MEET HOUSE OF CABELO'S FIRST GRADUATE SPOTLIGHT

Featuring our first Cabelo graduate from Foothill High School. We have decided to pick a graduate who has been with House of Cabelo since she was a baby! Meet Makena Densmore. We have had the pleasure of doing Makena’s hair since she was a little girl. We have also had the pleasure of styling her Mom and siblings throughout the years. Not only is she beautiful on the outside but just as beautiful on the inside and has brains to go with that beauty. Her family like all families, have had it’s share of trials and tribulations, which Makena wrote an essay on that landed her a scholarship to the University of Oregon! She now see’s Jacob for her hair here at the salon. We are lucky to have grown with her and see her turn into the beautiful woman she has become! Watch out world, Makena is coming for you! xoxo

Photographer: Pamela Jacobsen

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HERE IS MAKENA’S ESSAY:   “Growing up as the youngest of four children was an interesting experience. While I was subjected to many pranks, I was also privileged in having three role models that I could always turn to in times of need. While all of my siblings had something unique to offer, it was my relationship with my older brother Spencer that has been the most special. I’ve always felt closest to him despite our 10 year difference. We’ve always had a special bond that made me feel at home. I would do anything for my brother, and he would do the same for me. However, myself and my family’s relationship with my brother all changed when my mom received a phone call that would alter all our lives.  On that phone call, we discovered that my brother had been struggling with substance abuse. His addiction to painkillers had derailed his entire life. Once an academic superstar, Spencer’s grades in college had plummeted, as did his overall well being. Spencer had to drop out of school and go straight into an intensive rehab program for several months. Though I was only in fourth grade at the time, the memories from that call are etched in my memory forever. I still vividly recall the night my parents told me and my older sister the news, watching my mom shake as she broke the news.  As a young girl, I had a hard time grasping the disease of addiction and the impact it had on my family. What I knew for certain was that my brother was sick, my family was constantly stressed out, and the brother I once saw very regularly was thousands of miles away in rehab. My most formative years growing up were spent falling asleep not knowing if Spencer was alive and dreading phone calls from hospitals reporting that he overdosed. When Spencer was clean and sober, my family acted like a loving, cohesive unit. When he relapsed, the family crumbled under the pressure of keeping him alive and off the streets.  In the face of all of this pressure and volatility, I knew I had a responsibility to be a positive force for those around me. I learned at an early age that life is very fragile and can be taken away at any moment. This experience has taught me to hold my friends and family close, to set everything else aside for them in times of struggle, whether it be my soccer career, school projects or social events. I have become a trusted child, sibling and friend to those around me, and the impact I’ve had for those around me as a source of light and support. But in reflecting on those moments, I’ve realized that I’ve been sacrificing my own successes to ensure the success of people around me.  As I look to this next chapter of my life, I realize I have an opportunity to expand my role as a positive force - not just for my friends and family, but for the first time in my life, myself. Prior to his addiction, my brother would have given anything to ensure that I was successful in life. Today, as I approach my first step in becoming an adult, I realize that I need to share that mindset. If I am fortunate enough be admitted I will be in an environment where I can focus on my own development. Through the many hard lessons I’ve learned through my brother’s struggles with addiction and growth as an individual, I am confident that I will find that success in the years to come. I will be part of something larger than I’ve ever been part of before, and will be able to impact my community on a larger scale while also developing a strong appreciation for my own life and those around me.”

HERE IS MAKENA’S ESSAY:

“Growing up as the youngest of four children was an interesting experience. While I was subjected to many pranks, I was also privileged in having three role models that I could always turn to in times of need. While all of my siblings had something unique to offer, it was my relationship with my older brother Spencer that has been the most special. I’ve always felt closest to him despite our 10 year difference. We’ve always had a special bond that made me feel at home. I would do anything for my brother, and he would do the same for me. However, myself and my family’s relationship with my brother all changed when my mom received a phone call that would alter all our lives.

On that phone call, we discovered that my brother had been struggling with substance abuse. His addiction to painkillers had derailed his entire life. Once an academic superstar, Spencer’s grades in college had plummeted, as did his overall well being. Spencer had to drop out of school and go straight into an intensive rehab program for several months. Though I was only in fourth grade at the time, the memories from that call are etched in my memory forever. I still vividly recall the night my parents told me and my older sister the news, watching my mom shake as she broke the news.

As a young girl, I had a hard time grasping the disease of addiction and the impact it had on my family. What I knew for certain was that my brother was sick, my family was constantly stressed out, and the brother I once saw very regularly was thousands of miles away in rehab. My most formative years growing up were spent falling asleep not knowing if Spencer was alive and dreading phone calls from hospitals reporting that he overdosed. When Spencer was clean and sober, my family acted like a loving, cohesive unit. When he relapsed, the family crumbled under the pressure of keeping him alive and off the streets.

