The Juan Juan Salon is situated right across from Sak's Fifth Avenue, where you can stop by to pick up my favorite Dolce & Gabanna powder foundation (see middle photo above). Look for the red sculpture across the street from the salon and turn into that vicinity to find parking. Not only was the salon modern and beautiful, every stylist had great hair and every customer walking out looked fabulous. The mark of a worthwhile salon is not the price tag but the result (see end of post). And let me just say now that Jennie Cheung mastered my stubborn hair (which is why I am so reluctant to style it myself) on her first try, and that is a serious accomplishment!
The front desk is large and expansive, with a comfortable waiting area to the left. To the right of the desk is the main Shu Uemura wall cabinet, full of neatly displayed products. Juan Juan has the full range available for purchase, all in the newest repackaged form.
Walk past the lit wall cabinets and enter the main floor of the salon where the wash station is set off by the beautifully painted Shu Uemura mural. Keep in mind the environment of this specific area is pertinent because the ceremony takes place entirely at the wash station. But before we get into the Hair Ceremony details, allow me to explain the rest of the salon in the photos below. The hair stylists' stations are located right as you enter the salon. The back of the salon and the second floor are dedicated to color. See those strange black contraptions attached to the top of the mirrors in the first photo above? Those are the heaters for hair color processing, so cool!
Right behind the Shu Uemura mural is a changing closet. I donned a simple black robe to protect my clothes and as Jennie displayed the products in front of me, as per my request, she proceeded to explain the Hair Ceremony procedures. Until the beginning of the year, the Shu Uemura Hair Ceremony had been a long, drawn-out hour-long treatment. The genius Art of Hair team figured out a way to cut the time in half yet yield the same phenomenal results.
Jennie first rinsed my hair in lukewarm water and split my hair into numerous sections, placing the Essential Drops rather generously on my scalp. Wow, this was my favorite part of the process! The drops smelled so minty fresh, a bit of aromatherapy at play. Jennie massaged the oil into my hair, purifying it and removing all excess oil and debris. I only wish the massage would have lasted longer! I realize it would not have been necessary, but it was just so relaxing.. obviously, I'm being selfish here :) Then she gave my hair a quick rinse and thoroughly washed my hair with the Full Shimmer shampoo. After squeezing out the excess water, the treatment elements were applied and meticulously combed throughout my locks. The mixture was in my hair for approximately five to ten minutes, yet my hair felt so much softer when Jennie rinsed it out!
Once my hair was wrapped up into a towel, Jennie led me to her station and quickly spritzed my hair with the Depsea Repair, a product I use daily. If you need a heat protectant that doubles at a detangler, look no further! Then after my blow out was complete, she ran the Maybach of hair oils through my ends to seal in the moisture and add some more shine. Afterward, I went to Barney's to pick up some Sunday Riley cosmetics and the SAs were asking me where I had my hair done. My sister commented that my recently dyed black hair looked more dimensional and even my grandmother noticed when I walked through the door to visit her that day! Mission accomplished.
Products Used in the Ceremony (many thanks to Jennie for writing all this out for us):
1. Shu Uemura Essential Drops [not sold yet, will be available around summer]
2. Shu Uemura Full Shimmer Shampoo [for color treated hair]
3. Shu Uemura Shusu Sleek + Full Shimmer Primary Vial [the treatment elements]
4. Shu Uemura Depsea Repair Foundation Prep Spray [before blow drying]
5. Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil [after blow drying, on ends]
Note: The blow out is not part of the Hair Ceremony process. They are two separate services and you will be charged accordingly. I recommend you go on a day where you would really love a pick-me-up just to look good or when you are in need of primping for a special date or occasion.
The phenomenal (and beautiful) hair guru, Jennie!
Now for proof of the drastic improvement in my hair!
Bottom Line: I loved the whole process so much I booked Jennie for another Shu Uemura Hair Ceremony and Blow Out, and one for my best friend Tammy, too!