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CROWN is an answer to our hairdresser prayers! We now have validation from hair leader R+Co that yes; in fact, scalp exfoliation is an essential component in the health of your hair. The scalp is the second most absorbent part of your exterior, next to the forehead. That surprised us, too! Taking up toxins from the environment, fragrances, buildup, etc... can wreak havoc on your hair… SLOUGH that OFF!

Crown is the newcomer to R+Co’s ingenious line. A soothing scrub designed to ‘detoxify, cleanse and balance your scalp’ - thus improving the health of your hair. 

The concept, photography and product are all exemplary. R+Co is an inventive brand that continues to draw us deeper into it. The packaging master-mind, Amanda Wall, is nothing short of amazing - a true visionary. Looking at the overall picture of the brand, R+Co is absolutely a culture we can get behind.

We can’t wait for you to get your hands in it. We know that you’re going to love it!

 

Xo,

MJ
 

Back, Back to Cali, Cali

It’s hard to believe it’s only been a week since we spoke to Howard McLaren at R+Co’s Regional Education Event at the Fort Mason Center, in San Francisco.

It was a beautiful, albeit, windy day in SF as we gathered at the Cowell Theater to revisit the “Bob” and the influence it has had on our culture for approximately the last century - that’s 100 YEARS! From futuristic styles to perfectly-coiffed and feminine hairdos; 10 models took the stage alongside R+Co’s incredibly talented and personable team of educators, to demonstrate cutting, styling and product use. It’s important to revisit the classics, the foundations that our craft was built on and to pay homage to those who came before us. Not to mention, brush up on our skillset, get re-inspired and socialize with other stylists from the region - and afar.

To give you an idea of just how influential R+Co’s co-founder Howard McLaren has been to haircutting; you know that amazing razor bob you’ve either seen, had or wish you’d had? It’s likely that you have Mr. McLaren to thank for that. The man is a creative genius. He’s the ultimate artist; a painter, a teacher, a musician, a sculptor of sorts, and he cooks… but not for breakfast… and you won’t catch the “foodie” hovering over his plate for IG bragging rights, either. #ifyoudidn’ttakeapicturedidithappen    

After the show, we met up with Howard to get a bit of insight on some upcoming trends and movements that are to come; both personally and for the brand.  

Here’s what we learned...


Howard McLaren: Interview

by MJ Scheve

MJ: What R+Co product do you find yourself using most - on and off stage?

HMc: My favorite product I made is High Dive. It’s the most successful product we have. I just knew it was going to be great. You can comb it and leave it and your hair feels like you didn’t just wash it. So you have, not a dirty look, but a sort of lived-in look. It’s our favorite, my favorite for my clients and for me….

MJ: What do you recommend for individuals who have minimal time to spend on their hair? Is it important to invest in a good product? Or cut?

HMc: I mean, either you get a short haircut which is just rubbing some Badlands or some Control into it. Or long hair. Long hair can be quite simple, ponytails. And that’s just a shampoo, maybe something to stop the frizz, if you’ve got frizz. It’s really finding that cut. A haircut that can be high maintenance can be a pain in the ass for someone who’s not ready for it. So you have to be careful that way.

MJ: Do you believe there is a bob for everyone?

HMc: No. You know, there’s a length for everybody. Maybe it’s a line that’s not a bob, no… I don’t think so. But in saying that I had a girl two weeks ago who wasn’t right for a bob and she wanted that bob and she made it work! There’s a bob for everyone - who wants it. Cause you’re going to have to work it. And I gave her a very severe one, there was a contrast you know, in her face and the lengths. But she worked it. And that was it… and it was great. You can never say “no” in hairdressing because the next minute someone will be like ‘Oh, look what I got’ and you’re like ‘Oh, wow… Okay.’ …But bob’s for the average person? Who just want to be simple? You gotta be really careful with the length. It can be… upsetting cause you’ll have to work it… and if you’re not ready for it...  

MJ: When did you find your creative voice?

HMc: I was in Paris and I realized that I wasn’t really good as a hairdresser - like, dressing hair.  That’s when I started learning hairdressing. French twists, hair, balance, product control. Then I felt that was my turning point, in my career. And it was also working with great Art Directors on magazines who made you look at the whole thing. I always looked at the heads. And when they’d make me come back and look at everything… the hair isn’t the most important; but everything’s important. That was really the ‘a-ha’ moment for me; so, photography. It’s a great way to do it. You can see it and you can comment on it. You can say ‘ah f--k, I wish I’d done this or that, that way’. But you’ve got documentation now.

