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Charlize Theron gains fifty pounds for role as mother…I eat a roll and gain five.

I just saw a zahtig Charlize Theron in Tully, a movie about the torture of having an infant and being pulled in every direction and overeating and sleep deprivation and depression, but don’t get me started. I told my pregnant daughter to avoid watching it at ALL COSTS.

Charlize gained fifty pounds for the role, because that’s what she does. She gives her all. She confessed that the weight gain was brutal, and that the overdosing of sugar and processed foods made her fall into a deep depression. I fall into a deep depression when I gain two pounds, just looking in the mirror, so I feel for her.

But when I got my color done the other day, and a fresh cut and blowout, despite the fact that I judged myself staring at my reflection, wearing the slice of pizza I’d eaten the night before, I felt like a million bucks.

So go for the Geo Palette Hair System, get pristine color with Lumetrix and George Mennella, and you won’t see the weight gain. You will simply see gorgeous hair.

Charlize, on the other hand, is skinny again. I will have spinach and a piece of palm-sized chicken for dinner. -JC

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Searching for a Crocus

For some of us, the winter was tough. Sunless, cold, a barrage of snowstorms, too much shoveling, rain, and general gloom. Our senses are looking for a splash of color I call “searching for a crocus”. Just like we need a bit of bright sun to warm us, we need a splash of color to ease us into a feeling of well being. We need a pink blossom to emerge from the cold ground. A smile in the mirror to get the endorphins going. A simple compliment, told to us by a stranger. An act of kindness. A new lipstick. A hearty laugh.

Or maybe a change of hair color. The Geo Palette Hair System has joined forces with a dynamic new color brand, Lumetrix, to give you that luxurious burst of color in time for spring. We are excited by the results, which range from natural sunkissed highlights to bright beautiful runway hues.

No foil to bake the hair, reusable Clearviews, kind to the planet, brilliant results. Colorists, try it. Clients, you will never go back to foil again.

Your choice, your pop of crocus, your invitation to a more gorgeous you. JC

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Weigh in on the theory: Charlize Theron plays Marilyn Monroe




Charlize Theron as Marilyn Monroe? The mind boggles. Let’s compare. Tall and statuesque Charlize at 5′ 10″, versus smaller and curvier Marilyn at 5′ 5″.

  If anyone can do it, Charlize can. She won the Academy Award playing serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, in Monster, a sizzling agent in Atomic Blonde, and alpha heroine, Imperator Furiosa, in Mad Max, and so many more. She has acting chops.

 Laurence Olivier was famous for insulting Marilyn with his gaffe, “Try and be sexy”. She didn’t have to try. She simply turned on a switch and the camera fell in love, projecting her beauty, vulnerability, and innocence. She is one of those icons loved by men AND women. But damn, Charlize looks good!

And if she can pull off the essence of Marilyn, the vulnerability, the tremulous voice, all will be well.

But they have to get the hair right!

And so do you. Ask for the Geo Palette Hair System, integrated with the new technology of Lumetrix Hair Color, to achieve spectacular results. Your hair color is your crowning glory. Marilyn Monroe will never be forgotten. Charlize Theron will triumph. But the hair  has to be perfect. And so does yours. 

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Hell’s bells for the film called “Elle”!

I rarely stand up and applaud a movie, and it’s even rarer that I “boo” one. But that’s how I felt when I finished watching Isabelle Huppert in ELLE, a movie about a woman who is assaulted, befriends her rapist, and lures him back to get raped again. I won’t give away the ending. But she’s in charge, sort of. I hated every character in it.

Which makes me wonder, if a narrative stays with you, does it mean you’ve experienced great filmmaking? No for Elle, and yes for the poetic/elegaic/hopeful/hopeless Moonlight, which has haunted me for weeks with its themes of connection, poverty, race bias, gender bias, and humanity.

Elle could possibly win an Oscar for best foreign picture. Ms Huppert certainly deserves one, and I heartily hope that she writhes on the floor and rids herself of the damages done as I hear she exorcised her demons in a past movie that she had completed. (Okay, you can see that I’m more Oscar the Grouch than Oscar award winning when it comes to THIS film.)

Of course, getting one’s hair colored is a different matter.  Viva the Geo Palette, with its reusable plastic Clearview subsections and no ph-altering foils. Get hair color that stays. Color that deserves applause. Oscar award caliber. No “boos”,  ever. -JC

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My hair-story: One woman’s hair history

Hair through the ages

Hair through the ages

In college, I was a long haired natural, likened to Ali McGraw and Katherine Ross, only plumper, not a hair dye in sight.

