Textured Haircuts: A Weight Off Your Shoulders

You may hear a lot of talk lately about “textured” haircuts. But what exactly does that mean?

Take a look at a red carpet event, peer through a fashion magazine, or just gander at some fashionistas on the NYC subway system; a lot of what you will see are heavily textured haircuts. On the right person, this can not only be a stunning look, that doesn’t require much change, but can also be a weight lifted off your shoulders (quite literally).


A textured haircut can be done with both scissors or razor, depending on the texture and density of the hair. Typically the texturizing is done towards the ends, leaving a loose, airy, lived-in feel. Although, many times we will go into the mid-shaft of the hair to create texture AND remove weight. This gives the client not only a fresh new, updated look, but also serves as a practical weight removal technique.


These cuts should be paired with great styling products to show off the look. ARROJO Wave Mist, Texture Paste, Styling Creme, and Cream Wax are all perfect examples of light products that can really show off your new cut to its fullest potential.


Medium length bobs, or Lobs, can be styled with Wave Mist for that “fresh off the beach” look. While a shorter crop can be magnified with Texture Paste or Cream Wax, to show off the piecey-ness that a textured cut is known for.


Ask one of our talented stylists for the look and technique that would best suit you!


By Michael Wittke


Razor hair cutting…

Learning new techniques and how to use a new tool is so refreshing for us stylists, whom can sometimes box ourselves into the same old routine. Whether I am simply giving a client a trim, creating a classic shape, or trying something new and trendy, it’s rewarding for both myself and the client when we try something a little different.

Coming from a rigid training background, I was always taught that razor cutting was barbaric and followed no basic guidelines. Through classes taken at the Arrojo Advanced Academy and my own perseverance, I’ve learned that everything I previously was told about razor cutting is false. Using the straight blade razor has actually opened up a whole new level of hairstyling for me.

Image-1The razor is a tool which allows me to add texture, movement, and airiness to any haircut. Razor cutting also greatly compliments certain coloring techniques, such as hair painting, allowing the overall feel of the style to be showcased to its fullest potential.

Different hair textures, when combined with razor cuts, create visual stimulation and endless styling options. Pushing myself to use the straight razor has helped me teach myself and my clients how to use different products to create hair styles they never thought possible with their hair type. And the greatest part is that these styles are simple enough to recreate at home.

The razor techniques that I’ve recently learned and have been practicing, have allowed my creativity to expand more than is has in years. If you’ve never had your hair cut correctly with the razor, now is the time to try something different!


by Danielle Ardolino Lay

Senior Hair Stylist

To Wave or Not To Wave

We are all born with one constant: Mother Nature’s accessory – hair. It comes in all colors and textures. When we grow tired of a look our first thought is to change the length or color. But what if we think outside of the box and look deeper into the hair – let’s talk about altering the texture of the hair.

I’ve been in the hair business for sometime now, and I’m so excited about how many new possibilities there are for altering textures – possibilities that are all color-safe! There are two main issues to combat regarding texture: thick, frizzy, and/or curly hair AND fine, limp, and/or straight hair. Both can be difficult to deal with and leave you feeling helpless. But modern treatments may just be your hair-savior!


For those with thick, frizzy, and/or curly hair, modern advances in Keratin smoothing treatments can be a life-saver.  At Gleam Salon our smoothing treatment of choice is the Brazilian Blowout; it smoothes frizz, slightly loosens the curl pattern, and fights humidity.

After the Brazilian Blowout your hair cuticle will be laying flat which will give the appearance of more length and beautiful, shiny, smooth curls! Also, for those clients that have color treated hair, the Keratin smoothing treatment actually helps to seal in the color (when done within 2 weeks of the color service). Lastly, the Brazilian Blowout will cut your blow-drying time in half (or less), because (let’s face it…) we are all running short on time in the mornings. With the proper use of Keratin-saving shampoo, conditioner, and styling products, this treatment should last at least 12 weeks.


Other clients have quite the opposite hair-dilemma: fine, straight, limp hair (or just a subtle/mixed wave). Well good news to you straight-haired ladies (and gentlemen): WAVES ARE BACK! But not to fret; this isn’t your grandmother’s perm!