MJ: Industry" average is approximately 2-5 years for stylists. What motivates you to keep doing hair year after year?

HMc:  I think I’m a very curious person and I still haven’t done what I’m supposed to do in hairdressing so I’m still finding what, you know, where is it? You’re always looking for, not what’s next, but where you are and how do you move forward, so sometimes you reinvent yourself. But being aware of what you can do is so important. Instead of thinking you can do something and then you can’t.

MJ:You have mentioned your love for playing synthesizers. Do you write music?

HMc: Actually, I do, yeah I’m actually doing an installation for David Lynch - his installation in L.A in October. So I create these soundscapes. It’s what I do, the very first thing in the morning. Right when I wake up I work on music, it’s when I’m the most clear.

MJ:What time do you wake up?

HMc: Usually, when the light comes up. I live in a glass house so... usually, 6am.

MJ: How essential do you believe travel is to one’s success in life?

HMc: I mean, personally I think it’s up to each individual. For me, it’s so important to see different cultures. Even the hair, like mullets are great in Spain because they have great hair for a mullet, but they don’t work here. You know, so when you travel you get to just experience culture. Even through food. But it’s really how you find out how a city is running by the food that they’re serving and who’s there.

MJ: Do you cook?

HMc: I do, yeah. I like to eat and uh people would call me a ‘foodie’ but I don’t take pictures of the shit.

*Laughs*

MJ: What do you eat for breakfast?

HMc: Nothing.

MJ: Nothing!?! Coffee? Tea?

HMc: If I’m too lazy to go and get it; then nothing - just some water.

*Laughs, again*

MJ: What's an upcoming trend you'd love to see take-off?

HMc: I think crimping hair is really cool. I liked it back when, in the 80’s and stuff. And I think there’s lots of ways how to do it. You saw Mary – crimping, just in the front and on the bottom (of the hair). So it’s again, taking old tools and rethinking how to use them.

...Like we learned during the live demonstration.

MJ: Looking forward... What's next for R+Co?

HMc: We started really getting into conditioning the scalp and the hair; so, treatments. We tend to tear the hair up a lot with products, buildup; we have to give people the stuff to help them use the products but also take care of the scalp, because that’s the root of everything. Which, we just launched the product “Crown” it will come out in the next couple of weeks.

 

And lucky for us “Crown” the newest product from R+Co, launches this week!

STAY TUNED…

xo,

MJ

 

IG: @mj.stylist more on Howard’s Influence at www.lumieresalonatelier.com/new-blog/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCING: Verso Skincare

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Here at Gold+Arrow, we're bougie ass ladies and we love it. We pride ourselves on having the best of the best and don't you worry - we test it all out ourselves, so you know that if we've got something in the salon, it's because we are genuinely obsessed with it. That's how Verso Skincare made it's way onto our shelves. After sampling the fledgling line's edited range of product, we instantly knew we couldn't live without it! 

Verso's credo is that by utilizing their patented Retinol 8 - which is less abrasive and less UV sensitive than traditional retinol, yet 8 times more effective - they are literally reversing the signs of aging. Like most things that actually work, this isn't an overnight "now you're 20 again!" kind of fix and the best results come with continued use. If you're into science, or whatever, this breaks it down a little better: 

Super interesting, right? Not only does the Retinol 8 give us hope for "Ugh, I HATE HER" perfect skin, but it makes your face feel like silk. So yeah, we're pretty stoked on Verso. 

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FOAMING CLEANSER

The first step in achieving baby soft skin and the only product not containing the Retinol 8 formula, it gently removes makeup and impurities without disrupting your skins protective function and leaves it feeling translucent, clean, and uber soft. 

DAY CREAM

This one's for your morning routine. Along with Vitamin B3 helping your skin's luminosity (that healthy glow we all strive for), the Day Cream also contains sun filters that help protect against premature aging and the Retinol 8 formula works to activate your skin's natural production of collagen. 

NIGHT CREAM

You guessed it, the Night Cream is for your bedtime routine. The main function here (in addition to also boosting your natural collagen production) is to calm and soothe your skin from the day - like a stress reliever for your skin. It also contains anti-oxidants from oats to protect from future damage. 

