Natural Fusion Hair Studio Stylist Profile: Jen Butt
What drew you to Natural Fusion?
How does the Natural Fusion concept support your personal “mission” for care of your clients?
What is your favorite environmentally-friendly practice at home?
What’s an eco-friendly fun-fact about yourself?
Any hair care advice you’d like to share?
If you only had access to one product what would it be (not shampoo or conditioner)?
I would get a thickening cream, such as Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity Lotion. It is lightweight and awesome at giving my hair the fullness of needs!
Natural Fusion Hair Studio Stylist Profile: Earl Pindar
Why did you ever decide to open your own salon?
When opening the salon with your wife and co-owner, Kelly, how did you come up with the name?
What was the most important thing about the salon AFTER being Eco-friendly?
What is your favorite thing about being a master stylist?
It seems like your clients and staff know you pretty well because you’re so outgoing and open. What is something many people DON’T know about you?
If you had to pick one product as your favorite, what would it be and why?
Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY because it’s strong without being stiff and offers UV protection. It’s all of the things I look for in a product: Eco-friendly, high-quality, dependable, versatile.
Natural Fusion Hair Studio Stylist Profile: Mary Facemire
How did you land at Natural Fusion?
I met Earl at The Temple here in Frederick and came to Natural Fusion from another salon that had a ton of stylists. It was loud and uncomfortable for me; I felt lost among all those people. The “smallness” (if that’s a word) of Natural Fusion was intriguing to me. I loved the idea of being part of a core team. When switching to Natural Fusion I had no clue how much of an impact it was going to have on my health. Prior to working here I would have sinus infection after sinus infection – multiple times a year. But over the last 8 years I have had one maybe two! I honestly believe it is because I am not breathing in harsh fumes from hair color and other chemical services all day (and neither are my clients!). I could get all mushy and say that “we’re a family and we all just work well together” as being the reason why I’ve stayed, but that’s obvious and anyone can see that within moments of walking through the door. 🙂
What are your go-to products?
My personal must have that I can’t live without is DRY SHAMPOO. I absolutely LOVE DOO.OVER by Kevin Murphy. I have two young boys who devour all my free time so washing my hair sometimes gets put on the backburner. DOO.OVER is a life saver. It helps to minimize the shiny look, it has a soft smell, AND my favorite part is it gives my hair texture since it is also a light hairspray.
If I could only pick one product to live with for the rest of my life it would be Kevin Murphy’s RE.STORE because even though it is one product it does SO much.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Well…I crochet. I love it and I’m pretty dang good at it, too!
What is one word of hair advice that you live by?
Treat hair like your skin. A LOT of women I know (myself included) invest a ton of money into their skincare regimen. They are buying great cleansers, toners, masks, SPFs, etc. – all for daily use. Yet the majority of them don’t [know to] do the same with their hair and wonder, “why doesn’t my hair do this at home? I’m using the same shampoo.” Some aren’t using quality shampoos and conditioners, either. So, it’s going to look and feel dramatically different when you leave the salon because when you’re in my care I’m using phenomenal products! Some of my clients have said things like, “Ugh, I’m going to have to buy 15 products to recreate this myself.” Not the case – rarely have I used more than 4 products on a client (including shampoo and conditioner). Don’t get me wrong – if someone is open to trying stuff then I’ll use a shine spray or something similar, but for the most part, great hair care is about developing a quality routine using core products – just as it is with your facial skincare.
Natural Fusion Hair Studio Stylist Profile: Falynn Robison
Why did you choose to plant roots at Natural Fusion Hair Studio?
There are a lot of reasons why I wanted to work at Natural Fusion. I really like that we only use organic and natural products. When I was in cosmetology school the products we used would always give me hives…I’ve had none since working here. The atmosphere is great – we offer premium services in a relaxed environment where we can each be ourselves – I love it! Also, I love that we can care for hair and the environment at the same time!
What are your go-to products?
Philip Pelusi’s Tela Healer and P2 Decrease. Absolutely. Tela Healer is a leave-in conditioner for wet hair that’s also a cream, which provides great cuticle penetration. Especially with humidity, it reduces frizz with a quick wash-and-go. P2 Decrease is a spray that’s great for reducing drying time, which is great if you have thicker hair.
How does Natural Fusion’s commitment to the environment align with your personal practices?
So…I used to love long showers. Like, LOVE them. Since working here and seeing all the ways we practice sustainability, I’ve realized that I can be saving so much water by taking more reasonable showers. I miss my long showers, which seem like such a small thing, but I feel good about skipping them since it’s better for the environment.
If you could give people one hair care tip what would it be?
Use both a heat protectant AND a leave-in conditioner when heat-styling – it’s the best way to protect your hair.
Natural Fusion Hair Studio Stylist Profile: Susan Fitzpatrick
Out of all the salons in Frederick, how did you land at Natural Fusion?
Earl was my teacher in school here in Frederick and we got along really well; I liked his personality and he became like a big brother to me. So, one day I told him that when he was ready I would love to work for him as an assistant. I liked that he was laid back and that he wasn’t stuck on one style of cutting. He understands that everyone sees how things get accomplished, but find their own ways of getting there.
How do the Natural Fusion eco-friendly salon practices align with your personal “mission” for care of your clients?
I hate calling out from work. I have shown up and Earl has sent me home because he could tell I didn’t feel well. I try to keep myself as healthy as possible so I can always be there for my clients. Using the products that we do, keeps me healthier in the long run. Until I really started working in a hair salon I didn’t realize how much the products affect you on a day to day basis. I want my clients to be as happy and healthy as possible and knowing they are using these products makes me happy.
What is your personal favorite eco-friendly practice at home?
Homemade baby food! When my daughter was starting to eat solids I made everything for her. I would lay her down for a nap and then steamed, baked and pureed for hours. Then, I would spend the next two days filling and refilling ice cube trays of pureed food until it was all frozen and put in proper storage containers. This not only ensured my daughter was only eating whole, healthy foods, but it also saved us money and cut down on so much container waste.
Also, I’m adamant about getting the absolute last drop of product out of the bottle – to the point where I’ll cut it open so I can use my fingers to scoop out that last drop. I’ll admit that not many people have actually witnessed me doing this!
How about some professional hair care advice. What one thing would you recommend that could benefit anyone?
Well… Want silky smooth hair? Tired of having to wash, blow dry and flat iron all in the morning before work? My advice is to wash your hair at night and let it air dry while you sleep. Then, you can touch it up in the morning with the smoothing iron. Less heat on the hair, less energy wasted [for you and your electric bill], and most importantly – more time to sleep! And for extra shine, give your hair a couple of pumps of BrilliantHair before using the smoothing iron.