Friday, August 30, 2013

Meet our amazing new stylist at Parlor Brooklyn, Jesse Blodgett!

Jesse Blodgett…  Haircutting Artist

Hairdressing since 2003, Joined Parlor in 2013

Jesse is an artist in the truest sense of the word.  His clients frequently comment that they really enjoyed the experience of watching Jesse perform their haircut, because of his theatrical nature. This quality has gained him quite a following of regular clientele, and he continues to add to that cache every time he performs a service.  After fine tuning his skills for ten years in some of New York City’s finest salons, he joined the Parlor team in 2013 ready to add his own style and flair.

Jesse is incredibly passionate about AVEDA, as he was trained at the AVEDA Institute in Soho, and has continued to pursue his knowledge of the brand throughout his career. In addition to his beautifully artistic haircuts, he is an extraordinary barber, and a spectacular hair colorist. Jesse’s work was recently featured on MTV’s All Access, and throughout his career he has had the pleasure of working on a variety of celebrity clients. 

Although he really enjoys showcasing his work on a national platform, he thrives on providing high end service to all of his clients here in the salon. He loves having the opportunity to make someone’s day with a fabulous new look, and to pass on his extensive knowledge of hair tips that can be taken home and used daily.  

AVEDA Institute, New York City, NY

A brief idea of his service fee for the most common services...   
Single Process Aveda Color (above shoulders)...$115
1/2 Head of Highlights.......$130

Stay tuned for informative blogs by Jesse! 

  Jesse Blodgett is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
 at our location in Brooklyn
(Atlantic Ave Between 3rd & 4th)
  347-384-2334 or email us at

Friday, August 23, 2013

MTV All Access Filming at Parlor!!!

We are really excited to announce that Parlor will be featured on MTV's All Access on Friday, August 23 at 4:30! 

The segment was designed as a lead up to the VMA's(airing Sunday evening on MTV), and we were given the task of doing a Miley Cyrus "super fan" makeover. The lovely Madeline arrived at the salon really excited to transition into her favorite pop star, and our stylists Melinda Marki and Jesse Blodgett were happy to oblige.  They cut and colored her long, dark blond hair, and gave her a super fun, punk rock Miley look. 

Since Miley Cyrus has a great pompadour finish, our stylists used Aveda products with a bit of firm hold. The favorites from the day were Aveda Control Paste and Aveda Air Control Hairspray. We've included some pictures of us behind the scenes at the filming, and we hope you will tune in at to see the final result! 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

What is Ombre?

With summer in full swing, many of our clients are asking how to get a fun, sun kissed look to lighten up their locks. We asked our resident color specialist, Courtney, for her take on a great summer look that allows for optimal versatility and can be adapted to meet every guest’s personal uniqueness. She has provided us with a little history on one of her favorite looks, Ombre, and details on what to expect when opting for this service.

Courtney, Color Specialist at Parlor

Ombre by Courtney Sutherland

Ombre is a hair color technique made extremely popular in the last 5 years. The term Ombre is from the french word meaning “shaded” or “shading”. In general, the term Ombre is synonymous with the image of dark new growth fading into lighter ends. In most cases, this description adequately describes what most guests visualize when originally consulting with them. However, as Ombre has evolved through the years of its popularity, so have the options for the colors used in the technique. Anything from bright blonde, vibrant red, and pretty pastel hues have been used. 

The actual technique can vary from stylist to stylist. Back combing is the most widely used, along with balayage painting and free form highlights. Because there are so many "looks" with Ombre, it is essential to have a lengthy consultation with your stylist, and to bring in many pictures of the exact look that you're going for. Many guests entertain the idea of Ombre because of its low maintenance upkeep. Since the technique calls for the lightening of ones ends, the dreaded roots aren't much of a concern. In general, guests that I perform the Ombre technique on only have to come in every 4-6 months for brightening, or reapplication if they've received a haircut. Most of the true maintenance is up to the guest with at home care. The biggest issue with Ombre is that you are lightening the ends of the hair, which are the most fragile and most prone to damage or dryness. It's crucial that Ombre guests take home a leave in conditioner and dry or damage repair shampoo. My favorites are Aveda Dry Remedy or Aveda Damage Remedy

When booking your appointment for you new Ombre look, expect to be at the salon for around the duration of a full foil (2 hours). Depending on your natural color, or current color canvas, it may also be more than one step to get you right where you want to be! 
This beautiful technique has shown its staying power, and the effortless look of lightly sun kissed locks is the perfect summer color! 

I invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with me and we can talk about the best option for you!    ...Sincerely Courtney Sutherland

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Introducing Laura our new addition to Parlor on Avenue B!