SUPER FACIAL SERUM

Though it's technically No.4 in the series, this serum a.k.a. the holy grail of product, is meant to be used before applying the Day Cream and/or Night Cream. It contains the most Retinol 8 formula for max anti-aging and with regular use, helps to brighten skin, reduce wrinkles and dark spots, and improve your skin's overall texture. Seriously - holy grail.

SUPER EYE SERUM

Specifically designed for the sensitivity of the eye area, this refreshing and gentle serum contains particular amino acids that help diminish puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines in addition to the collagen boosting Retinol 8. 

INTENSE FACIAL MASK

Together with Grapefruit extract, Centella Asiatica, Ceramide-3, and Canola oil, this moisturizing hydrogel mask makes your skin appear softer and firmer. The unique hydrogel technology allows the Retinol 8 and other activates to penetrate the skin for upto 30 hours of hydration.

DEEP HYDRATION MASK

This hydrogel mask contains a patented Artificial Moisturizing Factor (AMF of a different kind) that supports the skin's ability to retain moisture and therefore provides.. drum roll.. upto 120 frickin' hours of hydration. The mask also contains Sodium Hyaluronate, Grapefruit extract and Ceramide-3 to further support the AMF and give you the most soft, hydrated, and smooth skin you've ever had. 
(this is the product that really sold me on the line - seriously the most moisturized and soft feeling my sahara desert skin has ever felt)

REVIVING EYE MASK

Essentially this is the eye version of the Intense Facial Mask. Same great activates to soften, smooth, and brighten, but formulated specifically for the sensitivity of the eye area. If your main concern is your eye area, then this bad boy is all you need in the mask department!

 

AVAILABLE NOW AT GOLD+ARROW

1221 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205

DIGDOGDIG for G+A

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When many of our customers and clients walk into the salon, the first thing they gush about is the decor, which has been made so incredible due to the awesome Portland creatives we've had the pleasure of working with (🙌 shout out to all the babes  🙌). Our most recent collaboration can only be described as akin to when you finally find THE leather jacket - you've been searching your whole life for ~the one~ The one that has the perfect fit, the perfect aesthetic.. the one that feels like home when you put it on. That's how we feel about working with Celeste Rodero as DIGDOGDIG for an uber cool window display - it just felt right. 

In doing this project, we found ourselves wanting to get to know Celeste and her brand even more, and what better way than to interview her for the blog? Let's just say, that leather jacket feeling has only been solidified more with her perfect responses: 

A/S/L: 28, Female, Portland, OR
TEEN CRUSH: Zac Hanson
DRAKE vs. MEEK: Drake, simply because Meek didn't bring any rap game in his defense and that's really what it's about. However, I really like and am happy for Meek, I think he's in love and that's why he's not focused on his anger or retaliating, which is really what has fueled most of his work, but Drake wins this time. Sorry, Meek. 

Q: What inspired you to create DIGDOGDIG? 
A: I created DIGDOGDIG as a bored college student in 2009. It began as a blog, slowly became a jewelry line, then a home-objects line and now has collaborations with other artists and brands all over the world. I look at DIGDOGDIG as somewhat of a stage name, it's an extension of me, but it isn't fully me and because of that, DIGDOGDIG allows me to express myself in new ways. 

Q: You’re pieces are deeply inspired by nature- where’s your favorite place to reset and get a fresh perspective? 
A: I'm not going to lie, I am 85% of an indoor kid. Nature speaks to me in a way I can only articulate through my work, whether that be photography, a specific piece inspired by a natural structure or landscape, or just that incredible feeling of how nature can make you feel alone and a part of it all at the same time. I'd say that the ocean is where I find most of my inspiration. I was born in Hawaii, but grew up in Virginia - traveling back and forth for 20+ years of my life. Experiencing that duality, heavily influenced my life and spending time on the Big Island, Hawaii has always been a tremendous gift. As the Hawaiian islands are one of the most isolated places on earth, surrounded by the ocean, I have spent a lifetime being inspired by that concept and much of my work relates to what I have experienced in, around, over or with the ocean.  

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Q: Would you rather.. listen to one song for the rest of your life (if so, please specify) or never be able to listen to a song more than once ever again? 
A: I tend to get obsessed with songs and love to explore them repeatedly, then I let them go. If I had to pick one song to listen to for the rest of my life it would probably be La Ritournelle by Sebastien Tellier, I think it's one of the best love songs and always charges my heart up whenever I listen to it. 

