Styles 2011 - How-to-do Hairdos

The top knot, the low chignon and the romantic braid, are all the styles that have made it strong through each season of 2011 and will continue to do so into 2012…

The top knot is by far a feminine and fashionable alternative to the ponytail.  To create this stellar knot, start by prepping the hair with Pureology’s Texture Twist, continue by teasing the hair with soft tension.  Pull the hair back into a high ponytail, secure with a band and spray Pureology’s Strengthening Control Hairspray.  Tease the ponytail a little bit more to add volume and texture.  Then wrap a big section around the band, making sure to flare the hair (don’t smooth it though, the point of the top knot is to have an undone shabby chic look.).  As you shape the bun, add bobby pins to secure the hair and finish by spraying Pureology’s Glossing Mist.
The low chignon has made a huge come back this year in a tousled, flirtatious and sensual way.  To imitate this look, start by smoothing the hair loosely back into a low ponytail and secure it with a band. Spray Pureology’s Strengthening Control Hairspray to hold hair in place.  Tease the ponytail and begin to wrap a big section around the band, making sure the hair is flared.  As you shape the chignon, secure it with bobby pins allowing some hair to loosely hang out.  Top it off by spraying Pureology’s Strengthening Control Hairspray and Pureology’s Glossing Mist.

This summer’s staple, the soft, loose and romantic braid, will be going strong right into the fall and winter. To create this girly look start by adding a tiny amount of Pureology’s Dry Shine to the mid shaft and ends of hair. Loosely brush back the sides and top of the hair to the nape and begin to braid by separating the hair into 3 sections, overlapping each strand with the other until you reach the ends of the hair.  Secure the ends with a band and gently pull out a few face framing pieces, maybe a few just behind the ear.  For a dressier look, use our favorite Curl Wand by Sultra on a few of those loosely pulled out pieces.  Finish it off by spraying Pureology’s Strengthening Control Hairspray and Pureology’s Glossing Mist.

The perfect way to dress up any of these looks would be to add a headband or a hair barrette.  Feather barrettes like these are available for purchase and custom made by Kelly Scripps, stylist here at Freddie B Salon & Spa.

Each of these styles offer ultimate texture and class... perfect for any look... day/evening, red carpet glitzy and, of course, the holiday party!  For more hair and style inspiration be sure to follow our blog often!

freddie b salon and spa
ventura, ca

Color Trends for Fall / Winter 2011

As we move into the Fall/ Winter of 2011, the most common question in a salon is…      What should I do with my color? 

All of the stylists here at Freddie B Salon & Spa take into account so many different things when finding what would be the best color change for our clients as we enter a new season. 

We have all seen on the runways, the red carpet, and film/media print that the “undone” hair style is a huge hit!  That goes for color too!  Unforced and natural with soft diffusion of color is the “go to” look this season.

To get your minds in the groove for that change, here are the top tips of the trendiest color changes for this season…

1)   Sun kissed locks:  Balayage has been a huge hit this year and will continue to
be throughout this season
and the seasons to come.
It’s an individualized and
custom coloring technique
that has minimal maintenance
and shows color beautifully
for lengthy periods.


2)  Tousled color:  Ombre is going to remain as one of the top trends this year in hair, and we should expect this faded multi-chromatic hue to stay! It’s an ideal coloring technique for people with at least chin length hair, the longer the hair the more multi-harmonious hue you can get. It too, is a customized technique applied to fit the hair’s natural texture and flow of the haircut.

3)  Peek-a-boo:  Surprise panels have regained momentum and are coming back this season bigger than ever!  With this technique you can add a splash of color to any hair.  For blondes, add a surprise panel of cinnamon or, for a fun twist, a cool lilac.  For redheads, add a splash of soft rose or electric marmalade.  For brunettes, add a band of espresso or a shock of blue violet!

4)  Heat it up:  It’s a gold rush from honey and amber to chestnut and maple!  Warm tones are always popular in the fall and winter seasons.  It’s important to warm up our colors in these seasons because our skin complexions change and warmer for winter is always a safe bet.  Warm tones can be used as a
single process, face framing highlights/lowlights or even as surprise panels.

5)  Happy Healthy Hair:  Ammonia free simply can’t be beat!  With so many advances in color over the years we now have the opportunity to choose better products for our hair!  At Freddie B Salon & Spa, we are proud to offer an extensive array of ammonia free products from demi-permanents to (you betcha) permanent colors that cover 100% gray hair!!!  To maintain those healthy happy locks at home we offer vegan and natural products and our favs are Pureology & Moroccan Oil!