Over the summer, I spent a few weeks in Hawaii with a college friend, and my hair took on a golden hue from all the sunshine.

By the time I got married the first time and moved to England, I splurged on henna, and got a taste of red, which made my father compare me to Shawnie, our Irish setter.

I got a perm, and married a second time.

I got another perm, and found out that I was pregnant, because the wave wouldn’t take.

I got divorced, and became a blonde, because I heard they had more fun.

I found my soulmate, if soul-mates can fight, and decided that red suited me.

The Geo Palette Hair System. Is it time for a change?


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Was it my shape or my hair color?

I was trying to cross a busy street to get to work, and a truck stopped to let me pass. Smiling, I pointed in the other direction, as another truck and several cars were speeding down the road. The second truck stopped as well.

Must be my short skirt, I thought, quite pleased with myself. But as the first vehicle passed, the driver called out, “Nice hair!”

He had a discerning eye, because I had just had my color done.

Not to be excluded, the other driver rolled down his window and said, “Keep smiling!”

I had to laugh. My hair. My smile. It had nothing to do with my short skirt at all.

But I do love my Geo Palette color. My hair looks healthier, the color more brilliant, and that makes me smile. -JC

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Tomato Love

photo-6  I looked at my tomato with love today. It had morphed in front of my eyes. It was red, my favorite color, but it had become a heart. So ordinary, yet so extraordinary, it was pleasing to the eye.

Change up your hair color. Make an ordinary red become extraordinary with the Geo Palette Hair System. Add some pumpkin, or spice, or mahogany or aubergine. A pinch of cayenne pepper, or a twist of paprika. A celebration of hair color, in time for Thanksgiving.

The Geo Palette team wishes all of you, everywhere, a sweet holiday full of love, and change, and and beauty, and art.

A tomato with heart. Something different. Be thankful and celebrate life, every day.

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James Brown: the Godfather of Soul

James Brown singer

The Great James Brown

Listening to some of James Brown’s band members…master trombonist, Fred Wesley, for one, James was a perfectionist, and yes, the hardest worker in show business. Christmas off? Maybe once in a while, but they were underpaid, and sometimes not at all, working every day and all day “until James got tired.” What came through the interview was their high regard for his artistry, that he could make a good band great, a mediocre melody totally new. He made his mark, time and again, despite the troubling reports about his abuse of women, despite the fact that his mother and father had abandoned him, despite his oddball politics…he was an artist.

Watch the special on HBO about the Godfather of Soul, on tonight. We need to remember what came before rap, what led the way in popular music, what we still go back to.

While you are at it, make your mark in hair color. The Geo Palette Hair System strives for perfectionism in the world of hair color…creative, innovative, cutting edge, whether it’s conventional or outside the box. Jimi or James, Basie or Ella, Mozart or Bach, Picasso or Modigliani, they all made a name from perfecting their art. Take the leap and get Geo Palette color.  -JC

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That coat was calling my name…

I am not an Ann Taylor Loft kind of girl. It’s my sister’s favorite store. I’m a small boutique with an eclectic mix kind of person, anything anti-mall. But I was out shopping with Bara and when I walked in, a blue leopard coat looked me straight in the eye, and called my name. “Try me! Buy me!”
And I did.
Which brings us to my hair. If a day goes by, and no one compliments my hair color, I need another Geo Palette. Because my hair and my lipstick are my signature style, and I need the supermarket checkout girl, the stewardess, the banker teller, and the pharmacist to compliment me every day.
Get Geo Palette color. It is calling your name. Embrace your vanity.

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Art movement rises: the Geo Palette

palette_intro_background_picI just read an article about Raymond Spillenger, an artist who died recently at age 89. His sons found hundreds of canvases and drawings under his bed…an undiscovered abstract expressionist who thought he was a failure.

Great art has movements that rise and fall…Abstract Expressionism was overtaken by Pop, then Super-Realism, Minimalism and so it goes.

So does great hair, from geometric to shag, shaken and shattered  to super straight, punk to gothic, tribal to disconnected. Join the next evolution of hair form merged with color…the Geo Palette.

You won’t have to look under the bed for us. We’re here. Please join us for an adventure in color. -JC to purchase the system or to find a salon near you, or call us at 516 374-1490.

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