Announcing the newest member of The Parlor Beauty Squad...

Hairdressing since 2003, Aveda Minneapolis Trained
Specializing in Haircutting, Styling, and Makeup,
Laura's love is educating and giving back to the industry!

Here I ask a few questions about her background, interests, and outlook on teaching...

(Gwenn) What influenced you to become a hairdresser? 
(Laura) Art and music.  I've always loved drawing, painting, sculpting and sewing.  I enjoy the three-dimensional element of creating mixed media pieces and working with my hands, so hair design, for me was and is a natural extension of that.  I have always been obsessed with music and singing and am really inspired by musicians.  I knew I wanted a hands-on career designing and creating.  After a few years of contemplating music school and art school, I decided to try Cosmetology as it was always in my mind as a career option because I had a hunch I would love it.  After touring the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, I knew that was where I needed to be.  I instantly fell in love with the craft and found that I could use hair as my medium and make people smile doing it.

(Gwenn) What is your favorite hairdressing memory?
(Laura) There are so many!  I can remember the very first time I styled hair for a photo shoot.  It was the biggest high. I remember driving home after working for 14+ hours, smiling and thinking..."This is living."

(Hair by Raymond McLaren)
(Gwenn) Do you have a favorite all time haircut or technique? 
(Laura)  Precision cutting. I ventured out to Santa Monica to take a Vidal Sassoon class a few years into my career.  I am naturally meticulous and detailed, so I was always drawn to his techniques.  Ever since then, I have been obsessed with precision cutting and graduation techniques for structured bobs and shorter haircuts. It is very challenging, which is what I enjoy about it and I feel it's a skill that develops your visual eye and the control needed to design strong, beautiful shapes while expanding your creativity.  

(Gwenn) Do you recall a memory of when being a hairdresser or teacher changed
someones life? 
(Laura) Upon completion of teaching my first Introductory Class at the Aveda Institute, my
students gave me a card thanking me for being a part of their lives and expressing how much they learned from me and how much they were going to miss me (even though they would be in the adjacent classroom).  I was overwhelmed and cried as I realized.."Wow, I really made a difference."   I connected with them and we inspired each other.  I find the rewarding aspects of teaching to be immeasurable.

(Laura)  Also, I think a lot of people are unaware of the impact and volunteer opportunities available for Hairdressers to make a difference on a grander level.  I  try to volunteer as much as possible for different organizations.  I currently cut patient's hair at a Hospital which has been an amazing experience and brought a lot of joy to my life.

(Gwenn) Being an educator is there was one piece of advice you would say to future hairdressers? 
(Laura) Feed your passion.
  Take as many classes and explore as many avenues as possible.  You never know what you may fall in love with or who you may meet or what connections you may make that could change your life.  Share your experiences and expertise with other artists.  Work hard, but be good to yourself and remember that balance is important.

 If you could live in any era which one would it be?  
(Laura) That's a hard one.  When people ask me this, I always think of the movie "Blade Runner" where the main character's style is a futuristic-vintage fusion. So, I often imagine what fashion will be like 50 years from now because I feel like vintage fashion from the 20th century will stay with us. I would have to say the 1940's if I had to pick one from the past as I adore the silhouettes, fashion and hair styles and love to re-create those "period" looks. Hair Styles from the 20's, 30's and 40's are so timeless and will always look beautiful, whether classic or modernized. 

   Thanks for talking with us Laura!  I am glad you found us though our mutual love for Aveda and its culture.  With your professionalism, love for teaching, learning and bettering our craft I have a feeling we will have a long future together here at Parlor.  I am excited to introduce our guests to your incredible talents while we share you with The Aveda Institute as an Aveda Educator, here in New York City.

Your In Service,
Gwenn LeMoine
Parlor and Parlor in Brooklyn

 Laura Boland is available Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
 at our location in the East Village 
(AVB between 6th/7th)
 212--673-5520 or email us at

Monday, June 3, 2013

Easy Updo for Summer from one of Parlor's "Newest" Moms!


Before headed back to work make sure to visit the salon to get your cut and color done. Take a few hours to come in and relax so you can start to feel like your old self again. It was the first thing I scheduled when my mom came to town the week before going back to work. I may not be in my old clothes quite yet but my hair is gonna look good! Let's face it if you don't have a lot of time on your hands, your hair can sometimes fall to the way side in your morning routine. As a new mother myself with no time to blow dry I had to figure out how to put my hair up and look put five minutes or less.

First things first...find time to shower! I will either shower when I put my son to bed for the night or before my husband leaves for work.
1.  Start by putting a quarter size of Aveda Confixor in while set. 
2.  Air dry.
3.  Make braid of your choice out of the front section of your hair. In this case I did a basic braid in what would be my bang area. Don't worry it doesn't need to be neat. Be creative, you could also do a fishtail or a French braid.