If you have been burdened with limp, flat hair, whether long or short, new technology in waving-systems allows us to customize a soft wave or curl that will complement your haircut by adding texture, movement, and fullness to your style. The result is a soft, natural look that can be air-dried or diffused for your new wavy look, and can also be blow-dried straight, adding extra support and body.


Typically this service should last at least 12 weeks.So let’s be prepared for warmer weather and welcome a change in our hair textures!


by Suzana Blejec

Colorist/Texture Specialist

Let’s talk about Hair Painting…

FullSizeRender-2In the hair industry there are often many buzzwords thrown around. Often clients will hear these terms and be told one way or another how to perceive them, how to act upon them, and how to have their hair done or cared for because of them. Among these popular buzzwords are “balayage”, “hair painting”, and “ombre”. Let’s take the guessing out of the equation and discuss exactly what these terms mean.

Lets first discuss “balayage” and “hair painting”. “Balayage” is a word of French origin that literally translates to “sweeping”. What does this have to do with hair styling? As opposed to traditional foil highlights, balayage highlights are “hand painted” like a painter, to create a soft, swept effect. “Balayage” and “hand painting” are actually interchangeable terms used to describe the technique that the colorist will use to highlight the hair.

Many people often confuse “ombre” with “hair painting”. A simple mistake for the untrained client. “Ombre” is actually the style or placement on the hair. Most “ombre” styles are achieved with “hand painting”, but they are not the same thing. A typical “ombre” style usually incorporates darkness at the roots, a midtone through the mid-lengths, and the lightest tone through the ends. “Hair painting” however can be brought up as far as the root and applied as heavily as desired.


Other variations of these techniques (and buzzwords you may have heard of) are: “sombre” – a “soft ombre” for those who only want to go one or two shades lighter than their root; “babylights” – ultra-fine, hand painted sections that create a very subtle sun-kissed look; and “contouring” – the placement of hand painted sections solely around the face to open, brighten, and accentuate the client’s facial features.



All of these techniques spawn from a desire to have a natural, sun-kissed appearance. However soft or dramatic the result, the diffusing of color, from dark to light, without a “line of demarcation” makes for the greatest benefit of these techniques: a softer regrowth from the root, resulting in the ability to go much longer in between your next highlight appointment.




Written by:

Alejandra Pacheco.


Gleam Salon an Arrojo Ambassador Salon…

IMG_0027Over the past few months, our clients have been curious to know about the change in our product line. Now that we are three months into our partnership with the ARROJO brand, we thought it would be a great opportunity to explain the motivation behind making this change.

In October 2015, after attending a business seminar with Nick Arrojo, the owners became intrigued by the structured education and visionary trends of the ARROJO brand, and this led us to try the ARROJO product line. The ARROJO brand focusses heavily on higher education for established stylists. Their unique razor-cutting and hair-painting techniques, along with traditional cutting and coloring, bring to the table a well-rounded education platform available to stylists of all levels. As evidenced in their avant-garde photoshoots and seasonal collections, the product line is the third key to the success of their overall feel and vision.


We wanted to find a way to take the ARROJO model and make it our own. Becoming an ARROJO Ambassador Salon was the obvious next step. As an ARROJO Ambassador Salon, we are available to multitudes of cutting, coloring, styling, and product education, which inspires the staff to do greater work and keeps the morale of the salon high.

Now, three months into our partnership with ARROJO, we are seeing the products enhance our haircuts and color, our staff motivated and inspired by further education, and our work getting one step ahead of the rest. From concierge to color room to clients, the ARROJO change is being felt at Gleam Salon, which makes the change worthwhile.








Art Cortez


Thanks to Arrojo for all your help and support.


Dear friend… Dearest natural gray.

 evelyn5Often I get asked by my clients, “how can I go about transitioning from coloring my hair to not getting my hair colored all together?”  Going natural is a beautiful transition and as we leap into winter  more women and men are embracing their natural color. 

In reality there are many ways to approach this transition; however, I am a firm believer that a slow process is the best route to take. So how do we accomplish this if you already have a base color in your hair?

Usually from a single process application, it’s easy to switch to a half a head of high lights, the main idea with this execution is to diffuse the line demarcation from the single process to a softer blend with the natural gray hair, and this allows blending the natural gray into a softer coverage. But the most important part is it allows the client to see and perceive how comfortable are they with having not hair color anymore. It gives time to get used to the look and learned how to deal with the new texture and the overall appearance.

