have shown that all chemical peel solutions
stimulate collagen. It can be simply said that healthy skin is beautiful skin.

The PCA peel is a blended acid peel. A blended acid peel modifies the intensity of the solution but not the results. The modification allows for monthly treatments which in turn promotes healthy cellular
turnover rates. One of the best things to know is that these treatments are beneficial for most, if not all skin types. Sensitive skin becomes healthier at the cellular level and therefore stronger and less reactive.

Additionally, topically applied products are able to absorb into the skin more effectively when it is properly exfoliated, allowing for accelerated results.

So, with all of these benefits and little or no downtime involved, let’s take your skin care to the next level.

Shine Salon Artist Spotlight: Holly Keogh

The time has come for our next artist spotlight at Shine! Local artist, Holly Keogh's artwork will be hanging in Shine through March-May 1st! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sandi's Product Spotlight: Smooth.Again

Kevin.Murphy's Smooth.Again gives amazingly smooth and shiny results, while at the same time maintaining a pliable texture.  It has so many benefits: shine, frizz control, and heat protection.  It is like a BB Creme for the hair, what could be better!

Till next time,

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SouthPark Magazine Feature Serenity Now: Olaplex

We are so excited to introduce Olaplex to Shine Salon! Thank you to SouthPark Magazine for including us in their Serenity Now Wellness Feature in January! 

After having the treatment in the salon, which is currently only $30 through February 14, clients are given an eight-week supply of take home treatment to keep hair healthy and glossy throughout the chilly months. $30 through February 14, usually $50.