4.  Next is the fun part! Mess it up. As seen in the picture, start to pull at the braid section by section. This will make it fatter and messier. Messier the better! This is great for fine haired girls as it really can add a lot of volume to the braid!

5.  Now move to the other side of your head and start to twist the hair.

6.  Place Bobby pins into the twist and keep twisting til you get to the opposite side of the head.

7.  Grab the braid and place it on top of the twist, pin it.

8.  Now continue to twist remaining hair and pin as you go. 



Spray on some of Aveda's Air Control and your ready to go! 
It's that easy!!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

What is an Atlantic Avenue Wedding Extravaganza?

       Atlantic Avenue 
Wedding Extravaganza 
June 1st 10 am to 5 pm


The Atlantic Avenue Wedding Extravaganza 
is an all-day event which will feature walking tours and merchant discounts including dozens of the area's wedding-related shops, salons, and venues, plus two mock wedding ceremonies, a puppy wedding costume contest, live music and more. 

The day will kick off at 10:00 am with dual brunches at Atlantic Avenue restaurants M.O.B. and Bacchus. 

Registration for the day's events will then begin at 11:00 am at Boerum Place between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues, a tree-lined brownstone block in Cobble Hill which will be closed off for the Wedding Extravaganza.
 At 1:30 a mock wedding will be staged at Roulette
Parlor will be one of the presenters of bridal hair styling available on Atlantic Avenue

 At 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, couples preparing to tie the knot can take a Wedding Walking Tour which, in just a few blocks' span, will cover their wedding needs from start to finish and a little bit beyond.

Starting at noon and continuing until 4:30, a wedding entertainment showcase will fill the block with live music from popular local bands. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

TODAY!!! Lower East Side Ecology Center presents

Lower East Side Ecology Center

ACCEPTING: Working & non-working computers, monitors, printers,scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD players, phones,audio/visual equipment, cell phones & PDA’s

Drop Off Site:
Stanton Street
b/w Bowery and Chrystie Street
sponsored by The New Museum

Saturday 5/4/13
Rain or Shine

Sunday, April 7, 2013

to be held on APRIL 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 
at Parlor in Brooklyn 527 Atlantic Avenue between 3rd and 4th Avenues. 
BRING YOUR FRIENDS it is sure to be a great time for all!!! 

 Here is a preview of the kind of tips 
The Parlor Beauty Squad 
will be offering at our event...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Earth Month Style Lab 2013

Fish Braid Tutorial by Katja Marsman

     Join us for more tutorials at our  


at PARLOR in Brooklyn
527 Atlantic Avenue
Between 3rd and 4th Avenues

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Parlor Earth Month Events 2013

The Parlor Beauty Squad  



We are bringing back our popular "STYLE LAB" to raise funds for:
Aveda's official Earth Month Partner:
 Clean Ocean Action
See photos of last years events here...


 We will also be posting examples of "HOW TO's" from The Parlor Beauty Squad that you can expect to be introduced to at our party
as well as tips on how you can lessen your impact on the earth!
So if you haven't already...... we invite you to "LIKE" us on FaceBook!!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Natural Texture... Locks, Twists, or Transitioning?

Consultations now available at
Come talk to us to see what it would take to get you to a more natural state and once there how to take care of your delicate natural curl!

Derrick Scurry and Chutney are our in salon experts 
and they have a ton of knowledge and skills to share...To schedule call 347-384-2334 or email us at

Monday, February 11, 2013



I'm embarking on something new,  fun and very much needed based on my twelve years as a colorist/stylist. I've begun writing about small things that we can do that make a very big difference.  Lately I have been thinking about our Eyebrows and why so many colorists ignore them.

What you say? Eyebrows. They happen to be the crowning glory (literally) to the most important feature on our faces- our eyes. These eyebrows are often plucked, tweezed and shaped throughout our lives, ( and sometimes, not) and are deserving of more than a quick once over when it comes to color. 

There are more than just a few reasons to color those brows. Not just because they are grey, (very good reason to color them!) or non-existent, (such as  uber-blonde brows that don't help our eyes stand out in a more complimentary way) but because as colorists, we owe it to you, our guest to advise and recommend the many options available The simplest of which is a 10 minute darkening process that costs less that $15.00. This goes a very long way in creating a subtle change that has a tremendous impact.

Perhaps its more about the shape than the color.  Here is an article about matching eyebrow shapes to your particular face   
Click here to see options for Eyebrow shapes.
Come in and we can talk more about which options work for you!