Q: Are their any phrases or quotes that have really stuck with you over the years? 
A: Yes, definitely. Through DIGDOGDIG I have created "anthems" to push through life :

BE MORE / FEAR LESS
KEEP GOING / NEVER KNOWING
STAY OUT OF THE RUT / LISTEN TO YOUR GUT
WE ARE HERE / WE ARE BLESSED

Q: Which artists / people are you most inspired by? 
A: This question is always hard to answer because I am inspired by everything and everyone. I am constantly trying to learn from the people around me, even if I don't agree or like them, ha. I am most definitely inspired by my partner, David. He is a very intelligent person and although we have aligned core values, we find and exercise them in such different ways and I learn something new from him every day. I am inspired by people who are comfortable with who they are and what they do and are still kind, understanding, and giving. I find those people to be quite rare and when I find them, whether in books, through art work or in person - I cherish them. Some of my favorite inspriations are : Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Rick Owens, Eva Hesse, James Turrell, Carlo Rivetti, Le Corbusier, just to name a few. 

Q: If you could collaborate with anyone on a special DIGDOGDIG project, who would it be and why? 
A: Honestly, I would absolutely love to work for Rick Owens and Michele Lamy. DIGDOGDIG wouldn't even have to be a part of it, I would be happy to be in their studio doing behind the scenes work, even bitch work. Seriously. That would be a dream. I know they both have a lot to offer and as a couple dominating their medium and visions is very exciting to me. They are unforgiving in who they are and what they do and love each other while doing so and share a unique outlook to the rest of us. Many people told them "no" and that only turned into "YES" with their strong belief in their work and that is something I identify with and am inspired by. 

Q: We’re super excited about the pieces you’re creating for the salon, which play upon reflection - can you elaborate a little on the specific shapes / elements that you chose and why? 
A: Yes. I've been playing around with mirrors for the past six months as a means to relate with nature. I think mirrors definitely serve as a means of vanity, which can be good or bad, but with my mirror project (#digdogdigreflection on Instagram) - I want to challenge myself and others to "see" themselves without actually seeing themselves. With the pieces for the window - I wanted the reflection aspect to be a part of it as a means of sharing light in new ways and also playing around with what they may reflect in the space, faces, body parts, furniture, etc. 

I designed three specific pieces for my collaboration with G+A, which are lightly based and inspired by The Three Sisters region of Oregon. Inspired by nature, these pieces have shapes/symbols that represent each mountain : North Sister "Faith", Middle Sister "Hope" and South Sister "Charity". Simply, the black circles define each one - Norther Sister has the black circle at the top, Middle Sister has the black circle in the middle and South Sister has the black circle at the bottom. Each has different shapes that came to be based on the different descriptions of each mountain.

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Q: Current obsession? Guilty or otherwise
A: I'm obsessed with plastic acrylic, the color black, and Young Thug. 

Q: Last watched on your Netflix: 
A: Freaks and Geeks for the millionth time. 

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The beauty of Celeste's designs are one of those rare enigmas that can only be truly appreciated when it's staring you in the face, collecting and bouncing the light, and swaying to reflect different images across the acrylic and mirrored pieces like a projector screen. We'll also be carrying select jewelry pieces in the salon soon, so come on in and admire ✨

|| DIGDOGDIG x G+A PIECES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE UPON REQUEST ||

|| DIGDOGDIG.COM ||

 

 

MASON PEARSON: Yeah, you need it

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If you've heard about Mason Pearson, then I'm sure you've also heard hundreds of testimonials that it's, quite literally, the only brush you'll ever need for the rest of your life. I've wanted one ever since I read that one of my favorite models swore by it and delved into 2 hours of 'research' (which is how most of my beauty/style obsessions come about) and then trying to justify to myself that it was totally fine to spend $100+ on a hair brush. It's a tough pill to swallow once you've committed to purchasing one, but it will change your (hair's) life. 

Mason Pearson was an actual person (with a fantastic beard) who used his engineering skills and time spent working in wool processing to invent the technology that has changed the way we brush our hair forever. That spongy pad that holds the bristles? Thank you, Mason. 

So in my opinion, here's why it's worth it (long read, tl:dr at the end 😏)- 

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THE TECHNOLOGY: Not only are these brushes each handmade and expertly crafted, but the technology behind the design itself is incredibly well thought out.