A year ago, one of my dearest clients Evelyn, decide that she would like to give it a try to have her natural gray hair, so we start it our journey from a medium dark brunette to a natural hundred percent gray hair.  

During this process we moved to a blonder softer look with some high lights with many tones and lots of dimension.  And at this point Evelyn saw her natural color and some multiple tones.

After a few months, now Evelyn is extremely happy with her dearest natural gray hair.

Thank you Evelyn, sure we have some fun with this transition and sure an amazing final result.

 So if you are considering this transition, give us a call or stop by Gleam Salon so we can guide you best.

IsmaelWritten by:

Ismael Mosquera 

Hair Colorist 

Edited by 

Justin Blea 

IMG_0034-e1438824971209-270x370Styled by 

Eva Flores 

Hair Stylist 


A special Thanks to Evelyn Alden. Model.

Move over Ombre, a new hair trend is taking over 2015!

Move over Ombre, a new hair trend is taking over 2015!

If you can have an argument with someone whether or not the color is brown or blonde, it’s probably Bronde! This year the hair color for everyone, especially seeing it most within the Hollywood scene is bronde.

Normally brown and blonde have existed separately. We have women who favor rich, natural brunette tones and on the other hand women who prefer a lighter, brighter color result. Many women will find themselves switching through these shades but the Bronde hair color trend means you no longer have to make the sacrifice of choosing between the two.

So what is Bronde hair color?

Bronde is a color technique that fuses brown and blonde to create a beautiful color. It’s very rooted with painted highlights to create a natural look.


One of the reasons this color has become so popular amongst women is that brondes are versatile and suit most hair lengths. It is beautiful and is a complimentary choice when maturing because of its softness.



Alejandra –

“Now that we are transitioning into the fall and winter months we are also seeing hairstyles and color transition it versatile and natural looks. Natural is very chic and flawless. Bronde also gives people the opportunity to be ok with having roots which creates a very soft, elegant style”

Back to School with Style



The time has come for us to pack our bags and head off to class. Beyond study essentials of paper and pens, here at Gleam we have put together a little bit of advice for looking great all semester long. Check these style tasks off your to-do list:


Before you get caught up with your studies visit your favorite stylist to consult for an all new look. What better way to start the semester and lock in great style with a fresh new cut and color? Now is the perfect season to rock out a new look you have been considering. We are just a phone call away from a brighter face and fabulous you!



One of the best things you can possibly do before all of your classes start for the semester is stock up on all of your favorite go-to products.


For color treated hair we suggest the Wella Brilliance Shampoo and conditioner. For extra protection on your colored hair you can also use the Brilliance leave in Balm and for added shine try out the Brilliance treatment mask.



To hydrate your hair we suggest the Wella Enrich shampoo and conditioner. Both products will repair and protect dry and damaged hair. For a deep hydration we also recommend the Enrich moisturizing treatment, it will leave the hair hydrated without it being weighed down but rather it feeling silky and soft.



It is great to stock up so you have all your hair essentials for any occasion. Whether it be styling products, shampoo or conditioner. This semester you do not want to run into the issue of not having the products you need on hand.

Hair Style by Eva Flores

Hair Color by Ismael Mosquera



Top 5 Men’s Hairstyles Fall/Winter 2015


Top 5 Men’s Hairstyles Fall/Winter 2015

Summer of 2015 has been such an exciting season for men’s hairstyle trends. With the humidity cranking up in New York City we are all really just trying to look our best. This summer has consisted of classic looks with an edgy twist, incorporating the major trend of the disconnected hairline and taper fade. Short on the sides and long on the top. If you are unfamiliar with the taper fade, essentially it is the gradual decrease of length in the hair around the ears and the back of the head that allows for haircuts such as undercuts, blowouts and many more. It is very versatile and allows you take on an edgy look and transform it into an everyday office wear! However just like the seasons, styles start to change as well. We’ve put together a series of photos that show a compilation of looks to get inspired by this year for Fall/ Winter 2015.

fringe bangs


This style has been making a great comeback with men and fashion models. The haircut features a taper on the sides and back but keeps the top long and cut at an angle. The hairstyle works very well with most face shapes but particularly it can help out guys with a with a rounder face shape as the short sides and longer top give the face more length.

