Last month, on one of the coldest days of the year, I saw a homeless man, here in Lisle, sitting on the curb wrapped in a blanket. I thought how is this possible that there isn’t somewhere for the homeless to get out of the cold. It really bothered me. (I later found out that after walking over 3 miles, he was turned away from PADS because he was from out of state and the locals had 1st priority).
I went back to work and called a client of ours Linda Alberty, owner of Cultivate Excellence, who organized a crusade this Christmas to help the homeless in Chicago, called Operation Jesus. I wanted to see if she was aware of any resources to help Bill. She was kind enough to donate a warm blanket and some other supplies.
I went back searching for him to find out his story… His name was Bill and he was from South Carolina. He came here to care for his ailing brother who has now sadly passed. Bill was stranded with no way home. He had a tattered old backpack barely containing everything he owned. I replaced it with a sturdy canvas backpack and filled it with supplies, and food. I asked him if he would like to go back to South Carolina. He was so grateful for the opportunity to return home. So, we started a collection in the salon and were astounded by all the generosity and kindness from our clients! One of our clients actually paid for his plane ticket! Thank you so much Nancy! We had clients and our stylists not only donating cash but clothing, shoes, toiletries etc.! How gratifying it was to experience the goodness and selfless acts of humanity first hand!
The end of the story is that Bill came in the night before his flight to the salon where I gave him a shampoo, haircut and shaved off his beard that had helped keep him warm all those cold winter days and nights!
Rayme’s Restaurant in Lisle donated a hot dinner which he thoroughly enjoyed! Courtney was kind enough to donate an UBER drive to the airport! Bill was on his way home….
Bon Voyage Bill! We wish you the best!
We want to thank all of you that contributed in any way in helping Bill!
If you would like to do your part to contribute in helping the homeless please simply vote for Cultivate Excellence who is participating in a contest, that would award them a $25,000 prize which would enable her to do even more to help the homeless…One of Linda’s goals is to purchase a bus and install a shower so they could travel to the homeless and allow them a warm safe place to get clean. Please help Linda by simply VOTING HERE (you can click the Yellow VOTE button up to 10 times every hour) Thank you for your help!
5 New Year’s Resolutions For Healthy-Looking Hair
Every new year, many of us use this time to make resolutions to improve our lives in some way. This year why not resolve to have healthier, beautiful hair.
Here are a few tips to help you on your way!
Resolution #1: Minimize The Use Of Heat Styling Tools!
Excessive use of hair dryers, curling irons or flat irons are one of the worst culprits that causes damage to your hair. We know they can be difficult to give up completely, so why not aim to lower your usage, and your wattage instead.
According to researchers, 365°F is what you want your flat iron to be. That temperature allows the most styling benefits in the fewest strokes, helping hair retain moisture and easily sealing the cuticle—which leaves your locks shiny, smooth, and resistant to humidity. But keep in mind, this is an average only for those of you that have normal undamaged hair. Many of us are over heating our hair causing damage, dryness and breakage! Make sure the temperature is right for your hair. This is a big one. Fine, damaged or chemically treated hair should only be ironed at a low setting, below 300 degrees. Normal hair can be ironed at 300-380 and thick, coarse or extra curly hair at 350-400. Anything higher is a no-no and unnecessary. Once you reach 420°F this is the temp where keratin protein starts to melt—something you can't repair; causing breakage and split ends.)
So, try to cut back on heated styling and if you really must use your styling tools, be sure to prep your hair with a heat protectant to help limit the damage like Onesta’s Thermal Setting Mist. Not only will it protect your hair from heat damage it also protects hair color with a natural sunscreen and adds shine and control with flexible hold and manageability. Trust us, your hair will thank you later!
Resolution #2: Moisturize!
If you’re dealing with dry, damaged hair, you’ll definitely need to up your moisturizing game in 2017! Dry hair can often lead to brittleness and breakage (which is something none of us want), so be sure to quench parched strands by using rich, hydrating hair products, like the All-Nutrients or Onestas Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, or consider a deep treatment with Onesta’s Moisture Mask. This intense treatment repairs damage to the cortex, seals the cuticle & stabilizes porosity levels.
