Salon Selfie

I’ve got a few things for you today… 1. A little story that illustrates just how crazy I am (#sixhourroadtrips), 2. All the deets on who/where I go to get my hair done in NYC, and 3. A chance to win a vacation! It’s a long one, but just bear with me here… It’s worth it! 🙂

Joico launched a “Picture Me on Vacation” sweepstakes in honor of their products finally being able to be purchased online! (They are now available at!) The prize? One lucky reader and their hairstylist will each win their dream getaways! I’m no stranger to taking the in-salon or post-salon selfie (#guilty), but if you snap a selfie of you and your stylist, you both can be entered to win a little vacay.

To enter, just take a selfie at the salon with your stylist and upload to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtag #TurnHeads and tag Joico. It’s that easy!

When it comes to my hairstylist, I take loyal to a whole new level. Other than my family and some of my closest friends, hairstylists are really the only people that I tend to stay with for the long haul. I may have some minor commitment issues in the relationship department, but not when it comes to the person that has my hair in their hands. True Story: Back when I was living in Chicago, I would take the day off work and drive three hours each way to get my hair done every eight weeks. After graduating from college, I was too scared to try to find a new stylist so I would keep driving back to my college town every two months for fresh highlights and a trim. However, when I moved to New York two years ago, I figured flying back to Illinois to get my hair done would be a bit excessive. I got my hair done right before I moved so I would have a full two months to find a new stylist in NYC. I unexpectedly had to fly home after two months in the city and ended up getting my hair done on that trip. While it was a very sad trip home, the silver lining was that I had two extra months to try to find a new stylist. I was seriously that creeper girl that would ask a stranger where she got her hair done. But I’m SUPER picky about the shade and tone of my hair, and I couldn’t really find a blonde who had hair that I envied.

To be honest, it’s kind of creepy how I found my current stylist. Through the small world that is social media and Central Illinois where I grew up, I knew of a girl who grew up in a small town near me, was in the same sorority at the same college as me (we missed each other by a year), and was living in NYC. Obviously, we had a lot in common so I enjoyed reading her blog and following her NYC adventures before I moved here. At the time, we hadn’t met yet, but I saw on her Instagram one morning that she was at Arrojo getting her highlights done by Tabitha. At this point, my weeks to find a stylist were dwindling and my roots were getting more and more blatant. I always like Sheena’s hair so I made the leap and called to make an appointment. And I’ve never looked back!

I’m hesitant to even say this because it’s already pretty hard to get an appointment with her, but Tabitha at Arrojo in New York is God’s gift to blondes. She is seriously so amazing. There has not been a single time that I’ve been unhappy with my hair since I’ve been seeing her. Not once. (There was this one time that I was in a pinch to get my hair done and couldn’t get an appointment with her and ended up going to someone else who pretty much gave me stripper blonde hair, but that’s a whole different story… And Tabitha fixed it.) She is AMAZING.

Beyond the color of my hair, I’m also quite picky about the length. While I realize that getting your hair cut is essential, I absolutely hate getting anything cut off because I love the length. I needed a stylist that would understand that even though it could stand to have a few inches cut off, I only wanted the bare minimum taken off. Well, leave it to Tabitha to make everything right in the world. She introduced me to Zeph at Arrojo and I now won’t let anyone else come close to my head with a pair of scissors. I swear he somehow does magic on my hair. I see him cutting hair off in the mirror, but my hair never looks shorter when I leave. (In a good way!!) People have even commented “Your hair looks so long!” the day after having it cut. I don’t know what he does, but he does it well, my friends.

Are you just as crazy as I am when it comes to your hair? Or are you more open-minded when it comes to your locks? I have some friends that definitely don’t understand why I’m so picky about this, but I also have a few that are just as neurotic as I am when it comes to their tresses.

Since I do get my hair colored pretty frequently, I have to make sure I’m taking care of it when I’m not at the salon. I recently got my hands on the Joico K-PAK Reconstructor and I’m pretty impressed! It’s a 5-minute mask that is to be applied to damp hair so I normally use it when I’m in the shower shaving my legs. Even after the first time using it, I noticed a difference – my hair felt instantly smoother and looked extra shiny! It smells like bananas, too! Reminds me of being on a tropical vacay. 🙂

Here’s your chance to go on a vacation of your own – Get to your hairstylist and take a selfie together in the salon! Tag the picture with #TurnHeads and @Joico and you could win a trip for you and another trip for your stylist.

– The “Picture Me on Vacation” sweepstakes runs from April 1 – May 15th.

– Snap a selfie with your hair stylist and upload to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Use the hashtag #TurnHeads and tag @Joico

– More details here!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Joico Beauty. As always, all opinions are my own! Thanks for supporting the brands and collaborations that make Bows & Sequins possible!

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  1. 4.8.14
    Meagan said:

    I was just at the salon a few days ago (chopped off 7 inches! eeek!) And I can totally relate – I went to the same stylist from age 2 to 25. I had to find someone new when I moved out of state and it was quite traumatic!

  2. 4.8.14
    Andrea said:

    I’ve yet to find a hair stylist I truly love and I’ve lived here 10 years! I’ve tried probably 25 stylists by now and while they do an “okay” job, I miss my college stylist!


  3. 4.8.14
    Mish said:

    It’s like you’re my spirit animal. I have blonde hair and am hard to please. Go to ashy and I’ll freak out. Put any lowlights and I’ll cry. If I can see roots it’s the end of the world. I actually got my hair re highlighted this Sunday after a bad experience with someone who had a heavy hand with the neutral toner. So happy to see someone else who is as crazy in love with being blonde as me and has the same high expectations! Your hair looks fab!

  4. 4.8.14
    Emily said:

    I’ve also learned my lesson when it comes to trying out new stylists, willy-nilly, especially when it comes to color. I once had an ombre go dramatically wrong the week before my bridal shower (I know, I know… what was I thinking?).


  5. 4.8.14
    Sage said:

    I love getting my hair done at the salon 🙂

  6. 4.8.14

    Salon selfies are the best kind! Super cute, and your hair looks gorgeous.

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

  7. 4.9.14

    I wish this were posted yesterday when I was at the hair salon- I would’ve participated.

  8. 4.9.14
    Meaghan said:

    I SO feel you with the level of commitment I dedicate to my hair stylist. For 3 years it was perfection then the last 2 times I went to see her were so off the mark. It’s been a sad 6 months with awful hair but I’m now looking for a new stylist in DC. One of my least favorite things to do. Taking the train up for highlights isn’t excessive, right?

    xx Meaghan

  9. 4.9.14

    I think I’m a little more reckless when it comes to my hair. I grow it long, and then hack off 12″ or so. I had it streaked blue my junior year in college and I’m kinda feeling the purple highlight trend right now.

    Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache

  10. 4.9.14
    Courtney said:

    Your sunglasses are too cute!

  11. 4.9.14
    Laura said:

    If you ever want to try balayage hilights, go to Fox & Jane (LES/East Village). They also do an amazing job!

  12. 4.20.14
    Katie B said:

    I’m also really picky about who does my hair. I only get it done when I go home and if I ever move out of state or farther away from home idk what I will do.