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Summer Loving, Summer Leaving

August 6, 2014 @ 3:58 pm
posted by vmcgurk

We’re approaching the end of Summer and moving into the Fall Season. It looks like the hair trends for the coming Fall are using an array of loose textured waves and braids. I’m thinking that these styles are being influenced by the hit HBO Show Game of Thrones. These type of romantic soft looks are one of my favorites to work on!

I have always loved braiding hair. When I was young, watching my mother plait (braid) someones hair, encouraged me to recreate what my mother did at every chance I got. This is why, at a young age, her and I knew I would work in the Hair Fashion Industry.

I’ve noticed that about two years ago the braiding style has made it’s way back into hair fashions; so, I’m very excited! Also, seeing in come back in different variations by, both, passerby’s throughout Philly and social media outlets  like Pinterest and YouTube has inspired me. Below you’ll see some of my favorites.

Thank you so much for reading this months blog! Please leave comments and share if you like the post. See you soon!

Is it Spring? Is it Summer? Is it still Winter?

May 15, 2014 @ 2:05 pm
posted by vmcgurk

Is it Spring? Is it Summer? Is it still Winter? We do not know and neither does our hair. It doesn’t know whether to be frizzy, curly, or straight! Well I know one thing is for sure, it’s not a concern I have. Not with the Keratin Complex Smoothing treatment. I mean, it’s really the best thing that has happened for hair since, probably, hair color. My hair doesn’t frizz and doesn’t break. It’s super shiny and super easy to blow out. It’s the healthiest my hair will ever be and it grows faster. Who dosen’t want that?! And now, with three different options, I have choices… And so do you!!  Most likely, you are a candidate. Come and ask for Sofia. Consultations are always complimentary.

Say hello to sunshine and warmer weather!

April 17, 2014 @ 12:27 pm
posted by vmcgurk

As we enter the spring season, we get a feeling of newness and refreshment as the snow and bitter cold slowly fade away for another year. It’s time for spring cleaning and getting ourselves out of the winter blues that have depressed us for too long. With that said, its a good idea to get our bodies healthy and our minds sharp, and that starts with how we feel about ourselves and how we look. Nothing feels better than shedding our winter coats, and for men, that means shaving off our winter beards and cutting off our grown-out hair. Thats where i come in… whether you are looking for a new edgy style or you’re sticking with what works, I’ll be your go-to when it comes to the style and fashion of your hair. Trust me you wont regret it!

Andrew Sherman

Modern Barber

P.S. Gift cards available

How many days till spring!?

February 14, 2014 @ 11:01 am
posted by vmcgurk

Well here we are in the dead of winter, and while we’re all desperately awaiting the arrival of spring, what better way to occupy our time than fashion week. The month of February is a time where designers across the globe set the trends for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Kerastase and their runway team have been present backstage at many of the shows this year including; Creatures of the Wind, Altuzarra, The Row, Thakoon, Jason Wu and more. I can say that being a fashion addict and beauty professional, I am completely inspired. The looks are simple and chic and easily transferable to everyday looks. There are many more shows to come in New York and I am excited to see what else is in store for hair and fashion for 2014. And how could I forget, valentines day is just two days away, so stop in for all your date night necessities! Offering sexy blow-outs, gel manicures, and flawless make-up applications, Salon Thalia is your one stop shop!

Justin Littlefield

The Importance of Continuing Your Education

January 8, 2014 @ 2:07 pm
posted by vmcgurk
Happy 2014!!! Wow, I can’t believe I have been in this industry for more than 25 years and I still love and look forward to perfecting my craft. I am amazed at how much there still is to learn.
I am very fortunate to be the creative director in our salon. One of the responsibilities this entails is two times a year I conduct and organize a series of cutting and styling classes for our stylists and assistants to participate in.  Preparing for our Spring and Fall sessions is extremely inspiring and motivating. This helps with giving me fresh ideas to keep my clients up to date with the latest fashion trends. It is really fun to come together as a team to challenge and inspire one another.
Throughout my career I have had many unfortunate experiences and have been exposed to stylists that will give every excuse to not attend any type of advanced training. They‘re either a know it all, don’t have time or can’t afford to invest in their advancement. Even if you are being exposed to something you have learned in the past, it can still be inspiring because you can always make an old trend new again.  My clients appreciate and even expect that I keep myself updated with my education. It has also given me the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, Canada and even the States. I believe you can afford anything you put your mind to or what is most important to you.  Stylists that do not continue to invest in their advanced training can really give our industry a bad reputation. A well trained Stylist is just as important and needed as an Attorney, Architect, Realtor and even a Psychologist.  Your hair is your most important accessory. You wear it every day. Compromising your hair and skin care is the first mistake a person can make. “I don’t have the time” is unacceptable.  Finding 5-10 minutes to dedicate to your hair is as essential as making the time to take care of yourself with exercising and eating properly. This is the secret to keeping yourself youthful and fit. “There is no such thing as an ugly woman, only a lazy one”.
Maria Gallagher

Let it snow . . .