To repair or prevent broken bonds in your hair schedule an Oleplex treatment. It is the only treatment with a proven track record to fix hair from the inside out repairing broken bonds. Even better, purchase a series of treatments that will insure your locks will look their very best in 2017! See coupon.
Resolution #3: Schedule Regular Salon Visits
Regular trims help your strands stay healthy-looking by removing dry, damaged split ends. Remember, once your hair strands split it will continue to split; running up the hair shaft until it breaks off, leaving those unsightly frizzy fly a-ways. It’s recommended to book a haircut every 6-8 weeks. Try pre-booking a few haircuts in advance at the beginning of the year. This way, you’ll have no excuse to get your split ends trimmed off!
New Year’s resolutions for healthy hair: Sleep on a silk pillow.
Resolution #4: Sleep On A Silk Pillow
This clever New Year’s resolution won’t only benefit your hair, but it’s wonderful for your skin as well. Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, causes your strands to rub together, causing friction and therefore, more damage. But when you sleep on a silk or satin pillow, your hair won’t rub together as much, plus it won’t absorb as much moisture from your locks, either! Another tip is to use a neck pillow that will keep your head supported to avoid any chance of friction.
Resolutions #5: Pay Attention To Your Diet!
As well as using the right products and getting your hair cut regularly, your diet is another thing that plays a huge part in achieving healthy-looking hair: While eating a balanced diet is a no-brainer, there are certain types of food that can even help with the production of healthy hair, like salmon, poultry, avocados, wheats, grains, eggs, and sweet potatoes. If your diet is not the best then I recommend supplementing with “It Works”, “Hair Skin and Nails” (made with the highest quality ingredients and bioavailability to insure the health of your hair, skin and nails). Remember the health of your hair begins from within!
So now that we’ve given you some resolutions to add to your list, why not check out some do-it-yourself tips and tricks for healthy, strong hair in the new year; featured in the blog Cultivate Excellence wrote on us; Main Street Hair Company!
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There is nothing more wonderful than to come home on a cold day and smell a pot of something delicious simmering away, ready to dive in and warm up! Here is a delicious and easy twist from traditional chili.
This extra-cheesy, not-too-spicy white chicken chili preps in just 5 minutes. Enjoy!
5 hrs to make, serves 12
32 oz Chicken broth
Baking & Spices
I made this for our Salon Holiday Party and this recipe was highly requested by our guests!
It makes a wonderful gift and your guests will love it served at your holiday dinner party.
It’s super easy to make…make ahead a couple of days so the flavors meld. You can put it in some decorative bottles for gift giving. Sometimes I save some cool looking liquor bottles to use to store and serve my Baileys. I have bought 1 cup colored bottles and corked them and gave a mini bottle of Bailey's to each of my 6 of siblings for our family Christmas party.
Homemade Baileys Irish Cream
13 oz of whiskey (I use Canadian Mist)
2 oz Kahlua
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup ½ and ½
1 tsp. instant coffee
1 tsp chocolate syrup
Blend all together and pour into bottles and store in the fridge.
Makes about 5 cups.
Our Grand Re-opening party/Holiday Party on December 8th was a HUGE success! Thanks to all those who joined us. Check out the pictures and stories below from our celebration.
Pam sure does throw one heck of a party!! We had a 12' table of amazing food, homemade Bailey's liqueur, beer, & wine, and raffles and door prizes as well.
Bettina from Bettina's Tea of Naperville provided non-alcoholic options all night long as well. Thanks, Bettina! (Find her on Facebook and the Web: Bettinastea.com)
Three of our Door Prizes went to the same family! Dan, Nicole, and Jeri won over $250 in prizes. Not bad for a $20 investment!
It's a blue and white holiday at Main Street Hair Company!
