This post is created in partnership with Ulta Beauty. The salon service depicted in this post was gifted by Ulta Beauty. For more information on sponsorships, please visit my Disclosure page.
You may know Ulta Beauty as your destination for “All Things Beauty.” Well, it gets better.
Did you know that you can waltz into an Ulta Beauty store and expect a crew of beauty professionals at the ready to help you look like the shining star you are? It’s true!
As you may already know, Ulta Beauty invited me to attend the soft opening of its first Hawaii store in Kahului, Maui, where I was given the chance to experience one of Ulta Beauty’s many beauty services for myself. I received one of the best blow outs of my entire existence, but more on that later.
For now, let’s talk about how you too can get in on Ulta Beauty’s myriad of salon services!
Introducing The Salon at Ulta Beauty
Coming from someone who had never stepped foot in an Ulta Beauty before the Kahului store opened, the wide array of salon services offered really surprised me. In fact, all Ulta Beauty stores offer full salon services — including hair, skin, and brow services.
I came into this experience with a completely uninfluenced mind. What would it be like? Would The Salon at Ulta Beauty open my eyes to a new beauty experience or feel mediocre?
I can say with integrity that I loved my experience The Salon at Ulta Beauty, and it was the high-quality beauty experience I hoped for. Now, before I get a little too gushy, let’s talk about my blow out adventure.
Meet Malysa, Salon Manager in Kahului, Maui
Malysa introduced herself as soon as I arrived outside the store, bright and early on July 20th. She wasted no time in making me feel right at home. I know, I know… it’s her job do my hair, but she sure didn’t make it feel that way!
She gave me the grand tour of the store and introduced me to many of her colleagues all while still juggling her duties as Salon Manager (as you can imagine, there was a lot going on!) Even while Malysa was running around the store helping various guests, everything still felt so graceful and professional.
This shows the level of expertise you can expect when you book an appointment at The Salon at Ulta Beauty.
The salon setup is as gorgeous as it is functional
I love that The Salon at Ulta Beauty is broken up into two separate sections. Each offers a distinct atmosphere to serve its purpose with intention.
First up, the hair washing room. The mood in this area is serene and very relaxing. I love the soft, warm lighting and secluded feeling of the space. Little touches make a huge difference in guest experience, whether we realize it or not. After all, who wants to have harsh overhead lights shining straight in their eyes while they are trying to relax during their head massage? Not me. That doesn’t happen here.
After your stint of relaxation, you’re feeling refreshed and ready to rejoin the action! For that, we head over to the main salon area. I love that I can see the store while I am sitting in the salon chair. After all, how am I supposed to decide what goodies I should purchase if I can’t see my options?
Products by Redken
Seeing all the fresh Redken products lined up was just so beautiful and satisfying!
One of the great things about getting professional salon services is the opportunity to try out hair products that you wouldn’t otherwise have gone for. Redken falls into that category for me. It’s one of those brands that I knew was there, but I just kind of brushed off. I can offer no good reason for this, but my dismissal of Redken products ends today.
I firmly believe in the power of quality products and tools in achieving great results. My stance on this is clear when it comes to makeup. But when it came to haircare, I literally ignored my own advice.
Thank you, Ulta Beauty for opening my eyes to the wondrous revelation I am in fact not cursed with the most unmanageable head of hair on the planet (as I previously grumbled), but simply a user of incorrect products. I can work with that!
Truth — it was one of the best blow outs I’ve ever had!
If you think you have to go to some exclusive salon in an obscure location with terrible parking in order to be blown away by the amazing service, then I’m here to tell you that you are mistaken. You can visit The Salon at Ulta Beauty at any of their three locations in Hawaii to receive this amazing salon service and others (insider secret — they’re also opening a fourth store in November!)
*Update* — The Salon at Ulta Beauty charms me again
Now you may be thinking, “But Kay, it’s easy to say you love something when they gave it to you for free. How do we know you are being totally transparent?”
And I’m here to tell you why you should trust me, because I went back to The Salon a couple of months later and spent my own money there. I believe in it that much.
On September 30th, I abruptly decided I needed a haircut… now. This time, I visited the Pearl City, Oahu location, and scored a last minute appointment with Angela. After my glowing first experience, I held high expectations for my first paid visit, and they did not disappoint! Even though their schedule was nearly fully booked, everybody working in The Salon was so lovely and I never felt rushed.
Angela asked all the right questions to ensure I ended up with a cut I loved. And once again, my blowout turned out stunning.
Angela and Malysa both did a great job of styling my hair in a way that worked for the cut I sported at the time. I wouldn’t have wanted either blowout any other way.
Products I’m using to maintain the look
I am sort of kicking myself for not asking Malysa or Angela for their recommendations on what products I should use to maintain this fabulousness. Regardless, these are the products I’ve been using, chosen based on research and some sleuthing through my own photos.
Redken Extreme CAT Anti-Damage Protein Reconstructing Rinse-Off Treatment >> Shop It
Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray >> Shop It
Bumble and bumble Bb.Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer >> Shop It
I have always dealt with dry and damaged hair, especially during the seasons of my life when I have been most interested in having nice hair. Go figure. For that reason, I am really into products that help improve my hair’s health, rather than only masking the problem, AKA, frizz.
Currently, I apply Redken Extreme CAT Anti-Damage about once per week, and I alternate between the Redken and Bumble and bumble primers when heat styling my hair. I haven’t decided which of those is my favorite yet, but when I do, you will be the first to hear about it… Because I’ll be screaming it off the rooftops in excitement!
Do good for yourself & do good for women
If for some reason you remain on the fence about popping into an Ulta Beauty, perhaps this will convince you. Ulta Beauty is once again partnering with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. You can help raise money in search of a cure for this devastating disease that affects millions of women around the globe and their families.
If you are able, consider making a donation at checkout, or purchasing an item from the Ulta Beauty BCRF Collection. Leave the store knowing that you did something good for yourself, and something amazing for current and future generations of strong and beautiful women.
Whether you donate $1 or $100, know that 100% of your contribution will go to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and will help save lives.
To learn more about Ulta Beauty’s partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, CLICK HERE.
That’s all for today!
Setting up appointments at The Salon at Ulta Beauty is super simple. Just head over to ulta.com and click on BOOK APPOINTMENT in the menu on the left. Let the automatic appointment wizard guide you through setting up a time that works for best for you. It couldn’t be easier, and it couldn’t be more worth it.
And don’t forget to mark your calendars — Ulta Beauty will open its doors in sunny Kailua, located at 609 Kailua Road on October 26th! They will also be opening their fourth store in Kapolei on November 16th, so stay tuned for more details!
Like this post? Be sure to check out this one as well >>My Top Beauty Picks at the NEW ULTA BEAUTY in Kahului, Maui — GRAND OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT!
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Till next time ♥︎
FTC- This post is sponsored by Ulta Beauty and I was gifted with the blowout depicted in the photos. However, all opinions are my own. Some links may be affiliated.