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Exactly What My Stylist Does to My Hair

Today I’m finally sharing a long-awaited post I’ve promised you guys—the exact details on what goes down at the hair salon when I visit my stylist! Read on to learn a bit more about my amazing hair gal Kristin, as well as get the scoop on how she cuts it and what formulas she uses to color it. Bonus: she’s offering a discount so be sure to make it all the way down the the bottom ;)


Kristin on her wedding day—isn’t she so pretty?!

You come from a long line of hair stylists—can you tell everyone a bit more about your background and how you landed in hair styling yourself? Yes, a very long line of hairstylists. My mom is a stylist, her mother (my grandmother) did hair as well, and my great grandfather was a barber. 4 generations of hairstylists!

I basically grew up in a salon! :) My mom has been doing hair for over 30 years and my parents have owned various salons. I tried to break the hairstyling chain haha. I went to college at SDSU where I got my degree in Interior Design, and worked in the field for 3 years designing model homes. Then one day I decided to go to beauty school, it was my calling. Theres no looking back, I love what I do!

Okay, let’s talk about my hair—how would you describe my texture and my natural color (I always just say “brown-ish,” haha)? Your (Natalie’s) natural hair color is the lightest brown. This color is great for highlighting because it gives contrast to blonde or golden highlights and you can be “blonde” while still looking natural. Your hair texture is fine to medium with a slight natural wave, perfect for those beachy waves!

What’s the process look like when you color my hair—what formulas do you use and what’s the technique? I do a natural highlight in foils alternating 2 colors. One is a bleach lightener, the other is a high lift blonde with violet and blue undertones. I use Redken Up to 7 lightener and Redken Blonde Idol high lift. After the highlights have processed I tone your roots at the shampoo bowl blurring the highlights and giving the color a lived in, natural look. I use Redken Shades EQ 9GB, 9NB and 9V for 5 min on towel dried hair. Sometimes I will tone the ends using 9V.

Up close and personal ;)

Now the cut—I always love that you aren’t “scissor happy” and have helped me maintain long, healthy hair (despite it being on the fine side as far as texture goes). How do you go about cutting my hair to keep it fresh looking and thicker but without sacrificing much length? Trimming your hair is a MUST, even if you are growing it out. I recommend a trim every 3 months, sooner if you are maintaining a shorter style. Most recently we have been cutting the ends of your (Natalie’s) hair blunt. This takes care of wispy ends while letting old layers grow out and it makes your hair look thicker too!

What are your top 3 favorite hair products? We recently got the whole Oribe line in my salon and lets just say I’m OBSESSED!! Every product is amazing and actually improves the condition of your hair. If I had to chose three I’d say:

  1. Oribe Curl Gloss. This lightweight glossing gel is so great because you don’t have to have curly hair to use it! Apply it to damp hair and blow-dry it into your locks for added hold and super shine.
  2. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. This product is one of a kind! Spray it into your dry hair for the perfect lived in texture with incredible volume.
  3. Oribe Signature Shampoo. This shampoo is great for everyone, every day! Its lightweight, color and keratin treatment safe, and has UV protection for your hair.

If you are only going to buy one salon product, I’d say splurge on the shampoo. You use it most often and a good shampoo will protect your color and hydrate your locks. Your hair will thank you!

What advice can you offer for readers to help them make sure they get the cut and color they’re hoping for when they are trying someone new? Don’t be afraid to talk to your stylist about what you do and don’t want. Three things to make your consultation as smooth as possible:

  1. Bring a picture! Its important to not only say what you like about the picture, but also say what you do not like. Is it the color, the highlights, the way the hair is styled thats grabbing you? Its sometimes hard to find a picture where you love everything so bring a few to discuss both spectrums. Bonus if you find pictures that have similar hair texture to yours :)
  2. How much time do you spend on your hair and how often do you wash it? Are you a wash and go gal, do you like to blow out and curl your hair, maybe a little bit of both? Are you open to different products that will help you achieve the look you want? Talk about your lifestyle and what is realistic for you and your hair. Maybe you need to pull it up for exercising, or you have a job where it needs to look a certain way. These are all great things to discuss with your stylist and will help you find a hairstyle that works with your lifestyle.
  3. What kind of maintenance are you comfortable with? How often are you willing to come back into the salon? Its good to be realistic with yourself and what you will actually do.

Lastly, how can people reach you if they want to book an appointment? I am at Station Salon in Encinitas. Feel free to call, text or e mail for appointments. Mention Thoughts by Natalie and receive 20% off your first service.

Kristin Schulte
Station Salon
345 S Coast Hwy 101 Suite Q
Encinitas CA 92024

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  • Reply
    Gail Loperena
    March 16, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Love Kristin! She is the best!

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    March 16, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    One of my favorite posts Natalie! I have simliar hair and spent my entire 20s trying to find a stylist that will give me “natural looking, sunkissed highlights” (and then lo and behold balayage becomes a trend…) I finally found a girl and she’s great but the salon is down in North Park. Now that I live in Solana Beach I’ve been wanting to find someone closer to home but I’m SO nervous to see someone new. It sounds like Kristin does your hair the same way my current gal does. I’ll have to come in and see her! Thanks for this post.

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    March 17, 2016 at 11:58 am

    love this post! any advice for how to find a stylist? i’m in dallas, a little too far for Kristin. ;(

    • Reply
      Kelsey Hay
      March 30, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Kris – I’m a military spouse so I have had to find new stylists frequently and this is how I’ve found ones I love. Look for gals whose hair is similar to yours or what you would like to do and ask them where they go (be brave and ask even if its the person in line at the grocery store). Also, many salons have facebook pages where their stylists have photos to show off their work. Most stylists will meet for a consultation so you can chat with them before you schedule an appointment. Ask if they have a portfolio of their work and go from there… Hope you find a good one!

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    April 3, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    OMG! I just went to see Kristin and she saved my hair! She did an amazing job and was so sweet and incredibly talented! the salon is also really cute and beautifully located! Thanks so much for the tip!

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      Natalie Borton
      April 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Oh yay! I’m so happy to hear that! She’s the best :)

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