We love you all, and hope you each have a safe, happy holiday surrounded by loved ones. Thanks for making Main Street Hair Company the best hair salon in Lisle. :)
You're Invited to our Holiday Party on December 8th from 6-8pm!!
We wanted to take a moment to tell you how much we appreciate you.. and to show you JUST how much, we are having a party to celebrate you! Join us on December 8th from 6-8pm here in the salon for our Annual Christmas Party/Grand Opening/Open House. We will have wine, beer, specialty cocktails, appetizers, and product giveaways and education. You can enter our door prize raffle and Split the Pot raffle too!
RSVP here - Bring a friend, or a few! It will be a very fun night out in Lisle (you can always head next door to Yerbabuena restaurant after our party for a night cap too!)
It's no secret that we LOVE holidays here at Main Street Hair Company. We've narrowed down our favorite recipes to two to share with you: Savory and Sweet.
#1: Awesome Sausage, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing
This fun twist on a Thanksgiving holiday favorite has "5 Stars" and has been liked over 3,000 folks!
#2: Pumpkin Crunch Cake
We are honored and thrilled to introduce Jill, the newest member of our salon family. Jill brings a plethora of talent and experience to our team. She has spent the last 20 years developing her artistry since graduating from the world-renowned Pivot Point international Cosmetology School. Pivot Point is considered to be the premiere and global leader in hair and beauty education Jill continued on to attend John Roberts Powers to receive her certification as a makeup artist. She has used her talent in formal hair design and make-up to create many beautiful and happy brides.
Being an inherently creative person Jill has explored and developed multiple talents in most every area of the industry throughout the span of her career. The experience and advanced training she’s received working in several salons throughout the city; including an exclusive all men's salon, has enabled her to provide an expansive repertoire of services. As well as her artistry in bridal and special occasion hair and make up, (including airbrush make up and false eyelashes), she excels in both long and short women's haircuts, including trend cuts, razor cuts and invisible layers.
In addition to traditional color, her color skills include corrective color, highlights/lowlights, Ombré and Balayage. She has advanced training and experience in men's haircutting with an emphasis on fades and trend cuts. Jill prides herself on having the ability to perform any service a client should request with confidence and continues to stay current with educational courses to learn the latest trends.
Jill grew up on the southwest side of Chicago and moved to the western suburbs after marrying her long time love, Dave, a well-revered firefighter/paramedic in a neighboring community. They share their home with a handsome Persian fur baby they call Jack. Another one of Jill’s passions is in the kitchen.. Already talented she’s honed her culinary skills at Kendall College in Chicago...we are all looking forward to some samples in the near future!
Jill can best be described as being genuine, having a laid back nature and as someone who loves to laugh. She can carry on a conversation no matter what the topic!
Jill is currently available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Stop on in to Main Street Hair Company and give her the opportunity to work some magic on you...
HAIR STYLIST NEEDED ASAP!
We just lost a stylist and need either a full or part-time, experienced,
talented, stylist for retained clients, overflow and new clients.
We get an average of 40 new clients a month from our
5 star reviews on the internet and Yelp!
We are short staffed and busy so you will build quickly if you are skilled.
Great location next to busy restaurant and across from 200 luxury
apartments currently being built! (lots of potential new clients)!
Definitely need someone for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
but full-time and booth rental is available as well.
• Women and Men’s haircutting
• Formal styling
• Facial/eyebrow waxing
• Manicure experience a bonus but not necessary
Want to join our salon team? CALL Pam at 630-640-1996 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
We look forward to meeting you, and thank you for your interest in our salon!
We are phasing out of several of our retail products to make room for our exciting "New" COLOR WOW Line. We’re having a Blow Out Sale with 25% OFF on ALL products with old packaging in our All-Nutrient Organic line as well as select products that we’ll no longer be carrying in White Sands, Redken for Men and Mediceuticals. We will be discontinuing our Paul Mitchell line. We will be keeping some of yours and our favorites though… When you buy 2 or more products save even more with 30% OFF the marked price!
So stock up now and take advantage of the Savings!