The color trends this fall & winter are as fabulous as ever!  Be sure to follow our BLOG frequently, because in the coming weeks we'll be posting How-to do's for you at home :)

freddie b salon and spa
ventura, ca

Pureology Expressions & Expertise Class 2011

We just finished a motivating and inspiring class with
Kyla Huckabay, Pureology National Educator.  Ever wanted a great weightless haircut like Jennifer Aniston's?  Or a unique take on a traditional look like The Beehive?  We now hold these secrets...
Kyla demonstrated techniques to giving fine hair tons of movement without visible layers and without sacrificing length.  Using a twist and slide technique on the ends, your ultimate 'Jennifer' cut is completed with the illusion of a weightless "invisible" perimeter.   This haircut is truly personalized to your head shape, hair texture, and hair density (a lot of hair or not so much).

Going to a special event but don't want a "promie" updo? Turn heads and stay on trend with a daring beehive that is tousled and organic.  This look can be done up or done down to fit any occasion, whether it be a wedding or a dinner date.

Another great topic of our class was a briefing on new products that were just launched. Among the many was       "Perfect4Platinum".  A whole system on its own dedicated to those who love to lighten their hair!  Although the name says 'platinum', it's not only limited to bright blonds, but actually intended for those who lighten their hair 4 levels lighter than their natural. (which is most of California)

When you're ready to update your look, properly care for your hair, or try a 'throw-back' style, the team at 'freddie b salon' are here to help you. :)

freddie b salon and spa
ventura, ca

style trends fall 2011

Hope everyone saved their bell bottoms, big collared blouses and fur accessories, the glamorous days of the 70's have made a return.  As seen in Milan, Paris, NY, high waisted pants, blouses with bows and hot pants, if you dare, are a must for this trend.

If you're a woman of sophistication , indulge in these feminine yet strong looks!  Keep it simple for work with a high-waisted skirt, pantsuit or a lady like dress as seen Chloe and Ralph Lauren. By night think  "look at me" with shimmering fabrics (as seen at

Ferragamo in Paris), very disco infused. High dress slits and deep neck plunges will give you the "ultimate" 70's night glam.
If you're not 100% on board with this fall trend, don't go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, try transforming some of the things you have.  Tie a thin scarf to mimic a bowed blouse, wear your skirts a bit higher around the waist and cover the seams with a bulky belt (will give the illusion that your legs are longer and Urban outfitters has a great selection) or get a pair of  round sunglasses from a local Vintage shop .

To complete your look you must follow through with hair and makeup. Try easing into fall with a haircut. All of the stylists at Freddie B Salon recently attended an Alterna class with  Michael Shaun Corby, and learned some great cuts to make this look possible! This season we are seeing 2 major haircutting trends: heavy fringes and Bridgette Bardot inspired long layers.
I am so excited for these trends. A heavy fringe is so flattering on so many different face shapes and can really compliment your eye color or bone structure. When keeping them in place for the whole day, I love to use "Dry Shine" by Pureology and their colorist collection hair spray, "Strengthening control". It gives ample structure and shine without looking oily.  To achieve the ultimate Brigette look you will need mouse, hair spray and a teasing comb. Remember, Bridgette wasn't the most polished and refined when in came to her hair,  so don't fight your natural texture too much. With your hair damp apply "Silk Bodifier" mousse from roots to ends and rough dry using a paddle brush, you want volume so flip your head and dry.  Be sure to backcomb the crown area of your hair leaving the front 2 inches down and parted in the middle sweeping away from the face. Twist your hair half back and secure with a bobby pin. And, voila!, you are a modern day Bridgette.

When we think think of "bombshells" from the past Marilyn Monroe, Brigette Bardot, and Anna Nicole all come to mind immediately. 

Move over blondes, its the start of a new decade, a new bombshell, the Red Head.  Like red lipstick, there is a shade for everyone. Come in and get a complimentary consultation with one of our trained colorists so you can discuss what shade of red best suits your skin tone, eye color and most important your lifestyle. (Reds require more maintenance than any other color)
To finish off your ultimate fall look, follow through with the makeup. Elizabeth Taylor has definitely influenced the runways this year. Strong brows, nude face, and a bold lip were seen on  Marc Jocobs, D&G, Jean Paul Gaultier, Miu Miu, and Alexander McQueen.  It's almost a contradiction with flawless and colorless skin and bold berry or orange lip. If you're too afraid to dive right in with a saturated red or orange lip, try a tint. Bene-tint from the Benefit makeup counter is my go to, never fails, looks great on everyone, red lip stain.(gives the illusion you've been sucking on a red popsicle and actually stays the length of a work day!)

So put away your skinny jeans, rough up your hair, and dare to embrace all the contradicting glamorous looks of fall !!!

freddie b salon and spa
ventura, ca


freddie b salon & spa - 1st year anniversay dinner

What a better way to start the very FIRST "freddie b blog" post than with an entry of images from our 1st Anniversary Dinner. 

We celebrated together at the CandleLight in Ventura.  The evening was full of great conversation, lots of laughing, good eats.... and of course, dancing!

We opened our doors 1 year ago in May 2010 and have grown to a team of ten talented, professional, and fun loving individuals that I just adore so much.  Each day that we work together, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have the best salon team EVER ! !  !