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*It's Official!* Crystal Genes Joins Head Shot Team September 29 2014, 0 Comments

We love photographer Crystal Genes.  She has collaborated with us on several photo shoots and does absolutely lovely weddings + boudoir portraiture.  If you need a true professional to take your picture, call Crystal!

Or call us, 503.241.5030.  We can arrange a shoot with Crystal at Urbaca after we do your hair and make up.  It will be fairly quick, about 20 minutes and will yield 2 finished portraits.  

Hair $35 & up

Make up $35 & up

Add Crystal Genes $75


Head Shots at Urbaca Result! September 23 2014, 0 Comments

Here are some shots from the guest who asked us to do a quick head shot of her!  Make up by Caitlyn, photo by Sherry.


Fine Hair Solutions With *GUEST BLOGGER* Laci! September 20 2014, 0 Comments

Hey everyone! 

Guest blogger Laci here and I'm gonna talk to you about something I know all too well. Fine hair. You've got it. I've got it. It can be kind of a pain sometimes. 

So, you've done all the tricks to boost up those limp strands but nothing seems to be working. You cut that heavy length off, got layers, even blow dry your hair upside down every day. The only thing that can help you from here is products. Now, I know what you're thinking, "Yeah, I've tried everything under the sun. Nothing works the way I want it to." You're right, and this is why: there are so many different kinds of products for fine hair and everyone's is different. It takes a knowledgeable stylist, the correct cocktail of product and an easy routine of styling to make it all come to life. 

I've put together my three favorite style boosters from each line (there's more where that came from) and I'll explain why each of them are great. They range from first steps of creating a look to being able to feel product in your hair, and trust me, you're more than likely gonna have to if you want any volume, to not knowing its in there at all. Ready? Lets go!

For this awesome line I've chosen Hot Flex Spray, Volumizing Spray and Playable TextureHot Flex Spray is a heat protecting, memory keeping all around amazing good time. Fine hair has a tendency to be on the weaker side, especially when it comes to heat. Don't lie, girlfriend, I know you're using that blow dryer and curling iron to get some body in there. Try spraying Hot Flex Spray when your hair is towel dried to give you overall protection from your everyday routine. If you want extra boost and solid sure Blake Lively waves, spray this in on individual sections right before you use your iron, it'll give you that added memory you need for it to last all day at work and then over martinis at happy hour. And as we always do, save the best for last. Say you don't want to wash your hair one morning (and lets be honest, who does that every day?) spray in Hot Flex Spray on small sections of hair and you can go from first day straight to second day sassy girl waves. User note: If you see steam rising while using your hot tools with this spray, don't worry! That's the product doing work for you!  

Volumizing Spray is this girl's best friend. No joke.  The first time I encountered this stuff I was grossed out. It's a gel spray? Ew. It's not 1993 anymore, and why would anyone wanna put that in their hair? Hear me out. The thickness of this product is what helps you get the extra lift you've always dreamed of. I'm not kidding. There's two different ways I recommend using this product. If you have long hair, like mine, you want to section your hair in one inch sections and spray it ONLY at your base. If you try spraying this all over, you're gonna have too much gel in your hair and a look that only Pat Benetar would love, not to mention the fact that you'll never be able to get your fingers through it. Now, if you're one of those gals that can rock a bob or anything shorter, spray your little heart out! This product was made for us fine haired girls! The best thing you can do with this is just make sure its worked in. Its comes in spray form so we don't get globs all over the place, but make sure you're working it around so its as evenly spread out as you can get it. Always use a brush or your fingers when blow drying to ensure that you don't get crispy or crunchy. Even better, run your hands through your hair while blow drying upside down... stand up, and... BAM! 

Playable Texture is a little newer on the scene, this stuff does the coolest thing I've ever heard of a product doing. So say you're like me and have long hair. Some days you wanna style it straight, some days you wanna do some beach waves and some days you have dirty hair and you think your 'just woke up like this' look could work, but just needs a little help. Playable Texture builds on itself. If your straight fine hair is limp, hold your can out maybe 5-7 inches away from your head and spray into those layers. You can do just a little to kind of accent the texture of your awesome cut, or you can add a little more to give you a slightly messy look. Same goes for your curls. So this is what I mean it builds on itself. Once Playable Texture is sprayed into your hair, the next round of molecules grab to the first ones and so on and so forth. That means this will PUMP YOU UP! It's like a collagen injection for your hair that washes out every day. Now, for your sexy bed head look, you can play this up as much as you want. You can't go wrong with layering this stuff and the best part is, it won't dry your hair out! Also, if you're like me, after you've already styled and ready to walk out the door, always head back for one more round of spray. Eh...overdoing it can't hurt sometimes. 