In the face of all of this pressure and volatility, I knew I had a responsibility to be a positive force for those around me. I learned at an early age that life is very fragile and can be taken away at any moment. This experience has taught me to hold my friends and family close, to set everything else aside for them in times of struggle, whether it be my soccer career, school projects or social events. I have become a trusted child, sibling and friend to those around me, and the impact I’ve had for those around me as a source of light and support. But in reflecting on those moments, I’ve realized that I’ve been sacrificing my own successes to ensure the success of people around me.

As I look to this next chapter of my life, I realize I have an opportunity to expand my role as a positive force - not just for my friends and family, but for the first time in my life, myself. Prior to his addiction, my brother would have given anything to ensure that I was successful in life. Today, as I approach my first step in becoming an adult, I realize that I need to share that mindset. If I am fortunate enough be admitted I will be in an environment where I can focus on my own development. Through the many hard lessons I’ve learned through my brother’s struggles with addiction and growth as an individual, I am confident that I will find that success in the years to come. I will be part of something larger than I’ve ever been part of before, and will be able to impact my community on a larger scale while also developing a strong appreciation for my own life and those around me.”

Makena Densmore
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Vintage meets Modern

House of Cabelo decided to bring summer to an end with one last photo shoot for 2017. House of Cabelo’s vision for this photo shoot was winter white Glam! It's so fun for us to see our idea’s come to reality on these shoots! 

With only a few weeks to plan, we needed a venue, photographer, props, clothing, models, and of course hair and makeup! And we might as well throw in a horse! Yes, you read that right, a real live horse! But if any team can pull this off, HOC can! 

So what did we do next? We got to work, we called our girlfriend Danelle who is a designer and owner of Devout Haus. She also has the most amazing backyard, and we asked if we could use her! We gave her the date and it worked with her schedule. Danelle being such a creative designer, she asked what the theme was and boy, did she then run with it! (Killing it with her winter wonderland bed). Knowing she is a lover of horses, we asked if she could get a horse. And to our surprise, just like that we had the most beautiful horse coming to the shoot. We also had two of our previous HOC stylists help with these looks, Tara Mera @tera.mera_the_creator and Lasalette Oliveira @lasalettedoeshair. We reached out to Bay Area Beautiful @bayareabeautiful and Kelsey Croker @mua_kelps for our glamous makeup. Photograper- Kesey Neuer @Kelsey_neuer, such a champ to help us capture this vision.

On the day of the shoot Octobet 1st, (mind you, a California October) about 90 degree weather (oh boy) we pushed through. Our models looks were old glam Hollywood. Styled with pin curls, gentle waves and good old back combing! These looks are so iconic and,we put a modern twist on each model. From pink Cotton candy back combing, a modern day glam mohawk turned waved short style, to smooth spiral waves for a long hair. We even took one of our models from a pinned tight curl for one look to a short sleek smooth modern day look. This is not easy to do unless you wash and restyle, We wer able to create this look with a brush, products and magic hands.

This photo shoot was such a beautiful collaboration, it amazes us every time. From the idea, to the planning to the actual day! creativity is born, each person who worked on this shoot saw our vision in their own minds and helped bring it to life! Taking old glam Hollywood and giving it a new modern glam look was beautiful to watch. 

The main thing we took away from this photo shoot is never be afraid to push the limits when it comes to time. When people are passionate about their craft, the sky is the limit. It doesn't matter if you want a winter theme and it's 90* plus degrees, or that the sun is on the wrong side of the prop, and that horses don't take direction from the photographer. At the end of the day we created memories and photos that will live beyond our time here on this planet. Future generations for years to come will be looking at our "modern day twist" someday and will be calling it "old Hollywood glam"

Dark Forest

When great minds collaborate, beautiful things are born for the rest of the world to enjoy for eternity!

My stylist Malyssa came to me and said “I want to do a photo shoot and my inspiration is Dark Woods!” She then showed me a picture of her vision, I was absolutely thrilled! We talked for weeks about ideas, hair, makeup, location, clothing and so on. These photo shoots are absolutely fun to do, but at the same time they can be exhausting. For months you eat, sleep, and breathe your thoughts and ideas. We not only wanted this shoot to be about the hair but about the landscape, photography, clothing and makeup. So first things first we reached out to a local photographer Brittany, owner of 10 Bare Toes Photography, videographer Wooyeon, makeup artist Brittany, and of course our talented team of stylist at HOC, Malyssa, Tara, Adriana, and myself, Andrea.