Melinda Marki
Hair Dresser, Colorist, and Eye Brow Expert
Parlor in Brooklyn

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sarah Jones introduces her new little boy!!!

Winston LeMoine Jones
Sarah's labor started punctually on her due date of December 29th
 (as is Sarah's style)
and this honey of a boy was born  December 30th 2012 
...just in time for the end of the year :)

Here is a little note from Sarah...

Hello Everyone!
I would like to introduce to you my little valentine, Winston LeMoine Jones born on December 30th, 2012 He weighed in at 8 pounds 13 ounces, 20 inches. I'm enjoying time bonding with him and figuring out this whole motherhood thing. It's more amazing than I could've imagined. 

On another note, I will be back at work before you know it! My books are re-opened for you to book your appointments now for appointments starting March 5th

Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn
Sundays 10-5p
Tuesdays 3-9p

Avenue B East Village Manhattan
Fridays 9-3p
Saturdays 10-5p (starting in April)

Can't wait to see you all! Happy Valentines!

Sarah Jones

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Parlor in Brooklyn Beauty Squad...

Autumn Whisman
   Autumn has years of haircutting experience behind her and it shows. After receiving her training at the Aveda Institute, she gained years of experience in "The Motor City" before taking New York by storm. She  is now successfully applying her precision, talent and enthusiasm to create beautiful haircuts as well as color at Parlor in Brooklyn!   She is one of our core teachers inspiring our next generation of talent at Parlor.  She is truly one of our greatest assets!!!  In the salon arena she thrives on a steady stream of hair wishes and desires presented by her guests. Using her creative bent she uses color and cutting techniques to transform any hair type into a beautiful masterpiece.  Her rave reviews comment on her ability to really listen.  We love her detailed explanation of technique and tools.  She is very detailed in her explanations of daily home maintenance and a big lover of Aveda. She can even punctuate your look with makeup tips.  She is one of our go to stylists for makeovers with a focus on accentuating your natural beauty!!!

 Liz Martinelli Nikis
 Liz joined the Brooklyn Parlor Beauty Squad shortly after our opening.  She brings with her numerous years of experience in the industry having graduated from the Aveda Institute in Soho in 2004  as well as graduating Magna Cum Laude from Oswego University with a concentration in Wig and Makeup Design.  She furthered her education in a salon infamous for its curly hair techniques.  She is definitely one of our curly hair experts and therefore a favorite with the “Natural Texture” revolution going on right now.  Her work in theatre, television, and film has further developed her knowledge and talent into an extensive array of skills.  See below for her impressive resume!!!
  She is a haircutter with an eye for detail and colorist who can create any look you desire from subtle to stand out!  She is our go to girl as well for wigs, extensions, period hair, bridal updos and more.  Liz has even developed her own set of handmade hair accessories to create the appearance of thicker hair.  She loves to educate and share her knowledge so be ready to complete your Parlor experience with Liz having learned a new trick or two of your own.

Melinda Marki
  Melinda Left her post as Salon Director of a salon on the Lower East Side to help fortify our talent in Brooklyn as we opened our doors on Atlantic Avenue.  She was hand selected from a collection of highly experienced hairdressers for her style, seasoned skills, and love of AVEDA. 
Melinda is a gutsy hair cutter and an artistic colorist which is what makes her one of Gwenn’s haircutter of choice for her own hair!  She listens then she sets to the task of creating or completing your individual style, never afraid to make a big change if you desire one!  More often than not her haircuts and colors are strong and flavored with exacting design. She combines structure and whimsy producing a super well executed shape.
We love how she thinks more outside the box than in, has great style instincts, yet knows it’s you and not her that goes home with the end result. Post creation she peppers in just enough Product 101 so you know the many styling options that are possible and you’re off sporting great hair until she sees you again.  Most of her guests book their next appointment as they leave to be sure to get into her as she is one of our stars!!!

Sarah LeMoine Jones
  Sarah trained at the original Aveda Institute in Minneapolis and is a third-generation hair stylist, along with Parlor owner, founder and sister, Gwenn LeMoine. She has been with Parlor for a decade and a half and is a superlative hairdresser, phenomenal hair colorist with amazing makeup skills to boot. An expert at creating beautiful bridal styles and stunning overall wedding looks it stands to reason that Sarah is also especially adept at transforming her client's overall look, or as one client put it, "she gives a wicked makeover." In high demand, she has been sought after for many events including New York Fashion Week, the DIFFA Chocolate Show as well as The STYLE Network. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's Carson Kressley, Genevieve Gorder of HGTV’s Dear Genevieve, Tyler Harcott formerly of the TV show Junkyard Wars,  Laura Marling ( British pop star) and Jill Sobule count among the many famous faces and heads Sarah has styled.