the cesar


Another very sexy look this fall for men that incorporates a bit of the fringe hairstyle with a shorter cut. The hair is layered all over to replicate that of Julius Caesar.

side part


This style has become very popular and trendy, probably because it looks so damn good on just about every guy and is very simple to achieve if your hair is long enough. It is ideal for the guy on the go or the guy who doesn’t want to add many products to his hair. To achieve this look, simply part the hair on the side of your head and sweep it over to one side. Use either a right or left part – whatever works best for your natural part.

the undercut


The undercut is another very versatile look that can be styled and cut in many different ways. You can go from something very classy and slicked back to a modern 2015 variation. Regardless the undercut is a look that we’ll definitely be seeing a lot of this fall and winter. The undercut features short sides and a long top. It makes styling very easy for men with medium to long length hair.

crew cut


Making a very nice comeback this fall is the simple but clean looking crew cut. For guys wanting to change up their style from long to short or simply wanting to keep that clean cut look. The crew cut is the go to this fall.

One thing is for certain this fall / winter 2015 in hair trends for men, we are growing it out and not afraid to incorporate style to it. Classic looks are featuring modern twists and as the summer draws to a conclusion styles are emerging that are very natural looking (not too much product).

Justin Blea is a team member at Gleam Salon working in reception




The Education at Gleam Salon.

Many times we get asked a familiar question by clients: What do you learn in training at Gleam as opposed to training in cosmetology school? This is a valid question and to people who are not in “the industry” possibly a confusing answer. So allow me to go into a bit of detail…

In Cosmetology School (or colloquially known as Hair School), you learn a broad spectrum of the basics: mainly hair cutting, coloring, and designing, but also a brief overview of makeup, skin, nails, sanitation, and even some business/interview skills. The focus is really to prepare the student for their 100-question state board written exam and the dreaded 3-hour, heavily supervised, practical exam. The written test asks the basics of hair cutting, coloring, designing, and sanitation (which actually takes up about 50% of the exam). The practical test, which is performed entirely on a mannequin head, is, quite frankly, is a series of outdated haircuts, styling techniques, and chemical applications that are the foundation of all further education. Beyond this there is not much covered in your 1000-hour cosmetology education.

Upon graduating and beginning your career as an assistant at a salon, you will be placed in some sort of training program. Each salon’s education is different from the next. Some salons have training programs that are large classes taught by one instructor. At Gleam we believe in a much more hands on, one-on-one approach.

Before beginning the program, the assistant will choose a track: cut/style or color. Both tracks require some theory work before any models are touched. After the initial theory work is completed, our Senior Stylists rotate days (usually once per week) teaching very specific techniques.

For cutting we started with a blunt, below the shoulder cut, this is to have the assistant-in-training/student gain confidence in cutting a zero-elevation, perfectly straight line (as well as a blow-dry to show the perfectly straight line—a very Vidal Sassoon way of thinking). From there the cuts get shorter and shorter—shoulder length, classic bob, A-line bob, graduated bob, short hair, pixie cuts, and men’s cutting. Each style requires at least 3 models for teaching, and a final model  for your “test”, which is done entirely by the student, no interaction with the instructor. This means for each haircut the assistant must find a model that is willing to get the haircut that is being taught, the internet has proven to be quite a useful tool for this. At least one month is spent on each cut (one model per week: 3 classes and a final model for the test). When all is done, the student brings in models for any cut, as if they were walk-in clients. This is when the Senior Stylists decide that the student is ready to be promoted to a Junior Stylist.

Similar to cutting, the color classes require models for very specific color and chemical processes: formulation for personalized grey coverage, foil highlighting, and balayage highlighting. Again, three models and a test.

After becoming a Junior Stylist your education is not over. As a manner of fact, in an industry where techniques, fashion, and trends are constantly evolving, A STYLIST’S TRAINING IS NEVER DONE. Classes at the Wella Studio in SoHo, endless tutorial videos on the internet, and the International Beauty Show at Jacob Javits Center are just a few of the continuing education tools we have in our arsenal. Because, as Art always says, “The minute you think you know everything…you know nothing.”


By Michael Wittke