We chose Oakland Redwood Forest Regional Park as our setting. Malyssa and I went and scouted out the park on our day off and fell in love with it, who knew our city by the bay and Mother Nature had so much to offer us? All the rain we had this winter made for a perfect backdrop. The streams were full of flowing water, moss on the trees was green as could be, nature made living walls of ferns, and the scent of nature that no one could ever duplicate in a perfume filled the air. Needless to say it was magical.

Next was finding our models, Danelle, Maddison, and Sophia. We wanted to keep it small but also make a statement. We decided to go with three beauties of three different generations, with decades between the ages we were able to capture the beauty within all of us, young and old.

 

Once we nailed down a date the artistry began, text messages back and forth on everyone's ideas, we all went through our homes/garages and offered to bring different things. Danelle, one of the models, is also a interior designer and her garage is a photo prop heaven! She asked what Malyssa’s vision was for her attire, I then proceeded to tell her “vintage” and she just whipped up that lace dress like nobody's business! It exceeded our expectations.

The day came and we were all filled with excitement, after months of collaborating with some old and new friends I could see the artistic storm brewing! Photographer Brittany asked what we wanted the main focus to be, Malyssa, Tara, Adriana and myself agreed we did not want this to only be about the hair, but to be a collaboration showcasing everyone's craft. We let all the artists do their thing. I feel that when you start telling artist what to do, it holds them back and their raw talent is lost. We didn't want anyone to hold back with what was in their heart and soul on the day of the shoot. As you can see by these photos and video it was a majestic magical collaboration. I feel that we captured the innocence of a child, the confidence of the woman in her prime, and the knowledge and wisdom of a woman that has lived and has been taught by this thing we call life. This collaboration was done with ages 11 to 49, I'm proud to say i was the oldest one working on this photo shoot. The talent I saw from these young adults is undeniably EPIC! I can't wait to see what's next! Stay tuned!

XOXO Andrea

A Video of our adventure is also available here

Many thanks to our amazing collaborators!

Photography: 10 Bare Toes Photography

Makeup: Brittany (@littlebretagne)

Video: Wooyeon (@wooyeon.bay , @90xvision)

Models: Danelle (@sharque1 , @devouthous), Maddison (@maddison_elizabeth_), Sophia (@_sophia.lynn77)

Hair: Adriana (@adriana_sutalo), Malyssa (@mal_joy), Tara (@tara.mera_the_creator), Andrea (@cabelogirl)  

CUTS FOR A CURE

Meet Christopher, a gregarious friend, a supportive brother and loving son. His smile is contagious that lights up a room and is one of the most positive people we know. He enjoys the outdoors, yoga, walking, swimming and laughing every chance he gets. 

Christopher's journey began one and a half months before his diagnosis when he started experiencing strange symptoms: flu's, fever's, night sweat's, neuropathy (tingly feeling in his hands and feet), numbness in his jaw, joint pain in his arm and knees, molar pain and moving chest pain that started on the right side of his chest to the left side over the course of 1 week. He had seen a couple of doctors where each and every one of them offered the same diagnosis, that it was just the flu. 

Weeks after receiving his blood test results he was urged by a close friend to see a doctor do to a result that was overlooked (an elevated white blood count level of 47,000). Three hours after checking into the Emergency Room he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia also known as (ALL) Philadelphia Chromosome Positive on February 19, 2016 at the age of 32. February 19 was exactly one month before he and his partner were going to exchange their vows in Puerto Rico. After eight long rounds of aggressive Hyper-CVAD chemotherapy, he was in complete medical remission. Soon after getting the news he was in full medical remission he thought his cancer journey had ended, until he was urged to get a bone marrow consultation by a handful of doctors. 

 

It was until the bone marrow consultation, where he was told he needed a transplant because it would be tricky to treat the Philadelphia Chromosome Positive while on chemotherapy maintenance for the next few years. Three months after the bone marrow consultation he was told he matched with 1 person out of 25 Million bone marrow volunteers in the international marrow donor registry. The volunteer matched him 10/10, which is rare for a minority/Hispanic in the registry. The news was life changing. Two months after receiving the news, he was given a transplant date: Friday, March 17, which begins a new chapter in his journey. 

Please join us on Sunday, April 2 from 10am - 4pm at House Of Cabelo for a Cut-A-Thon! House Of Cabelo will be offering dry cuts, beard trims and braids for a suggested donation of $35. The event is benefiting the RiosStrongFoundation and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. House Of Cabelo will also be hosting a bone marrow drive to save others who are trying to survive this terrible disease. Hope you all can make it!