I hope these suggestions help out your fine hair, they sure help out mine!

  Stay tuned for my next installment, talking VOLUME with Goldwell products!










Headshots at Urbaca? September 13 2014, 0 Comments

We had an interesting question yesterday from our guest who is presenting at a conference and needed a headshot.  She thought it would be great to have her hair and make up done, then have someone take a good digital picture of her.  We could totally do that!

Then we got to brainstorming how it would be useful for dating sites to have a cute picture, or realtors needing to update their look and have something they could use professionally.

We've been taking a lot of photos around here, fast and furious because we are so dang busy we usually only have about 20 minutes to spare!  Danae and Sherry have had fun grabbing quick, cool shots.  

Here are some photos we've taken in house:

  Photos by Danae 

   Photos by Sherry

I bet if we asked real, real nice we could bring in an actual pro photographer for an added fee, if people wanted a more comprehensive shoot?  

Um, yeah, we're calling Crystal Genes!


What do you think?

WARNING: Urbaca's Hair Apprenticeship is REALLY HARD September 10 2014, 0 Comments

Hairdressers are a wonderfully creative bunch but it takes a specific skill set to become one of the 5% truly successful cosmetologists.  Our benchmark of the top 5% would be a 6-figure stylist, as in you TAKE HOME 6 figures, not just do that dollar amount in services per year!  

It takes talent, certainly, to achieve that kind of success.  But as my old theater mentor Jon Jory used to say, "Talent and fifty cents will get you a cup of coffee."  That was how long ago I heard this, a cup of coffee was only 2 quarters.  Egad.

We've heard the word grit recently and there is a spirit of resiliency necessary to do this work.  Day in and day out, guests will bring you their problems and expect you to perform miracles.  See:  Talent.  Sometimes you will fail, and you will fail spectacularly--to learn from the experience and move forward takes grit. Not everyone has that.

I can tell you a group though, that inevitably has grit.  Anyone who has graduated Urbaca's New Talent Hair Apprentice program.  At Urbaca currently that is John, Jasmin, Chelsie, Laci, Gretchen, and Caitlyn.  Each of these stylists started at the bottom with talent and grit and worked their way up to become the successful stylists they are today.

Our apprentice program is hard, but human.  We expect you to show up not on time, but early.  To have common sense and learn efficiently.  To anticipate needs and multitask accordingly.  To participate as part of the solution.  

All you need to do then is add, time, talent and training and you'd be well on your way to your 6-figure income.

We are currently hiring for our next New Talent Apprentice Superstar.  We should do a reality show for this, what do you think?



Welcome Amanda + Erica to Team Urbaca! September 03 2014, 0 Comments

We are so excited to add Amanda and Erica to our talented staff!  Erica is a glamour queen with a special talent for bridal updos.  Amanda is a sweet and sassy cutting expert, complete with Vidal Sassoon cutting training!  For more information or to schedule a free consultation with either Erica or Amanda, give us a call 503.241.5030.


First Thursday TONIGHT! 6-8 pm August 07 2014, 0 Comments

Urbaca's Customer Appreciation BBQ is tonight!  

Live music, new art work, food and drink by our good neighbors at World Foods, games, prizes + sales!

This is the biggest celebration we've done in a while!  Hope you can make it.  : )

120 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 101 Portland, OR 97209



Is Your Stylist the BEST? July 24 2014, 0 Comments

It's that time of year again! Vote for your favorite salon, hairstylist, make up artist and more for the 2014 Portland Fashion and Style Awards!

Yes We Travel + Come In On Our Days Off July 24 2014, 0 Comments

We are happy to come in on our days off and/or come to your location to provide bridal hair and make up services!  

On-Location and salon-closed services start at $370 and include in salon hair/make up trial and day of hair/make up for the Bride (additional mileage charge outside 20 mile radius of salon).  

For details, please call 503.241.5030.