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Mojo for men

November 9th, 2011

Cassy Song photos courtesy Mojo Barbershop

Guests at Mojo Barbershop’s grand opening enjoyed mustachioed donut from Regal Bakery.

It was all about the mustache, or lack thereof, at the grand opening of Mojo Barbershop on First Friday, Nov. 4. I couldn’t make it that night, but the barbershop shared photos by Cassy Song, which tell the story of the evening, which seems to have brought both men and women out in droves. More photos can be viewed on their Facebook album.

I had interviewed Marian a week prior to the event and after my story appeared in the paper last Thursday, she said their phone began ringing nonstop.

“They have been all men!” she said. “It’s been fascinating to see how thrilled they are after the straight razor shave!  Most of the men that come in have never had one in their life but say they’ve always wanted to try it!”

A couple of calls did come in from women who wanted to purchase gift cards for their husbands, she said.

I knew the old-fashioned barbershop would be popular as part of the old-is-new movement that’s not limited to fashion, but all of what it means to be civilized. As society and business as evolved proves to be untenable and unsustainable, I think everyone is looking back to when businesses were smaller and more intimate and you knew the principals by name, vs. an interchangeable corporate suit. To reinforce the idea of community and relationships, they’re known on Facebook as Mojo Barbershop (& Social Club).

Mojo Barbershop owners Marian Lee and Matt Leo, with artist Kamea Hadar between them. Kamea created the artwork behind them.

And yes, I’m sure men will welcome pampering as much as women. They’ll now have access to the luxurious ritual of sitting back, being treated to a warm towel and straight-razor shave and/or haircut, hand-and-foot detailing or detox facials.

Women are welcome too, but just as men may have been uncomfortable sitting in a salon full of women in the past, be forewarned that this is a space designed with the male species in mind. There is a trunk full of vintage surf and Playboy magazines as reading material, and a man cave where customers can plop into a La-Z-Boy in front of a flat-screen TV. A liquor license may soon materialize.

If you want to delve into this world, Mojo Barbershop is at 1157 Bethel St., open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. Call 927-8017.

The Barbershop will be offering a 30 discount on cuts and shaves for all veterans and military service members on Nov. 10, 11 and 12 in honor of Veterans’ Day.

Mojo’s style team, from left, Solosolo Kahili, Jendale Kahuanui, Rodney Ballesteros and Kaliq Rashad.

I think every woman will appreciate, this sentiment, admonishing men to “Stay Handsome, Not Hamajang.” What’s funny is there’s a generation who’d never heard the pidgin “hamajang” before and are getting a kick out of the meaning. Growing up Waipahu we used to use “hamajag” interchangeably, which is more graphic in describing something jagged, messy, unruly or unkempt.

Nadine Kam photos
The Mojo menu.

A vintage suitcase holds vintage reading material.

Beauty spot: Rethink color for holiday best

November 2nd, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Heidi Hawkinson in the stylist’s chair with Dayna Okuma. Below, her hair before getting her Redken cut and color.

In time for the holiday season, Advanced Salon Visions presented an educational event Oct. 23 for Hawaii’s hairstylists, with 100 of the $35 donation tickets going to Ohia Domestic Violence Shelter for women and children. The shelter is named after the hardy plant that is among the first to appear after the devastation of a lava flow.

The “Beauty Cares” event took place at the Hawaii Institute of Hair Design at 1128 Nuuanu St., where local Redken Artists Winston Myers of M. Matoi Salon, Gail Arita-Chong of Salon Blanc, and Dayna Okuma of Salon 808, helped to introduce the New Redken Shades EQ Cream and other products, new cutting techniques, and holiday style tips.

Dayna was picking up new techniques in New York this summer when I ran into her while we were both staying at the same hotel, though she was just arriving and I was just leaving, and she caught me carting boxes over to FedEx. (I don’t believe in suffering while traveling so pack a backpack-size carry-on and ship any purchases back home.)

The EQ conditioning color they showed is a long-lasting, no-ammonia, demi-permanent haircolor for those who have been asking for such a product. It’s used to glaze, refresh or correct natural or color-treated hair.

In addition to showing new cuts, they also demonstrated new highlighting techniques with “10 foils,” said Redken’s Linda Evanoff. The holidays may be coming up quick, but she said, “There’s no need to look like a turkey anymore,” referring, not to one’s current state of hair, but to the full head of foils once required to do the job.

Dayna reveals Ariel Keanini’s glossy locks.

Courtesy photo
Tiara Taveepanichpan before her cut and color …

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… and after her haircut and color by Dayna Okuma. She’s with Shaina Nakahara, who redid her makeup. What a difference it made to go lighter all around!

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From left, Linda Evanoff of Redken, with Hawaii Redken Artists Dayna Okuma, Winston Myers and Gail Arita-Chong.