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2015 started with a bang! We hit the ground running as our Coralville location replaced their mirrors to be full length in order to better fit our French Haircutting System. Changing to full length mirrors enables us to view the entire body to help create the most flattering hairstyle for our guest. We also welcomed back Julien Bonnin, French Haircutting Master, for two separate visits to work hands on with our teams in sculpting over 50 looks on live models. In between Julien’s visits we got the opportunity to enhance our mens sculpting skills with master barber Jesus Cruz, of Cruz Cuts in Illinois.

Spring was very busy! We started the Spring gearing up for the annual $99.00 Smoothing Treatment benefit. We joined forces with the Trissola team and brought in Trissola educator Maria Amadeo to educate our entire team on the new Trissola Smoothing Treatments. Maria resides in New York working full time at two NYC salons. With her help we now have a team full of Trissola Certified Professionals! We are also proud to carry the safest smoothing treatment on the market!

Blaze was also fortunate enough to work with Joseph Bogart and the OYA team for a solid week of advanced color education. Through this advanced color education a team comprised of great stylists from all three of our salons became certified OYA Color Educators.

Spring also brought a couple trips, one being to Boca Raton, Florida for Intercoiffure’s Annual Spring Show. Our team was able to attend hands-on workshops with industry Icons Sonya Dove and Belinda Gambuzza. The Blaze Management team took a trip to Sarasota, Florida shortly after to attend the “Gathering”, a networking retreat to learn the latest trends and best practices in the business. Both teams came back inspired to share with the rest of the team! Between those two trips Cedar Rapids Blaze shut down for a day to toss over 150 pounds of candy at the St. Paddy’s Day Parade in downtown Cedar Rapids.

For prom season we brought in our Waxing Specialist, Claudia Alvarado, and our published Makeup Artist, Jasmine Miller, from our sister salon William Wesley Grand Salon and Spa. Claudia showed the team how to sculpt the perfect brow to prep for makeup application and Jasmine showed us advanced techniques in creating a flawless look!

Summer brought us more fun! We were asked to do hair for the United Action for Youth Charity Fashion Show Downtown Iowa City. We also did something completely new and joined forces with Bardot, in Iowa City, to guest bartend. All $310.00 earned in tips was donated to Melanoma Awareness.
Shortly after those events we did our annual photo shoot. Blaze Coralville, Blaze Cedar Rapids, and William Wesley Grand Salon and Spa were able to be as artistic as they wanted, creating a variety of subtle and extreme looks to be submitted for possible publication. Stay tuned for ongoing updates and big news from this on our Facebook page.

This summer we also welcomed back Maria Amadeo to advance our Trissola Smoothing System and introduce the new Forever Ends Split End Mender.

With all our advanced educating, we decided to share our knowledge with all of you and hosted a Blow Dry Boot Camp at both of our locations. Guests were encouraged to ask any and every question they could think of about their hair care needs, and were given 20% off all product purchases that day!

In July Blaze did a team build at J and A’s Tap House, in North Liberty, where we allowed our competitive nature to come out, because what better way to celebrate summer than with a little Sand Volley Ball!

Upcoming events in 2015:
• Dr Bryan Williams for customer service
• Advanced Color Technique training from OYA
• Advanced Mens Techniques from Master Barber Jesus Cruz
• A trip to Intercoiffure in New York
• Employee Appreciation Trip (NEW this year)



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