- First off, the bristles themselves - The combination of nylon and boar help to give your hair that perfect styled shine without looking flat or frizzing up a storm, which is also thanks to the particular lengths of the bristles. Plus, the ideal amount of bristles  spacing helps the brush to glide through your hair rather than tugging which can lead to your hair losing it's elasticity (aka that beautiful bounce!). 

- Secondly, the curved pad of the brush not only makes it feel way nicer than a normal brush, but also giving your roots a little boost of volume. Also, the design of the handle and the incredible durability. The handle is the perfect size to fit comfortably in your hand for an all over brushing, but thin and flat enough to work for more particular places like styling your bangs. 

- Third, when people say this brush will last you forever - they mean it. Do a quick search (or ask anyone who's heard of a Mason Pearson before) and guaranteed you'll hear at least one story of someone who's had it since a child, most usually a gift from their mother or grandmother who also used one all of their life. It's that kind of loyalty that keeps the Mason Pearson name going strong. 

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THE FEEL: Through my recent experience, all of the above is 100% true. The first time I used it, I wasn't sure what to expect - I mean, it's a hairbrush, how life changing could this honestly be? Although, for that much $$$, it damn well better be. 10/10 would buy again (although I won't need to, ha!). 

A little history of me and brushes: there basically is none because I don't brush my hair; I like my rattiness. Immediately I was impressed with how smooth it was going through my hair. In the few experiences I've had with standard brushes, it's a whole lot of delicately brushing up my hair to desperately try and minimize breakage and ripping it all out because of all my tangles. Not this time - it was just.. easy, and quick, and for once, PAINLESS. Even the almost dread forming in the back of my head came out with total ease. In the end, I'd say there was only a total of maybe 30 strands of hair pulled out. To me, that seems unheard of. I'm used to tumbleweed-esque piles. 

THE LOOK: So aside from breakage and sheer laziness, the other reason I never brushed my hair was because I hated how it looked afterward. Super fluffy (not in a cute way), frizzy as hell, and it seemed to somehow make me lose the natural wave that I love so much. 

After using the Mason Pearson brush.. tbh, I almost don't even know how to describe it well enough. It looked shiny, it looked healthy, it held the shape of my natural curls perfectly - it looked like it had been professionally styled. I kid you not, all of this from a frickin' hair brush. I. AM. SOLD. And you definitely will be, too. 

I brushed before bed and when I woke up (almost) late for work the next day, I was more than thankful because I didn't have to do a single thing to my hair. It looked amazing all day. If you're brushing in the morning, I'd suggest spritzing on a little B&B Cityswept and then finishing off with the R+Co foil throughout to hold in the shine from brushing and minimize any potential leftover frizz. 

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Handy - $150Pocket - $105
(Available in dark ruby, white, baby pink, and baby blue)

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(tl:dr - the exact spacing, amount, and material of the bristles is specifically designed to not tear up your hair and in fact, gives you a fresh out of the salon look and feel. So yeah, it's worth it.)

HOW TO: 2nd day on the 1st day

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You know how this goes: 2nd day hair is the best hair, but you've gotta break down and wash it. I mean, thank God for dry shampoo, but at this point, even that's no help. So what's a girl to do? 

Just wash it. It's gonna be okay, cause we've got a few miracle products in our arsenal to help you bypass the dreaded frizzy, poofy hair that comes with the first day and move right into that perfect worn in look you always look forward to on the 2nd day! 

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HAIRDRESSER'S INVISIBLE OIL PRIMER SPRAY - $8
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This is a great pre-product. After you've showered and toweled your hair off a bit, run your fingers through to get any tangles out and fluff it out a bit, then lightly spray this primer all over your hair and work through to the ends. It doesn't take much, so don't overdo it! Otherwise you'll end up with a greasier look.

CITYSWEPT - $30
BUMBLE & BUMBLE

oribe dry texturizing spray

DRY TEXTURIZING SPRAY - $22
ORIBE

sachajuan ocean mist

OCEAN MIST - $31
SACHAJUAN

Once your hair is dry and ready to go, any of these 3 great products will help to solidify that 2nd day look you're after. Just spritz on a little at the roots to smooth out any top frizz and for the body of the hair, spritz and crunch the hair where you sprayed to give that lived in feel. You can also use a little on the ends for a piecey look, just spray and twist! 

Now get out there and enjoy that 2nd day look every day.