London, 1985

Friday, March 30th, 2012

I spent a month in London in 1985.  Within the first few days of landing, I visited a salon I heard about in a music documentary and had my roots lightened and colored bright red.  I was excited to see and learn about a foreign subculture, and having the right hair was part of the experience. When Erin Anderson, co-founder of Woodley and Bunney, asked me to be part of a photo contest that involved creating a look that depicted a period and genre in London, my left eyebrow raised.  I became obsessed.  I pulled out all of my old photos- I googled images for hours. The intensity was furthered by the photographer:  HERNY DILTZ!   It has been fun reconnecting with my past.  I will be spilling out more details in upcoming posts.  I shot this image on my iphone.

Dimitrios Tsioumas

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

This cut and color is the  product of the wildly talented Dimitrios, who graced the salon last Sunday to give an advanced class that brought hair stylists together from all over California.  His vision and artistry are breathtaking.  I think this video of his 2011 collection is super fun.  Who is he?  Goldwell International Master, Mizu NYC Creative Color Director and two time winner of the International Color Zoom Challenge.  But what I love most is that he truly wants everyone to learn how to do great hair and takes the time to connect to his students.    It was an honor having him at the salon.

Never Stop Learning

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Tonight we are having an advanced color class to prepare for an all day color event with the top colorist of the nation on March 18th.  The models are showing up at 6:00, so if you are walking around our neighborhood tonight, peek in and see what we have learned!

2011 Sachajuan Event in Brooklyn: Svensk-Art

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Three fabulous days in Brooklyn.  Svenks-Art was the 2011 Sachajuan event were we watched demonstrations and took a cutting class from the founder of Sachajuan, Sacha Mitic.  They key information learned at this event:  Sachajuan leaves the hair light and full.  If you want more volume, use more product.  It will not flake of become sticky.  It is created to produce beautiful, natural looking hair.  See photos of the event here.

Tonic Attends Oribe’s 2011 Backstage Pass Event

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Creative hands-on events are designed to allow stylists to push the boundaries of skill and creativity. Hair is our medium; scissors and styling products are our tools. Oribe inspired us! Peruse our photo album here.

Salon Tonic Attends an Oribe “Atelier”

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Salon Tonic was honored to be invited to and attend a hands on workshop in San Fransisco on September 27th with the master himself:  Oribe.  His appearances are becoming rare as his product line swells with success.   He is an amazing man with a vast amount of inspiring energy.  We love Oribe almost as much as his products.

salon TONIC celebrates 10 years

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

We had an amazing time at the party and were honored to have our client Stephen Alberts film the event. Check out his web site here

Salon Tonic Tenth Anniversary

Tonic Loves A Party

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Tonic loves a party! Our anniversary party was a beautiful smash. Thank you to all our friends that stopped in to enjoy the celebration. I’m always amazed at how beautiful, fun and talented our family is here. Clients, friends and fans you all looked stunning.
By 8 o’clock the salon was packed. Appetizers were being passed by two beautiful girls (thanks Kenzie and Stephanie) and everyone was asking “who made these?” Kate Murray of, created a vegetarian feast of sweet and savory sushi-inspired bites that simply put was the BEST sushi I’ve ever eaten. Totally scrumptious. Thanks Kate and Jason! For dessert, Angela Mueller, of, designed a beautiful display of delicious mini cupcakes that must be seen to be fully appreciated. Were you lucky enough to score a handful of Mexican chocolate or spicy chipolte almonds? Yummy! Where can you get them? or check out their stand at the Little Italy farmers market on Saturdays. If you thought the gin and tonics were unusually delicious (I did!) it’s because Breanne Dreisbach hooked us up with Tanqueray Rangpur. Thanks Breanne! Did the sexy bartender look familiar? Turns out Acacia, our beautiful receptionist, is a natural drink slinger! Who knew?
At 830 the band commenced. Did you recognize the frontman, ahem frontwoman! playing the guitar and the keyboard? Our very own Maren and her band, Maren Parusel, wowed the crowd with fresh melodic tunes. Look for their digital music release in the next few weeks.
I’d like to thank Neil and Shae, barbacks extraordinaire, who ran the behind the scenes show like pros. I’d also like to thank Will and Nick, our handsome doormen.
To all the stylists, and Jenna, our fabulous esthetician, thank you for making the world more beautiful. Your dedication to your craft and your attention to each client is inspiring.
Finally thank you to Sharon, whose vision and tireless effort continues to amaze and impress me. I’m so proud of you sis.
Happy 10 Tonic.
xo chris

Salon Tonic Turns Ten

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Come on out this Saturday evening from 7:00-10:00 and enjoy the celebration. Our receptionist, Maren Parusel will be performing.