December 12, 2013 @ 12:41 pm
posted by vmcgurk


It’s that time, and although we’ve been hit with winter weather a bit too fast for our liking this year, there’s no need to stop getting in the spirit! Now is the time for countless social gatherings, parties that we’re going to and hosting ourselves and, of course, the continuing prospect of travel that unites us with friends and family that we look forward to seeing all year long.

Or, maybe not – this season also contributes to hiding out at Parc on Christmas Eve with a nice bottle of wine and escargot, exclusively next to your special someone. Whatever the occasion or how you choose to go about it, know that we at Salon Thalia are here to help make the season even more bright.

As an ongoing education salon, we strive to remain on the cutting edge as stylists and consistently learn to improve the quality of our services – whether you’re seeking a new shape, dimensional color or just a small enhancement to add to the glitz of your New Year’s Eve, we’re here to help.

For existing clients, we look forward to continuing our relationship with you in 2014, and appreciate your ongoing patronage. For those that happen to be reading and are perhaps in search of something new, we would welcome the opportunity to have you.

My name is Travis, and I’m a Senior Stylist here at Salon Thalia. My mantra is “looking good makes you feel good”, and I would love to share this festive season with you. Cheers.

Glo Minerals Be Jeweled in 2 minutes!

November 23, 2013 @ 10:04 am
posted by vmcgurk

‘Tis the season!!

November 7, 2013 @ 1:21 pm
posted by vmcgurk

Summer is over and so is Halloween. It’s now time to focus on what’s important. Holiday hair! Before you start your shopping and treating those you love, why not treat yourself first? We’re in for a long and dark winter and the best mood booster is a fantastic new color!! For those of you that hate to see red, this season’s colors offer some stunning cooler tones that are still brilliant, Like the lovely, Lana Del Rey. Don’t worry reds, you’re still in. New reds have a more copper flair this season just like……. Lana Del Rey!! For those of you that want a low maintenance and new look, ombré hair is still in. Go for a more natural feel. It offers little to no maintenance for you, hard working, ladies! Also, If you’re new to Salon Thalia, Sofia offers half off her haircuts with ANY chemical service.

On The Menu…

September 5, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
posted by ad.sherman


Fall is just around the corner and the temperature will soon begin to drop.  With students going back to school and people becoming busier around this time, it’s important to maintain your appearance by staying on top of your haircuts and facial hair.

As most of you know, Thalia is now proud to announce we are offering barbering services!  Straight-razor face shaves, classic and modern men’s clipper cuts/ fades, and beard/mustache trims are all on the menu, so keep yourself looking sharp this Fall by keeping your mug groomed to perfection.  Whether you like a full beard, a little stubble, or a smooth shave, we can help you look and feel your best!

P.S. – Gift cards can be a great way to show gratitude to someone, whether it’s a birthday, wedding gift, or you just want to get your holiday shopping out of the way, so stop by the salon when you get a chance and pick one up!!!

Dog days of summer!

August 7, 2013 @ 2:25 pm
posted by vmcgurk
The summer may be a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but all that fun in the sun can do a number on your hair and your color. To prevent the sun and chlorine from damaging your hair I would recommend the Chroma line from Kerastase. It has great color protective ingredients and helps give hair a great shine. Don’t worry, the Chroma line has something for every hair type.
For when you go outside to enjoy the great outdoors I would suggest following two smart tips:
-Wet down and mix equal portions of conditioner (my recommendation is: Chroma Riche mask by Kerastase) and you favorite SPF in your hair (don’t rinse!) before swimming to keep hair from absorbing chlorine.
-Before spending time in the sun, wet down your hair and again, mix equal portions of conditioner (same recommendation as above), and SPF. Then pin your hair into a twist or chignon. Wearing your hair up or in a ponytail will keep it from the damaging, ultraviolet rays.
If your hair is on the shorter side and you’re unable to pull it up I would suggest doing the same tip with the conditioner and SPF and wear a hat to help protect your locks.