For the Love of Hair

As every year progresses with an unpredictable turn of events, so it has been here at House of Cabelo. With the move from First Street to our beautiful new location on Saint Mary’s Street, has come growth and a multiplying staff. With change always comes adjustment, but during this time we could not be more grateful for our loyal clients and friends. We could never have made it this far without them. 

Our new location is such a huge blessing for all of us here at House of Cabelo. It is in a prime location just off of main street in Pleasanton with an abundance of foot traffic that our old location lacked. The influx of new clients has been humbling and exciting. The new look of our business has been something we’ve very much enjoyed as well. Our brand has evolved along with us in the elegant redesign of the website and workspace. The larger work space has allowed us to be more involved in the community, hosting events and meeting other businesses. We strive to create lasting realtionships.

Since our move we have expanded our retail selection as well. We now proudly offer Oribe haircare and we are loving it. The line of products they have created is both sophisticated and effective. It has enabled us to offer the higher end to our clients and moved us up in the ever changing industry of hair care and color.  

Our clients are our life blood and source of inspiration in this creative environment. Our stylists come in contact with people of every lifestyle and trade which gives them a perspective few of them would have without this career. Every day they are motivated to be inspired as their clients give them the reins to create new looks. It doesn’t always go as planned but our stylists have learned to adapt and take note of their clients' ultimate needs.

At House of Cabelo we pride ourselves in a luxurious personal experience for each guest. Our excellent customer service encourages our clients to find the perfect stylist for their ever-evolving needs. Every one of our stylists offers their own style and individuality, which equips us to offer a wide range of customized services to fit the needs of each client. With the structure of our level system it offers availability in pricing and convenience. Our team environment allows our clients to be comfortable seeing any stylist without hesitation.

We are forever grateful to our growing staff and clientele, they are the heart and soul of House of Cabelo. 

Braids and blooms

This past month we had the pleasure of hosting The Petal Company at our establishment for a small gathering, it was a beautiful evening full of friends, food, and flowers! It was an event that was fun for ladies of all ages to come together, get their hair braided and make flower crowns.

As we all know flower crowns are sweeping the nation this very moment. From weddings to birthday parties, even to baby showers! A party of any kind can be topped off with the perfect flower crown accent. Right as our guests entered they saw our flower crown station, they were taught how to create their very own flower crowns with a wide array of different colors and styles. Perfect for hair of all colors and cuts!  

We also integrated our favorite Boho styles in braids and updos! Guests were shown to a styling station and one of our fabulous stylists finished them off with the perfect hair do to accent their newly made crowns. Creativity flowed, young and old alike left with the glow and confidence of a much needed salon visit. 

Over all it was a night of fun had by everyone, from groups of young ladies on a girls night out, to mothers and daughters looking for a fun new activity. Coming together as a community and meeting new faces is something we truly enjoy here at House of Cabelo! 

Keep an eye out for updates on our next flower party; taking place on October 28th, we are going to be getting in tune with our spookier side here at the house. Dia De Los Muertos face painting and of course, more flower crowns! 

Much love to our vendors of the night:

The Petal Company http://www.thepetalco.com/

The Tipsy Cakery https://www.thetipsycakery.com/

Danielle Poff http://www.daniellepoff.com/ 

 

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SUMMER HAIR CARE

SUMMER IS HERE.

Prevent sun damage to your hair now that things are really heating up! We are all aware that the sun causes harm to our skin and that spf (sun protectant factor) is a must but what about your hair? Your hair is at risk of fading color, split ends, becoming dry/ brittle and losing shine and bounce. This is all caused by prolonged exposure to the sun breaking down the hairs protein (keratin). Those uva and uvb rays have the power to damage the cuticle (outside layer of a single hair strand) to inner structure of the hair. Ultra violet rays can also break down the chemical bonds found in the makeup of color causing fading.


Here are some helpful ways to be sure your hair looks great, feels great and stays healthy while enjoying the outdoors…

  1. Prior to going into direct sunlight spray your hair with a leave in conditioner.
  2. Prior to enjoying a day at the pool wet your hair with a non chlorinated water. Your hair will soak up healthy moisture rather than the chlorine drying it out. 
  3. Allow your hair to air dry once in a while. Using those hot tools along with the dry weather will help assist in the damage. 
  4. Be sure to keep up with your haircuts.
  5.  Accessorize with hats and hair wraps.
  6. Switch your shampoo and conditioner appropriate to the season.
  7. Visit your stylist for professional treatments every few weeks.
  8. Consult with your stylist for the products that best suit your level of dryness. 
  9. Always keep a deep conditioner in your shower and use it once a week. 
  10. Drink water! Stay hydrated!